October15

Mr. Willie R. Bady, Jr

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Funeral services for Mr. Willie Roosevelt Bady, Jr., age 66 of Ft. Lauderdale Florida formerly of Smithville, Georgia, will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 12:00 Noon at the Green Grove Baptist Church in Smithville with Rev. Hosie Waters officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Mr. Willie Roosevelt Bady, Jr., affectionately called “Lil Willie”, was born on August 9, 1950 in Smithville, GA to the parentage of Mr. Willie Roosevelt Bady, Sr. and Mrs. Postell Harvey Rivers Bady, who precede him in death.  He is the sixth of ten children.  He attended the public schools of Lee County in Leesburg, Georgia and received his diploma from the Job Corp Center in Townsend, Tennessee. 

After graduating from Job Corp, Willie moved to Rochester, New York, where he worked for several years before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia where he was employed with Bankhead Enterprise and Ace Box Company.

In the early 80’s he moved back to Smithville and accepted positions with Glover Foods, Shiver Lumber Company, and Davidson Rubber Company in Americus.  In 1993, Willie moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  He was employed with Goodwill Industries as a Fork lifter operator.

At an early age, Mr. Bady realized that he would face numerous obstacles in life, therefore, he confessed Jesus Christ as his personal savior and joined the Green Grove Baptist Church and was baptized by the late Reverend Champ Waters.  After joining the church, he attended vacation bible school, Sunday school, and other church programs on a regular basis.

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, his soul left to be with his savior in his heavenly home.

One sister, Ms. Mae Francis Rivers, six brothers, Matthew Rivers, Mr. Ed Rivers, Sr., Mr. Sammie Rivers, Sr., Mr. Paul Bady, Mr. Charles Bady, and Mr. David Bady precede him in death.

Left to treasure fond memories are his companion, Cheryl, Fort Lauderdale; two sons, Dayrl Goober, Americus; Marquis Bady, and one daughter, Chabreka Bady, both of Fort Lauderdale; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Covin (Andrew) and Dr. Delphine Bady McGrady, Smithville; one grandson, Tyran Goober, Americus; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Vera Rivers, and Mrs. Ilean Bady, Smithville; an aunt, Dr. Annie Jewel (Ann) Dismuke and her three daughters (Joyce, Minnette, and Tonya (Pastor Keith), Fort Lauderdale; former sister-in law, Ms. Beverly Bady, Atlanta, GA; loyal nephew, Don Rivers, Smithville; loyal neice, Faychal Rivers Brown, Americus.  Additional survivors include a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and an awesome neighbor/friend, Ms. Clarshy Simms, Fort Lauderdale.

 

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October04

Mr. Antonio Moran Gordon

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Graveside services for Mr. Antonio Moran Gordon age 39 of Americus, Georgia will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Eastview Cemetery with Rev. Ronrico Gordon officiating

On this day, October 4, 2016 our Father called his son Antonio Moran Gordon home.

Antonio M. Gordon was born on December 6, 1976 in Americus, GA to Mrs. Debra Wallace and the late James Taylor. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and obtained a GED and furthered his education at SGTC studying Aviation Maintenance. He loved to draw, write poems and to keep others laughing.  

Along with his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents: Louise Gordon, Norman Gordon, Earl Brown Taylor and Lila Mae Wafford; aunts & uncles: Sarah Gordon, Kenny Gordon and Calvin Wafford; great aunts & uncles: Doris Louis and Betty Perry.

Left to cherish his memories are his mother, Debra Wallace; great grandmother, Rosa Bell Anthony; three sisters: Kimothly (James) Wallace, Melissa Taylor, Melissa Taylor and Evony (Lewis) Moore; five brothers: Jamie (Tosha) Wallace, Timothy (Connie) Wallace, Janos Wallace, Julius Wallace and Jonathan (fiancé, Jabra) Wallace; aunts & uncles: Frances Gordon, Craig (Lisa) Gordon, Ruby (Dwight) Christmas, Rufus (Tina) Thompson, Larry Gordon, Herman (Rhonda) Stevens, James Gordon, Charlie Foster, Tyrone Thompson, Robenna Butts, Edgar (Eula) Butts, Carolyn Wafford, Bruce (Katie) Wafford, Tommy Lee (Shirley) Wafford and Ernestine Jenkins; great aunts & uncles: Catherine Taylor, Rosa (Joe) Gordon, Martha (Charlie) Harvey, Bennie Perry, Rodney Gordon and Jimmy (Tracey) Gordon; two devoted cousins Janice Floyd and Jamarious Bullard.  A host of nieces nephews and friends also survive

