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Billie Jean Barfield Knight, 72

Billie Jean Barfield Knight, 72, of Albany died Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Willson Hospice House.  The funeral services were held Saturday, January 21 at Mathews Funeral Home.  Rev. Chuck Smith and Rev. Melvin Slappy officiated. Interment will follow at Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery.

A native of Albany, Mrs. Knight had resided in Albany most of her life.  She was a Supply Clerk at the Marine Corps Logistics Base and was a member of Kinchafoonee Baptist Church.  Mrs. Knight was preceded in death by a brother, Elton Barfield and two sisters, Elise Connell and Thelma Salter.

Survivors include her husband, June Knight of Albany, three daughters, Teresa Purvis and her husband, Wayne, Deloris Underwood and her husband, Don all of Albany, and Donna Garcia and her husband, Chris of Barstow, Calif., a sister, Lois Witczak and her husband (Al) of Lee County, Ga., nine grandchildren, Brenda Maddox, David Ellis, Kristy and Jeremy Heard, Paul and Diane Golden, Terry Norris, Scott and Heather Golden, Amanda Rusk, Ashley and Stephen Hall and Cody Kalawaia and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Those desiring may make contributions to Albany Community, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Irene Stripling Hubble Davis, 100

Irene Stripling Hubble Davis, 100, formerly of Albany, died Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in Perry, Ga.

Her funeral service was held Saturday at Crown Hill Mausoleum Chapel, interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.  The Rev. Roland Fall officiated.

Mrs. Davis was born in Crisp County, Ga. to the late Charles Edward Stripling and Florie Mae Taylor Stripling.  She had lived in Albany most of her life, moving to Perry in 2001.  She was preceded in death by her husband, C. P. Hubble.

She is survived by her daughter:  Iris Hubble Tedders (Louis), Perry, Ga.; 3 grandchildren:  Julie Simpson, Perry, Ga., Phillip Tedders, Perry, Ga., Stuart Tedders, Statesboro, Ga.; 6 great-grandchildren:  Erin Royal, Sydney Simpson, Jeremy Simpson, Walker Paul Tedders, Mercer Tedders, Meri Pate Tedders;  3 great-great grandchildren:  Victor Zermeno, Aaliyah Zermeno, Emilia Royal; a sister:  Joan Bass, Atlanta.

Those desiring may send memorials to Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Church.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com


Muriel Bland Pace Newcomb, 90

Muriel Bland Pace Newcomb, 90, died January 22, 2012 at her residence. She was born in Albany on June 24, 1921 and was known to all as Mimi. She graduated from Albany High School, where she was a cheerleader. Mimi attended Gulf Park College and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky.

At age 14 Mimi began flying lessons and earned her pilot’s license at age 16. She enjoyed being a Barn Storming Pilot and was the first person to ever land an airplane on the runway at Albany’s McAfee Air Terminal.

Mimi attended Laurel Falls Camp for Girls in the Mountain, where she became a counselor, and met her mentor author Lillian Smith for whom she proofed books. Mimi was one of the camp participants in the documentary Miss Lil’s Camp.

On July 7, 1942 Mimi married Robert D. (Bob) Newcomb from Iowa, who was then stationed at Turner Field. While Bob was on a tour of duty they purchased what became known as Newcomb Mayflower Moving Storage and Antiques. Mimi was the office manager until they sold the business in 1983.

Mimi was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Georgia, The Junior League of Albany and an altar guild member at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where she was a lifelong member. Mimi was also a founding member of The Mondays. Per Mimi’s request may it be known she never held an elected position.

Mimi taught all of her 4 children and 10 grandchildren to swim, with some swimming at the age of 6 months.

Mimi was preceded in death by her husband Bob Newcomb, son, Robin Newcomb, great-grandson, Dawson Brown and brothers, Bill and Jim Pace.

She is survived by Bland (Don) Cleesattle, Leesburg, Ri (Don) Lamb, Albany, Ned (Mary) Newcomb, Leesburg; who produced grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Shellie (Pat) Iossa; Peter and Sarah Iossa of Bernardsville, N.J., Don (Kim) Cleesattle Jr.; Dac and Zoe Cleesattle of Leesburg, Ken (Holley) Cleesattle; Marcie, Lansdon Cleesattle and Kenley Cleesattle of Reobeth, Ala., Andrew Lamb of Fairfax, Va., Leslie (Matt) Sloan; Asher and Lucy Sloan of Fletcher, N.C., Mindi (Tyler) Brown; Laine Brown, Katie (T.J.) Faircloth; Shoal Faircloth, Rob Newcomb, Burton Newcomb and Edward Newcomb all of Leesburg.

