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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Lee Bowman (Ret.)

On Tuesday, January 10, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Lee Bowman (Ret.) passed away at the age of 93 while residing at Lee County Health and Rehabilitation in Leesburg.

Charles Lee Bowman was born on November 18, 1918 in Hickory, N.C. to Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bowman.  He had four siblings; Mrs. Harrison Reid, of Hickory, N.C. (deceased), Mr. Elmer H. Bowman of Ashville, N.C. (deceased), Mrs. Jake Parks of Hickory, N.C .(deceased), and Mrs. William Hefner of Dalton, GA..

In 1936, Bowman graduated Claremont Central High School in Hickory, N.C.  Shortly afterward, he earned his A.B. of Sciences degree at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., and then he joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1940.  He trained as a combat pilot, and completed a distinguished career of military service in the United States Air Force that took him all over the world.

During World War II, Bowman flew B-25 Mitchell bombers in the Asiatic Pacific Theater with the 3rd Bombardment Group.  He also flew Martin B-26 Marauder bombers in the European Theater with the 98th Combat Wing, 323rd Bombardment Group.  Additionally, he was a pilot in the 4th Combat Camera Unit.  He extended his combat service in the Korean War with the 19th Bombardment Wing, where he piloted B-29 Superfortress bombers.  Bowman took great pride in the fact that he was never shot down.

Lt. Col. Bowman participated in numerous history-making events throughout his military service, including transporting and accompanying the first American camera crew to Berlin to explore and photograph Hitler’s secret bunker very shortly after he committed suicide.  Bowman also transported Hermann Goring to the Nuremberg Trials, where he was convicted of numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity.  Goring was the Nazi commander of the Luftwaffe (German Air Force), founder of the Gestapo, and the man Hitler once named as his successor.  Whenever Bowman reflected upon that experience, he would state that he shook Goring’s hand, and made sure he “gave him a soft landing.”

While he was stationed at Turner Field in Albany, Bowman met native Albanian Jule LeGreve, and they married on June 22, 1946 at First United Methodist Church in Albany.  They raised two daughters, Linda and Nancy, while he continued to serve his country.  Upon ending his tour of combat duty, Bowman continued working stateside as a recruiter for the USAF.

During his 24 years of distinguished military service, Bowman was honored with several medals, many of which were multiple decorations.  These decorations and citations include:  Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Philippine Defense Medal with One Bronze Star; Asiatic Pacific Medal with Three Battle Stars; Presidential Unit Citation with Cluster; American Defense Medal; European Theater Medal with Five Battle Stars; United Nations Service Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Award; and Purple Heart.  Upon his retirement from the USAF in 1964, he was given the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and years later he was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Bowman and his wife decided to settle in Albany after he retired from the USAF in 1964.  Bowman became a licensed real estate broker, and he served on the Albany Board of Realtors.  Over the years he worked at Slappey Realty, Gunnels Realty, and D. Owens Realty.  His family joined First United Methodist Church, and he has maintained his membership to this day.  Lt. Col. Bowman enjoyed participating in other local organizations.  He was a Charter Member of Doublegate Country Club, where he frequently enjoyed playing golf.  He also belonged to the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club.

Lt. Col. Bowman was predeceased by his wife, Jule LeGreve Bowman.  He is survived by his two daughters, Linda Bowman Moncrief (David) and Nancy Bowman Ventulett (John) both of Albany.  He also is survived by his youngest sister, Mrs. William Hefner of Dalton, Ga.,  Lt. Col. Bowman leaves five grandchildren:  Laura Haley Creel (Howe) of Anderson, S.C., Lee Haley Jones (Tyler), Brian Andrew Young, Brett Allen Young (Elizabeth), and John LeGreve Young, all of Atlanta.  He leaves four great-grandchildren, William Carmichael Jones, Elizabeth Haley Jones, Whitney Ola Young, and Fiona LeGreve Young, all of Atlanta.  In addition he leaves a step-granddaughter, Katherine Ventulett Hernacki (Michael) and two step-great grandchildren, John Baxter Hernacki and Laurel Esther Cowgill, all of Atlanta.  He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

Lt. Col. Bowman requested a private, graveside service for family members. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to send a memoriam are respectfully requested to make charitable contributions to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 448, Albany, Ga. 31702, or to the charity of their choice.

