May07

Mr. Willie Clarence Thomas

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 Funeral services for Mr. Willie C. Thomas will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00 at Zion Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Coley Clark, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Champ Waters Cemetery.

Willie C. Thomas was born October 10, 1943 in Montezuma, Georgia to the late Clarence and Ossie Lee Tookes Thomas. At an early age, he accepted Christ as his personal savior and joined Zion Grove Baptist Church. He attended Flint River Farms School. On July 10, 1972, he married Mary Louise Larry, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Cordelia Larry Stewart. After many years of dedication, he retired from Allens.

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Willie C’s earthly life ended and his heavenly life began. He leaves a legacy of love and memories to his mother, Rosa Hobes Thomas; sons: Christopher Thomas (Carmelia) of Montezuma, GA and Jerome Thomas (Kim) of Macon, GA;  sisters: Mattie Waters of Akron, OH, Olivia Cochran (Eddie Sr.), Mary Davis (Bobby), Gloria Thomas all of Montezuma, GA, Joe Thomas (Helen) of Oglethorpe, GA, Willie D. Hobes (Mattie) of Greensboro, GA, Rosa Hobes Fox of Washington, D.C., Albert Hobes of Buffalo, NY, James Hobes, Jr., Debra Hobes and Ronnie Hobes all of Montezuma, GA; sister-in-law, Dollie Larry West of Montezuma, GA; brother-in-law, Hubert S. West, Sr. of Montezuma, GA; aunts: Bernice Brown of Miami, FL, Mary Lizzie Brown of Marshallville, GA, Ophelia Larry of Henderson, GA and Izola West of Smithville, GA; nine grandchildren: Derrick Sr., Claudette, DeCarris, Domonique, Lekeitha, Elethia, Christopher Jr., Christine and Christian; twelve great grandchildren: D’Quayveon, Miekell, Kaitlyn, Emiyah, Frankie Jr., Carmen, Ariya, Derrick Jr., Eric, Breonna, Haley and Tykerious; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.

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May02

Mrs. Annie Chambers

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Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Bell Small Chambers age 107 of Americus, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:00 at United Holiness Church in Americus, Georgia with Rev. George F. Monts officiating. Burial will follow at Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Annie Bell Small Chambers was born October 15, 1909 in Terrell County, Georgia to the parentage of the late Minnie Lee and Sirene Small.  She was educated in the Terrell County School System.  Mrs. Annie was a faithful member of the Mt. Salem Baptist Church until her health failed. 

She was married to the late Richard Chambers Sr., and to this union three sons were born.  She is preceded in death by her siblings, a daughter-in-law Hattie Chambers, two grandchildren; Karen and Terry Chambers. Mrs. Chambers died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

She leaves to mourn her passing three sons including her caregiver: Mr. Willie C. Chambers and friend, Bobbie Shields of Americus, GA, Ricard Chambers (Cheryl) and Marvin Chambers both of Chicago, IL; her grandchildren: Sabrina Chambers Clyde (Marcus) of New York, Valoria Larkins (Metric), Terisa Chambers, Willie Chambers, Jr. all of Americus, Georgia, Michelle Chambers Webb (David) of Indiana, Minister Keshia Chambers of Chicago, Richard Chambers, Jr. of Louisiana, Sonya Chambers of Chicago and Marquita Chambers of Missouri. Thirty-One great grandchildren and several great great grands and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other friend also survive.

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April29

Ms. Verna Hollis

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Funeral services for Ms. Verna Hollis of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary with Rev. Joseph Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Miss Verna Hollis was born in Sumter County, Georgia on July 9, 1948 to the late Cleve Hollis and the late Rosa Lee Carter.

During the Civil Rights Movement in Southwest Georgia in 1963, Miss Hollis was arrested along with a group of other young girls and spent 45 days in the Leesburg Stockade. Those girls later became known as The Leesburg Stockade Girls and the Lost Girls of Sumter County.  As an adult she worked at King’s Restaurant and did housekeeping for about fifteen years until she became disabled. God called her home on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia

Miss Hollis will lovingly be remembered by her son Joseph Jones II, a U.S. Military Veteran. Joseph has five daughters and three sons: Christopher Jones and wife Triteasha, Kimberly and her two lovely sons, Ambrosia Jones and her lovely daughter, Cynthia Angrish and her lovely daughter, Broderick Jones and his lovely daughter, Taqwan McCrary, Verlencia Jones and Shekierria Jones and five beautiful great grandchildren. Miss Hollis also has two brothers and one sister: Charles Edward Hollis and his two sons and two daughters: Clifford Washington III and his wife, Sandra Lee Washington and her son and daughter. Sandra lost a lovely little girl early in life.

