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Shirley Bailes

The graveside funeral service of Shirley Bailes, 74, of Albany, who died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at Palmyra Nursing Home, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mr. Derek Thornton will officiate. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

A native of Harlan, Ky., Ms. Bailes lived in Albany for 31 years, coming from Chicago. She was retired from MacGregor Golf Co. and Sears. She was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Cleda Evans; a daughter, Deborah Kilburn; a sister, Gerri Campbell; and a brother, Dennie Evans. Shirley had a lifelong dedication to her family, focusing her time and efforts on her four grandchildren, who she loved very much.

Survivors include a daughter, Toni Thornton and her husband, Charles, of Albany; two sisters, Patti Langenbahn and her husband, Bill, of Canyon Lake, Texas, and Karen Talley and her husband, Bill, of Bascom, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Judy Evans of Cincinnati, Ohio; a granddaughter, Cindy Kilburn of Marietta, Ga.; three grandsons, Keith Kilburn of Leesburg, and Derek Thornton and Adam Thornton and his wife Christina, all of Albany; and many nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook memorializing Ms. Bailes is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Frances Cannon

Mrs. Frances Phillips Cannon, 84, of Albany, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton. Funeral services honoring her life will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Sunnyside Baptist Church. Revs. Tab Howell, Bobby Moye and Bobby Harrell will officiate with interment to follow in the Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery in Smithville. Hall and Hall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Cannon was born Aug. 31, 1925 in Barbour County, to the late Lester and Alline Phillips and was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Jill Cannon, and a brother, Ray Phillips. She was a member of the Sunnyside Baptist Church in Albany. She retired as secretary from Dougherty Junior High and Dougherty Comprehensive High School in Albany.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Debbie Cannon of Brazil, Ind., and Phillip and Patti Cannon of Dalton, Ga.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Sharon Phillips of Dawson, Fred and Joann Phillips of Cordele, and Carolyn Phillips of Plains; grandchildren, Kelly Cannon Buchsbaum and husband Rob of Ridgewood, N.J., Doug Cannon and wife Dawn of Birmingham, Ala., Caroline Cannon, Rebekah Cannon and Chandler Cannon, all of Dalton; great-grandchildren, Jake Buchsbaum and Joe and Ella Cannon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. until the funeral hour.

Lela Kathleen Cooper

Lela Kathleen Cooper, 92, of Sylvester passed away Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 in Sylvester. Funeral services honoring her life will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the Crown Hill Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Robin Chaplin will officiate. Hall and Hall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Cooper was born Aug. 9, 1917 in Brooks County to the late James Oscar Ramsey and Nell Bacon Ramsey. She was a homemaker and a member of Pine Bluff Baptist Church.

Survivors include her brothers, Ralph B. Ramsey, David Ramsey and Ronald Ramsey; and many nieces and nephews. Her husband, Jack P. Cooper, preceded her in death.

The family will receive friends at Crown Hill Chapel one hour before the service.

Julius Reed Culp Jr.

Julius Reed (J.R.) Culp Jr. 79, of Albany died January 5, 2010 at Palmyra Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors with Chaplain Les Reed officiating. Interment will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 30.

A native of Clanton, Ala., Mr. Culp lived in Albany since 1964. He was owner and operator of the Bay service station on Dawson Road for 38 years. Mr. Culp served in U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and was a member of the American Legion Post 30 and VFW Post 2785.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Culp of Albany; daughter, Dawn C. Stone and her husband Rocky of Newnan, Ga.; sons, Julius Reese Culp and his wife Daun of Albany, and Lowell Robin Culp of Cordele; five granddaughters, Savannah and Mary Stone, Maegan Culp, Haley and Hannah Culp; brother, James E. Culp and his wife Dorothy of Thomasville; sisters, Clara Holeman and her husband James of Meridian, Miss., and Blanche Ragan and Oma Yandle, both of Thomasville; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Culp was preceded in death by his parents, Julius Reed Culp Sr. and Iris Baker Culp; and two sisters, Dorothy Pettigrew and Marian Norman.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Kimbrell-Stern.

Contributions honoring Mr. Culp may be made to American Legion Post 30, 2916 Gillionville Road, Albany, GA 31721. An online guestbook memorializing Mr. Culp is at www.kimbrellstern.com

Mary Ellen Shumate Davis

Mary Ellen Shumate Davis, 82, of Albany died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 at Palmyra Medical Center.

Funeral services were Saturday at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor officiated. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Sylvester. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.

