November28

Mrs. Georgia Knighton

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A Memorial service for Mrs. Georgia Knighton of Tallahassee, Florida will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. at Greater Fountain Chapel A.M.E Church located at 821 Eugenia Street, Tallahassee, Florida.

Mrs. Georgia Knighton was born on January 25, 1928 in Terrell County, Georgia to the late Bro. Dave and Luella Albritten. She attended the public schools of Terrell County, Georgia. She was married to the late Lloyd Willis Knighton, and to that union was born one daughter, the late Earlene Cynthia Knighton. Sis. Georgia Knighton departed this life on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Eden Springs Nursing Home, in Crawfordville, Florida. 


November26

Veteran Joe Brown

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Funeral services for Veteran Joe Brown of Americus, Georgia will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lebanon Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia with Pastor Hosie Waters officiating. Burial will follow at the Andersonville National Cemetery.

Veteran Joe Brown was born March 9, 1936 in Andersonville, Georgia to the parentage of the late Mr. Johnnie Willie Brown and the late Mrs. Willie Mae Davis Brown Plair.

He attended the Sumter County School System and later enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country from June 24, 1954 to June 21, 1957. He received National Defense Service Medal and Army Occupation Medal (Germany). Joe received an Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States of America on May 31, 1962. Joe was employed by Sumter (Studstill) County Livestock and Reeves Construction Company.

At an early age he joined the Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Daniel Thomas. Joe moved to the Douglas Circle Community and he became affiliated with Praise, Preach and Deliverance Ministries under the leadership of the late Pastor Vernell Carter. Upon moving to the Lillian Carter Health and Rehabilitation Center he joined Lebanon Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Hosie Waters.                                      

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers: Mr. Ely Brown and Mr. Will Davis; grandmothers: Mrs. Laura Wilkerson Brown, Mrs. Mattie Snipes Murray Davis Kelly Hill. Joe transitioned peacefully at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia on Saturday, November 26, 2016 surrounded by his family.

He is survived by one son, Shelby Ray Brown of Atlanta, Georgia; one daughter, Audrey Davis of Brooklyn, New York; one grandson, Donte Brown; two granddaughters: Sherneka Brown and Chesha (Lakieza) Simon-Richardson; two great grandchildren: Yarwin Brown and Jordan Lowe; two sisters: Mrs. Mary Alice Caldwell of Miami, Florida and Ms. Robin Plair Wiley of Plains, Georgia; one brother-in-law, James Bowman Wiley, Jr. of Americus, Georgia; one nephew, James Bowman Wiley, III; six great nephews: Christian Tyler Wiley of Auburn, Alabama, Caleb James Wiley of Albany, Georgia, Jordan Eli'sha Wiley, Kaicen Aamir Wiley, Trontavious Deon Brown and Travontavious Leon Brown of Americus, Georgia; devoted cousins: Josephine (Albert) Cooper of Americus, Georgia, Mattie (Amos) Edge of Hope Hull, Alabama, Dorothy Melvin Daniels of Detroit, Michigan, and Artice Melvin of Atlanta, Georgia. Several other devoted relatives and friends survive the late Veteran Joe Brown.

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November21

Mr. Dale Morgan

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Funeral services for Mr. Dale “Catfish” Morgan of Plains, Georgia will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the St. John A.M.E. Church in Plains, Georgia with Pastor Shirley Strawter officiating. Burial will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery.

Mr. Dale Morgan affectionately known as “Catfish” was born in Sumter County, Georgia on September 17, 1956 to the parentage of the late Fleeola Morgan. At an early age he joined the St. John AME Church of Plains Georgia where he served faithfully as a Steward.  He was educated in the Public Schools of Sumter County. Dale was a devoted worker at Plains Peanuts for over 10 years until his health failed.  He was preceded in death by his mother: Fleeola Morgan, brother, Kemp Howard and longtime companion Ms. Lois Denise Hollis. Dale died peacefully on Monday, November 21, 2016 at the Lillian Carter Nursing Home in Plains, Georgia.

