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ROSIE DELOR HOLLAND

RED BAY, AL – Rosie Delor Holland, 104, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2024 at The Meadows, Fulton, MS. She was born in Marion County, AL to Gordon Duke and Emma Randolph Duke. She loved working with flowers, quilting, cooking and canning and attended Cornerstone Church of God.

Services will be Wednesday, June 19, 3 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Rick Bradley and Bro. David Kelley officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one son, Kenneth Holland (Sharon); three daughters, Mavis Thompson, Virginia Poore (Rick) and Kathy Cain; ten grandchildren, Junior Holland (Tammy), Johnny Holland (Paige), Sondra Thompson, Jeff Thompson (Pam), Tim Thompson, Randy Pike (Shannon), Rhonda Gresham (Jeff), Rick Pike (Dena), Amanda Raper (Barry) and Scott Cain (Misty); twenty-six great-grandchildren and nineteen great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James I. Holland, a son, James D. Holland and several siblings.

Pallbearers will be Junior Holland, Johnny Holland, Scott Cain, Jeff Thompson, Tim Thompson and Ricky Holland.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 18, 6-9 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God.

DOLORES SPARKS

RED BAY, AL – Dolores Ann Thompson Sparks, 77, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2024 at her residence. She was born in Red Bay, AL to Fred Nabers Thompson and Nell Wilson Thompson. She attended the University of Alabama and University of North Alabama. After teaching for more than forty years, she retired at the high school and collegiate level. She touched many lives with her love of math and was always ready to help those needing help to understand math concepts. She enjoyed traveling, Alabama sports, card games and never wanted to miss a family event or activity. She was a member of Red Bay First United Methodist Church and enjoyed participating in Walk to Emmaus.

Funeral services will be Monday, June 17, at 1 p.m. at Red Bay First United Methodist Church with Dallas Culver officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children, Deanna Browning (Chad), Freda Morrow (Chad) and Stan Sparks (Brendi); grandchildren, Stanton Sparks, Shannon Sparks, Logan Browning and Dylan Browning; two sisters, Susan Ledbetter (Harold) and Janet Kennedy (Keith) and nephews, Hal Ledbetter (Amanda), James Ledbetter (Brandi), Brad Thompson (Amy), Kreg Kennedy and Kurt Kennedy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Tommy Thompson and husband, Charles Sparks.

Pallbearers will be Hal Ledbetter, James Ledbetter, Brad Thompson, Kreg Kennedy, Kurt Kennedy, Stanton Sparks, Logan Browning and Dylan Browning. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Kennedy and Harold Ledbetter.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 16, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL and she will lie in state Monday, June 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Red Bay First United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.st.jude.org or Make-A-Wish America, Gift Processing, 1702 East Highland Ave., Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ  85016, www.wish.org.

WAYLON PROVINS

GOLDEN, MS – Waylon Stokes Provins, 80, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at Generations of Red Bay.  He was born in Golden, MS to Edmon and Virginia Stokes Provins.  He was a business owner working in security.

A private family service will be held at a later date.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Ibarra (Steve) of Lake Ozark, MO; sisters, Gail Grubbs of Overland, MO and Elaine Peck (Fred) of Red Bay, AL; grandchildren, Danielle Hall (Daric), Destinee Bullard (Chris) and their children, Kaitlyn, Jayden and Brooklynn, Daniel Peck (Krystal), Drew Provins (Andi), Audrey Peterson (Chris), Jesse Zinke, Blake Provins, Alyson Provins, Christian Provins and Katerlie Provins; great-grandchildren, Rosalie Hall, Alicia Hall and Bry Provins and several nieces and nephews in Red Bay and Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Brian Provins.

J.M. BERRY

OAK RIDGE, TN – John Marcellus “J.M.” Berry, 99, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2024 at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. He was born in Vina, AL and had been a resident of Oak Ridge, TN since 1945. He was a chemical operator in nuclear energy and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in World War II.

Graveside services will be Saturday, June 1, 2 p.m. at Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL with Dr. John Horton officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a daughter, Carol Horton; one grandson, Dr. John Horton (Dr. Jessica Horton); one great-grandson, John Morrow “Jack” Horton; one brother, Charles Berry (Sandra) and one sister, Kay Deaton (Dean).

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Morrow Berry; his parents, Sidney A. Berry and Rena Weatherford Berry; one brother, Gene Weatherford Berry and two sisters, Wilma Johnson and Nina Hensley.

Pallbearers will be David Deaton, Jamie Berry, Charles Berry, Mike Morrow, Dr. John Horton and Johnnie Weatherford.

ROGER DALE PUCKETT

VINA, AL – Roger Dale Puckett, 69, died Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at North Al. Medical Center, Florence, AL.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, May 21, 3 p.m. at Sparks Chapel Cemetery, Vina, AL with Bro. Nicky Barnett officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, Joy Puckett; nieces and nephews, Monica McMicken (Kevin), Eddie Puckett (Jennifer) and David Goodman; great-nieces, Jayla Puckett, Jordan Puckett and Abby McMicken and a great-great-niece, Malli Lynn Puckett.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carney Puckett and Eva Brand Puckett, his grandfather, Ed Puckett, niece, Kim Cothrun, brother, Roy Lee Puckett and sister, Linda Goodman.

MARY IMOGEAN MITCHELL

RED BAY, AL – Mary Imogean Mitchell, 84, died Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at her residence. She was born in Franklin County, AL to L.A.”Buck” Massey and Omie Jackson Massey. She was a cafeteria worker at Red Bay School and a member of Cornerstone Church of God.

Services will be Friday, May 17, 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Rick Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her children, Rickey Mitchell (Cindy) and their children, Mindy Ozbirn (Shannon) and her daughter, Allie Grace and Keshia Mitchell, Patty Robbins (Dale) and their son, Drent, Aaron Mitchell (Shirley) and Amos Mitchell; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.B.Mitchell, son, Jerry Mitchell and her brothers and sisters, Numan Massey, Flavius Haskiel Massey, Audrey Louise Cleveland, Bertha Lindsey and Troy Massey.

Pallbearers will be Shannon Ozbirn, Nathan Strickland, Drent Robbins, Xzaviar Daily, Baylor Storment and Terry Parsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Mitchell, Greg Mitchell and Steven Mitchell.

Visitation will be Friday, May 17, 12-2 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God.

JUDY ANN KILBY

RED BAY, AL – Judy Ann Kilby, 71, passed away Monday, May 13, 2024 at her residence. She was born in Red Bay, AL to T.C. and Dollie Mae Haney Robinson and worked as a hairdresser.

Services will be Thursday, May 16, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Matthew Haney officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Argo; sisters, Nancy Hopkins, Rheda Robinson and Shawn Faulkner (Chris); aunt, Shirley Lindley (David) and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Brandon Craig Guess and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Hopkins, Chris Faulkner, Reece King, Jody Harris, Jeremy Harris and Kelby Hallmark.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 15, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

GREGORY BOLTON

RUSSELLVILLE, AL – Gregory Shane Bolton, 53, passed away Friday, May 10, 2024 in Golden, MS.  He was born in Red Bay, AL to H.B. and Gennie Johnson Bolton.  He had worked as an auto mechanic and attended Calvary Family Worship Center.

Funeral services will be Monday, May 13, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Haskell Sparks officiating.  Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his parents, H.B. and Gennie Bolton; two uncles, Pete Johnson (Tommie) and Aulsie Bolton (Sherry); one aunt, Peggy Daniel and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edd and Ruby Johnson and Belton and Thelma Bolton.

Visitation will be Monday, May 13, 10-12 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

MARJORIE BARKSDALE

VINA, AL – Marjorie Bernice Barksdale, 89, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2024 at Burns Nursing Home in Russellville, AL.  She was born in Vina, AL to Jesse B.Upton and Dorothy Budington.  She was a homemaker and member of Pilot Hill Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 15, 1 p.m. at Pilot Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Lentz officiating.  Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sons, Alan Barksdale (Donna) and Alton Barksdale (Rhonda); grandchildren, Keesha Lindley (Anthony), Ryan Barksdale (Anna), Alison Montanaro (Tony), Will Barksdale (Jordan) and Emily Barksdale and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Edward Barksdale; her father and mother and two sisters, Ruth Lofton and Wanda Anderson.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Barksdale, Will Barksdale, Tony Montanaro, Joel Horton, Rodney Scott and Donny Holland.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 15, 11-1 at Pilot Hill Baptist Church.

WILBUR MCKINNEY

RED BAY, AL – Wilbur R. McKinney, 81, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2024 at his residence.  He was born in Franklin County, AL to Leffa and Josie Harrison McKinney.  He was retired from Tiffin Motor Homes and was a member of First Baptist Church in Red Bay.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 10, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Bill Harper officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one son, Clair Ray McKinney; his granddaughter, Casey McKinney and great-grandchildren, Bryson Lanctot and Sadie White.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty McKinney; his parents and one sister, Catherine Hall.

Visitation will be Friday, May 10, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JOEY DARRACOTT

RED BAY, AL – Joey Lea Darracott, 67, went to his heavenly home Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at Sanctuary Hospice, Tupelo, MS. He was born in Kenosha, WI. He retired as a truck driver for Gemini/Love’s after ten years. He became the customer host at Precision RV and became a vital part of the company touching many lives in the process. He was known by many as “Papa Joe” and he was a member and Head Elder of Grace Community Fellowship Church. He served as Mentor at Mississippi and North Alabama Mens Encounter and loved Auburn football.

Celebration of Life will be Saturday, May 11, 3 p.m. at Grace Community Fellowship, Golden, MS with Bro. David Kelley, Bro. Jerry Balentine and Bro. Tony Darracott officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Darracott; children, Tony Darracott (Heather) and Chris Darracott (Jeanine); grandchildren, Samuel Darracott, Addison Darracott and Neriah Darracott; father, Leabert Darracott; siblings, Denise Scott (Robert), Louis Darracott (Teresa), Reagan Darracott (Missy), Kathy Swindle (Donnie) and Billy Darracott; brother-in-law, Mike Johnson (Joyce) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Tina Darracott, two sisters, Trina Adkison and Teresa Johnson and a brother-in-law, Terry Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Risner, Bill Dockery, Andy Patterson, Chris Dill, Jordan Ruple and Terry Ray.

The family wants to say a special thank you to Katie Gresham, Bay Health and Wellness and Sanctuary Hospice for their care of Mr. Darracott.

Visitation will be Friday, May 10, 6-9 p.m. at Grace Community Fellowship.

JERRY W. McKINNEY

RED BAY, AL - Jerry W. McKinney, 80, passed away on May 7, 2024. He was elected to two four year terms as a Franklin County Commissioner – District 4. He was employed with U.S. Reduction from 1964-1987 and Sunshine Homes until retirement. Jerry was an officer for Aluminum, Brick and Glass workers union and was a member of the Franklin County Cattleman’s Association. He served on the Red Bay Industrial Development Board for many years. He proudly served 30+ years on the Franklin County Democratic Executive Board. He farmed, raised livestock and loved to garden. As any member the family will tell you, he loved excessively, however, made sure that he imparted some wisdom along the way. Jerry was a member of the First Baptist Church of Red Bay. He coached many youth football and baseball teams, was instrumental in the building of the adult softball league in Red Bay and was past president of Red Bay Athletic Booster Club.

Visitation will be Friday, May 10, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL with the funeral on Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Bill Harper and Rev. Steve Ledbetter officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Esta Lee Hammock McKinney; daughter, Jada L. McKinney; sons, Jeffery W. McKinney (Allison), Huntsville, Alabama, Jerrod W. McKinney (Donna), Red Bay, Alabama, John W. McKinney (Jenni), Huntsville, Alabama; grandchildren, Jeffery C. McKinney, LaShae Wellington (James), Rachel Mitchell, Rebecca Welborn (Bailey), Hunter McKinney, John-John McKinney, Griffin McKinney, Sam McKinney, Sam Davis, Collin Rene, Jake Pitts, Jaylee Pitts and Jaycee Pitts; great-grandchildren, Brody Wellington, Gracie Wellington, Jack Wellington and Deacon Welborn and sister-in-law, Emily McKinney.

He was preceded in death by his father, John W. McKinney, Jr., mother, Virginia Scott and brother, John H. “Buzzy” McKinney. He was reared by his grandparents, Johnny and Cora Belle Knight McKinney, who also preceded him in death.

Pallbearers will be Richard Hammock, Jonathan McKinney, Jeffery C. McKinney, Sam McKinney, Griffin McKinney, John-John McKinney and Sam Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Jake Pitts and John Scott.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Glenwood.org (McKinney Memorial option) or mail to Glenwood, 150 Glenwood Lane Attn: McKinney Memorial, Birmingham, AL 35242 or His Hands & Feet, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 616, Red Bay, AL 35582.

WILLIAM “BILL” STONE

TREMONT, MS – William Ronald “Bill” Stone, 75, passed away Monday, May 6, 2024 at NMMC in Tupelo, MS.  He was born in Clarksdale, MS to John Leonard and Martha Lee Fowler Stone.  He was retired as a registered nurse and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Vina, AL. He was a decorated Vietnam veteran serving as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army and received the Bronze Star Medal.

Services will be Thursday, May 9, 12 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Bro. Matthew Haney and Bro. Jerry George officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of twenty-three years, Delitha Stone; four children, Leigh Ann Keady (Sean), Melissa Farris (Rob), Rob Stone (Kristi) and Mary Katherine Rosales; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; step-children, Carey Snyder (Jeff) and Troy Miller; brother, Johnny L. Stone (Ann); special friends, Bobby and Sharon Copeland and two brothers-in-law, Jerry George (Shanda) and Willie George.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Copeland, Robert Moomaw, Jack Keady, Sean Keady, Hub Humphries, Rob Farris, Jeff Burks, Marshall Lentz, Pete Blanton and Russell Manasco. Honorary pallbearers will be Troy Miller and Larry Strickland.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 9, 10-12 at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

CHARLES E. VINSON

GOLDEN, MS – Charles E. Vinson, 84, passed away Friday, May 3, 2024 at his residence.  He was born in Itawamba County, MS to Idus and Aurey Swindle Vinson.  He worked as a truck driver for many years.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 7, 11 a.m. at Red Bay Holy Church of Christ with Bro. Wayne Bridges and Bro. Roger Aldridge officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Myrtle Vinson; daughters, Lisa Jackson (Boyd), Patricia “Pattie” Brown (David), Patricia Spencer and Donna Spencer; sons, Johnny Mayhall (Jenny), David Spencer (Barbara) and Scottie Spencer; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; brothers, Harold Vinson (Jenny), Neal Vinson, Larry Vinson (Kim) and Gary Vinson and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Martha Wigginton and Rebecca “Becky” Parrish; three grandsons, Glenn B. Vinson, Kyle Parrish and Jonathon Thorne; one brother, Jimmy Vinson and one sister, Maggie Pearl Elrod.

Pallbearers will be Rocky Jackson, Dillon Jackson, Ricky Vinson, Jesse Jackson, Trent Mayhall, Steven Gardner and Gabriell Dillard.  Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Mayhall and David Brown.

Visitation will be Monday, May 6, beginning at 6 p.m. until service time Tuesday at Red Bay Holy Church of Christ.

TOMMY COX

RED BAY, AL – Tommy Fred Cox, 78, passed away Friday, May 3, 2024 at his residence.  He was born in Russellville, AL to Len Wright and Verdie Ruzelle Scott Cox.  He was retired after more than 30 years from Sunshine Homes as an inspector.  He loved to cook, make wine and grill and was famous for his peanut brittle.  He and his wife Peggy loved to travel with their RV group.  He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Red Bay, a 32nd degree mason and had served as a Gideon.

Funeral services will be Sunday, May 5, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Bill Harper officiating.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three sons, Steve Cox (Elonda), Stan Cox (Ronaka) and Stuart Cox (Tammy); grandchildren, Ely Cox (Liz), Emily Cox (Joe Buckley), Michaela Marquis (Logan), Colton Cox (Madison), Fallin Cox and Austin Cox; sister, Dorothy Stockton and sister-in-law Dale Bonds (Thomas).

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Peggy Ann Malone Cox and a sister, Ann Cox.

Pallbearers will be Ely Cox, Colton, Cox, Logan Marquis, Joe Buckley, Austn Cox and Caden Gardner.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Winchester, Lowell Humphres, Wilbur McKinney, Larry Smith and Doug Liles.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 5, 1-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Shriners Children’s Hospital at www.shrinerschildrens.org or Gideons International, Franklin West Camp, P.O. Box 1203, Red Bay, AL 35582.

DUSTY ALLEN ROSE

GOLDEN, MS – Dusty Allen Rose, 42, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2024 at his residence. He was born in Missouri and was an auto mechanic for more than twenty years.

Services will be Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by four children, Tyler Rose, Shaun Rose, Hayden Rose and Piper Rose; his parents, Norman and Margie Rose; four sisters, Kimberly Neighbors, Shannon Attaway (Derek), Sumer Brazil (Russell) and Gracie Allen; one brother, Nicholas Rose; fiancé, Jessica Coleman; step-son, Alex Coleman and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Catherine Six and Luther and Mary Rose.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 5, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

 

SYBLE HUMPHRIES

VINA, AL – Syble Inez Humphries, 87, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at Marion Regional Nursing Home, Hamilton, AL. She was born in Vina, AL to James K. Vardman Clanton and Gerthie Lucertta Emerson Ackers Clanton. She worked for NTN Bower and was a member of Pearly Gates Church of God of Prophecy.

Services will be Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. James Clanton and Bro. Edwin Pharr officiating. Burial will be in Shottsville Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her sons, Darrell Humphries, Don Humphries (Janice) and Chuck Humphries (Joyce); grandchildren, Jay Humphries (Jennifer), Lisa Humphries, Donna Wilson (Matthew), Billy Humphries (Brit), Chris Humphries (Jana), Zach Dunn, Scott Humphries (Lisa), Johnny Humphries, Aaron Humphries (Stephanie), Andy (Daphne), Brandi (Scotty), Chris (Julianna) and Brock; a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Faye Terrell (Gerald); brother, Jimmy Clanton (Lunell); three very special nephews, Mike Rogers, Steve Rogers and Ricky Merchant (Snoop) and a host of other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Humphries; a son, Rickey Humphries; her parents and two sisters, Peggy Rogers and Dot Massey.

Pallbearers will be Don Humphries, Mike Rogers, Chris Humphries, Billy Humphries, Brit Harris and Zach Terrell. Honorary pallbearers will be Casey Rogers and Nick Miller.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 4, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

TOMMY WILLIAMS

HODGES, AL – Thomas Arthur “Tommy” Williams, 89, passed away Monday, April 22, 2024 at his residence. Tommy was born in Belgreen, AL as the second of six children to Arthur & Ruvie (Thorn) Williams.  Early in his life he made a profession of his faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized. He served as a deacon at Atwood Baptist Church and later in life was a member at First Baptist Church, Red Bay and lastly Vina First Baptist Church.

After serving in the Air Force for 3&1/2 years, the next few years were filled with college, work, meeting and marrying Jane Browning and the birth of their three children. He finally became a math teacher at Vina High School, where his former students still fondly recall how Mr. Williams’ teaching made math interesting and fun to learn.

Retirement eventually came and then, after fifty years of marriage, Tommy’s wife, Jane, passed away in 2009.  In 2022 Tommy was re-acquainted with someone he had known for a long time, Carolyn Pharr.  They started dating and married in May, 2022.

We will remember Tommy Williams for his many funny stories, his sense of humor, his quiet way of helping others, his generous support of Hodges City Park and his love of the Lord and his family.

Memorial services will be Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m. at Vina First Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery, Hodges, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Carolyn Pharr Williams; his son, Tony Williams; daughter, LeAnn Hastings (Todd); step-children, Joann Morrow (Byron), Jenny Emmons and Scotty Pharr; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren that he enjoyed dearly; one brother, Phillip Williams (Kim) and two sisters, Pat Shifflett and Gwendolyn Smith (Bob).

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Browning Williams, their daughter, Tammy Williams-Haines, his parents and one sister, Angie Glover.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. at Vina First Baptist Church.

The family wishes to say a special thank you to Aaron Hester and all the Volunteer Firefighters and Rescue Departments.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hodges City Park, 1942 Hwy 172, Hodges, AL 35571.

LILLIAN PATTERSON

RED BAY, AL - Martha Lillian White Patterson, age 92, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Southern Magnolia, Iuka, MS. She was born to JH and Mary White in Belmont, MS on July 8, 1931. She graduated from Belmont High School in 1949 and  married Charles Patterson.

She was a faithful Christian and lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Red Bay. She lived her life to serve others in the church and community.  She loved to bake cookies and cakes. She was known for her sugar cookies and Red Velvet cakes.  Anyone that delivered mail, packages, picked up garbage, or any work in the vicinity would pick up cookies when they stopped by.   She loved to serve God by visiting shut-ins, delivering Upper Room devotionals, carrying food to the elderly, and organizing church meals and showers.  She served on Wednesdays at the nursing home washing and styling hair for the residents for more than twenty years. She was a member of Patterson Chapel Homemakers Association. Known as PatPat by her grandkids and others, she loved to garden and share her produce.  She quilted and played Canasta with her friends.

Visitation will be Friday, April 19, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL. The funeral will be held at First United Methodist Church, Red Bay, AL on Saturday, April 20, 11a.m. and she will lie in state from 10-11a.m. Brother Dallas Culver will be officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Left to cherish her enduring love and the guiding light of her example are her daughters, Regina Sparks and Martha (Dominick) LoGalbo; sons, CK Patterson and Jimmy Patterson; grandchildren, Ken Patterson, Jody Patterson, Stacey (Jody) Hughes, Allison (Bruce) Beene, Andrea (Teddy) Foster,  Charla Lucas, Nathan (Jody) Patterson,  Meagon (Brandon) Gray, Drew Williams, Samantha Patterson, Nick LoGalbo,  Paige (Garret) Dunkle and Austin (Courtney) Sparks and fourteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings, Clement White, John White, Charles White, Ruby Brown, Mary Stephens and special sister-in-law, Thestle Patterson.

Pallbearers will be Hal Keeton, Joey Allen, Paul Huffman, Austin Sparks, Nick LoGalbo, Kobe Williams and Cooper Williams.

Memorials can be made to Grace Methodist Church in Red Bay, AL.

JEAN FARRIS HALL

RED BAY, AL – Jean Farris Hall, 95, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Burns Nursing Home, Russellville, AL. She was born in Itawamba County, MS to Otto and Carrie Kent Farris and retired from Blue Bell. She had been attending Pineville Baptist Church until she could no longer drive. She was Mama Jean to many.

Services will be Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Greg Strickland and Bro. Norris Blackburn officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Blackburn (Norris) and Sue Blake; grandchildren, Kara Fisher (Justin), Stacy Hester, Kevin Hester, Linda Gibson (Jimmie) Tosha Grimes, Justin Parcus Hall and Melissa Hall and great-grandchildren, Addison Turner, Skye Wigginton, Maelee Thorn, Landen Petree, Taylre Hall, Bella Hall, Drake Hester, Michael Copeland and Kerrie Gibson and great-great-grandchildren, Khloie Bolding, Max Gibson and Leland Wigginton.

She was preceded in death by three children, Danny Hall, Kathy Hall and Ricky Hall and two grandsons, Chris Blake and Erik Wigginton.

Pallbearers will be Justin Parcus Hall, Kevin Hester, Mike Prestage, Steven Prestage, Justin Fisher and Jarred Patterson.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 20, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

GRADY PHARR

HODGES, AL – William Grady Pharr, 80, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at his residence. He was born in Vina, AL to William B. and Lurie Moss Pharr. He worked as a farmer and a mechanic and was a member of Hodges Convention Baptist Church.

Services will be Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Casey Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Old Line Cemetery, Hodges, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three daughters, Lisa Pope, Cindy Mitchell (Chris) and Amanda Miller (J.R.); grandchildren, Jason Pope (Sam), Paige Ricketts, DJ Emerson (Jill) and Tyler Emerson (Courtney); great-grandchildren, Braylynn and Hunter Pope, Kingston and Bankston Ricketts, Kynnedi Pope, Marleigh and John Knox Emerson and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Feltman Pharr; four sisters, Violet Stidham, Mildred McKinney, Joyce McCarley and Ruby Tyra and six brothers, Dillard Pharr, Hubert Pharr, Buddy Pharr, Tommy Pharr, Nello Pharr and W.B. Pharr.

Pallbearers will be Jason Pope, J.R. Miller, DJ Emerson, Tyler Emerson, Chris Mitchell, Barry Pope and Lance Pharr. Honorary pallbearers will be Kingston Ricketts, Hunter Pope, Bankston Ricketts and Craig Holland.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 21, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DONNA GOBER OVERTON

RED BAY, AL - Donna Lavaughn Gober Overton, age 79, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2024, at her residence. She was born in Tishomingo, MS on March 5, 1945. Her family moved back to Red Bay a few months after her birth. Her ancestors settled in Franklin County before Alabama became a state and were among the founders of Red Bay. She grew up working alongside her father in the family business at the Red Bay Ice & Gin Co. She graduated from Red Bay High School in 1963. She graduated from The University of Alabama in 1967 with a degree in Accounting and received her Master’s Degree and AA certification in Elementary Education from The University of North Alabama. She taught elementary school at Red Bay and Vina. She worked as a Rural Letter Carrier in Tuscumbia for 25 years, retiring in 2019.

She was a faithful Christian and lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Red Bay. She served in teaching Sunday School and VBS, playing handbells, working in the library, on the bereavement committee and wherever she was needed. She looked for good in others, spoke the truth with love and encouragement, and had a tender and willing servant’s heart for her God, family, community, and fellow man. She personified Jesus’s exhortation, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” Matthew 5:9.

She was a devoted fan of Alabama football and basketball and enjoyed planning trips, traveling, playing the piano, sudoku, and reading voraciously. She liked cooking desserts and especially enjoyed baking chocolate pies for others.

She was preceded in death by her parents Eric Jerome and Pauline Dobbs Gober; parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Brad Overton; and her beloved nephew Stephen Eric Moore.

Left to cherish her enduring love and the guiding light of her example are her husband, of 56 years, James Overton; daughter Lavaughn Overton; son Bradley Overton; sister Katrine Gober Moore (Billy); sister-in-law Norma Jean Harris (Marvin) nephew Aubry Harris: and great-nieces Hannah Harris, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Jean-Marie Katrina Moore, great-nephews Samuel Stephen Moore and Nathaniel Moore.

Pallbearers will be Billy Bolton, Keith Kennedy, Michael Fancher, J.C. Weeks, Danny Pearson, and Jerrod McKinney.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 17th from 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL. The funeral will be held at First Baptist Church on Thursday, April 18th at 1 p.m. with visitation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Reverend Jerry Ginn and Reverend Bill Harper will be officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to His Hands & Feet Ministry First Baptist Church, P O Box 616, Red Bay AL 35582 or dedicate Gideon Bibles at gideons.org.

ROY LAMAR BOLTON, SR

RED BAY, AL – Roy Lamar Bolton, Sr., 91, passed away Friday, April 12, 2024 at Generations of Red Bay.  He was born in Alabama to Chester L. and Annie Mae McKinney Bolton.  He worked as a lineman for the Illinois Central Railroad and retired from Franklin County Electric Association.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 15, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Haskell Sparks officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Irene Underwood Bolton; four children, Lamar Bolton (Nancy), Raymond Bolton (Melanie), Laurel Turbyfill (Tony) and Julia Davis; five grandchildren, Brad Bolton (Melissa), Cheston Turbyfill, Aaron Shewbart (Katie), Adam Shewbart (Hope) and Lindsey Turbyfill Smith (Daniel) and seven great-grandchildren, Carsen Bolton, Trager Shewbart, Trayson Shewbart, Finley Smith, Emma Smith, Emily Shewbart and Charlotte Shewbart.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Ralph Bolton, Dr. Leon Bolton and Charles Bolton.

Pallbearers will be Brad Bolton, Cheston Turbyfill, Aaron Shewbart, Adam Shewbart, Daniel Smith and Trager Shewbart.

Visitation will be Monday, April 15, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

The family wishes to thank Generations of Red Bay and Jennifer and Laura with Enhabit Hospice for their care.

JOEL EWING

RED BAY, AL – Joel Ewing, 55, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born in Alabama and worked with Red Bay Water and Gas and Street Department for ten years.

Graveside services will be Thursday, April 11, 2 p.m. at Red Bay City Cemetery with Jackie Benson officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his mother, Martha Jo Ewing; two sons, AJ Ewing and Alex Ewing; one daughter, Katelyn Ewing; two granddaughters and two sisters, Sheila Jo Robbins (David) and Maggie Parrish.

He was preceded in death by his father, Euzell Ewing.

Pallbearers will be Clay Ridge, Daniel Aday, Zach Frederick, Cody Wilkinson and Raymond Robbins.

WILLODEAN SHEWBART

VINA, AL – Dorothy Willodean Shewbart, 93, passed away Friday, April 5, 2024 at North Alabama Medical Center.  She was born in Belgreen, AL to Clive and Mary Willie Duncan Hendrix.  She was a member of Burnout Missionary Baptist Church and was a homemaker.  She was very active in the Homemaker’s Club and community events.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 8, 1 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating.  Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four children, Dorothy Gober (Donald), Genice Owen, Janice Irvin (Rodney) and Danny Shewbart (Renee); eight grandchildren, Dorinda Edwards (Kenneth), Shannon Owen, Leah Bowden (Paul), Dana Rives (Daniel), Derek Gober (Bethany), Aaron Shewbart (Katie), Keri Wyatt (Houston) and Adam Shewbart (Hope); sixteen great-grandchildren, Madison, Kaylyn, Makenzie, Miles, Bailey Ann, Davis, Trager, Traysen, Emily, Charlotte, Mason, Wesley, Cooper, Willow, Hayes and Hollis; three step great-grandchildren, Paul, Robert and Anna.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lelion Shewbart; her parents; grandson, Daryl Gober and one sister, Yvonne Greenhill.

Pallbearers will be Shannon Owen, Derek Gober, Aaron Shewbart, Adam Shewbart, Miles Edwards and Trager Shewbart.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 7, 6-9 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.

JUDY ARMSTRONG OWENS

CROSSVILLE, TN – Judy Armstrong Owens, 82, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Cookeville, TN. She was born in Vina, AL to James and Cora Massey Armstrong. She was a school teacher for more than thirty years and was a Baptist.

Graveside services will be Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. at Halltown Cemetery with Greg Strickland officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-six years, Larry Owens; sister-in-law, Dixie Hileman; two nephews, Daniel Hileman and Jeffery Owens and a host of other nephews, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

OPAL G. McKINNEY GARRISON

RED BAY, AL – Opal G. McKinney Garrison, 97, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2024 at Southern Magnolia, Golden, MS. She was born in Atwood, AL to Andy and Eva Hammock McKinney. She was a longtime member of Cornerstone Church of God.

Services will be Thursday, April 4, 3:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God with Bro. Rick Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children, Anita Grimes (Steve), Sharlene Funderburk (Larry) and Guy Glenn Garrison; six grandchildren, Steven Grimes (Lindsey), Noah Grimes (Katie), Timothy Grimes (Kerri), Anna M. McDermott (William), Garrett Zika (Amanda) and Erik Gonzalez; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Grider Garrison, her parents and siblings, Demple Estes, J.C. McKinney, Fred McKinney, Kathleen Williams, Maxine Garrison and Ruby Garrison.

Pallbearers will be Steven Grimes, Noah Grimes, Tim Grimes, Carson Grimes and Garrett Zika.

Honorary pallbearer will be Jerry McKinney.

Visitation will Wednesday, April 3, 5:30-8 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God.

M. CHARLES WEATHERBEE

VESTAVIA HILLS, AL – Milton Charles Weatherbee, 86, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at Brookwood Medical Center, Birmingham, AL. He was born April 2, 1937 in Franklin County, AL to Charles Albert and Annie Maude McNatt Weatherbee. He was a graduate of Vina High School, Florence State University (UNA), and Miles College School of Law. He was Director of Governmental Affairs for fifty years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army MP Reserve and a lifelong member of the American Legion.

Services will be Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Tim Sutton officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He leaves to mourn his passing his special friend, Martha G. Porter of Birmingham, his brother, James (Judy) Weatherbee of Springfield, VA, sister, Doris W. DeCelles of Huntsville, and special nieces, Michelle (Scott) Slusher of Washington, DC and Melissa (Rob) Howley of Huntsville as well as nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers will be Robert Howley, Shepard Howley, Jim Weatherbee, Jr., John Weatherbee, Jeff Weatherbee and Charles Slusher.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 30, 10-11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to Camp Seale Harris (campsealeharris.org), 500 Chase Park South, Suite 104, Birmingham, AL 35244.

DORA ANN EWING

RED BAY, AL – Dora Ann Ewing, 62, passed away Monday, March 25, 2024 at her residence. She was born in Missouri to William Luther and Mary Adalene Chandler Rose. She attended Tremont First Baptist Church.

Services will be Saturday, March 30, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. David Kelley officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a daughter, Amber Rose; two brothers, David Rose and Norman Rose; grandchildren, Trevor Lee Rose and Abby-Gail Marie Rose and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, William Rose and Zackery Ewing and a sister, Sharon Blair.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 30, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

MARIE FRANKS

RED BAY, AL – Marie Franks, 95, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2024 at Southern Magnolia, Golden, MS. She was born in Itawamba County, MS to Nolan and Arvillia Stockton Farris. She worked at Blue Bell and was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Wednesday, March 27, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Larry Hill officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one daughter, Sheila Smith (Larry); granddaughter, Amber Williams (Ben); great-grandchildren, Caleb Williams, Bethany Williams and Seth Williams; two sisters, Lorene Pierce (Billy) and Mary Ellen Rice; one brother, Rabon Farris; three step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tulon Franks; a sister, Earlene Jackson and brothers, Kenneth Farris and Kermit Farris.

