Randell "Red" Scott McElwaney
34, painter, Atlanta
Funeral for former Moulton resident, Randell "Red" Scott McElwaney, who died Thursday, October 9, 1997, in Sanford, Fla., was held Monday, October 13. The 2 p.m. service was held at Lawrence Funeral Home with the Revs. Keith Jones and Harold Latham officiating.
Burial was in the Montgomery Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Rita McElwaney of Atlanta, Ga.; three sons, Johnny McElwaney, Steve McElwaney and Scott McElwaney, all of Atlanta; his mother, Barbara McElwaney of Moulton; four brothers, Ricky McElwaney, Timmy McElwaney and Craig Autrey, all of Moulton; and Ken McElwaney of Hillsboro; five sisters, Vickie McElwaney, Rhonda Clark and Michelle Hartis, all of Atlanta, Gail Adams and Cindy Childress, both of Moulton.
Pallbearers were Jay Rampley, Steve Rampley, Gary Jones, Jerry Jones, Tommy Curtis, Craig Jones, Corey Adams and John Adams.
80, Town Creek
Funeral arangements for Obie Scruggs, who died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997, at Columbia Medical Center Shoals, will be announced by Reynolds Funeral Home.
Vergie Christian Copeland
82, homemaker, Hatton
Funeral for Vergie Christian Copeland, who died Sunday, October 19, 1997, at her residence, was held Tuesday, October 21. The 2 p.m. service was held at Cave Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Ron Edgil and Jerry Strickland officiating.
Burial was in the Ferguson Cemetery with Elliott Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Copeland was born in Hatton. She was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church. Mrs. Copeland was preceded in death by her husband, Ennis Copeland.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Faye Parker and Janice Rutherford, both of Hatton; two brothers, Paul Christian and Clydis Christian, both of Hatton; a sister, Maggie Christian of Hatton; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mike Parker, Tim Parker, Kevin Parker, Jeffrey Rutherford, Chris Counts and Bobby Burch.
Great-grandsons were the honorary pallbearers.
Mary M. Owens Foster
81, sales clerk, Hillsboro
Mary M. Owens Foster died Saturday, October, 18, 1997, at her home.
The funeral was held Wednesday, October, 22, noon, at Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church with the Rev. Samuel Green officiating.
Burial was in the Cottingham Cemetery with Reynolds Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Foster was born in Lawrence County. She was a member of Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church where she was the organizer and president of the usher board for 50 years. Mrs. Foster was also a member of Spring Creek Pride Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star for 35 years. She worked at the Wohl's department store for 35 years.
Survivors include one son, James R. Bowman of Hillsboro; one daughter, Betty Hardin of Hillsboro; one foster daughter, Paireese Bouldin of Decatur; one stepbrother, J.C. Bolden of Decatur; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Grandsons were the pallbearers.
80, former Russellville resident, Florida
Lucille McCollum of Pensacola, Fla., died Saturday, October 11, 1997.
The funeral was held Thursday, October 16, at Akins Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Charlie Thorn officiating.
Burial was in the K.P. City Cemetery, Russellville.
She was born in Lawrence County to the late Alvie and Rosella Hollimon.
Survivors include her husband, Grady McCollum; a son, Gene Ray McCollum of Pensacola; a sister, Nell Hagood of Moulton; and one grandson.
78, homemaker, Town Creek
Funeral for Obie Scruggs was held Saturday, October 18, noon, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Little officiating.
Burial was in the adjoining church cemetery with Reynolds Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Scruggs died Monday, October 13, 1997, at Columbia Medical Center Shoals.
She was born in Lawrence County to Neasby and Lela Disser Williams. Mrs. Scruggs was a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Mother's Board and the Missionary Society.
She is survived by her husband, Rev. Matt Scruggs; seven sons, Calvin Scruggs of Decatur, Matt Scruggs Jr. of Russellvile, Ark., Robert Scruggs of Tuscumbia, Lt. Col. Samuel Scruggs of Fort Bragg, N.C., David Scruggs of Town Creek, Obadiah Scruggs of Florence and George Scruggs of Atlanta; four daughters, Ruth King and Josephine Rollins, both of Bessemer, Lila Dickerson of Weaver and Ester Patterson of Decatur; three brothers, Cal Williams and George Williams, both of Decatur and Leroy Williams of Chattanooga; two sisters, Sylvia Robinson of Sheffield and Tiny Savage of Decatur; 35 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Sons were the pallbearers.
69, World War II veteran, Trinity
Funeral for Howard Brooks, who died Thursday, October 16, 1997, at home, was held Sunday, October 19, at Lawrence Funeral Home. The 2 p.m. service was officiated by the Revs. Amos Hood, Edward Hood and Keith Prince.
Burial was in the Mount Hope United Methodist Cemetery.
Mr. Brooks was born in Lawrence County and was a member of Flat Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Evie Jane Brooks; two sons, James Loyd Brooks of Eva and Danny Brooks of Moulton; two daughters, Dajuana Childers and Hilda Smith, both of Moulton; one brother, Edward Brooks of Moulton; two sisters, Rosa Nell White of Red Bay and Margie Smithson of Nashville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Richard Smith, Louie Smith III, Scott McElroy, Johnny McCutcheon, Harold Parker and Ricky Brewington.
Norman Roy Young
73, retired, Moulton
Funeral for Norman Young, who died Monday, October 20, 1997, at NHC Healthcare, was held Wednesday, October 22, at Parkway Funeral Home chapel. The 2 p.m. service was officiated by C.G. Reding.
Burial was in the Somerville Cemetery.
Mr. Young was born in Lawrence County to the late Roy and Maggie Young. He was a member of Somerville United Methodist Church and the Eagles Club. Mr. Young was a World War II veteran and was retired from the Pet Milk Company after more than 30 years of service.
He is survived by a son, Charles "Wayne" Young of Somerville; one daughter, Barbara Young Frost of Moulton; a brother, Charles Emmett Young of Port Charlotte, Fla.; a sister, Margaret Purswell of Rebecca, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were John Burnum, Jack Young Jr., Wayne Rogers, Jimmy Ransom, Glenn Williams and Donnie Williams.
Arnold Pettus Birdwell
Funeral for Arnold Pettus Birdwell is today (Thursday), October 23, 2 p.m., at Roselawn Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Bryan Hall officiating.
Burial is to be in the Roselawn Cemetery, Decatur.
Mr. Birdwell died Tuesday, October 21, 1997, in Decatur.
He was born in Limestone County.
Survivors include his wife, Ella Ray Birdwell; two daughters, Cathey Flowers of Decatur and Paula Porter of Mount Hope; a son, Wayne Birdwell of Decatur; his mother, Effie Sue Birdwell of Decatur; five sisters, Mirine Eubanks, Bessie Flack, and Brenda Hill, all of Decatur; Francis Brackeen and Carolyn Williams, both of Limestone County; three brothers, L.L. Birdwell and Jimmy Birdwell, both of Tanner and Glen Birdwell of Decatur; six grandchildren.
Pallbearers are to be J.C. Brannon, Dewayne Parker, Tony Thrasher, Sixto Martinez, Mike Smith and Winford Turner.