January18

ZION HOPE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT

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January17

Mr. Jessie Lee Hart

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The funeral service for Mr. Jessie Lee Hart will be Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at 2:00 at Shipp Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Daniel Clinton officiating. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery

Mr. Jessie Lee Hart, affectionately known as "Bone", was born December 28, 1963, in Americus, GA to the late Charles Neal Hart and the late Gladys Hart.  He was the 8th of eleven children.  He was preceded in death by three brothers, Steven Porter, James Porter, and Ronald Hart; a sister, Earnestine Hart; two brothers-in-law, William Kearse and Henry Key. Lee passed away on Friday, January 17, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina.  

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife - Tonya Hart; six stepchildren: Takeita Clark, Ebony Paulk, Trynesa McGarrah, Demetrius McGarrah, Kelvin McGarrah, and Jerard Dantzler; a devoted companion Daphne McNeal; three sisters: Betty Daniels of Fort Valley, Georgia, Judy Key of Americus, Georgia, and Patricia Kearse of Columbia, South Carolina; six brothers: Donald (Phyllis) Hart of Fort Valley, GA, Cleveland (Donnie) Porter, Charles Hart, and Ricky Hart of Americus, GA, Tommy Hart, Atlanta GA, Johnny Hart, Columbia, SC; one sister-in-law, Robin Porter of Columbia, SC, and devoted friend, Mr. Cosmma. A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins and friends including his faithful pet Caesar also survive him.

 

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January17

Mr. Sammy "Jap 20" "Nard" Twenty

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Mr. Sammy Bernard Twenty affectionately known as “Nard” or “Jap 20” was born in Americus, Georgia on July 4, 1976 to the late Mrs. Lorene Small Twenty and the late Mr. Isiah “Head” Twenty. “Nard” passed peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. He was preceded in death by a sister, Tina Twenty and a brother Michael Twenty

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at the Zion Hope Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Israel Cemetery.

Left to cherish his memories are his four sisters: Sandra Twenty, Lorraine Twenty Banks, Peggy Twenty and Coffy Twenty Johnson; two brothers: Eddie Quwenty and Isiah Twenty. Jr. a host of nieces, nephews and friends including a devoted friend Keisha Ingram

 

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January09

Mr. Johnie Davis Ware

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The funeral service for Mr. Johnie Davis Ware of Americus, GA will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at the Mt. Salem Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Hill Cemetery.
 
Mr. Johnie Davis Ware, affectionately called “Cal” or “Brother”, was born in Sumter County, Georgia on January 29, 1946 to the late Ossie Lee Dodson Little and the late Judas Ware. He departed this life on January 9, 2020 at the home of his daughter, Barbara Walton. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ernestine Ware Dice and Johnnie Mae Little and one brother, Willie Clarence Ware.
 
Johnie leaves to cherish his memories one son, John (Bridget) Ware of Port St. Lucie, Florida; two daughters: Barbara Walton of Americus, Georgia and Minister Chantaye (Sylvester) Watson of Grovetown, Georgia; one sister, Marie Thomas of Rochester, New York; three brothers: Milton Little of Americus, Georgia, John (Irene) Little and Melvin (Bertha) Little of Plains, Georgia; seven grandchildren: Javonte (Leila) Watson of West Palm Beach, Florida, Sylvester Watson, Jr. of Grovetown, Georgia, Jade S. Ware of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Tony, John and Anntwonette Walton of Americus, Georgia and Eleanor Asberry of Columbus, Georgia; three great grandchildren: Kalale G. Watson of West Palm Beach, Florida, Quantavious Mathis and Gabriel Tondee of Americus, Georgia; one great-great grandchild, Malayshia Mathis of Americus, Georgia; one goddaughter, Taylor Shade of Boynton Beach, Florida; an aunt, Rosa Mae Bolton of Boynton Beach, Florida; a sister-in-law, Jane Ware of Albany, Georgia; a devoted niece, Geraldine Ware of Americus, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends including devoted friends: Rick Edwards, Christine Gardner and Curtis Solomon of Americus, Georgia and Jamel Williams of Albany, Georgia
 

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January08

Veteran Charlie Harry Varner

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The Funeral Service for Veteran Charlie Harry Varner of Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 12:00 Noon at the Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Georgia.

