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Gene Bowman

Gene Bowman, 78, of Albany, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 at Palmyra Medical Centers. Graveside funeral services were held Friday at Riverside Cemetery. Rev. Gordon Rouse officiated. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

A native of McGraws, W.V., Mr. Bowman resided in Albany since 1964, moving from West Virginia. He was employed with Fiat Formica for more than 20 years before his retirement and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Kathryn and Don Butler, of Akron, Ohio, Sherry and Jerry Green, of Albany, and Wanda and Bill Coker, of Baton Rouge, La.; seven grandchildren, Patty Williams, Kevin Williams, Rusty Rouse, Ricky Rouse, Rebekah Rouse, Randy Rouse and Marleigh Coker; six great-grandchildren, Amanda Snyder, Jay DeLamar, Keith Williams, Bailey Williams, Gavin Rouse and Ryleigh Rouse; and one great-great-grandchild, Caitlyn Snyder.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Donna Jones Casey

Mrs. Donna Jones Casey, 53, of Leesburg, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Her funeral service was held Sunday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors, with Pastor Sterling Jones will be officiating. Interment was in Leesburg Cemetery.

A native of Blakely, Ga., Mrs. Casey lived in the Albany and Leesburg area most of her life, where she worked at Albany Home Patient Care. She was also a member of Raleigh White Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Richard “Bubba” Casey, of Leesburg; two daughters, Breann Sliger of Leesburg, and Lindsay Henry and her husband, Dale, of Leesburg; two stepchildren, Sheila Truitt and her husband, Todd, of Columbus, Ga., and Steve Casey and his wife, Christy, of Leesburg; five grandchildren, Landon Henry, Masyn Henry, Nikki Truitt, Cade Garner and Ashley Kirksey; a sister, Melba Collins and her husband, A.J., of Albany; and a brother, Max Jones, and his wife, Dorothy, of Damascus, Ga.

An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Casey is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Shirley R. Chapman

A celebration of life service for Shirley R. Chapman, 70, of Leesburg, who died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at her residence, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Leesburg Cemetery. Rev. Jan Conner and Rev. Bobby Moye will officiate. Mathews Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

A native of Wilcox County, Ga., Mrs. Chapman resided in Leesburg since 1974, moving from Bronwood, Ga. She was a self-employed cosmetologist and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Mrs. Chapman was preceded in death by her parents, James Henry McClain and Cleer Thompson McClain; and a brother, Gerald McClain. Survivors include her husband, Don L. Chapman of Leesburg; a daughter and her husband, Terri and Frank Eaton, of Arabi, Ga.; two granddaughters, Dawn Erica Scott and husband, Branton, of Leesburg, and Dana Leigh Griffin of Leesburg; two sisters, Geneva Nobles, of Seville, Ga., and Vernell Gordon of Pineview, Ga.; a brother and his wife, Robert “Dub” McClain and Sadie, of Seville, Ga.; three sister-in-laws, Jane Nichols, of Bronwood, and Beverly Marie “Weegie” Peterman and her husband, Lee, of Bonaire, Ga., and Joyce McClain, of Pitts, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

The family is receiving friends at their residence, 200 Westfield Road, Leesburg, Ga.

Memorial contributions may be made to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702. An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Chapman is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Diane Elizabeth Green Dryden

Diane Elizabeth Green Dryden, 51, of Albany died Thursday, Nov. 19, at her residence after a long struggle with cancer. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.

At her request, she will be cremated with no services. Diane lived all of her life in Albany where she attended public schools and was of the Baptist faith. She was an associate with Harvey’s supermarket in the deli department for the past several years, where she had an art for cake decorating. She loved God, people and animals and they in turned loved her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Elva L. Green, who died in 2004.

She is survived by her son, Chris Mitchell and grandson, Caden Mitchell, both of Albany. These two were her life. Additional survivors include her father, Herb V. Green, of Albany; two brothers, Steve Green of Arlington, Texas, and Andrew Green, of Albany; two sisters, Nancy Franklin and her husband, Mark, and Karen Gardner, all of Albany; four aunts, Jo Marsh, of Sylvester, Virginia Gossett and Marjorie Robinson, both of Albany, and Francis Lewis, of Leesburg; and one niece, one nephew and many cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828 Albany, GA 31702. An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Dryden is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

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Carol Diane Johnson

Carol Diane Johnson, 65, of Albany, passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 in Albany. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Hall and Hall Funeral Home.

William Ervin McCord

Rev. William Ervin McCord, 91, of Albany went home to be with his Lord on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009. Funeral services honoring the life of Rev. McCord were conducted Sunday at Hall and Hall Funeral Home with Rev. Lynn Hurley officiating. Graveside services were on Tuesday at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens in Lexington, Ky.

