September18

Mr. Albert Prince

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Funeral services for Mr. Albert Prince, Jr. will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:00 in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Americus, Georgia with Rev. Mireo Harris officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

 

Mr. Albert Prince, Jr. was the oldest of sixteen children born to the late Mr. Albert Prince, Sr. and Mrs. Eula Mae Sampson Prince, who survives on May 8, 1938 in Americus Sumter County, Georgia. He moved away from home at an early age seeking work and came to reside in Belle Glade, Florida the remainder of his life. He worked several different jobs before landing his position at Okeelanta Sugar Mill Corporation as a truck driver. He worked with them for over 30 years, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends, watching Joel Osteen Ministry, and old Western movies. He is preceded in death by two brothers: Master Ronnie Prince and Willie Lee Prince.Albert departed his life on September 18, 2016 at GRU Hospital in Augusta, GA with his family by his bedside.

 

In addition to his mother, Ms. Eula Mae Prince, he leaves to cherish his memories one daughter: Ms. Latalia Demisha Prince (Brian) of Barnwell, South Carolina; one stepson: Marcus Garrett of West Palm Beach, FL; six brothers: Mr. Johnnie Lee (Susie) Prince, Belle Glade, FL, Mr. Oscar Lee Prince, Mr. Sampson Prince, Mr. David (Mary Emma) Prince, Mr. Ernest (Barbara) Prince, Mr. James Prince all of Americus, GA; seven sisters: Mrs. Betty Sue (Anno, Sr.) Harris, Mrs. Retha (John) Dowdell, Mrs. DeLois (Rev. Karl) Wilson, Mrs. Dorothy Jean Queenie, Mrs. Barbara Ann (John Arthur) Boone all of Americus, GA, Mrs. Anna (Rev. Marcelious) Willis, Leslie, GA and Mrs. Mattie Mae Edge, Albany, GA; two granddaughters: Mrs. Da'Koyoia Demisha (Marcus) Billie of Stockbridge, GA and N'Yannia Yanexi Prince of Barnwell, South Carolina; two great grandchildren: Jaylen Desean and Elijah Anthony of Stockbridge, GA; one aunt: Ms. Ola Bell Harris, Americus, GA; one uncle: Mr. Ellis Prince, Miami, FL; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.

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September14

Mr. Torryce Dice

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Funeral services for Mr. Torryce Dice of Forest Park, Georgia, formerly of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Perry Grove Baptist Church in Leslie, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery. Torryce died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

During the early morning hours of September 14, 2016, the stairway to Heaven opened up for one of Gods most faithful servants, Mr. Torryce Dice who was born in Sumter (Americus, Georgia) on October 23, 1967 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 System. He was employed at Country Club for nine years, Glover Warehouse for fifteen year, and CTI for a short period of time. Later he moved to Atlanta, GA to live with his sister Melinda Johnson and her family. Torryce died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. He was preceded in death by four brothers: Willie Dice, Jr., Bobby Dice, Robert Dice and Fredrick Dice.

He leaves to cherish his memories: one brother Edward Dice of Americus, GA; three Sisters: Ms. Deborah Dice and friend, Mr. Charles Gordon of Americus, GA, Ms. Imogene Dice and friend Mr. Patrick Bolden, and Mrs. Melinda (Charlies) Johnson, all of Forest, Park; two God children: Natalia Walters, and Zion Walters all of McDonough, Georgia; two aunts: Mrs. Bobbie Players of Miami, Florida and Bertha Dice of Americus, GA; one uncle, John L. Dice of Miami Florida; three nieces: Ms. Yasima Gordon of Americus, Georgia, Ms. Niesha Johnson, and Ms. Valerie Dice, both of Atlanta, Georgia; five nephews: Mr. Corey Johnson, Mr. Nicholas Johnson and Mr. Tavaris Dice all of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Mario Dice and. Edward Dice Jr. both of Americus, Georgia and a host of great niece, and nephews, cousin, his Special Caregivers other relatives and friend also survive.

 

 

 


September06

Mr. Donald Ramon Bates

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Funeral services for Mr. Donald R. Bates age 69, of Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at United Holiness Church on Aaron Snipes Dr. Americus, GA with Bishop Arthur Fulton officiating. Burial will follow on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Andersonville National Cemetery.

Donald Ramon Bates was born on January 14, 1947 in Marietta, Georgia to the parentage of Clarence Sr. and Katherine Elizabeth Bates.  Donald transitioned peacefully to his heavenly home surrounded by his devoted wife and other loved ones on Saturday, September 3, 2016.  He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Essie Word, Evelyn Kilgore, Hattie Emma Bates and Leroy Bates and a daughter Shana Baker. 

He graduated from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO with a B.S. in Physical Health and Education. Donald was a Life-Time member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.  He entered the U.S. Army upon graduating from Lincoln as a 2nd Lt. in Military Intelligence and served in Vietnam where he was awarded several medals.  He was honorably discharged from the Army as a Captain.  He was employed for 20 years at Procter and Gamble and 14 years at Tara Foods (Kroger).  He was also Human Resource Consultant with Cello-Foil Corporation, Albany, Georgia.

Donald was a loving husband and a father of five.  He leaves to cherish his memories, a devoted wife of 24 years, Aretha Sanders Bates of Americus, GA; two sons: Anthony Bates of Memphis, TN and Marcell Baker (Nadia) of Americus, GA; two daughters: April Raines (Gabriel) of Newnan, GA and Amber Bates of Jonesboro, LA; his siblings:  Delores Miller of Detroit, MI, Randy Bates of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Clarence (Mary) Bates, Jr. of Marietta, GA.  Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law and their spouses, Robert (Lynette) Sanders, Jr. of Americus, GA, M. Margaret Bates of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Martha (Frank) Townsley & Mary (Albert) Mack of Miami, FL, Mattie (Ret. Presiding Elder M.S.) Colquitt, Alma (S.T.) Solomon & Katie Ruth Watts all of Americus, GA; Lillie Ruth McCoy, Bobbie Jean (Nathaniel) Armstrong & Lorene Sanders, Atlanta, GA; six grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. 

 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 6 to 7 P.M.


August27

Mr. Darren James

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Mr. Darren Andrew James of Montezuma, Georgia passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia.  Born in Detroit, Michigan on July 9, 1962, he was the son of Mrs. Bertha J. James and the late Mr. Morris James, Sr. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 12 noon at New Hope Cemetery in Montezuma, Georgia.


August25

Ms. Carolyn Ann Terry

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Memorial services for Ms. Carolyn Ann Terry of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary.

Ms. Carolyn Ann Terry was born in Sumter County, Georgia on December 29, 1953 to the parentage of Mrs. Lena Mae Hunt and the late Mr. Charlie Terry, Jr.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Annie and Charlie Terry, Sr. and Mary and Willie Jerkins; four uncles: Rev. E.L. Clark, Randolph Terry, Walter Terry and Johnny Terry.
 
She joined the Union Tabernacle Baptist Church. She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. Carolyn died peacefully on Monday, August 22, 2016 at the Pinehill Nursing Center in Byromville, Georgia.

She leaves to cherish her memories her mother, Lena Mae Hunt of Americus, GA; five sisters: Mary (Eddie) Quwenty, Mary Christmas both of Americus, GA, Taresa (Ronald) Sims, Wendy Terry, and Frankie (Mike) Anderson of Tampa, Florida; four brothers: Larry (Karen) Terry of Albany, GA, David Hunt of Baton Rouge, LA, Edward (Robie) Hunt of Dublin, GA and Rev. Charlie (Capathia) Sampson of Plant City, FL; six aunts: Linda (David) Vickers of Miramar, FL, Evelyn Terry and Gladys Clark both of Americus, GA, Elnora Terry of Miami, FL, Barbara Terry of Atlanta, GA and a devoted aunt, Shirley Terry-Lundy of Americus, GA; two uncles: Simmel Terry of Americus, GA and David Vickers of Miramar, FL; a host of nieces and nephews including two devoted nieces: Clarissa Lewis of Fayetteville, GA and Malencia Lewis of Americus, GA; a devoted friend, Mikita Milner; a host of other loving relatives and friends.

 

 

 

 


August02

Mr. James Smith

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Funeral services for Mr. James Douglas Smith will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2:30 P.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church with Bishop Melvin McCluster officiating.

Mr. James Douglas Smith of New Brighton, Pennsylvania passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning August 2, 2016 in Americus, Georgia. James was affectionately known as “Fiddler” by his family and friends in New Brighton and Beaver County, Pennsylvania and known and as “Smity” by his family and friends in Andersonville and Americus, Georgia.

James was born on October 21, 1951 in Andersonville, GA to the late Marion and Aurila Smith who both preceded him in death. James attended and graduated from the Sumter County School System and moved to Pennsylvania sometime shortly thereafter. He was employed and retired as a sanitation worker with the Valley Refuse for approximately twenty-five years of service.

James leaves to cherish his memory a loving daughter Leah (Neil) Smith, two adorable grandchildren Isaiah Smith and Elijah Smith all of Beaver County, Pennsylvania; one brother Marion (Bertha) Smith Americus, Georgia; aunts: Etta Mae McDonald, Margaret Easton, and Georgia Childs all of Pennsylvania; several devoted cousins: Donald Wade, New Brighton, PA and Jessie Smith, Americus, GA and other relatives and friends of Beaver County, PA and Sumter County, GA. Other relatives that have preceded James in death include his uncle Alton Childs, Sr., aunt Geneva Childs Smith, and a devoted cousin Samuel Smith.

 


August02

Mr. Wilbert Gean Gilford

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Funeral services for Mr. Wilbert G. Gilford will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 12:00 Noon at Kingdom of Heaven Ministries with Pastor Courtney Moore officiating. Burial will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery in Plains, GA

Mr. Wilbert Gean Gilford was born in Sumter County Georgia on March 24, 1957 to the parentage of the late Mr. Henry Gilford and Mrs. Autry Gilford.  He joined the St. John A.M.E church at a early age.  Later in life he received Christ and joined Kingdom of Heaven Ministry.  He received his education in Sumter County School System.  He was preceded in death by four brothers.

He leaves to cherish his memories wife Patricia Ann Gilford, two sons: Wilbert Gean Gilford of Americus, GA and Koshama Richardson of St. Augustine, FL; a daughter, Natavia (Broderick) Hawkins of Atlanta, GA; three brothers: Thomas (Ruth) Gilford of Statesville, NC, Freddie Gilford of Rivera Beach, FL. And Roy (Dolly) Lockett of Pierce, FL; five sisters: Jacqueline (Alton) Green of Cuthbert, GA, Eliion Francis, Mary Morgan of Detroit, MI, Joann Gilford of Americus, GA and Leola Brown of Rivera Beach, FL; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren; one aunt, Ms. Janie Flowers of Delray Beach, FL and a host of nieces and nephews


August01

Mrs. Ethel Seay

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Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel Seay of Americus, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Big Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Calvin Rollins officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 6 to 7 P.M.

Mrs. Ethel Seay was born to the parentage of the late Ethel Davis and the late Henry Thrasher in Louisville, Kentucky, and was raised by her Aunt Laura Davis in Americus after the death of her mother.

She received her early education at McCoy Hill School in Americus, Georgia. She also joined Big Bethel Baptist Church at the age of 9 where her membership remains for over 80 years. As one of the oldest members of Big Bethel Baptist Church she has served the church in various capacities including President of the Senior Choir, Deaconess, Missionary Board, Women's Progressive Club and other duties within the church. She was a lifelong member of the NAACP and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 558 as well as a civil rights activists. One of her fondest memories is attending the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. where she met the late Coretta Scott King. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with her family. She could be considered a local historian because of her vast knowledge of many of the families in and around Americus.

