September 27, 2005
RUTH E. BARBER
HARPERSVILLE - Funeral services for Ruth E. Barber, 69, will be Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. at Curtis and Son Childersburg Chapel with Dr. John Lee Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the Harpersville Cemetery. Mrs. Barber died Saturday, Sept. 24 at Brookwood Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Paul Slick Barber of Harpersville; daughters, Gail Williamson and husband Gerald of Cropwell, Eunice Davis and husband Kenneth of Wilsonville, Phoeby Lang and husband Pete of Sylacauga, and Sharon Barber of Harpersville; sons, Paul David Barber and wife Wanda of Harpersville, Mike Barber and wife Pat of Vincent, and Bobby Barber of Harpersville; sister, Alma Johnson of Tallassee, Fla.; grandchildren and great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews and friends. Pallbearers will be William Campbell, Mike Johnson, Nate Jeffreys, Chris Barber, Chris Clark, Korey Barber, Kevin Webb, and Josh Pike. Honorary pallbearer will be Anthony Williamson. Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg Chapel will direct the services.
MELISSA DAWN BICE
RAGLAND - Funeral services for Melissa Dawn Bice, 26, will be Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. at Usrey Chapel in Pell City with the Rev. Shon Phillips and the Rev. David Bice. Burial will be in Fairview Baptist Cemetery. Mrs. Bice died Sunday, Sept. 25. She is survived by her husband, Mark DeWayne Bice of Ragland; daughter, Frances Geneva Bice of Ragland; sons, Jeffery Paul Bice and William Andrew Bice both of Ragland; parents, Jeff and Gail Campbell of Ragland; sisters, Pamela Gail Harton of Pell City and April M. Fuller of Ragland; brother, Jonathan Phillips of Ragland; and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Shane Fuller, Steve Bice, Jerry Bice, Joey Davis, Dennis Echols, and Mike Warren. Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.
MINNIE CLEORA BURTON
KELLYTON - Minnie Cleora Burton died Monday, Sept. 26 at her residence. Wright's Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
MARY L. CHATMAN
TALLADEGA - Mary L. Chatman, 59, died Sunday, Sept. 25 at Coosa Valley Medical Center. Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary will announce arrangements.
WELLINGTON - Franklin Douthit, 65, died Monday, Sept. 26 at his residence. Ervin Funeral Chapel will announce arrangements.
BEATRICE MCRATH DOUTHITT
OHATCHEE - Beatrice McRath Douthitt (Aunt B), 96, died Sunday, Sept. 25 at her residence. Ervin Funeral Chapel will announce arrangements.
KATHERINE BURROW HOUSTON
GARDENDALE - Funeral services for Katherine Burrow Houston, 68, will be Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at Curtis and Son Childersburg Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Kilgore and the Rev. Keith Brakefield officiating. Burial will be in the Childersburg Cemetery. Mrs. Houston died Sunday, Sept. 25 at Sunbridge Care & Rehab for Gardendale. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a member of North Gardendale Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Tom Burrow; mother, Terri Burrow; four brothers; and three sisters. She is survived by son, Kevin Houston and wife B.J. of Hayden; daughters, Kathy Deville and husband Don of Alexander, La. and Kay Karrah and husband Kelly of Gardendale; 11 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will accept flowers or donations to be made to the Senior Adult Class of North Gardendale Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be Charlie Kizziah, Shannon Higdon, Michael Black, Shane Karrah, and Bobby Kizziah. Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg Chapel will direct the service.
JAMES ROBERT ROPER
VINCENT - Funeral services for James Robert Roper, 63, were at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at First Baptist Church in Vincent. The Rev. Joe Stone, Dr. H. Lindy Martin, Dr. John Lee Taylor and Dr. K. Randolph Joines officiated. Burial was in Vincent City Cemetery. Mr. Roper passed away on Saturday, Sept. 24 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Wilsonville to Robert Weaver Roper and Annie Lois Roper. He was a retired Deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. He also owned and operated Roper Automotive in Vincent. He is survived by his wife, Patricia M. "Pat" Roper of Vincent; sons, Max Alan (Evie) Roper and Jim Roper II; brother, Harold (Anita) Roper of Wilsonville. Pallbearers were Creed McDaniel, Jared McDaniel, Joe Batton, Kevin Hollis, Alan Roper and D. Wayne Shirley. Honorary pallbearers were Sheriff Chris Curry, former Sheriffs, James Jones and Buddy Glasgow; former co-workers, Howard Brodgen, Lennis "Bubba" Caudill, Neil Crim, Mike Dehart, Al Edwards, Richard Fox, Tim Gentry, Shelton Griffith, Leon Hodges, Roger Kennedy, Don King, Billy Raye Moore, Reid Smith, Wayne Watts, and Jim Walters. Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home in Columbiana directed.
ALEX CITY - Eunice Rutledge died Monday, Sept. 26 at Adams Nursing Home. Wright's Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
ANNIE SUE HULSEY SIMS
ALBERTVILLE - Funeral services for Annie Sue Hulsey Sims, 58, will be Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Higginbotham officiating. Mrs. Sims died Saturday, Sept. 24 in Sylacauga. She worked hard for her family and was dedicated to her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Edward Gene Sims; sons, Bobby Ray Hulsey, Tracy Dale Hulsey, David William Hulsey, Scotty Lamar Hulsey, Daniel Lee Hulsey and Brandon Edward Sims; daughter, Belinda Gail George; brothers, Thomas Gable and Billy Pogue; sisters, Dolly Isbell, Debbie McNeal, Elizabeth Bevels, Mary Crowell, and Betty Lou Pogue; and 15 grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 2-8 p.m. You may contact the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
MYRTICE J. THOMAS
SYLACAUGA - Funeral services for Myrtice J. Thomas, 81, will be Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at Curtis and Son North Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Reaves and the Rev. Jackie Davison officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Thomas died Sunday, Sept. 25 at Coosa Valley Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cullman C. Thomas. She is survived by her son, Ray E. Harris and wife Janet of Sylacauga; daughter, Kathy Ellison and husband Don of Sylacauga; grandchildren, Terrina and Michael Bullock, Scott and Tonya Harris, Chris Harris, and Chris Ellison all of Sylacauga, and Kim and Larry Strickland of Childersburg; 11 great grandchildren; brothers, J.W. Johnson, Hosey Johnson and Paul Johnson all of Clanton; sisters, Mary Davis of Clanton and Lois Ferguson of Thorsby; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Thomas, Jimmy Melton, Scott Harris, Mike Bullock, Don Ellison, Reese Brooks, and Sherrill Weathers. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the service.
TALLADEGA - Betty Tuck, 64, died Saturday, Sept. 24 at Baptist Medical Center Montclair. Sims Funeral Services will announce arrangements.
TAUREAN B. VEREEN
ANNISTON - Taurean B. Vereen, 19, died Sunday, Sept. 25 at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital. Ervin Funeral Service will announce arrangements.
October 13, 2005
MARY ONZELL GALLUPS
RAGLAND — Funeral services for Mary Onzell Gallups, 84, will be Thursday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at Hardin's Chapel Church with the Rev. Doug Ford officiating. Burial will be in Box Cemetery. Mrs. Gallups died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie B. Gallups; and son, Franklin Gallups. She is survived by daughter, Edna Hyatt (James); brother, Luther Reaves (Gertrude); sisters, Alice Hazelwood (Ullis), Lendon Reaves, and Willie Mae Bunt; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the services.
