Graveside services for Ora Blakeney of Aliceville were held at 4 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Bro. Mike Griffin officiating
and Stabler-Robbins Funeral Home of Aliceville directing.
She was retired from the Southern Bell Telephone Company. She died
Sept. 29 at Sansing Country Home at the age of 81.
Survivors include her sisters Agnes Latham and Ruth Ricks, both of
Tuscaloosa; brothers M.B. Blakeney, Mobile, Floyd Blakeney, Selma, Boyd
Blakeney, Coker, and Loyd Blakeney, Aliceville; and a host of nieces and
Aaron A. Howard Jr.
A mass of Christian burial for Aaron A. Howard, Jr. of Blauvelt, NY
was held at 10 a.m. Aug. 16 at St. Catharine's Roman Catholic Church in
He was a native of Walker County and attended school in Reform. He
served in World War II and the Korean War on Navy destroyers. He was a
life member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a Fourth
Degree Knight at St. Dominic's Council of the Knights of Columbus and a
member of the Raymond Demeola Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He
worked for Consolidated Rail for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He was preceded
in death by his son David. He died Aug. 11 at the age of 78 at Nyack Hospital.
Survivors include his wife Elena Frances; son Andrew (Leslie), Mission
Viejo, Cal.; daughters Elene Marie, Pearl River, Judieann (Mark) Pereria,
Doylestown, Penn., and Jennifer, Orangeburg, NY; grandchildren James and
Cory, Mission Viejo, and Lindsey and Travis Pereira, Doylestown, Penn.;
sister Mildred (Deon) Pate, Birmingham; brothers James (Bernice) W. Howard,
Reform, and Bobby (Becky) F. Howard, Tuscaloosa; and several nieces and
Burial was in Frederick Loescher Veterans Cemetery.
Funeral services for Lucille Jones of Panola were held at 1 p.m. Sept.
23 at Lion Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Lockett officiating.
She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Vinesville, where
she was a member of Sunday School and the choir. She enjoyed writing poems.
She was preceded in death by her son Earl Edward Jones. She died recently
at the age of 98.
Survivors include her grandson Christopher Jones, Charleston, W.Va.;
brothers Rev. Cleveland (Norma) Jones, Anniston, Bro. Lell (Sara) Jones,
Birmingham and Bro. Earlie (Elvinie) Jones, Panola; sister-in-law Bertha
Jones, Birmingham; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were deacons, men of the church, and friends.
Burial was in the church cemetery with Lavender Funeral Service directing.
Willie Thomas Jones
Funeral services for Willie Thomas Jones of Aliceville were held at
2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Mount Hebron Baptist Church with Rev. Alton Hinton officiating.
He was a member of Salem Baptist Church where he served as a deacon
and a member of the Usher Board. He was a former employee of Huyck Felt
Co. for 31 years. He was currently employed as a custodian at Aliceville
Elementary School. He was preceded in death by his brother Willie B. Jones.
He died Sept. 18 at the age of 69 at Safe Haven Assisted Living Facility.
Survivors include his wife Elois B. Jones; sons Reginald (Brenda) Sr.
and Neovon (Shelia), both of Aliceville, and Kenneth, Wetumpka; four sisters;
four brothers; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Reginald Jones Sr., Michael Prude, Kenneth Jones,
Gerald Shirley, Neovon Jones and Nicholas Prude.
Burial was in St. John Baptist Church Cemetery with Lavender Funeral
Lola Dell Goodman Kilpatrick
Funeral services for Lola Dell Goodman Kilpatrick of Carrollton were
held at 11 a.m. Sept. 27 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Grady
Pearson and Rev. Steve Thomas officiating.
She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. She was preceded in death
by her husband Archie Stokes Kilpatrick; and sons O'Neal and Dennis Kilpatrick.
She died Sept. 24 at the age of 23 at her residence.
Survivors include her daughters Dollie Jones, Carrollton, Betty Schiafone,
Spartanburg, SC, Linda (Buddy) Pate, Tuscaloosa, and Faye (Ralph) Head,
Birmingham; sons Marvin (Marsha) Kilpatrick, Carrollton, and Tommy Kilpatrick,
Spartanburg, SC; sister Flora G. Burkhalter Jones, Carrollton; daughter-in-law
Helen G. Kilpatrick, Gordo; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; extended
family loved ones, Memosa and George Whitley; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were grandsons Marty Kilpatrick, Scott Sullivan, Johnny
Sullivan, Ben Jones, Mike Engberg, Tim Kilpatrick, Allen Beard, Gene Beard,
Jimmy Pate, Brian Pate, David Pate, Danny Head, Keith Kilpatrick and Matt
Burial was in Salem Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
Rufus Eugene Bryant
Funeral services for Rufus Eugene Bryant of Leesburg, Fla. were held
at 11 a.m. Oct. 4 at Beyers Funeral Home Chapel, Leesburg, with Pastor
Gary Folds officiating.
