Sylvia Jean Brown Luke
FERNANDINA, Fla. — Sylvia Jean Brown Luke, 72, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Saturday morning (Sept. 3, 2016) at Community Hospice-Baptist Medical Center, Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Born in Blackshear Sept. 17, 1943, she lived in Fernandina Beach since 1974. She was a 1961 graduate of Blackshear High School and retired from Southern Bell where she worked in accounting. She enjoyed golfing as well as working in her yard and tending to her flowers.
She loved to bird watch and thoroughly enjoyed watching cooking shows and the Travel Channel. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
She was a daughter of the late Obed Kermit and Emma Minola Strickland Brown. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Sue Ann Kassner, and by a brother, Daylon Brown.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Rick Spencer, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; two sons, Jeff Cason, of Yulee, Fla., and Jason Luke, of Fernandina Beach; two sisters, Glenda (Hubert) Woodruff, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Betty Pierce of St. Augustine, Fla.; two brothers, Darwin (Ann) Brown and Dewayne Brown, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; three grandchildren, Trey Spencer, Jillian (Matt) Wheeler and Zach Spencer; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice, 1348 S. 18th St., Fernandina Beach, Fla. 32034.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Dorsey L. Bohannon
Dorsey Lee Bohannon, 78, of Waycross, died Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 6, 2016) at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born in Hazlehurst to the late Losey Bohannon Sr. and Gladys Davis Bohannon and lived in Waycross for most of his life.
He retired from CSX Railroad as a mechanic in the Roadway Department and for the last seven years worked at T&R Chevron on Plant Avenue.
He was a member of New Life Assembly of God. He loved fishing and auto racing, and especially was a Ford man, and always enjoyed watching the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves during the good and bad seasons.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Losey “Junior” Bohannon Jr., and two sisters, Adel Ursery and Wanell Taylor.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Margie Ann Starling Bohannon, of Waycross; one son, Greg Bohannon (wife, Kim), of Moultrie; five daughters, Diana Bohannon, of Waycross, Lisa Harrell, of San Antonio, Texas, Tina Hayes (husband, Jimmy), of Trenton, Fla., Michelle Gibson (husband, Kevin), of Waycross, Page Jones (husband, Kyle), of Douglas; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Grantham, of Hazlehurst, and Holly Calhoun (husband, Bruce), of Lumber City; one brother, Donnie Bohannon, of Atlanta; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at New Life Assembly of God. Burial will follow in Greenlawn 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.

Clarence T. Rowell
A celebration of life service for Clarence T. “Bubba” Rowell, 60, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at New Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 901 Ossie Davis Parkway, where the church pastor Jackie Hooper Sr. will offer words of comfort.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 2 p.m until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at 1510 Bunche St. at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 4 until 6 p.m.
He was born in Waycross to the late Ruben Rowell Jr. and Shirley Rowell Dec. 21, 1955 in Waycross.
“Bubba” as he was affectionately called, passed Tuesday (Sept. 6, 2016) at his residence after a brief illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Clarence Thomas Clayton and Julia Clayton.
He was a graduate of Waycross High School class of 1974. After graduating from school he enlisted into the military and served his country in the United States Army and later the Army Reserves. During his working years he was employed with Carolina Skiff and worked various jobs as a contractor.
He is survived by his five children, Andre Gordon, of Atlanta, Anneka Ewing (husband, Stephen), of Orlando, Fla., Anbroise Troupe, of Waycross, Maya Rowell, of Atlanta, and Seth Waldon, of Brunswick; three siblings, Ruben Rowell III, Anetia Cooper (husband, Bernard) and Twanee Maddox, all of Waycross; two nieces, LaTonya Rowell, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Quasondra Cobb, of Honolulu, Hawaii; four nephews, LaTravis Rowell and James Cobb Jr., both of Waycross, Joshua Rowell, of Atlanta, and Rodrick Rowell (wife, Robin), of Kingsland; and a host of grandchildren, great-nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Sympathy may be expressed at the online guest book at
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Colin Quinn Jeffords
Colin Quintillus Jeffords passed away at his home Tuesday (Sept. 6, 2016). He was 91.