Pallbearers will be J.P. Rice, J.L. Jackson, Tommy Farris, Timmy Jackson, Mike Pierce and Jody Farris.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 27, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

POLLYANNA HARGETT

RED BAY, AL – Pollyanna Hargett, 46, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2024 in Cherokee, AL.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 25, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Billy Brooks officiating.  Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her children, Jadi Rogers and Cayden Rogers; her mother, Celia Brooks (Billy); siblings, Zachary Hargett (Summer), Michael Brooks, Jeremy Brooks, Dallas Brooks (Krystal), Amanda Peterson (Nick) and Holt Hargett; special aunt, Tina McMurray; niece, Ashley Woodis and her son, Memphis Williams and her uncle, Delane Borden and children.

She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Hargett; her grandparents; sister, Angela Brooks; brother, Colby Hargett; uncle, Gilbert Woodis and her cousin, Brandon Woodis.

Pallbearers will be Michael Brooks, Zachary Hargett, Holt Hargett, Steven Webb, Bobby Davidson and Dan Henry.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 24, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JAMES HARCE McCALPIN

RED BAY, AL – James Harce McCalpin, 86, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born in Franklin County, AL to Jim and Lena Bell Humphres McCalpin. He worked as an electrician for Sunshine Homes and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Vina, AL.

Services will be Friday, March 12, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Matthew Haney and Bro. Loyd Ray Griffus officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Jeanette McCalpin; two daughters, Debra McCutcheon (Gilbert) and Lisa Young (Wally); four grandchildren, Adam White (Erin), Meleana Crossman, Clara Duggan (Brad) and Isabella Young; two great-grandhildren, Addi White and Ella Crossman; one brother, Harlie McCalpin and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Adam White, Brad Duggan, Mike Griffus, Keith Seahorn, Terry Hardin and Steve Stringfellow.

Visitation will be Friday, March 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

CLYNEICE LEDBETTER

RED BAY, AL - Clyneice Ledbetter, 94, passed away Monday, March 11, 2024, at North Alabama Medical Center. She was born May 5, 1929, in the Burnout community. She worked at the Red Bay Clinic early on before going to work at Red Bay Hospital when it opened.  She helped deliver many babies in Red Bay during her time in the medical field. In 1979 she changed careers and began working as a beauty consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics. She was named to the Queen’s Court each year for many years and in 1982 was Queen of Sales in the United States. In 1993 she became a sales director, and in 1991 was honored with the Miss Go-Give award, given to consultants who are nominated and exhibit a philosophy for care most like that of Mary Kay. She was the national Queen of Personal Sales three times and runner-up twice. During her career she won three Cadillacs, two Pontiac Grand Ams, many diamond rings, diamond "Bumble Bee" pins, and mink coats. She was a member of New Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 16, 12-3 p.m. at New Union Missionary Baptist Church with funeral services beginning at 3 p.m. Bro. Tim Apt and Jack Ivy will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her son, Roger Ledbetter (Joan) of Perry, Ga.; two daughters – Lennis Sewell (Gary) of Leoma, Tenn., and Wanda Shewbart (Mike) of Red Bay; grandchildren – Robin Helvey (Jeff), Alison Bearden (Kenny), Tony Greer (Casey Jo), Chris Sewell, Misty Price (Eugene), LaKristin McLeod (Caleb), Hali McDonald (Andrew), Britta Howard (Nick), Brooke Binning (Bobby), Brooke Shewbart, Lane Shewbart; great grandchildren – Cole Smith, Woody Helvey, Ethan Bearden, Brady Bearden, Justin Greer (Darian), Josh Greer, Nick Cheek (Amber), Laura Hall, Alicia Price, Fletcher McLeod, Walker McLeod, Millie McDonald, Graham McDonald, Scarlett McDonald, Bryson Hacker, Austin Orrick, Cashton Orrick, Alice Binning, and Lillian Binning; great-great grandchildren – Hunter Cheek, Lillie Fleming, Brock Hall (Haylee), Kady Hall, Evan Fleming, Mila Greer, Austin Greer, Deklan Murphy; a great-great-great grandchild, Zaylee Adams; two brothers, Raymond Blackburn and Larry Blackburn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Lee and Floy Blackburn; her husband, Robert H. Ledbetter, Jr.; a daughter, LaQuetta Graham; a son-in-law, Joel Graham; and three brothers, Barney Blackburn, Noble Blackburn, and Guy Blackburn.

Pallbearers will be her grandson and great grandsons.

RANDY WILLIAM PETREE

RED BAY, AL – Randy William Petree, 64, passed away Monday, March 11, 2024 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born in Red Bay, AL and worked in mobile home manufacturing at Belmont Homes and Sunshine Homes. He attended Assembly of Christ Church.

There will be a private family service with burial in Berry Cemetery, Red Bay, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

He is survived by a brother, Dennis Petree (Lania); a niece, Aronia Mitchell; two great-nieces, Abbie Mitchell and Mikala Mitchell and a great-nephew, Slate Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Evonne Smith Petree.

MARY MAXINE GESLER

RED BAY, AL – Mary Maxine Gesler, 67, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2024 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. She was born in Red Bay, AL to James and Nellie Ford Hammock and was a nurse.

There will be no funeral services. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

She is survived by her husband of forty-six years, Donald Gesler; daughter, Malinda Hutcheson (Brannon); three grandchildren, Baylee Moss (Andrew), Mya Hutcheson and Kassidie Gesler and a great-grandchild, Cohen Moss.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Gary Gesler and two brothers, Ernie Hammock and Ronnie Hammock.

SANDRA J. STACY

GOLDEN, MS – Sandra J. Stacy, 74, passed away Friday, March 8, 2024 at Generations of Red Bay. She was born in Itawamba County, MS to Glen and Vernice Collum Stacy. She was a factory worker for thirty years and was a Baptist.

Services will be Saturday, March 9, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. J.C. Blackburn and Ellis Stacy officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one brother, Randy Stacy and Sheila and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Glendell Stacy and Judy Stacy.

Pallbearers will be James Stacy, Joe Stacy, Josh Stacy, Derck Stacy, Caleb Stacy and Joe Roberts.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JAMES JOHNSON

GOLDEN, MS – James Arlen Johnson, 76, passed away Monday, March 4, 2024 at his residence. He was born in Itawamba County, MS and worked as a welder for fifty years.

Private family graveside services will be held Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 4 PM at Halltown Cemetery with burial in Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Lora Johnson; three children, James Johnson, Jr., Jessica Johnson and Zachary Johnson; five grandchildren; five brothers, Johnny Johnson, Marty Johnson, Jerry Johnson, Bobby Smith and Jerry Smith and four sisters, Lisa Windham, Rose Underwood, Nina Thorn and Regina Riggins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Flavis Johnson and Oniece Smith and a son, Jason Johnson.

CARLA DUREN MANASCO

VINA, AL - Carla Duren Manasco, 57, of Vina, Alabama, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, in Marion County, AL, leaving behind a legacy of love and devotion. Born in Pickens County, AL, Carla dedicated thirty years of her life to serving at Bevill State of Hamilton, AL, demonstrating unwavering commitment to her profession. The thousands of students she served over the years were fortunate to have her as a mentor. She found solace and strength in her faith as a member of Red Bay Church of Christ.

Carla's life will be celebrated on Saturday, March 9, at 3 p.m. at Red Bay Church of Christ, where Bro. Scott Webster will officiate. Visitation will be held 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to the service. She will be laid to rest in Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL, under the care of Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

She is survived by her devoted father, Ralph Duren; cherished brother, Keith Duren (Tanya); beloved nieces, Asia Duren and Iva Duren; step-son, Joshua Manasco; and a multitude of adoring aunts, uncles, and cousins. Carla's nurturing spirit extended beyond her family; she was a devoted mentor to Hannah Hartley.

Preceding her in death were her beloved husband, Rex Manasco, and her dear mother, Sarah Nichols Duren.

Carla's essence radiated through every aspect of her life. Though she never had children of her own, she embraced every child she encountered as her own, embodying the spirit of motherhood. A fierce protector, advocate, and encourager, Carla was characterized by her sassy yet joyful demeanor. She had a remarkable ability to brighten any room and effortlessly connect with others, never meeting a stranger. Her hugs were legendary and left you knowing she loved you.

Born on the Fourth of July, Carla epitomized independence and dynamism, a true firecracker. Her life was a testament to resilience, loyalty, and boundless love.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Maywood Christian Camp in honor of Carla's love of the ministry and lifelong friendships she made there over the years.

Pallbearers will be Shane Nichols, Ty Nichols, Ray Duren, Frank Duren, Guy Duren, Robby Duren and Miecree Cannon.

RODNEY MASON

GOLDEN, MS – Rodney Mason, 62, passed away Monday, March 4, 2024 at his residence. He was born in Franklin County, AL to David and Bobbie Boren Mason. He was a service worker for mobile home manufacturers for thirty years. He worked until August, 2022 for Tiffin Motor Homes.

Services will be Thursday, March 7, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. J.E. Jackson and Micah Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Mason; two sons, Sandy Holt (Holly) and Eric Smith (Tonia); five grandchildren, Reed Holt, Mason Holt, Dillon Holt, Lauren Smith and John David Smith; two sisters, Marilyn Johnston (Danny) of Red Bay, AL and Sandra Graham (Justin) of Red Bay, AL and one niece, Mason Graham.

Pallbearers will be Wade Barksdale, Davis Rhoades, Harold Rogers, Randy Akins, Johnny Mason and Austin Mason. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Childers, Charlie Lindley and Justin Scott.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 7, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

GREG INMON

RED BAY, AL – Gregory Stephen Inmon, 53, passed away Friday, March 1, 2024 at Hospice Family Care in Huntsville, AL.  He was born in Waukegan, IL and worked in construction.

He is survived by his mother, Sue Inmon; his father, Junior Inmon; two brothers, Billy Inmon and Tim Inmon and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Debra Sauvageot.

There will be no funeral service.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

BOB HORTON

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL – Bobby Duel “Bob” Horton, 88, died peacefully at home on Thursday, February 29, 2024. He was born in Vina, AL to Roy A. and Lucille Gober Horton. He graduated from Vina High School in May of 1952 and right after moved to the Chicago area for work. He married his wife, Ruby Humphries on September 16, 1961, six months after meeting her on a blind date. He eventually moved back to Alabama where he raised cattle and owned several small businesses over the years. He loved his family, talking to people and Auburn sports.

Graveside services will be Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m. at Burnout Cemetery, Vina, AL with burial in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a son, Eric Horton; brother, Roy M. Horton (Maxine); special nephew, Tony Horton; special niece, Pam Andrews and brother-in-law, Terry Humphries.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Humphries Horton, his parents and a brother, James Horton.

COLLEEN HUMPHRES

DOUBLE SPRINGS, AL – Colleen Humphres, 67, died Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at Lakeland Community Hospital, Haleyville, AL. She was born in Chicago, IL and worked as a server at restaurants for more than twenty-five years.

Services will be Saturday, February 24, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. John Humphres officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one brother, Jerry Humphres (Fran); one sister, Laverne Barton and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 24, 1-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JULIE DAWN NELSON

RED BAY, AL – Julie Dawn Nelson, 48, died Saturday, February 17, 2024 in Columbus, MS.  She was born in Red Bay, AL and worked as a forklift operator for the brick yard in Columbus.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, February 21, 2 p.m. at Red Bay City Cemetery with Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children, Bailey Sparks (Alex), Houston McKinney (Emily) and Hayden McKinney; grandchildren, Saylor Smith and Scout Sparks; sisters, Suzanne Franklin, Dianna Stepp and Meleah Huguley and her uncle, Bobby Nelson (Helen).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tommy Glenn Nelson and Mamie Sue Goodwin Nelson and her Papa, Grady Jordan.

Pallbearers will be Alex Sparks, Houston McKinney, Hayden McKinney and Josh Wilson.

KEITH LEDBETTER

RED BAY, AL - Keith Ledbetter, 72, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2024 at his residence. He was born in Russellville, AL to Gerstil and Louise Melton Ledbetter and was a radio DJ for more than fifty years. He attended First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Funeral services will be Sunday, February 25, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper and Jack Ivy officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one brother, Michael Ledbetter (Janet); two nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronnie Ledbetter.

Pallbearers will be Jack Ivy, Scott Webster, Steve Bates, Randale Lindsey, Keith Kennedy and Jason Collum.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 25, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DANNY HALL

TUPELO, MS – Danny Oneal Hall, 79, formerly of Red Bay, AL, passed away Friday, February 16, 2024 at his residence.  He was born in Red Bay, AL to Lester Oneal and Jean Farris Hall.  He was co-owner of H & H Appliance in Red Bay and retired from the Red Bay Hospital as the maintenance director.  He was a member of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 20, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Norris Blackburn and Bro. Doug Wilson officiating.  Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Reita Hall; children, Linda Gibson (Jimmie), Jason Davis (Brandie) and Jessica Jackson (Derek); grandchildren, Michael Copeland, Kerrie Gibson, Anna Claire Jackson, Jacob Davis, Jaycee Davis and Gretchen Davis; great-grandchildren, Khloie Bolding and Max Gibson; mother, Jean Hall; sisters, Sue Nelson (Roger) and Nancy Blackburn (Norris) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; sisters, Kathy Hall and infant, Linda Hall and his brother, Ricky Hall.

Pallbearers will be Jason Davis, Derek Jackson, Kevin Hester, Jimmie Gibson, Jacob Davis and Michael Copeland.

Visitation will be Monday, February 19, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

SHANNA MOORE OZBIRN

RED BAY, AL - Shanna Moore Ozbirn, 46, moved to her heavenly home Sunday, February 11, 2024 after suffering a fatal heart attack.  She was born on December 2, 1977 at Red Bay Hospital to Kelly and Sally Moore.  Shanna knew from an early age that she wanted to be an educator.  She attended Northwest Shoals Community College and the University of North Alabama where she earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  Her goal was to return to her alma mater and work with the students of Red Bay Elementary School.  Shanna taught kindergarten for several years before moving to the sixth grade.  She loved her students and co-workers passionately and was always the first to volunteer to help. Shanna was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay but was presently worshipping at the Hamilton Methodist Church with her fiancé, Randy Sanderson.

Visitation will be Friday, February 16, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay. The funeral will be held at Grace Methodist Church, 627 10th St. SE, Red Bay on Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. with visitation 10-11 a.m.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Reverend Jeff Armbrester and Reverend Elliott Gordon will be officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home will be assisting the family.

Left to mourn her passing are her daughters, Kyndell Ozbirn, Red Bay; Keylee Allison (Trevor), Russellville; fiancé, Randy Sanderson, Hamilton; mother, Sally Moore, Red Bay and her beloved grandson, Travis Kelly Allison, Russellville.  She was known as “Blondie” to little Travis as well as all her friends’ children.

She was preceded in death by her father, Kelly Moore and grandparents, Richmond and Magdelene Moore and JP “Steve” and Patricia Stephens.

Pallbearers will be Brad Bolton, Bill Weatherford, Josh Hester, Dr. Ramey Shook, Torrey Lewey and Keith Kennedy.

Because of Shanna’s big heart and compassion for students, the family requests that in lieu of flowers or gifts, memorials be made to the Shanna’s Sunshine Closet Fund, c/o Red Bay School, 800 8th St SE, Red Bay, AL  35582.  This will provide jackets, shoes and other necessary items for children in need throughout the school year.  Shanna would be happy to know children were continuing to be loved and helped in this manner.

BILLY RAY CHILDERS

VINA, AL – Billy Ray Childers, 78, passed away Friday, January 19, 2024 at Grandview Medical Center, Birmingham, AL.  He was born in Marion County, AL to Carvie Midas and Dollie Nichols Childers.  He worked as a logger for many years.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 22, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Marty Nichols officiating.  Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife 58 years, Barbara Childers; three children, Rodney Childers (Lynn), Ronaka Cox (Stan) and Billy Heath Childers; grandchildren, Caitlin Beam (Andrew), Hunter Childers, Austin Childers, Michaela Marquis (Logan), Colton Cox and Fallin Cox; great-grandchildren, Hallie and Luke Beam and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Renton Childers, Quenton Childers, David Childers and Jerry Childers.

Pallbearers will be Austin Childers, Hunter Childers, Colton Cox, Andrew Beam, Logan Marquis and Allen Childers.

Visitation will be Monday, January 22, 11-1 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

KELLY JOE MOORE

RED BAY, AL – Kelly Joe Moore, 71, passed away Monday, January 8, 2024 at UAB Hospital, Birmingham, AL. He was born in Russellville, AL to Richmond and Magdelene Moore. Kelly lived his life serving others. His career spanned sales, customer service and banking. He was known as Pops by his family as well as all the friends of his grandchildren and JoJo by all his golfing buddies at Redmont Country Club. Kelly  accepted Jesus as a young boy and was a charter member of Grace Methodist Church in Red Bay. He has been an active member of the Alabama Walk to Emmaus Community since 1999 where he lived out Matthew 20:28, “to serve, not to be served”. As a lay director, Kelly’s theme verse was “With God All Things Are Possible,” Matthew 19:26, words he believed with his whole heart.

Kelly was an avid Bama fan traveling nationwide from the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu to Penn State and to the Orange Bowl in Florida. For many years, if Bama was playing – Kelly was there. He was also a strong supporter of the Red Bay Tigers, remembered by many of his ringing “Touchdown Tigers!” as he assisted Jack Ivy with football broadcasts. Kelly had a lifelong passion for rv travel and cruising. He and his wife, Sally have visited almost every state and several foreign countries exploring our beautiful world. He saw beauty in nature and loved touring the national parks.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 10, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL. Funeral services will be Thursday, January 11, 11 a.m. at Grace Methodist Church, 627 10th St. SE, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Eric Brown and Bro. Elliott Gordon officiating. He will lie in state at the church on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. Burial will be in the Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Left to mourn him is his wife of fifty years, Sally Moore; a daughter, Shanna Moore Ozbirn and her fiancé, Randy Sanderson; granddaughters, Keylee Moore Allison (Trevor) of Russellville and Kyndell Ozbirn of Red Bay; his namesake, great-grandson, Travis Kelly Allison of Russellville, AL and one brother, Carlton Moore (Becky) of Decatur.

Pallbearers will be Hal Keeton, Keith Kennedy, Harold Ledbetter, Mike Kennedy, Alan Bostick and Brooks Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be the CB&S Coffee Club and his Redmont Country Club golf buddies.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Grace Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1397, Red Bay, AL 35582.

COREESE PARDUE

RED BAY, AL – Coreese Pardue, 94, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Generations of Red Bay. She was born in Itawamba County, MS to Cliff and Opal Thornton Thomas. She had worked as a seamstress for Blue Bell and was an early and lifelong member of Golden Central Baptist Church.

Services will be Tuesday, January 9, 1 p.m. at Golden Central Baptist Church, Golden, MS with Bro. Ralph Culp officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two grandchildren, Todd Rogers (Kim) and Julie Rogers (James Guthery); great-grandchildren, Trent Rogers, Brayen Hastings, Bellace Hastings, Kallen and Kruz Guthery; one sister, Brenda Elliott and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dexter Pardue, Claude Jones and Harvey Gray; three children, Patsy Coats, Judy Jones and Jerry Jones, her parents and siblings, Bernice Puckett, Maxine Long, W.C. Thomas, Rose Thomas and Floyd Thomas.

Pallbearers will be Brayen Hastings, Randy Elliott, Jeff Long, Marvin Carlton, Bobby Puckett, Eric Montgomery and David Jones.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Golden Central Baptist Church.

LORETTA MILLER

RED BAY, AL – Loretta Miller, 80, passed away Monday, December 25, 2023 at the Red Bay Hospital. Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and a member of Red Bay Freewill Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December  27,  at  1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Steve Lindsay and Bro. Billy Nichols officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children, Kay Miller, Kim Martin (Clint Karushis) and Wesley Miller (Pam); granddaughters, Haley Harris (Chris), Kelly Walters (Tucker) and Hannah Martin (Hunter Malone); great-grandson, Denver Tritt Harris; two brothers, Wade Triplett and Joey Triplett (Rhonda) and a host of family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Essra Miller; her parents Wilfred and Corinne Nix Triplett and a sister-in-law Shirley Triplett.

Pallbearers will be Lee Miller, John Miller, Deshun Miller, JR Miller, Bert Bostick and Jerome Triplett.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 27, 11:30 am- 1:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JAMES ROBERT THORNE

RED BAY, AL – James Robert Thorne, 78, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at his residence. He was born in Red Bay, AL to R.V. and Reba Strawbridge Thorn. He served as pastor for several churches in the area for forty years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Services will be Saturday, December 23, 11 a.m. at Golden Central Baptist Church with Bro. Dwight South officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Sue Thorne; son, James Michael Thorne (Leslie); daughter, Suzanne Rhodes (Greg); grandchildren, Charley Rhodes, Libby Thorne, Hailey Rhodes and Hudson Thorne; brother, Donald Thorn (Joyce) and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Yvonne Maupin and infants,Wanda Nell and Joanne Thorn.

Pallbearers will be Adam South, Chris Alexander, Bill Petree and Robert Deaton.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charley Rhodes and Hudson Thorne.

Visitation will be Friday, December 22, 5-8 p.m. at Golden Central Baptist Church.

LEON WOOD

TREMONT, MS – Leon Wood, 73, died Monday, December 11, 2023 at North Al. Medical Center, Florence, AL. He was born in Itawamba County, Mississippi to parents, Ellie Mayhall Wood and Jesse Tulon Wood. He was the eleventh child of thirteen children. Leon graduated from Belmont High School in 1969 and later joined the U.S. Navy. There he became ill and received a medical discharge. Afterwards, Leon worked as a truck driver for many years and spent the last several years in the nursing home in Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Thursday, December 14, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Mike Deaton and Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Burial will be in Burgess Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a brother, Eddy Wood, a sister, Glenda Cote and a host of nieces and nephews.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Melvin Wood, James Wood, J.T. Wood, David Wood, an infant brother, Joe Bob Wood, sisters, Evelyn Burton, Betty Sue Witt, Maxine Mabus, Eloise Halstead and Patty Ann Collum and an infant son, Laney Dean Wood.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Wood, Lee Wood, Corey Wood, Joey Cote, Brad Witt, Todd Witt, Keith Collum and Wesley Collum.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 14, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JAMES ESSRA MILLER

RED BAY, AL – James Essra Miller, 80, passed away Friday, December 8, 2023 at his home.  He was born in Marion County, AL to John L. and Lillie Belle Emerson Miller.  He was a self-employed logger and loved the outdoors and visiting with his friends at the sawmill.  He recently accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior.  He thought his three granddaughters hung the moon and had a very special bond and love for his great-grandson.

Funeral services will be Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

His is survived by his wife of 62 years, Loretta Miller whom he married on July 20, 1961; three children, Kay Miller, Kim Martin (Clint Karushis) and Wesley Miller (Pam); granddaughters, Haley Harris (Chris), Kelly Walters (Tucker) and Hannah Martin (Hunter Malone); great-grandson, Denver Tritt Harris; brothers, Thomas Miller (Shelia) and Greg Miller; sister, Misty Miller and sister-in-law, Debra Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Johnnie Miller and J.T. Miller and sister, Geraldine Caldwell.

Pallbearers will be Lee Miller, John Miller, J.R. Miller, Deshun Miller, Bert Bostick and Ronnie Wooten.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 10, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

MARGARET ANN BRIDGES

VINA, AL – Margaret Ann Brown Bridges, 82, passed away Monday, December 4, 2023 at the Red Bay Hospital.  She was born in Moulton, AL to Grady and Pairlee Letson Brown.  She had worked at Golden Manufacturing for many years.  She was a member of Walker Baptist Church and had been attending Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 6, 3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerry Humphries and Bro. Wayne Bridges officiating.  Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Benny Bridges; two sons, Benny “Earl” Bridges (Rachel) and Matthew Bridges; one daughter, Ann Marie Hall (Scott); grandchildren, Carrie Ann Sanders, Brooklyn Hamilton, A.J. Deaton, T.J. Bridges and Austin Hall; three great-grandchildren, Carmen Sanders, Evalie Hamilton and Rhys Hamilton; one brother, Arlin Brown and two sisters, Minnie Torrence and Nell Wells (Larry).

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Garlin Brown and two sisters, Josephine Gasaway and Pauline Brown.

Pallbearers will be Benny E. Bridges, Matt Bridges, Scott Hall, Brandon Hamilton, T.J. Bridges and Austin Hall.  Franky Bridges will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 6, 1:30-3:30 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JAMES FORBY COLLUM

VINA, AL – James Forby Collum, 89, passed away Monday, December 4, 2023 at his residence. He was born in Vina, AL to Arlon and Reva Horton Collum and was retired after 32 years with Wrangler/Blue Bell. He worked as a security guard at Tiffin Motor Homes and farmed and sold produce at the Farmer’s Market. He was a long-time member of the Burnout-Halltown Volunteer Fire Department.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, December 6, 1 p.m. at Burnout Cemetery, Vina, AL with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Collum; daughter, Christie Cantrell (Brent); sister, Grace Brown and two brothers, Arlon Collum and Howard Collum.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Clinton Collum, Gene “Dave” Collum and Teamon Collum.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Townsend, Richard Townsend, Terry James, Jerry James, Joe Kennedy and Tony Collum.

LINDA SMITH

RED BAY, AL – Linda Joyce Bolding Smith, 72, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in the Halltown Community to Jack D. and Gladys Marie Holmes Bolding.  She worked in the cafeteria at Red Bay School for 26 years and was a member of New Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be Thursday, December 7, 2 p.m. at Red Bay City Cemetery with Bro. David Kelley and Jarod Massey officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two children, Melissa Holland (Ricky) and Anthony Smith; two sisters, Janette Boyd (Alan) and Kathy Vinson (Glen); sister-in-law, Brenda Scott (H.T.); brother-in-law, Larry Smith (Sheila) and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frankie Smith; her parents and her father and mother-in-law, Tulon and Jessica Smith.

Pallbearers will be Jarod Massey, Jason Vinson, Jaxon Vinson, Jalen Vinson, Gary Blackburn and Torey Boyd.

The family wishes to thank Affinity Hospice for the care they provided.

VIRGINIA “DOODLE” THORN

GOLDEN, MS – Virginia “Doodle” Thorn, 86, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Belmont, MS to Virgil and Phoebe Tressie Hamm Collier.  She was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church and had worked at Blue Bell, Wrangler and H.I.S.

Funeral services will be Sunday, December 3, 3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jackie Hastings officiating.  Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children, Rex Thorn (Terri), Jerry “Chubby” Thorn (Vicki) and Tonya Emerson (Tony); grandchildren, Kim Brown (Matt), Lacey Pharr (Jonathan), Maegan Farris (Trey), Matthew Thorn, Courtney Aycock, Hunter Emerson and Dalton Emerson and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade “Goodsie” Thorn; her parents; son, Ray Thorn and a half-brother, Dwight Ruple.

Pallbearers will be Donald Gene Ray, Byron Duncan, Gary Lindsey, Dale Barron, Richard McKinney and Billy Chism.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 3, 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JUDY BARKER AUSTIN

Judy Barker Austin passed away on November 15, 2023. She valiantly fought many illnesses before suffering a pulmonary embolism causing her heart’s last beat. Before that heart gave out, it pumped a lot of love into this world. Born Judy Marie Barker, Judy grew up in Vina, Alabama, where she was a highly accomplished Red Devil. She was her school’s feature twirler, majorette, and an All-A student who managed to graduate at sixteen.

Judy attended Northwest Community College where she was head cheerleader, voted Best Dressed by her peers, and could often be found in the student center playing ping pong. After graduating from Northwest, Judy transferred to The University of Alabama where she received undergraduate and graduate degrees in secondary education and business. While she studied at UA, she became a member of the University Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa. She lent her beautiful alto voice to its traveling choir and made some of her fondest memories. She proudly supported her alma mater and was a lifelong, emphatic Alabama football fan.

Following a year spent teaching in Wisconsin, Judy began her career as a business professor at Shelton State Community College. It was during this time that she met and married Ron Austin. They began a family and were blessed with three beautiful children: Stephen, Jennifer, and Katie. By the time she retired from Shelton State, she had become the head of the business department and received a second masters degree in counseling and psychology from the University of West Alabama.

After her retirement from Shelton State, Judy and her children returned to her Franklin County roots. She served as a counselor, adjunct professor, and director of the Franklin County Family Services Center. She also spent her spare time writing and editing novels with her brother Ros. She briefly worked for the State of Florida near her stepdaughter in Tallahassee.

Judy's love for life took her on adventures across the globe, spanning all fifty states, Europe, and even Centerville, Iowa. Never one to meet a stranger; she thrived here. She continued her legacy teaching business and psychology at Indian Hills Community College and became passionate about her new community. She soon joined the Centerville Concert Association, Garden Club, two book clubs, and became a lay minister at Centerville First Presbyterian Church. Judy also authored two books Always Take the High Road and Things My Mama Said, traveled the country conducting seminars, and substitute taught.

Judy truly helped enrich the community through her service. She loved people and celebrated their existences, genuinely. No matter where life took her she was always the first to tell jokes and make every moment feel like an adventure. She will be greatly missed and the world is undoubtedly a better place having had her in it.

Judy is survived by her son, Stephen Austin; daughter, Jenny Little (Dan); daughter, Katie Austin Karkow (David); brothers, Ros Barker and Ronald Barker; grandchildren, Austin and Dean Little; step-daughter, Christi Smith (Randy) and their son, Cameron and countless family and friends throughout the country.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Buford and Tam Barker and brother, John Barker.

She will be laid to rest in Alabama, Tuesday, November 28, 1:30 p.m.at Sparks Chapel Cemetery with her parents and brother. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the family and will be distributed to organizations that Judy held close to her heart. Memorials may be mailed to Thomas Funeral Home, ATTN: Austin Family, 501 North 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.thomasfh.com or on our funeral home Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thomasfuneralhome. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of local arrangements.

OLENE BARKSDALE

RED BAY, AL – Mrs. Olene Orrick Barksdale passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at Generations of Red Bay, AL. She was born December 3, 1932 in Itawamba County, MS. She lived most of her life in Red Bay and attended Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church. She retired from Lance Garment Company where she worked as a seamstress. She had a love for reading, working in her flower beds, and caring for her beloved cats.

Visitation will be Friday, November 24, 1-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL followed by a graveside service at Halltown Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. with Bro. Steve Lindsay officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Barksdale is survived by her sons, Tony Barksdale and Wade Barksdale (Carolyn); grandchildren, Jeff Barksdale (Mandy) and Lana Parrish (Daniel) and a brother, Donnie Orrick.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Raymond Barksdale, her parents, Harold and Ethel Stanphill Orrick, brothers, Bill Orrick and Douglas Orrick and sisters, Edith Lancaster and Irene Letson.

JUDY WATSON

VINA, AL – Judy Elizabeth Watson, 73, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2023 at her daughter’s residence in Sheffield, AL. She was born in Russellville, AL to Vincint “Doc” and Versie West Feltman. She worked in housekeeping at the Red Bay Hospital for fifteen years and was a member of Vina First Baptist Church.

Services will be Wednesday, November 22, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Michael Moomaw officiating. Burial will be in Shottsville Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Watson; daughters, Jennifer Watson, Hashu Watson & husband, Tyler Warren and Shunna Upton; son, Kevin Watson & wife, Ashley; grandchildren, Lexi Massey, Matthew Watson, Annabelle Upton, Shannon Upton, Chloe Allen & husband, Chandler, Kyler Watson and Austin Childers and her best friend, Faye Moore.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Childers, her parents, a brother, Wesley Feltman and two sisters, Mae Davis and Mary Pharr.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Watson, Shannon Upton, Kyler Watson, Tyler Warren, Kaleb Bray and Michael “Bo” Watson.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 21, 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday, November 22, 11-1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

PATRICIA COLE

RED BAY, AL – Patricia Ann Cole, 82, passed away Friday, November 3, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Russellville, AL to Ernest Clayton and Zellar Jane Emerson Evans.  She was a homemaker and member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 7, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Ritchie Emerson and Tommy Emerson officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by three children, James Cole (Lisa), Cecil Cole (Cher) and Pamela Cole; grandchildren, Walter Cole (Alex), Stephanie Cole, Cierra Cole, Brandee Hitchcock (Glen), Victoria Perez (David Norris), Jessica Perez (Chris Jones) and Richard McLaughlin (Erin); great-grandchildren, Cooper Latta, Aubrey White, Michael Jones, Symone Jones, Christine Jones and Jordyn Jones; brothers-in-law, Charlie Bishop and Charles Cole (Lulie Belle); sisters-in-law, Lillie Evans, Angie Evans and Esta Cottrell; long time family friends, Alan and Debra Wood and cousin, Jerry Marbutt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Cole; her parents and siblings, Mary Lou Scott, Delora Bishop, Cecil Evans and Charles Evans.

Pallbearers will be Will West, Jack West, Keith Bishop, Richard McLaughlin, Walter Cole, Jeremy Marbutt and Eugene Marbutt.

Visitation will be Monday, November 6, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

GARY PHILLIP HORTON

GOLDEN, MS – Gary Phillip Horton, 71, died Sunday, October 29, 2023 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born in Red Bay, AL to James Ross and Louise Martin Horton.  He was retired from NTN Bower, Hamilton, AL and served in the National Guard.

