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Norma English Ferrell, 83

Norma English Ferrell, 83, of Leesburg, Ga., formerly of Albany, died October 21 at her residence.

Her funeral service was held Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern, interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Olin Johnson officiated.

Mrs. Norma English Ferrell was born July 12, 1928 in Long Eddy, New York to Francis Willard English and Marian LaValle English. After graduating from Hancock Central School, Hancock, New York in 1945, she enrolled in the Cadet Nurse Corps, a program of the United States Public Health Service, and graduated from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, New York, New York in 1948. In 1951 she married Leland Ferrell whom she met on a blind date when she passed through Albany on her way to Florida to accept a nursing position in Daytona Beach. She made her home and raised her family in Albany. Her nursing career included positions in area hospitals as well as working for Dr. Charles M. Holman as his office nurse for twenty-five years. After retiring from her nursing career, she exchanged her nursing shoes for a pair of rattlesnake proof boots to help her husband survey Northampton County Estates in Lee County. After his death in 1991, she continued his work and subsequently developed and managed Sections III, IV, and V of Northampton Country Estates.

She is preceded in death by her husband of forty years, Leland Randall Ferrell, and her son, Robert Burnham Ferrell and her brother, Capt. Francis W. English Jr. USN Ret. She was a member of Central Baptist Church. She was active in the United States Power Squadron Flint River District. She is survived by her three daughters, Dianne Davis (Dr. Bill) of Chula, Ga., Valle Watanabe (Russell) of Aiea, Hawaii and LeeAnne Perry (George) of Tulsa, Okla., ten grandchildren, Lindsay Davis Middleton, Asa Davis, Jonathan Watanabe, Emerson Watanabe, Natalie Watanabe, Jenni Perry Bishop (Brady), Ashley Perry, Amanda Perry, Tyler Ferrell, Drew Ferrell and three great grandchildren, Mason Middleton, Kelby Bishop and Ezekiel Watanabe. She leaves behind her beloved companion, Julius T. Klein.

The family wishes to thank Albany Community Hospice and the wonderful team of physicians involved in her care, Dr. Kay Kitchen, Dr. Thomas Neal, Dr. Chandler Berg, Dr. Price Corr and Dr. John Grant as well as sitters Gloria Seay and Christine Monds. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Jayne Pettigrew Barkley, 91

Jayne Pettigrew Barkley, 91, of Albany, died October 20, at Morningside Assisted Living. A celebration of life service was conducted Friday, October 28 at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Fred Bell officiated.

A native of Burlington, N.C., Mrs. Barkley had resided in Albany for the past two and half years moving from Gainesville, Fla. She was a homemaker and was of the Methodist faith. Mrs. Barkley was preceded in death by her husband, William V. Barkley Sr. her son Bob Barkley and a grandson, Jeremy Palmer.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Gayle and Cranston Scott of Bradenton, Fla., two sons and their wives, William and Kay Barkley of Gallion, Ala. and Jimmy and Iris Barkley of Weaverville, N.C., daughter-in-law, Naomi Barkley of Albany, eleven grandchildren, Robbie Barkley, Brenna Barkley, Michelle Faircloth, Becca Purdy, Kevin Barkley, Auburn Stowe, Ashley Seagrave, Allison Mashburn, Cortney Patton, Kimberly Reynolds and Cranston Scott, Jr. and twenty great-grandchildren

Those desiring may make contribution to American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave., Albany, Ga. 31701 or to Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


 Velma Ranew Kierce Braswell, 85

Velma Ranew Kierce Braswell, 85, of Albany died October 27 at Palmyra Nursing Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 29 at Kimbrell-Stern. Rev. Chip Gresham officiated, interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Velma Ranew Kierce Braswell was born October 22, 1926 in Albany to Louise McDonald Ranew and Grover D. Ranew. She resided in Panama City, Fla. for many years before returning home to Albany. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Kierce Cook and a son Travis Ladon Kierce Sr., her siblings, C.D. Ranew, Richard Ranew, Elizabeth Coxwell, and Merritt Ranew.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Kierce Denney (Norman) of Albany, a son, Steve Lamar Kierce (Carolyn) of Leesburg, a daughter in law, Sandra Barber Kierce, a son in law, Lynn W. Cook, her siblings, Betty Ranew Clements, Janelle Ranew Larkin and Clifford G. Ranew, twelve grandchildren, DeWayne Denney, Deneen Kierce Williamson, Darin Denney, Terri Cook Rouse, Chad Denney, Christy Kierce, Travis (Bubba) Kierce Jr., Misty Cook Mathis, Kelley Kierce, Stephanie Kierce Sceals, Brooke Kierce Johns, Matthew Kierce, twenty three great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Palmyra Nursing Home as well as the management.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1101-1., Northchase Parkway, Marietta, Ga. 30067 or Calvary Baptist Church, 1211 13th Ave., Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Myrtice E. Creel, 89

Myrtice E. Creel, 89, of Albany died Thursday, October 27 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Graveside funeral services were held Sunday at Riverside Cemetery. Rev. Larry Daughtry Jr. and Rev. Jerry Etheredge officiated.

Born to the late Earl and Lula Creel in Opp, Ala. on November 19, 1921, she had resided in Albany most of her life. She retired from Flint River Textile Mill in 1983 and had attended Harvest Temple Church of God until her health failed her. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Daughtry and four sisters, Mary Lewis Ernestine Grubbs, Nell Cook and Bea Griffin.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, James W. and Frances Deanna Daughtry of Albany, three grandchildren, Pam Drew of Albany, Angie Tickle and her husband, Lonnie of Tampa, Fla. and Larry Daughtry and his wife, Gina of Tifton, Ga. and five great-grand-children, Julia Walker, Logan Walker, Morgan Drew, Cory Daughtry and McKenzie Daughtry.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Charles VanDuzee, Jr. 72

Charles VanDuzee, Jr. 72, of Albany died Sunday, October 23 at his residence. The rosary was held Thursday, October 27 at 6:00PM at Kimbrell-Stern with visitation to follow. The funeral service was held Friday, October 28 at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church. Rev. Finbarr Stanton officiated. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery.

Mr. VanDuzee was born on December 8, 1939 to the late Charles William VanDuzee Sr. and Jesssie Lashley. He was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church. Charles had been an active member of Albany’s senior community for many years. He enjoyed events and outings organized by St. Teresa’s Catholic Friends, Palmyra’s H2U, AARP and Phoebe’s Golden Key Groups. He and Kenyon joined friends each week for St. Teresa’s School bingo nights. Charles also supported St. Clare’s Soup Kitchen.

Mr. VanDuzee is survived by his wife Kenyon Watson VanDuzee of Albany, his mother: Jessie L. Cone of Albany, a daughter: Joye Girardot of Atlanta, a son: Thomas Cline and his wife Indah of Norman, Okla., a brother: Jesse Cone and his wife Cheryl of Atlanta, Two grandchildren: Aaron Girardot and Rebecca Cline also survive. He was preceded in death by his sister Ellen Belle Cone and his father Willaim VanDuzee Sr.

Those desiring may make memorials to the old St. Teresa’s Church Fund, 421 Edgewood Lane, Albany, Ga. 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.








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