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Khloe Jade Bailey

The memorial service for infant Khloe Jade Bailey, daughter of Brian Bailey and Keri Smith, who died May 14, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, was scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Leesburg with Rev. Mike Lyons officiating and Mathews Funeral Home handling the arrangements.

Other survivors include a brother, Wesley Gilbo, a sister Kaitlyn Scott, maternal grandparents, David and Diane Smith, paternal grandparents, Glen and Sue Bailey and a number of uncles, aunts and cousins.

The family will be at their residence at 108 Meadow Grove Court, Leesburg.

Gordon Michael Fox

Gordon Michael Fox, 57, of Sylvester, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2010, at his home while surrounded by his loving family. The funeral service was scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Philema Road Baptist Church in Leesburg with the Revs. Dan Harris and Johnny White officiating and interment at Floral Memory Gardens.

Mr. Fox was born Feb. 20, 1953, in Panama City, Fla., son of John Daniel Fox and Louise Smith Fox Porter. He was a member of Philema Road Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing golf. His main enjoyment was playing music with his family and spending time with them. Our loss is Heaven’s gain and he will never be forgotten.

Survivors include his loving wife, Gloria Jean Hammack Fox of Sylvester; his children, Michael Todd Fox of Leesburg, Brandon Dean Fox and Katie of Albany and Tonya Sheree Fox of Sylvester; his mother, Louise Smith Fox Porter of Sylvester; brother and sister-in-law, John David  Fox and Marcy of Crestview, Fla.; three grandchildren, Alanna, Caitlin and Ashton. He was preceded in death by his father, John Daniel Fox and his brother, William Daniel Fox. The family was scheduled to receive friends on Tuesday, one hour before the service at Philema Road Baptist Church.

Aloma Ludina Gable

Aloma Ludina Gable, 65, of Albany passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 14, 2010 at Hall and Hall Funeral Home. Revs. Buddy Wasson and Howell officiated. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery.

Born Aug. 23, 1944 in Americus, Mrs. Gable was the daughter of the late Roy W. Norman and Mary Elizabeth Kirkland Norman. She was a member of Sunnyside Baptist church and was a former member of the Nazarene Church. She enjoyed drawing, working with needle point and doing crossword puzzles.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne Gable of Albany; son, Charles and Marissa Britt; grandson, Jacob; close family friend, Donna Sills and her church family and many friends.

Johnnie L. Jones

The funeral service of Johnnie L. Jones, 81, of Waldorf, Md., formerly of Albany, who died, Sunday, May 9, 2010 at Civista Medical Center, LaPlata, Md., was conducted Saturday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Malcolm Parker officiated. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery.

A native of Ideal, Ga., Mrs. Jones resided in Waldorf for the past three years, moving from Albany. She was retired from General Motors and was of the Baptist faith.  Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Calloway Jones Sr.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Barbara and John Wolfe of Waldorf, a son, Franklin Faulkner of Sandusky, Ohio, and 32 grandchildren.

An online registry is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Claude Julian Massey

The graveside funeral service of Claude Julian Massey of Albany, who died Saturday May 15, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, was scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Boney Bluff Cemetery in Echols County, Ga., with Pastor Raymon Gabbard officiating.

A native of Quitman, Ga., Mr. Massey resided in Albany for the past 17 years, moving from Valdosta. He was a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the Army; a residential construction framer; and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Terrell Edward Massey and Louise Gay Massey, his first wife, Vivian Thomas Massey, a son, Greg Spivey, a brother Edward Massey and a sister Jeanette Massey.

Survivors include his wife, Linda McKenzie Oliver Massey, two sons, Franklin Spivey of Valdosta, Danny Massey (Marketa) of Hahira, two daughters, Lisa Spivey, San Destin, Fla., Denise Mitchell, Ft. Walton, Fla., a stepson, Lamar Oliver (Christie), Baconton, a stepdaughter, Kelly Causey (Allen), Baconton, three brothers, Warren Massey (Nona), Marietta, Floyd Massey (Grace), Lagrange, Steve Massey (Diane), Valdosta, five sisters, Janice Grier (Irvin), Brooks County, Ga., Joyce Rucker, Clyattville, Ga., Patricia Jewel, Valdosta, Faye Watson (Billy), Cobb, Ga., and Joann Williams (W.C.), Valdosta, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family was scheduled to receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home. A guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Robert H. Revell Sr.

Robert H. Revell Sr., Lt. Col., USAF (Ret.), 83, known to his family and friends as “Bobby”, died Sunday, May 9, 2010 at Palmyra Medical Center with his family at his side, and after having received the finest and most compassionate critical care imaginable.

A memorial service was held at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors with the Rev. Dr. Donald M. Kea officiating.

