Obituaries

Mark William Maughan Jr.

Mark William “Will” Maughan, Jr., 18, of Coker, Ala., died January 2, 2019. Funeral services were held January 7, 2019 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gene Dawkins officiating. Burial followed at the family cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ludie Moore.

Rex Bailey Kirk

Rex Bailey Kirk, 87, of Gordo, died January 5, 2019 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home. Services were held January 8, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Trull and Rev. Mike Bonner officiating. Burial followed in Liberty Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Ballard; and an infant daughter, Karen Kay Kirk.

Jennifer Nalls

Jennifer Nalls, 68, of Northport, Ala., died December 20, 2018. Services were held December 21, 2018 at Northport Funeral & Cremation Service in Northport with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Mekhi Lanier

Mekhi Lanier, 3, died December 23, 2018 in Birmingham, Ala. Funeral services were held December 31, 2018 at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Aliceville. Burial was at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Latorrey Wilson

Latorrey Wilson, 32, of Talladega, Ala., died December 15, 2018 in Talladega. Funeral services were held on December 29, 2018 at Deforest Chapel on the campus of Talladega College. Burial was at Talladega Memorial Gardens with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Sallie Crowell

Sallie Crowell, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., died December 9, 2018 in Tuscaloosa. Graveside services were held December 18, 2018 at Cedar Oak Memorial Park with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Albert Billups

Albert Billups, of Aliceville, died December 16, 2018 in Aliceville. Funeral services were held December 21, 2018 at Union Valley Baptist Church with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Theresa Lathon

Theresa Lathon, 44, of Reform, died November 19, 2018 in Reform. Funeral services were held November 28, 2018 at the Northport Funeral & Cremation Service Chapel in Reform with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Bertha McDaniel Brown

Bertha McDaniel Brown, 79, of Reform, died December 23, 2018 at Northport Medical Center. Funeral services were held December 26, 2018 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Glen Kennedy and Rev. Mike Hall officiating. Burial was at Arbor Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Rodney Byron Noland

Rodney Byron Noland, 48, of Carrollton, died December 22, 2018 at Pickens County Medical Center. Funeral services were held December 29, 2018 at Dogwood Chapel with Rev. David Blakney officiating. Burial was at Franconia-Oak Grove Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Ellen Elmore Fair

Ellen Elmore Fair, 98, of Columbus, Miss., formerly of Gordo, died December 22, 2018 at Aurora Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held December 27, 2018 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Blakney officiating. Burial was at Center-Springs Cemetery in Gordo with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Ronie Byars Driver

Ronie B. Driver passed away December 20, 2018 at her residence with her family by her side.

She was born July 3, 1925 to James and Mamie Byars.

Funeral services were held December 23, 2018 at Elmore Center United Methodist Church with Bro. Dave Bailey officiating. Burial was at Greenhill Memorial with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 62 years, Robert; her granddaughter, Amanda Driver; her sister, Katie Shaw; and her brothers William Byars and Raymond Byars.

Alma B. Suttles Leconte

Alma B. Suttles Leconte, 73, of Stamford, Conn., formerly of Aliceville, died December 17, 2018 at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn. Funeral services were held December 22, 2018 in the James & Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel of Lavender’s Funeral Service with Minister Kenny Kirkland officiating. Burial was at Old Bethany Cemetery in Aliceville with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

James Wiley Howard

James Wiley Howard, 89, of Reform, died December 1, 2018 at his residence. Funeral services were held December 4, 2018 at New Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Hall officiating. Burial was at Graham Memorial Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Free Howard; his parents; two brothers; and one sister.

Bettie Ruth Henry-Wilson

Bettie Ruth Henry-Wilson, 70, of Columbus, Miss., died December 16, 2018 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus, Miss. Funeral services were held December 21, 2018 at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Millport, Ala., with Rev. Major Charleston officiating. Burial was at Bankhead Cemetery in Fayette County with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Glema Mae Junkins

Glema Mae Junkins, 95, of Reform, died December 19, 2018 at Heritage Health Care. Funeral services were held December 21, 2018 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Zion Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Bessie Eline Parker

Bessie Eline Parker, 96, of Reform died December 10, 2018 at Arbor Woods Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with her son, Donald Parker, and Rev. John Hunter officiating. Burial was at Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Evie Kate Robertson

Evie Kate Robertson, 82, of Gordo, died December 10, 2018 at Hospice of West Alabama. Funeral services were held December 15, 2018 at Big Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Trey Kelly, Rev. Jerry Ray, and Rev. Ralph Smith officiating. Burial was at Bill Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Mary Gale Bryan Potts

Mary Gale Bryan Potts, 77, of Aliceville, died December 9, 2018, at her home. Funeral services were held December 12, 2018 at Aliceville First Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Potts, Rev. Charlie Wilson, and Rev. Tommy Winders officiating. Burial was at Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Ronnie Bryan and Bill Bryan.

