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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.

Mary Elizabeth Meeks Swain

HOBOKEN — Mary Elizabeth Meeks Swain, 51 of Hoboken, died Sunday afternoon, November 8, 2020, at her residence. Mrs. Swain was born in Waycross to the late Aubrey Donald Meeks and Annie Mae Carter James Meeks and made Waycross her home most of her life. She was an avid shopper and reality TV enthusiast who enjoyed crafting and refurbishing furniture. Mrs. Swain is survived by her husband, David Swain of Hoboken; two children, Ericka Swain of Nahunta, Georgia, Christopher Swain of Hoboken; two sisters, Darlene Tennison and husband Jody of Waycross,

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Gregory Thomas Martin

WAYCROSS — Mr. Gregory Thomas Martin, 55, died Sunday afternoon, November 8, 2020, at Memorial Satilla Health after a brief illness. Martin was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. A 1983 graduate of Waycross High School, Martin owned and operated Manco Trophy for 16 years. He currently owned and operated The Engraver’s Mark. Martin was a member of Central Baptist Church and Kiwanis Club, and he was an alumni of Leadership Waycross.

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Tasha Renee Rhodenberry Kessler

BLACKSHEAR — Tasha Renee Rhodenberry Kessler, 48, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday morning, November 10, 2020, at her sister’s residence in Patterson following a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 31, 1972, in Blackshear, Mrs. Kessler was the daughter of Johnny Wayne and Gloria Jean Sweat Rhodenberry. She lived in multiple towns while growing up due to her dad’s career. Mrs. Kessler’s family moved back to Pierce County during her junior year of high school.

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Zackery B. Copeland

WAYCROSS — Zackery B. Copeland, 28, passed away suddenly Friday, November 13, 2020, at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County. Copeland was very knowledgeable about electronics, and he enjoyed skateboarding and fishing. Copeland was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wayne and Diane Tillman. Survivors include his mother, Jennifer Lynn Roberson; his father, Brian Edward Copeland; four siblings, Kaci Rowland, Ashton Franklin, Candler Copeland, and Canden Copeland;

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Mary Batten Henry

JESUP — Mary Batten Henry, 84, of Jesup, passed peacefully in her sleep, early Saturday morning, November 14, 2020, at her residence surrounded by her family. Mrs. Henry was born July 8, 1936, in Blackshear to the late Daniel Everett Batten Sr. and Ella “ Louise” Dubberly Batten. Mrs. Henry attended Blackshear High School where she was a fierce basketball player for the Blackshear Tigerettes. In her early years, Mrs. Henry moved to Waycross to raise her family. She enjoyed traveling the north Georgia mountains as well as vacationing on the beach of St. Augustine.

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William Glynn Carver

WAYCROSS — William Glynn Carver, 66, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020, at his residence in Waycross following an extended illness. Carver was born in Brunswick and lived most of his life there before moving to Waycross many years ago. He retired in 2018 from the Georgia Department of Corrections as a regional director of operations. Carver was a member of the New Life Assembly of God in Blackshear and also served in the United States Army.

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Robert McCraw

WAYCROSS — Robert McCraw, 81, of Waycross, died Wednesday afternoon, October 21, at Southeast Georgia Health Systems in Brunswick after an extended illness. He was born in Cherokee County, South Carolina to the late William Grant McCraw and Maudie Robbins McCraw. Mr. McCraw worked for Black Rock Mountain State Park in Clayton, Georgia before moving to Waycross in the late 1960s. In Waycross, he served as Superintendant for Laura S. Walker State Park until his retirement in 1997.

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Jerry Dean Aldridge Sr.

SAVANNAH — Mr. Jerry Dean Aldridge Sr., 65, died Monday, November 2, 2020, at Memorial Health in Savannah. Aldridge was born in Ware County to the late Claude Allen Aldridge and Francis Mc-Dowell Aldridge. He served in the United States Army, and he retired from CSX Railroad as a carman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors, but he most affectionately loved his family. In addition to his parents, Aldridge was preceded in death by four brothers, Ronnie Aldridge, Tommy Aldridge, Darrell Aldridge, and Danny Aldridge; and two sisters, Wanda and Donna Aldridge.

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Juanita Renee Crosby Holmes

BLACKSHEAR — Juanita Renee Crosby Holmes, 71, of Blackshear, passed away, from an extended illness Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at the home of her daughter, Katie Holmes, of Midway, Georgia. Mrs. Holmes was born January 9, 1949, in Jacksonville, Florida, to the late Ralph and Libby Crosby, of Waycross, Georgia. An Air Force veteran, she lived in many areas of the United States, but, most recently made her home in Blackshear. Mrs. Holmes worked at several professions, but her favorite jobs included working for the telephone company as an operator, and in several capacities in the law enforcement field in Georgia and Tennessee.

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Alice Elaine Nazworth

FOLKSTON — Alice Elaine Nazworth, 77, of Folkston passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick. She was born September 16, 1943, in Folkston to the late Alvin Huggins and Juanita Aldridge Tomlinson. Mrs. Nazworth was a home-maker and a member of Camp Pinckney Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, C.L. Nazworth; her children, Lisa Bailey, and Brad Nazworth; two sisters, Linda (Kline) Petty and Sylvia (Richard) Burrell; seven grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren.

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Jerry Eugene Aspinwall

WAYCROSS — Mr. Jerry Eugene Aspinwall, 61, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross following a short illness. Aspinwall was born in Wayne County to the late Reppard Archibald Aspinwall and Myrtle Hickox Aspinwall. He lived most of his life in Pierce County and attended Blackshear High School. Aspinwall attended the Living River Church of God and was also a painter and carpenter. In addition to his parents, Aspinwall was also preceded in death by two sisters, Joyce Jacobs and Betty Jo Aspinwall. He is survived by four children; 10 grandchildren; a brother, Joey Aspinwall (Nancy) of Holly Pond, Alabama; two sisters, Linda Thrift (Tommy) of Hahira, and...

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