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Sylvia Turner Peterson, 71

Sylvia Turner Peterson, age 71, passed away on Monday December 12, 2011 at Willson Hospice House in Albany.  Mrs. Peterson grew up in Leesburg, Ga., the daughter of Don and Christine Turner.  She was preceded in death by her parents and two older brothers, Don Turner Jr. and George W. Turner.

Mrs. Peterson is survived by her two children, John Peterson (Michelle) and Leigh Reineke (Jeremy) both of Atlanta, three grandchildren Meghan, Nolan and Shane Peterson, a brother Lawrence Turner (Kathy) and six nieces and nephews.

A 1962 graduate of Auburn University, she was employed until the birth of her children by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services as a Child Welfare Worker and Juvenile Court Services Worker.  She also worked for several years in the public school system as a kindergarten aide.

Memorials may be made to Easter Seals for Megan’s House 1906 Palmyra Road. Albany, Ga. 31701 or to Albany Community Hospice 320 Foundation Lane. Albany, Ga. 31707.



Rayford Charles White, 60

Rayford Charles White, 60, of Telfair Ave. in Albany died December 14, 2011 at Willson Hospice House. Funeral services were held Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern. Rev. Wesley Kaylor officiated. Interment followed in Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery.

A native of Charleston, S.C., Mr. White has lived most of his life in Albany where he was a carpenter with Georgia Farm Services. Mr. White loved the outdoors, including hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his brother, Horrell White of N. Charleston, S.C. and his sister, Helen Louthian of Ellenwood, Ga.

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

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


James Fred Taylor

                James Fred Taylor, self-made businessman and a formidable fixture in Georgia politics since 1966, passed away early Friday morning at his home in Albany, Georgia. Services were held on Tuesday, December 20 at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church in Albany, a private interment service followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Born November 4, 1929, in Alma, Ga., he was the son of L. W. Taylor Sr. and Ovieda Taylor, brother to Betty Morris and the late L. W. Taylor Jr. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Tommie Taylor, three children and five grandchildren.

Fred Taylor was farm boy, high school basketball state champion, Korean War Air Force Sergeant, Student Body President at South Georgia College in Douglas, husband to Tommie and father to Mark, Marsha and Linda.

A fearless entrepreneur who started his first business with $95 in Ocilla, Ga., he was founder and owner of Georgia Mack Sales now Transpower, Inc. with locations in Albany, Valdosta and Douglas, 1967 Mack Truck National Dealer of the Year, and founder and owner of Interstate NationaLease, Inc., Georgia’s largest privately-owned truck leasing firm with 16 locations in Georgia and Alabama.

He was a former Albany Chamber of Commerce Vice President; twin engine rated pilot, former member of the City of Albany Aviation Commission, South Georgia Campaign Manager, Campaign Finance Co-Chair and the “Field Marshall” for George Busbee for Governor in 1974 and 1978.  Chief of Staff to Governor George Busbee 1974 to 1982, and a leader in the passage of Constitutional Amendment Number 2 allowing George Busbee to be the first Georgia Governor to seek and win a second consecutive term in office.

He was founder and owner of Interstate Warehouse Services of Albany and Thomasville, an 18 year member of the Board of Directors for SunTrust Bank, long time Director for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, member of Governor Zell Millers’ Commission on Effectiveness and Economy in Government, and recognized on four occasions by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.

Fred Taylor was the beloved and devoted Grandfather to Fletcher, Leslie, Taylor, Culin and Wells who knew him as their “FT.” Their good health and educational success was always at the forefront of their Grandfather’s mind.

As a conservationist, cattle man, and farmer, Fred Taylor was owner of Chokee Plantation in Lee County, Ga. There he spent thousands of hours personally managing a wild quail habitat, a quality deer management program, protecting and honoring the Flint River and working tirelessly on an extensive beautification and planting program. FT loved Chokee and was passionate about the awesome natural beauty of South Georgia.

