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Bob Grodemange, 52

Bob Grodemange, 52, of Albany died Monday November 28 at his residence. A Memorial service was held Friday at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church.  Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor and Rev. William Collins officiated.  A private interment will be held later at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Born in Greenbay, Wis., Mr. Godemange lived in Albany the past six years.  He graduated from Georgia Tech with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church.  Mr. Grodemange was an Avid Cyclist and loved woodworking with his Dad.

He was preceded in death by his mother DeLoras Grodemange.

Survivors include his wife Marcy Grodemange of Albany; a brother Ron Grodemange and his wife Jenifer of Atlanta; his father Herb Grodemange of Albany; 3 children Bella, Gabby and Bethany Robyn Grodemange.

In lieu of flowers you may make donations to Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, 2200 Dawson Road, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Helen (Gloria) Renner, 87

Helen (Gloria) Renner, 87, of Lee County, Ga., died December 3, 2011 at the Lillian G. Carter Nursing Center.  Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday at Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Rev. Chuck Smith officiated.

A native of Fitzgerald, Ga., born to the late Oscar M. and Helen Bruton Mullinax, Mrs. Renner grew up in Quitman, Ga.  She had resided in Lynchburg, Va. before moving to the Albany area twenty five years ago.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Renner and two daughters, Minnie Rudd and Lucille Smothers and a son, Oscar Wade Rudd.

Survivors include two sons, Walter Gene Rudd and his wife, Cheryl, of Vero Beach, Fla. and Ben Lewis Rudd and his wife, Debbie of Camilla, Ga., survivors also include grandchildren, great-grandchildren and  great-great- grandchildren.

Those desiring may make contributions to the American Legion Post #30 Youth Fund, 2916 Gillionville Road, Albany, Ga. 31721.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Leonard D. Yarbrough, 87

Leonard D. Yarbrough, 87, of Albany died Saturday December 3 at his residence.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Byne Memorial Baptist Church, interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.  Dr. Matthew Nance, Rev. Charles Jones and Rev. Charlie Brown officiated.

Born in Baconton, Ga., Mr. Yarbrough retired from Bob’s Candy after 54 years of service and was owner and operator of Beth’s Flower Shop for 25 years.  He was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army serving during WWII.  Mr. Yarbrough was a Charter Member of The Albany Civitan Club where he served as Past Governor of The South Georgia District.  He was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church where he was in the Open Door Sunday School Class.

Survivors include his wife Pat Yarbrough of Albany; two sons Don Yarbrough of Washington, D.C.; Keith Yarbrough of Atlanta; a daughter Beth Davis and her husband Rob of Dothan, Ala.; five grandchildren Kasey Yarbrough, Tyler Davis, Brooke Davis, Abbey Davis, Brandon Davis and several nieces and nephews.

Those desiring please make donations to the Living Legacy at Byne Memorial Baptist Church, 2832 Ledo Road, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Shane D. Jordan, 28

Shane D. Jordan, 28, of Lee County, Ga. died December  3 at his residence.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at Mathews Funeral Home.  Rev. Bobby Harrell officiated.  Interment followed in Leesburg Cemetery.

A native of Albany, Shane had lived in Lee County most of his life.  He graduated from Albany Technical College and was employed with Transmission Crafters.  Shane attended First Baptist Church of Leesburg.

Survivors include his mother, Kathy H. Jordan of Leesburg, Ga., five brothers, Chad Jordan of Tallahassee, Fla., Jason (Tracie) Jordan and Calvin (Jessica) Jordan all of Lee County, Ga., Cody Jordan of Buford, Ga., Cody Poole of Lee County, Ga. and six nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Myra Hardie, 70

Myra Hardie, 70, of Albany, died Friday, December 2 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, December 6 at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Carrie Myers officiated.

A native of Miami, Fla., Myra had resided in Albany since 1974, moving from Miami, Fla. She was a Dental Hygienist at Turner Job Corps Center and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Albany. Myra was preceded in death by her husband James E. Hardie, parents, Jamie Chaney and Avy Lee Tillis Chaney.

Survivors include her son and his wife, Tim and Michelle Hardie, a granddaughter, Riley Hardie all of Ellabell, Ga. sister and her husband, Suzette and Charles Rice of Miami, Fla., step-mother, Marie Chaney of Mims, Fla., step-sister and her husband, Arlene and Tom Averill of Mims, Fla..

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Lois W. Black

Lois W. Black passed away December 2 at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Americus, Ga. at the age of 92.  She was born in Brooks County, Georgia to Homer S. and Annie McGraw Walden, and she grew up in Moultrie, Ga.  She and her husband, Wendell, made their home in Albany in 1940.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and the Sapp and Hawkes Sunday School Classes.  She was an active member of the American Legion Auxilliary Unit at Post 30 for 42 years, having served as president of both Unit and 2nd District.  She retired from the Department of Family and Children Services.  Following retirement, she and her husband made many adventurous trips throughout the U.S.

