Miscellaneous Pickens County, Alabama Obituaries - 2001

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Julia Mae Cousette
Funeral services for Julia Mae Cousette of Aliceville were held at 12 noon April 11 at New Salem Baptist Church with Rev. W. A. Hinton officiating.
She was a native of Aliceville. She was a member of New Salem Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Cliff Cousette; and sons John Henry, Sam-mie Lee and Robert Earl Cousette. She died recently at the age of 89. 
Survivors include her daughter Sara Mae (Robert) Williams, Cleveland, Ohio; goddaughter Mary Jane McCaa, Aliceville; brothers Wil-lie (Geraldine) Manning, Birmingham, Tommy (Hat-tie) Cunningham and Tho-mas Cunningham, Bessemer, and Clement Richardson, Portland, Ore.; sisters Mag-gie Lean, Milwaukee, Wis., Lula Cunningham, Aliceville, Mary Hood, Lillie Cunningham, Burdie Allen, Mattie Cunningham and Addie Lee Cunningham, all of Bessemer; daughters-in-law Mary Frances Cousette, Aliceville, and Angie Cousette, Gordo; 29 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers were grandsons and deacons. 
Burial was in New Salem Cemetery with Lavender Funeral Services directing. 

Carol Sue Hall
Graveside services for Carol Sue Hall of Gordo were held at 11 a.m. April 10 at Elmore-Center Springs Cemetery with Rev. James F. Posey, Rev. George Fields and Rev. Ricky Mitchell officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 
She was preceded in death by her grandson Ricky St. John. She died April 8 at the age of 56 at DCH Regional Medical Center. 
Survivors include her husband Wayne Hall, Gordo; sons Ronnie (Debbie) St. John and Raymond St. John, Holman, Ala.; grandchildren Joey St. John, David St. John and Ronnie Lee St. John Jr.; and uncle Bill Gray, Berry. 
Pallbearers were David Williams, Clayborn Defoor, Billy Wayne Gray, Gary Dunn, Terry Pearson, Don Allen and Terry Boswell. 
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Isabell Oldshue, Dr. John Mantle, and friends and neighbors of the Kirk Community. 

Clara Swope Halstead
Graveside services for Clara Swope Halstead of Northport were held at 11 a.m. April 12 at Mitchell Cemetery in Pleasant Grove with Rev. Melvin Sutton officiating and Stabler-Robbins Funeral Home of Reform directing. 
She was a long time resident of Birmingham. She died April 10 at the age of 85 at Glen Haven Nursing Home. 
Survivors include her sisters Elizabeth Hoffman, Mobile, Ruth (Harry) Rives, Montgomery, and Elouise Hocutt, Jasper; brothers Sam (Pat) Archibald, Tuscaloosa, and Lewis "John" (Fannie) Archibald, Gordo. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons International. 

Rayford Hayes House
Funeral services for Rayford Hayes House of Reform were held at 11 a.m. April 12 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brannon Pinion officiating. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph David and Ethel Amelia Huff House. He died April 10 at the age of 57 at VA Hospital in Birmingham. 
Survivors include his daughters Alisha House (Rick) Jones, Morristown, Tenn., and Paula House, Tuscaloosa; sons James Mitchell House, Dallas, Tex. and Kendall Ray (Lori) House, Eufaula; brother Ralf (Beth) Douglas House, Hattisburg, Miss.; grandchildren Houston and Savannah House, Eufaula, Morgan and Christian Jones, Morristown, Tenn. and Sydney House, Tuscaloosa; niece Nona House, Hattisburg, Miss., and nephew Derrick House, Kansas City, Kan. 
Burial was in Graham Memorial Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 

Eula Lee Jones Howard
Funeral services for Eula Lee Jones Howard of Panola were held at 2 p.m. April 7 at Zion Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Howard officiating. 
She was a native of Panola. She was a member of Rome CME Church where she was active on the Usher's Board and the Refreshment Committee. She was preceded in death by her husband Alex Howard, Jr. She died recently at the age of 73. 
Survivors include her children Robert L. (Revanell) Taylor, Chicago, Lillie M. Williams, Shuqualak, Miss., Eloise (Melvin) Howard, Annie Howard, Maxine Howard and Clara Howard, all of Saginaw, Mich., Judith (Eddie) Bell, York, Gardner (Marilyn) Howard, Herman (Nellie) Howard and Minnie Howard, all of Panola; sister-in-law and dear friend Essie Howard, Birmingham; brothers-in-law John Samuels, Aliceville, John W. (Joann) Little, Fairfield, Jessie Rice, Birmingham and Willie C. Stewart, Gordo; 27 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers were nephews. 
Burial was in Salem AME Zion Church Cemetery with Lavender Funeral Service directing. 

