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Faye H. Bedwell
Faye H. Bedwell, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 14, 2022.
She is survived by her three adoring children, Suzanne B. Nicholas (Joseph); Mark H. Bedwell; and William B. Bedwell; and grandchildren, Adam J. Nicholas and Mary Grace Bedwell.
Faye was preceded in death by and was the only child of the late, Grace D. and Ray W. Harry.
A graduate of Livingston High School, Livingston State College (BS) and University of West Alabama (ME), she was fondly known and loved by so many as “MaFaye.” For more than 40 years, she was a professional educator in Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama, her family home since birth in Sumter County. Throughout her career, she impacted young minds, particularly their knowledge of the English language, American literature, Greek/ Roman mythology and Native American cultures. A lifelong pianist with a love for all things musical, of nature: animals – great & small, plants and especially flowers, she was happiest on the beach at dawn or dusk. Faye was a seasoned traveler with family and friends throughout the United States and the Americas, Europe and Africa. Throughout her life, she frequently referenced the words of a favorite poet known to all- Ralph Waldo Emerson, reminding herself and others that: “To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” We will feel her loss and carry her in our hearts every day.
Family and friends were invited to the visitation and funeral services at Briggs Chapel Memorial Church, 8053 Highway 498 East, Porterville, Miss., followed by the interment at Briggs Chapel Cemetery, on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, with the visitation beginning at 10 a.m. and the funeral service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Sumter County Fine Arts Council at PO Box 1038, Livingston, Alabama 35470 or the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Scholarship Fund (www.dkg.org/dkgiefdonate). Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York.
Austin Frank Boyd, Jr.
Funeral services for Austin Frank Boyd, Jr., 84, of Emelle were held Friday, August 12, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. at Geiger United Methodist Church with Rev. Wilson Kendrick officiated. Burial followed in Souls Chapel Cemetery in Geiger. Visitation was at the church prior to the service. Mr. Boyd passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Boyd and Glenie Hutcherson Boyd; and sister Ilse Boyd.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Neville; son, Steve Boyd (Sherrie); daughter, Beth Boyd Ogles (Alan); grandchildren, Morgan McMahon, Austin Boyd, Adam Boyd, Chip Ogles, Boyd Ogles; and step grandsons, Ben Chasten, and Jordan Chasten (Ashley).
Frank was a graduate of Geiger Elementary School, Livingston High School, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Business from Mississippi State University. He was the recipient of a football scholarship and was president of his fraternity, Sigma Chi. Following college Frank worked for the U.S. Government’s Space Program in Huntsville, and for Brown Engineering. Frank and Mary Neville returned to Sumter County where they ran The Antler Store and Southern Oil Company. Frank was a profound Christian, whose greatest joy was to tell others about our Savior Jesus Christ. He was a life long member of Geiger First United Methodist Church and active in the Gideons International for almost 40 years, and only Jesus knows the number he witnessed to. He was greatly loved and admired by his family and friends.
Pallbearers were his grandchildren, Morgan Mc Mahon, Austin Boyd, Adam Boyd, Chip Ogles, Boyd Ogles, Ben Chasteen, and Jordan Chasteen.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Geiger, 49259 Alabama Highway 17, Emelle, Alabama or Gideons International, P.O. Box 193, York Alabama 36925. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York.
Curtis Hollins Hamilton, Sr.
Curtis Hollins Hamilton, Sr., 83, of Eutaw went to his eternal home on August 12, 2022. He was born on January 3, 1939, in Greene County to Elder Thomas Hamilton and Sue Steele Spencer Hamilton. He was a farmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Bettie Neal Tuck; his daughter, Elizabeth Hamilton; his son, Curtis Hollins Hamilton, Jr. (Paula); and his brother, Ervin Thomas Hamilton. He is also survived by two grandchildren: Dillan Hamilton and Ashlyn Hamilton and one great-grandchild Brooks Hamilton. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Gredis “Pam” Thornton
Toxey-The celebration of life service for Bro. Gredis “Pam” Thornton, 71, was held Sunday, August 14, 2022, at Shady Grove Community Park in Silas, with Prophet Cornelius Causey officiating. Interment followed in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Toxey.