Mrs. Black was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 year, Wendell H. Black.  Survivors are her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Charles Rose of Lee County; granddaughters:  Margaret R. LaFontaine (Edward), Berea, Ky., Anne R. Peterson (Don), Colorado Springs, Co., Susan R. Bittle (Charles), Rincon, Ga.; a grandson:  Charles W. Rose, Albany; great grandchildren:  Jacob and Matthew McArdle, Ky., Erin and Richard Peterson, Co., and Katelyn Bittle, Rincon, Ga.; great great grandchildren:  Mariah and Tyler of Colorado; a sister:  Thelma Reeves (Bill), Moreno Valley, California; a niece and nephews.

Her funeral service was held Tuesday at Crown Hill Cemetery.  The Rev. Carrie Myers officiated.

Those desiring may send memorial donations to Unit 30 Scholarship Fund or Post 30 Youth Fund, c/o American Legion Post 30, 2916 Gillionville Road., Albany, Ga. 31707, Hosanna Choir Fund, c/o First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 448, Albany, Ga. 31702, or a favorite charity.

Mrs. Black’s family wishes to acknowledge the loving care administered by the nurses, CAN’s and staff of Unit 2, Magnolia Manor Nursing Home.  We truly thank you.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


 Lynda Lee Brown, 63

Lynda Lee Brown, 63, of Cedartown, Ga., formerly of Albany, passed away on Thursday, December 1 at her residence following an extended illness.  Mrs. Brown was born on March 14, 1948 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. to her parents, the late Earl and Willie T. Coleman Morrison.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a number of siblings; Mrs. Brown was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband, Rodney L. Brown, her sons, Kenneth Johnson, Paul J.  Brown, Rodney W. Brown and Jeffery T. Brown, her daughters, Kimberly Johnson and Teanne Martin, a brother, Larry Morrison, a sister-in-law, Maureen Morrison and her grandchildren, Lacey Waters, Chase Barnett, Chance Barnett, Jacob Ryan and Robbie Johnson.

In accordance with Mrs. Brown’s wishes, her body was cremated and no services will be held.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Frances Reynolds Stanley, 87

Mildred Frances Reynolds Stanley, 87, of Albany died Wednesday, November 30 at Palmyra Nursing Home. A private graveside service was held.

A native of Medford Mass., Mrs. Stanley served in the US Navy during WWII and was a registered nurse for the state of Georgia for thirty years. She was a member of St. John’s and St. Mark Episcopal Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Susan Crooker and her husband, Fred of Ellenton, Fla., Diane Woods and her husband, Bill of Stockbridge, Ga. and Ann Cooper of Albany, six grandchildren, Michael Jain and his wife, Katy, Christopher Jain, Nicholas Woods, Elizabeth Ward and her husband, Tony, Vic Cooper and DeeDee Cooper and seven great grandchildren.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Allen Thomas Hague 70

Allen Thomas Hague, 70, of Albany, died on Tuesday November 29 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service for Mr. Hague was held on Monday December 5 at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. Rev. Stephen Pontzer officiated.

Mr. Hague was born on November 8, 1941 to the late Joseph James and Wanda Michnevich Hague in Newark, New Jersey.  He was a retired electrician and was of the Catholic faith.

Mr. Hague is survived by his wife Penny Hague of Albany, and a brother Tim Hague and his wife Grace of Sebec, Maine.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Flowers are accepted or contributions can be made to St. Teresa’s Catholic Church 421 Edgewood Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707 or Sasser Methodist Church P.O Box 487 Sasser, Ga. 39885

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Cordy Floyd Gleaton, 65

                Cordy Floyd Gleaton, 65, of Hill Road in Albany died December 1 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday at Kimbrell-Stern with visitation to follow. Mr. Paul Murray officiated.

A native of Albany, Mr. Gleaton has worked in construction most of his life, most recent with Kinney Construction Company in Albany. He was a lifetime member of the Independent Harley Riders Association (IHRA). Mr. Gleaton will always be remembered for his love of Family, strong work ethic and his passion for riding Harley’s.

Survivors include his wife Judy Gleaton of Albany, sons, Toney Gleaton and Terry Allen Gleaton both of Albany, four grandchildren, Toney Gleaton, Brittany Gleaton, Crystal Allen and Blake Allen, sisters, Pat Walker of Albany and Delores Mills of Bronwood.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Johnny McArthur Driskell

Johnny M. Driskell, 67, of Worth County, Ga. died Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. A memorial service was held Saturday, December 3 at Mathews Funeral Home.