A native of Atlanta, Mrs. Davis lived in Albany most of her life. She was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, the Fellowship Sunday school class, XYZ Fellowship, and past treasurer and former chairman of the Board of Trustees. She was employed with Mauldin and Jenkins for 18 years.

Survivors include her husband, Lynn A. Davis; sons, Lynn A. Davis Jr. and his wife Sherry of Sylvester, and Russell D. Davis and his wife Ann of Terrell County; four grandchildren, Lynn A. Davis III and his wife Suzanne, Katherine Davis Poer, Russell Dee Davis Jr. and Emily Rebekah Davis; two great-grandchildren, Morgan Elizabeth Davis and Curt Poer Jr.; and sister, Jo Ann Dunbar of Helena, Ala.

Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her parents, Perry Dee and Frances Haden Shumate; and a brother, Perry D. Shumate Jr.

Contributions honoring Mrs. Davis may be made to Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, 2200 Dawson Road, Albany, GA 31707

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

Byron H. Gore

Byron H. Gore, 84, of Albany died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 at Palmyra Medical Centers. A memorial service was held at Saturday at Crown Hill Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Bobby Moye officiated. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.

A native of Camilla, Mr. Gore lived in Albany most of his life. He worked with Piggly Wiggly for 10 years, the Department of Corrections for eight years, and the Anchorage for 5 years. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy; and a member of the VFW Post 2785. He was also a member of First Baptist Church of Albany.

Survivors include four children, Lynn Dulac of Leesburg, Dennis Gore and his wife Patricia of Putney, James Gore and his wife Mary of Warner Robins, and Michael Gore and his wife Dorothy of Leesburg; four brothers, Cecil Gore and his wife Pauline of Pelham, Malcome Gore of Jacksonville, Fla.; Wayne Gore of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Steele Gore of Darrien, Ga.; a sister Wynelle Carlton and her husband Delma of Tallahassee, Fla.; and six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Contributions honoring Mr. Gore may be made to The Anchorage, 162 Hampton Lane, Leesburg, GA 31763. An online guestbook memorializing him is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Gordon Wesley Hughes

Gordon Wesley Hughes, 66, of 1060 White Pond Road, Leesburg, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 at Palmyra Medical Center. A memorial service was held Sunday at Poulan City Cemetery. Rev. Solomon Loud officiated. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

A native and longtime resident of Albany, Mr. Hughes moved Lee County in 2000. He was employed with Flint River Textiles for 45 years and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Mr. Hughes was a state representative with Alcoholics Anonymous and was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma Hughes, and two sons, Scott Hughes and Howard Hughes.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria D. Hughes; a son, Harold Hughes and his wife, Vickie of Albany, a sister, Pat Phillips of Carrollton, Ga.; two stepsons, Daniel Evans and his wife, Norma Evans of Lee County, and Jeffery Evans of Albany; four grandchildren, Bo Hughes, Sonya Hughes Chambers, Max Hughes and Sara Hughes; four step-grandchildren, Christopher Evans, Jeremy Evans, Matthew Evans and Carrie Tanner; and two great-grandchildren, Abigail Hughes and Chance Chambers.

Contributions honoring Mr. Hughes may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous (435-2263). An online guestbook memorializing him is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Skalla LaSchober

Carolyn Skalla LaSchober, 89, of Lee County, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 at her home. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. Cantor Barbara Margulis will officiate. Mrs. LaSchober’s remains were cremated.

Mrs. LaSchober was born in Demopolis, Ala., and lived in Albany for most of her life. She graduated from Albany High School, then studied dance and theatre at American Ballet School in New York City. She joined the USO during World War II and traveled to perform in shows to entertain the troops using her stage name of Anita Carol. She was in the first TV commercial.

Mrs. LaSchober was a cofounder of S&S Company of Georgia, now known as Sasco Chemical Group, in 1948. She was a member of Temple B’Nai Israel and the Temple Sisterhood. Mrs. LaSchober was very involved with improving the quality of life in Albany, serving on the boards of the Albany Concert Association, the Boys and Girls Club of Albany, and the Albany Museum of Art.

She is survived by her two sons, Lan Skalla and his wife, Virginia, of Albany; Randy Skalla and his wife Cathy, of Lee County; five grandchildren, Rebekah Skalla Davis and her husband, Jeff, of Leesburg, Marc Skalla and his wife, Lauren, of Atlanta, Clay Skalla and Rusty Skalla, Albany, Carrie Skalla, San Francisco, Calif.; 1 great granddaughter, Leecy Davis, Leesburg; 2 step grandchildren: Andrew William Bowie, Macon, the son of William and Cindy Bowie, Sarah Katherine Demott, Albany, daughter of Richard Demott and Michele Strickland; 1 nephew: Dr. Jon Sager, Los Angeles, CA.

