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Claud Fish Gordon, 84

Claud Fish Gordon, 84, of Albany, died Wednesday, Aug. 31 at his home.

His funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 2 at the Marine Corps Base Chapel. Interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. Chaplain Ken Miller and Rev. Tommy Lowery officiated.

Mr. Gordon was born in Fairfield, Ala. and had lived in Albany since 1967. He was a loving husband and father, and was devoted to his family. Mr. Gordon proudly served his country first in the Merchant Marines during World War II, then for two years in the U.S. Navy, and then for 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring in 1967. During the Korean War, he was serving with the Marines during the Chosin Reservoir campaign. He was recognized as one of the Chosin Few. Following his military retirement, Mr. Gordon worked with Firestone, then with Civil Service at the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in the Navy Auto Den, retiring in 1992. Mr. Gordon was a Mason and a member of the Disabled American Veterans and NARFE. Mr. Gordon was a Christian, and Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior. He worshiped at the Marine Corps Base Chapel. Mr. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, James David Gordon and Emma Key Seymour Gordon, and his brothers, Robert Benjamin Gordon and James David Gordon.

Mr. Gordon will always be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife: Martha Elizabeth Walker Gordon, Albany; two sons: Claud F. Gordon Jr., Albany, Dr. William David Gordon and his wife Charlene Virginia, Monroe, La.; a daughter: Elizabeth Gordon Hodges and her husband Dwaine, Albany; two grandchildren: John Dwaine Hodges Jr. and his wife Jan, Guntersville, Ala., Christina Hodges Lorber and her husband Todd, Albany; two great grandchildren: Gordon Robert Lorber (who was named for his grandfather), and Garrison Radman Lorber; a brother: Raymond Dawson Gordon and his wife Virginia, Cullman, Ala.

Those desiring may send memorials to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311, or to the Disabled American Veterans, DAV Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Mary Davis Howe, 87

The funeral service of Mary Davis Howe, 87, of Albany, who died Thursday, Sept. 1 at Willson Hospice House, was conducted Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Byne Memorial Baptist Church. Private interment followed at Sunset Cemetery in Meigs, Ga. Dr. Matthew Nance officiated.

Born in Albany on Dec. 10, 1923, Mrs. Howe was the daughter of the late Jerry Blaike Davis and Verona Jones Davis. She lived in Meigs, Ga. most of her early years. She graduated from Georgia State College for Women, now Valdosta State University, in 1943, and began work as a civilian employee at Finney Army Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia. She met her future husband, Ennis Foster Howe Jr., at Finney. Mr. Howe had been assigned by the Army to debrief soldiers returning from overseas during WWII. They married in 1945, and after the war ended they lived in Florida and eventually settled in Albany where they reared their family.

Mrs. Howe taught school for 35 years, 33 of them in the Dougherty County School System at McIntosh School. She was the McIntosh Teacher of the Year in 1989-90, the District School Teacher of the Year in 1990-1991, and Middle School Science Teacher of the Year in 1991 for District XI. She was the Georgia Power Science Teacher of the Year 1990-1991, District Winner.

Mrs. Howe was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist church and attended the J.O.Y. Sunday school class. She was also a member of the Happy Hearts at Byne. She was active in the prison ministry at Byne for many years and taught Experiencing God both at the prisons and at the Anchorage.

She was an active volunteer at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for many years, and the employees who worked around the SICU always knew where to find the best cookies that she baked and brought from home. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels. She was both a Brownie and a Girl Scout leader when her children were younger and taught Vacation Bible School at several churches over many years. She was an excellent musician, and she was the pianist for any event that needed music-both at church and in the community. She was a talented artist, an excellent seamstress, and a great cook.

