Obituaries

William Austin Gardner

William Austin “Goat” Gardner, of Aliceville, died September 11, 2018 at his residence. Funeral services were held September 18, 2018 at New Wright Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Hood officiating. Burial was at Flemming Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Mary Ruth Sims

Mary Ruth Sims, 81, of Gordo, died Sept. 13, 2018, at Heritage Health & Rehab. Funeral services were held Sept. 16, 2018, at Flatwoods Baptist Church with Rev. Max Stripling, Rev. Todd Burkhalter, Rev. Chad Manion, and Rev. Leonard Hill presiding. Music was provided by Jeremy Manion, Jewell Manion, and Joe Brown. Burial was at Greenhill Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Jerry Cook

Jerry Cook, 65, of Peterson, Ala., died September 2, 2018 in Tuscaloosa. A memorial service was held September 10, 2018 with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Murray Hawkins

Murray Hawkins, 78, died September 1, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Funeral services were held September 8, 2018 at Impact National Fellowship Church. Burial was at West Highland Cemetery in Tuscaloosa with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Bonnie Richardson

Bonnie Richardson, 88, died August 30, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Funeral services were held September 8, 2018 at Porter St. Paul C.M.E. Church. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Tuscaloosa with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

 

Linda T. Royster

Linda T. Royster, of Northport, Ala., died August 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Funeral services were held September 8, 2018 at Westside Church of Christ with Bro. Norman Spann, Jr., officiating. Burial was at Cedar Oak Cemetery in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Marcus L. Taylor

Marcus L. Taylor, 35, died August 26, 2018 in Houston, Tex. Funeral services were held September 1, 2018 at Ross Mortuary Chapel in Houston, Tex. Burial was at Aliceville, Ala., with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Hattie Colvin

Hattie Colvin, 103, of Aliceville, died August 27, 2018 in Aliceville, Ala. Funeral services were held September 4, 2018 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Pickensville, Ala. Burial was at New Cemetery in Aliceville with Northport Funeral & Cremation Servie directing.

Ethel B. Hood

Ethel B. Hood, 87, of Reform, died August 16, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Funeral services were held August 25, 2018 at Popular Springs C.M.E. Church in Reform with Pastor Anthony Gary officiating. Burial was at the Popular Springs Church Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Jessie Daniels

Jessie “Preacher” Daniels, 75, of Livingston, Ala., died August 30, 2018 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation in York, Ala. Funeral services will be held September 7, 2018 at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, County Road 3, in Panola, Ala., at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Meeks officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Tabor Church Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Eliga Lewis Tilley

Eliga Lewis Tilley, 82, of Ethelsville, Ala., died August 29, 2018 at Hospice of West Alabama. No public services will be held. Skelton Funeral Home of Reform was in charge of arrangements.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Edgar Tilley; and three sisters, Daisy Tilley, Annie Gay Hodge, and Luvenia Henson.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Tilley; his son, David Tilley, Sr.; brothers, Ottis Tilley and Morris Tilley; grandson, David Tilley, Jr. and his wife Jessica Tilley; and granddaughter, Taylor Tilley and her fiance, Aaron Jones.

Scott N. Reed

Scott N Reed, 66, of Brookwood, Ala., died August 17, 2918. Services were held August 24, 2018 at Northport Funeral & Cremation Service in Northport, Ala., with Northport Funeral & Cremation Services directing.

Pearly Mae Stanton

Pearly Mae “Mum” Stanton, 72, of Carrollton, died August 18, 2018 at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Funeral services were held August 25, 2018 at Cluster Baptist Church, Aliceville, with Rev. Tommy Cox officiating. Burial was at Community (Cluster) Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Marshal Coker Carson, Jr.

Marshal Coker Carson, Jr., age 87, of Columbus, Miss., passed away Monday, August 20, 2018, at his residence.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at New Hope United Methodist Church, Columbus, Miss., with Rev. Sarah Windham officiating and Lowndes Funeral Home & Crematory directing.

Patricia Marie Colvin

Patricia Marie “Pat” Colvin, 54, of Aliceville, died August 16, 2018 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Funeral services were held August 23, 2018 at Spirit & Truth Pentecostal Church in Aliceville with Elder Willie Colvin officiating. Burial was at New Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Doris Nell Strickland Jones

Doris Nell Strickland Jones, 83, of Gordo, died August 15, 2018 at Hospice of West Alabama. Funeral services were held August 17, 2018 at Highland Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Robbins and Rev. Shawn McDaniel officiating. Burial was at Greenhill Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Carole Harkins Morgan

Carole Harkins Morgan, 83, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., died August 8, 2018 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held August 10, 2018 at Mt. Paran Baptist Church with David Watson officiating and Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

John Oscar Hanley Jr.

