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Charles Gage Daughtry. infant

Master Charles Gage Daughtry passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving parents, Charles Jarrett Daughtry and Kimberly Neal on Tuesday, June 21 at Phoebe Putney Hospital. He was born on June 15, 2011.

The memorial service was held Friday, June 24 at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors.

During his five short days on earth, he touched many lives and was loved deeply by his family and friends. His life was a brief gift to us that will live on in our hearts forever. Sometimes, it’s the smallest things that take up the most room in our hearts.

Other survivors include two brothers, David White and Damien Conway, a sister, Alexis White, paternal grandparents, Lynn Hudson and Charles Daughtry and maternal grandparents, Theresa Bair and Tim Wright.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Willis B. NeSmith, 92

Willis B. NeSmith, 92, of Albany, died Wednesday, June 22 at Cordele Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were held Saturday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Bobby Moye officiated. Interment followed in Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery. American Legion Post #30 provided military honors.

A native of Brooks County, Ga., Mr. NeSmith grew up in Quitman, Ga. and graduated from Barwick High School and had resided in Albany since 1951. He retired from Triangle Engineering and was formerly employed with A&M Karagheusian Carpet Factory.

He was an army veteran of World War II where he served in North Africa and Italy. He was a tank commander and served in the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion. Mr. NeSmith was awarded the Silver Star with two oak leaf clusters, the Eame Campaign Medal with four bronze stars and the Purple Heart. He concluded his military career as a tank instructor at Ft. Hood, Texas. He was preceded in death by a son Alan NeSmith and a daughter, Susan Gray.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine M. NeSmith of Albany, two sons, Gary NeSmith of Tybee Island, Ga. and Tommy NeSmith of Albany, a brother, Edward NeSmith of Tucson, Ariz., a half-sister, Essie Lee Guess of Dixie, Ga., two grandchildren, Melissa Wood of Savannah, and Carla-Pritchett Wood of Bothell, Wash. and two great-grandchildren, Lee Wood and Stella Wood.

Those desiring may make contributions to The Alzheimer’s Disease Fund, P.O. Box 96673, Washington, DC, 20090.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Joshua R. Ray, 18

Joshua R. Ray, 18, died Wednesday, June 22. Funeral services were held Monday, June 27 at Kimbrell-Stern. Rev. David Benton officiated. Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

He was born in Lich, Germany, and has lived in Midway since 1997 and was a 2011 Graduate of Liberty County High School. During his four years at Liberty High, Josh has been a member of the varsity baseball team, Rotary Interact Club, S2S (Student to Student- an orientation team of new students sponsored by the Military Child Coalition), LCHS Yearbook Staff, WLCH News Crew, Future Farmers of American, and Army ROTC.

Joshua is survived by his parents Bryon and Christy Ray of Midway; Paternal grandparents Lamar Ray of Albany and Mildred Ray of Winfield, Ala.; Maternal grandparents Wayne and Debra Cleveland of Baconton, Ga.; Maternal Great-grandparent Welthie Cleveland of Colquitt; Paternal Great-grandparents Betty and Ed Tucker of Colquitt.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.



Paul Edward Umbarger II, 37

Paul Edward Umbarger II, 37, of Albany passed away Thursday, June 23 in Albany. Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 27 in the chapel of Hall and Hall Funeral Home. Rev. Chris E. Turner officiated, interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Umbarger was born April 3, 1974 in Albany, son of Paul Edward Umbarger and Elizabeth Annette Carter Umbarger. He was a carpenter by trade and loved his son more than anything in the world. Mr. Umbarger enjoyed working with computers, guns, and loved the outdoors and airplanes.

Survivors include his loving mother, Ann Umbarger of Albany; son, Paul Edward III of Leesburg; his former wife, Kimberly Umbarger of Leesburg; aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

An online guestbook is at www.hallandhallfuneralhome.com.


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