June09

Mr. Charles Gilbert

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Dr. Charles W. Gilbert Sr. was born on January 25th, 1939 in Hancock County to the late Forest and Ruth Gilbert.   As a young boy he joined Macedonia Baptist Church and committed his life to Christ.  During his professional life he lived in many communities across the U.S.  In every community he called home he united with a local church where he served God in many capacities.  In West Pittsburg, California he joined the West Pittsburg Baptist church where he was chairman of the Building Fund. He also served as a grant writer for other churches in the West Pittsburg community.   In Warner Robbins, Dr. Gilbert was a member of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church since 2006.  As a member of Union Grove  he was Chairman of the Alando Bray Kidney Fund and worked faithfully to achieve the fund’s ultimate goal of raising sufficient funds to get Alando Bray placed on the transplant list.  

Dr. Gilbert earned a B.S. degree from Tuskegee University, an MSW from the University of  Kansas, an MA degree from the University of  Northern Colorado and a doctorate of  Public Administration from Golden Gate University.  He was a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated.  After serving his country in the U.S. Army he worked as a high school teacher, counselor for the Veterans Administration, Division Chief for the Veterans Affairs Regional Office and the Internal Revenue Service in Newark, New Jersey, Assistant Regional Commissioner for the Internal Revenue Service in San Francisco, California and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at Golden Gate University.  He was a highly sought after motivational speaker who donated his time whenever possible.  He was supportive of a variety of civic organizations exemplified by his lifetime memberships in both the Disabled American Veterans Association (DAV)  and the NAACP.  He enjoyed reading, writing and debating.  His favorite hobby was barbecuing and hosting family and friends. 

Dr. Charles Gilbert, Sr. leaves to cherish his loving memory:  his devoted wife of 51 years,Earlene, two children:  Charlene Gilbert-Ferris (Dr. James V. Ferris) and Charles W. Gilbert, Jr. (Angie), four grandchildren:  Ashara, Kinya, Simone, and Chuck, four first cousins: Leamon Grier, Gilbert Grier and the Reverend Clarence Grier of Augusta, Georgia and Theodore Grier of Clinton, Maryland; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

 

June08

Mr. John Melvin Welborn

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 Funeral Services for Mr. John Melvin Welborn of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 2:30 at the Union Tabernacle Baptist Church. Mr. Welborn died on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center. 

Mr. John Melvin Welborn was born on July 29, 1941 to the late Mr. Foster & Tommie Lee Welborn. He was preceded in death by two sons Michael Welborn and Victor Welborn.

 

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 42 years, Mrs. Edna Jane Welborn of Americus, Georgia; four daughters: Mrs. Claudia (Darrell) Walters, Mrs. Carla (Willie) Berry, Mrs. Cassandra (Walter) Davis and Ms. Ilene Welborn all of Americus, Georgia; nine sons: John (Velma) Welborn, Tellias (Joanna) Welborn, Charles (Theresa) Welborn, Tommy Welborn, Eddie (Joann) Welborn, Freddie Mullins, Henry Charles (Rosie) Welborn, Calvin (Shanita Banks) and Alfonza Banks all of Americus, Georgia; a devoted sister, Mrs. Dorothy Jean (L.C.) Smith of Rochester, New York; four devoted nieces: Mrs. Geraldine Sampson, Mrs. Tommie Lee Welborn and Mrs. Donna Tisdal all of Rochester, New York and Mrs. Betty Gatewood of Boston Mass.; three devoted nephews: Keith Smith of Las Vagas, NV, Donnell Smith of Rochester, New York  and Charles Little of Boston, Mass; four sisters-in-law: Mrs. Jeanette Williams, Ms. Katie Seay and Ms. Dorothy Seay all of Americus, Georgia and Mrs. Barbara Welborn of Rochester, New York; several devoted friends including: Fred Dennis(Mae) Carter Sr., Fred Dennis (Tracy) Carter, Jr. Franky (Ruby) Angry, Ossie Evans, Clarence Evans, Sanford Angry; a host grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives and friends also survive.

 

 
 

 

 

June08

Mr. Joseph Hooks, Sr.

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Graveside Services for Mr. Joseph T. Hooks, Sr. 63, of Columbus, Georgia will be held Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Lebanon Cemetery in Plains, Georgia with Pastor Steven Anderson of 4th United Holiness of Ellaville, Ga. Officiating. 

Mr. Joseph T. Hooks Sr., son of the late Helen Louise Johnson Hooks and Jimmie Lee Hooks Sr., was born February 15, 1950 in Plains, Georgia. Mr. Joe Hooks, as he was affectionately known worked for Columbus Consolidated Government and Columbus Parks and Recreation for over 19 years. He entered into eternal rest Saturday, June 8, 2013, at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his daughter Leeshonda Hooks, a son Sammy Hardrick, a daughter-in-law Martha Hooks, three sisters: Minnie P. Hooks, Edna D. Hooks, and Shirley Hooks Jernigan, a brother James Hooks and one aunt Annie Ruth Jackson. 

