Our Obituaries

Martha Merchant Chastaine

June 23, 1937 - January 29, 2018

Martha Merchant Chastaine, age 80, died on January 29, 2018 in Hoover, Al at the home of her daughter, Leigh Ann Thrash. She was surrounded by her family.Martha Dean Black was born on June 23, 1937 to Carlos and Mattie Black and was the youngest of six children. She worked over 20 years for the Small Business Administration. She was a member of Hunter Street Baptist Church for 30 years.She was...
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Dorothy Jean Glover

November 17, 1926 - January 28, 2018


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Gertrude Shoemaker Whitfield

October 14, 1916 - January 27, 2018


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James Felix Klask

March 6, 1955 - January 26, 2018

James Felix Klask of Birmingham, Alabama passed on January 26, 2018.James was born in Birmingham, AL on March 6, 1955. He graduated from Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, TN.James is survived by his brother, Jack (Patricia) Klask and His sister, Vickie (Larry) Gibson, niece, Andrea (David) Garrison, nephew, Patrick Klask, great nephew, Jody Garrison, great niece, Kelsey Garrison and the rest...
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Marian M. Fowler

March 16, 1930 - January 26, 2018

Marian Mae Miller Fowler, age 87 of Cullman, formerly of Birmingham, died Friday, January 26, 2018. She was preceded I death by her husband Cleon Milton Fowler, parents James and Annie Miller, sister Jemima Miller Lindsey, brothers William Miller and Carl Miller. She is survived by daughter, Jana Fowler; son-in-law, Jason Fowler; grandson, William(Will) Fowler; sister, Gail Miller Roskamp and...
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Sue House Stephens

November 15, 1922 - January 25, 2018

Sue House Stephens, age 95, of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on Thursday January 25, 2018. Sue was born November 15, 1922. Sue House Stephens, 95, long time resident of West End died on Thursday, January 25, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Ocie House; her husband Wilburn Stephens; daughter, Susan Mims and 7 siblings. She survived by her brother, Leo House of Gordo;...
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William J. Mara

July 3, 1943 - January 25, 2018

William J. Mara of Hoover, Alabama passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the age of 74. Bill was born in New York City to Thomas and Jane Mara on July 3, 1943.After completing high school in New York, he served his country in the United States Army eventually making his home in Alabama. Bill retired from the aluminum manufacturing business, more specifically with Mason Corporation after...
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Mary A. Cammack

June 20, 1939 - January 25, 2018

Mary A. Cammack, age 78, of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on Thursday January 25, 2018. Mary was born June 20, 1939. Mary Annis Goggans Cammack, 78, passed away January 25, 2018. She was a member of Bluff Park United Methodist Church. She is survived by her children, Laura Cammack Eanes (Michael) and Casey Wynne Cammack (Summer); and grandchildren, Hayden, Laine, Judson, and Virginia. ...
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Charlotte Hopton-Jones

November 9, 1926 - January 25, 2018

Charlotte Hopton-Jones, age 91, of Irondale, Alabama passed away on Thursday January 25, 2018. Charlotte was born November 9, 1926. Charlotte R. Hopton-Jones, 91, died January 25, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Donald Hopton-Jones; son, Frank Edward and his wife Paula and brother, John F. Ragland. She is survived by her sons, William A. (Janet), Donald, Jr. (Susan)...
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Dorothy Mae Lackey

November 15, 1925 - January 24, 2018


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Edwina W. Pratt

April 2, 1926 - January 23, 2018

Edwina W. Pratt, age 91, of Birmingham passed away on January 23, 2018. Edwina was born in Birmingham, AL on April 2, 1926. She attended Woodlawn High School graduating with the class of 1944. Edwina graduated from the University of Alabama in 1948. She was a member of Phi Mu Sorority. She taught at Jefferson County Schools System and Highlands Day School. She was preceded in death by her...
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Barbara C. Moore

May 19, 1927 - January 19, 2018


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Velma Y. LUCAS

January 10, 1932 - January 19, 2018

Velma Y LUCAS, age 86, of Trussville, Alabama passed away on Friday January 19, 2018. Velma was born January 10, 1932. Velma Yvonne Lucas, 86, went to be with our Lord on January 19, 2018. She was a caring RN who devoted her life to taking care of others and her family. Velma is survived by her children, Reflie Vernon Lucas III, John David Lucas (Tina) and Rose Maria Park. She was adored by her...
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Don L. West

