Marilyn Dixon Pittman
Marilyn Dixon Pittman, 83, of Waycross, died early Wednesday (Sept. 9, 2015) at Satilla Care Center after an extended illness.
She was born in Pierce County to the late James Strickland “Jim” Dixon and Sarah Proctor Dixon. She made Waycross her home for most of her life.
She was a devoted housewife and mother who loved caring for and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed working with her husband in her rose garden at home and will always be remembered by her family as an exceptional cook. She was an active member of Second Baptist Church, where she worked in the nursery for many years and was a member of the Faithful Sunday School class, and the Sunshine Group.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Hines, her grandson, Dustin Riggins, five sisters, Aline Keller, Nell Strickland, Mae Edgel, Lucille Dixon, Grace Altman and three brothers, Jim Dixon, Eustace Dixon and Billy Dixon.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jack Pittman, of Waycross; her daughter, Beth Riggins (husband, David), of Blackshear; six grandchildren, Damon Riggins (wife, Christina), Daren Riggins, Hayley Hood (husband, John), Hillary Wilson (husband, Adam), Lindsay Washa (husband, Bill), Carly Harman (husband, Matt); nine great-grandchildren, Kaylee Riggins, Ayla Riggins, Hunter Hood, Grady Hood, Baritt Hood, Trevor Wilson, Parker Wilson, Anna Belle Wilson, Mason Harman; three sisters, Ernestine Langford (husband, Hugh), of Brunswick, Crystal Gardner, of Waycross, Eleanor Carter, of Waycross; a brother, Kenneth Dixon (wife, Sue), of Macon; her former son-in-law, Rusty Hines (wife, Ann), of Jacksonville, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Members of the Faithful Sunday School class and the Senior Adult Sunday School Class have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather at the church by 10:45 a.m. Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Second Baptist Church, “Youth Fund,” 301 Tomberlin Road, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
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Betty Pearl White
A celebration of life for Betty Pearl White will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at The House of God Pillar and Ground of the Truth Church, 500 Blackshear Ave., where Elder Renee Burse is pastor. Elder Clarence Adamson will preside and Pastor Donnell Peterson will offer words of comfort.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Friends are being received at the White residence, 1402 Bethune St., and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, 800 Daniels St.
She was born April 18, 1931 in Baxley (Appling County) to the late Pastor Albert Hudson Sr. and Missionary Marie Williams Hudson. She was the fourth of eight children.
She grew up in Waycross where she received her formal education and graduated from Center High School in 1949. She was a majorette and instrumental in developing the Center High School song and one of the first yearbooks for the school.
On March 15, 1952 she was joined in holy matrimony to her high school sweetheart, the late Roosevelt White, and this union was blessed with a daughter, Janice Marie White.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and was a faithful member of Mason Temple Church of God in Christ where she served as a missionary, choir directress and musician, playing the organ and piano. Additionally, she assisted in building the edifice that stands today on the corner of Daniels Street and McDonald Street.
Furthermore she assisted the district choir, district missionary department and the state Sunday School department in various capacities. She was also a member of the Southern Georgia Jurisdictional Choir and the National Choir. In later years she became a faithful member and church mother of Born Free Ministries where her daughter is pastor.
She was a former employee of King Edwards Cigar Inc., McCrory’s Five and Dime, the Ware Hotel and Baptist Village. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, arts and crafts, gardening and making jewelry.
She touched the lives of many people with her smile, love, kindness, culinary expertise, generosity and congenial character. Because of her maternal warmth and godly manner, she was adopted as the mother of her daughter’s Center High School graduating class of 1968.
On Wednesday (Sept. 2, 2015) God called his child, Mother Betty Pearl Hudson White, from her earthy home to her heavenly home. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Hudson Jr.
Those left to cherish her memory include a devoted daughter, Apostle Janice Marie White Thomas; grandchildren, Roosevelt Thomas (Candace), Pastor Rebecca Thomas, LaBronda Payne; great-granddaughters, Zhantavia Thomas and Eden Thomas, all of Waycross; siblings, Odess Rogers (Owen), of Parsippany, N.J., Mother Bernice Parker, of Brunswick, Jackie Hudson, of Bronx, N.Y., Henry Hudson (Zadie), of Yonkers, N.Y., John T. Hudson and Richard Hudson (Irene), both of Waycross; adopted daughters, Pastor Kathy Pierce (John), of Brunswick, co-pastor Denise McGauley, of Blackshear; adopted sons, Rod Merday, of Blackshear, and Ron Nix, of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Orrie T. McCrea Sr.
