James Paul Booker
Graveside services for James Paul Booker of Aliceville were held at
2 p.m. May 10 at Franconia Cemetery with Bro. Mike Griffin officiating
and StablerRobbins Funeral Home of Aliceville directing.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jessie Lou Mulligan Booker. He
died May 8 at the age of 86 at Wiregrass Medical Center in Geneva, Ala.
Survivors include his daughters Peggy Booker Jones, Columbus, Miss., and
Joyce Westbrook, Geneva; son Charles Booker, Memphis, Tenn.; sister Carolyn
Gore, Birmingham; brother William Andrew Booker Jr., Decatur; six grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons.
James E. Hall Sr.
Funeral services for James E. Hall, Sr. of Reform were held at 2 p.m.
May 11 at Carrollton Baptist Church with Rev. Ben Styles officiating. He
was employed as a truck driver for TriCo Oil Co. in Reform. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Edward and Hazel Hall. He died May 8 at the age
of 57 at DCH Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife Linda P. Hall, Reform; daughters Laura H.
(Allen) Russell, Carrollton, Tammy Lishman, Reform, and Pam (Robert) Dobbs,
Hamilton, Miss.; son James E. Hall Jr., Gordo; sister Marilyn Barfield;
brothers Mack Davis, Kenneth Davis, Ricky Hall, Kenneth Hall and David
Hall; and 11 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Billy Jackson, James Hall, Jr., Allen Russell, Wayne
Sweat, Robert Dobbs and John Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers were Nathan
Pate and Kevin Sentell. Burial was in Graham Memorial Cemetery with Skelton
Funeral Home of Reform directing.
Thomas Ferrel Harris
Graveside services for Thomas Ferrel Harris of Pikeville, Ky. were
held at 3 p.m. May 9 at Cox Farm Estates with Thacker Memorial Funeral
Home of Pikeville directing.
He was a native of Pickens County. He was a member of First Baptist
Church of Pikeville. He was a professional race car driver with the American
Race Car Association and a self-employed coal operator. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Rev. Albert Thomas and Willie Jewel Lemons Harris.
He died May 7 at the age of 59 at Pikeville Methodist Hospital.
Survivors include his wife Bobbie Harris; son Charles Randall Salyers,
Cox Farm Estates; daughters Connie S. McPeek, Gallipolis, Ohio and Robbie
Lou Salyers, Lexington, Ky.; sisters Faye Heritage, McShan, Iva (Ben) Hudson,
and Dr. Sonya Puckett, both of Columbus, Ga., and Sue (Ted) Nairn, Prestonsburg,
Ky.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a special aunt
Ruby Lemons Kilgore, St. Louis, Mo.
A private burial service for Mabel Schmitz of Springfield, Mo. was
held recently in Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, with GormanScharpf
Funeral Home directing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J. R. and Maggie Sanders
of Aliceville, five brothers and a sister. She lives in Memphis, St. Louis,
Kansas City, Fort Smith, Ark., Thayer, Mo., and Armory, Miss. and moved
to Springfield in 1957. She died May 6 at the age of 98 at Manorcare Health
Services in Springfield.
Survivors include her husband Paul Schmitz; sons Paul and James; three
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Clarice S. Thaxton
Graveside services for Clarice S. Thaxton of Madison, Ala. were held
on May 9 at Hebron Baptist Church in Carrollton with Bro. John Sayre officiating.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charlie Thaxton; daughter
Carolyn Rodgers; and son Henry Thaxton. She died May 6 at the age of 93
at her residence.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Vaughn, Madison, and Irene
(Ronald) Watts, Dallas, Tex.; nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren,
two step-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild. They are Casey and
Lisa Vaughn with children Chelsey, Sarah, Hannah and Zachary, Lakeland,
Fla.; Dana Vaughn and his daughter Amanda, Madison, Ala.; Max and Jackie
Vaughn with sons Christopher and Nicholas, Charlotte, NC; Ruby Vaughn Farris
and Kent Farris and their children Toni and Dennis, Toney, Ala.; Henry
and Jennifer Vaughn, Madison, Ala.; Vanessa Harris Jaukin, Kansas City,
Mo.; Freda Harris Young and Tandy Young with children Justin and Tyler,
Reform; Delbert Harris and son Dillon, Northport; Wilton and Karen Harris
and daughter Rachel Harris, Plano, Tex.; Sherry Watts, Crystal Watts and
Valerie Hurtado, Dallas Tex.
Pallbearers were Henry Helmers, A. D. Yerby, Dennis Pugh, Donald Babb,
Thomas Noland and Mark Austell.
