January 30, 2007
Funeral service Wednesday for former chief of Winterboro VFD
TALLADEGA — Funeral service for James Robert Sargent, 82, will be Wednesday, Jan. 31, at noon at Usrey chapel in Talladega with the Rev. Clyde Pettus officiating. Burial will be in Winterboro Cemetery.
Mr. Sargent died Sunday, Jan. 28, at Talladega Health Care Center.
He was a native of Clay County but lived most of his life in Winterboro. A member of Winterboro Baptist Church, he was fire chief for more than 10 years of the Winterboro Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of Winterboro Quarterback Club, and was retired from Bemis Brother Bag Co. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine G. Sargent; a sister, Leola Early; and a brother, Donald Sargent.
He is survived by daughter, Diane Gaither and husband Terrell of Talladega; sons, Wayne Sargent and wife Rita of Talladega and David Sargent of Lincoln; grandchildren, Eric Gaither, Becky Nunis and husband Jerry, Todd Gaither and wife Lynn, Brian Sargent, Clayton Sargent and wife Jamie, Anna Marie Sargent, and Peyton Couey; great-grandchildren, Michael and Austin Walters, Jorden Nunis, and Abygail Gaither; three sisters, Emma Jean Harkins of Goodwater, Fannie Harkins of Alexander City, and Maggie Robinson of Ashland; and two brothers, Hubert Sargent of Springville and Arnold Sargent of Moody.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Sargent, David Sargent, Eric Gaither, Todd Gaither, Brian Sargent and Jerry Nunis.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Winterboro Volunteer Fire Department, all other volunteer fire departments, Brenda and Rickey McCain, Beverly and Butch Bolton.
The family specially thanked to Dr. Andrew Huany, the staff at Talladega Health Care Nursing Home, and Wiregrass Hospice staff, Lisa, Linda, and Iris.
Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
January 30, 2007
SYLACAUGA - Funeral service for J.D. Edwards, 84, was Monday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at Sycamore Baptist Church with the Rev. Brandon Stripling officiating. Burial was in Midway Memory Gardens. Mr. Edwards died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 at Coosa Valley Medical Center. He was a native and lifelong resident of Sylacauga. He was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church and an active member of Curtis Liner's Sunday School class. He was a veteran of World War II and an active member of the American Legion Post 45. He is survived by his wife, Millie Louise Edwards; one brother, Robert Lee Edwards Jr. of Alpine; one sister, Miriam Louise Potter of Sylacauga; two sons, Robert (Angie) Edwards and David (Susie) Edwards, all of Alpine; three grandchildren, Shani Renee Johnson, Mark Elliot Edwards and Heather Danielle Edwards; one great-grandchild, Kaleb Zander Johnson; and a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie Vera and Robert Lee Edwards Sr. Pallbearers were Mark Edwards, Shannon Johnson, Winston Abernathy, Vernon Burkes, Frank Hammons, Johnny Harris and Jim Gentry. Honorary pallbearers were Henry Hendrix, Sonny Landers and the men's Sunday school class at Sycamore Baptist. Midway Memory Gardens Funeral Home directed the service.
TALLADEGA - Bob Franks, 84, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 at Citizens Baptist Medical Center. Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary will announce arrangements.
TALLADEGA - Graveside services for Lawrence Freeman, age 70, will be Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. from the Dry Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Penny Drummond and the Rev. James Woodin officiating. Mr. Freeman passed away Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 at Medical Center East in Birmingham. Survivors are his wife, Elizabeth Gaither Cooper Freeman of Talladega; four sons, Randy Freeman, Steve Freeman, Alan Freeman, and Bob Freeman all of Talladega; two step-sons, Marty Cooper of Talladega and Mike Cooper of Anniston; one step-daughter, Anna Marie Odham of Anniston; two sisters, Mary Lois Ingram and her husband Joe Wayne and Betty Johnson and her husband Billy; one brother, Wayne Freeman and his wife Kathy; one sister-in-law, Frankie Freeman; and eight grandchildren. Mr. Freeman is preceded in death by two brothers, Olin and Fred Freeman. Nephews will serve as active pallbearers. Mr. Freeman was a native and lifelong resident of Talladega County. He was of the Baptist faith; was a retired Pipe Fitter and Welder and a former employee of Kimberly Clark. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. Talladega Funeral Home will direct the services.
