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Valdosta, Ga. Families

Stephanie and Jerome Armstrong are the parents of three children: Christopher, 16, Ashley, 14, and Darius, 8. Stephanie has worked with the Coastal Plains Headstart Program for the past three years.

Erica Berrian has a 6-year-old daughter named Ku’Chara. Erica is employed at the W.G. Nunn School. In the future, Erica hopes to continue her education. A supervisor at Home Depot describes

Lesa Blankumsee as “an excellent worker [who] always does what is asked of her.” Lesa is the mother of five children: Raiford, 14; Cory, 13; Rashida, 10; Jamal, 9; and Malika, 5.

Wanda Brown is a mother of four: Damian, 11; Veonca, 10; Kentae, 9; and Walter, 8. Wanda has previously worked at a battered women’s shelter and a youth detention facility. For the past seven years,

Martha Cox has run her own cleaning business. Martha’s son David and her 5-year-old granddaughter Ashley live with her.

Janise and Robert Davis have three sons: Derek, 12, Devon, 10, and DeChandre, 4. Robert has worked at Langdale Forestry for five years, and Janise is currently attending Valdosta Technical College. For the past five years,

Ruby Jean Davis has worked with the Valdosta State University Parking and Transportation Department. Ruby shares her home with her 22-year-old daughter Monica.

Stephanie Doe has been a program assistant at the Lowndes County Health Department for the past six years. Stephanie’s daughters Victoria and Jasmine live with her.

Teresa Enyeart is the mother of 7-year-old Jared and 3-year-old Trisha. Teresa has worked at Super Wal-Mart for four years.

Friends say that Amos and Adrienne Gardner are “always willing to got the extra mile to help others.” Adrienne has worked at South Georgia Medical Center for the past year. Before joining the Medical Center staff, Adrienne worked at Crackin’ Good Bakery for 15 years.

Morandia Hughley has been working as a CNA at Presbyterian Homes in nearby Quitman, Ga., for two years. Morandia has a son, Brandon, 10.

Mary Ann Kincade has lived in Lowndes County for almost half her life. Her children are Shakima and James. Mary Ann is reputed to be an excellent cook. She works at City Café. Residents of Lowndes County for more than 30 years,

Sharon and John Meriweather are the parents of two boys, Stephen, 15, and Shawnvon, 12. Sharon works at Langdale Place, an assisted living facility. John has past experience working for an electrical contractor and has proven himself to be handy on the Habitat build site.

For the past five years Edna Minnis has worked with the American Red Cross. She also has experience serving as an assistant teacher for preschoolers. Edna shares her home with great-granddaughters Octavia, 18, and Victoria, 11; great-grandsons Willie, 15, and Regineld, 16 months; and granddaughter Andrea.

Dwight and Yvette Muhammad are the parents of four children: Tavaris, 14; Phillip, 11; Robin, 9; and Fatima, 1. Dwight is employed at Saft America, a battery manufacturer.

Patricia Peak is the mother of three teen-age boys: DeAngelo, 19, Joseph, 16, and Norman, 14. For the past two years, Patricia has been front-end manager at Mr. B’s Market. She is an active member of her church.

Tammy Randolph has been employed at Crackin’ Good Bakeries for more than two years. Tammy’s son Tavarus is 14 years old.

Victoria Robinson is the mother of two boys, Anthony, 18, and Jonathan, 7. Victoria has worked at South Georgia Medical Center for five years.

Lora Timpson works at Valdosta State University’s Palms Dining Center. Her son Zykia, 13, lives with her.

Beverly Tucker is the mother of Renee, 21, and Brent, 15. Beverly has worked in the human relations department at Crackin’ Good Bakeries for almost six years.

Ina Kay Tyler
is the mother of two sons, Terrence, 21, and Charles, 10. Ina Kay works as a cashier at Sam’s Club.

Kevin and Frankie Ann Washington are the parents of three young daughters: Shominique, 3, Jaquira, 2, and Alicia, 1. A family friend says that Kevin “loves his job” at Wire Rope Corporation of America.

Sandra Williams has worked at Bath Craft for four years. Sandra has four sons and a daughter living with her: Deroyce, 23; Travis, 21; Jermaine, 20; Johnie, 8; and Sandra, 7.

Veronica Williams is the mother of two daughters, Ashley, 14, and Charity, 8. Veronica works at Langdale Place.

Latasha Alston is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter, Ashli. Latasha has worked at Saft America, a battery manufacturer, since 2000. She is currently attending technical college with the goal of becoming a physical therapy assistant.

Vivian Brown shares her home with her son Dexter, her daughter Tamara and her granddaughter Kareasa, 5. For the past eight years Vivian has worked at the Lowndes County Board of Commission Public Works.

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