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CAYCE ANN JOHNSON

RED BAY, AL – Cayce Ann Johnson, 89, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Itawamba County, MS to Cayce Trenton and Michael Augusta Mullins Taylor. She was retired from Sunshine Mills where she worked as a receptionist. Ann was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL for many years.

Services will be Wednesday, December 8, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery, Fulton, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three daughters – Sherry Johnson Bostick, Toni Jeanes and Jenny Johnson and four grandchildren – Dan Bostick, Trent Bostick, Cayce Kalkbrenner (Jay) and Dylan Johnson (Morgan).

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert S. Johnson, a daughter, Sidney Carol Johnson and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Dan Bostick, Trent Bostick, Dylan Johnson, Joe Taylor, Chris Morrow and Jay Kalkbrenner.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 8, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BARBARA RICHEY

VINA, AL – Barbara Carol Richey , 72, died Saturday, December 4, 2021, at her residence. She was a member of New Union Missionary Baptist Church. She was the Owner/ Operator of Twin Oak Dog Kennel for 30 years.

Funeral services will be Monday, December 6, 2 p.m. at New Union Missionary Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bob Alley 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- Bradley Waddle (Shelia); 2- Grandchildren; 6- Great Grandchildren; 2- Brothers- Jerry Dees (Janie) and Ricky Dees (Linnie Mae); Special friend and caregiver-Linda Bullen and a host of Nieces, Nephews and Friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, W.B. and Margaret Fowler Dees.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Dees, Ricky Dees, Horace Fowler, Heath Dees, Billy Brown, John Taylor, Bruce Stewart and Paul Morris.

Visitation will be Monday, December 6, 12-2 p.m. at New Union Missionary Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL

JERRY WAYNE THORNE

VINA, AL – Jerry Wayne Thorne, 65, loving husband, adored Dad, proud Papa, and friend to many, went to his eternal home on November 30, 2021. Jerry was born on September 4, 1956 in Red Bay, AL to J.W. and Eupal Thorn. He graduated from Red Bay High School in 1974 and North MS Technical School. Jerry’s first job was when he was eleven at Clyde Jackson’s gas station and from then on, he worked a variety of jobs around town, including Horton’s Barbecue, but for 20+ years you could find him at the NAPA store in town. He made many great friends and memories there and loved interacting with his customers and friends. Even though he worked long hours, he was never so busy that he missed one of his children’s ballgames or events. In his spare time you could find him working around the house, on a car, or in the garden on his tractor. He was never very far from his wife, Beverly’s side. They enjoyed many adventures together in their forty-two years of marriage and it was obvious to anyone that she was the apple of his eye. Although Jerry was a great father, he was an even better Papa. Whether it was making up silly songs, riding them on the tractor or lawn mower, leaving little surprises on the porch for them to find, fishing, or watching ballgames, being with his grandkids was his favorite thing to do. Jerry was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of twelve and as he got older, developed a lot of the complications that come with it. He was always determined not to let that slow him down. He was a man of his word and you could always count on him to do what he said he would do. Jerry cared deeply for his family and even after his children were grown, he was willing to drop everything and help in any way. Even after he became physically disabled, he was still his family’s go to for advice and he loved sharing it. He also loved sharing stories from his life and making people laugh with his silly jokes. He was a member of James Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and was excited to talk to anyone, anytime about his Lord and Savior.

Funeral services to celebrate Jerry’s life will be Saturday, December 4, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Kenneth Bond officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Jerry is survived by his wife – Beverly Thorne; two children -Amber Rieder (Josh) and Heath Thorne (Tiffany); eight grandchildren - Elijah Hill and Weston Hill, Tristan, Eirabelle, Valen and Tatum Rieder and Jeremiah and Joshua Thorne; one sister - Kathy Hacker (Danny) and  one nephew - Brad Ivy (Sonya). He was also a foster Papa to many kids throughout the years and loved them all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.W. and Eupal Thorn, his in-laws, Burlion and Willie Mae Gober and his brother-in-law, David Ivy.

Jerry was one of a kind and can never be replaced in our hearts. We are comforted in knowing that he is healthy and happy in his eternal home and that this is not goodbye forever. Until we are reunited, we will miss you, our husband, Dad, Papa, brother, uncle and friend.

Pallbearers will be Chris Brazil, Sonny Martin, Don Boyd, Joel Page, Bobby Patterson and Brad Ivy. Honorary pallbearers will be Rex Patterson, Marlin Gober, Jr. and Larry McCalpin.

Visitation will be Friday, December 3, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JERRY EDWARD ADKISON

GOLDEN, MS – Jerry Edward Adkison, 87, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Center, TX and was an iron worker.

Graveside services were Monday, November 29, at Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Burial was in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three children – Larry Adkison, Cathy Cates (Doug) and Kim Jacobs; six grandchildren – Shae Lindsey (Kevin), Ambur Shirley (Douglas), Tiffany Cates, Kayla Gentry (Jake) Breanna Jacobs and Abby Jacobs; twelve great-grandchildren – Jyden Ford, Anna Lindsey, Katie Gentry, Bradlee Shirley, Jalyn Kirkhoff, Aryana Neighbors, Jordyn Kirkoff, Izabella Shirley, Erinessa Neighbors, Jazzlyn Kirkhoff, Ruthie Jo Lindsey and Michaela Lindsey; one sister – Bobbie Bell; two sisters-in-law – Darlene Adkison and Marie Adkison and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vertie Ruth Jackson Adkison, his parents, Isaac Dewey and Ednalee Ingram Adkison, brothers, Bo Adkison (Syble), Jake Adkison, Hayse Adkison and Isaac Dewey Adkison, Jr. (Mary), sister, Maxie Box (Doyle), daughter-in-law, Trina Adkison and a granddaughter, Heather Cates.

VERTIE RUTH ADKISON

GOLDEN, MS – Vertie Ruth Adkison, 87, passed away Monday, November 22, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Mississippi and was a homemaker.

Graveside services were Tuesday, November 23, 9 a.m. at Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Burial was in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-eight years – Jerry Adkison; three children – Larry Adkison, Cathy Cates (Doug) and Kim Jacobs; six grandchildren – Shae Lindsey (Kevin), Amber Shirley (Douglas), Tiffany Cates, Kayla Gentry (Jake) Breanna Jacobs and Abby Jacobs; twelve great-grandchildren – Jyden Ford, Anna Lindsey, Katie Gentry, Bradlee Shirley, Jalyn Kirkhoff, Aryana Neighbors, Jordyn Kirkoff, Izabella Shirley, Erinessa Neighbors, Jazzlyn Kirkhoff, Ruthie Jo Lindsey and Michaela Lindsey; brothers and sisters - Albert Jr. Jackson, Charles Jackson, Ivie Long, Martha Jackson, Eddie Liebert, Peggy Bourgeois (George) and Grover Jackson (Linda) and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Cellie Hardy Jackson, a granddaughter, Heather Cates, a brother, William "Bill" Jackson, a daughter-in-law, Trina Adkison, two sisters-in-law, Louise Jackson and Kathleen Jackson and a brother-in-law, Mike Liebert.

DAWN TAYLOR

LIBERTY, MS – Regina Dawn Taylor, 58, went home to Jesus on the evening of November 19, 2021 after enduring a long illness. Dawn, the daughter of the late Paul Leslie and Eula Lindsey Taylor, was born November 9, 1963 in Belmont, MS. She worked at RKM for nineteen years as Chief Information Officer but was an integral part of the RKM Family and wore many hats. She worked to bring affordable, quality healthcare to rural Southern LA and MS. She was an avid crafter and was very talented in yarn work, gifting everyone around her with her creations. Dawn was president of the Amite County Historical Society and worked to restore the Little Red School House as well as publish a book on the history of Amite County. She was a member of East Fork Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, November 23, 11 a.m. at Sandy Springs Cemetery, Fulton, MS with Bro. Rick Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Left to cherish Dawn’s memory is her brother – Paul Taylor and his wife, Jean; her nieces – Bobbie and Avery; a nephew – Jehu; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and special friends – Beth, Ginger, Francis, Haney, Kimberly, Marcia, Will, Darie and Christy.

CARLOS J. CREEKMORE

RED BAY, AL – Carlos J. Creekmore, 79, died Tuesday, November 16, 2021 in Moulton, AL. He was born in Vina, AL and was a truck driver.

Memorial services will be Thursday, November 18, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. J.C. Blackburn 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 wife –Pam Creekmore; one daughter – Patricia Baker (Jason); two sons – Keith Creekmore (Kym) and Kevin Creekmore (Michelle); grandchildren – Sydney Russler (Stuart), Anna Haney (Hunter), Alex Higginbottom, Julie Higginbottom, Ben Creekmore, Steven Kendrick and Webb Baker; two great-grandchildren – Elias and Sawyer Kendrick; two brothers – Larry Creekmore and Danny Creekmore and three sisters – Elsie Singleton, Bobbie Petty and Icy Parker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin and Beatrice Holland Creekmore, three brothers, Thurman Creekmore, Belt Creekmore and Edward Creekmore and two sisters, Evon Sartain and Betty Stanphill.

Honorary pallbearers will be Alex Higginbottom, Ben Creekmore, Steven Kendrick, Webb Baker, Stuart Russler and Hunter Haney.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

GAYNELL BOHANNON PAGE

RED BAY, AL – Gaynell Bohannon Page, 83, passed away Monday, November 15, 2021 at Generations of Red Bay. She was born in Franklin County, AL to Albert and Ruby Rogers Bohannon. She was a factory worker and caregiver for twenty years and was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, November 17, 11:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters – Gail Creekmore (Danny) and Joan Cleveland (Danny); four grandchildren – Shane Creekmore, Nathan Creekmore, Derek Cleveland (Amy) and Dustin Cleveland (Sarah); great-grandchildren – Lauren & Matthew Hester, Codey & Makayli Cleveland, Bella Creekmore and Catherine Quinn Cleveland; brothers and sisters– Liz Scott, Bill Bohannon, Ray Bohannon (Ellie), Annette Lee and Peggy Emerick (Allan) and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Jean Boyd, a brother, Bobby Bohannon and the father of her two children, Raymond Childers.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 17, 9-11:15 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

The family would like to thank Generations of Red Bay and all the caregivers for the love shown during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, His Hands & Feet, P.O. Box 616, Red Bay, AL 35582.

KENNETH WHITE

RED BAY, AL – Kenneth Eugene White, 74, died Saturday, November 13, 2021 at his residence.  He was born in Franklin County, AL and worked as a logger.  He was a member of Red Bay Holy Church of Christ.

Funeral services will be Monday, November 15, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Elzie Malone officiating.  Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by four children, Wanda Boyd, Kim McDonald, Cindy Taylor and Christopher White; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters; two brothers and a host of nieces, nephews, and family that loved him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara G. White; his parents, Reggie Junior White and Ophia Kemp White; his grandparents; father and mother-in-law; four brothers; two sisters; two brothers-in-law and two sons-in-law.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Boyd, Adam Kalmbach, Keith Bishop, Chad Malone, James Malone, Ryan Krueger, Phillip McDonald and Randall Davidson.

Visitation will be Monday, November 15, 9-11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BRAD HESTER

VINA, AL – Bradley Glenn Hester, 41, passed away Thursday, November 11, 2021.  He was born in Sheffield, AL to Jesse Hester and Charlotte Sparks Hester.  He worked in construction and attended Dennis First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Sunday, November 14, 3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Adam Humphries officiating.  Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his three children, Allie, Cameron and Kingston Hester; his parents Jesse and Charlotte Hester; two sisters, Kim Brazil (Matt) and Mandy Melson (Jeremy); nieces and nephews, Brett McDowell, Hailey McDowell, Skylar Brazil, Kylah Melson and Jaxton Melson; his grandmother, Ruth Lofton and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jesse and Florene Sparks and Glendale Hester.

Pallbearers will be Michael Collins, Ben Guin, Robby Cole, Adam Hester, Anthony Lindley, Mike Stamper and Anthony Malone.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

HELEN SUE TAYLOR

GRAND ISLAND, FL – Helen Sue Taylor, 85, died Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Advent Health Waterman in Tavares, FL. She was born in Red Bay, AL and worked as a caregiver.

Services will be Saturday, November 13, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL. 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 one son – Michael J. Wills (Anthula); two daughters – Debra Wills and Peri Wills; five grandchildren – Nikki Wills, Alexis Wills, Adam Zsiga, Rikki Herche and Benjamin Herche and one great-grandson – Mateus Herche Lugo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe M. and Virginia Lucille McRight Sykes, a son, Anthony John Wills, six sisters and one brother.

Pallbearers will be Mike Wills, Bobby Davidson, Rick Wood and Ben Herche.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 13, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JIM NORTON

COVINGTON, LA – Jim Norton received the ultimate gift of healing by our Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 4, 2021 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He loved the Lord, his wife, children, and family more than life.

Jim was the kindest and most generous soul with a smile that lit up the room. He was always looking for ways to help those in need and put others before himself. He was an avid supporter of Choose Life and had an extra special place in his heart for children and senior adults.

Jim was a big jokester, especially with his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed spending time with family on the farm, fishing and having family cookouts. On football Saturday’s, you could find him cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide. The best memories are coming home and getting the biggest, most comforting hugs you could ever get with the loving smile that never went away.

He was the rock of his family, a constant source of strength and encouragement. His children and grandson were his pride and joy.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, November 9, 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL with Dr. Tommy Bolan officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by the love of his life Kim of seventeen years; their children – Aaron, Allison “Alli” (Trey), Michael “Bones” and Caroline “Gracie”; grandson – “Little Buddy” Skipper; grandmother – “GG” Ernesteen Armstrong; in-loves – Thomas and Carol Armstrong; sister – Janice (Don) Lemons; sisters-in-law – Karie (Terry) Hardin  and Kristi (Shane) Bagwell and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Trey Fautheree, Terry Hardin, Shane Bagwell, T.J. Hardin, Dylan Hardin and Tyler Bagwell.

