Elizabeth Ann (Sams) Acosta 1941-2013

Mrs. Ann Acosta, age 71, formerly of Yulee, passed away on Friday evening, May 3, 2013 at the Hospice House in Waycross, Georgia.

Born in Jacksonville, FL, she was the only child born to the late George William and Nettie Malinda Lee Sams.

She grew up in the Springfield and Murray Hill area of Jacksonville and attended Andrew Jackson High School. She began her career in the Banking and Finance Industry in the late 1970s. Mrs. Acosta worked as a Mortgage Banker with Finance America, Citicorp, Barnett Bank, Nations Bank and Bank of America until retiring in 2003. She had made Yulee her home since 1973 until retiring and moving to Waycross, Georgia in 2003.

Mrs. Acosta’s mother passed away in 1989 and her father passed away in 2009.

She leaves behind, her son, Scott and his wife April of Yulee, FL, five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many other loving family members.

Her family will receive friends on Sunday from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Oxley – Heard Funeral Home in Fernandina Beach, FL.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm, on Monday, May 6, 2013 from the graveside in Riverside Memorial Park in Jacksonville where she will be laid to rest beside her parents.


Elizabeth Ann Sams, daughter of George William “Bill” Sams and Malinda Lee, born 2 Aug 1941 – Jacksonville, FL and passed away 3 May 2013 – Waycross, GA.

Charles Monroe Rogers Jr. 1920-2013

Lake City, FL – Mr. Charles Monroe Rogers, Jr., 92, of Lake City, Florida, passed away on September 8, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida.

He was the son of the late Charles “Charley” M. Rogers, Sr. and Lula Hall Rogers. He was a long-time member of Hopeful Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Opal Iris Dicks Rogers. They were married on March 22, 1942 in Lake City, Florida, at the home of Opal’s parents, the Rev. John Dicks and Pearl Tyre Dicks.

He is also preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Austin Autry Rogers, Farrell W. Rogers and Rev. F.T. Rogers.

He is survived by two daughters, Ginger Amonda Rogers Todd and her husband, E.W. “Bud” Todd, Sr. and Elona Dorinda Rogers Roberts Kisala and her husband Louis J. Kisala of Lake City; three grandsons, E.W. Todd, Jr. (Terri), Aaron F. Roberts (Casey) of Lake City, and Joshua M. Roberts of Dallas, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Amonda Jean “A.J.” Todd, Tyler J. Todd, Donovan R. Todd, Taylor M. Roberts, and Hunter M. Roberts; two step-grandchildren, Eric J. Kisala (Dana) and Jennifer L. Kisala; three step-great-grandchildren, Chelsey C. Hendry, Sydney A. Kisala and Lauren M. Kisala. He is also survived by two brothers and their wives, Clarence K. Rogers (Louise) and Odell L. Rogers (Delia) both of Lake City, and one half-sister, Anne King Rogers Lamborn, and her husband, (George) of Wilmington, Delaware, sisters-in-law Mary Rogers, wife of his late brother Farrell, of Northumberland, Pennsylvania and Margaret Rogers, wife of his late brother F.T., of Perry, Florida and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He was a World War II veteran. Shortly after his marriage, he was inducted into the United States Army at Camp Blanding, Florida. He was a Sergeant with the 188th General Hospital and was honorably discharged on January 15, 1946.

After being discharged from the Army he became a manager with the McCrory’s Department store. His job necessitated moving throughout the Southeast with his family before returning to Florida. He then lived in Orange Park, Florida where he worked at Furchgott’s Department store in Jacksonville, Florida. He returned to Lake City in the early 1950’s where he lived the remainder of his life. He retired as a Dispatcher from the Florida Highway Patrol Troop B in 1982, after over 25 years of service.

He was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and soon to be great-great grandfather. He was also a great cook and an avid gardener. He maintained a beautiful yard when he was able and also cultivated numerous varieties of Daylilies. He loved spending time with his family and his family will miss him dearly. He was a very nurturing person, always helping others. He also loved spending time with his church family and he read his Bible almost every day until he could no longer do so.

Many thanks to the staff of Omni Home Healthcare, Haven Hospice and the VA Medical Centers in Lake City and Gainesville for the care they gave to our father during his last days.

Funeral services for Mr. Rogers will be conducted on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hopeful Baptist Church with Dr. Rodney Baker Pastor officiating and assisted by Rev. Ralph Rodriquez. Interment will be immediately following at the Hopeful Baptist Church cemetery.

Published in Gainesville Sun, The (FL) – Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Charles Monroe Rogers Jr., husband of Opal Iris Dicks, was born 29 Nov 1920 – O’Brien, FL and passed away 8 Sep 2013 – Gainesville, FL.

