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Llewellyn Dubose
Graveside services were held for Llewellyn Dubose on October 10, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, 178 Mt. Olive Road, Butler, with Pastor McSellin Ray, officiating.
Llewellyn (Lou) Dubose was born on July 27, 1965 to the union of the late Homer and Isabella Dubose of Butler. He later relocated to Meridian, Miss. Lou departed this life on October 4, 2020 at his resident. Lou, joined the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, at an early age, he later attended the Greater Outreach Missionary Baptist Church, in Meridian, Miss. Lou, attended CCHS and was a member of the Class of 1984. Lou had many jobs and he was a very hard worker; just a jack of all trades.
Lou were preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Isabella; four brothers Danny, Bonnie, Tommy and Clifford; one brother-in law Walter Gaines; one sister-in law Claudia Dubose.
Lou leaves to cherish his loving memories three children Alicia Adrienne (Keith Tuck Jr.), Dexter Ty’Shon all of Butler; four grandchildren, Ky’Moni, Kate’Lynn, Karson and Kaisyn; a significant other Jennifer (Jen) Lowe of Meridian, Miss.; two sisters, Costella (Samuel) Thomas of Butler, and Maeola (Mae) Gaines, of Birmingham; one brother Larry (Martha) Dubose, of Butler; one sister-in law Denise Dubose; one aunt Lenora Ray and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; one special best friend Donnie (Doc) Barron. Lou was a true die heart War Eagle Fan; he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Celebration of life services rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Funeral Home, Butler.
Lucy Ezell
Funeral services were held for Lucy Ezell on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Ward Chapel A. M. E. Zion Church, Ward, with Rev. Betty Landrum, officiating.
Sister Lucy Ezell, was born December 10, 1954 to the late Jessie Lee Ezell and the late Benjamin Brown. She attended the Ward Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and served on Usher Board until her health begin to fail. Lucy was a graduate of Choctaw County High School Class of 1973. Lucy was employed Rob Roy Sewing Factor and many retail businesses of Choctaw County as one of the funny and friendly cashier.
Lucy is preceded in death by her mother Jessie Lee (James) May; father Benjamin Brown; grandmother Louise Brown; grandfather Andrew Brown, and a host of aunts and uncles who also preceded her in death.
She leave to cherish her loving memories: her sons Tracy May of Ward and Marcus (Lakisha) Ezell of Meadville, Miss.; goddaughter Sherry May Shack; grandsons Trashun May of Ward, and Bratson Ezell of Meadville, Miss.; step-grandson Devante Ruffin of Livingston; brothers Willie Ed Brown, Willie Lewis Brown both of Chattanooga, Tenn., and A. J. Brown of Memphis Tenn.; one sister Yvonne D. Green of Chattanooga, Tenn.; aunts Bobbie Ezell, Florine Ezell both of Mobile; Lynette Grice, Phyllis Brown all of Lisman, Mary Townsend of Meridian, Miss., and Barbara Chaney of Pennington; a special aunt Mary Ezell of Whitfield; uncles Joe Louis Ezell Mobile Robert (Ora) Brown, Leonard (Mary) Brown, Macarthur Brown all of Chattanooga Tenn., Terry Chaney, Roy Chaney, Bobby Lee Chaney and Chaney all of Pennington; her devoted friends Shirley Jean May of Ward, Lilly Carter of Choctaw and Jessie Pear Horns of Whitfield; a host of other relatives and dear friends.
(We, The Family Sincerely Apologize For Anyone We May Have Omitted During This Difficult Time). Celebration of life services rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Funeral Home, Butler.
John William Geeslin
A memorial service for Mr. John William Geeslin, 77, of Cuba, Ala., will be held Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Bumpers Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Tatum and Rev. Bob Ravenscrast officiating. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York.
Mr. Geeslin passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020, at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Demopolis. He was born June 13, 1943, to William and Lola Geeslin. He was a retired engineer for the State of Alabama Highway Department.
Mr. Geeslin is survived by his wife Mary Langham Geeslin of Cuba; son Thomas Geeslin (Jana) of Huntsville; Elizabeth McAteer (Mike) of Ashville, N. C.; grandchildren John David and Harper Jane; and his special friend Robert “Turnip Seed” Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cuba Church of God.
