Lula Lee Watts
Services for Lula Lee Watts, 93, were Thursday at K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center Chapel with Pastor Michael Stripling and Rev. Andrew Hill officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Mrs. Watts died Dec. 31 at Jacksonville Medical Center.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, (Elsie) Fay and Michael Stripling of The Woodlands, Texas; a granddaughter, Michelle Hill, and her husband, Andrew, of Spring, Texas; a grandson, Michael Jay Stripling Jr., and his fiance’ Angela King of The Woodlands, and expected twin great-grandchildren, Graham Michael and Abigail Grace Hill, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Gene Padgham, Wayne Cox, Sidney Cox, Jessie Bonds, Ralph McKerley, Billy McKerley, William G. Barnes and Ed McGlon. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of The Meadows.
Mrs. Watts was a native and lifelong resident of Calhoun County and had lived at The Meadows for years. She was a longtime attendee of West Side Baptist Church.
She worked at Union Yarn Mill and the Jacksonville State University cafeteria. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle W. Watts; her parents, John Ira and Melinda McKerley; three sisters, Annie Parris, Martha Dobbs and Mandy Bonds and three brothers, William, George and Newton McKerley.
Army Sgt. 1st Class (ret.) Ralph J. Pittman, Sr.
Graveside services for Army Sgt. 1st Class (ret.) Ralph J. Pittman Sr., 84, were at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rabbittown Baptist Cemetery with Rev. Edward Smith officiating and full military honors. K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Pittman died Dec. 29 at Jacksonville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Ellen Biddy Pittman of Jacksonville; a daughter, Jody Pittman of Battle Creek, Mich.; two sons, Ralph J. “Joe” Pittman of Jacksonville and Olen Wayne Stewart of Largo, Fla.; two sisters, Florence Patrick of College Park, Ga., and Thelma Dempsey of Union City, Ga.; two grandchildren, Renee Cox and Olen Wayne Stewart Jr.; two great-grandchildren, seven nieces and four nephews.
Pallbearers were military.
Mr. Pittman was a native of Fulton County, Ga., and had lived in Calhoun County more than 25 years. He was a Baptist, an Army veteran of World War II and Korea and was retired from the Army after 21 years of service.
Ollie Thomas Fitzpatrick
Graveside services for longtime Jacksonville resident Ollie Thomas Fitzpatrick, 87, of Arab, were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest Cemetery, with Rev. Truman Norred officiating. Thompson Funeral Home was in charge.
Mr. Fitzpatrick died Saturday at Marshall Medical Center North.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Garry Prince of Arlington, Texas, and Shirley and Mac DeVine of Brandon, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Nancy Fitzpatrick of Arab; a brother, Rufus Fitzpatrick of Piedmont; seven grandchildren, Garry Prince, Greg Prince, Melanie Darmer, Charles DeVine, Cynthia DeVine, Thomas Fitzpatrick and Jessica Fitzpatrick; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were great-grandsons.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was a Georgia native and had been a resident of Calhoun County for most of his life. He was retired from the Army and Anniston Army Depot.
He was a World War II veteran and a member of West Side Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Erma Howard Fitzpatrick.
Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.
James P. Clark
Services for James P. Clark, 78, were at 2 p.m. Friday at K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel with Rev. James Cohorn and Rev. Van Lockridge officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Mr. Clark died Jan. 1 at Jacksonville Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Nellie B. Fagan Clark of Jacksonville; a sister, Lila Mae Holley of Saks; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bill Broughton, Dewayne Broughton, Wendell Wilson, Brent Dempsey, Lowell Wood and Alvin Wood.
Mr. Clark was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was retired from Anniston Army Depot and was a farmer.
David Leon Craven
Services for David Leon Craven, 62, of Thomaston, Ga., were at 4 p.m. Saturday at Elkins Creek Baptist Church, with Revs. Don Coogler, Steve Craven and Wesley Hunt officiating. Burial was at Elkins Creek Baptist Church in Molena, Ga. Mr. Craven died Thursday at Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Fuller Craven of Thomaston; a daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Chris Bell of Woodland, Ga.; a son, Ashley Craven of Atlanta; three sisters, Sybil Hale and Yvonne Thompson, both of Thomaston and Dorothy Hall of Jacksonville; three brothers, W. C. Craven, Buford Craven and Snookie Craven, all of Thomaston; and two granddaughters, Mandy Bell of Woodland and Christen Bell of Griffin, Ga.
Mr. Craven was born in Upton County (Ga.) and lived there all of his life. He was a member of Elkins Creek Baptist Church, was retired from the City of Thomaston Electrical Department and had worked in construction for many years. He served in the U. S. Army in the early 1960s.
Lt. Col. (ret.) George E. "Gene" Wood
Lt. Col. (ret.) George E. “Gene” Wood, 78, a longtime resident of Jacksonville, died Thurs-day at the Jacksonville Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services were Sunday at K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center Chapel. Burial was at the City Cemetery with full military honors. Rev. Bert Breland of the First Baptist Church officiated.
Col. Wood was born and reared in Roanoke, the son of John and Lola Wood.
He graduated from Handley High School in 1943 and joined the U.S. Army shortly thereafter.
He served in Europe during World War II. After his three-year enlistment ended, he attended Jacksonville State Teachers College on the G.I. Bill, receiving his bachelor’s degree in secondary education/physical education in 1949. He was a member of the undefeated/untied Gamecock football team of 1947.
Col. Wood rejoined the Army in 1950 and served until 1971, retiring with 28 years of accumulated service. During his second stint in the military, he was stationed in Korea, Japan, Germany, France, Vietnam (twice), as well as various Army bases in the United States.
He received 21 medals/commendations (including the Legion of Merit, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Master Parachutists Badge) and nine overseas bars.
After retiring from the Army, Col. Wood became a probation/parole officer for the state. In 1977, he was named Supervisor of the Year by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles and in 1979 received the Fred Bryant Award from the Alabama Council on Crime and Delinquency. He retired in 1986 after 15 years of service.
In addition to his bachelor’s degree, he earned a master’s degree in personnel counseling in 1974 and an MPA with a concentration in criminal justice in 1975, both from Jacksonville State University. He was a lifetime member of the JSU Alumni Association. In 1992, he was named JSU Alumnus of the Year.
After retiring as a probation/parole officer, he was able to spend more time in service to the community.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the First United Methodist Church, the Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Alabama Peace Officers Association, the Fraternal Order of Police (Lodge No. 36), F&AM of Alabama (Lodge No. 443), Scottish Rite Freemason (32nd degree), Zamora Temple (Birmingham), and the Vulcan Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association.
Col. Wood is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sara Sutley Wood of Jacksonville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Carol Wood of Jacksonville and Randy and Gayle Wood of Calhoun County; a sister, Lee Talley of Roanoke; and several generations of nieces and nephews.
The family encourages donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, National Pro-cessing Center, P.O. Box 64421, St. Paul, Minn., 55164.