Mrs. Ollie Butts

DOD:  November 19, 2015



Mrs. Ollie Butts, 91, entered peaceful sleep of eternal rest on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia.  Funeral services held on Friday, November 27, 2015 at St. James Christian Fellowship Church in Tennille, Georgia with Rev. Mack Jackson officiating.  Interment in the Union Hill Baptist Church cemetery.


Mrs. Butts was born in Wrightsville, Georgia on September 21, 1924 to William Dave Wilson and Nellie Wilson.  Mrs. Ollie met and married the late Eddie Butts, Sr. and from this union they were blessed with eight children.  She was a dedicated loving wife and mother.  She loved fishing and gardening, which brought great joy to her life.  


Mrs. Ollie was preceded in death by Joyce G. Davis, Eleanor Butts and Genevieve Butts Elliot.


Mrs. Ollie leaves to cherish her memory, one son Eddie M. Butts, Jr. and four daughters:  Susan B. Haynes, Linda (Daniel) Andrews, Althea Walker and Darlene Hannah; thirteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.   



Mr. Isaac Haynes, Sr.

DOD:  December 14, 2015


Mr. Isaac Haynes, Sr. entered into eternal rest on Monday December 14, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his family.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at New Birth Christian Ministry in Tennille, Georgia ata 1 p.m.  Interment will be in the Union Hill Baptist Church cemetery.  


Mr. Haynes was born July 3, 1936 in Washington County, Georgia to the late Mr. Fred Haynes and Ms. Pauline Armstrong.  He was reared in Washington County and attended Limestone School in Washington County, Georgia.  He was a member of Springfield Baptist Church for many years and most recently joined New Birth Christian Ministry in Tennille, Georgia. 


He was employed at Wilson Furniture Company and Lapp Insulation Company from which he retired in 1998.  He was also a licensed barber.  Mr. Haynes enjoyed  picture framing, installing carpet and fishing. 


He was preceded in death by one sister Mrs. Lillie Ruth Dawson.


Mr. Isaac Haynes, Sr. leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife of 55 years. He was married to Miss Maudie Ree Coleman on July 16, 1960, to this union they added 4 children: Lillie Ruth McLaughlin (Jerome), Isaac Haynes, Jr. (Juanita), Michael L. Haynes (Elizabeth), and Christopher B. Haynes all of Sandersville and 7 grandchildren: 5 grandsons – Daries Smith, Brandon, Isaac III, McKale and Christopher Haynes; 2 granddaughters: Brittany and Tangela Haynes and 4 great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws Inez Askew (George), Joyce Castleberry all of Sandersville; Dorothy Stafford (Shawn) of Macon, and Willie Mae Wright, Geneva and Jewel Coleman all of Florida; brother-in-laws Ledell Castleberry (Charlene), Napoleon Castleberry (Ann); Ronnie Castleberry, Daniel Coleman; devoted cousins Lillie Mae Hall, Betty Bloodsaw, Dorothy Simmons, Shirley Rooney and two devoted friends Leon Minor and Jody Peeler. A host of devoted nieces, nephews and friends.



2015 DEATHS 


Mr. Emanuel Kelsey, Jr.

DOD:  December 26, 2015


Mr. Emanuel Kelsey, Jr. entered eternal rest on Saturday, December 26, 2015 in Topeka, Kansas.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Clara-Minnie Memorial Chapel of L.M. Pierce Funeral Home.  


Mr. Emanuel Kelsey, Jr. was born June 9, 1963 to the late Emanuel Kelsey, Sr. and Marie Burnett Kelsey.  Emanuel was reared in Miami, Florida in the city of Opa Locka, Florida.  He attended Hialeah Miami Lakes (Class of 1982) where he was a star athlete playing point guard and running back for the Mighty Trojans.


After high school, he accepted a position with the City of Opa Locka as a water technician/treatment specialist.  A position he held for 10 plus years. 


In 2001, Emanuel relocated to Sandersville, Georgia.  He attended Sandersville Technical Institute, receiving his honors on December 31, 2001.  He accepted a position at Hancock State Prison as a Correctional Officer.  He retired from Hancock State Prison after 10 plus years.  He entered into semi-retirement to enjoy his most prize passion.


Emanuel was a student of the game of sports and knew talent when it stepped on the field.

Yes, he enjoyed the sports curriculum, but he loved his family! 


He was preceded in death by one daughter, LaTrice Darby.  He was also preceded in death by one brother, Leathur Kelsey and sister-in-law, Adell Kelsey.  To the Florida family we  love you!


Mr. Emanuel Kelsey, Jr. leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife of 26 plus years, Vivian Kelsey; his loving mother Marie Burnett; three (3) sons:  Felix Stuckey-Kelsey of Ohio, Taurence Minikw of Kansas and Emanuel Kelsey, III of Kansas; two (2) daughters:  LaTonya Darby of Miami, and Lashonda Darby of Miami; six (6) grandchildren:  Lamar Jones, Lamont Jones, Anthony Rosier,, Ji’Aire Smith, T.J. Minikw, and Lei Lani Kelsey; 2 sisters:  Mary Ellen Thompson of Florida and Suzette Myers of Georgia;  four (4) nieces:  Valerie, Mary, Lorraine, and Makyia; four (4) nephews:  Byron, Nigel, Malik and Troy; a host of devoted family members, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and  friends; devoted god brothers:  Kenny Price, Robert Morton and Antwan Evans; god children:  Lena Tombull and Johnny Gilmore (Pooh Bear). 






