Margaret “Peggy” Durrett Gentry
Memorial services for Margaret "Peggy" Durrett Gentry of Aliceville were held at
3 p.m. July 20 at Aliceville First Baptist Church with Rev. Charlie Wilson
Mrs. Gentry was born Dec. 16, 1929 in Aliceville to the late Joseph Brantley
Durrett and Margaret Winston Durrett. She graduated from Aliceville High School and Judson College in Marion, Ala.
While at Judson, Peggy represented her college on several traveling teams and
was active in athletics. She loved her alma mater and participated in many of
the school’s activities and also served as a Judson ambassador. Peggy was awarded Most
Outstanding Judson Alumnae, and was listed as one of Judson’s One Hundred and Seventy-five Most Outstanding Graduates.
Peggy married Jimmy Gentry, who was her college roommate’s brother, before Jimmy was sent to Korea. They lived in New York City and New
Orleans before settling in Aliceville, where he began a medical practice. They
reared six children in Aliceville.
Peggy was an active member of Aliceville First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday
school, GA’s, and participating in many mission trips, both foreign and domestic. One of
her favorite hobbies was traveling with Jimmy and taking their grandchildren on
these trips. She loved her children and grandchildren and was fondly known by
them and the community as “Sugar.” Sugar touched many lives and will be deeply missed.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Dr. James
H. Gentry Sr.; and brother Charles Bruce Durrett. She died July 17, 2014 at
home at the age of 84.
Survivors include her daughters, Meg Brooke, Birmingham, and Anne Carter,
Athens, Ala.; sons, Jim Gentry and David Gentry, both of Aliceville, Joe
Gentry, Houston, Tex., and Dan Gentry, Warner Robins, Ga.; sister Anne Durrett
Randall (Jimmy); brother Joe B. Durrett Jr. (Carolyn); sisters-in-law Anne Cody
(Richard) and Gail Durrett;18 grandchildren, Will Brooke. Maryanna Bishop
(Aubrey), Catherine Cotney (Jerry), Haley Gentry Jost (Jeremy), Chase Gentry
(Kate), Brant Gentry (Brittany), Phil Gentry (Ashley), Mary Lindsey Newlin
(Chris), Drew Carter (Ashley), Maggie Carter Hargrove (Will), Mitch Carter,
Lauren Withrow (Murray), Amanda Gentry, Charles Gentry, Winston Gentry,
Kristina Gentry, Elizabeth Gentry and Daniel Gentry; and 12
great-grandchildren, Riley Brooke, Murray William Withrow, Emma Cate Gentry,
Breyson Bishop, Hannah Cotney, Kenley Gentry, J. P. Gentry, Ben Gentry, Ada Carter, Ezra Withrow, Josiah Withrow and Clarke Newlin.
A private burial was held at Franconia-Oak Grove Cemetery with Skelton Funeral
Home of Reform directing.
Grandsons served as pallbearers.
A special thank you to her caregivers.
Memorials may be made to Aliceville First Baptist Church, 323 Broad St.,
Aliceville, AL 35442 or to Judson College (for Lottie Moon Offering or Annie
Armstrong Offering), 302 Bibb Street, Marion, AL 36756.
Willie James Green
Memorial services for Willie James Green of Aliceville were held at 11 a.m. July
23 at the James and Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel with Minister Era Ward
officiating and Lavender Funeral Service directing. He died July 20, 2014 at
his residence at the age of 67.
Evelyn M. Holliman
Graveside services for Evelyn M. Holliman of Tuscaloosa were held July 15 in
Graham Cemetery in Reform with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing. She died July 9, 2014 at Heritage Health & Rehab at the age of 90.
Dana L. Hudson
Funeral services for Dana L. Hudson of Reform were held at 11 a.m. July 25 at
New Salem Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Hall officiating. She died July 18,
2014 at home at the age of 49. Burial was in Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church
Cemetery in Millport with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North directing.
Phillip Jerome Hudson
Funeral services for Phillip Jerome Hudson of Reform were held at 11 a.m. July
25, 2014, at New Salem Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Hall officiating. He died
July 18, 2014 at home at the age of 52. Burial was in Macedonia Freewill
Baptist Church Cemetery in Millport with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North
Ramon Leroy Lancaster
Funeral services for Ramon Leroy Lancaster of Ethelsville were held at 11 a.m.
July 24 at Ethelsville Baptist Church with Rev. Mel Howton officiating. He died
July 22, 2014 at Baptist Memorial Hospital at the age of 71. Burial was in the
church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
Lewis White Lowe
Funeral services for Lewis White Lowe of Gordo were held at 11 a.m. July 21 at
the Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jake Barrett and Rev. Jason Bearden
officiating. He died July 18, 2014 at home at the age of 85. Burial was in
Graham Memorial Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
Tina Faye Oliver
Funeral services for Tina Faye Oliver of Birmingham were held at 11 a.m. July 26
at Galilee Baptist Church with Rev. Marvin Washington officiating. She died
July 17, 2014 in Birmingham at the age of 42. Burial was in the church cemetery
with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.
John Rufus Shepherd
Funeral services for John Rufus Shepherd of Gordo were held at 11 a.m. July 22
at Hannah United Methodist Church with Bro. Joe Acker, Bro. Charles Herron, and
Bro. Jake Barrett officiating. He died July 18, 2014 at Northport Medical
Center at the age of 87. Burial was in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral
Home of Reform directing.
Nancy Hudson Shepherd
Funeral services for Nancy Hudson Shepherd of Carrollton were held at 10 a.m.
July 23 at the Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roy Hamilton and Rev.
Clifton Pate officiating. She died July 20, 2014 at Aliceville Manor Nursing
Home at the age of 70. Burial was in Marvin Chapel Cemetery with Skelton
Funeral Home of Reform directing.