October 24, 1934 - January 17, 2018

Don L. West passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother. He was loved deeply by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Annette Raley West, and his mother, Minerva West Osborne. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Donnie (Jenny) West; Traci West (Tommy) Horn; and Keith West. Also surviving him...
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Shirley Ann Covington

February 25, 1950 - January 16, 2018


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Hilda T. Mills

January 6, 1937 - January 11, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham, AL.
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Alma Anthony

February 15, 1937 - January 9, 2018

Alma "Connie" Anthony, age 80, of Woodstock, GA formerly of Birmingham, Al passed away on January 9, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Anthony and parents, Ralph Routon and Alma Oswalt.She is survived by her sons, Gilbert D. Anthony (Peggy) and Dee W. Anthony (Eleanor); grandchildren, Nicole and Kelly Anthony and other relatives. Connie spent many hours working with her...
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Martha June O'Barr

December 8, 1924 - January 9, 2018

Martha June O’Barr of Birmingham, AL passed away at the age of 93 on January 9, 2018. She was born December 8, 1924, to Hugh and Camelia Henderson. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.Martha was a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church for 50 years serving as a Children’s Sunday School teacher, Mother’s Day out worker and also...
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Freddie Joe Donze

March 29, 1960 - January 9, 2018

Freddie Joe Donze, II, 57, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Louise Donze; brothers, Mike Donze and Frank Donze. He is survived by his brother, Scott Donze and sister, Tina Libby (Eric) and many nieces and nephews and relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Elmwood...
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Ruby Higdon

September 22, 1920 - January 8, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham, AL.
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Robert B. Burns

May 14, 1927 - January 8, 2018

Robert B. Burns Sr., age 90, of Birmingham, AL passed away on January 8, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Edna Burns and brother, Roland Burns.He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Shirley Burns; daughter, Linda Logan (Jim); son, Robert Burns Jr.; grandchildren, Lisa, Greg and Alex Logan; 2 great grandchildren and several nephews and other relatives.After graduating...
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Roberta Beck Harkins

July 5, 1922 - January 7, 2018

Roberta Beck Harkins, of Mountain Brook, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 at age 95, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her two granddaughters, Patricia Shook Harkins and Virginia Harkins McCary (John); her daughter-in-law, Harriet Nelson (Harkins) McElroy and husband John McElroy; and an endless list of adoring and loving friends. Roberta was preceded in death by her husband of 64...
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Martha Elizabeth Erwin

June 27, 1926 - January 7, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham, AL.
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Frankie Ann Harris

April 28, 1948 - January 6, 2018

Frankie Ann Harris, age 69, affectionately known as Pipix, passed away January 6, 2018. Frankie is best remembered for her vibrant personality, love of animals, and musical talent. She began singing in her childhood at 66 Street Baptist Church and later was a member of bands popular on the college circuit who opened for artists such as Linda Ronstat, The Commodores, and Janis Joplin. Later, she...
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Catherine Elaine WILLIAMS

April 28, 1918 - January 5, 2018

Catherine Elaine Williams, age 99, of Montgomery, AL passed away January 5, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel B. Williams Sr. and daughter, Shirley Elaine Stacy.She is survived by her daughter, Gaye W. Reeves (Doyce), son, Daniel B. Williams (Knoxye); 6 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Graveside service will be...
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Ruth M. Salerno

April 14, 1921 - January 4, 2018

Ruth Hites Salerno, 96, went home to the Lord on Thursday, January 4, 2018. A longtime Homewood resident, she was born in Indianapolis, IN. Mrs. Salerno was predeceased by her husband of 31 years Joseph N. Salerno.She was a homemaker, a lover of animals and a long-time member of Oakmont United Methodist Church.Visitation will be at Elmwood Chapel on Monday, January 8 at noon with Memorial...
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Kathryn Farley Collier

April 3, 1931 - January 4, 2018

Kathryn Farley Collier, 86, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Collier; parents, Hubert & Berma Lou Farley and son, John Collier. She is survived by her daughter, Renee Collier and son, Thomas Collier (Tina) and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 12,...
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Barbara Jo LILLEY

July 11, 1944 - January 1, 2018

Barbara Jo Teal Lilley, 73, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert James Lilley, Jr. and her father, Stephen G. Teal. She is survived by her son, Robert "Bobby" Lilley, III and his wife Michelle; grandson, R.J. Lilley, IV; mother, Grace Teal and her brother Stephen C. Teal and his wife Jane and many other relatives and friends. ...
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Ruth C. Gann

