Vivian Edwards
Well-known Waycrossan and great pillar of the community Vivian Edwards Walker, 82, received her eternal healing on Friday (Sept. 9, 2016) after an extended illness at Baptist Village Retirement Center.
Vivian Edwards, as she was affectionately and best known, was born on Oct. 8, 1933 to the late Alonzo G. Edwards Sr. and Louise McClain Edwards.
Prior to her illness, she was a very active member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church and retired in 2008 from the Waycross Board of Education.
In 1987, she became the founder and director of the Supplemental Mission. Her dedicated service led to many years of feeding Waycross and Ware County’s elderly, hungry, homeless and sick and shut-in residents.
She was also preceded in death by her youngest son, Michael R. Walker Sr.; two brothers, Alonzo G. Edwards Jr. and Eddie Edwards; two sisters, Dorothy Edwards and Albertha Edwards; three step-sisters, Pearl Hicks, Lula Mae Hall and Mary Wingate); and a step-brother, Lawrence Barkerbay.
She was formerly married to Freeman Walker Sr., and together they had eight children.
She leaves her blessed heritage and legacy of love to her seven devoted children, Carolyn L. Walker (Henry), of Waycross, Diane E. Walker of Jonesboro, Freeman Walker Jr. (Velma), of Waycross, Ronald C. Walker (Aldena), of Toano, Va., Debra W. Coley (Leonard), of Upper Marlboro, Md., Clisher L. Harmon (Steven), of Schertz, Texas, and Jeanine W. Carter (Warren), of Clinton, Md.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grand’s; five aunts; and a host of cousins, family and friends.
Visitations will be Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Music Funeral Home. The family will also receive friends at 1206 Elizabeth St.
Celebration services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Final visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 864 Oak St., where the Rev. Paul Joseph Bailey Jr. is pastor.

James ‘Mikey’ Walker
James Mitchell “Mikey” Walker, 64, died Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 13, 2016) at his residence following an extended illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross and member of Jamestown Baptist Church. He also retired as an electrician from CSX Transportation following 20 years of employment.
He was a son of the late J.D. Walker and Thelma Bennett Walker.
He is survived by his wife. Shirley Ann Walker, of Waycross; two daughters, Christy Ann Walker, of Patterson and Janet Lee Sullivan (husband Danny), of Jesup; a son, James Mitchell Walker Jr. (wife Mysti), of Patterson; six grandchildren, Macy White, Walker White (wife Taylor), Austin Sullivan, Allison Sullivan, Addyson Walker and Brylee Walker; four sisters, Gloria Cribb, of Waycross, Toni Fleming (husband Joe), of Waycross, Pam Smith (husband Eddie), of Blackshear, and Brenda Foreman (husband Stevie), of Blackshear; a brother, David Walker (wife Margie), of Harriett’s Bluff; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends Thursday afternoon at the funeral home from 1 until 2 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Fredia Mae Mason
Fredia Mae Mason passed away on Monday (Sept. 12, 2016).
She was a sweet and loving person who will be sadly missed by friends and family.
Friends are being received at the her residence, 702 Thomas St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway.

James Laverne Haynes
James Laverne Haynes, 91, died Tuesday morning (Sept. 13, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after a brief illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He retired from CSX Railroad and was the owner and operator of Haynes Grocery.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School Class.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Marion Haynes and Lena Kinsey Haynes; his wife, Minnie Lucille Melton Haynes; three sisters, Geneva Haynes, Claudine Minchew and Janet Brodgon; and five brothers, the Rev. W.F. Haynes, Delmar Haynes, Harold Haynes, Virgil Haynes and Edward Haynes.
Survivors include one daughter, Lucille Laverne “Luci” Haynes, of Waycross; one brother, Charles Haynes, of Cleveland, Ga.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at