SYLACAUGA — Myrtice Hale died Wednesday, Oct. 12 at her residence. Community Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
SYLACAUGA — Funeral services for Sylvester Jemison, 65, will be Friday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Roosevelt Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mr. Jemison died Saturday, Oct. 8 at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Pauline Jemison of Sylacauga; mother, Ms. Ollie Blackmon Jemison of Talladega; sons, Earl Atchison and Kenneth Atchinson both of Detroit, MI., Lawrence Chatman Jr. of Leeds, Sylvester Jemison Jr. of Sylacauga, Neal Jemison of Talladega, and Moses Jemison of Sylacauga; daughters, Joyce Moore of Detroit, MI., Paulette Smith, Jacqueline Duncan, and Priscilla Jemison all of Childersburg, Stacey Jemison of Sylacauga, and Sheila Johnson of North Carolina; brothers, R.C. Jemison of Illinois, Osie Riley and Arthur Jemison both of Liveoak, Fla., Douglas Jemison of Gadsden, Ray Jemison of Talladega; sisters, Mary J. Garrett of Gadsden, Mable Cohill, Mahalia Jemison, Coreane Jemison all of Talladega; 41 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 13 from 12 noon until 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Family hour will be at 6-7 p.m.
Pallbearers will be friends of the family. Flowerbearers will be friends of the family. Community Funeral Home will direct the services.
BRENDA GAIL LACKEY
LINCOLN — Funeral services for Brenda Gail Lackey, 51, will be Friday, Oct. 14, at Talladega Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. with Father Jose Manjaly officiating. Burial will follow from the Pine Hill Memorial Park. Mrs. Lackey passed away Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Citizens BMC in Talladega. She was a native of Talladega County and lived in Houston, Texas for 20 years before returning to Lincoln seven years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Melissa Diane Ray and her father, Fred Horn. She is survived by her husband, Rick Lackey of Lincoln; daughter, Terri Payne of Talladega; sons, Denny Ray Jr. of Gadsden and Jayme Lackey of Lincoln; sisters, Sandra Patterson of Talladega and Jennifer Highfield of Panama City, Fla.; brothers, Leslie Horn of Talladega, Ronald Horn of Munford, Michael Horn of Talladega, and Kenny Horn of Talladega; her mother, Ara Hallman Horn of Talladega; and four grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Horn, Wes Patterson, Michael Horn, Kenny Horn, Ronald Horn, and Greg Payne. Talladega Funeral Home will direct the services.
SYLACAUGA — Rebecca Nix, 41, died Tuesday, Oct. 11 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Community Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
PIEDMONT — Linnie Spears, 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 11 at her residence. Ervin Funeral Chapel will announce arrangements.
October 25, 2005
MATTHEW TALBOT BARNHILL
FAIRHOPE — Matthew Talbot Barnhill, a native of Eatonton, Georgia, and a resident of Fairhope since 1997, died Friday, October 21, 2005, at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope. He was born January 16, 1911, to the late Florence Octavia Talbot and John Woodfin Barnhill. After receiving a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1932, he secured a position as a dye chemist with Avondale Mills in Sylacauga, Alabama. He retired from Avondale in 1976 as Vice President of Research and Development. At the mill he met Mary Ann Workman, who became his wife on November 18, 1938. Mr. Barnhill was Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 23 in Sylacauga for 13 years and was honored with the Silver Beaver Award. In 1946 he was honored by the Sylacauga Junior Chamber of Commerce as "Man of the Year". He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sylacauga, which he served as deacon and elder; in 1997 he was honored by the church Session as Elder Emeritus. He was also a master Mason and member of Coosa Valley Lodge No. 929 of F&AM of Alabama. He was a lifelong philatelist and member of the Eastern Shore Stamp Collectors club; he also had a keen interest in rocks and geology. Mr. Barnhill was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years; an infant daughter, Ann; and two sisters, Virgil Orvin Hardon Reynolds and Elizabeth Reid Barnhill Gupton. He is survived by his son, Matthew T. Barnhill Jr., and daughter-in-law, Suzanne of Fairhope; two grandchildren, Matthew T. Barnhill III of Portland, Oregon, and Virginia Vaughan Barnhill Damdar of Houston, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery
in Sylacauga at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. The family suggest that memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Norton Avenue, Sylacauga, AL 35150. Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home & Crematory in Fairhope will direct the service.
WILLIS TONY (W.T.) COOKSEY JR.
SYCAMORE — Funeral services for Willis Tony (W.T.) Cooksey Jr., 85, will be Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. at Sycamore Baptist Church with the Rev. Herman Parker and the Rev. Jimmy Dale Abrams officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Cooksey died Saturday, Oct. 22 at Sylacauga Health and Rehab. He was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church where he served as deacon and taught Sunday school. He was retired from Avondale Mills with 40 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Lee Cooksey; and great grandson, Jason Machen. He is survived by sons, Thomas Lee Machen of Talladega, Tommy Machen of Coosa County, and Mike Machen of Douglasville, Ga.; daughter, Gaye Hickman of Sycamore; grandchildren, Johnny Machen and Tammy Machen; eight great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; brother, Grady Cooksey of Birmingham; friend and caregiver, Shirley Green; Pallbearers will be his Sunday school class. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the service.
MARY WILMA BAKER ELLIOTT
TALLADEGA — Mary Wilma Baker Elliott, 99, formerly of Tuscaloosa and Columbiana, died Sunday, October 23, at the home of her daughter in Birmingham following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Elliott was born in the farming community of Fourmile, Alabama, near Wilsonville, on August 8, 1906, to James Lucious and Louella Bell Baker. She graduated from Shelby County High School in 1924, received a normal degree from Jacksonville State Teachers College and later graduated from Alabama College. She taught the primary grades in the public schools of Shelby County and Tuscaloosa County for 34 years. Mrs. Elliott was a member of the First Baptist Church of Talladega, Delta Kappa Gamma honorary society of women educators, Alabama Education Retirees Association, and the Andrew Jackson Chapter of the DAR, which she previously served as regent. She had been a Red Cross volunteer and a docent at Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall. She assisted her husband, Dr. Woodrow W. Elliott in his 10-year tenure as president of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega. She was an accomplished gardener and she pursued many interests, including needlework, genealogical research, and stamp and coin collecting. She leaves behind a wide circle of devoted friends and former students. Mrs. Elliott was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years and her son, Frank Baker Elliott. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Elliott Cobb (Buell) of Birmingham; four grandsons, Mark Elliott and James B. (Jamie) Elliott of Mt. Pleasant, SC, B. Wilson (Will) Cobb of Birmingham and Buell B. Cobb III (Tad) of Austin, Texas. The funeral service will be Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Talladega with Dr. Robert Paul Jr. and the Reverend Ralph Jernigan officiating. The family will receive visitors at the church at 10:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service. The committal service for Mrs. Elliott and reinterment service for Dr. Elliott will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Pinelawn Gardens in Columbiana. Pallbearers are Richard Castleberry of Talladega, J. Michael Cobb of Birmingham, Kenneth Sims of Sylacauga, Edward P. Williamson of Birmingham, and Mrs. Elliott's grandsons. The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Elliott Cottages at the Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind (POB 698 Talladega, AL 35161), Shelby County Historical Society (POB 457 Columbiana, AL 35055), Fourmile Baptist Church Cemetery
Fund (Highway 61 Wilsonville, AL 35186), or The Red Door Kitchen nutrition program for the elderly (POB 1261 Talladega, AL 35161). Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
RAYMOND GOODE SR
ANNISTON — Raymond Goode Sr., 76, died Monday, Oct. 24 at Diane Collins Boarding Home in Lincoln. Ervin Funeral Chapel will announce arrangements.
