WELLINGTON — Funeral services for Mr. Carl Thomas "Tommy" Couch, 32, of Wellington will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 18, 2008 at Chapel Hill Funeral Home with burial to follow at Wellington First Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends are invited for visitation Monday morning from 10 a.m. until service time at Chapel Hill. Services will be conducted by the The Revs. Ezell Dickerson and Rick Foote. Mr. Couch passed away Friday, August 15, 2008 at his residence.
Survivors include his wife, Kristy Couch; daughters, Summer and Sarah Couch; parents, Sarrell and Deneace Couch; sister, Kelley Westbrook, all of Wellington; one brother, Chris Couch of Oxford and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Derek Harrell, Terry Stone, Chris Couch, Adam Pesnell, Randy Sloan, D.A. Sloan and Kevin Strickland. Honorary pallbearers will be Co-workers of Calhoun County Highway Department. Mr. Couch was a native of Calhoun County and a resident of Wellington. He was employed by the Calhoun County Highway Department and of the Baptist Faith. The family would like to give special thanks to Wiregrass Hospice. Chapel Hill Funeral Home will servicing the Couch family
WOODLAND — Funeral service for Miss Lessie Mae Crenshaw, 91, will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, Mount Carmel Church of Christ.
Benefield Funeral of Wedowee in charge.
ANNISTON — Graveside service for Margaret B. Driggers, 68, will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Oxford Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Driggers passed away August 15, 2008.
OHATCHEE — Funeral services will 2 p.m., Sunday, August 17, 2008 at Life Church of Rainbow City for Virginia Dell Wilmouth Haynes, 58, of Ohatchee, who stepped into heaven on August 15, 2008. Pastor David Strahan and the Rev. Andy Robertson will officiate. Burial will be in Vincent Cemetery, Ohatchee. Collier-Butler funeral home directing. Mrs. Haynes was a native of Pearl, MS where she graduated high school and Business College. She relocated to Alabama with the love of her life in 1986. She was a retired legal secretary; a member of Life Church, loved arts and crafts of every type, active in many ladies' Bible Study classes throughout the community, an active member of The Red Hats Society and a participant in Relay for Life. To her cherished grandchildren, she was known as Memaw and to her friends and family she was an incredibly talented cook and gracious hostess. To all who knew Virginia during her 11-year battle with colon cancer, she was a tireless source of inspiration and great encouragement. Her tremendous faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ strengthened her. Her confidence in her Lord was evident in the perpetual sweet smile that strengthened everyone around her. She is survived by her husband of 24 years who was the love of her life, Willie MacArthur Haynes; one step-son, Philip Haynes, Gadsden; two step-daughters, Rachel Haynes Hunter (Timothy Hunter), Gadsden and Rebecca Haynes Brackett (Rick Brackett), Ohatchee; six grandchildren, DeWayne and Dylan Hunter; Christian, Kyle, Rachel and Bethany Brackett; brother, Curtis Wilmouth, (Sender Faye Wilmouth). She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Savader Wilmouth.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Champion, Brett Chandler, Eugene Crowe, David Jones, Larry Lamb and Terry Lewis. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1p.m.-2p.m. today at Life Church, 4545 Rainbow Drive, Rainbow City. The family would like to give special thanks to Tammy Haney and Penny Johnson with Wiregrass Hospice, the 5th floor nurses and staff at Riverview Regional and Life Church for your loving prayers and support.
ANNISTON — Memorial service for Marvin S. Hopper, 86, who passed away August 15, 2008 will be 11 a.m., Monday, August 18, 2008 Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Father Bryan Lowe will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time for service. Miller Funeral Home and Crematory directing. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alfred Hopper. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his acts of valor during WW II. Mr. Hopper is survived by his sons, David M. Hopper and wife Corinne, Christopher S. Hopper and his wife Marie; grandchildren, Josh, Alex, Drew, Lauren and Jenna Hopper and Elaine Hammitt; great-grandson, Minor Hopper.
JACKSONVILLE — Funeral service for Ava Sue Thackerson, 98, will be 11 a.m., Monday, August 18, 2008 at West Point Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Smith officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service. Mrs. Thackerson is survived by her daughter, Peggy (Charles) Whisenant, of Jacksonville; her son, Howard "Sonny" (Joy) Thackerson, Jr., of Jacksonville; one sister, Eunice Wilson, of Jacksonville; one brother, Clyde (Audrey) West, of Gadsden; six grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Country side Hospice and her loving caregiver, Fay Pryor. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elihu and Emma West; her husband, Howard Thackerson, Sr.; and one great granddaughter, Heather Whisenant. Mrs. Thackerson was the oldest member of West Point Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for over 50 years. She was an avid farmer and loved her family, friends and her church. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations are made to the Big Oak Boys Ranch, 5265 Jake Minitz Road, Southside, Ala., 35907 or to the West Point Baptist Church Building Fund, 6835 AL Hwy 204, Jacksonville, Ala., 36265.
