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Alean Annie Bell
Sister Alean Annie Bell, 108, was born June 29, 1915, in Cuba to the union of the late Manus and Minerva Larkin Portis. She surrendered to the Will of God and peacefully transitioned May 16, 2024, at 12:55 p.m. at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation, York. Life celebration and service of remembrance is Friday morning, May 24, 2024 at 11 a.m. from Zion Hill Baptist Church, 5051 Kinterbish 10, Cuba. Rev. C. Wayne Davis, pastor, will deliver the eulogy offering words of comfort and consolation. Visitation for family and friends is scheduled Thursday evening, May 23, 2024, from 3-6 p.m. in the Weatherly Chapel. To each of you in the Bell/Portis family, we at Weatherly Funeral Home offer to you our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy and condolences. Our prayer continues to be that your abiding faith in God will lend to you a measure of comfort that will strengthen and sustain you during your time of sorrow.
Fred Blakley, Sr.
Funeral Services for Fred Blakley, Sr., 86, of Lisman, were held Saturday, May 18, 2024, 11 a.m. at Gilfield Missionary Baptist Church, Lisman, with Rev. Clarence Gary officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Mr. Fred Blakley, Sr., was born August 14, 1937, to the late Pink and Alice Ruffin Blakley in Butler. He gained his heavenly wings on the night of May 13, 2024. at Ochsner Choctaw Hospital, Butler. Fred graduated from Lisman Training School in 1956, and was activated into the Army Reserve in 1961, in the Engineering unit for the Berlin Crisis. He served six years in the army before being honorably discharged. He was married to the late Irene Ruffin Blakley and to this union two children were born, Fred Blakley, Jr., and Patrick Blakley, Sr. Fred leaves to cherish his memories: his sons Frederick (Geraldine) Rackley, Patrick Blakley, Sr., both of Lisman; brothers Willie (Willie Ruth) Blakley, Pink (Gwendolyn) Blakley, Jr., Horace (Minnie) Blakley, Sr., George (Arlene) Blakley; three sisters Jean (James) Ridgeway, Charlesdean Curtis-Tanks, Mary (Jeremiah) Edwards, all of Lisman; in-laws Doris Ruffin, Rodie (Edith) Ruffin, Rose (Ernest, Sr.) Ross, James Ruffin; two grandsons Frederick (Brittany) Rackley, Jr. , Patrick Blakley, Sr.; two granddaughters Jennifer (Terry) Smith, Sandra Rackley; thirteen great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by: his wife Irene Ruffin Blakley; son Fred Blakley, Jr.; grandson JaMarcus Blakley; three brothers Dan Ray, Bennie Blakley, Daniel Blakley; one sister, Sally Cook; in-laws Fred and Lucille Ruffin, Sr; Fred Ruffin, Jr., Lula Faye Ruffin. The celebration of life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.
Estelle T. Boyd
Mrs. Estelle T. Boyd, 100, of Cottondale passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. A funeral service was held Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 3-3:30 p.m. at Memory Chapel Funeral Home, 2200 Skyland Blvd East, Tuscaloosa, followed by a visitation. Memory Chapel Funeral Home & Memory Hill Gardens directed.
Jewell Francis Farris
Jewell Francis Farris, 96, of Aliceville went to her heavenly home on May 16, 2024. She was born on September 5, 1927, in Red Rock. She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Farris; daughter, Judy Farris; son Ronnie Farris. She is survived by sons, Wayne Farris (Lea), Jerry Farris, Allan Farris, Randy Farris (Manny); daughters, Teresa Gibson (Kenny) and Lisa Bulad. She had twenty grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She was a wonderful loving mother. She was very talented in many things including quilting, sewing and cooking the best tasting foods. When she was well, she loved taking care of her beautiful flowers but most of all, she loved taking care of her family. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren and the entire Aliceville Manor Nursing Home staff.
A celebration of life was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Memory Chapel Funeral Home with pastor Jim Robinson officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Memory Chapel Funeral Home & Memory Hill Gardens directing. The family request in lieu of flowers to send donations to West End Baptist Church, Aliceville.
Caliyah D. Jackson
Ms. Caliyah D. Jackson of Forkland, entered into eternal rest May 17, 2024, at UAB Hospital, Birmingham. Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 12:30 p.m. from Little Zion Baptist Church, 3026 Co. Rd. 49, Boligee. Interment will follow in Freehope Cemetery, Boligee. Visitation will be held Friday, May 31, 2024, from 1-4 p.m. at the funeral home. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.
Eleanor Garth Threadgill
Ms. Eleanor Garth Threadgill, 76, of York passed May 12, 2024, at her home in York. Services were held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 18,2024, at First Baptist Church, Livingston. Rev. Thomas Davis officiated with burial in Livingston City Cemetery, Livingston. Her body lay in state at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service hour. Hardaway Funeral Services, hardawayfuneralservices.com, directing.
Alice Ruth Towner
Funeral Services for Alice Ruth Towner, 100, were held Monday, May 20, 2024, 11 a.m., at Butler Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Butler, with Rev. Kennith Jefferson presiding. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Alice Ruth Chaney Towner was born on May 11, 1924, in Butler to John Wesley and Eliza Chanie Chaney. She passed away on May 14, 2024, at Brookdale Nursing Home in Meridian, Miss. She was preceded in death by her parents; and many of her siblings. Alice Ruth graduated from Choctaw County Training School in 1945. While still in high school, she began her career in education instructing elementary students and after completing training she became an elementary school teacher in the Shady Grove community in Silas. She went on to study Elementary Education at Alabama State University. Upon graduation, she instructed elementary students for 34 years in the Choctaw County School System. Alice Ruth was an active and faithful servant of Butler Chapel A. M. E. Zion Church where she served as Deaconess, taught youth Sunday School, and led the youth Christian education programs. Alice Ruth was an officer in the A. M. E. Zion Christian Education Department; a devoted member of the Henrietta Chapter Order of Eastern Star #151 and their auxiliaries; served as a representative with the Alabama Democratic Conference; and served on many other civic/community organizations, receiving several awards and recognitions for her many years of tireless service. Alice Ruth was married to Augusta John Towner. They shared 49 years of marriage prior to his passing.
Alice Ruth leaves behind: two children Glenn Towner and Angelina Towner (Turner); a brother John Henry Chaney; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The celebration of life service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler.