Obituaries

Ruby C. Clark

Ward – Funeral service for Ruby C. Clark of Ward who passed away, Sunday, November 24, 2019 at her residence was at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Union Chapel C. M. E. Church, Ward. Pastor Joyce McCoy, is church pastor. Rev. Kenneth Bell officiated. Interment followed in Gaston Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Ward. McInnis Mortuary of Livingston was entrusted with all arrangements.

Left to cherish her memory is a son Christopher Coleman (Kenyetta) of Bellamy; two daughters Alexandria Coleman (Joseph) of Lisman, and Jessica R. Coleman of York; five sisters Betty L. Thomas of Cincinnati, Ohio, Edna C Brown (Jerome), Gennie B. Coleman (Jerome) all of Ward, Sherry K. Davis (Johnny) and Jacqueline C. Chess (Howard) all of York; three brothers Mack J. Coleman (Susie), Johnny Coleman, and B. C. Mobley, Jr.; a devoted step-father Ross Mobley, Jr.; a devoted friend Walter Lee Jones both of Ward; five granddaughters; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Attorney Booker T. Forte, Jr.

Attorney Booker T. Forte, Jr., 71, of Eutaw, died on November 29, 2019 at his home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Pickensville, with Rev. Samuel Noland officiating. Burial will follow at the BB Chapel Cemetery.

On May 6, 1948 in Aliceville, Attorney Forte was born to the late Mr. Booker T. Forte, Sr. and Mrs. Irma (Stinson) Forte. He was one of their three children. In 1958, his family moved from Pickensville to Tuscaloosa. He and his family became members of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. Attorney Forte graduated from Druid High School in May 1965 and entered undergraduate school at the University of Alabama in September 1965. During his studies, he helped cofound and served as vice president of the Afro American Association. The Afro American Association provided avenues for networking and socializing, advocated for educational equity, and betterment for black students who attended the University of Alabama. Today, the Afro American organization is presently known as the University of Alabama Black Student Union. In May of 1969, Attorney Forte graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He was one of two black students to graduate from the University of Alabama in the class of May 1969. In May of 1972, he was one of the first blacks to graduate from the University of Alabama School of Law. He began his law practice in August, 1972. Attorney Forte established his private practice in Eutaw, Livingston, and Tuscaloosa  where he practiced criminal law, domestic relations law, civil rights litigation, personal injury, torts, workmen compensation, fraud, insurance fraud and probate. Attorney Forte also served as municipal attorney to the towns and cities of Boligee,  (Greene County); Forkland,  (Greene County); Gieger, Sumter County), and Union, (Greene County). During his law career, he practiced in the public sector. He helped establish the first Legal Service Clinic in the Black Belt region of West Alabama. As the managing and lead attorney he represented clients in federal lawsuits in the areas of civil rights, social security, and consumer protection. He served as Assistant District Attorney-17th Judicial Circuit of the State of Alabama to represent the State of Alabama in prosecution of criminal offenses in Greene, Sumter, and Marengo Counties, Assistant Alabama Attorney General to represent the State of Alabama Department of Transportation and the Sumter County Department of Human Resource, and County Attorney for Sumter County. The United States Court of Appeals (11th Circuit), United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, United states District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Supreme Court of Alabama, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, and Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals permitted him to practice in their courts. Attorney Forte loved and practiced law until the time of his death. Attorney Forte enlisted in the United States Army Reserves in 1969. He was promoted to lieutenant during his service. Prior to his honorable discharge in 1985, Attorney Forte was promoted to Captain. He also worked as a representative in Trust for the Comptroller of Currency in Atlanta, Ga. and assisted in auditing the trust divisions of FDIC insured banks in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.

He leaves to cherish his memories and legacy to his devoted wife, Gloria Duncan-Forte of Eutaw; daughter, Kimberly Forte of Eutaw; son, Brian T. Forte (Jasmine) of Tuscaloosa; sisters, Jeffie Forte and Priscilla Forte, both of Tuscaloosa; grandchildren, Brian Z. Jones and Nova B. Forte; and a host of other relatives.

Tandra R. Fraizer

Emelle – Funeral service for Tandra R. Fraizer of Pikesville, Maryland formerly of Emelle who passed away November 15, 2019 was at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Emelle. Rev. Henry Rush is pastor. Pastor Larry Watson, Jr. officiated. Interment followed in Jerusalem Cemetery in Emelle. McInnis Mortuary of Livingston was entrusted with all arrangements.