Services will be Tuesday, October 31, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. David Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two daughters – Ramonda Horton and Tiwana O’Rear (Kevin); special friend – Pat Robbins; grandchildren – Drew Mann, Lexy Russell (Tanner), Alex Mann (Victoria), Ben Holcomb, Aedan O’Rear and Trishanna Lindsey and great-grandchildren- Easton Mann, Presley Russell and Ellie Mann and Hudson Mann.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Pallbearers will be Drew Mann, Alex Mann, Ben Holcomb, Aedan O’Rear, Tanner Russell and Jimmy Harnage.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS  38803.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 31, 11-1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JENNIFER ALLEN

SAVANNAH, TN – Jennifer Suzanne Allen, 50, passed away Friday, October 27, 2023 at Hardin Medical Center, Savannah, TN.  She was born in Red Bay, AL to Eddie and Janie Blacklidge Allen.  She had worked as a sewing machine operator at Golden Manufacturing and was a member of Red Bay Church of Christ.

Funeral services will be Monday, October 30, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Scott Webster officiating.  Burial will be in Pleasant Site Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two children, Megan Eaton (Austin) and Kacie Terry (Parker); grandchildren, Gabriel King, Raiyven Eaton, Natalie Terry and Paxton Terry; her parents, Eddie and Janie Allen; sister, Jessica A. Beach (Matt); brother, Kyle Allen (Samantha); grandmother, Susie Todd and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Kenneth and Annie Blacklidge and her grandfather, Harold Todd.

Pallbearers will be Danny Blacklidge, Austin Eaton, Matthew Beach, John Allen, Parker Terry and Kyle Allen.  Kameron Allen will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be Monday, October 30, 12:30-2 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

ARTENSE HESTER

VINA, AL – Eunice Artense Hester, 97, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2023 at Daniel Health Care, Fulton, MS. She was born in Belgreen, AL to Walter and Maggie Porter Entrekin. She was a seamstress for more than thirty years and was a charter member of Friendship Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Billy Nichols and Jeff Holt officiating. Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three daughters – Norma Ann Watkins, Patsy Liles and Jean Holt; six grandchildren – Liesia Mann (James), Michele Shirley, Tracie Holt, Jason Pendegraph (Amy), Jeff Holt (Blair) and Amy Cleveland; fourteen great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and two brothers – Walter Entrekin, Jr. and Billy Wayne Entrekin (Donna).

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lonnie Hester, her parents and four sisters.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons, Jason Pendegraph, Jeff Holt, Brandon Pruitt, Tyler Pendegraph, Sebastian Pendegraph, Maddox Pendegraph, William Russell and Bentley Holt. Honorary pallbearers will be Codey Cleveland, Harley Cupples, Waylon Pruitt and Gary Liles.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 29, 12-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JOHN THOMAS GILCHRIST

HAMILTON, AL – John Thomas Gilchrist, 66, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. He was born in Hamilton, AL, was a water plant operator and a member of First Baptist Church, Hamilton, AL.

Services will be Saturday, October 28, 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Hamilton, AL with Dr. Eddie Davidson and Bro. Jeremy Sorrells officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton City Cemetery, Hamilton, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Deidre Gilchrist; brother, David Timothy Gilchrist (Joanie) and daughter, Payton Gilchrist; sister, Lauren Gilchrist; brothers-in-law, Derrick Edward Swartz, Rockwell Clayton Swartz (Jess) and sons, Rockwell David Swartz and Christian Patrick Swartz; sister-in-law, Roxanne Talley (Mark) and children, Hannah and Jackson Talley; father and mother-in-law, Edward Lee Swartz and Judith Dianne Swartz and lifelong childhood friend, Gerald Shaw.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William C. Gilchrist, Jr. and Barbara Tate Gilchrist.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 28, 12-1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Hamilton, AL.

JERREL REX GILLENTINE, JR.

OKOLONA, MS – Jerrel Rex Gillentine, Jr., 45, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at his residence. He was born in Waukegan, IL and worked in auto body repair. He was a member of Cornerstone Church of God.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

He is survived by his parents, Jerrel and Sue Gillentine; a son, Jerrel Brett Gillentine; a sister, Kathy Jo; half-sisters, Labrisca Ledlow, Janet Gillentine and Julie Martin and a half-brother, Junior Gillentine.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Mangum and two brothers, Stacy Bullock and Jerry Gillentine.

HILDA LEDBETTER

RED BAY, AL – Hilda June Ledbetter, 83, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Franklin County, AL to Burnis and Vera Amy Glasgow Hester.  She was retired as a cashier from Piggly Wiggly after 48 years and was a member of Vina First Baptist Church.

There will be no funeral services held.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

She is survived by her husband, Roland Ledbetter; son, Steve Ledbetter (Reta); daughter, Rena Raper (Randy); grandchildren, Tyson Raper (Rachel), Jaron Raper (Erika), Larissa Raper, Carson Raper, Kristen Ledbetter and Hannah Ledbetter; great-grandchildren, Anderson Raper, Caroline Raper, Everly Callum and Warren Raper; one sister, Sylvia Massey and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gilbert Hester.

Her favorite saying was:  God is Always Good

LINDA FOLKS

RED BAY, AL – Linda Folks, 74, passed away Friday, October 13, 2023 at Generations of Red Bay.  She was born in Red Bay, AL to Addis and Allie Ivy Brown.  She had worked at Golden Manufacturing as a seamstress.

Funeral services will be Monday, October 16, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Ray Kirk officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery, Dennis, MS.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her son, Tony Folks (Amanda); granddaughter, Autumn Folks; sister, Myrtle Humphries and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ray Brown and Edward Brown and one sister, Mae Barnes.

Pallbearers will be Chad Malone, Roger Humphries, Richard Allred and Steve Ashton.

Visitation will be Monday, October 16, 10-12 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

ONEICE HUTCHESON

RED BAY, AL – Oneice Hutcheson, 92, passed away Friday, October 13, 2023 at her residence. She was born in Tishomingo County, MS and was a babysitter for many years. She attended Cornerstone Church of God.

Services will be Sunday, October 15, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Rick Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a brother, Flavis Puckett (Glenda); two daughters, Charlotte Rackard (William) and Dianne Morris (Mike); three sons, Wayde Hutcheson, Richard Hutcheson (Darcie) and Douglas Hutcheson; grandchildren, Stephanie Humphres, Angie Warren, Crystal Roberts, Anthony Morris, Matthew Morris, Jonathon Morris, Amy Strickland, Corey Hutcheson, Faith Cody, Drake Hutcheson and Haley Strickland; nineteen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hermon Hutcheson; her parents, George and Lottie Hamm Puckett; three brothers, Edsel Puckett, Windal Puckett and Elbert Puckett and one sister, Gladys Bennett.

Pallbearers will be Paul Humphres, John Warren, Kris Roberts, Nathan Strickland, Sam Strickland and Jacob Cody. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony Morris, Matthew Morris, Jonathon Morris, Corey Hutcheson and Drake Hutcheson.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

LAURA MAGELENE KUYKENDALL

RED BAY, AL – Laura Magelene Kuykendall, 95, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2023 at Generations of Red Bay. She was born in Franklin County, AL and worked as a seamstress for forty years.

Services will be Wednesday, October 4, 1 p.m. at Cedar Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Roger Martin officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four children – Joan Isbell (Gib), Tom Kuykendall(Kate), Joseph Kuykendall and Jimmy Kuykendall; six grandchildren – Candace Morphis, Kim Raper, Rodney and Benny Kuykendall, Matthew Kuykendall and Timothy Kuykendall; several great-grandchildren; three sisters – Betty Hacker, Jenny Strickland and Joann Ragsdale and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband,Willard Kuykendall, a son, Kenneth Kuykendall, two grandchildren, Suzanne Kuykendall and Donald Kuykendall, her parents, Aubrey and Muriel Strickland and two sisters, Edith Black and Geneva Turner.

Pallbearers will be Braden Pardue, Lee Morphis, Rodney Kuykendall, Benny Kuykendall, Danny Hacker and Timothy Kuykendall.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 4, 10-12 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

KRISTI DEMONIA

RED BAY, AL – Kristi Ann Demonia, 48, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2023 at Brookwood Hospital, Birmingham, AL. She was born in Alabama and worked at Sunshine Mills for eighteen years.

Services will be Monday, October 2, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Steve Lindsay officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her cousin/brother, Jeff Wilemon (Tonya); niece, Sydnee Wilemon; family, Don McCalpin (Karen), Robert Gober (Janeice), Sheila Snider (Jerry) and Harley Warmath and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Demonia, her parents, Ricky Harris and Vickie Oliver and grandparents, Dorvan and Bertha Gober.

Visitation will be Monday, October 2, 11-12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BARBARA JEAN CARNES McDOWELL

GOLDEN, MS – Barbara Jean Carnes McDowell, 81, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2023 at Southern Magnolia, Golden, MS. She was born in Alabama to Uel and Inez Brooks Carnes. She was a secretary at Tiffin Motor Homes for forty-one years and a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Friday, September 29, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her children – Linda Anderson (Dean) of Vina, AL, Lisa Moses (Garry), Cherokee, AL and Larry McDowell, Golden, MS; daughter-in-law – Maylene McDowell, Golden, MS; ten grandchildren – Christy Ward (Blake) Boston, MA, Ramona Greene (Jock) Dennis, MS, Billy McDowell (Lauren) Russellville, AL, Shantelle Scott (Jake) Muscle Shoals, AL, Mac Sparks, Red Bay, AL, Brandon McDowell, Alex Moses (Aundrea) Mount Hope, AL, Brett McDowell (Jenny Ann) Belmont, MS, Trent Moses, Hailey McDowell, Belmont, MS; nineteen great-grandchildren – Maverick Ward, Kate, Kamden, Karson and Klaire Greene, Sarah, Jake Jr., and Madison Scott, Isabella, Liam, Nicole, Jaxon, Phinley and Kollier McDowell, Justin, Zachary and Christopher Sparks and Loxley and Everlie Moses; sisters – Elois Crowder, Red Bay, AL., Carolyn Thorn, Vina, AL, Janie Bjork (Rick) Muscle Shoals, AL, Charolette Funderburk (Oneal) Golden, MS and Brenda Purser, Red Bay, AL; sisters-in-law – Betty Boyd, Red Bay, AL and Jeneen Carnes, Beaver Dam, WI and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Billy Ray McDowell, a son, Michael McDowell, a grandson, Bradley Ray McDowell, two brothers, Euel Carnes and John Carnes, a niece, Heather Purser and a brother-in-law, Ray Crowder.

Pallbearers will be Trent Moses, Billy McDowell, Brandon McDowell, Alex Moses, Brett McDowell and Mac Sparks.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 28, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL and she will lie in state Friday, September 29, 10-11 a.m. at First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

ALICE LUCILLE HARGETT

RED BAY, AL – Alice Lucille Hargett, 89, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2023 at her residence. She was born in Alabama to L.D. and Bertha Gates Hovater. She was owner and operator of Hargett Cafe and was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Tuesday, September 26, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Gary Lovette, Dennis Hargett and Willodean Davis officiating. Burial will be in Belgreen Cemetery, Belgreen, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter – Tracie Clark (Jeff); grandson – Trey Bolding (Olivia); granddaughter – Britan Crow (David); great-granddaughter – Chloe Crow and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Hargett; her parents; six brothers, Odie Hovater, Thurman Hovater, Willard Hovater, Kelly Hovater, Nelson Hovater and Veron Hovater and four sisters, Betty Massey, May Franks, Icy McBride and Lyla Hovater.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Hargett, Larry Oliver, Greg Lee, Mike Vaughn, Kel Hargett and Jeff Hovater.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 26, 12-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

VUIN EDWARD EPPS

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Vuin Edward Epps, 92, of Birmingham, AL passed away, Monday, September 25, 2023 in Birmingham. He was the son of the late Vuin Washington Epps and the late Maxine Hughes Epps.  Vuin Edward Epps was born in Red Bay, AL on September 14, 1931.  He was the grandson of James Pleasant Epps, who was one of the founders of Red Bay, AL, and wife Eva Waldrep Epps, Done H. Hughes and Bell Berry Hughes of Vina, AL.  Vuin Edward graduated in 1949 from Red Bay High School.  Ed left Red Bay after graduation and graduated from Auburn University in 1953 and The Atlanta Law School in 1957.  Ed, as he preferred to be called, lived in the Atlanta area and owned and operated Ed Epps Piano and Organ Co., Toco Hills Medical Building and was president of E & B Real Estate & Development, Inc. He was a member of the Board of Directors of The Bank of Georgia, Board of Directors of Tri City Savings & Loan Association and owner of Ed Epps Financial.  He served on the College Park, GA city council, was a member of First Baptist Church of College Park, a Mason and a member of The Air Port Kiwanis Club.  Ed and his wife, Ruth H. Epps, moved to their beach home in 1995 where he enjoyed his cats and looking at the water in the gulf and his flowers while enjoying his morning coffee.

Ed continued his keen interest in the stock market and spent most of his time since moving to Panama City, FL trading stocks, managing his investments and serving others to provide for their future which he enjoyed very much and traveling.

Services will be Thursday, September 28, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Glen Vinson officiating.  Visitation will be 12 until service time. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his daughter- in- law, Pamela Epps; granddaughters, Dr. Evan Nicole Boyett and husband, Dr. Daniel Boyett and Dr. Alexandra Olivia Giambrone and husband, Dr. Pete Giambrone; great-grandchildren, Callie Lynn Boyett, Hanna Nicole Boyett, Jamie Rose Boyett, Thomas Pete Giambrone IV, Avery James Giambrone and Savannah Rayne Giambrone; step-sons, Marty Hall and wife, Julie and Joey Hall and wife, Karissa; step-grandchildren, Marly Garcia and husband, Nick Garcia and their son, Louis, Dr. Jacob Hall and wife, Dr. Mackenzie Hall, Fletcher Hall, Ben Hall, Baker Hall, Mason Hall and Mina Hall.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Anita Merlyne Hall Epps, his second wife, Ruth Epps and his son, Dr. James Edward Epps.

His favorite song was “My Way” as it was the way he lived his life.

MARY JOYCE WOOTEN

VINA, AL – Mary Joyce Wooten, 89, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2023 at Terrace Manor, Russellville, AL. She was born in Alabama to James Bent and Ada Ross Horton. She was retired from Piggly Wiggly as a cashier and was a member of Pilot Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be Tuesday, September 26, 1 p.m. at Pilot Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Lentz officiating. Burial will be in Pilot Hill Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sons – Ronnie Wooten (Anna) and David Wooten; three grandchildren – Matthew Wooten (Natalie), Cody Wooten (Leah) and Daniel Wooten; five great-grandchildren - McKenna, Cutter, Deacon, Lexi and Annabeth; three sisters-in-law – Doris Williams (Lowell), Jeannine Wooten and Faye Nell Wooten and brother-in-law– Rayford Campbell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cluston Wooten; her parents and siblings, Lillian Gober (Carlton), Shirley Campbell, Ross Horton (Louise) and Hurtis Horton.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Wooten, Cody Wooten, Daniel Wooten, Gary Horton, Brent Scott, Derrick Swartz and Rick Wooten.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Pilot Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

LINDA JACKSON

GOLDEN, MS – Linda Rue Cleveland Jackson, 72, went to be with her Heavenly Father Monday, September 11, 2023 at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born in Fairview, MS to Clarence and Earline Wood Cleveland. She was a devout follower of Jesus, a cosmetologist, floral designer, person of many beautiful talents, loving wife, the most loving Mom, caretaker and supporter of all those she loved and encountered. She was a steadfast cheerleader of her family and for all who needed anything. She was pure love. She was a member of Red Bay Church of Christ.

Services will be Saturday, September 16, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Scott Webster officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-three years – Grover Lee Jackson; daughters – Jennifer Bodnar (Rick) and Leigh Dias (Dwight); grandchildren – Rafe Bodnar, Gabriel Dias, Rebecca, Claire and Martha Bodnar and families; brothers – Charlie Cleveland (Bessie), Dennis Brown, Terry Mazzulla (Teri) and Charlie Mazzulla (Pam); sister – Judy Milkent (Dave), step-dad -  Luigi Mazzulla; sisters-in-law – Ivie Long, Martha Jackson, Eddie Liebert, Peggy Bourgeois (George) and Jetty Jackson and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and the pets which she adored.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Betty Lee, step-mom, Lindell Cleveland, brother, Johnny Brown (Marsha); father and mother-in-law, Albert Jackson and Cellie Jackson; brothers-in-law, Albert Junior Jackson (Louise), Charles Jackson (Kat) and Bill Jackson and sister-in-law, Ruth Adkison (Jerry).

Pallbearers will be Reggie Cleveland, Randall Sullivant, Drew Provins, Brandon Ponce, Clarence Jeffries and Ryan Tyler. Honorary pallbearers will be Rafe Bodnar, Gabriel Dias, Mike Jackson, Tom Jackson, George Bourgeois, Doug Cates, Stephen Funderburk and Wayne Butcher.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 16, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

FAYE MILLER HUMPHRES

RUSSELLVILLE, AL – Faye Miller Humphres, 86, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Russellville Hospital. She was born in Cherokee County, NC to Elmer and Lura Duckett Miller. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Friday, September 15, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters – Vickie Dehart (Kerry) and Teresa Thornton (John); son-in-law – Donnie Jackson (Shirley); five grandchildren – Derek Jackson (Jessica), Adam Lesley (Katie), Sarah Sibley (Tyler), Christopher McDaniel and Elizabeth McDaniel; eleven great-grandchildren – Anna Jackson, Lilly, Dawson and Kaden Lesley, Deborah Jane and Trayson Sibley, Zoey Halbert and Abigale, Conner, Jonathan and Jude McDaniel; two sisters – Jean Luna and Geneve Tice and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.D. Humphres; a daughter, Debbie Jackson; her parents; five brothers, Austin, Fred, Larry, Gary and Tony Miller and a grandson, Joshua Lesley.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Jackson, Derek Jackson, Adam Lesley, Tyler Sibley, Glen Vinson and Hubert Humphres.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Debbie Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund, 2762 Shady Grove Road, Russellville, AL 35653.

Visitation will be Friday, September 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

RUTHIE FISHER

RUSSELLVILLE, AL – Ruthie Jean Milam Fisher, 66, passed away Friday, September 8, 2023 at Russellville Hospital, Russellville, AL. She was born in Booneville, MS. to Gene and Mary Newell Milam. She worked as a factory worker for 30 years.

Services will be Monday, September 11, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Rick Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her Husband- Johnnie Ray Fisher, 2- Children- Jennifer Hall and Jamie Milam, 5- Grandchildren- Sully Hall, James Hall, Amelia Colley, Madison Wells and Jamie Milam II, 2- Great Grandchildren- Christopher Milam and Grayson Milam and her mother- Mary Milam.

She was preceded in death by her father- Gene Milam, 2- brothers- Mikey Milam and Michael Milam, a sister- Kay Frederick and an infant son- J.R. Fisher.

Pallbearers will be Benji Martin, Sully Hall, James Hall, Jamie Milam II and Nikalas Milam.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 10, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JERRY COLLUM

RED BAY, AL – Jerry Richard Collum, 75, passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at North Al. Medical Center, Florence, AL. He was born in Red Bay, AL to J.R. and Ethel Collum. He was retired as a foreman in mobile home manufacturing and was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Saturday, September 9, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years – Janis Collum; son – Jeremy Collum; sister – Brenda Thigpen; brother-in-law – Chuck Davis (Rose); special aunt – Nancy Robinson, several nieces and nephews – Cris Cashion (Chuck), Tanya Gentry (Keith) and Chip Thigpen (Leigh) and two special fur babies - Koda and Finley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Barbara Mayfield (Jimmy), mother-in-law, Edna Davis, brother-in-law, Joe Thigpen, special uncle, Hardy Robinson and uncles, Grady Robinson, Benny Robinson, Edward Robinson, Bryson Robinson, Buron Robinson and Coleman Robinson.

Pallbearers will be Chuck Cashion, Adam Mills, Chip Thigpen, Wade Barksdale, Johnnie Weatherford, Lee Page, Horace Stepp, Doug Liles, Lowell Humphres, Vollie Pierce, Keith Kennedy, Larry Smith, Tommy Cox, Dr. Victor Norman, Keith Gentry, Brad Gentry and Ralph Winchester.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to His Hands & Feet Ministry, c/o First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL or Gideon's International.

Visitation will be Friday, September 8, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JACK ELLIOTT

RED BAY, AL – Jack Larry Elliott, 78, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at North Al. Medical Center, Florence, AL. He was born in Cherokee, AL to Olen Edward and Maedell Beatrice Cosby Elliott. He was a sales representative for Tiffin Motor Homes and was a member of Eastside Church of Christ.

Services will be Friday, September 8, 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God with Bro. Tim Henderson and David Tiffin officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years – Brenda Elliott; two sons – Randy Elliott and Tracy Elliott (Anjie); grandchildren – Laken Raper (Brock), Allyson Elliott Hubbard (Ben) and Tra Elliott (Audrey); great-grandchildren – Jack Murl, Ella Rae, Emery Delynn and John Greyson; sister – Ella Sue Daily; sister-in-law - Coreese Pardue and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Chester, Billy Joe, Tommy, Roy Dean and Steve and a sister, Ann Marie Mauldin.

Pallbearers will be Randy Elliott, Tracy Elliott, Tra Elliott, Brock Raper, Ben Hubbard, Marvin Carlton, Brandon Elliott and Blake Elliott. Honorary pallbearer will be Jack Murl Raper.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 7, 6-9 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God, Red Bay, AL.

MAGGIE ELROD

GOLDEN, MS – Maggie Pearl Vinson Elrod, 82, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Itawamba County, MS to Idus and Audrey Mae Swindle Vinson.  She worked as a seamstress for Blue Bell and Golden Manufacturing.  She attended Calvary Family Worship Center.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, September 6, 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Bro. Roger Wood officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bobby Elrod; son, Steve Elrod (Vickie); brothers, Charles Vinson, Harold Vinson, Neal Vinson, Gary Vinson and Larry Vinson; grandchildren, Tasha Elrod Strickland (David), Sara Beth Elrod, Nathan Tyler Elrod, Christopher Chase Elrod and Zach Elrod (Kaitlynn); great-granddaughters, Madisyn Armstrong, Macee Armstrong and Makenna Elrod and great-grandson, Mattox Armstrong.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Brian Elrod; brother, Jimmy Vinson and great-granddaughter, Brinley Rose Elrod.

CHARLOTTE JONES

RED BAY, AL – Charlotte Donnell Jones, 60, passed away Monday, August 28, 2023 at her parents home in Colbert County, AL. She was born in Sheffield, AL and was a homemaker. She was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church, Hodges, AL.

Services will be Thursday, August 31, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Clint Holcombe and Bro. Cody Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Colbert Memorial Gardens, Tuscumbia, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Brett Wayne Jones; three sons – Clint Holcombe (Misty), Chad Holcombe (Courtney), and Synjon Jones (Hali); father – Robert Curry; mother – Shirley Curry; nine grandchildren – Braiden Holcombe, Jayden Smith, Calei Holcombe, Madisyn Jones, Justus Holcombe, Connor Jones, Colt Holcombe, Damon Jones and Baby Jones and mother-in-law – Elva Jones.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, George Edward Jones and Lola Beatrice Jones and her father-in-law, Casey Tulon Jones.

Pallbearers will be Nick Bates, Jordon Martin, Jayden Smith, Braiden Holcombe, Jesse Bates, Bradley Tucker and Joshua Wigginton. Honorary pallbearers will be Justus Holcombe, Colt Holcombe and Connor Jones.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 30, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JAMES NEIL THOMPSON

RED BAY, AL – James Neil Thompson, 83, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2023 at Southern Magnolia, Golden, MS. He was born in Red Bay, AL and was owner of Thompson Farm Supply. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as an usher and was a member of Gideon’s International. He was a member of Bama Bass Club, enjoyed bass fishing and woodworking. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Thailand.

Services will be Saturday, August 26, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his son – Brian Thompson (Kristy); special friends – Shirley Cody and family; special nieces who knew him as Papa Neil and sisters-in-law – Quinnie Thompson and Joyce Henson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Weatherbee Thompson, parents, Douglas and Burnell Thompson and two brothers, Jerry Lee Thompson (Lynn) and Charlie Thompson.

Pallbearers will be Jamie Thompson, Craig Thompson, Clay Henson, Chris Henson, Vollie Pierce and Kenneth Pounders. Honorary pallbearers will be First Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class, members of Bama Bass Club and Hoyt Hubbard.

Visitation will be Friday, August 25, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL and  Saturday, August 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to His Hands & Feet Ministry, c/o First Baptist Church, Red Bay, Al or Gideon’s International.

The family expresses thanks to the staff of Southern Magnolia, Gentiva Hospice and Red Bay Hospital Rehab.

DOROTHY STEPP

ATHENS, AL – Dorothy Marie Stepp, 94, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at her residence. Mrs. Stepp was born on June 3, 1929 in Tishomingo, MS to Edgar “Ed” A. Prestage and Ila Lee Clement Prestage. Mrs. Stepp was a special lady who enjoyed cooking, baking and traveling and was a cancer survivor of 20 years. She dearly loved her grandbabies. She was a faithful member of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church and loved her Sunday School class. Most importantly, she loved her Lord! She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Funeral services for Mrs. Stepp will be Saturday, August 19, 4:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with A.G. Stepp officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter – Quinnie Thompson; grandchildren – Douglas Craig Thompson (Mary Ann), Jamie Thompson and Wendi Lovell (Derrick); great-grandchildren – Safa, Ollie, Cayden, Victoria, Madison, Chase, Natalie and Benjamin; sisters – Burldeen, Barbara and Gen and a brother, Edgar.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Cecil Stepp and son-in-law, Charlie Thompson.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

L. V. WRIGHT

VINA, AL. – L. V. Wright, 71, died Saturday, August 12, 2023, at Hospice Family Care in Huntsville, AL. He was born March 5, 1952 in Franklin County Alabama to T. V.  and Loader Griffus Wright. Mr. Wright worked as a welder for more than 30 years.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, August 16, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Clint Holcombe and Bro. Tim Apt officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Brenda Wright; four children, Eddie Wright (Sandie), Jimmy Wright (Tammy), Conny Perry (Randall Langford) and Dallas Terry (Chelsea); seven grandchildren, Crystal Wright, Jonathan Wright, Trannon Terry, Matty Jo Perry, Caysen Terry, Holden Terry and Breccan Terry; two great-grandchildren; Matthew Collins and Liam Nelson; two sisters, Gail Junior and Faye Pruitt; two brothers, Lloyd Wright (Joan) and David Wright (Christy).

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law; Pete Junior and Eulon Pruitt.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jackie Harrison, Randall Langford, David Pendergraph, Jason Webb and Chris Wright. Honorary Pallbearer will be Jonathan Wright.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 15, from 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

LOGAN HUMPHRIES

RED BAY, AL. – Logan J. Humphries, 23, died Saturday, August 12, 2023. Logan was born December 31, 1999 in Tupelo, Mississippi and was employed at Tiffin Motor Homes for 5 years.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, August 15, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL. with Bro. Dean Warren officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his mother, Sherry Gaas (Robert); father, Daniel Humphries (Cindy); sister, Jessica Humphries; grandparents; Larry Joe Wood (Katherine), Merrillyn Humphries and Jesse and Velma Vess; aunt, Crystal Seahorn (Brian); two uncles, Joey Wood (Sheena) and Mark Humphries and a host of cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Danielle Humphries and his grandparents, Sharon Blair and Elihue Humphries.

Serving as pallbearers will be Joey Wood, Cameron Carpenter, Dylan Johnson, Brian Seahorn, Bryson Brazil and Gage Creel.

Visitation will be Monday, August 14,  from 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

VERNELL JOHNSON

GOLDEN, MS - Vernell Johnson, 82, went home to be with the Lord August 5, 2023 at North Mississippi Medical Center.  She was born September 28, 1940 in the Banner Community of Itawamba County.  She was the youngest of twelve children born to J. Frank and Ida Reeves Mink. She married Tulon Johnson on April 30, 1958.  She worked as a seamstress at various local businesses.  Two of her greatest joys in life were being a grandmother and gardening.  She was a member of Grace Community Fellowship in Golden.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, August 11, 1 p.m. at Grace Community Fellowship with Pastor Tony Darracott and Bro. Grant McKinney officiating. Burial will be in Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a son - Michael (Joyce) Johnson of Golden; daughter - Glenda (Joe) Darracott of Red Bay, AL; grandchildren - Pam (Ashley) Wallace of Golden, Tony (Heather) Darracott of Red Bay, Chris (Jeanine) Darracott of Florence, AL, Heather (Duston) Mills of Red Bay, Bella and Gracie Johnson of Baldwyn, MS and Grant (Sarah) McKinney of Golden; great-grandchildren- Bryson and Andrew Wallace, Samuel and Addison Darracott, Neriah Darracott and Marlie and Xander Mills.

She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings, her husband, her son, Terry and her daughter-in-law, Teresa.

Serving as pallbearers will be Samuel Darracott, Bryson, Andrew and Ashley Wallace, Duston and Xander Mills, Chris Darracott and Terry Ray.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, August 10, from 6-8 p.m. at Grace Community Fellowship, 74 Red Bay Road, Golden, MS.

The family would like to thank the local first responders, Red Bay Hospital, The Meadows of Fulton, North Mississippi Ambulance Services, and North Mississippi Medical Center.

BARBARA ANN BOLTON

GOLDEN, MS – Barbara Ann Bolton, 80, died Sunday, August 6, 2023 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. She was born in Alabama to Bernard and Jewel Moore Nunley. Barbara worked as a supervisor in garment manufacturing and attended Maud Church of Christ and Red Bay Church of Christ.

Services will be Wednesday, August 9, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. David Kelley and Bro. Cory Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters – Edwina Harris and Jacqueline Kennedy (Ed Carroll); three grandchildren – Madonna Pruitt (Cory), Madyson Bolton and Justin Roberts (Dulanley); five great-grandchildren – Ayden Pruitt, Cohen Pruitt, Cullen Pruitt, Kahlynn Bolton and Shep Roberts; one sister – Rebecca Weatherford (Johnnie); six brothers – Marvin (Judy), Vernon, Marcus (Loretta), Baxter (Donna), Mark (Connie) and Kenny (Patricia); sisters-in-law - Tumi Bolton, Brenda Stepp (Dicky) and Bonnie Nunley and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Bolton; son, Jeff; parents; son-in-law, Chuck; brother, Orville Nunley; brother-in-law, James Bolton and an infant sister.

Pallbearers will be John Weatherford, Ed Carroll, Donnis Elrod, Cory Pruitt, Ayden Pruitt and Cohen Pruitt. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnnie Weatherford, Cullen Pruitt and Kahlynn Bolton.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 9, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JOY BERRY

RED BAY, AL – Joy Davis Berry, 67, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2023 at Helen Keller Hospital.  She was born in Tupelo, MS to Harold and Aldean Thrasher Davis.  She was retired as a Paraprofessional from the Red Bay School and from the Sara Dinsmore Center.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Red Bay where she served as church pianist for many years. She also taught piano for many years.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 8, 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Bill Harper officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Don Berry; her children, Deana Makepeace (Jose), Lee Berry (Madii), Jodi Shotts and Megan Shotts; her grandchildren, Sam Makepeace, Emilia Makepeace and Ben Michael Berry; her brother, Russell Davis (Teresa); her sisters, Jan Davis, Kay Harrison (Tommy) and Kristy Thompson (Brian) and a host of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Ben Marcellus Berry; sister, Susan Davis; brother, Joseph Davis and her grandparents, Earnie and Pearlie Davis and Toy and Lucille Thrasher.

Pallbearers will be Brad Bolton, Stacy Ozbirn, Brad Hill, Johnny Weatherford, Lee Page and James Overton.

Visitation will be Monday, August 7, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.  The body will lie-in-state at the church from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday.

The family requests memorials be made to The ARC of the Shoals, P.O. Box 501, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 or the Red Bay High School FFA, 800 8th St., Red Bay, AL 35582.

FRANK PERRY BROWN

FLORENCE, AL - Frank Perry Brown, 65, died Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at Glenwood Center, Florence, AL. He was born in Gary, IN to Robert P. and Florence Glass Brown and was a member of First Baptist Church, Sheffield, AL.

Services will be Friday, August 4, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery, Dennis, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his brother-in-law – Carl Young; niece – Michelle Grant (Tommy); nephew – Michael Young and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Alvin and Calvin Brown and two sisters.

Visitation will be Friday, August 4, 3-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

LINDA HAMPTON

GOLDEN, MS – Linda Joyce Wheeler Hampton, 78, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at North Al. Medical Center. She was born in Golden, MS to Cason and Ruby Childers Wheeler. Linda was a retired bus driver for Red Bay School and a member of Golden United Methodist Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, August 4, at Golden United Methodist Church with Bro. Steve Kennedy and Bro. Donnie Riley officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-four years – John Thomas Hampton; daughter – Misty Hampton (Tim); grandsons – John Cason and Kevin Thomas; sister – Barbara Hammock; sister-in-law – Jean Hampton Paden (Floyd); brother-in-law – Jerry Hampton; special cousin – Bill Wheeler (Polina) and cousins - Ronnie Childers and Dennis Sell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, father and mother-in-law, John H. and Odessa Engle Hampton, sister, Catherine Creel Wheeler, brother, Michael Ray Wheeler and cousin, John Creel Wheeler.

Pallbearers will be John Cason, Sandy Russell, Ethan Winchester, Levi Blanton, David Paden and Dustin Warren.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 3, 5-8 p.m. at Golden United Methodist Church.

