October28

Mr. Willie C. Evans

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October22

Infant Quentin Wilson, Jr.

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Quentin Wilson, Jr. the infant son of Tamika Hartage and Quentin Wilson, Sr. died on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by West’s Mortuary. 

Left to cherish his memories are his parents: Tamika Hartage and Quentin Wilson, Sr.; his brothers & sisters: Marvin Johnson, Jr., Jayden Lamarr Hartage, Makayla Hartage, and Acasia Hartage; Grandparents: Loretta & Leroy Wilson, Sr. and Emma & Al Hartage; several other relatives and friends also survive. 

 

 

 

October04

Mrs. Brenda Smith

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Funeral services for Mrs. Brenda Smith of Montezuma, Georgia will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:00 at Magnolia Baptist Church with Rev. Hosie Waters officiating. Burial will follow at Champ Waters Cemetery. 

 

Mrs. Brenda Smith, daughter of the late Estella Moore and Willie Lee “Dub” Bivins, was born April 8, 1954 in Macon County, Georgia. She grew up in Montezuma and was educated in the Macon County public school system, where she attended the historic D.F. Douglass High School. She was a valued employee in the housekeeping department at Montezuma Health and Rehabilitation Center for ten years.

 

 

Brenda was united in holy matrimony to Eddie Dean Smith in 1972. To this union, seven children were born.One child, Eddie Dean Smith, Jr. preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Bennett Moore, Leroy Troutman, Jessie Mae Troutman, and Adele Troutman. Brenda’s Christian training was strengthened at local churches throughout the community. She enjoyed fellowshipping with other believers at Union Baptist Church until her health failed. Brenda was a caring wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She was a positive person who loved her family and community. Brenda departed this life on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, Americus, Georgia. 

 

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by her husband of forty-two years, Eddie Dean Smith of Montezuma, Georgia; her children: Timothy Smith of Columbus, Georgia, Nicole Smith, Rhonda Smith, Calvin Smith, Christopher Smith, and Quatara Smith of Montezuma, Georgia; her brothers, Kenneth Moore of Montezuma, Georgia and Lewis Troutman of Cordele, Georgia; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lewis and Dorothy Felton of Perry, Georgia; eight grandchildren, Accacia Fudge, Tre’Shawn Fudge, Shanicia Fudge, Willie Fudge III, Calen Lindsey, Cyla Lindsey, Timitrian Martin and Mya Worthy; a devoted nephew, James Troutman; a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


September29

Mr. Eddie Josey

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Graveside services for Mr. Eddie Will Josey of Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Eastview Cemetery on Ashby Street in Americus, Georgia with Elder Hilton Payne officiating.

 

Mr. Eddie W. Josey was born on September 8, 1949 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Mrs. Fannie Mae Smith Josey and the late Mr. Eddie Lee Josey. He attended the schools in the Americus-Sumter County School System. He was employed for many years with Leroy Miles Heating & Repair Company and was also self-employed as a repairman.

 

Eddie Will departed this life on Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Lillian Carter Nursing Home in Plains, Georgia. He was proceeded in death by two sisters: Javanita Brown and Sandra J. Williams; two brothers: Wilbur G. Josey and Clarence Josey.

 

Left to cherish his memory are two children: Dorothy Mable & Johnathan Harvey; four sisters; Lena Josey, Mary (James) Russell, Carmen (William) Clark and Lorena (Friend Lonnie Payne) Josey; two brothers: Jimmy (Doris) Josey and James (Mary K.) Josey all of Americus, Georgia; one aunt, Ida Floyd; one uncle, William Floyd all of Americus, Georgia; one sister-in-law, Jewel Josey also of Americus Georgia; two grandchildren: Dennish Mable and Desmond Waters; A very devoted niece Amy Josey of Albany, Georgia; a host of other loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friend including Donnie Waters, and his special friends and neighbors at McCoy Hill.

 

 
 

 

 

September11

Mrs. Lucille Johnson

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Funeral services for Mrs. Lucille Johnson of Americus, GA will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at the Friendship Baptist Church with Bishop Melvin McCluster officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery. Mrs. Johnson died on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Americus, GA.

Mrs. Lucille Johnson was born May 6, 1916 in Preston, GA to the parentage of the late Mr. Jim Andrews and the late Mrs. Julia King- Gordon. She was educated in the public school system of Webster County, GA. For thirty-six years she worked for South Georgia Technical College as a dietician. Mrs. Johnson was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Eddie Lee Johnson. Mrs. Lucille was preceded in death by her three children: Willie Westbrook, Jim Westbrook, and C.T Westbrook; two sisters: Miller Black and Alberta Harris.

 

Left to cherish her memory are three stepdaughters: Linda Marshall of Americus GA, Louise Barthell of Americus GA, and Brenda Westbrook- Sedgwick of Alexandria, Virginia; five stepsons: Calvin Westbrook, Otis Westbrook, both of Desoto, GA, Eddie Westbrook, Jr. of Americus, GA and Robert Westbrook of Warner Robins, GA; three daughters in law: Nina Westbrook of Desoto, GA, Lela Westbrook of Cordele, GA, and Annette Westbrook of Americus, GA; three nieces: Angela Paden and husband Oveal Paden, Jr. of Midland, GA, Shirlene Gray of Seat Pleasant, Maryland and Diane Wilson of Atlanta, GA; two nephews: Willie Boyd Harris of Americus, GA, and Derek Black of Duluth, GA; twenty two grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends also survive.

 

 

 

September05

Mr. Carlton Jerome Cooper

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Graveside services for Mr. Carlton Jerome Cooper age 54 of Tacoma, WA will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Leaston Cooper, Sr. Cemetery in Leslie, Georgia with Rev. George F. Monts officiating.

Carlton Jerome Cooper “Coop” was born December 30, 1959 in Americus, Georgia to the parentage of Mrs. Minnie Gooden Cooper (Tacoma, WA) and the late Mr. Joe Roney Cooper.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents the late Mr. Willie B. Gooden, Sr. the late Mae Bertha Sims Gooden, the late Mr. Leaston S. Cooper, Sr., and the late Mrs. Elenora Westbrooks Cooper.

“Coop” was educated in the Pierce County School System (Tacoma, WA), graduating from Lincoln High School in 1977.  He furthered his education by attending Grambling State University.  While attending Grambling, he received numerous awards and honors for academic achievements and excellence.  He graduated with Honors in 1982 and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in education.  He was employed with the Fife School District for 26 years as an educator and coach.  He was a man of pure knowledge and wisdom.  If ever there was something that could not be done, his motto for life was to “Make the Impossible Possible”.  As an educator and coach, he impacted the lives of his students, parents, and co-workers.  Although he is absent from the body, the memories of his determination, humbleness and silent demeanor will live on in the many lives he touched. 

 

On Friday, September 05, 2014, God sent forth his angels to claim his son, and just like “Coop” he quietly slipped away home.  His legacy of love will continue in the lives of his mother, Mrs. Minnie Cooper, Tacoma, WA; one sister, Reva Wright (Nathaniel), Vera Beach, FL;  His aunts and uncles: Eugene Goodin (Jeanette), Americus, GA, Mr. Willie (Millicent) Gooden, Springfield, VA, Mrs. Nadene (John) King, Smithville, GA, Mrs. Vera (Arrie) Arney, Dallas, GA, Mrs. Irene Cooper Rutherford, Americus, GA, Mrs. Barbara Linnear, Mrs. Eartha (Johnny)  Robertson, Augusta, GA, Mrs. Rena Cooper, Atlanta, GA,  Mrs. Delorn Cooper, Mrs. Carolyn Cooper, Mr. Willie Cooper, Sr., Mr. Eddie Lee (Effie) Cooper, Leslie, GA, Mr. Tony (Amanda) Cooper, Americus, GA, Mr. Royzelle (Shirley) Cooper, Vienna, GA, Mr. Thomas (Angellete) Cooper, Fayetteville, NC, Mr. Reubin (Vivian) Cooper, Miami, FL Devoted Cousins: Mr. Johnny Terry, Jr., Corning, New York, Mrs. Veronica (Quan) Arline, Americus, GA, Mrs. Stephanie (Moises) Pulido, Springfield, VA, Mr. Wayne Gooden, Ms. Sonya Gooden all of Springfield, VA, Ms. Theresa Goodin and Ms. Vonda Goodin, Smithville, GA, Mrs. Nettie (Kenny) Hall,  and Mr. Eddie (Gwen) Wright, Americus, GA and a host of other relatives also survive.  In addition, he leaves his legacy of love, inspiration, commitment and determination to his loving, warm, affectionate and caring adoptive family of Fife: Mr. Jeff Nelson, Mr. Kirk Dodge, Mr. & Mrs. Ray (Lois) Vankat, Mr. Joe Storholt, Ms. Carol Bradley, Mr. Mark Robinson, Mr. Dave Hockman, Ms. Sue Waters, Mr. Kent Nevin, and the multitude of students whose lives he impacted.  

