January07

Mrs. Jasmine Smith Holmes

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The Funeral Service for Mrs. Jasmine NeKishe Smith-Holmes of Americus, Georgia will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:00 noon at Bethesda Baptist Church, Americus, Georgia. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Jasmine NeKishe Smith-Holmes was born on July 13, 1984 in Americus, Georgia to James Smith and the late Cheryl L. Thomas. She was a 2002 graduate of Americus High School.  She was a former employee of Magnolia Manor Nursing Home and was employed by Home Nursing Incorporated. Jasmine was preceded in death by her sister, Crystal Floyd, nephew, Kentavious Floyd, great-grandmother, Georgia L. Ross Thomas, and grandparents, Henry L. Milner and Betty Thomas.

Left to cherish her memories: husband, Eric Holmes of Americus, Georgia; father, James (Anna) Smith, Americus, Georgia; sister, Michelle Smith, Americus, Georgia; brothers: Dondi (Annie) Durham, Americus, Georgia, Desmend J. (Candace) Hunter, Columbus, Georgia and Corey (Erica) Smith, McDonough, Georgia; aunts: Cassandra Thomas, Sharon Thomas, Gwendolyn Thomas and Gloria Anderson all of Americus, Georgia, Mikita Milner-Hollis of Warner Robins, Georgia and Gwendolyn Smith of Miami, Florida; uncles: Lewis Smith, Ulysses Smith and Major Thomas all of Americus, Georgia; mother-in-law, Fannie (Micheal) Lowery of Americus, Georgia; father-in-law: Pastor Curtis (Teresa) Bishop of Phenix City, Alabama; sisters-in-law: Nicole Mable, Satrina Holmes, Tandriea Boone, all of Americus, Georgia and Curjuanaliekya L.  Bishop of Cordele, Georgia; brother-in-law, Anthony (Sabrina) Fulks of Americus, Georgia; nephews: Simon and Aquavious Brown, Damarion Durham and Dondi Durham, Jr., Corderious Smith and Anthony Fulks, Jr. of Americus, Georgia; niece, Dominique Smith of McDonough, Georgia; grandparents: L.C. Smith and Rosa Green both of Americus, Georgia; god parents: Jerome and Deborah Clayton of Americus, Georgia, a host of other relatives and friends also survive.

 


January05

Mr. Milton Kleckley

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Mr. Milton Kleckley, Sr. was born on May 4, 1964 in Leslie, Georgia to Jessie Mae Kleckley. He was employed at Tape Specialist of Americus, Georgia and Nestle Purina in New York. He passed away on January 1, 2019 in Dunkirk, New York.The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 12:00 at the New Life Holiness Church in Americus, GA. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Tara Bess Kleckley; children: Christopher Waters, Keeuntae Kleckley, Demarcus Bess, Justin Bess, Alexis Bess, Erica Bess, Milton Kleckley, Jr., Quantavious Bess and Tiara Bess; brothers and sisters: Johnny Jordan, Sylvester Jordan, Lee Kleckley, Doris Smith, Doreatha Kleckley and Carolyn Kleckley; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

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January05

Ms. Pamela Ward McKenzie

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The Funeral Service for Ms. Pamela Ward McKenzie of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 207 Norris Street, Montezuma, Georgia with Pastor Joe R. Hairston officiating. 

Pamela Renee Ward-McKenzie was born in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia on September 24, 1961 to the late George Junior Ward and Mary Alice Lewis Ward. Pamela obtained her education through the public school system of Macon County and was a 1979 graduate of Macon County High School.

Following high school, Pamela enlisted in the United States Navy and served her country proudly until she was honorably discharged. On January 5, 2019, Pamela McKenzie departed her earthly life for an eternal life. She was preceded in death by her three sisters Jackie G. Ward, Linda F. Lewis, and Cheryl A. Ward.

