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Richard Bailey, 32

Richard “Yabbo” Bailey, 32, of Leesburg died Sunday Aug 8, 2010. His funeral service was held Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors with interment at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Finbarr Stanton officiated.

Born in Peoria, Ill., Mr. Bailey lived in the Albany area since 1994. He was a mechanic at the Marine Corp. Logistic Base for five years and was a graduate of Westover High School (1997) and Darton College. Mr. Bailey also attended Albany State College. He also was a baseball player and a member of Grand Island Country Club, where he was an avid golfer.

Survivors include his wife Melanie Marie Bailey of Leesburg; his children Emma Marie Bailey and Jonathon Thomas Bailey both of Leesburg; his Parents Tom and Sue Bailey of Albany; his sister Lisa Marie Bailey Thomas and her husband Farrell; a brother Brian Thomas Bailey and fiancée Keri Smith; his mother and father-in-law Mike and Erica Antonio of Lee County; a sister-in-law Krista and Bill Lawrence Jr.; a brother-in –law Mike Antonio (Lacey); a niece Alicia Thomas and a nephew Dylan Thomas.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Dixon Bryan Chatman, 52

The memorial service for Dixon Bryan Chatman, 52, of Leesburg, who died Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at his residence, was conducted Saturday at Mathews Funeral Home. Dr. Don Adams officiated.

A native of Albany, Mr. Chatman lived in Lee County since 1994, moving from Oakfield, Ga.. He was a contract specialist with the Department of Defense and was preceded in death by his father, Travis Chatman and two brothers, Doug and Dan Chatman.

Survivors include a daughter, Ashley Chatman of Lee County, a son, Chris Chatman of Albany, his mother, Leona Chatman of Oakfield, three grandchildren, Colden Chatman, Porter Blackburn and Carter Strickland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Georgia Transplant Foundation, 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, 600 Embassy Row, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30328.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Mead Cothren, 18

The funeral service of Mead Cothren, 18, 684 Creekside Drive in Leesburg, who died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, was conducted Thursday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Carrie Austin officiated. Interment was at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Brunswick, Ga., Mead lived most of his life in Albany and Leesburg. He was a student at Albany Technical College.

Survivors include his mother, Pamela Miller of Leesburg, father, Dwayne Cothren of Brunswick, brother and sister-in-law, Damien and Kristina Cothren and nephew, Jayden Cothren all of Kennesaw, Ga., grandfather, James Miller of Leesburg, grandmother, Nan Herzig and uncle Shields Herzig both of Atlantic Beach, Fla., grandmother and grandfather, Mary and James Cothren, aunt, Paula Cargile, uncle, Keith Cothren and uncle, Kevin Cothren all of Brunswick, Ga.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Sandra Dee Cronin, 61

Sandra Dee Cronin, of Watkinsville, Ga. passed away Friday, Aug. 13, 2010.

Funeral services were slated for Monday August 16 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery with Rev. Garrett Andrew officiating.

Mrs. Cronin was born in Ashburn, Ga., on June 22, 1949, to parents James Alexander (Sandy) Black and Emily Rose Brooks Black. Mrs. Cronin was a very loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest enjoyment was her son and grandsons and fishing with them on their lake.

Mrs. Cronin was preceded in death by her father, James Alexander (Sandy) Black and Emily Rose Brooks, Brother. Leonard Hatcher, Sisters, Lillian Grace Hatcher Hess, Mary Evelyn Black Perryman.

Survivors include her loving husband of 29 years, Joseph D. Cronin, her loving and devoted son; James Alex (Kristin) Davis of Bogart, Ga., grandsons, James Alex Davis, Jr., Alexander Blaine Davis, and Zachary Alexander Davis, all of Bogart, sister, Wynelle (Wynn) Black Cannon of McDonough, brother, Irvin Hatcher of Sylvester,  and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family was scheduled to receive friends Monday from 9t to 10 a.m. at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com

John T. Hartis, 80

John T. Hartis, 80, of Long Dirt Road in Leesburg died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors with Rev. Steve Hurley officiating and interment in Floral Memory Gardens with military honors.

A native of Bluffton, Ga., Mr. Hartis lived in Leesburg for 19 years. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force, serving during Vietnam with 20 years of service. He is also a retired meat cutter with 20 plus years of service.

Survivors include his wife Donna M. Hartis of Leesburg, sons, Ed Hartis of Orlando, Fla., Neil Hartis of Leesburg, and Jon Hartis of Okeechobee, Fla., daughter, Joellen K. Gilzean of Fredericksburg, Va., nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Hartis was preceded in death by his parents, Homer G. and Maggie Brown Hartis, son, Terry Hartis, brothers, George and Guy Hartis, sister, Kay Kelly.

The family was scheduled to receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kimbrell-Stern. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Eunice Johnson, 95

Eunice Marye Shaw Johnson, 95, of Albany died Saturday Aug 7, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services were held Saturday in the chapel of Sherwood Baptist Church. Dr. Michael C. Catt officiated. Entombment followed at Crown Hill Mausoleum.

A native of DeSoto County, Fla., Ms. Johnson worked at Coats and Clark then retired from the Georgia Department of Agriculture Inspection Station in Albany. A charter member of Sherwood Baptist Church, Ms. Johnson served for six years as the church’s first clerk and established the first Junior Sunday School Department. She was a life time member of the WMU and served on many committees during her years as an active member. Ms. Johnson was a member of the Pilot Club and the Red Hat Society. She was also a skilled seamstress and an avid reader.