As a young mother of two boys (James L. and Carl Lamar), Ethel moved to Springfield and Holyoke, Massachusetts to work and support her two children. She later moved back to Americus where she met and married her husband, the late veteran Fred Seay, on July 26, 1947. To this union four children were born. She is survived by her loving sister, Harriet Gass Broughton, Tyler, TX, (two brothers who preceded her in death; Charles "Zutie" Key and Marvin H. Davis). She is survived by her six children; James (Georgia) Lamar, Ft. Pierce, FL, Carl Lamar and Freddie Seay, Rochester, NY, Deacon Henry C. Seay, Americus, GA, w. Frank Seay, Douglasville, GA, and her devoted daughter and caretaker, Maxine (Kenneth) O'Neal, Jonesboro, GA. Nine grandchildren; Sidney (Sherri) Lamar, Mitchellville, MD, Jewel L. Moultrie, Darrow Seay, Brina (Demetrius) Seay Mitchell, Daniel (Yamara) Demos, all of Rochester, NY, Monisha (Brian)Volley, Jessie D. Seay, all of Americus, GA, Durrell Seay, Atlanta, GA, P03 Courtney Seay, Naples, Italy and Kendall R. O'Neal, Jonesboro, GA, eleven great-grandchildren, six nieces and nephews; Eric Broughton, Laura Fry, Janice Mass, Ernest Broughton, Jr., Tyler, TX, Douglas Broughton and Beverly Butler, Houston, TX and other relatives and friends also survive.

 

 


July29

Ms. Beulah Harris

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Funeral services for Ms. Beulah Harris age 90 of Americus, Georgia will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary. Ms. Harris died on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her sister, Ms. Mazuria Harris of Americus, Georgia; several nieces and nephews including: Essie Harris of Americus, Georgia, Doris Harris of Atlanta, Georgia Linda Harris, Vera, Minnie Price, Errol & Silvia Fredrick, Michael Harris, Allison & Brenda Harris, H.T. Harris, David Harris, Ella & Thomas Wakefield all of Americus, Georgia, Jane & Nathaniel Dunn of Augusta, Georgia, Marvis & Rev. William Spears of Albany, Georgia and Brenda Harris of Atlanta, Georgia; several great nieces, great nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends


July27

Mrs. Effie Wynn Loftly

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Funeral services for Mrs. Effie Wynn Loftly will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma with interment in the church cemetery.

Effie Wynn Loftly was born on August 12, 1916 to Cora Dean Wynn and Archie Wynn. She was raised in Montezuma, Georgia where she lived until moving to Conyers, Georgia around 2013. Effie passed peacefully with family on July 27, 2016, just two weeks shy of her 100th birthday celebration.

Effie was one of twelve siblings; ten preceded her in death with one surviving sister, Willie Lou Haugabook. In the fall of 1938, Effie married Boisy Loftly, and from this union they had five children: Willie James (Joyce Loftly), Jerome (preceded in death), Paul (Sandra Loftly), Virginia and Dorothy Loftly.

From the blessing of these five children would come eleven grandchildren: Ronnie (Deborah Loftly), Karen, Regina (Andre Johnson), Sandra (Tyrone Nelson), Ken, Porsha, Mike (preceded in death), Shari, Paul Taylor, Tawanda, and Tammi. Next would come the abundance of thirteen great grandchildren: Kiara, Ryan, Sgt Bernard Vinson Jr. (Carrie Vinson), Tia, Kendall, Ari, Ashton, Destiny, Terrance, Dylan, Sametria, Samuel, and Jeonee. Effie also had three great-great grand children. She will be remembered by a host of close relatives, friends and church members.

During her lifetime, she partnered as a farmer along with her husband Boisy. A hard working woman, she also worked for the Southern Frozen Foods Plant and the Flint River Community. She was an avid member of Future Homemakers of America, which was an organization that taught women to sew, cook, quilt and established other skills she used to raise the Loftly family.

She was a devoted and valuable member of New Hope Baptist Church of Montezuma for over 40 years, and she had the honor of serving on the missionary board, amongst other roles and responsibilities she held, during this time.

Effie loved to cook and sew. She mastered both sets of skills, among many, and you would know it if you ever had the pleasure to taste her pound cake or biscuits. Most of all, she loved her family, and she believed in taking good care of them. Above anything else in this world, she loved the Lord.

She was independent, nurturing, hardworking, and straight forward with a great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed by many and forgotten by none.