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Ruby Lee Barton
Ms. Ruby Lee Barton of Forkland entered into eternal rest January 23, 2023, at Whitfield Regional Hospital Demopolis. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 11 a.m. from First United Baptist Church Forkland, Alabama. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, February 3, 2023, from 1-4 p.m. at the funeral home. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.
Latesha Brookshire
Sweetwater-Service for Latesha Renee Brookshire, 51, was held Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 11 a.m. at New Mt. Mariah Missionary Baptist Church, Sweetwater, with Rev. Chris Smith officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Latesha Renee Lee-Brookshire was born July 12, 1971, to Barbara Chaney and Eddie Jones in Choctaw County. She departed this earthly life on January 21, 2023. Latesha accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age. She was a woman of faith. She was a 1990 graduate of Choctaw County High School. Latesha was united in holy matrimony to the love of her life, Leroy Brookshire, on July 12, 2016. She enjoyed taking trips with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren, friends, and family. She also loved caring for others. For many years, she worked as a mental health technician until her health began to fail.
She leaves fond memories to be cherished by her husband, Leroy Brookshire; her mother, Barbara Chaney; two daughters, Cerria Holley and Terriana Pritchett; one step-daughter, Jasmine Brookshire; one stepson, Antonio Mosley; five grandchildren, Chase Pritchett, Cailyn Crowell, Ja’kayla Holley, Jaiden Holley, and Jersei Williams; three sisters, Joann Mitchell, Missy Jones, and Lillie Larkin; four brothers, Anthony Lee, Tony Graham, Douglas Chaney and Eric Chaney; a sister-in-law, Katie Pabon; and a brother-in-law, Alonzo Jones; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. The celebration of life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.
Linda Chaney
Ms. Linda Chaney of Demopolis entered into eternal rest January 25, 2023, at her residence. Graveside services will be held Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 2 p.m. from Scott Memorial Cemetery Jefferson, Alabama. Visitation will be held Friday, February 3, 2023, from 1-4 p.m at the funeral home. No viewing will be held at the grave site. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.
Henry Clay Graves, Jr.
Henry Clay Graves, Jr., 75, of Demopolis went to his eternal home on January 26, 2023. He was born on August 29, 1947, in Selma to Henry Clay Graves, Sr., and Millard “Millie” Morgan Graves. He was a veteran and the Vice President of Operations of Crumbley Paper and Food Service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Nancy Graves Jackson.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Breck Stanfield Graves; his daughters: Lanier Graves Sammons (Doug), and Katherine Graves Newell Shannon); his sons: James Stanfield Graves (Virginia), and John Breckenridge Graves; and his brother, Samuel Patton Hand Graves (Ann). He is also survived by five grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at FIrst Methodist Church of Demopolis. Funeral service was at 2 p.m., also in the church with Rev Bill Elwell officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes, Demopolis Chapel directing. Graveside service followed at Riverside Cemetery in Demopolis.
Pallbearers were: Louis Crumbley, Mike Grayson, Woodie Dinning, Jr., Woody Collins, Tom Culpepper, and Shannon Newell. Honorary pallbearers are: Former employees of Graves Company, and the employees of Crumbley Paper and Foodservice. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
Dia D. Green
Mrs. Dia D. Green of Forkland entered into eternal rest January 23, 2023, at her residence. Funeral services for Mrs. Dia D. Green were held Monday, January 30, 2023, at noon from Larkin and Scott Funeral Home Chapel, 510 E. Jefferson St., Demopolis. Interment will follow in Miles Green Memorial Gardens, Forkland. Visitation was held Sunday, January 29, 2023, at the funeral home. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.
Sgt. James Gunter
Funeral services for Sgt. James Gunter of Gallion was held on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Gilfield Baptist Church, 1900 Co. Rd. 1, Gallion. Pastor James R. Murdock officiated services. Burial  followed in Sarah Christian Cemetery on Hwy. 25 N., Greensboro. He lay in state 1 hour prior to the start of services. Public viewing was held on Friday, January 27, 2023, at Washington & Paige Mortuary.
James Evans Gunter (affectionately as Mane) was born on April 27, 1953, to Mr. and Mrs. Hames and Sarah Gunter in Columbus, Miss., He entered into eternal rest on January 18, 2023, at his home in Gallion.