Ms. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Willard Marion Johnson. Survivors include her daughter, the Rev. June Johnson, and her son-in-law R. Kent Failing, of Bainbridge.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at Sherwood Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Sherwood Baptist Church “Future Generations”, 2201 Whispering Pines Road, Albany, GA 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Matthew Weeks Keller, 17

The funeral service of Matthew Edward (Weeks) Keller, 17, of Lee County, who died Sunday, August 8, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, was conducted Friday at Mathews Funeral Home. Interment was at Crossroad Cemetery in Damascus.

The family will be at the residence of Monroe and Deborah Cook, 112 Alchua Court, Albany, GA 31701.

Mary Lovelace, 81

Mary Elizabeth Youngblood Lovelace, 81, of Hahira, formerly of Albany, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 at her home. Her funeral service was Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with at Crown Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Mark Jones officiated.

Mrs. Lovelace was born in Swainsboro, Ga. and graduated from Swainsboro High School. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta and was a former member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany, where she was a member of the Daughters of the King. Mrs. Lovelace worked for the Life Insurance Co. of Georgia in Atlanta in the late 1940s. She volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and received the Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth from the Southwest Georgia (Chehaw) Council in Albany on Feb. 5, 1987. She also served on the Council Executive Board and the Banquet Committee.

She was a wonderful hostess and cook, especially noted for baking bread. She enjoyed entertaining, traveling, and spending time with her children.

She was preceded in death by her son, Steven Carl Lovelace; her siblings, Elmo Youngblood, Margaret Olander, Mildred Moore, Wilbur Youngblood, Dorothy Bell, Sara Whitley, Kenneth Youngblood, and Audery Murphy.

Mrs. Lovelace is survived by her husband: Brooks W. Lovelace Jr., Hahira; children: Michael A. Lovelace and his wife Cathy, Durham, N.C., Kenneth R. Lovelace and his wife Jann Lockhart, Albany, William R. Lovelace and his wife Allyson, Albany, David P. Lovelace and his wife Susan, West Palm Beach, Fla., Elizabeth L. Wisenbaker and her husband Larry, Hahira; grandchildren: Ashley Lovelace, Greensboro, N.C., Michael Brooks Lovelace, Durham, Lindsey Wisenbaker, Amy Wisenbaker, both of Valdosta, Katie Wisenbaker, Hahira, Asher Lovelace, Albany, step-grandchildren: Hannah Duenke, Jacob Duenke, and Samuel Duenke, all of Albany, GA; sister: Martha Claxton, Swainsboro, Ga.

A memorial service for Mrs. Lovelace was held Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta. The Rev. Tar Drazdowski officiated.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 N. Jefferson St., Albany, GA 31701, Christ Episcopal Church, 1521 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31602, Chehaw Council of Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 469, Albany, GA 31702, Bethany Hospice, 2517 Bemiss Road, Valdosta, GA 31602-1900, or to the National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Walter T. Phelps, 67

The funeral service of Walter T. Phelps, 67 of Lee County, who died Saturday Aug. 7, 2010 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, was conducted Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. Chip Gresham officiated. Internment is at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

A native of Poulan, Mr. Phelps resided in the Albany and Lee County area for the past 64 years. He founded P&P Garden and Hardware Center in 1977 and obtained Albany Pecan Co. in 1999, and served in the U.S. Air Force. He served on the Lee County Commission, was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, and was a member of the Explorers Sunday School Class. He was a Christian, an honorable husband and a loving father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hayes Phelps, two sons, Charles Walter Phelps (Ellen Sherman), Lee County Marc Hayes Phelps (Charis Carter), Lee County, a daughter, Leigh Anne Aaron (Jeff), Athens, three brothers, Preston Phelps (Kay), Lawrenceville, Ga., Paul Phelps (Debbie), Lake Blackshear, Ga., Alex Phelps (Jackie), Leesburg, a brother-in-law, John Dunwoody, Macon, mother-in-law, Dora Mae Hayes, Edison, an aunt, Mary Bozeman Miller, Lawton, Okla., and four grandchildren, Shae Elizabeth Phelps, Owen Charles Phelps, Amelia Grace Phelps and Carter Jonah Phelps, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Youth Fund, c/o Calvary Baptist Church, 1211 13th Ave. Albany, GA 31707. An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Willene Hayes Sceals

Willene Hayes Sceals, 6144 Hardup Road, died Thursday Aug. 12, 2010. Her funeral service was scheduled for Monday, Aug. 16 at Beacon Baptist Church with interment in Floral Memory Gardens and Rev. Ron Stinson and Rev. Milton Gardner officiating. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors is handling the arrangements.

A native of Albany Mrs. Sceals was retired from Merts Inc. where she was a bookkeeper. She was a member of Beacon Baptist Church where she worked after she retired. She taught Youth and Ladies Sunday School and sang in the choir. Mrs. Sceals was know for her cooking and loved to can and put fresh vegetables up and she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her son Dick Sceals and his wife Ivey, Albany; daughter, Nelle Sceals, Albany; grandchildren, Schaleen Sceals, Knoxville, Tenn., Sherry Testerman and husband Mark, Douglasville; great grandchildren, Bradyn Testerman, Ivey Bree Testerman, DJ Branam, Lilyanna Bartholmei; special nephew Vince Hayes and his wife Laura and their children, Richard Hayes and Vanessa Hayes; brother, Virlyn Hayes, Tampa, FL and a special “sister”, Linda Eubanks of Albany.

Memorials may be made to Beacon Baptist Church, 5818 Newton Road, Albany, GA 31721 or American Cancer Society, P O Box 1201, Albany, GA 31702.

An online guestbook at www.kimbrellstern.com.

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