She leaves to cherish her memories her four beloved sons: Paul (Felecia) McKenzie, Jr., Preston (Ebony) McKenzie, Printin McKenzie, and Paris McKenzie; eight grandchildren; five siblings: George A. Ward of College Park, Georgia, Kenneth Ward (Beverly) of  Stockbridge, Georgia, Gail Ward of Charleston, South Carolina, Bryan Ward of Montezuma, Georgia and Kathy Mann (Alfonso) of Perry, Georgia; aunts and uncle: Peggy Ann Gibson and Annie Grace Benton of Atlanta Georgia, Elnora Long of Triangle, Virginia, Angela Roberts (Willie Frank) of Warner Robins, Georgia and Cornell Lewis of Montezuma, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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January04

Mr. Alonzo Rivers

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Funeral services for Mr. Alonzo Rivers of Smithville, Georgia will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 12 noon at the Zion Hope Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Green Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Alonzo Rivers was born on November 30, 1966 in Smithville, GA to the parentage of Mr. Eddie Rivers, Sr., who precedes him in death and Mrs. Vera Mae Cutts Rivers.  He is the sixth of seven children.  He attended the Lee County Public School System in Leesburg, Georgia, where he played football and baseball.

As a young child, he participated on various church programs-Sunday School, Easter, Vacation Bible School, etc., at Mount Able (Desoto) and Green Grove Baptist Churches. 

Alonzo’s professional life include job positions at Lippert Components of Americus, GA-Press Operator, McCleskey Mills, Inc. of Smithville, GA-Quality Control, and ConArt Concrete, Inc. of Cobb, GA-Supervisor.  In recent years, he operated his own business, Big Al’s Lawn Care Services and he took deep pride in serving his customers.

Alonzo had a zest for life and enjoyed its many aspects; which included fishing, hunting, watching basketball on television, watching his FAVORITE football team, the DALLAS COWBOYS, and hanging out with his son, Brandon and his brother-in-law, Tony.

On Friday, January 4, 2019, surrounded by family, he transitioned to eternal glory.  Along with his father, he is preceded in death by four siblings, Eddie Mae, Shirley, Eddie Rivers, Jr., and Edna Rivers Walker; Grandparents, Mr. Charlie and Mrs. Palace Cutts and Mr. Ben Rivers and Mrs. Postell Harvey Rivers Bady.

Memories of his life will forever be in the hearts of those whom he leaves behind:  his wife of 18 years, Mrs. Tracy Carter Rivers, Smithville, GA;  son, Mr. Brandon (Haley Nicole) Rivers, Leesburg, GA; mother, Mrs. Vera Cutts Rivers (Robert Baker, Jr.), Smithville, GA; Mother-in-law, Mrs. Annie Rose Carter, Smithville, GA; children: Christopher Milliner, Jr., Atlanta, GA, Jennessa Carter, Smithville, GA, Chakita Milliner Darron Jackson), Atlanta, GA, Keianna Milliner, Smithville, GA, Cashundra Milliner, Smithville, GA, a God grandson, Caiden Hann, one sister, Ms. Vivian Elaine Rivers, Smithville, GA; one brother, Mr. Don (Marva) Rivers, Smithville, GA; AUNTS-Mrs. Mary Lee Cutts French, Smithville; Mrs. Rosie Bell Cutts (Willie) Godbee, Miami, FL; Ms. Elizabeth Cutts, Albany, GA; Mrs. Evelyn Cutts (Rev. Jerry) Iverson, Montgomery, AL; Dr. Delphine Bady McGrady, Smithville, GA; Mrs. Ilean May Bady, Smithville, GA; Mrs. Carrie Lou Jones, Leesburg, GA; Mrs. Addie B. Cutts, Desoto, GA, Ms. Beverly R. Bady, Atlanta, GA, Ms. Cheryl Davis, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Ms. Hattie Proctor, Albany, GA, Ms. Ida Moore, Atlanta, GA, Ms. Betty Parks, Atlanta, GA; UNCLES-Mr. Willie Green Cutts, Desoto, GA; Mr. Douglas Cutts, Mr. Clifford Cutts, Mr. Calvin Cutts, Smithville, GA; Mr. Johnny (Gloria) Cutts, Albany, GA; Mr. Solomon Mack, Sr., Boynton Beach, FL, Mr. Walker Lee Wright, Sr., Miami, FL, Mr. Robert Sheffield, Atlanta, GA; Sisters-in-law-Ms. Wenda Carter, Leesburg, GA, Mrs. Donna Carter Mosley, Smithville, GA, Ms. Gina Carter, Atlanta, GA, Ms. Amy Carter, Graceville, FL; Brothers-in-law-Mr. Johnny Carter, Leesburg, GA, Mr. Patrick Carter, Americus, GA, Mr. Anthony Carter, Smithville, GA, Mr. Christopher Carter, Des Moines, Iowa, Mr. Drze Walker, Smithville, GA; a devoted nephew, Roquez Baker, Sr., Smithville, GA; and an adopted sister, Mrs. Theresa “Keke” Goodin Myrick, Smithville, GA.