Fay Jewel (Dicks) Gay Meek 1922-2011

Mrs. Fay Dicks Gay Meek, 89, Lake City, Florida passed away 26 Dec. 2011, at her residence. She was a life long resident of Columbia County and was educated in the Columbia County School System. She attended elementary school at Mason City and graduated from Columbia High School in 1939. She retired from the Florida Highway Patrol in 1979, where she was secretary to Troop B Commanders for 28 years. She was the daughter of the late Rev. John Dicks and Pearl Tyre Dicks. She was a member of Hopeful Baptist Church and was preceded in death by two husbands, Austin Gay and Robert Brice Meek, Sr., one brother Tribble Dicks, three sisters Golde Markham, Emerald Stewart, and Opal Rogers, and one granddaughter Lorie Anne Gay. Survivors include two sons Dewy Gay (Ann) and Tevis Gay (Melissa) and one daughter Teresa Register (Randy), two brothers Lenvil Dicks and Rodney Dicks (Norma) all of Lake City, Florida. She is also survived by one step-son Robert Meek, Jr. (Debbie) of Clover, S.C. and one step-daughter Sarah Kalinosky (George) of Calif. In addition she is survived by six grandchildren, Tracy Watson of Monticello, Fl., Pamela Hill (Steve) of Lake City, Fl., Patti Little (Jeremy) of Jacksonville, Fl., Karen Felton (Alex) of Lake City, Fl., Chesley Gay (Amanda) of Lake City, Fl., and Chelsey Gay of Lake City, Fl., and two step-grandchildren Robbie Meek (Kristen) and Jackie Krashner (Albert) of S.C. Nine great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services for Mrs. Gay will be conducted Wed., 28 Dec. at 11 A.M., in Hopeful Baptist Church with Dr. Rodney Baker Pastor officiating and assisted by Rev. Lowell O, steen. Interment will be immediately following at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be held Tuesday 27 Dec. from 6 to 8 P.M., at GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 2659 SW main Blvd. Lake City, Fl. Please sign guest book at www.guerryfuneralhome.net


Fay Jewel Dicks, daughter of Rev. John Dicks and Ada Peal Tyre, was born 2 Feb 1922 – Florida and passed away 26 Dec 2011 – Lake City, FL.

Marion Rubie (Colson) Kicklighter 1932-2008

Marion Rubie Colson Kicklighter, 76, passed away Thursday, October 2 at her residence in Garden City. The Evans County native lived most of her life in Chatham County where she was a retired senior clerk of the City of Savannah for 35 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Remer Elarbee Kicklighter.

Surviving are three sons, Danny Kicklighter and Deborah of Guyton, John and Karla Kicklighter of Bloomingdale, and Phil and Debra Kicklighter of Faulkville; two sisters, Georgie Hughes of Pembroke, Juanita Lott of Metter; one brother, Gordon Colson of Claxton; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel in Claxton with the Rev. Darrell Bailey officiating. Burial was in Brewton Cemetery in Hagan.

Pallbearers were Sandy Hughes, Frankie Colson, Bill Marks, Matthew Kicklighter, Ken Long, and Chris Kicklighter.

Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The Claxton Enterprise


Marion Rubie Colson, daughter of George Frank Colson and Rubie Shuman, was born 19 Feb 1932 – Evans Co., GA and passed away 2 Oct 2008 – Garden City, GA.

Clara (Altman) Jacobs 1907-1998

Clara Altman Jacobs, 91 (b. 31 JulĀ 1907), of Hoboken, died Monday (26 Oct. 1998) at the Satilla Regional Medical Center in Waycross following a lengthy illness.

She lived within five miles of Hoboken all her life and was the fifth child of Alfred Clarence Altman and Minnie Corine Lee Altman. Her stepmother was Annie Crews Altman. She was the widow of Bill Ebenezer Jacobs who preceded her in death in 1942. Her oldest child, Martin Lonzo “M. L.” Jacobs, died in 1961.

She was a homemaker, a member of Hoboken Baptist Church and a member of the T.E.L. Sunday school Class.

Survivors include four daughters and two sons-in-law, Minnie Doris and W. L. Dockery of Evans, Evelyn McDonald of Plains, Lissie and J. C. Bunch and Betty Walker of Waycross; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Billy and Ella Von Jacobs and Tobie Jacobs of Hoboken; two sisters, Cora Altman Lee of Hoboken and Vannie Altman Galli of Deerfield Beach, FL; a sister-in-law, Nora Jacobs Dowling of Hoboken; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a close and dear friend, Charlene Cobb of Hoboken.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, from Hoboken Baptist Church with Rev. Earldene McCorvey and Olin DuBose officiating.

Interment followed in High Bluff Cemetery near Hoboken.

Honorary pallbearers were member of the T.E.L. Sunday School Class.

Music Funeral Home of Waycross was in charge of arrangements.


Clara Altman, daughter of Alfred Clarence Altman and Minnie Corine Lee, was born 31 Jul 1907 – Hoboken, GA and passed away 26 Oct 1998 – Waycross, GA.

Rubie (Shuman) Colson 1906-1984

CLAXTON – Mrs. Rubie Shuman Colson, 77, died Friday at Evans Memorial Hospital here after a short illness. The Evans County native was a member of First Baptist Church. She was also a member of Martha Washington Chapter 300 of the Order of Eastern Star and Evans County Senior Citizens. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Georgia Hughes of Pembroke, Mts. Marion Kicklighter of Savannah and Mrs. Juanita Lott of Metter; a son, Gordon Colson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Mattie Lou George of Savannah; a brother, Mart Shuman of Whiteville, N.C.; and 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, burial in Brewton Cemetery. NeSmith Funeral Home of Claxton

Savannah Morning News, July 21, 1984, Saturday


Rubie Shuman, daughter of Cyrus Byrd Shuman and Bessie Mae Smith, was born 7 Dec 1906 – Evans Co., GA and passed away 20 Jul 1984 – Claxton, Evans, GA.