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A terrible thunder storm visited Anniston and vicinity Saturday night.  At Jacksonville lightning struck a chimney and tendered a cabin occupied by a family of seven negroes.  Two were paralyzed and a 6 year old girl instantly killed. An entire drove of twelve cattle in an open field were killed at Choccoloco. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, February 5, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mr. O. P. Allen, a good and useful citizen of Alexandria Valley, died at his home on Cane Creek the 7th inst of Pneumonia.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 22, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died at the residence of Salathiel Clements, in this county, on the 28th of June 1838 WILLIAM BARRY, aged about 84 years.  He was an old Revolutionary War Soldier and pensioner, of the Virginia line, and served under the personal command of Washington.  He was in all the principal battles fought to the north, as Brandywine, Monmouth, Germantown, etc.  He always supported a fair and honest character.  He is the last perhaps of the family, except one daughter, in whose arms he died. - (Jacksonville Republican, Benton County (now Calhoun), Ala. July 12, 1838 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

BLAKE, Capt. W. F.
A COSTLY ERROR - Jacksonville, Feb. 9 – This morning Capt. W. F. Blake of the schooner Annie E. Chase, loading at Fernandina with lumber, placed a pistol to his forehead and blew out his brains.  The cause of the suicide was a costly mistake made by the captain.  A few days ago he delivered a cargo of railroad iron valued at over $6,000 to a firm of contractors at Traders Hill, Ga without shipping orders, when they were shipped with the specification that they were to be delivered upon shippers order.  The corn to which the rails were delivered broke a few days later and went into the hand of a receiver. The United States Railway Supply company of Anniston, libeled the vessel to save itself from loss, and confronted by financial ruin the captain suicided as above related.  Captain Blake was a resident of Rozier, Me.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, February 15, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Funeral services for David S. Brown, 73, who died early Thursday morning of last week at his daughter's home in Blue Mountain, were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Four Mile, with Rev. W.M. Barr in charge. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife and seven sons:
W.W. Brown of Haleyville, Ala
J.W. Brown of Haleyville, Ala
D.Z. Brown of Phil Campbell, ala
C.L. Brown of Hopewell, Ala
E.L. Brown of Anniston, Ala
A.J. Brown of Blue Mountain, Ala
H.T. Brown of Blue Mountain, Ala, and seven daughters
Mrs. E.A. Ellis of Blue Mountain, Ala
Mrs. B.J. Roberts of Anniston, Ala
Mrs. A. H. Smith of Pleasant Point, Tennessee
Mrs. G.T. Dobbs of Phil Campell, Ala
Mrs. R. Howell of Blue Mountain, Ala
Mrs. M.I. Morris of Cleburne County, Ala
Mrs. P.L. Fleming of Cleburne County, Ala
      He is also survived by two brothers, W.Z. Brown and A.L. Brown, who reside in Cleburne County, and two sisters, Mrs. T. Stamps of Carrollton, Georgia and Mrs. Abie Jacobs also of Cleburne County.
      He is also survived by two brothers, W.Z. Brown and A.L. Brown, who reside in Cleburne County, and two sisters, Mrs. T. Stamps of Carrollton, Georgia and Mrs. Abie Jacobs also of Cleburne County.
      Mr. Brown lived in Cleburne county for about 50 years and has many friends in the county who will be grieved to learn of his death. He moved to Calhoun county from south Cleburne about five years ago and resided at Four Mile, nearAnniston, for the past three or four years. He had been in declining health for some time. Pall bearers were C.E. Mangrum, Oscar Marlow, Sam Lyden, Charlie Henderson, W.H. Call and Jim Howell.
      Burial: Blue Mt. Calhoun, Co, Al - Four Mile Baptist Church Hwy 21 - (Source: newspaper clipping - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

DIED OF A DOG'S BITE - Jacksonville, April 5 - During the snow in February Dora Champion, a 13-year-old daughter of Tom Champions, was bitten by a dog which at the time was thought to have had hydrophobia. Last Tuesday she showed some of the alarming symptoms of rabies, and on Wednesday was visited by a physician, who pronounced it a genuine case of rabies.  From the first symptom she grew rapidly worst and died yesterday - (Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, April 11, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

CHASTINE, Infant of Mr. and Mrs. A.
When Mr. and Mrs. A. Chastine of West Anniston awoke Sunday morning, the found their 6-months old infant dead in the bed between them. The child was perfectly well the night before and the cause of death is unknown. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, January 26, 1893 - Submitted by Veneta McKinney

Final Rites for Accident Victim Today - Body of Dave Clifton, 28, is Laid to Rest in Edgemont Cemetery
     Funeral services were held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence of O. D. Gunn, at 2005 Gurnee Avenue, over the body of Dave Clifton, 28, superintendent of the asphalt plant of the Morgan-Hill Paving Company at Calera, who was the victim of a tragic accident yesterday morning.  Rev. J. T. McGlothlin officated at the services. The body was interred in Edgemont cemetery.
     Mr. Clifton was at work replacing a belt on one of the machines in the plant when his foot was caught and he was drawn into the wheels of the machine and his body severed at the abdomen.
     Prior to going to Calera, a few weeks ago Mr. Clifton had resided in Anniston for four years and was superintendent of the asphalt plant here for the Morgan-Hill Company.  He was widely known through this section and news of his violent death was received here with much grief by the hundreds of sorrowing friends.
     The deceased is survived by his wife, who was formerly Miss Erma Gunn, of Anniston, and one sister, who resides in Starns, KY.
     Following were the pallbearers: Dewey Peeples, Tom Bagley, L. L. Overton, L. D. Edge, B. M. Morgan and M. T. Cobb - (The Anniston Star, Calhoun County AL, 13 Jan 1925 (Front Page) - Submitted by Dorothy Clifton Bishop)
NOTE FROM MRS. BISHOP - Calhoun Co. Marriage Bk N 1924-1927 pg. 14 David Clifton & Irma Jean Gunn marr. 17 Oct. 1924 by J. T. McGlothlin, M. G. (Note: Same minister who officiated at Clifton's funeral.)

A negro man named Ike Cook was shot by Jim Larkin, an Anniston negro, at Coldwater Thursday afternoon. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, February 12, 1891 - Submitted by Veneta McKinney 

Died, in Calhoun county, March 14, J. Crankfield. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 25, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Andrew Jackson Cross, aged 81 years, who died Monday at his home near Angel Station, was buried at the Union chapel cemetery Tuesday at noon, the funeral being conducted by Rev. W. B. Griffin. The death of Mr. Cross removes one of the pioneer citizens of Calhoun county, and his death ? a vacancy in the upper end of the county which has madehim one of the most familiar figures in the county. Mr. Cross is survived by five brothers and five daughters.Source: Anniston Star (Anniston, AL) Wednesday, 12 Nov. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz 

Died, in Calhoun county, March 11, W. D. Cross, aged 78. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 25, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

ALPHARETTA, Ga. --Graveside services for Charles Thomas Daniel, 31, of Alpharetta, formerly of Anniston, will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Edgemont Cemetery with Elbert Lewis officiating and Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
           Mr. Daniel died Sunday in Georgia. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Racine Daniel of Anniston, and his grandmother, Mrs. Ellie Carter of Anniston. Mr. Daniel was a DeKalb County native, a Calhoun County resident most of his life and an Alpharetta resident the past six months. He was a member of the Church of Christ. [Source: Anniston Star 2 April 1990, submitted by tatertom37 @hotmail.com ] 

