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The Randolph Leader
The Randolph Leader
January 3, 2007
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OBITUARIES:

Vertis Rogers Bright

(ROANOKE) Services for Mrs. Vertis Rogers Bright, 87, of Roanoke were
Saturday. Dee. 30, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel with the Rev.
S.T. Janney officiating. Burial followed at Randolph Memory Gardens.
Mrs. Bright died Thursday, Dec. 28, at LaFayette Nursing Home.
Survivors include one daughter, Myra Dilene Franklin of Valley; four
grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were John Ross, Jamie Carr, Neal Bates, Kyle Stewart, Ted
Mitchell and Paul Rogers.
Mrs. Bright was born Oct. 15, 1919, daughter of Reuben and Claudy Vinson
Rogers. She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church and had been a seamstress
for Playtex Manufacturing Company. Mrs. Bright is preceded in death by her
husband, Archie Bright; her parents; one son, Fred Bright.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Fannie Pearl Woodall

(ROANOKE) Fannie Pearl Woodall, 90, of Roanoke died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006,
at Roanoke HealthCare Center.
Services were Thursday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. at Vines Funeral Home Chapel,
LaFayette, with minister Margie Carlton officiating. Interment was in Handy
Cemetery, LaFayette.
Mrs. Woodall was born Oct. 7, 1916, to the late Sam and Ellen Jiles Matthews
in Chambers County. She was a member of Peace and Goodwill Baptist Church. Mrs.
Woodall was preceded in death by her husband, John Will Woodall.
Surviving are a devoted brother, Willie Brice Matthews of Roanoke; a sister,
Mary Ellen Trimble of Camp Hill; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and
friends.
Vines Funeral Horne Inc., LaFayette.
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Jesse Wilford Keeble

(HUNTSVILLE) Jesse Wilford Keeble, 79, of Huntsville died Thursday, Dec. 28,
2006.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Yates Keeble of Huntsville, formerly of
Woodland; a daughter, Becky Blair of Huntsville; a son, Bill Keeble of
Huntsville; a brother, Lawrence Keeble of Martinez, Ga.; and two granddaughters.
A memorial service was Sunday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. at Aldersgate United
Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Stephens officiating. Interment was in
Roselawn Cemetery in Decatur.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American
Heart Association or Diabetes Association.
Twickenham Funeral Home, Huntsville.
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Evelyn Estes

(FIVE POINTS) Evelyn Estes, 71, of County Road 287 in Five Points died
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006.
Mrs. Estes was born June 29, 1935, in LaGrange, Ga., and was the daughter of
the late Emmett E. and Bessie Mae Flournoy. She was a member of Standing Rock
Assembly of God and had worked at the Dixie Division of West Point Pepperell
and was a certified nursing assistant for Royal Elaine Nursing Care.
Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Wiley M. Estes of Five Points; a
son, Michael Stapler of Woodland; a daughter, Betty Michelis of Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her brother, Phillip Flournoy.
The services for Mrs. Estes were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at the
Standing Rock Assembly of God with the Rev. Sonny Kent officiating. Interment
was at Shadowlawn Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed and memories shared in the guest book at
www.hunterallenmyhand.com.
Hunter Allen Myhand Funeral Home, LaGrange, Ga.
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Roger Allen Pollard

(LANETT) Roger Allen Pollard, 57, of Lanett died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006,
at George H. Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.
Services were Thursday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral
Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Larry Bruner officiating. Burial followed
at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Mr. Pollard is survived by three daughters, Wendy Shaffield of Tallahassee,
Fla., Stephania Barrentine of Dothan and Sonja Pollard of LaGrange, Ga.; three
sisters, Faye Laney, Ina Walden and Linda Byrd, all of Lanett; four brothers,
Henry Pollard and Steve Wayne Pollard of LaGrange, Raymond Pollard of Muscadine
and Billy Pollard of the Lake Harding community; and his best friend, Roger
Hood.
Born May 8, 1949, in Randolph County, Mr. Pollard was the son of the late
Alice Mae Benefield Pollard and James Burt Pollard. He was a veteran, having
served with the U.S. Army. Mr. Pollard was employed as a forklift mechanic with
Dixie Converting Co. He was a member of Harvest Baptist Church.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral home, Valley.
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Lorell Hale

(LAGRANGE, Ga.) Lorell Hale of LaGrange, Ga., died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006,
at Twin Fountains Home.
Miss Hale was born in Randolph County, Ala., and was the daughter of the
late Ruge and Minnie Huddleston Hale. She lived in LaGrange most of her life,
was a member of Faith Tabernacle Church, and retired from Uniroyal Inc. in
Hogansville, Ga.
Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Alears and Peggy Hale of
LaGrange; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30, in the Chapel of Claude A.
McKibben and Sons Funeral Home. The Rev. Benny Phillips officiated and
interment was in Shadowlawn Cemetery.
Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home, LaGrange.
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Helen Richards Burns

(ROANOKE) Services for Helen Richards Burns, 84, of Roanoke were Saturday,
Dec. 30, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Roanoke First United Methodist Church, with the
Rev. Paul Messer and the Rev. John Mann officiating. Burial followed at
Randolph Memory Gardens.
Mrs. Burns died Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Randolph Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband, William Clifford Burns of Roanoke; two
daughters, Mary Joyce Roberts of Spring, Texas, and Cindy Rothstein of Pebble
Beach, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Hy Rothstein, Gary Roberts, Paul Rothstein, Stewart
Shurtleff, Justin Norris and Steve Burns.
Mrs. Burns was born Feb. 9, 1922, daughter of James Daniel and Roxie Owen
Richards. She was a member of Roanoke First United Methodist Church, had been
payroll clerk for Palm Beach Co., and was a loving homemaker and a great cook.
Mrs. Burns was preceded in death by her parents.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Tommie Sue Kirby Elder

(VALLEY) Tommie Sue Kirby Elder, 91, of Valley died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006,
at Beverly Health Care Center in Lanett.
Services were Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Langdale United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Burial followed at Langdale
Cemetery.
Mrs. Elder is survived by one son, Kirby Elder of Dallas, Texas; two
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Jack Mehaffey of
Lanett and Mrs. Henry Ward of Warner Robins, Ga.; and one brother, W. Jack
Kirby of Charleston, S.C.
Born Nov. 14, 1915, in Randolph County, Mrs. Elder was the daughter of the
late Mittis Lou Arnold Kirby and William Causey Kirby. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Reuben Franklin Elder. She was a longtime member of
Langdale United Methodist Church and a retired employee of West Point
Pepperell's Fairfax Mill.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Langdale United
Methodist Church in her memory.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home, Valley.
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Merlyn Bradford Breed

(JACKSON, Ga.) Services for Mrs. Merlyn Bradford Breed, 90, of Jackson, Ga.,
formerly of Roanoke, will be Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Quattlebaum
Funeral Chapel, Roanoke, with the Rev. Richard Richie officiating. Burial will
follow at Cedarwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on
Thursday.
Mrs. Breed died Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Newton Medical Center, Covington, Ga.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Francis Jenkins of Jackson, Ga.; one
son, Ricky Breed of Murphy, N.C.; 12 grand-children; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Breed was born Oct. 16, 1916, daughter of William and Leola Elizabeth
Bradford. She was a member of East LaGrange Baptist Church and had been a
housewife. Mrs. Breed was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Breed.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Dr. Robert B. Quattlebaum Jr.

