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James Marsh Cole Jr., 58

James Marsh Cole Jr., 58, of Albany, died Thursday, Sept. 8. There was a graveside service Saturday, Sept. 10 at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Cole graduated from Dougherty High School in 1971 and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.  Mr. Cole then attended Georgia State University, where he pursued a degree in astronomy.  He worked at Southern Cross Corp. in Atlanta, where he was electronics technician supervisor.

Mr. Cole is survived by one daughter Paula Cole Tyson (Bobby) of Buford, Ga., one son Paul Cole (Wendy) of Clermont, Ga., three sisters, Judy Cole Sexton (Steve) of Leesburg, Susan Cole Greene of Albany and Nancy Cole Hand of Gainesville, Fla., Three grandchildren, Claire Cole and Maggie Cole of Clermont, Ga., Jacob Tyson of Buford, Ga. and was expecting his fourth grandchild, Lillie Isabel next month.  He was preceded in death by his father, James Marsh Cole Sr., and his mother Eudelle Dorminey Cole.

Those desiring may make memorials to the American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave., Albany, GA  31701.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


John L. Gay, 84

The graveside funeral service of John L. Gay, 84, of Lee County, who died Friday, Sept. 9 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. was conducted Tuesday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Quitman, Ga.  Rev. William E. Harris officiated.

A native of Quitman, Ga., Mr. Gay was a graduate of Quitman High School and attended Florida State University and Georgia Tech.  He was the owner of Gay Plumbing and Heating Company and served on the Georgia State Construction Industry Licensing Board Division of Master Plumbers and Journeyman Plumbers for many years. He was an avid outdoors-man and greatly enjoyed pheasant hunting in Nebraska and South Dakota.  Mr. Gay was a member of Bronwood United Methodist Church.

Mr. Gay was preceded in death by his parents, John Lafayette Gay and Elizabeth Emerson Gay as well as his sister, Lillian Gay Boyd.  Survivors include his wife, Patti Knight Gay of Lee County, Ga., two daughters, Kathleen Thompson and her husband, Gary of Albany, and Virginia Gay of Naples, Fla., a step-son, Charlie Knight and his wife, Liz of Albany, and a step-daughter, Kelly Mellen and her husband, Mickey of Marietta, Ga., a sister, Louise Snow of Quitman, Ga., four grandchildren, Stephanie Bennett and her husband, Ryan of Albany, Macey Mellen, Mariana Mellen and Jackson Knight and a great-grandson, Thompson Bennett.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Mr. Gay’s memory to the Methodist Home for Children and Youth Americus Auxiliary, 100 Millcreek Road, Americus, GA 31709-9207 or to the Gideons International, Albany Camp #1001, P.O.  Box 1823, Albany, GA 31702.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Carl Kenneth Houston

Carl Kenneth (Ken) Houston died Saturday Sept. 10 at The Georgia Veteran’s Home in Milledgeville, Ga.  Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday at Leesburg Cemetery.  Rev. Bobby Moye officiated.

A native of Early County, Ga., born to the late Henry Herbert Houston and Beulah Vera DuBose Houston, he resided in Albany from 1940 until he moved to Lee County, Ga. in 1960.  Mr. Houston was employed with Sears and Roebuck Company for thirty years and retired as Appliance Manager.

He served in the United States Air Force during World War II, was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church and was a member of Chehaw Lodge No. 701 F&AM.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris W. Houston in 2005.

Survivors include a daughter, Ramona Houston of Columbus, Ga., a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Judy Houston of Kathleen, Ga., a grandson, Michael Houston of Dunwoody, Ga., a granddaughter and her husband, Holly and Ron Lick of Weston, Fla., five great-grandchildren, Zackary Houston, Cameron Houston, Wesley Lick, Parker Lick and Caliegh Ana Lick, a brother and his wife, Jim and Hilda Houston of Lee County, Ga. and two sisters, Betty Knight of Crisp County, Ga. and Bobbie Davis of Forsyth County, Ga..

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Jean Lokey Lord

Jean Lokey Lord died Friday, Sept. 9 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Her funeral service was held Tuesday at Kimbrell-Stern, entombment followed in Crown Hill Mausoleum.

A native of Albany, Mrs. Lord was retired with the Civil Service after 33 years, the last 24 years at MCLB and was a member of First Baptist Church of Acree.  She loved hosting people in her home and working puzzles.

Mrs. Lord was preceded in death by her husband Ed Lord Sr. and brothers James Thomas Lokey and Ezra Lokey Jr.

