Mr. Warren Moore

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Funeral services for Mr. Warren G. Moore of 159-A Lakeview Cir. Americus, Georgia will be Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church in Americus, Georgia with Rev. Michael Edge officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Creek Cemetery.

Mr. Warren G. Moore was born on December 23, 1923 in Sumter County GA, the fifth of ten children born to the union of the late Ora Collins Moore and the late George Moore. At an early age he joined the Mountain Creek A.M.E. Church. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. Mr. Moore was employed for several years as a farmer for Frazier Farms. In 1941 he married Ms. Mattie Holmes and this union was blessed with two children one child a son preceded him in death. Mr. Moore died peacefully on Monday, February 13, 2012 at the Lillian Carter Health & Rehabilitation Center in Plains, Georgia


He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of nearly 70 years Mrs. Mattie Kate Moore of Americus, Georgia; one daughter, Virginia Moore Carter of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; four siblings and their spouses: Rev. George Moore, Jr of Waukegan, IL, Julia Mae Edge of Plains, Georgia, David Moore (Odessa) of Detroit, MI and Henry Moore (Cornelia) of Americus, Georgia; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends also survive.







Mrs. Mary Ross Stephens

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Mary Eunita Ross Stephens affectionately known as “Lil Mary" of 154 Buttercup Lane Americus, Georgia died on Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Columbus Specialty Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Friendship Baptist Church 411 Cotton Ave. Americus, GA. Burial will follow at the St Luke Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mary Eunita Ross Stephens was born on July 6, 1960 to Hiawatha Ross and the late Mary Varner Ross. She was married to the late Harrold Stephens. She was also preceded in death by a brother James H. Ross, Jr.

At an early age she gave her life to Christ and became a member of the St Luke Baptist Church. There she served faithfully in many capacities until her death.

Lil Mary was educated in the Americus City School System where she graduated with honors in 1978. After graduating she attended Georgia Southwestern College where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. She was a charter member of Rho Sigma Omega Charter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She was employed with Habitat for Humanity International as a Test Analyst.

Lil Mary is survived by her father Deacon Hiawatha Ross of Americus, GA; her five siblings: Charlie Varner and wife Gloria, Jacqueline Ross, Linda Ross all of Americus, GA, Patty Ross Young and husband Lee of Henderson, NV and Sandy Ross Colwell of McDonough, GA. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

The family will receive friends at Lil Mary’s home at 154 Buttercup Lane, Meadowood Subdivision. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made in the name of Mary Ross Stephens to the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia 2391 Benjamin E. Mays Drive Atlanta, GA 30311 404-755-1641, www.sicklecellga.org


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Mr. Edgar D. West

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Funeral services for Mr. Edgar West age 82 of Plum Street Montezuma, Georgia will be held Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the New Hope Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia with Rev. Allen Waters officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. West died on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at the Flint River Community Hospital.

Edgar D. West was born August 30, 1929 to the late Will and Bessie Engram West in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Earl West, Mary West, Robert West, Willie Mae West, Ellen West Byrom, Beatrice West, Esther West Ragin and C.W. West.


At an early age, he joined New Hope Baptist Church.  Ed, as he was affectionately called, was a graduate of Flint River Farms High School.  After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served his country honorably.  He later attended Fort Valley State College where he received his BS in Elementary Education.  He was employed at Robins AFB for several years.  After leaving Robins AFB, he was employed by the Macon County Board of Education as an elementary school teacher.  He retired after many years of service. 


Ed was married to the former Jeanetta Neal West.  They enjoyed many years together.  On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, Edgar West departed this earthly life for an eternal life. Sleep on Edgar and take thy rest, we love you, but God loves you best.


Left to cherish his memory: his brother and sister-in-law, Fredrick and Gwendolyn West, Jackson, Georgia; his brothers-in-law, Willie Neal, Montezuma, Georgia; and Clovis and Martha Neal, Tampa, Florida; his loving companion and “partner,” JoMaxye McKenzie, Americus, Georgia; a host of beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.









Mrs. Leatha Mae Williams

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Graveside services for Mrs. Leatha Mae Williams age 98 of Americus, Georgia will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Eastview Cemetery with Bishop Arthur Fulton officiating. Mrs. Williams died peacefully on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Leatha Mae Williams affectionately called “Aunt Le” was born on December 7, 1913 in Lumpkin, Georgia. She moved and lived in Jupiter Florida for several years before come to live in Americus. She was married to the late Clinton Williams and was employed as a domestic worker for many years before retiring.

