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Unareed Burton Moore Harris
TUSCALOOSA - Mrs. Unareed Burton Moore Harris, age 86, of 4212 30th Place, died on Monday, January 8, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Plum Grove Baptist Church. Her son, Elder Dr. Terrell Harris, Jr., will officiate. Burial will follow in Hopewell Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Union with Van Hoose and Steele Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be today from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Her body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to funeral time.
Surviving relatives include nine children: Mrs. Fannie Mae (Houston) Chambers, Eutaw; Mrs. Hazel G. (John) Dunn; Mrs. Eva (Walter) Owens, Tuscaloosa; Elder Dr. Terrell (Pearl) Harris, Harvest, Ala.; Husain A. (Nur) Alim, Tuscaloosa; Dr. Trudier Harris, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Peter (Kim) Harris, Peoria, Ariz.; Eddie L. (Cheryl) Harris; Anna H. McCarthy, Tuscaloosa; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Burton, Tuscaloosa; twenty-seven grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the "Terrell and Unareed Harris Scholarship Fund," Office of Alumni Affairs, Stillman College, P.O. Box 1430, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401.

Kermit Hilt Harris
TUSCALOOSA - Kermit Hilt Harris, 89, of 418 30th St., died Jan. 10, 2001, at the VA Hospital in Birmingham. Services will be at Memory Chapel on Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. with Phil Boyles and John Mills officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation is tonight from 6-8 at the funeral home. Memory Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
Survivors include his wife, Victoria Bennett Harris, Tuscaloosa; daughter, Linda Morrison Mills (John) Birmingham; sons, Reggie Harris (Evelyn) and Joe Harris, Tuscaloosa; sister, Doris Halligan, Hueytown; grandchildren, Vicki Morrison Langston, Highland Home, Dawn Morrison Roper (Todd) Siler City, N.C., Tim Morrison, Matt Morrison, Birmingham, Michael Baygents (Kara) and Ross Harris, Tuscaloosa; and eight great-grandchildren. 
Mr. Harris was retired from B.F. Goodrich, a WW II veteran of Company C., 110th Infantry, 28th Division and saw action in the Battle of Huertgon Forrest. He was also a member of Holt Baptist Church, a past member of Holt Lions Club, an avid fan of all sports, especially football.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers are Daniel Bishop Sunday School Class and NGO Club of Holt Baptist Church and other members of Holt Baptist Church, also friends and neighbors of Holt and Southpark.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Holt Baptist Church building fund.

Clyde Freeman
FAYETTE - Clyde Freeman, 93, of 1035 Temple Ave. South, died Jan. 9, 2001, at his residence. Services will be at Nelson Funeral Home on Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Fayette City Cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 6-8 at the funeral home. Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette is directing. 

William Crowder
REFORM - William "Billy" Crowder, 63, of the Stansel Community, died Jan. 10, 2001, at Northport Medical Center. Services will be at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 6-8 at the funeral home. Skleton Funeral Home of Reform is directing.

Willie P. Carpenter
TUSCALOOSA - Ms. Willie P. Carpenter, 60, of 2721 37th Court, died Jan. 4, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at Pole Bridge Baptist Church on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. John E. Willis officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. Wills' Funeral Service, Inc. is directing.

Mary V. Bell
BOLIGEE - Mary V. Bell, 79, of the Tishabee community, died Jan. 2, 2001, at her residence. Services will be held at St. Matthew Baptist Church in Boligee on Saturday at noon. Burial will be at Taylor Place Cemetery. Larkin & Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis is directing.

Ellen Anderson
COTTONDALE - Ellen Anderson, 54, of 1500 Prude Mill Road, died Jan. 11, 2001, at her residence. Complete arrangements will be announced at a later time by Memory Chapel Funeral Home.

