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Shannon Kay Klewitz

 
Shannon Kay Klewitz, 55, of Leesburg died Thursday, March 25, 2010 at her residence. The funeral service was scheduled for Monday, March 29 at First Christian Church in Albany with Rev. Tommy Lowery officiating. The remains were to be cremated following the service. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.

Born in Crawfordsville, Ind., Mrs. Klewitz lived in Albany for 23 years. She worked at Albany Area Primary Health Care for 10 years before becoming self-employed as a medical transcriptionist. She was a member of First Christian Church. Before moving to Albany, she was an office manager for Dr. Gary Wright in Ocala, Fla.

During high school in Indiana, she was very active in the Order of the Rainbow Girls. She also attended Indiana University and was a member of Kappa Delta sorority.

She was preceded in death by her son Billy Klewitz Jr. and her father Robert (Bob) Tinsley.

Survivors include her husband Bill Klewitz Sr. of Leesburg; a daughter Breanna Klewitz of Leesburg; her mother Vera Tinsley of Leesburg; and a brother Jim Tinsley and his wife Dana of St. Paul, MN and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702, First Christian Church, 416 North Westover Blvd, Albany, GA 31707 or ACTO, 314 N. Jefferson St. 31701. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Gwendolyn H. Grobmeier

Gwendolyn “Gwen” H. Grobmeier 97, of Albany, formerly of Montgomery, Ala., died Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at Palmyra Nursing Home.

Her funeral mass was Saturday at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Albany. The interment was in St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.

A native of Charleston, S.C., Mrs. Grobmeier lived in Montgomery for more than 50 before moving to Albany 10 years ago. In Montgomery, she was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, a member of St Anne’s Guild and the Lilac Garden Club. In Albany, she was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, the craft group of St. Teresa’s and Catholic Friend’s Senior Group. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a dear friend. She was preceded in death by a brother, a sister, her parents, Joseph and Hazel Bozzell Hughes, her son, Tom Grobmeier, and her husband B. Arthur Grobmeier.

She is survived by her daughter, Kay Hanks (Ray) of Albany, her four grandchildren: Michelle Hall (John) of Cartersville, Ga., Melissa Lewis (Mark) of Dallas Ga., David Hanks (Melissa) of Kansas City, Kans., and Lee Hanks of Chattanooga, Tenn., her four great-grandchildren: Blake and Lauren Hall both of Cartersville, Glen Lewis of Dallas, and Alexander Hanks of Kansas City.

Special thanks are extended to Palmyra Nursing Home staff and to Albany Community Hospice for special love, services and treatment given to Mrs. Grobmeier.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702 and St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, 421 Edgewood Lane., Albany, GA 31707. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Earline N. Lybarger

Earline N. Lybarger, 81, of Albany died Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Her funeral service was Wednesday, Mach 24 Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors with Rev. Russell Anglin officiating. The interment was Flat Creek Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Miller County.

A native of Miller County, Mrs. Lybarger has lived in Albany since 1945. She was a member of Flat Creek Missionary Baptist Church and retired from AGE Credit Union as a human resource director. The loves of her life were that of her family first and following were that of reading, raising her flowers and vegetables, cookouts and guitar “picking and grinning”. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar L. and Ida Lee Davis Norton, three brothers, one sister, her husband W.R. (Ray) Lybarger, and her grandson, John Craig.

She is survived by her three sons: Mark Lybarger (Susan Darie) of Albany, David Lybarger (Teri) of Douglasville, Ga., and Scott Lybarger of Albany; four grandchildren: Vassie Greenwood, Dawn Pannell, Tiffany Lybarger, and Michael Lybarger; five great-grandchildren, her sister Pat Norton of Albany; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Linda Kay Page

Linda Kay Page, 48, of Albany died Saturday, March 27, 2010 at her residence. A memorial service will be held today (Wednesday, March 31) at 4 p.m. at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. Elder Jeff Harlan will officiate. A private interment will follow at 10 a.m. Thursday at Crown Hill Mausoleum.

Born in Taft, Calif., Mrs. Page lived in the Albany area the past 20 years, working as a caregiver for the elderly. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her daughter Brenda Conway of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son David Conway of Albany; her parents Mr. and Mrs. Ray and Lois Connick of Lakeboy, Wash; two sisters Karen Blevins of Edmond, Okla.; Tami Parker and her husband Scott of Olalla, Wash.; a brother Greg Connick and his wife Shiela of Tacoma, Wash.; six grandchildren Joshua Conway, Hannah Conway, David Conway III, Jaden Conway, Kaylee Conway and Damien Conway; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Wednesday_ at Kimbrell-Stern. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Phoebe Putney Hospital, 417 Third Ave. Albany, GA 31701, Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702 or American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave. Albany, GA 31701.An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Anna Mae Russell

Anna Mae Russell, 72, of 736 Grave Springs Road in Leesburg, died Friday, March 26, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were to be conducted Monday (March 29) at 11 a.m. at Mathews Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Smith officiating and interment in Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery.

A native of La Monte, Mo., and Mrs. Russell moved to Albany in 1970. She lived in Albany for 25 years before moving to Lee County 15 years ago. She was retired from M&M Mars Co. and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Charles D. Russell of Leesburg, two sons and their wives, Chuck and Nancy Russell of Albany and Bobby and Barbara Russell of Leesburg, four sisters, Margaret Hall and Rachel Younce of La Monte, Lavaina Bedell of Sedalia, Mo., and Clara Moore and her husband, Dennis of Nevada, Mo.,, a brother, Earnest Ray Comfort of La Monte, six grandchildren, Michelle Russell of Albany, Tommy Russell of Leesburg, Tina Barfield of Leesburg, Keith Russell of Albany, GA, Jeremy Russell of Albany, and Lacy Barfield of Leesburg, and eight great-grandchildren.

The family was to receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday (March 28) at Mathews Funeral Home. The family is at the residence of Bobby and Barbara Russell, 138 Pineview Drive, Leesburg. An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Michael Lee Watson

Michael Lee Watson, 47, of Albany died Monday, March 22, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. His remains have been cremated and a memorial service was held Thursday at Dawson United Methodist Church with Rev. Eddie Braswell officiating.

Born in Atlanta, Mr. Watson lived in the Albany area the past 20 years; he was an electrician and a member of IBEW No. 1531.

Survivors include his fiancée Stacey Denni of Sasser; a son Joe Watson and his wife Tiffany of Albany; his father Donald Lee Watson of Americus; a brother Wayne Watson of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and two grandchildren Donald Lee Watson and Dekota Watson both of Albany.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Ferrell Yarbrough

The graveside funeral service of Ferrell Yarborough, 80, of Dacula, Ga., formerly of Leesburg, who died Saturday, March 27, 2010, was to be conducted Tuesday (March 30) at 11 a.m. at Pleasant View Baptist Church Cemetery in Baker County with Rev. Bobby Moye officiating.

A native of Colquitt, Mr. Yarborough resided in Dacula for one year before moving from Leesburg, He was a retired truck driver with Georgia state highway department and with Darsey Oil Co., and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Yarborough was preceded in death by his parents, J. C. Yarborough and Rhoddie Mae Phillips Yarborough Myers, a brother, Leon Yarborough, two sisters, Mary Helen Morgan and Jeanan Craddock

Survivors include a daughter and her husband Norma and Paul Chappell of Dacula, three grandchildren, Tammi Mooney and her husband, Thomas, Brandi Chappell and Robbie Chappell, two great-grandchildren, Austin and Isabella Mooney, a special niece, Jeanette Mote and several other nieces, nephews and cousins. The family was to receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home. An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

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