May24

Mrs. Ella Lee Kennedy Stephens

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The Memorial Service for Mrs. Ella Lee Kennedy Stephens of Americus, Georgia will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Americus, Georgia.

Mrs. Ella Lee Kennedy Stephens was born June 22, 1934. She was the daughter of C.T. “Sport” and Clonie Kennedy. She attended McCoy Hill Elementary School and graduated from Staley High School in 1952.

Mrs. Stephens was married to the late David Stephens, Sr., and they were the parents of eight children: Edwin Darnell “Butch” Stephens, Errol Derek “Deck” Stephens (deceased), Elmoria “Ray Ray” Stephens, Elliott Dwayne (Annette) Stephens, Frederick “Sonny” Stephens of Columbus, Georgia, Twin Sister Ellen (deceased), David Stephens, Jr. (Ann) of Columbus, Georgia, and Twin Sister Daisy (deceased).

Mrs. Stephens is also survived by her ten grandchildren: Gregory Burke (Dorothy), Errol Hosea Stephens (Jennifer), Quincy Kante Stephens, Elliott Quintrell Stephens, Mikel David Stephens, Cedric Cheeseboro, Laquitha Stephens, Candace Stephens, Rashon Monroe, and Antoinette Marie Stephens; thirteen great-grands; and five great-great grands.

The Family will receive friends at 231 GA Hwy 27 E, Americus on or after May 28, 2024, after 5 P.M.

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May18

Infant Anylah Dior Wilson

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Anylah Dior Wilson of Americus, Georgia was born on February 22, 2024, in Americus, Georgia to I’esha Dennis and Kirone Tramaine Wilson. Our sweet little Anylah Dior warmed our hearts with her beautiful smile. She went home to be with God on Saturday, May 18, 2024. The Graveside Service for Infant Anylah Dior Wilson will be Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 2:00 at Babyland in Eastview Cemetery.

Anylah Dior leaves beautiful memories with her parents: I’esha Dennis of St. Augustine, Florida and Kirone Tremaine Wilson of Americus, Georgia; her brother, Amaris Tramaine Wilson of Americus, Georgia; grandmothers: Mrs. Jacqueline Dennis of Hastings, Florida and Miss Tyran (Gal) Brown of Americus, Georgia; grandfathers: Mr. Moray Dixon of Miami, Florida and Mr. Ronquillo Wilson of Americus, Georgia; great-grandmothers: Mrs. Sandra Dennis of Hastings, Florida and Ms. Shirley Waymon of Americus, Georgia; great-grandfathers: Mr. Fred Austin of Bunnell, Florida and Mr. Eddie George Brown, Sr. of Americus, Georgia; great-great grandmother, Ms. Georgia King of Preston, Georgia; a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives, and friends also survive. 

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May18

Mr. Fred Arthur Williams

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Mr. Fred Arthur Williams of Americus, Georgia tragically passed on Saturday May 18, 2024 in Lee County Georgia. His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church located at 225 Forrest Street Americus, Georgia. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday, May 24, 2024 from 4:00 to 7:00 P. M.

Fred was the son of Juanita Williams and the late Freddie Williams Jr. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his children: Latoya Williams Harvey and Omari Williams; his three sisters: Sandra Sparks, Samantha Braswell, and Dr. Sonia Mckenzie. One brother Marvin Williams preceded him in death. Several other relatives and friends also survive. 

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May15

Infant Terrel Lamont Boone

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Terrel Lamont Boone was born on March 8, 2024, at Phoebe Sumter Hospital in Americus, Georgia. Our adorable son left on angel’s wings on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Phoebe Sumter Hospital. Although his life was short, he touched many people with his precious smile. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by West's Mortuary.

“T3” leaves precious memories with his loving mother, Shantoni Toniya Quanya Boone; his father, Terrel Lamont Jordan, Jr.; grandmothers: Quanta Sims and Lashina Burns; grandfathers: Tony Boone, Sr. and Tyrone Davis; great-grandmother, Annie Burton; great-grandfather, Joseph Sims; great-uncle, Kendrick Burton; great-aunt, Shaquitta Burton; uncles: Javaris and Tony Boone, Jr.; aunts: Shyterria, Lilma, and Ria; cousins: Kendriyana Burton and Kendrick Burton, Jr.; and Lil Tony’s godmother, Miyanna Brooks. 

