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.




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.






Jayden Terrence Johnson

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Homegoing services for Jayden Terrence Johnson affectionately known as "JayBird" will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Allen Chapel AME Church, 102 Bumphead Road Americus, GA with Rev. Lodenia Coleman officiating.


The Transition from Life to Life Eternal

Jayden Terrence Johnson became absent from the body and present with the Lord on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.  


The Beginning of Life

On Saturday, April 10, 2003, David and Fanesia Johnson were abundantly blessed with the birth of their youngest son. They named him Jayden Terrence Johnson.


The Scholar

Jayden was an aspiring 5th grader at Sumter County Elementary School, Americus, Georgia, where he was dearly loved and will be missed by all.


The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

Jayden’s family presented him to the Lord for baptism as an infant at Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, Americus. As he “waxed strong in the spirit” whenever he was able to attend church Jayden enjoyed singing along with the choir his favorite songs “I Heard the Angels Singing,”  “Jesus Loves Me,” and “You Gotta Have That Pure Religion, Hallelujah!” which was taught by his great-grandmother, Lillie Ruth Pace. 

Jayden touched many hearts and lives with his warm heart, inviting smile and extraordinary spirit. Jayden was very strong, courageous and the true definition of a fighter.  He was never afraid nor did he ever get discouraged during his journey, for he always knew that his Lord and Savior were with him.


The Beneficiaries of His Legacy

Jayden’s loving and devoted parents David and Fanesia Johnson; two loving and supportive brothers: Shykeith J. Johnson and Dave’on J. Johnson; grandparents: Fannie E. Anthony and the late Michael Anthony, Aaron & Bernice Johnson, great grandparents: Lillie R. Pace, Willie C. Johnson, Katie Johnson, Lucille Brown, Cicero Anthony, the late LaDeice Anthony, the late Albert Mack and the late Lester Broner.  He also leaves to cherish his memories his loving and caring aunts and uncles: Michael (Keya) Anthony, Eric (Jherusia) Anthony, Jamaal Anthony, Yolanda (Andre) Robinson, Roderick (Katisha) Nixon-Johnson, Christina Johnson, Teresa Johnson and Jerilynae Pointer; great aunts and uncles: Rosa M. Pace, Lisa D. Pace, Bonnie F. Williams, Ronald S. Pace, Dennis (Tamyra) Pace, Clyde (Connie) Anthony and the Anthony Family.  Other survivors include Johnny (Cassandra) Mack, Linda Brown, Elizabeth Mack, Beluah Johnson, Willie C. Johnson Jr. (Carolyn), Frank Mack, Colleen (Lewis) Glover, Brenda (Charles) Lipscomb and Anita (Matthew) Davis. God Mother: Lisa Davis; God Sister: Isis A. George; God Brother: Kaden T. George; Special devoted caregivers: Katrina (Anthony) Campbell, JoAnn Floyd, Connie (Mike) Gurley, Maggie Greene, Stephanie Harvey, Emily Smothers, Delores Jackson, Carolina Henson, Lisa Dickens, Angela Shoemaker, and the Sumter County Elementary School Faculty and Staff, Dr. Judy YY Cheng, Elenore Botha and Dr. Gambello, Emory Genetics Staff.










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Mrs. Yolander Demetrous Sheppard Fletcher

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Funeral services for Mrs. Yolander Demetrous Sheppard Fletcher will be Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the St John A.M.E. Church in Plains, GA with Rev. George Frank Monts officiating. Burial will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery. Yolander died on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Jacksonville, FL

Mrs. Yolander Demetrous Sheppard Fletcher was born on May 10, 1972 to Larry Sheppard and LaDaisy Schley-Ware.  At an early age she joined Mount Salem Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Americus High School class of 1990. Yolander was preceded in death by her grandparents Anne Maude Schley, Johnny Mae Cook, Georgia Lee and Author Lee Sheppard and Inez and Alfred Laster, one aunt Shirley Sheppard Gary, Americus, GA and two uncles: Sylvester Schley, Jacksonville FL, and Ned Brown, Americus, GA