REESE BULLEN DULANEY

RED BAY, AL – Reese Bullen Dulaney, 31, died in a car accident Thursday, July 27, 2023.  He was born in Birmingham, AL. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from UNA.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 29, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL. A private family service will be held. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his parents – Eddie and Donna Dulaney; uncle – David Dulaney (Tammy); aunts – Linda Bullen, Peggy Bullen, Tracy Townsend and Betty Bullen and great-aunts – JoAnn Golwitzer and Shelby Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Orville and Millie Bullen and Reese and Christine Dulaney and uncles, Mike and Linda Dulaney, Larry Bullen, Jerry Bullen and Eddie Bullen.

MARY ELLEN FELTMAN PHARR

HODGES, AL – Mary Ellen Feltman Pharr, 79, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at her residence. She was born in Hodges, AL to Venson Roden and Versie West Feltman. She was retired from Munsingwear and was a chicken farmer. She was a member of Hodges Convention Baptist Church.

Services will be Friday, July 14, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Heath McCarley officiating. Burial will be in Old Line Cemetery, Hodges, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-one years – Grady Pharr; three daughters – Lisa Pope, Cindy Mitchell (Chris) and Amanda Miller (J.R.); grandchildren – Jason Pope (Sam), Paige Ricketts, DJ Emerson (Jill) and Tyler Emerson (Courtney); great-grandchildren – Braylynn and Hunter Pope, Kingston and Bankston Ricketts, Kynnedi Pope, Marleigh and John Knox Emerson and one sister – Judy Watson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Wesley Feltman and a sister, MaeNita Davis.

Pallbearers will be Jason Pope, DJ Emerson, Tyler Emerson, J.R. Miller, Chris Mitchell and Barry Pope.

Visitation will be Friday, July 14, 1-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JUSTIN “JUD” VICK

GOLDEN, MS – Justin Z.L. “Jud” Vick, 33, passed away Monday, July 10, 2023 at NMMC in Tupelo, MS. He was born in Russellville, AL and worked as a welder.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 15, 2 p.m. at Red Bay Holy Church of Christ with Bro. Wayne Bumgart officiating.  Burial will be in Berry Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his son, Kayden Vick Sumner; his mother, Holley Fradenburg; his father, Gregory Vick; brothers, Nathan Vick and Tristan Pugh; sister, Haley Rogers and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Z.L and Joyce Vick and Bobby and Pouchie Fradenburg.

Pallbearers will be Greg Miller, Kelan Kelton, Kyle Kelton, James Allen Vick, Tristan Pugh and Conroy Johnson.

Visitation will Friday, July 14, beginning at 6 p.m. until service time Saturday at Red Bay Holy Church of Christ.

ALEC PAGE

RED BAY, AL – Alec V. Page, 86, passed away Friday, June 30, 2023 at Generations of Red Bay.  He was born in Russellville, AL to Jim and Magdalene Vinson Page.  He worked as a Guidance Counselor for Red Bay School for many years.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Red Bay and was a veteran of the US Army.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 2, 2-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL.  A private family service will be held with Dallas Culver officiating.  Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Friedel Page and his family, Phoebe Harrison (Bobby); Kristin and Jarod Massey and children, Andrew and Addie and Jonathan and Elizabeth Hill and children, Ruth and Abigail.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Judy, Mary Ellen and Irene.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Hill, Jarod Massey, Andrew Massey, Ricky Williams, Bobby Harrison and Steve Berg.

RUTH LOFTON

VINA, AL. – Ruth Ada Lofton, 90, died Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at her residence. She was born in Vina, AL to Hosie and Dorothy Hall Upton. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of  Cornerstone Church of God.

Services will be Saturday, June 24, 3 p.m. Cornerstone Church of God, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Rick Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her son- Jesse Hester (Charlotte), 4- Grandchildren- Kim Brazil (Matt), Jeannie Stanford (Jesse), Mandy Melson (Jeremy), Milissa Sipe (Gary), 13- Great-Grandchildren- Brett McDowell, Hailey Hall, Skylar Brazil, Nicholas Massey, Isabella Massey, Sera Massey, Kylah Melson, Jaxton Melson, Cory Sipe, Amber Sipe, Allie Hester, Cameron Hester, Kingston Hester, 3- Great-Great-Grandchildren- Phinley McDowell, Kollier McDowell, Ameila Barnitz, 1- Sister- Majorie Barksdale, ½ Sister- Joyce and a host of Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Nathan Lofton, Son- Kenny Hester, Sister- Wanda Anderson, Grandson- Brad Hester

Pallbearers will be Alton Barksdale, Brett McDowell, Skylar Brazil, Jeremy Melson, Jesse Stanford, Larry Gilliland.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 24, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God, Red Bay, AL.

MIKE BOYD

RED BAY, AL – Randy Michael “Mike” Boyd, 75, died Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. He was born in Red Bay, AL and worked as a machine mechanic. He served in the U.S. Army and attended New Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Memorial services will be Friday, June 23, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three children – Michelle Raper, Melissa Swindle (Dale) and Michael Boyd (Alison); grandchildren – Casey Swindle, Haley Holloway (Jacob), Harlee Montgomery (Kole), Brett Raper and Bailey Boyd; great-grandchildren – Louisa Grace Holloway and Liam Holloway; one brother – Don Boyd (Rhonda) and one sister – Peggy Sue Jenkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Alta Shewbart Boyd.

BONNIE PATTERSON

GOLDEN, MS – Bonnie Faye Patterson, 82, died Monday, June 19, 2023 at her daughter’s residence. She was born in Hodges, AL to Luther and Virdie Rea Stanphill. She was a babysitter for many years and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Services will be Saturday, June 24, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Randy Parchman officiating. Burial will be in Holly Springs Cemetery, Hodges, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter – Teresa Joyce Engle (Rodney); a grandson – Austin Engle (Megan); granddaughters – Tanya Goodloe, Crystal McDonald and Samantha McDonald; great-grandchildren – Kassy, Harley, A.V. and Jena Holcomb, Levi Engle, Katelyn, Tanner and Hayley Jo Engle; a brother – Billy Wayne Stanphill; sisters – Sarah Mercer (Greg) and Barbara Primm (James) and multiple nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Hal Aston Patterson, a daughter, Wanza Sue McDonald,  a grandson, Rocky Wayne Engle, a granddaughter, Jesse Faye Engle, sisters, Vernell Rider, Vernice Lynn, Lona Mae Letostak and Shirley Stanphill and brothers, Harold Stanphill and James Stanley Stanphill.

Pallbearers will be Bricen Burney, Harold Shotts and Bryan Bridgmon.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JUDY UNDERWOOD

GOLDEN, MS. – Judy Maritta Underwood, 85, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Kentucky to Alex and Elsie Russell Smith.  She worked as a seamstress for 15 years.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 20, 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Lane Gallaway and Bro. Rick Bradley officiating.  Burial will be in Hodge Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her Children- Dean Underwood (Brenda), Dale Underwood (Tammy), Gary Underwood (Judi), Byron Underwood (Heather), Terry Underwood (Rose), Tracy Underwood, Kevin Underwood (Tiffany), Kim Underwood (Brittany), her grandchildren- Brett, Clay, Laken, Morgan, Easton, Emberly, Brady, Avery, Anna Grace, Cain, Braden, Lee, Kaleb, Harley, Adam, Tabitha, Melissa, Justin, Jennifer, Jessica, her great- grandchildren- Ava, Layla, Willa, Noah, Rylan, James Cutler, Lane, Brylee, Presley, Braden, 1- Sister- Brenda Sue Feltner, 1 Brother- Mackey Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents,  husband- Ervin Underwood, 3- Brothers- Fred, William, Forest, 3- Sisters- Daisey, Nanney Evelyn and Opal.

Pallbearers will be Clay Underwood, Adam Kay, Brady Underwood, Easton Underwood, Chris Reno, David Turner.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Bervin Underwood and Troy Underwood.

Visitation will be Monday, June 19, 6-9 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God, Red Bay, AL.

JERRY DAVIS

RED BAY, AL. – Jerry Lane Davis, 68, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Marion County, AL to Albert Shelby and Earlue Childers Davis.  He worked at NTN Bower in Hamilton, AL. for 20 years and was a member of Hamilton Masonic Lodge #344.

Funeral services will be Sunday, June 11, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Robert Wood officiating.  Burial will be in Shottsville Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife- Julia Davis, his children, Jason Davis (Brandie), Jessica Jackson (Derek), Step- sons- Aaron Shewbart (Katie), Adam Shewbart (Hope), Grandchildren- Anna Jackson, Jacob, Jaycee and Gretchen Davis, step-grandchildren- Trager, Emily, Traysen, Charolette Shewbart, a Brother- Billy Wayne Davis (Dean), 2- Nephews and 3-Nieces..

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Larry Gene Davis

Pallbearers will be Jacob Davis, Jeff Davis, Laddie Davis, Michael Creekmore.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 11, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL

LOUISE EWING

GOLDEN, MS – Louise L. Ewing, 91, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Franklin County, AL to John and Josie Lee Oliver Rollins.  She had worked as a CNA and was a member of Landmark Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 10, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Joshua Pounders officiating.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her children, Wanda Vasallo, Shirley Oliver, Larry Ewing, Brenda Sweeney, Danny Ray Ewing and Cynthia Shewbart and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Rickey Ewing; her husband, Gene Ewing; granddaughter, Heather Hammock and her siblings, Oscar, Albert, Neal, Lucille and Velma.

Pallbearers will be Danny Earl Daughtry, Charlie Fernandez, Jason Smith, Jennifer Evetts and Lapreshia Smith.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 10, 12-1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DONNA TUCKER

VINA, AL – Donna Renee Tucker, 61, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2023 at the Red Bay Hospital.  She was born in New York to Lawrence and Marie Burgett Guthrie.  She had worked at Tiffin Door and JV Smokehouse.  She attended Holly Springs Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 7, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Clint Holcombe and Bro. Cody Tucker officiating.  Burial will be in Guthrie Cemetery, Townley, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Tucker; her children, Misty Holcombe (Clint) and Bradley Tucker (Alex); grandchildren, Braiden Holcombe, Justus Holcombe, Noah, Lilly, Lennon and Scarlet Pearl Tucker; her mother, Marie Guthrie; brother, Michael Guthrie (Trena); sister, Paula Couch (Jimmy); father-in-law, Jerry Tucker and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Justin Tucker; her father, Lawrence Guthrie; brother, Gary Guthrie and two nephews, Brian Roberts and Christopher Guthrie.

Pallbearers will be Bradley Tucker, Michael Guthrie, Braiden Holcombe, Justus Holcombe, Joseph Tucker and Tyler Morrow.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 6, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

HOLLIS HOLLAND

RED BAY, AL – Hollis Olen Holland, 84, went to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, June 4, 2023 and his prayer was that he would see everyone in Heaven.  He was born in Vina, AL to Clyde and Hattie Wright Holland.  He was retired from Tiffin Motor Homes and was a member of Pineville Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 6, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. John Oliver and Bro. J.C. Blackburn officiating.  Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Louise Holland; son, Jeff Holland (Kim); granddaughter, Amanda Spencer (John); grandson, Kyler Holland; great-grandson, Huxley Spencer and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Hubert Holland and Earnest Holland; sisters, Evelyn Gibson, Sue Crumpton and Bonnie Bennett; nephew, Joe Crumpton and niece, Cherry Crumpton.

Pallbearers will be Brad Davis, Allen Crumpton, Brian Cunningham, Nathan Davidson, John Spencer and Chris Wright.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 6, 2-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

OSCAR L. GLOVER

VINA, AL – Oscar Lee Glover, 92, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2023 at the Red Bay Hospital.  He was born in Sheffield, AL to Brite Angelo and Clara Edith Pippin Glover.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he had served as financial secretary and taught the Men’s Sunday School class for many years. He was retired from the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant serving in Korean and Vietnam wars. He then worked for the Veteran’s Administration, retiring in 1994.  Mr. Glover was a longtime member of the Red Bay Lions Club, a current member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the TN Valley Genealogical Society. He was a former member of the BTCPA appearing in numerous plays.

Funeral services will be Monday, June 5, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Dallas Culver officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ola Mae Humphries Glover; daughters, Karen Fowler (Carl) and Karla Huffman (Paul); granddaughters, Katie Hess (Marshall), Jessica Fowler; grandson, Charlie Huffman; great-grandsons, Hank and Luke Hess; brother, Robert “Bobby” Glover; brother-in-law, Jimmy Tate; sister-in-law, Urusula Humphries and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and Franklin Glover; sister, Mary Grace Glover and nephew, Mike Glover.

Pallbearers will be Mike Jones, Wesley Miller, Marshall Hess, Charlie Huffman, Phil Edwards and Greg Edwards.  Hank and Luke Hess will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be Monday, June 5, 11-2 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry, P.O. Box 125, Red Bay, AL 35582.

TRENA DAILY

RED BAY, AL – Trena Diane Fowler Daily, 61, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2023 at North Alabama Medical Center.  She was born in Red Bay, AL to Joseph “J.C.” and Clara Huckleberry Fowler.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Dennis, MS.  She greatly loved her church family and she loved all of her online friends.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 31, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Dennis, MS with Bro. Adam Humphries officiating.  Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Norman Daily; two sons, Trent Fowler and Chris Daily (Jessica); granddaughter, Natalie Storment (Drent); grandsons, Baylor Storment, Xzaviar Daily and Kingston Daily; sisters, Carolyn Seahorn Elrod (Glenn) and Rita Johnson and a host of extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Danny Joe Fowler and a grandchild, Baby Daily.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Dees, Billy Brown, Trey Huckleberry, Rodney Huckleberry, Heath Thorne and Ryan Hardman.  Honorary pallbearers will be Xzaviar Daily, Kingston Daily, Baylor Storment, Lowell Huckleberry and Mike Huckleberry.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 31, 12-2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Dennis, MS.

OLIVIA WRIGHT KING

RED BAY, AL – Olivia Wright King passed away at the Red Bay Hospital on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.  She was born in Guin, AL on 1954 but lived her entire life in Red Bay, graduating from Red Bay High School in 1973.  She attended the University of Alabama and Mississippi State University, but was primarily a loving mother and homemaker.  Olivia was an avid visual artist, loved her classic rock music and loved to dance.  Her talented artistry also spilled over into very fine needlework and other artistic endeavors.

Olivia fought health issues for many years, but still kept her keen sense of humor through it all.  She loved her dog Scout, Bama softball and football and most of all her daughters and granddaughter.  She will be missed for her laughter and her giving spirit.

A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.  The family requests that donations in her memory be made to the American Cancer Society.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

She is survived by her daughters, Carey Harrison (Jason Keltner) and Merry King; her granddaughter, Abby Weeks; her sister, Pamela Penick (Clif) and niece, Lauren Wilder (Jesman Devia).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Robbie Wright and her husbands, Larry Harrison and Gregory King.

NANCY SUE DAVIS

RED BAY, AL – Nancy Sue Davis, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at Generations of Red Bay.  She was born in Franklin County, AL to Thomas Husie and Lonie Humphries Johnston.  She worked in garment manufacturing and was of the Baptist faith.

Graveside services will be Thursday, May 4, 4:30 p.m. at Burnout Cemetery with Bro. Greg Thorn and Bro. Tim Harris officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her children, Timothy Ray Cross and Brenda Snider Hardin; her grandchildren, Marquita Blackburn, Jesse Snider, Anthony Cross, Julie Doss and Maggie Cross Dyer; great-grandchildren, Haley Gassaway, Justin Blackburn, Caleb Blackburn, Eli Doss, Addie Grace Cross and Tyler Cross; great-great grandchildren, Raleyana Gassaway and Grayson Gassaway; her sister, Marie LeMay; her brother, Billy Johnston and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Belton Johnston, Thurman Johnston, Lorene Hardin, Edith Ledbetter, Averine Ledbetter and Howard Johnston.

Pallbearers will be Danny Johnston, Belton Johnston, Jr., Benny Johnston, Curtis Johnston, Hugh Johnston and Nathan Johnston.  Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Hall, Tommy Johnston, Johnny LeMay and James Hardin.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 4, 3-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BUTCH KEETON

GOLDEN, MS – William Hoyt “Butch” Keeton, Jr., 70, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Alabama on May 3, 1952 to William Hoyt Keeton, Sr. and Peggy Turner Keeton.  He worked for Keeton Oil Company and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Red Bay.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 3, 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Red Bay with Bro. Dallas Culver and Bro. Andy Barnett officiating.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife Mary Susette “Suzy” Keeton; children, Brooke Carnes (Mark), Brock Keeton (Stephanie) and Briana McCoy (Ian) and their mother, Brenda Keeton and grandmother, Betty Fancher, TJ Pruitt and Dakota Pruitt (Bethany); grandchildren, Lexie and Cody Carnes, Zac Wood (Taylor), Trent Wood (Lauren) and Kassi Grimes, Brayden, Brycen, Bailee and Amelia Pruitt; his great-granddaughter, Sawyer Kate Wood; his siblings, Kathy Hale (Sammy), Lisa Davis (Brooks) and Hal Keeton (Shala); a host of nieces and nephews; his father-in-law, Arlin Brown; brother-in-law, Jeff Brown; sisters-in-law, Belinda Hare (Mike) and Christy Barnett (Andy); his precious pet Tuffy and his caregivers, Stephanie Horn, Lisa Brown and NMMC Hospice.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Alonso Keeton, Lola Keeton, Thomas Turner, Louise Ashmore “Mama Lou” Turner and two brothers-in-law, Michael Robert Fancher and Michael Wheeler.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Sparks, Tyler Davis, Casey Keeton, Ron Koger, Blake Bullen and Kobe Koger.  Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck Davis, C.K Patterson, John Bostick, Phil Bullen, Jimmy Patterson and Edward McKinney.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 3, 12-2 at First United Methodist Church, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Hoyt Keeton Walking Trail, P.O. Box 202, Red Bay, AL 35582.

RHONDA OZBIRN

GOLDEN, MS – Rhonda E. Ozbirn, 68, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at the Meadows in Fulton, MS.  She was born to Jerome and Anne Rosner in New York City on December 6, 1954.  Upon the passing of her mother, she was raised by her step-mother, Eppie Fulkerson Rosner. She was of the Baptist Faith.  She was a veteran of the US Army serving in Germany and worked for TVA, Sunshine Homes and Wrangler.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

She is survived by one son, Tommy Barnes; one brother, Neal Rosner (Nancy); one sister, Fern Michaelis; nieces and nephews, Brittany Rosner, Brian Rosner, Kelly Rodriguez and Justin Riddle; special friend, Gwen Williams and longtime friends and caregivers, James and Janice Kennedy.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

WILLIAM “BILL” DANIEL

TUSCUMBIA, AL – William Eldon “Bill” Daniel, 80 passed away Saturday, April 15, 2023 in Clinton, KY.  He was born in Pleasant Site, AL to Bernard Willis and Exie Arneice Garrison Daniel.  He was a veteran of the US Navy.

Private graveside services will be held Monday, April 17, at Halltown Cemetery with Steven Daniel officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Daniel; daughter, Angela Scott (Todd); sons, Tim Willis (Crystal) and Jason Burnes; grandchildren, Ivie Scott, Paige Banner, Jennifer Banner, Gavin Burnes, Austin Burnes and Destiny Burnes; brother, Phillip Daniel (Carolyn) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James Willis Daniel.

BERTHA GOBER

RED BAY, AL – Bertha Bentley Gober, 83, passed away Friday, April 14, 2023 at Generations of Red Bay.  She was born in Franklin County, AL to James and Sylvia Black Bentley.  She was a member of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 17, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Steve Lindsay officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Jeff Wilemon (Tonya), Kristi Demonia, Harley Warmath (Alexia) and Steven Lee Harris; one sister, Jackie McCalpin; great-granddaughter, Sydney Wilemon; step-children, Robert Gober (Janice) and Shelia Snider (Jerry); step-grandchildren, Adara Cromeans, Kevin Woodruff and Shonda Deaton; special nephew, Don McCalpin and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorvan Gober; son, Ricky Harris; daughter, Debra Wilemon; her parents; grandson-in-law, James Demonia; special nephew, Bobby McCalpin and special daughter-in-law, Vickie Oliver.

Visitation will be Monday, April 17, 11-1 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

IMOGENE FOWLER

RED BAY, AL – Imogene Vanderpool Fowler “went to live with Jesus” and became anew the morning of April 10, 2023 at the age of 87.  Born in Missouri, Imogene graduated from Crane High School in 1954, where she was a member of the yearbook staff.  Her 1953 poem, “Tell Me” was chosen by the National High School Poetry Association for that year’s regional anthology.

She married Clovis H. Fowler on November 24, 1966, and the two spent 55 years together.  Imogene will be remembered by many in the community for her past titles as a substitute teacher, first-class Avon saleswoman, Sunday school teacher and doll maker.  Among her gifts with gardening and crafting, she also had the unique abilities to find four-leaf clovers and catch hummingbirds by hand.  Imogene leaves behind a path paved with love, charity, dedication and deep faith in Jesus Christ.

Private graveside services were held on April 13, at with Bro. Dallas Culver officiating.  She was interred alongside her husband and mother in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four children, Jon Arnold, Jenny King, Laura Manning and Hannah Haddock (Keith).  Imogene will also be deeply missed as “Nanny” by her eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, within whom she has left an enduring legacy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clovis Fowler; three brothers and her mother, Dortha Vanderpool.

Anthony Thigpen, Samuel Moore, Nathaniel Moore and Trey Weichman served as pallbearers.

TELL ME

By Imogene Vanderpool

1953

Tell me if you’re teasing

Or do you really care

Are you building me up to let me fall,

Will my dreams vanish in the air?

Is the love you give me real,

Or are you playing with my heart?

Tenderly taking it from me,

Then breaking it apart.

Tell me if you love me,

Prove to me somehow.

That your love with always be true.

True, as mine is now.


SUE NELSON

RED BAY, AL – Mamie Sue Nelson, 80, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at the Meadows in Fulton, MS.  She was born in Collierville, TN to R.T. and Lizzie Harris Goodwin.  She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church in Red Bay, AL.

Graveside services were held Thursday, April 6, at Red Bay City Cemetery with Bro. Bill Harper officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughters, Susanne Nelson Franklin, Dianna Nelson Stepp (Adell), Meleah Nelson Huguley (Jeff) and Julie Nelson; grandchildren, Tracie Franklin Skinner, Kacie Franklin Long, Laken Stepp, Sunni Stepp Champion, Sawyer Huguley, Darby Huguley-Allen, Bailey Dawn Sparks, Houston McKinney and Hayden McKinney; great-grandchildren, Kylee Grace Skinner, Brantley Skinner, Bristol Skinner, Braden Long, Bella Long, Brighton Long, Jude Champion, Isaac Champion, Sophia Champion, John Riley Allen, Saylor Smith and Scout Sparks and one sister, Myrtle Grace.

ALVIN DAILY

DECATUR, AL – Alvin M. Daily, 92, died Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Tishomingo County, MS to Columbus and Addie Ham Daily.  He retired as a salesman from Southern Dou-Fast.  He was a member of Decatur Baptist Church and a Gideon.  He was a veteran of the US Air Force serving six years with one year in the Korean War.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 8, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Benny Sivley officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Daily; granddaughter, Ryley Daily and one sister, Reecie Moss.

He was preceded in death by his wife Reva Daily on March 15, 2023; his parents; two brothers, Travis Daily and Aaron Daily and one sister, Marie Nabb.

Pallbearers will be Mike Lawrence, Benny Sivley, Ryley Daily, Nancy Daily and Eddie Holland.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 8, 12-2 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

MICKEY THORNE

VINA, AL – Mickey Dale Thorne, 73, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Alabama to Troy and Josie Jones Thorne.  He graduated from Red Bay High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970-1972. His passion was flying and this led him on many different adventures across the country. He lived his life by his own rules.

A short memorial service will be Monday, April 3, 7 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Jordan Ruple officiating.  Burial will be in Pleasant Site Cemetery, Red Bay, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his daughter- Ginger Thorne Tompkins (Mike), son-Jeremy Cain Thorne (Tina), 4- Grandchildren- Alyssa Tompkins, Brooke Tompkins, Chloe Thorne and Chance Thorne, Sister- Jeanette Terrell, Brothers-in-law- Neal Mathis and Junior Mann, his life partner Diane Cutshall and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson- Blake Michael Tompkins, sisters- Dorothy Mann, Paulette Winchester and Barbara Mathis, a brother-in-law- Paul Winchester, a nephew- Steve Mann and a niece Lisa Winchester.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Billy Terrell, Weston Terrell, Josh Ruple, Jordan Ruple, Mark Mann, David Mann, Ethan Winchester, David Green, Neal Mathis and Zane Foster.

Visitation will be Monday, April 3, 5-7 p.m. and will continue after the service that begins at 7, at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

PEGGIE MILLER

RED BAY, AL – Peggie Hastings Miller, 82, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Red Bay, Al. to William and Florence Bragg Hastings.  She was a member of Christian Assembly of God Church.  She worked as a Inspector for Wrangler Manufacturing for 15 years.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 3, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jackie Hastings officiating.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her son- Kenneth Miller, a daughter- Gwendolyn Miller, 2- Daughter –in- laws- Melanie Miller and Katherine Miller, 12- Grandchildren and 9 – great grandchildren, 2- sisters- Sue Smith and Betty Hastings, 3- Brothers- Jackie Hastings (Patsy), Jerry Hastings (Leann), Jimmy Hastings..

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband- Jimmy Miller Sr., son- Jimmy Miller Jr., sisters- Jeanette Graham, Sharon West, Brother- Ronnie Hastings .

Pallbearers will be Zachary Miller, Nathan Miller, Travis Wilson, Gabriel Miller, Tucker Conwill, Cooper Wilson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Colin Miller, Nicholas Miller, Kray Jones, Briley Jones.

Visitation will be Monday, April 3, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL

CHARLES LESLEY

RED BAY, AL – Charles Edward Lesley, 83, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at North Alabama Medical Center.  He was born in Itawamba County, MS to Barto and Eunice Lesley.  He was a member and deacon of The Church of God of Prophecy for 60 years.  He was a member of the Gideons for over 20 years and served in the Army Reserve. He owned and operated L & L Propane Gas Co for 47 years and served as a board member for Alabama LP Gas Association.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 31, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Mark Barnett and Bro. Shane Nichols officiating.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Lesley; his daughter, Kathy Holland (Randy); grandchildren, Kristin Nunley (Gannon), Adam Lesley (Katie), Lauren Nichols (Shane) and Sarah Sibley (Tyler); great-grandchildren, Cooper and Adalie Nunley, Lillian and Dawson Lesley, Kason and Darby Nichols and Deborah Jane and Trayson Sibley; one brother, William Lesley (Denise) and one sister, Wanda Kay Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mildred Brown; two brothers, Carl “Jake” Lesley and James David Lesley; son, Kenneth Lesley; grandson, Joshua Wayne Lesley and his longtime business partner and best friend, Robert Loden.

Pallbearers will be Adam Lesley, Gannon Nunley, Shane Nichols, Tyler Sibley, Cooper Nunley, Dawson Lesley, Kason Nichols and Murray Morrow.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. J.D. Loden, Donald Thorn, Randy Lee Holland and Bobby Nelson.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 30, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

AUDREY WATTS

RED BAY, AL – Audrey Willis Watts, 93, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Generations of Red Bay.  She was born in Bexar, Alabama to William Marvin and Mary Wilson Crowder.  She married Clois Willis in 1947. Audrey and Clois worked in North Chicago, Ill. for John Manvill for 20 years. Audrey worked for U.S. Envelope for 16 years and then worked at Blue Bell in Red Bay, Al. for 16 years. She married Edward Watts in 1995. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Red Bay, AL.

She is survived by one sister Elinor McCollister and a sister-in-law Elois Crowder and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Donnis Willis, who was killed in Vietnam in 1969, 3- Sisters- Willard Brown, Wilma Funderburk and Verlon Culver, 3- Brothers- W.T. Crowder (Deanna), Doyle Ray Crowder and Eldridge Crowder.

Funeral services will be Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL. with Bro. Mike Deaton officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 26, from 1-2 P.M. at Deaton Funeral Home Red Bay, Al.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Funderburk, Scottie Funderburk, Stephen Funderburk, Rickie McCollister, Jason Brewer, Gage Brewer.

TRAVIS JOHNSTON

VERNON, AL – Travis Michael Johnston, 70, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at Generations of Vernon.  He was born in Alabama to Travis Elsworth and Linda Alline Vinson Johnston.  He served in the US Air Force for nine years.  While in service he worked as a security police officer and an executive support officer.  He received a National Defense Service Medal, AF Good Conduct Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award and AF Commendation Medal.

Graveside services with military honors will be Monday, March 27, 10 am at Halltown Cemetery with Bro. Rick Bradley officiating.  Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

HAROLD LINDSAY

RED BAY, AL – Harold Jay Lindsay, 75, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2023 at his home with his family by his side.  He was born in Independence, KS to David Isaac and Myrtle Irene Ballard Lindsay.  He enlisted in the Army in January 1966 and proudly served until September 1974.  His tour of duty took him to Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Belgium and 4 stateside assignments.  He owned his own business, Jay’s Fiberglass Repair, for over 20 years.  He was a member of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 20, 2 p.m. at Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. John McClure and David Corum officiating.  Burial with military honors will be at Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Edith Lindsay; son, Steve and Charri Lindsay; five grandchildren, Deandra Wilson (Christian) of Dover, TN, Kendra Massey (Tyler) of Red Bay, AL, Daniel Lindsay (Darby) of Muscle Shoals, AL, Krista Lindsay and David Lindsay both of Gallatin, TN; two great-grandsons, Duncan Jay Lindsay and Myles Maxon Massey and one sister, Phyllis Nolan of Whitewater, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Iva Simmons, May Brannan, Freda Winkleman and Alice Christlieb and brothers, Samuel Lindsay, Lan Lindsay and Dee Lindsay.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Lindsay, David Lindsay, Christian Wilson, Tyler Massey, Paul Danley and Chris Wright.  J.B. Lindsay will serve as honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be Monday, March 20, 12-2 at Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or stjude.org.

REVA DAILY

DECATUR, AL – Reva Daily, 88, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Franklin County, AL to Riley and Pearl Jackson Massey.  She worked at Blue Bell for many years and was a member of Decatur Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Benny Sivley officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of over 70 years, Alvin Daily; her daughter, Nancy Daily; her granddaughter, Ryley Daily; her sister, Eva Duncan (Glenn) and two nieces, Cathleen Townsend and Carolyn Holland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Albert Massey.

Pallbearers will be Ryley Daily, Nancy Daily, Eddie Holland and Mike Lawrence.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 18, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

PAUL SUSCHAK

RED BAY, AL – Paul John Suschak, 88, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2023 at Helen Keller Hospital.  He was born in Creighton, PA to Paul and Agnes Cus Suschak. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Suschak was a member of Good Shepard Catholic Church in Russellville, AL. He was a retired Regional Manager for Firestone Tire.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Good Shepard Catholic Church, Russellville, AL with Father Bennie officiating. Graveside services  will follow at Red Bay City Cemetery with Dallas Culver officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Flora Ann Bostick Suschak and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.

Pallbearers will be John Bostick, Larry Pavetto, Matt Dippold, Dan Moran, Max Bullen Jr. and Robert Cashion.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 14, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL with a devotional service at 6:30 p.m.

KENNETH WAYNE BOYD

RED BAY, AL – Kenneth Wayne Boyd, 58, passed away Friday, March 10, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Red Bay, Al to Marvin Ray and Maxine Scott Boyd.  He had worked as an auto mechanic for over 15 years.

Private family services will be held at a later date with Wayne Bridges and Alabama Hospice of the Shoals Chaplain, Richard Parker.  Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Jackson Boyd; children, Destiny Boyd Bishop (Keith), Christopher Boyd (Jessica), September Birmingham (Micheal D. Moore), Rocky Jackson (Kandi), Jesse Jackson (Abreal), and Dillon Jackson (Pamela); two foster daughters, Connie Rojas (TD Prather), Mellissa Lynn one brother, Billy Ray Boyd; three sisters, Brenda Boyd, Christy Luttrell and Mildred Jackson; mother-in-law, Myrtle Vinson; father-in-law, Charles Vinson; twenty grandchildren; one great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one foster son, Jerry Wayne White.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rocky Jackson, Chris Boyd, Jesse Jackson, Dillon Jackson, Keith Bishop, Trent Mayhall, Johnny Mayhall, Micheal Moore, Ricky Vinson and Billy Boyd.

BOBBY McCALPIN

RED BAY, AL – Bobby Joe McCalpin, 87, passed away Monday, March 6, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Mississippi to Jim and Lena Humphries McCalpin.  He worked in construction as an equipment operator.  He was a veteran of the US Army.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, March 8, at 11 a.m. at Halltown Cemetery with Dallas Culver officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three sons, Perry McCalpin (Judy), Chris McCalpin and Darryl McCalpin; one daughter, Vanessa McCalpin; daughter-in-law, Patricia McCalpin; four grandsons, Joshua, Zachary, Dillon and Jacob; one granddaughter, Amber; three great-grandchildren, Analeigh, Christopher and Aubrey and two brothers, Harlie and James McCalpin.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marylou McCalpin; second wife, Nancy McCalpin; son, Joseph McCalpin; grandson, Christopher McCalpin; two brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Nelson, Joshua McCalpin, Zachary McCalpin, Dillon Williams and Adam Seahorn.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 7, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

CHRISTY HELLUMS

RED BAY, AL – Christy Leigh Hellums, 53 passed away Saturday, March 4, 2023 at North Alabama Medical Center, Florence, AL.. She worked at Tiffin doors for 8 years.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 8, 4:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with  Bro. Marshall Emerson officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her  Daughter- Kaleigh Ergle, 3- Grandchildren- Brantley Mobley, Realeigh Ergle, Emma Ergle, her Mother- Sandra Hellums (Wally), 2 Brothers- Robin and Scott Pettey, 2- Nieces- Emily Payne (Jamey), Tiffany Wooten (Cory), 1- Nephew- Skylar Pettey.

