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Our Obituaries

Kenney Carl Porter

October 6, 1943 - January 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Jonathan Paul Boyd

January 20, 1976 - January 16, 2017

Johnathan Paul Boyd, 40, of Montevallo, Alabama passed away on January 16, 2017. Paul was born and raised in the town of Montevallo, Alabama where he was a staple in the community. Paul received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Montevallo and planned to enter into the counseling field. Paul became a quadriplegic at the age of 19 and used his disability to encourage others....
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Eloise West Wintter

November 17, 1921 - January 16, 2017

Eloise “Sunshine” West Wintter, age 95, of Maylene, passed away January 16, 2017. She was born in rural Bibb County, one of ten children to George Washington and Lesta Sanders West. She was a graduate of West Blocton High School. She married Archie Herman Wintter on August 12, 1950 and they spent the next 54 years happily married. She attended Broadmoor Baptist Church, then Union...
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Earl R. Compton

December 18, 1934 - January 15, 2017

Earl R. Compton, age 82 of Calera Alabama, passed away at his residence on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Earl had a great love for horses and was a trainer for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn; (3) sisters, Brenda Ellison, Myra Emfinger and Sandra Duke; brother, J R Compton and parents, Algie Lane Compton and Larita Lucas Compton.He is survived by son, Russell Compton (Betty...
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Laura Ann Fullerton

April 10, 1961 - January 13, 2017

Laura Ann Fullerton, age 55 of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away at her home on Friday, January 13, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Fullerton. She is survived by her daughters, Deanna Lawley (Dylan W. Richardson), and Misty Lawley (Jeffrey R. Griffin); 3 grandchildren, John Wesley Boothe, Amanda Michelle Boothe and Austin Michael Crim; her stepson, Nick Fullerton ...
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Dennis Dee Cowart

July 25, 1942 - January 12, 2017

Dennis Dee “Grumpy” Cowart, age 74, of Alabaster, passed away January 12, 2017. He was raised in Rome, Georgia. He was employed with Rome Automobile and Heritage Honda for 17 years. Then, he worked for Volkswagen of America in Troy, Michigan for 10 years and JMA & Family in Deerfield Beach, Florida for 11 years. He was Associate Pastor and Praise & Worship Elder at Cornerstone...
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Jennifer Melia Hand

May 1, 1971 - January 10, 2017

Jennifer Melia Hand, age 45, of Columbiana, passed away January 10, 2017. She was a member of Camp Branch United Methodist Church.Melia was preceded in death by her mother, Peggy Moore; stepdad, Jerrell Moore; grandfather, Elijah Hand; and grandfather, Howard Snyder. She is survived by her father James M. Hand of Columbiana; stepmom, Susan Hand; grandmothers, Kate Hand and Willie Mae Snyder;...
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Ann Turman Walker

September 22, 1933 - January 7, 2017

Ann Augusta Turman Walker, passed away on January 7, 2017. Ann was born September 22, 1933 at West End Baptist Hospital (Princeton Hospital). She was the daughter of Clyde Howard Turman and Maggie Lee Rooks of Ensley Highlands and the sister of Clyde Howard Turman, Jr.She is survived by her daughters, Laura Lee Walker Turner (Charles Thomas Turner III) and Melinda Ann Walker Parks (Kevin William...
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Anius Holley Green

January 27, 2006 - January 6, 2017

Anius Holley Green, age 10, of Wilton, Alabama, passed away January 6, 2017. His infectious smile was contagious and his loving heart freely gave acceptance to all those privileged to know him. Despite numerous physical struggles from birth, his disposition never wavered, and the spirit of a fighter was instilled in his young heart. Not surprisingly, he was drawn to those with the same heart...
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Georgene McCauley Watson

July 15, 1920 - January 5, 2017

Georgene McCauley Watson, age 96, of Montevallo passed away in her home on January 5, 2017. Georgene was born in Wellington, Texas on July 15, 1920. She graduated from Texas Tech and received her Master’s in Education from the University of Texas. She served as an officer in World War II where she spent 3 ½ years in the Women’s Army Corps in Algiers, N. Africa and in Italy. ...
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Frank Robert Hood

January 28, 1943 - January 2, 2017

Frank Robert Hood passed away on January 2, 2017 at the age of 73. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rachel Hood; parents, Robert Hood and Dillie Burnett Hood; sisters, Claudia Booth (Bill) and Jessie Dean Hembree both of Montevallo, Ruby Jean Garner of Valparaiso, Indiana, Jewel Dean Krumrie of McCalla, Sarah Riviera Gannon of Louisville, Indiana and Linda Wilson Ellerman of South Haven...
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Kathleen Smith Reynolds

January 21, 1925 - January 1, 2017

Kathleen Smith Reynolds, age 91, of Montevallo, passed away January 1, 2017. She was born in Chilton County to Harley A. Smith and Lettie Morris Smith. She married Eugene Byrd Reynolds and moved to Montevallo in 1950. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church. She volunteered as a Pink Lady at Shelby Baptist Medical Center for many years. She was an avid reader and loved to write poetry. Most...
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George Terrell Lucas

February 22, 1940 - December 24, 2016

George Terrell Lucas, age 76, of Montevallo, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on December 24, 2016. He graduated from Montevallo High School and worked as a mechanic for Blue Circle Cement Plant and White Motor Company. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Jemison. He loved singing, farming, raising cows, fishing and camping. Terrell was generous, outgoing, and fun...
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Judy Claytor Blevins