Lt. Col. Bowman’s family wants to publicly thank the staff of Lee County Health and Rehabilitation for all their care, kindness, and concern shown to him during his time there.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Rickman Chason Anglin, 78

Rickman Chason Anglin, 78, of Albany, died Thursday, January 12, 2012 at his residence.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at Mathews Funeral Home.  Rev. Ben Bush officiated.  Interment followed in Andersonville National Cemetery with military honors.

A native of Donaldsonville, Ga., Mr. Anglin had resided in Albany since 1972 moving from Mountain Home, Idaho.  He was retired from the United Sates Air Force and served during Korea and Vietnam.  Mr. Anglin was the former owner and operator of Economy Upholstery and was a Baptist by faith.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Rick and Shelia Anglin of Albany, a daughter and her husband, Donna and Russell Boyd of Roswell, Ga., five grandchildren, Ricky Anglin and Chason Anglin both of Albany, Tara Pierce and her husband, Jonathan of Dacula, Ga., Nicholas Davis of Loganville, Ga. and Miranda Davis of Roswell, Ga., two brothers, Rev. Russell Anglin and his wife, Bobbie, of Albany, and Lynwood Anglin and his wife, Maxine, of Brooksville, Fla., four sisters,

Clyde Arnold of Donaldsonville, Ga., Christine Robinson of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Cleo Thompson of Donaldsonville, Ga. and Hazel Runnels of Lakeland, Fla. and ten great-grandchildren.

Those desiring may make contributions to The American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave., Albany, Ga. 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Doris T. Johnson

Doris T. Johnson died Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Her funeral service was held Monday at Byne Memorial Baptist Church, interment followed in Floral Memory Gardens.  Rev. Matthew Nance and Rev. Steve Williams officiated.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Mrs. Johnson moved to Albany in 1929 with her parents Jeff and Elvia Terrell.  She graduated from Albany High School in 1941 and has been a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church for 79 years where she taught 2nd grade Sunday School for 22 years.  She served as organist and pianist for church services for over 45 years and was pianist for Sr. Adult Choir and played keyboard in the church orchestra until the time of her death.  She was a member of NARFE, H2U and Golden Key.  Mrs. Johnson was retired from MCLB in 1984 after 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Walter Raleigh Johnson and grandson Robert Donald McKay Jr.

She is survived by 2 sons, Terry McKay and wife Sharon, Albany, Don McKay and wife JoAnn, Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Gina Luplow, Washington, Rachel McKay, Las Vegas, Nev., Kelly McKay Walker and husband Chad, Oxford, Ga., John McKay and wife Kristi, North Ogden, Utah and 12 great grandchildren.

Those desiring please make memorials to Living Legacy c/o Byne Memorial Baptist Church, 2832 Ledo Road, Albany, Ga.31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Bernice Reynolds, 85

The graveside funeral service of Bernice Reynolds, 85, of Albany, who died Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Willson Hospice House, was conducted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Doerun City Cemetery.  Rev. Bobby Moye officiated.

A native of Guin, Ala., Mrs. Reynolds had resided in Leesburg since 1997 moving from Moultrie, Ga. She was a retired seamstress with Riverside Manufacturing Company in Moultrie, Ga. and was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mrs. Reynolds was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Reynolds and her parents, Argie O. Sanderson and Lovie Bell Burks Sanderson, two brothers, Jack Sanderson and Reedus Sanderson.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Ann and Leon Lightfoot of Lawrenceville, Ga., two granddaughters, LeAnn Coleman (Joe Peeples) of Panama City, FL and Marsha (Tony) Natoli of Leesburg, six great-grandchildren, Lacy Pinson and Walker Pinson, Bella Natoli, Sophia Natoli, Victoria Natoli and Nicholas Natoli, three sisters, Bertie Watson of Albany, Beatrice Blackwell of Warwick, Ga., Robbie Gunn of Lee County, Ga. and a sister-in-law, Agnes S. Barfield of Albany, and several nieces and nephews.

