Mr. James Bell, Sr.

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Funeral services for Mr. James Bell, Sr. of 1301 2nd Montgomery Street Americus, GA will be held on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. H.C. Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Staley Memorial Gardens.

Our loved one, Mr. James Bell, Sr., son of the late Mr. Oscar Bell and Mrs. Addie L. Bell was born on January 7, 1923 in Washington County, Georgia. He received his education in Washington County public schools. James was a loving son, brother, father, husband and friend. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age and joined Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Davisboro, Georgia. He served wherever he was needed. He was a faithful member until he moved away. In October of 1952 he was united in Holy matrimony to the late Mrs. Bennie Lee Bell. They shared many beautiful years together. He loved to travel, and finally settled in Americus, Georgia, where he joined the Mt. Olive Baptist Church and remained a faithful member until his health failed and God called him home on Sunday, July 1, 2012. Mr. Bell was preceded in death by two brothers: Mr. McKinley Bell, Mr. Sherman Britt Bell, and a sister, Mrs. Fina Mae Bell Gardner.

James leaves to cherish his loving, caring, thoughtful and devoted memories to his God-Daughter, Ms. Susie W. Henderson, Plains, Georgia; two sons: Mr. Willie Frank Bell, of California and Mr. James (Glover Dean) Bell, Jr. Americus, Georgia; three daughters: Mrs. Diane (James) Holman, Douglasville, Georgia, Ms. Debra Smith, Americus, Georgia and Ms. Melinda Price, Marietta, Georgia; three sisters: Mrs. Susie (Murphy) Zimmerman, Mrs. Alberta Juhan, both of Atlanta, Georgia and Mrs. Addie Lee (Robert) Lockhart, Clarksville, Tennessee; one brother, Mr. Arthur Lee (Dora) Bell of Atlanta, Georgia; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, several other relatives, sitters, nurses, and friends.




Mr. Johnny Lee Young

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Funeral services for Mr. Johnny L. Young of Americus, Georgia were held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 2:00 P.M at Scott’s Mater C.M.E. Church with Elder James H. Jackson officiating. Burial followed at the Hill Cemetery.


Mr. Johnny L. Young, known to all who knew him as “Buck” was born in Sumter County on August 18, 1960, to Geneva Young and the late James Young. As a child he liked to play jokes on everyone. He was a kind hearted person anything that he could do to help you he’d do it. He was a very knowledgeable person, knowing a little about everything. As a child he joined Scotts Mater C.M.E. Church but like most he strayed away from the church. But after some years of being away from us he made up his mind to make a change in his life, he came back to the church. Two brothers and an aunt preceded him in death, Charlie Hall, Robert Hall, Louise McDonald. On June 10, 2012, the day set aside for him to be absent with us but present with the Lord, Johnny quietly slipped away from us.


He will be missed by his mother Geneva Young; his fiance’ Joanne Dowdell; brothers: John (Lilly) Hall, Margate, FL, James Young, Jr., Americus, and Willie (Isabel) Lucas, San Jose, California; sister, Patricia Edden (Jerome Jackson), Americus; sister-in-law, Barbara J. Hall, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; a half sister, Gloria Leverette, Americus; one aunt, Hazel Freddrick, Americus; a great uncle, Mr. George King, of Americus, whom he cherished very much; a great aunt, Mrs. Claudette Hatten, Vienna, Georgia. Buck was well known and well liked by all who knew him, but as life would have it, there were those few that he called “my good friends” Dennis and Tracy Carter: “my relatives that went above and beyond” Tara Leverettte and Rachel who came just so that her grandmother would not be alone as she waited for news of her youngest son’s fate. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives also survive






Mr. Oscar Daniels, Jr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Oscar Daniels, Jr. of Plains, Georgia will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Zion Hope Baptist Church with Rev. George Frank Monts officiating. Burial will follow at the Poplar Spring Cemetery in Preston, Georgia


Mr. Oscar Daniels, Jr.was born on March 12, 1948 in Webster County, Georgia to the late Oscar Daniels, Sr. and the late Rosie Brown. At an early age he joined the St. Luke Baptist Church He was educated in the public schools of Webster County. “Cat Blue” as he was affectionately called will always be remembered for his warm smile and friendly personality. Mr. Daniels died peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at the Lillian Carter Nursing Home in Plains, Georgia.


