June 05, 2004
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Graveside service for Sadie Vann, 82, formerly of Talladega, was Thursday, June 3, at 2 p.m. in Lane Chapel Church Cemetery
with the Rev. Billy J. Springer officiating.
Mrs. Vann died May 30 in Kansas City. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and four brothers.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph Vann of Kansas City; son, Ralph Vann Jr. of Kansas City; daughters, Sandra Surrett of Kansas City and Sharon Morgan of Kansas City; two granddaughters; sisters, Rosie Higgins of Talladega, Roxanne Curry of Talladega and Nellie B. Garrett of Talladega and Ressie Bradford of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a host of other relatives.
Sims Funeral Service directed the service.
June 08, 2004
HENRY LOUIS ODEN
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Funeral service for Henry Louis Oden, 83, will be Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. David A. Keaton officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Oden died June 6 at the Veterans Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a native of Talladega County, served in the U.S. Army and moved to Buffalo, N.Y. He retired from Buffalo Color, was a World War II veteran and was awarded the Purple Heart while served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Louis Oden Sr. and Sammie Jenkins Oden; his wife, Sally Pearl Oden; three sisters, Elizabeth Oden Lawler, Artelia O. Richardson and Nona Taylor; and one brother, Naman Oden.
He is survived by daughter, Linda Oden of Buffalo, N.Y.; and sisters, Carrie McGhee of Talladega and Mattie Pope of Buffalo, N.Y.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Deacons of Calvary Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the church for one hour before the service.
Westview Funeral Home will direct the service.
LOUISE R. WILSON
SYCAMORE — Funeral service for Louise R. (Bodie) Wilson, 75, will be Wednesday, June 9, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Home Baptist Church with Pastor Stanley Threatt officiating. Burial will be in Corinth Cemetery.
Mrs. Wilson died June 3 at Citizens BMC. She was a native of Talladega County and was a member of Mt. Home Baptist Church.
She is survived by daughters, Gina Holland of Talladega, Cathy Chaney of Detroit, Mich., and Maretta White of Sycamore; sons, Lamar Wilson and Roy Wilson of Sycamore; sisters, Sally Player and Betty Powell of Sycamore and Ruth Jones of Sylacauga; brother, Clisby Wilson of Sylacauga; 12 grandchildren; and12 great-grandchildren.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Madden's Funeral Service will direct the service.
SYLACAUGA — Alan Albert died June 7 at his residence.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga.
GaNELLE WILLIAMS BOWLIN
PELL CITY — Funeral service for GaNelle Williams Bowlin, 86, was Sunday, June 6, at 3 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Dr. John Threatt officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Mrs. Bowlin died June 4 following a lengthy illness. She was born May 27, 1918, in Brighton, Jefferson County, to Annie Jane Meehan Williams and Henry Clemons Williams. In 1931 her family moved to Pell City where she attended high school and lived most of her adult life. She, with her family, attended Arbor Baptist Church and later became a longtime member of Pell City First Baptist Church. On Oct. 31, 1936, at age 18, she married Ruble Edward Bowlin, the great love of her life. That love affair extended almost 69 years. They played together, rode motorcycles, camped, traveled, had a daughter, a son, and grandchildren. They operated Pell City Motor Company, directed Ruble's two political campaigns for St. Clair County sheriff against a well-entrenched political system, and won. Soon thereafter, she supported Ruble in his work as Pell City chief of police for 16 years.
Mrs. Bowlin was an ardent champion of her husband in his every endeavor, including a long stint in the South Pacific in World War II. Her other interests included antiques, flower growing and arranging, sewing and homemaking. At various times she utilized these interests through employment outside the home.
To this day, her family remains stunned by the tragic passing of daughter Janice Ann (Jan) at age 22 after attending Auburn University and marrying Dr. Philip Alverson. Thereafter, Mrs. Bowlin was active in MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). She was also preceded in death by a brother, Johnie Clemons Williams; and a nephew, Dwight Williams.
