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Robert Wayne Brand

Robert Wayne Brand, 47, of Sylvester, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2010 at his home. Graveside services were conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday at Sumner Cemetery.

Mr. Brand was born Nov. 11, 1963 in Miami, Florida and worked in furniture construction. He enjoyed watching football and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Brand of Sylvester; children, Jasmyn Faile Paul Faile Jr. and brother, Jeffery Thompson of Poulan and father, Tommy Thompson of Poulan. He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Burns Thompson.

Etta Othell Bridges

Etta Othell Bridges died Monday, March 29, 2010 at her residence. Her funeral service was held Wednesday at Kimbrell-Stern with the Rev. Wallace Willis officiating and interment in Riverside Cemetery.

A native of Pelham, Mrs. Bridges lived in the Albany area for the past 76 years. She was retired from Coats and Clark and was a member of Kinchafoonee Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.M. Bridges; daughters, Marie B. Shores and Beverly L. Cloud; a grandson, Tim Cloud; and a great-great-granddaughter, Sunni M. Turner.

Survivors include her daughter, Jackie Wilkerson of Leesburg; son, James Alvin Bridges and wife Sue of Sasser; son-in-law, Fera Cloud of Colquitt; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and a special nephew, Larry Flowers.

Memorials may be made to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702; or to Lee County Animal Control, Building Fund, 759 Hwy 32 East, Leesburg, GA 31763. A guestbook is at kimbrellstern.com.

Richard H. Caldwell

Richard H. Caldwell died Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.

Born in Shreveport, La., in 1926, Mr. Caldwell lived in Albany since 1936. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and a veteran of the U.S. Navy with 22 years of service, including serving during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Mr. Caldwell graduated from Albany High School in 1944 and played football in 1943-44, winning the state championship in 1944. He was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church and a former member of First United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona Caldwell.

Survivors include his daughter, Amy Wooten and her husband Michael, and grandsons, Timothy Knight and Tyler Knight, all of Leesburg, Ga.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Dougherty/Lee Unit, P.O. Box 1201, Albany, GA 31702. A guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Lonnie Davis

The funeral service of Lonnie Davis, 85, of Sasser, who died Friday, April 2, 2010 at his residence, was conducted Monday at Mathews Funeral Home. The Rev. Wesley Kaylor Jr. officiated. Interment followed in Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery.

A native of Terrell County, Ga., Mr. Davis resided in Terrell County for most of his life. He was retired from Oakland Plantation and was a member of Sasser United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Florene Hawke Davis and a daughter, Jean Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Tedford Davis of Sasser, Ga.; three daughters, Sandra Tyson (Gary) of Fayetteville, Ga., and Pat Cross and Peggy Griffin (Jasper), all of Albany; a sister, Mae Thomas of Moultrie, Ga.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A registry is at www. mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Magdalene Long

Mildred Magdalene (Mag) Long, 57, of 918 Middle Road, Leesburg, died April 2, 2010 at the Lillian G. Carter Health and Rehabilitation Facility in Plains, Ga. No services will be held.

A native of Greenville, Miss., Mrs. Long resided in Leesburg for the last 15 years after moving from Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her parents, David Allen Morgan and Maggie Killebrew Morgan.

Survivors include her husband, Tony Long, two daughters, J. Powell of Ellaville, Ga., and Toni Lynn Long of Leesburg, a sister, Cookie Hallman and her husband, Ricky and a brother, David Thomas Morgan and his wife, Joan all of Greenville, Miss., and a granddaughter, Chloe Danielle Thornton.

A registry is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Hilda Joye Lowery

Hilda Joye Lowery, 71, of 119 Greenleaf Road, Sylvester, Ga., died March 27, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. A memorial service was held Wednesday at Mathews Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Moye officiating.

A native of Louisville, Ga., Mrs. Lowery resided in Albany for 39 years before moving to Sylvester four years ago. She retired in 2004 from the Waffle House restaurant and was formerly employed at the Heritage House and Doublegate Country Club. Mrs. Lowery was a member of the First Baptist Church of Putney.

Survivors include five daughters, Rosemary West of Albany, Kim Chapman and husband Bob of Jacksonville, Fla., Helen Joyce and husband Gary of Atlanta, Elizabeth Leming and husband Bo of Worth County, and Jacquelyn Brown and husband Billy of Leesburg; three sisters, Elizabeth Weeks and husband Lucian of Wadley, Ga., Helen Reese and husband Emory of Roswell, Ga., and Elaine Goines and husband Bob of Warthen, Ga.; and nine grandchildren, Connor West, Rose Chapman, Alexis Chapman, Donald Shelton, Matthew Shelton, Madison Joyce, Ashley Anne Leming, Tristan Michael Brown and Briley Elizabeth Brown. She was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Mallory.

A registry is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Helen T. Reeves

Helen T. Reeves, 86, of Albany died Friday, April 2, 2010 at Albany Health Care. Her funeral service was held Monday at Kimbrell-Stern with interment following at Crown Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Jones officiated.

Mrs. Reeves was born in Sandersville, Ga., and lived in Albany since 1938. She graduated from Albany High School in 1941. She was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church, the Joy Sunday school class and the Happy Hearts. She retired from Sears and was a member of Sears Best Club. She volunteered at Palmyra Medical Center and was a member of the Golden Key Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy M. Reeves; her parents, Louis Joseph Tanner and Lila Mae King Tanner; her sisters, Dorothy T. Davies and Margaret T. Garrison; and her brother, Charles Louis Tanner.

Mrs. Reeves is survived by her nieces and nephews, Evelyn Reynolds of Gainesville, Ga., Carolyn Walters of Raleigh, N.C., Jean Nelms of Chatsworth, Ga., Dorothy Crosson of St. Petersburg, Fla., Buddy Reeves of Tallahassee, Fla., Grace Anderson of Columbia, Tenn., Lynn Cox and Dianne Shors, both of Albany, Delores Johnson and Mary Frances Trammell, both of Moultrie, Margaret Summerlin of Macon, Ga., and Edward Bell of Hurst, Texas; special friends, Janie McPherson, Gloria Topmiller and Louise Mitchum; cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to Byne Memorial Baptist Church, 2832 Ledo Road, Albany, GA 31707, or to a favorite charity. A guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

John Benjamin Spargo

The funeral service for John Benjamin Spargo, 66, of Albany, who died Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at Palmyra Medical Center, was conducted Saturday at Mathews Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Williams officiating. Interment followed in Leesburg Cemetery.

A native and lifelong resident of Albany, Mr. Spargo was a self-employed builder and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Joy Spargo of Albany; three daughters, Carol Marie Spargo of Albany, Maria Denise Young and her husband John of Newton, Ga., and Lorretta Kay Jones and her husband Douglas of Hartsfield, Ga.; two sons, John Thomas Spargo and his wife Grace of Newton, and Lonnie Paul Spargo of Valdosta, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; three brothers, Bobby Spargo and his wife Beth of Lee County, Frank Spargo and Jimmy Spargo and his wife Debbie of Albany; and a sister, Linda Smith of Leesburg.

A registry is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com. 

Ruth V. Summerford

The memorial service for Ruth V. Summerford, 68, of Lee County, who died Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Palmyra Medical Centers, will be conducted Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Philema Baptist Church.

A native of Moline, Ill., Ms. Summerford lived in Lee County since 2008, moving from Silvas, Ill. She had worked for Lee County public schools as a cafeteria worker and was a member of Philema Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marjorie Schnepf and a son Robert (Bobby) Plunkett.

Survivors include three sons, Val Summerford, of Lee County, Buddy Summerford and Shane Summerford, both of Middleburg, Fla., two daughters, Susie Summerford of Middleburg, Beth Feltz of Moultrie, Ga., one sister, Sharon Peer of Geneseo, Ill., six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Lung Association, P.O. Box 730, Leesburg, GA 31763.

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