Lillian Lucile Bridges Corbin
Lillian Bridges Corbin, 93 of Gordo, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at her home
in Gordo. Services were held Saturday, Jan. 30 at Gordo First United Methodist
Church with Rev. Ron McKay officiating. A private burial was held at Greenhill
Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
Mrs. Corbin was born Dec. 22, 1922 in Pickens County. She was active in the
Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years, PTA, Girl Scouts, Extension Homemakers
Club, United Methodist Women and an active member of Gordo First United
Methodist Church for over 60 years, where she was a member of the choir. She
loved music, sewing and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey Gice and Clarice Estelle
Bridges; her loving husband of 52 years, Paul J. Corbin; one sister, Beatrice
Atkins; three brothers, Harvey “H.G.” Bridges Jr., Edward Bridges and Cecil Bridges; and one grandson, Travis Busey
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Corbin (Martha), of Brewton, and Warren
Corbin (Kay), of Gordo; one daughter, Carole Dean (James), of Peterman; sister
Alice Simpson, of Gordo; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and
many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Blake Corbin, David Kelly, Sean Kelly, Tyler Reid, Mike
Simpson, Richard Simpson, Dennis Bridges and Todd Bridges. Honorary pallbearers
are Dr. John Brandon, the Ruth Corr Sunday School class, Chancel Choir members
and special caregivers: Sandi Towne, Mary Spain, Susan Lancaster, and Dean
The family would also like to express their thanks to the staff of Hospice of
West Alabama. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Gordo First
United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 343, Gordo, AL 35466 or Hospice of West
Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.
Grady Ray “Bigdaddy” Elmore
Grady Ray “Bigdaddy” Elmore, 80 of Ethelsville, entered his heavenly home Jan. 30, 2016. Graveside
services were Feb. 1 at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Gene
Dawkins officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directed.
Grady Ray was born March 13, 1935 in the Zion community of Alabama to the late
Claudie Elmore and Dessie Porter Elmore. He was a member, deacon and Sunday
School teacher at Pine Grove Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of the
Pickens County EMA and the Pickens County Road Department.
There is no doubt this larger than life character had a long, joyful, fulfilling
life. And if you’ve ever heard this many pray or teach a Sunday School lesson, you know he’s worshiping in glory today. After first seeing his future wife sitting on a
pile of shingles at the age of 15, he spent 60 happy and hilarious years
married to Nita and raising three sons he loved dearly. You would have thought
no more love could have fit in his heart if you saw him with his five
grandchildren, but then came his great grandchildren. He spent his last days
doing what he loved most, hunting (aka sitting on the porch at the Playhouse)
with friends that have become family over the years. The huge void of “Bigdaddy” will never be filled in anyone’s hearts, but we take comfort in his peace in Heaven and our soon to come
reunion with him.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; infant son, Keith Elmore;
daughter-in-law, Debbie Elmore; in-laws, Henry and Mildred Copeland; brothers,
William Henry Elmore (Francise) and Gerald Elmore (Joanne).
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Juanita Copeland Elmore, of Pine Grove;
sister, Nancy Keasler, of Reform; brother, Ted Elmore (Martha), of Tuscaloosa;
sons, Steve Elmore (Jonette), of Tuscaloosa; Mike Elmore (Scarlette), of Pine
Grove; Mark Elmore (Barbara), of Pine Grove; Grandchildren, Matthew Elmore
(Trina), of Huntsville; Albert and Brooke Owens, of Gordo; Chase and Kate
Elmore, of Petal, Miss; Melissa Elmore, of Tuscaloosa; and Jody Mason, of
Hagerstown, MD; Great-grandchildren, Lena Elmore, of Huntsville; and Cooper
Elmore, of Tuscaloosa.
Pallbearers were Donnie Bowles, Josh Bowles, Cody Bowles, Chase Elmore, Matthew
Elmore, Jody Mason, Albert Owens, Josh Jackson and Heath Forrester. Honorary
Pallbearers were Jack Sauceman, Ray Shaw, Mike Cooper, Ken Gibson, Roger
Harcrow, Floyd Joyner and all past and present members of The Playhouse Hunting
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Pine Grove Baptist Church, 75
Strawberry Lane, Ethelsville, AL 35461.
Mary Louise Parham
Graveside services for Mary Louise Parham, 87 of Gordo, were held Feb. 4 at
Salem Primitive Baptist Church with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
She died Jan. 31, 2016 at Heritage Health Care.