Mary Carolyn Letlow
The funeral service of Mary Carolyn Letlow, 52, of 223 Lumpkin Road, Leesburg, who died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 at her residence, was conducted Saturday at First Baptist Church of Leesburg. Rev. Bobby Harrell officiated. Interment was in Leesburg Cemetery. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
A native of Fort Myers, Fla., Mrs. Letlow had lived most of her life in Albany and Leesburg. She worked in the Communications Department at the Albany Police Department and was a member of First Baptist Church of Leesburg. Mrs. Letlow was preceded in death by her parents, Carlton Cater and Mary Geneva Smith Cater.
Survivors include a son, Andrew Letlow (Amanda), of Leesburg; two brothers, Jerry Cater and Daryl Cater (Robin), all of Leesburg; and four grandchildren, Charlie Letlow, Ethan Letlow, Jordan Heath and Hunter Letlow.
An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Letlow is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.
Lemmie L. Watson
The memorial service of Lemmie (Lem) L. Watson, 73, of Lee County, who died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 at his residence, was conducted Friday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Ken Chancellor officiated.
A native of Worth County, Mr. Watson resided in Lee County for the past 10 years, moving from Brunswick, Ga. He was retired from Sears, where he worked in customer service and sales. He served in the Georgia National Guard and the Army Reserve. He was a member of the Sears “Best” Retirees Club and was very active in the Glynn County Saddle Club, for which he frequently barbequed.
Special interests in later years were fishing, cooking, barbeques, tool sharpening and reading. He was a member of the Senior Coed Sunday school class and a member of Lakeside Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Miller Watson; a daughter, Leigh Enfinger and her husband, Jason, of Blakely, Ga.; two sisters-in-law, Garlan Miller Hodgson, of Marietta, Ga. and Bertie Watson, of Albany; a grandson, Jared Enfinger, of Blakely; three nephews, Charles Watson (his fishing partner), Bruce Stripling and Miller Hodgson; and three nieces, Martha Wallace Eubanks, Debbie Stripling Jones and Peggy Watson Walton.
Contributions honoring Mr. Watson may be made to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA, 31703. An online guestbook memorializing Mr. Watson is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.
William Robert Thomas
The funeral mass of William Robert Thomas, 84, of 119 Stewart Court, Leesburg, who died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at his residence, was conducted Monday at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church. Rev. Finbarr Stanton officiated. Interment was in Floral Memory Gardens, with full military honors. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
A native of Fernie, Canada, Mr. Thomas resided in Albany and Leesburg since 1978, moving from Montesanto, Wash. He was a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a retired supply clerk at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. Mr. Thomas was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church and was preceded in death by his wife, Lynn Louise McCoy Thomas.
Survivors include a daughter and husband, Mary and Daniel Evans of Leesburg; a son, Richard Thomas of Albany; two brothers, Donald Thomas of Lady Lake, Fla. and Fred Thomas of Auburn, Wash.; a sister, Ellen Sims of Malo, Wash.; and four grandchildren, Allyson Evans, Kaithlyn Evans, Josh Thomas and Kelley Thomas.
The family will receive friends Sunday 6-8 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home.
An online guestbook memorializing Mr. Thomas is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.
Harry Wayne Winborne
The funeral service of Harry Wayne Winborne, 67, who died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, was conducted Friday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Calvin King officiated. Interment was at Floral Memory Gardens.
A native of Northhampton County, N.C., Mr. Winborne resided in Lee and Crisp counties. He was a retired truck driver with Schilli Trucking and owned and operated Winborne Trucking. He was a member of Thundering Springs Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Vicky Askew and Freddy of Leesburg, and Tracy Wehrlin and Russ of St. Louis, Mo.; three sons, Wayne Winborne, Brad Winborne and his wife, Tami, all of Leesburg, and Joey Winborne of Augusta, Ga.; three brothers and their wives, John Robert Winborne and Rachel of Buckhorn, Va., Raymond Winborne and Cheryl of Leesburg, and Royce Winborne and Brenda of Pensacola, Fla.; and two sisters, Mary Lane Hart of Cordele, Joyce Roach and her husband, George, of Leesburg; and eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
An online guestbook memorializing Mr. Winborne is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.
