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Robert Emmett Byrd, Jr.
VESTAVIA HILLS - Robert Emmett Byrd, Jr., of Vestavia Hills, formerly of Tuscaloosa, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2001 at the age of 76.
Mr. Byrd was a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club at Rust Engineering, charter member of Chace Lake Country Club, member of Bluff Park Lodge and the Pioneer Hunting Club. Mr. Byrd was born in Franklin, Va., enlisted in the US Navy, where he participated at Omaha Beach. He attended Marion Military Institute where he met Martha Ann Jones, a Judson College coed, of Tuscaloosa. He finished college at Auburn University in 1950 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Pulp and Paper.
Mr. Byrd was preceded in death by a daughter, Patti Lee Byrd.
Survivors include, wife of 53 years, Martha Ann Byrd, son Robert "Bubba" G. (Sharon) Byrd of Indian Springs, daughters, Ginger (Ken) McPherson of Marietta, Ga, Laura (Thomas "Bubba") Findlay of Tuscaloosa, brother, Jack L. Byrd of Port Charlotte, Fl., grandchildren, Allison, Amanda and Katherine McPherson, Gray and Jessica Byrd, Stephanie Findlay and Beth Ann Bowen and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m., in Jefferson Memorial Gardens South, Hoover with Rev. Bill Reed to officiate. The family will receive friends at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Hoover on Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1100 Ireland Way, Birmingham, AL 35205 or the American Diabetes Association, 200 Office Park Dr. Mountain Brook, AL 35223.

Oliver Woodrow Booth
TUSCALOOSA - Oliver Woodrow Booth, 84, died May 28, 2001, at his residence. Services will be held at Rosedale Baptist Church, Thursday, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Ed Steelman officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens. Visitation will be at Memory Chapel from 6- 8 p.m., tonight. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Maude Booth, and his son, Douglas Bryant Booth.
He is survived by his daughter, Sharron B. Miller; grandchildren Dana Marshall Costa (Jake), Samuel Bart Marshall (Carol); three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be J.P. Foster, Linville Barger, Wayne Hoggle, Adrian Herron, Gordon Carroll, and Jimmy Crawford.
Honorary pallbearers are Early Lewis Sunday School Class, Young at Heart Senior Adults, Friends and Neighbors on Bailey Drive, and members of Rosedale Baptist Church.

Ida Belle Anderson
TUSCALOOSA - Ida Belle Anderson, 83, of 5235 Jug Factory Road, died May 26, 2001 at University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital. Services will be held at Rising Star Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, on Thursday, May 31 at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in C S B Society Cemetery, Tuscaloosa, with Williams Service Funeral Home directing. The body will lie in state today at the funeral home from 12 noon until 7 p.m., and at the church one hour prior to funeral time.

Alta B. Almon
Memorial services for Alta B. Almon were conducted Tuesday, May 29th, at 10:30 a.m., from the United Methodist Church of Elk City with Rev. Dan Pulver officiating. Services were under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home of Elk City.
Alta B. Almon was born March 19, 1923 at Buhl, Ala., to Henry and Clara (McBride) Lewis and passed away Saturday at the age of 78. Alta received her teaching certificate and then taught 3rd grade at Elwood Elementary. She met David Pope Almon in 1942 while continuing her education at the University of Alabama. Pope was in Pilot Training School on the same campus and they were married on July 1, 1944 at Dallas, TX. During WWII, Alta traveled with Pope as much as possible and they settled in Elk City in 1959. She was a member of Elk City Golf and Country Club, Rook Club, PEO, volunteered for Meal on Wheels and very active in the United Methodist Church of Elk City. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on June 21, 1999 and two brothers, Warren and Jack.
Survivors include two children: Lou Ann Wagenblast and her husband Tom of Tulsa and David Almon and his wife Markie of Oklahoma City. Six grandchildren, Angela, Cheryl, Susan, Kelsey, Jonathan and Jeremy and five great grandchildren and a special cousin, Sonny Duckworth of Buhl, Ala.

