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Loleta Pearl Conner Douglas
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Birth: Sep. 14, 1919
Death: Aug. 17, 2008

Pearl Conner Douglas
Born in Charlton County, GA on Sep. 14, 1919
Departed on Aug. 17, 2008 and resided in Waycross, Ware County, GA

Visitation: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008
Service: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008
Cemetery: Sardis Cemetery

Mrs. Pearl Conner Douglas, 88, died Sunday (August 17, 2008) from injuries received from an automobile and train accident.

She was a native of Charlton County and resided there until she moved to Waycross in 1972. She was the wife of the late Henry Jefferson "Jeff" Douglas and was preceded in death by her parents, Stewart Lias Conner and Mary Ann Crews Conner.

She was a retired supervisor for King Edwards Cigars with 40 years of service. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and an active member of Mary Makers and the Mary Martha Sunday School Class.

The survivors include a sister, Jewell White of Folkston; two step-sons, O'Neil Douglas (wife Alice) of Jacksonville, FL and Carl Douglas (wife Diane)of West Palm Beach, FL; nine nieces, Donna Eunice (husband Mike) of Folkston, Shirley Gay (husband Bobby) of Ocala, FL, Suzanne Mallard (husband Larry) of Dewitt, AR, Amelia Bedsoe (husband Mike) Jacksonville, FL, Kelly Linton (husband Gary) of Waycross, Chrystal Willis (husband Murel) of Folkston, Carol Jones (husband Carl) of Blackshear, Sherry Moore of Hiram and Kay Barber (husband Larry) of Manor; four nephews, Joe Conner (wife Bonnie) of St. Augustine, FL, Preston Conner of Sardis, Pete Conner (wife Jenny) of Folkston and Tommy Conner (wife Pam)of Brunswick; numerous great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday (August 21, 2008) at Central Baptist Church. The graveside service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sardis Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Music Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening. The members of the Mary Martha Sunday School Class are asked to meet at the church 1:30 p.m. Thursday to serve as honorary pallbearers.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at


Name: Stewart Lias Conner
Birth: 26 APR 1888
Death: 4 OCT 1932
Burial: Sardis Cemetery, Folkston, Charlton Co, GA

Name: Mary Ann Crews
Birth: 9 AUG 1888
Death: 27 JAN 1958
Burial: Sardis Cemetery, Folkston, Charlton Co, GA

Name: Henry Jefferson Douglas
Birth: 04 Sep 1907
Death: 24 Jan 1989 Waycross, Ware Co, GA
Burial: Sardis Cemetery, Folkston, Charlton Co, GA


Train hits car, elderly woman killed
By Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union
Issue: "B" Section, 19 August 2008, Tuesday

An elderly Waycross woman returning home from church services Sunday night was killed when a freight train struck her car after it became stuck on a crossing in the Jamestown community during heavy rain, authorities said.

Pearl Conner Douglas, 88, of Blaylock Street was unable to get out of her Chrysler Sedan before it was struck on the Atwater Road crossing about 8:25 p.m. by a CSX Transportation train made up of two locomotives pulling 81 cars, Georgia State Patrol troopers said.

Douglas died at the scene, Ware County Coroner Atha Lucas said.

The engineer and conductor, the only ones on board, were not injured, troopers said.

As Douglas began crossing the railroad track, one of her car's tires ran off the side of the pavement dropping down about a foot, which caused the vehicle to get stuck, troopers said of the preliminary investigation.

Because of the downpour, Douglas apparently didn't hear or see the oncoming train, which was traveling at 43 mph when it struck her car, troopers said.

The train was en route from Waycross to Birmingham, Ala. It sustained minimal damage, and remained upright on the track, said Gary Sease, a CSX spokesman.

The track wasn't damaged. However, it was closed for about three hours following the collision due to the state patrol investigation. Rail traffic wasn't affected, Sease said.

As many as 33 trains pass daily through the crossing north of Waycross that has a single railroad track, and a maximum train speed limit of 60 mph, Federal Railroad Administration records showed.

Although unlit, the crossing has cross-buck warning signs, pavement markings and a stop sign for motorists.

Douglas is the first fatality at the crossing, which has been the scene of six prior train-vehicle collisions since 1977, according to the records.

The drivers were injured in three of those past collisions. Five of the six collisions were caused by motorists failing to stop at the crossing, while the other happened when a truck stalled on the track.

The Sunday night collision remains under investigation, a state patrol spokeswoman said., (912) 264-0405
Family links: 
  Linton Stewart Conner (1888 - 1932)
  Mary Ann Crews Conner (1888 - 1958)
  Henry Jefferson Douglas (1907 - 1989)*
  Joseph Troy Conner (1910 - 1966)*
  James Preston Conner (1913 - 1980)*
  Juanelle Conner Staton (1916 - 1996)*
  Cecil Thomas Conner (1918 - 1961)*
  Loleta Pearl Conner Douglas (1919 - 2008)
  Cora Lee Conner Roddenberry (1921 - 2005)*
  Jewell Conner White (1924 - 2009)*
*Calculated relationship
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