Miscellaneous Pickens County, Alabama Obituaries - 2000

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Ora Blakeney
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 nephews.

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 Blauvelt.
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 nephews.
Burial was in Frederick Loescher Veterans Cemetery.

Lucille Jones
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 Service directing.

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 Kilpatrick.
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 Home directing.

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.

Amy Clemmons
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 and uncles.
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 directing.
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.

Mose Hudgins
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 officiating.
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 of 85.
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.

Price Skelton
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 Lammons officiating.
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 directing.

James Washington
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 directing.

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 and nephews.
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 officiating.
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.

Jeroline Buckman
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 residence.
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 four great-grandchildren.
Burial was in Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home directing.

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 Finch officiating.
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 directing.

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.

"Bub" Tilley
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 directing.


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