Alverna Davis Fender, 79, of Albany went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Services honoring Mrs. Fender’s life will be held at Lakeside Baptist Church of Albany, Sunday July 17, at 3:00 PM with Pastor Andrew Kornegay officiating. Interment to follow in Leesburg Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2:00 PM.
Mrs. Fender was born in Lake City, Florida on March 19, 1943. She grew up in Homerville, Georgia where she met her husband of 60 years, Ivy Joe Fender. Shen then graduated from business school in Valdosta, Georgia; after moving to Albany, Mrs. Fender worked at a finance company. She was later employed as a church secretary and held other various jobs, but always made motherhood her primary role. She enjoyed giving to others, volunteering as a pink lady at Palmyra Hospital, and traveling, especially to the Smoky Mountains.
Mrs. Fender had a heart for missions, specifically those that ministered to children and the elderly. She taught children’s Sunday School, started Kid’s Club at Sunnyside Baptist Church, and participated in various ministries at area nursing homes and Malone Towers with her lifelong friends.
Survivors include her husband, Ivy, of Albany, her daughter, Melanie Pettit and son-in-law, Mike Pettit of Mary Esther, Florida, granddaughter, Allison Pettit of Waco, Texas, sister, Vernice Register of Homerville, Georgia, as well as many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Johnie Harvey Davis and Pearl Mae Shaw Davis, her sister, Irene Davis, and her brother, John Michael Davis.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Albany Rescue Mission or Samaritan’s Purse.