Obituaries

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Willie C. “Bunt” Cunningham
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mr. Willie C. “Bunt” Cunningham, 87, of Emelle on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home, Aliceville. The memorial home going celebration will be Saturday, March 2, 2024, 11 a.m. in the James & Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel of Lavender’s Funeral Service, 11233 Hwy. 17 S., Aliceville. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, LavendersFuneralService.com, directing. Survivors are the Cunningham family .
Eddie Lee Jones
Mr. Eddie Lee Jones, 55, passed recently in Livingston. Funeral service was held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church, York. Rev. Tyrone Thomas officiated with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Jones’ body lay in state at the church from 10 a.m. until the service hour. Visitation was at the funeral home on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 2-6 p.m. Hardaway Funeral Services, hardawayfuneralservices.com, directing.
James Alan “Big Daddy” Lawler
James Alan Lawler passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, from complications related to cancer. He was 72 years old.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Thomas Lawler; mother, Mary Alyce Hamby Lawler; brother, Simpson Hamby Lawler; and brother-in-law, Billy Sheffield. He is survived by his sister, Alyce Lawler Sheffield; brother, Tommy Lawler (Jeanell); sister-in-law, Karen Lawler; nephew, Jimmy Lawler (Anne Marie); nieces, Virginia Sheffield Jeffers (Keith); and Jessica Etheridge. Also, great nephews, Jim Lawler, James, John, and Owen Jeffers, Aiden and Ethan Etheridge; and his great niece, Lizzie Lawler.
Best known for his promoting the area’s outdoor recreation, flora, fauna, and always willing to air his love of the Black Belt through his social media venues and podcasts, he was a true icon.
If you knew Jamsey, lovingly known as “Big Daddy”, you were his friend. He was the most unselfish person you will ever meet, sometimes to a fault. He will be missed by his thousands of friends and family, but his outdoor legacy will be remembered forever by the huge footprint he leaves behind.
Big Daddy entered the workforce after graduating high school in 1969. He remained close friends with his classmates and fellow band members for life. He had many bars and clubs in his early business years where he encountered a kaleidoscope of personalities who he remained in contact with his whole life. Some became prominent business people, politicians, musicians, and more. That’s all that needs to be said about that.
In 1978, he began his outdoor adventure when he bought his first bait shop on the by-pass in Camden. A charter member of the first bass club in Camden, he transitioned to his true love of crappie fishing and eventually became one of the best at it. He joined Lawler Timber Company in 1992, where he remained until his death. Big Daddy blossomed as an outdoor celebrity and social media mogul always quick to support his friends with a common interest and there were many. Big Daddy was one of a kind. His love for Camden, its potential and especially the small spot of the earth known as Grampian Hills was unmatched.
He will be cremated as per his request. We will let everyone know what is to follow. Thank you to his many friends, he appreciated you all.
Johnny James McMullen, Jr.
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mr. Johnny James McMullen, Jr., 34, of Radcliff, Ken., on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at U of L Health Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky. The home going celebration was Saturday, February 24, 2024, noon at Macedonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church In America, Aliceville. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the Ridge Cemetery in Greene County. Rev. Willie G. Fulgham, pastor of Macedonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church In American was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, LavendersFuneralService.com, directing. Survivors are the McMullen family.
Henry Clifford “Pro” Spencer
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Henry Clifford “Pro” Spencer, 81, of Gordo on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at UAB Medical West, Bessemer. Visitation will be Friday, March 1, 2024 from 3-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration will be Saturday, March 2, 2024, 1 p.m. at New Home Baptist Church, 412 First Ave. W., Gordo. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Sandhill Cemetery, 5622 Reform-Gordo Rd., Gordo. Rev. C. Wayne Davis is the pastor of New Home Baptist Church. Min. Carl D. Wells, Sr., will be the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, LavendersFuneralService.com, directing. Survivors are the Spencer family.
Thomas Morrison Tartt, III
Beware as you pass me by
After saying goodbye to family, Thomas Morrison Tartt, III, left this world as gracefully as he lived. Surrounded by family, he said goodbye and returned home. Tom simply retired after beating cancer on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis.
As you are now, so once was I.
Tom was born on April 16, 1954, in Meridian, Mississippi to Ted and Orlean. He already had one big sister waiting, Chris, and came into this world, nearly simultaneously, with a second, Jess. Tom grew up in Livingston, Alabama, living in the same family home from cradle to grave.
After graduating from Sumter Academy in 1972, he stayed in town and studied (“a little”) at Livingston University (now UWA). Tom operated several businesses throughout the years, including a shoe store, the Study Hall (Brass Monkey), and a logistics company and most notably, a small hardware store downtown, the A&T Store. At 22, he was elected to the city council. Four years later, in 1980, he was elected Mayor of Livingston. He is still and always will be Livingston’s Mayor.
His first son, Clayton Rushing Tartt, was born a few months prior to Tom’s first mayoral election. His middle name was given in honor of Tom’s mentor and friend from the A&T store, Mr. Raymond Rushing. Tom’s second son, Thomas Hester Tartt, joined the family a couple of years later. Tom called him Hester to honor his recently departed cousin Hester Land, and Tom’s mother’s family name.
Shortly after his winning first re-election in 1984, Tom married the love of his life, Dorothy Todoroff Tartt, and became father to Brandi Partridge.
After several more terms as mayor, Tom returned to his alma mater and began serving UWA as the Director of Government and Community Affairs. He connected the two institutions that meant the most to him and his community: UWA and the City of Livingston; Town and Gown.
As I am now, soon, you too, must be.
Tom not only never met a stranger, he never met anyone who didn’t become a friend. He approached life always carrying that big smile, sharp wit, and love so unconditional that it could be felt by the darkest of hearts. He never forgot a name, and recalled events that occurred long before he was born.
Tom was storyteller. For those lucky enough to know him, he always had a story for them. Rarely was it a story heard before it left his lips. Though the “facts” supporting some tales may have been less than completely accurate, the pictures he painted were always riveting, entertaining, and unforgettable.
Tom was a big soul in a little town. He was the center of the universe for his family and community. Everyone revolved around his bright star, drawn in close by his unrelenting kindness, never knowing the vast darkness of that universe, until now.
He is survived by his three children, and their spouses Garland, Lulu, and Sonya; and his twin sister, Jess Tartt Persons, as well as seven grandchildren: Danielle Partridge; Scot Partridge; Kohl Bailey; Cullen Bailey; Jordyn Bailey; Chance Dees-Tartt; Bryce Tartt; Walker Tartt; Reese Tartt; and six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; parents, Ted and Orlean; and his sister, Chris Tartt Doggett.
Prepare for death and follow me.
An informal celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from noon until 3:00 p.m. at the Bored Well. Visitation will follow at Livingston First Baptist Church from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Livingston First Baptist Church with Rev. Thomas Flecher and Rev. Jack White officiating. Burial will follow in the Myrtlewood Cemetery.
Pallbearers include James “Bird” Dial, Wayne Springfield, Temple Ennis, Gary Busby, Bob Holycross, and Thomas “Puddin” McDaniel.
Honorary Pallbearers include Seth Persons, Damian Doggett, Ted Doggett, Walker Smith, and Lee Hester.
There is now and forever will be a tremendous and insurmountable hole where Tom Tartt once stood. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements entrusted to Bumpers Funeral Home of York.
Charles Woods
Eutaw – Graveside services for Charles Woods were 1 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Pippen Place Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, February 23, 2024, at the Mortuary. Smith’s Mortuary, Boligee, directing. The management and staff at Smith’s Mortuary offer our heartfelt and sincere sympathy.