Bearden, Anthony Redge 'Tony'
November 29, 1953 - July 02, 2000
Funeral services for Anthony Redge Bearden, 46, a resident of Bessemer and former resident of Clanton, will be held on Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. at City of Hope Chapel in Bessemer. Interment will follow at 2: 30 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery with a short service. Bearden was born on Nov. 29, 1953 at Craig Air Force Base in Selma, the son of Redge Berton and Betty Crowley Bearden. A butcher by trade, he lived in and around Clanton and Maplesville most of his life, moving to Bessemer in 1995. He died on July 2, 2000 at Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham. He is survived by a daughter, Lori James Bearden Shutes; a son Reginald 'Reggie' James Bearden; a son-in-law, MIchael Shutes; one grandson, Michel Garrett Shutes; two sisters, Debbie Bearden Fassett and Diane Bearden Champion; and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Red Berton and Betty Crowley Bearden; and his grandparents, William Redge and Sally Jo Bearden and Thomas and Louise Horton Crowley.
Bearden, Joseph Reuben, Jr., Col.
December 06, 1922 - March 07, 1999
COLUMBIA - Services with military rites for Col. Joseph R. Bearden, U.S. Army Reserve (Ret), 76, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Boyce Chapel, with burial in Elmwood Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Memorials may be made to Ridgeview Manor Nursing Home, Lutheran Hospice or First Baptist Church. Col. Bearden died Sunday, March 7, 1999. Born in Straven, Ala., he was a son of the late Joseph Reuben and Mae Hambrick Bearden. He received a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama and master's degree in human resources management from Pepperdine University. He was also a graduate of Command and General Staff College and Army War College. Retired from the Army Reserve, he served with the 3rd Army during World War II receiving two meritorious services awards. He also served with the Reserve 360 COSCOM. AS an electrical engineer, Col. Bearden spent 15 years with Union Carbide in Oak Ridge, Tenn., 26 years with Allied Signal and two years with Union Camp Corporation in Columbia. Col. Bearden was past commander of Lake Murray Power Squadron, member of Fort Jackson Officers' Club and deacon and usher at First Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Jean Donovan Bearden of Columbia; daughters, Sharon Bearden Tomlin and Dr. Lisa J. Bearden, both of Columbia; brother, Gary Bearden of Maplesville, Ala.; sisters, Dr. Marilyn Giles and Elizabeth Johnson, both of Montgomery, Ala.; grandson Joseph Pearson Tomlin; and 13 nieces and nephews.
Mar 24, 1930 - December 05, 2004
Raymond Bearden, 74, died Sunday, December 5, 2004 in a Birmingham, AL hospital. Graveside services are 10:00 am Thursday, December 9, 2004 at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, Stanton, AL, with Elder Robert Baker and Elder Virgil Barnard officiating and Lawrence Funeral Home directing. Survivors include one son, Steve Bearden; one daughter, Lisa Dempsey; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; brothers, Richard Bearden, Norman Bearden, and James Bearden; sisters, Frances Coon and Barbara Jean Miller; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Lawrence Funeral Home. Mr. Bearden was born in Clanton and raised in Selma, He was an Eagle Scout, was retired from the U. S. Air Force Reserve with 33 years service. He was also retired from the US Postal Service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.
