ALBANY -- Joan Carroll, 71, died Friday, October 12, 2012 at Douglasville Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 10:00 AM at Mathews Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Lanning officiating. Interment will be at 3:00 PM at Hazlehurst City Cemetery in Hazlehurst, GA.

Mrs. Carroll was a native of Hazlehurst, GA and a resident of Leesburg. She was retired from Carquest as an administrative assistant, Past President of VFW Post #2785 Women's Auxiliary and a member of Avalon United Methodist Church. Mrs. Carroll was preceded in death by her husband Herman Phoenix Carroll.

Survivors include a daughter, Rhonda Carroll Shemery, Worth Co., GA, a son, Craig Carroll, Harris Co., GA, a brother, Kelly Grace, Hazlehurst, GA, two sisters, Marilyn Gribble, Baxley, GA, Saralyn Stapleton (David), Hazlehurst, GA, and two grandchildren, Heather Shemery and Haley Shemery.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 P.M. until 8 P.M. at Mathews Funeral Home.

The family is at the residence of Rhonda Carroll Shemery, 1806 Porter's Corner Rd., Sylvester, GA.

Those desiring may make memorials to Avalon United Methodist Church 3108 Gillionville Road Albany, GA 31721.

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Mathews Funeral Home

Albany 229/435-5657