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Fannie Mae Chiles
Ms. Fannie Mae Chiles, 82, of Carrollton, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Northport Medical Center, Northport. Visitation was Saturday, August 8, 2020, from 3-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service.​ The home going celebration and interment was Sunday, August 9, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Mount Sinai Cemetery, 663 Franconia Rd., Carrollton. Rev. James Bush, pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Carrollton, will be the eulogist. The body will not be viewed at the cemetery. ALL ATTENDEES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Chiles and Colvin families.
Brenda Hicks
Graveside services for Brenda Hicks was noon Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Hopewell P. B. Church Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, August 7, 2020 at the Mortuary. Smith’s Mortuary, Boligee directing.
Ethel Mae Johnson
Service for Ethel Mae Johnson, 90, was recently held at Whitestone Missionary Baptist Church in Mobile, with Pastor Albert Jackson, officiating. Ethel Mae was born December 3, 1929 in Riderwood to the late O. V. Jackson and Penella Bell. She departed this life at Choctaw Health and Rehab, Butler.
She was preceded in death by her parents; former husbands William Bradley, Johnnie Mae Hall, Anthony Johnson; daughter Helen Hall; grandson Randall Lloyd; and sisters Shirley Jean James, Jacqueline Irby, Josephine Bell, Bridgette Bell.
Ethel Mae leaves to cherish her memories: daughters Willie Mae (William) Lloyd of Miami, Fla., Marguerite Smith of Butler; siblings Shirley Robinson, Doretha (Don) Pears, Herman Jackson, Hymen (Wilma) Jackson, Rosa Lee Rodgers, Pastor Albert (Verna) Jackson, all of Mobile, Richard Bell of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren Stacy (Patrick) White of Silas, Robert Smith of Detroit, Mich., William Lloyd, Jr., Roman Lloyd, Brandon Lloyd, Tangier Lloyd, Gabriel Lloyd, Vandell Lloyd, all of Miami, Fla.; six great grandchildren; eleven great-great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends (2 devoted) Willie C. Horn of Pushmataha, Essie Duff of Butler.
The celebration of life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home, Butler.
Martha “Janie” Perry Johnson
Martha “Janie” Perry Johnson, 82, of Butler passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Choctaw Health & Rehabilitation. She was born October 2, 1938, in Demopolis, Alabama to Frederick Perry and Evelyn Rossier Perry.
Survivors include her daughter Debbie McNeill of Butler; brother Joe Perry of Birmingham; sister Mary Perry of Butler; two grandchildren Kelli Smith and Jay McNeill; four great-grandchildren Brooke Smith, Lakin Stacey, Dawson McNeill, and Avery McNeill; and a host of nieces.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Visit to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.
Michael Mayhew
Mr. Michael Mayhew, 42, of Aliceville, passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Visitation will be Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 1-5 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The graveside home going celebration and internment will be Friday, August 14, 2020, at 11 a.m. in Bigbee Baptist Church Cemetery, 2988 Co. Rd. 78, Aliceville. There will be no viewing at the cemetery. Apostle Jeffrey Ball Sr., pastor of Spirit & Truth Pentecostal Church, Aliceville, will be the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Mayhew and Ball families.
Steven Morris Meador
A memorial service for Steven Morris Meador, 80, was held Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Christopher’s Chapel U. M. C. in Jachin, Ala. Rev. Alan Gantzhorn officiated. The family will have a private burial service at a later date. Visit to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.
