Betty S. Youngblood
Betty S. Youngblood, 80, of Waycross, passed away Wednesday (June 10, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities.
The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 10) at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Poppell officiating.
Interment will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Visitors may sign the guestbook at
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 37, Climax, Ga. 39834 or Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society, Inc, 1250 Cox Ave., Bainbridge, Ga. 39819.
She was born Jan. 15, 1935 in Climax, the daughter of Elmer Swicord and Maude Powell Swicord. She was a native of Decatur County, but lived most of her life in Waycross. She retired from the Social Security Administration as the assistant administrator for this district after 55 years of service. She was repeatedly honored during her lengthy career for her achievements. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Waycross.
Survivors include her daughter, Gina Alday Wooten (Lyn), of Waycross; her son, Joe Michael Alday (Vickie), of St. Simons Island; her grandchildren, Derek Wooten, Laura Elizabeth Wooten, Joseph Michael Alday, Victoria Powell Alday, Jeffrey Brockington and Brittany McMinn Beckworth; her great-grandchildren, Nancy Piper Fletcher, Lyndon Wyatt Fletcher, Shawn Bentley Alday and Olivia Brockington; three nephews; and a very dear cousin, Harry Swicord.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Earl Youngblood, and her brother, Elmer Swicord Jr.
Ivey Funeral Home of Bainbridge is serving the family.

Susan E. Reed
Susan Elizabeth Reed, 64, died late Tuesday night (Oct. 6, 2015) at her residence in Waycross after an extended illness.
She was born in San Diego, Calif., to the late Virgil and Beth Sortore, but made south Georgia her home since 1987. She was married to the late Steven Reed and worked very hard to support her family throughout her life. She enjoyed to go fishing, dancing and being creative, but most of all she loved cooking and being with her family.
She is survived by six children, Anissa Pendergrass, of Waycross, Melissa Sortore (fiancé, Eric Able), of Atkinson, Stephen Reed (wife, Laura), of Waycross, William Carl Reed (wife, Dana), of Waycross, Tony Lopez, of California, Carlos Lopez of California, 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild on the way; a sister, Jane Parham, of Oregon; three brothers, Peter Sortore, of Oregon, Michael Sortore, of California, Stephen Sortore, of California; two great friends, Chris and Gloria Howard, of Blackshear; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorialization is by cremation.
A memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.
Sympathy may be expressed at
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lynette Roberts
A celebration of life service for Lynette Roberts will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Church of Christ Written In Heaven, 617 Blackwell St., with the church pastor, Bishop John A. Moss Jr. officiating.
Burial and committal service will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Kirkland.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 11 a.m. until the service hours. The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 907 Crescent St., at 12:15 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 6 until 7 p.m.
On Wednesday (Sept. 30, 2015) God’s silent angel came into the room of Sister Lynette Roberts and carried her through the open gates at the end of the road.
She was a native of Atkinson County and a longtime resident of Ware County. She was educated in the Atkinson County Public School System. She was the daughter of the late Horace and Willie Bell Hawkins Sr.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at a young age and was a member of The Church of Christ Written in Heaven under the pastoral of Bishop John A. Moss Jr.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Isaac O. Roberts Sr., two brothers, John J. Hawkins, Willie Lee Hawkins, and one sister, Carolyn Douglas.
Those left to cherish her memory includes two sons, Isaac Jr. (C’artis), of Orlando, Fla., Shawn Sr. (Christy), of Waycross; one daughter, Zandra Day, of Tifton; 10 grandchildren, Zoya Day, Zarah, Constance Brown,Shawn Roberts Jr. Zavier Roberts, Isaac Roberts III, Jarvis Roberts, Alycia Jones, Shaquira Jones and Ayanna Roberts; three brothers, Horace (Irma) Hawkins, of Tallahassee, Fla., Nelson (Grace) Hawkins and Robert Hawkins, both of New Jersey; two sisters, Christine Johnson, of Waycross, Eloise Perry, of Orlando, Fla.; four brothers-in-law, George (Nettie), of Pearson, Jimmy Jr. (Elaine), of Willacoochee, Herman Roberts, of Douglas, Allen Roberts (Sheryl), of Blackshear; three sisters-in-law, Shirley Moore, of Waycross, Wanda (Lonnie) Griffin, of Willacoochee, and Mary Jefferson, of Vero Beach, Fla.
Sympathy may be expressed at the online guestbook at
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Rev. Nathaniel Hill
A celebration of life service for Rev. Nathaniel Hill, 79, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Faith United Church of the Living God, Inc. Greater Hill’s Temple, 825 W. Monroe St., Jacksonville, Fla., with his brother-in-law and pastor, Dr. Leonard Goode, offering words of comfort.
