Mr. John Stanton

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Ms. Lena Mae Josey

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 Ms. Lena Mae Josey of Brookdale Dr. Americus, GA died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Eastview Cemetery in Americus, GA.

Ms. Lena Mae Josey was born on March 3, 1935 in Americus, Georgia to the late Fannie Mae Josey and the late Eddie Lee Josey. At an early age she joined the Mt. Olive Baptist Church where she remained a member until her health failed. She was the first African American to work as a cashier at Winn Dixie in Americus and she was also employed at Elmore's Dept. Store and Byrun Laundry & Cleaners.


She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted children: Amy Josey (Eddie) Edge of Albany, GA, Lenora (Eddie) Tatum of Oakland, CA, Jessie (Gwendolyn) Josey and Alvin (Shirlene) Josey both of Americus, GA; three sisters: Ms. Lorena Josey, Mrs. Mary Russell and Mrs. Carman (William) Clark all of Americus, GA; two brothers: Jimmy (Doris) Josey and James (Mary) Josey both of Americus, GA. Several other relatives and friends also survive.




Mr. Samuel Smith, Sr.

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Mr. Samuel Smith, Sr. of Americus, Georgia died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by West’s Mortuary.

Sam as he was affectionately known was born on October 3, 1956 to the late Jessie “Bro” Smith and Geneva Childs Smith. He was the oldest of five boys. Sam was educated in the Sumter County School System.

He is survived by his son Samuel Smith, Jr. of Americus, Georgia; four brothers: Jessie Smith, Jr. (Willette), Willie F. Smith, Sr. (Leisa), and John Smith, Sr. all of Americus, Georgia and Joseph Smith, Sr. of Albany, Georgia. Several other relatives and friends also survive.


The family will receive friends at the home of Jessie and Willette Smith at 105 Falcon Drive.


Mr. Johnny "Buddy" Kaigler, Jr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Johnny B. Kaigler, Jr., better known as “Buddy” or “Grill Master, of Montezuma, Georgia, will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 at Zion Grove Baptist Church in Montezuma with Reverend Coley Clark officiating. “Buddy” passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Montezuma Health and Rehabilitation Center, Montezuma, Georgia.

Johnny B. Kaigler, Jr. was born June 18, 1947 in Macon County, Georgia to the late Lottie Colbert Kaigler and the late Johnny B. Kaigler, Sr. He was united in holy matrimony to the late Edith Brock Kaigler and they were blessed with one loving son, Darrell Kaigler. He became a father figure for Edward and Jeffery Chavis. He later married the former Mary Harris Kaigler and was a father figure for Curtis Hill, Anthony Harris, Brian Harris and Kevin Harris.

Buddy was a member of Zion Grove Baptist Church. He worked at Southern Frozen Foods for many years. Later he was employed at McKenzie Memorial Golf Club for a number of years until his health failed. He was preceded in death by five siblings: Michael Kaigler, Ola Mae Haslem, Mary Ola Bound, Beverly McGhee and Willie Mae Baldwin.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Darrell Kaigler (Dianna) of Charlotte, North Carolina, Jeffrey Chavis of Montezuma, Georgia, Edward Chavis, Curtis Hill of Jesup, Georgia, Anthony Harris of Ann Arbor Michigan, Brian Harris and Kevin Harris of Montezuma, Georgia; four sisters: Carrie McGhee and Bettye Jo McKenzie of Montezuma, Georgia, Annette Cotton of Locust Grove, Georgia and Louise Gardner of Miami, Florida; one brother, Willie (Camille) Brown of Locust Grove, Georgia; a sister-in-law, Delphine Kaigler; devoted cousin, Bertha Barron of Montezuma, Georgia; grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends.


Mrs. Becky Cochran

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Funeral Services for Mrs. Becky Mae Cochran will be held Monday, July 25, 2016 at 1:00 at First United Holiness Church, 324 Engram Street, Montezuma, Georgia. Burial will follow in Champ Waters Cemetery.

