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Louise S. Bacon, 96

Louise S. Bacon 96, of Pineville, N.C. passed away quietly on March 27. She was born in Hoxie, Ark. on April 18, 1914, one of seven children born to Anna and Jeff Sanders. She is predeceased by four brothers and one sister. She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis B. Copley and her husband Bill of Pineville, N.C, her brother Robert W. Sanders and his wife Betty of Williams Bay, Wis., her grandson Chad W. Summerford of Charlotte, N.C. as well as several nieces and nephews.

Louise has lived with her daughter in Pineville for the last 10 years and attended the Church of Christ at Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, S.C.. Before moving to Pineville she lived 44 years in Albany. Her husband, the late William A. Bacon, died there in 1985. She attended the Dawson Road Church of Christ, where she taught bible school for many years and served as coordinator for the emergency teams providing benevolent assistance to those in need.

During World War II, while her husband was overseas, Louise worked as a secretary at the POW Camp in Como, Miss., which later became a federal prison. After the war she was secretary and bookkeeper for the businesses she and her husband owned.

Louise was a great friend all who knew her, as well as a loving mother and grandmother. She will be missed. She was returned to Albany to be buried beside her husband at Floral Memory Gardens. The funeral service was held at Kimbrell-Stern on Saturday, April 2. Jere Vie, minister officiated.

Memorials can be made to the Church of Christ at Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, S.C. or Dawson Road Church of Christ in Albany.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Sidney Wyche Haynes, 77

Sidney Wyche Haynes, 77 of Webb Street in Albany died March 29, 2011 at Willson Hospice House.

Funeral services were held Friday at Central Baptist Church. Dr. Greg Davis and Rev. Keith Gaines officiated. Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Thomasville, Ga., Mr. Haynes lived in Albany 52 years where he was a charter member of Central Baptist Church and served as deacon and was chairman of various committees. Sidney and his wife June were the first couple to be married at Central Baptist Church 51 years ago. Mr. Haynes was retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 40 years of service. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Mr. Haynes was a self taught artist having received a teaching certificate in oil and floral painting from the Bob Ross Workshop and was a member of the Albany Artist Guild. He was a graduate of Georgia Southwestern University where he majored in French and English. He attended Florida State University and was a member of the FSU Circus, where he performed Adagio Acrobatics and Figure Skating acts. He also attended Emory University, where he studied Theology.

Mr. Haynes was a very humble and unpretentious man who never boasted of his accomplishments, and always put others before himself, especially his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Mr. Haynes will always be remembered for the love and devotion he gave to his family, especially his loving wife of 51 years.

Survivors include his wife June Haynes and son, Kem Haynes both of Albany, granddaughter and the apple of his life, Whitney Haynes of Atlanta, brothers and sisters in law, Doug and Linda Tomlinson of Athens, Kitty Tomlinson of Albany and Dennis and Saundra Tomlinson of Leesburg, nephews, Jason, Chad and Dennie Tomlinson and his best friend “Max” his Yorkie.

Mr. Haynes was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Charles Tomlinson.

Those desiring, may make memorials to the Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane. Albany, Ga. 31707 or The Anchorage P.O. Box 112, Albany, Ga. 31702.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Johnny Edgar Hood, 70

Johnny Edgar Hood, 70, of Eden, Ga., passed into the presence of the Lord March 30, at home in his recliner, as he wanted it to be. He had been under the care of Savannah Hospice since December, 2010. He was born in Swainsboro, Ga., on Aug. 11, 1940. He graduated Swainsboro High School in 1958. He used to serve as substitute school bus driver as a sixteen year old school mate for Swainsboro High. He married his first love on December 24, 1959, and recently celebrated their 51 wedding anniversary.

He began building cabinets while in Swainsboro. On March 17, 1960, he began working at Union Camp and remained there until July of 1975. During his tenure at Union Camp, he continued to build cabinets on a part-time basis. The Lord blessed his endeavors and Johnny went full-time into his business, Hood’s Cabinet Shop, until his retirement 2009.