October 12, 1914 - January 1, 2018

Ruth C. Gann, age 103, passed away peacefully at Fair Haven Jan. 1, 2018. Ms. Gann was an active member of Sandusky United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Gann, her parents, sister and brother. Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Marshall (Dick) and Carolyn Umphrey (Butch), 5 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 6 great - great...
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Mary F. MAYTON

April 30, 1925 - December 30, 2017

Mary Frances Mayton of Birmingham, AL, went to meet her Lord and Savior at the age of 92, on Dec. 30, 2017. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Mrs. Mayton was preceded in death by her husband, Chrester B. Mayton, her brother Carroll Wilson, and parents, Grady and Mattie Wilson. She is survived by her brother, James Wilson (Norma), and her children, Charles Mayton, of Birmingham, Brenda...
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Florence Chadbourne Leonard

September 26, 1923 - December 29, 2017

A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Johns-Ridouts Elmwood Chapel in Birmingham, AL for Florence Chadbourne Leonard, age 94, who passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Fl surrounded by her loving sons. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 PM. Burial to follow at Elmwood Cemetery. She was a lifelong resident of the Birmingham area, raising her...
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Laird J. Sharpe

December 21, 1944 - December 29, 2017

Chief Laird J. Sharpe passed away on December 29 at age 73. He began his career in Homewood and retired as Chief of Fairfield in 2001, after 37 years of service. Chief Sharpe was a distinguished member of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police. He was also an avid Harley Davidson rider and a graduate of Samford University. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Martha Joe Sharpe;...
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Gertrude Gilmore

July 10, 1924 - December 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham, AL.
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William Keith Tillerson

October 30, 1946 - December 25, 2017

William Keith (Buddy) Tillerson was born on October 30, 1946 at home in Powderly, Alabama. Keith graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1965. He served in the United States Army from 1966 - 1968 where he received the following commendations; National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Good Conduct Medal.He was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda...
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William Keith Tillerson

October 30, 1946 - December 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham, AL.
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Ellington E. Franklin

April 15, 1921 - December 25, 2017

Ellington Echols (Buddy) Franklin passed away December 25, 2017 in Roswell, GA. He was born April 15, 1921, in Dora, AL. He was preceded in death by parents Arthur S. Franklin and Harriett Echols Franklin, sisters Marjorie Scott and Jeanette Elliott. Survivors include his wife of 76 years, Doris Day Franklin, brother Paul Franklin of Vestavia, AL , son Don Franklin (Wendy) of Auburn, AL and...
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Ellington E. Franklin

April 15, 1921 - December 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham, AL.
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Mildred Elizabeth Tidwell

August 16, 1928 - December 24, 2017

Mildred E. Tidwell, age 89, of Leeds, passed away peacefully at her home on the morning of Christmas Eve surrounded by her family. The Lord decided he wanted another angel by his side on his special day. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adam and Myrtle Vinson; 2 brothers, William and Elvis Vinson and sister, Margaret Vinson. She was survived by her loving husband, Wallace, of 52 years;...
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Harold B. Davis

October 18, 1933 - December 24, 2017

Harold Bobby Gene "Bob" Davis, age 84, of Birmingham passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, former member of the Knights of Columbus and was retired from Norfolk Southern Railway. Bob was a veteran of the United States Air Force and former member of the 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard. He was a Troop...
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Wallace WATSON

February 28, 1954 - December 22, 2017

Wallace Watson Jr. ( Wally) age 63 of Hueytown Al, passed away unexpectedly at his home December 22, 2017. He was a devoted Brother, Uncle, Son and friend. He is preceded in death by his parents, Marjorie and Wallace Watson; his sister, Debbie Watson Reynolds. He is survived by his sister, Paige Phillips (Calera, AL), Niece, Tonya (Zack) Lammons, (Jemison, Al) and her children Nephew, Grady...
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Robert Gregory Carroll

August 12, 1952 - December 22, 2017

Robert G. “Greg” Carroll, age 65, of Hoover, AL passed away on Friday morning, December 22, 2017 from injuries he sustained from a car accident. He was surrounded by his two daughters and loved ones right by his side as he departed this world and was no longer suffering. Greg was a very devout Catholic and was a charter member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. Greg is...
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Joseph Francis Antonio

