May 2019

Betty Jean Monts

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Ms. Betty Jean Monts was born on April 25, 1951, in Sumter County, Georgia to the parents of the late Mr. Joe E. Monts and the late Mrs. Bessie Lou Cottle Monts. She attended the public schools of Sumter County and was a 1970 graduate of A. S. Staley High School. At an early age, she joined the New Mt. Mariah Baptist Church. For many years, she was employed at Manhattan Shirt Company as a seamstress. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and most of all, she loved her grandchildren. She loved to dance and had a beautiful smile. She became a friend to everyone she encountered.


She is preceded in death by three brothers: Arthur Lee Monts, Robert L. Monts and Thomas Monts, and two sisters, Mary D. Rushin and Bertha Mae Rushin.


She leaves to cherish her memories: her son, Rev. Maurice A. Monts, Americus, GA; her daughter, Mrs. Marissa A. (Covery) Hill, Americus, GA; three brothers:  Mr. Joe (Ethel) Calloway, Mr. Charlie J. Monts and Mr. Joseph Monts, all of Americus, GA; her grandchildren: Nadia Monts, Jacori Hill and Covery Hill, Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive. 

Charlene Wright Smith

Born on December 1, 1958, to the parentage of the late Mr. James “Bill” Wright and the late Mrs. Lillie Perl Sims Wright, Charlene our Diva was affectionately known as “Pie”, was the youngest of four children. She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. She was a 1967 honor graduate from Americus High School. She also attended South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Georgia. At an early age, she joined the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. M. C. Jenkins. She was employed with The Tog Shop for several years. For the past 19 years, she was employed with Habitat for Humanity, Americus, Georgia as a data clerk entry operator.

With her nurturing personality, sweet spirit and sense of humor, Charlene touched many lives.


She leaves to cherish her memories, her siblings: Ms. Jessie Pearl Lembrick, Mr. Calvin (Tammie) Wright, Mr. Eddie (Gwendolyn) Wright, all of Americus, GA and Ms. Tammy Green, Smithville, GA; her aunts: Ms. Bettye O. Cunningham, New York, NY and Ms. Rather Stewart, Americus, GA; her uncle, Mr. Ernest (Edna) Sheffield, Atlanta, GA; she also leaves several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, who were all the apple of her eyes: Clarrisa Lembrick, Vennesa Gore, Darek (Kartachia) Wright, MSGT Maricus (SFC Aynna) Flournoy, Tawana (Darin) Bettis, Calvin (Jennifer) Wright, Jr., Jessica Nelms, Carneshqa Trice, Latracy (Dee) Harper, Alison Wright, Matrica Bryant, Carl McDonald, Jr., Tiara Green, COL Johnathan Gore, Rahmad Flournoy, Kennedy Gore, Gordan Wright, Kabob Thomas, Nykerria Wright, Kaibren Sims, Jessya “Kiyah” Nelms, Sanova Gore, Jatrellis Brown, Calvin Wright, III, Donovan Bettis, Jaylen Wright, Kayla Sims, Tatelin Wright, Laila Flournoy, Darrielle Bettis, Destiny Harper, Joshua Wright, Caleb Wright, Journey Wright, Kemarrius Hurley, Alana Flournoy and Landon Flournoy; her god-mother, Minister Corine Frazier; a host of devoted family members and friends, including Juanita Smith, Leslie Green, Pauline Smith, Amelia Williams, Annie Ruth Golden, Joyce Foster, Dinesha Smith, Frances Maddox, Virginia Furlow, Edna Whitehead, Vanessa Powell, Tray Carter, Leola Carter, Elizabeth Robinson, Josephine Simpson, Nathaniel Smith, the AHS Class of 1976, the Birthday Dinner Crew, the Habitat for Humanity Crew, the Mathis Family and “The Tree” also survive.

Eddie Lee Sampson was born on May 15, 1940, to the late Rosa Lee Russell in Americus, Georgia. Eddie left this world peacefully to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at his residence in Los Angeles, California, surrounded by his family.


Eddie was married to Virginia Battle on December 23, 1961. He is survived by five daughters: Gwendolyn Deloise Sampson (Robert) Brown, Cynthia Diannie (Carl Ray) Scott, Vanessa Sampson, Cherida (Earl) Abrams, and Elizabeth Hart Sampson and two sons, Eddie (Lisa) Idlette and Eddie Jamar Sampson.


