March 27, 2005
TALLADEGA - Funeral service for Clifton Cunningham, 64, will be Monday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Bobby Welch officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery. Mr. Cunningham died March 24 at Baptist Medical Center Montclair in Birmingham. He was a member of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, served as chairman of the Deacon Board, member of the Senior Choir, the Male Chorus and was a Sunday school teacher. He was a native of Talladega County. He lived in California, where he attended Laney Community College in Oakland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Nona Cunningham; and one brother, Howard Cunningham. He is survived by his wife, Mary L. Cunningham of Talladega; two daughters, Valerie L. Cunningham and Jacqueline C. Maduro of Talladega; two sons, Patrick O. Cunningham of Fort Payne and Leslie H. Cunningham of Heflin; two sisters, Marian C. Cunningham and Yvonne Holden of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three brothers, Calvin Cunningham, James A. Cunningham and Larry Cunningham of Talladega; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Deacons of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers. Nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers. Madden's Funeral Service will direct the service.
RICHARD EUGENE DAVIS
LINCOLN - Richard Eugene Davis, 69, passed away Saturday, March 26, at Regional Medical Center in Anniston. He is survived by his wife, Norma Davis of Lincoln; one daughter, Cynthia Darlene Lawn of Coal City, Ind.; one son, Richard Wayne Davis of Chelsea; one sister, Phyllis Norma Lambert of Nobelsville, Ind.; grandchildren, Erin Michael Davis, Christina Davis, Dana Davis, April Davis, Tiffany Chapman; and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Davis was a native of Sullivan, Ind., and had lived in Lincoln for the past 19 years. He was retired from Tyler Refrigeration.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Talladega Funeral Home will direct the service.
WILLIAM LAWRENCE DORAN SR.
SPRINGVILLE - Funeral service for William Lawrence Doran Sr., 63, will be Monday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home chapel in Pell City. Mr. Doran died March 24. He is survived by two sons, James William Doran and William Lawrence Doran Jr.; daughter, Audra Lynn Rylant; two brothers, Kevin Doran and Fritz Doran; and two sisters, Judy Shelnutt and Laura Ferguson. The family will receive friends Monday from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.
MABLE McDONALD MORRIS
SYLACAUGA - Funeral service for Mable McDonald Morris, 76, will be Monday, March 28, at 4 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home chapel in Sylacauga with the Rev. Thompson Pitts officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Sylacauga. Mrs. Morris died March 25 at Christian City Nursing Home.
She is survived by two sons, Randall W. McDonald of Atlanta, Ga., and Ronald G. McDonald of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Sandra Coleman of Hollins and Barbara King of Clearwater, Fla.; two brothers, Dewey Tate of Sanibal Island, Fla., and James Tate of Mobile; eight grandchildren, Shane McDonald, Matt McDonald, Eli King, Tanya McDonald, Robin McDonald, Chasity Grice, Devin Lightsey and Jamie East; and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Terry Grice, Scott Durden, Donald Lightsey, Jason East, Shane McDonald and Matt McDonald. The family will receive friends Monday from 2 until 4 p.m. at the funeral home. You may contact the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga will direct the service.
March 29, 2005
WILLIAM WALLACE CARR
ALPINE - Funeral Service for William Wallace Carr, 84, will be Tuesday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Hepzibah Baptist Church, Talladega, with the Rev. Jack Drinkwater and the Rev. Bill Casaday will be officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Carr died March 27 at his residence. He was a native and life long resident of Talladega Co. He was preceded in death by daughter Diane Carr.
He was retired from Kimberly-Clark and he was a vet. of WWII having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Hepzibah Baptist Church where he attended the Timothy Sunday School Class.
He is survived by wife Galdys H. Carr, Alpine; Daughters Linda C. And Butch Carter, Wetumpka; Mary Carr, Birmingham; Kathy and Bill Casaday, Gardendale. Son Eugene & Joyette Carr, Talladega. Three grandchildren. Sister Dollye Finn, Alpine; Brother Thomas Carr, Goldboro.
Pallbearers will be Jordan Casaday, Richard Duncan, David Duncan, Ken Haynes, Arthur Wallick and Mike Vickers. Honorary pallbearers will be Timothy Sunday School Class of Hepzibah Baptist Church. Usrey Brown Funeral Home, Talladega will direct the service.
ROME, Ga. - Funeral Service for Mr. Henry Cunningham, 87, of 316 E. 15th Street, will be Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 12 noon at Greater Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor Terrell Shields will be officiating. The body may be viewed one hour before service at the church. Interment will follow at Hall Grove Church Cemetery, Munford, at 2 p.m.
Mr. Cunningham died March 24 at a local health facility after a short illness. He was born on March 3, 1912 in Talladega, to the late Joe and Mattie Cunningham. He attended Talladega College and taught school in Munford. He joined Hall Grove Baptist Church at an early age and after moving to Rome, he united with the Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by brothers. J.Q., O.H., D.C., Ben, Ellioutt Sr., and Thornton Cunningham. He is survived by sister, Mrs. Carrie Adcox; nephew, Ellioutt Cunningham, Jr.; neice, Mattie Sams; and a number of great nieces and nephews. The family may be contacted the residence. Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc., Rome, will direct the service.
