Mr. Michael Willis

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Funeral Services for Mr. Michael Willis of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia with Rev. Allen Waters officiating. Burial will follow in Champ Waters Cemetery in Montezuma, Georgia.

Mr. Michael Willis was born on August 6, 1962, to the late Mr. Jerome Loftly and Mrs. Martha Willis-Keller in Macon County, Georgia. He acquired his education in the public school system of Macon County where he graduated from D.F. Douglass High School in 1980 and continued his studies at The Fort Valley State University. He was employed at RCA Contracting.  He accepted Christ as his personal savior and joined the band of Christian believers at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in New York City. He departed his life on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

His legacy of love will be cherished by his mother Martha Keller and father John Keller of Englewood, New Jersey; grandmother, Mrs. Effie Loftly of Atlanta, GA; brothers and sisters: Pamela (Tristan) Williams of New Iberia, LA, Jason (Brittany) Keller and daughter, Addison Keller of Clarkston, GA, Sandra (Tyrone) Nelson of Snellville, GA,  Karen Loftly and  Kenneth Loftly of Duluth GA,  Regina (Andre) Jordan of Lithonia, GA and Portia Walker of Oglethorpe, GA; devoted aunt, Betty Engram and devoted uncle, Charles (Mazarene) Allen both of Montezuma, GA; aunts and uncles: Mary (James) Washington of Coco, FL, Elzie Martin of Warner Robins, GA, Willie Virginia Loftly,  Dorothy Loftly and Paul (Sandra) Loftly of Atlanta GA, and  Willie James (Joyce) Loftly of Montezuma GA; devoted cousins: Linda Forbes, Reginald Allen, James Brown, Claude Forbes, Jr., Marcus Joseph, Eric Chastine, and Cordell Willis; devoted friend, Ronnie McClendon; a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends.





Mr. Francisco Pulido

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 Funeral services for Mr. Francisco Pulido, Sr. will be held Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of West’s Mortuary in Montezuma, Georgia.  Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at West’s Mortuary. Burial will follow at Oglethorpe Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Francisco Pulido, Sr. passed away Sunday, September 27, 2015 at his residence. He was born February 8, 1953 in Cheran, Mexico. He was preceded in death by his father, Melchor Pulido. 


He is survived by his wife, Reyes Pulido of Oglethorpe, Georgia; two daughters: Mary Avila of Oglethorpe, Georgia and Carol Pulido of Redding, Pennsylvania; four sons: Francisco Pulido, Jr. of Marion, North Carolina, Ricardo Pulido, Magdalino Pulido, and Jamie Pulido of Oglethorpe, Georgia; his mother, Sara Hernandez Pulido of Michoacan, Mexico; his brother, Eddie Pulido of Redding, Pennsylvania and sister, Amporo Pulido of Cornelia, Georgia; twenty-one grandchildren, five great grandchildren, other loving relatives and friends.



Mrs. Ethelrine Martin Rice

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Funeral services for Ethelrine Martin Rice will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel at West’s Mortuary, Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Alvin Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Ethelrine was born in Macon County, Georgia on February 18, 1931 to Jimmy and Melissa Haugabook Martin. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her savior and joined the Harrison Chapel Baptist Church. She grew up in Montezuma and attended Flint River Farm School. While still a young adult, she moved to Florida and worked numerous jobs before retiring and relocating to Montezuma to be with her family. She passed away Friday, September 26, 2015 at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Georgia. Preceding her in death are two children: Vinell Burnam and Debbie Thomas; one great grandchild, Ny’asia Burnam; four brothers and three sisters.

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by her children: Jackie Martin (Wanda) of Brooklyn, New York, John Thomas Johnson of Long Beach, California, Joann Johnson of Montezuma, Georgia, Robert Burnam (Tisha) of Marshallville, Georgia and Ronald Burnam of Montezuma, Georgia; grandchildren: Tonya Johnson, Gene Moore, Charmain Black, Laquasha Warren (Jacolby), Shanice Burnam (Brandon), Samaiya Burnam and Kaliegh Burnam; fourteen great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, Nyasia Johnson; a devoted friend Shay Stevens; a host of other loving relatives and friends.




Mrs. Mamie Harvey McLarty

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Funeral services for Mrs. Mamie Harvey McLarty will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Allen Waters officiating. Burial will follow in the New Hope Cemetery. Mrs. McLarty passed away Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Fort Valley Health Care Center, Fort Valley, Georgia.

Mrs. Mamie Harvey McLarty was born on October 14, 1937 in Montezuma, Georgia to the late Mrs. Mamie Tookes Harvey and the late Jerry Louis Harvey. She was employed for a number of years as a CNA at Kirkhaven Nursing Home in Rochester, New York. She was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Franklin McLarty and they shared thirty-four years of happiness together. Mrs. McLarty was a devoted member of New Hope Baptist Church.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of thirty-four years, Franklin McLarty of Montezuma, Georgia; her children: Sheila Thomas (Myron) of Austell, Georgia, Horace Davis (Felicia) and Derrik Davis of Rochester, New York, Steven Davis (JoAnn) of Lenordwood, Missouri, Marie Flemming of  Ft. Valley, Georgia, Valerie Heard, Christina Murray (Terrell), Kittie McLarty, Ebony McLarty and Gregory McLarty of Rochester, New York; sisters and brothers: Missionary Rosie Carter of Montezuma, Georgia, Ms. Barbara Jackson of Brandon, Florida, Reverend Willie Gene Harvey (Pearlene) of Fort Valley, Georgia, Lucious Harvey (Virginia) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Frederick Harvey of Montezuma, Georgia; a special friend, Ms. Brenda Simmons of Rochester, New York; 40 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, September 18, 2015 from 6 to 8 P.M. at New Hope Baptist Church.




Mr. Asberry Johnson, Jr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Asberry Johnson Jr. of Dawson, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Dawson, Georgia with Rev. Willie Pearman officiating. Burial will follow at the Sardis Cemetery. Mr. Johnson died Saturday night at the Wilson Hospice House in Albany Georgia. 

Mr. Asberry Johnson Jr. was born on December 10, 1938 in Dawson Georgia to Gladys Ruth Johnson and Asberry Johnson Sr. Mr. Johnson was employed for over 30 years at Oxford Construction Company. On April 26, 1959 he married Ms. Johnnie Pearman.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 56 years, Mrs. Johnnie Johnson of Dawson, Georgia; his children Randy (Filicia) Johnson of Americus, Georgia, Anthony Johnson of Sylvester, Georgia, Samuel Johnson of Hawaii and Sandra Johnson of Connecticut; one sister Patricia Johnson of New Jersey; two grandchildren Alycia Johnson of Hawaii and Christon Johnson of Americus, Georgia; several other relatives and friends including a devoted friend Britt Crawford also survive Mr. Asberry Johnson.



Mrs. Wilma Lee Roach Fuller

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Funeral services for Mrs. Wilma Lee Roach Hunt Fuller will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Zion Hope Baptist Church with Pastor George F. Monts officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Mrs. Wilma Lee Roach Hunt Fuller was born December 4, 1941 in Sumter County, Georgia to Willie and Earnest Roach. Wilma was known and loved by her many friends and relatives in the Brooklyn Heights Neighborhood of Americus, Georgia. After graduating high school, Wilma moved to Hartford, Connecticut where she met and married James “Jimmy” Howard Hunt. They were blessed with three children La Toria, Lea “Michelle” and James, Jr. By the early 70’s Wilma returned to Americus to rear her children. Wilma worked at Magnolia Manor and later as at T G &Y and several other local retail stores. Wilma enjoyed family, friends and gathering everyone at her home. In 1981, Wilma married Tommie Fuller and lived briefly in Cleveland, Ohio only to return to Americus once again. After several years of illness, Wilma relocated to Richmond, Virginia to be near her daughters. Though far away from home, Americus was always near and dear to Wilma’s heart.

On Sunday morning August 16, 2015 Wilma went home to be with the Lord at the age of 73. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister Earnestine “Dot” Taylor. She is survived by her children: La Toria H. Tookes (Timothy) of Chester, VA, Lea H. McCormick (Ricky) of Richmond, VA, and James H. Hunt, Jr.; stepson, Craig S. Garrett (Roslyn); four grandchildren: Edward, Lee, Christopher and Olivia; and step-grandchildren Jocelyn Raymond (Ivan) and Jordan.










Mr. Charlie Flint, Jr.

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Graveside services for Mr. Charlie Flint Jr., affectionately known as “Jap” age 75, of Americus, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Eastview Cemetery in Americus, Georgia with Rev. Robert Angrish officiating.

Charlie was born July 25, 1940 in Leslie, Georgia to Charlie and Geneva Patrick Flint. Charlie was a loving father, mate, grandfather and friend to all. He loved carpentry and worked as a general contractor for 40+ years until he was forced to stop due to his illness. He enjoyed the Atlanta Braves and played baseball during his youth and as a young man. He also enjoyed cigars, cards and walking. Charlie was always there to help friends with carpentry projects or whatever else they needed him for.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Leroy Flint. Charlie passed away in his sleep at the Lillian Carter Health and Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

He is survived by two sons Craig (Lashonda) Flint of McDonough, Georgia and Shannon (Stephanie) of Detroit, Michigan, grandsons Craig II and Sterling, granddaughters Cierra and Morgan.

Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at West’s Mortuary on Monday, August 17, 2015.






Mr. Tellias Welborn, Jr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Tellias J. Welborn age 23 of Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Church of Christ on Williams Road in Americus, Georgia with Pastor Courtney Moore officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Mr. Tellias J. Welborn, Jr. was born in Americus, Georgia on March 1, 1992 to Ms. Victoria Washington and Mr. Tellias J. Welborn, Sr. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. Tellias was a compassionate young man that was known near and far.  On Thursday, August 6, 2015 the Angel of death took Tellias to a better and everlasting home.

