November12

Mr. Daniel L Ford

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Funeral services for Mr. Daniel L. Ford of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at Felton Chapel Church, 189 Hawk Circle in Oglethorpe, Georgia.

Daniel Louis Ford was born December 9, 1965 to the late Lee Willie Ford and Betty B. Ford Wiggins. Daniel was a servant of the Macon County Community. He attended the public schools of Macon County. He was employed at Mulcoa then at Dixie Queen for years. Then he became self-employed until he became ill. Daniel was known for riding his bike all over the Macon County area and keeping a smile on his face at all times as he served the community.

Daniel Louis Ford passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017. He was preceded in death by his sister LaKeisha M. Ford.

Cherished memories are left in the hearts of his companion Ruby McDonald of Montezuma, Georgia; five sisters: Florene F. Mickey (Charles) of Powder Springs, Georgia, Mae R. Ford (Tony) of Ellaville, Georgia, Betty F. Griffin (Morris) of Warner Robins, Georgia, Beverly L. Ford (William) and Latonya Ford of Miami Florida; two brothers: Rondy O. Ford (Mishanda) and Lee W. Ford (Diana) of Miami, Florida; two uncles: Eddie L. Griffin of Atlanta, Georgia and Gary L. Griffin of Augusta, Georgia; six aunts: Annie K. White (Michael) of Ellenwood, Georgia, Christie A. Darity (Walter) of Montezuma, Georgia, Helen Kemp of Butler, Georgia, Sandra Kendrick of Garden Valley, Georgia, Rosetta F. Riley of Oglethorpe, Georgia and Fannie Mae  Ford of Minnesota; a special daughter, Tina McDonald; a special friend, Camille Bielby; a special friend who was like a brother, Roy Neal Walker; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

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November12

Ms. Annie Ruth Greene

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Funeral services for Ms. Annie Ruth Greene of Americus, GA will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Allen Chapel A.M.E. on Bumphead Rd. in Americus, GA with Reverend Sterling Vereen officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery

On December 24, 1945 Monroe Greene and Elizabeth Greene Perry welcomed a beautiful baby girl into this world that they chose to name Annie Ruth Greene.  Annie was a mild-mannered soft spoken person that loved people.  She did not let her handicap stop her. Annie enjoyed watching her favorite TV shows with her sister Zelda every day. There are so many special and wonderful memories with Annie that will forever be in our hearts. Everyone that loved Annie called her Ruth. On Sunday, November 12, 2017, Ruth departed this life at the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA.  Ruth is preceded in death by her father, Monroe Greene, and mother Elizabeth Greene Perry.

Cherished memories are left in the hearts of her loving daughter, Mrs.  Annie Bernice Reese (Johnny) of Americus, GA., her sisters: Ms. Gladys G. Hopkins, of Americus, GA, Ms. Fannie M. Waller, Zelda M. Perry and Doris A. Perry all of Decatur, GA; her brothers: Mr. Willie R. Perry and Joseph Perry both of Decatur, GA; grandchildren: Sharon Searcy, LaShonda Waymon (Chauncy), Warner Robins, GA, Jermonica Durham, Americus, GA and William Durham of Warner Robins, GA; thirteen great grandchildren; devoted nieces: Stephanie H. Robinson of Panama Beach, FL, Leticelia H. Godfrey of Jonesboro, GA, Stacey Perry and Tamika Brown both of Decatur, GA, Tebreshia & Brittany Perry of Decatur, GA and nephews Corey Brown, Stabion Perry of Decatur, GA, and Charles M. Hopkins of Jonesboro, GA; a host of many sorrowing cousins and friends to include her devoted caregiver, Mrs. Stacey M. Gordon and Her Buddy Otis Reese of Pelham, GA.

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November10

Mrs. Carolyn Elizabeth Cannon

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 Mrs. Carolyn Elizabeth Cannon of Americus, Georgia passed away peacefully on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. H.C. Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Carolyn Elizabeth Cannon was born on January 6, 1950 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late Rev. Ulysses Brown and the late Willie Mae Josey Brown.

She leaves to mourn her passing her three children: Yana Tameika Cannon and Shaquitta Renae Cannon both of Americus, Georgia and Aquinas Deon Cannon of Atlanta, Georgia; one sister, Martha Lynn Brown-Durham of Americus, Georgia; three grandchildren and a host other relatives and friends also survive.

