Hazel Dyes Spence
Hazel Dyes Spence, 81, of Albany, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009. Her funeral service was Monday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. Internment was at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Butch Knight and Rev. Stan Brown officiated.
Mrs. Spence was born in Dougherty County on Dec. 1, 1927. She was the daughter of Etta Mae Richards Dyes and William Edgar Dyes of Lee County. Her grandparents were Minnie Scott Richards and George D. Richards. At the age of 17, she went to work as an operator at Southern Bell. Two years later in 1946, she married Jack Knighton Spence and they were happily married for 63 years. Later in life, she retired from Southern Bell after 36 years. She enjoyed retirement and liked spending time family, cooking (especially dishes she was known for like her famous potato salad), going to Lake Blackshear, working in the yard, and getting together with her Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) friends. Mrs. Spence was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, the Pioneers Club of AT&T, Women of the Moose, and the Albany Chapter of TOPS. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lorene Dyes; and three brothers, George W. Dyes, Francis E. Dyes, and James (Smokey) Dyes.
Mrs. Spence is survived by her husband, Jack K. Spence, Albany; her daughter, Maria Spence Bower and her husband Tom, Gainesville, Ga.; her son, Nolan Spence and his wife Regina, Leesburg; five grandchildren, Brandon Spence, Kearstin Spence, Haley Bower, Caroline Bower and Anna Bower; two sisters, Reba Dyes Moree, Cairo, and Nita Dyes Wingate, Albany; sister-in-laws, Virginia Bingham Dyes, Sherry Walsh Dyes, Margaret Spence Stripling and Mildred Spence Barbee; three special nieces, Gloria Bingham and her husband Billy, Deborah Phillips and her husband Percy, Misty Rhodes and her husband Pat; and four special nephews, Jimmy Dyes and his wife Cindy, Chad Bullington and his wife Toby, Jason Bullington and his wife Stephanie, and John Dennis Bullington and his wife Becky.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Spence’s honor may be made to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702. An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Spence is at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Chadwick “Chad” Pierce
The funeral services for Chadwick “Chad” Tennille Pierce, 34, of 208 Winnstead Drive, Leesburg, who died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Grady Morey will officiate. Internment will follow in Leesburg Cemetery.
Chad was a native of Albany and had lived in this area most of his life. He was a 1994 graduate of Calhoun County High School and attended Georgia State University. Chad was the owner and operator of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspections. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Eugene Pierce III.
Survivors include his wife, Brandi Pierce and two sons, Seth Pierce and Austin Pierce all of Leesburg, GA, his mother and step father, Millie and Ron Fowler of Monroe, GA , a brother Walt Pierce and his wife Carrie of Edison, Ga., a stepsister Kim Burdette and her husband, Pat of Covington, Ga., paternal grandmother, Anne Pierce of Edison, GA, a niece, Sealy Pierce of Edison, a step-niece, Caitlyn Burdette, a stepnephew, Hunter Burdette both of Covington, and an uncle, Bob Pierce of Edison, and four aunts, Jean Yawn and her husband, Leon of Warner Robins, Ga., Becky Barge and her husband, Harold of Lizella, Ga., Fran Trent of Fairburn, Ga., and Nina Edwards and husband, Richard of McDonough, Ga.
The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Baptist Church of Lee County, P.O. Box 236, Leesburg, GA 31763. An online guestbook memorializing Mr. Pierce is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.
Vernell Jenkins DeCosta
The funeral services for Vernell Jenkins DeCosta, 79, of 161 Kinchafoonee Creek Drive, Leesburg, who died Sunday, Nov. , 2009, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. John Jacobs will officiate. Interment will follow in Providence Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Worth County.
A native of Coffee Springs, Ala., Mrs. DeCosta resided in Leesburg since July 2009, moving from Nashville, Ga. She was a homemaker and was a server at Merry Acres Restaurant for many years, a member of Kirkland United Methodist Church, Pearson, and attended Central Baptist Church, Albany. Mrs. DeCosta was preceded in death by her husband, Norman L. DeCosta, and a grandson, Kenneth Dale Moore.
Survivors include two daughters, Jenny Howard and husband Dale of Doles, Ga., Kathy Swain of Leesburg, Ga.; two sons, Steve Jenkins and wife, Virginia of Blue Ridge, Ga., Kenny Jenkins and wife Anna of Zephyrhills, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Huey Johnson of Dothan, Ala.
An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. DeCosta is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.
Linda Lucille Kearce
Linda Lucille Kearce, 59, of Leesburg, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 at her residence.
Her memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Leesburg Cemetery. The Rev. Billy D. Hanna will officiate. Linda requested that her remains be cremated and be interred in the family lot.
Mrs. Kearce was born in McRae, Ga., and lived in Leesburg most of her life. She graduated from Lee County High School and received an associate degree in ursing from Darton College. Mrs. Kearce was a current member of First Freewill Baptist Church and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg. She was a member of the choir at both churches. She retired from Dawson Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Kearce was a loving mother, grandmother, and sister. She enjoyed fishing. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Don” Kearce, and by her parents, Perry Kearse Sr. and Augusta Lucille Hammond Kearse.
Mrs. Kearce is survived by her daughter, Tasha Bowman and her husband Donnie, Leesburg; two grandsons, Chandler Bowman and Grayson Bowman, both of Leesburg; a brother, Perry Kearse Jr. and his wife Lisa, Leesburg; and a nephew, Manny Kearse, Leesburg.
The family will receive friends after the service on and at other times at the residence, 313 Old Stage Rd., Leesburg.
Memorial contributions honoring Mrs. Kearce may be made to First Freewill Baptist Church, 420 N. Westover Blvd., Albany, GA 31707.