During his illustrious career as a master craftsman, Johnny built cabinets for Frank Sinatra, author John Jakes, Wimbledon champion Stan Smith, Fran Tarkington, Steven Seagal, and Evonne Goolagong, among other celebrities. He worked building custom designs for Advance Kitchen Designs on Hilton Head Island for nearly 30 years.

Even more important to Johnny was his investment into the Kingdom of God. He was an active member of the Bloomingdale Alliance Church for the past 41 years. He has been friends with the pastor, Rev. Ken Otto, since 1960. There he actively supported with tithes and supported world missions beyond that. His son caught his example and served as missionary for seven years in France and Mali, Africa. Johnny’s hobbies included water skiing, fishing, airplane piloting, golfing and RVing with his buddies.

Johnny is survived by his Verna Mae (his beloved wife); daughter, Pam and husband Ronnie, of 33 years; son Keith and wife Janice of 24 years; daughter Tammy and husband Chris of 27 years; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grand children; brothers, James and Cecile; sisters Albina and Sandy. Brothers and sisters are all of Swainsboro.

Johnny asserted the greatest day of his life was on this past Christmas day. He could not attend church services due to his recent bout with an extended illness. His family met with him in Bible study and worship. We sang songs and prayed in the Spirit. He asserted to all, “This is the happiest day of my life!” I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (3 John v4)

The funeral was held Saturday, April 2 at Bloomingdale Alliance Church. Burial followed at Effingham Memorial Gardens.

An online guestbook is at www.stricklandandsonsfuneralhome.com.


Maurice W. Johnson Sr., 79

The funeral service of Maurice W. Johnson Sr., 79, of Albany, who died Saturday April 2 at Willson Hospice House, was conducted Wednesday April 6 at Mathews Funeral Home. Minister Doug Haught officiated. Interment followed in the Blakely City Cemetery.

A native of Malone, Fla., Mr. Johnson had resided in Albany, for the past 57 years. He was retired from Kinnett Dairies and was a member of the Beattie Road Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Acen Vince Johnson and Etta Mae Rogers Johnson and a son, Maurice Wilton Johnson, Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Johnson, Albany, a son, Joey Johnson, Elijay, Ga., a daughter, Dianne Johnson Graham, Kathleen, Ga., five granddaughters, Michelle Lakeman, Julie Harrod, Kari Russell, Jeri Curtis, Alison Holloway, two grandsons, Joshua Bowyer, Jamie Bowyer and nine great-grandchildren.

Those desiring may make memorials to Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga., 31707

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.
Earlyne B. Pool, 91

The graveside funeral service Earlyne B. Pool, 91, of Albany, who died Thursday March 31 at Willson Hospice House was held Monday April 4 at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Tommy Lowery and Rev. Bruce Pittman officiated.

A native of Desoto, Miss., Mrs. Pool had resided in Albany since 1972, moving from Atlanta. She was retired from the Department of Family and Children Services, was a member of the First Christian Church and was preceded in death by two husbands, Capt. Daniel A. McKinnon and David Price Pool.

Survivors include a son, William B. (Bill) Pool, two grandsons, David B. Pool (Amy), Keith L. Pool (Lindsey) all of Lee Co., a sister, Sarah Rodgers formerly of Pachuta, Miss. and currently of Collinsville, Miss., two great-grandchildren, Lila Mercer Pool and Wyndsor Cross Pool both of Lee Co., two nieces, Dr. Pamela Rochester (Buford) and Sandra McCarra (Morris) both of Collinsville, Miss., and a great-nephew, Stephen Rochester, San Diego, Calif.

Those desiring may make memorials to The American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave., Albany, Ga., 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com


Robert Jackson Prince, 80

The funeral service of Robert Jackson (Bob) Prince Sr., 80, of Leesburg, who died Saturday April 3 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, was conducted Tuesday April 5 at Mathews Funeral Home with full military honors. Rev. Steve Waldron officiated.

