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Maxine Snipes Culpepper

Maxine Snipes Culpepper, 3203 Wexford Road, died Wednesday November 16. Her funeral service was held Saturday at Beattie Road Church of Christ.  Mr. Doug Haught officiated

A native of Worth County, Mrs. Culpepper had lived in Albany most of her life.  She was an office manager for Peninsula and a bookkeeper with Agri-Con Ford.  Mrs. Culpepper was a member of Beattie Road Church of Christ and loved to play bridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband B. Wayne Culpepper.

Survivors include her daughter Connie Williams and her husband Cliff, Acworth; son, George Allen Culpepper, Albany; grandchildren, Sarah Williams, Acworth, Cody Culpepper and Bailey Culpepper both of Albany; brothers, Perry C. “Clint” Snipes and his wife Lou, Bentonville, Va., Sam Pollock and his wife Linda, Pelham and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers you may make memorials to Beattie Road Church of Christ, 1731 Beattie Road, Albany, Ga. 31721.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Melissa Janel Clark, 39

Melissa Janel Clark, 39, of Albany passed away Thursday, November 10 at Doctor’s Hospital of Augusta. Memorial Services were held Tuesday, November 15 at Mathews Funeral Home, Dr. David Benton officiated.

A native and resident of Albany, Ms. Clark was employed with Wal-Mart before her illness and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Putney.

Survivors include two daughters, Miranda Janel Clark and Morgan Raye Clark of Albany, her parents, Joe and Vernice Hastings Sr., of Albany, one brother, Joe Hastings Jr., (Angie) of Albany, two sisters, Teresa J. Townsend, (Barry) of Albany, and Sheila J. Torongeau (Lyle) of Huntsville, Ala., as well as multiple nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers those desiring may make memorials in memory of Melissa Janel Clark for her daughters to Heritage Bank, P.O. Box 50728 Albany, Ga. 31703.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Davis Allen Hancock, 40

Davis Allen Hancock, 40, of Lee County, Ga. died Thursday, November 17at his residence.  Tri County Memorial Club conducted Masonic Rites Saturday at Mathews Funeral Home.

A native of Jacksonville, N.C., Davis grew up in Baconton, Ga., attended Mitchell County Schools and Albany Technical College. He had resided in Lee County for the past fifteen years moving from Albany.   Davis was a welder and fabricator with Superior Machine Works.  Mr. Hancock was a member of Dougherty Lodge #591 and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Jill Duren Hancock of Lee Co., Ga., two daughters, Gabby Marsh of Leesburg, Ga. and Savannah Hancock of Summerville, S.C., two sons, Dakota Hancock of Summerville, S.C. and Canyon Hancock of Lee Co., Ga., two step-daughters, Chloe Jolley and Carey Jolley of Lee Co., Ga., his father and his wife, Bill and Kay Hancock of Mitchell Co., GA, his mother and her husband, Christine and Terry Christopher of Inverness, Fla., a step-sister, Tonya Michelle Curles and her husband Dale of Albany, and a step-brother, John William Anglon and his wife, Jessica of Jacksonville, N.C.

Those desiring may make contributions to The Masonic Home of Georgia, P.O. Box 4183, Macon, Ga. 31208.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Wilfred R. (Bo) Ruopp, 88

Wilfred R. (Bo) Ruopp, 88, of Albany died Thursday, November 17 at Albany Health Care.  Funeral services were conducted Monday at Mathews Funeral Home.  Rev. Dennis Lanning officiated.  Interment followed in Floral Memory Gardens with Masonic Rites.

A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., born to the late Martin and Emily Ruopp, Mr. Ruopp graduated from Niagara High School and attended Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Ga. and had resided in Albany for the past fifty seven years.  He served in the United States Army, Engineering Division during World War II and the Berlin Crisis in 1961 before retiring as a Captain from the U.S. Army Reserves.  Mr. Ruopp established Dougherty County Glass Company 1957 and operated it until his retirement in 1987 and was a member of Avalon United Methodist Church.

Mr. Ruopp was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of Dougherty Lodge # 591, Hasan Shrine Center, The Albany Shrine Club and The Royal Order of The Jesters, Albany Court # 159.  He was also a member of The American Legion Post #30, BPOE Lodge #713, The retired Officers Association, The Society of American Military Engineers of South West, Ga., The Albany SERTOMA Club and The Sportsman Club.

Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Jerry Ariail of Arden, N.C. and Diane and Wayne Barnette of Albany, four grandchildren, Mark Ariail and his wife, Tina, of Charlotte, N.C., Ashlyn Milosch and her husband, Ben, of Macon, GA, Krista Ariail of Raleigh, NC, Greg Barnette and his wife, Seretha, of Leesburg, Ga. and five great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife of forty six years, Ruby Wyatt Ruopp, two brothers, his twin, Alfred Ruopp and Robert Ruopp, a granddaughter, Deborah Barnette and a special friend, Lea Ramsey.

Those desiring may make memorials to Shriners Hospitals for Children c/o Hasan Shriners Transportation Fund, 1822 Palmyra Road, Albany, Ga. 31701 or to The Avalon United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3018 Gillionville Road, Albany, Ga. 31721.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Tommy Goode, 67

Tommy Goode, 67, 1215 W. 3rd Ave., died Sunday, November 20 at his residence.

His funeral service will be Wednesday 2 p.m. at Life Christian Center International.  Rev. Stan Glass, Mr. Ross Powell and Rev. Tim Bice will officiate.

Raised in Bronwood, Mr. Goode had lived in Albany since 1969.  He was retired from the Georgia Department of Labor as a Field Agent and graduated from Andrew College.  Mr. Goode attended Georgia Southwestern and the University of Georgia where he played the saxophone in the Dixie Red Coat Band and played in several local bands, most recently with the Bo Henry Band.

Mr. Goode was an avid hunter and fisherman and would share the gospel with everyone he met.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy F. Goode, Albany; daughter, Jill Goode Schroeder and husband John, Albany; sons, Andy Goode and wife Patty, Springdale, Ark., Tracy Goode and wife Teresa, Albany; sister Elaine Goode Love, Bronwood; grandchildren, Azlee Goode, Avery Goode, Adler Goode, Abby Goode, Anson Goode and Judah Schroeder.

Those desiring may make memorials to Alzheimer’s Caregivers Time-Out Program, 314 N. Jefferson St., Albany, Ga. 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Russell Dale Ober, 63

Russell Dale Ober, 63 of Leesburg, Ga., died Friday, November 18 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The memorial service was held Monday, November 21 at Kimbrell-Stern. Pastors Bill Diamond and Charles Thompson officiated.

Born in Lehigh, Iowa; Mr. Ober moved to Dawson, Ga., in 1973, and had lived in Lee County since 1999.   He graduated from high school in Ft. Dodge, Iowa and received a B.S. from Iowa State University and a Masters Degree in Fishery Biology from the University of North Dakota.  He was employed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Management for thirty one years.   Mr. Ober was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Ober of Lee County, a daughter, Erika Livermont and her husband, James of Stockbridge, Ga., a son, Christoffer Ober of Leesburg, Ga., two grandchildren, Emmaline and Aidan Livermont.  Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Fern Ober and two brothers, Harold Ober and Laurence Ober.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, P. O. Box 72366, Albany, Ga. 31708.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Virginia King Robertson, 92

Virginia King Robertson, 92, of Albany, Ga. died November 17 at her residence.

Funeral services were held Monday at First United Methodist Church. Dr. Don Adams and Rev. Carrie Myers officiated.  Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Cusseta, Ga. Mrs. Robertson has lived in Albany since 1938 where she was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Hawk Sunday School class.

Mrs. Robertson was married to the late Paul B. (Mr. Rob) Robertson for 65 years, who was the Dougherty County School Superintendent from 1972-1986.

Survivors include her daughters, Amy Beaver, Jill Hiers, Beth O’Brien and her husband John, and Robin McLeod and her husband Greg all of Albany, her son, Paul B. Robertson Jr. and his wife Lisa of Albany, six grandchildren, Robby Beaver and his wife Amanda, Bo Beaver and his wife Daisy, Corrie Rooks and her husband Brian, Lauren Smith and her husband David, Betsy Parrish and her husband Alan and Cody O’Brien, ten great-grandchildren, brother, Hal F. King of Albany and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Robertson was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Misty McLeod and Jay Hiers, and a sister, Helen Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 307 Flint Ave. Albany, Ga. 31701

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.



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