Minna Louise Sydow Currie, longtime resident of Montgomery, died June 26, 2004 in Midland, Texas. She was born May 2, 1920 in Framingham, Massachusetts to Hugo and Minna Sydow, who preceded her in death.
Educated in Framingham and at Simmons College in Boston, Minna was a registered nurse. Serving in the Army Nurse Corps during WWII, with her unit following the D-Day invasion into Normandy, Belgium, and Germany, she attained the rank of 1st Lt., and was awarded the WWII Victory medal and the Bronze Star.
After her marriage in May 1947, she moved to the South. Minna resumed her nursing career in the 1960s at Professional Center Hospital in Montgomery, and retired from John Knox Manor Nursing Home in 1983. She never retired from helping others, and even in her last days at Rockwood Manor Nursing Home in Midland, spent time at the nurses’ station “helping“ them with their paperwork.
Minna modeled thrift, hard work and loyalty, but most of all a steadfast faith in the Lord through good and hard times.
She is survived by her daughter, Martha Ellen (Muff) Fregia of Midland; her son, Dr. David Paul Currie (and wife Molly) of Sylacauga, AL; five grandsons: James A. Fregia II (and wife Merie) of Los Angeles, CA; Capt. Justin A. Fregia of Colorado Springs, CO; PV2 Joel A. Fregia of Monterey, CA; D. Paul Currie, Jr. (and wife Jacqueline), and Philip A. Currie; a great granddaughter, Sarah Margaret Currie, all of Birmingham, AL; two brothers: Carl A. Sydow of Framingham and George R. Sydow (and wife Barbara) of Vero Beach, FL; sisters-in-law Shirley Sydow of Alton Bay, NH and Eunice Nelson of Montana; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roswell Ernest Currie, and a brother, Dr. Paul F.Sydow.
A memorial/resurrection service will be conducted July 31st, 10:30 a.m., at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2130 Bell Road, Montgomery, with the Rev. Patrick Smith officiating; visitation will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Memorial Church or to the Presbyterian Home for Children, PO Drawer 577, Talledega, AL 35161. Minna donated her body to Texas Tech University Medical School in Lubbock, TX.
BELLACH, Faye, of Montgomery, passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2004. Mrs. Bellach was born in Crenshaw County to Abbie Lee and Frank Bennett. She is survived by her husband, Harold Bellach, a son, Terry Bellach and daughters Sharon Sasser and Keri Hess; grandsons, Michael Sasser, Kyle Sasser, and Brandon Cripple; granddaughters, Kayla Bellach and Kristen Sasser; a sister, Charlotte Scott. A brother, Jeffrey Bennett, preceded her in death. She was a loving mother to her children. Only God knows the true love of this dear sweet woman that is now in Heaven above. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Alabama Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Jones officiating. Visitation will be Monday. August 2, 2004 from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Vernie Scott, Mark DeFee, Ed James, Sam Overton, Danny Carver and Michael Johnson. ALABAMA HERITAGE DIRECTING
CALDWELL, Glenn, 88, of Mont gomery, Alabama passed away Saturday, July 31, 2004. He was a 50-year member of the Knights Templar Lodge in Waukegan, IL. Mr. Caldwell retired from the United States Navy after a career spanning 23 years. His wife, Mary J. Caldwell, a son, Glenn T. Caldwell of Marietta, GA.; a sister, Elsie Mae Clary of Winter Haven, FL.; a brother, Chauncey Willis Caldwell of Kennesaw, GA., and a niece, Cynthia L. Phillips of Virginia Beach, VA, survive him. Interment will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Alabama Heritage Directing
LEWIS, Edgar Milton
LEWIS, Edgar Milton, 71 died Sunday, August 1, 2004. Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at 2:00 pm from the Church of the Ascension with Father John Michael van Dyke officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. He was a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch for 32 years before his retirement in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Ann Clayton Lewis; a son Robert Milton Lewis and a daughter, Ann Lewis Oakley; four grandchildren, Kathryn Paige Lewis, Robert Milton Lewis, Jr., Elizabeth Ann Oakley and William Lawrence Oakley, Jr.; a brother, Robert Anderson Lewis of Lawrenceville, GA and a sister, Ann Ware Carlton; a nephew and nieces. Pallbearers will be: Judge Harold Albritton, Dr. John M. Ashurst, John S. Bowman, Jack Godin, Richard Jordan and Dan H. Rhyne. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Ascension, 315 Clanton Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104 or your favorIte charity. LEAK-MEMORY CHAPEL DIRECTING
SCOGGINS, Robert L.
