July13

Mrs. Doris Bacon Colbert

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Funeral services for Mrs. Doris Bacon Colbert will be Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at West’s Mortuary, 731 N Lee Street, Americus, Georgia.

Mrs. Doris Bacon Colbert was born February 3, 1954 to the late Mr. Henry R. Bacon and the late Mrs. Estella Brown Bacon. She attended school at Matawan High School and completed two years of college. Mrs. Colbert passed away on July 14, 2017 at Phoebe Sumter Hospital in Americus, Georgia.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her loving husband, Starling Colbert of Americus, Georgia; two sisters: Ms. Leatha Bacon Dortch of Decatur, Georgia and Ms. Bessie Bacon of Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey; three brothers: DeWitt (Jackie) Bacon of Red Bank, New Jersey, Aubrey (Sylvia) Bacon of Jacksonville, Florida and Ivory (Jeannine) Bacon of Decatur, Georgia; mother-in-law, Leola Mae Colbert of Preston, Georgia; three brothers-in-law: Edward Colbert, Oswald Colbert and Tyrone Colbert; eight nephews, five nieces, a host of other relatives and friends.

 

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July12

Mr. Willie James Solomon "Ricky"

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Funeral services for Mr. Willie James “Ricky” Solomon of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at Piney Grove Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia. Burial will follow at Andersonville National Cemetery.

Mr. Willie James Solomon, better known as “Ricky” was born February 27, 1951 in Macon County, Georgia to Ms. Dorothy Nell Solomon and the late Earl Jessie Joseph. Ricky grew up in Montezuma and attended the public schools of the county. He was a member of the D.F. Douglass High School class of 1970. After high school, he served his country honorably in the United States Army. Mr. Solomon was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Ricky passed away on July 12, 2017 at his residence. One daughter, Tammy Witchard, preceded him in death.

Left to cherish his memories are his mother, Dorothy N. Solomon of Montezuma, Georgia; three daughters: Lawanda Witchard of Hartford, Connecticut, Denesha Solomon and Charlene Carr both of Montezuma, Georgia; his fatherly love also extended to the children of the late Evelyn Witchard and the children of his current companion, Mae Eula Walker; five siblings: Loisteen S. Sparks (Willie) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Bennie R. Solomon of Fort Valley, Georgia, Otis L. Solomon of       Prattville, Alabama, Kowetta Solomon and Lessie Solomon both of Montezuma, Georgia; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; six aunts: Peggy Hankerson (James) of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Lillie B. Solomon, Marie Jackson and Mildred Frederick all of Montezuma, Georgia, Jimmie L. Alexander of Lawton, Oklahoma and Estella Crawford of Killeen, Texas; several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

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July08

Mr. Willie "Bo Pete" Ware

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Funeral services for Mr. Willie Clarence Ware Sr. will be held on Saturday, July,15, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Mt. Salem Baptist Church with Rev. George F. Monts officiating. Burial will follow at Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Willie Clarence Ware Sr. known as “Bo Pete” was born in Sumter County GA on August 8, 1951 to the parentage of the late Mrs. Ossie Lee Dodson Little and the late Mr. Sam Sanford.  He received his education at Westside Elementary and graduated from Plains High School in 1973.  He was employed at Koinonia Farms.  At an early age Willie joined the Mitchell Grove Baptist Church. He was united in holy matrimony to Jane Terry Ware and to this union three children were born. He is preceded in death by two sisters.  Willie passed away on July 8, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 31 years Mrs. Jane Terry Ware; his children: Willie K. (Jasmine) Ware, Stacey D. Ware and Willie C. Ware Jr. all of Albany, GA, Stefanie (Timmie) Hollis, Sheena Ware both of Americus, GA, Jonathan Ware and Joshua Ware of Norcross, GA; six brothers: John David Ware, Milton Little Sr., Nathaniel (Shirley) Sanford, Cornelius (Brenda) Luster of Americus, GA, John (Irene) Little, Melvin (Bertha) Little of Plains, GA; four sisters: Clara Luster of Americus, GA, Marie (Jimmy) Thomas of Rochester, NY. Emma Marks and Leila Clarke of Columbus, GA; one uncle, James Arthur Dodson of Gainesville, FL; two brothers-in-law: George (Sally) Terry and James (Toni) Terry Jr. of Laurelville, OH; three sisters-in-law; Amy (James) Terry of Columbus, Ohio, Roseanna Terry of Grove City, Ohio and Shelia (Keith) James of Port Richie, FL; seven grandchildren: Derek Banks, Robtavious Wilborn, Timelia Hollis, Shaniya Ware, Kaylen Hayes, Jaylah Hayes and Unique Spence; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends including a devoted niece Ms. Geraldine Ware and a devoted cousin, Mr. Marvin Chambers of Chicago.

