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Jerry O. Hays

MSgt. Jerry O. Hays, U. S. Air Force (ret.) 3514 Wexford Drive, died December 5 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

His funeral service was held Thursday at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor and Rev. William Collins officiated.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla. Mr. Hays had lived in Albany since 1976.  He was the retired manager of Albany Air Traffic Control Tower.  He was an Air Force veteran, a mason where he was a member of Monument Lodge #741 and Albany Lodge #24, Exchange Club of Northwest Albany, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Albany Kiwanis Club and a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife Lynette B. Hays, Albany; daughters, Cheryl Barnard, Albany, Gail Brooks and her husband Jerry, Lee County; brother, Don Hays, Charleston, S.C., 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers you may make memorials to American Cancer Society or your favorite charity.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

 

Kathleen Watson Pope, 86

Kathleen Watson Pope, 86, of Americus, Ga., formerly of Albany, died Monday December 5 in Americus, Ga.

The funeral service was held Wednesday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery.  The Rev. Danny Loffredo officiated.

A native of Carroll County, Miss., Mrs. Pope resided in Albany for many years and she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Albany.  After moving to Americus, she became a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Americus.  Mrs. Pope and her husband Tip were married for 68 years and owned and operated Pope Burial Vault Co. for 35 years.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Tip Pope Jr. of Americus, a daughter Sharon Hoover and her husband Ron of Norcross, Ga., 2 sons, Donald T. Pope and his wife Martha of Lakeland, Fla. and David A. Pope of Macon, Ga., four grandchildren, D. J., Clayton, Sam and Catherine Pope all of Macon, Ga..  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Those desiring may make memorials to the League of Good Samaritan, 2001 S. Lee St. Americus, Ga. 31709 or Phoebe Sumter Hospice, 126 E. Furlow St. Americus, Ga.  31709.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

 

Elsie Senn Pollock, 76

Elsie Senn Pollock, 76, of 107 Dale Drive, Albany, died Monday, December 5 at Willson Hospice House. Funeral services were held Thursday December 8 at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Chris Turner officiated. Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Dale Co., Ala., Mrs. Pollock had resided in Albany for the past fifty years. She was retired from Fritex, where she was employed for thirty seven years. She loved her family, her grandchildren and loved to cook and was a member of the First Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis Senn and Minnie Lee Anderson Senn and two sisters, Mattie Phillips and Susie Hollingsworth.

Survivors include her husband, Dock Pollock, Albany,  two sons and their wives, Tony Buck (Lisa), Albany, Randall Pollock (Lois), Leesburg, Ga. three daughters and their husbands, Judy Pritchard (Lamar), Houston, Texas, Seconda Faulk (Scott), Worth Co., Ga. and  MaDonna Gee (Walter), Lee Co., Ga., five brothers, Huey B. Senn, Albany, Dewey D. Senn (Marion), Albany, O. L. Senn (Billie Ann), Tyler, Texas,  Otis Senn Jr., Worth Co., Ga. and Clarence Senn (Jean), Mitchell Co., Ga., sixteen grandchildren and twenty one great-grandchildren.

Those desiring may make memorials to Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga., 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

 

Stanley Julian Miller Sr. 66

Stanley Julian Miller, Sr. 66, of Somerset Drive in Albany died December 4 at his residence.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern. Mr. Doug Haught officiated. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery.

Born in Hywycombe, England Mr. Miller was a long-time resident of Albany where he was a member of Beattie Road Church of Christ and retired form Bellsouth Telephone Company with 34 years of Service. He served as president of the American League Youth Baseball in Albany. Mr. Miller was known for his passion of photography and his love of fishing and golf. He also served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam conflict. Mr. Miller will always be remembered by his family as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Linda P. Miller of Albany, Daughter, Jennifer M. Tabb and her husband Chad of Leesburg, son, Stanley Julian Miller Jr. of Leesburg, grandchildren, Alexander Tabb, Anna Grace Tabb and Chloe Miller, sister, Bonnie M. King of Titusville, Fla. and a brothers, Dr. Thomas R. Vaughn of Las Vegas, Nev. and Roger Lawrence Vaughn of Utah.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

 

Theodore William “Ted” Ellefson Sr.