FOUND DEAD IN A CREEK - John Davis, white, recently from Alabama City, was found dead in a small creek about one mile from Piedmont, near Anniston, last week. The discovery was made by some small boys.  It is supposed that Davis fell into the creek. The coroner’s jury empanelled to investigate the matter rendered a verdict of accidental drowning  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, November 5, 1903 -  transcribed by Veneta McKinney

DENMAN, Son of B. H.
A little son of Mr. B. H. Denman of Jacksonville fell from a horse and broke one of his arms Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, September 28, 1893 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died - Near Beans Station, East Tennessee at the residence of Dr. Logg July 29 John F Doudel in the 19th year of his age.  The deceased was born in Calhoun county.  He could not resist the call of his country, but went to her defense. He was a member of Capt. Francis Company, 30th Ala.  He was a good and noble soldier, beloved by all his friends.  The Confederacy has lost one of her noble defenders, his widowed mother a kind and obedient son - he leaves a mother, three brothers, and one sister to mourn his loss.  But our loss is his eternal gain, he fell at his post - from evidences left behind we believe he is at home in Heaven, there to sing God's praise for ever.  His father preceded him but a few weeks to that celestial land.  Then friends weep not he is gone where the carnous rear is hushed and the carnage of war is ended - he died as a faithful soldier should die, true to the last.  Source: Jacksonville Republican, Calhoun County AL, Sept 4, 1862 -  transcribed by Veneta McKinney

A man named Embry, living near Lincoln, twenty miles west of Anniston, while walking along the road stumped his toe against a stump and fell to the ground, breaking his neck.  He was 40 years old, and in the very best of health. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, December 15, 1892 - Trasncribed by Veneta McKinney 

Anniston Hot Blast: Cadmus Finch, a white boy about 13 years old, happened to a serious accident on the Georgia Pacific railroad this morning about half past 6 o’clock.  As a train passed over the Choccolocco Bridge about five miles from this city, young Finch who was on the bridge at the time was run over and his right foot cut off.  He was brought to this city and sent to the hospital, where he is receiving every attention. The wound is not dangerous, although it is quite painful. Source: Vernon Courier (Lamar County, AL), August 7, 1890 - Trasncribed by Veneta McKinney

At Anniston W. Finney fell from the third story of the Security bank building down an air shaft and received injuries from which he died.  It is supposed that he was sitting in a window and lost his balance.  He was unconscious when found, and remained in this condition until about two hours before his death.  Three weeks ago Saturday night he was married under rather peculiar circumstances. Source: Vernon Courier , Lamar County AL, May 12, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney  

The tragic death of Prof. Jacob Forney, at Springville, has caused great sorrow here, where he was reared from childhood to manhood. From here he went to take position at the University and the sudden close of what all his friends regarded as most certainly a brilliant future career has been accepted as a personal bereavement to each member of this community, for he was beloved by all. (Source: The Anniston Republic, Anniston, AL, Jan. 3, 1903, page 6 - Transcribed by Robin Line)
Took Place at Springville Friday.
Prof. Jacob H. Forney, who was killed by an accidental discharge of a gun at Springville Wednesday, was buried at that place Friday.
     It was thought that his body would be brought to Jacksonville, his old home, for interment, but in accordance with his wife's wishes he was buried at Springville. (Source: The Anniston Republic, Anniston, AL, Jan. 3, 1903, page 6  - Transcribed by Robin Line)

 In Memory Of Mr. Scott Hale Gaddy
October 29- 1970-September 7, 2003
Services Wednesday September 10, 2003 - 11:00 A.M.
Officiating: Rev. David Gilmore and Cody Hale
Interment: Pleasant Ridge Baptist Cemetery
Daughters: Alexus Gaddy,
Sister: Lisa Vance and Shannon
Brother : Jimmy Hale and wife Kelly
Father: James H. Hale and wife Sandra
Grandfather: Marshall Gaddy
Grandmother: Bertha Gaddy
Grandfather: Henry Hale
(Source: Funeral Card - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)
WEAVER - Services for Scott Hale Gaddy, 32, of Weaver were Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Gray Brown-Service Mortuary & Crematory Chapel in Anniston with Rev. David Gilmore officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
      Mr. Gaddy died Sunday in Anniston.
      Survivors include a daughter, Alexus Gaddy of DeArmanville; a sister, Lisa Vance of Oxford; and a brother, Jimmy Hale and his wife, Kelly, of White Plains; his father, James H. Hale and his wife, Sandra, of Heflin; and grandparents, Marshall Gaddy and his wife, Bertha, and Henry Hale.
      Pallbearers were Shannon Kelley, Brett Murphy, Josh Bullock, Cody Hale, Chris Smith and Michael Peace.
      Mr. Gaddy, a Calhoun County native and lifelong resident, was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He was a Navy veteran of the Gulf War. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joann Goodson; and his grandmother, Annie Hale.
     In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.  (Source: Anniston Star, September 11, 2003 - Submitted by Diann Hale)

Jas. Glenn, a well-to-do farmer of Calhoun was thrown from a wagon and killed while en route home. (Source: Hamillton Times, Marion County AL, September 7, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Dr. Wiley Glover, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Calhoun, was buried here today after service at the Presbyterian church, of which he was a member. He was father of Henry Glover, present treasurer of this county, and of William Glover, former sheriff of Talladega county. He was a planter of means, and a man of great natural ability. (Source: The Anniston Republic, Anniston, AL, Jan. 3, 1903, page 6 - Transcribed by Robin Line)

Oxford - Services for Allene Norris Hale, 77, of 7125 McIntosh Road, Oxford, will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist church with Revs, Glen Bentley and Kenneth Hutto officiating, Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery with Miller funeral Home in charge. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 tonight. The body will be at the church an hour before services
Mrs. Hale died Saturday at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital.
      Survivors include her husband, Sidney Hale of Oxford; a daughter, Diann Hale of Oxford; a son, Steve Hale of Oxford; a brother, Melvin Norris of Newell; and two grandchildren.
     A Georgia Native, Mrs. Hale had lived in Oxford since 1940. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Source: undated news article - Submitted by Diann Hale

Anniston - Graveside services for Mr. Henry Alvin Hale, 87, will be held at 11 a.m. Maple Grove Cemetery, Friday, December 19, 2008, with the Rev. Rodney Clingan officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service. Chapel Hill Funeral Home will be in charge of services.
      Mr. Hale passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2008, at NEARMC Long Term Care.
      Mr. Hale is survived by his daughter, Phyllis Jones, of Anniston; son, Danny Hale, of Huntsville and James Hale, of Heflin; brothers, Clifton Hale and Sidney Hale; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
      Mr. Hale was a native Cleburne County and current resident of Anniston. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Corene Hale; mother, Willie Stamps; father, William "Bunk" Hale; grandson, Scott Gaddy Hale.
      Chapel Hill Funeral Home will be servicing the Hale family
(Source: Anniston Star, Dec 18, 2008 - Transcribed and submitted by Diane Hale)

