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James Calvin Cannon, 70 James Calvin Cannon Sr. 70, of Albany died Monday, Aug 23, 2010 at Palmyra Medical Centers. The funeral service was held Thursday at Life Christian Center International with interment to follow at Floral Memory Gardens. Pastor Stan Glass officiated. Born in Americus, Ga., Mr. Cannon lived in Albany most of his life where he was a retired Truck Driver with Consolidated Freight. He also worked with Lilliston Corp. Mr. Cannon was a member of Life Christian Center International. He was a loving father adored by his kids and a very gentle man. Survivors include his wife Dinah Cannon of Albany; three sons Rusty Cannon and his wife Heather of Panama City, Fl; Robert Krus and his close friend Mary of Baconton; James Calvin Cannon Jr.; a daughter Cherie Harper and her fiancée Greg Apperson of Leesburg; four sisters Mary Skipper of Albany; Bessie Tripp of Albany; Sara Klias of Albany; and Betty Freeman of Leesburg; nine grandchildren Keri Fincher, Brittany Krus, Ashley Krus, Jessica Valma, Lindsey Cannon, Chad Jefferies, Kristen Jenkins, Jonathan Apperson, Lauren Apperson and ten great-grandchildren. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com. William (Bill) Calvin Mills, Jr. 80 The funeral service for William (Bill) Calvin Mills Jr., 80, of 4829 Impala Lane Albany, who died Sunday, August 22, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, was conducted Thursday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Charles Jones officiated. Interment followed at Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery. A native of Wadesboro, NC, Mr. Mills had lived in Albany for the past forty years moving from Key West, FL. He was a retired Tech Sergeant in The United States Air Force, employed at the Marine Corps Logistics Base for eighteen years and with the Department of Natural Resources for fifteen years. Mr. Mills was a member of White Street Baptist Church in Key West, Fl. and was preceded in death by his son, Robert (Rob) C. Mills. Survivors include his wife, Ethel J. Mills of Albany, two sons and their wives, John Thomas Mills and Donna of Beaufort, S.C. and William S. Mills and Londelle Mills of Palm Coast, Fl., a daughter and her husband, Amy Denise Musser and Craig of Loganville, Ga., five grandchildren, Cameron Mills, Ashdon Mills, Preslie Mills, Baylee Mills and Bekken Mills, a great-grandson, Curren Robert Musser. The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral service at Mathews Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to Living The Legacy c/o Byne Memorial Baptist Church, 2832 Ledo Road, Albany, GA 31707. An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com. Sydney Wood Garrison, 78 Sydney Wood Garrison, Jr., 78, of Albany, died Thursday, August 26, 2010 after a long illness. His memorial service was Saturday, August 28 at Covenant Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dr. Biff Coker and the Rev. Tim Olds officiated. Mr. Garrison’s remains were cremated and will be buried at a later date. The family received friends prior to the memorial service on Saturday in the parlor at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Mr. Garrison, the son of the late Sydney W. Garrison and Ruth Brown Garrison, was born on March 6, 1932 and grew up in Moultrie, Ga. He graduated from Moultrie High School before attending Georgia Tech in Atlanta. After serving in the US Army in Korea, he returned to the family business, the Moultrie Laundry Dry Cleaning and Linen Service. Later, he lived and worked in the Albany area, and along with his wife Cathy managed Phoebe Foundation’s Potter Community Center on Wildfair Road. Sydney was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany where he served as an elder. Sydney leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Cathy Hortman Garrison; his sister Ruth Wright of TN.; his brother Robert Garrison and wife Jane of N.C.; his sister Rebecca Walter and husband Larry of VA. He also leaves behind three children, Elizabeth Garrison Martin-Griest and husband Doug of Augusta, Ga.; Miki Garrison Thrall and husband Steve of Paris, France; Sydney Wood Garrison, III (Woody) and wife Elizabeth of Oahu, Hawaii. Sydney had five grandchildren, Rhiannon Martin, Anders Martin, Rebecca Thrall Hogan and husband Julien, Sarah Thrall and Jonathan Thrall; and several nieces and nephews. Sydney’s wife and children wish to express their gratitude for the love and care shown to him by family, friends, and hospital staff during his long illness. Those desiring may send memorials to Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com. Kyle Patrick Galloway, 26 Kyle Patrick Galloway, 26, of Cookville Rd. in Leesburg, Ga. died Sunday, August 29, 2010 in Panama City Beach, FL. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Kimbrell-Stern. Rev. Leighann Raynor officiating. Interment will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kimbrell-Stern. Kyle was born in Albany and was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. He attended both Lee County High and Deerfield-Windsor School where in the 4th grade he won the State Art Competition and received a year membership to Callaway Gardens. Kyle was always fascinated with art and exotic cars. In later years he and his father rebuilt and restored a muscle car, and he was so proud of his accomplishment. He was most recently employed at the Marine Corp. Logistics Base, and prior to that he worked with his parents in the family business, Berney’s Tire Service. Kyle will be remembered most for his kind and gentle heart, always willing to lend a hand to a friend or someone in need. His tender spirit would not allow him to even turn an animal away that needed some care. Survivors include his parents, Bob and Brenda Galloway of Leesburg, grandmothers, Lula M. Galloway and Hilda Story both of Albany, numerous, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, a host of friends who truly loved him and Audrey Wilson his very special friend. Kyle was preceded in death by his sister, Shannon Hurlock, uncle, Harry Galloway and his grandfathers, Lum Story and Robert Galloway. Those desiring, please make memorials to the Lee County Animal Shelter 101 Mossy Dell Road Leesburg, Ga. 31763 or Gideons International Albany Camp #1001, P.O. Box 1823, Albany 31702. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com. Bessie Jones Grissett, 77 Mrs. Bessie Jones Grissett, 77, of Albany died Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The Funeral service was Monday, August 30 at Kimbrell-Stern. Rev. Chip Gresham officiated. A family only private interment will followed. A native of Sumter, S.C. Mrs. Grissett has lived in Albany since 1980 where she attended Calvary Baptist Church. Mrs. Grissett was a nurse over 30 years, retiring from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in the late 1990’s and continued working through 2005. She also served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Mrs. Grissett will always be remembered for her selfless nature and the love she gave to her husband, children and grandchildren. Survivors include her husband William A. Grissett of Albany, son, William A. Grissett, Jr. and his wife Tracy of Carrollton, Ga., daughters, Mary G. Dolan of Leesburg, Ga. and Donna G. Dollar and her husband Lee, four grandchildren, Robert Ashley Grissett, Megan Dolan, Emily Grissett and Will Grissett, two-step-grandchildren, Brooke and Greg Dollar, four sisters, Annie Grant of Florence, S.C., Esther Trimnal, Estelle Reed and Cary Russell all of Sumter, S.C.. Those desiring, please make memorials to ACTO, Albany Outreach Center, 314 N. Jefferson St., Albany, GA 31701. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com. Thedral Madeline Morris, 85 Thedral Madeline Morris, 85, of Quiet Oaks Health Care Center, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2010 after an extended illness. Born August 26, 1925, Thedral was the daughter of the late Hoyt Reece and Ethel McDaris Morris of Hull, Ga. She was preceded in death by a sister Nadell M. Morris of Augusta, Ga.; and is survived by two sisters, Mary Sue Sluder (Harold) of Weaverville, N.C., and Carlene Williams (Elliott) of Winterville, Ga.; and one brother, Elco Morris of Atlanta. She was also survived and loved by eight nieces, five nephews, thirty-two great nieces and nephews, and twenty five great-great nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a very close and beloved family friend of many years, Martha Reames of Albany Growing up in Madison County, Ga., Thedral attended the Patterson School and Colbert High School. Following high school graduation, she attended the University of Georgia and began teaching third and fourth grade in Columbia County at the young age of 19. She also taught high school senior sciences in Winterville from 1946-1948 She went on to attend Florida State University where she received certification as a Social Worker and was employed by the State of Georgia Department of Family and Children Services for 34 years. She was Supervisor of Child Placement in Dougherty County when she retired in 1977 and continued to live in Albany until 2008. Her caring nature and dedication to her family and to family services touched many lives. She was a very active member in the