Mildred Magnolia Kelley
Services for Mildred Magnolia Kelley, 90, of Jacksonville, formerly of Piedmont, were Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. at Mickelsen-McGee Brown-Service Funeral Home with the Rev. Elbert Deason officiating. Burial was in White’s Gap Cemetery.
Mrs. Kelley died Sept. 3 at Piedmont Health Care Center.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Betty Kelley of Jacksonville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Thelma and Clifford Maddox of Piedmont and Doris and Elbert Deason of North Carolina; a sister, Ellen Thomason of Anniston; a brother, James Penland of Piedmont; seven grandchildren, Dennis Deason, Dennise Powell, Leann Dickeson, Michelle Byers, Craig Kelley, Clayton Maddox and Charlene Deberry, 15 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Paul Byers, Doug Dickeson, Art Faulkner, David Stoneburner, Billy White and Ed Deberry. Honorary pallbearers were Pete Croft and Donald Nunnalley.
Mrs. Kelley was a lifelong resident of Piedmont and a member of White’s Gap Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. R. V. Kelley; her parents, John H. and Addie Lee Penland; and two daughters, Martha Ann Kelley and Willie Bell Kelley.
Donations can be made to Hospice of Northeast Alabama.
Robert Webb Freeman
Services for Robert Webb Freeman, 65, were Thursday at 11 a.m. at K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Crematory with the Rev. Ray Johnson officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Freeman died Sept. 3 at his home.
Survivors include his wife, Clara Faye Kiker Freeman of Jacksonville; two daughters, Charity Freeman Parris of Jacksonville and Freda Faye Freeman of Weaver; a son, Robert Webb Freeman Jr., of Warrior; two sisters, Geraldine Martin of Birmingham and Johnnie Francis Ford of Alexandria; three grandchildren, Jamie Wendall Parris, Ashley Faye Freeman and Coley Stevens; and five nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Austin Odom, Wayne Odom, Wayne Dunagan, Billy Crosson, Butch Cross, Larry Ford, Bruce Crosson and Gary Ford. Honorary pallbearers were Tim Webb and Michael Parris.
Mr. Freeman was a lifelong resident of Calhoun County and a member of the Telephone Pioneers. He was in the Marie Corps six years and had attended Fellowship Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry Freeman and Fannie Webb Freeman.
Donations can be made to the Jacksonville Rescue Squad, 506 Chinabee Ave., Jacksonville 36265; the American Cancer Society, 1100 Ireland Way, Birmingham 35205 or Children’s Hospital, 1600 Seventh Ave., S., Birmingham 35233.
Lt. Col. (ret.) Robert Craig Effinger Jr.
Full military honors for Lt. Col. (ret.) Robert Craig Effinger Jr., 73, will be today at 11:30 a.m., at Trinity Epis-copal Church in Staunton, Va. Interment will be at Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton.
Col. Effinger died Sept. 6 at the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Glover Effinger; a daughter, Elizabeth Anne Effinger Smoot of Rome, Ga.; a son, Lt. Col. Robert Craig Effinger III, stationed at Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea; two grandchildren, Daphne Katherine Effinger and John Robert Effinger; and a cousin, William Barlow Ware of Ithaca, N. Y.
Col. Effinger was a native of New York City and a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he met and married the former Mary Glover Stevens of Byhalia, Miss.
A decorated U. S. Army combat veteran of the Korean War (1952-53) and Vietnam War (1968-69), he served with distinction as the 45th Infantry Division’s Armor Reconnaissance platoon leader in Korea and as the 1st Cavalry Division’s Chemical Officer in Vietnam.
With subsequent overseas assignments in Japan, France and several assignments throughout the United States, he retired from the U. S. Army Chemical Corps in 1972 after 22 years of service.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star and Palm, the Korean Service Medal with two stars, United Nations Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with five stars.
Following retirement from the military, he made his home in Jacksonville. As both a hobby and business, he established a photography studio in Anniston, where he captured the images of numerous military classes for over two decades at Fort McClellan and specialized in restoration, wedding and portrait photography.
Col. Effinger also professed and promoted his philatelic hobby. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Calhoun County Stamp Club in 1965 and served as president for many years thereafter.
He further traveled internationally and throughout the United States exhibiting his collection and serving as one of only two accredited American Philatelic Society judges in Alabama and one of 42 judges accredited by the German Philatelic Society.
For the post World War II reconstruction period, he served as an expert and forgery authority for hand-overprints on German postal stationery.
Col. Effinger further specialized in a Ryukyu Islands collection and served as president of the Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society for several years.
He was chairman of the Anniston Post Office Consumer Advisory Committee, a member of the Royal Philatelic Society of London the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, the American Philatelic Congress, the Collectors Club of New York, the German and Colonies Philatelic Society, the Huntsville Philatelic Club, the Plate Number Coin Collectors Club, the Postal History Society, the Postal History Foundation, the U. S. Possessions Study Society, the United Postal Stationery Society, the American Association of Retired Persons, the American Numismatic Association, the Disabled American Veterans, the Northeast Alabama Chapter of the Retired Officers Association and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P. O. Box 145447, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-5447 or to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 55, Jacksonville 36265.