Oxford - Services for Joseph Authar Hale, 71, of Oxford, Rt. 14, will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oxford Church of God with the Rev. Ray Garner and the Rev. Terry D. Wigley officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Oxford. The family will receive friends from 6-9 tonight at Miller funeral Home where the body will be until an hour before services.
     Mr. Hale died Thursday at Colonial Pines Health Care Facility.
     Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Beatrice Mullins Hale of Oxford; three daughters, Mrs. Deborah Elaine Horn of Gig Harbor, Wash., Mrs. Elizabeth Joan Weaver of Orlanda, Fla. And Mrs. Teresa Denise Allen of Ranburne; a son Joseph Edward Hale of Able; a sister, Mrs. Shirley Mathis of Ranburne; three brothers Henry Hale of Saks, Sidney Hale of Oxford and Clifton Hale of Anniston; five grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be James Hale, Ricky Hale, Veston Hale, Steve Hale, Steve Sellers and Ricky Ramsey. Honorary pallbearers will be male members of the Oxford Church of god.
     Mr. Hale was a Cleburne County native and an Oxford resident for the past 43 years. He was a member of Oxford Church of God and retired from Anniston Army Depot. He was a World War II Veteran. (Source: Anniston Star - undated copy - transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

Oxford - Funeral services for Mr. Sidney Hale, 83, will be Wednesday, Juliet 15, 1009, at 2 p.m. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Glen Bentley and the Rev. Kenneth Hutto officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 tonight. Mr. Hale will also lie in state at the Church one Hour before the services. Miller Funeral Home & Crematory will direct.
     Mr. Hale passed away July, 11, 2009 at Regional Medical Center.
     Survivors are one son, Steve Hale, of Oxford; one daughter, Diann Hale, of Oxford; one brother, Clifton Hale, of Eulaton. There is one grandchild, Vickie Lynn Hooper. Mr. Hale is preceded in death by his wife, Allene Norris Hale his parents, Steven "Bunk" and Willie Mae Hale; three sisters, Inez Farmer, Etta Avis Hale, and Shirley Mathis; seven brothers, Leroy Hale, Ezra Hale, Fred Hale, Alton Hale, and Charlie Leon Hale.
     Active pallbearers are, Ricky Hale, Eddie Hale, Veston Hale, James Hale, Ralph McClure, Jimmy Stirckland.
     Mr. Hale was a native of Ranburne, Alabama and has been a resident of Oxford for the past 50 years. He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist church, and was a loving husband, father and brother. Mr. Hale was a veteran of the united States Army, a veteran of World War II, and served in the 66th Infantry in Europe. (Source: Anniston Star, July 13, 2009 - Trasncribed and Submitted by Diann Hale)

KILLED INSTANTLY – [Special to The Birmingham News] - Anniston, Ala., May 3 – GEORGE HASELVANDER, a middle aged German, while working on the tower of the new church in course of construction here, lost his footing this morning, falling a distance of a hundred feet on the stone walk below.  His skull was crushed in, and he died almost instantly.  The unfortunate man has a wife and child living in Anniston, and relatives, and friends in Birmingham. Source: Vernon Courier , Lamar County AL, May 8, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney   

Died, in this place on the 1st day of April 1841 WILLIAM P. HOOPER, youngest son and youngest child of E. A. HOOPER of Jacksonville.  He was 4 years three months and three days old.  He died of Scarlet Fever, his disease of short duration, only three days.
He is gone but not lost, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven
No more to sigh, nor shed a tear,
No more to suffer pain or fear,
But God and Christ and Heaven appear.
Give Joy or grief, give ease of pain,
Take life or friends away,
But let me find them all again
In that eternal day
Source: Jacksonville Republican, April 7, 1841 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Obit: Services for Annie Lee Horton, 82, will be 2 p.m. today at Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory with the Rev. Jack Morgan officiating. Burial will follow at Union Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Horton died Thursday, August 12, 2010 at her home. Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ann H. Grimes (Bernard) of Andalusia; one son, Raymond T. Horton , Jr. of Weaver; six grandchildren, Jason Horton, Chad Horton, Jo Anna Grimes, Chris Willhite, Candice Willhite and Torri Willhite; and three great-grandchildren, Marley Straughn, Carter Straughn and Katie Horton. Pallbearers will be Chris Horne, Kim Johnson, Jason Horton and Chad Horton. Mrs. Horton was a former resident of Rock Run and was a current resident of Anniston. She was a member of the Rock Run Baptist Church, was a homemaker, and was a loving mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond T. Horton, Sr. (Source: The Anniston Star, Anniston, Ala., Aug. 14, 2010, Submitted by Candi Horton)

Obit: Oxford - Funeral services for Frances J. Horton, 63, of Oxford, will be today, March 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Coldwater Baptist Church. Dr. Pete Frames will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 1 p.m until service time at the church. Mrs. Horton passed away on Sunday at Regional Medical Center. Survivors include her husband, Wayne Horton; sons, Hubert W. Horton, David L. Horton; sister, Kathy Martin; brother, Kenneth Tarwater; grandchildren, Tyler Wayne Horton, Stephanie Ann Horton; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Horton was a native of Talladega County. She was a resident of Oxford. Mrs. Horton was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Gladys Tarwater; brothers, Thomas Tarwater, Roy Tarwater, Howard Tarwater, Clint Tarwater, Cecil Tarwater, Freddie Tarwater, Jimmy Damone, and a sister, Judy Tarwater. Miller Funeral Home (The Anniston Star, Anniston, AL, Mar. 19, 2013, Submitted by Candi Horton)

Obit: OXFORD - Funeral services for Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Horton, 78, who passed away, July 29, 2009, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home Chapel, Oxford. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery in Trussville. The Rev. Jim Etheredge will officiate. His family will receive friends from 6-8 tonight. T.J. was born on October 19, 1930, in Columbiana. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean War and there receiving the Purple Heart while on the U.S.S. Cacapon. Upon leaving the Navy, T.J. went to work for Vulcan Materials where he remained for 38 years before retiring as the superintendent of the Oxford Quarry in 1993. After retiring from Vulcan, T.J. spent his leisure time doing all kinds of work in his yard, keeping up with the lives of his children and grandchildren, and spending long hours in the shade of his birthday oak tree with his neighbor, "watching the world go by." He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, but memories of him will linger in our hearts for a long, long time. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson and Edna Spates Horton; brothers, Levi Marion Horton and Lawrence Eugene Horton; and father-in-law, Richard Peterson. Mr. Horton is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Gloria P. Horton; children, John Thomas Horton, Richard Evan Horton (Renee), Tommie Anne Kirby, Eve Ann Wallace (Bryan); grandchildren, Adam Kirby (Carmen), Nicki Howard (Cullen), Whitney Ann Wallace, Tyler Scott Wallace, Addyson Dale Horton; great-grandchildren, Ryann Grace, Ragan Nicole, and Erin Ruth Howard, and Tyler Lauren, Ayden Wade and Trenton Alex Kirby; sister-in-law, Rosalyn P. Horton; mother-in-law, Evelyn T. Peterson; nephews, Lawrence Eugene Horton (Meredith), Richard Earnest Horton; four great nieces and two great nephews; his dog, Shine and cat, Fuzzie. Pallbearers will be Shad Williams, Larry Horton, Ricky Horton, Hunter Horton, Monty Wallace and Adam Kirby. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Heard and Royce Kirby. (Source: The Anniston Star, Anniston, AL, July 31, 2009, Submitted by Candi Horton)

