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Claude Lemount Mossburg

Claude Lemount Mossburg, of Albany died Friday, April 20, 2012, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday April 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Byne Memorial Baptist Church with military honors. Dr. Matthews Nance will officiate.

A native of Liberty Center, Ind., Mr. Mossburg had resided in Bluffton, Ind. most of his life. Claude graduated from Bluffton High School in 1942 and entered the US. Navy during WW II, he served as a ship’s deck gunner in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He participated in six convoy crossings of the Atlantic, as well as ships’ ports of call in England, Italy, the Azors and Okinawa. After the war, he attended Indiana Technical College under the GI Bill, where he studied engineering. After graduation, he was employed by Franklin Electric Company, where he worked in the drafting department for forty two years.

He was a member of Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton, Ind. and a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church, Albany. His favorite hobbies included gardening and bowling. He actively bowled in various bowling leagues until he turned 86.

Survivors include his wife, Betty J. Mossburg, Albany, a daughter and her husband, Sandy Wingard and Col. Joe Wingard, USMC (Ret.), Albany, a grandson, Lucus Wingard, Albany and a granddaughter and her husband, Rachel Wingard Rodriquez and Juan Rodriquez, Atlanta.

The family will receive friends following the funeral services at Byne Memorial Baptist Church.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Billy L. Hammack Sr. 86

Billy L. Hammack Sr., 86, of Hoschton, Ga., formerly of Albany, died Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Oconee Hospice of the Foothills, Seneca, S.C., following a long battle with lung cancer. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 26 at Mathews Funeral Home with military honors. Rev. Russell Anglin and Rev. Charlie Rouse officiated. A private interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Sylvester, Ga.

A native of Albany, Mr. Hammack had resided in the Del Webb community of the Village at Deaton Creek in Hoschton, Ga. since late 2009. He was retired from the Air Force and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, seven sisters and his wife, Edna Nadine Hammack.

Mr. Hammack served two years in the US Army during WW II, stationed in Germany. He later joined the US Air Force and had a 20-year career, stationed in Georgia, Florida, Texas and France. He achieved the rank of Sr. Master Sergeant and at one time was Crew Chief of the Skyblazers, the Air Force aerial acrobatics team in Europe. While in the Air Force, he also served a tour in Vietnam.

Survivors include one sister, Lillie Hathcock, Lawrenceville, Ga.; two daughters, Brenda Rutledge (Harold), Walhalla, S.C., Beverly Brigman, Pensacola, Fla., three sons: Larry Hammack (Barbara), Montclair, Va., Billy Hammack Jr., Huntsville, Ala., and Tony Hammack (Tania), Albany;  eleven grandchildren: Brent Oglesby (Joanna), Lilburn, Ga., Tiffany Kollander (Mike), Conway, Ark., Jason Brigman (Laura), The Woodlands, Tex., Jeff Brigman (Christy), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Kelly Ulloa (Richard), Pensacola, Fla., Stephanie Jones (Joshua), Virginia Beach, Va., David Hammack, Arlington, Va., Krystye Hollis (James), Albany, Todd Hammack, Albany, Chris Hammack, St. Augustine, Fla., and Devan Hammack, Albany; fourteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to any Hospice or the American Cancer Society 323 Pine Ave. Albany, Ga. 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Bettye Jean Bass Mann, 82

Bettye Jean Bass Mann, 82, of Albany died April 25, 2012 at her residence.  Funeral services for Mrs. Mann were held on Friday April 27 at The First Baptist Church in Albany.  Interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Butch Knight officiated.

Mrs. Mann was born July 23, 1929 in Lanett, Alabama to the late Homer and Chloe Bishop Bass.  She had lived in Albany since 1965 after moving here from Lexington, Ky. Mrs. Mann was a loving and devoted wife of 63 years, a wonderful mother who cherished her family, a talented cook, a staunch and caring friend, and a long time faithful member of First Baptist Church of Albany.

She is survived by her husband Walter Lewis Mann of Albany, three sons; Michael Mann and wife Diane of Wetumpka, Ala., Gary Mann and wife Debra of Atlanta, Christopher Mann and wife Dawn of Albany, two daughters; Pat Herndon and her husband Martin of Macon and Sherri Mann of Atlanta. Seven grandchildren; Christy Carter, Alison Till, Brad Mann, Ellie Mahon, Laura Mann, Steven Mann and Will Herndon.  Four great-grandchildren Ty Carter, Matthew Carter, Gray Carter and Graham Till also survive.

Those desiring can make contributions to The First Baptist Church 145 Oakland Parkway Leesburg, Ga. 31763

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com



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