Mrs. Howe most enjoyed spending time with her family-especially her grandchildren. She remained close to them after they started families of their own and stayed in contact with almost daily phone calls when they were unable to visit. Second only to her family was her love of her animals. As a widow for over thirty years, she relied on the companionship of her animals, and they were devoted to her.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Howe Williams and Sarah Howe Phillips and her husband, John Temp, all of Albany; a son, Ennis F. Howe III of Tallahassee; seven grandchildren: Jerry Williams, Jay Williams, and his wife, Lorraine, Mia Yeager and her husband, Clay, Temp Phillips IV and his wife, Amy, Kirt Phillips and his wife, Mandy, Mary Jessica Howe and Arlyn Howe Parker and her husband, James; eight great grandchildren: Megan Williams, Molly Williams, Jackson Williams, Howe Yeager, Thomas Phillips, Emily Phillips, Tide Bulish and Elizza Moon; special neighbors: the Billy Mann family, the Randy Davis Family; caregivers: Bobbie Thompson, Brenda Musgrove, Gladys Jackson and Debra Gaines; and her dog, “Annie”.

Mrs. Howe was preceded in death by her husband, Ennis Foster Howe Jr. and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Byne Memorial Baptist Church, 2832 Ledo Road, Albany, GA 31707, Albany Humane Society, 1705 Oakridge Drive, Albany, GA 31707 or Albany Community Hospice, 2332 Lake Park Dr., Albany, GA 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Miriam F. Musselwhite

Miriam F. Musselwhite of West Palm Beach, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Sept. 5 at the graveside in Leesburg Cemetery. Rev Robert Chambless officiated.

Miriam was born Oct. 29, 1929 in Leesburg and has been a resident of West Palm Beach since 1963. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, WPB where she honored her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by serving on various committees and she used her Spiritual Gift of Service to minister to numerous senior saints throughout her life. After many years of working in accounting she became a certified travel agent and that allowed her to fulfill her love to travel, taking her too many places throughout the world.

Before moving to West Palm Beach, she served as a Cub Scout den mother and was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Leesburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, and her parents, GL Manning and Edna Manning. She is survived by three sons, Tom of Eugene, Oregon, Bill (Janet) of Ft. Myers, and David of Pensacola. Five grandchildren, Sherrie, Ben, Jed, Michelle and Merri Beth, six great grandchildren, one brother Billy G. Manning (Pat) of Leesburg, and numerous nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Pattye Patterson Tucker, 90

Pattye Patterson Tucker of Albany died Wednesday, Aug. 31 while in the care of the Willson Hospice House. She was 90 years old. Visitation will be held in the atrium of Sherwood Baptist Church beginning at 10:30 Friday, Sept. 9. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 in the Sherwood Baptist Church chapel. It will be conducted by Rev. Tom Pollock and Ross Powell. A graveside service will be held 10:30 Saturday, Sept. 10 at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Valdosta, Ga.

Mrs. Tucker was born on Feb. 17, 1921, in Morven, Ga., to Chesley Lee and Pruella Jones Patterson. She grew up in Valdosta, where she began studies to become a teacher at Georgia State Women’s College in 1938. She interrupted her studies during World War II to teach school in Lake Park, Ga., and Cocoa, Fla. In 1942, Mrs. Tucker joined the U.S. Navy WAVES — Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services — and attended Hunter College in New York City where she was trained to serve as an Aerographer’s Mate First Class. She served in the WAVES at the Naval Weather Center in Washington, D.C. until 1945 when she returned to Valdosta and graduated from college. Mrs. Tucker continued her teaching career until 1981 and was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa teachers’ sorority. On her 90th birthday, she became an Emeritus member of the Retired Teachers Association. She attended Sherwood Baptist Church for more than 30 years and was a member of the Vota Vita Sunday School class.

Mrs. Tucker is the widow of George Wallace Tucker and is also preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters. She was the sweet and loving mother and grandmother of four children and three grandchildren. Her survivors are Patricia Ann Tucker of Savannah ,and her son, Michael Anderson Kristofak of Newnan, Ga.; Toby Wallace Tucker of Albany; Teresa Frances Tucker of Decatur, Ga.; and Tamara Tucker Putnal, her husband David Putnal, and their two daughters, Isabel Frances Putnal and Margaret Lisette Putnal of Avondale Estates, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family wishing to do so may make memorial donations to the Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31721; the American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA 31701; or the Sherwood Baptist Church Serving Our Savior program, 2201 Whispering Pines Road, Albany, GA 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com


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