Obituaries

Kathryn E. “Sweet Pea” Barnes
Mrs. Kathryn E. “Sweet Pea” Barnes, 80 of Harbor City, Calif., formerly of Aliceville, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Torrence Care Center East, Torrance, Calif. Visitation was Monday, July 22, 2019 at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The homegoing service was Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church 601 Baptist Line Rd., Aliceville. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Internment was in New Cemetery, 196 Valleyview Rd., Aliceville. Rev. Timothy L. Martin, Sr. is the pastor of First Baptist Church. The eulogist was Mrs. Barnes’ son, Pastor William E. Barnes, Jr. of GK God Knows Ministry, Harbor City, Calif. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Barnes and Wilson families.


Tommy Neal Kimbrell
Tommy Neal Kimbrell, 72, of Boligee, died July 10, 2019 at Hospice of West Alabama. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019, at Dogwood Chapel with Rev. Nick Nicholson and Rev. Jim Robinson officiating. Burial followed in Franconia-Oak Grove Cemetery in Aliceville with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at Dogwood Chapel, 200 5th St. N. E. in Aliceville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ralph Kimbrell and James Kimbrell; and sister-in-law, Juanita Kimbrell.
Survivors include three sisters, Mary Perkins (Jerry), Shirley Powell (Donald) and Annette Waites (Elwood); sister-in-law, Barbara Kimbrell; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; a very special friend, Sandra Johnson; and a very special nurse, Heather Pugh.
Tommy was born September 25, 1946 in Walker County, to the late Burl Wilson Kimbrell and Zora Thacker Kimbrell. He was a member of Forkland United Methodist Church and a retired butcher for Kimbrell Packing Company. After retirement he worked at Wal-Mart in Demopolis. Tommy was also a blacksmith and a collector of Indian artifacts, fossils, old bottles and Civil War items. He enjoyed making hiking and walking sticks to give to friends and was also an avid gardener. He loved children, even though he had none of his own, and they loved him. Tommy was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a devoted Alabama fan.
Pallbearers were Andy Odom, Randy Howell, Kim Kimbrell, Jimmy Kimbrell, Jeff Kimbrell, Keith Waites, George Washington and Dave Wood. Honorary pallbearers were members of Forkland United Methodist Church, T. A. Simpson, Hospice of West Alabama and friends of The Bargain Box of Demopolis.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Forkland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 48, Forkland, AL 36740 or Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 or Gideons International, Pickens Co. Camp, P.O. Box 287, Carrollton, AL 35447 or charity of your choice.
Abby Nixon
Funeral services for Abby Nixon were 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019, at New Generation Church in Eutaw. Burial followed in St. John Baptist Church Cemetery, Panola, with Smith’s Mortuary Boligee directing. Visitation wiasFriday, July 12, 2019, at the mortuary. The body lay in state one hour prior to services at the church.


Dal Walker Phillips
Dal Walker Phillips, 85, of Cuba Ala. passed away on July 9, 2019 at the Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Miss. Services were held at the James F. Webb Funeral Home on Tuesday July 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. in Meridian, Miss. with Rev. Chris Kiepe officiating. Burial followed at the Clay Memorial Cemetery in Cuba, Ala. James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Phillips was born in Sumter County, Ala. on March 21, 1934 to Bertie and Sam Phillips. Mr. Phillips was a member of the Cuba Presbyterian Church. Mr. Phillips worked as a millwright for 39 years at the Westervelt Company formerly known as the Gulf Sates Paper Corporation. Mr. Phillips also served in the U.S. Army for two years where he was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Mr. Phillips enjoyed gardening, spoiling his granddaughters, traveling to Ohio and California to frequently visit his daughters, and tinkering with various mechanical projects.
He is survived by his daughter, Pam Baker and son-in-law John from San Marcos, Calif. and daughter Debbie Phillips from Columbus, Ohio. He has two granddaughters Lauren and Shannon Baker from San Marcos, Calif.
Mr. Phillips is also survived by two brothers, Al Phillips from Alexander City, Ala., and Sammy Phillips from Flat Rock, Ala. and one sister Virginia Thorne from Butler, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bertie and Sam Phillips, his brother Tolbert Phillips, and his wife of 56 years Frances Phillips.
Pallbearers will be Tobby Phillips, Mike Hayes, Tommy Buchanan, Roger Thorne, Jay Phillips, and Robert Sheffield.
Honorary pallbearers include Lamar McElroy, and Cecil Harrell.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.jamesfwebb.com. Visitation was July 16, 2019 at the James Webb Funeral Home in Meridian, Miss.

Floyd Alexander
Brother Floyd Alexander, 83, of York, born to the late Rev. Thomas Alexander, Jr. and the late first lady Mamie Alexander Roberts, peacefully transitioned June 24, 2019 at Hill Hospital, York. Memorial services were Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 1 p.m. from New Hope Baptist Church, 702 North Broad Street, York. Pastor Akiva Burton officianted. Sis. Rachel Roberts was mistress of order. Visitation was Friday, June 28, 2019.
He found Christ at an early age and grew up in New Hope Baptist Church under the direction and leadership of his stepfather, the late Rev. C. M. Roberts. Floyd never met a stranger and loved people. As he ventured beyond York, and back, Floyd lived in Akron, Ohio, Pensacola, Florida and Huntsville. He worked at Weatherly Funeral Home during his early years, then the Mill in Bellamy, and later drove trucks with McElroy Trucking Company in Cuba, among the many jobs held in his lifetime.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Winnie Alexander; his last wife, Mary Alexander, daughter, Diane Alexander, sons Dennis Alexander and Kenney Carter, a brother Willie Roberts, Sr., and sisters Mary Ann Roberts and Annie M. Wheeler.
Those who remain to cherish precious memories and to celebrate his life are: three daughters Patti Alexander of Houston, Texas; Kathy Alexander of Akron, Ohio and Sandy Alexander, also of Akron, Ohio; one son Jeremy Alexander of New Jersey; one stepdaughter Carl Mae Bell of Akron, Ohio; two sisters Lola Powe of Saginaw, Mich. and Christine Roberts DeLoach of York; one sister-in-law Rachel Roberts of York; one brother-in-law Norris Powe, Saginaw, Mich.; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces; nephews; a special friend Annie Ruth Nelson of York; and last, but not least his beloved pet poodle Star.
To the entire Alexander and Roberts family, the Weatherly Funeral Home Family 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 many hours of sorrow.

Irene Blakley
Service for Irene Blakley, 72, was held Monday, July 8, 2019 at 12 p.m. at Gilfield Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Clarence Gary officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Irene was born April 15, 1947 to the late Fred Ruffin, Sr. and Lucille Ruffin. She gained her heavenly wings on July 4, 2019 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian, Miss.. She was preceded in death by one son, Fred Blakley, Jr.
Irene accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Gilfield Missionary Baptist Church. She was employed with Georgia Pacific Corporation for 20 years. After retiring in 1999, she devoted much of her time caring for her family.
She leaves to cherish her memories: her husband of 57 years Fred Blakley, Sr.; two sons Frederick (Geraldine) Rackley, Patrick Blakley, Sr. both of Lisman; three brothers Fred (Doris) Ruffin, Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rodie (Edith) Ruffin of Monroeville, James Ruffin of Mobile; two sisters Rose (Ernest) Ross, Lula Faye Ruffin both of Lisman; five brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; three grandsons Frederick Rackley, Jr. of Louisa, Va., Jamarcus Blakley, Patrick Blakley, Jr. both of Lisman; two granddaughters Jennifer (Terry) Smith, Sandra Rackley, both of Birmingham; ten great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. The Celebration of Life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.

Barbara Jean Bolden
Service for Barbara Jean Bolden, 61, was held Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Mt. Mariah Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jasper Irby officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Barbara was born May 9, 1958 to the late Annie Nell Ruffin and the late T. J. Baskin. She passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019. She was preceded in death by her only son Willie Charles Ruffin, Sr.
Barbara leaves to cherish her memories: three daughters Shelia Ruffin (late Bobby Carstarphen), Keisha Ruffin, Bobbie Bolden (Rodney Gibbs) all of Lisman; five sisters Johnny Faye (Warren) Brown of York, Jacqueline Wilson, Lisa (James) Jones, Latonya (Zack) Spears, Kewana Chaney all of Lisman; five brothers, Willie Lee Ruffin, Sr. of Lisman, Morell (Shirley) Cook of York, Louis Baskin, Frank Baskin, Lemorris Ware; one devoted aunt Claretha Turner; three devoted nephews, Willie Lee Ruffin, Jr., Cordarrell Ruffin, Sharderrick Ruffin; two devoted friends Barbara Ann Chaney, Chester Lee Richardson; one devoted granddaughter-in-law Laraven Minor; seventeen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.The Celebration of Life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.