She was preceded in death by her Father- Robert Pettey

Pallbearers will be Keith Reese, David Lancaster, Skylar Pettey, Tony Workman, Jamey Payne, Ed Harden.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 8, 2-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BETTY SMITH

RED BAY, AL – Betty Carolyn Smith, 82 passed away Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Southern Magnolia, Golden, MS.  She was born in Alabama to Frank and Mattie Barker Strawbridge.  She worked at Golden Manufacturing as a supervisor for 40 years.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 6, 3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Scotty Kennedy officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by 4- Daughters- Lisa Carol Massey (Tim), Tina Renee Smith (Boker), Teresa Lynn Robinson (Andy), Sheila Dianne Smith, daughter dog- Georgia Faye Smith, 7- Grandchildren, 4- Great Grandchildren and a special cousin/sister-Jane Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband- Bobby Joe Smith and her beloved only son- David Joseph Smith, 1-sister and 1- brother

Pallbearers will be Jordan Massey, Braxton Massey, Ricky Garrison, Harley Robinson, Dewayne Palmer.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 5, 6-9 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DOROTHY HAMMOCK

RED BAY, AL – Dorothy Evelene Armstrong Hammock, 93 passed away Monday, February 27, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Franklin County, AL to John Benton and Isabell Lindley Armstrong.  She was a member of New Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 1, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jarod Massey officiating.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one son, Scotty Hammock (Ouida); one daughter, Esta Lee McKinney (Jerry); granddaughters, Amanda Dudley (Kenny), Pamela Bolding (Tim) and Jada Pitts; grandsons, Jeff McKinney (Allison), Jerrod McKinney (Donna), John McKinney (Jenni) and Richard Hammock (Beth); two sisters-in-law, Doris Armstrong and Lavell Armstrong Mayfield and a host of great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Travis Hammock; two sons, Charles Ricky Hammock and John Michael Hammock; her parents; grandson, Derrick Charles Hammock;  six brothers, Edis, Bill, A.C., Clinton, Gene and Charles Armstrong and three sisters, Martha Oliver, Effie Armstrong and Flossie Armstrong.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Dudley, Tim Bolding, Richard Hammock, Johnny Armstrong, Jeff McKinney, Jerrod McKinney and John McKinney.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 1, 12-2 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

ELSIE SINGLETON

VINA, AL - Elsie Faye Creekmore Singleton, 86, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2023 in Vina, AL.  She was born in Vina, AL to Elvin and Beatrice Creekmore.  She was a member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 28, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. J.C. Blackburn and Bro. Jerry Humphries officiating.  Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Brulport and Wanda Perkins (Bobby); grandchildren, Celena Carlton (Patrick), Crystal Seitz (James), Tabatha Jacobson (Erik), Kristina Forrest (Kevin), Robert Perkins and Christina Hunter (Eric); seventeen great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; siblings, Bobbie Petty, Larry Creekmore (Cynthia), Danny Ray Creekmore (Gail) and Icy Parker; sister-in-law, Pam Creekmore and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Singleton; parents; siblings, Thurman Creekmore, Belton Creekmore, Evonne Sartain, Edward Creekmore, Carlos Creekmore and Betty Sue Stanfield and son-in-law, Steven Brulport.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Perkins, Wade Humphres, Jonathan Humphres, Tim Thorn, Steven Watson and Cody Watson.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 28, 11-3 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

SHARON BLACKBURN

RED BAY, AL – Sharon Ann Blackburn, 76, passed away Friday, February 24, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Red Bay, AL to Luther Woodrow and Pearl Holland Gentry.  She worked as a seamstress and was a member of First Baptist Church in Red Bay, AL.

Funeral services will be Sunday, February 26, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. J.C. Blackburn and Bro. Bill Harper officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two children, Michael Blackburn (Leisa) and Melissa Ehler (Johnny); two grandchildren, Lauren Ehler and Audrey Ehler and one sister Peggy Gentry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Blackburn; her parents; one brother, John Gentry and two sisters, Pernie Danley and Sarah Ann Gentry.

Pallbearers will be Lamar Danley, Paul Danly, Trent Danley, Chris Morrow, Murray Morrow and Jacob Lentz.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 25, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

STEVEN PARDUE

GOLDEN, MS – Steven Dale Pardue, 49, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Iuka, MS to Doris Wayne and Patricia Faye Haney Pardue.  He had worked as a truck driver.

Graveside services will be Friday, February 24, 3 p.m. at Old Union Cemetery, Belmont, MS.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three children, Tyler “Bubba” Pardue, Tamara Pardue and Tasha Pardue; five grandchildren; two uncles, Tommy Haney (Kay) and Jimmy Lewis and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Michael Pardue; his aunt, Belinda Lewis; two uncles, Richard Haney and Bobby Haney and his grandparents, Armstead and Altie Haney.

Pallbearers will be Wyatt Haney, Chad Haney and Bobby Haney.

JESSIE FOWLER

BELMONT, MS – Jessie Leona Fowler, 90, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at NMMC in Tupelo, MS.  She was born in Red Bay, AL to Lee and Elsie Robertson Bohannan.  She attended Trinity Assembly of God in Red Bay.  She loved spending time with her family and friends.  She was a very talented seamstress making beautiful quilts to share with her loved ones.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 25, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. David Kelley officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Morley (Ric), Becky Kostelansky (Joseph) and Judy Wilbanks; grandchildren, Dawn Bentancourt (Andrew), Derrick Morley (Kim), Danielle Evans (James), Christopher Kostelansky (Angela), Adam Kostelansky (Alivia), Joshua Wilbanks (Mandie) and Jacob Wilbanks (Alysa); great-grandchildren, Cress Morley, Caleb Morley, John Evans, Ella Evans, Kendyl Kostelansky, Elsie Wilbanks, Nathanael Wilbanks, Autry Wilbanks, Jessie Wilbanks and Edi Ruth Wilbanks; two sisters, Dean Terrell (Jerry) and Bernice Gurley and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leman Fowler; her parents; one son, Tommy Fowler; two grandchildren, Kevin Kostelansky and Lucy Gene Wilbanks; her sister, Annie Young and son-in-law, Ricky Wilbanks.

Pallbearers will be Derrick Morley, Christopher Kostelansky, Adam Kostelansky, Joshua Wilbanks, Jacob Wilbanks and James Evans.  Honorary pallbearers will be Nathanael Wilbanks and John Evans.

Visitation will be Friday, February 24, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

R.C. BLACKBURN

VINA, AL – R.C. Blackburn, 90, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2023 at North Alabama Medical Center.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 25, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. J.C. Blackburn officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two sons, Randy Blackburn (Lynn) and Alan Blackburn (Sarah); his grandchildren, A.J., Brittany, Ryan, Laura, Kyle, Steven and Benjamin and siblings, Mary Spencer, J.C. Blackburn, Shirley Morrow, Marshall Blackburn and Kyle Blackburn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esterene Opal Blackburn.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 25, 12-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BILLY BISHOP

RED BAY, AL – Billy Welch Bishop, 94 passed away Monday, February 20, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Finley, TN to Ivory Bishop and Clara Welch Bishop.  He was an auto mechanic and veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean Conflict.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

He is survived by one daughter, Lisa Strickland (Bud); grandson, Christopher Strickland (Beth); great-grandchildren, Lexi, Kate and Carter Chittam; special nephews, Chuck Mills, Paul Bishop and Tim Engle; several other nieces and nephews and one sister, Neda Hinson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Trillia Bishop; his parents and siblings, Jean Hall, Judy Bishop, Dallas Bishop and Jerald Bishop.

MICHAEL SPENCER

RED BAY, AL. – Michael Junior Spencer, 64, passed away Friday, February 17, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Oscar Spencer Jr. and Florene Simmons Spencer.  He was a truck driver.

Memorial services will be Monday, February 20, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerry Humphries officiating.  A time of visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m., Monday, February 20, 2023 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL, Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Al. will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three sons, Christopher Spencer, Jason Spencer, Joshua Spencer; grandchildren, Angel, Brittany, Emma, M.J.; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Linda Spencer; one brother, Mark Spencer and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

RAYMOND FENNEL

VINA, AL – James Raymond Fennel, 86, went home to be with his Savior on February 12, 2023 after dying at North Alabama Medical Center, Florence, AL. Raymond spent his beautiful life in the service of God, his family, his church, his friends, and people everywhere. He impacted lives with a kind heart, happy attitude, great wisdom and many talents. Raymond was a member and deacon of Friendship Baptist Church in Red Bay Alabama.  In all of his life, he shared the Gospel message that Jesus Christ extends forgiveness and salvation and offers eternal life and glory to all who put their faith in Him.

Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, February 15, 4:30-6 p.m. at the fellowship hall at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Micah Fleming officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery, Franklin County, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Christ remains the Anchor of those left behind, his wife of 66 years, Norma Maupin Fennel; his two daughters, Norma Kay Strickland and husband Jeffery and Shelia Ann Hellums and husband Bruce; seven siblings; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and his son James Michael Fennel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude (www.stjude.org/donate). The family wants to give thanks to the community of Red Bay and surrounding communities for their continued prayers and support.

BENJIE MAULDIN

RED BAY, AL – William Benjamin “Benjie” Mauldin, 60 passed away Monday, February 6, 2023 at his residence.  He graduated from Banks High School in Birmingham, AL in 1980.  He was a member of Red Bay First United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 10, 10 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Dallas Culver officiating.  Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Marvins Chapel cemetery in Pinson, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his brother T. Ray Mauldin (Rebecca); one niece Rachel Mauldin O’Toole (Cody); one nephew, Benjamin Rudd Mauldin; great-nephew, Eli Daniel O’Toole and two half-sisters, Brittany Weaver and Brooke Newton (Todd).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Clinton and Willene Goeller Mauldin.

Visitation will be Friday, February 10, 9-10 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Red Bay First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 126, Red Bay, AL 35582.

ALMA SOUTHWARD

PEARL, MS – Alma Lee Southward, 79, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Fulton, MS to Noah and Ethel Lee Young.  She was a beautiful lady who loved going to church and spending time with family and friends.  She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorial services will be Sunday, February 12, at 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Rev. Marvin Marchbanks officiating.  A time of visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three daughters, Lisa, Lacelia and Amy Southward; five grandchildren, Jasmine, Joyeria, Jovan, Isabela and Isaiah; eight great-grandchildren, Da’mon, Ra’Shaun, Nygeria, Zaylon, Zaki, Kaiden, Kaliya and Logan.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, LeRoy Young, Rosa Mercer, Willie May and Katherine Brown.

FRED DILLARD

OAKLAND, TN – Fred Nolan Dillard, 85, passed away Friday, February 3, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Franklin County, AL to James Stockton and Ena Mae Wilson Dillard.  He worked in construction and was a veteran of the US Army.

Funeral services will be Monday, February 6, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper officiating.  Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three children, Kim Dillard, Mike Dillard (Shawn) and Kevin Dillard (Mandy); grandchildren, Shara Allison (Jason), A.C. Dillard, Christian Dillard, Lexi Dillard and Nolan Dillard; great-grandchildren, Jax Allison, Cali Larson, Ashtyn Marx, Payton Mansell, Bennett Dillard and Baker Dillard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Dillard; his parents; grandsons, Patrick Mansell and Drew Dillard and one brother, Roy Dillard.

Pallbearers will be Mike Dillard, Kevin Dillard, Steve Matlock, Jason Allison, Nolan Dillard, Tyler Jenkins and Christian Dillard.

Visitation will be Monday, February 6, 12-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JUDY PRUITT

GOLDEN, MS. – Judy Gentry Pruitt, 65, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2023 at her residence.  She was a member of Life Unlimited Church in Golden, MS. for 43 years and worked at Tiffin Motorhomes for 12 years .

Funeral services will be Sunday, February 5, 3 p.m. at Life Unlimited Church with Bro. Ed Garcia officiating.  Burial will be in Hodge Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by 5- Children- Toby Allison (Cindy), Jeremy Allison, T.J. Allison (Jana), Daric Pruitt (Brittney), Sandra Colburn (Brandon), 11 Grandchildren- Amanda Grimes (Brian), T.J. Allison (Madison), Landon Allison, Nicholas Allison, Conner Allison, Cali Allison, Clay Allison, Paden Allison, Nylah Allison, DaRilee Colburn, Davo Colburn, 3- Great Grandchildren, 3- Sisters- Gale Rooker, Teresa Bolton (Ronnie), Melissa Wood (Duke), 1- Brother- Keith Gentry (Tanya), Special Friends- Nancy Parker and Gary Armstrong and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ben and Virgie McMinn Castleberry, Husband- Robert Pruitt and a sister- Vicky Bennett Cougle.

Pallbearers will be Conner Allison, Clay Allison, Paden Allison, T.J. Allison, Mark Tedford, Richie Robinson .

Visitation will be Sunday, February 5, 12-3 p.m. at Life Unlimited Church, Golden, MS.

SARAH HOLLAND

VINA, AL – Sarah MaryAnn Holland, 98, passed away Friday, January 27, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Colquet, Minnesota to Joseph Daniel and Elsie Catharine Kaae McDonald.  She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for over 30 years and loved to sew and make quilts to give to family and friends.  During World War II, she was a Rosie the Riveter.

Funeral services will be Sunday, January 29, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Caleb Waycaster officiating.  Burial will be Ebenezer Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two children, Doris McCarley and Donna Norris; eight grandchildren, Brandon Holland (Carolyna), Kevin Spencer (Christi), Brent McCarley, Mark McCarley (Vickie), Jason McCarley (Christy), Shaunna Self (Sharmon), Dean Scott (Tammi) and Rodney Scott (Beth); twenty great-grandchildren, Lindsay, Macy, Stacy, Brandy, Ashleigh, Kayla, Gage, Maranda, Badon, Braylen, Anthony, Megean, Bailey, Brady, Alexia, Cordell, William, Lauren, Gracie and Nathan; ten great-great grandchildren, Cheyane, Rafe, Lilly, Mandi, Aidan, Braxton, Everleigh, Emersyn, Memphis and Jaylei and one brother, Pat McDonald.

She was preceded by son, Wayne Holland; grandson, Keith Spencer; great-granddaughter, Marlee Thompson; son-in-law, Raymond McCarley; siblings, Johnny McDonald, Catherine Goodrich, Marcella Wymore, Ethel McDonald, Charlotte Arnold, Daniel McDonald and Robert McDonald.

Pallbearers will be Mark McCarley, Jason McCarley, Kevin Spencer, Sharmon Self, Robert Holland and Jeff Fowler.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 29, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DIANA MARCELLO

VINA, AL – Diana Shewbart Marcello, 72, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at her residence.  She was a dedicated special education teacher at Red Bay and at Atlantis Academy in Miami, FL and was a member of Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 28, 3 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating.  Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sons, Jason Marcello (Stephanie) and Justin Marcello; daughter, Heather Marcello; grandchildren, Anna Marcello, Layla Marcello and Jason Marcello, Jr.; sister, Renee Harris and special niece, Brittany Day.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter L. Shewbart, Jr. and Mavis Lorriane Coker Shewbart; sister, Martha Holt and brother, Jerry Shewbart.

Pallbearers will be Donald Gober, Danny Shewbart, Carl Lewey, Dale Hester, Richard Townsend and Gary Williams.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 28, 1-3 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.

LARRY STRAWBRIDGE

RED BAY, AL – Larry Franklin Strawbridge, 74, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Red Bay to Frank and Pearl Barker Strawbridge.  He was a member of Calvary Praise and Worship in Tremont, MS.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 28, 1 p.m. at Calvary Praise and Worship with Bro. Marshall Green, Bro. Ray Stevens and Bro. Harvey Ewing officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife Jannis Strawbridge; children, Adam Porter (Dora), Joy Wood, Jeremy Porter and Christopher Porter; brother, William Otis Strawbridge; sister, Betty Smith and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Nellie Ruth.

Pallbearers will be John Johnson, Blade Brown, Jordan Zilles, Sean Martin, Nathaniel Culpepper and Dustin Ewing.

Visitation will begin Friday, January 27 at 5 p.m. and continue until service time Saturday.

HAROLD JACKSON

PLANO, IL – John Harold Jackson, of Plano, Illinois passed away Monday, January 16, 2023 at The Pearl of Orchard Valley in Aurora, Illinois. He was born July 3, 1933 in Red Bay, Alabama the son of Dillard and Minnie (Creekmore) Jackson. He married Doskie Humphries on October 2, 1954 in Mississippi. He was a member of the Boiler Makers blacksmith union for many years. He loved fishing and gardening. Most of all he loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

John is survived by two sons, Johnny (Martha) Jackson of Middleburg, Florida, and Matthew (Jennifer) Jackson of Plano, Illinois; fourteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, one sister, Louise (Hollis) Holland of Red Bay, Alabama; two brothers, Bob Jackson, and Gary (Diane) Jackson, both of Aurora, Illinois, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Doskie; their children, Angie Medernach, Patsy Meszaros, Tommy Jackson; grandchildren, Victoria, and Jennifer Medernach; three brothers, James Creekmore, Junior, and Charlie Jackson; and one sister, Doris Jackson.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Plano, Illinois. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on August 25, 2023 at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Alabama. A visitation will be held at 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. before the memorial service. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Vina, Alabama. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to The American Cancer Society https://donate3.cancer.org.  For more information or to sign the online guestbook go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com

DICKY TEDFORD

RED BAY, AL – Dicky Alan Tedford, 66, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023 at North Alabama Specialty Hospital in Athens, AL.  He was born in Mississippi to Linzey Dick and Lois Sims Tedford.  He worked at Sunshine Homes for many years and was a member of Burleson Masonic Lodge # 143.

Graveside services will be Friday, January 27, 11 a.m. at Red Bay City Cemetery with Geral Gillentine officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Audria Tedford; sons, Patrick Tedford, Mark Tedford (Courtney) and Charlie McGee; daughters, Julie Maxwell, Alana Tedford and Emily Austin; grandchildren, Payton Maxwell, Whitley Fowler, Michael Fowler, Isabella Fowler, Carley Tedford, Aislynn Tedford, Nevaeh Tedford, Jaxton Tedford, Hunter Pounds, Mason Tedford, Drew Mitchell, Carmen McGee, Brianna Kelly, Ethan McGee, Trinity Strickland (Joe), Mackenzie Austin, Sawyer Humphries and Colin Humphries and five great-grandchildren, Taylor Dawson, Raeleigh Dawson, Amari Stanback, Anthony Stanback and Hazel Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jessica Gandy and sister, Cheryl Tedford.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 26, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

MELANIE HUMPHRIES MCKINNEY

RED BAY, AL – Melanie Humphries McKinney, 48, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 22, 2023.  Melanie was born May 3, 1974 to Dannie and Debbie Humphries.  She had two younger sisters, Marisa and Maria.  Melanie and her family attended the Red Bay Church of God where she enjoyed singing, attending camp and spending time with her youth group.  She graduated from Red Bay High School in 1992.  Melanie married Tracy Elliott and they had two children, Laken and Tra.  She spent many years as a stay at home mom and enjoyed taking her children to a ball field or cheer gym.  Her children were her whole world.  As her kids grew older, she began to pursue another passion, interior decorating.  She could decorate the most beautiful Christmas trees and had an eye for design.

Melanie was a small woman with a big personality.  She loved clothes, music and Alabama football.  Most recently, the thing that brought her the most joy was her grandchildren, Jack Murl and Ella Ray.  She absolutely loved being a “Gamma” and was looking forward to adding two more grand babies this year.  Her absence will leave a huge void in all of her families’ heart.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 25, 4 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God with Bro. Rick Bradley, Bro. Micah Jackson and Leigh Ann Stewart officiating.  Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her children, Laken Raper (Brock) and Tra Elliott (Audrey); her grandchildren, Jack Murl Raper, Ella Rae Elliott, Emery Kate Elliott and Baby Boy Raper; her mother Debbie Lindsey (Ken); sisters, Marisa Wingo (Isaac) and Maria Davis (Jamie); step-sister, Tracy Allen (Brian); step-brother, Craig Lindsey (Tabitha); nieces and nephews, Isaiah and Asher Wingo, Wyatt Davis, Ian Napier, Lindsey Thomas, Madison Barrett, Natalie Allen, Kane Lindsey, Ella Rose Lindsey and Dru Thomas; her grandmothers, Helen Humphries, Ruth Maxine Cooper and Nell Lindsey and uncles, David and Barbara Humphries, Dennis Humphries and Jackie and Dianne Cooper.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dannie Humphries and her grandfathers, Marvin Humphries, John Cooper and Troy Lindsey.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Pendegraph, Anthony Williams, Randy Elliott, Dustin Humphries, Derek Humphries and Dallas Humphries.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 25, 2-4 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God.

DAVID SCHULMAN

RED BAY, AL – David Charles Schulman, 75, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Princeton Baptist Memorial Hospital in Birmingham.  He was born in Chicago, IL to Isadore and Lillian Shiprio Schulman.  He retired from Chrysler Automotive and was a veteran of the US Army.  He was a member of Cornerstone Church of God.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 25, 12 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God with Bro. Rick Bradley officiating.  Burial will be in Pleasant Site Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Edith Schulman; children, Chad Schulman (Dani), Jennifer Miller (Cy), Michelle Porter (Michael), Michael Lee (Mia) and Joseph Patano (Jill); grandchildren, Scott Ross, Rebecca Ross, Abigail Miller, Amelia Rose Schulman, Cassidy, Michala, William Porter, Phillip Porter, Andrew Porter, Jacob Lee, Nicholas Lee, Morgan Lee, Rebecca Lee and Avi Patano and one sister, Lynn VanGuilder.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Maurine Gelsone.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 25, 10-12 at Cornerstone Church of God.

JERRY UMFRESS

RED BAY, AL –Jerry Wayne Umfress, 77, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023 at Helen Keller Hospital.  He was born in Alabama to Rev. Earl Umfress and Rosetta Jackson Umfress.  He was a sawmill worker for 25 years.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 21, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Larry Bates officiating.  Burial will be in Pilot Hill Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years Sue Umfress, Daughter- Rebecca Cummings (Danny), Sons- Jeff Umfress (Rhonda), Bradley Umfress (Selena), Jerry Umfress Jr., Grandchildren- Natasha Wood (Tyler), Christopher Cummings, Amanda Barber (Jason), Tyler Umfrees (Carlee), Julie Scott (Colton), 7- Great Grandchildren, 1- Brother- Earl Umfress Jr. (Belynn) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 3- Brothers- L.D., Bob and Lewis Umfress, 1- Sister Olene Bates and a son-in-law Richard Cummings.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Cummings, Tyler Umfress, Dakota Vinson, Bailey Timmons, Ayden Vinson, Sean Gross, Tyler Wood.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Gavin Vinson and Colton Scott

Visitation will be Saturday, January 21, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

STEVE BRULPORT

RED BAY, AL – Steven Bruce Brulport, 69, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2023 at his residence.  He was born in Kenosha, WI to Harry Edward Brulport, Sr. and Patricia June Padeford Brulport.  He was a DOT inspector for WI State Patrol and a veteran of the US Navy.  He was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 21, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Cody Crum and Bro. Cody Watson officiating.  Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Brulport; two daughters, Celena Marie Carlton (Patrick) and Crystal Renee Seitz (James); grandchildren, Katherine Carlton, Kristen Kemnetz, Cheyanne Carlton, Alexis Seitz (Christian Bonilla), Nathan Carlton, Zachary Tracy and Riley Seitz; siblings, Charles Brulport, Dan Brulport, Kathy Hentz (Brian), Jon Brulport (Cindy), Joan Potts (Bob), Judy Cross and Tom Brulport (Paula); his mother-in-law, Elsie Singleton; sisters-in-law, Wanda Perkins (Bobby) and Constance Casebolt (Scott) and a host of nieces, nephews and numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harry Brulport and his father-in-law, Bobby Singleton.

Pallbearers will be James Seitz, Patrick Carlton, Larry Littel, Nathan Carlton, Zachary Tracy and Christian Bonilla.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 21, 10-12 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

LULA ABSTON

VINA, AL – Lula Darlene McKinney Abston, 87, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023 at her residence.  She was born in Vina to Thurman and Mary Gates Davidson McKinney.  She was a member of Vina First Baptist Church and a pastor’s wife for over 50 years.  She always told her family and others to make sure you know the Lord and to always be kind to others.  She worked in the banking industry for most of her life and was a member of the City Council for the Town of Vina for 16 years.

Funeral services will be Sunday, January 15, 2 p.m. at Vina First Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Daniel officiating.  Burial will be Sparks Chapel Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Kay (Allen) and Lynette James (Jerry); one son, Billy Abston; eight grandchildren, Leslie Russell (Jason), Deanna Hester (Chris), Heather Schwartz (Meyer), Jill Abston (Heath), Neesha Pierce (Josh), Emily Hagood (Jon), Katie James (Mike) and Sara Gillentine (Joe); fifteen great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Abston Lamb (Clarence) and Gaynell McKinney and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Abston; her parents; her brothers, Houston McKinney and Zollie McKinney and one great-grandson, Drake Scott.

Pallbearers will be Jerry James, Allen Kay, Chris Hester, Jason Russell, Josh Pierce, Jon Hagood, Joe Gillentine, Kyser Jackson and Coby Jackson.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 14, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL and she will lie-in-state, Sunday, January 15, 1-2 p.m. at Vina First Baptist Church.

JOY LOUISE TAYLOR

RED BAY, AL – Joy Louise Taylor, 70, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Tri-Star Northcrest Medical Center in Springfield, TN.  She was born in Waukegan, IL to Wilbert and June Jenson Bolton.  She was a member of Waukegan Adventist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 10, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Pastor Matthew Sandvik officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Vick; her son, David Taylor; her father, Wilbert Bolton; two brothers, Dale Bolton and Kenneth Bolton (Jodi); twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, June Bolton.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 10, 1-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

ROBIN EDWARDS

VINA, AL – Robin Ann Edwards, 57, passed away Friday, January 6, 2023, at her residence.  She was born in Minnesota to Harold and Anna Marie Simonsmeier.  She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Vina, AL.

Funeral services will be Sunday, January 8, 2 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Vina, AL., with Bro. Matthew Haney officiating.  Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband; Randy Edwards Sr.; two children- Eugene Edwards (Kim) and Rebecca Moore; five grandchildren- Jason Moore, Kianna Jackson, Madison Edwards, Brooklyn Edwards, Alexis Edwards; one brother, Randy Simonsmeier (Susan); her mother- Anna Marie Simonsmeier; one niece- Melanie Ashton (Lon) and one nephew, Eli Simonsmeier.

She is preceded in death by her Father- Harold Simonsmeier and a brother- Scott Simonsmeier.

Pallbearers will be Mark Wallace, Todd Burbank, D.C. Jackson.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 8, 12-2 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Vina, AL.

SHARON KUYKENDALL

RED BAY, AL – Frances Sharon Kuykendall, 55, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2023, at  Helen Keller Hospital following an accident.  Sharon was born October 31, 1967 to Woodie and Jackie Ann Hammock Kuykendall. She was a 1986 graduate of Red Bay High School where she enjoyed all sports and cheerleading, especially playing tennis in the evenings. Sharon had and raised her four surviving children with her former spouse, Kenneth A. Williams. Sharon was a outgoing friendly and happy individual who never meet a stranger. She loved the outdoors and spending time with her children, family and friends. Sharon was spiritually strong in her faith from childhood and throughout her life, believing good prevailed in everyone and never hesitated to provide a helping hand to anyone. Sharon’s career evolved from house mom to business management, then Department of Defense contracting as a Material Coordinator and finally in retail customer service. She lived in Charleston, SC area for more than 16 years before moving home to Red Bay in 2022. Sharon will be remembered most for her laughter and kind heart, she will forever be missed, until we meet again.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 6, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Roger Martin officiating.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her son- Koty Alan Williams, 3- Daughters- Kacie Ann Williams Baker, Kayla Brooke Williams and Kelsey Leigh Williams, 3- Grandchildren- Tate Colton Baker, Colt Hoover Baker, Everleigh Drew Wallace, 2- Brothers- Woodie Craig Kuykendall and Ronald Kevin Kuykendall (Connie), 2- Sisters- Freida Karen Kuykendall and Rhonda Fancher, 2- Aunts- Barbara Hammock Black and Nellie Jean Kuykendall Strickland.

She is preceded in death by her parents, step mother-Reba Cranford Fancher Kuykendall, grandparents- Jack and Grace Grissom Hammock and Hillwright and Iona Hellums Kuykendall, her uncles- Norris Lee Hammock and Hillard Ray Hammock..

Pallbearers will be Koty A. Williams, Ronald K. Kuykendall, Brent Bolding, Allic A. Wallace, Tyler Williams, Michael Williams.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 5, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. and Friday, January 6, from 10-11 a.m. all at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers family ask for donations to be made to Deaton Funeral Home. The family would like to thank everyone for all the kind words and support through this hard time.

ROY HESTER

VINA, AL – Roy Lee Hester, 86, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at  Helen Keller Hospital.  He was born in Alabama to James Aubrie and Flora Woodham Hester.  He rebuilt and sold batteries for 50 years.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 6, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Steve Lindsay and Bro. David Corum officiating.  Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by 4- Children- David Hester (Liz), Regina Pardue, Cindy Robbins (Toby), Tonya Horan (Robert), 5- Grandchildren- Aaron Hester, Adam Hester, Sammy Pardue, R.J. Horan, Tyler Robbins, 6- Great-Grandchildren, 1- Brother- Curtis Hester (Hazel).

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife- Mary Helen Jones Hester and a granddaughter- Amy Hester.

Pallbearers will be Adam Hester, Dylan Hester, Noah Hester, Ty Hester, Sammy Pardue.

Visitation will be Friday, January 6, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

NADEAN GINN

RED BAY, AL - Joyce Nadean Ginn, 80, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2022 at the Red Bay Hospital.  She was born in Golden, MS to Jewel and Rossie Bell Carden Whitehead.  She was retired as a custodian from Red Bay School.  She was a member of Patterson Chapel Church of God.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 4, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Walter Sparks officiating.  Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Doyle Ginn; one son, Chris Ginn (Renea); two daughters, Connie Holt (Gary) and Joyce Adair; three granddaughters, Ashley Day (Errin), Amber Hardin (Colt) and Alisha Miller (Kevin); three great-grandchildren, Avery and Ellie Day and Asher Hardin; two brothers, Lonnie Ray Whitehead (Frances) and William Lee Whitehead; one sister, Janet Ledlow; two step-granddaughters, Tiffany and Brooklyn Holt; two step-grandsons, River and Maddox and a host of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Jewel Whitehead; mother, Rossie Bell Whitehead; three brothers, Leroy Whitehead and his wife Sarah, David Paul Whitehead and Mike Royce Whitehead; one sister, Ann Credille and one son-in-law, Tommy Adair, brother-in law- Bobby Ledlow, sister-in-law- Gloria Whitehead, and a nephew- Ricky Poores.

Pallbearers will be Errin Day, Colt Hardin, Kevin Miller, Frankie Whitehead, Andy Deaton, Daniel Credille and Billy Boyd.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 3, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DOUGLAS SIDES

GOLDEN, MS – Douglas Homer Junior Sides, 68, died Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at NMMC.  He was born in Red Bay, AL to Homer Eustus and Jewel Bernice Grimes Sides.  He worked as a supervisor at Gates Manufacturing and attended New Mt. Carmel Church of God of Prophecy.

Graveside services will be Thursday, December 29, 1 p.m. at Bounds Cemetery with Bro. Terry Parrish officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one sister, Frances Whitehead (Lonnie) of Red Bay; one brother, David Sides (Christie) of Red Bay; special friend, Amanda Patterson of Golden; one uncle, Boyd Grimes (Mary) of Golden; one niece, Ginger Cole (Ben); three nephews, Andy Deaton (Liz), Donnie Sides and Brent Sides (Jessica) and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a host of aunts and uncles.

Pallbearers will be David Sides, Donnie Sides, Robbie, Steve Grimes and Tom Grimes.

BENNY VASALLO

BELMONT, MS – Benny Sebastian Vasallo, 66, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2022 at his residence.  He was born in Cuba to Vincent Vasallo and Orquiedo Ferreira and grew up in West Palm Beach, FL.  He moved to Belmont in 1993 with his family.

Funeral services will be Friday, December 30, 2 p.m. with Bro. Danny Young officiating at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL.  Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Vasallo; step-daughter, Gela Daughtery; step-son, Danny Daughtry; grandchildren, Zach Hall, Brianna Hall, Lapraisa Smith, Jasmine Morris, Neisha Luster, Elijah Luster, Trey Daughtrey and Aaron Daughtrey; great-grandchildren, Karson Termini, Braxton Fly, Brayden Fly, Branson Fly, Aubrey Fly, Cree Bonman, Nova Morris and Bentley Luster; his brother, Jerry Vasallo and his ex-wife, Wanda Vasallo.

Pallbearers will be Jody Hall, Zach Hall, Brandon Termini, Danny Ewing, Dion Luster and Jerry Vasallo.