Edna Earl Bailey
Funeral services for Edna Earl Bailey of Gordo were held at 10 a.m. May 7 at Gordo First United Methodist Church with Dr. Bill Etheridge and Rev. Rusty Tate officiating. 
She was the oldest living member of the Gordo First United Methodist Church where she held the longest membership of the church until her death. She was very active in her church and community activities. She was a life-long resident of Pickens County where she and her husband James were long-time merchants in Gordo. She also worked as a substitute teacher for the Gordo School System. She was preceded in death by her husband James Bailey. She died May 3 at the age of 88 at DCH Regional Medical Center. 
Survivors include her son Ken (Brenda P.) Bailey, Aliceville; brother Leland Cummins, Opp; grandchildren Chad (Hope) Bailey and Lance (Nichole) Bailey; great-grandchildren Newman Bailey, Parker Bailey and Carol Grace Bailey. 
Pallbearers were Larry Bailey, Jeff Campbell, Harold Davis, Jack Howell, Harold Moss and Max Wiginton. 
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. John Brandon, Bernice Wilson, Jackie Sanders, Kathy Washington, Nell Kirk and Home Health Care Employees of Pickens County. 
Burial was in Gordo City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spina Bifida Foundation; memorials may be sent to First National Bank of Central Alabama, PO Drawer Q, Aliceville, AL 35442. 

Edith M. Latham
Graveside services for Edith M. Latham of Demopolis were held at 2 p.m. May 5 at Fellowship Cemetery in Reform with Rev. Clyde Stevens officiating and Kidd-Robbins Funeral Directors of Demopolis directing. 
She was a native of Reform and a resident of Demopolis for many years. She was a retired nurses aide for Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Reform. She was preceded in death by her son James Thomas "J.T." Johnson; grandson James T. Johnson Jr.; great-grandson, Jeremy T. Johnson and brother James Gaston. She died May 3 at the age of 91 at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital. 
Survivors include her granddaughter Stephanie A. Johnson, Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandsons Owen H. (Cindy) Johnson, Fayetteville, Tenn. and Marvin A. "Buddy" Johnson, Demopolis; and three great-grandchildren.

Bill Nicely
Funeral services for Harold "Bill" Nicely of Carrollton were held at 2 p.m. April 30 at Carrollton First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Maxwell and Rev. Carl Long officiating. 
He was a member of Carrollton Baptist Church, a retired self-employed truck driver and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents Will and Pearl Lay Nicely. He died April 27 at the age of 69 at his residence. 
Survivors include his wife Gladys Nicely, Carrollton; daughters Rhonda (David) Tilley, Ethelsville and Tammy (Tim) Crews, Carrollton; sons Doug (Tabitha) Nicely, Ethelsville, Wayne (Pam) Nicely, Blaine, Tenn. and Jesse (Terri) Nicely, Luttrell, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren. 
Pallbearers were George Ballard, David Abston, Olan Clay, Paul Clay, Randy Schultz and Billy Wharton. 
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Lee Richardson, Dr. James Gentry Jr., Steve Skelton, Buddy Kirk and West Alabama Hospice. 
Burial was in Marvin Chapel Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Willie Turnipseed
Funeral services for Willie Turnipseed of Miami were held at 2 p.m. April 28 at Lavender Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. James C. Wright officiating. 
He was a native of Aliceville. He was a construction pipe layer and retired in 1978. He died April 24 at the age of 84 at Hampton Court Nursing Rehabilitation Nursing Center in Miami, Fla. 
Survivors include his daughters Jeanette Baldwin, Miami, and Bernice Turnipseed, Tampa; son Jacob Turnipseed, Dothan; daughter-in-law Georgia Turnipseed; sisters Lillie Pear Turnipseed, Reform, and Annie Summerville, Aliceville; grandchildren Derrell Speight, Linda Baldwin and Lester Baldwin Jr., all of Miami, Allena Attaway Plummer, New York, Stacey Turnipseed, Atlanta, and Derrick Turnipseed, Dothan; great-grandchildren Clarence, New York, Donell Speight, Atlanta, Donovan and Ashley Speight, Ambria Jeanette Baldwin and Quavon Zion Beckfork, all of Miami. 
Burial was in Mount Hebron Cemetery with Lavender Funeral Service directing. 

Stanley Hicks Jr. 
Graveside services for Stanley Hicks Jr. of Gordo were held at 11 a.m. July 10 at West Alabama Memorial Gardens with Rev. Chester Free officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 
He was a retired electrician for GenCorp with 29 years of service. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and served with the U.S. Coast Guard. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy Carol Hicks. He died July 8 at the age of 68 at his residence. 
Survivors include his daughters Kristy Harrison, Birmingham, and Kaye Murphy, Gordo; sons David Hicks and Brandon Hicks, both of Gordo; sisters Louise Thomas, Birmingham and Pat James, Seattle, Wash.; brothers Ralph Hicks, West Blocton, and Mike Hicks, Gordo; grandchildren Victoria Lyn Murphy, Austin Scott Murphy, Noah Jameson Murphy, Kathryn Heather Harrison and Jarrett Alexander Harrison. 
Honorary pallbearers were employees of Hospice of West Alabama and Dr. John Brandon and staff. 

