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Alice Amogene Howard Battle
Livingston- Funeral services for Amogene Battle, 98, of Livingston were held Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at Livingston First Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with burial following in the Livingston Memorial Gardens. Visitation was at the church one hour prior to the service. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York. Amogene left her earthly home where she resided at Moundville Health and Rehab on April 11, 2021, and entered into the gates of Heaven. She was born in Minor Hill, Tenn., the youngest of eight children, on November 10, 1922. Preceding her in death were her husband James Bernard Battle; her father and mother, Benjamin Franklin Howard and Agnes Boyd Howard; her siblings and special nieces and nephews. Also, her special granddaughter, Peggy Colvin. She is survived by her daughter Mary Battle Butler (Danny) of Moundville; grandchildren, Melanie Wise (Chip) of Moody; and James Daniel Butler (Misty) of Tuscaloosa; great grandchildren, Daniel Wise, Mary Beth, Annie Leigh, Jamie Alyce, and Zach Butler; and several nieces and nephews. Amogene graduated from school in Minor Hill, Tenn. and was double promoted twice. She attended Florence State Teacher’s College for two years and received her teaching certificate. She arrived in Greensboro, Alabama by bus to teach the fourth grade at Boardman Elementary School in January of 1941. That spring, at the age of nineteen, she was recognized at the annual Alabama Education Convention as the state’s youngest teacher. After three and one-half years of teaching, she accepted a position with the Sumter County Department of Pensions and Securities (later to be known as DHR) in Livingston. She then met and married James Bernard Battle in 1947. While working at DHR, she completed her Bachelors in Science Degree at Livingston State Teacher’s College. She retired from DHR after thirty-seven years and went to work at the Ruby Pickens Tartt Library until she was ninety years old. She became a member of Livingston First Baptist Church in 1945. Her service included teaching college students and the Faith Women’s Sunday School Class for over fifty years. She served on several committees over the years including Pastors Search Committees. She was involved in the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU). In 2019, she became a resident of Pine Valley Assisted Living in Tuscaloosa and later moved to the Moundville Health and Rehabilitation. Active Pallbearers are Bob Jackson, Bob Spears, Butch Larkin, Carl Sudduth, Dan Campbell, Don Basinger, and Jimmy Bibby. Honorary Pallbearers are the Faith Sunday School Class; special friends, Mary Alice Snyder, Janette Moore, Lucy Gallman, Ethel Scott, Cindy Larkin, present and former employees of the Ruth Pickens Tartt Library, City of Livingston Employees, and all who have shown her kindness. Memorials may be made to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home or the Livingston First Baptist Church.
Bobbie Williams Busby
Funeral services for Bobbie Williams Busby, 89, of Butler will be held Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Butler with Rev. Dric Williford officiating. Burial will follow in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler. Mrs. Busby passed away Monday, April 12, 2021, at Choctaw Health and Rehabilitation, Butler. She was born September 27, 1931, to Franklin Webb Williams and Annie Bush Williams. Survivors include her children, Gayle B. McPhearson (Lee); M. Gary Busby (Melinda); Norva Elizabeth “Beth” Dial (Gary); Steven Thomas Griffies (Lindsay); grandchildren/great grandchildren, John Lee McPhearson, Jr., Leea Bush McPhearson, Thomas Webb Busby, Mary Elizabeth Dial, James Gary Dial, Jr., Andrew Rauls “Drew” Busby, Abby Grace McPhearson, John Merritt McPhearson, Anna Rae Griffies, and Collins Elizabeth Griffies. She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin Webb Williams and Annie Bush Williams; her husband, Tex Maynard Busby; granddaughter, Anna Lane Busby; sister, Norva Williams Potter; and brother, Joseph Thomas Williams. Pallbearers: John Lee McPhearson, Jr., Thomas Webb Busby, Andrew Rauls “Drew” Busby, James Gary “Jay” Dial, Jr., Thomas Henderson “Pete” Potter, Joseph David Moss, and John Merritt McPhearson. Honorary Pallbearers: Ray Davis, Edward Irwin, Mike Nelson, Jerry Nelson, and Maxwell Skelton. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Butler at PO Box 538, Butler, AL 36904.
Elder Luther C. Eatman
Graveside services for Elder Luther C. Eatman will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Eutaw. Visitation will be from 12-3 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021 at Smith’s Mortuary. Memorial service will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021 at Bethel Pine Baptist Church, Coatopa. Smith’s Mortuary, Boligee, directing. MASKS REQUIRED!
Wendy Harris
Ms. Wendy Harris of Demopolis, entered into eternal rest April 4, 2021, at UAB Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama. Graveside services will be held Friday, April 16, 2021, at 11 a.m. from Memorial Gardens, Hwy. 43 S., Demopolis. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 1-3 p.m at the funeral home. The funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. for Memorial Gardens. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.
Marjetta Robinson
Graveside services for Marjetta Robinson will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery, Eutaw. Smith’s Mortuary, Boligee, directing. MASKS REQUIRED!
Angela L. Smith
Mrs. Angela L. Smith of Demopolis, entered into eternal rest April 3, 2021 at Whitfield Regional Hospital Demopolis, Alabama. Graveside services for Mrs. Angela L. Smith were held Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11 a.m. from Isaac Family Cemetery, Forkland. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC entrusted with arrangements.
Robert Spencer
Mr. Robert Spencer of Bellamy, entered into eternal rest April 9, 2021 at Whitfield Regional Hospital Demopolis. Services for Mr. Robert Spencer are incomplete and will be announced at a later date. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.
Reginald Lee Thomasson
Reginald Lee Thomasson, 66, of Demopolis, went to his eternal home on April 11, 2021. He was born on January 29, 1955, in Alabama, to James Vester Thomasson and Christine Jay Thomasson. He was an occupational therapist. Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday April 15, 2021 at Canal Heights Church of Christ in Demopolis. Funeral service will follow at 12 with Bryan Cook officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes, Demopolis Chapel directing. Graveside service will be at Riverside Cemetery in Demopolis.
He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by: his wife Bobbie Jean Ward Thomasson; his daughters Pamela Thomasson Clink (Chris), Crystal Thomasson Dunlap (Dustin), and Jessica Thomasson Paulk (Brandon); his sons Aaron James Thomasson (Jennifer Winters) and Joshua Lee Thomasson (Laurice Brocker); his stepsons Randy Martin and David Martin; and his sisters Sandra Thomasson Blaich, Gloria Valencia Call; 19 grandchildren. Pallbearers will be: Josh Thomasson, Aaron Thomasson, Brandon Paulk, Chris Clink, Christopher Clink, II, and Dustin Dunlap. Honorary pallbearers are Joseph Dunlap and Bradley Dunlap.
Dr. Billie Jean Young
Graveside service for Dr. Billie Jean Young was held Saturday, April 10, 2021 at noon at Woodall Cemetery in Pennington with Rev. Marvin Johnson officiating.Billie Jean was born on July 21, 1947 to the late Oliver Richard Young, Sr. and Susie Mae White Young. She was called home to eternal rest on March 30, 2021. Billie Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Susie Young and a son, Keith Allen Young. In 1964, at the age of 16, Billie Jean graduated from Choctaw County Training School in Lisman. She proceeded to earn her Associate Arts Degree from Selma University. She went on and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Judson College in Marion. Becoming one of the first African Americans to graduate from Judson College. In 1979, she became the second African American woman to earn a Juris Doctorate from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham. Dr. Young found her first opportunity for personal and professional growth at age twenty when she moved to Selma, AL and worked for seven years at the Southwest Alabama Farmer’s Cooperative Association (SWAFCA). This began a life defined by a fight for equal rights. During her seven decades of living, Dr. Young was a sister, a mother, an artist, an actress, a poet, a writer, an editor, a playwright, a director, a teacher, a community organizer, a college lecturer, a full Professor, and a fearless, outspoken civil and human rights activist.
She is survived by her son SFC (Ret.) Anthony Duane Young; siblings SGM (Ret.) Ivory Lee Young, Sr., Eva D. Long, Barbara Ann Young, Oliver Young, Rev. Shirley M. Young and SFC (Ret) Richard H. Young (Tamara); seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends. The celebration of life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home, Butler, www.Weatherly-Studdard.com.