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

CHRISTOPHER JAY COTTRELL

MANCHESTER, TN – Christopher Jay Cottrell, 30, passed away Sunday, October 31, 2021 in Murfreesboro, TN. He was born in Toledo, Ohio and was a factory worker. He was a member of New Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Memorial services will be Sunday, December 5, 3 p.m. at New Union Missionary Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL  with Jarod Massey officiating. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

He is survived by his mother – Geraldine Jackson (Darrell); two step-brothers – Clayton Diehl (Katie) and David Jackson; one step-sister – Mary Ann Jackson; four aunts– Ester Ziemiaski (Ed), LaDonna Davis (Carl), Sharron Wilemon and Judy Jackson and two uncles – Donnie Jackson (Shirley) and James Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Keith Alan Cottrell, an aunt – Vickie Lowell and four uncles, Terry Martin, Chuck Martin, Larry Martin and Ricky Martin.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 5, 1-3 p.m. at New Union Missionary Baptist Church.

VENDA LAVELLE MILLER ROBERSON

RED BAY, AL – Venda Lavelle Miller Roberson, 72, passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. She was born in Franklin County, AL and worked as a seamstress.  She was of the Baptist faith.

Services will be Saturday, November 6, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jimmy Massey 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 a daughter – Christina Roberson McCarley (Jason); three grandchildren – Bayden Six (Kiara), Braylon Roberson and Marenda McCarley; one great-grandchild – Legacy Ariebella Six and one nephew – James Miller (Brandy).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orvil and Ophelia Spencer Miller, two brothers, Anderson Miller and Arlan Miller and a sister, Ann Miller.

Pallbearers will be Jason McCarley, James Miller, Bayden Six and Braylon Roberson.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JEARLDEAN HUTCHESON PUCKETT

RED BAY, AL – Jearldean Hutcheson Puckett, 87, passed away Friday, October 29, 2021 at her residence.  She was born in Red Bay, AL to C.B. and Icie Scott Hutcheson. Mrs. Puckett worked at Lance Garment Manufacturing for 25 years and also sold Home Interior for several years.

Funeral services will be Monday, November 1, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Gary Puckett and Bro. Tarin Puckett 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 Daughter- Brenda Lewey (Norris) of Red Bay, AL; Son- Gary Puckett (Susan) of Vina, AL; four grandchildren- Candi Cantrell (Stephen) Decatur, IL, Brandon Lewey (Chrissy) of Russellville, AL, Taylor Hendrix (Eric) of Alexander City, AL, Tarin Puckett (Katelyn) of Vina, AL; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters- Helen Humphries and Barbara Kent.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband-Windal Puckett and two brothers Herman and Thurman Hutcheson.

Pallbearers will be Norris Lewey, Brandon Lewey, Stephen Cantrell, Tarin Puckett, Aiden Lewey, Andrew Lewey and Josiah Cantrell.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Aaron Lewey, Piper Cantrell, Ethan, Logan and Dylan Hendrix.

Visitation will be Monday, November 1, 11-2 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

TED LeMAY

RUSSELLVILLE, AL – Ted LeMay, 60, passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. He was born in Sikeston, MO and worked as a machinist for thirty years. He served on the board for Woodmen of the World for several years and was a member of Sparks Chapel Church of Christ. Ted loved the Lord, his family and beekeeping. He was owner & operator of Consider the Lilies.

Services will be Saturday, October 23, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Danny Fuller officiating. Burial will be in Dempsey Cemetery, Russellville, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Angela LeMay; one son – Ted LeMay, Jr. (Michelle); one daughter – Tabitha Blasingame; two step-children – Cassandra Runde (Trevor) and Jeffery Steele (Lynsie); his mother – Almeadia Marie Johnston LeMay; nine grandchildren – Bo LeMay, Kade LeMay, Madalyn LeMay, Daniel Blasingame, Ethan Blasingame, Keatan Runde, Hadley Runde, Mason Steele and Preston Steele; four sisters– Zonnia LeMay Hovater, Lila LeMay Fuller (Freddy), Tracy Malone (Jamie) and Dana Pollock (Phillip); one brother – Johnny LeMay III (Teresa) and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Orval LeMay, Jr. and a niece, Paige LeMay.

Pallbearers will be Kaleb Malone, Kage Malone, Bryan Fuller, Erik Fuller, John LeMay, IV and Todd Pickering.

Visitation will be Friday, October 22, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DEXTER BOSTICK

RED BAY, AL – Carman Dexter Bostick, 86, passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Providence Place Assisted Living in Senatobia, MS.  He was born in Red Bay, AL to Lowell and Lorine Bullen Bostick.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Red Bay, AL where he served as Deacon, Chairman of the Deacons and Deacon Emeritus.  He also served as a member of Gideon International.  He was a veteran of the US Army and then retired from the Army National Guard as Chief Warrant Officer after 39 years of total military service.

Funeral services will be Monday, October 18, 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Red Bay with Bro. Bill Harper and Bro. Larry Hill officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jo Bostick of Red Bay; four children, Rita Dowdle (David) of Senatobia, MS, Dianne Baer (Ron) of Brandon, MS, Jon Bostick (Angela) of Hattiesburg, MS and Lynne Moody (Miles) of Boone, NC; nine grandchildren, Annah Mary Summy (Steve), John David Dowdle (Becky), Carmen Keen (Jeremy), Brian Baer (Laine), Brett Baer (Lauren), Christina Bostick, Katie Bostick, Brennen Moody and Anneliese Moody; eight great-grandchildren and his sister-in-law, Carolyn Bostick.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jack Bostick.

Pallbearers will be David Brown, Glen Vinson, Billy Bolton, Norris Rogers, Wesley Thigpen, Danny McKinney, J.C. Weeks and Scott Eubanks.  Honorary pallbearers will be Eucellis Underwood, Howard McKee and the members of his Sunday School class.

Visitation will be Monday, October 18, 12-1 at First Baptist Church in Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 616 Red Bay, AL 35582.

GALE BARKSDALE

RED BAY, AL –Gale Barksdale, 72, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Red Bay, AL and was retired as a seamstress.  She attended Emmanuel Baptist Church, Dennis, MS.

Services will be Saturday, October 16, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Caleb Waycaster 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 two sons – Chris Barksdale and Steven Barksdale (Marsha); eight grandchildren – Jordan Barksdale (Paige), Keith Seal (Christina), Kayla Fowler (Brandon), Tyler Harris (Chainy), Estell Barksdale, Donald Barksdale, Sam Messer and Doug Messer; nine great-grandchildren; one sister – Faye Keeton and one uncle – Rudy Collier.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Barksdale, her parents, Dorris and Emarene Collier Keeton and a daughter-in-law, Gracie Barksdale.

Pallbearers will be Chase Lindsey, Sam Messer, Doug Messer, Austin Milam and Michael Cole.

Visitation will be Friday, October 15, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

STEVE ELLIOTT

RED BAY, AL – Harold Stephen “Steve” Elliott, 66, passed away Friday, October 8, 2021 at Helen Keller Hospital. He was born on June 29, 1955 to Bo and Beatrice Elliott. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL. He was a dispatcher for a trucking company for 35 years.

Services will be Monday, October 11, 2:00 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Al  with Bro. Rick Murrell and Bro. Mark Daily 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 sons- Blake Elliott and Brandon Elliott (Rebecca); three grandchildren- Ava, Layla and Jude Elliott;  one sister- Ella Daily; one brother- Jack Elliott (Brenda) and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Rhonda Elliott, father and mother-in-law, Chevis and Olive Gibson,  brothers-Chester, Bill, Tommy and Roy Elliott and a sister, Ann Marie Mauldin.

Pallbearers will be Randy Elliott, Tracy Elliott, Phillip Cooper, Scott Lucas, Mark Daily and Doug Ray.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Mauldin, Mike Elliott, Tra Elliott, Andy Elliott and Chris Brazil.

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

JANET LEE KING BLANTON

RED BAY, AL – Janet Lee King Blanton, 54, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, AL. She was born on November 28, 1966 to Jackson Taylor King, Sr. and Lonia Janette Hill King in Chickasaw County, MS. She received the Nightingale Award in Nursing at Bevill State. She was a home health nurse for Keller Home Care.

Services will be Sunday, October 10, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Cory Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a loving husband – Jeff Blanton; five children – Juli Jones (Ryan), Jana Anderson (Douglas), Jonathon Barnette (Ashley), Jacob Barnette (Gina) and April Lowery (Randy); thirteen grandchildren – Jaylen, Jordin, Miley, Braylen, Devan, Dalton, Jasper, Jett, Ty, Lawson, Henslee, Jayci and Beckham; one brother – Jesse King and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, J.T. King Jr.

Pallbearers will be David McDonald, Ryan Jones, Douglas Anderson, Jamie Gonzalez and Daniel Anderson.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 9, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BOBBIE ANN FOWLER

RED BAY, AL – Bobbie Ann Fowler, 85, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Generations of Red Bay. She was born in Franklin County, AL and was a homemaker.  She was a member of Old Burleson Missionary Baptist Church, Vina, AL.

Graveside services will be Friday, October 1, 3:30 p.m. at Old Burleson Cemetery, Vina, AL with Bro. Walter Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a son – Tim Fowler (Lynda); four grandchildren – Carly Hellums (Brent), T.J. Fowler (Emily), Tony Jennings (Nicole) and Codey Jennings; nine great-grandchildren – Reed, Bronner, Libbi, Rowan, Alex, Lizzi, Brody, Raiff and Bella; two sisters – Marie Upton and Polly Loden and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, John Fowler, her parents, Stirl and Topsy Gober Hardin, a sister, Carolyn Robinson and a brother, Archie Hardin.

Pallbearers will be T.J. Fowler, Brent Hellums, Tony Jennings, Codey Jennings, Russell Davis and Thomas Upton.

SHANNON ORRICK WILLIAMS

RED BAY, AL – Shannon Orrick Williams, 50, passed away Friday, September 24, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Red Bay, AL and worked as a retail manager. She was a member of Vina First Baptist Church, Vina, AL.

Services will be Sunday, September 26, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Tim Farley officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Hamilton, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Jonathan Williams; two sons – Randy Barnes (Summer) and Rodney Barnes (Kristen); five grandchildren – Bryson Finch, Madyson Barnes, Brynlee Barnes, Hadley Barnes and Willagray Barnes; father – Phillip Orrick; mother – Janelle Yielding; siblings – Sheila Spencer, Jennifer Brock and Charlie Harrington and her grandmother – Marion Orrick.

Pallbearers will be Bryson Finch, Jeff Clark, Zach Grimes, Zack Creekmore, Kollin Wells and Madyson Barnes.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 26, 2-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JEWEL MAY ROGERS

BELMONT, MS – Jewel May Rogers, 92, passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Mississippi and worked in garment manufacturing. She operated a restaurant in Golden, MS for several years. She attended Free Holiness Church in Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Sunday, September 26, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Samuel Tharp, Bro. James Smith and Bro. Terry Wright 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 sons – Geral Rogers (Patricia) and Murrell Rogers (Bonnie); sixteen grandchildren – Ricky Lindley, Cindy Puckett, Danny Rogers, Tammy Searcy, Rebecca Crumpton, Shelley Green, Angela Durward, Teresa Causey, Jason Rogers, Jessey Rogers, Julie Smith, Lisa Kindreck, Craig Rogers, Matthew Rogers, Tonia Jones and Rodney Rogers and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Orville Rogers, two sons, James Roy Rogers and Glenn Rogers, her parents, Jim and Mollie Austin Wingo, several brothers and sisters and grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Craig Rogers, Jesse Rogers, Jason Rogers, Mathew Rogers, Phillip Kendrick and Brody Clayton.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 25, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

HORACE V. MORROW

SCOTT CITY, MO. – Horace V. Morrow, 93, died Wednesday, September 1, 2021 in Sikeston, MO. He was born in Red Bay, AL and was a cattle farmer. Horace was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and he attended the United Methodist Church in Charleston, MO.

Graveside services will be Friday, September 3, 10 a.m. at Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL. 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 – Betty Morrow; two children – Tim Morrow (Sandra) and Susan Oakley (Stan); two grandchildren – Timothy and Lee Oakley; several great-grandchildren and two sisters – Marvaline Stanphill and Julia Weber.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Lucille Vinson Morrow.

JOHNNY L. BERRY

RED BAY, AL – Johnny Lynn Berry, 76, died Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Red Bay Hospital. He was born in Franklin County, AL and was retired as a clearing contractor. Johnny had served in the Army Reserve. He was a member of Halltown United Methodist Church.

Graveside services will be Saturday, August 28, 1:30 p.m. at Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL with Bro. Scott Lindsey 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 of fifty-six years – Alice Berry; one daughter – Alicia Berry Jenne (Brad); one grandson – Grayson Jenne; one granddaughter – Annelise Jenne; daughter-in-law – Jada McKinney Berry and her children, Jake, Jaylee and Jaycee; one sister – Charlotte Johnson (Dana); one brother – Don Berry (Joy); brothers and sisters-in-law – Lee Page (Jan), Linda Wren (Eddie), Kathy Page, Sarah McKinney (Ed) and Joel Page (Caroline) and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Brandon Berry; his parents, John Henry and Mary Nelson Berry, a brother, Joe Berry, a sister, Brenda Bridges; his father and mother-in-law, Neal and EstaLee Page and a brother-in-law, Anthony Page.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan McKinney, Marc Page, Mitch Page, Lee Berry, Brad Overton and John A. Berry. Honorary pallbearers will be David Tiffin, Pat Reed, Jr., James Stockton, Jim Lovette, Essra Miller, James Overton, Stephen Wren, Greg Bridges, Phil Bridges, Ray Shook, Billy Moore, Larry Bonds, Johnnie Weatherford and Sluggo Page.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 28, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BONNIE STRICKLAND

VINA, AL – Bonnie Ruth Barrett Strickland was born on July 16, 1934 in Itawamba County, MS. She left this world from Marion Regional Nursing Home to go to her Heavenly home on August 23, 2021 at the age of 87. She was a devoted wife of sixty-four years and a loving Mother and Nana. She was a meticulous house keeper and a wonderful cook. She loved preparing meals for her family, loved ones and neighbors. She enjoyed crocheting and working in her flower garden and traveling until she was no longer able. She worked at various places in town and was loved by all that met her.