Mr. Driskell resided in Worth County. He was a salesman with LMC Cross Application Equipment Company. Mr. Driskell was preceded in death by his parents, McCray C. Driskell and Lillian McCrane Driskell, two brothers, Richard Driskell and Gene Driskell.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Driskell of Albany, Serena Driskell of Moultrie, Ga. and Samantha Curl of Baconton, Ga., sister, Barbara Ann Smith, brother-in-law L.R. Smith, and a brother, Melton Driskell all of Warner Robins, Ga., seven grandchildren, Andrea Stickland (Jamie), Kristin Braswell (Kevin), Heather Tomlinson (Kevin), Jeremy Bullington (Felicia), Alisha Green (Corey Gearhart), Tabitha Driskell and Denice Bauman, five great-grandchildren, Landon Strickland, Stephen Strickland, Kylee Gearhart, Katie Tomlinson and William Bullington. A niece Vonda Anderson (George), nephews Nathan Smith and Jarvis Smith. Great-nieces Kristin and Elizabeth, and a great-nephew David Smith.

Those desiring may make contributions to American Heart Association, 1101-1 Northchase Parkway, Marietta, Ga. 30067.


Mary Graham Boone Monette, 90

Mary Graham Boone Monette, 90, of Albany died Sunday, December 4 at Palmyra Nursing Home. Graveside services were held Tuesday, December 6 at Riverside Cemetery.

Mrs. Monette was born in Wallace, N.C. to George and Ella Boone. She was a homemaker and was a member of Sunnyside Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Tim Monette, two daughters, Gayle Tyson and Terri Lynn Nolan, and her husband, Tim, all of Albany, two brothers, Roscoe Boone of Wilmington, N.C. and Howard Boone of Franklin, Va., a sister, Lois Floyd of Charleston, S.C. six grandchildren, Nakimbria Tyson, Lashanti Tyson, Zakeryonna Tyson, Remynisce Alexander, Leranzious Alexander and Faith Alexander.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Lillian Horne Eller, 87

Lillian Horne Eller, 87 of Morgan, Ga. died Saturday, December 3. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Morgan Baptist Church.  Rev. Chris Holdorf will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Rose Of Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery.

A native of Moultrie, Ga., Mrs. Eller grew up in Colquitt, Co, Ga. and had resided in Albany most of her life before moving to Morgan, Ga. in 1989.  While living in Albany, she was employed with Lee Drug Store and Jay’s Shoes.  Mrs. Eller was the widow of Truett Eller and was a member of Morgan Baptist Church.  She loved quilting, crocheting, gardening, spending time with her family and friends and she loved helping others.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Carol and Dave Walters of Morgan, Ga., a son and his wife, Gary and Debbie Eller of Lee County, Ga., a step-daughter, Glenda Bass of Montgomery, Ala., five grandchildren, Amber Griner and her husband, Mike of Morgan, Ga., Lisa Walters of Hiram, Ohio, Dennis Walters of Morgan, Ga., Daphne McCall of Albany, and Tiffany McCall of Thomasville, Ga., two great-grandchildren, Celeste Lashley of Stow, Ohio and Ashley Tabor and her husband, Weston of Ft. Hood, Texas, two great-great-grandchildren, Amariah Tabor and Abigail Tabor and two sisters, Frances Fulkerson and her husband, Joe of Albany, and Ann Orth of St. Cloud, Minn..   She was preceded in death by a brother, James Mayo Horne.

Those desiring may make contributions to Morgan Baptist Church, 119 Church St, Morgan, GA, 39866.


The family will be at the residence of Carol and Dave Walters, 10756 Dickey St., Morgan, GA, 39866.


To sign our online registry or to send condolences to the family, you may visit Mathews’ website at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Jorge Masa Obono

Jorge Masa Obono, 18, of Leesburg, Ga., died Monday, November 28, at his residence. A memorial service was held Saturday, December 3 at Sherwood Baptist Church. Rev. John Spencer and Rev. Ty Greene officiated.

Jorge was a native of Equtorial Guinea and was fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. He was a senior at Lee County High where he played soccer and attended advanced classes. Jorge was active in the First Baptist Church of Leesburg Youth Group, a sports enthusiast, comical and loved the beach. Rather than lie, he’d say nothing. He was preceded in death by his father, Jorge Massa.

Survivors include, his mother, Maria Reina Obono Pullen and her husband, Jeffrey of Leesburg, Ga., cousin and adopted sister, Diana Ondjigue Obono of Leesburg, Ga., grandmother, Delores Ondjigue Obono of Equatorial Guinea, three aunts, Irene Ondjigue Obono of Equatorial Guinea, JoAnn Pullen Kane of Lewes, Dela., and Susan Pullen Cottrell of Bricktown, N.J. and one uncle, Florentino Ondjigue Obono of Equatorial Guinea.

In leiu of flowers, those desiring may make memorials to: Warm Blankets Orphan Care International, 5105 Tollview Drive, Suite 155, Rolling Meadows, IL. 60008.



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