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Ross Taze Mixon

July 2, 1971 - March 22, 2017

Ross Taze Mixon, age 45, was a firefighter for the City of Calera and the City of Chelsea.He is survived by his sons, Jack and Charles Mixon.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Calera City Hall.
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Terry Warren Hafer

May 18, 1940 - March 19, 2017

Terry Warren Hafer of Brantleyville, Alabama went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 19, 2017. He was a member of New Hope Church of Brantleyville. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Maggie and Charles Hafer; son, Dwayne Hafer; brothers, R C Hafer and James Hafer.He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Frances Hafer; children, Donna Alexander (Greg), Ginger Thompson (Richard),...
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Kay Dawn Hallford

September 18, 1930 - March 19, 2017

Kay Packey Hallford of Montgomery, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Kay loved gardening, floral design and interior design. She was preceded in death by her son, John C. Hunsberger, II and granddaughter, Christina Faulkner.She is survived by her husband, John “Dan” Hallford; children, Michael Hunsberger (Ruth), Shawna Uptain (Mitch), Stacy Stephenson (David);...
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Thelma Brasher

April 18, 1932 - March 18, 2017

Thelma Ree “Thunny” Brasher, age 84, of Maylene, passed away March 18, 2017. She had a strong faith and a heart of gold. She loved to laugh and make others laugh, and she enjoyed going to the casino.She is preceded in death by her parents, J. A. & Mollie Spain; stepmother, Ruth Spain; sister, Louise; brother, Jimmy D. Spain; and two infant sons. Survived by daughter, Barbara...
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Jerry Wayne Sanders

April 12, 1949 - March 15, 2017

Jerry Wayne Sanders, age 67, of Alabaster, passed away on March 15 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center.He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Faye Sanders; his son, Samuel Wayne Sanders; two sisters, Joyce Massey and Carolyn Dawson and one brother, Johnny Mac Sanders.He is survived by his loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as four brothers and one sister...
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Carl G. Gober

March 4, 1956 - March 12, 2017

Lost His 1 year battle with cancer. He was an avid Alabama fan and NASCAR racing fan. He was a loving husband and wonderful father and spent as much time as he could with his new granddaughter, Addie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline and A. L. Gober. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Teresa S. Gober; son, Carl G. Gober, Jr. (Chrissy); daughter, Catrese Mitchell (Ryan);...
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Millard E. Martin

October 26, 1932 - March 11, 2017

Millard Eugene Martin, age 84, of Helena, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, March 11, 2017. “Buddy” was born in Montevallo, and raised in Marvel, Alabama. He served in the US Army in the Korean War and the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, starting as an aircraft mechanic, then flight chief, and retiring as Staff Sergeant. He also was a member of the civil service,...
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Tim Timothy Green

June 5, 1959 - March 11, 2017

Tim “Beanie Weenie” Green, age 57, of Montevallo, passed away unexpectedly on March 11, 2017. He attended Jemison and Montevallo High Schools. He served in the US Army, where he earned his nickname. He owned Tim Green Mobile Home Remodeling. He loved doing anything outdoors – farming, hunting, and fishing. He was a true patriot and Florida Gator fan. He loved his family, and was...
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James P. Pickett

February 23, 1936 - March 10, 2017

James P. Pickett, age 81, of Pea Ridge, died on March 10, 2017 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center.He was preceded in death by his parents, James T. and Ola Pickett, his brother, William Dale Pickett, and his sister, Ann Likes.He is survived by his wife, Deanna J. Pickett, his son, William J. Pickett (Vicki), three stepchildren, Darin Sheren (Christine), Richard Blanchong and Christopher Flores,...
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Karen Presley McGriff

December 10, 1945 - March 10, 2017

Karen Presley McGriff of Alabaster, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 10, 2017. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alabaster, a retired office manager, and a past member of Eastern Star. Karen loved arts and crafts, baking, sewing and her cats. She was passionate about the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Arkansas Razorbacks. She was preceded in death by her parents, John...
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Latrelle Hand Anderson

December 17, 1928 - March 9, 2017

Latrelle Hand Anderson went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 9, 2017. She was a long time resident of Helena and was a member of Helena Baptist Church. Latrelle was born in Walker County (Jasper) Alabama. She retired from Samford University after 17 years in 1991. A devout woman of faith who loved her family and friends. She was known for her goodness. She is preceded in death by her...
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David Michael Martin

April 19, 1947 - March 7, 2017

David Michael Martin, Sr., age 69, of Montevallo, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 after battling many health issues for years. He grew up in Eight Mile, Alabama and graduated from Semmes High School. He was an engineer on a tugboat for Lone Star Cement with his father and uncle. He then received a B.S. from Mobile College in Elementary Education minoring in...
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John A. Reis