 

 
 

 

 

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August27

Mr. Henry Berry

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Funeral Services for Mr. Henry Lee Berry of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 4:30 P.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Americus, Georgia with Rev. Charles Miller officiating. Burial will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery in Plains, Georgia. Mr. Berry died on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center.

Mr. Henry Lee Berry was born on March 24, 1945 in Sumter County Georgia to the late Mr. Bishop “Cooper” Berry and Bertha Mae Laster.  He was educated in Sumter County, and worked and retired in West Palm Beach, Florida.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 30 years the late Mary Alice Merritt Berry, and two brothers Willie T. Berry, and Forrest Berry; three sisters Effie Mae Raven, Ruth Favors, and Rachel Simpson.

He leaves to cherish his memory a daughter Kizzy Brown of West Palm Beach, FL, a son Willie Berry, a step-daughter Carolyn Joanne Brown (Ollie) of Americus, GA; one brother, Bishop Berry of Atlanta, GA; three sisters: Charlene Merritt of Americus, GA, Gloria Beckham (Jerry) of Atlanta, GA, and Clara Thomas of Plains, GA; three sisters-in-law: Julie Hayes (Edward) of Cobb, GA, Johnnie Mae Merritt of Leslie, GA, Willie Mae Gamble of Forest Park, GA, and Ethel Berry of Atlanta, GA; three brothers-in-law: Clifford Merritt, Americus, GA, Dennis Merritt (Shirley) Americus, GA, and Leroy Merritt, Leslie, GA. A host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.

 

 
 

 

 

August20

Ms. Elizabeth Annette Peeples Bunkley

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Funeral services for Ms. Elizabeth Annette Peeples Bunkley of Butler, Georgia will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Second Flint River Missionary Baptist Association Center in Butler, Georgia with Elder David Towns, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Little Vine Cemetery in Reynolds, Georgia. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 to 7:00 at Welcome Home Baptist Church in Butler, Georgia.

Born in Reynolds, Taylor County, Georgia, Ms. Elizabeth Bunkley was the daughter of the late Mr. Bennie Peeples, Sr. and the late Ms. Lula Towns Peeples and was affectionately called “Leah”. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her savior and joined Macedonia Baptist Church. She was married to Mr. Johnny Bunkley who preceded her in death. They shared many years together. Ms. Bunkley passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in Columbus, Georgia.

Her memories will forever be cherished by her loving daughter, Patricia Evon (Larry) Kendrick of Butler, GA; three devoted grandchildren, Emmanuel Bunkley, Tyronda Bunkley, and Larry Kendrick, Jr.; a devoted friend, Frankie Ford; four brothers: Shellie (Zella) Peeples of Junction City, GA, Lorenzo (Cathy) Peeples of Thomaston, GA, Johnny Harris and Timothy Peeples both of Reynolds, GA; two sisters: Linda (Forrest) Bunkley and Angelia Parks both of Butler, GA; five aunts: Nellie Towns of Reynolds, GA, Eula Pearl Towns of Atlanta, GA, Margaret Lockhart of Milwaukee, WI, Christine Edwards and Essie Lee Towns both of Butler, GA; two uncles: David (Christine) Towns, Sr. of Butler, GA and Alexander Towns of Milwaukee, WI; a sister-in-law, Bessie Brown of Butler, GA; a brother-in-law, Willie (Dorothy) Phelps of Reynolds, GA; a devoted friend, Betty Lee Wilson; her great-great grandchildren: Emmanuel “Spike” Ross, Marlaysia Bunkley, Zy’Kerriah Jones, Markia Bunkley, Dallas Jones, Jr. and Aden Corbin; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

