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Pamela Gail Morris 
Funeral services for Pamela Gail Morris, 42, Marbury, will be held at Marbury Baptist Church on Thursday, March 23, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Tommy Roy officiating.
Burial will follow at Marbury Cemetery in Marbury.
Morris was born on May 30, 1957, in Montgomery, the daughter of Mary Merrell Rawlinson and the late Bryant Lee Rawlinson. She was a homemaker. She died on March 20, 2000, at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery. 
Survivors include her husband, William A. Morris, Jr., Marbury; one daughter, Tasha Gail Bryant, Marbury; her mother, Mary Merrell Rawlinson, Marbury; two brothers, Franklin Lee Rawlinson, Cooper, and Daniel Rawlinson, Marbury; and one sister, Sandra Rawlinson Cowen, Pike Road. 

Bernice W. Scott
Funeral services for Mrs. Bernice W. Scott, 89, of Jemison, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Center Hill Baptist Church in Jemison, with the Rev. William Short and the Rev. Thomas Hilyer officiating.
Burial will follow at Center Hill Baptist Cemetery, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Scott was born in Chilton County on Jan. 25, 1911 to the late William and Janie Nix Webb. She died on March 13, at Hatley Health Care in Clanton.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by two daughters, Doris Smith and Lucille Martin, both of Jemison; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great grandchildren.

Larkin Devan Davis, Jr.
Funeral services for Larkin Devan Davis, Jr., 76, Thorsby, were held at West End Baptist Church on Monday, March 27, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Tony Smitherman officiating.
Burial followed at Martin Memorial Cemetery in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Davis was born on in Laurel, Miss., on Aug. 20, 1923, the son of Juanita Davis and the late Larkin Devan Davis, Sr. He was retired as a space engineer in NASA. He died on March 25, 2000, at his residence. 
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn M. Davis, Thorsby, two daughters, Linda Branum, Virginia Beach, Va., and Judy Patterson, Thorsby; his mother, Juanita Davis, Harahan, La.; his sister, Elizabeth Kuss, Harahan, La.; and five grandchildren. 
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to West End Baptist Church, the American Cancer Society, or to SIFEAT.

John Alvin Cobb
Funeral services for John Alvin Cobb, 79, Clanton, were held at Walnut Creek Methodist Church on Sunday, March 26, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Tony Hughes officiating.
Burial followed at Walnut Creek United Methodist Cemetery in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing. 
Cobb was born on Aug. 21, 1920, in Blount County, the son of the late Alex Franklin and Carrie Cobb. He was a painter. He died on March 25, 2000 at his residence. 
Survivors include his wife, Bercha P. Cobb, Clanton; two daughters, Sue Handley, Clanton, and Chryl Paxton, Cleveland; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Persia Lessley Owens
Funeral services for Persia Lessley Owens, 91, Jemison, were held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Clanton on Sunday, March 26, 2000, at 3 p.m., with Rev. John W. Ellis officiating.
Burial followed at Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery in Jemison, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Owens was born on Aug. 3, 1908, in Talladega County, the daughter of the late James B. and Ollie Lessley. She was a lunchroom worker. She died on March 24, 2000, in Montevallo. 
Survivors include two sons, James Donald Owens, Gadsden, and Charles E. Owens, Jemison; two sisters, Estelle Pardue, Birmingham, and Mattie Paseur, Brownsboro; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert Owens.

Kelly Don Ellison
Funeral services for Kelly Don Ellison, 59, Clanton, were held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, March 26, 2000, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Braxton Baker officiating.
Burial followed at Mobile Veterans Cemetery in Mobile, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Ellison was born on July 10, 1940, in Chilton County, the son of Henry Lee and Vernice Ellison. He was employed in maintenance. He died on March 24, 2000, at his residence. 
Survivors include two sons, Keith Ellison, New Orleans, and Kevin Ellison, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; one daughter, Yolanda Rushing, Muscle Shoals; two brothers, Lewis Ellison, Augusta, Ga., and Ronnie Ellison, Jemison; three sisters, Verlyn Scucci, Branson, Mo., Betty Northcutt, Jemison, and Kay King, Thorsby; and six grandchildren.

