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Laverne Barfield, 77

Laverne Barfield, 77, of 3405 Forest Ridge Drive, Albany, died Tuesday, June 28 at her residence.

The funeral service was conducted Friday, July 1 at Mathews Funeral Home.  Rev. Bobby Moye officiated.  Interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Eastman, Ga., Mrs. Barfield had resided in Albany for the past fifty five years.  She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.  Mrs. Barfield was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Fudge and a grandson, Chad Sirmons.

Survivors include her husband, Willie Barfield of Albany, three daughters, Linda Freeman, Albany, Doris Sirmons and Debra Crowder both of Leesburg, three sons, Ricky Barfield his wife, Burma of San Antonio, Tex., Larry Barfield and his wife, Sue of Albany, and Gene Barfield and his wife, Pam of Leesburg, a brother, David Collins of Albany, a sister, Diane Spivey of Snellville, Ga., twelve grandchildren, Ricky Barfield Jr., Paul Barfield, Levon Fudge, Chris Fudge, Rusty Taunton, Gene Barfield Jr., Shawn Freeman, Heather Leblanc, Misty Dent, Brian Freeman, Jeffery Crowder Jr. and Haley White and seventeen great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Vertie Hatcher Barnes

Vertie Hatcher Barnes, formerly of Albany, died Sunday, June 26 in Valdosta, Ga. Her funeral service was held Tuesday, June 28 at Kimbrell-Stern, interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.  The Rev. Hugh Rockett officiated.

Mrs. Barnes was born in Colquitt County, Ga. And lived in Albany since 1924.  She moved several years ago to the Baptist Village in Lake Park, Ga.  She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Albany and the Estherian Sunday school class.

Mrs. Barnes is survived by her daughter:  Janice B. Hagberg and her husband James, Summerville, S.C.; three grandchildren:  Ron Hagberg, North Charleston, S.C., Joy Springfield and her husband Paul, Summerville, S.C., Jan Kirkland and her husband Mike, Auburn, Maine; five great grandchildren:  Tripton Lunsford, Gabriel Lunsford, Jason Springfield, Christian Kirkland, Ashley Kirkland.

Those desiring may send memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10004, or to a favorite charity.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Mary Catherine Coleman, 81

Mary Catherine T. Coleman, 81, of Leesburg, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Mathews Funeral Home.  Rev. Calvin King will officiate.  Interment will follow in Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery.

A native of Avera, Ga., Mrs. Coleman had lived in Leesburg since 1990 moving from Albany.  She was a retired Sales Associate at Sears Roebuck Co., a member of Thundering Springs Baptist Church and member of Sears Retiree and Golden Key Clubs. Mrs. Coleman was preceded in death by her husband, Jack D. Coleman, her parents, Keylon Eugene Thompson, Sr. and Florie Thompson Blanchard and a brother, Wilson Blanchard.

Survivors include three daughters, Joany Burns and husband Marvin, Tina McClure and Rhonda Way all of Leesburg, a son and wife, Barry D. Coleman Violet of Vidalia, Ga., a brother, Keylon Eugene Thompson of Albany, GA, six grandchildren, Marleene Cortez, Jenny Campa, Barry D. Coleman II, Searcy McClure, Stone McClure and Jessica Catherine Way, six great-grandchildren, Hunter Coleman, Whitley Coleman, Maria Cortez, Sophia Cortez, Selena Cortez and Carlos Cortez.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Frances Colvard Finney, 89

Frances Colvard Finney, 89, passed away on Wednesday, June 29 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. A private graveside service was held on Saturday, July 2.

Mrs. Finney was a very active member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church and the Sojourners Sunday School class. She will always be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and church member.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lawton Finney.

Survivors include her two daughters, Mary Jane Sharp and her husband Stan of Albany and Carolyn Finney White and her husband Buddy of Havana, Fla., five grandchildren, Cristen Everett and her husband Mike, Jackson Pennington and his wife Meredith, Mary Elizabeth Thompson and her husband Jesse, Brooks Hosey and her husband Jody and Jake White and his wife Kristi and ten great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church Senior Adult Ministry or Children’s Ministry 2200 Dawson Road Albany, GA 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Imogene Suggs Goff, 78

Imogene Suggs Goff, 78, of Sylvester, died Friday, July 1 at Phoebe Worth Hospital. The funeral service was held Sunday, July 3 at The Church of God of Prophecy in Poulan. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery in Sylvester.  Rev. Lanier Weaver officiated.

A lifelong native of Worth County, Mrs. Goff was a member of Church of God of Prophecy in Poulan.  She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband Thelton Goff of Sylvester; two sons Glenn Goff and his wife Dale of Sylvester; Neil Goff and his wife Sherry of Monticello, Ga.; one grandchild Kyle Goff of Sylvester; three sisters Annette Paramore and Peggy Blalock, both of Poulan; and Bernice Ellenberg of Moultrie, Ga.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Brant Edgar Mayher, 41

Dr. Brant Edgar Mayher, 41, of Simpsonville, S.C, husband of Holli Whiting Mayher, died June 26, 2011.  Born in Augusta, he was a son of Dr. William Edgar Mayher III and JoAnne Mullis Mayher of Albany.

Dr. Mayher was an urologist at Palmetto-Greenville Urology.  He was a 1987 graduate of Deerfield-Windsor High School in Albany. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Georgia in Athens with cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa distinction.

Dr. Mayher received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta. He completed his surgical internship and urology residency at the University of Tennessee at Memphis in Memphis, Tenn.  He was a member of the Greenville Medical Society, American Medical Association, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Urological Association, American Board of Urology, and SC Chapter of American College of Surgeons.  Brant was a member of Christ Church Episcopal and the Holly Tree Tennis Club.  He was an avid tennis player and Georgia Bulldogs fan.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two children, Richmond and Pate Mayher; his brother, William “Bill” Mayher and his wife, Marnie, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and his sister, Anne Mayher of Greenville, S.C.

The funeral service was held Thursday, June 30 at Christ Church Episcopal, 10 N. Church St., Greenville, S.C. 29601.  Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church Episcopal School, 245 Cavalier Drive, Greenville, S.C., 29607.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.



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