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Dr. Robert B. Quattlebaum Jr., 73, of Savannah, Ga., died
Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, at Candler Hospital.
He was born Robert Baskin Quattlebaum Jr., son of Lucy Mathews and Robert
B. "Robyn" Quattlebaum Sr. on March 6, 1933, in Roanoke. He graduated from Taft
Prep School in Watertown, Conn., and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He
graduated from Vanderbilt University, then served in the Air Force for two
years. He then graduated from the University of Alabama Medical School in 1961
and served a seven-year residency in general surgery and urology at UAB. He
moved to Savannah in 1967 and opened his private practice as a solo physician.
He practiced until his retirement in 2003.
He was president of the Georgia Medical Society and Georgia Urological
Society and both treasurer and president of the Southeastern Section of the
American Urology Association. He was currently serving as a board member of the
Coastal Gardens and Bamboo Farms and recently raised more money in their city-
wide membership drive than anyone. He was also a graduate of the University of
Georgia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program and was an active member
of the Coastal Master Gardeners Association. He was a member of Isle of Hope
United Methodist Church since 1972, where he had served as a Sunday school
teacher.
He is survived by his loving wife, Fall Binford Quattlebaum; his children,
Robert Baskin "Robyn" Quattlebaum III, Jane Fall Quattlebaum, Blake Binford
Quattlebaum, George Wilkins Quattlebaum and Elizabeth Ann "Biza" Quattlebaum
Mabry; seven grandchildren; a son-in-law and several daughters-in-law.
Remembrances may be sent to either Isle of Hope United Methodist Church
Missions Fund at 412 Parkersburg Rd., Savannah, GA 31406 or Friends of Coastal
Gardens Quattlebaum Memorial Garden Fund, #2 Canebreak Rd., Savannah, GA 31419.
Services will be Thursday, Jan. 4, at 4 p.m. at Isle of hope United
Methodist Church. A reception will follow in the church social hall.
Fox and Weeks Hodgson Chapel, Savannah.
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The Randolph Leader
January 10, 2007
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OBITUARIES:

Arthur David Johnson

(LANETT) Arthur David Johnson, 80, of Lanett died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at
his home.
Mr. Johnson was born in Randolph County Oct. 29, 1926, son of the late
Bernice Allen Johnson and the late William Johnson. He retired from West Point
Stevens' Langdale Mill after 37 years and also worked for Kroger for 15 years.
He was an active member of Lanett Church of Christ and loved working in his
gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Lillie Frances Johnson; three daughters, Gloria
O'Riley of Athens, Ga., Betty Sue Aaron of Valley and Patricia Lewis of
Pensacola, Fla.; two sisters, Velma Veal of Roanoke and Hattie Nichols of
Lanett; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his daughter, Jeanette Johnson.
Services were at Lanett Church of Christ at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
Burial was in Fairfax Cemetery. The Rev. Russ Wearden and Mr. Steve Jenkins
will officiated.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home, Valley.
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Ricky Talmon Cofield

(OXFORD) Memorial services for Ricky Talmon Cofield, 51, of Oxford were
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at 6 p.m. at the chapel of Miller Funeral Home &
Crematory with the Rev. Bill Timmons officiating. Mr. Cofield died Monday, Jan.
1, 2007, in Wedowee.
Survivors are his wife, Patricia T. Cofield; his children, Angela Cofield,
Tamra Meadows and Jerry Bennett, all of Oxford; his mother, Maudine Cofield of
Wedowee; three sisters, Carolyn Heard, Mary Ellen Harbison and Wyneise
Holloway; two brothers, Jerry Cofield and Ronnie Cofield; and 14 grandchildren.
Mr. Cofield was a loving husband, father and PaPa. He was employed with the
Anniston Army Depot for the past 30 years and was a member of Corinth Baptist
Church of Wedowee.
He is preceded in death by his father, Talmon Cofield and an infant son,
Ricky Cofield Jr.
Personal condolences may be written to the family at:
www.millerfuneralhomeoxford.com.
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William Dorsey Earnest Sr.

(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) William Dorsey Earnest Sr., 89, of West Palm Beach,
Fla., died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, in West Palm Beach.
Services are planned for Thursday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. at First Christian
Church, West Palm Beach.
Mr. Earnest is survived by a son, William Dorsey "Big Dee" Earnest Jr.; a
daughter, Stephanie Earnest Pichurski; two grandsons; and one sister, Mary
Emily Ellis of Opelika.
Born July 20, 1917, in Randolph County, Mr. Earnest was the fourth of seven
children. He was a long-time resident of Florida, having moved from Alabama in
1953. Mr. Earnest was well known in the community for his artistic design and
gardening abilities and in church for his beautiful tenor voice and for playing
the organ. He served as a U.S. Army chaplain assistant at Fort Knox, Ky., from
1943-45. Mr. Earnest was the beloved husband of the late Sue Adams Earnest.
The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mizell-
Faville-Zem Funeral Home, West Palm Beach.
Mizell-Faville-Zem Funeral Home, West Palm Beach.
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Vertis Franklin Ogle

(MICAVILLE) Services for Vertis Franklin Ogle, 79, of Micaville were
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Benefield Funeral Chapel, Wedowee,
with the Revs. David Harris, J.D. Bearden and Donald Spradlin officiating.
Burial followed at Pinetucky Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive
friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
Mr. Ogle died Thursday, Jan. 4, at Wedowee Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Pearleen Puckett Ogle of Micaville; one
daughter, Rita Cofield of Micaville; one son, Raydean Ogle of Micaville; six
grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Anthony Ploof, Kevin Smith, Justin Hudgins, Scotty Hudgins,
Jamie Ogle, Roy Cofield, Gerald Whitworth and Joe Bill Conkle. Honorary
pallbearers were Bailey Cofield and Micah Harris.
Mr. Ogle was born Sept. 27, 1927, son of Frank and Corda Ogle. He was
preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Helen Serface and Myrtle
Dearman; one brother, Earlis Ogle; and one granddaughter, Heather Cofield.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.
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Willa Perry Cockrell

(LINEVILLE) Services for Willa Perry Cockrell, 93, of Lineville were
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at 2 p.m. at New Fellowship Baptist Church with the
Revs. Randy Morris, Roger Griffith and Chris Bain officiating. Burial followed
in Clay County Memory Gardens.
Mrs. Cockrell died Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Lineville Health and Rehabilitation
Center.
She was a native of Randolph County but had lived most of her life in Clay
County; was a homemaker and a member of New Fellowship Baptist Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Janice Marie Elliott of Sharps, Nev., and
Susan Denise Rose of Lineville; two sons, Byron L. Cockrell of Muscle Shoals
and Michael D. Cockrell of Alabaster; two sisters, Ruby Knight and Rebecca
Evans of Lineville; nine grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel P. and Susan Frances Brown
Perry; husband of 65 years, Webster Cockrell; daughter-in-law, Hazel Cockrell;
seven sisters; and six brothers.
Pallbearers were Steve Bryant, Cesar Spitale, Jeff Cockrell, David Cockrell,
Donny Vines, Bruce Cockrell, Jeremy Rose, Billy Knight, Joel Brand and Barry
Knight.
Benefield Funeral Home, Lineville.
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The Randolph Leader
January 17, 2007
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OBITUARIES:

Leonard Kermit Crenshaw

(WOODLAND) Services for Leonard Kermit Crenshaw, 89, of Woodland will be
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Church of Christ, with Bro.
Wilbur Bass and Bro. Wayne Spradlin officiating. Mr. Crenshaw will lie in state
one hour before the service at the church. Burial will follow in the church
cemetery.
Mr. Crenshaw died Monday, Jan. 15, at East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika.
Mr. Crenshaw is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth Spradlin Crenshaw of
Woodland; one daughter, Linda Williams of Woodland; one son, Bobby Crenshaw of
Woodland; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Michael Crenshaw, Kevin Williams, Scott Smith, Ken
Spradlin, Fraiser Crenshaw, Tommy Yarbrough, Allen Herren and Mark Edwards.
Mr. Crenshaw was born Feb. 3, 1917, son of George Coleman and Vennie Brown
Crenshaw. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Church of Christ and owned his own farm
where he raised cattle, poultry and crops. Mr. Crenshaw was preceded in death
by his parents; one sister, Millie Edmondson; and two brothers, Woodrow and
Geleves Crenshaw.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.
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William Earl Steward

