Obituaries

Sharon Patterson

Sharon Anne Ambrose Patterson, age 67, of Aberdeen, MS, passed away peacefully with her children and family by her side on Monday, March 11, 2019 at Trinity Healthcare Center in Columbus, MS. Services were held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Aberdeen First Baptist Church; burial followed at Graham Memorial Cemetery in Reform.

Sharon was born on Monday, May 28, 1951 in Tuscaloosa, AL to the late William Thomas and Ellie Dee Jackson Ambrose. She was a devout Christian and member of First Baptist Church in Aberdeen, MS.

Mattie Jean Gibson

It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Ms. Mattie Jean Gibson, 75, of Aliceville, Alabama on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at her residence.

Public visitation for Ms. Mattie Jean Gibson was Friday, March 8, 2019 at Lavender’s Funeral Service.

Interment was at Magnolia Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 9654 Highway 14, also in Aliceville. Reverend Dr. Lonnie Weaver is the Pastor of New Canaan Baptist Church. Reverend Antwon Plott, Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Hillsboro, Alabama, was the Eulogist.

Davante Prewitt

Mr. Devante Prewitt, age 26, passed away on March 2, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, AL. A Funeral Service was held on March 9, 2019, at Northport Funeral & Cremation Service Chapel in Northport, AL., with burial to following at Oak Ridge Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Tristan Paul Broadrick

Mr. Tristan Broadrick, age 33, passed away on March 2, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, AL. Services were held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, AL., with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Tabaskin Samuel Dykes

Mr. Tabaskin Samuel Dykes, age 39, passed away on March 6, 2019, in Jefferson, AL. A Funeral Service was held on March 14, 2019, at Morning Star Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa. Burial followed at Holt Community Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Bobbie Lee McCrary

Bobbie Lee McCrary, 81 of Reform, died on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Colonial Haven Care & Rehabilitation in Greensboro, Alabama.

Public visitation for Mr. Bobbie Lee McCrary was Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Lavender’s Funeral Service.

Interment was in McCrary Cemetery, 106 Unity Grove Road, also in Reform. Reverend Joseph Randolph is the Pastor of Unity Grove Baptist Church. Reverend Dr. Stanley McCrary was the Eulogist.

Donald ‘Pee Wee’ Layton

It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mr. Donald ‘Pee Wee’ Layton, 56 of Aliceville, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at his residence.

Public visitation for Mr. Donald Layton was Friday, March 15, 2019 at Lavender’s Funeral Service. Interment was in New Salem Church Cemetery, 364 New Salem Road, also in Aliceville. Reverend Dr. Herman Peters, the Pastor of New Salem Baptist Church was the Eulogist.

Regina Lajoyce Parker Clark

Ms. Regina Lajoyce Parker Clark, age 40, of Pickensville, passed away on February 26, 2019. A Graveside Service was held on March 2, 2019 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Pickensville, with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Mattie Jean Gibson

It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Ms. Mattie Jean Gibson of Aliceville on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at her residence.

The public visitation for Ms. Mattie Jean Gibson was Friday, March 8, 2019 at Lavender’s Funeral Service.

The Going Home Celebration for Ms. Mattie Jean Gibson was Saturday, March 9, 2019 at New Canaan Baptist Church, Wilson Road in Aliceville. The body of Ms. Gibson lied in state in the church one hour prior to the service.

Billy Ray Bonner

Billy Ray Bonner, age 77, of Millport, AL died  March 5, 2019 at the Pickens County Medical Center.           

Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. March  9, 2019 at  Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Long and  Rev. Dan Finney officiating. Burial followed in Arbor Springs Cemetery with Skelton Funeral

Home of Reform directing. Visitation was Friday March 8th from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jerry W. Bonner; brother-in-law, Truman Hardy and nephew, Jerome Hardy.

Mary Frances Cousette

It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mrs. Mary Frances Cousette of Aliceville, on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Saint Vincent’s Hospital East in Birmingham.

Please leave a message of condolence for the Cousette, Jones, & Kyle Families by clicking on the “Guestbook” link.

Public visitation for Mrs. Mary Frances Cousette will be Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service.

Bobby Carl Moss

Bobby Carl Moss, age 81, of Mobile, Ala. died  February 25, 2019 at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. 

A  Memorial Service was held  11:00 am Saturday, March  2, 2019 at Spring Hill Baptist Church,  2 South McGregor Ave., Mobile, Ala. 36608 with Rev. Dr. Jerry Gunnells,  Rev. Terry Richey and  Rev. Dr. Rob Hatfield officiating.  A private graveside service was held at Graham Memorial Cemetery in Reform, Ala. with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.  Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.  

Hubert Earl Harless

Hubert Earl Harless, 82, passed away at his residence in Carrollton on February 28, 2019. Services were held at West End Baptist Church in Aliceville on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 2 p.m. Rev. Jack House and Rev. Jim Robinson was the presiding clergy and the burial was at Marvin Chapel Cemetery. Harless’s visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church at Skelton Funeral Home of Reform.

James E. Floyd

James E. Floyd, age 90, of Gordo, Ala., passed away February 23, 2019, at Hospice of West Alabama. Services were 11 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2019, at Reform First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jerry Douglas and George McLaurine officiating. Burial followed in Gordo City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior and immediately following the service. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Frank Floyd, Claude Floyd and Charles Floyd; and sisters, Kathleen May, Doris Elmore, Marjorie Davis and Sara Murphy.

Kathy Denise Kelley

Kathy Denise Kelley, age 60, of Reform, Ala., died February 22, 2019 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2019, at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Shelton and Rev. Steve Kelley officiating. Burial followed in Greenhill Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior and immediately following the service. 

She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Joy Kelley; and two brothers-in-law, Derrell Holley and David Burkhalter.

Danny Lett

Mr. Danny Lett, 57, of Tuscaloosa, AL., passed away on February 25, 2019, in Northport. A Memorial Service was held on March 3rd, 2019 at Northport Funeral & Cremation Service Chapel in Northport, Ala.

David J. Forgac

Mr. David J. Forgac of Tuscaloosa, Ala., formerly of Youngstown, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on February 22, 2019 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL., at the age of 65. The Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Northport Funeral & Cremation Service Chapel in Northport, Ala.

William Wysinger

Mr. William Wysinger, 54, of Northport, passed away on February 18, 2019, in Tuscaloosa.  Services were held at 2:00pm on March 1st, 2019 at Liberty Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Brenda Gail Wright

It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mrs. Brenda Gail Wright, 60 of Aliceville, on Monday, February 25, 2019 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. 

Please leave a message of condolence for the Wright, Clark, & Jenkins Families by clicking on the “Guestbook” link.

There will be no public visitation service for Mrs. Brenda Gail Wright at Lavender’s Funeral Service. 

Myrtle Belle “Myrtle B.” Hughes

It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mrs. Myrtle Belle “Myrtle B.” Hughes, 89, of Aliceville, and formerly of Lexington, Kentucky, on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home in Aliceville.

Please leave a message of condolence for the Hughes, McClung, and Tapp Families by clicking on the “Guestbook” link.

Public visitation for Mrs. Myrtle Belle Hughes was on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service.

Antwian Brifford

Mr. Antwian Brifford, 33, of Tuscaloosa, AL., died on February 5, 2019, in Georgetown, KY.  A public visitation was held on February 15, 2019, at the Northport Funeral & Cremation Service Chapel. Funeral Services were held at New Zion Baptist Church in Northport, AL. Burial followed at Coker Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Willie Oscar Glass

Mr. Willie Oscar Glass, 83, died on February 8, 2019 in Fresno, California. A public visitation was held on February 21, 2019, at Northport Funeral & Cremation Service Chapel in Reform. Services were held on February 22, 2019, at Popular Springs CME Church. Burial followed at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, AL., with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

John Wyatt Stevenson

Funeral services for John Wyatt Stevenson, age 70, of Roanoke will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 12 p.m. at the Roanoke First United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Martin officiating.  Burial will follow at Cedarwood Cemetery with Quattlebaum Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4 -7 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019.  Mr. Stevenson will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to services beginning on Saturday.

Mr. Stevenson passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019, at his residence.

Zebedee Roosevelt Hinton

It is with deep sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Retired Sfc. Zebedee Roosevelt Hinton, of Grayson, Georgia, Alabama on Sunday, February 10, 2019.

The memorial service for Retired Sfc. Zebedee R. Hinton will be held February 23, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Macedonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 4297 County Road 23 in Aliceville, Alabama. Reverend Willie G. Fulgham, Pastor of Macedonia C.P. Church will officiate.

Ada Mae Thompson

It is with deep sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mrs. Ada Mae Thompson, 86, of Aliceville, on February 7, 2019 at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

The wake for Mrs. Ada Mae Thompson was Friday, February 15, 2019 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service.

The going home celebration for Mrs. Ada Mae Thompson was Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Aliceville City Hall, 419 Memorial Parkway, in Aliceville.

Bessie Witt Cosper

Skelton Funeral Home announces that Bessie Witt Cosper of Aliceville died Jan. 29, 2019 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home at the age of 88. In respect for her wishes, no funeral service was held.

Barbara Jones- Young

Ms. Barbara Jones-Young, 70, of Ethelsville, died on February 1, 2019, in Birmingham, AL. A public visitation was held February 8, 2019, from 1-5pm at the Northport Funeral & Cremation Service Chapel in Reform. Funeral services were held on February 9, 2019, at 11am at Elbethel Missionary Baptist Church in Ethelsville. Burial followed at Strawbridge Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

George Larry Porter

George Larry Porter, 74, of Gordo passed away on February 6, 2019 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Services were held at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2pm with Elder Peter Johnson presiding and Bishop Ryan Summers. The location of burial was Shiloh Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery and Porter received military honors. Visitation was held Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Skelton Funeral Home of Reform from 6-8pm.

