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Nina Mae Dunn, 82

The graveside services for Nina Mae Dunn, 82, of Albany, who died Tuesday, Sept.13 at her residence, was held Friday, Sept. 16 at Riverside Cemetery. Rev Ken Chancellor officiated.

Mrs. Dunn grew up in Albany and was a homemaker for most of her life. She was a loving grandmother, mother and was a caregiver to the elderly as well as anyone who needed her. She enjoyed cooking dinner, not just for her family but for her friends and neighbors around her. Nina was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wilbur Scott Dunn, a son, Ralph Cosby and a daughter, Karen Hicks.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Flood of Warner Robbins, three granddaughters, Shelby Varnadoe and her husband, Robbie, of Pelham, Ga., Sylvia Estevez and her husband, Shane and Jewel Amos and her husband, Nathan, all of Sylvester,  one grandson, William Cosby, one daughter in law, Sandra Hammond, both of Albany, and fourteen great grandchildren..

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Johnny Knight, 57

Johnny Knight, 57, of Albany died Thursday, Sept. 15 at his residence. A celebration service was conducted Saturday, September 17 at the residence of his sister and brother-in-law at 143 Creekside Drive, Leesburg.

A lifelong resident of Albany, Mr. Knight graduated from Albany High School in 1972 and was employed with Lee Products of Valdosta. He was preceded in death by his parents Lenion Robert Knight and Betty Boyd Whittington Knight and a brother, Robert Knight.

Survivors include, two sisters, Ramona Knight of Albany, and Linda Eubanks and her husband Benny of Lee County, three nieces and two nephews.

Those desiring may make contributions to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Charles Franklin Luttrell, 76

The funeral service of Charles Franklin Luttrell, 76, who went to be with the Lord on September 12, was conducted, Thursday, September 15 at Avalon United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. James Bullion and Rev. Dennis Lanning officiated, interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Charles was born on December 16, 1934 in Columbus, Ga., where he grew up. He sang in school choruses and played in school bands throughout junior high and high school. He continued with his musical interests in college, receiving a music scholarship to Florida State University. He was a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and graduated from FSU with a Bachelor of Music Education.

After graduation, Charles taught chorus and band for twenty five years in multiple schools in Apopka, Fla., Americus, Ga., Columbus, Ga., Eastman, Ga. and Albany. Over a professional career of fifty years he also served as choir director of several church choirs in Bainbridge, Ga., Americus, Ga., Columbus, Ga., Waverly Hall, Ga., Laurel, Miss. and finally Albany. He was active in community choruses and bands including the Bob Barr Community Band in Columbus, Ga. and was for many years active in the Darton Community band, where he played baritone and the Albany Chorale, in which he sang bass. Loving the barbershop quartet sound, he started “The Shamrocks” which he performed at several events around Albany in recent years. He was a talented musician, arranging music for his church choirs, vocal and brass ensembles and his barbershop quartet.

Charles was a long-time member of Avalon United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Beauford E. Luttrell Sr. and Ruth Whitten Luttrell of Columbus, Ga. He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty six years, Carolyn Luttrell, three daughters, Debbie Syfrett and her husband, Stephen, Janice Lesley and her husband, Nathan and Donna Dean and her husband, Tommy, five grandchildren, Lisa Daniel, Jessica Burnett, Joshua Burnett, Rebecca Holton and Kevin Holton, three great grandchildren, Alyssa Herren, Aaliyah Herren and Savannah Burnett, one brother, Beauford E. (Mickey) Luttrell Jr. and his wife, Peggy, two nieces, Susan Scott and Sheri Luttrell.

Memorials may be made to Avalon United Methodist Church, 3018 Gillionville Road, Albany, GA 31721.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Bernie Oliver, 74

Bernie Oliver, 74, of Moultrie, Ga. formerly Albany, died Monday, September 19 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center, Moultrie, Ga. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, September 21 at Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery. Dr. Ronald R. Baxley officiated.

A native of Dooly County, Ga., Bernie had lived in Albany for many years before moving to Moultrie in 2009. He was employed as a salesman at Brooks Auto Parts for twenty two years and was a member of Amazing Grace Baptist Church.

Survivors include two nieces and their husbands, Cathy and Troy Lindsey of Moultrie, Ga., Lois and Jimmy Yarbor of Panama City, Fla., three nephews and their wives, Bill and Dianne Griner of Cairo, Ga., Terry and Suzanne Oliver and Eddie and Jill Oliver of Albany.

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


Robert Carl Wettengel, 67

Robert Carl (Bob) Wettengel, 67, of Albany died Monday, September 12 at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday September 14 at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Tim Olds officiated.

Funeral services were also conducted in the chapel of West Lawn Memorial Park on Saturday September 17. Interment followed in West Lawn Park Cemetery, Racine, Wis. Father Mark Jones officiated.

A native of Clintonville, Wis., Mr. Wettengel had resided in Albany since 1985 moving from Racine, Wis. to work for Coats North America as their Information Technology Manager.

He was a graduate of Mayville High School and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College and was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U. S. Army Artillery and Missile Division.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Wood Wettengel of Albany three daughters, Heidi Hansen and her husband, Todd of Racine, Wis., Tricia Crawford of Racine, Wis., and Amy Pate and her husband, Byron of Alpharetta, Ga., four grandchildren, Zach Hansen and Alex Hansen, Jackson Pate and Ava Pate, a sister, Carol Davidson and her husband, Doug of Kiel, Wis., aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707 or the Albany Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1436, Albany, GA 31702.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

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