June 2019

Darenda LaRue Lucas Garth

Mrs. Darenda LaRue Lucas Garth was born in Trentum, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on March 10, 1953, to the late Mr. Clifford Charles Lucas and the late Mrs. Melverna Dumas Lucas.  She completed public schools in her community and earned an Associate Degree from Temple University.  While living in Germany, she was a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for the U. S. Army for 4 years.  For more than 20 years, she was the Office Manager for Sumter Ear Nose and Throat Medical Practice in Americus, Georgia. Darenda was a dedicated member of the Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Senior Citizens Ministry, Women’s Ministry and sang with the Choir. 


She is preceded in death by two sisters, Cozetta Loraine Pittman and Zorita Louise Wilkins.


Darenda was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. 


She leaves to cherish her memories: two sons:  Gregory Garth, II of Americus, GA and Clifford (Amber) Garth, Boone, NC; a daughter, Mrs. Diya (Dr. Jimmie) Felton, Americus, GA;  one brother, Mr. Dartlin Riccardo (Dianna Jane) Lucas of Natrona Heights, PA;  two sisters, Mrs. Ronatta Lolitta Allensworth, Macon, GA and Mrs. Veleta LaRett Lucas-Empty, Des Moines, IA;  nine grandchildren: Colby Claiborne Felton, Noah Lucas Felton, Tatum Charles Garth, Grayson Lucas Garth, India Garth, Asia Garth, Camaron Garth, Giselle Garth and Kelise Garth; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive. 

Jossie Mae Carter Holt

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Mrs. Jossie Mae Carter Holt was born in Cobb, Sumter County, Georgia on July 5, 1938, to the parentage of the late Mr. Joseph Carter and the late Mrs. Elana Robinson Carter. She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, she joined the Spring Creek Baptist Church. Jossie served faithfully as a dedicated usher, president of the Spring Creek Baptist Church choir, and in any other capacity inside the church or out in the community. Jossie became a partner in love and marriage to the late Charles Holt, Sr. on August 18, 1954, until death departed them after 34 years of marriage. After raising all seven of her children, she gained employment at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Center in its Housekeeping and Laundry Department for more than 30 years. After retirement, she attended the Jackson Street Senior Citizens Center until her health failed. She was a beautiful person who was soft spoken and of few words. She left a forever lasting effect on many. Jossie loved Christ, her family and enjoyed spending time with her family.


In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her stepmother, Ms. Janie Lou Brown; a son, Joseph Holt and his wife Geraldine; a brother, Saint John Carter and wife Ida B. and a sister, Georgia Mae White.


She leaves to cherish her memories: two sons, Mr. Charles Holt, Jr. and wife Daphne Marie Holt and Mr. George Holt and wife Patricia Smith Holt; four daughters: Mrs. Charlie Mae (Dan) Colson, Mrs. Gussie (Richard) Franklin, Mrs. Carolina Holt Pittman and husband Eric, all of Americus, GA and Evangelist Levonia ( Raymond) Lockett, Leesburg, GA; a brother, Mr. James (Viola) Carter, Philadelphia, PA; a sister and brother-in-law, Mrs. Meland (Johnny) Hawkins, Americus, GA; her caregivers,  Ms. Shaquita Wilkerson and Ms. Vernisha "Shawn" Alford; 31 grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, including a devoted nephew, Charles Chealy, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive. 

Veteran Nathaniel Dariso

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Mr. Nathaniel Dariso was born on May 29, 1949, in Lee County, Georgia to the late Mr. David Dariso and the late Mrs. Rose Hamilton Dariso. He attended the Sumter County Public Schools and finished at the Lee County Training School in 1967.  On May 6, 1969, he entered the United States Army.  He served his country honorably in South Vietnam until April 26, 1971.  He also attended South Georgia Technical College where he received a certificate.  For more than 15 years, he worked for Proctor and Gamble Paper Company in Albany, Georgia.


In addition to his parents, Nathaniel is preceded in death by a son, Julius Smith.


He is survived by one daughter, Ms. Tamara Dariso of Valdosta, GA;  five brothers: Mr. Vernon (Wanda) Dariso, San Diego, CA; Mr. David (Willie Ruth) Dariso, Mr. Russell Lee (Bernice ) Dariso, Mr. Lee Edward Dariso, all of Orlando, FL and Mr. Lonnie Dariso, DeSoto, GA;  he is also survived by two sisters, Mr. Mary Jean (Jesse) Keaton of Albany, GA and Mrs. Teresa (Charles) Morris of Gulf Port, MS.;  he is also survived by two grandchildren and a host of other relatives and sorrowing friends also survive.

Freddie Mae Griffin Thomas

Mrs. Freddie Mae Griffin Thomas was born in Sumter County, Georgia on August 1, 1945, to the parentage of the late Mr. Eugene Griffin and Mrs. Frankie Covin Griffin, who survives. She attended Southeast Elementary School and the Nunn Industrial School. At an early age, she joined the New Jerusalem Baptist Church. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and was employed for over 30 years at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Center, Americus, Georgia.


In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her brothers: Tommie Griffin, Eugene Griffin, Jr. and Johnny Griffin and a son, Robert Thomas, Jr.


She leaves to cherish her memories: her mother, Ms. Frankie C. Griffin, Americus, GA; her husband, Mr. Johnny B. Thomas, Americus, GA; her children: Mr. Norman Thomas, Fort Myers, FL; Ms. Sabrina Thomas, Mr. Timmy (Denise) Thomas, all of Americus, GA and Mr. Casey (Kristen) Thomas, Sumter, SC; one brother, Mr. Kelvin Griffin, Americus, GA; seven sisters: Ms. Martha Alford, Ms. Vivian Grover, Ms. Katherine Jones, Mrs. Mandy (Fred) Jones, all of Americus, GA; Ms. Annie Wright, Cobb, GA; Mrs. Peggy (Melvin) Chevers, Cordele, GA and Ms. Mammie Jackson, Fort Myers, FL; her grandchildren: Jennifer (Keyomie) Townsend, Raeford, NC; a devoted grandson, Jamaine Thomas, Casey Smith, Porsha Goober, all of Americus, GA; LaMonica (Aramuis) Odister, Clovis, NM; Devontais Williams, Denver, CO; Dequntez Williams, Perry, GA; devoted granddaughter, Alexia Thomas, Tifton, GA; Jamaya Bennett, Javin Bennett, both of Athens, GA and Dezandrea Williams, Raeford, NC; three sisters-in-law: Ms. Vivian Griffin, Ms. Mattie Frances Griffin and Ms. Tracy Griffin, all of Americus, GA; and a host of nieces, including a devoted niece, Nikita Griffin Bass; nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.  

Carolyn Tyner Bateman

Mrs. Carolyn T. Bateman was born April 19, 1947, in Sumter County, GA to the late Mr. Willie Tyner and the late Mrs. Nancy Mack Tyner. She attended Eastview School. She was a member of the Big Bethel Baptist Church, where she served as a dedicated usher. At an early age, she became a member of the Greater Cedar Springs Baptist Church, where she served as a faithful member and also as an usher. Later, she moved her membership to the Big Bethel Baptist Church and served as a faithful member, a member of the Pastor's Aide Ministry and also President of the Board of Ushers.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her siblings: Jake Tyner, Eddie Wade Tyner, Eddie Dean Tyner, Thomas Tyner, Teddy Tyner, Samuel Tyner, Johnny Lee and Jessie Tyner, Mary Blue and Ozzie Bell Angrish.


The passing of Carolyn has left an impact on everyone that she met during her life journey. She had a big heart and would lend a helping hand to anyone. Carolyn was greatly appreciated and will be certainly missed.


Left to cherish her memories are: her loving daughter, Ms. Gloria Tyner Young, Americus, GA; her son, Mr. Brian Keith Tyner of Clarksville, TN;  her beloved  grandchildren: Ms. LaDonnia Young, Americus, GA; Mr. Brian Keith (Lisa) Tyner, Jr., Lawton, OK; Mr. Alvin (Jessica) Young, Jr., Atlanta, GA; her great grandchildren: Ajalah J. Davis, Jalen R. Wallace, Kabrion (Shakiria) Young, Ajarious Young, Alivian Young, Amethyst Young, Omod Young, Tre Tyner and Boston Tyner; her sister, Ms. Ella Gloria Tyner, Americus, GA; her brother, Mr. Sammy Joe Tyner, Albany, GA; her sisters-in-law: Ms. Bertha Tyner, Ms. Ruby Lee Tyner, Ms. Georgia Tyner and Ms. Viola Tyner; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, including devoted friends: Ms. Mammie Gaye and her husband, Tyisha Brown and family, Cornelia Sims, Aliya and family, Tren Chambliss Williamson and family and Sandreia Carter also survive.

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