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Paul Warren Alford
Paul Warren Alford, 82, passed away on January 14, 2021 at his home in Decatur, Alabama after an extended illness. Paul was born in Gadsden, the oldest of two children of the late Jack Warren Alford and Martha Elizabeth Causey Clayton. As a young boy, he moved to York, where his mother’s family lived and spent his childhood years attending schools in York. His grandfather was a conductor for the railroad, and Paul’s home bordered the railroad tracks, so he loved to drink Coca-Cola and watch the trains go by. He later moved to Gadsden to spend time with his father’s family and worked at his father’s restaurants, Jack’s Hamburgers and the Dairy King. He especially enjoyed making malt milkshakes for customers. He was very involved in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. In high school, he played several musical instruments including the trumpet, French horn and drums, and was named to the Alabama All-State Band for his French horn talent. Paul was awarded a band scholarship and continued his education at the University of Alabama where he received degrees in Statistics and Accounting. While at Alabama, he was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity where he served as President his senior year. He played the French horn for the Million Dollar Band under the leadership of Colonel Carlton K. Butler and served as Band Manager for many years. He continued to be involved with the Million Dollar Band long after graduating, serving at one time as President and Treasurer for the Million Dollar Band Alumni Association and attending numerous band reunions where he played during the halftime show at Alabama football games. He was asked to serve as the guest conductor for the Million Dollar Alumni Band during one of the Alabama football games. After graduation, Paul joined the Air National Guard and completed his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He served as an Airman 2nd Class in the 225th Radio Relay Squadron in Gadsden, Alabama for many years before transitioning to Reserve duty. Paul moved to Birmingham and began working as an Accountant. He met his wife Jean Colvin and they were married in 1963. After passing the Certified Public Accountant examination, he purchased an accounting practice in Decatur. He initially practiced by himself, later became partners with Gene McKenzie and practiced as Alford & McKenzie, and was finally joined by Ray Breeden, practicing as Alford, McKenzie & Breeden until he retired. Paul and Jean raised their children Allison and Jack in Decatur. Paul was a strong Christian and an active member of Westmeade Baptist Church for many years, serving as a Deacon and chairman of the building committee for the new sanctuary, working with the Royal Ambassador (RA) program and singing in the choir. He loved to sing in the Christmas cantatas that Westmeade presented every year. He and Jean transferred to First Baptist where he was also very involved as a Deacon and in the choir. He was active in many civic causes and served on numerous boards in the Decatur area. One special interest was his involvement with Operation Home. Paul and Jean travelled all over the United States and the world. Paul was so proud of the fact that he travelled to all 50 states. Some of his favorite places to visit were Australia, Israel, Austria, Germany, Italy, England, Ireland and Hawaii. Paul and Jean also loved to cruise on the Princess Cruise line and made many trips to the Caribbean, the Panama Canal and Alaska. Paul had a love for all things aeronautical. He obtained his pilot’s license and purchased his first airplane: a Mooney. Paul flew his family all over the South. A special highlight in his flying career occurred during a vacation to Hawaii when he was allowed to land an airplane on Hickman Field, adjacent to Pearl Harbor U. S. Naval Base. Paul treasured spending time at his home on Smith Lake where he spent countless hours boating, water-skiing and fellowshipping with family and friends. His lake home was the site for many Sunday School class parties and family reunions. His best friend, the late Tommy Whitehead, purchased the lake house next door and the two of them were inseparable. Above all, Paul loved meeting and talking with people. He took advantage of almost every opportunity he had to meet someone new and discover their story. He met with homebound church members and helped with their mail or drove them on errands. Whether it was the product of his upbringing in a small town or a simple thirst for knowledge, he never met a stranger.
Paul is preceded in death by his brother Frederick Roland “Buddy” Alford.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Jean Colvin Alford; his children Allison Alford Ingram (Michael) of Montgomery, and Jack Warren Alford (Pam) of Decatur; and 5 grandchildren: Sarah Kate Ingram, Emily Ingram, Elizabeth Ingram, Claire Alford and Anna Alford.
There will be a private family service, followed by interment at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life ceremony may be held at a later date if Covid-19 Pandemic conditions improve. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church of Decatur, 123 Church St., N. E., Decatur, AL 35601.
Betty Sue Hughes Boyd
Betty Sue Hughes Boyd, 84, of Tuscaloosa, passed away on January 13, 2021, at DCH Regional Medical Center. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Pastor Kevin Thomas officiating and Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.
She was preceded in death by her parents Fred B. Hughes and Mildred Odell Hughes, and her son William H. Boyd, Jr. (Bill).