RICHARD C. GILBERT
ASHVILLE - Funeral services for Richard C. Gilbert, 83, formerly of Pell City, will be Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at Kilgroe Chapel in Pell City. Burial will be in Seddon Cemetery. Mr. Gilbert died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Alice T. Gilbert; three daughters, Sharon (Jerry) Tucker, Sandra Campbell, and Teresa (Mike) Thompson; two step-daughters, Donna (Mike) Smith and Debbora (Mike) Chapell; two brothers, Luther Gilbert and Frank Gilbert; two sisters, Hazel Brown and Irma Gilbert; 10 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 6-9 p.m. at Kilgroe Chapel. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the services.
MARGIE BAILEY GRAVETTE
SYLACAUGA - Funeral services for Mrs. Margie Bailey Gravette, 70, will be Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at Curtis and Son North Chapel with the Rev. Michael McCaughelty and the Rev. Todd Reaves officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Gravette passed away at Coosa Valley Medical Center Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. She loved the Lord. She was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, sister, and friend to many. She was a graduate of Sylacauga Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1957. She enjoyed her grandchildren immensely. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, cross stitching, reading, genealogy, and the Auburn Tigers. She also gardened and collected angels and teapots. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Harlyn Gravette; son and daughter, Greg and Cindy Gravette; sisters, Elaine Roper and Christine Carden; brother, David Bailey; and parents, Stephen and Vera Bailey. She is survived by two sons, Hugh H. Gravette Jr. of Sylacauga and Bryan B. Gravette of Sylacauga; daughter, Tandy Gravette Robinson of Sylacauga; sisters, Sue B. Oakes of Wadesboro, NC and Connie B. Hamilton of Sylacauga; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two brothers-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gravette of Sylacauga and Mr. and Mrs. David Gravette of Sylacauga; and three sisters-in-law, Sara Gravette of Headland, Pattie Bailey of Sylacauga, and Mary Edna Talbert of Montgomery. Pallbearers will be Daniel Gravette, Matthew Robinson, Christopher Carden, Drew Oakes, Brett Oakes, Andy Roper, Adam Bailey, Lee Bailey, and Craig Gravette. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the services.
JIMMY FULMER MILLER HESTERLEY
PELL CITY -Funeral services for Mrs. Jimmy Fulmer Miller Hesterley, 65, will be Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. at Kilgroe Chapel in Pell City. Interment will be in Valley Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Hesterley died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. She is survived by her husband, John Hesterley; three daughters, Donna Aydelott, Brenda Jones, and Vicky Jones; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. at Kilgroe Chapel. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the services.
SYLACAUGA - Funeral services for Louella Horton, 99, will be Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. at Curtis and Son North Chapel with Bro. Michael Trull officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Horton died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007 at Coosa Valley Medical Center. She is survived by two sons, Vernon Leon Horton of Cantonment, Fla. and Milton Eugene Horton of Sylacauga; daughter, Joyce L. Graham of Sylacauga; sister, Lois Coleman of Sylacauga; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Todd Horton, Mike Horton, Jason Graham, Eddie Graham, Eric Cleckler, and Chad Williams. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the services.
ELIZABETH GARRETT JACKSON
ST. LOUIS, MO - A home-going celebration for Elizabeth Garrett Jackson, formerly of Talladega, will be at the Mount Canaan Baptist Church, Talladega on Friday, February 2, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Dr. Horace Patterson officiating. There will be a family visitation and viewing at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Mrs. Jackson transitioned on January 28, 2007 in St. Louis, Mo. Funeral services in St. Louis will be at on Wednesday, January 31, at 11 a.m. at Lane Tabernacle CME, in St. Louis entrusted to Austin A. Layne Mortuary Inc. Elizabeth Garrett was born in Talladega on October 17, 1933 to Alpha Ruth Garrett and Joe Bowman. Her parents and siblings Archie Garrett and Ruthie Lee Cunningham preceded her in death. Mrs. Jackson leaves to cherish her memory her husband, the Rev. O.R. Jackson (St. Louis, MO); a daughter, Charon (Gerald) Douglass of Sylacauga; sons, Antoine (Winifred) Tucker of Lithonia, GA; Jeffery (Carla) Jackson and adopted daughter, Sherron Stockdale; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Services in Talladega are entrusted to Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary. Interment will be at the St. Campbell Baptist Church Cemetery, Alpine. As an alternative to flowers the family encourages that donations are made to The American Lung Association, 61 Broadway Ave., New York, NY 10006/Telephone: (212)315-8700; or www.lungusa.org.