Fred Taylor will be greatly missed by family, friends and employees who have been so wonderful to him during his long illness. His family especially appreciates the physicians, nurses and staff of Phoebe Putney Hospital and his long-time care givers Henry Lemon and Cindy Baltimore.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his memory may donate to the Willson Hospice House, AFLAC Cancer Center at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, The Salvation Army of Albany or Sherwood Baptist Church where Mr. Taylor was a member since 1962.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Betty H. Haynes Barton, 87

Betty H. Haynes Barton, 87, of 2308 Meadowbrook Lane Albany died on Saturday December 17, 2011 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.  Services for Mrs. Barton were held on Tuesday December 20 at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors, interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Don Adams officiated.

Mrs. Barton was born in Odesadale, Ga. to her father the late James Pope Harman Sr. and her mother Elizabeth Wright Harman, on July 7, 1924.  She was a homemaker, a member of First United Methodist Church of Albany and an Honorary Member of the Albany Women’s Club.

Mrs. Barton is survived by her husband Melvin E. Barton of Albany,  a daughter Dianne Barlow of Albany, a son Milton H. “Buddy” Haynes Jr. and his wife Mary Lee of Leesburg, Ga., grandchildren Debbie Barlow, Bubba Barlow and his wife Christi, Kim Lindsey and her husband Scott and Milton H. “Trey” Haynes III and his wife Stacy. great-grandchildren  Zachary Bullard, Logan Bullard, Dallas Mills, Baylee Lindsey, Mallory Lindsey and Milton H. “Mils” Haynes IV.  One brother Bobby Harman and his wife Merlene of Chattanooga, Tenn. and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Flowers are accepted or contributions can be made to the American Heart Association 1512 Gillionville Road, Albany, Ga. 31707 or the National Parkinson’s Disease Foundation 1501 N.W. 9th Ave. Miami, Fla. 33136.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Charlie (Bennie) White, 66

Charlie (Bennie) White, 66, of 176 Park Place in Worth Co. died December 17, 2011 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Kimbrell-Stern. Rev. Brian Allen officiated. Interment followed in Crown Hill with military honors.

A native of Norman Park, Ga., Mr. White has lived most of his life in the Albany/Worth Co. area where he was a member of First Baptist Church of Acree and was employed in the construction industry, working many years with Williams Brothers Construction, Suitt Co., Georgia Electric Company and most recent with Hopkins Heating and Cooling. He was also a former local business owner of W & W Game Room. Mr. White served in the United States Army during Vietnam. He loved to fish and was a member of the VFW and the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Georgette D. White of Albany, his children, Tina Marie Moore and her husband Steve of Worth Co., Jennifer Lee Vinavong of Worth Co., Krystal L. Gunter and her husband Chad of Albany and Charles David White of Turner Co., Ga., grandchildren, Kevin Moore, Amanda Moore, Michael Hunzicker and his wife Elissa, Keith, Kyle and Cameron Moore, Danielle, Brandon, China and Melanie Vinavong, Elizabeth Gunter, Kirstyn Griffin, Devin J. Gunter, Blythe Gunter, Logan and Katelyn White, 4 great-grandchildren, brothers, George White and his wife Sandra of Bristol, Fla., Donald Eugene White and his wife Deborah of Sylvester, Ga., Cecil White and his wife Edna of Webster, Fla., Clarence White and his wife Phyllis of Dawson, Ga., Norman Elvin White and his wife Barbara of Fitzgerald, Ga. and Roger dale White and his wife Kathy of Worth Co., sisters, Margaret Sporner and her husband Pat of Worth Co., Katherine Stanaland of Norman Park, Ga., Gloria Morse and her husband Rickey of Norman Park, Ga. and Lynn Anglin of Worth Co.

Mr. White was preceded in death by his parents, Norman Edward White and Mary Etta Howard White and 2 sisters and 3 brothers, Stella Newsome, Betty Hunter, Roy White, Ted White and Anthony White.

