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Earl N. Holt

Earl N. Holt, 6401 Hardup Road, died Tuesday, May 31 at his residence.

His funeral service was held Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors followed by interment in Floral Memory Gardens.  Rev. Chuck Scarborough officiated.

A native of Cordele, Mr. Holt was retired from Georgia Mack and had worked at Albany Auto Electric.  He was member of Beacon Baptist Church and was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.  He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian Holt.

Survivors include his daughter, Cathy Tully and her husband Malcolm, Leesburg; sons, Wendell Holt and his wife Kathie, Leesburg and Phillip Holt, Albany, grandchildren, Chassady, Tiffany, Asa, Shannon, Alex, Kayla, Kristin, Shylee; great grandchildren, Christine, Bradley, Jake, Charlie, Lillian, Mary; great-great-grandchild, Dominic and a brother, Garnel Holt and his wife Gloria, Moycok, N.C.

Those desiring may make memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, Southwest Georgia Regional Office, 315 West Second St., Tifton, GA 31794.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.



Marion Dyke Manry

Marion Dyke Manry passed away on, Wednesday, June 1.

Born Marion Seville Dyke January 16, 1925 in Moultrie, Mrs. Manry was known for her beauty.  She was drum majorette at Moultrie High School before attending Georgia State Women’s College and the University of Georgia.  After college she taught school in Cairo and was a Hattie Carnegie model in New York City for a short time.  She returned to Georgia where she met and married Lawrence Edward Manry in 1949.  She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Manry, her father Eugene Dyke of Moultrie, her mother Thelma Dyke of Albany and brother Col. Sam Dyke of Cairo, Ga.  She is survived by children Ellen and Stevan Stark of Chapel Hill, N.C., Lem Manry of Columbus, Roy Manry of Albany and Sam and Barbara Manry of Havana, Fla. and grandchildren Leah and BJ Dekreek and great-granddaughters Ella and Emery Dekreek all of Atlanta.  Over the years Mrs. Manry was involved in numerous charitable activities, but she was always happiest in the company of her family and dearest friends.  “For where your treasure is, so will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21

Funeral services were held graveside at Crown Hill Cemetery on Saturday, June 4. Father James Bullion of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church officiated.


Retha Mae Barrett, 90

Retha Mae Barrett, 90, of Palmyra Road in Albany, died May 31 at Willson Hospice House.

Funeral services were held Friday June 3 at Sardis United Methodist Church in Buckhead, Ga.  Rev. Blair Zant officiated. Interment followed in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery in Sandy Springs, Ga.

A native of Cumming, Ga. Mrs. Barrett has lived most of her life in the Atlanta-Buckhead area where she was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church and retired from Macy’s Department store. Mrs. Barrett loved to walk in her community and send cards to her family and friends. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and an avid pet lover.

Survivors include her daughter, Bobbie Barrett Todd and her husband Aaron of Albany, son, James Lamar Barrett and his wife Cheryl of Marietta, Ga., four grandchildren, Steven Todd, Jason Todd, Rick Barrett and Terri Barrett-Viteri, and one nephew, Terrell Bennett of Smyrna, Ga.

Those desiring, may make memorials to Sardis United Methodist Church, 3725 Powers Ferry Road. Atlanta, Ga. 30342.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Julian Franklin Clegg, 78

Julian Franklin Clegg, 78, of Albany died Monday, June 6, 2011 at his residence.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Radium Springs Baptist Church with interment to follow at Floral Memory Gardens. Dr. Charlie Bridges will officiate.

Born in Alabama, Mr. Clegg lived in Albany where he was a computer tech with Western Union (Now GTE) for 40 years. He was a member of Radium Springs Baptist Church for 42 years where he was a deacon, building maintenance, Sunday School teacher of the Median Adult SSC as well as the youth SSC.

Mr. Clegg loved to hunt, spend time with his grandchildren, and help his wife in the garden. He loved Alabama Football “Roll Tide”. Mr. Clegg also served in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years Gloria Faye Clegg of Albany; a son Randy Clegg and his wife Suzanne of Buford, Ga.; two daughters Karen Clegg Franks and her husband Barry of Tifton, Ga.; Kim Clegg Council of Albany; former son-in-law Capp Council; nine grandchildren Carrie Council, Casey Council, Colby Council, Chris Franks, Kelly Purvis (Lance), Matthew Franks, Katie Clegg, Emily Clegg, and William Clegg; one great-grandchild Bryson Purvis.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kimbrell-Stern.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA, 31707 or Radium Springs Baptist Church, 2402 Roxanna Road, Albany, GA, 31705. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Aubrey Melvin Craft Jr., 46

Aubrey Melvin (Mel) Craft Jr., 46, of Leesburg, died Sunday, June 5 at Willson Hospice House.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. Chip Gresham and Rev. Norman Denney officiated. Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery. Michael Calhoun, Steven Calhoun, Terry Stevens, Rusty Lanier, Tommy Jarrett and Steve Williams served as active pallbearers. The Men’s Sunday School Class and the Willing Worker’s Sunday School Class served as honorary pallbearers.

