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Anne Jean Bagnall

Anne Jean Bagnall, 95, of Albany died Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Dawson Manor Nursing Home. A memorial service was scheduled for Monday at Covenant Presbyterian Church with Dr. William “Biff” Coker officiating and with remains to be cremated and entombed at a later date at Crown Hill Mausoleum.

Born in Atwood, Canada, Mrs. Bagnall lived in Albany for many years where she was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and Daughters of Scotia, and president of The Women’s Association in Livonia, Mich. She was very artistic and loved to travel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sydney Bagnall, two sisters, Alma Hines and Janet Hartley, and a brother, Jimmy Gray.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Davis and her husband Lawrence, of Albany; Andrea Allen and her husband William, of Olmstead Falls, Ohio; one sister Yuna Wales of Canton, Mich.; four grandchildren, Michelle Davis of Albany, Leah Allen of Chicago, Jocelyn Allen August and her husband Bob, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Rob Davis, of Leesburg; and three great-grandchildren, Daulton Davis, Leah Allen and Ashe August.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dawson Health and Rehabilitation Christmas Fund, 1159 Georgia Ave. Dawson, GA 39842. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Mertie Simpson Butler.

Mertie Simpson Butler died Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Palmyra Medical Center. Her funeral service was scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Liberty Parkway Church of God with a private interment with Rev. Ralph Horne officiating. The family was to receive friends following the service.

A native of North Carolina, Mrs. Butler lived in Albany for many years. She worked with Maxell Brothers which is now Georgia Pacific and was a member of Liberty Parkway Church of God.

Survivors include her husband Wesley Butler, Albany; daughters Dale Waddell, Albany, Darleen Mayger and her husband George, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Deloris Garza, Ken Mayger and his wife Missy, Mike Mayger, Selena Price and husband John, Marleen Gilbert and husband Steve, Melissa Evans; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flower, contributions may be made to help in the care of Mr. Butler. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Michael L. Carraway

The graveside service of Michael L. Carraway, 59, of Albany, who died Thursday, July 1, 2010 at his residence, was conducted, Sunday at Pine Forest Baptist Church Cemetery, Ochlocknee, Ga., with Fred Russell (Rusty) Martin officiating..

A native of Waycross, Ga., Mr. Carraway lived most of his life in Albany, GA. Michael retired from Water Gas and Light, graduated from Dougherty High School, and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Alvin Carraway and Tessa Faye Perkins Carraway.

Survivors include seven sisters, Juanita Martin of Knoxville, Tenn., Marjorie Radcliff (Hugh) of Cairo, Ga., Louise Martin (Fred) of Huntsville, Ala., Connie Henderson (Eugene) of Cumming, Ga., Joan Lloyd (Jim) of Jacksonville, Fla., Patricia Laeland of Braselton, Ga., Glenda Frazier (Jerry) Cairo, Ga., two brothers, Dan Carraway (Margie) of Thomaston, Ga. and Thomas Carraway (Anne) of Lawrenceville, Ga., and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pine Forest Baptist Church, 459 Pine Forest Road, Ochlocknee, GA 31773. An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Arthur Lee Clyde

Arthur Lee Clyde, Sr., 66, of Albany, died on Friday, July 2, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at County Line Baptist Church in Sasser with the Revs. Jack Johnson and George Burns officiating, and interment at Floral Memory Garden Cemetery.

Mr. Clyde was born on May 21, 1944 in Dawson. He attended Terrell County public schools and was a retired mechanic.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Janie Witchard Clyde of Albany; one son, Mr. Arthur Lee Clyde, Jr. of Atlanta; one daughter, Mrs. LaKeta Clyde-Williams (Darron) of Atlanta; three brothers: Mr. Jay Harrold of Atlanta and Mr. Walter Clyde and Mr. Joseph Clyde, both of Dawson; three sisters: Mrs. Ruby Pearl Andrews of Albany, Mrs. Bertha Norman (Charles) and Mrs. Catherine Seay, all of Sasser; and four grandchildren.

