Dorothy Ann Blutcher
The funeral for Dorothy Ann Blutcher will be held Saturday, 1 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 417 Wilkerson St., in Waycross.
The Rev. Walter Scott, pastor, along with Pastor Thomas Smith of St. James Missionary Baptist Church on the Ridge, will offer words of comfort.
Pastor Alonzo Scott, of Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church, will preside. The body will lie in state from noon until the hour of service. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at the residence, 905 Gilmore St., at noon.
Visitation will be Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the chapel of Rainge Memorial Funeral Home in Blackshear.
Affectionately known as “Dot,” she was born to Thomas Sr. and Roberta Austin Smith Dec. 23, 1945 in Patterson. She was the oldest of all her siblings. She was educated in the school system of Pierce County and graduated in 1965 from Lee Street High School. She was employed at King Edward Cigar for eight years and Waycross Molded Products for 30 Years.
She departed this life Monday (Aug. 31, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross with love ones at her bedside. Preceding her in death other than he parents were one sister, Phillis Smith, two brothers, Joseph Smith and Hicks Hollman, and her husband, the late Sammie L. Blutcher.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories, three children, Tunde Howard and Lorenzo Howard, both of Waycross, Yulando (George) Sonimel, of Altanta; six grandchildren, Tevon Howard, Khadeejah Howard, Amiyan Howard, Abrianna Howard, Jay Sonime and Faith Sonime; one great-granddaughter, Melonda Howard; siblings, Pastor Thomas (Christine) Smith Jr., of Waycross, Louis (Lynette) Smith, of Blackshear, James (Betty) Smith, of Waycross, Morris “Kenneth” (Carastine) Smith, of Waycross, Helen (Charles) Staggers, of Mershon, Wilta (Eugene) Givings, of Waycross, Shirldon McElroy, of Blackshear, Quinton, Smith, of Huntsville, Ala., Richard J. Smith, of Wrightsville, Calvin Smith, of Mershon, Phillip (Shalom) Hollman, of Oklahoma, Jimmy (Abdula) Shaw, of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister-in-law, Yvette Hollman, of Waycoss; three aunts, Levon Lincoln, Flora Hollman and Melisa Howard, all of Patterson; one uncle, Deacon Dan Hollman, of Patterson; a special friend, Linda Webb; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and additional friends.
Arrangements are with Rainge Funeral Home.

Charles Billy Hewett
Charles Billy Hewett, 77, died Wednesday (Sept. 2, 2015) at his residence in Blackshear following a brief illness.
He was born in Adel, but resided in Waycross most of his life. He retired as a clerk from CSX Railroad and was a member of Swamp Road Baptist Church. He also served in the National Guard.
He was a son of the late June Hewett and Emma Lou Sheffield Hewett. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Glenda Hewett.
He is survived by his wife, Bettie Jean Hewett, of Blackshear; two sons, Charles “Chuck” Hewett Jr. (Amy) and Michael Hewett, both of Waycross; a daughter, Terri Meeks, of Waycross; five grandchildren, Haley Bryant (Josh), Hope Hewett, Kaycee Meeks, Logan Meeks and Gage Hewett; two step-sons, Jeffrey Holder (Kathy), of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jason Lawrence (Esther), of Vero Beach, Fla.; a step-daughter, Pamela “Jodie” Oncale, of Blackshear; nine step-grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor Martin, of Tifton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Swamp Road Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Pierce Chapel Cemetery in Brantley County.
The family will receive friends 7 until 9 p.m. Friday at Swamp Road Baptist Church.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Linda Faye Windham
Linda Faye Bryars Windham, 69, of Waycross, died early Wednesday morning (Sept. 2, 2015) at her residence after a sudden illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Jewell Wilson
Jewell Wilson, 96, died Thursday (Sept. 3, 2015) morning at her residence following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Betty P. White
Betty Pearl White, 84, departed this life Tuesday (Sept. 1, 2015) afternoon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an illness.
She was the wife of the late Roosevelt White and the mother of Apostle Janice W. Thomas of Waycross.
Friends are being received at the White, residence 1402 Bethune St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.

Valerie W. Bennett
Valerie Walberg Bennett, 65, passed away Wednesday morning (Sept. 2, 2015) at her home after a hard fought and eventually victorious battle with illness.
At her passing, she was surrounded by her husband, her children and lots of love.
She was born in Augusta and raised in Dublin where she graduated from Laurens County High School. She moved to Atlanta and went on to operate her own business where she touched the lives of many children and families.
She met the true love of her life in 1998 and moved to Waycross to be his bride. She was a devoted wife and loved her husband and family with her whole heart. She was a warrior praying for her loved ones without ceasing and a praise worshiper. She and Danny are members of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Waycross and attended Harbor Worship Center in Kingsland.
Her infectious laugh and zest for the river life will be missed by many. Her beautiful smile and memory will be with us always but we know that her Lord is pleased to have her home.
She is preceded in death by her parents, George R Walberg, of Minnesota, and Alice I. Walberg, of Wadley.
Survivors include her husband, Danny R. Bennett, of Waycross; her children, Leslie Michele Coleman, of Gray, Nicholas Ford, Woodbridge, N.J., Katie F. Johnson, Waycross, Levon Bennett, Waycross; grandchildren, Alexis Williams and Logan Johnson, of Waycross; brother, Charles Lockwood, of Wadley; her sisters, Holly Mackedanz and Laurel Lien, of Minnesota; a host of sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, precious cousins and priceless friends.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends 2 until 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Gerald M. Minchew
Gerald “Jerry” Moye Minchew, 72, of White Oak, died Wednesday morning (Sept. 2, 2015) at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick after a brief illness.
He was born in Homerville, son of the late Joe Tommie Minchew and Sadie Griffin Minchew. He received an associate degree from ABAC College in Tifton, and lived in Camden County most of his life where he worked at the Crooked River State Park in St. Marys for many years. He was a huge Atlanta Braves and University of Georgia fan and loved the outdoors.
Survivors include two daughters, Jacqueline Minchew and Sherry Evans; two grandchildren, Amanda Evans and Sheryl Evans; one brother, Joe Minchew; one sister, Theresa Minchew Clements; four nieces, Kristin Clements, Anne Childs, Jane Hendrix and Sue Becker; two nephews, Tommy Minchew and Craig Clements.
A funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Booth Cemetery in Manor.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children in Camden County), P.O. Box 3047, Kingsland, Ga. 31548.
Sympathy may be expressed at
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rodney E. Bennett
Rodney E. Bennett, 75, of Folkston, passed away Wednesday (Sept. 2, 2015) at his residence.
He was born July 8, 1940 to the late W.R. Bennett and Virginia Westberry Bennett in Screven. He was a graduate of Glynn Academy class of 1958 and the University of Georgia Bankers School.
He was a member of the Sons of American Revolution. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Air National Guard.
He was a member of Doe Bay Hunting Club and First Baptist Church of Folkston. His voice could be heard on many fall Friday nights calling the play by play for Charlton County Indian football games. Until his passing, he served as chairman of the board for First Atlantic Bank in Jacksonville, Fla.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Annette G. Bennett; two children, Karla B. Hood (Scott) and Jeff Bennett (Staci); a granddaughter, Landri Bennett; and a sister, Sylvia Slebos.
The family will receive friends Friday at Shepard Funeral Home from 5 until 8 p.m.
The funeral will be held Saturday at First Baptist Church in Folkston at 11 a.m. with Dr. Randy Jacoby officiating.
Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery in Screven at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Folkston, 1320 Third St., Folkston, Ga. 31537, or Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, Ga. 31525.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston.

Robert Stanley Waters
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Robert Stanley Waters, 66, was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating was Dr. Bill Young.
Interment was in the Waters Cemetery. Military rites were conducted at the graveside by a detachment from Fort Stewart.
Active pallbearers were Neal Waters, James Tuten, Kennon Thompson, Jerrid Thompson, Ralph Dixon Jr. and David Flory.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.