(ROANOKE) Services for William Earl Steward, 81, of Roanoke were Tuesday,
Jan. 16, 2007, at 5 p.m. at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Richie
Farrow officiating. Burial followed at Wesley Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery,
Georgiana.
Mr. Steward died Monday, Jan. 15, at Traylor Nursing Home, Roanoke.
Survivors include three brothers, Wilbur Steward of Roanoke, Jack Steward of
Loganville, Ga., and Thomas Steward of Louisburg, Tenn.
Mr. Steward was born May 24, 1925, son of Robert Wood and Maddie Fussell
Steward. He was a member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Hazel Dean Traylor

(WOODLAND) Services for Hazel Dean Traylor, 71, of Woodland will be
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Zion Baptist Church, with the Rev.
George Smitherman and the Rev. Joe Bob Traylor officiating. Burial will follow
in the adjoining cemetery.
Mrs. Traylor died Sunday, Jan. 14, at Cleburne County Nursing Home.
Survivors include one daughter, Sylvia Stenbeck of Houston, Texas; two sons,
Jesse Traylor and Roy Traylor of Woodland; six grandchildren; and three great-
grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be family members.
Mrs. Traylor was born Aug. 10, 1934, daughter of Artis and Minnie Knox
White. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church and a homemaker. Mrs. Traylor
was preceded in death by her husband, Brady William "Pete" Traylor.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.
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John Dudley Akins

(ROANOKE) Services for John Dudley "Pop" Akins, 71, of Roanoke will be
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, with the
Revs. Ricky Emry, Derek Farr, Jody Overton and Stiles Akins officaiting
[officiating]. Mr. Akins will lie in state one hour before the service at
the church. Burial will follow at Welcome Home Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Quattlebaum Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m.
on Wednesday.
Mr. Akins died Monday, Jan. 15, at Randolph Medical Center.
Survivors include three daughters, Donna Inez Akins of Roanoke, Penny Akins
Cook of Rock Mills and Felicia Ann Smith of Tennessee; two sons, Johnny Dewayne
Akins and Danny Lee Akins of Roanoke; three sisters, Minnie Bea Camp of Lanett,
Alma Rean Clark of LaGrange, Ga., and Ila Mae Etchison of Dadeville; two
brothers, Edward Bruce Akins of Five Points and Freeman Rosco Akins of
LaGrange; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Near and dear to his
heart were Dajuana Ann Farr and her three sons, and James and Brenda Watts and
family.
Pallbearers will be James Freeman, James Watts, Chris Hammock, Elmer Daniel,
Larry Sheppard, Travis Etchison and O'dell Akins.
Mr. Akins was born March 30, 1935, son of Freeman Rosco and Sarah Melinda
Thompson Akins. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and a mechanic
for the City of Roanoke. Mr. Akins was preceded in death by his parents.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Celvin Ward

(GRAHAM) Celvin Ward, 80, of Hwy. 48, Graham, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007,
at LaGrange Hospice.
Mr. Ward was born June 16, 1926, in Randolph County to the late Thomas and
Beulah Johnson Ward. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II. He
was a member of Campground United Methodist Church and was retired, having
worked 26 years for the Southwire Company.
Besides his parents, Mr. Ward is preceded in death by all his brothers and
sisters, Mae Ward, Faye Stewart, Nora Sullivan, Flora Green, Lila Lovvorn,
Charlie Ward, Melvin Ward, Woodrow Ward and Olie Ward.
Survivors include a special beloved friend of 36 years, Martha Brown; a best
friend, Steve Stewart; and 25 nieces and nephews.
In keeping with Mr. Ward's wishes, his body was cremated. A memorial service
will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. at Martin & Hightower Heritage
Chapel, Carrollton, Ga. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on
Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to LaGrange Hospice, 1510
Vernon Rd., LaGrange, GA 30240.
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Braxie Allen Jacobs

(ROANOKE) Services for Braxie Allen Jacobs, 75, of Roanoke were Sunday, Jan.
14, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Phil Russell
and the Rev. Fran Irmiter officiating. Burial followed at Taylor's Crossroads
Church of Christ Cemetery.
Mrs. Jacobs died Friday, Jan. 12, at East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika.
Survivors include three sons, Tim Jacobs and Phillip Jacobs of Roanoke and
Allen Jacobs of Jacksonville, Fla.; six sisters, Patsy Irvin of Roanoke, Margie
Halsey of LaFayette, Laura Yarbrough and Peggy Hudson of LaGrange, Ga., Edith
Harrington of Birmingham and Jennifer Allen of Columbus, Ga.; two brothers,
Doug Allen of Birmingham and Max Allen of Scottsdale, Ariz.; seven
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Taylor Jacobs, Carey Jacobs, Brad Jacobs, Matt Jacobs
and Russell Irvin.
A lifelong Roanoke resident, Mrs. Jacobs was born Aug. 18, 1931, daughter of
Arthur Douglas and Annie Lois Taylor Allen. She was a member of Roanoke First
Baptist Church and had retired after 33 years with Randolph Medical Center.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Ray Halsey

(ROANOKE) Services for Ray Halsey, 75, of Roanoke were Tuesday, Jan. 16,
2007, at 2 p.m. at New Hope Congregational Christian Church, with the Revs.
Phil Gore, Zenus Windsor and Cecil Halsey officiating. Burial followed in the
adjoining cemetery.
Mr. Halsey died Saturday, Jan. 13, at his home.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Newman of Wadley and Patricia
Edwards of Carrollton, Ga.; one sister, Pauline Wortham of Surrency, Ga.; nine
grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Halsey was born May 28, 1931, son of Henry and Eula Mae Clack Halsey. He
was a member of New Hope Congregational Christian Church, retired after 47
years with West Point Pepperell and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean
War. Mr. Halsey is preceded in death by his wife, Velma Maurice Halsey, and
his parents.
Pallbearers were James Mark Halsey, Mike “Chester” Halsey, Richard Halsey,
Randy Newman, Bryan Carson and Harvey Harmon.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Danny Alan Satterwhite

(ROANOKE) Services for Danny Alan Satterwhite, 49, of Roanoke were Monday,
Jan. 15, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Rock Stand Congregational Christian Church, with
the Rev. Kenneth Johnson and the Rev. Jackie Taylor officiating. Burial
followed in the adjoining cemetery.
Mr. Satterwhite died Saturday, Jan. 13, at Wedowee Hospital.
Mr. Satterwhite is survived by his wife, Sharon Waits of Roanoke; two
stepdaughters, Heather Goodman of Roanoke and Felicia Arnett of Heflin; one
stepson, Ricky Spruill Jr. of Roanoke; his mother, Joann Satterwhite of
Wedowee; one brother, Dwayne Satterwhite of Wedowee; and nine grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Masonic Sawyer Lodge #93.
Mr. Satterwhite was born April 26, 1957, son of R.T. and Joann Holloway
Satterwhite. He was a member of Rock Stand Congregational Christian Church and
was a tool and die machinist for Atlantic Tool & Die. Mr. Satterwhite was
preceded in death by his father.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.
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Barto G. Mitchell

(WEDOWEE) Services for Barto G. Mitchell, 70, of Wedowee were Monday, Jan.
15, 2007, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wedowee, with the Rev. Don Paris
officiating. Burial followed in Wedowee City Cemetery.
Mr. Mitchell died Sunday, Jan. 14, at Wedowee Hospital.
Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife, Kerlene B. Mitchell of Wedowee; one
son, Barry K. Mitchell of Wedowee; his mother, Lessie B. Mitchell of Wedowee;
four sisters, JoAnne Bolt of Tennessee, Emily Wallace and Dorothy Huddleston of
Wedowee and Lynda Fincher of Woodland; and one brother, Brad Mitchell of
Anniston.
Pallbearers were his nephews.
Mr. Mitchell was born June 14, 1936, son of Bert and Lessie Bradley
Mitchell. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and an electrician
for Southwire. Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his father and one son,
Benny Scott Mitchell. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the
American Cancer Society or First Baptist Church of Wedowee.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.
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Brandon Keith Hanson

