David E. Davis
45, lab technician, Trinity
Funeral for David E. Davis was held Saturday, November 8, 11 a.m., at Shelton Funeral Home with the Rev. Phillip Sessions officiating.
Burial was in the Caddo Cemetery.
Mr. Davis died Wednesday, November 5, 1997, at University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. He was born in Colbert County to Oscar and Willie Mae Scott Davis. Mr. Davis was employed by Morton International.
He is survived by his mother, Willie Mae Davis of Trinity; six brothers, Ted Davis and Sammy Davis, both of Trinity, Terry Davis of Decatur, Larry Davis of Danville, Phillip Davis of Mount Hope and Raymond Davis of Sheffield.
Pallbearers were Todd Osborne, Keith Thomas, Jeff McCulloch, Wade Wilson, Larry McMurry and Joe Cardwell.
Deshawn Fonta Sheppard
A graveside service for Deshawn Fonta Sheppard of Speake was held at noon on Saturday, November 8, at Lindsey Cemetery with the Rev. Ray Bridgeman officiating and Lawrence Funeral Home directing.
The infant died Tuesday, November 4, 1997, at University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham.
He is survived by his parents, Michelle Collins and Joseph Sheppard of Speake; his grandmother, Malinda Collins of Danville; his great-grandparents, David and Margie Hranac of Danville and Cecil and Martha Collins of Addison.
Ruben Wilton Leggett
81, retired plumber, Centreville
A graveside service for Ruben Wilton Leggett was held Tuesday, November 4, 2 p.m., at Highland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg, Miss., with the Rev. Earnie Stokes officiating and Rockco Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Leggett died Sunday, November 2, 1997, at Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa.
He was born in Mississippi and was a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local No. 377. Mr. Leggett was a World War II veteran and a member of Seminary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Leggett; a son, John Wilton Leggett of Moulton; a stepdaughter, Twana Crocker of Tarrant; a brother, Vardaman Leggett of Hattiesburg, Miss.; a sister, Mrs Lloyd Leggett Fortenberry of Hattiesburg, Miss.; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.
J.C. "Jeff" Guire
80, retired farmer, Hartselle
Funeral for J.C. "jeff" Guire, who died Saturday, November 8, 1997, at Parkway Medical Center in Decatur, was held Monday, November 10. The 2 p.m. service was held at Roselawn Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Roland Westmoreland officiating.
Burial was in the Roselawn Cemetery.
He was born in Alabama to John and Ada Embery Guire and was a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Celia Guire; a son, Billy Guire of Decatur; two daughters, Brenda Guire Landers of Decatur and Christine Leeth of Hartselle; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; a brother, J.H. (Harvey) Guire of Hartselle; and three sisters, Margaret Russell of Decatur, Edna Gann of Hartselle and Margie Moses of Moulton.
Pallbearers were Brandon Landers, Bradley Guire, A.J. Guire, Bryan Wright, Ronnie Maze and James Weaver.
Sonja Carol Stephenson
The funeral for Sonja Carol Stephenson, who died Thursday, November 6, 1997, at her home, was held Sunday, November 9. The 2 p.m. service was held at Laughlin Service Funeral Home chapel in Huntsville with Dr. Jimmy Jackson and Brother Emerson Lyle officiating.
She is survived by her mother, Myra M. Stephenson and father, W. Ray Stephenson of Huntsville; a brother, Bart T. Stephenson of Huntsville; and her grandfather, L.G. Manly.
Evan R. Sheffield
17, Hazelwood High Senior, Town Creek
Evan Robert Sheffield died Monday, November 10, 1997, in an automobile accident.
The funeral was held Friday, November 14, 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Town Creek with Brother Phil Russell, Brother Brett Pitman and Brother Timothy Murray officiating.
Burial was in the Elmwood Cemetery, Town Creek, with Colbert Memorial, Tuscumbia, directing.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, Town Creek, a member of Jackie Brackins' Sunday school class, a member of the youth group and youth choir. Evan was in the Beta Club, on the baseball team and the basketball team at Hazelwood. He was a member of American Legion Post 25 baseball team.
He is survived by his parents, Robert and Patricia Sheffield of Town Creek; a sister, Tara Sheffield of Town Creek; his grandmothers, Magdalene Berryman and Lucille Patterson, both of Town Creek.
Pallbearers were Jackie Brackin, Wade Crumpton, Jerome Jaggers, Jim Peebles, Doug Russell, Darren Welborn, John Yates and Johnny Yates.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Hazelwood High School senior class, the H.H.S. baseball team, members of the American Legion Post 25 baseball team and the youth group at First Baptist Church, Town Creek.
Memorials may be made to the Evan Robert Sheffield H.H.S. Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 457, Town Creek, Al. 35672.
David Russell Montgomery
79, carpenter, Moulton
Funeral for David Russell Montgomery was held Friday, November 14, 2 p.m., at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Jackie Shelton and Elmer Fowler officiating.
Burial was in the Montgomery Cemetery with Elliott Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Montgomery died Wednesday, November 12, 1997, at Baptist Medical Center Princeton in Birmingham.
He was born in Lawrence County and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Montgomery was also a farmer and was a retired maintenance supervisor for Lawrence County Schools.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Armor Montgomery; one son, Don Montgomery of Birmingham; four daughters, Doris Looney Frost of Eva, Vicki Montgomery Vaughan of Decatur and Willine Montgomery Legg and Gayle Montgomery Porter, both of Moulton; two brothers, Parker Montgomery of Moulton and Carl Montgomery of Muscle Shoals; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Grandsons were the pallbearers.
Eula Cameron Pierce
92, homemaker, Town Creek
Funeral for Eula Cameron Pierce, who died Tuesday, November 11, 1997, at Lawrence Baptist Medical Center, was held Thursday, November 13. The 2 p.m. service was held at Hatton Church of Christ with Kyle McWhorter and Howell Bigham officiating.
Burial was in the Landersville Cemetery with Lawrence Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Pierce was born in Lawrence County. She was a member of Hatton Church of Christ and was the widow of Joseph Pierce.
Her survivors include one son, Joseph Darrell Pierce of Decatur; three daughters, Christine Birdwell and Betty Hill, both of Moulton and Anna Berryman of Town Creek; two brothers, Paul Cameron of Town Creek and Clyde Cameron of Mount Hope; five sisters, Ola Long and Helen LouAllen, both of Moulton, Edith Glenn and Mattie Lou Hardy, both of Decatur and Bessie Mae Jamison of South Carolina; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Montgomery, John Montgomery, Jimmy Hill, Eric Berryman, Beau Gaddis and Robert Miles.
Grandsons were the Honorary Pallbearers.
Ellie Houston Terry
88, retired nurse, Hopkinsville, Ky.
A graveside service was held for Ellie Houston Terry on Thursday, November 13, 11 a.m., at Moulton Memory Gardens with Darryl Wood officiating and Elliott Funeral Home directing.
She was born in Lawrence County. Mrs. Terry was retired from the former Lawrence County Hospital and was a member of Moulton Baptist Church.
She is survived by one son, Bill J. Terry of Hopkinsville; two brothers, Hershel Houston of Cincinnati and Carl Houston of Florida; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Neil G. Wilcoxson
78, teacher/businessman, Florence
A memorial service for Neil G. Wilcoxson was held Saturday, November 15, 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church, Florence, with Dr. Barry Anderson and the Rev. Leonard McDowell officiating.
Mr. Wilcoxson died Wednesday, November 12, 1997, at ECM Hospital.
He was born in Lexington and was a graduate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) where he also taught. Mr. Wilcoxson was a veteran of World War II. He became business manager of Georgia Southwestern College, Americus, Ga., and later worked for Wilcoxson Motors and the Florence Implement Company. He became assistant administrator for the Florence Clinic in 1957 and administrator later that year. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1984.
Mr. Wilcoxson was a member and past president of the Florence Rotary Club and during his career, received recognition from several professional and civic organizations.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Florence where he was a member of the men's Bible class and had served among other responsibilities, as chairman of the administrative board.
Survivors include his wife, Helen S. Wilcoxson; two sons, Glen Paul Wilcoxson of Gulf Shores and Gregory Neil Wilcoxson of Mobile; five grandchildren; three sisters, Mable Wilcoxson Thornton, Montevollo, Olivia Wilcoxson Alexander, Moulton and Cornelia Wilcoxson of Leroy.
Members of the men's Bible class were honorary stewards.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials go to the building fund or music department of the First United Methodist Church or to one's favorite charity.