Mr. Ferman Jackson
Mr. Ferman Jackson of Carrollton, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Hospice of West Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Visitation were Friday, October 16, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The graveside home going celebration was Saturday, October 17, 2020, 1 p.m. in Mount Sinai Cemetery, 663 Franconia Rd., Carrollton. Rev. Antwon Plott, Pastor of Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, Hillsboro, was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survirors are the Jackson family.
Eva Lee Hinton Jones
Eva Lee Hinton Jones, 81. of Aliceville, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2020 at her residence. Visitation will be Friday, October 23, 2020 from 3-5 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service.
The graveside home going celebration will be Saturday, October 24, 2020, 1 p.m. in New Sarepta Church Cemetery, Co. Rd. 60, Eutaw. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Jones and Hinton families
George S. Knott
Graveside services for George S. Knott, 62, were 11 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Taylor Place Cemetery in Boligee. He passed away October 9, 2020. Visitation was Friday, October 16, 2020 at the Mortuary. Smith’s Mortuary Boligee directing.
Johnny W. Koenenn
Johnny W. Koenenn of Moundville died on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Memorial services will be announced later. Final arrangements entrusted to the Rollins’ Family and Staff of Rollins’ Mortuary.
Merle Fowler Lemley
Merle Fowler Lemley, 85, passed away on October 16, 2020, at Hospice of West Alabama. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 3 p.m. at Memory Chapel with Rev. Richard Vise officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Merle was raised in Eutaw and graduated from Greene County High School in 1953. After graduating high school, she attended Livingston University, where she obtained her Bachelors of Science. While at Livingston, she met the love of her life, John Hiram Lemley, who was the coolest guy at the sock-hop on campus. John and Merle were married in 1957, and moved to Tuscaloosa. Merle achieved her Master of Arts in Music Education at the University of Alabama in 1976. Merle touched many lives through music education. She was a choral instructor, voice teacher, and band director, as well as a private piano teacher for over 50 years. She also taught in the Judson College Community School of Fine Arts program and volunteered at Shelton State for 18 years performing and mentoring students through their jazz program. One of her favorite activities was singing in a group called the Notettes, which originated in college. This group continued to be her lifelong best friends. Later, as a member of Civic Chorus, she accompanied many productions, including Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, and The Most Happy Fella. As an artist, she played with several groups, including the Alabama Cavaliers, the Dixie Downbeats, and the Shelton State Jazz Band. She enjoyed playing for jazz dinners at NorthRiver Yacht Club and provided her talents for hundreds of weddings, funerals, and church services. She played a number of other events often as a solo artist or with other musicians. Merle will be remembered for her laughter, silliness, and ability to make anyone around her feel special. She had a gift for encouraging others and loved to give complements. She was a devout Christian and spent hours in God’s word, which was her favorite way to spend time.
Merle was preceded in death by her parents Juanita Davidson Fowler and Travis Emmett Fowler; husband of 59 years John Hiram Lemley; brother Thomas Jackson Fowler; and daughter Lea Ann Lemley Koniski.
Merle is survived by her daughter Marla Dean Lemley Falls (Bob); son-in-law, James Edward Koniski (Lauren); grandchildren John Edward Koniski (Lydia) of New York, N. Y., Grant James Koniski, of San Francisco, Calif., Stuart Lemley Falls of Nashville, Tenn., and Madelyn Dean Falls of Birmingham, as well as other beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bob Falls, Stuart Falls, Billy Falls, Sam Falls, Jeff Fowler, and Richard Harwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caring Days of Tuscaloosa, P.O. Box 3049 Tuscaloosa, AL 35403 or Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Rd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.
Margaree McSwain
McGrew

Graveside services were held for Margaree McSwain McGrew on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Jackson Cemetery, Sweet Water, with Rev. Alphonso Bowen, officiating.
Seventy-four years ago, there was this beautiful black queen born to the parentage of the late Ms. Versie Mae Harris and Walter McSwain and the late Ms. Essie D. Goines and Frank Williams. That black queen was named Margaree Goines McSwain. To some she was known as a wife, mother, sister, auntie, Kane, but to her grandkids “Gram/Grandma” was the best. She touched lives everywhere she went. In 1963 she married a black king named Arthur J. McGrew which preceded her in death. To this union they had four children; Jaqueline McGrew, Angela McGrew, Vicki McGrew and Elisha McGrew; eight grandchildren; Kymberli Westbrook, Ashley Westbrook, William Westbrook, Taylor (Tony) Jones, and Kayshiana McGrew. She was also known as Gram to so many others that are too numerous to name. She has 12 great grands: Tyler, Kaylyn, Jabari, Kristian, Kylia, Martez Jr. Kaleb, Mariah, Kailey, Kameron, Imani, and Jadyn (Mollie); nine sisters, four of which prededed her in death: Helen Hackworth, Dora Armstrong, Delois Brown, and Gladys Jones; surviving sisters are :Shirley Smith, Sue Goines, Roschelia Goines, Shirley Sheffield, and Aldonia Lucy. Margaree also leaves to cherish seven devoted nieces and nephews: Dr. John McGrew Jr., Voncile Irby, Victoria Autery, Jackie Harris, Eva (Patrick) Champion, and Tammy Williams; a host of devoted friends and family, just to name a few: Dorothy Jones, Kallie Holt, Hazel Dixon, Ophelia Pritchett, Ree Williams, Tracey Hosea, Wonda Gaines, and Michael (Less) McClain, Sr. She has transitioned leaving us with the greatest memories and lots of love. “Farewell Big Girl.” Celebration of life services rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Funeral Home, Butler.
Marilyn Lancaster Powell
Marilyn Lancaster Powell, age 95, passed away peacefully October 11, 2020. She was born May 10, 1925 in Livingston, to Thomas and Alma Lancaster. She was married to Jesse Norman Powell on September 25, 1940, who preceded her in death in 1998. Also preceding in her death were her siblings, Bessie Mae Shelton, Jack Lancaster, Fanny Ruth Lancaster and her children Thomas Freeman Powell and Bessie Nell Richardson.
Marilyn loved her Lord and Savior and was devoted to her church and family. She was the mother of six children, grandmother of fourteen, great grandmother of thirty-one, and great-great grandmother of seven. Marilyn retired from Vanity Fair after 20 years of service and was a lifetime member of Ward Baptist Church. She was a prayer warrior for her family, friends, and neighbors. She was the cornerstone of the family and will be dearly missed. Her life was a living example of her favorite Bible verse, Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Marilyn is survived by her daughter Camilla Lewis (Stanley); son Norman Perry Powell (Sue); daughter Ruth Sheffield (Robert); and daughter Becky Breazeale (Jim); grandchildren Glenda Dowdy, Cassandra Odom, Chuck Powell, Jessica Stamper, David Powell, Michael Lewis, Laura Simmons, Donna Herrin, Wanda Devaney, Beverly Floyd, Liz Savage, Lisa Bellingrath, Jimmy Breazeale, and Robbie Sheffield; plus 31 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Marilyn Lancaster Powell, 95, of Ward were held Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Cokes Chapel Cemetery in Ward with Rev. Norman Perry Powell and Rev. Jimmy Breazeale officiating. Mrs. Powell passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020, at the Robertsdale Health and Rehabilitation Center, Robertsdale. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ward’s Cemetery fund, P.O. Box 132, Ward, AL 36922 or Gideons International by calling 1-866-382-4253 or mail P.O. Box 97251, Washington, D.C. 20090-7251.
Gregory James Walker
Funeral services were held for Gregory James Walker on October 7, 2020. Gregory James Walker, 63, passed away in Birmingham, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
Gregory was born on August 15, 1957 in Birmingham, where he spent his early years. He attended Choctaw County School, and afterwards Job Corps. Later he moved to New York, where he spent majority of his years. He then moved back home to Alabama, and resided with his mother for the remainder of his life. Gregory loved outdoors, family, and friends. He was a great person to talk to. If you ever needed a friend, he was the right person to call because he would be there for you.
He leaves behind his family: mother Emma Walker; his siblings Henry (Sharon) Walker, Carolyn (Joseph) Myers, Josephine Walker, Cheryl Walker (Timothy) Long, Debbie Walker, Cedric Walker, Calvin (Helen) Walker, Jackie (Cal) Duncan and Donna Walker.
Two brothers preceded him in death: Roy Lee (Cheryl) Walker and Lewis (Deborah) Walker.
Celebration of life services rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Funeral Home, Butler.