Deacon Willie Davis
The homegoing service for Deacon Willie L. “Ironman” Davis, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at First Born Church, 1120 H.J. Echols Drive, Waycross, where Bishop Michael Flynn is the pastor.
Elder Clarence Adamson will offer words of comfort.
The body will lie in state in church from 11 a.m. until the service hour. Burial and committal service will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence 1700 Toomer Street on Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home today during visitation from 6 until 7 p.m.
A Time to be Born:
Deacon Willie Davis was born in Waynesville Aug. 18, 1927 to Earl Davis and Alma Tyson, who proceeded him in death.
As a child, he matriculated through the Brantley County Public School system.
He enjoyed gardening, demolishing houses, spending time with his family and bragging on his girls. He loved managing his rental properties and hanging out with his railroad buddies. He also enjoyed watching wrestling, Jerry Springer and the Atlanta Braves. He attended his last Braves game with his daughters on his birthday.
A Time to Love:
He was joined in holy matrimony to the late Frances Davis July 17, 1961. To this union, five daughters were born (Kathy, Lori, Sheri, Jana and Kikky).
He was also the father of two sons and three daughters from a previous marriage (Rickey, Billie, Cynthia, Wanda, Shurea).
He was a proud grandfather to a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was affectionately called Bill, Ironman, Deac and Deacon Davis
A Time to Plant:
He accepted Christ into his life at an early. He joined and was a dedicated member of Zachary Holiness Church where he served as chairman of the deacons. At Zachary, he was sanctified and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. He spent countless hours and was known for leading devotional service, prayer service and testimony service. He was a well known musician, as he played the scrubboard. He was instrumental in establishing the fellowship hall at the church. The hall was named The Davis Fellowship Hall after him.
He served in the U.S. Marines as a paratrooper during the Korean War. He was employed by CSX Railroad for 43 years. He was the first African American crane operator.
A Time to Die:
After a brief illness, he left his earthly body and transitioned to his heavenly home Wednesday (Sept. 30, 2015) at Manor Care Rehabilitation Center.
A Time to Mourn:
As he joins his beloved wife Frances Davis in Heaven, he leaves to cherish his memories five daughters, Katherine Mattison (Steve), Dr. Lori Paulk (Eric), Sheri Bolden (Rod), Jana McAllister (Anthony) and Kikky Smith (Jacoby); from a previous union, he leaves two sons and three daughters, Willie Davis Jr., Cynthia Westbrook (Fred), Wanda Hasen (Junius), Shurea Davis Boles (he was preceded in death by Rickey Davis); two brothers, Alfonso Davis and David Earl Davis (two proceeded him in death, Raymond Davis, Otis Davis); two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Foster (Joe) and Antoinette Merritt, Pearlie Mae Davis (two proceeded him in death, Edna Davis, Gwendolyn Paige); two brothers-in-law, J.B. Merritt and Eddie Merritt (one proceeded him in death, Charles Hodges); 23 grandchildren, Dana Johnson, Mechie Gardner (James), Marcus Johnson (Erica), Matthew Smith, Chardae Revere, Arthur (Traye) Revere III, Meghan Croom, Donnie Croom Jr., William Smith, Michelle Smith, Anthony (AJ) Smith Jr., Anthony (TJ) McAllister Jr. Nolan Smith, Lauren Bolden, Tia McCann, Darryl Davis (Dawn), Jeren Davis, Joshua Davis, Jamal Hasan (Sonia), Rashad Hasan (Amber), Jabril Hasan, Trina Gilliam (Carlos), Shawn Wingfield, Shanta Wingfield, DeMarco Kemp; five god-children, Cheryl Dopson, Derrick Peterson, Porschia, Brittney and Audwin Fluker; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.
Sympathy may be offered at
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Ruby Thrift Lee
Ruby Thrift Lee, 91, died Thursday morning (Oct. 1, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. She graduated from Waresboro School and was a homemaker. She was a member of Waresboro Church of God.
She was the daughter of the late Carey Thrift and Beulah Rogers Thrift.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Grover Lee Jr., of Waycross; two sons, Kenneth R. Lee (wife, Thelma), of Waycross, and William Roger Lee, of Alma; one grandson, Ken Lee (wife, April), of Screven; three great-grandchildren, Austin Lee, Chance Lee and Grace Lee; and numerous other relatives.
A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Cameron D. Corbitt
HOMERVILLE — Cameron David Corbitt, 20, passed away Wednesday (Sept. 30, 2015) following an automobile accident.
He was born Nov. 3, 1994, in Valdosta. He worked for Hood Timber Company as a skidder operator. He was always working on motors ever since he could walk and follow his daddy around the yard. He enjoyed big trucks, bogging, riding dirt roads while listening to country music, and picking his guitar.
He loved life and being with his family. He was very excited as he and his fiancee are expecting a baby girl. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, J.E. and Clyde Tucker, David and Lessie Watson Sr., Woodson and Margie Graddy, Payton and Mary Etta Wilson, Vonnie Miller, Mary Corbitt and William Browning.
Survivors are his mother and stepfather, Beverly “Sissy” W. and Anthony Hayes, of Fargo; his father and stepmother, Danny Lamar and Nancy Corbitt, of Homerville; his fiancee, Ashley Cooper, of Tifton; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Marla and Jerome Riley, and Madison Corbitt, all of Homerville; brother and fiancee, Danny Lamar “Bubba” Corbitt and Allie Smith, of Manor; two stepbrothers, Avery Hayes, of Fargo, and Bryce Smith, of Homerville; maternal grandparents, Deborah and David Watson, of Fargo; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Eloise Wilson and Sadie and Jerry Corbitt, all of Homerville; paternal great-grandfather, Herman Corbitt, of Homerville; paternal great-grandmother, Arlene Browning, of Homerville; aunts and uncles, Bridgett and Jim Colley, Benji and Marissa Watson, Julie and Buddy Davis, Diana and Terry Henderson, and Jennifer and Phillip Bryant; six nephews and nieces: Blaze, Izzy, Ana, Zane, Addy and Raelynn; and a number of other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Lang Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at Trinity Baptist Church.
Sympathy may be offered at
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sharon B. Dixon
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Sharon Diane Batten Dixon, 63, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday evening (Sept. 29, 2015) at Mayo Hospital in Jacksonville.
Born in Jesup, March 2, 1952, she lived in Jacksonville for many years before moving to Pierce County seven years ago.
She owned her own cleaning business while living in Jacksonville. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where she had been very active in the kitchen ministry – a job she dearly loved doing.
She was a Godly woman who relied on her strong faith in the Lord. Even in her sickness she was witnessing for Christ and left a special impression on all those she met. A loving wife, mother, nana and sister, she was the rock of her family who always put others before herself.
She was a daughter of the late James William “J.W.” and Mildred Louise Ganey Batten.
Survivors include her husband, Wendell Dixon, of Blackshear; her daughter, Nicole Dixon, of Blackshear; her son and daughter-in-law, James “Jamie” and Penny Dixon, of Blackshear; her sister, Vicky (Darryl) Murray, of Jesup; her brother, Gerald Batten, of Jesup; three sisters-in-law, Diane (Danny Ray) Boyette, of Blackshear, Linda Carstetter, of Jacksonville, and Sue (Clif) Bakhsh, of Middletown, Del.; two brothers-in-law, Avery (Dot) Dixon, of Douglas, and Gerald (Kay) Dixon, of Atlanta; two grandchildren, Shelby Parish and Nicholas Hood; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Waters Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.
The family kindly requests members of Kay Metelits’ Sunday School class to serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to meet at the church by 10:30 Saturday morning.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