Alice Pat Robertson
MABELTON Ga. - Alice Pat Robertson, age unavailable, died May 30, 2001 in Mabelton, Ga. Services will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Memory Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Bethal Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memory Chapel Funeral Home is directing.

Edna Boothe Marcum
TUSCALOOSA - Edna Boothe Marcum, 75, 1101 Snows Mill Ave., died May 30, 2001 at Heritage Health Care Center. Services will be held at Magnolia Chapel of Northport, Friday at 11 a.m., with the Bro. Thomas Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow in Parker Cemetery in Buhl. Visitation is from 10-11 am. Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home of Northport is directing.
She is preceded in death by her husband, George P. Marcum.
Survivors include two daughters, Dianne Hendrix (Buddy) and Melissa Greathouse (Keith); two sons, Michael Marcum (Shelia) and Frank Marcum (Anne); two sisters, Clarine Booth and Rachel Griffin (Stuart); two brothers, William Boothe and Emmett Boothe, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend a heart felt thank you to Dr. Thomas McDermott, Heritage Health Care Center and their loving staff, Hospice of West Alabama, Trinity Baptist Church, friends and neighbors of Greenwood Circle.
Pallbearers will be friends and family. 

Kathleen Otts Lee
SULLIGENT - Kathleen Otts Lee, 55, died May 29, 2001 at the Care Center in Vernon. Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Otts Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home is directing.

Jessie Ardelia Kelley
BERRY - Jessie Ardelia Kelley, 92, of 30 South Ave., died May 28, 2001 at her residence. Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery. Nelson Funeral Home is directing.

Loreane Duckworth Frye
CULLMAN - Loreane Duckworth Frye, 86, of 88 County Road 1514, formally of Fayette, died May 29, 2001, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. Services will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Cemetery. Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directing.

Ethel Brown
NORTHPORT - Ethel Brown, 77, died May 30, 2001 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be announced at a later date by the funeral home. Visitation is from 6-8 tonight at the funeral home. Sunset Funeral Home is directing. 

Vernon V. Bell
EUTAW - LCDR Vernon V. Bell, 81, 620 Mesopotamia St., died May 26, 2001 at his residence. Graveside services will be held in Mesopotamia Cemetery, June 1, 2001 at 4 p.m. with the Dr. Bruce Garris of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Memory Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry L. Bell and Katie Rieck Bell; sister, Wanda Bell Killoran; son, Gregory William Bell; grandson, Alexander Griffin Bell.
Survivors included his wife, Christine Wedgworth Bell, of Eutaw; sons, David Claiborne Bell and wife Carol McGee Bell of Houston, TX., Douglas Rieck Bell and wife Elizabeth Wilson Bell of Eutaw; grandchildren, Angela Bell Castiglione and husband James Castiglione, Stefanie Bell Cauchinan and husband Walter Cauchinan, David Claiborne Bell, Jr., and wife Jessica Ellis Bell, all of Tallahassee, Fla., William Christopher Bell and Charles Alexander Bell of Eutaw, Jennifer Lott of Houston, TX.; great grandchildren, Dennis Blair, Walter Cauchinan, Jr., Madison Strahan, Shelby Strahan, and Dawson Bell, all of Tallahassee, Fla.; nephew, Lance Killoran of Reston, Va.
Mr. Bell was born April 24th, 1920 and reared in University City, Missouri. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and Murray State University in Kentucky. He was an alumnus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, Class of '59.
Mr. Bell was Regular Navy Lieutenant Commander, retired after twenty-three years. He was an all weather attack pilot and fighter pilot, Ground and Carrier Approach Officer, Control Tower Operator, and Chief Air Transportation Officer. Lt. Commander Bell also flew with the Military Air Transport Service. He was awarded the Victory Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the China Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal for his participation in World War II and the Korean Conflict. After his retirement from the service, he was employed by the State of Alabama in the Department of Revenue Sales and Use Tax Division for 17 years as a Revenue Examiner.
Lt. Commander Bell was a member of the Eutaw Lions Club, the Greene County Historical Society, the Twenty-three Circle, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
Honorary pallbearers are Members of Miller Flight VBF 7, Employees of the Ala., Dept. of Revenue, Sales and Use Tax Division, R.L. Staggers of Josephine, Ala., Taylor Young of Eutaw, Olen Giles of Pensacola, Fla.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church of Eutaw or The Greene County Ambulance Service.