ALWIN OWEN ROBERTS MACNAUGHTON
SYCAMORE - Graveside service for Mr. Alwin Owen Roberts MacNaughton, age 74, will be Monday, Feb. 5, at 1:20 p.m. in Southern Nevada Veteran Cemetery
in Boulder City, Nevada. Mr. MacNaughton passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Coosa Valley Medical Center. He retired with 20 years of service with the U.S. Air Force and retired with 20 years of service with the U.S. Postal Service. He is survived by son, Jim MacNaughton of Las Vegas, NV; daughter, Andi MacNaughton of Texas; two sisters, Beverly Hitchcock of Hudson Falls, NY and Lillian LaFountain of Lake George, NY; and three grandchildren, Justin MacNaughton, Jacob Cattaneo, and Cassidy Cattaneo. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 5-7 p.m. at Curtis and Son North Chapel. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the local arrangements.
ALMOND WYATT MONCUS
SYLACAUGA - Graveside service for Mr. Almond Wyatt Moncus, 78, was Monday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
with the Rev. Mark Deason officiating. Mr. Moncus died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007 at Clay County Hospital. He was a native and lifelong resident of Sylacauga. He was a member of Mignon Baptist Church and a Veteran of the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Crayton Moncus; his wife, Ruth Keller Moncus; and one son, Thomas (Tommy) Crayton Moncus. He is survived by two daughters, Glenda M. Smith and husband Larry E. Smith of Sylacauga and Sabrina M. Peters and husband Stanley Peters of Lineville; three grandchildren, Eric L. Smith of Augusta, Ga., Leah B. Smith of Auburn and Tommy E. Smith of Sylacauga; and one great-grandchild, Isaac R. Smith of Augusta, Ga. Pallbearers were L.C. McMurphy, Raymond (Randy) Smith, Keith Honeycutt, David Wood, Howard Hill and Mark Tapley. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the service.
LOIS HOLLINGSWORTH MORROW
LINCOLN - Lois Hollingsworth Morrow, age 85, left this life, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 to meet her Savior Jesus Christ. What was faith is now sight. Born October 25, 1921 in the home in Lincoln where she lived until her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.V. Morrow; parents, L.J. and Mary Stephens Hollingsworth; brothers, Vernon and Lewis Hollingsworth; and sisters, Mavis Gallups and Earline Lankford. Lois was a member of Dry Valley Baptist Church. She retired from the Talladega Superspeedway as the second person hired by Bill France, Sr. A loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by her son, James E. "Twerp" Morrow and wife, Reba; grandson, Clint Morrow and wife, Wendy; and granddaughter, Suzanne Morrow. Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at Dry Valley Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery with Dr. Stanley Jett and the Rev. Donnie Flynn officiating. Pallbearers were Warren Freeman, Jim Weese, Jackie Stephens, Larry Allen, Jackie Perkins, and Odell Hill. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.klbrownmemorychapel.com. Arrangements by K.L. Brown Memory Chapel, 620 Golden Springs Road, Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 231-2334.
TALLADEGA - Charles Sanders, 83, Army Private, Corps of military Police Service Unit, North African Theatre, died on Sunday, January 28, 2007 at his resident in Talladega. Soon after the United States entered World War II, Mr. Sanders enlisted in the Army at the age of eighteen and served in the Second Armored Division under General George S. Patton where he fought bravely in Combat from November 8, 1942 until July of 1943. One hundred and ten enlisted men served with Charles in the company headquarters near Omon, North Africa. Eighteen men from the company survived the war. Mr. Sanders distinguished himself in battle when the Half Track armored vehicle ran over a land mine. That fateful day, Charles was scheduled to be top gunner; he was thrown out of the vehicle and lay injured for several days until the paramedics could get to him. He sustained a broken neck and back and was paralyzed from the neck down. For fifteen months, he was in a North African Hospital with a steel plate and a metal rod running through his head. Attached to the rod was two ten pound sand bags used to stabilize him in order to lessen the risk of further catastrophic spinal cord injury. Christopher Reeves, actor and activist for spinal cord injury eloquently stated that "a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles". Charles was, indeed, the hero Mr. Reeves described. Almost everyone in Talladega County seemed to know Charles. He was a consummate salesman, owning his own furniture store for a time. He always used humor and self-depravation to insure that his customers were treated with dignity and respect. He also taught his children to love and admire the curves of a finely crafted piece of furniture. His coffee drinking buddies, famously known as the "Mullygrubbers", were regulars at several restaurants around town. So famous were the Mullygrubbers that a Birmingham TV station came to Talladega to do a story on a bunch of fun-loving friends who gathered in the early hours of the morning to drink coffee and to receive fellowship that only old friends can provide. To his family, Charles was known as Daddy, Papaw, Charlie Rock, and Uncle Charlie. His wife and the entire family adored him and he them. He was always ready with a joke or a humorous story. Every now and then, he would even give you some sound advice, whether you took it or not. As Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II, so thankfully said to a world at war, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed to so few". Our family knows that sweet, mischievous, Charles was one of the elite few Mr. Churchill spoke of. Mr. Sanders was a native and lifelong resident of Talladega. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church. He was a member of the VFW and lifetime member of DAV. Mr. Sanders retired in 1979 after working for Conner's Furniture and Michael's Supply Plumbing. Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife, Bonnie Sanders; two sons, Greg (Cindi) Sanders and Rickey (Sharon) Frieze, all of Talladega; two daughters, Donna (Rick) Ginn of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Brenda F. Warren of Talladega; and one brother, Robert Lilly Sanders of Talladega. Mr. Sanders has ten grandchildren, Jeff (Ashley) and Jay Ginn, Ryan and Brooke Sanders, Dustin (Brooke), Amber and Heather Phillips, Michael (Kacia) Frieze, Heather Clough, and Katie Warren. Mr. Sanders has three great-grandsons, Joshua Clough, Jared Phillips, and Kayden Cox; and one great-granddaughter, Mallory Phillips. Preceding Mr. Sanders in death were his parents, Newton Meadow and Jessie Louallen Sanders; two brothers, James Williams Sanders and Lewis Edward Sanders; and one son-in-law, Tommy Warren. Friends will be received Tuesday night from 6-9 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mr. Sanders will be at 3 p.m. on January 31, 2007 at Usrey Funeral Home with the Reverend Mark "Turk" Holt and the Reverend Sam Baker officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Sanders will be honored with a full military funeral. The Sanders family wishes to thank Lakeside Hospice of Pell City and Mrs. Barbara Morris for so lovingly attending to his every need during his long illness. We also want to thank Dr. Holbrook and his staff for their kindness over the years. Thank you to our many friends and family who brought food to sustain us as we went through our journey this past week. Donations may be made in memory of Charles Sanders to Lakeside Hospice, P.O. Box 544, Pell City, AL 35125. Most of all, we wish to thank, our Mom for her loving and caring personality, and the motivation she gave our Dad in their 31 years of marriage. She is the angel who made him happy beyond reason. Honorary pallbearers will be the Mullygrubbers Coffee Drinkers. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
LYNNE C. WEBER
SYLACAUGA - Graveside service for Mrs. Lynne C. Weber, age 61, was Monday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Weber passed away Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 at her residence. She had worked for the City of Sylacauga Police Dept. since 1975. She was preceded in death by her husband, Christopher J. Weber Sr. She is survived by son, Joseph C. Ballow Jr. and wife Donna S. Ballow of Talladega; and three grandchildren. The family requests donations be made to B.B. Comer Memorial Library Foundation. Pallbearers were the City of Sylacauga Police Officers. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel directed the service.
MILDRED LOMBUS WILLIAMS
SYLACAUGA - Funeral service for Mrs. Mildred (Millie) Lombus Williams, 60, will be Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. at Valley View Church of God with the Rev. Keith Owensby, the Rev. Jeff Ellis and the Rev. Freddie Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Williams died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007 at her residence. Survivors include her fiancÈ, Stewart Denney of Chelsea; three sons, Timothy Scott Williams of Marietta, Ga., Bowdie Allen Williams of Bradenton, Fla., and Steven Jay Williams of Chickamauga, Ga.; one daughter, Jerri Michelle McMurry of Pelham; a brother, Robert Lombus of Sylacauga; a sister, Elaine Hamilton of Sylacauga; and nine grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Judd Beaty, Ed Strempel, Mac Brewer, Johnny Kimbrough, Tom Denney, Jeff Denney, Tommy Hamilton, and Harley Lombus. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Williams; brother, Johnnie Lombus; mother, Fennie Belle Lombus; and father, George Washington Lombus. Curtis and Son North Chapel will direct the service.
January 31, 2007
HELEN M. (BIDDIE) ANDERSON
SYLACAUGA - Funeral services for Mrs. Helen M. (Biddie) Anderson, 82, will be Friday, February 2 at 2 p.m. at Curtis and Son North Chapel with the Rev. Bill Lutz officiating. Burial will be in Marble City Cemetery. Mrs. Anderson died Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at Sylacauga Health & Rehab. She grew up in Sycamore and Sylacauga area. She moved to Childersburg in the late 40's where she spent more than fifty years before returning to Sylacauga. She worked for 7 years at Sylacauga Garment Co. and owned a beauty shop in Sycamore for several years. She is survived by son, David Anderson of Chelsea; grandson, Jay Anderson of Childersburg; sisters Carol Dickey & husband Jim of Sylacauga and Francis Welch of Ft. Myers, Fl.; brothers, Mike Haynes of Winterboro, Ronnie Haynes of Sycamore, and Rickey Haynes of Sylacauga; nephew, Terry Mizzell of Sylacauga. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Anderson, brothers Lonnie Wren Haynes and James Wiley Haynes and sister Ruth Mizzell. Pallbearers are Randy Barnett, Jerry Studdard, Lemuel Burrell, Tony Wallace, Jeff Jones and Joe Hatchett. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the service.
DEBRA KAY BROWN CASEY
MCDONOUGH - Funeral services for Debra Kay Brown Casey, 49, will be Thursday, February 1, 2007 in the Kilgroe Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 o'clock a.m. with the Reverend Bill Brannon officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
in Riverside. She died Monday, January 29, 2007. She is survived by her husband, Bruce Casey of McDonough; parents, Bill and Elsie Brown, Hapeville; sons, Brian Lowery, Fayeteville, Michael Casey, McDonough and she was preceded in death by her son Joshua Casey. Daughters, Jennifer Lowery, Fayetteville, Laura and Kimberly Casey, McDonough. Brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Julie Brown, Jonesboro, 10 grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Kilgroe Funeral Home directing.
JANIE SUE CHANDLER
SYLACAUGA- Funeral services for Janie Sue Chandler, 70, will be Thursday, February 1 at 10 a.m. at Radney-Smith Chapel with the Rev. Tony McGrady officiating with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. She died Monday, January 29 at Trinity Medical Center surrounded by her family. Mrs Chandler was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Chandler, her parents, Arrie L. Brown and Mary B. Brown, and siblings, Jack Brown, Betty Cochran, Mary Lee Robinson, Charles E. Brown and Martha Burton. She is survived by sons, Jeff Chandler & wife, Teresa of Sylacauga, and David Chandler & wife, Paula of Jacksonville, FL; daughter, Beverly Chandler Love & husband, Terry of Fayettville, GA; brothers, Billy Brown and Jimmy Brown, both of Sylacauga; sisters, Wanda Brown Kelley and Diane Brown Matherson, both of Sylacauga; grandchildren, Jenny Chandler of Auburn, Josh Chandler and Daniel Chandler, both of Mobile, Christopher Love of Murfreesboro, TN, Timothy Chandler of Jacksonville, FL, and Ryan Love of Fayettville, GA. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren and Chad Smith. The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 31 from 5 until 8 p.m. The family will accept flower or contributions to B.B. Comer Memorial Library, 314 N Broadway, Sylacauga, AL 35150. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
STEVE G PARRISH
SYLACAUGA- Mr Steve G . Parrish, 62 passed away Monday, January 29 at his residence. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will announce arrangements.