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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.

Paul Boatright

WAYCROSS — Paul Boatright, 78, a well-known local businessman, died Tuesday night, May 19, 2020, at UF Health of Jacksonville following a sudden illness. He was born in Bacon County but lived in Ware County since 1960. He was the son of the late Robert Fulton Boatright Sr. and Alma Sims Boatright. Boatright was also preceded in death by siblings Janice Marie Boatright, Mary Lee Lovell Floyd, Eula P. Murray, Purdon Boatright, Hollis Boatright, Robert Fulton Boatright Jr., and Earl Edward Boatright.

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Mary Ruth Hardee Gardner

PATTERSON — Mary Ruth Hardee Gardner, 88, of Patterson, passed away late Wednesday morning, May 20, 2020, at her residence. Born in Patterson, June 22, 1931, she lived there all of her life. Mrs. Gardner owned and operated Sam’s Seaford with her late husband, Samuel William “Sam” Gardner, for more than 50 years. She was a member of Patterson Baptist Church where she was in the Joy Sunday School Class. She enjoyed sewing and gardening. She was the daughter of the late George Elbert and Marie Tyre Hardee. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by both of her brothers, Marvin Hardee and Gene Hardee.

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Mary Hiott

PULASKI, Ga. — Mary Hiott, 51, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at Orchard Health and Rehabilitation in Pulaski, Georgia, following an extended illness. She was born in Waycross to the late Warren David Taylor and Millie Carter Dismuke. She was a homemaker most of her life and attended Liberty Christian Church. She is survived by her son, Daniel “J.R.” Hiott (Ashley Batten) of Baxley; two grandchildren, Trenton Hiott and Natalie Hiott, both of Baxley; a brother, Ronnie Taylor (Emma) of Waycross; three sisters, Millie Corbett (Jim) of Waycross, Linda Faye Taylor of Blackshear, and Davinelle Barnes (Chuck) of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at noon...

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Gail Dale Wiley

WAYCROSS — Barbara Gail Day Wiley, 65, of Waycross died Saturday evening, May 23, 2020, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born in Waycross to the late Luther Billy and Carolyn Purvis Day. Mrs. Wiley lived in Waycross most of her life where she worked many years at CSX Railroad and also The Jones Company. She was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Wiley loved crocheting. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wiley was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Eugene “Bo” Wiley, three brothers, Jimmy Day Sr., Willie Eric Day, and Luther Darrell Day. Survivors include two children, Dale Wiley (Belinda) of Blackshear, and Kristie Quick (husband, Aaron) of Blackshear; five grandchildren,...

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David Cortell Barber

FRENCH, Neb. — David Cortell Barber, age 75, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, was called to his eternal resting place on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Barber was born in Waycross, Georgia, to James and Carolyn Barber. He graduated from Waycross High School winning two football state championships and was inducted into the Waycross-Ware County Athletic Hall of Fame. Barber graduated from Georgia Tech in 1968, majoring in industrial management. He was on the Dean’s List, as well as co-captain of the football team.

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Bruce Delk

HOMERVILLE — Bruce Delk, 89, of Homerville, Georgia, peacefully passed away in the early hours of May 9, 2020, at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, Georgia, with his wife of 55 years and his surviving three children at his bedside. Delk came into this world on December 1, 1930, as the strong, 12-pound, first-born child of George Flem Delk and Fannie Vining Delk in Homerville. He was named after the doctor and had no middle name. Delk had a mischievous personality, a sharp wit, and could be pretty humorous throughout his life. Although he had little formal education, Delk was very smart in ways that surpassed a college education. Some of the various occupations that enabled Delk to...

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Kara Lynn Drury Lewis

WINOKUR — Kara Lynn Drury Lewis, 51, of Winokur passed away Monday afternoon, May 11, 2020, at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, after a brief illness. Born in Folkston, Mrs. Lewis was the daughter of the late John Woodrow Drury Sr. and Irene Moody Drury. She also was preceded in death by Peggy Sue Drury, Mary Morgan, Larry Crews, Jerry Crews, John Drury Jr., Bo Drury, and Deborah Herndon. Mrs. Lewis also was known as “Maw” by many. She was a homemaker and a very dedicated volunteer firefighter for Charlton County Fire and Rescue.

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Mary Lou Ferrell Anderson

WAYCROSS — Mary Lou Ferrell Anderson, 82, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross following an extended illness. Ms. Anderson was born in Verdier, South Carolina, to the late Steve Kinard Ferrell and Mary Elizabeth Henderson Ferrell. She was a member of Jamestown Baptist Church and the Golden Age Sunday School Class. Ms. Anderson was also a former paraprofessional at Waresboro Elementary School and active alumni of the Waycross High School Class of 1956. In addition to her parents, Ms. Anderson also was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace S. Anderson; a brother, Steve K. Ferrell Jr. and his wife, Gerry Ferrell; and a sister, Barbara Smith Lyons. Ms....

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Cecil Hollis Wayne Boland

WAYCROSS — Cecil Hollis Wayne Boland, 84, died Wednesday morning, May 13, 2020, at Hospice House Satilla following an extended illness. Boland was a native of Pierce County but made his home in Ware County for most of his life. He was the son of the late Walter E. Boland and Jolanda Christine Altman Boland. He also was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Lawton Daniel Drew, and a brother-in-law, Charles Evans. Boland was the owner-operator of the Dixie Motorcycle Mart for 56 years before retiring in 2018 and was a member of Hebardville Methodist Church.

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Shannon Elaine Taylor

WAYCROSS — Sharon Elaine Taylor, 65, of Waycross, died Thursday morning, May 14, 2020, at her residence after an illness. Ms. Taylor was born in Barwick, Georgia, to the late William Oliver Taylor and Ethel Durrance Taylor. She lived in Waycross and Douglas most of her life. Ms. Taylor was a member of Ware Terrace Baptist Church. She loved camping and fishing and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Ms. Taylor was preceded in death by her son, Gary Randell Douglas; two sisters, Linda Taylor and Peggy Shelton; two brothers, Jimmy Taylor and Charlie Taylor.

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Glenda Dale Howard Willis

HOBOKEN – Glenda Dale Howard Willis, 70, of Hoboken, passed away Thursday evening, May 14, 2020, at her residence after an extended illness. Born in Savannah, Mrs. Willis was the daughter of Conway Howard and Arlene Dickerson Howard. Mrs. Willis was an educator for 22 years for the Brantley County Board of Education and a member of Hickox Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her grandkids, camping, traveling, and sewing. Glenda also loved going on vacation at Disney. Survivors include her husband, Robert Willis of Hoboken

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