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Peggy Jean Caruso

The funeral service of Peggy Jean Caruso, 81, of Albany, who died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 at her residence, was conducted Monday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Bobby Moye will officiate. Interment was in Andersonville National Cemetery.

A native of Bruni, Texas, Mrs. Caruso was born to the late Volney and Rosie Mae Von Clausewitz. She resided in Albany since 1970, moving from San Fernando, Calif. She along with her late husband, Eugene Caruso, started the McDonald’s franchises in Albany and Sylvester in 1970 and operated them until they retired in 1995.

Survivors include her nephew, Arturo Thomas Benavides, of Bruni.

Contributions in Mrs. Caruso’s honor may be made to the Albany Humane Society, P.O. Box 3151, Albany, GA 31706. An online registry memorializing her is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Peggy Daniels Dukes

Peggy Daniels Dukes, 73 of Tifton, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010 following an illness. The funeral service will be at noon today (Wednesday) at Northside Baptist Church in Tifton. Rev. Fred Evers will officiate. Interment will follow at Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Worth County.

A native of Doerun, Mrs. Dukes lived in Tifton for 10 years. She was a member of the Northside Baptist Church and the New Life Singles Sunday school class. She was retired from retail sales and was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Dukes.

Survivors include a son, Jack L. Harris of Valdosta; two daughters, Donna K. Tennant and her husband William of Fairview, West Va., and Tracy A. Booth and her husband Richard of Tifton; seven grandchildren, Derick Hayes, Charles Hayes, Chris Hayes, Dustin Harris, Kyle Harris, Taylor Boothe and Will Boothe; and five great-grandsons, Austin Hayes, Landon Hayes, Kaz Hayes Braeden Hayes and Skylar Hayes.

The family will receive friends at Northside Baptist Church from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour.

Contributions in Mrs. Dukes’ honor may be made to the New Life Singles Sunday school class, c/o Northside Baptist Church. An online guestbook memorializing her is at www.kimbrellstern.com

Miriam T. McLendon

Miriam T. McLendon, 76, of Albany, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 at her home. Her funeral service was Saturday at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church; entombment was at Crown Hill Mausoleum. The Rev. Nathan Godley and the Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor officiated. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.

Mrs. McLendon was born in Ft. Mill, S.C., and lived in Albany since 1971.  She attended school in Greenville, S.C., and graduated from Winthrop College in Park Hill, S.C. in 1955.  She served a dietetic internship at Peter Bert Brigham Hospital in Boston, Mass. She remained on staff until 1958. She served on the dietary staff at the Medical College of Georgia from 1958-1965. She also was a dietician at Macon Hospital in Macon and Forsythe Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Mrs. McLendon completed her master’s degree in nutrition through Winthrop/Clemson cooperative program. She was a member of the first female class to attend Clemson College. After moving to Albany, she served as the office manager for her husband’s medical practice for 18 years.

She was an active member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, a member of the Alpha Sunday school class and United Methodist Women, was involved numerous Bible studies, and volunteered at Terrific Tuesday at Porterfield. She also was a Privileged Member of the Charity League of Albany.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Rembert L. McLendon.

Survivors include her son, Dr. J. Stephen McLendon, and his wife Sheila, of Albany; two daughters, Anne Campbell and her husband Jeff of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Kathryn Edmunds and her husband Michael of Shewsbury, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Nathan McLendon, Anna Caroline McLendon, Emily Campbell, Davis Campbell, Mack Edmunds, Sam Edmunds, and Sara Kate Edmunds; a sister, Ann Mann and her husband Donald, Lake Wales, Fla.; and her nieces and nephews.

Contributions honoring Mrs. McLendon may be sent to Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, 2200 Dawson Road, Albany, GA 31707; Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702; or to the Chehaw Council of Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 469, Albany, GA 31702.

An online guestbook memorializing her is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

William Roger Bass

The graveside funeral service of William Roger (Bill) Bass, 69, of Leesburg, who died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, was conducted Saturday at Suncrest Memorial Gardens in Moultrie with military honors. Rev. Damon Fountain and Rev. Wayne McDonald officiated. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

A native of Colquitt County, Mr. Bass resided in Leesburg for 12 years, moving from Albany. He had served his country in the U.S. Army and the Georgia National Guard, was retired from the Albany City Police Department and was formerly employed with the Lee County and Terrell County sheriff’s departments. He sang with numerous quartets through the years, the last being The Hymn Masters Quartet, and he was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Broadaway Bass; two sons, Steven Craig Bass (Katherine) of Kwajalein, South Pacific, and James Roger Bass (Angelia) of Powder Springs, Ga.; a sister, Pat Sellers (Wilson), of Lee County; and three grandchildren, Jessica Bass, James Tyler Bass and Marissa Bass.

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

Louise McDonald Shirley

Mrs. Louise McDonald Shirley returned to her heavenly Father and her husband Rex on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. A private service was held in Saturday in Alabama.

Survivors include her daughter, Wanda Moore and husband Reggie of Warwick; sons, Mark Shirley and wife Debbie, of Lee County, Scott and Marla Shirley of Albany; sisters, Marjorie Gunnel Jones of Atlanta, Barbara Jean Chambers of Atlanta, Faye Bulloch of Dallas, Ga.; and nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren  who lovingly called her “Nanny”.

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

Leroy Shores
Services for Leroy Shores, 80, of Albany, who went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, were Saturday at Pine Bluff Baptist Church. Pastor Bruce Smith and Pastor Keith Smith officiated; interment was in Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery with full military honors. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

A native of Grady County, Ga., Mr. Shores resided in Albany for 38 years. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and retired as chief petty officer, he was a service manager for Electrolux for 18 years, and later had Len’s Vacuum Cleaner Shop for 10 years. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, a member of the Light Keepers Sunday school class, and a member of Pine Bluff Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Maelene Shores; two sons, Joseph S. Shores of Sylvester, and Gary Shores (Diane) of Dawson; four daughters, Sandra Jones (George) of Albany, Kathy Learn (Lyle) of Albany, Darlene Baker (Kenny) of Dawson, and Stacy Golden (Travis) of Leesburg; a brother, Kenneth J. Shores of McDonough, Ga.; a sister, Hazel Reichert of Locust Grove, Ga.; and 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Bryan Garrett Shores.

A special thanks for your loving support to Dr. Chirag Jani and staff at Phoebe Cancer Center and Albany Community Hospice.

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

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