The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 14, 2013 at the United Holiness Church Headquarter, Inc., 901 Aaron Snipes, Sr. Drive, Americus, Georgia. Interment will follow in the Union Hill A.M.E. Church Cemetery, corner of Spivey and Poplar Streets, Ellaville, Georgia.
Geneva was born August 24, 1933 in Ellaville, Schley County, Georgia to the late Bruce Hankerson and Lessie L. Oliver. She was a 1951 graduate of Ellaville High School. She continued her education at Apex Junior College of Atlanta, Georgia where she earned a degree in Cosmetology. She was employed with Tri-County Mental Health Retardation Center. After many dedicated years of service, she retired after her health began to decline. Geneva grew up in an environment where serving God was a must. At an early age, she joined the New Corinth Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. T. C. Cherry. From childhood she sang in the choir, worked on the Usher Board and attended Sunday school.
Later in life, she moved to Americus, Georgia where she had a new awakening in her Christian life and joined the Church of God Pillar Ground and Truth under the leadership of Bishop Lovie Staley. After moving back to Ellaville, Georgia, she joined the Tabernacle of Faith Holiness Church under the leadership of Bishop James Lundy. She served as “Mother of the church” and on the Missionary Auxillary Board.” Geneva was a Gospel Singing Promoter and Emceed Gospel Singing Programs. She was the “Mother” of the Gospel Sons of Montezuma.
Survivors are her four devoted children, Gregory Watson Oliver (Wanda), Americus, Georgia, Armick Lamar Oliver, Ellaville, Georgia, Sherry Francine Oliver, Ellaville, Georgia, and Beverly Anetria Oliver, Americus, Georgia; ten grandchildren, Karen Wakefield (Dexter), Dallas, Georgia, Gregory Levar Oliver (Sasha), Marietta, Georgia, Watson Dowsey (Abby), Derrick Bernard Dowsey, all of Columbus, Georgia, Shamika Oliver, Shallanda Oliver, both of Swananon, North Carolina, Reggie Sampson, Daphne Hamilton (Willie), all of Ellaville, Georgia, Kimberly Oliver Petty (Mario), Kathleen, Georgia and Patrick Germany, Henry County, Georgia; twenty-one great grandchildren; Siblings, Annie Maude Hankerson, Amelia Hankerson, both of Oglethorpe, Georgia, Ola Mae Brown, Montezuma, Georgia, James Hankerson (Peggy), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Thomas Hankerson, South Bay, Florida and Catherine Waters, Montezuma, Georgia; a host of beloved nieces, nephews; other relatives, including five devoted cousins, Angeli Smith, Fred Douglas Oliver, Jr., Mildred Edge, Woody and Leila Wilson; a host of godchildren; and a host of friends.
- DeLois P. Wilson(Monday, January 28 13 05:41 pm EST)
To the family of the late Mrs. Geneva Johnson, sorry for your loss. Death is something none of us is really prepared for even though we know it's going to happen one day, but death is called the "last enemy" and the Bible helps us to appreciate at 1Corinthians 15:26 that death is to be brought to nothing. So may the "God of Comfort", who is Jehovah comforts each and everyone of you during your time of sorrow.
- Larry & Marsha Johnson(Thursday, January 17 13 12:22 pm EST)
May God bless and keep you during this time. We are so sorry to hear about your loss.
- Evelyn Greene Hayes(Thursday, January 17 13 11:12 am EST)
My thoughts and prayers are with you in you time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
- Clarence White(Monday, January 14 13 08:59 am EST)
With deepest sympathy. Our family will always remember her devoted help to our parents, Tymy and C.G. White, Sr., in their final years. Clarence White, Atlanta
- Fred Jr(Monday, January 14 13 05:57 am EST)
I have lasting memories of the fun times we had in our youth and of her deep religious faith. God bless her famiy.
- Joe and Gail White / Jacksonville, FL(Sunday, January 13 13 06:30 pm EST)
Your mother was a true soldier of the cross, she is deeply loved by many. May you fine peace in knowing your mother is finally at rest with The Lord. Praying that The Lord will comfort you with His peace..surround you with His love...and encourage all of you with His presence.
- Randy and Pat Hollis(Sunday, January 13 13 05:03 pm EST)
Your Mama was just like a sister to my Mama and Aunt. When they would get together all we could hear was laughing. The life she lived was priceless. She was well known and liked from state to state. She will be missed..She was a friendly and kind Woman with a warm smile all the time..We were blessed to to have her in our life.