Gilbert Hudgins, a lumberman at Eulaton, received injuries from a falling tree which caused his death. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL, Aug 17, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Crushed Under a Pile of Lumber.
Anniston, Ala., Jan. 8. - A terrible accident occurred in the yards of the Villa Rica Lumber company in this city this afternoon by which one man was killed and another probably mortally injured. James Hamilton, foreman of the yards, was superintending the stacking of some heavy lumber, and at work with him were Albert Huggins and several other men. The pile had reached a height of sixteen feet, and from some cause became over balanced and fell, entirely covering Hamilton and Huggins, who were standing by the side of the immense heap. Huggins' skull was fractured, his left leg broken ad he was otherwise so badly injured that he died in a few minutes after the occurrence. The other man, Hamilton, was hurt about the head, his right leg was broken and some serious injuries inflicted on his body. He is still alive, but the attending physicians have no hope of his recovery.   Source: The Arizona Republic, January 9, 1892 - Submitted by Barbara Ziegenmeyer 

Died of bilious fever, at his residence in Lowndes county, Ala. on Friday the 7th inst., in the 47th year of his age, Col. WM. HUDSON.  It will be gratifying to his friends to know that his spirit took its flight under a full assurance of a happy immortality.  He was deprived of the soothing consolations of the partner of his bosom, who was absent for her health, at her father's , Esq., John P. Montgomery of Benton county; & after his disease had assumed a threatening aspect, it was impossible to procure her presence before his soul was united to that bosom friend form whom naught earthly or heavenly can separate it.  She mourns the irreparable loss of an affectionate and tender husband, but not as one without hope.  His relatives deeply deplore the vacuum thus suddenly made in their domestic circle, of which he was the brightest ornament, and most confidential member.  His numerous friends feel as though they had lost a brother indeed.      Coln. Hudson was a native of White County, N. C. but removed while young to Chester Dist. S C. thence to Edgfield, where he faithfully served his country in her greatest need during the last war.  He removed to Alabama in 1818, and has since occupied several important offices in the Militia of this state, all of which he discharged with honor to himself, and advantage to his adopted State.  But his virtues shone most in private life. Strictly honest, modest, and unassuming, he some how captivated all who came within his circle.  He was in fact the good man, and it is believed he had not an enemy on earth.
His flesh shall slumber under ground,
'Till the last trumpet's joyful sound,
Then burst the bonds in sweet surprise,
And in God's glorious image rise.(Communicated) - Source: Jacksonville Republican, Benton (now Calhoun) county, Ala. Sept 27, 1838 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

At the request of friends and relations, I must ask space for the obituary notice of Shepherd Jenkins, Sr., who departed this life at the residence of his son in Calhoun Co, Ala. Aug. 16, 1860, in his 74th year.  Father Jenkins had resided in Alabama five years, during this time, and for 25 years before, he was a consistent and devoted member of the M. E. Church.
    He was truly a Christian – a self-denying follower of the immaculate son of God – ever ready to sacrifice the flesh, the world, and all they are heir to, to do the will of his Maker and Master.
    I have seen him rejoice in that love that makes glad the heart of man.  It is said by those who lived near him, that he often received the blessing while following the plow, and would rejoice alone.
    The writer visited him on the morning of his dissolution, and after a short conversation, informed him that it would be impossible to recover.  He replied: I am like St. Paul: I think it is best to die & c.  He then requested some of his brethren present to hold a prayer meeting, which was done, and many were the tears shed at that meeting, around the death bed of father Jenkins. (Jacksonville Republican, Jacksonville, Ala., Jan. 10, 1861  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

At Ohatchee, Calhoun county, on Monday, Deputy Sheriff Brown shot and instantly killed Henry Jones, a negro desperado.  The negro was wanted for a highway robbery and other crimes, and the office attempted to arrest him.  Jones fired on the officer with a shotgun, and the latter returned it with a rifle with fatal result. Source: Vernon Courier (Lamar County, AL), July 24, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

Mrs. Susan E. Kenerly, 77, of 319 Chestnut Street died yesterday morning at the residence. She had been a resident of Anniston for 53 years and a member of the Glen Addie Baptist Church for the past 50 years. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 Oclock at the Glen Addie Baptist Church, with the Rev. G. D. Waits, the Rev. George Ledbetter and the Rev. Y. F. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Edgemont Cemetery, Usrey in charge.  Mrs Kenerly is survived by two sons, C. H. Kenerly and C. B. Kenerly both of Anniston, five daughters, Mrs. P. A. Vandiver of Huntsville, Mrs. V. E. Tate of Rt.4, Mrs. A. T. Lewallyn of Rt. 3, Mrs.O. L. Day of New Orleans, and Mrs. E. C. Thompson of Anniston; 30 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.  Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. [Source: Anniston Star 2-18-1951, submitted by tatertom37@ hotmail.com]

James Kilgore, a young man of Anniston, Ala fell from a swing the other day and his spine struck a rock, and, after suffering horrible agony, he died Sunday morning.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, Feb. 1, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mr. Livingston, proprietor of a large saw mill near Anniston, dropped dead with heart disease at Cartersville Ga. Thursday night.  He had been summoned there as a witness in court. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, August 20, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

AMOS LOTT DROWNED - Capsized a Boat in the Lake Made Famous by Dick Hawes.
Birmingham, Ala, May 24 - Amos Lott, 27 years old, a machinist residing at Oxanna, came to Birmingham to spend Sunday. Accompanied by two friends who reside here named Crockett and Cook, he went to East Lake, a suburban resort, this afternoon. The trio hired a boat for a ride on the lake. Lott, who, it is said, had been drinking, began moving about in the while it was in the middle of the lake, and it capsized. Cook swam out and Crockett clung to the boat and was saved. Lott was drowned before help reached him. The accident was witnessed by hundreds of people, who crowded the lake banks, as is customary on Sunday. Lott's body has not been recovered. (Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 28, 1896 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Mitchell Sadler, colored, shot an old negro named Joe Mabry in the head at Anniston, Tuesday, killing him instantly.  Sadler attempted to kill his wife last night.  He shot her once in the back. She was taken to the house of Mabry for attention, and it was for this flimsy reason that Mabry was shot.  The woman will die.  Sadler escaped. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, April 21, 1892- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Sam Manning, of Choccolocco Valley, Ala. died suddenly while on his way to Anniston to take the cars for Texas. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, October 13, 1892- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

MARTIN, Rev. W. D.
At Anniston, Rev. W. D. Martin, D. D. rector of the Church of St. Michael and all Angels, who has been ill for several weeks, died Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, October 20, 1892- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

G. F. Mattison, one of Calhoun county’s first settlers, died near Oxford Sunday night. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, March 27, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney  

Died, in this place on the night of the 23rd inst. JOHN MCCARTNEY, aged about 81.  The deceased was a worthy member of the Presbyterian Church, and had been a resident of his place near three years.  He was interred on yesterday evening with Masonic honors.  As the procession returned from the burying ground at the close of twilight, accompanied by solemn music, it struck us as peculiarly emblematic of the night of death following the twilight of age.
 A more extended obituary, and one more calculated to do justice to the memory of a much respected citizen will be given in our next. Source: Jacksonville Republican, Oct 25, 1838 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

At Anniston, a jury in the city court brought in a verdict for $16,000 against the Louisville and Nashville railway company and in favor of the estate of William R. McGhee.  McGhee was a brakeman on the Alabama Mineral branch of the Louisville and Nashville, and while coupling some cars in the yard here last May was caught between two cars and killed. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, March 27, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney  

