October26

Mrs. Mollye Odom Hankerson

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Graveside services for Mrs. Mollye Odom Hankerson of Oglethorpe, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Montezuma, Georgia with Rev. Allen Waters officiating. 

Mollye Rene Odom Hankerson was born February 4, 1925 to the parentage of the late Mr. Curry Odom and Mrs. Kittie Mae Harvey Odom. At an early age, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and became an active member of New Hope Baptist Church. She transcended from labor to an everlasting life of peace and rest on October 26, 2012.  

After graduating from the Macon County School System, she continued her education at Albany State University, and later matriculated at The Fort Valley State College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Mollye was a passionate, prolific, no nonsense mathematics teacher, devoting her life to the education and edification of the students of Macon County for 41 years.  

She was married to Mr. Charles R. Hankerson, Sr., and to this union, two children were born. A daughter, the late Mrs. Zettawee C. H. Byrom, and a son, Mr. Charles R. Hankerson, Jr. An avid gardener, Mollye spent hours cultivating and maintaining an award winning yard. She loved azaleas and lilies especially, and spent hours doting on the many varieties of flowers and topiaries in her care.  

Preceding her in death are her brother, Mr. Timothy Odom, Sr., and her sisters Mrs. Amye Odom Marshall, and Mrs. Eria Odom Johnson. She leaves to cherish her memory and uphold her legacy her son, Mr. Charles R. Hankerson, Jr.; her sister, Mrs. Rosetta O. Harmon, Cincinnati, Ohio; her brother, Mr. Willie James (Norma) Odom, Montezuma, Georgia; sister in-law, Mrs. Alberta Odom, Montezuma, Georgia; brother-in-law, Mr. Marvin Johnson, Montezuma, Georgia; a granddaughter, Nikki R. Byrom, Oglethorpe; grandson, Kelvin M. Byrom, Oglethorpe, Georgia; a great granddaughter, Kennedy M. Byrom, Fort Valley, Georgia; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends.  

During her illness, she was blessed to have the love and support of several caring individuals, most specifically, Mrs. Iris Ridley, Mrs. Tyechia Hall, Mrs. Sheila Lester, Mrs. Cassandra Rogers, and Ms. Onethia Sloan, in addition to the other nurses and support staff of United Hospice of Cordele, Georgia.

 

 

 

 

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October05

Mr. John T. Denson

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Funeral services for Mr. John T. Denson of Smithville, Georgia will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Green Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Hosie Waters officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Grove Cemetery.

Veteran John T. Denson was born in Lee County, Georgia on February 22, 1924 to the late Sam Ware and the late Mary Ware. At an early age, he joined the Green Grove Baptist Church and served as a devoted member until his health failed. John was preceded in death by one brother; Joseph (Mattie) Humphries; and one sister, Lutherine (Robert) Lewis.

John was educated in the Lee County School System. He later served in the U. S. Navy for 20 years. After his retirement from the military, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he worked for many years with the City of Boston. He later grew lonely and decided to come back home to be with his family. After a brief illness, Uncle John took his final journey to be with the Lord on Friday, October 5, 2012.

He leaves to cherish his memories three nephews: including a devoted nephew and caregiver, Randolph Lewis, Smithville, GA, Robert L. Lewis, Atlanta, GA and Joseph Williams, Smithville, GA; four nieces: Jeanette (Eugene) Goodin, Joyce (Curtis) Angry,  a devoted niece and caregiver Linda (Charlie) Thomas, all of Smithville, GA and Rosalyn Johnson of Destin, Florida; a host of great nieces, great nephews, and friends including devoted friends the Rivers family, George "Bubba" Williams, Vista Care Hospice Staff of Columbus, Georgia including Marilyn, Melody, and Brother Mark.

 

 

 

 

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September29

Mr. Freddie L. Jernigan

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Mr. Freddie Jernigan age 67 of Masonic Street Americus, GA died on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Big Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Linda Mathis officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery. 

Mr. Freddie Lee Jernigan was born on Dec. 25,1944 in Americus Georgia. He was one of eight children born to the late William and Lizzie Mae Jernigan. He grew up in Americus and received his early education at McCoy Hill School.

 

Freddie was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Ruby Denmark Jernigan and this union was blessed with two daughters and two sons.  He was preceded in death by five sisters: Gloria Jernigan, Helen Moses, Bobbie R. Gatewood, Mary Hicks and Pauline Cobb. One sister-in-law Joana Carter also preceded him in death.

