February 2020

Mr. Eddie Will Wright

February 9, 1950 - February 28, 2020

Mr. Eddie Will Wright was born in Ellaville, Schley County, Georgia on February 9, 1950, to the parentage of the late Mr. James William Wright and the late Mrs. Ceola Terry Wright. Mr. Wright was a sub-contractor with Clifton Aldridge, and he loved to fish. At an early age, he joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Ellaville, Georgia. He lived in Miami, Florida for a while. He is preceded in death by two brothers, Willie Lee Wright and Henry Arthur Wright.


He leaves to cherish his memories: one brother, Mr. James William Wright, Jr., Dallas, TX; two sisters, Ms. Mary Wilson and Ms. Ann Storey, both of Ellaville, GA; two aunts, Ms. Ethel Brewster and Ms. Emma Seay, both of Hartford, CT; and a host of other relatives and friends, including devoted friends, Mr. Clifton Aldridge and Ms. Julia Smith, both of Ellaville, GA also survive.

Elder Henry Joe Louis

August 18, 1943 - February 23, 2020

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Elder Henry Joe Louis was born in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia on August 18, 1943, to the parentage of the late Mr. Joe Louis and the late Mrs. Mary D. Westberry Louis. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County. In November 1977, he joined the Americus Pentecostal Church of the Apostolic Faith. In 1995, he was ordained into the ministry.


Elder Louis served in the United States Army for two years and the United States Navy for two years before being Honorably Discharged. He was employed with the Georgia Forestry Commission and retired after over 30 years of service. He loved traveling, meeting new people, talking about the Lord, reading, learning mathematics and reading the encyclopedia and researching on Google.


On November 12, 1977, he was joined in Holy Matrimony to Ms. Pamela A. Hall.


In addition to his parents, He is preceded in death by a son, Samuel L. Louis and a brother, Charles Louis.


He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of 42 years, Mrs. Pamela Hall Louis, Americus, GA; his children: Henry Joe Louis, Baltimore, MD; Melvin Louis, Rosharon, TX; Phoebe Brooks, Buffalo, NY; Kizzy (Fredrick) Joiner, Americus, GA and Sheketta Wakefield, Plains, GA; his siblings: Kay Dee Jones and Bobby Louis, both of Americus, GA; cousins raised as siblings: Shirlene Barnes, Larry Tarver, Lamar Tarver, Curtis Tarver, William Tarver and a devoted cousin, Jacquelyn Bridges; his grandchildren: Schantiqua Weatherspoon, Solomon Eke, Frederick (CJ) Joiner, Brianna Louis and Bryant Foster, Jr.; four brothers-in-law: Edwin Goodwin, Charles Harris, Darrell (Janice) Goodwin, all of Americus, GA and James Harris, West Palm Beach, FL; four sisters-in-law: Pauline (Lorenzo) Bodie, West Palm Beach, FL; Jackie Henderson, Panama City, FL; Mae Ola Louis, Americus, GA and a devoted sister-in-law, Deborah (Curtis) Johnson, Americus, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other cousins and friends also survive.

Clarence D. Coleman

June 26, 1997 - February 20, 2020
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Mr. Clarence D. Coleman was born in Sumter County, Georgia on June 26, 1997, to the parents of Mr. Adam Holmes and Ms. Marlene Peterson. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County. He was employed with the Solar Panel Company.


He is preceded in death by his friend, Ms. Shantion Seats.