Services will be Wednesday, August 25, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Jarod Massey and Jimmy Berry 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 – Terry Strickland (Cyndi) Belmont, MS; daughter – Dena Dempsey (Chuck) Hamilton, AL; three grandchildren – Trent Strickland, Savannah Hall and Shelby Pope and one great-grandson – Caeson Pope.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Strickland, a grandson, Alex Hall, her parents, Homer and Emma Barrett and a sister, Wonnie Jones.

Pallbearers will be David Jones, Trent Strickland, Stuart Strickland, Mark Massey, Jeremy Winters and Brock Raper.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 25, 2-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

RAY MARTIN

GOLDEN, MS – Rayburn Garfield “Ray” Martin, 71, died Sunday, August 22, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Franklin County, AL and worked as a logger, but retired from World Pet. He was a member of Pineville Baptist Church.

Services will be Wednesday, August 25, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. John Oliver and Bro. Andy Barnett 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 – Judy Martin; three children – Heather Bevens (Kevin), Shauna Oliver (Greg) and Tasha Wigginton (Brandi); eleven grandchildren – Danielle Smith, Dakota Clayton, Lauren Cleveland (Jake), Makenna Ables, Keyla Ables, Nevaeh Bevens, Waylon Mills, Meghann Elrod (D.J.), Kaitlin Oliver, Lilly Oliver and Aria Oliver; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters – Methal Daniels and Arlene Duboise (Gary); two brothers - David Martin (Christine) and Burl Martin and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Rachel Elizabeth King Martin, a daughter, Lisa Smith, two sisters, Nita Cripps and Enopolis Martin and two brothers, Tom Martin and Don Martin.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Bevens, Dakota Clayton, Rodney Timmons, Robert Timmons, Jake Cleveland and Ty Nichols. Honorary pallbearers will be Waylon Mills and Greg Oliver.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 24, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

SHIRLEY ANN BOTTOMS BERLIN PRESTAGE

RED BAY, AL – Shirley Ann Bottoms Berlin Prestage, age 81, died on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Sanctuary Hospice, Tupelo, MS. Shirley was the daughter of Carnie Bottoms and Ethel Morrow Bottoms. She was a 1957 graduate of Red Bay High School where she was elected Homecoming Queen. Shirley spent most of her life working for Dr. E.L. McRight and for Dr. Walker Dempsey at the Medical Clinic in Red Bay. Later she worked at Belmont Homes and was working as a hostess at Jack’s in Red Bay until she was diagnosed with cancer in July, 2020. Shirley never met a stranger. She loved to meet people and loved to talk. She will be missed by her friends and family. Shirley was a faithful member of the Red Bay Church of Christ.

Services will be Wednesday, August 25, 1 p.m. at Red Bay Church of Christ with Scott Webster, Herbert Trulove and Jim Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Shirley is survived by two sons – Stanley Jerome Berlin, Fulton, MS and Jonathan Hoyt Berlin (Tammy) Russellville, AL; four grandchildren – Susan Randolph, Bart Bolton, Grace Berlin and Brooke Berlin; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; three sisters – Lera Knight, Jean Hastings and Judy Bullen; one brother – Andy Bottoms and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Hoyt Berlin and Paul Prestage, a grandson, Bailey Berlin, her parents and two brothers, Bill Bottoms and Paul Bottoms.

Pallbearers will be Bart Bolton, Charlie Bottoms, Andrew Bottoms, Max Bullen, Max Bullen, Jr., Grant Fancher and Harold Entrekin.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Red Bay Church of Christ.

LEBERN H. BARKSDALE

RED BAY, AL – Lebern H. Barksdale, 65, died Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Helen Keller Hospital.  He was born in Franklin County, AL to Riley and Idar Lindsey Barksdale.

Funeral services will be Monday, August 23, 3:30 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 his sister, Marie Cole and his brother, David Barksdale.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Joel, Curtis and Bobby Barksdale.

Pallbearers will be Michael Cole, Wade Barksdale, Chris Barksdale, Cody Wilkinson, Brandon Cole and Tristan Johnson.

Visitation will be Monday, August 23, 2-3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home.

CLEETA BYTHA WALLS MITCHELL

RUSSELLVILLE, AL – Cleeta Bytha Walls Mitchell, 88, passed away Friday, August 13, 2021 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. She was born in Red Bay, AL and worked at Quaker Industries in Illinois for nineteen years. She attended Muscle Shoals Church of God.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, August 17, 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, MS with Bro. Greg Pace and Bro. Roger Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Masks and social distancing requested by the family. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sons – Kenneth Wayne Mitchell and Ricky Howard Mitchell; four grandchildren – Rhett Mitchell, Nikkita Mitchell, Carter Mitchell and Kendra Mitchell and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Cecil Mitchell, her parents, Willie and Alice Grissom Walls, a great-grandson, Patrick Mitchell and several brothers and sisters.

RAYMOND CREEKMORE

RED BAY, AL – Raymond Aaron Creekmore, age 86, died peacefully at Southern Magnolia Assisted Living in Golden, MS, on Saturday, August 14, 2021, surrounded by his family. Raymond was born on September 10, 1934, to Hersey and Flora Creekmore. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Red Bay and worked for years in the Red Bay area before taking a job at Monsanto in Decatur, AL. Upon his retirement from Monsanto, he worked part-time for several more years at the Piggly Wiggly of Red Bay.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 18, at 11 a.m. in the chapel at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay with Joel Davis and Danny Thompson officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the funeral and a private burial will follow the funeral at the Red Bay City Cemetery. Social distancing and masks are encouraged at the funeral service. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his son - Keith Creekmore; son-in-law -Robert Newell; grandchildren - Jerrod Newell, Emily Newell Davis & Joel and Madison Creekmore; and three great-grandsons - Noah Davis, Micah Davis and Branighan Tate.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of fifty-five years, Edith Gilliland Creekmore; his daughter, Kay Creekmore Newell; his parents; his step-father, Girtie Nelson Carnes and eight siblings.

The family would like to thank Kindred at Home, Kindred Hospice and the wonderful staff at Southern Magnolia of Golden for all of their love and care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to His Hands and Feet Ministry of the Red Bay First Baptist Church, 602 4th Street SE, Red Bay, AL 35582.

CATHERINE JEAN LYNCH

HODGES, AL – Catherine Jean Lynch, 73, passed away Saturday, August 14, 2021 at her home.  She was born in Delaware County, PA to Donald J. and Catherine Jean Rhodes King.  While working as a Candy striper in a Philadelphia hospital, she met the love of her life, Daniel Joseph Lynch.  They fell in love and were married eight weeks later on July 20, 1968.  They began celebrating their family with the birth of their first daughter one year later. Her beloved husband passed away in February of 2016 and she has missed him every day since.  At her request, their ashes will be combined and spread at Mt. Cheahaw in Anniston, AL and Blue Mountain Beach, FL so they will be together forever in the two places they loved the most.

She is survived by four children, Doreen Patterson, Jenean Zayas, Angela Alack and Daniel Lynch; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one brother, Walter King.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one brother, David King and one sister, Mary Exley.

MIKE OLIVER

RED BAY, AL – George Michael “Mike” Oliver, 69, died Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Sheffield, AL and was retired from Tiffin Motor Homes. He was a member of Community Center Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be Thursday, August 5, 2 p.m. at Red Bay City Cemetery with Donald Raper, Jr. officiating.  Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three children –Gina Raper (Donald Jr.), Tony Horton (Lynette) and Tammy Duncan (Byron); seven grandchildren – Joseph Raper, Taira Dotson (Robert), Tyler Duncan, Alyssa Horton, Tiffany Thorne (Heath), Anthony Horton (Caroline) and Mariah Roach (Brad); six great-grandchildren – Kieli Dotson, Autumn Dotson, Jeremiah Thorne, Joshua Thorne, Ann Carver Horton and James Horton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Oliver.

AVERINE HALL LEDBETTER

RED BAY, AL – Elouise Averine Hall Ledbetter, 86, passed away Monday, August 2, 2021 at North Al. Medical Center, Florence, AL. She was born in Franklin County, AL and was a business owner, working in the florist industry for many years. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge #1 Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Thursday, August 5, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Billy Nichols and Bro. Tim Harris officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two children – Terry Hall (Susan) and June Harris (Tim); four grandchildren – Keesha Lindley (Anthony), Jonathan Hall (Brandi), Anne-Marie Patrick (Kevin) and Katie Russell (William); six great-grandchildren – Carlie Lindley, Kaylie Lindley, Carson Lindley, Katlyn Lindley, Clayton Lindley and Naomi Hall; two step-children – Cathy Russell and Joe Ledbetter; two sisters – Marie LeMay and Sue Davis; one brother – Billy Johnston and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Troy Hall and Dude Ledbetter, her father and mother, Husie and Lonnie Humphries Johnston; three brothers and two sisters.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Burnout Cemetery Fund, c/o Donald Gober, 1171 Highway 16, Vina, AL 35593.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 4, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

ARVA NELL BARRETT

RED BAY, AL – Arva Nell Barrett, 83, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Alabama and was a factory worker for more than fifty years.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 3, 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Berry Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two nieces – Donna Criswell and Shelia Livingston (Sam); one nephew – J.L. Barrett; one great-niece – Sarah McGraw (Zach); one great-nephew – Shane Livingston; one great-great-nephew – Z.J. McGraw and one great-great-niece – Lexi McGraw.

Pallbearers will be Elzie Malone, Scottie Malone, Edwin Crane, Wilbur McKinney, Ralph Winchester and Jimmy Higginbottom.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 3, 10 a.m. – 12 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

FRANKIE E. EMERSON

NEW VERNON, IN - Frankie E. Emerson, 67, born in Red Bay, Alabama passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021 peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. Frank had a lifetime career in the printing industry and retired from R. R. Donnely in 2017. He was a sports enthusiast for his Chicago teams and enjoyed weekend adventures with his wife. A man of few words, he was devoted to his family. Frank, a dedicated father, supported his children in all of their activities. He was their biggest fan.  If he wasn't coaching on the field, he was cheering from the stands.

Graveside services will be Sunday, August 1, 2 p.m. at Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, Alabama. 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 forty-eight years – Teresa Emerson; two children - Tonya and Shawn as well as many other loving family members including his beloved pets.

BETTY BULLARD McKINNEY

RED BAY, AL – Betty Bullard McKinney, 74, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Red Bay, AL and had worked in garment manufacturing. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Tuesday, July 27, 12 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, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-six years – Wilbur McKinney; one son – Clair Ray McKinney; one granddaughter – Casey Lynn Roberson (Daniel); two great-grandchildren – Bryson Lanctot and Sadie White; one sister – Brenda Bullard Beam (Robert) and one brother – Brent Bullard (TiNa).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clair Hammond and Annis Maxine Lucius Bullard and a brother, Billy Garrison.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

NAOMI KLAIRE NULPH

GOLDEN, MS – Naomi Klaire Nulph, infant daughter of Byron and Katresa Kelton Nulph, passed away peacefully in the arms of her family on Friday, July 16, 2021 at the Red Bay Hospital, Red Bay, AL. She was born June 18, 2021 in Tupelo, MS.

Funeral services will be Monday, July 26, 2 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Golden, MS with Bro. Jackie Hastings officiating. Burial will be in Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hwy. 23, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two siblings – Heaven and Gabriel Nulph, her grandmother – Carrie Davis; great-grandparents – Eddie and Renee Kelton, Debra Lovejoy and Virginia Kelton and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Nathan Kelton and Keista Kelton Enlow; two great-grandmothers, Monia Gasaway and Dorothy Davis and two great-grandfathers, Gordie Davis and Troy Kelton.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 25, 6-9 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

KATHY SUE JOHNSON

TREMONT, MS – Kathy Sue Johnson, 66, died Friday, July 16, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Chattanooga, TN and was a factory worker for twelve years.

Services will be Sunday, July 18, 12 p.m. at True Life Church, Highway 11 South, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jimmy Lucas and Bro. Jason Glasgow officiating. Burial will be in Shady Valley Cemetery, Tremont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of forty-eight years – Leroy Johnson; two sons – Wayne Johnson (Carma) and Sequoyah Johnson (Heather); one daughter – Diana Fowler (Ricky); six grandchildren – Denver and Triston Clark, Hunter Johnson, Cheyenne Fowler, Dakota Fowler, Ryder Johnson and Ryleigh Johnson; two great-grandchildren – Jazzlyn and Jetta Clark; her mother – Dimply Yvonne Wooten; four sisters – JoAnn Wooten, Debbie Johnson, Teresa Veal and Priscilla Padgett and three brothers – Steven Wooten, Tim Wooten and George Wooten.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bufford Wooten and a brother, Mike Wooten.

Pallbearers will be Austin Townsend, Elon Glasgow, Ryder Johnson, Hunter Johnson, Triston Clark, Ricky Fowler and Jason Veal.

Visitation will begin Saturday, July 17, 6 p.m. until service time, 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, at True Life Church.

PEGGY ANN KEETON

RED BAY, AL – Peggy Ann Keeton, 88, passed away Monday, July 5, 2021 at Southern Magnolia in Golden, MS surrounded by family and friends.  She was born in Kentucky on July 3, 1933 to Thomas and Louise Ashmore Turner.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Red Bay and the Red Bay Garden Club.  She was a gift shop volunteer at the Red Bay Hospital and enjoyed assisting in the beauty shop at Red Bay Care Center.  She along with her husband, William Hoyt Keeton, Sr. owned and operated Keeton Oil Company in Red Bay for many years.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 8, 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Red Bay with Bro. Dallas Culver officiating.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four children, William Hoyt “Butch” Keeton, Jr. (Suzy), Kathy Hale (Sammy), Lisa Davis (Brooks) and Hal Keeton (Shala); nine grandchildren, Brooke Carnes (Mark), Brock Keeton (Stephanie), Briana McCoy (Ian), Karla Koger (Ron), Kyle Sparks (Tamara), Tyler Davis, Darby Baxter (Adam), Casey Keeton (Kloie) and Holly Bullen (Blake); two step-grandchildren, T.J. Pruitt and Dakota Pruitt (Bethany) and twenty great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her step-father-Braxton Sanford.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Davis, Adam Baxter, Kyle Sparks, Ron Koger, Casey Keeton, Blake Bullen and Kobe Koger.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 8, 11-2 at First United Methodist church in Red Bay.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Hoyt Keeton Walking Trail, P.O. Box 2002, Red Bay, AL 35582.

BILLY JOE HAITHCOCK

RUSSELLVILLE, AL – Billy Joe Haithcock, 69, died Monday, June 28, 2021 at Russellville Hospital, Russellville, AL. He was born in Franklin County, AL and worked as a logger.

Graveside services will be Monday, July 5, 5:30 p.m. at Sparks Chapel Cemetery, Russellville, AL with Bro. Rick Murrell officiating.  Burial will be in Sparks Chapel Cemetery, Russellville, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a son – John Haithcock and his mother, Becky Taylor; two nephews – Greg Haithcock and Larry Haithcock and one niece – Tammy Haithcock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Delma Barker Haithcock and a brother, Tommy Haithcock.

MICHAEL DARREN HILL

CORINTH, MS – Michael Darren Hill, 26, died Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Germany while his parents were stationed there. He worked at Carlock Toyota and was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Graveside services will be Saturday, June 26, 11 a.m. at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Dumas, MS with Bro. Larry Hill officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Dumas, MS.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Haley Hill; a daughter – Renesmae Hill and many loving family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Patrick Matthew Hill Memorial Library, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 616, Red Bay, AL 35582 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

LOUISE SHEWBART

VINA, AL – Martha Louise Shewbart, 84, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Hospice Family Care, Huntsville, AL. She was born in Franklin County, AL to William and Shellie Coats Scott. She was a homemaker and a member of Burnout Missionary Baptist Church, Vina, AL.

Services will be Friday, June 18, 1 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Nichols and Bro. AG Stepp officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-eight years – Forbus Shewbart; two daughters – Pam Humphres (Terry) and Phyllis Williams (Garry); four grandchildren – Natalie Barker (Kevin), Lance Rozelle, Jill Hester (Bryan) and Lauren Taylor (Blake); four great-grandchildren – Shelton Rozelle, Landry Barker, Langston Barker and Baby Taylor; step-great-grandson – J.M. Eddinger; one brother – Truman Scott (Jackie) two sisters – Sue Leiser (Bert) and Charlotte Spearman; a sister-in-law – Kay Scott; a brother-in-law – James Shewbart and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Jank Scott, a son-in-law, Bearl DeFoor and a step-granddaughter, Heather Eddinger.

Pallbearers will be Garry Williams, Terry Humphres, Kevin Barker, Lance Rozelle, Bryan Hester and Blake Taylor.

Visitation will be Friday, June 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.

FRANKLIN J.B. GASAWAY

GOLDEN, MS – Franklin J.B. Gasaway, 84, died Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Tishomingo County, MS and was retired as a business owner. He was a member of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.

Services will be Saturday, June 19, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 49-1/2 years – Helen Fennel Gasaway; three daughters – Linda Moore (Alan) McCalla, AL, Joan Morrow (Tommy) and Brenda Mann (Mark) all of Red Bay, AL; one son – Jason Gasaway, Atlanta, GA; one brother – J.E. Gasaway (Marilyn) Red Bay, AL; two sisters – Mary Rawson, Red Bay, AL and Kathryn Hammock (Oneal) Fairview, MS; six granddaughters – Haley Taylor (Trevor) Bella Vista, AR, Mollie Moore, Phenix City, AL, Allison Morrow, Mobile, AL, Megan Rogers (Jonathon) Hot Springs, AR, Kloie Keeton (Casey), Red Bay, AL and Magan Mann, Nashville, TN; three grandsons – Jay Michael Woods (Tiffany) Slidell, LA, Jeremy Woods, Birmingham, AL and Briley Mills, Red Bay, AL; three great-grandsons – Mason Taylor, Aiden Woods and Gabriel Woods; two great-granddaughters – Aubrey Petree and Kaylie Laine; a host of nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Vera Mae Gasaway.

Pallbearers will be Briley Mills, Jeremy Woods, Jay Michael Woods, Jason Gasaway and Casey Keeton. Honorary pallbearer will be Jonathon Rogers.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 19, 12-2 p.m.at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DONNA ROGERS

VINA, AL – Donna Jean Rogers, 49, died Sunday, June 13, 2021 at North Al. Medical Center, Florence, AL. She was born in Red Bay, AL to Joy and Anita Spencer and married Randy Rogers June 29, 1992. She had worked at World Pet for fifteen years.

Services will be Thursday, June 17, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jimmy Massey officiating. Burial will be in Hatley Cemetery, Hatley, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a son – Jonathon Rogers (Megan) Hot Springs, AR; a brother – Don Spencer (Denise) Red Bay, AL; half-brother – Ronnie Spencer (Diane) Wesson, MS; father-in-law – Sidney Maxey, Smithville, MS; sister-in-law – Wanda Rogers, Smithville, MS; brother-in-law – Scotty Rogers, Golden, MS and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, mother-in-law, Annie Maxey, father-in-law, Kelly Rogers and a brother-in-law, Ricky Rogers.

Pallbearers will be Isaac Spencer, Joey Allen, Tim Goza, Clayton Brooks, Anthony Little and Nathan Little.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 16, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

VICKIE M. OLIVER

RED BAY, AL – Vickie M. Oliver, 64, died Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Generations of Red Bay. She was born in Chicago, IL and was a factory worker for more than thirty years.

Graveside services will be Saturday, June 12, 11 a.m. at Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Steve Lindsay 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 a daughter – Kristi Demonia; one nephew – Jeff Wilemon (Tonya); one great-niece – Sydnee Wilemon and her brother – Jimmy Mayhall.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Mayhall, her mother, her brother, David Mayhall and her son-in-law , James Demonia.

PEGGY COX

RED BAY, AL – Peggy Ann Cox, 74, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Southern Magnolia in Golden, MS.  She graduated from Red Bay High School in 1965.  She was a member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the choir.  She started working at Community Spirit Bank in 1971 and retired after working 40 years.  She was elected onto the Red Bay City Council for two terms from 1992-2000.  She loved watching her grandchildren in everything they were involved with and enjoyed camping with friends after retirement.

Funeral services will be Monday, June 7, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Bill Harper 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 husband of 55 years, Tommy Cox of Red Bay; her sons, Steve Cox (Elonda) of Red Bay, Stan Cox (Ronaka) of Russellville, and Stuart Cox (Tammy) of Hackleburg; two sisters-Sarah Lowery of Florence, AL and Dale Bonds (Thomas) of Tupelo, MS; her grandchildren, Ely Cox, Emily Cox, Michaela Marquis (Logan), Austin Cox, Colton Cox and Fallin Cox and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Villie Malone and two brothers, Jack W. Malone and Dr. John L. “Doc” Malone.

Pallbearers will be Ely Cox, Colton Cox, Austin Cox, Logan Marquis, Joe Buckley and Mike Stockton.

Visitation will be Monday, June 7, 9-11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

PEARLENE VICK GARRISON

RED BAY, AL – Pearlene Vick Garrison, 86, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Itawamba County, MS and worked in garment manufacturing. She was a member of Church of God.

Services will be Friday, June 4, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Shane Ray 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 three children – Betty Johnson (Larry) Fyffe, AL, Nicky Garrison and Tammie Scott (Dennis) all of Red Bay, AL; nine grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gathel Garrison, a son, Eddie Garrison, her parents, Hobson and Rosie West Vick and five sisters.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Garrison, Paul Garrison, Nathan Sheffield, Jerry Sheffield, Corey Scott and Chris Kemp.

Visitation will be Friday, June 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

MARTHA PAULYNE ENGLE GRAY

FLORENCE, AL - “Well done, good and faithful servant” is what we believe Jesus Christ said to Martha Paulyne Engle Gray when she was welcomed to her Heavenly home Monday, May 31st. Martha was surrounded by her loving family in her home when she went to be with Jesus.  She put her faith in Jesus Christ at the young age of 15 and served Him every day spreading His gospel.

Martha was born September 18, 1924 in Franklin County, Alabama to Oscar and Cletus Griffus Engle. As a farmer’s daughter and child of the Great Depression, she was a hard worker who could plow a field with a mule, pick cotton, she even taught herself to read and play the piano. Martha lived an extraordinary life in her 96 1/2 years. They didn’t make stuff she couldn’t do.

An avid lifelong reader, she would often read by coal lantern as a child after the family was asleep and continued that love of learning her entire life. She was selected Salutatorian of her 8th grade class, and went on to win a Charleston dancing contest. Martha made her radio singing debut at the age of 14 and her love of singing and playing gospel music grew throughout her entire life. She traveled in a gospel quartet singing Alto and was part of the church choir for more than 50 years. She passed on her love of music to her children and she was proud each of them inherited her gift of music.

At the age of 18 right before finishing high school, she married her sweetheart, William “Bill” Albert Gray. They built a beautiful life together and provided a loving home for their children: Alana Paulette, Martha Ann, William Robert, David Albert, and Janie Rebecca. While Bill was a long-distance truck-driver, Martha worked in several occupations but was most proud of being a Mother, Grandmother, and Sunday School teacher.  She taught Sunday School for 52 years and was widely respected for her in-depth knowledge of the Bible and as a fearless defender of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She also loved her country and would tell anyone she met about Jesus and how she loved America. One job in particular she was proud of was as an original “Rosie the Riveter” where she worked on the fuel tanks of the P-Series war planes to help defeat the Nazis in World War II.

After living in Michigan 25 years, Martha and Bill bought a farm in Belmont, Mississippi and moved back home. That’s where her green thumb flourished. She could grow anything including an enormous garden which she would then can and freeze to feed her family. She was affectionately known as the “Food Lady” and was an amazing southern cook. She loved to cook food to share with the sick and elderly and teaching Sunday School at Golden Central Baptist Church.

At the age of 72, Martha made history when she became the oldest person in the state of Mississippi at that time to earn her GED. Martha was also an accomplished artist. She taught herself to crochet, to become an outstanding seamstress, make beautiful quilts, and she even learned to knit at the age of 90. She must have made at least a million stitches creating beautiful works of art for her family and friends, and was still making things until her last days.

Martha never met a stranger and her smile lit up every room she entered. She had a quick wit and remained sharp as a tack even in her old age. Martha claims her good health was a result of eating the plainest foods from the garden, staying busy, serving the Lord and His people. She fiercely loved her family and  left her mark on each heart. The most important lesson she wanted us to all know is that Jesus is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. She ran her race with courage and determination all while trying to live a life pleasing to The Lord. We will miss her every day, but we know where she is and have no doubt we will be together again forever one day.

Martha is preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill, infant daughter Alana, son David, her parents and sisters Carlee Nunley, Grace Bridges, and Laverne Engle. She is survived by her children Martha Emmons, Bob (Rachel), Janie Wallace and her husband Bryan whom she loved like her own son, eight grandchildren: Kelly Smith, Kayla Lender (Sam), Emily Horning, Kimberly Miller (Chris), Lacey Frederick, Tyler Beard, Taylor Beard, David C. Gray, and 11 great-grandchildren. We are her living legacy of love.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Lyman Mitchell for his unwavering support and loving tender care the last years of her life, and Dr. Jerry Williams, whom she considered one of her best friends. They would also like to thank Kindred Hospice, especially Nurse Rosa, all the kind staff at Kindred Home Health, especially her therapist Denise, ElderCare Services, especially her sitter Dominique, and the 5th floor nurses and staff at NAMC.

A celebration of Martha’s life will be held Wednesday, June 2nd at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, AL. Visitation at 1:00 p.m. followed by funeral at 2:00 p.m. Officiating the service will be Rev. Kevin Johnson, Florence First Baptist Church. Music will be by Florence FBC Associate Pastor Scott Underwood and Janie Wallace. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, she would rather that if anyone reading this isn’t sure they know where they will go when their time on earth has ended, that they would ask Jesus into their heart. Also, if you still have  your parents and grandparents here, go see them, hug their neck, tell them you love them, and sit down and visit a little while. Life is short, but love is forever.

PEGGY DIANNE CHAFFIN

RED BAY, AL -  Peggy Dianne Chaffin passed away on Sunday morning, May 23, 2021 at the age of 67. Peggy was a retired registered nurse who loved helping others, loved her family and loved the Lord.

The family will have a memorial service on Saturday, June 5, 11:00 a.m. at New Union Missionary Baptist Church in the Halltown Community, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL assisted the family.

She is survived by her parents - Oscar and Willodean Hamm; sons - Steven Hall and Rob Hall (Misty); four grandchildren and  a host of great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to New Union Missionary Baptist Church, 40 County Road 28, Red Bay, AL 35582 or The Kidney Transplant Foundation in Vanderbilt, TN.

