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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

January 5, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A well-known Albany businessman, who owned the first pro basketball team in South Georgia, was laid to rest Monday.  

Seventy-seven-year-old Jimmy Matthews died Saturday. In 1990, Matthews started the Albany Sharpshooters, one of the original teams of the Global Basketball League.

Matthews owned Insurance Management Services, and had also served as Chairman of the Albany Dougherty County Aviation Commission.

He was remembered as a dedicated family man, community leader and avid Georgia Bulldogs fan.

Former UGA Coaches Vince Dooley and Ray Goff were among the hundreds who attended Matthew's funeral Monday.

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