Mr. Revell was born in Tallahassee, Fla., on Oct. 18, 1926 to Albert Nason and Ruby Revell and was the fifth of seven children, with three brothers and three sisters. He graduated from Florida High School in Tallahassee and enlisted in the Navy in 1944 as soon as he turned 18. After World War II ended, he attended Florida State University as a member of the first co-educational class. At FSU, he enrolled in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and was a member of the Arnold Air Society. The Korean conflict recalled him to active military duty in 1951 and he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Bobby is a true member of the “Greatest Generation.” He spent his childhood years during the Great Depression, entered adulthood during World War II and spent his adult years serving in the U.S. Navy and Air Force during three wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He distinguished himself in two professional careers, one military and one civilian.

Bobby entered the Navy in 1944 and served in the Pacific aboard the destroyer USS Killen, which participated in the liberation of the Philippines and other operations until the end of the war. In the Air Force, he served as a navigator and supply officer. He flew on the KC-29, C-119, and the C-124. He was stationed in Japan, Germany, and throughout the United States. The bulk of his career was spent with the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing of the old Military Airlift Transport Service (MATS). He amassed thousands of flying hours in support of world-wide military operations, both American and Allied. He became a master navigator at a time when aviators still depended solely upon their navigator to determine their position over the world’s oceans and vast expanses by use of the stars and other tools. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam as a supply officer during 1966 through 1967 as well as numerous other military commendations. He retired after over 23 years of military service in the Navy and Air Force in 1970.

Thereafter, he spent over 20 years as an officer with Okaloosa Federal Savings and Loan in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., specializing in mortgage lending. In Ft. Walton Beach, he was active and held offices in various golf organizations, the Kiwanis Club and the Camellia Society. Bobby loved to grow and nurture plants. Wherever in the world he happened to live, you could be assured there would be a green space to enjoy.

Bobby moved to Albany with Joanne in 1995 to enjoy full retirement and to be near family. He loved to play golf because of the friendships which ensued. He was a member of Doublegate Country Club where he made many wonderful friends. He was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church and the Alpha Sunday school class.

He was a gentle, kind man who always put the feelings of others above his own. Bobby never sought the spotlight. Most of all, he cherished any gathering which involved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joanne Hunnicutt Revell, who was the love of his life and his best friend. Their children are Judge Robert Revell, Jr. and his wife Cathy, of Albany and Dorothy Revell Shettle and her husband, Bill, of Tampa, Florida. His grandchildren are Perry Revell and his wife, Christian, Michael Revell and his wife, Becky, all of Albany, Cyndi Shettle of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Charles Shettle of Tampa, Fla. His great-grandsons, who knew him as “Big Papa”, are Hays Revell, Jackson Revell, and Banks Revell, all of Albany. His surviving sisters are Helen Hyatt of West Palm Beach, Florida, Doris Stewart of Lakeland, Florida, Jean Bivins of Tallahassee, and his brother, Richard Revell, of Monticello, Florida.  Bobby was preceded in death by his son, Jack Dawson Revell, in 1984.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, Georgia 31702, or to a favorite charity or church. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Peggy Sellers

Peggy Sellers died Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Palmyra Medical Center. Her funeral service was Friday at Floral Memory Gardens. Mr. Ronnie Morrell officiates. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.

A native of Blakely, Ga., Mrs. Sellers lived in Albany since 1946. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Andrew Houston and Joe Lewis Sellers, a son-in-law, Bubba Bowles, a granddaughter, Angie Hare, and a brother, Donald Fariss.

Survivors include her daughters, Derenda Houston Reynolds (Dick), Richmond, Va., Jan Houston Bowles, Mitchell County, Nan Houston Hare, Albany; grandchildren, Ashley Reynolds Ray (Ryal), Austin Reynolds (Alice), Abbey Reynolds, Robby Bowles (Amy), Wade Bowles (Traci), Julie Hare Smith (Brian); 11 great grandchildren; brothers, William Farris, Carl Fariss, John Fariss; sisters, Gayle Bechard and Kay Harper.

Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, 5962 Zebulon Rd, No. 359, Macon, GA 31210. A guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

James P. Smyth

James (Jim) P. Smyth. 76. of Albany died Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at Palmyra Medical Centers. His memorial service was Saturday at Covenant Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dr. Biff Coker officiated. A private entombment was to follow later at Park Hill Cemetery in Columbus, Ga.

A native of Dothan, he resided and graduated from Troy State University.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving his country in the Korean conflict. Law enforcement was his life. He was an Alabama state trooper, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent, and chief of police in Plains and Leesburg.  He retired first from the ATF and then as chief in Leesburg  After retiring, he followed his dream of owning and operating a deep sea fishing boat, the “Salt Shaker Charters” of Panama City, Fla. He was preceded in death by a son, Maj. Steven Smyth.

Survivors include his wife Sharon Smyth of Albany; two sons James (Jimmy) Smyth of Stone Mountain, Ga.; Rodger Smyth of Stockbridge, Ga.; a stepdaughter Ashley Lemmons and her husband Sonny of Miami, Fla.; a sister June Griffith of Tallassee, Ala.; two grandchildren Steven Smyth Jr. of Hawaii, and Laura Smyth of Atlanta, his nephew Eric Griffin of Athens and his loving and devoted poodle, Misty.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105. A guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

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