Miriam S. Wooten
Funeral services for Miriam S. Wooten of Gordo were held at 11 a.m.
May 10 at Gordo First United Methodist Church with Rev. Rusty Tate officiating.
She was a member of the Gordo First United Methodist Church. She was
an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, serving as a mail carrier for the
Gordo community. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Elizabeth
Sherrill. She died May 7 at the age of 56 at Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham.
Survivors include her daughters Kristi Charles, Birmingham, and Shannon
(Frank) Garner, Gordo; son Jeff (Jquan) Wooten, Russellville; and grandchildren
Mallory, Spencer and Meredith Wooten, all of Russellville, Jordan and Zackery
Parker, both of Tuscaloosa, and Kayla Dunn, Gordo.
Pallbearers were Marc Sherrill, Kyle Fife, Range Fife, Ganus Carroll,
Warren Corbin and Bobby Joe Sanders. Honorary pallbearers were the Gordo
Branch of the U.S. Post Office.
Burial was in Gordo City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform
Claudine G. Carroll
Funeral services for Claudine Gilliam Carroll of Carrollton were held
at 11 a.m. June 9 at West End Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Griffin officiating.
She was a member of West End Baptist Church and the Faithful Few Sunday
School Class. She was retired from Stevens Fashions/Country Miss. She was
preceded in death by her husband L. D. Carroll; mother Maggie Nell Gilliam;
father Renley Gilliam; and brother Nathan Gilliam. She died June 7 at the
age of 74 at Pickens County Medical Center.
Survivors include her daughters Nell (Sammie) Howard, Ginger (Pete)
Puckett, and Alice (Lonnie) Jones, all of Carrollton; son Robert (Kathy)
Earl Carroll, Carrollton; sisters Gladys (Jacki) Carroll and Etta Mae Jones,
both of Aliceville, and Mae Ola Nance, Pickensville; brothers Bobby Gilliam,
Aliceville, J. D. Gilliam, Gordo and Jimmy Gilliam, Pleasant Grove; grandchildren
Gwen Hall, Garner Howard, Patti Hagood, Wendy Barton, Tony Puckett, Bobbie
Puckett, Angel Yarbrough, Bob Carroll and Stacey Kyles; and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bob Carroll, Tony Puckett, Garner Howard, Michael
Hall, Jeffery Gilliam, Larry Jones, Terry Owens and Dennis Gilliam. Honorary
pallbearers were Dr. Dale Robbins and staff, the staff of the Pickens County
Medical Center and members of the Faithful Few Sunday School Class.
Burial was in Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of
Virgil W. Clemons Jr.
Graveside services for Virgil W. Clemons Jr. of Columbus, Ga. were
held at 11 a.m. June 5 at Main Post Cemetery in Fort Benning, Ga.
He was a veteran of Korea and Vietnam, and he retired from the U.S.
Army with more than 26 years of service. He was a member of the 187th Airborne
Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He received several military
awards including the Purple Heart with Three Oak Leaf Clusters. He was
a former manager of the Columbus, Ga. Pony Express. He died May 31 at the
age of 68 at his residence.
Survivors include his wife Patricia Holliday, Columbus, Ga.; sons Virgil
P. (Barbara) Clemmons and Michael A. Clemmons, both of Columbus, Ga.; daughter
Marilynn A. (Tim) Light, Alexandria, Ohio; stepmother Beatrice Clemmons,
Pearl, Miss.; sisters Beverly, Cumming, Ga. and Jane, Pearl, Miss.; brothers
Bobby, Russellville, Jimmy, Spokane, Wash., Larry, Columbus, Miss., Tommy,
Carrollton, Ricky, Dallas, Ga. and Glenn, Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren
and 15 nieces and nephews.
Susie Mae Friday
Funeral services for Susie Mae Friday of Gordo were held at 2 p.m.
June 11 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Reynolds, Rev. L.
V. Jones and Rev. Rodney Bridges officiating.
She was a member of Brown's Chapel Church of God of Prophecy. She was
a retired employee of Westinghouse and a life long resident of Pickens
County. She was preceded in death by her husband Alton Brooks Friday and
infant son Edward Eugene Friday. She died June 9 at the age of 78 at her
Survivors include her daughter Carol Ann Friday, Moody; son Alton H.
Friday, Millport; sisters Notie Lee, Gordo, Geneva Strickland, Alma Presnall
and Bonnie Strickland, all of Northport, Peggy Wise, Clanton, Frances Young
and Mabel Kirk, both of Tuscaloosa; brother Paul Anderson, Tuscaloosa;
grandchildren Tami Henderson Winkelman, Brooks Henderson, Ellen Friday
Harrod and Donna Henderson Deakle; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were George Whitley, Oneal Lee, Ricky Lee, Stanley Lee,
Gary Anderson and Mitchell Anderson.
Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Brandy Elizabeth Foster
Funeral services for infant Brandy Elizabeth Foster were held at 2
p.m. on June 7 at Union Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Wes Jones officiating.
She died June 2.
Survivors include her parents, Randy and Sharon Criddle Foster, Ethelsville;
brother,Dusty Foster, Texas; and grandparents Jim and Cindy Foster, Millport,
and Lloyd and Beth Criddle, Columbus, Miss. Burial was in Union Chapel
Cemetery with Dowdle Funeral Home directing.
Viola Carden Hester
Funeral services for Viola Carden Hester of Conyers, Ga. were held
at 2 p.m. June 8 at Antioch Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kendall Hicks
and Rev. Bill Benson officiating.
She was the oldest living member of the Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian
Church. She was a retired employee of Beneke in Columbus, Miss. and a life
long resident of Pickens County. She was preceded in death by her husband
Roy C. Hester. She died June 5 at the age of 90 at Rockdale Hospital in
Survivors include her daughter Rebecca (Ray) Strickland, Conyers, Ga.;
son Levon (Jane) M. Hester, Henderson, NY; sister Jessie Lee McCoy, Columbus,
Miss.; grandchildren Debbie, David, Deena, Brent and Derrick; and nine
Pallbearers were nephews.
Burial was in Antioch Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral
Home of Reform directing.
Herbert Lee Patterson
Funeral services for Herbert Lee Pearson of Colorado Springs, Colo.
were held on May 28 at Hannah Church.
He retired as a sergeant first class from the U.S. Army after 20 years
of active service. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
He died Feb. 18 at the age of 73 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Survivors include
his wife Catherine Morgan; daughter Rene; stepsons Michael and Tommie;
stepdaughter Deborah; sisters Ruth Wilcox and Essie Pritchett; and seven
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hannah Church Cemetery
Fund, c/o Mack Fair, 277 Mack Fair Drive, Gordo, AL 35466.
Rev. Robert Leonard
Patterson Funeral services for Rev. Robert Leonard Patterson of Aliceville
were held at 2 p.m. June 3 at Garden of Eden Church of God in Christ with
Elder MacArthur Guyton Jr., officiating.
He was a native of Chicago, Ill. He worked in the gospel ministry for
25 years. He was preceded in death by his son Joey Andre and grandchild
LaQuesia Moneche Fowler. He died May 29 at the age of 56.
Survivors include nine children, Robert Michael, Robbie Michealle,
Jennifer, Patrick, Ieshia, Ishmael, Derrick, Eric and Leguiya; eight grandchildren,
Shamika, Robert, Brittany, Andrea, Jonika, Angela, Jamal and Keanna; brother
Willie (Jessie) J.; sisters Ann Hill, Della (Henry) Wells, Rosa Ivy and
Heidi (Robert) Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Garden of Eden deacons.
Burial was in Memorial Gardens with Lavender Funeral Service directing.
Graveside services for Ardelia Porter of White Oak, Tex. were held
at 10 a.m. on June 6 at Martin Cemetery.
She was a homemaker and a retired bookkeeper. She was a native of Aliceville.
She died June 5 at the age of 84.
Survivors include her husband Buford H. Porter; sons Billy (Pamela)
Latham and Bud (Annette) Latham; daughter Betty (Leon) McBride; stepchildren
Tommy Porter and Darlene Williams; a special stepgranddaughter Tammi DePaepe;
eight grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Carolyn Jean McCracken Russell of Aliceville
were held at 10 a.m. June 7 at Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery with Rev. Tom Kay
Jr. officiating and StablerRobbins Funeral Home of Aliceville directing.
She was preceded in death by her son Thomas Westley Russell. She died
June 5 at the age of 66 at Pickens County Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband William (Dusty) A. Russell, Aliceville;
daughters Kim Brelynn R. Leard and Kristal R. Bradford, both of Aliceville;
sons Richard A. Russell, Aliceville, and James Benjamin Russell, Dallas,
Tex.; sister Margaret Ball Clay, Aliceville; brothers Sam Hood Ball Jr.,
Savannah, Ga. and Benton C. McCracken, Aliceville; and grandchildren Jacob
Ray Jager, Michael Aaron Jager, Margaret Ellen Bradford and Burl Audie
Honorary pallbearers were deacons, elders and choir members of the
First Presbyterian Church of Aliceville.