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April19

Mrs. Thelma Kaigler

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Funeral services for Mrs. Thelma Leary Kaigler of Warner Robins, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dooling, Georgia with Pastor Jerry Sanders officiating. Interment will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Mrs. Thelma Leary Kaigler was born in Dooly County, Georgia on August 5, 1932 to the late Raymond and Jessie Mae Candale Leary. She was married to Eli Kaigler on December 27, 1947. She was educated in the public school system of Dooly County, Georgia. At an early age, she joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church where she later became a devoted member of the usher board until her untimely accident. She worked at the Southern Frozen Foods Company in Montezuma, Georgia, for many years.

Thelma loved entertaining and cooking her famous fried chicken along with several sides and desserts. She always had pots and pans on the stove and was more than happy to feed anyone that stopped by. Not only did she share her home and food with others, but she shared her infectious laugh and smile. When she wasn’t entertaining family and friends, in her spare time, she also enjoyed fishing with her sister-in-law, Clara Bell Leary, her cousin-in-law, Bertha Fobbs, and her daughter’s mother-in-law, Sallie Mary McKenzie.

Thelma Leary Kaigler departed this life on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eli Kaigler; her daughter, Betty Jean Kaigler; her brothers, Morgan Leary, Walter Leary, Willie Leary, Rayfield Leary, and Calvin Leary.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Mollie Kaigler McKenzie of Warner Robins, Georgia; three grandchildren: Therman McKenzie Jr. (Monica) of McDonough, Georgia, Carmisha Deniece Ramsey (Macon) of Greer, South Carolina, and Christopher Bernard McKenzie of McDonough, Georgia; three greatgrandchildren: Madison Deniece McKenzie and Taylor Renee McKenzie both of McDonough, Georgia , and Marleigh Grace Ramsey of Greer, South Carolina; five brothers: N.C. Leary, A.C. Leary and Leroy Leary all of Montezuma, Georgia, Johnny B. Leary (Sandra) and Jerry Leary (Mary)both of Riverdale, Georgia; three sisters: Pastor Jessie Mae Leary Snipes of Atlanta, Georgia, Esther Leary Wiggins (James) of Columbus, Georgia, and Rosie Lee Leary Briley of Montezuma, Georgia; one sister-n-law, Clara Bell Leary of Warner Robins, Georgia; one uncle, Charlie Everett of Atlanta, Georgia; her first cousins, Irene Haugabrook of Miami Florida and Caroline Walker of Macon, Georgia; devoted nieces: Marilyn Rogers of Montezuma, Georgia and Stephanie Deshell Leary of Warner Robins, Georgia; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and many sorrowing friends.

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April16

Mr. Willie "Willrock" Simpson, Jr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Willie Simpson, Jr. of Montezuma, Georgia will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the St. Paul Baptist Church in Marshallville, Georgia with Pastor Jerome Glover officiating.

 Mr. Willie Frank Simpson, Jr. was born in Montezuma, Georgia on April 30, 1972 to Gladys Strong Simpson and Willie Frank Simpson, Sr. He grew up in Montezuma and attended the public schools of Macon County.  For several years he was employed at Tyson and Southern Frozen Foods. His most recent place of employment was Easterlin Pecan Company in Montezuma, Georgia.

“Willrock” as he was affectionately called, departed this life on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his brother Rosby Simpson and his grandparents: Sweet Lee Strong, Blannie Ridley and Willie C. Strong.

