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OBITUARIES

Below are the recent obituaries as listed in our paper.

These entries started to be listed in this way as of Jan 1, 2015, so you are able to go back to then. If you know the name of the loved one, and their entry was after Jan 1, 2015, you can use our site search facility to look for their entry.

Rev. Thomas Edgar Kersey Sr.

Rev. Thomas Edgar Kersey Sr. WAYCROSS — The Rev. Thomas Edgar Kersey, Sr, 77, died Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Hospice House Satilla. He was born and raised in Appling County. He was saved and preached his first sermon at L u m b e r C i t y Church of God and served for 23 years as associate pastor of Quitman Church of God. He was a retired Church of God minister and long haul truck driver. Kersey was the son of the late Edgar Kersey and Naomi Reynolds Kersey Rentz. He also was preceded in death by his wife …

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Betty Viola Sloan Townsend

HORTENSE — Betty Viola Sloan Townsend, 85, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020, in The Bayview Nursing Home in Nahunta after an extended illness. Born in Hortense, Georgia, Townsend was the daughter of Woodrow Potter Sloan and Nina Viola Jones Sloan. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Montgomery Townsend. A member of The Hortense Church of God of Prophecy for more than 50 years, she loved helping people and loved singing. One of Townsend’s other favorite pastimes was shopping with friends. McCants Carswell Monroe Strickland Elbrink Herndon She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Esther Townsend, of Hortense; her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and...

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Laura Kay Elbrink

WAYCROSS — Laura Kay Elbrink, 55, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, at her residence in Waycross following an extended illness. Elbrink was born in Waycross to the late Edward Barber and Lillie Mae Cox Barber. She was a homemaker and member of First Presbyterian Church in Waycross. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her adopted father, Larry Craig Elbrink, and three brothers, Warren Elbrink, William Ray Barber and Eugene Barber. She is survived by her mother, Donna Elbrink, of Waycross; five siblings, Christopher Elbrink, of Waycross, …

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Daniel Loyd Strickland

JESUP — Daniel Loyd Strickland, 60, of Jesup, died Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at his residence after a brief illness. He was born in Waycross to the late Loyd and Lois Griffin Strickland. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Strickland worked as a tower climber for many years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and loved taking care of children, and he loved the Lord. In addition to his parents, Strickland was preceded in death by one brother, Steve Albert Strickland. Survivors include seven siblings, Linda Grace Albritton and her husband, Marshall, of Waycross, Patricia Ammons…

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Patricia Caroline Mell Monroe

SAVANNAH — Patricia Caroline Mell Monroe, formerly of Waycross, Georgia, died at her residence in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after an extended illness. Born on August 18, 1928, in New York City, New York County, New York, her parents were Mary Caroline Brand Mell and Patrick Hues Mell III, of Athens, Georgia . There, on August 23, 1947, she married William“ Bill” Joseph Monroe, of Waycross, Georgia, son of Moi Madison Monroe Sr. and Ida Mae Faust Monroe. She and Bill Monroe were happily married for 55 years until his death on September 30, 2002. …

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Karen Salaine Herndon

WAYCROSS — Karen Salaine Herndon, 59, died Wednesday afternoon, March 18, 2020, at Memorial Health in Savannah. A native and lifelong resident of Ware County, Herndon was employed by Memorial Satilla Health in Patient Financial Services. She was a member of Pineview Baptist Church. Survivors include four sisters, Charlotte Clark (Ricky), Patricia Herndon, Melinda Rozier (Ron) and Annie Russell (Bobby), all of Waresboro; 13 nieces and nephews, Amanda Perritt (Chris), Ricky Clark (Amanda), Charles Clark, Edward Herndon, Allison Herndon, Brittany Francese (Mitch), Erin Rozier (fiancé Jacob Jeffords),…

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Grace Elizabeth Little Carswell

FRANKLIN – Grace Elizabeth Little Carswell, wife of Edgar D. Carswell, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, Vermont. She was born in Waycross, Georgia, on February 23, 1935, the daughter of the late Trawin Hume and Elizabeth (Atwood) Little. Carswell met her husband while attending Waycross High School and they married in 1957. After high school, she attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia, and Saint Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing,…

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Coy James ‘Jimmy’ McCants Jr.

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Coy James “Jimmy” Mc-Cants Jr., 84, passed away in Georgetown, S.C., on March 9, 2020. He was born and raised in Georgetown and was a longtime resident of Pawleys Island. An avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt, fish and be on the water. A beloved community member, Mc-Cants was well known for his daily walks on the island. He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn Vaughn McCants, of Pawleys Island; two daughters, Alyne Kimberly McCants Conder, of Pawleys Island, and Ashley Jane Mc-Cants, of Moultrie,…

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James Farrell McClelland

WAYCROSS – James Farrell McClelland, 79, died Sunday morning, March 15, 2020, at Hospice House Satilla.
He was a native of Fairfax, Georgia, and lived most of his life in Ware County. He was a 1958 Wacona High School Graduate and served in the United States Army.
He retired from Georgia Natural Gas after 17 years, and then retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections. He attended Central Baptist Church, where he was a part of the Co-Ed IV Sunday School Class and was a former member of the Breakfast Exchange Club.

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John Stephens

BLACKSHEAR — John J. Stephens, 78, of Blackshear, died late Saturday night, March 14, 2020, in Wayne Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. His parents were the late Mark and Marie Stephens of Adel. Until 1958, Stephens played football and sang in the Waycross schools and moved with his family to Savannah, where he played football and sang, graduating in 1960 from Jenkins High School. After graduation, Stephens received a voice scholarship to Brewton Parker College, where he was elected “Freshman Favorite.” From there, he earned a football scholarship to Troy University in Troy, Ala.

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Margaret Louise Blackburn

WAYCROSS – Margaret Louise Blackburn, 88, died Saturday afternoon, March 14, 2020, at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness.
She was a native of Tallahassee, Alabama, a former resident of Waverly, Georgia, and was a longtime resident of Ware County. She was the wife of the late Emmett O. Blackburn and daughter of the late Clarence Vivian Barker and Lovie Lou Holley Barker. She was also preceded in death by a son, …

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