Mr. Willie L. Robinson

DOD:  May 24, 2015


Mr. Willie Lee Robinson, Jr. departed this life on Sunday, May 24, 2015 after an extended illness at the University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Funeral services held on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2 p.m., Harrison Spring Baptist Church with Rev. Terrance Pullen officiating.  Interment will be in the Harrison City Cemetery.  


He was born March 15, 1940 in Washington County to the parentage of the late Mr. Willie Lee Robinson, Sr.  and the late Mrs. Willie Mae White. 


At an early age, he joined Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Wrightsville, Georgia and later in life attended M.C. Memorial Church in Wrightsville, Georgia.  Mr. Robinson attended the public schools of Johnson County.  Mr. Robinson was united in holy matrimony to the late Lucille Braddy on April 8, 1961. 


Mr. Robinson began working at the early age of 15 for W.F. Jackson in the mines as a heavy equipment worker.  He later began working for C.T. Harris for 15 years and went back to work for W.F. Jackson for a total of 30 years.  He had to leave work due to his declining health.  Mr. Robinson served his community as a volunteer firefighter and was also a member of Elisha Masonic Lodge #194 in Harrison, Georgia.  Mr. Robinson was preceded in death by three siblings:  Arlene Robinson, Freddie Robinson, and Allene Williams.


Mr. Robinson leaves to cherish his memories four daughters,  Agnes Stephens of Harrison, GA, Sheryl Mack (Herbert) of Tennille, GA, Angela (Tony) Andrews of Tennille, GA, and Arnita Williamson of Cordele, GA; one son, Darcey (Ruby) Robinson of Harrison, GA; five brothers,  Frank (Edith) Robinson, Johnny B. (Shirley) Robinson, Gene (Benita) Robinson, Danny Robinson – all of Jacksonville, FL and James (Linda) Robinson of Jonesboro, GA; two sisters, Rosie Spears and Virginia Robinson both of Jacksonville, FL; two sisters-in-laws,  Ruby (Carnell) Curtis of Dover, DE and Juanita (James) Boyd of Wichita Fall, TX; six brothers-in-law, Elize (Laura) Braddy of Killeen of TX, William (Mary) Braddy, James (Pearl) Braddy, Sander (Jean) Braddy, Sanford (Kathleen) Braddy, and Robert Braddy – all of Harrison, GA; seventeen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; devoted friends, Isadore and Emma Mack of Sandersville, GA, host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.  


Visitation will be at the funeral home Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mrs. Margie Tanner

DOD:  July 3, 2015


Mrs. Margie Carswell Tanner ascended to her heavenly home on July 3, 2015 from Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July11, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Union Hill Baptist Church in Tennille, Georgia with interment in the Union Hill Baptist Church cemetery.  


Mrs. Tanner was born on September 11, 1948 to the  late Mr. Arthur Carswell and Mrs. Mary M. Hagan Carswell in Washington County.   She was educated in Washington County Public Schools, graduating from T.J. Elder High School in 1968.  Margie further her education and became a Licensed Practice Nurse.   She was a member of the Union Hill Baptist Church. 


Margie worked as a LPN for several years in Washigton and surrounding counties  until she retired from the Washington County Regional Medical Center.   She also worked at VA Hospital in Dublin, Dublin Aire Nursing Home, Oconee Rehabilitation and Wrightsville Manor in Wrightsville, Georgia.  She worked part-time for many years at L.M. Pierce Funeral Home.  At the time of her death, she was employed by Tom and Angela Helton.


One sister and two brothers preceded her in death:  Susie Gordy, Melvin Carswell and Arthur Carswell, Jr.  She was also preceded in death by a niece Linda Thomas.


Her cheerfulness blessed our lives in many ways.    She encouraged all to have faith, hope and confidence in God.  Her legacy will forever be remembered and exemplified by her loving and devoted family.  Her memory shall be cherished  by the lives she touched and loved:  two sons:  Troy Tanner (Stone Mountain, GA) and Arthur Onix Carswell (Tennille, GA); one granddaughter:  Candice Breante Johnson (Tennille, GA); two great grandchildren:  Kadie Solage Gibbons and Kobe Eli Johnson (Tenille, GA); one sister:  Ollie McBride (Los Angeles,CA); four brothers:  Lennon Carswell (Tennille, GA), Willie Carswell (Warthen, GA), Marion Carswell (Oakland, CA) and Jimmy Carswell, (Detroit, MI); several nephews and nieces including Carol Francis and Lisa McBride  (Los Angeles, CA); a dear and devoted friend:  Rebertha Andrews (Tennille, GA); special cousins:  Jessie Hagans, Bernice Hagan Jones, Tommie Hagans, Jr. and Alisa Green; special friends:  Sharon & Larry Burden, Dianne Wright, Mary Lizzie Wright, Betty Burnette,  Tom & Angela Helton, and Marsha Hutcheson.  