Rev. Jimmie Spencer
Funeral services for Jimmie Lee Spencer of Aliceville were held at
1 p.m. June 3 at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Old Memphis with Rev. Napoleon
He was a native of Pickens County. He served a tour of duty during
World War II. He was affiliated with the following associations: Worshipful
Master, Barnes Pride Lodge, Number 932 for more than 40 years; Worthy Patron,
Wright's Beauty, Chapter 616, OES for more than 35 years; NAACP life member;
member, Panola Care Council; and board member of Panola Volunteer Fire
Department. He studied at the Birmingham Easonian Baptist Seminary and
the Stanford Bible Seminary.
He was preceded in death by his son Jimmie and daughter Anne. He died
May 30 at the age of 80 at the VA Hospital.
Survivors include his wife Ethel Garner Spencer, Aliceville; daughter
Mary Spencer (Reginald) Campbell, Livingston; grandchildren, Nynesia, Reginald
Jr., Ambre and Alysia; brothers Rev. J. B. Spencer, Aliceville, Johnny
G. Spencer, St. Louis, Mo., and Willie (Maggie) Spencer, Gary, Ind.; sisters
Laura Ann Spencer Howard, Memphis, Tenn. and Dollie (Jack) M. Spencer Jemison,
Kansas City, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were the Brothers of Barnes Pride Lodge, Number 932; other
Masonic brothers; officers of Cedar Grove, officers of Galilee, and officers
of Zion Valley. Honorary pallbearers were officers of the Northbound Bethlehem
Association, officers of the Lebanon District Association, and officers
of the New Era Progressive Baptist State Convention of Alabama.
Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery with Lavender Funeral Service directing.
Emma B. Amerson
Funeral services for Emma Bradley Amerson of Reform were held at 2
p.m. July 27 at First Baptist Church in Reform.
She died July 22 at Salem Nursing Home at the age of 82.
Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Reform Memorial Funeral Home directing.
Corine Elizabeth McJenkins Acker
Funeral services for Corine Elizabeth McJenkins Acker of Carrollton
were held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 1 at Glen Echo Freewill Baptist Church with
Rev. Gary Mullenix officiating.
She was a member of Glen Echo Freewill Baptist Church and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband Hugh B. Acker; daughter and son-in-law,
Thelma and Daniel Hill. She died July 30 at the age of 90 at Pickens County
Survivors include her daughter, Brinda (Joe) Jones, Carrollton; sons,
Ellis (Nell) Acker, Carrollton and Glenn (Cheryl) Acker, Tuscaloosa; sisters,
Pauline Harcrow and Gladys Noland, both of Carrollton and Eunice Goodman,
Northport; 20 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Joe Acker, Robert Acker, David Acker, Howard Hill,
Mike McDaniel, Scott Driver and James Acker.
Honorary pallbearers were the men of Glen Echo Freewill Baptist Church.
Burial was in Glen Echo Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton
Funeral Home of Reform directing.
Benjamin Scott Brasher
Graveside services for infant Benjamin Scott Brasher were held at 11
a.m. Aug. 5 at Mt. Moriah Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Roy
Plymon officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
He died Aug. 3 at DCH Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include his parents Tim and Karen Brasher, Gordo; grandparents
Searcy and Cherry Mullenix, Gordo, and Elex and Ann Brasher, Gordo; great-grandparents,
J. D. and Flora Shelby, Northport and Curtis and Doris Banks, Tuscaloosa;
and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Freewill Baptist Children's
Home, Eldridge, AL, c/o Mt. Moriah Freewill Baptist Church, 43 Heritage
Rd., Ethelsville, AL 35461.
Funeral services for James Henry "Buddy" Johnson of Aliceville were
held at 2 p.m. Aug. 1 at West End Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Griffin
and Bro. Jack House officiating.
He was a member of West End Baptist Church and a plant mechanic for
Aliceville Cotton Mill. He was preceded in death by his father John Henry
Johnson. He died July 29 at the age of 53 at DCH Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife Sandra Gale Johnson, Aliceville; daughters
Lee Lowe and Donna Johnson, both of Montgomery, Rikkie Johnson, Carrollton,
and Leah Johnson, Virginia; stepdaughter, Pam (Jerry) Morgan, Bailey, Miss.;
son John Johnson, Carrollton; stepsons Rod Prisock, Safford, Ariz. and
Thomas Prisock, Pearl, Miss.; two grandchildren; mother Etta Oree Johnson,
Aliceville; sisters, Midget (Wayne) Jones, Enterprise, Miss., and Beth
(Joe) Stewart, Aliceville; brothers, Tommy (Judy) Johnson and Ricky (Sarah)
Johnson, both of Aliceville.
