Deacon Henry Lee Howard
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Deacon Henry Lee Howard was born in Lee County, Georgia on December 25, 1929, to the parentage of the late Ms. Zimmer Howard. He received his education in the Sumter County School System. He was a member of the New Shady Grove Baptist Church, where he served until his health failed. Mr. Howard was well-respected as a deacon both in Georgia and Florida, committing more than 44 years of servant leadership. For over 28 years, he was employed as a bus operator with the Miami Dade County Transit System. Mr. Howard was a lifelong fisherman. He was funny and down to earth. Mr. Howard was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be dearly missed. He is preceded in death by two children, Rose Howard and Cary Howard; three sisters: Ms. Minnie Howard, Ms. Betsy Howard and Ms. Strautie Mae Howard; seven brothers: Mr. George Howard, Mr. Charlie Howard, Mr. Arthur Howard, Mr. Clarence Howard, Mr. Willie C. Howard, Mr. Lee Howard and Mr. Rufus Turntine.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of 71 years, Mrs. Estella Girven Howard, Leslie, GA; four sons: Mr. Leon (Mildred) Howard, Miami, FL; Mr. Lawrence Howard, Leslie, GA; Mr. Clarence Howard and Mr. Anthony Howard, both of Americus, GA; three daughters: Mrs. Pamela (Timothy) Howard-Fudge-Martin, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Mrs. Kimberly (Kelvin) Hugley, Miami, FL and Mrs. Sherri (Devon) Gayle, Denton, TX; two sisters, Ms. Daisy Crumbley, Miami, FL and Ms. Annie Lou Carter, Albany, GA; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.
Mother Martha Thompson Gordon
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Mother Martha Thompson Gordon was born in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia on June 11, 1917, to the parentage of the late Mrs. Margert “Maggie” McCullen Brown and the late Mr. James Brown. Mother Gordon was a student and graduate of McCoy Hill Elementary School, and one of the first graduating class of A.S. Staley High School. Mother Gordon joined the Big Bethel Baptist Church at an early age, which was located on Lamar Street, downtown Americus. She attended Big Bethel Church until her marriage to Mr. Hinton Henry Thompson, and moved to Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. There they attended Mount Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Ellis S. Evans. Into this marriage, their only child, George Anthony Thompson was born. After approximately 13 years of marriage they were divorced. Mother Gordon was employed for many years by the New Way Dry Cleaners of Houston Avenue in Macon.
After many years of single mom’s status, she met Mr. Samuel A. Gordon and was married in 1950. They lived happily until his death in 1963. Samuel was a World War II Navy Veteran. After his home going, and the failing health of her mother, Mother Gordon moved back to Americus, and joined the Big Bethel Baptist Church, and continued her fellowship and working in the service of the church. Mother was a staunch and devoted Christian leader. She received numerous awards and recognition for her Christian service and community work. She loved Big Bethel and sung in the choir. She was also a member of the Professional Women Club, active member of the NAACP, and numerous other activities.
On the full moon lit night of March 18, 2019, God called Mother Gordon home to rest! She lived a full vibrant life devoted to her family, church and friends. She will truly be missed!
She leaves to cherish her memories: a devoted son, Mr. George A. Thompson and wife, Shirley A. Thompson of Kennesaw, GA; three grandsons: Aric A. Thompson, Jamuel A. Thompson, both of Kennesaw, GA and Roy D. Watts of Lithonia, GA; two granddaughters, Anita A. Crews, Americus, GA and Donna S. Mitchell, Kennesaw, GA; six great granddaughters: Tangree C. Hardnett of Hampton, GA; Crystal Jones of Americus, GA; Nicole Peduzzi of Alpharetta, GA; Brandy Mitchell of Kennesaw, GA; Allie McMillin of North Carolina, Kelle Pettis of Denver, CO and Laci M. Thompson of Sandy Springs, GA; three great grandsons: Kyle and Karter Pettis of Fountain, CO and Jarret A. Thompson of Sandy Springs, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and some very close and personal family friends also survive.
Mr. Litt Martin, Jr.
Mr. Litt Martin, Jr. was born in Terrell County, Georgia on July 8, 1936 to the parentage of the late Mr. Litt Martin, Sr. and the late Mrs. Mary Lou Smith Baker. He received his education in the public schools of Terrell County. “Sonny”, as he was affectionately called, was employed as a construction worker with Ralph Construction Company. He was a very private person. He loved to watch old and new western movies. He loved cars and would spend hours washing and shining them. He did most of his repairs himself except for the ones with major problems. He is preceded in death by three sisters: Ms. Carolyn Baker, Ms. Hattie Mae Burton and Ms. Bertha Grimes.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Mrs. Ada Lauderdale Martin, Rochester, New York; two sons, Mr. Trent (Evelyn) Lauderdale and Mr. Earl (Patricia) Lauderdale, all of Rochester, New York; one sister, Mrs. Willie Pearl Wright, Smithville, GA; his mother-in-law, Ms. Susie Slaughter, Rochester, New York; a sister-in-law, Ms. Joyce Slaughter, Rochester, New York; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.