 He leaves many memories to be cherished by his mother Gladys Simpson of Montezuma, Georgia; two sons: Victor Rockmore (Jemika) of Perry, Georgia and Devontay Thornton of Oglethorpe, Georgia; siblings: Cassandra Simpson (Prelvis) of Montezuma, Georgia, Chaquita Simpson, Angela Austin, Jermane Haynes, Rodney Simpson of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Victoria Simpson of Columbus, Georgia; aunts and uncles: Vencie Strong and Willie Ruth Tennett (Paul) of Montezuma, Georgia, Georgia Barrett, Tommy Strong (Crosby), Sammy Strong (Beverly) and Marvin Strong of Atlanta, Georgia, Bessie Ridley, Lorene Ridley and Geraldine Ridley of Perry, Georgia, Fletcher Ridley (Rose) of Warner Robins, Georgia and John Ridley of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; niece and nephew: Paris Simpson and Travis Collier; a host of cousins and friends.

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April11

Ms. Queen Bowens

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Funeral services for Ms. Queen Easter Bowens of Americus, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Eastview Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Ashby Street in Americus, Georgia with Pastor Alex Todd, Eulogist.

Ms. Queen Easter Bowens affectionately known as “Nikki” was born on December 4, 1963 in Americus, Georgia to the late Mary Bowens and the late Eli Stewart.  She was employed for several years with Captain D’s in Americus, Georgia. On October 30, 2012 she successfully completed the Bible Prophecy Adventure Revelations Seminar under the leadership of Pastor E.A. Ennis.  “Nikki departed this life on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center.

Left to cherish her memories are her fiancée Jerryel Battle of Americus, Georgia; her grandmother, Mattie Bowens of Hartford, CT; eight aunts: Rosa (Horace) Smith of Bainbridge, GA, Ethel (Joe) Calloway, Caroline (Lawrence) Ruffin all of Americus, GA, Faye Bowens and Gaye (Prince) Parker all of Hartford, CT, Ruby Bush of Deerfield, FL, Queen Thurston of Deerfield, FL and Geraldine Livingston of North, SC; seven uncles: Paul (Joyce) West, Eddie (Shirley) West and McArthur (Jackie) West all of Hartford, CT, Johnny West of Virginia, Charles Stewart of Fort Lauderdale, FL, James Stewart of Pompano, FL and Melvin Burton of Nottingham way, NJ; two God-sisters: Ida Lampkins and Wanda Nelson both of Americus, GA; several other relatives and friends also survive.

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April06

Mr. Clifford Tommie

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Funeral services for Mr. Clifford Tommie of Americus, Georgia will be held Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at Antioch Baptist Church, Americus, Georgia with Rev William Laster officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Clifford Tommie, son of the late Clayton Jones and the late Lauzie Lee Tommie was born August 5, 1942 in Plains, Georgia. Mr. Tommie passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his sister, May Lee Smith, his brother Wilbert Jones and his son, Wesley Floyd.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of fifty-four years, Mattie Mae Tommie of Americus, GA; two brothers: Clayton (Gayla) Jones of Lantana, FL and Charles Jones of Fort Lauderdale, FL; three daughters: Vernice Smith of Eastman, GA, Leila (Clarence) Smith of Americus, GA and Alethea (Myron) Mitchell of Leslie, GA; four sons: Clifford (Gloria) Tommie, Jr. of Americus, GA, Kenneth Tommie of Dublin, GA Marvin Floyd of Americus, GA and Alvin (Sharon) Floyd of Jacksonville, FL,; twenty-three grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren; a host of cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
 

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April05

Mr. Oscar Trice

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Funeral services for Mr. Oscar Trice of Americus, Georgia will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of West’s Mortuary in Americus with Rev George Edge officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

Mr. Oscar Trice, son of the late Henry Louis Trice, Sr. and Mrs. Irene Grant Trice, was born June 5, 1948 in Sumter County, Georgia.  

Oscar was educated in the Sumter County Public School System.  One of his greatest joys was being with his family and friends.  On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, God called Oscar to his heavenly home.  Preceding him in death were his grandparents Hilton Grant, Fronnie Grant, Ace Trice, and Rachel Trice; his brothers, Willie Trice and Henry Louis Trice, Jr.  

Left to cherish his memories are his sisters, Annie Barnes, Sarah Smith, Diane (Charles) Mathis and Patsy (Gray) Robinson, all of Americus, Georgia;, Rachel Trice, Columbus, Georgia, and Geraldine Jackson, Hartford, Connecticut; his brothers, James Trice and Albert (Jeanette) Trice, both of Americus, Georgia; a host of nieces and nephews, including a devoted niece and caregiver, Sherrie Trice; his caregiver, Melissa Banks; and special friend Melanie Carter.

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April03

Mr. Edwin "Eggie" Walker, Sr.

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Funeral services for Mr. Edwin Jerome Walker, Sr. affectionately known as “Eggie” will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Magnolia Baptist Church with Rev. Hosie Waters officiating.

Edwin Jerome Walker was born February 6¸ 1953 to the late George Walker and the late Kadessa Walker. “Eggie”, as he was affectionately called, was educated in the public school system of Macon County where he attended D.F. Douglass High School, Montezuma, Georgia. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and became a member of Magnolia Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Hosie Waters.

On December 30, 1971, Edwin J. Walker and Wynelle Tookes turned their high school courtship into marriage. This union was blessed with four beautiful children. One son, Carlos Walker preceded him in death. Eggie departed this life Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Navicent Health Medical Center, Macon, Georgia. He was also preceded in death by his sister Joanne Paul.

His beautiful life will lovingly be cherished by his wife of forty-five years, Wynelle Tookes Walker of Oglethorpe, GA; his children: Teresa Hardison of Jonesboro, GA, Gimekia Powell Dunlalp (Gregory) of Jacksonville, FL, Edward Jerome Walker, Jr. of Jonesboro, GA, Karen Walker of Oglethorpe, GA, Rodney Pernell Walker of Union City, GA, Christopher Jerome Walker of CA, NuCurry Williams, Martin Jerome Walker and Katrina Walker of Macon, GA; his step-children: Derrick Walker of Charlotte, NC, Shamekia Davis of Perry, GA, Portia Walker, Bonnie Hunter and Julie Worley  of Montezuma, GA; sisters: Gloria Jean Coleman of Largo, FL, Onita McDonald (Ernest) of Oglethorpe, GA and Carolyn Walker of Largo, FL; brothers: George Walker, Jr. of Montezuma, GA, Robert Walker (Lavern) of Oglethorpe, GA, Timothy Walker (Catherine) of Marshallville, GA, Michael Walker and John Thomas Walker (Sara) of Montezuma, GA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Annie (George) Hayes of Atlanta, GA, Henry (Annie) Tookes of Montezuma, GA and Custer Tookes of Oglethorpe, GA; devoted daughter-in-law, Carol Polly Walker; forty-five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; the mother of the family, Ola Mae Sparks; special friends: George Rumph, Larry Coates, Eric Chastine and Chris Riley; faithful caregiver,  Derita Solomon; a host of nieces and nephews, other loving relatives and friends.

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April02

Mr. Thomas Mack "Nunk"

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Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Edward Mack of Americus, Georgia will be Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at the Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. George F. Monts officiating. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery.

His Humble Beginning
Thomas Edward Mack, (better known as Nunk) was born January 30, 1952 in the countryside of Smithville, GA. Thomas was one of seven children born to Annie Mae Mack and Fletcher Mack.
 
His Education/Schooling
Thomas received his early education in Sumter County Public Schools and later attended Roosevelt Institute in Warm Springs, GA where he received training in Tailoring men clothes.
 
His Work
In his early years, Thomas worked on the farm. He later worked as a Tailor, designing and making beautiful men and women clothing. Lastly he followed his passion for carpentry and home remodeling where he was constantly called upon to help many homeowners complete home remodeling and needed repairs which he did until his health failed.
 
His Spirituality
In his early years, Thomas was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Smithville, GA.  After relocating to Americus, he joined United Holiness Church where he was Baptized and served the church by singing with the choir. For many years, Thomas knew that he was out of the Ark of safety however when his health begin to fail, he realized that he needed the Lord so he rededicated his life to Christ and while in Lillian Carter Nursing Home, he was Baptized again by his cousin and best friend, Overseer, Benny Clark.
 
His Departure From This Life
Thomas departed this life Sunday, April 2, 2017. He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted mother, Annie Mae Mack; his daughter Monica Pope, Grandchildren, Mychal Snipes and Jasmine Pope, Four Sisters: Ozie Wlbon (Henry) Rose Sims Mose (John) Mamie Riley, Geraldine Solomon (George), 4 Grandchildren, 13 nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Preceded him in death, was his father, Fletcher Mack, brothers, Calonia Lee Mack and Fletcher Mack Jr., and Granddaughter Raven Simone Pope.

 

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