GENERAL ORDER NO 10 – Announcing the Death of Col JOHN M. MCKLEROY
The following order, issued yesterday afternoon by Gen. F. S. Ferguson, is self explanatory
Headquarters Alabama Division
United confederate Veterans
Birmingham, AlaAug 31
General order No 10
It becomes the painful duty of the Major General, commanding to announce to the division the death of Brig-Gen. John M. McKleroy which occurred at his home in Anniston, Ala on the evening of Aug. 30th, 1891
General McKleroy enlisted in the Confederate States Army as a private at the age of 17 years and served throughout the struggle with zeal, fidelity and honor. His intelligence, gallantry and devotion soon attracted the notice of his comrades, an by their choice and the approval of his military superiors he rose to the grade of captain of infantry.  In the many fierce battles in which he was engaged he showed himself to be a typical southern soldier – fearless to lead, and competent of command.  In recognition of his unblemished record in the army and in consideration of his great ability he was chosen by the proper authorities of the United confederate Veterans to command the second brigade of the Alabama division.  He brought to the discharge of the duties of this office all the enthusiasm of youth and the wisdom of experience and under his leadership his brigade has steadily grown in numbers and usefulness. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, September 6, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

Departed this life on the 13th Instant, Rev. James M. Mitchell, of this vicinity, in the 30th year of his age.  He was a native son of East Tennessee, and settled in this place during the summer of 1836.  He has consequently resided in this community, during the period of about two years only.  But not withstanding the shortness of his sojourn here, all will unite in bearing testimony to his amiable character, and worthy deportment.  As a citizen, he was distinguished for his attachment to the good order of society, and the promotion of correct principles.  As a friend, he was ardent and unshaken.  As a Husband and Father, he was kind, tender and affectionate; and as a Christian, he was zealous, and highly exemplary.
      During his last illness, he exhibited many satisfactory evidences that he was prepared to receive that Crown of glory, which is held in reservation for all the truly faithful, at the right hand of God.  Under these mournfully pleasing circumstances he left us, and is gone from this world forever. All must regret his loss; for the chasm occasioned in society by his exit, may not soon be filled.  He cannot return to us, but we may go to him.  "Blessed are the death which die in the lord form henceforth; Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."  - [Communicated] - Source: Jacksonville Republican, Sept 20, 1838 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

W. L. Mosely, manager of the Western Union Telegraph Company of Anniston is dead.  His remains were interred at his former home at Marion. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, April 6, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

Hon. Samuel Noble, one of the founders of Anniston and a great friend to Alabama industries, died at his home in the above named city on 13th inst. - (Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, August 16, 1888 - Trasncribed by Veneta McKinney)

Anniston - Funeral services for Mr. Donald Dewayne Norris, 55, of Anniston, formerly of Roanoke, will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 27, 2010, at Trinity Baptist Church, with the Rev. Barry Cosper, Rev. Tim Whaley, and Rev. Richard Richie officiating. Mr. Norris will lie in state one hour before the service at the church. Burial will follow in Bethel East Baptist Church Cemetery with Benefield Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday, November 26, 2010.
     Mr. Norris died Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at Northeast Regional Medical Center.
     Survivors include his wife, Laura Dewberry Norris, of Anniston; two sons, Jamie Ryan Norris, of Anniston, Justin Wayne Norris, of Anniston; his parents, Rev. Melvin and Gladys Norris, of Newell; one sister, Vickie Cofield, of Newell; a host of nieces and nephews.
     Pallbearers will be David Rampy, Terry Dewberry, Glenn Dewberry, John Dewberry, Tim Cofield, Michael Dewberry, and Gary Palmer.
     Mr. Norris was born, December 12, 1954. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and had worked at Meadow Craft. Mr. Norris was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Joyce Parmer.  (Source:  Anniston Star, Nov 26, 2010 - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

Anniston, - Funeral services for Justin Wayne Norris, 30, of Anniston, will be held Sunday, June 16, 2013, at 4 p.m. from Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Barry Cosper, Rev. Roland Brown, and Rev. Richard Richie officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel East Baptist Church Cemetery with Benefield Funeral Home of Wedowee in charge of arrangements, The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 9 tonight, Mr. Norris will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to services beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
      Mr. Norris died Thursday, June 13,2013, in Douglasville, Georgia.
      Survivors include his mother, Laura Dewberry Norris, of Anniston; one brother, Jamie Ryan Norris, of Anniston; grandmother, Gladys Dewberry, of Graham; grandparents, Rev. Melvin and Gladys Norris, of Newell.
     Pallbearers will be Dre Griffin, Matt Bryan, John Bryan, Tim Cofield, D.J. Herring, and Landon Herring.
     Mr. Norris was born July 2,1982, son of Donald Dewayne and Laura Dewberry Norris. He had been employed as a manager with Home Depot and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
     He was preceded in death by his father and grandfather, John A. Dewberry Sr.
     Online condolences may be expressed at www.benefieldfwwedowee.com.   (Source: Anniston Star, June 15, 2013 - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

Newell - Graveside services for Robert Norris, 63, of Newell will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Forestlawn Gardens with the Rev. Earnest Lipham officiating and Benefield Funeral Home of Wedowee in charge. The family will receive friends at the funeral home until services.
Mr. Norris died Friday at his home.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Sidney Hale of Anniston; and a brother, the Rev. Melvin Norris of Newell.
Mr. Norris was a native of Augusta, Ga. He was a mechanic with the Anniston Army Depot, a world War II veteran and a member of the VFW. (Source: Anniston Star - undated newspaper - Transcribed by Diann Hale)

We understand that an old gentleman by the name of Hezekiah Palmer, who has resided for some time about 10 or 12 miles from this place was found dead on the road this morning about one mile from town, and his horse hitched a short distance from him.  A coroner's inquest was held on the body - verdict - died from the effects of intemperance. Source; Jacksonville Republican, Oct. 25, 1838

"Died this place (Talledega) on Wednesday morning last, Capt. James E. Peebles, Post Quartermaster of the Tax-in-kind for this district.  He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his loss.  His remains will be carried to Jacksonville for interment." - From the June 30, 1864 edition of ALABAMA REPORTER newspaper:  Submitted by Gwen Jackson

Oxford - Mrs. Cora Lucile Pesnell, 83, of Oxford, AL died Sunday, November 27, 2005 at Stringfellow Hospital.
     Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel in Heflin with Rev. G.K. Abner, Rev. Thomas Moates, and Rev. T.J. Morgan officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.
     Pallbearers will be Deacons of Pine Grove Baptist and Blue Springs Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers are Senior Adult Sunday School Class and the Faith Sunday School Class of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
     Mrs. Pesnell was a native and resident of Cleburne County for most of her life, where she was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She had been a resident of Oxford for the past 12 years and a member of Blue Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Hugh Dorsey Pesnell and sister, Gladys Hanvey and brother, Murl Hand.
     Mrs. Pesnell is survived by her daughter, Teresa Willis, of Singapore, China; two sons, Hugh Arnton Pesnell, of Halls, TN and Mark E. Pesnell, of San Antonio, TX; three sisters, Ila Scott and Joyce Hurtt, both of Oxford; AL and Shirley Howle, of Austell, GA; two brothers, Tommy Hand, of Oxford and Bob Hand, of Arkansas. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. (Source: Undated News article - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

HE SMOKED CIGARETTES AND IS NOW DEAD - Was the death of Lonnie Phillips of Anniston a visitation of some judgment to the fact that he was not given the proper medical attention? There is something weird and uncanny about the entire affair to the ultra-religious, but to the thinking it seems to have been neglect, traceable more directly to ignorance.  One story is to the effect that some time ago the young man professed relation and at the time he made a solemn vow that he would smoke no more cigarettes.  It is said that he broke the vow, and on his way home from work was suddenly stricken down. The last words he ever uttered, according to this companions who were with him at the time, were “I will smoke no more cigarettes.”  He was picked up and carried to his home, but never spoke.  It is said that Major Kilby, learning of the young man’s condition sent City Physician Moon to administer to his needs.  When the physician arrived he was beyond the power of human skill, and he died in a few hours.  It is claimed that he had two congestive chills and these produced death.  Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County, AL, November 11, 1908  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

