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Sheryl Nixon Bedsole
July 26, 1947-May 14, 2021
Sheryl was born in Demopolis, to parents Henry Grimes Nixon and Lillian Turk Nixon. Paternal grandparents were Robert Bascom Nixon and Missouri Grimes Nixon of Demopolis, and William James Turk and Prudence Grimes Turk of Uriah. Sheryl grew up in Demopolis and cherished her friends, her First United Methodist Church family and outdoor pursuits with her father and only sibling, younger brother Bill “Buddy” Nixon. She graduated from Demopolis High School in 1965 and attended Livingston University. She married Billy Ray Bedsole in 1966 and moved to Eufaula, AL shortly thereafter. There she and Billy Ray raised their three sons Mart, Mike and Will Bedsole. Sheryl enjoyed a brief real estate career (attaining the GRE designation) in Eufaula before commencing work at the Carnegie Library. Sheryl left Eufaula in 2000 to move to Tuscaloosa, where she worked at the Tuscaloosa Public Library until her retirement in 2016. Sheryl loved her family, her friends and her Church. Survivors include her brother, Bill “Buddy” Nixon of Bay Minette; sons Mart (Leigh) of Tuscaloosa, Mike (Joy) of Opelika, and Will (LaShawn) of Dickinson, N.D. of course, she really just tolerated the rest of us primarily in order to spoil her prized grandkids Victoria and Olivia of Tuscaloosa, Bethany of Opelika, and Logan and Liam of Dickinson, N. D. The family is hosting a Memorial/Celebration of Life service for Sheryl on Thursday, June 17, 2021 10 a.m. to 12 Noon at Church of the Highlands, 721 Rice Mine Road, N.E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406.


Melba Dorsey Chipley
Melba was born May 25, 1935, in Barnes, Miss., to the late Roy and Hester Brock Dorsey. She passed away June 5, 2021, in Hammond, La., at age 86. She is survived by her children, Sheryl Till (Don), Vivian Johnson, Melba Anne Peters, and Vanessa Harrison; brothers, Ormond Dorsey and Lailon Dorsey (Frankie); grandchildren, Chris Till, Leigh Sims, Cherish Groves, Jarrod Johnson, and Faith Harrison; and great grandchildren, Blake, Olivia and Emily Lovette, and Grace, Carter and Luke Groves. Melba is preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Kermit Chipley; brother, Donald Dorsey, sons in law, Gary Peters and Brian Harrison; and granddaughter, Sheryl Ann Johnson. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Lamkin Memorial Baptist Church in Bellamy.


Patsy Etheredge Cullum
Patsy Etheredge Cullum, 67, of Linden, went to her eternal home on June 8, 2021. She was born on April 14, 1954 in Linden to Jesse L. Etheredge and Eva McIntyre Etheredge. She was a school teacher at Westside Elementary School. She is predeceased by her parents and her brother Jesse L. Etheredge, Jr. She is survived by her husband Douglas Cullum; her son Chris Cullum (Erika); her daughter Eva Maria Aultman (Steven); and her sister Peggy Averette. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Dylan Cullum, Morgan Cullum, Annagayle Aultman, Lance Aultman. Visitation was held on Friday June 11, 2021 at Kirk Funeral Homes Chapel in Demopolis. Funeral service was held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Kirk Funeral Homes Chapel, Demopolis, followed by a graveside service at the Demopolis Memorial Gardens with Kirk Funeral Homes, Demopolis Chapel, directing. Pallbearers were: Nicholas Averette, Nathan Averette, Jeremy Averette, Jesse Averette, Dylan Cullum and Lance Aultman. Honorary pallbearers were all former students. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to St. Judes’ Children’s Hospital in Patsy Cullum’s memory.


Maurice T. Daniels
Graveside service for Maurice T. Daniels of Eutaw was 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Eutaw. Visitation was Friday June 11, 2021 at the mortuary. Smith’s Mortuary, Boligee, directing.