The Clyde family is receiving friends and relatives at 738 Andover Lane in Albany. Meadows Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Ben Hanson Holland


Ben Hanson Holland, 96, of Acker Drive in Albany, died Saturday, July 3, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Crown Hill Mausoleum Chapel with visitation to follow and Rev. Doug Boss officiating.

Mr. Holland was born July 4, 1913 in Manassas, Ga., to the late Walter D. and Mary Jackson Holland. He was called to serve his country in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 during World War II on a medical train in England where he received a Bronze Star. After his service in the Army, Mr. Holland moved in 1946 to Albany, where he worked for Albany Concrete until his retirement in 1978. He was a member of First Baptist Church and American Legion Post 30.

Mr. Holland was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Frances W. Holland, infant daughter, Beverlie Ann Holland, son-in-law, Russell W. Branch Jr., brother, Jack Holland and a sister, Beverly McDilda.

He is survived by two sons, Ben H. Holland and his wife Ann of Grovetown, Ga., and Jerry W. Holland and his wife Jean of Rincon, Ga.,, two daughters, Rachael H. Branch of Albany and Rebecca H. Lane and her husband Bob of Atlanta, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to caregivers, Priscilla Jones, Debbie Freeman and Albany Community Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be made to Giving Back Ministries, P.O. Box 435, Leesburg, GA 31763; Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707; or First Baptist Church, 145 Oakland Parkway, Leesburg, GA 31763.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Tillie Messer Holton

Tillie Messer Holton, 75, of Albany, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Ga. Her funeral service was Saturday at Sherwood Baptist Church with interment services at Bonifay (Fla.) Cemetery, Bonifay. The Rev. Tom Pollock officiated.

A native of Blountstown, Fla., she graduated from Bonifay High School in the Class of 1953. Mrs. Holton lived in Albany since 1971. She was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church. Mrs. Holton retired from Bell South in 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe E. Holton.

Mrs. Holton is survived by two sons, Scott Holton and his fiancé Keri McCoy, Suwanee, Ga., and Todd Holton, Albany; two brothers, Ralph Messer and his wife Betty, Ocala, Fla., and Roy Messer and his wife Donna, Bonifay; two sisters, Carolyn Thompson and her husband James Harold, Quincy, Fla., and Becky Richardson and her husband Larry, Pearisburg, Va.; and 14 nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 70638, the American Heart Association, 5962 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31210, or to any local hospice organization.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Jerry Hudson

Jerry Hudson, 56, of Anderson City, Ga., died on Friday, July 2, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at Banks Funeral Home Chapel in Sylvester with the Rev. Jason Jones officiating and interment in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mr. Hudson was born on March 24, 1954 in Tift County, son of the late Lemmie Eugene Hudson and Dina Salter Hudson. He was of the Baptist faith and lived in Worth County most of his life. He was a former plantation manager who loved hunting, fishing, and playing his guitar.

He is survived by his wife, Janie Perryman Hudson; his children, Eric Causey of Anderson City, Jackie Sexton and her son Joseph Sexton of Anderson City; his mother, Dina Salter Hudson of Sylvester; his brothers: Jimmy Hudson (Patsy) of Sylvester, Larry Hudson (Lucinda) of Sylvester, Roger Hudson of Albany, and Rock Hudson (Lisa) of Sylvester; three sisters: Barbara Hudson of Sylvester, Bettye H. Bozeman of Sylvester, and Linda H. Kirk (Gene) of Lee County; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

James Roy Massey

James Roy Massey, 64, of Albany, formerly of Newton died on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were Saturday at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Baker County with interment in the church cemetery and Rev. Jeff Hogan officiating. Active pallbearers were Keith Massey, Tony Maples, Don Holmes, Charles Duke, Greg Duke, and Raymond Wiley.

