Roger Lee Williams
Roger Lee Williams, 71, passed away suddenly Wednesday (October 23, 2019).
Roger was born June 15, 1948, in Waycross, Georgia, to the late Jack Williams, Jr. and Margaret Rogers Williams. A lifelong resident of Waycross, he graduated in 1966 from Waycross High School and was a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism. Roger was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church. Roger was the publisher and president of the Waycross Journal-Herald. He served in numerous civic organizations and on their boards including the Salvation Army, YMCA, Waycross Downtown Development Authority, Waycross Jaycees, and Waycross Kiwanis.
Roger was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time at home with his extended family. He also loved Georgia Bulldog football and rooting on the Bulldogs with his children and step-children. He was proud to carry on the Journal-Herald’s tradition of posting the stories of Christ on its front page each Easter and Christmas.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Franke Williams; three children, Rachel Grimes (Greg), Brad Williams (Christy) and Matthew Williams (Sarah); three step-children, Jennifer Franke King, Allison Holt Herrin and Ashley Holt Watson (Matt); grandchildren, April Grimes, Bettie Abigail Grimes, Logan Williams, Laine Williams, Kami Williams, Layla Williams, Annabelle Williams, Graham Williams, Jessica Anne Kelly (Brad), Kellie Pringle (Andrew), Taylor Mervine, Grayson King, Jaxon Herrin, Ellie Gosse, Matthew Watson, Jr. and Haddie Watson; two siblings, Ann Williams Clarke (Burnet) and Jack Williams III (Anne); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday (October 26, 2019) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army, 977 Tebeau St., Waycross, GA 31501.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Colleen Hall Tuten Griffin
WAYCROSS – Catherine Colleen Hall Tuten Griffin, 93 of Waycross, died Tuesday morning, October 15, 2019 at her residence after a short illness. She was born in Ware County to the late Daniel Rufus Hall and Eliza Ann Bagley Hall and lived here all of her life. Mrs. Griffin was a graduate of Waresboro High School and in her younger years worked as a cashier at PigglyWiggly and other stores. Later in life, she was a homemaker where she enjoyed her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Griffin was a member of Pineview Baptist Church and the Red Hat Society. She loved to travel on cruises and bus tours and especially loved spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Griffin was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald F. Tuten Sr.; five sisters, Winnie, Maxine, Mary, Ronnell and Clarine, and one brother, Clifford. Survivors include her husband of 11 years, Joseph Robert Griffin of Waycross; four children, Donnie Tuten (Nina Jo) of Waycross, Bonnie Burke (Emory) of Douglas, Linda Erdmier (Randy) of Waycross, and Danny Tuten (Dawn) of Broxton; three step-children, Gary Griffin (Lisa), Dave Griffin (Lynne), Debbi Hickox (Glynn) all of Waycross; 15 grandchildren, Joey Tuten (Lauri), Donna Whitted (Scott), Jennifer Bennett (Chad), Brent Tuten (Tim), Lisa Burke, Debbie Given, Angie Tucker (Mark), Kevin Erdmier (Shelly), Neil Erdmier (Heather), Danielle Jeffers (Richard), Amy McIntosh (Adam), Kathi Boyette (Kevin), Joshua Tuten, Dori Schofield, and Billy Merritt (April); seven step-grandchildren, Gram Griffin (Karen), Laura Sansot (Ian), Gracie Griffin, Mary Beth Kennedy, Megan Stewart (Jamie), Connor Griffin, Erin Blair (Jeff); 36 greatgrandchildren, 10 great great – grand children ; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. A funeral was held Friday morning, October 18, at Pineview Baptist Church in Waresboro with the Rev. Randy Ray, the Rev. Richard Jeffers, and the Rev. Lamar Music officiating. Burial followed in Wadesboro Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Joey Tuten, Brent Tuten, Joshua Tuten, Mark Tucker, Kevin Erdmier, Neil Erdmier, Connor Griffin and Richard Jeffers. Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Delettre, Tommy Rouse, Eddie Crawford and Chad Bennett. Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome. com Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
John Samuel Jones