April 30, 1925 - December 22, 2017

Joseph F. Antonio, Sr. of Birmingham, Alabama, passed to glory surrounded by his loving family, on December 22, 2017, at the age of 92. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lillie Antonio; brother, Peter Antonio; and granddaughters, Jessica Antonio Graves and Andrea Antonio. Left to cherish his memory are is his loving wife of 70 years, Rose Ann LaRock Antonio; and his sons, Frank...
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Thaddeus WIGGINS

February 28, 1924 - December 22, 2017

Thaddeus Wiggins, 93, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017 in Huntsville, AL. He was preceded in death by his wife Leafie S. Wiggins. He is survived by numerous family members and friends. He was a World War II Veteran and a member of the Fairfield Masonic Lodge. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Elmwood Chapel Funeral Home with...
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Brenda Campbell Gant

August 8, 1949 - December 21, 2017

Brenda Campbell Gant, affectionately known as “Tutu,” age 68, of Townsend, TN, (formerly of Birmingham), passed away peacefully on December 21, 2017, with family at her side. The visitation will be held Tuesday, December 26, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Elmwood Chapel, with a private family graveside following.Brenda was born in 1949 in Birmingham and was a 1967 graduate of...
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Josephine D. Vacarella

August 25, 1926 - December 21, 2017

Josephine D'Alessandro Vacarella , 91 of Helena, Alabama, transitioned peacefully on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at home in the arms of her loved ones. Born August 25, 1926, she was a devoted wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, Ross Walter Vacarella, parents Carmella Scozzari and Gaetano D'Alessandro both from Casteltermini, Sicily. She is...
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Robert Edgar Fuller

August 3, 1928 - December 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham, AL.
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Theresa F. Collins

April 10, 1936 - December 20, 2017

Theresa F. Collins, 81, died Wed, Dec.20, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin & Virgie Spears; husband, Charles J. Collins; daughter Denise Collins & granddaughter, Ashley Collins. She is survived by her sons, Charles Collins, Brian Collins (Suzy) & Neil Collins (Heather); grandchildren, Madison, Abbie, Alex & Luke. She was a member of Crossway Baptist Church ...
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Jo Ann Freeman

February 28, 1934 - December 20, 2017

JO ANN (DUTCH) FREEMAN, 83 WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017. DUTCH WAS BORN ON THE LAST DAY OF FEBRUARY 1934 TO JOSEPH WARREN PADGETT AND ALMA SMITH ON HAPPY TOP ROAD IN TRAFFORD ALABAMA IN A HOUSE BUILT BY HER DADDY AND IN THE AREA SHE LOVED AS HER ROOTS. DUTCH MARRIED SAMUEL R (SAM) FREEMAN IN 1950 AND THEY SOON HAD THEIR TWO BELOVED SONS SAMMY AND WAYNE. DUTCH LIVED HER...
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James R. Mills

December 29, 1935 - December 19, 2017

James Robert Mills, 81, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at home in Quinton, AL. He was preceded in death by his parents James H. Mills and Minnie L. Mills; son, James Robert Mills, Jr and brother Dennis Mills. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Geraldine C. Mills; daughters, Denise M. Rice, Kay Seward (Kenneth) and Dawn Mills; 5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and many...
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Thomas Erwin Estridge

August 18, 1942 - December 19, 2017

Thomas Erwin (Tommy) EstridgeAug. 18, 1942 - Dec. 18, 2017Thomas Erwin (Tommy) Estridge, age 75, of Birmingham, passed away on December 18, 2017.He is survived by his brother, Ron (Barbara) Estridge of Auburn, AL; sisters, Paulette (Dempsey) Long of Carrollton, GA and Lynette Rogers of Copperhill, TN; nephews, John Estridge of Los Angeles, CA, Alan (Cindy) Estridge of South Pasadena, CA, Casey ...
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Michael Angel Lee

November 25, 1955 - December 19, 2017

Michael Angel Lee, age 62, of Birmingham/ Hoover, was born on November 25, 1955 and passed away on December 18, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys T. Lee and brother, Buddy Lee.He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Stephanie Renee Lee; son, Spencer Lee and daughter, Maddie Lee; father, Frank Lee; brother, Frank Lee Jr. and Scottie Lee (Teresa) and sister, Cindy Lewis (David);...
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Lila T. O'Neal

April 1, 1929 - December 17, 2017

Lila Lee (Tate) O’Neal of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on Sunday December 17, 2017 at the age of 88. She is survived by her sons, John (Ann) O’Neal and Dennis O’Neal, both of Hueytown; her grandchildren: Jonathan O’Neal, Justin O’Neal, Jennifer Kauhn, and Tony Ricco; great-grandchildren: Jarret Kauhn, Jackson Kauhn, Dallas Ricco, and Griffin O’Neal. The...
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Bonnie POWELL

