June24

Ms. Linda Marie Hicks

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June19

Mrs. Rosetta Odom Harmon

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Funeral services for Mrs. Rosetta Odom Harmon of Cordele, Georgia will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Bobby J. Brown officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.

Rosetta Virginia Odom Harmon was born March 4, 1928 to the parentage of the late Mr. Curry Odom and Mrs. Kittie Mae Harvey Odom. At an early age, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and became a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She transcended from labor to an everlasting life of  peace and rest on June 19, 2017. She is preceded in death by her brother, Mr. Timothy Odom, Sr., and her sisters, Mrs. Eria O. Johnson, Mrs. Mollye O. Hankerson, and Mrs. Amye O. Marshall.

She received her high school diploma from Georgia Baptist College in Macon, Georgia; and continued her education at Albany State College, and later The Fort Valley State College graduating from the latter with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics, with minors in both General Science and Elementary Education. She matriculated at Tuskegee University, the University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University for graduate studies.  Rosetta began her teaching career in Jefferson County, Georgia, teaching Home Economics for 6 years. She then taught 10 years at Dennis Fulton Douglas High School in Montezuma, Georgia teaching Elementary Education, Biology, and General Science. She continued her teaching career in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving the children of the Cincinnati Public School District until her retirement in 1986.

Rosetta lived a life enveloped in beauty and marked by love. She had many varied interests and talents, among which were: sewing, interior and exterior decorating, cooking, and entertaining. Much like her sisters, Rosetta was an avid, award winning gardener. She never missed an opportunity to give of herself to others, a virtue she exercised freely at her church, the Union Baptist Church, of Cincinnati, Ohio. She extended that love to her co-workers at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, adopting Polly Dews and Shellie Anderson as her daughters.

Rosetta was united in holy matrimony to the late Arthur W. Harmon, Sr. in 1985. With this union, Rosetta gained 5 children, whom she loved as her own: Joyce Murphy (James, deceased), Yvonne Henry (Ronald), Marilyn Davis, Arthur Jr., and Elaine Staples (Al). These children and their children filled Rosetta and Arthur’s home with love, laughter and memories. Rosetta opened her heart and became a grandmother and great-grandmother; celebrating every milestone, birthday, graduation and holiday with her signature smile and gracious spirit.

In the wake of her enormous life, she leaves to cherish her memory and uphold her legacy her brother, Mr. Willie James Odom (Norma, deceased), her sister-in-law, Mrs. Alberta Odom, her brother-in-law, Mr. Marvin Johnson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones. In her latter years, she resided in the Fellowship Homes at Cordelia Manor in Cordele, Georgia. Rosetta again showed the strength of her character, participating in social activities and making new friends. She began a bible study group for the other residents, and would often pray with and for staff members any and everywhere she encountered them. She was cared for by her niece, Mrs. Vivian O. Breed, along with her other nieces and nephews. The staff of the Pruitt Health Hospice of Cordele took exceptional care of her in her final days.

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June11

Mr. James Laster

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 Funeral services for Mr. James Laster will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Big Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Calvin Rollins officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery

James Laster was born December 2, 1952 to the late Jerry and Beatrice Laster in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia.  He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County, Georgia.  He was employed by Warren Scott for over 20 years. On Sunday, June 11, 2017, while a patient at Vitas Healthcare, Stratford, NJ, he peacefully slipped away.  He was preceded in death by three brothers: Junior Laster, Jessie Laster and Donnell Laster; three sisters: Estella Laster, Bessie Mae Laster Poole and Evelyn Johnson; four uncles: Oscar (New Jersey) James, Fort Myers) Walter (Georgia) and Joe (New Jersey); seven aunts: Estella Sims and Margie (Mott), Ola Laster, Reddings NJ. Lillie Mae Laster Zolfo Springs, Florida, Pearl Bogan, NJ, Beulah Ford, Ft. Laudel FL and Lillie Mae Hopkins, Pompo Beach FL; one sister-in-law Claraetha Laster; one niece, Dawn Laster, one Nephew, Emory Laster.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Shelrine Johnson Laster, Americus, Georgia; four loving devoted daughters: Alberta Mitchell Americus, Georgia, Jamesa Paul, Jamerra Paul and Evylese Bratton of New Jersey; one granddaughter Jamya Evans, NJ;  two sisters: Valerie Laster and her life partner, Stanley Bouldin; Americus, Georgia and Betty Sue Combs Americus, Georgia; one brother, Leon Laster (Porsha) Mt. Laurel NJ; one aunt, Mrs. Essie Laster, Americus, Georgia;   one brother-in-law, Joe Johnson Americus, Georgia; two sisters-in-law: Clara Laster Browns Mills NJ and Easter Laster, Albany Georgia;  seven nieces: Evelyn Harris, Valerie Bouldin, Phyllis Whitterspoon, Michell Laster, Bessie Laster, NJ., Beatrice Jackson Americus, Georgia and Latoya Fairell, Augusta Georgia;  nine nephews; Jerry Junior Laster, Donnell Laster, Malik Laster, Douglas Wright (Tamerria) NJ, John Wright (Ursula) Americus, Georgia and Leon C. Sims, Americus, Ga, Leonard Laster, Antron Laster Albany Georgia; four devoted friends; Susie Johnson, Patricia Josey, and Annette Foster Americus, Georgia and, Donna Carnival, NJ. A host of great nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends survive.

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June09

Mr. Willie Williams, Jr.

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Mr. Willie Williams, Jr. of Americus, Georgia died on Friday, June 9, 2017 at his residence on Lafayette Street in Americus, Georgia. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Eastview Church of Christ with Minister James Williams officiating. Burial will follow at the Andersonville National Cemetery.

Willie Williams, Jr was born on August 15, 1964 in El Paso, Texas to the late Willie Williams Sr. and the late Thelma Yearby Williams. He was the grandson of the late Tom Yearby Sr, Leslie Yearby, and the late Johnny Williams and Elmira Williams all of Americus Georgia. Willie was a 1982 graduate of Americus High School after graduation he enlisted into the U.S Army.  After faithfully serving his country, Willie chose the profession of being a truck driver. Willie being known by the some as “Baby Maker” drove for a number of years at Danfair Oil Company. At the time of an untimely illness, “Baby Maker” was employed by Williams Dairy Trucking.

Willie leaves to cherish his memory a devoted friend of 27 years, Rosa Kendrick; one sister, Ms. Valerie S. Williams; his children: Jarvis R Williams, D’atrah S. Mann, Demisha S. Williams (Freddie Carson, Jr) and JaLinda Smith all of Americus, Georgia; his step-children: NY’Sheka Sims, Courtney Sims, Stanbon Sims, Jasmine Sims( Corey Hicks), Maiyonna Kendrick and Devonya King; step grandchildren: Ja’Coreyen Hicks, Ny’King Sims, Joanna Major, Kason Sims, and Rubee Banks; one aunt, Ms. Celestine Yearby, and one uncle, Tom Yearby Jr, all of Americus Georgia; three truly loving friends: Lafayette Banks, Calvin Colbert and Reginald Merritt. Devoted cousin, Nile Yearby Sr. God parents Thomas and Betty Bell. Several other relatives and friends also survive.

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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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