Clinton B. Edwards
Graveside service for Clinton B. Edwards, 55, was held Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Edwards Family Homestead in Lisman, where he was laid to rest alongside his mother, Eliza, per his request. The eulogy was presented by Pastor George Wallace. Clinton, affectionately known as Clint, was born on October 14, 1965 to the parentage of Joe Billy and Eliza Edwards. He departed this earthly life on May 21, 2021. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eliza Edwards, and an aunt, Lillybee. Clint grew up in a Christian home. He followed in his father’s footsteps, working in automotive detailing and restoration industry. With his hard-earned skills, Clint supported his family by working for his own company named Final Touch. He married his wife, Lacolelett, known to friends as Wendy, on June 1, 1990, and they enjoyed thirty plus years of marriage. Those who knew Clint, say he was a hardworking man of honor. He stayed true to his word and followed the Word of God the best that he could. He enjoyed the simple things such as reading the Bible, working on cars, and teaching others. Clint is survived by his father Joe Billy; his wife Lacolelett; five children Clinique, Britney, Clinesha, Clinton, Jr. and Brianna; seven grandchildren Autumn, King, Omarose, Yanara, Serenity, Chlo, and Sapphira; and a host of siblings, nieces, nephews. The celebration of life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.


Elsie Annette Gregory01/25/1950- 05/29/20
Annette Gregory, 71, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2021 at her home. Services were held on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Magnolia Chapel South Funeral Home, Tuscaloosa, at 3 p.m. Visitation will precede the service at 2 p.m. She was a native of Bay Minette and graduated from the University of Alabama in Journalism and Livingston University (UWA) with her teaching certificate. Annette retired after 30 years with The Tuscaloosa News. She was preceded in death by: her parents Jesse and Lorene Joiner; in-laws Curtis and Betty Gregory; son James Gregory; grandchildren Curtis Scott, Collin Ward, Janie Ann Gregory. She is survived by her husband of 46 years Ward Gregory; son Casey Gregory (Jodi); daughter in-law Jennifer Gregory Hawkins (Jason); grandchildren Emma Rose, Isabella Grace, Bailey Noelle, Conner Jackson.
Donna Jo Griffith
Memorial services for Miss Donna Jo Griffith of Silas will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Cullomburg Baptist Church with Rev. Sammy Taylor, Rev. Jesse Griffith, Rev. Randy Byrd, and Rev. Justin Olvey officiating. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service. Donna Jo was born September 17, 1962 in York. She passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at home surrounded by her family and friends. Donna Jo was a huge Alabama football fan. She was also an honorary cheerleader for the Southern Choctaw Indians and loved cheering them on. She was always a very meticulous housekeeper. She loved her church and touched so many lives just being herself. To know Donna Jo was to love her. She is survived by her brothers Todd Griffith (Pam) of Melvin, and Lil’ Joe Griffith (Amanda) of Silas; sister Sandra Dee Griffith Hill (Ed) of Millry; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews; and her special caregiver, Betty Todd. She was preceded in death by her father Don Griffith and her mother Josephine Masters Griffith. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Spring Bank Baptist Building Fund, 7825 Hwy 84, Silas, AL, 36919 or Cullomburg Cemetery Fund c/o Cheryl Lassiter, 1604 Singley Rd., Silas, AL 36919.


Rev. Jimmie Lee
Haywood, Sr.
Rev. Jimmie Lee Haywood, Sr. of Forkland entered into eternal rest June 9, 2021 at his residence. Graveside service was held Sunday, June 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Birdine A. M. E. Zion Church Cemetery, Forkland. Larkin Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.

Annie Louise “Sallie” Lee
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mrs. Annie Louise “Sallie” Lee, 65, of Tuscaloosa, on Sunday, June 5, 2021 at Moundville Health & Rehabilitation in Moundville, Alabama. Visitation will be Friday, June 18, 2021 from 1-5 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The graveside home going celebration and interment will be Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 11 a.m. in Baptist Grove Cemetery, 4125 Yorkville Rd., Ethelsville. Rev. Bruce Henderson, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, will be the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing. Survivors are the Lee and Gore families.