Mrs. Julia Wright

DOD:  July 5, 2015


Mrs. Julia Pierce Wright was born October 15, 1917 to the late Edmond and Ollie Samuels Pierce in Oconee, GA. Known to her family as “MaJulia”, Mrs. Wright departed this life on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Serenity Hospice of Dublin, GA. Mrs. Wright was ninety-seven years old.


Funeral services for Mrs. Wright were held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at Buckeye Baptist Church in East Dublin, Georgia at 12 Noon with Rev. David Flowers officiating.  Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Church cemetery in Johnson County.  


On January 3, 1936, Julia was joined in holy matrimony to the late Leroy Wright, her devoted husband of sixty-eight years. To this union, they were blessed with nine children. Mrs. Wright was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren, homemaker, nanny, and faithful friend to all others that came into her life. To those that knew her, she spent the majority of her time in the kitchen cooking and sitting at the table reminiscing about the past. At an early age, Julia attended Samuel Grove Baptist Church of Sandersville, GA, and later joined Mt. Pleasant A.M.E Church of Wrightsville, GA where she was a faithful member until a decline in health.


She was preceded in death by her sons Bennie Wright and Roy Lee Wright; daughter Lucille Hicks; brothers; Bennie  (Alberta) Pierce; David(Lillie Ruth) Pierce; D.K.(Corean) Pierce; Sammy Pierce; Theodore(Mary) Pierce and Robert Pierce; sisters Dora(William) Carter; Lonnie Mae(Prince) Walker; Eula Mae(Rudolph) Smith; Addie(Doc) Merrell, Elisa Pierce and Annie Mae(Sam) Dennis; sister-in-laws Geneva(Roger) Dixon, Detta Pierce, Hattie Wright; brother-in-laws Charles Wright and Sam(Rose Eva) Wright; granddaughters Lisa Michelle Wright and Sheila Hicks; grandson Phillip Pullen; daughter-in-laws Faye Wright and Ilver V. Wright; and a devoted aunt, Lonnie Mae Poole.


Mrs. Wright leaves to cherish her memories two daughters Jeanette Thomas and Julia(Charlie) Robinson of Wrightsville, GA; sons Sam(Retha) Wright of Dublin, GA, James Wright of Wrightsville, GA, Jimmie(Betty) Wright of Locust Grove, GA, William(Brenda) Wright of Lexington, KY; daughter-in-law Bernice Wright of Lexington, KY; son-in-law Lee Hicks, Sr. of Chicago, IL;  brothers Kaiser(Carol) Pierce of Tampa, FL, Leroy Pierce of Sandersville, GA; sister-in-law Mary Lizzie Wright of Sandersville, GA; brother-in-laws George(Audrey) Wright and Willie Wright of Sandersville, GA; devoted granddaughter and caretaker Joann Thomas of Wrightsville, GA; twenty-eight grandchildren, forty-nine great-grandchildren, twenty-nine great-great grandchildren, and two great-great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.







Mr. Joel "Joe"  Merrell 

DOD:  July 8, 2015


On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at his residence, within his own infinite wisdom, Jesus saw fit to remove Mr. Joel “Joe” Merrell from the walks of this life. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at Greater New Hope Baptist at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jimmy Ellis Cordy, Sr. officiating.  Interment was in the Sandersville City Cemetery.  


He, on October 1, 1978, was born to the parentage of Mr. Joe “Bubba’ McKnight and Ms. Annette Merrell.  Affectionally known as “Joe” he was a 1997 graduate of Washington County High School in Sandersville, Georgia.   He was owner and operator of Merrell’s Mobile Washing based in Wrightsville, Georgia.  He was all about family and whenever called upon he was always there.  Joel was 36 years old. 


He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. Joe “Bubba” McKnight and Mrs. Annette Merrell Salvador as well as his stepfather Mr. Fritz Salvador; maternal grandfather Edward “Dweet” Merrell, Sr.; maternal great grandfather Deacon Obe Thomas, Sr.; maternal uncle  Edward Merrell, Jr; paternal grandparents Mr. Joe McKnight, Sr. and  Mrs. Mander Gamble McKnight and a brother-in-law 1SGT Gerald L. Thomas.


Joe leaves to cherish fond memories his wife of 13 years, Mrs. Sandra Thomas Merrell of Wrightsville, GA; maternal grandmother Mrs. Gennell Merrell of Tennille, GA; two daughters Miss Aleshya Balhouri of Miami, FL and Ms. Sandrika Wright,  two grandsons Master Gerderian Hall and Master Kadezmon Wright all of Wrightsville, GA; maternal great grandmother  


