June06

Mrs. Christine Robinson Tookes

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Mrs. Christine Tookes of Americus, Georgia died on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Perry B. Grove Baptist Church in Americus, Georgia with Bishop A. Rushin officiating.

Mrs. Christine Tookes was born in Sumter County, Georgia on January 10, 1954 to the late Tommy Robinson and the late Mary Green. She received her education from the Americus City School System. She was preceded in death by six siblings: Robert Earl Moore, Jr., Eugene Whitehead, Johnny Robinson, Clara Tyson, Willie Lee White, and Sammy White.

She leaves to cherish her memory two children: Crystal Tookes of Americus, Georgia and Leonard Tookes, Jr. of Florida; three sisters: Shirleen Johnson of Plains, Georgia, Barbara Ann Morgan of Plains, Georgia, Dorothy Dowdell of Desoto, Georgia; four brothers: Willie Barker {Silvia}, Walter Moore of Americus, Georgia, Robert Lee Davis of Millen, Georgia and Jonathan Wallace (Sabrina) of Jacksonville, Florida; two loving godchildren: Shynise Roberts and Tiffany Burt; a devoted friend Frannie Mitchell of Florida. Several other relatives and friends also survive.

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May26

Mr. Johnny Lee Spencer

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Mr. Johnny Lee “Tuffcat” Spencer of Melody Lane Americus, Georgia died on Friday, May 26, 2017 at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Spring Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Clinton Aldridge  officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Johnny Lee Spencer was born on December 1, 1957 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Katie Wiggins and the late Elmer Spencer. Johnny was employed as a truck driver at Transway until he became disabled.

Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters: Angela Marie Spencer and Latoya Denise Mack; his six siblings: Willie (Cathy Wilkerson) Spencer, Ernestine (Joseph) Davis, Regina (Minister John) Hayes, Lisha Wiggins, Walter (Barbara) Wiggins and Rodney Gordon; four grandchildren: Welsey Cannon, Travius Mack, Justin Mack and Jasmine Mack; eight nieces and nephews: Angela Denise Spencer, Kolvin Holt, Derelle Hayes, John Hayes, III, Shenita Wiggins, Janay Bagby, Willie Reddick and Christopher Johnson; four devoted friends: Mattie Jewel, Horace Wilbon, Robert (Kasu) Cannon and Luke Berry. Several other relatives and friends also survive

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May17

Mr. Eddie Dean Tyner

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Funeral services for Mr. Eddie Dean Tyner age 62 of Americus, GA will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary with Rev. Daniel Clinton officiating.

Mr. Eddie Dean Tyner as born on December 22, 1954 in Sumter County, Georgia to the parentage of the late Mr. Willie Tyner and the late Mrs. Nancy Mack Tyner. He received his education in Sumter County Public School System.  Eddie was employed at Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus for 10 years until his health failed. God called him home to rest on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Lillian Carter Nursing Home.  He is preceded in death by five brothers:  Mr. Thomas Tyner, Mr. Eddie Wade, Mr. Samuel Tyner, Mr. Willie Tyner, Jr. and Mr. Johnnie Tyner and two sisters: Mrs. Ozzie Tyner Angrish and Mrs. Mary Blue.

He leaves to mourn his memories, his devoted and loving wife of 18 years, Mrs. Georgia Tyner of Americus, Georgia; his children: Koshama Richardson, Trina Tyner, La’Toya Tyner, Eddie Tyner, Brandon Tyner, Jamal Tyner (Heather), Jermaine Tyner, NZall Harvey and Victoria Banks his step daughter; a grandson that he raised as his own, Braylin Larkins;  two sisters: Ella Gloria Tyner and Carolyn Bateman; nine sisters-in-Law: Mattie Sue (Johnny Waters), Donnie Mae Williams, Bobbie Jean (Jerome Waymon), Mary Ann Banks, Nancy J. Bruce, Ruby L. Tyner, Bertha Tyner, Viola Tyner and Betty Ann (James) Garrett; a beloved father-in-law, Mr. George Banks, Sr. and mother-in-Law, Mrs. Mattie Mae Banks; three brothers- in-law: Eddie Williams Robert Thomas and Calvin Snipes; sixteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