June 28, 1949 - December 23, 2016

Judy Blevins, age 67, of Calera, passed away on December 23, 2016. She grew up in Brighton, Alabama and graduated from Hueytown High School, Class of ’67. She worked as an administrative assistant in the engineering field for Rust Engineering and BE&K Engineering. She loved her grandchildren, her teacup Chihuahua, Rainbow, and Alabama football.She was preceded in death by her parents,...
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Kathleen Swindle Stepp

November 10, 1940 - December 20, 2016

Kathleen Swindle Stepp of Alabaster, Alabama passed away at her residence on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Hattie Swindle of Red Bay, Alabama; siblings, Eupal Wells of Golden, Mississippi and Rebel Stockton of Double Springs, Alabama.She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Melton L. Stepp of Alabaster, Alabama; siblings, Doyle and Floyce...
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Eva Jean Cavender

December 1, 1939 - December 16, 2016

Mrs. Eva Jean McGinty Cavender, age 77 of Lawley, Alabama, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016, in the hour of Divine Mercy, at her home. She was a long time member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Montevallo, Alabama.She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin E. Cavender; parents, Frank and Katherine McGinty, and brother Frank McGinty. Survivors include daughter, Monica...
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Jack Zuiderhoek

July 18, 1938 - December 16, 2016

Jack R. Zuiderhoek, age 78 of Alabaster, Alabama, passed away at his home on Friday, December 16, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Brown Zuiderhoek and Lena Grace Roy Zuiderhoek.He is survived by his wife Ann Zuiderhoek, daughters, Lisa Zuiderhoek Hearn (Carey) of Alabaster, Tish Zuiderhoek Berresford (Jerrod) of Armuchee, Ga., grandchildren, Lindsie Hearn Acton (Ryan), Reed...
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Rick Norris

March 16, 1951 - December 15, 2016

Rick Norris, age 65, of Brierfield, Alabama, passed away on December 15, 2016. He grew up in Alexandria, AL, attended Jacksonville State University and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was a Certified Public Accountant and worked at Conrad, Burnette, Norris and Gordon. Before moving to Brierfield, he attended Homewood Church of Christ. He loved going to the beach,...
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Thomas Yarbrough

July 16, 1936 - December 9, 2016

Yarbrough Sr., Thomas Patterson, age 80, of Trussville, Alabama, was called to his heavenly home unexpectedly Friday, December 9, 2016, peacefully in his favorite chair. Mr. Yarbrough was a member of the First Baptist Church of Trussville. He was a member of Georgiana Davis Masonic Lodge Number 338, where he had served as Worshipful Master. He was very proud of his service overseas in the...
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Emma Jean Leslie

April 26, 1941 - December 6, 2016

Emma Jean Leslie, age 75, of Montevallo, passed away on Tuesday, December 6. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, John C. Leslie and two grand-children, Greg Douglas, Jr. and April Deason.. She is survived by her sisters, Lois Haley (Max) of San Antonio, TX, Helen Click, of Calera, and Lorene Caffee (Tubby); and her sons, John W. Leslie (Sherry), Ronnie L. Leslie, Roger D....
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Mavis Brand

November 4, 1920 - December 3, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Christopher Lee Pierce

December 31, 1977 - December 1, 2016

Christopher Lee Pierce of Jemison, Alabama, born December 31st 1977, died December 1st 2016.He is survived by his mother, Belinda Sliter, stepfather, Terry Sliter, sisters Sharon L. Pierce, Kelly M Poole brother in law, Patrick Poole, brothers, James Montgomery and Andy Montgomery, grandmothers, Christine B. Ledlow and Lois Montgomery, fiancé, Shannon Shields, future step children, Shyann...
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Claude Thomas Burke

February 18, 1932 - December 1, 2016

Claude Thomas Burke, of Birmingham, passed away on 12/1/2016 after a long illness. Born 2/18/1932, Tom served in the Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. After graduating from Auburn University as an accountant, he worked for many years at Cummins of Alabama. He is pre deceased by his parents William Arthur and Madge Burke. He is survived by: a sister - Mary Edna Green (Jack), a brother ...
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George Hyde

December 19, 1929 - November 26, 2016

George “Lewis” Hyde, age 86 went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 26 at his home in Montevallo. He was employed by Southern Railroad for 43 years. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Martha Hyde; daughter, JoAnn Hamm (Calvin); sons Wayne Hyde and David Hyde; grandchildren, Shannon, Jon and Travis Hyde and James, Kevin and Brandy Hamm; great granddaughters, Molly...
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Rena Leona Argo Meeks

November 23, 1925 - November 24, 2016

Rena Leona Argo Meeks entered the gates of heaven November 24, 2016. Oh the wonders she will get to see! A devout Christian lady. A loyal member to her church. A great wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by family and friends.She attended Bessemer Church of God, Maplesville Community Holiness Church, and, most recently, Thompson Chapel Assembly of God.She was preceded in death by her...
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Michael Danny Holsomback

October 31, 1959 - November 22, 2016

Michael Danny “Bud” Holsomback, age 57, of Marvel, Alabama, passed away November 22, 2016, after a long, courageous fight against cancer. He attended West Blocton High School. Bud worked for Southern Stone and All South Roofing. He loved hunting, fishing, and being outdoors, especially with his grandsons.He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Ray and Leathie Elizabeth...
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Betty Marie Dockery

