April29

Ms. Verna Hollis

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Funeral services for Ms. Verna Hollis of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary with Rev. Joseph Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Miss Verna Hollis was born in Sumter County, Georgia on July 9, 1948 to the late Cleve Hollis and the late Rosa Lee Carter.

During the Civil Rights Movement in Southwest Georgia in 1963, Miss Hollis was arrested along with a group of other young girls and spent 45 days in the Leesburg Stockade. Those girls later became known as The Leesburg Stockade Girls and the Lost Girls of Sumter County.  As an adult she worked at King’s Restaurant and did housekeeping for about fifteen years until she became disabled. God called her home on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia

Miss Hollis will lovingly be remembered by her son Joseph Jones II, a U.S. Military Veteran. Joseph has five daughters and three sons: Christopher Jones and wife Triteasha, Kimberly and her two lovely sons, Ambrosia Jones and her lovely daughter, Cynthia Angrish and her lovely daughter, Broderick Jones and his lovely daughter, Taqwan McCrary, Verlencia Jones and Shekierria Jones and five beautiful great grandchildren. Miss Hollis also has two brothers and one sister: Charles Edward Hollis and his two sons and two daughters: Clifford Washington III and his wife, Sandra Lee Washington and her son and daughter. Sandra lost a lovely little girl early in life.

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April19

Mrs. Thelma Kaigler

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Funeral services for Mrs. Thelma Leary Kaigler of Warner Robins, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dooling, Georgia with Pastor Jerry Sanders officiating. Interment will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Mrs. Thelma Leary Kaigler was born in Dooly County, Georgia on August 5, 1932 to the late Raymond and Jessie Mae Candale Leary. She was married to Eli Kaigler on December 27, 1947. She was educated in the public school system of Dooly County, Georgia. At an early age, she joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church where she later became a devoted member of the usher board until her untimely accident. She worked at the Southern Frozen Foods Company in Montezuma, Georgia, for many years.

Thelma loved entertaining and cooking her famous fried chicken along with several sides and desserts. She always had pots and pans on the stove and was more than happy to feed anyone that stopped by. Not only did she share her home and food with others, but she shared her infectious laugh and smile. When she wasn’t entertaining family and friends, in her spare time, she also enjoyed fishing with her sister-in-law, Clara Bell Leary, her cousin-in-law, Bertha Fobbs, and her daughter’s mother-in-law, Sallie Mary McKenzie.

Thelma Leary Kaigler departed this life on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eli Kaigler; her daughter, Betty Jean Kaigler; her brothers, Morgan Leary, Walter Leary, Willie Leary, Rayfield Leary, and Calvin Leary.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Mollie Kaigler McKenzie of Warner Robins, Georgia; three grandchildren: Therman McKenzie Jr. (Monica) of McDonough, Georgia, Carmisha Deniece Ramsey (Macon) of Greer, South Carolina, and Christopher Bernard McKenzie of McDonough, Georgia; three greatgrandchildren: Madison Deniece McKenzie and Taylor Renee McKenzie both of McDonough, Georgia , and Marleigh Grace Ramsey of Greer, South Carolina; five brothers: N.C. Leary, A.C. Leary and Leroy Leary all of Montezuma, Georgia, Johnny B. Leary (Sandra) and Jerry Leary (Mary)both of Riverdale, Georgia; three sisters: Pastor Jessie Mae Leary Snipes of Atlanta, Georgia, Esther Leary Wiggins (James) of Columbus, Georgia, and Rosie Lee Leary Briley of Montezuma, Georgia; one sister-n-law, Clara Bell Leary of Warner Robins, Georgia; one uncle, Charlie Everett of Atlanta, Georgia; her first cousins, Irene Haugabrook of Miami Florida and Caroline Walker of Macon, Georgia; devoted nieces: Marilyn Rogers of Montezuma, Georgia and Stephanie Deshell Leary of Warner Robins, Georgia; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and many sorrowing friends.

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April16

Mr. Willie "Willrock" Simpson, Jr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Willie Simpson, Jr. of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the St. Paul Baptist Church in Marshallville, Georgia with Pastor Jerome Glover officiating.

 Mr. Willie Frank Simpson, Jr. was born in Montezuma, Georgia on April 30, 1972 to Gladys Strong Simpson and Willie Frank Simpson, Sr. He grew up in Montezuma and attended the public schools of Macon County.  For several years he was employed at Tyson and Southern Frozen Foods. His most recent place of employment was Easterlin Pecan Company in Montezuma, Georgia.

“Willrock” as he was affectionately called, departed this life on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his brother Rosby Simpson and his grandparents: Sweet Lee Strong, Blannie Ridley and Willie C. Strong.

 He leaves many memories to be cherished by his mother Gladys Simpson of Montezuma, Georgia; two sons: Victor Rockmore (Jemika) of Perry, Georgia and Devontay Thornton of Oglethorpe, Georgia; siblings: Cassandra Simpson (Prelvis) of Montezuma, Georgia, Chaquita Simpson, Angela Austin, Jermane Haynes, Rodney Simpson of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Victoria Simpson of Columbus, Georgia; aunts and uncles: Vencie Strong and Willie Ruth Tennett (Paul) of Montezuma, Georgia, Georgia Barrett, Tommy Strong (Crosby), Sammy Strong (Beverly) and Marvin Strong of Atlanta, Georgia, Bessie Ridley, Lorene Ridley and Geraldine Ridley of Perry, Georgia, Fletcher Ridley (Rose) of Warner Robins, Georgia and John Ridley of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; niece and nephew: Paris Simpson and Travis Collier; a host of cousins and friends.

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April11

Ms. Queen Bowens

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Funeral services for Ms. Queen Easter Bowens of Americus, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Eastview Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Ashby Street in Americus, Georgia with Pastor Alex Todd, Eulogist.

Ms. Queen Easter Bowens affectionately known as “Nikki” was born on December 4, 1963 in Americus, Georgia to the late Mary Bowens and the late Eli Stewart.  She was employed for several years with Captain D’s in Americus, Georgia. On October 30, 2012 she successfully completed the Bible Prophecy Adventure Revelations Seminar under the leadership of Pastor E.A. Ennis.  “Nikki departed this life on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center.

Left to cherish her memories are her fiancée Jerryel Battle of Americus, Georgia; her grandmother, Mattie Bowens of Hartford, CT; eight aunts: Rosa (Horace) Smith of Bainbridge, GA, Ethel (Joe) Calloway, Caroline (Lawrence) Ruffin all of Americus, GA, Faye Bowens and Gaye (Prince) Parker all of Hartford, CT, Ruby Bush of Deerfield, FL, Queen Thurston of Deerfield, FL and Geraldine Livingston of North, SC; seven uncles: Paul (Joyce) West, Eddie (Shirley) West and McArthur (Jackie) West all of Hartford, CT, Johnny West of Virginia, Charles Stewart of Fort Lauderdale, FL, James Stewart of Pompano, FL and Melvin Burton of Nottingham way, NJ; two God-sisters: Ida Lampkins and Wanda Nelson both of Americus, GA; several other relatives and friends also survive.

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April06

Mr. Clifford Tommie

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Funeral services for Mr. Clifford Tommie of Americus, Georgia will be held Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at Antioch Baptist Church, Americus, Georgia with Rev William Laster officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Clifford Tommie, son of the late Clayton Jones and the late Lauzie Lee Tommie was born August 5, 1942 in Plains, Georgia. Mr. Tommie passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his sister, May Lee Smith, his brother Wilbert Jones and his son, Wesley Floyd.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of fifty-four years, Mattie Mae Tommie of Americus, GA; two brothers: Clayton (Gayla) Jones of Lantana, FL and Charles Jones of Fort Lauderdale, FL; three daughters: Vernice Smith of Eastman, GA, Leila (Clarence) Smith of Americus, GA and Alethea (Myron) Mitchell of Leslie, GA; four sons: Clifford (Gloria) Tommie, Jr. of Americus, GA, Kenneth Tommie of Dublin, GA Marvin Floyd of Americus, GA and Alvin (Sharon) Floyd of Jacksonville, FL,; twenty-three grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren; a host of cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
 

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April05

Mr. Oscar Trice

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Funeral services for Mr. Oscar Trice of Americus, Georgia will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Americus with Rev George Edge officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Mr. Oscar Trice, son of the late Henry Louis Trice, Sr. and Mrs. Irene Grant Trice, was born June 5, 1948 in Sumter County, Georgia.  