Frank Wright
DEMOPOLIS - Deacon Frank Wright, 64, died May 26, 2001, at Bryan Whitfield Hospital, Demopolis. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 2, 2001 at 1 p.m., at Bethel Baptist Church, Coatopa. Rev. Floyd Bell, officiating. Interment will follow in the New Bethel Cemetery, Coatopa. Remains will repose at the church on Saturday beginning at 12 noon. Family hour will be held Friday night from 7-8 p.m., at the funeral home chapel. Larkin & Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis entrusted with arrangements.

William J. Ward
VANCE - William J. (Buddy) Ward, 71, 11512 William Walker Rd. Died May 30, 2001 at his residence. Graveside services will be held in Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Saturday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Gerald Keef officiating. Visitation is Friday, June 1, 2001 from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memory Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry J. Ward and Bessie Mae Eaton Ward; sister, Frances J. Ward; son, William Monroe Ward.
Survivors includes a sister, Shirley W. Duncan, Moundville; grandchildren, Rusty (Kristi) Ward, Northport.
Honorary pallbearers are Rayburn and Mildred Eaton, Darren Rice, Tracy Criss and special friend Mary Rice, Jon and Diane Griffin, UMW Mine Workers of Brookwood.

Charles R. Stith
TUSCALOOSA - Charles R. Stith, Lt. Col. (Ret.) U.S. Army Infantry, was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on May 25th, 2001 with full military honors. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Campaign and having also served during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Unit Citation Badge, Presidential Citation, Unit Citation Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Purple Heart. During the Philippine campaign, he was appointed military governor of the town of Baler in Luzon.
He is survived by his wife, Mickey Espey Stith; daughters, Rickey Hall of Pittsboro N.C., Susan Chambers (Bo) of Tuscaloosa, Stacey Houston (R.H.) of Wetumpka; sons, Ronnie Stith (Debbie) of Tuscaloosa, Mark Stith of Birmingham, and Mikal Stith of Tuscaloosa. Grandchildren are Amy S. Mullins, Phillip Stith, Brian Hall, Brandi Hall, Bonnie Stith, Sheridan Chambers, J.T. Chambers, and Roni Houston. Great grandchildren are Martha Kate Mullins, Julia Mullins and Joanna Mullins.

William Kenneth Rinehart
LONG BEACH, Calif., - William Kenneth Rinehart, 77, died Sunday, May 27, 2001. Services will be held at Brilliant United Methodist Church, Friday, June 1, 2001 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Brilliant Memorial Gardens. Miles Funeral Home is directing.

Johnie A. Haynes
NORTHPORT - Johnie A. Haynes, 92, 2505 23rd St., died May 29, 2001 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m., in Union Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Lamar County, Ala. Sunset Funeral Home is directing.

Albirda Daniels
LINDEN - Albirda Daniels, 94, died May 23, 2001 at Bryan Whitfield Hospital, Demopolis. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 2, 2001 at 2 p.m., at the Friendship Baptist Church, Demopolis. Rev. Lonnie Williams, officiating. Interment Friendship Cemetery, Demopolis. Family hour will be held Friday night from 7-8 p.m., at the funeral home chapel. Larkin & Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, entrusted with arrangements.

William Val Carpenter
TUSCALOOSA - William Val Carpenter, 47, #17 Broadview, died May 31, 2001 at his residence. Services will be held at Memory Chapel, Friday, June 1, 2001 at 1 p.m. with the Pastor Max Goodson officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation is at 12 p.m. Memory Hills Funeral Home is directing.
He is preceded in death by his father, Valcus Carpenter, Jr.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara Carpenter, Tuscaloosa; sister, Vicki (Jack) Holmes, Tuscaloosa; half brother, Vance (Cheryl) Carpenter, West Palm Beach, Fla.; two nieces and four nephews, special friends, Chance Willis of Dallas, TX., and Earl Bailey of Birmingham.
Pallbearers will be Chance Willis, Earl Bailey, Jack Holmes, Gene Carpenter, Marshall Carpenter, Charlie Thigpen, Sonny Cook, and James Farris.
The family kindly suggests memorials be made to Woodland Park Baptist Church, 4620 Pelham Heights Rd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.

Ethel Brown
NORTHPORT - Ethel Keller Brown, 89, Estes Nursing Home, died May 30, 2001 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at Sunset Funeral Home, Friday, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Wayne Styres officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olive Church Cemetery. Sunset Funeral Home is directing.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Patton Brown; parents, Virgil and Bessie Sutton Keller and Virginia Keller Wincze.
Survivors includes a brother, William (Buddy) Keller of Columbus, Ga., Nephews, Gary W. Wincze of Northport, Craig Keller, Columbus, Ga., and Clyde Colburn, Jr., of Cottondale; nieces, Becky Keller, of Columbus, Ga., and Patti Taylor.
Attended Tuscaloosa High School and was a Member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Honorary pallbearers are Gulf States Retiree Club and Mt. Olive community.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Michael Arnold Bell
TUSCALOOSA - Michael Arnold Bell of 1124 16th Street was called home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Celebration of Life Services will be on Saturday, June 2, 2001 at 1 p.m., at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church of Duncanville with Pastor Claude Prince, Sr., officiating. He will be laid to rest at Cedar Oak Memorial Park with Rollins' Mortuary, Inc., directing. He will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services. Visitation for the public will be Friday, June 1, 2001 from 10-6 p.m. Also, family hour will be from 7-8 p.m.
Special thanks to Dr. Hinton, Dr. Fritz, 6th floor Nursing Station of DCH Regional Medical Center and DCH Cancer Treatment Center.

Alice Armstrong
COATOPA - Alice Armstrong, 73, died May 25, 2001 at Guardian Care Hospice, Meridian, Miss. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 2, 2001 at 1 p.m., at the Livingston Junior High Gymnasium, Livingston. Rev. Henry Moore, officiating. Interment will follow in Zion Hill Cemetery, Livingston. Remains will repose at the school on Saturday beginning at 12 noon. Family hour will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m., at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Coatopa. Larkin & Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, entrusted with arrangements.

James W. Whatley
ATHENS Ga. - Coach James W. Whatley, 88, a longtime resident of Athens, Ga., died May 31, 2001.
A native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Coach Whatley was the son of the late Versho Wayne and Pearl Elizabeth Colvard Whatley. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Lieutenant. Coach Whatley was a graduate of the University of Alabama. He played professional football for 3 years on the Brooklyn Dodgers team as a tackle. Coach Whatley was the retired head baseball coach and also served as an assistant basketball and football coach at the University Of Georgia. He was a member of the Athens First United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eliza Mae Masterson Whatley; a sister, Mamie Coley Whatley; and a brother, Versho Wayne Whatley Jr.
Graveside funeral services will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park Sunday, June 3, 2001 at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Bill Britt and the Rev. Grady Wigley officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be the Athletic Department and all former personnel that coached with him at The University of Georgia.
Coach Whatley is survived by his wife, Eddie Lou Young Whatley, Athens, Ga.; a step daughter and her husband, Melinda and Randy Strausser, Jacksonville, Fla.; a granddaughter, Lindsay Strausser, Jacksonville, Fla.; a nephew and his wife James Marion and Nancy Carolyn Gilmore, Birmingham; nephews, William Masterson, Alpharetta, Ga., and Robert Masterson, Alpharetta, Ga.; niece, Cathy Masterson, Atlanta, Ga.; great nephew, James Marion Gilmore, Jr., Birmingham; great niece, Carolyn June Gilmore, Anniston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UGA Foundation, Coach Jim Whatley Baseball Foundation, P.O. Box 1472, Athens, Ga., 30603.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, Ga., is in charge of arrangements. 

Mattie Harbin Newton
FAYETTE - Mattie Harbin Newton, 88, 722 Co. Road 26 North, died June 6, 2001 at Fayette Medical Center. Services will be held at Nelson Funeral Home Chapel, Sunday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Ed Jenkins and Dr. Dale Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday afternoon from 12-2 p.m., at the funeral home. Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette is directing.
She is preceded in death by her husband, James E. Newton in 1988; brothers, Thomas Harbin, Leo Harbin, Howard Harbin; sister, Eulene Newton.
Survivors include her daughters, Bonnie Jenkins (Gaynus), Fayette, Dorothy Pierce (Charles), Haleyville, and Dana Underwood (Clay), Fayette; six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren.
Long time member and Sunday School teacher of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Taught in the Fayette County School System for 32 years.
Pallbearers are Dale Blackburn, David Chambless, Gene Colburn, Earl Walton, Joe Whitley and Douglas Berry.

Elizabeth Freeman Hurst
TUSCALOOSA - Elizabeth Freeman Hurst, 82, LaRocca Nursing Home, died June 1, 2001 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be at Saint Mattias Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in Memory Hills Gardens. Memory Hill Chapel Funeral Home is directing.

Julian Thomas Holifield
MARION - Julian Thomas "Shorty" Holifield, 86, died June 1, 2001 at his residence. Services will be held at Kirk Funeral Home Chapel, Sunday, June 3, 2001 at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Lonnie Plunkett and the Rev. Jerry Burton. Burial will follow in Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at the funeral home. Kirk Funeral Home of Marion is directing.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Johnson Holifield, Marion; one step daughter, Nancy Troha (Mickey), Selma; two step sons, Rick Harrison, Mobile and Randy Harrison (Trish) Pensacola, Fla.; sisters, Louise Sims (Rufus), Montgomery, Eloise Phelps (Ben), Marion; brothers, Davee Holifield (Lucille), Theodore, Dr. Reese Holifield (Angela), Demopolis, Buford Holifield (Joann), Columbus, Ga.; eight grandchildren, one great grandchild.

Anne Very Hancock
TUSCALOOSA - Anne Very Hancock, 84, 800 Rice Valley Road, died June 1, 2001 at her residence. Memorial services will be held at Westerfelt Chapel of The First Presbyterian Church, Sunday at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Charles Durham officiating. Burial will follow in Vero Beach, Fla. Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home of Northport handling the arrangements.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy R. Hancock and parents, Dexter and Mary Very.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Mooney, Tacoma, Wash., Ardis Hancock, Northport; one son, Col. Dexter Hancock (Shelly), Tuscaloosa, four grandchildren, Elizabeth and Emily Hancock, Jack Mooney and Bethany Brendlinger.
Mrs. Hancock graduated from Penn State University and the first female to receive a Degree in Engineering from Penn State. She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, 2001 6th Street, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35401.