Willye Maye Howard Taylor

Willye Maye Howard Taylor of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Aliceville, died December 3, 2018 at her residence. Funeral services were held December 15, 2018 at New Canaan Baptist Church, Aliceville, with Rev. Dr. Lonnie Weaver officiating. Burial was at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Aliceville, with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

William Craig Dunlap

William Craig Dunlap, 52, of Robertsdale, Ala., formerly of Aliceville, was taken to his Heavenly home on December 6, 2018 at his residence. Funeral services were held December 12, 2018 at Dogwood Chapel with Rev. Jason Housewright officiating. Burial followed at Franconia-Oak Grove Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home directing.

He was preceded in death by his father, James A. Dunlap, Sr.; grandparents, James W. and Lucile Dunlap, and William G. and Aleine Eldridge.

Rosalynde Johnston Hull

Rosalynde Johnston Hull, 75, left us on November 16, 2018, with her daughter by her side, in Daphne, Alabama.

Rosalynde Shelia Johnston was born in Aliceville, Alabama on April 27, 1943. Her parents were Johnnie and F.B. Johnston. She was the youngest of four (Pep, Karen, and Ben). Family and friends in Aliceville and the surrounding area were important to her throughout her life.

Linda Gail Wheat

Linda Gail Wheat, 71, of Gordo, died November 24, 2018 at Forest Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were held at Sardis Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Latham officiating. Burial was at Sardis Freewill Baptist church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Joyce Cornelia Elrod

Joyce Cornelia Elrod, 60, of Vernon, Ala., formerly of Reform, died November 26, 2018 at Generations of Vernon. A graveside service was held November 29, 2018 at Graham Memorial Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray West Elrod and Dovie Elizabeth McPherson Elrod.

Allen L. Conner

Deacon Allen L. “Big Hurt” Conner, 45, of Aliceville died November 20, 2018 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, Miss. Funeral services were held December 1, 2018 at Spirit and Truth Pentecostal Church with Rev. Nellie Woods officiating. Burial was at New Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Marie Auguste Hernandez

Marie Auguste Hernandez, 96, of Aliceville, died November 28, 2018 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were held December 1, 2018 at West End Baptist Church with Rev. Jack House and Rev. Jim Richardson officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton, Oklahoma at a later date.

Gary Ellis Plunkett

Gary Ellis Plunkett, 54, of Aliceville, died November 28, 2018 at his residence. Funeral services were held December 2, 2018 at Clinton Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Stephens officiating. Burial was at Clinton Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Alta Haynie Davis

Alta Haynie Davis, age 92, of Tuscaloosa, AL died November 23, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.   A Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Father Rick Chenault officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. There will be a private family service at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. 

Mildred Clayton Perrigin

Mildred Clayton Perrigin, age 91, of Ethelsville, died November 22, 2018 at Sansing Country Home. Funeral services were held November 25, 2018 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kevin Taylor officiating. Burial followed at Union Hill Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Austin Perrigin, an infant son, and her parents.

James Edward Wilder

James Edward “Blood” Wilder, 68, of Anniston, Ala., died November 11, 2018 at his residence. Funeral services were held November 24, 2018 at New Bethany Primitive Baptist Church in Aliceville officiated by Minister Kenny Kirkland. Burial was at Shedd Hill Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Evelyn Wilkins Sims

Evelyn Wilkins Sims, 86, of Gordo, died November 20, 2018 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held November 23, 2018 at Gordo First Baptist Church and officiated by Rev. Pat Powell and Rev. James Swedenburg. Burial took place at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Woodrow sims; her parents; brother, Earl Wilkins (Judy); and sisters, Louise Wilkins Bradley (Everett) and Alene Wilkins Peeks (DeRoy).

Charles Norman Abston Jr.

