HAL FOSTER KING
Hal Foster King of Leesburg, GA went to his Maker on February 28,
2013 at Willson Hospice House in Albany,
Hal was born in 1922 in Cusseta, Georgia, and attended Georgia Tech
Auburn University to become a
Mechanical Engineer. In 1942, in World
War II, he volunteered for the Army Air
Corps and flew missions in the
Asiatic-Pacific Theater in the 75th
Fighter Squadron, as a Flying Tiger and
in an aerial acrobatic demonstration
Hal returned and moved his family to Albany in 1952, where he spent
many years serving Dougherty County in
education--as shop teacher at Albany
High School, and McIntosh Junior High,
and principal of Magnolia Elementary and
McIntosh Junior High.
Hal and his wife Jeane were founding members of Sherwood Baptist
Church, served faithfully for over 60
years there, and he was the last
surviving male member of that group and
a Life Deacon at Sherwood.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeane Fisher King, and two
sisters, Virginia King Robertson and
Helen King Thompson.
He is survived by his three doting daughters, Kathy King James
(Bob), Kaye King Walden (Larry), and
Karen King Kirkland (Ben), six
grandchildren, four great-grandchildren,
many loving nieces and nephews, and his
close sister-in-law, Camille Aston, and
her daughter Cynthia Chick.
Hal leaves them a legacy of wonderful memories of going fishing,
reunions, summer trips to the
beach, weekends on "the farm," wood
projects in his shop, home-grown
vegetables, and strolls among his
camellias. He made many lives richer for
his presence and will be missed for a
His wishes were to be cremated, and a memorial service will be held
Saturday, March 2, 2013. The family will
receive friends at one o'clock at
Sherwood Baptist Church, followed by a
memorial service at two o'clock.
Feagin, 86, of Americus, a resident of
Magnolia Manor, formerly of Albany, died
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Phoebe
Miss Feagin, daughter of
the late Jerre Willis Feagin, Sr., and
Frances Whiteside Feagin was born
January 27, 1926 in Bibb County. She
taught at Albany High School for many
years. Miss Feagin was a graduate of
Mercer University with an A.B. and M.Ed.
degrees, and a 6 year degree from the
University of Georgia. She was a
long-time member of Porterfield Memorial
United Methodist Church in Albany, and a
member of First United Methodist Church
Survivors include her
sister, Jean Feagin Johnson of Rome, GA;
a brother, the Rev. Jerre W. Feagin, Jr.
of Buffalo, N.Y.; nephews, Rick Johnson,
David Johnson, Jonathan Feagin; a niece,
A memorial service will
be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 2
PM at the Martha McDonald Moore Memorial
Chapel at Magnolia Manor in Americus
with Chaplain Joy Wilson officiating.
Miss Feagin's remains will be buried
Saturday morning at Glen Haven Memorial
Gardens in Macon, GA.
Click here: Remembering
for an article written by Ms. Feagin
August 8, 2008!
Robert "Big Bob" Fowler
1, 1932 -
Fowler was born in Albany and lived here most of his life.
He retired from the Dougherty County School System after 33
years and DOCO Credit Union after 10 years. He received his
education at Westtown School , West Chester, PA and Earlham
College in Richmond, IN with graduate degrees from Florida
State University, Tallahassee, FL. He was inducted into the
Earlham College Hall of Fame in 1995. Mr. Fowler was past
president of the Southeast Association of School Business
Officials. He was a member of the Dougherty County Kiwanis
Club where he held most all offices and was a Lt. Governor.
He received the Legion of Honor Award from Kiwanis
International. He was also on the Board of the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes and the Dougherty County Stadium
Authority of over 25 years.
Fowler served on the Board of the Albany Sports Hall of Fame
and was inducted as a member in 1997. He was an active
member of Avalon United Methodist Church where he sang in
the choir, was a member of the Church Council, and taught
the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class. Mr. Fowler was the
line coach of the 1959 Albany High School State Championship
Football Team. He enjoyed fishing and volunteering in the
community. Mr. Fowler was preceded in death by his parents,
Earl and Ada Fowler, a son, Dan Fowler, a daughter, Robin
Fowler, and a brother, Wayne Fowler.