                                                                                                                                                                                

Freddie retired from the City of Americus in February 2007 after many years of dedicated service in the Public Works Department. He was a dedicated member of The Power of Faith Deliverance Church where he worshiped faithfully until his health declined.

 

Freddie was a fun loving and caring family man and especially a proud Grandfather that will truly be missed. He leaves to cherish his memories two daughter; Helen Jernigan, Christy Jernigan; two sons: Johnnie Robinson III and Victor Robinson all of Americus Georgia; 13 grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Lucy M. Bryant of Americus Georgia; one brother, Mr. William Jernigan of Americus, Georgia;   six sisters-in-law: Mary Jo Denmark, Elsie Denmark, Dora Denmark, Mary Pearl Denmark all of Americus, Georgia and Minnie Pearl (Douglas) Campbell of Albany Georgia;  three brothers-in-law: Robert Myrick, Charlie Denmark and James A Denmark all of Americus Georgia and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends also survive including Mr. Derrick Wafford.

 

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September19

Mr. Arthur Lee Waters

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Funeral services for Mr. Arthur Lee Waters age 43 of Furlow Street Americus, Georgia will be held Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. H.C. Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

 

Arthur Lee Waters was born on July, 24, 1969 in Sumter County, Georgia to Mrs. Lula Mae Ross Waters and Mr. Carl Waters.

 

He was baptized on October 14, 1983 by his beloved Pastor, Rev. H. C. Wilson. He was a proud graduate of The Class of 1987 at Americus High School He was a faithful student at Southern Star DDC. After school you could find Arthur Lee at the Rucker Street Park listening to his music. He loved people and he loved his music. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Ms. Mary Lou Ross, Mr. Arthur Waters, and Mrs. Rosie Lee Waters. Arthur Lee died peacefully on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at his home.

 

His smile will forever be etched into the hearts of his devoted mother, Mrs. Lula Mae Waters; his father, Carl Waters; his aunts: Varness Sutton, Ethel Scott, Mary Harvey, Barbara Ross, Frances (James) McGrady, Doris Isaac, Vivian Waters, and Mattie Waters; his uncles: Horace (Mary) Waters, Moses (Alma) Ross, and Otha Waters; his devoted care giver, Annie Ruth Muff; his devoted friends: James “Chainsaw” Muff, Joann Green and Charlie Morgan; several devoted cousins, his Rucker Street Park family and friends.

 

 

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September13

Mr. Samuel J. Johnson

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Funeral services for Mr. Samuel Jerome Johnson age 62 of Decatur, Georgia will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Shade Arnold Baptist Church with Elder David Towns officiating. Burial will follow at the Andersonville National Cemetery.

Samuel J. Johnson was born Monday, August 17, 1950 in Montezuma, Georgia to the late Herbert Johnson and Charlie Mae Thornton Cameron.  At an early age he joined the church.  He was a Veteran in the United States Army and served 31 years as a civil servant with GSA and retired on Monday April 30, 2001. After he retired he sought employment with Avis Car Rental.  Mr.
Johnson was pronounced dead on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 12:45 a.m.  He was preceded in death by his sister Jennifer Thornton.

His legacy will continue through his daughter; Shermeka J. Johnson (Tavares Robinson); a granddaughter, V’Nylla S. Johnson; three grandsons: Jyqaz D. Dorsey, Zacceheus L. Johnson and Malychai J. Johnson; David A. Walker’s children; Xavier  M. Walker and D’Gayla M. Rosser Walker; daughter; Dana A,  Mahaffey (David): grandchildren: Justin A Roscoe, Brittany N. Roscoe, David T. A. W. Roscoe, and Dyanna D. Mahaffey; three great grandchildren; a brother, Kelvin Cameron (Maria); Aunts: Bertha Plant, Agness Smith (James). Rose Thornton, Ann Plant (Hillard).  Helen Jordan and Louise Ashman and an Uncle Reverend Jeremiah (Teresa) Thornton; a very special loving ex wife and friend D. M. Newton Lett Kittrell (Herald) and a host of cousins, classmates and friends.

 

 

August31

Ms. Betty Spivey

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Funeral services for Ms. Betty Jean Spivey will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Little Poplar Spring Baptist Church in Byromville, GA. Reverend M. Willis will officiate and burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

 

Betty Jean Spivey, daughter of the late Maryland Jackson James and Hartwick Spivey was born April 5, 1946 in Macon County, Georgia and was educated in the Macon County public school system. At an early age, Betty moved to Atlanta, Georgia to live with her aunt and uncle. She worked several jobs during that time. She departed this life on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the Coliseum Hospital in Macon, Georgia.

