EDWARDSVILLE — Funeral services for Hazel Frances Thompson, 63, will be 2 p.m. today, at Edwardsville Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Garner and the Rev. Brent Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Upper Cane Creek Cemetery. Mrs. Thompson passed away Sunday, May 11, 2008.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Jerome Thomson, of Edwardsville; two sons, Glenn E. Thompson, of Heflin, and Jerome R. Thompson, of Ranburne; two sisters, Virginia C. Robinson and Helen I. Glynn, of Columbia, Mo.; grandchildren, Dylan and Ellis Thompson.
Pallbearers will be Hughlette Thompson, David Thompson, Larry Thompson, Dylan Thompson, Dave Thompson and Ray Noland. Mrs. Thompson was a native of Kansas City, Mo., and a resident of Edwardsville for most of her life. She was a member of Edwardsville Baptist Church and a Hair Stylist. Dryden Funeral Home "Caring Service Since 1962." 256-463-2287
CENTRE — Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Lane Tucker, 67, will be 4 p.m. Thursday, at Perry Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation from 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
TALLADEGA — Graveside Rites for Miss Anndria Marie "Andi" Webster, 22, will be 2 p.m. today, at Pine Hill Memorial Park.
BLUE POND — Funeral services for Mrs. Callie Nell Stancell Day, 67, will be at 7:00 tonight at the Perry Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m., prior to the service.
ANNISTON — Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Cline Horne, 68, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2008, at Gray Brown-Service Mortuary. Burial will follow at Anniston Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends this evening from 6-8 at the funeral home. Mrs. Horne passed away Tuesday at her home.
Survivors include three daughters, Rhonda Horne Harbison, of Weaver, Remona Horne Grubbs and husband, Steve, and Ginna Horne Gray and husband, Martin; one sister, Gayle Mitchell; one brother, Bobby Cline; six grandchildren, Charles Harbison and wife, Jamie, Ryan Harbison and wife, Tammy, Heather Gibson and husband, Scott, Megan G. Smart and husband, Matt, Meredith Grubbs, and William Gray; eight great-grandchildren, Katie, Callie, Hope, Hailey, Emiley and Brittany Harbison, Carrie Price, and Noah Moran. Mrs. Horne is preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Horne and her parents, Mae Mitchell and Red Cline.
Pallbearers will be members of the family and friends. Mrs. Horne was a native of Calhoun County and a resident of Anniston. She was a homemaker, a loving mother and grandmother, and of the Baptist faith. Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge of arrangements. (256)236-3441
JACKSONVILLE — Funeral services with full military honors for William F. Pierce Sr., 62, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Anniston Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Pierce died Monday at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Sau T. Pierce; his son, William F. Pierce Jr., of Oxford; his daughter, Mai Lynn Hagan and her husband, Lance, of White Plains; his grandson, River McCary; his brother, James Pierce, of Munford; his sister, Mattie Marino; and two nephews, Michael Marino and Kevin Marino. Mr. Pierce was retired from the U. S. Army after 20 years of service including service in Vietnam. Anniston Memorial Funeral Home 3865 US Hwy 431 North Anniston, Ala. 36206 820-0024
AUBURN — Sandra Starr Southerland, 68, a resident of Auburn for more than 40 years, died peacefully on Mother's Day, May 11, 2008. Sandra received her B.A. from Auburn University. She taught high school English and Spanish, worked in administrative positions for the Episcopal Dioceses of Atlanta and recently retired from her position as an executive administrative assistant for the Dean of Architecture at Auburn University. During these careers, as a single-parent, she successfully raised two children whom she loved dearly. Among other associations, Sandra was a member of the Daughters of the American The Revolution, Episcopal Altar Guild and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Sandra will be remembered most for her true charm, quick wit, keen intelligence, sense of humor, compassion for animals and genuine interest in people. She was passionate about faith, literature, gardening, dogs and the English language. Sandra Starr Southerland, daughter of the late Henry Barron Starr Jr. and Sara Morris Starr Little of Macon, Ga., is survived by her husband, Thomas H. Southerland, of Auburn; her aunt, Jewell Morris Hay, of Conyers; her siblings, Sally Starr Bennett, of Conyers and Henry Barron "Barry" Starr III, of St. Simon's Island. She is also survived by her children, Kenneth Morris Rose, and his wife, Eve, of Atlanta and her daughter, Josephine Rose Lowery and her husband, Trent, of Birmingham. Seven beloved grandchildren survive her as well, Savannah, Spencer, Ceclia, Harrison, Sara Frances, Sophie and Nathaniel. A memorial graveside service will be at Carmel Cemetery in Mansfield, Georgia, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2008. A reception will follow the service and be at Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home, 2157 East Street, Covington, Ga. 30014 from 11:30 until 12:30 on Friday. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Lee County Humane Society, Auburn, Alabama, or a charity of one's choice. Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (770)786-2524
ATLANTA — Infant, Jurnee Skyee Turner, 2 days old, passed away May 14, 2008 at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary will announce the arrangements.
ANNISTON — Funeral services for Gary Joe Woodard, 44, will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 16, 2008, in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home & Crematory with Bishop Leroy Austin and the Rev. Horace McMichael officiating. Burial will follow in the Dogwood Trails Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday from 12 until service time at the funeral home. Mr. Woodard died Sunday at UAB Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Angela Woodard, of Anniston; sons, Gary Woodard Jr, of Anniston, Michael Woodard, of Anniston; father, Lamar Woodard, of Anniston; brothers, Elbert Woodard, of Anniston, Joseph Woodard, of Heflin, Timothy Woodard, of Anniston, Anthony Woodard, of Kingsport, Tenn.; sister, Christina Gardner, of Anniston; grandmother, Eula Watson and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Hill, Thomas Champion, Tommy Tate, Chris Eldridge, Matt Hill and Roy Brown Jr. Mr. Woodard was a resident of Anniston and a devoted Alabama football fan. Personal condolences may be written to the family at www.millerfuneralhomeoxford.com.
