September 26, 2004
JAMES L. HICKS JR.
FLORENCE — Funeral service for Mr. James L. Hicks Jr., 81, of Florence, was Sunday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John McKell officiating. Graveside service with full military honors followed at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Hicks died Friday, Sept. 17 at FCM Hospital. A native of Talladega, he graduated from Woodberry Preparatory School in Virginia, where he remained active in recruitment. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech University, and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After attending Harvard Business School, he served under Gen. George Patton as captain in the Third Armored Division, Liberation of France forces. Under Gen. Patton, he received numerous decorations, including the American Theater Medal, Victory Medal WWII, Army of Occupation Medal and Certificate of Merit. He retired from Reynolds Metals Company after 35 years of employment, and dedicated his time to the Florence Lions Club, where he served as publicity chairman for many years and chairman of the annual antiques show. He had been selected as Lion of the Year and received the Distinguished Service Award and other awards from the club. He was also a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and served in various capacities and positions. One of his hobbies, genealogy, led him to involvement with the Fontaine-Maury Society, enabling him to meet frequently with his "cousins." He also belonged to the Hugenot Society, and other pastimes included golf and his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Natalie Stokes Hicks and James Lewis Hicks of Talladega.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Emma Ruth "Kate" Blankenship Hicks; three daughters, Katherine Gray of Birmingham, Frances Graham of Memphis and Jenny Ann Greer of Florence; one son, Jim Hicks of Richmond, Va.; one sister, Mrs. Natalie Hicks Taylor of Houston; two brothers, John Hicks of Atlanta and Larry Hicks of Ocala, Fla.; three granddaughters; two grandsons; and nieces and nephews.
Active pallbearers were John Bain, Bill Valentine, Buck Morris, Henry Killen, Dr. Lucky Crocker and Dr. Jim Link. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Graves, John Offutt, Grady Ward, Miles Carter, Mason Ingram, John McGill, and members of the Florence Lions Club.
Memorials may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church of the Presbyterian Children's Home in Talladega.
Elkins Funeral Service directed the service.
ANNIE RUTH GASTON HOWELL
CHILDERSBURG — Funeral service for Annie Ruth Gaston Howell, 79, of 300 Charter Blvd., Macon, Ga., will be Monday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at Curtis and Son Funeral Home, Childersburg Chapel, with the Rev. Mike Ratliff officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Howell died Friday at Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Ga. She lived for 40 years at 13 Myrtlewood Drive, Childersburg, and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Childersburg, past treasurer of the Childersburg Garden Club, and a member of several bridge clubs.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert Clay and Teresa Howell of Eatonton, Ga.; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Ann and Gary Sutton of Pelham; and two grandchildren, Bobby Sutton and Clay Howell.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Curtis and Son Funeral Home, Childersburg Chapel.
Curtis and Son Funeral Home, Childersburg Chapel, will direct the service.
SAMMIE LEE MARBURY SR.
ALEXANDER CITY — Funeral service for Sammie Lee Marbury Sr., 82, will be Monday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at Kellyton Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Wood officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Marbury died Tuesday at his residence.
He is survived by one daughter, Oretha Whetstone of Kellyton; two sons, Sammie Lee Marbury Jr. and Donald Ray Marbury Sr., both of Alexander City; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; a caring, faithful neighbor Mrs. Allie Mae Riggins; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Wright's Funeral Home will direct the service.
LITITIA THOMAS PORCH
STEWARTVILLE — Lititia Thomas Porch, 44, of Stewartville, has died.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Madden's Funeral Service.
MARY A. REMPSON
TALLADEGA — Mary A. Rempson, 100, of Talladega, died Saturday at Talladega Health Care.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sims Funeral Service.
NARRE HARRISON SMITH
MUNFORD — Funeral service for Mrs. Narre Harrison Smith, 88, of Munford, will be Sunday Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at Usrey Chapel with Derrick Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Munford.
Mrs. Smith died Friday at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of Munford, she was a member of Munford Church of Christ.
She is survived by three daughters, Mable Vise and Hazel Williams of Talladega and Frances Stephens of Munford; five sons, Jerry Smith, Charles Smith, William L. Smith and Junior Smith, all of Munford, and Farris Smith of Talladega; four sisters, Syble Salter and Willadean Mitchell of Munford and Margaret Gaither and Lucille Taylor of Talladega; one brother, Wilmer Smith of Munford; 19 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearers will be Mike Bright, Shane Bright, Scott Stephens, Jeffrey Lynn Smith, Clinton Stephens and Jeff Smith.