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May16

Mr. Edward Leon Dice

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Funeral services for Mr. Edward Leon Dice of Americus, GA will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Perry Grove Baptist Church in Leslie, Georgia with Evangelist Sarah Dice officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Mr. Edward Leon Dice, better known as “Fat Rat”, was born April 1, 1960 in Sumter (Americus, Ga) 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 School System.  After he finished school, he enlisted in the United States Army serving four years as an E-4. He later enlisted in the National Guard.  Edward (Fat Rat) loved fishing and hanging out with the guys. He was employed at Glover Warehouse for 18 years and he also worked for U. S. Foods for 5 years. Edward was preceded in death by 5 brothers: Willie Dice Jr., Bobby Dice, Robert Dice, Frederick Dice and Torryce Dice.  Edward passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2107 in Americus, Georgia

He leaves to cherish his memories, a son, Edward Leon Dice, Jr. and four grandchildren: Jakyle, Ashton, Brooklyn Dice and Dwayne Williams; three sisters: Ms. Deborah Dice and friend, Mr. Charles Gordon of Americus, GA, Ms. Imogene Dice and friend, Mr. Patrick Bolden and Mrs. Melinda (Charles) Johnson all of Forest Park, GA; a devoted companion, Ms. Dorothy Jones of Americus, GA; two aunts: Mrs. Bobbie Players of Miami, FL and Ms. Bertha Dice of Americus, GA; three nieces: Mrs. Yasima Gordon of Americus, GA, Ms., Niesha Johnson, and Ms. Valerie Dice both of Atlanta, Georgia; four nephews: Mr. Corey (Cheryl) Johnson of Atlanta, GA., Mr. Nicholas (Sharonda) Johnson of Americus, GA, Travaris Dice of Atlanta, GA and Mario Dice of Americus, Georgia; a sister and brother from another mother:  Mrs. Deborah Fortune and Mr. Eric (Tracy) Finch of Americus, Georgia; a devoted friend Preston Davis and several other relatives and friends also survive.

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May10

Mrs. Carolyn Cooper "Babee"

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Funeral services for Mrs. Carolyn Wade Cooper will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Cotton Ave in Americus, GA.

Carolyn Wade Cooper, was born on December 19, 1946, to the late Bural Thomas Wade, Sr. and the late Pearl Clark Wade of Andersonville, GA. Carolyn gave her life to Christ at an early age and joined Mountain Creek A.M.E Church, where she remained faithful and dedicated for the duration of her life. She served as Secretary and Steward for many years. Carolyn always had a passion for sewing, cooking and doing hair.  Those magic fingers touched many things.

She was a 1964 graduate of Sumter County Senior High School in Americus, GA.  Carolyn always had the magic touch so after graduation she began her magic touch as a Seamstress at Manhattan Shirt Factory in Americus, GA, where she worked for several years. As the magic fingers continued on their journey to Dell’s Drapery in Americus, GA, she further pursued her passion in making things.  As those fingers worked designing other's dreams, Carolyn also used those same magic fingers to use her skills of culinary to bake numerous cakes, pies, biscuits “you name it”. The magic fingers next journeyed to her long time passion in doing hair. So she took a leap of faith and finally decided to pursue her long time dream by enrolling at South Georgia Technical College where she successfully obtained a Cosmetology Degree. As a Master of Cosmetology, she had the opportunity to work at various salons using her magic fingers. Then they walked into the doors of her own shop where her magic fingers worked their magic on many heads.  She worked many tireless days and nights creating many different styles for many people.  She had a wonderful relationship with her clients and many became close friends.  

