Helen Louise Murphy Bailey
The funeral service of Helen Louise Murphy Bailey, 76, of Albany, who died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 at Palmyra Nursing Home, was conducted Friday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Wesley Kaylor officiated.
A native of Mingo County., W.V., Mrs. Bailey resided in Albany since 1973, moving from West Virginia. She was a homemaker and of the Christian faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Ruth Murphy; her husband, Jack Amos Bailey; a daughter, Beverly Bailey; two brothers, Cecil Murphy and Charles Murphy; and a sister, Kathleen Lester.
Survivors include three sons, Jack Bailey and Jeff Bailey, both of Albany, and Doug Bailey, of Leesburg; four daughters, Mary Ryan, of Albany, Linda Hatfield of Hodgenville, Ky., and Missy Spriggs and Barbara Matthews, both of Leesburg; a brother, Vernice Fraley of West Virginia; two sisters, Betty Bailey of Albany and Barbara Kennedy of Hurricane, W.V.; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Bailey is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.
William Blake, 87, of Albany, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at his home.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. The Rev. Dr. Don Kea will officiate. Mr. Blake’s remains were cremated.
Mr. Blake was born in Framingham, Mass., and was a graduate of Cumberland Mountain School in Crossville, Tenn. and Tennessee Tech University. He lived in Albany since 1974. He had a 35-year career with Dupont, including assignments in Mexico, Holland and Brazil. Mr. Blake was an avid golfer and he enjoyed his golfing groups at Doublegate Country Club.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Koula Tallen Blake, Albany; a son, Benson Blake and his wife Melinda of Northfield, Ill.; a daughter, Beverly Blake of Macon; and three grandchildren, Logan Blake, Paige Blake and Benson Blake Jr.
The Blake family thanks the caregivers, Linda Marcus and Annie Simms; Albany Community Hospice; and the staff of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for all the fine care during Mr. Blake’s illness.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour at Kimbrell-Stern.
Memorial contributions may be made to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702, or to a favorite charity of your choice.
An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Sara Hall Blow
Sara Hall Blow died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Pine Shadows Nursing Home in Sylvester. Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today at Floral Memory Gardens. Rev. William Hall will officiate. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors is handling the arrangements.
A native of Americus, Mrs. Blow was retired in 1984 from Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. She was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church, were she married her late husband,, J. W. “Billy” Blow, in 1951. She and her husband loved animals and traveling and fishing. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Lewis and Rosa Lee Sapp Hall Sr., and her brother, Charles L. Hall Jr.
Survivors include her brother, Wayman Hershel Hall of Atlanta, and several nieces and nephews.
Mary Ellen Genetempo
Mary Ellen VanLandingham Genetempo, 66, of Albany, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. At the request of Mrs. Genetempo, her remains have been cremated and no services are planned at this time. Hall and Hall Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Jim Graham, of Albany, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. His funeral service was Saturday at First Baptist Church of Albany. Dr. Butch Knight officiated. Mr. Graham was taken to Vickery Funeral Chapel in Shawneetown, Ill., for internment services. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled local arrangements.
A native of Shawneetown, Mr. Graham lived in Albany for the past six years, moving from Abbeville, Ala. He worked for Inland Steel Co. for 30 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church Albany and served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, William L. and Anna Graham Sr.; brother, Billy Graham; a sister, Georgia Davis; a son, Eddie Graham; and a daughter, Linda Graham.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma B. Graham, Albany; daughters Shelia Mantel and husband Tim of Chesterton, Ind. and Patty Rohrs and her husband John of Albany; son, James J. Graham and wife Leeann of Lexington, Ky.; sister, Mary Schuler of Glendale, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, four step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Graham’s honor may be made to Children’s Weekday Education, c/o First Baptist Church, 145 Oakland Parkway, Leesburg, GA 31763.
An online guestbook memorializing Mr. Graham is at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Ellen B. Harris
Ellen B. Harris passed away on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009. She was born in Hastings, Neb., on March 19, 1950. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold F. and Eula J. Burbridge, and her husband James B. Harris.
She leaves behind her daughters Elizabeth Jordan, Edith Brown and Denise Dixon. Son, David Harris, is 14 years old. David wants everyone to know that “she was a great mom who had lots of friends. She will be missed. She is not in pain anymore.” Ellen has three beautiful granddaughters and two wonderful grandsons. She is also survived by her sister, Cathy Proctor.