ROANOKE — Funeral services for Shirley Perry Taylor Andrews, 70, will be at 11 a.m. today, August 19, 2008, from Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel.
TROY — Funeral service for Michael Louis Bell, 28, formerly of Calhoun County will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at the K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Robert Tant officiating. Burial will be in Seven Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 tonight. Mr. Bell died Sunday in Luverne, Alabama. He is survived by his wife, DeAnna Payne Bell, of Troy; his parents, Louis and Shirley Bell, of Ohatchee; his sister, Sheila Joy Feazell and her husband Bryan, of Wellington; in- laws, John and Janese Payne, of Alexandria; sisters-in-law, Katie and Lacey Payne; nephews, Heath and Lucas Feazell and niece, Savannah Feazell.
Pallbearers will be Mark Wallace, Ben Cunningham, Gary Lewis, Allen Wright, Tom Lowry and Shane Adrian. Michael was a 1997 graduate of Alexandria High School. In 2001, he graduated from JSU with a degree in music and was a member of the Marching Southerners. He received his master's degree from Troy University and was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He was employed with Kaplan University. The family will accept flowers or donations may be made to the JSU Foundation on behalf of the Marching Southerners, 700 Pelham Road, N., Jacksonville, Ala. 36265.
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Funeral services for Ms. Edna Maurice Smith Gilley, 87, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at the Benefield Funeral Home Chapel in Lineville with Bro. Lloyd Morrow officiating. Burial will follow in the Lineville City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Benefield Funeral Home in Lineville from 6 until 8 tonight, August 19, 2008, and until service time on Wednesday, August 20, 2008. Benefield Funeral Home of Lineville in charge of the arrangements.
WEDOWEE — Funeral services for Mr. Curtis Hadley, 81, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2008, from the Leven's Baptist Church with Bro. Guy Benefield officiating. Burial to follow in the adjoining church cemetery with Benefield Funeral Home of Wedowee in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 8:00 tonight, August 19, 2008. Mr. Hadley died Sunday, August 17, 2008, at Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include four sisters, Winnie Holloway, Wilma Holloway and Hoyle Hadley, all of Wedowee, and Ima Bradley, of LaGrange, Ga.
Pallbearers will be Tim Holloway, Mike Holloway, Jimmy Bradley, Larry Holloway, Tim Watkin and Jay Freeman. Mr. Curtis Hadley was born November 5, 1926, the son of James Walker and Eva Wortham Hadley. He was of the Baptist faith, and had been a textile weaver for West Point Pepperell. Mr. Hadley is preceded in death by his parents. Flowers will be accepted.
OXFORD — Funeral services for Mr. Warren Dale Harris, 60, who passed away August 17, 2008, will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Burial will be in Forestlawn Gardens. His family will receive friends at the church from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Miller Funeral Home and Crematory directing.
ANNISTON — Funeral services for Nancy Hewitt, 72, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Anniston Memorial Funeral Home with J.D. Plummer, officiating. Burial will be in Anniston Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends this evening from 5 until 7 at the funeral home. Mrs. Hewitt died Sunday at her home.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby L. Hewitt; two sons, J.D. Plummer and his wife, Denise, of Anniston and Bobby Plummer, of Florida; two granddaughters, Amorelle P. Harper and her husband, Shaun, of Maryland and Autumn P. Hurst and her husband, Philip, of Anniston; one grandson, Denton Plummer, of Elmore; two great-granddaughters, Alexia and Addisyn Harper; and one brother, Troy Kilgore, of Anniston. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Leigh Plummer.
Pallbearers will be Jim Giles, Jim Starr, Ken Taylor, John Stephenson, Joe Parrott and Jerry Burgess. Mrs. Hewitt was a life member of Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W. Post 924 having served as State President in 1986 and 1987. She was also a member of the Moose Lodge 1669. Anniston Memorial Funeral Home 3865 US Hwy 431 North Anniston, Ala. 36206 820-0024
WEDOWEE — Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Eunice Hicks, 66, who passed away August 16, 2008 after a long illness, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at Corinth Baptist Church at Morrison Crossroads. The Rev. Charles Williams and The Rev. Theron Williams will officiate. Burial will be later in Carrier Mills, Ill. Her family will receive friends from 6-8 tonight at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory. Mrs. Hicks was a native of South Carolina and an Alabama resident since 1998. She lived and loved for her family, her church and God. She loved her dogs and to watch and listen to the birds. She is preceded in death by her father, O.B. Matthews; son, Robert W. Larson; brothers, Jack Matthews, Danny Lee; grandson, Rick M.S. Hallock. Mrs. Hicks is survived by her husband of 30 years, Verlon C. Hicks; mother, Dorothy W. Lee; children, Lorran (Rhoda) Hallock, Charise (Richard) Hickman, Donna (Robert) Wymer, Rick (Sonja) Hallock, Patricia (Mark) Colegrove, Phil (Pam) Hicks, Terry Hicks, Chris (Sherry) Hicks; brother, James L. Matthews; sister-in-law, Debbie Matthews; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by stepfather, Lester Lee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to her church Corinth Baptist Church.
OXFORD — Funeral services for Troy D. "Cap" Hubbert, 82, who passed away August 18, 2008, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home Chapel. the Rev. Terry Bostick and Dr. Rick Reaves will officiate and burial will be in Dogwood Trails Cemetery. His family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert Dewey and Essie Mae Hubbert, and sister, Julia McClure. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Faye Rice Hubbert; children, Jim Hubbert (Sandy), Rhonda Abbott (Garry), Debbie Thomas (David), Nancy Cooper (Tim); brother, Roy B. Hubbert; sisters, Velma McClure, and Jewel Dean Lee; grandchildren, Brent Hubbert (Kelly), Brandi Galloway (Chris), Shelly Abbott, Evan Abbott, Whit Thomas, Roni Abbott, Leisha Thomas, Savannah Cooper, Besty Cooper, Drew Cooper; great-grandchildren, Brody Hubbert, Cade Galloway, and Eli Hubbert.
Pallbearers will be Jerry McClure, Earl McClure, Charles McCaleb, Al Rice, Phillip Lee, and Craig Hubbert. Mr. Hubbert was a resident of Oxford Alabama since 1963. He retired from Alabama Power Company. He was a founding member of the Oxford Quarterback Club. He was a World War II Navy veteran and member of the VFW. He was of the Baptist faith, liked hunting, and enjoyed following his children's sports activities. Especially, Maplesville, Oxford Football, Auburn Football, Braves Baseball and Nascar.
In lieu of flowers, donations to American Heart, American Cancer or to the First Baptist Church of Oxford.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Funeral service for Richard E. Massey, 30, will be announced by Goodson Funeral Home. Mr. Massey died Saturday in Anniston.
JACKSONVILLE — Graveside service for Annie Ruth Redford, 73, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at Nances Creek Cemetery with Ray Brock officiating. K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center will be in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends this evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Redford died Sunday, August 17, 2008, at Jacksonville Health and Rehabilitation Center. She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Redford, of Jacksonville; two sons, Kenneth Redford, of California and Keith Tippets, of Jacksonville; three brothers, Danny Wilson, Charles Wilson and William Wilson, all of Jacksonville; four grandchildren; her companion, James Bundrum, of Jacksonville; numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Redford was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Annie Redford; two daughters, Pam Crawford and Denise Turner; one sister, Faye Kerimidias. Annie was a good mother and a friend to all who knew her. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.klbrownfuneralhome.com.
CENTRE — Funeral services for Helen Marie Roberts, 91, will be at 2 p.m. today, August 19, 2008, at Perry Funeral Home Chapel.
ANNISTON — Funeral services for Clifford McKinley Smith, 89, formerly of Anniston, will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at Jacksonville Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the funeral service at the church.
