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Lencie Bonner
Services for Lencie Bonner, 84, were held Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Needham, with Rev. Arthur McGhee officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Mr. Bonner was born June 15, 1933 to the late George and Irene Bonner. He departed this earthly life on November 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his brother, George Bonner and two sisters, Alice Nickelson and Nettie Brown.
Lencie accepted Christ in his later years and was baptized in Bugaloosa Creek. He attended school at Oak Grove Elementary in Toxey. In 1956, Lencie met his longtime companion, Elmira Pearson, and to this union nine children were born.
Lencie leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Elmira Bonner of Toxey; nine children, Doris Jackson (Roosevelt) of Cleveland, Ohio, Andrea Powe (Larry) of Silas, Shirley Campbell of Seattle, Wash., Jerry Bonner (Katherine) of Toxey, Jeffery Bonner (Nikki) of Cleveland, Ohio, Timothy Bonner (Crystal) of Cleveland, Ohio, Timeka Prince (Marcus) of York, George Bonner, Jerome Bonner (Lisa) of Cleveland, Ohio; twenty-three grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The Celebration of Life Services were rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler. To post condolences to the family, please log onto our website at

Laurel Ann Spurlin Crawford
Laurel Ann Spurlin Crawford, 79, of Demopolis, passed away November 12, 2017 at Princeton Hospital in Birmingham. Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday November 16, 2017 at Gallion Baptist Church with Rev. Hank Atchison and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel. Burial will follow at St. Andrew’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday November 15, 2017 from to 7 p.m. at Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel.
She was born May 16, 1938, in Tifton, Ga., to Walter Crawford and Estelle Connor Spurlin.
Laurel was preceded by her parents; husband, James Walter Crawford.
Survivors are her daughters, Karen Crawford Howell (Arch) of Greenwood, Miss. and Kelly Crawford Slappey (Todd) of Decatur, Ga.; grandchildren, Haley Howell Goodman (Kenneth) of Jackson, Miss., Austin Archer Howell of Jackson, Tenn., Laura Connor Slappey of Athens, Ga. and John Crawford Slappey of Auburn; great grandchild, Anne Archer Goodman of Jackson, Miss.

Marguerite Shamburger Davis
Graveside services for Marguerite Shamburger Davis, 97, of Mobile will be Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the York City Cemetery with Rev. Steve Spining officiating.
Mrs. Davis passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 at her residence in Mobile.
Survivors include her son William Johnson Davis (Vicki) of Cumming, Ga.; Elizabeth Carol Davis of Mobile]; and 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Johnson Wrenn Davis. Visit to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York.

Bertha Mae Jemison
Bertha Mae Jemison, 71, of York, born to the late Mose and LuBerta Rodgers Jemison, transitioned and entered into Eternal rest November 12, 2017 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation, York. Service of remembrance will be Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. from First Baptist Church, 254 McConnell Street, York.
Rev. Richard Wilson will deliver the eulogy and offer words of comfort and consolation. Rev. Jonathan Byrd is church pastor. Sis. Jemison is to lie in repose one hour prior to funeral time. Interment to follow in Elmwood Memorial Gardens Hwy. 11 East York. Visitation for family and friends is scheduled Friday evening November 17, 2017 from 2-6 p.m. in the Weatherly Chapel. On Saturday morning at 10:40 a.m. the processional will leave from the residence of Stanley Jemison, located at 606 Rumley Road, York.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Sonny Jemison, James Jemison, Lewis Charles Jemison; a sister, Lula Charles Jemison, a daughter Rochelle Lard May.
Those who remain to cherish her life and precious memories are: her children; Stanley (Jacqueline) Jemison, Marty (Shelia) Jemison, Ramona Jemison all of York; brothers, Willie Earl Jemison of Los Angeles, Calif., Bobby Jemison of Livingston, Thomas Jemison of Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister, Emmie (Hugh) Jackson of York; grandchildren, Taleshia Y. Pearce, Bianca L. Love, Kevin May, Jr, Keona May, Marty, Jr and Amauriall of York; great-grandchildren, Dylan J. Pearce and Madison Pearce; a special niece, Tina Marie Jackso; a host of devoted nieces, nephews, family and friends who loved her dearly she will be truly missed.
To the entire Jemison 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 time of bereavement.