Mr. Jerome Durham
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Mr. Jerome Durham was born May 18, 1956, in Americus, Georgia to the parentage of the late Mr. Edgar George Durham and the late Mrs. Lucille Sanders Durham, and to their union twenty-three children were born. Jerome attended the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, he joined the Triedstone Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. E. L. Clark. For many years, he served on the Board of Deacons. He retired as a butcher from the Golden Corral Restaurant. Until his health started to take a toll on him, he was employed as a janitor at Americus High School. He received his Black Belt and taught Karate classes. He is preceded in death by several siblings, including brothers, Mr. Henry Lee Durham and Mr. Willie Lee Couch and sisters: Ms. Martha Ann Journey, Mrs. Lutricia Handy, Mrs. Sally Mae Chambliss and Ms. Mary Pearl Mays.
He is survived by three sons: Mr. William Roger Mansfield and wife, Robin, Atlanta, GA; Mr. Murray Hinton, Jacksonville, FL and Mr. William Jerome Durham, Jr. and wife, Latrell of Warner Robins, GA; four daughters: Ms. Sharon Searcy and fiancé, Sedezier, Mrs. LaShonda Waymon and husband, Chancey, all of Warner Robins, GA, Mrs. Jermonica Baisden and husband, Arthur of Preston, GA and Ms. Teyunna McCoy Durham, Americus, GA; two brothers, Mr. Albert Durham and Mr. Maurice Durham, both of Americus, GA; five sisters: Mrs. Georgia Mae Solomon, Mrs. Gloria Moore and husband, James, Ms. Sandra Thompson, Ms. Brenda Green and husband, Rod, all of Americus, GA and Ms. Thelma Dodson and husband, Joe of Jacksonville, FL; 21 grandchildren; one great grandchild; two god-children, Mr. Willie Patillo and Ms. Linda James, both of Americus, GA; and a host of nieces, including, Ms. Vicky Johnson and Ms. Gabrielle Reynolds; nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.
Ms. Dorothy Jean Floyd, affectionately called “Dot”, was born in Sumter County, Georgia on April 20, 1960 to the parentage of the late Mr. Oscar Lee Prince and the late Mrs. Bernice Floyd Prince. Ms. Floyd received her education in the public schools of Sumter County and was a 1979 graduate of Union High School, Leslie, Georgia. At an early age, she joined the Blooming Rose Baptist Church, where she served faithfully and was a member of the Board of Ushers. Ms. Floyd was the caregiver for her parents, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. She had a heart of gold and would help everyone.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Floyd is preceded in death by two brothers, Mr. Charlie Prince and Mr. Hollis Floyd, Sr.; her grandparents, Mr. Ike Floyd, Jr., Mrs. Riscoe Burton Floyd and Mr. Albert Prince, Sr.; one brother-in-law, Mr. Willie Walton, Sr.; ten uncles: Mr. Andrew Floyd, Mr. Tommy Floyd, Mr. Ike Floyd, III, Mr. Jimmy Lee Floyd, Sr., Mr. Nathan Edge, Rev. Marcellous Willis, Mr. Allen Robinson, Sr., Master Ronnie Prince, Mr. Willie Lee Prince and Mr. Albert Prince, Jr.
She leaves to cherish her memories: two sons, Mr. Kenny Floyd and friend Ms. Shell Hart and Mr. Darryl Davis, Jr., all of Americus, GA; one grandson, Master Kendrell Brown, Americus, GA; her grandmother, Mrs. Eula Mae Sampson Prince of Americus, GA; four brothers: Mr. Emmett Floyd and friend Caroline Barron, Leslie, GA; Mr. Arthur (Sandra) Prince, Desoto, GA; Mr. Willie (Linda) Prince, Americus, GA and Mr. Bobby (Stacy) Prince, Albany, GA; three sisters: Ms. Patricia Walton, Mrs. Christine (Patrick) Harris and Mrs. Brenda (James) Baker, all of Americus, GA; ten uncles: Mr. David (Mary) Prince, Mr. Ernest (Barbara) Prince, Mr. Sampson Prince, Mr. James Prince, Mr. David Floyd and friend Geraldine Kimbrough, Mr. James Floyd, Mr. Ernest (Joann) Floyd, all of Americus, GA; Mr. Amos Floyd, Leesburg, GA; Mr. John (Pat) Floyd, Cordele, GA and Mr. John Lee (Susie) Prince, Belle Glade, FL; ten aunts: Mrs. Betty (Anno) Harris, Mrs. Reatha B. (John) Dowdell, Mrs. Delois (Rev. Karl) Wilson, Ms. Dorothy Queenie, Mrs. Barbara (John) Boone, Ms. Stella Floyd Robinson, Ms. Rosa Floyd, all of Americus, GA; Ms. Anna Willis, Leslie, GA and Ms. Mattie Mae Edge, Albany, GA; Ms. Mary Floyd, Detroit, MI; a sister-in-law, Ms. Mary Jean Floyd, Leslie, GA; 30 nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Ms. Shanterria Prince; 50 great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, including special friends: Mrs. Rita Mann, Ms. Patricia Lassiter, Minister Lucy McKenize, Ms. Jimmie Lee Richardson and Mrs. Gladys Polk also survive.