Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

December 16, 2005


The Cordele Dispatch

Gordon Martin Altrock

ATLANTA -- Graveside services for Gordon Martin Altrock will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2005 at Sunnyside Cemetery in Cordele.

Mr. Altrock died Tuesday morning, July 26, 2005.

Gordon was born in West Hartford, CT on February 13, 1923, and grew up in New England. As a teenager, he attended Principia Upper School in St. Louis. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy on a destroyer escort. During the war in Europe, his tour of duty took him on 16 trips across the Atlantic, as well as around the Mediterranean Ocean. After VE day, his destroyer escort was reassigned to the Pacific. The ship passed 500 miles from Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb was dropped in August of 1945. It was one of many wartime memories he often shared with family and friends. After the war, his family relocated to Georgia, and Gordon moved to Atlanta to join his father's business, Modern Methods, Inc. He served as the purchasing agent, working along with his late brother, David Conley Altrock, through the 1950's. He later worked for the state of Georgia, and retired from the Department of Transportation in the late 1980s. Gordon was an avid reader, with an encyclopedic knowledge of many subjects. He was also well-versed in the long-lost art of telling anecdotes and stories. He loved dogs, and was a fixture for many years on Fama Drive, walking one of his retired racing greyhounds, sporting a vintage baseball cap, puffing his pipe, and sharing a word with passers-by, rain or shine. He was a great neighbor, and he will be missed. Gordon was a devoted husband and father, and was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen Tabor Altrock, and son, Douglas Currie Altrock.

He is survived by his sister, Marilyn Altrock Dietrichs; brother-in-law, Donal d Dietrichs of Alpharetta; nephews and wives, John and Carol Dietrichs, Mark and Jeanette Dietrichs, Paul and Linda Dietrichs, James E. and Maurine Dorsey, all of Atlanta; Glenn and Kay Dorsey, of Abbeville; and grand-nephews David Dietrichs, William Dietrichs, James E. "Jed" Dorsey and his wife, Angela, Tabor Dorsey and Eric Dorsey.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 2 p.m. until time to depart for the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Principia, 13201 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131, Attention: Gift Services.

Arrangements by Rainey Family Funeral Services, Cordele. Friends may register on-line at

Corrie Lee Luke Dennard

CORDELE -- Funeral services for Mrs. Corrie Lee Luke Dennard will be held at 2 p.m. today, July 29, 2005, in the sanctuary of the Allen Temple AME Church with the Rev. Gregory Homer officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery.

Mrs. Dennard died Friday, July 22, 2005.

Survivors include his children, Glora Jean (George) Dennis of East Point, Brenda Joyce McCoy of Morrow, Clisby A. Dennard of Cordele, Mike (Merita) Dennard Jr. of Lithonia, and Travis (Helen) Dennard of Atlanta; brothers-in-law, Toombs Dennard of Cordele and Robert Dennard of Springfield, Mass.; one sister-in-law, Bessis Dennard of Springfield, Mass.; grandchildren, Maurice L. Dennard, Jessica Dennard, both of Riverdale, Taco, Fabian and Ivy Dennard of the Netherlands, Jennifer Dennard and Yvette (Jamarr) Evans, both of Stockbridge, and Rafal McCoy of Greenville, Miss.; and great grandchildren, McKinley Dennard of Riverdale and Iyana Evans of Stockbridge.

The J.W. Williams Funeral Directors of Cordele and Vienna will be in charge of these arrangements.

Albert L. Brown, Jr.

COVINGTON, TENN. -- Graveside funeral services for Albert L. Brown Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2005, at the Lupo Cemetery in Dooly County.

He is survived by his wife, Effie Lou V. Brown; sons, Rodney (Mary) Brown, Keith Brown; daughter, Joy (Dale) Quesenberry; brother, C.W. Brown; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family may be contacted at the home of Lou V.'s sister, Thelma Blizzard of 30th Avenue East in Cordele.

Hughes and Wright Funeral Home will be in charge of these arrangements.

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