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Our Obituaries

Betty Sue Lawley

December 23, 1927 - June 30, 2016

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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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Ray Wilson Sellers

January 25, 1944 - May 29, 2016

Ray Sellers, 72, of McCalla, AL, entered into eternal life on May 29, 2016. He was preceded in death by parents, James and Gladys Sellers; wife, Kay Sellers; infant son, Ray Jr.; and daughter, Lisa Sellers.He is survived by daughter, Sheryl Bush (Barry); son, Greg Sellers (Amory); grandchildren, Jon and Austin Bush, Kelli, Taylor and Carl Sellers, and Lauren Yancy; brother, Jim Sellers (Jeanine);...
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Kathryn Kimmey Elmore

April 21, 1934 - May 25, 2016

Kathryn “Kay” Kimmey Elmore, age 82, of Mary Esther, FL, passed away on May 25, 2016. Kay worked in advertising for her most of her career, most notably at Peter A. Mayer Advertising in New Orleans, LA. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Walton Beach, FL. After a stroke, she came to Birmingham to be close to her family.She was preceded in death by her husband,...
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James Luman Kornegay

August 26, 1923 - May 24, 2016

James Luman Kornegay, Jr, 92 passed away May 24, 2016 in his Chelsea, AL home. A reception will be held on June 3, 2016 in the Rotunda at the American Village on Hwy 119 between Alabaster and Montevallo from 11 a.m. til 1 p.m which will serve as an opportunity to visit with the Kornegay family. Graveside services will be held at the Alabama National Cemetery one mile south on 119 with Rev. Troy...
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Pheabe Nadine Cannon

December 11, 1956 - May 21, 2016

Pheabe Nadine Cannon, age 59, of Shelby County, Alabama passed away May 21, 2016. She was an avid Alabama fan. Pheabe was a loving daughter, sister and aunt and will be dearly missed by all.She was preceded in death by her father, William Cannon, Sr.; and brother, Michael Cannon. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Elizabeth Cannon; sister, Deborah Bratton (James) of Moody; brother, Bill ...
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Lewis Wayne Pickett

November 22, 1944 - May 21, 2016

Lewis Wayne Pickett age 71 of Aldrich, Alabama passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Rosa Pickett; brothers, Junior, JC, Raymond, and Tommy Pickett; sisters, Mary Kennedy, Clarice Carlee, Maggie Partridge, and Katie Lucas.Lewis’s surviving relatives include his loving wife, Connie Pickett; children, Jackie Pickett (Wendy), Sandy...
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Chief Doug Jones

January 8, 1957 - May 20, 2016

Douglas Wright Jones “Chief Jones” age 59 of Helena, AL was called home to be with our Lord on Friday, May 20, 2016 when his good works on this earth were finished. He was preceded in death by his adored parents, Percy Wright Jones and Mattie Melba Davis Jones of Helena, AL and beloved sister, Peggy Joyce Jones Harpst. He is survived by his cherished wife, Melissa Davenport Jones;...
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Mary Elizabeth Coburn

January 11, 1928 - May 19, 2016

Mary Elizabeth Coburn, age 88, of Montevallo, passed away May 19, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Annie Lee Blount Coburn and Joe Coburn. She is survived by several cousins.Visitation will be held Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo). Her graveside service will be on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Enon Cemetery in Montevallo.
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Ava Leigh Lewis

November 24, 2015 - May 19, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Linda Faye Killingsworth

January 2, 1950 - May 18, 2016

Linda Faye Robinson Killingsworth, age 66, of Jemison, passed away May 18, 2016. She graduated from Thompson High School. She worked at Cook’s Publication for almost 20 years. Linda also worked in the cafeteria at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster. She attended Lighthouse Church and Amazing Grace Worship Center in Saginaw. She loved to watch movies and travel, and she will be...
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Marie Northcutt Killingsworth

April 27, 1925 - May 17, 2016

Marie Northcutt Killingsworth, age 91 of Montevallo passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. She was a lifelong member of the Dry Valley Church of God of Prophecy. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, James “Russell” Killingsworth; son, Randall Killingsworth.Her surviving relatives are her children, Roy Killingsworth (Julie), Susie Knowles (Paul), Jimmy Killingsworth (Kelly), and...
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Louise Brantley Walker

