Mr. Charles Dunn

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Funeral services for Mr. Charles J. Dunn of Ashby Street Americus, GA

will be Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Power of Faith Deliverance Church on Ashby Street in Americus, Georgia with Prophetess Linda Mathis officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Mr. Charles Jerome Dunn was born on March 18, 1961 to Mr. Eddie Lee Dunn Jr. and Mrs. Brownie Davis Dunn. He received his education in the Sumter County school system. Mr. Charles Dunn was employed by Simplex Nails of Americus, Georgia for many years. He was preceded in death by his brother Mr. Willie Lee Dunn. On Tuesday, July 19, 2011 Mr. Charles Dunn departed his life at his residence.

He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted parents, Mrs. Brownie Dunn and Mr. Eddie Lee Dunn Jr. both of Americus GA; Four sisters: Rosa (MacArthur) Rutherford of Americus GA, Brownie Dudley of Waldorf, MD, Georgia Furlow of Americus, GA, and Naomi (Thomas) Tinnin of Atlanta, GA; two brothers: Sam (Regina) Dunn of Riverdale, GA, and Eddie (Kim) Dunn III of Americus, GA. Aunts include; Elizabeth Monts, Minister Linda Mathis, Rebecca Davis, Dora Bell (A. J.) Daniels, and Leanamae Coleman, all of Americus, Uncles include: O. Z. Coleman, Eugene Coleman, all of Americus, and Reverend Leroy (Ethal) Davis, Hartford, CT. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

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Mr. Andrew Leverette

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Funeral service for Mr. Andrew Leverette of Americus, Georgia

will be held Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West's Mortuary in Americus, GA with Rev. Willie Greene officiating.
Mr. Andrew “Andre” Leverette was born in Americus, GA on January 12, 1966 to the parentage of the late Mrs. Florine Leverette Thomas, the late Richard Gaynor, and James Dodson. He received his education from Americus High. During that time, he was an outstanding all-star football player. He graduated in 1984. 

He is preceded in death by his mother, Florine Leverette Thomas, his father Richard Gaynor, his sister Latasha Thomas, his grandmother Willie Buckins, and his aunt Cathy Ann Buckins. Mr. Leverette died on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center.

He leaves to mourn his passing, three daughters: Coneisha Leverette, Camelia Leverette-Lewis (Derren), and Andrea Leverette all of Americus, GA; Two brothers: Darius Harris (Patricia) of Americus, GA and Robert Davis of Newman, GA. Six sisters: Renee Whitt (Will) of Seattle, WA, Tanya Jeffords (William) of North Augusta, SC, Shelly Fagan of Bessmer, AL, Yvette Long of Mendham, NJ, Elana Gatvan of Patterson, CA, and Kimberly Davis of San Jose, CA. Eleven uncles: Charles Gooden (Pharthenia), Danny Gooden (Carla), Arthur Gooden (Lou Emma), Jonathan Gooden all of Jacksonville, FL. Lee Warren Gooden (Mildred) of Americus, GA, Joe Grimsley of Columbia, AL, William Gaynor of Tampa, FL, James Gaynor (Edna) of Blakely, GA, and Richard D. Gaynor of Foley, AL, James S. Buckins, and Daniel Buckins (Selina) of Americus, GA; Three Aunts: Rudine Davenport (Willie) of Columbia, AL, Alma Gaynor and Gail Gaynor both of Tampa, FL. Four Grandchildren: Jordan Hamilton, Justin Leverette, Camryn Lewis, and Jadon Leverette all of Americus, GA. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and other relatives including a devoted friend, Rebecca Hooks.


Mr. John Mathis

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Funeral services for Mr. John L. Mathis age 66 of Westside Dr. Americus, GA

will be held Saturday, July 16th at 11:00 A.M. at the Power of Faith Deliverance Church on Ashby Street in Americus with Prophetess Linda Mathis officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery. Mr. Mathis died on Sunday July 10th at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus.


Mr. John L. Mathis was born on September 1, 1944 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Sallie and C.P. Mathis. He was married to the late Gertrude Mathis. He was preceded in death by one brother Minister Ike Mathis. Mr. Mathis died on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. Left to cherish his memory are his four sons: Johnny Mathis, Jr. “G-Moe”, Reginald “Poochie” Mathis (Fenita Reddick), Joel Mathis and Dean Mathis all of Americus, Georgia; one sister, Cassie Weston of Atlanta, Georgia; one sister-in-law, Prophetess Linda Mathis of Americus, Georgia. A host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends also survive.



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Mr. Willie Albert Fegans

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Mr. Willie Albert Fegans

was born June 2, 1957 to Mrs. Sally B. Hooks Kelly and the late Tarzie Fegans, Jr. in Montezuma, Georgia.

He attended the public schools of Macon County and graduated from D.F. Douglass High School. Albert accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and became a member of Union Baptist Church. On Saturday, July 9, 2011, our beloved bid this world farewell at the Montezuma Health Care Center. His memories will live on in his children, Gary English, Charlie Roberts (Tashika) of Atlanta, Georgia, Jermaine Smith and Deon Smith of Montezuma, Georgia, and Sheena Jones (Kini) of Vienna, Georgia; his mother, Sally B. Kelly of New Jersey; twelve grandchildren; sisters and brothers: Patricia Robinson (Patrick) of Chesterfield, New Jersey, Jackie Sparks (Elton) of Perry, Georgia, Evelyn Thomas of Albany, Georgia, Arthur Fegan of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Fogie Milton Fegan of Perry, Georgia, Billy Fegan and Eddie Fegan of Brooklyn, New York; Godmother, Grace McCaurin of Brooklyn, New York; devoted niece, Angela Mathis of Montezuma, Georgia; a host of aunts and uncles, cousins and friends; special friends: Hubert and Ernestine West, J.W. Quinn, Ophelia Waters, Marilyn Ford, and the Union Baptist Church family.

