April 17, 2005
MILDRED C. BROWN
PELL CITY – Funeral service for Mildred C. Brown, 80, will be Monday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home chapel in Pell City with the Rev. Doug Ford officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Ms. Brown died April 15 in Pell City. She is survived by sister, Thelma Hall; brother, Howard Brown; two nieces, Lydia Steed and Karen Brown; and three nephews, Vernon Steed, Milton Steed and Jeff Brown. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.
CLINTON BRUCE DARDEN SR.
SYLACAUGA – Graveside service for Clinton Bruce "Bill" Darden Sr., 83, will be Monday, April 18, at 11 a.m. in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Mr. Darden died April 16 at Baptist Medical Center Montclair in Birmingham. He was retired from U.S. Steel and was a veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Eunice Darden; and sister, Sarah Thornton. He attended Weogufka First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lexie Darden of Sylacauga; two daughters, JoAnn Peacock and husband Richard of Shelby and Dottie Watts of Rockford; son, Clinton B. Darden Jr. and wife Nancy of Rock Hill, S.C.; two stepsons, Roger Morris of Weogufka and Randall Morris of Weogufka; two sisters, Ruth Eleanor Sheffer of Foley and Dorothy Fealy of Rockford; two brothers, Fred Darden of Birmingham and wife Frances and Ed Darden of Lillian and wife Jimmie; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Sunday from 5:30 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the service.
ELLIS A. SANDERSON
SYLACAUGA – Funeral service for Ellis A. Sanderson, 54, will be Sunday, April 17, at 4 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home chapel in Sylacauga with Kenneth Light officiating. Mr. Sanderson died April 15 in Sylacauga. He was preceded in death by his parents, Odis and Gladys Sanderson. Mr. Sanderson was also an avid deer hunter and gold prospector.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Sanderson of Sylacauga; son, Michael Haisten of Sylacauga; four daughters, Traci Williams of Hoover, Karen Sanderson of Sylacauga, Tracy Roberson of Childersburg and Michelle Haisten of Childersburg; son-in-law, Buddy Williams of Hoover; three brothers, David Sanderson of Albuquerque, N.M., Keith Sanderson of West Monroe, La., and Hal Sanderson of Cartersville, Ga.; two sisters, Janet Cox of Arkansas and Leota Cox of West Monroe, La.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. You may contact the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga will direct the service.
TALLADEGA – Funeral service for Franklin "Dale" Smalley, 47, will be Monday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at Midway Memory Gardens Funeral Home. Mr. Smalley died April 16 at his residence. He was a resident of Talladega and a native of Douglas, Ala. He was a veteran of the Navy.
Mr. Smalley was a gospel music recording artist. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Smalley; two sons, Christopher Smalley of Birmingham and Brian Smalley of Jacksonville; three daughters, Nicole Smalley of Jacksonville, Jalene and Sara Smalley of California. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Midway Memory Gardens Funeral Home will direct the service.
April 20, 2005
SYLACAUGA - Margie Burns, 80, died April 16 at Sylacauga Health Care. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Community Funeral Home.
MARY FRANCES DEUEL
MUNFORD - Funeral service for Mary F. Deuel, 88, will be April 21 at 3 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home. Burial in Munford Cemetery. Mrs. Deuel died April 19. Usrey Funeral Home.
SHARDELL MONET HALL
TALLADEGA - Funeral service for Shardell Monet Hall, 5 months, of 65440 Alabama Highway 77, Apt. 603, will be Thursday, April 21, at 1 p.m. at Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary chapel with the Rev. Frankie Moton officiating. Burial will be in Midway Memory Gardens. The infant died April 14 at Citizens BMC. She is survived by her parents, Wendell and Kristy Springer Hall of Talladega; grandparents, Billy and Rhonda Springer of Talladega, Mary Hall of Talladega and Lewis Garrett of Detroit, Mich.; and brother, Deondre Hall of Talladega. Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary will direct the service.
ANNISTON - Freddie Roberson, 56, died April 18. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Ervin Funeral Chapel.
RUTH FONDREN SMITH
PELL CITY - Funeral service for Ruth Fondren Smith, 86, will be Thursday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home chapel in Pell City. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Mrs. Smith died April 17. She was preceded in death by two sons, Joe Everette Fondren and Rodger Dale Fondren; and granddaughter, Rhonda Fisher. She is survived by son, Billy Wayne Fondren; daughter, Linda Cox; brother, Billy Harbin; sister, Francis Abrams; nine grandchildren, Sonia Wiggins, Michael Fondren, Detra Gardner, Tina Fondren, Darren Fondren, Daven Cox, Kelli Cox, Ana Estrada and Alex Gonzales; eight great-grandchildren, Alan Moore, Haley Wiggins, Madyson Wiggins, Alan Fisher, Katelynn Fondren, Clay Gardner, Nikki Gardner and Ashley Fondren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.