Yvonne Latham Young
TUSCALOOSA - Yvonne Latham Young, 61, died Jan. 27, 2001 at her residence. Services will be held at Kirk Funeral Homes Chapel of Greensboro on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with Brad Bridges officiating. Burial will be at Rosemont Cemetery in Uniontown. Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. Kirk Funeral Homes in Greensboro is directing.
She is survived by her daughter, Susie Tidmore (Michael) of Tuscaloosa; seven sisters, Wilma Rutledge of Uniontown, Dean Elliott (David) of Uniontown, Natha Duncan of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Jeanette McHaney (Max) of Shalimar, Fla., Merle Pigg (James) of Jackson, Miss., Clodean Fluker (David Jr.) of Uniontown, Shirlyn Sherridan (Ed) of Uniontown; two brothers, Brack Latham (Polley) of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Merdith Latham (Sarah) of Selma; mother, Ethel Latham of Uniontown; two grandchildren, Ashley McCaleb (Barry) of Tuscaloosa and Shelley Tidmore of Tuscaloosa; and one great-grandchild, Sara Howell of Abilene, Tex.
Pallbearers will be Lloyd Hannah, Bill Tate, Clyde Ballard, Kirk Latham, Terry Latham and Pete Hannah.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Albert White and Anna White, Alice Shook and the staff at Medical Associates of West Alabama.

Elizabeth Moore
NORTHPORT - Elizabeth Moore, 64, 1905 Hudson Bay Drive, died Jan. 28, 2001 at her residence. Services will be held at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home in Northport on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Memory Hill Gardens. Visitation is Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home of Northport is directing.

David Trent Minor
FAYETTE - David Trent Minor, 36, 2025 Pineview Circle NW, died Jan. 27, 2001 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at Nelson Funeral Home Chapel today at 11 a.m. with Bro. Clyde Stevens officiating. Burial will be at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette is directing.
He is survived by his wife, Lesha Miller Minor of Fayette; daughters, Sara Kathryn Minor of Fayette and Abbey Patricia Minor of Fayette; sisters, Lesia Minor Hanks of Foley and Kathie Minor Estes of Winfield; parents, Kathryn Benton Duboise of Fayette and David L. Minor of Winfield.
He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Adam Elliott, Richard Barnes, Mark Anderson, Joey Byars, Jammey Byars, Doc Roberson, Wayne Christian, Steve Minor, Brad Cunningham and Olin Cunningham.
Honorary pallbearers are the Fayette County High School football and baseball teams and Bevill State Community College.

Marie Watson Long
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Marie Watson Long, 66, died Jan. 27, 2001 at her residence in Memphis. Services will be held at Uniontown Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Rosemont Cemetery in Uniontown. Kidd-Robbins Funeral Directors is directing.

Agnes Hayes
BROOKWOOD - Agnes Hayes, 91, 15986 Hwy 216, died Jan. 28, 2001 at Estes North Nursing Home. Services will be held at Memory Chapel Funeral Home on Tuesday at noon with the Rev. Gary Youngblood officiating. Burial will be at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the chapel an hour prior to the service. Memory Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Oal Hayes.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Judy and Woody Smith of Cottondale, Bruce and Ann Hayes, and a special son, Brad Avery of Brookwood; grandchildren and their spouses, Lee Ann and Jackie Teat, Jill Hayes, Dell and Nickole Smith, Robert and Kim Smith, Tim and DeAnn Smith; great-grandchildren, Christopher Golden, Ashton Lee Golden, Andrew Smith, Tanner Teat, Jake Smith, Taylor Smith and Dustin Teat.
She was a member of the Brookwood United Methodist Church, and was active in the women's WSCS.
The honorary pallbearer is the Estes North Nursing Home staff.

Missouri M. Garrett Eddins
TUSCALOOSA - Funeral services for Missouri M. "Babydoll" Garrett Eddins will be at The New Life Baptist Church today at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Cedar Oak Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Van Hoose & Steele Funeral Home, which is directing, and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Pamela D. Banks
MOUNDVILLE - Pamela D. Banks, 38, 237 Riverview Beach Road, died Jan. 28, 2001 at UAB Hospital. Services will be held at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Memory Hill Gardens. Visitation is Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South is directing.

