Mr. Elbert Lee Banks
Mr. Elbert Lee Banks was born in Sumter County, Georgia on December 3, 1950, to the parentage of the late Mr. Lewis Banks and the Mrs. Ruby Mae Lillard Banks. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, he joined the Union Tabernacle Baptist Church. For the last 18 years he was a member of the Power of Faith Deliverance Church, under the leadership of Pastor Overseer Linda Mathis. He was employed at King Customs in Ellaville, GA and after many years at the Americus Bean Plant.
He is preceded in death by eleven siblings: Curtis Banks, Sr., Lewis Banks, Jr., Queen E. Smith, Alfred Banks, Eugene Banks, Rachel Banks, David Banks, Diane Banks, Douglas Banks, Baby girl Banks and Romell Banks.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his son, Mr. Dominique Banks, Sr., Americus, GA; two grandchildren, Mr. Dominique Banks, Jr. and Ms. Dazanyi “Sassy” Banks both of Americus, GA; two sisters-in-law, Ms. Annie Bell Banks and Ms. Virginia Banks, both of Americus, GA; one brother-in-law, Mr. Johnny Smith, Sr., Americus, GA; and a host of nieces, including a devoted niece and caregiver, Ms. Cotina Banks; nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.
Mr. Benny Reynolds
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Mr. Benny W. Reynolds was born in Smithville, Lee County, Georgia on November 15, 1948, to the parentage of the late Mr. Phil Reynolds and the late Mrs. Adel Harrold Reynolds. He received his education in the public schools of Lee County. He was employed with the City of Americus’s sanitation department for 36 years. He was married to Ms. Mattie Sampson Reynolds. He is preceded in death by his brothers: Willie James Reynolds, Sr., David Reynolds, Henry Reynolds and Otis Reynolds; his sisters: Mary Reynolds Brown, Bonnie Reynolds, Pearl Reynolds and a sister-in-law, Annie Boone.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Mrs. Mattie Sampson Reynolds, Americus, GA; four sons: Mr. Willie (Sharon) Reynolds, Mr. Telly Reynolds, Mr. Ronnie Reynolds and friend, Ms. Gwen Williams and Mr. Carlos Reynolds, all of Americus, GA; three daughters: Mrs. Kizzy (Eddie) Mable, Mrs. Sandra (Timothy) Robinson and Ms. Annie Reynolds, all of Americus, GA; one brother, Mr. Phillip (Mamie) Reynolds, Americus, GA; eighteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, including a devoted niece, Ms. Gladys Boone, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.
Veteran Johnny Evans
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Veteran Johnny Lee Evans, Jr. was born on September 1, 1959, to the parentage of the Ms. Johnnie Mae Crocker and Mr. John Evans, who precedes him in death. He is also preceded in death by his grandmother, Mrs. Emma Lou Cherry-Queenie who raised him as her own and uncles: Sam Smith, Elijah Queenie, James Queenie and Leroy Stewart.
After graduating from Americus High School with the Class of 1979, John joined the United States Navy and served his country faithfully for 20 years and retired in 1996. After retiring, John worked as a correctional officer as well as well a security officer in the following cities of Georgia: Macon, Fort Valley and Forsyth.
John leaves to cherish his memories: sister; Lorene Davis, Americus, GA; nieces: Pamela Davis, Americus, GA; Tina (Tony) Maddox, College Park, GA; and Angela Cherry-Davis, Snellville, GA; nephew, Anthony Davis of Maryland; his aunts: Frances Stewart and Mary Lois Davis, both of Americus, GA; great nieces, Brayli and Nikera; great nephews: Michael, Nicholas and Anthony, Jr.; great-great nieces, Anslee and Emma; cousins: Eddie, Gregory, Ossie, Faye, Emma, Silas, John and Lee; long-time friends: Janet Barber of Columbus, GA and Robert Barber, Lithonia, GA; friends and colleagues from S.O.S. Security, Fort Valley State University, McElvers State Prison and Allied Universal Security.