Survivors include her daughters, Cindy Albert and husband Mark, Germantown, Md., Patti Cromer and husband David, Sylvester, Kym Lord, Garner, N.C.; son Ed Lord Jr. and wife Karen, Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren, Melissa, Caleb Moriah, Chesley, Isaiah, Aaron, Brendan and Lillian Cromer, Alicia Cromer Carter, Brandy Lord, Brittany Lord Kubb, Amanda, Becky and Billy Mudge; great grandchildren, Jacob and Paul Carter, Brandon and Triston Kubb.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Carl J. Montgomery, 75

Carl J. Montgomery, 75, of Lee County, died Thursday, Sept. 8 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.  Memorial services were held Sunday at Mathews Funeral Home.  Rev. Ken Chancellor officiated.  Bill Maxwell, Richard Hunter, Robert Lane, Larry Taylor, Willie Walker and Jeremy Harrell served as honorary pallbearers.

A native of Russellville, Ala., born to the late Wallace Russell Montgomery and Ruby Mae Cummings Montgomery, Carl graduated from Russellville High School in 1954 as salutatorian.  He served in the U.S. Air Force and moved to the Albany area 45 years ago.

Carl was employed with The Mack Truck Company and Transpower Inc. for over fifty years and served as Parts Manager.  He was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church and was a former member of Albany Lodge No. 24, Albany Shrine Club, Hasan Shriners and The Directors Staff.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Ann Morgan.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Montgomery,  two daughters, Lisa Baxter and her husband, Kirk and Carla Goldman and her husband, Michael all of Columbus, Ga., two sisters, Dorothy Morgan and her husband, Billy and Margaret Humphries and her husband, David and a brother-in-law and his wife, Dennis and Fayrene Morgan, all of Russellville, Ala. and five grandchildren, Britney Larch of Clarksville, Tenn., Carlton Baxter of Columbus, Ian Baxter of Kennesaw, Ga., Montgomery Goldman and Joseph Goldman, both of Columbus

Carl’s remains will be interred at his hometown of Russellville, Ala., on Saturday, Sept.17.

Contributions in Carl’s memory to The American Lung Association in Georgia, P.O. Box 730, Leesburg, GA 31763 or The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 409410, Atlanta, GA 30384-9410.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Robert Lloyd Rachals III

Robert Lloyd “Bob” Rachals III of Albany died Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Palmyra Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, September 10 at Byne Memorial Baptist Church. Rev. Charlie Brown and Dr. Matthew Nance officiated. Interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native and lifelong resident of Albany, Mr. Rachals was retired from the Federal State Inspection Service. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Navy, where he received the WWII Victory Medal and the Philippines Liberation Metal along with the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Metal and six service stars.

He was a member at Byne Memorial Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school for ten years, and was a vital part in starting the bus ministry. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Master, for over ten years where he received the Scouter’s Award, Scouter’s Key and Training Award Metals and a member of the Order of Arrow. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #591 F&AM, American Legion Post #30, and a former member of the VFW Post #2785 and Downtown Exchange Club.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Fore Rachals, Albany, three sons, Robert L. Rachals, IV, (Carla), Destin, Fla., Roger W. Rachals (Terri), Albany, Reggie D. Rachals (Melissa), Lee Co., Ga., three daughters, Rhonda Giddens, Albany, Rita Lowery (Rev. Tommy Lowery), Lee County, Renee Gail McNeal (Dean), Lee County, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Those desiring may make memorials to Living the Legacy c/o Byne Memorial Baptist Church, 2832 Ledo Road, Albany, Georgia 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Regina H. Townsend, 94

Regina H. Townsend, 94 of 1721 Beattie Road., Albany died Friday, Sept. 9 at Morningside Assisted Living.

Graveside services were held Tuesday at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Tom Pollock and Mr. Ross Powell officiated.

Born July 12, 1917 in Hickman County, Ky. to her late parents Emmett H. and Ruth B. McAlister, Mrs. Townsend has lived in Albany for many years. She was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church and the Vota Vita Sunday school class. Mrs. Townsend was a retired educator with 50 years of service with the Pinellas County, Fla., school system and the Hickman Co., Ky. school system with most of those years served in Pinellas County.

She received her bachelor’s and masters’ degrees from Murray State University (formerly Murray State Teachers’ College)

Mrs. Townsend was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Milton C. Horton and Joseph B. Townsend and a brother Randle McAlister.

Survivors include her daughters, Christine O’Brien and her husband Francis T. of Honolulu, Hi. and Deborah Holwerda and her husband Dr. Dennis of Albany, three, grandsons, Chad Holwerda and his wife Nicole of Rockledge, Fla., Scott Holwerda of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Ross Holwerda of Macon, Ga., one great-granddaughter, Makayla Holwerda.

Those desiring, may make memorials to Sherwood Baptist Church Future Generations, 2201 Whispering Pines Road. Albany, GA 31707 or Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane Albany, GA 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


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