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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.

Wanda Eloise Cox Wilkins

WAYCROSS — Mrs. Wanda Elouise Cox Wilkins, 77 of Waycross, passed away early Friday morning, June 26, 2020, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House. Born in Waycross, on December 7, 1942, she had lived in Waycross for the past 30 years. Mrs. Wilkins was a homemaker and a former manager for Dolly Madison Bread Company. She was an active member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church where she was a member of the Adult Sunday school class, the Joy Group, and the Sewing Sisters. Mrs. Wilkins loved flowers and gardening as well as reading. She was the daughter of the late Gideon Preston and Annie Louise Chancey Cox.

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Jerry Lamar Saunders

BRUNSWICK — Jerry Lamar Saunders of Brunswick, Georgia, passed away June 26, 2020, at the age of 79 after an extended illness. He was born November 12, 1940, in Waycross, Georgia, to the late Jesse Paul Saunders and Estelle Beard Saunders. Jerry served in the United States Air Force and was a graduate of the University of Tampa. After his service, he worked as a private contractor for the government as a chemist before going into business for himself. He was the founder of many successful companies, most notably Michael’s Deli, which has been in business for more than 41 years. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Eugene Saunders, and one sister, Sharon Saunders...

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Dorothy Jean Ramirez Register

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Dorothy Jean Ramirez Register, 76, of Moultrie, died Friday, June 26, 2020, at Pruitt Health Moultrie. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2020, at Cobb Funeral Chapel with her daughter, Dana Griffin, officiating. Private interment will follow in Cobb Suncrest Memorial Gardens. Honorary casket bearers will be Andy Newsome and Leon Spurling. Born June 5, 1944, in Waycross, Mrs. Register was the daughter of the late Dionicio Ramirez and Laura Katherine Murray. Mrs. Register was a retired salesclerk with Allied Department Store. She enjoyed reading, fishing, and was an avid bingo player.

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May Jean O’Berry

NICHOLLS, Ga. — May Jean O’Berry, 79, of Nicholls died Saturday morning, June 27, 2020, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross after a short illness. Jean was born in Homerville, Georgia, to the late Willie and Mary Spikes O’Berry and lived in the Ware County area all of her life. Miss O’Berry was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Willie Faye Rowell; five brothers, Johnny O’Berry, Dennis O’Berry, Ricky O’Berry, Ronnie O’Berry, and Junior O’Berry. Survivors include one sister, Christine Finch and husband James of Wausau, Florida; one brother, Ray O’Berry of Waycross; one brother-in-law, Allen Rowell of Nicholls; one sister-in-law, Lori...

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Clano Cornelius Stephens

WAYCROSS — Clano Cornelius Stephens, 107, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Satilla Hospice House in Waycross. Mr. Stephens was born on September 12, 1912, in Dawson, Georgia. He was the oldest living graduate of Albany State University. Mr. Stephens also attended Fort Valley State and Savannah State. He served as principal in the Dawson, Georgia, school system and was an industrial arts instructor at Waycross Vocational School, which was located behind Center High School. Mr. Stephens served in the United States Army in WWII and taught soldiers how to read and write before going off to war. He was a Commander of AMVETS Post 621 in Waycross.

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William Edward ‘Buddy’ Johnson

WAYCROSS — William Edward “Buddy” Johnson, 92, died suddenly Saturday afternoon, June 27, 2020, at his residence. He was a native of Pierce County but had lived most of his life in Ware County. He was preceded in death by his first wife Cora Lee Johnson, his second wife Mary Elizabeth Kight Johnson, and his parents Emmitt Johnson and Maggie Luke Johnson. Buddy retired as a Car Inspector with CSX Railroad in 1987 after many years of service. He was a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church, Waycross Masonic Lodge No. 305 F.&A.M., and loved fishing. Survivors include a daughter Cathy Kendricks (Billy) of Statesboro, Georgia, a son Danny Johnson (Nancy) of Brunswick, 2 stepsons,

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Mattie Agnes McClain Randall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mrs. Mattie Agnes McClain Randall, 82, of Jacksonville, Florida, lost her courageous battle with cancer Monday, June 22, 2020, at Community Hospice in Jacksonville. Mrs. Randall was born in Brantley County to the late John Riley and Mary Etta Mc-Clain. She graduated from Hoboken High School. Mrs. Randall lived for many years in Jacksonville. She worked for Prudential Insurance Company until she was employed by Florida Air Conditioners. Mrs. Randall enjoyed country music and attend- Obituaries Stephens Johnson Randall ing live country music shows. Although she lived out of state, Mrs. Randall remained friends with her classmates.

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Donna Lee Tarber

GRAYSON, Ga. — Donna Lee Tarber, 53, of Grayson, Georgia, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020, following an extended illness. A celebration of life service has been finalized and attendance will be by invitation only and limited pursuant to the guidelines of Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home due to COVID-19. Masks will be required for all attendees. Friends may express condolences on the funeral home website. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family, feel free to utilize our Sympathy Store or consider donating to The Atlanta Community Food Bank in Donna’s honor at

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Gene R. Smith

WAYCROSS — Gene Rivers Smith, born December 5, 1927, of Waycross passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross after a sudden illness. He was born in Waycross to the late T.C. and Minnie Jordan Smith. At the age of 18, Gene joined the U.S. Navy where he served for two years. He worked for the DuPont Company for 30 years as an Instrumentation Engineer and moved back to Waycross in 2001. He was a dedicated husband to Eleanor Smith, who preceded him in death in 2006 after 50 years of marriage. Smith enjoyed playing sports growing up, and was on the Waycross High School basketball and football teams. Gene loved airplanes, and flew his own plane, while in his late 20’s.

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Nathaniel Cole Murray

WAYCROSS — Nathaniel Cole Murray, 38, of Waycross died Saturday evening, June 13, 2020, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross. Murray was born in Waycross and lived here all of his life. He worked for Master Plumbing Company. He loved all types of racing. Murray was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Taylor Murray; paternal grandparents, Archie Leon Murray Sr., and Evelyn Fulford; maternal grandparent, Ester Lee, and Grace Taylor; paternal great-grandparents, Ira Wilson, Fannie Smith Murray, George, and Maude Booth Cox. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Leon and Abbie Murray Jr.; one brother, Archie W. Murray

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Randall Johns

WAYCROSS — Randall Johns, 84, of Waycross, died Wednesday morning, June 17, 2020, at Harborview Satilla after an extended illness. He was born in Folkston, Georgia, to the late Trody Johns and Pearl Branch Johns. He made Waycross and Blackshear his home for the majority of his life. Johns worked as a truck driver for Gilman Paper Company and as a butcher for Cauley’s Meat Packing Company. When able, Johns would attend Mt. Green Church of God of Prophecy. He loved his family and loved his job as a truck driver. Along with his parents, Johns was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Irene Corbitt Johns, three brothers,

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