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Fannie Sally Crumbley Bowen, 99
Fannie Sally Crumbley Bowen, 99, of Albany, formerly of Irwin County, Ga., died Thursday, Aug. 4 at her residence. Services were held Sunday, Aug. 7. The funeral followed at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Wilson officiated. Interment followed in the Pitts (Ga.) City Cemetery.

A native of Abbeville, Ga., Mrs. Bowen resided in Irwin County before moving to Albany 10 years ago. She was a homemaker, was an active member of the Horseshoe Bend Ladies Quilting Circle, in Irwinville, Ga. for many years and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Bowen was preceded in death by her husband Ollie Jackson Bowen and two grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Sara Koskinas, Clara Jo Purvis, both of Albany, and Linda Muller and her husband, Frank of Punta Gorda, Fla., a son, Alton Bowen and his wife, Bernice of Brunswick, Ga., four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Those desiring may make donations to the John Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Johns Hopkins University, ATTN: Elaine Delman – Neuropathology, 720 Rutland Ave., Ross 558, Baltimore, MD 21205 (www.alzersearch.org/giving.cfm) or call (410) 502-5164.

An online guest book is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Edward Hixon Copelan, 86
Edward Hixon Copelan, 86, of Albany, died Thursday, Aug. 4 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

His funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 6 at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor officiated.

Mr. Copelan was born in Greensboro, Ga. and moved to Albany in 1949. He graduated from Greensboro High School in 1942. He graduated from The Citadel in 1945, and was an Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Copelan began working with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. in 1947 and remained there until 1952. In 1952, he joined Walden and Kirkland Insurors and worked there for 17 years and became the firm’s President. He left Walden and Kirkland Insurors in 1969 and formed the Copelan Insurance Agency, Inc., retiring in 1999. Mr. Copelan was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, the Fellowship Sunday School Class where he served as its President, Chairman of the Executive Board, and Chairman of the Administrative Board. He was a member of the Walter H. Burt American Legion Post 30, Executive Committee of the United Way, President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Albany, and a member of the Lions Club of Albany for 25 years. Mr. Copelan was preceded in death by his mother, Mamie Hixon Copelan, his father, Foster Pierce Copelan, his sister, Ann Barnett, and his grandson, Wesley Reynolds Benford.

Mr. Copelan is survived by his wife: Barbara Reynolds Copelan, Albany; a son: Bill Copelan and his wife Vicki, Leesburg; two daughters: Laura Benford and her husband Ben, Albany, Cindy Copelan Mustoe, Marietta; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, 2200 Dawson Road, Albany, GA 31707, the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1201, Albany, GA 31702, or to Gideons International, Albany Camp #1001, P.O. Box 1823, Albany, GA 31702.

An online guest book is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

James Joseph Kirkley, 100

James Joseph Kirkley, 100, of Albany, died Sunday, July 31.

Mr. Kirkley was born in Augusta, Ga., on Aug. 19, 1910 and had lived in Albany for many years. He was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church since 1956, and was a member of the Alpha Sunday School Class. Mr. Kirkley retired from the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in 1975. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anamae Stalnaker Kirkley.

Mr. Kirkley is survived by two sons: Carl Kirkley, Atlanta and Pat Kirkley and his wife Marilyn, Thomasville, Ga.; a sister: Virginia George, Americus, Ga.; grandchildren: Jimmy Kirkley, Mathew Kirkley, Stephen Kirkley and his wife Nicole, Talia King and her husband Travis and one great grandchild, Elliot King.

Those desiring may send memorial donations to Vashti Center for Children and Families, 1815 E. Clay St., Thomasville, GA 31792, or at www.vashti.org.