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July08

Mrs. Tara Louise Ross

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A Memorial service for Mrs. Tara Louise Ross of Perry, Georgia will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Quebec Baptist Church in Ellaville, Georgia with Pastor Clinton Aldridge,Jr. officiating. Mrs. Ross passed on Saturday July 8, 2017 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta Georgia.

Tara was born Oct 2, 1971 in Vienna, Georgia, the only daughter of the late Clinton Aldridge, Sr. & the late Fannie Walker Brown. 

She leaves to Cherish her memories her stepfather, Mr. William Brown of Oglethorpe, Georgia; five brothers: Rev. Clinton D. Aldridge, Jr.(Patsy) of Americus, Georgia, Joe Edward Aldridge of Perry, Georgia, Timothy Aldridge of Warner Robins, Georgia,  Evokeyo Aldridge of Cordele, Georgia and Thyron Taylor-Brown of Lake City, Florida; a devoted friend, Wanda McNeil; eight aunts; seven uncles; seven nieces; two nephews; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.   Several other relatives and friends also survive

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The family will receive visitors at the home of her oldest brother Rev. Clinton Aldridge, Jr. @ 115 Ginger Dr. Americus, Georgia. 31719

 
 
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July05

Mr. Otis Alford

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Funeral services for Mr. Otis Alford of Bumphead Road Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Americus, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Mr. Otis Alford was born January 1, 1939 in Americus, Georgia to the late Mr. Mack Alford Sr. and the late Mrs. Lillie B. Burnette Alford.  Otis was educated in the Public Schools of Sumter County. He loved the outdoors. He loved going fishing, hunting and working in the yard. He also loved to cook.  Otis went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday July 5, 2017 at 6:20 in the morning.

He leaves to cherish his memories a loving companion of over thirty years, Ms. Annie Boone of Americus, GA; three sons: Jeremy Boone, Jeffery (Carrie) Boone, and Troy Boone, all of Americus, GA; five daughters: Brianna, Diana, Mae, Sarah and Suzzette all of Americus, GA; two sisters: Bessie Alford of Leslie, GA and Ossie James of Chipley, FL; one brother, Mack Alford Jr. (Martha) of Americus, GA; one brother-in-law, Rev. Plezy L. Nelson of Leslie, GA; seventeen grandchildren, forty great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

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July03

Ms. Georgia Lee Mitchell "Red"

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Funeral services for Mrs. Georgia Lee Mitchell affectionately known as "Red" of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Bethlehem Cemetery

Ms. Georgia Lee Mitchell, was born on February 11, 1942 in Sumter County, Georgia to the late L. W. “Bud” Sims and the late Mary Gladys Stewart Sims, the third child of 15 siblings. She was educated in the public Schools of Sumter County.  “Red” was employed as a cook for many years. 

Georgia transitioned on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by  four siblings: Charlie Sims, Annie Ruth Harvey, Catherine Poole and Deborah Ann Sims.