Mother Rosa Thomas of Tennille, GA; six sisters  Ms. Anquanek Merrell of Sparta, GA and Ms. Vera McKnight, Ms. Cynthia McKnight, Ms. Ronda McKnight, Ms. Kathy McKnight and Ms. Toya McKnight all of Rochester, NY; four brothers Mr. Raymond (Yoshia) Merrell of Pageland, SC, Mr. Timothy McKnight of Goulds, FL, Mr. Ray Anthony McKnight and Mr. Joseph McKnight of Rochester, NY; ten aunts and four uncles Mr. Ronnie (Tangela) Merrell, Mrs. Shanella (Calvin) Evans and Mrs. Janice Merrell all of Sandersville, GA, Mrs. Abigail (Cornelius) Merrell-Pinkston of Sparta, GA; Mr. Gary (Fredericka) Merrell of Miami, FL, Mr. Dwight McKnight, Mrs. Louise Evans and Mrs. Diane Jones all of Kingstree, SC; Mrs. Betty (Joe) Conyers of Trio, SC; Mr. TJ McKnight of Winston-Salem, NC; Mrs. Rosa Lee Hamilton and Mrs. Flora Rouse of Andrews, SC; Mrs. Alice (Sammy) Scott and Ms. Rudell McKnight of Rochester, NY; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law  Mrs. Judy (Antonio) Graddy and Mr. James Lee Hunter, Sr. both of Wrightsville, Georgia; Pastor Jimmy Ellis (Minister Elizabeth) Cordy, Sr., Mr. Willie Elbert (Jacqueline) Davis and Mr. Edward (Mary) Cordy all of Dublin, Georgia; Mr. Bobbie Lee (Leslie) Thomas Jr. of Columbia, SC; devoted cousin Mr. Stewart Merrell (Pokey) of Dublin, GA and a host of great aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. 








Mrs. Leonia James

DOD:  July 30, 2015


Leonia James, of Midway, Georgia entered into eternal rest at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, Georgia on Friday, July 30, 2015.


Leonia was born on November 27, 1938 to the late Mr. & Mrs. Lee Dixon in Sandersville, Georgia.  After moving to Liberty County she became a member of Community Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a member of the Usher Board.


Leonia had a great love of flowers and cooking.  For 49 years she was devoted and dedicated wife and homemaker.  She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted husband, Dan James, Jr. of Midway, Georgia; stepdaughter, Patricia (Nathaniel) Green of Darien, Georgia, a devoted niece, Dellar Ann (Odell) Thomas of Hephzibah, Georgia; a devoted nephew, Willie Clyde (Carrol) Lattimore of Ludowici, Georgia; two special grandnieces, Latasha Thomas of Hephzibah, Georgia and Imani (Steven) Tarpley of Midway, Georgia; two sister-in-laws, Mary Kate Dixon of Tennille, Georgia, Gloria Williams of Midway, Georgia; six brother-in-laws, George (Doretha) James of Syracuse, New York, William (Agnes) James of Decatur, Georgia, Jimmy L. James of Saluda, South Carolina, David (Justine) James of New York City, New York, John James of Phoenix, Arizona, and Terrance James of Hinesville, Georgia; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and many very special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.


Visitation:  Friday, August 7, 2015, 1 p.m-5 p.m. at Dorchester Funeral Home.


Funeral Service:  2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Community Missionary Baptist Church in Midway, Georgia.  Reverend Dr. Stanley E. Brown will be the eulogist.


Interment will be in Midway First Presbyterian Church in Midway, Georgia. 


Dorchester Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  This is a courtesy announcement by L.M. Pierce Funeral Home.  






Mother Lucile Norris 

DOD:  July 26, 2015


Mother Lucile Norris of Jacksonville, Flordia entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 26, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at 2 p.m. in Jacksonville, Florida.  Dr. Robert E. Herring, Sr. will officiate.  


Visitation will be at Buckeye Baptist Church in East Dublin on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.   Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m.


Ms. Norris was the daughter of the late Lucion and Lavada Norris.  She was reared by her grandparents, the late Frank and Annie Bell Whiggomes, her uncle and aunt, the late Sidney and Willie Kate Wilcher. 



Mr. Isadore Mack Jr.

DOD:  August 6, 2015 


Mr. Isadore Mack Jr. departed this life on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Heritage Inn in Sandersville, Georgia.  Funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Springfield Baptist Church in Sandersville, Georgia.  Interment will be in the Sandersville City Cemetery.  Rev. Henry L. Tanner will officiate.  


Isadore Mack, Jr. affectionally known by his siblings as “brother” and to his family and friends as “Mack” was born August 9, 1933 in Washington County to parentage of the late Isadore Mack, Sr. and Sally Mack.


Mack attended the public school of Washington County.  He was employed by Riner Radiator & Battery Company for over 50 years where he retired in 2000.  Mack was a dedicated employee and served the community as a great mechanic.  Mack was also known in the community to be a fun-loving and life of the party person.  He loved being in the company of family and friends.


Mack was preceded in death by his parents, Isadore Mack, Sr. and Sally Mack; Don Jordan (son), Sarita Elaine Mack (daughter), Jerome Mack (grandson), Willie Floyd Mack (brother), and Dora Mack Jackson (sister). 


On July 8, 1994, Mack married his devoted and loving wife, Emma Jean Wilcher-Mack.  They spent many years of companionship prior to holy matrimony.


Mack leaves to cherish many fond memories a devoted wife, Emma Jean Mack (Sandersville, GA); sons:  Ronnie Mack, Willie Mack, Reggie Mack, Gregory (Rose) Mack, Stan (Mary) Mack all of Sandersville, GA and  Tracy (Kim) Mack of Milledgeville, GA; daughters:  Drena Mack and Terri (Ivey) Veal of Sandersville, GA, Carolyn (Victor) Kelsey of Milledgeville, GA; stepdaughter:  Peggy (Greg) Smith of Augusta, GA; sisters:   Julia Sanford, Shirley (Bobby) Harris of Milledgeville, GA and Hattie (Clyde) Allen of Tampa, FL; sisters-in-law:  Bernice Miller, Louise Morris, Mabel (James) Hood, Ida (Donnie) Wiley all of Sandersville, GA, Brenda ((Cedric) Braddy of Augusta, GA; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; devoted friends include Ronnie Johnson, Charles Haynes and Marion Brookins. 