Charles Norman Abston Jr., 81, of Aliceville, died November 14, 2018 at Hospice of West Alabama. Funeral services were held November 17, 2018 at Dogwood Chapel with Rev. Mike Ezelle officiating. Burial was at Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Juanita Johnson

Juanita “Neat” Johnson, 88, of Aliceville, died November 9, 2018 at North Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Birmingham. Funeral services were held November 17, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Aliceville, with Rev. Timothy L. Martin, Sr., officiating. Burial was at New Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Ruby Jackson Miller

Ruby Jackson Miller, 70, of Birmingham, formerly of Aliceville, died November 7, 2018 at Eastview Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Birmingham. Funeral services were held November 12, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Aliceville with Rev. Szymanski Fields officiating. Burial was at New Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Franklin Warren Thomas

Franklin Warren Thomas, 79, of Aliceville, died November 1, 2018 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held November 5, 2018 at Dogwood Chapel with Rev. Charlie Wilson officiating. Burial was at Pilgrim Rest Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Janet Marie Johnson

Janet Marie Johnson, 63, died November 1, 2018 at home. Funeral services were held November  4, 2018 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dan Finney and Rev. Hunter Fields officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.                                                                                                                                          

She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Caulley and her sister, Bev Taylor.                      

Marion Louise Pate

Marion Louise Pate, 87, of Aliceville, died October 30, 2018 at Sansing Country Home. At Marion’s request, a private family service was held November 2, 2018 at Dogwood Chapel with Rev. Mike Griffin officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Pate; her parents; a number of brothers and sisters; her niece, Margaret Ann Finch; and great-nephew, Wesley Stewart.

David Lee Gilmore

David Lee Gilmore, 58, of Pickensville, died October 29, 2018 at his residence. Graveside services were held October 31, 2018 at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, Miss., with Rev. Tim Jones officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Diallo K. Spencer

Diallo K. “Debo” Spencer, 38, of Aliceville, died October 22, 2018 at Pickens County Medical Center. Funeral services were held October 27, 2018 at New Canaan Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy McClung and Rev. Hugh L. Spencer Sr. officiating. Burial was at New Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Commiedore Roland

Funeral services for Commiedore Roland, 91, of Meridian, Miss., were held October 27, 2018 at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Carrollton with Rev. Marcus Wright officiating. Burial was at Spiller Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Sallie Kirkland Sherrod

Sallie Kirkland Sherrod, 80, of Aliceville, died October 19, 2018 in Northport, Ala. Funeral services were held October 23, 2018 at Macedonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Willie Fulgham officiating. Burial was at Shedd Hill Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Thelma Ray Elmore Coward

Thelma Ray Elmore Coward, 87, of Gordo, died October 24, 2018 at Arbor Woods Health & Rehab. Funeral services were held October 27, 2018 at Gordo First Baptist Church with Rev. Pat Powell officiating. Burial was at Greenhill Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey G. Coward; her parents; eight sisters and four brothers.

Debra Ann Byrd

Debra Ann Byrd, 55, of Reform, died October 10, 2018 at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham. Graveside services were held October 17, 2018 at Baptist Home Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Reform.

Roger Raymon Tunnell

Roger Raymon Tunnell, 59, of Elrod, Ala., died October 14, 2018 at DCH Regional Medial Center. Funeral services were held October 17, 2018 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Anderson officiating. Burial was at Hargrove Methodist Church Cemetery in Gordo with Skelton Funeral Home directing.

Thornia Peoples Sr.

Thornia Peoples Sr., 81, of Aliceville, died October 7, 2018 at his residence. Funeral services were October 13, 2018 at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev.
Willie James Lavender officiating. Burial was at
Bethany Town Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral
Service directing.

Helen G. Kilpatrick

Helen G. Kilpatrick, 79, of Gordo, died October 9, 2018 at DECH Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held October 12, 2018 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Blakney officiating. Burial was at Salem Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Barbara Ann McDavid

Barbara Ann McDavid, 68, of Reform, Ala., died October 5, 2018 at home. Graveside services were held October 7 at Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetary with Rev. Steve Strickland presiding and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Alice Taylor Sullivan

Alice Taylor Sullivan, age 78, of Gulf Shores, Ala., formerly of Panola, Ala., died September 29, 2018 at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Ala. Graveside services were held October 2, 2018 at Panola United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Tim Alexander officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.R. “Bob” Sullivan; her parents; and her sister, Lide Taylor Long.