Bearden, Willie Ocile
May 19, 1921 May 25, 2007
Willie Ocile Bearden was born to the late Willie B. and Lillian Friday Bearden on May 19, 1921, in the Panhandle of North Dallas-Perry County area. His life’s journey on earth ended May 25, 2007. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was deployed to Japan with the Eight Army, “C” Troop of the 5th Calvary Regiment. He earned the Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon with one star for Luzon, the Philippine’s Liberation ribbon with one star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Upon his return home to Plantersville, Ala., he became a noted farmer who diversified his operations to include cattle farming and truck farming. He initiated several new truck farming techniques for the area, including the use of irrigation systems for the crops. He is well known throughout the Southeast for pioneering the nursery and greenhouse industry. He established the W. O. Bearden Nursery & Greenhouses in the Plantersville community in the year of 1948. He was a member of the Alabama and American Nurseryman’s Association. He was an avid sportsman and after retirement enjoyed raising quail and bird dogs. He served as a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Plantersville and shared his love of music as a faithful member of the church choir. He is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-seven years, Lula Dee Rush Bearden; two sons, Col. (retired) Billy Charles (Ester) Bearden of Lincoln, Ala., and Bobby Allen (Marilou) Bearden and one daughter, Cynthia (Randy) Tyus both of Plantersville, Ala. “Pappaw, ” as he was fondly known, leaves to cherish his memory, four grandsons, Casey, Cyrus and Allen Bearden and Clint Tyus; one granddaughter, Renee (Bryan) Ousley; seven great-grandchildren, Alena, Allen, Emily, Hannah and Peyton Bearden and Hallie and Hunter Ousley. Other survivors include one brother, Joseph Hayward (Edna) Bearden of Valley Grande, Ala.; five sisters, Elise Latham of Bessemer, Ala., Nell (Noodie) Carroll of Plantersville, Ala., Louise Ozbolt, Clara Baskin and Shirley (Clyde) Kendrick all of Trussville, Ala. “Uncle Ocile” will be remembered by a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Plantersville, Ala., with Rev. Earl Watson officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing. Graveside services will follow in the Christian Cemetery, Plantersville, Ala. Visitation will be Saturday, May 26, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Selma Funeral Home in Valley Grande, Ala. Grandsons, Casey, Cyrus and Allen Bearden, Clint Tyus, Bryan Ousley (husband of his granddaughter, Renee Tyus) and Jim Draime will serve as pallbearers. Honorary servers will be the Deacons of First Baptist Church. Special thanks are extended to the doctors, nurses and assistants at the Montgomery Cancer Center of Selma, Ala., and the nurses and caretakers of Cahaba Hospice Center of Selma, Ala. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Cahaba Hospice Center of Selma or the Plantersville Baptist Church.
Bearden, William Oliver
April 19, 1924 May 22, 2003
William Oliver Bearden, 79, of Plantersville, died Thursday, May 22, 2003, at a nursing home. Services are at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 26, at Plantersville Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Golson officiating. Burial will follow in Plantersville Christian Cemetery with Lawrence Funeral Home directing. Survivors include his wife, Nolvice Bearden; daughters, Nena Bearden Mott, Dianne (Garland) Hardy; two brothers, James Bearden of Selma and John Bearden of Graceville, Fla.; one sister, Dorothy Lovelady; grandchildren, Sherri Hardy (Clay Alsbrook) of Greenville and Rhonda (Joe) Abbott of Plantersville; great-grandchildren, Justin Abbott, Kaitlyn Abbott and Kellee Abbott.
He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Howard Bearden, A.C. Bearden, Willie Mae Hopkins and Magdalene Seymore. Active pallbearers are his nephews, Andy Bearden, James Bearden, Jerry Bearden, Paul Bearden, Randy Lovelady, Ludie Moore and Rickey Seymore and Terrell Lovelady. Honorary pallbearers are Gary Pierson, Dorsey Morrow, Daniel Harris, Dr. David Hodo and the deacons of Plantersville Baptist Church. Family visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Lawrence Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Plantersville Cemetery Fund or Plantersville Baptist Church.
Bentley, Samuel Thomas, Sr.
December 20, 1919 - January 28, 2000
Funeral services for Samuel Thomas 'Sam' Bentley, Sr., 80, Thorsby, were held on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Harry Gulledge and Rev. Alvin Porter officiating. Burial followed at Thorsby Memorial Cemetery in Thorsby, with Martin Funeral Home directing. Bentley was born on Dec. 20, 1919, in Alabama, the son of the late Eli N. and Maude Bentley. He was a farmer and served in the Navy. He died on Jan. 28, 2000, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham. Survivors include his wife, Bess N. Bentley, Thorsby; one daughter, Rebecca B. Gallups, Gulf Shores; one son, S.T. 'Tom' Bentley, Jr., Thorsby; one sister Margorie Bentley Vardaman, Birmingham; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Bentley.
Bice, Bobby Frank
August 30, 1939 - April 13, 2003
Funeral services for Bobby Frank Bice, 63 of Clanton, will be held Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 1 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bruce Payton officiating. Burial will follow at Shiloh Baptist Cemetery in Clanton. Born on Aug. 30, 1939 to A. V. Bice and Studie Bice, he died Sunday, April 13, 2003 at his home. Survivors include his brother, Lamar Bice of Powder Springs, Ga.