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May13

Ms. Brittany Ingram

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Brittany Danielle Ingram of Americus, Georgia was born on June 5, 1991, to Carl and Angela Francine Rouland Ingram. Her funeral service will be held on Friday, May, 24, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Restoration Church of Americus, Inc., 159 Bumphead Road in Americus, Georgia. 

Brittany Danielle Ingram was born on June 5,1991, in Americus, Georgia. She was the youngest of two daughters born to the late Carl “Monk” Ingram and the late Angela Rouland Ingram. She was educated in the Sumter County School System and graduated from Americus-Sumter County High School, Class of 2009.

Though Brittany battled diabetes and dialysis treatments throughout her teenage years, she went on to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA). Her most recent employment was at Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany, Georgia.  She loved to laugh and take care of her family.  She didn’t have kids of her own, so she treated her niece, Mikayla-Rose and her cousins like they were hers.

Brittany passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Joe Munson, Christine Ingram and Emmitt “Jack” Rouland; her uncles: Edward Ingram, Curtis Ingram, Horace Munson and John “Buck” Rouland; and two aunts: Teresa Ann Rouland and Yvonne Thompson.

She leaves beautiful memories with her devoted sister, Sekeithia “KeeKee” (Mikayla-Rose); grandmother, Lorene Rouland; four aunts: Shounda and Melissa Rouland, Rita Ingram and Sherrand (Bernard) Manigault; five uncles: Hollis (Mary) Douglas, Terrell “Larry” (Edith), Joe “Chris” (Karen), Andrew Keith Munson and Lonnie Munson; several devoted cousins including: Shabrika, Scyzuana, Desmond, Lapree “Nay Nay”, Quincy, Terri, (Darris), Rani, Johntavion, and Jaylyn. A devoted great aunt, Harriett Rouland and a host of other relatives and friends survive.

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May12

Mrs. Helen M. Barron

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 Services for Mrs. Helen McClendon Barron will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 26, 2024 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1301 Julianne Street, Perry, Georgia. The services can also be viewed on ZOOM using the following information: Meeting ID: 864 6857 2710 and Meeting Passcode: 045000

 

Public Visitation for Mrs. Helen M. Barron will be Friday, May 24, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at West’s Mortuary, 325 Drayton Street, Montezuma, Georgia.

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Summary of Life

     Helen McClendon Barron passed away on May 12, 2024 at the age of 81. She was born to the late Tommie McClendon and Rutha Mae McClendon on January 1, 1943. She was preceded in death by six siblings, Mary Young, Doris Donaldson, Tommie Lee McClendon, Dorothy Witchard, Bunice Sanders, and Jeffery Burnam.

     On August 13, 1977, Helen married the late Albert James Barron. Their family was blessed to include six children. Two of those children, Vernon Antonio McClendon and Retha Ann Ballestracci, preceded her in death. Helen was educated in the Macon County School System where she attended Flint River Farm School and graduated from D.F. Douglass High School in 1961. Over the years, Helen was employed as a seamstress with Forest Mills sewing factory, a hotel housekeeper, and an insurance agent. Alluding to her kind heart, humility, and love for others, she also worked with young children as a daycare instructor, delivered meals to the elderly as well as transporting them for daily social activities, and served as a caregiver for family members and other disabled adults.

     On April 12, 1969 Helen was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, remaining faithful for 55 years until her death. She used those years to share with and teach others the good news about the true God, Jehovah, and the wonderful future that He promises to bring about by means of his Kingdom. This was her most treasured assignment. Even after she became limited in her public witnessing, she faithfully attended ZOOM field ministry meetings and continued sharing scriptural truths with others by means of letters and phone calls. God’s promises were real to Helen, and one of her final hopes was for her family to continue living together in peace and love while awaiting the fulfillment of Jehovah’s Kingdom blessings (Matthew 6:9,10).