Mr. Jimmy Lee Clemons
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Mr. Jimmy Lee Clemons was born on January 30, 1941, in Americus, Georgia to the late Mr. Willie C. Clemons and the late Mrs. Mary Turner Clemons. He was educated in the Sumter County School System. In 1970, he relocated to Decatur, Georgia, where he managed convenient stores for many years. He retired from the Dekalb County Board of Health in 2010. At an early age, he joined the Peace Baptist Church, now called Union Tabernacle Baptist Church. Later, he attended Bethel Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia.
He is preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond “Pro” Clemons and Willie Clarence Clemons; two sisters, Bernice Clemons Tyson and Thelma Clemons; his father and mother-in-law, Jerry and Nancy Johnson; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Clemons and Lorraine Pickett.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of 49 years, Mrs. Faustine Johnson Clemons, Decatur, Georgia; three sons: Mr. Jimmy Clemons, Jr., Americus, Georgia; Mr. Sterling Clemons, Tampa, Florida and Mr. Cornelia Walker, Pinellas Park, Florida; two daughters, Mrs. Pamela (Anthony) Bush, Grovetown, Georgia and Ms. Thomasena Williams, Stockbridge, Georgia; a grandson that he raised, Mr. Jimmy Clemons, III, Decatur, Georgia; two brothers, Mr. Lee Marshall (Mary) Howard, Atlanta, Georgia and Mr. Curtis Terry, Americus, Georgia; three sisters: Ms. Sara Clemons, Ms. Mary Tatum, both of Americus, Georgia and Mrs. Shirley (George) Combs, McMurray, Pennsylvania; his grandchildren: Jamie, Valencia, Terence, Kyndrell, Danny, Zavien, Jasmine, Richard and Kazana; great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, including a devoted brother-in-law, Mr. Wayne Johnson and Mr. Winfred (Patsy) Johnson; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Octavia (Henry) Keith; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, including Mr. Otisteen (Elizabeth) Smith, Mr. Shawn Minter and Mr. Jimmy Milliner and his pet turtle, Bubbalina.
Mr. Ernest White
Mr. Ernest White was born in Sumter County, Georgia on November 30, 1945, to the parentage of the late Mr. Eddie Lee White and the late Mrs. Jeanette Harris White. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County. Ernest was employed with Sheffield Hardware for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Christian Benevolence Lodge. Ernest also utilized his right to vote. He is preceded in death by a brother, Eddie James White.
He leaves to cherish his memories: two sisters, Ms. Annie Bell Moss and Ms. Eunice White, both of Americus, GA; one daughter, Ms. Melanie White, Americus, GA; his god-family, Ms. Stacy Duncan and Family, Oglethorpe, GA; a host of cousins, including a special cousin, Ms. Fannie Harris Butler, Americus, GA; other relatives and friends also survive.
Mr. Ernest Tatum
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Mr. Ernest Russell “Rusty” Tatum started his journey on August 27, 1962, in Sumter County, Georgia to the parentage of the late Mr. James Norman Tatum and the late Mrs. Ruth Brinson Tatum. At an early age, he joined the St. Luke Baptist Church. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County and was a 1981 graduate of Sumter County High School. He was a great handy man and he could fix anything that you placed in front of him. He was good with his hands and would help anyone that he could.
He is preceded in death by two sisters: Mrs. Geraldine Tatum Sims and Mrs. Erma Tatum Hicks and three brothers: Mr. Calvin Tatum, Mr. Kenny Tatum and Mr. Henry Tatum.
He leaves to cherish his memories: two brothers, Mr. James Tatum, Americus, GA and Mr. Arthur Tatum, Plains, GA; two sisters, Mrs. Verlie (James) Marshall, Plains, GA and Mrs. Charlene (Clarence) Harvey, Killeen, TX; two uncles, Mr. James Patterson, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Mr. Eddie (Vera) Brinson, Miami, FL; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Barbara Tatum, Albany, GA; a brother-in-law, Mr. Johnny Sims, Plains, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.