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – John Samuel Jones, 65 of Blackshear, passed away late Tuesday afternoon, October 15, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. Born March 5, 1954 in Blackshear, he lived in Pierce County most of his life. He was a 1973 graduate of Blackshear High School and was retired from Gilman Building Products where he had been a trim saw operator. Jones enjoyed fishing and riding his golf cart and was an avid CB radio enthusiast (his handle was “Mystery Man”). He was of the Baptist faith and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather – his babies were his world. He was a son of the late Randall and Laura Johns Jones. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Hill; and two brothers, Edward Jones and Henry Jones. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Linda Hutto Jones of Blackshear; his daughter and son-in-law, Candace and JasonHandley of Blackshear; his son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Pamela Jones of Blackshear; two sisters, Louise (Robert) Sauls of Blackshear, and Linda Music of Hazlehurst; his twin brother, Jesse (Stacey) Jones of Blackshear; a brother-in-law, Herman (Mary) Hill of Blackshear; his precious grandbabies, Devin Millwood, Hannah Millwood, Haylee Jones, Kellyn Handley, Cameron Jones and Karter Handley; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. The funeral will be held Sunday, October 20 at 4 p.m., in the Pearson-Dial Chapel. Interment will be in the Shiloh Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home two hours prior to the service. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Walter Reid Vollenweider Sr.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND – Walter Reid Vollenweider Sr., 84 of St. Simons Island, entered peacefully into eternal rest Tuesday, October 15, 2019. In 2010, Vollenweider was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Dill Vollenweider. He was also preceded in death by his two children, Walter Reid Vollenweider Jr., and Leslie Vollenweider, both whom succumbed to cancer; and his parents, David and Sarah Markey Vollenweider. He also had seven siblings to precede him in death, David, Charlie, Carol, Henry, Vera, Jane and Don. Left to cherish his memories are his late daughter’s widower, Bill Hodges of St Simons and Sapelo Islands; three grandchildren, Haylee Metts (Ray) of Homerville, Josh Hodges of Duluth, and Dr. Mack Hodges of Charleston, S.C.; a great-grandson, KreekMetts; and several nieces and nephews. Vollenweider was born in Tampa, Fla. His family moved to Waycross when he was still in high school. Vollenweider was a graduate of Waycross High School. After graduating from high school, he honorably served his country in the United States Air Force. Vollenweider then attended Georgia Southern University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He was active in his church and several civic organizations. Vollenweider also served on the Waycross City Commission and was a former Mayor of Waycross. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Waycross. Vollenweider obtained many friendships that he cherished in his former hometowns of Tampa, Fla., Waycross, Ocilla, Macon and St. Simons Island. He will be missed by friends and family alike. They will have many fond memories to cherish for years to come. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all his caregivers at Magnolia Manor on St. Simons Island and the staff of Hospice of the Golden Isles for all of their love, kind acts and professional care. Memorial contributions in Vollenweider’s memory may be made to the Magnolia Manor of St. Simons or Hospice of the Golden Isles. Arrangements are entrusted into the care of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home www.edomillerandsons. com
Carl Virgil Lewis
SAVANNAH — Mr. Carl Virgil Lewis, 30 of Savannah, passed away suddenly Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at his apartment in Savannah. Lewis was born in Waycross to the late Grady Carl Lewis and Bonita H a n c h e y Lewis. He was a 2007 honor graduate of Ware Magnet School and later graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mercer University with a B.A. in Journalism and Southern Studies. Lewis continued his education at Columbia University where he received a M.S. in Data Visualization and Digital Media. His first job was at the Savannah Morning News where he worked as Digital Editor developing interactive data-driven news graphics. During the past three years, Lewis founded Open Savannah and Data Viz Tools. He also owned CVLHoldings. Lewis will be remembered as a brilliant and gifted writer who left us far too soon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Bonita Lewis; his grandmother, Bernice Stuckey Lewis; two uncles, Jerome Hanchey and Charles Allen; and a cousin, Devin Lane. Lewis is survived by his brother, Gavin Grady Lewis of Hoboken; his grandparents, Virgil and Virginia Hanchey of Hoboken and Carl Howard Lewis of Waycross; several aunts and uncles, Darlene Lane (Terry) of Hoboken, Karen Purvis (Kelvin) of Hoboken, Cheryl Allen of Bachlott, Debbie Hanchey of Waycross, Eddie Hanchey (Glenda) of Hoboken, Belton Hanchey (Lesley) of Hoboken, Kirby Hanchey (Lynn) of Hoboken, Mark Lewis of Decatur, and Anna Lewis of Waycross. A graveside service was held Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Spring Hill Cemetery in Hoboken with Rev. Tim Rowell officiating. Active pallbearers were Dr. Leonard Bennett, Brad Lane, Darin Lane, Tim Reed, Dustin Allen and Avery Lewis. Honorary pallbearers were Karla West, Kaylen Gill, Stephanie Dunsmore, Samantha Sears and Chris Allen. Music Funeral Home of Waycross was in charge of arrangements.