He was a native of Reform. He was a member of Main Street Baptist Church.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and participated in the Normandy Invasion in
WWII. He died Oct. 1 at the age of 80.
Survivors include his wife Mary A. Bryant, Leesburg; sons Craig (Lory)
Bryant, Lakeland, Fla., and Johnny (Karen) Bryant, Winter Garden, Fla.;
daughters Veda (Gary) Folds, Belle Glade, Fla., and Cynthia (Dewey) Smith,
Leesburg, Fla.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Burial was in Lakeside Memory Gardens, Eustis, Fla. with Beyers Funeral
Irene B. Clements
Graveside services for Irene Burgin Clements of Tuscaloosa were held
at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Graham Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Neil Nichols officiating
and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
She was a member of Reform First Baptist Church until she moved her
membership to First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa. She attended the University
of Alabama. She was a retired bookkeeper/accountant for Bill Wyatt Chevrolet
in Reform. She was preceded in death by her husband John Lester Clements;
and a daughter Wanda Clements. She died Oct. 6 at the age of 85 at DCH
Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include her daughter Ouida (Bob) Rabon, Tuscaloosa; sisters
Lillie Lou Pearson, Carrollton, and Margie Lang, Biloxi, Miss.; brother
William M. Burgin, Birmingham; two sisters-in-law Jewel Haynie, Carrollton,
and Peggy Clements, Indianola, Miss.; grandchildren Leslie Burgin Rabon,
Montgomery, and John Stuart Rabon, Tuscaloosa; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's, P.O. Box
1283, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403.
Funeral services for Amy Carol Clemmons of Gordo were held at 2 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Gordo First United Methodist Church with Rev. Rusty Tate and
Dr. Bill Etheridge and Tenza Housel officiating.
She was a member of Gordo First United Methodist Church and was active
in the church choir. She was a student at Shelton State Community College
and served as a counselor at Camp Sumatanga. She died Oct. 4 at her home
at the age of 23.
Survivors include her sisters Marcia (Ryan) Black, Reform; Patricia
(Jim) Shepard, Reform and Linda Clemmons, Tuscaloosa; parents William "Bill"
and Mary S. Clemmons, Gordo; four nieces; one nephew; and several aunts
Pallbearers were Torey Johnson, Bryan Hester, Steven Hester, Larry
Brownlee, Terry Brownlee, Michael Spruill, Paul Housel and Dale Lancaster.
Honorary pallbearers were Hospice of West Alabama, Dr. Wade Young,
Gordo Police Department, Pickens County Ambulance, Gordo First United Methodist
Church and community friends.
Burial was in Tabernacle Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of West Alabama
and the American Cancer Society.
Abe Hinton Sr.
Funeral services for Abe Hinton Sr. of Pickensville were held at 11
p.m. Oct. 7 at St. John Baptist Church with Rev. David Simpson officiating.
He was a native of Pickensville. He was preceded in death by his wife
Queen E. Hinton; and daughter Alice Dancy. He died Oct. 1 at the age of
92 at his residence.
Survivors include his sons Abe (Isabella) Hinton Jr., and Jessie (Claudette)
Hinton, both of Dayton, Ohio, Perry (Marion) Hinton, Atlanta, Joe (Annette)
Hinton, Pomona, Calif., Robert (Louise) E. Hinton and Bobby L. (Cleaster),
both of Pickensville, and Johnnie (Sandra) B. Hinton, Anniston; daughters
Dora L. Grice, Dayton, Ohio, Lovie (Charles) McKeathen, Louise Moree and
Mandy Hinton, all of Brooklyn, NY, and Queen E. (Eddie) Murphy and Savannah
Hinton, both of Pickensville; son-in-law Willie Dancy; sister Evelyn Wright;
sister-in-law Sallie Lawhorn; 48 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren;
and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were grandsons.
Burial was in St. John Cemetery with Lavender Funeral Service directing.
Funeral services for Mose Hudgins of Reform were held at 11 a.m. Sept.
