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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

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Myrtle Lee Cochran

August 21, 1935 - April 16, 2016

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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

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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

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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

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Bessie Arminta McAlister

December 3, 1939 - December 15, 2015

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Anthony Mark Naro

June 3, 1930 - December 15, 2015

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Martha Lockhart

June 28, 1939 - December 14, 2015

Martha Jane Lockhart, age 76, of Montevallo, passed away on December 14, 2015. Martha was born and raised in Altoona in Blount County, and graduated from Susan Moore High School. She retired as a billing clerk in the freight line business from Yellow Freight Line and Campbell 66. She was an active member of Calera Baptist Church.She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Lockhart; father,...
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Bro. Pat Edwin Minshew

September 2, 1921 - December 12, 2015

Bro. Pat Edwin Minshew, age 94, of Montevallo, went to be with the Lord on December 12, 2015. In his younger years, he was a pitcher known for his left-handed knuckleball for Thompson High School and in the Minor League in Tallassee, Alabama. Following that, he went to work in the coal mines and served in the US Marine Corps during WWII at Marshall Island. He was called to serve the Lord and...
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Earl C. Phillips

February 11, 1926 - December 9, 2015

Mr. Earl C. Phillips, “Cotton”, passed away suddenly Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the veterans home in Alexander City where he called home for two years. Cotton was a WWII Army Veteran. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Jean Pickett, and wife, Helen Boothe Phillips. Cotton is survived by two daughters: Carole Thompson (Gary), and Dottie Whitley (Ronny). Visitation for Mr....
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Hiram C. Hooten

April 1, 1939 - December 7, 2015

Hiram C. “Buddy” Hooten, age 76, of Alabaster, died Dec. 7, 2015. Buddy was a retired iron worker and loved to fish. He was a one of a kind, and cannot be replaced.He was preceded in death by his parents, Orin Hooten and Margaret Hodges. Buddy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Linda Hooten; children, Randy Hooten (Robin), Jay Hooten (Melinda), Susan Griffin (Alan), Mark Hooten...
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Gerald Ross Davis

December 22, 1941 - December 6, 2015

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Milan Ray Lowery

June 3, 1950 - December 4, 2015

Milan Ray Lowery, age 65, of Alabaster, Alabama died December 4, 2015 at his home.Milan was born June 3, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was a University of Alabama graduate and served in the US Army, from which he was honorable discharged with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Milan worked as an accountant for SONAT for 26 years, followed by most recently working for the Birmingham Housing Authority...
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Larry Richard Rollan, Sr.

August 16, 1951 - December 4, 2015

Larry Richard Rollan Sr. “Chief Rollan” age 64 of Alabaster/Helena passed away on December 4, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Rollan and Hazel Duncan Wallace of Alabaster, his sister, Patricia Davis and brother, H. Ray Rollan also of Alabaster. He is survived by his wife 40 years, Elaine S Rollan and sons, Larry Richard Rollan Jr. (Kym),David Rollan, and Chris...
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Leathie Elizabeth Holsomback

July 27, 1935 - November 27, 2015

Leathie Elizabeth Holsomback, age 80, of Marvel, AL, passed away November 27, 2015. Elizabeth was a member of Marvel Baptist Church and she worked in the cafeteria as a cook for West Blocton Elementary School for over 30 years. She was an outdoor person and she enjoyed life.She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Alfred Ray Holsomback; and her granddaughter, Ali Holsomback. She is...
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Vance McBride

February 6, 1927 - November 27, 2015

John Vance McBride (Vance), 88, died Friday, November 27, at home in Vestavia Hills following a brief illness. He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Rebecca (Becky) Yancey McBride; his five children, Becky Ferguson (Scott), Debbie Mathews (Larry), Johnny McBride (Betsy), Lee McBride and Amy Ward (Wes); his grandchildren, Jonathon Snow (Rachel), Erin Yarborough (Will), AJ Powell (Amanda), Yancey...
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Nina Warren Edwards

October 7, 1940 - November 26, 2015

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Marie Samsal Fancher

April 12, 1917 - November 23, 2015

Fancher, Marie Samsal, age 98, died November 23, 2015. She was born April 12, 1917 in West Blocton in Bibb County. She was a long-time resident of Montevallo and a member of First United Methodist Church of Montevallo.She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas M. Fancher, Sr.; and parents, John and Jennett Samsal. She is survived by her son, Thomas M. Fancher, Jr.(Doris); three...
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Phil Howard White

September 25, 1946 - November 23, 2015

Phil H. White, age 69, of Moody, AL, passed away November 23, 2015. He was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from One Stop Environmental. Phil is survived by his wife of 7 years, Sissy White; daughters, Renea Blackerby (Jeff) of Wilsonville and Charlotte Lake (Rick) of Lincoln; stepdaughter, Leslie Watts (Ivy) of Livingston, LA; grandchildren, Katherine Stephens, Ashlyn Blackerby,...
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Cynthia Marie Ford