She leaves to mourn her passing one devoted daughter, Carolyn (Willie) Johnson; two devoted sons: Wilbert Mitchell Jr., Eric (and friend Sherry) Mitchell; three grandchildren: Tonya Mitchell, Tianna Mitchell all of Americus, Ga. and Krystalynne Nimmons of Columbus, GA; seven great grandchildren; Christopher (and friend Kendr Garry, Monique Garry, LyKeitia Mithell, Antavius Mitchell and Zariyah Mitchell all of Americus, GA and Nicole Termolen, stationed in Germany; one great great grandson, Master Bryant Edge; three sisters: Minnie Lee Davis, Martha Seay and Ernestine Rogers all of Americus, GA; four brothers: Bobby L. Sims, Harold Sims Sr., Robert  L. Sims all of Americus, GA and McArthur Edwards of Portland, Oregon; one devoted aunt, Martha Edwards of Smithville, GA; two devoted uncles: Sammy Stewart of Miami, Florida and Lynwood Stewart of Americus, GA; four devoted friends Ms. Francis, Roger, Annie Ruth and Jake Sims. Several other relatives and friends also survive.

 

 

 


July03

Mr. Joe Louis Bruce

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Funeral services for Mr. Joe Louis Bruce Sr. of Mayo Street Americus, Georgia will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Williams Rd Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Staley Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Joe Louis Bruce Sr. was born on May 13, 1942 in Americus Georgia to the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Bruce Sr. He received his education in the Sumter County School System in Americus Georgia. He was a faithful member of Eastview Church of Christ, where he served on the Brother Board. He was joined in Holy matrimony to Mrs. Matherlene Fredrick Bruce for 53 years and to this union five children were born. Joe worked for Seaboard Coastline Railroad for 42 years. After he retired he worked for the Sumter County Sheriff Department as a detail officer on weekends. Not being a stranger to hard work he started cutting grass and working his garden for his pleasure. Joe was always helping and reaching out to the community that he loved. He was preceded in death by a son Joe Louis Bruce Jr. and two sisters: Ms. Mattie Bagley and Ms. Omie Lee Clemons. Joe passed away peacefully on Monday, July 3, 2017 at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Center in Americus, Georgia.

He is survived by a very loving and devoted wife Mrs. Matherlene Bruce of Americus, Georgia; three daughters: Mrs. Gwenda (Joseph) Bruce Daniels, Americus, Georgia, Ms. Virginia Bruce, and Ms. Indee Bruce of Americus Georgia; two sons: Mr. Warren (Rita) Bruce and Mr. Desi (Latoya) Tisdol of Rochell, Georgia; one sister, Ms. Pearlie Mae Bruce of Jonesboro, Georgia; three brothers: Mr. Charlie W. Bruce Jr., Pahokee Florida, Mr. John (Tommie) Bruce Sr. and Walt  (Martha K.) Bruce both of Americus, Georgia; one daughter-in-law Nancy Bruce of Americus, Georgia; one brother-in-law, Henry (Gloria) Fredrick of Macon, Georgia; four sisters-in-law: Ms. Annie Ruth Mann, Ms. Della Lewis, and Mrs. Mary A. Lewis of Americus, Georgia and Mrs. Mary W. Pless, Macon, Georgia; A devoted friend Wayne Perkins of Americus, Georgia; fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild, Alayna Bruce and a host of nieces, nephews and other.

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July01

Mrs. Mary Alice Seymore

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Funeral services for Sister Mary Alice Robinson-Seymore will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 1:00 at the Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Lumpkin, Georgia. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 

A Time to be Born: Sister Mary Alice Robinson-Seymore was born to the late Mr. Eddie and Mrs. Mary Brinson-Robinson in Stewart County, Georgia on September 12, 1926.

 

A Time to Serve: Mary Alice joined Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church in 1983 under the late Elder J.H. Daniel and continued to serve under the leadership of Elder Wonzie Gardner until her death.

 

A Time for Education: Mary Alice was educated and attended the pubic schools in Stewart County.

