Mrs. Everline Powell Hudson

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Funeral services for Everline Powell Hudson of Oglethorpe, GA will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Kenny Gouch officiating. Burial will follow at the Oglethorpe City Cemetery.


Everline Powell Hudson was born on April 17, 1940 in Jeffersonville, Twiggs County, GA to the late George Powell, Sr. and the late Nellie Ford Powell.  In her youth, she moved to St. Petersburg, FL to live with her uncle and aunt, the late J.C. and Laura Young. She attended Catholic School and 16th Street Middle School in St. Petersburg, FL.  Later in her teen years, she moved back to Georgia where she attended and graduated from Macon County Training School in the Montezuma Five Points Community. 


She was preceded in death by four brothers, Eugene Powell, George Powell, Sr., Toby Powell, and Johnny Lee Powell, two sisters Bessie Mae Powell Wiggins and Mary F. Powell Clark, mother-in-law, Sue Mae Walton Brown, fathers-in law, Artist Brown and Lonnie Hall, three sisters-in-law, Bobbie Mae Brown Ivory, Ella Mae Brown Duncan, Aree Hall Edwards, one brother-in-law, Roy Lee Kaigler, and one daughter-in-law, Anna Bell Hall.   At an early age she joined New Pond Baptist Church in Oglethorpe, GA where she served faithfully until the church closed.


Everline had a sweet, gentle spirit and a special love for children. She helped care for her nieces and nephews and she enjoyed cooking for her family.  Her love for cooking led her to work at Dixie Queen Restaurant in Oglethorpe from 1968 until the restaurant closed.  After the restaurant closed she began working from her home preparing meals. On February 8, 2005, she opened her own restaurant called Granny’s Soul Food Kitchen in Oglethorpe, GA.  Everline prepared and served delicious country vegetables, meats and baked goods.


The former Everline Powell was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Charlie Willis Hall in January 1955 and to this union they were blessed with six children, Charlie Roy, Marvin, Eddie Charles, Jimmy Lee, Tyrone and Lee. In later years, Everline became a member of From Disgrace to God’s Grace Ministries where she was the Mother of the Church. She served faithfully until her health declined.  Mother Hudson was a partner with the Life Builders Recovery Program, a Member of the Kairos Outside Team. 


She leaves to cherish her memory six devoted sons: Charlie (Tammy) Hall of Ft. Valley, GA; Marvin Hall of Atlanta, GA; Eddie Charles of Oglethorpe, GA; Jimmy Lee (Debra) Hall of Ellaville, GA; Tyrone (Chrispian) Hall of Ellenwood, GA and  Lee Willis Hall, Oglethorpe, GA; sister Ceola Powell Griffin,  Brother-in-law, James Davis Brown, Ideal, GA; Sisters-in-law, Gloria Davis Powell, Oglethorpe, GA; Ilvea Powell Dean, Forest Park, GA; Great-Aunt and Great-Uncle Joe and Emma Walton, Albany, GA; eleven loving grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren a host of beloved nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.






Mrs. Alma Ruth Smith Young

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Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Ruth Young of Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Smithville, Georgia with Elder Kenneth A. Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Mrs. Alma Ruth Smith Young was born on June 30, 1950 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Mrs. Willie Mae Smith-Saffi and the late Freddie Smith.  At the age of 24 she joined the Bethel Primitive Baptist Church on the forth Wednesday night in October of 1974. She was baptize on the fourth Sunday of November, 1974 at 11:00. Since then she has been a faithful and dedicated member also serving as Mother of the Church till her health failed.

Alma Ruth loved her family and her family loved her. She would always say family is important “Y’all stick together cause “We All We Got”. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members, including her mother.

She was married to Mr. Walter Lee Young Sr. who survives and to this union four children were born. She was proceeded in death by a daughter Maggie Ruth, two sisters: Celestine Hightower and Jessie Mae Smith and one brother, Mr. Arthur Lee Smith. During the morning of June 26, 2015, God made a visit to get his Angel and said my faithful servant you have fought a good fight and you have kept the faith. Now let’s go home and rest.