Frank B. Mayers 
Funeral services for Frank B. Mayers of Aliceville were held at 10 a.m. July 11 at Aliceville First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Parker officiating. 
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Aliceville. He was a graduate of Auburn University and member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He was a veteran of World War II, owner and operator of Mayers Drug Store and a retired businessman and registered pharmacist. He was preceded in death by his wife Sarah Mack Mayers; brother Ricks Mayers Sr. and sister Helen Mayers. He died July 8 at the age of 85 at DCH Regional Medical Center. 
Survivors include his nephews Richard M. (Lanita) Mayers Sr. and Ricks (Judy) Mayers Jr.; niece Kathryn Mayers (George) Ferguson; great-nephews Ben Hydrick, Richard Mayers Jr., Brett Sullivan Mayers and Hunter Ferguson; great-nieces Amberley M. Holley, Laura Ashley Mayers and Katie Ferguson; step-daughter-in-law Doris Bagwell and step-grandchildren Wells Bozeman, Howard Bagwell and Frank Bagwell. 
Pallbearers were Mike Farmer, Erskine Jordan, Donnie McKinzey, Billy McKinzey, Milton Noland Jr. and Ganus Burkhalter. 
Honorary pallbearers were J. T. Wright, Jimmy McBride, Will Peebles, Verbon Atkins, Andy Wright, Wendell Parish, Delin Fuller, Bob Hudgins, John Russell, Everett Owens, Richard Knox, Sonny Collins, Sonny Sterling, J. R. Ball, Bill Lee, Jim Parker, Joel Barnhart, Euell Herring and Pep Johnston. 
Burial was in Millport City Cemetery with Stabler Robbins Funeral Directors of Aliceville directing. 

Somerville Park 
Graveside services for John Somerville Park of Aliceville were held at 10 a.m. July 13 at Franconia Cemetery with Rev. Tom Kay Jr. officiating and StablerRobbins Funeral Home of Aliceville directing.
He was a member of Aliceville First Presbyterian Church and Deacon Emeritus. He was a graduate of Aliceville High School and attended Marion Institute and the University of Alabama. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He was an Army Sergeant and a veteran of World War II. He worked most of his career with Valley Fertilizer Co. and International Mineral Corp. 
He was a life-long resident of Aliceville, an avid golfer and past president and member of Aliceville Rotary Club. He died July 11 at the age of 82 at Pickens County Medical Center. 
Survivors include his wife Ann P. Park; daughters Betsy Park Gray and Suzanne Park (Tom) Engel; sons James B. (Marilyn) Park and John S. Park Jr.; and grandchildren Carolyn Ann Park and Catie Park. 
Pallbearers were Edward Alston, Jack Somerville, Everett Owens, Henry Ware, Joe Horton, Mike Farmer, Tommy Russell and John Russell. 
Honorary pallbearers were Robert Hugh Kirksey and Max Perkins. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703. 

G. S. Spruill 
A memorial service celebration for G. S. Spruill of Reform will be held at 2 p.m. July 21 at First United Methodist Church of Reform.
He graduated from the University of Alabama with an AB Degree in 1929 and his masters in 1941. He worked as a teacher and principal at Pickens County High School in Reform. He was a former member and president of the Reform Rotary Club. He died July 8 at the age of 93 at Pickens County Medical Center. 
Survivors include his wife of 68 years Ophelia Shirley Spruill, Reform; daughter Gloria Spruill, Birmingham; son Don Spruill, Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren Elizabeth Spruill, Tuscaloosa and Margaret Spruill, Atlanta, Ga.; and sister-in-law Mildred Spruill, Liberty. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's of Central Alabama, 9 Office Park Drive, Mountainbrook, AL 35223, in his memory. 

Willie C. Stewart 
Funeral services for Willie C. Stewart of Gordo were held at 11 a.m. July 10 at Oak Grove CME Church with Rev. George W. Stewart officiating.
He was a member of Oak Grove CME Church in Gordo. He was preceded in death by his son R. D. Stewart; and sister-in-law Eula Howard. He died July 4 at the age of 99. 
Survivors include his sons Rev. Bobby (Kimberly) Howard, Donnie (Meritha) Stewart, Chris (Phyllis) Stewart and Anthony (Don-na) Stewart, all of Tuscaloosa, Willie (Wilma) Stewart Jr., Northport; Frankie (Jeno) Stewart, Oak Grove, Ky. and Theodis Turner, York; daughters Zellina Thomas, Birmingham, Diane Riggs and Janice Stewart, both of Gordo; and Linda (Anthony) Walker, Tuscaloosa; sister-in-law Essie Howard, Birmingham; brothers-in-law Willie Rice and John Wesley Little, both of Birmingham; 27 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers were Carlos Stewart, Derrick Walker, Chris Barnes, Eric Stewart, Jonathan Easterwood, Michael Walker, Corey Walker and Brandon Stewart. 
Honorary pallbearers were the staff of DCH, Northport ICU. 
Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery with Lavender Funeral Service directing. 

