ALBANY -- Bernell Elizabeth Yeomans Kirkland, 87, of 222 Kinchafoonee Creek Rd., Leesburg, GA died Thursday, February 9, 2012 at her residence. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. Chip Gresham and Rev. Bobby Moye will officiate. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Geneva, AL, Mrs. Kirkland had lived in Albany since 1948, moving from Esto, FL. She was a retired Office Clerk with The Federal-State Inspection Service and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Mrs. Kirkland was preceded in death by her husband, Carson Ray Kirkland and a son, Jerry Kirkland.

Survivors include a son, Tim Kirkland (Audra Burdick) of Leesburg, GA; a granddaughter, Leah Gillis (Michael) of Leesburg, GA; a grandson, Chris Kirkland of Leesburg, GA; a sister, Ruth Williams of Milton, FL; two great-granddaughters, Raven Gillis and Makayla Kirkland; two great-grandsons, Michael Alexander Gillis and Brendan Kirkland.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday at Mathews Funeral Home.

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Albany 229/435-5657