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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.

Raymond Ronnie Griffis

WAYCROSS — Raymond Ronnie Griffis, 67, of Waycross died Friday morning, July 9, 2021, at his residence after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Griffis was born in Alma to the late Lloyd Daniel Griffis and DeLois Taylor Griffis Carter and made Waycross and Blackshear his home for most of his life. He worked with Rayonier until his retirement and was also a professional sign painter. Griffis enjoyed being a father to girls and would often say he was “rattling the coat hangers” by taking his girls shopping to spend valuable time with them.

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Paula Jackson Bland

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Paula Jackson Bland, 72, died Friday, June 4, 2021, at her sister’s residence in Summerville, South Carolina, following a short illness. A native of Waycross, Mrs. Bland was the daughter of John Richard Jackson and Grace Wilkinson Jackson. She was a 1966 graduate of Ware County High School. Mrs. Bland also resided in Clyo, Georgia, and retired from Bell South Telephone Company as a Switchboard Operator in 1996 after 30 years of service.

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Andrea Lorene Carver

DOUGLAS, Ga. — Andrea Lorene Carver, 34, of Douglas, Georgia,. passed away Monday, June 14, 2021, at her home following a short illness. A native of Waycross, Ms. Carver was born, November 8, 1986, to Charles Carver and Nelda Gurley Douglas. She enjoyed living in small towns like Millwood, Axson and Pearson where she shared her talent and love of sewing as a seamstress. Ms. Carver also loved shopping and spending time with her friends and family. Her spirit of strength, determination, and faith will continue as a reminder to all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Allen and Lorene Carver. Survivors include her mother, Nelda Gurley...

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Jimmy Larry Hiott

WAYCROSS — Jimmy Larry Hiott, 72, of Waycross died Saturday, June 26, 2021, at his residence after a sudden illness. Hiott was born in Waycross to the late Newt Hiott and Mary Louise Ivey Hiott and made Waycross his home for most of his life. After graduating from Waycross High School, Hiott enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country faithfully in Vietnam. Hiott worked many years before retiring from the City of Waycross as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator.

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Rev. David Carlton Ring

JESUP — The Rev. David Carlton Ring, 80, of Jesup, devoted husband, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 29, 2021. He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph K. Ring and Mezzo Trull Ring Davis; stepfather, George Davis; son, David Ring; brother, Harrold Ring (1945) and a sister, Willene Ring Sparks. Ring was a 1958 graduate of Odum High School and attended Georgia Tech. He was a graduate of Lee College, and past president of the South Georgia Lee College Alumni Association.

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Folks Junior Bennett

MILLWOOD — Folks Junior Bennett, 90 of Millwood, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at Baptist Village in Waycross. Born to Lennie Maud Stephens and Folks Elsie Bennett on February 22, 1931, in Axson, Bennett was the oldest of 10 children, five brothers, and four sisters. He was raised in Millwood and loved living in the country. Bennett is survived by two daughters, Gloria Jean (Eric) Boswell and Delores Verona (Angelo) Petite; eight grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren; two brothers, Dane Jason (Marlene) Bennett and Virgil Eric (Linda) Bennett;

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Gunner Lane Ussery

LYONS — Gunner Lane Ussery was born June 28, 2021, and passed away July 1, 2021. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Dr. Lou Munsayac. Survivors include his mother, Lauren Johns, and father, Mason Ussery, both of Lyons; maternal grand-mother, Marie Carter; maternal grandfather, Lorne Johns and wife Dasha, all of Brantley County; paternal grandmother, Lisa Munsayac of Vidalia; maternal great-grandmother, Myra Thrift of Brantley County; paternal great-grandparents, Randy and Johnnie Faye Page of the Center Community,

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Dalphine Guy Spatola

WAYCROSS — Dalphine Guy Spatola, 64, died Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Hospice House Satilla after an extended illness. Mrs. Spatola was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. She was formerly employed as a caregiver for Judge Houston and Judge Blount. Mrs. Spatola was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Lyman Morris Guy, Sr. Survivors include her son, Guy Spatola (Sabrina Nicole) of Waycross; grandchildren, Giovanna Nicole Spatola, Tanner Guy Spatola, Juillanna Madison Spatola and Justin Taylor Spatola; her mother, Evelyn Altman Guy of Waycross; brother, Lyman Morris Guy Jr. (Joyce) of Waycross; two nieces, Melissa Cravey and Crystal White; and...

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Lannis Moody

WAYCROSS — Lannis Moody — husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, friend — died peacefully in his home Saturday, July 3, 2021, surrounded by family. He was 66. Moody, also known as LM, was born in 1954 to Dorothy and Calvin Moody. He learned to a dairy farm and grow crops at an early age. Sadly, tragedy struck the M o o d y family, with the death of his father, Calvin, when Lannis was just 13. He and his family would wake up before dawn to milk the cows, staying up late to cut the corn.

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Faye D. Mosely

WAYCROSS — Faye D. Mosely, 91, died suddenly Sunday afternoon, July 4, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health. Mrs. Mosley was a native of Gwinnett County, but she lived most of her life in Waycross. She retired from Ware Manor Nursing Home as the activities director, and she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Mrs. Mosley was also formerly employed part-time by the Social Security Administration and the McKinney Center. She was a very independent, but compassionate woman who loved her family, friends, and neighbors deeply.

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Sabrina Iris Strickland Griffin

BLACKSHEAR — Sabrina Iris Strickland Griffin, 58, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday evening, July 4, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health Waycross following an extended illness. Born October 20, 1962, in Waycross, Mrs. Griffin lived all of her life in Pierce County. She was a 1980 graduate of Blackshear High School and was a corrections officer with the Ware State Prison. Mrs. Griffin was a member of Hacklebarney Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Strickland. Survivors include her husband, Owen Griffin, Jr. of Blackshear; three children, Dena Cable (husband Pete) of California, Lindsay Griffin of Waycross, and Kendall Griffin (wife Haley) of Blackshear; six...

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