October 12, 2006
SARAH TOMLINSON GARDNER
DOTHAN - Sarah Tomlinson Gardner, widow of Harmon Austin Gardner, Sr., and a former resident of Talladega from 1947 through 1950, passed away Oct. 10, at her residence in Dothan after a short illness. She was 93 years old. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at First United Methodist Church, Dothan, with her pastor, the Rev. Sterling Boykin officiating. Family visitation will be for one hour prior to the service in the church parlor. Graveside services at the Falkville City Cemetery will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13. A native of Falkville, where she spent her early years, she was the daughter of Arthur Hutcheson Tomlinson and Louisa Teague Tomlinson. After graduating from Falkville High School, she received a B.A. degree in Education from Athens College, Athens. She later completed a B.S. in Home Demonstration from Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, and did graduate studies in Education at MS State University & Mississippi College. Prior to moving to Dothan, Mrs. Gardner lived 43 years in Vicksburg, MS where she taught 3rd grade for 23 years. During her retirement years, she continued to be very active in her church, and many educational and genealogical organizations at the local, state, and national level. She was active in Delta Kappa Gamma, and MS Retired Teachers Association. Her love of family lineage and history led to her involvement with many genealogical, hereditary, and historical societies, including Magna Carta Dames, Sons and Daughters of Pilgrims, Daughters of American Colonists, Colonial Dames XVII Century, Daughters of the American the Revolution, MS Genealogical Society, and the Vicksburg Historical Society. Her primary focus for many years was the Colonial Dames XVII Century, where she served in many capacities including National President General. She and Harmon were active in the Vicksburg Chrysanthemum Society and judged flower exhibitions in many areas of the U.S. Mrs. Gardner is pre-deceased by her husband and parents, as well as, her brothers, Wade Tomlinson and Robert Tomlinson; and her sisters, Frances Haney and Elizabeth Mason; and a granddaughter, Julia Ann Blankenship. She is survived by her children: Austin and Doris Gardner, Auburn, Mary Lee and Van Blankenship, Talladega; and Arthur and Eileen Gardner, Dothan; and grandchildren: Marie and Bill McIntyre, Bossier City, LA; Lynn and Ed Putnam, Bogue Chitto, MS; Beth and Larry Bailey, Opelika; Jim and Ann Gardner, Eufaula; Mike and Laurel Gardner, Auburn; Buren and Luanne Blankenship, Columbus, NC; Sally and Tim Smith, Talladega; Teddy and Angie Blankenship, Madison; Alec and Lindsay Blankenship, Mobile; Wright and Karen Gardner, Atlanta, GA; and Bert Gardner, Atlanta, GA. Her surviving family includes a cousin Harold Holmes, Falkville, along with 18 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews. The family asks that her memory be perpetuated through gifts to the Colonial Dames XVII Century Scholarship Fund, or the charity of your choice. Byrd Funeral Home in Dothan will direct.
PONDA EARL SCOTT
PELL CITY - Funeral services for Ponda Earl Scott, 70, will be Friday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Kilgroe Chapel with Bro. Dean Scott officiating. Interment will be in Roberts Mill Pond Road Cemetery. Mrs. Scott died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church; graduated from Pell City High School in 1954. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Porterfield Smith and Carlie Currie Smith; brother, James Smith; and two sisters, Frances Champion and Aileen Dunlap. She is survived by her husband, Luther J. Scott; daughters, Carla Scott-McFarland, Lori Anne Scott, Shannon Elizabeth Scott; son, Tracy Ray Scott; sister, Barbara Smith Patterson; brother, Samuel Bradford Smith; four grandchildren, Haley and Reagan Scott, Rustin and Melissa McFarland. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6-8 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be members of the Homewood Police Department. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the services.
LEANNA B. WHETSTONE
SYLACAUGA - Leanna B. Whetstone, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Brookwood Medical Center. Community Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
October 13, 2006
GAFFNEY, S.C. - Funeral services for Bobby Cochran, 47, formerly of Talladega, will be Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. at Sycamore Baptist Church with Pastor Brian Miller and Minister Chris McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Cochran died Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Union, S.C. He is survived by father, Nem Cochran; seven sisters, Dorothy Wilson, Mary M. McKenzie, Jeannette Cochran, Jerry (Clarence) Turner all of Talladega, Bonnie Jean Robinson of Battle Creek, MI, Jerallean Crockett of Dallas, Texas, Jeneve (Willie) Levitt of Birmingham; four brothers, Samuel (Catherine) Cochran, Nem H. (Doris) Cochran, Norman (Beverly) Cochran all of Battle Creek, MI, Robert (Sherry) Cochran of San Francisco, CA; two aunts, Lucille Feaster, Mae Charles Williams both of Talladega; and a host of other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Lewis Cochran, Keith Cochran, Rodney Cochran, Parnell Turner, James Cochran, and Bu Tavis McKenzie. Sims Funeral Service will direct.
BEN GRIFFIN JR.
TALLADEGA - Ben Griffin Jr., 84, died Thursday, Oct. 12, at his residence. Westview Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
SYLACAUGA - Funeral services for Leanne Whetstone, 76, will be on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 12 noon at Victory Harbor Lighthouse Church, Sylacauga. Pastor Wayne Fowler will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Whetstone died Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Brookwood Medical Center. She is survived by six sons, Achilles B. Whetstone and Isaac Whetstone both of Sylacauga, Arthur Whetstone of Fayetteville, Herbert Whetstone of Akron, OH, Calvin Whetstone of Memphis, TN, and James Whetstone of Birmingham; six daughters, Mary Ann King and Pearlie Craver both of Sylacauga, Jewel Huntley and Vickie Crowe both of Fayetteville, Diane Cook of Goodwater, and Caroline McGraw of Birmingham; three brothers, Jewel Burns, Sherman Burns Sr., and Harry Charles Burns all of Sylacauga; four sisters, Annie Hicks and Sarah Canady of Detroit, MI, Delores Huntley of Rochester, NY, and Rosie Mae Chambliss of Sylacauga; one brother-in-law, Luther Whetstone of Childersburg; 37 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends. Flowerbearers will be friends of the family.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday at Community Funeral Home from 12 noon-8 p.m. Family will receive friends at Community Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Community Funeral Home will direct the services.
October 14, 2006
LILLIE MAE BROWNING CORBETT
SYLACAUGA - Funeral service for Lillie Mae Browning Corbett, 82, will be Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Jordan officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. Corbett died Thursday, Oct. 12, at Brookwood Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin L. and Ezell Browning; brother, William Browning; and sister, Catherine Taylor. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Joe Corbett Jr. of Sylacauga; son, Johnny Huel Corbett and wife Shelia of Sylacauga; granddaughters, Tammie Sargent and Mandy Lucas; grandson, Michael Corbett; great-grandsons, Luke Sargent and Eric Corbett; great-granddaughter, Breanna Weaver; brothers, Ellis Browning, Marshall Browning, Eugene Browning, and Troy Browning all of Sylacauga, and Thomas Browning of Jacksonville; sisters, Willie Nell Roach of Sylacauga and Shirley Stanley of Phenix City. Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5-9 p.m. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
JOE D. McDONALD
SYLACAUGA - Graveside service for Joe D. McDonald, 67, will be Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Atkins officiating. Interment following graveside service. Mr. McDonald died Friday, Oct. 13, at his residence. He is survived by daughter, Mary Jean Hill of Sylacauga; sons, Joseph V. McDonald, Jessie F. McDonald, and David E. McDonald all of Sylacauga; sisters, Frances Higgins of Shelby County, Pinkie Johnson of Hollins, and Mary Parrish of Sylacauga; brothers, Tommy McDonald and Virgil McDonald both of Shelby County; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com.
Pallbearers will be Joseph McDonald, Brad McDonald, Justin McDonald, Cody McDonald, Jason Shelton, and Steven Morris. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
STEVEN EARL PHILLIPS
TALLADEGA - Funeral service for Steven Earl Phillips, 43, will be Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at Usrey Chapel with the Rev. Gary Wyatt and the Rev. Larry Segers officiating. Burial will be in Blue Eye Baptist Cemetery. Mr. Phillips died Thursday, Oct. 12, at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Talladega County; of Wesleyan faith; employee of Waites Concrete; avid Alabama fan and Mark Martin fan. He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Phillips; grandmother, Ella Phillips; and nephew, Matthew Phillips. He is survived by a daughter, Caitlin Phillips of Talladega; parents, Mary Lou and Joby Fuller of Talladega; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Carl Williams of Eastaboga; five brothers, Colvin Phillips, John Phillips, Danny Fuller all of Talladega, Randy and Cynthia Phillips of Coca, FL, and Billy and Deb Fuller of Coldwater; grandmother, Gladys McDonald of Talladega; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Gary Webber, Shannon "Tiny" Lathem, Tommy Canada, Jeff Smith, Chris Goodwin, and Michael Casey. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
TAYLOR JOE RICHARDSON
SYLACAUGA - Funeral service for Taylor Joe Richardson, 13 days, will be Monday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Fowler and the Rev. Francis Batson officiating. Interment will be in New Hope Baptist Cemetery in Dunavant. The infant passed away Thursday, Oct. 12, at University of Alabama Hospital. He is survived by his parents, Tommy and Alicia Richardson of Sylacauga; grandparents, Cary Laman of Sylacauga, Tim and Toni Franklin of Pell City, and Pearl Wheelis of Ragland; uncle and aunt, Richard and Larissa Hamilton of Sylacauga; aunt, Meagen Franklin of Pell City; and uncle, T.J. Franklin of Pell City. Visitation will be Monday from 9:30-11 a.m. Memorial messages may be sent to www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
FAYE BROWN RIGGLEMAN
TALLADEGA - Funeral service for Faye Brown Riggleman, 71, will be Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at Midway Memory Gardens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Snyder officiating. Burial will be in Midway Memory Gardens Cemetery. Mrs. Riggleman died Friday, Oct. 13, at Trinity Medical Center. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Donald Riggleman of Talladega; three daughters, Janice Gaither of Talladega, June Boyette and Ellen Miller both of North Carolina; six grandchildren, Eric, Amber, Shane, Kristy, Dusty, and Dylin; three great grandchildren, Skye, Mason, and Sarah; two sisters, Annie Brownlow of Alpine and Nell Salter of Oxford; two brothers, John Brown of Grandberry, TX and Bill Brown of Kansas City, MS.
Pallbearers will be Eric Caudle, Mike Patterson, Curtis Boyette, Ricky Miller, Dusty Miller and Scott Harris. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday night. Midway Memory Gardens Funeral Home will direct the service.
October 15, 2006
ROBERT ALLEN PETTIS
PELL CITY—Funeral service for Robert Allen Pettis, 71, of Pell City will be Monday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Hall Cemetery in Lincoln.
Mr. Pettis died Friday, Oct. 13.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Callie Pettis; two daughters, Kim Morris (Mike) of Washington, D.C., and Sherrie Ellison (Brent) of Gadsden; one son, Gary Pettis (Marlo) of Gadsden; two granddaughters, Lynsey Barron (Graham) and Christen Ellison; five grandsons, Zack Morris (Jessica), Adam Ellison, Seth Ellison, Liam Pettis and Ethan Pettis; the mother of his children, Carol Ann Pettis; five stepchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren; one brother, Donald Pettis (Jean); two sisters, Carolyn Finley (Howard) and Janice Thayer (Andrew); and several nieces and nephews.
My journey has been good, when you smell a campfire or hear a banjo picking, softly remember me.
Kilgroe Funeral Home of Pell City will direct the service.
WINONAH LEE HOWARD
PELL CITY—Winonah Lee Howard, 89, of Pell City, died Saturday, Oct. 14.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Radney-Smith Funeral Home.
October 17, 2006
BEN GRIFFIN JR.
TALLADEGA — Funeral service for Ben Griffin Jr., 84, will be Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at Smith Chapel United Methodist Church with Pastor Henry McGhee officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Mr. Griffin died Thursday, Oct. 12, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie Green Griffin; four brothers, Jim Griffin, Dave Griffin, Felton Griffin, and Charlie Griffin; and one sister, Katie Griffin. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Diane Borden of Talladega; son, Walter Orr of Anniston; a very special cousin and caregiver, Juanita Ruth Wilson; also caregiver, Dwayne Albert of Talladega; and a host of relatives and friends. Flowerbearers will be friends of the family.
Pallbearers will be friends of the family. Visitation will be Tuesday at the Westview Funeral Home from 12-8 p.m. Westview Funeral Home will direct the services.
TALLADEGA — Donald Grogan, 65, died Monday, Oct. 16, at UAB West in Bessemer. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will announce arrangements.
WINONAH LEE HOWARD
COOK SPRINGS — Graveside service for Winonah Lee Howard, 89, was Monday Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, Sylacauga, with the Rev. Jim Metzler officiating. Mrs. Howard died Saturday, Oct. 14, at The Village at Cook Springs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed J. Howard; and her parents, Dallas and Ruth Evans Lee. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sylacauga. She is survived by three daughters, Carol Collins, Nancy Jackson, and Leanna Wade, all of Alabama; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. The family requested in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Sylacauga, 10 S. Broadway, Sylacauga, AL 35150. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home directed the service.
FANNIE LOUISE NICHOLSON
SYLACAUGA — Funeral service for Fannie Louise Nicholson, 69, will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Gregory Webb officiating. Interment will be in Childersburg City Cemetery. Mrs. Nicholson died Sunday, Oct. 15, at Trinity Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Minnie Morris; brother, Thomas Jefferson Morris; and sister, Kora Lee Miller. She was a member of the Childersburg Church of God. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her husband, James S. Nicholson of Sylacauga; sons, Gregory Scott Nicholson of Sylacauga and Dexter Eugene Nicholson of Wilsonville; daughter, Nelda N. Gable of Sylacauga; sisters, Dot Burns of Carbon Hill, Mavis Davis of Sylacauga, and Faye Sanford of Fayette; brothers, James Louis Morris of Fayetteville, Robert Earl Morris of Sylacauga, and Gerald W. Morris of Sylacauga; step-son, Robert Earl Nicholson of Goodwater; seven grandchildren; and 25 nieces and nephews Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Nicholson, David Nicholson, Matt Nicholson, Leroy Nicholson, Howard Nicholson, James Chambliss, Gilbert Chambless, James Beam. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
WILDA "SUSIE" RICH
PELL CITY — Graveside service for Wilda "Susie" Rich will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Mrs. Rich died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. She was preceded in death by her father, I.Z. Patterson; and mother, Pauline (Adams) Patterson; brothers, Sidney and Ted Patterson. Nana "Rich" will be greatly missed. Her love and devotion for her family and daycare family truly will never go unnoticed. Always willing to listen and help anyone with nothing in return. Such an unselfish heart that she shared with everyone. We will always love and miss you Nana. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Lamont Rich; daughters, Melissa (Dennis) Drain and Becky (Paul) Farr; grandchildren, Jeffery Farr, Andrew Farr, Kelsey Farr, Abigail Drain, Olivia Drain, Jon Micheal Drain, and Cynthia Cence. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.
HENRY RAYBURN SANSOM
RAGLAND — Graveside memorial for Henry Rayburn Sansom, 78, was Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. at Broken Arrow Cemetery. Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.
CHILDERSBURG — Funeral service for Sandra Sargent, 64, will be Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at Curtis and Son North Chapel with the Rev. Joe Coley officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Sargent died Sunday, Oct. 15, at Coosa Valley Medical Center. She was a native of Sylacauga. She is survived by her husband, Junior Sargent of Sylacauga; two sons, Terry Sargent of Sylacauga and Tracy Sargent and wife Tammy of Sylacauga; three daughters, Sharon Penton and husband Randy of Sylacauga; Sonia McGinnis and husband Mike of Sylacauga; Stacy Haggerty and husband Terrell of Dadeville; brother, Jerry Collum and wife Gail of Sylacauga; sister, Diane Davison and husband Ronnie of Sycamore; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 5:30-8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Randy Penton, Terrell Haggerty, Mike McGinnis, Keith Collum, Rusty Gilbert, Rick Pounds, Chip Sargent, and Roger Sargent. Honorary pallbearers will be Duncan Stacy and Frank Carleton. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the service.
TALLADEGA — Funeral service for Lorene Smith, 98, will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at Radney-Smith Chapel with the Rev. Brandon Striplin officiating. Interment will be in Hepzibah Baptist Cemetery in Alpine. Mrs. Smith died Sunday, Oct. 15, at her residence. She was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church. She is survived by daughter, Joyce Hughston of Talladega; granddaughters, Joy Redmon of Cropwell and Renee Korreckt and husband Latham of Lincoln; brothers, B.A. McNair of Sycamore and J.A. McNair of Texas; sisters, Merel Luker of Sylacauga and Mildred Challender of Talladega; great-grandchildren, Adam Korreckt and wife, Lori, Bryan Korreckt and wife, Nicole, and Cory Korreckt, all of Lincoln. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com.
Pallbearers will be Tony McNair, Dan McNair, Tim McNair, Eugene Curtis, Billy Joe Luker, and Billy Gene Key. Deacons at Sycamore Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.