Joe Armstrong
SULLIGENT - Joe Armstrong, 70, died Jan. 28, 2001 at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory, Miss. Services will be held at Otts Funeral Home Chapel today at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in the Sulligent City Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent is directing.

Edward C. Wilson
TUSCALOOSA - Edward C. Wilson, 73, of 4537 47th Court East, died Jan. 28, 2001, at VA Medical Center. Services will be held at Beard Chapel/A.M.E. Zion on Saturday at noon with the Rev. Singrid Sander officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Oak Memorial Park. Visitation is today from noon until 7 p.m. Wills' Funeral Service, Inc. is directing.

J. Olene Townsend
TUSCALOOSA - J. Olene Townsend, 73, of 1203 27th Street, died Jan. 29, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at Heritage Chapel Funeral Home on Sunday at 3 p.m. with Ed Steelman officiating. Burial will be at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation is Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Heritage Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Hester T. Townsend, and her grandparents, Houston and Argie Hays.
She is survived by her daughters, Doris Weems (Larry) of Cottondale and Louann Butler of Northport; sons, Bill Townsend of Tuscaloosa and Glenn Townsend (Sharon) of Northport; sister, Catherine Turner of Warrior; brother, J.B. Hays of Hayden; grandchildren, Robin Townsend, Phillip Townsend, Paul Weems and Trent Townsend; great-grandchildren, Grant Townsend, Brooklyn Weems and Riley Weems.
Pallbearers will be Alford Rice, Mitchell Bagwell, Steve Hamner, Jim Turner, Johnny McDaniel and John Turner.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Richard Shamblin, DCH Cancer Clinic, Dr. Donald Scott, the seventh floor nurses of DCH, Rosedale Baptist Church, Rudy Martin and the employees of Estes Nursing Home.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to Glenn Haven Nursing Home.

Thelma Elizabeth Still Swann
TUSCALOOSA - Thelma Elizabeth Still Swann died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at Forest Manor Nursing Home. 
She is survived by her nieces, Martha Still Rogers (Tom) of Tuscaloosa and Bettye Still Smith (Joe) of Coventry, Conn.
Graveside services were held on Jan. 27 at Fairview Cemetery in Valley. 
Memorials are suggested to Fairfax First Christian Church, 302 Boulevard, Valley, AL 36854.

Lois Swann Smith
TUSCALOOSA - Lois Swann Smith, 72, was called to rest safely in the arms of our Savior on Jan. 29, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Graveside services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Memory Hill Gardens with Dr. Ken Chapman, the Rev. Ricky Swann and the Rev. Dennis Avery officiating. Memory Chapel Funeral Home is directing. 
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerome F. Smith, USNE 8, retired; and parents, the Rev. E.V. (Doc) and Elsie Kizziah Swann.
Survivors include brother, Howard Victor Swann; sister-in-law, Cynthia Little; brothers-in-law, Larry DeVone Smith and Leon Smith; niece, Vicki Avery; nephew, Ricky Swann; and other nieces and nephews by marriage. 
She had a BA degree in art. She was an artist and writer. She won awards in Canada, New York and Texas. She was also an art teacher and wrote for a paper in Newfoundland, Canada. She was affiliated with many clubs and organizations. She was presently a member of Victorious Life Church in Fosters, Ala. 
Honorary pallbearers are "Special Friends," Jim and Cindy Gillilland, the Rev. and Mrs. Benny Hayes, the Rev. AV and Helen Boyd, the Rev. Lonnie and Inez Carnegie, George and Melissa Fields, Maxine Clinton, Gene and Ann Kirk, Louise Daily, Willard Oglesby, Charles and Martha Nell Posey, Louise Wilson, all employees at Gambro Dialysis Center, and a host of relatives and friends. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Kidney Foundations or the Heart Association. 