Born Jan. 7, 1918 in Winslow, Ind., Rev. McCord was the son of the late Fred McCord and Anna Elizabeth Barrett McCord. He was a retired Methodist minister, having served for 40 years in the Church. Rev. McCord enjoyed working in the mission field, walking, and listening to gospel music. He will be greatly missed by his entire family and his brothers and sisters in the Lord. He will be remembered as a kind-hearted man of God who lived his life to serve the Lord and others.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Thelma Bottoms McCord of Albany; sons, George Robert McCord and his wife, Mary Jane, of Richmond, Va., and William Eugene McCord, of Brunswick, Ga.; brothers, Gola Pearl McCord, of Washington, Ind., and Virgil McCord of Atlanta; sister, Clova Marie Dobbyn, of Washington, Ind.; grandchildren, Marvin McCord and his wife, Carolyn, and Christie and her husband, Noel; and great-grandchildren, Christopher, Rachael and Kruz.

Iva Clarice Shubert

Iva Clarice Shubert, 89, of Albany passed away Saturday, Nov. 20, 2009 at her home. Services honoring the life of Mrs. Shubert were conducted Monda6 at Bridgeboro Baptist Church. Revs. Bobby Joe Brown and Duane Whitaker officiated. Further funeral services and burial will follow later in the week in Mount Sterling, Ky.

Mrs. Shubert was born July 13, 1920, in Camargo, Ky., daughter of the late Willie and Ella Rogers Baker. A resident of Albany for many years, she was a homemaker, a member of the Church of God of Anderson, Ind., and had a special love for her grandchildren. She enjoyed flowers and birds and will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. In addition to her parents, her husband, William “Jack” Shubert; sister, Lela Walsh; and brothers, James Baker and Rodney Baker preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter, Beverly Jones, of Albany; niece, Jean (Jerry) Carmichael of Critten, Ky.; son, Ralph Shubert and his wife, Barbara of Albany; brothers, Maurice Baker, of Mayer, Ariz., and Lloyd Baker, of Bristol, Va.,; sisters, Gertrude McNay, of Mount Sterling, and Lois Urmey, of Dayton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Michelle (Frank) Dremel, Wes (Diane) Shubert, Walter (Elizabeth) Shubert, Miranda (Clint) Benson and Beth (Casey) Cooper; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Rhodes Ragan

Rhodes Ragan, 81 of Albany died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at Palmyra Medical Center.

His funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors with the family receiving friends from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour. Rev. Ginny West-Case will officiate and the interment will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Ragan was a native of Early County, a lifelong resident of Albany, and a graduate of Albany High School. He was a 40-year member of First Freewill Baptist Church and was a former deacon of the church. He was an employee of Bruce Jones Auto Parts for more than 30 years and he retired with Vinson Guard Services. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was a lover of animals, reading, and studying history. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Leila Hayes Ragan; two sisters, Virginia Ragan West, Dorothy Ragan Meckley; and his wife, Betty Wiley Ragan.

He is survived by his son, Mike Ragan of Albany; two daughter, Cathy Ragan McCollum and husband Andy of Chicago, and Laurie Ragan Hollis and husband Michael of Cohutta Ga.; four grandchildren, Matthew and Megan McCollum of Chicago, Rachel Hollis of Athens, Ga., and Josh Hollis of Cohutta; his brother, Gene Ragan, of Dothan, Ala.; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Ragan’s Trust Fund, Regions Bank, P. O. Box 8, Albany, GA 31702, ATTN: N. Slappy. An online guestbook memorializing Mr. Ragan is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Eleanor Eley Segars

Eleanor Eley Segars, 82, of 143 Linden Road in Leesburg died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 at her residence.

Funeral services were Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Leesburg. Rev. Doug McClure and Rev. Joe Beauchamp officiated. Interment was in Smithville City Cemetery. Kimbrell Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.

A native of Winder, Ga., Ms. Segars lived most of her life in the Leesburg and Smithville area. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Leesburg, where she volunteered as church secretary. Ms. Segars was employed with Dr. Berg’s office for 25 years and was bookkeeper for Eubanks Hardware and Hopkins Filling Station in Leesburg. She served on the Board of Trustees at Leesburg Library and volunteered for DFACS.

Survivors include her niece, Susan Beauchamp Dupuy of Leesburg; three great-nieces, Lee Dauchy of Leesburg, Suzette Wagner and her husband Rick of Albany, and Amy E. Dupuy and her fiancé Andy of Albany; two great-nephews, Robert Mason Beauchamp of Albany and John Henry “Buck” Beauchamp and his wife Katie of Leesburg; and five great-great nieces and nephews, Walker, Kaylee and Heath Beauchamp, Caleb Finlay and Allison Wagner.

Ms. Segars was preceded in death by her parents, John Jefferson Segars and Annie Ruth Eley Segars; sister, Nell Segars Beauchamp; and a nephew John Mason Beauchamp.

An online guestbook memorializing Ms. Segars is at www.kimbrellstern.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702.

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