 She is survived by her husband Kelly J Fletcher; A son, Darius J Fletcher and a daughter Kellya J Fletcher all of Jacksonville FL; two step kids Kelley and Andrew Fletcher, Jacksonville FL; her father Larry (Connie) Sheppard, Jacksonville FL; her mother LaDaisy (Eugene) Ware, Jacksonville, FL; a sister, Volisa (Jemale) Cross and two brothers: Montrell Sheppard both of Jacksonville FL; and Charles Hunt of Fort Lauderdale Fl.; grand parents: Baldwin (Sharon) Schley, Attleboro, MA; aunts: Inez (Johnny) Battle, Bertha (Walt) Bruce all of Plains, GA; Gwen (Joyce) Merritt, Yonkers, NY; Lavern (Bryant) Morrison New York, NY, Monica (Shannon) Daniels Ft. Walton Beach  Fl., Angela (Engene) Brown, Lakeland FL. Valerie Schley, Jacksonville FL; two uncles: Willie J. Sheppard, Macon, GA and Dudley (Shirley) Gary, Americus, GA;  two  nephews: Christopher Sheppard, Jacksonville, FL and Jarrod McNish Atlanta GA; two nieces Shambreka Bussey and Latia Sheppard, Jacksonville, FL;  mother and father-in-law Mamie and Jake Fletcher, Jacksonville FL; sister-in-law Angela Fletcher, Atlanta GA; and a very special friend Diane Moody and a host of great aunts & uncles cousins and friends. 





Infant Jada Ann Brown

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Graveside services for infant Jada Ann Brown will be Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at the Westend Cemetery in Butler, GA with Pastor Michael Fowler officiating.

Little Jada Ann Brown was born October 15, 2013 in Americus GA. to Kristin Knowlton Demetrice D. Brown.  She flew home to heaven on February 23, 2014.

Jada is now resting with her family that proceeded her in death: Grandparents; Dorothy A. Knowlton, Charlie (Estelle) Knowlton, Thomas J. Brown, Bessie Mae Myles, Quida Brown, Pat Brown; Aunts; Carolyn knowlton, Gloria Knowlton, Stephanie Ann Brown and Latresh “Tweety” Brown. 


Jada leaves to cherish her memory, devoted parents: Kristin Knowlton and Demetrice D. Brown both of Americus, GA; Brothers and Sister: Kelonte Knowlton, Michelle Jackson, Aumodia Lewis, Chi’miriah Lewis, Shametria Lewis, Ja’Kyrston Brown, Andre Lembrick, Chi’ Robinson and Jalisa Evans; Grandparents:  Lorenza Peeples, Thomaston GA and Zebbie Grey of Americus GA; one great grandmother, Teletia (Thomas) Brown of Preston GA; devoted aunts and uncles: Roshan Brown  of Montezuma GA, Karista Knowlton  of Leslie GA, Kelvin Knowlton, Steven Knowlton, Jessie F.  Knowlton Jr.  all of Butler, GA, Kaylnn Bunkley  of Geneva GA, Tyshun Brown  of Salayia, Doha Qatar; devoted great aunts: Virginia Knowlton  of Butler, GA, Debra Knowlton  of Ideal, GA and Gloria L. Walter Marshall of Americus, GA.




Mr. Clarence Thomas, Jr.

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Mr. Clarence Thomas, Jr., age 78, of Travelers Rest Road, Montezuma, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Montezuma Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Allen Waters officiating.

Clarence Thomas, Jr. was born May 11, 1935 in Montezuma, Georgia. He was the fifth child born to the late Clarence Tolbert Thomas and Lonnie Haugabook Thomas. Siblings who preceded him in death are Betty Green, Harvey Thomas, Joe Lewis Thomas, Mary Lizzie Thomas and Earnest James Thomas.

He leaves to cherish his memory, a daughter: Louise Bibbs of St. Robert, Missouri; two grandchildren: Veronica Williams and Willie J. Williams, Jr. (Mindy), and eight grandchildren all of St. Robert, Missouri; a loving and devoted niece and nephew Jacqueline and Damon Felton of Montezuma, Georgia; two sisters: Dorothy Thomas of Montezuma, Georgia and Millie Loman of Atlanta, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends.





Ms. Viola Glover

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Funeral services for Ms. Viola Louise Glover of Plains, Georgia will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the St John A.M.E. Church in Plains, Georgia with Pastor Shirley Strawter officiating. Burial will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery in Plains, Georgia.

