February 2019

Mrs. Hattie Jean Davis Bess

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Mrs. Hattie Jean Davis Bess was born October 11, 1926 to the parentage of the late Mr. Eugene “Sonny Man” Davis and the late Mrs. Lucy Mae Glass Davis.  She was a lifelong resident of Americus, GA.  Mrs. Hattie Jean joined New St. Paul Baptist Church at an early age and served until her health failed. She attended school in Sumter County and worked with numerous families throughout Americus. Mrs. Hattie Jean was married to the late Mr. Luther Bess. In additon to her husband, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, she is preceded death by her daughter, Dorothy Mathis; brothers, Johnny B. Davis, S. T. Davis and her sister, Myrtice Thomas.


Mrs. Hattie Jean Davis Bess is survived by her loving and devoted daughters: Mrs. Hattie M. Simpson (Wesley, deceased), East Hartford, CT; Mrs. Lola (Jerry) Dent, Atlanta, GA; Ms. Lavonia Bess, Mrs. Rosie (Ronnie) Cole and Mrs. Cynthia (Raymond) McCray, all of Americus, GA; her loving and devoted sons: Mr. Freddie (Juanita) Davis, Orlando, FL; Mr. Luther (Melissa) Bess, Mr. Dennis Bess, and Mr. Tommy L. Bess, all of Americus, GA; a brother-in-law, Mr. Walter Thomas, Bloomfield, CT; her grandchildren: Teresa Davis, Heather Simpson-Jackson, Michael Davis, Amanda Davis, Derrick Bess, Latrena Bess, Lakaya Smith, Laquita Bess, Takeshia Bess, Kelby Mathis, Roderick Mathis, Travis Walters, Manisha Bess, Timothy McCray, Raymond McCray, Jr. and Talisa Moore; great grandchildren, and a host of nieces including a very special and devoted niece and caregiver who was with her as her health failed until God called her home, Koreene Davis, and other devoted nieces including, Ernestine Maddox, Carolyn Davis-Brown, Ruby Harris, Donna Holley and Dendia Spence, nephews, including a special nephew, Mr. Rodney Davis; cousins, other family members and friends also survive.

There are no words to express the undying love, devotion, care, and companionship provided by her daughter, Rosie Cole, who called her 

"My Angel".

Deaconess Bertha Grimes

Deaconess Bertha Mae Smith Grimes was born on July 14, 1938 in Parrott, Terrell County, Georgia to the parents of the late Ms. Mary Lou Smith Baker and the late Mr. T. J. Jackson. She was raised in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia, where she received her formal education. She left Georgia to reside briefly in Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts. She settled in Newark, New Jersey in 1972. She was a dedicated Deaconess at the House of God Church, Inc. Keith Dominion in Newark, New Jersey.  She tirelessly provided childcare and foster care services from her home. She returned to Smithville, Georgia in February of 2006. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Americus, Georgia. She continued her Deaconship at The House of God Church, Inc., Keith Dominion in Americus, Georgia.


To know her was to love her. She was the person to call when you just needed someone to listen and to make you feel better. She was a woman of God. She deeply loved her daughter, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved planting flowers and sitting on her front porch. She was known for singing old hymns during church services, including "My Savior Wrote Me A Letter" and "I Believe I’ll Run On".


She met and later married the late Mr. James Thomas Grimes and to their union was born one son, the late Allen Milton Grimes and a daughter, Elsie Lodonia Grimes, who survives. She is also preceded in death by two sister, Carolyn Baker and Hattie Mae Burton.


In addition to her daughter, Ms. Elsie Lodonia Grimes, Americus, GA, she leaves to cherish her memories: one brother, Mr. Litt (Ada) Martin, Americus, GA; one sister, Ms. Willie Pearl Wright, Smithville, GA; four grandchildren: Victor, Veronica, David and Corey Grimes, all of Ewing, New Jersey; seven great grandchildren: Ashaene, Tynasia, Amani, J’mahri, Victoria, Jaionna and Makiyah Grimes; special nieces, Ms. Leazie Burton-Smith and Ms. Paulette Baker; a special foster daughter, Ms. April Rutherford; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends also survive.

Mr. Oscar Lee Prince

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Mr. Oscar Lee Prince was born in Sumter County, Georgia on December 22, 1939 to the parentage of the late Mr. Albert Prince, Sr. and Mrs. Eula Mae Sampson Prince, who survives. Mr. Prince received his education in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, he joined the Blooming Rose Baptist Church, where he served faithfully until his health failed. He retired from Anthony Dairy Farm in July 2003. Mr. Prince was a hardworking, caring and lovable husband, dad, son, brother, granddad and uncle. He was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Mrs. Bernice Floyd Prince on December 27, 1960 in Americus, Georgia. They were happily married for 51 years, until her passing on June 30, 2012. Mr. Prince is preceded in death by two sons, Mr. Charlie Prince and Mr. Hollis Floyd, Sr.; three brothers: Master Ronnie Prince, Mr. Willie Lee Prince and Mr. Albert Prince, Jr.; three grandchildren: Sanica Carson, Kenzie Floyd and Antonio Floyd; his father-in-law, Mr. Ike Floyd, Jr.; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Riscoe Burton Floyd; a son-in-law, Mr. Willie Lee Walton; six brothers-in-law: Mr. Nathan Edge, Rev. Marcellous Willis, Mr. Andrew Floyd, Mr. Tommy Floyd, Mr. Ike, Floyd, III and Mr. Jimmy Lee Floyd, Sr.


