Mr. Charles Fudge

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Funeral services for Charles Fudge, Jr. were held Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00 in the Chapel of West's Mortuary in Montezuma with Rev. Victor Johnson officiating.

Charles Fudge was born November 22, 1956 in Homerville, Georgia to Charles Fudge, Sr. and the late Wylean Ferguson. He grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida where he worked for the state of Florida and Henry Tree Trimmers. In 2012, he moved to Georgia. He joined the Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Marshallville, Georgia in 2013. Charles passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015. 

He is survived by his devoted wife, Mary Ann Hooten Fudge; a step son, Darius Walker and step daughter, Princeta Walker; two grand children: Pa'Landria Walker and Delilah Williams; his father, Charles Fudge, Sr; brothers and sisters: Coreatha Solomon, Shirley Hayes, Nadine Fudge, Joseph Fudge, Calvin Fudge, Roy Fudge, Rodney Fudge and Lashonda Fudge;his mother-in-law, Annie M. Hooten; brothers-in-law: Charlie (Martha) Hooten, Robert (Sherron) Hooten, and Willie (Teste) Hooten; sisters-in-law: Mittie Petty, Mary (Eugene) Crocker, and Annie Slater; devoted niece and nephew: Shalonda "Penny" Hooten and Derek James; devoted friend, Terry Wimberly; a host of other relatives and friends.


Mrs. Anna Bell Hall

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Mrs. Anna Bell Hall of Oglethorpe, GA died on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Hospice of Houston County in Perry, GA. Funeral Services will be Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2 pm at New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma, GA. Mrs. Hall was preceded in death her son, Lonnie Clayton, Jr. and two brothers: Leroy Jackson, Jr. and Arthur Lee Jackson. 


She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Pastor Lee Willis Hall of Oglethorpe, GA; children: Adam Clayton, Byromville, GA; stepson, Decaldrick (Christy) Hall of Atlanta, GA; God children, Sharonda (Bob) Ladd, De'Marrion Fobbs, Devin Griffin and Lindsey Ladd all of Montezuma, GA; her father, Leroy Jackson, Sr. of St. Petersburg, FL; mother-in-law, Eveline Hall Hudson of Oglethorpe, GA; sisters: Sarah (Calvin) Turner of Montezuma, GA; Hazel (Jimmy), Jackson of Montezuma, GA, Lillie Pearl Jackson of Ashville, North Carolina, Agnes (Richard) Murray of St. Petersburg, FL, and Betty Joyce (Calvin), Wilcox of Fitzgerald, GA; brothers: Charlie (Wytina) Jackson of Vienna, GA, Marvin Jackson of Byromville, GA, and Danny Jackson, St. Petersburg, FL; brothers-in-law: Charlie (Tammy) Hall of Ft. Valley, GA, Marvin Hall of Atlanta, GA, Eddie C. Hall of Oglethorpe, GA, Jimmy (Debra) Hall of Ellaville, GA and Tyrone Hall (Chrispian) of Ellenwood, GA; grandchildren: DeQuntaez Clayton, Montezuma, GA, Addison Clayton of Warner Robins, GA, Sofya Hall, Aaliyah Hall, Makhi Hall, Jordin Hall, Sanaa Hall, all of Atlanta, GA; devoted friend, Lonnie Clayton, Sr. of Byromville, GA; extended family, Willie J. Caldwell (Linda),Vienna, GA and a host of other loving relatives and friends.









Infant Raegyn A. Josey

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Graveside services for Infant Raegyn A. Mariah Josey will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at the Old Corinth Cemetery. 

Infant Raegyn A. Mariah Josey was born in Americus, Georgia on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center to Phaedra Josey. On that day our Lord and Savior saw his precious angel struggling for life and decided to remove all of her pain and take her Home with him. 

In addition to her mother, she leaves to mourn her passing one sister, Ms. Maliah Williams, Americus, Georgia, her grandparents: Ms. Mary Josey and Mr. James Josey Sr., her great-grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Capers Knight of Soperton, Georgia;  aunts & uncles: Santwan Lockhart of Americus, Georgia, James Josey Jr. (Maria) of Warner Robins, Georgia and Latarus Josey Sr. of Tampa, Florida, her great aunts & uncles: Mr. Delphiene Knight, Warner Robins, Georgia, Mr. David Knight, Mr. Michael Knight both of Soperton, Georgia, Ms. Lorena Josey, Mrs. Carmen (William) Clark, Ms. Lena Josey, Mrs. Mary (James) Russell, Mr. Jimmy (Dons) Josey and Ms. Jewel Josey all of Americus, Georgia and Mr. Otis Solomon of Germany; three loving godmothers: Barbara Fulks, Maria Josey and Kim Williams.




