May16

Infant Khylin Demarcus Walters

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The Graveside Service for Infant Khylin DeMarcus Walters will be held Saturday, May 23, 2020 at noon at Eastview Babyland Cemetery, Americus, Georgia. CDC guidelines allow only 10 people including ministers and funeral staff to attend all services. This will be strictly enforced by local Law Enforcement.

On May 16, 2020, God saw Khylin DeMarcus Walters struggling for life so He sent darling angels to take him to his heavenly home. Khylin was born at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, Americus, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers: Havolia Walters, Sr. and Willie Wright.

Khylin is survived by his parents: Tukeiko C. Walters and Adrian L. Wright; his siblings: Kabron Wright and Lamia K. Wright; his grandmothers: Barbara Jones and Ethel Wright all of Americus, Georgia; host of aunts and uncles also survive.

 YOU MUST WEAR A MASK AT THE SERVICE


May09

Mr. Samuel James "SJ" Thomas

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The Graveside Service for Mr. Samuel James "SJ" Thomas of Montezuma, Georgia will be conducted Friday, May 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Shade Arnold Baptist Church Cemetery, Highway 26 East, Montezuma, Georgia with Pastor George Porter, Jr. officiating. CDC Guidelines allow only 10 people including ministers and funeral staff to attend all services. Because of concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, please practice social distancing and wear masks for your safety and the safety of others. 

Mr. Samuel James Thomas, affectionately known as “SJ” was the son of the late Victoria McKenzie Thomas and Albert Thomas II. He was born on May 28, 1940 in Macon County, Georgia. SJ grew up in Montezuma and attended the public schools of the county. He attended the Historic D.F. Douglass High School, which opened in 1958 and was a member of the first graduating class, the Class of 1959.

He was introduced to Christ as a child and was baptized at Shade Arnold Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia. Mr. Thomas was a man of humility. He was a God fearing man and a faithful member of Shade Arnold Baptist Church. He was a dedicated employee of Robins Air Force Base and retired after forty-five years of service. Mr. Thomas was a resourceful man who provided for his family by being a hardworking farmer and the owner of Thomas Pest Control Company for many years.

On April 7, 1962, he married the love of his life, Annie Lee Hubbard. This union was blessed with four children, Terry, Vonda, Darlene and Bernette. He had a special love for his family. He was a loving husband, wonderful father and grandfather. He was also a strong and gentle giant.  

Samuel James Thomas heard the voice of Jesus and took his heavenly flight on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his brother Albert Thomas III and sister Eloise Thomas Hudson (Ernest).

Those left to carry on his legacy are his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Annie Lee Thomas of Montezuma, Georgia; his children: Terry and Veronica Thomas of Salisbury, North Carolina, Vonda and Joe Moore of Vinegrove, Kentucky, Darlene and Amos Whitehead and Bernette and Dexter McKenzie of Montezuma, Georgia; ten grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jet Hubbert (Barbara) of Columbus, Ohio, Linda Johnson of Warner Robins, Georgia, Thomas Hubbard of Ellaville, Georgia, Rosa Hubbard of Vienna, Georgia, Mary Louise Collier of Perry, Georgia, Vera Solomon, Myra H. Oliver, Hattie Hubbard and Betty Jo McKenzie of Montezuma, Georgia; aunt, Alena Burnam of Montezuma, Georgia; Godchildren: Johnnie Mae Tookes (Nathaniel) and Shannon Minger; God grandchildren: Johnnathian Tookes and Granada Ridley, Jr.; special nephews: Jonathan Hillman (Shay), Mark James (Porscha) and KC Cochran and family; a host of other loving relatives and friends.  

 

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May09

Mr. Claude Lee Forbes

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The Graveside Service for Mr. Claude Lee Forbes of Montezuma, Georgia will be conducted Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Champ Waters Cemetery, Montezuma, Georgia with Pastor Linda Forbes and Reverend William Rand officiating. CDC Guidelines allow only 10 people including ministers and funeral staff to attend all services. Because of concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, please practice social distancing and wear masks for your safety and the safety of others.

Romans 14:8 states, "For if we live, we live unto the Lord; and if we die, we die unto the Lord…" The only comfort and security we have in this life is that we belong to the Lord. 

Claude was merely lent to us as a son, a brother, a husband, a father, and a friend until May 9, 2020, when the Lord called him home. All who love him will truly miss him, and will always carry him in our hearts.

Claude Lee Forbes was born the second eldest of six children on August 20, 1951 to Alex Forbes and Annie Claude Collier Forbes. He was reared in Montezuma, Georgia. After graduating from D.F. Douglass High School, he enlisted in the United States Army. He later was employed with Scarbury Propane. It was during this time, he decided traveling was his true love. Claude became a truck driver and traveled the country. He became known by hundreds of fellow drivers and friends as "Big Buddy". At the time of his departure, he was the owner of Forbes Trucking in Montezuma, Georgia.