During the early Spring morning of Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Heavenly Father whispered in the ear of Carolyn and said “Carolyn”, let’s take a ride. You have fought a good fight, you kept the faith. Now, let’s go home and rest.” Carolyn was at peace when she went home to be with the Lord, leaving behind a rich legacy for many generations to come. She was preceded in death by her father and mother Bural Thomas Wade, Sr. and Pearl Clark Wade; brother, Bural Thomas Wade, Jr.; and husband Sgt Arthur Lee Cooper.

Carolyn was married to her loving husband Arthur for 43 years, during this union four bubbly babies were born: Karen (Keith) Timmons of Leslie, GA; Melbae Terina Abernathy of Durham, NC; Marcus Antonious Cooper of Rock Island, IL; Melody (Joseph) Ebron of Augusta, GA.

She leaves precious memories to her nine grandchildren: Desmond Timmons, Jamar Abernathy, Karissa Abernathy, Cortavious Stephens, DeMarcus Cooper, Christian Abernathy, Kayla Cooper, Sanai Cooper, and Brayden Ebron.  She was also blessed one great granddaughter Serenity Abernathy.
 
She will be forever loved by seven sisters and one brother: Bettye Jean Dean of Orlando, FL, Sara (AJ) Mills of Andersonville, GA, Earnestine (Rob) Colbert of Andersonville, GA, Dr. Oneida (Arthur) Ingram of Americus, GA, Dr. Amanda (Tony) Cooper of Americus, GA, Michael (Annie) Wade, Brenda (Melville) Griffin of Conley, GA, April Johnson of Lithonia, GA, and Evelyn Williamson of Mount Vernon, NY.  A special thanks her devoted and dedicated caregivers that supported her daily, Keith Timmons and Eloise Reddick.  

She will always have a special place in the hearts of her brothers and sisters-in-laws:  Nadine (John) King, Smithville, GA, Vera (Arie) Arney, Dallas GA, Rena Cooper, Conyers GA, Barbara Linnear, Augusta, GA, Eartha (Johnny) Robertson, Augusta, GA, Irene Rutherford, Americus GA, Willie Cooper, Americus GA, Eddie Lee (Effie) Cooper, Leslie GA, Reubin (Vivian) Cooper, Miami FL, Tony (Amanda) Cooper, Americus GA, Thomas (Angellette) Cooper, Fayetteville, NC, Royzell (Shirley) Cooper, Vienna, GA, Minnie Cooper, Tacoma, WA, and Delorne Cooper, Leslie GA.  Also a host of nieces, nephews, others relatives, and many sorrowing friends.

Carolyn loved everyone and was loved by her family and friends. She will always be remembered and never forgotten whether from her stern advice, her humor, and her abrupt honesty.  

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May10

Miss Nikita "Miss Kitty" Deriso

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Funeral services for Miss Nikita “Kitty” M. Deriso of Plains, Georgia will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 3:00 at St. John A.M.E. Church on Hudson Street in Plains, Georgia with Rev. Jesse Watts officiating. Burial will follow at Greater New Lebanon Cemetery.

Nakita Marshella Deriso was born in Americus, Georgia on July 20, 1986 to Anthony Floyd Deriso and Eula Faye Deriso.  Nakita, affectionately known to her family and friends as “Miss Kitty” was educated in the Sumter County School System.  She graduated from Americus-Sumter County High School.  Upon graduation, she attended Innovation Senior Solution Adult Day Care Center.  Miss Kitty enjoyed attending the center that she loved so much.

Nakita believed in Jesus Christ and attended New Lebanon Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Dennis Melton and her aunt, Shamona Davis.  God called his angel, Nakita home on Monday, May 8, 2017 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. 

