Miscellaneous Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Obituaries

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Willie M. Evans
CUBA - Mrs. Willie M. Evans, 66, died March 15, 2001, at her residence. Services will be Thursday at the Pine Baptist Church in Yantley at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Memorial Gardens. Visitation is tonight from 6:30-7:30 at the mortuary. McInnis Mortuary of Livingston is directing. 

Margaret Elizabeth Wright
FAYETTE - Margaret Elizabeth Wright, 85, of the Mt. Pleasant Community, died March 24, 2001, at Fayette Long Term Care. Services will be held at Norwood Chapel today at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Norwood Chapel of Fayette is directing.

Maureen Turner
VERNON - Maureen Turner, 85, of 304 Strickland Courts, died March 23, 2001, at Fayette Medical Center. Services were held at First Freewill Baptist Church on Sunday, March 25, 2001. F.L. Waldon Hank Hollis officiated. Burial was at Lamar Memory Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edley Turner; son, Tommy Turner; grandson, Ricky Turner; brothers, Hunter Crawford and Richard Crawford; and sisters, Elise Sweat and Rae Kitchens.
She is survived by her sons, Jimmy Turner of Peachtree City, Ga., Max Turner (Wynell) of Vernon and James Turner (Nancy) of Fayette; sisters, Edna Earl Lawrence of Vernon, Helen Robertson of Vernon and Chapel Barnes of Birmingham; brothers, Troy Crawford of Mobile and Bill Crawford of Birmingham; grandchildren, Becky Williams of Sywanee, Ga., Curtis Turner of Stockbridge, Ga., Mark Turner of Vernon, Natalie Decicco of Columbus, Miss., Jason Turner of Vernon, Reggie Turner of Fayette, Ryan Turner of Fayette, Randy Turner of Jackson, Miss., and Rhonda Fox of Jackson, Miss.; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Randy Turner, Curtis Turner, Mark Turner, Reggie Turner, Jeason Turner, Ryan Turner, Jimmy Williams and Phillip Decicco.

Dorothy L. Sullivan
TUSCALOOSA - Dorothy L. Sullivan, 75, of 608 40th Street, died March 25, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Graveside services will be held at Springhill Cemetery on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ben Logan officiating. Visitation is tonight from 7 to 9. Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home of Northport is directing.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ira Morris, and brother, Davis P. Morris.
She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy Jane Fant and Pat Hutson (Dwight); brothers, Ernest G. Morris of Northport, Wilton Morris of Tuscaloosa, Doug Morris of Tuscaloosa and Hebert Morris of Tuscaloosa; grandchildren, Tina Clanton (Allen), Melissa Marcum (Paul), Bryan Fant and Kimberly Fant; great-grandson, Chris Clanton; and friends.
Active pallbearers will be Dwight Hutson, Allen Clanton, Paul Marcum, Bryan Fant, Chris Clanton and Ricky Mahan.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Larry Skelton, Dr. Randall Ayers, Alacare Home Health Services, DCH sixth floor staff, Beverly Clark, Dannie Gail Colburn, Linda Rogers, Richard Clanton and Elizabeth Baxter.

Jeri C. Norris
TUSCALOOSA - Jerri C. Norris, 49, 1513 High Country Apts., died March 31, 2001, in an automobile accident. Services will be at Sunset Chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation is from 6-8 tonight at the funeral home. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to service. Sunset Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
She is survived by one sister, Billie Hardin (Sammy), Coker, Ala.; brothers, Don (Betty) Collins, Fayette, Ala., Dale Collins and Frankie Collins both of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and other relatives.
She is also survived by a family that had known and loved her. Elmer and Donna Goins Sr., Ethel Goins, Akron, Ala., Memory (Chuck) Ashford, Candice and Shane, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Lisa (Tim) May, Morgan Martin, Fayette, Ala., Miranda (Sammy) Curry and Hannah, Northport, Ala., Elmer Goins Jr., and Haleigh Goins, Hamilton, Ohio. Special friends, Brenda Montgomery, Howard and Eloise Burke and Jana.
Honorary pallbearers are employees of University of Alabama Central Receiving, Housekeeping and many personal friends and relatives.