Visitation will be Friday, December 30, 11-2 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

THOMAS ‘VIC’ JACKSON

GOLDEN, MS – Thomas Victor “Vic” Jackson, 80, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2022 at his residence.  He was born in Itawamba County, MS to Clyde U. and Blondia Gertrude McKinney Jackson.  He was a cattle and hay farmer for 55 years and he loved to fish and hunt.  He was a veteran of the US Army.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 2 , 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bobby Fowler and Bro. Jackie Hastings officiating.  Burial will be in Liberty Grove Cemetery, Tremont, MS.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his daughter, Vicki Enis (Tony); granddaughter, Emily Enis; sisters, Mary Helen Wilson and Barbara Pounders and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Ruth Jackson; his parents; one brother, Jackie Jackson and two brothers-in-law, Ross Wilson and Claude Pounders.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Wilson, Kenneth Enis, Tony Blaylock and Joel Crawley.

Visitation will be Monday, January 2, 10-1 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

EVANELL GARRISON

GOLDEN, MS. – Bomer Evanell Garrison, 81, passed away Friday, December 23, 2022 at her daughters residence.  She was born in Itawamba County Mississippi to Govner and Era White Moxley.  She was a homemaker and writer. Mrs. Garrison was a member of Banner Church of God of Prophecy.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, December  27, 2022, at 3:30 PM at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel Red Bay, AL. with Bro. Patrick Sutton, Bro. Edwin Pharr and Bro. Billy West officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home Red Bay, AL is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her Children- Michael Garrison (Janet), Melissa Garrison Ray (Donald Gene), Patrick Garrison (Patricia), Cindy Garrison, Shannon Garrison (Amanda), Granchildren- Heather Shaneyfelt (Cody), Amanda Finley (Micah), Jordan Garrison (Karen), Brianna Loden (Tyler), Hailey Garrison, Ethan Ray (Shelby), Andrew Ray, Devon Williams, Tyler Williams, Chase Williams, Great Grandchildren- Bryson Shaneyfelt, Olivia Finley, Oliver Finley, Harper Kimbrough. 2- Sisters- Azelle Kelton (Murl), Lenneth Pounders.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her Husband- Charles Ray Garrison, daughter- Patricia Gail Garrison, granddaughter- Carissa Dawn Garrison, 2- Brothers- Royce Colin Moxley and Manard Moxley, 2- Sisters- Lennetta Jackson and Elizabeth Renfroe.

Pallbearers will be Grandsons- Jordan Garrison, Ethan Ray, Andrew Ray, Devon Williams, Tyler Williams, Chase Williams, Grandsons-in-law- Cody Shaneyfelt, Micah Finley, Tyler Loden.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 27, 2022, from 1:30- 3:30 PM at Deaton Funeral Home Red Bay, Al.

CAROLYN LINDLEY

VINA, AL – Mary Carolyn Strickland Lindley, 80, entered her eternal home in heaven on Thursday, December 22, 2022.  She was born on September 19, 1942 in the Halltown Community, the second child of Morris and Mary Strickland.  Carolyn and Charles were married in 1959 and were blessed with two daughters, Cynthia Marie and Renee Jane when they lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  They moved to Zion, Illinois in 1964.  Carolyn worked at Abbott Laboratories as a microbiology technician.  She loved to study bacteria as it taught her how awesome God is.  They moved to Halltown in 1979 and were blessed to welcome new members to their family.  She counted it a blessing to be the caregiver for her mother-in-law, Henrietta Lindley and her parents.  She was a member of New Union Baptist Church.  She felt it was a great blessing, honor and privilege to teach a Sunday School class of wonderful young adults for several years.

Carolyn loved to travel and see the wonders God created throughout the world.  She felt most blessed to travel to the Holy Land and stand on the Mount of Olives.  She instilled her love of travel in her children and grandchildren and helped provide numerous opportunities for them to travel.  She always said to enjoy each day and thank God for his blessings.  Some of her favorite bible verses were Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto me, an be ye saved all the ends of the earth for I am God and there is none else” and John 1:1, 14, “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God, and the word was God.  The word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth.”

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 27, 11-1 at New Union Missionary Baptist Church.  The Celebration of Life service will immediately follow at 1:00 with Bro. Tim Apt and family officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Charles Lindley; daughters, Cyndi (Terry) James and Renee (Danny Shewbart) Francis; 5 grandchildren, Amy Bolding, Todd (Kendra) James, Karen (Bo) Taff, Kayla (Ross) Terry, and Anna (Ryan) Barksdale; 12 great-grandchildren, Brady and Bree Bolding, Kade, Kylee, and Khloe James, Alivia and Aiden Taff, Katelyn and Kollins Terry, and Rylan, Reed, and Rowan Barksdale; a sister, Nancy Hicks and a brother, Sam (Pauline) Strickland.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, sister Joyce Elaine, grandson-in-law Brad Bolding, and niece Susan Hicks.

Pallbearers will be Todd James, Bo Taff, Ross Terry, Ryan Barksdale, Kade James, Brady Bolding, Joel Bolding, and Gerald Collum.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Gideon’s International or New Union Missionary Baptist Church.

The family would like to especially thank Dr. Raynard Fabianke and the staff at Red Bay Hospital for the care they provided.

ROSE THOMAS STRACHAN

RED BAY, AL – Ina Rose Thomas Strachan, 87, passed away Monday, December 19, 2022 at her son’s residence.  She was born in Red Bay, AL to Cliff and Opal Thornton Thomas.  She worked as a waitress for 50 years.

There will be no public funeral service.  Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

She is survived by her son, Marvin Carlton (Celia); two sisters, Brenda Elliott (Jack) and Corese Pardue; grandchildren, Michael Timms, Mark Carlton and Kimberly English; great-grandchildren, Skylar and Evan Timms, Sophia Hollander, Mackinzie English and Kaylen Timms and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Mike Timms; daughter, Kathy English; grandson, Marvin Carlton, II; sisters, Bernice Puckett and Maxine Long and brothers, W.C. Thomas and Floyd Thomas.

ERNESTINE PARRISH

RED BAY, AL – Ernestine Parrish, 88, died Saturday, December 17, 2022 at Huntsville Hospital.  She was born in Atwood, AL to Earshel and Emma Herring Childers.  She worked at Lance Garment for many years and was a member of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 20, 1:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Steve Lindsay officiating.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one son, David Parrish (Rita); two daughters, Sandra Parrish and Beth Parrish; grandchildren, Joshua Parrish, Jason Mitchell (Keitha), Jonathan Pharr (Lacey) and Chase Pharr (Baylee) and great-grandchildren, Lydia Pharr, Cutler Pharr, Turner Pharr and Emery Pharr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gillie Parrish; her parents; her son, Greg Parrish; her grandson, Zachary Parrish; daughter-in-law, Susan Parrish and one brother, Arnold Childers.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 20, 11-1 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

NELLIE MARIE HOLLAND

VINA, AL – Nellie Marie Holland, 83, passed away Friday, December 16, 2022 at Generations of Red Bay.  She was born in Vina, AL to Vess and Dora Bell Jackson Humphres.  She farmed for many years and was a homemaker.  She was a member of Good Springs Free Will Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Sunday, December 18, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerry Humpries and Bro. J.C. Blackburn officiating.  Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children, June Holland (Linda), Gail Parrish (Terry) and Rita Cochran (Pat); grandchildren, Jennifer Fuller, Brandon Parrish (Brittany), Elisha Coons (Ryan), Patrick Cochran, Andria Alexander (Cory) and Tim Deaton (Karen); great-grandchildren, Abigail Fuller, Kara Fuller, Remie Kate Alexander, Blaire Marie Alexander, Destiny Deaton, Ashlyn Deaton and Tripp Price; her siblings, Herbert Humpres, Jerry Humphres, Lloyd Humphres and Vernesse Holland and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Holland; her parents; her son, Michael Holland; one brother, Marvin Humphres and one sister Oneda Parrish.

Pallbearers will be Paul Humphres, Jason Humphres, Kenny Holland, Royce Miller, Ryan Coons and Cory Alexander.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 18, 12-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

GERALD KINARD

VINA, AL – William Gerald Kinard, 71, passed away Monday, December 12, 2022 at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, AL.  He was born in Phil Campbell, AL to Charlie and Athel Newell Kinard.  He was a member of Vina First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Thursday, December 15, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Mark Daniel and Bro. John McCullar officiating.  Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothea Kinard; two children, William Kinard and Melissa Mohr; three grandchildren, Jeremy Mohr, Denver Mohr and Harley Kinard; two step-grandchildren, Whitney Carr (Jon) and Kimberly Bridges (Michael); two brothers, Louis Kinard and Charles Kinard (Brenda) and one sister, Barbara Gravitt; five great-grandchildren, Leah Humphries, Justin Sheffield, Waylon Carr, Donald Carr and Kash Carr.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ruth Rameriz and Dorothy Kinard and step-daughter, Melissa Humphries.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Mohr, Denver Mohr, Jon Carr, Harley Kinard, Michael Moomaw and Bryan Moomaw.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 15, 11-1 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

GRACIE DAVIS

RED BAY, AL – Gracie Davis, 18, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at North Alabama Medical Center, Florence, Al.. She was born in Alabama to Mitch and Marie Davis. Gracie was a high school graduate of Red Bay High School Class of 2022.  She was in the Red Bay marching band for 5 years in those 5 years she was the drum major for 4 years and played the flute for 1 year.  She was a proud member of the First United Methodist Church of Red Bay, AL.  She was also a proud employee of Big Star in Red Bay, AL where she worked for 2 years.  She loved to draw and could draw anything she saw.  Gracie’s smile could light up a dark room and make a rainy day look bright.  Her story has touched so many around the world.  We have been praying for healing and a complete recovery and God has answered our prayers.

Celebration of Life will be Sunday, December 11, 2 p.m. at Red Bay High School Gym, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Dallas Culver and Bro. Mitch Nethery officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her parents, Mitch and Marie Davis; two sisters Jade Fabian (Melquedes) and Kelsey Davis; grandparents, Cynthia Ezzell (Donnie), Archie Scott, and Chuck Ray; her uncles Drew and Bart Davis; her aunts Kelli Thrasher (Brendon) and Kerry Williams and a host of other aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Brenda Scott, Danny Davis, Mary and Virgil Oleham and Bettye Ray and an uncle, Weasly Williams.

Pallbearers will be Conner McNeil, B.P. Blair, Mason Bates, Dylan Thrasher, Brycen Thrasher and Brandon Kirk. Honorary Pallbearers will be Frank Risques, Griffin Klose, Donnie Hastings, Jeremy West, Mitch Nethery and Jonathan Hill.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 6 PM until 9 PM at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

She will lie-in-state from 10 am – 2pm Sunday, December 11, 2022, at Red Bay High School Gym.

In lieu of flowers family ask for donations to be made to Red Bay High School Band or First United Methodist Church Youth Group, Red Bay, AL.

The family wants to give thanks to the community of Red Bay and surrounding communities for their continued prayers and support. A special thanks to all the medical staff that has cared for Gracie including St. Vincent Hospital of Hot Springs, AR., North Alabama Medical Center of Florence, AL., Mitchell Hollingsworth of Florence, AL, also to Frank Risques and the rest of the first responders that responded to the scene.  We also want to thank Frank and his family for welcoming in our family while we were in Arkansas.

SHERRY GEORGE

RED BAY, AL – Sherry Lynn George, 76, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2022 at her residence.  She was born in Mississippi to Luther and Madilyn Hunt Barrett. She was a supervisor at Golden Manufacturing where she worked for more than 20 years.

Funeral Services will be Sunday, December 11, 2022,  2 pm at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL.

She is survived by two grandsons- Matthew Cole (Renee) and Brandon Cole (Bayleigh), seven great grandchildren- Bentley, Vaeda, Brenleigh, Madilyn, Chloe, Maddie and Sawyer.

She was preceded in death by her Husband- Joe George, daughter- Susan Cole, parents and a sister Patricia James.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Cole, Matthew Cole, Greg Miller, Adam Ozbirn, Cody Wilkinson and Junior George.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 11, 2022, from 11 am until 2 pm at Deaton Funeral Home Red Bay, AL.

RUBY McKINNEY GARRISON

RED BAY, AL – Ruby McKinney Garrison, 88, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2022 at Southern Magnolia, Golden, MS. She was born in Belgreen, AL to Andy and Eva Hammock McKinney. She was a member of Cornerstone Church of God in Red Bay, AL. She worked in garment manufacturing for more than 10 years.

Funeral services will be Sunday, December 4, 3 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God, Red Bay, AL with Dr. Rick Bradley and Bro. Michael Baker officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her sister- Opal Garrison, Special Niece- Charlotte Townsend (Tommy) and their family Crystal Edmondson (Cody), Kevin Townsend, Claudia Tucker (Cody), Ridley Tucker, a host of other Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Demp Garrison, infant daughter Brenda Gail Garrison, Brothers- J.C. McKinney and Fred McKinney, Sisters- Demple Estes, Maxine Garrison and Kathleen Williams

Pallbearers will be Frank Garrison, Tom Estes, Glenn Garrison, Kevin Townsend, Cody Tucker, Cody Edmondson, Tyler Morrow, Austin Morrow.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 4, 2022, from 1 PM until 3 PM at Cornerstone Church of God, Red Bay, AL

JAN HARDIN

NORTHPORT, AL – Janice “Jan” Northcutt Hardin, 72 passed away Sunday, November 27, 2022 at her residence.  She was born in Belmont, MS to James Ervin and Wyma Joyce Burton Northcutt.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Private graveside services will be held at Old Bethel Cemetery with Bro. Steve Kennedy officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters, Amy Hardin and April Lamon (Kenneth); a granddaughter, Ashton Cochran and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hardin; her parents; her sister, Cathy Alexander and her brother, Mack Northcutt.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jan’s memory to www.alivingtribute.org.

JAMES C. STOCKTON

FULTON, MS – James Curtis Stockton, 78, formerly of Red Bay, AL passed away peacefully on November 26, 2022, after an extended illness.  The youngest son of William Curtis and Estee Pearson Stockton, he was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Marshall Stockton, Titus Stockton and Rabon Stockton and his sisters, Lydia Clark and Pauline Sutton.  He was a veteran of the US Army Reserve.

Funeral services will be Saturday, December 3, at 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Phillip Box officiating.  Interment will be in the Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Peggy Loden Stockton; son Dr. Tim Trulove (Bonnie); daughter, Angella Trulove Carlisle (Ben); his grandchildren, Loden Brock Trulove, Sarah Grace Trulove, John Timothy Trulove, James Edwin Carlisle and Troy Benjamin Carlisle; his nephews and nieces and extended family and friends.

Pallbearers will be his nephews, Mike Stockton, Tim Stockton, Mark Stockton, Terry Stockton, Philden Stockton and his grandsons, Brock Trulove, John Timothy Trulove, James Carlisle and Troy Carlisle.  Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Ledbetter and Don Loden.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 3, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice, 5159 West Main St. Tupelo, MS 38801 or the American Cancer Society.

RUTH JACKSON

GOLDEN, MS – Ruth C. Jackson, 75, passed away Sunday, November 27 at North Alabama Medical Center.  She was born in Zion, IL to Willie and Neppie Wilson Cummings.  She was a cosmetologist for over 50 years and had worked at Generations of Red Bay for 5 years.  She attended First Baptist Church in Red Bay, AL.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 30, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bobby Fowler and Bro. Jackie Hastings officiating.  Burial will be in Liberty Grove Cemetery, Tremont, MS.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Thomas “Vic” Jackson; her daughter, Vicki Enis (Tony); her granddaughter, Emily Enis; sisters-in-law, Mary Helen Wilson and Barbara Pounders and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law, Clyde and Blondia Jackson and three brothers-in-law, Jackie Jackson, Claude Pounders and Ross Wilson.

Pallbearers will be John Pounders, Scott Pounders, Eddie Wilson and Noel Kennedy.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 29, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JERRY GOBER

VINA, AL – Jerry Oneal Gober, 75, died Friday, November 25, 2022 at North Alabama Medical Center.  He was born in Franklin County, AL to Charles Edgar and Ardie Dell Coats Gober.  He was a truck driver for many years and was a member of the Franklin County Cowboy Church.  He was a Vietnam War veteran and served his country well.

Funeral services will be Monday, November 28, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bob Woods officiating.  Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his son Jeff Gober; grandchildren, Justin Gober (Savannah), Kammie Peters, Makenna Gober and Morgan Gober; great-grandchildren, Ry’leigh Gober, Carly Peters, Deanna Peters, Shaily Warren and Brailey Warren; his sister, Charlene Oliver and a host of nieces and nephews that loved him very much.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Tamara Gober; brothers, Ethridge Gober, Clither Gober, Heck Gober, Ed Gober and J.C. Gober and one sister, Shirley Petree.

Pallbearers will be Tim Oliver, Alex Ewing, Cody Scott and Justin Gober.  Honorary pallbearers will be Allan Oliver and Tony Collum.

Visitation will be Monday, November 28, 10-12 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

The family offers special thanks to Sheffield VA Clinic for all your care throughout the years and Nurse Nicole, his telehealth nurse for showing your love and compassion for so many years.

OMER THRASHER

RED BAY, AL – Mr. Omer Thrasher went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, November 22, 2022. Born Omer Timothy Thrasher in March 1932 in Belmont, MS, he was proceeded in death by his spouse of 64 years, Jackie Thrasher; Son, David Thrasher; Parents, Cim and Leora Thrasher and eight siblings.

Survivors include Daughter, Deborah Thrasher Miller, Son, Jason Thrasher; Grandchildren, Chase & Jenni Miller, Katti & Jonathon Lindley; Great Grandchildren, Tate Miller, Knox Miller, Hayes Lindley and Rush Lindley; Sister, Ruth Griffus; Caregivers, Carol Murray, Amy Davis and Brandy Franks.

Mr. Thrasher was married for 64 years and lived in Red Bay, Alabama where he owned and operated a garage for 40 years, farmed and raised cattle, raised hound dogs and enjoyed the farm life with Ms. Jackie. He was a member of Bethel Church of God and a veteran of the US Navy.  Prior to death Mr. Thrasher was provided exceptional care by Carol Murray, Amy Davis, Brandy Franks and Southern Care New Beacon.

Home going Services will be held Sunday, November 27, 2022, at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, AL. Visitation will be from 1-2 PM, followed by the service at 2 PM. Dr. Nathan Carroll will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, MS with Deaton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Pall Bearers will be Chase Miller, Jonathon Lindley, David Miller, Donald Thrasher, Jerry Thrasher and Kerry Thrasher.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in memory of Mr. Omer Thrasher to First Baptist Church Haleyville at www.fbchaleyville.org online giving or at 1103 21st. St, Haleyville, AL 35565. Please notate in memory of Omer Thrasher in the notes section.

SHELLEY FISHER

RED BAY, AL – Shelley Columbo Fisher, 72 passed away Friday, November 25, 2022 at her residence.  She was born in Conway, SC to Henry George Columbo, Sr. and Ruby Shelley Columbo.  She had worked at Lance Garment.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 30, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. David Kelley officiating.  Burial will be in Single Springs Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children, Nicole McKinney (Joel), Shilo Pardue and Richard Fisher (Amber); fourteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one brother, Russ Columbo (Beverly).

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Sherry Fisher; three brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers will be Eric Roberts, Sterling Williams, Jamie Colburn, John Spencer and Chad Timbs.  Honorary pallbearers will be Josh McKinney, Tyler Pardue, Landon Fisher, Carson Fisher and Joel McKinney.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 29, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

ROBERT BRUCE MARCELLO

VINA, AL – Robert Bruce Marcello, 74, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at his residence.  He was born in Tuscumbia, AL to Robert “Bob” and Sybil Sewell Marcello.  He had worked at Publix for many years and was a veteran of the US Navy.  He was a member of Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Sunday, November 27, 2 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating.  Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife Diana Marcello; two sons, Jason Marcello (Stephanie) and Justin Marcello; his daughter, Heather Marcello; grandchildren, Anna Marcello, Layla Marcello and Jason Marcello, Jr.; sister, Karen Rachal (Steve); his brother, Pete Marcello (Patty); nieces, Courtney Bellot and Brittney Day and his sister-in-law, Renee Harris.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents, Grady and Agnes Sewell.

Pallbearers will be Donald Gober, Richard Townsend, Dale Hester, Gary Williams, Carl Lewey and Tommy Townsend.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 27, 12-2 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.

MARY JOYCE BULLEN CAMPBELL

RED BAY, AL – Mary Joyce Bullen Campbell, 90, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2022 at Tishomingo Manor, Iuka, MS. She was born in Red Bay, AL to John C. Bullen, Sr. and Helen Pilley Bullen and was retired from Citizens Bank, Red Bay, AL. She was a member of Red Bay First United Methodist Church.

Memorial services will be Saturday, December 3, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Dallas Culver officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sons – Monty Wallace (Jan) and Daniel Wallace (Tiffany); three grandchildren – Gracie Sweeney, Jason Wallace (Melissa) and Courtney Baugher (Chad); six great-grandchildren – Camden, Cole and Callie Wallace and Jack, Collins and Brooks Fuller; one nephew – Phil Bullen (Sondra); one great-niece – Carmen; two great-nephews– Adam and Mark and two step-children – Ken Coward (Lori) and David Coward.

She was preceded in death by a son, John Wallace, her parents, a brother, John C. Bullen, Jr. and a niece, Monica Isbell.

MICHAEL EMERSON

RED BAY, AL – Michael John Emerson, 48, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2022 at the Red Bay Hospital.  He was born in Red Bay to Billy Ray and Mary Brewer Emerson.  He had worked at Tiffin Motor Homes.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 22, 5-8 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

He is survived by two sons, Jacob Pruitt and Austin Emerson; two sisters, Tammy Emerson and Teresa Watson (Steven); one brother, Tony Emerson (Tonya); niece, Courtney Emerson (Tyler); nephews, Cody Watson (Ashley), Hunter Emerson, Dalton Emerson and Jon Emerson (Tara); great-niece and great-nephew, Braxton and Everleigh Watson and Blaze Warren and special friends, Murray and Renee Rogers and Megan Clements.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Henderson and Dovie Emerson and John and Virda Brewer.

ORVILLE LEO PENDERGRAPH

RED BAY, AL – Orville Leo Pendergraph, 78, died Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Red Bay, AL to Thomas and Ethel Mauldin Pendergraph. He was retired as a truck driver.

Graveside services will be Friday, November 11, 11 a.m. at Pilot Hill Cemetery, Vina, AL with Bro. Steve Lindsay officiating. Burial will be in Pilot Hill Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Angela Pendergraph; four children – Andrew Pendergraph, Doug Pendergraph, Chris Pendergraph and Cindy Moore; several grandchildren; one sister – Inez Sell and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and five brothers.

ONETA JACKSON

PLANO, IL -  Doskie Oneta “Jackie” Jackson, 86, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Pearl of Orchard Valley in Aurora, Il. She was born February 4, 1936 in Red Bay, AL, the daughter of Thomas and Beadie Rollins Humphries. Doskie married John Jackson on October 2, 1954 in Mississippi. She was an LPN after working at several hospitals, retiring from Medical Center East in Birmingham, AL. After retiring, Doskie and her husband, John moved to Jacksonville, FL where they spent multiple years. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday, November 19, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband-John Jackson; two sons - Johnny Jackson (Martha) of Middleburg, FL and Matthew Jackson (Jennifer) of Plano, IL; 14 grandchildren, 29 great- grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers - William (Nan), Lee, and Laymon (Barbara) Humphries and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her children, Angie Medernach, Pasty Meszaros and Tommy Jackson; grandchildren, Victoria and Jennifer Medernach; one sister, Dorothy Stogner and one brother, Waymon Humphries.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 19, 9-11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

LORE THORN

LAGRANGE, OH – Lore Thorn, 97, formerly of Red Bay, AL died Wednesday, November 2, 2022 in Ohio. She was born in Delta, AL to Ross and Flossie East Vinson and was a homemaker. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Thursday, November 10, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Site Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter – Irene Scherer (Bill); six grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law – Helen Vinson; brother-in-law – Floyd Thorn; daughter-in-law – Carolen Thorn and son-in-law – Jerry Rice.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth O. Thorn; a son, Manuel L. Thorn; two daughters, Inez Rice and Mary Ann Thorn; a granddaughter – Michelle Groot and two grandsons – Jerry Junior Rice and Terry Thorn.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 9, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a local food pantry, Alzheimer’s Association @ alz.org or Pleasant Site Cemetery Fund, c/o Dale Hester, 20697 Highway 23, Red Bay, AL 35582.

WILLIAM KEITH CREEKMORE

RED BAY, AL – William Keith Creekmore, 65, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2022 at his daughter’s residence.  He was born in Franklin County, AL to Raymond Aaron and Edith Marie Gilliland Creekmore.  He had worked at Gates and Tiffin Motor Homes and attended First Baptist Church in Red Bay.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 1, 12 noon at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his daughter, Madison Creekmore (Cory); grandson, Branighan Tate; his brother-in-law, Robert Newell; nephew, Jerrod Newell and niece Emily Davis and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kay Newell.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 1, 11-12 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

WILBA MILLER

TREMONT, MS – Wilba Jean Miller, 63, passed away Friday, October 28, 2022 at NMMC.  She was born in Tennessee to Freeman and Faye Massey Byrd.  She had worked at Golden Manufacturing.

Funeral services will be Monday, October 31, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL.  Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her special friend, Randy Roberson; three children, Lisa Miller Chandler (Nathan), Dustin Miller (Krissi) and Mikala Miller (Jordon Pruett); three grandchildren, Drew Chandler, Jason Baggett and Kaylen Parker and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and three sisters.

Visitation will be Monday, October 31, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

V.L. “SHORTY” MAULDIN

TREMONT, MS – V.L. “Shorty” Mauldin, 88, died Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. He was born in Tremont, MS to Artist and Nanaley Ballard Mauldin. He had worked at Johns Manville for thirty-three years and served in the U.S. Navy.

Services will be Sunday, October 30, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL. Burial will be in Burgess Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three children – Bob Mauldin, Mike Mauldin (Darbie) and Brenda Hamm; eight grandchildren – Cassie, Andrea, Tiffany, Shane, Codey, Brandon, Casey and Haylee and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three grandchildren, Scottie, Ryan and Corey.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 30, 12-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

TERESA JANE OZBIRN

GOLDEN, MS – Teresa Jane Ozbirn, 72, died Friday, October 21, 2022 at St. Thomas Mid-Town, Nashville, TN. She was born in Red Bay, AL to Vernon Leo and Doris Jane Payne Brown and had worked as a seamstress.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2 p.m. at Ridge Cemetery with Pastor Anthony Seger officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-four years – Johnnie Mac Ozbirn; two daughters – Traci Seger (Anthony) and Niki Rogers; three grandchildren – Alex Scott (Haellie), Levi Rogers and Aaron Rogers; one great-granddaughter – Kinsleigh Scott; one sister – Kathy Hudson; sister-in-law – Pam Brown and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Stephen Brown.

VERA MAE HOLCOMB

GOLDEN, MS – Vera Mae Holcomb, 85, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Generations of Red Bay. She was born in Itawamba County, MS to William Henry and Glader Mae Johnson Mills.  She was retired from Golden Manufacturing and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Monday, October 24, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Dean Warren and Bro. Tony Darracott officiating.  Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two children, Kenny Holcomb (Judy) and Lisa Holcomb; eight grandchildren, Trista Eaton (Dustin), Dustin Harris (Maegan), Shawn Prestage (Leanna), Melanie Lambert (Seth), Lee Greenhaw (Addy), Megan Dill, Alyssa Dill and Tim Henderson; seventeen great-grandchildren; a host of great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Debbie Mills and a son-in-law-Mel Greenhaw.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gaither Holcomb; her parents; one daughter, Teresa Greenhall; two granddaughters, Kristal Shue and Kaci Henderson and her brother, Paul Mills.

Pallbearers will be Dustin Harris, Dustin Eaton, Christian Eaton, Shawn Prestage, Deaton Prestage, Caden Prestage, Lee Greehhaw, Seth Lambert, Kodi Sheffield, Nate Henderson and Tim Henderson.

Visitation will be Monday, October 24, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DORIS JEAN LINDSEY

VINA, AL - Doris Jean Lindsey, 75, died Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Florence, AL. She was born in Alabama to Gene Weatherford and Murl Hargett Berry and was a homemaker.

Services will be Saturday, October 22, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Buford Parker officiating. Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband - Bill Lindsey; two children – Michael Lindsey (Teresa) and Randle Lindsey; one grandson – Andrew Lindsey and one brother – Jimmy Berry (Ella).

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Debbie Smith.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Bearden, Jeff Helvey and David Baldwin.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 22, 11-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

MARTHA JANE SMITH BEASLEY

RED BAY, AL – Martha Jane Smith Beasley, 72, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born in Russellville, AL to Kyle and Jetta Pearl Murray Smith. She was retired as a teacher at Red Bay Elementary School after thirty-two years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

There will be private graveside services with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with Dallas Culver officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-one years – Thomas Beasley; two children – Sabrina Fancher and Jennifer Millwood (James); four grandchildren – William Millwood, John Mark Fancher, Peyton Millwood and Tyler Millwood; one sister – Katherine Forsythe (Greg); an aunt – Azilee Page and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son-in-law, Mark Fancher.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.st.jude.org.

NANCY UNDERWOOD McCALPIN

RED BAY, AL – Nancy Underwood McCalpin, 70, passed away Monday, October 10, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Atlanta, GA and was a retired registered nurse. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Thursday, October 13, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerry Ginn officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two children – Camille Sampino and Chad Hughes (Mike); her father – Eucellis Underwood; two brothers – Phillip Underwood (Shelia) and Donald Underwood; one sister – Mary Underwood; one nephew – Darrell Underwood (Becky) and one niece – Jennifer Lane (Jonathon).

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Paul Wesley Hughes; her mother, Sarah Ann Underwood; grandparents, Harvey McKinney, Lela Strickland McKinney, Lois Underwood and Ethel Underwood, her first husband, Paul Hughes and a sister-in-law, Tammy Underwood.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 13, 11-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

KYLE LEE PATTERSON

VINA, AL – Kyle Lee Patterson, 27, died Sunday, October 9, 2022 in Franklin County, AL. He was born in New Albany, MS and worked at Tiffin Motor Homes. He was the perfect son and loved being outdoors, fishing and hunting.

Burial will be in Mynot Cemetery, Cherokee, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Kaloni Patterson; three children – Branson, Braizley and Blakiely; his parents, Scotty and Brinda Patterson; one sister – Chandra McCoy (Chris); two nieces – Isla and Leary McCoy and his grandmother – Juanita Shackleford.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leroy and Patricia Patterson.

SHARON WEST

RED BAY, AL – Sharon Kay Hastings West, 74, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Generations of Red Bay.  She was born in Alabama to William and Florence Bragg Hastings.  She had worked as a secretary for 15 years.  She was a Christian and loved to read.

Graveside services will be Monday, October 10, 5 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL with Bro. David Kelley officiating.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter- Tina Payne (Matthew); grandson- Andrew Payne; granddaughter- Cassandra Davis (Austin); great- grandchildren- Lucas Payne, Avary Davis, Clark Payne and Abigail Davis;  three sisters- Sue Smith, Bettie Thompson and Peggy Miller; three brothers- Jackie Hastings, Jerry Hastings and Jimmy Hastings and lots of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister- Jeanette Graham; brother- Ron Hastings; nephew- Alan Graham and a niece Patricia Graham.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Payne, Austin Davis, Patrick Hastings, Nash Humphres, Dustin Hastings and Matthew Hastings.

RAYMOND OSCAR HAMM

RED BAY, AL – Raymond Oscar Hamm, 91, passed away Friday, October 7, 2022 at his residence.  He was born in Alabama to Purvie and Audie Blanton Hamm.  He  worked at Sunshine Mills for 40 years.  He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 11, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating.  Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by five grandsons - Steven Hall, Rob Hall (Misty), Jared Hamm (Crystal), Jason Hamm and Joel Hamm; four great-grandchildren and a host of great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Willodean Hamm; his parents; son, Frank Hamm and daughter, Peggy Chaffin.

His grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 11, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

MICHAEL RAY McDOWELL

GOLDEN, MS – Michael Ray McDowell, 62, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at North Al. Medical Center, Florence, AL. He was born in Birmingham, AL and worked at Tiffin Motor Homes for twenty-seven years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Sunday, October 9, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with David Corum officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of forty-three years – Maylene McDowell; two sons – Billy Michael McDowell (Lauren Lydic) and Brandon Ray McDowell (Morgan Edgil); four grandchildren – Isabella McDowell, Liam McDowell, Akeria McDowell and Jaxon McDowell; his mother – Barbara Jean McDowell; two sisters – Linda Anderson and Lisa Moses; one brother – Larry McDowell and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Ray McDowell.

Pallbearers will be Billy McDowell, Brandon McDowell, Donald Lydic, Daniel Peck, Brad James and Larry McDowell.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 9, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DARYL GOBER

RED BAY, AL – Daryl Brent Gober, 50, passed away Friday, September 30, 2022 at RMC Stringfellow Hospital in Anniston, AL.  He was born in Florence, AL to Donald and Dorothy Shewbart Gober.  He worked as a purchasing agent and was a member of Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Monday, October 3, 2 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating.  Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his parents, Donald and Dorothy Gober; sister, Dorinda Edwards (Kenneth); brother, Derek Gober (Bethany); two nieces, Makenzie Edwards and Bailey Ann Gober; two nephews, Miles Edwards and Davis Gober; his grandmother, Willodean Shewbart and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lelion Shewbart and J.C. and Tiny Gober.

Pallbearers will be Jason Tiffin, Jeff Massey, Tom Sims, Shannon Owen, Brad Davis, David Scruggs and Joe Kennedy.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 2, 5-9 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.