Minister Irene Johnson

DOD:  August 14, 2015 


Evangelist Irene Leona Johnson entered eternal rest on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital in Augusta, Georgia.  Funeral services held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at Smith Grove Baptist Church with interment in the Sandersville City Cemetery.  Bishop Richard Peoples officiated. 


Evangelist Irene Leona Johnson was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 22, 1945. She was the youngest of five children of the late Clayton and Ada Burgess.  Mother Johnson was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System. She attended Simon Gratz High School but received her GED in Jacksonville, Fla through the Florida Cooperative Extension Program. She earned her Associates degree in Criminal Justice in 1987 from Philadelphia Community of Philadelphia.


Mother Johnson spent her youth attending Jones Tabernacle AME Church. When she was 12 years old, she joined the Ebenezer COGIC Church. After moving to Jacksonville, FLA, she attended Faith Temple COGIC where she diligently worked with the youth choir and outreach ministries. Returning to Philadelphia, she put her hands to work at Solid Rock COGIC. Then she transitions to Overcoming Church of Deliverance pastored by Bishop William Kinning where she was ordained on June 29, 1980.


 In 1998, Mother Johnson moved to Sandersville, GA where she planted the seeds of gospel at the young people at First Love Ministries pastored by Bobby Jackson. Her heart’s desire was to win all souls to Christ but she was passionate about the youth in Sandersville. She actively participated in the van ministry gathering all who wanted to know more about Jesus. The youth outreach ministry grew and evolved to the Children of Love and Hope pastored by Dolton Glenn.  To get young people more involved in church, she would help take the church’s children on retreats. Mother Johnson often encouraged the people to seek out higher education and taught them the value of prayer and determination.


Mother Johnson was always looking for ways to be a blessing and being used by God gave her great joy. At the Children of Love and Hope Ministries she put her wisdom to work in the women’s ministry, her kindness into feeding the community, her fellowship in home visits and her love into every soul that she encountered. Having Pastor D. Glenn as a shepherd fortified her resolve to do all for Christ.

Mother Johnson met her former husband, David Johnson, Sr. at a church that she was visiting. Their wedding took place in Maryland on July 6, 1963. The union produced three children, Evelyn, David Jr. and Crystal the adorable.  Mother Johnson had a daughter from a previous relationship, Beloved La-Barbara Burgess, who preceded her in death.


Mother Johnson leaves to celebrate her extraordinary life, her daughter and son-in-law: Lanod and Evelyn Broadnax; her son and daughter-in-law, David Johnson Jr and Shelly Bland-Johnson; and her youngest child, Crystal. She also had seven grandsons: George Clayton Johnson who preceded her in death, La-Mont Johnson, Jeremy Johnson, Jermaine Johnson, Mark Williams, David Johnson III, Daniel Johnson and Darius Johnson; five granddaughters: Tiffany Israel-Bland, Tamika Bland, Da’Shell Johnson, Destanee Johnson, and Daijonet Johnson; two great grandsons: Mark Jr Williams and Shaheim Miller; three great granddaughters:  Ashley Johnson, Kashmere Miller and Aliyah Williams.



Mr. Ralph Brown, Sr.

DOD:  August 26, 2015


Mr. Ralph Brown, Sr. 69, of Rochester, NY suddenly transitioned to eternal rest on August 26, 2015 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.  Graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Pine Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Davisboro, Georgia.  Rev. Kelvin Boyer will officiate. 


Mr. Brown is survived by his wife; Maxine Brown of Rochester, New York; one son:  Ralph (Brittany) Brown, Jr. of St. Roberts, Missouri; 3 step children:  Kendall Young, Lebra (Mike) Harden and Walter (Starica) Davis all of Rochester, New York; 2 brothers:  Billy (Pauline) Brown of Sandersville, Georgia and Dudley Johnson of Macon, Georgia; step father:  Deacon Willie J. Dunn of Sandersville, Georgia; 3 grandchildren:  Nyela S. Leonard, Nia Samone Vassell and Alexandra Taylor; 1 grandson:  Desmond Shaw; 1 great granddaughter; 15 step grandchildren and one on the way; 1 step great granddaughter;  3 sisters-in-law:   Annie Brown of Savannah, Georgia, Dorethea (Jerome) Nunally and Catherine Jones of Rochester, New York; 2 brothers-in-law:  Billy Jones of Rochester, New York and Eddie Armstrong of Wrightsville, Georgia; host of other nieces, nephews, other relative and friends. 


Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday, September 11th from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 12th 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. 




Mr. Demetric Lerome Coleman 

DOD:  October 5, 2015


On Monday, October 5, 2015, we knew little that morning that God was going to whisper your name.  In life, we loved you dearly; in death, we do the same.  It broke our hearts to lose you; but you’re not going alone, for a part of us went with you the day God called you home.   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Union Hill Baptist Church in Tennille, Georgia with Rev. Ronald Brawner officiating.  Interment will be in the Smith Grove Baptist Church cemetery.  