March 7, 1940 - March 5, 2017

On Sunday March 5th 2017, John (Jack) A. Reis died after a short battle with an autoimmune disease. Two days shy of his 77th birthday, Jack was called to be with the Lord. Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Waldo F. Reis and Ursula E. Tetreau. He spent his early years in Westfield, New Jersey and later moved to South Florida before relocating permanently to Shelby County,...
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Donald R. Gwin

July 7, 1942 - March 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), MONTEVALLO, AL.
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Linda Dian Anderson Vines

January 29, 1952 - March 1, 2017

Linda Dian Anderson Vines, age 65, of Roberta, Georgia, passed away March 1, 2017. Originally from Alabama, Linda graduated from Montevallo High School. She and her husband ran their business, Progressive Systems, in Knoxville, GA. Later, she became a rural mail carrier for Fort Valley Post Office. She loved flower gardening; fishing; watching game shows, especially Jeopardy; UGA and Buford High...
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Eva Nell Sanders

April 22, 1950 - February 28, 2017

Eva Nell (Susie) Sanders, age 66, of Montevallo went home to be with the Lord on February 28, 2017.She is preceded in death by her parents, Dalton and Letha Estes, and by her husband, Johnny Sanders.Mrs. Sanders is survived by her three brothers, James D. Estes (Sandra) of Tuscaloosa, AL; Mike Estes of Auburn, California; Don Nilsen of Decatur, Indiana, and several nieces and nephews.There will...
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Pauline T. Shirey

May 6, 1927 - February 28, 2017

Shirey, Pauline T. “Polly”, age 89, of Calera, AL, passed away Feb. 28, 2017. She was a member of South Shelby Baptist Church. She loved her children, travelling and gardening.She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Hilton Shirey, Sr., parents, Edgar Lee & Tishie Trice; and brothers, Daniel Lee, Dallas Leon, Calvin Curtis, Harold L. and Bobby Ray Trice. She is survived by...
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Nina Carroll Hallman

April 1, 1948 - February 27, 2017

Nina Carroll Thomas Hallman, age 68, of Akron, Alabama, passed away on February 27, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Calera with Hospice Care and her daughters. She was preceded in death by her parents, Doshie Thomas and Heston Thomas; son, Michael Wayne Smith; siblings, James William, Junior, Curtis, Helen, Charles, and Betty. She is survived by her daughters, Regina and Glenda;...
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Billy June Gambill

June 22, 1946 - February 22, 2017

June Gambill, age 70, passed away at her home on February 22, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Ronnie Edwin Gambill, Jr., and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Travis Hartley. She is survived by her daughter, Summer Cherry (Daniel), her two stepsons, Eddie Gambill (Diane) and Mark Gambill (Emily), and grandchildren, Nathan, Noah, and Natalie Jenkins.She was a loving daughter,...
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Eleanor Face Pigan

May 28, 1928 - February 12, 2017

Eleanor Face Pigan, age 88, of Maylene, Alabama, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2017, at home with her family. She was born in Stephentown, New York to George Adolphus and Anna Dymond Face. She was raised in East Nassau, New York, the eldest of seven children. Elly married her sweetheart, Ed Pigan, and they remained together in love for 60 years and renewed their vows in the presence of...
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Edward Karl Aldag

February 9, 1937 - February 8, 2017

Edward K. Aldag, age 79, originally from New York City called Alabama his home since 1959. Ed is survived by his three children, Anne Harrison, Ed, Jr. and Frank along with their families. Graveside service will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:45 AM. Burial will take place at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama near the American Village. In lieu of flowers please make...
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Phyllis J. Frederick

August 3, 1936 - February 6, 2017

Phyllis Jean Frederick, age 80, of Montevallo, passed away February 6, 2017.She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira C. Frederick; sons, Ira Curtis Frederick, Jr. and Jacky L. Frederick; father, Morgan G. Lovejoy; and mother, Emmie Lee Lovejoy. She is survived by her daughters, Karen Bell (Jim) and Meredith Loggins (Kenneth); sons, Michael R. Frederick (Faye) and Bryan O. Frederick (Phyllis...
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Glenis Hazel Baumgartner

November 10, 1933 - February 3, 2017

Glenis Hazel Baumgartner, age 83, of Montevallo, passed away February 3, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Baumgartner; mother, Ethel Blanchard; sister, Linda Lipscomb; and her brother, Bill Parker. She is survived by her brother, Pat Ayres (Cheryl) of Rainbow City; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.Glenis worked many years at local Wal-Marts. She was a...
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L. C. Hatcher

