December 29, 2004
BOOKER T. ADAMS JR.
TALLADEGA — Funeral service for Booker T. Adams Jr., 61, will be Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. at Mount Canaan Baptist Church with Dr. Horace Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Talladega Memorial Garden.
Mr. Adams died Dec. 23 at Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga. He was born Feb. 12, 1943 in Talladega. He was preceded in death by his parents, Booker T. and Buelah Adams.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Adams of Talladega; son, Courtney Adams of Talladega; daughter, Sybil Garrett of Childersburg; two sisters, Laverne Draper of Chicago, Ill., and Harleen Garrett of Talladega; two grandchildren, Kiara Garrett and Xzavion Garrett; and a host of other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Percy Fuller Jr., John Henry Turner, T.J. Garrett, Donald Sillmon, William Scott, Paul Nolen, David Wilson, Richard Chatman and Joseph Buchanan.
Sims Funeral Service will direct the service.
JENNIFER BENNETT BATCHELOR
ODENVILLE — Graveside service for Jennifer Bennett Batchelor, 33, will be Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 2:30 p.m. in Cedar Hill Cemetery
Mrs. Batchelor died Dec. 24 in Anderson, S.C. She was a member of Odenville Volunteer Fire Department.
She is survived by daughter, Darcie Batchelor; her mother, Carol Bemmett of Anderson, S.C.; brother, Danny Bennett of Anderson, S.C.; sister, Jodi Curry (Ernie); three nephews; and fiancé, Marty Leonard of Pell City.
Brown Service Funeral Home in Bessemer will direct the service.
RAGLAND — Beason Byers, 92, of 163-3rd St., died Dec. 27 at his residence.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Terry’s Metropolitan Mortuary.
SYLACAUGA — Funeral service for Nanellen Lane will be Friday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. at Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel, with Bishop Michael Watson, the Rev. Todd Henderson and the Rev. Lori Carden officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Miss Lane died Dec. 27th at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, N.C. She was the daughter of the late Tom and Vela Lee Lane, one of Sylacauga’s most prominent families. Along with her parents, Miss Lane was active in supporting many civic projects in Sylacauga through the years.
She was a member of the Sylacauga City School Foundation Board, B.B. Comer Memorial Library Foundation Board, Marble Study Club, Magnolia Garden Club, Sylacauga Music Study Club, Sylacauga Arts Council and Chamber of Commerce. She was presently serving as president of the Sylacauga Beautification Council, and had been an active member for many years.
In 2001, Miss Lane was honored by the library foundation and board for her dedication to the expansion of the library with a Library Fellowship Award. "Her life was full," said Dr. Shirley Spears, director of Comer Library. "Her time, interest and financial help made a difference in Sylacauga. So many good organizations and charities in Sylacauga has lost a good friend and supporter."
Mary Jo Brown said Miss Lane was always dedicated to the Sylacauga Beautification Council and worked hard through the years to assist with projects to beautify the area. "She was a third generation of her family to show concern and interest in the betterment of our town and we will miss her," Mrs. Brown said. Jack and Lola Remson have worked closely with Miss Lane in the past several years on the council and said, "She will be sorely missed as a staunch supporter and a leader of the Beautification Council. She meant a lot to us with her dedicated support for the council’s projects."
"Nanellen’s mother’s death last year left a great void in her life," said longtime family friend Danny Johnson. "Nanellen was truly a great person and a wonderful friend. I’m going to miss her laughter and humor."
A 1949 graduate of Sylacauga High School, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., graduating in 1951. She continued her education at the University of Alabama’s College of Education, majoring in physical education. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
In 1965, she returned to Alabama for her master’s degree and taught physical education there for a year.
She taught at Phillips and West End high schools in Birmingham and Monroeville High School in Monroeville. For three years she coached tennis and swimming at Stephens College.
She was a member of the faculty at Mississippi State College for Women for 10 years and also taught and coached at Auburn University.
In 1977 she became the swim team coach for Sylacauga Parks and Recreation.
She was selected as an umpire at the All-England Lawn and Racquet Club in Wimbleton, England, and was listed among Who’s Who of American Women in 1971. She was named Sylacauga’s Woman of the Year in 1981.
Harry Brown, chairman of B.B. Comer Library Board, said, "The Lane family were builders of the community in Sylacauga as long as I can recall. We’ve appreciated their support through the years."
Miss Lane is survived by a host of cousins, including Jack Shuttleworth, Cal Calendar and Clara Lee Montgomery.
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 30, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Debt Retirement Fund.
Curtis and Son Funeral Home, North Chapel will direct the service.
MARGARET E. LUKE
PIEDMONT — Funeral service for Margaret E. Luke, 76, will be Thursday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Griffins Baptist Church in Temple, Ga., with the Rev. Ronnie L. White officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery
Mrs. Luke died Dec. 24 at her residence.
She is survived by sons, Otha D. White of Detroit, Mich., Charles A. White of Montgomery and Ronnie L. White of Ashville; and three grandchildren.
Ervin Funeral Chapel will direct the service.
ALEXANDER CITY — Funeral service for Elizabeth Ransaw, 99, will be Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at Great Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Emerson Ware officiating. Burial will be in New Elam No. 1 Cemetery.
Mrs. Ransaw died Dec. 21.
She is survived by sister, Lucille Maxwell of Alexander City; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Wright’s Funeral Home will direct the service.
TALLADEGA — Funeral service for Linda Roberts, 81, will be Friday, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. at Talladega Funeral Home with Ken Light officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Roberts died Dec. 26. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Naomi Salter. She was a member of Jehovah’s Witness Talladega Kingdom Hall.
She is survived by her sons, Ronald, Frank and Scott; daughter, Sandra; sister, Irene Strickland; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m. at Talladega Funeral Home.
Talladega Funeral Home will direct the service.
RICHARD DONALD SCROGGINS
JACKSON, Tenn. — Cryptside service for Don Scroggins, 61, will be Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the Mausoleum in Ridgecrest Cemetery
with Dr. John B. Clarke officiating.
Mr. Scroggins died Dec. 26 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He was born April 9, 1943 in Sylacauga to Richard L. Scroggins and Evie Winburne Scroggins. He attended Memphis State University. He was an All-American Football player at Memphis State and was awarded the Varsity M in 1963, 1964 and 1965. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Before his retirement, he spent more than 20 years with The Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Fla., as an Industrial Engineer. He attended Oak Grove United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Douglas Scroggins of Jackson, Tenn.; son, Ricky Scroggins of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; stepson, Tommy Exum and wife Tracey of Jackson, Tenn.; daughter, Jessica Bennett of Sylacauga; stepdaughter, Beth Garland and husband Michael of Jackson, Tenn.; grandchild, Kayla Bennett; and step-grandchild, Jack Garland.
The family requests memorial contributions be directed to Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 241 Old Denmark Road, Jackson, Tenn., 38301 or Odena Baptist Church, Odena Road in Sylacauga.
Arrington Funeral Dirctors in Jackson, Tenn., will direct the service.
FOY LEE WISE
MUNFORD — Foy Lee Wise, 67, of 127 Hill School Circle, died Dec. 27 at his residence.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Terry’s Metropolitan Mortuary.