Demetric Coleman was born on September 14, 1974 in Florida to the parentage of Mrs. Barbara Merrell and Mr. Carl Pratt, Sr.  Demetric accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized and joined Smith Grove Baptist Church where he was a faithful and devoted member. 


Demetric received his early education at McCarty Grammar School in Fort Pierce, Florida and completed high school at Washington County High School graduating in 1993.  Demetric relocated to Redwood, California in 1998 at which time he united with Bethany Community COGIC.


Demetric leaves to cherish  his memories, his parents, Stewart and Barbara Merrell of Tennille, GA and Carl Pratt, Sr. of Stockton, CA; one god son:  Handsome Slaughter of New Orleans, LA; one god daughter Laquesha Martin of Toccoa, GA; god grandson Tra’Veon Carter of Toccoa, GA; ten sisters:  Leslie Davis of Twiggs County, GA, Shanona Merrell of Sandersville, GA, Iralanette Robinson (Jonathan) of Harrison, GA, Brandy Merrell of Dublin, GA, Brittany Merrell of Dublin, GA, Breshonda Merrell of Dublin, GA, Branehia Merrell of Tennille, GA, Jameisha Porter of Tennille, GA, Shondra Porter of Tennille, GA, and Ciara Q’Quigley of Salinas, CA; eight brothers:  Darrell Fraley of Tennille, GA, Stewart Merrell, Jr. of Dublin, GA, Anthony Merrell of Valdosta, GA, Stewart A. Merrell of Chicago, IL, Brandon Merrell of Soperton, GA, Bryant Merrell of San Antonio, TX, Henry Merrell of Irwinton GA and Carl Pratt, Jr. of Orlando, FL;

aunts:  Jeraldine Archer of Miami, FL, Katrina Farmer of Miami, FL, Delois Reese of Miami, FL and Addie (Paul) Green  of Milledgeville, GA; uncles:  Howard (Barbara) Coleman of Ft. Pierce, FL, Arthur Farmer of Ft. Pierce, FL, Robert Kelsey of Sandersville, GA, Stevie (Gussie) Kelsey of Milledgeville, GA; devoted cousin:  Kartasha Coleman-Moore of Ft. Pierce, FL; special friends:  Tremayne (Annie) Smith of Sandersville, GA, Christopher Daniel of Atlanta, GA, Michelle Wilson of Toccoa, GA and Harold Gayle of Milledgeville, GA; host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 





Mr. Ronald Quinton Heggs 

DOD:  October 21, 2015


Mr. Ronald Quinton Heggs transitioned to eternal rest on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at his residence.  Memorial service will be held on Monday, October 26, 2015 at Clara-Minnie Memorial Chapel of the L.M. Pierce Funeral Home.  


Mr. Ronald Quinton Heggs was born November 29, 1956 to the parentage of the late Mr. Edward Heggs, Jr. and the late Inez Vivian Heggs. 


Ronald grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended public school.  Ronald possessed many trades.  He worked as a security guard, truck driver and cab driver in New York.


In 1995, Ronald moved to Sandersville, Georgia to be closer to his family.  Here he met and married his wife, Mrs. Elaine Swint Heggs. 


He was predeceased by his brothers, Mr. Kenneth Heggs, Mr. Charles Heggs, Sr., Mr. Lloyd Heggs, Sr. and one sister Ms. Diane Heggs. 


In November 2014, Ronald’s health started to decline.


Ronald leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 11 years Mrs. Elaine Swint Heggs; five sons:  Troy Showers, Randolph Showers, E.J. Showers, Lamel Showers and Ronald Heggs, Jr.; one daughter:  Roxanne Williams; three step-children:  Demeatrius Swint, Larry Brooks, Jr., and Veronica Swint; three brothers:  Mr. James (Vanessa) Heggs, Mr. Mark Heggs and Mr. Donald Mitchelle; one sister:  Mrs. Sharon (Nikki) Gilbert; twelve grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 





Mrs. Arebetha Carswell

DOD:  May 14, 2015


Mrs. Arebetha Carswell ascended to her heavenly home on May 14, 2015 from Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia.  Funeral services held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Deepstep, Georgia with Rev. Bobby Warren officiating.  Interment in the Rest Haven Cemetery.


She thoroughly enriched the lives of her parents as she was the firstborn to Lillie Mae Danzy and Ralph Perry on February 10, 1924.


Arebetha experienced and enhanced life in Deepstep, Georgia where she was educated at the California Junior High School in Washington County, Georgia. She was an early and eternal member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church evolving as Mother of The Church. She labored with love at the defunct T.J. Elder Elementary School until retirement in 1987.


She enjoyed a happy marriage of sixty-six years with her devoted husband, Deacon Eddie Lee Carswell, Sr., who preceded her in transitioning. This union amassed eleven children: Beverly Brown (Willie), Ronald Carswell (Walter Jean), Gwendolyn Murray (Frederick), Eddie L. Carswell, Jr. (Jennifer), Brenda Bell (Donald), Kenneth Carswell (Gwendolyn), Sandra Conyers (Lester), Donny A. Carswell (Lazette), Jeffrey Carswell (preceded her in transitioning), Gail Wellman (Hawley), and Karen Carswell.