Mimi was cared for during her last years by wonderful caregivers. Helen Diane Wright, Bertha King, Fannye Lassiter, Lynn Willis, Jackie Stephens and Joan Ford for whom we are eternally grateful.

The funeral service, was held on Tuesday January at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Jim Bullion and Rev. Ann Heinemann officiated. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery.

Please make memorials to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 N. Jefferson St. 31701 Albany, Ga. or St. John and St. Mark Episcopal Church, 2425 Cherry Laurel Lane Albany, Ga. 31705 or Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane Albany, Ga. 31721.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com


Jerry Rhodes, 68

Jerry Rhodes, 68, of 347 N. Railroad St. in Norman Park, Ga. died January 21, 2012 at his residence. A private memorial will be held.

A native of Colquitt Co., Ga. Mr. Rhodes was of the Baptist Faith and was retired from Rickey Turner Roofing Company with 30 years of service. He also served in the United States Army.

Survivors include his daughters, Cindy Rhodes Folsom of Norman Park, Pam Rhodes of Norman Park and Donna Lynn Rhodes of Sylvester, sons-in-law, Sam Jarvis of Norman Park and Gary Folsom of Moultrie, brother, Marvin Kenneth Rhodes of Ft. Myers , Fla., grandchildren, Jasmine, Jennifer, Jessica and Cristy,  great-grandchildren,  Kaylyn, Devon, Will, Abby, Huntly, Harley, Brenton, Gaylyn, Braxton and Bronze.

Mr. Rhodes was preceded in death by his daughter, Rhonda Willis and his parents, Phil Robert Rhodes and Gertrude Casey Rhodes.               The family will be at the residence of Cindy Rhodes Folsom, 112 Cherry St. Norman Park, Ga. 31771.

Those desiring may make memorials to Southern Care Hospice, 412 1st Street S.E., Moultrie, Ga. 31768

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com


Johnny Edward Thomas Jr., 59

Johnny Edward Thomas Jr., 59, of Albany died Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Memorial services were held Tuesday January 24 at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Ken Chancellor will officiate.

A native of Blountstown, Fla., Mr. Thomas had resided in Albany since 1978 moving from the Panama City, Fla. area. He was owner and operator of Thomas Transportation. He was a member of the IHRA and Nettle Ridge Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle Thomas, Albany, two sons, James Edward Thomas (Karen), Joseph Edward Thomas (Melissa) both of Leesburg, Ga.., two daughters, Brandy Roland (David), Albany, Ga., Donna Joiner, Thomasville, Ga., his father, Johnny Edward Thomas Sr., Albany, and his mother, Dorothy Jean Dudley, Blountstown, Fla., two sisters, Gailen Lock, Blountstown, Fla., and Debbie Hatcher (Lamar), Marianna, Fla.. and eight grandchildren.

Those desiring may make memorials to Neighbors in Need c/o St. Clare’s Center, 2005 Martin Luther King Drive, P.O. Box 4123, Albany, Ga. 31706

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

Donald (Don) “Luckey” Barfield Luckey, 70

Donald (Don) “Luckey” Barfield Luckey, 70, of 1904 Palmyra Road, died January 22, 2012 at the Palmyra Nursing Home due to a short battle with Leukemia.

Funeral services will be held at Wednesday, January 25, 11 a.m. at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors Chapel at 1503 Dawson Road, Albany, Ga.  Pastor Mark Amspaugh will officiate at the services.  Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery with military honors.

Don Luckey was born October 9, 1941 in Crisp County, Georgia.  He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents; Samuel Barfield Luckey who was born in Camilla, Ga., and Marjorie Bell Pitts Luckey who was born in Albany; his adoptive paternal grandparents, Thomas Jefferson Luckey and Ethel Lee Hart Luckey of Camilla, Ga.; and his adoptive maternal grandparents, Robert Lee Pitts I and Minnie Lee Bouchelle Pitts of Albany.  Don attended public schools in Albany and worked in various jobs in Albany, Moultrie and surrounding towns.  He was a member of the Georgia National Guard and U. S. Army Reserves before joining the U. S. Marine Corps.

As a Marine he was proud to have served in South Viet Nam.  He received many awards during his service to his country.  These included the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Cross of Gallentry and Good Conduct Medal.