He leaves to cherish his memories a devoted friend Ms. Laura Henderson; seven daughters: Mrs. Valisa (Elder Derick) Mercer, Ms. Vickie Hooks and friend Antwan Thomas of Americus, GA, Mrs. Ullianee Hooks Foster and friend Joseph Chambers, Ms. Gaynell Hooks of Atlanta, GA, Mrs. Vanessa (EJ.) Thomas of Rawlings, NC, Ms. Tayah Hooks and Mrs. Beverly (Patrick) Williams of Columbus, GA; Four Sons: Joseph Hooks, Jr. of Plains, GA, Reginald B. Hooks and friend Ms. Bernice Mays of Panama City, Fl., Anthony B. (Kim) Hardrick, and Steven l. Hardrick of Columbus, Georgia.; and a Brother Jimmie (Mildred) Hooks Sr. of Columbus, GA; four aunts: Ms. Bertha Paul of Americus, GA, Ms. Alice (Tab) Colwell of Newark, NJ, Ms. Naomi Mansfield of St. Petersburg, FL and Annie Mae Wise of Americus, GA; two uncles: Sammy Johnson of Eatonton, GA and Allen Johnson of Newark, NJ; twenty two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive

 

 

 

 

June07

Mr. James Leonard Burney, Sr.

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Mr. James Leonard Burney, Sr. age 74 of Americus, Georgia died on Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the New Hope A.M.E. in Smithville, Georgia. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Mr. James Leonard Burney, Sr. was born on December 8, 1938 in Macon County, Georgia to the late Thomas Burney and the late Mrs. Addie Burney. At an early age he joined the New Hope Baptist Church. He was educated in the Lee County Public School System. Mr. Burney was employed for many years at Reeves Construction Company. He was married to the late Polly Mae Young Burney and this union was blessed with six children, one daughter, Diana Burney Green preceded him in death. Three siblings also preceded him in death: Thomas Burney, Leroy Burney and Doris Jenkins. 

He leaves to cherish his memory five children: Edward Burney , Jr. of Americus, GA, Mrs. Yvonne Burney Tullis of Americus, GA, Montrail Burney of Albany, GA, James Burney, Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA and Ms. Deborah Young Jernigan of Smithville, GA; three brothers: Edward Burney, Sr. of Rochester, NY, Billy Burney and Calvin Burney both of New York ; three sisters: Ms. Dorothy Evans of San Jose, CA, Ms. Sandra Burney NC,  and Ms. Bunnie Burney of Jacksonville, FL; five sisters-in-law: Ms. Johnnie Mae Hayes of Smithville, GA, Ms Gussie Reddick of Desoto, GA, Ms. Jessie Pearl McCoy of Smithville, GA, Ms. Dollie Mae Merritt of Americus, GA and Ms. Bobbie L. Young of Smithville, GA; three brothers-in-law: Dennis Young of Smithville, GA, Ronnie Young of Albany, GA and Walter lee Young of Americus, GA. Several other relatives and friends also survive.

 

 
 

 

 

May28

Mrs. Jacqueline Washington

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Graveside services for Mrs. Jacqueline Coleman Washington of Dudley Street Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013  at 11:00 A.M. at the Eastview Cemetery with Bishop Arthur Fulton officiating. 

 

Mrs. Jacqueline Coleman Washington was born on August 24, 1967 in Sumter County, Georgia to Mrs. Nellie Coleman and Mr. O.Z. Coleman. She was educated in the Sumter County School System and was a 1985 graduate of Americus High School. In 1992 she married Emmett Washington and this union was blessed with two children, Rashieka Coleman and DeShaun Washington. Jacqueline was briefly employed at Georgia Farm Produce Company. On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, God ended her struggle and called her home to rest.    

 

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Emmitt Washington; two children: Rashieka Coleman and DeShaun Washington; her siblings: Alicia Dowdell, Joyce (Paul) Harvey Theresa Coleman, Melinda Coleman, Clarence Coleman, Joseph (Mary) Coleman, Otis Coleman, Jerome Coleman, Jeffery Coleman, Willie James Coleman, Tony Coleman and Gabriel Coleman; one grandson, Jaylen M. Coleman; one sister-in-law Valerie Coleman; forty-seven nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends. 

 

 

 

May26

Ms. Robin Crittenden

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Memorial services for Ms. Robin Michelle Crittenden of Oglethorpe, Georgia will be Saturday June 1, 2013 at 3:00 P.M in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Montezuma, Georgia with Chaplain Geraldine Manning officiating.

 

Ms. Robin Michelle Crittenden was born to the late Gloria Joseph Crittenden and Harvey Crittenden on October 16, 1967 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey where she attended the Plainfield Public School system and graduated from Plainfield High School.

 

Robin, aka “Yoo-Hoo”, was well-known throughout the community for her bodacious personality and undeniable sense of style. She had an undying love for music and a strong angelic voice. Whether at family functions, lounging around the house, or walking down the street, Robin would bolt out beautiful notes and captivate her audience. 

