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Ruth Alice Anderson

Ruth Anderson, a longtime resident of Albany, passed away early Sunday, April 24, 2011 at Morningside Assisted Living. Mrs. Anderson was born in Maulden, Mass., on October 4, 1923. She worked for General Electric in Boston during World War II in support of the war effort. She moved to Hollywood Beach, Fla. where she met and married her husband, Paul Anderson Jr. She and Mr. Anderson reared eight children.

She is preceded in death by her husband and a son, Robert G. Anderson.

Survivors include her son, Paul M. Anderson III, and his wife Karen, of Albany; son Bruce P. Anderson and his wife Sandy, of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughter Celeste Anderson Rustin and her husband Neil, of Leslie, Ga.; son Greg Anderson of Albany; daughter Laura Anderson Richardson and her husband Mark, of Dahlonega, Ga.; son John Anderson Sr. of Panama City Beach, Fla.; and daughter Nancy Anderson Shear and her husband David of Winter Spring, Fla.

She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Mrs. Anderson was a faithful parishioner of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church and between her children and grandchildren they attended the Catholic School for more than 40 continuous years. She was a member and former president of the Council of Catholic Women; a longtime member of the Dawson Road Garden Club; and was a charter member of the Albany Chapter of Women in Construction.

She and her husband founded Anderson Roofing Company Inc., where she served as secretary-treasurer for more than 40 years.

She was a wonderful mother, wife, sister, and beloved friend. She and her sense of humor will be missed.

Pall Bearers were Mac Anderson, Beau Miller, Robbie, Brian and Phillip Anderson, John Anderson Jr., Andrew Shear and Dallas Ausburn.

The funeral service was held Tuesday at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church; interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Finbarr Stanton officiated.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Mrs. Blanche Hatton Clark, 86

Mrs. Blanche Hatton Clark, 86, of Albany died Friday, April 22 at Willson Hospice House.

Her funeral service was held Monday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors; interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Ken Chancellor officiated.

A native of Sneads, Fla., Mrs. Clark lived in Albany since 1949. She was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church and active in the Rose Moore Sunday School Class and was retired from Sears in 1992.

Mrs. Clark was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Arthur E. Clark.

Survivors include her sons, Buddy Clark and his wife Ginger, Albany, Steve Clark and his wife Sara of Leesburg; grandchildren, John Clark and his wife Fiona, Julie Joiner and her husband Paul, Mary Puckett and her husband Danny, Brian Clark; two great granddaughters; brother, Ralph Hatton and his wife Yvonne, Sneads, Fla. and many nieces and nephews.

Those desiring please make memorials to Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707 or your favorite charity.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Marjorie Wood Jones, 91

Marjorie Wood Jones, 91, of Camilla, Ga., died April 20 at Willson Hospice House.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Sumner Cemetery in Sumner, Ga. Rev. Jon McCranie officiated.

A native of Sumner, Ga., Mrs. Jones was a longtime resident of Albany on West Third Avenue

and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Osce Vernon Jones and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Those desiring, please make memorials to American Lung Association, 1104-B Third Ave. Albany, GA 31707 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1201, Albany, GA 31702.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com

William D. (Bill) Mills Jr., 82

William D. (Bill) Mills Jr., 82, died Thursday April 21 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William D. Mills Sr. and Esther Cassidy Mills, and a daughter Cynthia Mills Walsh.

He is survived by his wife of 56 1/2 years, Shirley Burch Mills and a son and daughter in law John and Marjorie Mills of Bethel Park, Pa.

Mr. Mills was a 1946 graduate of Albany High School, attended North Georgia College for a year and the University of Georgia for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy School of Music as a Percussionist and spending four years as a musician in various Navy Bands.

Upon returning from the Korean War, he earned his degree from the University of Georgia. While there he was a member of the First Georgia Redcoat Marching Band.

After graduation he was hired by Westinghouse Electric Corp. and spent 35 years with them before retiring. At that time he had the distinct honor of being the youngest director of purchasing at their Pittsburgh, Pa. headquarters.

His remains have been cremated. A graveside funeral service will be held at Floral Memory Gardens with Rev. William Collins and Rev. Jennifer Shearling officiating.

Those desiring may make contributions to their favorite charity in his memory.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Betty Simpson Parlier, 82

Betty Simpson Parlier, 82, of Albany died Thursday, April 21 at Palmyra Medical Center. Funeral services were held Saturday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Ken Myers officiated. Interment followed at College Park Cemetery in College Park, Ga.

A native of Atlanta, Mrs. Parlier resided in Albany since 1995, moving from Riverdale, Ga. She graduated from Hapeville High School in 1945 and was a member of Avalon United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Alfred Parlier.

Survivors include a brother and his wife, Jack and Sarah Simpson of Lee County and many nieces and nephews.

Those desiring may make contributions to Avalon United Methodist Church, 3018 Gillionville Road, Albany, GA, 31721. An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Willie Lee Simmons

The funeral service for MSGT Willie Lee Simmons, who died Friday, April 22, 2011 at his residence, was conducted Monday in the chapel at Sherwood Baptist Church. Rev Tom Pollock and Mr. Ross Powell officiated. Services will also be held on Saturday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at New St Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 515 E. Sawyer Street, Blytheville, Ark., with interment to follow at Dogwood Cemetery.

Mr. Simmons was a native of Darlington, S.C., and lived in Albany since 1989, moving from Jacksonville, N.C. He served 32 years in the USMC and was a veteran of The Korean War and the Vietnam War, where he served two tours. He was the first African American Deacon at Sherwood Baptist Church where he and his wife were members. He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Whaley.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Dot) Simmons, a son, Gary Simmons (Anneke), a daughter Karen (Kai) Simmons-Dye (Daryl) all of Albany, a sister, Betty Simmons of Bronx, N.Y., two brothers, J.C. Whaley of Columbia, S.C. and William Douglas (Tori) of Darlington, S.C., his mother, Roberta Simmons Whaley of Columbia, S.C., one grandchild, Kayla Mineart of Savannah, Ga. and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Generations at Sherwood Baptist Church, 2201 Whispering Pines Road, Albany, GA 31707. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.





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