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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.

Patricia Ann Yarbrough Peacock

BLACKSHEAR — Patricia Ann Yarbrough Peacock, 84, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday morning, July 19, 2020, at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness. Born January 12, 1936, in Miami, Florida, she was a daughter of the late James Earl Yarbrough and Mildred Poore Yarbrough Phillips. Mrs. Peacock was a 1953 graduate of Miami Jackson High School. She lived in Ormond Beach, Florida, for several years before moving to Pierce County in 1966. She was a housewife and mother.

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John Buford ‘J.B.’ Roundtree

HOMERVILLE — John “J.B.” Buford Roundtree, 85, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, following an extended illness. Roundtree was born January 10, 1935, in Pierce County, Georgia, to the late Buford Roundtree and Susie Lilly Bowman Roundtree. He was a small engine mechanic for Browning McNeal’s Power Mowers and was a charter member of the Harvest Time Church of God. Roundtree was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Boatright Roundtree; one son, Michael Buford Roundtree; one sister, Emma Dean Griffin; one brother, William Franklin Roundtree; and one son-in-law, Jerel Anderson. Survivors are one daughter, Tiffiney Autumn Anderson, Pearson,...

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Dorothy Caroline ‘Dottie’ Lewis

WAYCROSS — Dorothy Caroline “Dottie” Lewis, 90, died Wednesday morning, July 22, 2020, at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness. She was born in Warsaw, North Carolina, but lived most of her life in Waycross. Mrs. Lewis retired from Pic-N-Save after more than 25 years and was a member of Kettle Lewis Creek Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Faison Mathis Sr. and Nora Kelly Crawford; two sons, Steven Kip Lewis and Mark Darrel Lewis; grandson, Terry Mercer Jr.; brother, John F. Mathis Jr.; nephew, Ricky Lee Mathis; and best friends, Annette Justice, and Ann Mercer.

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Hyrum L. Hood

WAYCROSS — Hyrum L. Hood, 87, died Wednesday morning, July 22, 2020, at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness. Hood was born in Axson, Georgia, but lived most of his life in Ware County. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and retired from CSX Railroad (formerly ACL and SCL) as a Carman. Hood was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram Lionell Hood and Amelia Lucille Davis Hood; his wife, Jennie Maude Bennett Hood; two grandsons, Kelly Clifton Hood and Travis Lee Hood; and sister, Elba Elsie Wilson. Survivors include three sons, Lowell Hood, of Millwood, Georgia, Dr. Kim...

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Carlos ‘Buddy’ Milton Lee Sr.

DOUGLAS — Carlos “Buddy” Milton Lee Sr., 90, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at his residence in Douglas following an extended illness. Lee was born in Way- cross and lived most of his life there before moving to Douglas 26 years ago. He was a retired Battalion Chief with the Waycross Fire Department and a member of Second Baptist Church. Lee also served in the United States Navy. Lee was a son of the late Edward Lee and Beatrice Lee Lee. He also was preceded in death by a son, Carlos M. Lee Jr., and a sister, Peggy Joyce Lee. Lee is survived by his wife, Glenda R. Lee, of Douglas; six children, Oma Jean Barnett (Steve), of Plant City, Florida, Cecilia Lynn Crosby (Mike), of...

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Peggy Felder Chaney

WAYCROSS — Peggy Felder Chaney, 89, of Way- cross, died Thursday evening, July 23, 2020, at Brookdale Southside Senior Living in Jacksonville, Florida, after declining health. Mrs. Chaney was born in Waycross to the late Norman Lawson Felder and Vera Parker Felder. She was a graduate of Waycross High School and Georgia Women’s College in Milledgeville where she earned both undergraduate and master’s degrees. Mrs. Chaney spent her career in food nutrition where she served various positions in the Waycross City School system before becoming school food service director until her retirement in 2005.

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Joyce Dale Thomas

WAYCROSS — Joyce Dale Thomas, 81, died at sunset on Friday, July 24, 2020. She had been in declining health since December 2019. Ms. Thomas was born in Waycross to the late Fred Miller Thomas Sr. and Nezzie Irene Johnson Thomas. Waycross was her home for all of her life, while vacations found her on Georgia beaches at sunrise and Colorado Rockies at sunset. Ms. Thomas graduated from Waycross Junior College in 1980 with an Associate Degree. She was employed from ages 18 to 80. In her 20s, Ms. Thomas was the calm voice of a telephone operator at Southern Bell.

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Sylvia ‘Tib’ Cook Woodard

WAYCROSS — Mrs. Sylvia “Tib” Cook Woodard, 83, passed away Saturday morning, July 25, 2020, at Hospice House Satilla following an extended illness. Mrs. Woodard was born in Atkinson County, Georgia, to the late Aaron M. Cook and Ada Bennett Cook. She was the secretary for Woodard and Woodard Pittman Electric and a member of Morton Avenue Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Woodard also was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Penland Woodard; two sons, Wesley Dale Woodard and Gary Alan Woodard; a grandson, Wes Woodard; a brother, Bryant Harrell; and three sisters, Diane Glover, Tressa Musgrove, and Dorothy Jean Bennett. Mrs. Woodard is survived by a daughter, Linda James (John), of Blackshear; two sons, Michael Howard Woodard (Karen), of Waycross, and Terry Moore Woodard, of Waycross; a daughter-in-law, Reba Woodard, of Waycross; five grandchildren,

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Richard ‘Rickey’ Rainey

WAYNESVILLE — Richard Rainey, of Waynesville, Georgia, passed away Thursday evening, July 9, 2020, at the age of 61 in Jacksonville, Florida, after a lengthy battle with cancer he lost to the COViD- 19 virus. He was born August 12, 1958, in Anderson, South Carolina, to Theron Bannister Rainey and the late Virginia Sanders Rainey. After leaving his hometown, Rickey moved to Brunswick, Georgia, in 1987. He certified as an Unrestricted Master Air Condition & Circuit Electrician. With that certification, Richard ran his own HVACC Company. He worked for Southeast Georgia Regional Hospital for many years.

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Lisa Hale Popham

WAYCROSS — Lisa Hale Popham, 55, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at her residence in Waycross following a short illness. She was born in Waycross and had lived most of her life there as a homemaker. She attended Jamestown United Methodist Church. Mrs. Popham was a daughter of the late Clifford Ander Hale. She is survived by her husband, Ashley Popham, of Waycross; a daughter, Christina Yates, of Waycross; one grandson, Troy Harper, of Waycross; her mother, Ann E. Thomas, of Waycross; three siblings, Clifford A. Hale (Angie), Kathy H. Weathersbee, and Marion Holder, all of Waycross; a half-sister, Debbie Howard, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral...

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Harriet Francis

WAYCROSS — Harriet Francis, 84, of Millwood, died Tuesday morning, July 14, 2020, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, to the late William Small Francis and Phyllis Meddick Francis. Raised in Bridgeton, Harriet worked in Management for Prudential Insurance Company in Vineland, New Jersey before moving to Waycross 20 years ago. She loved spending time at the beach and on the ocean. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Wayne Naylor, a daughter, Susan Burrows, and her sister, Carolyn Francis Dean. Ms. Francis is survived by two children, Lance Naylor and his wife,

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