Joseph A. Marrone
Joseph A. Marrone, 85, of Albany, died Friday, Dec.18, 2009 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital following an illness. His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors with interment to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. The Rev. John Warrener will officiate.
Mr. Marrone was born in New York City and spent most of his life in New Jersey before moving to Albany five years ago. He was an Army infantry soldier during WWII, serving in the Philippines, and he was awarded the Bronze Star.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Marrone, Albany; a son, Rev. John Warrener and his wife Lisa, Albany; three grandchildren, Hope Crumley, Oklahoma City, Okla. and John Warrener III, Leesburg, and Joy Warrener, Leesburg; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Alfred Marrone, West Palm Beach, Fla.; four sisters, Anna Weller, New Jersey, Marie Spizzuco, Boca Raton, Fla., Beatrice Meli, Manasquan, N.J., and Theresa Board, Maryland.
The family will receive friends at Kimbrell-Stern from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
An online guestbook memorializing Mr. Marrone is at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Dorothy (Dot) Holly, 86, of Albany, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 at Morningside Assisted Living. Mrs. Holly’s remains were cremated and a service will be held at a later date.
She was born in Shawano, Wisc. and had lived in Albany for more than 60 years. Mrs. Holly was a founding member of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour. She retired from the Dougherty County School System and was the lunchroom manager at Dougherty Middle School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Holly.
Survivors include two daughters, Merry Feagins and her husband, Joe, of Overland Park, Kans., and Rachel Jackson and her husband, David, of Albany; a son, Parker Holly, and his wife, Robin, of Milner, Ga.; and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Contributions honoring Mrs. Holly may be sent to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702. An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Holly is at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Lillian Bonnie Klias Davis
Lillian Bonnie Klias Davis, 92 of Dawson, died at Dawson Health and Rehabilitation in Dawson on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. The funeral service was held Sunday. Interment was in Leary Cemetery. Michael B. Tabb Sr. officiated. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Mrs. Davis was a native of Baker County, born Feb. 27, 1917, daughter of the late Mathew A. Klias and Salley Susie Mills Klias. She lived in Baker County most of her life, as a homemaker and working on the farm. She was the widow of the late Bertie Wilburn Davis of Baker County.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Klias, and sisters, Lillie Elizabeth Klias Musgrove and Rosa Klias Conley.
“Aunt Mi,” as she was called by many of her nieces and nephews, loved the farm life and working with horses and cows. She never met an animal she didn’t love and care for. She enjoyed teaching her grandchildren and great grandchildren about living on the farm. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include a faithful son, Bertie Henry Davis, and his wife, Jean Hughes Davis, of Baker County; a grandson, Ray Winborne, and his wife, Stefanie Medley Winborne, of Cumming, Ga.; a granddaughter, Kim Winborne Graber, and her husband, Marc James Graber, of Lee County; five great-grandchildren, Davis Alexander Winborne, William Parker Winborne, Callie Jean Graber, Allin James Graber and Tanner Harrison Graber; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Allen Conley, Gary Klias, Lloyd Davis, Andy Dean, Rodney Hawthorn and Michael Cook.
Contributions honoring Mrs. Davis may be made to the Alzheimer Association, 314 N. Jefferson Ave, Albany, GA 31701. An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Davis is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.
Taffy Faison Bullington
Taffy Faison Bullington, 48, of Albany, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 at Tallahassee (Fla.) Specialty Care. Her funeral service was Saturday at Smithville City Cemetery. Mr. Steve Hurley officiated. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.
A native of Albany, Mrs. Bullington lived here all her life. She worked for Wal-Mart for the past eight years.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Bullington, and brothers, Chuck Faison and John Faison.
An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Bullington is at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Irma J. Clark
Irma Jean Clark, 64, of Leesburg, passed away, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Services honoring the life of Mrs. Clark were conducted Saturday in the chapel of Hall and Hall Funeral Home. Rev. Randy Daniel officiated. Mrs. Clark’s remains will be cremated.
Irma Jean Clark was born Jan. 15, 1945 in Calhoun County, daughter of the late James Jackson Miller and Fannie Elizabeth Hinton Miller. She worked for more than 30 years as a federal state inspector and was of the Christian faith. Mrs. Clark enjoyed camping and cooking for her grandchildren, and many considered her pound cake to be the very best. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
Survivors include her daughter, Sylvia Howell, of Leesburg; sister, Peggy Harrell, and her husband, Jack, of Leesburg; three grandchildren, Jay Jr., Alexis and Elizabeth; and two nieces, five nephews, four great-nieces and three great-nephews.
Michael C. McCubbins
Mr. Michael Craig McCubbins, 63, of Putney, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Monday at Bible Baptist Church. Revs. Robin Chaplin and Lester Allen officiated. Interment was in Poulan Cemetery. Hall and Hall Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Michael Craig McCubbins was born March 13, 1946, son of the late Bud McCubbins and Ida Sara Dubin McCubbins. He was a veteran in the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country in the Vietnam War. Mr. McCubbins worked in materials handling for Clarklift of Albany and the Mouat Co. He attended Bible Baptist Church and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McCubbins was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas McCubbins. Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Tina McCubbins, of Putney; his four children, Tim Osteen and his wife, Jennifer, of Abbeville, Ala., Doug Osteen and his wife, Jeanette, of Lee County, Sara Lynn Stegemiller and her husband, Ron, of Putney and Lisa Benson of Putney; brother, Jerry L. Dubin, of South Bend, Ind.; and 11 grandchildren, Holly Osteen, Nicky and Emma Stegemiller, Jonathan and Alexus Osteen, Bradley, D.J. and Katie Benson, Josh DeVane, Jerica and Chase Etheridge.
Ione McArthur Rigsby
Ione McArthur Rigsby, 86, of Albany, passed away Monday, Dec.14, 2009, peacefully at her residence of 63 years. Her funeral service was Thursday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors with interment at Floral Memory Gardens. Ryan R. Rigsby officiated.
She was born outside Salt Lake, Utah, June 14, 1923 to Homer Duncan McArthur and Ida Lenore Perkins McArthur. She moved to Albany as a young girl with her family. She attended Albany High School. She married James Allen Rigsby on June 29, 1941. She was a member of a number of clubs and organizations, where she volunteered numerous hours of service. She enjoyed dancing, cards and bingo. Her happiest times were spent surrounded by her family. She truly never met a stranger and had an abundance of close friends. She could light up a room with her outgoing personality and is best known for giving “sugar.” She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, James Allen Rigsby Sr.
She is survived by her sister, Arva Williams (Hillman Williams); two sons, James Allen Rigsby Jr. (Patricia Tabb Rigsby) and Harold Taylor Rigsby (Cynthia Sizemore Rigsby); a daughter, Cathy Rigsby Gresham (Brian Wayne Gresham), all of Albany; three grandsons, Ryan Reid Rigsby (Jennifer), Bradford Hudson Gresham (Jamie) and William Brian Gresham; five granddaughters, Catherine “Shae” Griffin, Teresa Johnson Posey (Andy), Rhonda Renee’ Rigsby (Bob), Tracey Griffin Hodges and Jasmine Starr Griffin; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Contributions honoring Mrs. Rigsby may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1201, Albany, GA 31702. An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Rigsby is at www.kimbrellstern.com.
John Mark Slappey
A celebration of life service for John Mark Slappey, 34 of Albany will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Albany. Dr. Tom Jacobs and Rev. Mitch Friar will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors is handling the arrangements.
John was a native of Albany and a lifelong resident of the area. He attended Lee County High School, Riverview Academy and was a 1994 graduate of Terrell Academy. He was former employee of FedEx Freight and was an employee of Conway Freight. He was a loving husband, father, son, grandson, brother, and friend to all that knew him. He was a cowboy, an avid hunter, fisherman and a lover of animals. He was of the Methodist faith.
He is survived by his wife, Mandy DeLoach Slappey, daughter, Sawyer Slappey; his parents: Mark Slappey, and Susan Dismuke, his stepfather, Alan Dismuke Sr., his step-mother, Carol Slappey, his brothers, Andrew Dismuke and Alan Dismuke Jr., his sisters, Heather Culpepper, Jennifer Slappey, and Cindy Dollander, his father-in-law, Benjie DeLoach and mother-in-law Elaine DeLoach, his grandmother, Mrs. A.M. Slappey Jr., his beloved dog “Shorty”, and his horse “Willy”.
Contributions honoring John may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Wewa Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 966, Wewahitchka, FL 32465
An online guestbook memorializing John is at www.kimbrellstern.com.