Miscellaneous Pickens County, Alabama Obituaries - 2001

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Rebecca Boatman
Funeral services for Rebecca Boatman of Brooksville, Miss. were held Jan. 25 at Christian Hill M.B. Church with Pastor Bobby Bowen officiating.
She was a member of Christian Hill M.B. Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Walker Boatman, and daughter Mary Hendrix. She died Jan. 20 at the age of 91 at Noxubee General Hospital.
Survivors include her daughters Maude Graham, Fannie Ramsey, Macon, Miss., and Betty (Franklin Hughes), Brooksville, Miss; son-in-law Leroy Hendrix, Aliceville; 31 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers were grandsons and friends. 
Burial followed with Lavender Funeral Service directing.

Laura Brooke
Funeral services for Mary Laura Brooke of Aliceville were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at First Baptist Church of Aliceville with Rev. Jim Cooley officiating. 
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Aliceville, the Lillian Nelson Sunday School Class, the WMU, Sunshine Homemakers Club of Aliceville, the Tri Arts Club and the Historical Society. She was preceded in death by her husband William Billy P. Brooke; and father Troy R. Bishop. She died Jan. 26 at the age of 69 at her residence. 
Survivors include her son Keith Brooke, Birmingham; sister Ruth Davis, Tuscaloosa, and Alene Taylor, Reform; brothers Roger Bishop, Eddie Bishop and Elmore Bishop, all of Reform, Jimmy Bishop, Cecil Bishop and Murray Bishop, all of Tuscaloosa, and Walter Bishop, Cottondale; and mother Mattie Bishop, Reform.
Pallbearers were Tommy Blakney, Donny McKinzey, Ralph Brooke, Bob Brooke, Bruce Davis and Mark Davis. 
Burial was in Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Aliceville.

Myra Nell Edwards Herndon
Funeral services for Myra Nell Edwards Herndon of Murray, Ky. were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at Union Christian Church in Eutaw with Rev. Ken Lee officiating. 
She was a retired registered nurse with the Veterans Administration Hospital, Montgomery, for over 30 years. She was born in Flomaton. She was preceded in death by her sisters Elsie Heaton and Helen Callis. She died Jan. 25 at the age of 86 at Long Term Care, Murray Calloway County Hospital, Murray, Ky. 
Survivors include her sons Robert Bruce (Terry Ingram) Herndon, Birmingham, and Hugh Donald (Joyce Gould) Herndon, Murray, Ky.; brothers Wilton W. Edwards, Dayton, Ohio and Hugh T. Edwards, Lincoln, Ark.; sister Susan Snell, Pensacola, Fla.; grandchildren Scott Herndon, Matthew Herndon, Josh Herndon, Angela Herndon and Betsy and Ben Character; and one greatgrandchild Jonathan Luke Character. 
Burial was in the Union Christian Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union Christian Church, Betty Upchurch, Route 3, Box 259, Eutaw, AL 35462, or to Gideons International.

Willard E. Keasler
Funeral services for Willard E. Keasler of Reform were held at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Rogers and Rev. Clyde Stevens officiating. 
He attended Antioch Presbyterian Church, was a retired auto body mechanic and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He died Jan. 24 at the age of 81 at DCH Regional Medical Center. 
Survivors include his wife Catherine P. Keasler, Reform; niece Vickie Keasler, Griffen, Ga.; and nephews Marion Keasler, Mobile, Kenneth Keasler, Saraland, Terry Keasler, Satsuma, Ala. and Homer Keasler Jr., Selma. 
Pallbearers were Marion Keasler, Kenneth Keasler, Terry Keasler, Homer Keasler Jr., Arthur Potter Jr., Jimmy Potter, Chad Lowe and Ray Griffin.
Honorary pallbearers were Andy Wharton and employees of Adventure Chevrolet, Harwood Cooper, Eugene Potter, W. D. Pollen and army buddies and wives. 
Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 

Joan L. McDowell
Private family services for Joan L. McDowell of Fort Collins were held recently at her residence following her cremation.
She was born in Fort Lewis, Wash. She served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a nurse-captain. She married Larry McDowell in 1970. She lived in Fort Collins since 1978. She was a registered nurse working for Poudre Valley Hospital for 15 years and also for Hospice Home Care. She enjoyed sailing, gardening, traveling and have traveled by sailboat in the Caribbean and in Central America. She was preceded in death by her sister and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Mary McDowell. She died Jan. 5 at the age of 58. 
Survivors include her husband Larry McDowell, Fort Collins; sons Michael E. McDowell and John T. McDowell, both of Fort Collins; and one granddaughter. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Larimer County in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel. 