Born Jan. 4, 1946 in Barrow County, Ga., Mr. Massey was the son of the late Hubert Massey and Albina Watson Massey. He was self-employed as a mason and of the Baptist faith. Mr. Massey was preceded in death by a son, Michael James Massey; his brothers, Harold Massey and Walter Massey; and a sister, Doris Handley.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Cox Massey of Albany; a daughter, Beverly Massey of Albany; a son Randall Keith Massey of Toccoa; a brother, Gerald Massey of Jefferson, Ga.; a sister, Frances Pettyjohn of Hoschton, Ga.; one grandchild, Chelsea Massey; one great grandchild, Jayden Massey; a special cousin, Elzie Duke of Newton; a special friend, Diane Wiley of Leesburg, Ga.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family may be contacted at Mr. Massey’s residence, 527 Eighth Ave., Albany, GA 31701. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, 2625 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 205, Atlanta, GA 30339 or the Ronald McDonald House 5420 Peachtree Dunwoody N.E., Atlanta, GA.

An online guestbook is at www.parkerbramlett.com.

Sherylyn L. McCullar

Sherylyn Lenee McCullat, 45, died on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with interment in Pineview Cemetery in Dawson.

Ward Funeral Home in Dawson handled the arrangements.

Alex J. Miller

Alex J. Miller, 73, of Dawson, died on Saturday, July 3, 2010 after a lengthy illness. The funeral service was scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Harvey Funeral Chapel with Dr. Wyman Richardson officiating.

Mr. Miller was born June 23, 1937, in Marion County, Ga.,, son of the late Robert Cornelius Miller and Vera Curlee Miller. He attended schools in Marion County and North Georgia College in Dahlonega. He moved to Dawson 40 years ago from Buena Vista. Alex was a retired production supervisor with Tyson Foods, and a member of First Baptist Church of Dawson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Robert, Boyce, Barney, Donnie, Royce and Joe Miller.

Survivors include three sons, Marc Miller of Marion County, Jeremy Miller of Dawson and Brian Miller of Sasser, a brother, Billy Miller of Atlanta, three sisters, Christine Carden of Columbus, Mary Grier and Dianne Brown, both of Buena Vista, and seven grandchildren, Trent and Tanner Miller of Marion County, Tyson, John Thomas and Alex Miller of Dawson, Anna Kate and Carson Miller of Sasser.

The family is receiving friends at 309 Stonewall St. N.E., Dawson. An online guestbook is at www.harveyfuneral home.com.

Voncile Southwell


Voncile Southwell, 99, of Albany, died Thursday, July 1, 2010 at her home. Her funeral service was scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Home with interment to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery and Eddie Garcia officiating.

A native of Whigham, Ga., and the daughter of Oscar and Mattie Whigham Boyett, she has lived in Albany since 1926. Mrs. Southwell graduated from Albany High School in 1928 and retired from Southern Bell as assistant manager of operator services. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Albany, a life member and past matron of Crape Myrtle Chapter 163 Order of the Eastern Star, a member of District 10 Past Matrons and Past Patrons Club, and an honorary member of the Perfect Pals Club. She was also a member of Telephone Pioneers, Albany Woman’s Club, Dawson Road Craft Club and the Forget Me Not Club. She was appointed Grand Chapter Mother of the Grand Chapter of Georgia Order of the Eastern Star from 1990 to 1991.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Rudolph Southwell, son Donald Rudolph Southwell, and brothers Emery Boyett and wife Ethel and Elbert Boyett and wife Miriam.

Survivors include grandson Donald Keith Southwell and wife Stacie, Albany; granddaughter Stacy Southwell Orndorff and husband Grant, Leesburg; great grandchildren Jason Grant Orndorff, Jr. and Layla Rae Orndorff; two special nephews Gene Boyett, Foley, Ala., and Sidney Boyett, Albany; niece Remelle Young, Gray, Ga.; other special nephews James Southwell, Dr. Jack Tison, Bobby Tison, and Rudolph Tison all of Doles, Ga.; and several great nephews and cousins.

The family was scheduled to receive friends at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Home on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Albany or a favorite charity. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

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