He leaves to mourn his passing his father William Jackson of Plains, Georgia; his daughter, Keayascha Hollis; stepson, Shaquantus Hollis both of Plains, Georgia, five sisters: Janice Hill, Barbara Morgan, Faye Jackson all of Plains, Georgia, Renea Mann of Americus, Georgia, and Doreatha Morgan of Manhattan, New York; two aunts: Pamela Angry of Americus, Georgia and Janice Flowers of Delray Florida; four sisters-in-law: Edna Carter, Kathy (Emerson) Cross of Plains Georgia, Janice Foster and Constance Hollis of Americus, Georgia; devoted nieces: Kiwante Monique Morgan, Shaquinna Mumford and Qwahrkeassa Hollis; devoted friends: Lonnie and Mable Streeter. A host of nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive.      

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November19

Mrs. Beulah Mae Spencer Ford Barner

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Funeral services for Mrs. Beulah Mae Spencer Ford Barner of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church in Americus, Georgia with Bishop Melvin McCluster officiating. Burial will follow at Staley Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Beulah Mae Spencer Ford Barner was born on September 24, 1940 in Desoto, Georgia to the late Edward & Doshie Mae Spencer Ford.  She attended the public schools in Sumter County. She received an Associate Degree from Georgia Southwestern College to become a chef, a trade that she practiced for many years. She was also employed at Excell Inc, Magnolia Manor and later retiring from Cooper Lighting.

She is preceded in death by a son; James Edward Allen, a grandson; Jeston Dorrell Allen, a great granddaughter, Keyarri  Nere’ Ruch; her parents: Edward and Doshie Mae Spencer Ford;  her grandparents that raised her: Willie and Maggie Spencer; a brother, L. C. Spencer and a sister, Elizabeth Mitchell. Beulah departed this life on Saturday Nov. 19, 2016 at Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA. 

She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Mrs. Joann Allen Johnson (William) Augusta, GA, Mr. John Paul Allen, Jr. (Ayada) of Americus, GA, Ms. Gloriele Kendrick Barbary, Columbus, GA; her grandchildren: devoted caregiver, Ms. Tanaisha L. Clark whom she raised as her own, Mrs. JaMeia S. Ruch (Rahsaan), Mr. Jarrius Cladd, Ms. Kierra Polk, Ms. Aliyah Allen, Madison Ingram; her great grandchildren: Deona N. Clark, Cedric D. Clark Jr., A’Shariya S. Ruch and Rahsaan D. Ruch Jr.; three sisters: Mrs. Dorothy Bridges (Walter), Mrs. Sallie White and Mrs. Mary Green Barner (Calvin) all of Americus GA;  one brother, Mr. Henry Lee Spencer, Americus, GA; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Helen Spencer of Dawson, GA; one aunt, Mrs. Emma Jones of Leslie, GA; devoted friends: Cletittia Renae Yearby and Mary Williams; her Prayer Sisters: Sis Mary P. Battle, Sis Molly Williams, Sis. Mable Streeter and Sis. Brenda Battle. A host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends survive.

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November13

Mr. George Williams

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Funeral services for Mr. George Williams, Sr. of Smithville, Georgia will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 12:00 Noon in the Chapel of West's Mortuary in Americus, Georgia with Rev. Tommie Jordan officiating. Burial will follow at the Green Grove Cemetery in Smithville, Georgia

Mr. George Williams was born March 1, 1924 to the parentage of late Mr. Eugene Williams, Sr. and Mrs. Rosie Johnson Williams.  He received his education in the public schools of Lee County. George was retired as a truck driver for Allied Moving Company in Atlanta, Georgia.  He had a great love of the outdoors.  He was preceded in death by, Mrs. Thelma Smothers, Mr. Allen Williams, Mr. Charles Williams, Mr. Raymond Williams and Mr. Eugene Williams, Jr. George Williams, Sr. departed this life on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Pruitt Health, Albany Georgia.

