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Annie Lillian “Lil” Yarbrough Bailey
The eldest girl of Velma and Jimmy Lee Yarbrough’s 11 children, Annie Lillian Yarbrough Bailey, affectionately called “Lil,” became the matriarch of not only her close and extended family, but to countless others over the course of her life. Born on October 10, 1943, in what is now Gainesville, Lil always rose to the occasion of what was needed of her from an early age. However, itching to see a world beyond Sumter County, she left home at 18.
Graveside service of memory and life celebration is slated for Friday, July 1, 2022, at 11 a.m. in Elmwood Memorial Gardens, 11313 U. S. Hwy. 11, York, with Minister Erek Yarbrough delivering the eulogy and offering words of comfort and consolation. Visitation for family and friends is scheduled Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 3-6 p.m. in the Weatherly Chapel.
She would eventually live in states from coast-to-coast, but she first landed in Boston, where she would marry and begin a family of her own. Lil had four kids, of whom she was a loving and devoted mother. Later in life would come two granddaughters, who the mere mention of was the quickest way to get a smile. Lil’s strong spirit and resolve was on display her entire life as she consistently defied the odds, particularly later in life when unfair hands were dealt her way health-wise. It could be said that the only battle she didn’t win is the one no one wins. Lil’s earthly life came to a peaceful and dignified end on June 26, 2022. And true to her, it was on her timetable. Though Lil faced hardships throughout her life, she also made room for joy. Some of the things she loved were casino visits, good coffee, and the “red birds” that came to greet her in the mornings. She enjoyed B. B. King, Sam Cooke, and soul music classics like “Love and Happiness” and “My Girl.” Hearing her laugh at movies like Friday or a TV show like The Munsters wasn’t uncommon.
While Lil’s wit and steadying presence is already missed, it can give those left behind comfort to know that Lil was more than likely welcomed to her eternal life by those she had mourned for so long. Those people included her mother and father; two sisters: Mary L. Johnson and Hanna Yarbrough; six brothers: Jimmy Lee “C” Yarbrough Jr., John Yarbrough, S. L. Yarbrough, Archie Yarbrough, Benjamin “Rob” Brown, and Kenneth “Kenny” Yarbrough; along with a number of other family members and friends.
Lil leaves to cherish her memories three daughters: Tuesday Bailey and Renee Bailey, both of Sandy Springs, Ga., and April Hubbard (Tod) of Alpharetta, Ga.; one son: Steve Bailey (Kanika) of Mableton, Ga.; two granddaughters: Hailey Hubbard and Ashley Hubbard; one sister: Velma Stephens of Helena, Ala.; two brothers: Ellis “Ed” Yarbrough and Lieutenant Yarbrough (Sandra), both of Gainesville, Ala.; along with many additional relatives and friends.
To the entire Bailey/Yarbrough 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 many hours of bereavement.
Janie “Mudear” Corder
It is with deepest sympathy that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Ms. Janie “Mudear” Corder of Aliceville on Monday, June 20, 2022 at Northport Medical Center, Northport. Visitation was Tuesday, June 24, 2022 from 3-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration was Wednesday, June 25, 2022, 11 a.m. at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, 2463 Franconia Rd., Aliceville. The body lay in state one hour prior to the service. Internment was in Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery, 2463 Franconia Rd., Aliceville. Rev. Marcus Wright, pastor of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, will be the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420.
Survivors are the Corder family.
Althestine Drake Gerald
Ms. Althestine Drake Gerald, 80, of York passed recently at Anderson Regional Hospital, Meridian, Miss. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Sumter Central High School, York. Rev. Walter Ball officiated with burial in First Baptist Church Cemetery, York. Visitation was on Friday, June 24, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Hardaway Funeral Services, hardawayfuneralservices.com, directing.
James Daniel Huffman
James Daniel Huffman, “Danny”, 70, completed his race and left this world on Sunday, June 19, 2022. He was a patient at UAB Hospital in Birmingham when he passed. A celebration of his life was held at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South on Friday, June 24, 2022, at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1 p.m.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert (Bob) and Cynthia Huffman; his sister Pam Huffman Ujhazy; and his brother Doug Huffman.
He is survived by his son Matthew Clayton Huffman; his sister Sharan Huffman Grey (Danny); his brother-in-law Ed Ujhazy; and sister-in-law Arlene Spray Spell (David); his niece Cyndee Worrall (Dan); and his nephews Dustin McAbee, Blake Grey (Ashley), Tyler Ujhazy (Kelsey), and Chalis Huffman (Jessica); great-nieces Annabelle Worrall, Karleigh Grey, Greyson Worrall, Sawyer Grey, and Logan Ujhazy.
Danny was born on March 4, 1952 in Tuscaloosa. Other than a brief move to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and a cruise with the U. S. Navy around Viet Nam on the USS Newport News, Danny remained a resident of Tuscaloosa. Danny attended Tuscaloosa City Schools and was a graduate of Livingston University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Economics and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. After graduation he worked in sales/marketing. Of all his work experience, his favorite was a job he took after retirement during the covid pandemic at Manderson Cancer Center. Being a former patient of Manderson and a cancer survivor, Danny understood their concerns and fears. He connected with them and they with him. Danny Huffman was a comedian, a songwriter, a poet, a storyteller, a patriot, a veteran and a friend to everyone he met. Above all these, he was a Christian, saved by the Grace of God. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a donation to the Manderson Cancer Center or the charity of your choice.
Charlie B. Jones
Graveside Services for Charlie B. Jones of Eutaw were 11 .m. Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Zion Brush Creek Memorial Garden, Eutaw. Public Viewing will be from 3-6 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2022, at the Mortuary. Smith’s Mortuary, Boligee, directing. The management and staff at Smith’s Mortuary offer our heartfelt and sincere sympathy to the entire family.
Latressa Jones
Mrs. Latressa Jones of Demopolis entered into eternal rest June 22,2022, at Green County Hospital, Eutaw. Services will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 10 a.m. from Larkin and Scott tent area. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.
Cora Lee Lacy
It is with deepest sympathy that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mrs. Cora Lee Lacy, 73, of Reform on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at her residence. Visitation was Wednesday, June 29, 2022 from 3-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration will be Thursday, June 30, 2022, 2 p.m. in Aliceville City Hall. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Internment will be in New Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 250 New Cumberland Rd., Carrollton. Rev. Jacqueline Lang is the pastor of New Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Rev. Henry Lee Pope, pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ethelsville, will be the eulogist. FOR THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF EVERYONE MASK WEARING IS REQUIRED. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Lacy Family.
William Oliver “Bill” Parker, Jr.
William Oliver “Bill” Parker, Jr., age 74, of Panola, passed away June 22, 2022 at his residence. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2022 at Panola United Methodist Church with Rev. Gene Lankford officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.
He is preceded in death by his parents William Oliver Parker, Sr. and Merle Walker Parker.
Bill is survived by his sister Patti Trethaway (Rick); three children Caitlin Fetner (Matthew), Penni Allison, and Oliver Parker (Alison); five grandchildren Holden Turner, Brooklyn Allison, Maggie Parker, Will Parker, and Jackson Fetner; two more grandchildren he claimed and loved, Vincent and Bryant Deas; and two nieces Lauren Brennan (Rodney) and Amy Moss (Corey).
Bill was born October 13, 1947 in Macon, Mississippi. He was a loving father, grandfather, and best friend to many. He belonged to the Panola First United Methodist Church. He was a true patriot, having served in the US Army Reserves, Livingston Unit. Bill’s wit was sharp and dry and he loved to watch baseball, always full of stories about baseball legends. His camp house was a welcome getaway for many. Bill loved the Crimson Tide and he was a fixture in his community, an unfailing support for his friends and family.
Pallbearers will be Vince Deas, Vincent Deas, Bryant Deas, Terry Pat Reynolds II, Jay Parker and Matthew Fetner.
Honorary Pallbearers are Terry Pat Reynolds, Charles Rigdon and Larry Sloan. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society, Mid-South Division, 100 Ireland Way, Suite 300, Birmingham, AL 35205.
Louise “Louisa” Jordan Phillips
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mrs. Louise “Louisa” Jordan Phillips, 107, of Aliceville on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at her residence. Visitation will be Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 2-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration will be Friday, July 1, 2022, 11 a.m. at Spirit & Truth Pentecostal Church, 2717 MLK Rd., Aliceville. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Internment will be in Magnolia Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 9654 Hwy. 14, Aliceville. Apostle Jeffrey Ball, Sr. is the pastor of Spirit & Truth Pentecostal Church. Rev. Richard Hood, Sr., pastor of New Wright Baptist Church, Aliceville, will be the eulogist. FOR THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF EVERYONE MASK WEARING IS REQUIRED FOR THE VISITATION & THE FUNERAL SERVICE.Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Phillips family.
Zella Marie Smith-Sanders
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Ms. Zella Marie Smith-Sanders, 73, of Villa Rica, Ga., on Friday, June 24, 2022, at her residence. Visitation will be Friday, July 1, 2022, from 5-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The wake will be from 6-7 p.m. The home going celebration will be Saturday, July 2, 2022, 10 a.m. in Methodist Cemetery, Macon, Miss. Rev. Tyrone Stallings, former pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Macon, Miss., will be the eulogist. THE BODY OF MS. SMITH-SANDERS WILL NOT BE VIEWED AT THE CEMETERY. FOR THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF EVERYONE MASK WEARING IS REQUIRED. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Sanders, Smith, and Lelenta families.