Charlie H. Varner was born July 27, 1947 in Ellaville, Georgia. He was nurtured by his loving grandparents, the late Mr. George Varner and Mrs. Claudia Varner and his parents, the late Mr. James Hiawatha Ross and Mrs. Mary Varner Ross.

First Class Petty Officer Charlie H. Varner peacefully entered into eternal rest on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Magnolia Manor Nursing Center. A dear one has gone from us; a voice we love is still. A place in our heart is vacant that can nevermore be filled. Charlie was preceded in death by his wife, Minister Gloria Golphin Varner on January 14, 2018.  Siblings, James Ross Jr. and Mary Ross Stephens also preceded him in death.

At an early age Charlie accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was a former member of New Corinth Baptist Church of Ellaville, Georgia. He was educated in the public school system of Schley County where he graduated in 1964 from John Lewis High School. After completing high school, Charlie enlisted in the United States Navy in 1965. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy for more than twenty years. Charlie qualified and was chosen to be part of United States Navy’s Silent Service, Submarine Duty to which he served on fully submerged vessels hundreds of feet underwater for extended time periods; many times as the only African- American submariner.  Charlie persevered and was a credit to his country, the United States Navy and his race.  He served on the USS Pollack (SSN603), the USS Whale (SSN638) and the USS Greenling (SSN614). Charlie received numerous commendations while in the Navy, which included the Meritorious Unit Commendation from USS Pollack (SSN603), Meritorious Unit Commendation from USS Greenling (SSN614), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Good Conduct Award, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Commendation Ribbon, Battle Efficiency Award, Commander Sixth Fleet Letter of Commendation, Navy Expeditionary Award and many other awards during his military career.

After returning to Georgia, he later joined Little Creek Baptist Church of Lilly, Georgia. During retirement Charlie enjoyed cooking delicious meals, attending church, and helping others.  He had a sharp mind, full of wisdom, and offered spiritual encouragement to many people.

Charlie leaves to cherish his memories his children: Minister Jeanettia Varner, Valerie Varner Williams (Ricardo) all of New London, Connecticut and Charlie H. Varner, Jr. (Ann) of Delaware; his sisters: Jackie Ross and  Linda Ross of Americus, Georgia, Patty (Lee) Young of Rockwall, Texas and Sandy Colwell of McDonough, Georgia; brothers-in-law; Willie Golphin (Elma) of Americus, Georgia, Reverend Freddie Golphin of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Lonzia Golphin (Helen) of Americus, Georgia and James E. Golphin of Memphis, Tennessee; a sister-in-law, Janace Golphin Davis (Donnie) of Byron, Georgia; nine grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

 

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January07

Mr. Travis Antwan King

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The funeral service for Mr. Travis Antwan King of Americus, GA will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the Shipp Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Daniel Clinton officiating.

Mr. Travis Antwan King was born on January 21, 1982 in Americus Georgia to the late Nettie King and the late Johnny Clark. He attended school in Americus, Georgia and later attended Turner Job Corps Center where he studied landscaping. He was employed at Factory Direct Marine. Travis died on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Phoebe–Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA.

He is survived by his children: Travis A. King Jr. and Nettie King both of Vienna GA, Kelesia Dowdell and Arianna Dowdell both of Americus, GA; his grandmother, Idella-Smith Clark; four brothers: Robert Avriett of Lakeland GA, Christopher Stone of Warner Robins, GA, Javan Clark of Syracuse, NY and Jamarcus Hill of Montezuma, GA; four nieces: Siniya Josey,  Arriana Avriett, La’miracle Avriett and Ra’netta Avriett all of Americus, GA; one nephew-Cayden Stone of Warner Robins, GA; three aunts: Joann Clark Waymon of Montezuma, GA, Mary (Jeff) Atkins of Jonesboro, GA and Myrtice Johnson of Brooklyn, NY; two uncles, Willie (Robin) Johnson of Americus, GA and Mack Clark, Montezuma GA; A devoted friend Melissa English of Americus GA and a host of other relatives and friends also survive.

