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.  



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.





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.














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. 










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.




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.



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.