Steven Morris Meador was born April 5, 1940 in Ararat and passed away at his residence in Fairhope, surrounded by his family on August 9, 2020. Morris graduated from Choctaw County High School in 1958 with an outstanding high school athletic career in football as well as baseball and basketball. After graduation he attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss., and played on some of the most outstanding teams in Southern Miss history, including his freshman year in 1958 when he helped the USM Golden Eagles win the UPI College Division Championship. Morris was inducted into the M-Club Alumni Association Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Southern Mississippi on April, 26, 1980. After college, Morris signed with the AFL Denver Broncos and after a season, returned to USM as a coach. In 1963 he entered the U. S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Hood in Killeen Texas in the 1st Armored Division’s 501st Administration Co. While in the army, Morris was appointed head coach of the base football team, the Tankers, and also served as the base postmaster. He was honorably discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant. Following his military career, Morris returned to Jachin with his wife of 62 years, Cynthia Lanier Meador, and worked with family at Lanier Hereford Farm and also Jachin Lumber Company where he served as president.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Lanier Meador, Fairhope; three children, son Steven Lanier Meador Sr., Jachin, daughter Cindy Meador Gafford, Fairhope, and son Lyle Lindsey Meador, Jachin; five grandchildren Steven Lanier Meador, Jr., Wesley Smith Meador, Sr., Mary Margaret Meador Barkley, Helen Caroline Meador and Zeb Gafford; two great-grandchildren Wesley Smith Meador, Jr. and Miller Alan Meador.
He was preceded in death by his parents Henry Smith Meador and Cora Lucas Meador; siblings Alva Benjamin Meador, Louise Cruit, Rosebelle Bush, Mary Alice Wainwright (T-Baby), Margarette Moody, Eloise Land, Tommy Sue Cogle, Gaston Callis, Clifford Callis, David Callis and James Henry (Jimmy) Meador.
Pallbearers: Wesley Meador, Zeb Gafford, Paul Gafford, Alex Deshotel, Austin Barkley, Richard Holladay, W.T. Clark, and Matt McDaniel. Honorary Pallbearers: Johnny Lanier, Jimmy Allen, Ben Calhoun, Pete Douglas, Jimmy Havard, and Edgar A. Garcia. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christopher Chapel UMC c/o Jean Allen 1717 Linder Rd. Butler, AL 36904, or to Christopher Chapel Cemetery Assoc. c/o Lyle L. Meador 1708 County Road 32 Jachin, AL 36910.
James Dean Sanford
Mr. James Dean Sanford, age 84, of Northport, formerly of Fayette, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Northport Medical Center. Funeral services were held Monday, August 3, 2020, at 11 a.m. from Magnolia North Chapel. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Park. The family received friends from 10-11 a.m. from Magnolia North Chapel. Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette, Ala. directed.
Survivors include his wife Jeraldine “Jerri” Sanford; sons Gary Sanford (Erica) and Mike Sanford (Tom); daughters Pam Sanford and Kim Kliner; brothers Bill, LeRoy and Larry Sanford; six grandchildren Dusty Sanford (Kaylanne), Ashley Lee (Mark), Casey Hodges (Baker), Caylin, Gabriella and Cameron; five great-grandchildren Conner, Lucy, Izzy, JD, and River.
Samantha Simmons
Graveside services for Samantha Simmons was 1 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Bethlehem P. B. Church Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, August 7, 2020 at the mortuary. Smith’s Mortuary, Boligee directing.
William Henry Whitted “Sonny”
Graveside service for William Henry Whitted, 59, will be held Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Butler Chapel A. M. E. Zion Church with Elder Cecil Hopkins officiating. William Henry, affectionately called Sonny, was born on November 6, 1960 to the late Johnny Elmore and Mary Alice Whitted in Butler. Sonny departed this life at Handover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N. C., on July 29, 2020.
He was preceded in death by both parents Johnny Elmore and Mary Alice Whitted, and brother Dale Devon Whitted.
Sonny is survived by: five sisters Callie Mae Johnson, Huntsville, Cynthia (Foster) Nelson, Meridian, Miss., Debbie Sue (Burnett) Singleton, Hazertown, M. D., Annie (Clinton) Smith, Butler, Linda Whitted, Wilmington, N. C.; two brothers Johnny Whitted, Jr., Huntsville, Marvin Whitted, Montgomery; a fiancé Melody King, Wilmington, N. C.; a special childhood friend James Luden, Butler; a special niece Lynda Kimbrough, Ft. Worth, Texas; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The celebration of life service will be rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home, Butler.