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Beulah Parks Bass, 82

Beulah Parks Bass, 82, of Albany died Wednesday, Aug. 24 at her residence. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 27 at Sunnyside Baptist Church. Rev. Bobby Moye officiated. Interment followed at Red Oak Baptist Church Cemetery in Worth County.

A native of Worth County, Mrs. Bass resided in Albany since 1946 moving from Worth County. She was a retired purchasing agent with Coats & Clark and a charter member of Sunnyside Baptist Church where she was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. Mrs. Bass was preceded in death by her husband, Bloomer Browne Bass Jr. and a brother, Billy Parks.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Brownie and Murl Bass of Albany; a daughter and her husband, Diane and John McCraine of Eufaula, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Ila Joines of Albany, six grandchildren, Angela Hopper and her husband Corey, Carl Schmidt and his wife Cristy, Lauren Bass, Brian Bass, Andy Bass, Mary Ann Schmidt and Misty Schmidt; eight great-grandchildren, Clinton Bass, Hayden Schmidt, Cassidy Bachman, Kayla Schmidt, Osheanna Schmidt, Seth Schmidt, Joey Schmidt and J.R. Schmidt; two great-great-grandchildren, Jennifer Bachman and Trevor Schmidt, a niece, Cathe Howard and her husband, Roger and a two great-nieces, Brittney Howard and Kelly Howard.

Those desiring may make contributions to Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 100 Central Ave. South, Tifton, GA 31794.

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

 

Oswald Charles Bryant Jr.

Oswald Charles (Charlie) Bryant Jr. of Albany died Thursday, Aug. 25 at Palmyra Nursing Home. A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Aug. 28 at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Michael Beck officiated. Interment was in Andersonville National Cemetery.

A native of Waycross, Ga., Mr. Bryant resided in Albany since 1997, moving from Waycross. He was a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force, and retired from the Laughinghouse Wholesale Co. He was a member and treasurer of the Waycross Touchdown Club and of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Ann Mellott Bryant, Albany, a son, David Bryant and his wife Shannon, Marietta, Ga., mother-in-law, Dora Mellott, Lutz, Fla., sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and Gary Warren, Lutz, Fla. and a granddaughter, Ava Caroline Bryant, Marietta.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a contributions to Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707.

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

 

Claude Capps

Claude Capps, of Albany died Friday, Aug. 26 at his residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Bobby Moye officiated. Interment followed in Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery.

A native of Madison, Fla., Mr. Capps grew up in Sale City, Ga. and graduated from Sale City High School in 1952. He moved from Mitchell County, Ga. and had resided in Albany since 1979. He was employed with Sears and Roebuck Co. and worked in delivery and sales for 38 years.

Survivors include his wife, Exine (Cricket) Capps of Albany, a son and his wife, Michael and Vickie Capps of Baconton, Ga., two step-sons, Charles H. Clark Jr. of Seffner, Fla. and Ricky L. Clark of Sandersville, Ga., six grandsons, Clay Capps and his wife, Jessica of Baconton, Ga., Chuckie Clark of Plant City, Fla., Billy Johnson of McDonough, Ga., Kris Johnson and his wife, April of Milledgeville, Ga., Bruce Clark Jr. of Albany, Ga. and Tommy Clark of Seffner, Fla., a sister, Gladys Green of Moultrie, Ga., a brother, Randolph Capps of Quincy, Fla. and a great-granddaughter, Kaylee Johnson. He was preceded in death by two sons, David Capps and Bruce Clark and a daughter, Phyllis Campbell.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

 

Lona Jeri Dickson, 75

Lona Jeri Dickson, 75, of Worth County, died August 26 at her residence. Funeral services were held Monday at Mathews Funeral Home. Dr. Ronald R. Baxley officiated. Entombment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Doerun, Ga., Mrs. Dickson graduated from Doerun High School and moved to Albany in 1963. She lived in Albany until moving to Worth County in 2000. Mrs. Dickson was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church and sang in the choir for 25 years.

She was employed by the Marine Corps Logistic Base as an inventory manager and retired after 44 years of service. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jim Marsh and three siblings, Mallie O’Neal, Wallace O’Neal and Katie Lane.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel J. (Dan) Dickson of Sylvester, a daughter, Lisa Marsh of Atlanta, a son, David Marsh and his wife Kathy of Central Florida, two sisters, Nadine Bowden of Senoia, Ga. and Barnett Sorrells of Jacksonville, Fla., a brother, Brantley O’Neal and his wife Elaine of Albany, nine grandchildren, Kayla Marsh, Kelci Marsh, Kolin Marsh, Kloey Marsh, Jackie Alford, Craig Alford, Marky Aultman, Christie Aultman and Kellie Aultman.