November 20, 1954 - November 23, 2015

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James Morgan Bloodworth

November 30, 1922 - November 22, 2015

James M Bloodworth, 92, died peacefully at his home in Trussville, AL on Nov 22, 2015. He was born in Decatur, AL on Nov 22, 1922. He served in WWII as a 2nd class Radio Operator on several different Liberty ships from 1943- 1945. He was employed by AT&T for 37 years, retiring in 1983. He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years,...
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James Morgan Bloodworth

November 30, 1922 - November 22, 2015

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Carl Barnett

April 15, 1932 - November 20, 2015

Mr. Carl Sedford Barnett, age 83 of Helena, Alabama passed away on November 20th 2015. He is survived by his wife, Mariza Barnett; daughters, Carla (James) Lumpkin, Connie (Rusty) Fox, Cindy Askew and Cathy Kidd; niece, Lisa Smith; eight grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. Graveside services will be held in Helena City Cemetery at 2 pm on Sunday, November 22nd 2015 with Brother Kenneth...
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Rickey Joe Jenkins

August 15, 1953 - November 19, 2015

Jenkins, Rickey Joe, age 62, of Tuscaloosa, AL, died Nov. 19, 2015. Rickey was a US Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. His motto was: “I was born to serve; not to be served.”He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Martha Jenkins. He is survived by his daughter, Rikki “Nikki” Hamilton (Alexis) of Vance; grandchildren, Ricky Hamilton and Nicholas Hamilton; and...
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John Wilbur Kish

August 29, 1966 - November 16, 2015

Kish, John W., age 49 of Centreville, Alabama, died unexpectedly on November 16, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Kish; and brother, Randall Kish. He is survived by his mother, Lola Moody; daughter, Hayley Kish Splawn; sisters, Kathy Hamilton and Loretta Acker; and grandchildren, Alana Splawn and Steven Splawn.His funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 2...
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Eddie Leon Ruddick

January 29, 1929 - November 13, 2015

Dr. Eddie Leon Ruddick, 86, died peacefully on Friday, November 13, 2015 at his family home inStanton, Alabama.Eddie was born January 29, 1929 in Alabama where he attended Maplesville High School. Fromthere he attended Auburn University and graduated in 1949. Feeling the calling of God at ayoung age, Ed attended and graduated New Orleans Baptist Theology Seminary in 1954. Heleft the school with...
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Ila Ree Treadwell

October 6, 1925 - November 12, 2015

Treadwell, Ila R. age 90, a resident of Hatley Health Care, formerly of Montevallo, died November 12, 2015. She is survived by her daughters, JoAnne Page (David) of Albany, GA and Tricia Podolosky (Don) of Jupiter, FL; granddaughter, Melissa Christy (Ted); great-grandchildren, Austin Christy, Anthony Christy and Parker Wells; and sisters, Janette Marcus of Clanton, AL and Lila Greene of Fruitland...
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Bessie Mae Milstead

October 8, 1916 - November 11, 2015

Milstead, Bessie Mae Argo, age 99, of Montevallo, AL died November 11, 2015. Bessie was a member of Calera Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Milstead; son, Doug Milstead and son-in-law, Bonnie Adams. She is survived by her daughter, Janice Adams of Ashville; daughter-in-law, Magdalene Milstead of Montgomery; sons, Wayne Milstead (Mary Ann) of Calera and Ronnie...
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Sarah Elizabeth Helms

December 6, 1993 - November 8, 2015

Sarah Elizabeth Helms, age 21 of Calera, Alabama went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, November 08, 2015. She is survived by her loving parents, Clifford and Debra Helms; daughter, Jorden; sister, Jessica Helms; brother, Stephen Stewart; grandparents, Kenneth and Ruby Helms, Rev. Bill and Norma Alexander; numerous other family and friends.Sarah’s visitation will be held on Thursday,...
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Edward Richard Ruemmler

March 3, 1956 - October 23, 2015

Edward Richard Ruemmler, age 59 of Montevallo, Alabama passed away on Friday, October 23, 2015 at his home. Edward was born on March, 3, 1956 in Plainfield, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff Sr. and Carrie Ruemmler; brother, James Ruemmler.His surviving relatives include his loving wife Betty Ruemmler; Stepsons, Micheal and Joseph Steaphens all of Montevallo; brother,...
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Mattie Sue Dawson

October 28, 1913 - October 18, 2015

A resident of Montevallo, Al. and the daughter of Manley and Maude Dawson. She attended Gorgas HS and graduated from the Univ. of Al. She received a master’s degree from Iowa State Univ. She worked in education for 41 years, first as a teacher and then for the state as District Supervisor of Home Economics in Northwest Al.She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Montevallo and...
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Janice R. Thompson Brannon