Marvin Frederick Slagle 
GORDO - Marvin Frederick Slagle, 79, 8631 Hwy 159, died Jan. 29, 2001, at his residence. Complete arrangements will be announced at a later date by Skelton Funeral Home of Reform. 

Elizabeth Horne Moore
NORTHPORT - Elizabeth "Libby" Horne Moore, 64, 1905 Hudson Bay Drive, died Jan. 28, 2001, at her residence. Services will be at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. jimmy Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens. Visitation is tonight from 7-9 at the funeral home. Magnolia Chapel of Northport is directing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. "Billy" Moore, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.W. Horne. 
Survivors include her daughter, Janice E. Fraiser (Scott) of Atlanta; sons, Mike Moore (Cindy), Steve Moore and Don Moore, all of Northport; and grandchildren, Brandon Moore, Ashley Moore and Colton Moore.
Mrs. Moore dedicated her entire life to her family in so many ways. She had a special way of touching the lives of everyone around. She was loved by a lot of people and will be missed by all. 
Pallbearers will be Todd Moore, Bob Dyess, Jimmy Green, Fred Jones, Jeff Stewart and Ben Barnett. 
Honorary pallbearers are Hospice of West Alabama, employees of the Tuscaloosa Fire Dept., employees of Horne's Bar-B-Que, Skyland Boulevard Baptist Church, staff and doctors of the DCH Cancer Center.

Janie Claire Jones
NORTHPORT - Janie Claire Jones, 72, 2445 Meadow Lark Lane, died Jan. 28, 2001, at Estes North Nursing Home. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Memory Chapel Funeral Home. Complete funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by the funeral home.

Samuel Henry Harper
NORTHPORT - Samuel Henry Harper, 65, of 5321 Flat Woods Road, died Jan. 29, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at Heritage Chapel Funeral Home on Thursday at 10 a.m. with Mike Flowers and Dolan Davis Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8. Heritage Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
He is preceded in death by his father, Samuel Moses Harper.
He is survived by his wife of 44½ years, Faye I. Harper; mother, Sue May Harper; sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Mary Jean, Bruce and Kathy, and Bart and Tammy; grandchildren, Brant and Sam, Brittiany and Rachel, and Hunter and Savannah; sister, Mary E. Miller (Buddy).
Mr. Harper was born on Jan. 13, 1936, and raised in Northport. He worked with Church Plastering Co. for many years. He was co-owner of B&H Plastering and was a member of Flatwoods Baptist Church.
Mr. Harper, known as Sammy "Sambo," was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and a friend to many people. He can best be described as a fair and honest man who believed in doing what was right for his fellow man. He enjoyed his friends, working on his farm and spending time with his family. Family and friends can take comfort in the fact that he was called to service by his maker because he was needed elsewhere to make a difference in someone's life. He will be missed.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Northport Police Department, Northport Fire Department, other emergency personnel, Dr. Charles Gross, Dr. Robert Posey and the DCH Emergency Room personnel.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Brant Harper, Sam Harper and Hunter Harper, who will do a special walk behind the casket. Others include Alan Bean, Bud Bean, Clovis Box, Bobby Drummond, Billy McKnight and Billy Ballard.
Honorary pallbearers are the Sonny Aaron family, Josh Adkin family, Anabel Church family, Gillie Dockery family, Bertis Guy family, Dick Johnson family, Leon Mitchum family, A.D. Parker family, Jessie Pope family, Jeff Richardson family, Melvin Sellers family, Leonard Smith family, Jimmy Thompson family, Watt Watkins family, Alburn Wyatt family, Dr. Lance Hogan at Five Points Baptist, friends of the Flatwoods community and 42nd Street, Class of 1954 Tuscaloosa County High School, retired and active employees of BellSouth, Northport Police Department's special friends, Coffee Drinking & Mall Walking Buddies, and other special friends and acquaintances of "Sambo."
In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcomed to Flatwoods Baptist Church.