 

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November06

Mrs. Edna Mae Morgan Sims

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Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Mae Morgan Sims age 90 of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia with Elder James Lundy officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Mrs. Edna Mae Morgan Sims was born in Sumter County, Georgia on April 18, 1927 to the late Willie Frank Morgan and the late Alberta Black Morgan. As a child she attended the Ward Chapter Baptist Church School. She was married to the late Ulysses “Gant” Sims. Edna moved to Miami, FL where she lived and worked for over 60 years. She moved back to Americus 12 years ago to be close to her family, she also joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Edna died peacefully on Monday, November 6, 2017 at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Center. She was preceded in death by three children: Mildred Pinder, Eddie Sims and Norman Sims; eight siblings: Zeke Morgan, Ossie Lee Morgan, Marie Style, Mary Ella Brown, Willie Frank Morgan, Alma Louise Cox and Dorothy Solomon. 

She leaves to cherish her memory, her children Betty McGarrah of Atlanta, GA, Ulysses Sims, Jr., Stella (Charlie) Ford, Gloria Sims, Diane Sims and Jerry Sims all of Americus, GA, Antonia Sims and Edna (Terry) Hills all of Miami, FL; three siblings: Fannie Mae Sheffield, Charlie Morgan and Ralph Morgan all of Americus, GA; two sisters-in-law: Jurlene Morgan and Lady B. Sims both of Americus, GA; two brothers-in-law: Eddie Sims of Albany, GA and Johnnie Cox of Orlando, FL; twenty-four grandchildren, fifty great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren. A host of other relatives and friends also survive


October04

Mr. Willie Rice "Ricky"

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Funeral services for Willie James Rice, better known as “Ricky” of Orlando, Florida, formerly of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at El Bethel Temple in Orlando, Florida. The service of Committal and Interment will follow on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 1:00 at Harrison Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Biggs officiating. 

Willie James Rice was born February 20, 1957 in Macon County Georgia to Jannie Mae Ogburn and Timothy Ogburn. He attended D.F. Douglass High School, where he graduated with the Class of 1975.  He worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as a cook for thirty-two years before retiring in November 2016.

Willie passed away on October 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jannie Mae Ogburn and stepfather, Timothy Ogburn. “Ricky” had a heart of gold. He was a son, brother, nephew, uncle, and a friend. Precious memories of his life will forever live on in the hearts of his brother, Tony (Stephanie) Rice of Orlando, FL, his sisters: Conswalla Ogburn of Montezuma, GA and Kathy (Roger) Shuford of Severn, MD; two nieces: Kendra Rice (Kiki) and Kimberly Rice (Gerry) both of Orlando, FL; two nephews: Tony Rice (Kemshia) and Odarius Rice (Charlotte) both of Orlando, FL; great-nephews, Tony Rice III and Odarius Rice, Jr.; great nieces : Kendall Williams, Olivia Rice and Khloe Rice; a host of other relatives and friends. 

 


October04

Mr. Sean Rich

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October04

Ms. Laura Lee Porter

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Funeral services for Ms. Laura Lee Porter of Macon, Georgia formerly of Montezuma, Georgia will be held Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Montezuma, Georgia with Minister James Harrison officiating.

Laura Lee Porter was born June 28, 1957 in Montezuma, Georgia. She grew up in Montezuma and attended the Macon County Public Schools. She lived in Macon County most of her adult life but later moved to Macon, Georgia.

On Wednesday morning, October 4, 2017, God called the spirit of our dearly beloved home to be with Him throughout eternity. Loved ones who preceded her in death are her parents: Catherine Porter and John Bogan, Sr. and one sibling, Wilmatine P. Turner. Left to cherish her memories are her sons: Carlos (Tomika) Porter and Alvin B. Dunn and her daughter, Shalanda E. Dunn all of Macon, Georgia; sisters and brothers: Cynthia P. (Dr. A.L.) Owens of Cleveland, Ohio, Joan P. Haugabook, Kathyann P. Simmons, James K. (Cheryll) Porter, John (Ida) Bogan, Jr. and Sherry Robinson all of Montezuma, Georgia; aunts and uncles: Dianne Porter of McDonough, Georgia, Landis Ogburn, Emma J. Jackson, Donald (Geneva) Porter and Frederick (Alice) Jackson of Montezuma, Georgia, and Bernice (Arthur) Barrett of Bronx, New York, sixteen grandchildren, one great grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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September30

Mrs. Willie Bell Clickscale Jones

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Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Bell Clinkscales Jones of Fitzgerald, Georgia formerly of Plains, Georgia will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Zion Hope Baptist Church with Rev. George F. Monts officiating. Burial will follow at the Greater New Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Willie Bell Clinkscales was born on July 27, 1951 to the parentage of the late Mr. Willie Clinkscales and the late Mrs. Leola Clinkscales. At an early age she joined Bethlehem Baptist Church, Plains, Georgia.  She attended Plains High School and was employed by Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus, Georgia. She was married to the late Samuel Jones. Mrs. Jones died on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Navicent  Healthcare in Macon, Georgia. She is preceded in death by her siblings: Johnny Clinkscales, James Clinkscales, Robert Clinkscales, Jimmy Sims, Jennie Barner and Christine Smith.

