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John Henderson Duke Jr., 83

John Henderson Duke Jr. 83, of Albany died, Sunday, Oct. 16 at his residence.

Mr. Duke requested his body be donated for science therefore it has been sent to the Medical College of Georgia.

A memorial was held Wednesday at Kimbrell-Stern with the Rev. Bobby Harrell officiating.

Mr. Duke was born in Savannah on October 27, 1927 and moved to Albany at an early age. He attended Albany schools, graduating from Albany High. His interests in school were sports and he lettered in baseball, football, basketball and track at Albany High. His senior year, 1947, he was chosen All-State end and All Southern end by the State’s coaches and sports writers.

After graduation he was offered a tryout by the St. Louis Cardinals, but opted to play between the hedges on a football scholarship to the University of Georgia. He lettered for three years at Georgia, went to three bowl games with the Dogs. The 1948 Gator Bowl, 1949 Orange Bowl (UGA was Southeastern Conference champ that year) and the 1950 Presidential Cup Bowl. (the only one)

Mr. Duke was selected as an initial inductee into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

After college John entered the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to Langley Air Force Base, Va. as an investigator with the (OSI) Office of Special Investigation. He also served in Tokyo, Okinawa and Eglin AFB, Fla. At Eglin he played and coached the base football team.

After serving for six years, John decided to get out of service and took a coaching job with Thomasville High School where he worked for four years. He moved to Albany High for one year and then crossed the river to become head coach of the Trojans of Dougherty High. After five years as coach and having received his master’s degree from University of Alabama, he became principal of Dougherty High. He retired in 1983.

Mr. Duke became a member of Flint River Power Squadron, a unit of the U.S. Power Squadron, a safe boating educational organization. He took and taught safe boating classes for several years and held the Commander’s position on three occasions. The Duke family spent many hours together boating through-out the years.

Mr. Duke was also a member of the American Legion Post 30 and VFW Post 2785. He was a former member of the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club, and a former volunteer at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital until poor health forced him to stop.

Mr. Duke was a member of the Byne Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marlene Eskeli Duke, two daughters, Tamie Hunt (Randy) Newton, Ga., Kathy Boyd (Mike) Canton, Ga., four sons Chip Duke, Mike Duke (Belinda) Albany, Greg Duke (Jan) Leesburg, and Kurt Duke (Chrysanne) Powder Springs, Ga.. 13 grandchildren, Misti Hunt Hendrickson (David), Newton, Ga., Dr. Ricky Hunt (Dr. Mary) Donalsonville, Ga., Megan Duke, Brittany Duke, Logan Duke, Albany, Dylan Duke, St. Louis, Mo., Kyle Tanner (Amber), Blair Tanner, Landon Duke, Leesburg, Adair Duke, Canton, Ga., Colby Duke, Athens, Ga., Jacob and Regan Duke, Powder Springs, Ga.. five great grandchildren Tyler and Emma Hendrickson, Newton, Sophie and Owen Hunt, Donalsonville, Kylee Rose Tanner, Leesburg, and a sister Janice Duke Garvey (Mike), two nieces and a nephew.

Mr. Duke was preceded in death by his parents John H. Duke Sr., Dell Pitts Duke Leverette, stepmother Odell Stewart Duke, stepfather Alton Leverette and a grandson Guy (Gumby) Tanner.

For those desiring, memorials may be made to St. Claire’s, 2005 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Albany, Ga. 31701, Albany Humane Society, 1705 Oakridge Drive., Albany, Ga. 31707, Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Callie Goldinger, 79

Callie Goldinger, 79 of Baconton, Ga. died Monday, Oct. 17 at Albany Health Care. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at Riverside Cemetery. Rev. Ronald Castleberry officiating.

A native of Thomasville, Ga., Mrs. Goldinger lived some of her life in Moultrie, Ga. and has lived in the Albany-Baconton area since 1952 and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Goldinger was very devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchildren. She will always be remembered for always putting her family first.

Survivors include her husband, John R. Goldinger of Baconton, Ga., five daughters, Eva Chapman and her husband Durward of Albany, Judith Simpson and Martha Freeman of Macon, Jacqueline Bowen and her husband Bob of Morganton, Ga. and Jeaneen Harrell and her husband Jeff of Albany; six grandchildren, Misty Hudson, Robin Phillips, Nicole Kelley, Dalena Jones, Gary Rosser and Steve Hausner; nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kimbrell-Stern. Those desiring, please make memorials to Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Elizabeth C. McGee, 92

Elizabeth C. McGee, 92 of Winterwood Ave. in Albany died Tuesday, Oct. 11 at her residence.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Crown Hill Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Steve Hurley officiated.