SYLACAUGA — Lilly Grayson, 75, died Monday, Oct. 24, at Brown Nursing Home in Alexander City. Community Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
LURA VIOLA HARRISON
SYLACAUGA — Funeral service for Lura Viola Harrison, 88, were Monday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Brown officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery. Ms. Harrison died Saturday, Oct. 22 at Goodwater Healthcare Center. She was preceded in death by her son, Jackie Pitts. She is survived by son, Neal Pitts of Sylacauga; daughters, Fay Hall and Frances Smith of Carlton, Ga.; sister, Mildred Clifton of Sylacauga; 13 grandchildren; and a number of great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Jimmy Tarwater, Tim Tarwater, Mack Staten, Rodney Johnson, Eric White and B.J. Baker. You may contact the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
BILLY JOE HICKMAN JR.
SYLACAUGA — Billy Joe Hickman Jr., 42, died Monday, Oct. 24 at his residence. Curtis and Son Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
JEWEL BROWNING HONEYCUTT
SYLACAUGA — Funeral service for Jewel Browning Honeycutt, 79, will be Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark Deason and the Rev. Wayne Walker officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. Honeycutt died Sunday, Oct. 23 in Cook Springs. She was a member of Center Hill Methodist Church. Even though her body is gone, her spirit lives on in all of us. She is survived by her husband, Charles Honeycutt of Sylacauga; daughters, Marilyn Wood of Sylacauga and Elaine Deason of Moody; son, Keith Honeycutt of Sylacauga; grandchildren, Tammie Deason of Sylacauga, Christie Walker of Sylacauga, Emily Glass of Birmingham, April Glazner of Birmingham, Brad Lacey of Sylacauga, and Ginger Lacey of Sylacauga; six great grandchildren; sisters, Ethyrene Griffitt, Kate Thornton, Y.Z. East of Sylacauga, and Marie Carroll of Childersburg. Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 5-8 p.m. You may contact the family at www.radneysmith.com. Pallbearers will be friends of the family. Honorary pallbearers will be Allison Morris, James E. "Squirrel" Smelly, Fay Hathcock, Sue Piercy, and Jake Bice. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
SYLACAUGA — The Rev. Joseph McAdams, 70, died Saturday, Oct. 22, at VA Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Madden's Funeral Chapel will announce arrangements.
ALEX CITY — Catherine McQueen died Sunday, Oct. 23 at Baptist Montclair Medical Center. Wright's Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
CLUDIE OBERA MILLER
TALLADEGA — Funeral services for Cludie Obera Miller, 91, will be Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Allen Layton, the Rev. Randall Ingram, and Glenn Bates officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery. Mrs. Miller died Monday, Oct. 24 in Talladega. She was a native of Clay County but lived in Talladega most of her life. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church where she attended the ladies Sunday school class #1. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Miller; daughter, Brenda Lawley; sister, Demeral Malone; and brothers, Bruce, Charles and Buel Arnold. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Phillip Jones of Eastaboga; son-in-law, Randall Lawley of Talladega; grandchildren, Pamela and husband Glenn Bates of Talladega, Kevin and wife Amber Jones of Eastaboga, Jennifer Jones of Eastaboga; great grandchildren, Kayleigh Jones of Eastaboga, Bradley and Brandon of Talladega; brother, Doyt Arnold of Talladega. Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. Pallbearers are Kevin Jones, Glenn Bates, Ronnie Lott, Hiram Estes, Mike Hamlin, and Wayne Brown. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
RALPH DEWAYNE SWINDALL
RAGLAND — Graveside services for Ralph DeWayne Swindall, 47, will be Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Cemetery
in Ragland with the Rev. Doug Ford officiating. Mr. Swindall died Sunday, Oct. 23 in Pell City. He is survived by his wife, Doris Swindall; daughter, Dena Isbell; son, Spence Barrett; father, Ralph Thomas Swindall; sisters, Debra McClendon and Brenda Swindall; brothers, Johnny Paul Swindall, Danny Ray Swindall, and Tony Swindall; and one grandchild. Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.
ALEX CITY — Johnnie Walker died Monday, Oct. 24 at Goodwater Nursing Home. Wright's Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
SYLACAUGA — Geanita Youngblood, 51, died Sunday, Oct. 23, at Brookwood Medical Center. Madden's Funeral Chapel will announce arrangements.