In addition to his mother, Mrs. Eula Mae Sampson Prince of Americus, GA, he leaves to cherish his memories to four sons: Mr. Willie (Linda) Prince, Americus, GA; Mr. Arthur (Sandra) Prince, Desoto, GA; Mr. Bobby (Stacy) Prince, Albany, GA and Mr. Emmett Floyd and friend Caroline Barron, Leslie, GA; four daughters: Ms. Dorothy Floyd, Ms. Patricia Walton, Mrs. Christine (Patrick) Harris and Mrs. Brenda (James) Baker, all of Americus, GA; five brothers: Mr. David (Mary) Prince, Mr. Ernest (Barbara) Prince, Mr. Sampson Prince, Mr. James Prince, all of Americus, GA and Mr. John Lee (Susie) Prince, Belle Glade, FL; seven sisters: Mrs. Betty (Anno) Harris, Mrs. Reatha B. (John) Dowdell, Mrs. Delois (Rev. Karl) Wilson, Ms. Dorothy Queenie, Mrs. Barbara (John) Boone, all of Americus, GA; Ms. Anna Willis, Leslie, GA and Ms. Mattie Mae Edge, Albany, GA; a daughter-in-law, Ms. Mary Jean Floyd, Leslie, GA; five brothers-in-law: Mr. David Floyd and friend Geraldine Kimbrough, Mr. James Floyd, Mr. Ernest (Joann) Floyd, all of Americus, GA; Mr. Amos Floyd, Leesburg, GA and Mr. John (Pat) Floyd, Cordele, GA; three sisters-in-law: Ms. Stella Floyd Robinson, Ms. Rosa Floyd, both of Americus, GA and Ms. Mary Floyd, Detroit, MI; 32 grandchildren, including three he raised as his own: Kenny Floyd, Shanterria Prince and Darryl Davis, Jr.; 50 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.

Ms. Detri Nakee Reliford was born in Americus, Georgia on October 14, 1979 to the parentage of the late Ms. Joann Tullis Harris and Mr. Fonzel (Ethry) Reliford, Sr.  She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, she joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was employed at Magnolia Manor for over 15 years. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Gerue Reliford, Sr. and Bettye Reliford.


In addition to her father and step-mother, she leaves to cherish her memories: her step-father, Mr. Willie J. Harris, Americus, GA; four children: Ms. D’Erica Thomas, Ms. Ta’Niah Reliford, Mr. Jaidyn Reliford and Mr. Rocko Reliford, all of Americus, GA; her grandparents: Mr. John C. (Eddie Jo Laster) Tullis, Sr. of Americus, GA; three brothers: Mr. Volanski “Corey” Hollis, Mr. Fonzel (Quanesha) Tullis, Jr., and Mr. Kelvin (Latoya) Reliford, all of Americus, GA; one sister, Ms. Juvetta Rembert, Columbus, GA; five uncles: Mr. John C. (Ira) Tullis, Jr., Americus, GA; Mr. George (Barbara) Tullis, Buena Vista, GA; Mr. James Hawkins, Mr. Alvin Reliford and Mr. Gerue Reliford, Jr., all of Preston, GA; four aunts: Ms. Lueann Tullis and friend, Jerry Myrick, Smithville, GA; Mrs. Carolyn (Willie) Carruthers, Americus, GA; Ms. Irma Reliford and Ms. Connie Wilkerson, both of Atlanta, GA; four devoted cousins: Renae (Mike) Volley, Gayet Jones, Tyechia Tullis and Lakesha (Jamara) Johnson; three devoted friends: Lawanda Burns, Tukeiko Walters and Demetria Taylor; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive. 

Ms. Detri Nakee Reliford

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Mr. Dwight Randolph Tatum was born in Doerun, Colquitt County, Georgia on August 21, 1961 to the parentage of the late Ms. Betty Jean Harper Tatum. He was educated in the Americus City School System and received his diploma from the Adult Learning Center in Oakland, California. He was employed by Textron Automotive before its closure and the Marine Corp Logistics Base.  He is preceded in death by a daughter, Julie.


He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Mrs. Loretta Peterson Tatum, Americus, GA; one son, Mr. Korell Tatum, Americus, GA; four daughters: Mrs. Laqullia (Kenya) Hosley, Douglasville, GA; Ms. Deanna Tatum, Ms. Lynetta Tatum and Ms. Lakeisha Dorsey, all of Americus, GA; ten brothers: Mr. Eddie Dean (Lenora) Tatum, Oakland, CA; Mr. Benny (Andrea) Tatum, Mr. Douglas McArthur Tatum, all of Americus, GA; Mr. James Arthur Fields, Mr. Theodore Fields, Mr. Joey Fields, Mr. Keith Fields, Mr. Bobby Fields, Mr. Phillip Fields, and Mr. Tony Fields; eight sisters: Ms. Betty Tatum, Albany, GA; Ms. Patricia Tatum, Americus, GA; and Ms. Lorraine Bradley, Ms. Susan Fields, Ms. Bernadette Fields, Ms. Cara Fields, Ms. Charlotte Fields, and Ms. Mary Alice Williams; nine grandchildren: Markeith Paramore, Jr., Marquis Paramore, Quay’Shaun Tatum, Sankorvious Harris, Nykeria Tatum, Dondrea Ingram, Andre Tatum, Treyvion Cook and Skylar Lambert; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.

Mr. Dwight Randolph Tatum



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