July 9, 1948 - December 17, 2017

Bonnie Vines Powell, of Vestavia Hills, was called home to her Lord and Savior on December 17, 2017 after a difficult battle with cancer. To know Bonnie was to love Bonnie and this was because her joy for life was so infectious. Bonnie's smile could light up a room, and her love for others lit up the lives of all who knew her. Bonnie graduated from Banks High School, where she was a proud member...
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Howard E. Martin

October 9, 1931 - December 17, 2017

Howard Eugene Martin was born on October 9, 1931, to Grace and William Clarence Martin. He attended North Birmingham Grammar School and graduated from Phillips High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked at Ohio Chemical and retired from Acipco after 38 years of service.He was a member of Huffman Church of Christ and a former member of North...
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Patricia L. Perkins

November 24, 1942 - December 16, 2017

Patricia L. "Patsy" Perkins, age 75 of Argo passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017. She was a member of Independent Methodist Church of Huffman and was graduate of Glenn High School and Alverson - Draughon Business College. Patsy worked with Piggly Wiggly (Alabama Distributors) and retired from Rohn Industries. Survivors include her husband, John Perkins; daughter, Dana Duke and her husband...
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Edsina Best

October 2, 1919 - December 16, 2017

Edsina Best, of Fairfield, Alabama passed away on December 16, 2017, at the age of 98. Edsina was born in Jasper, Alabama to Alice and Bert Best, Sr. on October 2, 1919. She was a very fine and devout Christian lady. Edsina had been a member of Berney Points Baptist Church for over 50 years. She worked at U.S. Steel for over 37 years and loved her job. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening and...
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Faye Williams Gettys

November 2, 1933 - December 16, 2017

Faye Williams Gettys, age 84 of Sterrett, Alabama, passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 16, 2017. Born as an only child, she was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Williams, and her son-in-law, Gene Ogletree. Faye had a kind and loving spirit, was a true southern lady, and was loved by all who knew her. She leaves behind her loving husband of sixty-six years, Parks...
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Robert Edwin Lewis

August 28, 1950 - December 13, 2017

Robert Edwin Lewis passed away on December 13, 2017, at the age of 67 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was a graduate of Phillips High School and UAB, and he was a Naval Reserve veteran. He spent his career in the grocery business with Bruno's, and most recently at Publix. He was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Edwin Lewis. Left to cherish his memory are his sister,...
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Joe H. BUSH

June 24, 1931 - December 13, 2017

Joe H. Bush, age 86, of Roebuck, passed away on December 13, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Betty Jo Bush; parents, Joe and Lena Bush; brother, Glen Bush; grandchild, Robert Smithey and great grandchild, Autumn Smithey.He is survived by daughter, Pamela J. Smithey (Gary D. Smithey Sr.); grandchildren, Gary Smithey Jr., Kristy Wiggins (Randy) and Andre Smithey; great...
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Lenora McCarn

February 7, 1923 - December 12, 2017

Lenora Harrell McCarn passed away on December 12, 2017 at Regency Retirement Village in Homewood, Alabama, and will be interred at Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation is at 10:00 AM, with funeral services at 11:00AM on December 18th, 2017. She was the matriarch of our family for almost 95 years and will be missed and remembered by all of us. Mom suffered as many did during the Great Depression, and...
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Lula SAMPLE

March 5, 1931 - December 12, 2017

Lula Jeannette Sample, age 86, passed away on December 12, 2017.She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margie H. Bradley; and sisters, Annette Brandley and Lucille Brown. She is survived by her son, John (Suzan) Sample; 3 grandchildren, Adam (Maureen) Sample, Chris (Autum) Sample and Staci (Joshua) Johnson and 7 great grandchildren.Lula was a member of 1st Baptist Church Pelham.A...
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Harold Dunn PUGH

October 31, 1937 - December 11, 2017

Harold Dunn Pugh, age 90, of Birmingham, passed away Tuesday December 11, 2017. He was retired from BellSouth Telecommunications with 37 years of service. He served in the United States Navy. He enjoyed spending time with his family, eating good barbeque and Alabama Football. His hobbies included bird watching, building projects and gardening.Mr. Pugh was preceded in death by his parents, William...
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Bennie R. Williams

