Funeral services for Anita Ashcraft of Cordova, Ala. were held at 3 p.m. Nov. 27
at the Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Thomas W. Hughes officiating. She
died Nov. 26, 2013 at the Winfrey House at the age of 84. Burial was in Unity
Grove Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
Funeral services for Lovell Davis of Aliceville were held at 11 a.m. Nov. 30 at the James & Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel of Lavender’s Funeral Service with Minister Willie Mae Pierson officiating. He died Nov. 22, 2013 at Pickens County
Medical Center at the age of 79. Burial was in Magnolia Memorial Garden
Cemetery with Lavender's Funeral Service directing.
Leonard Dwight “Sonny” Housel Jr.
Funeral services for Leonard Dwight “Sonny” Housel Jr. of Gordo were held at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at Gordo First United Methodist
Church with Rev. Glenn Sandifer officiating.
Mr. Housel was born Jan. 19, 1938 in Gordo, Ala. to the late Leonard D. Housel
Sr. and Lottie Elledge Housel. He received a marketing degree from The
University of Alabama and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Sonny was
employed for many years at Housel Hardware, a family owned business, during
which time he developed several Gordo subdivisions. He later managed a
manufacturing business for Jerome Hickman and Beta Raven Inc. He was a U.S.
Army veteran and a past member of the Rotary Club. Gordo First United Methodist
was his life-long church and his voice blessed the Chancel Choir, the First
United Methodist Men's Choir and the Pickens County Singing Men.
A love of nature and wildlife characterized Sonny’s life. Spring was the highlight of the year, as he looked forward to planting a
large garden, cultivating his blueberries, preparing nests for his Canadian
geese and gourd houses for his purple martins. Forest and land management was
also very important to him as he enrolled his land in the Treasure Forest
Program. Every fall he planted green fields so his grandchildren could hunt.
God blessed Sonny with the ability to bring humor into almost any situation.
Embellishing conversations with funny true-life stories would bring laughter to
others. He never met a stranger and enjoyed being with people. He loved Gordo
and was a lifelong resident. He was preceded in death by his parents. He died
Nov. 21, 2013 at home at the age of 75.
Survivors include his wife Tenza H. Housel, Gordo; sons Mark Housel (Cindy) and
Paul Housel (Tricia), all of Birmingham; sisters Martha Crocker (Buddy),
Reform, and Charlotte Bailey, Reform; grandchildren Brayden, Ethan and Lucy
Housel, all of Birmingham; niece Nancy Beard (John), Birmingham; nephew John
Stewart (Hannah), Woodstock, Ga.; and several cousins.
Pallbearers were Clinton Brown, Walter Brown, Mitch Dyer, Jimmy Ellis, Fred
Johnson, Dale Lancaster, Kenny Poole and Roddy Sanders.
Honorary pallbearers were Sammy and Barbara Ann Bailey, John and Joyce Baker,
Jerome and Wanda Billings, Dr. John Brandon, Stanford Branyon, Holly Dyer,
Joseph Hassell, Jerome and Peggy Hickman, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Henderson, Dr.
Warren Holley, Dr. and Mrs. Neil Honea, Dr. Drake Lavender, Joe and Fern
Mullenix, Minton Mullenix, Albert McGee Jr., Josh Pate, Dr. and Mrs. Jon
Sanford, Gerould “Pud” Thomas, Gordo First United Methodist Men's Choir, Pickens Singing Men and the
staff of the Gordo Family Practice Center.
Burial was in Gordo City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Gordo First
United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 343, Gordo, AL 35466.
Funeral services for Jerry Nicholson of Gordo were held at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at
First Baptist Church of Gordo with Rev. Rayford Nicholson officiating. He died
Nov. 23, 2013 at his residence at the age of 56. Burial was in Linebarger
Cemetery with Northport Funeral and Cremation Service directing.
Funeral services for Andrew Taylor of Gordo were held at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Northport Funeral & Cremation Service Chapel with Pastor Eddie C. Robertson officiating. He died Nov. 18, 2013 at DCH Tuscaloosa at the age of 81. Burial was in Sandhill
Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.
Hughie “Luke” McCaa
Funeral services for Hughie “Luke” McCaa of Aliceville were held at 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church
Baptist Church with Rev. James C. Wright officiating. He died Nov. 19, 2013 at
DCH Tuscaloosa at the age of 44. Burial was in Mt. Hebron Cemetery with
Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.