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Ethel Mae Thomason

November 3, 1934 - January 27, 2018

Ethel Mae Moore Thomason, age 83, of Clanton, passed away on January 27, 2018. She took great pride in taking care of her home and family, helping to raise 8 children in addition to her own. She volunteered at local hospitals and nursing homes. Ethel also served the ministry assisting her husband and was a retired missionary for Baptist Mid-Missions.She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl...
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Jeffry Jerome Brown

August 12, 1963 - January 25, 2018

Jeffry Jerome Brown, age 54, resident of Montevallo, passed on into the arms of his Heavenly Father on January 25, 2018. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Ernestine Brown Beals (Allan); and grandparents, Lynnette Frazier Brown and William Ernest Brown. He is survived by his aunts, Linda Brown Bailey (Pat), Sharon Brown and Rosemary Brown Ferguson (Galen); and many relatives and...
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Pearle Mauldin Taylor

January 29, 1928 - January 21, 2018

Pearle Taylor, age 89, of Montevallo, passed away on January 21, 2018. She is survived by her son, Mark Taylor (Fay); grandchildren, Scott McArdle, Richard Taylor, Sara Farris, Danny Taylor (Michelle), Amy Taylor, and Justin Taylor (Rae); great-grandchildren, Jackson Taylor, Evan Taylor, Paxton Farris, Madison Taylor, and Andrew Taylor. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Taylor;...
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David William Watson

November 11, 1952 - January 20, 2018

David William Watson, age 65, of Montevallo, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 20, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles William Watson and Ida Mae Latham Watson. He is survived by his son, David Wayne Watson (Terri); daughter, Brittany Watson; grandchildren, Zander, Max and Brylee.Visitation will be held Thursday, January 25, 2017 at Rockco Funeral Home Chapel ...
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Leo Crotty

May 22, 1929 - January 19, 2018


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Autrey Lee Mason

July 2, 1926 - January 15, 2018

Autrey Lee (Brick) Mason of Atmore, Alabama passed away on January 15, 2018 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his son, Richard (Sharon) Mason, daughters, Amanda Mason Tibbs and Diane Kerr, daughter in law, Tena Moore; grandchildren Adam Mason, Erica Tucker, Elizabeth Baxter, Andrew Tibbs, Brandy Castleberry and Christopher Moore; great grandchildren Addison Tucker, Michael White,...
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David J. Hutchings

February 28, 1954 - January 10, 2018

David James Hutchings, age 63, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 surrounded by his family in the Shelby Baptist Hospital in Alabaster, Alabama from complications which arise from dementia. He was born on February 28, 1954 in Memphis, Tennessee to Walter and Virginia (Richardson) Hutchings. David attended West Rome High School and the University of Georgia. He was a member of Sigma Chi...
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Susan Lyn Ball

October 23, 1947 - January 5, 2018

Susan Lyn Ball, age 70, of McCalla, Alabama passed away on January 5, 2018. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many.She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Ball, and her parents, George and Magdalena Samaniego.Susan is survived by her children, Christine (Dan) Spence, Bobby Ball, Jesse Ball, and Sarah (Devin) Matthews. She is also survived by...
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Louise Daniel Allen

May 8, 1921 - January 3, 2018

Louise D. Allen, age 96, passed away January 3, 2018. She is survived by her son, Greg Allen (Nancy); two grandchildren, David Allen (Suzy) and Amy Bailey (Scott); great-grandchildren, Grant Holtam, Madeline Mitchell Bailey; Emily Allen and Matthew Allen. She is also survived be many dear and much loved nices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Allen; father, John H....
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Vonda Sue Martin

May 23, 1951 - December 28, 2017

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Betty Ann Lutz

August 8, 1938 - December 27, 2017

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Edward Derring Williams

February 22, 1937 - December 24, 2017

Edward D. Williams (Ed) age 80 of Alabaster, AL passed away on December 24, 2017 with his best friend and loving wife Anita and precious daughter Paige at his side. Ed attended Woodlawn High School and served his country in the United States Army. Ed was a passionate Alabama Football Fan and believed in one of Bear Bryant's quotes, "Don't talk too much. Don't Pop Off. Don't talk after the game...
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Edward Derring Williams

February 22, 1937 - December 24, 2017

Edward D. Williams (Ed) age 80 of Alabaster, AL passed away on December 24, 2017 with his best friend and loving wife Anita and precious daughter Paige at his side.Ed attended Woodlawn High School and served his country in the United States Army. Ed was a passionate Alabama Football Fan and believed in one of Bear Bryant’s quotes, “Don’t talk too much. Don’t Pop Off. Don...
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Luther Ray Price

