Obituaries

Betty Greene Allen
Betty Greene Allen, 80, of Demopolis, Alabama, died Saturday, January 12, 2019.
Mrs. Allen was born in Forkland, on February 28, 1938, to the late Ralph and Bernice Greene.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Gene Tillman Greene and Johnny Gordon Greene.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Rodney Clark Allen; her three daughters; Liz Donaldson (Mark) of Fultondale, Wendy Dement (Leland) of Gardendale, and Amy Allen of Woodstock, Ga.
Betty “MeMe” had six grandchildren, Matt Donaldson (Linley), Kaleb Donaldson, Blake Donaldson (Keeley), Jamie Powell (Chris), Misty Williams and Ashleigh Williams (Tyeler). She also had four great-grandchildren, Noah Powell, Emmette Ford, Addyson Martin and Genesis Williams.
Mrs. Allen was a loving wife and mother, and she loved and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved playing dominoes and cards with friends and family. She also enjoyed going to the annual beach trip to spend time together as a family.
The pallbearers are Mark Donaldson, Leland Dement, Matt Donaldson, Kaleb Donaldson, Blake Donaldson, and Shawn Allen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Demopolis.


Sherry Anne Dockery Bonner
Sherry Anne Dockery Bonner, 61, of Tuscaloosa, passed away January 10, 2019 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services were held 3 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Memory Chapel with Rev. Vial Fontenot officiating and Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Private burial will be in Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Visitation will follow service at the funeral home until 5 p.m.
She was the daughter of Edward Burrell Dockery, Sr. and Grace Hughes Dockery (Case).
Sherry was preceded in death by her best friend her mother, Grace; her beloved dad, Ed; her nephew, Trey Dockery; brother-in-law, Leigh Gray; and father-in-law, Bill Bonner.
She is survived by her husband, Curtis Bonner; stepson, Trevor Bonner; mother-in-law, Dot Bonner; brothers, Rusty (Vickie) and Tommy (Connie) Dockery, all of Tuscaloosa; and sister, Donna Dockery Gray of Birmingham. Also, surviving are four nieces, two nephews, ten great-nieces, three great-nephews, a host of cousins and friends; and her six cherished dogs.
Sherry graduated from Central High School with the Class of 1975, attended Livingston University, and worked as an administrative assistant for Bo Fields Insurance, as a medical insurance clerk for Dr. Mark Ricketts, as a secretary for Crimson Carpet and Flooring, and as an independent consultant for several companies including Rodan and Fields skincare, LuluRoe clothing and Vantel Pearls. Sherry was loved for her friendly nature, outgoing personality, sassy style and her love of jewelry, painted nails, and different hairstyles.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Humane Society of West Alabama.


Carl Delaney Brooks
Mr. Carl Delaney Brooks, 77, of Huntsville, formerly of Aliceville, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019 at his residence. Mr. Carl D. Brooks was the prolific and dedicated principal of Aliceville Middle and Aliceville Elementary Schools for over 21 years. The wake will be Friday, January 18, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration will be Saturday, January 19, 2019, at noon at Pine Grove Baptist Church 9004 Hwy. 86, Carrollton. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Internment will be in Pine Grove Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 91 Big Creek Rd., Carrollton. Rev. Marcus Wright, pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church will be the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, 11233 Hwy. 17 S., Aliceville, 205-373-2420, in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are the Brooks family.


Willie Brewster
Willie Brewster, Jr., 67 of York, born to the union of Willie and Laureen Brewster, Sr. in Lauderdale County; Toomsuba, Miss., transitioned and entered into eternal rest January 12, 2019 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation. Memorial service of memory is slated for Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. from the Weatherly Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. James Patrick Granger delivering the eulogy and offering words of comfort and consolation.
To the Brewster Family, we at Weatherly Funeral Home offer to each of you our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies and condolences. Our prayer continues to be that your abiding faith in God will lend a measure of comfort and solace as you go through your many hours of sorrow.


Doshie Lee Gibbs
Doshie Lee Gibbs, 92 of Cuba, Ala., born to the union of John and Mattie Dunn Nettles in Sumter County, Ala., transitioned and entered into eternal rest January 8, 2019. Service of remembrance is slated for Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. from Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 1000 Old Hwy. 11, Cuba, Ala. Rev. Ronnie Walk will deliver the eulogy and offer words of comfort and consolation. Rev. James Patrick Granger is church pastor. Sister Gibbs will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral time. Interment to follow in the Gibbs Family cemetery, off of Co. Rd. 27, Cuba, Ala. Visitation for family and friends is scheduled Friday evening, January 18, 2019 from 3-6 p.m. in the Weatherly Chapel.
To the entire Gibbs 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.