A native of Fitzgerald, Ga., Mrs. McGee has lived in Albany since 1974 and will always be remembered for the love she gave to her family and friends.

Survivors include her son, Curtis T. McGee Jr. and his wife Terrie of Albany, daughter, Beth M. Shepherd and her husband Tim of Griffin, Ga., seven grandchildren , April Thompson, Derek McGee, Lelanea Hall, Salina Widgeon, Patrick Shepherd, Eric Shepherd and Alec Shepherd; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Joe Phillips of Fitzgerald, Ga.; sister, Totsie Nash of Lawrenceville, Ga.

Mrs. McGee was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Theo McGee.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


William T. Stith Sr

William T. “Bill” Stith Sr. died Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Willson Hospice House.

His memorial service was held Tuesday at Floral Memory Gardens. Pastor Mark Knight and Rev. Rick Billingslea officiated.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Mr. Stith lovingly known as “Daddy Bull” had lived in Albany for a number of years and he was a retired cattle buyer. He was an Army veteran of World War II where he was an avid boxer. Mr. Stith attended The Commons Church loved to fish and build bird houses.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Tee Stith, his parents, Hugh P. and Maude C. Stith, two brothers and a sister.

Survivors include his wife Marie Hughes Stith, Portland, Maine; daughter, Sue S. Grest and husband Jerry, Albany; son William T. “Pete” Stith Jr. and wife Sherry, Albany; grandchildren, Garrett Gerst and wife Katie, Cole Gerst, Stefanie Koster and husband Doug, W. T. “P.J.” Stith III; great grandchildren, Rett and Hannah Gerst, Colin and Kennedy Brown, Noah Koster and Reagan Stith; step children, Ellis Hughes, Peter Kent, Claudia Hughes and husband David LeGraffe and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, you may make memorials to The Commons Church, American Cancer Society, or your favorite charity. An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Inez Bond Thweatt, 93

Inez Bond Thweatt of Albany, 93, died Wednesday Oct. 12 at Athens Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Home. Rev. Doug Burrell officiated.

A native of Pelham, Ga., Mrs. Thweatt graduated from Ochlocknee High School in 1934. Following graduation, Mrs. Thweatt worked at Bennie’s Bootery and later at Sharp’s Shoes of Albany. Mrs. Thweatt was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 163 where she was organist for some time. She was of Baptist faith for many years and later joined Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church where she was pianist for the Fellowship Sunday school class for several years.

Survivors include two nephews, Ernie Bond Jr. and his wife Linda of Marietta, Herbert Bond and his wife Dorrie of Athens, and two nieces, Diane Burrell and her husband Doug of Fayetteville, and Carolyn Griffin of Thomasville. She is also survived by many beloved grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Thweatt was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Thweatt, her parents Enoch Northrop Bond and Lydia Taylor Bond, brothers Ernest Bond and Herbert Bond, and sister Agnes Thompson.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Thomas Stokes Yarborough, 91

Thomas Stokes Yarborough, 91, died Monday, Oct. 10 at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Americus, Ga. Funeral services were held, Friday, Oct. 14 at Porterfield United Methodist Church. Rev. William Collins and Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor officiated, interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Lexington, N.C., Mr. Yarborough lived most of his life in Albany. He graduated from Davidson College where he was president of Kappa Sigma and played basketball, baseball and ran track. He was a WWII Veteran, a Scout Master for Troup 106 and worked for Coats and Clark as a cost accountant, here in Albany. Thomas was an avid golfer and sports fan. He was involved with officiating Georgia high school sporting events, mainly football. He was a charter member of Porterfield United Methodist Church and a member of the Men’s Bible class. Mr. Yarborough was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Tanner Yarborough, his parents, Robert and Sue Yarborough and one grandchild, Sarah Louise Yarborough.

Survivors include two sons, Tommy Stokes Yarborough and his wife, Laura of Eatonville, Wash. and Cecil Tanner Yarborough and his wife, June of Altamonte, Fla., one daughter, Mary Joan Yarborough Morris and her husband, Curtis of Euharlee, Ga., one sister, Leah Yarborough Monk and her husband, Ridley of Sylvester, Ga., eight grandsons, Micah Yarborough, Andrew Yarborough, Peter Morris, Richard Morris, Matthew Morris, Joshua Yarborough, Daniel Yarborough and Jacob Yarborough and six great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Porterfield United Methodist Church, 2200 Dawson Road, Albany, Ga. 31707 or to the Disabled American Veterans, Georgia Chapter-91, 5362 Covington Highway, Decatur, Ga. 30035.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


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