Obituaries

Mary Bowden
Funeral services for Mary Bowden were 1 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Second Baptist Church in Eutaw. Burial followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery in Coatopa, with Smith’s Mortuary Boligee directing. Visitation was Friday, January 17, 2020, at the mortuary. The body lay in state one hour prior to services at the church.


Frenchie Dewayne “Frank” Goodman
Mr. Frenchie Dewayne “Frank” Goodman, 47 of Aliceville, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, Miss. Public visitation will be Friday, January 24, 2020 from 2-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The homegoing celebration will be Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, 2463 Franconia Rd., Aliceville. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Marcus Wright, pastor of Mt. Hebron, will be the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Goodman and Goodwin families.


Mattie Hicks
Funeral service for Mattie Hicks was 1 p.m. Monday, January 20, 2020, at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Pleasant Ridge. Burial followed in the adjoining church cemetery with Smith’s Mortuary Boligee directing. Visitation was Sunday, January 19, 2020, from 2-4 p.m. at the mortuary. The body layin state one hour prior to services at the church.


Milburn Grady Lamb, Jr.
Milburn Grady Lamb, Jr., 77, of Gainesville, passed away January 19, 2020 at his residence. Services were noon Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Magnolia Chapel South with Bro. Carl Sudduth officiating. Burial followed in Mesopotamia Cemetery with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directing. Visitation was one hour prior to services at the funeral home.


Sarah Meriwether
Funeral Services for Sarah Meriwether were 11 a.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Paramount High School. Burial followed in St. Paul Baptist Church Cemetery with Smith’s Mortuary Boligee directing. Visitation was Friday, January 17, 2020, at St. Paul Baptist Church in Boligee. The body lay in state one hour prior to services at the school.


Asia Moore
Funeral Services for Asia Moore were 1 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Carver Middle School. Burial followed in Clarence Thomas Cemetery with Smith’s Mortuary Boligee directing. Visitation was Friday, January 17, 2020, p.m. at the mortuary. The body lay in state one hour prior to services at the school.


Mary Patton
Mary Patton, 100, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 4, 2020 in Tuscaloosa. Services were at noon Saturday, January 18, 2020, at St. Mary A. M. E. Church in Greensboro. Pastor Joe Hamilton, Sr. officiating. Viewing was Friday, January 17, 2020 at Washington & Paige Mortuary.


Vernon Lee Snoddy
Funeral service for Vernon Lee Snoddy were 2 p. m. Sunday, January 19, 2020, at Mt. Sinai U. M. Church. Burial followed in the Hebron Cemetery with Smith’s Mortuary Boligee directing. The body lay in state one hour prior to services at the church.


Ernest Lemuel “Buddy” Woodruff
Ernest Lemuel “Buddy” Woodruff of Tuscaloosa, 92, passed away at his home on January 18, 2020. He was born in 1927, in York to Walter Ernest and Wenona Jackson Woodruff. A memorial service was held Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa. Visitation began at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
He joined the United States Army after high school and ultimately served in four divisions of the military including the Army Air Corp, Air Force, and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ernest completed a degree in Civil Engineering at The University of Alabama and was a member of Chi Epsilon Engineering Fraternity. He had a distinguished career as a professional engineer and established Woodruff & Associates, formerly Cockrell & Co., and served in consultant roles for West Alabama Waste Authority in his retirement. He was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa and served as Life Deacon as well as Chairman of both the Long-Range Planning Committee and the Building and Grounds Committee.
Ernest created a legacy of love and family that will continue through his wife Buna Stokes Woodruff; daughters Karan Woodruff Clark (Mark) of Birmingham and Sharon Woodruff Smelser (Joey) of Tuscaloosa; sons Walter “Woody” Woodruff (Debbie) of Tuscaloosa, and Wayne Woodruff (Libba) of Tuscaloosa; grandchildren Elizabeth Woodruff Kane (Bill) of Austin, Texas, Audra Woodruff Eason (Joey) of Birmingham, Jackson Woodruff (Hailey) of Prosper, Texas, Tyler Clark (Kristie) of Birmingham, Meredith Clark Craven (Terrence) of Birmingham, Betsy Clark Rountree (Josh) of Reno, Nevada, Ernest “Bud” Woodruff (Alex) of Tuscaloosa, Brad Woodruff (Alysan) of Woodville, Texas, Mary Kate Woodruff Merchant (Stephen) of Tuscaloosa, Brittney Smelser Rhoden (Ryan) of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and John David Smelser (Claire) of Birmingham; and seventeen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walter Ernest and Wenona Jackson Woodruff; and his sisters Ruby Woodruff McHugh and Eleanor Woodruff Hammerling.
Honorary pallbearers were the Paul Nelson Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, Home Instead Tuscaloosa, Amedisys Hospice, Mrs. Wilena Sims, Ms. Gladys Washington, Mr. Cleveland Winn, and West End Friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts be made to Amedisys Hospice Foundation (https://regions.billeriq.com/ebpp/AmedisysFoun/Login) or the First Baptist Church Builders for Christ Scholarship Fund.


David Bennett Amerson
David Bennett Amerson, 91, of Emelle, born to the union of Mitchell and Annie Mae Danner Amerson, transitioned and entered into eternal rest January 12, 2020 at Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian, Miss. Service of Memory is slated for Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11 a.m. from Saint Peter Baptist Church, Co. Rd. 20, Emelle, with interment following in the adjacent St. Peter Cemetery. Rev. Calvin Finch will deliver the eulogy and offer words of comfort and consolation. Rev. Herman Evans is church pastor. Bro. Amerson will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral time. After the committal service, repast and fellowship is in the Emelle City Hall reception area. Visitation for family and friends is scheduled Friday January 24, 2020 from 3-6 p.m. in the Weatherly Chapel. On Saturday morning the processional leaves from the Amerson Family residence, located 26155 Hwy. 17, Emelle at 10:40 a.m. To the entire Amerson 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 sorrow.