Bama Moore Jones
MOORE'S BRIDGE - Bama Moore Jones, 84, died April 1, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be at Sunset Chapel today at 11 a.m. with the Elder H.R. Toney officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to service. Sunset Funeral Home is directing.
She is preceded in death by her daughter, Bama Joan Rushing; and grandson, Justin Lee Rushing.
Survivors include her son-in-law, Jackie Rushing; sister, Dannie Strickland of Moore's Bridge; brother, Robert E. Moore of Moore's Bridge.
Pallbearers will be Dave White, Truman Strickland, Alton Strickland, Kindred Strickland, Jerome Strickland, Steve Moore, Stewart Moore and Cornin Davis. 
Honorary pallbearers are Moore's Bridge and Mayfield Communities, Pleasant Ridge Primitive Baptist Church, Park Manor Nursing Home, 2 South DCH, Glenn and Connie Rushing, James Rushing, Charles and Teri Jo Grantham, Steve and Lynn Gann. 

Lenora Patridge Swail
TUSCALOOSA - Lenora Patridge Swail, 84, of 25 Parkwood, died April 3, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at First Presbyterian Chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. with Dr. Charles Durham officiating. Burial will be at Centreville Cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. Magnolia Chapel South Funeral Home is directing. 
Mrs. Swail was born in Brent. She graduated from Bibb County High School and Auburn University with a degree in home economics. She taught school for a number of years and later worked as a dietician at Marianna Air Field Hospital, where she met and married Dr. Clark Swail. She worked as a home economist with Alabama Gas Company, taught at the University of Alabama and worked with social services at Partlow State Hospital. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa Women Circle No. 2, various clubs and civic organizations, Altrusa, Chi Omega, The Clionian Study. She was active in many civic and community projects. 
The family will also be at the home at 25 Parkwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the George A. Swail Endowment Trust Fund at First Presbyterian Church, or a charity of your choice.
Pallbearers will be Bob Nelson, Steve Patridge, Steve Kimbrell, Chris Jones, Kirk Dobbins, Christopher Meigs, Pat Smith and Bob Robertson.
Honorary pallbearers are Altrusa, Women's Circle No. 2 of First Presbyterian Church, Woodrow Boyd, George Boyd and Jeff Beans.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Clark E. Swail Jr.; son, George Swail; mother, Lenora Patridge; father, George Patridge; brother, Harmon L. Patridge; and sister, Wanna Mae McLaren.
She is survived by her son, Clark E. Swail III (Cheryl) of Tuscaloosa.

Albert Stepter Jr.
TUSCALOOSA - Albert Stepter Jr., 79, of 1920 40th Ave., died April 1, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at First Community Methodist Church on Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Henry L. Green officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Oak Memorial Park. Visitation is today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Druid Funeral Home is directing.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey Wilson Stepter of Tuscaloosa; sons, Anthony W. Stepter of Tuscaloosa and Albert Stepter III of Huntsville; grandchildren, Toni Stepter Harris of Richmond, Va., Gerrell T. Stepter of Ontario, Calif., Amber K. Stepter and Ashley D. Stepter, both of Tuscaloosa; one great-grandchild; one brother, Leonard Stepter and stepmother, Estell Stepter. 

