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Hal Foster King of Leesburg, GA went to his Maker on February 28, 2013 at Willson Hospice House in Albany, Georgia.

Hal was born in 1922 in Cusseta, Georgia, and attended Georgia Tech and later 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 team.

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, family 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 long time.

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.



Beloved AHS English Teacher

   Frances Feagin, 86, of Americus, a resident of Magnolia Manor, formerly of Albany, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Phoebe Sumter Hospital.

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 in Americus.

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, Jennifer Powell.

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 Our Teachers for an article written by Ms. Feagin August 8, 2008!


Coach Robert "Big Bob" Fowler

October 1, 1932 - June 17, 2011

Mr. 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.

Mr. 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.



Billy Bragg

(English Teacher)


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Billy Bragg - English Forever!


  Nancy Castleberry Garrison (1957)

(English Teacher)

February 09, 1939  - May 29, 2004

Albany, GA


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.



Sue Woodall Murdock

(English Teacher/Guidance Counselor/Dance Instructor)

1928  - July 25, 2007

Albany, GA


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, 2007.

A memorial service will be held at her home, 710 Meadowlark Drive, Albany Ga. on Sunday, July 29th at 4:00 p.m.

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 - 1970.

February 16, 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

(Football Coach)




Clipping from Albany Herald (click to enlarge)

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 Arkansas.
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. www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 7/25/2006.


Catherine 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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