SCOGGINS, Robert L., 73, a resident of Prattville, AL, died peacefully on Monday, August 2, 2004 at his residence. Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, August 4, 2004 from the First Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Travis Coleman officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening at Prattville Memorial from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
DUKE, Mr. Calvin
DUKE, Mr. Calvin, a resident of Montgomery, AL., died Tuesday, July 27, 2004. Funeral arrangements and survivors will be announced later by Ross- Clayton Funeral Home, Inc.
GARRISON, Ms. Victoria
GARRISON, Ms. Victoria, a resident of Montgomery, AL., died Sunday, August 1, 2004. Funeral arrangements and survivors will be announced later by Ross- Clayton Funeral Home, Inc.
HAMILTON, Mrs. Velma Lee
HAMILTON, Mrs. Velma Lee, a resident of Montgomery, AL., departed this life on Friday, July 30, 2004. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. from Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Zion Church, Montgomery, AL. Burial will follow in Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery, with Ross-Clayton Funeral Home, Inc., directing. She was married to the late, Willie H. Hamilton, Sr.; She leaves to mourn: daughters, Eliza Haigler, Cynthia (Nathan) Blackmon, Lydia Williams, Rita (Ralph) Smith, all of Montgomery, AL.; Veronica Osborne, Arwilda Howard, Pike Road, AL.; Deloris Favors, Franklin, TN.; Sons: Willie H. (Denise) Hamilton, Jr.; Morenci AZ.; Eli Hamilton, Allen J. Hamilton, Larry D. (Carrie) Hamilton, Stephen L. (Rhonda) Hamilton, all of Montgomery, AL.; Sisters: Mary Duncan, Montgomery, AL.; Ella B. Milton, Ida (James) Nickolson, all of Detroit, MI.; Aunt, Cora Jackson, Cleveland, OH.; Brothers, Jeff Thomas, Jr., Detroit, MI.; In-Laws: Anna (Jimmy) Stovall, Montgomery, AL.; Palmer Ezell, Tuskegee, AL.; Winifred Hamilton, Emma Hamilton, Janie (Robert) Tyson, Mizella Lewis and Mary Cole, all of Detroit, MI.; 28 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; a devoted grandson, James Moss Jr.; great-granddaughters whom she raised, Karisma and Shakeena Meadows; Godchildren: Samuel L. Floyd, Edith Fuller; Devoted friends of the family: Lucie Tommie and Eddie Mae Surles; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, greatnephews, cousins, and friends; a loving pet “Lucky“.
HOGAN, Ms. Geraldine
HOGAN, Ms. Geraldine, a resident of Montgomery, AL., died Sunday, August 1, 2004. Funeral arrangements and survivors will be announced later by Ross- Clayton Funeral Home, Inc.
MILES, Ms. Mamie W.
MILES, Ms. Mamie W., a resident of Montgomery, AL., died Monday, August 2, 2004. Funeral arrangements and survivors will be announced later by Ross- Clayton Funeral Home, Inc.
SMITH, Ms. Gwendolyn
SMITH, Ms. Gwendolyn, a resident of Montgomery, AL., died Saturday, July 31, 2004. Funeral arrangements and survivors will be announced later by Ross- Clayton Funeral Home, Inc.
HERRING, Maggie Mae
HERRING, Maggie Mae, a native of Elmore County, AL, and a longtime resident of Montgomery, AL, died Monday, August 2, 2004 in a Mobile Hospice Facility at the age of 92. Mrs. Herring is preceded in death by her husband James Herman Herring. She is survived by her daughter, Jean (Carlton) Robinson of Mobile, AL and her son, Herman Wayne (Rolanda) Herring of Moss Point, MS; one sister, Josie Fuller of Wetumpka, AL; eight grandchildren, Carlton E. (Sue) Robinson, Jr., Jan Carol Robinson, Kelly (Huston) Holister, Lorie Herring (David) Smith, all of Mobile, AL, James Herman Herring, II of Hurley, MS, Franklin Wayne (Yadira) Herring of Honduras, Haley Herring (Mike) Buckley and George Adams (Erinne) Herring, both of Pascagoula, MS; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at Shoal Creek Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. with Elder Louis Culver officiating. Interment will be in Shoal Creek Cemetery with Gassett Funeral Home of Wetumpka directing. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at Shoal Creek Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Pallbears will be James Herman Herring, II, Samuel Eugene Robinson, James Herring, Taylor Holister, George Herring and Herring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shoal Creek Baptist Church, Highway 111, Deatsville, AL, 36022.
LYLES, Mrs. Willie Mae
LYLES, Mrs. Willie Mae, 90, a resident of Nobles Road, Wetumpka, Alabama, died Friday, July 30, 2004. Funeral Services and survivors will be announced later by Hillside Mortuary.
TAYLOR, Maggie B.
TAYLOR, Maggie B., 89, a resident of Greenville, AL, died Saturday, July 31, 2004. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at 12:00 p.m. from the St. Paul Baptist Church, Greenville, AL with Rev. N. Wright officiating. Burial will be in the Rockdale Cemetery, Lapine, AL, with Bell Funeral Home Directing. Wake Service will be held at St. Paul Baptist Church in Greenville, AL from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
HUGHLEY, Mr. Cleveland
HUGHLEY, Mr. Cleveland, 73, a resident of Airlane Road, Tuskegee, Alabama, died August 1, 2004 at East Alabama Medical Center. Funeral services will be Saturday, August 7, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Baptist Church, Tuskegee, Alabama. Burial will follow in the Churchyard Cemetery with Burton’s Funeral Home Staff Directing.
CARMICHAEL, Rev. John C.
CARMICHAEL, Rev. John C., 82, a native of Glenwood, Alabama, and a resident of Spanish Fort, died Sunday, August 1, 2004 at a local hospital. He was a graduate of Troy State University, and advanced studies at Candler School of Theology. He was ordained in 1945 as an Elder of the South, Alabama, West Florida United Methodist Conference. He retired from the Itinerate Ministry in June 1985. He then served as a supply minister until June 1995. He moved to West Minister Village in Spanish Fort in 2000. He was serving as seniors’ Pastor at West Minister for the Spanish Fort United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, LaMerle Johnson Carmichal, Spanish Fort, AL; son, Daniel Asher Carmichael, Spanish Fort, AL; daughter, Keitha Carmichael Duncan, Pensacola, FL; brother, Billy Wayne Carmichael, Stockbridge, GA; four sisters, Evelyn Starling, Anniston, AL, Christine Hixon, Troy, AL, Evanell Jackson, Glenwood, AL and Enid Folmar, Glenwood, AL and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at Glenwood United Methodist Church in Glenwood. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM Wednesday at the church. Burial will follow at Providence Cemetery in Glenwood with Dillard Funeral Home of Troy Directing. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Rev. Carmichael’s name to the charity of your choice.
SOWELL, Walter Frank
SOWELL, Walter Frank. Retired Auburn University agronomist Walter Frank Sowell, whose work in soil fertility helped thousands of Alabama farmers reap bigger harvests, died August 1, 2004. He was 82. Sowell, a long time resident of Auburn, retired in 1980 from the University’s Cooperative Extension System following a 32-year career with that organization. He was superior of county agents in 23 Southeastern Counties at the time he retired. Through his success as an Extension Agronomist promoting soil testing and efficient use of lime and fertilizers, he became known as one of the state’s foremost authorities on plant nutrition. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 3, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. at Auburn First Baptist Church with the Reverend Jim Evans officiating. Ex-POW’s and members of Sowell Sunday school class will serve as honorary pallbearers. Visitation will be held immediately following the memorial service at the church. The family respectfully requests that memorials be in the form of contributions to Auburn First Baptist Church or Habitat for Humanity. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Inez Green Sowell; two daughters, Gwynne Lovelady of Auburn and Marcia Duke of Liberty, MO; grandchildren, Susan and Warren Beason, Birmingham, Wesley Duke, St. Louis, MO, Hillary Kathryn Duke, Liberty, MO and Adam and Tracey Lovelady, Atlanta, GA; one sister, Sarah Baker of Enterprise and one brother, Charles R. Sowell of Headland. Sowell served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII as a radio operator/gunner on a B-17 bomber. His plane was hit by enemy fire over Germany on his eighth bombing mission. After parachuting from the burning plane, Sowell was captured by enemy soldiers and spent the next 625 days as a prisoner of war, most of that time in the infamous Stalag 17B (made famous after the war by the movie ”Stalag 17” and the television series ”Hogan’s Heroes”). Sowell returned from the war to earn B.S. and M.S. degrees in agriculture from Auburn University (then Alabama Polytechnic Institute) and a PhD. in agronomy from Purdue University. During the last years of his life, he embarked on what he called his ninth mission; meeting with young people in schools and churches around the state, urging them to cherish and protect their hard-won freedom. Fredericks Funeral Home of Opelika is in charge of arrangements.
DAVIS, Bela Howard
DAVIS, Bela Howard of Tallassee, 93, born October 7, 1910, expired August 2, 2004. She is survived by 4 grandchildren: grandsons, Carl Wayne Mullins of Tallassee; Clifton Lazenby of Wetumpka; granddaughters, Sue McGhar of Tallassee and Ramona (PeeWee) Jones of Eclectic; 8 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dewey (Bad-Eye) Davis, two daughters, Marion (Ray) Lazenby and Arlene (Winfred) Mullins and a sister, Fannie Howard Williams. She was a loving mother and grandmother who was always willing to help others. She was a weaver in the weave shed at Tallassee Mills for 45 years. She devoted her lift to loving her family and working and always willing to lend a helping hand to her friends. Graveside services will be Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at 11:00 am at Rose Hill Cemetery with Rev. Don Stephens officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 3, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Jeffcoat-Linville Funeral Home of Tallassee Directing
THORNTON, Mrs. Ethel B.
THORNTON, Mrs. Ethel B., age 99, passed away August 1, 2004.
Graveside services and burial will be Tuesday, August 3, at 2:00 pm at Chana Creek Cemetery.
Visitation Tuesday, August 3, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.
CRAWFORD, Dr. Marion Lawrence
CRAWFORD, Dr. Marion Lawrence, 84, a resident of Marion, AL, died Monday morning, August 2, 2004 at his residence.
Services will be announced later by Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel.
MCMILLAN, Mrs. Elvira Minge Cochrane
MCMILLAN, Mrs. Elvira Minge Cochrane, age 91, of McLellan Street, Brewton, Alabama, passed away Sunday evening August 1, 2004 at her residence, after an extended illness. She was born February 28, 1913 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the fourth child of Robert Hunt Cochrane and Elvira Minge Cochrane. Both parents were descendants of the earliest settlers of West Alabama. Mrs. McMillan had been a resident of Brewton since 1938. She was the widow of Thomas E. McMillan. She graduated from the University of Alabama and was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. Mrs. Millan was a founding member of her home parish, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and a charter member of Escambia County Historical Sorority. Survivors include three sons, Ed Leigh (Ann) McMillan of Brewton, Alabama, Thomas E. (Jane) McMillan, Jr. of Brewton, Alabama and Robert C. (Candy) McMillan of Brewton, Alabama; two daughters, Katherine M. (Paul) Owens of Brewton, Alabama and Elvira M. Tate of Atlanta, Georgia; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Albert C. Tate, Jr. and one grandchild, Elizabeth Owens. Graveside services are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon August 4, 2004 at 12:30 p.m. at Union Cemetery with Rev. Gary Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery Brewton, Alabama with WILLIAMS MEMORIAL CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME OF BREWTON, ALABAMA DIRECTING. In lieu of Flowers, the family requests donations to the Miss Elvira Outreach Fund at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Brewton or Wilmer Hall Children’s Home, Mobile.