Allene Vernice Jackson Billups
Funeral services for Allene Vernice Jackson Billups of Tuscaloosa were held at
11 a.m. April 12 at Saint Paul Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa.
Allene was born August 3, 1931, the fifth of six children, to the late Sam and
Lucille Jackson. She was educated in the public schools of Aliceville, where
she graduated from Summerville Industrial High School and earned her Bachelor
of Science degree from Alabama A & M University. She taught in the Pickens County school system for thirty-two
years. She participated in various civic and religious organizations including
membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, the Tuscaloosa chapter of the
Links, Inc., the Women of Essence, Sisters of Esther, and the First
Thessalonians Prayer Group. She was the loving wife of the late Fon Billups, to
whom two precious children were born: the late Reginald Anthony and IsValia
Lynn. She died April 5, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. at the age of 82.
Survivors include her devoted daughter IsValia Lynn (Terence); brother Robert L.
Jackson; sister Angelica Jackson; grandsons Miles Courtland Hood and Cameron
Alexander Billups; daughter-in-law Lisa Billups; several nieces and nephews,
cousins, family and friends.
Burial was in New Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.
Thomas J.C. “Buddy” Bobo
Funeral services for Thomas J.C. “Buddy” Bobo of Fayette were held at 2 p.m. April 16 at Big Hill Baptist Church with
Rev. Trey Kelly and Rev. Ralph Smith officiating. He died April 13, 2014 at DCH
Regional Medical Center at the age of 72. Burial was in the church cemetery
with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
Charles Edwards Burroughs
Funeral services for Charles Edwards "CB" Burroughs of Reform were held at 11
a.m. April 11 at the Sunset Funeral Home with Ervin Gray officiating. He died
April 9, 2014 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Burial was in Union Grove Baptist
Church Cemetery with Sunset Funeral Home directing.
Betty Jean Cousette
Funeral services for Betty Jean Cousette of Tuscaloosa were held at 11 a.m.
April 15 at Macedonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Andrew Chambers
officiating. She died April 9, 2014 at the age of . Burial was in Magnolia
Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.
Rodger O. Kelley
Funeral services for Rodger O. Kelley of Reform were held at 10:30 a.m. April 12
at Dowdle Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. George Shaw officiating.
He was born July 10, 1947 to Clyde (Crip) and Christine (Teen) Kelley. He was a
1965 graduate of Palmetto High School. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving at Phu
Cat Air Base from 1969 to 1970. He suffered many effects from the war; the
saddest is how his country forgot about him once he did get sick. He proudly
served in the U.S. Air Force as a security police officer for 20 years, was
stationed in Guam and guarded Pope John Paul II. He retired from the U.S. Air
Force in 1989, loved his country and felt it was an honor for him to give all.
He was a retired quality control inspector at the Mercedes plant. He was a
loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. “Roll Tide” was always heard at the Kelley household! He never met a stranger, had a story
for everyone and had no regrets. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife
Nancy Helms Kelley; and son Chad Kelley. He passed away peacefully at his home
on April 9, 2014 at home at the age of 66.
Survivors include his loving wife Cathy Sylvia Kelley; daughter Ashley-Rae
(Chad) Kelley Watts; son Christopher (Rebecca) Kelley; stepsons David Fretwell
and Ryan Fabian; sisters Sherry Kelley and Regina Kelley; brothers Russell,
Ronnie, Kenny (Dana), Gary (Teresa) and Toby Kelley; and his four
grandchildren, of whom he was always proud, Stormi, Hunter, Chad (his best
friend), and Lorelia; father-in-law Jim Sylvia; sisters-in-law Jeanne, Patti
and Karin Sylvia; a host of nieces and nephews; and was like a father to April
Pallbearers were Benji Kelley, Bryan Kelley, Shane Pate, Dallas Simpson, Bobby
Durham and Jonathan Brown.
Burial was in Greenhill Memorial Gardens with Dowdle Funeral Home of Millport
Funeral services for Bernice Kirkland of Aliceville were held at 2 p.m. April 12
at Little Vine Primitive Baptist Church with Pastor Kennedy Kirkland
officiating. She died April 6, 2014 at Pickens County Medical Center at the age
of 56. Burial was in White Cemetery in Eutaw with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.
Annie B. Marshall
Funeral services for Annie Marshall of Panola were held at 11 a.m. April; 19 at
Zion Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Jevon Marshall officiating. She died
April 9, 2014 at Anderson Regional Medical Center at the age of 94. Burial was
in St. Paul AME Zion Church Cemetery in Cooksville, Miss. with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.
Cason Bryant Park
Funeral services for Cason Bryant Park of Gordo were held at 2 p.m. April 17 at
the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Family Life Center with Rev. Glen Sandifer and
Rev. Terry Billings officiating. He died April 13, 2014 in Starkville, Miss. at
the age of 25. Burial was in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of
Jerry W. Prestriedge
Memorial services for Jerry W. Prestriedge of Reform were held at 2:30 p.m.
April 13 at Calvary Baptist Church in Reform with Bro. Mike Trull officiating
and Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North directing. He died April 11, 2014 at
home at the age of 69.
Johnnie Brown Spencer
Funeral services for Johnnie Brown Spencer of Chicago, Ill. were held at 11 a.m.
April 19 at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Marvin Rice officiating. He
died April 8, 2014 at the age of 67. Burial was in the church cemetery with
Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.