E. Alan Gustin
MERIDIAN, Miss. - E. Alan Gustin, died Jan. 28, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Barham Chapel, Meridian, Miss., with the Rev. Johnny Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 5-8 at the funeral home. Barham Funeral Home is directing. 
Mr. Gustin was former owner of Majestic Millworks.
He was preceded in death by his son, James Daniel Gustin.
Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Gustin, Meridian; daughter, Becky Clevenger and her husband, Robbie, Loudon, Tenn.; step son, Charles Iseke, Meridian; grandchild, Cody Clevenger, Loudon, Tenn.; parents, Mavis and Herbert Gustin, Meridian; sister, Vi Stinnette and her husband, Charles, Meridian, Miss.; nephew, Todd Stinnette, Gautier, Miss.; Very Special Lifelong Friend, Mike Robinson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Mike Robinson, Charles Iseke, Todd Stinnette, Robbie Clevenger, Nick Millich, Jeremy Millich, Luke Smith, Herbert Joyner and Chris Smith.

Gene T. Greene
FORKLAND - Gene T. "Bubba" Greene, 61, died Jan. 29, 2001, at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be held at Forkland Cemetery with Jimmy Phillips officiating. Visitation is tonight from 6:30 to 8. Kidd-Robbins Funeral Directors of Demopolis is directing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bernice and Ralph Greene, and a brother, John G. Greene.
He is survived by a sister, Betty G. Allen (Rodney) of Demopolis; nieces, Liz Donaldson (Mark) of Fultondale, Wendy Dement (Leland) of Gardendale and Amy Allen of Atlanta, Ga.; great-nieces, Jamie Powell, Misty Williams and Ashleigh Williams; great-nephews, Matt Donaldson, Kaleb Donaldson and Blake Donaldson.
Mr. Greene was a native of Forkland and was retired from Alabama Power Co. as a security guard at the Greene County Steam Plant. He was a member of Forkland Methodist Church.
Pallbearers will be Buddy Cross, Morris Allen, Gerald Allen, Gary Phillips, Tommy Kimbrell and Ray McCarter.
Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Md. 20852-9813.

Curtiss Allen Fields
NORTHPORT - Curtiss Allen Fields, 85, Forest Manor Nursing Home, died Jan. 29, 2001. Graveside services will be at Memorial Park on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Dr. Bruce Chesser officiating. Visitation is tonight from 6-8 at the residence of Bo Fields, 1801 Clear Lake, Northport. Magnolia Chapel of Northport is directing. 
She is preceded in death by her husband, George Samuel Fields Jr.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Frances Fields Means (Jim); son, Samuel Barton "Bo" Fields (Ann Marie); sisters, Sue Allen Pike, Lillian Allen Findley and Elizabeth Allen Gamble; grandchildren, Kim Fields Huffman, Leah Fields Ozment (Tom), Mary Harmon Salter and Stephanie Fields White (Kenny); and great-grandchildren, Ashley Aliese Huffman, Phillip Alexander Huffman and Sally Faulkner Ozment. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the RISE Program or Calvary Baptist Church. 

Pamela Denise Banks
MOUNDVILLE - Pamela Denise Banks, 38, 237 Riverviews Beach Road, died Jan. 28, 2001, at UAB. Services will be at the funeral home chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Patsy Tant officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens. Visitation is tonight from 7-9 at the funeral home. Magnolia Chapel South is directing.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Betty Banks.
Survivors include her father, Paul Banks; daughter, Brandy Tucker; son, Christopher Joyner; sisters, Paula Beams and Sherri Banks; brother, Mark Wayne Banks.
Pallbearers will be Charles Tidmore, Tony Smith, Mike Banks, Allen Watts, Brad Banks and Michael Banks. 

Eloise J. Tarwater
TUSCALOOSA - Eloise J. Tarwater, widow of Dr. James Sidney Tarwater, Alabama's first mental health commissioner, died on Jan. 30, 2001, at LaRocca Nursing Home. The funeral will be on Friday at 10 a.m., at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Duncan Hunter, Dr. Mack Chapman, and Rev. Kennard C. Smith officiating. The burial service will follow at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. The family will receive friends tonight from 5-7 at the Bryce House on Bryce Hospital Lawn.
Born Stephen Eloise Jenkins on April 22, 1905, in Atlanta, Mrs. Tarwater was the daughter of Stephen Thomas Jenkins and Mollie Allgood Jenkins of Oneonta.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Thomas Sidney Tarwater, and his wife, Barbara, of Northport.
She was valedictorian of her senior class at Blount County High School, attended Athens College for three years, then graduated from The University of Alabama in 1925, with a B.A. in French. While at the University, she was sponsor for an ROTC company, was a member of Chi Omega, the social sorority; and Kappa Delta Pi, education honorary. She later attended the University as a graduate student prior to accepting a teaching job at Gurley.
On July 28, 1926, she married Dr. Tarwater, who, at that time, was a psychiatrist at Bryce Hospital. Sharing his interest in mental health, she began to volunteer her time to enhance the quality of life for patients at the hospital. From the time Dr. Tarwater was superintendent of the Alabama State Hospitals in 1950, until his retirement as state mental health commissioner in 1970, she was a leading figure in the everyday life of Bryce.
Widely known for her charm and wit as a gracious hostess, and her ability to make others feel at ease in her presence, she made her mark on countless church, civic, and social activities in this area. A member of First United Methodist Church, she had been a member of the administrative board, Circle #4 of the United Methodist Women, and held other official duties. She designed Chitwood Hall at the church, spearheaded church parsonage improvement, and, for decades, was a cook and cook supervisor of major renown during the church's annual Thanksgiving luncheons.
Engaged in local garden club endeavors, she was distinguished also for her abilities in flower arranging. For more than half a century, her arrangements captured attention at the UA President's Mansion, private clubs, weddings, mental health functions, and at numerous other social events.
Her community service further included work in the old Community Chest in its first years of life, and the old Infantile Paralysis Association, Cub Scout instruction, PTA, Quest Club, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Chapter, UDC; Women's Auxiliary of the Tuscaloosa County Medical Society, DAR, and other groups.
In 1967, for the first time in its 111-year history, the Alabama Mu Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the UA awarded a woman, Mrs. Tarwater, its "Man of the Year" Award. At that time, she was president of the Minerva Club, for mothers of SAE members, and under her leadership the fraternity house had undergone extensive redecoration.
In 1991, she was honorary chairman of the Decorator Showhouse at the former superintendent's residence at Bryce - the first such enterprise of the Mental Health Association in Tuscaloosa County.
In 1995, she was honored by the Nu Beta Chapter of Chi Omega for 60 years of service, with a scholarship to the University named in her honor.
Pallbearers will be A. K. Callahan, Jr., Nicholas Latimer, Tom Latimer, Robby Keefer, John Keefer, and John Crutcher.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Omer Baker, Ernest Williams, Danny Rountree, Dr. T. H. Patton, Dr. Philip LaMoreaux, A. K. Callahan, Dr. Gordon King, David McGiffert, Dr. Bill Shamblin, Robert Harris, Bill Barton, Dr. Sam Darden, and Evelyn Hardy and her employees at LaRocca Nursing Home.
The family suggests that any memorials be given to the First United Methodist Church or to the Mental Health Association in Tuscaloosa County.

Mary L. Simmons Swift
TUSCALOOSA - Mary L. Simmons Swift, 46, of 5211 Stillman Blvd., died Jan. 30, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at West Highland Baptist Church on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Forest Moore officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Oak Memorial Park. Visitation is today from noon until 7 p.m. Wills' Funeral Service, Inc. is directing.

