Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, February 14, 2022, at Staley Memorial Gardens, on the corner of Southerfield Road and Mayo 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.
Marcus Emanuel Dent was born in Albany, Georgia on February 23, 1998 to the parentage of LaKenya R. Johnson and Benjamin Dexter Dent. He was called home to be with the Lord, early Wednesday morning, February 9, 2022. At an early age Marcus joined the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church of Americus, GA. He served faithfully as a Junior Usher under the pastorage of Rev. Dr. H.C. Wilson.
Marcus began his education in the Marion County Schools in Buena Vista, GA later transferring to Sumter County Schools and graduating from Americus-Sumter High School in Americus, GA Class of 2016. While in high school Marcus had a calling to work in the Funeral Business. He began his apprenticeship at Meadows Funeral Chapel in Oglethorpe, GA where he received excellent leadership and training to know wholeheartedly that was his passion. After graduating from high school, he attended (while working at Meadows Mortuary in Atlanta, GA) and graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA class of 2018. He served as an Embalmer and Funeral Director.
Marcus had another passion and that was to become a trucker, as a result, in 2019 he enrolled at South Georgia Technical College in Americus, GA in the Commercial Truck Driving Program (while continuing his employment at Meadows Funeral Chapel) and received his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). In addition, Marcus also completed his Degree in Marketing Management. During his matriculation at South Georgia Technical College, he was an exemplary student. He maintained a grade point average of 3.9. Marcus was on the Dean’s list from the beginning of his career at SGTC until his completion. After receiving his CDL he began driving for Budweiser -Albany, GA moving on to become a driver for Southeastern Sod and later, Woodgrain Millwork Inc. As time went on, he joined his father's trucking business as a driver with Dent & Sons Logistics. In June 2021, he became the very proud owner of his own trucking business M. Dent Logistics, LLC.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Mrs. Rosa Williams and great grandmothers Mrs. Essie Johnson and Mrs. Willie R. Smith, great grandfathers Mr. Irvin Smith and Mr. Joe Johnson.
Marcus was blessed with a large and loving family. He was very well-mannered, kind and soft-spoken. His amazing life will be forever cherished by his precious daughter whom he loved dearly Lauryn M. Dent of Plains, GA , his devoted mother LaKenya R. Johnson of Americus, G A and father Benjamin Dexter (Tongela) Dent, of Albany, GA. Grandmother Annie Pearl Johnson of Americus, Ga, Grandfathers Anthony Smith of Americus, GA. and Rev. Benjamin Dent of Albany, GA, siblings two brothers; Chadrick Blackshear and Le’Vonte (Tabitha) Dent all of Albany, GA, three sisters; Brittany Blackshear of Albany, GA, Aaliyah Dent of Dallas, TX, and Angel Williams of Atlanta, GA. Uncles and Aunts: Rodney (Sharon) Johnson, Torey (Kenyada) Smith, Starsha Key of Windermere, FL(central). Beverly Dent of Albany, GA. Great Aunts and Uncles: Charlie Johnson, Floyd Johnson, Gerald (Deborah) Johnson, Michael (Shirlene) Johnson, James Johnson, and Curtis Smith all of Americus GA, Shannon Johnson of Oberlin, OH, Alphonsa (Harriet) Smith of Blythewood, SC, Nathaniel (Cheryl) Smith of Fort Gaines, GA, James (Mavis) Smith of Fayetteville, NC, and Jerry (Connie) Smith of Villa Rica, GA., Shirley J . Cook, Cheryl Smith, Willie Smith (Tina), Mary (Sherwood) Butts,Jr. all of Americus , GA, Veronica (Walter ) Naylor, Albany, GA, Rovina (Tommie) Dunn of Atlanta, GA and Patricia (Oscar) Henderson of Martinez, GA. Great -great Aunts and Uncles: Elnora Girven, Lillie Mae Cladd of Americus, GA, Lois Taylor of Warner Robins, GA, Marilyn Wade of Atapulgus, Georgia, Jetson Dent, Pittsburgh, PA, Endiana Palmer,Albany, GA, Joseph (Monica) Dent, Albany, GA, Oree (Lola), Bowens Nieces and nephews: Kasey, Cameron, Malachi, Elijah, Jaylah, Dallas, Caden, Olivia, Mikayla, Karman and Kelton. Godfather: Willie Davis of Albany, GA, God sisters: Shanise Davis of Albany, GA, Lamiya Na’Sha Thomas of Buena Vista, GA. and a host of cousins and friends including Kalandra King and best friend GeoVante Carter also survive.