Mrs. Mildred Mathis Carter

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Homegoing services for Mrs. Mildred B. Carter will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 12 noon at Andersonville National Cemetery. Reverend Bobby Brown will officiate. Mrs. Carter was born in Marshallville, Georgia to the late Elder Robert and Lula Williams Baldwin. She was a member of Bethel AME Church, Montezuma, Georgia where she served as a Stewart and church treasurer. 

Mrs. Carter passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry James Carter and daughter Ynestra M. Russell.  

She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters: Katreena (Clarence) Arnold of Chesterfield, Virginia and Rhonda (James) Williams of Portsmouth, Virginia; one son, Emmitt (Wanda) Mathis of Houston, Texas; and one son-in-law, Edward Russell of Portsmouth, Virginia; six grandchildren: Chelsea Washington (Russell), Letisha Mathis, Marques Mathis, William J. Russell, Leah Williams, and Christian Williams; four great-grandchildren; one loving sister, Mary Johnson of Macon, Georgia; a brother, Bell Vinson of Fort Valley, Georgia; special extended family LeRoy James, Jr.,  Sandy Melvin and Frances Baldwin; many loving nieces and nephews; devoted friends: Rose Marshall, Denise West, Terry Forbes, Stanley Stewart; and caretakers and friends Natasha Vonover, Marie Leary, and Earl Barron.











Mr. Richard C. Robinson

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Funeral services for MR. RICHARD CHARLES ROBINSON will be held on Saturday January 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Zion Hope Baptist Church in Sumter City, GA with Elder Willie Robinson Jr. and Pastor George F. Monts officiating.


Richard Charles Robinson was born on July 7, 1954 Sumter City, GA to the late Mr. Willie Robinson, Sr. and the late Mrs. Katie Bell Roberts Robinson. He attended Southeast Elementary School in Leslie, GA and furthered his education at Union High School and Murphy High School in Atlanta, GA. He worked at Americus Steel and Paul Bush Home Builders in Americus, GA and later he moved to Atlanta and worked for B&L Wrecker Service for his sister Bonnie (Joe) Butler as a driver for over thirty years. In 2011 Richard moved back home with his sister Estella Lusane until his death. Richard died on December 26, 2014 at the Phoebe–Sumter Medical Center. 


He was preceded in death by his nieces: Tammy Robinson and Janice Giles; two brothers-in- law Joe Butler and Joseph Giles; a sister Linda Robinson and one brother Johnny Robinson. 


He leaves to morn his passing; one daughter, Ms. Shawanda Carmichael (Michael Oglesby) and one grand- daughter Kayla Oglesby; five sisters: Mrs. Estella (Willie) Lusane of Sumter City, GA,  Shirley (Alvin  Sr.) Smith of Sumter City, GA, Mrs. Eddie Giles of Atlanta, GA, Mrs. Bonnie Butler of Atlanta, GA, and Ms. Gloria Goodgain of Aurora, Colorado; four brothers: Phillip Robinson of Sumter City, GA, Floyd Robinson of Americus, GA, Lloyd Robinson of Atlanta, GA, and Willie Robinson Jr. of Atlanta, GA; one aunt, Mattie Pearl Burton of Sumter City, GA; nieces and nephews, Dathan Bradley of Americus, GA, Demetria Bradley of Americus, GA, Dan (Sabrina) Bradley of Preston, GA, Adrain Smith, Abraham Smith of Sumter City ,Alvin Smith Jr. of Americus , GA, Jason (Laswanda) Giles of Atlanta, GA, Angela Denson, Tracy (Johnna) Robinson, Joe (Trina) Butler III all of Atlanta, GA, Sean Goodgain of Aurora, Colorado,  Courtney (Becky) Goodgain of Aurora, Colorado, Mrs. Tiffany (Tony) Flowers of Americus, GA, Titus G. Robinson of Huntsville, Alabama, Thaddeus Robinson of Savannah, GA, Tisha Robinson of Atlanta, GA, Timothy (Sandra) Robinson of Americus, GA, Troy Robinson of Atlanta, GA, Marquitta Robinson of Baxley, GA, Philisia (Corey) Spearman of Statesboro, GA, Stacy Robinson of Atlanta, GA, Willie Robinson III of Atlanta, GA and a host of great and great great nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends including, Sandra Bradley of Sumter City, GA, Leon Hunter, Keith Hunter both of Atlanta, GA,  Drez Walker of Smithville, GA, Marilyn Price of Americus, GA and Gwen Cross of Americus, GA also survive.