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

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


 John Keith Walls, 47

John Keith Walls, 47, of Albany, died January 14, 2012 at his residence.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Mathews Funeral Home.  Pastor Eron White will officiate.

Born in Hazlehurst, Ga. on Christmas Day in 1964, Keith lived in Albany, all of his life.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Putney and was previously the service manager at Team RV.  Keith loved to fish and race cars.

Survivors include his children, Dustin Walls and Brittany Holloway of Albany, and Dalton Walls and Tiffany Walls both of Sylvester, Ga., his parents, John and Joyce Walls and a sister and her husband, Sheila and Greg Henry all of Sylvester, four grandchildren and a niece and nephew.

Those desiring may make contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Ruby P. Roberts, 73

Ruby P. Roberts, 73, of Cairo, Ga. died Saturday Jan 14, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Funeral service was held Monday at Midway Baptist Church in Meigs, Ga.  Rev. Nathan Fowler will be officiated.

Born in Mitchell, County, Mrs. Roberts was the Owner and Operator of Granny’s Home Cooking and attended Midway Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Billy Jay Roberts, her parents Arthur and Pearl Mash, a grandson Paul Faulk, four brothers Lawson Mash, Henry Mash, Talmadge Mash and Alton Mash.

Survivors include seven children Randall Pollock and his wife Lois of Leesburg; Seconda Faulk and her husband Scott of Worth County; Madonna Gee and her husband Walter of Leesburg; Robert Jones and his wife Sheri of Nashville, Ga.; Kenneth Jones and his wife Sherry of Leesburg; Billie Markovich and her husband Jim of Bethlehem, Penn.; Kathy Balinger and her husband Al of Leesburg; a sister Rosalyn Senn of Cairo, Ga.; two brothers A.M. Mash Jr. of Cairo, Ga.; Braxton Mash, Whigham, Ga.; 26 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

In Lieu of flowers please make donations to the Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


John Nelson Marsh Sr., 78

John Nelson Marsh Sr., 78, of Albany; passed away at his residence on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Mr. Marsh is survived by his wife, Carol Fisher Marsh, of Albany; two sons, John N. Marsh Jr., with wife, Ashely of Opelika, Ala. and Steven Marsh, with wife, Kelly of Leesburg, Ga.; one sister, Jeanette Geeslin of Albany; four grandchildren, J. Nelson Marsh III, Joshua “Joshy” Marsh, Gabrielle “Gabby” Griffith and Lindsey Henderson; a sister in law, Louise Marsh of Albany; and several nieces and nephews.

Before marrying his wife of 53 years, Carol Marsh, John served in the Air Force for four years during the end of the Korean War. Mr. Marsh was dedicated to serving the Lord and was a member of Putney United Methodist Church. Mr. Marsh was a highly respected electrical

contractor. He established Marsh Electric in 1970. His youngest son, Steven Marsh, joined his father in 1992 and will proudly continue to operate his father’s establishment. Mr. Marsh was also a Mason and member of Lodge #24. In his past time, he loved fishing and flying remote control planes. He was a member of the Air Masters Model Airplane Club. Mr. Marsh valued time with his family. He was a mentor and hero to his sons and many other young men in the electrical trade.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 18, at 11 a.m. also at Kimbrell-Stern. Mr. Marsh’s oldest son, Rev. John N. Marsh Jr. of CCI Christian Fellowship Church in Opelika, Ala.; and Rev. Cathy Green, of Putney United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Putney United Methodist Church 1301 Dorough Ave., Albany, Georgia 31705 or Albany Community Hospice, 2332 Lake park Drive, Albany, Ga. 31707. You may sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the Marsh family by visiting Kimbrell-Stern’s website at www.kimbrellstern.com.

A special “thank you” to Cindy Norton, Debbie Casey, and Ted Casey for all the wonderful care given during John’s illness.


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