Mother Ethel Wright
A celebration of life for Mother Ethel V. Wright will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 901 Ossie Davis Parkway, with the church pastor, Rev. Jackie Hooper Sr., bring words of comfort.
Friends are being received at the family residence, 819 Cherry St., and Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose Saturday in the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
She was born Oct. 18, 1934 in Pahokee (Palm Beach County), Fla., to the late Leroy Vanover and Clara Hill Vanover. She moved to Waycross at an early age where she met her husband, the late Henderson Wright.
She was a longtime and faithful member New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church where she served as an usher and was a member of the Mother Board.
She was an avid fisherman, if time permitted she could always be found somewhere fishing. She had five generation and as a family tradition when a child turned two years old they received a fishing pole and their very first fishing lesson from her. Her motto was “if you can fish you would not be hungry.” She was also known for her cooking and loved to cook for her family and friends.
She departed this life Saturday (Sept. 26, 2015) after an illness. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Doris L Wright, and a grandson, Keith Burton. Mother Wright was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Annierea Williams (Harrison), of Waycross, and Barbara Wright Bridges (Rufus), of Albany; her grandchildren, Nina Cobb, of Waycross, Tammy Davis, of Atlanta, Gerald Cobb Jr., of North Carolina, Derick Wright, of Alabama, Angelina Burton and Sean Burton, both of Albany; great-grandchildren, Anna Hill (Allen), Travis Studivant, Brandon Young (Belina), Gerald Cobb III, all of Waycross, Terrell Murphy Jr. (Miyun), of South Carolina, Tiffany Murphy (Richard), of Texas, and TiShana Breevoort (David); great-great-grandchildren, DeQuan Williams, Dontanvel Owens Jr., Kienna N. Lewis, Brandon J. Young, Bailey Young, Morgan Young and Jaeyun Murphy, all of Waycross; sister-in-law, Hattie Chavis, of Waycross, and her son, Dr. Michael Chavis, of New York; numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Willie Davis
Willie Davis, 88, passed away Wednesday (Sept. 30, 2015) at DeKalb Medical Center, Decatur, after a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway.

Lynette Roberts
Lynette Roberts, 69, of Waycross, passed away early Wednesday morning (Sept. 30, 2015) at Satilla Hospice House.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Dr. Randy Jones
Dr. Randy A. Jones, 68, died suddenly Wednesday (Sept. 30, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was born in Enterprise, Ala., but he lived in Waycross since 1969. He retired after nearly 40 years of service with the Ware County Board of Education and the Clinch County Board of Education. He also retired from the Georgia National Guard and served in Desert Storm. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Waycross.
Dr. Jones was a son of the late Cecil Floyd Jones and Arizona D. Jones.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Fisher Jones, of Waycross; a daughter, Lindsay Jones, of Waycross; a son, Ashley Jones, of Waycross; two sisters, Marsha Skoropat, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Debbie Minton (Randy), of Tifton; a brother, Jeff Jones (Anne), of Taylorsville; two sisters-in-law, Janet Barnes (Freddie), of Lexington, S.C., and Sharon Blankenship (Bob), of Roswell; a brother-in-law, Marc Fisher (Karen), of North Augusta, S.C.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends Friday at the church from 1:30 until 3 o’clock.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, 702 Elizabeth St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Sharon Batten Dixon
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Sharon Batten Dixon, 63, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday (Sept. 29, 2015) at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.

Dewey A. Davis Sr.
BLACKSHEAR — Dewey Aldeen Davis Sr., 91, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday morning (Sept. 30, 2015) at his residence.
Born in Blackshear, Nov. 5, 1923, he lived in Pierce County all of his life. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II. A retired farmer, he was a former “Farmer of the Year” recipient for Pierce County.
He was a member of Beulah Baptist Church where he was in the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School class.
He was a son of the late Jacob Lloyd and Cassie Mae James Davis. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Annie Jo Corbitt Davis, his second wife, Maude Sweat Davis, five sisters, Lois West, Audice Lee, Cora Mae “Tommie” Head, Zell O’Steen and Mildred Hand; and two brothers, Troy Davis and Guthrie Davis.
Survivors include four daughters and three sons-in-law, Marlene Brooker, of Blackshear, Patricia and Chip Raynor, of Valdosta, Denise and Richter Rudisail, and Gwen and Bill Cason, all of Blackshear; his son and daughter-in-law, Aldeen and Alane Davis, of Blackshear; two step-daughters, Cindy and Bo Barnett and Tammy and Roger Summerall, all of Waycross; a sister, Sally Pierce, of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Jacob and Jenny Davis, of Blackshear; nine grandchildren, Mende Brooker Blumenau, Spring Parsons, Wendy Miller, Stacy Davis, Brittany Davis, Deen Davis, Laura Rudisail, Joanna King and Brianna King; six great-grandchildren, Fisher, Ford, Watson, Grace, Lily, and Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at Beulah Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Beulah Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.
The family kindly requests that members of the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School class along with Lucy Goodman, Dorothy Brown, Diane Harris, Wanda Felton, Patricia Atkinson and Angie Ward serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to meet at the church by 10:30 Friday morning.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to the Southeast Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 2764, Waycross, Ga. 31502.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Gregory Gowen
FOLKSTON — Joseph Gregory Gowen, 67, of Folkston, died Saturday (Sept. 19, 2015) quietly in his home after a battle with cancer.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Clyde and Ann Gowen, of Folkston.
He is survived by an uncle, Harold Gowen, of Folkston; and three aunts, Ann (Mrs. Harold), Ruby Gowen, of Folkston, and Faye Smith, of Statesboro; best friend and companion, Cynthia Fountain, of Mt. Vernon; longtime friends, Johnny Gowen, Steve McQueen, Ben Rogers, DarrelI Wells, Pete Mizell, Joe Weatherford and Larry Allen; many cousins and numerous other friends.
He was a lifelong resident of Folkston, graduating from Charlton County High School. He attended the University of Georgia and ABAC before returning home and joining his father in Gowen Plumbing & Electric.
He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed raising dogs, both hounds and bird dogs, and over the years held membership in several hunt clubs including Skyview, Winokur, Camp Lake, Langfeld and Burnt Fort. He also enjoyed racing and building trucks and G P racing. He was a consistent winner at tracks all over south Georgia.
He was a friend to many and will be missed.
A memorial service will be held at the Pineview Cemetery in Folkston Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ray McMillian officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or one’s favorite charity.
Arrangements are with Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston.

Henry Glen Crawford
A graveside service for Henry Glen Crawford was held Wednesday morning at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Franklin Peacock officiating.
Pallbearers were Billy Prater, Tony Brunell, Micheal Knight, Terry Daniels, John Schierer and James Mixon.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.