Tom D. Spence
Mr. Tom D. Spence, 95, of Waycross died Thursday afternoon (Oct. 29, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Nelda Bregante
Nelda Bregante, 61, of Oxnard, Calif., passed away Oct. 13, 2015 at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center’s liver transplant ICU after a long battle with hemochromatosis and liver disease.
She was surrounded by her husband, her three children and grandson.
The graveside funeral was attended by family and close friends on Monday, Oct. 19, at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara, Calif. Funeral arrangements were handled by Welch- Ryce-Raider Funeral Chapels of Santa Barbara.
She was born at Fort Jackson, S.C. on April 16, 1954 to William and Vanelda Ballard.
She was raised in Daytona Beach, Fla., and attended and graduated from local schools in Daytona Beach. She moved to California after the birth of her second child.
She was a top performing sales executive for several healthcare companies in Orange County, Calif., including Beech Street Corporation. She subsequently was the owner operator of several women’s boutiques. The boutiques named “Piajeh” were in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Oxnard, Calif. She retired from business in 2011.
During their life together, she and her husband lived in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Villa Park, Lake Forest, Santa Ana, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Tustin and currently Oxnard where they have lived for the past 10 years.
She was a very caring and loving person loved by her family and friends around the country. She was an active member of the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and was the director of their “Gear Locker” gift shop.
She is survived by her loving husband, George J Bregante; her father, William Mack Ballard; step-mother, Joann Ballard; and sister, Amanda Rearden (all of Florida); their Brady bunch family of eight children, son, Sgt. Major Michael Cato Sr. (wife, Suvina), of Okinawa; daughters, Keeley Godinez, of Santa Barbara, April Cato, of Fullerton; step-children, Charla Bregante, of Goleta, Brennan Moore, of Solvang, Bret Moore, of Goleta, Bridget Bryden, of Santa Barbara, and Daria Laudeman, of La Crescenta); 10 grandchildren, Michael Cato Jr., of Temecula, Kathryn Laudeman, of UC Davis, Cameron Cato, of Okinawa, Francis and Miles Kretchmer, of Goleta, Erich Laudeman, of La Crescenta, Meghan and McKenna Robles, of Goleta, and Adlen and Rodrick Godinez, of Santa Barbara.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Vanelda Ballard, and her brother, Russell Grady Ballard.
After retirement Nelda and her husband enjoyed some traveling, cooking, her love of women’s fashion and music, her passion for their family and each other. They enjoyed a very loving and close relationship. They each were the love of each other’s life.
George stayed by Nelda’s side the entire 153 days she was hospitalized at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center transplant ICU Unit.
She died two days before their 22nd wedding anniversary and George had the hospital chaplain scheduled to renew their vows in her hospital room.
God had other plans. She will be sorely missed by George and their family. Before she died George told her, “Nelda, I loved you then. I love you still. I always have. I always will.”
Nelda was buried with a bracelet on her wrist with that inscription on it as a testament of their everlasting love for one another.
Her husband George will be starting a new foundation in Nelda’s name to support the education, research and treatment for the two terrible diseases she suffered from Hemochromatosis and Liver disease.
Relatives in Waycross include cousins, Margie and Harry Clifton and families, Chris and Rodney Music and family, Jerome Herndon, Grady Herndon as well as her grandmother, the late Martha Louetta Crosby, and aunt and uncle, Myrtice King and Joe Crosby, of Waresboro, and cousins, Louette and Gary Macey, of Florida.

William ‘Bill’ Favors
William G. “Bill” Favors, 71, died Thursday (Oct. 29, 2015) evening at his residence following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Everette J. Herrin Jr.
GEORGETOWN, S.C. —Everette Julian Herrin Jr., 72, of Alma, passed away Sunday (Oct. 25, 2015) at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.
Born in Folkston Oct. 21, 1943, he lived in Bacon County most of his life. He was a retired truck driver and was of the Baptist faith. He loved to dote on his wife and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sitting on his front porch drinking coffee and listening to blue grass and classic country music, and playing Yatzi.
He was the son of the late Everette Julian Herrin Sr. and Mary Emma Hickox Herrin. He was also preceded in death by his two sisters, Mary and Delores.
Survivors include his wife, Sheila Ward Herrin, of Alma; three daughters, Shirley (John) Bunch, of Georgetown, Cindy (Kenny) Maurey, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Tina Henning, of Alma; two sons, Everette James (Tara) Herrin and Edward Jones Herrin, all of Alma; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Hickox Cemetery in Brantley County.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret E. Whipple
Margaret Elizabeth Whipple, 66, died Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 28, 2012) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Waycross.
She was a native of Providence, R.I., but she lived most of her life in Waycross. She grew up Episcopalian, but she attended Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. She was formerly employed by Okefenokee Swamp Park as the gift shop manager for 35 years.
She was the daughter of the late Arthur Alwin Whipple Jr. and Gladys Anne Wheatley Whipple.
Survivors include two sons, Jon David Whipple (wife, Connie), of Waycross, and Daniel Joseph Whipple, of Statesboro; one granddaughter, Kailynne Whipple; two step-grandchildren, Braxton Brock and Martin Brock; one sister, Carol Spikes, of the Atlanta area; one nephew, Jimmy Spikes; one niece, Cheryl Caldwell; two great-nephews, Bryan Spikes and Bradley Spikes.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in High Bluff Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

JoAnn R. Bass
Mrs. JoAnn Robertson Bass, 82, died Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 28, 2015) at Bayview Nursing Home in Nahunta.
She was a native of Kissimmee, Fla., where she lived most of her life. She attended the University of Florida. She owned and operated Fashion Flair for 27 years as a cosmetologist, and she operated Bass Roofing Company after her husband passed until she sold the company. She was an avid rodeo fan and supporter of her family who participated.
She was the daughter of the late John J. “Jack” Robertson and Lena Harvey Robertson Toraya. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Clyde Bass Jr., her second husband, Richard Hulton, and her son, Brandt Robertson Bass.
Survivors include her daughter, Beth Ann Thomas (John), of Hoboken; five grandchildren, Colt Hartt, Jacee Thomas, Brandie Bass, Kendyl Bass and Kelsey Bass Mascarel; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jackie Robertson Mikell and Joyce Robertson Meinecke; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Music Funeral Home. A memorial graveside service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee, Fla., at a later date.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Clara Mae Lee
Clara Mae Lee, 72, of Alma, died Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2015) at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., after a short illness.
She was a native of Coffee County and was a resident of Twin Oaks Nursing Home for the past three years.
She was daughter of the late George Washington “G.W.” Knowles and Maggie Spell Knowles. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Quitman Lee, a sister, Christine Waters, and a niece, Diane Parker.
She worked with Streats Garments in Nicholls for many years and was a member of Victory Chapel Baptist Church in Ware County.
Survivors include a son, Jimmy Landon Lee (Karen Davis), of Valdosta; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Billy and LeVan Lee, of Bickley, Maxell and Vivian Smith, of Douglas, Cindy Lee, of Alma; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in the chapel of Crosby Funeral Home with the Rev. Pet Hayes and the Rev. David Davis officiating.
Interment will follow in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Bickley.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 6 until 9 o’clock.
Active pallbearers will be Mackie and Danny Smith, Geoffrey Lee, Austin Johnson, Scott Manning and Randall Bennett.
All others in attendance will be considered as honorary.
Arrangements are with Crosby Funeral Home.

Lena Emelyn Walker
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Lena Emelyn Sweat Walker, 82, was held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating were the Rev. David Harrell and the Rev. Mike Aldridge.
Interment was in the Laura Chapel Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Billy Lowman, Colt Walker, Adam Hunt, Heath Walker, Austin Walker and John Ray Hunt.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Olive Irene Griffin
A funeral for Olive Irene Griffin was held Thursday afternoon at Rehobeth Baptist Church with the Rev. Phil Jordan officiating.
Burial followed in High Bluff Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Randy Griffin, Dennis Knowles, Bobby Meeks, Jackie Myrick, Glenn Thomas and Mike Todd.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.