May 6, 2008
DEBRA ANN LIGON CAVENDER
HEFLIN — Funeral services for Debra Ann Ligon Cavender, 51, will be Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 11:00 a.m. at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with The Rev. Jerry Bolt and Jeffrey Waters officiating. Burial will be in Forestlawn Gardens, Anniston. Ms. Cavender died Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Ms. Cavender was a life long resident of Cleburne County, was the Breakfast Manager of Jack's Family Restaurant in Oxford, Alabama. She attended Word Alive International Outreach Church. She is survived by sons, Allen (Angie) Cavender, Andy (Taylor) Cavender, both of Heflin; mother and father, Mary and Wilbur Ligon, both of Heflin; sister, Vickie Ligon; brothers Brian Ligon and Terry Ligon, all of Heflin; Grandchildren, Roland Cavender, Aidan Cavender, Drew Cavender, and Emma Cavender all of Heflin, Ala. and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Jason Ligon, Steven Cavender, Shane Young, Stuart Bentley, Allen Cavender and Andy Cavender. Dryden Funeral Home, Heflin, will direct the service.
WILLLIE F. FOMBY
LINCOLN — Mr. Willie F. Fomby, 62, died Monday in Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham. Sims Funeral Service will announce arrangements.
REGINA "GINA" FROST
SYLACAUGA — Funeral service for Regina "Gina" Frost, 49, will be Thursday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Chapel with The Rev. Charles Stone and The Rev. Danny Posey officiating. Burial will be in Tallasahatchie Cemetery, Alpine. Mrs. Frost died Saturday, May 3 in Lithia Springs, Ga.. She was a member Papertown Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother and beloved sister in Christ. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Michael Frost of Sylacauga; daughter, Emily Locke of Sylacauga; son, Bradley Locke of Decatur, Ga.; brothers, Stephen Withrow of Lithia Springs, Ga.; Ricky Withrow of Decatur, Ga.; Ronnie Withrow of Tyrone, Ga.; and David Stripling of Rome, Ga.; granddaughter, Susannah Rice of Sylacauga; grandson, William Rice of Douglasville, Ga.; Aunt and Uncle, Dean and Paul Mealer of Adairsville, Ga..
Pallbearers will be Mark Shierling, Ricky Bryant, Richard Crawford, Randy Benefield, Jimmy Collins, and Steve Weldon. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com Visitation will be Wednesday, May 7 from 5 to 8 pm. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
WILLIAM ALBERT GAITHER
PRATTVILLE — William Albert Gaither, 72, a resident of Prattville, Ala., formerly of Talladega, Ala., passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 4, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be at on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., at First Baptist Church, Prattville, Ala., with Dr. Travis Coleman and The Reverend Dave Burns officiating. Burial will follow at Prattville Memory Gardens, with Prattville Memorial Chapel directing. Mr. Gaither was born May 11, 1935, to the late Otis and Nannie Mae Gaither. He was a graduate of Troy State University with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education. He proudly served his country for 24 years in the United States Marines and the Alabama National Guard. His professional career as an educator spanned 18 years with the Talladega County School System and nine years as a volunteer tutor with the Prattville Primary School. Mr. Gaither also was a resident of Greenville, Ala., prior to returning to Talladega, where he was an active member of the Jayceeís; The Boy Scoutís of America; and a coach for the Greenville Youth Football League. In Talladega, he was an active member of the Civitan Club; President of the Talladega County Education Association; the recipient of the Teacher-of-the-Year Award, and a teacher of the Training Union class at the First Baptist Church. He was an active member of Prattville First Baptist Church, and a member of the Ken Russell Sunday School Class. He was preceded in death by one brother, Clyde Gaither. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Elaine Owen Gaither; one daughter, Sheila (Jeff) Bailey; two sons, Shanon (Barbara) Gaither, and William (Lorie) Gaither, II; 12 grandchildren, Lauren (Brandon) McKerley, Rachel Johnson, Sarah Jane Gaither, Blaine Gaither, Evan Grace, Carly Gaither, Scott Gaither, Lawrence Gaither, Justin Bailey, Jarrett Bailey, and Alex Davis; four sisters, Lora Mae Gaither, Gene Barnes, Nettie (Ray) Studdard, and Lil Anthony; three brothers, Paul (Edwina) Gaither, Louie (Brenda) Gaither, and Talmadge (Sherry) Gaither; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Owen-Gaither Scholarship Fund; First Baptist Church, Talladega, Ala.; Easter Seals Central Alabama, 2125 East South Boulevard, Montgomery, Ala. 36116; or to the First Baptist Church, c/o The Building Fund, 138 South Washington Street, Prattville, Ala. 36067. To express an ìonlineî condolence, please visit www.prattville memorial.com
JUDGE G. JACKSON
ALEXANDER CITY — Graveside service for Judge G. Jackson, 93, will be Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 11 am at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
in Sylacauga with the Rev. Vince Lee officiating. Mr. Jackson died Saturday, May 3 at Adams Nursing Home. He was preceded in death by his son, Ed Jackson and daughter Shirley Albright. He was a Mason for many years. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Edna Bryant Jackson of Alexander City; son, James Jackson and wife, Sharon of Alpine; daughters, Ginny Ashworth of Alexander City and Janey Oliver and husband, Gary of Birmingham; 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
THELMA GAITHER JONES
PELL CITY — Mrs. Thelma Gaither Jones, 85, died Sunday, May 4, 2008. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy faith. Preceded in death by her husband, John D. "Bob" Jones; by a son, Claude C. Summerlin, Jr., and by 3 sisters, Ruby Furguson, Eula McDaniel, and Beulah Fikes. She is survived by sons, Jerry Wayne (Nancy) Summerlin of Ashville, Johnny Jones of Newton, Ala.; sister, Betty Frances Gaither of Pell City; caregivers, Peggy Mims & Patsy Elliott, several grandchildren & great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson; nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 6, 2008 from 6-8 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home, Pell City.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the charity of your choice. Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City will direct.
NEALIE C. KIDD
TALLADEGA — Services for Minister Nealie C. Kidd, 92, will be Wednesday at 11 am at New Hope United Methodist Church with Pastor Henry McGhee officiating. Burial will be in Knoxville Cemetery. Survivors are grandchildren: John Wallace Wilson Kidd of Talladega, George Kid III, Ava Kidd Howard, Nicole Kidd, Leola Brown, Trina Kidd all of Detroit, MI, Mark Kidd of Ohio, 17 great grandchildren, many great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Processional will leave Sims Funeral Home at 10:40 am and the Repast will be in the Fellowship Hall of New Hope United Methodist Church. Sims Funeral Service will direct.
ERNEST JERRY KIKER
TALLADEGA — Graveside rites for Mr. Ernest Jerry Kiker, 63, were Monday, May 5 at Blue Eye Baptist. Renea Rogers officiated. Mr. Kiker died Saturday, May 3 at Citizens BMC. He was preceded in death by parents, Melvin Caldwell Kiker and Myra Phillips Finley, and brothers, Melvin Kiker and Billy Kiker. He was a native and lifelong resident of Talladega County. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School. He was employed by Georgia Pacific. He is survived by son, Patrick W. Kiker of Talladega; sisters, Pansy (Wayne) Fincher of Talladega; Annis Ledbetter of Lincoln, Nola Dean Gravette of Anniston, Janice (Bob) Tiney of Riverside; brothers, Carey (Marie) Kiker of Lincoln, Dennis Kiker of Lincoln. Usrey Brown-Service Funeral Home.
JOHN ROBERT MCCULLOUGH
MONTGOMERY — John Robert McCullough formerly of Alex City died May 5, 2008 at Woodley Manor. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Wright's Funeral Home.
L. D. PENNINGTON
TALLADEGA — Funeral services for Mr. L.D. Pennington, 85, will be Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Hepzibah Baptist Church with the Rev. John Coates officiating. Burial will follow in Hepzibah Baptist Cemetery. He died Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Citizens BMC in Talladega. He was a native of Arkansas. He had lived in Talladega Co. since 1949, member of Hepzibah Baptist Church, served in WWII as Seaman 2nd Class U.S. Navy, retired from Kimberly-Clark Corp. after 33 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mandy Pennington; brothers, Richard Pennington & Milburn Pennington. He is survived by wife, Annie Pennington of Talladega; sons, William L. "Ron" Pennington, Sr. of Alpine, George C. Pennington of Childersburg, Larry D. Pennington of Talladega, Adam S. Pennington of Talladega; step-son, Edward Taylor of Talladega; step-daughter, Nettie Pearl Goodwin of Talladega; sisters, Cliffie Oden of Alexander, Ark., Faye Thomas of Bastrop, La., Mamie Wisecarven of N. Little Rock, Ark., Marlene Dowden of Bossier City, La.; 11 grandchildren & 8 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Timothy Sunday School Class. Usrey Brown-Service Funeral Home in Talladega will direct.
HANSEL EDISON RAMSEY
PELL CITY — Funeral services for Hansel Edison Ramsey, 76, will be Wednesday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church with burial in Boykin-Truitt Cemetery. The body will lie in state from 1 to 2 at the church. Mr. Ramsey died May 4, 2008. He is preceded in death by his parents Luther & Susie Ramsey, brothers, Harold & Edmon Ramsey, sister, Lucille Goodwin, and grandson Wesley Ramsey. He is survived by wife, Sybil Ramsey; sons, Steve (Cathy) Ramsey; Mike (Wanda) Ramsey; Scott (Phyllis) Ramsey; grandchildren, Cory (Jessica) Ramsey; Amy (Joseph) Franklin, Niki Ramsey, Irena Ramsey, Jason Ramsey, Skyler Ramsey, Sheree Forister; great-grandchildren, Anna, Jasmine, Christian, Emily, Lindsey, Madison. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home. Kilgroe Funeral Home will direct the service.
CHAFFTON G. "BLUE" RUSSELL
KELLYTON — Funeral service for Mr. Chaffton G. "Blue" Russell will be Wednesday, 1 p.m. at Darian Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Armour's Memorial Garden.
ALEX CITY — Princele Sands died May 4, 2008 at Adams Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Wright's Funeral Home.
JIMMIE SUE HYCHE SYKES
CHELSEA — Jimmie Sue Hyche Sykes, 73 of Chelsea (formerly Crumly Chapel) went to be with the Lord, whom she loved very much, on May 5, 2008. She was born May 12, 1934 in the coal mining camp of Barney, Alabama. She grew up in Cordova, Ala. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Henry Sykes. Also parents, Claude & Mamie Hyche and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children who loved her very much; son, Henry C. Sykes, Jr. of Alabaster; daughters, Cindy (Tony) Picklesimer of Chelsea, Anita (John) Gravitt of Forestdale and Beverly (Todd) Wallace of Chelsea; her precious grandchildren, Emily Sykes, Craig Sykes, Shane (Kathryn) Picklesimer, Brandon (Lee Ann) Picklesimer, Brad (Nicole) Gravitt, and Adam (Tabitha) Gravitt; sister Marie (Ray) Sides of Dovertown and brother, Harold Hyche of Dovertown. She was a devoted wife and wonderful Mother and Grandmother. She was a homemaker who took great pride in her family. A special thank you and much love to her companion and caregiver, Marla Smith. She loved Marla very much. Also a special friend Steve Hill who stood by her and her family thru a difficult illness. Also thank you to New Beacon Hospice of Shelby County. Services will be at Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at Collins-Burke Funeral Home in Jasper, The Rev. Keith Pugh will be officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Collins Burke. Interment will be at Walker Memory Gardens. Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper, will direct the service.
JERRY LACAINE TRAMMELL
RAGLAND — Graveside services for Mr. Jerry Lacaine Trammell, 41, will be Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Providence Baptist Cemetery. He is survived by daughter, Kristen Trammell of Ragland; son, Dalton Trammell of Ragland; mother, Shirley Buttram of Ragland; sister, Taffy (Rickey) Johnson of Ragland, Tammy (Lee) Bearden of Ashville, Stephanie (Rodney) Trammell of Albertville; several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 7, 2008 from 9a.m-1 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home, Pell City. Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City will direct.
ADA LEE WHITE
SYCAMORE — Funeral services for Ada Lee White, 82, will be at on Tuesday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at the Corinth Baptist Church in Sylacauga, the Rev. Willie Ashley officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. White died on May 1, 2008 at Coosa Valley Medical Center. She is survived by seven daughters, Earnestine Swain of Childersburg, Bertha Ashley of Talladega, Julie Garrett of Alpine, Debra Davis, Tammy Barlow and Karen Gamble all of Sylacauga, and Alfreda Milliner of Detroit, Mich.; two sons, William White of Detroit, MI, and Kevin White of Sylacauga; sister, Parthenia Hollanquest of Sylacauga; brother, Bobby Funderburg of Talladega; 39 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Flowerbearers will be friends of the family.
Pallbearers will be family and friends of the family. Community Funeral Home will direct the services.
VIOLET MARIE WILLIAMS
PELL CITY — Funeral services for Violet Marie Williams, 67, will be Wednesday, May 7, 11 a.m. at Kilgroe Chapel with The Rev. Zane Smith officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Mrs. Williams died Monday, May 5, 2008. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sherri Marie Williams, son, Tony Williams, mother, Kathleen Evans, father, Horace Evans, brothers, Roy Evans and Howard Evans. She is survived by her son, Michael (Pam) Williams; daughter, Cheryl (Mark) Sides; sisters, Glenda Lee, Mary Lou Keller; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 6, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home. Kilgroe Funeral Home, Pell City, will direct the services.
May 7, 2008
ANNIE JOYCE GROCE-BARNES
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Funeral services for Sis. Annie Joyce Groce-Barnes, 63, will be Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at Greater New Mount Carmel, 6001 S. Hoover, Los Angeles, Calif., 90044. Interment will be in Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 E. Florence Ave., Inglewood, Calif., 90301. Sis. Barnes passed away April 29, 2008. Condolences may be sent to Charlotte Groce, 827 East 84th Place, Los Angeles, Calif. 90001 or you may call 323-683-7650. Services entrusted to Simpson Family Mortuary Directors, 3443 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, Calif. 90305 (323-752-5524).
JESSIE MAE GOODEN
TALLADEGA — Funeral service for Mrs. Jessie Mae Gooden, 82, will be Thursday, May 8, at 3 p.m. at Usrey Brown-Service Funeral Home with Dr. Clyde Pettus and the Rev. David Holcombe officiating. Burial will be in Alpine Baptist Cemetery. Mrs. Gooden died Monday, May 5, 2008 at her residence. She was a native and lifelong resident of Talladega County, a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and a retired employee of the Wehadkee Yarn Mills. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Millard Gooden; daughters, Angie Gooden and Monica Joy Sutherland; sons, Ronald Lynn Gooden, James Gooden and Kenneth Gene Gooden Sr. She is survived by a daughter, Sue (Jake) Thrower of Talladega; sons, Mitchell Ray "Mickey" (Wreatha) Gooden of Talladega; Joe Daniel (Stella) Gooden of Carrollton, Ga., Jerry Franklin (Dorothea) Gooden of Talladega, Timothy Millard Gooden of Springville, Kenneth Gene (Megan) Gooden Jr. of Sylacauga; daughter-in-law, Nancy Gooden of Talladega; 22 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 7, from 5-8 p.m. at Usrey.
Pallbearers are Pete Thrower, Chris Thrower, Nicholas Haynes, J.J. Ingram, Jason Gooden, Manuel Gooden. Honorary pallbearers are Raymond Denney, Jimbo Williams, Damian Gooden, Mark Ruggs and Josh Gardner. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the service.
May 8, 2008
SYLACAUGA — Daniel Estes, 88, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at Coosa Valley Medical Center. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
WILLIE L. LEDFORD
ALPINE — Mr. Willie L. Ledford, 79, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Citizens BMC. Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary will announce arrangements.
DELIAH "BIT" HEATH NUNN
ALPINE — Funeral services for Mrs. Deliah "Bit" Heath Nunn, 81, will be Friday, May 9, at 1 p.m. at Kingston Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith B. Lawson, the Rev. Timothy Caldwell, the Rev. Richard Fair and the Rev. Tommy Hardy officiating. Burial will be in Kingston Baptist Church Cemetery, Alpine. Mrs. Nunn will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service. Mrs. Nunn died Saturday, May 3, 2008 at her residence. She was educated in the Talladega County School System and worked for Mr. Ed King for over 30 years. She was a dedicated, faithful member of Kingston Baptist Church where she served on the Usher Board for many years. She was preceded in death by her son, Gregory; parents, Jim (Lessie) Heath; three brothers and one sister. She is survived by daughters, Margaret J. Nix of Talladega and Grace Hampton of East Orange, NJ; brothers, James (Mildred) Heath of Ashland, Walter (Johnnie) Heath of Childersburg, John P. Heath, Eddie Heath and Wiley (Nellye) Heath all of Alpine; sisters, Area Adams of Gadsden and Marie Heath of Anniston; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Terryís Metropolitan Mortuary will direct the services.