September12

Mr. S.L. Ward

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Funeral services for Mr. S.L. Ward of Dawson, Georgia will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Beulahland Baptist Church in Dawson, Georgia.

Sammie Lee Ward, known as “S.L.” was born on November 4, 1929 in Dawson, Georgia, to the late Mr. Sammie Lee Ward, Sr. and the late Mrs. Johnnie Bee Lewis Ward. He was educated in the public schools of Terrell County. At an early age, “S.L.” confessed his love for Christ and joined Jerusalem Baptist Church.  Later he joined Beulahland Baptist Church in Dawson, Georgia, where he served as a Deacon for many years. He was a man who believed in prayer and the power of prayer.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Sammie Lee Ward transitioned to his eternal resting place peacefully. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two children: Forrest Ward and Sherry Ann Ward Shanks; two brothers: Frank and J.C. Ward and a host of family and friends.

“S.L.” obtained his license as a Funeral Director and in 1969 his dreams of becoming a funeral home owner became true. “S.L.” befriended local funeral directors and they taught him the trade of funeral service.  In 2009, the Georgia Funeral Directors Association recognized him with an achievement award for 40 years of service.  He also served as a council member on the Board of Commissioners of Dawson, Georgia. He was given an award in appreciation for 9 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Ward 6 in Dawson, Georgia, from March 3, 2004 to December 31, 2013.

His memories shall be cherished by his surviving family members. To include, his wife Elmyra Whitehead Essix Ward, devoted brother: David Lee (Annie Mae) Ward, of Dawson, GA; Loving sister: Amie Lee Ward of Dawson, Georgia, loving and caring children, step-children, grandchildren, great – grandchildren, great -great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, godchildren, family, and friends.  A special friend that he considered a brother, Mr. Lawrence Williams and one he looked at as a son, Mr. Robert Eric West.  His legacy shall be forever remembered and never forgotten by all.

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September02

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September02

Mr. Willie "Sho Nuff" Laster

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Funeral services for Mr. Willie Lee Laster of Montezuma, GA formerly of Plains, GA will be held on Saturday, September 9 at 11:00 A.M. at the Greater New Lebanon Baptist Church on Hwy 308 in Plains, GA with Pastor Glenn Bryant, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Mr. Willie Lee Laster was born on May 9, 1960 in Plains Georgia to the late Mrs. Irene Watts Laster and the late Mr. L.C. Laster. Willie was affectionately known to some as “Sho Nuff“ and to others as “Snoop Dog”. At an early age Willie joined the Greater New Lebanon Baptist Church. On February 23, 2012 he married Ms. Carlessa Tookes. Willie died on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at his home in Montezuma, Georgia. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Ernest Monts and Joe (Earlean) Laster and two sisters: Irene Grier and Sarah Roberts. 

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Carlessa Tookes Laster of Montezuma, GA; his children : Adayshia Laster of Montezuma, GA, Janisia Wicker, Kanetria Laster (Kevin), Lakeisha Hightower (Nikki) all of Americus, GA,  Kizzy (Henry) Edmundson, of Jackson, North Carolina,  James (Victoria) Jordan, Willie Laster Jr, Marcus Laster all of Americus, GA; two step sons: Jontavous Jackson, Brandon Jackson both of Montezuma, GA; his siblings:  Vera (James) Robertson of Ellaville, GA, Charlie (Ida) Laster of Albany, GA, L.C. (Lorraine) Laster of Americus, GA; four sisters-in-law: Maryland Tookes, Lydia Oliver (Vinson) all of Montezuma, GA, Vernell Marks and Annie Tookes (Micheal) all of Decatur, GA;  three nieces including two devoted nieces: Mary Baisden (Calvin) of Americus, GA and Shanica (Bryant) Floyd of Warner Robins, GA and Lillie Myers, Americus, GA who was like a sister.  Several other relatives and friends also survive.

 

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