David Wayne Hersey
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mr. David Wayne Hersey, 61, of Reform, on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home, Aliceville. Public visitation was Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The graveside home going celebration was Monday, June 14, 2021, 1 p.m. in Mt. Sinai Cemetery 6663 Franconia Rd., Carrollton. Rev. Reverend Willie James Lavender, pastor of Union Valley Baptist Church, Aliceville, was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing. Survivors are the Hersey family.


Katrina Thrash Jowers
Katrina Thrash Jowers, 47, of Demopolis, went to her eternal home on June 4, 2021. She was born on July 7, 1973 in Demopolis to James Thrash, Sr. and Pat Sizemore Thrash. She was a loving mother and housewife. She is predeceased by her mother. She is survived by her father; her husband Maurice Jowers; her sons Alex Jowers, and Dalton Jowers (April); her daughter Madison Blair Arrington; her sisters Teresa Bryant (Bubba) and Connie Allen (William); and her brother James Thrash, Jr. (Courtney); three grandchildren Gabe Jowers, Ava Bradleigh and Savannah Claire. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Jefferson United Methodist Church, Jefferson, with Rev Tony Antonelli officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes, Demopolis Chapel, directing.


David Allen Lee
David Allen Lee, 58, of Demopolis, went to his eternal home on June 6, 2021. He was born on January 4, 1963 in Tuscaloosa, to David Lee and Sherry Fincher Lee. He is survived by his parents; his sister Tracie Lee and his brother Mark Lee. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021 at the First Christian Church, Demopolis, with Rev Richard Scott officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes, Demopolis Chapel, directing.


Stacy D. Reed
Graveside service for Stacy D. Reed of Livingston was 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Louden Cemetery, Sumter 20, Sumterville. Visitation was Friday, June 11, 2021 at the mortuary. Smith’s Mortuary, Boligee, directing.

Mrs. Nancy G. Sewell
September 16, 1939 – June 10, 2021
Miller Funeral Services and Crematory sorrowfully announce the earthly departure of Mrs. Nancy Sewell of Selma. Homegoing services are Friday, June 18, 2021 at 11 a.m. from Beulah Primitive Baptist Church in Lowndes County. Links ceremony will be Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5 p.m. from Miller Funeral Home Chapel, Selma. AKA ceremony will be Friday, June 18, 2021 at 6 p.m. from Miller Funeral Home Chapel, Selma. Memorial celebration Saturday, June 19, 2021 from the Historic Brown Chapel Church, Selma. Interment will be at Live Oak Cemetery, Selma.


Loria Jean Thomas
Loria Jean Thomas, 69, of York, born to the union of Bester and Mamie Presswood Gee transitioned and entered into eternal rest June 12, 2021 at her residence surrounded by family and loved ones. Graveside service of remembrance and life celebration is slated for Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 1 p.m. in Elmwood Memorial Gardens, 11313 US Highway 11, York, with Rev. F. O. Bell, pastor of Bethel Pine Baptist Church, Coatopa, delivering the eulogy and offering words of consolation. Visitation for family and friends is scheduled Friday, June 18, 2021, from 3-6 p.m. in the Weatherly Chapel. We at Weatherly Funeral Home offer to each of you in the Thomas Family our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy and condolences. Our prayer remains that your abiding faith in God will lend to you a measure of comfort that will strengthen and sustain you during your time of bereavement. Compassionate services rendered under the direction of Jacqueline S. Weatherly, Thomas and Marla W. Jackson.


