Obituaries

John Walter Brown
Funeral services for John Walter Brown, 85, of York, were Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Chestnut Grove Church, Siloam, with Rev. Robert Pearce and Rev. Brad Campbell officiating. Burial followed in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation wase held Friday, March 22, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. at Bumpers Funeral Home of York. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York.
Mr. Brown passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at his residence in York. He was a carpenter by trade. John served as a Navy CB for over 20 years. He was a member of Siloam Baptist Church. John loved to laugh and to be with his family.
Survivors include his sons John Walter “Walt” Brown, Jr. and wife Beth; daughter Debbie Mayfield and husband Ken; daughter Jan Moore and husband Roy; son Kevin Hager and wife Donna; grandchildren Terry Barrett and wife Paige, Shawn Hall and wife Amanda, Jennifer Sharp and husband Adam, Dawn Curtis and Husband Bill, Alana Moore, Lee Moore, and Kenny Mayfield and wife Lindsey; 16 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; brother David C. Brown; and special friends and caregivers Berlinda Hood, Diane Green, Donald Ray Jones.
He was preceded in death by his wife Pelleree “BeBe” Brown; father Thomas Edgar Brown; mother Alma Gladys Clark Brown; son Steve Brown; grandson Allen Moore; and 11 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers: Joe Scruggs, Lee Moore, Paul Brown, Grey Sharpe, Nate Sharpe, JoJo Gordy, Shawn Hall, and Russell Hanson.

Bernice Carter
Service for Bernice Carter, 58, was held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Millwood Primitive Baptist Church, Pennington, with Rev. Willie Pringle officiating. Interment followed in Woodall Cemetery.
Bernice was born on August 18, 1961 to the late Nell Carter Spencer and Will Dukes. She grew up in Pennington and became a member of Millwood Primitive Baptist Church. She later moved to Tuscaloosa where she passed peacefully at her home on March 13, 2019.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chuckie Carter; sisters, Jeanette Young Reese, Onnie Williams, and Thelma; and brothers, Willie C, Grady Dukes, John Kelly, and Sammie Dukes.
Bernice leaves to cherish mer precious memories: four children, Ladarrell Steele, Andrea Carter, Dominique (Duane) Carter Williams, all of Tuscaloosa, and Brittany Steele of East Point, Ga.; sisters, Vernice Carter of Jackson, Miss., Minnie Lee Carter of Tuscaloosa, Ann Dukes of Pennington; sister-in-law, Christine Mosley of Pennington; brothers, Jack Carter, Wilbert Carter, Leon Carter, Walter Dukes, all of Pennington, W. H. (Barbara) Bryant and Johnny Lee, both of Virginia; Emanuel “Tony” (Geneva) Spencer of Cleveland, Ohio; three grandchildren, Jayden Hutt, Dylan Williams, Delia Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, all close friends.
The Celebration of Life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.

Mother L.G. “Elgenia” Jones Grant
Service for Mother L. G. Jones Grant, 91, was held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Shiloh C. M. E. Church, Lisman, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Clarence Lucius officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Mother Grant was born on October 12, 1927 to the late Lewis James Jones and Emma Jane Rowe Jones. She departed this earthly life on March 1, 2019. She was preceded in death by a son, Charlie Ed Grant, Jr.; three siblings: brothers, Quincy Jones, Tommie Jones and sister, Martha Ann Johnson; and two grandsons, Willie Ed Grant, Jr. and Brian Levelle Grant.
She confessed Christ at an early age and joined Shiloh C. M. E. Church. Mother L. G. served on the usher board as president for several years. She was a missionary and a member of the Eastern Star Ezell Chapter #380. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Charlie Ed Grant, Sr. for 68 years.
She leaves to cherish her memory: five children, Geneva (Thomas) Crowell, Yantley, Willie (Bessie) Grant, Chicago, Ill., Ruthie Grant, Lisman, Earnest (Irena) Grant, Birmingham, Mary Ann Grant, Lisman; twelve grandchildren; thirty-four great grandchildren; eleven great- great grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Mary Merrida Grant, Lisman; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The Celebration of Life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.

Mattie Crockett
Mattie Crockett, 99, died Sunday, March 11, 2019. Funeral service were 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at New Prospect Baptist Church in Livingston. Rev. Felix Jones officiated. McInnis Mortuary of Livingston directed. Interment followed in New Prospect Cemetery in Livingston. The body lay in state one hour prior to service time at the church.
McInnis Mortuary of Livingston entrusted with all arrangements. Those left to cherish her memory are: her children: Lillie Brown, Marie Brown and Paul Brown; three special nieces, Minister Essie Sanders, Callie Lowery and Taletha James; along with her many other relatives and friends.

Louise Ruffin Foster
Mrs. Foster, 89, was a native of Cuba, Ala. and long-time resident of Birmingham. She worked as a cook at Old Plantation Bar-B-Que for 35 years, and was a faithful member of Six Street Peace Baptist Church for many years until her health began to fail. She leaves to cherish her memory three loving and devoted daughters: Julene R. DeLaine, Shirley (Willie) Flowers and Janice Foster; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; nieces, nephews many other relatives and friends.
Service of memory was held Monday, March 11, 2019 at noon at South Elyton Baptist Church, 100 – 1st Street, S., with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Mrs. Foster lay in repose on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at Westside Funeral Home Fairfield.

Morris French
Funeral Service for Morris French of Meridian, Miss. formerly of Eutaw, who passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at his residence, will be noon, Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Little Zion Baptist Church in Tishabee. Rev. Kendrick Howell will officiate with interment following in Little Zion Cemetery, Tishabee, with military honors. He will lie in state one hour prior to service time at the church. McInnis Mortuary of Eutaw is entrusted with allarrangements.
Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Gwendolyn French; his children Ashley (Derrick) McGlothin; sons: Eric Sims, Jonathon Sims, Kia French; sisters: Doris (Jerry) Scott, Mary French, Isabell French, Teresa French Hunter; brothers: Ernest (Ethel) French, Curtis French, Lorenzo (Geneva) French and Dennis French; along with his nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Edward Eugene “Gump” Ozment
Edward Eugene “Gump” Ozment died peacefully at his home in Sumterville, Ala., on March 17, 2019. His family will be honoring his life of 91 years with a Visitation and Fellowship Meal at 11 a.m. on March 21, 2019 at the Sumterville Community House in Sumterville, Ala. The Celebration of Life Service will follow at the Sumterville Baptist Church at 1 p.m.
Born January 18, 1928, Gump was the 14th child of the 16 children born to James A. and Hassie P. Ozment. He was a 1947 graduate of Livingston High School. Attended Livingston State Teacher’s College (University of West Alabama), playing college football for two years before returning to the family farm. Gump served 2 years in the United States Army. He was a life time cattleman farmer of a Centennial Farm in Sumterville. Gump served over 53 years in the Sumter County Soil Conservation Service. He was an active member of Sumter County Cattleman’s Association. He was an elected official and served on the Sumter County Board of Education.
Gump was a lifetime member of the Sumterville Baptist Church and served as Sunday School teacher and Deacon all of his adult life. He loved the Sumterville community and served faithfully in every role possible.
He is survived by the love of his life, Virginia Simpkins Ozment, and their anniversary of 66 years would have been March 25, 2019. Survived by his two sons Sam (Pam) Ozment, Bruce (Jan) Ozment, two daughters Nancy (Mark) Gay and Annette (Nick) Dial, eleven grandchildren, and many great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents James A. and Hassie P. Ozment and daughter Lynda O. Stapp.
The Ozment family would like to thank the staff of Southern Care Hospice for their incredible support during daddy’s illness. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Samaritan’s Purse or Alabama Baptist Children’s Home & Family Ministries; P.O. Box 351767; Birmingham, AL 35236.

Dorothy H. Harris
Funeral Service for Dorothy H. Harris of York, who passed away recently in York, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Epes. Rev. Christopher Holcombe, pastor, is to officiate with interment to follow in Old Jones Creek Cemetery in Epes. McInnis Mortuary of Livingston is entrusted with all arrangements. Public viewing and visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 at McInnis Mortuary in Livingston. She will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Those left to cherish her memory are: her sisters Catherine Hodge and Connie Lockett; her brothers: Jessie Pratt, Jimmy Pratt, Johnnie Pratt and Willie Pratt; along with her many other relatives and friends.

Adam Charles Hewitt
Graveside services for Adam Charles Hewitt, 21, of Marietta, S. C., were Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Cokes Chapel Cemetery in Ward, with Rev. Wesley Winston officiating.
Adam passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Greenville, S. C. He was born May 20, 1997, in Demopolis, to Joe Raymond Hewitt and Amy Bott.
He is survived by his father Joe Raymond Hewitt of Marietta, S. C.; his mother Amy Bott; and his paternal grandmother Donnie Hewitt Washburn of Newbern.
Pallbearers were Michael Hewitt, Tom Hewitt, Tommy Hewitt, Jimmy Hewitt, Kenneth Biggs, and Josh Bailey. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York.