Margaret Stinson 
Funeral services for Margaret Stinson of Carrollton were held at 2 p.m. July 7 at Infant Baptist Church with Rev. Ezelle Simon officiating.
She was a member of Infant Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter and two brothers. She died July 3 at the age of 67 at Pickens County Medical Center. 
Survivors include her daughters Mary (Larry) Bonner, Killeen, Tex., and Sally Mae Binion, Carrollton; son Henry (Gale) Binion, New Iveria, La.; brother Bennie Stinson, Los Angeles, Cal.; sisters Hester Lang, Sara Watkins and Annie Louise Minor, all of Carrollton; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews. 
Burial was in Beebee Chapel Cemetery with Lavender Funeral Service directing. 

Bob Vaughn 
Funeral services for Robert Don "Bob" Vaughn of Gordo were held at 1 p.m. July 12 at Fellowship Baptist Church with Rev. Lindsey Watkins, Rev. Adam Homan, Rev. Jerry Robbins and Rev. Eugene Junkins officiating. 
He was a native of Monroe County, Miss. He retired from W. S. Newell Inc. of Montgomery and was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his mother Clarice Williams Vaughn; father Randolph Vaughn; brothers Alton Vaughn and Vernon Vaughn and granddaughter Jennifer Smith. He died July 9 at the age of 69 at his residence. 
Survivors include his wife of 47 years Eunice Champion Vaughn, Gordo; daughters Denise (Johnny) Smith, Darlene (Gary) Keasler and Doreen (David) Saxton, all of Gordo; son Don (Jenane) Vaughn, Gordo; sister Ann Skelton, Cottondale; brothers Tom Vaughn and Harold Vaughn, both of Samantha; grandchildren John and Robert Smith, Crystal and Amy Vaughn, Deanna, Brandon and Savannah Keasler and Bobby Saxton; great-granddaughter Madison Smith; and several nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers were Dennis Stokes, Roger Stokes, Brandon Keasler, Robert Smith, John Smith, Derrell Galbreath and Bobby Saxton. 
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Lee Richardson, Dr. Barry Darden, Medical Staff of PCMC, Dr. Shelby Sanford, Dr. Pamela Hughes, Staff of Southeast Cancer Care Center, Hospice of West Alabama (Patsy Skelton, RN), W. S. Newell Inc. Tire Shop customers and friends. 
Burial was in West Alabama Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 

Fred Benjamin Carroll
Graveside services for Fred Benjamin Carroll of Jackson, Miss. were held at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at Cedar Lawn Cemetery with Breeland Funeral Home directing. 
He was a native of Clanton. He lived in Jackson, Miss. since 1952 until he moved to Clinton Health and Rehabilitation Center in Clinton, Miss. in January 2001. He was a 1948 gradate of Aliceville High School. He become a Mason in 1953 in Aliceville. He was a member of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his son Floyd Carroll. He died Sept. 13 at the age of 71 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 
Survivors include his sons Fred Lloyd (Rebecca) Carroll, Vicksburg, Miss., and James Boyd (Claudia) Carroll, Schotten, Germany; brothers Howard N. (Carolyn) Carroll, Preston, and Herbert W. (Betty) Carroll, Plantersville, Miss.; sister Dorothy F. (Chester) McConnell, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; nieces Janet Carroll, Suzanne Whitney and Nina Carroll; nephews Randy Carroll and Danny Carroll; greatniece Claire Whitney; and aunts Iva Lee Ford, Jessie Mae Dykes and Esther Childers.

Otera Bonner Hester
Funeral services for Otera Bonner Hester of Reform were held at 11 a.m. Sept. 13 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chester Free officiating. 
She was a member of Coalfire Baptist Church, a retired employee of the Wolverine Cap Factory and a lifelong resident of Pickens County. She was preceded in death by her husband Daniel Webster Hester. She died Sept. 10 at the age of 91 at Salem Nursing and Rehab Center. 
Survivors include her daughter Virginia Dale Hester Hall, Reform; sons Samuel Elton (Joyce) Hester, Reform, and Elmer Veigh "Pete" Hester, Albuquerque, NM; sister Lenoit McCool, Reform; 10 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren. 
Pallbearers were Calvin Hall, Danny Hall, David McGarity, John McGarity, Ron Herrington and Eric Hester. 
Burial was in Arbor Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Cleo Manning
Funeral services for Cleo Manning of Ethelsville were held at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at Mineral Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Myers and Rev. James Posey officiating. 
He was a member of Reform Church of God, retired from production at Seminole Manufacturing Co. in Columbus, Miss. and a lifelong resident of Pickens County. He died Sept. 8 at the age of 76 at Pickens County Medical Center. 
Survivors include his wife Linnie Mae Manning, McShan. 
Pallbearers were Kenneth Pate, Leavern Pate, Scott Pate, Jason Bradshaw, Brent Bradshaw and Wayne Bradshaw. 
Honorary pallbearers were Joe Sanders, Gilbert Perrigin, Harold Heritage, Tootsie Jacobs and friends of the community. 
Burial was in Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Doris C. Melton
Private services for Doris C. Melton of Long Beach, Miss. were held recently, with burial following at Long Beach Cemetery and Riemann Funeral Home of Gulfport directing.
She was a native of Reform and was a 1951 graduate of Carrollton High School. She had lived in Long Beach since 1978. She was a librarian at the Long Beach City Library for 20 years. She was preceded in death by her parents Edward Coward and Mary Lee Coward. She died Sept. 6 in Gulfport at the age of 68.
Survivors include two sons, Mark Melton, Long Beach, and Gary Melton, Ladson, SC; daughter Susan Breazeale, Long Beach; four sisters, Virginia Perrigin, Reform, Vertrice Johnson, Climax Springs, Mo., Betty Oglesby, McShan, Edna Wright, Birmingham; and three grandchildren.
The family prefers memorials be made to the American Cancer Society at 417 Security Square, Gulfport, MS 39507.

Hubert Roy Mullenix
Funeral services for Hubert Roy Mullenix of Gordo were held at 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hershel Owen and Rev. Robert Pate officiating.
He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Gordo, a retired foreman with the Tuscaloosa County Road Department, and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by an infant son James Roy Mullenix; and a brother John W. Mullenix. He died Sept. 15 at Northport HospitalDCH at the age of 83.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Effie Mae Driver Mullenix, Gordo; one daughter Lucretia M. (James Roy) Jones, Buhl; one son Roy H. (Peggy) Mullenix, Gordo; four sisters, Ola Belle Smith and Catherine Shirley, both of Gordo, Mary E. Robinson, Mobile, and Emma J. (Tootsie) Ayers, Holt; four brothers, Floyd Mullenix, Echola, Clifton Mullenix and Searcy Mullenix, both of Gordo, and Fred Mullenix, Coker; grandchildren Tina M. Presley, Tammy M. (Bryan) Howell, Steve (Angie) Jones, Scott (Kelley) Jones, and Angela J. (Tony) Robertson; and 11 greatgrandchildren.
Pallbearers were Randall Mullenix, Kenneth Shirley, Gary Mullenix, Freddie Smith, Mike Shirley, Carl Mullenix, Harold Mullenix and Dennis Shirley.
Honorary pallbearers were members of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Gordo, friends of Echola and Elrod communities, and caretaker Sheila Matthews.
Burial was in Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Blanche F. Owings
Funeral services for Blanche F. Owings of Carrollton were held at 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at Carrollton Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Trull officiating. 
She was the oldest living member of Carrollton Baptist Church, where she attended for 79 years. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband William Francis Owings. She died Sept. 9 at the age of 94 at Sansing Country Home.
Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Robbie O. Sevier, Dottie O. Blackwell, Sally Davie and Catherine Erickson, all of Birmingham, Walter W. Curry and Winston Ferguson, both of Carrollton, Martha Langdon, Reform, William Walter Ferguson, San Juan, Cal. and Mitt Kilpatrick, Tupelo, Miss. 
Pallbearers were Joe Lewis, Clayton Cox Jr., Billy Acker, Bruce Howard, Buddy McDaniel, W. O. Kirk Jr., Clay Sansing and Marvin Kilpatrick. 
Burial as in Carrollton City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 

Clifton Elmore Sr.
Funeral services for Clifton Elmore Sr. of Gordo were held at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Gordo First Baptist Church with Rev. Farrell Cork and Rev. Pat Powell officiating.
He was a retired employee of Southern Natural Gas, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his brother Benjamin Elmore and an infant son Joseph Elmore. He died Nov. 15 at his residence at the age of 80.
Survivors include his wife Doris Floyd Elmore, Gordo; one daughter Teresa Wilson, Gordo; two sons, Lewis (Marilyn) Elmore and Charles (Robin) Elmore, all of Gordo; two sisters, Lucille Blakeney, Gordo, and Annie Elmore, Northport; two brothers, Marvin Elmore, Gordo, and Grady Elmore, Northport; four grandchildren, Jill Wilson, Daniel Wilson, Laurel Elmore, Carly Elmore, all of Gordo; and one greatgrandchild Megan Sullivan, Gordo.
Nephews served as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers were coworkers of Southern Natural Gas of Reform, Dr. William Hill, Dr. John Brandon and Hospice of West Alabama.
Burial was in the Gordo City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home directing.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of West Alabama.

