Miscellaneous Dougherty County, Georgia Obituaries
OBITUARY CENTRAL  |  OBITUARY LINKS PAGE  |  GENLOOKUPS


First Name:
Last Name:

Wednesday, August 8, 2001

ALBANY AREA

Ruby Bembry Battle
HAWKINSVILLE It was the will of God to call one of His children home. Ruby Bembry Battled passed in Albany, Ga., Saturday, August 4, 2001, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

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 
Hawkinsville 478/892-2351 

Janet R. Gay
BRUNSWICK Janet R. Gay, 83, of Leesburg died Sunday, August 5, 2001, at her residence.

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 
Brunswick 912/265-3636
 

Harry Shelby McClanahan
ALBANY Harry Shelby McClanahan, 84, of 2431 Kirksey Road, Albany, died Monday, August 6, 2001, at Palmyra Medical Centers. 

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 
Albany 229/435-5657 

William Gerald Moore
ALBANY The funeral service of William Gerald Moore, 69, of Albany, who died Tuesday, August 7, 2001, will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at Mathews Funeral Home. The Rev. Tony Haefs will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the funeral time.

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 
Albany 229/435-5657 

Leila Moses-Miles
ALBANY Leila Moses-Miles, 106, of 138 Main Street, Smithville, died Monday, August 6, 2001, at Magnolia Manor Nursing Center in Americus.

Funeral arrangements to be announced.

Meadows Funeral Home 
Albany 229/439-2262 

Johnny Frank Myers
ALBANY Johnny Frank Myers, 60, of 304 Flowing Well Road, Albany, died Monday, August 6, 2001, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

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 
Albany 229/883-4152 

Robert Nelson Thomas Jr.
ALBANY Robert (Bud) Nelson Thomas Jr., 68, died Tuesday, August 7, 2001, at his home, 105 Ford Street, Albany.

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 
Albany 229/883-3864 

Vonice Mosley Turner
ALBANY Vonice Mosley Turner, 61, of 2015 Old Dominion Road, died Monday, August 6, 2001, at her residence. The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mathews Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Spring Grove Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Jesup, Ga., at 5 p.m. The Rev. Tony Haefs will officiate.

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 
Albany 229/435-5657 

Lorine Eady Williams
SYLVESTER Lorine Eady Williams, 82, of 104 Monk St., Sylvester, died Tuesday, August 7, 2001, at Baptist Hospital of Worth County.

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 
Sylvester 229/776-2055 

SW GEORGIA

Nellie Buchanan
CORDELE Nellie (Peggy) Buchanan, 79, of 2116 Highway 300 South, Cordele, died Tuesday, August 7, 2001, in Cordele.

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 
Cordele 229/273-2231 

Tommy Dean Donaldson
CAIRO Tommy Dean Donaldson died Monday, August 6, 2001, at his residence in Thomasville.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home Chapel.

Clark Funeral Home 
Cairo 229/377-1414 

Vern S. Gardner
BAINBRIDGE Vern S. Gardner, 79, of Bainbridge died Tuesday, August 7, 2001, at his residence.

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 
Bainbridge 229/246-3232 

Julia T. Griffin
FITZGERALD Julia T. Griffin, 81, of Fitzgerald, died Tuesday, August 7, 2001, at Dorminy Medical Center in Fitzgerald.

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 
Fitzgerald 229/423-2033 

Lewe H. Johnson Jr.
DONALSONVILLE Dr. Lewe H. Johnson Jr., 76, of 7844 Hickory Loop, Donalsonville, formerly of Atlanta, died Sunday, August 5, 2001, at Extended Health Care in Dothan, Ala.

The graveside funeral was held Monday at Friendship Cemetery.

Evans-Skipper Funeral Home 
Donalsonville 229/524-2789 

Edward Morrison
AMERICUS Edward Morrison, 46, of 1187 Ida Drive, Americus, died Wednesday, August 1, 2001, at Sumter Regional Hospital.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Barnum Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Andersonville National Cemetery.

Barnum Funeral Home 
Americus 229/924-2958 

Sere Raye Pertilla
TIFTON Sere Raye Pertilla received her call and joined the heavenly host Friday, August 3, 2001, at Tift Regional Hospital.

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 
Tifton 229/382-1825 

Joy H. Reeves
FITZGERALD Joy H. Reeves, 48, of Fitzgerald died Sunday, August 5, 2001, at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

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 
Fitzgerald 229/423-2033



Monday, August 6, 2001

ALBANY AREA

Dollie Ann Brown
ALBANY Dollie Ann Brown, 49, of Covington, Ga., died Wednesday, August 1, 2001 at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth.

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 
Albany 229/436-3615 

Janet R. Gay
ALBANY Mrs. Janet R. Gay, of 110 Jackson St., Lee County, Ga., died Sunday, August 5, 2001. Funeral arrangements to be announced by Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors are in charge of local arrangements.

Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors 
Albany 229/883-4152 

Russell A. Gray
ALBANY Russell A. Gray, 61, of 1602 Pearl Ave., died Sunday, August 5, 2001 morning at his residence following an illness.

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 
Albany 229/883-4152 

SW GEORGIA

Brian Allen Gay
COLQUITT Brian Allen Gay, 28, of 686 County Farm Road, Thomasville, formerly of Colquitt, died Friday, August 3, 2001 in Thomasville.

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 
Colquitt 229/758-3571 

Alma Morris
CAMILLA Alma Morris, 91, of Edison died Friday, August 3, 2001 at Calhoun County Nursing Home in Edison.

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 
Camilla 229/336-5111 

Edward Philmon
BLAKELY Edward Philmon, of Weston died Saturday, August 4, 2001 at Stewart-Webster Hospital in Richland. Funeral arrangements to be announced at a later date.

Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home 
Blakely 229/723-3421 

Lawrence F. Ring
FITZGERALD Lawrence F. "Larry" Ring, 56, of Fitzgerald died Saturday, August 4, 2001. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at Paulk Funeral Home Chapel in Fitzgerald with burial in Brushy Creek Cemetery in Irwin County.

Paulk Funeral Home 
Fitzgerald 229/423-2033


Search this massive database of obituaries, cemeteries, and death records:

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY