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Date: Monday, 8 October 2012, at 10:25 a.m.

January 11, 2005


Dorothy Louise Hembree (nee Wellborn)

April 2, 1927 - December 4, 2005

After a long and courageous fight with cancer, Dorothy Louise Hembree died at age 77 on January 4, 2005, at the home of her daughter in Berkeley, California. Deeply loved by her children, family, friends, and grandchildren, Dorothy was cherished for her high spirits, quick wit, and infectious laughter as well as her warmth, energy, intelligence, quirkiness, and tremendous love, generosity, and devotion to her family and friends.

Dorothy was born on April 2, 1927 to Eldridge and Bonnie Mae (Horn) Wellborn on a farm in rural Clay County, Alabama. She was valedictorian of her class at Clay County High School in Ashland, Alabama, and the first in her family to go to college. She graduated from Perry Business School in Brunswick, Ga., in 1945, and in 1948, received her B.A. from the Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Ga. She enjoyed several years of work for the Georgia Department of Education, and in 1952 she married the man who would be her true love, James Howard Hembree (Jim). During their 45 years of marriage in Smyrna and Dunwoody, Georgia, Dorothy belonged to Dunwoody Baptist Church and worked nearly three decades as a Tupperware saleswoman and manager. She repeatedly earned top awards for her sales and management, but more legendary were her rousing lectures, delivered at each Tupperware party, on the importance of organic food and smoking cessation.

After her husband developed early-onset Alzheimer’s, Dorothy cared for him at home until his death in 1997. Several years later she herself was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, along with breast cancer, and in the fall of 2001 she moved to her daughter’s home in California, where she lived for three rich years until her death.

Dorothy is survived by her son William James Hembree (Bill) and daughter-in-law Jan Chaboya Hembree of Potter Valley, Ca.; her grandson Brodie Chaboya; her daughter Diana Kaye Hembree, son-in-law Ali Khosravi and grandson Luis Fernando; sister Frances (husband J. Reed Barrett); sister Shirley O’Neill; sister Jeanette (husband Jack Leathers); her husband’s brothers and sisters Doris Grambling, Virginia Everett (husband Bill), Tommy Hembree (wife Vera), Anne Elsberry (husband Ted), Marcie Hooks (husband Ed), and Cathy Hembree, all of whom live in Austell, Georgia; eight nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins and other relatives in Alabama, Georgia, and elsewhere who grieve her passing.

The family would also like to express its gratitude to her loyal caregivers; doctors and nurses, and hospice staff. Dorothy will be honored by a private memorial in Berkeley, and the funeral and services will be held in Cumming, Georgia. The family will receive friends at the Ingram Funeral Home (770-887-2388) at 210 Ingram Avenue on Monday, January 10, between 2 and 4 p.m. and 6 and 9 p.m., and from 9 a.m.until services the next day. The memorial service will be held in the Chapel of Ingram Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11. The interment will follow at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens in Cumming. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dorothy’s name may be made to Global Exchange or to Sutter VNA and Hospice, 1900 Powell St., Ste. 300, Emeryville, California.


Turner, Janice Nobles of Cropwell, died Saturday, January 8, 2005 at her home. Her father, McKenely Nobles, preceded her in death.

Janice was a graduate of St. Clair County Training School. She received bachelor and master’s degrees from Talladega College and Alabama State University, respectively.

She also completed classes in Education Administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham. Janice along with Ernestine O’Neal formerly owned Nofail Tutoring and Counseling Services. She taught in the Pell City School System for many years and later became School Counselor at Duran Junior High School where she retired in June 2004.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. Janice was an advocate for students throughout her career. Many students, whose lives she touched, will miss her. Janice was a member of the Bloominglight Baptist Church.

She is survived by devoted and loving family members which include husband, Larry Charles Turner; two sons, Randall McKenely Turner and Norman Bradley Turner; mother, Norma Nobles Jones; sister, Brenda Nobles Malone (Bobby); brother, Bernard McKenely Nobles (Debora); two step-sisters, Vivian Jones Davis (Carl) and Elaine Jones; nieces, nehews and in-laws.

Graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 1 p.m. at the Bloominglight Church Cemetery with Reverend Ronnie Beavers officiating. The family will receive friends at their home, 2720 Hamilton Road, Pell City on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Turner, Rory Turner, Oscar Harrington, Donald Threatt, Michael Swain and Darren Douthitt.

Smith and Gaston Funeral Services Inc. is directing.

The family requests memorials are made to the Bloominglight Baptist Church Perpetual Care Fund.

There will be no public viewing.


TALLADEGA – Graveside service for Alma M. Bowen, 92, will be Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. in Pine Hill Memorial Park with the Rev. James Woodin officiating.

Mrs. Bowen died Jan. 9 at her residence. She was a native of Millerville, lived in Talladega most of her life and was a member of Bemiston United Methodist Church. She was retired from Bemiston Company Inc. and loved gardening and growing flowers. She was preceded in death by her husband, L.B. Bowen.

She is survived by son, Wayne Bowen of Talladega; grandson, David Bowen of Suwanee, Ga.; granddaughter, Susan Sykes of Wetumpka; and great-grandchildren, Daniel Bowen and Rachel Bowen.

Pallbearers will be Edward Walker, Larry Robinson, Randall Stewart, Randy Martin, David Bowen, Lenton Williams and Daniel Bowen.

Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.


SYLACAUGA – Stanley J. Carpenter, 86, died Jan. 10 in Sylacauga.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel.


HARPERSVILLE – Funeral service for Linda Diane Drake, 54, will be Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. at Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg chapel with the Rev. Jerry Wayne Baker officiating. Burial will be in Harpersville Cemetery.

Mrs. Drake died Jan. 8 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her father, E.O. Drake and brother, Ronnie Drake.

She is survived by her mother, Louise Drake of Harpersville; sister, Barbara Layton and husband Done of Anniston; brother, Eddie Drake and wife Johnnie of Nashville, Tenn.; sister, Judith Galloway of Clanton; sister-in-law, Judith Galloway of Clanton; sister-in-law, Cynthia Drake of Center Point; five nephews; and three nieces.

Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg Chapel will direct the service.


SYLACAUGA – Leola B. Evans, 80, died Jan. 10.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Madden’s Funeral Service.


CHILDERSBURG – George Gary Gardner died Jan. 8 at Baptist Medical Center Montclair in Birmingham.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Community Funeral Home.


LINCOLN – Funeral service for John Andrew Garner, 67, will be Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home chapel in Pell City with the Rev. Jackie Bentley officiating. Burial will be in St. Clair Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Garner died Jan. 10.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Rowe Garner, daughters, Robyn Clark and Pam Robertson; sons, Jeff, David, Mike and Gary Garner and Jeremy Kennedy; aunts, Dorothy Perry and Alice Faye Sherrill; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.


FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Tolson Pittman, 52, of 2589 Dumas Ct., died Jan. 9 at Kindred Hospital in Detroit, Mich.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Terry’s Metropolitan Mortuary.


TALLADEGA – Funeral service for Raymond Dupree Presley, 85, will be Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home chapel in Talladega with the Rev. Bill Huffaker officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Presley died Jan. 8 at Beverly Health Care Ingram. He was a native of Douglasville, Ga., and lived in Talladega most of his life. He was a Baptist by faith, was a veteran of World War II and was a retired paint contractor and operator of T.C.R. Service Station for more than 10 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Carpenter Presley; a son, Gerald Presley; his parents, Oscar and Ruby Presley; a sister, Tine Fortson; and brothers, LeVon and LeRoy Presley.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda and Bobby Langley, Shirley and Randy Freeman, Gail and Jerry Quinn and Sharon and Frank Blankenship, all of Talladega; son, Bobby Presley of Talladega; daughter-in-law, Sherry Presley of Talladega; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be DeWayne Presley, Kyle Langley, Keith Langley, Josh Blankenship, Chris Freeman and Jerry Quinn II.

Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of the Alzheimers unit at Beverly Health Care Ingram in Eden.

Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.


PELL CITY – Tammy Marie Searcy, 39, died Jan. 9.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City.


SYLACAUGA – Funeral service for Bobby Shaner, 59, will be Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. at Curtis and Son Funeral Home North chapel with the Rev. Ray Robinson and the Rev. Shannon Mapp officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Shaner died Jan. 8 at University Hospital. He was a native of Talladega County.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Shaner of Sylacauga; sons, Wesley Shaner and Ronnie Shaner of Sylacauga; daughters, Carmen and Bill Northcutt and Robin and Ruben Eddings of Sylacauga; stepson, Eric Isabell of Sylacauga; his mother, Mildred Clifton of Sylacauga; sisters, Elizabeth Ann Staton of Sycamore and Jean Mull of Sylacauga; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the service.


COOK SPRINGS – Funeral service for Jack Sims, 78, will be Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home chapel in Pell City with the Rev. David Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Valley Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Sims died Jan. 9.

He is survived by sons, Robert L. Sims and James Edward Sims; daughter, Mary S. Livingston; brother, Harry E. (Boyd) Sims; sisters, Margarete Rich, Lois Higginbotham and Sara Jo Turner; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Brian Adams, Parker Blankenship, Benjamin Greene, Mark Daniel Sims, Eddie Sims and Davey Sims.

Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Sims, Jon David Sims, Tim Sims, Brandon Tate and Buddy Morris.

Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.


LINEVILLE – Funeral service for Mozelle Spruell, 81, will be Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. at Clay County Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Jerry Edge officiating. Burial will be in Lineville City Cemetery.

Mrs. Spruell died Jan. 9 at Lineville Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was a native and lifelong resident of Clay County. Prior to her retirement, she was owner and operator of Mozelle’s Beauty Shop in Lineville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Eastern Star and Lineville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Spruell.

She is survived by daughters, Susan Lauby of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Sandra East of Gadsden; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Wayne East, George Lauby, Duane East, Todd Roberts, Watts East and Rickey East.

Clay County Funeral Home will direct the service.


CHILDERSBURG – Billy Wayne Swain, 38, died Jan. 7 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Community Funeral Home.

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