Additional survivors include a plethora of nieces, nephews, cousins, former co-workers, friends, and his favorite question, “ARE YOU SERIOUS”!!!?

 


January02

Mrs. Mattie Lee Griffin

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The Funeral Service for Mrs. Mattie Lee Mathis Griffin will be held Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 2:00 at St. John AME Church in Plains, Georgia. Burial will follow in the Preston Cemetery.

Mrs. Mattie Lee Mathis Griffin was born on June 6, 1944 to the late Mrs. Minnie Lee Sims and the late Mr. Mannie Mathis. She departed this life on January 2, 2019 at her residence.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Annie Ruth Mathis and James Author Mathis; step-children: Kelvin Smith and Robert Griffin, Jr.; grandchildren: Benni Sims, Basheika Sims, Adnana Lincoln and Carlteria Lincoln; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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January02

Mr. Anthony Floyd Deriso, II

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The funeral service for Mr. Anthony Floyd Deriso II of Plains, GA will be held on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Lebanon Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Greater New Lebanon Cemetery.

Anthony Floyd Deriso, II was born in Portsmouth, VA on April 17, 1990 to Anthony Floyd Deriso and Eula Faye Deriso. Anthony was better known to his family and friends as “Tony D”. He was educated in the Sumter County School System and graduated from Americus-Sumter County High School in 2009. He furthered his education at South Georgia Technical College in Americus, GA where he was enrolled in the Welding Program. He was employed at the Williams Peanut Farm in Plains, GA.

Tony believed in Jesus Christ and attended Greater New Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church and later moved his membership to Freedom Harvest Worship Center in Leslie, GA. He was preceded in death by his late grandfather Dennis Melton, sister Nikita “Kitty” Deriso, and aunt Shamona Davis. God called his angel, Tony home Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA. Tony was an all around lovable and admirable person.  He loved sports and was a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Chicago Bulls .

Memories of his life will forever be cherished in the lives of his loving and devoted parents:  Anthony and Eula Deriso of Plains, GA; grandparents:  Emma Lundy (Calvin) of Plains, GA; Floyd and Pastor Georgia Deriso of  DeSoto, GA;  one brother, Tre’von Dodson of Americus, GA; one sister, Shavon (LaNorris) Sawyer of Atlanta, GA; three uncles: Ervin (Keisha) Melton of Dublin, GA, Eric (Kenyatta) Deriso of Albany, GA and  Kelsey (Denise) Deriso of Williamsburg, VA; two aunts: LaSondra (late Alfonso) Swain of Americus, GA and Jacqueline (Calvin) King of Americus, GA; one niece, Olivia Sawyer of Atlanta, GA; one nephew, Cason Sawyer of Atlanta, GA; and a host of loving cousins, relatives and friends including three devoted brothers: Kabrian Jackson, Lonnie Goodwin, Jr. and Jacoby Robinson.

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January01

Mr. Gratt Dukes

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The Funeral Service for Gratt Dukes will be held Monday, January 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary, 731 N Lee Street, Americus, Georgia with Minister Willie James Jackson officiating.

Gratt Dukes, affectionately known as Buck, was born on October 3, 1941 in Hepzibah, Georgia. Gratt was reared in Broward County, Florida where he spent most of his young adult life. Buck has always been a quiet jokester. He enjoyed being a daring, venturesome person.

 Buck met and married Betty Derico, and to this union three children were born. During his mature adult life, he adventurously migrated to New Jersey where he stayed until his visit to Georgia in 2005. Upon his visit to Georgia, he encountered life changing experiences and decided to make Georgia his permanent residence. While living in Georgia, he met a host of new faces who became long-time roommates and friends. The Lord called Buck home on January 1, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gratt and Julia Dukes and his older brother, Mark Dukes.

Gratt has gone, but he’s not forgotten.  Left to mourn his precious life are three children: LaGunita Dukes of Pompano Beach, Florida, LaWarren Dukes (Elizabeth) of Tiffin, Ohio and LaQuesta Samuel (RenDale) of Columbia, South Carolina; eight grandchildren: Emerald, Xavier, LaWarren Jr., Shyanna, Renaya, ShaDaria, Renahje and Sade; five sisters: Mattie Walker of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Annie Rozier of Pompano Beach, Florida, Martha Blue of Lauderhill, Florida, Julia Andrews (William) of Americus, Georgia and Connie Dukes of Atlanta, Georgia; one sister-in-law, Allie Mae Dukes of Sunrise, Florida; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

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December31

Mr. Wayne Tuff

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Wayne Tuff passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018. His life will be celebrated with a Memorial Service to be announced later.