She will be remembered with sweet memories and affection by her sister, Ms Blanche Maddox of Miami, Florida; a niece Mrs. Mattie Bell Sanders of Americus, Georgia; Several dedicated great nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends also survive Mrs. Leatha Mae Williams



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Mr. Monserrate Morales

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Mr. Monserrate Morales age 56 of Lonnie Lane Americus, Georgia died on January 1, 2012 at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

Mr. Monserrate Morales was born on January 7, 1955 in Puerto Rico.

He leaves to cherish his memory his daughters: Britney Morales (Malcolm Richardson) and Maria Morales: two step-daughters Latasha (Nathan) Roberts and Kizzy Carter; three grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.








Vet. Alphonso Rutherford

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Funeral services for Veteran Alphonso Rutherford of 479-A Middle River Road, Americus, GA will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 1 p.m. from the sanctuary of the Bible Way Fellowship Church. His brother, Rev. William Rutherford will officiate and burial will follow in the Cooper Cemetery. Mr. Rutherford died on Friday, December 30, 2011 at his residence.

Al, as he was affectionately called, was born on October 22, 1945 to the parentage of the late Mr. Homer William Rutherford and the late Mrs. Elma Brown Rutherford. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County, Georgia. He served his county by enlisting in the US Army for 12 years. After several years, he retired from the Wal-Mart Super Center in Americus, Georgia.

Mr. Rutherford was married to his “Soul Mate”, the former Ms. Annie Irene Cooper. This union was blessed with three beautiful children; Kevin, Jeffery, and Alicia.

Fond memories will live on in the lives of his family which include his devoted wife, Mrs. Annie Irene Cooper Rutherford; his children: Mr. Kevin Rutherford of Ft. Stewart, GA, Mr. Jeffery Rutherford of Powder Springs, GA, and Ms. Alicia Rutherford of Americus, GA; his grandchildren: Shiheen Norkaz Rutherford, Jayla Joi Rutherford, and Ka’Dasia Rutherford; his brothers: Rev. Homer William (Marilyn) Rutherford of Orange, N.J. ,Mr. MacArthur (Rosa) Rutherford and Sgt. Irwin Clyde (Beatrice) Rutherford both of Americus, GA, Mr. Herman Lewis (Brenda) Rutherford of McDonough, GA, Mr. Roy Rutherford of Americus, Georgia, and Mr. Theodore (Kimberly) Rutherford of Warner Robins, GA.; his sisters: Ms. Anne Barnum of Albany, Georgia, Ms. Doris McKnight of McDonough, GA, and Min. Linda (Min. Mathis) Wright of Cobb, GA., his sisters-n-laws: Mrs. Nadine (John) King of Smithville, GA, Mrs. Vera (Arie) Any of Dallas, GA, Ms. Rena Cooper of Conyers, GA, Ms. Barbara Linnear of Augusta, GA, Mrs. Eartha (Johnny)Robertson of Augusta, GA, and Mrs. Delorn Cooper of Leslie, GA; his brothers-n-laws: Mr. Willie Cooper, Mr. Eddie (Effie) Cooper, and Mr. Arthur (Carolyn) Cooper all of Leslie, GA, Mr. Reuben (Vivian) Cooper of Miami, Fl, Mr. Tony (Amanda) Cooper of Americus, GA, Mr. Ceasar Cooper of Miami, Fl, Mr. Royzell (Shirley) cooper of Vienna, GA and Mr. Thomas (Angeletta) Cooper of Fayetteville, N.C. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive the late Vet. Alphonso Rutherford.









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Mr. Adolph Alexander West

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Funeral services for Mr. Adolph Alexander West of Miami, Florida affectionately known as "Sonny" will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 12:00 Noon at the New Hope Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.


Aldolph Alexander West was born July 24, 1942 in Montezuma, Georgia to the late Mr. W Ashmon and Nettle Mae West. ‘Sonny’ as he was affectionately called grew up and was raised in Montezuma, Georgia by his grandparents, Mr. Leonis and Mrs. Matilda West. Later in the 1950’s he joined his mother Nettle Mae in Miami, Florida. He continued his schooling in Miami; He never forgot his roots in Montezuma. He was proud to be a West and the grandson of Matilda.


Sonny enjoyed life to the fullest. As a young man he met and married Vera Williams, and to this union four children were born, Alexander West Jr, Cynthia West, Sharon West and Andrea West.


He worked at Kelly Tractor as a truck driver and he managed Mak Freight for many years. Sonny was employed as a Longshoreman for the past seventeen years. He enjoyed his job.