Jean Griffin Fields
TUSCALOOSA - Jean Griffin Fields, of 3 Arlington Drive in Tuscaloosa, died May 30, 2001, at Druid City Hospital. A memorial service will be held at Memory Chapel Funeral Home on Saturday, June 2nd, 2001, at 2:00 p.m., with Brother James Olive and Reverend Moses Madison officiating, with graveside services immediately following at Memory Hills Gardens Cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 7:00 9:00 p.m., at Memory Chapel Funeral Home.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John Wiley Griffin and Della Golden Griffin, brothers J. Otis Griffin and James L. Griffin, and sister Tia Griffin Sumner.
Survivors include her husband, George Daniel Fields, Sr., sons George Daniel Fields, Jr. (Lydia), and John Arnett Fields (Diane), daughter Minunie Fields Swaim (Mort), all of Tuscaloosa, and grandchildren Monica Fields Rodgers (Dan) of Montgomery and Brandi Carol Fields, Monnish Jean-Ruth Swaim, Missy Meagan Fields, April Averett, Josh Montgomery, Jeremy Montgomery, and David Montgomery, all of Tuscaloosa.
Mrs. Fields was born and raised in Tuscaloosa and graduated from Tuscaloosa High School. She was a lover of children, animals, flowers, antique collecting and the creative arts. She was an award-winning artist, specializing in painting and ceramics. She was an active member of the Tuscaloosa Bottle Club and Tuscaloosa Garden Club.
Pallbearers are Donald Griffin, Tim Wall, Allen Owen, Jim Wilson Phillips, Bobby Sumner, Alan Wall, David Tucker, and Johnny Reynolds.
Honorary pallbearers are Barbara and Farrell Hudgins, Marie and Hubert Hallman, Lynn Sullivan Coleman, Donna Tucker Williams, Chaplain Lois Tanner, Reverend and Mrs. Mosses Madison, Tag and Edith Graves, Jerry and Sandra Simpson, Wayne and Frances Grimball, Maggie Lee, Lisa and Norman Kaiser, Karen Engel and family, Sheila and Allen Herd, John and Margaret Graham, Johnnie Dean and Andy Chappell, Billy Mack Brown, friends and staff of the Capitol School, employees of M. Mort Swaim, P.C., and especially Dr. Felipe Samaniego, Dr. Jean Bernard Durand, Dr. Zhiyong Li, Kathleen Shannon McAdams, R.N., and Rose-Mary Ashworth, R.N., all of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX., friends and neighbors of Shady Dale, and friends and neighbors of Arlington Drive.
The following poem was one of her favorites. It typifies her generous heart and joyous spirit. The reasons she loved it will be apparent to everyone who knew her or enjoyed her gracious hospitality. Her beauty, dignity and grace throughout her long and courageous struggle against illness never diminished, nor do our feelings now of love and devotion, which will remain everlasting.

The House Where the Grass Doesn't Grow
By Sybil Tidwell

'Tis the only place in the trim little row
Where somehow the grass just refuses to grow.
All the children play there, the one place they could
In the whole of the fine little neighborhood
The woman who lives there likes grass, and is neat
As the other women who live on the street.
But she gladly endures the bare, hallowed ground
For the sake of having the children around.
And so when I walk by the prim little row
I pause by the house where the grass doesn't grow
Just to breathe a blessing on her ere I pass
Who loves little children far better than grass.

Joel F. Clement
WINFIELD - Joel F. Clement, 90, died Thursday, May 31, 2001 at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham. Services will be held at Winfield First United Methodist Church, Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Cedar Tree Cemetery, Hackleburg. The body will lie in state from 1-2 p.m. Miles Funeral Home is directing.

Jobie E. Brownlee
ETHELSVILLE - Jobie E. Brownlee, 94, 692 Delma Road, died June 1, 2001 at his residence. Services will be held at Mineral Springs Baptist Church, Sunday, June 3, 2001 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Mineral Springs Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 p.m., at the Funeral home. Skelton Funeral Home of Reform is directing.

Louise Cook Baswell
MILLPORT - Louise Cook Baswell, 82, 3434 Fernbank Rd., died Thursday, May 31, 2001 at her residence. Services will be held at Dowdle Funeral Home Chapel, Sunday, June 3, 2001 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery, Lamar County. Visitation is tonight from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Dowdle Funeral Home is directing.

Dr. Oscar Richard Ainsworth
NORTHPORT - Dr. Oscar Richard Ainsworth passed away June 1 at the age of 78. A native of Vicksburg, Miss., Dr. Ainsworth came to Northport in 1950. He taught at the University for 36 years as Professor of Mathematics. He continued til his death as a tutor and friend of students. He is survived by Edith Ainsworth, to whom he was married for 53 years. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark United Methodist Church at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Family Life Center Fund of St. Mark Church, 1421 McFarland Blvd., Northport, 35476.


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