Wayne Lenard Tuff was born to the late Junior Tuff and Mildred H. Tuff in Dade County Florida on November 9,1955. Wayne acquired his education in the public schools of Macon County Georgia and Dade County Florida. He was employed with Parkway General Hospital for a number of years as a Health Care Assistant. On Monday December 31, 2018 Wayne bid his family farewell and quietly entered into eternal rest. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John Andrew Tuff and Norman Vincent Tuff, Sr.

Left to cherish his memories are his siblings: Delois Tuff, Shirley (Willie) Wilson and David Tuff of Miami, Florida, Rose Marie (Marvin) Brown, Keith Tuff and Malcolm Harris of Montezuma, Georgia and Ann (Amos) Keith of Austin, Texas; uncles and aunts; Jessie Bell (James) Spivey of Byromville, Georgia, Zettie Mae Hankerson, Bobby Harrison and Douglas Harrison all of Montezuma, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.


December31

Mr. Arthur Waters

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The funeral service for Mr. Arthur L. Waters of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Kingdom of Heaven Ministries in Americus, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Mountain Creek A.M.E. Cemetery

Arthur L. Waters was born on December 13, 1929 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Ernest Waters, Sr. and the late Lou Jessie Brown. He grew up in Americus, Georgia and graduated from Staley High School. PFC Waters served his country honorably in the United States Army and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After being discharged from the Army, Mr. Waters was employed with Wheatley Construction, Sheffield Hardware and Parkers Heating and Air. Arthur passed away on December 31, 2018 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie Mae Mann who passed away on October 5, 2016.

Arthur leaves to cherish his memories, one daughter, Jacqueline Polk of Americus, Georgia; grandson/son, Kerry Davis of Americus, Georgia; grandchildren: Brandon (Vaccaro) Polk of Waycross, Georgia, Gregory Kentral (Symethia) Polk, Brittany Polk and Raven Polk of Americus, Georgia; a devoted great-granddaughter, BreAsia Polk of /Americus, Georgia; twelve great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Sammy (Florence) Mann of Americus, Georgia; sister-in-law, Mildred Kendrick of Americus, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends also survive.

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December29

Mrs. Ceola Powell Griffin

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The Funeral Service for Mrs. Ceola Powell Griffin of Oglethorpe, Georgia will be held at noon, Thursday, January 3, 2019 at New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow in Oglethorpe City Cemetery.

Mrs. Ceola Powell Griffin, affectionately known as “Pee Wee”, was born on April 18, 1946 in Jeffersonville, Twiggs County, Georgia to the late George Powell, Sr. and Nellie Ford Powell. In her youth, she moved to St. Petersburg, Florida 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, Florida. Later in her teen years, she moved back to Georgia where she attended and graduated from D. F. Douglass High School in Montezuma, Georgia.

At an early age, Ceola joined New Pond Baptist Church in Oglethorpe, Georgia, where she served faithfully until the church closed. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Abraham “Jack” Griffin. In later years, she became a member of From Disgrace to God’s Grace Ministries, where she served faithfully as an usher until her health declined. Ceola was a quiet person who had a kind heart, a sweet, gentle spirit, and a love for children and animals. She loved her dog, Joe.

Ceola Powell Griffin passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Eugene Powell, George Powell, Jr., Toby Powell, John Lee Powell, Sr., Bessie Mae Powell Wiggins, Eveline Hall Hudson, and Mary Frances Powell Clark.

Her beautiful memory will forever be cherished by her husband, Abraham “Jack” Griffin of Oglethorpe, Georgia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Ileva Dean of Atlanta, Georgia, Gloria Davis Powell, Leroy Griffin (LaSonya), Rosa Lee Perkins and Mary Linton of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Fannie Mae Carter (Leroy), Johnny Griffin (Susan), Willie “Jr.” Griffin and Alvin Griffin; a devoted caregiver, Teresa Daniels Corley; host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins,  other relatives and friends.

 

 

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