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Services for Estelle Norton Smith of Searcy, Ark., were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Jacksonville Church of Christ. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith died Sept. 11 in Searcy.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Jim Mercer and Phyllis and Thomas Alexander; a son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Mary Ann Smith; seven grandchildren, Jim Mercer Jr. and his wife Mary Kay, Steven Mercer and his wife Yvonne, Julie Campbell, Rachel Smith and her husband Craig, Jeffrey Mercer and his wife Emmie, Isaac Alexander and his wife Angela, Hannah Carpenter and her husband Heath; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lorene Norton Carr and Leona Norton Keis; two sisters-in-law, Hilda Dean Norton and Inez Norton Parris and a brother and sister-in-law, Leonard D. and Virginia Norton.

Mrs. Smith was born in the Williams community on May 28, 1919. She attended Williams school through ninth grade, then attended Jacksonville High School where, in the 10th grade she met her husband, Clifford M. Smith. They married after graduating high school in October 1939 and were married almost 69 years. They became members of the Church of Christ. Estelle helped her husband become a preacher and supported him in this work that took them into the state of Georgia and all over the state of Alabama. She enjoyed games, puzzles, dolls, toys, sewing, plants, birds, costume jewelry, handcrafts and the Bible especially the Old Testament.

Her husband preceded her in death on Aug. 15. Also preceding her in death were her brothers Curtis and Marvin Norton and sisters Lois Norton Godfrey and Lucille Norton White.


A service of remembrance for Veronia Cheatwood Hill, 59, was at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the chapel of K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Her brother Steve Cheatwood spoke.

Mrs. Hill died Sept. 16 at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

Survivors include her husband, David A. Hill of Jacksonville; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Chris Austin of Weaver; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Steve and Rita Cheatwood of Anniston, Scott Carpenter and Chris and Sissy Carpenter of Weaver; two aunts, Gaye Miller and Imogene Rutledge and an uncle, Fletcher Cheatwood.

Her parents Wallace S. and Peggy Wolfe Cheatwood, her sister Denise Carpenter Bliss and grandparents Brock and Elizabeth Cheatwood and Luna and Roll Needham preceded her in death.

An educator for over 30 years, Mrs. Hill held bachelor’s of science and master’s of science degrees from Jacksonville State University and taught at Roy Webb School and Pleasant Valley High School for over 30 years. She was active in a number of professional organizations, among them, NEA, AEA, CCEA and was a former member of the Alabama Geographic Alliance, Alabama Council for Economic Education and National Council of Geographic Education. She served on the executive board and as treasurer and secretary of the CCEA.

She was a past member of the steering committee and the finance committee of the Alabama Geographic Alliance. In 1990 and 2001 she was chosen as Pleasant Valley Secondary Teacher of the Year and was nominated in 1990, 2005 and in 2007 for the JSU Secondary Teacher Hall of Fame. In 1992, she received the Columbus Quincentenary National Council for Geographic Education Teacher Scholar Award, one of 14 awarded to teachers throughout North America.

She was chosen History Teacher of the Year in 1993 by the Chinnabee Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Hill was finalist for the Alabama History Teacher of the year in 1996 and was chosen finalist for the Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Alabama Council for Economic Education in 1996 and 1997.

She liked to travel, to scrapbook, read mystery novels, paint and create holiday artworks. She loved animals, especially cats and had won numerous national awards showing cats.

Memorial donations can be made to the Veronia Hill Scholarship Fund, c/o Fort McClellan Credit Union, 1204 Church Ave., S.E., Jacksonville 36265; Pleasant Valley School, 4141 Pleasant Valley Road, Jacksonville 36265 or the League of Animal Welfare, P.O. Box 2510, Anniston 36202.


Memorial services for John Davis Pruett Sr., 85, will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Revs. Michael Rich and Stanley Easton will officiate.

Survivors include his children Peter Russell and his wife Lynn of Pleasantville, N.Y., and Mary Lee Montgomery and her husband Bill and Tracy P. Dillon all of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by his son John and wife, Mary Jane O’Rourke. He had 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Pruett was born on Church Street in 1923 to Ross and Bertha Snider Pruett. His brothers James E. and Herman Ross Pruett preceded him in death.

Mr. Pruett retired after 20 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He served as an aircraft commander at Kennedy Space Center during launches for missions including Skylab, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Pioneer 10 to Jupiter, and Voyager to Mars. He also served at NASA as a quality inspector on Space Shuttle projects.

During his aviation career Mr. Pruett built two replicas of a 1912 Model Glenn H. Curtiss Flying Machine.

The first plane was used in the 1965 movie “The Great Race” and the 1976 mini-series “The Captains and the Kings.” It also appeared in several documentaries, including “To Fly” for the Smithsonian Air Museum.

In 1968 he completed a 1000-mile air show tour across the South in that plane and broke an altitude record. The second Curtiss replica is on display in the Early Aviation Hall at The Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham.

The family invites friends to join them for dinner in the parish house immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.


Graveside service for Lawrence R. Rutledge Sr., 85, of Anniston were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Forestlawn Gardens. Dr. Billy Harris officiated. Chapel Hill Funeral Home directed.