Memories of her life will forever be cherished in the lives of her loving and devoted parents:  Anthony and Eula Deriso, Plains, Georgia; two brothers:  Anthony Floyd Deriso II, Plains, Georgia and Tre’von Dodson, Americus, Georgia; one sister, Shavon (LaNorris) Sawyer, Atlanta, Georgia; grandparents: Emma (Calvin) Lundy, Plains, Georgia, Floyd and Pastor Georgia Deriso, DeSoto, Georgia; three uncles, Ervin (Keisha) Melton, Dublin, Georgia, Eric (Kenyada) Deriso, Albany, Georgia, and Kelsey (Denise) Deriso, Williamsburg, Virginia; two aunts, LaSondra (Alfonso) Swain, Americus, Georgia and Jacqueline (Calvin) King, Americus, Georgia; one niece, Olivia Sawyer, Atlanta, Georgia; one nephew, Cason Sawyer, Atlanta, Georgia; a host of loving cousins, relatives and friends

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May07

Mr. Willie Clarence Thomas

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 Funeral services for Mr. Willie C. Thomas will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00 at Zion Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Coley Clark, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Champ Waters Cemetery.

Willie C. Thomas was born October 10, 1943 in Montezuma, Georgia to the late Clarence and Ossie Lee Tookes Thomas. At an early age, he accepted Christ as his personal savior and joined Zion Grove Baptist Church. He attended Flint River Farms School. On July 10, 1972, he married Mary Louise Larry, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Cordelia Larry Stewart. After many years of dedication, he retired from Allens.

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Willie C’s earthly life ended and his heavenly life began. He leaves a legacy of love and memories to his mother, Rosa Hobes Thomas; sons: Christopher Thomas (Carmelia) of Montezuma, GA and Jerome Thomas (Kim) of Macon, GA;  sisters: Mattie Waters of Akron, OH, Olivia Cochran (Eddie Sr.), Mary Davis (Bobby), Gloria Thomas all of Montezuma, GA, Joe Thomas (Helen) of Oglethorpe, GA, Willie D. Hobes (Mattie) of Greensboro, GA, Rosa Hobes Fox of Washington, D.C., Albert Hobes of Buffalo, NY, James Hobes, Jr., Debra Hobes and Ronnie Hobes all of Montezuma, GA; sister-in-law, Dollie Larry West of Montezuma, GA; brother-in-law, Hubert S. West, Sr. of Montezuma, GA; aunts: Bernice Brown of Miami, FL, Mary Lizzie Brown of Marshallville, GA, Ophelia Larry of Henderson, GA and Izola West of Smithville, GA; nine grandchildren: Derrick Sr., Claudette, DeCarris, Domonique, Lekeitha, Elethia, Christopher Jr., Christine and Christian; twelve great grandchildren: D’Quayveon, Miekell, Kaitlyn, Emiyah, Frankie Jr., Carmen, Ariya, Derrick Jr., Eric, Breonna, Haley and Tykerious; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.

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May02

Mrs. Annie Chambers

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Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Bell Small Chambers age 107 of Americus, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:00 at United Holiness Church in Americus, Georgia with Rev. George F. Monts officiating. Burial will follow at Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Annie Bell Small Chambers was born October 15, 1909 in Terrell County, Georgia to the parentage of the late Minnie Lee and Sirene Small.  She was educated in the Terrell County School System.  Mrs. Annie was a faithful member of the Mt. Salem Baptist Church until her health failed. 

She was married to the late Richard Chambers Sr., and to this union three sons were born.  She is preceded in death by her siblings, a daughter-in-law Hattie Chambers, two grandchildren; Karen and Terry Chambers. Mrs. Chambers died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

She leaves to mourn her passing three sons including her caregiver: Mr. Willie C. Chambers and friend, Bobbie Shields of Americus, GA, Ricard Chambers (Cheryl) and Marvin Chambers both of Chicago, IL; her grandchildren: Sabrina Chambers Clyde (Marcus) of New York, Valoria Larkins (Metric), Terisa Chambers, Willie Chambers, Jr. all of Americus, Georgia, Michelle Chambers Webb (David) of Indiana, Minister Keshia Chambers of Chicago, Richard Chambers, Jr. of Louisiana, Sonya Chambers of Chicago and Marquita Chambers of Missouri. Thirty-One great grandchildren and several great great grands and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other friend also survive.