Bro. Gredis Thornton was born on February 16, 1951, to the union of Tommie and Lennie Thornton. He departed this life on August 7, 2022.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Mary Boone-Thornton; his parents; a son, Grady Boone; a grandson, Terrance Boone; two goddaughters, Laura Sumilin and Latia Tucker; two sisters, Elizabeth Thornton and Bernice Thornton; five brothers, Robert, Curtis, Charlie, Connie Lee, and Will Tom Thornton.
On July 11, 2022, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
He leaves to cherish his memories: three children, Tommie Lucas of Toxey, Tara Adams of Thomasville, and Alden Pickens of Toxey; a goddaughter, Christine Williams; four grandchildren, Bionca Boone, Lareginald Clark, Tammara (DeMarco) Howard; and James Johnson; six great grandchildren, Kyrie Clark, DeMarco Jr., Madisyn Ward, Kaleb Clark, Kaison Boone, and Alaysia Boone; one sister, Alene Thornton of Toxey; two brothers, Henry Thornton of Detroit, Mich. and Johnny Thornton of Cleveland, Ohio; 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.
Nellie M. Richardson
Mrs. Nellie M. Richardson, 92, passed recently in York. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the Eastern Star Baptist Church, York. Rev. Robert Pearce, Jr. officiated with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation was on Friday, August 12, 2022, at the funeral home. Repast was at Mount Powell Baptist Church, York, following the burial ceremony.
Colie B. Roberts
Lisman-Graveside service for Bro. Colie B. (Ben) Roberts, 79, was held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at noon at Siloh C. M. E. Church Cemetery with Bishop Johnny Payton officiating. Bro. Colie B. Roberts was born on December 24, 1942, to the late Bro. Jefferson and Sis. Mary Jean Slay Roberts. He entered eternal rest on August 2, 2022, at his residence.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jefferson and Mary Jean Roberts; three brothers, Vergie Slay, Lurie J. Roberts, and Joe L. Roberts; and two sisters, Catherine R. House and Audrey M. Roberts.
Bro. Colie confessed Christ at an early age and joined the Shiloh C. M. E. Church where he served and continued to support it faithfully. Bro. Colie was an avid traveler and, after graduation, he ventured out to Florida, Los Angeles, Calif., Ann Arbor, Mich., Spring Valley, N. Y., and later returned home to Lisman. During his travels, he worked faithfully and retired from Sears. After returning to Lisman, he started his own carpet cleaning business, “C. B. Roberts Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Service.”
Bro. Colie B. Roberts leaves to cherish his precious memories: his brother, Willie Fred (Joyce) Roberts of Birmingham; four sisters, Minnie and Anna J. Roberts of Lisman, Estella and Maggie Roberts of Marietta, Ga.; one sister-in-law, Hattie Roberts of Lisman; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. The celebration of life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.
Lula Faye Ruffin
Lisman-The celebration of life service for Sis. Lula Faye Ruffin, 67, was held Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at Gilfield Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Austin J. Young serving as eulogist. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Sis. Lula Faye Ruffin was born on November 17, 1954, to the late Fred Ruffin, Sr., and Lucille Ruffin. She entered eternal rest on August 3, 2022.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Sr. and Lucille Ruffin; a sister, Irene Blakely; a brother, Fred Ruffin, Jr.; and two nephews, Fred Blakley Jr. and JaMarcus Blakley.
Affectionately known as Faye, she attended Gilfield Missionary Baptist Church since childhood. Faye was a 1973 graduate of Choctaw County High School. She was a quiet person with a loving heart. She helped to raise her nieces and nephews whom she loved. She lived mostly in Choctaw County, but also lived in Prichard.
Faye leaves to cherish her memories: a loving daughter, Jasmine Ruffin and grandson, Isaiah Ruffin of Lisman; two brothers, Rodie (Edith) Ruffin of Monroeville, AJames Ruffin of Mobile; one devoted sister, Rose (Ernest) Ross; brother-in-law, Fred Blakley, Sr., both of Lisman; sister-in-law, Doris Ruffin of Cincinnati Ohio; two special cousins who she talked to every day, Earnestine Crump and Leona Jordan; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The celebration of life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.