SAM E FOWLER
FT. MYERS, FL. - Sam E Fowler, 91, formerly of Pell City died March 22. Graveside services will be Tuesday, 3 PM, Oak Ridge Cemetery. Kilgroe Funeral Home of Pell City will direct the services.
ALPINE - Lorean Garrett, 67, of 2766 Nottingham Road, died March 27, at Citizens Baptist Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary.
RUTH PAULINE CULVER HYATT
ARAB - Funeral Service for Ruth Pauline Culver Hyatt, 79, will be Tuesday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Arab Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. Brother Shelby Sloan will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Oak Cemetery. Mrs. Hyatt died Sunday, March 27 at the Huntsville Hospital. She was born March 8, 1926 in Coosa County, to Dudley Culver and Emma Johnson Culver. She was a retired Nurse and a member of Union Grover Baptist Church.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Kenny and Debbie Click, Trussville; Terry and Angie Click, Arab; Bobby Click, Arab. Sisters and Brothers-in-law Christine Harris and Betty and Richard Blades, all of Sylacauga; Brothers and Sisters-in-law Denson and Ruby Culver, Moulton; Cecil and Judy Culver, Hoover; Bain and Joyce Culver, Weogufka; Grandchildren Daniel Click, Ryan Click, Riley Click, Lorianne Click and Lindsey Click.
Arab Memorial Chapel will direct the service.
SUSIE RANDALL MADDOX
TALLADEGA - Funeral service for Mrs. Susie Randall Maddox, 90, will be at Tuesday at Usrey Chapel in Talladega with the Rev. Roger Young and Elder Bruce Atkinnon officiating. Burial will be in Bethel United Methodist Cemetery in Talladega. Mrs. Maddox died March 26 at Citizens BMC. She was a native and life long resident of Talladega County. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church and retired from Brecon Knitting Mills.
She is survived by two nieces, Cyntha Atkisson of Talladega, Rebecca McNutt of Anniston, one nephew, Curtis Randall of Munford and a host of great-nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Charles Randall, John Godwin, Dusty Dustin, Byron Atkisson, Adam Gallman and Charles Farmer. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
RICHARD HEFLIN SMITH
PELL CITY - Funeral services for Richard Heflin Smith, 46, was Monday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Pell City with the Rev. A.L. Courtney, Jr., and Dr. John Thweatt officiating. Interment was in Valley Hill Memorial. Mr. Smith went to be with the Lord on March 27. He was preceded in death by his father Judge Heflin "Freck" Smith, Jr. and father-in-law, Marlin Shaver Hugghins.
Richard was a life long resident of Pell City. He was a 1976 graduate of Pell City High School where he played on the Pell City High School Football team. He was a 1982 graduate of UAB and was the owner of Dixie Sod Farm in Pell City. Richard was known throughout Central Alabama for the quality of sod he raised. He was a life long member of the First Baptist Church of Pell City where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He had a great love for his Church and his testimony and love for the Lord will live on in the hearts of the people of First Baptist Church for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Susan Hugghins Smith; son, Matthew Richard Smith; daughters, Courtney Diane Smith and Amanda Katherine Smith; mother, Julianne Smith; sister, Suzanne Alverson (Micky); niece, Kristin Grace Williams; nephews, Dr. Mitchell Wade Alverson, Jr. (Beth), Richard Craig Alverson (Bridget), and William Judge Alverson (Lindsey); great nieces, Annah Beth and Grace Alverson; great nephews, Davis, Cale and Brec Alverson; and mother-in-law, Amelia Grace Posey Hugghins.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Victory Christian School Athletic Department of Pell City or the First Baptist Church of Pell City Building Fund.
Pallbearers were Don Raughton, Coach Pete Rich, the Rev. J.L. Golden, Joe Bob Evans, Tim Hogan, Jason Pate, Phillip Butts and Dave Melvin. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City directed the service.
ISAAC WOOD WILLIAMS
GADSDEN - Isaac Wood Williams, 88, will have his Life's Celebration Service on Tuesday, March 29 at 1 P.M. at Collier Butler Chapel with interment immediately following at Crestwood Mausoleum. the Reverend Thomas Hilyer will be officiating. Visitation was held from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. on Monday evening at Collier Butler Funeral Home, Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services Directing.
Isaac Wood Williams was born November 4, 1916, in Hollins, Alabama to Elvie Parzettie Williams and Edward Barnabus Williams. He is one of seven children and is the last of his siblings to cross the river from this mortal life to life everlasting. Mr. Williams graduated from B.B. Comer High School in 1941, and worked for various companies throughout his life, including Georgia Marble Company and Avondale Mills. He lived most of his life in the Sylacauga area and was a member of The Hollins Baptist Church.
