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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.

Lila Anne Lewis Jackson

FOLKSTON — Lila Anne Lewis Jackson, of Folkston, Georgia passed away December 30, 2020 at Memorial Satilla Health Hospital in Waycross, Georgia. Her husband had died on the same day 18 years earlier. Mrs. Jackson was born on June 23, 1928 in Waycross, to Kish Haynes Lewis and Frank Hammond Lewis. Along with her parents, Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Dr. Joseph Morgan Jackson Jr., a son, Judge Stephen Lamar Jackson, brothers, Richard Lewis and Wallace A. Lewis, sister, Ethel Lewis Gould, son-inlaw, Lew Hoffman (Joanne), and grandson, Benjamin Garrett Jackson.

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Melinda Taylor Walker

BRANTLEY COUNTY — Melinda Taylor Walker, 66, died Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021, at her residence in Brantley County following an extended illness. Mrs. Walker was born in Waycross, had made her home in Effingham County, but lived most of life in Ware and Brantley Counties. She was the wife of the late Jesse J. Walker Jr., and also was preceded in death by her parents, William Edward Taylor and Evelyn Wynelle “Nell” Bennett Grupposo, her stepfather Vincent “Vinnie” Grupposo, and an infant brother. Mrs. Walker graduated from Effingham High School in 1973.

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Jerry H. Carter

ALMA — Jerry H. Carter, 80, of Alma passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021, at St. Vincent’s Hospital after a short illness. He was born December 30, 1940 in Bacon County to Randolph Carter and Juanita Williams. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lavelle Carter and two sisters, Mary Ann Carter and Trellis Carter. Carter was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, security guard for the Bacon County Recreation Department and was bailiff for the Bacon County Courts. Survivors include two stepbrothers, Herbert Stokes “Jr.” and wife, Joann, of Alma, and Sidney Stokes of Atlanta; half-sister, Sue Carter and husband, Roger, and stepsister, Vinnie Meeks and husband,...

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Doris Trombley Beale Thornton

WAYNESVILLE – Doris Trombley Beale Thornton, 92 of Waynesville, passed away Sunday morning, January 10, 2021 at her daughters’ residence after an extended illness. Mrs. Thornton was born September 18, 1928 to the late Irene “Petit” Trombley and Emil Trombley. She is also preceded in death by John E. Beale, Sr., the father of her five children; a son, William Christopher Beale; and a brother, Lewis Trombley. Mrs. Thornton loved going to the beach and spending time with her family. She was a member of Little Memorial Baptist Church and loved by many. Mrs. Thornton is survived by her four children and their spouses, Suzanne Beale Morgan (Ray), Debra Beale Crosby (Rick), Johnny Beale and Jimmy...

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Jerry M. Miles

ALMA — Jerry M. Miles, 72, of Alma passed away Tuesday, January 12, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, after a short illness. He was born August 24, 1948 in Bacon County to James E. “Buck” Miles and Christine Turner Miles. Besides his parents, Miles was preceded in death by a brother, James Leslie Miles. Miles was retired from the Alma Telephone Company after more than 39 years, and was a member of the Bacon Lodge No. 56 (Mason). He also was a member Deacon and Trustee of Wesley Chapel Church. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Alice Tucker Miles of Mershon; three sons, Ryan (Amy) Miles of Nicholls, Jason Mikeal (Marie) Miles and Lance Leslie (Lisa) Miles of...

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Sue Carole Dixon

FOLKSTON — Sue Carole Dixon, 81, made her journey home Tuesday, January 12, 2021. She was the oldest of three chldren, born August 10, 1939 in Adel, Georgia, to the late Elder Lamar and Dorothy Carter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Zelton “Tub” Dixon, sons, Rusty and Pete, a daughter, Cynthia, and a sister, Betty. Mrs. Sue, known to many as “Nanny,” leaves to cherish her memory her children, Mary Evelyn Adams (Ronnie), Darryl Edenfield (Debbie), Floyd Edenfield (Sandy), Michele Dixon Edenfield, Amanda Lafferty (Lawson), James Dixon Jr. (Becky);

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Sheriff Randy F. Royal

WAYCROSS — Ware County Sheriff Randy F. Royal, 57, died Wednesday morning, January 13, 2021, at his residence following a short illness. Mr. Royal was born July 6, 1963 in Waycross, to the late Curtis Franklin Royal and Lavada Royal. He was a lifelong resident of Ware County, Georgia. Sheriff Royal began his law enforcement career in 1980 as a Dispatcher at the Ware County Sheriff’s Office. He quickly advanced through the ranks becoming a Major of Administration under both Sheriff H.E. Bond and Dixon Walker Jackson Sheriff Ronnie McQuaig.

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Luther Thomas Rouse Sr.

WAYCROSS — Luther Thomas Rouse Sr., 89, of Waycross died early Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness. He was born in Waycross to the late E.W. Rouse and Mattie Justice Rouse and made Waycross his home for his entire life. Rouse worked as a brick mason, and was a member of Williams Chapel Baptist Church. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

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Rosa Lee Lloyd

WAYCROSS — Rosa Lee “Rosie” Lloyd, 77, died Thursday morning, January 14, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health from an extended illness. Mrs. Lloyd was a native of Pierce County, but lived most of her life in Ware County. She was the daughter of the late Jimmy Waldron and Lois Edna Beverly Waldron. Mrs. Lloyd also was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina Marie Lloyd, and brothers, Infant Marvin Waldron, Melvin Waldron and Bill M. Waldron Sr. Mrs. Lloyd retired as personnel manager of Georgia Headwear and Apparel Factory.

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Hattie Kelly Stewart

WAYCROSS — Hattie Kelly Stewart, 85, died Thursday morning, January 14, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health Waycross. She was a native of Ocilla, but she lived most of her life in Waycross having graduated from Wacona High School in 1954. Mrs. Stewart was a longtime member of Cornerstone Church of God, but she was currently a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church. She was formerly employed by Southern Bell, Dell Industries, the Ware County Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff Strickland and Sheriff Bond, and she retired from Seaboard Coastline (SCL).

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Harley ‘Buck’ Davis Jr.

PATTERSON — Harley “Buck” Davis Jr., 87, of Patterson, passed away early Thursday morning, January 14, 2021, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness. Born March 15, 1933, in Pearson, he was a son of the late Harley Davis Sr. and Rose Lee Vickers Davis. Davis grew up in Pearson, graduated from Atkinson County High School, and attended South Georgia State College in Douglas, obtaining a degree in Agriculture. He was a lifelong farmer. Davis was a faithful member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Patterson and attended the Senior Adult Sunday School.

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