Reverend Lynn Darnell Campbell
Service for Rev. Lynn D. Campbell, 52, was held Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Millwood Primitive Baptist Church with Pastor Marvin Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Woodall Cemetery.
Rev. Campbell was born in Chicago, Ill. on January 2, 1967 to the union of the late Maggie Lee Taylor and the late Julice Christopher Campbell. He transitioned from his earthly life on June 25, 2019 at Choctaw General Hospital in Butler. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He confessed Christ at an early age and joined Millwood Primitive Baptist Church in Pennington. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He was the pastor of Pressing Toward The Light Ministries. A ministry that he started.
Rev. Campbell leaves to cherish his memories: his wife Crystal Campbell of Pennington; a daughter Brianna Nicole; a son Brandon Jacob, both of Pennington; two sisters Beverly Campbell of Pennington, Tianna Campbell of Tuscaloosa; two brothers Jeffery (Samantha) Campbell of Louisville, KY, Arnold Capers of Atlanta, Ga.; eight nieces; eight nephews; a mother-in-law Lillie Mae Jackson of Allen; one sister-in-law; four brothers-in-law; seven aunts; one uncle; and a host of other relatives and friends. The Celebration of Life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.

Truel Dwight Hicks
On Friday, July 5, 2019, Truel Dwight Hicks passed away at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center at the age of 92. He was born June 1, 1927, in Laurel, Miss. Funeral services for Mr. Hicks will take place on Saturday, July 13, 2019. The visitation will take place from 10-11 a.m. at Bumpers Funeral Home in York. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. at Chapel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery (located in the Aquilla community) in Millry, Ala. Rev. Leon Ballard and Bro. Mike Spencer will officiate the service.
Mr. Hicks ditched school and joined the Marines in January of his senior year in high school. After serving in the Marines, he graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed further studies at Tulane University and the University of Memphis. He also held a C.P.A. He began his business career employed by the California Company and the Unites States General Accounting Office. His career in education began at Troy University, teaching there for several years before joining the accounting faculty at the University of Memphis. In 1981, Mr. Hicks joined the faculty at the University of West Alabama, serving as Chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance. He was very active in the community, serving as a consultant to the Small Business Development Center and as a tax accountant. He also held various offices in the Rotary Club and was a Deacon at Livingston First Baptist Church. Mr. Hicks had a passion for accounting. He loved teaching his accounting majors at the University of West Alabama and serving the Sumter County community thru his CPA office above the post office in Livingston. He was known as a loving husband, father…and VERY proud grandfather. He was also known for being a snappy dresser and always having a smile on his face. He will be missed.
Mr. Hicks was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Bettie Hicks, and his brother Homer Cecil Hicks.
He is survived by his wife Patricia Hicks; son Dwight Hicks of Aquilla: daughter Melita (Roger) Booker of Livingston; grandsons Corporal Roger Lee Booker, Jr. and Corporal John Patrick Booker of Camp Lejeune, N. C.: nephew Cecil (Melody) Hicks and Casey (Erin) Hicks of Laurel, Miss.
Pallbearers will be Roger “Lee” Booker, Jr., John Patrick “J.P.” Booker, Cecil Hicks, Casey Hicks, Slade Hicks, Mike Spencer.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions be made to the York Rotary Club Truel D. Hicks Accounting Scholarship at the University of West Alabama.