KILLED BY TRAIN - John Reed, a Confederate veteran, about 70 years old, was run over and killed at Anniston by an east bound Southern passenger train.  Mr. Reed was waiting for the train which backs into the station.  He was deaf and did not hear its approach until too late.  He lived an hour and a half after the accident.  His death was due to internal injuries.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County, AL, March 3, 1904  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The funeral service for Mrs. Lillian M. Richardson, 95, of Anniston, will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs with Dr. Michael Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. The family willreceive friends from 11 a.m. until the service time on Thursday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Richardson passed away of July 4, 2016. Mrs. Richardson was born in Cleburne County. She had been a member of Wayside Baptist Church since November 1957 and had the distinction of being the oldest member of the church. She and her husband loved to camp and wouldtake their grandchildren camping for a week each summer. Mrs. Richardson loved to cook and will be remembered for her coconut cakes and fried chicken.
Mrs. Richardson was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She truly always put her family first. Mrs. Richardson is preceded in death by her husband of over 51 years, Ocie Richardson; a son-in-law, Jerry Morgan; her parents, Benjamin andClara Gibbs; six sisters and four brothers; and her best friend, Maudie Estes.
Source: My great grandmother. Submitted & Transcribed by Eric Stack

Special To The Advertiser.  Anniston, Ala., Feb. 6--Abraham Sacks, Secretary-Treasurer of the Joseph Saks Mercantile Corporation in this city and manager of the company's store at Gadsden, died at Sellers Hospital here Thursday morning after an extended illness. He was a brother of Joe Saks, of Anniston, and a cousin of Louis Saks, of Birmingham. Arrangements for the funeral services have not been completed. Source: Montgomery Advertiser, February 7, 1914, Transcribed by C. Anthony 

 Oxford - Funeral services for Mrs. Ila L. Scott, 80, of Oxford will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2005 at Miller funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Starling and Dr. Harris Hand officiating, Burial will follow in Forestlawn Gardens. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home.
     Mrs. Scott died Thursday at Regional Medical Center.
     Survivors include her husband Hubert Scott of Oxford; and one son, Larry Smith and wife Georgia of Dublin, Ireland; two sisters, Joyce Hurtt and Husband Horace of Oxford and Shirley Howle and husband Kenneth of Austell, GA; two brothers, tom Hand and wife Mary of Oxford and Bob Hand and wife JoAnne of Bryant, AR; one granddaughter, Suzanne Long.
     Pallbearers will be members of Lakeview Baptist Church.
     Mrs. Scott was a resident of Calhoun county most of her life. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist church and a retired LPN. (Source: Anniston Star, Dec 9, 2005 - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

Mr. E. P. Singleton, a young lawyer formerly of Sylvania, Seriven county, Ga., died at Oxford Saturday of erysipelas, leaving a wife and infant only a few weeks old. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, April 9, 1891  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

Mrs. Skaggs, mother of ex-Mayor Skaggs, of Talladega, died at Piedmont Monday. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, April 21, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Asa Skelton was killed by a Georgia Pacific train near Anniston last Saturday. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, March 20, 1890- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

 Saks - Funeral service for Mr. Acie R. Smith, 82, of Saks, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 21, 2010, at Gray Brown-Service Chapel with the Rev. Andy Fennell and the Rev. Winfred Logan officiating. Burial will follow at Forestlawn Gardens. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Mr. Smith died Wednesday, August 18, 2010, at his residence.
     Survivors include his wife, Fannie Mae Smith, of Saks; three sons, David Smith ante wife, Paula, of Michigan, Dannie Smith and wife, Carla, of Oxford and Tommy Smith, of Alexandria; two brothers, Edward Smith and wife, Elgie Mae and Oliver Smith, all of Albertville; eight grandchildren, Leah Faris and husband, John, of Madison, Mark Smith, of Harvest, Mike Smith, of Saks, David Ray Smith Jr., of Geraldine, Teresa Greenwood and husband, Jesse, of Alexandria, Katie Smith and husband, Brent Terrell, of Saks, Marilyn Melissa Smith, of Anniston and Lauren Lee, of Abilene, Texas; nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his parents, Albert Lee and Mae Smith; brothers, Joe, Grover and Dee Smith, sister, Sybil Beasley.
      Pallbearers will be sons and grandsons,
      Mr. Smith retired from M&H Valve after 38 years of service. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict. Mr. Smith was a member of the Masonic Masons and a member of Springdale Baptist church in Rockmart, Ga.
     The family would like to extend special thanks to Wiregrass Hospice of Oxford and a very special thanks to sue "Sudie" Dark.
Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge of arrangements.  256-236-3441 (Source: Anniston Star, Aug 20, 2010 - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

Funeral services for Lawrence (Lowery) Smith, who died at his residence at 1631 Walnut Avenue at 7:45 o'clock Sunday night, will be conducted from the residence at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon by the Rev. L.N. Claxton.  Mr. Smith, who was 62 years of age, died after an illness of three years. Burial will be in Edgemont Cemetery. In charge of White. Pallbearers will be Ernest Davis, Eugene Perry, Charles Fincher, Preston Brown, Luther Vaughn and Theodore Harwell.  Surviving Mr. Smith are his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Alice McCain of Anniston and Mrs. M.H. Demedicia St. Augustine, Fla., and two stepsons, Virgil Tate, Anniston, and Jesse Tate, Scottsboro. [Source: submitted by tatertom37 @hotmail.com ]

Jacksonville - Funeral service for Ms. Millie Inell McLendon Stamps, 76, will be Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 2 p.m. EST at Rainwater West Funeral Home in Bowden, Ga. With the Rev. Truman Norred officiating. Burial will be in the Veal Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends at K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center, in Jacksonville, Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and from 12-2. EST prior to the service Wednesday in Georgia.
     Ms. Stamps died Sunday, September 11, 2011, at Jacksonville Health and Rehab.
     Millie Inell Payne was born November 17, 1934 in Carroll County, Georgia, as the ninth child of Jim and Maude (Bonner) Payne.
     She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Griffin and her husband David of Jacksonville; her son, Allen McLendon and his wife Kathleen of Gardendale; four grandchildren, Jana Milam and her husband Jonathan of Hokes Bluff, John Griffin and his wife Sarah of Cincinnati, Ohio, Melissa McLendon and Russell McLendon, both of Gardendale; three great-grandchildren, Alaina Milam, Cooper Milam and Samuel Griffin; four brothers, Dalton Payne, of Newnan, Ga., Willard Payne, of Marietta, Ga., Maon Payne and his wife, Linda, of Cumming. Ga. And Norman Payne and his wife, Annett, of Douglasville, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Dana Payne, of Atlanta, Ga., Louise Williams and her husband, Charles, of Carrollton, Ga., Anne Walker and her husband, Wendell, of Austell, Ga., Christine Botelor of Atlanta, Ga., Jewell Eubanks, of Lafayette, Ga. And Louise Hendrix, of Carrollton, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
     Ms. Stamps was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville and was an active member of until failing health. She especially enjoyed the Sweet Spirit Singers, the Friendship Sunday School class and WMU Current Missions. Previously, Ms. Stamps had been a member of West Side Baptist church of Jacksonville where she served in many areas such as a Choir Member, WMU Director, VBS Worker and the supporting wife of a deacon. She was also the pianist for her SS Class at Gardendale First Baptist Church during her time there and she recently was the pianist at Ladiga Manor Assisted Living in Jacksonville. For many years whe was employed by Jenkins Manufacturing Company in Anniston and them the MP School at fort McClellan. She was the "Queen Mother" and founder of the Jacksonville Sassy Red Hattitude Society. Ms. Stamps will be sorely missed by all who knew her, but forever remembered for her loving spirit, sweet smile and piano talent.
     Because of her love for her Savior and Lord, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Building Fund of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, P.O. Box 400, Jacksonville, AL, 36265, the Building Fund of West Side Baptist Church, P.O. Box 459, Jacksonville, AL, 36265 or to the American Diabetes Association, 200 Office Park Drive, Suite 303, Birmingham, AL 35233.
     She is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Maude Payne; her first husband of 40 years and father of her children, SFC (Ret.) David Wilton McLendon; her second husband of 11 years, Gordon Clifford Stamps; her father and mother-in-law Ruben and Grace McLendon; one sister, Fannie mae Bates; three brothers, Lewis Payne, Horace Payne and Bernard Payne; and four sisters-in-law, Julia Payne, Flo Payne, Nellie Payne and Marie Payne.
     K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 322 Nisbet St., N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265, 256-435-7042 (Source: Anniston Star, Sept 13, 2011 - Transcribed and Submitted by Diann Hale)