John Oscar Hanley Jr., 74, of Northport, Ala., died August 7, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. A graveside service was held August 10, 2018 at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Ala., with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Elijah Craig Sr.

Elijah Craig Sr., 70, of Aliceville, died August 4, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Funeral services were held August 11, 2018 at Emory Chapel C.M.E. Church with Pastor Micah Carter officiating. Burial was at Bethany Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Cora Harton

Cora Harton, 92, of Ethelsville, died August 10, 2018 at her residence. Funeral services were held August 18, 2018 at Elbethel Baptist Church. Burial was at Strawbridge Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Mary Lee Betts

Mary Lee “Queen of Sheba” Betts, 87, of Reform, died August 9, 2018 at Arbor Woods Health and Rehabilitation in Reform, Ala. Funeral services were held August 18, 2018 at Miles Chapel C.M.E. Church in Reform with Rev. Renee McKay officiating. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Avery D. Yearby

Avery D. “Sonny” Yearby, of Gordo, Ala., passed away August 15, 2018 at Marengo Nursing Home in Linden, Ala. in care of Southern Care Hospice.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita S. Yearby; parents, Homer and Nona Yearby; siblings, Avis Duren, Opalene Smith, Mildred Snider, Mable Turner, Grace Yearby and Everette Yearby.

He is survived by his step-daughter, Brenda J. Odom (Dickie); stepson, Tex Johnson (Melony); three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Robert Lee Acker

Robert Lee “R.L.” Acker, age 85, of Carrollton, died August 11, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle Hospice. A Memorial Service was held at Dogwood Chapel August 15, 2018, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Wes Jones officiating. A private graveside service was held prior to the memorial service at the Pilgrim Rest Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Tarlton McCarl Kelsaw

Tarlton McCarl “Sonny” Kelsaw, 68, of Panola, died August 4, 2018 in Aliceville. Funeral services were held August 11, 2018 in the James and Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel with Brother Lawayne Custard, Jr., officiating. Burial was at Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery, Panola, with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Sara F. Manning

Sara F. Manning, age 88, of Reform, went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday afternoon, August 5, 2018. She was at her home in the loving arms of her children. Funeral services were held August 9, 2018 at Reform First Baptist Church with Rev. Brannon Pinion officiating. Graveside services were held at Greenhill Memorial Gardens with Rev. John Wesley Burkhalter officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Earl Manning; her parents, Lacy and Iva Keasler; and brothers, L.C. Keasler, Scott Keasler, and Streeter Keasler.

Robert J. Bies

Robert J. Bies, 77, of Tuscaloosa, died July 26, 2018 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held August 4, 2018 at Good Shephard Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, with Rev. Samuel C. Horton officiating. Burial was at Cedar Oak Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Robert Banks

Robert Banks, 55, of Northport, Ala., died July 26, 2018 in Tuscaloosa. Funeral services were held August 3, 2018 at Northport Funeral & Cremation Service Chapel in Northport, Ala., with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Willie B. McDougle Jr.

Willie B. McDougle Jr., 57, of Huntington, NY, died July 28, 2018 in Baltimore, Md. Funeral services were held August 7, 2018 at Unity Grove CME Church in Palmetto, Ala. Burial was at McCrary Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

James Oscar Gay Sr.

James Oscar Gay Sr., 90, of Eutaw, Ala., died July 31, 2018 at Hospice of West Alabama. Funeral services were held August 4, 2018 at Dogwood Chapel with Rev. Carl Sudduth officiating. Burial was at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Elder Rosel Sanders

Elder Rosel Sanders, 85, of Muscle Shoals, Ala., formerly of Aliceville, died July 30, 2018 at Arbor Terrace in Fulton County, Ga. Funeral services were held August 6, 2018 at Macedonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Aliceville with Rev. Willie G. Fulgham officiating. Burial was at Shedd Hill Cemetery, Aliceville, with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Freddie Lee Hill

Freddie Lee Hill, 66, of Tuscaloosa, died July 20, 2018. Funeral services were
held July 27 at Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Laurent Grovsvenor o ciating. Burial was at Hulls Cemetery in Moundville, Ala., with Northport Funeral and Cremation Service directing. 

Martha Earline Thrasher Hardy

Martha Earline Thrasher Hardy, 91, of Elrod, Ala., died July 20, 2018 at her daughter’s residence. Funeral services were held July 25, 2018 at Tabernacle Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. David Kelly o - ciating. Burial was at Tabernacle Free Will Baptist Church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. 