A native of Glen Morgan, W.Va., Mr. Prince resided in the Albany and Leesburg area since 1987. He retired from the Marine Corps as a MSGT and retired from civil service in 2000 as a computer programmer. He was a member of the VFW Post 2785, NRA, AARP, an avid hunter and was preceded in death by a grandson, a brother, James Prince and a sister, Isabell Hagar.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce McDaniel Prince, Leesburg, four sons, Robert J. Prince, Jr., Beckley, WVA,  James Earl Prince and  William Prince, Colo., Michael Lee Prince and a daughter, Catherine Prince, both of Beckley, W.Va, a step-son, Rusty McDaniel (Denise), Albany,  two step-daughters, Debra Long (Edward) and Donna Sumners (Tom) all of Leesburg,  two sisters, Anna Lee Beck, Dry Fort, Va., Mary Williams, Chattanooga, TN, sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Dr. Ronald Waller Williams, 51

Dr. Ronald (Ronnie) Waller Williams, 51, of Vienna, Ga., formerly of Albany, died April 3, of complications from surgery.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Vienna United Methodist Church.  Dr. Al Cadenhead and Rev. Chris Ramsey officiated.

A native of Columbus, Ga., Ronnie resided in Albany all of his life before moving to Vienna, Ga. in August of 2008.  He graduated from Westover High School in 1977 and attended undergraduate school at Auburn University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.  Ronnie graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985.  He was a member of the veterinary fraternity, Alpha Psi and was also awarded the Young Achievers Award by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn in 1985.

Ronnie served on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Georgia Easter Seal Society from 1996-1998.  He was a member and past president of the Artesian City Sertoma Club and was a member of the Past Presidents Club.  He was also named Sertoman of the Year for 1994-1995.

Ronnie became a partner in the practice of Dockery, Williams, Odom & Deriso in 1990 and had worked at the clinic since he was a teenager.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Albany and had been attending Vienna United Methodist Church.  He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Dr. C. McCoy Williams and Carol Jane Waller Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie Deiter Williams of Vienna, Ga., three children, Brooke Williams of Athens, Ga., Cameron (Cam) Williams of Vienna, and Carolynn Williams of Macon, Ga., two brothers, Randy Williams and his wife, Vanessa of Columbus, and Dr. Roger Williams and his wife, Caron of Perry, Ga., a step-daughter and her husband, Casey and Matt Rushton of Albany, and three step-grandchildren, Hampton Rushton, West Rushton and Witton Rushton.

Those desiring may make contributions to Lights of Love c/o the Phoebe Foundation, 410 Fifth Ave., Albany, Ga., 31701, Student Ministries Inc, 4807 Marlborough Ave., Albany, Ga.  31721 or to The Parks at Chehaw, 105 Chehaw Park Road, Albany, Ga., 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Norma Jean McCorkle Smith, 66

Norma Jean McCorkle Smith, 66 of Albany, died Sunday April 3, 2011 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Her funeral service was held Wednesday at Kimbrell-Stern with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Minister Eddie Garcia officiated.

A native and lifelong resident of Albany, Mrs. Smith was a 1962 graduate of Albany High School and was a member of Lee County Church of Christ.  She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Smith.

Survivors include her sons, Michael Wayne Smith (Brandy), Leesburg, Charles Wayne “Chad” Smith (Elizabeth), Atlanta; daughter Claudia M. Pickle (Chad), Albany; 10 grandchildren, Mack Braziel, Sarah Braziel, Kristina Braziel, Gavin Braziel, Devon Smith, Kelley Grant, Hope Pickle, Jessica Smith, Lindsey Smith, Michael Wayne Self; her mother, Claudia McCorkle, Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, James McCorkle, Baconton; sisters, Deborah McCrary, Albany, Donna Tabb, Albany.

Those desiring please make memorial to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, C/O Hasan Temple, 1822 Palmyra Road, Albany, Ga. 31701.

A guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

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