February21

Ms. Cora Benefield

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February17

Mr. Lynwood Kleckley Williams

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February15

Ms. Cora Lee Benefield

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February11

Mrs. Iona Felton Lowe

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Funeral services for Mrs. Iona Felton Lowe of Montezuma, Georgia will be held Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant/Travelers’ Rest CME Church located on Norris Street in Montezuma, Georgia. Burial will follow at Andersonville National Cemetery.

Iona Marie Felton Lowe was born on April 15, 1936 to the late Mae Lillie Howard Felton and the late Charlie Spunk Felton. She grew up in Montezuma and graduated from Macon County Training School. She was employed as a school crossing guard for the Montezuma Police Department. She had the honor of being the first black female to serve on the Montezuma Police Department.

Mrs. Iona Lowe departed this life on Sunday, February 11, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Lowe, Jr. and her only daughter, Lena Dianne Lowe Stanton.

Cherished memories are left in the hearts of her granddaughter, Crystal (Willie Goggins) Stanton who she reared as her own; two great-grandchildren: Ty’Quavous and Ja’Terrance; her siblings: Ophelia Stewart of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Nettie Ashman and Lucretia Mason both of Montezuma, Georgia and Charles Felton of Miami, Florida; a devoted sister-in-law, Sarah (Harrison) Nash of Tampa, Florida; a devoted nephew, Samuel Stewart; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many sorrowing friends.

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February02

Mrs. Lillian June Hooks - Johnson

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Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian June Hooks-Johnson of Brooklyn, New York will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church 8620 GA Hwy 26E, Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Gail Haliburton officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Lillian June Hooks-Johnson, affectionately known as June, daughter of the late John W. Dixon and Evelyn Bell-Dixon was born January 7, 1935 in Oglethorpe, Georgia. She was the eldest of nine children. She attended Garden Valley Elementary School in Macon County and Reynolds High School in Taylor County. She attended Rocky Mount Methodist Church with her father and Corinth Baptist Church with her mother. At an early age, she showed resilience and strength by being the first woman to work in her father’s field as a truck driver transporting cotton to the gin.

On June 7, 1953, she married the late Deacon Charles Hooks. From this union, they were blessed with Reverend Gail Halliburton, Terri Hunter, Franshayla Hooks and Timothy Hooks. Shortly after getting married, she migrated to New York with her late husband and friends, Deacon Charles Hooks, Louis Bryant and Reverend Willie R. Bryant.

In 1964, they joined the Little Zion Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Reverend G.B. Crawley, then later from 1977 to 1999 under the leadership of the late Reverend Dr. Willie R. Bryant. Her roles in ministry included: membership in the Gospel Chorus, Deaconess Board and the Building Fund Committee.

After graduating, she pursued her career as a nurse. She worked as a LPN at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. She later received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Medgar Evers College. After becoming a RN, she worked at numerous hospitals and facilities throughout the Brooklyn and Queens area. She retired from V.A. Hospital in St. Albans, Queens. Caring for others was her passion. She showed this by helping to raise her nieces and nephews.

In 1999, she married the late Reverend Jesse O. Johnson, pastor of the Mount Sion Baptist Church. She served as First Lady and on the Deaconess Board. From this union, she was blessed with six more children, two of which she helped raise: Keisha Ricketts and Shannon Johnson.

Lillian will always be remembered as a feisty, sassy diva. She was a dedicated, loving wife and mother. She would help anyone and everyone who had been in need at one time or another. Her doors were opened 24/7 to anyone in need.  She enjoyed shopping at her favorite stores, buying her infamous church hats, and getting her hair and nails done. She was one of a kind.

Cherished memories are left in the hearts of her children: Reverend Gail (Henry) Halliburton, Terri (Andre) Hunter, Keisha (Ricardo) Ricketts, Franshayla Hooks, Timothy Hooks and Shannon Johnson; four grandsons: Kaalen and Khaalid Jackson, Branden McLaughlin, Jr., and Zachary Ricketts; one granddaughter, Wynter Worthy; five godchildren: Jacqueline Lamb, Takia VanAllen and Bernard (Cynthia) Lewis and their children: Bernie, Tiffany and Daniel; three sisters: Nancy Jones, Grace Flowers and Janet Dixon; four brothers: Ernest (Verna) Dixon, Charlie Roy (Angela) Dixon and John Westly (Ruth) Dixon; a host of loving nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and caring friends.