The family received friends Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Usrey Funeral Home will direct the service.
JOHN L. THOMAS
STEWARTVILLE — John L. Thomas, 65, of Stewartville, died at his residence.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Madden's Funeral Service.
HATTIE MAE WALLACE
ANNISTON — Funeral service for Hattie Mae Wallace, 75, of Anniston, will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Rest Haven Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. James Tarrance officiating. Burial will follow in Eden Hills Cemetery.
Mrs. Wallace died Sept. 22 at Regional Medical Center. She is preceded in death by her husband, John E. Wallace Sr.; two sons, Ronald Wallace and Henry Lee Wallace; eight brothers; and four sisters.
She is survived by six sons, John Wallace Jr., Aaron Wallace, Michael Wallace and Charlie Simmons, all of Anniston; and Sammie Lee Simmons and Matthew Simmons, both of East Moline, Ill.; one daughter, Beatrice Reese of Anniston; six sisters, Adele Holley of Akron; Lizzie Patterson of Rock Island, Ill.; and Luella Watford, Mary Watford and Marie Drew of East Moline, Ill.; and Helen Thomas of Bessemer; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Leona Arku and Mamie Wilson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be sons and grandsons.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ervin Funeral Chapel.
Ervin Funeral Chapel will direct the service.
September 28, 2004
HAYWARD L. BISHOP
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Usrey Funeral Home for Mr. Hayward L. Bishop, 72, of Ragland. Mr. Bishop died Saturday, September 25, after an extended illness that began in 1993. The Reverend Douglas Ford and Reverend Curtis Fuller will deliver the message.
Mr. Bishop was of Methodist faith and a lifelong resident of St. Clair County. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was retired from National Cement Co. as an electrician. He was active in his community by becoming a voluntary fireman from 1968 to 1976 and Chief from 1976 to 1990. He was awarded 1990 Firefighter of the Year by the American Legion as well as other recognitions.
In later years, Mr. Bishop was stricken with kidney failure and was a Dialysis patient for 10 1/2 years. Through many difficult times, he had a smile, determination in his heart, and no complaints to be heard.
He is preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Etta Bishop.
Those left to cherish and grow from his life's lessons are his wife, Lois, daughter, Patsy (Phil) Grady of Gadsden; sons Ricky (Karen) Bishop and Steven (Pam) Bishop; grandchildren, Kevin Bishop, Kari Bishop, Justin Bishop and Christi (Rusty) Lane; great-grandchildren, Marrissa Bishop and Breanna and Kaitlynn Lane; brother, Jerome (Myra) Bishop of Birmingham; sister, Martha (Don) Jones of West Palm Beach, Florida, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, brother and sister in laws, Aunt Hazel Edge, and mother-in-law, Estelle Davidson.
Pallbearers will be David Burnham, Kenneth Crowe, Jeff French, Bill Burks as well as members of the Ragland Volunteer Fire Department. The firefighters "Last Call" will be sounded over the town of Ragland as Mr. Bishop is laid to rest at Hardin's Chapel Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles H. Davidson and Jimmy Bunt.
The family is grateful for the encouragement and prayers of many friends and to all the churches that have remembered us so lovingly.
Heartfelt thanks go to Dr. Azita Takashen and all Staff of the Dialysis Inc. of Pell City and also, the Ragland Rescue Unit.
The family received friends and family from 6 to 9 Monday night at Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City.
ALBERT NELSON BUNT
PELL CITY — Funeral service for Albert Nelson Bunt, 62, will be Thursday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. at Usrey Funeral Home chapel in Pell City with the Rev. Doug Ford officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Baptist Cemetery.
Mr. Bunt died Sept. 26 at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of St. Clair County and he served in the U.S. Navy where he had two deployments to Vietnam. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel and Etta Mae Bunt.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Bunt of Pell City; daughters, Amy Oden of Point Mugu, Calif., and Beth Bunt of Ragland; son, Phillip Bunt of Ragland; sister, Iva Mae Crump of Leeds; brothers, Billy Bunt of Ragland and Robert Bunt of Pell City; and six grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 9 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be David Nixon, Doug Nixon, Kevin Oden, Johnathan Barksdale, Brady Bunt and Tony Bunt.
Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.