Mr. Asberry Johnson

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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 are a 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.


Mrs. Ella Ruth Sims Durham

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Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Ruth Sims Durham of Americus, GA will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Plains GA with Overseer Johnny Lundy officiating. Burial will follow at the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Mrs. Ella Ruth Sims Durham was born in Sumter County, Georgia on May 19, 1955 to the late Mr. Charlie Sims, Jr. and the late Mrs. Ella Ree Lundy Sims. She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age she joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Later she moved her membership to Mt. Olive Baptist Church and finally to the Miracle Temple House of Prayer & Deliverance Ministries. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved to laugh and to keep her yard looking beautiful. Mrs. Durham died on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at her home in Americus, Georgia. She was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Sims and her grandparents, Rev. J.W. (Annie) Lundy.

 She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband Joe Durham, Jr. of Americus, Georgia; her loving and devoted children: Sharon Durham, Karen R. Durham both of Americus, Georgia Joe Durham, III of Atlanta, Georgia and Travis Durham of Laurel, Maryland; four brothers: Albert Sims, III of Fitzgerald, Georgia, Charlie Sims of Americus, Georgia, Johnny Sims of Atlanta, Georgia and Joseph Sims of Columbus, Georgia; one aunt, Mary L. Carter; two uncles: Bishop James (Ossie) Lundy and Overseer Johnny (Carol) Lundy  both of Americus, Georgia; two great aunts: Thelma Solomon and Mae Ola (Charles) Louis both of Americus, Georgia; seven grandchildren: Briana McCoy, Briaca Durham, Brittany Durham, Trenell Durham, Jamaiya Williams, Tiara Durham and Tamia Durham; two great grandchildren: Jayden Durham and Jisele Durham; one sister-in-law, Betty (Rev. Eugene) Mack of Americus, Georgia. Several other relatives and friends alsosurvive.



Mr. James Curtis Byrd Strange

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Funeral services for Mr. James Curtis Byrd Strange of Americus, GA will be held Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Eastview Seventh Day Adventist Church with Elder Edd Ross officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

James Curtis Byrd Strange affectionately known as “Cody Moe” was born on January 10, 1950 to the late Ruby Lee Strange and the late Roy Byrd in Mt. Vernon, GA. James was educated in Montgomery County, GA, He began farming at a very early age working with Chris McCray for forty years. James was preceded in death by his parents & his daughter, Audrey Byrd. On Saturday, July 18, 2015, James peacefully passed away at his home.

James will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He leaves to cherish his memory three children:a son James (Tia) McGee, two daughters; Lacrisha Byrd of Atlanta, GA and Monique Byrd of Americus, GA; three step-children: Lashonda (Tore) Mansfield of Americus, GA, Chiquita (Shon) Hosley of Leesburg, GA and Leconte Carter of Jacksonville FL; a devoted friend of 25 years Virginia “Tina” Hand of Americus, GA; four sisters: Juanita (Elder Edd) Ross, Geneva Williams both of Americus, GA, Hazel Judie of Albany GA and a devoted sister Phyllis Green (Nathaniel Lester); 10 grandchildren including a devoted grandson, Marlon Davis Jr, Lamkembria Davis, Latoria Mansfield, Destiny Mansfield, Shonquishiana Holsey, Shonkia Holsey, Shontiaria Holsey, Shondraya Holsey, LeConte Carter Jr. and Lakayla Carter.  Several other relatives and friends also survive.











Trevious Maquan Murrell, Jr.

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Graveside Services for Trevious Maquan Murrell, Jr. were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Colonel Felton’s Memorial Cemetery in Marshallville, Georgia with Reverend Freddie Golphin officiating. 


Trevious was born on July 13, 2015 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia to Shandon Lashawn Allen and Trevious Maquan Murrell. An angel, in the book of life, wrote down the date of his birth and whispered as she closed the book, “Too beautiful for this earth.”


Left to cherish the memory of this precious baby boy are his parents: Shandon Lashawn Allen of Montezuma, Georgia and Trevious Maquan Murrell of Byromville, Georgia; brothers and sisters: Antonio Allen, Genesis Westberry, Zy’rianna Murrell and Peyton Thomas; grandmothers: Shirlene Allen of Montezuma, Georgia and Gloria Smith of Byromville, Georgia; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.






Mrs. Everline Powell Hudson

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Funeral services for Everline Powell Hudson of Oglethorpe, GA will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Kenny Gouch officiating. Burial will follow at the Oglethorpe City Cemetery.


Everline Powell Hudson was born on April 17, 1940 in Jeffersonville, Twiggs County, GA to the late George Powell, Sr. and the late Nellie Ford Powell.  In her youth, she moved to St. Petersburg, FL to live with her uncle and aunt, the late J.C. and Laura Young. She attended Catholic School and 16th Street Middle School in St. Petersburg, FL.  Later in her teen years, she moved back to Georgia where she attended and graduated from Macon County Training School in the Montezuma Five Points Community. 


She was preceded in death by four brothers, Eugene Powell, George Powell, Sr., Toby Powell, and Johnny Lee Powell, two sisters Bessie Mae Powell Wiggins and Mary F. Powell Clark, mother-in-law, Sue Mae Walton Brown, fathers-in law, Artist Brown and Lonnie Hall, three sisters-in-law, Bobbie Mae Brown Ivory, Ella Mae Brown Duncan, Aree Hall Edwards, one brother-in-law, Roy Lee Kaigler, and one daughter-in-law, Anna Bell Hall.   At an early age she joined New Pond Baptist Church in Oglethorpe, GA where she served faithfully until the church closed.


Everline had a sweet, gentle spirit and a special love for children. She helped care for her nieces and nephews and she enjoyed cooking for her family.  Her love for cooking led her to work at Dixie Queen Restaurant in Oglethorpe from 1968 until the restaurant closed.  After the restaurant closed she began working from her home preparing meals. On February 8, 2005, she opened her own restaurant called Granny’s Soul Food Kitchen in Oglethorpe, GA.  Everline prepared and served delicious country vegetables, meats and baked goods.


The former Everline Powell was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Charlie Willis Hall in January 1955 and to this union they were blessed with six children, Charlie Roy, Marvin, Eddie Charles, Jimmy Lee, Tyrone and Lee. In later years, Everline became a member of From Disgrace to God’s Grace Ministries where she was the Mother of the Church. She served faithfully until her health declined.  Mother Hudson was a partner with the Life Builders Recovery Program, a Member of the Kairos Outside Team. 


She leaves to cherish her memory six devoted sons: Charlie (Tammy) Hall of Ft. Valley, GA; Marvin Hall of Atlanta, GA; Eddie Charles of Oglethorpe, GA; Jimmy Lee (Debra) Hall of Ellaville, GA; Tyrone (Chrispian) Hall of Ellenwood, GA and  Lee Willis Hall, Oglethorpe, GA; sister Ceola Powell Griffin,  Brother-in-law, James Davis Brown, Ideal, GA; Sisters-in-law, Gloria Davis Powell, Oglethorpe, GA; Ilvea Powell Dean, Forest Park, GA; Great-Aunt and Great-Uncle Joe and Emma Walton, Albany, GA; eleven loving grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren a host of beloved nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.