December27

Mr. Charles Richard Phillips

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The Funeral Service for Mr. Charles Richard Phillips of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Union Baptist Church, 207 Norris Street, Montezuma, Georgia.

Mr. Charles Richard Phillips was born on May 5, 1935 to the late Charlie Richard Phillips, Sr. and Carrie Louise Hicks Williams in Montezuma, Georgia. He grew up in Montezuma and attended the public schools of the county. He later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and furthered his education. In 1952 he enlisted in the United States Army and served his country faithfully. In 1980 he was employed by the Cincinnati, Ohio Police Department and Cincinnati Metro Transit System. After retiring, Charles moved back to Montezuma, Georgia and was employed by Southwest Georgia Transportation Company in Americus, Georgia.

On July 21, 1997, he married the love of his life, Mrs. Dollie B. Phillips. They shared twenty-one years of happiness together. Charles departed this earthly life on December 27, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Carolyn Mentlow and Jimmy Phillips.

Charles leaves cherished memories with his devoted wife, Dollie B. Phillips of Montezuma, Georgia; two brothers: Richard (Shonda) Phillips of Montezuma, Georgia and Michael (Jolie) Williams of Cincinnati, Ohio; three daughters: Carole (Maurice) Jarman, Cheryl (Andrew) Rodgers and Charlotte (Jullian) Robinson of Cincinnati, Ohio; one son, Charleston (Tameka) Brown of Warner Robins, Georgia; one step-daughter, Shanta Brown of Montezuma, Georgia; one step-son, Minister Morreo (First Lady Keysha) Greene of Warner Robins, Georgia; devoted brother-in-law, Emmitt (Nora) Brown of Butler, Georgia; brother-in-law, Darnell Brown; sisters-in-law: Margaret (Travis) Skinner and Lorine Brown of Montezuma, Georgia; twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-six great grands, four great great-grands, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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December25

Mr. Elmo James, Sr.

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The Funeral Service for Mr. Elmo James, Sr. will be conducted on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at New Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Byromville, Georgia with Pastor Johnny Dean officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. A Wake Service will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at West’s Mortuary in Montezuma, Georgia beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Mr. Elmo James, Sr. was born July 20, 1919, to the late Mr. & Mrs. Willie and Cheffie James. He was the eighth child of fourteen siblings, (Herbert, Alberta, Eddie Mack, Oscar, Willie Jr, Verna, Lucile, Mattie, Leroy, Roosevelt, Tehart, Lynmore, and Morris James), all preceded him in death except Leroy and Lynmore James. He was married to Edith Mainor on December 25, 1941, who preceded him in death on February 15, 1986. Together they raised eight lovely children, four girls and four boys.

Mr. Elmo attended Little Poplar Springs Elementary School, Byromville, Georgia. His favorite pastime was skipping school to go fishing and hanging out with his best friend “Pumpy”. He became a Christian early in his childhood life. He joined The Little Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Byromville, Georgia, where he was a very active member. Later he moved his membership to New Poplar Springs Baptist Church, where he was an active member in building the church. He was ordained a deacon and served as the treasurer of the deacon board. He was president of the choir.  His love for the old spiritual songs inspired him to participate in the choir during church services.

He was a successful farmer and entrepreneur.  His love for people led him to establish a successful peddling business selling his own home grown vegetables in the Montezuma community every Saturday. His motto was “Feed the People” and he was often referred to as “The Vegetable Man”.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his eight children and their spouses: Marlene and Ray Glaze, Calvin and Anita James, Aaron James, Elmo Jr. and Jackie James, all of Stockbridge, GA, Shirley and Aytch Stanton Chaney of Lawrenceville, GA, Mildred and William Wright, Jr. of Plano, TX, Eloris James of Fairfax, VA, Howard and Cassandra James of Montezuma, GA; two brothers: Leroy and Shirley  James and Lynmore and Faye James of Montezuma, GA.  Included in his legacy are 24 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 1 great, great granddaughter, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

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December20

Infant Ryan Terrell Harris

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The Graveside Service for Infant Ryan Terrell Harris will be held on Monday, December 24, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. in Babyland at the Eastview Cemetery with Bishop Walter Carter officiating

Ryan Terrell Harris the infant son of Shaunya Harris and Reginald Oliver was born on Tuesday December 18, 2018 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, GA. On Thursday December 20, 2018 the Lord decided to remove all of his pain and take him home with Him. He is preceded in death by his grandfather Thomas Harris.

Ryan is survived by his parents: Shaunya Harris and Reginald Oliver Jr.; brothers and sisters: Riley Harris, Raikwan Oliver, Ka’Maya Oliver, Dearon Oliver, Ariel Oliver, and Juwan Hubbard; grandparents: Wandrea Harris, Cornelia Oliver and Reginald Oliver, Sr.;  great grandmother: Charlie Mae Hill; aunts and uncles: Garrick Rhyme, Destinee Hill, Kenyonia (Jabarri) Fish and Terrell Oliver; devoted aunt and uncle, Cedric and Tiffanie Mathis; a host of cousins and other relatives also survive.

 


November21

Ms. Dawn Shanice Hobdy

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Dawn Shanice “Nicey” Hobdy, age 49, of Americus Georgia passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia. A Memorial Service will be held for Dawn at a later date and will be announced by West’s Mortuary.

Dawn Shanice Hobdy was born on October 4, 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida to Ruby Merritt and the late Bernard Jordan. She was preceded in death by her father, Bernard Jordan and a son, Brian Christopher Hobdy.

 Her beautiful life will be forever cherished by her mother, Ruby (Johnny) Merritt of Americus, Georgia; her daughters: Angela Denae’ Jordan and Brittany Shambreka Hobdy of Americus, Georgia; sons: Devin Bernard (Jasmine) Hobdy of Jacksonville, Florida and Kevin Lamar (Aja) Hobdy of San Diego, California; grandchildren: Cassidy Leah Hobdy and Kaleigh Marie Hobdy of San Diego, California, Hailey Fierra Wilson of Americus, Georgia, Kevin Lamar Hobdy, Jr. and Kameron Michael Hobdy of San Diego, California and Devin Bernard Hobdy, Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida; her sisters: Donna Marie Hobdy of Jacksonville, Florida, Pamela Harvey and Kimberly Merritt of Americus, Georgia; grandparents: Robert and Ruby Hobdy of Jacksonville, Florida; aunts: Robin Martin, Janice Harmon and LaRose Tunsil of Jacksonville, Florida; uncle, Bernard Hobdy of Jacksonville, Florida; a host of great uncles, great aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


November21

Mr. Willie James "Flea" Harp

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The Funeral Service for Mr. Willie James Harp of Oglethorpe, Georgia will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Wayne Fowler officiating. Interment will follow in Oglethorpe City Cemetery.

On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, God embraced Mr. Willie James Harp of Oglethorpe, Georgia as he transitioned from labor to reward at the Houston Medical Center, Warner Robins, Georgia. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Carrie Bell Harp and Bertha Mae Williams. 

 Mr. Willie James Harp was born on July 17, 1949 to the late Ernest Harp, Sr. and Della Mae Smith Harp. Willie was educated in the Macon County public school system. He worked with Fletchers Farm for years, and in 2018, retired from William Brown Farms as an equipment operator. “Flea”, as he was affectionately called, was a dedicated worker. He was known as the dancing machine, and he always had a friendly smile. In 1987, he was united in holy matrimony to Mary Dean Williams Harp, and this union was blessed with three children: Brenda, Gregory and Tammy.

His beautiful life will forever be cherished by his wife, Mary Dean Williams Harp of Oglethorpe, Georgia; daughters: Brenda Stanton and Tammy Williams of Montezuma, Georgia; son, Gregory Williams of Oglethorpe, Georgia; grandchildren: Keith Stanton of Atlanta, Georgia, TeKorien Brown Williams, Mercedez Collier, TeKamry Brown Williams, Marquez Collier and Teyunna Williams all of Montezuma, Georgia; two great grandchildren: Isaiah Thomas and Paislely Wiggins; siblings: Ardean Clark of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Ernest Harp, Jr. (Hazel) of Andersonville, Georgia, Virginia Harp Whitehead (Phil) of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Willie B. Harp (Loretta) of Americus, Georgia and Eddie Harp (Barbara) of Oglethorpe, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; Special thanks to Darrow Collier, Stanford Harp, Charles Harp, Charlemange Fulks, Dearra Fulks, Pastor Henry Carson and Adrian Bentley.

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November20

Mr. Elmore Alexander Tookes

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The Memorial Service for Mr. Elmore Alexander Tookes of Oglethorpe, Georgia will be held Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Corinth Baptist Church, Garden Valley, Georgia.

Mr. Elmore Alexander Tookes was born May 16, 1953 in Macon County, Georgia to the late Mr. Charlie Lester Tookes and Mrs. Odessa Biviens Tookes. He grew up in Garden Valley and attended the public schools of the county. He was a 1972 graduate of the historic D.F. Douglass High School. After graduating from high school, he moved to Atlanta and was employed at McLean Trucking Company. On November 20, 1977, he married the love of his life, Ms. Shirley Jean Askew, and to this union two children were born, Elshamika and Zequa.

On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, Elmore transitioned from labor to reward at his residence. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Stanley Jerome Tookes, Deborah Denise Tookes, Odessa Tookes, Vivian Jacquenesia Tookes, Janet Elizabeth Seay and his nephew Sgt. Danny Byse, who was like a brother.

His beautiful life will be forever cherished by his loving wife, Shirley J. Tookes of Decatur, Georgia; his loving and devoted children: Elshamika Tookes-Rea (Garrick D. Rea) of Lithonia, Georgia and Zequa D. Tookes (Jessica McFarlane) of Rochester, New York; loving grandchildren: Savannah Marche Clark, Zahmar L. Tookes and Zoe A. Tookes; siblings: Evangelist Edna T. Carson of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Gloria T. Bell of Hartford, Connecticut, Charlie Tookes, Jr. (Glanda) of Atlanta, Georgia, Reverend Isaiah Tookes (Julia) of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Deacon David Tookes (Tawanna) of Ellenwood, Georgia and Minister Isreal Tookes of Atlanta, Georgia; a host of nieces and nephews, other loving relatives and caring friends.  


November19

Mr. Essie J. "Smiley" Williams

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The Graveside Service for Mr. Essie James Williams of Montezuma, Georgia will be conducted Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Champ Waters Cemetery, Twin Churches Road, Montezuma, Georgia with Pastor Lee W. Hall officiating.

Essie James Williams departed this life on Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Lillian Carter Health and Rehabilitation Center in Plains, Georgia. Essie, affectionately known as “Sonny, Smiley and Bono”, was born on January 21, 1943 in Dooling, Georgia to the late Doris Dawson Williams and the late Jimmie Williams. He was a graduate of Macon County Training School and was a dedicated employee of Montezuma Motor Company for fifteen years as an auto detailer. In later years, he went to work at Macon State Farmer’s Market as a seasonal laborer. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Essie was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Fobbs. He leaves cherished memories with his siblings: Marvin Williams (Kathleen) of Irvington, New Jersey, Morris Williams of Montezuma, Georgia and Patricia Paremore (Greg) of Newark, New Jersey; nieces and nephew: Patricia Davis (Ray Jones) of Montezuma, Georgia, Samuel Fobbs, Jr. (Kimberly) of Macon, Georgia and Sharonda Ladd (Robert) of Bonaire, Georgia; great nieces and nephews: Victoria Brown (Michael) of Fort Valley, Georgia, Jessica Jones (Justin) of Perry, Georgia, Sgt. Delmar Davis III of Smyrna, Georgia, De’Marrion Fobbs, Devin Griffin and Lindsey Ladd all of Bonaire, Georgia; one great great nephew, Justin James, Jr. of Perry, Georgia; two great great nieces: Jordyn Jones of Perry, Georgia and Ashanti Brown of Bonaire, Georgia; a host of other relatives and friends including devoted friends: Bobby Lee Davis (Mary) and Bertha Lee Fobbs both of Montezuma, Georgia.


November10

Deacon Horace Cottle

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The funeral service for Deacon Horace Cottle will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church with Rev. William Laster officiating. Burial will follow at Staley Memorial Gardens. A Wake Service will be held on Friday, November 23, 2018 at West’s Mortuary for 5:00 P.M. to 6 P.M.

Deacon Horace Cottle was born in Ellaville, GA on Dec. 26, 1945 to the late Merol Merritt Cottle and the late John Myrick. Horace was the owner of Cottle Contracting before becoming ill and passing. Other businesses owned and operated by him include, Cottle Trucking Company, which he owned for many years. He was co-owner of Cottle's Resturant and Cottle's Jewelry and Variety Store in downtown Americus, GA. Horace was an ordained Deacon at Ebenerzer Baptist Church in Ellaville, Georgia. He received his education in Schley County, Georgia. He was a graduate of Schley County High School.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Keyarri N. Ruch, One brother Mr. Melvin Cottle, and one sister Mrs Doris Cottle King. Horace departed this life on Nov. 10, 2018 at the East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, GA.

His memories will be affectionately remembered by his two daughters: Mrs. JaMeia  Cottle Ruch (Rahsaan) of Yokosuka, Japan and Ms. Tanaisha L. Clark of Americus, GA; two brothers: Mr. Ollie R. Cottle of Brooklyn, N.Y  and Mr. Kenneth Myrick of Americus, GA. Four grandchildren, A'Shariya S. Ruch, Rahsaan D. Ruch, Jr. of Yokosuka, Japan, Deona N. Clark, and Cedric D. Clark Jr of Americus, GA;  devoted friends: William and Joann Allen Johnson(devoted care givers), Walter & Dorothy Bridges, Rev. William Laster, Mr. Rufus G. Thomas, and Mr. Frazier Luckerson. A host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends also survive and will cherish his memory.

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November08

Mrs. Katherine Sanders Isreal

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The Funeral Service for Mrs. Katherine Sanders Isreal of Atlanta, Georgia will be conducted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia with Rev. Allen Waters officiating. Interment will follow in Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Georgia.

Katherine Sanders Isreal was born August 29, 1952 in Montezuma, Georgia to the late Leola Loftly Sanders. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and joined the band of Christian believers at New Hope Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia. Katherine was a 1970 honor graduate of the Historic D.F. Douglass High School, Montezuma, Georgia. She furthered her education at Fort Valley State College, Fort Valley, Georgia.

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, she transitioned at Atlanta Medical Center South of Atlanta, Georgia. Left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted husband, Frankie Isreal of Atlanta, Georgia; her devoted son, Frankie “Bernard” Isreal; her grandson, Christopher Bernard Isreal; her furry friend, “G”; siblings: Gloria and Louis L. Ivory of Marshallville, Georgia, Ernestine Chatfield of Montezuma, Georgia, Beverly and Hayword Harper of Vienna, Georgia, Harriett Louise Brown of Montezuma, Georgia  and Willie C. Sanders of Atlanta, Georgia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Delois and Billy Journey of Atlanta, Georgia, Willie and Jaffalyon Isreal of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Carl and Carolyn Isreal of Montezuma, Georgia and Dave Isreal of Atlanta, Georgia; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

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October27

Mr. Dwight "DJ" Hundrey Harrison, Jr.

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The Funeral Service for Mr. Dwight Hundrey Harrison, Jr. of Americus, Georgia will be conducted Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Allen Chapel AME Church, Americus, Georgia with Elder Shelby Hall officiating. Interment will follow in Eastview Cemetery.

Dwight Hundrey Harrison, Jr., fondly known as “D.J.” was the youngest son to his loving parents, Valerie Westbrook-Porter and Dwight Hundrey Harrison, Sr. He made his grand entrance into this world on October 24, 2000 in Sumter County, Georgia and immediately stole the hearts of his family with his adorable dimples. He was educated in the Americus, Sumter County, Georgia, Public School System. Dwight’s secondary Education included Georgia Youth Military Academy in Augusta, Georgia. He later enrolled in the GED Program at South Georgia Technical College, Americus, Georgia with plans to enroll in the Commercial Driver’s License Program.

 At an early age Dwight began attending church including Love of Christ Outreach Ministry, Victory Worship Center, and Oasis World Outreach Center, Americus, Georgia. Dwight was always willing tohelp his family and friends. He loved life and he enjoyed making people laugh.

 He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Mr. Alphonso Westbrook; and paternal grandfather, Mr. Ben Johnson. In addition to his parents, Dwight Hundrey Harrison, Sr., Attapulgus, Georgia and Valerie Westbrook-Porter, Americus, Georgia, he leaves to cherish his loving memories, his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Berta Lembrick Westbrook-Winns, Americus, Georgia and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Doris Harrison Suldon, Attapulgus, Georgia; one sister: Jasmine Merritt, Americus, Georgia, and one brother, Eric Hawkins, Jr., Fort Smith, Arkansas; two nephews: Jamar Merritt and Kameron Paschal, Americus, Georgia; step-father, Mr. Eric Porter; six uncles: Andre Westbrook, Americus, Georgia; Lorenzo (Alexia) Walters, Lawrenceville, Georgia; Willie Harrison, Cairo, Georgia, Timothy Harrison, Havana, Florida, Henry Harrison, Tallahassee, Florida, and Curtis Harrison, Whigham, Georgia; six aunts: Angela Westbrook-Foster, Americus, Georgia, Gwen (Elder Shelby) Hall, Americus, Georgia, Corene Westbrook-Milledge, Americus, Georgia, Doris (John) Perry, Attapulgus, Georgia; Diane (Henry) Campbell, Attapulgus, Georgia; and Priscilla (Tony) Smith, Leesburg, Georgia; godbrother: Sedrick Clemons, Atlanta, Georgia; godmothers: Natasha Foster, Montgomery, Alabama and Laketa Watts McClaster, Putney, Georgia; a devoted friend, Derrick Wafford, a host of great aunts and uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends survive.

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