Vivian T. Capps
Funeral services for Vivian T. Capps, 68, Clanton, was held on Monday, March 27, 2000, at 11 a.m. at Jemison First Baptist Church, with Rev. Ralph Jones, Rev. Chuck Bass, and Rev. Doug Powell officiating. 
Burial followed at Mars Hill Cemetery in Jemison, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Capps was born on May 23, 1931, the daughter of the late Adolphus and Paralee Taylor. She was an LPN. She died on March 25, 2000, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster. 
Survivors include her husband, John W. Capps, Clanton; one son, R.C. Crumpton, Jr., Fairburn, Ga.; three daughters, Sandra Boyd, Clanton, Linda Bracken, Thorsby, and Debra Lynne Smith, Columbiana; two step-sons, John Mitchell Capps, Prattville, and Horace Cook, Jemison; one step-daughter, Lessie Mae Gentry, Calera; two brothers, Noah Earl Smith and John A. Smith, both of Randolph; three sisters, Elsie R. Schmid, Clanton, Betty Sue Thomas, Randolph, and Jo Ellen Hughes, Klein, Texas; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Velma J. Thornton
Funeral services for Velma J. Thornton, 83, Clanton, will be held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ralph Jones and Rev. Tony Smitherman officiating.
Burial will follow at Chestnut Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Thornton was born on Dec. 26, 1916, in Chilton County, the daughter of the late J.B. and Susie Jones. She was a homemaker. She died on March 26, 2000, at her residence.
Survivors include her husband, James Smolon Thornton, Clanton; one son, Harold Thornton, Clanton; one daughter, Janice Wilson, Holtville; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Roger Ladon "Don" Burnett
Funeral services for Mr. Roger Ladon "Don" Burnett, 54, of Jemison will be held at 11 a.m. today at Martin Chapel, with the Rev. David Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Baptist No. 1 Cemetery, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Burnett was born on May 9, 1945 in Alabama to the late Lavern and Icye Blow Burnett. He died on March 28 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster.
He is survived by one son, Donald Burnett of Columbiana; one sister, Ann Payton of Jemison; one brother, Mike Bolton; and one grandson.

Perlie Mae Browder
Funeral services for Mrs. Perlie Mae Browder, 55, of Clanton were held on Thursday, March 24, at Union Baptist Church in Clanton, with the Rev. Melvin Hunter officiating. Interment followed at Agee Memorial Gardens, with Agee Brother's Funeral Home directing.
Browder was born on Nov. 8, 1944, to the late Grant and Arabell Caffe in Coosa County. She died at Chilton Medical Center in Clanton on March 17.
She is survived by one son, Eric Browder of Columbus, Ohio; one daughter, Charlotte Browder of Clanton; four brothers, Cleveland Caffee, Eugene Pearson, both of Clanton, Sylvester Caffee, Archie Caffee, both of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Mary Cook of Fairfield; and five grandchildren.

Leola Edwards Jones
Funeral services for Mrs. Leola Edwards Jones, 87, of Selma will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lee Strickland officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Creek Cemetery in Clanton, with Lawrence Funeral Home directing.
She is survived by two daughters, Cathryn Strickland, Teena Langston, both of Selma; three sisters, Ruby Hatchell, Minnie Killingsworth, both of Selma, Annie Pearl Williams of Clanton; two brothers, Wilbert Edwards of Verbena, Henry Earl Edwards of Selma, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Tim Wendell, Aubrey Latham, Billy Edwards, Pete Edwards, Todd Langston and Wilford Langston.