Floyd Mashburn Turk
WAYCROSS – Floyd Mashburn Turk, 97, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Born September 1, 1922 in Arabi, Ga., he was raised in Ocilla. Turk served his country in World War II as part of the Naval Amphibious forces as a Lieutenant (jg). After completing his degree at the University of Georgia and earning his CPA certification, Turk moved to Waycross. He married Lou Sims and joined H.H. Burnet & Company. Turk deeply loved his family. Calling each of his sons daily … often several times a day … never failing to end the call with, “I love you, Son” and “Have you talked with your brothers?,” he embraced family. Turk’s petitions, praise and trust verbally revealed his relationship with the Lord. As he prayed over his family, his eloquent prayers overflowed with heartfelt gratitude, always evoking protection, peace and prosperity to each family member, present or not. Turk never met a stranger and, given the chance, would strike up a spontaneous, personal conversation with anyone. He loved to engage people and was genuinely interested in their life stories, backgrounds, successes and struggles. Turk served and promoted the Waycross community as a longtime member of the Lions Club and as president of the board of the Okefenokee Swamp Park. He was awarded the Ralph & P.O. Herrin Industry and Business Award in 2009 by the Waycross Chamber of Commerce for his many years of community service. Turk was active in several area churches and the Okefenokee Country Club. He enjoyed bird hunting, golfing and tennis as well. Turk was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. SamPelhamTurk and Lora Mashburn Turk; his wife of 64 years, Lou Sims Turk; and a brother, John Halbert Turk. He is survived by his three sons, Sam Turk (wife Lana) of FortMill, S.C., Bill Turk (wife Holly) of Fairhope, Ala., and Hal Turk (wife Margaret) of Johnston, S.C.; his extended family, including one sister-in-law, eight grandchildren, nine greatgrandchildren, and several beloved nieces and nephews. The Turk family is especially grateful to Diana Cooley, lead caregiver to Turk for more than seven years. Cooley’s compassion, dedication, expertise and sincere love of him are treasured. Special thanks to Minnie Fountain, Pat Forrest and Sharon Allen for completing the care-giving team, which added many quality years to his life. Thank you, ladies, for loving our Dad and Papa. Also appreciated is the caring staff of Satilla Hospice House for effortlessly attending to Floyd and the family’s needs the last week of his wonderful life. The Turk family cordially invites everyone to join them for a celebration of Floyd’s life at First United Methodist Church in Waycross, on Sunday, October 27. The family will be available for visitation at 2 p.m. with the service following at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the LAMBS Ministry of First United Methodist Church, 410 Williams St., Waycross, Ga. 31501, and/or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501. Condolences for the family may be offered online at www.milesodumfuneralhome. com Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Hazen Heyward Sadler Sr.