HEFLIN — Claude Gale Smith, who passed away May 12, 2008 was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Hattie Bell Brown Smith and was a member of Crumley's Chapel.
Bronner Burgess dies Saturday in pool at home
A public memorial service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Shades Mountain Baptist Church for William Bronner “Cornbread” Burgess, 2.
Bronner, the son of Rick and Sherri Burgess, died Saturday after falling into an indoors pool at the Burgess home in Indian Springs Village in Shelby County.
Rick Burgess, is co-host of The Rick and Bubba Show. Rick spoke at the funeral which was attended by an estimated 4,000 mourners. A shuttle service was set up at Berry Middle School to help handle the large number of mourners and vehicles.
Shelby County deputies and North Shelby fire and emergency personnel responded to a call around 7:30 p.m. Efforts to save the child failed. He was pronounced dead at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
“We ask that you bathe Rick, Sherri, and the entire Burgess family in prayer as they deal with the loss of their youngest son, Bronner Burgess,” was a message on The Rick and Bubba website.
“He was real energetic, just a beautiful child,” said Shades Mountain pastor Rev. Danny Wood. “He was kind of a mama’s boy in the sense that he was really attached to Sherri. He was a very healthy child. He was a typical boy.”
Wood said he spent time with the Burgess family Sunday.
“The death of a child, it’s very difficult but they have a great strength because of their faith in Jesus Christ,” Wood said.
Burgess, who often speaks of his faith on the radio show, was a guest speaker over the weekend at a Christian retreat in Gatlinburg, Tenn., for high school students. A plane was made available and he flew home as soon as he received the call about Bronner’s death.
The church and WZZK, the station that broadcasts The Rick and Bubba Show, have been bombarded by calls, emails, letters and texts supporting the Burgess family.
“You folks have helped to pick us up and you’re helping us through this process,” says Bill “Bubba” Bussey. The Burgess family is asking persons to donate to the Bronner Burgess Memorial Fund.
The money will be used to create the Bronner Burgess Foundation, which will support Christian outreach activities.
Go to The Rick and Bubba website, www.rickandbubba.com to donate.
For those wishing to sign a condolence book for the Burgess family, Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 Hamric Drive East in Oxford will have a book in the lobby until Friday. The book will be given to the Burgess family next week.
Rick and Sherri also have a daughter, Brandi, and three sons, Blake, Brooks and Brody. Bronner’s paternal grandparents are Bill and Gynell Burgess of Jacksonville.
MUSCADINE — Services for Jeannine Marie Bentley, 45, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Beulah Baptist Church. Visitation from 5-9 tonight at Miller Funeral Home, Tallapoosa, Ga.
MOBILE — A memorial prayer for Ginger (Yevick) Byrd will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Hill Crest Cemetery in Jacksonville. Mrs. Byrd passed away on April 4, 2008 at the residence of her daughter, Ann Linder, in Mobile. Mrs. Byrd was born on February 12, 1934 in Jacksonville and had lived in Anniston for many years.
Survivors include her daughters, Ann Linder, Vickie McCurry, and Jackie Houston; a son, Billy Adams; grandchildren, Mike Cheatwood, Ronnie Linder Jr., Sebrina and Crystal Houston, Tiffany, Tabitha, Cristina and Cody Adams; great-grandchildren, Leanna, Dillon, Katelin, Hunter, Justin, Megan, Madison, Sonja and Makaila. She was preceded in death by one son, Mike Adams, and a great grandchild, Billy McCurry.
RANBURNE — Mrs. Myrt Lee Hand passed away on May 14, 2008 at her residence. She was 83. Mrs. Hand was born on April 18, 1925 in Randolph County, Alabama to the late Joe V. and Pearl Butler Heard. She was a homemaker and a dedicated member of Gold Ridge Baptist Church. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and was loved and respected by all who knew her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Duell O. Hand and her brother, J.T. Heard.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Betty and Gary Ward, of Tuscaloosa, Rita and Joey Hollaway and Steve Hand, all of Ranburne, and Joey and Mary Hand, of Heflin; her grandchildren and their spouses, Tom and Carolyn Ward, of Jasper, Melinda and Brad Williams, of Tuscaloosa, Tia and Jerry Agan, of Bremen, Georgia, Jennifer Hand, of Birmingham, and Matthew Hand, of Oxford; her great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Mary Frances, Thomas, and Sarah Margaret Ward, Andrew and John Williams, and Lily Agan; and two special caregivers, DeAnne Terry and Pat McCurry.
Funeral services for Mrs. Myrt Hand will be at on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at 2 p.m. (Alabama Time) at Gold Ridge Baptist Church. the Rev. Gary Ward, The Rev. T.J. Morgan, and The Rev. Bobby Garner will officiate. Music will be furnished by the church choir and the youth choir under the direction of Laura Edwards. Interment will follow the services in the church cemetery. Prior the funeral services, Mrs. Hand's body will lie-in-state at the church from 1 until 2 p.m. (Alabama Time). The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, May 16, 2008, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. (Georgia Time). Messages of condolence can be sent to the family at www.rainwaterfuneralhome.com Rainwater Funeral Home of Bowdon, Georgia has charge of the arrangements.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Services for May R. Kelby will be at 11:00 a.m., today, May 16, 2008, at Progressive Baptist Church. Visitation from 9-11 a.m. Watkins Brothers Memorial Chapel of Memphis TN, formerly of Cherokee County, passed away Wednesday May 14, 2008 at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.