Ethel Weeks Scott Pearson
COTTONDALE - Ethel Weeks Scott Pearson, 87, 4917 Long Meadows, died April 3, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be at Rosedale Baptist Church on Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens. Visitation is tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memory Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Walter Scott; son, Johnny Lee Patton; grandson, Bobby Wayne Mills.
Survivors include her daughters, Helen Scott Richard (Kendall), 4917 Long Meadow Dr., Cottondale, and Pat Lyles (Tom Ed), Cullman, Ala.; sons, Johnny Scott Sr. (Gwen) Buhl, Ala., Tommy Patton (Rosalee), Akron, Ohio, and Lawrence Patton (Bennie Sue) Tuscaloosa, Ala., step sister, Dollie Nell Weeks; brothers, Leroy Weeks- Johnnie, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Edward Weeks (France) Eutaw, Ala.; mother, Pearl Weeks of Hale County; grandchildren, April Waston, Cindy Moore, Larry Patton, Ben Allen Mills, Tommy Lyles Jr., Johnny Scott Jr., Brain Scott, Pam Rice, Melissa Willingham, Tina Robertson, Johnny Patton Jr., Rodney Patton; 28 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild. 
Pallbearers will be Tommy Lyles Jr., Johnny Scott Jr., Larry Patton, Johnny Patton Jr., Mike Moore, Brian Scott and Joey Willingham III. 
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Richard Shamblin, Staff at DCH Regional on 6th Floor, Cathy Price, Russell, Dot Swinson, Bill Townsend, Janice Hill, Jack Tubbs, Douglas Hendrix, Staff of Park Manor., Sonja White, Tommy Hester, staff at Dr. Shamblin's office.

David Arthur Noland
TUSCALOOSA - David Arthur Noland, 56, of 1000 Field Crest Drive, died March 30, 2001, at his residence. Memorial services will be held at Family Worship Center in Aliceville on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Rodney Hedrick officiating. Stabler-Robbins Funeral Directors is directing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Elene Noland; and brother, Joe M. Noland.
He is survived by his sisters, Betty Johnson of Aliceville, Martha Oneal of Cottondale and Jewelene Pearson of Aliceville; brother, Charles E. Noland of Tuscaloosa; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Elder Frank McMullen
TUSCALOOSA - Elder Frank McMullen, 78, 2841 24th St., passed away April 3, 2001, at his residence. Funeral services were held April 7, at noon at New Home Church of God in Christ. Bishop O.L. Meadows officiated. Burial followed in Cedar Oak Memorial Park with Rollins' Mortuary directing.
Survivors are a loving wife of 60 years, Mrs. Lucille McMullen of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; two daughters, Lillie McMullen and Carol Elaine Greene (William Richard) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; three sons, Frank McMullen Jr., Edward McMullen of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Leotis McMullen (LuJuan) of Roanoke, Va.; two sisters, Elizabeth Kelly, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Lillie Edwards (Albert), Holt, Ala.; one brother, James R. McMullen (Annie), Cleveland, Ohio; nieces, nephews a host of other relatives and friends.
Elder McMullen founded and Pastored The New Home Church of God in Christ from 1968 until his passing of April 3, 2001. 
Memorial services were April 6, 7 p.m. at New Home Church of God in Christ.

Amon T. Foster
FAYETTE - Amon T. Foster, 91, died April 3, 2001, at Care Center of Vernon. Graveside services will be held at Meadow Branch Cemetery today at 11 a.m. Visitation is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Norwood Funeral Home Chapel of Fayette, the directing funeral home.

Ada Lee Elliott
EUTAW - Ada Lee Elliott, 66, of 224 W.M. Branch Heights, died April 3, 2001, at her residence. Services will be held at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Union on Monday at noon. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Gandy Funeral Home is directing.

Mary E. Crawford
CLINTON - Mary E. Crawford, 84, died March 31, 2001, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Services will be held at New Rehobeth Presbyterian Church on Saturday at 2 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Gandy Funeral Home is directing.

John Ellis Clements
REFORM - John Ellis Clements, 88, of 914 Second Street West, died April 4, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Brannon Pinion and the Rev. Melvin Mordecai officiating. Burial will be at Graham Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Skelton Funeral Home of Reform is directing.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Clements.
He is survived by his son, Ronnie Clements (Alice) of Huntsville; grandchildren, James Clements, Alan Clements, both of Huntsville, and Leslie Riley of Acworth, Ga.; and great-grandchildren, Savannah Riley of Acworth, Ga., and James Ellis Clements of Huntsville.
Pallbearers will be Sentell Harper, Jim Stokes, James Clements, Alan Clements, Tim Riley, Pat Crowder, Mike Crowder and Ricky Crowder.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Pickens County Hospital Foundation Dialysis Unit, or to donor's favorite charity.
Mr. Clements was a member of Reform First Baptist Church, a retired office manager for Southern Natural Gas Co. and a lifelong resident of Pickens County.