He leaves to cherish his memories a son, Mr. George “Butch” (Carol) Williams of Cincinnati, Ohio; a daughter, Marva (Hal) Jones of Toledo, Ohio;  six grandchildren: several great-grand children; four sisters: Mrs. Lucy Stinson, Mrs. Lelia Stinson, Mrs. Delores Blount and Ms. Alice Williams, all of Flint, Michigan; one brother, Mr. Clarence Williams of Flint, Michigan; two sister-in-laws: Mrs. Rosetta Williams of Flint, Michigan and Mrs. Yinestra Williams of Americus, GA. A Special Thank You to his devoted caregivers: Ms. Loretta Smothers, Mrs. Linda (Charlie) Thomas, Mrs. Robin (Ricky) Waters, and Mr. Esco Whitlock all of Smithville, GA. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.

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November02

Infant Brooklyn Jones

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Graveside services for infant Brooklyn Jones will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. at Babyland in Eastview Cemetery in Americus, Georgia with Pastor Jamaica Kelly officiating.

Brooklyn Jones the infant daughter of Sherika Stephens and Marvin Jones was born on November 2, 2016 at 8:20 P.M at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center. Soon after her birth, our Lord and Savior saw his precious Angel struggling for life and decided to remove all of her pain and take her Home with him. Brooklyn died on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center.

She is survived by her parents Sherika Stephens and Marvin Jones; two sisters: Ny’Asia Jones and Ma’Khia Stephens; two brothers: Caden Jones and Javaris Jones; her grandparents: Debra Taylor, Sylvia Jones, Herman Stephens and Kirk Jones; several other relatives also survive.


October29

Mr. Ollie Jewel Neal

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Funeral services for Mr. Ollie Jewel Neal will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church, Hosie Waters Street, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 2:00 at Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Georgia.

Ollie Jewel Neal was born on August 14, 1941 to the late Ollie and Millie O. Neal in Montezuma, Georgia. He accepted Christ as his personal savior at a young age and united with the Magnolia Baptist Church. He was very active in the church and was a devout and dedicated member of the Deacons’ Ministry.

He was a 1958 graduate of Macon County Training School. After attending Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia for one year, he enlisted in the United States Army where he earned the rank of E-6. SSG Neal was awarded the Purple Heart along with many other medals, badges and commendations. After his honorable discharge from the military, he fulfilled his parents’ wishes by earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgia Southwestern State University where he excelled in academia as an athlete and outgoing scholar. He was employed as a case manager with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a number of years before his retirement in 1995.

On October 29, 2016, Ollie fought his last battle surrounded by those who loved him most. The never-ending legacy of Ollie J. Neal is left to be cherished by his wife, Melba H. Neal; four children: Kimberly N. Larry, devoted daughter and caregiver and Rodney Neal of Montezuma, Georgia, Cassandra Neal of Riverview, Florida and Sherry L. Velez (Luis) of Lithonia, Georgia; eight grandchildren: Geoffrey Larry II and Nicholas Larry of Montezuma, Georgia, Clarissa Durden (Jimmy) of Jonesboro, Georgia, Kelsse Neal of Marshallville, Georgia, Sharmillian Larry of Montezuma, Georgia,  Nadia Velez (Randy) of Riverview, Florida, Justin Velez of Americus, Georgia and Taylor Beckett of Carrolton, Georgia; fourteen great grandchildren whom he loved immensely; a brother, Terry Brown of Montezuma, Georgia; three sisters-in-law: Sara Clark of Henderson, Georgia, Evelyn Harmon of Oglethorpe, Georgia and Patricia Council of Montezuma, Georgia; a passionate and loyal companion, Mildred Fudge of Montezuma, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews and a true friend, Leonard Duncan of Montezuma, Georgia.

 

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October27

Ms. Adriane S. Walton

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Ms. Adriane Walton age 36 of Americus, Georgia died on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Welcome Baptist Church with Rev. Freddie Mann officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Ms. Adriane Walton was born August 9, 1980 in Americus, Georgia to Mrs. Janet Jackson and Mr. Kenyetta Jackson. She was educated in the Americus-Sumter County System.

