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Shirley Temple Crosby
Graveside service was held for Shirley Temple Crosby on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 12 p.m. at the Springhill Baptist Church Cemetery, Toxey, with Rev. Kennith Bell, officiating.
On March 6, 1948, a precious little girl was born to the late Mary Lee Robinson Ray and the late Rev. Jesse Will King; stepmom the late Willie G. King; stepfather, the late Henry Ray.
Shirley was a graduate of Choctaw County Training School, Lisman, and she later attended Mobile School of Business in Mobile. Growing into womanhood, she married the late SC Crosby, and to this union two children were born. In her younger years, Shirley wore many hats. She was an assistant Sunday school teacher, choir president, and an award leader. Shirley was presented and awarded a Certificate of Recognition in May 1997, October 2002, November 2003, and July 2006. The Deep South Network in November 2005 and November 2007. Shirley was preceded in death by four brothers Jesse (Rip) Johnson, Tyrone and Dennis King, and William Philon; two sisters Eve (Evie) Lee and Amanda West. Shirley leaves to cherish her loving memories: two daughters, Pamela (Bobby) Hutton, Hiram, Ga.; Katista (Vernon) Johnson, Sr., Huntsville; five grandchildren, Amberlym, Hiram, Ga.; Antwon Hutton, Phoenix, Ariz.; Titiana, Tiara, and Vernon, Jr., all of Huntsville; one great-granddaughter, Scyla Cowins, Hiram, Ga.; two sisters, Patricia (Willie) Causey, Butler, and Diane Rainey, Mobile; four brothers, Frank Ray, Butler; McCullin (Cynthia) Ray, Sr., McSellin (Mary) Ray, Sr. and Allen (Patricia) Ray, all of Georgia; four sisters-in-law, Dorothy Napier, Butler; Bennie DeLoach, Jachin; Vernell Everett and Christine Crosby, both of Silas, AL; two brothers-in-law, Vern Johnson, Waukegan, Ill., and Charlie Lee, Monroeville; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Celebration of life services were rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home, Butler.


Robert L. Harris
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announcess the passing of Mr. Robert L. Harris of Aliceville, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Visitation will be Friday, July 30, 2021, from 3-5 p.m at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The graveside home going celebrationwill be Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 11 a.m. in Old Bethany Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, 4415 Vienna River Rd., Aliceville. Rev.Johnny James Corder is the Pastor of Old Bethany P. B. Church. Rev. Quinton Prude, pastor of Providence Baptist Church, Aliceville, will be the eulogist. FOR THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF EVERYONE, MASK WEARING IS REQUIRED. SEATING WILL BE LIMITED. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing. Survivors are the Harris family.


Ms. Amber Killings
Ms. Amber Killings of Coatopa entered into eternal rest July 24, 2021 in Marengo County. Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 11 a.m. from Oak Grove Cemetery Coatopa. Visitation will be held Friday, July 30, 2021 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.


Josephine Bigham LaGabed
Josephine Bigham LaGabed, 88, of Northport, passed away July 20, 2021, at Heritage Healthcare & Rehab. Graveside services were held 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Boone Cemetery with Bro. Joe Jones officiating and Magnolia Chapel North directing.
She was preceded in death by: her mother Tommie Watson Bigham; father William Bigham; sister Emagene Bigham Johnson; and brothers Samuel, William Lee, and Infant Bigham.
Survivors include: her daughter Sherry LaGabed Phillips; grandchildren William Grady Phillips and Morgan Allyce Phillips; son-in-law James Dowell Phillips; sister Martha Rachel Rice (Clint); nephews Kenneth Rice (Mike) and Terry Rice (Jan); niece Lisa Jones (Andy).
Josephine was a loving mother and devoted “Nanny”. She grew up in Samantha, attended Livingston University, and taught at Theodore High School. She dedicated her life to caring for her daughter and family. She worked 23 years at Sterilon (Seamless) Hospital Products in Fayette, and retired from Rite Aid Warehouse in Tuscaloosa. A faithful Christian, she was a Sunday school teacher at Salem Baptist Church and attended Carolwood Baptist Church.
Michael O’Neal McCaa
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Sgt. Michael O’Neal McCaa, 58, of Northport, formerly of Aliceville, on Friday, July 16, 2021 at DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa. Visitation was Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration was Friday, July 23, 2021, at noon at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, 2463 Franconia Rd., Alicevile. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment and military honors were in Mt. Hebron Church Cemetery. Rev. Marcus Wright, pastor of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the McCaa family.