Martha Ann Lester
Treadway
Martha Ann Lester Treadway passed away June 12, 2021, at Regency Hospital in Meridian, Miss., at the age of 82. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home. There are not enough words to express how big of an impact this amazing, sweet woman had on so many lives. She was the rock and foundation of her family. She was the mother, grandmother, friend, and confidant to many. She was known by many as “Polly” or “Motor- mouth” by her brother, Jack. Her house was where everyone wanted to hang out and always knew the door was open. She’d give you the shirt off of her back, everyone knew if you needed something, just ask Granny, cause she probably had it. She will be remembered and missed by many. The world will never be the same for any of us again. She was the bravest, strongest person I ever knew. She never gave up on herself or let anyone else give up on themselves. She was preceded in death by a son Joseph Andrew Lester; husband J. D. Treadway; parents Arthur and Betsy Langley; granddaughter/daughter Jazmon Lester-King; nephew, David Langley; brother Frank Langley; son-in-law Will Dial; great-great granddaughter Mary-Anne Smith; ex-husband Jarrell Lester, Sr.; and a very special friend/sister Mary Jo Patterson.
She is survived by: her children Cleve Lester (Eva) of Milledgeville, Ga., Judy Nelson (Ed) of Opelika, Lynn Dial of York; grandchildren/children Michael King (Crystal) of York; Andy King (Stephanie) of Sweet Water; Hazel King of York; Ashely King-Poole of Greensboro; and Cynthia Meacham of Cornersville, Tenn.; Evelyn Lester of Milledgeville, Ga.; Shelia Williams of Winder, Ga.; and Marty Williams of Nunnelly, Tenn.; grandchildren Dallas Bolt of Oxford, Chris (Nicole) Nelson of Smith Station, Mathew and Cody Lester of Milledgeville, Ga.; great grandchildren Jeff Bolt (Kristine) of Marietta, Ga.; Chyenne Chen and Alyssa Bolt of Suwannee, Ga., Aundrea Nelson, Jonathon Nelson, and Madeline Nelson, all from Smith Station; Brooklyn Cureton of Dothan; Jasmine Meacham, Dixie and Michael King, all of York, Maelynn and Jazmon King, both of Greensboro, De’Carius Lockett of Kewanee, Miss.; De’Karla and De’Marcus Lockett of York, Jamie Lester, Emma, Natalie, and Eva Berry; all of Milledgeville, Ga.; great-great grandchildren Nathaniel Smith of Opelika, Charlotte Ghetto of Suwannee, Ga.; Elizabeth Starling of Smith Station. Other family members: brother Jack Langley (Darlene) of Valley; sister-in-law Anne Langley; one niece Dianne Hope (Bubba); two nephews Rick and Bill Langley (Evonda) five great nieces, and four great nephews, all of Huguley. Extra children and grandchildren Tracy Wallace (Calvin) of Opelika, Elizabeth Wallace Payen (Jeremy) of Auburn, Brian and Ben Wallace, Haley Wallace, all of Opelika, Medena Frizzell of Opelika, Karla Frizzell Pate (Jacob) of Opelika, Greg Patterson of Opelika, Blake and Chase Pulsifer of Opelika, Chelsea Harcrow (Jessie) of Ethelsville; Kelsey and AuBrianna of Livingston, Sheniqua Glover of Auburn, Deja and Kortez Shields of Emelle, Mya Rudolph and Bella Chattin of York, Treasa and Kenneth Dodson of Woodland, Charish, Dustin, and Payton Hayes of Woodland, and Britteny Baker and Donovan of Woodland, Sherry Wallace, Aaron Wallace, and Brent Shaw, all of Ophelia.


Tommie Mae Wilson
Graveside Services for Tommie Mae Wilson of Boligee will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at St. Paul Church Cemetery, Boligee. Visitation was Friday, June 11, 2021 at the mortuary. Smith’s Mortuary, Boligee, directing.


Mattye “Mama Matt” B. Williams
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Phenomenal Role Model and Superior Educator, Mrs. Mattye B. “Mama Matt” Williams, 86 of Aliceville, on Friday, June 11, 2021 at her residence. The home going celebration was Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at noon at Pine Grove Baptist Church, 9004 Hwy. 86, Carrollton. Internment will be in Pine Grove Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 91 Big Creek Rd., Carrollton. Rev. Tonnie Jones, Pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church, was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing. Survivors are the Williams, Barnes, and Larkin families.