January26

Deacon James Hiawatha Ross

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Funeral services for Deacon James Hiawatha Ross of Americus, Georgia will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at the St. Luke Baptist Church located at 1576 GA Hwy 45 North Americus, Georgia with Pastor Krystal Heath officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the home of Ms. Jackie Ross, 305 W. Peppermint Way Americus, Georgia

Deacon James Hiawatha Ross Sr. transitioned to his heavenly home peacefully Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Home.

Deacon James Hiawatha Ross Sr. was born October 8, 1923 in Sumter County, GA to the parentage of Will and Lourannie Ross. He was the last remaining child of 11 siblings. He attended school in the Sumter County School System. At an early age he joined the St. Luke Baptist Church where he served faithfully. Deacon Ross was devoted to God and his church. He made it one of his life’s missions to serve the Lord which he did faithfully unto death.

Deacon Ross proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He received the Asiatic Pacific Medal, the Philippine Independence Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.  After being honorably discharged from the military, he returned to Sumter County.  Deacon Ross was a truck driver for several local companies in Americus which included Roundtree and Suwannee Swifty Groceries.

Deacon Ross was married to Mary Varner Ross who preceded him in death. He was a dedicated and loving husband and father. Two children, James Ross Jr. and Mary Ross Stephens also preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his passing five children: Charlie Varner, Jackie Ross, and Linda Ross all of Americus, GA. Patty (Lee) Young of Rockwall, TX, and Sandy Colwell of McDonough, GA. Eleven grandchildren: Jeannettia Varner Hunt, Valerie Varner Williams and Charlie Varner Jr., Groton CT; Michael Ross, Americus GA; Ashley Patterson, Cleveland TN; Temple Patterson, Americus GA; Jeremy Colwell and Stephanie Colwell, McDonough GA; McKenzie Young and Tyler Young, Rockwall, TX; and Shaunie Stephens, Macon, GA. A host of devoted nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.

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January25

Infant Jashun Lamar Paul Ingram

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Funeral services for Baby Jashun Ingram will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Magnolia Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Hosie Waters officiating.  Interment will follow at the Brown Chapel Cemetery. 

Jashun Lamar Paul Ingram was born on August 4, 2016 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center to Miss Po'Deshia Cromer and Mr. Joshua Ingram, Sr. Jashun was a precious baby with a big beautiful smile that could brighten even the gloomiest day. Jashun's favorite cartoon was Paw Patrol. He was a happy and lovable baby who also enjoyed answering the phone and playing with his ball and stuffed animals. His grandparents were very instrumental in rearing him. Jashun touched many lives throughout his short, yet memorable life. He was granted his angel wings on Thursday, January 25, 2018. His brief time on earth is one to be celebrated, although we will miss him and his beautiful smile.

Jashun will be cherished and lovingly remembered by his loving mother, Po'Deshia Cromer (Javorous Adams); his father, Joshua Lamar Ingram, Sr.; three brothers: Joshua Ingram, Jr. of Vienna, Georgia, Jamari Ingram of Americus, Georgia and Jeremiah Ingram of Garden Valley, Georgia; his loving grandparents: Simeal Bell Cromer and Paul Jerome Cromer, Sr. of Montezuma, Georgia, Bessie  and Ernest Wiggins, Sr. of Oglethorpe, Georgia; his great grandparents: Mary Louise "Eve" Darity and Rosa Mae Cromer of Montezuma, Georgia; He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Priscilla Adams and great grandparents James Bell, Sr. and Samuel "Sammie" Cromer; He is also survived by his aunt, Jasmine Adams of Byromville, Georgia; his uncles: Paul Jerome Cromer, Jr. of Montezuma, Georgia, Ernest Wiggins, Jr.and Nicholas Ingram of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Clayton Ingram of Orlando, Florida and Jim Adams of Byromville, Georgia; godparents: Shawanna Wynn of Oglethorpe, Georgia and Robbie Thomas of Montezuma, Georgia; a host of great aunts and great uncles, cousins, other loving relatives and friends.

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January24

Mr. Frederick West

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Funeral services for Mr. Frederick West of Jackson Georgia will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 1:00 at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson.

Frederick Will West was born November 9, 1926 in Montezuma, Georgia.  He grew up with his parents, Will “Hope” West and Bessie Engram West and nine siblings, Earl West, Mary West Sutton, Robert West, Ellen West Byrom, Beatrice West, Willie Mae West, Esther West Ragin, Clovis “C.W.” West, and Edgar West who all preceded him in death. 

At the age of 10, under the Christian education tutelage of his Aunt Martha, he cited these words – “I believe in the Lord because he has forgiven me for all my sins.  I want to join the church and be baptized and live in the church until I die.”  He then joined the New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma.

Frederick graduated from Flint River Farms School in Montezuma; and after graduation, he attended Savannah State College.  He later transferred to Fort Valley State College where he received his BS degree.  He taught at Flint River Farms School for one year before he was drafted into the United States Army.  He completed two tours, serving in the Korean War.  After the last tour, he began his career at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia.  For 40 dedicated years, he worked as an Inventory Control Specialist. 

On November 13, 1965, he married his college sweetheart, Gwendolyn Barber West.  They celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary, shortly before her death in 2014. After his marriage to Gwendolyn, he joined Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, Georgia, where he faithfully served on the Senior Usher Board until his health began to fail him.

Frederick is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Reverend Dr. Larry (Gwendolyn) West, Laurel, Maryland; his grandsons: Sean (Vonda) West, Conyers, Georgia; Brian (Hanne) West, Porsgrunn, Norway; three great-grandsons: Christien West, Landen West and Liam West; his first-generation nieces and nephews Slaughter James Crockett, Atlanta, Georgia; Gwendolyn Priscilla Dixon, Atlanta, Georgia; Linda (Sonny) McCoy, Jacksonville, Florida;  Thelma Denise West Montezuma, Georgia; Robert Eric West, Americus, Georgia, Bessie (Jessie) Warren, Montezuma, Georgia; Gerald West, Perry, Georgia; Yolanda (Jerome) Kendrick, Oglethorpe, Georgia; Tonya (Quentin) Garnes, Montezuma, Georgia; Ann (Gerry) Harris, Montezuma, Georgia; and Tony Brown, Perry, Georgia; four generations of other nieces and nephews, including Henny Oliver Houben, Richard Houben, Brian Houben, Kevin Houben and Mike Houben, Holland, The Netherlands; special cousins; and devoted caregivers and friends, Willie Grier and Charles and Lucille Childs McElhaney and family, Jackson, Georgia.  Our family will be forever grateful to the staffs of Encompass Home Health, Thomaston, Georgia; Grove Park Davita Dialysis Center, Jackson, Georgia; and Eternal Hope Hospice, Griffin, Georgia.

Those who knew him and knew him best, affectionately call him “Uncle Fed,” “Uncle Fred” or “Hoss” and enjoyed being around him for his giving nature, his fun personality and love of life. The memories of the “Coolest Cat In A Cadillac” will remain with us forever.”

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January22

Mrs. Betty Dantes

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Funeral Services for Mrs. Betty McDonald Dantes of Bonaire, Georgia will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Betty Mae McDonald Dantes was born on February 4, 1948 in Montezuma, Georgia to  proud parents Jesse and Ineze McDonald. Betty attended D. F. Douglas High School where she graduated with the class of 1966.  She received her degree in Education from Fort Valley State College.  She worked as an outstanding educator for over 30 years. After many years of dedicated service, she retired from Chatham County Public Schools in Savannah, Georgia. Betty loved sewing, trying new recipes, doing puzzles and most of all spending time with family.

Betty was called home on January 22, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her mother, father and two siblings.  Precious memories will forever remain with her loving family which includes her husband of over forty years, Augustin Dantes, Sr.; four children: Mauricia (El-Roy) of Chicago, Illinois, Augustin Dantes, Jr. (Edlena) of Warner Robins, Georgia, Thecla Dantes of Atlanta, Georgia, Edmund Dantes of St. Lucia, West Indies, and a very devoted niece/daughter Michelle McDonald of Savannah, Georgia; eight grandchildren: Christion, Zaiah, Laquan, Augustin III, Ellison, Edmund, Corinne, and Essiah.  She also leaves to cherish her memory her siblings: Cora, Jimmy (Angela), Willie, Curtis (Annette), Lewis (Brenda), Sandra (Barney), Theresa (James), and Veleeta.  Her nieces and nephews include Connie, Daryl, Nicole, Sharon, Tony, Treece, Brian, Jamie, Sheena, Jessica, a host of other nieces and nephews, and a very devoted friend of thirty-eight years, Mrs. Gertrude Boyd.

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January22

Mr. Michael Lanorris Patterson

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Funeral services for Mr. Michael Lanorris Patterson of Roney Street Americus, Georgia will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel A.M.E Church on River Road in Montezuma, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Montezuma.

Mr. Michael Lanorris Patterson was born on April 10, 1963 in Americus, Georgia to the late Betty Cross Patterson and Henry Patterson, Sr. Michael was a graduate of D.F. Douglas High School in Montezuma, Georgia. He was employed at Davidson Textron and also worked at Southern Frozen Foods for several years. He was preceded in death by a brother Dedrick Bernard Patterson and two uncles: Connie Mack Cross and Mathew Cross. Michael passed away peacefully on Monday, January 22, 2018 at his home.

He is survived by his father, Henry Patterson Sr.; his siblings:Henry Keith Patterson Jr., Melody Patterson, Tina Patterson Tatum, Jena Patterson (Rickey) Thornton and Donna (Andre) Patterson; nieces and nephews: Magan Hinton, Kevis Hinton, Terrance Patterson, Broderick Daniels, China Daniels, Zolandria Tatum, Camisha Thornton, Tabrisha Thornton, Jaylen Thornton, Corderal Thornton, Chelsea Thomas, Gyasi Lockhart, Dakota Williams and Ashlie Wilbon; devoted Friends:Terita Schofield, Elizabeth Simpson and Cornell Lewis; his Godmother, Eloise Moore. Several other relatives and friends also survive.

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January22

Ms. Mary Lou Dudley

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Funeral service for Mrs. Mary Lue Dudley of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Americus, Georgia. Burial will follow at Mt. Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mary Lue Mann Dudley was born on November 9, 1939 in Americus, Georgia to Hosey & Evelyn Ware Mann. She was the youngest of four children.  At the age of 20, she and her husband, James Henry Dudley and their three small children relocated to Hartford CT., where she bore five more children. Mary worked as an Insurance Underwriter for the Covenant Ins. Group for over 15yrs.  She later became a Home Care Aide/Companion to an author with Cerebral Palsy until her retirement in 2011.  In 2015 she decided to move back to her hometown of Americus, GA., where she lived her remaining days with her daughter Evelyn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister, Willie Mae Davis and her brother, Wheatley Mann. Mary passed away peacefully on Monday, January 22, 2018 at her home.

She is survived by her eight children James H. Dudley Jr. Jerry “Sofa” Dudley, Earl G. Dudley, Roderick E. Dudley, and Raymond (Gwendolyn) Dudley, all of Hartford CT. Evelyn K. Dudley, Russell W. Dudley and Sharon L. Dudley all of Georgia.  Her sister, Maude Eva Inez Stephens  of Passaic NJ., 22 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren, 3 sister-in-laws and a host of nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

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January21

Mrs. Joyce Renee Patterson

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Funeral services for Mrs. Joyce Renee Patterson of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2:00 in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Americus, Georgia with Rev Troy Fripp officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Ellaville, Georgia.

Mrs. Joyce Renee Patterson was born on November 10, 1981 in Americus, Georgia to Audrey L. Taylor and Roy Yarbrough. She was employed as a bartender. On July 23, 2013 she married Avian Patterson. She was preceded in death by an uncle, Richard Taylor. Joyce passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, Avian Patterson; three children: DaShaun A. Jones, MaaLiyah A. Patterson and Jayla Catalina-Skai Patterson; seven siblings: Kenyatta Sims, Angela King, Jerry Shane Jordan, Michael Price, Susan Pittman, Ronnie Hall and Tonya Barrett; her parents: Audrey (Rickey Felker) Taylor and Roy (Donna Bailey) Yarbrough; her grandparents: Roy Yarbrough, Juanita Yarbrough, Leon Taylor and Doretta Taylor; mother & father-in-law, Patricia & Jerome Jackson; aunts & uncles: Elaine Ray, Diane Fowler, Peggy Barfield, Vera Williamson, Jerry Taylor and Joyce Fountain; sister-in-law, Nadis Jackson-Baker (Marcel); brothers-in-law: Jason Patterson, Keithon Patterson (Melissa) and Anthony Jackson (Kandice). Several other relatives and friends also survive. 