(WOODLAND) A celebration of the life of Brandon Keith Hanson, 22, of
Woodland, was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, in the chapel of Miller
Funeral Home and Crematory with burial following in the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Mr Hanson died Wednesday, Jan. 10, at his residence.
He is survived by his parents Gary Hanson of Anniston and Troy and Toni
Lippard of Woodland; a sister, Shaina Lippard, and brother, Justin Lippard,
both of Taylor; grandparents, Murvel and Jeanie Hanson of Anniston, Gail and
Don Lovvorn of Newell, Jeanette Smith of Ohatchee, Ken and Janet Penrod of
Shumway, Gene and Brycene Lippard of Snowflake; and great-grandmother Ethelene
Smith of Ohatchee.
Pallbearers will be Justin Davis, Jessie Crawford, Wesley Shelnut, J.C.
Lovvorn, Grant Lovvorn, Jake Smith, Daniel Butler and Skyler Lovvorn.
Brandon was a 2003 graduate of Woodland High School and was employed by
Lakeside Auto Service. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gerald
Smith, and by his brother, Kyle Ervin.
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Robert Franklin Graham

(ROANOKE) Robert Franklin Graham, 82, a resident of Traylor Retirement
Community in Roanoke, formerly of Austell, Ga., died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007.
Mr. Graham was a member of First Baptist Church of Austell. He retired from
Lockheed after 33 years of service, was a member of the I.A.M. for 50 years,
and was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by
his wife, Christine Graham.
Survivors include sons Terry Graham of Wedowee and Jim Graham of Marietta,
Ga.; a granddaughter; and special care-giver Vernelle Billingsley of Wedowee.
Services were Monday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. at Davis-Struempf Chapel in
Austell, with the Rev. Bill Nunnally officiating. Interment was in Kennesaw
Memorial Park Cemetery, Marietta.
Davis-Struempf Funeral Home, Austell.
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Grady Wallace Freeman

(WEDOWEE) Grady Wallace Freeman, 69, of 327 North Main St., Apt. C3,
Wedowee, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007.
Survivors include one brother, Roland Freeman; three sisters, Gladys King,
Lillie Perl Milbrook and Evelyn Woodard; and a host of nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends.
Services were Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. CST at Bethena United, Methodist
Church, Graham, with the Rev. William Crawford officiating. Interment followed
in the church cemetery.
Walker Funeral Home, Carrollton, Ga.
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Robert Lovvorn Herren

(WOODLAND) Services for Robert Lovvorn Herren, 90, of Woodland were Sunday,
Jan. 14, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Harmony Congregational Methodist Church, with the
Rev. Ridley Herren and the Rev. Ridley Parmer officiating. Burial followed in
the adjoining cemetery.
Mr. Herren died Friday, Jan. 12, at his home.
Mr. Herren is survived by his wife of 71 years, Evelyn Lovvorn Herren of
Woodland; two daughters, Carolyn Stewart of Newell and Judy H. Runyan of
Bowdon, Ga.; two sons, Harold Herren of Bowdon and Albert Herren of Woodland;
10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Scott Herren, Josh Herren, Ken Runyan, Chris Herren, Paul
Herren, Billy Herren, Jake Herren and Mark Green. Honorary pallbearers were
Tommy Herren, Donald Green, Ronald Green, Dennis Gosdin and Bill Lovvorn.
Mr. Herren was born Dec. 25, 1916, son of Daniel Alex and Sara Ada Lovvorn
Herren. He was a member of Harmony Congregational Methodist Church and was
owner and operator of bulldozer and land clearing operations. Mr. Herren was
preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Lovvorn and Tim Herren; one sister,
Evelyn Gross; and five brothers, Albert, Wade, Grover, Maley and Davis Herren.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.
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Hubert Lee Potts

(ROANOKE) Services for Hubert Lee Potts, 77, of Roanoke were Friday, Jan.
12, 2007, at noon at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Roger Florence
and the Rev. Curtis Watts officiating. Burial followed at Rock Springs
Congregational Christian Church Cemetery.
Mr. Potts died Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Russell Medical Center, Alexander City.
Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Towler and Becky Potts of Roanoke;
one son, Laran Lee Potts of Wadley; his mother, Blondell Gray Potts of Roanoke;
one brother, Jack Potts of Roanoke; three grandchildren; and one great-
grandchild.
Pallbearers were Patrick George, Chuck Potts, Jackie Potts, Laran Potts,
Mike Potts and Dewey Vowell.
Mr. Potts was born Feb. 15, 1929, son of George Pate and Blondell Gray
Potts. He was a member of the Rock Springs Congregational Christian Church, had
been a self-employed wood producer and had worked for Daniel, Construction. Mr.
Potts is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jeanette Potts, and his father.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Sanford Johnson

(FIVE POINTS) The Rev. Sanford Johnson, 64, of Five Points died Friday, Jan.
12, 2007, at Randolph Medical Center, Roanoke.
Services will be Wednesday, Jan. 17, at noon at Rehope Missionary Baptist
Church in the Doublehead community with the Rev. Dr. H.L. Jones officiating.
Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The body will lie in state for one
hour prior to the funeral.
The Rev. Johnson is survived by his wife, Lucille Allen Johnson; one son,
Willie Bivins of Viersen, Germany; five daughters, Marilyn Monroe of Killeen,
Texas, Angela Lathan of Augusta, Ga., Tijuana Johnson of Roanoke, LaDonna
Bazziel of Gary, Ind., and Chiquita Watson of Birmingham; two sisters, Mary Lou
Johnson and Annie Gohston of Anniston; one brother, Essie Joe Smedley of
Cincinnati, Ohio; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Johnson was born June 14, 1942, in Randolph.
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The Randolph Leader
January 24, 2007
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OBITUARIES:

Jesse G. Blanks

(WEDOWEE) Services for Jesse G. Blanks, 57, of Wedowee were Tuesday, Jan.
23, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church, with the Rev. Steve
Dempsey officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Mr. Blanks died Sunday, Jan. 21, at Wedowee Hospital.
Mr. Blanks is survived by his wife, Barbara Key Blanks of Wedowee; three
grandchildren; a special niece, Robyn Wortham; a special nephew, Quinton
Blanks; one sister, Enette Brown of Navarre Beach, Fla.; seven brothers, Ertis
Blanks of Ranburne, Rudolph Blanks of Woodland, John Blanks of Opelika, Clyde
Blanks of Perry, Ga., Billy Joe Blanks of McDonough, Ga., Jimmy Blanks of
Centralhatchee, Ga., and David Blanks of Ranburne.
Pallbearers were Barry Nelson, Eddie Lindley, Willis Smith, Greg East, Don
Sheppard, Danny Deese, Alfred Huddleston, Huey Cox and Clayton Akins. Honorary
pall-bearers were Ed Creed, Larry Raughton and the Randolph County Commission
Highway Department.
Mr. Blanks was born Jan. 22, 1949, son of R.T. and Hattie Bentley Blanks. He
was of the Baptist faith and was an equipment operator for the Randolph County
Commission. Mr. Blanks was preceded in death by his parents.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.
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Rollie Wilkerson