He leaves to cherish his memory, three devoted daughters: Dina Odoms, Latoya and Jalisa of Delray Beach, Florida; three devoted sons: Joe Anquan Bowens of Americus, Georgia, Johnny and Jermaine Jackson of Delray, Florida; seven nieces and nephews: Patricia (Raymond) Tookes, Kelvin (Jessica) Sims, Irvin Daniels, Christopher (Vertrescia) Sims, George (Angela) Sims, Diane (Thomas) Ross and Leanne Sims; A special niece, Ira Lee Walker; one brother-in-law, George Sims, Sr. of Americus, Georgia; one sister-in-law Annie Ola Ross of Plains, Georgia; five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; Three devoted friends: Robert Lewis, Robert Hardy and Janice Foster; several other relatives and friends also survive.


Mr. Aaron Brooks Reece

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Funeral services for Mr. Aaron Brooks Reece of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church on Cotton Ave in Americus, Georgia with Rev. George Edge officiating. Burial will follow on Monday, May 21, 2012 at the Andersonville National Cemetery. 


Aaron B. Reece, Sr.was born on September 23, 1949 to the late Winthrop Reece, Sr. and Hattie Brooks Reece in Brooklyn, New York. He received his formal education through the New York City Public School System.  While still in his formative years, Aaron joined Trinity Baptist Church and embraced ideologies that influenced him into adulthood. During the Vietnam War, Aaron had a strong conviction to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  He later received an honorable discharge. After returning home, Aaron was still compelled to “protect and serve” and accepted a position as a Police Officer with the New York City Housing Police Department. While on duty, he met “Liz” and within four years, the two decided to pledge their love through marriage. After retirement, Aaron relocated the family to Atlanta, Georgia where they resided for several years until moving to Americus, Georgia in 2008. 


Aaron, a go-getter, found himself bored with retirement and again sought out opportunities to ensure the safety of others.  He worked for the DeKalb County Correctional Facility and later the Sumter County Law Enforcement Center until the time came that he needed to focus on his own well-being and that of his family.   


In 2010, Aaron was diagnosed with lung cancer.  His physicians predicted that he had three months to live.  They were wrong.  God granted Aaron two more years to live, love, and to be loved.  He also had the opportunity to restore his relationship with God.  


Aaron departed this life on Sunday, May 13, 2012 with his wife and best friend at his side. Aaron was preceded in death by his parents Hattie and Winthrop Reece, Sr. and his sister, Sharon V. Leake.  He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Elizabeth; six beloved children: Aaron Reece, Jr., Debra Ingram, Lance, Patrick, Domineque and Peter Reece; four cherished grandchildren: Briyana, Anita, and Emanuel Ingram, and Laina Lopez; devoted brothers: Winthrop Reece, Jr. (Caryl-Ann) of Louisa, VA, and Tyrone B. Reece, Sr. of Vermont; treasured sisters: Joyce Reece Thomas of Charlotte, NC and Starr Reece King (Amos) of Greensboro, NC; caring in-laws: mother-in-law, Rose Pope; brothers-in-law: Alphonso, Alexander and Malcolm Pope; sisters-in-law: Danielle Harry, Linda and Odetta Pope and Deborah Reece; special sons: Norbert Ingram, Robert Francis, Antravious McCoy and Troy Smith; special daughters: Zymedria Nash and Alicia Perkins; several other relatives and friends.
