In addition to his parents, he leaves to mourn his passing: one brother, Mr. Adam Peterson, Americus, GA; three sisters: Ms. Kenyota Peterson, Ms. Alexus Coleman, and Ms. Mercedes Smith, all of Americus, GA; his stepfather, Mr. Clarence Coleman, Americus, GA; his grandmothers: Mrs. Collie Williams and Ms. Ruby Angry, both of Americus, GA; his grandfathers: Mr. Willie B. Peterson, Americus, GA and Mr. Frank McGhee, Atlanta, GA; a step grandfather, Mr. Frank Angry, Americus, GA; his aunts: Ms. Eva Mae Williams, Ms. Linda Williams, Ms. Bernice Williams, Ms. Monteen Williams, Ms. Orrie Lee Peterson, all of Americus, GA; Ms. Annie Lloyd Peavy, Columbus, GA; Ms. Lisa Smith, Ms. Angela Taylor and Ms. Lattoya Taylor, all of Fort Valley, GA; his uncles: Mr. Clyde (Rose) Angry, Mr. Emmett Angry, Mr. Willie R. (Carol) Williams, Mr. Wallace Holmes, Mr.  Randy Holmes, Mr. Timothy (Yakeisah) Peterson, Mr. Willie B. Peterson, Mr. Rodney Wilson, Mr. Jerome Coleman, Mr. Wallace Holmes, Mr. Randy Holmes, Mr. Corey Holmes, Mr. Jeffery Mathis, all of Americus, GA and Mr. Evans (Loraine) Peterson, Macon, GA; his nieces: Kadeija Coleman, Royal Coleman, A’zari Hosley and Marcella Coleman; and cousins, other relatives and friends also survived.

Andrew Pless, Sr. 

June 29, 1920 - February 10, 2020

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Mr. Andrew Pless, who was affectionately known to his family and friends as “Mr. Pless”, was born in Buena Vista, Georgia on June 29, 1920, to the parentage of the late Mr. George Pless, Sr. and the late Mrs. Annie Maude Covington Pless and later raised by the late Mrs. Lizzie B. Pless. Andrew and his twin brother, George were the seventh born of nine children. He attended Marion County Rule Schools, where completing an education then only required for the completion of the eighth grade. At an early age, he was taught “faith and integrity were the life to live” (Hebrew 11: 1). He later united with Evans Chapel C.M.E. Church, Preston, GA in the community of Church Hill and was emerged under the water in a creek used for baptism. He united in Holy Matrimony with his “Sweetheart”, T.Liller Jones Pless, on January 7, 1939. They were happily married for 78 years until his “Sweetheart’s” passing on February 4, 2017 (Romans 7: 2-3). To their union, the Lord blessed them with eight children: five sons and three daughters.

The Andrew Pless, Sr. family relocated to Americus, GA on October 23, 1957 , and united with the Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church family. He continued servant-ship in a variety of ministries: Steward, Sunday School Teacher and Church Ward Leader. He received several church Certificates of Appreciation and an Honorary Life Membership from the St. John Masonic Lodge #17. Mr. Pless worked diligently throughout his lifetime as a farmer and a pulpwood technician. He retired from Sumter County Redman Mobile Home Factory, Roundtree Groceries and Harvey’s Super Market, all located in Americus, Georgia.

On February 14th, 2020, the body of a pioneer Christian servant and steward— Andrew Pless, Sr. and the last sibling seed of the George Pless, Sr. Family—is laid to rest.


In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three sons: Horace Lee Pless, Sr., Arthur C. Pless, Sr. and Otis F. Pless, Sr.; one daughter, Alice M. Pless; two sisters, Annie Laura and Ruby Louise; six  brothers: Ralph A., Horace Lee, James Edward, Johnnie, Felton and George, Jr. and two great grandchildren, Briana Nicole Munns and Diamond Pless. 


Left to cherish Mr. Pless’s sweet memories are his sons, Andrew Pless, Jr. (Geneva Dudley-Pless) and Kelvin W. Pless (Deborah Johnson Pless); a grandson raised like a son, Shernone R. Butts; two daughters, Annie Laura Pless-Munns (Jimmy L. Munns) and Alvetta Pless-Butts; a devoted caregiver and granddaughter, Andrea C. Tatum (Benny); grandchildren: Horace Lee Pless, Jr. (Vickie Gray-Pless), Shirley D. Pless-Wesley (Melvin Wesley), George Edward Pless (Janice Kitchens-Pless) and Alice M. Burgest (Ulric ‘Chico’ Burgest),  Tara Hawkins, Travis Hawkins, Gary K. Pless (Lovette Pless), Andrew Pless III, Charlotte K. Pless-Johnson (Darin K. Johnson). Gary Pless, Jr., Joshua Pless, Gara Pless-Mike (Nicole Mike), Ambriana Jones, Shalome Pless, Paris Pless, James Pless, Evan K. Pless-Johnson, Gabriel K. Pless-Johnson, Brenda Denise Cooper (Anthony), Sharon Pless, Sherry Tyson (Lawrence), Arthur Pless, Jr.,  Arlena Pless, Michael Pless, Elizabeth Westbrook, Tabatha R. Munns-Wright, Paterno C. Munns, Jennifer L. Munns-Mastin (Ervin Mastin), Demetria Butts Bridges (Sammie Bridges), Sherwood Butts, Jr. (Mary Butts), Temeshia Butts Edden (Vernon Edden), Shernone Butts,  Otis Pless, Jr. (Cynthia Pless) Theresa Threatt (Carl Thrett), Tiffany  Camilie Pless, Kevia Wanesha Pless, Channin Thorn, Jacquarian Bichelle ‘Jackie’ Eagle; great grandchildren: Davarus A. Kitchens, Terrance C. Kitchens, Xzavious ‘Jakese’ Pless, Larry C. Jordan III, Jermaine C. Jordan:  Jennifer G. Pless-Gatlin, Latasha L. Pless Hutchins, Tomia B. Wesle, Javin Lewis, Jawarren Lewis, Quatesha Jackson, Tabatha A. Owens, Edward Jarrod Gilmore, Khalil Tabias Munns, Gabrielle Antrina Munns, Zaybrion Christopher Munns-Sheffield,  Cierra Pless, Aisha Pless, Jade Pless, Cheyenne Pless, Chione Pless, Morgan Butts, Sherwood Butts III, Vernon Edden III, Lauren Edden, Demetric Jaheim Bridges, Tamea Ayana Hawkins, Bryan Sumlin, Sr., Deborah Simpson, DeAnna Furlow, Dexter Furlow, Jr (Domnique Furlow), Khandiese Cooper, Charles Cooper, Cameron Pless, Quandarius Smith, Keana Hardrick, Marquise Hardrick, II, Lawrence Tyson, Jr., Arlexus Pless, Isaiah Pless, Marquiesha Pless, Artoria Pless, Travis Pless, Arthur Pless, III, Marquis Wimberly, Monisha Wimberly, Jai Pless, Artra'veus Westbrook, Taju Thomas, McKenzie Pless, Isyss Tyson, Azireya Pless, Amari Pless, Jackie Eagle (Jason Eagle), Braydon Evans; great-great grandchildren:  Shateria Sumlin, Bryan Sumlin, Jr., Cierra Sumlin, David Sumlin, Aiden Washington, Londyn Coley, Ethan Coley, Jordyn Smith, Roman White, Christian Bailey, Malachi Gatlin, Kyra Gatlin, Antwon Hutchins, Jr., Cavius A. Kitchens, Tiyez A. Kitchens, Bryson T. Kitchens, Aedan O. Bush, Trayvion C. Dees, Xayden J. Pless, Xayder J. Pless, Alexiana C. Jordan, Aaliyah Rasson Parker, Ariel Eagle, Asher Eagle, Aaron Eagle, Dexter Furlow, Jr., Brece Robinson, I’Lyrica Pless, and Josiah Owens; and a host of other relatives and friends including Pastor Jermaine Harris and the Allen Chapel A. M. E. Church Family and his brothers of the St. John Masonic Lodge #17.

Dorothy Ann Battle

July 22, 1949 - February 9, 2020

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Ms. Dorothy Ann Battle was born in Sumter County, Georgia on July 22, 1949, to the parentage of the late Mr. James Battle and Mrs. Minnie Lee Broner Battle, who survives. She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. She was a self-employed child care provider. She studied with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. She enjoyed cooking, going to the “Oldie Goldies”, and spending time with her grands that she shared with her son through Plezy Lee Nelson, Jr.


In addition to her mother, Mrs. Minnie Lee Broner Battle of Americus, GA, she leaves to cherish her memories: three sons: Mr. Timothy Nelson, Mr. Antonio Nelson and friend, Ny’Sheka Sims and Mr. Plezy Lee Nelson, III and friend, La’Shonda Woods, all of Americus, GA; two brothers, Mr. Larry (La’Daisy) Battle and Mr. Charlie (Lynn) Battle, all of Americus, GA; one sister, Ms. Annie Ruth Battle, Americus, GA; nine grandchildren: Ty’Sean Nelson, Za’Quavion Nelson, Ta’Mia Nelson, Ty’Tiona Nelson, Antonio Nelson, Jr., Jada Nelson, Chole Nelson, Ny’King Sims and Lon’Dria Nicole Nelson; seventeen nieces and nephews: Dashia Brown, April (Pastor Rayfield) Boyd, Sharon Terry, Stephanie Fuller and friend, Christopher, Janet Battle, Clinton (Kimberly) Terry, III, Charlie (Latoya) Battle, Jr., Derrick (Alecia) Battle, Walter (Veronica) Fuller, Jr., Melissa (Lee) Pace, Joseph (Annette) Terry, Brittany Battle, Jerod Battle, Whitney Battle, Charleisha Battle, Charneisha Battle and Damien (Cassie) Battle; a host of cousins, other relatives and friends, including a devoted friend, Mr. William Asberry also


Lizzie Mae Munns Linder

January 29, 1933 - February 6, 2020

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Lizzie Mae Munns was born on January 29, 1933, in Lumpkin, Georgia to the late Mr. Carl Munns, Sr. and the late Mrs. Irene Bass-Munns. She was the oldest of seven children. Lizzie united in Holy Matrimony to Moses Linder, Sr. in October 1964 and was blessed with two children, Moses and Deborah.


Lizzie was a native of Georgia and a resident of Tampa, Florida for over 38 years and in Jacksonville, Florida and Lakeland, Florida for 6 years. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was united and baptized with the Jerusalem Baptist Church Family, Americus, GA.


On February 6, 2020, at 12:54 p.m., Lizzie departed her earthly life at Valencia Hills Health and Rehab Center in Lakeland, FL.


During Lizzie’s 87 years of life, her favorite things to do were shopping in Lowe’s gardening department, buying plants that needed the most TLC, giving them needed care and watching her plants blossom.  When she was not gardening, she enjoyed reading faith magazines, working on her crossword puzzles and reading the daily newspapers. Whenever you asked her where she would love to eat, she always said “Golden Coral.”


In addition to her parents, Lizzie is preceded in death by her husband, Moses Linder, Sr.; a brother, Freddy B. Munns and a sister, Annie Pearl Williams. She leaves to cherish her memories: two loving children, Moses (Rhonda) Linder, Jr., Jacksonville, FL and Deborah (Christopher) Byrd, Lakeland, FL; two sisters, Catherine Volley, Americus, GA and Willie Lou Josey, Belle Glade, FL; two brothers, Reverend Carl (Shirley) Munns, Jr., Americus, GA and Deacon Jimmy (Annie Laura) Munns, Tampa, FL; three grandchildren: Christopher (Thomesha) Byrd II, Lakeland, FL; Nicholas Joshua Byrd, Carteret, NJ and Micah Khalil Linder, Jacksonville, FL; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephew, cousins and sorrowing relatives.

Willie Gene Engram


August 29, 1943 - February 7, 2020

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Mr. Willie Gene Engram was born in Sumter County, Georgia on August 29, 1943,  to the parentage of the late Mr. AJ Ingram and the late Mrs. Mary Cook Ingram Wilson. He was a 1962 graduate of Sumter High School. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. H. C. Wilson. Willie was affectionately called “Geno” but also known as “Sweet Willie” and “Grease”. He was employed with and retired from Georgia Power. He was a member of the G. W. F. Phillip Elk’s Lodge #691. Geno was an avid sports fan, and he loved the Atlanta Falcons. He enjoyed a game of Poker and Texas Holdem. Geno never met a stranger. He was very generous. He was happily married to Minnie Hollis Engram for over 56 years. He was a strong family man: he loved his family and friends dearly.


In addition to his parents, Geno is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Porscha Nichole Turner and three siblings: AJ Ingram, Jr., Anzie Engram Jones, and Melvin Ingram.


Left to cherish Geno’s precious memories are: his wife, Minnie Hollis Engram, Americus, GA; his children: Dirk Antonious (Angela) Engram, Stockbridge, GA; Kelby Sherard (Cassandra) Engram, Hampton, GA; and BroDrick Gene Engram, Americus, GA; his siblings: Evangelist Mary Lizzie Williams, Americus, GA; Doris Engram Perry, North Brunswick, NJ;  Minister Beatrice Engram, Springfield, MA;  and Arthur James (Oneida) Ingram, Americus, GA; his grandchildren: Pastor Christopher (Erica) O’Bryant, Crystal Monique Coley, Quinton Neal Coley, Keldrick Sherode (Kateisa) Engram, Skyler Denson (Akiel) Ray, Dirk Antonious (Kristell) Engram II, Kobe Lewis, Passion Thomas and Ashton Engram; his great grandchildren:  Kyra Deona O’Bryant, Aubrey Reid Turner, Caleb George Turner, Christopher Deon O’Bryant II, Dirk Antonious Engram III, Parker Denise Ray, Karmen Nicole Engram, and Kay’lonii Evona Lewis; and a host of many other relatives and friends, including devoted family and friends: Minister Thomas Sims, Fred Dennis “Lil D” (Tracy) Carter, Eurinah Jenkins, David “Ken” Battle, Kelvin (Deborah) Pless, Deacon Johnny Fuller, E.A. Green, James Hollis, Connie Davis and Lorenzo "DJ Zo" Waters also survive.

Nora Frances Tymes Pless

January 30, 1940 - February 5, 2020

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Evangelist Nora Frances Tymes Pless was born in Buena Vista, Marion County, Georgia was born on January 30, 1940. She was the second oldest of ten children born to the late Mr. Earthen Tymes and the late Mrs. Annie Slaughter Tymes. She received her education in the public schools of Marion County, Georgia. At an early age, she joined the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Marion County, Georgia. Nora served as an educator in the New York Public School System for over 26 years. She also attended New York Theological Seminary and became a certified evangelist. After retirement, she moved to Americus, Georgia. At age 23, she married George Pless, Jr. and to their union, two children were born. Nora is preceded in death by her daughter, Wanda Sanora Pless and her siblings: Herman Tymes, Eva Tymes Thornton and Hubert Tymes.


In addition to her husband, she leaves to cherish her memories: a son, Mr. Kenneth (Robin) Pless of Brooklyn, NY; two grandchildren, India Walker and Natasia Pless and a great-granddaughter, Isyss Walker-Dwight, all of Brooklyn, NY; two brothers, Earthern (Ardessa) Tymes, Jr. of Buena Vista, GA and Edward (Roslyn) Tymes of Midland, GA; a sister, Patricia (David) Nixon of Newman, GA; two brothers-in-law, Mr. Robert (Loraine) Pless, Sr. of Palmetto, GA and Mr. Johnny David Pless of Americus, GA; five sisters-in-law: Ms. Annie Maude Jackson, Buena Vista, GA; Ms. Bertha M. Pless, Melbourne, FL; Ms. Ella Pearl Moran, Ms. Bobbie P. Sims, Ms. Gladys Pless, all of Americus, GA and Ms. Ruby (Marvin) Lee, Eastpoint, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.

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