Obituaries

Ridge Dewayne Marlowe

Ridge Dewayne Marlowe, 28, of Reform, passed away on May 16, 2022 at Fayette Medical Center. Funeral services were held on May 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Arbor Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Aaron Smith Hamilton

Aaron Smith Hamilton, 77, of Carrollton, passed away on April 28, 2022 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Funeral services were held on May 2, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Carrollton Baptist Church. Burial followed in Carrollton City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Leon Scott Carson

Leon Scott Carson, 81, was born May 4,1941 in Birmingham, Alabama, reared in Pickens County. Scott passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital. He made Baldwin County his home. Scott was a graduate of Aliceville High School and a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Agribusiness.

Roger Randall “Buddy” Pate

Roger Randall “Buddy” Pate, age 81, of Gordo, AL passed away May 10, 2022 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Friday, May 20, 2022 at Gordo City Cemetery with Rev. Pat Powell officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bernon Pate; sister, Melba Wheat (J. C.); brothers-in-law, Frank McDowell and Price Elmore and sister-in-law, Joan McDowell.

James Otis Merriweather

James Otis Merriweather, 73, of Wickliffe, Ohio, passed away on April 28, 2022 at South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Public visitation took place on May 13, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 pm. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Merriweather was held on May 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Interment followed in Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Robert T. “Lil Bro” Adams

Robert T. “Lil Bro” Adams, 81, of Panola, passed away on May 5, 2022 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Public visitation took place on May 13, 2022 from 2:00 pm. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Graveside Homegoing Celebration and Interment honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Adams was held on May 14, 2022 at 12:00 noon in Zion Valley Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery..

James “Jimmy” King Owens Jr.

James “Jimmy” King Owens Jr., age 91, of Tuscaloosa, AL, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Forest Manor Nursing Home. A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Monday, May 9, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Gordo, AL, with Minister Marvin McCormick officiating. See full obit at www.tuscaloosamemorial.com

Floyd Harold Joyner

Floyd Harold Joyner, age 90, of Carrollton, AL passed away May 3, 2022 at his residence. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at Skelton Funeral Home in Reform, AL. A private funeral will follow on Thursday.

George Allen McCrary

George Allen McCary, 70, of Pickensville, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at North Mississippi Medical Center. Memorial services were held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel in Reform. Visitation followed the service.

Robert Lee “Big Man” Cousette, Jr.

Robert Lee “Big Man” Cousette, Jr., 53, of Aliceville passed away on April 29, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS. Public visitation took place on May 6, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Cousette, Jr. was held on May 7, 2022 at 12:00 noon in the James & Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel of Lavender’s Funeral Service. Interment followed in St. John Baptist Church Cemetery.

LaTonya Antionette Washington

LaTonya Antionette Washington, 39, of Tuscaloosa passed away on April 22, 2022 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Public visitation took place on April 30, 2022 from 3:00 pm. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Home- going Celebration hooring the life and legacy of Mrs. Washington was held on May 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Aliceville City Hall. Interment followed in Bethany Town Cemetery.

Willie Hill Oglesby

Willie Hill Oglesby, age 85, of Reform, AL passed away April 13, 2022 at his residence. Funeral services were 11:00 am Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kevin Taylor officiating and Leslie Oglesby de- livering the eulogy. Burial followed in Union Hill Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home di- recting. Visitation was 6 - 8 pm Friday, April 15, 2022 at the funeral home.

Joe Nathan “Squirrel” Hudson

Joe Nathan “Squirrel” Hudson, 65, of New York, formerly of Aliceville passed away on April 20, 2022 at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, New York. Public visitation took place on April 29, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. in the James & Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel of Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Hudson followed the visitation. Interment was on April 30, 2022 in Community (Cluster) Cemetery.

Rosie Grant

Rosie Grant, 83, of Aliceville passed away on April 23, 2022 at Baptist Memorial-Golden Triangle Hospital in Columbus, MS. Public visitation took place on April 28, 2022 from 1:00 pm. until 3:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Graveside Homegoing Celebration and Interment honoring the life and legacy of Mrs. Grant was held on April 29, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in New Cemetery.

Helen Neal Ball

Hellen Neal Ball, 70, of Reform, passed away on April 13, 2022, in Reform, AL. Funeral services were held on April 23, 2022 at Pickens County High School. Burial services followed in Christian Hope Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Betty R. Fountain Peacock

Graveside service for Betty R. Fountain Peacock, 92, of Cleburne, was held at 9:00 A.M., Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Marystown Cemetery.

Betty was born December 16, 1929, in Gordo, Alabama to Edward and Bessie Carver Fountain. She married Loyd Guy Peacock on March 22, 1979, in Cleburne. Betty was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church. She was a production worker for Westinghouse with over 25 years of service.

Joseph R. Richardson

Jospeh R. Richardson, 29, of Brooklyn, New York passed away on April 3, 2022 at Coney Island Hospital. There was no public visitation at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Richardson took place on Apirl 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Popular Springs C.M.E. Church. Interment followed in Popular Springs C.M.E. Church Cemetery.

Kenny Elmore

Kenny Elmore, age 67, of Reform, AL passed away April 4, 2022 at his residence. Funeral services were 2:00 pm Thursday, April 7, 2022 at Calvary Baptist Church with Bro. Scott Montgomery officiating. Burial followed in Greenhill Memorial Gar- dens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. He was preceded in death by his father, Andy El- more and brother, Stevie Elmore.

Leon Crane

Leon “Bo-Bo” Crane, 64, of Aliceville, passed away on April 8, 2022 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Public visitation was held on April 15, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Graveside Homegoing Celebration & Interment took place on April 16, 2022 at 12:00 noon as St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

Merline Sartor Cowart

Merline Sartor Cowart, 92, of Ethelsville, passed away on April 13, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, MS. Funeral services took place on April 15, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Joseph Cook

Joseph G. “Joe” Cook, age 80, of Reform, AL passed away April 10, 2022 at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham. Private family services were held with Randy Elmore officiating. Burial followed in Graham Memorial Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Daryle Cook Elmore and brother-in-law, Joe Elmore.

Edward “Buddy” Washington

Edward “Buddy” Washington, 81, of Carrollton passed away on April 1, 2022 at his residence. Public visitation was held on April 6, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Washington took place on April 7, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Beebe Chapel C.M.E. Church. Interment followed in Beebe Chapel Church Cemetery.

Leroy Speight

Leroy Speight, 75, of Bellefontaine, Missouri passed away on March 27, 2022. There was no public visitation at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Speight took place on April 5, 2022 at 12:00 noon at Galilee Baptist Church.

Donald Ray Grace

Donald Ray Grace, age 74, of Reform, AL passed away March 28, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, MS. Funeral services were 11:00 am Friday, April 1, 2022 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Holliman and Bro. George Shaw officiating. Burial followed in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rex Allen Grace; aunt, Ola Mae Grace and uncle, Charlie Grace.

Marion Ball

Marion Ball, 55, of Carrollton, passed away on March 23, 2022 in Columbus, MS. Graveside services were held on April 2, 2022 at Beebee Chapel Cemetery in Pickensville with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Martha Ray Yarbrough

Martha Ray Yarbrough, age 84, of Reform, AL passed away March 22, 2022 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home. Fu- neral services were 3:00 pm Friday, March 25, 2022 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark Dean officiating. Burial followed in Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery in Carrollton with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation followed the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. D. Yarbrough; her parents; brothers, Stanley, Virgil and Ruben Harrell; sister, Betty Bass and daughter-in-law, Bridget Yarbrough.

Kather Lean Wilder

Kather Lean Wilder, 93, of Aliceville on March 17, 2022 at her residence. Public visitation took place on March 25, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration and Interment honoring the life and legacy of Mrs. Wilder was held on March 26, 2022 at 12:00 noon in Bethany Town Cemetery.

Russell Eddie Martin

Russell Eddie Martin passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022 at his residence in Gordo, Alabama. Funeral services were 11:00 am Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Gordo, Alabama with Rev. Hershel Owen, Rev. Gene Dawkins and Rev. John Mitchell officiating. Family received friends and had visitation starting at 9:30 AM until service time with visitation again afterwards. A private family graveside ceremony was held later that afternoon with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Mattie Mae Sherrod

Mattie Mae Sherrod, 76, of Reform, passed away on March 4, 2022 in Tuscaloosa. Funeral services were held on March 13, 2022 at Poplar Springs CME Church in Reform. Burial followed in Poplar Springs CME Church Cemetery with Northport Funeral & Cremation Service directing.

Gerald King

Gerald King, 60, passed away on March 13, 2022. There was no public visitation. The Homegoing Celebration hon- oring the life and legacy of Mr. King was private.

Elvina M. “Vinnie” Jones

Elvina M. “Vinnie” Jones, 92, of Aliceville passed away on March 10, 2022 in Tuscaloosa. Public visitation was held on March 18, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mrs. Jones took place on March 19, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Zion Valley Missionary Baptist Church. Interment followed in Greater Salem A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery,

Lewis Elmore Jr.