29 at New Providence Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor George Clancy
He was retired from Reform Lumber Company. He was preceded in death
by his first wife Bertha Mae Latham Hudgins. He died Sept. 26 at the age
Survivors include his wife Ola Mae Hudgins; son Archie Lee (Mary) Hudgins,
Reform; daughters Virgie Lee Company and Willie Mae Hudgins, Westbury,
NY, Mozelle (JP) Dixon, Martha Diane (Donald) Dixon and Siesta Wells, all
of Reform; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Burial was in New Providence Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with
Reform Memorial Funeral Home directing.
Funeral services for Price Skelton of Millport were held at 2 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Dowdle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ray Aldridge and Rev. Steve
He was a member of Springhill Baptist Church and served as a deacon
at Bethlehem Baptist Church. He was a native of Pickens County. He was
a veteran of World War II, serving in Normandy, Central Europe, Rhineland
Ardennes and Northern France. He received a European African Middle Eastern
Service Medal with one Silver Star and an American Defense Service Medal
for Good Conduct. He was a retired timber buyer. He died Sept. 30 at the
age of 82.
Survivors include his wife Bertha Clemmons Skelton, Millport; daughter
Jean Seto, Columbus, Miss.; son Steve Skelton, Tuscaloosa; sisters Earline
Campbell and Mary Skelton, both of Reform, and Lucille Burks, Kennedy;
and grandchildren Renee and Stan Skelton, both of Tuscaloosa, and Grant
Seto, Columbus, Miss.
Pallbearers were Thomas Fields, Davis Shaw, Greg Turner, Stacy Palmer,
Billy Bolling and Keith Perrigin. Honorary pallbearers were Benson Shaw,
Clyde Cash, Billy Smith, Joyce Sullivan, Dr. Lee Richardson, Dr. Phillip
Walther, Springhill Community, employees of Twin States, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd
Clemmons, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Puckett and Mr. and Mrs. Ken Franke.
Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery with Dowdle Funeral Home of Millport
Funeral services for James Washington of Aliceville were held at 2
p.m. Oct. 6 at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church with Rev. John Billups officiating.
He was a native of North Carolina. He was a member of New Canaan Baptist
Church and retired from the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority. He
was preceded in death by his son Barry Washington. He died Oct. 29 at the
age of 56.
Survivors include his wife Emma Washington; son Darel (Linda) Washington,
Tuscaloosa; grandsons Darius, Timothy, Leandrew and Larry, all of Tuscaloosa;
brother Joseph Washington, New York; uncle Jessie Drakeford, North Carolina;
aunts Lilla Edwards, Brooklyn, NY, Susie Tucker Jackson, Charlotte, NC,
Mary Wilson, New Jersey, and Sally Simmons, Pennsylvania; brothers-in-law
Johnnie (Margaret) B. McCaa, Colorado Springs, Colo., Jim (Katie) McCaa
Jr. and Willie Earl (Beatrice) McCaa, Chicago; sisters-in-law Ida Mae (Felix)
Mohead, Irene (Willie) Taylor, Icie Woolridge and Dorothy (Hoover) Ann
Clark, Aliceville; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were his nephews.
Burial was in Magnolia Memorial Garden with Lavender Funeral Service
Joe Mack Wilder
Funeral services for Joe Mack Wilder of Gordo were held at 1 p.m. Sept.
30 at Oak Grove CME Church with Rev. Willie C. Jackson officiating.
He was a native of Gordo. He was preceded in death by his parents Mitchel
Wilder and Leola Walters. He died Sept. 25 at the age of 38.
Survivors include his brothers Mitchel Wilder Jr., Ellis Wilder, Tuscaloosa,
Jessie Wilder, Northport, Jerry Wilder, Ethelsville, Willie (LaShawn) Walters
and Calvin (Sabrina) Walters, both of Northport; sisters Sylvia (William)
Davis, Tuscaloosa, Lydia Wilder and Clara (John) Seay, both of Gordo, and
Betty (Eddie) Harris, Reform; five uncles; seven aunts; and several nieces
Pallbearers were brothers and cousins.
Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery with Wills' Funeral Services directing.
Wilburn Oscar Bridges
Funeral services for Wilburn Oscar Bridges of Gordo were held at 10
a.m. Nov. 25 at Sand Springs Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Sims officiating.
He was a member of Sand Springs Methodist Church. He was self-employed,
an Army veteran of World War II and a life-long resident of Pickens County.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lottie Sullivan Bridges; and son Kenneth
Bridges. He died Nov. 21 at age of 82 at Carraway Methodist Hospital.