Hattie L. Simmons
Ms. Hattie L. Simmons of Demopolis entered into eternal rest July 22, 2021 at her residence. Graveside service will be held Friday, July 30, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. from Memorial Gardens, Hwy. 43 S., Demopolis. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.


William “Chilly Willy” Steele
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mr. William “Chilly Willy” Steele, 55, of Tuscaloosa, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa. Visitation was Saturday, July 24, 2021 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration was Sunday, July 25, 2021, at 2 p.m. at New Canaan Baptist Church, 1105 Wilson Rd., Aliceville. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment was in Magnolia Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 9654 Hwy. 14, Aliceville. Rev. Quinton Prude, pastor of Providence Baptist Church, Aliceville, was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing. Survivors are the Steele family.


Deborah Denise Thomas
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mrs. Deborah Denise Thomas, 53, of Carrollton, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC VISITATION. The graveside home going celebration will be Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Alicevile City Hall, 419 Memorial Parkway, Alicevile. The body of Mrs. Thomas will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in New Cemetery, 196 Valleyview Rd., Aliceville. FOR THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF EVERYONE, MASK WEARING IS REQUIRED & SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE OBSERVED. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Thomas family.


Dora L. Wilson Tucker
Dora L. Wilson Tucker, 87, was born in Cuba, Ala., January 19, 1934 to the union of the late Rev. O. B. and Alice Walker Wilson. On July 17, 2021, she transitioned and entered into eternal rest at her residence surrounded by family and loved ones. She was the third child of thirteen children. At the age of 12, she confessed faith in Christ and was baptized in Zion Hill Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. R. H. Pack.
She attended Kinterbish High School, Cuba, and was a 1956 graduate of Stillman College, Tuscaloosa. For thirty one years, she was employed by the Sumter County Board of Education. During this tenure, she taught at Belmont, Arrington and Kinterbish Jr. High; and was also an adult education class instructor. Her extensive career as an educator expanded the minds and potential of numerous students. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Feria Chapter 128 where she served as worthy matron for several years. Later they were combined with Pride of York #677, worthy matron, Sister Olivia Wilson. She was vice-president of the Kinterbish District Women’s Convention, later becoming president of this organization, holding this position for many years.
Service of memory and life celebration was Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 5901 Kinterbish 10, Cuba. Pastor C. Wayne Davis delivered the eulogy and offered words of comfort and consolation. Visitation for family and friends was Friday, July 23, 2021, in the Weatherly Chapel. Interment is in Cagus Cemetery, Kinterbish 10, Cuba, Ala. Those who have preceded her in death are: her parents; three sisters Rebecca Donald, Bertha Ward and Joyce Wiley; two brothers Thomas J. and Jesse Wilson. To celebrate a beautiful life well-lived and to cherish precious memories are: a devoted and beloved sister Alberta Herlong, Lauderdale, Miss.; three children Dernice Johnson and Valayasa Caldwell, both of Cuba; and one son, Roscoe M. (Veronica) Tucker, Sr.; five stepchildren Annie (Devogia) Hughes, North Charleston, S. C., Belinda Nixon, Missouri City, Texas, Wilson (Shirley) Tucker Jr, Missouri City, Texas and Beverly Ann Jackson, Meridian, Miss.; one goddaughter Tanya (Antonio) Lake; eight grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; three sisters-in-law Elizabeth Wilson, Hattiesburg, Miss., Susie Harvey, Chicago, Ill., and Joan Tucker Birmingham; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; four special friends Martha Lawson, Lillie Willis Emma Delaine and Dorothy Delaine; along with many other friends and loved ones, who loved her, and whom she also dearly loved.
To the entire Tucker family, we at Weatherly Funeral Home offer to each of you our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy and condolences. Our prayer remains that your abiding faith in God will continue to comfort, to strengthen and sustain you during your time of bereavement. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send contributions to: The Sumter County Retired Educators Association – for the Dora W. Tucker Education Scholarship; P. O. Box 1396, Livingston, Ala. 35470, www.weatherlyfuneralhome.com.


Kevin Tyre Wells
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mr. Kevin Tyre Wells, 31, of Fayetteville, N. C., at his residence on Monday, July 12, 2021. The home going celebration was Friday, July 23, 2021, at noon at Zion Valley Valley Missionary Baptist Church, 3555 Panola Pkwy. 34, Aliceville,. The body of Mr. Wells lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment was in Zion Valley Church Cemetery. Rev. Marvin Washington, Pastor of Zion Valley Missionary Baptist Church was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Wells family.