 

She leaves to cherish her memories: five sisters: Fannie Greene of Montezuma, GA, Chief Petty Officer Cheffie Williams, U.S. Navy, Retired of Virginia Beach, VA, Maryland James and Lucille Smith both of Atlanta, GA and Helen Roberts of Montezuma, GA; nine brothers: Timothy Jackson, Clarence (Gladis) James,  Carl Lorenzo James, and Harold Walters all of Montezuma, GA, Johnny (Joann) James of Macon, GA, Elder Elvis (Benita) James of Hoover, AL, Jarvis (Toni) Hart of Perry, GA, Mack Brown of Columbus, GA and Lafayette James of Bridgeport, CT; sister-in-law, Betty Collier of Oglethorpe, GA;  aunts and uncles: Elvenia Landingham of Morrow, GA, Elmo James of Byromville, GA, Marie Jackson, Leroy (Shirley) James, Roosevelt (Rebecca) James, Lynmore (Faye) James all of Montezuma, GA, Tehart (Willie) James of Byron, GA and Bertha James of Montezuma, GA; a special cousin, Geneva Leary; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

 

 

August23

Mr. Rodney Jerome Cromer

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Funeral services for Rodney Jerome Cromer of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at the Union Baptist Church with Prophet Charlie Carr officiating.

 

Rodney Jerome Cromer was born in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia to the late Mr. Samuel U. and Mrs. Mary “Jessie Mae” Cromer on January 28, 1966. At an early age, he professed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined the Union Baptist Church. He received his education in Macon County, attending D.F. Douglass Elementary and High School. While in high school, Rodney served his fellow classmates as class president for the class of 1986. Following high school, he enlisted and served in the United States National Guard until he was honorably discharged in 1988. Then he enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1989.

 

On Thursday night, August 23, 2012 Rodney said no goodbyes or farewells, but peacefully answered the Master’s call. Preceding him in death are his grandmothers, Jennie Mae Cromer and Sara Young and three sisters, Linda Latson, Judy Latson and Mildred Brown. He is survived by two daughters that he loved and reared as his own: Precious and Alope’shia Royal of Cordele, GA; a host of caring and devoted sisters and brothers: Samuel Felton, Sr. of Brooklyn, NY, Willie James Hannor and Sandra C. Mallard (Bobby) of Lithonia, GA, Lisa Rouse (Gary) of Lakeworth, FL, Paula C. Knibb (Conrad) of Stone Mountain, GA, Sara C. Walker (John), Wilbert Cromer, Cynthia D. Cromer, Marvin Latson, Paul Cromer and Tracy Cromer of Montezuma, GA, Stacy C. Scott (Marcus) of Americus, GA, Joyce C. Respress (Francis) of Ideal, GA, Jeffery Cromer of Ellaville, GA and Jennifer C. Brown of Philadelphia, PA; aunts: Frances Wallace, Willie Lou Haugabook, Effie Loftly, Mary Cromer, Mary Wynn; a loving, devoted uncle, Milton R. Cromer, Jr. (Jackie); step-mother, Rosa (Mank) Cromer; his blended family that loved and cared deeply for him: the late Judith Chatfield who showered him with motherly love and guidance; siblings of his blended family: June Chatfield, Cloe Joiner, Raymond Chatfield and Crystal Johnson; loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and many sorrowing friends including a special friend, Lenorris Miller.

 

 

 

 

August20

Mr. Jarvis Jamar Willis

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Funeral services for Mr. Jarvis J. Willis “J.J.” of Linnie Street Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Union Tabernacle Baptist Church with Rev. Larry B. Sims officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery. 

 

Jarvis Jamar Willis affectionately known as “J.J.” was born on September 15, 1988 in Americus, Georgia to Mary Willis and Stoney Woodley. He attended Sumter County High School and was a member of Union Tabernacle Baptist Church. Jarvis died on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Columbus, Georgia.