Mrs. Jessie Bell Ladd

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Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Bell Ladd of Americus, Georgia will be held on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Big Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Calvin Rollins officiating. Burial will follow at the Hill Cemetery.



Mrs. Jessie Bell Ladd was born in Sumter County, Georgia on February 18, 1924 to the late Calvin and Mattie Barner. “Bell”, as she was called by family and friends, was educated in the Sumter County Public School System. In 1939 at the age of 15 she met and married Doss Ladd, Jr. He preceded her in death after 70 years of marriage. This union was blessed with five children: Jena Ladd, Loretta Daniels, Shirley Johnson, Johnny Ladd, Sr. and Ray Ladd, Sr.

“Bell” was a hard worker who loved giving to the church. Throughout her life she worked as a housekeeper for many years at the home of Gammage and Helen Shivers. She also worked at the Varsity Restaurant and Wood Grain Molding for many years before she retired. She was a member of the Eveready Club for a number of years where she held several positions. 

She was a very friendly person whose house was always open to everyone. She loved to cook for everybody, specializing in baking cakes for everyone that asked.She was also the neighborhood hairdresser.

She was preceded in death by six siblings: John Brown, Essie Battle, J. W. Barner, Eddye Barner, Arthur Barner and Charles Barner. “Bell”died peacefully on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.


Left to cherish her memory are her children: Jena Ladd, Loretta (Felder) Daniels, all of Americus, Georgia, Shirley (Johnnie) Johnson, Johnny Ladd, Sr. all of Rochester, New York and Ray Ladd, Sr. of Americus, Georgia; one brother, Calvin Barner of Americus, Georgia; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.





Mr. Edd Cottle, Jr

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Memorial Services for Mr. Edd “Check” Cottle, Jr. of Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Restoration Church of Americus with Pastor George Edge officiating. 


At birth Mr. Cottle was named Edd Cottle Jr. His parents Edd Cottle and Ophelia Russell Cottle love him dearly as this baby was the last child born to them. His big sister was the protector who kept him out of troubles. The two would watch cowboys and Indians on TV early Saturday morning. His sister names him Billy the kid from the TV show. As time goes on his nieces and nephews will call him Uncle Billy. 


While attending school in Sumter County, his name somehow stretched to Eddie Cottle Sr. He received a Graduation Equivalency Diploma from the state of Alabama. He worked toward a Photography Certificate from South Georgia Technical College. After school he entered the US Army, October 25, 1972. Later he received an Honorable Discharge after a tour in Germany. Somewhere along the paths of time his name became Check, and now to some Mr. Check. He worked many jobs in Georgia, Florida and Michigan. 


All his memories have been entrusted to sisters: Eddye C Mitchell, Americus Georgia and Minnie Carolyn James, East Hartford Connecticut; nieces he loved as his own children: Sabrina Sharper, Ruecilla Sharper and Eden (Rory) Edge; nieces and nephews he loved and cherished; Sherrie James-Hawthorne, Langhorne Penn and Trevis James, East Hartford, Connecticut; nieces and nephews he grew up with; Ruthie Sharper, Americus, Georgia and Henry Gary, Tifton Georgia; An Aunt Tommie Linton, Jacksonville Georgia; step sisters: Lorene, Barbara, Katie and Gwen; several other great and great great nieces and nephews cousins, friends, traveling buddies and neighbors on Dudley Street.


You could see him at times riding in his little red sports car, but he loved to walk to the post office and down town. He was a regular customer of Salvation Army Store, where he spent hours there when his steps got a little short he still tried. Most times he would not accept a ride when offered. He would say, “I can make it” other times he would call and say “can you get me from the post office; I can’t make it back home”. On Sunday November 23, 2014 he put his cap on the hook, his jewelry in the case, dropped his wallet, change and cigarettes in the draw, shoes by the bed, opened the door, sat down and said good-by to the world, knowing that God always knows your name. 


To our brother, Uncle, Nephew, Friend, GOOD NIGHT!



Mr Edgar Allen Brown, III

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Funeral services for Mr. Edgar Allen Brown, III of Americus, GA will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Hosie Waters officiating. Burial will follow at the Green Grove Cemetery. 

Mr. Edgar Allen Brown III, affectionately called “Third” was born on November 30, 1987 in Smithville, GA to the parentage of Mr. Edgar Allen Brown, Jr. and Mrs. Faychal Lynette Rivers Brown. 