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April29

Ms. Verna Hollis

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Funeral services for Ms. Verna Hollis of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary with Rev. Joseph Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Miss Verna Hollis was born in Sumter County, Georgia on July 9, 1948 to the late Cleve Hollis and the late Rosa Lee Carter.

During the Civil Rights Movement in Southwest Georgia in 1963, Miss Hollis was arrested along with a group of other young girls and spent 45 days in the Leesburg Stockade. Those girls later became known as The Leesburg Stockade Girls and the Lost Girls of Sumter County.  As an adult she worked at King’s Restaurant and did housekeeping for about fifteen years until she became disabled. God called her home on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia

Miss Hollis will lovingly be remembered by her son Joseph Jones II, a U.S. Military Veteran. Joseph has five daughters and three sons: Christopher Jones and wife Triteasha, Kimberly and her two lovely sons, Ambrosia Jones and her lovely daughter, Cynthia Angrish and her lovely daughter, Broderick Jones and his lovely daughter, Taqwan McCrary, Verlencia Jones and Shekierria Jones and five beautiful great grandchildren. Miss Hollis also has two brothers and one sister: Charles Edward Hollis and his two sons and two daughters: Clifford Washington III and his wife, Sandra Lee Washington and her son and daughter. Sandra lost a lovely little girl early in life.

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April19

Mrs. Thelma Kaigler

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Funeral services for Mrs. Thelma Leary Kaigler of Warner Robins, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dooling, Georgia with Pastor Jerry Sanders officiating. Interment will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Mrs. Thelma Leary Kaigler was born in Dooly County, Georgia on August 5, 1932 to the late Raymond and Jessie Mae Candale Leary. She was married to Eli Kaigler on December 27, 1947. She was educated in the public school system of Dooly County, Georgia. At an early age, she joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church where she later became a devoted member of the usher board until her untimely accident. She worked at the Southern Frozen Foods Company in Montezuma, Georgia, for many years.

Thelma loved entertaining and cooking her famous fried chicken along with several sides and desserts. She always had pots and pans on the stove and was more than happy to feed anyone that stopped by. Not only did she share her home and food with others, but she shared her infectious laugh and smile. When she wasn’t entertaining family and friends, in her spare time, she also enjoyed fishing with her sister-in-law, Clara Bell Leary, her cousin-in-law, Bertha Fobbs, and her daughter’s mother-in-law, Sallie Mary McKenzie.

Thelma Leary Kaigler departed this life on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eli Kaigler; her daughter, Betty Jean Kaigler; her brothers, Morgan Leary, Walter Leary, Willie Leary, Rayfield Leary, and Calvin Leary.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Mollie Kaigler McKenzie of Warner Robins, Georgia; three grandchildren: Therman McKenzie Jr. (Monica) of McDonough, Georgia, Carmisha Deniece Ramsey (Macon) of Greer, South Carolina, and Christopher Bernard McKenzie of McDonough, Georgia; three greatgrandchildren: Madison Deniece McKenzie and Taylor Renee McKenzie both of McDonough, Georgia , and Marleigh Grace Ramsey of Greer, South Carolina; five brothers: N.C. Leary, A.C. Leary and Leroy Leary all of Montezuma, Georgia, Johnny B. Leary (Sandra) and Jerry Leary (Mary)both of Riverdale, Georgia; three sisters: Pastor Jessie Mae Leary Snipes of Atlanta, Georgia, Esther Leary Wiggins (James) of Columbus, Georgia, and Rosie Lee Leary Briley of Montezuma, Georgia; one sister-n-law, Clara Bell Leary of Warner Robins, Georgia; one uncle, Charlie Everett of Atlanta, Georgia; her first cousins, Irene Haugabrook of Miami Florida and Caroline Walker of Macon, Georgia; devoted nieces: Marilyn Rogers of Montezuma, Georgia and Stephanie Deshell Leary of Warner Robins, Georgia; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and many sorrowing friends.

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