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Doris Peek Horne Williams, 92

Doris Peek Horne Williams lived a full and vibrant life for over 92 years, leaving all that knew her a happier person for having had her in their lives. Doris passed away on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Doris was born in Atlanta on March 12, 1919 to the late Hobson Dewey Peek and Mildred Frances Clay Peek. She spent the remainder of her life in the Albany area. where she raised her three daughters. She retired from the Dougherty County Tax Office after 27 years of loyal service. Doris was deeply devoted to her church, First United Methodist Church of Albany, of which she was a lifetime member. She involved in the First United Methodist Church Hawk Sunday School Class, United Methodist Women, Young at Heart, Crape Myrtle Chapter No. 163 Order of the Eastern Star and the Scottish Rite Ladies Auxiliary (Dougherty Lodge No. 591 F&AM Forget-Me-not Widows Club.

Doris was preceded in death by her daughters Loretta Horne Christofferson, Gayle Horne Young, and her brother Wayne Peek.

She is survived by her daughters Carol Horne Shuffstall and her husband Richard of Etowah, N.C., her sister Helen P. Loyless, Albany, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Don Adams and Rev. Carrie Myers officiating, interment to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, P O Box 448, Albany GA 31702, or Scottish Rite Health Care of Atlanta, 1001 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta GA 30342.
An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com


Dewie Brown Bethea, 92

Dewie Brown Bethea, 92, of Leesburg, died Oct. 20. Graveside funeral services were conducted Sunday, Oct. 23 at East View Cemetery in Shellman, Ga. Rev. Ken Chancellor officiated.

Mrs. Bethea was born in Coleman, Ga., daughter of the late John C. Brown and Beulah Moore Brown. She resided in Orlando, Fla. for 50 years and had been a resident of Lee County for 19 years. Mrs. Bethea was a homemaker and a member of Lakeside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jesse Thomas Bethea. Her survivors include two daughters, Jackie B. Duncan and Beckey Michele Bethea both of Leesburg; sisters, Elizabeth Brown Taylor of Cuthbert, Ga. and Rebecca Brown Hamrick of Ft Gaines, Ga., one granddaughter, Misty Haynes (Russel) of Kissimmee, Fla., three great-grandchildren; Andrew Jon Haynes of Norfolk, Va.; Jesse Jon Hayes and Donny Lee Haynes of Kissimmee, Fla., one sister-in-law, Joy Glass of Albany.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Bruce R. Eastman, 72

Bruce R. Eastman, 72, of Cordele, Ga., died Friday, Oct. 21 at his residence. Funeral services were held Monday at Mathews Funeral Home. Brother Terry Crisp and Bill Acord officiated. Interment followed in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery.

A native of Wichita, Kan., Mr. Eastman had resided in Cordele, Ga. for the past 22 years moving from Albany. He was employed with Albany Lincoln-Mercury for 24 years and retired from Southland Chrysler. Mr. Eastman was a member of Grace Baptist Church and was very active with the music ministry.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Bokenhagen Eastman of Cordele, a stepson, Keith Bokenhagen and his wife, Wendy of Deerfield Beach, Fla., three sisters, Sherry Harrell, Gwen Goodman and Vinetta Crisp and her husband, Terry all of Dawson, a brother, Franklin Eastman of Nicholls, Ga., a granddaughter, Jenna Gauthier of Deerfield Beach, Fla. and several nieces and nephews.

Those desiring may make contributions to Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany GA 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


George Wesley Funderburke, 99

George Wesley Funderburke, 99 of Sylvester Road in Albany passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital of natural causes after a long and fruitful life.

Funeral services were held Friday at First United Methodist Church Walden Chapel. Rev. Carrie Myers officiated. Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Funderburke was born on July 4, 1912 to the late Cora McCollum and Jefferson Lee Funderburke who was a Methodist minister in Brinson, Ga. After serving in the Navy on the Solomon Islands during World War II, he returned to Waycross, Ga. and later settled permanently with his wife Minnie Lee in Albany. As a resident of Albany for 66 years, he was actively involved with the Masonic Lodge 591 F&AM, and received a 50 year pin from both the Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite. Mr. Funderburke was also a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Hasan Shrine Temple. Mr. Funderburke was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Young At Heart Club and the Fellowship Sunday school class.

Mr. Funderburke was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Minnie Lee Griggs Funderburke and his grandson, Matthew Ertlschweiger.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Glinda Funderburke of Marietta, Sandra Ertlschweiger and her husband Hap of Valdosta, sons, David Funderburke and his wife Cindy of Warsaw, N.C., Don Funderburke and his wife Becky of Kennesaw and Danny Funderburke and his wife Jan of Merritt Island, Fla., grandchildren, Heather Fick of Marietta, Holly Greer and husband David of Kennesaw, Hillary Veitch and husband John of Cumming, Justin Baker and wife Molly of Moultrie, Lindsey Childress and husband Zan of Hahira, Martin Ertlschweiger of Valdosta, Marc Ertleschweiger and wife Erin of Marietta, Jennifer Cowfer and husband Danny of Burnett, Texas, Amanda Funderburke of Kennesaw, Sarah Funderburke of Merritt Island, Fla. and Daniel Funderburke of Merritt Island , Fla., and several great-grandchildren include Hannah, Shannon, and Joey Fick, Aiden and Noel Greer, Grayson and Austin Baker, Gunner and Asher Childress and Josie and Alex Vera.

Those desiring may make memorials to First United Methodist Church, 307 Flint Ave., Albany, GA 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Rubye Lawhorn Hambric

Rubye Lawhorn Hambric, died Thursday, Oct. 20 at Palmyra Nursing Home. Her funeral service was held Saturday at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Allen Bingham officiated.

A native of Worth County, Mrs. Hambric had lived in Albany since 1945. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband Loy Hambric.

Survivors include her son, Mike Hambric and his wife Ruth, Albany; daughter Barbara Kay Bodiford and her husband Coleman, Albany, grandchildren, T. C. Bodiford, Lisha Bodiford, Joey Hambric and his wife Sarah, Thomas Hambric and his wife Amy, Michael Hambric, Christina Toneygay, Ann Scarbrough; great grandchildren, Sky, Brianna, Logan, Ella, Emily, Lindsey and numerous nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Mary Jane Moody Ramsey, 95

Mary Jane Moody Ramsey, 95, of Albany died Friday, Oct 21 at Albany Health Care.

Funeral services were held Monday at Kimbrell-Stern. Interment followed at Floral Memory Gardens. Rev. Russell Anglin officiated.

Born in Nahunta, Ga., Mrs. Ramsey lived in Albany most of her life where she was the owner and operator of Ramsey’s Tip Top Grocery Store. She was a member of Raleigh White Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Charles Ramsey.

Survivors include three daughters Juanita Ramsey Howell of Albany; Dorothy Ramsey Waits and her husband James of Albany; Patty Ramsey Mock and her husband Bob of Sylvester; a brother John Moody of South Carolina; six grandchildren Rodney Howell, Sherrie Berry, Jerry Howell, Terrie McGee, Mark Howell, and Heidi Mock Tucker; seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Joseph Frank Perry, 98

Joseph Frank Perry, 98, of Putney, died Wednesday, Oct. 19.

His funeral service was held Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern. Interment followed at Doerun Cemetery. The Rev. Russell Anglin officiated. The Walter Burt American Legion Post 30 presented military honors following the service at Kimbrell-Stern.

Mr. Perry was born in Bridgeboro, Ga. and lived in Albany most of his life. He was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church for 70 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Perry was employed with the Georgia State Patrol for 35 years. He was a member of the Peace Officers Association of Georgia, the Walter Burt Post 30 American Legion, and the Golden K Kiwanis Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

He is survived by his loving companion and friend: Paula Nettles, Putney; a daughter: Jane P. Bridges, Marietta, Ga.; two nieces: Mary Moore and Charlotte Council, both of Miami, Fla.

Those desiring may send memorials to the Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany GA 31721.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Dorothy Rachel Tucker

Dorothy Rachel Tucker of Albany died Monday, Oct. 17at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held Thursday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Bobby Moye officiated. Interment followed in Live Oak Baptist Church Cemetery in Baker County, Ga.

Mrs. Tucker was born in Baker County, Ga. and graduated from Damascus High School. She had lived in Albany since 1964. Mrs. Tucker was formerly employed with the Dougherty County School System; she managed the kitchen at Evergreen Assisted Living and retired from First United Methodist Church of Albany.

Survivors include her husband, Ray E. Tucker and a son, Ricky Hudson and his wife, Kelly, two daughters, Lynn Tucker Freese and Jeannie Tucker and two grandchildren, Jessica Lynn Freese and Dusty Allen Hudson all of Albany.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com

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