December 21, 1950 - December 23, 2017

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Rafael Fregoso

October 25, 1948 - December 22, 2017

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Susan Pierce Crim

February 28, 1946 - December 21, 2017

Susan Pierce Crim, age 71, of Calera, Alabama, passed away December 21, 2017. She loved hummingbirds and always put nectar out so she could sit on the porch and watch them. She was an animal lover, and spoiled her two rescue dogs, Harley and Jessie. Susan was very creative, repurposing items into art and furniture. No matter who they were, she loved everyone and she was well loved in return. She...
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Pamela Denise Riley

May 4, 1960 - December 21, 2017

Pamela Denise Riley, age 57, of Randolph, Alabama, passed away on December 21, 2017.She was preceded in death by her son, Brandon Cox. Pam is survived by her husband of 30 years, Kenneth Riley; son, Robert Riley; mother, Lula Smith Cox; father, Henry Cox; brothers, Terry Cox (Judy) and Jerry Cox (Molly); sisters, Teresa Miller (Clarence), Linda Smith (John), Wanda Strahan (Butch) and Sharon Beam ...
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Donald Reginald Lucas

August 24, 1929 - December 21, 2017

Donald R. Lucas, age 88, passed away on December 21, 2017.He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Clay Lucas and Frankie Victoria Northcutt Lucas, his wife, Dorothy Omega Pamplin Lucas, his brothers Henry, George, and, Fred Lucas and his sisters Erva Killingsworth, Esther Blankenship, and, Peggy Smith. He is survived by his daughters, Debra Lucas and Sharon Minnick (Gary) and son, Donnie...
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James David Whitfield

April 6, 1953 - December 16, 2017

James “David” Whitfield, age 64, of Brierfield, Alabama, passed away unexpectedly in his home on December 16, 2017. He served in the US Army and retired as Lieutenant from the Vestavia Hills Police Department. He was an avid Alabama fan and a staunch conservative. He loved to play guitar and sing. His favorite bands were The Allman Brothers and The Beatles. He was a loving husband and...
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Opal Marie Winslett

January 15, 1944 - December 15, 2017

Opal Marie Houston Winslett, age 73, of Madison, Alabama passed away December 15, 2017 after a lengthy illness. She was born to Joe Houston and Ruby Myrtle Capps Houston and was raised in the country outside of Jamestown, Tennessee with her 8 siblings. She met her future husband in Atlanta area and because of his Army career, they raised their family all over the country as well as Germany. She...
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Cindy Lynn Crouch

April 16, 1952 - December 15, 2017

Cynthia Lynn Crouch (aka Bones) was born April 16, 1952 and passed away on December 15, 2017.Cindy worked for Alabama Power for 31 years. She began her career in the print shop and worked her way up to a Senior Distribution Specialist before retiring. Her job entailed designing power plans for homes, businesses and power upgrades. She worked multiple natural disasters including hurricanes and...
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David Erny Canada

February 8, 1933 - December 15, 2017

David Erny Canada Age 84, of Alabaster, entered into rest on December 15th, 2017. David was born in Christmas, Florida on February 8th, 1933. He graduated from Orlando High School in 1950. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War conflict. Upon his discharge, he worked the remainder of his years for the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller in Atlanta,...
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Ann Birchfield Rochester

September 28, 1940 - December 12, 2017

Ann Birchfield Rochester Age 77, of Montevallo, was released from the debilitating effects of Alzheimer's on December 12th, 2017, rejoining her loving husband of 56 years, Leldon Cagle Rochester, Sr.; parents, Maurine and Pierce Birchfield; and sister, Klarien Day. She is survived by her children, Beth Copeland of Alabaster, Leldon Cagle Rochester, Jr. of Birmingham, Eric (Dawn) Rochester...
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Phyllis Apffel Fisher

February 3, 1948 - December 12, 2017

Phyllis Apffel FisherAge 69, of Helena, passed away on December 12th, 2017.A private family interment will be held.www.rockcofuneralmontevallo.com
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Venita G. Vetrano

April 16, 1960 - December 10, 2017

Venita Gregory Vetrano, 57, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a loving wife, mother and Nonna.She is survived by her husband of twenty nine years, Ronnie Vetrano; daughter, Amanda Vetrano Everett; son, Cameron Vetrano; grandchildren, Paxton and Pierson Everett; parents, Bob and Sue Gregory; sister, Vanessa White (Terry); nephews, Tyler...
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Helen Odell Parsons

November 22, 1951 - December 10, 2017

Helen Odell Hinton Parsons was born on November 22, 1951. She passed away on December 10, 2017.She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Parsons; her parents, Lando and Alvie Hinton, and her sister, Brenda Comer. She is survived by her children, one daughter, Tawanna Parsons; four sons, Danny (Melissa), David (Amy), Shannon, and Jeffery (Jessica); one brother, Jerry Hinton, eight...
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Duane Keith Ryle

December 13, 1942 - December 8, 2017

Duane Keith Ryle, born on December 13, 1942, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2017. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. He is survived by his children, Evelyn Marie Copeland (Jimmy), Donna Kay Ryle, Earlene Ramona Estrada, Tina Ann Stuckey (Kenny) and Duane Keith Ryle, Jr. (Jennifer); and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He...
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Vicki K. Rowe