Pallbearers were Roy Finch, Zane Evans, James Binion, Al Stewart, Robert
Earl Carroll and Wayne Hester.
Honorary pallbearers were John David Cochrane, Keith Johnson, James
Crowell, Dr. Givhan, staff of the Trauma ICU and ER at DCH Regional Medical
Center and the ER Staff of Pickens County Medical Center.
Burial was in Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Stabler-Robbins Funeral
Home of Aliceville directing.
Johnny B. Jones
Funeral services for Johnny B. Jones of Gordo were held at 1 p.m. Aug.
2 at First Baptist Church of Gordo with Rev. Cephus Dailey officiating.
He died July 28 at the age of 70 at DCH Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife Annie L. Jones, Gordo; sons Johnny (Annie)
Thomas, Gerald (Monica) Jones, Marcus (Carlotta) Jones, all of Tuscaloosa,
and Johnny (Lucinda) B. Jones, Columbus, Mo.; daughters Annie Mullens,
Jamaica, NY, Barbara (Larry) Guyton, Reform; Deborah Jones, Gordo, and
Adrienne Jones, Birmingham; father-in-law L. G. Blalock; 18 grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren; brothers Richard (Patsy) Jones and Sam Jones,
both of Gordo and David Jones, Tuscaloosa.
Burial was in Sand Hill Cemetery with Rollins' Mortuary directing.
W. M. Steele
Graveside services for William Martin "W. M." Steele of Pleasant Ridge
were held at 11 a.m. Aug. 5 at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery
with Rev. Tom Kay Sr. and Rev. Tom Kay Jr. officiating and Stabler-Robbins
Funeral Home of Aliceville directing.
He attended the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn. and graduated
in 1926 from Alabama Military Institute in Anniston. He attended the University
of Alabama and Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) where
he majored in agriculture. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian
Church. He was elected to the Greene County Commission in 1960 and later
filled an unexpired term in the Alabama Senate. He was preceded in death
by his son William M. Steele Jr.; sisters Christine S. Eatman and Crooks
S. Shriver; and brother James Laney Steele. He died Aug. 2 at the age of
Survivors include his wife Lilliam Steele, Pleasant Ridge; daughter
Patta A. Steele, Pleasant Ridge; grandsons William M. Steele III, Pleasant
Ridge, and Robert Brantly Steele, Tuscaloosa; granddaughter Dr. April L.
Steele, Lavonia, Ga.; great-grandsons, Will Steele, Zack Steele and Carey
Steele, all of Tuscaloosa; nephew Johnny Gray, Eutaw; and niece Scarlett
S. Parker, Aliceville.
Pallbearers were Gerald Tucker, Jim Park, Roscoe Harvell, Victor Poole,
Dr. William E. Hill Jr., Dennis Herndon, Fletcher deGraffenreid, Paul Campbell,
Sue S. Vance, John Brandon, Jerry Brandon, James Gay, Lendon McQueen, George
Abrams and Chip Beeker.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Palmer Home for Children
in Columbus, Miss., or Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund.
Luther A. Turnipseed
Funeral services for Luther Aaron Turnipseed of Aliceville were held
at 11 a.m. July 31 at Aliceville First United Methodist Church with Rev.
Dewayne McDuff and Rev. Leon Railey officiating.
He was a member of Aliceville First United Methodist Church. He was
an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and was the owner-operator of
Standard Service Station for 35 years. He was preceded in death by his
wife Anna Brooks Turnipseed. He died July 29 at the age of 83 at Sansing
Survivors include his daughter Barbara A. Cunningham, Ocean Springs,
Miss.; sister Frances Carroll, Hurtsboro; brothers Douglas Turnipseed,
Aliceville, and Lt. Col. J. D. Turnipseed, Bowling Green, Ky.; grandchildren
Candace Cunningham, Ocean Springs, Miss., Cheryl Crane, Birmingham, and
Teresa Smith, Atlanta; great-grandchildren, Parker and Mabry Crane, Birmingham,
and Shaler Smith, Atlanta.
Pallbearers were David Turnipseed, David Turnipseed Jr., Jim Turnipseed,
Richard Knox, Charlie Holliman and Edward Alston. Honorary pallbearers
were Will Peebles, James Somerville, Euell Herring and Somerville Park.
Burial was in Franconia Cemetery with Stabler-Robbins Funeral Home
of Aliceville directing.