On December 31, 1988, Claude married his best friend, Linda Diane Willis, who remained by his side until his departure. During their thirty-one years of marriage, they traveled, reared their children, and shared good and bad times together.

Claude is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Alex “Dap” Forbes, Jr.  Left to celebrate his life are his loving wife, Linda Willis Forbes; his beloved children: Caleb (Ashley) Forbes, Claude Forbes, Jr., Demetria Forbes, Shernann Forbes, Calondra (Daryl McDonald) Forbes, Marcus Joseph and Cherale (Ahmad) Willis-Ford; his grandchildren: Mariah Willis, Kapres Forbes, Maiyah Willis, Keion Blalock, Myauna Garner, Jarquelle Warren, Markiya Hudson, Ja’Nahla Warren, Savannah Greene, Ahrian Ford and Saxon Lee Forbes; his siblings: Darrell Forbes, Gwen Forbes, Carolyn Forbes all of Montezuma, Georgia and Susan (Homer) Causey of Atlanta, Georgia; his mother-in-law, Betty Willis Engram of Montezuma, Georgia; his aunts and uncles: Nannie Tookes, Mary Harrison, Bertha Fobbs, Bernice Collier, Charles (Mazarena) Allen all of Montezuma, Georgia, Martha (John) Keller of Englewood, New Jersey, Janie Smith of Savannah, Georgia and Mary (James) Washington of Cocoa, Florida; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 

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May03

Infant Marquez D. Hadley, Jr.

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The Graveside Service for Infant Marquez De’Von Hadley, Jr. was held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Eastview Baby Land Cemetery, Americus, Georgia with Evangelist Tonya Reese officiating.

On May 3, 2020, God saw Marquez De’Von Hadley, Jr. struggling for life so He sent darling angels to take him to his heavenly home. Marquez was born at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Randolph Hadley and his aunt, Quanshay Wilkerson.

Marquez is survived by his parents: SaKeitha Waters and Marquez De’Von Hadley, Sr.; his brother, Kentravous Waters; grandparents: Debra Ann Waters, Christopher Wilkerson and Tonya and David Reese; great grandparents: Mary and Charles Cooper; uncles: Marray Hadley, Daiquiris Hadley, Symond Lyles, Jonathan Wilkerson, Marquis Wilkerson, Kentavous Wilkerson and Ky’Juan Waters; aunt, Jackee Hadley; a host of great aunts, great uncles and cousins also survive.


May01

Mr. Charlie Lee Thomas

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Charlie Lee Thomas, 65 of Montezuma, Georgia; affectionately known as “Chuck” entered into eternal rest on Friday, May 1, 2020 while residing at the Fort Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center, Fort Valley, Georgia.  Chuck was born on April 26, 1955 as one of the eighteen children to the late Willie B. and Rosa Mae Thomas of Montezuma, Georgia.  He was born into Christianity and was a lifelong member of the Holy House of God Church in Montezuma, Georgia.

The Graveside Service for Chuck will be conducted Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11:00 at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Montezuma, Georgia. CDC guidelines allow only 10 people including ministers and funeral staff to attend all services. Because of concerns over the Coronavirus, visitors will be allowed to view Mr. Thomas through our walk up window. We ask that you please practice social distancing for your safety and the safety of others.

Chuck attended D.F. Douglass High School in Montezuma, GA, until leaving to head north. In 1973, Chuck left his hometown of Montezuma, GA seeking consistent employment in Hartford, CT. Like many from his generation, he learned to be a “Jack of all trades”, serving as a laborer in various capacities – Roofer for the Hartford Roofing Company and Carpenter and Grounds Keeper for the City of Hartford.  While living in Connecticut, he would occasionally attend church services at the Walk in the Light Church in Hartford, CT.  In 2015, he returned to his hometown of Montezuma, GA working odd jobs assisting the local farmers attending to livestock and crops until he reached retirement age in 2017.

Chuck was known for his affectionate love and relationship that he had with his nieces and nephews; as he will be remembered for his sense of humor, colorful jokes, and the special names that he had for many of them. He had a giving spirit when it involved his family. Chuck was known to go above and beyond for his nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers.  Chuck's family and friends will miss his colorful conversations and the electrifying experience of watching television with him. He especially, loved all teams Georgia; he was especially enthused while watching the Atlanta Falcons, Braves, Hawks and the Georgia Bulldogs and everyone in his presence experienced his passion as a fan.

Chuck is survived by four brothers: Tommie Thomas, Manchester, CT, Cornelius (Joyce) Thomas, Montezuma, GA, Gary Thomas, Crawfordville, GA and Henry Thomas, Snellville, GA; three sisters: Rosa Tyler, Bloomfield, CT, Bonnie Calloway, Meriden, CT and Polly Reaves, Snellville, GA. Chuck is predeceased by his sisters: Willie Mae Thomas Sanders, Ada and Evelyn Thomas and his brothers : Jesse, Otis, Danny, Carl, Jeffrey, Willie, Jr. and Infant Baby Thomas. A host of other loving relatives and friends also survive.

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