Mrs. Viola Green

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Funeral services for Mrs. Viola Green of Byromville, Georgia will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Mt Olive Baptist Church in Byromville, Georgia with Rev. Alvin Turner officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.


Mrs. Viola Green, daughter of the late Laurena and Ran Felton, was born January 23, 1922 in Dooly County, Georgia. At an early age she confessed her faith in Jesus Christ and became a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.


Mrs. Green always had a positive attitude and a spirit of generosity. She was a very caring, fun-loving person who will be missed by many. She passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Montezuma Health and Rehabilitation Center.


Mrs. Green was the mother of eight children; two preceded her in death, Manikin Green and Mary Ann Green. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Laurena Jones of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Elizabeth (Robert) Reese and Mildred Green of Newark, New Jersey, Victoria Burden of Montezuma, Georgia, Gloria Smith and Howard Green of Byromville, Georgia; her brother and sister, Willie James Felton and Sennie Mae Green of Miami, Florida; fourteen grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, other loving relatives and friends.



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Mr. Huey Myers, Sr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Huey P. Myers, Sr. of Lower Five Points Road Smithville, Georgia will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary with Rev. Leon Pace officiating.

Mr. Huey Myers, Sr. was born on February 21, 1934 to the late Mr. Blonnie Myers and the late Mariah Myers in Stewart County, GA. He was joined in matrimony to the late Emma Lee Myers for 54 years before her unfortunate passing in 2005.  To this union, five boys were born.  He was employed by Cornwell Farms in Sumter County for more than 40 years before retiring at the age of 62.  He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.  Mr. Myers passed away on Saturday April 28, 2012 at Phoebe Memorial Hospital in Albany, GA.


He leaves to mourn his passing his sons: Lee Ernest and wife Daphne Albany GA, Huey, Jr. and devoted friend Cassandra Bradley of Sumter City, GA, Wimpy and wife Debra of Radcliff KY, Melvin and wife Tracy of Riverside CA, and Marvin of Albany GA;  two sisters: Mary Francis Moore of Americus GA, and Viola Westbrook of Rochester NY; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, a host sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, several nieces, nephews, cousins and a number of other devoted family members and friends.

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Mrs. Virginia L. Scantlebury

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Mrs. Virginia Louise Scantlebury of Americus, GA died on Tuesday, April 24 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by West’s Mortuary.


Mrs. Virginia Louise Scantlebury was born in Junction City, GA on January 23, 1928 to the late Ida Jackson Scantlebury and the late Ivan Walter Scantlebury, Sr. Mrs. Scantlebury was employed for several years as a nurse in New York, City.


She leaves to cherish her memories her three children: Ivan Walter Scantlebury, Jr., of Americus, GA, James Louis Pratt of FL, and Brenda Alexander of MD; three grandchildren: Bryant Alexander, Jr., Katina Barnes and Quinton Alexander. Several other relatives and friends also survive.



Ms. Jennie Ingram

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Memorial services for Miss Jennie Mae Ingram of Americus, Georgia will be held on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary with Rev. Norbert Ingram officiating.

Miss Jennie Mae Ingram affectionately known as “France” was born in Andersonville Georgia on Feb. 18, 1930 to the late Mr. LeRoy Ingram and Mrs. Jennie Harris Ingram. She received her education in the public schools of Andersonville. She joined the Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Dan Thomas. She was employed by the Basket factory and Stewart Restaurant.  

She was preceded in death by two brothers; Mr. Bennie Ingram and Mr. Elijah Ingram.  Three sisters: Mrs. Parline Walter, Mr. Willie Lee Smith, Mrs. Bertha Mitchell. Miss Ingram died on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus.

She leaves to cherish her memory one son, Charlie E. Ingram & friend, Mrs. Sylvia Jones and one Grandson, Mr. Travis Harris both of Americus, two sisters-in-law: Mrs. Clara Ingram of Americus, Georgia and Mrs. Yunita Ingram of Rockaway N Y and a host of nieces, including devoted nieces; Ordella Westbrook & Florine Johnson of Americus, Georgia and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends also survive.






