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Robert Ward White, 95

Robert Ward White, 95, of 1400 Eager Drive Albany died on January 27, 2012 at Wynfield Park in Albany. Funeral Services for Mr. White was held Tuesday January 31 at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. Rev. Keith Gaines and Dr. Butch Knight officiated.

Mr. White was born March 6, 1916 in Rittman, Ohio to the late William W. and Mayme Wright White. Mr. White came to Albany as a Navigator Cadet at Turner Field. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving in WWII and Korea. He stayed in the Air Force Reserve where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. In 1953, Mr. White started United Rentals of Albany. In 1957, he changed the name of his rental company to Bob White Rents. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, a deacon emeritus and Legion Post 30.

Mr. White is survived by his wife Alice White of Albany, a son Dr. William B. White of Davis, Calif., two daughters: Patti Feagans of Albany, and Cheryl Parrish of Snellville, Ga., one step-daughter: Anne Marie Bishop of Gainesville, Ga., 4 grandchildren: Steve Feagans, Heather Julian, Ana White and Joe White; five great-grandchildren: Robbie Feagans, Drew Feagans, Benjamin Julian, Daniel Julian, Jeremiah Julian; three step-grandchildren: Sam Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop and Emily Bishop. He was preceded in death by his wife Eloise Ragan White and a sister Kay Claeys.

Those desiring can make contributions to: The First Baptist Church 145 Oakland Parkway Leesburg, Ga. 31763 or to The Anchorage 162 Hampton Lane Leesburg, Ga. 31763.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Elizabeth Kearse McNeely
Elizabeth Kearse McNeely passed away on Saturday January 28, 2012 at Lillian Carter Nursing Care in Plains, GA.

Her funeral service will be Tuesday 11 a.m. at Leesburg Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Hurley officiating.

Born on June 11, 1918 in Cedar Key, FL, Elizabeth grew up in Plains and Leesburg but resided in Albany for 50 years.  During World War II,  she lived in Macon and worked at the US Army Base as a stenographer.  She was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church and was a devoted Christian who will be remembered for her sweet and gracious nature and her talent for entertaining friends with funny jokes.  She was the daughter of the late Grover Kearse and Rosa Thornton Kearse.

She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters: Lawrence Daniel, Perry Kearse, Bloxham Kearse, Maxine Pate, Nell Fussell and her dearly beloved twin sister Virginia Kearse.

Survivors include her adored son, Grover McNeely of Panama City Beach, FL, a sister Alice Ann Holton of Leesburg, nieces: Joy Fussell Cavin of McDonough, Ga, Sue Cannon of Franklin, TN and nephews: Jerry Fussell of Colorado Springs, Zake Pate of Atlanta, GA, Perry  Kearse, Patrick Holton and Charles Holton all of Leesburg.

In lieu of flowers you may make memorials to United Hospice, 708 East 16th St., Cordele, GA  31015.

You may share your thoughts with the family of Mrs. McNeely by visiting Kimbrell-Stern’s website at www.kimbrellstern.com
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Dr. O. Grey Rawls Jr. MD
Dr. O. Grey Rawls Jr. MD passed away Saturday, January 28, 2012 at his residence. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 30 at 11 a.m.at Covenant Presbyterian Church with interment to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. Dr. Paul Luthman and Dr. William “Biff” Coker will officiate.

Dr. O. Grey Rawls was a prominent surgeon and practiced medicine in Albany for about forty years. He was born in Pike County Georgia to Mary Baker Rawls and Otis Grey Rawls. He graduated from Spalding High School and entered Emory University. After graduation, he attended Emory Medical School. He received his postgraduate medical training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York and Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. While in New York, he met his wife, Betty Wheat and they were married in 1949. They were married for fifty four years and were blessed with three lovely daughters, Debra Rawls Pricola and her husband, Mike of Port Hueneme, California, Ann Rawls Spiak and her husband, Drew of Portland, Oregon and Nancy Grey Rawls Smith and her husband, Stacy of Savannah, Georgia, four granddaughters, Holly D. Valles, of Stockton, California Christy Dalton of Lodi, California, Brandy D. Gomez of Stockton, California and Shawna Grigg of Atlanta, Georgia. Two sisters, Mrs. Betty R. Copeland of Williamson, Georgia and Mrs. Nancy T Ethridge of Griffin, Georgia. His devotion to his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren never wavered; his passion to serve his fellow man never waned, as his family, friends, co-workers and patients will attest.

A man of sterling character, Dr. Rawls was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a member of Phoebe Putney Hospital Board for ten years and had formerly served as president of the Dougherty County Medical Society, a member of the Georgia Medical Medicaid Surgery Review, chairman of the United Way, president of The Rotary Club and member of the Georgia Department of Human Resources Board. Dr. Rawls was a recipient of the Albany Exchange Club Golden Deed Award, a true testament of his unflinching altruism. He served for many years on the boards of First Federal Savings and Loan and Darton College Foundation.

Dr. Rawls was a World War II veteran, retiring as a captain in the medical corps in 1949. He was an accomplished horseman, winning first place in the AM division of the Georgia Cutting Horse Association. He was also an avid aviator who enjoyed the freedom of the sky; yet, he also had a deep connection with the farmland, as he considered himself a farmer and cattleman. Free of pretension and conceit, Dr. Rawls embodied all the great qualities of a family man, scholar, physician and humanitarian; but most importantly, he was a gentleman-genteel, courtly and above all else, sincerely interested in the well-being of others.

His companion, Peggy Cullars Guillebeau, expressed this sentiment about Grey: “I have been truly blessed to be a part of his life in his later years and his passing will leave a void in the lives of all of us who were fortunate enough to call Grey our friend. He never stopped loving his wife, Betty but he never let her passing deter him from sharing his love with others.” One of Grey’s favorite quotes from Winston Churchhill was, “We make a living by what we get. We make life by what we give.”

Memorials may be made to Albany Community Hospice at 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31721.

You may sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family of Dr. Grey Rawls by visiting our website at www.kimbrellstern.com.


David Wyatt Thomas, 46
David Wyatt Thomas, 46, of Albany, GA, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home. Dr. Charlie Rouse will officiate. Interment will follow at Oakview Cemetery, Camilla, GA.

A native of Camilla, GA David had lived most of his life in Albany, GA. He was a Medical Courier for Pinnacle Infusion Inc. and had a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Georgia Southwestern University. David was a member of the Discount Superstar Band and was of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sheila Kay Thomas.

Survivors include twin daughters, Erin and Colleen Thomas of Albany, GA, his parents, Aubrey (Bud) Thomas and Joyce Woody Thomas of Camilla, GA, three sisters, Janice Sanders of Albany, GA, Sandy West and husband, Harold of Leesburg, GA and Beverly Lawson and husband Jeff of Albany, GA, brother, Britt Thomas and wife Janine of Tallahassee, FL, significant other, Shannon Mock of Albany, GA, two nieces, two nephews and special friends, Leigh and Tony Singletary of Albany, GA.

The family will receive friends from1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Sunday before the funeral at Mathews Funeral Home.

The family will be at the residence of Sandy and Harold West, 296 North Hampton Road Leesburg, GA 31763.

Those desiring may make to contributions Albany Humane Society, P.O. Box 3151, Albany, GA 31706.

To sign our online registry or to send condolences to the family, you may visit Mathews’ website at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


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