Mrs. Odessa Bess

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Funeral services for Mrs. Odessa Bess of Smithville, Georgia will be Monday, May 6, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Green Grove Baptist Church in Smithville, Georgia with Rev. Hosie Waters officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. 


Mrs. Odessa Bess was born September 6, 1919 in Ft. Gains, Georgia. She departed from this life on May 1, 2013. Odessa was a member of Green Grove Baptist Church in Smithville, Georgia. She was married to the late Henry Bess, Sr. God blessed Henry and Odessa with six (6) children: two daughters preceded her in death, Rosie M. Cutts and Brenda Fakalode and one son, Henry Bess, Jr. One brother, Walter Sutton and one sister, Mattie Hodge of Bainbridge, Georgia also preceded her in death.


Two daughters and a son are left to cherish her memories, Earnestine (Otto) Bennett of Tampa, Florida; Doris Bess, Americus, Georgia; and Michael J. Bess of Smithville, Georgia; two sisters, Annie R. Bess of Bridgeton, New Jersey; a devoted son-in-law, Deacon Douglas Cutts; and a devoted daughter-in-law, Gussie Mae Bess. Also surviving her departure with cherished memories are 23 grandchildren—two preceded her in death—and a host of great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


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Ms. Clara Virginia Snipes

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Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Virginia Snipes-Atwater will be Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 12:30 at Beulahland Baptist Church in Butler, Georgia with Rev. Alvin Turner officiating.

Clara Virginia Snipes-Atwater was born May 24, 1944 in Butler, Georgia to the late Walter Snipes and Sallie E. Snipes.

She attended Butler, Georgia Schools and graduated from Eureka High School in Butler, Georgia.  She then furthered her education at Fort Valley State College. She later moved to Atlanta, Georgia and began working at Grady Health Care System. She stayed there until she became ill and then retired.

She leaves to cherish her memories, a very loving and devoted mother, Mrs. Sallie E. Snipes; a very loyal and supportive son Keith Snipes, and a loving daughter Chiketa Snipes; three sisters, Myrtice Snipes, Madine (Carnell) Ange, of Atlanta Georgia, Debra (Ronald) Jackson of Butler, Georgia; four brothers, Walter (Vickie) Snipes of Atlanta, Georgia, Eddie (Mary) Snipes, Lorenza Snipes, all of Butler, Georgia; nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren who cared for and love dearly; five aunts, two uncles, and a host of loyal and loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.






Mrs. Mary E. White

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Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth White of Americus, GA will be held on Friday April 12, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the St John A.M.E.Church in Plains, GA with Pastor Shirley Strawter officiating.


Mrs. Mary Elizabeth James White was born September 19, 1927 to the parentage of the late Mr. Frank (Pat) and Willie Mae Mathis James in Sumter County, Georgia.  She was educated in the public school system of Sumter County, Georgia.  At an early age she accepted Christ as her personal savior and joined the St. John A.M. E. Church in Plains, Georgia.  She was an active member of Rohoma Chapter 200 Order of the Eastern Star, until her health failed.


On March 16, 1946 she married the love of her life, her soul mate, Mr. Calvin White, Sr.  They shared 62 beautiful years together. Mary work for years at the office of Doctors Robinson, Dudley and Teaford.  After several years, she retired from Magnolia Manor Nursing Center. 


In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Calvin White, Sr,; two sons, Mr. Calvin White, Jr and Mr. Clifford White; her siblings, Mrs. Lulean Laster, Mrs. Thelma James, Mrs. Ruth Woods, Mr. Felton James, Mrs. Fannie Johnson, Mrs. Katie Cottle,  and Mr. Joseph James; and  her son-n-law; Mr. Henry Anthony, Jr.


On April 4, 2013, her father’s birthday, Mary Elizabeth White peacefully departed this earthly life surrounded by her family at Phoebe–Sumter Medical Center.