She leaves to cherish her memories her husband Mr. Walter Lee Young Sr.    Her loving children Mr. Walter Lee (Monica) Young Jr., Mrs. Linda (Ralph) Leverette, and one devoted daughter Ms. Darline Young, whom live in the home with her. Also one God daughter Ms. Belinda Roberts McDonald all of Americus, GA; 13 grandchildren- Markel, Navoris Sr. (Natasha), Johntavion (Jasmine), Kindrick (Octavia), Juarez (Carlissa), Jeremy, Shanekka, Melinda(Alvin), Shambretta, Wynita, Almatha, Jaylen, and Jamaya, and 11 great-grands; Two brothers: Jessie James Smith of Americus, GA and Freddie B. Smith of Smithville, GA; two sisters: Eva Saffi of Smithville, GA and Mamie Saffi of Americus, GA; two aunts: Ms. Hazel Mae Cooper of Albany, GA and Ms. Lizzie Mae Jones of Tallahassee, FL; four nieces and nephew that she raised as her own Anthony Brown, Latasha McCoy, Tyfany McCoy all of Albany, GA and Lakeisha Smith of Savannah, GA, Tiffany Stone of Americus, GA and Noelle and Kimberly Sparks of Albany, Georgia; her sisters and brothers-in-law: Dennis (Annie Pearl) Young, Johnny Mae Hayes, Jessie Pearl McCoy, Bobbie Lee Young all of Smithville GA,  Gussie (Bill) Reddick of Desoto, GA, Ronnie (Sheila) Young of Albany, GA and Dollie Mae Merritt of Americus, GA. Several other relatives and friends also survive including her nurse Denesha Harvey, her doctor Dr. John Marshall and The DaVita Staff.



Mr. Eddie Clay, Jr.

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Mr. Eddie Clay, Jr of Montezuma, GA passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Phoebe Sumter Hospital in Americus, GA.  Born December 13, 1950 in Waco, Tx, Mr. Eddie Clay Jr. was the son of Mr. Eddie Clay, Sr. and the adopted and bonus life joy of his paternal grandmother, Ms. Edna McLennan.


He served in the U.S. Army as a paramedic and later retired with honors.  He later worked at the Veterans hospital in Waco and in 2013 he relocated to Macon County, GA with his sister, Evangelist Marie Holmes.  Both were reared in the Church of God in Christ where Mr. Clay was a drummer. 

He is survived by Two daughters:  Ms. Phoenicia Bush and Ms. Edwina Clay DeGrate, both of Waco, TX; Three sisters:  Evangelist Marie Holmes, Oglethorpe, GA; Ms. Johnnie Mae Coleman Walker and Ms. Carolyn Cleveland both of Waco, TX; one brother, Charles Clay of Waco, TX and his many loving nieces and nephews and friends.




Deacon James Brown

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Funeral services for Deacon James Brown of Montezuma, Georgia will be Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at Magnolia Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Hosie Waters officiating.

Deacon James Brown was the sixth child born to the late Reverend Lonnie Brown, Sr. and the late Mrs. Annie Ruth Whitfield Brown on August 11, 1956 in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia. James was a 1975 graduate of the historic D.F. Douglass High School. He also graduated from The Fort Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare. James was united in Holy Matrimony to Treny Hall Brown on May 24, 2003, they recently celebrated their twelfth anniversary. They have a host of loving friends, godchildren, to include Miss Kiersten Rogers of Oglethorpe, GA and Miss Alana Dantzler of College Park, GA. They also loved and cherished their faithful pekingese, “Precious”.


Deacon Brown served faithfully on the Deacons’ Ministry of Brown Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and supported every facet of the church. Major Brown retired from the Macon County Sheriff’s Department in 2014 after 32 years of faithful service. He also served as Jail Administrator.


Deacon James Brown departed this life on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the Medical Center Navicent Health of Macon, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his father, Reverend Lonnie Brown, Sr., his mother, Mrs. Annie Ruth Whitfield Brown, a sister, Ruth Ann Jordan, and two brothers, Tyrone Brown and Rev. Lonnie Brown, Jr.


His beautiful life will forever be cherished by his loving and devoted wife, Mrs. Treny Hall Brown of Montezuma, Georgia; siblings: Reverend Bobby J. Brown, Sr. (Flora), Reverend Ruben Brown (Crystal) of Ft. Valley, Georgia, Donald Brown and Teresa Brown Hannor of Oglethorpe, Georgia and Rodney Brown of Montezuma, Georgia; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Brown of Montezuma, Georgia and Loronda Alicia Hall of Americus, Georgia; brother-in-law, Sammie Lee Hall, III (Danielle) of Powder Springs, Georgia; father and mother-in-law, Sammie Lee Hall, Jr. (Emma Ruth) of Buena Vista, Georgia; aunts and uncles: Dollie L. West, David Larry and Willie Thomas of Montezuma, Georgia, Billy Journey (Delores) of Atlanta, Georgia; great aunts: Mary Lizzie Brown of Marshallville, Georgia, Bernice Brown of Miami, Florida and Ophelia Larry of Henderson, Georgia.


James was loving, caring, dedicated and spirit-filled. He will be deeply missed by all who came into contact with him.