July17

Mrs. Eddie Joe Tullis "Ms. Red"

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The Funeral Service for Mrs. Eddie Jo Tullis will be held Saturday, July 27, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Americus, Georgia.

Eddie Jo Tullis, daughter of the late Mary C. Tatum and S.T. Sheifield, was born in Plains, Georgia on March 14, 1935. Eddie Joe, better known as Ms. Red, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2024.

 She is survived by her husband John Tullis, Sr.; two sons: George Tullis and John Tullis, Jr.; one daughter, Lue Ann Tullis; other relatives and friends.


July15

Mrs. Lilly Mae Johnson Bell

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The Funeral Service for Mrs. Lilly Mae Johnson Bell will be held Saturday, July 27, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. at Jerusalem Grove Baptist Church in Smithville, Georgia.

Lilly Mae Johnson Bell, daughter of the late Birtha Johnson Barner and Steve Barner was born August 22, 1935, in Americus, Georgia. Her formal education ended early so she could help provide care for her younger siblings.

She was united in holy matrimony to Earnest L. Bell in May of 1956 and moved to Penn Yan, New York to start her journey. She later relocated to Rochester, New York. She professed her faith in Jesus Christ and joined Salem Baptist Missionary Church in Rochester, New York in the late 1960s where she was a dedicated member. She was employed at Rochester City School District for over thirty years until she retired in February of 1995. She had a generous spirit and was loved by many. Her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her.

She quietly departed this life on July 15, 2024, at 1738. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Bell; daughter, Lizzy Mae Barner; brother, Charlie Barner; mother, Birtha Barner; and her father, Steve Barner.

Lilly’s beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her sisters: Willie Lee Wilson of Rochester, New York and Annie Mae Barner of Americus, Georgia; her brother, Calvin Barner of Americus, Georgia; her sisters-in-law: Mary Barner of Americus, Georgia and Evelyn Jackson of Bell Glade, Florida; her brother-in-law, Joseph Walker of Americus, Georgia; a devoted niece that she called her daughter, Linda Wilson of Rochester, New York; devoted great-niece, Latetia Jackson of Rochester, New York; devoted great-nephews “her boys” Jahquan Grimes and Quintel McKnight of Rochester, New York; a host of devoted nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, cousins, devoted family members and friends.


July11

Mrs. Martha L. Sanders Townsley

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The Homegoing Celebration for Mrs. Martha Lee Sanders Townsley of Miami, Florida, formerly of Americus, Georgia, will be conducted Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at House of God Miracle Temple, Miami, Florida.

Martha Lee Sanders Townsley was born on July 13, 1948, in Americus, Georgia to the late Mattie Bell and Robert Sanders. Martha and her twin sister Mary were born the sixth and seventh of ten children. Martha was reared in a Christian home and accepted Christ at an early age. Living in a musically talented household, Martha’s father often boasted about the melodic voices of his girls, prompting them to put on performances at church and for friends and family. Martha was educated in the Sumter County School System in Americus, Georgia. After the birth of her two older boys, Martha moved to Miami, Florida in the early 1970’s. God continued to expand and fill her life with the love and joy of her children.

In a life orchestrated by laughter and illuminated by joy, Martha embraced each moment as a verse in her own melody. With a voice that soared through every room and a spirit that danced in the hearts of those she loved, she brought harmony to every gathering and grace to every step. Today, as we reflect on the vibrant tapestry of her life, we celebrate a woman whose laughter echoed like a chorus, whose dance lit up every room, and whose love enveloped us all. Though she has taken her final bow, her song remains etched in our memories; a timeless refrain of love, laughter, and cherished moments shared with family and friends.

On June 30, 2024, Martha sang and danced her way into the loving arms of God. She was preceded in death by her parents: Mattie Bell and Robert Sanders; three sisters: Betty Benson, Lourene Sanders, and Mae Birtha McCoy; two brothers: Bobby and James McCoy; and her daughter, Tina Johnson.