Mary Vermelle Lawrence
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Vermelle Lawrence, 89, of Lawley will be held at Liberty Freewill Baptist Church at 2 p.m. tomorrow, with the Rev. Wayne Bullard officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery, with Rocko's Funeral Home directing.
She is survived by two sons, Leland Lawrence of West Blocton, Kenny Lawrence of San Jose Calif.; three daughters, Shirley Honeycutt of Pelham, Janice Whetstone of Columbiana, Maybeline Crowe of Lawley, 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Daniel Lowery, Jimmy Crowe, Kevin Crowe, Donnie Lee, Curtis Carter, Henry Whetstone and Gary Lawrence. 

Jadie Emmail Ferguson
Funeral services for Mr. Jadie Emmail Ferguson, 84, of Jemison will be held tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at Martin Chapel, with the Rev. Charles Teague officiating. Burial will follow at Chilton Memorial Gardens, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Ferguson was born in Bibb County on Feb. 9, 1916, to the late Columbus Leon and Decie Ann Smitherman Ferguson. He died on March 28 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster.
He is survived by is widow, Earlene Ferguson of Jemison, two daughters, Peggy Slay of Chickasaw Sue Caton of Irvington; two sons-in-law, James Slay of Chickasaw; Marshall Caton of Irvington, one brother, Cecil Ferguson of Randolph; one sister, Gladys Smith of Randolph, nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Ollie Dean Connell
Funeral services for Ollie Dean Connell, 64, Clanton, will be held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Mitchell Connell and Rev. Lamar Davis officiating. 
Burial will follow at Martin Memorial Cemetery in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 4, 2000, from 5-8 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel.
Connell was born on March 28, 1936, in Alabama, the daughter of the late Albert And Ida Lou Chadwick. She was a homemaker. She died on April 3, 2000, at her residence. 
Survivors include one husband, Thomas C. Connell, Clanton; four daughters, Doris Moore and Rose Moore, both of Verbena, Katie Bruce, Mobile, and Peggy Castleberry, Clanton; one son, Allan Connell, Clanton; one sister, Louise Gothard, Jemison; one brother, Dudley Chadwick, Clanton; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Sue Ann Connell.

Donna Maria Smith
Funeral services for Donna Maria Smith, 40, Westover, will be held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Tony Smitherman officiating.
Burial will follow at Chilton Memorial Gardens, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Smith was born on July 1, 1959, in Montgomery, the daughter of Clara Sue Rooks and the late Robert L. Pike. She was a homemaker. She died on April 2, 2000, at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham. 
Survivors included two daughters, Crisie Davis and Amanda Smith, both of Westover; her mother, Clara Sue Rooks, Clanton; five sisters, Susan Dennison, Pelham, Bonnie Myrick and Bridget Sanders, both of Millbrook, Tammy Cleckler, Clanton, and Kathy Beard, Birmingham; two brothers, David Bone and Randy Rooks, both of Clanton; and her fiance, David Martin Morefield, Westover. 

Amy Sue Tunell
Funeral services for Amy Sue Tunell, 91, Florence, will be held at Union Grove Baptist Church on Friday, March 31, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Dale Peterson officiating. 
Burial will follow at Union Grove Baptist Cemetery in Jemison, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Tunell was born on Sept. 8, 1908, in Chilton County, the daughter of the late Allen Perry and Claudia Willis Robinson. She was a hairdresser. She died at Mitchell Hollingsworth Nursing Hill of Florence on March 28, 2000.
Survivors include one son, Dennis Tunell, Florence; two sisters, Edna Ellison, Jemison, and Winnie Kate Crammond, Auburn; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Clarence Velton Burnett, Jr.
Funeral services for Clarence Velton Burnett, Jr., 70, Clanton, will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Jim Shannon and Rev. Cletice Ingram officiating.
Burial will follow at Lime Springs Methodist Cemetery in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 31, 2000, from 5-8 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel. 
Burnett was born on Nov. 12, 1929, in Walker County, the son of the late Clarence V. and Bessie Mae Burnett. He was an accountant and dealt with income tax services. He died on March 29, 2000, at HealthSouth Medical Center in Birmingham.
Survivors include his wife, Emogene Burnett, Clanton; three sons, Thomas E. Burnett, James Rickey Burnett, Charles V. Burnett, all of Clanton; two daughters, Nelda Cleckler and Kimberly Burnett, both of Clanton; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Jamie Curtis Headley
Funeral services for Jamie Curtis Headley, 20, Clanton, will be held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, March 31, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Matt Hilyer officiating.
Burial will follow at Mineral Springs Baptist Church in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Headley was born in Shelby County on June 21, 1979. He was a carpenter's helper. He died on March 29, 2000, at 866 County Road 44 in a motorcycle accident. 
Survivors include his father, Allen Headley, Clanton; mother, Bonnie Headley, Clanton; mother, Sherry Edwards, Clanton; two brothers, Shannon Mims and Dusty Edwards, both of Clanton; two sisters, Christy Denise Cutright and Felisha Edwards, both of Clanton; one grandfather, Ted O. Headley, Clanton; one grandmother, Ethlene Wallace, Clanton; one great-grandfather, W.C. Stamps, Clanton; and one great-great grandparent, Della Stamps, Clanton; eight uncles; and eight aunts.