Bice, H. D. 'Buck'
August 02, 1909 - September 13, 2000
Funeral services for H. D. 'Buck' Bice, 91, Clanton will be held at Concord Baptist Church in Clanton on Friday, Sept 15, 2000, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ralph Jones and Rev. Jeff Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Concord Baptist Cemetery in Clanton, with Martin Funeral Home directing. Bice was born on Aug. 2, 1909, in Chilton County, the son of the late Wiley and Zora Bice. He was the owner and operator of Chilton County Feed and Seed in Clanton. He died on Sept 13, 2000, at Chilton Medical Center. Survivors include his wife, Edna Wyatt Bice, Clanton; one son, Neal Bice, Clanton; and three grandsons.
Bice, Noah Jackson 'Bud'
1852 - 1925
Mr. Noah J. Bice died of stroke South of Clanton. He left Widow, 6 Sons, and 4 daughter burial at Walnut Creek.
Bice, Oliver Cleveland
August 12, 1934 - February 02, 2003
Funeral services for Oliver C. Bice, 68 of Jemison, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. with Rev. Wayne Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Midway Memorial Gardens in Jemison. Visitation services will be held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003 from 5-8 p.m. Born on Aug. 12, 1934 to John Henry Bice Sr. and Annie Blanch Rice, he died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster. Survivors include his son Randall (Kelly) Bice of Jemison; daughters Kathy Bice (Randall) Headley of Clanton and Lisa Bice of Jemison; grandsons Joe Bice, David Bice and Chris Loyd; granddaughter Stephanie Hughes; great-grandchildren Dusty Hughes, Bryan Hughes and Brittney Hughes; brothers J.D. Bice, G. W. Bice, Buery Bice, O'Neal Bice, Wayne Bice and Benny Bice; sisters Lorene Ellison, Aileen Collum, Rubena Cofer, Lillie Mae Porter and Leaona Wells; mother-in-law Clara Mae Lewis and a host of nieces and nephews.
Bice, Walter Lee
December 28, 1921 - October 08, 1998
Funeral services for Walter Lee Bice, 76, of Maplesville were Oct. 10, 1998, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Littleton officiating. Burial was in Midway Memorial Cemetery in Jemison with Martin Funeral Home directing. Mr. Bice was born Dec. 28, 1921, in Alabama to the late John C. and Bell B. Bice. He worked as a superintendent. He died Oct. 8, 1998, at Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alex City. He is survived by his wife, Aubry Ann Bice of Maplesville; a daughter, Jo Ann Varden of Jemison; two sons: Peter L. Bice of Howell, Mich., and Terry L. Bice of Maplesville; a sister, Kathleen Martin of Lipscomb; and four grandchildren.
Billingsley, Frances Carolyn Tindol
September 22, 1908 - July 03, 2001
Funeral services for Fannie Carolyn Billingsley, 92, Wetumpka, will be held at Indian Grave Baptist Church on Thursday, July 5, 2001, at 11 am., with Rev. David Awtrey and Rev. Mike McLemore officiating. Burial will follow at Indian Grave Cemetery in Billingsley, with Martin Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be held at Martin Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, July 4, 2001, from 5-8 p.m. Billingsley was born on Sept 22, 1908, in Autauga County, the daughter of the late Dave Tindol and the late Sally V. Tindol. She was a homemaker. She died on July 3, 2001, at Wetumpka Nursing facility.
Blackmon, Cecil Palmer
February 08, 1943 - September 28, 2002
Funeral services for Cecil Palmer Blackmon, 59, Jemison, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at 2 p.m. with Rev. James Buford officiating. Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Pea Ridge, with Rockco Funeral Home officiating. Blackmon died in Alabaster on Sept. 28, 2002. Survivors include his wife, Gaylo Blackmon, Jemison; three daughters, Jackie Armstrong and Becky Blackmon, both of Birmingham, Candy Blackmon, Jemison; one son-in-law, Danny Blackmon, Birmingham; two brothers, Robert Blackmon, Jemison, Sim Blackmon, Montevallo, four grandchildren, Kimberly Armstrong, Danny Ray Armstrong, Lee Nix, Ashley Scott.