(WADLEY) Services for Rollie Wilkerson, 76, of Wadley were Monday, Jan. 22,
2007, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Gilead Community Church, with the Revs. Ray Franklin,
Zenus Windsor, Jimmy Brand and A.J. Harrell officiating. Burial followed in the
adjoining cemetery.
Mr. Wilkerson died Friday, Jan. 19, at his residence.
He was born in Clay County, lived in Talladega several years but moved back
to Clay County in 1997. He had owned and operated Wilkerson Grocery, worked for
Pepsi Bottling Company, and Talladega International, and was a member and
deacon of Mt. Gilead Community Church.
He is survived by his wife Mary Jo Hurst Wilkerson of Wadley; three
daughters, Pat Harrell of Jupiter, Fla., Donna Horn of Millerville and Connie
Railey of Wadley; one sister, Clara Rice of Wadley; seven grandchildren and 10
great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, B.F. and Mattie Lee Pitts
Wilkerson; three sisters, Ucal Thrower, Louise Griffin and Inez Graben; five
brothers, Sanford Wilkerson, Clyde Wilkerson, Ernest Wilkerson, Willard Knight
and A.Z. Knight; and one grandson, Joshua Railey.
Active pallbearers were his grandchildren: Anthony Mitchell, Rodney Carr,
Gunnery Sgt. Lynn Carr, Shane Mitchell, Andrew Mitchell, Corey Railey and
Donicia Railey. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Wilkerson, Donnie Moore, Paul
Wilkerson and the deacons of Mt. Gilead Community Church.
Benefield Funeral Home, Lineville.
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Billie Cotney Clegg

(WADLEY) Services for Billie Cotney Clegg, 83, of Wadley were Saturday, Jan.
20, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Wadley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Martha Hauer
officiated. Burial followed in the Wadley Cemetery.
Mrs. Clegg died Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Russell Medical Center.
She was born March 21, 1923, in Wadley to Arnold Dante Cotney and Lula Mae
Drake Cotney. She was a member of Wadley United Methodist Church, received her
B.A. degree from the University of Montevallo and taught at Red Level for two
years and the second grade at Wadley Elementary for 32 years. She was a home
demonstration agent for Randolph County for many years, enjoyed yard work and
gardening and was a good cook.
She is survived by sisters Marian Cotney of Wadley and Louise Yeargain of
Andalusia; eight nieces; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the United
Methodist Children's Home, P.O. Box 830, Selma, AL 36702-0830 or Wadley United
Methodist Church, P.O. Box 14. Wadley. AL 36276.
Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneyfuneralhome.com
Radney Funeral Home, Alexander City.
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Willie Rufus Battle

(WADLEY) Willie Rufus Battle, 55, of Wadley died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, at
Randolph Medical Center, Roanoke.
Services were held at County Line Baptist Church, Wadley, on Sunday, Jan.
21, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Tim Heard officiating. Interment was in the church
cemetery.
Mr. Battle was born June 2, 1951, to the late Carvin and Geneva Battle in
Randolph County. He was a member of County Line Baptist Church. Mr. Battle was
preceded in death by his sister, Mary June Knight.
Surviving are his beloved, Betty Lewis of Wadley; two daughters, Geneva
Lewis and Cara Key of Wadley; seven sisters, Ophelia Lewis, Yvonnia White,
Ceressa Woody, Carolyn Drake, Geneva Battle and Mollie Banks, all of Wadley,
and Margaret Thomas of Daviston; two brothers, Kenny Battle and Etheridge
Knight of Wadley; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Vines Funeral Home, LaFayette.
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Leon Borders

(VALLEY) Leon Borders, 80, of Valley died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at
Hospice LaGrange in LaGrange, Ga.
Services were Monday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at Fairfax United Methodist
Church, Valley, with the Rev. Mike Densmore officiating. Burial followed at
Fairfax Cemetery.
Mr. Borders is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cleatus A. Borders of Valley; one
sister, Sylvia B. Gresham of Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Borders was born in Randolph County on Nov 27, 1926. He served in the
U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Borders was a prominent barber in the
Fairfax community and was an avid Alabama fan. He was a member of Fairfax
United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fairfax United Methodist Church
in his memory.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home, Valley.
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Edna Rushforth

(LAGRANGE, Ga.) Edna Rushforth, 73, of LaGrange, Ga., died at West Georgia
Medical Center.
Mrs. Rushforth was born Oct. 15, 1933, in Abanda and was the daughter of the
late Eddie and Essie Mae Kent Lester. She was a warm-hearted person who loved
people. She was a voracious reader, a member of Western Heights Baptist Church
and for more than 30 years served as an OB nurse at West Georgia Medical Center.
Survivors include sons, David, Ken and Alan Rushforth; daughter, Karen
Rushforth; and four grandchildren.
Services for Mrs. Rushforth were at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Western
Heights Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Brown officiating. Interment was at
Shadowlawn Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed and memories shared in the guest book at
www.hunterallenmyhand.com
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Mary Ann Whatley

(DAVISTON) Mary Ann Whatley, 64, of Daviston, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, at
her residence.
Services will be at Leander Baptist Church, Daviston, on Wednesday, Jan. 24,
at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Roosevelt Gregory officiating. Interment will be in
the church cemetery. Mrs. Whatley will lie in state at the church one hour
before the service.
Mrs. Whatley was born March 3, 1942, to the late Robert and Lillie
Spraddling in Calhoun County. She was a member of Leander Baptist Church,
Daviston, where she was a faithful member of the choir until her health failed.
Mrs. Whatley worked many years in the textile industry and retired from the
Russell Corp. Mill #10 in Alexander City.
Surviving are a loving husband, Rev. Hines Whatley of Daviston; two
daughters, Phillis Thomas and Sophia Stevens of Daviston; three sisters,
Francenia Edwards of New Site, Genette Briskey of Daviston and Brunette Knight
of Wadley; one brother, Cecil Spraddling of Tuscaloosa; two aunts; four sisters-
in-law; eight grandchildren; two special friends, Lannie Ruth Whiters of
Alexander City and Evarn Presley of Daviston; and many other relatives and
friends.
Vines Funeral Home, LaFayette.
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Edna Jo Lee Burnett

(FIVE POINTS) Services for Edna Jo Lee Burnett, 86, of Five Points were
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Steve
Langley and the Rev. Yancey Sanders officiating. Burial was in the church
cemetery.
Mrs. Burnett died Friday, Jan. 19, at Traylor Nursing Home, Roanoke.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Sellers of Five Points; one son, Mike
Burnett of Columbus, Ga.; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Harold Kendrick, Harlin Nix, Doyle Shelnutt, John
Holderfield, Mac Holderfield and Dempsey Roberts.
Mrs. Burnett was born May 22, 1920, daughter of John Thomas Lee Jr. and
Mattie Pearl Smith Lee. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and had been
a homemaker. Mrs. Burnett is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Clarey
Burnett; and her parents.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Joe L. Ferrell

(ANNISTON) Services for Joe L. Ferrell, 60, of Anniston, formerly of
Roanoke, were Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel,
with the Rev. Wayne Woods officiating. Burial followed at Randolph Memory
Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy A. Ferrell of Anniston; two daughters,
Tina D. Trejo of Villa Rica, Ga., and Laura M. Serrano of Anniston; two sons,
Joseph D. Ferrell of LaFayette and William M. Griffin of Lake City, Fla.; two
sisters, Eula M. Flora of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and his twin sister, Joyce L.
West of Winston, Ga.; two brothers, R. Olin Ferrell and W. Jasper Ferrell of
Roanoke; and 11 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Joseph D. Ferrell, William Griffin, Jim Davis, Rick Parris,
Roy Britton, James Weninegar, Dr. Brian Freeman and Glen Huie.
Mr. Ferrell was born Feb. 8, 1946, son of William Rudy and Nassie Geneva
Huddleson Ferrell. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Oxford and had
been employed at Anniston Army Depot. He was previously employed at Traylor
Retirement Center. He served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his
parents and one brother, Casper R. Ferrell.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the American Cancer
Society's Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge, 1104 Ireland Way, Birmingham, AL 35205.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Bobby James South