Lera Ethel Edwards
Graveside services for Lera Ethel Edwards, 93, Clanton, were held at Midway Memorial Gardens in Jemison on Friday, March 31, 2000, at 11:30 a.m., with Rev. J.W. Shaw officiating and Martin Funeral Home directing.
Edwards was born on April 6, 1906, in Chilton County, the daughter of the late Daniel and Elizabeth Patterson. She was formerly from Jemison and was a homemaker. She died on March 29, 2000, at Hatley Health Care in Clanton. 
Survivors include one daughter, Willodean E. Wright, Bloomington, Ill.; two sons, Edsel Edwards, Clanton, and Charles Edwards; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert R. Edwards. 

Eloise Boyd
Funeral services for Eloise Boyd, 71, Verbena, will be held at New Harmony Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Randal Mims officiating.
Burial will follow at New Harmony Cemetery in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Boyd was born on Aug. 1, 1928, in Alabama, the daughter of the late Henry F. and Temple Grier. She was a homemaker. She died on April 3, 2000, at Chilton Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband, Henry (Jack) Boyd, Verbena.

Emily Deann Wright
Graveside services for Emily Deann Wright, the infant child of Luke and Lisa Maria Wright of Thorsby, will be held at Thorsby Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Randy Gothard officiating and Martin Funeral Home directing.
The infant was born on and died on April 1, 2000, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster.
Survivors include her father, Luke Wright, Thorsby; her mother, Lisa Maria Wright, Thorsby; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Henderson of Thorsby, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Cooedy, Clanton, and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Wright, Maplesville; her great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Busby, Jemison, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Cooedy, Clanton, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Merchant, Baldwin County, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Causey, Baldwin County.

Flemie Thomas
Graveside services for Flemie Thomas, 92, Verbena, will be held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Clanton on Thursday, April 6, 2000, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Keith Edwards officiating.
Burial will be held at Chestnut Creek Baptist in Verbena, with Martin Funeral Home officiating.
Thomas was born on Aug. 13, 1907, in Autauga County, the son of the late Lewis Warren and Martha Driver Thomas. He was a carpenter. He died on April 3, 2000, in DCH Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. 
Survivors include his wife, Fannie Kelley Thomas, Verbena; three daughters, Ola T. Taylor, Verbena, Betty Russell, Montgomery, Dot Riley, Hoover; and seven grandchildren. 

Lillie Luedell Parrish
Graveside services for Lillie Luedell Parrish, 83, Clanton, will be held on Friday, April 7, 2000, at 11 a.m. at Martin Memorial Cemetery, with Dr. Larry Michael officiating and Martin Funeral Home directing.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 7, 2000, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel from 10-11 a.m.
Parrish was born on Mary 27, 1916, in Geneva County, the daughter of the late John William and Martha Hendrix Donaldson. She was a clerk. She died on April 5, 2000, at Hatley Health Care in Clanton. 
Survivors include two sisters, Willie Mae Milstead, Clanton, and Joyce Edwards, Deatsville; three brothers, Richard Donaldson, Robert Donaldson, and Johnny Donaldson, all of Montgomery; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl C. Parrish. 

