Olivia Gaines “Sweetie Pie” Collins
Graveside services for Olivia Gaines “Sweetie Pie” Collins, 62, of Livingston were Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Myrtlewood Cemetery with Rev. Barrett Abernathy officiating. Visitation was held at her long-time home, Lakewood, from 1-2:30 p.m. prior to the service. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York.
Sweetie Pie passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019. She was born September 27, 1956, at Hill Hospital, to Sidney Bradford and Frankie Cooper Jones. Mrs. Collins was a dental hygienist for 35 years at Livingston Family Dental. She was a kind and loving person who cared and loved each one of her patients. She was a beloved wife, mother, aunt, and soon-to-be grandmother.
Survivors include her husband David Collins of Livingston; daughter Sidney Freeman and husband Jake of Livingston; nephews Brent Collins and Oliver Parker; nieces Kathryn Deas, Ashelie Halla, Penni Allison, and Carolyn Thompson; and many friends whom she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents Sidney Bradford and Frankie Cooper Jones and aunt Lily Ashe “Pie” Richardson.
Pallbearers: Tyler Moore, Vince Dear, Clay Halla, Bobby Jones, Paul William Gordy, and Johnny Beard.
The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Home for Children at 905 Gertrude Michaels Drive, Talladega, Alabama 35160.
Helen Jean Hall
Service for Helen Jean Hall was held Monday, May 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Paradise Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Albert Jackson officiating. Interment followed in St. John C. M. E. Cemetery.
Helen Jean Hall was born March 27, 1959 in Orlando, Fla. to Johnnie Mae and Ethel Mae Hall. She departed this life on May 6, 2019. She was preceded in death by her father, Johnnie Mae Hall and nephew, Randell Lloyd.
Helen accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age. She belonged to several churches but made Paradise Missionary Baptist Church her final home. She was best known for her love of crocheting, completing puzzles, and listening to gospel music. She had a passion for jokes and laughter, loving to make everyone smile.
Helen leaves to cherish her memories: her mother, Ethel Mae Johnson, Butler; sisters, Willie Mae Lloyd (William), Miami, Fla., Marguerite Smith, Butler; five nephews, William Lloyd Jr., Vandell Lloyd, Gabriel Lloyd, Brandon Lloyd, Roman Lloyd, all of Miami, Fla., Robert Smith, Detroit, Mich.; two nieces, Stacie White (Patrick), Silas, Tanqier Lloyd, Miami, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives, friends and co-workers at Blue Ridge Willow Trace Nursing Home.
The Celebration of Life Service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.
Grace Mellen McCain Lee
Mrs. Grace Mellen McCain Lee, 84, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 27, 2019. She was born in Lynchburg, VA. December 9, 1934, grew up in Livingston, Ala., and was the eldest of 4 girls. She graduated from Livingston High School in 1953 and then attsended Judson College in Marion, Ala. with God’s call on her heart for missions, she went on to attend Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. After working in the Baptist Student Union (BSU) at the University of Alabama and as Youth Director at first Baptist Church, Shreveport, she became the wife of Dr. Robert T. Lee, former Executive Director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention for 30 years (1956-86) and moved to Pineville. She served alongside him, traveling to mission fields and foreign countries to visit and support missionaries from Louisiana and participate in projects and crusades by sharing: the good news of Jesus Christ. Grace was a member of First Baptist Church, Pineville, and was devoted to serving her Lord in many ways there. Through the years, she taught in the college department and training union. Later, Grace taught a women’s Sunday School class that was named the “Grace” class in her honor. She participated for many years in WMU (Women on Mission today) and served as director on the local and state level. Her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother were all WMU leaders, and she wrote that these women “passed on their passion for missions to me.” In 1971, she began and directed an lnternational Ministry at FBCP which included teaching English as a second language, directing the International Sunday School Class, and hosting an annual Thanksgiving fellowship for over 40 years. She helped refugees find jobs and housing, etc., as she showed them the love of Christ. Grace wrote, “My mission calling has been fulfilled in my own front yard!” She was best known for her gracious, encouraging spirit and servant heart. Some. including her husband, referred to her as “Amazing Grace.” She was honored by receiving the Town Talk’s Women of the Century award in 2002, The Louisiana College Trustees’ Distinguished Service Award in 2004, and Judson College’s “Outstanding Alumnae Award” in 2006. She was featured in the 2006 edition of the WMU Missions Mosaic Magazine and received a stone in the Georgia Barnette Conference Center Prayer Garden. She found great joy in her family and friends and knew they were some of God’s richest blessings in her life. She supported and prayed for aII of them fervently. She made it a priority to call, visit, write. or travel and stay connected to them-near and far, as she was able. Some of her “favorite things” were flowers, birds, and the season of Fall. She also enjoyed reading and writing and was a member of the Woodlawn Hills Garden Club and the 20th century Book Club for a few years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Adam Summerfield and Maude Mellen McCain; husband, Dr. Robert L. Lee; son-in-law, Bob Brian; and son Robert Lee, Jr. (mother-Mae Kearns Lee, deceased).