Gertrude Solomon Purter
Gertrude Solomon Purter passed on Monday, November 6, 2017. Her homegoing services were 2:30 p.m., Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 8676 County Road 131, Boligee, Ala. 35443.
Gertrude Solomon Purter was the third of five children born to the late Ezekiel and Margaret Solomon of Safford, Ala.
In 1950, she married Johnny J. Purter and moved to Boligee, Ala. There she united with Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church and served faithfully in various capacities. Johnny and Gertrude were blessed with three daughters, Debra, Jennifer (Charles) and Phyllis (Melvin).
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Debra and her husband, Johnny.
Gertrude attended Alabama State University in Montgomery and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She earned a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She completed other post graduate work at Tuskegee University. She had a love for children and was a guidance counselor in the Greene County School system for 32 years.

Barbara Ann Watson Sessions
Funeral services for Barbara Ann Watson Sessions, 78, of Cuba was Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Bumpers Funeral Home in York with Bro. Steve Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Clay Memorial Cemetery in Cuba. Visitation was at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Mrs. Sessions passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living Center in Meridian, Miss.
Survivors include her daughter Lynn Boland (Mike) of Cuba, Ala.; grandchildren Bonni Boland, Jamey (Logan) Boland, and Brett Boland.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lewis Watson and Vera McDonald Watson; husband of 49 years, Leonard Sessions; and her son Jimmy Sessions.
Pallbearers: Jamey Boland, Brett Boland, Michael Storey, Johnny Breckenridge, Robert Sheffield, and Billy Smith. Visit to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of York.

Willie Mae Shields
Services for Willie Mae Shields, 59, were held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Little Zion A. M. E. Church in Lavaca, with Rev. Willie Vines officiating. Interment followed in Red House Cemetery.
Willie Mae was born on August 2, 1958 to the Essie Ward and the Late Johnnie Lee Ward, Sr. She departed this earthly life on November 2, 2017 at Choctaw General Hospital in Butler. She was preceded in death by her father, Johnnie Lee Ward, Sr.; father-in-law, Howard Shields; mother-in-law, Anell Shields; and brother-in-law, Howard Shields.
Willie Mae was united in holy matrimony to Donald Shields of Lavaca, and to this union, two children were born.
She leaves to cherish her memories: a husband, Donald Shields, Sr.; two sons, Ricky Ward and Donald Shields, Jr.; one daughter, Salena Shields Stanton; her mother, Essie O. Ward; two brothers, Johnny L. Ward, Jr (one sister-in-law, Ada Ward) Jason (Angela) Ward; five brother-in-law; four sister-in-law; one granddaughter, Nevaeh Hampton; two grandsons, Trey Stanton, Kasshus Shields; a special friend, Annie Smith; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The Celebration of Life Services were rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler. To post condolences to the family, please log onto our website at

Hannah Mae Roland Spencer
Mrs. Hannah Mae Roland Spencer of Tuscaloosa, on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Visitation was Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 2-5 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service.
Home going celebration was Monday, November 13, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Church, 3501 Stillman Blvd., Tuscaloosa. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service.
Internment was Monday, November 13, 2017, at Cedar Oak Memorial Cemetery, 1401 Mimosa Park Road in Tuscaloosa.
Rev. Jerry A. Seay is the Pastor of Saint Paul Baptist Church. Rev. Willie Coley, Pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Foster will provide the Eulogy. Lavenders Funeral Service, Aliceville,, in charge of arrangements.

Beulah Dalton Rushing Upchurch
Beulah Dalton Rushing Upchurch, 91, of Tuscaloosa, died November 12, 2017. Graveside services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Memory Hill Gardens with Rev. John Killingsworth officiating and Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation was November 14, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Upchurch and daughter, Judy Hanson.
Survivors include her daughters, Jeanie Gray (Grant) and Jan Brown (Andrew); son, Claude “Butch” Reynolds (Olga); nieces and nephews, James Rushing, Paula Thompson, Gayle Pierce and Paul Pierce; grandchildren, Julie Gray, Cindy Hart, Jason Gray, Lauren McFarland, Jonathan Reynolds, David Smith, Sean Smith, Shane Scarbrough, Dusty Scarbrough and Thomas Bolton; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was a longtime resident of Tuscaloosa, retired from the Tuscaloosa VA Hospital and then moved to Orange Beach, Ala. where she lived until three years ago.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of West Alabama.