March 17, 1931 - November 19, 2016

Betty “Marie” Dockery, age 85, of Maylene, AL, passed away November 19, 2016.She was preceded in death by her husband, Huey Dockery; son-in-law, Willie Roper; parents, Edith Bessie Sullivan and Cecil Alexander; sisters, Billie Faye Anderson and Shirley Ann Kirk. She is survived by her son, Billy Gene Dockery (Terri); daughters, Sue Roper and Tammy Ingram; 7 grandchildren; and 7 great...
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Kenneth Vance

March 1, 1949 - November 18, 2016

Kenneth Samuel “Kenny” Vance, age 67 passed away November 18, 2016 at his home in Calera, Alabama after an extended illness. He was born March 1, 1949, in Johnson City, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carson and Elsie Vance; brother, Johnny; sister, Edna.Kenny was a Vietnam Army Veteran, and was retired from the UAB Security Force. He leaves behind his loving wife of 26...
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James William Bryant

March 1, 1959 - November 16, 2016

James William “Jim” Bryant, age 57 of Montevallo, Alabama passed from this life on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Jim was loved by all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed. Surviving family members are his loving wife Michelle Bryant; father-in-law, Donald Dupont; son, James Dupont (Hannah); grandson, Noah Dupont; daughter, Anna Dupont; sisters and brothers, Mary Campbell ...
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Ignatius Victor Vetrano

June 5, 1937 - November 14, 2016

Ignatius Victor “Vic” Vetrano, age 79, of Wilsonville, passed away November 14, 2016. The oldest son of Leon and Katherine Vetrano, he grew up in Ensley where he was a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church and graduated from John Carroll High School. He served in the US Navy. He spent his career as a barber and owned Scissor’s Palace in Hoover.He was preceded in death by his...
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Myra Jean England

May 6, 1948 - November 9, 2016

Myra Jean England, age 68, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. She was a lifelong resident of Helena and a member of First Baptist Church Helena since her childhood.She is preceded in death by her parents, Hershell Rudolph England and Vera Genry England, two brothers-in-law, Benny Blake Hicks and Craig “Zoom” Bonnell as well as a beloved nephew, Daniel Alan...
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Haskell Ray Bice

September 8, 1931 - November 9, 2016

Haskell Ray Bice, age 85, of Montevallo, passed away November 9, 2016.Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Nell Hayes Bice and their baby son; parents, Bert and Myrtle Bice; son-in-law, Kenneth Thrash; sisters, Margaret Bice White and Bonnie Bice Coston; brothers, Eugene Bice and Johnny “J.C.” Bice; brothers-in-law, Jimmy White and Phil Baer; and sisters-in-law, Sue Bice and...
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James Bailey

October 23, 1945 - November 4, 2016

James Larry “Pops” Bailey, age 71, of Montevallo, left this world on November 4, 2016. He was born in Bessemer to Robert and Vivian Bailey. He graduated from Hueytown High School and was drafted into the US Marines to serve in Vietnam. He was a carpenter and a dairy farmer. Pops loved horses and playing the guitar. He was honest to a fault and always lived life on his terms.He was...
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James Fullerton

March 22, 1961 - November 4, 2016

James Edward Fullerton, age 55 of Montevallo, Alabama passed away on Friday, November 04, 2016 at his home. James was a man who believed in having a strong work ethic.He is survived by a wife, Laura Fullerton; 4 children, Nick Fullerton (Joanna), Lanie Worshek (Ryan), Deanna Lawley ,and Misty Lawley; brother, Jay Fullerton; 4 grandchildren.
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Michael L. Hudson

August 26, 1967 - October 30, 2016

Remembering Captain Mike HudsonMichael L. Hudson began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Deputy in 1993 volunteering his time until he joined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office April 30, 1994, as a Corrections Officer. After a year of solid service in the jail, he was hired as a sworn Deputy and began serving the citizens of Shelby County, patrolling their streets and keeping their...
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Rosemary Allen

January 19, 1946 - October 30, 2016

Rosemary Haynie Allen, age 70, of Montevallo, passed away at home surrounded by family on October 30, 2016.Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Joyce and Jack Haynie and brother Randy Haynie.She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Don Allen; daughter Angela Allen Dickey, beloved grandchildren Alex, Graham and Sarah Dickey; brother Philip Haynie and wife Barbara and many nieces and...
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Ruby E. Wright

January 26, 1916 - October 28, 2016

Ruby Elaine Wright, age 100, of Calera, formerly of Bessemer and Pea Ridge, passed away October 28, 2016 at home surrounded by her family, under the care of New Beacon Hospice. She worked as a nurse for over 40 years until her retirement at 77 years of age for Dr. Champlain in Bessemer. She attended Montevallo First Baptist Church and South Highlands Baptist Church in Bessemer. Ruby loved...
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William Taylor

November 22, 1921 - October 27, 2016

William “Tadpole” Taylor, age 94, went to meet his Lord on Thursday, October 27, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife; Jack Taylor, son; James Taylor and granddaughter; Lea Taylor. He is survived by his daughter; Ann Taylor.Tadpole was born in Shelby, Alabama and raised in Calera. He was an avid bird hunter. He served 4 years as a Marine 2nd Lt. in WWII and was a member of...
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James David Scott