Services for Terry Owen Stamps, 52, of Anniston will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Harvest Church of God with Rev. Jerry Irvin officiating. The family will receive friends at Brown & Kughn Memory Chapel 6-8 tonight.
     Mr. Stamps died Sunday at Baptist Medical Center Montclair in Birmingham.
     Survivors include his wife, Glendene Stamps; two sons, Brock Stamps of Charlotte, N.C. and Clint Stamps of Anniston; a sister and her husband, Pamela and Mike Burdette of Anniston; a brother and his wife, Randy and Robin Stamps of Heflin; his in-laws, Ernest and Shirley Hanvey of Gadsden; and sister-in-law, Melissa Hanvey of Gadsden.
     Pallbearers will be Brock Stamps, Clint Stamps, Wade McClure, Aaron McDaniel, Randy Stamps, Sam Moore, Mike Hughes and Larry Gilchrist. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of United Parcel Service.
     Mr. Stamps, a Calhoun county native and lifelong resident, was a member of Harvest Church of God. He had been employed with United Parcel Service for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Felton Stamps and Peggy A. Norton Stamps.  (Source: Anniston Star, June 22, 2004 - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

Charlotte - Mrs. Julia Brown Stinson, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2012 at Carolinas Medical Center surrounded by her family.
       She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Thomas Edwin Stinson; children, Thomas Edwin Stinson Jr. and his wife, Diana, Howell Scott Stinson, Robin Stinson Maxwell and her husband, John, Andrew Brown Stinson and his wife, Kristin; her brother, Marvin Howell Brown Jr. and wife Dorothy and her sister, Frances Brown Mullen and husband, Tommy.
     She was a devoted and loving grandmother (affectionately "Grandma Judy") to Thomas Edwin Stinson III, Emily Elizabeth Stinson, Captain Joshua Scott Stinson and wife, Rachael, Jordan Stinson Roby, Sergeant Jacob Andrew Stinson, Senior Airman Rebecca Ann Stinson, Rachel Leah Stinson, Israel Thomas Stinson, Sara Ruth Stinson, Franklin Thomas Maxwell, Andrew Ward Maxwell, Hugh Thomas Stinson, Julia Louise Stinson, McAyla Rose Stinson and Jackson Daniel Roby.
      Mrs. Stinson was born in 1930 in Gadsden, Alabama to the late Marvin Howell Brown and Pauline Robertson Brown. She graduated from Gadsden High School and attended Auburn University. After marrying Tom, her high school sweetheart, she and Tom resided in both Anniston and Gadsden, Alabama before moving to charlotte in 1998. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church having attended First United Methodist Church, Anniston, AL; and Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC. She was a dedicated volunteer with many service organizations in Anniston and Gadsden, Alabama.
      Most recently she devoted her time to the P.E.O. International Chapter of Charlotte, to support the education of women Mrs. Stinson greatly cherished the friendships she developed through the many service organizations she supported. She and her husband loved to take cruises and vacation at their mountain retreat in Banner Elk, NC. She will be fondly remembered for her selfless love and generosity towards friends and family, and for her love of the lord.
      To celebrate her life, a memorial service will be held at Myers Park United Methodist church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207 on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends following the service in Jubilee Hall at the church.
      In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Helping Hands Ministry at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207, the P.E.O. Foundation in care of Linda Patterson, 3132 Sunset Drive, Charlotte, NC 28209 or a charity of your choice.  Arrangements are in the care of J. B. Tallent Funeral Service.  (Source: Gadsden Times, Feb 22, 2012 - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

Services for Harold Tate, 58, of 14 Gray Drive, Ohatchee will be Monday at 2 P.M. at Miller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark Greenwood officiating. Burial will be in Anniston Memorial Gardens.  Mr Tate died Friday at RMC. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Barbara Tate of Ohatchee; a daughter, Mrs. Shelia Smith of Odenville; a step daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Hunley of Jackson Tenn. four sons, Joe Tate of Jacksonville, Larry Tate and Tommy Tate, both of Anniston and Virgil Tate of South Korea, a step son, Charles Colburn Jr. of Jackson Tenn. two sisters, Mrs. Mary Birdwell of Marthaville La. and Mrs. Juanita McNeal of Farmersville La.; two brothers; Lawrence Tate of Sumiton, and Thomas Tate of Tampa Florida, and 10 grandchildren. Pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge of Ohatchee.  Mr. Tate was a lifelong resident of Ohatchee. He retired after 36 years at Anniston Army Depot and AAD. He also served 32 years in the Army Reserved. He served as secretary of the Ohatchee Masonic Hall . [Source: Sunday, March 10, 1991 "THE ANNISTON STAR" - submitted by tatertom37@hotmail.com]  

JACKSONVILLE - Services for Larry Jerome Tate, 41, of Jacksonville will be 11 a.m. Monday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Anniston with Rev. Todd Reaves officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.  Mr. Tate died Friday at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.  Survivors include his wife, Carol Denise Tate of Jacksonville; a daughter, Heather Tate of Jacksonville; three sons, Steven Tate of Auburn, Justin Tate and Shaun Tate, both of Jacksonville; a sister, Sheila Smith of Odenville; two brothers, Virgil Tate of Fort Knox, Ky., and Tommy Tate of Shelby County; a grandmother, Edna Haynes of Anniston; a mother-in-law, Vivian Morgan of Jacksonville; a father-in-law, Leon Quisenberry of Springfield, Mo.  Pallbearers will be Shane Pettus, Steve Shadrix, Harley Penzel, Chris Aldridge, John Smith and Stewart Smith.  Mr. Tate was a native and lifelong resident of Calhoun County. He attended Alexandria High School, was an avid fisherman and a member of Hatcher Avenue Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Jo Ann Tate and a brother, Joe Van Tate. [Source: 9-26-2004 "THE ANNISTON STAR" - submitted by tatertom37 @hotmail.com]