Mr. Kirkley’s remains were cremated and his cremated remains will be interred at Westover Cemetery in Augusta. There will be no service in Albany.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

James Garrison Pritchett, 90

James Garrison Pritchett, 90, died at his residence on Friday, Aug. 5. Born in Alamance County, N.C., in 1921, Mr. Pritchett graduated from Elon College in 1942, and enlisted in the US Navy, where he served through Aug. 10, 1946. He earned his wings at Whiting Field, near Pensacola, Florida, and became a flight instructor there. Lt. Pritchett served over two years as a pilot in the Pacific theater during WW II, flying R5Ds and other aircraft.

After the war, he came to Albany at the suggestion of his uncle, C.B. Pritchett, well-known here as manager of the Haley interests in auto dealerships (Lincoln and Ford). He began his career at Albany Tire and Service, and then managed Albany Lincoln-Mercury for 10 years. In 1957, he formed his own concern, Pritchett Motors, and sold Edsel, Fiat, Plymouth, Chrysler and Imperial cars. For many years Mr. Pritchett was on the executive board of the Georgia Auto Dealers Association.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and was president and treasurer of the Fellowship Sunday School class. He also served on numerous boards there throughout the years.

Mr. Pritchett was a charter member (since 1952) of the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County. He was Club President, and had perfect attendance for 59 years. He was a past member of the Board of Directors, a Hixon Award recipient, and Special Hixon Award recipient (both indicate a lifetime of achievement and service to the community). He helped start the Little League Youth Baseball program in Albany (now known as Dixie Youth League), and chaired various club committees. He also worked tirelessly on the Pritchett-Pippin Dance Recital for over 50 years. He was a member of The American Legion for 67 years.

Funeral services were held Sunday at First United Methodist Church. Dr. Don Adams and Rev. Walter Flint officiated. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery with military honors.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Forehand Pritchett, by two children, Paige Pritchett Samples (Ted), of Cordele, Ga., and J. G. “Garry” Pritchett Jr., of Lawrenceville, Ga., by three grandchildren, Chris Samples of Cary, N.C., Lowell Samples of Albany, and T.J. Samples (Delaine) of Macon, great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Pritchett has been described as a “quiet influence” by his friends, who were many. He was proud, in a modest way, of being an usher at his beloved church, for over 50 years. Now, he himself has been ushered into the very presence of God, where his friends wish him peace.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First United Methodist Church, 307 Flint Ave. Albany, GA 31701 or Dougherty County Kiwanis Charitable Foundation, Inc, P.0. Box 70183, Albany, GA 31708.

An online guest book is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Danny Mack Temples, 61
Danny Mack Temples, 61, of Albany, died Thursday, Aug. 4 after a lengthy illness. Graveside funeral services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Blakely City Cemetery with Military Honors. Rev. Richard Gill officiated.

Mr. Temples was born April 22, 1950 in Blakely; he was raised in and lived in Albany most of his life. He graduated from Dougherty High School in 1968. Mr. Temples served in The U.S. Marine Corps and served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

He attended East Carolina University and graduated cum laude from Georgia Southwestern College in 1975. Mr. Temples worked as a business manager at several automotive dealerships in the Albany and Fitzgerald areas. He was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church and a former member of Central United Methodist Church in Fitzgerald, Ga. Mr. Temples was preceded in death by his father, Ashley Hill Temples of Blakely, and his mother, Willie Pearl Granger Carraway, of Albany.

Survivors include his three children, Laura Ellsworth and her husband, Ryan of Leesburg, John Temples and Julia Temples of Albany, the mother of his children, Georgia Thomas Temples, three grandchildren, Evelyn Danielle Temples, Jackson Pierce Ellsworth and Griffin Ross Ellsworth, his devoted step-father, Donald Carraway of Albany, a brother, Edward Temple and his wife, Marianne of Albany, a sister, Donna Melton and her husband, Bruce of Elloree, S.C., his brother, Jay Temples and his wife, Halie, of Blakely, Ga., his nephews, Scott Temples, Alex Temples and Jeff Temples all of Albany, and Cory Bell of Leesburg, his niece Kristen Fortuna of Virginia Beach, Va.
An online guest book is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

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