This union extended love beyond their eleven children to include a surviving endearing sister, Jacqueline Roberson, two special adopted daughters, Ethelean Dixon and Claudia Moore and an honorary brother-in-law, Deacon William Jackson.


Her legacy of all-encompassing love extends five generations with forty grandchildren, fifty-seven greatgrandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Arebetha’s passions for uplifting, encouraging, and epitomizing unconditional love are the hallmarks demonstrated wholeheartedly to family, friends, neighbors, and anyone who she encountered. She is entrusting that her legacy will continue to exhibit godly love to one another throughout all generations.


NOTE:  Family visitation/wake is Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.  The body will lie in state on Thursday from 12 noon until hour of service at the church.  There is no viewing after the eulogy.  



Mr. Tommie Change 

DOD:  April 22, 2015


Mr. Tommie Change, Sandersville, Georgia, died on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at his residence.  Memorial service was held on Friday, May 1, 2015.  


Mr. Change was born August 24, 1948 to the late Mr. Clarence and Mrs. Trudie Change.   He was preceded in death by two siblings:  Ennie Lee Change and Ivey “Pee Wee” Evans.


Mr. Change is survived by one daughter, Carole (Jerry) Haynes of Sandersville, Georgia; seven sisters:  Mary Ruth Salter, Baltimore, MD, Cora Lee Adams, Atlanta, GA, Agnes Curtis, Sandersville, GA, Betty Poole, Ellenwood, CA, Marie Miles, Bowie, MD, Patricia Brown, Hampton, VA and Kathy Knight, Hampton, VA; three brothers:  Donald Evans, Baltimore, MD, Ronnie Brown, Sandersville, GA and Johnny Brown, Raeford, NC; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren; host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  



Mrs. Verdis Jones

DOD:  March 5, 2015


Mrs. Verdis Jones departed this life on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Oconee Health and Rehabilitation Center in Oconee, Georgia.  Funeral services held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Green Grove Baptist Church in Sandersville, Georgia at 12 noon with interment in the church cemetery.  Rev. Paul Robinson officiated.  


Mrs. Verdis Martin Jones was born on April 8, 1926 in Washington County, Georgia to the late proud parents Mr. Archie Martin and Adell Bloodsaw Martin.  She was preceded in death by son:  Baby Jones; brothers:  Jimmie Lee Martin, Archie Lee Martin, Julius Martin, Charles Andrews and sister:  Sarah Cannida. 


She was educated at T.J. Elder High School of Sandersville, Georgia.  Verdis joined Green Grove Baptist Church as a young girl, where she faithfully served God.  On September 5, 1959, she was united in holy matrimony to the love of her life and best friend, Mr. Thomas J. Jones.  The union brought forth two sons. 


Mrs. Jones leaves to cherish her memories her husband of 55 years, Mr. Thomas J. Jones; two sons: Mr. Julius (Janet) Jones of Sandersville, GA and Mr. John T. (Carolyn) Jones, III of Atlanta, GA; grandsons:  David M. Jones of Valdosta, GA; John T. Jones, IV of Atlanta, GA; Keith Bracks of Orlando, FL, Amador Williams of Atlanta, GA;  granddaughters:  Brittany L. Jones of Atlanta, GA; Jakira T. Jones of Biloxi, MS, and Raven Williams of Atlanta, GA;  seven beloved sisters-in-law, three beloved brothers-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. 


Her life was full of joy and love, as she danced to God’s drum.  Touching many she met as she strolled across the red carpet of life.



Mrs. Lucille Wright Hicks

DOD:  January 30, 2015 


Mrs. Lucille Wright Hicks departed this life on Friday, January 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.   Funeral service held on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Buckeye Baptist Church in East Dublin, Georgia with Rev. David Flowers officiating.  Interment in the Wrightsville City Cemetery.   Mrs. Hicks was born on December 4, 1945 in Johnson County to the parentage of the late Mr. Leroy Wright and Julia Pierce Wright. 


Mrs. Hicks  was preceded in death by a daughter, Shelia Wright; her father, Leroy Wright; grandparents, George Wright, Ada Hodges Wright, Edmond Pierce, Ollie Samuel Pierce; brothers, Bennie Wright, Roy Lee Wright; sister-in-laws, Ilver V. Wright, Ola Mae Hicks, Allene Hicks, Fay Wright; brothers-in-law, Aaron Hicks, Jr. and Lee Wesley Hicks. 

Mrs. Hicks leaves to cherish her memories her husband of 50 years, Mr. Lee Lewis Hicks, Sr.; daughter, Tanya Marie Hicks; son, Lee Lewis Hicks, Jr.; granddaughter, Tanea Marie Crawford all from Chicago, Illinois; mother, Mrs. Julia Pierce Wright; sisters, Jeanette Thomas, Julia (Charlie) Robinson of Wrightsville, GA; brothers, James Wright of Wrightsville, Ga, Sam (Retha) Wright of Dublin, GA, Jimmie (Betty) Wright of Locus Grove, GA, William (Brenda) Wright of Lexington, KY; sisters-in-law, Essie Warthen of Wrightsville, GA, Bernice Wright, Lexington, KY; aunt, Mary L. Wright; uncles, Leroy Pierce, George (Audrey) Wright, Willie Wright of Sandersville, GA, Kaiser (Carol) Pierce of Tampa, FL, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 



Mr. Andre R. Reeves 

DOD:  January 29, 2015 


Mr. Andre R.  Reeves life came to an end on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville, Georgia. Mr. Reeves was born November 23, 1987 to the parentage of Mr. George and Mrs. Annie Pearl Reeves.   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at First Community Baptist Church, 2 p.m. with interment in the Holly Spring Baptist Church Cemetery.  Rev. Bobby Jackson will officiate.