James confessed faith at an early age at the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa. He later became a member of the Historic Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Allenville where he served as a faithful deacon until death. He was educated in the Tuscaloosa City Schools System where he graduated Druid High School “Dragons,” Class of 1971. He furthered his education at C. A. Fredd State Technical College where he graduated with a certification in automotive mechanics. He joined the Friendship Masonic Lodge #228 of Greensboro, and Abraham Lodge #257 of Demopolis where he reached the rank of Worshipful Master. Moreover, he was a proud active member of several community based organizations including, but not limited to: Disabled Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gallion Volunteer Fire Dept. and Sunshine High School Booster Club. Aside from his family, James’ greatest devotion was his service to the state of Alabama and our nation. James proudly accepted his state and nation’s call in 1977, when he enlisted in the United States Army National Guard. He was a service member of the 1166th Military Police Company in Greensboro, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. Through his 26 years of service, Sgt. Gunter served in the following tours: Panama, Honduras, Ecuador, Germany, 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and responding to several national disasters across the state of Alabama. Lastly, Sgt. Gunter proudly provided over 20 years of security service to several University of Alabama sporting events.
James is preceded in death by his father James Earl Gunter; his loving wife Rachel O’Neal Rollins Gunter of four years until her passing in 2021; his loving wife Mary Ann Teacher-Gunter of 20 years until her passing in 2003; one son James (Bushrod) Gunter, Jr.; one sister Amanda Gunter-Linton.
James loving legacy will continue in the hearts of his devoted mother Sarah Gunter of Boligee; his four sons Christopher Teacher of Demopolis, Eric (Edsel) Gunter of Culver City, Calif., Maurice and Henry James Gunter of Gallion; one son in love Melvin (Yvonne) Rollins of Greensboro; four daughters in love Jequlia Rollins and Clemetrus (Edtwan) Rollins-McCalpine both of Greensboro, Latoya (Tom) Rillins-Jones of Endersonville, Tenn., Donetta Rollins Lindsay of Portland, Tenn.; one brother Maurice (Valarie Gunter of McCalla; five sisters Jesse Ann Koonce (predeceased Melchie) of Columbus, Miss., Judith Gunter and Bernice (James) Ludvig of Birmingham, Sara Simpson of Boligee, Emma Gunter of Huntsville; three sisters in love Evelyna Gray of Reisterstown, M. D., Bettie Rollins and Lucy Rollins of Greensboro, three brothers in love Willie Teacher (Lula) Greensboro and Donald Rollins of Greensboro, Charlie Robinson of Gallion, 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Daisy Mae “GG” Gurley
It is with deepest sorrow Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mrs. Daisy Mae Gurley, 87, of Aliceville on Sunday January 23, 2023, at her residence. Visitation was Friday, January 27, 2023, at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration was Saturday, January 28, 2023, 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 601 Baptist Line Rd., Aliceville. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment was in New Cemetery, 196 Valley View Rd., Aliceville. Rev. Timothy L. Martin, Sr., is the pastor of First Baptist Church. Rev. Terrence E. Windham, pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Columbus, Miss., was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing. Survivors are the Gurley, Clark, Ingram, Miller, and Simmons families.
Michael Hibbler
Graveside services for Michael Hibbler of Eutaw were 11 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Spring Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Gainesville. Visitation was Friday, January 27, 2023, at the mortuary. Smith’s Mortuary, Boligee, directing. The management and staff at Smith’s Mortuary offer our heartfelt and sincere sympathy to the entire family.
Mary Julia Jones
Mrs. Mary Julia Jones, 87, of Livingston, passed January 17, 2023, in Gadsden. Graveside services were held on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. at Johnson Baptist Church Cemetery, Livingston. Rev. Samuel Harris officiated. Visitation was held on Friday, January 27, 2023, at the funeral home. Hardaway Funeral Services, hardawayfuneralservices.com.
Robert C. Ruffin
Butler-Funeral Service for Robert C. Ruffin, 76, was held January 21, 2023, at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home in Butler. Interment followed in the Gilfield Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Robert Ruffin, known as “Lil Robert,” was born on July 10, 1946, to the late John A. and Eva May Ruffin. He passed away on January 13, 2023, at Choctaw Health and Rehab in Butler. Mr. Ruffin is truly missed and loved by family and friends. The celebration of life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.
Shirley Christine Todd
Mrs. Shirley Christine Todd of Gallion entered into eternal rest January 29, 2023, at her residence. Memorial services for Ms. Shirley Christine Todd are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.
Todd was born March 14, 1934, to Leo and Luella Struble in Alliance, N. E. She was the fifth child of six. Shirley is preceded by her loving husband of 59 years Lester Richard, and her second born child Richard Dennis.
She is survived by sisters Donna Jean Vallejo, Flora Francine Scott; children Sheryl Christine How Debra Diane Dunavent, Mark Anthony Todd, Patricia Rae Hoven and Theresa Annette Weekley; 15 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. Always and forever in our hearts. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.
Olin Colby Stapp
Olin Colby Stapp, 79, of Buhl went to be with our Lord and Savior on January 24, 2023. His family received friends at New Hope Baptist Church on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 1 p.m. with a celebration service following at 2 p.m. The Pastors Jimmy Garner and Mike Trull officiated the service.
Affectionately known as “OC” and “Big O,” he was born on October 4, 1943, in Eutaw. He was a proud veteran of the Army National Guard Reserve. He graduated from Shades Valley High School and the University of Alabama, where he obtained a degree in Criminal Justice. He loved his country, all sports, hunting, and fishing. He also loved “pidlin” on his farm, his dogs, feeding his deer and turkeys, and visiting on his porch with family and friends. He worked at Paul’s Sporting Goods and was a retiree from B.F. Goodrich and the Tuscaloosa County Road and Bridge division, where he made many lifelong friends. He was a special, loving dad and ‘Pee Paw’ to his family, and a good friend to those who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Laurien and Rachael Malone Stapp; and a nephew, Tyler.
He is survived by his children, Jason Stapp (Julie), Matt Stapp, Rachael Hunter (Jason), and Rebecca Stapp; his grandchildren, Kylee Stapp Medders (Deacon), John Colby Stapp, Hannah Stapp, Morgan Stapp, Lawson Powell, Fisher Deason, and Brantley Harper; his great-granddaughters, Tinleigh Stapp and Arabella Herren; his brothers, Laurien “Gooby” Stapp (Ann), Bennett Stapp (Mecia); special nieces, (Leslie, Alison, and Blair); one nephew (Neal), and numerous beloved cousins. Honorary gifts and donations can be made in memory of Olin to his church, New Hope Baptist, or the Romulus Volunteer Fire Department.
Mary L. Swanzy
Graveside services for Mrs. Mary L. Swanzy of Newbern were held on Monday, January 30, 2023, at 10 a.m. in Newbern Cemetery on Hwy. 61 S. Pastor Drake officiated services. Washington & Paige Mortuary directing.
Dorothy Nell “Dot” Washington
Dorothy Nell “Dot” Washington departed this life on Monday, January 23, 2023, at Druid City Hospital. A veteran of the U. S. Air Force, she was a proud Druid Dragon Class of 1966.
She was preceded in death by: her father, Dee Washington; mother, Mattie Nesby Washington; sisters Margaret Green, Linda Smith, Clementine Merriweather, and Debbie Jemison-Kelley; brothers David Earl Washington and Charles Washington.
She leaves to mourn sisters: Elsie Chavers of Gary, Ind, Eloise Buckhanon of Tuscaloosa, Willa Hart (Keith) of Mobile, and Persie Lee Jones of Matteson, Ill.; brother Larry Washington of Atlanta, Ga.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends who miss her. Visitation was held at Van House & Steele on Friday, January 27, 2023. Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 12 p.m. at Plum Grove Baptist Church.
Karter Elijah Wilson
Karter Elijah Wilson, 9 months, of Demopolis, infant son of Cordarrin LiQuinn and Kimberly Gooden Wilson, was born March 27, 2022, in Tuscaloosa. This precious angel peacefully transitioned January 24, 2023, surrounded by loving family at Whitfield Regional Hospital, Demopolis. Life celebration service was Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 254 McConnell St., York, with Rev. Edmond Bell, pastor of Shiloh Zion Baptist Church, Boyd, delivering words of comfort and consolation. Rev. Jonathan Byrd is church pastor. Interment followed in Morning Star Cemetery, Cuba. Visitation for family and friends was Friday, January 27, 2023, in the Weatherly Chapel. On Saturday, the processional lefts for the church from Weatherly Funeral Home at 1:40 p.m. To the entire Wilson/ Gooden 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 most profound sorrow.
Hattie Lee Young
Ms. Hattie Lee Young, 63, of Collinsville, Miss., passed recently at her home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 1 p.m. at Truevine Baptist Church, York. Bishop Willie Davis will officiate with burial in Cagus Cemetery, Cuba, Ala. Ms. Young’s body will lie in state at the church from noon until the service hour. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday, February 3, 2023, from 4-8 p.m. Hardaway Funeral Services, www.hardawayfuneralservices.com, directing.