As a family, we have fulfilled our mother’s wishes for her to be cremated like our father and their ashes to remain together side by side. This is an overwhelming time for the family. We have decided not to have a public memorial service. We are honoring our mother’s memory privately in other ways. If you would like to honor our mother Ellen, please donate to the Albany Rescue Mission like she did at this time last year. She also had a heart for children’s charities like St. Jude and Toys for Tots.
Ellen was a member of First Baptist Church in Leesburg. The family truly appreciates your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and loss.
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.
Anna Marie Herrin
Anna Marie Herrin, 31, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Salem (Ohio) Community Hospital.
Born July 11, 1978 in Albany, she was a daughter of Thomas and Hazel (Phillips) Lucky, of Camilla.
She worked as a cook at the Steel Trolley Diner and as a clerk at K-Mart in Calcutta.
In addition to her parents, survivors include her companion, Mike Guappone, of Lisbon, Ohio; stepdaughter, Tiffiani Guappone; grandmother, Irene Phillips of Albany; daughters, Brittany and Destiny Lucky of Sylvester; and brothers, Thomas Herrin of Alabama, and Billy Herrin, Bobby Phillips and Jason Lucky of Albany.
There are no services planned. Arrangements are being handled by the Weber Funeral Home in Lisbon.
Billie Anne Murphy
Billie Anne Murphy, 81, of Albany, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Her memorial service was Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. The Rev. Dr. Butch Knight officiated. Mrs. Murphy’s remains were cremated.
She was born in Atlanta, lived most of her life in the Miami Lakes, Fla., area and moved to Albany in 2000. Mrs. Murphy was a vice president of properties for the Graham Companies in Miami Lakes. She was a past president of the Hialeah-Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the Zonta Club of Miami Lakes and was a member of Women in Construction in Miami Lakes. She was a Baptist. Mrs. Murphy enjoyed boating in the Keys and was an avid saltwater tournament fisherman. She enjoyed cooking and feeding her family and friends. Mrs. Murphy was preceded in death by her husband, James Martin Murphy, Jr., and by her grandson, Brandon Shaw.
She is survived by her six children, Rosalyn Hamilton (Jim) of Miami Lakes, Marilyn Bullington (Rickey) of Leesburg, Patsy Winograsky (Dave) of Craig, Colo., Tim Murphy (Irene) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Michael J. Murphy (Tonya) of Tavernier, Fla. and Tom Murphy (Pat), Enterprise, Fla.; two sisters, Juanita Dunn of Grand Junction, Colo., and Elsie Rhodes (B.B.) of Albany; nine grandchildren, Ryan Murphy (Rachel) of Oak Creek, Colo., Erin McDonald (V.J.) of Leesburg, GA, Heather Hart (Reid) of Albany, James Hamilton (Barbara) of Miami, Maureen LeSerra (Joe) of Tallahassee, Fla., Rebecca Matthews of Enterprise, Fla., John Hamilton (Georgia) of Jacksonville, Fla. and Timmy Murphy and Paul Murphy, both of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions honoring Mrs. Murphy may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1201, Albany, GA 31702.
An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Murphy is at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Liston Richard Odell Jr.
The funeral service for Liston Richard Odell, Jr., who died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at Phoebe Worth Medical Center, was conducted Friday at Mathews Funeral Home. Interment was at Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery. Brother Roger Tillery officiated.
A native of Elkins, W.V., Mr. Odell had lived in Doerun since 1996, moving from Albany. He served in the U.S. Army, was retired from Merck Chemical Co. after 24 years as an electrician and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Liston and Gretta Odell, and a sister, Marie Odell.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Odell, of Doerun; two stepsons, Michael Thompson and his wife, Christina, of Doerun and Steve Thompson and his wife, Mary, of Lee County; a brother, Bill Odell, of Ohio; and five grandchildren, Mason, Matthew, Abigail, Christian and Tyler Thompson.
An online guestbook memorializing Mr. Odell is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.
Acklin Bartlett Stone
Acklin Bartlett Stone, 58, of Leary Road, Albany, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. Rev. Jason Spears officiated. Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.