Farmerville, La - Services for Mrs. Linnie Ophelia Tate, 94, of Farmerville, formerly of Anniston, will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lawrence W. Greenwood officiating. Burial will be in Edgemont Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 pm - 8 pm at the funeral home.  Mrs. Tate died Thursday (Aug. 13 1987) in Farmerville. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs Juanita Tate McNeal of Farmerville and Mrs. Mary Tate Birdwell of Marthaville, La; three sons, Lawrence E. Tate of Sumiton AL , Harold A. Tate of Ohatchee and Thomas A. Tate of Seffner, Fla; one brother, C.E. "Buster" Kennerly at Oxford, 35 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren
Pallbearers will be Allen McNeal, Mike Birdwell, John Sparks, Billy Weeks, Mike Ott and DeWayne Tate.  Mrs. Tate was a longtime resident of Anniston and had lived in Farmerville for the past year. [Source: The Anniston Star, Sunday Aug 16, 1987 - submitted by tatertom37 @hotmail.com] 

Services for Lawrence E. Tate, 76, of Marthaville, La., will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with Rev. J.D. McNeal officiating. Burial will be in Edgemont Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6-8 tonight and Saturday 8 a.m. until service time. Mr. Tate died Tuesday at Sabine Medical Center in Many, La. Survivors include four sons, Dewayne Tate of Nashville, Tenn., Tim Tate and Scott Tate, both of Indiantown, Fla., and Jamie Tate of Anniston; two sisters, Mary Birdwell of Marthaville and Juanita McNeal of Hagewood, La; and a brother Tom Tate of Tampa, Fla. Mr. Tate, an Anniston native, was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a retired truck driver. Source: The Anniston Star - Friday September 26, 2003 submitted by tatertom37 @hotmail.com] 

Virgil Edmond Tate, 57, of Eastaboga, Rt. 1, died at Memorial Hospital at 12:35 p.m. yesterday following an illness of one year. He was a former foundry employee and had been a taxicab driver for the Crescent Cab Company.  Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2:30 at Glen Addie Baptist Church with the Revs. G.D. Waits, Billy Kitchens and Dewey Trotter officiating. Burial will be in Edgemont Cemetery, Usrey directing.  Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Linnie Tate; two daughters, Mrs. J.D. McNeal of DeKalb, Tex., and Mrs. L.W. Birdwell, Robeline, La; three sons, L.E., H.A. and T.A. Tate, all of Anniston; his mother, Mrs. Bertha Smith, Anniston, and five grandchildren. Active pallbearers: Buddy and Ed Smith, T.E. Price, Arnold Duke and H.N. and H.E. McNeal. Honorary pallbearers will be G.W. Reid, John W. Inglett, John H. Pilgreen and drivers of Crescent Cabs. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the services. [submitted by tatertom37 @hotmail.com]

Harris Taylor, son of Jasper L. and Martha E. Mays was born February 20th, 1853 and died January 18th, 1869, aged 15 years 10 months and 18 days.
     It is supposed that Harris came to his death by Apoploxy.  He was loading a wagon with seed cotton, from which he fell backward, was taken up, carried home, and died in about one hour.  He never spoke from the time he fell.
     He was converted and joined the M. E. Church South, under the ministry of Rev. T. G. Slaughter.  As a son, he was affectionate and obedient; as a brother, he was kind; as a member of the Church, he was consistent.  Harris was a good boy.  But he is gone, went suddenly and unexpectedly.  How appropriate the admonistion, “Be ye also ready.” –
March 24, 1869 – W. R. Kirk (Source: Jacksonville Republican, [Jacksonville Calhoun County, AL] March 6, 1869 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Services for George G. Thomas, 80, of Anniston will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Gray Brown-Service Mortuary & Crematory with Dr. Bill Snow officiating, Burial will be in Anniston Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
     Mr. Thomas died Monday in Leeds.
     Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Diann and rod Fancher of Leeds; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Whitman of Anniston and Clennis Swafford of Cropwell; two grandchildren, Hoyt Duke and Danny Thomas; and three step-grandchildren, Josh Fancher, Chris Fancher and Shane Fancher.
     Pallbearers will be Jimmy Bryant, Tim Bryant, James tenderly, Ronnie Whitman, Jimmy Herbowy and Ron Herbowy.
     Mr. Thomas, a lifelong Calhoun County resident, was Baptist. A Navy veteran, he was a member of VFW Post 924, American Legion, and the Local 498 Plumbers and Steamfitters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Thomas; a son, Johnny Mack Thomas, M.N. Thomas, Bozo Thomas and Andy Thomas. (Source: Undated Funeral Card - Transcribed  by Diann Hale)

 DIED OF A BATH - Anniston Aug 19 - Mr. J. H. THORNTON, a well known citizen of Oxford went to the Oxford Lake for a bath this morning.  He remained in the water but a short time and came out and commenced dressing. Before this was completed, however, he was attacked with hemorrhage of the lungs and death almost immediately ensued.  He was in his usual good health before he took his bath. (Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, Aug 21, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Isaac Tull, a prominent Annsitonian, died Friday night. (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL, Jan 5, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Jerome M. and G. W. Van Zandt two brothers, died at Jacksonville about the same hour.  Both were prominent citizens and leave families. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, June 16, 1892- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mr. W. H. VAUGHN, an excellent citizen and good Mason who lived in the vicinity of Anniston, was run over and killed by a late Georgia Pacific mail train Wednesday night.  Mr. Vaughn was crossing the trestle near Eastaboga when the train ran over him and knocked him into the ravine underneath. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, December 12, 1889 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

HIS HEAD CRUSHED OFF - Anniston, Dec 10 – Ned Welch met a horrible death at the pipe works today.  He was working in a pit adjusting a flask, preparatory to making a run.  The chain by which it was suspended broke, and he was crushed beneath the flask, the crown of his head being taken completely off.  He died instantly.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, Dec. 17, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

 Heflin - Graveside services for Mr. Marvin C Willis, 77, of Heflin, will be held at 3 p.m. today, January 28, 2012, at Forestlawn Gardens. Mr. Roy Fields will be officiating.
     Mr. Willis died on Wednesday at Regional Medical Center.
     Survivors include his wife, Shirley Noell Willis; son, Neal Willis (Kim); daughter, Vickie Lockridge (George); grandchildren, Jonathan Lockridge, Jeremy Lockridge, Justin Lockridge, Kelly Whitlock; brothers, Jack Willis, James E. Willis, John Willis; sisters, Nellie Ward, Lillie Mae Nimz, Mary Joyce Willis; sister-in-laws, Sarah Wills, Sharon Willis; five Nephews; seven nieces and a number of great nieces, nephews and on great-great nephew.
     Pallbearers will be Max Carey, Denny Noell, Tim Noell, George Lockridge, Kenneth Fields and George Hardy.
     Mr. Willis was a life long resident of Alabama and lived in Cleburne County for the past 49 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Willis was a member of Golden Springs Church of Christ.
      Source: Miller Funeral Home & Crematory Funeral Card - Also published in Anniston Star Jan. 27, 2012 - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale

 At Anniston, Ala. on Thursday, Fred Willis and Curtis Woodman, two painters, while employed in painting a building, met instantaneous and terrible deaths.  They were at the third story on a rope platform, when the ropes broke and they were both thrown to the pavement below and they were literally crushed to jelly.  Nearly every bone in their bodies were broken. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, January 2, 1890- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Talladega - Funeral services for Mr. Robert Cruse Yarbrough, Sr., 66, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Usrey Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery in Birmingham, Ala.  [Source: The Anniston Star - November 4, 2005. Submitted by yarbrough_hunter@ yahoo.com]
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