May19

Mr. Bural Thomas Wade, Jr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Bural Thomas Wade, Jr. affectionately known as "Boy" will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Bernard Maddox officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Creek A.M.E. Church Cemetery.

 Mr. Bural Thomas Wade Jr. was born on May 7, 1953 in Sumter County GA, the fifth of ten children born to the union of the late B T Wade and the late Lizzie Pearl Wade.  At an early age he joined the Mountain Creek AME Church.  He was educated in the Sumter County School System. He served in the US Army and worked diligently as a bus driver for the Sumter County School System.   

During the early spring morning of Monday, May 19, 2013, the Heavenly Father made a visit to the bedside of Brother Bural Thomas Wade Jr. and said Boy Wade, my good and faithful servant, let’s take a ride. You have fought a good fight.  You kept the faith. Now let’s go home and rest.  

Bural was someone you loved to be around and he enjoyed life.  He was a stranger to no one. Boy had a big heart and had a big smile.  He was a very special brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. Bural was a man of profound strength and courage.  He was kind, gentle and had a sweet and pleasing personality. He was kind and compassionate. He was affectionately known by his family, as Boy Wade. He loved his family and his family loved him.  He was not only loved by his family but also by his friends.  The children loved him and wanted to be in his company.  He also wanted a hug and kiss. He also had a rare sense of humor.

He leaves to cherish his memories five children: NeKeisha (Keithon) Smith of Leesburg, Georgia. LaKista (Valerie) McCuller, Cameo Wade, Jeremy Lyles and Jamal (Whitney) Lyles of Americus Georgia; three stepchildren: Shaykerria Volley , Leonardo Bateman, and Bianca Little (deceased) of Americus Georgia;   six grandchildren: Lakista McCuller Jr., Kelsey Cruz, De’Asia Goober, Jakobe McCuller, Keithon Smith Jr., and Myla McCuller of Americus; one great-grandchild: Lakista McCuller, III; eight sisters: Betty Dean of Orlando Florida, Sara (A.J) Mills, Earnestine (Willie) Colbert, of Andersonville Georgia, Carolyn Cooper of Leslie Georgia, Dr. Oneida (Arthur) Ingram, Amanda (Tony) Cooper of Americus Georgia, Brenda (Melville) Griffin, and April Wade of Atlanta Georgia; one brother: Earl (Annie) Wade of Americus Georgia. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a countless caring and supporting friends which include a devoted caregiver Sgt. Tony Cooper; devoted friends: Queen Gibson, Edna Bateman, Harriet Little Holmes, and Tommie McCuller. Several other relatives and friends also survive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May15

Mrs. Carrie Bell Ross

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Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie Mae Bell Ross, 91 Horton Drive, Americus, Georgia will be Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery. Mrs. Ross died on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.

 

She is survived by three daughters: Rudine Ross Harris and Mary Louise Ross George both of Americus, Georgia and Pat Wynell Banks (Eddie) White of Miami Florida; four devoted granddaughters: Kimberly Cobb and Jade Harris both of Americus, Georgia, Carlisa Ross of Mableton, Georgia and Jasmine Harris of Norfolk, Virginia; eleven other grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; one great aunt Lillian Bell of Macon, GA. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

 

 

 

May07

Mrs. Perry Lee Johnson

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Mrs. Perry Lee Johnson age 77 of Hosanna Cir. Americus, Georgia died on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Gentiva Hospice in Columbus, Georgia. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by West’s Mortuary.

Mrs. Perry is survived by a son, Roger Johnson, Jr. of Warner Robins, Georgia: one granddaughter Lualhati (Gabriel) Perez of Americus, Georgia; nine great grandchildren: Leon Johnson, Rodney Burnam, Jr., Tyreisha Burnam, Najda Johnson, Anthony Johnson, Gabriela Perez, Quinn Perez, Elvida Perez and Addyson Perez all of Americus, Georgia. Several other relatives and friends also survive.  

 

April29

Mr. Clarence Harp

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Mr. Clarence Harp age 48 of Reynolds, Georgia affectionately known as “Grandaddy” & “Gramp” passed on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1:00pm at the Taylor County High School Auditorium. Burial will follow in the Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Clarence Harp was a native of Taylor County and was a 1984 graduate of the Taylor County High School. He was formerly employed by D. Lance Souther, Inc. of Macon. He is survived by a wife Ponthea Nicol Harp, two sons Pierre Lee, Clarence Walter Harp, Jr. Parents Willie Bubba Harp & Helen Knowlton Harp, Brothers: Willie (Tina) Harp, Jr. Trini (Symanthia Harp, Demetra (Ramonia) Bivins, Sisters: Deborah (Lewis) Jordon, Nichole Howard, Constance Harp, Shanesia Harp.

The family will receive friends at 42-B Louisiana Court, Reynolds, Georgia.

 

 

 

April20

Mrs. Lonnie M. Harris

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Funeral services for Mrs. Lonnie Mae Harris of Railroad Street Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at the Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Mathis Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Staley Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Harris died on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.

Mrs. Lonnie Mae Harris was born in Americus, Georgia on October 9, 1929 to the late Willie and Lampteen Martin. Mrs. Harris professed her faith in Christ at a very young age and joined the Union Grove Baptist Church, where she served as Mother of the Church until her health failed. She was a member of Habakkuk Chapter #70 Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Harris was employed by Sumter Regional Hospital in housekeeping for 29 years. In 1945 she met and married her devoted husband of 64 years, Mr. Romeo Harris, Sr., who preceded her in death in 2009. Mrs. Harris was also preceded in death by one son Deacon Romeo Harris, Jr., one brother, Mr. Willie Lee Martin and a grandson SSGT. Johnny B. Thomas.

