Mr. Benjamin Smith

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The Funeral Service for Mr. Benjamin Smith of Americus, Georgia will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary with Bishop Melvin McCluster officiating.

Benjamin Smith was born on April 1, 1939 in Cool Springs, Georgia to Louise Green Smith and Robert Smith.  He attended Sumter County High School in Americus, Georgia and later graduated from Albany State College.  He was a military veteran. “Mr. Ben”, as he was frequently called, was a man about his computer and food. He departed this life on February 25, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his caregiver, Mary Bryant; three nieces: Carolyn Smith, Judy Smith and June Smith; The Magnolia Manor Staff; other surviving friends:  Juanita Whitlock of Americus, Georgia, Ben Carter of Americus, Georgia, friends at Ravenwood Apartments and East Furlow Street.


Mrs. Linda A. Zanders-Harley

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The Memorial Service for Mrs. Linda A. Zanders-Harley was held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at West’s Mortuary, 731 N. Lee Street, Americus, Georgia with Pastor Norbert Ingram officiating.

Linda A. Zanders-Harley, affectionately known as “Linan” was born July 24,1951 in Americus, Georgia to Edward J. Zanders, Sr. and Bertha M. Ingram-Zanders. Linda was baptized at Allen Chapel AME Church at an early age. She was a 1969 graduate of A.S. Staley High School.

After graduating from high school, Linda moved to Far Rockaway, New York. She later moved to Bronx, New York where she met and married Rufus Harley. She started working as a telephone operator and later became an Administrative Assistant at the New York Police Department. She went on to become a New York City Correctional Officer and retired in 1998.

Linda departed this life on February 20, 2019. She was preceded in death by her mother, Bertha M. Mitchell and her step-father, Curtis Mitchell. Her brothers John Zanders and Edward Zanders, Jr. and her nephew Kirven Josey also preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are three sisters: Ordella Zanders-Westbrooks and Patricia Josey both of Americus, Georgia and Janet Smith of Atlanta, Georgia; three brothers: Curtis Mitchell, Jr., Rajean of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Carl Mitchell of New York, New York and Mark Mitchell of Washington; two sisters-in-law: Betty Zanders of Desoto, Georgia and Florida Zanders of Far Rockaway, New York; two aunts: Clara Ingram of Americus, Georgia and Juanita Ingram of Far Rockaway, New York; one caring and devoted nephew, Kelsey D. Westbrooks of Far Rockaway, New York; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Mr. Jerome McDonald

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The Funeral Service for Mr. Jerome McDonald of Montezuma, Georgia will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at noon at New Life Ministries, 510 Morse Avenue, Montezuma, Georgia with Minister Daniel Johnson officiating.

Jerome McDonald was born March 23, 1958 to the late Arthur Lee McDonald and Eloise Miller McDonald in Montezuma, Macon County, GA.  He was a long time resident of Pinehill Nursing Center in Byromville, GA.  His sister Annie remained devoted to him from 1968 until he departed this life on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Crisp Regional Hospital in Cordele, GA.  She was right by his side as he took his last breath.

Six siblings preceded Jerome in death: Willie Arthur McDonald, Walter Lee McDonald, Irene Dennis, Henry Lee McDonald, Roger Lee McDonald, and Gloria Jean Pastor.

Left to cherish his memory and mourn his passing are his siblings: Mary J. McDonald, Stone Mountain, GA; Annie McDonald-Tookes (Henry), Rubie L. McDonald, all of Montezuma, GA; Vivian Baldwin, Perry, GA; and Terry Baldwin, Rochester, New York; uncles and aunts: Milton Miller, Chicago, IL; Emma Jean McDonald, Hattie Hubbard (Frank), Louise Baldwin, and Mary McDonald, all of Montezuma, GA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: James Dennis, Tony Pastor, both of Montezuma, GA; and Minnie Mable McDonald, Americus, GA; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and  nephews, great great nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. 







