Mr. George Cleveland Small

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Funeral services Mr. George Small age 63 of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Zion Hope Baptist Church in Sumter, City with Rev. George Frank Monts officiating. Burial will follow at the Israel Cemetery. Mr. Small died on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Pheobe Sumter Medical Center in Americus.

Mr. George Cleveland Small was born on Oct. 29, 1948 in Americus, GA to the late William Small, Sr. and the late Irene Small. He attended the public schools of Sumter County, where he played basketball. At an early age he joined the Zion Hope Baptist Church. He was employed for several years at the Vanar Minter and Furlow Logging Company


He leaves to cherish his memory two sisters: Ms. Lorene Twenty of Americus, Georgia and Ms. Thelma Merritt of Miami, Florida; three brothers: Mr. John Small, William and Gloria Small, Jr. all of Americus, Georgia and Henry & Lois Small of Detroit, Michigan; two aunts: Ms. Pecola Small of Americus, Georgia and Ms. Ossie Holmes of Chicago, Illinois; devoted friends: Ms. Donna Stallings and Mr. Winfred Holmes; a devoted niece Ms. Olivia Hunt,  Several other nieces and nephews that he treated as his own children also survive.










Mr. Otis Thomas, Sr.

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Funeral services for Otis Thomas were held Saturday November 5, 2011 at 11 the New Hope Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia. Burial followed at the church cemetery. Deacon Otis Thomas, Sr., 64, of New Britain, Ct., passed away peacefully Thursday October 27, 2011 at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, Ct.

Otis was born in Macon, Georgia and was the son of the late Willie B. and Rosa Mae (Turner) Thomas. He was the owner and operator of Hammer and the Nail Construction Company and served as a Deacon at The Walk in the Light Apostolic Church, Hartford, Ct.

He was the devoted husband of thirty-eight years of Barbara (Cochran) Thomas of New Britain, Ct. and the father of his daughter, Tina Thomas of East Hartford, Ct., his two step-daughters, Tammy Cochran and Ollie Jeannette Cochran, both of Hartford, Ct. and his step-son Randy Cochran of Savanna, Georgia. Otis is survived by his five brothers, Tommy Thomas of Manchester, Ct., Charles Thomas of Montezuma, Georgia, Cornelius Thomas of New Britain, Ct., Gary and Henry Thomas, both of Snellville, Georgia, his five sisters, Rosa Tyler of Bloomfield, Ct. Ada Thomas of New Britain, Ct., Evelyn Thomas, Bonnie Calloway and Polly Reeves, all of Snellville, Georgia, his eight sisters-in-law, his five brothers-in-law, his twenty-one grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews that loved him deeply. Otis was predeceased in death by his two sons, Otis Thomas, Jr. and Brad Thomas, his six brothers and one sister.





Mr. Robert "Pete" Williams

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Funeral services for Mr. Robert "Pete" Williams will be held Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Inspirational Church by Faith in Americus, GA with Evangelist Darron Jackson officiating. Burial will follow at the Staley Memorial Gardens.


Mr. Robert Pete Williams was born in Kimbrough Georgia on May 28, 1928 to the parentage of the late Eliza Scott Williams and the late Percy Williams Sr. He received his education in the Webster County School System. At an early age he joined the Bethel AME Church in Webster County and continued his Christian journey at United Holiness Church here in Americus, Georgia; later in life he began attending New Life Holiness Church in Oglethorpe Georgia. Mr. Williams enjoyed spending time with his kids, grandchildren and working. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Mrs. Evia Lee Dunning Williams, one son Mr. Robert Pete Williams Jr. and a grandson, Allen Dixon. Mr. Williams died on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Medical Center of Central GA in Macon, Georgia.


Left to cherish his memories one son Johnny (Vatis) Williams his daughters, Pastor Lora (Johnny) Gaines, Cloris Dianne (Frankie) Laster, Sally (Ray) Lasiter all residing in Americus, Georgia, Shirley (Otis) Holcomb of Columbus, Georgia, Maudie Ree (Alphonia) Leary of Byromville, Georgia, Roxie (Rudolph) Dixon of Bridgeport, CT and Eliza Williams of  Riverdale, IL; Thirty grandchildren: Charlotte Williams, Ladarius Williams, Michael Williams, Mark Williams, Vatis Suzette Williams, Jonetta Williams, Darron Jackson, Sharon Fencher, Patricia Jackson, Stephen Jackson Sr., Frankie Laster Jr., Angela Laster, Chauncey Laster, James L. Jones Jr., Anthony Lasiter all of Americus, Georgia. Alphonia Leary Jr., Schenita Dennard and Evia Kaigler of Montezuma Georgia, Otis Holcomb, Jr., Ren’a Camon and Katrina Holcomb of Columbus, Georgia Malika Jones- Barrett of Fort Worth, Texas, Airman Destinee Jones of Panama City Florida, SSG Monroe Jackson Ill of Colorado Springs, CO, Makevia Dixon, Crystal Dixon all of Bridgeport, CT, and Deja Jones of Columbus, GA; forty-eight great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins and other loving relatives.