Lewis Clifton Elmore, Jr., 70, joyfully entered Heaven on March 14, 2022, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Lewis was born to the late Clifton and Doris Floyd Elmore of Gordo on December 11, 1951. A lifelong resident of Gordo, he owned Lewis Elmore Cabinets, a successful custom cabinetry business for over 40 years.

Rosie Lee “Nanny” Easterwood

Rosie Lee “Nanny” Easterwood, 73, of Ethelsville passed away on March 15, 2022 in Northport. Public visitation was held on March 18, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Carter’s Funeral Home. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Ms. Easterwood took place on March 20, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Elbethel Baptist Church. Interment followed in Phoenix Cemetery.

Annie Young

Annie Ruth Yerby Young, age 62, of Carrollton, AL passed away February 20, 2022 at her residence. Funeral services were 11:00 am Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Trey Reece and Bro. Lynn Gibson officiating. Burial followed in Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William M. Yerby.

Charles Wilson

Charles Fred Wilson, 81, Of Macon, MS passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at Noxubee General Hospital in Macon, MS. A funeral service is planned for Sunday, March 6, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Cockrell Funeral Home in Macon. Vis- itation will be held Saturday, March 5, 2022, from 4-6 p.m. at Cockrell Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Steve Galloway will officiate at the service. Cockrell Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the services.

Nancy Fair

Nancy Jane Fair, age 82, of Northport, AL passed away March 4, 2022 in Northport. Memorial services were 2:00 pm Thursday, March 10, 2022 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shawn McDaniel and Bro. Byron Fair officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, William Chapman and Leon Fair; her parents; sisters, Peggy Hooper and Dorothy Huffman and brothers, Billy Moore Smith, Sam Smith and Johnny Smith.

Richard Blakney

Richard Blakney, 70, of Gordo, AL, passed away on February 24, 2022 at his residence. Funeral services were held on March 1, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Double Branches Independent Baptist Church Cemetery

Robert Earl Spruill

Robert Earl Spruill, 82, of Aliceville passed away on February 17, 2022 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Publicvis- itation was held on February 24, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration and Interment honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Spruill took place on February 25, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in New Cemetery.

Hughie Lee “Hugh” Little

Hughie Lee “Hugh” Little, 64, of Aliceville, passed away on February 21, 2022 in Northport. Public visitation was held on February 25, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the James & Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel of Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Little took place on February 26, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Travis Quinton Lyday

Travis Quinton Lyday died February 15, 2022 at home in Reform, AL. He had been diagnosed with Covid-19. Travis
was born in Memphis, TN, October 20, 1945. He was preceded in death by his parent Dorothy Collins and Col. Charles
Vieman Lyday. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Ann (Blakney), his brother Col. Carl V. Lyday (Susan), his daughters
Pamela Carol Callais (Christopher) and Rebecca Ann Lyday, and four grandchildren David James Sherman, Jr., Crystal

Pam Whitt Goodman

Pam Whitt Goodman, 62, of Northport, passed away on February 17, 2022 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Funeral
services took place on February 20, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Pilgrim Rest
Cemetery.

Sirlinda “Big Red” DeGraffenried

Sirlinda “Big Red” DeGraffenried, 58, of Stanford, Connecticut, passed away on February 17, 2022. Public visitation
will be held on March 3, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration
honoring the life and legacy of Ms. DeGraffenried will take place on March 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the James & Lola
Lavender Memorial Chapel of Lavender’s Funeral Service. Interment will follow in New Cemetery.

Aaron Dewayne “Big A” Barnes

Aaron Dewayne “Big A” Barnes, 34, of Aliceville, passed away on February 19, 2022 at Baptist Medical Center-Golden
Triangle in Columbus, MS. Public visitation was held on February 25, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’s
Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Barnes took place on February 26, 2022
at 12:00 noon in Aliceville City Hall. The private interment for Mr. Barnes followed the services.

Kenneth Ray Martin

Kenneth Ray Martin, 67, died February 8, 2022 at DCH-Regional Medical Center. He was born February 9, 1954 in Aberdeen, Maryland at the Air Force Base to Ray James Martin and Jewel Pinegar Cummings.
Memorial services were held on Tuesday, February 15, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Rev. Glenn Sandifer officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Hugh Lee “Stud” Bryant


 Hugh Lee “Stud” Bryant, 64, of Aliceville passed away on February 11, 2022 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Public visitation took place on February 18, 2022 from 3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’ss Funeral Service. The HomeGoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy was held on February 19, 2022 at 12:00 noon in the James & Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel. Interment followed in Bethany Town Cemetery.