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Earnest Wilburn Hogan, 83

The funeral service of Earnest Wilburn Hogan, 83, of Albany, who died Wednesday, July 6 at his residence, was conducted Friday, July 8 at Mathews Funeral Home.  Interment followed in Warwick United Methodist Church Cemetery.  Rev. Bobby Moye officiated.

A native of TyTy, Ga., Mr. Hogan had resided in Albany since 1956.  He was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation after forty six years of service and received the Commissioner’s Merit Award in 1981.  He was a member of Westview Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Odom Hogan, Albany, a daughter, Deborah Hogan Johnston, Leesburg, two sons, Earnest Dale Hogan, Albany,  Dwayne Cullen Hogan (Shari B. Hogan), Baconton, Ga., two grandchildren, Caroline Hogan Palmer, Derek Dwayne Hogan and one great-granddaughter, Aubrey Lynn Palmer.

In lieu of flowers those desiring may make memorials to Albany Advocacy Resource Center, 2616 Pointe North Blvd., Albany, GA, 31721 or Westview Baptist Church, 2509 Homewood Drive, Albany, GA, 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Alice Juanita Bryan Justice, 90

Alice Juanita Bryan Justice, 90, of Albany, formerly of Columbus, Ga. died July 7 at Willson Hospice House.  Graveside services were held Saturday, July 9 at Park Hill Cemetery, Columbus.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Jeanette Findley Parker, 84

Jeanette Findley Parker, 84, of Albany, died Tuesday, July 5.

Her funeral service was held Friday, July 8 at Kimbrell-Stern, interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Parker has lived in Albany since 1953.  She was of the Baptist Faith and was employed with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for twenty years, retiring in 1995.  She was preceded in death by her son, Rickey Lamar Parker, and by the father of her children, William Carl Parker, Jr.

Mrs. Parker is survived by her 6 children:  Judy Cansler, Leesburg, Joan Barrett and her husband George, Leesburg, Sarah Kimsey and her husband Gerald, Baconton, Carl Melvin Parker and his wife Nancy, Box Springs, Ga., John Wayne Parker and his wife Marie, Albany; Debra Buchanan and her husband Daniel, Panama City Beach, Fla.; 21 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren.

Those desiring may send memorials to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1201, Albany, GA 31702.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Thomas Max Pickren, 69

Thomas Max Pickren, 69, of Sylvester, died Thursday, July7.

His funeral service was held on Monday, July 11 at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors, interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Steve Eidson officiated.

Mr. Pickren was born in Miller County and was a 1959 graduate of Miller County High School. He completed his training at Atlanta School of Electronics, Darton College, and Valdosta State University. Mr. Pickren owned and operated Pickren Controls, and he retired from Albany Technical College in 2003 with 25 years of service as an Industrial/Electrical Instructor. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and attended the Men’s Sunday School Class. Mr. Pickren was a member of the Exchange Club of Albany and the Golden Key Club.

Mr. Pickren is survived by his wife: Betty Dyar Pickren, Sylvester; his daughter: Tanya Pickren Collins and her husband Richard, Sylvester; his son: Tommy Pickren and his wife Cindy Calek Pickren, Leesburg; his grandchildren: McKenzie Collins and Leigha Collins, both of Sylvester, Charlotte Marie Pickren, whose birth is expected in August; his sisters: Johnnie Ruth Nalls and her husband Lester, Tifton, Shirley Joy Gordon, Cumming, Ga., Polly Warren and her husband Joe, Kissimmee, Fla.; his sister in law: Jackie Dyar Hemmings and her husband Scott, Albany; numerous nieces and nephews.

Flowers will be accepted, and those desiring may send memorials to Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31721, Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Blvd., N.E., Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345, or to the Exchange Club of Albany, P.O. Box 72272, Albany, GA 31708.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Joseph M. Schmidt

Joseph M. Schmidt, 304 N. Ingleside Drive, passed away the morning of Thursday, July 7.

His funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 12 at Beattie Road Church of Christ, interment followed in Floral Memory Gardens with full Military Honors.

A native of Colorado, Mr. Schmidt had lived in Albany since 1966. He served our country for 20 as a Marine serving during Korea and Vietnam. After his retirement from the Marine Corps, Mr. Schmidt worked Civil Service at MCLB. He was a member of the Church of Christ and worshipped with the Beattie Road congregation.

