Obituaries

Betty Barnes

Betty Barnes, 85, of Livingston,  formerly of Shinglehouse, Pa. passed away Friday morning September 14, 2018, at Sumter Health and Rehab in York, after a brief illness. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements were handled by Bumpers Funeral Home of York. Mrs. Barnes decided to hold no visitation or funeral services due to the great distance of many family members and in lieu of flowers please donate to the Humane Society or American Cancer Society. Mrs. Barnes was born November 20, 1932, on Curry Run in Mahaffey, Pa. to Donald Johnston and Vivian E. Hall. Mrs. Barnes married Gerald Barnes in Rixford, Pa. on March 26, 1955. Mrs. Barnes was predeceased by her husband, her grandson Aaron D. Mix, and her youngest sister Linda J. Meabon. Mrs. Barnes resided in Shinglehouse, Pa. from the 1960s with her family until shortly after her husband’s death in 2003 when she moved to Alabama. Mrs. Barnes leaves behind three children to cherish the memory of her life: Lloyd Barnes of Charlotte, N. C., Bonnie (Tim) Ertz of Boise, Idaho, and Sharon (Jack) McAlister of Livingston. Mrs. Barnes also leaves behind four brothers and two sisters: Glenn (Lorna) Johnston of Danville, IN, Philip (Joyce) Johnston of Essex, MD, Donald Johnston of Essex MD, Alvin (Sylvia) Johnston of Avon, Ind., Marilyn (Zip) Speedy of Youngstown, Arz., and Janet (Milton) Parker of Sun City, Arz. Mrs. Barnes also leaves behind 4 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and many close friends from Pennsylvania and Alabama who are left behind to cherish her memory and her love of playing the piano, working on puzzles, and her love of nature.  

Martha Brooks

Martha Brooks died September 8, 2018. Funeral services were 1 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Ezekiel Baptist Church, Eutaw with Pastor Samuel Noland officiating. Burial followed in the Walker’s Place Cemetery with Smith’s Mortuary Boligee directing. Visitation was Friday, September 14, 2018, from 2-5 p.m. at the mortuary. The body wlay in state one hour prior to services at the church.

William Austin “Goat” Gardner

Mr. William Austin “Goat” Gardner, of Aliceville, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at his residence. Public visitation was Monday, September 17, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service.  The home going celebration was Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 11 a.m. at New Wright Baptist Church, 11441 Hwy. 14, Aliceville.  Internment was in Flemming Cemetery, Aliceville. Rev. Richard Hood, pastor of New Wright Baptist Church was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, 11233 Hwy. 17 S., Aliceville,  205-373-2420, in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are the Gardner family.

Samuel “Sammy” Lynn Moses

Sammy, 70, resided for the last two years of his life in Millbrook, previously from Livingston, attended Brookwood High School, in the late 1960s. Funeral services were held held at Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel on September 13, 2018, at 11 a.m. with Rev. James Jackson officiating. Burial followed in Thomaston Cemetery. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel.

Sammy was preceded in death by his father, Herman Moses Jr., mother, Jeanette Moses; step mother, Maxine Moses; brother, Kenneth Leroy Moses; sisters, Patricia Brush and Rita Moses; grandparents, Herman and Rosie Moses Sr.

Samuel is survived by his brothers Rickey (Jan) Moses of Millbrook, Wayne ( Barbara)Moses of Winnsboro, Texas, Tommy Scott of Tuscaloosa, and Mike Scott of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; sisters, Gloria (Chauncey) Vickers of Samantha, Donald (David) Wilcher of Sandersville, Ga, and Debra Palmer of Demopolis; nieces, Emily Moses of Millbrook, Katelyn Moses of Millbrook, Nancey Mcilwain of Gilbertown,  Stacey Evans of Tuscaloosa,  Evelyn Elliott of Texas, Dora Moses of Birmingham,  Sherri Kemp of Tuscaloosa,  Jennifer Seller of Ill., and Shelly McHone of Ill.; nephews, Jeremy Wolfmeir of Illinois, Barry Vickers of Calif., Donald Roy Moses of Texas, Gregory Burford of Iowa Park, Texas, Cecil Charlton Burford, III, of Mobile, and Quaylon Burford of Colorado; host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.

Larry Leon Styes of Epes, died on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in Demopolis at Woodhaven Manor Nursing Home. Visitation was held at Bumpers Funeral Home in York, on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 1-2 p.m. Graveside services and burial will followed afterwards at Henagan Cemetery in Epes. The family hosted a post-funeral reception at the Epes Community Center immediately following the graveside service.Pallbearers were Monty Channell, Jerry Edge, Bob Greenlee, Dickie Greenlee, Randy Greenlee, and David Magro. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Fuller, Mack Gunter, Jimmy Robertson, Tommy Robertson, David Salter, and Jeff Thornton. Born on February 22, 1933 in Fosters, Leon and his family later moved to Epes, where he grew up and lived most of his adult life. He graduated from Livingston High School in 1951 and entered the US Navy, serving aboard the USS Delta during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1955, Leon returned to Epes and in March 1957 married Laura Jane Fleming. He worked in Demopolis, at Gulf States Paper Mill (now WestRock) for many years and he also served his community as a councilman for the Town of Epes. Leon purchased a small country store in Epes in 1978 and operated it until 1994, at which time he sold the business and retired from work.Throughout his life, Leon enjoyed playing softball, hunting, fishing, and playing cards with his brothers and sisters. He was an avid Alabama football fan (Roll Tide!), and he reveled in telling jokes and funny stories. He lived a colorful life, and friends and family have quite the collection of stories to tell about his adventures. One of his friends even went so far to write a novel in which one of the characters was loosely based on Leon and his life! Survivors include son Doug Styes (Kim) and grandson Tucker Styes of Newnan, Ga., brother Harold Styes of Lilburn, Ga., and sister Peggy Styes Greenlee of Prattville.Leon is preceded in death by his wife, Laura Jane Fleming Styes, his son Larry Leon Styes Jr., his daughter Sharon Anna Styes, his father Virgil Tucker Styes, his mother Mary Etta Burns Styes, his brothers Charlie Styes, James Styes, and Billy Styes, and his sisters Geraldine Styes Langlinais, Darriah Styes Channell, Julia Styes Robertson, and Bernice Styes Greenlee.