Oscar was educated in the Sumter County Public School System.  One of his greatest joys was being with his family and friends.  On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, God called Oscar to his heavenly home.  Preceding him in death were his grandparents Hilton Grant, Fronnie Grant, Ace Trice, and Rachel Trice; his brothers, Willie Trice and Henry Louis Trice, Jr.  

Left to cherish his memories are his sisters, Annie Barnes, Sarah Smith, Diane (Charles) Mathis and Patsy (Gray) Robinson, all of Americus, Georgia;, Rachel Trice, Columbus, Georgia, and Geraldine Jackson, Hartford, Connecticut; his brothers, James Trice and Albert (Jeanette) Trice, both of Americus, Georgia; a host of nieces and nephews, including a devoted niece and caregiver, Sherrie Trice; his caregiver, Melissa Banks; and special friend Melanie Carter.

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April03

Mr. Edwin "Eggie" Walker, Sr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Edwin Jerome Walker, Sr. affectionately known as “Eggie” will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Magnolia Baptist Church with Rev. Hosie Waters officiating.

Edwin Jerome Walker was born February 6¸ 1953 to the late George Walker and the late Kadessa Walker. “Eggie”, as he was affectionately called, was educated in the public school system of Macon County where he attended D.F. Douglass High School, Montezuma, Georgia. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and became a member of Magnolia Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Hosie Waters.

On December 30, 1971, Edwin J. Walker and Wynelle Tookes turned their high school courtship into marriage. This union was blessed with four beautiful children. One son, Carlos Walker preceded him in death. Eggie departed this life Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Navicent Health Medical Center, Macon, Georgia. He was also preceded in death by his sister Joanne Paul.

His beautiful life will lovingly be cherished by his wife of forty-five years, Wynelle Tookes Walker of Oglethorpe, GA; his children: Teresa Hardison of Jonesboro, GA, Gimekia Powell Dunlalp (Gregory) of Jacksonville, FL, Edward Jerome Walker, Jr. of Jonesboro, GA, Karen Walker of Oglethorpe, GA, Rodney Pernell Walker of Union City, GA, Christopher Jerome Walker of CA, NuCurry Williams, Martin Jerome Walker and Katrina Walker of Macon, GA; his step-children: Derrick Walker of Charlotte, NC, Shamekia Davis of Perry, GA, Portia Walker, Bonnie Hunter and Julie Worley  of Montezuma, GA; sisters: Gloria Jean Coleman of Largo, FL, Onita McDonald (Ernest) of Oglethorpe, GA and Carolyn Walker of Largo, FL; brothers: George Walker, Jr. of Montezuma, GA, Robert Walker (Lavern) of Oglethorpe, GA, Timothy Walker (Catherine) of Marshallville, GA, Michael Walker and John Thomas Walker (Sara) of Montezuma, GA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Annie (George) Hayes of Atlanta, GA, Henry (Annie) Tookes of Montezuma, GA and Custer Tookes of Oglethorpe, GA; devoted daughter-in-law, Carol Polly Walker; forty-five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; the mother of the family, Ola Mae Sparks; special friends: George Rumph, Larry Coates, Eric Chastine and Chris Riley; faithful caregiver,  Derita Solomon; a host of nieces and nephews, other loving relatives and friends.

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April02

Mr. Thomas Mack "Nunk"

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Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Edward Mack of Americus, Georgia will be Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. George F. Monts officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

His Humble Beginning
Thomas Edward Mack, (better known as Nunk) was born January 30, 1952 in the countryside of Smithville, GA. Thomas was one of seven children born to Annie Mae Mack and Fletcher Mack.
 
His Education/Schooling
Thomas received his early education in Sumter County Public Schools and later attended Roosevelt Institute in Warm Springs, GA where he received training in Tailoring men clothes.
 
His Work
In his early years, Thomas worked on the farm. He later worked as a Tailor, designing and making beautiful men and women clothing. Lastly he followed his passion for carpentry and home remodeling where he was constantly called upon to help many homeowners complete home remodeling and needed repairs which he did until his health failed.
 
His Spirituality
In his early years, Thomas was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Smithville, GA.  After relocating to Americus, he joined United Holiness Church where he was Baptized and served the church by singing with the choir. For many years, Thomas knew that he was out of the Ark of safety however when his health begin to fail, he realized that he needed the Lord so he rededicated his life to Christ and while in Lillian Carter Nursing Home, he was Baptized again by his cousin and best friend, Overseer, Benny Clark.
 