Jennie Lou Hicks
Funeral services for Jennie Lou Hicks, 68, Clanton, will be held at West End Baptist Church on Friday, April 7, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Tony Smitherman, Rev. Ralph Esco, and Rev. Cecil O. Sewell officiating.
Burial will follow at Martin Memorial Cemetery in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Hicks was born on March 17, 1932, in Chilton County, the daughter of John Childress and Lila Mae Davenport Childress. She was a stenographer. She died on April 5, 2000, at her residence. 
Survivors include her husband, William Leon Hicks, Clanton; one daughter, Luann Hicks Williams, Prattville; and three grandsons. 

Donald Wayne Rhodes
Funeral services for Donald Wayne Rhodes, 55, Clanton, will be held on Friday, April 7, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Wendell Kelley and Rev. Robert Barnes officiating.
Burial will follow at Billingsley Cemetery, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Rhodes was born on Aug. 14, 1944, in Chilton County, the son of the late James and Grace Rhodes. He was a carpenter. He died on April 5, 2000, at Baptist East Medical Center in Montgomery. 
Survivors include his wife, Christine Rhodes, Clanton; two sons, Donny Wayne Rhodes and Kevin Ray Rhodes, both of Clanton; one daughter, Norma Jean Driver, Prattville; five brothers, Daniel Rhodes, Prattville, Edward Rhodes, Swannee, Ga., Terry Rhodes, Clanton, Roy Rhodes, Bessemer, and Bobby Rhodes, Daphne; six sisters, Ruby Silveroli, Huntington Beach, Calif., Elsie Mae Williams, Fayette, Brenda White, Clanton, Judy Wyatt and Mary Sue Cox, both of Jemison, and Sandy Dunn, Prattville; and five grandchildren. 

Louise Johnston Chambers
Funeral services for Louise Johnston Chambers, 91, Birmingham, will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Peggy Sanderford officiating.
Burial will follow at Pineview Memory Gardens in Selma, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Chambers was born on Nov. 10, 1908, in Alabama, the daughter of the late Thomas Avery and Frances Dora Johnston. She was a school teacher. She died on April 9, 2000, at Medical Center East in Birmingham.
Survivors include one daughter, Annie Laurie Middlebrooks, Birmingham; one sister, Oma Bearden, Woodstock; Carden Johnston, Birmingham; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bernadette Scott
Funeral services for Bernadette Scott, 49, Clanton, will be held at Liberty Hill Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Roland Davis officiating.
Burial will follow at Martin Memorial Cemetery in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Scott was born on Feb. 28, 1951, in Germany, the daughter of Horace R. Cleckler and the late Marianne W. Cleckler. She was a secretary. She died at Shelby Medical Center in Alabaster on April 8, 2000.
Survivors include her husband, Michael L. "Mickey" Scott, Clanton; three daughters, Misha Powell, Melisha Scott, Makesha Scott, all of Clanton; her father, Horace R. Cleckler, Clanton; two sisters, Antoinette Davison, Mobile, and Marianne Dennis, Clanton; and three brothers, Johnny Cleckler, Joseph Cleckler, and Michael Cleckler, all of Clanton. 

Allie D. Nobles
Funeral services for Allie D. Nobles, 80, Trussville, were held on Monday, April 10, 2000, at Kilgroe Funeral Home in Leeds.
Burial followed at Forest Crest Cemetery.
She died on Saturday, April 8, 2000.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Mitchell, New Orleans, La., Patty Burton, Greenwood, S.C., and Linda Crocker, Branchville; one son, Joe Nobles, Moody; one brother, Sonny Lovelady, Maplesville; two sisters, Billie Woods and Betty Deason, both of Selma, and Louise Ferguson, Maplesville; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Hollis M. Nichols
Funeral services for Hollis M. Nichols, 70, Plantersville, were held on Monday, April 10, 2000, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Hicks and Rev. Jeff Logan officiating.
Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Maplesville, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Nichols was born on Dec. 26, 1929, in Chilton County, the son of the late William Jackson and Lucy Ann Nichols. He was a minister. He died at his residence on April 8, 2000.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie W. Nichols, Plantersville; one son, Tony E. Nichols, Plantersville; three brothers, William K. Nichols, Montgomery, Thurston E. Nichols, Jones, and Willie J. Nichols, Jackson; four grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