The Rev. Nathaniel Hill was born to the late Senior Bishop Albert Hill Sr., D.D., and First Lady Mother Artelia Huntley Hill, April 6, 1936, in Chatham (Ware County) Ga. He was the fifth child of 12 children. He was raised in Waycross where he received his formal education from the public school system.
He received Christ at an early age during the ministry of his dedicated parents to the Lord. Later years, the Rev. Hill accepted his call into the ministry. He loved the Lord and always reverenced Him daily. Anytime you were in his presence, you could expect to receive the Word of God prior to your departure. The Rev. Hill was a fervent believer in the awesome Power of God.
The Rev. Hill was a great lover of music and could blow the slide trombone, play the piano, organ and keyboard. He would give you a concert freely and loved to play a tune and ask you did you know what he was playing. He had a congenial personality as well as a serious demeanor concerning the things of the Lord and his family.
He received employment with Atlantic Coastline Railroad, Waycross, Sunbeam Bakery, CPP/Pinkerton Private Security, and Argenbright Security Company, of Jacksonville, Fla.
He was a dedicated employee and often mentioned doing a job right the first time will save a great deal of time. He received numerous awards for taking pride in his job performances.
The Rev. Hill passed away peacefully Wednesday night (Sept. 30, 2015) in Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Nathaniel C. Hill, and four brothers, Melvin Hill, Bartholomew Hill, McKinley Hill Sr. and Bishop Johnnie Lee Hill Sr., Ph.D.
Those left to celebrate his memory include a son, Jeffrey Hill; and a daughter, Abigail Hill, both of Syracuse, N.Y.; four brothers, Albert Hill Jr. (Beverly), of Waycross, Samuel Hill (Golie) and Willie James Hill, of New York, Andrew Hill (Brenda), of Jacksonville, Fla.; three sisters, Mary H. Shingles (Jimmie), Dr. Martha H. Goode (Dr. Leonard), and Dr. LaVern Hill, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Williard Hill, of Waycross, Rheunette Williams Hill, of Atlanta; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. to the hour of service. Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Alyssa Gibbs Hersey
BLACKSHEAR — Alyssa Kelly Gibbs Hersey, 33, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 6, 2015) at Mayo Health System Waycross.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home

Mary Corbett Peacock
Mary Corbett Peacock, 73, died at home under Hospice care after a brief illness.
She was a native of Milton, Fla., but lived in Georgia most of her life. Born Feb. 11, 1942, she was the daughter of Comer J. and Alice M. Sweeney. She was a nurse and worked at Baptist Village for 26 years prior to retirement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil W. Peacock, and by her parents, Comer and Alice Sweeney, two sisters, Trudy Settles and Louise Miller, and one brother, Carlton J. Sweeney.
She is survived by one daughter, Connie (Ricky) Taylor; two sons, Spud Corbett (Pamela) and C. Joe Corbett; five grandchildren, Samantha Mathison (Wade), Buck Taylor (Liza), Allison Corbett, Candice (Gary) Mintier and Brittany Corbett; two great-grandchildren, Tripp Mintier and Kayson O’Neal.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with a private burial at Waresboro Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Satilla Hospice, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Robert Thigpen
Lester Robert Thigpen, 89, died Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 7, 2015) at his residence in Waresboro after an extended illness.
He was a lifelong resident of Waresboro. Following his service in the U.S. Army, he worked many years for CSX Railroad as a store room department clerk until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of Pineview Baptist Church.
He was the son of the late Joseph Lester Thigpen and Annie James Thigpen. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Roy Thigpen, Ruby O’Neal, Louise Cox, Emma Thigpen and Joe Thigpen.
Survivors include his wife, Jacquelyn Carter Thigpen, of Waresboro; two sons, Robert Terry Thigpen (wife, Karen), of Folkston, and Dr. Scott C. Thigpen, of Waresboro; two granddaughters, Katie Chapman (husband, David), of Athens, and Ashley Thigpen, of Folkston; one brother, Huey Thigpen (wife, Clara), of Waresboro; two sisters-in-law, Robbie Thigpen, of Waycross, and Grace Grantham, of Douglas; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The Etta Crosby Sunday School Class is asked to meet 10:40 a.m. Saturday at Music Funeral Home to serve as honorary pallbearers.
A private entombment service will follow at Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Steve Oliver Jr.
Steve Oliver Jr., a former resident of Waycross, departed this life Saturday (Oct. 3, 2015) after a brief illness in the VA Palliative Care Unit in Gainesville, Fla.
The service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Central Metropolitan CME Church, 4611 N. Pearl St., Jacksonville, Fla.
Viewing will be at A.B. Coleman Memorial Chapel, 5660 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, Fla. Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of service.
Burial will be in Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Fla. Monday, Oct. 12, at 9:30 a.m.
Friends may sign the guestbook at
A.B. Coleman Mortuary, Inc. is serving the family.