October 7, 1958 - December 6, 2017

*Due to weather conditions, services have been rescheduled.* Vicki K. Rowe, age 59, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away on December 6, 2017, after a 2-year battle with brain cancer. She lived in Montevallo her whole life, where she loved to raise horses, cows and children. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, and she always gave selflessly to others as a natural caregiver. She was...
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Debra Nelson Stallings

May 25, 1955 - November 29, 2017

Debra Nelson Stallings, age 62, passed away on November 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by grandparents, W.A. and Verla Nelson and Earnest and Rosa Moore. She is survived by son, Nelson (Alesha) Stallings of Jemison, grandson Tyler and granddaughter Jada. Parents, Clyde and Bertie Nelson of Alabaster, Sister, Pat Brown of Alabaster, Brothers, Tommy (Cris) Nelson of Helena and Kenneth (Gale)...
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Patricia Ann Brooks

September 8, 1942 - November 29, 2017

Patricia Ann Brooks (McCarley)Age 75, of Brierfield, passed away on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017.Committal service will be held Friday, December 1 at 11:45AM at Alabama National Cemetery, 3133 Highway 119, Montevallo, AL. www.rockcofuneralmontevallo.com
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Robert Michael Smith

December 20, 1960 - November 28, 2017

Smith, Robert Michael "Mike"It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Michael Smith announces his passing after a long battle with health issues, on Tuesday, November 28 2017, at the age of 56.Mike will be lovingly remembered by his ex-wife, Sonya Smith; stepchildren, Amanda (Anthony) Pritchett, Courtney (Noah) Phillips, Danielle (Carlos) Phillips; eleven grandchildren; special...
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Joan M. Lucas

December 8, 1932 - November 28, 2017

Joan McDonough Lucas, age 84, was taken home on Tuesday, November 28th to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.Mrs. Lucas is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Franklin Lucas, Sr.She is survived by her 5 children: Henry Lucas, Jr. (Eleanor) of Montgomery; Vickie Polk of Montevallo; Gerald Lucas (Laurie Ann) of Montevallo; Judy Harris (Dale) of Montgomery; Richard Lucas (Deborah) of...
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Jerry Edwin Lawley

July 18, 1939 - November 26, 2017

Jerry Edwin Lawley, age 78, of Calera, Alabama, passed away November 26, 2017. He was a veteran of the Air National Guard and US Navy. In the Navy, he saw action at the Bay of Pigs and as well was awarded an accommodation for fighting a fire onboard his ship and saving lives. Throughout the later years, Jerry worked at Martin Marietta as a Team Leader, he worked as an Insurance Agent at two...
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Johnny Jones

September 11, 1944 - November 24, 2017

Johnny Jones Jr.Age 73, of Montevallo, went to be with the Lord on November 24th, 2017.Preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Carol Minor Jones; sister, Barbara Jones Wells.Survived by his loving wife, Pamela Johnson Jones; daughter, Lori (Edward) Blair; granddaughter, Faith “Sunshine” Blair; siblings, Mildred (Paul) Jones, Sandra and Jan (Sammy) Shoemaker.Johnny was born to...
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Judy Faye Lee

July 10, 1946 - November 22, 2017

Judy Faye Lee, of Montevallo, passed away on November 22, 2017.She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Delmer Williams.Faye is survived by her husband of forty five years, Billy Mack Lee (who gives testimony to her sweet and loving spirit); her son, Billy Lee (Dixie); her brother, Fred Williams (Judy); her twin sister Kaye (Cliff) Wooley; two grand-children who she loved with all...
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Kenneth Wayne Broadhead

December 6, 1940 - November 19, 2017

Kenneth Wayne “Kenny” Broadhead, age 76, of Pea Ridge, Alabama, passed away November 19, 2017. Kenny was born in Marvel, Alabama to Richard and Nellie Broadhead. He served in the US Army and spent his career in the coal mines.He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Dick (Myra), Donald (BeBe) and Ralph; two sisters, Faye Horton (Houston) and Carol Province (Joe);...
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Margaret Louise Townsend Beal

April 14, 1933 - November 18, 2017

Margaret Townsend Beal, age 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Homewood, AL. She was born on April 14, 1933 in Wynnewood, OK to James Presley and Velma Grace Townsend. She married James Burton Beal Jr. on August 21, 1953 and he survives.Margaret is also survived by her children, Laura Walker, Kathy Parrott, James “Jim” Beal...
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Elmer Clinton Edwards

July 6, 1945 - November 14, 2017

Elmer Clinton Edwards, age 72, of Montevallo, Alabama passed away on November 14, 2017. Elmer loved God and his family.He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Ola Edwards; his brothers, Marshall and Randy Edwards; his sister, Shirley Anderson, and his grandson, Isaac Johnson.Elmer is survived by his wife, Edna Smith Edwards; his daughters, Jenny McCoy of Montevallo, Jan (Michael) Dye...
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David Wayne Hyde

July 9, 1965 - November 10, 2017

David Wayne HydeAge 52, of Clanton, went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 10, 2017.Preceded in death by his sister, Lisa Waite.Survived by his parents, Edward and Chris Hyde; brother, Jeff; wife, Kimberley; children, David Jr., Chey'Amber, Ashton, and Darian; one grandchild on the way; and many other loving family and friends.David graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in...
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Angela Annette Acre

January 4, 1967 - November 9, 2017

Angela Annette Acre (Brasher)Age 50, of West Blocton, AL, passed away Thursday, November 9th.Funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM on Sunday, November 12, 2017 with visitation 2 hours prior from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), 3715 Highway 25, Montevallo, AL 35115. Interment will follow at Johntown Baptist Church Cemetery, 5201 Vance Road, West Blocton, AL 35184. www...
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David Clelland Butsch

October 14, 1931 - November 5, 2017

David Clelland ButschAge 86, of Birmingham, went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 5, 2017.Preceded in death by daughter, Shelby Key and siblings, Leonard Milton, Elizabeth, Johnny, Molly, Warren, Robert, and Lester.Survived by wife, Waltraud Christa (Neuber); son, David Clelland (Cheryl) Butsch, Jr.; daughters, Heidi J. (Arthur) Quintero and April Butsch; grandchildren, David Clelland...
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John Timothy Birchfield

September 15, 1943 - November 4, 2017

John Timothy Birchfield, 74, of Thorsby, Al., passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017. He dedicated his life to his family. He was an active member at Bible Believers Church in Thorsby, Al where he played rhythm guitar. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and attending their special events and spreading the word of Jesus Christ. He served 29 years, 5 months U.S. Army...
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Elizabeth R. Peete

May 8, 1936 - November 3, 2017

Ada Elizabeth “Bobbie” Roberts Peete of Montevallo, Alabama passed away on November 3, 2017. A celebration of her life will be held November 6, 2017 at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo). Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m with the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Montevallo City Cemetery immediately following the service. Bobbie was born May 8, 1936 in...
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Terrell Neal Elliott

February 18, 1949 - November 2, 2017

Terrell “Terry” Neal Elliott, age 68, passed at his home on November 2, 2017.Terry was the oldest son of Wanda Elliott and the late Olin Elliott. He is survived by his daughters Dina Lett, Amy Elliott, Melissa Garza (Tim), and Kathleen Stone (Casey); his son, Joseph Elliott (Jennifer); his mother, Wanda Walker Elliott; and his brothers, Rick Elliott (Lois) and Kelly Elliott (Barbara)....
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Elva Lou Woods Lucas

March 18, 1935 - November 1, 2017

Elva Lou Woods Lucas, age 82, of Jemison, Alabama passed away November 1, 2017. Elva always spoke her mind, and love to fish, play slots, chew tobacco and dance to country music. She adored her children, but everybody knew Tonya was her favorite.She was preceded in death by her children, Alvin Smith, Ann Emfinger, and Darlene Whatley; grandson, Bobby Shore; five brothers; and three sisters. She...
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Ruth Ann Bailey

May 4, 1957 - October 30, 2017

Ruth Ann BaileyBorn May 4th, 1957 in Flint, Michigan to Edwin Wallace Lee and Angie Delaney, passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 60 on October 30th, 2017.Survived by her loving husband, Jerrell David Bailey Sr.; sons, Jerrell David Bailey Jr. of Wilsonville, Leonard (Brandi) Bailey of Columbiana, and Timothy (Leah) Bailey of Columbiana; grandkids, Tori, Skyler, Colby, Jackson, Alex,...
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James Allen Cofer

December 2, 1937 - October 30, 2017

James Allen “Bud” Cofer, age 79, of Maylene, passed away October 30, 2017. He was born in Dogwood, Alabama and was known as “Red” in his younger years for his bright red hair. He started working at the cotton mill in Siluria at the age of 14, and married his sweetheart, Cynthia, at age 17. He loved to laugh and tell stories, but more than anything, Bud loved his family.He...
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Inez Garner Pickett

May 29, 1924 - October 29, 2017

Inez Garner Pickett, age 93, passed away at home on October 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Marvin Garner and Alfred Pickett; daughter, Birdie Holladay (Willie); mother, Fannie Honeycutt; father, O.C. Honeycutt; sisters, Helen Herron, Ollie Ross and Billie Latimer; and brothers, Leslie Shaner, Bill Shaner and Jake Shaner.She is survived by her son, James Garner (Shelia);...
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Dwight Ellis Wideman