He is survived by his brother, Sam Luckey and his wife Gail McDaniel Luckey of Columbia, S.C.; sisters, Mrs. Cecile Luckey Newsome and her husband John of Titusville, Fla.; Mrs. Leigh Luckey Davis of Schellman, Ga.; step-mother, Edna Elizabeth Bennett Luckey of Albany, Ga.; step-brother Robert Charles Luckey and his wife Kelly of Peachtree City, Ga.; step-sisters Mrs. Barbara “Bobbie” Houston Cohen and her husband Barry of Albany, and Mrs. Therlus Houston Deen and her husband Jimmy of Albany, Ga..  He is survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  A special thanks to Don’s friends and staff of Palmyra Nursing Home and Albany Community Hospice for their devoted care.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Albany Community Hospice at, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com


Jane Chancey Daniels, 83

Jane Chancey Daniels, 83, passed away peacefully with her sons by her side at Willson Hospice House on Sunday Jan. 22, 2012.  Funeral service will be held Wednesday 4 p.m. at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors with burial to follow in Riverside Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until the funeral hour.

Born Aug. 14, 1928 in Albany, Jane was 1 of 5 children born to Gilbert and Jean Elsie (Tyson) Chancey.  She graduated from Georgia Baptist Hospital Nursing program on Sept 15, 1948 and attended the US Air Force School of Aviation Medicine at Gunter Air Force Base in Alabama in 1951.  She met the love of her life James Bobby Daniels in 1950 and they were married on May 11, 1951.  She was a 1st Lt. in the US Air Force Reserve and left the Air Force after 2 years to pursue a career in nursing.  She worked for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and later as a private duty RN for many years.  She continued her education to become a teacher of nursing and taught at Albany Technical College from 1967 to 1991 when she retired.  She was a long time member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband,  James Bobby Daniels, parents, Gilbert & Jean Elsie (Tyson) Chancey, brothers, Gilbert E. Chancey, Winiford “Red” Chancey, Gene Chancey, and Joseph William “Billy” Chancey, sons, James Steven Daniels and Walter Carl Daniels.

Survivors include her sons, Charles Daniels of Albany and James (Pamela) Daniels of Leesburg.

Those desiring may make memorials to Byne Memorial Baptist Church, 2832 Ledo Road, Albany, Ga. 31707 or Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga.  31721.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com


Larry Michael Davis, 55

Larry Michael Davis, 55, of Albany died Saturday, January 21, 2012.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Gillionville Baptist Church.  Concluding service and interment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery Mausoleum in Columbus, Georgia at 3 p.m.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kimbrell-Stern.  Rev. Tony Haefs and Rev. Giles Lovejoy will officiate.

A native of Columbus, Georgia, Mr. Davis graduated from Baker High School in 1974 and graduated from Columbus State University (formerly Columbus College) with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.  Upon graduation he moved to Albany in 1979 where he began his employment with the Albany Police Department. He served in various capacities as a patrol officer, Detective, SWAT team member/leader, as well as in Planning and Training. He was a Police Academy Instructor from 1987 – 1989 teaching firearms and officer survival.  In 1991 he became a Dougherty County Deputy Sheriff / investigator with Water, Gas and Light where he was presently employed having worked a total of 32 years in law enforcement. He was a member of Gillionville Baptist Church and a former member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Patti Williams Davis of Albany, a daughter, Shannon Virginia Burch and her husband Matthew of Baker County, a son Brett Michael Davis of Albany, a daughter Kendyl Ellen Davis of Albany, and one grandchild, Shelbie Virginia Burch of Baker County.  Mr. Davis was predeceased by his parents, Louie David Davis and Winifred Inez Corbett Davis.

In honor of Larry Michael Davis, memorials may be made to: Gideon’s International, Post Office Box 140800, Nashville, Tenn.  37214-0800 or www.gideons.org,  Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort, Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, Fla.  32256 www.woundedwariorsproject.org, or

Special Olympics Georgia, 4000 Dekalb Technology Pkwy, Suite 400, Bldg. 400, Atlanta, Georgia  30340 www.specialolympicsga.org

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com


George Conner Allen, 84

George Conner Allen, 84, of Leary, Ga., died Sunday January 22, 2012 at Willson Hospice House.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Leary Baptist Church. Rev. John Beck and Rev. Preston Wilson will officiate. Interment will follow in the Leary City Cemetery.

A native of Tennessee, Mr. Allen had resided in Leary, Georgia most all of his adult life. He was retired from Leary Farm Center and was a member of the Leary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Kimbrel Allen, Leary, Ga., a son, Steve Allen, Leary, Ga., three daughters, Joan Cheshire (James), Leary, Ga., Rita Wooden (Woody), Baconton, Ga., Lisha Brackin (Buddy), Leary, Ga., a brother, Jimmy Allen (Beatrice), Leesburg, Ga., two sisters, Annis Joiner (Robert), Leesburg, Ga. and Charmie Ash all of Leesburg, Ga., five grandchildren, Monica Davis, David Cheshire, Jennifer Wooden, Allen Brackin and Tina Stanford and six great-grandchildren.

Those desiring may make memorials to Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga., 31707 or Leary Baptist Church, 4530 N. Depot St., Leary, Ga., 39862.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


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