A native of Albany, Mel had resided in the Albany area all of his life. He was a 1983 graduate of Albany High School and attended Albany Technical College. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was employed with Jarrett Brothers Construction Company.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Craft of Lee County, three children, Heather Craft of Crawfordville, Fla. and Haley Craft and Hunter Craft both of Lee County, a grandchild, Makayla Aubrey Harrison of Crawfordville, Fla., his parents, Melvin and Betty Jean Craft of Albany, and a brother and his wife, Alan and Wendy Craft of Sylvester.

Those desiring may make contributions to Calvary Baptist Church, 1211 13th Ave., Albany, GA, 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Paul Faulk

Paul Faulk, of Leesburg, died Thursday, June 2 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

His memorial service was held Sunday at Kimbrell-Stern with the Rev. Chris Turner officiating.

A native of Albany, Paul worked with CIS. He loved to hunt fish, being on the river and playing horseshoes and golf and was an excellent father.

Survivors include his children, Kalyn T. Faulk, Riley Faulk, Trip Faulk and Kai Dacalio, his parents Scott and Seconda Faulk, Oakfield, sister, Amanda Hunter and her husband Brett, Leesburg; brother Jason Faulk and his wife Shannon, Albany, fiancée Chassie Padgett, Leesburg; maternal grandparents Doc Pollock and his wife Elsie, Albany, Ruby Roberts, Leesburg, paternal grandmother, Helen Faulk, Albany; nieces Janel, Skyler, Jordyn, Morgan and Laurann.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to Scott and Seconda Faulk, 5232 Ga. Hwy 300, Oakfield, GA 31722.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Ruby L. Arrington Parker Giddens, 88

Ruby L Arrington Parker Giddens, 88 of Leesburg, died June 3 at her residence.

Funeral services were held Monday at Albany Baptist Church 3521 Sylvester Road. Rev. Aaron White officiated. Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Giddens was born in Wrightsville, Ga. to Luther Arrington and Anne L. (nee: White) Arrington Handley, both deceased.

She was preceded in death by both of her husbands, Robert S. Parker Jr. and Clyde Giddens, and a son Ralph Jeffery Parker.

She is survived by her children, Lamar Parker (Dorene) of Leesburg, Charles Parker (Mary) and Billy Parker (Carolyn) all of Albany, Robert Parker III (Cara) of Douglas, Ga., Joseph Parker of Albany, Bobby Parker (Debbie) of Douglas, Ga. and Debbie Spargo of Albany along with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Giddens was a home-maker who in her younger years, loved to grow her own garden, can her own vegetables, make her children’s clothes, and fish.

In her later years she grew to love shopping, absolutely LOVED her grandbabies and her ever-present puppies, “Baby” and “Tiny”. She loved spending time with her family and Albany Baptist Church family.

Those desiring, may make memorials to the American Cancer Society Dougherty-Lee Unit, P.O. Box 1201 Albany, GA 31702 or American Heart Association, 5962 Zebulon Road #359, Macon, GA 31210.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Eloise B. Smith, 96

Eloise B. Smith, 96, of Albany, GA died June 5 at Albany Health Care. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Bobby Moye will officiate. Interment will follow in the Sale City Cemetery.

A native of Sale City, Ga., born to the late Ruebin and Neoma Barnes Baisden, Mrs. Smith had resided in Albany since 1950. She was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church and was a former salesperson at Bennie’s Bootery, Rosenbergs, Bama’s and Vogue Casuals. Mrs. Smith was the widow of Clinton Hill Smith and was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jodie Diane Reever.

Survivors include two daughters, Jerlynn Watson and her husband, Bob, of Albany, and Jeannene Banks of Branson, Mo., six grandchildren, Kristen (Richard) Sheriff of Carrolton, Ga., Jackie (Joey) Wilkinson of Lee County, Bruce (Yvette) Jones of Branson, Mo., Debra Jo (J.R.) Hernandez of Mobile, Ala., Angela (Curtis) Turner of Lee County, and Linda (David) Ponthier of Albany, a niece, Susan Salgado, a nephew, Robert Luckey, seventeen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family is at the residence of Jerlynn and Bob Watson, 606 Longbow Drive, Albany, 31721.

Those desiring may make contributions to Alzheimer’s Association, GA. Chapter, 100 Central Ave. South, Tifton, GA, 31794.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


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