Lt. Col. Jonathan D. Briggs, Lillian Ruth Harper Briggs
JACKSONVILLE - A Memorial Service for Lt. Col. Jonathan D. Briggs and Lillian Ruth Harper Briggs will be held today at 2:00 p.m. from Stansel Baptist Church with Rev. Byron Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Graham Memorial Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
They are preceded in death by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. Briggs of Miami, Fla. and Mr. and Mrs. Lacy C. Harper of Reform; grandson, Richey Abbott of Cleburn, Texas.
Survivors include daughters, Diane Abbott of Cleburn, TX, Rebecca Weck of Suwanee, Ga., Jean Gwynn of Jacksonville, Fla.; sons, Russell J. Briggs of Atlanta, Ga.; sister, Margaret Malone of Reform; brother, James Warren Harper of Huntsville; grand children, Lacy Jones, Dallas TX, Dawn Martin, Cleburn, TX, Jamie Weck and Jonathan Weck both of Atlanta, Ga., Cameron Gwynn and Elizabeth Smith, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; six great-grandchildren, Keaton Jones, Chloe Smith, Benjamin Smith, Whitney Martin, Austin Martin and Gregory Martin; a number of nieces and nephews.
Amanda Leigh Driver
GORDO - On December 26, 1976 an angel was born and she was called home to sing with the angels in Heaven on January 10, 2002.
Amanda Leigh Driver, 25, 260 Skyland Drive, died January 10, 2002 at UAB Medical Center, Birmingham. Services will be held today at 11:00 a.m. from Elmore Center Methodist Church with Rev. Melvin Mordecai and Rev. Wayne Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in West Alabama Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Sam Duckworth of Reform.
Survivors include her sister, Kelly Pate and husband Jonathan of Gordo; parents, Mike and Marilyn Driver of Gordo; grandparents, Robert and Ronie Driver of Gordo, Ruth Duckworth of Reform; number of aunts and uncles.
Amanda was a member of the Elmore Center United Methodist Church, a graduate of the Alabama School for the Blind in Talladega and a well known and loved resident of Gordo.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Elmore, Luke Elmore, Jamey Albright, Mitch Dyer, T.J. Duckworth, Brian Duckworth, Jeffrey Campbell, Wayne Cooper, Ken Elmore, Jimmy Fair and Sonny Byars.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Alabama School for the Blind, P.O. Box 698, Talladega, AL 35161 in Memory of Amanda Driver.
Mary Dill Grimes
YORK - Mary Dill Grimes, age 91 died Friday January 11, 2002 at Sumter Health and Rehab –York, AL. Services will be held Sunday at 2:00 P.M. at Siloam Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Beulah Cemetery, Winterbish with Bumpers Funeral Home, York directing. Visitation is Sunday from 1-2 p.m. at the church.
Jerry L. Simpson
NORTHPORT - Jerry L Simpson, 59, died January 16, 2002. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. today at Sunset Funeral Home with Rev. John Reed officiating. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Sunset Funeral Home is directing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George Reed and Florence Simpson; a grandchild, Mary Lynn Simpson.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Simpson; a daughter, Allison Bell (Kenny); three sons Capt. Steven L. Simpson (Patty), Kevin Simpson (Monica), Todd Teague (Dana); sister, Geraldine Strickland (Justin); a brother Donald Simpson (Helen); six grandchildren, Keri Simpson, Casey Simpson, Jessica and Josh Bell, Clay and Taylor Teague; also several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Simpson was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He attended Gorgus High School and graduated from Northside High School in 1960. He was employed at the University of Alabama in the Maintenance Department for the last 17 years.
Pallbearers will be Jay Strickland, Troy Strickland, Herbert Milligan, Patrick Simpson, Eddie Ellis, Larry Jones, James Hudson and Larry Hillard.
Honorary pallbearers are Friends and Neighbors of Northwood Lake and Samatha, Maintenance Department of University of Alabama and employees of Elk Corporation.
