Services for Dr. Robert Williams, 74, of Auburn, formerly of Jacksonville, were at 11 a.m. April 14 at St. Luke CME Church in Auburn. Rev. Desmond Scaife officiated.
Dr. Williams died April 10 at his home.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mary Dowdell Williams of Auburn; two sons, Robert Stanton Williams of North Little Rock, Ark., and Kenneth Wayne Williams of Denver, Colo.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances and Melvin Abercrombie of Decatur, Ga., and Margie and Robert Bonner Jr., of Jacksonville; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Horace L. Williams of Jacksonville, Dr. William Joe Louis and Irma Williams of Tuskegee, Dr. Jesse and Gloria Williams of Wichita, Kan., and Jonathan and Jessica Williams of Biloxi, Miss.; two sisters-in-law, Lela Morgan and her husband, Clarence of Auburn, and Janet Williams; a former sister-in-law, Pearl Williams of Jacksonville; two brothers-in-law, Howard Dowdell of Auburn and Isaac Dowdell and his wife, Margaret, of Jersey City, N. J.; two aunts, Mary E. Williams of Jacksonville and Lillie Mae Williams of Burtonville, and many nieces and nephews.
His son, Calvin Lester Williams; his parents, Jerret and Lucille Franklin Williams Jr.; and four brothers, Tony Williams, Jarrett Williams III, Dr. George Franklin Williams and Albert Louis Williams, preceded him in death.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Dr. Williams became a member of St. Paul CME Church in Jacksonville at an early age. He attended Jacksonville Colored High School (formerly Eastwood High School) and Cobb High School in Anniston where he learned to play the saxophone and participated in the school’s band. He graduated valedictorian and received a scholarship from Anniston Union Pipe Shop to continue his education at Tuskegee Institute. While in the veterinary program, he interned with the U.S.D.A. Meat Inspection Department in Chicago. He graduated from Tuskegee Institute Veterinary Medical School with a doctors of veterinary medicine degree in 1957.
Dr. Williams worked in Helena, Mont., and was permanently assigned to Great Falls, Mont., in the Animal Disease and Education Division. In 1962, he was assigned to Denver, where he remained until his retirement. In Denver, he received post graduate training with the government at the University of Colorado and Ohio State University. He retired in July 1987 after 31 years of service. He was a former member and deacon of Crossroads Baptist Church in Denver. Following his retirement, he moved to Auburn in 1989 and joined St. Luke CME Church.
Services for Joseph “Buddy” Henry Boozer, 78, were at 2 p.m. April 21 in the chapel of K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Rev. Dr. Deryl Wood officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Boozer died April 19 at Jacksonville Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Lena Ruth Traylor Boozer; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Keith Bryant of Jacksonville; a son and daughter-in-law, James Henry and Brenda Boozer of McDonough, Ga.; two sisters, Betty Brand of Tarrant and Ophelia Pitts of Anniston; a brother, Jack Boozer of Ormond Beach, Fla.; two grandsons, Sean Boozer and his fiancé, Lindsay McBride, and David Bryant; three nieces and four nephews.
Pallbearers were Sean Boozer, David Bryant, Johnny Bryant, Wayne Glass, Jack Hildebrant, George Findley, Jimmy Cruse and Royce Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were members of the John Page Sunday School Class.
Mr. Boozer played basketball at Jacksonville High School until he graduated. He spent 20 years in the U. S. Air Force. After he retired in 1969, he worked at Fort McClellan and spent 17 years at Anniston Army Depot before retiring.
He enjoyed fishing, traveling, working in his yard and having a garden. He was a deacon and member of the John Page Sunday School Class at Post Oak Springs Baptist Church. He had volunteered at Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center since 1995. He was a member of the Alexandria Masonic Lodge No. 208 F&AM, the Col. Williamson Chapter 500 Order of the Eastern Star and the Scottish Rite Bodies. He was a veteran of World “War II and the Korean War.
Services for John Cole Borden, 73, of Anniston were at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Brown & Kughn Memory Chapel with the Rev. Sonny Champion officiating and Kenneth Phillips officiating at graveside services. Burial was at Forestlawn Gardens.
Mr. Borden died Thursday, April 20, at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Borden; a brother, Dennis Borden, of Nances Creek; a daughter, Beverly Flint and a son-in-law, Roger Flint; a daughter, Becky Huddleston and a son-in-law, Robert Huddleston; a son, Jonathan Borden and three grandchildren, Hayley Daglis, Nicholas Daglis, and Cole Huddleston.
Mr. Borden was a native of Nances Creek. He retired as General Manager and Chief Engineer of the Anniston Water Department.
Pallbearers were Steve Davis, Gene Hughes, Leroy Fitzpatrick, Luther Erwin, Jim Brooks and Lee Krecl. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Jones, Jerre Webb, Eugene Holley, Harlan Dothard and Jesse Bonds
Mr. Borden was preceded in death by his sister, JoAnn Thornburg, his mother, Annie Cole Borden and his father, Joel Penny Borden.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark United Methodist Church or New Beacon Hospice.
Graveside services for Sara Lee Murray, 61, were at 2 p.m. April 20 in the family lot of New Oak Grove Cemetery. Rev Chuck Cummings officiated. Folsom Funeral Home directed.
Mrs. Murray died April 17 at Jacksonville Medical Center.
