Miscellaneous Dougherty County, Georgia Obituaries
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Wednesday, August 8, 2001
Ruby Bembry Battle
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Springfield Baptist Church in Hawkinsville with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Battle was born in Pulaski County, September 30, 1958, to the proud parents of the late Dorophus and Viola Bembry. She joined the church at an early age and is currently a member of St. Teresa's Catholic Church of Albany.
She was joined in Holy Matrimony to Sherman David Battle on August 30, 1980. To this union, one child was born, Shemetrice Dwyannette (Hope) Battle.
After graduating from Hawkinsville High School, she attended Albany State University and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Mrs. Battle played a very important role in volunteering with the Dougherty County School System. Ruby was an active member of St. Teresa's Catholic Church of Albany.
She leaves behind to mourn her passing her devoted husband, Sherman David Battle, her only daughter, Shemetrice Dwyannette (Hope) Battle; mother, Viola Bembry; two brothers, Roy Bembry (Sandra) and Andrew Bembry (Gail) both of Warner Robins; Mr. & Mrs. Beverett Battle Sr., father-in-law and mother-in-law; Carrie Hart, sister-in-law (Herbert); Linda Harden, sister-in-law (Henry); Beverett Battle Jr., brother-in-law (Lillie); Albert Battle, brother-in-law (Patricia). The memory of her life will also be celebrated by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of friends.
Visitation will be noon-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Tharpe Funeral Home
Janet R. Gay
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home with interment in Brunswick Memorial Park Cemetery.
Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home
Harry Shelby McClanahan
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Walden Chapel of the First United Methodist Church. Entombment will follow in Crown Hill Mausoleum. The Rev. Robert Beckum and Dr. Donald M. Kea officiating.
A native and longtime resident of Franklin, TN, Mr. McClanahan moved to Albany in 1984 and retired from K-Mart Corporation in 1978. He was a veteran of WW II serving in the United States Navy. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was in the Hudson Malone Sunday School Class. He and his wife had been married for 63 years.
Survivors include his wife, Martha McClanahan of Albany; a daughter, Lois McClanahan of Albany; two brothers, Roy McClanahan of Nashville, TN, Raymond McClanahan of San Diego, CA, and three sisters, Gladis Pollock of Nashville, TN, Evelyn Vance of Nashville, TN, and Francis Vaughn of Nolensville, TN.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Those desiring please make memorials to Kamp Kirksey, 2416 Kirksey Road, Albany, GA 31705.
Mathews Funeral Home
William Gerald Moore
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Mr. Moore had resided in Albany for the past two and a half years moving from Dyersburg, Tenn. Mr. Moore was a Korean War Veteran serving in the Army, he was a retired salesperson and had previously been employed with Sears. Mr. Moore was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include four daughters, Vickie Davis, Gerri Fackler, Karen Moore and Sandra Ferguson, all of Albany; a sister, Betty Gardner of Jackson, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to The Prayer Ministry c/o Sherwood Baptist Church, 2201 Whispering Pines Road, Albany, Ga. 31707.
A funeral service will also be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Dyersburg Funeral Home with interment in Fairview Cemetery.
The family will be at the residence of Jimmy and Gerri Fackler, 1908 Whispering Pines Road, Albany, Ga. 31707.
Mathews Funeral Home
Funeral arrangements to be announced.
Meadows Funeral Home
Johnny Frank Myers
The funeral service will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. at Kimbrell-Stern Chapel with interment to follow at Floral Memory Gardens. Jerry Whitmire, minister, will officiate.
A native of Winterhaven, Fla., Mr. Myers was a member of Beattie Road Church of Christ. He was retired from the Dougherty County School System as a bus driver and also retired from Winn-Dixie Grocery Store as a meat cutter. He was a former member of the Albany Rescue Team.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Myers; one daughter, Angie Sharp and her husband David of Huntsville, Ala.; two grandchildren, Austin Sharp and Hannah Sharp.
The family will receive friends today at Kimbrell-Stern from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, Dougherty-Lee Unit, P.O. Box 1201, Albany, Ga. 31702 or to the American Heart Association, Dougherty County Division, Memorial/Honorial Fund, Southwest Georgia Area Office, P.O. Box 1923, Albany, Ga. 31702 or to a favorite charity.
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors
Robert Nelson Thomas Jr.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Hall & Hall Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Thompson officiating. The graveside will be at 2 p.m. at Attapulgus Cemetery with military honors.
A native of Pacific, Mo., Mr. Thomas had lived in Albany since 1953. He attended high school in St. Louis, Mo., and obtained his Bachelor and Associate of Arts degrees in Theology and Psychology from Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Florida. Mr. Thomas was a Korean veteran in the U.S. Air Force where he received the Riflemans Badge of Excellence and two Bronze Stars. While serving in the U.S. Air Force, he also earned a degree in airplane mechanics. He was involved in various sports activities which included playing baseball for the St. Louis Browns, (presently the St. Louis Cardinals), University of Michigan football and was a Golden Glove boxer. Locally, he played baseball at the Turner Field Air Force Base, coached little league, colt and pony league baseball in Albany and Putney, including the team which holds the standing state record for most runs scored and most wins. He umpired for little league and high school baseball and refereed for the Georgia High School Association.
