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Earline Manning Kirkland

Earline Manning Kirkland, age 83, of Flowery Branch, formerly of Albany, passed away Monday, May 21, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, following an extended illness.

Graveside Services were held Wednesday, May 23 at Floral Memory Gardens in Albany, Georgia. The Rev. Steve Fenlon officiated.

Mrs. Kirkland was born August 9, 1928 to the late William Henry & Versie Elizabeth Manning of Lockhart, Alabama. She was a School Bus Driver for Dougherty County and was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Mrs. Kirkland was also preceded in death by her husband, Maxwell Kirkland; brothers, Earl Manning, Fred Manning, Leon Manning & John Holland Manning; and sister, Lanetta Gavins.

Survivors include sons & daughters-in-law, Max & Janet Kirkland of St. Mary’s and Bud & Judy Kirkland of Gainesville; daughter & son-in-law, Kathy & Bill Chapman of Flowery Branch; sisters, Nell Gautney of Gray, Ruth Shuster of Albany, Ann Brookes of Albany, Janet Hughes of Davenport, Florida, Janette Harrell of Florala, Alabama, & Linda Miller of Paxton, Florida; and 9 grandchildren.


John C. Dallas

John C. Dallas died Monday, May 21, 2012 at Phoebe North following a short illness.

His funeral service was held May 24 at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Finbarr Stanton, Rev. Steven Pontzer and Rev. Ben Dallas officiated.

Mr. Dallas was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and raised in Wheeling, W.V. He graduated Linsly Military Institute in 1950 and attended Notre Dame and graduated from Bethany College in 1956 with a B.S. in Business.

Mr. Dallas was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired from Delaware North Corporation in 1997 as the president and General Manager of Wheeling Downs Gaming Center.

Survivors include his daughters, Susan E. Dallas, Albany, Lori Dallas Peppel and husband Dan, Daytona Beach,Fla.; son Dr. Jay Dallas and wife Nancy, Arlington; brother, Joe R. Dallas, Wheeling, W.V., 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Those desiring please make memorials to St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, 421 Edgewood Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707 or Neighbors In Need, 2005 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Albany, GAa.31701.


James Clinton (Jim) Hall

James Clinton (Jim) Hall died on May 22, 2012, at the Willson Hospice House. The service was held May 25 at Kimbrell-Stern. The service was conducted by The Rev. Bryan Haynes, interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Hall was born in Brunswick, Georgia on November 12, 1929. He was raised in Berrien County on a farm from the age of 5. He was a graduate of Nashville High School and held an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, a law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law, and was a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Banking.

received an honorable discharge from the US Air Force’s Strategic Air Command, having served in North Africa during the Korean Conflict.

In 1956, he joined the Citizens and Southern National Bank in Atlanta (predecessor of Bank of America). In 1960, he was transferred to Albany to serve as Trust Officer. He was later elected Vice President/Trust Officer and at that time, was the youngest vice president and trust officer to obtain that position.

A devoted community leader, Mr. Hall served as President of the Boys’ Club of Albany and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Deerfield School. He was a board member of Darton College Foundation, the Albany YMCA, a member of Friends of Phoebe, and was President of the Albany Kiwanis Club. He was a long-time member of Sherwood Baptist Church, where he served as Finance Chair and Treasurer.

An avid fisherman, golfer and hunter, he also loved his family gatherings at Jekyll Island, Georgia and St. George Island, Florida.

Mr. Hall is survived by his devoted wife, Mary Louise Edwards Hall; his daughter, Mary Kathryn Hall Hawkins; sons, William Henry Hall (Beth) and James Clinton Hall, Jr.; grandchildren, Reedi Hawkins, Jackson Hawkins, Amanda Hall, Hannah Hall, and James C. Hall III, as well as one great-grandson.


Kimberley Taylor Davis, 48

Kimberley Taylor Davis, 48, of Georgetown, Ga.died Sunday May 27, 2012 at her residence.
Her funeral service will be held Wednesday 2 p.m. at Kimbrell-Stern. Rev. Steve Hurley will be officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour before the service at Kimbrell-Stern.

Born in Augusta, Ga., Mrs. Davis lived in Albany most of her life where she graduated from Dougherty High School. She worked at the Bank of Dawson.

Survivors include her husband Keith Davis of Georgetown, Ga.; a daughter Brooklyn Hinton and her husband Jason; a stepson Hunter Davis; her mother Barbara Smith Page; brothers and sisters Marcia Taylor, Tra Taylor, David Smith, Danny Smith and Denise Rawlins; Several Nieces and Nephews.

In lieu of flowers you may make donations to The American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave. Albany, Ga. 31701.


Michael Fletcher Worsley, 56

Michael Fletcher Worsley, 56, of Albany died Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Willson Hospice. A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 22 at Calvary Baptist Church in Albany. Rev. Chip Gresham officiated.

Mike was born in Donalsonville, Ga. in 1955 and lived most of his life in the Albany and Atlanta areas. He worked in the construction industry and was a master tile layer in his own business. However he is best known for his latter career of auto sales in the Albany area.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Worsley and leaves many family members to cherish his memories; mother, Syble Worsley of Albany; son, Fletcher Worsley and his wife Lindsay of Winder, Ga., two daughters, Miranda Worsley of Albany, and Emma Worsley of Leesburg, Ga.; three sisters, Lynn Tatum (Carey), Sharon Garcia (Robert) all of Albany, Lee County, Ga.; brother, Joe Worsley (Brenda) of Albany Lee County, Ga. twin grandsons, Logan and Spencer Worsley of Winder, Ga..He also leaves many nieces and nephews who will forever cherish their memories of “Uncle Mike”; Chris Worsley of Bend, Or., Kelli Slater of Winterville, Ga., Paige Worsley of Smyrna, Ga., Holli Sadler, Jodi Mann and Cathy Cook of Albany and Brett Garcia of Albany, Lee County, Ga..

Mike was surrounded by a loving family in life and through the end as he bravely fought his battle with lung cancer. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707 or to Calvary Baptist Church, 1211 13th Ave., Albany, Ga. 31707.


Julius Mark Strosnider, 52

Julius Mark Strosnider, 52, of Albany died May 22, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Graveside funeral services were held Friday at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Tifton, Ga., Mr. Strosnider had lived in Albany, GA most of his life. He graduated from Albany High School in 1978 and attended Albany Technical College. He was employed for many years with Ayers Corporation, retired from Proctor and Gamble and was a Baptist by faith.

Survivors include his wife, Michiko Strosnider, two sons, Justin Strosnider and Cody Strosnider and his mother, Myrle Strosnider all of Albany, a brother, Kirk Strosnider of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., an aunt, Mollie Wilkes of Albany, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Steve and Suzy Brooks, two nieces, Kelly Brooks and Kaycee Brooks and a nephew, Kevin Brooks of Bainbridge, Ga..

Frances Mildred (Millie) Jernigan, 91

Frances Mildred (Millie) Jernigan, 91, of 601 Summit Drive, Albany died May 23, 2012 at Magnolia Manor in Americus, Ga. Funeral services were held Saturday at the chapel of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Nancy Scarbrough and Rev. William Collins officiated.  A committal followed at the Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Oglethorpe, Ga., the Rev. Billy Kimbrel officiated.

A native of Oglethorpe, Ga., Mrs. Jernigan had resided in Albany since 1995 moving from Americus, Ga. and had previously lived in Atlanta. She graduated from Oglethorpe High School, took business courses and was employed with Western Union for twenty two years. She was a homemaker and a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. Mrs. Jernigan was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Eugene R. Jernigan in 2009.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Gene and Nona Jernigan, two grandsons, Tripp Jernigan and Andy Jernigan all of Albany, a sister, Clara Belle Green of Montezuma, Ga., a niece and her husband, Charlene and Ted Collins of Unadilla, Ga. and many relatives in Southwest, Georgia.

Those desiring may make contributions to Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 2800 N. Jefferson,

Albany, Ga. 31701.


Harry Steven Smith, 58

Harry Steven Smith, 58, of Albany died Friday, May 25, 2012 at Columbus Specialty Hospital in Columbus, Ga. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Philema Road Baptist Church. Rev. Dan Harris and Rev. Gary Manning officiated.  Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Albany and a former resident of Lee County for over thirty years, Mr. Smith was a member of Philema Road Baptist Church. He was a volunteer firefighter with Lee County, former chairman of the Lee County Democratic Party, retired from Cooper Tire and was a self employed master electrician. Mr. Smith received an award of recognition from the Lee County Fire Department for the 1993 Tornado Rescue Effort.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Pike Smith of Albany, two daughters, Melissa Gayle Gregory of Albany, Kimberly Lashaye Smith Schultz and her husband, Jody of Leesburg, Ga., three grandchildren, Cameron Dean Schultz, Steven Gage Schultz and Landen Bailey Schultz all of Leesburg, Ga.

Fredrick R. (Fred) Ransom, 77

Fredrick R. (Fred) Ransom, 77, of Albany died May 25, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Graveside funeral services were held Monday at Crown Hill Cemetery. Danny Williams officiated.

A native of Columbus County, N.C., Mr. Ransom graduated from Evergreen High School and attended and played baseball at Louisburg College. He served in the US Army and moved to Albany in 1970. Mr. Ransom was a former partner in Ole Dad’s Club Package and was the retired owner of The House of Spirits.

Survivors include his wife, Clara F. Ransom of Albany, two sons and their wives, Victor (Vic) Ransom and Reenie of Albany, and Raymond Lewis Ransom and Reshma Kakkar of Atlanta, a daughter, Clara Burgess of Albany, a sister, Evelyn Youngerman of Wilmington, N.C., a brother, L.C Ransom and his wife, Lila of Whiteville, N.C., four grandchildren, Candice Burgess of Albany, Trey Burgess of Charlotte, N.C., Aarini Ransom and Zohra Ransom both of Atlanta, and two great-grandchildren, Angel Walker and Mattison Walker. He was preceded in death by a son, Fredrick Anthony Ransom.

Those desiring may make contributions to American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave., Albany, Ga., 31701.

Gerald Morris Touchton, 72

Gerald Morris Touchton, 72, of Poulan, Ga. died Saturday, May 19, 2012 at his home. A celebration of life was held Saturday, May 26 at Antioch Baptist Church, Rev. Bruce Gordon officiated.

Gerald was born June 23, 1939 in Quitman, Ga. He attended Barney Elementary and Morven High School. He also attended both ABAC in Tifton, Ga. and the University of Georgia before enlisting in the USAF. He later graduated from the University of Maryland European division while stationed overseas. He retired after 21 years of service.

He was known as many things to his family and friends: Loving Husband for 51 years, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Air Force Veteran, farmer, fisherman, hunter, humorist, mentor, poet, car enthusiast and friend. In recent years he loved rebuilding old cars and trucks. He had a passion for “tinkering” around the shop and he could fix just about anything, especially if he had access to duck tape and bailing wire. He loved family, and was very proud of his grand-babies. He was blessed to also have many nephews and nieces who enjoyed his company and the wisdom that “Uncle Touch” shared with all of them.

Touchton was preceded in death by his parents Carroll and Eldora Touchton and his brothers Alton and Leon Touchton.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary Ashley Touchton of Poulan, son Terry Touchton (Marybeth) and granddaughters Taylor and Hannah of Denver, Co., daughter Tlisa Northcutt (Scott) and granddaughters Avery and Aubrey of Anchorage, Ark., sister, Norma Sinclair of Poulan sister in law Louise Touchton of Barney, and sister in-law Yvonne Ashley (Duke Otter) of Arlington, Wa., and a number of other beloved family members including his English Bulldogs Uno and Gracie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund, 3193 St. Hwy 313, Sylvester, Ga. 31791 or to The Morrison Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 13527, Moultrie Hwy, Barney, Ga. 31625. Condolences may be sent to the family at PO Box 281, Poulan, Ga. 31781.


 Maxine Hill Slappey

Maxine Hill Slappey, died Sunday, May 27, 2012 at her residence.

Her funeral service will be Wednesday 10 a.m. at Kimbrell-Stern with a private interment to follow. The family will receive friends Wednesday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Kimbrell-Stern.

A native of Dougherty County Mrs. Slappey was a 1947 graduate of Albany High School and a member of Avalon United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband A. M. “Gus” Slappey Jr.

Survivors include her daughters, Deborah Anne McNease, Leesburg, Sandra Newana Brymer, Albany, Tammye Maxine Brackin, Leesburg; sons, Walter Mark Slappey, Leesburg, John Tye Slappey, Leesburg, Augustus Miles Slappey, Leesburg, 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Those desiring please make memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, Southwest Georgia Regional Office, 315 West 2nd St, Tifton, Ga. 31794 or Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga.  31707.


Quinton Heath Mock, 41

Quinton Heath Mock, 41, of Newnan, Ga., died Wednesday May 23, 2012. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday May 29 at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Collin Brown officiated. Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Albany,  Mr. Mock was an honor graduate of Westover High School and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology. He was an industrial engineer employed with Garvey Corporation and was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church. Mr. Mock was preceded in death by his father, Walter Ray Mock, maternal grandmother, Margie York and paternal grandmother, Ella Mae Mock.

Survivors include his wife, Jessica Wong Mock, a son, Lofton Mock both of Newnan, Ga., his mother and her husband, Eddie York Mitchell and David Mitchell, his sister, Shannon Mock, paternal grandfather, John L. Mock, and maternal grandfather, Kara York all of Albany, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harry and Shirley Wong and his brother-in-law Jonathan Wong all of Hong Kong, China and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Those desiring may make memorials to Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31707.







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