The family will receive friends at Kimbrell-Stern on Tuesday from 5-7 PM.

Those desiring may send memorials to Boys and Girls Club of Albany, 711 N. Monroe St., Albany, GA 31701, or to Temple B’Nai Israel, P.O. Box 71425, Albany, GA 31708.

You may sign the online guestbook and share your memories with the family of Carolyn Skalla LaSchober by visiting Kimbrell-Stern’s website at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Ernest McIntosh

The funeral service of Ernest McIntosh, 85, of 2308 Tuxedo Lane, who died Jan. 2, 2010, was conducted Tuesday at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Dr. William D. (Biff) Coker will officiate. Interment will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

A native of West Orange, N.J., born to the late George and Jean McIntosh, he resided in Albany since 1947. He was a World War II Navy veteran and was involved in the D-Day Invasion at Normandy. Mr. McIntosh was retired from AIG, formerly NLT and had served as vice president of McIntosh Construction Co. for the past 20 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Helen Taylor McIntosh; and his brothers, Dave McIntosh and George McIntosh.

Mr. McIntosh was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, American Legion Post 30, Doublegate Country Club, the Benevolent and Protective Order of The Elk 713 and the Tin Can Sailors Association.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, George and Judy McIntosh of Spy Town Farms; three grandchildren, Heather McIntosh Brand, Jarrett McIntosh and D.J. Yeatts, all of Albany; a brother-in-law, Will Ivy of Albany; a sister-in-law, Margaret McIntosh of Long Beach Island, N.J.; three great-grandchildren, Taylor Grace Brand, Justin Yeatts and Kirk Yeatts; and many nieces and nephews.

Contributions honoring Mr. McIntosh may be made to the American Heart Association, 1101-1 Northchase Pkwy., Marietta, GA 30067 or to your favorite charity.

An online guestbook memorializing him is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com

Edwin L. Morris

Mr. Edwin L. Morris, 70, of Arlington, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at Palmyra Medical Center. His funeral service was Tuesday at Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Randolph County. Rev. Gary Hadden officiated. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.

A native of Calhoun County, Mr. Morris lived in Arlington for 46 years. He was a retired welder and pipe fitter, a member of Local Union 368 and a member Arlington Baptist Church. Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his mother, Addis Morris.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Houston Morris, Arlington; sons, Roger L. Morris and his wife Kellie, Lee County, and Shannon L. Morris and his wife Kelli, Edison; grandchildren, Eden Morris, Blake Sapp, Andrew Sapp, Faith Morris, Kaitlyn Morris, Hannah Morris and Michael Morris; aunt, Marjorie Morris, of New York; and cousin, Bruce Morris, of New York.

In lieu of flowers, contributions honoring Mr. Morris may be made to Giving Back Ministries, PO Box 435, Leesburg, GA 31763. An online guestbook memorializing him is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Gerry T. Murphy

Gerry T. Murphy, 83, of 2025 Gail Ave., Albany, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. No services will be held. His remains were cremated and interred at Southland Memorial Gardens, West Columbia, S.C., on Saturday. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

A native of Orangeburg, S.C., Mr. Murphy resided in Albany since 1990, moving from Columbia. He was a World War II Navy veteran and was a retired maintenance supervisor with Owens Steel. He was the former owner of Economy Heating & Air Condition in Hartsville, S.C., and the son of Epsie C. Murphy.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Bowers Murphy of Albany; two sons and their wives, Tommy and Diane Murphy of Milledgeville, Ga., and Robert and Carrie Murphy of West Columbia, S.C.; three daughters, Gayle Hunter and her husband, Gene, of Hartsville, Kathy Smith and her husband, Steve, of Summerville, S.C., and Sharon Partin of Columbia; a step-son, Don Bowers and his wife, Debby of Birmingham, Ala.; a brother and his wife, Harold and Diane Murphy of Hartsville; 13 grandchildren, Shawn Futrell and Gene Hunter of Hartsville, Tanya Bense and Kira Smith of Summerville, Anna Dunn and Aaron Murphy of Middlegeville, Ga., Benji, Seth and Rachel Partin of West Columbia, and Christina, Kara, Jeane and Little Robbie Murphy of Wes Columbia; and nine great-grandchildren, Cooper Floyd and Cody Futrell of Hartsville, Jaiden Duffy and Charlize and Brayton Bense of Summerville, Murphie and Reagon Dunn of Middlegeville, and Brice Adams and Isaiah Ruis of Middlegeville.