 

A Time to be United: Mary Alice was united in Holy Matrimony before God to the late Johnny Seymore, Sr. in 1955.

 

A Time for Departing Siblings: Ocree Robinson, Earnest Robinson, Edward (E.C.) Robinson, and Richmond Robinson.

 

A Time to Die: Mary Alice was released from her earthly body on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert, Georgia.

 

A Time to Cherish Her Memories: She leaves to cherish her memories four devoted sisters: Eddie B. Robinson-Crocker, Cuthbert, GA, Alvesta Robinson-McGriff, Cleveland, OH, Amie Robinson-Dixon and Frances Robinson-Gadson, Bedford, OH; one brother, Johnny Sam (Minnie) Robinson, Miami, FL; sisters-in-law, Mary Seymore-Hall, Joann Robinson, Cuthbert, GA, Lula Robinson, Cleveland, OH and a long line of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to cherish her memories.

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June24

Ms. Linda Marie Hicks

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June19

Mrs. Rosetta Odom Harmon

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Funeral services for Mrs. Rosetta Odom Harmon of Cordele, Georgia will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia with Reverend Bobby J. Brown officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.

Rosetta Virginia Odom Harmon was born March 4, 1928 to the parentage of the late Mr. Curry Odom and Mrs. Kittie Mae Harvey Odom. At an early age, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and became a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She transcended from labor to an everlasting life of  peace and rest on June 19, 2017. She is preceded in death by her brother, Mr. Timothy Odom, Sr., and her sisters, Mrs. Eria O. Johnson, Mrs. Mollye O. Hankerson, and Mrs. Amye O. Marshall.

She received her high school diploma from Georgia Baptist College in Macon, Georgia; and continued her education at Albany State College, and later The Fort Valley State College graduating from the latter with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics, with minors in both General Science and Elementary Education. She matriculated at Tuskegee University, the University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University for graduate studies.  Rosetta began her teaching career in Jefferson County, Georgia, teaching Home Economics for 6 years. She then taught 10 years at Dennis Fulton Douglas High School in Montezuma, Georgia teaching Elementary Education, Biology, and General Science. She continued her teaching career in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving the children of the Cincinnati Public School District until her retirement in 1986.

Rosetta lived a life enveloped in beauty and marked by love. She had many varied interests and talents, among which were: sewing, interior and exterior decorating, cooking, and entertaining. Much like her sisters, Rosetta was an avid, award winning gardener. She never missed an opportunity to give of herself to others, a virtue she exercised freely at her church, the Union Baptist Church, of Cincinnati, Ohio. She extended that love to her co-workers at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, adopting Polly Dews and Shellie Anderson as her daughters.

Rosetta was united in holy matrimony to the late Arthur W. Harmon, Sr. in 1985. With this union, Rosetta gained 5 children, whom she loved as her own: Joyce Murphy (James, deceased), Yvonne Henry (Ronald), Marilyn Davis, Arthur Jr., and Elaine Staples (Al). These children and their children filled Rosetta and Arthur’s home with love, laughter and memories. Rosetta opened her heart and became a grandmother and great-grandmother; celebrating every milestone, birthday, graduation and holiday with her signature smile and gracious spirit.

In the wake of her enormous life, she leaves to cherish her memory and uphold her legacy her brother, Mr. Willie James Odom (Norma, deceased), her sister-in-law, Mrs. Alberta Odom, her brother-in-law, Mr. Marvin Johnson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones. In her latter years, she resided in the Fellowship Homes at Cordelia Manor in Cordele, Georgia. Rosetta again showed the strength of her character, participating in social activities and making new friends. She began a bible study group for the other residents, and would often pray with and for staff members any and everywhere she encountered them. She was cared for by her niece, Mrs. Vivian O. Breed, along with her other nieces and nephews. The staff of the Pruitt Health Hospice of Cordele took exceptional care of her in her final days.

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