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Lynn Seely Gillespie Bishton, 84

Lynn Seely Gillespie Bishton, 84, of Albany died Sunday, July 24 at Willson Hospice House. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 27 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Burial followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. Reverend Mark Jones and Reverend James Bullion officiated.

Mrs. Bishton was born on Nov. 9, 1926 in St. Petersburg, Fla. She moved to Albany as a child and lived here the rest of her life. She was a 1943 graduate of Albany High School and a graduate of the University of Alabama. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Mrs. Bishton taught school at Palmyra Elementary before pursuing her dream of a becoming an interior designer. She graduated from the New York School of Art and returned to Albany and started Gillespie Interiors, where for many years was a renown decorator and businesswoman. She sold her business in 1984 and retired. Gee, as she was called by her grandchildren, loved

her family, friends, and the Atlanta Braves.

Mrs. Bishton was preceded in death by her parents, A.L. and Corinth Seely, her first husband. H.H. (Gil) Gillespie, her sister, Annette Seely Smith and her brother, A. Brandon (Bugar) Seely.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Bishton, Albany; her son, Hill (Mary) Gillespie of Albany; her daughter, Lucy (Chuck) Richardson of Macon; grandchildren Jill (Davis) Gillespie King; Gil Gillespie of Albany; Page (Euan) Persons Munro of Norwich, England; Benton Persons of Chicago, Illinois.

A special thanks to her loving caregivers; Dorothy, Weezie, Ruby, and Evelyn.

Doris Sellers Dellinger, 93

Doris Sellers Dellinger, 93 died Friday, July 22. Mrs. Dellinger was born in Mitchell County, and had lived in Albany since 1928.  She graduated from Albany High School in 1936 and was voted most athletic.  She was captain on the Indians 1936 basketball team.  Mrs. Dellinger was a charter member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and served on a number of committees.

Mrs. Dellinger worked at Southern Bell for four years, retiring as business office supervisor.  She was a former member of the Pilot Club of Albany and was an avid tennis player for many years.

Mrs. Dellinger was preceded in death by her husband, Julian D. Dellinger; mother Alice Gray Sellers; father Thomas Clephton Sellers; sisters: Margie S. Pierce and Jane S. Bramlett; brothers: Leonard Lee, T. Kenyon Sellers Sr. and Weyman G. Sellers; nephews: Wayne Lee, Thomas K. Sellers Jr. and Gray Sellers.

Mrs. Dellinger is survived by a sister: Annette S. Shirah, Albany; nieces: Dolores L. Marr, Burlington Junction, Mo., Kendall S. Stover, Minneapolis, Minn., Phyllis P. Conrad, Crestview, Fla., Miriam P. Sexton, Dothan, Ala., Vickie S. Cooper, Thomasville, GA, Wey S. Casper, Watkinsville, Ga., Donna S. Hatfield, Watkinsville, Ga.; nephews: Gene Lee, St. Joseph, Mo., Steve Pierce, Montgomery, Ala., Keith Pierce, Martinez, Ga., Richard Bramlett, Albany and Thomas Shirah, Albany. She is also survived by special friend and caregiver Delores Montgomery, Albany.

Mrs. Dellinger’s funeral was held Monday, July 25 at Covenant Presbyterian Church.  Dr.  William D. “Biff” Coker officiated.

Those desiring may make memorials to Covenant Presbyterian Church or Willson Hospice House.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Joyce Hardy Reynolds, 81

Joyce Hardy Reynolds, 81, formerly of Albany died Saturday July 23 at Shady Acres Nursing Home in Douglas, Ga.

A graveside funeral service was held Wednesday at Crown Hill Cemetery.  Rev. Shep Johnson officiated

Born October 25, 1929 in Turner County to John M. and Lila Swain Hardy, Mrs. Reynolds lived in Albany for 47 years where she worked with Gillespie Interiors and was an Estalluta Rep at Belks in the Albany Mall.  She was a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church in Cordele, Ga. and the Crisp County Senior Citizen Community Center.  Mrs. Reynolds was also a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Albany where she worked with the Youth, Youth Choir, Chapel Choir and Sanctuary Choir.

Survivors include three daughters Gail Reynolds Thomas and her husband Charles of Elberton, Ga.; June Reynolds Cowart and her husband Steve of Douglas, Ga.; Gwen Reynolds White of Cordele, Ga.; seven grandchildren Elizabeth Thomas Rackley and her husband Blake of Royston, Ga.; Phillip Cowart and his wife Danille of Clovis, N.M.; Sarah L. Cowart of State College, Pa.; Marie Thomas Norman and her husband Clay of Greenwood, S.C.; Mary Thomas of Elberton, Ga.; Mallory Holley of Cordele, Ga.; Dowdy White of Cordele, Ga.; four great-grandchildren Natalee Cowart, Bradley Cowart, Brennan Cowart all of Clovis, N.M. and Jon Michael Rackley of Royston, Ga.; a brother Hugh M. Hardy of Anahall, Ga.; a sister Brenda H. Lee of Anahall, Ga.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

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