Born Oct. 23, 1924 in Florence, S.C., “Quinn” was the son of the late George Edward and Carrie Hall Jeffords. In spite of the Great Depression, he spent a happy childhood with his sister, Carolyn.
Following graduation from Florence High School, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during WWII.
After his military service, he entered Clemson University and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He remained a loyal fan of the Clemson Tigers and especially enjoyed sporting his orange colors.
Following college, he joined the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (now CSX) where his grandfather, father and uncle preceded him. In all, the Jeffords’ family has more than 220 years of service with CSX and its predecessors. From the CSX facility in Waycross, he oversaw the railroad’s Maintenance of Way Department and worked to make track maintenance safe and efficient.
In 1954, he married the beautiful Yvonne Jones and together they raised six children, Quinn Jr., Carla Vitez (Larry), Edward (Gina), Lawrence (Patricia), Susan Carter and William (Mary Beth); their nine grandchildren include Rebecca Jeffords, Melissa Carter, Lawrence Jeffords III, Jacob Jeffords, Natalie Vitez, Austin Jeffords, Rachel Jeffords, Celeste Vitez and Addison Jeffords.
He was most of all a loving family man. He enjoyed his family and friends, enthusiastically sharing his love of jazz, coin collecting and the fruits of his gardening hobby. He was a talented mechanic and his backyard shop was the hub of the neighborhood where, under his supervision, many vehicles were resurrected.
A service to celebrate his life will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends Friday morning at the funeral home from 10 until 11 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Willie B. Taylor
Willie B. Taylor, also known as B. Taylor, 87, of Blackshear, formerly of Hoboken, passed away early Monday morning (Sept. 5, 2016) at the Satilla Care Center in Waycross.
He was born in Evergreen, Ala., to the late Herbert Sr. and Retha Mae Sanders Taylor. After the death of his mother, his father married Dorothy Taylor who was instrumental in raising the Taylor children.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting the turpentine woods and growing collard greens for others to enjoy. He worked and retired as a heavy equipment operator for Hercules Company.
He met and married Pearle Garvin Mackey and they made a joint effort to raise children.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Herbert Sr., Retha Mae Sanders Taylor and Dorothy Taylor, his son, Charles Latson, and five siblings, Junior Taylor, Clifford Taylor, Virgie Lee Pugh, James Taylor and Joe Taylor.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Pearle Mackey Taylor; children, Collaus Taylor (Brenda), Mary Taylor Stansell, J.D. Taylor, Minister Alvin (Elizabeth) Taylor, Debbie Taylor Scott (Louis), Minister Carl Mackey and Henrietta Williams; siblings, Doris Johnson, the Rev. Clarence Taylor (Marie), Jeanette LaGrear (Aaron), Richard Taylor (Louisa), Herbert Taylor Jr. (Essie), George Taylor (Elizabeth), Lillie Washington (Deacon Talmadge), Reatha Williams (Nepolean) and Clinton Newberry; a sister-in-law, Virgie Lee Taylor; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will take place from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Rainge Funeral Home, 505 Ware St., Blackshear.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Tyre Bridge Road, Patterson. The Rev. Johnny Gipson, pastor, will preside. His nephew, the Rev. Douglas Taylor, pastor of Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Fitzgerald, will offer words of comfort.
Interment will follow in the Hoboken City Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.
The family is receiving friends at the home of his wife, Pearle Mackey, 157 Hendry St., Blackshear, and at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Collaus and Brenda Taylor, 585 Kentland Drive, Waycross.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph David Cannon
A graveside funeral for Ralph David Cannon was held Wednesday afternoon at Greenlawn Cemetery with the Rev. David Sheffield and the Rev. Mike Sheffield officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.