A time to be Born: Becky Mae Odom Cochran was born May 30, 1932 to the late Tom Odom and Georgia Bell Harris in Montezuma, Georgia.

A time for Service: Becky accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and joined the band of Christian believers at the Church of God by Faith.

A time for Learning: Educated in the public school system of Macon County, Becky attended the historic Flint River Farm School in Montezuma, Georgia.

A time for Love:  On December 15, 1951 she was united in holy matrimony to the late Frobell Cochran Sr., and to this union they were blessed with fourteen children.

A time for Labor:  After many years of dedicated service, Becky retired from Southern Frozen Foods. She was very talented; she loved reading the bible and teaching God’s word to whomever would listen. She also enjoyed cooking, writing poems, and singing.

A time to Rest: On Thursday, July 21, 2016, God lifted her from all her ailments, pains, and sorrows and granted her eternal rest.

A time to mourn:  Becky had one child to precede her in death, Kirk Cochran, Sr. (Rose).  Left to cherish her memories are Brenda McKenzie (Elisha), Montezuma, Georgia, Glenda Rogers (Lenorris), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Patricia Cochran, Fort Valley, Georgia, Frobell Cochran Jr. (Corine), Montezuma, Georgia, Sharon Cochran, Fort Valley, Georgia, Ferdinand Cochran, Montezuma, Georgia, Valerie Cochran, Warner Robins, Georgia, Priscilla Cochran Kaigler, Atlanta, Georgia, Daron Cochran (Charlene), Perry, Georgia, James Cochran Sr., Montezuma, Georgia, Felecia Hicks (Gabriel), Americus, Georgia, Becquetta Cochran, East Point, Georgia and Remedios Smith(Andre) Perry, Georgia; Forty-six grandchildren, and one of which she raised as her own, Tuwoski Cochran, Warner Robins, Georgia; Thirty- four great grandchildren; one sister Bernice Johnson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; four devoted cousins that were raised as siblings: Willie Mack Miller, Roosevelt Merritt of Detroit, Michigan, the late Rebecca Smith and the late Robert Odom; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.



Chanel Siyea Rickella King

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Funeral services for Chanel Siyea Rickella King will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 12:00 Noon at the Lebanon Baptist Church in Plains, GA with Rev. Glen Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery.

On June 6, 2010, I was blessed to begin my journey with my mom, Kietra Camillan King and my dad, RoShon Jerome Brown. They named me Chanel Siyea Rickella King—‘The Chosen One.

On January 9, 2011, I was given back to God in a dedication ceremony.

The summer of 2013 was when I found out that ants were not my friend! 

On January 31, 2015, at 12:01 a.m., in an automobile accident, I was put through a test for two months of my life. God showed all of us that He was a miracle worker. 

On May 18, 2016, I graduated from the Sumter County Early Learning Center.

This summer, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Boys & Girls Club of Plains, GA.

On June 6, 2016, I turned 6 years old. I was so excited about my birthday, because I knew my mother had lots planned! My cousin, my friends and I had an awesome time waiting to see what was next on the list of things to do.

On July 1, 2016 we took a trip to Panama City Beach, FL. While our stay was short, I had the time of my life. In the pool that evening, I went toward the light because God was beckoning me to come with Him. He said, “Not yet” and He placed angels all around me, and allowed them to bring me back from ‘the light’. I experienced difficulties during this time. 

During the night of July 6, 2016 and midmorning hours of July 7, 2016 God told me, “I need you with me.” I was baptized by the Chaplain at Shands Hospital that evening. God said, “It’s time!” My final transition home was July 8, 2016 at 8:57a.m. I’m in the bosom of God now. I lived a full life in 6 years--more than any of you will live in a lifetime.  