After retirement, he moved to Gadsden, Alabama, to be near his children that had migrated to the area over the years. Mr. Williams loved his wife, Lamurel. The relationship they had was one of working together to raise their five children and to instill a love of God, each other, their fellow man, and to enjoy one's work and this beautiful Earth that we are all blessed with. One would have to grown up with this family to truly understand the love they have for each other and the family leadership that Mr. Williams provided.
Mr. Williams enjoyed a simple but good life. He was a devoted husband and Christian. His favorite book was the Bible and he enjoyed its messages immensely. When his children were young, the family would sit around in the evening and read stories to each other from The Bible. He would take time to share the true meaning of the words they read. Gardening was something he enjoyed from childhood until he could no longer perform this age-old method of obtaining food. He made sure his sons understood the methodology involved in the gardening process and he taught them well. As a matter of fact, he had one of the cleanest vegetable gardens that you have ever seen (compliments of three growing boys.)
Mr Williams has passed on, but his family cherishes the many memories of his life on Earth and anticipates the future when this family will be together again as one. Mr. Williams is survived by his beloved wife, Lamurel Hazel Williams; daughters, Patricia (Winston) Palmer, Easley, SC, and Kathi Davis, Atlanta, Ga; sons, Michael (Barbara Williams, Calera, Ala., and Kenneth (Betsy) Williams and Keith (Kay) Williams, Southside, Al; ten grandchildren, Tracie Sorgenfrei, Michelle Mayne, Chris Palmer, Kenneth Williams, Jr., Erin Barnett, Daniel Williams, Jennifer Davis, Leslie Williams, Ike Williams and Anna Williams; and seven great-grandchilden, Zac Mayne, Brooke Sorgenfrei, Michael Mayne, Heather Palmer, Matthew Williams, Savanna Williams, and Meghan Barnett.
March 30, 2005
TRACY L. BILLINGSLEY
TUCKER, Ga. - Tracy Leander Billingsley, formerly of Alexander City, died March 28. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wright's Funeral Home.
WILLIAM WALLACE CARR
ALPINE - Funeral service for William Wallace Carr, 84, was Tuesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at Hepzibah Baptist Church in Talladega with the Rev. Jack Drinkwater and the Rev. Bill Casaday officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Carr died March 27 at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Talladega County. He was preceded in death by daughter, Diane Carr. He was retired from Kimberly-Clark and he was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Hepzibah Baptist Church where he attended the Timothy Sunday School Class.
He is survived by wife, Gladys H. Carr, Alpine; daughters, Linda C. and Butch Carter, Wetumpka, Mary Carr, Birmingham, Kathy and Bill Casaday, Gardendale; son Eugene and Joyette Carr, Talladega; three grandchildren; sister, Dollye Finn, Alpine; and brother, Thomas Carr, Goldboro, N.C.
Pallbearers were Jordan Casaday, Richard Duncan, David Haynes, Ken Haynes, Arthur Warlick and Mike Vickers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Timothy Sunday School Class of Hepzibah Baptist Church. Usrey Brown Funeral Home in Talladega directed the service.
MARY VINCENT GOSDIN
BON AIR - Mary Vincent Gosdin, 67, died March 29 at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Radney-Smith Funeral Home.
DANNY RAY REYNOLDS
SYLACAUGA - A Celebration of Life for Danny Reynolds will be Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Sylacauga First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jim Stanford officiating. Visitation will be before and after the service. Mr. Reynolds died March 13 in St. Petersburg, Fla., following a lengthy illness. Mr. Reynolds, of Memphis, Tenn., was born June 18, 1950 in Manilla, Ark., and attended Black Oak High School. He retired as a store manager for the Ferrell-Calhoun Paint Co., and later ran a craft shop. He was an artisan, working with wood/leather/metal, and was a collector and seller of medieval knives and swords.
He is survived by his wife, Tina Reynolds of Memphis, Tenn.; four sons, Ashley Reynolds of Sylacauga, Ian Reynolds of Seattle, Wash., and Jeremy and Tre Smith of Sylacauga; two brothers, Ricky Reynolds and Robby Lancaster of Memphis, Tenn., and a sister, Carolyn Routen of Paragould, Ark. Mr. Reynolds' sons request memorials be made to the Sylacauga High School Soccer Team or St. Jude's Children's Cancer Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
BETTY HANS THORNTON
SYLACAUGA - Graveside service for Betty Hans Thornton, 75, will be Wednesday, March 30, at 3 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. David Vance officiating. Mrs. Thornton died March 28 at her residence. She was a member of First Church of God of Sylacauga and was a retired caterer.
She is survived by her husband, Harvey Lee Thornton of Sylacauga; daughter, Gwendolyn Kay Thornton of Sylacauga; and sister, Ruby Hans Zimmer of Carrie, Texas. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1 until 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the service.
CYNTHIA DIANA JENNINGS WADE
DAYTON, Ohio - Cynthia Diana Jennings Wade died March 25 at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wright's Funeral Home.