Mrs. Mary Polite

June 28, 2020


Mary Ausby Polite, age 81, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia. She was born in Oakfield, Georgia, in Worth County. Mary graduated from Oak Hill High School and used her smarts to become a successful business woman. Her union to Ellis Polite in 1956 would be blessed with one daughter. Ellis Polite preceded Mary in death. Mary would still adopt and love seven other children. Her heart was not surpassed by her ambition. This legendary icon would go on to become a successful entrepreneur, accomplishing extraordinary success as an African American and as a female. As a savvy business woman, “Miss Polite,” as she was often called, made a reputation for herself as a trail blazer in the business and bails bond arena. She prospered on a stage controlled by men. With God as her mentor, believing she could do all things through Him, she pushed her way in and held her own. She was the first female and first black woman bails bondman in Dougherty County.  Her bails bond business flourished, but so did Polite Rentals, Ness” Lounge, Polite’s Southside Package Store, and Polite’s Poolroom. Her greatest desire was to inspire and encourage others to achieve, not just in education but business as well. She was extremely proud when her people made strides in the world. Her life flourished guided by the Almighty and surrounded by a devoted biological daughter: Joyce Polite-Davis (LD Davis) of Albany, GA; seven adopted children: Lolita Johnson, Montgomery, AL; Katuria Brown, Lewis Brown, Jack Brown, and Police Chief Kenneth Johnson (Pam) all of Albany, GA; and Eric Jones of Atlanta, GA; a loyal and loving identical twin sister: Martha Corhen (Albany, GA); two sisters-in-law: Pauline Ausby (Albany, GA) and Helen Ausby (Oakfield, GA); 20 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; a supportive special friend: James Williams; a god brother: Robert “Uncle Buck” Stroble; a god son: Lee “Fat Daddy” McIntyre, plus a countless number of friends and acquaintances. Mary Ausby Polite has finally achieved her most coveted achievement: She has arrived in Glory.


The Graveside Celebration, which will be held Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 11:00A.M., at Riverside Cemetery, 220 Cotton Ave Albany, GA 31701. The burial will follow after the service. Please keep the family of Mrs. Mary Polite in your prayers as we reflect the Gracious Memories. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at


 Final Arrangement Entrusted to


J.L.Litman Memorial Funeral Home


 1202 E Clark Ave  Albany, GA



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Graveside Service
July 11, 2020

11:00 AM
Riverside Cemetery

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