Left to cherish her memories, are her two daughters: Mrs. Charlene Anthony and Mrs. Shirlene Monts; her two sons; Mr. Joseph White, Sr. and Mr. James Douglas White, Sr.; sixteen grandchildren that she had a hand in raising; Angela and Michelle Anthony, Towan, Jarrod, Jarrell, Lashun, Joseph, Jr., Ja’Kerria, James, Jr., Stacy, Dexter White, Brian Terry, Anthony and Minnie King, Monique Luster, Monica Harris, Sophia Cooper, Allen Barthell, Sharonda Wilson and Mario Bogans;  44 great-grand children,   nieces and nephews;  Bobbie (Nathaniel) Jean, Lorean, Katie Ruth, Gwen, Gladys, Claude, Mary Ann, Georgia Lee, Daisy, Roscoe, Helena, Joyce, Douglas, Debra, Felton, Bobbie Lee, Mary, Paula, Moses, Charlie, Sammy, Alice, Billy, Lewis, Shirlene, and James; several cousins, South Jackson Street, Meadowwood,  and Meadowbrook Neighbors and friends.



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Mr. Otis Paschal, Jr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Otis Paschal, Jr. of Americus, GA will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Old Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jesse Watts officiating. Burial will follow at the Andersonville National Cemetery.


Sergeant First Class Retired Otis Paschal Jr. was born on February 19, 1952 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Mr. and Mrs. Otis Paschal Sr. He attended Sumter County High School and South Georgia Technical College in Americus GA. He joined Old Shady Grove Baptist Church at an early age.  He served in the U S. Army for 20 years where he completed and received a Diploma the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course. He was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding service to the Nation as a United States Army Soldier, also A Certificate of An for being selected as instructor of the cycle, class number 31-82. 


Otis was affectionately known as “Sarge” to all his friends and family because he was a true soldier even after he retired. Sergeant Paschal passed from labor to reward on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Phoebe Sumter Hospital in Americus GA. 


Memories of Sarge will be cherished by his wife Jennie M. Paschal; his five children: Minister Cassandra (Minister Marcus) Jordan of Valdosta, GA, Garrick Paschal and Brandie Paschal of Albany GA. Kerry Paschal (Tiffany) of Lake Alfred FL. and Zerrick Yarnell (Shamika) Lake of Canton Michigan;  four grandchildren: Jessie, Katlan, Arianna and Alana; three step children: Denise Stephens, Corey Brown both of Americus GA and Melvin (Angela) Stephens of Covington GA; two brothers: Joseph Paschal of Americus GA and Milton Paschal, Montezuma GA; four sisters: Florence (Bobby) Royal and Annie Pinder of Miami FL, Christine Phillips of Louisville Kentucky and Shirley Jones of Americus, GA;  five sister-in-laws: Freddie L. (Pastor Johnie) Evans, Ms.  Jeraldine Hoston, Mrs. Sherline (Reginald) Williams, Mrs. Nettie (Kenneth) Hall and Ms. Regina Tullis all of Americus, GA; four brother-in-laws: Mr. James (Mae) Tullis, of Decatur, GA. Mr. Clyde (Tracia) Tullis, Mr. Elias (Yvonne) Tullis of Americus, GA and Mr. Clarence (Ruby) Tullis, Albany GA;  two aunts including a devoted aunt Mrs. Eula Breedlove of Americus GA and Ms. Irene Jones of Miami FL; four uncles: Johnny Paschal of Americus, GA, Bobbie Paschal, Eldridge Paschal and Reverend Moses (Jean)Paschal all of Miami FL; three devoted friends: Deacon David Davis, Joanne Floyd and Bishop John Floyd all of Americus, GA.  A host of nieces and nephews and relatives also survive.




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Mrs. Ethel Lee Mathis

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Graveside services for Mrs. Ethel Lee Mathis age 94 of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:00 P.M at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Americus, Georgia with Rev. Freddie Mann officiating. Mrs. Mathis died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center.


Mrs. Ethel Lee Patrick Mathis was born in Leslie, Georgia on March 6, 1919 to the late Mrs. Strawdie Hall Patrick and the late Mr. Cleveland Patrick. She was married to the late Mr. Jessie B. Mathis. Mrs. Mathis was a homemaker and a long time member of the Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church. She was preceded in death by six sisters: Ms. Geneva Flint, Mrs. Annie Roberts, Mrs. Strawdie Marsh, Mrs. Sallie Mathis, Mrs. Bertha Lee Mann and Mrs. Katie Gaines; four brothers: Mr. Cleveland Patrick, Mathis “Red” Patrick, Mr. West Patrick and Mr. Richard Patrick; two sons: Mr. Jab Mathis and Mr. M.C. Mathis; and one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Omelia K. Mathis. Mrs. Mathis died peacefully on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.


She leaves to cherish her memory a loving and devoted daughter, Mrs. Lois Battle and son-in-law Deacon Clinton Battle of Americus, GA; two sons: Allen Mathis of Atlanta, GA and Jessie B. Mathis, Jr. of Americus, GA; one sister, Mrs. Ella Ruth McBeth of Miami, FL; six grandchildren: Jeaneen, Rodney and Jacqueline Mathis all of Decatur, GA, Marcus Gooden of Kennesaw, GA, Felicia Gooden of Americus, GA and Jessica Kelly (Tramaine) of Albany, GA; six great-grandchildren: Dionca Gooden of Nashville, TN, Kamala Johnson of Atlanta, GA, Megan and Marissa Gooden of Kennesaw, GA, Jarrett Randall and Jocelyn Sims both of Americus, GA; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Rosie Patrick of Americus, GA; A family friend Ms. Dexter Grady of Atlanta, GA. Several other nieces and nephews also survive.








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Mrs. Joyce Fitzgerald

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Joyce Margaret Rose Larkins Fitzgerald, 77, died, Monday, March 11, 2013 at her home in Oglethorpe, Georgia, attended by loving family members.


Joyce was the first child of John Larkins and Helen Moulton Larkins, born on July 14, 1935, in Sioux City, Iowa. She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel school in Fonda, Iowa, and married Michael E. Fitzgerald on June 19, 1952. They lived with their children in Illinois, Germany, Nebraska, California, and Iowa before moving to Georgia in 1975. She was beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister, aunt and great-aunt.


Mrs. Fitzgerald worked for the Procter & Gamble Company in Oglethorpe, Georgia, from 1980 until her retirement in 1998.


Joyce is survived by her husband Michael Fitzgerald of Oglethorpe, son Douglas Fitzgerald of Oglethorpe; daughter Kimberly (Randy) Barron of Joliet, Illinois; son Stanley Fitzgerald of Altoona, Iowa; son Craig Fitzgerald of Ellaville; and sons Kevin Fitzgerald and Brenden Fitzgerald of Oglethorpe. She also leaves behind grandchildren Gretchen Fritz of Plainfield, Illinois; Glynka (Matt) FritzMiller of Gilbert, Arizona; Curtis Culbert of Waterloo, Iowa; Joshua McDill of Charleston, SC; Brenden Fitzgerald, Jr. of Oglethorpe, Georgia; and Ian Conor Fitzgerald of Altoona, Iowa. Joyce also leaves great-granddaughters Elsa and Annika FritzMiller and great-grandson Emory FritzMiller, all of Gilbert, Arizona. Mrs. Fitzgerald was preceded in death by her father, mother and baby sister Delores. She is also survived by her siblings Patricia (Steve) Moore of Rockwell City, Iowa; Phillip (Doris) Larkins of Ankeny, Iowa; Jeanne (Patrick) Condon of Oldsmar, Florida; and Mary Maxwell of Gainesville, Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as dear friends. Joyce was preceded in death by her grandsons Shaun Paul Fitzgerald and Lance Tyler, and her great-granddaughter Annelise FritzMiller.