Albert Harris
Funeral services for Albert Harris of Lewiston were held at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at Sarepta Primitive Baptist Church in Lewiston with Elder Andrew Chamber officiating.
He was a native of Lewiston. He was a member and deacon of New Sarepta Primitive Baptist Church and a member of Morrow Grove Lodge No. 800. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Nellie Harris and Essie P. Thompson; four brothers, Edmond Harris, James O. Harris, Nathan Harris and Jack Harris; and two sons, Virgil Rice and Druid Rice. He died Nov. 5 at the age of 83.
Survivors include his wife Minerva A. Harris; five sons, Albert Jr. (Sara) Harris, Tampa, Fla., Elbert (Rita) Harris, Brewster (Angela), both of Tuscaloosa, Charlie (Fannie) Harris, Atlanta, Ga., Eddie (Dorothy) Harris, Hal (Towanna) Harris, and Edmon Harris, all of Aliceville; eight daughters, Charlie B. Ware, New York, Pauline (Johnny) Hughes, Eutaw, Wauline Harris, Chicago, Ill., Annie J. Hudson, Albany, Ga., Grace (Ira) White, Mary Wilder, Opelia (Earnest) Summerville, and Wanda Harris, all of Aliceville, Alma (Lester) Wright, Virginia; one raised as his daughter, Tina Harris, Aliceville; two brothers, Charlie Harris and Herbert Harris, Buffalo, NY; three sisters, Mary Wilder, Eutaw, Louisa Bailey and Bertha Cornist, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; 50 grandchildren and a host of greatgrandchildren.
Sons and grandsons served as pallbearers.
Burial was in New Sarepta Cemetery with Lavender Funeral Service directing.

Jackie G. Junkin
Funeral services for Jackie G. Junkin were held Nov. 10 at Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton, Va.
He was a native of Aliceville and a graduate of Aliceville High School. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Alabama. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. 
Survivors include his wife Helen Dubois Junkin; two daughters, Mrs. Kevin Pascoe (Sara), Danbury, NH, and Jessie Dixon (Nancy), Bristow, Va.; one grandson Torin Dixon; two sisters, Mrs. M. L. Sullivan, Tuscaloosa, and Mrs. K. M. Hayes, Pinson; and one brother E. V. Junkin, Aliceville.
Burial was in the church cemetery with full military honors.

Lela L. Miller
Funeral services for Lela Ledbetter Miller of Gordo were held at 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at Hargrove United Methodist Church with Rev. Ronald Riffe and Rev. Lee Tippett officiating.
She was a native of Pickens County. She was a member and former Sunday school teacher at Hargrove United Methodist Church. She died Nov. 15 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa at the age of 94.
Survivors include her daughter Virginia (Joseph) Thomas, Gordo; stepdaughters Elsie Hicks and Annie Lou Rager, both of Gordo; stepsons Ed Miller, Carrollton, Charles Miller, Aliceville, Garnet Miller and Roger Dale Miller, both of Gordo; grandson Ricky (Evelyn) Lowe, Northport; greatgrandson Eric Lowe, Northport; and a number of stepgrandchildren.
Pallbearers were Lewis Lowe, Kenneth Thomas, Gail House, Ricky Swann, Jerry Chamblee and Ed Miller.
Burial was in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home directing.

Jenny Loree Nicholson
Funeral services for Jenny Loree Nicholson of Gordo were held at 11 a.m. Nov. 8 at Lower Side Church of Christ in Hanceville with Hanceville Funeral Home directing.
She died Nov. 3 at Pickens County Medical Center at the age of 30.
Survivors include her husband Eric Nicholson; daughter Jaycey Nicholson, Gordo; goddaughter Jasmine Falls, Tuscaloosa; mother Betty (Dean) McClung, Russellville; father Elwin Swann, Hanceville; sister Tracy (Jimmy) Looney; brother O’Neal (Rhonda) Swann, all of Hanceville; motherinlaw Betty Nicholson; fatherinlaw Raymond Nicholson; sistersinlaw Kris and Lynn Nicholson, all of Gordo; and brotherinlaw Rayford (Jackie) Nicholson, Reform.

Frances Shaw
Funeral services for Frances Shaw of Reform were held at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at Chandler Funeral Home with Jerry Robbins officiating.
She died Nov. 6 at DCH Regional Medical Center at the age of 66.
Burial was in Furnace Hill Cemetery in Vernon with Chandler Funeral Home directing.