Samuel Columbus Tooson
MOUNDVILLE - Samuel Columbus Tooson died April 2, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at his residence on Saturday at 1 p.m. In case of inclement weather, services will be held at Jefferson Chapel in Moundville. Burial service will follow at Cedar Oak Memorial Park with the Rev. David Tubbs officiating. Lee and Rollins Funeral Home of Marion is directing.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Inez Tooson of Moundville; two sons, Samuel Clark Tooson (Sigrid) of Idar-Oberstien, Germany, and Darren Demetrius Tooson of Tuscaloosa; two daughters, Audrey Tooson and Oritha Tooson, both of Moundville; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Fred Tooson (Rosie) of Ypsilanta, Mich., and Nannie Mae Collins of Bessemer; 12 nephews; 15 nieces; and host of other relatives and friends.

Trannie Bell Thomas
TUSCALOOSA - Trannie Bell Thomas, 88, 418 Crescent Lane, died April 3, 2001, at Northport Medical Center. Services were Thursday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church. Burial followed in Parker Cemetery. The Rev. Ed Boothe officiated. Sunset Funeral Home directed. 
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Thomas Sr.
Survivors include two sons, Henry L. Thomas Sr. (Lorene) of Cottondale and James L. Thomas (Flora) of Holt; grandchildren include Jerry Lee Collins (James) of Northport, Robert Lee Thomas (Tammy) of Tuscaloosa, Sylvia L. Thomas of Moundville, Henry L. Thomas Jr. (Kristie) of Cottondale, Desiree Thomas and Michael Thomas both of Cottondale. She was also blessed by numerous great-grandchildren and life long friends. 
Pallbearers were Windle Jacobs, James Collins, Robert Lee Thomas, Henry L. Thomas Jr., Dewayne Collins and Henry Hudgins.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Craig Brettner, Dr. Michael Johnson, Tony Thomas, Derrick Williams and Karen Davidson Group Home in Coker.

Dennis Thomas
COTTONDALE - Dennis Thomas, 24, of 13860 Morrison Lane, died March 30, 2001, at his residence. Services will be held at New Covernant Church, where Dr. E.L. Rickles is pastor, on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Willie Davis officiating. Burial will be at Brookwood Cemetery. Visitation is today from noon until 7 p.m. at Wills' Funeral Service, Inc., the directing funeral home.

Gregory Steven Tashe
TUSCALOOSA - Gregory Steven Tashe, 30, went to be with The Lord April 4, 2001. He passed away at Northport Medical Center. Born Jan. 19, 1971. Gregory attended Brookwood High School. He voiced that he felt that Victory Assembly of God was his home church. He had also been active in Teen Challenge for 10 months. 
Services will be at Heritage Chapel on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Tim Pippins officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Heritage Chapel Funeral Home is directing. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ruth Tashe and Jack and Florence Swick all of Welch, W.Va.
His survivors include his mother, Patty Tashe; father, Steve O. Tashe and grandfather, Steve Tashe all of Tuscaloosa. His daughter Taylor Nicole Tashe of Moundville and son, Alexander Blake Tashe of Roanoke, Va. Greg will be missed and was loved by many special aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 
Pallbearers will be Randy Fondren, Michael Fondren, Scott Barron, James Jones Sr., James Jones Jr., Kenneth Kent, Randy Mosley and Ricky Stevenson. 
Honorary pallbearers are the Friends and Staff of Warrior Services Inc. 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a trust fund set up for Greg's children at Victory Assembly of God in Tuscaloosa.