October 4, 1931 - December 11, 2017

Bennie R. Williams died at his home in Gardendale, Alabama, on Monday, December 11, 2017. He was 86 years old. Graduating from Mortimer Jordan High School in 1949 with “decent” grades, Bennie was very active with his class, student government, and with baseball and basketball. It was through his love of sports that he met “the prettiest girl” he had ever seen. He...
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John H. Josey

August 24, 1926 - December 9, 2017

After a long and full life, John Howard Josey passed away at home surrounded by his family on December 9, 2017. John was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mattie (Salter) Josey, brother Joe Josey, and sisters Hazel Williams, Martha Windham and Sue Bouchillon. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years Carolyn Cobb Josey, his loving children Howard Josey, Bill Josey and Jan...
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Betty L. Evans

July 17, 1930 - December 9, 2017

Betty Haley Evans of Vestavia passed away on December 9, 2017, at the age of 87. Betty was born in Birmingham, Alabama on July 17, 1930. She was a long time member of Homewood Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William (Buddy) Evans. She is survived by her dear sister, June Sims, and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at...
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Phyllis Lee Reddell

November 6, 1944 - December 5, 2017

Phyllis Lee Estes Reddell, age 73 of Hueytown passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017. She attended Central Park Baptist Church and Lee was very artistic and worked as a floral designer for many years. Survivors include her son, Ronald Thompson (Renee); sisters: Jimmie Sue Estes Yeager and Nancy Estes Odom; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m....
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Jeannene H. Ford

December 12, 1929 - December 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham, AL.
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Raymond Trammell

October 26, 1950 - December 5, 2017

Raymond Larry Trammell of Pinson/Birmingham passed away on December 5th. He was a retired Crane Operator from U.S. Steel and Butler Manufacturing with over forty years of service in the steel industry. A graduate of Ensley High School and UAB, Larry or ”LT”/ Coach as he was known to by so many was Smart, Loving and Caring if you needed help he would find a way to get you the help you...
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Lillian Milligan

August 21, 1929 - December 4, 2017

Lillian Anthony Milligan loving wife, mother and grandmother entered Christ' open arms in her sleep on December 4th. Lillian was born to Fenton and Dora Anthony in Fayette, Ala. Her adult life was spent in the Birmingham area. She was preceded in death by her husband E. Hillard Milligan, both her parents, her sisters Bert Myrick, Gladys Gaut, Jess McCallum, two brothers Phillip Oneal and...
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Joyce Wylene Crump Cox

December 19, 1938 - December 1, 2017


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Geoffrey Edwin Huddleston

August 22, 1946 - November 30, 2017

Geoffrey Edwin Huddleston, age 71, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Ann Huddleston; son, John Huddleston (Clare); daughter, Krissy Smith (Andy); granddaughters, Anna Clare and Elizabeth Huddleston; brother, Preston Huddleston (JoAnn); nephew, David Huddleston (Melissa) and niece Jennifer Cotney (Scott) and many other cousins, relatives...
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Berniece Peterson

September 15, 1924 - November 29, 2017

Berniece "Bud" Peterson, age 93, of Birmingham, Alabama died peacefully November 29, 2017. She was born in Bessemer, AL on September 15, 1924, grew up in the Birmingham area and was a graduate of Jones Valley High School. She worked for Southern Bell and South Central Bell and retired in 1987 after 47 years of service. She was a long-time member of Central Park Baptist Church. She...
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John R. Kelsoe

April 8, 1916 - November 27, 2017

John Rice Kelsoe, age 101, of Vestavia, Alabama, passed away Monday, November 27, 2017. He was born in Opp, Alabama in 1916 and spent most of his life in the Birmingham area. He graduated from Chillicothe College, and received the bronze star for his service as a first lieutenant in WWII. He spent most of his career in the life insurance industry in Birmingham. In 1947, he married Mary Virginia...
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Jean M. Beckwith

January 22, 1927 - November 25, 2017

Jean Moore Beckwith, age 90 of Mt. Brook passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017. She was a lifelong and very active member of Southside Baptist Church. Jean was a retired teacher and very active in parent education with the Birmingham City School System. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. A. Beckwith, Jr. and her son, John Moore Beckwith. Survivors include her daughter, Merrill...
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Frances M. LANCASTER

November 5, 1919 - November 25, 2017

Frances Magdalene Lancaster a long-time resident of Birmingham passed away in Cullman on Saturday November 25, 2017. She was born in Montevallo, Alabama to Wesley & Jewel Frost. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Alva Lancaster. She is survived by her daughters Shirley Johnson (Robert "Bob") of Cullman and Carole Tidwell (Connie L.) of Oneonta. She is survived by her...
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Charlie U. Lott