 

 


August09

Mr. Harry Alvin Lewis

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Funeral services for Mr. Harry A. Lewis age 90 of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at his home on Laudig Lane in Americus, Georgia with Elder David Towns officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Mr. Harry A. Lewis was born on April 26, 1924. He was the son of the late Alvin Ecot Lewis of Barbados and the late Alice Clark of Saint Kitts. Mr. Lewis lived a full, blessed and productive life. He received a Bachelor's Degree in liberal arts.  Mr. Lewis had a long and distinguished professional career in county government and the banking industry.  Positions Mr. Lewis held during his career included operations manager of the check processing division, First Fidelity Bank and Director of Buildings and Grounds, Division of Public Works for Essex County New Jersey. Mr. Lewis was also an income tax specialist and helped many people during his lifetime. The general public perception was that Harry A. Lewis wrote the IRS tax code because his knowledge and expertise was so vast. Mr. Lewis was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey, where he once served as an acolyte and was involved in many church ministries. Harry and Della were married on May 10, 1981.  To this union no children were born. Mr. Lewis died on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. He was preceded in death by a son Shoncliff Lewis.

Mr. Lewis leaves to cherish his memories: His loving wife, Della, of Americus, Georgia; one son, Carleton Lewis of Newark, New Jersey; two daughters: Melody Josey of Americus, Georgia, and Vanessa Josey of Americus, Georgia; nine grandchildren: Stephanie, Shoncliff (Jr.), Yanni, Ledelle, Xavier, Candace, Nina, Alana, Keliliah; nine great grandchildren: Gabrielle, Taylor, Alyssa, Caleb, Spirit, Desmond, Devin, James, Sydney; one sister, Doris Lewis of Newark, New Jersey; one brother Duncan Maughn of Barbados (preceded in death); one niece Lorraine Lewis of Newark, New Jersey; one nephew Victor Maughn of Barbados; four sisters-in-law: one brother-in-law and a host of other relatives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

August08

Deacon Clarence "Cotton Tail" Josey

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Funeral services for Deacon Clarence Josey affectionately known as “Cotton Tail” of Americus, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Mt Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. H.C. Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery. 

Deacon Clarence Josey was born in Sumter County, Georgia on March 7, 1937 to the late Eddie & Fannie Josey. He received his education in the Americus School System. He later moved to New York and worked several years for Owens Illinois Glass Company. In 1974 he moved back to Americus and worked at Round Tree & Glovers Wholesale Grocery Company. Mr. Josey later joined the Mt. Olive Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon until his health failed. Mr. Josey died on Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Lillian Carter Nursing Home in Plains, Georgia. He was preceded in death by three siblings: Ms. Juanita Brown Josey, Mrs. Sandra Josey Williams and Mr. Wilbur G. Josey. 

 

He leaves to mourn his passing a devoted wife of 50 years, Mrs. Jewell Greene Josey of Americus, Georgia; one son Clarence Newkirk Josey of Clinton, South Carolina; four sisters: Ms. Lena Josey, Mrs. Mary (James) Russell, Mrs. Carmen (William) Clark, and Ms. Lorena Josey; three brothers: Mr. Eddie W. Josey, Mr. Jimmy (Doris) Josey and James (Mary) Josey all of Americus, Georgia; four sisters-in-law: Mrs. Ruby Jean Brewer of Hazlehurst, Georgia, Mrs. Zadine B. Harris of Linden, New Jersey, Mrs. Barbara (Jesse) Johnson of Glenwood, Georgia and Ms. Gail Dixon of Alamo, Georgia; two brothers-in-law: Mr. George (Francis) Greene of Linden, New Jersey and Mr. Troy (Gloria) Greene of Irvington, New Jersey; one aunt, Mrs. Ida Bell Floyd; one uncle, Mr. William Floyd; two devoted friends: Mr. Benjamin Jones and Mr. John Roach. Several of relatives and friends also survive.