JAMES C. SUDDETH
Suddeth, James C. "Buddy", 63, of Satsuma, Fla., died peacefully at his home on April 28. Born in Talladega to Clarence and Maude Suddeth, Buddy moved to Florida in 1968. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Green Cove Springs. He retired in 1980 as a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and in 1991 from NADEP. Other affiliations included Putnam County Shrine Club where he served as past president, Clay County Sheriff's Office Marine Reserve Unit, West Jacksonville Shrine Club where he received "Shriner of the Year 1995" and Potentate's Aide for four years. Buddy was employed as a security guard at Seminole Electric Power Plant at the time of his death.
Survivors are his former wife, Judy Suddeth (Floyd); children, Anita Tillis, Russ Suddeth (Julie) and Debbie Caudill (Chris); grandchildren, Christopher, Tyler, Trent, Justin, Chandler and Morgan; sisters, Jane Eisenhardt, Faith Evans, Donna Vazquez and Jonna Carpenter. The family invites family and friends to a graveside service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, in Oak Hill Cemetery. There will be a reception and celebration of Buddy's life following the service at the home of Pauline Bowen, 203 W. Damon in Bemiston. Usrey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
HAZEL ROUSE VOLK
Mrs. Hazel Rouse Volk, age 77, of Birmingham, went to be with the Lord Sunday, April 17. Hazel was born in Bradenton, Fla. She lived in Birmingham for many years before she and her husband, Tevie, moved to Logan Martin Lake, where they enjoyed living for over 18 years. She returned to Birmingham in 2004 to be near her daughters. She was a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Talladega, and of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Birmingham. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Theodore Joseph Volk "Tevie" and her beloved son, Theodore Joseph "Ted" Volk III. She is survived by four daughters, Gail West (Bobby), Sharon Parsons (David), Mary Maharrey (Randy) of Birmingham and Debi Daniel (Bryan) of Pheonix, Ariz.; a twin sister, Mrs. Helen McNabb of Sarasota, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Sean Willis, Robbie West, Aaron and Mary Parsons, Tracy, Scott and Andrea Daniel, Laura, Blaine and Daniel Maharrey; a number of nieces and nephews, other dear relatives and friends.
She was a wonderful wife and mother, a beautiful lady with a loving heart, and a great sense of humor. She loved her family and her church. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral service will be Wednesday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home chapel with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before service time at the funeral home. Ridout's Southern Heritage directing.
April 21, 2005
SYLACAUGA - Annie Ballard died April 19 at East Alabama Medical Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wright's Funeral Home.
LINDA B. DAVIS
TALLADEGA - Graveside service for Linda B. Davis, 94, will be Thursday, April 21, at 10 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery with Dr. Curtis Kelley and Dr. Rob Paul officiating. Mrs. Davis died April 19 at Talladega Health Care Center. She was a native and lifelong resident of Talladega County and a member of First Baptist Church and Philathia Sunday School Class. She is survived by one son and his wife, Joseph R. Davis Jr. and Yvonne of Talladega; one grandson, Paul M. Davis of Talladega; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church in Talladega. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
BARBARA OWENS GILL
CHILDERSBURG - Graveside service for Barbara "Bobbie" Owens Gill, 69, will be Friday, April 22, at 11 a.m. in Greenhill Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Mrs. Gill died April 20 at Sylacauga Health Care. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Sam Gill. She was a beloved grandma and great nana. She is survived by daughter, Debbie Pearson and husband James of Childersburg; two granddaughters, Stephanie Young and husband Jason of Childersburg and Kimberly Goswick and husband Andy of Sylacauga; great-granddaughter, Hunter Dawn Young; and great-grandson, Kenneth James Young. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg Chapel will direct the service.
TALLADEGA - Ruth Jenkins, 60, died April 19 at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Goodson Funeral Home.
BARBARA ELIZABETH JOHNSON
TALLADEGA - Funeral service for Barbara Elizabeth Johnson, 54, will be Thursday, April 21, at 1 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home chapel in Talladega with the Rev. John Whetstone officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Sylacauga. Mrs. Johnson died April 19 at Baptist Medical Center Montclair. She was a native and lifelong resident of Talladega County, was a Baptist by faith and was employed by Diamond Lil's Restaurant. She is survived by her husband, Calvin Helton of Talladega; daughter and son-in-law, April and William Brown of Munford; two sisters and brother-in-law, Melita and Howard Davis of Port St. Joe, Fla., and Venessa Babb of Talladega; her parents, Roland and Daisy Allen of Talladega; and granddaughter, Alexis Brown of Munford.
Pallbearers will be Mark Davis, Jason Falkner, Robert Johnson, Paul Clay, Jimmy Ridley and Rodney Ridley. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
KAROL M. JOHNSON
PELL CITY - Graveside service for Karol M. Johnson, 38, will be Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m. in Valley Hill Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. John Thweatt officiating. Mrs. Johnson died April 19. She is survived by two sons, Paul James McDaniel Jr. and Daniel Harold Johnson; daughter, Brittney Nichole Wolfford; and good friends, Falayda Castaneda and Amanda Harrison. The family will receive friends Thursday at noon at the funeral home. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.
