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Salvador “Ben” Benegas, 90

Salvador “Ben” Benegas, 90, father of Sandra Lee of Albany, passed away on Friday, June 10 at Morningside Assisted Living.

A memorial service will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Margaret Elizabeth Moss Fleming, 90

Margaret Elizabeth Moss Fleming of Pensacola, Fla., died on Thursday, June 9 at the age of 90 at her home from pancreatic cancer.

She was born on Feb. 5, 1921, the daughter of Lena Bell Haddock Moss and George Dallas Moss in Albany, Georgia. She had one sister, Dorothy Moss Carter.  She graduated from Albany High School in the Class of 1938.  She lived in her much-loved hometown of Albany for the majority of her life, moving to Pensacola in 1998.

Margaret married John (Buck) Hines Stovall in 1938 who was killed in action while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  She married Garrett (Sonny) Andrew Fleming Jr. in 1946 who preceded her in death in 1971. Her longtime friend and companion, Charles V. Tyson, died in 1995.

Margaret had a 21-year career as the lunchroom manager at Magnolia Elementary School in Albany.  Margaret was an inspiration to her children and those who knew her.  She was most generous to family, friends and colleagues and cared for her own Mother, Lena Stewart, until her death at age 100.  With a passion for cooking and baking, she always ensured that holidays and birthdays were special celebrations.  She had a grand sense of humor.  She was a proud member of the First United Methodist Church of Albany for 81 years, having joined at age nine in 1930.  She continued her membership after her move to Florida and still took great pleasure in reading the Church’s monthly bulletin.  She enjoyed her many friendships in Pensacola as well as her longtime friendship with Mrs. Helen Loyless of Albany with whom she had been a close friend for 81 years.

Margaret was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and companion.   She is survived by her daughter Kay Stovall Jones of Pensacola, son Garrett Fleming and his wife Carol of Albany, daughter Lisa Fleming of Adel, Iowa and her husband Thomas Hagen and two granddaughters:  Betsy Fleming Clay and her husband Justin of Atlanta and Margaret Fleming of Pensacola.  In addition, she is survived by one sister-in-law, Martha Woods Stovall of Leesburg and several nieces and nephews:  Barbara Carter (Orange Park, Fla.); Kathy Shulan Conoly (Woodstock, Ga.); Bill Hughey (Albany); Kay Hughey Dunn (West Palm Beach, Fla.); Sue Stovall Butcher (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.); Hugh Stovall (Ft. Gaines, Ga.); Janet Stovall Sherling (Jonesboro, Ga.; John Reid Stovall (Wooster, Ohio); and Frank Stovall (Cumming, Ga.).


Geraldine White Miller, 90

Geraldine White Miller, 90, died Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be held at Miller Cemetery in Middletown, Ind., at a later time.

A native of Sulphur Springs, Ind., Mrs. Miller had resided in Manchester, Tenn., before moving to Albany 10 years ago. She was a retired postmaster and was a member of Albany Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Pattison Miller.

Survivors include a daughter, Patty Akers and her husband, Warren, Leesburg, a son, Dr. Charles W. Miller and his wife, Beverly, Duluth, Ga., two sisters, Dorothy Wood, New Castle, Ind., Mary Ann Weiss and her husband, Elwyn, West Lafayette, Ind., five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Inge Lucius Reid, 59

Inge Lucius Reid, 59 of Middle Road in Leesburg died Sunday, June 11 at Willson Hospice House. Mrs. Reid will be cremated and a private memorial service at a later date.

A native of Rechlinghausen, Germany, Mrs. Reid has lived in Lee County most of her life. She was employed with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for 20 plus years as a Pharmacy Tech. She was an avid reader, animal lover and loved to fish and travel.

Survivors include her sister, Brunhilde Lucius-Seabright and her husband John of New Braunfels, Texas, her best friend Ramona Trotter of Leesburg and a host of other friends.

In lieu of flowers, you may make memorials to the National Kidney Foundation 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 or the Albany Humane Society, 1705 Oakridge Drive, Albany, GA 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Joseph D. Rizer, 57

Joseph D. (Joe) Rizer, 57, of Leesburg died Thursday, June 9, 2011 at his residence. Funeral services were Monday at Beattie Road Church of Christ with cremation following. Mr. Jimmy Dickens officiating.

A native of Sneeds Ferry, N.C., Mr. Rizer has lived most of his life in the Leesburg-Albany area, where he was a member of Beattie Road Church of Christ and was very involved with the Southwest Georgia Mission and the Prison Ministry. He was instrumental in building Edison Church of Christ, and served there as minister for several years.

Mr. Rizer was a 1972 graduate of Albany High School, and he loved to play golf and fish.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle Morgan Rizer of Leesburg, sister, Kitty Shepard and her husband Rudy of Wilmington, N.C., brother, Jim Rizer and his wife Tammie of Norfolk, Va., father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Blanche Morgan of Graves, Ga., brother-in-law, Roger Lynn Morgan of Dawson, best friend, Robin Watson, spiritual parents, Bill and Jane Rowden of Albany and his beloved pets, “Kaya” and “Noles”.

Mr. Rizer was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Coolidge and Marjorie Hope Swanson Rizer and a brother, John Rizer.

An online guestbook is at online at www.kimbrellstern.com.

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