Mr. Calvin James

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The Funeral Service for Mr. Calvin James of Stockbridge, Georgia will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at World Changers Church, College Park, Georgia. Interment will follow on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Byromville, Georgia. The family will receive friends at West’s Mortuary, 325 Drayton Street, Montezuma, Georgia on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Calvin James was born on February 20, 1947 to Elmo Sr. and Edith James (née Mainor) in Byromville, GA (who both preceded him in death). He is the third of nine siblings (Marlene, Mildred, the late Burnice, Eloris, Aaron, Elmo Jr., Howard, and Shirley). He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at an early age and joined New Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Calvin graduated from Vienna High School in 1965 and joined the U.S. Air Force. After completing four years of service to his country, he was honorably discharged. He moved to Atlanta, GA in 1970.


He was married to Althira Lee in 1972 and, together, they raised three lovely children: one boy and two girls, one of which preceded him in death (Felicia “Lisa” Allen). He worked at Kinney Shoes for a couple of years. He later worked as an insurance agent with National Life Insurance for over forty years (the company was later known as American General, then AIG). He enjoyed his job and took great pride in being one of the top agents, acquiring numerous national, regional and divisional awards. A couple of the qualities that allowed Calvin to be efficient in his role are his good humor and ability to connect with people...all people. He had the ability to spark up a conversation with anyone who was willing to listen and respond. He retired in February of 2013.


He later met and married the love of his life, Anita James (née Brown) in 2015 and gained a loving daughter, son-in-law and two additional grandchildren. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, traveling, watching Western movies and working on his 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Calvin loved being the center of attention and he loved being around people, especially his family. He loved all of his children and grandchildren and was very proud of them. He went to be with the Lord on February 7, 2019.


He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Anita James; in-laws: Mr. & Mrs. Roland Brown and Esther Dorsett of Nassau, Bahamas; his children and their spouses: Calvin Cornelius and Farah (Saintable) James of McDonough, GA; Rain (James)  and Jason Donald of Conyers, GA; Nikki (Brown) and Brian Stinson Sr. of Wellington, FL. He also leaves behind six sisters: Marlene and Ray Glaze of Stockbridge, GA; Mildred and William Wright of Plano, TX; Eloris James of Virginia; Shirley and Stanton Chaney of Lawrenceville, GA;  Beverly Roker of Dunwoody, GA; Sheila (Michael) Johnson of Houston, TX and three brothers: Aaron James of Atlanta, GA; Elmo Jr. and Jackie James of Stockbridge, GA; Howard and Cassandra James of Montezuma, GA; brothers and sisters-in-law: Vincent and Evelyn Brown of Miramar, FL, Jennifer Brown-Foster of Los Angeles, CA, Marion & Wendell Edgecombe, Martha & Larry Rahming, Christine Brown, Judy Taylor Brown, Denise Brown, Mary Dorsett, Paul Dorsett, Michelle Dorsett, Adrian Brown (Elizabeth), Terrance Brown, Lamarque Brown (Andrea) of Nassau, Bahamas, Brenda Brown of Buffalo, NY. Included in his legacy are ten grandchildren: Kyra Allen, Jordyn Allen, Shayne Allen, Dani Lynn Donald, Destiny Donald, Dilynn Donald, Joshua James, Nathaniel James, Brian Stinson Jr. and Brianna Stinson and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and many friends.


Other Relatives And Friends:

Mr. and Mrs. Jean Pedro Saintable of Miami, Florida; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Donald of Lithonia, Georgia; Keith Kench of Barbados; Frank Cunningham of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Roosevelt Robinson of Atlanta, Georgia; Adrienne Bellefleur of Miami, Florida; Minister Jeneva Fryson of Inglewood, CA; Pastor Johnny (Deborah) Dean of Cordele, GA; Maurice and Mary Turner of Carson, CA; Gerald and Cheryl Armstrong of Brazelton, GA; Lilace Perkins of Las Vegas, Nevada


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Ms. Teresa Brown Hannor

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The Funeral Service for Teresa Brown Hannor of Oglethorpe, Georgia will be conducted Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:00 at Magnolia Baptist Church, Hosie Waters Street, Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Hosie Waters officiating.