September 4, 1943 - October 27, 2017

Dwight Ellis Wideman, age 74, passed away on October 27th, 2017.Preceded in death by wife, Lorene Wideman.Survived by son, David (Darlene) Parker; siblings, Barbra (Clay) Argent, William D. (Janice) Wideman, Richard D. Wideman, and Michael T. (Dawn) Wideman; grandson, James (Julie); granddaughter, Belinda (Robby); 15 grandkids and 3 great-grandkids.A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM,...
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Dwight Ellis Wideman

September 4, 1943 - October 27, 2017

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Edgar Givhan Frost

June 29, 1932 - October 24, 2017

Edgar Givhan (E.G.) Frost died at the age of 85 on October 24, 2017 at his home in Calera, Alabama following a long illness. He was born on June 29, 1932 in Calera, Alabama where he was a life-long resident. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Norma Jean Wilson Frost, his parents Edgar Frost and Elizabeth Lowery Frost and his sister Amelia Lum. He is survived by his son James...
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Rodger Dale Pennington

July 4, 1963 - October 21, 2017

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Jeffery Doyle Yessick

September 21, 1961 - October 14, 2017

Jeffery Doyle Yessick, age 56, passed away unexpectedly on October 14, 2017 at University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Hospital. Jeff was born on September 21, 1961, and was a life long resident of Alabaster, Alabama. He enjoyed a professional career of 37 years with State Farm Insurance. He adored his family, his many friends, and his favorite fishing holes. Jeff is survived by his wife of 34...
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Donald Delane Jones

May 5, 1966 - October 13, 2017

Donald Delane Jones, Jr., age 51, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away October 13, 2017 after battling cancer. He worked as an Expedite Van Driver at Load One out of Michigan. Don was an electronic whiz, traveller, camper, fisherman, and woodworker. He enjoyed helping his parents at their home. He lived a simple life, but was also a dreamer. He never got to take his last camping trip or go to...
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Mitchell Cecil Burt

March 2, 1942 - October 8, 2017

Burt Sr., Mitchell CecilAge 75Of Brierfield, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 8th, 2017.Preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Burt.Survived by his two sons, Phillip and Mitchell; grandkids, Evan Taylor, Joshua Jones, Darron, Michelle, Melaine Headley, Michael, Robert Walker, and Elizabeth Walker; great-grandkids, Jase Jones, Jennifer, and Sophia Marie Headley.Visitation will be...
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Melinda Karyl Claiborne

May 9, 1967 - September 29, 2017

Melinda Karyl Beckenhauer-Claiborne was born on May 9, 1967 in Los Gatos, California. She grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Los Altos High School in 1985. She started her volleyball career playing her freshman year for the Rainbow Wahine at the University of Hawaii and then transferred to the University of Washington where she was a 2 time All-American. She also made the All-Decade team...
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Euel Simpson Laughlin

March 18, 1925 - September 27, 2017

Euel S. Laughlin, 92, passed away September 27, 2017 in Bay Minnette, Alabama. He was born March 18, 1925 in Dora, Alabama. Immediately after high school graduation in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army for service in Europe during World War II. Upon his release and return in 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Sara Elizabeth Brasfield. They settled in Birmingham and were married for 71...
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Clara Jones Ingram

December 28, 1932 - September 24, 2017

Clara Jones Ingram went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 24, 2017.She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; son-in-law, Larry Lawley; and her beloved husband and soulmate, Oakley Ingram. Oakley and Clara loved one another fiercely and were a testament to the true beauty of marriage.Clara is survived by children, Wally Ingram and Carolyn Lawley; grandchildren, Chris Ingram,...
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Jeffery Wade Parks

August 25, 1972 - September 22, 2017

Jeffery Wade ParksAge 45. of Montevallo, went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 22, 2017.Preceded in death by his father, Herman Parks; and Granny Lucas.Survived by his mother, Jean Parks; brother, Robert, Earl, and Herman, Jr.; step-sister, Sherry; daughter, Tiffany Brooke Hare; two grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.Visitation with family and friends will be held on...
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Thelma Faye Edwards

September 21, 1935 - September 22, 2017

Thelma Faye Edwards, age 82, passed away September 22, 2017. She was a beloved mother and she was loved by all who knew her. She was known as “Mama Faye.” She was a member of Brantleyville Church of God and was very active in her younger years. She worked at convenience stores most of her life. She enjoyed quilting by hand with her sisters. Her favorite thing to do was sing karaoke at...
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Laura Lee Flynn

October 25, 1962 - September 19, 2017

Laura Lee Flynn, age 54, of Montevallo, Alabama went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.Laura was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Flynn; her brother, Robert (“Marty”) Flynn. She also was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George McDonough of Montevallo.Laura is survived by her mother, Dixie Lee Smith (J. T.), her brother, Scott Flynn ...
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Peggy Flippo Terry

February 19, 1933 - September 19, 2017

Terry, Peggy Flippo, age 84, of Montevallo, passed away September 19, 2017. She was born in Covington, Virginia to Baxter and Geneva Flippo. She attended Covington High School. She dedicated her life to her husband and son, and excelled in the domestic arts of cooking and sewing. She was an active member of University Baptist Church, and faithfully read the Bible in its entirety multiple times....
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Esther Lee Edwards Dill

