Viewing will take place at Meadows' Funeral Home, 315 Madison Street, Albany, Georgia on Thursday, February 28, 2013 starting at 12:00 P.M.
The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Friday, March 1, 2013 at St. James Baptist Church, 144 MLK, Jr. Drive, Baconton, Georgia. Interment will follow in Oakview Cemetery, Martin Luther King Road, Camilla, Georgia.
Claudia was born June 6, 1964 in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia to Arthur Lee Garry, Jr., and the late Lula Mae Deriso Gary.
She was educated in the public school system of Sumter County, where she was a 1983 graduate of Sumter County High School, Americus, Georgia. She was a member of Greater Harvest Church of Camilla, Georgia where she served faithfully as choir director. She was employed with Target for many years until her health failed.
Survivors are a loving and devoted husband of 10 years, Jason Matthews, Camilla, Georgia; three children, Gregory Roberts, Atlanta, Georgia, Kendrick Roberts, Americus, Georgia and BeShawn Roberts all of Albany, Georgia; a loving father, Arthur Lee Garry, Jr., Leslie, Georgia; six grandchildren; Zhyquane Roberts, Jhykeria Roberts, Kaninauh Roberts, Ka’Narious Roberts all of Albany, Georgia, Ke’Nydria Roberts and Kenya Roberts both of Americus, Georgia; two brothers, Arthur James Gary, Sr. (Christina), Americus, Georgia and Samuel Garry, his fiancé, Ella Woodson, Baconton, Georgia; grandfather-in-law, Charles Matthews, Camilla, Georgia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Alicia Matthews, Atlanta, Georgia, Tameka Matthews Wesley (Johnny), Camilla, Georgia, Audrey Matthews Hill (Kinte‘), Waco, Texas, Cory Matthews, Atlanta, Georgia, Courtney Matthew, Camilla, Georgia, and Cedrick Vicks, Atlanta, Georgia; eighteen aunts and uncles; McArthur Deriso, Vickie Mae Mathis, Dorothy Fuller (Walter), Arthur Deriso (Betty) all of DeSoto, Georgia, Floyd Deriso (Georgia), Leslie, Georgia, Bertha Mae Ray (Charles), Cordele, Georgia, Will Garry, New York City, New York, Mary Lizzie Garry, Charlie Garry, Dorothy Wilson, and Pearlie Deriso all of Americus, Georgia, Marvalene Foster, Jonathan Matthew both of Atlanta, Georgia, Lillie Pearl Johnson, Charlene Gardner, both of Camilla, Georgia, Robert Miller, Albany, Georgia, Rose Matthew Thomas (Anthony), Virginia and Antionette Lewis (Roger) Titusville Florida; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including one devoted, Apostle Jack Lane.
- Jerry & Cynthia Allen(Friday, March 01 13 11:50 pm EST)
May God lift your heavy burdens in your time of need. My prayers are with you.
- Uncle Arthur and Aunt Bettye Deriso(Thursday, February 28 13 11:32 pm EST)
Love and sympathy to Claudia's family. Through it all God will give you the strength to endure. Lean and depend on Him.
- DeLois Prince Wilson(Tuesday, February 26 13 09:50 pm EST)
"Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4 May you find the comfort and strength in the one who is watching over you during your time of sorrow. With Smpathy
- SARA CLEMONS(Tuesday, February 26 13 04:12 pm EST)
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU IN YOUR TIME OF GRIEF.MAY YOUR MEMORIES BRING YOU COMFORT.I AM SURE [CLAUDIA] TOUCHED THE LIVES OF MANY PEOPLE AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED,BUT THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS CAN FIND COMFORT FROM THE SCRIPTURES TO DEAL WITH THEIR LOSS AT [JOHN 11;25].
MAY YOUR GRIEF BE TEMPORARY AS YOUR MEMORIES GIVE YOU COMFORT.[SENDING YOU THOUGHTS OF SYMPATHY AND SUPPORT]
- Pagie and Mae Belle Thomas(Tuesday, February 26 13 12:47 pm EST)
May God keep you strong as you mourn the transition of your loved one.
- Maurice & Janet Aldridge & Family(Tuesday, February 26 13 09:21 am EST)
To the Matthews, Gary, and Deriso family.
My prayers are with you in the time of sorrow. May God comfort you in this needed time.