Orrie T. McCrea Sr., 75, of Waycross, died Monday (Sept. 7, 2015) at his residence.
He was born in Alma to the late Johnny Lee McCrea Sr. and Ocie Lee McCrea Moore. He made Waycross his home for most of his life. He worked as a machinist for CSX Railroad until his retirement in 2002 after 40 years of service. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and work in his garden, especially with his roses.
He was known throughout the country for his accomplished Cornish Bantam Show Chickens. He raised the chickens and traveled all over the country actively showing them. More than anything he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He especially enjoyed the times his grandchildren would travel with him to chicken shows.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and attended Second Baptist Church. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanine Hicks.
He is survived by his wife, Faye McCrea, of Waycross; two sons, Orrie McCrea Jr. (wife, Marsha), of Waycross, William McCrea (wife, Bunnie), of Waycross; seven grandchildren, Lance McCrea, Chloe Clark (husband, Petie), Cassidy McCrea, Chrisanna McCrea, Ashley McCrea, Dylan Lanier, Lina McCrea; three great-grandchildren, Lilliana Clark, Jonan Clark, Tyson Lanier; a sister, Equendial Buie (husband, Bobby), of Blackshear; a brother, John L. McCrea Jr., of Blackshear; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral was scheduled for 10 o’clock this morning in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southeast Cancer Unit, 401 Pendleton St., Waycross, Ga. 31501, or to Second Baptist Church “Building Fund,” 301 Tomberlin Road, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
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Betty Nell Morris
Betty Nell Morris, 79, of Waycross, died Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 9, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Jasper L. Dixon Sr.
Jasper Lauson Dixon Sr., 87, died Tuesday morning (Sept. 8, 2015) at Pierce County Nursing Home after an extended illness.
He was a native of Pierce County, but lived most of his life in Albany before moving back to Waycross a few years ago.
A World War II veteran in the U.S. Navy, he retired from the Marine Corps Supply Center in Albany after 35-plus years. He was a Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Albany Chapter No. 450, Past Master of Albany Masonic Lodge No. 591, member of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, York Rite Knight Templar and member of the Georgia Cracker Radio Club.
He was the son of the late Noah Adam Dixon and Bessie Stella (Dixon) Dixon. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Carol Jean Grant Dixon, his son, Jasper L. Dixon Jr., one sister, Lottie Dixon Scott, of Savannah; and one brother, Eugene Dixon, of Columbia, S.C.
Survivors include one daughter, Sheryl Delane Dixon Musil (husband, Gary L.), of Charleston, S.C.; one son, Jay Mark Dixon, of Charleston, S.C.; two grandchildren, Misty Danielle Musil and Christopher Mark Musil (wife, Tiffany); four great-grandchildren, Megan Danielle Berry, Jenzen Gary Musil, Shanti Crim and Naia Crim; one sister, Bonnie Murray, of Waldo, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Dr. Aumbhagavan
Dr. (Mrs) Gowri Manohari Aumbhagavan, 59, died peacefully on Monday afternoon (Sept. 7, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was the wife of Dr. Siva (Sivasubramaniam) Aumbhagavan and the loving mother of her two daughters, Ms. Suhaniya Aumbhagavan and Ms. Ayiswariya Aumbhagavan.
She was born in Uduvil, Sri Lanka to the late Mr. Kandiah Mailvaganam and the late Mrs. Sugirthamalar Mailvaganam with her two brothers, Mr. Sivakumar Mailvaganam, of United Kingdom, and Mr. Premkumar Mailvaganam, of Canada.
The funeral viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at Music Funeral Home, 1503 Tebeau St., followed by a Hindu ceremony and the last rights performed by the family.

Pastor Wilbert King
A celebration of life service for Pastor Wilbert King will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at River of Life Church of God, 1439 Brunel St. Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin will deliver words of life. Burial and committal service will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 10 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 705 Sargeant St., at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 5 until 7 p.m.