Oscar L. Duff
Service for Oscar L. Duff, 89, was held Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church in Bladon Springs, with Rev. Tommy L. Stanford officiating. Interment followed in Mitchell Cemetery.
Oscar was born in Frankville to the late Owen and Florence Duff on January 28, 1930. He departed this earthly life on Friday, June 28, 2019 in Montgomery. He was preceded in death by one daughter Jacqueline Duff; three brothers; three sisters.
Oscar accepted Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Frankville. He was employed as a certified cement finisher with various construction companies and as a farmer.
Oscar leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 61 years Zella Duff; two sons, Andrew Duff of Butler, Martin (Melissa) Duff of Greenwood, S. C.; three daughters Barbara (Rev. Tommy) Stanford of Greenwood, S. C., Janet (Dr. D’Linell) Finley of Montgomery, Carolyn (Steven) Craig, of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters Gertrude Williams of Pensacola, Fla., Dorothy Rogers of Birmingham; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and a host of other relatives and friends. The Celebration of Life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.

James Rumley
James Rumley, 94, of Eutaw, born in Choctaw County, Ward, Ala. to the union of the late Allie Rumley and Eddie Rodgers made a peaceful transition June 28, 2019 at 9:40 a.m. at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Demopolis. Service of Memory was Friday, July 5, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Weatherly Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy E. Johnson delivering the eulogy and offering words of comfort and consolation. Sis. Joshlyn Johnson, serving as mistress of order and Sis. Arnetta Lucky as musician. Interment followed with military detail in the Rumley Family plot of Elmwood Memorial Gardens, Hwy. 11 E., York. Visitation for family and friends was July 4 2019.
He was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church. He attended and graduated from York West End School, York. Then, he attended Alabama A&M University, Huntsville. After leaving the University, he was employed by Choctaw Unity School System as an elementary teacher. He further served his country in World War II in the U. S. Army from July 12, 1943 through March 17, 1946. On December 26, 1950, he married Dora Mae Ward and moved to New Orleans, La. For years he worked on the riverfront for Cooper Steverdore Company. He and his wife later moved back to Eutaw, Ala. where he lived until he was called to his Heavenly home.
He was preceded in death by a devoted and loving wife Dora Mae Rumley; four brothers Lester Rumley, Willie, Lamon and David Rodgers; four sisters Rachel, Ethel, Mary and Dorothy Rodgers.
James leaves to cherish his memories: a devoted and loving niece and nephew, Tequila and Stanley Baskin of York; devoted cousins; Joe McSwain, Stephen Matthews and Curtis Rumley; three sisters Annie Rodgers, Josephine Rodgers, Mae Helen (Joseph) Hale, one brother Eddie James (Ada) Rodgers; a god daughter Paula Stephens; three god children Takisha, Adelia and Jivarius Stephens, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will truly miss him. To the entire Rumley Family, we at Weatherly Funeral Home offer to each of you our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies and condolences. Our prayer remains that your abiding faith in God will continue to comfort, to strengthen and sustain you during your many hours of sorrow.

Foster Wilson, III
Foster Wilson, III, 70, of York, affectionately known by many as “Warren” born in Mobile, to the union of the late Foster and Carolyn Sims Wilson, Jr., peacefully transitioned at his residence June 29, 2019 surrounded by family and loved ones. There will be a memorial celebration in California at the appropriate time and place with details forthcoming at a later date.
For many years, he was a long distance truck driver for J. B. Hunt, Suttles and various other trucking companies. He also worked at a host of other odd jobs.
Warren is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Barbara Hayes and daughter Amber Wilson. And those who remain to cherish his memories and to celebrate a beautiful life are: Tammy Davis (Significant Other); daughters Traci Wilson and Latrece Hawkins; stepdaughters Robin Westbrook, Quianna Jacobs and LaTisha Davis; step sons LaCorey, Lamarcus and DeKendrick Davis; sister Eleanor (Elaine) Candler; stepbrother, Carnel Richardson; grandchildren, Cookie, Genesis, Diamond Brown, Devon Henderson, Rayneasha and Ryan Willis, Wilbur, Honesty and Germany Holloway-Wilkerson, Kali and Kayin Hawkins, Kadyn and Azyan Davis and Chaleigh Henderson; great grandkids and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will truly miss him.
To the entire Wilson and Davis 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 will continue to lend a measure of comfort and solace during your many hours of sorrow.

Susie Mae Young
Funeral services for Susie Mae Young were noon Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Mt. Zora Baptist Church. Burial followed in the adjoining church cemetery with Smith’s Mortuary Boligee directing. Visitation was Friday, July 5, 2019, at the mortuary. The body lay in state one hour prior to services at the church.