After graduating from Sumter High School in Americus Georgia, Eddie attended college for a brief period seeking a degree in Business Administration.  After college, he enlisted in the United States Army on September 1, 1961, to fight for his country in Berlin, Germany in response to the Cold War conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. After an honorable discharge and the receipt of two Honorary Medals from the United Sates Army, Eddie settled in Los Angeles, California where he resided until his passing. With hard work and determination, Eddie became a licensed Long Haul truck driver. He retired from truck driving in 2006.


In the spring of 1964, Eddie accepted the Lord in his life and was baptized on June 3, 1966. He loved his congregation immensely and was an active member of the ministry for many years.


Eddie enjoyed spending time with his children. He enjoyed taking them on outings and liked to hike. Eddie especially loved to eat; his favorite thing to do on any given Sunday evening was to take his family out to dine. He loved to laugh and talk. He called it “shooting the breeze”. Before he became ill, Eddie could be found at the neighborhood donut shop on any given morning with a cup of coffee in one hand, and a glazed donut in the other. Eddie touched the lives of many people with his infectious smile and sincere generosity. He loved life and all the people in it. Eddie was a devoted husband, father, uncle, and friend to many people and he will be dearly missed.


He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Lou Abram; great grandfather, Thomas Gary; great grandmother, Lula Gary; cousin, Mattie “Tot” Kimbrough; and two brothers-in-law, Bill Battle and Arthur Battle.


In addition to his wife, sons and daughters, Eddie leaves behind to cherish his memory: one brother: S.T. (Lola) Sampson; two step sisters: Lois Taylor and Mattie Waters; fifteen grandchildren: Sheena Nicole Idlette, Kiara Idlette James, Dimitri Lashawn Idlette, Meah Eros, Carlisha Martin, Christin Scott, Kyle Scott, Harry B. Clay IV, Whitney Vanasha Pearson, Myles Durden, Emery Durden, Xcellen Connor, Zealan Abram, Eddie Jamir Sampson, Johnathan Sampson; nine great grandchildren: Skylar Martin, Kingston Xavier Pearson, Asia Nicole Idlette, Gabriella Alaina Idlette, Khole Alisa James, Kelsey Latrice James, Sa’riyah Lashay Burrus, Sophia Marie Idlette and Jaydah Marcie Johnson; 

brothers and sisters-in-law: Johnny and Inez Battle, Pearl Williams, Lula Bell Battle, Mary Pearl Battle, and Betty and Daniel Register;  and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, other relatives and friends. He also leaves behind lifelong friends; the Stafford family, the Taylor family, the Sims family, and the Bailey family, and a host of many other families and friends.

Veteran Eddie Lee Sampson

Rev. Irving Carter was born in Bainbridge, GA on March 15, 1920, to the late Mr. Samuel Carter and the late Mrs. Gillar Lemon Carter.  He attended the public schools of Decatur County.  At an early age, the family migrated to New Jersey.  Rev. Carter was a WWII veteran, serving in Burma, India.  He drove trucks loaded with ammunition and supplies to troops on the front lines in the Pacific Campaign.  Just before entering the Army on June 7, 1942, he married Miss Dorothy Louise Carter.  After 64 years of marriage, they were separated by death September 30, 2006.  He entered the ministry in 1956.  Rev. Carter was a welder for U. S. Metals & Refining Co., where he rose to the rank of Union President for Local 837.  His leadership was demonstrated in his Civil Rights activity, even attending the historic March on Washington in 1963.

In 1982, Rev. and Mrs. Carter returned to the South, making Americus their home.  Here he was active with the Sumter County Ministerial Association, Open Arm Drug Rehabilitation Center, Hand to Hand food bank, the Lenora Lambert Sr. Citizens Center, Prince Hall Masons, New Genesis Baptist Church and for 40 years, he worked in Prison Ministries in Sumter and Lee Counties.  Rev. Carter is a published author of Take Another Look: A Book of Thoughts, Visions and Hope


He is preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Bonnor.


Left to cherish his memories are his sons, Mr. James Carter and Minister David Carter, both of Newark, NJ; his daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Branch and Mrs. Gwendolyn Hicks of both of East Orange, NJ and Mrs. Melva Williams of Kankakee, IL;  a son-in-law, Mr. Jerome Thomas, Rahway, NJ; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren, a  host of nieces, nephew, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.

Rev. Irving Carter

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