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January15

Mr. Robert Lee Sims

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Funeral services for Mr. Robert Lee Sims of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Plains House of God on Hudson Street in Plains, Georgia with Elder Ronald Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Robert Lee Sims was born January 1, 1958 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Curtis Edwards and the late Mary Gladys Stewart Sims. He was the tenth of fifteen siblings. He was educated in the Public Schools of Sumter County. Robert was employed for many years at Sheffield Hardware Company and Railway Freight.

Robert transitioned on Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence in Americus, Georgia.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his five siblings: Charlie Sims, Annie Ruth Harvey, Catherine Poole, Georgia Lee Mitchell and Deborah Ann Sims.

He leaves to mourn his passing his devoted wife of 5 years, Ashley Sims of Americus, Georgia;  two devoted daughters: Evelyn (Isiah) Harris, Florence, New Jersey and Valeria (Tyrese) Bouldin of Trenton, New Jersey; three step-children: Tatum Baker, Lamont Baker and Allen Milligen all of Americus, Georgia; six grandchildren: Naxire Sims, Adam Harris, Hassan Bouldin, Stanazia Bouldin, Isiah Harris Jr., Izasiah Harris, all of New Jersey; three sisters: Minnie Lee Davis, Martha Seay and Ernestine Rogers all of Americus, Georgia; three brothers: Bobby L. Sims, Harold Sims, Sr., all of Americus, Georgia and McArthur Edwards of Portland Oregon; one devoted aunt, Martha Edwards of Smithville, Georgia; two devoted uncles: Sammy Stewart of Miami, Florida and Lynwood Stewart of Americus, Georgia. Several other relatives and friends also survive. 

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January06

Mrs. Josie Monts Bridges

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Funeral services for Mrs. Josie Mae Monts Bridges of Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Old Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. George F. Monts officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Josie Monts Bridges was born on March 4, 1954 to the late Edward and Emma Monts of Plains, GA. She was married to Franklin Bridges and this union was blessed with two boys. She was employed for several years as a Cab Driver and also as a custodian at Southland Academy. Josie died peacefully on Saturday January 6, 2018 at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Americus, Georgia.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband and life companion of 47 years, Mr. Franklin Bridges of Americus, GA; two sons: Earl (Marie) Monts of Jacksonville, FL; Eric (Cassandra) Monts Sr. of Americus, GA; one brother Edward (Linda) Monts of Plains, GA; three sisters: Oveda (Robert) Jackson of Americus, GA, Mae (Eugene) Dawson of Americus, GA and Earnestine (Albert) Durham of Americus, GA; six grandchildren: Antwan Davis of Mount Holly, NJ, Christopher Monts of East Orange, NJ, Erica Monts, Eric Monts, Evan Monts and Elijah Monts all of Americus,  GA; a devoted cousin Mattie Mae Tommie, a devoted friend Annie Ruth Mathis, several brothers and sisters-in-laws, and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

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January06

Ms. Willa Collie

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Graveside service for Mrs. Willa Collie will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery in Smithville, Georgia.

Mrs. Willa Collie was born in Perry Georgia on November 17, 1944 to the late Mrs.  Magnolia and Jimmie Lee Benefield. She was educated in the Lee County School System. Willa was called home to be with the Lord Jan. 6, 2018 in Port St. Lucie Florida.

She leaves to morn her passing one son, Mr. Anthony Collie, Port St. Lucie; three sisters: Cora Benefield, Port St. Lucie, Ossie Lockett and Mary Henderson of Leesburg, Georgia; four brothers: Louis Benefield, Albany Georgia, Jerome Taylor, Americus, Georgia, Bobby Taylor and Thomas Taylor Smithville, Georgia; one brother-in-law, Charles Henderson; four nieces, three nephews and several other relatives and friends also survive.