Richard Rowland
Richard Rowland, of Thomasville, formerly of Blackshear, passed away suddenly surrounded by family Saturday (Sept. 5, 2015) at the age of 67 at John D. Archbold Memorial in Thomasville.
Born in Ware County, Oct. 21, 1947, he was the son of the late Rev. Charles Wesley Rowland and Minnie Dean Rowland. Besides his parents, he was preceded by seven brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his partner and love of 23 years, Roxanne Brinson, his stepchildren, Victoria and Charles, his three children, Tammy, Buddy and Randy and seven grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Donald C. Rowland (Faye), of Blackshear; his sister, Clara Jean Creech, of Denton; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Rowland and Winnie Rowland, both of Blackshear; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He completed the 11th grade at Blackshear High School. At 17 years of age he enlisted in the U.S. Navy receiving his GED. He had two tours in Vietnam and received honors and commendations. Airman Aviation Ordnance 1st Class D6 Raymond R. Rowland retired from the U.S. Navy after more than 20 years. He also worked at Lockheed five years and was a warehouse manager for total line and division carrier for 11 years.
A graveside service with military honors will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Alabaha Freewill Baptist Church (Highway 203) in Blackshear.
Memorialization is by cremation.

James J. Hadaway Jr.
James J. Hadaway Jr., 88, of Waycross, died Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 15, 2015) at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born in Flint, Mich., to the late James J. Hadaway Sr. and Evelyn Russell Hadaway. He lived a majority of his life in Chestertown, Md., before moving to Waycross in 1970.
He received his bachelor of arts degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and his masters degree from Duke University. He served in the United States Marines during World War II and was awarded the Combat Ribbon. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, China-Burma-India Veterans Association, Marine Corp League, First Marine Division Association and the China Marine Association
A beloved teacher, counselor and administrator, he worked for Buckingham High School, Stephen Decatur High School, North Caroline High School, Waycross High School, Brantley County High School and Southwood School. He also served as the state safety education supervisor for the state of Maryland. He retired after 47 years of teaching.
A former Eagle Scout, he also served as Scout Master and troup committee chairman. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Adult Bible Class and served as a Sunday School teacher and communion steward.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James J. Hadaway III, and two brothers, Mike Hadaway and Larry Hadaway.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen L. Hadaway, of Waycross; his daughter, Debbie Hoffman, of St. Augustine, Fla.; a son, Tim Hadaway; five grandchildren, Tina, Jennifer, John, Rob, Michael; three great-grandchildren, Noah, Nicholas, Nathan; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Members of the Adult Bible Class and the Sid Ruff Sunday School Class have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather at the church by 1:45 p.m. Sunday.
The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
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Isaac C. ‘I.C.’ Crosby
Isaac Clifford “I.C.” Crosby, 99, died peacefully Tuesday morning (Sept. 15, 2015) at Shady Acres of Douglas following a brief illness.
He was born in Doerun, the first child of Hiram and Lois Crosby. Leaving the farm as a young man, he set out to seek his fortune in Jacksonville, Fla., and started a career with King Edward Cigar Company.
Shortly thereafter, he noticed a pretty young co-worker, Irene Dunkley. He told others he would marry that girl, and she became his bride in 1941. When their employer opened a factory in Waycross in 1948, it became home and where they raised their three boys. He retired in 1978 after 42 years of dedicated service.
He was a humble Christian servant and dedicated many hours at his second home, Crawford Street Baptist Church. There he held many positions including deacon, Sunday School director and grounds keeper. Additionally, he was a well-known farmer, supplying vegetables to family, friends and neighbors, and did so until well into his 90s.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Dunkley Crosby, his parents Hiram Thomas Crosby Sr. and Una Lois Bryan Crosby, a daughter-in-law, Donna Pendergraft Crosby, two sisters, Eloise Hembree and Bonnie Smith, and three brothers, Ralph Crosby, H.T. Crosby Jr. and Howard Crosby.
Survivors include three sons, Larry Crosby (wife, Marie), of Douglas, Ron Crosby (wife, Denise), of Waycross, and Darryl Crosby, of Washington D.C.; a sister, Doris Breland, of Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Cora Crosby, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Emily Burke, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; four grandchildren, Bobby Crosby (wife, Amy), of Mableton, Cliff Crosby (wife, Shanda), Holly Crosby Mobley (husband, Lee), of Douglas, and Bryan Crosby (wife, Natalie), of Leesburg; eight great-grandchildren, Tyler Crosby, Sands Lee Mobley, Alec Crosby, Nallee Mobley, Marley Crosby, Ridlee Mobley, Kelcie Crosby and Arya Crosby, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Crawford Street Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 this evening at Music Funeral Home.
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Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Olive Tuten
Mary Olive Tuten, 85, died Wednesday morning (Sept. 16, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a brief illness.
She was born in Bickley and lived most of her life in Ware County. She was a day care worker and a member of Crossview Church of God of Prophecy.
She was the daughter of the late Malcolm Columbus Lee and Daisy Smith Lee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Hugh Tuten.
Survivors include one brother, James Clifton Lee, of Douglas, one aunt, Sadie Music, of Waresboro, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 10 a.m. Saturday in the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Flowers are optional or memorials may be made to Crossview Church of God of Prophecy, 707 Garlington Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
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