Survivors include: husband William Harvey Boyd, Sr. (Billy); daughter Julie Boyd Jackson (Lance); grandchildren William Harvey Boyd, III, (Billy), Jonathan McAbee Boyd, Alexander Boyd Jackson, Susanna Elizabeth Jackson, and Julianne Grace Jackson; sister Ann Hughes Peterson; brother Fred B. Hughes (Charlene); sister in law Betty Boyd Rushing; several nieces and nephews.
Betty Sue was a 1954 graduate of Tuscaloosa High School. She was a cheerleader. Married to William Harvey Boyd Sr. (Billy) for 63 years as of December 29, 2020. She was president of Junior League of Tuscaloosa, and president of Mystic Mardi Gras Club. She worked hand in hand in the family business. She was an active member of Forest Lake United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, and “Grandma.” She never missed an event her children or grandchildren participated in. Her entire life was her family. She was always a class act and the sweetest lady to everyone and could always put a smile on your face. She was the ultimate Southern lady. She was a blessing for everyone that knew her. She was kind, generous, and leaves a remarkable legacy for her family to carry on for years. She loved going down to the family farm and enjoying dinner with family and friends at Diamond Jim’s restaurant in Livingston. She absolutely loved to sit on the front porch of thefarm and the back porch of the lake house at sunset and watch the water “sparkle like diamonds” as she always sparkled and lit up a room when she entered. Her favorite thing was watching the yellow butterflies during their season. The yellow butterfly symbolizes the soul is now at peace. She also grew to love her and her husband’s dog Benelli; you could often find them sitting on the sofa in her sunroom watching television together.
Pallbearers will be: William Harvey Boyd, III, (Billy), Jonathan McAbee Boyd, Alexander Boyd Jackson, Lance Jackson, Brett Copenhaver, and Stan Pate. Honorary pallbearers are: past and present employees of Billy Boyd Realty and Construction lnc., Homebuilders Association of Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors, Dr. Arti Pandey, Dr. Anand Pandey, and the entire Pandey family, Dr. Phillip Bobo, Dr. Steve Allen, Entire ICU DCH Medical Staff, Luke Standeffer, Brian Kendrick, special nurses Farris Terry, Ferra Cox and Lisa Heravi. Special friends: Merline Spivey, Jennifer Robin Hayes, Madelyn and Bert Jones, Carolyn and Stephen Durel, Becky and Britt Brittain, Ron Henry, Jeff Englebert, Maggie Conner, Ella Smith, Chris Mcilwain, David Fernandez, Lewis McAllister, Leslie Drucker, Jeanne Campbell, Gina Powell, Dr. Barry Darden, Kim Sartain, Genae Pugh, Stefanie and Michael McGuire, Vickie and Bobby Snow, Sondra and Edward Richardson, Bill Trick, Fred Trick, Hal Corbin, Chad Gore, Jack Evans, Dianne and Howell Jackson, Brooks Copenhaver, Mimi McCool, Suzanne and Terrell McCool, Jack Ballard, Joe Rice Jr., Anthony Parker, John Davis Baird, Becky Pradat, Michelle and Marley Parker, Darron and Leah Cross, Jerry Greene, Suellen Johnson, Angel Green, Jennifer Dunkling, Penny and Lee Pake, Hugh and Ginger Underwood, Suzie and Jimmy Duncan, Jimmy Godfrey, Jimmy Duren, Renea and Ballard Henson, Haleigh Plott, Johanna Shirley, Kim Townsend Gladney, Mark Gober, Laura Leigh Thompson, Kim and Bo Buford, Hayley Sansing, Michael Hendley, Carol Lee Cross, Kimber Williams, Karen McAbee Boyd, Ronnie and Shirley Whitaker. Life long friends and neighbors from High Forest, Jimmy Oswalt, Tom Ozment, Cecil Ozment, Annette and Richard Shelby. In lieu of flowers please make donation to Forest Lake United Methodist Church or one’s favorite charity.
Marcella Ann Chess
Graveside service for Marcella Ann Chess, 50, was held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas A. M. E. Zion Church Cemetery, Ward, with Pastor Linda Sims-Lilly officiating.
Marcella was born March 25, 1970 to Willie C. and Geraldine C. Law in Butler. She departed this life peacefully on January 7, 2021 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. She was preceded in death by: grandfathers, R. C. Capers, Prince McCray; grandmothers, Thelma Capers, Susie McCray; sister, Monica Ruffin; and brother, Willie Harris.
Marcella leaves to cherish her memories: a loving fiancé William Winn of Ward; a son De’Airreus (Elijaheh Riley) Philon of Norcross, GAa,; parents, Willie C. and Geraldine C. Law of Ward; two sisters Aretha (Greg) Bryant of Chelsea, Beverly Dubose of Livingston; one brother, David (Tracy) Harris of Mosinee, Wis.; a brother-in-law Reginald Ruffin of Wilsonville; two special nephews D’Jon Bryant of Calera, Gabriel Ruffin of Wilsonville; a special childhood friend Shelia Fitch Williams of Birmingham; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, friends, and co-workers.
The celebration of life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Butler.
Mr. Robert Edward “Junior” Harris, Jr.
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mr. Robert Edward “Junior” Harris, Jr., 39 of Northport, on Friday, January 15, 2021 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Visitation will be Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 2-5:30 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration will be Friday, January 22, 2021, at noon at Mount Hebron Baptist Church, 2463 Franconia Rd., Aliceville. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Internment will be in Mount Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Marcus Wright, pastor of Mount Hebron Baptist Church, will be the Eulogist. *FOR THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF EVERYONE, Alabama 6 Feet Distancing Regulations Applies To This Funeral Service. MASK WEARING IS REQUIRED. SEATING WILL BE LIMITED. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Harris and Williams families.
Mrs. Bernice Jones McDonald
Mrs. Bernice Jones McDonald, 56, of Gordo, on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing. There was no public viewing of Mrs. Bernice McDonald at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The body of Mrs. Bernice Jones McDonald was cremated.
Survivors are the McDonald and Jones families.
Mrs. Bernice Jones McDonald
Mrs. Bernice Jones McDonald, 56, of Gordo, on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing. There was no public viewing of Mrs. Bernice McDonald at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The body of Mrs. Bernice Jones McDonald was cremated.
Survivors are the McDonald and Jones families.
Timothy Pearson
Service for Timothy Pearson, 57, was held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Southern Choctaw Football Stadium, Gilbertown, followed by a private interment.
Timothy Pearson was born on January 17, 1963 to the union of Clamas and Essie Pearson in Quitman, Miss. He departed this earthly life on January 8, 2021 Tim joined Mt. Moriah Baptist Church at an early age and attended regularly. He graduated from Southern Choctaw High School in 1981. After graduation, he immediately joined the United States Marine Corp where he served for 11 years. While serving his country, he accepted Christ and started his biblical studies at Liberty Bible Institute where he received his certification in Christian Ministry. After leaving the military, Tim returned home to Melvin, and began his career with the U. S. Postal Service where he retired after 20+ years of dedicated service. He began preaching in 1993 and served as Pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Melvin, for the last 15 years.
Tim leaves to cherish his memories: a loving wife of 34 years Melony Pearson; three children Amber Adams (Redrick) of Lisman, Shaquille Pearson of Tuscaloosa, and Shannon Pearson; one grandchild Amari Adams; two brothers Clamas Pearson, Jr. (Debra), Mark Pearson (Yulette), both of Melvin; one sister Betsy (Leah) Pearson of Birmingham; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.
The celebration of life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Butler.
Sim Pearson
Graveside services for Sim Pearson, Jr., 80, of Lauderdale, Mississippi, were Monday, January 18, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Toomsuba, Miss., with Rev. Ray Hopkins officiating.
Mr. Pearson passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian, Miss. He was born June 11, 1940, in York, Ala. He and his wife have been residents of the Dalewood Community for over 15 years.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years Brenda Fuller Pearson; son Kenny Pearson (Lisa); daughter Dawn Cooper (Jeff); brothers Walter Pearson (Debbie) and Charlie Pearson; sister, Dorothy Bucklew; grandchildren Jeffrey Cooper, Brittany Pearson, and Lynsey Cooper; great grandchildren, Kolten and Khloe Cooper; and host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Sim Pearson, Sr. and Minnie Octavia Jowers Pearson; sisters Maurine Ratcliff, Minnie Irene Jones, Mary Elizabeth Pearson; brothers Robert Earl Pearson, Willie T. Pearson, Tommy Pearson, Ed Pearson; M. O. Pearson, J. W. Pearson, and Bill Pearson.
Pallbearers: Jeffrey Cooper, C. W. Jones, Daniel McKinley, Jerry Havard, Chris Rutledge, and Jeff Cooper. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York
Emmitt Summerville, Jr.
Emmitt Summerville, Jr. graveside service will be Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Gainesville community cemetery at 11 a.m.
Nell E. White
Graveside services for Nell E. White of Mobile were 2 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Pippen Cemetery, Eutaw. Smith’s Mortuary, Boligee directing.
William Don Wilborn
Graveside services for Mr. William Don Wilborn, 80, of Cuba, were Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Clay Memorial Cemetery in Cuba with Bro. Ed Stallings officiating.
Mr. Wilborn passed away, Friday, January 15, 2021, at his residence. He was born May 14, 1940, in Sumter County, Ala.
Survivors include his wife Frances B. Wilborn of Cuba; son Lee Wilborn (Dona) of Americus, Ga.; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents John William Wilborn and Miriam Tims Wilborn. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register. Bumpers Funeral Home of York will be in charge of arrangements.