October15

Mrs. Martha Journey

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October14

Ret. Presiding Elder M.S. (Karl) Colquitt

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October12

Ms. Janie Ruth Butts

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October11

Ms. Eva Jean Jackson

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October11

Mrs. Bessie B. Warren

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Funeral Services for Bessie Byrom Warren of Montezuma, Georgia will be conducted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Noon at Magnolia Baptist Church, 415 Hosie Waters Street, Montezuma, Georgia.  Interment will follow immediately after services at Andersonville Cemetery.

Bessie was a bundle of blessings born to the late Augustus Byrom and Ellen West Byrom on June 11, 1945, in Macon, Georgia.  She was the baby of a family with three older brothers, James Byrom, Sr., Thomas Jerome Byrom and Julius Marcellous Byrom, who all preceded her in death.

She was introduced to Christ as a child and was baptized at New Hope Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia.  Later in her life, she joined Magnolia Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her health began to decline.  Bessie served on the Deaconess Ministry and the Missionary Ministry.  She was the  Director of the Youth Ministry and served as Assistant Church Secretary.  She faithfully worked in any capacity she was needed.

On December 26, 1970, she married the love of her life, Jessie Warren.  This union blessed them with their son, Torrance.  Bessie was also the stepmother to Jessie and Alonze.  Bessie had a special love for her family.  She was supportive and was a constant source for guidance and advice.

Bessie was a very outgoing and busy woman.  She graduated from D F Douglass High School in the class of 1963.  She placed an importance on soaring in higher heights in education.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Fort Valley State University.  She later attended Troy State University, where she received her Masters  in Education.

 Bessie began her teaching career in the Macon County School System.  She taught and touched the lives of many students for thirty-one fulfilling years.  After she retired, she hit the ground running.  She was a member of Eunice Chapter #164 O.E.S., Beta Rho Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Past President of the Macon County Retired Teachers and Associates.  Bessie also served her city well.  She worked as the lead Poll Worker for District 5 – Montezuma District.  She dutifully served on the Montezuma City Council. At the time of her death, she was serving her second term on the City Council where she held the position of Mayor ProTem. 

Bessie listened to the Lord – your purpose on Earth has been fulfilled – she took His hand and took her heavenly flight on Thursday morning, October 11, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia.

Those left to carry on her legacy:  her devoted husband of 48 years, Jessie Warren, Montezuma, Georgia; her darling son and daughter-in-law, Torrance and Alisha Warren, Centerville, Georgia; her stepsons, Jessie Hubbard, Oglethorpe, Georgia and Alonze Oliver, Atlanta, Georgia; her precious grandchildren:  Nyah and Torrance (TJ) Warren, Jr; her brother-in-law, Fred Warren; her sisters-in-law, Leila Walker, Montezuma, Georgia, Mary Daniel, Atlanta, Georgia, and Hattie McKinley, Marietta, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews and special cousins with whom she had a special relationship; her devoted sister-friends who she loved dearly; and many other dear friends and students who will forever cherish her memory.

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October06

Mr. Jimmie Lee McDonald

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Funeral Services for Mr. Jimmie Lee McDonald of Montezuma, Georgia will be conducted Friday, October 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Allen Waters officiating. Interment will follow in New Hope Cemetery.

Jimmie Lee McDonald was born August 15, 1950 in Montezuma, Georgia to the late Jessie and Inez Candler McDonald. He departed this life at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Jimmie received his education from the historic Flint River Farms School and the historic D F Douglass High School. He acquired his Christian experience at New Hope Baptist Church. While an active member, he has served in many capacities, helping wherever needed within the church.

Mr. McDonald was previously employed at Southern Frozen Foods and Southeast Pipe for a number of years. He took pleasure in being a major contributor in the Five Points Community.

Precious memories are left with his devoted wife of thirty-seven years, Angela McDonald; one loving and caring daughter, Jamie Lea McDonald of Lilburn, Georgia; his brothers: Curtis McDonald (Annette), Louis McDonald (Brenda) and Willie McDonald all of Montezuma, Georgia; his sisters: Sandra Dantes (Barney) and Cora McDonald of Montezuma, Georgia, Theresa May (Willie) of Macon, Georgia and Veleeta McDonald of Savannah, Georgia; father-in-law, Johnny Harden of Atlanta, Georgia; brothers-in-law: Vincent Harden,Sr. (Connie) of Douglassville, Georgia, Frederick Harden of Atlanta, Georgia and Augustin Dantes, Sr. of Warner Robins, Georgia; devoted niece, Michelle McDonald; cousin, Willie B. Mitchell; friend, Leonard Rackley; a host of other loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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October05

Ms. Evelyn "Sue" Thomas

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Ms. Evelyn Thomas of Hwy 90 West Oglethorpe Georgia died on Friday, October 5, 2018 at her home. The funeral service will be held on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Lula Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Ms. Evelyn Sue Thomas, affectionately known as “Balma", to her grandchildren, was born February 20, 1950 to the late Mrs. Carrie Bell Tookes Thomas and Mr. Albert Thomas.  At an early age, Evelyn joined the Lula Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. She grew up in a home that believed in sharing what you have with others. She was educated in the Macon County School System, attending Oglethorpe Grammar School then graduating from D. F. Douglass High School class of 1969. After graduating her goal was to have a career in the military but that dream was shattered after she was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia. Sue moved to Massachusetts to live with her sister. After later returning to Georgia, she lovingly fostered children and trained and worked in law enforcement. She has worked for the Montezuma Police Dept, Marshallville Police Dept. Macon State Prison and the E911 Center. She participated in various civic and charitable organizations.  She is a founding member of the Harriet Tubman Day Freedom Scholarship and served as secretary of the Retired Teachers and Associates.  She organized deliveries with the Homebound Ministries and the Bread of Life soup kitchen. Writing poetry was her continued passion.  In later years, she formed a writers group in Macon County.

She gave of her time and energy to family, school events, tutoring and church activities.  She nurtured the interests and talents of her daughter, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.  She was an active member of the Powerful Truth Sanctuary Global International where her niece, Evangelist Shirley Thomas Brown, serves as an Associate.

Evelyn was a devout Christian whose love shines as a daughter, sister, mother, aunt and friend to many. Her presence will be greatly missed but her spirit lives on.

She leaves to mourn her passing her daughter, Ms. Olivia Thomas; her four grandchildren that she adored: Kayla Thomas, Malachi Thomas, Justin Thomas and Chelsea Thomas; her siblings include two sisters, Amour Jean Smith of Duxbury, Massachusetts and Annie B. Fagan of Monterey, California; and two brothers, Albert Thomas, Jr. of Boston, Massachusetts and Eddie Will Thomas of Oglethorpe, Georgia; a devoted sister-in-law,Annie Claude Thomas; several loving friends including: Mary Ann Harris, Roze, Ann Floyd Harris, and Robert Eric West and a loyal devoted friend, Mary Ann Postell; two Godchildren: Shelby Joiner and Arsenio Joiner; several loving and devoted nieces and nephews also survive.

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