Ms. Teresa Ann Brown Hannor, “Reet”, as she was affectionately called, was the eighth child born to the late Reverend Lonnie Brown, Sr. and the late Mrs. Annie Ruth Whitfield Brown on March 30, 1961 in Montezuma, Georgia. She attended the public schools of Macon County and was a 1979 graduate of D.F. Douglass High School, Montezuma, Georgia.

 At an early age, Teresa professed her faith in Jesus Christ and became a member of Brown Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She grew up in the church and was a faithful member. On March 6, 1980, Teresa gave birth to her first born, Gabriel “Speedy” Brown. Teresa was united in Holy Matrimony to Curla Hannor, Sr. in 1984. To this union, two children were born: Curla Hannor, Jr. and Brandon Hannor. Teresa transitioned from labor to reward on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Reverend Lonnie Brown, Sr. and Mrs. Annie Ruth Whitfield Brown, her sister, Ruth Ann Jordan and three brothers: Tyrone Brown, Reverend Lonnie Brown, Jr. and James Brown.

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by her loving children: Gabriel Terrell Brown of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Curla Hannor (Constance) of Chesapeake, Virginia and Brandon Bernard Hannor of Virginia Beach, Virginia; four grandchildren: Gabrielle Felton, Amaya Warren, Anisha Hannor and Ayana Hannor; siblings: Reverend Bobby Brown (Flora) and Reverend Ruben Brown (Dr. Crystal) of Fort Valley, Georgia, Donald Brown of Oglethorpe, Georgia and Rodney Brown of Atlanta, Georgia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law:  Treny Brown, Dorothy Brown, Laura Hubbard (Anias), Carolyn Hannor and Cassander Hannor of Montezuma, Georgia, Mary Kate Gray of Bronx, New York, John Henry Hannor (Annie Bell) of East Point, Georgia, Mary Louise Mathis of Niagara Falls, New York, James Henry Hannor and Lunell Hannor McDonald of Oglethorpe, Georgia ; aunt and uncle: Dollie Larry West of Montezuma, Georgia and Billy Journey ( Delores) of Atlanta, Georgia; great aunts: Mary Lizzie Brown of Marshallville, Georgia and Bernice Brown of Miami, Florida; a devoted friend, Jackie Barnes; a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends.

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Deacon Charlie Lee Durham

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The funeral service for Deacon Charlie Lee Durham of Americus, Georgia will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at Union Tabernacle Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Sims officiating. Interment will follow in the Andersonville National Cemetery.

Charlie Lee Durham was born June 2, 1934 to the late Emma Lee Dunning Gaston and Charlie Lee Durham Sr.   He joined Union Tabernacle Baptist Church at an early age and served faithfully for over 70 yrs. He was a great teacher, deacon and mentor at Union Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Charlie attend the public schools of Sumter County. While at Staley High School, he was a star halfback on the football team. He led the team to the state playoffs in Savannah, Georgia. After graduating from high school in 1955, Charlie was drafted into the United States Army. He served his country honorably for three years, earning the rank of Corporal.

Deacon Durham was a hard working father. He worked for JMC in Americus, Georgia for 24 years in the maintenance department. After retiring from JMC, he worked at Tolleson Lumber Company in Preston, Georgia, where he retired as well.

Deacon Charlie Durham was married to the mother of his children, Ms. Mary Durham Carter for 34 years. Later, he was married to Martha Brown Durham for 24 years. On February 5, 2019, Deacon Durham transitioned from labor to reward. He was preceded in death by six siblings: Louella Kendrick, Christine Durham, Mary Williams, James Durham, Charlie Durham and Oscar Durham.

Left to cherish his memory are his six children; Minister Helen Barlow, Charles (Teresa) Durham, Patricia (Johnny) Mable, Ernest (Tammy) Durham, Valerie (Frank) Benny, Ambra (Robert) Sanford, all of Americus Georgia; one sister, Fairillia (Willie James) Yancey of Lumpkin, Georgia; four brothers: Jimmy (Daisy) Durham, Tommy (Diane) Durham, Bernice Durham, and Rebea Durham, all of Weston, Georgia; 17 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren; a close friend, Carlton Glenn Maye, Sr.;  A host of nieces and nephews also survive.

