Joseph Ray Miller Sr.
Joseph Ray Miller Sr., 80, died Sunday morning (Oct. 23, 2016) at Pierce County Nursing Home following an extended illness.
He was born in Marked Tree, Ark., in 1936, grew up in Tennessee and Mississippi. He married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Maxine Moore, in 1954. He served in the United States Marine Corps for five years and was discharged as a S/Sergeant, Infantry.
He held a degree from Mississippi State University and earned his master’s degree from the University of Georgia. In his first job in education, he was instrumental in developing and coordinating one of the first DCT programs in Georgia.
He advanced in his career as assistant director of Valdosta Area Technical School (1966-68), evening coordinator of Lanier Area Vocational Technical School (1968-69), and director of North Georgia MDTA program (1969-73).
He served as president of Okefenokee Technical Institute (now Coastal Pines College) from 1973 until 1998. During his tenure at Okefenokee Technical Institute he was instrumental in substantial renovation and expansion of the institute, increasing the size of the campus by one third.
He married Shirley Ruth Dowling in 1978, enjoying 36 years of blissful matrimony. In retirement he and his wife traveled the globe from the Matterhorn to wilds of Alaska. They visited almost every state in the United States traveling by motor home.
He was a member of Deenwood Baptist Church. He served the Waycross community through many civic organizations. He was a member and past president of the Waycross Exchange Club, member and alumnus of Leadership Waycross, member of Waycross Lions Club, Toastmasters and the Waycross-Ware County Development Authority. After retirement, he also served as president of Unicoi Springs RV Resort in Helen, Ga.
He was a son of the late Roy W. Miller and Dorothy Koch Miller Fulmar. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dr. Shirley Ruth Dowling Miller, former wife, Elizabeth Maxine Moore Miller, a sister, Roxy Fulgham, and two brothers, Gene Miller and Robert Fulmar.
He is survived by seven children, Wanda Miller Verne (Rich), of Jacksonville, Fla., Joseph Ray Miller Jr. (Christy), of Waycross, Mike Miller (Maggie), of Charleston, S.C., Cyndie Cowart Dixon (Larry), of Waycross, Cammie Cowart Smith (Mike), of Waycross, Connie Cowart Adams (Stan), of Douglas; 10 grandchildren, Joseph Ray Miller III, Carlie Dixon, Courtney Dixon Mero (Mike), Caleb Dixon, Bradley Smith, Betsy Smith Sealy (Ryan), Clayton Adams, Lawton Adams, Jake Leverette (Priscilla) and Austin Leverette (Kelly); four great-grandchildren, Blake Leverette, Garrett Davis, Charlotte Mero and Abigail Sealy; six siblings, Virginia Swindoll (Lamar), of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Ken Fulmar (Pat), of Nesbit, Miss., Dru Burgess, of Fairhope, Ala., Charlie Fulmar (Sarah), of Hattiesburg, Miss., Margaret Henson (Sammy), of Pearl, Miss., Lynn Pearson, of Covington, Tenn.; and a sister-in-law, Donna Miller, of Nesbit, Miss.; a brother-in-law, Bill Fulgham, of Maben, Miss.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Deenwood Baptist Church.
Burial will follow in Hoboken City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Condolences may also be expressed by donating to the Dr. Shirley Miller Nursing Scholarship Fund to the Coastal Pines Technical College, 1701 Carswell Ave., Waycross, Ga., 31503 or by calling Cindy Tanner at 288-7733. Checks should be made out to Coastal Pines Technical College Foundation.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

John Wayne Peacock
John Wayne Peacock, 78, of Offerman, died late Sunday night (Oct. 23, 2016) at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, following an extended illness.
Born Oct. 6, 1938 in Jacksonville, Fla., he was a son of the late John Henry and Mildred Thornton Peacock. He lived most of his life in Pierce County where he was self employed as a truck driver, a carpenter and a mechanic.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Marie Peacock, his sister, Jean Connell Ryan, and a granddaughter-in-law, Stormy Corbitt.
Survivors include four daughters, Beverly Brickhouse (husband, Steve), of Elizabeth City, N.C., Pam Harrell (Pastor David), of Patterson, Tina Corbitt (husband, Scott), of Brunswick, Kimberly Johnson (husband, Anthony), of Blackshear; eight grandchildren, Kaitlin Steven (husband, Jessie), of Hoboken, Ryan Porcelain, of Destin, Fla., Roman Harrell (wife, Ashley), of Midland City, Ala., Eric Corbitt, of Hortense, Candace and Jason Corbitt, both of Brunswick, and Kinsley and Kyle Johnson, both of Blackshear; eight great-grandchildren, Madi Boyett, MaKenzie Boyett and Ella Stevens, all of Hoboken, Hunter and Lexi Corbitt, both of Hortense, and Brooklyn, Briana and Breely Harrell, all of Midland City, Ala.; the mother of his children, Shirley Peacock, of Offerman; the “son” he never had, Jason Tyre (wife, Heather), of Offerman; and several other relatives.
A funeral will take place Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in Waters Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Elton Kenneth Bishop
Elton Kenneth Bishop, 78, died suddenly Friday (Oct. 21, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was a native of Miami, Fla., who made his home in Waycross for the past 30 years. He was the son of the late Elton Richard Bishop and Eva Mae Gooden Bishop. He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Ronald James Mathis.
He retired as supervisor in the machinist department of CSX Railroad in 2000 after 30 years of service.
He was a member of Island View Baptist Church in Orange Park, Fla., and attended Jamestown Baptist Church. He liked helping and serving others and would often assist people with automobile and boat repairs, and he also loved to fish.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lomita Bishop, of Waycross; a daughter, Cheryl Bishop Mathis, of Cleveland, Ga.; a son, Tony Keith Bishop (wife, Angela Jean), of Blackshear; eight grandchildren, Tiffane Rose Bishop, Megan Champion (husband, Hank), Michael Mathis, Justin Mathis, Jason Mathis, Sarah Mostacci (husband, Viny), Elizabeth Mathis and Matthew Mathis; six great-grandchildren, Ethan Champion, Lilie Mathis, Nicholas Mathis, Josiah Mathis, Timothy Mathis and Leilani Mostacci; a brother, Lamar Bishop, of Ocala, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary F. Newberry
Mary Francis Newberry, 72, died Friday (Oct. 21, 2016) at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after an illness.
Friends are being received at her residence, 717 Central Ave.
Funeral arrangements will be announce later by Fluker Funeral Home.