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Jean Bennett Davis, 83

Jean Bennett Davis, 83, of Albany died Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Her memorial service was conducted, Friday, Sept. 30 at Kimbrell-Stern. Dr. Don Adams officiated.

Mrs. Davis was born June 8, 1928 in Waycross, Ga. She moved to Albany in 1941 and was a graduate of Albany High School. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and was happily married for 64 years to James V. Davis.

She was a great inspiration to many people as a courageous polio survivor for 58 years, having contracted polio when she was only 25 years old. As a handicapped artist she was well known and respected in the community for her artwork.

She is survived by her husband Jimmie, her daughter Carol Adair and son in law Allen Adair of Montgomery, Ala., cousin Hugh Allen and his son Steve Allen.

In lieu of flowers you may make memorials to the Albany Advocacy Resource Center, 2616 Pointe North Blvd., Albany, GA 31721.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Howard Lee Johnson

Howard Lee Johnson died Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. His memorial service was held Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern.

A native of Savannah, Ga., Mr. Johnson lived in Illinois for several years before moving to Albany, he was a retired subcontractor. Mr. Johnson was a kind man who would give you the shirt off of his back. He loved his family, cooking and going to horse and dog races.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Mary Johnson.

Survivors include his wife Patricia G. Johnson, Albany; daughters Mika Johnson, Clinton Iowa, Leontyne Walker, Maywood, Ill., Nega Walker, Chicago; sons, Howard Johnson, Melvin Johnson; 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; step children, Patrice Nolan, Albany, John Townsend, Virginia Beach, Va. and Alton Townsend, Bainbridge.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Jackson William Lowe

Jackson William (Jack Jack) Lowe, son of Bill and Jessica Lowe of Leesburg, died Friday Sept. 29.

The funeral service was held Monday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors, Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor officiated.  The remains were cremated.

Other survivors include a brother Austin Shiver, Maternal grandparents, Tom & Janice Shanks of Leesburg, and John & Christine Pisarich of Albany, Paternal grandparents, Harry & Linda Lowe of Albany.  Aunts and Uncles also survive.

In lieu of flowers, you may make memorials to St. Jude Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105 or the Children’s Miracle Network, c/o Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, 417 Third Ave., Albany, GA 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com


Giuseppe Magaddino

Giuseppe Magaddino, of 1610 Marbury Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 29.

His funeral mass was held Monday at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church with entombment in Crown Hill Mausoleum.

A native of Sicily, Italy, Mr. Magaddino had lived in Albany for the last seven years, moving from Nashville, Tenn.  He was a retired parts manufacturer and a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife Rosa Magaddino and son Salvatore Giuseppe Magaddino.

Survivors include his daughters, Caterina Oliveri and husband Sal, Nashville, Tenn., Gina Mannino and husband Vinny, Albany, Sara LaMattina, Nashville, Tenn.; sons, Vito Magaddino and wife Josephine, Lee County, Vincenzo Magaddino and wife Maria, Staten Island, N.Y., Simone Magaddino and wife Bonnie, Nashville, Tenn., 17 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com



Annie Marie Phillips, 81

Annie Marie Phillips, 81, of Albany died Saturday, Oct. 1 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday October 4 at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Gene Snipes and Rev. Charlie Rouse officiated. Interment followed in Live Oak Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery, Baker County.

A native of Baker County, Mrs. Phillips resided in Albany for 49 years. She was a homemaker and a member of East Albany Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by three brothers, J.D. Casey, William Casey and Leonard Casey, two sisters, Agnes Maples and Shirley Jones.

Survivors include three sons and their wives, Donnie Phillips and Sheryl, Lee County, Mickey Phillips and Smyrna, Jackson, Ga. and Allan Phillips and Lynn, Worth County, a brother, Eugene Casey, Albany, eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Jo Ann Lowe Pitts, 73

Jo Ann Lowe Pitts, 73, of Albany died Saturday, Oct. 1 at The Willson Hospice House. A graveside funeral service was held Tuesday at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Born in Columbus, Ga., Mrs. Pitts lived in Albany since 1958 where she retired from the Dougherty County School System.  She graduated from Columbus High School and Georgia Southwestern College.  Mrs. Pitts was a member of the Golden Key Club and H2U Palmyra Medical Center.

Survivors include her children Mary Kathryn Green and her husband Jimmy of Leesburg; Victor Lee Pitts of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; Kelli Jo Bagley and her husband Don of Albany; four grandchildren Lindsey James and her husband Randy Jack Stripling, Kayla Bagley, and Brooke Bagley; and two great-grandchildren Paris Ditty and Cameron James.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave., Albany, GA 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com


Tom Smith, 64

Tom Smith, 64, of Lee County died Friday, Sept. 30 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service was held Sunday at Kimbrell-Stern.  Rev. Stephen Pontzer officiated.

Born in Cape Girardeau Missouri, Mr. Smith lived in Albany most of his life where he retired from Proctor and Gamble after 25 years of service.  He also retired from Civil Service from the Marine Corp. Logistics Base.  Mr. Smith was a Navy Veteran where he served in Vietnam and was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife Sandy Smith of Leesburg; a son Michael Smith and his wife Stephanie of Leesburg; a daughter Jennifer Fabbri and her husband Paul of Leesburg; a sister Melissa Davidson of Arizona; six grandchildren Tabitha Baker, Samantha Ellis, Chelsey Smith, Gage Williams, Kayla Smith and Bella Fabbri; and one great-grandchild Milo Gerrick.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the American Lung Association in Georgia, P.O. Box 730, Leesburg, GA 31763.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Dorothy Johnston Whelchel

Dorothy Johnston Whelchel, of Albany, died on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Willson Hospice House.

Funeral services were conducted by Dr. Biff Coker at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Oct. 1. A private entombment followed at Crown Hill Mausoleum.

Dorothy “Dot” Whelchel was a native of Virginia, born July 31, 1927 in Roanoke to the late Edward William Johnston and Ruth Craddock Johnston. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1949. In 1956, she married William Pinckney Whelchel Jr., her devoted husband, with whom she enjoyed a long and happy life.

In addition to always being there for her family and assisting with the needs of others, Mrs. Whelchel was an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She helped organize and later serve as President of the Albany Symphony Guild. She participated as past president of the Albany Junior Women’s Club, as well as a former officer and most recently a member of the Emeritus Junior League of Albany. Dot Whelchel was a loving, graceful woman who gave much of herself to her family, her community and a large circle of close personal friends.

Mrs. Whelchel is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, William Pinckney Whelchel Jr., of Albany; her daughter, Laura Whelchel Henderson and husband, Doug, of Atlanta, and three grand-daughters, Reeves, Alex and Abby; her son, William “Bill“ Pinckney Whelchel III, of Atlanta and his wife, Donna, and step-daughters Tiffany and Stephanie.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, you may make contributions to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2126 West Edgewater Drive, Albany, GA 31707; the Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707; or the charity of your choice

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com .

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