BLACKSHEAR – Hazen Heyward Sadler Sr., 79 of Blackshear, died Thursday night, October 17, 2019 at his residence. At the time of his death, Sadler was surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Cairo, Ga., to the late Heyward Jess and Christine Cobb Sadler. Sadler was a 1958 graduate of Bay High School in Panama City, Fla., and a 1964 graduate of Florida State University. In addition, he served as a medic in the United States Army Reserves. In 1963, Sadler married the love of his life, Mary Olivia Murphy. He was the proud father of Haze and Olivia. They lived in Albany, Ga., for many years where Hazen was a small business owner and they were active members of Porterfield United Methodist Church. In 2004, the Sadlers moved to Cape San Blas, Fla., where they were members of Port St. Joe United Methodist Church. Through their membership, they served as volunteers for UMCOR. Since 2014, they have resided in Blackshear, and have been members of First United Methodist Church in Waycross. In addition to his parents, Sadler was preceded in death by one sister, Jackie Hatfield. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Murphy Sadler of Blackshear; two children, Hazen H. Sadler Jr. (wife Holli) of Albany, and Olivia Hopkins (husband John) of Blackshear; his sister, Becky Hurlbut (husband Mitch) of Tallahassee, Fla.; his four beloved grandchildren, Ben Hopkins, JoeHopkins,Hallie Kate Sadler and Margaret Murphy Sadler; and, he was a special uncle to his numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Sunday afternoon, October 20, 2019 at First UnitedMethodist Church in Waycross with the Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Those desiring may make donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in memory of Sadler. The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Asit Jha and his staff, along with Georgia Hospice Care for the love and care that they gave with such grace. Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome. com Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Francis ‘Ernie’ Fals
WAYCROSS – Francis Ernest “Ernie” Fals, 80 of Waycross, died Friday, October 18, 2019 at Harris Regional Medical Center in Sylva, N.C., after a brief illness. Fals was born in Huron, Ohio to the late Perlee Chester Fals and Willie Pearl Jones Fals. He made Brantley County his home for the majority of his life. He served for six years in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army, where he was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. It was there where Fals met the woman who would become his wife of 60 years, Mary. In Waycross, Fals was a master machinist who built engines for race cars and all other types of automobiles. He also taught at Waycross- Ware Technical College for six years. Fals was an active member of Kettle Creek Southern Congregational Methodist Church where he served as a deacon and on the Board of Stewards. Along with his parents, Fals was preceded in death by his daughter, Stephanie Fals; and a grandson, Brad Spence. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Fals of Waycross; three children, Donna Fals of Roanoke, Ala., Sherry Mora of Lake Park, Ga., Wain Fals (wife Tracey) of Oxford, Ala.; nine grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; one sister, Eula Higginbotham of Waycross; one brother, Leroy Fals (wife Joann) of Wrightsville, Penn.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m., today (Wednesday, October 23) at Kettle Creek Southern Congregational Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, Oct. 22, from6 p.m.-8 p.m., at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home. Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
WAYCROSS – Richard Leverett, 79, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Lake City VA Medical Center following an extended illness. Leverett was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County and retired technician with Bellsouth Telephone Company. He served in the United States Airforce and attended Bible Heritage Church. Leverett was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, American Legion Post No. 517, and the Huxford Genealogy Society. He was a son of the late James Frederick Leverett Sr. and Maggie Lee Westberry Leverett. He was preceded in death by a grandson, David Pheil; and a sister, Doris Smith. Leverett is survived by his wife, Ann Peacock Leverett of Waycross; a daughter, Valerie Leverett Pheil (James) of Waycross; three grandchildren, Jacob Pheil (Racheal) of St. Marys, Destini Pheil of Waycross, and Crystal Pheil of Waycross; two great-grandchildren, Lexi Pheil and Nolan Pheil; two sisters, Mary McCray of Jacksonville, Fla., and Gladys Strickland (Jerry) of Blackshear; two brothers, James Leverett of Waycross, and Larry Leverett of Manor; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Bible Heritage Church. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends Friday evening, October 25 at Music Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry atwww.musicfuneralhome. com. Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.