July 28, 1928 - September 18, 2017

Esther Lee Edwards Dill, age 89, of Pleasant Grove, Alabama, passed away on September 18, 2017. Lee was a member of First Baptist Church of Pleasant Grove, and she loved travelling with the church. She retired from Regions Bank. She loved her kitty cat, Chloe, and her family.She was preceded in death by her parents, William Hardy Edwards and Estelle Rayburn Edwards; her brothers, James Edwards,...
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Tom Douglas Abel

July 24, 1933 - September 18, 2017

Tom Douglas Abel, USN – RET. age 84, of Montevallo, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley Jean Richards Abel; his parents, Amos and Katie Beavers Abel; several brothers and sisters; and his beloved dog, Pepper. He is survived by his son, Scott (Sandra); his greatest joy - his grandson; Brandyn Scott Abel; sisters, Juanita...
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Lauris June Stewart

March 12, 1929 - September 17, 2017

Lauris June Mattina Stewart of Montevallo, Alabama, died at home Sunday, September 17, 2017. She was 88 years old. She was born March 12, 1929 in Biloxi, Mississippi. She attended public schools in Biloxi, graduating from Biloxi High School in 1946. She attended Draughon‘s Business College of Jackson, Mississippi, finishing in 1948.She was preceded in death by her parents, Hattie and Floyd...
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Bruce Eugene Reynolds

June 25, 1951 - September 12, 2017

Bruce Eugene Reynolds, age 66 of Montevallo, Alabama passed away on September 12, 2017. Bruce was an avid Alabama Football Fan, loved his family and spending time outdoors. He was also a hardworking man. He was preceded in death by his father Eugene Byrd Reynolds, mother Kathleen Reynolds, and sister Letty Reynolds.He is survived by his wife Dovey McWhorter Reynolds, daughters Heather Reynolds,...
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Clifford Fair Boothe

May 12, 1947 - September 12, 2017

Clifford Fair Boothe, age 70, after a long battle with prostate cancer. Clifford graduated in 1965 from Montevallo High School, joined the US Air Force and served in Vietnam on several tours of duty. He was discharged in 1969 and met Linda Dorgan and they were married on August 9, 1969. He worked for US Steel in Fairfield for 30 years. Cliff volunteered for Pea Ridge Fire and Rescue for 20 years,...
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Emily Anne Battle

August 23, 1934 - September 11, 2017

Emily Anne Parker Battle, age 83, of Maylene, Alabama passed away on September 11, 2017. She grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She graduated from Auburn University. She taught Mathematics at University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Montevallo. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Alabaster. She enjoyed reading and travelling with her husband in their camper.Anne was...
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Phillip Harrison Howton

September 3, 1948 - September 10, 2017

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

May 3, 1933 - September 10, 2017

Estelle Lucas Blackmon, age 84, of Montevallo, passed away September 10, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Blackmon; and brothers, Leroy Lucas, Sr., James H. Lucas, Earl E. Lucas and Evander “Bud” Lucas; sister-in-law, Frances Lucas; and brother-in-law, Edward E. Stephens. She is survived by one brother, Glenn Lucas (Lois); sisters, Dorothy L. Stephens and Faye...
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Martha Elizabeth Wallace

November 29, 1948 - September 8, 2017

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

August 17, 1952 - September 7, 2017

Raymond “Ray” Roy Bearden, Jr. of Montevallo, passed away in his home on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the age of 65. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Sr. and Ann Bearden; and his son, Ryan Bearden. Ray is survived by his daughter, Rachel McRee (Chris); his brother, Danny Bearden; and two grandchildren, Harrison McRee and Camden McRee.Ray was a loving son, brother,...
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Sammie Joe White

August 11, 1953 - September 6, 2017

Sammie Joe White, 64, of Montevallo, AL, passed on to Glory on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Shelby Brookwood Hospital. He was preceded in death by his two wonderful parents, Samuel & Helen White, also of Montevallo. Surviving is his wife of 41 years, Cheryl F. Benton White of Montevallo, AL; and his three children, Samuel Joseph White (Rebecca) of Millbrook, AL, Carolyn Patricia Pecor ...
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James Melvin Phillips

February 4, 1949 - August 31, 2017

James Melvin Phillips, Sr., also known as “Melvis”, passed away on August 31st, 2017 at the age of 68. James was predeceased by his parents, Tommy and Martha Phillips; a brother, Bobby Phillips; a grandson, Kaleb Phillips; and son-in-law, Jabo Johnson. James is survived by his loving wife, Judy, of 50 years. They were married in Brantleyville, Alabama on May 4th, 1967. He is also...
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Roy James Powell