BETTIE L. RADNEY
TALLADEGA - Bettie L. Radney, 61, of 925 West Battle St., died April 19 at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sims Funeral Service.
NATHALIE NEHLS SMITH WILDSMITH
Nathalie Nehls Smith Wildsmith passed away at home in Childersburg on April 11. She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie H. and Nathalie N. Smith; her brother, Archie Smith; her sister, Marion S. Loveless; her husband of 57 years, John Tegner Wildsmith; and her grandson, John Andrew "Drew" Wildsmith. She is survived by her brother, Jack Smith of Falls Church, Va.; sons, John T. Wildsmith Jr. and wife Frances, Cliff Wildsmith and wife Carol, Dennis Wildsmith and wife Donna; grandchildren, Emily Wildsmith Jackson (Troy), Ben Wildsmith (Keri), Timothy, Laura, Nathalie Elise and John Cayman Wildsmith; great-grandchildren, Bailey Pruitt, Olivia Jackson and Grace Wildsmith; many "Wildsmith" nieces and nephews; "Smith" nephews "Kicker" and "Pepper"; and three devoted sitters, Sherry Cantrell, Sharon Kennedy and the Reva Morris.
Mrs. Wildsmith was born in Birmingham on April 14, 1919. She attended Birmingham Southern College and began her career as a secretary at that time. At a Christian Endeavor Youth Retreat at Camp Winnatoska she met her lifelong love, John. They were faithful members at Presbyterian churches wherever the lived with Oakmont Presbyterian being their last church home. Nathalie was a military wife through two wars and was instrumental in forming The Birmingham Armed Forces Officers' Wives Club, serving it in many capacities including president. She was a member of Birmingham Cruising Club, Lake Guntersville Yacht Club, Birmingham Secretarial Association, The Decorative Painting Guild and The Friendship Force. She will be missed by those who loved her. Funeral service was held Saturday, April 16, at Johns Ridout's Roebuck Chapel with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her sons, grandsons and Herbert Douglas. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Children's Home in Talladega or The Alzheimer's Association of Central Alabama.
April 22, 2005
MARGIE TOWNSEND BURNS
SYLACAUGA - Funeral service for Margie Townsend Burns, 80, will be Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness with Brother Vance Smith officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Burns died April 16 at Sylacauga Health Care Center. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness.
She is survived by five daughters, Mary N. Wilson of Detroit, Mich., Sara N. Burns, Helen B. Rush, Martha Burns and Twanda Burns, all of Sylacauga; one son, Jimmy Burns of Sylacauga; and one sister, Gussie M. Townsend of Akron, Ohio. Granddaughters and nieces will serve as flowerbearers. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends Friday at the funeral home from noon until 9 p.m. Community Funeral Home will direct the service.
JASON ROBERT ECKES
HOMEWOOD - Jason Robert Eckes, a West Precinct Birmingham Police Department, 32, died April 19. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Ridout's Valley Chapel in Homewood.
SYLACAUGA - Joseph Gallman, 72, died April 21 at his residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Radney-Smith Funeral Home.
HENRY MAURICE STEWART
BIRMINGHAM - Henry Maurice "Suge" Stewart, 58, of Birmingham passed away on April 14. He was afforded an honorable discharge from the United States Army where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, an air medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Services, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Funeral service was held at Grey Memorial Funeral Home chapel on Wednesday, April 20, at noon with burial in Dynasty Gardens. The Rev. C.B. Scott officiated.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Eloise Stockdale. Survivors include siblings Elmarie Mitchell, Gloria Mayfield, Clarence Swain and Willis Stewart. Grey Memorial Funeral Home directed the service.
STAFF SGT. DEDRIC D. TAYLOR
GOODWATER - Staff Sgt. Dedric D. Taylor died April 19 in Tacoma, Wash. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Armour's Memorial Funeral Home.
BOBBY LEON TREACE SR.
SYLACAUGA - Funeral service for Bobby Leon Treace Sr., 71, will be Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home chapel in Sylacauga with the Rev. Todd Reaves officiating. Entombment will be in Evergreen Mausoleum with full military honors. Mr. Treace died April 21 in Alexander City. He was retired from the United States Air Force and M.J. Brooks and Sons Construction Company.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley H. Treace of Sylacauga; two sons, Bobby Leon Treace Jr. and wife Michelle of Spanish Fort and Timothy Kyle Treace and wife Gina of Lincoln; brother, Billy Wayne Treace of Sylacauga; step-daughter, Carrie Mathews of Pinson; three granddaughters, Alexis Treace, Amber Treace and Ashley Treace; and one grandson, Michael Treace. The family will accept flowers or contributions to Mignon Baptist Church, 401 W. 10th St., Sylacauga, Ala., 35150 or to Boys' Club of Sylacauga, 412 N. Pine St., Sylacauga, Ala., 35150. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 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.