JoAn Sweat Williams
Elizabeth JoAn Sweat Williams, 75, of Axson, passed away Sunday (Sept. 6, 2015) at 9 a.m. at Coffee Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.
Born in Waycross, May 1, 1940, she lived in several locations in the United States before spending most of her adult life in Douglas and Axson. She was the daughter of the late Joel Lee and Dorothy Gibson Sweat.
She married on June 27, 1965 and recently reached her anniversary date of 50 years with Dr. Jack Williams. She completed high school in the 1958 Wacona class in Ware County and received a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Georgia with some credits being attained at South Georgia State College in Douglas.
As an educator, she was affectionately known as “Miss JoAn” by the first graders she taught for many years. She was actively involved in many community programs and especially liked to join elderly ladies or children in making ceramic art and painting, both on canvas and pottery. She enjoyed weaving with yarn and basketry work with straw and fiber. She was an avid walker and even continued this pleasure after having to use a cane to support herself.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Dr. Jack Williams; a brother, Cedric (Irene) Sweat, of Axson; a sister, Barbara (James) Batson, of Douglas; one aunt, Ouida (Jim) Boyle, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; one uncle, Loomis (Peggy) Gibson, of St Petersburg, Fla.; beloved cousins, Diane Carter Moore, of Augusta, and Patricia Carter Nayyar, of Atlanta; nieces, Ann Griner Bonds, of Marietta, and Susan Sweat (Peter) Zucco, of Pasadena, Md.; nephews, Kip (Michele) Griner, of Houston, Texas, John (Nancy) Peterson, of Escondido, Calif., Jim (Joan) Peterson, of Laurel, Md., Cedric (Patricia) Sweat Jr., of Bridgewater, N.J., Joel (Darjan) Sweat, of Jefferson, Ga.; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Ricketson Funeral Home of Douglas is handling the service.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.
There will be no church service, but a private graveside service will take place at a later time at Carver Baptist Church Cemetery in the Williams’ family plot.
Condolences may be made using the funeral home’s website

Martha Gail Hainley
NAYLOR — Martha Gail Deese Hainley, 59, passed away Friday (Sept. 4, 2015) at her residence, surrounded by her loving family, following a short illness.
She was born Dec. 6, 1955, in Homerville, to the late Rev. Johnny B. Deese and Thelma Starling Deese. She was employed at Lakeland Management Company as the human relations representative.
She was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, National Barrel Horse Association and the Deep Dixie Horseman’s Association.
Survivors are her husband, Dorel Hainley, of Naylor; one daughter, C.J. Zipperer, of Naylor; one step-son, J.D. Hainley, of California: two sisters and a brother-in-law, Joan Boyles, of Homerville, and Shelia and Stanley Pittman, of Waycross; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Ruby Dell Deese, of Homerville; her step-mother, Sarah C. Deese, of Homerville; her father and mother-in-law, Norman F. and Deloris L. Hainley, of Scotch Ridge, Ohio; brother-in-law and wife, Alan and Rosa Ann Hainley, of McComb, Ohio; sister-in-law and husband, Pilar and Denny Torrez, Temple, Texas; six nieces, five nephews and several other relatives.
The funeral was scheduled to be held today at 11 a.m. at Lovejoy Community Church in Stockton.
Interment will be in the North Cemetery in DuPont.
The body will be carried to the church one hour prior to the service.
Visitation was held Monday evening.
Sympathy may be offered at the online registry at
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Orrie Thomas McCrea
Orrie Thomas McCrea, 75, of Waycross, died Monday afternoon (Sept. 7, 2015) at his residence after a sudden illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Debra Jeanne Payette
Debra Jeanne Payette, 64, of Waycross, died Saturday afternoon (Sept. 5, 2015) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
She was born in Ft. Pierce, Fla., and made her home in Waycross for the past seven years. She worked in the medical field as an executive secretary with an expertise in payroll and accounting. In Waycross she was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
She was an avid animal lover who loved spending time and caring for her dogs. She was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas Payette and Armond Brooker Payette, and a sister, Nancy Karen Sheldon.
She is survived by her brother, Jerry Payette (wife Annie), of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Sympathy may be expressed at

Gerald Moye Minchew
A funeral for Gerald “Jerry” Moye Minchew was held Saturday morning at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Dirst officiating.
Burial followed in Victory Methodist Church Cemetery (Booth) in Manor.
Pallbearers were Shane Gentry, Dale O’Neal, Joe Lee, Arnold Smith, Jimmy Morrison and Mark Reyes.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jewell Small Wilson
A funeral for Jewell Isabelle Small Wilson was held Monday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Will Jacobs and Tom Edwards officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Nathan Gerbing, Nathan Hutcheson, Henley Longshore, Max Markinkowski, Shane Music, Kaleb Nuss and Kevin Lamar Rittenhouse Jr.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Billy Hewett
A funeral for Charles Billy Hewett took place Saturday morning at Swamp Road Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Chancey and the Rev. Joey Chancey officiating.
Burial was in Pierce Chapel Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were Logan Meeks, Jake Ball, Jeffrey Holder, Terry Hewett, Roger Martin and Jerome “Bud” Dowling.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

Carol Elaine Shaw
A funeral for Carol Elaine Shaw was held Sunday afternoon at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Young officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Curt Griffin, George Groover, Scott Petty, Allen Ridgon, Jimmy Braddock and Jimmy Connor.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.