John Murphy Noland
Funeral services for John Murphy Noland of 864 Glen Echo Road were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Grady Pearson, Rev. Elliot Gray, Rev. Johnny House and Rev. Eddie Rodgers officiating.
He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church where he served as senior deacon and usher. He was Assistant Superintendent of the Pickens County Water Authority and a life long resident of Pickens County. He was a former employee of Huyck Felt Co. He was preceded in death by his parents Phillip Edgar and Euline Brazeal Noland. He died Jan. 18 at the age of 60 in Gordo on Hargrove Road at the Fair Trailer Park while working. 
Survivors include his sister Adene Noland, Carrollton; brother Phillip Noland, Carrollton; and several cousins. 
Pallbearers were Robert Sellers, Donny Noland, Luther Noland, James Bridges, Herbert House, Thomas Keasler, Donald Richardson and Kelly Adams.
Honorary pallbearers were employees of Pickens County Water Authority, former employees of Huyck Felt Company, Larry Adams and Chalmers Noland. 
Burial was in Marvin Chapel Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Lula Mae Shores
Funeral services for Lula Mae Shores of Aliceville were held at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at Garden Baptist Church with Rev. Raymond Robertson officiating. 
She was a member of Garden Baptist Church, a seamstress and member of the VFW Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband Archie Shores. She died Jan. 26 at the age of 85 at Pickens County Medical Center. 
Survivors include her sisters, Leaunia Manning, Carrollton, Edna Fair, Gordo, Lois Ammons, Pickensville, and Mary (Hubert) Windle, Tuscaloosa; and brothers William (Mildred) Hayes, Aliceville, and Malcolm (Colleen) Hayes, Pinson. 
Pallbearers were Billy Hayes, Jody Hayes, Johnny Stephens, Freddie Ammons, Ken Hayes and Henry Trull.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Patel, and staff of Aliceville Manor Nursing Home. 
Burial was in Magnolia Memorial Gardens with StablerRobbins Funeral Home of Aliceville directing. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Garden Baptist Church. 

William J. Akin 
Funeral services for William Jordan Akin of Carrollton were held at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Dr. Vernon Blackburn and Bro. Billy Little officiating. 
He was a native of Carrollton and an Army veteran of World War II. He retired from the Pickens County Road Department with 30 years of service and from Standard Oil and Buchanan Lumber. He was founder and President of the Basinger Hunting Club. He died Oct. 10 at Northport Medical Center at the age of 74. 
Survivors include his wife Lorin Wright Akin, Carrollton; two daughters, Evelyn Akin McElroy and her husband Billy, Carrollton, and Ruth Akin Greer and her husband Ben, Birmingham; two sons, James William Akin and Robert Hugh Akin, both of Carrollton; one sister Alice Akin Cochrane, Carrollton; two grandsons, Andy and Bryan McElroy; and two great-grandsons, Andrew and Auston McElroy. 
Pallbearers were Miles Arnold, Don Campbell, Joe Pogue, Kenny Poole, Hillary Russell and Clay Sansing. 
Honorary pallbearers were Ervin Wright, F. L. Varnon, Marvin Tate, Paul Campbell, John Sutton, Murphy Ezelle, Millard Latham, Joe Bain, Olin Cummings, Richard Cummings, Marvin Pogue, Doug Goodman, Murray Perrigin, Morris Gray, Stephen Junkin, Gambro Healthcare-Northport, Dr. Dirk Berry and Dr. Richard Gurick. 
Burial was in Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery with Stabler-Robbins Funeral Home directing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery Fund in Sapps or to the Alabama Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 512, Birmingham, AL 35201. 

Ida Lee Conner 
Funeral services for Ida Lee Conner of Reform were held at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at Glen Echo Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Mullenix and Bro. Paul Sellers officiating. 
She was preceded in death by her son Leroy Morgan. She died Oct. 9 at Salem Nursing Home at the age of 78. 
Survivors include thee daughters, Nellie Acker, Carrollton, Mary Whitehead, Lake City, Tenn., and Elizabeth Nabors, Vidor, Tex.; one son Vernon Morgan, Columbus, Miss.; one brother Edward Lammers, Montgomery; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers were James Acker, Robert Acker, David Acker, John Lammers, Michael McDaniel and Scott Driver. 
Burial was in the church cemetery with StablerRobbins Funeral Home of Reform directing. 

Woodie Fleming 
Funeral services for Woodie Eugene Fleming of Kennedy were held at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Dowdle Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pat Schatzline and Bro. Kenneth Stough officiating. 
He was pastor at Pleasant Grove (Bump) Church in Gordo for 10 1/2 years and had worked for VCI in Fayette for 23 years. He died Oct. 10 at Fayette Medical Center at the age of 54. 
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Joan Fleming, Kennedy; two sons, Eric Fleming and his wife Veronica, Kennedy, and William Bradley Fleming, Kennedy; parents Laurice and Lavon Fleming, Kennedy; sister Jane Crowley and her husband Max, Belk; brother Albert Lee Fleming and his wife Patricia, Millport; children in the Lord, Billy Ray and Kelly Jones, Tuscaloosa; and two grandchildren, Trey and Canaan Fleming, Kennedy. 
Pallbearers were Earl Beams, Gary Kelly, Mike Banks, Brian Sullivan, Jerry Elmore and M. R. Cook. 
Burial was in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Dowdle Funeral Home directing. 

