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Daisy Bell Abadie, 96

The graveside funeral services of Daisy Bell Abadie, 96, of Albany, who died Saturday, May 28 at Calhoun Nursing Home, was conducted Tuesday at Riverview Memorial Park Cemetery, Smyrna, Ga. Rev. Bobby Moye officiated.

A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mrs. Abadie resided in Albany since 1998 moving from Panama City, Fla. She was a retired office manager for Avon Cosmetics, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and attended Christ United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Watson, Albany, Carolyn McFarland (John), Atlanta, a son, Charles Porter (Sue), Tampa, a sister, Jean Chaney, San Antonio, three grandchildren, Bruce Watson (Darlene), Valdosta, Ga., Tobie Lynn Lopez, Tampa, Harry McFarland, Atlanta, and two great-grandchild, Ashley Jade Lopez and Isabelle Lopez both of Tampa.

In lieu of flowers those desiring may make memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 100 Central Ave., South, Tifton, GA, 31794.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

William Cleveland (Duck) Bell Jr.

William Cleveland (Duck) Bell Jr. died Friday, May 20. He was a native Albanian, born December 2, 1924, son of the late William C. Bell, Sr. and Bessie Arthur Bell.

His memorial service was held Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

He graduated from Albany High School in 1942 and upon graduation he attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega. On his 18th birthday he took the bus to Atlanta where he enlisted in the naval aviation program. He graduated at Pensacola Naval Air Station and served as a naval officer and pilot on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Mission Bay during World War II.

After military service he attended and graduated from Emory University where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Mr. Bell was an instructor with the Air Force before starting his airline career with Southern Airways which after several mergers became Northwest Airlines from which he retired.

A member of St Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Kinchley Bell of Montgomery, Ala. and Dewey Bell of Shalimar, Fla. and two sisters, Vivian Bell Stubbs of Albany and Mary Frances Dillard of Waycross and son in law Floyd G. Denison of Miami, Fla., and his beloved dog Lillie.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alice Nall Bell and daughters Martha Cannon and her husband Bob of Santa Rosa, Fla., Nancy Denison on Miami, Fla., and Mary Alice White and her husband Dean of Shalimar, Fla., grandsons Stephen Cannon and his wife Jaclyn, Dr. Robert Cannon and his wife Brooke, Clinton White and his wife Jessica and Taylor White, great grandchildren, Mac Cannon, Dylan Cannon and Isabel White.

To fly west my friends is a flight we all must take for a final check.

In lieu of flowers please make memorials to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 N. Jefferson Street, Albany, GA 31701 or Willson Hospice House, 420 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Lynn Ashby Davis Sr., 90

Funeral service for Lynn Ashby Davis Sr., 90 of Albany, who died Sunday, May 22 at Phoebe Worth Medical Center, was held Wednesday at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor officiated. Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery in Sylvester.

A native of Calhoun County, Mr. Davis lived in Albany most of his life and was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, Sojourners Sunday School Class, Golden K Kiwanis Club and the Telephone Pioneers. Mr. Davis supported blood drives with the American Red Cross on a regular basis.

Survivors include two sons, Lynn A. Davis Jr. and his wife Sherry of Sylvester and Russell D. Davis and his wife Ann of Terrell County, four grandchildren, Lynn A Davis III and his wife Suzanne, Katherine Davis Poer, Russell Dee Davis Jr. and Emily Rebekah Davis, two great-grandchildren, Morgan Elizabeth Davis and Curt Poer Jr. and an aunt Verna Chesnutt of Albany. Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ellen Shumate Davis.

Those desiring may make memorials to Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, 2200 Dawson Road., Albany GA 31707 or American Red Cross 500 Pine Ave., Albany, GA 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Malcolm “Troy” Fore

The funeral service for Malcolm “Troy” Fore, 75, of Albany, who died Friday, May 20 at Palmyra Medical Centers, was conducted May 23 at Crown Hill Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. James R. Bullion and Rev. Deacon Jim Perks officiated.

Troy was born in Wilcox County Georgia and later moved with his family to Savannah, a city he always said “makes me smile with my heart.” There he became an Eagle Scout and was part of a gospel quartet, The Rhythmairs. Music continued to be his passion throughout his life. Troy was a popular disc jockey in the West Point area, hosting events and calling football games for many years. He also served in the Navy Reserve. Moving to Albany in 1963, he was a sales representative until he grew tired of traveling and being away from his family. He was employed by the City of Albany Communications Department until retirement. Troy was a dedicated and loyal Golden K Kiwanian serving as president as well as Lieutenant governor for Division 3. He was the recipient of many Kiwanis awards and honors including the Georgia Outstanding Leader Award, the Lamar Stewart Memorial Award and the coveted George Hixion Fellowship Award. He was a communicant at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, was an expert fisherman and derived much pleasure from the outdoors and being on the water. He also learned late in life how pets brought companionship and love and cared very deeply for his two cats and two dogs. Troy will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Fore was preceded in death by his parents, James and Carrie Fore, two stepchildren, Gwen Freeman Drury and Dru Freeman, two sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Fore of Albany, two sons, Jamie Fore (Renae) of Gloucester, Va. and Troy Fore of Albany, a daughter, Lisa Fore Sheffield (Scott) of Brevard, N.C., son in law, John Meadors of Albany, one sister, Joyce Fore of Slidell, La., and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Building Fund, 4800 Old Dawson Road, Albany, GA 31721 or the Albany Humane Society, 1705 Oakridge Drive, Albany, GA 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Wade Hampton Hester Jr., 84

Wade Hampton Hester Jr., 84, of Albany, died Thursday, May 26.

His memorial service was held Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Mark Jones officiated. Mr. Hester was cremated and his burial will be private.