Those desiring, may make memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Nell Martin Watson
Nell Martin Watson, of Albany, Ga., devoted wife, mother and grandmother, died Wednesday, December 15, 2011 at Horizon Bay Assisted Living Center in Concord, N.C., side by side with her husband of 62 years, G. Stuart Watson, who died less than twelve hours earlier. Services were held Wednesday, December 21 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany; the Rev. William “Biff” Coker presided.

Nell Watson was born on September 29, 1928 in Orange County, Fla. She was the third child of Edward B. Martin and Edith McKenney Martin. Nell spent her childhood in Leesburg, Ga. and resided in Albany for 62 years after graduating from college. She attended Wesleyan College and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA degree in 1948. Nell was active in Albany as a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Albany, a member of the Albany Town Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames and a volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of America. She was once a member of the boards of the Albany Concert Association, United Way, Dougherty County Heart Association and the Albany Symphony Association.

Nell married G. Stuart Watson on April 2, 1949. The couple had two children, G. Stuart Watson Jr., an investigative reporter at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, NC and Elizabeth Watson Fort, a speech therapist in Cincinnati, Ohio, and seven grandchildren. She is predeceased by her brother, Dr. Ben Martin of Albany and her sister, Mrs. Kate Martin Green of Tucson, Az.

In lieu of flowers you may make memorials to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany, Georgia or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel.

An online guestbook is available at www.heritagefuneral.net.


G. Stuart Watson

G. Stuart Watson, 90, of Albany, attorney, avid camellia grower, Sunday school teacher, devoted husband, father and grandfather died Wednesday, December 15, 2011 at Horizon Bay Assisted Living Center in Concord, North Carolina, side by side with his wife of 62 years, Nell Martin Watson, who died less than twelve hours later.

Services were held Wednesday, December 21 Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany, the Rev. William “Biff” Coker presided.

Stuart was born July 13, 1921 in Anniston, Ala., the third child of Dr. Jerre Watson and Murner Garrett Watson and was raised by Annie Harrison Watson after his mother died.

He earned an A.B. degree from Emory University and a J.D. degree from Emory Law School, interrupted by the Second World War where he served on Guam and in the Pacific theater in the Army Air Force.

Stuart moved to Albany after law school to form the law firm Watson and Keenan with his lifelong friend and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brother Paul Keenan. The firm grew to be Watson, Spence, Lowe and Chambless and is now known as Watson Spence. He was one of the organizers of Home Federal Savings and Loan, which later merged with Georgia Federal Bank.

Stuart taught Sunday school for more than fifty years at the HTM Bible class of First Presbyterian Church, which was once broadcast on WGPC radio.

He adored and appreciated growing prize-winning camellia flowers in greenhouses behind his home of more than fifty years on Hilltop Drive in Albany. He was past president of the American Camellia Society and served for years on the group’s Governing Board.

He was very active in Albany, serving as Chairman of the Dougherty County Democratic Executive Committee, Vice Chairman of the Georgia Water Quality Control Board, a member of Georgia Legislature representing Dougherty County for two terms, a past director of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, the chairman of Albany chapter and Second Congressional District of American Red Cross, on the Board of Trustees of Deerfield Windsor School and as a past member of Anchorage Board.

Stuart also enjoyed serving on the State Board of Bar Examiners for five years including one year as Chairman; and was a member Dougherty Circuit and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Georgia (Executive Committee, Senior Division) and the American College of Trial Lawyers (Member, State Committee).

Stuart married the former Nell Kerns Martin of Leesburg, Ga. on April 2, 1949. The couple had two children, G. Stuart Watson Jr., an investigative reporter at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, N.C. and Elizabeth Watson Fort, a speech therapist in Cincinnati, Ohio, and seven grandchildren.

He is survived by two sisters, Lucy Jane Watson Saks, 100, of Houston, Texas and Rebecca Watson Stubblefield, 88, of Birmingham, Ala.

In lieu of flowers you may send memorials to First Presbyterian Church of Albany, Ga. or the American Camellia Society.

Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel.

An online guestbook is available at www.heritagefuneral.net.





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