Mae Drew Mansell Hill 
Funeral services for Mae Drew Mansell Hill of Rt. 1 Reform were held at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the StablerRobbins Funeral Home Chapel in Reform with Bro. Joe Elmore officiating. 
She died Oct. 6 at her residence at the age of 80. 
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Kay Denney and her husband Jack, Meridian, Miss., and Brenda Joyce Boyd, Memphis, Tenn.; two sons, John Larry Mansell and his wife Judy, Gordo, and David O'Neal Mansell and his wife Sharon, Chattanooga, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers were Michael G. Davidson, Andrew O'Neal Mansell, John Christopher Davidson, Stephon Bower Price, John Larry Mansell II and Donald Forrest Hardy Jr. 
Burial was in Heritage Memorial Gardens with StablerRobbins Funeral Home of Reform directing. 

Wiley Frank Junkin 
Funeral services for Wiley Frank Junkin of Reform were held at 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Double Branch Baptist Church with Bro. Eugene Junkin and Bro. Ralph Smith officiating. 
He was a member and deacon of Double Branch Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife Gena Merle Junkin. He died Oct. 14 at the age of 83. 
Survivors include three children, Sybil Fulgham (George), Randolph Junkin (Bella) and Linda Bonner, all of Gordo; grandchildren Jeff Junkin, Scott Fulgham, Starla Fulgham, Gina Junkin, Colby Lane Junkin, Jason Bonner, all of Gordo, Steven Fulgham, Northport, and Lezlee Kyles, Carrollton; four greatgrandchildren, Jessica Fulgham, Erica Fulgham, Jesse Madden, and J. R. Kyles; one sister Willie Mae Hitt, Steens, Miss.; one sister-in-law Lorene Brown, Gordo; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers were Steve Fulgham, Scott Fulgham, Jeff Junkin Jason Bonner, Kenny Kyles and Clayton Bonner. Honorary pallbearers were friends and neighbors of Zion Community. 

Nellene Keasler 
Memorial services for Nellene Keasler of Reform were held at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Reform First Freewill Baptist Church with Dowdle Funeral Home directing. 
She was a native of Pickens County. She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church of Reform and worked at United Technology for 27 years. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and her brother J. D. Yearby. She died Oct. 8 at DCH Regional Medical Center at the age of 57. 
Survivors include her husband William Crayton Keasler, Reform; two daughters, Frederica Bishop, Columbus, Miss., and Cindy Walker, Reform; one son Chris Keasler, Reform; one foster daughter Kay Geer, Cape Cod, Mass.; three grandchildren, Colby Bishop, Chase Elmore and Myranda Keasler; one sister Jewel Keating, Silverhill; and one brother J. W. Yearby, Mobile. 

Samuel Lanier Jr.
Funeral services for Samuel Lanier Jr. of Silverdale, Wash. and formerly of Aliceville, were held at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church with Rev. W. A. Hinton officiating. 
He was a 1994 graduate of Aliceville High School and attended Shelton State Community College. He joined the U.S. Navy where he ranked as a third class machinist mate. He died Oct. 2 in Silverdale, Wash. at the age of 23. 
Survivors include his wife Maocir, Silverdale; one daughter Olivia Lanier, Silverdale; his parents, Samuel Lanier Sr. and Rebecca Lanier Jones, Aliceville; grandmother Mary Long Lanier, Cleveland, Ohio; motherin-law Barbara Riley, Houston, Tex.; step-grandmother Eula Lanier, Aliceville; three brothers, Ran-dolph Harris, Atlanta, Ga., Bobby, Las Vegas, Nev., and Antonio Lanier, Aliceville; three sisters, Michelle Tate and Latrece Hines, both of Aliceville, and Lytonya H Barnes, Las Vegas, Nev.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 
Members of the U.S. Navy served as pallbearers. 
Honorary pallbearers were Aliceville High School Class of 1994, Aliceville High School varsity football team and PTSO support group, and the VA Medical Center. 
Burial was in the church cemetery with Lavender Funeral Service directing. 

James Bradford Shaw 
Funeral services for James Bradford Shaw of Rt. 2 Reform were held at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Hughes and Bro. Kenneth Stough officiating. 
He was a native of Reform. He attended Bethlehem Baptist Church where he served as deacon. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He is retired from Westinghouse Electric after 30 years of service. He is preceded by his parents J.B. and Leona Shaw and a son Harold Shaw, Reform. He died Oct. 10 at his residence at the age of 72. 
Survivors include his wife Blanche Duncan Shaw, Reform; daughter Patti Noland, Reform; two sisters, Sybil Gilmore, Franklinton, La., and Christina Kelley, Reform; two brothers, Perry Shaw, Birmingham, and Maynard Shaw, Winterhaven, Fla. 
Pallbearers were Jim Brownlee, Roger Kelley, Ellis Turnipseed, Quinton Oglesby, Gerald McGahey and Alan Shaw. 
Burial was in Arbor Spring Cemetery with Dowdle Funeral Home directing.


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