LORENE UNDERWOOD

RED BAY, AL – Lorene H. Underwood, 80, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021 at her residence.  She was born in Tremont, MS to George and Lida Guin Hardin.  She worked as a licensed hospital administrator and registered nurse.  She was a certified phlebotomist technician.  She attended Bethel Church of God and Hurricane Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 18, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerry George 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 two daughters, Tamela Renfroe and Lori Parrish; five grandchildren, T.J Renfroe, Liza Ewing (Jay), Shawn Parrish (Lauren), Lacey Blassingame (Ronny) and Zachary Parrish (Hannah); five great-grandchildren, Jantzen, Mayleigh, Dawson, Carson and Abby and one sister, Gladys Barker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mac Underwood; her sons-Shannon and Shane Underwood; her parents; six brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Parrish, Zachary Parrish, Jay Ewing and Rocky Harris.

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

RALPH STANLEY ADAMS

VINA, AL – Ralph Stanley Adams, 65, died Saturday, May 8, 2021 at his residence.  He was born in Russellville, AL to Ralph Sidney Adams and Willie Sue Gober Adams.  He worked as a plant manager.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 11, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Mike Deaton officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Bethany Adams; three children, Aaron Adams (Tiffany), Chris Adams (Tori) and Jessica Miller (Zack); eight grandchildren-Casey Adams, Steven Adams, Kelsey Orr, Jacie Orr, A.J. Adams, Avery Adams, Clayton Adams and Kinlee Adams; one great-granddaughter-Ashlyn.

He was preceded in death by his son-Ralph Stanley Adams, Jr.; his parents and two sisters-Sherry and Melissa Adams.

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

GLADYS WILLIAMS HOLLAND

RED BAY, AL – Gladys Olene Williams Holland, 95, died Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Itawamba County, MS and worked at Blue Bell for twenty years. She was a member of Old Burleson Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be Friday, May 7, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Rusty Holland and Bro. Walter Bennett 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 children – Roger Holland (Becky), Randy Holland (Rebecca) and Rita Inman (Danny); five grandchildren – Joe Holland (Christie), Rusty Holland (Crystal), Radley Holland (LaKesha), Reggie Holland (Lauren) and Josh Inman (Gretchen); nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Junior Holland; her parents, Orville and Mary Murphree Williams, a daughter-in-law, Judy Holland, two brothers, Mordie and Quince Williams and one sister, Keva Grissom.

Pallbearers will be Joe Holland, Joey Holland, Radley Holland, Reggie Holland, Josh Inman, Tanner Holland, Brantley Holland and Case Holland.

Visitation will be Friday, May 7, 12-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

GEARY RAY McCOLLUM

RED BAY, AL – Geary Ray McCollum, 74, passed away at his residence Tuesday, May 4, 2021. He was born in Pleasant Site, AL on February 7, 1947. He was a graduate of Red Bay High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of North Alabama. He also got a degree in Tool and Die. He worked as a Project Engineer at NTN Bower and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He was an avid hiker and took countless hiking trips into the Bankhead National Forest with his two sons, Gregory and Patrick and his close friend, Gerald Jackson. He was a member of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.

Services will be Friday, May 7, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Roger Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Site Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Geary is survived by his wife of fifty-five years – Holly Gasaway McCollum; three children – Gregory McCollum (Melissa), Stacy Johnson (Rodney) and Patrick McCollum (Ale); five grandchildren – Gavin Johnson (Kanah), Tori Young (Coby), Seth Johnson, Ashton Johnson and Lucianna McCollum; one great-grandchild – Asher Johnson; two brothers – Roger McCollum and David McCollum (Dianna).

He was preceded in death by his mother, Icie Bates McCollum Stevens; his father, William S. “Grass” McCollum and his step-father, Junior A. Stevens.

Pallbearers will be Gavin Johnson, Seth Johnson, Ashton Johnson, Coby Young, Adam McCollum and Clint Irby.

Visitation will be Friday, May 7, 12-1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DAVID WALKER ELROD

RED BAY, AL – David Walker Elrod, 71, died Monday, May 3, 2021 at Southern Magnolia, Golden, MS. He was born in Red Bay, AL and was retired from Tiffin Supply after twenty-seven years. He was a member of Ten Acre Field Church.

Services will be Wednesday, May 5, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Marshall Green 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 a daughter – Melissa McGee, Belmont, MS; a son – Ken Elrod, Belmont, MS; ten grandchildren – Beth Kent, John McGee, Chris Trail, Sommer Elrod, MacKenzie Hammock, Angel Martinez, Nicole Elrod, K.J. Elrod (Danielle), Corey Elrod and Kendra Elrod; twelve great-grandchildren; three sisters – Judy Credille (Ray), Linda Atkinson (Jesse) and Sheila Barrett (Dorce) and special friend - Tony Horton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue Elrod, a son, Doug Hammock, a daughter, Pam Elrod, his parents, Waymon and Grace Vick Elrod and a brother, Timmy Elrod.

Pallbearers will be Corey Elrod, Steven Paul Floyd, Jesse Atkinson, Ray Credille, Dorce Barrett and K.J. Elrod.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 4, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

BOBBY MATTHEW BISHOP

VINA, AL – Bobby Matthew Bishop, 84, died Friday, April 30, 2021 at Longwood Nursing Home, Booneville, MS. He was born in Red Bay, AL and worked in auto body repair. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving for eight years.

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

He is survived by four children – Bobbie Marie Pope (Bob), Kevon Bishop (Teresa), Pennie Bishop and Joseph Bishop (Mary Elizabeth); five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Jenkins Bishop, his parents, William and Shelly Bullock Bishop and four siblings.

MAEDEEN MITCHELL THOMPSON

RED BAY, AL – Maedeen Mitchell Thompson, 93, died Thursday, April 29, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Franklin County, AL, was a homemaker and a member of Grace Baptist Church. She loved flowers and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be Sunday, May 2, at 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerry Humphries and Bro. J.C. Blackburn 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 children – Patricia Lee “Pat” Wright, Linda Kay Humphres (Wade) and Annette Humphries (Jerry); grandchildren – Chris Wright (Leslie), Stephanie Williams (Brett), Amanda Nichols (Patrick), Jonathan Humphres (Haley), Cassondra Chamblee (Trevor Nichols) Veronica Strickland (Greg) and Daniel Humphries (Haley) and great-grandchildren – Lily Wright, Annaliese Rogers, Ally Williams, Shelby Nichols, Marley Chamblee, Max Wright, Jayden Pearson, Justin Humphres, Colton Chamblee, Preston Pearson, Canaan Nichols, Baylor Humphries, Keegan Strickland, Blaklei Pounds, Kila Williams, Luke Williams and Lexi Lynn Nichols.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Lee Thompson, her parents, Marion and Maudie Lee Holland Mitchell, infant twin brother and sister, two sisters, Johnnie Mitchell and Marvalene Ham and one brother, Winsol Mitchell.

Pallbearers will be Chris Wright, Brett Williams, Patrick Nichols, Jonathan Humphres, Trevor Nichols, Greg Strickland and Daniel Humphries.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 1, 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, May 2, 1-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

NORVAL ALLEN BERRY

FLORENCE, AL – Norval Allen Berry, 76, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the home of his sister. Norval was born March 20, 1945 to Cassie and Sid Berry.

There will be a private family service with Bro. Fred Karthause officiating. Burial will be in Berry Cemetery, Red Bay, AL.Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Norval is survived by his sister – Marcia Ledbetter (Troyce); one niece – Sheila Baldwin (Richard); one great-nephew – Ryan Baldwin and one great-niece – Kaylee Baldwin, Phoenix, AZ.

The family would like to thank Kindred At Home Hospice for over three years of care along with Fran Turner, Rosa Darby, Fred Karthause and Kay Holt. They are considered part of the extended family.

KEVIN LEE HAMM

RED BAY, AL – Kevin Lee “Chop” Hamm, 48, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021 at NMMC in Hamilton, AL.  He was born in Red Bay, AL to Danny Lee and Peggy Joyce Thomas Hamm.  He was a truck driver and attended Grace Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 20, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Wayne Bumgart and Bro. Chris Brannon 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 father-Danny Hamm (Nancy); sisters and brothers-Rita Brannon (Keith), Jennifer Jackson (Lowell), Tamra Dill, Andrew Mullins (Debbie), Katie Gronniger, Chris Gronniger (Molly), Amy Francis (Jason) and Jeffery Dick; special nieces-Tesia Dill, Gracie and Autumn Jackson and Kennedy Thornton; a host of other nieces and nephews ; special friend-Miranda Benton and step-son-Koty Mills.

He was preceded in death by his mother; brother-Jeff Dill; nephew-Jeffery Dill and his grandparents-Mack and Marvaline Hamm and J.V. and Gladys Brewer.

Visitation will be Monday, April 19, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DONNIE L. GEORGE

VINA, AL – Donnie L. George, 64, died Thursday, April 15, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Franklin County, AL and worked at Tiffin Motor Homes for forty years.

Services will be Monday, April 19, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. David Holcomb 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 children – Brandon George, Morgan Hester and Madison Davis; grandchildren – Andon Collum, Olivia George and Ramsey George and one sister – Louise Jackson (Ray).

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Orvil and Ida Leo Bridges George and a brother, Larry George.

Pallbearers will be Randy Patterson, Benny Bridges, Kyle Palmer, Jose Rigual and Caleb Cothrum.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 18, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

RICKEY MINK

GOLDEN, MS – Rickey Mink, 64, died Thursday, April 15, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. He was born in Red Bay, AL and was retired as a tire store business owner. He attended Believer’s Baptist Church, Golden, MS.

Services will be Saturday, April 17, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery, Fulton, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two children – B.J. Mink (Shantell) and Kayla Robinson (Brent); four grandchildren – Jaden Thomas, Avery Robinson, Bentlee Mink and Nellee Jo Mink and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlis Junior and Roxie Lindsey Mink and a sister, Brenda Vinson.

Pallbearers will be Jason Slayton, Leon Hayes, Freddie Harris, Billy Harris, Jerry Harris and Jason Harris.  Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Bates, David Dunlap and Jessie Gresham.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 17, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DORIS MAE PETREE

RED BAY, AL –Doris Mae Petree, 92, of the Pleasant Site community, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Doris was born on April 14, 1928 in Mingo, MS to Samuel and Naomi Williams. She had been a member of Harmony Baptist Church since 1949 and was a homemaker. She married Durell Petree and they were married sixty-two years. After retirement, they were blessed to travel to all fifty states, Canada and the European countries where he served during World War II.

Services will be Thursday, April 15, 2 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church in the Pleasant Site Community with Bro. Roger Wood officiating.  She will lie in state at the church from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in Pleasant Site Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters - Lynn Milam of Hernando, MS and Ann Mitchell (Jimmy) of Cherokee, AL; three grandchildren - Jim Gaither of Arlington, TN, Heather Mitchell Greene (Paul) of Huntsville, AL and Dr. Chase Mitchell (Caroline) of Charlottesville, VA; one great-grandson – Boone Mitchell and two step-great-grandchildren – Nathan Greene and Allison Speer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one brother and one sister.

Pallbearers will be James McKinney, Danny Frederick, Stacy Ozbirn, Keith Daily, Dale Hester and A.C. Winchester.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 14, 6-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to For Life Ministries, Attn. Chase Barbrey, P.O. Box 443, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kristy Crandell and the staff at Bay Tree Family Care and ComfortCare Hospice for the excellent care.

JEARMIE REID

RED BAY, AL – Jearmie Reid, 41, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. He was born in Red Bay, AL to Edward Reid and Rebecca Ann Cox.

Services will be Saturday, April 10, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Patrick Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Berry Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Jennifer James; daughter – Harley Michelle Reid; step-son – Devin Alan James; sister – Sherri Barnes; aunt – Dorothy Stockton; uncle – Tommy Cox and step-mom – Jennifer Wylie.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-dad, Jimmy Wylie.

Pallbearers will be  Jeremy Harris, James McCalpin, Andy Dykes, Jeremy Brooks and Greg Hudson.

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

CHARLES E. CLARK

RED BAY, AL – Charles E. Clark, 70, died Monday, March 29, 2021 at North Al. Specialty Hospital, Athens, AL. He was born in Fulton, MS and was an electrician. He retired as a foreman for NTN Bower and G & G Steel. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church.

Services will be Thursday, April 1, 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Tremont, MS with Bro. Wayne Napier and Bro. Jonathan Hurston officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive United Methodist Church Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years – Mitzi Clark, Red Bay, AL; two daughters - Susan Parker (Jeff) and Linda Cason (Derek) all of Red Bay, AL; five grandchildren – Alyssa Parker, Brodie Cason, Alex Parker, Jase Cason and A.J. Parker; one aunt – Helen DeRue, Twin Lakes, WI; two sisters – Martha Hurston, Fort Payne, AL and Joyce Russell (Truman) Red Bay, AL and several nieces, nephews and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gaston and Molene Vaden Clark, his grandparents and brother-in-law, Rev. Jerry Hurston.

Pallbearers will be Shelby Blanton, Phillip Fowler, Cory Maxwell, Chris Christian, Jonathan Underwood, Shaun Rogers and Alan Barnett. Honorary pallbearers will be Donny Palmer, Jeff Martin and members of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 31, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL and he will lie in state Thursday, April 1, 12-1 p.m. at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church.