 

 


September18

Mr. Jimmie Benefield

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Funeral services for Mr. Jimmie Benefield of Smithville, Georgia will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jerusalem Baptist Church on Rhodes Street in Smithville, Georgia with Rev. Toney Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Mr. Jimmie Benefield II was born on December 24, 1945 in Perry, Georgia to the late Jimmie Lee Benefield and the late Magnolia Taylor. At an early age he joined the Mt Pleasant Baptist Church. He was united in holy matrimony to Mrs. Laura Benefield who preceded him in death. Jimmie departed this life on September 18, 2016 at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Americus, Georgia.

He leaves to cherish his memories, one son, Jimmie Benefield, III of Moultrie, Georgia; two daughters: Pamela Barge of Moultrie, Georgia and Amanda Benefield of Macon, Georgia; four sisters: Cora Benefield and Willa Collie both of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Ossie Lockett and Mary Henderson (Charles) all of Smithville, Georgia; four brothers: Lewis Benefield, Bobby Taylor, Tommy Taylor all of Smithville, Georgia and Jerome Taylor of Americus, Georgia; a longtime companion, Minnie Austin of Ellaville, Georgia; a host of nieces & nephews including: Kwanis Garner (Julius) Katrina Benefield, Wanda Ingram, Shontae Ingram, Erica Morris, Jason Lockett, Courtney Lockett, Justin Burton and Anthony Collie; several devoted friends: Jimmy Smith, Freddie Smith, Carl Waters and Arthur Melton

 

September18

Mr. Albert Prince

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Funeral services for Mr. Albert Prince, Jr. will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:00 in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Americus, Georgia with Rev. Mireo Harris officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Mr. Albert Prince, Jr. was the oldest of sixteen children born to the late Mr. Albert Prince, Sr. and Mrs. Eula Mae Sampson Prince, who survives on May 8, 1938 in Americus Sumter County, Georgia. He moved away from home at an early age seeking work and came to reside in Belle Glade, Florida the remainder of his life. He worked several different jobs before landing his position at Okeelanta Sugar Mill Corporation as a truck driver. He worked with them for over 30 years, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends, watching Joel Osteen Ministry, and old Western movies. He is preceded in death by two brothers: Master Ronnie Prince and Willie Lee Prince. Albert departed his life on September 18, 2016 at GRU Hospital in Augusta, GA with his family by his bedside.
 
In addition to his mother, Ms. Eula Mae Prince, he leaves to cherish his memories one daughter: Ms. Latalia Demisha Prince (Brian) of Barnwell, South Carolina; one stepson: Marcus Garrett of West Palm Beach, FL; six brothers: Mr. Johnnie Lee (Susie) Prince, Belle Glade, FL, Mr. Oscar Lee Prince, Mr. Sampson Prince, Mr. David (Mary Emma) Prince, Mr. Ernest (Barbara) Prince, Mr. James Prince all of Americus, GA; seven sisters: Mrs. Betty Sue (Anno, Sr.) Harris, Mrs. Retha (John) Dowdell, Mrs. DeLois (Rev. Karl) Wilson, Mrs. Dorothy Jean Queenie, Mrs. Barbara Ann (John Arthur) Boone all of Americus, GA, Mrs. Anna (Rev. Marcelious) Willis, Leslie, GA and Mrs. Mattie Mae Edge, Albany, GA; two granddaughters: Mrs. Da'Koyoia Demisha (Marcus) Billie of Stockbridge, GA and N'Yannia Yanexi Prince of Barnwell, South Carolina; two great grandchildren: Jaylen Desean and Elijah Anthony of Stockbridge, GA; one aunt: Ms. Ola Bell Harris, Americus, GA; one uncle: Mr. Ellis Prince, Miami, FL; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.

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September14

Mr. Torryce Dice

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Funeral services for Mr. Torryce Dice of Forest Park, Georgia, formerly of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Perry Grove Baptist Church in Leslie, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery. Torryce died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

During the early morning hours of September 14, 2016, the stairway to Heaven opened up for one of Gods most faithful servants, Mr. Torryce Dice who was born in Sumter (Americus, Georgia) on October 23, 1967 to the Parentage of the late Mr.Willie Lee Dice and the late Mrs. Mattie B. Reese Dice. He received his education in the Americus System. He was employed at Country Club for nine years, Glover Warehouse for fifteen year, and CTI for a short period of time. Later he moved to Atlanta, GA to live with his sister Melinda Johnson and her family. Torryce died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. He was preceded in death by four brothers: Willie Dice, Jr., Bobby Dice, Robert Dice and Fredrick Dice.

He leaves to cherish his memories: one brother Edward Dice of Americus, GA; three Sisters: Ms. Deborah Dice and friend, Mr. Charles Gordon of Americus, GA, Ms. Imogene Dice and friend Mr. Patrick Bolden, and Mrs. Melinda (Charlies) Johnson, all of Forest, Park; two God children: Natalia Walters, and Zion Walters all of McDonough, Georgia; two aunts: Mrs. Bobbie Players of Miami, Florida and Bertha Dice of Americus, GA; one uncle, John L. Dice of Miami Florida; three nieces: Ms. Yasima Gordon of Americus, Georgia, Ms. Niesha Johnson, and Ms. Valerie Dice, both of Atlanta, Georgia; five nephews: Mr. Corey Johnson, Mr. Nicholas Johnson and Mr. Tavaris Dice all of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Mario Dice and. Edward Dice Jr. both of Americus, Georgia and a host of great niece, and nephews, cousin, his Special Caregivers other relatives and friend also survive.

 

 

 


September06

Mr. Donald Ramon Bates

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Funeral services for Mr. Donald R. Bates age 69, of Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at United Holiness Church on Aaron Snipes Dr. Americus, GA with Bishop Arthur Fulton officiating. Burial will follow on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Andersonville National Cemetery.

Donald Ramon Bates was born on January 14, 1947 in Marietta, Georgia to the parentage of Clarence Sr. and Katherine Elizabeth Bates.  Donald transitioned peacefully to his heavenly home surrounded by his devoted wife and other loved ones on Saturday, September 3, 2016.  He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Essie Word, Evelyn Kilgore, Hattie Emma Bates and Leroy Bates and a daughter Shana Baker. 

He graduated from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO with a B.S. in Physical Health and Education. Donald was a Life-Time member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.  He entered the U.S. Army upon graduating from Lincoln as a 2nd Lt. in Military Intelligence and served in Vietnam where he was awarded several medals.  He was honorably discharged from the Army as a Captain.  He was employed for 20 years at Procter and Gamble and 14 years at Tara Foods (Kroger).  He was also Human Resource Consultant with Cello-Foil Corporation, Albany, Georgia.

Donald was a loving husband and a father of five.  He leaves to cherish his memories, a devoted wife of 24 years, Aretha Sanders Bates of Americus, GA; two sons: Anthony Bates of Memphis, TN and Marcell Baker (Nadia) of Americus, GA; two daughters: April Raines (Gabriel) of Newnan, GA and Amber Bates of Jonesboro, LA; his siblings:  Delores Miller of Detroit, MI, Randy Bates of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Clarence (Mary) Bates, Jr. of Marietta, GA.  Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law and their spouses, Robert (Lynette) Sanders, Jr. of Americus, GA, M. Margaret Bates of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Martha (Frank) Townsley & Mary (Albert) Mack of Miami, FL, Mattie (Ret. Presiding Elder M.S.) Colquitt, Alma (S.T.) Solomon & Katie Ruth Watts all of Americus, GA; Lillie Ruth McCoy, Bobbie Jean (Nathaniel) Armstrong & Lorene Sanders, Atlanta, GA; six grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. 

 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 6 to 7 P.M.


August27

Mr. Darren James

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Mr. Darren Andrew James of Montezuma, Georgia passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia.  Born in Detroit, Michigan on July 9, 1962, he was the son of Mrs. Bertha J. James and the late Mr. Morris James, Sr. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 12 noon at New Hope Cemetery in Montezuma, Georgia.


August25

Ms. Carolyn Ann Terry

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Memorial services for Ms. Carolyn Ann Terry of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary.