Theodore William “Ted” Ellefson Sr., lovingly known as “Potcha”, died on Tuesday, December 6 in Greenville, at the age of 88.

Born in Garretson, South Dakota on February 28, 1923, he was the son of Lewis and Alice Schurman Ellefson.  He grew up in Aplington, Iowa and graduated from Aplington High School in 1940.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1944 and became a B25 pilot in WWII, and retired as Chief Warrant Officer in 1973 after having served 30 years.  He received the Air Force Commendation medal upon retiring from military service.

He was a member of Canton Presbyterian Church, Canton, N.C., and was a former member of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

He was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters and his wife of 44 years, Cornelia Trippe Ellefson in 1993.

Surviving are two sons, James Lewis Ellefson (Jim and Jane), and Theodore William Ellefson Jr. (Ted and Anne); six grandchildren: Cornelia McCall Ellefson Jr. (Ted and Anne): six grandchildren:  Cornelia McCall Ellefson Kelley (Neely and Doug), Julia Crosswell Ellefson Darnell (Julia and Justin), Captain Conoly Ellefson Sullivan (Conoly and Matt), Theodore William Ellefson III (Todd and Stacy), Rebecca Trippe Ellefson and Anne Cooper Ellefson Doherty (Anne Cooper and Owen); seven great-grandchildren, as well as three brothers; Dr. Rodney Ellefson (Pauline), Perry Ellefson (Helen) and Leonard Ellefson.

Services and Military Honors were conducted Thursday at Fouth Presbyterian Church, 703 East Washington St., Greenville, S.C. Rev. Buz Wilcoxon officiated.  Graveside services were held Friday, December 9 in Crown Hill Cemetery, Albany.  The Rev. Dr. Biff Coker officiated.

The family request that flowers be omitted and memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon St., Greenville, S.C. 29605, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors is in charge of local arrangements.

An online guestbook is at www.mackeymortuary.

 

Esther C. House, 92

Esther C. House, 92, formerly of Albany, died Saturday, December 3 in Katy, Texas. Her funeral service was held Saturday, December 10 at Crown Hill Cemetery.  The Rev. Carrie Myers officiated.

Mrs. House was born January 12, 1919 to William Luckey Cook and Sallie Lou Brue, and was raised in Scotland, Ga., Telfair County.  She lived in Albany most of her adult life until she recently moved to Katy, Texas to live with her daughter.  She worked 20 plus years at Coats and Clark, enjoyed fishing and spending time with family at her cabin on Lake Blackshear, dancing, and later in life visiting with her many friends, especially those from the First United Methodist Church.  Mrs. House was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert F. House Sr., and her son, Robert F. House Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Giraud and her husband Robert, daughter –in-law Sherrill House, 4 grandchildren, Angela Westra and husband Mark, Allen House and wife Libby, Kristen McPike and husband Steve, and Laurie Drennen and husband Matt, her 10 great grandchildren, Grant and Charlie Drennen, Jed and Mia McPike; Kate, Sara Elizabeth and Chance Westra; Robert, Thomas, and Celia House and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all the special friends in Albany who assisted her, and the wonderful nurses and staff at Amazing Grace Hospice in Katy, Texas for their special care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to Amazing Grace Hospice, 22447 Bucktrout Lane, Katy, Texas 77494, or the charity of your choice.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Chester (Chet) Frank Rief, 92

Chester (Chet) Frank Rief, CDR USN (Ret.), 92, of 2319 E. Doublegate Drive, Albany, died Wednesday, December 7 at his residence.  A funeral mass was conducted Friday at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church.  Rev. Finbarr Stanton officiated.  Interment followed in Andersonville National Cemetery with military honors.

A native of Chaska, Minn., CDR Rief was an alumnus of Chaska High School and the University of Minnesota.   He was commissioned as a naval officer in 1941, attended flight school at NAS Pensacola, Fla. and received his wings.  He served both in the Pacific and European Theaters during World War II.  CDR Rief was awarded five Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross and retired from the Navy in 1968.

CDR Rief moved to Albany, GA in 1966 and was the personnel manager at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company until his retirement in 1981.  He was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Doublegate Country Club and The Benevolent and Protective Order of The Elk.  He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty five years, Lucille Smith Rief.

Survivors include his wife, Sara Jane Rief, of Albany, a daughter and her husband, Katherine A. Rief, CAPT NC USN (Ret) and Robert Clarey CDR USN (Ret), of San Diego, Calif., three sons, Robert Rief and his wife, Ellen, of San Diego, Calif., Thomas (Tom) Rief and his wife, Theresa, of Albany, and Rocky Rief and his wife, Julie, of Sydney, Australia, two brothers, Dale Rief and his wife, Jane and Skipper Rief and his wife, Laura all of Chaska, Minn., two sisters, Blanche Saul, of Denver, Co. and Sister Grace Rief, of Chicago, Il., six grandchildren, Carrie, Allison, Katie, Lindsey, Murphy and Larkin and four great-grandchildren.  Survivors also include step-children, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Those desiring may make contributions to St. Clair’s Community Center or to St. Teresa’s Neighbors in Need, 2005 Martin Luther King Blvd., Albany, Ga., 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

 

Herman Squires, 86

Herman Squires, 86, of Albany died Tuesday December 6 at his residence.

A graveside funeral service was held Saturday at Crown Hill Cemetery.  Rev. Billy Hannah officiated.

Born in Binger, Oklahoma, Mr. Squires lived in Albany since 1947 where he retired as a Lines Supervisor from GA Power after 40 years of service; he was better known by his boys as Captain.  He was a member of the Ambassadors Club of GA Power and also a member of Avalon United Methodist Church.  Mr. Squires was a member of Masonic Lodge #24.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Daniel Squires.

Survivors include a son Richard Edward Squires and his wife Debra of Donaldsonville, Ga.; three daughters Jayne Squires of Albany; Tracy Standridge of Leesburg; Gail Murchison of Atlanta; a sister Rhea Gomph; Eight grandchildren Richard E. Squires Jr., Jessican Rish, Brian Squires, John E. Whitehead, Sarah C. Terrell, Jacob Craig, Scott Murchison, Drew Murchison and Brian Murchison; nine great-grandchildren Ella Grace, Abigail, Max, Brenden, Madison, Regan, Alex Andrewand Caroline.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

 

Ruby Helen Pearson Hyman, 67

Ruby Helen Pearson Hyman, 67, of Mitchell County, Ga., died December 7 at her daughter’s residence in Sasser, Ga.  Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Mathews Funeral Home.  Sister Brenda Yon officiated.  Interment followed in Leesburg Cemetery.

A native of Cedar Springs, Ga., born to the late Byrd and Clory Bell Pearson, Mrs. Hyman had resided in the Albany area for over fifty years.  She was employed with the Mitchell County Georgia School System as a nutritionist and bus driver for thirty years.  A humble and gracious lady, she loved to solve jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and her talents in the kitchen were second to none.  She strove to follow Christ in all she did, and her faith and family were the central aspects of her life.   Mrs. Hyman was of the Pentecostal faith and was preceded in death by a grandson, Josh Aumsbaugh, three brothers, Houston Pearson, Larry Pearson, James Pearson and two sisters, Ada Mae Tillery and Ollie Brown.

