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James ‘Sam’ McClellan

WAYCROSS — Mr. James “Sam” McClellan, 74 of Waycross, died Sunday evening, March 22, 2020, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness. McClellan was born and raised in Waycross before moving to Callahan, Fla., and Norway, S.C. for numerous years. He and his family settled back in Waycross in 1981. McClellan was the Director of Quality Control and Engineering for Scott Housing and General Housing. He was a member of the New Life Assembly of God and served as the Project Manager for the new sanctuary construction project. McClellan enjoyed offshore fishing, working on his blueberry farm and traveling. More than anything he loved his family and any time he was able to...

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Betty Viola Sloan Townsend

ATTENTION: The Townsend family has decided to have a public funeral service for Mrs. Betty Townsend but due to the growing concern over COVID-19, The family would like for all to know they understand if you feel like you need to stay home. They did not want to make it private but decided to leave it up to one's own decision rather to attend. They want to thank you all for your love and prayers shown to them during this time. HORTENSE — Mrs. Betty Viola Sloan Townsend, 85, passed away Saturday morning, March 21, 2020, in The Bayview Nursing Home in Nahunta after an extended illness. Born in Hortense, Mrs. Townsend was the daughter of Woodrow Potter Sloan and Nina Viola Jones Sloan. She was...

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Connie Rogers

NAHUNTA — Mrs. Connie Rogers, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at The Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup. Arrangements are pending at this time.

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Deborah Diane Andrews

WAYCROSS — Deborah Diane Andrews, 59 of Waycross, passed away Thursday evening, March 19, 2020, at her residence after an extended illness. Arrangements are pending at this time.

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Charles Gilliard

JESUP — Mr. Charles Gilliard, 69 of Jesup, passed away late Wednesday afternoon, March 18, 2020, in Waycross following a courageous battle with cancer. Born October 17, 1950, in Homerville, Gilliard had lived in Pierce County most of his life before moving to Paradise Park in Jesup four years ago. He had worked in construction all of his life and was of the Baptist faith. Gilliard’s favorite pastime was fishing and, if given a choice, he would have done it for a living. He was a good man with a good heart who would do anything for anyone. Gilliard loved his girls and will be greatly missed. He was a son of the late Ezra Lee Gilliard and Tynie Marie Dean Clontz. He was also preceded in...

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Michael Terry Smith

WAYCROSS — Mr. Michael Terry Smith, 62, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at his residence in Waycross following an extended illness. Smith was born in Tulsa, Okla., but had resided in Brantley County for many years before moving to Waycross 34 years ago. He was a former truck driver with Ploof Trucking and welder with Harvin Carter and Associates Fire Protection. Smith most recently was a mechanic at Ace Equipment in Blackshear. In the 1980s, He spent time as a pit crewman at Golden Isles Speedway. Smith was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Smith was a son of the late Raymond David Smith and Beverly Brewer Smith. He was also preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Dean Howell;...

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Barbara Anne Roberson

HORTENSE – Barbara Anne Roberson, 65 of Hortense, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Harborview Health Care in Jesup after an extended illness. Born in Jesup, her parents were Virgil Roberson and Dorothy Crawford Roberson. Mrs. Roberson was a medical transcriptionist and enjoyed sewing, crafting and cooking. Survivors include her two sons, Jeremy Mize of Riceboro, and Justin Mize (Jasmyn Zavisho) of Gum Branch, Ga.; six grandchildren, Jeremy, Jr. (Jennifer), Kayla, Tyler, Libby, Drew, and Jalynn; a sister and brother-in-law, Wanda Brauda (Charles) of Hortense; a brother and sister-in-law, Mike Roberson (Connie) of Moultrie; and also several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. A...

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Herbert Marion Barber, Sr.

BLACKSHEAR — Mr. Herbert Marion Barber, Sr., age 80 of Blackshear, passed away early Tuesday morning, March 17, 2020, at Harborview Pierce County following an extended illness. Born February 13, 1940, in Pierce County, Barber was a son of the late Hamon and Polly Meadows Barber. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1962 in Germany as a missile crewman. Barber retired in 2005 as the Superintendent of Public Works for the City of Blackshear, had served as the City of Blackshear Fire Chief, and along with his wife, Lynn, had owned a successful catering business for 19 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear, where he attended the Enriched Sunday...

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Tennessee Oden Herrin

WAYCROSS — Mr. Tennessee Oden Herrin, 71 of Waycross, passed away Thursday morning, March 5, 2020, at his residence. Born July 27, 1948in Blackshear, Herrin had lived in Ware County most of his life. He was a 1968 graduate of Blackshear High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran. Herrin was retired from Ware State Prison where he had taught Auto CAD and denture making. He had made dentures for the last 30 years. Herrin loved to fish and to hunt and enjoyed vegetable gardening and just tinkering around. His favorite pastime was being with his family, especially his grandchildren, and he was so looking forward to meeting his new grandson, Oden Lewis Carver, due July 20. Herrin was a past...

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Allan Hutcheson

BRUNSWICK — Allan Hutcheson, 90 of Brunswick, departed this life Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Southeast Georgia Health Systems in Brunswick. Hutcheson was born June 1, 1929, in Nichols, to the late William Hutcheson and the late Georgie Hershey Hutcheson. He graduated from Douglas High School and was a resident of Coffee County until 1956. After moving to Glynn County, Hutcheson established his career as an insurance manager. He was a member of the Golden Isles Church of God and enjoyed spending time with his family. Hutcheson leaves behind many fond memories that will be cherished by all. In addition to Hutcheson’s parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers, Lonnie Hutcheson, Joel...

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Carolyn Sue Merritt

WAYCROSS — Mrs. Carolyn Sue Merritt, 76, died Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Kindred Hospital of North Florida in Green Cove Springs, Fla., after an extended illness. Mrs. Merritt was born in Perryville, Ark., but she lived most of her life in Waycross as a homemaker. She was a member of Hosanna Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and a former member of Whitehall Freewill Baptist Church. Mrs. Merritt was preceded in death by her parents, Carroll Jackson Rankin, Sr. and Cecilia Mc-Cabe Rankin; and her husband, Riley C. Merritt, Sr. Survivors include two daughters, Alisa Carol Millard of Waycross, and Sheila Elizabeth Thomas of Brantley County; one son, Riley C. “Chap” Merritt, Jr. (wife Tonya) of...

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