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Obituaries

July 2019

Betty Tommie Pasley

Mrs. Betty Tommie Pasley was born in Sumter County, Georgia on January 23, 1945, to the parentage of the late Mr. Joe Thad Tommie and the late Mrs. Fleta Brown Tommie. She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. She was a member of the Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church. She is preceded in death by two brothers, Mr. William Tommie and Mr. Thad Tommie and one sister, Ms. Lillian Tommie English.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her daughter, Mrs. Kimberly (Clarence) Barker, Riverdale, GA; two grandchildren, Mr. Clarence Barker, Jr., Stockbridge, GA and Ms. Morgan Sinclair Barker, Riverdale, GA; two sisters, Ms. Joeann Tommie, Detroit, MI and Ms. Hazel Craddock, Chicago, IL; devoted neighbors and friends, Mr. Alvin (Delores) Jackson and a special friend, Ms. Mary Lundy, all of Americus, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.

Dennis Alvin Bell

Mr. Dennis Alvin Bell, affectionately known by his friends as “Dingo”, was born on November 2, 1961, in Americus, Georgia. He was one of the last fraternal twins born from the parents of the late Mr. Oscar Bell, Jr. and the late Mrs. Mattie Pearl Hayes Bell. Three siblings precede him in death: Willie James Bell, Jerome Bell and Theartis Bell and a nephew, Emanuel Watts, II. At an early age, Dennis accepted Christ as his Savior and joined the New St. Paul Baptist Church.

 

Dennis acquired the name “Dingo” because of his unique personality and the wild and carefree lifestyle that he lived. He was curious, bold, stubborn, quick, pack leader, crafty and smart. Oftentimes, Dennis modeled his extra-ordinary artistic skills by drawing beautiful pictures, drafting great letters, repairing and constructing all kinds of items and refinishing furniture.

 

“Dingo” had a way with words. Sometimes those words would be witty, pleasant and sweet, while other times those words were unpleasant and bitter, mainly because of his addictive lifestyle. But all in all, Dennis had a good heart that was damaged by his choice of lifestyle. On June 11, 2019, Dennis peacefully eased away in the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia.

 

Dennis attended the Sumter County School System. Upon completion of his high school diploma, he was eager to earn him some money. He was employed at Textron/Davidson Rubber Company and later the Bell Vault Company. He was a hard worker. His last job before his departure, but not completed, was refinishing a table for a local church.

 

Dennis leaves to cherish his memories: one daughter, Nasheka (Eric) Culbreth, two grandchildren, Kyle Culbreth and Wesley Culbreth, Albany, GA; twelve siblings: Eddie James (Johnnie Mae) Bell, Americus, GA; Dorothy Cooper,

Jacksonville, FL; Oscar Lee (Mary) Bell, Thomas (Betty) Bell, Mamie (L.C.) McGrady, Fannie (Cleveland) Mann, all of Americus, GA; Jeanette (Emanuel) Watts, Albany, GA; Geneva (Milton) Terry, Ina Hurley, Homer Bell, Horace Bell and David (Patricia) Bell, all of Americus, GA; and a host of nieces,

nephews, cousins and friends.      

Nicole Casimere

Ms. Nicole Casimere was born in Lafayette, Louisiana on October 1, 1979, to the parentage of Mr. Berwick Casimere, Sr. and Mrs. Doris Thompson Casimere, both whom survive.

 

Nicole graduated from Jeanerette Senior High School in 1999. She played the flute in the band. She was a South Georgia Technical College student majoring in Early Childhood Education. During her life, she enjoyed many arts and crafts activities such as making purses, T-shirts and hair bows, and last but not least, she enjoyed decorating her home and helping others decorate their homes as well. In 2011, she found a home in Americus, Georgia, and in 2013, she joined the Zion Hope Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor George F. Monts, Jr.

 

She is preceded in death by her grandparents: Mr. Anderson Thompson, Mrs. Gertrude Thompson, Mr. Charlie Casimere and Mrs. Rena Casimere.

 

In addition to her parents, she leaves to cherish her memories: her son, Mr. Derick Stokes, Americus, GA; her daughter, Ms. Alicia Stokes, Americus, GA; her brother, Mr. Berwick (Jennifer) Casimere, Jr., Jeanerette, LA; four sisters: Ms. Kenyell Casimere, Ms. Regina Casimere, Ms. Andranique Casimere, all of Jeanerette, LA and a devoted sister, Ms. Laquana Casimere, Americus, GA; several aunts and uncles; and a host of nieces, including a devoted niece, La’Myria Casimere who was like her child; nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.

Alton Davis

Mr. Alton Davis was born in Sumter County, Georgia on January 23, 1947, to the parentage of the late Mr. Alvin Davis and the late Mrs. Ida B. Angrish Davis.  He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County. He was employed at King Customs in Ellaville, Georgia for many years. At an early age, he joined the Lebanon Baptist Church.

 

He is preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters: James Davis, Emmanuel Davis, Betty Davis, Judy Davis and Carrie Davis.

 

On September 10, 1986, he was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Mrs. Linda Joyce Merritt Davis. To this union five children were born: Mr. Antonio Davis, Albany, GA; Mr. Eric Merritt, Ms. Kimberly Davis, both of Americus, GA; Mr. Darren (Shiniqua) Davis, Macon, GA; and Mr. Brian (Takita) Davis, Fort Valley, GA.

 

In addition to his children, he also leaves to cherish his memories: two brothers, Mr. Alonzo “Sport” Davis and friend, Ms. Alice McGrady, and Mr. Anthony Davis: four sisters: Ms. Wendy Davis, Mrs. Virginia (Jesse) Tullis, Ms. Barbara Yancie and Mrs. Patricia (Charlie) Wright: nine grandchildren: Eric, Keshon, Tim, Tamia, D.J., Whitney, Ya'Nyla, Zaiden and Brylan; his sisters-in-law: Mrs. Ira (John) Tullis and Mrs. Oveida (Robert) Jackson: a special sister-in-law, Ms. Julia Reagon; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, including a devoted cousin, Mr. Clarence Slappey; other relatives and friends also survive.

Tiny Maudella Seay Davis

Tiny Maudella Seay Davis, the daughter of the late Frank Seay and the late Rebecca Myers Seay, was born in Lumpkin, Stewart County, Georgia. She was one of five children from that union. Four siblings- Frank Seay, Jr., Leonard Richard Seay, Trixie Beatrice Seay and Thelma Floradelle Seay – have all preceded her in death. Her family moved to Americus, Georgia and Tiny attended McKoy Hill School where she was valedictorian of her 7th grade class. She received a B.S. Degree from Savannah State University and a Master’s Degree from Atlanta University. It was at Atlanta University where she met and married “The Love of Her Life”, Iredell Asbury Davis, who was attending Atlanta University School of Mortuary Science. Tiny also furthered her studies at The University of Minnesota, South Carolina State University and Georgia Southwestern State University. 

 

Tiny joined the Big Bethel Baptist Church, Americus, Georgia at an early age and was a faithful member until the end. She was a member of several organizations at the church. She also taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. 

 

Tiny enjoyed life with her family, friends and her extended Davis Family in South Carolina. She especially loved traveling throughout the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. She and her sister, Thelma, would attend every Delta Sigma

Sorority, Inc. convention they could fit in their busy schedule. 

 

Tiny had the thrill of her life when she, along with her sisters, Thelma and Trixie, joined a group and traveled to Israel to visit The Holy Lands. She was baptized in the Jordan River by Rev. Cameron Alexander, President Emeritus of the GMBC, Inc.

 

For over 30 years, she worked for the Buena Vista School District. She was a teacher and subsequently became the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, she organized the first Head Start Program in the community. Tiny was the recipient of numerous awards, proclamations and honors over the years for her professional, community and volunteer service from the City of Buena Vista and Americus, Georgia.

 

Tiny was invited to join the Albany Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in May 1962. She served the chapter with distinction and honor for over 50 years. Her love for Delta was truly unparalleled!

 

Tiny was a lovable and sweet person who touched the lives of many people. She was totally devoted to her mother, Rebecca, and her sisters, Trixie and Thelma, until their death. She and her two sisters were known as “The Three Ts” in Americus. They were inseparable and did everything together. Tiny will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

 

She leaves to cherish her memory: her two beloved daughters, Darlene Davis Mincy (NJ) and Bernadette Davis Farrior (NJ); a sister-in-law, Tropzsy Davis Brewer (GA); a nephew Frank Seay III (Brenda) (GA); a great nephew, Eric Seay; seven grandchildren: Channen Farrior McGhee (NJ), Terence Farrior (NJ), Kelley Farrior (Xavier) (VA), Nina J. Muse (NJ), Tisa Davis Jackson (Andrew) (GA), Tyra Davis Hart (GA) and John Davis (GA); fourteen great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; cousins: Gail Stewart-Evans (Donnell)(NY), Theta Childress (Major)(GA), Teratha Wright, Linda Jordan, Betty Redding (GA) and Anita Barron (GA) and the loving Myers cousins in VA: Camille, Jackie, Blanche and Mamye, and Jacques in NC; a longtime friend and neighbor, Joe Mills (NY); a special friend and goddaughter, Hattie Thornton (GA); and a host of other relatives and friends.