Mr. Thomas was retired from the U.S. Post Office after serving for 35 years as a letter carrier. During his tenure there he designed the Broad Street mail island which is still in use today. He was a member of the Assemblies of God and he had served as an Assembly of God minister who pastored several congregations including the Lighthouse Assembly of God, Cordele First Assembly of God and Sylvester Assembly of God. He had been a foreman for General Motors, a lineman for Southern Railroad and a certified Real Estate Agent.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Hardy-Thomas of Albany; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert (Buddy) and Janet Thomas of Albany and Forrest and Kathy Thomas of Albany; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Wesley Davidson of Albany; grandchildren, Victoria Davidson, Tyler Thomas and Blake Thomas, all of Albany.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Hall & Hall Funeral Home
Vonice Mosley Turner
A native of Jesup, Mrs. Turner had lived in Albany since 1968 moving from Williamsburg, VA. She was a homemaker, a member of Sherwood Baptist CHurch where she was a member of the Adult Sunday School. Mrs. Turner was also a member of the Lucky 13 Club and the Good Sam Club.
Survivors include her husband, Floyd Turner of Albany; son, ILT Bryan Bellamy of Ft. Benning; daughter, Rhonda Lynn Bellamy of Leesburg; stepsons, Dr. David Turner of Pensacola, Fla., and Jeff Turner of Woodstock; brothers, Don Mosley, John H. Mosley, Jerry Mosley and Jelon Mosley, all of Jesup; sisters, Gloria Poppell of Jesup and Gladys Gotthardt of Rincon; grandchildren, Holly Bellamy, Jacob Bellamy, Cody Bellamy, Devan Simpson, Allen Turner, Brad Turner, Katlyn Turner, Josh Turner and Andrew Turner.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mathews Funeral Home
Lorine Eady Williams
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with interment in Hillcrest Cemetery.
A native of Worth County, Mrs. Williams had lived in Worth County most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church where she was a member of the Bykota Sunday School Class. She was the widow of Parks Edward Williams Jr.
Survivors include two sisters, Pauline York of Sylvester and Dorothy Adams of Albany; a brother, Otis Eady of Ty Ty; a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claudie Ellen Spillers and George Washington Eady.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Banks Funeral Home
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Dekle Funeral Home with interment in Cedar Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be 7 p.m.-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dekle Funeral Home
Tommy Dean Donaldson
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home Chapel.
Clark Funeral Home
Vern S. Gardner
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday with interment in Cool Springs Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ivey Funeral Home
Julia T. Griffin
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Crossview Baptist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
Visitation will be 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Paulk Funeral Home
Lewe H. Johnson Jr.
The graveside funeral was held Monday at Friendship Cemetery.
Evans-Skipper Funeral Home
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Barnum Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Andersonville National Cemetery.
Barnum Funeral Home
Sere Raye Pertilla
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church in Tifton with interment in Greenwood Cemetery. The Rev. R.L. Drake will officiate.
She was born December 9, 1913 in Tifton to the late Charles Hodges and Addie Lee Peterson Raye and was the oldest of nine children. She received her education in the Tift County School System. At an early age, she confessed Christ to be her personal savior and united with Springfield Baptist Church.
On August 24, 1931 she was married to the late John Pertilla and this union was blessed with four children. She transferred her membership to Allen Temple A.M.E. Church to be with her husband and children and served in many capacities. She was known for her beautiful alto voice and often did concerts throughout the community and the state.
In 1953 she reunited with Springfield Baptist Church and labored in the vineyard for many years. She served as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, deaconess and various other capacities. She was named mother of the church in 1993.
She was actively involved in civic organizations. She was president of the Darcus Sewing Club and was a trustee of the Cemetery Club. She was also a member of the Tifton-Tift County Clean Community Commission, Cancer Crusade, My Fair Share and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 559. She was awarded the George Wright Memorial Award in 1984 for outstanding contributions in the community.
Mrs. Pertilla leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Lillian B. Webb and Verneen Evans of Tifton and Seretta P. Ford of Cambria Heights, N.Y.; one son, Lenward (Alice) Pertilla of Springfield Gardens, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Carnell Bloodworth, Dr. Audrey W. Beard, Cassandra White, Danette Armstead, Horace Kelvin Evans, Lisa Ford and Maria F. Bowles and nine great-grandchildren.
She also leaves three sisters, Evelyn Barrett of New York, Ms. Jimmie Pertilla and Verdell (Sammie) Brown; one brother, Charles (Cheryl) Raye; two sisters-in-law, Ms. Cleo Bailey and Ruby Pertilla; and two brothers-in-law, Isiah (Juanita) Pertilla, and Stonewall Pertilla, all of Tifton.
