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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.

Thurza Louise Murray

BAXLEY — Mrs. Thurza Louise Murray, age 60 of Baxley, Georgia, passed away, Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Appling County HealthCare of Baxley, following a brief illness. She is survived by her husband, Ralph Murray of Baxley and six daughters, Misty Murray and husband, Alex Galvan of Hoboken, Jennifer Murray of Millwood, Christy Murray and husband, John, of Millwood, Peggy Wright and husband, Dustin, of Pearson, Shannon Davis and husband, Bill, of Broxton, Chryssy Bennett, and husband, Mark, of Pearson; mother Thurza Ann Smith of Nahunta; brother David Plowden and wife, Tracy, of Summerville, South Carolina; sisters Marie Gaskins of Nahunta, Georgia, and Katie Plowden of James Island,...

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Virginia Grace Crosby Davis

PATTERSON — Mrs. Virginia Grace Crosby Davis, 81, of Patterson, passed away Thursday morning, February 4, 2021, at Harborview Health Systems Jesup following an extended illness. Born August 23, 1939, in Pierce County, she was a daughter of the late Silas and Esma Manning Crosby. Mrs. Davis had lived all of her life in Patterson and was a graduate of Patterson High School. She was a housewife for most of her life and a member of the Offerman Church of God.

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Dr. William Henry Fields

TOCCOA, Ga. — Dr. William Henry Fields of Toccoa, Georgia, passed away Sunday, February 7, at his home outside of Toccoa, surrounded by family. Born March 11, 1936, in Augusta, to the late John Neal and Willie Maude West Fields,“ Henry” was the couple’s sixth of eight children and only son. Raised on farms in Bel-Air and Grovetown, Dr. Fields was taught hard work and service to others at an early age. He graduated from Richmond Academy in Augusta before attending the Georgia Institute of Technology where in 1959 he received a Bachelor’s Degree in textile engineering.

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Annie ‘Merle’ Henderson Williamson

WAYCROSS — Annie “Merle” Henderson Williamson, 88, resident of Waycross, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021, at her home attended to by her loving husband. The funeral was held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, at Crawford Baptist Church, Crawford, Alabama, with the Rev. Steve Williamson officiating, according to Vance- Brooks Funeral Home in Phenix City, Alabama. Private interment followed at Crawford Cemetery. Pallbearers were Allen Edwards, Mason Edwards, Jake Edwards, Elizabeth Williamson,

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Jackie ‘PaJack’ Edward Booth Sr.

HOBOKEN — Mr. Jackie “Pa Jack” Edward Booth, Sr., 84 of Hoboken passed away Tuesday morning, February 9, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross after a brief illness. Born in Waycross, Booth’s parents were Abe B. Booth and Luna Gertrude Saterfield. He is also preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Lynde Booth; two sisters, Gertrude Cribb and Merle Proctor; and three brothers, Bud Cribb, Pete Booth, and Gene “Bo” Cribb. Booth was retired from CSX Railroad as a pipefitter and served in the United States Army. He attended High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church and enjoyed doing yard work, mowing his grass, and gardening. Booth was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and an overall great...

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David C. Smith

WAYCROSS — David C. Smith, 68, of Waycross, died Tuesday, February 9, at his residence after a brief illness. He was born in Savannah, to the late Curtis C. Smith and Donna Marie Helverson Smith. Smith had made his home in Waycross since 2002. He owned and operated David C. Smith Interior Design and was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. An accomplished singer, he was a member of the choir at St. Joseph Catholic Church and earlier in life, was a member of a Men’s Choir in Washington D.C., that traveled the United States.

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Dorothy Lou “Dotti” Ferguson

WAYCROSS — Dorothy Lou “Dotti” Ferguson, 83, passed into eternity Wednesday morning, February 10, 2021, at her home in The Villas at Baptist Village in Waycross. Mrs. Ferguson was born January 2, 1938, in Obion County, Tennessee, to the late Charlie McCollum and late Pauline Bishop Mc-Collum. The family later moved to South Fulton, Tennessee where she graduated valedictorian in the class of 1955. She and Allen Ferguson were wed September 7, 1955, and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Terry Earl Spivey

WAYCROSS — Terry Earl Spivey died Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at Atrium Health Navicent in Macon, Georgia, after an extended illness. Spivey is survived by his wife, Beth Gill Spivey; his children, Kelli Louise Taylor (husband Cory), Lauren Elizabeth Lester (husband Rick), Sarah Marie Mills (husband Josh), and Benjamin Terry Spivey (wife Kessy); his parent, Mr. and Mrs. Earl (Louise) Spivey; and his brother, Rodney Alan Spivey. Survivors also include his grandchildren, of whom he was especially proud, Gage, Grant, Reagan, Tenley, Amelia, Griffin, Elliot, Audrey, and the baby girl,

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George Wendell Booth

NAYLOR, Ga. — George Wendell Booth, 68, of Naylor, Georgia, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Booth was born May 9, 1952, in Homerville, Georgia, to the late Sarah Belle (Cason) and Marcus Ray Booth. He worked as a loan officer with Farmers and Merchants Bank for many years before retiring as Senior Vice President. Booth enjoyed spending time with his family fishing and hunting. He had a personality as big as he was, and his laughter and smile were contagious to all those he met. Booth was wrapped around the finger of his granddaughter, Remi, and the two shared a bond like no other. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death...

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Grace Juanita Warner Joyner

BLACKSHEAR — Mrs. Grace Juanita Warner Joyner, 77, died Thursday, February 11, 2021, at her residence in Blackshear. Mrs. Joyner was born December 29, 1943, in Atkinson, to the late Will Hardy Warner and Annie Melissa Taylor Todd. She had lived most of her life in Pierce County as a homemaker and affiliated with the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Joyner was preceded in death by her first husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt Altman; second husband, L.J. Joyner;

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Kenneth Blake Johnson

BLACKSHEAR — Kenneth Blake Johnson, 39, of Blackshear died Thursday, February 11, 2021, in La- Grange, Georgia after a brief illness. Johnson was born in Waycross to Kenneth Wayne Johnson and Ruby Allene Beverly Johnson. He had made Waycross his home for most of his life. Johnson was a master carpenter and a member of the Baptist faith. He loved racing and fishing. Johnson was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his daughter, Aleigha Mae Johnson of Waycross; his mother, Allene Johnson of Waycross;

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