She is survived by her sisters, Susan McCain Baas (Allen). Maude McCain Farris (Elvin), Henrietta McCain Saelens (Buddy); cousins Frances Mellen Banakas and Henry Levi Mellen, III; daughters Kathryn Lee Harless (Tommy), and Linda Lee Brian (mother-Mac Kearns Lee, deceased); daughter-in-law, Phebe Mason Lee; grandchildren, Paul Brian, Phillip Brian, and Erin Brian Gray (Matt), Kylie and Lorie Anne Harless; and great-grandchildren, Bobby and David Brian and Emily and Jillian Gray, and a host of nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
Annie Kathryn Russell Richwine
Annie Kathryn Russell Richwine, 90, of Pensacola, Fla., passed away March 29, 2019. Graveside services were 4 p.m. Saturday May 18, 2019, at Franconia-Oak Grove Cemetery, Aliceville. with Rev. Dr. Tom Kay, Jr. officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William Audie “Dusty” Russell of Aliceville.
Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia McBride; two grandsons, Jackson McBride (Ashley) and Thomas McBride (Becca); two great-grandsons, Cayden and Trenton McBride; sister, Patricia Tate of Aliceville; and many nieces and nephews.
Kathryn was born December 21, 1928 in Aliceville, Ala. to the late Annie Mae and Audie Russell. She went to Aliceville High School, MSCW and Livingston, achieving a masters in education. She taught elementary school for 38 years. Kathryn resided in Panama City, Fla. then in Pensacola, Fla. She loved and cherished her family and friends. She will be remembered for her laughter and her smile, her funny stories, good nature and kindness. She was our loving “Granny.”
Funeral services for Mike Reid, 61, of Butler will be Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Butler First Assembly of God with Rev. Scottie Fulcher and Rev. Chris Sowell officiating. Burial will follow at Rock Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be at Butler First Assembly of God on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.
Mike passed away Monday, May 20, 2019, at his home. He was born June 9, 1957, in Grove Hill.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Shoemaker Reid of Butler; father and step-mother, Sidney Monroe and Lois Reid of Butler; daughters, Jennifer Reid of Sweetwater; Brandy Taylor (Bruce) of Butler; son, Cristopher Chase Pugh (Danielle) of Wetumpka; sister, Kaye Reid of Chickasaw; and eight grandchildren, Trevor May, Lexy Kelly, Justin Chamblee, Hunter Chamblee, Claire Taylor, Lakely Pugh, Logan Pugh, and Hadley Pugh.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Margie Birdwell and his son, Jared Pugh.
Pallbearers: Gregg Butler, Greg Lewis, Don Claunch, Clyde Winters, Tony Adams, and Neal Reese. Honorary Pallbearers: South Choctaw Academy Football Team and Coaches.
Emmett Perryman Solomon
Emmett Perryman Solomon, Sr., 88, of Eutaw, passed away May 13, 2019 at his home. Graveside services were 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Mesopotamia Cemetery with Chaplain Scott Fulford officiating and Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing.
Robert Lee Spruill
Mr. Robert Lee Spruill, 72, of Reform, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Public visitation will be Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 4-5 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going service will be Friday, May 24, 2019, 2 p.m. at Christian Hope Baptist Church, Reform. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Internment will be in McCrary Cemetery, 106 Unity Grove Rd. Reform. Rev. Warren Brown, pastor of Christian Hope Baptist Church will be the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420.
Survivors are the Spruill, Gardner, Peter, and Strong families.
Milton A. Yarbrough, Jr.,
Milton A. Yarbrough, Jr., 93, of Tuscaloosa, passed away May 14, 2019 at DCH Regional Medical Center. A graveside service was held Monday, May 20, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Pastors Kevin Thomas and Melody Traylor officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dannie Lou Hallman Yarbrough; his parents, Milton Albert Yarbrough, Sr. and Florence Dugger Yarbrough; siblings, Farris Yarbrough (Maudelle), Terresa Yarbrough Strickland (Colonel James Strickland), and Bernice Yarbrough Davis (Leon); his daughter, Sandra Yarbrough; his son, Thomas Yarbrough; his granddaughter, Kimberly Joy Sansing; and his great-grandson, Conner Sexton.
He is survived by his daughter, Sharolyn Yarbrough Sansing; his son, James Bradley Yarbrough; his granddaughter, Stacy Yarbrough Sexton (Bryan); his great-grandchildren, Brandi Madison Barras (Jacob), Haley Madison (Canett), Colby Neely, and Tyler Sexton; great-great grandchildren, Kaidense Zavala, Makayla Barras, Nolan Zavala, Enzo Zavala, and Asher Denison; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family.
Milton Yarbrough was a very proud veteran who served his country in the Navy. He retired from the United States Post office after 35 plus years and was extremely active at Forest Lake United Methodist Church. He enjoyed helping with Mission Trips to Alaska, Habitat for Humanity, and Meals on Wheels. Milton was an avid Golfer and loved all outdoor activities as well as his daily crossword puzzles and Jeopardy. He was an extremely hard-worker and a great father. Milton will be missed greatly by all those whose lives he touched.
Honorary pallbearers were Charles Sealy Jr. and family, Gina Miers and family, Jennifer Allen and family, Lib Powell, Joe Darden, Steve Wilson, Karen and Kimberly Lawley, Barbara Ford, Mary Payton, Ruth Upton, Dr. Sheker, Dr. Chandra, and Dr. Lawrence Lennon.