July 25, 1933 - January 24, 2017

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

August 15, 1953 - January 23, 2017

Timothy “Rice” Wayne Rice, age 63 of Harker Heights, TX passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017. His survivors include three brothers, Kenneth Rice of Rogers, TX, John Rice of Prattville, AL, and Ronald Rice of Valley Grande, AL.Visitation will be held on Monday, January 30, 2017 at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo) from 6 to 8 PM for friends. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday...
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Kenney Carl Porter

October 6, 1943 - January 19, 2017

Kenney Carl Porter, age 73, a resident of Calera, passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, after a brief illness from cancer. Kenney was born on Oct. 6, 1943. He always had a love for old cars and trucks and in his later years, enjoyed showing off his favorite project, his 1948 Chevy.Kenney is proceeded in death by his parents, Sidney Porter and Loretta Horton Porter, and step-brother, Allen Owens. He is...
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Jonathan Paul Boyd

January 20, 1976 - January 16, 2017

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

November 17, 1921 - January 16, 2017

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

December 18, 1934 - January 15, 2017

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

April 10, 1961 - January 13, 2017

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

July 25, 1942 - January 12, 2017

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

May 1, 1971 - January 10, 2017

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

September 22, 1933 - January 7, 2017

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

January 27, 2006 - January 6, 2017

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

July 15, 1920 - January 5, 2017

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

January 28, 1943 - January 2, 2017

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

January 21, 1925 - January 1, 2017

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

February 22, 1940 - December 24, 2016

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

June 28, 1949 - December 23, 2016

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

November 10, 1940 - December 20, 2016

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

December 1, 1939 - December 16, 2016

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

July 18, 1938 - December 16, 2016

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

March 16, 1951 - December 15, 2016

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

July 16, 1936 - December 9, 2016

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

April 26, 1941 - December 6, 2016

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

November 4, 1920 - December 3, 2016

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

December 31, 1977 - December 1, 2016

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

February 18, 1932 - December 1, 2016

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

December 19, 1929 - November 26, 2016

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

November 23, 1925 - November 24, 2016

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

October 31, 1959 - November 22, 2016

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

March 17, 1931 - November 19, 2016

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

March 1, 1949 - November 18, 2016

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

March 1, 1959 - November 16, 2016

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

June 5, 1937 - November 14, 2016

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

May 6, 1948 - November 9, 2016

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

September 8, 1931 - November 9, 2016

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

October 23, 1945 - November 4, 2016

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

March 22, 1961 - November 4, 2016

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

August 26, 1967 - October 30, 2016

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

January 19, 1946 - October 30, 2016

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

January 26, 1916 - October 28, 2016

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

November 22, 1921 - October 27, 2016

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

October 24, 1937 - October 26, 2016

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

August 17, 1958 - October 24, 2016

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

February 10, 1974 - October 23, 2016

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

January 21, 1923 - October 18, 2016

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

November 16, 1951 - October 12, 2016

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

May 11, 1941 - October 6, 2016

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

July 17, 1955 - October 4, 2016

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

March 3, 1941 - October 3, 2016

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

May 11, 1933 - October 3, 2016

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

September 17, 1951 - September 29, 2016

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

December 13, 1942 - September 27, 2016

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

November 21, 1937 - September 24, 2016

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

April 28, 1934 - September 23, 2016

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

July 14, 1935 - September 21, 2016

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

September 24, 1924 - September 19, 2016

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

October 7, 1950 - September 17, 2016

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

June 19, 1943 - September 16, 2016

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

July 8, 1945 - September 13, 2016

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

September 29, 1925 - September 11, 2016

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

March 21, 1931 - September 10, 2016

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

December 10, 1928 - September 9, 2016

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

April 23, 1955 - September 6, 2016

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

October 2, 1968 - September 4, 2016

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

August 25, 1951 - August 31, 2016

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

May 31, 1927 - August 30, 2016

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

December 23, 1964 - August 29, 2016

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

February 19, 1940 - August 24, 2016

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

October 10, 1939 - August 18, 2016

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

May 23, 1933 - August 18, 2016

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

August 13, 1958 - August 10, 2016

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

June 29, 1937 - August 8, 2016

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

June 22, 1937 - August 6, 2016

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

August 7, 1925 - August 5, 2016

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

December 24, 1938 - August 4, 2016

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

January 11, 1939 - July 29, 2016

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

May 15, 1927 - July 29, 2016

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

July 26, 1924 - July 27, 2016

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