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Mrs. Louise McDonald

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Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Virginia McDonald of Hope Ct of Americus, GA will be Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Scott's Mater CME Church in Americus, GA. Burial will follow at Antioch Baptist Church.


Louise “Ma” McDonald was born in Sumter County, Georgia on April 30, 1928 to the late Lula Smith and The late Mr. Golden. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Savior and joined the Union Whitely Baptist Church. One year ago she joined the Scott Mater Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She departed this life on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 in the comfort of her home.


She leaves to cherish her memories her husband William Jernigan: six children: Annette Foster, Edith McDonald Lewis (Cynthia) McDonald, Jr., Yvonne McDonald, Karl McDonald and Tony Sumlin; two sisters-in-law: Geneva Young and Lucy Bryant; one brother-in-law Freddie Lee Jernigan; 18 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren other relatives and friends also survive.








Mrs. Annie Ruth Brown

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Funeral services for Mrs Annie Ruth Brown of Montezuma, GA will be Friday, October 28th at 11:00 AM at the Magnolia Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Brown Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Brown died on Monday, October 24th at the Flint River Community Hospital.


Mrs. Annie Ruth “Polly” Brown, daughter of the late Simon Whitfield and Jimmie Ann Haugabook Whitfield was born June 9, 1931 in Montezuma, Georgia. She attended the public schools of Macon County and was a graduate of Macon County Training School. At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and joined Brown Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where she was a dedicated member. At Brown Chapel, she served faithfully as Mother of the Church, member of the Missionary Ministry, and head of the Hospitality Committee.


She was united in holy matrimony to Reverend Lonnie Brown, Sr. in May of 1950. This union was blessed with nine children. Reverend Brown preceded her in death on March 21, 2000.


Mrs. Brown was an active member of the Macon County Ministers Wives and Widows Alliance, Macon County Retired Teachers and Associates, and Macon County AARP. As a result of her generous spirit and pleasant personality, she was loved by many. Her Christian life was as beautiful as the flowers that she loved so well, and her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her. She quietly departed this life Monday, October 24, 2011 at Flint River Hospital in Montezuma, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ruth Ann Jordan, son, Tyrone Brown, and brother, Emory Bailey.


Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Reverend Bobby (Flora) Brown, Reverend Ruben (Dr. Crystal) Brown both of Fort Valley, GA, Reverend Lonnie Brown, Jr. of Andersonville, GA, James (Treny) Brown of Montezuma, GA, Donald Brown of Warner Robins, GA, Teresa Hannor of Oglethorpe, GA, and Rodney Brown of Montezuma, GA; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Brown of Montezuma, GA; sixteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; brother, Billy (Delois) Journey of Atlanta, GA; brothers-in-law: David Larry and Willie C. Thomas; sister-in-law, Dollie L.West; aunts and uncles: Clifford Brown of Montezuma, GA, Lottie Mae Brown and Mary Lizzie Brown of Marshallville, GA, Bernice Brown of Miami, Florida, and Ophelia Larry of Henderson, GA; devoted family members: Mary Louise (Reverend Hosie) Waters, Annie Ruth Bowman Brown, and Shirley Brown; a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.



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Mr. Jimmy Harvey

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Funeral Services for Mr. Jimmy Harvey age 40 of Americus, GA will be held Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Union Tabernacle Baptist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Key officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.


Mr. Jimmy Harvey was born on June 26, 1971 in Americus, GA to the late Rubin Harvey and Mary Alice Harvey. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age he joined the Union Tabernacle Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Ulysses Brown. He was once employed as a production Assembler at Cooper Lighting in Albany, GA also at Woodgrain Molding and Cooper Lighting in Americus. Mr. Harvey died on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Phoebe–Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA.


He leaves to cherish is memory his mother, Mary Alice Harvey; three daughters: Laquida Harvey, Deundra Denmark both of Americus, GA and Nzali Harvey of Jacksonville, FL.; one sister, Willie Mae Mitchell of Atlanta, GA; four brothers: Ruben Harvey, Jr. of Chester, PA, Michael Harvey, David Harvey, and Alfonso Ross all of Americus; four loving grandchildren: Harmony Parker, Zachary Denmark, Joshua Parker and Chrishyia Howard; three devoted aunts: Lula Mae Waters and Varness Sutton both of Americus and Barbara Ross of Detroit, MI; a devoted uncle, Moses Ross of Buena Vista, GA and a devoted god-mother, Elsie (L.C) Denmark of Americus. Several other relatives and friends also survive.