She is survived by her husband, Ruble Bowlin Sr.; son, Ruble Edward (Lanita) Bowlin Jr. of Pell City; brother, Henry Harold (Elouise) Williams of Birmingham; grandchildren, Bridgett Bowlin (James) Newsome and Nicole Bowlin; great-granddaughter, Baylee Newsome; nieces and nephews, Gwen (Awtrey) Peace, Anna Williams, Richard Williams; grand-nephews, Terry Peace, John Peace; and numerous cousins.
Pallbearers were Gregory Gossett, John Gregg, James Newsome, Awtrey Peace, Edward Pennington and Richard Williams.
Kilgroe Funeral Home directed the service.
TALLADEGA — Earl Bradford, 47, of 5103 Eastaboga Road, died June 5 at Stringfellow Hospital.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary.
BURK MARTIN GRAHAM
SYLACAUGA — Funeral service for Burk Martin Graham, 81, was Saturday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at Curtis and Son Funeral Home North chapel with the Rev. Horace Grizzle officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Graham died June 2 at Coosa Valley BMC. He was a deacon at Browns Chapel Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was a devoted husband and father who was deeply loved by his family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie Graham; his father, Edwin Graham; daughter, Judy Brashear Moore; and brother, Harlan Graham.
He is survived by his wife, Travis Graham of Sylacauga; daughter, Debbie Sanders and husband Merle of Childersburg; sister, Jenny Danford of South Carolina; brothers, Dwight Graham and wife Dorothy of Sylacauga and Gordon Graham and wife Joyce of Sylacauga; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bradley Graham, Marty Graham, John David Graham, Jess Sanders, Bart Brashear and Baine Brashear.
Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel directed the service.
BRENDA K. JACKS
SYLACAUGA — Brenda K. Jacks, 51, died June 7 at Coosa Valley BMC.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel.
OBEVA FORD McWILLIAMS
TALLADEGA — Funeral service for Obeva Ford McWilliams, 77, will be Wednesday, June 9, at 4 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home chapel in Talladega with the Rev. Ed Heptinstall and Mathew Bunn officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Memorial Park.
Mrs. McWilliams died June 7 at her residence. She was a native of Shelby County and lived in Talladega County for the past 60 years. She was a member of Stockdale Baptist Church, was retired from the Bemis Company and was a former member of Ridgeview Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James McWilliams; and her parents, Lewis Walter and Lena Frances Dunaway.
She is survived by son, Mike McWilliams and wife Sara of Oxford; daughters, Donna Weymouth and husband Tom of Oxford, Sundra Kinman and husband Randy of Newsite and Tammy Macon of Lincoln; brothers, Glenn Dunaway and Lee Dunaway of Pelham; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and caregiver, Reavie Reeves of Talladega.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Micah Shierling, Drew Knight, Andy McWilliams, Jeff Bunn, Kenneth Bunn, Steve Bunn, Edward Dunaway and Bruce Weathers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Shierling, Todd McBurnett, Tanner McBurnett, Guy Knight, Josh Sheffield, Andy Kinman and Steve Kirk.
Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
HOMER JUNIOR TANNER
ASHVILLE — Funeral service for Homer Junior Tanner, 76, will be Tuesday, June 8, at 2 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home chapel in Pell City with the Rev. Paul Williams officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens in Bessemer.
Mr. Tanner died June 6. He enjoyed farming and helping his friends.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Tanner; sons, David Junior Tanner and Homer Darryl Tanner; daughter, Martha Kay Henry; sister, Doris Barns; and two grandchildren.
Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.
CALVIN RENZO VICKERS
GOODWATER — Graveside service for Calvin Renzo Vickers, 101, will be Tuesday, June 8, at 5 p.m. in Marble City Cemetery
with the Rev. Charles Stone officiating.
Mr. Vickers died June 7 at Russell Medical Center. He was preceded in death by a son, Calvin Vickers; and a grandson, Michael A. Vickers.
He is survived by grandson, Doug Vickers of Aiken, S.C.; granddaughter, Mary Vickers Grant of Aiken, S.C.; grandson, Richard S. Vickers of Houston, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4 until 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga will direct the service.