First Baptist Church of Albany for the entire time that she called Albany her home. The Morris family would like to thank the staff of Quiet Oaks Health Care Center for the care and kindness extended to our beloved sister and aunt. The service was held Tuesday at the chapel of Lord and Stephens Funeral Home in Athens, Ga. Interment followed in the family plot in Colbert Cemetery. She was a member of Hull Baptist Church. Memorial gifts may be made to Hull Baptist Church P.O. Box 640, Hull, GA 30646. Morris Leverett, Sr. 73 The memorial service of Morris Leverett Sr.,73, of 112 Fowler Drive, Leesburg, who died Saturday, August 28, 2010, was Tuesday, August 31 at First Baptist Church of Leesburg. Rev. Bobby Harrell officiated. A native of Waycross, Ga., Mr. Leverett had resided in Lee County for the past 45 years. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and attended Albany Junior College. Mr. Leverett was the former manager of the Dawson Harvey’s Store, owned and operated Leadfoot’s Petro from 1995 until 2009 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg. He served on the Leesburg City Council for twenty five years and was the former Mayor Pro Tem. Mr. Leverett also served on and was the former chairman of the Lee County Commission. Survivors include his wife, Helen L. Leverett, two daughters, Dana Leverett Royal and Mandy Leverett Beaty, two sons Morris (Marty) Leverett, Jr. and his wife, Cheryl and Tatum M. Leverett and his wife, Dana Walker Leverett all of Leesburg, a sister, Francis Hicks and her husband, Don of Waycross, Ga., grandchildren, Jacob Royal and Emily Royal of Patterson, Ga., James M. Leverett, Eliza K. Leverett, Kristin Reeves and Kailee Reeves all of Leesburg, Kelsi T. Leverett of Statesboro, Ga. and Sophia A. Leverett of Leesburg, Cooper Tate Beaty and Carolina Beaty both of Leesburg. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the First Baptist Church of Leesburg, 135 Main Street, Leesburg, GA 31763. An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com. Hansel Weldon (Mac) McDonald Jr., 52 The memorial service of Hansel Weldon (Mac) McDonald, Jr., 52, of 141 Potter Road, Sylvester, who died Sunday, August 29, 2010, was conducted Tuesday at Mathews Funeral Home. Pastor Tommy Powell will officiate. Visitation was from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. (one hour before the service) at Mathews Funeral Home. A native of Worth County, Mac resided in Worth County for the past three years moving from Atlanta. He was a Registered Nurse working at numerous hospitals including Palmyra Medical Center. Mac was preceded in death by his father, Hansel Weldon McDonald, Sr. Survivors include his mother, Nancy McDonald of Worth County, four sisters, Donna (James) Sapp, Scarlet (Ronnie) Pearson all of Worth County, Beth (Ioan) Bumb of Lee County and Sylvia (Harvey) Cunningham of Baconton, two brothers, Mark McDonald and Jon (Buffy) McDonald all of Worth County, a special friend, Wayne Gerberich of Worth County and a number of nieces and nephews. An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com. George Washington Sellers, 87 George Washington Sellers, Jr., 87, of Albany, died Thursday, August 26, 2010. His funeral service was Monday, August 30 at Sherwood Baptist Church with interment at Crown Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Tom Pollock and Mr. Ross Powell officiated. Mr. Sellers was born in Moultrie, Ga., and had lived in Albany since 1969. He was a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. During WWII, he served in US Marine Corp, flying Hellcat night fighters as an 18 year old. He retired as an Army officer, flying helicopters in Korea and Vietnam. Mr. Sellers was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the Albany Exchange Club, the National Rifle Association, and the Walter Burt American Legion Post 30. Mr. Sellers was a member of the Hasan Shrine where he served on the transportation committee and traveled over 100,000 miles transporting ill children to the Shriners Hospitals. Mr. Sellers is survived by his wife: Hazel P. Sellers, Albany; a special nephew: Keith Norris, N. Augusta, S.C.; a sister: Lanelle Hill, Moultrie, Ga.; his caregiver; Willie Lanier; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends prior to the funeral service on Monday at Sherwood Baptist Church. Those desiring may send memorials to Future Generations, c/o Sherwood Baptist Church, 2201 Whispering Pines Rd., Albany, GA 31707, or to Hasan Temple Transportation Fund, c/o Hasan Shrine1822 Palmyra Rd., Albany, GA 31701. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

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