November 21, 2006
RICHARD E. DILL
SYLACAUGA — Funeral service for Richard E. Dill, 52, will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Chapel with the Rev. Ray Cooper officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Dill died Sunday, Nov. 19, at Baptist Medical Center Princeton. He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Dill; and step-father, Clifford Medley. He is survived by his wife, June Dill of Sylacauga; son, Christopher Dill and wife Anna of Anniston; daughter, April Dill Peppers and husband Steve of Sylacauga; mother, Dorothy E. Medley of Childersburg; sister, Susan Dill Riddle and husband Mark of Ocean Springs, MS; granddaughters, Brittany Peppers and Katelin Dill; grandson, Steven Peppers; step-mother, Betty Dill of Columbiana; step-sisters, Annette Mooney, Karen Corn and Brenda Yager of Columbiana, and Teresa Gregory of Mississippi; step-brothers, Cliff Medley of Talladega, Tracy Medley of Alex City and Andy Medley of Childersburg. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 21, 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.
BERTHA GAITHER GORAY
GRAHAM, TX — Mrs. Bertha Gaither Goray, age 80, formerly of Talladega, passed away Nov. 18, at her home. Talladega Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
VIRGINIA LEONA "ONNIE" McDONALD
SYLACAUGA — Funeral service for Virginia Leona "Onnie" McDonald, 99, will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 11:30 a.m. at Radney-Smith Chapel with the Rev. Bill Jones and the Rev. Louie Fincher officiating. Interment will be in Childersburg City Cemetery. Mrs. McDonald died Sunday, Nov. 19, at Sylacauga Health and Rehab Center. She was of the Nazarene faith and a life-long resident of Alabama. She leaves behind many friends and family members to be with her Lord. We will all miss you, "Miss Mac". She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Lester McDonald; daughter, Dorothy Reynolds; son, James McDonald; and brothers, A.C. Snyder and Clyde Snyder. She is survived by son, Charles L. Reynolds and wife Sue of Childersburg; daughters, Carleen Veazey and husband Brenton of Fayetteville, Jeanette Giddens and husband David of Childersburg, and Kathy Harris and husband Robert of Childersburg; brother, Tolly Snyder and wife Evelyn of Childersburg; grandchildren, Wayne Veazey and wife Joyce, Sue Smith and husband Dandy, Wanda Wombough and husband Joe, Ronnie Reynolds, and Robbie Harris and wife Diana; four great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 5-9 p.m. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Veazey, Ronnie Reynolds, Robbie Harris, Bubba Haynes, Dandy Smith, and Phillip Stone. Honorary pallbearers will be the medical staff at Sylacauga Health and Rehab Center. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
FRANKLIN EDWARD (EDDIE) POLK
TALLADEGA — Funeral services for Franklin Edward (Eddie) Polk, 28, will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. at Sycamore Congregational Holiness Church with the Rev. Doris McClellan officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Polk died Sunday, Nov. 19, at Coosa Valley Medical Center. He is survived by his mother, Patricia Stewart of Sylacauga; father, James Kelly of Sylacauga; three brothers, Kenneth Kelly, Phillip Kelly, and Michael Kelly all of Sylacauga; three sisters, Barbara Faulkner and Eva McCoy both of Sylacauga, and Christine Munoz of Sycamore; two children; step-sister, Sandra Jones of Sycamore; two step-brothers, David E. Stewart and Michael D. Stewart of Sylacauga; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and a host of friends. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the church at 4:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be James Muner, Fidel Munoz, DeWayne DeLee, Chris Filer, Ben Hammonds, and Mark Ogle. Curtis and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
FRANCIS LOIS SIMMONS
TALLADEGA — Funeral services for retired Lieutenant Colonel Francis Lois Simmons, age 56, will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. from the Talladega Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gordon Lee officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow from the Coosa Valley Baptist Church Cemetery
in St. Clair County. Mrs. Simmons passed away Friday, Nov. 17, 2006 at her home. Survivors are her husband, Dwain Simmons of Talladega; her father, Retired Lieutenant Colonel John M. Trimm of Olive Brach, MS; two sisters, Ann Trimm Bonham and her husband Cliff of Rocky Mt, NC, Janice Trimm Warner and her husband Tony of Crownsville, MD. Members of the United States Army Honor Guard will serve as active pallbearers. Mrs. Simmons was a former resident of St. Clair County and had been a resident of Talladega County for the past four years. She was a member of the Coosa Valley Baptist Church in St. Clair County and was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army with 20 years of service to her country. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Talladega Funeral Home will direct the services.
DONALD C. SWAIN
ALPINE — Mr. Donald C. Swain, 56, died Sunday, Nov. 19, at Citizens BMC. Sims Funeral Service will announce arrangements.
JACK R. WACKERY
MUNFORD — Mr. Jack R. Wackery, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 19, at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital. Sims Funeral Service will announce arrangements.
DOROTHY NELL WAKISAKA
ALTOONA — Funeral service for Dorothy Nell Wakisaka, 73, will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 3:30 p.m. at Radney-Smith Chapel with the Rev. Travis Dewberry officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. Wakisaka died Monday, Nov. 20, at Attalla Health Care. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Sadao Wakisaka. She is survived by daughters, Nelda Crawford and husband Mark of Grove Hill, Celia White of Sylacauga, Barbara Robertson of Houston, TX, and Michelle Agbayani of Honolulu, HI; brother, Ray Grizzle of Birmingham; sisters, Mamie Wilson of Demopolis, Gail Rhodes of Birmingham, and Ruth Watkins of Muncie, IN; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 6-8 p.m. Memorial messages may be sent to www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
VIOLA C. WELLINGTON
COLLIERVILLE, TN — Funeral service for Viola C. Wellington, 76, formerly of Sylacauga, will be Nov. 21, at New Shelby Baptist Church. Burial will be in St. Mark Cemetery. Mrs. Wellington died Nov. 17, 2006. She is survived by one daughter, Yvonne Boyce Anderson; two sons, Jerald Boyce and Mark Anthony Boyce; two sisters, Tiller Mae Clopton and Linda Franklin; three brothers, L.C. Clopton, Jerome Clopton, Bennie Clopton; four grandchildren and one great grandson. H.C. Jett — H.C. Ford Funeral Home directing (901) 853-2323.
EMMA JEAN WOODALL
VINCENT — Services for Emma Jean Woodall, 57, will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. at Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Calcis with Elder W.E. Frazier officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors are her mother, Mary Alice Mills of Calcis; one sister, one brother, and a host of other relatives and friends. Sims Funeral Service will direct.
November 22, 2006
ARNOLD L. GARRETT
CHILDERSBURG — Arnold L. Garrett, 74, died Sunday, Nov. 19, at Talladega Healthcare Center. Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary will announce arrangements.
BERTHA LAVENIA GORAY
GRAHAM, TX — Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Lavenia Goray, age 80, formerly of Talladega, will be Friday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m. from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde Pettus officiating. Burial will follow from the church cemetery. Mrs. Goray passed away Nov. 18, at her home in Graham, Texas. Survivors are her husband, William "Bill" Goray of Graham, Texas; one daughter, Debbie Black and her husband Ray of Graham, Texas; one son, Les Goray and his wife Donna of Graham, Texas; grandchildren, Lynn Miller and her husband Steve, Lisa Black, Amber Reyes and her husband Oscar, Cody Black and his wife Alicia, and Jared Black; and great grandchildren, Will Miller, Charlie Miller, Scarlett Miller, Brady Black, Kasen Black, Macall Reyes, Brock Reyes, Hannah Hackler, and Halle Black. Active pallbearers are Paul Gaither, Talmadge Gaither, Ray Studdard, Roy Barnes, Harry Gaither, Pete Gaither, Glen Gaither, Jerry Horton. Honorary pallbearers are the Ladies of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church WMU. Mrs. Goray was a native of Talladega County where she lived most all of her life and had been a resident of Graham, Texas for the past several years. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Mrs. Goray will lie in state at the church one hour before services. Talladega Funeral Home will direct the services.
TIMOTHY LEE HAKER
CHILDERSBURG — Timothy Lee Haker, 23, died Monday, Nov. 20, in Russell County. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
SYLACAUGA — Ruth Jones, 76, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Brookwood Medical Center. Childersburg Mortuary will announce arrangements.
JAMES LAWLER III
TALLADEGA — James Lawler III, 64, died Monday, Nov. 20, at V.A. Medical Center in Birmingham. Sims Funeral Service will announce arrangements.
VIVIAN SUMNERS PORTER
LAFAYETTE, LA — A memorial service will be at Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Living Word Church in Sylacauga (located on Highway 280) for Vivian Sumners Porter, 61. Vivian was born in Key West, Florida on Nov. 30, 1944 and went to be with the Lord at her residence in Lafayette, Louisiana on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006 at 8:40 p.m. She is survived by two sons, Dennis Porter of Lafayette, LA, and Greg Porter and his wife Gwen, also of Lafayette, LA; two grandchildren, Kyleen Porter and Caroline Porter, both of Lafayette; two brothers, Larry Sumners and Dane Sumners, both of Sylacauga; and a step grandchild, Tori Verret of Lafayette. She was preceded in death by her father, Sidney J. Sumners, and her mother, Olga E. Moreno Sumners. You may sign the guest register book online at www.davidfuneralhome.com. David Funeral Home of Lafayette is in charge of arrangements. 316 Youngsville Highway, Lafayette, Louisiana 70508. 337-837-9887.
WILLIE M. TOLBERT
JACKSON'S GAP — Mr. Willie M. Tolbert died Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Russell Medical Center. Wright's Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
FRED HAMILTON TURNER
PELL CITY — Funeral services for Fred Hamilton Turner, 84, will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. at Kilgroe Chapel with Bro. Benny Bowman officiating. Interment will be in Valley Hill Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Turner died Monday, Nov. 20, 2006. He retired from Avondale Mills with 36 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Bessie B. Turner; daughter, Peggy J. Calhoun; five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren; and brother, W.E. Turner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hamilton and Eula Mae Turner; sisters, Kathryn Turner and Betty Lou Bunt; and brother, Thurston Turner. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the services.
November 23, 2006
SYLACAUGA — Graveside service for Ruth Christopher, 91, will be Friday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. at Marble City Cemetery
with the Rev. Bufrey Dean officiating. Mrs. Christopher died Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Coosa Valley Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Christopher; and son, Charles William Christopher. She was a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church. She is survived by daughter, Jo Ann Christopher Shell and husband Charles of Monroe, GA; grandchildren, Charles Christopher Shell, Gregory Frank Shell, Russell Alan Shell, Lisa Ruth Christopher O'Hara, Sydney Lynn Christopher Stevens, and Charles William Christopher Jr.; great grandchildren, Aaron Gregory Shell, Chadwick Veall Shell, Lindsey Ann O'Hara, Patrick Christopher O'Hara, Valeria Stevens, and Haley Dundridge; daughter-in-law, Sydney Delores Christopher. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 24, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
ARNOLD LEE GARRETT
CHILDERSBURG — Funeral services for Arnold Lee Garrett, 74, will be Friday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Alpine with Ministers Jerome Lawson, George Armstrong, DeWayne Keith Jr., and Charles Garrett officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Garrett died Sunday, Nov. 19, at Talladega Healthcare Center. He was a member of Kingston Missionary Baptist Church; retired from Kimberly-Clark Corp. with 25 years of service; owner of Garrett Construction Co. for 15 years; first black to be a candidate for County Commissioner. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Garrett of Childersburg; sons, Mr. Patrick (Gail) Garrett of Huntsville and Mr. Douglas (Patricia) Garrett of Atlanta, GA; daughters, Mrs. Essie (Harry) Hall of Aiken, SC and Ms. Kristi Garrett of Pelham; sisters, Ms. Nona Mae Cole of Yonkers, NY and Mrs. Mozell (W.C.) Lynch of Eliria, OH; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The body may be viewed Thursday, Nov. 23 from 3-6 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before service. Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary will direct the services.
SYLACAUGA — Graveside services for Mrs. Ruth Jones, 76, are Friday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m. from the Corinth Cemetery
with the Rev. Doyle Cook officiating. Mrs. Jones died Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Brookwood Medical Center.
Survivors include five daughters, Linda Barns, Wanda Rogers, Ina Jones, Pamela Kidd, Tammy Jones, all of Sylacauga; four sons, James Jones of Montgomery, Melvin Jones of Birmingham, Randy Jones of Sylacauga, Joel Jones of Childersburg; two sisters, Betty Powell and Sally Player both of Sycamore; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Mrs. Jones was a native of Talladega County. Family will receive friends Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Childersburg Mortuary will direct the services.
ELIZABETH JO (BETTY) McMILLIAN
CHILDERSBURG — Funeral services for Elizabeth Jo (Betty) McMillian, 77, will be Saturday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. at Curtis and Son Childersburg Chapel with the Rev. David Mann officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Memorial Gardens. Mrs. McMillian died Tuesday, Nov. 21, at St. Clair Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her brother, Vance Swindle. She was a loving mother and devoted wife and a huge Alabama fan. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert C. (Bobby) McMillian of Childersburg; two sons, Robert C. "Chuck" McMillian Jr. of Childersburg and James F. "Jimmy" McMillian and wife Rae of Childersburg; one brother, H.S. (Spooky) Swindle of Birmingham; sister, Jane Swindle Brom of Jasper; two grandchildren; and two great grandchildren, Daniel and Elizabeth Davenport. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 24, from 5-8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Larry Cochran, Randy Gafford, Bo Brannen, Danny Roberson, Tony Aarhus, and Tim Talley. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Davenport, Michael Davenport, and Clete Atchley. Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg Chapel will direct the services.
WILLIE LEE PRINCE
SYLACAUGA — Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Lee Prince, 79, will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 25, at St. Paul AME Church, Sylacauga. Armour's Memorial Funeral Home will direct the services.
DOUGLAS R. VIRDEN
ANNISTON — Funeral Service for Douglas R. Virden, 54 will be 1 p.m. Friday Nov. 24, at 16th & Noble Street Church of Christ with Pastor Marvin Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery
with Goodson Funeral Home directing. www.GoodsonFuneralhome.net. Public visitation will be Thursday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Survivors include wife, Bernadette Virden; sons, Alandus L. Virden and Maurice S. Virden; daughters, LaShunda Graham and Veronica A. Harris; brothers, Claude F. Virden, Clausell Virden, Stacy Virden, Rocky Virden; sisters, Ada Alexander, Margaret Wilson, Shelia Austin; and eight grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Clausell and Mabelle Virden.