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James A, Wilson, 94

James A, Wilson, 94, of Albany, GA died May 14, 2012 at his residence. A funeral mass was conducted Friday, May 18 at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church.  Rev. Finbarr Stanton officiated.

A native of Mescaline, Iowa, Mr. Wilson had resided in Albany since 1959 moving from Boynton Beach, Fla. He was retired from Adams AGRI Machinery Company and was a retired MSGT in the Air Force serving during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Mr. Wilson was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and a member of American Legion Post # 30.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Sievers Wilson, son, Sgt. Gerald L. Wilson, daughter-in-law, Vanda B. Wilson, two grandchildren, Gerald (Jerry) Wilson Jr. and David (Davy) Wilson.

Survivors include his children, James G. Wilson of Spanaway, Wash., Alvin ”Chip” Wilson (Carolyn) of Leesburg, Ga., Shirley Wilson of Albany, Michael Wilson (Joan) of Duluth, Ga., Diane Wilson-Poey (Frank) of Worth County, Ga., Julie Ramsey (Jon Allen) of Albany, and Betty McGee (Barry) of Leesburg, Ga.; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; niece, Helen Weiershauser.

The family would like to give a special “Thank You” to, Terry Bowman, Steve Garner and Albany Community Hospice for the personal care and concern they have shown our father.

Those desiring may make contributions to, Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707 or to St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, 421 Edgewood Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Joseph Thomas Smith, 83

Joseph Thomas Smith, 83, of Albany, Ga., died May 15, 2012 at his residence. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18 at Mathews Funeral Home, 3206 Gillionville Road. Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor and Rev. Nancy Scarbrough officiated. Committal services will be conducted at Andersonville National Cemetery; Andersonville, Ga. with Rev. William Collins officiated. Military honors will follow.

Mr. Smith received a B.S. in Economics from St. Peter’s College, a Masters in Education Administration from St. Michael’s college, and a Ph.D. in Educational Management from Florida State University. Mr. Smith, a retired Marine Corps Lt. Col., and veteran of the Korean and Viet Nam conflicts, was decorated during military service by the United States and foreign governments.  His awards include the Legion of Merit with Combat “V”, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Staff Service Honor Medal. He is a graduate of the Naval War College.

In addition to his military service, Mr. Smith was a retired educator who taught at regional colleges and local school systems. His memberships included the local community action committee, Porterfield UMC Alpha Sunday School class and XYZ club, Golden K Kiwanis Club, Southwest Georgia Genealogical Society, Baker County Historical Society, the Southwest Georgia Retired Officers Association, the Marine Corps League, and the American Legion, Post 30, Albany, Ga.

Mr. Smith, originally from Newark, N.J., is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gloria Parr Smith, his daughter, Kathryn S. Hanks and husband Jim, his son Steven P. Smith and wife Stephanie, and his grandchildren Ivy Hanks, Chad Hanks, Stewart Hanks, Davis Smith, and Collier Smith. He is preceded in death by his son Michael B. Smith.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Linda Cutts and Jessica Broner for their devoted care of Mr. Joe.

Those desiring, rather than flowers, donations may be made to Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707 or American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave., Albany, Ga. 31701.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Joan A. Harris, 84

Joan A. Harris, 84, of Albany died Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Wilson Hospice House after a short illness.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home.  Dr. William A. (Butch) Knight will officiate.  Interment will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Atlanta, GA, Mrs. Harris had resided in Albany, GA since 1968 moving from Savannah, GA. She was a homemaker and a member of The First Baptist Church of Albany.  Mrs. Harris helped Dr. Thomas Mitchum open his office and was formerly employed with the Internal Revenue Service.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam B. Harris and a grandson, Tyler R. Harris.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Suzanne and John Thomas of Albany, a son and his wife, Kelly and Sandy Harris of Peachtree City, Ga., a sister and her husband, Rhonette and Bill Coleman of Milledgeville, Ga., three grandchildren, Bradley Harris of Tifton, Ga., Merridith Thomas of Atlanta, and Melanie Geiszler and her husband, Scott of Boston, Mass., a special caretaker, Bobbie Edwards of Albany, and her dog, Minnie Rho Rho.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Friday before the funeral service.