His Departure From This Life
Thomas departed this life Sunday, April 2, 2017. He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted mother, Annie Mae Mack; his daughter Monica Pope, Grandchildren, Mychal Snipes and Jasmine Pope, Four Sisters: Ozie Wlbon (Henry) Rose Sims Mose (John) Mamie Riley, Geraldine Solomon (George), 4 Grandchildren, 13 nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Preceded him in death, was his father, Fletcher Mack, brothers, Calonia Lee Mack and Fletcher Mack Jr., and Granddaughter Raven Simone Pope.

 

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March29

Mr. George Angry "Chicken George"

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Funeral services for Mr. George E. Angry of Americus, GA. will be held on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Zion Hope Baptist Church with Rev. George F. Monts officiating.

Mr. George Angry affectionately known as “Chicken George” was born May 19, 1959 in Dawson GA. to the late Charlie and Ruth Angry. He was educated in the Sumter County School System. George worked for the City of Americus for 20 years and West Mortuary for 8 years.  He enjoyed being under the “Big Tree” hanging with his buddies. He also loved to fish and dance.  George was loved by many but on Wednesday 29, 2017, God decided he needed him more. He passed peacefully at home surrounded his lovely family. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Charlie Angry Jr. and Willie C. Angry.

He leaves to mourn his passing three brothers: Mr. Johnny Angry, Mr. Sanford Angry (Dorothy) both of Americus, GA and Mr. Jessie (Elaine) Angry of Smithville, GA; three sisters: Mrs. Ruth (Henry) Perry, Ms. Thelma Brantley and Ms. Imogene Angry all of Americus, GA; one uncle, Mr. William Green of Americus, GA; six Aunts: Ms. Mary Green, Ms. Lillie Mae Merritt of Americus, GA, Ms. Callie Mae Williams of Sumter City, Ms. Mary Lynn Rumph of Boynton Beach, FL. Ms. Burtha Mae Evans and Ms. Catherine Green both of Miami, FL; 14 nephews and 10 nieces. A host of great nieces, great nephews, 1 great great nephew, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive. 8 devoted friends; Freddy Bishop, Johnny B. Thomas, Tina, Phillip Reynolds, Johnny Lyles, Chester Hayes, Reginald Mathis and Alma Jackson.

 

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March27

Ms. Alma White

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Funeral services for Ms. Alma White of Americus, Georgia will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church with Pastor Curtis Frazier officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

 

Ms. Alma White, affectionately known as “Dunnie” to those who loved her, was born May 27, 1934 to the late Charles and Tassie Lee White.  At an early age she joined Friendship Baptist Church in DeSoto, GA.  She lived a great portion of her adult life in Detroit Michigan surrounded by family.  She later moved to Americus, GA to become a faithful caregiver for her oldest sister whom she preceded in death.  She took care of Ozella until her own health failed.  She was a quiet peaceful spirit with a big heart for her family.  On March 27, 2017 God needed an Angel and he called her home.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Mr. Virgil White and Mr. Curtis White; one sister, Mrs. Margaret (Johnny) Mercer.

 

She leaves to mourn her passing two sisters, Ms. Ozella (Belle) White and Mrs. Leila Mae White Josey, Americus, GA; devoted nieces, Ms. Deborah Josey Burks, Byron, GA, Mrs. Alice (Eddie) Mercer, and Mrs. Brenda (Allison) Harris, Americus, GA; devoted nephews, Mr. Clarence Josey III, Mr. Ronald Josey, Mr. Ernest Josey, Mr. Johnny Josey, Mr. Johnny Mercer, Jr., Mr. Darryl Mercer, and Mr. Michael Mercer; devoted cousins whom she loved like sisters, Ms. Leila-Clifford Meadows, Cusseta, GA, Ms. Estella Meadows Campbell, Detroit Michigan and Ms. Ozella (Maximo) Cobb, Columbus, GA; great nieces: Mrs. Amber (Tavares) Caldwell, Ms. Leila-Chassity Jones, Ms. Rayven Josey Burks; Ms. LaToya Raven Williams, Ms. Alyson Janee Harris; Ms. Marquita Clark; Ms. Erica Mercer; Ms. Michala Mercer; great nephews: Mr. Christopher Raven, Mr. Arthur Raven, Mr. Eddie Mercer, Jr., Mr. Darrell Mercer, Jr., Mr. Nicholas Mercer and Mr. Johnny Mercer III; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins