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Obituaries
Allene Vernice Jackson Billups
DOD: April 5, 2014
Thomas J.C. “Buddy” Bobo
DOD: April 13, 2014
Charles Edwards Burroughs
DOD: April 9, 2014
Betty Jean Cousette
DOD: April 9, 2014
Rodger O. Kelley
DOD: April 9, 2014
Bernice Kirkland
DOD: April 6, 2014
Annie B. Marshall
DOD: April 9, 2014
Cason Bryant Park
DOD: April 13, 2014
Jerry W. Prestriedge
DOD: April 11, 2014
Johnnie Brown Spencer
DOD: April 8, 2014
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 and Stephanie.
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 directing.

Bernice Kirkland
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 Reform directing.

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.

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