Survivors include her husband, Lewis Hyman of Albany, three daughters, Sylvia Ford and her husband, Donald of Cleveland, Tenn., Deborah Wilson and her husband, John of Sasser, Ga. and Mary Aumsbaugh and her husband, David of Albany, five grandchildren, Courtney Ford of Cleveland, Tenn., Daniel Buckner of Athens, Ga., Sarah Buckner of Moultrie, Ga., Andy Aumsbaugh of Bronwood, Ga. and Zach Aumsbaugh of Albany, four great-grandchildren, Jayden Buckner, Brinston Buckner, Laylin Aumsbaugh and Aubree Aumsbaugh,  three sisters, Willie Bell Irvin of Webb, Ala., Alice Faye Culpepper of Headland, Ala. and Martha Tillery of Dothan, Ala. and numerous nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

 

Sarah Barnett, 83

Sarah Barnett, 83, of Leesburg, Ga. died December 7 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Crest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Atlanta. Mr. Wayne Settle officiated.

Mrs. Barnett has lived in Lee County since 2001, and was a native and longtime resident of Atlanta.

She was a member of Warwick United Methodist Church, and will always be remembered for the love she gave to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mrs. Barnett was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Horace Barnett.

Survivors include her sons, Les Barnett and his wife Patti of Warwick, Ga., Bob Barnett and his wife Stephanie of Augusta, Ga. and Allen Barnett and his wife Susan of Lithia Springs, Ga., four grandsons, Phillip, Bill, Jason, and Adam Barnett, 8 great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

 

Virgil F. Halte, 63

Virgil F. Halte, 63, died December 8 at Willson Hospice House after a brief illness with lung cancer. Funeral services were held at Mathews Funeral Home on December 12. Rev. Bobby Moye officiated. Interment followed in Andersonville National Cemetery with military honors.

A native of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Virgil followed a boyhood dream and joined the US Marine Corps in 1966 at age seventeen after graduating from high school. He served in Viet Nam and spent ten years in the Corps. He was civil service worked at the MCLB in the supply / inventory management field for twenty one years. He retired in 2003 with thirty one years of government service.

Virgil was active in many organizations. He was president of The Georgia State Bowling Association and was a newly inducted member of the Hall of Fame. He was past president of the Local NARFE Chapter # 643 (National Active & Retired Federal Employees). He was elected NARFE Georgia Federation President of Region III in May 2011 and served until resignation due to illness. Virgil loved all sports. He was avid cyclist and league bowler. He ran the Blue Angels Marathon in Pensacola at age fifty.

Survivors include his wife of twenty seven years, Cheryl  Halte, Albany, a daughter, Wendy Kallina Knighton and her husband Jeffery, Milledgeville, Ga., a brother, William (Bill) Halte and his wife Wanda, Goodyear, Az., three grandchildren, Cameron Knighton, Atlanta, Garrett Knighton, Athens, Ga. and Weatherly Knighton, Milledgeville, Ga.

In lieu of flowers those desiring may make contributions to Albany Community Hospice, Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga., 31707 in thanks for their compassion during this stressful time.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

 

Frances Ann Perry, 60

Frances Ann Perry, 60, 2576 Crescent Drive., died Wednesday December 7, at her residence. Her funeral service was held Tuesday at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Rev. Steve Pontzer officiated.  A Rosary was held Monday at Kimbrell-Stern.

A native of Albany, Mrs. Perry was a homemaker and a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church.  She loved cooking for special occasions, reading and sewing.

Survivors include her husband Joe Perry, Albany; daughters, Marjorie Porter and husband Richard, Leesburg, Caroline Fisher Leesburg; son Joseph Perry, Albany; brother, Daniel Turner and wife Linda; St. Cloud, Fla., sister, Christie Williams and husband Donny, State College, Penn.; grandchildren, Mathew Prothrow, Caitlyn Wingate, Andrew Perry, Natalie Porter and Kayla Porter.