He is survived by his wife: Ida English Fowler; his
children: Robert (Bob) Fowler (Beverly), Nancy Fowler Newman
(Eric), Susan Fowler Hammond, all of Albany, Julie Fowler
Cook (Cary), Cordele, GA; grandchildren: Missy Whitney
(Drew), Rebekah Griffin (Jason), Mae-Mae Fowler, Samuel
Newman, Dani Newman, Noel Newman, Jeffrey Hammond, Maggie
Hammond, Joshua Hammond, Jared Hammond, all of Albany, Ellie
Cook, Hannah Cook, John Cook, David Cook, all of Cordele;
great grandson: Elijah Whitney; brothers: Earl Fowler, Sandy
Springs, MD, John Fowler, Silver Springs, MD, Jim Fowler,
New Canaan, Ct.
Nancy Castleberry Garrison (1957)
February 09, 1939 - May 29, 2004
A native of Columbus, GA, Mrs. Garrison lived in Albany
most of her life and was a retired English Teacher at Albany
High School. She was an active member of First United
Methodist Church, the Littleton Sunday School Class, the
Disciple Bible Study and taught Sunday School for many
years. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Albany
Garden Club, past president of the Junior Woman’s Club and a
bridge club member. She was also very active in the Habitat
for Humanity program at First United Methodist Church. She
was a 1957 graduate of Albany High School, attended Wesleyan
College in Macon and received her Bachelors and Masters
Degrees in Education and Drama from Georgia Southwestern
College in Americus.
She was a devoted wife to David Garrison, Jr., and loving
mother to Lucy Garrison Thompson (husband Woody) of
Thomasville, Lynne Garrison Johnson (husband Chris) of
Charlotte, NC, and David Garrison III (wife Allyson) of St.
Simons, as well as grandmother to Emma Garrison Thompson,
Will Thompson, Annabel Johnson, and Grace Garrison.
- July 25, 2007
Sue Woodall Murdock, wife of the late Harry B. Murdock
and daughter of the late Coleman and Gladys Westbrooks
Woodall, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 25,
A memorial service will be held at her home, 710
Meadowlark Drive, Albany Ga. on Sunday, July 29th at 4:00
Better known as Nanu by those closest to her, Sue was
born in Albany, Georgia in 1928. She had a love of dance
from an early age and excelled at her passion. At the tender
age of 16, she ventured to New York City to pursue further
study in ballet. Nanu was invited to join the famous
Rockettes; however her hopes were daunted when her Daddy
told her to COME HOME!
Sue came back to Albany and began teaching dance. At one
time she had her own studio, and taught lessons in Albany,
Camilla, and Moultrie.
At 21, she married Harry Benjamin Murdock and gave birth
to one daughter, Debbie Sue Murdock. When asked why she did
not have anymore children, she would often say, ”I stopped
when I reached perfection.”
While managing a marriage and a child, Sue commuted to
Valdosta State University where she received a Masters
degree in Guidance and Counseling. Beginning her career
teaching English at Albany High School; she was soon asked
to take over as Dean of Girls. When she retired, she was a
guidance counselor at the high school. Nanu would often run
into her former students in Albany, and they would all
describe her as tough, but fair.
Nanu was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and
friend to many. Her sharp wit and no nonsense personality
will be greatly missed by all.
Survivors include her dog, ”precious little Winston”, one
daughter, Debbie Murdock Shiver of Albany, one sister,
Vickie Zolomy of Albany, four grandchildren, Steve and Susan
Shiver of Camilla, and Albert and Amy Etheridge of Albany,
numerous nieces and nephews including Niles Zolomy of Albany
and Lindsay Zolomy of Albany.
