Obituaries

Murry Lee Taylor

Mrs. Murry Lee Taylor, 86, of Aliceville passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2022. Public Visitation was held Friday, September 30, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing celebration was Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 12:00 noon at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. Interment was at Bigbee Church Cemetery.

Mary Louise McCaa

Ms, Mary Louise McCaa, 58, of Carrollton passed away Friday September, 16, 2022, at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home. Public Visitation was held Friday, September 23, 2022 from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. at Laven- der’s Funeral Service. Graveside celebration and Interment were Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 12:00 noon at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery.

Baby Boy Kevondale Craig

Baby Boy Kevondale Craig of Carrollton passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Graveside services was Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in Baptist Home Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Gordo.

Keilla Diane Ball

Ms. Keilla Diane Ball, 35, of Aliceville passed away Monday, September 19, 2022. Public Visitation was Fri- day, September 23, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration was Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Spirit & Truth Pentecostal Church in Aliceville. Interment was in Bigbee Baptist Church Cemetery.

Tiffany Ruth Thompson

Tiffany Ruth Thompson, age 47, of Ethelsville, AL, got the ultimate healing and went to her heavenly home on September 17, 2022, at DCH Regional Medical Center, surrounded by all who loved her.  Funeral services were 3:00 pm Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Wes Jones officiating.  Burial followed in Arbor Springs Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.  Visitation was 6 - 8 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at the funeral home.

Shelby B. Johnston


Shelby B. Johnston, age 85, died at home in Aliceville, AL on September 17, 2022.  Graveside services were 3:00 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Oak Grove-Franconia Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Gene Lankford officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation followed the service at the graveside.
            She was preceded in death by her son, Rick Latham; her parents; brother, Burnice Bridges; sister, Frances Hollingsworth Stephens and sister-in-law, Gloria “Nan” Bridges.

Ms. Marie Smith

Ms. Marie Smith, 89 of Reform passed away Friday, September 9, 2022, at DCH Regional Medical Center. The Wake for Ms. Smith will be Friday, September 23, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Home Going Celebration will be Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. noon in the James & Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel. The body of Ms. Smith will lie in state in the chapel one hour prior. Interment will be in Sandhill Cemetery.

Millie Kirksey

Mary Milton “Millie” Rainey Kirksey, age 98, died peacefully at home on Thursday, September 8, 2022.  A private family burial service was held at Oak Grove Franconia Cemetery on Tuesday, September 13, 2022  with Rev. Thomas G. Kay, Jr. and Rev. Derrick Brite officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
       She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Robert Hugh Kirksey; her parents; her sister, Mrs. Lester M. “Tiny” Chancellor, and her son-in-law, Sam Richard Heard, Jr.

Baby Girl Honeycutt

Baby Girl Kassidy Reign Honeycutt of Aliceville, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2022, at DCH Regional Medical Center. The Graveside Home Going Celebration was held Friday, September 16, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. noon in Community (Cluster) Cemetery in Aliceville.

 

Brenda Grammer

Brenda Lynn Grammer, age 77 of Carrollton, AL, passed away Monday, July 25, 2022 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 1, 2022 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel in Reform, AL with Elder, Tim McCool officiating. Burial followed in Double Branch Independent Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior and immediately following the service at the funeral home.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William S. Grammer; brothers, Michael Junkin and Larry B. Junkin.

Peggy Joyce Snider

Peggy Joyce Snider, age 76, of Gordo, AL, passed away September 6, 2022, at her daughter’s residence in Midland, Georgia.   Graveside services were at 11:00 am Monday, September 12, 2022, at Flatwoods Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.  Visitation was one hour before the service in the church.

Diane L. Lewis

Mrs. Diane L. Lewis, 68, of Carrollton, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2022, at her residence. Public Visitation was held Friday, September 9, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. Funeral Arrangments were Saturday, September 10, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Carrollton. Interment was at Mt. Sinai Cemetery.

 

Jessie Lou Davis

Jessie Lou Davis, age 91, of Kennedy, AL, passed away September 4, 2022, at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  Funeral services were Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Big Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Trey Kelley officiating.  Burial was at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.  Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Ricky Jones

Mr. Ricky Jones, 56 of Pickensville, passed away on Monday, August 29, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Tirangle in Columbus, MS. Public Visitation was held Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Graveside Homegoing Celebration was Friday, September 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in New Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Carrollton.

Marie Perkins

Marie Perkins, age 92, of West Point, Mississippi died August 28, 2022 after a short stay at Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, Georgia. Her final resting place will be Egger Cemetery in Caledonia, Mississippi. A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future

Deacon Willie James Murry

Deacon Willie James “Po Boy” Murry of Aliceville passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at his residence. Public Visitation was held Friday, August 26, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Home Going Celebration Honoring the Life of Mr. Murry was Saturday, August 27, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Dancy First Baptist Church. Interment was in Dancy First Baptist Church Cemetery.

Philip Gregory Robbins


Phillip Gregory Robbins, age 38, of Carrollton, AL passed away on August 13, 2022. At DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, AL. Funeral services were on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Carrollton Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Heard officiating. A private burial followed at Carrollton Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation followed the service at the church.                                                                                                                                                             

Stephen John Durel, Jr.


Stephen John Durel, Jr., of Northport passed away on August 13, 2022 at his residence. Visitation was held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Magnolia Chapel North. Graveside Service was held Thursday, August 18, 2022 at Carrollton City Cemetery.

 

Jennifer Diane Criswell


Jennifer Diane Criswell, age 74, of Reform, AL passed away at her home surrounded by her family on August 15, 2022.  Funeral services were 11:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Smith officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.  Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.

Tommie Lee “Sticks” Binion


Tommie Lee “Sticks” Binion of Aliceville, Alabama, passed away on Tuesday August 16, 2022 at his residence. Public visitation will take place on Friday, August 26, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring th elife anf legacy of Mr. Binion will be Saturday, August 27, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in the James and Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel of Lavender’s Funeral Service. Interment will be in Dancy First Babtist Church.

 

Patsy Jean Spain

Patsy Jean Spain, of Aliceville,  passed away on August 7, 2022 at her residence. Funeral Services were heald on Wednesday August 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Dogwood Chapel. Burial followed in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery.

 

John L. Rominger

John L. Rominger age 91, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Bethany Hospice House in Auburn, AL. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Community Cemetery in Ethelsville, AL.

Martha Annette Driver

Martha Annette Driver, 51, of Carrollton passed away on August 8, 2022 at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Public Visitation was held on Wednesday August 10, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Skelton Funeral Home.

Letsie Ann Carroll

Letsie Ann Carroll, age 81, of Reform, AL passed away August 11, 2022 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa.  Funeral services were 2:00 pm Sunday, August 14, 2022 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Bro. Hershel Owen and Bro. Trey Reese officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Ganus Carroll; her parents; sister, Jane Doughty and brothers-in-law, James Dewey Doughty and Gene  Hughes.    

Febber “Fred” McCaa

Febber “Fred” McCaa, 51, of Aliceville, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. There was no public viewing at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mr. McCaa took place on August 7, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Aliceville City Hall. Interment followed in Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery.

James Harold “Bubba” Kelley

James Harold “Bubba” Kelley, age 70, of Reform, AL passed away August 4, 2022 at his residence. Funeral services were 2:00 pm Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Damon Rose and Bro. Billy Carl Sul- livan officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Carolyn “Pud” Robertson Junkin

Carolyn“Pud”Robertson Junkin of Gordo, AL went to be with her Lord on July 31, 2022. Grave side services were 11:00 am Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at Big Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Gordo with Bro. Trey Kelley officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation followed the service in the church Fellowship Hall.

Thelma Clark Cherry

Thelma Clark Cherry, 66, of Aliceville on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham. Public visitation took place on August 4, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mrs. Cherry was held on August 6, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Spirit & Truth Pentecostal Church. Interment followed in New Cemetery.

Trudie Burkhalter

Trudie Virginia Burkhalter, 90, of Gordo, passed away on July 30, 2022 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Hargrove United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Betty Bealis

Betty Jean Bealis, 75, of Gordo passed away on July 27, 2022 at her residence. Memorial services were held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Skelton Funeral Home of Reform handled the arrangements.

Clarence “Ronnie” Barnes

Clarence “Ronnie” Barnes, 63, of Aliceville on Sunday, July 31, 2022 at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham. Public visitation took place on August 5, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Home- going Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Barnes was held on August 6, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the James & Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel of Lavender’s Funeral Service. Interment followed in Horton Cemetery.

Rhoda Mae Posey

Rhoda Mae Posey, age 95, of Gordo, AL passed away July 25, 2022 at Heritage Health & Rehab in Tuscaloosa. Funeral services will be 11 :00 am Thursday, July 28 , 2022 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel in Reform with Rev. Benjamin Posey and Rev. Marvin McCormick officiating. Burial will follow in Center Springs Cemetery in Gordo with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Connie “Connie Lee” McDougle

Connie “Connie Lee” McDougle, 83, of Aliceville passed away on July 25, 2022 at his residence. Public visitation will be August 5, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mr. McDougle will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Reform Temple Church of God In Christ. Interment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery.

Shameka Roshay “Mecat” Gaines

Shameka Roshay “Mecat” Gaines, 36, of Aliceville, passed away on July 25, 2022 at her residence. The Memorial Service will take place on August 5, 2022 from 4:00 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 Ms. Gaines will be private. Interment will follow in Old Bethany Cemetery.

Ethel Lanier “Pig” Williams

Ethel Lanier “Pig” Williams, 74, of Carrollton passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS. Public visitation was held on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mrs. Williams took place on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Elbethel Missionary Baptist Church. Interment followed in Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery,

Cora Lee “Cobra” Lacy

Cora Lee “Cobra” Lacy, 73, of Reform ,passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at her residence. Public visitation was held on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mrs. Lacy took place on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Aliceville City Hall. Interment followed in New Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Marshall Ray Robertson

Marshall Ray Robertson, age 84, of Gordo, AL passed away July 11, 2022 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Funeral services were 11:00 am Friday, July 15, 2022 at Sardis Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Roger Lucas, Bro. Jackie Adcox and Bro. Earl Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was 6 - 8 pm Thursday, July 14, 2022 at the funeral home.

John William Hammond

John William Hammond, age 87, of Palmetto, AL passed away July 9, 2022 at his residence. Funeral services were 11:00 am Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Hall officiating. Burial followed in Unity Grove Methodist Church Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was 30 minutes prior to the service at the funeral home.

Barbara Louise Glenn

Barbara Louise Glenn, 88 years of Aliceville, Alabama passed away on June 10, 2022 while at home with family. Mrs. Glenn was born in Monette, Arkansas to Charlie and Marjorie Jones. She graduated from Manila High
School in 1952. Mrs. Glenn worked for Spiller Furniture Company as a salesperson and bookkeeper and retired after working there for thirty eight years. She enjoyed reading, singing, gardening, sewing, and cooking. Her main pleasure was in caring for her family. Mrs. Glenn was an active member of the Aliceville Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School.

Sylvia Jean Eatman

Sylvia Jean Eatman, age 75, of Aliceville, AL passed away July 10, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, MS. Graveside services were 10:00 am Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Pilgrim Rest Cemetery in Sapps with Rev. David Blakney and Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Visitation followed the service in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Jacob Bryan “Bubba” Russell

Jacob Bryan “Bubba” Russell, age 40, of Carrollton, AL passed away July 4, 2022. Funeral services were 10:00 am Saturday, July 9,2022 at Carrollton Baptist Church with Bro. Robert Heard and Bro. Wes Jones officiating. Burial followed in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. There was no family visitation.

Jo Lee Mills Gann

Mrs. Jo Lee Mills Gann was born on December 6, 1932 and was called to her heavenly home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 2, 2022. Funeral services were 2:00 pm Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Hargrove Methodist Church with Bro. Randall Trimm officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.

J.P. Buddy Crocker

John Postell “Buddy” Crocker of Reform,   AL died on Sunday, June 12, 2022.  Funeral services will be on Thursday, June 16th, at 2:00 PM, at First United Methodist Church of Reform with Rev.  Joyce Snyder and Rev. Maggie Dunaway officiating.  Visitation will be at the church at 1 PM, and immediately following the service.  Burial will be in Gordo City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.

Zella Marie Smith Sanders

Zella Marie Smith Sanders, 73, of Villa Rica, Georgia, passed away on Friday June 24, 2022 at her residence. Public visitation was held on Friday, July 1, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration and Interment honoring the life and legacy of Ms. Sanders took place on Satueday, July 2, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in Methodist Cemetery.

Louise “Louisa” Jordan Phillips

Louise “Louisa” Jordan Phillips, 107, of Aliceville passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at her residence. Public visitation was held on June 30, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Homegoing Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mrs. Phillips took place on Friday, July 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Spirit & Truth Pentecostal Church. Interment followed in Magnolia Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Lynn Wright

Lynn Wright, age 69, of Columbus, MS passed away June 17, 2022 in Tuscaloosa, AL. Funeral services were 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Mount Zion Baptist Church in New Hope, MS with Rev. Keith Pugh officiating. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was 5 - 8 pm Monday, June 20, 2022 at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Loyd Wright, Sr. and Jo Etta Lipsey Wright.

Ethel Lanier “Pig” Williams

Ethel Lanier “Pig” Williams, 74, of Carrollton, passed away on June 14, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS. Public visitation took place on June 24, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The Home- going Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Mrs. Williams was held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Elbethel Missionary Baptist Church. Interment followed in Mt. Olive Baptist Church

William O. “Bill” Parker, Jr.

William Oliver “Bill” Parker, Jr., age 74, of Panola, AL passed away June 22, 2022 at his residence. Funeral services were 10:00 am Monday, June 27, 2022 at Panola United Methodist Church with Rev. Gene Lankford officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William Oliver Parker, Sr. and Merle Walker Parker.

Martha Lang

Martha Hancock Lang, age 98, of Carrollton, AL passed away June 23, 2022 at her home. Funeral services were 2:00 pm Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Carrollton First United Methodist Church with Pastor Bobby Boothe officiating. Burial followed in Graham Memorial Cemetery in Reform with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.