February 18, 1934 - August 29, 2017

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Mary Thornton Gleason

December 6, 1939 - August 28, 2017

Mary Thornton Gleason, age 77, of Alabaster, Alabama passed away on August 28, 2017, peacefully at her home with her family. She was born in Florence, Alabama, and was raised in Montevallo with her two brothers. She graduated Alabama College (University of Montevallo) and received her Master’s degree from the University of Alabama. She spent her career in education. In her early career, she...
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Mary Leota Hollingsworth

March 7, 1922 - August 27, 2017

Mary Leota Redmon Hollingsworth, age 95, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017. She was born in Wartburg, Tennessee on March 7, 1922 to Martin Redmon and Dallie Arms Redmon, the middle of five children. She met the love of her life, Clyde Austin Hollingsworth, of Bessemer, and they were married on April 13, 1940. Their marriage was based on their faith in God and their...
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Curtis Eugene Brazier

April 22, 1937 - August 25, 2017

Curtis Eugene Brazier, age 80, of Shelby, Alabama died on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at home with family by his side after fighting an extended illness, within minutes of his sister-in-law, Marilyn Dean Stewart of New Braunfels, Texas. Curtis is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anne Dean Brazier formerly of Evergreen, Alabama; his son, James Dean (Cathy) Brazier of Vestavia Hills, Alabama; his...
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Curtis Troy Payne

August 9, 1969 - August 23, 2017

Curtis Troy Payne, age 48, of Camp Branch, stepped into glory on August 23, 2017.Troy was preceded in death by his father, Curtis Wayne Payne. He is survived by his loving wife, Terri Payne, his mother, Alice J. Hall, his brother, Eric Payne, his step-son, Chris Mitchell and three grandchildren.There will be a grave side service for Troy on Saturday, August 26 at 1:00 pm at Cedar Grove Cemetery...
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Jeffrey Scott Vining

November 26, 1961 - August 21, 2017

Jeffrey Scott Vining, age 55, of Brierfield, Alabama, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017, along with his 3 year old pit bull, Iris. He attended Montevallo High School and worked in construction and tree work. Scott loved to hunt, fish and was an enthusiastic Alabama fan.He was preceded in death by his wife, Belinda Sue Anderson; parents, Henry Hewitt and Alta Mae Vining; and brother-in-law,...
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Roger Dale Dailey

November 7, 1945 - August 20, 2017

Roger Dale Dailey, age 71, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away August 20, 2017 with his family at his side. Roger graduated from Calera High School and was a cowboy all his life. He was a contractor and homebuilder.He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Jackson Dailey and Sudie Mae Galloway Dailey; wife, Marjorie Dailey; granddaughter, Chelsea Phillips; and brother, James Edward Dailey....
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Steven Travis Killingsworth

November 1, 1953 - August 19, 2017

Steven Travis Killingsworth, age 63, of Calera, Alabama, passed away August 19, 2017. Steve graduated from Calera High School, where he played football and earned the nickname “Rip Van Winkle”. At age 21, he was teaching the adult Sunday school class, and was struck silent at first sight by his future wife, with whom he lovingly lived for 42 years of marriage. Despite having an...
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John Q. Adams

December 11, 1956 - August 18, 2017

John Q. Adams, age 60, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away on August 18, 2017 after battling ALS. He grew up in Greenpond, Alabama and graduated from West Blocton High School in 1976. He spent his career as a welder. He was an avid outdoorsman including camping, fishing, and hunting. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, and was a coffee-holic. He was a homebody and loved to power nap while watching...
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John Bishop

December 18, 1945 - August 17, 2017

John Bishop III from Northport, Al passed away on Thursday Aug. 17 2017.He was preceded in death by mother LonDora Blevins Bishop and father John Bishop Jr.He is survived by 2 brothers (Larry and Gary Bishop) and 1 sister (Kathy Ashworth) 1 niece (Kristina Wright) 2 nephews (Hillard Wright) and (John Paulick)There will be a family and friends visitation on Tuesday Aug. 22nd from 11:30 am to 12:00...
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Rickey Dale Giles

October 10, 1963 - August 13, 2017

Rickey Dale Giles, age 53, of Maylene, Alabama passed away on August 13, 2017. Rickey was an outdoorsman who loved to fish. He also loved to play pranks and pick at the people he loved. He loved his family. He doted on his wife, and his son was his pride and joy. He was positive and upbeat, and was always offering wisdom and encouragement. He was honest to a fault, and would tell you what he...
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Christopher Vincent Ballentine

August 12, 1959 - August 13, 2017

Chris Ballentine, age 58, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away unexpectedly on August 13, 2017, just one day after his birthday. He received both of his degrees from the University of Montevallo. He enjoyed working with his hands, working in several fields during his career. Chris also enjoyed golfing, reading, and watching Star Trek, American Westerns and World War II films. He was an avid...
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Richard Alan Stambaugh