She is also survived by one grand dog, Dynamite, three
great grand dogs, Roscoe, Mikey, and Gabby, and two great
grand cats, Callymae and Caseylou.
Paul B. Robertson
Principal, Albany Junior High from 1947
1917 - June 21, 2004
A native of Brooklet, GA, and a
graduate of Brooklet High School, Mr. Robertson received his BS
degree from Georgia State University and his MA degree from
Peabody University. He served four years in the United States
Air Force during World War II and was honorably discharged as a
1st Lieutenant. Mr. Robertson moved to Albany in 1938 where he
began coaching and teaching in the Albany School System. He
served as principal of Albany Jr. High School from 1947 – 1970,
assistant superintendent from 1971 – 1972 and superintendent
from 1972 – 1986. Mr. Robertson was chosen as Outstanding
Superintendent in Georgia from 1978 – 1979 and received
Distinguished Service award in 1986 by the Georgia Association
of Educational Leaders. He was a member of First United
Methodist Church and the Hudson Malone Sunday School Class. Mr.
Robertson also served as Chairman of the Administrative Board at
First United Methodist and was also a Youth Director. He was a
member and former president of the Albany Lions Club, former
chairman of the Dougherty County Board of Health and a member
and former president of the Albany Men’s Garden Club. He also,
served as member and president of the Albany Sports Hall of
Fame, and was an avid tennis player and hunter.
Coach John E. Tillitski
Clipping from Albany Herald (click to
by Frank Romeo
by Loran Smith (Class of 1960)
Athens - John E. Tillitski, of
Athens, died July 22, 2006. He was born in Canton, Ohio, son of
John E. and Helen Tillitski, and he was preceded in death by his
siblings Mildred, Mary, Rita and Robert. His sister Doris lives
in Canton. John graduated from St. John's High School lettering
four years in football and basketball. He served in World War II
in the Pacific Theater. John then lettered three years on an
athletic scholarship at the University of Georgia in football
and was honored to appear in Who's Who Among Students. He
completed a BS, M.Ed., and Ed.S. He was active in the UGA
Letterman's Club and served as vice president.
John coached football at Athens High School and then Albany High
School. John's 1959 Albany Indians won the State Football
Championship. He was then named Coach of the Year by Georgia
Athletic Coaches Association. Albany's mayor awarded Coach
Tillitski the Key to the City. John then returned to Athens and
coached football at the University of Georgia (1960-63). He was
a school administrator in the Clarke County School System until
his retirement (1964-1990).
John served as President of the Athens Kiwanis Club. He was a
member of St. Joseph 's Catholic Church and the University of
Georgia Catholic Center where he was in the Knight's of
Columbus. "Big John" was a fixture at the Athens YMCA.
John is survived by his wife Joan, their three sons and
families: Michael and wife Matilon, Alpharetta, and their twins
Michael and Melissa, Stephan and wife Jane, Athens, and their
children Jonathan & wife Suzi, Zech & wife Melinda, and
Laura-Jane & husband Martin Arkansas, Chris of Macon and his
children John-David, Catherine & Christopher. His four
great-grandchildren are Emma & Luke Tillitski and Emily & Eli
Calling hours are at Bernstein Funeral Home Tuesday, July 25,
7-9 p.m. A Mass of Celebration will be held at the University of
Georgia Catholic Center Wednesday, July 26 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Hospice House
Foundation in care of St. Mary's Hospital, 1230 Baxter Street,
Athens, GA 30606.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on
Olivia DuVall Beck
ALBANY — The graveside funeral service of Mrs. John J.
Beck (Olivia) of 3607 Old Dawson Rd., Albany, who passed
away of cancer on Saturday, November 26, 2005, was held
at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Morgan Baptist Church Cemetery
in Morgan. The service was conducted by her pastor, the
Rev. Tony Haefs of Gillionville Baptist Church, Albany,
GA. She was preceded in death by her husband, John
Jacques Beck in 1992.
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