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OBITUARIES

Ben James Flowers, Jr

JESUP — Ben James Flowers, Jr., 75, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020, at Memorial Health University in Savannah after a lengthy illness. A resident of Jesup for most of his life, Flowers was born August 29, 1945, to the late Ben James Flowers, Sr. and Doris Bernice Williamson Flowers. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam and Cuba before returning home where he worked as a boilermaker, eventually becoming a superintendent at the local union. In his spare time, Flowers enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Fran Flowers of Jesup; two children, James Bryan Flowers of Jesup and Derek Ray Flowers and wife, Ginny,...

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Dolores Barnard Teston

WAYCROSS — Mrs. Dolores Barnard Teston, 84, died Tuesday morning, November 17, 2020, at her residence in Waycross. Mrs. Teston was a native of Alma, but she lived most of her life in Waycross. She was a member of Union Primitive Baptist Church. Mrs. Teston was preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow Taylor and Frances Kirkland Taylor; her first husband, Charles Foster Barnard; and her second husband, Charles Teston. Survivors include two children, Terry Barnard (Charlotte) of Thomasville, and Helen Lancaster (Wayne) of Lulaton;

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Scott Dewayne Davis

WAYCROSS — Scott Dewayne Davis, 51, died Thursday (November 19, 2020) at his residence. He was a native and resident of Ware County. He was formerly employed by General Dynamics in the Electric Boat Division as a welder. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Blanche Davis; and his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Rosa Lee Pierce. He is survived by a son, Justin Davis of Waycross; his mother, Margie Pierce Davis; his father, Jesse Wayne Davis; and numerous other aunts, uncles, and other relatives. A memorial service will be held Friday (November 27, 2020) morning at 11:00 AM in the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Memorialization...

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Erin Alexis Spence

WAYCROSS — Erin Alexis Spence, 19, went to be with Jesus, Friday morning, November 20, 2020. Miss Spence was born and raised in Waycross by her great grandmother, Minnie Hayman Layton. She was the daughter of the late Ronald Matthew“ Matt” Spence. Miss Spence was among the 2020 Ware County High School graduating class. Along with her father, she was preceded in death by her grandfather, Ronald Jim Spence. Miss Spence leaves to cherish her memory two brothers, Bradley and Ethan Spence of Waycross; her sister, Mattie Lynn Spence of Alabama; her grandmother, Linda C. Spence of Waycross; her great-grandmother, Minnie Hayman Layton of Waycross; two uncles, Derek Spence (Nikki) and Chase Spence...

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Selma Josephine Miller Rowell

TWIN RIVERS – Mrs. Selma Josephine Miller Rowell, 88 of Twin Rivers Community, passed away Saturday morning, November 21, 2020, at Harborview Jesup after an extended illness. Born in Jacksonville, Fla., Mrs. Rowell’s parents were Leo Miller and Mary Dunn Miller. She is also preceded by her husband, Rufus “R.T.” Tillman Rowell; a daughter, Joan Dianne Rowell; and two sons, Kerry “Burp” Eugene Rowell and Kevin Andy Rowell. Mrs. Rowell was a homemaker and a member of Twin Rivers Missionary Baptist Church. She loved gardening, working in her flowers, sewing, and cooking. Survivors include her three sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley Nolan Rowell of Brunswick, Robert Steve Rowell (Wanda) and...

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Roy ‘Little John’ Griffin

KING WILLIAM, Va. — Roy “Little John” Griffin, age 78, passed away October 28, 2020, in a single-car accident in Chesterfield, Virginia 40 miles away from his home in King William Virginia returning from an overnight visit with a friend. Griffin was born and raised on a farm in Hoboken, the son of Vermell and Rawleigh Griffin. He graduated from Hoboken High School in the Class of 1960. Griffin was a great athlete in basketball and track and field setting state records in the shot put and discus. He also loved swimming in the river, researching genealogy, watching sports on television, and communicating with lots of internet friends and people he grew up within the Hoboken and Waycross...

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Roberta Victoria Ferris Petty

UNDATED — Mrs. Roberta Victoria Ferris Petty, 73, passed away suddenly Thursday, November 5, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. Mrs. Petty was born in Los Angeles, Cal., to the late David Joseph Ferris and Magdalena Salcido. She was a homemaker most of her life and a member of Waynesville Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Shelly Lawton Petty; two daughters, Geneva Shelly Lorraine “Lori” Petty and Victoria Ann Pendergraft; a grandchild, Jesse Pendergraft; a sister, Loretta Bustamante; and a brother, David Ferris. She is survived by a daughter, Roberta “Robbie” Victoria Petty of Alma; a son, David Lawton Petty (Dawn) of Jacksonville, Fla.;...

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Mary Elizabeth Meeks Swain

HOBOKEN — Mary Elizabeth Meeks Swain, 51 of Hoboken, died Sunday afternoon, November 8, 2020, at her residence. Mrs. Swain was born in Waycross to the late Aubrey Donald Meeks and Annie Mae Carter James Meeks and made Waycross her home most of her life. She was an avid shopper and reality TV enthusiast who enjoyed crafting and refurbishing furniture. Mrs. Swain is survived by her husband, David Swain of Hoboken; two children, Ericka Swain of Nahunta, Georgia, Christopher Swain of Hoboken;

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Gregory Thomas Martin

WAYCROSS — Mr. Gregory Thomas Martin, 55, died Sunday afternoon, November 8, 2020, at Memorial Satilla Health after a brief illness. Martin was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. A 1983 graduate of Waycross High School, Martin owned and operated Manco Trophy for 16 years. He currently owned and operated The Engraver’s Mark. Martin was a member of Central Baptist Church and Kiwanis Club, and he was an alumni of Leadership Waycross. Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Theresa Bryant Martin of Waycross; three children, Maranda Conley of Nahunta, Morgan Martin of Nahunta, and Mitchell Martin of Blackshear;

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Gloria Pearl ‘Ma’ Hurst

WAYCROSS — Mrs. Gloria Pearl ‘Ma’ Hurst, 72, passed away Monday, November 9, 2020, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross following an extended illness. Mrs. Hurst was born in Waycross to the late James Elmer “Jim” Tatum and Pearl Naomi Melton Tatum. She was a retired teacher from Hoboken Elementary School and a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hurst was also preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Harvey Hurst, Sr.; and two sisters, Diane T. Thrift and Nancy T. Wright. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Johns (Timothy) of Waycross; a son, Ronnie H. Hurst, Jr. of Waycross; six grandchildren, Ronna Hurst, Morgan Hurst, Samantha Johns,...

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Jerry Derwood Parker

FOLKSTON – Mr. Jerry Derwood Parker, 65, passed away Sunday morning, November 15, 2020, at St. Vincent’s Riverside in Jacksonville, Fla., following an extended illness. Born in Folkston, Parker’s parents were Willie Johns and Mildred McInvale Johns. Parker worked at St. Regis Papermill wood division as an equipment operator before becoming disabled. He was a member of Riverside Chapel Baptist Church. Parker enjoyed fishing and hunting. He never met a stranger. Parker loved tinkering with machinery, and being confined in the wheelchair, never held him back from doing the things he enjoyed doing. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Debbie Nettles Parker of Folkston; two daughters and...

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