 

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January05

Mr Eugene "Gene" Goodin

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The funeral service for Mr. Eugene Goodin of Smithville, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Green Grove Baptist Church in Smithville, Georgia. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Eugene Goodin, known to many as “Gene, “Chief”, “Man”, or “Godfather”, was born in Sumter County, Georgia to the parentage of the late Mr. Willie B. Gooden and the late Mrs. Mae Bertha Sims Gooden. At an early age, he joined Bethlehem Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia.

Eugene was educated in the Falls School System of Sumter County, until he decided to work for the family business selling ice and pulp wood. He learned how to work and fix on cars and decided to open up his own business, where he continued his passion for fixing on vehicles and tending to his collard greens. For many years, he was the owner and operator of Goodins' Phillips 66 and Goodins' Garage, until his health failed. He loved playing checkers, raking his daughters' yards, picking up pecans, telling jokes and motorcycles. In 1962, he was united in holy matrimony to Jeanette Lewis Goodin. They were blessed with three children.

On January 5, 2020, at home with his family, he quietly transitioned to his heavenly home to be with the Lord. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-seven years Mrs. Jeanette Lewis Goodin, son Stanley Goodin, only grandson Jay Goodin, sister Ozzie Bell Terry, and nephew Carlton Cooper.

He leaves to cherish his legacy of memories in the lives of his two devoted daughters: Theresa (Ricky) Myrick and Chatriala "Vonda" Goodin (Willie), both of Smithville, Georgia; two sons: Kelvin Bowens of Tacoma, Washington and Justin Bowens of Tampa, Florida; two granddaughters: Shalnica (Nicholas) French and LaVona "Chantall" Goodin; two great granddaughters: Eiliyah Brown and Jailah French all of Smithville, Georgia; a brother, Willie (Millicent) Gooden of Springfield, Virginia; a sister, Minnie Cooper of Americus, Georgia; two brothers-in-law: Robert Lee Lewis of Atlanta, Georgia and Randolph Lewis of Smithville, Georgia; a sister-in-law, Linda (Charlie) Thomas of Smithville, Georgia; a caring niece, Veronica Terry-Arline of Americus, Georgia; a devoted cousin, Clyde Tullis of Americus, Georgia; family pets: Tiny and Max; a multitude of caring nieces, nephews, cousins, and sorrowing friends.

 

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December13

Mr. Willie James (Wilker) Smith

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The funeral service for Mr. Willie James Smith of Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Allen Chapel AME Church. Burial will follow at the Andersonville National Cemetery. 

Willie James Smith was born in Sumter County, Georgia on June 14, 1934 to the late Mr. Wayman Smith and the late Mrs. Willie Bell Ellis Smith. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County. He was a member of Allen Chapel AME Church where he sang in the choir. He was also a member of the GWF Phillips Lodge number 691. Mr. Smith served his country honorably in the United States Army from 1956 to 1959.  He was employed at Davidson Textron for 30 years.

Mr. Willie James Smith peacefully entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 13, 2019. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mamie Lou Smith and brothers Fred Smith and Sammy Lee Smith.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of forty-nine years, Mrs. Mary Dean Smith; eight children: Ricky (Pamela) Ingram, James F Smith, Deborah (Jerome) Clayton, Kirkland (Doris) Smith, Kenyatta Smith, Bridget Wright all of Americus Georgia, Sandra (Clyde Jr) Lord of Atlanta, Georgia and Martha Jean Allen of New Jersey; four sisters:  Mary Smith, Fannie Smith, Geneva Thompson and Martha (Pacie) Butler; five brothers: Hugh Smith, Thomas (Pauline) Smith, George Smith, Elton (Audrey) Smith and Waymon (Fannie) Smith: fourteen grandchildren: Yameia (Jason), Jalisa, Deneen ( Kendrick), Amanda, Christopher, Khorderrius, Kirlandria, Clyde III, Gabrielle, Kendrica, Justus, Kennedy, Jyrese and Talyor; two great grandchildren: Jayla and Kayla; and a host of nieces including a devoted niece, Linda Smith, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends including a devoted friend Gene Engram. 

 

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December06

Mother Mary Marshall Thomas Rogers

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The Funeral Service for Mother Mary Lee Marshall Thomas Rogers of Rochester, New York will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Shade Arnold Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Mary Lee Marshall Thomas Rogers, daughter of the late Mark J. and Rosa Walters Marshall, was born February 10, 1943 in Macon County, Georgia. She attended Flint River Farms School. She loved to sing in the school chorus, and she was also a majorette because of her love for dance. Her passion, however, was serving people. She was always willing to go the extra mile to help someone.