October 24, 1937 - October 26, 2016

James D. Scott, 79, of Montevallo passed away October 26, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grady Scott. He retired from Commercial Printing Company in Birmingham after 40 years of service.He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Peggy Arledge Scott; one son, Wendell Scott (Dinah), and four daughters; Karen Tennyson, Judy McGill (Steve), Rachel “Beth”...
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Claude Adell Hodgens

August 17, 1958 - October 24, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Craig Andrew Ward

February 10, 1974 - October 23, 2016

Craig Andrew WardBeloved son, brother and friend suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at the early age of 42.Craig was adopted by Charles A. and Barbara Elliott Ward at the age of 2. He was a member of the Rosebud Sioux Native American Tribe. He was a Norcross Ram and Duluth Wildcat, playing different positions on the football field. He put in many hours of training to become a commercial diver...
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Ina Mae Loftin

January 21, 1923 - October 18, 2016

Ina Mae Loftin, age 93, of Calera, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at her home. She was a member of Calera Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for approximately 50 years. She is preceded in death by her husband of 76 years, Roy M. Loftin; son, Robert E. “Bob” Loftin; great-grandson, Cameron Bush; granddaughter, Tobi Pierce; grandson, Tony Pierce; parents, Mr. and Mrs....
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Mitchell Alan Spears

November 16, 1951 - October 12, 2016

Mitchell Alan Spears, age 64, of Montevallo, passed away at home with his family on October 12, 2016. He was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi to James Kenneth Spears and Plumer Lee DeWeese Spears. During his senior year at Montevallo High School, he was proud to be FFA President and Southern Regional Winner, 1969. Mitchell served in the US Marine Corps from 1970 until his honorable discharge in...
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Billy Ray Holsomback

May 11, 1941 - October 6, 2016

Billy Ray Holsomback, age 75, a resident of Montevallo for 75 years went home to be with the Lord on October 6, 2016. He is preceded in death by his wife Bobbie Joyce Holsomback; grandson, Austin Ray Holsomback; sister, Mary Ann Ingram.His surviving relatives include son, Bobby Ray Holsomback (Alisa); daughter, Bonnie Joyce Holsomback; grandchildren, Meagan Stone, Brittany Poque, Haley Pogue;...
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Larry Joe Lawley

July 17, 1955 - October 4, 2016

Larry Joe Lawley age 61 of Pea Ridge, AL passed away October 4, 2016. He is preceded in death by his father Joe Wheeler Lawley. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ingram Lawley; son, Christopher Ingram; mother, Annette Thrasher Lawley; brother, Randy Lawley; sisters, Kathy (Doug) Thrash and Valerie Moran; grandchildren, Jordan, Dominick, Blaine and Ryan and several nieces and nephews. ...
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David Thomas

March 3, 1941 - October 3, 2016

David “Pop” Thomas age 75 of Calera, Alabama passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016 at his home. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Gwen Thomas; son, David Thomas III (Kathy); grandsons, Noah Thomas (Kira) and Adam Thomas (Rachel); great-grandkids, Asher and Brynley Thomas; brother, Terry Thomas. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6-8 pm for friends...
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John Delano Terry

May 11, 1933 - October 3, 2016

Terry, John Delano “Biggon,” age 83, of Montevallo, passed away October 3, 2016. He was in born in Covington, Virginia to Herbert and Martha Terry. He attended Covington High School and Virginia Tech. He left college to serve in the United States Air Force in the Korean War. He worked for Sears & Roebuck, First Alabama Bank and, for the last 25 years of his career, in Hospital...
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James Albert Lord

September 17, 1951 - September 29, 2016

James "Jim" Albert Lord, age 65, of Alabaster, born Sept. 17, 1951, in Tuscaloosa, went home to be with Heavenly Father on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Jim was an active member of Montevallo First Baptist Church. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Donna Howard Lord; brother, Jay (Josie) Lord; stepsons: Ryan (Mindy) Hermecz, Michael (Brittany) Hermecz, & Mark...
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Norma Jean Alexander

December 13, 1942 - September 27, 2016

Norma Jean Alexander went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Bill Alexander, and her three children, David Alexander (Susan), Debra Alexander Helms (Clifford), and Dean Alexander (Beth). She also leaves behind six grandchildren: Stephen Stewart, Julia Alexander, Jessica Helms, Caleb Alexander, Christian Alexander, and Isaiah Alexander. ...
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Mary Cox Bishop

November 21, 1937 - September 24, 2016

Mary “MaMaw” Cox Bishop, age 78, of Calera, went to be with the Lord on September 24, 2016. She was born in Fort Payne, AL and graduated from Sylacauga High School. She worked as a dental hygienist for over 50 years, the majority spent at the office of Dr. Morris Hollis and Dr. Rick Redmond in Sylacauga; and currently worked for Dr. Stephen Stricklin in Alabaster. She was an active...
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Bobbie Nell Ring

April 28, 1934 - September 23, 2016

Bobbie Nell Ring went to her heavenly home on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the age of 82. One of her passions was being a “Pink Lady” auxiliary volunteer at Shelby Baptist Hospital. She is preceded in death by her, husband, Kenneth Ring; parents, Harvey and Neppie Latham; son, George Wooten; siblings, Lois Hayes, Helen Roper, Estelle Dunaway, Ida Mae Watson, and Joe Latham.Her...
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Lloyd Gerald Sample