James Snedecor Somerville
Graveside services for James Snedecor Somerville of Aliceville were held at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Oak GroveFranconia Cemetery in Aliceville with Memorial Funeral Home of Columbus, Miss. directing.
He was a native of Aliceville and was the seventh generation to reside in his ancestral home Ingleside. He was a graduate of Auburn University and served in the U.S. Army in France during World War II. He was a farmer and Postmaster of Aliceville until his retirement. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Aliceville. He died Nov. 15 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Dora May Somerville; daughters Mary Hughes Love, Roxbury, Conn., and Lena Elizabeth Summerville, Aliceville; niece Marya Rozowicz Ezelle, Columbus, Miss.; and grandchildren, Emily Estes Love, Claire Hughes Love, Gayle Snedecor Love and Frank Murphy Summerville.
Honorary pallbearers were sonsinlaw Tom Love and Hugh Summerville, nephew William N. Smith, David Drewry, Kevin Drewry, Mark Gilliam and the Hon. Robert Hugh Kirksey.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to the Oak GroveFranconia Cemetery or the Aliceville Public Library.

Mattie Hazel Birmingham
Funeral services for Mattie Hazel Birmingham of Gordo were held at 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at Antioch Baptist Church.
She died Dec. 16 at Salem Nursing Home at the age of 78.
Burial was in the church cemetery with Norwood Chapel of Fayette directing.

Lt. Col. Jonathan D. Briggs
and
Lillian Ruth Harper Briggs
Memorial services for Lt. Col. Jonathan D. Briggs and Lillian Ruth Harper Briggs of Jacksonville, Fla. were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 [2002]  at Stansel Baptist Church with Rev. Byron Davis officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 
They were preceded in death by their parents Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. Briggs and Mr. and Mrs. Lacy C. Harper; and grandson Richey Abbott. 
Survivors include their daughters Diane Abbott, Cleburn, Tex., Rebecca Weck, Suwanee, Ga. and Jean Gwynn, Jacksonville, Fla.; son Russell J. Briggs, Atlanta, Ga.; sister Margaret Malone, Reform; brother James Warren Harper, Huntsville; grandchildren Lacy Jones, Dallas, Tex., Dawn Martin, Cleburn, Tex., Jamie Weck and Jonathan Weck, both of Atlanta, Ga., and Cameron Gwynn and Elizabeth Smith, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; greatgrandchildren Keaton Jones, Chloe Smith, Benjamin Smith, Whitney Martin, Austin Martin and Gregory Martin; and several nieces and nephews. 

Amanda Driver
Funeral services for Amanda Leigh Driver of Gordo were held at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 [2002]  at ElmoreCenter Methodist Church with Rev. Melvin Mordecai and Rev. Wayne Blankenship officiating. 
She was a member of the ElmoreCenter United Methodist Church and a graduate of the Alabama School for the Blind in Talladega. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Sam Duckworth. She died Jan. 10 at the age of 25 at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham. 
Survivors include her sister Kelly (Jonathan) Pate, Gordo; parents Mike and Marilyn Driver, Gordo; grandparents Robert and Ronie Driver, Gordo, and Ruth Duckworth, Reform; and several aunts and uncles. 
Pallbearers were Ryan Elmore, Luke Elmore, Jamey Albright, Mitch Dyer, T. J. Duckworth, Brian Duckworth, Jeffrey Campbell, Wayne Cooper, Ken Elmore, Jimmy Fair and Sonny Byars. 
Burial was in West Alabama Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alabama School for the Blind, P.O. Box 698, Talladega, AL 35161, in memory of Amanda Driver. 

Elizabeth Pate Hagler
Graveside services for Elizabeth Pate Hagler of Reform were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 [2002]  at Arbor Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 
She was preceded in death by her husband Royal E. Hagler. She died Jan. 2 at the age of 83 at Pickens County Medical Center. 
Survivors include her son Allen Hagler, Gordo.

Annie Hazel Keasler
Funeral services for Annie Hazel Keasler of Ethelsville were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 [2002]  at Mineral Springs Baptist Church at Rev. Sid Lanier and Rev. Gaylord Brownlee officiating.
She was a native of Pickens County. She was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church and a retired employee of the company formerly known as American Bosch in Columbus, Miss. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Stokes and Willard Stillman; and two brothers, G. C. Wright and John Wright. She died Jan. 13 at Baptist Memorial HospitalGolden Triangle at the age of 79.
Survivors include her husband Hubert L. Keasler Sr., Ethelsville; one son Hubert (Virginia) Keasler Jr., Hattiesburg, Miss.; three brothers, Billy (Wilda) Wright, Columbus, Miss., Franklin Wright, Millport, and Thomas Wright, Dallas, Tex.; grandson Michael (Myra) Keasler, Starkville, Miss.; granddaughter Deena C. Keasler, Hattiesburg, Miss.; greatgrandson Jordan Keasler; and greatgranddaughters Mallory Keasler, both of Starkville, Miss.
Pallbearers were Dewayne St. John, Jimmy Wright, Jeff Wright, Harold Heritage, Marty Stillman and Maxie Stillman.
Honorary pallbearers were Lester Heritage, William “Doc” Cook, Henry Brownlee, Robert Moody and George Jacobs. 
Burial was in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Nevel McKinzey
Graveside services for Nevel Isbell McKinzey of Aliceville were held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8 [2002]  at Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Rev. David Parker officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. A memorial service followed at 11 a.m. at Aliceville First United Methodist Church.
She was a member of Aliceville First United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women and served on various church committees. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing bridge. She was preceded in death by her husband W.R. McKinzey Jr. She died Jan. 5 at the age of 87 at her residence. 
Survivors include her sons James A. "Jim" (Shirley) McKinzey, Tampa, Fla. and W.R. "Billy" (Johnie) McKinzey Jr. and Don P. (Marie) McKinzey, both of Aliceville; sisters Margaret I. Shipp, Boaz, Jo Bevis, Dothan, and Billie H. Welch, Chattanooga, Tenn.; brother Tom P. Isbell, Huntsville; six grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren. 
Pallbearers were nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Aliceville First United Methodist Church, Hospice of West Alabama or the American Cancer Society.