An online guestbook memorializing Mr. Murphy is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com

James Raliegh Pickron

James Raliegh (Jim) Pickron, 66, of 1026 Edgewater Drive, Albany, died Jan. 1, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Elbert Osteen officiated. Interment was in Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery. The 4th Georgia Company E Volunteer Infantry and the 2nd Georgia Calvary served as honor guard and will present military honors and salute. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

A native of Colquitt, Ga., Mr. Pickron lived in Damascus, Ga., before moving to Albany with his family at the age of 11. He was a 1956 graduate of Albany High School was employed with Engineering and Equipment Co. and retired from Hub Inc in 1992. Jim was a member of First Southern Methodist Church and was instrumental in the formation of Lt. Thomas M. Nelson Camp 141 Sons of Confederate Veterans and served as its first commander. He was preceded in death by his father, Felix Pickron.

Survivors include his mother, Mildred R. Pickron of Albany; a sister and her husband, Jullia Pickron Denman and James C. Denman; and a niece, Chapleigh Denman, all of Alexandria, Va.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the medical staff and his special caregivers.

Contributions honoring Mr. Pickron may be made to First Southern Methodist Church 2510 Hilltop Drive, Albany, GA, 31707 or to Albany Community Hospice, 2332 Lake Park Drive/P.O Box 1828 Albany, GA, 31702. An online guestbook memorializing him is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Naleita Oxford Smith

The funeral service for Naleita Oxford Smith, 91, of Albany, who died Tuesday Jan. 5, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church. Interment will be held at 4 p.m. at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Rev. Tommy Lowery will officiate.

Naleita Oxford Smith, or Lee as she was known to her many friends, was born Naleita Mae Lucke in Atlanta on July 8, 1918. She was married first to Richard Benjamin Oxford and had two sons, Richard Jr. and David. Mr. Oxford was stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease and died in 1961 after the prolonged illness. In 1963, Lee married Clarence Allen Smith and shared her life with him until 1987, when he died of lymph cancer.

Lee worked most of her adult life, was a secretary for Scripto Inc. and worked for the president of the company while caring for a sick husband and raising two young sons. She somehow found time during that time to finish college and serve as president of the Atlanta chapter of the National Secretaries Association. Lee later worked for the Florida Medical Association in Jacksonville, but finally found her true calling back in Macon, when she became executive director of the Middle Georgia Chapter of the March of Dimes. She developed her fund-raising and public relations skills and turned a struggling organization into one of the most successful in the country. After her youngest son moved to Albany, she accepted a transfer to the Southwest Georgia Chapter in 1985, where she worked until her retirement in 1989.

Church was always important to Lee. She worked as a Sunday school class teacher at Hapeville Methodist Church, where her children grew up. In Macon, she joined Woodland Christian Church, where she sang in the choir. Finally, when she moved to Albany, she became active at First Christian Church, where she taught a Sunday school class and served as chairperson of the church elders. Lee spent her final years at Century Pines, where she enjoyed playing bridge and other card games with her many friends there.

Survivors include her two sons, Rick Oxford and his wife Janis of Tequesta, Fla., and David Oxford and his wife, Bertha, of Lee County; and three grandchildren, Shelley Fulcher of Colorado Springs, Colo., David Oxford Jr. of Albany, and Tori Sanders and her husband, Justin, of Worth County.

Contributions honoring Mrs. Smith may be made to First Christian Church, 416 N. Westover Blvd, Albany, GA 31707.

The family will receive friends at Mathews Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. today (Wednesday). An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Smith is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Ann Waters

The funeral service of Barbara Ann Waters, 63, who died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at her residence, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Clyde Grimsley and Tom Waters will officiate. Interment will follow in Floral Memory Gardens.

A native of Prince William County, Va., Mrs. Waters resided in Sylvester for the past 14 years, moving from Albany. She work as an assistant manager with Celedon Trucking Corp. and at Procter & Gamble, and was a Baptist by faith.

Survivors include her husband, Grayson Waters; four daughters, Kimberly Hamilton and her husband, Angela Hatcher and her husband, Nathan, April Spargo and her husband, Randy, all of Lee County, and Heather Carnline and her fiancée, Marty Pollock; a son, Frankie Waters and his wife, Toni, all of Worth County; three sisters, Patricia Durham, Judy Brockman and Doris Dormley; a brother, Gary Godbee of Albany; and 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Mathews Funeral Home.

An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Waters is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

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