June 25, 1931 - May 17, 2016

Louise Brantley Walker, age 84, of Montevallo, passed away May 17, 2016. She is survived by three daughters, two sons, ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.Her funeral service will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Crossroads Baptist Church in Montevallo at 2:00 PM, with visitation beginning at 1:00 PM. Pastor Ed Snow will officiate and...
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Patsy Ericson

August 26, 1951 - May 15, 2016

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

September 10, 1915 - May 15, 2016

Evelyn Henson ("Sister") HicksSeptember 10, 1915 - May 15, 2016Passed away peacefully at her daughter's home surrounded by family. She is preceded in death by her husband Joe Hicks, son Don Hicks, brothers Emmett and Jess Henson, great-granddaughter Sarah Johnson and son-in-law Dan Johnson. She is survived by daughter Nancy Johnson and son Barry (Conchita) Hicks; grandchildren Terri...
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Tony Lee Brown

August 16, 1954 - May 12, 2016

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Mary Ann Killingsworth

November 18, 1929 - May 12, 2016

Mary Ann Miller Storey Killingsworth, age 86, of Calera, AL, passed away May 12, 2016. Mary was a beautician at Valleydale Beauty Center for many years. She was a born again follower of Jesus and attended Northside Baptist Church in Calera, where she sang in the choir. She played piano, and loved to cross stitch bookmarks and Bible verses and sayings to frame. She has given many to family and...
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Richard Wayne Harmon

January 13, 1946 - May 11, 2016

Richard Harmon, 70, of Alabaster passed away May 11, 2016. He was a beloved husband, proud Dad and Paw Paw and a great friend and brother. Richard leaves us with wonderful memories and great times. His passion was God first and fishing second. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; daughter Kellie (Eric); grandkids Nathan and Olivia; 4 brothers and a sister. Visitation will be Monday, May 16,...
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Sara Kate Blakeley

January 31, 1956 - May 9, 2016

Sara Kate Blakeley, age 60, of Hayden, passed away May 9, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Young; and parents, Donald Blakeley, Sr. and Marion Bradford Blakeley. She is survived by her daughter, Katie Lynn Beck (Josh) of Sierra Vista, AZ; granddaughter, Luna Beck; her grandson, Theo Beck, due in June; and brothers, Donald Blakeley, Jr. (Mary) of Montevallo, Arvind Patel ...
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Glenda Gail Holsomback

September 20, 1951 - May 7, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Gary Kent Hensley

November 11, 1937 - May 6, 2016

Hensley, Gary Kent, age 78, of Birmingham, passed away May 6, 2016. He served in the US Navy and raised his family in Alexander City, AL. He spent his career traveling as a furniture manufacturer’s representative. He attended Double Oak Community Church in Mt. Laurel. Gary was a huge Alabama football fan and a faithful Republican.He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Clark Hensley and...
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Beverly Anne Stone

November 8, 1945 - May 5, 2016

Beverly Anne Stone, age 70, of Birmingham, passed away May 5, 2016.She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Helen Stone; infant brother; and nephew, Josh Stone.She is survived by her brother, Bill and Pam Stone; nephews and nieces, Willie, Jacki and Lizzy Stone, Amy, Chuck, Ethan, Austin and Logan Staubitz; and her long-time friend, Cathy Huneycutt.There will be a private memorial...
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Ray Everett Greer

March 4, 1928 - May 4, 2016

Greer, Ray Everett, of Montevallo and a long-time resident of Mobile, AL passed away peacefully on May 4, 2016. He was born on March 4, 1928 in Birmingham, AL.He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nora McGraw Greer; his parents, Bryan and Lona Greer; 4 brothers, 1 sister; 1 granddaughter; and 1 great-great-grandson.He is survived by 2 sons, Steve Greer and Glenn Greer; 1 daughter, Arleen...
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David English