 

He leaves behind to cherish his memories his mother Mary Willis of Americus Georgia; one son, Jarvis Jamar Willis Jr. of Lexington Park, Maryland; one sister, Alexia Wilson (Antwan Wilson) of Columbus Georgia;, one brother, Dantavius Willis of Americus, Georgia; two uncles: Tommy (Katherine)  Willis of Americus, Georgia and Adam Charles Willis of Macon Georgia; three aunts: Carolyn Davis, Shelia Griffin and Sabrina Daniels all of Americus, Georgia; two nephews: Jaquarrius Willis and Khordarrius Wilson both of Americus, Georgia; one niece, Aaliyah Wilson of Columbus Georgia;  one devoted friend, Miss Megan Griffin of Phoenix City, Alabama and a host of other relatives and friends also survive.

 

 

 
 

 

 

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August16

Mr. Johnny L. Walker

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Funeral services for Mr. Johnny L. Walker of Park Row Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery in Americus, Georgia.

 

Mr. Johnny Lee Walker was born in Webster County, Georgia on June 17, 1940 to the parentage of the late Mr. Robert Walker and the late Mrs. Pearline Ingram Walker. He was the second born of seven children, one brother, Mr. Frank Harvey Jr.; one sister Emma Jean Walker Carter; a brother in law Ronald Waters whom he raised as his own all preceded him in death. Johnny was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. He attended the Friendship Baptist Church.

 

 On November 24, 1962 he was united in holy matrimony to Mrs. Beatrice Waters Walker and to this union they were blessed with two children, three grandchildren, and three adorable great grandchildren Johnny set some good examples for his children to follow, he taught them about God, to follow His word, and to be a light for others.

 

Hard work, service, knowledge, and guidance were what he so faithfully gave to his employer, Davidson Textron Inc. of Americus, Georgia for twenty nine years and retired as a Press Operator.

 

He will be missed and remembered as an outstanding person. Johnny peacefully headed the Master’s call on August 16, 2012. As he makes his departure, he leaves to cherish his memory a beloved wife of forty nine years, Beatrice Waters Walker, Americus, GA; his two children: Mary (Raymond) Johnson and Gwennell Walker all of Americus, GA, three grandchildren: Jamaria (Kesha) Johnson Sr. , Columbus, GA, Dion Small and Kandis Johnson, Americus, GA; three great grandchildren:  JaNijah Johnson,  Jamaria Johnson Jr., Columbus, GA and Nigel Small, Tuskegee, AL; five siblings: a devoted brother and best friend Willie (Marie) Walker Sr., Florine Johnson, Dorothy Ingram all of Americus, GA, Pearline (Ricky) Robinson, Macon, GA, four sister in laws Teresa (Rick) Edwards, Francis Waters, Janice Ingram,  Rosa Mae Harvey all of Americus, GA;  two brother in law Bobby (Marilynn) Waters, Americus, GA and Donnie Waters, Jacksonville, FL; three aunts: Clara Ingram, Americus, GA, Juanita Ingram, Queens, NY and Gladys Weatherspoon, Columbus, GA, one uncle Albert Walker, Washington, DC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends,  including two devoted nephews: Tommy (Rosalyn) Floyd Jr., Raleigh, NC, Broderick (Jocelyn) Waters Sr. Columbus, GA one devoted niece,  Yameia (Jason) Bolden Americus, GA that he raised as his own.


August15

Mr. Leonard Tookes

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 Funeral services for Mr. Leonard Tookes of Andrews Drive Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Old Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Watts officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery. Mr. Tookes died on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center.

Mr. Leonard Tookes was born on May 31, 1952 in Sumter County, Georgia to Ms. Essie Mae Tookes and the late Mr. Roy Foster, Sr. He was educated in the public school system of Sumter County. At an early age he joined the Old Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was a faithful member until his health failed.

He leaves to cherish his memories his mother Essie Mae Tookes, two children Leonard (Jackie) Tookes, Jr., of Florida and Crystal Tookes, Americus, GA; two sisters Pastor Helen (Sammy) Mercer and Vernessa Tookes; six brothers, Eugene (Kathy) Tookes, Bobby Tookes, Raymond (Patricia) Tookes, Edward Tookes, Reginald (Barbara) Dowdell all of Americus, GA and Roy Foster, Jr. of West Palm Beach; three aunts, Odessa Foster, Americus, GA, Betty Basiden of New Jersey, and Kate Davis, Atlanta, GA; two uncles, Rozelle Foster, Jr. and David Lee (Patricia) Davis and a God Uncle Jessie Lee (Barbara) Carson all of Americus, GA, including 27 nieces and nephews and a host of great nieces and nephews; cousins, friends, and dear acquaintances.

 

 

 

 

 

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