Bernon Davis Dempsey
Services for Bernon Davis Dempsey, 87, were 2 p.m. Monday at Angel Grove Baptist Church, with the Revs. Eugene Burgess and Larry Hughes officiating. Burial was in Patterson Cemetery.
Mr. Dempsey died Friday in Jacksonville.
Survivors include his wife, Avis Jeanette Couch Dempsey of Jacksonville; a daughter and son-in-law, Janda and Buddy Ledbetter of Piedmont; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Pat Dempsey of Jacksonville; seven sisters, Beulah Lockette of Jacksonville, Nettie McFall of Piedmont, Vivian Warmack of Piedmont, Aline Trammell of Piedmont, Helen Smith of Jacksonville, Lucille Deberry of Centre and Doris Adair of Alexandria; two brothers, Henry Dempsey of Jacksonville and Kenneth Dempsey of Piedmont; a grandson, Chris Dempsey and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bobby Whorton, Hoyt Gaddy, Gene Lockette, Michael Smith and Orville Johnson.
Mr. Dempsey was a native and lifelong resident of Calhoun County. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He fought in the European Theater, including The Battle of the Bulge, Remagan Bridge and the Rhinelands. He was retired from Fort McClellan and owned and operated Dempsey’s Do-Dads for more than 30 years. He was a member of Asberry Baptist Church.
Annie Rempel Roach Dawson
Memorial services for Annie Rempel Roach Dawson, 89, were Saturday at 11 am. at K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Crematory, with the Revs. Amy Raser, Bert Breland and Fred Taylor officiating. Burial was in Bethseda Church Cemetery in Henderson, Neb., with Metz Mortuary in charge.
Mrs. Dawson died Thursday at Jacksonville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Darline R. and Ron Hindman of Jacksonville and Bonita Payden of Santa Maria, Calif.; a son, Gerald Roach of Idllywild, Calif.; a sister, Kathryn Wertsbaugh of Pueblo, Colo.; two brothers, Herbert Rempel of Liberty, Mo., and Pete Rempel of Stockton, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Dawson had lived most of her life in Bellevue, Neb., and had lived in Jacksonville six years. She was a retired branch manager of the Bank of Bellevue and was a member of St. James Methodist Church, both in Bellevue.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Michael Roach and Donald Dawson.
Memorials can be made to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, “The Friendship House”, 1130 Woodstock Ave., Anniston 36207, Sav-A-Life, 1317 Wilmer Ave., Anniston 36201 or to a favorite charity.
Emory A. Morgan
Services for Emory A. Morgan, 77, of Muscadine were held Nov. 18 at Miller Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. James Owens and Jimmy Bray officiating. Music was performed by Norma Arnold and Harold McWhorter. Burial followed in the St. Michael Cemetery. Miller Funeral Home of Tallapoosa was in charge of the services.
Mr. Morgan died Nov. 16. He was born Feb. 9, 1924, to the late Grady Jackson Morgan and Willie Ann Spiller Morgan of Haralson County, Ga. He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren Randall Morgan, Jr., and Christy Lynn Loveless, a daughter-in-law Sara Whiten Morgan, a sister Victoria White, and a brother Russell J. Morgan.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Kilgore Morgan; a daugher and son-in-law, Pamela and Darrell Loveless of Muscadine; two sons and daughters-in-law, Randall and Karen Morgan of Carrollton, Ga., and Rex and Medra Morgan of Bowdon Junction, Ga.; five grandchildren and four great-granchildren; three sisters, Alma Kilgore of Tallapoosa, Ga., Bernice Entrekin of LaGrange, Ga., and Bera Gaskin of Axson, Ga.; a brother, Earnest Morgan of Tallapoosa, Ga.
Pallbearers were Albert Arnold, Tommy Clark, Cohen Cash, Thomas Hill, Norman Ayscue and Winton Akers.
Nannie Ferguson Nowlin
Services for Nannie Ferguson Nowlin, 97, of Alexandria were Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at Anniston Memorial Funeral Home, with Clyde Ray and Clarence Chappel officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Mrs. Nowlin died Aug. 15 at her home.
Survivors include three daughters, Myrtle White of Alexandria and Catherine Parker and Gladys Key, both of Weaver; a son, William G. “Pete” Ferguson of Eastaboga; two stepdaughters, Mildred Freeman of Alexandria and Elsie Jordan of Flomaton; eight grandchildren, Kay Ryan, Ann Wohl, Brock Parker, Debra Thomas, Patsy Nunnelley, Jerry Ferguson, Bryan Key and Kristy Cosby, 10 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jerry Ferguson, Eddie Nunnelley, Bill Ryan, Brock Parker, Jim Wohl and Tim Cosby.
Mrs. Nowlin was a lifelong resident of Calhoun County and a member of Weaver Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harris Ferguson and Walter Nowlin; a stepson, Wesley Nowlin; a grandchild, Cindy White and 12 brothers and sisters.