Mr. Reeves is a 2007 graduate of Washington County High School.  At an early age he joined the First Community Baptist Church.  He was employed by Global Contract Group.  


He leaves to cherish is memories his parents, George and Annie Pearl Reeves of Sandersville, GA; one sister, Renada Reeves of Sandersville, GA; three brothers, Keith (Regina) Reeves and Naketta Reeves of Sandersville, GA, and Jermain (Shirlene) Reeves of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandmother, Mammie Reeves of Sandersville, GA; eleven aunts, Jessie (Leroy) Miller, Delilah (Frank) James, Lillian (Ronnie) Cooper, Alicia Brown, Marilyn Pearson, Mary Griner, Rosa Hall, Maudie Wright, Betty Jean Griner all of Sandersville, GA, Tina Hall and Janet Hall of Atlanta, GA; ten uncles, Alonza Reeves, Jammie L. Harris Hall, Willie James Griner, Stevie (Maudell) Griner, Melvin (Trisha) Griner, Charlie Freeman all of Sandersville, GA , Joe B. (Sharon) Giles, III  of Dublin, GA, Anthony Griner, Edward Hall, and Richard Hall of Atlanta, GA; nine great aunts, Cora L. Harris, Joanne Harris, Hattie Mae Hall, and Vallie Harris of Sandersville, GA, Carrie Bell Boss of Tennille, GA, Alberta Mitchell of Hallandale, FL, Lilian Lewis of Manhattan, NY , Lula Bell Richardson of St. Petersburg, FL, and Lucille Walker of Houston, TX; one great uncle, Doyle Walker of Houston, TX; host of other relatives and friends. 


Minister Sheryl Foster Calhoun

DOD:  January 1, 2015


Minister Sheryl Foster Calhoun went home to be with her Heavenly Father January 1, 2015 at the Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin, Georgia.  Minister Calhoun was born on January 28, 1965 to the parentage of the late Mr. McColdy Foster and Mrs. Mary A. Foster.


At an early age she joined the St. Galilee Church of God in Christ in Sandersville, Georgia and later moved to Griffin, Georgia where she joined the Church at Griffin under the leadership of Pastor H. Bernard Miller where she served faithfully.  After several years she made the transition to Abundant Mercy Christian Center in McDonough, Georgia.  


Sheryl attended the Washington County Public Schools in Sandersville, Georgia.  She graduated from Washington County High School in 1983.  Upon graduating she attended Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia for two years studying  in the Medical Field.  She studied Christian Counseling at Restoration Theological Seminary, receiving her Bachelor's Degree while pursuing her Masters.  


Sheryl was founder and CEO of Imagine Me Ministries of Griffin, Georgia as well as one of the founding Members of Abundant Mercy Christian Church in McDonough, Georgia.  She was an Associate Minister, a Director of Christian Education, Diretor of Missions and one of the Christian Counselors.  She was a Trustee and Supervisor over the Ushers.  She was a board Member of Living for His Purpose Women's Ministry and a former Member of the National Coalition of Women in Ministry.  


Minister Calhoun was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Harvey Calhoun.  She leaves to cherish her precious memories, a son Mr. Marshio Jamiele Dent of Griffin, Georgia; two grandchildren, Jirah S. Dent and Madison Dent of Griffin, Georgia; a loving and devoted mother, Mrs. Mary A. Foster of Sandersville, Georgia; one sister, Ms. Cynthia Hood of Sandersville, Georgia; two brothers, Mr. Kelvin DeWayne Foster of Augusta, Georgia and Mr. Terrence (CreCynthia) Foster of Sandersville, Georgia; three uncles, Mr. Jimmy Swint, Mr. Willie (Christine) Swint both  of Sandersville, Georgia and Rev. Silas (Mildred) Swint of Killen, Texas; her mother-in-law, Mrs. Susie Mae Calhoun of Griffin, Georgia; two brothers-in-law, Mr. John (Laura) Calhoun and Mr. James (Patricia) Calhoun of Griffin, Georgia; a devoted friend, Mr. Daryl Gresham of Augusta, Georgia; many devoted nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015, 12 Noon at St. Galilee Church of God in Christ in Sandersville, Georgia with interment in the Rest Haven Cemetery, Sandersville, Georgia.   The family Repast will be immediately after interment at the Family Retreat Center in Tennille, Georgia.  


Minister Calhoun will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.  There will be no viewing after eulogy.  


L.M. Pierce Funeral Home

427 Floyd Street

P.O. Box 731

Sandersville, GA  31082

Office:  478-552-3340

Fax:  478-552-8978


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