August 25, 1940 - August 12, 2017

Richard “Dick” Alan Stambaugh, age 76, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away after an extended illness on August 12, 2017. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps, and he worked at Wal-Mart in Calera for 15 years, retiring 3 years ago. He was a devout Christian, and he always witnessed the word of God wherever he went.He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. Stambaugh and...
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Melton Lorenzo Stepp

July 14, 1934 - August 3, 2017

Melton “Mel” Lorenzo Stepp, of Alabaster, Alabama passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017. He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Kathleen Swindle Stepp; his parents, Alvis Guy Stepp, Sr. and Lois Ryan Stepp; and his brother, Elvis “Guy Jr.” Stepp. He is survived by his brother, Alvis Guy Stepp, Jr. (Clothenia); daughters, Debra L. Moore (Rodney) of Alabaster,...
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John Wesley Robertson

November 6, 1961 - August 2, 2017

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Tony Michael Boothe

October 30, 1958 - August 1, 2017

Tony Michael Boothe, age 58, of Maylene, Alabama, passed away August 1, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Billie Boothe. He is survived by his daughter, Courtney Lyn Loyd; granddaughter, Emma Grygar; grandson, Adam Grygar; son-in-law, Bew Grygar; sisters, Peggy Lynne Kallus and Donna Jo Boothe; and brothers-in-law, Otis Dunaway and Chuck Kallus.Visitation will be held on...
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Charles Edgar Bearden

August 20, 1930 - August 1, 2017

Bearden, Charles Edgar, age 86, of Brierfield, Alabama went home to our Lord & Savior on August 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Opal Evans Bearden; daughter, Rita Miskelly of Brierfield, AL; sons, Ronnie Bearden (Peggy) of Pinson, AL, and Lynn Bearden (Stacy) of Montevallo, AL; grandchildren, Keith Bearden (Jennifer), Robert Brand, Kevin Brand, Shane Miskelly (Christy),...
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Willard Booth

March 15, 1924 - July 30, 2017

Willard “Bill” Booth, age 93, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away on July 30, 2017 surrounded by his family. He served in the US Army during World War II. He retired from ABEX in Calera.He was preceded in death by his wife, Claudie Hood Booth; sons, Charles and Paul Booth; father, Lee Booth; mother, Eva Mae Allen Booth; and six brothers and sisters. He is survived by his children,...
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Bruce Craig Bennett

September 27, 1950 - July 30, 2017

Bruce Craig Bennett was born on September 27, 1950 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and left for his heavenly home on July 30, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce Montgomery Bennett and his mother, Gloria FelderBennett of Denham Springs, Louisiana.Craig is survived by his wife, Anita Brantley Bennett of Calera, AL; sister, Carol Sue Smith (James) of Denham Springs, LA; daughter, Heather...
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Tracy Adam Ingram

March 16, 1962 - July 28, 2017

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

September 6, 1942 - July 20, 2017

William (Bill) Raymond Conneen, age 74, of Calera, Alabama went home to be with the Lord on July 20, 2017.He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helen Conneen; his sons, Robert Conneen (Jennifer), Michael Conneen (Terri), and Steven Conneen (Sue). He is also survived by 9 grandchildren.There will be a visitation for Mr. Conneen on Saturday, July 29 at Enon Baptist Church in Montevallo from 10 ...
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Wendell Foman

March 23, 1962 - July 19, 2017

Wendell “Woody” Foman, age 55, of Ashby, Alabama, passed away July 19, 2017. He loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed playing with his grandkids and dogs. He will be missed.Woody was preceded in death by his father, Jack Foman. He is survived by his wife, Martha “Marty” Foman; daughters, Leigh Warren (Jeff), Heather Reach and Grace Foman; grandchildren, Shawna Warren, Hunter...
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Gertrude Johnson

December 10, 1923 - July 14, 2017

Gertrude Rasco Johnson, age 93, of Maylene, Alabama, passed away July 14, 2017. She was the last surviving charter member of New Hope Church of God. She retired from Briarcliff Nursing Home in Alabaster at age 74. She loved to crochet. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Johnson; sons, Kenneth White and Clifton Todd Johnson; grandchildren, Tiffany and Tonya Johnson; parents, Tivis...
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Mitchel Sean Bunting

January 3, 1988 - July 13, 2017

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

March 10, 1933 - July 12, 2017

Betty Kell Culbertson, formerly from Dothan, has passed away to be with her Lord and Savior on, Wednesday, July 12, 2017.Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 3PM from the Ward Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Darryl Head and Bro. Tyler Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM...
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David Allen Gill

December 3, 1968 - July 10, 2017

David Allen Gill, age 48, of Brierfield passed away on July 10, 2017.He was preceded in death by his son Patrick Gill.David is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Allen P. Gill; his brother, Jerry (Tonya) Gill; his children Meagan Gill (Justin Hodges), Chad Gill, and Brad Gill. He is also survived by one grandchild, Konner Hodges.There will be a visitation for Mr. Gill at Rockco Funeral Home...
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