Johnny W. Prude
Funeral services for Johnny W. Prude of Carrollton were held at 1 p.m. Jan. 10 [2002]  at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Rev.  Kennedy Kirkland officiating. 
He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife Katie Lee Prude and his parents. He died Jan. 4 at the age of 55 at Pickens County Medical Center. 
Survivors include his devoted companion Lydia Wilder; daughters Johnnie (Robert) Byrd Jr. and Leola Wilder, both of Gordo; son Jimmy Prude, Carrollton; sister Evelyn Joyce Benton, Buffalo, NY; uncle I.V. (Annie) Prude, Carrollton; grandchildren Jimeshia and Jasmine Clark, Aliceville; and several nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers were friends and relatives. 
Honorary pallbearers were employees of Noland Lumber Company. 
Burial was in Community Cemetery with Lavender Funeral Service directing. 

Castella Sherrod
Funeral services for Castella Evyonne Sherrod of Ethelsville were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 [2002]  at St. John Baptist Church with Rev. David Simpson officiating. 
She was a member of St. John Baptist Church where she served as treasurer for the church and the St. John Missionary Society. She often provided the summary for the women's Sunday school class, and she was a member of the Ester Prayer Group. She was preceded in death by her husband James Edward Sherrod; children Joseph and Alvenia; and brothers Theodore and Otis. She died Jan. 3 at the age of 68. 
Survivors include her daughters Rita Faye Sherrod, Wichita, Kan., Jacqueline Ree Taylor and Mary Ann Sherrod, both of Pickensville; sons Ezelle Sherrod, Edward Sherrod and Robert Laderick Taylor, all of Pickensville and James (Pat) Farmer, Cleveland, Miss.; 10 grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; sisters Annie Steen Halcomb, Detroit, Mich., Thressa (Aaron) Harton and Fannie Mae (Daniel) Harton, both of Wichita, Kan. and Luvenue (William) Sherrod, Pickensville; brothers Lee Richardson and Joe (Olivia) Richardson, both of Detroit, Mich., and Arthur (Sylvia) Richardson, Ethelsville; sistersinlaw Mary Alma Richardson, Almarie Richardson and Georgia Mae Richardson; brothersinlaw Clarence (Sally) Sherrod Jr., Aliceville, Franklin Sherrod and Willie Sherrod, both of Pickensville; special friends Betty Sherrod, Fannie B. Dixon and Billie Spencer; and several nieces and nephews. 
Pallbearers were Cedric Gardner, Dean Sherrod, Robert Taylor, Henry Taggart, Michael Sherrod and Willie Sherrod. 
Honorary pallbearers were deacons of St. John Baptist Church. 
Burial was in St. John Baptist Church Cemetery with Lavender Funeral Service directing. 

Myria Spencer
Funeral services for Myria Spencer of Reform were held at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at Popular Springs AME Church in Reform.
She died Dec. 14 at Pickens County Medical Center at the age of 81.
Burial was in Popular Springs Cemetery with Reform Memorial Funeral Home directing.

Dot Watson
Funeral services for Dorothy (Dot) Watson of Kennedy were held at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 [2002] at the Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Elmore officiating.
She was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of the Palmetto community. She died Jan. 11 at her residence at the age of 80.
Survivors include her husband John Watson, Kennedy; one daughter Dorothy Faye (Don) Gardner, Haleyville; one son John Kenneth Holliman, Kennedy; one sister Elsie Ruth (Samuel D.) Spencer, Kennedy; Wanda (Randy) Hicks, Haleyville, Millie (Mike) Elkins, Laurel, Miss., Melinda (Melvin) Stillman, McCombs, Miss., Ronnie Holliman, Montgomery, John David Holiman, Atlanta, Ga., Frank Bonner and Jeff (Karen) Bonner, both of Haleyville, and Kenny (Ginger) Holliman, Kennedy; 13 greatgrandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Grandsons and grandsons-in-law served as pallbearers.
Burial was in Unity Grove Methodist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.



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