(CARROLLTON, Ga.) Bobby James South, 57, of Carrollton, Ga., died Thursday,
Jan. 18, 2007.
Mr. South was born in Carroll County, Ga., on Sept. 17, 1949, to Marvin
South and Alma Eunice South. He was a member of Sardis Baptist Church. He
served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army and was a member of the VFW. He worked as a
pipe fitter and previously was employed by Atlanta Gas Light Company.
Surviving are daughters Lisa Miley of Bowdwon, Ga., Kimberly D. Sutton of
Carrollton and Amy Crenshaw of Woodland; a sister, Myrtle South of Roopville;
and nine grandchildren. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his
wife, Shelby Ann Daniel South, and sons Bobby James South Jr. and Roderick
Scott South.
Services were Monday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Almon Funeral
Home, with Edna Herndon, Lisa Miley Kimberly D. Sutton and Amy Crenshaw
officiating. Pallbearers were Terry Rice, Mike Maner, Tony Langley, Gary
Sutton, Keyvon Crenshaw and Dewayne Bailey. Interment was in Carroll Memory
Gardens with military honors.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family a www.almonfuneralhome.com.
Almon Funeral Home, Carrollton.
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Berta Lee Glover

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) Graveside services for Berta Lee Glover, 88, of
Fayetteville, N.C., were at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan 21, 2007, at East Roanoke
Cemetery, with Bishop Aaron Winston officiating.
Mr. Glover died Sunday, Jan. 14, at Cape Fear Valley Hospital, Fayetteville.
Survivors include a daughter, Belinda Autry of Fayetteville one grandson;
seven nieces; three nephews; and a host of great-nieces; cousins and other
relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell T.
Winston and LuGinnie Gaines; five brothers, William Winston, John Winston,
Talmidge Winston, George Winston and Hudman Winston; and two sisters, Ethel
Weaver and Inez Rowland.
Clark Memorial Funeral Service, Roanoke.
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Charles Emery Wiggins

(GRAHAM) Charles Emery Wiggins, 77, of 583 County Road 430, Graham, died
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, in Wedowee Hospital.
He was born in Randolph County, Oct. 15, 1929, son of the late Willis Amos
and Lillie Walls Wiggins. Mr. Wiggins was member of Bethlehem Campground
Methodist Church and retired brick mason. He was an Air Force veteran of Korea.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by son, David Wiggins,
and an infant daughter, Brenda Jam Wiggins.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Jean Otwell Wiggins of Graham, to whom
he was married on April 12, 1947; two sons Dennis Wiggins and Kenneth Wiggins
of Graham; a daughter Sue Wiggins Lovvorn of Ranburne; five grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Ayers of Carrollton Ga.
Services were Friday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. EST at Bethlehem Campground
Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jerry Wiggins and the Rev. Ray Runyan
officiating. Music was by the church choir and Kim Jeffery. Pallbearers were
Shane Lovvorn, Stacy Lovvorn, Robert Rehburg, Lynn Skinner, Roy Noles and Ray
Mac Wiggins. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Messages of condolences can be sent to the family at
www.rainwaterfuneralhome.com.
Rainwater Funeral Home, Bowdon, Ga.
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James W. Manley

(VALLEY) James W. Manley, 62, of Valley died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, at East
Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.
Memorial services were Friday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service
Funeral Home Chapel, Valley.
Mr. Manley is survived by his children, Nicholas Manley, Aline Manley and
Christa Turner, all of Valley, and Megan Manley of Wadley; and one brother,
Jack Manley of Headland.
Born May 28, 1944, in Randolph County, Mr. Manley was the son of the late
Aline Baldwin Manley and William Jack Manley. He was a member of Langdale
Congregational Christian Church of Valley.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home, Valley.
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Ruby J. Clifton

(VALLEY) Ruby J. Clifton, a native and lifelong resident of Mobile and a
current resident of Valley, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at a Valley healthcare
facility.
Services were held in the chapel of Radney Funeral Home in Mobile on
Thursday, Jan. 18, at noon. Burial followed at Serenity Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Louise Sizemore of Roanoke and Joyce Welsh;
two sons, Hugh Clifton Jr. of Valley and Dennis Clifton of Deatsville; one
brother, Carl Hughen of Mobile; seven grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and
other relatives.
While in Mobile, Mrs. Clifton was a member of Sage Avenue Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh D. Clifton Sr.; her brother,
James; and her sisters, Lois and Margie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sage Avenue Baptist
Church, P.O. Box 160246, Mobile, AL 36616 or Fairview Baptist Church, P.O. Box
126, Valley, AL 36854.
Radney Funeral Home, Mobile.
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James Elbert Hill

(WEDOWEE) Services for James Elbert Hill, 66, of Wedowee were Thursday, Jan.
18, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Benefield Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Basil Key and
the Rev. James Abernathy officiating. Burial followed in the Union Hill Church
Cemetery.
Mr. Hill died Tuesday, Jan, 16, at Lineville Health & Rehab Center.
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Naomi Key Hill. of Wedowee; one grandson;
two great-grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Green of Roopville, Ga.; two
brothers, Dallas and Jimmy Hill of Bowdon, Ga.; and one precious and loving
aunt, Jeanne Key.
Pallbearers were Chris Hill, Lloyd Craft, Chuck Milstead, Chuck Martin,
Billy Brewer and Terry Richardson. Honorary pallbearers were Donald Wright,
Tony Wright and David Wright.
Mr. Hill was born Feb. 11, 1940, son of James Thomas and Lessie Franklin
Hill. He was a member of Zion Church of God, had been a machinist for Hill
Brothers Machine Shop, was owner and operator of a machine shop, was a member
of Ranburne Masonic Lodge 652 F & AM, and an honorary member of the Foster's
Crossroads Fire Department. Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his parents; one
son, Kenneth Holloway; and two sisters, Opal Loveless and Imogene Hill.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.
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Aaron Emory Sheppard

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) Services for Aaron Emory Sheppard, 69, of Knoxville,
Tenn., formerly of Roanoke, will be Wednesday, Jan. 24, ,2007, at 7 p.m. at
Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel in Knoxville. Mr. Sheppard will be moved to
Quattlebaum Funeral Home in Roanoke with funeral services on Thursday, Jan.
25, at 2 p.m. at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Phil Russell
officiating. Burial will follow in Cedarwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Roanoke from 1 to 2
p.m. on Thursday.
Mr. Sheppard died Sunday, Jan. 21, at his home.
Survivors include his loving wife, Mary Lane Sheppard; a son, Scott Emory
Sheppard; a daughter, Gena Sheppard Britton; five grandchildren; and a sister,
Linda Ellen Sheppard Yarbrough.
Mr. Sheppard was a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church. He graduated
from Troy State University and was employed by the Treasury Department, Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, for 30 years. Mr. Sheppard is preceded in
death by his son, Jeffrey Walter Sheppard; his mother, Pansy Adamson Sheppard;
and his father, the Rev. Olin Emory Sheppard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cokesbury United
Methodist Church, 9908 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922 or to the charity of
your choice.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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The Randolph Leader
January 31, 2007
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OBITUARIES:

Dolly Mae Gann Slagle

(ROANOKE) Services for Dolly Mae Gann Slagle, 79, of Roanoke will be
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel, with the
Rev. Richard Richie officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Baptist
Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Slagle died Sunday, Jan. 28, at East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika.
Survivors include one daughter, Wanda Slagle Cofield of Roanoke; one son,
Ricky M. Slagle of Roanoke; one sister, Gladys Almon of Roanoke; three
brothers, Ford Gann of Roanoke, Curtis Gann of Melburne, Fla., and David Paul
Gann of Huntsville; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-
great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mark Toland, Barry Saddler, Mikey Towland, Mack Towland,
Jeremy Smallwood, Jason Stewart and Brent Cofield. Honorary pallbearers will be
Ford and David Gann.
Mrs. Slagle was born Dec. 17, 1927, daughter of Garfield D. and Lela
Willingham Gann. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and had been a
textile spinner for West Point Pepperell. Mrs. Slagle is preceded in death by
her husband, Elvin Mark Slagle, and her parents.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Nancy Carol Wakefield