Mrs. Fitzgerald’s remains were cremated, and there will be a memorial Mass at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Montezuma, Georgia, on Saturday, March 16. A memorial Mass will also be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda, Iowa, in July of this year. Joyce’s ashes will be interred in the plot with her parents at Mount Zion Cemetery in Fonda.




Mr. Jeffery Keith Hurley

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Funeral services for Mr. Jeffery Keith Hurley of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Zion Hope Baptist Church with Pastor George F. Monts officiating.


Mr. Jeffery Keith Hurley affectionately called “Jason” or “Hilon” was born in Sumter County Georgia on December 27, 1971 to Mr. Rudolph Hurley and Ms. Daisey Hurley. He received his education at The Sumter County High School at an early age, he joined St. Paul A. M. E. Church. Later he moved his membership to Zion Hope Baptist Church and served faithfully until God called him home.  He enjoyed fishing, working on cars and lending a helping hand to others. 


He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Mr. William Patillo, Mrs. Flora Bell Patillo, Mr. James Hurley & Mrs. Ruby Dean Hurley; one niece, Ms. Shaquta Hurley; father-in-law, Anthony Bruce Cleveland and one aunt, Mrs. Martha Wilson.


He leaves to cherish his memories; His wife, Mrs. Tomeka Hurley, one daughter Shadayea Williams of Americus Georgia; two sons: Mr. Jeffery Hurley Jr. & Mr. Ouantavious Hurley both of Americus, GA; one sister, Theresa  Johnson (Kenney); three brothers: Mr. Christopher (Kathy) Hurley, Mr. Micheal Hurley (Kola) and Jousha Jackson; three sisters-in-law: Mrs. Tammy (Vernon) Turnbull, Ms. Kenya Hill both of Americus, GA and Ms. Crystal Cleveland; one brother-in-law, Mr. Gregory Cleveland; mother-in-law, Ms. Gwendolyn Williams; father-in-law, Mr. Johnny Galloway; twelve aunts: Ms. Viola Patillo, Mrs. Irene (John) Little, Mrs. Mollie Murphy, Ms. Mary Tullis all of Plains Georgia,  Ms. Carrie Morgan, Ms. Annie Ruth Muff, Ms. Rosia Butler, Mrs. Freddie Ann Bailey (Collie Clark), Ms. Gloria Hurley, Ms. Annie Ruth Tullis and Ms. Sue Hart all of Americus GA, Mrs. Hazel (Bro) Harp of Oglethorpe GA; nine uncles: Mr. Arthur (Tammy) Patillo, Mr. John (Gloria) Hurley, Mr. Charles Hurley, Mr. Victor Williams, Mr. Leonardo Williams, Mr. Bernard Banks, Mr. Amos Carson all of Americus Georgia, Mr. Larry Carson and Mr. Harry Carson both of Plains Georgia; six nieces: Ms. Tiffany Sims, Ms. Shabriekia Sims Ms. Mazaiyha Hall, Ms Asia Harden, Ms. Ashely Bateman and Ja’nieah Jackson; five nephews:  Mr. Deonta Hurley, Mr. Christopher Hurley Jr., Mr. Jonathan Hurley, Mr. Keith Harden and Mr. Rafael Woolfora. A host of cousins & friends including devoted friends Tawanda Hurley and Eula Streeter.



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Mr. Willie C. Burkes, Jr.

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Mr. Willie C Burkes, Jr. affectionately known at “Largo” died on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West's Mortuary with Rev. Sandy Parks officiating. Burial will follow on Monday at 2:00 P.M. at the Andersonvillie National Cemetery.


Mr. Willie C. Burkes, Jr was born on March 2, 1944 in Sumter County Georgia to the Late Mrs. Emma C Burkes and the late Mr. Willie C. Burkes, Sr. Willie was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and graduated at the top of the class of 1961. While in school he and a classmate won 2nd place at the Macon Science Fair by building a shortwave radio. After graduation he enlisted into the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged after four years of service. He later moved to Cleveland Ohio where he worked for the Post Office and as a Security Guard at the University Hospital of Cleveland.


He leaves to mourn his passing a son, Curtis Lamar Hickson (Shirley); four grandchildren: Curtis Jr., Tamaya, Corryn and Charlyn; two great grandchildren: Kamiyah and Omar; two brothers: Jerome Williams and Robert Lee Williams; several devoted cousins including: Betty Stevens, Rosa Pace, Fannie Anthony, Ruth Webster, Fran Webster, Lillie Ruth Pace, Sara Carter Vonnie Faye Williams, Ronald Pace, Dennis Pace and Lisa Pace; several devoted friends including: Eddie Banks, Jr., Captain Roger, Cecil Horne, General Reid, Eddie Bryant, Jr. and Ms. Freddie Battle; one aunt Ms. Francis Perry and several other relatives and friends also survive.



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Infant Keyarri Nere' Ruch

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Graveside services for Infant Keyarri Nere’ Ruch will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. at Babyland in the Eastview Cemetery with Rev. William Laster officiating.

Infant Keyarri Nere' Ruch was born in Fort Stewart GA on Jan. 19, 2013 to Rahsaan & Ja'Meia Cottle-Ruch. On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, God called his little Angel home to rest. She was preceded in death by her Great grandparents: John & Meroal Myrick, & Robert Johnson

She leaves to cherish her memory her parents Rahsaan & Ja'Meia Cottle-Ruch, a sister A'Shariya Sy'Meia Ruch all of Great Lakes, IL. Her grandparents, William & Joann Allen-Johnson of Fort Stewart GA, Carla Ruch of Tacoma WA, Horace Cottle of Americus GA, Sidney Timberlake of Phoenix AZ, Roy Peace of Tacoma WA, Curtis & Kim Pina-Grace Sr. of Wareham, MA. Aunts & Uncles: Tanaisha Thornton-Clark of Americus GA, Jeffrey Antone of Coquitlam BC, Elexis Johnson-Archie of Tacoma WA, Andre' Ruch of Tacoma WA, Zoe Reddick of Albany GA, Kydayne Broughton-Ruch of Tacoma WA, Amanda Ruch of Tacoma WA, & Curtis Grace Jr. of Wareham MA. Great grandparents: Beulah Barner of Americus GA, Paul & Annie Mae Allen of Americus GA, Mandy Ruch of Tacoma WA, Bertha Johnson of Lumpkin GA, William Ruch of Bloomington IL. Several other relatives also survive.




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Mr. Jimmy Williams, Sr.

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Funeral Services for Mr. Jimmy Williams, Sr. of  601 McKenzie Drive, Montezuma  will be Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Montezuma with Reverend Alfred Wynn officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Hill Cemetery.


Mr. Jimmy Williams, son of the late Jesse and Armetta Perry Williams, was born November 17, 1934 in Macon County, Georgia.  He was married to Dorothy Jean Adams and this union was blessed with seven children. For a number of years he was a supervisor at Southern Frozen Foods. He passed away on Friday, February 1, 2013 at Macon Coliseum Hospital. He was preceded in death by his daughter Garnette Robinson and two grandchildren Antonio Robinson and Brianna Williams.


He is survived by the mother of his children, Dorothy Jean Williams of Montezuma, Georgia; six children: Jimmy Williams, Jr. (Mary Ann),  Brenda Walters (Oscar),  Dorothy Freeman, and Jerome Williams (Veronica) all of Montezuma, Georgia,  Bobby Lee Williams (Feleica) of Valdosta, Georgia and Letha Ann Williams of Albany, Georgia; four sisters and one brother: Lizzie Johnson and Mary Frances Wallace both of St. Petersburg, Florida, Annie Mae MacDuffey of Douglas Georgia, Annie Ruth Thomas (Ira) of Hazelhurst, Georgia  and Ernest Williams (Teresa) of Atlanta, Georgia; twenty-eight grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, loving relatives and friends.





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