 Viola Louise Glover was born January 18, 1951 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Tiney Glover and the late Viola Williams Glover. She was educated in the Sumter County School System. Ms. Viola is preceded in death by an Uncle Aaron Glover Jr. At an early age she joined St. John A. M. E. Church of Plains Georgia, where she sang in the choir and was the church custodian. “Ms. Vi” as she was affectionately called, loved her family and to plant flowers in her yard. She also was a faithful worker at Ryan’s steak house for 10 years until her health failed. Ms. Glover died on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.


Viola leaves to cherish her memories; two daughters: Glenda Glover (Claude) of Tampa Florida and Salena Glover (Corey) of Americus Georgia; one son, Clemond Glover (Cindy) of Americus, Georgia; two sisters: Lizzie Harper of Americus, Georgia and Lena Wilson of Plains Georgia; one brother, Moses Glover Sr. of Detroit, Michigan; one uncle, Clarence Jordan of Alabama; very close friends: Jan Hobgood, Janie Harper (Billy), Shirley Gary (Dudley). Brenda Battle (Johnathan), Jackie Franklin (Rose); two beautiful grandchildren: Ashley Thrash of Florida, Quasha Glover of Americus Georgia and other relatives and friends also survive.








Mr. Joseph Williams

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Funeral services for Mr. Joseph B. Williams affectionately known as “Beanie Boy” will be held on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary. Mr. Williams died on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia 


Mr. Joseph B. Williams was born in Buena Vista, Georgia on July 25, 1954 to the late John Minyard and Mahalia Williams.  


Survivors include his wife of 40 years Mrs. Jeanette Brown Williams of Americus, Georgia; A daughter Ms. Cheryl Williams of Americus, Georgia; one sister, Mrs. Jeanette Robinson of Jonesboro, Georgia; three sisters-in-Law: Mrs. Edna Wilborn, Mrs. Katie Seay and Ms. Dorothy Seay all of Americus, Georgia; three grandchildren: Shymeka Williams, Jakalen Williams and Jakelen Williams all of Americus, Georgia; one great grandson, Princeton Williams of Americus, Georgia; two devoted cousins: Mrs. Lorene Floyd and Mrs. Hattie Pitts both of Americus, Georgia; a devoted niece, Mrs. Claudia Walters of Americus, Georgia. Several other relatives and friends also survive.






Mr. Willie B. Lester, Jr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Willie B. Lester, Jr. of Jenkins Road Americus, Georgia will be Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on South Lee Street Americus, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Willie B. Lester, Jr was born in Plains, Georgia to the late Willie B. Lester, Sr. and the late Mrs. Ruby Mae Solomon Lester. Mr. Lester died on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.

Left to cherish his memories are his three brothers: Sam Lester and wife Eliza Williams Lester, Mack A. Lester and fiancée Valerie D. Taylor, Johnny Lester and his wife Kim Chambers Lester and their daughter Laquisha Lester; his aunt and uncle Mr. Sam T. Solomon and Mrs. Alma Solomon; very special cousins: George Solomon, Geraldine Solomon, John and Sonny Person, Sam and Brenda Solomon, Alfred and Johnnie Martin, Kenny Solomon, Willie Grimes, Ozzie Angry, Sherrie Morgan, Arthur Solomon and Nosy Bell Angry; special friends: Robert Sanders, Aretha Sanders, Clyde Tullis & family and James Davis & family. Several other relatives and friends also survive.  






Mr. McArthur Freeman

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Funeral services for Mr. McArthur “Mack” Freeman of Montezuma, Georgia will be Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12 noon at the Brown Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Mr. Freeman died on Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.

Mr. McArthur Freeman was born November 9, 1943 in Dooly County, Georgia to the late Pinkie Lee Leggett Freeman and the late Monroe Freeman. He attended school at Flint River Farms School in Montezuma. He was a skilled mechanic and worked for the J. D. Auto Sales in Florida and at Goodyear Tire Company.

Survivors include his children:  Cynthia Holloway, Montezuma, Georgia, Rosalyn Freeman, Mack Freeman, and Travis Freeman, all of Atlanta, Georgia, Varis Freeman of Marshallville, Georgia and  Wesley Freeman, Florida; one sister, Queen Clayton of Oglethorpe, Georgia; four brothers:  Fletcher (Rosetta) Freeman and Joseph Freeman of Montezuma, Georgia Willie B. (Martha) Felder of Henderson, Georgia and Ralph Freeman of Belle Glade, Florida; A special niece, Tina Bennett Caldwell, 7 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and other relatives and friends