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Mr. Andre Ingram

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The funeral service for Mr. Andre V. Ingram of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. at the Household of Faith Ministries with Apostle Dr. Marcia Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Staley Memorial Gardens

Andre Vernard Ingram, who was affectionately known as “Fat Rat” and “Bro. Andre”, was born in Americus, Georgia on September 13, 1984 to Mrs. Betty Jo Ingram Williams and Mr. John Lee Williams.  He attended Americus High School and was in the class of 2003.  Andre is preceded in death by his grandparents: Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, Mr. Joe Lewis Ingram and Mr. John Tot;  and his sister, Ms. JoAnna Williams.

Andre accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized in 2012 at The Household of Faith Ministries, under the leadership of his in-laws, Apostle, Dr. Marcia Carter & Bishop, Dr. Walter J. Carter.  On April 5, 2013, Andre was united in Holy Matrimony to Mrs. Shakale T. Carter and they were blessed to have 2 beautiful daughters, Kalia and Amiya Ingram. He loved sports, especially football.  He was an Atlanta Falcons Fan! He was employed with Tysons in Vienna, Georgia. Andre was a fun, loving and friendly person.  He was known for his sense of humor.  He loved to dress up and would often say “Yes, I AM sharp.” We will never forget Andre and all the good memories we have of him.

He departed this earthly life on February 4, 2018 and will always be in our hearts.  Andre leaves to cherish his memories:  his mother and father,  Betty Jo Ingram Williams and John Lee Williams (deceased); his wife Shakale T. Carter-Ingram, and their two daughters, Kalia and Amiya Ingram; his children: Carter Ingram and Ty’Keylan DeAndre Ingram; his brothers: Adrian Ingram (his twin), Donyall Ingram and David Williams; his sisters: Porshe Ingram, Kiesha Ingram, Miya Ingram, Brittany Ingram, Tiffany Williams and the (late) Joanna Williams, Lucinda Dodson-Nelson, Theresa Adams and Lynn Cooper; his grandmother: Gladys Williams; aunts: Bobbie Jean Davis, Christine (Tom) Davis, JoAnn Davis (deceased), Brenda Ingram, Jaqueline Davis (Winford) Holmes, Louse Adams (deceased); his uncles: James Davis, Melvin Davis, Gregory Ingram, Charles Terry; his god-mother: Madia Greene; great uncle, Jesse Ingram; great aunts: Nellie Mae Long, Dorothy Robinson, Bettysue Combs; his in-laws: Walter & Marcia Carter, Peggy Nimmons,Walter Carter IV, Cierra Nimmons, Katina(Keon)Jenkins, Maurice (Detiaya) Lundy, Deon Lundy, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.   

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Ms. Juanita Engram

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The Funeral Service for Ms. Juanita Engram of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Hwy 26E, Montezuma, Georgia with Pastor Allen Waters officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Juanita V. Engram was born on October 24, 1930 to the parentage of the late E.P. Engram and Emmarine Kaigler Engram. She joined new Hope Baptist Church at an early age and was a faithful member until her health failed. Juanita received her early education from Flint River Farm School, and continued at The Fort Valley State College (now University). She left FVSC and was employed at Warner Robins Air Force Base, where she worked for many years until she retired.

On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Juanita transitioned from labor to reward. She was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Engram and her parents.

Her beautiful life will be forever cherished by her sisters: Mildred Ladd of Montezuma, Georgia, Ruthie Grant, Earlene Mossett-Downey, Elvin McMeans all of Hartford, Connecticut and Georgia Perry (Capp) of Sun City, Arizona; a devoted friend, Clara Thomas of Fort Valley, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends. She had a special place in her heart for, and will truly be missed by Valerie English, Bob Ladd and Rod Ladd.

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