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Henry Joseph Crook Jr., 79

Henry Joseph Crook Jr., 79, of Albany, went to be with Jesus on June 14 surrounded by his family. Funeral services were held Friday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Cook and Rev. Greg Davis officiated. Interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Phenix City, Ala., Mr. Crook had resided in Albany since 1975 moving from Cincinnati, Ohio.  He graduated from Smiths Station High School, attended Auburn University and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Crook was employed with Camp Concrete Company (now Sherman Pipe Co.) for over thirty years.

Mr. Crook served as a Chaplain with Phoebe Pastoral Care and also served as a bi-vocational minister of music for over twenty five years for churches in Alabama, Ohio and Georgia. He was a member of Gillionville Baptist Church and the Marshall Raughton Sunday School Class. Mr. Crook was also a Master Mason and an emeritus member of Dougherty Lodge #591 F&AM.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Crook of Albany, two daughters, Vickie (Steve) Knuckles of Sasser, Ga. and Bethany (Kevin) Whitlock of Orange Park, Fla., a sister, Judy (Buddy) Harden of Phenix City, Ala., eight grandchildren, Bryan Whitlock, David Whitlock, Adam Whitlock, Michael Whitlock, Sarah Knuckles, Anna Knuckles, Rachel Knuckles and Conner Knuckles and two great-grandchildren, Caridee Whitlock and Blake Whitlock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Joseph Crook Sr. and Doris Crook and two sisters, Elizabeth Howard and Barbara Ann Redden.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Robert E. Fowler, 78

Robert E. (Big Bob) Fowler, 78, of Albany died Friday, June 17. His memorial service was held Monday, June 20 at Avalon United Methodist Church. The burial of his cremated remains followed at Riverside Cemetery. Rev. Eric Newman officiated.

Mr. Fowler was born in Albany and lived here most of his life. He retired from the Dougherty County School System after 33 years and DOCO Credit Union after 10 years. He received his education at Westtown School, West Chester, Pa. and Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. with graduate degrees from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. He was inducted into the Earlham College Hall of Fame in 1995. Mr. Fowler was past president of the Southeast Association of School Business Officials. He was a member of the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club where he held most all offices and was a Lt. Governor. He received the Legion of Honor Award from Kiwanis International. He was also on the Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Dougherty County Stadium Authority of over 25 years. Mr. Fowler served on the Board of the Albany Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted as a member in 1997. He was an active member of Avalon United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir, was a member of the Church Council, and taught the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class. Mr. Fowler was the line coach of the 1959 Albany High School State Championship Football Team. He enjoyed fishing and volunteering in the community. Mr. Fowler was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Ada Fowler, a son, Dan Fowler, a daughter, Robin Fowler, and a brother, Wayne Fowler.

He is survived by his wife: Ida English Fowler; his children: Robert (Bob) Fowler (Beverly), Nancy Fowler Newman (Eric), Susan Fowler Hammond, all of Albany, Julie Fowler Cook (Cary), Cordele, Ga.; grandchildren: Missy Whitney (Drew), Rebekah Griffin (Jason), Mae-Mae Fowler, Samuel Newman, Dani Newman, Noel Newman, Jeffrey Hammond, Maggie Hammond, Joshua Hammond, Jared Hammond, all of Albany, Ellie Cook, Hannah Cook, John Cook, David Cook, all of Cordele; great grandson: Elijah Whitney; brothers: Earl Fowler, Sandy Springs, Md., John Fowler, Silver Springs, Md., Jim Fowler, New Canaan, Ct.

Those desiring may send memorials to Avalon United Methodist Church, 3018 Gillionville Road, Albany, GA 31721, Love Thy Neighbor, C/O Avalon United Methodist Church, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, C/O Bill Cox, 2201 Whispering Pines Road, Albany, GA 31707, or to Student Ministries, C/O Flynn Bridges, 4807 Marlborough Drive, Albany, GA 31721.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


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