     Helen enjoyed several hobbies including floral arranging, arts & crafts, event decorating, and finding yard sale/thrift store treasures. She loved reminiscing and talking with others about fond memories of growing up in the Five Points community and other life experiences. In her later years, Helen found a special joy in sending daily encouraging text messages to others, even taking time to personalize some of those messages. She had become somewhat of an expert at this. Keeping in touch with others and making sure they knew that she was thinking of them was something she cherished dearly.

     Helen M. Barron leaves a legacy of love and countless fond memories to her beloved family which include her loving children: Christene Gary (Fairfax, VA), Lesa Bodine (Concord, NC), Debbie Johnson (Johnnie) (Jacksonville, FL) and Cyndria Barron (Montezuma, GA); her siblings: Melissa Joiner (Ideal, GA), Pathesia Joiner (Montezuma, GA), Tometrice Joiner (Warner Robins, GA), and Michael Caldwell (Macon, GA); her grandchildren: Cornelius Ballestracci (Belinda) (Houston, TX), Clarissa Tinker (Matthew) (Fairfax, VA), Demetrius Ballestracci (Houston, TX), Andronicus Ballestracci (Rebecca) (Creedmoor, NC), and Charles A. Gary (Reston, VA); her sisters-in-law, Mary Kelly (Philadelphia, PA), Hattie Hubbard (Montezuma, GA), and Nancy Kaigler (Atlanta, GA); a devoted son-in-law, Myles Ballestracci (Jeannie) (Americus, GA), four great grandchildren, a large host of nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, other relatives, beloved friends, and a devoted friend since the third grade, Ms. Ethel Polk (Chicago, IL).


May06

Mrs. Margery Jessie Jackson

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The Graveside Service for Mrs. Margery Jackson of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 12:00 Noon at Eastview Cemetery with Reverend Ferlin Tyson, Officiating.

Mrs. Margery Jackson, daughter of the late Mr. Andrew Jessie, Sr. and the late Mrs. Mamie Shack Jessie, was born on March 10, 1945, in Sumter County, Georgia. As a young girl, she attended Seay School. She worked at Philip Beltline, Woodgrain, and later was hired at Davidson Textron Automotive. She retired after twenty-six years.

Mrs. Jackson departed this life on May 6, 2024. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer Lee Jackson; three brothers: Arthur Jessie, Eugene Jessie, and Andrew Jessie; two sisters: Esther Lee Thomas and Mamie Lou Ferguson; her mother-in-law, Mozell Jackson; father-in-law, Price Jackson; sister-in-law, Queen Easter Lassiter; nephew, Henry Daniels; nieces: Loretta Thomas, Laura Thomas, and Tasha Quarterman; and her great-grandchild, Jakesa Joseph.

She leaves to cherish her beautiful memories one brother, James F. (Margery Foster) Jessie; two daughters: Carrie Price and Leisha (Willie) Smith; one son, Anthony Jackson, Jr.; eight grandchildren: Tanya (Eric) Slaughter, Nedra Williams, Shakeyawana Jessie, Aayanna Jackson, Alexander (Michelle) Price, Jr., Willie (Nakethia) Smith Jr., Chasmon Smith, and Anthony Jackson, Jr.; four nephews: Neal Jessie, Jermaine Ferguson, Anthony Jessie, and Michael (Shonda) Josey; three nieces: Aubrey Hayes, Lauren Windham, and Michelle Josey; three great-nieces: Jasmine Jessie, Brittany Jessie, and Janeisha Ferguson; a host of other relatives and friends.

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April23

Mrs. Ruby Merritt

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The Funeral Service for Mrs. Ruby Merritt of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. on the lawn of West's Mortuary at 731 N. Lee Street Americus, Georgia.

Ruby Cristine Hobdy was born on July 18, 1953 to the late Robert M. Hobdy and Ruby L. Hobdy in Dothan, Alabama. After Ruby was born her family relocated to Jacksonville, Florida where she received, her education. Going on to receive her Nursing Degree at Florida Junior College. Ruby enjoyed working and traveling (at this very time she had an excursion scheduled). Ruby has worked countless times at numerous Health Care Facilities in Georgia and surrounding areas, where she met and married Johnny Merritt, residing in Americus, Georgia since 1997.