Mr. Rutledge died Sept. 18 at Jacksonville Health and Rehab.

Survivors include his daughter, Sara Rutledge of Jacksonville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence R. and Ann Rutledge Jr. of Decatur and Ricky and Cathy Rutledge of Jacksonville; a sister, Louise R. Cobb of Alexandria; grandchildren, Julie Ann Burch and her husband Danny, Rodney Rutledge and his wife Theresa, Rush Rutledge and his wife Amber and Haley Rutledge; five great-grandchildren, Virginia and Gracie Burch and Abbi and Josiah Rutledge and Trenton Lott and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rutledge was a native of Weaver and had resided in Anniston for most of his life. He was a member of Parker Memorial Baptist Church and the Baraca Sunday school class.

He served his country during World War II and was discharged with a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat.

His wife Jewel Rutledge, a sister Hazel Mayes and a brother Jack Rutledge preceded him in death.


Services for Willis Lee Scott, 93, of Muscadine were at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at New Hopewell Baptist Church. Rev. Jerry Hulsey and Dr. Wayne Stevens officiated. Burial was in Concord Cemetery. Dryden Funeral Home directed.

Mr. Scott died Sept. 20 at his residence.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Lula M. Scott of Muscadine; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Linda Gilley of Heflin, Brinda Michael of Muscadine, Kathy and Joe Williams of Buchanan Ga., Sue and Wayne Woodard of Heflin and Patricia and Rodney Robinson of Jacksonville; two sons and daughters-in-law Charles and Betty Scott of Muscadine, Eudean and Janice Scott of Heflin; caregiver, David Taylor; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Rodrick Robinson, Chase Robinson, Brandon Robinson, Jeremy Dukes, Vance Scott, Alan Scott, Brook McDaniel and Timothy Gilley. Honorary pallbearers were David Taylor and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Scott was a native and life long resident of Cleburne County. He was retired from the Anniston Army Depot and a member and deacon of New Hopewell Baptist Church. Two sisters McCullough and Mary Whitman, a brother Nelson Scott and two grandchildren Greg Scott and Shane Gilley preceded him in death.


Services for Aldridge Daniel Smith, 71, will be at 2 p.m. today at Chapel Hill Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Mr. Smith died Sept. 20 at Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Smith of Jacksonville; a daughter, Crystal Studdard of Coldwater; three sons, Mark Smith and Stephen Smith of Jacksonville and Phillip Smith, of Southside; four sisters, Loraine Carpenter of Florida, Vernice Dutton of Alexandria, Dean Shears of Anniston and Henrietta Dyer, of California, a brother, Jimmy Wilkerson of Georgia and four grandchildren.

Mr. Smith was a native of Calhoun County and resident of Jacksonville. He was retired from the Anniston Army Depot and served with the U.S. Navy for seven years. He was of the Holiness faith.


Services for Dale Killingsworth, 88, were at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bill Parker officiating. Burial was in Rainbow Memorial Park. Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Chapel was in charge.

Mr. Killingsworth died Sept. 6.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Hazel Moore Killingsworth; a daughter and son-in-law, Dottie and Joel Hommes of Piedmont; two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Gale Killingsworth of St. Cloud, Fla., and David and Patsy Killingsworth of Fayetteville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; Michelle Weygand, John Killingsworth, Scott Killingsworth, Sherry Killingsworth, Josh Hommes and Lori Raymond; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John Killingsworth Jr., Joshua Hommes, Wayne Moore, Mike McCormick, Ray Weygand and Mike Condit. Honorary pallbearer was Joel Hommes.

Mr. Killingsworth enjoyed crafts. He retired in 1980 from Southeastern Storage and Demurage Bureau in Orlando, Fla., where he was in management in the railroad industry. He was a member of Webster’s Chapel United Methodist Church and served in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was president of the Webster’s Chapel Senior Citizen Group for 10 years.

Born in Guntersville, Mr. Killingsworth was reared in Alabama and moved to Orlando in 1955. He moved to the Webster’s Chapel area in 1988.

Mr. Killingsworth was preceded in death by his parents, Joe David and Rhoda Killingsworth; a sister, Beatrice Bragg; and two brothers, Dewey and Nolton Killingsworth.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.


A memorial service for Margia “Marge” Mae Burell Cain, 84, was at 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at Gray Brown Mortuary Chapel.

Mrs. Cain died Sept. 6 at Jacksonville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Gary Callon of Huntsville and Glenda and Jack Grantham of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandsons, William Glynn and his wife, Sunny, and Randy Glynn; a daughter, Katie Grantham; a great-granddaughter, Brooke Glynn; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Betty Burell; a sister-in-law, Thealene Burell, and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Cain was the daughter of the late Luther and Cora Lee Burell. She was born Jan. 23, 1921 in Calhoun County. A retired hairdresser, she owned and managed shops in Alabama and Florida for 38 years. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking, gardening and helping her friends and family. She was a member of West Side Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Gray Cain; their daughter, Sandra Cain; and her brothers, Rev. Bill Burell and Charles Burell.

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