Laverne Pfaender
Laverne Marie Pfaender, the bright shining light of her husband Bill’s life, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday (Sept. 9, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after a brief illness.
She was born in Palo Alto, Calif., on Sept. 27, 1924, daughter of Ellis and Beth Wells. She grew up in North Fork, Calif., and moved to Fresno, Calif., in 1940 and finished high school there in 1942.
She met Bill Pfaender in September 1941 and they were engaged on Dec. 7, 1941. He was later transferred, ending up in Waycross, and they broke up.
She went to business school and worked several different jobs. She married Alvin “Bud” Paulson in June 1944. They had four children, Ginger Poulsen, “Jackie” Thompson and twin sons, David and Don Paulson.
She worked for the Fresno State Fair and retired in 1989 after Bud died.
In September 2003, she and Bill got back together and were again engaged on Dec. 7, 2003 and married Feb. 14, 2004 in Waycross by the Rev. Doyle Hollingsworth.
Bill and Laverne enjoyed more than 11 years together in Waycross. They traveled to California, Las Vegas, Oregon and many other places. They were active in First Baptist Church, Exchange Club of Waycross, and the local AARP Chapter. They worked together for many years with the AARP Tax Aide program.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Pfaender, of Waycross; two daughters, Ginger Poulsen, of Yakima, Wash., and Jackie Thompson (husband, Dale), of Putte Falls, Ore.; two sons, David Paulson (wife, Jamie), of Fresno, Calif., and Don Paulson, of Fresno, Calif.; a step-daughter, Susan Russell (husband, J. Dana), of Lyman, S.C.; a step-son, Duane Pfaender (wife, Karen), of Waycross; five grandchildren, Robert and Jesse Wayman, Tammie Earp, Terri Stivers, Teri Quetzal; and several great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock at Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 3:30 until 4 p.m. at the funeral home. It was Laverne’s wish that there be no public viewing.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations being made to Baptist Retirement Village Ministry Program, 2650 Carswell Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31503.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Nell Morris
Betty Nell Byrd Morris, 79, of Waycross, died Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 9, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
She was born in Baxley, daughter of the late G.W. Byrd and Margaret Barnes Byrd. She lived in Waycross most of her life and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Morris, two sons, Billy Lee Arnett and Donald Arnett Jr., one daughter, Betty Nell Carver, two grandsons, Ricky Dale Price and B.J. Smith.
Survivors include 12 children, Cheryl Carver (husband, Allen), of Waycross, Danny Boy Arnett, of Waycross, Syble Beecher (husband, Ronnie), of Waycross, Judy Branch (husband, Joey), of Waycross, Bobbie Golding (husband, Joe), of Blackshear, John Morris, of Waycross, Jackie Morris, of Oregon, Patty Morris, of Oregon, Carolyn Thornton, of Waycross, Kenny Morris, of Oregon, Renee Morris, of Waycross, and Andy Morris, of Waycross; 21 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Catherine Little (husband, Jim), of Jacksonville, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bishop Ernest Davis
A celebration of life service General Bishop Ernest Davis will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Big Bethel Freewill Baptist Church, 1221 Thomas St., with the church pastor, the Rev. Alonza Scott, offering words of comfort.
Visitation will be this evening at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway, from 6 to 8 o’clock with the family on hand to receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 1:30 p.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Greenlaw Cemetery with military rites.
He was born Oct. 14, 1922 in Pierce County to the late Rev. J.S. Davis and Lula P. Davis. He was raised in Waycross where he matriculated in the Waycross School system. After high school he joined the U.S. Army where he served during World War II. He moved to Philadelphia, Pa., in 1941 and returned back to Waycross in 1978.
Early in life he was joined in marriage to the late Elizabeth Wright Davis and this union was blessed with a son. After his wife’s death, he was married to Charlotte Davis and this marriage was blessed with three children.
He was called by God into the ministry in 1970. He served actively as a pastor and Bishop for more than 45 years. At the time of his demise, he was serving as General Bishop of the Freewill Baptist Church of Georgia, Alabama and Florida districts. He served as pastor of numerous churches including Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Blackshear, Mountain Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Edison and others
At 8 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 8, 2015) God called him to his heavenly home to rest from his labor.
Those left to cherish his memory include a devoted and loving wife, Georgette Bivins Davis; his children, Eugene Curtis Davis (Armetha), of Waycross, Sabrina Rodriquez (Vincent), of Atlanta, Johnny Davis and Andre’ Davis, both of New York, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Eugene Curtis and Armetha Davis, 206 Columbus St.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

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., Waycross, Ga. 31501 followed by a Hindu ceremony and the last rights performed by the family.

Orrie T. McCrea Sr.
A funeral for Orrie T. McCrea Sr. was held Thursday morning at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Freddie Smith and the Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bradley Rowell, Ricky Hiers, Dylan Lanier, Andy Crawford, William Dart and David Varnadore.
Military honors were provided by an Honor Guard of Moody Air Force Base.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Edward Austin Jr.
Edward Austin Jr., 87, of Waycross, formerly of Patterson, passed away Sunday (Sept. 6, 2015) at Satilla Care Center, Waycross.
Visitation will be today from 5 until 7 p.m. at Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Ridge Cemetery, 5600 Aaron Way, Patterson.
Words of comfort will be given by Pastor Thomas Smith Jr., pastor of St. James Baptist Church on the Ridge, Patterson.
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; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc., is serving the family.