The most recent facility Ruby worked for at the time of passing was Pruitt Health Palmyra Nursing Home in Albany, Georgia, where she was loved as Family.

Ruby accepted Christ at an early age, and on April 23, 2024 she accepted the Heavenly Father’s call while a patient at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.

Ruby was preceded in death by her father, Robert M. Hobdy, her daughter Dawn S. Hobdy, Bonus son Johnny Merritt, granddaughter Yvette Michelle Pierre-Lovie, grandson, Brian Hobdy, her sister Mary J. Williams and two brother Michael and Bobby Hobdy.

Ruby leaves to honor and cherish her memories; a loving and devoted husband Johnny Merritt, her mother, Ruby L Hoddy of Jacksonville, Florida, Daughter Donna (Delbert) Harris of Clayton, North Carolina, Bonus daughters; Pamela Harvey and Kimberly (Eric) Barrett of Americus, Georgia. Six granddaughters; Angela Jordan of Columbus, Georgia, Whitley L. C. Hobdy, Malika Akbar, Fatima Akbar, Shaakira Akbar of Jacksonville, Florida, Brittany Hobdy of Warner Robins, four grandsons Johnathan C. Hobdy of Jacksonville, Florida, Devin (Jasmine) Hobdy of Jacksonville, Florida, Kevin (Aja) Hobdy of San Diego, CA., Dawud Akabar of Jacksonville, Florida, two bonus grandson; Kierston and Kaylon Harvey. 19 Great-Grands, three sisters; Robin A. Martin, Janice F. Harmon and LaRose M. Tunsil all of Jacksonville, Florda. one brother, Donald B. Hobdy of Jacksonville, Florida. aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and many other friends

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April21

Mr. Benjamin Morris McKenzie

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The Homegoing Celebration for Mr. Benjamin Morris McKenzie of Montezuma, Georgia will be held Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at Shade Arnold Baptist Church, GA Hwy 26E, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow at Shade Arnold Cemetery.

On July 23, 1955, Benjamin Morris McKenzie was born to Mr. John T. McKenzie and Mrs. Mira Bess Turner McKenzie in Montezuma, Georgia. “Ben” or “Morris”, as he was affectionately called, grew up in Montezuma and attended the public schools of the county. He attended Flint River Farms School and graduated from D.F. Douglass High School in 1973.

At an early age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and joined Shade Arnold Baptist Church. Later he joined Israel Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia under the leadership of Reverend William Smith. 

Ben answered the Master’s call on April 21, 2024, while a patient at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents: John T. McKenzie and Mira Bess Turner McKenzie; his siblings: Belinda Woods, Beverly McLendon, and Miretta McKenzie; and his brothers-in-law: Jimmy McLendon Sr., Ricky J. Waters, and Lewis B. Joiner.

Morris leaves precious memories with his daughter, Sharika Wimby of Atlanta, Georgia; two grandchildren: Alexus Lowe and Addison Swayzer of Atlanta, Georgia; his sisters and brothers: Gracie L. Joiner, Barbara (Charlie) Marshall, Sheila Warren (Roy Neal), Mary Nell Waters, and Connie (Willie) Walker all of Montezuma, Georgia, Reba (Jerry) Platt and Van McKenzie of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Coretha (Willie L.) Davis and John Lewis McKenzie of Atlanta, Georgia, Cassandra (Kyle) Jones of Jonesboro, Georgia, and Gerald McKenzie of Americus, Georgia; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends at the home of Willie and Connie Walker on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, beginning at noon.

Public Visitation for Mr. McKenzie will be Wednesday, April 24, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at West’s Mortuary, Montezuma, Georgia.

 

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April21

Mrs. Gloria Riley

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The Graveside Service for Mrs. Gloria Riley of Plains, Georgia will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. at Eastview Cemetery in Americus, Georgia. 

Mrs. Gloria Jean Walker Riley was born on August 15, 1947 in Richland, Georgia to the late Carrie Walker. She was employed for over 50 years as an equipment Tech at Washington Hospital. Mrs. Riley passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.

Left to cherish her memories are her sister Mr. Mary Prince; two nephews: Lonnie Fitzpatrick and David Fitzpatrick. Several other relatives and friends also survive. 


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