ALEXANDRIA — Funeral services for Mr. Charles G. Peters, 73, will be announced later by Ervin Funeral Chapel. Mr. Peters died Thursday, August 21, 2008, at Regional Medical Center. www.ervinfuneralchapel.net
HEFLIN — Funeral services for Jackie Prestridge, 55, will be at 2 p.m. today, August 22, 2008, at Rock Springs Baptist Church. Dryden Funeral Home "Caring Service Since 1962." 256-463-2287
JACKSONVILLE — Funeral service for Clarence William Reaves Jr., 70, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 23, 2008, at the K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Bob Ford and Brandon Pisacrita officiating. Burial will be in Jacksonville City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 tonight at the funeral home. Mr. Reaves died Thursday at JMC. He is survived by his wife, Lela Reaves, of Jacksonville; two daughters, Teresa (Mike) Pisacrita and Robin (Carl) Cochran; one son, Matthew William Reaves; two brothers, Kenneth (Linnie) Reaves and Donald (Sue) Reaves; four grandchildren, Brandon, Corey (Elizabeth), and Jordan Pisacrita and Jennifer (DeWayne) Kiker; and a great-grandson, Chase Kiker.
Pallbearers will be DeWayne Kiker, Jason Reaves, Carl Cochran, Michael Abernathy, Corey Pisacrita and Tommy Kiker. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Aguilar, Jordan Pisacrita and members of the Calhoun County Sheriff Deputy Reserves. Mr. Reaves was retired from the City of Jacksonville after 24 years service and was also employed by The Anniston Star for 12 years. He enjoyed trade days, yard sales, NASCAR, college football and eBay. He was an avid Ham Radio Operator (W4JSU). He was a devoted family man. He was also a member of the Calhoun County Sheriff Deputy Reserves.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alabama Children's Hospital Foundation, 1600 7th Avenue, S., Birmingham, Ala. 35233. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.klbrownfuneralhome.com
BIRMINGHAM — Services for Ms. Gwendolyn Y. Smith, 45, formerly of Anniston will be announced by Ervin Funeral Chapel. She is the daughter of Command Sergeant Major (retired) James and Verlily Smith of Saks. PETERS
ALEXANDRIA — Funeral services for Mr. Charles G. Peters, 73, of Alexandria will be announced later by Ervin Funeral Chapel. Mr. Peters died Thursday, August 21, 2008 at Regional Medical Center. www.ervinfuneralchapel.net
ALPINE — Services for Mrs. Bertha Mae Tinsley, 80, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hepzibah Baptist Church. Visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the service at the church.
PIEDMONT — Services for Gary G. Wolfe, 71, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Ingram and the Rev. Rick Coffman officiating. Burial will follow in Nances Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends this evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Wolfe died Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at Jacksonville Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Imogene N. Wolfe, of Piedmont; two daughters, Angie W. Maddox (Scott) and Patty W. Carroll (Rodney), all of Piedmont; three grandchildren, Ashley Williams, Paige Carroll and Ethan Carroll; one sister, Imogene Rutledge of Glencoe and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be J.D. Doss, Stevie Goss, Charlie Wallace, Dan Lane, Sidney Cox, Glenn "Rhino" Buttram, Raymond Kirk, and Anthony Baker. Mr. Wolfe was a native and lifelong resident of Piedmont. He was owner and operator of Wolfe Cement Contractors, was a U.S. Army veteran and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed being outdoors and was preceded in death by his mother, Luna D. Wolfe, one sister, Peggy Carpenter and two brothers, Travis Wolfe and Billy Wolfe. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Piedmont Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 333, Piedmont, Ala. 36272 or the Disabled American Veterans, Monument Fund, 411 North Center Avenue, Piedmont, Ala. 36272.
WHITE PLAINS — Funeral services for Leanard M. Yearsley, 53, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 23, 2008, at Gray Brown-Service Chapel with Bishop Wendell Jensen officiating. Burial will follow at a later day in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Richland, Wash. The family will receive friends this evening from 6-8 p.m. at Gray Brown-Service Chapel. Mr. Yearsley passed away August 20, 2008 at RMC.