Later on in life he met and fell in love with Elizabeth Blanding. The two were joined in Holy Matrimony April 8, 1977. Elizabeth four children, Reginald Dawson, Michael Dawson, Althea Gilmer and Cynthia Machanic became Sonny’s children. He knew the Lord as his personal Savior, he joined and was baptized at The New Fellowship Christian Center, under the leadership of Reverend Floyd Larkin. On Friday morning December 23, 2011, the Lord saw fit to call Sonny from labor to reward.


He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Elizabeth West sons, Alexander West Jr., Reginald Dawson (Daphne), Michael Dawson (Debra); daughters, Andrea West-Brown (Derrick), Cynthia Pena Greg), Sharon R (Louis), Althea G (Karriem), Cynthia Machanic Amos); sisters, Jacqueline Merine Hodges (Alliston), Yvonne Merine Sorrells, Vivian Merlie Stots (George), Elberta A,. Harris, Lillie R. Ambless (Eddie), Mamie L Mills, Delores Peterson (E. J. Peterson), Carolyn Thorpe (Richard), Wylene Amadi, and Victoria Wright; brothers, Willie James Larry (Elizabeth), Snaffer Ashmon (Hattie), Freddie M. Ashmon (Bertha), Willie C, Ashmon (Marie), Nathaniel Ashmon (Annie) Calvin Ashmon (Geraldine); sisters-in-law, Gloria Smith (Alexander), McLois Blanding and Mary King; brothers-in-law, Cornelius Blanding (Mary and Phillip Blanding (Magie); a very special loving cousin, Hubert West; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other sorrowing relatives and friends.








Ms. Ozelle Tookes

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Ms. Ozelle Tookes, daughter of the late Lelia Harmon Tookes and the late Robert Tookes, Sr. was born on May 2, 1922 in Macon County, Georgia. She departed this life Sunday, December 18, 2011 at Miona Geriatric & Dementia Center in Ideal, Georgia. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Traverlers Home Baptist Church in the Grangerville Community in Ideal, Georgia with Rev. Carl Munns officiating.  Burial will follow at the Taylor Cemetery.


Her memory will forever be cherished by her children, Annette Tookes of Atlanta, Georgia, Roy Tookes of Detroit, Michigan, Johnny (Charlie Rose) Tookes of Ellaville, Georgia and Alton Tookes of Ideal, Georgia; a sister-in-law, Katie Tookes of Miami, Florida; a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.










Ms. Patricia Ann Williams

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Patricia Ann Williams, daughter of the late Bessie Mae Williams and the late Willie B. Williams, Sr. passed away Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Flint River Hospital, Montezuma. Funeral services will be Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 3:30 in the Chapel of West's Mortuary, Montezuma with Rev. Curtis Frazier officiating. Burial will follow at the New Hope Cemetery.


Her  memory will forever be cherished by her son, Tony Leon  (Latonya Rackley) Paster of Montezuma, Georgia; her companion, Albert Billy Hudson of Oglethorpe, Georgia; sisters: Mary Ann Joiner, Janie Mae (Henry) Smith, Betty Ann Williams, and Bessie Lee Williams  of Montezuma, Georgia and Mildred (Ernest) Johnson of Oglethorpe, Georgia; cousins: M.B. and Daisy Barnes of Perry, Georgia; grandchildren: Travis Spivey, Phazone Chatfield, Lamar Rackley, and Leah Rackley; host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.


Mr. Leonard "Duke" Chastine

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Graveside Services for Mr. Leonard “Duke” Chastine will be Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the New Hope Cemetery in Montezuma, Georgia with Elder David Towns, Officiating.


Mr. Leonard B. Chastine was born on May 15, 1948 to the late R.J. Chastine and Olivia White in Montezuma, Georgia. He was educated in the Macon County Public School System.  “Sir Duke” peacefully departed this life on Monday, December 12, 2011. He was preceded in death by one sister Rosa M. “Gloria” Chastine.


He leaves to cherish his loving memory two beautiful daughters: Lakisha Hannor and Yunita (Michael)  Herndon both of Atlanta, Georgia; four sisters: Anne Faye Chastain of Neptune, New Jersey, Rosa Dean Chastain and Vernell Aaron of Perry, Georgia and Lanis (Donald) Ransom of Atlanta, Georgia; three brothers: James Chastine of Savannah, Georgia, Jesse Chastain and Jerry Chastine both of Atlanta, Georgia; one aunt, Mary Stevenson of South Bay, Florida; two grandchildren: Michael and Cydney Herndon; a loving and devoted nephew, Ronnie Jordan; seventeen nieces and nephews; a host of other loving relatives and friends.





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