July 14, 1935 - September 21, 2016

Lloyd G. Sample departed this life at the age of 81 for his heavenly home on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.He is survived by 3 children, Deborah J. Poet, Sandra S. Henke, and Lloyd G. (Vann) Sample, 8 grandchildren, 12 great grand children, 2 brothers, Sidney Sample, David Sample, and 1 sister, Betty Cox.There will be a visitation and funeral service on Saturday September 24, 2016. The viewing...
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Gladys Marie Reach

September 24, 1924 - September 19, 2016

Gladys Hicks Reach, 91, of Montevallo, passed away on September 19, 2016.She was preceded in death by her husbands Roy Hicks, Jr and Charles Reach; her brothers Arthur Allen and Willard Garner and grandsons Steven and Roy Hicks.She is survived by sons Jerry (Mary) Hicks of Montevallo, Kenneth (Linda) Hicks of Kentucky; her sister Edna (Jack) Stone and her brother Jimmy (Pat) Garner. She is also...
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Sandra Compton Duke

October 7, 1950 - September 17, 2016

Sandra Compton Duke, age 65, of Montevallo, Alabama passed away September 17, 2016 after a tough battle with cancer. She was born in Montevallo to the late Algie Compton and Larita Lucas Compton.She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Duke; her sisters, Brenda Ellison, Myra Emfinger and Myrtle Compton; brother, Jr. Compton; sister-in-law, Carolyn Compton. Sandra is survived by her...
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Sheror Caton Moore

June 19, 1943 - September 16, 2016

We are here to celebrate the life of Sheror Caton Moore; born in Shelby County Alabama June 19, 1943, died September 16, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband Obie R Moore, and is survived by her brother Kenneth Caton (Lucretia), sons Obie Moore (Cissie) and Jim Moore (Debbie) granddaughters Mari Collins, Toni Clayton (Tim), Sherry Kington (Daniel) and Dana Brannum. Her great...
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Robert A. Gilliland

July 8, 1945 - September 13, 2016

Gilliland, Robert A. "Bob", age 71, of Montevallo, passed away September 13, 2016. He grew up in McDonald's Chapel and graduated from Minor High School. Bob joined the US Marine Corps after high school, and served in many countries, including Vietnam. He was best known during his years in the food business, working at The Ensley Grill, Captain D's, Hardee's, Lee's...
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Jessie Griffin Stone

September 29, 1925 - September 11, 2016

Jessie Griffin Stone of Montevallo, formerly of Marion, died on September 11, 2016. Mrs. Stone was born in Lawley, AL, to Ben F. and Rena Kelley Griffin on September 29, 1925, and was raised in this East Perry County community where she attended Caffee School and afterward Perry County High School. Upon graduation from high school in 1943, she moved to the Birmingham area where she worked for...
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Clayton Preston Nix

March 21, 1931 - September 10, 2016

Clayton Preston Nix, age 85 of Columbiana passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife’s, Gracie Clark Nix and Shirley Nix; brothers, J.P. Nix and Herschel Nix Jr.; stepson, Carl Love.Survived by his children, Margie Tackaberry (Peter), Gary Nix (Dorthey), Denise Melendez (Felix), and Cindy Hocutt (David); step-children, Betty Sipes (Gifford), Judy Vice ...
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Samuel H. White

December 10, 1928 - September 9, 2016

On Sept 9, 2016 Samuel Hershel White moved to his eternal home to be with his beloved wife of 68 years Helen Jones White. He followed his calling from the Lord for over 50 years as an ordained minister in various churches and ministries. He will be remembered for his dry wit, love of old gospel hymns, great storytelling, and his deep love for his Lord and his beloved wife. He is survived by his...
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Scott Oscar Simons

April 23, 1955 - September 6, 2016

Scott Oscar Simons, Sr., age 61, of Wilton, AL (Glenside, PA), passed away on September 6, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and June Simons and his brother Chip Simons.He is survived by his brother Bruce Simons and his four children, Jessica (Dom) DiCicco, Scott (Laurie) Simons, Jr, James (Terisa) Simons and Christian Simons. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren.There will...
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Robert Wayne Lucas

October 2, 1968 - September 4, 2016

Robert Wayne Lucas, age 47, of Centreville, passed away September 4, 2016. He graduated from Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega. He loved his Florida Gators hat and Pepsi-Cola.He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Betty Lucas; and brother, Eugene Lucas. He is survived by his brothers, Randall Lucas (Alandra) of Centreville, Ronald Lucas of Pea Ridge and James...
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Joseph Michael Conti

August 25, 1951 - August 31, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Evelyn Agusta Vining

May 31, 1927 - August 30, 2016

Evelyn A. Vining, age 89, of Trussville, passed away August 30, 2016. She was a member of Post 43 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Vining; father, William Bibb Rice; mother, Charity Elizabeth Boyd Rice; son-in-law, Kenneth Greaves; four brothers and seven sisters. She is survived by daughter, Annette Greaves of Streamwood, IL; her son, Danny...
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Roxanna Lynn Littleton

December 23, 1964 - August 29, 2016

Roxanna Lynn Littleton, 51, died August 29, 2016 after battling Loeys-Dietz Syndrome.She is preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Popwell, her father Bobby Ray Delaney, and a sister, Tina Marie Lee.She is survived by her husband, Stanley Earl Littleton, son, Charles David Glass II from Alabaster, stepson, Daniel Earl Littleton from New Orleans, aunt, Mary Jo Bridges from Jemison, brothers,...
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Waymond Lane Stricklin

February 19, 1940 - August 24, 2016

Waymond Lane Stricklin, Sr. went home to the Lord on August 24, 2016. He was born February 19, 1940 in Vina, AL (Franklin County) to the late Raymond J. Stricklin and Hester Trentham Stricklin (Scott). In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Stricklin, a very special aunt, Para Lee Dawson and his inherited step father, Thomas Stricklin.Mr. Stricklin was the...
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James Maynard Denney

October 10, 1939 - August 18, 2016

James Maynard Denney, age 76, of Calera, passed away August 18, 2016. He built Denneys Mobile Park in Alabaster, which he owned until 2000. He was kind-hearted to a fault, and the hardest working jack-of-all-trades around. James was a wonderful, loving, generous husband. He was a great father. He will be missed tremendously.He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Helen Denney; sons, Randy Denney ...
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Billy Gene Rockco

May 23, 1933 - August 18, 2016

Billy G. Rockco, age 83, of Montevallo entered into rest on August 18, 2016 at Shelby Baptist Medical. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 3 PM at Rockco Funeral Home Chapel in Montevallo. Visitation will be held from 11 AM to 3 PM. Rev. Greg Sellers and Rev. Steve Johnson will officiated with burial in Montevallo Cemetery.He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beth Rockco...
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Gregory Carl Long

August 13, 1958 - August 10, 2016

Gregory Carl Long, of Hueytown, passed away on August 10, 2016 at the age of 57. He was preceded in death by his father Jack Carl Long.He is survived by his mother, Johnnie H. Long; wife, Sharon M. Long; son, Justin Carl Long; and sister Carla Hood (Billy).There will be a visitation for Mr. Long on Saturday, August 13 at Rockco Funeral Home in Montevallo from 10 – 11 am. His service will...
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Ada Lou Thorn

June 29, 1937 - August 8, 2016

Ada Lou Thorn, age 79, of Alabaster, Alabama, passed away August 8, 2016. Lou was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.She is survived by her husband, James D. “Jim” Thorn; daughters, Teresa Griswold (Bill) of Millbrook, AL, and Cindy Rayburn of Vestavia Hills, AL; son, James D. “Jimmy” Thorn, Jr. of Bainbridge, GA; grandchildren, Whitney Griswold, Taylor Dempsey (Ted),...
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James Lester Lowery

June 22, 1937 - August 6, 2016

James “Junior” Lester Lowery, Jr., age 79, of Maylene, Alabama, passed away August 6, 2016. He served in the US National Guard. Junior worked for Chrysler in Trenton, Michigan for 30 years and was a member of the United Auto Workers Union. After retiring, he moved back to his home state of Alabama to be with his family.He is survived by his wife, Rita Cheryl McDonie, Lowery; his son,...
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Margaret Frances Hyde Clark

August 7, 1925 - August 5, 2016

Margaret Frances Hyde Clark, age 90, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away August 5, 2016. Frances grew up in Boothton, Alabama, one of 14 children to Henry Clay Hyde and Alice Clark Hyde. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family whether going to reunions, watching racing or yelling “Roll Tide” or sometimes, “War Eagle.”She was...
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James E. Pierce

December 24, 1938 - August 4, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Frank McCoy

January 11, 1939 - July 29, 2016

Dr. Frank McCoy, age 77, died on July 29, 2016 in Montevallo, AL. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lucille; his three sons, Kevin, Keith, and Brent; his Grandchildren Brittney Fowler (husband Frankie) and Courtney Goodwin (husband Daniel); his Great grandchildren Jakob and Mason; his sister Jane O’Sullivan (husband Dan); his nieces Laura O’Sullivan and Cathy O’Sullivan...
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Gloria Blackmon Stewart

May 15, 1927 - July 29, 2016

Gloria Blackmon Stewart, age 89, of Shelby passed away July 29, 2016. Gloria was born May 15, 1927 and raised in Eoline, Alabama. She is preceded in death by husbands Wesley Stewart and Osco Blackmon. She is survived by her son Danny (Kathy), grandsons Chase and Jacob. Visitation will be held Monday, August 1 at Rockco Funeral Home in Montevallo from 1:00-2:00. A graveside service will...
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George Wesley Lucas

July 26, 1924 - July 27, 2016

George Wesley Lucas, age 92, of Montevallo, passed away July 27, 2016. He was a US Navy veteran and was a retired truck driver with Teamsters. He was a member of Alabaster Church of God. After he retired, he and his wife dedicated themselves to missions all over the world, particularly Mexico and Paraguay.George was preceded in death by his daughter, Jackie Files; three brothers; and two sisters....
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Kyle Walter McClure

April 30, 1923 - July 18, 2016

Kyle Walter McClure, age 93, of Trussville, AL passed into the presence of His Lord Jesus on July 18, 2016. He was a pharmacist of 47 years having graduated from Howard College. He owned pharmacies in Montevallo and Trussville. As one of 8 children, he grew up on a farm near Sylacauga and graduated from B.B. Comer High School in 1943. He was preceded in death by his parents, seven siblings, one...
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Ronald Max Byrd

March 4, 1964 - July 18, 2016

Ronald Max Byrd, age 52, of Shelby, Alabama, passed away July 18, 2016. He was a graduate of Calera High School, and attended Amazing Grace Worship Center in Saginaw. He loved the outdoors, football and racing.He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorene McMullin Byrd; baby sister, Lisa Lorene Byrd; and grandparents, Jack & Bessie McMullin and Willie & Ora Byrd. He is survived by his...
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Horace Worthy Hill

September 14, 1974 - July 15, 2016

Horace Worthy Hill, Jr.September 14, 1974 – July 15, 2016 Mr. Horace Worthy Hill, Jr. passed away on July 15, 2016.He was born in Austell, GA to Horace Worthy Hill, Sr. and Doris Walden on September 14, 1974.He is preceded in death by his father, Horace Worthy Hill Sr.He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Letitia Hill; daughters: Alyssa Bentley, Tinizia Bentley, and Tequylla...
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Veomi H. Kunstler

June 15, 1914 - July 15, 2016

Veomi Hand Kunstler passed away Friday July 15, 2016, at the age of 102. She was born in Columbiana, Al and moved to Maylene, Al when she married, and lived there until her death. She worked in a department store in Alabaster for several years prior to going to work for the US Postal Service, where she worked as a postal clerk for 20 years. She was known to most as "Granny", and treated...
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Mary Bullock Thompson

September 19, 1927 - July 9, 2016

Mary Bullock Thompson, 88 yrs. of age passed away on July 9, 2016, in Alabaster, AL. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 yrs, A. W. (Tommy) Thompson. They had four children; Edward E. (Patty), Atlanta, GA, Janet (John Baldwin), Aiken, SC, Jeffrey W (Beth), Alabaster, AL and L. Dale, Alabaster, AL.Prior to moving to Aiken, SC in 1971, she was a member of The First United Methodist...
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Betty D. Ray

September 17, 1932 - July 7, 2016

Betty D Ray (Maw Maw) passed away July 7th, 2016 at Shelby Baptist Hospital. She was born on September 17, 1932. She was preceded in death by her mother, Edith McDaniel Dailey and her father, Harry Harrison McDaniel. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Becky Pickett. She is survived by her son, Darryl Scott; her sister, Peggie (Howard) Broadhead; her grandchildren, Stacy Burnside,...
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Betty Deloris Ray

September 17, 1932 - July 7, 2016

Betty D Ray (Maw Maw) passed away July 7th, 2016 at Shelby Baptist Hospital. She was born on September 17, 1932. She was preceded in death by her mother, Edith Dailey and her father, Harry Harrison. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Becky Pickett.She is survived by her son, Darryl Scott; her sister, Peggie (Howard) Broadhead; her grandchildren, Stacy Burnside, Holly(Andy) Rice,...
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Doris E. Pearson

April 22, 1926 - July 5, 2016

Doris E. Pearson, age 90 of Calera passed away in Alabaster on July 5, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Inez and Tom Wallace, husband Robert Pearson, son, Tommy Boman, stepson, Robert Pearson, Jr, and granddaughter, Christine Pearson. She is survived by her stepson, Ronald Woods, grandchildren Anthony Breazeale, Jeremiah Collum, Heather and Sara McCartney, Shannon Pearson, and...
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Betty Sue Lawley

December 23, 1927 - June 30, 2016

Betty Sue Blocker Lawley, 88, of Randolph, Alabama, died on Thursday, June 30, 2016. She left this life as she lived it, in perfect grace and surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born on December 23, 1927 in Alpine, Alabama.Betty was preceded in death by her parents John and Rhoda Blocker, her husband Tommy Lawley, sisters Helen Hall and Louise Wilson, and brother John Blocker.She is...
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David Bob Takacs

July 5, 1943 - June 29, 2016

David Bob “Pops” Takacs, age 72, of Maylene, Alabama, passed away June 29, 2016. He served in the US Army and spent his career at a Freight Operator for CSX. He loved the outdoors: fishing, hunting and rebuilding boat motors. Pops enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking and dining out. He was loved by all, and he will be sorely missed.He was preceded in death by his wife,...
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Harry M. Hutchings

September 11, 1936 - June 27, 2016

Harry M. Hutchings Jr. of Vestavia Hills, AL passed away June 27, 2016. He was born in Mobile Alabama on Sept. 11, 1936 to the late Harry and Katherine Hutchings. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean Hunter Hutchings, also of Mobile, two daughters, Tracey Hutchings Powell (Arthur III) of Mobile and Ellen Hunter Hutchings of Birmingham, two grandsons, Arthur Powell IV and Hunter Powell,...
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Billy Gene McCormick

February 13, 1947 - June 25, 2016

Billy Gene McCormick, age 69, passed away June 25, 2016. He was born February 13, 1947 in Macomb, Illinois to Billie F. McCormick and Ollie Anna Adams McCormick. He served 22 years active duty US Navy in Special Forces (Seabees) and served 3 deployments to Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart.He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family. He also enjoyed...
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Carl William Thomason

