Mrs. Queen Elizabeth Coleman Bacon, 67, died Monday morning (June 17, 2002) at Satilla Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.
She was born on September 25, 1934 in Blythe, but she has lived in Waycross for many years. She worked for a dry cleaning business in Folkston for 20 years. She was a faithful member of Big Bethel Freewill Baptist Church for many years, but she has been a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear since she discovered her illness.
Elizabeth attended public school in the Ware County School System. In 1951, she met and married John Wesley Bacon, Jr. who proceeded her in death 13 years ago.
She was well-known for her beautiful singing voice. Not only did she travel all over the state of Georgia singing, she was known for her ability to bring celebrated gospel singers to this area in concert such as Shirley Caesar, Clay Evans, the Williams Brothers, the Jackson Southernaires, and many other great artists.
She was affectionately nicknamed ''Mama Liz'' by one of her sister-in-laws several years ago. Mama Liz will be greatly missed by a lot of people who knew just how special she really was.
She is survived by her six children, Berniel Hill (husband Lawrence) of Waycross, Stanley Bacon (wife Diane) of Waycross, Connie Blackshear (husband Ira) of Atlanta, Mark Bacon of Waycross, Leon Bacon (wife Sylvia) of Crestiview, FL (U.S. Air Force), and Wendell Bacon (wife Jacklyn) of Pensacola, FL (U.S. Navy); a step-daughter, Johnnie Mae Wilson; 14 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
She was proceeded in death by one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law from the Bacon family. Also left to mourn are six brothers-in-law, six sisters-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews, and her beloved mother-in-law, Rilza P. Bacon of Waycross.
Other special family members and friends are Mattie Lawson and family of Augusta, two play sisters, Ada Jenkins of Jacksonville, and Marge Johnson of Reidsville; and her very best friend, Carrie Evers of Waycross.
A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday (June 22, 2002) at Big Bethel Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hazzard Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7 until 9 p.m. at Music Funeral Home.
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