Jakeyvis Tyshown Mayhew

Jakeyvis Tyshown “Spud” Mayhew, 17, of Aliceville died July 20, 2018. Funeral services will be held August 4, 2018, at 12 p.m. at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church with Rev. James C. Wright o ciating. Burial will be at New Nebo Cemetery with Lav- ender’s Funeral Service directing. 

John Earl Windham Jr.

Deacon John Earl “Rabbit” Wyndham Jr., 67, of Aliceville, died July 24, 2018 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held July 30, 2018 at Provi- dence Baptist Church, Aliceville with Rev. Quinton Prude o ciating. Burial was at New Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing. 

Charles T. Manning

Charles T. “Grapevine” Manning, 68, of Aliceville, was pronounced dead on July 22, 2018. Funeral services were held July 26, 2018 at New Wright Baptist Church with Rev. Marcus McKinstry o ciating. Burial was at New Nebo Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing. 

Rev. Cecil Eugene Junkin

Rev. Cecil Eugene Junkin, 93, of Gordo, died July 18, 2018 at Arbor Woods Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held July 22, 2018 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hershel Owen officiating. Burial was at Cross Roads Baptist Church in Gordo with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Harless Junkin; his son, Samuel Dwayne Junkin; his parents; and brothers, Clint Elvin Junkin and Lummie Mathis Junkin.

Gilbert Lee Hodo

Gilbert Lee Hodo, 69, of Millport, Ala., died July 8, 2018. Funeral services were held July 14, 2018 at Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Millport, Ala., with Northport Funeral and Cremation Service directing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Gunter Hodo.

Alvin McGraw Jr.

Alivin McGraw Jr., 59, of Reform, died July 9, 2018. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James McGraw, Lillie Bell McGraw, Herman Stewart, and Elizabeth Edison. Northport Funeral and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Harold Kimbrell

James Harold Kimbrell, 78, of Aliceville, died July 17, 2018 at Hospice of West Alabama. Funeral services were held July 19, 2018 at West End Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Griffin and Bro. Jack House officiating. Burial was at Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita; his parents; and one brother, Ralph Kimbrell.

Effie Lucretia Jones

Effie Lucretia Jones, 72, of Buhl, Ala., died July 10, 2018 at her residence. Funeral services were held July 13, 2018 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Don Springer and Rev. Wesley Robertson officiating. Burial was at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Buhl, Ala., with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Chester Earl Elmore

Chester Earl Elmore, 80, of Aliceville, died July 9, 2018 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were held July 12, 2018 at Dogwood Chapel with Rev. Mike Ezelle and Rev. Jack House officiating. Burial was at Franconia-Oak Grove Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brother, Billy Elmore; sister, Dot Noland and her husband, Don; and father-in-law, William McDaniel.

Pauline Bolling Latham

Pauline Bolling Latham, 90, of Reform, died June 28, 2018 at Hospice of West Alabama. Funeral services were held June 30, 2018 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brannon Pinion and Rev. Wesley Burkhalter officiating. Burial was at Graham Memorial Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Joe Ann Beauchamp

Joe Ann (Grammer) Beauchamp, age 80, died Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home surrounded by her family.  She was born Thursday, July 8, 1937 in Carrollton, Alabama to the late Mr. William Acie Grammer and Nellie Hilda Stephens Grammer.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Adison Beauchamp; her parents, Acie and Nellie Grammer; two brothers, William Grammer and Clayton Grammer; and her nephew, Lee White.

Thelma Bernice “Dean” Walker

Thelma Bernice “Dean” Walker, 90, of Boligee, died June 20, 2018 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were held June 26, 2018 at Mt. Zion-Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Eutaw, Ala., with Rev. Larry D. Williams officiating. Burial was at Mt. Mirah Church Cemetery, Boligee, with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Robin “Robbie” Faye Blissett

Robin “Robbie” Faye Blissett, 51, passed away June 15, 2018 at her home. Memorial services were held July 1, 2018 at Enterprise Baptist Church in Coaling, Ala.

Robbie was born August 12, 1966. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert Lee Blissett, Sr. and Carolyn Mae Hitt; and her son, Josey. She leaves behind her significant other of 20 years, John Gowin, and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Enterprise Baptist Church in her name.

Nellie D. Manning

Nellie D. Manning, 77, of Aliceville, died June 23, 2018 at her residence. Funeral services were held June 30, 2018 at Emory Chapel C.M.E. Church with Rev. Kenneth Smith officiating. Burial was at Bethany Town Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Essie Mae Bassett

Essie Mae Bassett, of Livingston, Ala., died June 22, 2018 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation in York, Ala. Graveside services were held June 28, 2018, in Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery, Panola, Ala., with Minister Angela Finch officiating and Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.