He made his transition into the presence of his Lord Jesus Christ on Aug. 28, 2015 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup.
He was born in Monroe, La., to Oliver King and Claudia Agee. At a young age the family moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he attended school. After graduating from Centennial High School he joined the United State Marine Corps. He served a tour of duty in the Vietnam War and received numerous medals and commendations.
Upon returning to Los Angeles, he attended Southwestern and Long Beach colleges where he received a degree in engineering. He worked for many years in the aerospace industry in Los Angeles. In 1989 he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Shortly thereafter, he began attending Crenshaw Christian Center where he received his ministerial certificate. In 1992 he was ordained a pastor by Bishop Thomas Jones (deceased) in Los Angeles, Calif.
In June 2006, Pastor King and family moved from Los Angeles, Calif., to Waycross, to be near his wife’s family and where he believed the Lord had sent him to be part of the community. He volunteered and served with many organizations mentoring young men with the Boys to Men Organization, as a member of the Oak Street Festival Committee, and as a board member of the Upper Room Outreach Ministries. He was a member of Convenant Fellowship International under the leadership of Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin, The Potter’s House International Ministry, Jacksonville, Fla.
He will be remembered for his love of God, his commitment to live his life in a way that pleased his Savior, love for his family, loyalty to his friends, his giving heart and his love for God’s people.
He was preceded in death by his father, Oliver King, a brother, Calvin King, and a sister, Carrie Ann King.
Those remaining to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara King, of Waycross; sons, Isaac King, of Waycross; Derek King (fiancee’ Taleshia Green), of Jacksonville, Fla.; Reginald (Cori) King, of Los Angeles; daughter, Kimberly King, of Los Angeles, Miranda Garvin (referred to affectionately as his adopted daughter), of Savannah; mother, Claudia King, of Compton, Calif.; brothers, George (Bernadette) King, of La Puente, Calif., Dennis King, of Compton, Calif., Larry King, of San Luis Obispo, Calf.; sisters, Patricia and Barbara King, of Compton, Calif.; and a host of other special family members and friends.
Sympathy may be expressed at the online guestbook at
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Edward Austin
Edward Austin, 87, of Waycross, formerly of Patterson, passed away Sunday (Sept. 6, 2015) at Satilla Care Center in Waycross.
The family is currently receiving friends at the Waycross residence of his cousin, the Rev. Thomas Jr. and Christine Smith, 908 Cedar St.
Visitation will take place from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Rainge Funeral Home, 505 Ware St., Blackshear.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James Missionary Baptist Church on the Ridge, 5600 Aaron’s Way, Patterson.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
He was a native of Waycross, son of Edward and Donella Austin. He was preceded in death by one sister, Jeroline Williams, and three brothers, J.L. Austin, Cecil Austin Sr. and Daniel Austin.
He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Waycross, and Macedonia Baptist Church, Patterson.
Survivors include a brother, Donald Austin, of Waycross; two sisters-in-law, Annette Austin, Lois Austin, both of Waycross; his devoted caregivers, two cousins, Beverly Earl and family and the entire Smith family; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Words of comfort will be given by Pastor Thomas Smith Jr., pastor of St. James Baptist Church on the Ridge, Patterson.

Myrtle B. Broome
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Myrtle Braswell Broome, 72, passed away Friday (Sept. 4, 2015) in the Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, Ala., surrounded by her loving family, following an extended illness.
She was born Feb. 4, 1943, in Richmond County to the late Bonnie Cubbage Braswell and Lena Adeline Blackwell Braswell. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She loved cooking, music and singing, search and find crossword puzzles and helping her family. She was so giving and loving to everyone she met that all who knew her called her “Granny.” She was a retired seamstress and was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Broome, and several sisters and brothers.
Survivors are four daughters, Telesa Allen, Lynn Gayton and Shirley Young, all of Tignall, and Sonya Gouge, Ozark, Ala.; one son, Daniel C. Merritt Jr., Huntsville, Ala.; three sisters, Betty Ansley, Bonneville, Madeline Adams, Pearson, and Bonnie Sue Adams, Cogdell; sister-in-law, Iris Braswell, Cogdell; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Indian Mound Missionary Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Pine Forest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Indian Mound Missionary Baptist Church.
Sympathy may be conveyed at the online registry at
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.