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Mr. Dock French, Jr.

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Mr. Dock French, Jr. age 81 of Smithville, GA died on Friday, October 7, 2011 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, GA. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 12:00 Noon at Friendship Baptist Church in Americus, GA. Mr. French will lie in repose at the church from 11:00 AM to Noon.


Mr. Dock French Jr. affectionately known as (Junior) was born on September 15, 1930 in Lee County to the late Dock French Sr. and Bobbie French Brown. He is the sixth of six siblings that all preceded him in death, Four sisters: Birdell Anderson, Sadie Thomas, Bessie Cokin, and Flossie Thomas, one brother Ruben French Sr. Dock was educated at MacAfee Baptist Church in Lee County. In January 1953, he was united in holy Matrimony to Mary Cutts French, God blessed them with Eight Children; three Sons and Five daughters, two Sons preceded him in death, Andrew French Sr. and Ulysses Daniels.


On August 25, 2011 Dock gave his life to Christ and accepted him as his personal Savior. He joined Jerusalem Grove Missionary Baptist Church during their Annual Revival, under the leadership of Pastor Charles Carr, and Dr. Timothy French, the guest Speaker.


Dock was a farmer for many years at the McCray farm Smithville, GA he later worked for Reeves Construction Company for 40 years where he retired. After his retirement he started working at Smithville Pecan Company for Mr. Lee Cook. He loved his job. He was well known and respected throughout the Community; many people were drawn to him because of his great sense of humor, and personality. He never met a stranger. Whenever you didn’t see him sitting around downtown he was somewhere fishing with Willie, and Boo or just hanging out with his road dog Sam Sneed. He loved life, having a good time Barbecuingand sitting around a fire with his family and friends, especially his nephews whom he loved dearly, Willie French, Charlie Barner, Vincent Dismuke, Dewayne Thomas, Charlie & Cletus Thomas, Willie Edward, Kent, Lamonte and many others.


On Friday, October 7, 2011 God called his Courageous Soldier home. Those left to rejoice and celebrate his life are his six children: Doc French III (Barbara) Macon, GA, Gussie (Willie) Whitaker, Glenda French, Aldean French, Mary V Adkins all of Albany, GA, Clara French Thomas, Smithville, GA; a devoted friend Ms. Irene Tolbert Albany, GA; A very sweet and devoted Caregiver, his niece Doris (William) Angry Smithville, GA; twenty four grandchildren, twenty six great-grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren; seven brother in laws: Douglas Cutts, Clifford Cutts, Smithville, GA, Willie Green (Martha) Cutts, Calvin Cutts, Desoto, GA, Johnny (Gloria) Cutts Albany, GA, Walker Lee Wright, Miami FL, Solomon Mack, Boynton, Beach FL; five sisters-in-law: Elizabeth Cutts, Albany GA, Evelyn (Jerry) Iverson Montgomery AL, Addie Cutts, Desoto GA, Rosie Godbee (Willie) Miami, FL and Vera Rivers Smithville GA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.






Infant De'Jean D. Glover, Jr.

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Graveside Services for Infant De’Jean Dewayne Glover, Jr.

were held on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Lebanon Cemetery in Plains, Georgia with Elder David Towns, Officiating

Infant De’Jean Dewayne Glover, Jr. was born on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center to Qwenaira Morgan and De’Jean Dewayne Glover, Sr. On that day our Lord and Savior saw his precious angel struggling for life and decided to remove all of his pain and take him Home with him.
He is survived by his parents, Qwenaira Morgan and De’Jean Dewayne Glover, Sr.; His grandparents: Meshia & Lawrence Williams of Plains, GA, Richard Morgan of Plains, GA, Shannon Glover of Cordele, GA and Eddie Rocker; great grandparents, Lori and Mark Wilson of Americus, Georgia. Several other relatives and friends also survive.


Mr. Sean G. Scott

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Funeral services for Mr. Sean G. Scott of Leesburg, GA

will be Wed. August 31, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church in Americus, GA. Burial will follow at the Green Grove Bapt. Church Cemetery in Smithville, GA.

Sean G. Scott was born on December 19, 1989 in Albany, GA to Sedrick Scott and Leah McIntosh. He was educated in the Lee County School System until 2005 where he was an outstanding athlete. He then moved to Florida where he attended and graduated from Hudson High School. There Sean continued his excellence in athletics as a star Linebacker and Running Back on the football team. Sean set his High School’s single season rushing record and was named Player of the Week several times during his playing days. He attended Green Grove Baptist Church in Smithville, Georgia. He was employed by Inglett & Stubbs Electrical Construction Company as an apprentice electrician. Sean died tragically on Thursday, August 25th at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center.

