April 25, 2006
MELVIN WALTER AYRES
PELL CITY — Funeral service for Melvin Walter Ayres, 82, will be Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at Eden Westside Baptist Church with the Rev. Jacky Connell and the Rev. Billy Hunt officiating. Graveside service will be Thursday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Mr. Ayres died Monday, April 24, in Birmingham. He was a charter member of Eden Westside Baptist Church where he was a member of the choir and the Liberty Sunday School Class. He was a disabled WWII Army Veteran where he served in the European Theater, receiving a Purple Heart. He was the retired owner of A&A Body Shop. He is survived by his wife, Judy Ayres of Pell City; three daughters, Judy Duck (Wayne) of Pell City, Ellen Layton (Mike) of Pell City, and Judy Lynn Walker of Tampa, FL; two sons, William "Bill" Ayres (Patsy) of Pell City and Bob Meads (Staci) of Alpharetta, GA; sister, Mary Sue Acton of Pelham; 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eden Westside Building Fund. Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.
NAN RICH GERMANY
ROME, Ga. — Mrs. Nan Rich Germany, 81, died Saturday. She was born in Wylam, Alabama on Dec. 16, 1924, to the late Charles Hardeman and Lenora Allen Coats. Mrs. Germany was a retired teacher and was preceded in death by her husband the late James R. Germany. Surviving are daughters, Hilda Green of Rome and Sue Rich of Maryland; son, Walter Eugene Rich Jr. of Florida; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three step children; nine step grandchildren; sisters, Jenny Payton, Lenora Bowman, and Jo Voce all of Alabama; several nieces and nephews. Private funeral services will be at Tuesday from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home of Summerville, Georgia, in charge.
GLENDA KIDD HERNANDEZ
CHILDERSBURG — Funeral services for Glenda Hernandez, 65, will be Tuesday, April 25, at 2 p.m. at Curtis and Son Childersburg Chapel with the Rev. Frank Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Memorial Gardens. Ms. Hernandez died Friday, April 21, at Coosa Valley Medical Center. She is survived by her finance, Steve A. Clark of Childersburg; two sons, Todd Hernandez and Tracy Hernandez both of Childersburg; two daughters, Carmen H. Thornton of Hueytown and Angelia H. Bailey of Sylacauga; sister, Angyann R. Hammock of Alex City; and 11 grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Wade Tyler, John Kidd, Jacob Hernandez, Phillip Thornton, Chris Bailey, and Tim Grier. Honorary pallbearers will be Clay and Adam Hernandez. Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg Chapel will direct the services.
DOLLIE FORD McCLELLAN
TALLADEGA — Funeral service for Dollie Ford McClellan, 84, was Monday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at Usrey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Saccucci, the Rev. Suzie Knedlik and the Rev. Jeff Rutledge officiating. Burial followed in Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery
in Munford. Mrs. McClellan died Friday, April 21, at Regional Medical Center. She was a devoted wife, mother, nanny and "old" nanny. She loved her friends, family and her church family. She also loved gardening and cooking from her garden. She touched the lives of many with her kindness and her ability to make you laugh. She was also known as the Elvis entertainer "David Lee's" number one fan where she always had a front row seat. She enjoyed being a member of "The David Lee Fan Club" of Birmingham. All who knew her knew her quote "It don't get no better than that." She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Frank R. McClellan; and a son, John T. McClellan Sr. She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Johnson (Tommy) of Munford and Shirley Alford (Archie) of Longview, Texas; one son, Terry F. McClellan (Eva) of Kilgore, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Judy McClellan; six granddaughters, Tina Graben (Stephen), Karen Harris (Scott), Julie Rogas (Craig), Gail Lackey, Susan Lynn Deuel (Scott) and Wendy Holmes; four grandsons, Michael Lowrance (Gina), Russell McClellan, Terry F. McClellan Jr. (Amy) and John T. McClellan, Jr.; 10 great-grandsons, Chad Gortney, Justin Gortney, Payton Graben, Aaron Harris, Austin Lowrance, Brandon Lowrance, Chandler Lowrance, Carter Rogas, Christian Holmes, and Abel Deuel; 12 great-granddaughters, Shanea Lackey, Chasity Lackey, Cameron Lowrance, Macy Rogas, Hannah Stephens, Winter McClellan, Kaitlyn Harris, Trinity Holmes, Gabriela Deuel, and Mara Deuel. and two sisters, Geneva "Dub" Machen of Sycamore and Louise Blackerby of Munford. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Playground Equipment Fund. Active pallbearers were Freddie McClellan, Ricky Ford, Leslie Ford, Johnny Ray Ford, Bill Wright, Jimmy Machen, Steve Mace and Ronnie Blackerby. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Smith, David Lee, Mayo McClellan, Red Alford, Tim Leftwitch, Jerry Webster, Billy Bentley, Kerry Baxter and Mike McClellan. Usrey Funeral Home of Talladega directed the service.
RONALD "RONNY" McLELLAND
LINCOLN — Ronald "Ronny" McLelland, 57, died April 24, 2006. He was employed as an operating engineer and a member of Local 312 since 1969. Ronny served in the United States Navy and was a Vietnam Veteran. Ronny was best known for his generosity, his smile, sense of humor, love of music and dance which will be missed by all who loved him. He was preceded in death by his father, Sidney "Mac" McLelland. Ronny is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lynn McLelland; two daughters, Lisa Latham (Rex), and Amiee Mitchell (James) all of Lincoln; one son, Ronald McLelland Jr. "RJ" (Melissa) of Sycamore; eight grandchildren, Jessie, Molly, Libbie, Ryland, Aubrey, Tyler, Zach, and Lauren; his mother Lee McLelland of Lincoln; sister, Laura "Jeannie" Underwood of Maryland; brother, Glen McLelland of New Jersey; and by several nieces and nephews and a host of close friends. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 26, from 6-8 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City. Graveside services will be Thursday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery
in Anniston with Rodney Prickett of Eastaboga Baptist Church officiating. Memorials can be made to Lakeside Hospice, P.O. Box 544, Pell City, AL 35125 or to the American Cancer Society. Services under the direction of Usrey Funeral Home, Pell City.
CAROLYN L. LEE REYNOLDS
CHILDERSBURG — Funeral services for Carolyn L. Lee Reynolds will be Wednesday, April 26, at 12 p.m. at Enon Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Clarence C. Carter officiating. Burial will be in Enon Cemetery
(Lillie Rhoden). Mrs. Reynolds died Saturday, April 22 at Lakeshore Healthsouth Medical Center. She was a member of Enon Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a secretary of the church, teacher of Sunday School, class #7, president of senior choir #1, and was inducted into the Enon Hall of Fame Sept. 25, 1999. She was a trustee of College Temple #823; treasurer of Nellie B. Ollison PDR Club; lifetime member of Palmer Lee Taylor Post #25 and Sgt.-at-arms; retired from Booker T. Washington Insurance Co. as supervisor after 33 years; Childersburg Citizens Advisory Committee as a chartered member and treasurer; member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce; member of Childersburg Heritage Society; Childersburg Hall of Fame inductee, 1994; board of directors, Butler & Harris Museum; board of directors, United Givers Fund; chairman, City-wide Clean Up Campaign; board of directors of College City Federal Credit Union; honored with the Carolyn Reynold's Day, 1975; was a graduate of Drewry High School and attended Tuskegee Institute. She was a member of the Missionary Society. She is survived by her husband, Walter L. Reynolds of Childersburg; goddaughter, Mary (Wesley) Sanders of Childersburg; name sake: Carolyn Datcher of Vincent; sisters, Lillie Mae Morton of San Francisco, CA, Lucille Jordan of Childersburg, and Rita Joyce Leonard of Birmingham; five grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary will direct the services.
ROBERT LEWIS RUSSELL
JACKSON'S GAP — Robert Lewis Russell died April 23, at Lake Martin Community Hospital. Wright's Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
TONY JAMES (LOG) SMITH
GOODWATER — Tony James (Log) Smith, 43, died Sunday, April 23, at Russell Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, T.J. and Violet Smith; brother, Charles Smith; and daughter, Tina Gable. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Smith of Goodwater; two daughters, Monica Murphy of Hanover and Elissa Malone of Hazel Green; sister, Tanya Carter of Sylacauga; and three grandchildren. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com. Visitation will be at Radney-Smith Funeral Home from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. Radney-Smith Funeral Home is in charge.
THOMAS ROGER WYATT
TALLADEGA — Funeral service for Thomas Roger Wyatt, 66, will be Wednesday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at Usrey Chapel in Talladega with the Rev. Cliff Vines officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Memorial Park. Mr. Wyatt died Sunday, April 23, at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Talladega; an avid Alabama Fan; and a member of V.F.W. He is survived by one daughter, Susan Wyatt Burnes of Talladega; one grandson, Cody Burnes of Talladega; cousin, Jay Mitchell of Munford; and two aunts, Helen Wyatt Saxon and Inez McWilliams both of Talladega. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Usrey.
Pallbearers will be Courtney Turner, Antonio Turner, Walter Smith, James Smith, Chris Edwards, and Jay Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Burnes, Chris Bowman, Hank Fannin, and Mark Owsley. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
May 2, 2006
BENJAMIN MARSHALL CREW
GOODWATER — Funeral service for Benjamin Marshall Crew, 85, will be Wednesday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. at Goodwater United Methodist Church with the Rev. Johnny Jordan and the Rev. Tommy Thornton officiating. Interment will be in Goodwater Methodist Cemetery. Mr. Crew died Monday, May 1, at Sylacauga Healthcare Center. He was a member of Goodwater United Methodist Church; Veteran of Foreign Wars, Veteran of World War II, worked with Alabama Power prior to going to work for Madix Industry of Goodwater. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Wilkinson Crew. He is survived by two sons, Benjamin J. Crew of Birmingham and wife Jackie Crew, James M. Crew of Birmingham; daughter, Beverly Crew Previto of Lawrenceville, Ga.and husband Raymond Previto; six grandchildren, Jason Crew, Brandon Crew, Leah Previto, Trey Previto, John Crew and Jenilee Crew; four great grandchildren, Aerin Crew, Jackson Crew, Landon Previto, and Tyler Crew. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 3, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Goodwater United Methodist Church. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com. The family will accept flowers or contributions to Goodwater United Methodist Church or Sylacauga Health Care Activity Fund.
Pallbearers will be Mike Crew, John Crew, Trey Previto, Harry Crew, Jason Crew, Jon Hunt, and Brandon Crew. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
CHILDERSBURG — Funeral service for Jan Hobbs, 74, will be Tuesday, May 2, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Oak Grove with the Rev. Max Butram officiating. Burial will follow in Childersburg City Cemetery. Mrs. Hobbs was born April 9, 1932 in Jefferson County and died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at CVMC. She is survived by her husband, Sam Hobbs of Childersburg; two sons, Samuel Bradley Hobbs and wife Tonya of Sylacauga and Michael Wayne Hobbs of Denver, Colorado; daughter, Janice Lynn Hall and husband Davis of Forsyth, Georgia; six grandchildren and spouses, and 10 great-grandchildren. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Wesley Donahoo, Willard Baker, Willie Young, Harry Hughes, Ira Blanchard, James Edwards. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
THOMAS EDWARD LONG
SYLACAUGA — Funeral service for Thomas Edward Long, 83, will be Tuesday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at Radney-Smith Chapel with the Rev. David Shafer officiating. Interment will be in Talladega Springs Cemetery. Mr. Long died Sunday, April 30, at Coosa Valley Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Jewel Long. He was a member of Union Springs Baptist Church; a mason; member of the Marble Valley Volunteer Fire Department; and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He is survived by a son, Joe Edward Long of Sylacauga; two daughters, Vivian Grice of Hollins and Shelia Roberson of Sylacauga; sister, Gertrude Nixon of Sylacauga; two grandchildren, Nicole Wilson and Jake Grice; four great grandchildren, Cody Wilson, Kim Wilson, Shay Roberson, and Trey Roberson. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com. The family will accept flowers or suggest contributions to the Union Springs Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Jake Grice, Bobby Usrey, Terry Roberson, Demond Wilson, Harold Jones, and Jeremy Baird. Honorary pallbearers will be the Marble Valley Volunteer Fire Department. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
GEORGE PERCY MORTIMER
WINONA, MS — George was a lifelong resident of Winona, Mississippi. He died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona. He grew up on a farm during the Depression and lived the values learned there for the eighty six years of his life. His parents were James George Mortimer and Anna Belle Scruggs. George married Mae Egger in 1946 and had two daughters, Margaret Elizabeth Wade Johnston and Jean Anne Fisackerly. Margaret is married to Mark Johnston of Camp McDowell, Alabama and Jean Anne is married to Tommy Fisackerly of Winona, Mississippi. He had six grandchildren, Alison Marie Wade of Tuscaloosa, Patrick Fisackerly and Jennifer Fisackerly of Winona, MS, Noah Johnston of North Carolina, Adam Johnston of Auburn, and Ethan Johnston of Camp McDowell; and one great grandson, John Allen Carter Wade of Tuscaloosa. He is survived by one sibling, Sarah Wainwright of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. George proudly served in the Pacific theater of World War II for three years as a member of the US Army Air Corps. When returning from the War, he worked for about 30 years as Parts Manager of Gerrard Chevrolet in Winona. He and Mae bought Wilson Furniture Company in the early 1970's and were self-employed at the furniture store until their retirement. They enjoyed traveling together and George worked in his yard and garden after retirement. George was a member of First Baptist Church of Winona, and the Adult Men's Bible Class there. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 1, at the First Baptist Church of Winona and burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery
with the Rev. Jimmy Harrington officiating. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Family Life Center or the Camp McDowell Scholarship Fund, 105 Delong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578. Oliver Funeral Home of Winona, Inc. in charge of arrangements.
GENE MILLER WESLEY
SYLACAUGA — Funeral services for Gene Miller Wesley, 78, will be Tuesday, May 2, at 2 p.m. at Curtis and Son North Chapel with the Rev. Chuck Kornegay officiating. Burial will be in Talladega Springs Cemetery. Mr. Wesley died Saturday, April 29, at his residence. He went home to be with Jesus on April 29, 2006. He retired from Kimberly-Clark Corp., and retired from U.S. Navy after serving 21 years in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Wars, and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, William Martin Wesley; mother, Tennie Driver Wesley; aunt, Nelle Johnson; brothers, Bill Wesley, Winfield Wesley, Jerry Don Wesley, and Bert Wesley. He is survived by wife, Sondra Wesley; sons, David Shockey and wife Robbie and Frank Wesley and wife Tammy; daughters, Paula Shockey, Gay Guy and husband Greg, Tennie Campbell and husband Al, Mary Holloway and husband Tim, and Mona Munger; five grandsons, Justin Holloway, Wesley Guy, Blake Wesley, Kyle Shockey, and Benton Wesley; three granddaughters, Rachel Shockey, Erin Shockey, and Amber Holloway; sister-in-law, Patricia Godfrey; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Pallbearers will be Greg Guy, Al Campbell, Tim Holloway, Lane Wesley, Craig Wesley, and Paul Grubbs. Honorary pallbearers will be Homer Wesley, Bert Jackson Wesley, Jerry Don Wesley, and Bernie Wesson. Curtis and Son Funeral Home Sylacauga will direct the services.
May 4, 2006
VIVIAN LONG ABRAMS
HUNTSVILLE — Graveside services for Vivian Long Abrams, 79, formerly of Sylacauga, will be Friday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Mausoleum with her nephew, the Rev. James Long officiating. Mrs. Abrams died Tuesday, May 2, at Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville after an extended illness. She retired from Avondale Mills. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Virgil Long. She is survived by her husband, Otis Abrams; son, Russell Abrams; three granddaughters, Ashley and Rachael Abrams of Huntsville, and Courtney Weaver of Huntsville; two sisters, Ruby McCain and husband Marvin of Tucson, AZ and Clarice Newby and husband Pat of Greenville; sisters-in-law, Weston Long, Margie Duke of Weogufka, Fay Fulmer and Louise Camp of Sylacauga; brother-in-law, Wayne Abrams of Sylacauga; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Friday, May 5, from 1-1:45 p.m. at Curtis and Son North Chapel. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the services.
TERESA DEANNE FRANKLIN
SYLACAUGA — Funeral service for Teresa DeAnne Franklin, 40, will be Friday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Marble City Cemetery. Ms. Franklin died Saturday, April 29, 2006. She is survived by her parents, Jerry and Betty Parsons of Childersburg and Doyle and Joy Smith of Denim Springs, GA; two daughters, Katherine Grund of Birmingham and Hunter Brook Franklin of Cullman; two brothers, Jerry W. Parsons of Stewartville and Jeremy Todd Smith of Baton Rouge, LA; four sisters, Jerri Ann Goins of Childersburg, Deborah Honeycutt of Sylacauga, Deana Lachelle Parsons of Childersburg, and Memorie Maynard of Baton Rouge, LA; 11 nieces and nephews; and five great nephews. Visitation will be Thursday, May 4, from 5-8 p.m. Memorial messages may be sent to www.radneysmith.com. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
May 12, 2006
AMANDA MAE BROWN
TALLADEGA — Memorial services for Amanda Mae Brown, 89, will be at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Talladega, AL on Friday, May 12, 2006 at 7:00 PM with Donald Phillips officiating. Burial will be at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Lancaster, Ohio. Mrs. Brown passed away Wednesday, May 10 at home. She was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on March 25, 1951. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne E. Brown and six brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include her five daughters, Mary Jo Gobel, (Roger L. Gobel) of Talladega; Nancy and Hubert White, Carroll, OH; Diane and Gail Strefling and Sandra and Fred Gertenlehner of Punta Gorda, FL; and Connie Block of Carroll, OH. 23 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren including 7 sets of five generations. She is also survived by one brother Chalres See of Venice, FL; three sisters, Mildred Hoskinson and Nina Bowman of Lancaster, OH; Elizabeth Griffith of Columbia Station, OH. Numerous nieces and nephews. Amanda is deeply loved and will be missed by her family and friends. The family will direct the service.
FRANK NEAL CALHOUN
LINCOLN — Funeral services for Frank Neal Calhoun, 70, will be Sat at 11:00 a.m. at Dry Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Penny Drummond officiating. Burial will be in Dry Valley Baptist Cemetery. Mr. Calhoun died Wednesday, May 10 at his residence. Mr Calhoun is a native and life long resident of Lincoln area and a member of Dry Valley Baptist Church & Owner and Operator of Lincoln Grading & Paving Co. He is survived by wife, Mary Ellen Calhoun, Lincoln; daughters & sons-in-law Donna & Robin Hudson, Lincoln; Rhonda & Jimmy Ray, Lincoln; sons & daughters-in-law, Frankie & Kellye Calhoun, Lincoln; sisters, Eula Mae Ford & Virginia Haynes both of Lincoln; son Michael & April Calhoun brother Jimmy Calhoun, Pell City; grandchildren, Brandon & Jordan Ray, Leslie Hudson, Haley Calhoun, Brittany & Tyler Calhoun, & Peyton Calhoun; great grandchild Jaylon Hudson. The family will receive friends Friday, May 12 at 5 p.m. -8 p.m. at Usrey Chapel.
Pallbearers will be Corky Graham, Tim Crump, Larry Phillips, Bob Phillips, Kenneth Gaither, Cotton Freeman & Honorary pallbearers Jeff Morgan, Edward McDaniel. Tony Russell, and Cary Knowles. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
RUTHIE LEE CUNNINGHAM
TALLADEGA — Funeral services for Ruthie Lee Cunningham, 76, will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at St. Campbell Baptist Church with Pastor Richard Fair officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. She died Tuesday at Citizen's B.M.C. She is survived by daughter, Deidra M. (Lonnie) Butler; son, Reginald M. Cunningham; sister, Elizabeth (pastor O.R.) Jackson; nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; special friend; Abraham Lincoln Mathis and a host of other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Robert Douglass, Clifton Douglas and the 26th Street Social and Savings Club Members. Sims Funeral Service will direct the services.
MILDRED MARIE FLOURNOY
HARPERSVILLE — Mildred Marie Flournoy, 81 died Thursday, May 11 at her residence. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery
in Columbus, Ga. at a later date. She is survived by a son, Edward M. Flournoy and wife Mary Dee of Harpersville; sisters, Dolly Watson and Doris Lewis of West Virginia; 3 Grandchildren and 4 Great-grandchildren. Curtis and Son Funeral Home will handle the arrangements.
TALLADEGA — Funeral services for Bill Goray, 78, will be May 12 at 11 a.m. at Usrey Chapel with the Rev. Robert Washington with burial in Hepzibah Cemetery. Mr Goray died May 10 at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Talladega, retired from Bemis Co., Member of Baptist Faith. He is survived by daughters, Lynn Goray, Talladega; sisters Mary Hart & JoAnn Liner both of Talladega; brothers Tom Goray of Birmingham; James Goray, Talladega; special friend Virginia Bryant.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Goray, Randy Liner, Joey Liner, Robert Goray, James Farmer, J.P. Carmack. Honorary pallbearers Rodney St. John, Hoyt Adair, Jimmy Hubbard, Neal Smith, Walter Smith, Robert Smith, employees of VB Stop & Go. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.