September 24, 1962 - October 16, 2015

Janice R. Thompson Brannon, went to be with her Lord on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015.Janice was born Sept. 24, 1962 to parents, Richard and Burnis Allen Thompson.She had worked at Dewberry Printing and State Farm Ins. Co. until she became disabled.She leaves behind her parents; step-father, John R. Smith; brother, Michael Thompson of Michigan; step-brothers, Dean Griffith (Dolly) of Michigan and Tom...
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Elizabeth Ann Mahler

November 18, 1923 - October 14, 2015

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Scotty Darrell Brantley

March 3, 1978 - October 9, 2015

Scotty Darrell Brantley, 37, died unexpectedly on October 9, 2015.Scotty is survived by his father, Wayne Brantley of Montevallo; his wife, Melissa Maney Brantley of Alabaster; daughter, Marissa Nicole Brantley of Calera; step-daughters, Savannah Rainier, Madelyn Rainier and Presley Carroll of Alabaster; his brother, Destry Brantley and sister-in-law, Heather Brantley, and nephew, Fletcher...
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Annie Bell Ammons

June 4, 1930 - October 6, 2015

Annie Bell Howton Ammons, left this world on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 to reunite with her parents, Marvin Lee Howton and O'Dessa Wise Howton. She is survived by her children, Margaret McCain, Lucy Brown, Louis Ammons, Rena Davis and Julie Horton; her sisters, Mary Buckalew and Sue Garner; her brothers, Lee Roy and Louis Howton; eleven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one great...
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Ronald Eugene Cox

June 12, 1993 - October 1, 2015

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Teddy Wayne Gentry

February 8, 1935 - October 1, 2015

Teddy Wayne Gentry, age 80, of Pea Ridge, passed away October 1, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father, George Patrick “Pap” Gentry and his mother, Essie Ray Gentry. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara Ann Gentry; daughters, Katrina Ann Burton and Karman Kay Dailey; sister, Lynda Cunningham; and grandchildren, Jay, Tabitha, Alex, Lindsey, Reagan and Rush Tanner.Ted...
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Nellie Faye Headley

August 7, 1936 - October 1, 2015

Nellie Faye Headley, 79, of Maylene, AL passed away on October 1, 2015.She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Waters Cardwell; her brothers, Roy & H.W. Cardwell; her sisters, Shirley & Peggy Cardwell; and her grandson, Addison Connell.She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John C. Headley; her daughters, Ann Huckabee (Dale), Pam Headley, and Susan Biddy (Joey); 4...
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William Cecil Harris

October 11, 1927 - September 28, 2015

William “Cecil” HarrisWiltonWilliam “Cecil” Harris, age 87, died September 28, 2015.Cecil was born October 11, 1927 in Marvel, Alabama, grew up in Siluria and graduated from Thompson High School. He served in the Navy during World War II. He worked at the Siluria Cotton Mill as well as ABEX in Calera. He was employed with Alabaster Police Department and a Deputy with...
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Faye Lovelady Jeter

May 30, 1931 - September 26, 2015

Faye Lovelady Jeter, age 84 of Montevallo, Alabama passed away on September 26, 2015.She is survived by her two sons, Jim Jeter (Wendy) and David Jeter (Deborah); four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister, Joy Moody; numerous nieces and nephews.Graveside services for Faye will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 11 AM in the Montevallo City Cemetery. Rockco Funeral Home ...
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Peter Lee Ladewig

February 11, 1952 - September 25, 2015

Peter Lee Ladewig, age 63 of Montevallo, Alabama passed away on Friday, September 25, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was a master builder, adored his grandchildren, and enjoyed spending time at his farm.He is survived by his loving parents, Roland and Betty Ladewig; two daughters, Jacqueline Richardson (Philip) and Rebecca Oden (Paul); five grandchildren, Sam, Zac, Anna Kate, Mary...
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Rhonda Mattox

November 21, 1963 - September 22, 2015

Rhonda “Dinky” Mattox was called home by her Lord and Savior on September 22, 2015. She was reunited with her mother and father in-law, Pete and Edna Mattox of Lineville, AL; grandparents, James E. and Adabelle Walker of Pell City, AL; and Talmadge and Beatrice Smith of Centreville, AL.She is survived by her husband, Rick Mattox; son, Chase Mattox; daughter, Brittany M. (Allen)...
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Betty Jo Harless

July 30, 1934 - September 22, 2015

Betty Jo Harless, age 81, of Maylene, died September 22, 2015. She was preceded in death by her brothers, James L. Payne, Frank Payne, Jr. and Curtis Wayne Payne; and her parents, Frank and Mary Agnes Payne. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John B. Harless; daughter, Debbie Harless Parrish (Jason) of Vestavia Hills, AL; son, Johnathan Keith Harless (Gayle) of Maylene, AL; 4...
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