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Andrew Lee Spurlock, 81

Andrew Lee Spurlock, 81, died Tuesday, May, 8, 2012, at his home in Leesburg, Ga. Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m.  at Mathews Funeral Home.  Rev. Noah Phillips will officiate.  Interment will follow in Leesburg Cemetery with Military Honors.

A native of Ozark, Ala., Mr. Spurlock was a resident of Georgetown, GA for many years and a resident of Albany, GA for fifty years.  He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War, attended Bethel Holiness Tabernacle and retired from Georgia Pacific after thirty five years.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ann Spurlock of Leesburg, Ga., two daughters and their husbands, Bettina and Jake Dukes, Jr. of Leesburg, Ga., Tonia John Bentley of Leesburg, Ga., a son, Andy Spurlock of Albany, a sister, Pearl Richardson of Midland City, Ala., two brothers, Robert Spurlock of Dothan, Ala. and Paul Spurlock of Eufaula, Ala., eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family will be at the residence of Stacey Winters, 191 Donald Road, Leesburg, Ga. 31763.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Douglas Taylor Bailey, 14

Douglas Taylor Bailey, 14, of Leesburg, Ga., died May 7, 2012 at Medical Center of Central Georgia. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Leesburg, Ga. Rev. Wesley Kaylor, Jeremy (Bobby) Jones and Melissa Spriggs will officiate. Interment will follow in Leesburg Cemetery, Leesburg, Ga.

Born in Albany on October 23, 1997, Taylor was an eighth grade student in the Lee County School System. He was active in Lee County Dixie League Baseball for six years and had the opportunity to go to the national play offs with the Cubs, under the direction of coaches, Joey Pickle, Stevie Williams and Roger Wingate. Taylor loved to fish with his “Idols”, Bill Price and Shorty Pollock, he was a computer genius, he loved being with his family and loved to assist his niece with her homework and he was learning to play the acoustical guitar. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jack Bailey Sr. and Helen Bailey and maternal grandmother, Linda Diane Anderson.

Survivors include his parents, Doug and Dana Watson Bailey, Leesburg, Ga., a brother, Michael Bailey, Virginia, a sister, Crystal (Sissy) Marie Reese, Leesburg, Ga., maternal grandparents, Wayne Watson Sr. and Pat Watson, Cuthbert, Ga., a nephew, William Edward Reese Jr., a niece, Brooke Anne Reese and his cat, Sponge.

Those desiring may make memorials to Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia in memory of Douglas Taylor Bailey, 1160 Forsyth St., Macon, Ga., 31201.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home.

The family is at the residence of Jeff and Sherry Bailey, 6604 Newton Road, Albany.


Joe Beard, 75

Joe Beard, 75, of Albany died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Wynfield Park Health and Rehab. Memorial services will be held Sunday May 13, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home.

A native of Troy, Ala., Mr. Beard had resided in Albany since 1957 moving here from Morgan, Ga.. He was a graduate of Morgan High School in 1953 where he was active on the basketball team, was the quarterback for the football team and still holds the state record for reed vaulting.

Mr. Beard worked with Western Electric for a number of years before starting his own company, Albany Telephone Service Company.

He was a member of the Morgan United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Holman Beard, his parents and four sisters.

Survivors include a son, Gary Beard, a daughter, Gayle B. Woolard and her husband Stephen, a brother, Bill Beard and his wife, Janet and a grandchild, Walker Woolard all of Albany.

The family is at the residence of Stephen and Gayle Woolard, 2401 Pleasant Drive, Albany.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 p.m. until the funeral hour at Mathews Funeral Home.

Those desiring may make memorials to Lights of Love, c/o Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, Ga. 31702 or Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition, 507 W. Third Ave., #6-A, Albany, Ga. 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.



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