Mr. Hester was born in Albany and was a life-long resident. He attended schools in Albany and graduated from Marion Military Institute. Mr. Hester attended the University of Alabama until he entered military service. Mr. Hester was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He was a navy veteran of World War II and was a charter member of Doublegate Country Club.

Mr. Hester is survived by his wife: Martha Russell Hester, Albany; two sons: Wade Hampton Hester, III, Athens, Mark Russell Hester and his wife Susan, Lee County.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 N. Jefferson Street, Albany, GA 31701, or to a favorite charity.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Jack Murray, 87

Jack Murray, 87, of Warwick, died Saturday May 28, 2011 at Crisp Regional Hospital.

Funeral service was held Tuesday at Kimbrell-Stern. Interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Phil Streetman officiated.

Born in Buis Creek, N.C., Mr. Murray lived in Warwick since 1959 where he was employed at Flint Equipment Co. for 11 years. He was a member of Lake Blackshear Baptist Church. Mr. Murray was a 50-year Mason and a member of the Hasan Shrine Temple. He was also a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Murray loved to fish and loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved God and his country.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Judy Murray.

Survivors include his wife Patty Hardy Murray of Warwick; seven children Eddie Murray and his wife Kathy of Moultrie, Ga.; Kelly Murray of Thomasville, Ga.; Dickie Livingston of Albany; Lori Livingston of Albany; Debbie Vessels of Eatonton, Ga.; Joe Norris Jr. and his wife Diane of Cumming, Ga.; Jason Norris and his wife Jennifer of Leesburg; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave. , Albany, GA 31701 or American Heart Association 1101-1 Northchase Pkwy Marietta, GA 30067.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Caryol Maxine Newton, 88

Caryol Maxine Newton, 88, of Albany died Tuesday May 17 at her residence.

Her funeral mass was held May 20 at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church with interment to follow at Andersonville National Cemetery. Rev. Finbarr Stanton officiated. A rosary prayer service was held Thursday at Kimbrell-Stern.

Born in Hampton, Iowa, Mrs. Newton lived in Albany since 1972 where she was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church. She worked with Dr. Tom Myers for 15 years and also loved to work in the yard.

Mrs. Newton was preceded in death by her husband Lt. Col. Charles Newton, USMC Ret. and a son Michael James Newton and was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Kathy Newton of Albany; a half brother Keith Burman, of Aplington, Iowa; a half sister Doris Halls of Mason City, Iowa; four grandchildren Jodi Maloney, Michael Newton, Emily Newton, Jason Newton and one great-grandchild Baylie Nicole Newton.

Those desiring please make donations to the Development fund at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church 421 Edgewood Lane Albany, GA 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Samuel B. Tucker

Samuel B. Tucker of Lee County died Saturday, May 28 at Willson Hospice Center in Albany following a long illness.

His funeral service was held Wednesday in the chapel at Sherwood Baptist Church. Dr. Michael C. Catt and Mr. Dwayne Bridges officiated. Internment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery with military honors.

Sam was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church since 1987 having served in the tape ministry, welcome committee, and Royal Ambassadors. As a father and husband he was unselfish, had caring ways, tender, gentle, a thoughtful heart with a hushed quiet core and was kind with reverent and a godly soul.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1958 and received an honorable discharge in 1967 as a staff sergeant. He started a career in food service 1967 working with Shoney’s Big Boy, the Sizzling Steak House, and Long John Silver until 1981. Having a passion for his fellow Marines he went to work with the Department of Defense as a Civilian Marine at the Marine Corps Logistics Bases, Albany, in 1981 retiring in 2003. Upon retirement, he joined Modern Technologies in 2004 transferring to British Aerospace Engineering (BAE) Systems and worked as a contractor until 2010.

He leaves his wife of 43 years, Dottie Ann (Oliver) Tucker; his son, Stephen Paul Tucker of Macon; two brothers, Bennie Tucker (Naomi) and Leland Tucker (Linda), two sisters, Betty Thommason, Carolyn Trundle (Charles) all of Ringgold, Ga.; a brother Dewey Tucker (Linda), a sister Patsy Morris, both of Chattanooga; his brother in laws, Jimmy Oliver (Judy), Moreland, Ga.; Jerry Hall (Barbara), Rockvale, Tenn.; his sister in laws, Barbara Everett (Al), Broadway, N.C.; Vickie Miller (Jim), Jackie Killian (Mike), both of Sun Prairie, Wis.; many nieces, nephews, and close friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Lula Mae Tucker, his sisters, Dorothy Thommason and Sarilyn Brodnax.

Those desiring may make contributions and/or memorials can be sent to Sherwood Baptist Church, Albany Community Hospice, or the Marine Corp League, Detachment #1260, P.O. Box 70971, Albany, GA 31708-0971.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

David Patrick Wright, 31

David Patrick Wright, 31, of Lee County died Thursday, May 26 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

The funeral service was held Sunday at Kimbrell-Stern. Interment followed in Vienna City Cemetery. Rev. Dan Harris officiated.

Born in Crisp County, Mr. Wright lived in Lee County since 1986 where he was a self-employed electrician. He attended Lee County High School and graduated from Albany Technical College. Mr. Wright was a member of Draton Baptist Church and attended Philema Road Baptist Church.

Survivors include his four children Breanna Wright of Cuthbert, Ga.; Colby Wright, Tyler Wright and Hailey Wright of Leesburg; His parents Lloyd and Vicki Wright and a sister Erin Wright all of Leesburg; Maternal grandparents Pat and Wynelle Ayers of Dooly County.

Those desiring please make donations to The Wright Trust fund c/o of Bank of Lee County, 3000 N. Slappey Drive, Albany, GA 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


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