Survivors include his wife, Tina Lurlene, of White Plains; daughter, Tabitha Lee Yearsley, of White Plains; sister, Kay Van Kampen, of Ogden, Utah; brothers, Dewaine Yearsley, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Delmar Yearsley, of Richland, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Yearsley is preceded in death by his parents, Karl Gibbs Yearsley and Netta Hancock Yearsley; and brothers, Eli Yearsley, Merrill Johnson, and John Karl Yearsley. Mr. Yearsley was a native of Richland Washington and was a member of the U.S. Army, where he served in Germany and Fort McClellan. After the Army, he worked as a security guard at Regional Medical Center. He was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Anniston Ward. Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge of arrangements. (256)236-3441
School photographer Bill Miller dies at age 73
Bill Miller was a perennial fixture of local schools, but many might not recognize his face.
A noted school photographer who built a highly successful business, Miller usually was hidden behind a camera as he worked to capture moments in the lives of the area's schoolchildren.
For many years the owner of Bill Miller Photography in Alexandria, Miller, 73, died Thursday at his home.
"He was a true Horatio Alger story," said Kin Logan, a salesman with Miller's company for the last 11 years.
Miller came from humble beginnings and built an ultra-successful business, Logan said, but he never forgot his roots and treated people the way they should be treated.
"He never met a stranger, no matter what their station in life," Logan said.
Keith Mitchell, another employee, agreed. "I've worked here for 20 years, and you couldn't ask for a better person to work for," he said.
Miller lived his life for his company, and the company existed to help schools, Mitchell said.
The company had numerous fundraisers solely to help schools, Mitchell said.
Employee Keli Anderson remembered Miller as a very caring man.
"He didn't judge people; he would help people if you needed help, no matter what the situation," she said.
He was "always helping people out he didn't brag about; a lot of people didn't know he did things like that," added employee Sherry Henderson. Miller would help people stranded on the side of a road in an instant, she said.
"I first met Bill when we were teenagers at Ohatchee, and in all the years since I never knew him to do an unkindness to anyone," said George Smith, senior editor at The Anniston Star. "It just wasn't in his nature."
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Leatherwood Baptist Church in Anniston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Leatherwood Baptist Church, with Dr. Sam Legon officiating.
Miller is survived by his wife, Doris E. Miller of Ohatchee; two sons, Bill D. Miller Jr. and his wife, Teresa, and Alan Miller and his wife, Lonna, all of Ohatchee; three brothers, Johnny Riley and his wife, Virginia, of Oak Grove, La., Harold Riley and his wife, MayTee, of Tupelo, Miss., and Sam Legon and his wife, Gayle, of Ohatchee; three grandchildren, Casie Miller Spencer and her husband, Joel; Abby Miller, and JonRiley Miller; a great-grandson, Miller Spencer; and several nieces and nephews.
FORT PAYNE — Funeral service for Mrs. Miriam Hood Bobo, 78 will be at Saturday at 6 P.M. at the Perry Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. today.
ANNISTON — Funeral services for Janie H. Crenshaw, 64, will be announced by Miller Funeral Home & Crematory. Ms. Crenshaw died Friday at her residence.
LINEVILLE — Private graveside services for Lillie Sparks Dunaway, 100, of Lineville, formerly of Anniston, will be at today with the Rev. Ronnie Moore officiating. Mrs. Dunaway died Thursday in Lineville.
Survivors include, three daughters, Joy Dunaway, of Lineville, Betty Shaddix and Barbara Baker, both of Texas; seven grandchildren, Becky Brooks, Betty Lynn Snelling, Tommy Shaddix, James Shaddix, Joy Youngblood, Jennifer Baker and Ron Baker; 12 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Dunaway is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Dunaway and her grandson, Andy Baker.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alabama Baptist Children's Home. One of the greatest truths of life is that if we commit ourselves to God, we are indeed perfectly alright and totally safe in this universe." — Lillie Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge of arrangements. (256)236-3441
ANNISTON — Funeral services for Mrs. Addie Lou Hathorn, 85, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 23, 2008, at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs with the Reverend Dr. Bill Snow officiating and entombment following at Forestlawn Gardens. The family will receive friends this evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Hathorn passed away August 19, 2008 at Long Term Hospital of Anniston. Mrs. Hathorn was a member of Edgewood Congregation Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Hathorn, and her daughter, Judy. Mrs. Hathorn is survived by her son, Tim Hathorn and his wife, Katherine, of Birmingham; a sister, Christine Comer, of Warrenton, Va.; and a grandson, Vince Hathorn.
Pallbearers will be Chris Bruce, David Gilmore, Daryl Fleming, Vic Tankersley, Steve Taylor and Steven Waites.
Arrangements by: K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, Ala. 36207 (256) 231-2334