Survivors include two daughters, Tina Murray of Jacksonville and Tonya Murray of Piedmont; two sons, Curtis Murray and David Murray of Jacksonville; her father, John Wilburn “Jack” Bunt of Ohatchee; a sister, Wilma Cruise of Ohatchee; and four grandchildren, Jessica Murray, Brandy Murray, Nancy Overstreet and Calvin Bennett; and three great-grandchildren, David Overstreet, Justin Bennett and Kyle Bennett.
Her mother, Anner Mae Christopher Bunt; a grandson, Milton Dewayne Murray; her first husband, Dan Curtis Murray Sr., and her second husband, Ted Murray, preceded her in death.
Pallbearers were Clay Smith, Tony Jones, Glenn Cruise, Steven Cross, David Waldren and Phillip Murray.
Mrs. Murray was a native of Calhoun County. She was born June 12, 1944 and was a member of New Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Services for Muriel Aby Smith, 90, were at 3 p.m. April 23 at Post Oak Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Deryl Wood officiated Burial was in Post Oak Springs Baptist Cemetery. K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center directed.
Mrs. Smith died April 21 at Jacksonville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth “Beth” Land of Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Sharon Land and Shane Land of Jacksonville and Obby Land of Maryville, N.C. two great-grandchildren, Kalab Land and Joshua Land of Jacksonville, several nieces and nephews, and Judy Shew and Ann Webb, special nieces and caregivers.
Her husband, James Woodrow Smith, and her son, James “Jim” Land preceded her in death.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Mrs. Land was a member of the Eastern Star, Post Oak Springs Baptist Church and Jacksonville Senior Citizens Center.
Robert “Bob” Porch Jordan
City's pioneer paramedic dies
One of Jacksonville’s first emergency medical technicians died at his home April 15. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. April 20 at Alexander City Cemetery.
Robert “Bob” Porch Jordan, 65, had battled heart problems for years. He had survived four heart attacks and received a number of stents. According to his fraternal twin, John “Ed” Jordan III, Bob lived longer than doctors expected.
“He had been in poor health for years,” said Ed. “When he died his heart only had 10 percent of its efficiency.”
Bob moved to Jacksonville from Alexander City in 1962, following Ed who had come in 1961. The brothers opened and managed a popular eating establishment, Dari Delite, which is now Cecil’s, while attending Jacksonville State University. Bob earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from JSU. For 20 years, Bob was a respiratory therapist at Jacksonville Hospital. A lot of his time was spent, however, working with the city as a fireman and paramedic.
He retired as a 1st lieutenant with the fire department. Later, he was a greeter at the Village Inn.
He enjoyed flying and antique cars. According to Ed, Bob fancied a 1956 Packard he owned.
“He was my younger brother,” joked Ed. “I’m 15 minutes older than him. He had such a big heart. He helped a lot of people and never made a big deal out of it. People who knew him knew they could call on him and he would help them. I’m going to miss him very, very much.”
In addition to Ed, Bob is survived by Ed’s wife and daughter, Jeanne Jordan and Holly A. Jordan; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Nancy and Ralph Chabot and Martha Scott; a niece, Katie Scott Jones and her husband, Adam; three nephews and their wives, Robert and Bonnie Chabot, R. Michael and Tracy Chabot and Jordan R. Scott; three great-nephews and one great-niece.
His parents, John Edward Jordan Jr., and Miriam Porch Jordan, and a brother-in-law, Charles Scott, preceded him in death.
Pallbearers were Jordan Scott, Ralph Chabot, Adam Jones, Mayor Johnny Smith, Police Chief Tommy Thompson and Fire Chief Mike Daugherty. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Jacksonville Fire Department.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 409410, Atlanta 30384-9410, the Jacksonville Fireman’s Association, 506 Chinabee Ave., Jacksonville 36265, or to a favorite charity.
Services for Mary Cain Blair Allison of Charleston, S. C., formerly of Jacksonville, were at 4 p.m. April 30 at Sharon A. R. P. Church.
Mrs. Allison died April 27, in Charleston.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, William B. Allison Jr.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary and Charles Atkerson and Barrie Hornbuckle; a sister, Margaret Ida Johnson; sisters-in-law, Betty Lewis, Faye Blair and Marynette Whitlow; and grandchildren, Liz Atkerson, Erin Boudolf and her husband, Victor, Logan Hornbuckle and Mason Hornbuckle.
She was preceded in death by her brother, John Ross Blair Jr.; a sister, Betty Blair, and a grandson, Will Hornbuckle.
Mrs. Allison was born Sept. 26, 1924 in Charleston, the daughter of John Ross Blair and Clyde Cain Blair. She was reared in Sharon, S. C., graduated from Montreat College in 1943 and married on Dec. 22, 1944.The Allisons moved to Jacksonville in 1951.
Mrs. Allison was a homemaker when her children were young. She then held various positions at Jacksonville State University for 20 years. She was a lifelong Presbyterian and an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville for 54 years. She and her husband moved to Charleston in February.
Pallbearers were Logan and Mason Hornbuckle, Charles Atkerson Jr., Victor Boudolf III, Clarke Johnson and Robert Blair.
Memorial donations may be made to Jacksonville Meals on Wheels, 206 Francis St., Jacksonville 36265, or First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville.