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Ralph Lamar Lairsey

June 11, 1938 ~ December 6, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Ralph Lairsey Obituary

Mr. Ralph Lamar Lairsey, 85, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at his residence following a brief illness.

Born in Waycross, GA on June 11, 1938, Mr. Lairsey moved to Pierce County with his parents and siblings in 1950.  He graduated from Blackshear High School in 1957 and soon began working with Atlantic Coastline Railroad in Waycross as a young man and later joined the United States Army Reserves.  He was called into active duty during the Bay of Pigs Crisis in 1961.  He opened Lairsey’s Grocery Store in Offerman, GA in 1962, and operated that store until 1976.  He also owned and operated Terry’s Motor Company and Scott’s Mobile Homes during the 1970’s.  In 1975, he became a bi-vocational pastor and pastored the Church of God of Prophecy in Blackshear until 1983 when he became the pastor of the Gilchrist Park Church of God of Prophecy in Waycross. He pastored there until 1987.  During these years, Mr. Lairsey also sold insurance for American General Life Insurance Company.  He and his late brother, William Lairsey, opened Lairsey’s Country Store on Highway 84 on the same corner where his parents operated their grocery store from 1949 until 1985.  Later, Mr. Lairsey added Lairsey’s Auto Sales adjacent to the store.

Mr. Lairsey is preceded in death by his parents, Fluis Cecil and Lily Frances Davis Lairsey; his father- and mother-in-love, Anderson and Ethel Collins Davis; his daughter, Cassandra Marcella Lairsey; his granddaughter, Cassandra Susanne Lairsey; and his brother, William Cecil Lairsey.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Nadean Davis Lairsey of Blackshear; his children, Terry (Susan) Lairsey of Blackshear, Scott Lairsey of Statesboro, Karla (Roger) Swafford of Talmo, Eric (Erin) Lairsey of Augusta, Matt Lairsey of Nashville, TN, and Michael (Tori) Lairsey of Waycross; his 14 grandchildren, Davis (Hannah) Lairsey, Austin (Ginny) Lairsey, Gantt Lairsey, Noah Lairsey, Jackson Swafford, Caleb Lairsey, Eve Lairsey, Clara Lairsey, Ellie Lairsey, Coleman Lairsey, Adain Lairsey, Whitt Lairsey, Reagan Lairsey, and Eli Lairsey; 4 great grandchildren who brought him so much joy, Eliza Lairsey, Tate Lairsey, Collins Lairsey, and Beau Lairsey; his sisters, Carolyn Rosenberger, Christine Ring, Linda Thornton, Diane (Marvin) Hopkins, and Sherry Lairsey; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. Lairsey will be held Monday morning, December 11, 2023, at 11:00 o’clock from the Word of Life Worship Church of God of Prophecy in Blackshear.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 4 until 7.

Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.

The family kindly requests that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

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Pearson Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangement. 

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December 10, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home
659 Main Street
Blackshear, GA 31516

Funeral Service
December 11, 2023

11:00 AM
Word of Life Worship Church of God of Prophecy
720 Azalea Street
Blackshear, GA 31516


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