I left memories that will forever be cherished by my mom, Kietra King of Plains, GA, my dad, RoShon Brown, Sr. of Andersonville, GA; my brother, RoShon Brown, Jr; my two sisters: Adriana & Abriana Brown of Andersonville, GA; my maternal grandparents: Pattie & Ricky McCoy of Plains, GA and Alvin Muff of Deerfield Beach, FL; my paternal grandparents: Zebbie Gray of Americus, GA and Gregory Richard Wayne Carrington and fiancé Jocelyn Dunlap of CT; my three great grandparents: Teletia Brown of Preston, GA, Letha McCoy and Walter Jackson both of Americus, GA; my eight aunts: Kalandra King of Plains, GA, Erica (Eric) Reese of Americus, GA, Sherlonda Morgan, Jasmine McCoy both of Albany, GA, Hope Baker, Sharece Carrington, Enjoli Carrington and Alyra Muff all of CT; my ten uncles: Shanvoris McCoy, James Arthur McCoy, IV, both of Americus, GA, Demertrice Brown of Buena Vista, GA, Tyshon Brown of Ft. Bragg, NC Gregory Carrington, Jr. Geiovonni Carrington, Torra Kelly, Derrick Shipman, LaJereane Muff and Evin Hylow all of CT; my special friend and cousin, Shanvoria McCoy; several other relatives and friends.



Mr. Clifford E. Cladd

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Mr. Charles William Fields, Sr.

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Graveside services for Charles William Fields, Sr. will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery with Evangelist Barbara Law officiating.

 Mr. Charles William Fields, Sr., better known as C Fields or CW Fields, was born July 21, 1935 in Montezuma, Georgia to the late Sam and Lena Cromer Fields. He was the second youngest of twelve siblings, eight preceded him in death: Lillie, Lena Mae, Rosa Mae, Gladys, Lawrence, RJ, Clarence and Sammie Lee. He was also preceded in death by a son, Charles.

C.W. attended St. Benedict Church in Highland Park, Michigan for several years. He had many passions including traveling and working as a mechanic. For many years he owned and operated M&D Automotive Shop in Highland Park, Michigan. He showed a special interest in classic cars. He looked forward to the Woodward Dream Cruise in August of every year, where he would drive his Grand National or ’76 Cadillac, his “Banana Boat”. Some years he preferred to just watch the cruise with his children. Over the years he shared his love for cars with anyone who would listen. While sons Michael and Marcus were young, he shared his knowledge as a mechanic with them. Over the years, they have passed much of this knowledge on to younger brothers Joseph and Jean-Paul. He had a love for music, particularly Gospel and Blues. He listened to music faithfully and talked about how God blessed him to be free. If you knew him, you know he would often use the phrase, “It’s all about the Supreme Being”.

Mr. Fields passed away on June 25, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Left to cherish his memories are his children: Gloria (Richard) Story, Michael (Sarah) Fields, Denise Fields, Jennifer (David) Bennett, Marcus Fields, Chaune Fields, Nicolette Fields, Lena (Willie) Houston, Charli Fields, Joseph Fields, and Jean-Paul Fields; siblings: Roosevelt (Betty) Fields, Bernice Fields and Hilda McKenzie; twenty-two grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Mr. Charlie Davis

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Mr. Charlie Davis of Plains, Georgia died on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at his residence. The family will receive friends for a Memorial gathering on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:00 at his home at 1006 Thomas Mill Road in Plains, Georgia.

Mr. Charlie Davis was born on August 2, 1939 in Coffeyville, Kansas to the late Eunice Oliver Davis and the late Robert Davis. After high school Mr. Davis entered the United States Army where he served faithfully and was honorably discharged. Mr. Davis was employed for several years as a lineman for Pacific Bell in California.

He is survived by several loving and caring family members.





Infant Logann Ja'Mari Davis

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Graveside Service for Logann Ja’Mari Davis were held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Eastview Cemetery in Americus, Georgia with Rev. Tommie Jordan officiating.


Leondrea Faison and LaKendrick Davis


Maternal Grandparents

Leondress and Shundra Faison

McRae, Georgia


Paternal Grandparents

Judith Johnson (deceased) and Jimmy Little

Americus, Georgia



Orlandress Faison

McRae, Georgia


a host of aunts, uncles and other relatives and

 friends of the family