Susalee Smith 
GAINESVILLE - Susalee Smith, 96, died April 4, 2001, at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center in York. Services will be at St. Albans Episcopal Church today at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Old Gainesville Cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to service at the church. Bumpers Funeral Home of York is directing.

June R. Reach
NORTHPORT - June R. Reach, 52, 3865 Brentwood St., died April 5, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Father Jerry Deasy officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation will be at tonight from at 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Magnolia Chapel of Northport is directing. 
Survivors include her husband, Brooks A. Reach; two sons, Martin D. Reach and Eric D. Reach both of Northport; sister, Sharon James of Tuscumbia; two brothers, Harold Willingham of Muscle Shoals and Neal Willingham of Tuscumbia; mother, Mildred Willingham of Tuscumbia. 
Pallbearers will be nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.

Eula Howard
PANOLA - Eula Howard, 73, died March 30, 2001, at Riley Memorial Hospital in Meridian, Miss. Services will be at Zion Valley Baptist Church on Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation is today from noon until 8 p.m. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service. Lavender Funeral Service is directing. 

Anna Lou Free
GORDO - Anna Lou Free, 81, 4970 County Road 57, died April 5, 2001, at Salem Nursing Home. Services will be at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel today at 3 p.m. with the Rev. James F. Posey officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove "Bump" Cemetery. Visitation is today from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home. Skelton Funeral Home of Reform is directing. 
She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Fannie Stein Watkins; husband, Daniel Hobson Free; son, Gilbert Free; daughter-in-law, Louise Free and two infant daughters. 
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Lou Shirley (Howard) of Gordo, Ala.; sisters, Gladys Free of Northport, and Elma Kelley of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Tim and Denise Shirley, Kerry and Lynn Shirley, all of Gordo and Kim and David Getzinger of Houma, La.; great grandchildren, Drew, Jordan, Brent (Brandi), Barett and Brook Shirley all of Gordo, Justin and Lindsey Getzinger of Houma, La., step-great grandchildren, Kayla and Kody Adrian of Gordo; special neighbors, Kannie Mae and Wayman Woolbright and Lewis and Laverne Lowe. 
Mrs. Free was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her and she was lovingly known to all as "Granny." She was a retired dietician for Pickens County Medical Center where cooking was the love of her life. 
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers are friends and neighbors of Hargrove and New Hope Communities, staff of Salem Nursing Home and Pickens County Medical Center. 

Mary E. Crawford
CLINTON - Mary E. Crawford, 84, died March 31, 2001, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Services will be held at New Rehobeth Primitive Baptist Church on Saturday at 2 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Gandy Funeral Home is directing.

Azaline Burrell 
GREENSBORO - Azaline Burrell, 87, died April 3, 2001, at Hale County Hospital in Greensboro. Services will be at Larkin and Scott Funeral Chapel on Saturday at noon with the Rev. Wilson Bolden officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Faunsdale. Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements. 

W. Gus Beasley
NORTHPORT - W. Gus Beasley, 77, 3206 34th Ave., died April 5, 2001, at UAB Hospital. Services will be at Sunset Chapel today at 11 a.m. with the rev. Dewey Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Serenity Chapel Mausoleum, at Sunset Memorial Park. Sunset Funeral Home is directing. 
Survivors include his wife, Betty W. Beasley; daughter, Carol B. (Ronald) Binion, Eutaw, Ala.; sons, W. Tony Beasley (Rose Mary), Coker, Ala., and Toby Lane Beasley (Judy), Northport, Ala.; brothers, J.T. Beasley, Northport, Ala., Douglas Beasley, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Barnes Beasley, Huntsville, Ala.; grandchildren, Derek Colburn, Todd Colburn, Chad Beasley, Jeremy Beasley, Lance Beasley, Cody Binion and Tracie Turner; three stepchildren, five great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers will be grandchildren, and Ronald Binion and Jerry Turner. 
Honorary pallbearers are friends and neighbors of Northport.


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