Bessie Pearl Hughes Hinton
Bessie Pearl Hughes Hinton, 73, of Aliceville, passed away January 6, 2019 at her residence. Services were noon Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Miracle Deliverance Temple, 2721 County Road 133, Boligee, with Pastor Martha Henderson and Bishop Jimmy McClung officiating. Burial followed in Hughes Family Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. The body lay in state one hour prior to the service at the church.


Bertram Julius “Bert” Rosenbush, Jr.
Bertram Julius “Bert” Rosenbush, Jr., 89, of Demopolis, died January 10, 2019, at his home. Mr. Rosenbush was born in Demopolis, on November 2, 1929, to the late Bertram Julius and Miriam Stein Rosenbush. He was the grandson of the late Julius and Essie Baum Rosenbush. He graduated from Demopolis High School and attended Marion Military Institute and the University of Alabama before entering the family furniture business. Mr. Rosenbush worked until his retirement in 2002 in the family furniture business, the Rosenbush Furniture Company, founded by his grandfather in 1895. Bert Jr. was the manager, a partner, and later owner during a fifty years period. Rosenbush Furniture Company was Alabama’s oldest family owned furniture store until the Rosenbushes retired. It had been in business 108 years. Upon retirement, Bert and his wife, Mary Louise, gave the city of Demopolis the Rosenbush Furniture Company Building and the accompanying warehouse. Both are on the National Historic Register. The building will retain the name the Rosenbush Building and houses the Marengo County History and Archive Museum. This was the largestne gift ever given to the city of Demopolis. Mr. Rosenbush was of the Jewish faith and on Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2009, he and Mrs. Rosenbush made a generous gift of Holocaust Monument for the Jewish Cemetery in Demopolis. He was a Mason for over 60 years and requested a masonic funeral. Bert was a charter member of the Demopolis Country Club, The Shriner’s and numerous civic and business organizations.
Bert was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Better Doris Wallerstein of Richmond, Va.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Louise Bell Rosenbush; two nieces and a nephew, Sandra W. Friend (Jim), Susan Wallerstein, and Richard S. Wallerstein Jr. (Leah).
Honorary pallbearers were Admiral Bryan Whitfield Compton, Dr. William Hill, Kenneth Marlowe, Henry Huckabee, Skeebo Holman, T.M. Culpepper and loyal and dedicated caregiver, Sam Evans.
Graveside services were at B’nai Jeshurm Cemetery in Demopolis on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 2 p.m. with Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge #49 Steven King officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.


Wallace Pickens Spidle, Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Wallace Pickens Spidle, Jr., 80, of Belmont will be Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2:30 P.M. at Old Belmont Church with Rev. Carl Sudduth and Bro. Brian Bradley officiating. Interment will follow immediately after the service in the Old Belmont Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York.
Mr. Spidle passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019, at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. He was born May 23, 1938, in Belmont, Alabama, to Wallace P. and Inell Mott Spidle. Mr. Spidle was a self-employed farmer and loved his family.
Survivors include his son Steven Douglas Spidle of Belmont; niece JoAnn Garrett and husband Al of Belmont; niece Cynthia Cooper and Husband Danny of Eutaw; niece Shelia Shumate of Livingston; and grandniece Courtney Cooper Gipson and Husband Jake of Homewood.
He was preceded in death by his parents Wallace P. and Inell Mott Spidle; wife Florence Elliott Spidle; son Wallace P. Spidle, III; brother Charles Edward Spidle; sister Sarah Shumate; and sister Barbara Howington.


Hiawatha Edward Studdard, Sr.
Service of remembrance and celebration was held Monday, December 31, 2018 for the Studdard family’s beloved patriarch, Hiawatha Edward Studdard, Sr., 100, of Birmingham, from St. Joseph Baptist Church, 500 – Ninth Ave., N., Birmingham. Rev. Derrick Hudson delivered the eulogy and offered words of comfort and consolation. Rev. Boykin L. Hunter, Jr., is church pastor. Interment followed in Elmwood Memorial Cemetery and Mausoleum, 600 MLK, Jr. Dr., Birmingham.