A native of Waynesboro, Ga., Acklin lived most of her life in Albany, where she started her work as the executive director of the March of Dimes in 1978, and then the director of sales of Sheraton Inn in 1984. In 1985, her career shifted to radio and TV advertising. She worked for local radio and TV stations, most recently with Cumulus Broadcasting and WFXL-TV Fox 31.
Acklin was preceded in death by her husband, Roynell Lee (Ron) Stone, and her parents, Homer Clyde and Jeanette Stephens Bartlett.
Survivors include her children, Marty K. Thornhill and her husband Jason of Albany and Thomas E. (Tom) King Jr. of Tifton; grandchildren, Haley Briana Thornhill, Bentley Reed Thornhill and Ryan Thomas King; brothers, Steve Bartlett and his wife Lisa of Leesburg, and David Bartlett and his wife Linda of Warner Robins; sister, Nancy Standerfer of Albany; and numerous nieces, nephews and many special friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA or the Albany Humane Society, 1705 Oakridge Dr., Albany, GA 31707.
An online guestbook memorializing Acklin is at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Albert “Al” Patrick Thomas
Albert “Al” Patrick Thomas, 65, of Albany, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The funeral services were Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. The Rev. Richard VanCleave officiated.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Mr. Thomas lived in Albany since 1992. He was a graduate of Manatee Jr. College in Sarasota, Fla., with a degree in civil engineering and was employed with Ray Lloyd Realty and Construction of Leesburg. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was known as “Mr. Fix It” for all who needed him and he was a member of the Heaven’s Saint’s Motorcycle Club. He had many loves: his children, his grandchildren, his family, his Corvette, his computer and his Harley. He was an outstanding jokester, but his motto was, “I did my job.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert John Thomas and Elaine Simpson Thomas, and his brother, Vincent Arthur Thomas.
He is survived by three daughters, Michele Thomas Lloyd and husband Stephen of Leesburg, Sherry Thomas Wingate of Albany, and Rose Marie Thomas Smith of Leesburg; seven grandchildren, T. J. Nichols, Thomas Nichols, Daniel Nichols, Grant Lloyd, Alex Donalson, Andrew Wingate and Crystal Marie Smith; a sister, Donna Marie Thomas of McDonough, Ga.; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.
An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Calvin Aaron Tucker
Calvin Aaron Tucker, 84, of Albany, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
The funeral service was held Saturday at First Baptist Church of Albany. Revs. Randy Jackson and Steven Kendrick officiated. Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.
A native of Davenport, Fla., Mr. Tucker lived most of his life in Albany, where he retired as vice president of Sunnyland Farms after 25 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Albany for 54 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley and Willie Mae Tucker, his sister, Hilda Tucker and a brother, Wiley F. Tucker Jr.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Virginia M. Tucker, of Albany; two daughters, Sheila A. Fulghum and her husband Melvin of Americus, and Joyce Duren Weiser and her husband Dr. Harry Wieser of Albany; one brother, Gene Tucker and wife Shirley of Tallahassee, Fla.; six sisters, Dorothy Dickens of Moultrie; Mary Murphy and husband Kenneth of Moultrie; Linda Gay and husband Darrell of Moultrie; Marlene Perrine of LaGrange; and Kay Crain of Tallahassee; four grandchildren, Melissa Perkins, Deavie Avery, Jackie Keith Duren and Calvin Emory Duren; and five great-grandchildren Michelle Allen, Erin Allen, Steven Tucker Avery, Hailey Avery and Kendyl Duren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Willson Hospice House in Albany. An online guestbook memorializing Mr. Tucker is kimbrellstern.com.
Steven Edward Walls
Steven Edward Walls, 49, of Albany, passed away, Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Services honoring the life of Mr. Walls will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Byne Memorial Baptist Church. Hall and Hall Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Mr. Walls was born Jan. 31, 1960 in Bethesda, Md. Steven enjoyed wrestling and music and loved dogs. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family members.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Lorraine Vilaseco and Heriberto of Leesburg; father and stepmother, Edward George Walls and Lois of Albany; brothers, Fredrick Walls of Albany and David Walls of Atlanta; sister, Renee Goodman and her husband, Tony, of Leesburg; and several aunts and uncles.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers in Mr. Walls’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA. 22312.