Those desiring please make memorials to St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, 421 Edgewood Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707 or Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

 

Grovelle B. Andrews

Grovelle B. Andrews of Albany died Saturday December 10 at Willson Hospice House. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday December 13 at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Willis officiated. Interment followed in Warwick United Methodist Church Cemetery, Warwick, Ga.

A native of Beck’s Mill, Ala., Mrs. Andrews had resided in the Albany area most of her adult life. She was the owner and operator of Uniforms By Julie and was a member of Pointe North Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover L. Beck and Mary Elizabeth Brown Beck, a brother, Grover L. Beck Jr. and a grandchild, Kaleb Andrews.

Survivors include a son and his wife and their children, Ken and Janet Andrews of Lee Co., Ga., Jessica Evans, John Evans and Kristan Andrews, a daughter and her husband and their children, Jenny and Mike Holwick, Albany, John Holwick and Josh Holwick, a brother, L. H. Beck and his wife Madge, Memphis, Tenn.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

 

 Jerry Avera

Jerry Avera died Friday, December 9 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. His funeral service was held Tuesday at Kimbrell-Stern with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Rev. Chris Turner officiated.

A lifelong resident of Albany, Mr. Avera was a former painter and was preceded in death by his father Harris Avera.

Survivors include his wife Teresa Avera, Albany; sons, Tracy Avera and wife Kayla, Albany, Matt Avera, Albany; mother Estelle Avera, Putney; sister, Joyce Odum and husband Herschel, Putney; brothers, Raymond Avera and wife Wynelle, Randy Avera, Roger Avera, Terry Avera and Marcus Avera all of Putney and a grandson Luke Avera.

Those desiring please make memorials to the American Heart Association.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

 

Essie Lee Brannon, 73

Essie Lee Brannon, 73, of Leesburg, Ga. died Wednesday December 7 at the Willson Hospice House.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern, interment followed at Floral Memory Gardens.  Rev. Calvin King officiated.

Born in Houston County, Ala., Mrs. Brannon retired from Flint River Textiles after 36 years of service.  She was a member of Thundering Springs Baptist Church and member of the Moose Lodge.

She was preceded in death by her husband C.W. Brannon.

Survivors include four daughters Jackie Crawford and her husband Leo of Lake City, Fla.; Brenda Taylor and her husband Gregory of Niceville, Fla.; Robbie Lee McCoy and her husband David of Leesburg; Stephanie Betrez and her husband Mario of Baxley, Ga.; two brothers Andrew (Buddy) Proctor and his wife Janet of Maclenney, Fla.; Johnnie Proctor and his wife Kathy of Midland City, Ala.; grandchildren William Calhoun, Eugene Calhoun, Debra Crawford, SSgt Matthew Crawford, SPC Tommy Cook Jr., Katrina Dawn Cook, Crystal S. Bell, Rhiannon McCoy, Ariella Brannon, Jesus Hernandez and Christian Meraz; Sixteen Great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers or those desiring may make donations to The Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

 

Raymond B. Barfield, 85

Raymond B. Barfield, 85, of Albany died Sunday December 11 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday December 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Chip Gresham will officiate. Interment will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Worth Co., Ga., Mr. Barfield had resided in Albany, GA., since 1947. He was a WW II veteran serving in the Navy, a retired painter and a member of the Albany Exchange Club. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he was a member of the Men’s Sunday School Class and served as a deacon. Mr. Barfield was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Reynolds Barfield.

Survivors include his wife, Rena Raburn Barfield, Albany, two sons, Ray Barfield (Elaine), Bedford, Penn., Michael Barfield (Leitha), Vidalia, Ga.., a step-son, Allen Raburn (Martha), Cordele, Ga., two step-daughters, Marie Bridges (Wade), Middleburg, Fla., Susan Kimsey (Charles), Chamblee, Ga., a sister, Juanita Copeland, Sebring, Fla., three grandchildren, Eric Barfield (Teresa), Haley Barfield, Summer Adams and many extended family members.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

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