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Vada Jean Wolfe, 79

Vada Jean Wolfe, 79, of Sylvester died Friday, March 11 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

The funeral service was held Monday at First Baptist Church of Putney. Interment followed at Floral Memory Gardens. Rev. Joe Carr and Rev. David Benton officiated.

A lifelong native of Albany, Mrs. Wolfe retired from Sunnyland Farms after 25 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Putney. Mrs. Wolfe was a devoted mother, wife and was very active in the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert E. Wolfe and a daughter Beverly Wolfe McMullen.

Survivors include her daughter Debra Wolfe Mills of Worth County; a son Michael Wolfe and his wife Carol of Albany; four grandchildren Rob McMullen, Michael McMullen, Joshua Prichard and his wife Misty and Colby Pritchard; three great-grandchildren Nolan McMullen, Riley McMullen and Aidan Pritchard.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First Baptist Church of Putney Building Fund, 1125 Antioch Road, Albany, GA 31705.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Homer Lamar Barfield, 85

Homer Lamar Barfield, 85, of Albany, died March 13 at Willson Hospice House. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Chip Gresham officiated. Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Worth County, born to Dave and Sarah Barfield, he was an U.S. Army veteran and had resided in Albany for the past 63 years. Mr. Barfield was the retired owner of Barfield Paint Contractors and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Men’s Sunday School Class. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcelle Mims Barfield in 2010.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Malinda and Tim Kretzer of Leesburg, a son and his wife, Gary and Jill Barfield of Blakely, GA, five grandchildren, Julie (Ken) Willby of Mableton, GA., Kaitlyn Kretzer, Wanda Rich and Ronnie Rich, all of Leesburg, and Brandon L. (Jackie) Barfield of Holly Springs, GA., two great-grandchildren, Bethen (Justin) Sapia of Chipley, FL and Eva Sklow of Albany, and two great-grandchildren, Skyler Sapia and Hayden Sapia.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


William Fort McAfee III

William “Bill” Fort McAfee III, 1205 Pinecrest Drive, died Saturday March 12. His funeral service was Tuesday at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor and Dr. Don Kea officiated.

Born in of Florence, S.C., Mr. McAfee was a 1955 graduate of Albany High School, and he graduated from Auburn University. He was the former owner of All Star International and was a longtime member of the Albany Rotary Club, Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church and the Alpha Sunday school class.

Survivors include his wife Emily Jean Haley McAfee, Albany, sons, William Joel McAfee and his wife Bethany Bennett McAfee, Leesburg, Marc Haley McAfee, New York, N.Y., William Fort McAfee, IV, and his wife Jeanette, Phoenix, Ariz., James Aitken McAfee, Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Diedre Leigh Schopf, Holiday, Tenn.; sister, Linda Halford and her husband Bill, Arlington, and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials are made to the Alpha Fund, c/o Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, 2200 Dawson Road, Albany, GA 31707, Flint RiverQuarium, 117 Pine Ave, Albany, GA 31701 or a charity of your choice.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Dermot (Mot) Shemwell, 71

Dermot (Mot) Shemwell of Dothan, passed away Thursday, March 10, at Emory of Johns Creek, Ga. He was 71.

The funeral mass was held Monday, March 14, at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Albany, with Rev. Stephen Pontzer and Rev. Patrick Gallagher officiating. A private interment followed at Oakview Cemetery in Albany..

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1152 W. Main St., Dothan, AL 36701 or St. Columba Catholic Church Building Fund, 2700 W. Main St., Dothan, AL 36701.

Mr. Shemwell was born in Albany, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dermot Shemwell Jr. He was a 1957 graduate of Albany High School and attended Auburn University on a Naval Officer training program scholarship. He also attended St. Bernard College in Cullman, Ala..

Mr. Shemwell served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959-1962 and was stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany for two years during the “Berlin Crisis”.

During active duty in Germany, he was awarded a competitive appointment to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and the Naval Academy. He attended U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in Ft. Belvoir, VA, and won a competitive appointment to the service academy of his choice, but chose to return to the civilian world.

He was a very avid sports and antique car enthusiast. He coached Dixie Minor, Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Pre Majors, and Majors baseball for nine years. He also served on the Westgate/Ward IV Board of Directors for six years. Mr. Shemwell was a lifetime member of American Institute of Industrial Engineers and Antique Car Owners of America.

After 21 years of service, he retired from Sony Corp. of America in 1980 as the chief industrial engineer. He worked several years with Vaughn-Blumberg Center and helped establish their first handicap work program.

Surviving relatives include his wife of 43 years, Brenda Shemwell, Dothan; son Trent Shemwell and wife Amy, Alpharetta, Ga.; grandchildren Kate Shemwell and Grant Shemwell, Alpharetta; mother Mary Lewis Shemwell, Albany, sister Sis Eastland and husband Jack, Cartersville, Ga.; five brothers, Chip Shemwell and wife Pat, Fernandina Beach, Fla.; Freddie Shemwell and wife Anne, Albany, Jim Shemwell, Albany, Tom Shemwell, Americus; David Shemwell and wife Kathie, Kennesaw, Ga.; sister-in-law Peggy Deen and husband Jerry, Albany, and numerous nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


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