Those desiring may make contributions to the Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA, 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

 

Janet Watson Simpson, 64

Janet Watson Simpson, 64, of Albany, died Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Willson Hospice House. The graveside funeral service was conducted Friday at Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery. Rev. Billy Joe Butler officiated.

A native of Tift County, Ga., Mrs. Simpson had resided in Albany since 1954 moving from Bainbridge, Ga. She was a retired administrative assistant with the Civil Service and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband, Clifford S. Simpson, Albany, a daughter, Kellianne Tarrer and her husband, Ryan of Leesburg, a step-daughter, Teresa Ann Vernon and her husband, Hut of Fortson, Ga. and four grandchildren, Christian Adams, Caitlyn Adams, Julieann Adams and Dusty Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to the charity of your choice.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

 

Coy Allen Spurlin, 57

Coy Allen Spurlin, 57, of Leesburg, died Friday Aug. 26 at his residence. A graveside funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 29 at Crown Hill Cemetery, Rev. John Spencer and Mr. Ross Powell officiated.

A native and lifelong resident of Albany before moving to Leesburg, Mr. Spurlin was an electrical engineer and was employed with SCR-P&G. He was a graduate of Auburn University and a member of Sherwood Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry A. Spurlin and Allene Ramson Spurlin.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Agnes Spurlin, Leesburg, Ga., two sons, Michael K. Spurlin and his wife Karla, Leesburg, Ga. and Andrew Spurlin, Albany, a brother, Jeff Spurlin, Albany, a sister, Jo Granberry, Trenton, Ga., a step-daughter, Mikka Webb, Sarasota, Fla., a cousin, Fred Ramson, Albany, a niece, Dr. Amelia Granberry, Trenton, Ga. and a nephew, Harrison Spurlin, Albany.

Those desiring may make memorials to Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707 or The American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave., Albany, GA 31701

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

 

Edgar O. Cole Jr.

Edgar “Eddie” O. Cole Jr., of Albany died Tuesday, Aug. 23.

His funeral service was held Friday at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Charles “Bub” Blanton officiated.

A native of Monticello, Fla., Mr. Cole grew up in Cordele and graduated from Crisp County High School in 1969. He attended ABAC, served in the U. S. Marine Corps and had worked at MCLB for the last 28 years. Mr. Cole was a member of Spring Hill Freewill Baptist Church in Baconton.

Survivors include his wife Gail Clanton Cole, Albany; son, Edgar “Trey” Cole III, Canton; daughter, Autumn Starr Cole, Cartersville; step son Buddy Winborne, Warner Robins; grandsons, Joseph Winborne, Jusitn Winborne; sisters, Jeanette Hall, Cordele, Myra Nell Garrett, Moultrie, nieces and nephews and father and mother in law Buddy and Betty Clanton.

Those desiring may make memorials to the American Heart Association, 3338-L Country Club Road, Valdosta, GA 31605 or American Diabetes Association, 8384 Baymeadows Road, Suite 10, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

 

Virginia Louise Stratford, 84

Virginia Louise (Jones) Stratford, 84, a former Albany resident born Sept. 28, 1926
to Clarence Vernon Jones and Ollie May Jones of Shellman, Ga. passed away Monday, August 22 at Roswell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Roswell, Ga.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 28, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. Father Jay Weldon officiated.

A longtime resident of Albany, Mrs. Stratford was a member of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. She was employed with Royal Globe Insurance Co. and Belk department stores. She was a member of Women’s Auxiliary at Palmyra Medical Center, and did full time volunteer work at St. Patrick’s upon retirement.

She is survived by her husband W.R. (Dick) Stratford Sr. of Roswell, Ga., son, Richard Stratford Jr. of Americus, Ga. and daughter, Kaye Stratford Stafford of Roswell, Ga., 5 grandchildren, Richard Stratford III, Sabra Stratford, Tariq David Stratford, Katherine Elizabeth Stafford, and Hanna Grace Stafford, numerous nieces and nephews, one sister: Sandra Jean Wiley of Albany

Mrs. Stratford was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Frances Felkel of Greenville, Tex.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Patrick’s Episcopal

Church, 4800 Old Dawson Road, Albany, GA 31721.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

 

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