June 24, 1929 - June 20, 2016

Carl William Thomason, Jr., age 86, of Clanton, passed away on June 20, 2016. Carl served in the US Navy, and attended Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Kentucky. He was a retired missionary for Baptist Mid-Missions. Carl served as Chaplain for Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Shelby Baptist Medical Center, where he started the Chaplain program. He was a member of Wilton Bible Baptist...
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Christine Butler Lucas

December 29, 1927 - June 20, 2016

Christine Butler Lucas age 88 of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away Monday, June 20, 2016 at home. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Racheal Lynn. She was survived by her husband of 67+ years, Ben. Son, Benny and his wife Carolyn and their sons, Jason and his wife Michelle and their daughter Kayla and Matthew and his wife Kimberly and their sons Tyler and Hunter. Son, Philp and...
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Richard Harrison Posey

June 25, 1921 - June 20, 2016

Richard “Dick” Posey, age 94, of Alabaster, passed away on June 20, 2016, at home surrounded by his family. Dick was a US Army veteran, serving during World War II as an Army Ranger. He was a member of the American Legion Post 138. Dick was preceded in death by his sons, Thomas A. Posey and Rodney Harrison Posey; three brothers; and three sisters. He is survived by his wife of 57...
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Pamela Massey Skinner

June 3, 1959 - June 19, 2016

Pamela Yvonne Massey Skinner, age 57 of Alabaster, AL passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at her home. Pam attended Thompson High School and Jefferson State Community College. She was a Production Manager at Best Access Systems. She was a musician, and played with several bands and church groups. She attended Alabaster Church of God. She was a loving and generous woman and her family asks for...
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Freda H. Doriety

March 22, 1925 - June 17, 2016

Freda Harper Doriety, of Montevallo passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016 at her home. Freda was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Bessie Harper; husband, Thurston Doriety.She is survived by her children, Kevin Doriety (Debbie), Craig Doriety (Melinda), and Shereen McGiboney (Terry); grandchildren, Joy, Brent (Candace), Devin, Tyler, Terry Jr.(Renee), and Christina (Keith); great...
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Karen Johnson Armstrong

December 10, 1955 - June 17, 2016

Karen Johnson Armstrong, age 60 passed away at her home on Friday, June 17, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tucker and Audrey Johnson.Karen’s surviving relatives include husband, Donnie Armstrong; daughters, Amanda Forister and Maegan Armstrong; grandchildren, Audrey Armstrong and Brooke Riley; two brother, and one sister; host of nieces and nephews.Her services will be held...
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Ronald Cummings

July 29, 1939 - June 12, 2016

Ronald Wayne Cummings, 76, of Montevallo, passed away at his home on June 12, 2016. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Cummings. He is survived by his two sons, Ellery Cummings (Marsha), and Steven Cummings (Tracey); sister, Mildred Hayes; 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. Visitation for Ronald will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 6-8 pm at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo)...
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Willie Earl Payne

July 12, 1933 - June 11, 2016

Willie Earl Payne, age 82, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away June 11, 2016. Earl served in the US Navy in combat in Korea and Vietnam, as Harbor Defense in Japan, and at various duty stations during peace time. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation. He retired as Chief Petty Officer...
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Nelson Miles Gage

August 10, 1942 - June 10, 2016

Nelson Miles Gage, Jr., age 73, died on June 10, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. Born August 10, 1942 in Quincy, Florida, Nelson Gage Jr., was the son of the late Reverend Nelson Miles Gage of Cleveland, Ohio, and the late Margaret Matthews Gage of Birmingham. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ann Zadrozny Gage; four children, Nelson Miles Gage, III (Cynthia), Laura Gage Wells (Dennis),...
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Ronald Edward Smitherman

January 13, 1941 - June 8, 2016

Ronald Edward Smitherman, of Montevallo, passed away at the age of 75 on June 8th, surrounded by his wife of 55 years and loving family. Ronald graduated from Montevallo High School in 1959 and graduated with his Business Degree from University of Montevallo. He married his junior high sweetheart, Brenda Bean, in 1960, going on to have 3 daughters Rhonda Diane Brown (Bobby), Vicki Graeser (David)...
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Linda L. O'Grady

September 6, 1941 - June 6, 2016

Linda Lucille Wallace O’Grady, age 74, of Montevallo, passed away June 6, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Jetty Wallace; her husband, Johnny O’Grady; daughter, Christy O’Grady Byrd; and brothers, Curtis Wallace and Ronnie Wallace. She is survived by her sons, Blake O’Grady and Doyle O’Grady (Susan); and grandchildren, Gannon O’Grady...
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Carl Jones

January 2, 1947 - June 3, 2016

Carl Vernon Jones was born January 2, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama to William Rufus and Alerie Lucas Jones. He grew up in Roebuck Plaza, Alabama and joined the Marine Corps to serve his country in 1964 at age 17. Upon completing recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, SC and Infantry Training at Camp Geiger, NC, he later went to Cherry Point, NC where he was on the boxing team, and was eventually...
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Doris Frances Herron

March 13, 1933 - May 31, 2016

Doris Herron, age 83, went to her heavenly home on May 31, 2016. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Beatrice and Bam Boothe; husband, Rufus F. Herron, and 16 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Don Russell (Jane), Geraldine Howell, Susan Allen, Betty Tubs (Phillip), Amanda Bice (Patrick), and Jessica Matthews; 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 3 great...
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