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Ms. Mattie Mae Walters

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Funeral services for Ms. Mattie Mae Walters of Buttercup Lane Americus, GA

will be held Friday, July 8th at 11:00 AM at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church. Burial will follow at Staley Memorial Gardens.

Ms. Mattie Mae Walters was born on May 1, 1932 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Dan and Gussie Walters and passed away on Monday, July 4, 2011 at her home in Americus, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her devoted daughter Emma Jean Lockett, her sister Hattie Mae (Roy) Foster and niece Veronica (John) Brown.

Sis Walters was an active member of the Allen Chapel AME Church where she served in many areas - Secretary of the L.J. Jones Usher Board, President of Stewardess Board #2, Secretary of Stewardess Board #3, and Correspondence Secretary of the Noisy B. Stephens Women’s Missionary Society. She was chosen Queen of the Eastern District WMS (Women’s Missionary Society, and was a member of the adult church school class.
Survivors include her son, Rev. Ted (Trudy) Walters of Vidalia, GA, brother, Dan Walters Jr. and sister Lizzie Maye of Americus, GA, grandchildren, Barry (Bridget) McGrady, Marietta, GA, Corey (Kelly Tyner) Lockett, Americus, GA, Trenton Walters, Vidalia, GA, Kima (Jermaine) Young, Savannah, GA, and Alicia Brantley, Vidalia, GA, great-grandchildren Brandi, Breah and Barry (B.J.) McGrady Jr, Marietta, GA, Saviyah Brantley, Vidalia, GA and Kimora Young, Savannah, GA devoted nephews, Roy “Butch” Foster Jr. (Tairetha), West Palm Beach, FL, Robert and Kelvin Maye as well as a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
West's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.




Mrs. Gwendolyn Gilyard

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Memorial services for Mrs. Gwendolyn Benyard Gilyard formerly of Smithville, GA will be held on Saturday, July 9th at 11:00 AM at the New Hope A.M.E. Church in Smithville, GA with Rev. Leon Pace officiating, Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Gwendolyn Benyard Gilyard was born April 27, 1938 in Smithville, Georgia to Lizzie Benyard (née Mitchell) and Booker Trent. She went to lower school in Smithville and Doerun, Georgia and attended Moultrie High for Negro Youth, graduating Class of ’56. Her academic & acting skills earned her full scholarship to Florida A&M University. With the FAMU Playmakers Guild she traveled to Africa and Europe, and graduated with a B.A. degree in English / Drama in 1960. After short stints teaching in Sanford, Florida and working in New York City, Gwen seized the opportunity to live & work in Accra, Ghana from 1964 - 1968. She joined the Board of Education soon after returning to New York, and taught elementary school in District 5, Harlem for over 25 years. Before retiring in 1996, Gwen earned a M.S. in Education at University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. “Akua” – her Ghanaian name – continued her interest in theater throughout her life, meeting husband Manuel Gilyard outside National Black Theater in Harlem. She put on many plays in her schools P.S. 200 & P.S. 129, held storytelling contests, and loved attending off-Broadway shows. After planning rites of passage ceremonies for each of her daughters, Gwen co-founded Sojourner Truth Adolescent Rites Society (STARS) with other mothers. Gwen co-authored “Transformation: A Rites of Passage Manual for African American Girls” in 1987, and spoke at seminars around the country for years after. “Adventures in a Country Place” was the next book Gwen published, continuing her love of writing and story-telling. An avid political activist, she continuously rallied for peace & justice. In her later years Gwen enjoyed being a member of Sankofa, Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Ebony Society of Philatelic Expressions & Reflections, Story Corps, and Black Teachers Who Care at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem New York. On the evening of June 23, 2011, Gwen was released from her earthly shell to be with God.


She leaves to remember her fondly husband Manuel Gilyard of New York City; daughter Maisha (Thierry) Dejean of North Miami Beach, Florida; daughter Tulani Gilyard of Laurel, Maryland; stepdaughter Sheree (Martin) Hamblin of Hyattsville, Maryland; brother Roger Trent of Albany, Georgia; sisters-in-law Annabelle Gilyard of New York City, and Nancy Jenkins of Richmond, Virginia; stepmother Ola Trent of Albany; cousins Donna “Sis” French of Smithville; Rev. Idus Nunn, Jr. of the Bronx, New York, Jewel Lucas of Grand Island, Florida; and numerous beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins from the Gilyard, Trent, Jenkins, Nunn, Bush families; as well as many cherished friends and neighbors.  

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Mrs. Rosa Bell Reynolds

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Funeral services for Rosa Bell Reynolds, 84, of Americus, are at 3 p.m. March 25, 2011, at Zion Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. George F. Monts officiating. Burial will follow at the Bethel Primitive Baptist Church cemetery. Mrs. Reynolds died on March 21 at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Americus, Georgia. West's Mortuary of Americus is in charge of arrangements.