Rebecca Ann Holland
A memorial service for Rebecca Ann Holland, 73, of Livingston will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Livingston United Methodist Church with Rev. Steven Spinning and Rev. Carl Sudduth officiating. The family will greet guest following the service. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.
Mrs. Holland passed away Monday, March 18, 2019, at Anderson’s Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Miss. She was born December 19, 1945, in Cottonwood, Ala., to Jacob Columbus Guy and Lora Mae Holmes Guy. She was a retired teacher.
She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Richard D. Holland of Livingston; 8 children, Bari W. Beasley of Franklin, Tenn.; Deivid Delgado of Pelham; Thomas Key Harwell of Nashville, Tenn.; Tina N. Jones of Livingston; Sam Ledbetter of Livingston; Lee E. Stanton of Livingston; Ighel Vegue of Miami, Fla.; and Amy and Craig Warlick of Houston, Texas; sisters Virginia Williams (Laddie) of Blountstown, Fla.; Mary Shultz of Brazoria, Texas; and brother Jacob Jerome Guy (Myra) of Saraland; special friends Ann Bumpers of York; Gary and TyAnne Stone of Meridian, Miss.; Tommy and Roma Jean Fuller of Livingston; Joyce Chambless of Livingston; and a host of nieces, nephews, and many other friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Livingston United Methodist Church Choir Ministries at PO Box 36, 204 Madison Street, Livingston, Alabama 35470.

Mrs. Dora S. Layton
Mrs. Dora S. Layton, 91 of Aliceville, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Pickens County Medical Center, Carrollton. Public visitation was Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 2-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration was Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 1 p.m. at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, 2463 Franconia Rd., Aliceville. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment followed in the church cemetery, 2463 Franconia Rd., Aliceville. Rev. James C. Wright, pastor of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, in charge of arraignments.
Survivors are the Layton, Dennis, Paul and Williams families.

Donald “Pee Wee” Layton
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mr. Donald “Pee Wee” Layton, 56 of Aliceville, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at his residence. Public visitation was Friday, March 15, 2019 from 2-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration was Saturday, March 16, 2019, noon at New Salem Baptist Church, 364 New Salem Rd., Aliceville. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Internment was at New Salem Church Cemetery, 364 New Salem Rd., Aliceville. Rev. Dr. Herman Peters, the pastor of New Salem Baptist Church was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, in charge of arraignments.
Survivors are the Layton, Speight, and Steele families.

Darrin “Voo-Doo” Moore
Darrin “Voo-Doo” Moore, 54, died Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Funeral service were noon Saturday, March 16, 2019 at St. Matthew Baptist Church in Clinton. Rev. John Hodges, officiated. McInnis Mortuary, Eutaw, directed. Interment followed in St. Matthew Cemetery. The body lay in state one hour prior to the service at the church.
McInnis Mortuary of Eutaw was entrusted with all arrangements. Those left to cherish his memory are: his son, Darrin Windham; his brother, Cecil Cotton; a loving friend Beverly Harris; a brother and friend, Deacon Lorenzo French; aunts: Lela Moore, Nancy Bell, Cora (Leon) Williams and Rosie Holley; great aunt, NancyWilson; his uncles: Willie B. (Bernice) Moore, Woodrow (Helen) Williams and Willie C. (Wynell) Moore; his cousins: Cora Rice, Eula Travis, Christina Jones, Suzette Stewart, Shamane Stewart, Markita Stewart and Jacqueline Stewart; along with his many other relatives and friends.

Mary Alice Tolliver
Funeral Service for Mary Alice Tolliver of New Jersey formerly of Livingston who passed away recently in New Jersey will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019 in the Chapel of McInnis Mortuary of Livingston. Reverend Coley Rogers is to officiate. Interment will follow in Livingston City Cemetery. McInnis Mortuary of Livingston is entrusted with these arrangements.
Those left to cherish her memory are: her son Christopher Tolliver (Stacey); her daughter Cherie Tolliver; two sisters: Linda Tolliver and Ann Tolliver; three brothers; Leroy Tolliver, Sr., Willie Tolliver, Sr., and Burrile Tolliver, Sr.; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Cleo Lee Wilder
Funeral services for Cleo Lee Wilder were 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Christian Light C. P. Church of America with Rev. Moses Finch officiated. Burial followed in Lee Family Cemetery with Smith’s Mortuary Boligee direced. The body layin state one hour prior to services at the church.