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Katherine Pendleton Lenhardt Owens, 83

Katherine Pendleton Lenhardt Owens, 83, of Albany died on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

A native of Atlanta, Ms. Owens had resided in Albany for the past 13 years.  She was a graduate of Mt. Vernon Junior College for Women in Washington, DC and the University of Georgia.  She was a member of Phi Mu Sorority at the University of Georgia.  Ms. Owens was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a Sustainer Emeritus of the Junior League of Albany.  She was preceded in death by her father, J. B. Lenhardt and her mother Katherine Stewart Lenhardt of Atlanta.

Ms. Owens is survived by three sons:  Blanton Owens, Macon, Ga., Cliff Owens (Martha), Albany,  Chuck Owens (Beth), Albany; grandchildren:  Ashley Owens Wood (Rob), Boston, Mass., Jeremy Owens, Burlington, Vt., Dawson Owens III, Albany, Kristine “Tine” Owens, Albany, Preston Laird, Savannah, Bryan Owens, Henrico, Va., Shannon Owens, Albany, Daniel Adcock, Albany, Erin Adcock, Duluth, Ga.; one great grandchild: Julian Alexander Wood, Boston, Mass.

Private graveside services were held at Westview Cemetery, Atlanta on Saturday, January 7.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may send memorials to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1201, Albany, Ga. 31702, or to Graceway Women’s Recovery, P.O. Box 32, Albany, Ga. 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Ruth Butzin Schultz Ohmart, 95

Ruth Butzin Schultz Ohmart, 95 of Albany died peacefully at home on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 following a lengthy period of declining health.

Her remains have been cremated and a memorial service took place on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Earl Steffens officiated.

Ruth was born in Peru, Indiana of December 21, 1916 to George and Minnie Butzin and spent much of her life there. She had been a resident of Albany since 1966 and was retired from J.C. Penney’s.  She was predeceased by her husband’s, Arthur Schlitz and Ben Ohmart and by her son, James Schultz as well as one brother, Herman Butzin and her sister Helen Sease.

She leaves to cherish her memories two daughters, Arleen Schultz and Vickie Ohmart (Tim Barfield), all of Albany, three grandsons, Benjamin (Mayumi) Ohmart of Kyoto, Japan, James (Beth) Schultz of Lafontaine, Ind. , and Jody (Kim) Schultz of Leesburg and a brother George Butzin of Kokomo, Ind.. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and some old friends from Peru.  She was formerly a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru. Ruth also leaves behind two “daughters”, Jan Walker and Vickie Evans who were very special to her and who provided her with loyal friend ship through the last years of her life.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to members of the staff of Albany Community Hospice for their kindness and their compassionate care during the past year.  The family request that donations be made to Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Drive, Albany, Ga. 31707


Donald Wayne Holt, 72

Donald Wayne Holt, 72, of Albany, passed away peacefully at Willson Hospice House on Sunday Jan. 8, 2012 surrounded by his family.  A memorial service for Donald will be held at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors Wednesday 2 p.m. for family and friends.  The family will receive friends 1 hour before the service.   The remains have been cremated.

Born December 10, 1939 in Nefley, Kentucky, Donald was 1 of 13 children born to
Sylvester and Mary (Stowers) Holt.  He enlisted in the U S Marine Corps in 1958.  In 1965 he was transferred to Albany, where he met and fell in love with Patricia Dean.  They married on Jan. 22, 1966 and it has been a marriage of 45 years and a love affair that will never end.  A fearless entrepreneur, he was founder and owner of Donald’s Upholstery Shop for 40 years.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Kathleen McIntyre, Wanda Carol Holt, Rosemary Holt, Velma Holt, Josephine Holt and Gladys Petty, Brothers Sylvester and Richard Holt.

Survivors include his wife Patricia Dean Holt, 4 daughters, Pamela (James) Daniels, Donna (Richard) Smith of Leesburg, Tracey (Mike) Harrelson and Regina Flowers of Albany, 2 sisters, Cheryl Holt Naderman and Ruby Holt Carter of Greensburg, Ind., 2 brothers,  Danny Holt and Kenneth Holt of Greensburg, Ind..  He was the beloved and devoted grandfather to 5 grandchildren, James (Kim) King, Amanda (Junior) Forehand, Brandon Harrelson, Kayla Smith and Nathan Flowers, 6 great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Zahacy, Bryan King, Shane King, Katelyn King, Gavin Forehand and Caiden Forehand, brother-in-law, Ray (Elzora) Dean who was more like a brother to Donald, brothers and sisters in law, Jerry and Jeanette Allen of Leesburg, Dwain and Dottie Taylor of Inglis, Fla., a close family friend Albert Freeman and a number of nieces and nephews.

Those desiring, may make memorials to the Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga.  31721.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Robert (Bob) W. Hartley, Sr. 84

Robert (Bob) W. Hartley Sr., 84, of Leesburg, Ga., died Tuesday January 3, 2012 at his residence. Funeral services were held Friday January 6 at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Bobby Moye and Rev. Michael P. Lyons officiated. Interment followed in Leesburg City Cemetery.

A native of Peach County Ga., Mr. Hartley had resided in Leesburg since 1960 moving from Griffin, Ga. He was retired from Lee State Prison and was the former owner of Leesburg Auto. Mr. Hartley was a Navy Veteran serving in WWII and the Korean Conflict and was a member of Leesburg United Methodist Church. Mr. Hartley was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Coxwell Hartley and a son, Robert W. Hartley Jr.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Deryl and Buddy Wiggins of Gray, Ga., daughter-in-law, Jane Hartley of Leesburg, Ga., four grandchildren, Phillip K. (Mandi) Wiggins and Justin Wiggins all of Gray, Ga., Amanda Hartley Cox (Anthony) and Kimberly Hartley (Chris) all of Leesburg, Ga. and nine great-grandchildren, Kayleigh Wiggins, Hunter Wiggins, Dakota Cox, Brandon Cox, Anthony (Blake) Cox, Caleb Cox, Aaliyah Clayton, Ivy (Sister) Clayton and Christopher Clayton.

Those desiring may make contributions to Leesburg United Methodist Church Building Fund, 117 Starksville Street, Leesburg, Ga. 31763 or to Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


 Laverne T. Coley, 71

Laverne T. Coley, 71 of Baconton, Ga. died January 6, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Coley’s wishes were to be cremated and no services are scheduled at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.





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