Janie Claire Jones
NORTHPORT - Janie Claire Jones, 70, of 2445 Meadowlark Lane, "went home to rest in Jesus' arms" on Jan. 28, 2001, at Estes North Nursing Home. Services will be held at Big Sandy Baptist Church on Thursday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bob Ehr of Tuscaloosa and Dr. Larry Groves of Indianapolis, Ind. officiating. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 5 to 8. Memory Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Ina Bridges Carr and John Hurtis Carr Sr.; her son, James Elbert Jones; daughter, Barbara Carol Jones; sister, Frances Moore (Murray); and brother, Harold Carr (Ann).
She is survived by her husband, James Cecil Jones of Northport; daughter, Peggy Fuller (Richard Sr.) of New Palestine, Ind.; sisters, Carolyn Massey (Jimmy) of Coker, Betty Davis (Harold) of Northport and Sarah Terrell (A.G.) of Northport; brothers, John Hurtis Carr Jr. (Bessie) of Montgomery, Elbert Carr (Sue) of Bessemer, and Milton Carr (Teresa) of Northport; grandchildren, Chris Wilson (Carmon) of Cottondale, Brandon Wilson (Jennifer) of Greenfield, Ind., Andrea Wilson of New Palestine, Ind., and Richard Fuller Jr. of New Palestine, Ind.; and two great-grandchildren, Chance Wilson and Christin Wilson, both of Cottondale.
Pallbearers will be Richard Fuller Sr., Richard Fuller Jr., Ronnie Lett, Stevie Jones, Lanier Jones and Jimmy Massey.
Honorary pallbearers are Gayfers' employees, Estes North staff and residents, Hospice of West Alabama, Big Sandy community, Dr. Summer Ford, Dr. Graham, Dr. Young, Dr. Hinton, and the Wind Song and Glenwood Park residents.
Donations may be made to Hospice of West Alabama and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
David Drennen Johnston
GAINESVILLE - David Drennen Johnston, 72, died Jan. 29, 2001, at UAB Hospital. Graveside services will be held at Beth Salem Cemetery in Boligee today at 2 p.m. Bumpers Funeral Home of York is directing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William David Johnston Sr. and Wilhelmina Monnish Johnston; and a sister, Alice Johnston Swaim.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Duncan Johnston of Gainesville; daughters, Charlotte Ann Briggs of Bryant, Ark., and Mena Ruth Adams of Atlanta, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Tina Shay Pope of Douglasville, Ga.; sons, Forrest Lee Johnston of Tuscaloosa, and William David Johnston of Emelle; a stepson, Lonnie Pope of Forkland; sister, Sandra J. Henderson of Scotland; brother, Sage Monnish Johnston of Destin, Fla.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Willie Mae Hudgies
PLAINSVIEW, N.Y. - Willie Mae Hudgies, formerly of Reform, departed her life on Jan. 28, 2001, at the Island Health Center in Plainsview, N.Y. Services will be held at the New Providence Baptist Church of Reform on Friday at 1 p.m. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Reform Memorial Funeral Home is directing.
Frances W. Marott
TUSCALOOSA - Frances W. Marott, formerly of Tuscaloosa, died Jan. 30, 2001, in Birmingham. Services will be held at Heritage Chapel Funeral Home on Thursday at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the chapel one hour prior to the service. Heritage Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
GORDO - Fred Slagle, 79, of 8631 Hwy 159, died Jan. 29, 2001, at his residence. Services will be held at Skelton Funeral Home chapel on Thursday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Garnett Brown officiating. Burial will be at Double Branch Cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8. Skelton Funeral Home of Reform is directing.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Free Slagle of Gordo; daughters, Karen Carpenter (John Clayton) of Northport and Shelby Lambert of Reform; sons, Roger Frederick Slagle (Charlotte) of Arlington, Tex., and Clay Carlton Slagle of Shreveport, La.; sisters, Sara Jane Boucher of Phoenix, Ariz. and Mary Lou Hess of Shreveport, La.; brother, Hugh Dan Slagle of Garland, Tex.; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Slagle was a retired mechanical engineer, a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and a lover of hunting and fishing.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Lambert, Ricky Lambert, Billy Byars, Chester Parker, Frankie Reynolds and Jimmy Sanders.
REFORM - Eunice Stubbs died Jan. 30, 2001. Local arrangements were handled by Heritage Chapel Funeral Home.
Samuel Henry Harper
NORTHPORT - Samuel Henry Harper, 65, of 5321 Flat Woods Road, died Jan. 29, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at Heritage Chapel Funeral Home on Thursday at 10 a.m. with Mike Flowers and Dolan Davis Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8. Heritage Chapel Funeral Home is directing.
He is preceded in death by his father, Samuel Moses Harper.
He is survived by his wife of 44˝ years, Faye I. Harper; mother, Sue May Harper; sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Mary Jean, Bruce and Kathy, and Bart and Tammy; grandchildren, Brant and Sam, Brittiany and Rachel, and Hunter and Savannah; sister, Mary E. Miller (Buddy).
Mr. Harper was born on Jan. 13, 1936, and raised in Northport. He worked with Church Plastering Co. for many years. He was co-owner of B&H Plastering and was a member of Flatwoods Baptist Church.
Mr. Harper, known as Sammy "Sambo," was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and a friend to many people. He can best be described as a fair and honest man who believed in doing what was right for his fellow man. He enjoyed his friends, working on his farm and spending time with his family. Family and friends can take comfort in the fact that he was called to service by his maker because he was needed elsewhere to make a difference in someone's life. He will be missed.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Northport Police Department, Northport Fire Department, other emergency personnel, Dr. Charles Gross, Dr. Robert Posey and the DCH Emergency Room personnel.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Brant Harper, Sam Harper and Hunter Harper, who will do a special walk behind the casket. Others include Alan Bean, Bud Bean, Clovis Box, Bobby Drummond, Billy McKnight and Billy Ballard.
Honorary pallbearers are the Sonny Aaron family, Josh Adkin family, Anabel Church family, Gillie Dockery family, Bertis Guy family, Dick Johnson family, Leon Mitchum family, A.D. Parker family, Jessie Pope family, Jeff Richardson family, Melvin Sellers family, Leonard Smith family, Jimmy Thompson family, Watt Watkins family, Alburn Wyatt family, Dr. Lance Hogan at Five Points Baptist, friends of the Flatwoods community and 42nd Street, Class of 1954 Tuscaloosa County High School, retired and active employees of BellSouth, Northport Police Department's special friends, Coffee Drinking & Mall Walking Buddies, and other special friends and acquaintances of "Sambo."
In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcomed to Flatwoods Baptist Church.
Mary L. Swift
TUSCALOOSA - Mary L. Swift, 46, died Jan. 30, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Final arrangements will be announced at a later date by Wills' Funeral Service.
Robert G. Haley Jr.
NORTHPORT - Robert G. Haley Jr., 76, died Jan. 30, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Complete arrangements will be announced at a later date by Wills' Funeral Service.
TUSCALOOSA - Eloise Tarwater died Jan. 30, 2001. Arrangements will be announced at a later date by Heritage Chapel Funeral Home.
E. Alan Gustin
MERIDIAN, Miss. - E. Alan Gustin, 46, died Jan. 28, 2001, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at Barham Chapel Funeral Home today at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Johnny Smith officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home of Meridian, Miss., is directing.
He is preceded in death by a son, James Daniel Gustin.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Gustin of Meridian, Miss.; daughter, Becky Clevenger (Robbie) of Loudon, Tenn.; stepson, Charles Iseke of Meridian, Miss.; parents, Mavis and Herbert Gustin of Meridian, Miss.; sister, Vi Stinnette (Charles) of Meridian, Miss.; nephew, Todd Stinnette of Gautier, Miss.; a grandchild, Cody Clevenger of Loudon, Tenn.; a very special lifelong friend, Mike Robinson; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Mike Robinson, Charles Iseke, Todd Stinnette, Robbie Clevenger, Nick Millich, Jeremy Millich, Luke Smith, Herbert Joyner and Chris Smith.