She is survived by two devoted sisters: Mrs. Fannie Bradley and Mrs. Alice Bradley both of Sumter City, Georgia; one brother, Andrew Clinkscales Sr. of Montezuma, Georgia, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends, including a devoted nephew Henry Bradley also survive.

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September12

Mr. S.L. Ward

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Funeral services for Mr. S.L. Ward of Dawson, Georgia will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Beulahland Baptist Church in Dawson, Georgia.

Sammie Lee Ward, known as “S.L.” was born on November 4, 1929 in Dawson, Georgia, to the late Mr. Sammie Lee Ward, Sr. and the late Mrs. Johnnie Bee Lewis Ward. He was educated in the public schools of Terrell County. At an early age, “S.L.” confessed his love for Christ and joined Jerusalem Baptist Church.  Later he joined Beulahland Baptist Church in Dawson, Georgia, where he served as a Deacon for many years. He was a man who believed in prayer and the power of prayer.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Sammie Lee Ward transitioned to his eternal resting place peacefully. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two children: Forrest Ward and Sherry Ann Ward Shanks; two brothers: Frank and J.C. Ward and a host of family and friends.

“S.L.” obtained his license as a Funeral Director and in 1969 his dreams of becoming a funeral home owner became true. “S.L.” befriended local funeral directors and they taught him the trade of funeral service.  In 2009, the Georgia Funeral Directors Association recognized him with an achievement award for 40 years of service.  He also served as a council member on the Board of Commissioners of Dawson, Georgia. He was given an award in appreciation for 9 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Ward 6 in Dawson, Georgia, from March 3, 2004 to December 31, 2013.

His memories shall be cherished by his surviving family members. To include, his wife Elmyra Whitehead Essix Ward, devoted brother: David Lee (Annie Mae) Ward, of Dawson, GA; Loving sister: Amie Lee Ward of Dawson, Georgia, loving and caring children, step-children, grandchildren, great – grandchildren, great -great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, godchildren, family, and friends.  A special friend that he considered a brother, Mr. Lawrence Williams and one he looked at as a son, Mr. Robert Eric West.  His legacy shall be forever remembered and never forgotten by all.

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September02

Mr. Willie "Sho Nuff" Laster

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Funeral services for Mr. Willie Lee Laster of Montezuma, GA formerly of Plains, GA will be held on Saturday, September 9 at 11:00 A.M. at the Greater New Lebanon Baptist Church on Hwy 308 in Plains, GA with Pastor Glenn Bryant, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Mr. Willie Lee Laster was born on May 9, 1960 in Plains Georgia to the late Mrs. Irene Watts Laster and the late Mr. L.C. Laster. Willie was affectionately known to some as “Sho Nuff“ and to others as “Snoop Dog”. At an early age Willie joined the Greater New Lebanon Baptist Church. On February 23, 2012 he married Ms. Carlessa Tookes. Willie died on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at his home in Montezuma, Georgia. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Ernest Monts and Joe (Earlean) Laster and two sisters: Irene Grier and Sarah Roberts. 

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Carlessa Tookes Laster of Montezuma, GA; his children : Adayshia Laster of Montezuma, GA, Janisia Wicker, Kanetria Laster (Kevin), Lakeisha Hightower (Nikki) all of Americus, GA,  Kizzy (Henry) Edmundson, of Jackson, North Carolina,  James (Victoria) Jordan, Willie Laster Jr, Marcus Laster all of Americus, GA; two step sons: Jontavous Jackson, Brandon Jackson both of Montezuma, GA; his siblings:  Vera (James) Robertson of Ellaville, GA, Charlie (Ida) Laster of Albany, GA, L.C. (Lorraine) Laster of Americus, GA; four sisters-in-law: Maryland Tookes, Lydia Oliver (Vinson) all of Montezuma, GA, Vernell Marks and Annie Tookes (Micheal) all of Decatur, GA;  three nieces including two devoted nieces: Mary Baisden (Calvin) of Americus, GA and Shanica (Bryant) Floyd of Warner Robins, GA and Lillie Myers, Americus, GA who was like a sister.  Several other relatives and friends also survive.

 

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