PATRICIA LYNN CHAMPION WEEKS

RED BAY, AL – Patricia Lynn “Patsy” Champion Weeks, 70, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Austin, TX to Leon and Zelma Champion. She was a 1970 graduate of Lee High School in Huntsville, AL and she graduated from Auburn University in 1974 with a degree in Home Economics and a minor in Library Science. She worked for five years as a librarian at Waterloo High School, at Redmont Pharmacy and Ronald Thorn State Farm Insurance until her retirement. In retirement she enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and honorary grandkids, Addison and Bennett Grimes and watching and attending Auburn football games. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay Civitans and Red Bay Lions Club.

Services will be Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – J.C. Weeks, Jr.; two children – Clay Weeks of Shreveport, LA and Marguerite Edwards (Ronnie) of Trinity, AL; grandchildren – Clarissa Edwards, Damon Weeks, Trenton Edwards, Abby Weeks and Bryant Edwards; one brother – Sam Champion (Cecilia) of Auburn, AL; nieces and nephews – Amanda Jones, Nathan Champion, Bailey Nalls, Charles Ross Weatherford and Katheryn Weatherford and her cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Ann Jones.

Pallbearers will be Scott Eubanks, Mike Montgomery, Zach Grimes, Danny Stovall, Chris Brazil and John Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Damon Weeks, Trenton Edwards and Bryant Edwards.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.st.jude.org or The Gideons International, Franklin West Camp, P.O. Box 1203, Red Bay, AL 35582.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 24, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JOHN RALPH PURSER

RED BAY, AL – John Ralph Purser, 84, died Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, AL. He was born in Alabama to Jess and Mildred Yielding Purser. He was self-employed as an accountant for more than forty years. He had worked at TVA, Reynolds Metals and was retired from Gates Rubber Co. Ralph was a member of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for approximately fifty years and also served as treasurer, Sunday School teacher and song leader. He coached pee wee football for years and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Services will be Saturday, September 17, 3 p.m. at Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Steve Lindsay and Bro. Scott McPeak officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by four children – David Purser (Beth), Jimmy Purser, Liz Hester (David) and Suzanne McPeak (Scott); one sister – Linda Blackburn (Raymond); ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Purser, a daughter, Gina Hardin; two granddaughters, Heather Porter and Amy Hester, his parents and a brother, Tim Purser.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers – Jamie Purser, Adam Hester, Justin Purser, Alex Purser, Dylan Hester, Connor Porter, Noah Hester and Ty Hester.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 17, 1-3 p.m. at Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.

WILLODEAN BOYD HAMM

RED BAY, AL – Willodean Boyd Hamm, 88, passed away Friday, September 9, 2022 at her residence.  She was born in Alabama to Richard and Evie Boyd.  She has worked as a dietitian at Red Bay Hospital for 20 years.  She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 16, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Gerald Collum officiating.  Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Oscar Hamm; five grandsons, Steven Hall, Rob Hall (Misty), Jared Hamm (Crystal), Jason Hamm and Joel Hamm; four great-grandchildren and a host of great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by her parents; son, Frank Hamm and daughter, Peggy Chaffin.

Her grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 15, 5-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL

JIMMY HIGGINBOTTOM

RED BAY, AL – Jimmy Harold Higginbottom, 77 passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Helen Keller Hospital.  He was born in Itawamba County, MS to Leon and Virginia Smith Higginbottom.  He attended school at Banner and Fairview where he enjoyed playing basketball. The love of basketball continued as he enjoyed watching the Belmont girls, coached by his nephew, Chris Higginbottom. He installed floor covering for many years and then retired from Tiffin Motor Homes after 14 years.  Jimmy was a member of Pleasant Site Church of Christ until services were no longer held there and then was a member of Second Street Church of Christ.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Bama Bass Club where he was named Angler of the Year in 1986, 1988, 1992 and 1994. He loved spending time with his family especially his three grandchildren. He enjoyed carrying them fishing, riding his four-wheeler, watching them play sports and was thrilled when Jacob, at age ten, killed his first deer, an eight point, last year. After his retirement, he enjoyed his days working in his yard, watching the deer, the birds and the squirrels.  He will be missed by all his family and friends.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 9, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Chris Higginbottom officiating.  Burial will be in Pleasant Site Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jan Higginbottom; two children, Jeffrey Higginbottom (LaSha) and Janine Dunlap (Justin); three grandchildren, Stella and Millie Higginbottom and Jacob Dunlap; his sister, JoAnn Johnson; sister-in-law, Reggie Higginbottom; six nephews, Jason Higginbottom (Jennifer), Chris Higginbottom (Ashley), Terry Johnson, Jason Winchester (Joy), Bradley Winchester and Jonathan Winchester (Heather); one niece, Lisa Holland (Jamie); brother-in-law, Larry Winchester (Linda); his aunt, Maxine Cooper; several great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Johnny Higginbottom; his father-in-law, Fred Winchester; mother-in-law, Rachel Winchester and a brother-in-law, Dwight Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Terry Johnson, Jason Higginbottom, Chandler Higginbottom, Larry Winchester and Jamie Holland.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 8, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pleasant Site Cemetery Fund, c/o Dale Hester, 20697 Highway 23, Red Bay, AL 35582.

JOHN MICHAEL JOHNSON

RUSSELLVILLE, AL – John Michael Johnson, 62, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL.  He was born in Lauderdale County, AL to Lance Delano and Tallulah Earline Watson Johnson.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Red Bay where he taught Sunday School for over 20 years.  He was an Automotive Instructor at Russellville City School for 21 years.

Funeral services will be Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper and Bro. Frank Spires officiating.  Burial will be in Dempsey Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Katherine Johnson; two children, Ashley Jaudon (Brent) and Todd Johnson (Sheena); two grandsons, John Koen and Joah Johnson; two sisters, Gail Spires (Frank) and Laura Aycock (Jeff) and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Aycock, Andrew Aycock, Brent Jaudon, Jason Spires, Jeremy Blakely and David Speer.  Honorary pallbearers will be Todd, John Koen and Joah Johnson.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 3, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

SUE HUMPHRIES TATE

RED BAY, AL – Sue Humphries Tate, 75, died Sunday, August 21, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Red Bay, AL and was assistant manager at Piggly Wiggly in Red Bay for many years and a housewife.  She was a member of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church. Sue was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to all who knew her.

Services will be Tuesday, August 23, 1 p.m. at Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. David Corum and Bro. Steve Lindsay officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-eight years – Jimmy Tate; two children – Liz Jones (Mike) and Pam Miller (Wesley); two grandchildren – Kelly Walters (Tucker) and Abbey Ivester (David); one sister – Ola Mae Glover (Oscar); several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and a sister-in-law – Ursula Humphries.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellis and Viola Humphries, a brother, Nolan Humphries and two sisters, Joyce Edwards (Wayne) and Ruth Humphries.

Pallbearers will be Tucker Walters, David Ivester, Carl Fowler, Paul Huffman, Greg Edwards and Phil Edwards. Honorary pallbearers will be Marlin Saint, Wade Barksdale, Robert Newell, Bobby Forsythe, Hugh Ivy, Lewis Hughuley, James Carpenter and Jay Tate.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 23, 11-1 p.m. at Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.

CAROLYN L. BROWN STANFORD

RED BAY, AL – Carolyn L. Brown Stanford, 57, died Monday, August 15, 2022 at Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, AL. She was born September 24, 1964 in Red Bay, AL to Garlin and Betty Brown. She was a born-again Christian and a member of Walker Missionary Baptist Church, Golden, MS. She was a retired Certified Nursing Assistant. Carolyn was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services will be Friday, August 19, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Andy Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Walker Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three children – Garland West of Red Bay, AL, Dean West (Laura) of Oxford, MS and  Chelsea Rogers (Cody Goza) of Tishomingo, MS; grandchildren – Gage, Khloe, Matthew, Steven and Jaxon West, Kaylee Carpenter, Kenleigh Rogers and Fisher Goza; her mother – Betty Brown; sisters – Wanda Ridge (James), Laura Spencer (James), Jessica Young (Micheal) and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Stanford; her father, Garlin “Little Bud” Brown; grandparents, Grady and Pairlee Letson Brown and Dock and Quay Kelton Pearson.

Pallbearers will be Clay Ridge, John Spencer, Armando Garza, Erick Valazquez, Daniel Tanner and Bradley Brown.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 18, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BRANDON SETH GEORGE

VINA, AL – Brandon Seth George, 39, passed away Monday, August 15, 2022 in Franklin County, AL. He was born in Iuka, MS and worked for Keller EMS for four years.

Services will be Thursday, August 18, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. David Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Old Line Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three children – Andon Collum, Alivia George and Ramsey George and their mother, Lindi George; his mother – Sheila Timbs George; two sisters – Morgan Hester and Madison Davis and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donnie L. George and his step-mother, Melanie George.

Pallbearers will be John James, Eric Berry, Edward Harden, Adam Mills, Jason Slayton and Kyle Palmer.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 17, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DONALD HOLLAND

RUSSELLVILLE, AL – Donald Holland, 78, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2022 at Cottage of the Shoals, Tuscumbia, AL. He was born in Marion County, AL and operated Farmers Market/Produce for twenty years. He was of the Baptist faith.

Services will be Tuesday, August 16, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Rick Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his mother – Rosie Holland; two sons – Johnny Holland (Paige) and James Holland (Tammy); one brother – Kenneth Holland (Sharon); three sisters – Mavis Thompson, Virginia Poore (Rick) and Kathy Cain; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, James I. Holland.

Pallbearers will be Scott Cain, Jeff Thompson, Randy Pike, Steven Holland, C.J. Thompson and Tim Thompson.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 16, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

ANN GARRISON STARLING

SALTILLO, MS –Ann Garrison Starling, 92, passed away Friday, August 12, 2022 at Courtyards Community Living Center, Fulton, MS. Ann was born on November 19, 1929 to Oscar and Rosa Newell of Red Bay, AL. She was a songwriter, television and radio minister for more than fifty years and was a warrior for the Lord. She pastored Maple Springs Church of God near Mantachie, MS for ten years.

Services will be Sunday, August 14, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Judd Vowell and Bro. Gene McMinn officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four children – Jettie Faye Parson, Judy Ann Pitts (James Allen), Frankie Earl Garrison (Andrea) and Jim Garrison (Debby); ten grandchildren – Donna, Deanna, Rachel, Christopher, Joshua, Chip, Chance, Walker, Carey and Eric; a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one brother – Travis Newell; one sister – Mary Ruth Anderson (Andy); a host of nieces, nephews, friends and church family and her caregiver and friend – Elizabeth Patterson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Earl Garrison and John Starling, two sisters, Nancy and Onice and two brothers, Orville and A.C.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 14, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

MELISSA "MISSY" MITCHELL PIERCE

FULTON, MS – Melissa “Missy” Mitchell Pierce, 50, died Monday, August 8, 2022 in Itawamba County, MS. She was born in Tupelo, MS and worked in the deli at Wal-Mart.

There will be no funeral services.  Visitation will be Friday, August 12, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

She is survived by two children – Heather Pierce (Cory) and Clay Pierce (Dee); three grandchildren – C.J., Elena and Owen; her very good friend – John Johnson; her parents– Danny and Lena Mitchell; her husband – Chris Pierce; a brother – Patrick Mitchell (Karen); several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law – Cathy Petree Pierce and father-in-law – Terry Pierce.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Foy and Mildred Mitchell, Dellie and Edna Holland and Lee Harper Pierce and a brother, Johnny Mitchell.

JIMMY EARL MILLER, SR.

RED BAY, AL – Jimmy Earl Miller, Sr., 83, died Friday, August 5, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Hinkle Creek, MS and was a graduate of Cooter High School, Cooter, MO. He was retired as a Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy after serving twenty years. He was retired from Gates Rubber Co. where he was a supervisor. He was a member of Christian Assembly of God Church, Dennis, MS.

Services will be Sunday, August 7, 2 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Fairview MS with Bro. Jackie Hastings and Bro. Jerry Hastings officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years – Peggie Hastings Miller; a daughter – Gwendolyn Miller; a son – Kenneth Miller; daughter-in-law – Melanie Miller; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters – Nelda McIntire and Charlotte Winstead and two brothers – Don Miller and John Miller.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edgar Earl Miller; his mother, Annie D. Miller, a son, Jimmy Earl Miller, Jr., a sister, Marie Anderson, a nephew, Randy Anderson and a niece, Kathy Shubart.

Pallbearers will be Zachary Miller, Tucker Conwill, Kray Jones, Cooper Wilson, Travis Wilson and Grant Hastings. Honorary pallbearers will be Nathan Miller, Colin Miller, Nicholas Miller, Gabriel Miller, Josh Stovall and Briley Jones.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 7, 12-2 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

RUTH SLAUGHTER

RED BAY, AL – Ruth Slaughter, 95, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Leedy, MS to Willie and Myrtle Howel Hamilton and was retired as a seamstress. She attended Altar Baptist Church.

Services will be Wednesday, August 3, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. J.C. Blackburn officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by five children – Charlie Hicks (Pauline), Ellen Bohannon, Lucille Bryson, Jackie Hicks and Hollis Hicks (Janet); many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Tommy Hicks, a grandson, Kevin Hicks, a great-grandson, Rodney “Spider” Holley, two brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers will be James Page, Devin Nichols, Hayden Nichols, Brian Upton, Jeremy Holley and Randal George.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 3, 2-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BILLY JOE CRUMPTON

RED BAY, AL – Billy Joe Crumpton, 61, died Sunday, July 24, 2022 in Guntown, MS. He was born in Red Bay, AL to Jimmy Lee and Erma Sue Holland Crumpton. He worked at Mueller Brass for eighteen years and was retired from the U.S. Army National Guard.

There will be no funeral services. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 26, 5-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

He is survived by two daughters – Brittany McCullough (Lany) and Brandy Crumpton; one son – Logan Crumpton; six grandchildren – Abriana McMillen, Zeke McMillen, Skyleigh Crumpton, Luke McCullough, Connor McMillen and Gavin McCullough; one great-grandchild – Zander Henry; one brother – Allen Crumpton (Rebecca) and two nephews, Joseph Crumpton and Jacob Crumpton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Cherry Crumpton.

WAYNE ENGLE

GOLDEN, MS – Wayne Dozier Engle, 76, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022 at his son’s residence in Golden.  He was born in Hackleburg, AL to Bro. Ather and Nettie Calvert Engle.  He was a truck driver for many years and attended Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

Memorial services will be held, Saturday, August 13, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two children, Rodney Engle (Joyce) and Daphne Shea Traylor (Shannon); five grandchildren, Tanya Goodloe, Austin Engle, Toby Mayhall, Andrew Calton and Chance Traylor and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Williodean Engle on July 6, 2022; his grandson, Rocky W. Engle; his parents; two brothers, Elvis Engle and Houston Engle and one sister, Leona Sartain.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 13, 10-11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

MICHELE A. SHEEKS

VINA, AL – Michele A. Sheeks, 44, died Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at University of MS Medical Center, Jackson, MS. She was born in Bloomington, IL and was a member of First United Pentecostal Church, Fulton, MS.

Services will be Tuesday, July 19, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Billy Burleson officiating. Burial will be in Baggett Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Wesley Sheeks; a son – Aeron Moor; a sister – Sherry Locklear (Darryl) and her father – Jimmy Earl Dill.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte Ables.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Jarells, Tyler Pennington, Jeffery Bennett, Jesse Bennett, Cody Payton and Rocky Bennett.

Visitation will be Monday, July 18, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

KENNY HESTER

VINA, AL – Kenneth David “Kenny” Hester, 70, died Sunday, July 10, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Red Bay, AL and worked as kitchen manager at Generations of Red Bay. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Services will Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Rick Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two daughters – Jeannie Stanford (Jesse) and Melissa Sipe (Gary); five grandchildren – Nicholas Massey, Bella Massey, Sera Massey, Corey Sipe and Amber Sipe; one great-granddaughter – Amelia Bernitz; his mother – Ruth Lofton; four brothers– Jesse Hester (Charlotte), Roger Hester, Terry Hester (Michelle) and Steven Hester (Dana); one sister – Mary Jo Stockton (Johnny) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Glendale Hester.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Hester, Chuck Pate, Johnny Stockton, Steven Hester, Terry Hester and Jesse Stanford.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 13, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

WILLIODEAN ENGLE

GOLDEN, MS – Williodean Engle, 75, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Itawamba County, MS to Monroe Nelson and Bertie Mae Fuller Lindsey. She was a seamstress and attended Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

Memorial services will be Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Wayne Engle; two children – Rodney Engle (Joyce) and Shea Traylor (Shannon); grandchildren – Tanya Goodloe, Austin Engle, Toby Mayhall, Andrew Calton and Chance Traylor; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters – Sandra Bridges, Brenda Miller and Geraldine Patterson and one brother – Leamon Lindsey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters, Sonya Renee Engle and Donna Gail Engle and two brothers, William Lindsey and Billy Lindsey.

J. E. GASAWAY

RED BAY, AL  – Manuel JE Gasaway went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by his family loving him and singing him home on July 3, 2022.  JE Gasaway was born on July 11, 1943 in Guntown, MS to JC and Vera Mae Gasaway. JE Gasaway was 78 years old. He was a retired factory worker of 56 years.  During his life, JE enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, drag racing, playing his guitar, and listening to good ole Southern Gospel music.  JE was a member of Walker Missionary Baptist Church, Golden, MS since he was born again in July of 1967.  He served there as Sunday School teacher and song leader over the years.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 5, at 1:00 p.m. at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, AL with his pastor Bro. Clay Weaver and dear friend Bro. Ray Bennett officiating.  Burial will be at the Ridge Cemetery in Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Keeton Gasaway of Red Bay, AL; three children, Melissa Roberts (John) of Arcadia, FL, Angela Hutcheson (Junior) of Belmont, MS, and Tony Gasaway (Angel) of Red Bay, AL; eleven grandchildren, Jennifer Markham (Joey) of Golden, MS, Jordan Roberts (Shanelle) of Belmont, MS, Hannah Syers (Daniel) of Belmont, MS, Stephanie Hone (Dakota) of Belmont, MS, Jenna Ryals (Jay) of Arcadia, FL, Morgan Prestage(Steven) of Summertown, TN, Jess Roberts of Arcadia, FL, Hunter Payne of Huntsville, AL, Micaela Roberts of Arcadia, FL, Makenzi Gasaway of Red Bay, AL, and Wesley Hutcheson of Belmont, MS; ten great grandchildren, Kaylee and Brianna Markham, Ryder Roberts, Eli Hone, Allison and Emery Ryals, Micah, Amelia, and Nolan Prestage, and Brooklyn Roberts; sister-in-law, Helen Gasaway and his sisters, Mary Rawson and Kathryn Hammock (Oneal) along with a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, JC and Vera Mae Gasaway, his father and mother-in-law, Oda and Norma Keeton, his brother, JB Gasaway, and brothers-in- law, Monroe Thorn and Lewis Rawson.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jordan Roberts, Daniel Syers, Steven Prestage, Hunter Payne, Jess Roberts, Jay Ryals and Wesley Hutcheson.  Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews, Grayling Cromeans, Ronald Tucker, Tim Thorn and Benjie Ewing.

Visitation will be Monday, July 4, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

VERNON EUGENE ROCKWELL

GOLDEN, MS –Vernon Eugene Rockwell, 84, died Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS.  He was born in Fishkill, NY and worked at Sunshine Mills for over forty-five years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving eight years.

Services will be Friday, June 24, 10 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Leon Wilkins officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years – Sherry Rockwell; six children – Vickie Weclowski (Randy), Chris Rockwell (Mary), Rebekah Kelton (Micheal), Christy Leath, Ellissa Rockwell, and Tommy Leath (Kelly); grandchildren – Brandy Storment (Zeke), Torie Price (Carl), Laudrey Cody (Chris), Jacob Cody (Faith), Taylor Weclowski (Haley), Seth Rockwell (Andrea), Tyler Rockwell, Ricky Pineda, Jordan Pineda (Kayla), Jordan McLain (Taylor), Matthew Payne, Michael Payne, Cailyn Leath (Tyler), Sara Schemanski, Cade Burt, Brylie Leath and Braylin Leath; great-grandchildren – Josie Green, Kylie Storment, Karson Price, Hadleigh Price, Keira Cody, Paxtyn Cody, Arianna Cody, Braxton White, Maveryck Weclowski, Aaliyah Payne, Kai Wells, Korabell Pineda and Kendall Pineda.

He was preceded in death by his parents Earl V. and Louise Kassel Rockwell, an infant son, Richard Eugene Rockwell and seven brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Chris Rockwell, Micheal Kelton, Seth Rockwell, Tyler Rockwell, Jacob Cody and Taylor Weclowski.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 23, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DAVID A. ELROD

RED BAY, AL – David A. Elrod, 60, died Wednesday, June 15, 2022. He was born in Illinois. He enjoyed carpentry and woodworking and worked at Lippert in Red Bay, AL.

There will be no funeral services. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

He is survived by his wife – Donna Elrod; four children – D.J. Elrod (Meghann), Melissa Frederick, Jared White (Amber) and Brandi Johnson (Matthew); nine grandchildren; one sister – Linda Ault and three brothers – Ed Elrod, Kenny Elrod and Danny Elrod.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Claude Elrod and Olene Moore and a brother, Jerry Elrod.

BRO. GENE COOLEY

GOLDEN, MS – Bro. Gene Cooley, 83, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at Southern Magnolia, Golden, MS. He was born in Birchtree, MO and was a pastor for forty-nine years.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 18, 1 p.m. at Calvary Family Worship Center, Golden, MS with Bro. John A. Kilpatrick, Larry Day, Toby Allison, Ricky McGee, Tony Hooper, Burke Zack and Isaac Cooley officiating. Graveside services and burial will be Monday, June 20, 11 a.m. at Williamson Memorial Gardens, Franklin, TN. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one son – Lindell Cooley (Amber); two grandchildren – Samuel Cooley and Isaac Cooley; two sisters – Emma Chitwood and Alline Reese and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-one years, Shirley Cooley; his parents, Cecil and Ruth Roney Cooley and four sisters, June Smith, Ruthie Barton, Geneva Davis and Patricia Gardner and two brothers, David and Delmar Cooley.

Pallbearers will be Keith Reese, Thomas Tipton, Isaac Cooley, Michael White, Micheal Miller and Brian Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny McGee, Kenneth Enis and Greg Denson.

Visitation will be Friday, June 17, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, June 18, 10 -12 p.m. at Calvary Family Worship Center.

ALLEN BENTLEY

CHICKAMAUGA, GA - Allen Bentley, 70, passed away on June 5, 2022. He was born in Belzoni, MS and had been a resident of the Northwest Georgia area for the last thirty years. He was owner operator of a small convenient store for twenty of those years before becoming an owner operator in the trucking business. Allen loved spending time with his grandchildren. He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren about it.

Graveside services will be Thursday, June 9, 4 p.m. at Ridge Cemetery, Golden, MS. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his children-Jennifer Peace (Randy) and Chris Bentley (Denise); grandchildren- Zeb Cauthen, Zoe Cauthen, Bentley Peace and Heather Bentley; two great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-Mary Sue Millwood, Vester Bentley, Opal Peters, Dianne Bentley, Ruthie Reiman, Larry Bentley and James Bentley.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Linda Bentley and his parents, Bofford & Annie Mae Bentley.

JIMMIE KEITH OLIVER

GOLDEN, MS – Jimmie Keith Oliver, 61, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at Sanctuary Hospice House, Tupelo, MS. He had worked many different jobs and was currently working at Golden Manufacturing. He was a great carpenter and an avid fisherman. He faithfully attended Freedom Baptist Church, where he loved playing his guitar and singing. He had also written several songs. Jimmie was loved by everyone that knew him and will be missed by everyone.

Services will be Thursday, June 9, 10:30 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Scot George, Bro. Billy Nichols and Bro. Cale George officiating. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two sisters – Deborah Townsend (Richard) Vina, AL and Pamela Hartman (Greg) Hattiesburg, MS; five nephews, one niece, eight great-nephews, four great-nieces, several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Geneva Oliver and his grandparents, Albert and Lorene Patterson and Jack and Cora Oliver.

His nephews will serve as pallbearers – Bradley Townsend, Brent Townsend, Blake Townsend, Stephen Hartman, Scotty Hartman and Josh Ramsey.

A special thanks to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, for their love and care during the last couple of weeks.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 8, 5-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

NICOLE POLLARD

PINSON, AL – Deanna Nicole Pollard, 50, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2022 at her home. She graduated from E.B. Erwin High School with honors in 1990. Later she graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham with a B.S. Degree in Psychology and a B.S. and Master’s Degree in English. After graduation she taught English and World Literature at UAB for eleven years. She was a member of Eastminister Presbyterian Church in Trussville, AL.

A graveside service will be Thursday, June 9, 2 p.m. at Holly Springs Cemetery, Hodges, AL with Randy Rawlinson officiating. Burial will be in Holly Springs Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her parents - Bob and Theresa Moomaw; her grandmother – Loretta Rawlinson; an uncle – Randy Rawlinson (Pam); aunts – Hettie Mobley and Mena Moomaw; many cousins and her very best friend “Toby” her pup.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her favorite charity, Samaritans Purse.

ORA  MILLS

WINTHROP HARBOR, IL – Ora I. Mills, 90, transitioned to paradise on May 22, 2022 in Kenosha, WI. She was born February 19, 1932 in Itawamba County, MS to Thomas and Cora Davis. Ora was raised in Red Bay, AL where she met and married Edward Mills on July 2, 1950. That unity brought forth six children, Beverly, Wanda, Danny, Douglas, Lori and Lynn. Ora will always be remembered as a devoted wife and mother and a woman with a multitude of talents. She was a writer, excellent cook, seamstress, barber, gardener, decorator and a talented crocheter. She had a heart of gold and was a devoted friend and prayer warrior for anyone in need.

Graveside services will be Friday, June 3, 1 p.m. at Red Bay City Cemetery with Bro. Jackie Hastings officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Left to mourn and cherish her memory are her children, Danny, Douglas, Lori and Lynn and two grandsons, Alex and Andrew.

She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-five years, Edward; her daughters, Beverly and Wanda; her parents; her sisters, Juanita and Verdie Mae and her brother, Gilbert.

JANET DAVIS GOBER

HODGES, AL – Janet Eileen Davis Gober, 71, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022 at her residence.  She was born in Russellville, AL to James Theoter and Bonnie Pharr Davis.  She did clerical work for many years and was a member of Atwood Baptist Church.  She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 1, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerry Edgil, Bro. Loyd Ray Griffus, Bro. Adam Pharr and Bro. David George officiating.  Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of almost 54 years, Glyne Gober; three daughters, Robin Pharr (James), Dana Stidham (Greg) and Briana George (David); twelve grandchildren, Adam Pharr (Lexy), Ethan Pharr, Gabe Stidham (Haleigh), Mason Stidham (Kaylee), Lucas Stidham, Emma Stidham, Marlee George, Reagan George, Ava George, Davis Rhett George, Hayes George and Nora George; her sister-in-law, Brenda Davis and two nieces, Melissa McHenry and Lorie Cochran.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Davis.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Adam Pharr, Ethan Pharr, Gabe Stidham, Mason Stidham, Lucas Stidham, Davis Rhett George and Hayes George.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 1, 12-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

CLUSTON “CUTT” WOOTEN

VINA, AL – Cluston “Cutt” Wooten, 91, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022, at his residence surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of Mary Joyce Horton Wooten.  They shared 70 years of marriage together.  Born in Vina, AL, he was the son of Elbert and Shellie Scott Wooten.  He was retired from Packaging Corporation of America after 35 years of service.

He was a member and deacon of Pilot Hill Missionary Baptist Church.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to banjo music, gardening, and giving away all that he harvested.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Pilot Hill Missionary Baptist Church.  A private funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. with Bro. Jeff Lentz officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife, Mary Joyce Wooten; sons-Ronnie Wooten (Anna) and David Wooten (Paula); grandchildren-Matthew Wooten (Natalie), Cody Wooten (Leah), and Daniel Wooten; great grandchildren-McKenna, Cutter, Deacon, Lexi, and Annabeth; sister-Doris Williams (Lowell); sisters in law-Jeannine Wooten and Faye Nell Wooten.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters-Eloise Paden (Grady) and Mary Emerson (Arlon) and four brothers-Clifton Wooten, Thomas Ed Wooten (Liz), Roy Lee Wooten, and Troyce Wooten.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Wooten, Cody Wooten, Daniel Wooten, Randal Wooten, Rick Wooten, and Brent Scott.

Many thanks to special friends Carolyn Wilson, Yvonne Paden, and Carolyn Palmer.

GLENN BRADFORD VINSON

GOLDEN, MS – Glenn Bradford Vinson, 37, died Saturday, May 7, 2022. He was born in Tupelo, MS and worked at Sunshine Mills.

Memorial services will be Friday, May 13, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. David Kelley officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his mother – Patricia Brown (David); his father – William Redding; two brothers – Ricky Vinson and Steven Gardener; his grandparents – Charles and Myrtle Vinson; an aunt – Melissa Parker; cousins – Hannah Morrow (Austin) and Heather Posey (Jerod) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Davis, great-grandparents – Idus and Audrey Vinson and an uncle, Ricky Petree.

Visitation will be Friday, May 13, 3-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JOHNATHAN WAYNE BAILEY

RED BAY, AL – Johnathan Wayne Bailey, 39, died Monday, May 9, 2022 in Marion County, AL. He was born in Tupelo, MS and was a truck driver. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Dennis, MS.

Services will be Thursday, May 12, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Adam Humphries and Bro. Rick Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his mother – Debbie Jackson (Oneal); his father – John Thomas Bailey (Peggy); two uncles – Nolan Bailey (Janet) and Roger Collier; his cousin – Ashley Collier and Leland and special friends – Kim and Chase.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Royce and Alma Collier, John Clayton Bailey and Floretta Franks Bailey and George and Shellie Jackson.

Pallbearers will be Nolan Bailey, Marty Vanderford, Roger Collier and Derrick Humphries.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 11, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

RANDY BAGGETT

RED BAY, AL – Randy Elvin Baggett, 66, died Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Michigan and was a truck driver for ten years. He attended Pentecostal Faith Church.

Services will be Saturday, April 30, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jimmy Massey officiating. Burial will be in Baggett Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one daughter – Randi Lee Umfress; three grandchildren – Tabatha, Nicholas and Keeara; his mother – Elma Mae Baggett; two brothers – Arthur Baggett (Wanda) and Chris Baggett (Laura) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Boren, his father, Elvin Baggett and a sister, Linda Gail Baggett.

Pallbearers will be Billy Boyd, Ray Smallwood, Garland West, Charles Puckett and Chris White.

Visitation will be Friday, April 29, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

REBA PRESTAGE

RED BAY, AL – Reba Farris Prestage, 88, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2022 in Madison, AL.  She was born in Red Bay, AL to Otto and Carrie Kent Farris.  She owned and operated the Fashion Bazaar in Red Bay for over 30 years.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Red Bay.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 25, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay with Bro. Bill Harper officiating.  Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter, Paula Bullen; her son, Michael Prestage; three grandchildren, Colt Bullen (Haley), Blake Bullen (Holly) and Steven Prestage (Morgan); six great-grandchildren, Connor Bullen, Liam Bullen, Keeton Busby, Micah Prestage, Amelia Prestage and Nolan Prestage and one sister, Jean Hall.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Prestage; her parents; one brother, Fred Farris and two sisters, Beauton Patterson and Arlene Dickson.

Pallbearers will be Colt Bullen, Connor Bullen, Blake Bullen, Steven Prestage, Jack Frost and Jackie Frost.

Visitation will be Monday, April 25, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

CHARLES EDWARD HARDIN

NORTHPORT, AL – Charles Edward Hardin, 73, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Alabaster, AL. He was born in Franklin County, AL and was formerly a resident of Red Bay, AL. He graduated from Red Bay High School in 1966 and UNA in 1970 with a degree in business. He was a building contractor and attended the Methodist Church. Charles had served on the Franklin County Board of Education.

Graveside services will be Saturday, April 23, 12:30 p.m. at Burnout Cemetery, Vina, AL with Dallas Culver officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years – Jan Northcutt Hardin; two daughters – Amy Hardin and April Lamon (Kenneth); one granddaughter – Ashton Cochran and a sister – Betty Hardin Moore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Cheston “Chester” Hardin and Hazel Oniece Shewbart Hardin and an infant brother, Troy Hardin.

Pallbearers will be Steven Moore, Holden McLean, Jason Pendegraph, Jason Evans, Kenneth Lamon, Steve Alexander and Larry Moore.

FRANCES “FRAN” ROBERTS WEST

MADISON, AL – Frances “Fran” Roberts West, 73, passed away Friday, April 8, 2022 at Burns Nursing Home, Russellville, AL. She was born in Haleyville, AL and was formerly a resident of Red Bay, AL. She was an English teacher at Red Bay High School and was a member of Red Bay Church of Christ.

Services will be Tuesday, April 12, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Brandon Pressnell, Jason Helton and Norm Glock officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens, Fulton, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two children – Jeremy E. West (Kena) and Amy West Cannon (Michael); five grandchildren – Bella West, Jack West, Will West, Isaiah Mitchell and Isaac Mitchell; her siblings – Ronnie Roberts (Gail), Bonnie Raddin and Eddy Roberts (Nancy) and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie “Jim” E. West, her parents, Van Franklin and Annie Odean Tittle Roberts and a brother, Doug Roberts.