- Calvin & Dorothy Parker(Sunday, January 13 13 02:46 pm EST)
Sorry for the lost of Mother Genevia, she taught us all a lesson in life to love all in spite of. Hang in there Oliver family.
- Taffie and Billy Maynard(Sunday, January 13 13 01:59 pm EST)
Gregory,Armick, Francine, Beverly and Family may God give you strength in the days ahead. Your Mother fought the good fight of Faith and held on to Gods' unchanging hand. She is still holding hands with the Master. God be with you.
- Evangelist Ingram and family(Sunday, January 13 13 11:51 am EST)
I am sorry for your loss, Ms. Geneva was a joy to everyone that met her but we all know she loved the Lord. Ms. Geneva would want her family to keep a smile on their face like she did because she knew the Lord and that's all that matter
- mary etta Green(Sunday, January 13 13 09:02 am EST)
to the family, sorry for your loss the lord will see you through,look up and keep the faith. Elder & Co Pastor Green and bro.Samuel
- Charlene Williams(Sunday, January 13 13 12:51 am EST)
Ms. Francine sorry to hear about the lost of your mother,,she will be missed. My prayers are with the family. Be strong my sister in the lord.
- Lillie Scott(Sunday, January 13 13 12:25 am EST)
To the Oliver and Johnson families - you can take comfort in knowing that Mother Geneva fought the good fight of faith, laying hold on eternal life, whereunto she was also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I Timothy 6:12 (paraprased) Mother was loved by many and will be sorely missed.
- Mildred Edge(Saturday, January 12 13 08:58 pm EST)
im sorry for the lost of my wonderful cousin Geneva... wish I could be there she will be truly miss... love you cousin Mildred love you.............
- Robbi & Sylvia(Saturday, January 12 13 07:40 pm EST)
May God bless this family.
- S.CLEMONS(Saturday, January 12 13 04:14 pm EST)
JEHOVAH "IS HEALING THE BROKENHEARTED ONES,AND IS BINDING UP THEIR PAINFUL SPOTS."[PSALM 147:3]
MAY YOU FIND COURAGE TO FACE TOMORROW THE LOVE THAT SURROUNDS YOU TODAY.MAY THE LOVE OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY BE A SOURCE OF COMFORT TO YOU AT THIS TIME.[REMEMBER,THERE ARE MANY WHO CARE ABOUT YOU.JEHOVAH CARES AND SO DO I.]
- Lisa P. Hartage(Saturday, January 12 13 11:51 am EST)
Ms. Geneva has been missed for a while now but she will most certainly be missed from our community, We send our prayers and condolences out to the Oliver family, The Pina and Hartage Families,
- Essie Fulks(Saturday, January 12 13 09:05 am EST)
Deepest condolences and my prayers are with the family. God Bless.
- Zelda Perry(Saturday, January 12 13 08:10 am EST)
My heartfelt prayers go out to the Oliver and Johnson family.The only true comfort we can find in these difficult times are found in God's word.Although there are several encourageing scriptures,Ecclesiastes9:5 reassures us that our loved ones are peacefully asleep.
- Pastor Michael Morrison(Friday, January 11 13 08:54 pm EST)
We are praying that the Lord will comfort you during this time of lost of the matriarch of your family. With our deepest sympathy and love the Morrison and Snowden (Naomi) family Baltimore, Md
- Thelma Haynes(Friday, January 11 13 06:19 pm EST)
I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
- John & Annette Jones(Friday, January 11 13 05:38 pm EST)
He heal the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
With Deepest Sympathy
- Kevin Risby, Brooklyn,New York.(Friday, January 11 13 04:55 pm EST)
Deepest sympathies to the family on the passing of your dear mother, May God give you grace,wisdom & peace.
- Woodrow & Lillie Wilson Chicago, IL.(Friday, January 11 13 04:43 pm EST)
With sympathy and prayers--
May your heart be quieted by the promise of your faith and strengthened by the comfort of those who care
- REV. REGINALD DINKINS(Friday, January 11 13 04:41 pm EST)
TO THE FAMILY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MY PRAYER IS GOD GIVES YOU THE STRENGTH TO ENDURE WITH THIS BEREAVEMENT.
- Ida Mae Lampkins(Friday, January 11 13 02:38 pm EST)
My Prayers are with the family. Ida Mae Lampkins