John W. Taylor II
John W. Taylor II, 78, of Blackshear, died Thursday evening (Oct. 1, 2015) at his residence following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hart Funeral Home in Blackshear.

Thomas Dowling Sr.
NAHUNTA — Thomas Dewitt Dowling Sr., 55, of Nahunta, died Wednesday morning (Sept. 30, 2015) at his residence after an extended illness.
Born in Waycross, he was the son of the late Glynwood Dowling and Mercedes Jacobs Dowling, of Nahunta.
He was a manager for Sears and retired from the United States Navy. He was of the Baptist faith and loved playing golf and computer games.
Survivors include his wife of nine years, Judy Ann King Dowling, of Nahunta; a son, Thomas Dowling Jr., of Blackshear; a daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Chris Clark, of Blackshear; a stepson, Tim Grantham, of Douglas; a stepdaughter, Beth Bowles, of Waycross; six grandchildren, Gini Bowles, Natalie Boyett, Audrey Boyett, Ty Grantham, Kyler Grantham and Riley Quinn Clark; mother, Mercedes “Mert” Dowling, of Nahunta; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Linda Dowling, of Nahunta; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Diane Herrin, of Nahunta, and Pat and Dan Tompkins, of Hoboken; and several other relatives.
Visitation will be held this evening starting at 6 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Johns officiating.
Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chris Miller, Darren Miller, Charlie Simmons, Justin Smith, David Smith and David DeLozier.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Brantley County class of 1978 and the golfers at Lakeview Golf Club in Blackshear.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Hubert Dean
A funeral for Hubert Dean, 84, of Saint Simons Island, was held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. James E. Boyd officiating.
Pallbearers were Tom Beech, Ryon Dean, Brandon Dean, Wayne Dean, Blake Davis and Lane Davis.
Burial followed in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.

Anne Hayes White
A funeral for Theresa Anne Hayes White was held Thursday morning at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Christian Little, Ken Cyr, Ron Price and Allin White.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.