Jessie Delene Horton
Graveside services for Jessie Delene Horton, 95, Verbena, were held at Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Clanton on Sunday, April 9, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev.
Donnie Messer officiating and Martin Funeral Home directing.
Horton was born on Aug. 9, 1904, in Alabama, the son of the late Joseph Alexander and Virginia Magnolia Logan. She was a homemaker. She died at her residence on April 8, 2000.
Survivors include her husband, John Henry Horton, Verbena; two daughters, Virginia Farley, Pleasant Grove, and Patricia Myers, Verbena; two sisters, Mazie Bavar,
Trussville, and Mary Joe Rasco, Jemison; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Winnie Mae Gore
Funeral services for Winnie Mae Gore, 68, Clanton, will be held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Tony Smitherman officiating. 
Burial followed at Martin Memorial Cemetery in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Gore was born on June 26, 1931, in Alabama, the daughter of Will J. and Alice Samantha Mims. She was a homemaker. She died on April 10, 2000, at her residence.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Earl Gore, Clanton; two daughters, Patricia Patterson and Debbie Howell, both of Clanton; one brother, Richard Mims, Jemison; one sister, Lorene Maddox, Thorsby; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Dixie Ann Williams
Funeral services for Dixie Ann Williams, 62, Maplesville, will be held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Clanton on Friday, April 14, 2000, at 10 a.m., with Rev. John Corey officiating. 
Burial will follow at Maplesville Cemetery, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Williams was born on May 16, 1937, in Chilton County, the daughter of the late Thomas Rex and Pearl Williams. She was a clerk. She was a member of the Maplesville Lion's Club and a member of Maplesville Baptist Church. She died on April 12, 2000, at her residence. 
Survivors include one special friend, Deborah Hatcher, Orville; two nephews; one niece; one great-nephew; and one great-great-nephew.

Otis Franklin Little
Funeral services for Otis Franklin Little, 81, Clanton, were held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel at Sunday, April 16, 2000, with Rev. Billy Cotton and Rev. Roland Davis officiating.
Burial followed at Martin Memorial Cemetery in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing. 
Little was born on Jan. 13, 1919, in Alabama, the son of the late John William and Rhoda Bell Little. He was the owner of a gas distributorship. He died at Chilton Medical Center in Clanton.
Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Little, Clanton; two sons, Hershell (Bobo) Little and Donald Little, both of Clanton; two daughters, Jeanette Mims and Joyce Popwell, both of Clanton; three brothers, James Rufus Little and Joe Miller Little, both of Deatsville, and Morris Little, Prattville; four sisters, Annie Lou Edwards, Clanton, Dora Rogers, Moundville, and Marion Nixon and Maree Solly, both of Deatsville; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Gertie Mae Adams Mitchell
Funeral services for Gertie Mae Adams Mitchell, 78, Clanton, were held on Monday, April 17, 2000, at Glad Tidings Church of God, with Rev. Harlan Harris, Rev. Dearl Lett, Rev. Robert Barnes officiating.
Burial followed at Sunshine Assembly of God Cemetery in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Mitchell was born on Nov. 14, 1921, in Alabama, the daughter of the late Elijah and Alice Headley. She was a waitress. She died on April 15, 2000, in Clanton. 
Survivors include four sons, Winston Adams, Wetumpka, and Wayne Adams, William L. Adams, and Jerry Adams, all of Clanton; one daughter, Euna Farris, Clanton; one sister, Louise Minor, Clanton; 19 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Lula E. Rhodes
Funeral services for Lula E. Rhodes, 97, Maplesville, will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m., with Rev. Wendell Kelley officiating.
Burial will follow at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Cemetery in Plantersville, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Visitation will be at Martin Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, April 18, 2000, from 5-8 p.m.
Rhodes was born on March 20, 1903, in Alabama, the daughter of the late Artie and Eliza Hicks. She was a homemaker. She died on April 17, 2000, at Chilton Medical Center in Clanton.
Survivors include one daughter, Gertrude Spigner, Maplesville; two sons, Bill Rhodes, Plantersville, and William D. Rhodes, Maplesville; one sister, Beulah Payton, Billingsley; 11 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. 