The legacy of his beautiful life remains forever in the memories of his daughter, Tamyich Thomas of Warner Robins, Georgia; his parents, Victoria Washington of Americus, Georgia and Tellias (Joanna) Welborn, Sr. of Buena Vista, Georgia; three sisters: Kadijha Washington, Ayleshia Welborn and Jartavia Sheppard all of Americus, Georgia; three brothers: Antarious Jenkins of Warner Robins, Georgia, Antaviou Lockhart of Americus, Georgia and Christopher Banks of Americus, Georgia; grandparents: Mrs. Ceola Washington and Mrs. Edna Welborn both of Americus, Georgia and Mr. Johnny (Patricia) Washington of Warner Robins, Georgia; nine aunts: Carla Welborn, Claudia (Darrell) Walters, Ilene Durham, Cassandra Banks, Katherina Hawkins, Lucy Lee Carter, Lillie Height, Mamie Allen and Edie McDonald all of Americus, Georgia; twelve uncles: Tommy Welborn, John Welborn, Charles Welborn, Calvin Banks, Alphonso Banks, Freddie Mullins, Eddie Mullins, Willie Hawkins, Clarence Hawkins and Arthur Pines all of Americus, Georgia, Henry Charles Welborn of Leesburg, Georgia and Shamar Allen of Hartford Connecticut; several other relatives and friends also survive.                                                                         


The family will receive friends at 605 Ashby Street Americus, Georgia




Colonel Charles Edward Cooke, USMC (Retired)

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Funeral services for Colonel Charles Edward Cooke (Retired) will be held on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Andersonville National Cemetery.  wake will be held at Union Chapel in Huntsville, AL on Friday, August 7th at 12 pm. Charles passed onto glory peacefully in his sleep on the morning of August 2, 2015. He was 65 years old.

Charles Edward Cooke was born in Plains, Georgia on June 23, 1950. He was the seventh child born to Jack and Jonnie Mae Cooke. Charles confessed hope in Christ early in his life at Mt Salem Baptist Church in Americus, GA where he was baptized. He grew up in the church alongside his brothers and sisters dedicating his life to serving others. He faithfully served wherever life took him. Working tirelessly to become a faithful servant of Christ. He in later years could always be found telling anyone would listen how the Lord had blessed him and kept him

Family and friends remember Charles for his infectious smile, friendly nature, and love of sports. His younger sisters recall being forced to play basketball for hours with him, while his older brother recants Charles' intense work ethic. Those qualities endeared him to many over the years in both work and play from volunteer Boy Scout Leader to advancing through the Marine Corps ranks earning him the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Gold Star and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Charles faithfully served his country in the United States Marine Corps for 31 years with duties in 9 states and 11 countries around the world. His distinguished service ended in 2004 in Washington, D.C. retiring at the rank of Colonel.

Following his military service Charles worked at Northrup Grumman as an Information Assurance Specialist. He was an ordained deacon at his previous church, First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, VA for 4 years before transferring with his company to Huntsville, AL. After 7 years, he retired to full time community service with such organizations as the Semper Fi Community Task Force and Meals on Wheels. He earned a Certificate of Biblical Studies from the Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Institute of Biblical Studies. Devoting himself more to the God of all Creation who sustained him throughout the years gave him great joy.

Charles is survived by his wife Wilma of 44 years, their daughter, Mary (Kerjhe Hite); six grandchildren Kenya Hurley, Keianna Bell-Cooke, Kia Hurley, Christopher Cooke, Kevin Hurley Jr, and Judah Hite; father-in-law, Willie Frank Wiley, Sr.; daughter-in-law Sophia Hurley;  his brother Oscar (Florence), sisters, Josie Simpson, Lula May, Carrie (Charles Randall, Shirlene (Franky Lane), Barbara (Glenn Otis); sister-in-law Jean Cooke; and brother-in-law Frank Wiley, Jr. Charles further leaves behind a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends. The memories they have with Charles will forever be in their hearts.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Cooke; one sister, Annie Maude Cooke; three brothers, Sam, Alonzo, and Eddie Lee Cooke; and two sons, Kevin Hurley Sr, and Wiley Cooke.

The family wishes to thank you for your prayerful concerns and support during this trying time.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Diabetes Association / Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN in his name/honor.






Ms. Stephanie Yvonn Mullins Evans

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Funeral services for Ms. Stephanie Mullins Evans of Americus, Georgia will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church on Cotton Ave. in Americus, Georgia with Rev. Lodenia Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Ms. Stephanie Yvonn Evans was born on December 25, 1972 in Sumter County, Georgia to Victoria Mullins and the late Willie C. Evans. Ms. Evans passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.

She leaves to cherish her memory, three children: Jasmine T. Mullins, Keegan B. Mullins and Jason L. Peeples; five brothers: Freddie L. Mullins, Eddie L. (Joann) Mullins, Robert (Valerie) Jones, Willie C. Evans, Jr. and Shannon (Linda) Evans; one sister, Rose (Leon) Baisden; four grandchildren: Milo Mumford, Jr., Keelen Mullins, Jailyn Peeples and Makela Mullins; several devoted friends including: Paula Ruff, Renea Mann, Barbara Mathis, Tommy Daniel and Tonia Woods; a devoted cousin, Fred Dennis Carter, Jr. a host of other relatives and friends.