She leaves precious memories with her loving and devoted husband, Frank V. Townsley, Sr; her daughter, Shaglavia Johnson; her sons: Anthony Sanders, Shannon Sanders, Robert Johnson, and Michael Johnson; fifteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; her stepson, Frank V. Townsley, Jr; her stepdaughter, Anita Bell; six step-grandchildren; ten step-grandchildren;  her sisters: Aretha Sanders Patterson (Gregory), Mattie Sanders Colquitt, Mary Sanders Mack (Albert), Alma Ruth Solomon (Toby), and Bobbie Sanders Armstrong; her brother, Robert Sanders, Jr. (Margaret); her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Betty McCoy and Jeffrey Townsley (Penny); her best friend, Nancy Manfredi; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends who will miss her dearly.

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Hall – Ferguson - Hewitt Mortuary, Miami, Florida


July02

Mr. Grady Edge, Jr.

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The Graveside Service for Mr. Grady Edge, Jr. of Americus, Georgia will be held Friday, July 5, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Eastview Cemetery, Ashby Street, Americus, Georgia.

Grady Edge, Jr. was born in Sumter County, Georgia on November 22,1954, to Mr. Grady Edge, Sr. and Mrs. Annie Lou Sampson Edge. Grady attended the public schools of Plains, Georgia.

On June 23, 2024, Grady peacefully transitioned from labor to reward at Lillian Carter Health and Rehabilitation Center in Plains, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents: Mr. Grady Edge, Sr. and Mrs. Annie Lou Sampson Edge; his grandparents: Mr. Oscar Sampson and Mrs. Mattie Sampson; and his sisters: Ms. Eula Mae Sampson and Mrs.  Bernice Edge Bowen.

Grady leaves beautiful memories that will be cherished by his sister, Mrs. Bertha Mae Edge of Americus, Georgia and Mrs. Annie Lee Edge Hooks and her husband Mr. Leroy Hooks of Albany, Georgia; his brother, Mr. Willie James Perry of Americus, Georgia; a host of other relatives and friends. 

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July01

Mr. Jimmy Williams, Jr. "Bo Shank"

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The Funeral Service for Jimmy Williams, Jr., better known as “Bo Shank”, of Montezuma, Georgia will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Brown Chapel Baptist Church, Hwy 224, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow at Zion Hill Cemetery, James Road, Montezuma, Georgia.

Jimmy Williams Jr. was born on February 1, 1956, in Montezuma, Georgia to Mrs. Dorothy Jean Adams Williams and Mr. Jimmy Williams, Sr.  He grew up in Montezuma and attended the public schools of Macon County. “Bo Shank”, as he was affectionately called was a fun-loving guy who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Throughout his life, he held various employment positions. Among those were Southern Frozen Foods and Easterlin Pecan Company.

Jimmy Williams, Jr. passed away on July 1, 2024, at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Williams, Sr. and his sister, Garnette Robinson.

He leaves precious memories to be cherished by his mother, Mrs. Dorothy Jean Williams of Montezuma, Georgia; his devoted companion, Mary Ann Robinson of Montezuma, Georgia; his children: Romeka Miller of South Fulton, Georgia, Wykersita Williams of Norcross, Georgia, LaSonya Williams of Warner Robins, Georgia, Donata Robinson of Montezuma, Georgia, and Tia Williams of Montezuma, Georgia; his bonus children: Laketa (Dequan) Mann of Byron, Georgia and Shaketa (Courtney) Robinson of Montezuma, Georgia; sisters and brothers: Brenda (Oscar) Walters and Dorothy Freeman both of Montezuma, Georgia, Jerome (Veronica) Williams of Cordele, Georgia, Bobby Lee (Felicia) Williams of Valdosta, Georgia, and Letha Ann Williams of Albany, Georgia; aunts: Annie Ruth Thomas of Hazelhurst, Georgia and Ernest (Brenda) Williams of Atlanta, Georgia; eighteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.