She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and became a member of The Shade Arnold Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia. She relocated to Rochester, New York in the late 1960s after her marriage to the late Johnnie Mose Thomas. She later married the late Willie Buck Rogers in 1985, which ended in divorce in 2003.

Between 1977 and 2005, Mary worked and achieved many accomplishments. Her work history included: General Motors – Delphi, housekeeper at Strong Memorial Hospital, Nursing Assistant at Monroe Community Hospital, Westgate Nursing Home and Brightonian Nursing Home. From 2002 to 2006, she served as an Outreach Volunteer Worker through the Missionary and Ministers Food Bank with the Drug and Alcohol Outreach Center. Mary was honored with a retirement celebration in July, 2005 at the Wishing Well.

Mary was also a faithful member of several churches in the Rochester area including: Friendship Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, The Adams Street Church of God by Faith, and most recently, The House of God. She was an individual who never met a stranger and could relate to anyone. Whenever you met her, no matter what the occasion, the conversation would quickly turn to focus on the goodness of the Lord and how much she appreciated the Lord’s presence in her life. With Mary, you could always find a listening ear, an encouraging word from the Scriptures, and a song to cheer you on your way.

Mother Mary L. Rogers went to be with the Lord on December 6, 2019. She leaves to cherish her memory: one son, Emmitt James (Cecila) Marshall of Stockbridge, Georgia; one daughter, Stephanie Elaine Thomas; one grandson, Steven Antwan (Juana) Marshall; one great-granddaughter, Sanaa Alyce Ajahea Marshall; one great-great-granddaughter, Zola Marshall all of Rochester, New York; two brothers: Deacon Charlie J. (Barbara Jean) Marshall of Montezuma, Georgia and Willie J. Marshall of Rochester, New York; two sisters, Betty J. (Roosevelt) Fields and Evangelist Barbara D. Law of Montezuma, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, church family and friends.

 

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November19

Mrs. Mary Jane Tookes

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The Funeral Service for Mrs. Mary Jane Tookes of Montezuma, Georgia will be held Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow in New Hope Cemetery. 

Mary Jane Tookes, affectionately called “Gladys” was born March 16, 1939 in Macon County, Georgia to the parentage of the late Henry Thornton and Emma Ball Daniel. Later in life she was called Madea by her children and grandchildren. Mary Jane accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and joined New Hope Baptist Church at an early age. She was educated in the public school system of Macon County. She attended the Historic Flint River Farm School.

On April 5, 1959, Mary Jane was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Rufus Tookes. This union was blessed with six children. This God-fearing woman was the epitome of a housewife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and caregiver. On Tuesday morning, November 19, 2019, God lifted her from all her ailments, pains and sorrows and granted her eternal rest. She worked overtime in this life and has now entered a long awaited rest. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Tookes; two children, Melvin Thornton and Linda Ruth Tookes; and four siblings: Floyd Cosby, Iris Snipes, Evelyn Nobles and Deffie Harris.

Those who will cherish her memory by following her precepts and examples, yet rejoicing in her purposeful life are her devoted children: Reverend Leon Humphries (Christine) of Atlanta, Georgia, Shirley Felton, Brenda Rumph (Darryl) both of Montezuma, Georgia and Ruth Anne T. Joiner of Warner Robins, Georgia; one brother, Eddie C. Thornton of Montezuma, Georgia; twelve grandchildren: Leon Nicholas Humphries, Justin Humphries, William Felton, Jr., Cabretta Lethe Felton, Marcus Brown, JaKera Rumph, Ladaisha Rumph, Darryl Rumph, Jr., Clarence Joiner, Jr. (her special grandson who she reared as her own child), Jonathan Bernard Joiner, Sr., Arsenio Lewade Joiner and Shelby Melinda Joiner; eighteen great grandchildren; two devoted goddaughters: Sandra Freeman and Jeneverlyn Tookes; brother-in-law, Eddie C. Snipes; sisters-in-law, Lillie Bell Thornton and  Bessie Barnes; a devoted friend, Roosevelt Moore; host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.