Blalock, Mrs. Elsie Ree
Blalock, Mrs. Elsie Ree, age 74, of Clanton died on April 9 in the Chilton County hospital. A native of Chilton County, she was born on March 10, 1901. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Inez Wilson, Sylacauga, Mrs. Delene Headley, Clanton; three brothers, Bonnie
Miller, Verbena, Jim Miller, Clanton, Gerald Miller, Clanton; three sisters, Mrs. Decie Wells, Clanton, Mrs. Lera Traywick, Clanton, Mrs. Loraine Downs, Birmingham; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services were held at 2:00 on April 11 at Martin Chapel with interment held in Chestnut Creek Cemetery. The Rev. J. W. Shaw was the officiating minister. Active pallbearers were: Mr. Donnie Headley, Mr. Roger Wilson, Mr. Billy Austin, Mr. Lyndol Williamson, Mr. Barry Jones and Mr. Paul Miller. Martin Funeral Home
Chilton News dated April 17, 1975
Blalock, Frances Pearl Duke
March 02, 1919 - April 04, 1999
Funeral services for Frances Duke Blalock, 80, of Clanton, will be held on Wednesday, April 7, at 11 a.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Gary Voyles officiating. Burial will follow at New Salem Baptist Cemetery, with Martin Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 6, from 5-8 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel. Blalock was born in Chilton County on March 2, 1919, the daughter of the late Benjamine Harrison and Sarah Vickers Duke. She was a dietician and a member of the Eastern Star. She died on April 4, 1999, at Shelby Medical Center in Alabaster. Among the survivors are one daughter, Patricia Smith, Clanton; one son, Bennie Marler, Warrior River; one brother, John Melvin Duke, Brookside; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Blalock, William Asberry 'Berry'
September 17, 1876 - July 08, 1945
Mr. W. A. "Berry" Blalock, age 68, died July 8. Burial Chestnut Creek. Survived by his Wife, 1 Son, W. M. Blalock, 1 daughter Mrs. Houston Nivens, 2 Sisters, Mrs. Alice Smith, and Mrs. Mollie Barrett, 9 Brothers, Hawkins of Columbiana, Ben, Steve, Jim, I. O., Ollie, Charlie, and Lorenza of Clanton and Dewey of Birmingham, Also his Mother, Mrs. Curtis Blalock.
Blalock, William Curtis
November 07, 1857 - December 07, 1936
William Curtis Blalock, age 79, died at his home in the Maple Springs community Dec. 7. He died of Heart dropsy. Burial was at Chestnut Creek Cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Rev. J.D. Hughes and Rev. G. G. Williams. He was born in Coosa County in 1857 and married Miss Blocker in 1873, 6 Children were born to them, his first Wife died and about 50 years ago he married Miss Mary Bishop also of Coosa County and to this union was born 7 Children. The Family moved to Chilton County 37 years ago. His Children by his first marriage are W. A. Blalock of near Clanton, J. Hawkins Blalock of near Columbiana, Benjamine G. Blalock of Bethel Community, Mrs. Sam Smith and Mrs. Loney Barrett both of Concord Community. His Children by his last Wife also surviving are: Jim C. Blalock, Stephen L. Blalock, Ivy O. Blalock, Charlie E. Blalock, Dewey Blalock, Lorenza Blalock, and Ollie E. Blalock all of Clanton Area. His Last Wife, Mrs. Mary Bishop Blalock also survives him.
Bone, Clyde N.
July 05, 1936 - February 09, 2002
Funeral services for Clyde Bone (SSgt USAF, Retired), 65, Warner Robbins, Ga., were held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Christopher-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bert Tippett officiating. Burial followed at Partway Memorial Gardens with full military honors, with Christopher-Smith Funeral Home of Warner Robbins directing. Bone was born in Prattville, the son of Elbert and Effie Bone, and was raised in Clanton. He retired from the U. S. Air Force after 20 years of service. During his service career he served during the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. He resided in Warner Robbins since his retirement from the Air Force in 1972. After his retirement he worked for 20 years with the Houston County (Ga.) Sheriff's Department. He had worked for the past seven years as a security officer and was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Audrey Roseberry Bone, Warner Robbins, Ga.; two sons, Art Bone, Fayetteville, N. C., and Chris Bone, Warner Robbins, Ga.; tow sisters, Doris Tippett, Clanton, and Dorothy Benton, Columbia, S. C.; and five grandsons.