Manly Tommie
Funeral services for Manly Tommie, 75, were held on Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Brown Service Bessemer Chapel, with Rev. Harry Gulledge officiating.
Burial followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery, with Brown Service Bessemer directing.
Tommie was born on Sept. 28, 1924, in Bessemer. He grew up in McCalla, graduating from Bessemer High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for U.S. Steel Corp. in Fairfield in its Raw Materials Engineering Department as project engineer from 1953-1963, working in the designing, detailing, and assisting in installation of various material processing projects. 
He worked for the National Aeronautial and Space Administration in Huntsville as an aerospace engineer from 1963-1967, working in research and development of the high energy rate of forming exotic metals that were to be used in Saturn V Boosters designed to lift the moon rocket from the earth. 
Having developed a strong interest in foundry type work while at U.S. Steel and NASA, he worked at Jones Foundry Co. in Bessemer from 1967-1975. He and his wife, June Tommie, then started their own foundry in November 1975 in Thorsby, under the name of Tommie Corp., where he was serving as chairman and chief executive officer. 
Tommie served two terms on the Thorsby Town Council and was past president of the Chilton County Manufacturing Association. He was also a member of the Cast Metals Association and the American Foundryman's Society. He was an active member of Greystone Golf and Country Club, as well as Chace Lake Country Club.
He died on April 14, 2000. 
Survivors include his wife, June Tommie, Birmingham; one daughter, Peggy Franklin, Pelham; one son, John Tommie, Pelham; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one cousin.

Howard O. Bates, Sr.
Funeral services for Howard O. Bates, Sr., 73, California, formerly of Clanton, was held Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at the Agee Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles B. Jones officiating.
Burial was in Cross Road Baptist Church Cemetery in Verbena with Agee Brothers Funeral Home directing.
Bates was born on Feb. 26, 1927, to the late Constant T. Price and Mary L. Bates. He died on April 8, 2000, in California.
He is survived by a wife, Bernice Bates; two daughters, Dian Conner and Cheryl James; two sons, Howard O. Bates, Jr., and Michael Bates, all of California; one sister, Annie D. Gill, Clanton; two brothers, Allie S. Cottrell, Clanton, and Herbert Price, St. Louis, Mo.

Brandon Wayne Bryant
Funeral services for Brandon Wayne Bryant, age one, Billingsley, will be held at Unity Baptist Church on Friday, April 21, 2000, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Keith Edwards officiating.
Burial will follow at Chestnut Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Verbena, with Martin Funeral Home directing.
Visitation will be held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, April 20, 2000, from 5-8 p.m.
The baby was born on June 10, 1998, in Shelby County, the son of Richard and Wendy Bryant. He died at Children's Hospital on April 19, 2000.
Survivors include the father, Richard Bryant, Billingsley; his mother, Wendy Headley Bryant, Billingsley; one sister, Kaitlyn Bryant, Billingsley; one grandfather, Lake Headley, Clanton; two grandmothers, Brenda Loomis, Verbena, and Ruby Bryant, Clanton; one step-grandfather, Linwood Loomis, Verbena; three great-grandparents, Margaret Edwards and John Edwards, both of Verbena, and Virgil Headley, Clanton; and one great-great-grandparent, Readdie Mae Cox, Coffeeville.


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