Survivors include his wife Connie Schmidt, Albany; his 4 children, Maude Hollo and husband, Lou, Arkansas, Joey Schmidt and wife Denise, Leesburg, Robert Schmidt and wife Deanna, Florida, Rebecca Meeks and husband Mike, Valdosta; 4 sisters, Anne Slattery, Nebraska, Elizabeth, Sabatka, Kansas, Barbara Ampagoomian, California and Cathy Ikerd, Louisiana; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers you may make memorials to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief, Inc., 410 Allied Drive, Nashville, TN 37211.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Gloria Lucille Smothers

Gloria Lucille Smothers formerly of Leesburg, died July 4 at Lillian Carter facility in Plains, Ga.  Memorial services were held Saturday July 9 at Crown Hill Cemetery.

She was the daughter of Walter Ben Rudd and Helen Gloria Renner. Her two sons Gary Rudd and William Smothers of Leesburg survived Ms. Smothers. Also four brothers Gene, Lewis, Roger, Buddy and sister Martha. Eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She was a loving individual. In addition, as a homemaker and mother Ms. Smothers loved with no judgment toward anyone. She often opened her home to those in need or those struggling in life. She will be greatly missed. Ms. Smothers was preceded in death by her husband Oren Smothers a sister Minnie a brother Wade and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations payable toward funeral expenses.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Mrs. Marilyn J. Tiefert, 80

Marilyn J. Tiefert, 80 of Hollis Bridge Court in Leesburg died June 30 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Gillionville Baptist Church. Rev. Tony Haefs officiated.

A native of Detroit, Michigan Mrs. Tiefert has lived in Leesburg for the past 2 years. She was a member of Gillionville Baptist Church and the Women in Faith Sunday School class. Mrs. Tiefert loved to sew and crochet and will always be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her sons, Thomas Smith of Barnwell, S.C., Marty Tiefert of Kansas City, Missouri, Ronald Tiefert of North Port, Fla. and Brian Tiefert of Leesburg, 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, brother, Wayne Krug of Clawson, Michigan.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Wilma Langley, 95

The graveside service for Wilma Doris Watson Langley, 95, who died Monday in Sale Creek, Tenn., was held Friday, July 8, 2011 at 3 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Kenny Watson officiated.

A native of Churchill, Ga., Mrs. Langley resided in Albany since 1965. She was a member of Avalon Methodist Church, was retired from Villa Gargano restaurant, and was a homemaker for her seven children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Langley, her parents, James and Minnie Watson, a daughter, Kay Marie Langley and a son John Michael Langley.
Survivors include two sons, James “Jim” Langley and his wife, Wanda, of Leesburg and Bernard Langley and his partner, Mitchell, of Sale Creek, three daughters, Vickie Langley Wagner and her husband, Fran of Michigan, Carole Langley Kenny and her husband, George of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Marsha Langley Richardson of Michigan, two sisters, Madge Phillips of Albany and Lucy Abell of Moultrie, Ga., two sisters in law, Anne Watson of Albany and Vida Lee Watson of Columbus, Ga., 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and great-great grandchildren

Macey Grace Matillo-Henderson and Marley Love Matillo-Henderson, infants

Macey Grace Matillo-Henderson and Marley Love Matillo-Henderson infant twins of Ryan Everett Matillo and Kristen Hope Henderson died July 9, 2011 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 13 at 4 p.m. at Floral Memory Gardens. Rev. Eddie Adams will officiate.

Survivors include her parents, maternal grandparents, Mary Anne Henderson and Alton Henderson both of Albany, paternal grandparents, Gwen Matillo of Dothan, Ala., and Harry Matillo of Albany, maternal great-grandmothers, Mary Sutton of Albany and Zola Mae Benson of Sylvester, paternal great-grandparents, Quintilla Gilbourn and Jeff Gilbourn both of Bainbridge, Ga., aunt Meagan Henderson of Albany.

“Remember Me”: Remember me when flowers bloom early in the spring. Remember me on sunny days in the fun that summer brings. Remember me in the fall as you walk thru the leaves of gold and in the wintertime — Remember me in the stories that are told, but most of all remember me each day — right from the start I will be forever near for I live within your heart.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Amy Marie Shemwell, infant

Amy Marie Shemwell, infant daughter of Matthew and Melissa Shemwell of Leesburg, died Sunday July 10, 2011 at The Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.

A graveside funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 13 at 11 a.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery.  Minister Danny Ranew will be officiating.

Other survivors include her maternal grandparents Danny and Margaret Ranew of Leesburg; Paternal grandparents Freddie and Ann Shemwell of Albany; Maternal great-grandmother Louise Ranew of Leesburg; and Paternal great-grandmother Mary Shemwell of Albany.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, 1405 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30322.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


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