Survivors include wife, Estelle Smith, of Searcy, Ark. (formerly of Anniston); two daughters, Phyllis Alexander and husband, Tom, of Searcy, Ark., and Glenda Mercer and husband, Jim, of Huntsville; one son, Ed Smith and wife Mary Ann, of Wetumpka; grandchildren, Jim Mercer Jr. and wife, Mary Kay, Steven Mercer and wife, Yvonne, Julie Campbell, Rachel Smith and husband, Craig, Jeffrey Mercer and wife, Emmie, Isaac Alexander and wife, Angela, and Hannah Carpenter and husband Heath; great-grandchildren, Jesse Campbell, Stephanie Mercer, Peyton Mercer, Taylor Mercer, Kaylee Mercer, Philip Mercer, Cade Smith, Jena Rogers, Tristin Carpenter, Canon Smith, Colton Smith, Silas Smith, Jeffrey Mercer Jr., Levi Mercer, Violet Alexander, Joshua Rogers, Catcher Smith, and Anderson Mercer; many nieces and nephews among these Wanda Godfrey Steen, Marie Godfrey Couch, June Godfrey Ottinger, and Cheryl Godfrey Bonds were special in their home. Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his mother, Mattie Duncan; fathers, Richard Smith and John Duncan; sister, Johnia Holder; brothers, Homer "Jack" Smith, Billie Lee Smith, and Bobby Duncan.
Pallbearers will be Jim Mercer Jr., Peyton McKinley Mercer, Jesse Campbell, Isaac Alexander, Jeffrey Mercer Sr., and Craig Smith. Song Leaders will be Homer Smith and Jim Mercer Sr. Clifford was born in Jacksonville, Alabama on March 19, 1919. He grew up in Jacksonville and married Estelle Norton, of Williams. They met in the tenth grade and were high school sweethearts. They wed in October 1939. Clifford and Estelle Smith were baptized by Joe S. Hyde in October 1945. Clifford began teaching at the Jacksonville Church of Christ and leading singing. At the age of 37 Clifford began preaching for the Ironaton Church of Christ near Talladega. Clifford worked over 22 years on Fort McClellan as supervisor and U.S. Government employee before retiring to preach in full-time gospel preaching. Clifford left Ironaton to become the full time preacher for the Arab Church of Christ in Arab. Clifford was 42 years of age and spent four productive years with this good church. In 1966, Clifford moved near Decatur to preach for the Priceville Church of Christ for ten months. In late October of 1966, Clifford moved to Cedartown, Georgia to work with the Cedartown Church of Christ as their minister. Clifford viewed the "Cedartown Years" as some of his happiest and most productive. In Cedartown, Clifford preached via daily radio and promoted gospel singing by teaching "Singing Schools" and conducting an area-wide Gospel Singing every month with five Sundays. These "5th Sunday" Singings were a tradition that lasted well over 30 years.
In October of 1974 Clifford accepted the call to preach for the Elba Church of Christ in Elba. After two years of fruitful work Clifford moved to Walker County, Alabama to preach for the Cordova Church of Christ. 1976 and 1977 were delightful years working within close proximity to his younger brother, Bobby Duncan, who was the preacher for the 6th Avenue Church of Christ in Jasper. In 1978, Clifford moved to Selma to work with the Highland Avenue Church of Christ. His son Ed Smith was the preacher at Highland and Clifford accepted an associate position to encourage good singing and to promote evangelism. These were particularly happy years as he worked closely with his minister-son in the local work of the Highland Church of Christ. In 1980 Clifford moved to Columbus, Georgia to preach for the Warm Springs Road Church of Christ. Over the next six years Clifford worked with two other area congregations, namely, the Northside Church of Christ and the Edgewood Church of Christ. During these years he traveled thousands of miles to promote evangelism by means of television and radio. The SEEDSOWING program he supported was by the late Paul Kidwell Sr. The SEEDSOWING archives are still being aired on the Gospel Broadcasting Network via satellite and Internet streaming and this good work continues in 2008.
In 1986, Clifford moved back to Selma to begin his second tour of duty with the Highland Church of Christ. He also worked with the Selmont Church of Christ. In 1990 Clifford accepted another pulpit position with the Antioch Church of Christ in Snead. From 1990 to 1994 Clifford preached and lived in Altoona near Snead Crossroads. In 1994 until 2004, Clifford and Estelle lived in Anniston. During these years they worked with the Ohatchee Church of Christ and the Jacksonville Church of Christ. In 2004 Clifford and Estelle moved to Harding Place near the campus of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. For the last four years of his life he worked, loved and served with fellow retired preachers and teachers. He became known in Arkansas as the "singing preacher" much like he had always been known in Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia. Clifford did some preaching in Texas in Gospel Meetings. Always a lover of souls and a promoter and supporter of good works, this "singing-preacher" lived to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. He loved God, his family, and his fellow men. Clifford and Estelle were married almost 69 years. Clifford departed this life Friday, August 15, 2008 at the age of 89. Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge of arrangements. (256) 236-3441