She leaves to cherish her memories, three devoted children: Virgirie Harris-Thomas and Eric B. Harris both of Americus, Georgia, and Mackel (Lynette) Harris of Atlanta, Georgia; one sister, Philla Pheen Logan of West Palm Beach, Florida; one brother, James (Bonita) Martin of West Palm Beach, Florida; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Doris Mae Harris of Smithville, Georgia; six sisters-in-law: Mrs. Rena Walker, Mrs. Delois Baldwin of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Velma Harris, Mrs. Lula Mae Harris, Mrs. Virgirie King, and Mrs. Berdia Mae (Otis) White all of Americus, Georgia; two brothers-in-law: Mr. Woodrow Harris and Mr. Anno (Betty) Harris all of Americus, Georgia; eleven grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, and other family/friends, including a devoted God-son Timothy (Sharon) Johnson.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

April19

Mr. John Lee "Rick" Joiner

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Memorial Services for Mr. John Lee “Rick” Joiner will be Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Union Baptist Church on Norris Street in Montezuma, Georgia with Rev. Joe R. Hairston officiating.

Mr. John Lee Joiner, son of the late Clovis and Iona Colzie Joiner, was born May 27, 1927 in Perry, Florida. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Oglesby and two children: Veronica Thornton and John Lee Jones. John, better known as “Rick”, was educated in the Macon County School System. He later served his country honorably in the U. S. Army. He departed this life on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Annette C. Joiner of Montezuma, Georgia; children: Frankie Johnson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wanda Bond of Windsor, North Carolina, Peggy Ann Grey of Manhattan, New York, Nichole Joiner of Ellenwood, Georgia, Jonathan (Jennifer Evins-Joiner) Joiner of Morrow, Georgia, Ronald (Melinda) Cotton of Acworth, Georgia, Lutrina (Michael) Shelton of Locust Grove, Georgia, and Eric Cotton of Jonesboro, Georgia; a host of grandchildren including: Eric Jr., Whisper, Noah, Selena, Ezekiel, Sesame, Ja’Rajnik, Milottie, Traneicia, Joleeia, Latina, LaTisha, Jacqueline, Sherry, Terri, Nikia, and Alexix; a host of great-grandchildren, other loving relatives and friends. 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

April10

Deacon Leroy Fisher Smith

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Deacon Leroy Fisher Smith age 65 of Butler, Georgia died on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Houston Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at the the Taylor County High School Auditorium. Burial will follow at the Essie McDougald Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Alma Patillar Smith of Butler, GA; two daughters, Ms. D’Angela Smith of Lithonia and Ms. Gwendolyn Bateman of Morrow; sisters, Ms. Gwendolyn Willis of Atlanta and Dr. Evan. Shirley D. Troutman of Butler; brothers, Rev. Weaver L. Smith, Jr. of Butler, Mr. Jurdis Smith of Hardford, Connecticut and Wallace Smith of Augusta, GA. and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Viewing is on Thursday 1-7PM at Friendship Baptist Church in Butler, GA.

 

 

April07

Mr. Joe Louis Bruce, Jr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Joe Louis Bruce, Jr. age 47 of Americus, Georgia will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Shipp Chapel Missionary Church with Pastor Daniel Clinton officiating. Burial will follow at the Israel Cemetery. Mr. Bruce died on Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia.

 


April01

Mr. Willie Larry

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Willie James “Flute” Larry, age 72 of Roberta, Georgia passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Heart of Georgia Hospice in Perry, Georgia. Willie Larry, son of the late James Larry and Elizabeth Oglesby Larry was born December 12, 1941 in Montezuma, Georgia. He was employed as a truck driver for A.M. Bickley in Marshallville prior to moving to Florida.

Left to cherish his memory are his cousins: Ms. Sarah Baldwin, Constance “Dimp” Baldwin, and Melissa Baldwin all of Montezuma, Georgia, Pebbles Baldwin of Ideal, Georgia, Emma Jean Forbes and LaSonya Larry of Oglethorpe, Georgia; a host of other relatives and friends.

Direct cremation of Mr. Willie James “Flute” Larry was arranged by West’s Mortuary, Montezuma, Georgia.

 

 

March30

Ms. Doris Sitton

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Memorial services for Ms. Doris Sitton will be Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Americus, Georgia with Rev. Tommie Jordan officiating. 

 

Ms. Doris Sitton was born in Sumter County, Georgia on September 25, 1930 to the late Mary Lee Walker Powell and Step father Jim Powell. Ms. Doris moved to Miami where she studied Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. She was employed at Miami Children’s Hospital for twenty years.  She was a member of the St Agnes Episcopal Church in Miami under the leadership of Rev. Alexander Ekechukwu. Ms. Sitton died on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the United Healthcare in South, Carolina. 

 

She leaves to cherish her memory two nieces: Selma Powell of South Carolina and Angela of Macon Georgia; three nephews: James T. Powell of Clewiston, Florida, Michael Stewart of Killeen, Texas and John David Powell, Jr. of Houston, Texas. A host of other relatives and friends also survive.