February 6, 1920 - November 25, 2017

Charlie U. Lott of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on Saturday November 25, 2017 at the age of 97. He was born in Cullman County to Ulyssess and Dale Lott on February 6, 1920. Charles attended St. Bernard and was a graduate of Cullman High School. Charles proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II. He attended UAB while working with Southern Bell where he retired in management...
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Winona Christine Stark

December 8, 1923 - November 20, 2017

Winona Jenkins Stark, 93, of Helena, Al. passed away peacefully on November 20, 2017. She was a member of Helena First Baptist Church. Mrs. Stark was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Wheeler Stark Jr. Survivors include her daughter Victoria Stark Jones, Son – Kenneth Joe Stark. Granddaughters – Kelly Stark Rothenstine (Mark), Andria Stark Mc Cormick (Jason), Great...
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Mary Ann Lovoy

April 4, 1931 - November 17, 2017

Beloved Mom and MemawMary Ann Lovoy, age 86, died Friday, November 17th at Shelby Baptist Medical Center with her family by her side. Mary Ann was born April 4, 1931, to Frank and Rosaria (Antonio) Zito. Mary Ann worked as a store manager for Three Sisters, Mangles, Alands and Lerner and as a child caregiver for many years. She was known by her employees as the greatest boss and jovial. She...
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Ray L. Marberry

June 16, 1937 - November 15, 2017

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Marc Allen Mitchell

January 4, 1969 - November 14, 2017

Marc Allen Mitchell was born on January 4, 1969 to the late Joyce Ann Mitchell and H.C. Still. Marc moved on to Heaven on November 14, 2017. At an early age, Marc accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior while attending Calvary Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Blakely, Georgia. He was currently employed by Vulcan Threaded Products, a division of Steel Dynamics, Inc. where Marc was a machine...
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Judith G. Lee

February 15, 1943 - November 14, 2017

Judith G. Lee, age 74, passed away peacefully at her home in Vestavia Hills, AL, and entered her Heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday November 14, 2017. Her parents, Norman Goodwin and Ann Gallimore, preceded her in death. Survivors include her daughter, Jamie Windham (Eric) of Fairhope, AL, her son, Jay Lee IV of Vestavia Hills, and her grandson, Jackson Lee, of Vestavia...
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Joe B. FARMER

November 24, 1927 - November 14, 2017

Joe B. Farmer 89 of Hoover was born on 11/24/27 in Birmingham, AL . Joe passed away on Tuesday 11/14/2017. Joe B. Farmer was preceded in death by his Father Grady Farmer and his Mother Mattie Farmer. Joe B. Farmer was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lowe Farmer. Joe Retired from Stockham Valve and Fittings. Joe B. Farmer is survived by one Son Steve Farmer (Mary). Two Grandsons Michael ...
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Carolyn K. Schaefer

March 14, 1925 - November 13, 2017

Caroline Kessler Schaefer was born March 14, 1925 in Ensley, Alabama. A graduate of Minor High School she was employed by South Central Bell and later AT&T until she retired. She was a confirmedmember of St. John's Evangelical Church and later in life attended Bluff Park United Methodist Church.She was a long-time resident of Hoover where she and her husband, Rudolph, were active in many...
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Billie L. Long

May 2, 1920 - November 13, 2017

Billie L. Long, age 97 of Birmingham passed away Monday, November 13, 2017. She was a retired Administrative Assistant with the US Federal Government and was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Long. Survivors include her son, Virgil M. Sims, Jr. and wife Louise; grandson, Randle A. Sims; granddaughters: Melissa Emerson (Scott) and Jennifer Harris (Barry); great grandchildren: Jack and...
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Shirley Myers BENNETT

October 28, 1924 - November 12, 2017

Shirley Myers Bennett died peacefully on November 12, 2017 in Birmingham, AL at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her husband Ed A.Bennett, Jr. of Birmingham, AL. She is survived by her sons, Ed A. Bennett, III of Birmingham, AL and James D. Bennett (Diane) of Moulton, AL, her grandson, Skyler C.Bennett (Cassandra) and her great grandson, Lucas Bennett of Jacksonville, FL. The family...
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Benton Benson Baker