Survivors include his son Roger (Amanda) Bridges, Gordo; sister Lois
Bailey, Gordo; brother Milton Bridges, Gordo; special daughters-in-law
Jean Bridges and Elaine Bridges; grandchildren Tracy (Bailey) Bridges,
Jennifer (David) DeSalvo, Debbie (Tommy) Howell, and Mark (Marsha) Bridges;
and great-grandchildren Tommy Howell, Cole Bridges and Devin DeSalvo.
Pallbearers were J. C. Bailey, Truman Bailey, Doug Bridges, Raiford
Bridges, Fred Johnson and Glendon Junkin.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. R. Doss Cleveland and Associates and
Nursing staff of CICU and CCU of Carraway Methodist Hospital.
Burial was in Memory Hill Gardens in Tuscaloosa with Skelton Funeral
Home of Reform directing.
Nell Powers Brockway
Funeral services for Nell Powers Brockway of Panola were held at 2
p.m. Nov. 24 at Panola United Methodist Church with Rev. Bobbye J. Hagler
She was a member of Panola United Methodist Church and a retired farmer.
She was preceded in death by her husband William Gray Brockway Jr.; and
daughter Bobbie Brockway Moore. She died Nov. 22 at the age of 84 at Pickens
County Medical Center.
Survivors include her daughters Betty Brockway Moore, Birmingham, and
Lucinda Brockway Cameron, Panola; brother Eames A. Powers, Lynchburg, Va.;
nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Clyde Marine, Bill Parker, Larry Gibson, Howard Kirk,
Tommy Rogers and Ed Long.
Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery in Panola with Skelton Funeral Home
of Reform directing.
Funeral services for Jeroline Buckman of Reform were held at 10 a.m.
Nov. 21 at Annunciation Catholic Church with Father Gerard Hurley officiating.
She was a native of Kentucky and a retired employee of Phillip Morris.
She was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Columbus, Miss. She
was preceded in death by a son Billy Gentleman; and brother Wesley Bledsoe.
She died Nov. 19 at the age of 69 at Pickens County Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband Joseph Buckman, Reform; daughter, Glenda
Adcock, Reform; sons John D. Gentleman, Louisville, Ky. and James Gentleman,
Reform; sisters Marie Cottrell, Litchville, Ky., and Myra Rowe, Louisville,
Ky.; brothers Ray Bledsoe, Cincinnati, Ohio, Gene Bledsoe, Louisville,
Ky., and Paul Bledsoe, Clarksville, Ind.; grandchildren Tracy Hardy and
Amy Gentleman, both of Reform, and Kristi Denner, Stacey Woodson, Jennifer
Atzinger and Natasha Corum, all of Louisville, Ky.; and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Larry Hardy, Joe Rowe, Michael Clyde, Jerome Mordecai,
Sam Smith and Jason Martin.
Burial was in Bethany Memorial Park, Louisville, Ky. with Skelton Funeral
Home of Reform directing.
Etta Oree Johnson
Funeral services for Etta Oree Johnson of Aliceville were held at 11
a.m. Nov. 24 at West End Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Griffin officiating.
She was a member of West End Baptist Church for 42 years and served
as President and member of Faith Few Sunday School Class. She was a retired
employee of Aliceville Cotton Mill after 22 years of service. She was preceded
in death by her husband John Henry Johnson; and a son Buddy Johnson. She
died Nov. 21 at the age of 74 at DCH in Tuscaloosa.
Survivors include her daughters Gloria "Midget" (Wayne) Jones, Enterprise,
Miss., and Beth (Joe) Stewart, Aliceville; son Tommy (Judy) Johnson and
Rick (Sarah) Johnson, both of Aliceville; brothers Joe (Edith) Cullum,
Enterprise, Miss., and Clyde (Hazel) Cullum, Irving, Tex.; 16 grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Billy Joe Reece, Charles Ashcraft, Huey Gilmore, Hugh
Harris, Jim McKnight and James Kimbrell.
Honorary pallbearers were Faith Few Sunday School Class of West End
Baptist Church, Pickens County Medical Center, Home Health Nurses and Staff,
deacons at West End Baptist Church, Evelyn Donaldson, Bessie Mansfield,
Eleanor Melton, and former co-workers of Aliceville Cotton Mill.
Burial was in Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Stabler-Robbins Funeral
Home of Aliceville directing.