(MONROEVILLE) A memorial service for Nancy Carol Wakefield, 46, of
Monroeville will be Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, at 3 p.m. at First United
Methodist Church of Wedowee.
Ms. Wakefield died Sunday, Jan. 28, at her home.
The daughter of Grady and Vermeil Spain Wakefield, Ms. Wakefield was born
June 29, 1960, in Troy. She was a graduate of Auburn University and was
employed by the Alabama Methodist Children's Home in Selma.
Survivors include her father and stepmother, Grady and Ruth Brooks Wakefield
of Wedowee; a sister, Deborah Wakefield Williamson of Trenton, Fla.; her
special friend and caregiver, Lisa Collison of Monroeville; and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Vermell Wakefield, and her step-
mother, Maxine Lipham Wakefield.
Those wishing to may make memorial contributions to the Alabama Methodist
Children's Home in Selma.
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Lucille Yarbrough Owens

(ROANOKE) Services for Lucille Yarbrough Owens, 94, of Roanoke were Monday,
Jan. 29, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Rock Mills Methodist Church with the Rev. Andrew
Dressler and the Rev. Frank Foster officiating. Burial followed at Randolph
Memory Gardens.
Mrs. Owens died Saturday, Jan. 27, at Randolph Medical Center.
Survivors include one son, John Wesley Owens of Montgomery; two sisters, Lou
Butler of Roanoke and Midylene Banks of LaGrange, Ga.; one granddaughter; and
one grandson.
Pallbearers were Morgan Butler, Larry Houze, Bill King, Hope Whaley, Wayne
King and Lewis Robinson.
The family will accept flowers or donations to Rock Mills United Methodist
Church.
Mrs. Owens was born Dec. 29, 1912, daughter of Ronnie and Ida Burgess
Yarbrough. She had been employed as a spinner by Wehadkee Yarn Mill and was a
member of Rock Mills Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her
husband, J.W. "Dub" Owens.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Johnny C. Williams

(LINEVILLE) Services for Johnny C. Williams, 75, of Lineville, were
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2007, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home &
Crematory with the Rev. Mark Williams officiating.
Mr. Williams died Thursday, Jan. 25, at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital.
He is survived by his children, Pat Jackson of Clarksville, Ga., Barbara
Skinner of Heflin and Mike Williams of Maryville, Tenn.; brothers, Faye
Williams of Wedowee and Vinson "Rent" Williams of LaGrange, Ga.; six
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Williams was a native of Randolph County He was a veteran of the U.S.
Navy and was owner of Williams Tire Service in Bowdon, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathrine "Kit" Williams; parents,
Samuel Oliver and Lizzie Lou Bradley Williams; and a grandson, Christopher
Robert Williams.
The family requests donations be made in lieu of flowers to Cedar Point
Community Church, 671 Morganton Square Dr., Maryville, TN 37801. Personal
condolences may be written at www.millerfuneralhomeoxford.com
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Roger ‘Veal’ Williams Sr.

(LAGRANGE, Ga.) Roger “Veal” Williams Sr., 45, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2007,
at West Georgia Medical Center, LaGrange.
Services were at Rehope Missionary Baptist Church in the Doublehead
community on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. H.L. Jones
officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Williams was born Jan. 26, 1961, in Chambers County. After graduating
from Five Points High School, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1979. After nine years
of active duty service, Mr. Williams joined the U.S. Navy Reserve and finished
his military career with 20 years of service.
Mr. Williams began his career as a correctional officer with the Troup
County Correctional Institute in 1989. He rose to the ranks of deputy warden
and warden before retiring in 2003. He also worked at Auto Zone for five years
as a part-time associate. Mr. Williams was a member of Rehope Missionary
Baptist Church.
Surviving are a devoted wife, Donna Williams of LaGrange; four children,
Roger Jr. of Philadelphia, Pa., Ashley Williams and Shanaran Dash of LaGrange,
and Kevin Lewis of Macon, Ga.; one grandson; his mother, Minnie Veal of Five
Points; four sisters, Cynthia Wilder of Standing Rock, Selita Veal of Five
Points, Jackie Pitts of LaFayette and Robin Cheeks of Franklin, Ga.; his father
and mother-in-law, Gerald Lewis and Shirley Carter of Philadelphia; three
brothers, James Carter of LaGrange and Earl Carter Jr. and William Carter of
Philadelphia; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Vines Funeral Home Inc., LaFayette.
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James Douglas Purcell

(YORK) James Douglas Purcell, 72, of York died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, at
Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Demopolis.
The family is honoring Mr. Purcell’s request to be cremated. It was also his
wish to have no memorial service.
A native of Randolph County, Mr. Purcell was born July 6, 1934. He was self-
employed in the air conditioning and refrigeration business.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Joe Purcell of York; four sons,
William “Bill” Raymond Purcell of Linden, Earl Walton Hattaway II of Meridian,
Miss., Thomas Lee Hattaway of Ecru, Miss., and Kenneth Dewayne Hattaway of Ft.
Walton, Texas; a daughter, Suzanne Elizabeth Ballard of Meridian; and 13
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Elizabeth Purcell.
Bumpers Funeral Home, York.
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Mary Alice Edmonson Tyler

(WEDOWEE) Mary Alice Edmonson Tyler, 40, of Wedowee, formerly of Cadiz, Ky.,
died on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007, at her home.
Services were at Goodwin Funeral Home in Cadiz on Monday, Jan. 29, at 10
a.m. with the Rev. Mark Choate officiating. Burial was at East End Cemetery
in Cadiz.
Mrs. Tyler was born in Murray, Ky., on May 6, 1957, to the late Albert
Hollon Edmonson and Mary Josephine Simmons Poyner. She was a homemaker and a
member of Landmark Baptist Church, Wedowee.
She is survived by her husband, William F. Tyler Jr. of Wedowee; three sons,
William Franklin Tyler III of Wedowee, Kenneth Hollon Eaves of Greenville, Ky.,
and Jonathon Ross Eaves of Princeton, Ky.; a daughter, Crystal Lee Knight of
Cadiz; five brothers, Phillip Edmonson, Douglas Edmonson, David Edmonson and
Paul Edmonson of Cadiz and Bobby Edmonson of Murray, Ky.; three sisters, Gracie
Choate of Cadiz, Becky Burden of Dundee, Ky, and Betty Smith of Eddyville, Ky.;
and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and three
brothers, Kenneth Edmonson, Claude Edmonson and Albert Linn Edmonson.
Goodwin Funeral Home Inc., Cadiz.
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Allie Ruth Brown

(WOODLAND) Graveside services for Allie Ruth Brown, 69, of Woodland were
Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Highway Congregational Methodist Church
Cemetery, with the Rev. Earl Rollins and the Rev. Rob Scholl officiating.
Mrs. Brown died Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Northeast Alabama Regional Medical
Center, Anniston.
Mrs. Brown is survived by one daughter, Debra Rollins of Woodland; one son,
Wayne Smith of Woodland; one sister, Dean Holloway of Woodland; three brothers,
C.T. Madden and Cecil Madden of Roanoke and Earnest Madden of Woodland; three
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Chris Smith, Chad Smith, Kenneth Brewer, James Ray Smith,
Earnie Madden and Ronald Bowen. Honorary pallbearers were Dylan Smith and Matt
Brewer.
Mrs. Brown was born Feb. 17, 1937, daughter of Loyd E. and Mattie Spears
Madden. She was a member of Woodland Baptist Congregational Methodist Church
and had been a textile seamstress for Palm Beach Company. Mrs. Brown was
preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Calvin Smith; and one sister,
Evie Madden.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.
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Vennon Varron Johnson