Those desiring may make contributions to First Baptist Church of Albany, 145 Oakland Pkwy, Leesburg, Ga. 31763 or Officer Harris Fund via Kassinger Scholarship Fund ;1. by credit card – using the following link  https://www.externalaffairs.uga.edu/os/simple?account=30790020
2. by check: Make check payable to the University of Georgia Foundation and reference (notation) “In Memory of Officer Tyler Harris” and mail check to: The UGA Foundation, Gift Accounting, 394 South Milledge Avenue – Suite 100, Athens, Ga. 30602.

An online guestbook is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.


Fay Nadrich, 100

Fay Nadrich, 100, of Albany, died Thursday at Century Pines.

Her funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Kimbrell-Stern with interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery.  David Stern will officiate.

Mrs. Nadrich was born in New York, N.Y. and moved to Albany in 2004.  She had lived most of her life in the New York area, moving to Ft. Lauderdale in 1992.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Nadrich, a son, Stanley Nadrich, and a granddaughter, Karen Nadrich.

She is survived by her son, Norman Nadrich and his wife Leslie, Albany; a sister:  Muriel Mines of California; a daughter-in-law:  Ruth Nadrich, Buffalo, N.Y.; 7 grandchildren:  Randy Nadrich and his wife Suzanne, Camilla, Ga., Pam Klein and her husband Ron, N. Miami, Fla., Todd Nadrich and his wife Stephanie, W. Palm Beach, Fla., Howard Nadrich and his wife Rose, Buffalo, N.Y., Nancy Lonzo, Pittsburg, PA, Sheryl Goodman, Lake Worth, FL, Michael Nadrich and his wife Susie, New Jersey; 18 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Kimbrell-Stern on Sunday prior to the funeral from 1-2 p.m.

Those desiring may send memorials to Temple B’Nai Israel, P.O. Box 71425, Albany, Ga. 31708, or to Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Melvin Lynn Wylie

Melvin Lynn Wylie, of Albany, died Thursday, May 17, 2012.  His Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, May 18, 2012 at Porterfield United Methodist Church with Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor and Rev. William Collins officiating. Visitation will be held 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Kimbrell Stern Funeral Home.

Born October 2, 1936 in Rosemark, Tenn., to the late Melvin and Wilna Dunavant Wylie, Lynn graduated from University of Tennessee where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Agricultural Engineering.  He was a member and officer of FarmHouse Fraternity there and remained an avid UT fan throughout his adult life.   After college graduation, Lynn served in the US Army as a helicopter pilot, most notably flying the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea in 1962.

Lynn and his wife, Kay, moved to Albany in 1966, where Lynn worked as an engineer at Lilliston Corporation.  He served as Vice-President of Engineering until the plant closed in 1986, then continued his engineering career as a contract engineer with Technical Associates after that time.    Known for his engineering knowledge and expertise in designing farm equipment at both Butler Manufacturing and Lilliston Corp., he also shared this knowledge with other engineers through his leadership in the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Farm and Industrial Equipment Institute, and the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Lynn was active in the Exchange Club of Albany serving in leadership roles as President, Vice-President and Treasurer over the years.  He was selected as Mr. Exchange in 1970, and also served on the Board of Directors of the Exchange Club Fair of Southwest Georgia.  He was actively involved with Boy Scout Troop 111 and helped build several Habitat for Humanity homes.

Lynn and Kay joined Porterfield United Methodist Church in 1966 when moving to Albany, and over the years Lynn served in leadership roles as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of Board of Trustees as well as working  with Porterfield’s youth groups.  Lynn’s greatest pleasure was spending time with family and friends and he was passionate about his love of nature, especially enjoying time in the mountains, camping and hiking.

Survivors include Kay, his wife of fifty years; one daughter, Sherri Wylie and her husband, Sam Hardin of Roswell, Ga.; two sons, Roger Wylie and his wife, Daiva Tautvydas, of Seattle, Wash.,  and Cliff Wylie and his wife, Neema Amatya, of Kirkland, Wash..  He is survived by five grandchildren, Beth Wylie-Hardin, Zach Wylie-Hardin, Asta Wylie, Aidan Wylie, Ryn Wylie; step-grandson, Sam Hardin IV; his sister and brother-in-law, Wilna and Dick Lovett of Beaufort, S.C., and sister-in-law and husband, Martha Jo and David Owen of Eads, Tenn.; three nieces and one nephew.

Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, Wilna and Melvin Wylie, his brother, Don Wylie and sister, Karen Wylie.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Porterfield United Methodist Church, 2200 Dawson Road, Albany, Ga., 31707 or Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga., 31707.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.






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