March 31, 1988 - April 21, 2016

David Duane English passed away on the 21st day of April, 2016 at his home in Alabaster, Alabama. He was born on March 31, 1988 to Darren and Tracy English. He grew up in Alabaster and graduated from Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama in 2006.David is survived by his parents, Darren Duane English and Tracy Lynn English (David Barefield). His brothers and sisters, Michael English,...
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Michael S. Yarber

February 10, 1953 - April 20, 2016

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

August 21, 1935 - April 16, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Douglas Hayden Ballard

June 3, 1943 - April 15, 2016

Douglas Hayden Ballard, Jr., 72, businessman and community advocate, passed away Friday, April 15, 2016. Doug was the only child of Douglas and Betty Wesley Ballard. He was born June 3, 1943.Doug graduated from Montevallo High School, Class of 1963. After graduation Doug pursued college coursework and several career options. He then went to work alongside his parents at X-Ray Service and Sales...
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Jimmy Don Harris

May 23, 1943 - April 14, 2016

Jimmy Don Harris passed away peacefully in Alabaster, Alabama on the 14th of April 2016, at the age of 72. Jimmy was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Betty Harris; and his parents, James and “Pete” Harris. He is survived by 5 children, Scott Burrough of St. Louis, Mo., Patty (James) Midgette of Pelham, Al., Kit (Leslie) Bozeman of Alabaster, Al., Becky (Robbie) Elmore of...
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George Stephen Barnes

June 27, 1956 - April 11, 2016

George Stephen “Steve O” Barnes passed away unexpectedly at Good Shepard Hospital in Longview, Texas on Monday, April 11, 2016 at the age of 59. Steve is survived by a son Joshua Barnes and his daughter Racheal (Lee) Allen of Longview, TX; two sisters, Dianne (Terry) Snow of Clanton, AL and Marsha (Dave) Patrick of Madison, AL; seven grandsons, Hunter & Braden Barnes, Zachary &...
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Mary Louise Russell

May 2, 1938 - April 2, 2016

Mary Louise Russell, age 77, of Montevallo, passed away April 2, 2016. Mary put Shelby County on the map by getting bond money from the state to build in the late 1970s. She was a brilliant businesswoman and amazing with computers before anyone else. She lived and worked in Alabama and Gatlinburg in real estate and as a business owner. She worked hard, loved life, and was spoiled yet grateful....
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Oneida Compton

December 9, 1938 - March 31, 2016

Oneida Compton "NaNa", age 77 of Calera, passed away suddenly March 31, 2016.She is preceded by her loving husband of 51 years Wayne "Buck" Compton; grandson, Jordan Lovejoy; mother, Rubye Bular; stepfather, Al Bular, and father, Jack Austell.Oneida was a cosmetologist instructor for 12 years in Harvey, Illinois. And, was a beautician in Calera, Alabama for 34 years. She was a...
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Betty Jean Sims

May 12, 1940 - March 31, 2016

Betty Jean Sims, age 75, of Montevallo, passed away March 31, 2016. She was born in Birmingham to Leroy and Kate Terry. She was a member of Kingwood Assembly of God in Alabaster.She was preceded in death by her husband, Cambridge Donald Sims; daughter, Dorothy Jacks; son-in-law, Tracy Price; and two sisters, Faye Crumpton and Frances Randolph. She is survived by her son, Donald Wayne Jacks;...
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Homer Alton Bearden

September 19, 1931 - March 30, 2016

Homer Alton Bearden, 84, a life long resident of Montevallo, AL went home to be with our Lord and Savior, March 30, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife (Jeanette Nelson Bearden) mother (Nora Lucas Bearden McGaughy) father (Floyd Alton Bearden) step father (Herman McGaughy) and brothers (Stanley Bearden and Jimmy McGaughy) and son-in-law (Butch White). He is survived by his loving family...
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Tommy Morris

November 28, 1972 - March 29, 2016

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Shelia K. Smith

July 24, 1957 - March 28, 2016

Shelia K. Smith, age 58 of Randolph, Alabama passed away at her home surrounded by family on Monday, March 28, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edna and Junior Brasher; son, Marty Eugene Smith.Shelia’s surviving relatives include her loving husband of 42 years Marty Smith; daughter, Amanda Weed (Edward); sons, Dewayne Smith (Charla), Shayne Smith (Wendy); sisters, Becky...
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Lauren Elizabeth Shirah

August 23, 1995 - March 26, 2016

Lauren Elizabeth Shirah, age 20 of Montevallo, Alabama passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Lauren enjoyed spending time with friends and family and with the birth of her daughter, MacKenzie, began a series of events that made her the happiest she had ever been. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Shirley Campbell and Betty and Toby Hall and Aunt Dana Aaron.Surviving relatives...
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Roy M. Loftin

April 30, 1919 - March 25, 2016

Roy M. Loftin, age 96 of Calera, Alabama passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016 at his home. Roy was a member of Calera Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, Asa and Evie Loftin; son, Robert E. “Bob” Loftin; great-grandson, Cameron Bush; granddaughter, Tobi Pierce; grandson, Tony Pierce.Surviving relatives include his loving wife of 76 years, Ina Mae Loftin; daughters...
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Frank Lesley Cox

April 6, 1935 - March 23, 2016

Frank Lesley “Bud” Cox, age 80, of Helena, passed away March 23, 2016. He served in the Air National Guard and worked as a Millwright for Southern Electric Steel. He retired as management after 23 years, went to work in Ohio, then Illinois, and settled in South Carolina where he retired after 20 years from the Highway Department. He loved to tinker and could repair most anything. He...
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Frank Lesley Cox

April 6, 1935 - March 23, 2016

Frank Lesley “Bud” Cox, age 80, of Helena, passed away March 23, 2016. He served in the Air National Guard and worked as a Millwright for Southern Electric Steel. He retired as management after 23 years, went to work in Ohio, then Illinois, and settled in South Carolina where he retired after 20 years from the Highway Department. He loved to tinker and could repair most anything. He...
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Billy Jack Blackerby

February 3, 1932 - March 21, 2016

Billy Jack “Bill” Blackerby, 84, of Calera passed away Monday, March 21, 2016. He was born on February 3, 1932. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Eunice Blackerby. He is survived by his wife; Shirley Brantley Blackerby, son; Billy Wayne Blackerby (Rhonda), daughter; Kathy Yates, step-daughter; Linda Slaughter (Thomas), stepson; Wade Burnette (Gidget), 8...
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James Thomas Fletcher

March 22, 1947 - March 18, 2016

Fletcher, James Thomas “Pookie”, age 68, of Pea Ridge, passed away March 18, 2016. He was a hot-rod enthusiast and loved to spend time with his family. He was a member of Wilton Bible Baptist Church.Pookie is survived by his wife of 49 years, Margaret “Peggy” Fletcher; daughters, Annette Coggins (Keith) of Alabaster and Anglia Blake (Wesley) of Pea Ridge; grandchildren,...
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Tony Ray Amos

August 20, 1957 - March 15, 2016

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Ronald Edward Brown

July 28, 1940 - March 13, 2016

Ronald E. “Ron” Brown, age 75, of Centreville, passed away unexpectedly on March 13, 2016. He was a graduate of Jones Valley High School and Birmingham-Southern College, and was an accountant and tax practitioner for 50 years. Ron loved Alabama football, travelling, camping and caring for others.He is survived by his wife, Tammy Styron Brown; daughter, Aliska Watlington (Bret) of...
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Curtis Echols

November 24, 1949 - March 11, 2016

Curtis (Buddy) Echols Jr.November 24, 1949 - March 11, 2016His passions were fishing, drawing, singing, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.He was preceded in death by: son, Derric Stephen Echols, sisters, Faye Kimerling, and Eunice Sims, brother, Thomas Echols, Mother, Merline St. John Echols, and Father Curtis Echols.He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandra Echols.He was a...
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Dessie Jeanette Frith

August 7, 1927 - March 7, 2016

Frith, Jeanette M.August 7, 1927 - March 27, 2016 Age 88 of Centreville passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016. Ms. Frith is survived by her son Julius E. Frith, Jr (Barbara), grandson Daniel Frith (Amanda), granddaughter Bevin Bennett (Chad) and 2 granddaughers Alexis Tackaberry and Kyleigh Bennett. Visitation was held at Rocko Funeral Home in Montevallo, with burial at Harless Cemetary.
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Willie Roper

January 22, 1949 - March 4, 2016

Willie Roper, age 67, of Maylene went to rest with the Lord Friday, March 4, 2016. He was a dedicated husband of 48 years to wife Sue Roper and father to Leslie (Roper) Maddox, Russell and wife Robbin Roper. He provided for, loved and cherished his family beyond comprehension. Willie was an avid Alabama fan and also loved searching for Native American artifacts with his best friend, Charles...
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James William Abernathy

February 27, 1939 - March 4, 2016

James William “Buddy” Abernathy, age 77, of Calera, passed away March 4, 2016 at home with family by his side. Buddy was a member of Montevallo Church of God and served as clerk for 30 years at Brantleyville Church of God. Buddy always had a corny joke to tell and loved to pick on his friends and family. He was laid back and patient, and loved Alabama football.He was preceded in...
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Monica Dawn Payne Klein

July 26, 1973 - March 3, 2016

Monica “Dawn” Payne Klein, age 42, from Calera, Alabama passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Dawn is survived by her beloved children, Justin Cupp (Marly Terrell) and Stetson Cupp (Mallory Rollan). She is also survived by her mother, Patsy Lee Payne Loggins; her father, Kenny Lee Payne (Terri); her sisters, Rachel Lyn Payne (Barney), Ashley Lee and Rachel Burrough (Jason); brother,...
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Ozella Bernice Wilson

September 2, 1921 - March 3, 2016

Ozella Bernice Wilson, 94, of Helena, Alabama went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Ozella was a loving and beloved wife and sister. She is survived by two sisters, Lois McGlawn and Robin Brashier. Ozella is preceded in death by her husband, Earl Wilson; two brothers, Rudolph England and Chester “Buddy” England; and sister, Clytie Rutherford. Graveside services will be...
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Mary Lou Williams

July 14, 1947 - March 2, 2016

Mary Lou Elder Williams, daughter of Joseph Lee Elder and Patricia Alice Elder was born July 14, 1947 in Fort Scott, Kansas. After moving with her family to Alabama, Mary Lou attended Boaz High School where she was a member of the color guard and played flute in the marching band, was a member of Beta Club and National Honor Society, and was the state president of Future Homemakers of America in...
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Edith Willa Elliott

July 29, 1921 - March 2, 2016

Edith Willa Johnson Elliott, age 94, of Helena/Pelham, passed away March 2, 2016. She was born in Piper, AL in Bibb County to Willie Johnson and Molly Mae Tidwell Johnson. Edith worked in retail at Pizitz, Parisian, and started the first gift shop at Shelby Baptist Medical Center. She worked hard so that her daughters could attend college. She was well-known for her cooking and beautiful sewing....
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Carolyn Cecilia Belcher

March 14, 1946 - March 1, 2016

March 14, 1946 - March 01, 2016 Carolyn Cecelia Belcher age 69 of Jemison, Alabama went to meet her personal Savior on March 01, 2016.She leaves behind to cherish her memories 4 children: Her loving son Mr. Steven Taylor Belcher and his wife Mrs. Lynn Belcher from Jemison Alabama whom she lived with. Mr. Stacey Donald Belcher from Pell City Alabama. Daughter, Mrs. Stephanie Kay James (Marcus)...
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Nora Lee Byrd

June 30, 1937 - February 27, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Sue Ann Cooley Bailey

January 21, 1940 - February 24, 2016

Sue Ann Cooley Bailey, age 76, of Alabaster, passed away February 24, 2016. She was a school bus driver for Shelby County Schools for over 20 years. She attended Lacey’s Chapel Independent Church. Sue Ann loved to fish, spend time with her family and gamble in the casinos in Mississippi.She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Harris Cooley; mother, Bertie Mae Wilson Cooley; and...
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Sherry June Fondren

November 15, 1943 - February 23, 2016

Sherry June McFall Fondren, age 72, of Maylene, passed away February 23, 2016. Sherry is survived by her sons, Charles M. Fondren, Jr. (Michelle) of Daytona Beach, FL, Bryan K. Fondren, James Michael Fondren (Carolyn) of Alabaster; and Casey Fondren (Joanne) of Alabaster; daughter, Toni Jones of North Pole, Alaska; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Joel Ross McFall, Jr. (May) of...
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Timothy Wayne Otts

November 30, 1959 - February 23, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Mary Magdalene Boothe Polk

February 10, 1925 - February 20, 2016

Mary Magdalene “Mama” Boothe Polk, age 91 of Pea Ridge, Alabama went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 20, 2016, just 20 days after the loss of her husband of 72 years. She spent her life dedicated to and caring for her family.She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Polk; grandchildren, Laura McNeel and Dana Bessiere; and son-in-law, Stephen Taylor. She is...
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Dixie Haywood McGiboney

July 10, 1939 - February 18, 2016

Dixie McGiboney, age 76 of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away February 18, 2016. She is survived by daughters Barbara McGiboney, April Below, Regina McGiboney and son John F. McGiboney, Jr; Sister Ruth Harris; five grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.Visitation will be held Saturday February 20, 2016 form 6-8 Pm. Funeral Services will be held Sunday February 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Rockco...
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Gloria Horn

June 16, 1926 - February 13, 2016

Gloria Killingsworth Loyd Horn passed away Saturday February 13, 2016 at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her parents, F.W. Killingsworth and Rena Fancher Killingsworth, husbands John E. Loyd Jr., and Carl Thomas Horn, and two brothers and one sister. Gloria is survived by five sons: Travis E. Loyd (Becky), Steve Horn (Annette), Rodney Horn, David Horn (Pam), and Donald Horn (Roberta)....
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Ann C. Bearden

February 4, 1928 - February 13, 2016

Ann C. Bearden, of Montevallo passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Alabaster. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Ryan Bearden.Ann is survived by her two sons, Ray Bearden and Danny Bearden (Sandi); four grandchildren, Rachel McRee, Eric Bearden, Adam Bearden, and Keith Bearden; two great-grandchildren.Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in...
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Doris Carroll Ferguson

August 21, 1930 - February 11, 2016

Doris Carroll Coffey Ferguson, age 85 of Birmingham passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Doris was a member of The Branch at Mission Hills Church in Alabaster.Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Billy Mack Ferguson. She is survived by her son, Ralph Ferguson (Penny) of Woodstock, GA; daughter, Anne Ferguson Stansell (Garland) of Birmingham, AL; one sister, Pauline...
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George Edward Moreland

December 20, 1942 - February 6, 2016

Curley Moreland, age 73, of Brierfield, died at home with family by his side. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Moreland; father, J. Reid Moreland; mother, Edna L. Moreland; sister, Wanda McGraw; brothers, John and Bobby Moreland; and grandson, Justin Gillen. He is survived by his wife, Marie Price Moreland; sons, Robby Griffin (Missy) and Rodney Griffin (Shenan), both of Ga.;...
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Nelda Malone Lowery

July 12, 1942 - February 4, 2016

On Thursday, Feb. 4th, Nelda Malone Lowery of Calera, age 73, went to be with her heavenly Father. The funeral service was held Saturday Feb. 6th at 11 a.m. at Rockco’s Funeral Home and the burial followed at Shelby Memory Garden.Ms. Lowery is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Lowery. She is survived by her children, Jeff Stewart (Vicki) and Don Lowery. Grandchildren: Dalton and...
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Woodrow Polk

February 18, 1923 - January 31, 2016

Woodrow "Pop" Polk, age 92 of Pea Ridge, Alabama went home to be with the Lord on Sunday January 31, 2016 at his home surrounded by family. He loved his wife of 72 years for whom he cared for, and served his country in the Navy. Hunting, fishing, and most of all working in the yard.He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lillie Polk; brothers Arlie and James Polk ...
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Sharron Juanitta Kines

June 12, 1949 - January 30, 2016

Sweet Sharron went home to be with her heavenly Father January 30, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents Glyn and Marjorie Caffee; her sister, Loretta Davis; her daughter, Glynis Raymond and her nephew, Jason Caffee. She survived by her son Russel (Lisa) Raymond, and her brothers Roger (Karen) Caffee, Allen Caffee and Jerry (Michelle) Caffee; sister Alease (Gary) Van Hauen; grandchildren...
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Brian Keith Maness

July 16, 1963 - January 23, 2016

Brian Keith Maness, age 52, of Montevallo, died January 23, 2016 after a difficult battle with cancer. He was quite a man of integrity and had very strong philosophies. He stood firm on the belief of "Live free or die." He always told you the truth whether you wanted to hear it or not. Every conversation would lead to talking about the Bible, history and his passion for truth. He loved to play...
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Kathryn Lois Lawley

March 11, 1932 - January 19, 2016

Kathryn Lois Lawley, age 83, of Montevallo, passed away January 19, 2016. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Montevallo. She is survived by her son, Anthony "Andy" White (Alicia) of Alabaster and sister, Margaret Rogers of Abernant.Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo). Visitation will begin at 10:00...
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Helen Harrell

May 3, 1933 - January 17, 2016

Helen Harrell, age 82 of Montevallo went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at her home. She was a member of Aldrich Baptist Church. Helen loved Jesus and she wanted all her family to love him too. She was preceded in death by her son, Danny Harrell.Helen’s surviving relatives are her husband of 65 years Dan Harrell; daughters, Tithie Hall (Allen) and Marie Segers (Leon);...
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Terry Gene Palmer

July 22, 1949 - January 16, 2016

Rev. Terry Gene Palmer, age 66, passed away at VA Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 16.Terry served in the U.S Navy during Vietnam but his greatest service came serving his Lord through pastoring several churches in central Alabama. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.Terry is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Linda Mims Palmer; daughter Elaine Palmer Sparks (Mark) and son...
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Brice Herald Brackin

March 1, 1945 - January 11, 2016

Dr. Brice Herald Brackin, age 70, of Alabaster, AL passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 at Shelby Medical Center in Alabaster, AL.He was preceded in death by his parents, Prince Herald and Mattie Irene Brackin. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lou Brackin of Alabaster, AL; two children, Freddie Brackin (Jamie) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Mirel Gill (Mark) of Brandon, MS; two brothers, Paul...
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G. E. Hatcher

April 20, 1935 - January 11, 2016

G. E. “Gene” Hatcher, 80 years of age, of Alabaster, passed away Jan. 11, 2016 after months of health issues. He is survived by his wife, Reba Applin Hatcher; sons, Charles R. “Pop” (Robin) and Randy Hatcher (Christy); daughters, Gwendolyn “Wendy” Hatcher, Ruby “Bit” Hatcher, Theresa “Squeaky” Gossett, and Barbara Kay Hatcher; brothers,...
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Lois Alberta Tingle

April 28, 1926 - January 5, 2016

Lois Alberta Trelikes Tingle, of Pea Ridge, passed away peacefully at her home on January 5th, 2016. She was 89 years old. She was preceded in death in 2009 by her husband of 66 years, Chelsie Tumey ‘C.T.’ Tingle.She leaves behind six children, Shirley (Thomas) Taff, Barbara Hyde, Richard (Lupe) Tingle, Wanda (Bob) Speight, Tim (Nanette) Tingle, and Susan Hatcher. She had 21...
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Reese Lewis Woolley

February 16, 1936 - January 2, 2016

Reese L. Woolley, Jr., passed away on January 2, 2016 at the age of 79.Throughout his life, Reese was a dedicated and loving husband, father, granddad, brother, uncle, and friend. Mr. Woolley was a member of Bluff Park United Methodist Church, Hoover, AL and attended First United Methodist Church, Clanton, AL.He was preceded in death by his father, Reese L. Woolley, Sr.; mother, Azalea Worley...
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James Ruffus Alexander

June 6, 1939 - December 31, 2015

James "Bud" Alexander of Wilton passed away December 31, 2015 at the age of 76. “Bud” retired from Kimberly Clark after 33 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. George Alexander. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bonnie Mims Alexander; sisters Barbara Williams and Carol Underwood; brother-in-law Troy Mims (Nan); sister-in-law...
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Mary Elizabeth Fulgham Wilson Whited

October 6, 1946 - December 31, 2015

Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Fulgham Wilson Whited, age 69, of Brierfield, passed away December 31, 2015. She went to Six Mile Elementary School and Bibb County High School. She loved her family and her dog, Belle. She was kind hearted and generous to a fault, and she will be missed terribly.She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy H. Wilson; parents, Elsie & Frank Fulgham; brother...
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Mary Frances Hall

November 28, 1937 - December 28, 2015

Mary Frances Elizabeth “Mitzi” Hall, of Randolph, was 78 years old at the time of her death. She went home to heaven on December 28, 2015. Mom was at home and died of natural causes. Mitzi was born on November 28, 1937. Her father was Web Nicholas Lanier and her mother was Netty Frances Elizabeth Morrison. She had 2 brothers, both deceased, Bill and George Lanier, as well as two...
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George Joseph Smith

December 30, 1929 - December 25, 2015

George Joseph Smith, age 85, of Pelham, died Dec. 25, 2015. He was born in Salamanca, NY and served in the US Navy from Nov. 1945-Oct. 1952 as Personnelman on the USS Meredith. He graduated with an Art Degree in 1956 from Buffalo State University of New York and taught for 20 years in Glens Falls, NY. He is survived by his wife, Marie R. Smith; children, Patrick Smith (Christy), Carol Smith and...
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Ruth Cave Robertson

December 10, 1945 - December 23, 2015

Ruth Cave Robertson, who was a champion for students and a quiet but unwavering force in the lives of countless others in the community, died at her home in Montevallo on Wednesday, Dec 23, after a long illness. She was 70. Mrs. Robertson was a counselor for many years at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ala., before that at Montevallo Elementary School and Montevallo Middle School. At all...
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Roy W. Hicks

February 25, 1970 - December 23, 2015

Roy W. Hicks born February 25, 1970 of Calera went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 23, 2015 after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma. Roy is survived by his wife of 16 years Joy Kane Hicks, his son Ethan Hicks, his father and mother Jerry (Eddie) and Cathy Hagood of Jemison, his brother and sister in-law Jerry and Melissa Hagood and their children Emily, Logan, and...
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Ronnie Edwin Gambill

May 6, 1938 - December 21, 2015

Ronnie Edwin Gambill, Sr., age 77, of Alabaster, AL, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, December 21, 2015. He leaves behind his loving wife, June Gambill, 5 children- Eddie Gambill, Jr. (Diane), Mark Gambill (Emily), Susan Grifenhagen (Ed), Jennifer Carter (Bobby) and Summer Cherry (Daniel). He is also survived by a brother, William Lee Gambill, and a sister, Mary Elizabeth...
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Rachel V. Tate

January 13, 1940 - December 19, 2015

January 13, 1940 - December 19, 2015 Rachel V Tate passed away at the age of 75 at Shelby Baptist Hospital. Born in Whigham, Ga, she was a daughter of the late Joel Peacock Curry and Laura Fairbanks Curry. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church and was retired from Central State Bank after 30 years of service. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time...
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Paul Monroe Hawkins

September 30, 1932 - December 18, 2015

Paul Monroe Hawkins was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather who loved the Lord. He passed away on December 18, 2015, at the age of 83, to be with his heavenly Father, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Paul was born on September 30, 1932 in Haleyville, AL, to parents Arthur Allen Hawkins and Ella Kate Burns. After finishing high school, he went to work at the Siluria Cotton Mill as...
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William Dallas Murray

October 1, 1946 - December 17, 2015

William (Bubba) Dallas MurrayShelby, Alabama Bill Murray. Age 69, of Shelby, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 17.Mr. Murray was a resident of Shelby, Alabama. He was a member of the National Guard Reserve.Mr. Murray was preceded in death by his parents, William Baxter Murray and Lela Junice Murray; daughter, Rhonda Murray Williamson; son- in- law, Reggie Anderson.He is survived by...
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Ina Maxine Zupko

May 9, 1935 - December 17, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Bessie Arminta McAlister

December 3, 1939 - December 15, 2015

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