ELFRIEDE MARTIN

GOLDEN, MS –Elfriede Jungmann Martin, 92, died Sunday, March 28, 2021 at her residence. In 1954 she lived in Feudenheim, Germany and met Rex Martin when he came to the commissary, where she was employed. They were married in 1955 and continued Rex’s career in the Army. They were stationed in Germany, Japan and Korea before coming to the states. His career took them to Salt Lake City, Utah, Fort Polk, LA and Fort Leonardwood, MO. Elfreida studied and took the immigration test and passed it in the 1960’s. She was proud of passing the test. She loved watching westerns, Fox News and The Weather Channel. She and Rex were active in the German Club where she met longtime friend and buddy, Mrs. Ruth Kelly. After Rex’s death, she hosted her birthday party in Tupelo, MS for her friends and family. She cooked for Rex’s sister, Mrs. Lola Wilson for many months. She hosted cookouts for friends and family throughout the years. She hosted many Sunday afternoons with her great-niece, Maritha and Greg Davis. The past couple of years she was able to stay home with the loving care of her great-nephew, Donnis and Shelia Martin. She was a member of Fulton United Methodist Church.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, March 30, 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews and great-great-great-nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Martin and a sister, Gertrud Winkler.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Martin, Lance Martin, Martin Davis and Justin Osbirn.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 30, 1-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Joyce Booth, Brenda Kyle, North Ms. Medical Center Home Health especially Tammy Hood and Dr. Frank Fortenberry for their attentive care. The family would also like to thank Pat Thornton, her special friend and confidante, as well as her hairdresser, for the many years of fixing Elfriede’s hair. She loved going to the beauty shop and loved the beauty shop coming to her.

BILL MOOMAW

VINA, AL – William M. “Bill” Moomaw, Jr., 80, died Thursday, March 25, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Alabama and worked at Mueller Brass for more than thirty years. He was owner and operator of Sanford & Sons Thrifty Store and served on the Vina Town Council for sixteen years.

Services will be Sunday, March 28, 4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerome Sherrill and Bro. Mark Daniel officiating.  Burial will be Holly Springs Cemetery, Hodges, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Philomena Moomaw; three children – Michael Moomaw, Robert Moomaw (Vanessa) and Bryan Moomaw; four grandchildren – Kyle Green (Sara), Ashley Moomaw Devis (Rick), Tristan Moomaw and Braden Moomaw; two great-grandchildren – Tucker and Charney Green and one brother – Bobby Moomaw (Theresa) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William M. Moomaw, Sr. and Elizabeth Mobley Moomaw and a brother, David Mobley.

Pallbearers will be Tristan Moomaw, Braden Moomaw, Kyle Green, Arthur Dyer, Ronnie Mobley and Dale Raper.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 27, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

LYNN SCOTT

RED BAY, AL – Dexter Lynn Scott, 58, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021 at NMMC in Tupelo, MS.  He was born in Red Bay, AL to Justin “Buddy” and Martha Collier Scott.  He was a truck driver and member of Halltown United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 23, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Scott Lindsey 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 Krista Scott; son-Christopher Scott; sister-Cheryl Holley (Gilbert); brother-Juston Scott and his father and mother-in-law-Robert and Nancy Zwolak.

He was preceded in death by his son-Derek Scott; a grandson-Drake Scott and his parents.

Visitation will be Monday, March 22, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DONALD SHERRILL McNEIL

RED BAY, AL – Donald Sherrill McNeil, 72, died Thursday, March 18, 2021 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was a banker for twenty-five years, a member of Gideons International and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a member of Pilot Hill Baptist Church, Vina, AL.

Services will be Sunday, March 21, 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Jeff Lentz 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 forty-seven years – Wanda McNeil; two children – Shane McNeil (Jamie) and Mandy Colley; five grandchildren – Cara McNeil, Abbey Colley, Connor McNeil, Bryant Colley and Colin McNeil; one sister – Carolyn Garner (Jim); one sister-in-law – Debbie Wiggins and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Laney and Beatrice Ridge McNeil, a brother, Randy McNeil and three sisters, Rubene Taylor, Sandra Jeska and Gaile McNeil.

Pallbearers will be Connor McNeil, Colin McNeil, Bryant Colley, Greg Garner, Wesley Garner, Andy Wiggins, Dale McNeil, Ricky Taylor, Gary Taylor, John McNeil and Robert McNeil. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Vinson, Lowell Humphres, Norris Rogers and Jim Davis.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 21, 1-3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

LISA MORROW JACKSON

RED BAY, AL – Lisa Morrow Jackson, 59, died Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Magnolia Regional Medical Center, Corinth, MS. She was born in Memphis, TN, was a pharmacist and a member of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be Sunday, March 21, 2 p.m. at Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL with Bro. Bart Justice 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 husband – Mike Jackson; two children – Drew Jackson (Mallory) and Aimee Johnson (Max); four grandchildren – Mikayela Jackson, Deacon Johnson, Parker Johnson and Holland Grove Jackson; one brother – Bill Morrow (Jamie); one sister – Danielle Boyd (Reynolds); step-father – Tilmon Hamm and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Wanda Grissom Hamm; her father, William Wallace Morrow and her grandparents, Grover and Hazel Morrow and Heyburn and Jewel Grissom.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 21, 1-1:45 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

RICHARD AARON HANEY

GOLDEN, MS – Richard Aaron Haney, 69, died Thursday, March 11, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Franklin County, AL and worked as a mechanic. He was a member of Walker Missionary Baptist Church, Golden, MS.

Services will be Sunday, March 14, 2 p.m. at Walker Missionary Baptist Church, Golden, MS with Bro. David Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three children, two sons – Robert Haney and Chad Haney (Ashley) all of Golden, MS; one daughter – Sherry Haney (Michael Moore), Tishomingo, MS; three grandsons – Tyson Harris (Taylor), Golden, MS, Austin Harris (Kassandra Hamm) and Brady Harris (Brittany), Iuka, MS; two great-grandchildren – Jaxn Harris and Rainey Harris, Iuka, MS; one brother – Tommy Haney (Kay), Golden, MS; his loving fiancé – Doris Credille, Golden, MS; nieces and nephews – Danny Lewis, David Lewis, Steven Pardue, Kathy Johnson, Selena Black (Brian) and Bobby Haney (Jodi); great-nieces and great-nephews– Dustin, Justin, Malachi, Hunter, Eli, Blaine, Avery, Tamara, Tasha, Tyson, Tara, Morgan and Wyatt; step-son – Clayton Brooks (Jeneen) and step-daughter – Melissa Sweat.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Armstead “Cotton” and Altie Clark Haney; one daughter, Melinda Haney, one granddaughter, Amanda Brooks; two sisters, Belinda Lewis and Patricia Pardue; one brother, Bobby Haney, two nephews, Doyle Haney and Michael Pardue; step-sons, Wade Brooks and Michael Beam and a step-daughter, Sharon Brooks.

Pallbearers will be Austin Harris, Tyson Harris, Brady Harris, David Lewis, Danny Lewis and Bobby Haney. Honorary pallbearers will  be Bryan Grimes and Damian Langford.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 13, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL and he will lie in state Sunday, March 14, 12-2 p.m. at Walker Missionary Baptist Church.

LOVIE DYKES

VINA, AL – Lovie Irene Dykes, 87, died Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Alabama and was a caregiver for twenty-five years. She was a member of Palestine Church of God.

Services will be Thursday, March 11, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Rev. Clifford Britt 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 four children – Marvin E. Dykes (Kathy), Sandra Vick (Ricky), Brenda Snook (Rusty) and Cinda McCarley (Joey); eighteen grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and one sister – Willie Mikels (Chuck).

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Edward “Eddie” Dykes, Sr. and three sons, Carlton, Kenneth and David Dykes.

Pallbearers will be Brady Vick, Dustin Timms, Phillip Vick, Stephen Vick, Cody Vick, Jarrett Rogers, Carl Wayne Dykes and Darrin Ables.

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

JAMES HUBERT “HUBIE” DAVIS

OWENS CROSS ROADS, AL – James Hubert "Hubie" Davis, 73, went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 7, 2021. James was born in Franklin County, AL and worked at Federal Mogul/NTN Bower for thirty-six years.

Services will be Wednesday, March 10, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Loyd Ray Griffus and Adam Pharr officiating.  Burial will be in Shottsville Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

James is survived by his wife of fifty-three years – Brenda Stone Davis; his daughters – Melissa McHenry (Kenny) and Lorie Cochran (Lee); grandsons – Garrett McHenry (Callen), Brady, Dylan and Ethan Cochran; granddaughters – Abigail McHenry (Bradley Jones) and Annslee Parker; great-granddaughters – Kacen, Hadley and Brentley McHenry; one sister – Janet Gober (Glyne); five sisters-in-law – Carolyn Lasher (Doug), Linda Bostick (Steve), Ellaween Ables (Jerry), Deborah Scott (Clifton) and Joan Emerson (Gary); two brothers-in-law – Kenneth Stone and Michael Stone (Angie); one uncle - Justin Pharr  and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James T. and Bonnie Pharr Davis, his in-laws, William Carol Stone and Tellie Stone and two nephews, Keith Stone and Lane Emerson.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Huntsville Cancer Center, Dr. Rosa Ortega, Robin and Harmony and Caring for Life Hospice for the wonderful care given to James.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CB&S Bank, c/o Brenda Davis for James’ medical expenses or to a charity of your choice.

Pallbearers will be Pat Cochran, Chris Cochran, Jonathan Scott and Greg Scott.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 10, 1-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

ASHLEY BROOKS HARDIN

RED BAY, AL – Ashley Brooks Hardin, 31, passed away in Tishomingo, MS. She was born in Tupelo, MS and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Graveside services will be Monday, March 8, 2 p.m. at Joel Cemetery, Dennis, MS with Bro. Randy Hargett officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her parents – Alan and Anita Hardin; one brother – Nash Hardin and his wife, Cayla; three nieces – Britley, Addie and Chloe Hardin; her aunts-Lois Bailey (Bill), Mois Gallahar (Jerry), Linda Clark, Pam Jackson, Delores Hester (Randy), Paula Jackson and Suzan Howard (Allen) and a host of cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Elton and Mary Jackson and Bob and Jean Hardin; three uncles, J.T. Jackson, Tony Jackson and Phillip Jackson and two aunts, Patricia Thornton and Debi Hardin.

Pallbearers will be Alan Hardin, Nash Hardin, Matthew Hester, Andrew Hester, Daniel Wooten, Allen Ellison and Brad Ivey. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Jackson, Jason Jackson, Chris Clark, Cory Clark, Shannon Pounds and Andy Jackson.

BOBBY JOE SMITH

RED BAY, AL – Bobby Joe Smith, 84, died Monday, March 1, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Belmont, MS and was retired from Mueller Brass, Fulton, MS. He was a member of Red Bay Freewill Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Services will be Saturday, March 6, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. David Corum 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 fifty-eight years – Betty Carolyn Strawbridge Smith, Red Bay, AL; four daughters – Lisa Carol Massey (Tim) Vina, AL, Tina Renee’ Smith (Tim “Boker”) Belmont, MS, Teresa Lynn Robinson (Andy) and Sheila Dianne Smith, both of Red Bay, AL; daughter dog – Georgia Faye Smith; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister – Judy Randolph and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved only son, David Joseph Smith; his parents, Jack and Estella Wigginton Smith; two sisters, Mavis Dickens and Louise Thompson and two brothers, Tommy Smith and Jackie Smith.

Pallbearers will be Jordan Massey, Harley Robinson, Ricky Garrison, Stan Scott, Michael White and Vander White. Honorary pallbearer will be Braxton Massey.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 6, 12-2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at donate3.cancer.org.

JOEL WADE BOYD

GOLDEN, MS – Joel Wade Boyd, 74, died Saturday, February 27, 2021 at North Alabama Medical Center, Florence, AL. He was born in Vina, AL to Stansel and Ellen Martin Boyd. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Forestry and worked as a logger. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL. He was a devoted Christian, husband, father, father-in-law, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. Joel served the Lord through his hard work and will be dearly missed by his large and loving family, who rest in knowing that he is in the presence of his Creator.

There will be private graveside services with Bro. Bill Harper officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Methodist Church Cemetery, Tremont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements. A celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date to be announced by the family.

He is survived by his wife – Karen Boyd; one son – Joseph Boyd (Natalie); two grandchildren – Luke Boyd and Ruby Boyd; three brothers – Jerry Boyd (Linda), Garry “Sonny” Boyd (Angela) and Randy Boyd (Sherry); brother-in-law – Ray Rayburn; sister-in-law - Mary Grider (David); father-in-law - Bob Riegle (Barbara);nieces and nephews – David Rayburn (Karen), Judy Blain (Curt), Tina Boyd, Annessa Marshall (Duane), Garry Boyd, Jr. (Jodie), Mary Ellen Allen (Joey), Tara Enlow, Rachael Sidoti (Andrew) and Ben Grider and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters – Jeanette Rayburn and Carolyn Wilson (Elmo); two nephews – Bill Wilson and Drew Boyd and his mother-in-law - Jane Riegle.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Joel Boyd to Log a Load for Kids at 555 Alabama Street, Montgomery, AL 36109.

DELTON “DOC” KELTON

GOLDEN, MS – Delton Leroy “Doc” Kelton, 79, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021 at his residence.  He was born in Itawamba County, MS to William “Bill” and Oda Lou Johnson Kelton. He was a member of Altar Baptist Church and was retired from Sunshine Mills after 32 years as a truck driver.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 3, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. J.C. Blackburn and Bro. Joe Ball officiating.  Burial will be in Altar Baptist Church Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years-Mildred L. Kelton; three sons-Keith Kelton (Debbie), Tony Kelton (Melissa) and Thomas Kelton (Cindy); three granddaughers-Nicole Johnston (Chasey), Tasha Gray (Nathan) and Chloe Williams (Brett); three great-grandsons-Skyler Johnston, Maddux Kelton and Niko Gray; two brothers-Murl Kelton (Azelle) and Paul Kelton (Faye) and three sisters-Martha Ball (Joe), Betty McMickin and Judy Boyd.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-Troy R. Kelton.

Pallbearers will be Chasey Johnston, Brett Williams, Nathan Gray, Chris Kelton, Grant Holland, Skyler Johnston and Randall Holland.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 2, 5-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JAMES ANTHONY POUNDS

GOLDEN, MS – James Anthony Pounds, 44, died Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Newnan, GA. He was born in Red Bay, AL to James Douglas and Diane Grissom Pounds. He had worked at Tiffin Motor Homes for twenty-four years and was a member of Church of the Highlands, Florence, AL.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, March 6, 2 p.m. at the Red Bay High School football stadium. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Shay Pounds; four children – Jade Kyle Pounds (Chelsey), Jace Kalvin Pounds, Jake Karly Pounds and Hunter Brady Pounds; his mother – Diane Grissom Pounds; one brother – Kevin Pounds (Terra); an aunt – Judy Sparks; his grandmother – Willard Pounds Davis and his cousins – Sarah Peppers, Brandon Sparks (Anna), Kim Waldrep (Matt) and their children.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, B.O. and Eva Grissom and James Pounds and an uncle, Wade Sparks.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in memory of Anthony Pounds be made to the Red Bay Lions Foundation for a scholarship at P.O. Box 23, Red Bay, AL 35582.

MARY SUE HARRISON BARRETT

TUSCUMBIA, AL – Mary Sue Harrison Barrett, 77, died Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Marion Regional Nursing Home, Hamilton, AL.  She was born in Franklin County, AL to Dalton and Beatrice Mayhall Harrison.

Visitation will be Friday, February 26, 2-4 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL. Burial will be in Berry Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband – Charles Barrett; one daughter – Sandra Bridges; one grandson – T.J. Bridges; one brother – Herman Harrison (Avenell); one nephew – Harlon Harrison (Denise) one great-niece – Brena Harrison and her friend of many years – Kathy Brown (Bill).

She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Glenn Harrison.

CATHY VICKERY

HACKLEBURG, AL – Cathy Thorn Vickery, 70, transitioned to her heavenly home on Monday, February 22, 2021 at her residence.  She was born in the Burnout Community to William E. “W.E.” and Oniece Lindley Thorn.  She was an educator for 26 years at Hackleburg High School where she impacted countless lives throughout the years.  She was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Hodges, AL where she served as the organist for 50 years as well as in any area she saw an opportunity.  She was the truest example of a servant’s heart.

Funeral services will be Thursday, February 25, 1 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Hodges, AL with Bro. Marty Guidry, Bro. Danny Carter and Bro. Carl McHenry officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Hodges, AL.  Social distancing and masks are required.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Larry Vickery; two daughters, Magen Alsup (Brad) and Kayla Odom (Patrick); five grandchildren, Hannah Grace and Will Alsup and Parker, Collins and Callie Odom; sister-in-law-Judy Thorn and several nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Lorrie Ella Vickery and her brother, Donald Thorn.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers, Tim Frederick, Larry Upton, Brandon Quinn, Jason Hindman, Kevin Burchfield, Alex Guidry, Thurl Engle, Roy Walls, Ron Coats, Arthur Hardin and Clint Frederick.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 25, 11-1 at First Missionary Baptist Church in Hodges, AL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Honduras Children’s Fund, c/o First Missionary Baptist Church, 787 Hwy 172, Hodges, AL 35571.

BIRDA MAE GANN

GOLDEN, MS – Birda Mae Gann, 90, passed away Monday, February 22, 2021 at her residence. She was born September 10, 1930 to Jesse Nelson and Mary Melvirdie Griffus. She worked as a seamstress for forty years and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Vina, AL.

Funeral services will be Thursday, February 25, 3 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Bro. Kevin 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 seven children, four sons – Leroy Gann (Brenda), Michael Palmer, Phillip Palmer (Kathy) and Terry Gann (Gail); three daughters – Brenda Reese (Steve), Sandra Palmer (Karl) and Nancy Riddle (Larry Elrod, Jr.); twenty-six grandchildren; fifty-one great-grandchildren; one brother – Bill Griffus and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eules Gann, two daughters, Shirley Patterson and Betty Barnett, two sons, Johnny Gann and Charles Gann, her parents, three grandchildren, Jason Pierce, Bridgett Barnett and Joseph Gann, one great-grandchild, Katlynn Palmer and a host of brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Jarrett Riddle, Casey Wigginton, Dawson Fralix, Hayden Wigginton, Briley Palmer, Chestin Kent and Luke Kent.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 24, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL and she will lie in state Thursday, February 25, 1-3 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

KAY GASSAWAY

GOLDEN, MS – Kay Gassaway, 58, died Monday, February 22, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Alabama to Claude William “Bill” and Betty Leathers Padgett. She worked as an office clerk for twenty years and was a member of Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be Wednesday, February 24, 3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Andy Barnett and Bro. Lloyd Minor officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by the father of her children – Randy Gassaway (Rose); two children – Megan Roberts (Staden) and Brady Gassaway; special nephew – Haden Deaton; four sisters – Terri Smith (Mark Wells), Janie Underwood), Peggy Downs (Scott) and Claudia Smith (Greg) and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a nephew, Jason Deaton, her grandmother, Dolly Leathers and her father-in-law, Jerry Gassaway.

Pallbearers will be Danny John Emerson, Benny Johnson, Dewayne Palmer, Harold Wayne Leathers, Gary Lindsey and Marc Raper.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Gassaway, Ralph Winchester, Scott Downs and Dale White.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

DENNIS ARMSTRONG

VINA, AL – Dennis D. Armstrong, 71, died Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Helen Keller Hospital.  He was a native of Franklin County and former owner of Armstrong Garage.  He attended James Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 23, 11 a.m. at New Union Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Kenneth Bond and Bro. Jerry George officiating.  Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 50 ½ years, Neva Armstrong; three children - Gary Armstrong, Houston, TX, Bonita Armstrong, Nashville, TN and Benton Armstrong, Dennis, MS; three grandchildren – Mady Armstrong, Macee Armstrong and Mattox Armstrong; two siblings - Randall Armstrong (Christa), Littleville, AL and Leisa Johnson (Belton), Vina, AL.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clinton and Una Mae Armstrong.

Pallbearers will be Stewart Strickland, Sam Strickland, Terry Strickland, Belton Johnson, Bart Johnson and Mark Massey.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mattox Armstrong, Johnny Weatherford, Lee Page, Bill Brown, Carl Lewey, and Don Berry.

Visitation will be Monday, February 22, 6-9 p.m. at New Union Missionary Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lions Club of Red Bay or donate seeds and/or bulbs to Neva for a wildflower garden.

LINDA BLANTON

RED BAY, AL – Linda Blanton, 80, went to her heavenly home on February 15, 2021. She was born, Linda Evon O’Rear, in Fulton, MS on December 31, 1940 to Novie O’Rear and Norma Adams O’Rear.  She married George Wrefford Blanton on August 16, 1957 and they were married 48 years when he passed away.  Their marriage was blessed with three sons.  Linda was a great cook and she enjoyed cooking the favorites for her family.  She especially enjoyed taking care of and spoiling her grandchildren. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting, and gardening.  She raised chickens for many years but was primarily a homemaker.  She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Sunday, February 21, 3 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Vina, AL with Bro. Billy Nichols and Nelson Elrod officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Linda leaves behind her sons, Kenneth (Kathy), Mike (Sharyn), and Jeff (Janet); her grandchildren, Sommer Hamilton (Barron), April Lowery (Randy), Kyle Blanton (Haley), Kayla Blanton, Jonathon Barnette, Jacob Barnette (Gina), Juli Ann Barnette-Jones (Ryan), and Jana Barnette-Anderson (Dougie).  She was richly blessed with twenty-two great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brothers Dexter O’Rear (Jana) and Addis O’Rear (Joan) and sister Glinda Sue Elrod (Nelson).

She was preceded in death by her spouse, brothers, Lial, Lealon, Leburn, and Lionel O’Rear, and sisters Eva Lois O’Rear, LaRue Stanford, and Lila Ruth Holland and a grandson, Michael Blanton.

The pallbearers will be Brady Page, Jeff Burks, Kevin O’Rear, Pat Elrod, Dougie Anderson, and Ryan Jones.

Visitation will be on Sunday February 21st from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Vina, AL.

DENNIS ARMSTRONG

VINA, AL – Dennis Armstrong, 71, died Tuesday, February 16, at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. Service arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

CHARLES GANN

GOLDEN, MS – Charles Edward Gann, 80, passed away Friday, February 12, 2021 at his residence.  He was born in Belgreen, AL and was a truck driver.

Funeral services will be Sunday, February 14, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel Red Bay, AL with Rev. Kevin Palmer officiating.  Burial will be in Belgreen Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three children-Tony Gann (Kim), Sandy Forshey (Matt) and Lonnie Gann; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; his mother Mae Gann; four brothers-Leroy Gann (Brenda), Terry Gann (Gail), Michael Palmer and Phillip Palmer (Kathy); three sisters-Brenda Reese (Steve), Sandra Palmer (Carl) and Nancy Riddle (Larry Elrod Jr.) and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife-Glenda Gann; his father Eules Gann; his mother-Pearlie Gann; two sisters-Betty Barnett and Shirley Patterson and one brother-Johnny Gann.

Pallbearers will be Eric Forshey, Casey Freemon, Brandon Gann, Zack Gann, Chris Gann, Trey Gann and Michael Constant.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 14, 11-1 at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

JOEL GLEN BARKSDALE

RED BAY, AL – Joel Glen Barksdale, 66, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. He was born in Franklin County, AL to Riley and Ida Lindsey Barksdale and was a Baptist.

Services will be Thursday, February 11, 3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Wayne Bumgart 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 one sister – Marie Cole and two brothers – David Barksdale (Mary) and Lebern Barksdale.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Curtis and Bobby Barksdale.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 11, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

GENE BARKSDALE

RED BAY, AL – Elmer Gene Barksdale, 88, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Southern Magnolia, Golden, MS.  He was born in Franklin County, AL to William Arthur and Jessie Irene Ginn Barksdale.  He was one of the original owners of Barksdale Construction and Barksdale Gristmill.  He was retired from Tiffin Motor Homes.  He was a veteran of the US Army.

Graveside service will be Monday, February 8, 4 p.m. at Halltown Cemetery with Bro. Dallas Culver officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by four children-Terry Barksdale, Mike Barksdale (Tanya), Tim Barksdale and Vicki Burgett (Shawn); eight grandchildren-Brandy Horne (Chris), Kristie Fountain (Charlie), Beth Heigle, John Barksdale, Jessie Barksdale, MaRanda Maggerise (Richard), Landen Burgett (Anna) and Manly Barksdale; a host of great-grandchildren; three sisters-Marvalene Holland, Aline Bendall and Jessie Faye Holland; two brothers-Troy Barksdale and Bill Barksdale (Barbara); a sister-in-law-Marjorie Barksdale and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife-Helen Barksdale; his parents; one sister-Arvalene Barksdale and one brother-Edward Barksdale.

Pallbearers will be Landen Burgett, Richard Maggerise, John Barksdale and Manly Barksdale.

Visitation will be Monday, February 8, 3-4 p.m. at Halltown Cemetery.

JAMES MURL PENDERGRAPH

RED BAY, AL – James Murl Pendergraph, 52, went home to Jesus and his momma and daddy Thursday, February 4, 2021 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born in Red Bay, AL and was the first special needs student to graduate from Red Bay High School, where he received a standing ovation. He was voted Best All Around by the Senior Class of 1991. He loved competing in Special Olympics where he received many awards and was chosen to light the torch for the 1991 Special Olympics. He was voted to be Mr. Sarah Dinsmore at the Sarah Dinsmore Center in Red Bay. He was a true Alabama fan but was easily swayed when a pretty girl was around.  He loved country music, strumming the many guitars he’d been gifted over the years, and the annual family tradition of attending the Helen Keller Festival where he would wait in line to meet the musicians to laugh about joining them on their tour bus back to Nashville and take a photo to add to his vast collection He attended New Union Missionary Baptist Church and Cornerstone Church of God.

Services will be Sunday, February 7, 3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Jarod Massey and Brent Collum 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 sister – Dianne Pendegraph (Brandon); two nieces – Grace Pendegraph and Harlee Raper; three nephews – Chanler Raper (Nicole), Brock Raper (Laken) and Brett Raper; great-nieces – Ava and Audrey Raper; great-nephew – Baby Boy Raper; two aunts – Helen Hall and Inez Mims; two uncles – Johnny Graham and Leo Pendergraph; brother-in-law – Dennis Raper; special families- Shewbart family, Elliott family, Lindsey family and McKinney family; a host of cousins and very special friends who made his life special and two half-sisters – Melinda Pendegraph and Michelle Cain.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas and Wanda Graham Pendergraph, Jr. and a brother, Thomas Pendergraph.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Raper, Tracy Elliott, Brent Collum, Tra Elliott, Cody Tucker and Cody Palmer. Honorary pallbearers will be Chanler Raper, Brock Raper and Grace Pendegraph.

Special thanks to his Dinsmore Center family, Peggy Vick and his many girlfriends that he loved through the years, even simultaneously!

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

JOYCE CUMMINGS

VINA, AL – Joyce Cummings, 70, died Sunday, January 31, 2021 at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, AL. She was born in the Burnout Community and worked at Piggly Wiggly, Red Bay, AL. She was a member of Vina First Baptist Church.

Services will be Thursday, February 4, 2 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Mark Daniel and Bro. Daniel Merritt officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-five and one-half years – Edward Cummings; two children – Rhonda Payne (Steven) and Greg Cummings (Cressoline); five grandchildren– Victoria Adams (Chris), Austin Scott, Megan Scott, Madison Payne and Taylor Payne; three great-grandchildren – Clayton Adams, Hayden Pinkerton and Kinlee Adams; one sister – Sue Raper (Gary); two brothers – Ricky Coats (Myra) and Bruce Coats (Patsy) and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Revis Vernon and Everlean Scott Coats and a daughter, Rita Cummings.

Pallbearers will be Chris Scott, Chase Mayhall, Dewayne Raper, Chase Coats, Zakary Coats and Christopher Adams.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 3, 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

AGNES McKINNEY

VINA, AL. – Mary Agnes McKinney, 82, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Generations of Red Bay.  She was born in Red Bay, AL and worked as a seamstress at Blue Bell Manufacturing for thirty-two years. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Monday, February 1, 12:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Single Springs Cemetery, Vina, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four children- Debra Miller, Donna Bolton, Dewayne McKinney, Darryl McKinney; five grandchildren- LaShea Humphres (Jason), Sonya Miller, J.R. Miller (Amanda), Phoelica Raper (Eric) and Jessica Peden (Eddie Ray); seven great- grandchildren- Emma and Madelyn Humphres, Dillon and Devin Whitehead, Levi Raper, Kylie Peden and Parker Bolton;  one sister- Carolyn Medley (Roy) and one sister-in-law-Glenda Rogers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kurt and Clemmie Rogers, husband, Roy Reid McKinney,  two brothers, Carlton and Tommy Rogers, one sister, Margaret Sanders and her husband, Clark; one grandson, Mark Bolton and a son-in-law, J.T. Miller.

Pallbearers will be Roy Medley, Harold McKinney, Tim Sanders and Randy Sanders.

Visitation will be Monday, February 1, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

FRANKIE SMITH

Red Bay, Al. – Frankie Ray Smith, 72, passed away Friday, January 29, 2021 at Henry County Medical Center, Paris, TN.  He was born in Alabama and was a Draftsman with TVA for 33 years. He was a member of New Union Missionary Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL. He served in the U.S. Army and was Commander of American Legion Post 120, he also served on the Red Bay Water and Gas Board.

Services will be Sunday, January 31, 4 p.m. at Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Daniel Merritt, Bro. David Kelly, Bro. Gerald Collum officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery, Red Bay ,AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 51 ½ years – Linda Smith; two children- Melissa Holland (Ricky), Anthony Smith, 1- Sister- Brenda Scott (H.T.), 1- Brother- Larry Smith (Shelia), 2- Sisters-in law- Janette Boyd (Alan), Kathy Vinson (Glen) and a Host of nieces and nephews. .

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tulon and Jessica Shotts Smith and a Brother- Bobby Smith.

Pallbearers will be Charles Inman, Joel Bolding, Brent Collum, Glen Elrod, Glen Vinson, Waymon Blacklidge.

GARY DUANE HESTER

RED BAY, AL – Gary Duane Hester, 56, went to his heavenly home on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Savannah Health Care and Rehab Center in Savannah, TN. Private graveside services will be Friday, January 29, at Halltown Cemetery, Vina, AL with Bro. Bill Harper and Bro. Ralph Culp officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements. Gary was a lifelong fan of Alabama Crimson Tide Football and NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife-Anita Hester; daughter-Mallory Gordon (John); one grandson-Justin Humphres; one step-granddaughter-Raegan Gordon; his father-Kelly Hester (Clara); two brothers-Mike Hester (Rhonda) and Josh Hester (Amanda) and nieces, nephews and numerous extended family.

He was preceded in death by his mother-Carol Messer Hester; an infant granddaughter-Kristyn Madelyn Gordon and his grandparents.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff of AHC Savannah located in Savannah, TN. Monetary donations in Gary’s memory can be sent to AHC Savannah, 1645 Florence Rd. Savannah, TN 38372.

WILLIAM NELSON MITCHELL

RED BAY, AL – William Nelson Mitchell, 54, died Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Franklin County, AL and worked at Cooper Tire, Tupelo, MS. He was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church.

Services will be Saturday, January 30, 3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerry Humphries officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery, Red Bay, AL. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife – Pamela Kay Mitchell; one son – Josh Mitchell (Hannah); one daughter – Jessica Swinney (Curtis); one grandson – Landon Swinney; one niece – Dannie Leigh Osborn and his mother – Mary Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Dexter Mitchell, a brother, Michael Mitchell, a sister, Nita Osborn and her husband, Danny, a niece, Tiffany Lynn Osborn and his grandparents.

Pallbearers will be Ben Guin, Kevin Scott, Trae Dill, Rocky Bishop, Anthony Malone, George Lindsey, Charles Mathis, Michael McGee and Lee Bishop.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

LORENE TAYLOR THORN

VINA, AL – Lorene Taylor Thorn passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Red Bay Hospital. She was born November 18, 1936 in rural Colbert County to William Abner and Beulah Hester Taylor. She grew up in the Crooked Oak Community and at the age of sixteen, graduated from Deshler High School in Tuscumbia in 1953 as salutatorian. She then attended and graduated from Larimore Business College. In May, 1957, she married Ernest Thorn and moved to the Burnout Community in Franklin County.

Mrs. Thorn was an avid animal lover. She also enjoyed jigsaw and word puzzles and any and all types of sewing and needle work. She never sewed for the public, instead preferring to gift her work to others. The one exception to this was the time she spent doing hand sewing for Project Alabama in its early days. She was very proud to be part of a group of seamstresses who were photographed and interviewed in Vogue magazine for their work with Project Alabama. She was a member of the Burnout Homemakers club for over fifty years, as well as the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association.

Services will be held Saturday, January 30, at 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Jeremy Robinson and David Corum 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 one daughter – Rhonda Crutchfield (Jeff) of Russellville; two granddaughters - Alicia Crutchfield of Madison and Amanda Watkins (Zachary) of Athens; one brother -Leroy Taylor (Janice) of Crooked Oak; one sister – Dotty Stuart (David) of Plattsmouth, NE; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Pallbearers will be members of the Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church, which she attended until she moved to Generations of Red Bay.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 30, 11 a.m. until service time at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL. The family asks that everyone wear a mask and that social distancing is practiced.

Sincere thanks to the staff of Generations of Red Bay for the care she received for the past three years.

CURTIS W. SWINNEY, JR.

HODGES, AL – Curtis W. Swinney, Jr., 78, died Monday, January 25, 2021 at North Al. Medical Center, Florence, AL. He was born in Franklin County, AL, was a farmer and delivered motor homes for Tiffin Motor Homes, Red Bay, AL. He was a member of Hodges Missionary Baptist Church and a volunteer with Hodges Fire and Rescue.

Services will be Thursday, January 28, 11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, 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 fifty–six years – JoAnn Swinney; one son – Trampas Swinney (Patti); two grandchildren – Curtis Swinney (Jessica) and Evelyn Swinney; one great-grandson – Curtis Landon Swinney; one sister – Delora Jones; one sister-in-law – Diane Swinney and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Mary Swinney and two brothers, Tommy Swinney and David Swinney.

Pallbearers will be Hodges Fire and Rescue.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 28, 9-11 a.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

MARY EMERSON

RED BAY, AL – Mary Magdalene Emerson, 75, died Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Generations of Red Bay. She was born in Franklin County, AL and was a factory worker for fifty years. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Services will be Saturday, January 23, 1 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jerry Humphries and Cody Watson 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 four children – Tammy Emerson (Don Humphries), Teresa Watson (Steven), Tony Emerson (Tonya) and Michael Emerson; seven grandchildren – Courtney Watson (Tyler Emerson), Jon Emerson, Jacob Pruitt, Cody Watson (Ashleigh), Hunter Emerson, Austin Emerson and Dalton Emerson and two great-grandchildren – Braxton Watson and Baby Watson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Emerson; her parents, John and Virda Griffus Brewer and a brother, Danny Brewer.

Pallbearers will be Jon Emerson, Steven Watson, Tyler Emerson and Hunter Emerson. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Watson, Austin Emerson, Jacob Pruitt, Dalton Emerson and Braxton Watson.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church.

HELEN GRACE JACKSON RAY

GOLDEN, MS – Helen Grace Jackson Ray, 82, died Monday, January 18, 2021 at her daughter’s residence. She was born in Itawamba County, MS and was a housewife. She was a member of Palestine Church of God.

Graveside services will be Saturday, January 23, 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Golden, MS with Bro. Larry Evans and Bro. Ethan Ray officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by five children – Nancy Stidham (Billy), Darrell Ray (Shelia), Dale Ray, Donald Gene Ray (Melissa) and Donny Ray (Lisa); seven grandchildren – Anthony Stidham (Elisabeth), Erick Stidham, Kevin Stidham (Brianna), Ethan Ray, Andrew Ray, Hank Ray and Emily Grace Ray; five great-grandchildren – Braylon, Garrett, Maria, Brooklyn and Kurt; one sister – Faye Toone, Trinity, AL and one brother – Ray Jackson (Louise) Red Bay, AL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Ray, a son, Donald Wayne Ray, a granddaughter-in-law, Kolby Stidham, her parents, Cliff and Vera Hardy Jackson, one brother, Richard Jackson and three sisters, Vertie Mae Harrison, Bernice Scoby and Louise Conwill.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers – Anthony Stidham, Erick Stidham, Kevin Stidham, Andrew Ray, Ethan Ray and Hank Ray.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 23, 1:30 – 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

BOB KNIGHT

VINA, AL – Bobby Gene “Bob” Knight, 88, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 at Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Florence, AL.  He was born in Vina, AL to Jessie B. and Nettie Kathryn Johnson Knight.  He was a member of Vina First Baptist Church.

Due to covid concerns, family graveside services will be held Monday, January 18, 1 p.m. at Pilot Hill Cemetery with Bro. Steve Ledbetter officiating.  Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by two children-Randy Knight (Charlotte) and Reta Ledbetter (Steve); five grandchildren-Kaitlyn, Emily and Austin Knight and Kristen and Hannah Ledbetter; one sister-Carolyn Palmer and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife-Nell Knight, his parents; three brothers-Burt Knight, Bill Knight and Jessie Knight and two sisters-Pauline Turbyfill and Ann Humphres.

Pallbearers will be David Humphres, Jeff Palmer and Austin Knight.  Honorary pallbearers will be L.V. Russell, V.H. Emerson, Doug Gober, Raymond Gober and Jerry McKinney.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Gideon’s, Franklin County West Camp, P.O. Box 1203, Red Bay, AL 35582.

JOHNNY A. BURKS

RED BAY, AL – Johnny A. Burks, 58, died Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Red Bay Hospital. He was born in Red Bay, AL and worked at Sunshine Homes and Dollar General as food manager.  He was a member of Northside Baptist Church, Red Bay, AL.

Graveside services will be Sunday, January 17, 4 p.m. at Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, AL with Bro. Josh Payne and Bro. Edwin Brewer 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 – Jennifer Burks; two children – Brandi Burks (Dakota Fowler) and Jonathan Burks (Jean); three grandchildren – A.J. Smith, Justin Fowler and Madelyn Burks and three brothers – Bunt Burks (Kathy), Earsten Burks (Lottie) and Jerry Burks (Debbie).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ransom William and Corene Eloise Mitchell Burks, a grandson, Bentley Fowler and two brothers, Huzie Burks and Eartis Burks.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 17, 3:30 – 4 p.m. at Ebenezer Cemetery.

ELAINE MORRIS McCURLEY

RED BAY, AL – Elaine Morris McCurley, 80, died Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was born in Itawamba County, MS and worked in garment manufacturing.

Services will be Friday, January 15, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Jackie Hastings officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two children – Gwen Hill (Charles) and Frankie Devall; five grandchildren – Amanda Johnson (Rusty), Josh Hill (Stephanie), Joel Hill (Cassi), Hunter Devall and Shelby Devall and eight great-grandchildren – Emma Johnson, Evan Johnson, Isaac Johnson, Charlie Johnson, Sarah Hill, Josiah Hill, Grayson Hill and Stella Franks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Terry McCurley and George Washington and Lema Johnson Morris.

Pallbearers will be Hunter Devall, Shelby Devall, Josh Hill, Joel Hill, Rusty Johnson and Charles Hill.

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

DONALD WAYNE BARNES

TUPELO, MS – Donald Wayne Barnes, 72, died Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. He had worked as a Trust Auditor and was a member of Monument Drive Baptist Church, Tupelo, MS.

Graveside services will be Saturday, January 16, 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Red Bay, AL. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a nephew – Kevin Barnes and a granddaughter – Cera Barnes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Prince Ellis and Francis Taylor Barnes.

RAYMOND C. BROWN

GOLDEN, MS – Raymond C. Brown, 72, died Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at North Ms. Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. He was born in Mississippi and was a logger.

Services will be Saturday, January 16, 1 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, AL with Bro. Andy Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Golden, MS. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL will be in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his girlfriend – Judy Hickman; two sisters – Peggy Ford and Olene Moore and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Dossie Brown, three brothers, Roy, Billy Joe and Dawell Brown and one sister, Opal Brown.

Pallbearers will be Alvin Brown, Austin Bridges, Cliff Lawerence, James Prather, Tony Jackson and Dustin Kelton.

Visitation will be Friday, January 15, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL.

TERRY GENE JOHNSON

GOLDEN, MS - Terry Gene Johnson, 58, died Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Sanctuary Hospice, Tupelo, MS. He was born in Red Bay, AL and worked at Behold Home in Smithville, MS. He attended Grace Community Church.

Services will be Sunday, January 10, 2:30 p.m. at Grace Community Church with Bro. 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.

He is survived by two daughters – Isabella Johnson and Gracie Johnson; his mother – Vernell Johnson; one sister – Glenda Darracott (Joe); one brother – Michael Johnson (Joyce); two nieces – Pam Wallace (Ashley) and Heather Mills (Duston); two nephews – Tony Darracott (Heather) and Chris Darracott (Jeanine) and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tulon Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Samuel Darracott, Bryson Wallace, Ashley Wallace and Beamus Harris, Jr.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 9, 5-8 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL and he will lie-in-state Sunday, January 10, at Grace Community Church, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

 

 

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