Frank and Solomon Nixon Funeral Home
Joy H. Reeves
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Central United Methodist Church with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. The Rev. Gene Cochran and Dr. Gene Wilder will officiate.
A native of Macon, Mrs. Reeves was a homemaker and a member of Central United Methodist Church. She had lived in Fitzgerald since 1964. She was a former resident of Donalsonville and was a member of the Gateway Garden Club and a 1970 graduate of Fitzgerald High School. She attended ABAC. She was preceded in death by her father, Carlton H. "Sug" Herlovich.
Survivors include her husband, Hulin L. Reeves Jr. of Fitzgerald; daughter, Melinda R. Immelman of Dunwoody; son, Dan Reeves of Fitzgerald (Ga. Southern University student); mother, Elaine E. Herlovich of Fitzgerald; and grandmother, Helen Swearingen of Americus.
Paulk Funeral Home
Monday, August 6, 2001
Dollie Ann Brown
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at River Road Church of Christ with burial in the Sheppard Cemetery in Sylvester. Brother Isadore Cooper will officiate.
A native of Worth County, Mrs. Brown was a member of Lithonia Church of Christ. She received her education in the public schools of Colquitt and Dougherty Counties. She also studied Business at Albany Technical College and retired from General Motors Corporation in December 2000.
Survivors include her husband, Willie Brown of Covington; three sons, Marcus Darrell Crawford of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Kermit Bernard Crawford of Albany and Earl Alexander Crawford of Covington; her mother, Girthreen Turner of Albany; three stepdaughters, Tyronta Brown, April Brown, and LaQuanda Brown, all of Lithonia; four brothers, Willie Morris Fuller of Doerun, Arthur (Cynthia) Fuller and Larry (Betty) Fuller, both of Albany, and Marvin (Phyllis) Roberts of Charleston, S.C.; two aunts, Earlene Jackson of Albany and Rosa Lee Roberts of North Carolina; three uncles, Marvin Walton of Doerun, Norman Roberts and Elbert Roberts, both of Anderson City; and two step-grandchildren.
Poteat Funeral Home
Janet R. Gay
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors
Russell A. Gray
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Freewill Baptist Church with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery. The Revs. Johnny Richter and Owen Williams will officiate. A native of Adel, Mr. Gray was raised in Berrien County and was a 1958 graduate of Berrien County High School. He has lived in Albany since 1968 and was retired from National Distributing Company. Mr. Gray was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Clack Gray of Albany; two daughters, Felicia McCorvey of Jacksonville, Fla., and Pam Richter and her husband Greg of Albany; two stepdaughters, Wendy Braswell and her husband Scott and Tania Hammack and her husband Tony, both of Albany; a brother, Lamar Gray and his wife Mary of Nashville; a sister, Frances Plair of Valdosta; four grandchildren, Kelsey Richter of Albany, Christian McCorvey and Madison McCorvey of Jacksonville and Devan Hammack of Albany.
Those desiring please make memorials to Albany Community Hospice, 2332 Lake Park Drive, Albany, Ga.
The family will receive friends at Kimbrell-Stern today (Monday) from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors
Brian Allen Gay
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at Colquitt Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Colquitt City Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Mock will officiate.
Born July 24, 1973 in Miller County, Mr. Gay was employed as a detective with Thomasville Police Department. He was a member of the Thomas County Special Response Team or "SRT". Mr. Gay was a Field Training Officer, Crime Scene Specialist and a member of the Police Benevolent Association. He had received the Educational Achievement Medal, Departmental Good Conduct Medal and the Meritorious Service Award. He is also a member of Mount Olive Holiness Church.
Survivors include his mother, Janice Gay and father, Roger Gay of Colquitt; a sister, Charity Case and a brother-in-law, Kelly Case of Paden, Okla.; and maternal grandparents, Jim and Lollie Westbrook of Colquitt.
Preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gay.
Pallbearers are the Thomasville Police Department Honor Guard.
Colquitt Funeral Home
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today (Monday) Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home with burial in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Edison. The Rev. Melvin Moody will officiate.
Pallbearers include Jim Milner, Roger McFather III, Kenny Walker, Ray Ingram, Sonny Milner and Don Milner.
Born October 22, 1909 in Randolph County, Mrs. Morris was a retired nurse from Lister Army Hospital of Fort Rucker, Ala. She was married to the late Pitt A. Morris and was the daughter of the late Howard "Plunk" and Twilla Millirons Milner.
Survivors include three sons, L.H. Weise of Swainsboro, W.R. McFather Jr. of Leary, and John H. McFather of Calhoun; a sister, Mary Ingram of Thomasville; two brothers, Hugh Milner of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Malcolm "Dob" Milner of Morgan; and seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family may be contacted at the residence of W.R. McFather, Rt. 2 Box 57, Leary, Georgia.
Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home
Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home
Lawrence F. Ring
Paulk Funeral Home