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Mrs. Alice Mae Mathis

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Mrs. Alice Mae Mathis of Ft. Valley, Georgia died on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Medical Center of Central GA in Macon, Georgia. Services will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Fort valley, Georgia with Rev. Gregory E. Moore officiating.

Mrs. Alice Mae Engram Mathis, daughter of the late Moody and Ella Engram, was born October 11, 1913 in Montezuma, Georgia.  At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and became a faithful member of New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia. She graduated high school from Macon County Training School.  

In 1932 she was united in holy matrimony to Mr. J.D. Mathis. This union was blessed with ten children. Her family moved to Fort Valley, Georgia in 1953 and she became a loyal member of Trinity Baptist Church, where she worked faithfully in Sunday School, the choir, and the Missionary Ministry where she served as president.  

Mrs. Mathis was a true advocate in her community and the schools.  She served as president of the PTA, teachers assistant with the Head Start Program, kindergarten, nursery school, and worked with The Community Food Bank.  She was also a dormitory counselor at Fort Valley State University for many years.

Mrs. Mathis was the pillar of her family, always going over and beyond the call of duty to make sure her children and grandchildren received what they needed to be successful in life.  Her kind-hearted spirit and loving personality were displayed as she continuously helped others.

Mrs. Mathis was a member of the Reading and Savings Club in Fort Valley, GA.  She was a delegate for the Southern Baptist Association Convention and worked diligently for the Association for many, many years.  She lived a God-fearing life, was a community mom, and was loved by all.  Her house was the gathering point for the children in the neighborhood, where they played, ate and found love in her presence. 

Mrs. Mathis departed this earthly life on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, Georgia.  Five of her children, J.D., Walter Ben, Carl, Edward Moody, and Melvyn preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are:  Her children; Mildred M. Houston, Atlanta, GA, Eloise M. Rountree, Perry, GA, Charlie Lynn Mathis, Fort Valley, GA, Dr. Bettye M. Clark, Atlanta, GA, and Marvin B. Mathis, Fort Valley; twenty-five grandchildren a host of great grandchildren; a cousin, Red Scrutchings of Chicago, Illinois; a host of other relatives and friends.





Minister Selandra Faye Jordan Jackson

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Funeral services for Minister Selandra Faye Jordan Jackson of Macon, Georgia formerly of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Selandra Faye Jordan Jackson was born in Americus, Georgia on June 30, 1978 to the late Elder Wallace Jordan, Jr and Mrs. Barbara Jordan Green. Selandra was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age she gave her life to Christ and joined the Abundant Life Holiness Church. Her continuing and constant love of the Lord led her to the Ministry in 2001. Minister Jackson died on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at her home in Macon, Georgia. She was preceded in death by and an uncle Mr. Hampton Jordan.


She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted husband, Deacon Gregory Jackson of Macon, Georgia; her devoted mother and step-father, Minister Barbara Green and Deacon Willie Lee Green both of Americus, Georgia; three brothers: Mr. Kendrick Mathis, Pastor Wallace & Regina Jordan of Willachoochee, Georgia, and Mr. Travis Jordan of Perry, Georgia; her father-in-law Mr. James Shelton of Flint MI; two aunts: Ms. Mable Jordan of Atlanta, Georgia and Ms. Francis Lockett of Plains, Georgia; two brothers-in-law: Mr. Larry (Evelyn) Jackson of Americus, Georgia and Mr. David (Jill) Jackson of Stone Mountain, Georgia; two sisters-in-law: Mrs. Shelia (Royal) Jackson Smith and Ms. Stephanie Jackson both of Atlanta, Georgia; devoted friends Lucile Williams, Celesta Stevens, Tasha Katzer and Debra Higgins. Several other relatives and friends also survive.




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