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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.

Patricia L. Crawford

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mrs. Patricia L. Crawford, 81, died early Sunday morning, April 11, 2021, at Orange Park Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. She was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia, to the late Rev. Elgie Lairsey and Louise Tarrant Lairsey. Patricia grew up in the Jamestown Community in Ware County. She was an active student at Wacona School where she played basketball and was involved in other extracurricular activities. After graduating from Wacona High School, Patricia moved to Atlanta for a brief period to work before returning to Waycross.

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Mary Tanner Sears

O’STEEN, Fla. — Mrs. Mary Tanner Sears, 84, passed away Monday, April 12, 2021, at her daughter’s residence in O’Steen, Florida. She was born in Dixie Union, Georgia, to the late Berry Hampton Tanner and Lucille Jordan Tanner. She retired in 1995 from King Edward Cigar Factory after 34 years of employment. She also worked for J.C. Penney for 15 years, having retired in 2001. A member of Haywood Baptist Church, she enjoyed baking her famous peanut brittle, gardening flowers and vegetables, and going to the beach on family trips with her sisters.

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Robert P. Jones

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — Robert P. “Maverick” Jones, 82, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. He was born on December 29, 1938, in Hoboken, Georgia. After he graduated from high school, he married Peggy Queen Jones on June 6, 1957. They moved to Fernandina Beach in 1958. He worked at Container Corporation of America for several years. He left Container and went to work in construction and helped build Baptist-Nassau Hospital.

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Doug Walker

BLACKSHEAR — Doug Walker, 84, of Blackshear died peacefully on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born in Greenville, Alabama. Walker was of the Baptist faith. He graduated high school in 1955 from Fairbanks, Alaska. Walker started working for IBM in Dayton, Ohio. In 1961, he was awarded the top sales agent in the United States for National Cash Register Corporation. He moved to Waycross, Georgia, and started Walker Business Machines which later became Doug Walker Office Supply.

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Stephen Herbert Sweat

WHITE OAK, Ga. — Stephen Herbert Sweat, 71, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021, while resting in his home in White Oak. He was born Dec. 12, 1949, in Waycross, Georgia to the late Herbert Hoover Sweat and the late Frances Crews Tanner. Sweat graduated from Waycross High School in 1968 and went on to become a 1972 graduate of Georgia Southern University where he earned a degree in fashion merchandising. While at Georgia Southern he was a charter member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

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Grace Virginia Strickland Harris

WAYCROSS — Grace Virginia Strickland Harris, 91, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness. She was born in Waycross to the late James Leonard Strickland and Thelma Estelle Beaty Strickland. Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 75 years, Robert Hilton Harris. Mrs. Harris was the epitome of love, grace and kindness. She will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul, with a warm and encouraging smile.

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Kathleen Fraley Johnson ‘Kay’ Kovach

HOBOKEN — Kathleen Fraley Johnson “Kay” Kovach of Hoboken died at the age of 81 Saturday, December 5, 2020, at Hospice of Golden Isles in Brunswick, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Mrs. Kovach was born in Virginia to Kathleen Fraley and Marvin Johnson. Mrs. Kovach was a talented home cook, accomplished baker, and creative cake decorator. She loved living in Bermuda for three years with her husband Rich; enjoyed being a homemaker, grade school room mother, girl scout cookie chair, and disability advocate long before IDEA.

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Delores ‘Dusty’ Bennett

SMYRNA, Ga. — On March 15, 2021, Dolores “Dusty” Bennett passed away at the age of 89. Born September 5, 1931, in Akron, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Nellie Lou Smithson and the late Arthur Donald Smithson. Mrs. Bennett was the loving, devoted wife of the late Milton W. Bennett for 61 years. While Milton was attending Georgia Tech, they met, fell in love, and married shortly after in 1954. Together they had five children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Their family grew even larger when they began sponsoring David and Lawrence, two brothers who live at the orphanage in Zambia. Mrs. Bennett was the matriarch of the Bennetts, the Smithsons, and numerous extended...

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Eddie Lamar Carter

WAYCROSS — Eddie Lamar Carter, 51, passed away suddenly Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross. Carter was born in Waycross to the late Eddie Lee Carter and Mary White Carter. He was formerly employed with Varn Wood Products in Hoboken. In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by two uncles, Bennie White and Jimmie White. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa O’Hara Carter of Waycross; five children, Cletecia Jene’ Sturdivent (Moses) of Waycross, Danielle Monique Carter of Waycross, Sherelle Sade Rawls of Jacksonville, Fla., Carlos West of Waycross, and Lamaria Elaine Carter of Nahunta; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Karen Carter Shider (Ronnie) and...

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Paulette Rosa Russell

WAYCROSS — Paulette Rosa Russell, 60, died Sunday morning, April 4, 2021, at her residence following a brief illness. She was born in Jacksonville, Fla., but lived most of her life in Ware County. She was the daughter of the late Horace E. Thomas and Iva Estelle Tillman Thomas. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Laverne Thomas, and a brother, Charlie Thomas. She was a member of Cornerstone Church of God and was an insurance clerk with Memorial Hospital and Satilla Regional Medical Center where she had been employed for more than 30 years. Survivors include a son, Joseph Russell of Waycross; two grandchildren Leah Russell and Blake Russell; her siblings Junior Thomas of...

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Grover Cleveland ‘G.C.’ Hamilton

GRAY, Ga. — Grover Cleveland “G.C.” Hamilton, Jr., 81, of Stewart Farm Road, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at his residence. Memorial services were held Saturday, April 10, 2021, graveside at Spring Hill Cemetery in Hoboken with the Rev. Don Hamilton officiating. The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the cemetery. Hamilton was born May 17, 1939, in Pierce County and had lived in Jones County for the past seven years. He was the son of the late Grover Cleveland Hamilton, Sr. and Evie Lee Dixon Hamilton. He was a millwright by trade and could be found nearly daily at the Waffle House near his home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dicie Carrilee Jacobs...

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