He leaves to cherish his memory his parents: Sedrick & Shonda Scott of Atlanta, GA and Leah McIntosh of Leesburg, GA; Brothers & sisters: Gage King of Leesburg, GA Sedrick Deshun Scott, Steven Donale Scott both of Atlanta, GA and Shania Danyale Scott of Atlanta, GA; grandparents, Mrs. Ethel Scott, Mrs. Thelma McIntosh both of Leesburg, GA and Ms. Martha Snead of Americus, GA; aunts & uncles: Cissy McIntosh & Carl Lovitt of Tampa, FL, Keith McIntosh of Indiana, Nikki Hinkle of LaGrange, GA, Jeffrey & Renee Waters of Washington, DC, Ricky & Robin Waters, Jerome Waters, Sr. all of Smithville, GA, Alonzo & Kiwana Waters of Leesburg, GA, Tommy (Angel) Clark, Tyrone Snead, and Michael Terry all of Americus, Chris Snead of Atlanta, GA,; his God-mother Mrs. Doris Isaac of Washington, DC. Several other relatives and friends also survive.

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Mrs. Eddie Mae Cooper Henderson

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Funeral service for Mrs. Eddie Mae Cooper Henderson

will be Saturday September 3rd at 11:00 AM at the Old Corinth Baptist Church with Rev. Christopher McKinstry officiating. Burial will follow at the Cooper Family Cemetery.

Eddie Mae Cooper was born on October 30, 1938 to the late Leaston S. Cooper Sr. and Elnora Westbrook Cooper of Leslie, GA. Eddie received her primary education in Sumter County, Georgia. In the summer of 1958, she met and fell in love with Donell Henderson. They were wed and then moved to Miami, Florida, where she became a seamstress and homemaker. To this union four children were born. Eddie Mae was a very ambitious woman. She attended Dorset Skill Center, where she earned a trade in clerical work. She later attended Miami Dade College, where she earned a Degree in Social Work. Eddie was always helping others, which led to her career change. She met and overcame many challenges and found another calling in a different line of work at the Opa Locka Public Works Department. She was later promoted to the Opa Locka Police Department, where she worked as a Property Specialist until her retirement.

Eddie Mae wore many hats and was a loving, caring and God fearing woman. She formed a relationship with God early in life and accepted him as her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She joined the New Pineville Baptist Church in Leslie, GA. Her most precious gift was the birth of her four children, whom she taught good morals, sound values, respect and self worth. Above all she taught them to love God and brought them up in his admonition. She taught them to aim high and that all things are possible with God in their lives. Eddie also had a passion for sewing. She made gowns for proms and weddings and loved sewing for her family. She also loved to cook and of course we all LOVED her sweet potato pies the most.. She also loved poetry and music and shared this passion with her children. Hearing familiar sounds of Otis Redding, Marvin Oaye, Al Green and the Staple singers to name a few, but her favorite were the sounds of Mahalia Jackson and Pastor Shirley Caesar. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Miami, Florida under the leadership of Pastor Arthur Jackson, where she attended regularly until her illness. Eddie Mae was called home on August 22, 2011. She was met by her Mother Elnora, Father Leaston Sr., brothers, Joe, Leaston Jr., Eugene and Nathaniel; Sisters: Annie Clara, Sarah and Gertrude; all of whom preceded her in death.
She leaves precious memories to her four children: Ronnie, Milton, Melvin Henderson (Arlington, GA); Daughter, Gwendolyn Henderson Robinson (Miami, FL); Seven grandchildren: Garrett Robinson, Corey J. Robinson, Milton Henderson, Jr., Marcus Robinson, Tyshia Graham Henderson, Camekia Douglas Henderson, D”ynia Henderson, all of Miami, FL; One great grandson, Master Julius A. Scott, and Tyshia. Six sisters: Nadine(John) King, Smithville, GA, Vera (Arie) Arney, Dallas, GA, Rena Cooper, Conyers, GA, Barbara Linnear, Eartha (Johnny) Robertson, Augusta, GA and Irene (AL) Rutherford, Americus, GA; Eight Brothers: Willie Cooper, Eddie Lee(her twin) (Effie) Cooper, Arthur (Carolyn) Cooper, Leslie, GA, Reubin (Vivian) Cooper, Ceasar Cooper, Miami, FL, Tony(Amanda) Cooper, Americus, GA, Thomas Cooper (Angellette), Fayetteville, N.C., Royzell (Shirley) Cooper, Vienna, GA; Sisters-in-law, Minnie Cooper, Tacoma. Washington, and Brenda Delom Cooper, Leslie, GA; A special niece who was like a sister, Evelyn Jordan, Miami, FL; three of her “Golden Gurls”, (BFF’S) Louise Thompson, Eve Jones, and Ms. Barr, all of Miami, FL, also a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives. 



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