Ms. Carolyn Ann Terry was born in Sumter County, Georgia on December 29, 1953 to the parentage of Mrs. Lena Mae Hunt and the late Mr. Charlie Terry, Jr.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Annie and Charlie Terry, Sr. and Mary and Willie Jerkins; four uncles: Rev. E.L. Clark, Randolph Terry, Walter Terry and Johnny Terry.
 
She joined the Union Tabernacle Baptist Church. She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. Carolyn died peacefully on Monday, August 22, 2016 at the Pinehill Nursing Center in Byromville, Georgia.

She leaves to cherish her memories her mother, Lena Mae Hunt of Americus, GA; five sisters: Mary (Eddie) Quwenty, Mary Christmas both of Americus, GA, Taresa (Ronald) Sims, Wendy Terry, and Frankie (Mike) Anderson of Tampa, Florida; four brothers: Larry (Karen) Terry of Albany, GA, David Hunt of Baton Rouge, LA, Edward (Robie) Hunt of Dublin, GA and Rev. Charlie (Capathia) Sampson of Plant City, FL; six aunts: Linda (David) Vickers of Miramar, FL, Evelyn Terry and Gladys Clark both of Americus, GA, Elnora Terry of Miami, FL, Barbara Terry of Atlanta, GA and a devoted aunt, Shirley Terry-Lundy of Americus, GA; two uncles: Simmel Terry of Americus, GA and David Vickers of Miramar, FL; a host of nieces and nephews including two devoted nieces: Clarissa Lewis of Fayetteville, GA and Malencia Lewis of Americus, GA; a devoted friend, Mikita Milner; a host of other loving relatives and friends.

 

 

 

 


August02

Mr. James Smith

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Funeral services for Mr. James Douglas Smith will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2:30 P.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church with Bishop Melvin McCluster officiating.

Mr. James Douglas Smith of New Brighton, Pennsylvania passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning August 2, 2016 in Americus, Georgia. James was affectionately known as “Fiddler” by his family and friends in New Brighton and Beaver County, Pennsylvania and known and as “Smity” by his family and friends in Andersonville and Americus, Georgia.

James was born on October 21, 1951 in Andersonville, GA to the late Marion and Aurila Smith who both preceded him in death. James attended and graduated from the Sumter County School System and moved to Pennsylvania sometime shortly thereafter. He was employed and retired as a sanitation worker with the Valley Refuse for approximately twenty-five years of service.

James leaves to cherish his memory a loving daughter Leah (Neil) Smith, two adorable grandchildren Isaiah Smith and Elijah Smith all of Beaver County, Pennsylvania; one brother Marion (Bertha) Smith Americus, Georgia; aunts: Etta Mae McDonald, Margaret Easton, and Georgia Childs all of Pennsylvania; several devoted cousins: Donald Wade, New Brighton, PA and Jessie Smith, Americus, GA and other relatives and friends of Beaver County, PA and Sumter County, GA. Other relatives that have preceded James in death include his uncle Alton Childs, Sr., aunt Geneva Childs Smith, and a devoted cousin Samuel Smith.

 


August02

Mr. Wilbert Gean Gilford

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Funeral services for Mr. Wilbert G. Gilford will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 12:00 Noon at Kingdom of Heaven Ministries with Pastor Courtney Moore officiating. Burial will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery in Plains, GA

Mr. Wilbert Gean Gilford was born in Sumter County Georgia on March 24, 1957 to the parentage of the late Mr. Henry Gilford and Mrs. Autry Gilford.  He joined the St. John A.M.E church at a early age.  Later in life he received Christ and joined Kingdom of Heaven Ministry.  He received his education in Sumter County School System.  He was preceded in death by four brothers.

He leaves to cherish his memories wife Patricia Ann Gilford, two sons: Wilbert Gean Gilford of Americus, GA and Koshama Richardson of St. Augustine, FL; a daughter, Natavia (Broderick) Hawkins of Atlanta, GA; three brothers: Thomas (Ruth) Gilford of Statesville, NC, Freddie Gilford of Rivera Beach, FL. And Roy (Dolly) Lockett of Pierce, FL; five sisters: Jacqueline (Alton) Green of Cuthbert, GA, Eliion Francis, Mary Morgan of Detroit, MI, Joann Gilford of Americus, GA and Leola Brown of Rivera Beach, FL; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren; one aunt, Ms. Janie Flowers of Delray Beach, FL and a host of nieces and nephews