Fred Slagle
GORDO - Fred Slagle, 79, of 8631 Hwy 159, died Jan. 29, 2001, at his residence. Services will be held at Skelton Funeral Home chapel on Thursday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Garnett Brown officiating. Burial will be at Double Branch Cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8. Skelton Funeral Home of Reform is directing.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Free Slagle of Gordo; daughters, Karen Carpenter (John Clayton) of Northport and Shelby Lambert of Reform; sons, Roger Frederick Slagle (Charlotte) of Arlington, Tex., and Clay Carlton Slagle of Shreveport, La.; sisters, Sara Jane Boucher of Phoenix, Ariz. and Mary Lou Hess of Shreveport, La.; brother, Hugh Dan Slagle of Garland, Tex.; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Slagle was a retired mechanical engineer, a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and a lover of hunting and fishing.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Lambert, Ricky Lambert, Billy Byars, Chester Parker, Frankie Reynolds and Jimmy Sanders.

Janie Claire Jones
NORTHPORT - Janie Claire Jones, 70, of 2445 Meadowlark Lane, "went home to rest in Jesus' arms" on Jan. 28, 2001, at Estes North Nursing Home. Services will be held at Big Sandy Baptist Church on Thursday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bob Ehr of Tuscaloosa and Dr. Larry Groves of Indianapolis, Ind. officiating. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 5 to 8. Memory Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Ina Bridges Carr and John Hurtis Carr Sr.; her son, James Elbert Jones; daughter, Barbara Carol Jones; sister, Frances Moore (Murray); and brother, Harold Carr (Ann).
She is survived by her husband, James Cecil Jones of Northport; daughter, Peggy Fuller (Richard Sr.) of New Palestine, Ind.; sisters, Carolyn Massey (Jimmy) of Coker, Betty Davis (Harold) of Northport and Sarah Terrell (A.G.) of Northport; brothers, John Hurtis Carr Jr. (Bessie) of Montgomery, Elbert Carr (Sue) of Bessemer, and Milton Carr (Teresa) of Northport; grandchildren, Chris Wilson (Carmon) of Cottondale, Brandon Wilson (Jennifer) of Greenfield, Ind., Andrea Wilson of New Palestine, Ind., and Richard Fuller Jr. of New Palestine, Ind.; and two great-grandchildren, Chance Wilson and Christin Wilson, both of Cottondale.
Pallbearers will be Richard Fuller Sr., Richard Fuller Jr., Ronnie Lett, Stevie Jones, Lanier Jones and Jimmy Massey.
Honorary pallbearers are Gayfers' employees, Estes North staff and residents, Hospice of West Alabama, Big Sandy community, Dr. Summer Ford, Dr. Graham, Dr. Young, Dr. Hinton, and the Wind Song and Glenwood Park residents.
Donations may be made to Hospice of West Alabama and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

David Drennen Johnston
GAINESVILLE - David Drennen Johnston, 72, died Jan. 29, 2001, at UAB Hospital. Graveside services will be held at Beth Salem Cemetery in Boligee today at 2 p.m. Bumpers Funeral Home of York is directing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William David Johnston Sr. and Wilhelmina Monnish Johnston; and a sister, Alice Johnston Swaim.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Duncan Johnston of Gainesville; daughters, Charlotte Ann Briggs of Bryant, Ark., and Mena Ruth Adams of Atlanta, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Tina Shay Pope of Douglasville, Ga.; sons, Forrest Lee Johnston of Tuscaloosa, and William David Johnston of Emelle; a stepson, Lonnie Pope of Forkland; sister, Sandra J. Henderson of Scotland; brother, Sage Monnish Johnston of Destin, Fla.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Willie Mae Hudgies
PLAINSVIEW, N.Y. - Willie Mae Hudgies, formerly of Reform, departed her life on Jan. 28, 2001, at the Island Health Center in Plainsview, N.Y. Services will be held at the New Providence Baptist Church of Reform on Friday at 1 p.m. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Reform Memorial Funeral Home is directing.

Robert G. Haley Jr.
NORTHPORT - Robert G. Haley Jr., 76, died Jan. 30, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Complete arrangements will be announced at a later date by Wills' Funeral Service.


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