Steven Bryan Porter

Funeral services for Steven Bryan Porter of Fayette were held at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at Gordo First Baptist Church with Rev. Pat Powell and Rev. Shane Housley officiating. He died Jan. 30, 2019 at the age of 38. Burial was in Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Cemetery in Fayette with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Marguerite Whitmire

Memorial services for Ms. Marguerite Whitmire of Tuscaloosa were held at 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Northport Funeral and Cremation Service Chapel. She died Jan. 25, 2019 in Northport at the age of 89.

Reverend Bobby G. Maddox, Sr.

Funeral services for Rev. Bobby G. Maddox Sr. of Tuscaloosa were held at 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at New Prospect Baptist Church in , with Rev. Dennis Moore officiating. He died Jan. 25, 2019 at DCH Regional Medical Center at the age of 76. Burial was in Cedar Oaks Memorial Park with Northport Funeral and Cremation Service directing.

Mary Ruth Elmore

Funeral services for Mary Ruth Elmore of Gordo were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 30 at Brown’s Chapel Church of God of Prophecy with Rev. A. L. Henderson and Rev. Tommy Shepherd directing. She died Jan. 26, 2019 at DCH Regional Medical Center at the age of 87. Burial was in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home directing.

Betty Witt Cosper

Skelton Funeral Home announces that Betty Cosper Witt of Aliceville died Jan. 29, 2019 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home at the age of 88. In respect for her wishes, no funeral service was held.

Rosemary Crawford Brown

Funeral services for Rosemary Crawford Brown of Gordo were held at 11 a.m. Jan. 31 at First Baptist Church of Gordo with Rev. Pat Powell officiating. She died Jan. 26, 2019 at the age of 86. Burial was in the Gordo City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home directing.

Nathan Hinton Jr.

Funeral services for Nathan “Junebug” Hinton Jr., formerly of Aliceville, were held Jan. 26 at Emory Chapel CME Church in Aliceville. He died Jan. 18, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. at the age of 53. Burial was in Hughes Hill Cemetery with Northport Funeral and Cremation Service directing.

Anthony Carl Peoples

Funeral services for Anthony Carl “D. J. Sam” Peoples of Tuscaloosa were held at 12 noon Feb. 2 at New Salem Baptist Church, with Rev. Kenneth McCoy officiating. He died Jan. 22, 2019 in Tuscaloosa at the age of 57. Burial was in New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Anthony Carl Peoples

Funeral services for Anthony Carl “D. J. Sam” Peoples of Tuscaloosa were held at 12 noon Feb. 2 at Solid Rock Pentecostal Church with Rev. Kenneth McCoy officiating. He died Jan. 22, 2019 in Tuscaloosa. Burial was in New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Azilee Knowles Cannon

Funeral services for Mrs. Azilee Knowles Cannon were held at 12 noon Jan. 21 at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church. She died Jan. 15, 2019 in Tuscaloosa at te age of 91. Burial was in Springhill Cemetery in Coker with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Larry Steele

Larry “Po Roller” Steele, of Carrollton, died January 18, 2019 at his residence. Funeral services were held January 26, 2019 at the James & Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel of Lavender’s Funeral Service with Rev. Quienton Prude officiating. Burial followed at New Cemetery, Aliceville, with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Toby Warren Gilliland

Toby Warren Gilliland, 49, of Carrollton, died January 18, 2019 at his residence. Funeral services were held January 24, 2019 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Yancy Windham officiating. Burial followed at Greenhill Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Opalene King House

Opalene King House, 91, of Gordo, died January 18, 2019, at her residence. Funeral services were held January 22, 2019 at Hannah United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Herron and Rev. Byron Fair officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years and the love of her life, Samuel Oliver House; her parents; and one brother, Joe King.

James Larry Elmore

James Larry Elmore, 73, of Bessemer, Ala., died January 17, 2019 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. Funeral services will be held January 26, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel in Reform. Burial will follow at Greenhill Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Frank Henry Wilson

Frank Henry Wilson, 83, of Aliceville, formerly of Gordo, died January 15, 2019 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were held January 17, 2019 at Dogwood Chapel with Rev. Jason Housewright officiating. Burial was at Mitchell Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Alice Webb Wilson; his parents; one sister, Louise Parham; and his granddaughter, Carrie Lott.

Carl Delaney Brooks

Carl Delaney Brooks, 77, of Huntsville, Ala., formerly of Aliceville, died January 14, 2019 at his residence. Funeral services were held January 19, 2019 at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Carrollton with Rev. Marcus Wright officiating. Burial was at Pine Grove Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Lavender’s Funeral Service directing.

Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright, 64, of Carrollton, died January 5, 2019 in Carrollton. Funeral services were held January 12, 2019 at New Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Carrollton. Burial was at New Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Tanesha Danielle Jackson

Tanesha Danielle Jackson, 24, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., died January 7, 2019 in Birmingham, Ala. Funeral services were held January 12, 2019 at New Zion Baptist Church. Burial was at Cedar Oak Cemetery in Tuscaloosa with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.