Pallbearers will be Jack West, Will West, Isaiah Mitchell, Isaac Mitchell, Van Roberts, Robby Roberts, Dewayne Hellums, Wade Webb, Jeff White, Phil Albritton and Jeremy Weathers.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 12, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

WILLIAM ‘BILL’ MERLYN JARNIGAN

FLORENCE, AL – William “Bill” Merlyn Jarnigan, 73, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2022 at his residence. Bill was an author and professional music historian. For more than thirty years he wrote articles and syndicated columns about the music of Muscle Shoals, country and gospel music and Alabama. He was working on music history books about Muscle Shoals, southern gospel and Alabama music. He also wrote about the University of North Alabama and the Civil War in the Tennessee Valley. He had written for The Birmingham News, national and regional magazines, co-owned a newspaper and did air work for radio and television.

Bill worked on programs and shows with many entertainment personalities. He served as the executive director of the Muscle Shoals Music Association prior to serving as the director of university relations for UNA and founded and edited the UNA Magazine. He handled media for National Geographic, singers and actors and arranged appearances and interviews for the Today Show, Good Morning America, Nashville Now and Crook & Chase. His photographs were published in People, Country Music, Jubilation, George Jones and Arthur Alexander biographies, a BellSouth phone book and numerous other publications.

He founded the Northwest Alabama Film Advisory Board and compiled a scouting/production directory for the area. He was co-founder of the George Lindsey Film Festival and wrote and emceed seven awards shows. He served as a stage emcee for City Stages in Birmingham and Jubilee CityFest in Montgomery. For his work exploring music, Jarnigan was presented a media award by the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL with services at 1 p.m. with Bro. Ralton McCarley officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one sister – Gail Atkins (Neil); two brothers – Gary Jarnigan (Marlene) and Phillip Jarnigan (Cathy); three nieces – Emily Horton (Jamey), Betsy Jarnigan and Julie Jarnigan; one nephew – Wesley Jarnigan; two great-nephews – Lucas Horton and Caden Horton and a host of cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ark and Julia Lacey Jarnigan.

The family wishes to thank his many friends and especially Dr. Jimmy Simpson for their friendship.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cedar Creek Cemetery Fund or Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Phillip Jarnigan, 5135 Highway 90, Red Bay, AL 35582.

HERMAN E. HARRISON

RED BAY, AL – Herman E. Harrison, 86, passed away Monday, March 28, 2022 at Shoals Hospital.  He was born in Franklin County, AL to Dalton and Beatrice Mayhall Harrison.  He retired from Wrangler after 25 years.  He worked for Keeton Lumber Co. and was a superintendent for Red Bay Water and Gas for four years.  He served on the Red Bay Zoning Board of Adjustment from July 2008-2022.  He was also part of the Neighborhood Watch program.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, March 29, at 5 p.m. at Ridge Cemetery with Dallas Culver officiating.  Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Avenell Harrison; one son Harlan Harrison (Denise) and a granddaughter, Brina.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Paul Glenn Harrison and a sister, Sue Barrett.

HOLLIS CHISM

RED BAY, AL - Hollis Morgan Chism, 84, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2022 at his residence.  He was born in Itawamba County, MS to Bratton Banker and Johnnie Morgan Davis Chism.  He was retired as a truck driver and from the National Guard.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Red Bay.

Graveside services will be Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m. at Red Bay City Cemetery with Bro. Bill Harper officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Peggy Chism; four children, Cynthia Benford, Karen James, Laura McKinney (Richard) and Billy Chism (Kim); eight grandchildren, Jill Abston, Malorie James Quillen, David McKinney, Joe McKinney, Jesse James, Madalan Smith, Drake Hester and Dylan Pierce; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Patsy Bates; several nieces and nephews and his special travel companions and lifelong friends, Robert and Faye Elkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Mike Chism; his sister, Dottie Lominick and his grandchild, Kaylee McKinney.

Pallbearers will be Richard McKinney, Michael Quillen, Randy Benford, Jesse James, David McKinney and Joe McKinney.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 20, 12-1:30 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

NANCY ANN COLLUM

RED BAY, AL – Nancy Ann Collum, 78, died Thursday, March 17, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Lake Linden, MI and worked at Sunshine. She was a member of Pentacostal Faith Church.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Berry Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

She is survived by one sister – Patricia Salmi; three brothers – Pudgy Lamothe, Harold Lamothe and Franny Lamothe and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Collum and her parents, Wallace and Eva Baudoin Lamothe.

MARGARET ALVINA BRYANT

RED BAY, AL – Margaret Alvina Bryant, 84, died Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Iuka Hospital. She was born in Waukegan, IL and was a business owner. She was of the Methodist faith.

Graveside services will be Saturday, March 12, 3:30 p.m. at Ridge Cemetery. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children –Susie Amedio (Joe), Diana Flowers (Steven) and Dawn Pritchard (Paul); seven grandchildren – Cassandra Gassaway, Alyssa Scott, Katie and Clinton Burt, John, Michael and Dan Sinacori; ten great-grandchildren; special friends – Pam Canida and Blaine and her best friend – Lester.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Bryant, her parents, Joe and Alvina Schmidt Gross and a brother, Gene Gross.

DOUG EMERSON

BULL MOUNTAIN, AL – Omer Douglas “Doug” Emerson, 73, died Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born in Marion County, AL and worked in manufactured housing.

Services will be Saturday, March 12, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Brian Bridges officiating. Burial will be in Shottsville Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two children – Heather Emerson Williams and Douglas Bradley Emerson (Susie); five grandchildren – Kayla Vinson, Kody Burney, Kaitlyn Burney, Dakoda Emerson and Alyssa Emerson; one great-grandchild – Jadelynn Burney; one sister – Barbara Gail Emerson and one brother – V.H. Emerson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Marie Emerson, his parents, Marvin Erastus and Evelyn Louise Wilson Emerson and two brothers, Jimmy Wayne Emerson and Marcus Wilson Emerson.

Pallbearers will be Mark Emerson, Dewayne Emerson, Joseph Emerson, Glen Griffith, Steven Watson and Cody Watson.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 12, 12-1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JUNE WOOD

GOLDEN, MS – Margie June Wood, 90, died Thursday, March 3, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Itawamba County, MS and was a bus driver for Red Bay High School for nineteen years. June was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Saturday, March 5, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a son – Alan Wood (Debra); two daughters – Gail Scott and Cindy Northington; grandchildren – Jennifer Smith (Matt), Brooke Parker, Steven Wood (Klancy), Chris Northington, Byron Northington (Erika), Blake Northington (Jessica), Britta Orrick (Jeremy) and Brooke Binning (Bobby); great-grandchildren – Tallin Triste, Sloane Triste, Amelia, Alma Leigh and Davis Northington, Jackson and Madilyn Smith, Riley Beth and Rhett Parker, Bryson Hacker, Austin and Cashton Orrick and Alice Binning; two sisters – Virginia Cournoyer and Mary Long and one brother – Bill Davis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Wood; a daughter, Barbara Wood, a granddaughter, Natasha Harris, a son-in-law, Randy Northington, her parents, Earl Davis and Evie Nix Davis; brothers, Jim Davis, Jack Davis, J.R. Davis and Prince Davis and an infant sister, Flora Ann Davis.

Pallbearers will be Chris Northington, Byron Northington, Blake Northington, Steven Wood, Matt Smith and Jackson Smith.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 5, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

SANDRA PETREE

GOLDEN, MS – Sandra Petree, 70, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Florida and was a homemaker.

Services will be Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL and Bro. Eddie Harlow officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sons – Robert Dennis and Bradley Petree (Magan); one daughter – Jessica Pierce (Scott); grandchildren – Nathan Dennis, Robbie Dennis, Ahleah Dennis, Grace Dennis, Emma Ashby, Jonah Ashby and Aubrey Petree.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Ray Petree, a grandson, Zach Dennis and three siblings, Bob Hartsell, Lee Hartsell and Linda Hartsell.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 5, 10-11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

CORA PRUITT

GOLDEN, MS – Cora Evelyn Pruitt, 85, passed away Monday, February 28, 2022 at her daughter’s residence in Hodges, AL.  She was born in Fairview, MS to James and Mary Francis Morris.  She was a seamstress and drove the paper route.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 2, 2 p.m. at Life Unlimited Church in Golden, MS with Bro. Toby Allison officiating.  Burial will be in Hodge Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by five children, Steve Parker (Nancy), Billy Parker (Lavoughdra), Mary Dees (Dale Mauldin), Allen Pruitt (Sue) and David Joe Pruitt; seventeen grandchildren; forty-one great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and one sister, Flora Fennell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ruble Pruitt; two children, Stanley Pruitt and Toni Pruitt and several brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Clifton Pounders, William Pruitt, Dustin Cunningham, David Brand, Mark McMillen, Dakota Pruitt and T.J. Pruitt.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 2, 11-2 at Life Unlimited Church.

WAYNE RUSSELL

RED BAY, AL – Atha Wayne Russell, 76, passed away Saturday, February 26, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Belmont, Mississippi and was  self-employed working in the wholesale/retail industry for around 30 years.

Graveside services will be Monday, February 28, 1:30 p.m. at Russell Cemetery with Larry Henry officiating. Burial will be in Russell Cemetery, Cherokee, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife-Betty Johnston Russell; three children -Tony Lee Russell, Tammy Denise Russell Henry and Jason Atha Wayne Russell; two step-daughters-Tonya Suzanne Holly and Gina Russell; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one sister- Lynn Russell McCain.

He was preceded in death by his mother- Jean Sanders, father- A.C. Russell, grandparents- Bluford Lee and Rosie Delma Malone Russell and two brothers- Roy and Jeff Russell.

Pallbearers will be Zach Elrod, Kevin Henry, Tony Russell and Larry Henry.

Honorary pallbearers will be Truman Russell and Jameson Henry.

Visitation will be Monday, February 28, 12-1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BILL ELROD

RED BAY, AL – Bill Elrod, 92, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born in Franklin County, AL and worked in logging for sixty-five years. Bill was a member of Trinity Assembly of God.

Services will be Sunday, February 27, 2 p.m. at Trinity Assembly of God with Bro. David Kelley and Cory Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by five children – Glenn Elrod (Carolyn), Larry Elrod (Gail), Donnis Elrod, Charlotte Bates (Steve) and Tammy Tucker (Ronnie); ten grandchildren – Sheena Brewer, Amy Quinn, D.J. Elrod, Jake Elrod, Josh Elrod, Cory Pruitt, Britni Coates, Maggie Bates, Savannah Bates and Mason Bates; thirteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one brother – Bobby Elrod and one sister – Helen McKinney.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Edward and Maggie Bohannon Elrod and two wives, Mae Nell Elrod and Lucy Elrod.

Pallbearers will be Cory Pruitt, Jake Elrod, Josh Elrod, D.J. Elrod, Mason Bates and Ayden Pruitt.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 26, 5-8 p.m. at Trinity Assembly of God.

HOMER LEE WATSON

VINA, AL – Homer Lee Watson, 74, passed away Saturday, February 19, 2022 at his residence.  He was born in Marion County, AL to Vernon and Lurla Williams Watson.  He worked as a logger.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 22, 3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Cody Watson officiating.  Burial will be in Shottsville Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one son, Steven Watson (Teresa); granddaughter, Courtney Emerson (Tyler); two grandsons, Cody Watson (Ashleigh) and Stacy Credille; two great-grandchildren, Braxton and Everleigh Watson; one sister-Shirley Emerson; three brothers, Harold Watson (Judy), Dale Watson and Michael Watson (Shirley); special cousins, David and Sunni Watson and a special family friend, Billy Jefferson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Stephanie Credille; son, Stacy Watson and his wives, Wanda Watson and Bonnie Watson.

Pallbearers will be Dewayne Emerson, Kevin Watson, Cody Watson, Stacy Credille, David Watson and Tyler Emerson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Braxton Watson and Billy Jefferson.

Visitation will be Monday, February 21, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

FREDDIE BLACKBURN

RED BAY, AL – Freddie Blackburn, 73, died Friday, February 18, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Vina, AL and worked at Gates Corporation for twenty-eight years. Freddie was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Sunday, February 20, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. J.C. Blackburn and Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years – Sharon Blackburn; two children – Michael Blackburn (Leisa) and Melissa Ehler (Johnny); two grandchildren – Lauren Ehler and Audrey Ehler; four brothers – J.C. Blackburn (Katherine), Marshall Blackburn (Janice), Kyle Blackburn and R.C. Blackburn and two sisters – Shirley Morrow and Mary Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charnel and Eva Creekmore Blackburn, three brothers, Howard, V.C. and Gordon Blackburn and four sisters, Anita Vargas, Letha Baty, Verlie Hardin and Ellatrice Pounders.

His Sunday School class from First Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 19, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

EDDIE WADE CANTRELL

HODGES, AL – Eddie Wade Cantrell, 68, died Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Hackleburg, AL and worked in law enforcement. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Services will be Sunday, February 20, 3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Lloyd Griffus and Stephen Cantrell officiating.  Burial will be in Hodges Cemetery, Hodges, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Angel Cantrell; two daughters – Selena Cantrell and Christa Anderson (Derrick) and their mother, Cheryl Reed; step-son – Chris Gray (Jennifer); grandchildren – Jaxton West, Jamal Anderson (Mackenzie), Kilee Roberts (Mason), Boston Till, Autumn Till, Lucas Gray and Logan Gray; two great-grandchildren – Emmett Hightower and Elliana Roberts; one brother – Earl Wayne Cantrell (Anita); special nieces – Vanessa Vargas and Mindy Cantrell; a host of nieces and nephews; sister-in-law – Cressoline Cantrell; sister and brother-in-law – Traci and Danny Millem and his mother-in-law, Mary Dodson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Maxine Verdict Cantrell and a brother, O’Neal Cantrell.

Pallbearers will be Chris Gray, Jamal Anderson, Jerry Lee Davis, Danny Millem, Jr., Stacy Cantrell and Stephen Cantrell. Honorary pallbearers will be Melvin Hutcheson, Paul Clingan, Jaxton West and Terry Petree.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 20, 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JOEL RAY GARRISON

RED BAY, AL – Joel Ray Garrison, 54, died Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Red Bay, AL and worked for Tiffin Motor Homes for thirty-two years.

Services will be Saturday, February 19, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two children – Brittany Bradford (Rhett) and Colin Garrison (Breana Martin); three grandchildren – Baylor Bradford, Callie Kate Nix and Rush Garrison; his mother – Opelene Garrison; three brothers – Ricky Garrison (Phyllis), Larry Garrison (Gidget) and Terry Garrison and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wendell C. Garrison and a son, Zackary Heath Garrison.

Pallbearers will be Justin Scott, Billy Chism, Randy Elliott, Terry Sparks, Greg Dill and Marvin Carlton.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 19, 2-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

EASTER BELLE JARNIGAN LYLE

RUSSELLVILLE, AL – Easter Belle Jarnigan Lyle, 96, died Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at Russellville Hospital. She was born in Russellville, AL and worked as an inspector for Dow Chemical and as a seamstress at Lance Garment. She was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church.

Services will be Friday, February 18, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Greg Beasley and Bro. Jackie Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Dempsey Cemetery, Russellville, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one son – Glen Jarnigan (Elline); one daughter – Fredia Kirby (Rickey); two grandsons – Randy Jarnigan (Karla) and Michael Jarnigan (Amy); two great-grandchildren – Camron and Alex Jarnigan and her nieces and nephews that she loved.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Floyd Oneal Jarnigan and Joseph Lyle, her parents, Louis and Beulah Posey Richardson and four sisters, Ora B. Taylor, Lora M. Jarnigan, Mildred Kuykendall and Lois M. Taylor.

Pallbearers will be Camron Jarnigan, Alex Jarnigan, Doyle Taylor, Michael Jarnigan, Horace Lewey, Dale Taylor, Gayle Sherrod and Randy Jarnigan.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Jerry Williams, Dr. Jeremy Thompson, Dr. John Almirol, staff and nurses at Russellville Hospital and staff, nurses and therapy at Terrace Manor.

Visitation will be Friday, February 18, 11-12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JACKIE MANN

RED BAY, AL – Jackie Mann, 84, died Sunday, February 13, 2022 at DCH, Tuscaloosa, AL. She was born in Red Bay, AL and was a homemaker. Jackie was a member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Services will be Saturday, February 19, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Michael Powell officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four children – Gary Mann (Sonora), Stan Mann (Terry), Regina Powell (Michael) and Sharon McCalpin (Shannon); ten grandchildren – Emilee Russell, Erik Mann, Evan Mann, Paul Mathews, Josh Mathews, Mysti Hively, Klae Mann, Seth Powell, Jessica Keller and Tiffani McCalpin and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Mann, a grandson, Nathon McCalpin, a great-granddaughter, Mya White, her parents, Albert and Alta Hester and a sister, Joyce Hester.

Pallbearers will be Grayson Mann, Klae Mann, Seth Powell, Erik Mann, Evan Mann and Chad Hively.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 19, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JERRY E. POUNDERS

GOLDEN, MS – Jerry E. Pounders, 75, passed away Monday, January 31, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Bexar, AL and was a truck driver. He was an avid bluegrass musician and singer, which he especially enjoyed after his retirement. Jerry was a member of Banner Church of God of Prophecy.

Services will be Sunday, February 6, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jeff Brooks, Bro. Craig Wilbanks and Bro. David Gould officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years – Lenneth Pounders; a daughter – Amy Pounders; two sons – Jeff Pounders (Pam) and Jerome Pounders, all of Golden, MS; five sisters – Carol Grimm (Bill), Elaine Harrington (Kelly) Warren, Ohio, Janice Kennedy (James) Golden, MS., Lynn Boyett (Gary) Amory, MS and Martha Myers (Roy) Geneva, Ohio; two granddaughters – Madison Pounders and Morgan Gober; five grandsons – LeRay Harris, Chad Pounders, Lawson Pounders, A.J. Ewing and Alex Ewing; three great-granddaughters – Araya Pounders, Marissa Ewing and Lilly Ewing; two brothers - Charles Greeson, Warren, Ohio and Roger Pounders (Connie) Kosciusko, MS and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Erastus Pounders and Martha Marie Pate Pounders Greeson and a sister, Sandra Hatchett.

Pallbearers will be Madison Pounders, LeRay Harris, Chad Pounders, Lawson Pounders, Rodney Kennedy, Donald Ray, Lane Denard and Kelly McCarley.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 6, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

LARRY BUREN GARRETT

RED BAY, AL – Larry Buren Garrett, 71, died Monday, January 31, 2022 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. He was born in Corinth, MS and was an A-Class mechanic. Larry had served in the U. S. Marines.

Services will be Saturday, February 5, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jimmy Lucas officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife –Kim Garrett; daughters – Rachel Berryhill (Thomas), April Garrett Tucker (Roy) and Amber Kennemur (Gary); grandchildren – Liam, Grayson, Samuel, Joshua, Houston, Hayden and Harper; sisters – Brenda Kay White (Gary), Martha Marshall (Paul) and Nelda Crowell and his mother-in-law – Agnes Wilson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arben and Gertrude Garrett and his father-in-law, Thad Wilson.

Pallbearers will be Terry Sparks, Brian Marshall, Mark McCarley, Joe Robertson, Bennie Johnston, Phillip Hardin and Michael Cross.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 5, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JOSEPH REXFORD ‘REX’ BALDWIN

HODGES, AL – Joseph Rexford “Rex” Baldwin, 85, died Sunday, January 30, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Atwood, AL and worked in maintenance. He was a member of Hodges First Missionary Baptist Church. Rex was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Services will be Saturday, February 5, 1 p.m. at Hodges First Missionary Baptist Church, Hodges, AL with Bro. Marty Guidry officiating. Burial will be in Old Line Cemetery, Hodges, Al. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years – Shelby Jean Baldwin; two sons – Joseph Richard Baldwin (Sheila) and John Steven Baldwin (Sonyong); five grandchildren– Natasha Hollis (Christopher), Joseph Ryan Baldwin, Kaylee Baldwin, Alex Guidry and Chloe Guidry and two brothers – Kenneth Baldwin and Don Baldwin (Shirley).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Cular Baldwin, a brother, Roland Baldwin (Francis); a great-grandson, Sebastin Hollis and a sister-in-law, Edna Baldwin.

Pallbearers will be Kirk Smith, Ronald Coats, Mark Baldwin, Gary Baldwin, Alex Guidry and Roy Walls.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 5, 12-1 p.m. at Hodges First Missionary Baptist Church.

JAMES EDWIN CRUSE, JR.

RED BAY, AL – James Edwin Cruse, Jr., 54, died Wednesday, January 26, 2022. He was born in Red Bay, AL and worked at Cashion Thermoplastics in Red Bay, AL.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 1, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

He is survived by his wife – Kerri Cruse; bonus children – Terry Lee Aldridge (Emily) and Miranda Ford (Buddy); six grandchildren – Lauren Jarrell, Halee Beth Aldridge, Cassidy Bree Aldridge, Saylor Jae Ford, River Ford and Benjamin Lee Aldridge; his father – James Cruse, Sr.; three sisters – Lavonda Cruse, Annie Pounders and Melinda Cruse; one brother – Lee Gober and his step-father – Orville Lee Gober.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Gober and a sister, Bonnie Cruse.

TONY PITTS

VINA, AL – Tyrone Dale “Tony” Pitts, 68, born October 17, 1953 to Robert and Maxine Pitts of Hamilton, AL, left for his Heavenly Home on January 26, 2022. Tony loved his family, friends and his church. He loved the Lord the most. He was a member of Hurricane Creek Baptist Church. Tony currently was a driver at Tiffin Drive Away. He had been a truck driver for thirty-five years prior to this. Tony loved people, always wanting and willing to help anyone he could. He loved music and could play several instruments and sing. During football season you could always hear a big ole “Roll Tide” from the back room. He served in the U.S. Air Force for six and one-half years.

Services will be Saturday, January 29, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerry Humphries and Bro. Scott Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of twenty-one and one-half years – Alice Pitts; sons – David Pitts (Andrea) of Winfield, AL., Shane Clack (Tawana) of Sumter, S.C. and Stuart Clack (Crystal) of Hodges, AL; grandchildren – Kristin Clack, Joseph Clack, D.J. Pitts (Crimson), Robert Pitts (Carolyn), Jadon Douglas (Liza), Savina Douglas, Christina Hunn and Abby Hunn; great-granddaughter – Allie Ingram and a baby great-grandson coming in June; one sister – Brenda Garrison (Steve) of Hamilton, AL; one brother – Tim “Snake” Pitts of Hamilton, AL and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Juston and his father and mother-in-law, Archie T. and Jean Hardin.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Clack, D.J. Pitts, Robert Pitts, Bobby Smith, Doc Pitts and Joe Hardin.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 29, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

ARLIE C. BELCHER

RED BAY, AL – Arlie C. Belcher, 87, died Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born in Marion County, Alabama to William Monroe and Luvina McKinney Belcher. He was a farmer and a member of Pearly Gates Church of God.

Services will be Thursday, January 27, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Pastor Edwin Pharr officiating. Burial will be in Shottsville Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one sister – Christean Shotts; a sister-in-law – Donna Collins and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwendolyn Belcher, his parents and eight brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be James Shotts, David Shotts, Larry Thomas and Royce Miller.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 27, 11-12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DAVID LINDSEY

GOLDEN, MS – David Ray Lindsey, 69, passed away Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Courtyards Community Living Center in Fulton.  He was born in Itawamba County, MS to Travis and Mary Ellen McDowell Lindsey.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 24, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Robert Wood officiating.  Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Elois Lindsey; two sons, Danny Wood (Theresa) and Donnie Wood (Amanda); grandchildren, Lylee Bea Wood, Tyler Wood, Lakin Russell (Jonathan) and Brady Wood; great-grandchildren, Addison and Realyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dale and Wayne Lindsey.

Visitation will be Monday, January 24, 11-2 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JOHN CREEL WHEELER

OXFORD, MS – John Creel Wheeler, 57, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. He attended Red Bay School for years, Timber Hills in Iuka, MS, Glendale in Fulton, MS and recently at Regional Rehab in Oxford, MS. John loved playing basketball and watching Ole Miss/State football games. He attended over forty games and probably never lost a game. He enjoyed reading newspapers and calendars and playing with children and animals. He was a member of Golden United Methodist Church, Golden, MS.

Services will be Sunday, January 23, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Donnie Riley officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his brother – William R. “Bill” Wheeler, Jr. (Polina); a niece – Sophia Pauline Wheeler; a nephew – William R. Wheeler III and cousins – Linda Hampton and Barbara Hammock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William R. Wheeler, Sr. and Pauline S. Wheeler.

Pallbearers will be John Thomas Hampton, John Casen Myrick, William R. Wheeler III, Todd Hammock, Gary Umfress and Jamie Franks.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 23, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

ERSKIN “TED” DOBBS

RED BAY, AL – Tolbert Erskin “Ted” Dobbs, 93, died Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper, AL. He was born in Red Bay, AL and worked in automobile manufacturing. Ted was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Graveside services will be Friday, January 14, 10:30 a.m. at Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two nieces – Katrine Moore (Billy) and Donna Overton (James).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Dobbs and Rena Bullen ; sisters and brother, Pauline Gober, Erdene Dobbs, Junior Dobbs and Mary Opal Sartain.

Pallbearers will be Billy Moore, Brad Overton, Vollie Pierce, Gary Armstrong, Dean Hubbard and Wesley Thigpen.

RUSTY PALMER

RED BAY, AL – Russell Hobson “Rusty” Palmer, 61, died Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. He was born in Adrian, MI and worked in sales as a blind vendor.

Services will be Friday, January 14, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of twenty-one years – Linda Palmer; five children – Michael McCullar (Angelica), Trista Holmes, Nicole Brooks (Aaron), Ashley Hunderman (Bill) and Derrick Nichols; grandchildren – Kaleb Scott, Austin Scott, Logan Holder, Dreyton Holder, Abigail Hunderman, Adeline Hunderman, Mason Hunderman, Alexia Brooks, Autumn Brooks, Anna Nichols, Maeleigh Holmes and Jacob Holmes; several great-grandchildren; three brothers and one sister – Alan Palmer, Barry Palmer, Tracy Hood and Gary Graham.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Bonnie Humphries Palmer and a son, Keelan Holder.

Visitation will be Friday, January 14, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

GENEVA OLIVER

VINA, AL – Clarice Geneva Oliver, 83, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022 at Helen Keller Hospital. She lived most of her life in Itawamba County, MS in the Salem Community. She worked many years at Golden Manufacturing and Blue Bell as a seamstress. She also worked as a CNA at  Red Bay Nursing Home and The Meadows in Fulton, MS. She was a self-taught seamstress, making her daughters’ coats, prom and wedding dresses. She was a hard worker, alongside her late husband, as they lived on a forty acre farm in Fairview, MS raising all types of farm animals, growing corn and baling hay for the animals, as well as growing a huge garden each year. Being an avid gardener, she often shared her garden veggies with family, friends and co-workers.

After a serious car accident and other health problems, she made her home at Generations of Red Bay, where she lived for the past six and one-half years. She loved all the nursing staff, as well as the residents. She could often be seen roaming the halls, chatting with friends and giving words of encouragement to them. She was on the resident council, offering recommendations about meals, events and other pertinent issues. Bingo was one of her favorite activities. Most of all she loved the Lord. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Dennis, MS. She loved Bible Study and church services held on Sundays at Generations of Red Bay.

Services will be Friday, January 14, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerry George and Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children - Deborah Townsend (Richard), Pamela Hartman (Greg) and Jimmie Oliver; six grandchildren – Bradley Townsend (Tracy), Brent Townsend (Meredith), Blake Townsend, Stephen Hartman (Ashley), Rebekah Ramsey (Josh) and Scotty Hartman; twelve great-grandchildren – Abe Townsend, Margaret Townsend, Dawson Hartman, Matthew Hartman, Sammy Hartman, Peyton Hartman, Lucas Hartman, Caleb Ramsey, Matthew Ramsey, Benjamin Ramsey, Hannah Ramsey and Sarah Ramsey; seven sisters – Yvonne Sharp, Doris Dillard, Barbara Howard, Pauline Barnett, Patsy Smith, Regina Rust (Mike) and Anne James; four brothers – Jerry Patterson (Krystal), Robert Patterson (Gearldean), Donnie Patterson (Gail) and Larry Patterson (Nadine);one sister-in-law – Jolene Patterson and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Albert Oliver, her parents, Albert and Lorene Patterson, two sisters, Imagene Stacy and Judy Patterson and one brother, Nolan Patterson.

The family would like to thank the staff of Generations of Red Bay, Red Bay Hospital and Helen Keller Hospital for their care of our Mother during this difficult week.

Pallbearers will be Bradley Townsend, Brent Townsend, Blake Townsend, Stephen Hartman, Scotty Hartman and Josh Ramsey.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 13, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DIANNA GAIL VINSON

GOLDEN, MS – Dianna Gail Vinson, 61, died Monday, January 3, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Tupelo, MS to Hayden and Mary Catherine Clark Watkins and was a homemaker.

Services will be Friday, January 7, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. John Oliver officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Larry Vinson; one son – James Vinson (Kelly); one daughter – April Sunshine Vinson Gattis (Paul); grandchildren- Dakota Vinson (Kelsey), Ayden Vinson, Gavin Vinson, Kolton Humphries, Logan Oliver, Micah Vinson, Johnson Gattis, Emma Gattis and Maddie Atkins.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, step-father and a brother.

Pallbearers will be Dakota Vinson, Ayden Vinson, Harold Vinson, Gary Vinson and Paul Gattis. Honorary pallbearers will be Gavin Vinson, Kolton Humphries and Logan Oliver.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 6, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

LORA MARBUTT

RED BAY, AL – Lora Clementine Creekmore Marbutt, 83, died Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Franklin County, AL to Hosea and Louise Spencer Horton. She was a seamstress and worked at Blue Bell and Wrangler.  She was a member of Little Bear Baptist Church, Tuscumbia, AL.

Services will be Saturday, January 8, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Kevin Palmer and Bro. Brent Palmer officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one daughter – Gina Gates (Jim); one son – Jimmy Creekmore; two grandsons – Zack Creekmore (Katie) and Truman Gates; one granddaughter – Katlin Westbrooks (David); one great-grandson – Lukas Creekmore; three great-granddaughters– Zoey Creekmore, Aubree Gates and Pailslee Gates; one brother – David Horton and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Belt Creekmore and Coye Marbutt, a son, Rickie Creekmore, her parents, three sisters, Betty Childers, Willie Mae Page and Wanda Robison and two brothers, Charles Fray Horton and Angelo Horton.

Pallbearers will be Zack Creekmore, Travis Smith, Hunter Lewis, Adam Ozbirn, Brandon Cole and Payton Thorn.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 8, 1-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

HELEN MOURINE BROWN McKINNEY

RED BAY, AL – Helen Mourine Brown McKinney, 86, died Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, Al. She was born in Belmont, MS to Odis and Hazel Pruitt Brown and was retired from Blue Bell. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Wednesday, January 5, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Micah Fleming officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two nephews – Michael Powers (Donna) and Jeff Powers (Anna) and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Houston McKinney, her parents and a sister, Mary Powers.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 5, 10-12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

HOWARD MCKEE

RED BAY, AL – Howard McKee was born August 4, 1942 in Mobile, AL to Arnold and Lovie Watson McKee. He entered his Heavenly home on January 1, 2022.  As a young boy he lived in several states before he settled in the Red Bay, AL area.  He lived in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Illinois and back to Alabama.  He began his work in the logging business with Tennessee River Pulp and Paper in the early 70’s.  He was a logging contractor for Tennessee River Pulp and Paper, Champion International and International Paper Co.  He then had a trucking company and hauled fertilizer, rock and dog food for Sunshine Mills.  He loved his job and working with all his employees.  He was blessed to have some great and loyal employees.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Red Bay.  For many years he served as an usher and greeter.  He loved greeting the people with a big smile.  He went on the Alabama Emmaus Walk #285 and was a member of the Franklin County Emmaus Cluster.  He loved to witness to people about his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 4, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Red Bay with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Bill Harper officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gloria Lindley McKee; two sons, Anthony McKee (Teresa) and Heath McKee (Imelda); one daughter, Terri Davidson (Jeremy); four grandchildren, Keisha Adams (Chad), Zachary Davidson, Conner Davidson and Madison McKee; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Lincoln Adams and one brother, AJ McKee.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold McKee and wife Myrtle; his mother, Lovie Ryan and husband Hubert; two sisters, Hazel McKee and Virginia Barrett and one brother, Joel McKee.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Mitchell, Danny Pearson, Stacy Ozbirn, Danny Cleveland, Dean Hubbard and Danny McKinney.  Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday School class, Jimmy Berry, Eucellis Underwood, Hollis Chism, John Williams, M.L Vick and Chris Morrow.

Visitation will be Monday, January 3, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers the family request giving to the Gideons International in memory of Howard.  The family wishes to thank Dr. William Heaton for his years of care and Comfort Care Hospice for the special care the past few weeks.

EVONNE PETREE

RED BAY, AL – Nellie Evonne Petree, 79, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Sanctuary Hospice.  She was born in Fulton, MS to Romie and Emma Garrison Smith.  She worked as a house cleaning supervisor for many years and attended Victory Tabernacle Church.

Graveside services will be Monday, January 3, 3:30 p.m. at Berry Cemetery with Bro. Jimmy Massey officiating.  Burial will be in Berry Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived two sons, Randy Petree and Dennis Petree (Jan); a granddaughter, Aronia Mitchell (Dusty); two great-granddaughters, Abbie and Mikala Mitchell; a great-grandson, Slate Mitchell and two sisters, Peggy Patterson and Abilene Vinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Petree; a sister Betty Sartain and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Roy Mitchell, Dusty Mitchell, Brad Kirk, Aaron Kirk, Slate Mitchell and Dennis Petree.

Visitation will be Monday, January 3, 2-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

 

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