Adriane leaves to cherish her memory her parents Janet and Kenyetta Jackson of Americus, Georgia; three siblings: Yakeisha (Timothy) Peterson of Americus, Georgia, Antonio Brown of Miami, Florida and Cadare Bonner of Americus, Georgia; her grandmother, Annie Mae Bass of Americus, Georgia and a very special caregiver Linda James of Americus, Georgia. Several other relatives and friends also survive.   

 

 

 


October25

Mr. Gilbert Gene Jones, Sr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Gilbert Gene Jones, Sr. will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Americus, Georgia with Pastor Jonathan Johnson officiating.

Mr. Gilbert Gene Jones, Sr. was born on July12, 1954 in South Miami, Florida to the late Jessie Bell and the late Joseph Hunt. He was raised by his adopted parents Ernest and Grucho Jones. He was educated in the South Miami School System and graduated in 1972. After graduation, Mr. Jones enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged after serving his country faithfully. He was married to Christine Jackson Jones and they enjoyed a beautiful life while raising a loving family. He was employed and retired from the YDC in Americus, Georgia.  He was preceded in death by a son Gilbert Jones, Jr. Mr. Jones died on October 25, 2016 at the Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 30 years, Mrs. Christine Jones; his children: Royice (Tameko) Jones, Monique Jones, Nicole Jones (daughter-in-law), Ken & Mechell Sparks, Tracy Ann Smith, Lueann Nelson, Antwan Jones and Antinette Jones; his siblings: Jackleyn (Charles) Harrell Joyce (Trevor) Barrett, Rocko Jones, Rambert Hunt, Jessie Jones, Jackie Jones, Segal Jones, Felicia (Ezecka) Hunt, Daniel Hunt and Ola Jones: 12 grandchildren in Miami, Florida and 6 grandchildren-Georgia. Several other relatives and friends also survive.

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October18

Mrs. Pearlene Smith Harvey

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Funeral services for Mrs. Pearlene Smith Harvey of Fort Valley, Georgia will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Allen Waters and Reverend Willie G. Harvey officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. There will be a wake service on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church.

Mrs. Pearlene Smith Harvey, daughter of the late Henry Smith and Essie Mae Preston Smith was born August 27, 1944 in Montezuma, Georgia. She was educated at Flint River Farm School and D.F. Douglass High School. She was united in holy matrimony to Reverend Willie G. Harvey on June 26, 1960. From this union of 56 years, five children were born.

Mother Harvey accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior at an early age. She served faithfully as First Lady of Peace Baptist Church in Rochester, New York. She also attended Bible School, served as Sunday Service Speaker, member of the Usher’s Ministry and Missionary Ministry. Mother Harvey received various awards and certificates for her dedication and many accomplishments during her lifetime.

Mother Harvey was very dedicated to her family. She and Reverend Harvey fostered over seventy-five children and became adoptive parents. While in Rochester, New York, she was employed at Eastman Kodak Company. She was known for her many sayings. One of her favorites was, “I’m so tickled!” She will always be known as the lady with the beautiful smile and fancy hats. Sister Harvey received her wings on October 18, 2016.

She leaves precious memories to be cherished by her devoted and loving husband of fifty-six years, Reverend Willie G. Harvey of Fort Valley, Georgia; her loving children: Harriet (Robert) Tillard, Edyth (Jansen) Jones, Willie Harvey, Jr., Rickey (Juanita) Harvey, Glen (Bernadette) Harvey of Rochester, New York, Jerry (Nina) Dowdell of Syracuse, New York, Evanna Harvey, Kevin Harvey, Robert Harvey, and Justin (Quanna) Harvey of Rochester, New York; her godson, Michael Foster of Rochester, New York; thirty-nine grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren; her siblings: Lucille (Johnny) Cullen of Miami, FL, her twin sister Merlene Smith of Montezuma, Georgia, Christine Hinton of Montezuma, Georgia and Herman (Daisy) Smith of Byromville, Georgia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Annette Smith, Janie Mae Smith, Frederick Harvey and Rosie Carter of Montezuma, Georgia, Barbara Jackson of Tampa, Florida and Lucious (Virginia) Harvey of Atlanta, Georgia;  one aunt, Maggie (George) Hosley of Syracuse, New York; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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