 

After residing in Plainfield for many years, Robin relocated to Montezuma, Georgia in 2002 to be with her family. She was a loyal mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Robin passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at her residence. Her son, Ahmad “Shotty” Crittenden preceded her in death. 

 

She leaves a legacy of love and memories to her granddaughter, Ahmai Rashai Crittenden; her sisters: Tanisha Crittenden, Evette Crittenden, and Marcellene Joseph-Martin; brother, Mark Joseph; grandmother, Cora Manning; nephew, Jamal Joseph-Wheeler; nieces: Jasmine Joseph-Wheeler, Madelynn Crittenden, Jocelynn Searchwell and Anisha Rivera; great nephews: Khyren and Jordan Joseph; aunts: Artizellea Leftenant, Millicent Whitfield, Cora Billingslea, Lillie Estrada, Hattie Manning and Romaine Anderson; uncles: John Manning, Dewey Manning, Henry Manning, Tyrone Manning and Ester Joseph; a host of cousins and close friends that she loved dearly.

 

 
 

 

 

May26

Mr. Jimmy Lee Sims

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Mr. Jimmy Lee Sims was born January 1, 1938 on Small Piece Road, Plains, Georgia. He is the son of the late Mr. William Clinkscale and the late Mrs. Bertha Kate Sims Clinkscale. His maternal grandparents were the late Mr. Sammie Lee Sims and the late Mrs. Doshia Solomon Sims, Plains, Georgia. Mr. Sims died on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Lillian Carter Nursing Center. Memorial services are incomplete and will be announced later.

 

He is survived by a brother Mr. Andrew David Clinkscale, Montezuma, Georgia; one uncle, Mr. Eddie Sims, Albany, Georgia; three sisters: Mrs. Willie Bell Jones of Fitzgerald, Georgia, Mrs. Fannie and Alice Bradley, both of Smithville, Georgia; He has four nieces and nephews; several cousins including devoted cousins: Jurilene Morgan and Jessie Sims, both of Americus, Georgia. Several other relatives, friends, and his Small Piece Road neighbors also survive.

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

May14

Ms. Brenda Emerson

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Funeral services for Ms. Brenda Emerson of Montezuma, Georgia will be conducted Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 1:00 at Bethel AME Church, Montezuma with burial following at Champ Waters Cemetery.

 

Ms. Brenda Emerson, age 59 of Montezuma passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Coliseum Hospital in Macon, Georgia. Brenda was employed at Montezuma Health and  Rehabilitation Center as a CNA for a number of years. She was a member of Bethel AME Church.

 

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Kareem Adams of Miami, Florida, Crystal Emerson of Dallas, Texas and Zachery Walker of Montezuma, Georgia; five brothers: George Tookes (Maudell) of Los Angeles, California, Johnny Tookes and Curtis Tookes of Orlando, Florida, Charles Emerson (Harriett) of Miami, Florida and Willie Emmerson of San Diego, California; one aunt, Bertha Grant of Akron, Ohio; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

 

 
 

 

 

May04

Infant Bryceton J. Floyd

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Graveside services for Infant Bryceton J. Floyd will be Friday, May 10, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Babyland in Eastview Cemetery with Evangelist Mattie Smith officiating

 

On May 4, 2013 God saw infant Bryceton Floyd struggling for life and decided to remove all of his pain and take him Home to rest. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Tommy Lee Floyd, Sr.

 

He leaves to mourn his passing his parents: Deanna Tatum and Rupert Floyd; ten brothers & sisters: Quay’Shaun Tatum, Dondrea Ingram, Treven Floyd, Ashley Howard, LeeKayla Floyd, Marlon Washington, Jalinda Smith, Gabrielle Evans, Konterrius, Floyd and Trenton Floyd; his grandparents: Loretta Tatum, Dwight Tatum, Sherlan Upshaw and Prisilla Floyd; aunts & uncles: Sabrina Cater, Tommy Floyd, Jr., Carlos Floyd, Lashonda (Perry) Burton, Mario Bishop, Shannon King, Robert Taylor, Tosha Brown, Wilbert Brown, Teresa Crumbley Fernando Jackson, LaQullia Tatum, Lynetta Tatum and Korell Tatum A host of other relatives and friends also survive.

 

 

 

 

 

May03

Mrs. Martha Hooks

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Mrs. Martha Murphy Hooks age 47 of Plains, Georgia died on Friday, May 3, 2013. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Antioch Baptist Church with Pastor Kenny Gouch officiating. Burial will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery. 

 

Martha Murphy Hooks was born in Sumter County, Georgia on September 3, 1965 to Mollie Murphy and the late Johnny Murphy, Sr.

 

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Joseph Hooks, Jr.; three children: Charles Bush, Jr., Joseph III and Donovan Hooks: one grandchild Zariyah Bush; her mother, Mollie Murphy; three sisters: Brenda (Todd) Muff, Debra Murphy and Flora Murphy Thomas; three brothers: Clyde Murphy, Johnny Murphy, Jr. and John (Danielle) Murphy; her mother-in-law, Mary Ann (Marvin) Hunt. Several other relatives and friends also survive.