The family will accept flowers, or donations may be made to West End
Baptist Church Building Fund, 130 Mobile Road, Aliceville, AL 35442.
Johnnie Parker McCool
Funeral services for Johnnie Parker McCool of Tallulah, La. were held
at 10 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home Chapel in Tallulah
with Rev. Richard Taylor officiating.
He was a native of Aliceville and a retired Army veteran. He was a
member of the Church of Christ. He died Nov. 17 at the age of 72 at his
Survivors include his sons Johnny McCool, Germany, and Ronnie and Michael
McCool, both of Vicksburg, Miss.; daughters Delaine Harris and Myra Johnson,
both of Tallulah, La., Karen Byrd, Delhi, La., and Terri Atkins, Vicksburg,
Miss.; brother Colie McCool, Warsaw, Ind.; sisters Mary Belle Watson and
Odell Herron, both of Warsaw, Ind., Louise Shellnut and Frances Christian,
both of Vernon, and Lucy Howard, Columbus, Miss.; 14 grandchildren; and
Burial was in Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Crothers-Glenwood Funeral
Eloise M. Speed
Funeral services for Eloise Miller Speed of Aliceville were held at
11 a.m. Nov. 27 at Aliceville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Arthur
She was a native of Marengo County. She graduated from Auburn University
in 1934 and became a school teacher for the Pickens County Board of Education
for 20 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Aliceville
and an avid bridge player. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold
Speed. She died Nov. 24 at the age of 87 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home.
Survivors include her daughters Sharon S. Condon, Sandra S. Kovacs
and Jeff Speed, all of Atlanta; sister Mamie M. Horn, Columbiana; brother
Edwin H. Miller, Anniston; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were James S. Kovacs, David M. Condon, Brian J. Lewis,
Jason S. Kovacs, Mike Farmer and Bob McCool.
Burial was in Old Bethany Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform
Johnnie Marlin Taylor
Funeral services for Johnnie Marlin Taylor of Pleasant Grove, Ala.
were held at 3 p.m. Nov. 26 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brannon
Pinion and Rev. Wyatt Rhone officiating.
He was a native of Reform where he resided until his recent move for
health reasons to Pleasant Grove. He was a member of the Reform First Baptist
Church, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a former sheriff's deputy, former insurance
manager and a retiree of the Pickens County Road Department. He died Nov.
22 at the age of 76 at Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Wilma Wyatt Taylor, Pleasant
Grove; daughter Tamara (Bill) Taylor Sapp, Pleasant Grove; son John (Marie)
F. Taylor, Bluff Park; and sister Marguerite O'Briant, Reform.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Taylor, Richard O'Briant, Gary Johnson, Phillip
Johnson, Richard Rhone and David Wyatt.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. William E. Hill, Dr. William A. Hill,
Dr. Gregory W. Natello, Dr. Larry E. Dye, and nurses and employees who
cared for him at Druid City Hospital, Bessemer Carraway Hospital and Brookwood
Hospital; and Felton Richardson, Security Officer at Brookwood.
Burial was in Graham Memorial Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home directing.
Funeral services for James Edward "Bub" Tilley of Gordo were held at
11 a.m. Nov. 22 at Gordo First Baptist Church with Bro. Marc Howard and
Bro. Johnye Horton officiating.
He was a member of Gordo First Baptist Church and the Gordo Masonic
Lodge No. 564. He died Nov. 20 at the age of 70 at DCH Regional Medical
Center. He was preceded in death by his brother Herbert Tilley.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Letha Dillard Tilley, Gordo;
daughter Charlotte (Dennis) Pugh, Reform; son James (Margaret) S. Tilley,
Gordo; grandchildren, Nikki (Jason) Mullenix, Justin (Mystie) Tilley, both
of Gordo, and Kristel Pugh, Reform; great-grandchildren, Colby Gaddy, Devin
Tilley and Cabel Mullenix, all of Gordo.
Pallbearers were Sid Tilley, Randy Dillard, Tim Dillard, Todd Dillard,
Ken Elmore, Donald Pritchett, Larry Sanders and Bert Stephens.
Honorary pallbearers were members of Gordo First Baptist Church, members
of the Central Alabama Christian Builders, Martha Stephens, Tina Kelley,
friends and neighbors of the Gordo Community, Dr. John Brandon, Dr. Chelly
Alexander, Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, Dr. John Ferguson, and the Early Morning
Coffee Drinkers at Bullets.
Burial was in Gordo City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform