Children, I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly Trod the valley of the shade? Oh! But Jesus' love illumined Every dark and fearful glade.
And He came Himself to meet me In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on, Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely, For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadow, Pray to trust our Father's Will.
There is work still waiting for you, So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth You shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is all completed, He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come!
Mr. Gregory Bailey
Mr. Raymund Bailey
Mr. Willie James Burt
Mr. J.C . Collins
Mr. Alonza Leroy Epps, Jr.
Mr. Willie Jerome Gaines
Mr. Jonathan Lyles
Mr. Christopher Robins
A Note of Gratitude
Perhaps you sent a tender song Or sat quietly in a chair;
Perhaps you sent some beautiful flowers , If so, we saw them there;
Perhaps you sent or spoke kind words, As friends often say
Perhaps you were not there at all, Just thought of us during the day; Perhaps you shared a tasty treat
Or maybe furnished a car, Perhaps you rendered a service afar; Whatever you did to console the heart, We, the family of the late Mrs. Mamie Burt Reese Thank you for whatever part you played.
God Bless You.
A "Special Thanks" goes to caretakers, Mrs. Ruby Hicks and Mrs. Bessie Holiday; also Calvary Care Hospice.
Mortuary Services and Arrangements entrusted to:
"Middle Georgia's TRUE Trendsetters " HICKS and SONS Mortuary, Inc.
2233 Anthony Road, West @Henderson Drive Macon, Georgia 31204- 5823 Phone: 478-788-4300
~ The Celebration ofA Life ~~
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MRS. MAMIE BURT REESE
Alpha January 2, 1905
.omega December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 27,2007 1:00 P.M.
Hicks and Sons Mortuary 223 3 Anthony Road Macon, Georgia
Pastor Anthony M. Alford, Sr. ~
The Sacred Journey Of
MRS. MAMIE BURT REESE
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7
On January 2, 1905, Mamie Burt was born in Clemson, Pickens County, SC to the parentage of the late Mr. Jasper Burt and Mrs. Rosa Green Burt. She was the oldest girl of eight children, three sisters and four brothers. She received her educational foundation in the public school system in Clemson,
At an early age, Mrs. Reese accepted Christ and joined the Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Central, SC, where she served her LORD diligently as a Sunday School Teacher.
ln her early twenties, she met and carried on a courtship with Mr. Verner Reese. They were united in Holy Matrimony on December 27, 1927. To this union one daughter was born, Helen Elizabeth Reese.
After several years of marriage, Mr. Reese moved his family to Asheville, NC. Mrs. Reese connected with the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She taught Sunday School and worked on other church auxiliaries.
Mrs. Reese was a fifty year life member of the Daughters of Jerusalem, Chapter #330 Order of the Eastern Star/Prince Hall Affiliate and a Valkyrie Farm Club chartering member (Asheville, NC).
Her chosen professions included department store seamstress, dairy woman and cook/housekeeper before retiring.
Mama Reese, as she was fondly called by her grandchild and greatgrandchildren moved to Macon with her husband, Verner in 1992. He passed the same year. She remained in Macon with her daughter and son-in-law.
Mrs. Reese loved life. She lived 102 long, happy years. When asked what she thought was the reason for her longevity, her reply was "it could be that I try not to worry or become stressed..., I stay active, get plenty offresh air, but it is really about serving the Lord." There was always a smile and kind words for those she met.
She was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings, Katie, Annie, Mattie, George, Joe, Tom and Willie James. Eternal rest came for Mrs. Reese early Saturday morning, December 22, 2007, making her stay on earth 102 years (plus).
She leaves to cherish her memories: a daughter, Mrs. Helen Reese Epps, Macon, GA ; son-in-law, Dr. Alonza Leroy Epps, Sr., Macon; grandson, Mr. Alonza Leroy Epps, Jr., Macon; four great-grandchildren, Jonathan Lyles, Atlanta, GA, Shanishie Epps, Keondria Epps and Ny'Keria Epps, Macon; sister-in-law, Mrs. Olivia Burt, Central, SC; adopted daughters, Mrs. Mary F. George, Mrs. Sarah Rogers and Mrs. Alice P. Smith, Macon; a host ofnieces, nephews, other relati ves and friends .
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free. I'm following the path God laid for me. I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all. Tasks left undone must stay that way; I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared a laugh, a kiss, Ah yes, these things, I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much; Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
If my time seems all to brief; on't lengthen it now with undue grie:J. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free .
Mr. Lovett J. Jackson
CONGREGRATIONAL HYMN "A mazing Grace"
PRAYER The Reverend James L. Bumpus
The Reverend Michael Rodgers
Dr. John H Carter
Tremont Temple Baptist Church Choir
MOMENTS OF REFLECTIONS Three Minutes, Please
INSTRUMENTAL SOLO Mr. Brandon Robins
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Mrs. Alice P Smith
SOLO Mrs. Victoria Bailey
Sy lacauga, AL
EULOGY Pastor Anthony Alford, Sr.
Butler Street C.M.E. Church Atlanta, Georgia
" When We AII Get To Heaven "
INTERMENT Woodlawn Memorial Park
REPAST Home of Dr. and Mrs. Alonza Epps, Sr.
1770 Lincoln Circle Macon, GA