Cherishing her memory is her mother Margaret Watson Frazier, A brother, Doctor James (Aisha) Fraizer; her sister Margaret Fraizer; her grandmother Johnnie Watson, a host of nieces, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

John Henry Ingram, Sr. (Pistor, Shotgun, Shootem)

Bellamy – Funeral service for John Henry Ingram, Sr., of Bellamy who passed away November 20, 2019 at his residence was at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Dug Hill Primitive Baptist Church in Coatopa. Elder John H. Wright, pastor officiated. Interment followed in Dug Hill Cemetery in Coatopa.  McInnis Mortuary of Livingston was entrusted with all arrangements.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children Dexter (Rose) Ingram of Rose Hill, NC, John, Jr. (Kelly) Ingram of Detroit, Mich., Reginald (Mary) Ingram of Gainesville, Sandra (Woodrow) Giles of Livingston, and Frances Ingram of Tuscaloosa; a sister Bessie of Cleveland, Ohio; three nephews whom he loved dearly Roy, Lonnie and Floyd; seventeen grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends who loved him dearly. 

Margaret Newell

Gainesville – Funeral service for Margaret Newell of Gainesville who passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation in York will be 11  a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Gainesville. Rev. Frank Rodgers, pastor is to officiate with interment to follow in Spring Valley Cemetery in Gainesville. Public viewing and visitation will be 1-5 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2019 at McInnis Mortuary in Livingston. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time with McInnis Mortuary of Livingston entrusted with all arrangements.

Left to cherish her memories are her children Donna Newell Brown (Roger) of Gainesville, Annie Newell Wright (James) of Detroit, Mich., Jermaine Newell of Lansing, Mich. and Walter Newell of Gainesville; two sisters Elizabeth Jackson of Detroit, Mich., and Doretha Young of Chicago, Ill.; one brother Jim Jackson, Jr., of Detroit, Mich.; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Darlene “Dee Dee” Sudduth

Darlene “Dee Dee” Sudduth, 53, of Aliceville, passed away November 28, 2019 at her residence. Memorial Services were 2 p.m. Monday, December 2, 2019, at Aliceville Family Worship Center Day with Bro. Rodney Hedrick officiating. A private burial was held in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery. Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directed. Visitation was one hour prior and immediately following the service at the church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Hubbard; sister, Angela Webb; and father-in-law, Roy Sudduth.

Survivors include her husband, Randy Sudduth; daughters, Rachel Bailey and Sarah Sudduth; son, Joshua Sudduth; her mother, Nancy Hubbard; two sisters, Michelle Sullivan (Jeff) and Sonya Sansing (Robert); six grandchildren, Michael Yancey, Brantley Hemby, Tony Bailey, MaKinley Koon, Sawyer Koon and John Luke Walker; mother-in-law, Barbara Noland; brother-in-law, Danny Sudduth; and nieces and nephews, Steffan Sullivan, Anna Sansing and Brayden Sansing.

Honorary pallbearers were nurses and staff of 2nd floor Southeast DCH, Amedisys Home Health and Hospice, and doctors and nurses of the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 526, Dallas, TX 75244.

Mary Watkins, (Puddin)

York – Funeral Service for Mary Watkins of York who passed away Monday, November 25, 2019 in Montgomery was at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Eastern Star Baptist Church, York. Rev. Charles H. Delaine, pastor, and Bishop Yvonne Jones, officiated. Interment followed in Eastern Star Cemetery in York. McInnis Mortuary of Livingston was entrusted with all arrangements.

Cherishing her memory is her daughter Beulah Watkins Rodgers of Montgomery;, her sons Percy (Annie) Watkins, Kenly Watkins, Jr., and Larry Watkins all of York,  Eddie (Mae) Watkins, Livingston, Blanch (Dawn) Watkins of Victorville, Calif. and Roderick Watkins of Killeen, Texas; thirty grandchildren, thirty-eight great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Baby Boy Legend Williams

West Greene – Graveside Funeral service for Baby Boy Legend Williams, the infant son of Justice Williams, who passed away November 18, 2019 was at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, West Greene, Greene County. Rev. Larry Williams officiated. McInnis Mortuary of Eutaw was entrusted with all arrangements.

Lloyd Williamson

McInnis Mortuary of Livingston announce with heartfelt and sincere sympathy the passing of Brother Lloyd Williamson of Livingston who passed away, Monday, November 11, 2019 at his residence. Funeral service for Brother Williamson was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019 in Livingston Junior High School Gymnasium. Rev. Antwan Plott officiated with interment following in Maye Cemetery in Prospect. Public viewing and visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2019 at McInnis Mortuary in Livingston and he was placed in the school one hour prior to service time with McInnis Mortuary of Livingston entrusted with all arrangements.

Those left to cherish his memory is his daughters, Lois Williamson and Cynthia McLone; his sons, Square Williamson, Percy Williamson, Harry Williamson, Anthony Williamson and Anthony Parker; two children he reared as his own, Josephine Williamson and Barbara Williamson along with his brother, Percy Williams, other relatives and friends.