(WEDOWEE) Services for Vennon Varron Johnson, 80, of Wedowee were Friday,
Jan. 26, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Zenus
Windsor and the Rev. Gordon Taylor officiating. Burial followed at Forrester
Chapel Cemetery.
Mr. Johnson died Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Northeast Alabama Regional Medical
Center, Anniston.
Survivors include his loving wife, Mavis Price Johnson of Wedowee, whom he
married March 15, 1947, and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Howard Hale, Luther Carter, Charles Teaver, Tommy Waldrep,
Steve Calhoun and Scott Sullivan.
Mr. Johnson was born July 16, 1926, son of George T. and Ethel Hal Johnson,
in Lanett and grew up in Roanoke. After serving in World War II in Italy, he
attended Auburn University. He was employed by Independent Life & Accident
Insurance in Atlanta for many years and owned Western Auto in Conyers, Ga.,
before retiring to Wedowee. One of his greatest enjoyments in life was gospel
singing with friends. He was a co-founder of the Randolph County Antique Car
Club.
Mr. Johnson is preceded in death by his parents, George and Ethel Johnson;
two brothers, Leon and Enloe Johnson; and one sister, Earlene Young.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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Myrtie Lou Bowen Mitchell

(ROANOKE) Services for Myrtie Lou Bowen Mitchell, 80, of Roanoke will be
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel, with the Rev.
Michael Newton officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on
Wednesday.
Mrs. Mitchell died Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Randolph Medical Center.
Survivors include two daughters, Vicky Lashley of Wadley and Teresa Dutton
of Roanoke; one son, Danny Mitchell of Lynn Haven, Fla.; five sisters, Bonnelle
Keeble and Joyce Gibson, both of Columbus, Ga., Wilma Newton of Union City,
Ga., Glennis Rhodes of Sweetwater, Tenn., and Charlotte Wills of Eastaboga; two
brothers, John Bowen of Rock Mills and Gary Bowen of Opelika; eight
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Dutton, Brian Dutton, William Lashley, Matthew
Lashley and Ben Gann.
A lifelong Randolph County resident, Mrs. Mitchell was born Jan. 31, 1926,
daughter of Arthur D. and Verna Ethel Brown Bowen. She was a homemaker. Mrs.
Mitchell was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Mitchell; and a daughter,
Wanda Mitchell.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.
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William Carey Howell

(VALLEY) William Carey Howell, 86, of Valley died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007,
at George H. Lanier Memorial Hospital, Valley.
Services were Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. at Fairfax United Methodist Church
with the Rev. Mike Densmore officiating. Burial followed at Fairfax Cemetery.
Mr. Howell is survived by is wife of 63 years, Dorothy Raughton Howell; two
daughters, Janice H. Powell of Macon, Ga., and Brenda K. Howell of Birmingham;
one sister, Ann H. Hooks of Opelika; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild;
and other relatives. Mr. Howell was born Oct. 21, 1920, in Randolph County. He
was a member of the first graduating class of Valley High School, where he
played football. Mr. Howell was a veteran of World War II, serving in Hawaii
and Japan. He was a retired employee of WestPoint Pepperell, with more than 40
years of service with the company. Mr. Howell was a member of Fairfax United
Methodist Church and the Valley Shrine, as well as a 50-year member of the
Valley Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Henry Elton
Howell and James A. Howell.
The family respectfully declines the honor of flowers and asks that
memorials be made in his memory to Fairfax United Methodist Church, 901
Boulevard, Valley, AL 36854.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home, Valley.
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Ruth F. Bassett

(LAGRANGE) Ruth F. Bassett, 85, of LaGrange, Ga., died Sunday, Jan. 28,
2007, at Florence Hand Home.
Mrs. Bassett was born Sept. 29, 1921, in Roanoke, daughter of the late James
Thomas Fincher and Maggie Florence Whatley Fincher. She was a member of First
Baptist Church in Roanoke and was the owner and operator of Ruth's Beauty Shop.
Survivors include two sons, Marion E. Bassett of LaGrange and Thomas Jackson
Bassett of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughter, Mrs. Marvin P. (Linda) Hughes of
Montgomery; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-
grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 1, at Striffler-Hamby
Mortuary, LaGrange Chapel. Burial will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 1 to 2
p.m.
Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, LaGrange.
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John David Hill

(OHATCHEE) Services for John David Hill, 84, of Ohatchee, will be at 11
a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at the Oxford Church of Christ with Cliff
Goodwin and Bob Prichard officiating. Burial will follow in the Maple Grove
Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Miller Funeral
Home and Crematory.
Mr. Hill died Sunday, Jan. 28, at his residence.
He is survived by his loving companion and helper, Marie Guthrie; his
children, Faye Sayre of Ohatchee, Janie Danner of Roanoke and Davie Hill and
Janet Wilkerson of Oxford; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one
great-greatgrandchild, along with several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jason Dean, B.J. Ralph, Bubba Smith, J.D. Smith, Joeddie
Smith and Donnie Ray Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be Milton Cole, Dr.
Vance Moore, Curtis Burke, Curt Dover, Mayor Joseph Roberson, Jack Morris, Ed
Lee, Frank Hambright, Wayne Greer, Franklin Burke, Jim Haynes and Clarence
Brimer.
Mr. Hill was a member of the Oxford Church of Christ and a volunteer for the
Ohatchee Senior Citizen's Meals on Wheels. He was preceded in death by his
wife, Nell Hill, and by a special son, Larry Hill.
Personal condolences may be written to the family at
www.millerfuneralhomeoxford.com.
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Arthur Minnefield

(WEDOWEE) Arthur Minnefield, 77, of 520 5th St. S.W., Wedowee, died Sunday,
Jan. 28, 2007, at his home.
Services will be Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist
Church, Wadley, with the Revs. William Dillard, William Phillips, Craig McClure
and William Crawford and Elder Thomas Knight officiating. Burial will be in the
church cemetery.
Suvivors include his wife, Agnes Minnefield of Wedowee; two daughters, Susie
Patricia Turner of Wedowee and Joyce Bryant of Detroit, Mich.; two sons, Warren
Minnefied of Wedowee and Barry Thurman of Austell, Ga.; a sister, Carrie
Birdsong of Dayton, Ohio; a stepbrother, David Phillips of Carrollton, Ga.; 12
grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a
sister, Maggie Lois Minnefield.
Public viewing will be at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on
Friday. Family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The body will be placed in
the church one hour before the funeral.
Clark Memorial Funeral Service, Roanoke.
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Florence Pool Mitchell

(WEDOWEE) Services for Florence Pool Mitchell, 74, of Wedowee were Saturday,
Jan. 27, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Claude
Bennett and the Rev. Donald Spradlin officiating. Burial followed in the
adjoining cemetery.
Mrs. Mitchell died Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Wedowee Hospital.
Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her husband of 57 years, Edsel Mitchell of
Wedowee; sons Basil, Kenneth, David, Mike and
Wallace Mitchell, all of Wedowee; two sisters, Katherine Bolt and Margie Gray;
14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Rex May, Chip May, Keith Mitchell, Brian Mitchell, Louis
Screws, Jack Prestridge and Alan Stitcher Honorary pallbearers were Josh Akins,
Josh Milam and Josh Spradlin.
Mrs. Mitchell was born March 16, 1932, son of Ernest and Lillie Pate Pool.
She was a member of Mt. Grove Baptist Church and had been a textile weaver.
Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Billy Pool;
and an infant son.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.
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Clara Ford

(LAFAYETTE) Clara "Tootsie" Ford, 93, of LaFayette died Sunday, Jan. 28,
2007, at East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika.
Mrs. Ford was born in Waverly on Aug. 31, 1913. She was a longtime resident
of LaFayette and a retired bookkeeper for McClendon Trucking Company. She was
an active member of First United Methodist Church of LaFayette.
Services were at LaFayette First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on
Tuesday, Jan. 31, with interment in LaFayette City Cemetery. The Rev. Dee Dowdy
and the Rev. Joyce Akridge officiated.
She is survived by three children, Cynthia Hearn of Friendswood, Texas,
Diane Sims of LaFayette and Tom Ford of Titus; eight grandchildren; and 15
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Ford Sr.
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