January 27, 1933 - November 12, 2017

Arve Benton Baker, Jr., age 84, went home to be with the Lord on November 12, 2017. He was a beloved and cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend who loved God, his family, and his country. He was born in Bessemer, Alabama, on January 27, 1933. He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, where he played basketball and met his wife of 62 years, Jean Wilson, whom...
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Nita Jean Johns

September 25, 1926 - November 10, 2017

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Patty B. Snead

January 13, 1940 - November 10, 2017

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Gordon William Apperson

May 28, 1926 - November 10, 2017

Gordon William Apperson of Calera, Alabama, passed away on November 10, 2017, at the age of 91. He was born May 28, 1926, to Charles L Apperson & Amelia P Apperson. Gordon proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was also a Mason for over 50 years and past Grand Master of the lodge. Gordon is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Amelia; his daughter, Nelda Sue &ldquo...
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Johnny L. Holderfield

December 10, 1962 - November 9, 2017

Mr. Johnny L. Holderfield of Oneonta, Alabama passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the age of 54. Johnny was a devoted father of his two sons and a loving husband to his wife.Left to cherish Johnny’s memory are his wife, Jenny Holderfield; sons, Alex and Tommy Holderfield; sisters, Sonja (Gil) Davis and Rhonda White; along with many nieces and nephews.Funeral service for Mr....
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Jacqueline G. Erben

July 1, 1926 - November 9, 2017

Jacqueline Genevieve Erben, age 91 of Pelham passed away in her home surrounded by her family on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Throughout her life, she was always serving others. Her career started as a Secretary on the Air Force base in Kansas where she met her husband of 40 years James B. Erben, Sr. Jackie went to work at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville where she was a Legal Secretary for 12 years...
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Delia Graham Cobb

September 16, 1923 - November 9, 2017

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Foster M. Clayton

October 4, 1937 - November 8, 2017

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Hugh Larry Sanders

May 13, 1934 - November 7, 2017

Hugh Larry Sanders, age 83 of Hoover passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017. He was an Insurance Broker and a US Army Veteran of the Korean War. Larry was a member of Riverchase United Methodist Church and the Kiwanis Club. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Barbara Cruce Sanders; daughters: Terry (Charlie) Martin and Cindy Latimer; grandchildren: Bre (Joseph) Davis, Hays (Meredith) Latimer,...
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Myra Arnold Corbett

June 23, 1948 - November 7, 2017

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Jean H. Rutledge

April 26, 1928 - November 5, 2017

Jean Carol (Hauck) Rutledge, age 89, passed away peacefully in her home Sunday, November 5, 2017. She had been living at the Garden Plaza Senior Living community in Lawrenceville, GA since 2012 after moving there from Tallahassee, Florida to be closer to family. Mrs. Rutledge was a graduate of Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, OH, and of the University of Cincinnati in 1950. During...
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Betty D. BELTER

February 15, 1935 - November 5, 2017

Betty Belter, of Fultondale passed away on November 5, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and O.B. Dunn, and her husband, Charles “Bud” Belter. She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Mike) Kelley, her son Michael (Cindy) Honeycutt, four grandchildren: Kristin Kelley, Lori (Brian) Baker, Summer Honeycutt, Tiffany Honeycutt. Four great-grandchildren: Emma Baker,...
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Adrian P. Tucker

April 29, 1929 - November 3, 2017

Adrian P. Tucker, of Foley, Alabama, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loving family, on November 3, 2017, at the age of 88. After graduating Phillips High School in 1947, he served his country in the United States Air Force and later graduated from Auburn University as a mechanical engineer. Mr. Tucker was part owner of M&B Metal Products Co. in Leeds, Alabama and was a member...
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Augustus Peyton Mosley

July 2, 1920 - November 3, 2017

Augustus Peyton Mosley (A.P.), 97, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 3, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother, Treacy Mosley and father, Augustus Pinkney Mosley. He is survived by his loving wife Dot of 64 years; son, Ron Mosley (Melinda); daughter, Debbie Mosley; grandchildren, Peyton Mosley (Mallory), Emilie Thames (Austin) and Rachel Mosley; great-granddaughter, Chloe...
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Mary Jo Vick

February 15, 1928 - October 27, 2017

Mary Jo Glenn Vick departed this life on October 27th to enter her eternal home in Heaven to be with Jesus at the age of 89. Mrs. Vick was a loving mother and affectionately known as "Nanny" to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a long time member of Raleigh Avenue Baptist Church, where she taught the Joy Sunday School Class for many years. Mrs. Vick was preceded in...
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