Funeral services held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 28, 2022, Good News Ministries, 201 Mayo Street, Americus, Georgia. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery, 564 Ashby Street, Americus, Georgia.
Please be mindful that we will adhere to all government recommendations and mandates at all services at this time. We are limiting graveside seating to no more than 10 with masks being strongly encouraged. Other masked attendees are welcomed but will be expected to practice social distancing.
Graveside services, including burials, are likely to be held on ground that is uneven, which is out of the control of Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. We ask that you take this into consideration when choosing footwear, such as shoes with high, thin heels. Please be advised that Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. will not be held responsible for injuries at a grave site because of this.
Gennie Mae Bell Black affectionately called “Jean” was born July 19, 1943, in Sumter City, Georgia to the late Bennie R. Bell and the late Simpson Kleckley. She was married to Henry Black affectionately called “Billy”, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two granddaughters Tatum G. Love and Jennifer D. Hawkins; a step grandson Willie Black Jr.; five sisters Annie Westbrook, Maggie Crump, Etta Dixon, Versie Trammel and Mae Marchman; one step brother Coleman Kleckley; three stepsons Willie Thomas, Michael Tatum and Jeffrey Tatum.
Jean was educated in the public school system of Sumter County. She was a graduate of A.S. Staley High School. She attended Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia. She joined Zion Hope Baptist Church at an early age. She attended church until her health begin to fail. Our mother, Jean had a passion for cooking, traveling and helping others. She worked at Collins & Aikman for 27 years as a production worker.
On Sunday, May 22, 2022 our loving and caring Mom and grandmother went to be with the Lord. She leaves a legacy of love to be forever cherished by her loving and devoted children Donna (George Sr.) Maddox, and Amy (Elijuan) Love; her devoted grandchildren Georgnicia (Greg) Maddox, George Maddox JR., Skyler Love, and Zion Love; devoted great grandchildren Landon Jackson, Grayson Hendricks and Maddox Hendricks; devoted sisters Essie Mitchell (Flint Michigan) and Reather Kleckley (Fort Myers Florida); devoted step children: Nancy (Johnny Jr) Hawkins, Vonzell (Willie) Thomas, Annette (Michael) Tatum, Willie (Stacy Black), Lisa Black, Jeffrey Tatum, Craig (Teresa) Bridges; devoted step grandchildren Nikiya (Joseph) Lewis, Johnny Hawkins III, Ashley Hawkins, Marquita Bell, Peter (Ester) Duvernay, Deshaun (Candace) Duvernay, Allen (Jalaima) Tatum, Lacie (Raven) Westbrook, Marcus Black, Malcolm Black, April Thomas Kelli Thomas, and Destiny Little; Devoted niece Shirley (Rev. Carl) Munns; devoted nephew Larry Westbrook (Fran) Devoted cousins Gladys Timmons (Leslie, GA) Stella Angry (Chicago IL), Mae Battle (Atlanta Georgia); devoted friend Gloria Harris. A host of other family and friends also survive.