He attended the Americus City public schools.  At an early age he believed that he would face numerous obstacles in life, therefore, he confessed Jesus Christ as his personal savior and joined the Green Grove Baptist Church in Smithville, GA, being baptized by Reverend Hosie Waters. He served on the Usher’s Ministry and attended Sunday School regularly as a young boy.  He enjoyed spending weekends with his late Uncle Clyde, Auntie Delphine, and Cousin Mac McGrady. 

On Friday, November 14, 2014, he tragically passed away.  He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mr. Elbert Wright and Ms. Mae Francis Rivers; his paternal grandparents, Mr. Edgar Allen Brown, Sr. and Mrs. Princella Green Brown.  

He leaves a legacy of love to cherish his memories-a daughter, Eiliyah Anika Brown; Smithville; his father, Mr. Edgar Allen Brown, Jr. and his mother, Mrs. Faychal Rivers Brown, Americus; stepfather, Mr. Sammie Snead, Albany; three sisters, Ms. Tanneisha Y. Brown, Americus; Ms. Latonza T. Brown, Smithville; and Ms. Tianna L. Brown, Capital Heights, Maryland; one brother, Mr. Eldrick A. Brown, Americus-Aunts, Ms. Marynell Brown Poole, Americus; Mrs. Debra (Keith) Brown, Columbus; and Ms. Evelyn Wright, Atlanta-Uncles, Mr. Derrick T. (Pamela) Smith; Americus; Mr. James D. Brown and Mr. Simon B. Brown, Americus; Mr. Earl (Teresa) Wright and Mr. Dontae Wright, Atlanta-Great Aunts, Dr. Delphine B. McGrady, Mrs. Emma Rivers (Andrew) Covin, Mrs. Vera Rivers, Mrs. Emma Wright (Nathaniel) Greene, Mrs. Dollie Wright Morgan, Mrs. Gloria Wright Chandler, Mrs. Annie Wright Perry, Ms. Rosie Wright, Mrs. Meritta Wright (Oliver) Jones, Mrs. Darlene Wright (Horace) Coleman, Ms Marlene Green, Ms. Mattie Burton, Ms. Donna Bush French-Great Uncles, Mr. David W. (Ilean) Bady, Mr. Willie R. (Cheryl) Bady, Deacon Emory (Robbie) Wright, Mr. Leonard Wright, Mr. Robert Baker, Jr., one niece, three nephews, a special friend, Mr. Galvin McCoy, a multitude of cousins, other relatives, and a plethora of friends.





Mr. Robert "Bo" Griffin

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Funeral services for Mr. Robert “Bo” Griffin of Americus, Georgia will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Union Tabernacle Baptist Church in Americus, Georgia with Rev. Larry B. Sims officiating. Burial will follow at Staley Memorial Gardens.


Mr. Robert “Bo” Griffin was born August 2, 1945 to the parentage of the late Mr. Roswell Griffin and MS. Mae Julia Williams. He was educated in public schools of Marion County.  He was a member of Union Tabernacle Baptist Church. “Bo” worked 52 years with Warren Scott Construction Company.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Mary Whitehead. Bo died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, November 10, 2014.


He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Mattie Griffin of Americus, GA; nine children: Robert and Tiayana Smith of Utica, New York, Kelvin and Marie Griffin of Lancaster, PA. Dorothy and Calvin Parker of Hiram GA, David and Sally Smith of Americus, Georgia, Timothy and Wilhemina Smith of Fort Pierce, FL, Alvin and Shirley Smith of Sumter City, GA, Debra Smith of Toledo, Ohio, Annie Ruth Mathis and James Arthur Mathis both of Americus GA; two sisters: Mattie Griffin of Chicago, IL and Lou B Smith of Americus, GA; three brothers: Willie and Gloria Griffin of Cordele, GA, Lester Bailey and Jester Bailey of Miami, FL., three brothers-in-law; Sam Rufus Sims, George Sims and Eugene Sims all of Plains, GA; a devoted aunt Ruby Campbell of Preston GA; a devoted nephew and niece Timothy and Sharon Johnson; several devoted friends including: Claude Dodson, Jo Jenkins, Rob Sims, Curly Jackson and Cannonball Jones; 32 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and friends also survive.


Mr. Willie C. Evans

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Funeral services for Mr. Willie C. Evans of Americus, Georgia, affectionately known as “Cooter” will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the New Life Headquarters Holiness Church on Mask Road in Americus, Georgia with Pastor Darnell Lundy officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.