Cleburne County, Alabama

Death Notices and Obituaries

ASHLEY, Henry Robert
July 13, 1950
Funeral services were conducted Monday for Henry Robert Ashley who died at his home on Rt. 1, Heflin, Saturday morning. The Rev. Vernon Johnson and the Rev. Tommy Owens officiated at the service in Pilgrim Rest Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Surviving the 56 years old man are his wife Mrs. Lena Ashley; two sons, Edward and Arlin Ashley of Heflin; four daughters Mrs. Harvey Turley of Graham; Mrs. Bill Ogle of Anniston; Mrs. Hosie Bise and Mrs. J.B. Turley of Heflin; two sisters Mrs. Bertie Standford and Mrs. Minnie Standford both of Albertville; two brothers, Martin Ashley of Birmingham and Joe Ashley of Haleyville.
Transcribed by Eric Stack

BAKER, Judge S. B.
Probate Judge S. B. Baker, of Cleburne County, died at his home in Edwardsville Tuesday.  He leaves a wife and two sons.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, September 30, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

With sorrow we chronicle the death of Mrs. J.M. Beggs of our town which sad event occurred on Monday morning at 4 o'clock.  She had been sick with measles only a few days, and her death was very unexpected.  She leaves a husband and two children, one of which is an adopted daughter.  A more extended notice of her death may be given hereafter.  Source: Jacksonville Republican, Jacksonville, Alabama, April 14, 1888; Submitted by Melody Beery

BOX, Judge L. F.
Judge L. F. Box died at the Cleveland hotel in Edwardsville, Ala., Tuesday morning at 5 o’clock from the effects of a stoke of paralysis.  Judge L. F. Box was born in Asheville, St. Clair County, 58 years ago.  He was elected superintendent of education under Governor Houston, and about fifteen years ago was made circuit judge of his district which position he had until his death.  Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, April 4, 1895 - 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)

News of the horrible death of Mrs. Brown, wife of W.Z. Brown on Heflin, route 8, near Lecta on Monday was brought to town on Wednesday morning by Mr. W.J. Bell. According to the report, Mrs. Brown was in the act of starting a fire in the stove preparatory to cooking dinner and in pouring kerosene on the hot coals in the stove, the blaze ignited the oil in the can causing an explosion, enveloping the unfortunate woman in a solid mass of flame, all of her clothing being burned off with the exception of the waistband of her skirt. Although her entire body was burned to a solid crisp, Mrs. Brown struggled to the well not far away and poured dipperful after dipperful of water on her head and body.
    At the time of the awful tragedy Mrs. Brown was alone, the rest of the family being away at work in the field. A neighbor woman gave an alarm and soon a large crowd of sympathetic friends had gathered and rendered what help human hands could do gave any relief and at 5 o'clock that afternoon death came and ended her misery. Mrs. Brown was fifty-five or sixty years old and the mother of several children. The interment as at the Crumbly graveyard on Tuesday, the services being attended by a large number of neighbors and friends of the family.  (Source: Cleburne County News July 3, 1919 - Copied as it appeared. - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

Born: Tuesday March 6, 1945
Died: Friday, December 28, 2007
Services: Happy Hill Baptist Church,  Dec 31, 2007, 11:00 am
Officiants: Rev Chris Jackson, Rev Horace Merrill
Concluding Service: Cleburne Memorial Garden, Ranburne Ala
Arrangements by Dryden Funeral Home, Heflin Ala  (Source: Funeral Card Submitted by Diann Hale)

Edwardsville, March 30.--(Special.)--T. M. Burgess one of the old settlers of this county died a few days ago and was buried at Cane Creek Church. He had been residing near here since the first settlement of this county by the whites. There are but few of the pioneers left here now.  Source: Montgomery Advertiser, March 31, 1903; Transcribed by C. Anthony

CALHOUN, Mary Alice
Cleburne New Era, June 11, 1896, Vol.VI, No16 In memory of Mrs. Mary Alice Calhoun, daughter of Rev. John M., and Nancy Evans, who was born in Cleburne County September 18th, 1851, and died at the home of her father June 9th, 1896. She was married to Elijah B Calhoun, March 30th 1882, to this union, were born four children, two girls and two boys, who with father and many relatives are left mourning the loss of a good mother, a loving wife, and sympathizing relative. Sister Calhoun was converted in early in life at Muscadine camp-ground and joined the M.E. Church. She was a devoted christian and gave the fullest assurance of her acceptance with Christ. She was resigned to the will of God, and patiently suffered awaiting her Master's call. She was a dutiful daughter, a faithful wife, a precious sister, and an affectionate mother. Though she has gone to heaven she is the same loving mother, and will await the coming of her Lord to reunite loved ones.
Kind Angels watch her sleeping dust
Till Jesus comes to raise the Just,
Then may she wake with sweet surprise
And in her Saviors image rise
Transcribed by Eric Stack

TRAGIC DEATH - Sheriff Stevens, of Cleburne county, writing to Captain W. P. Howell, in the Treasurer’s office at the Capitol, under date of July 1st says:
    On yesterday the twin sons of Thomas B. Campbell, 20 years of age, were ploughing on their father’s farm and stopping under a pine tree during a rain storm, the lightning struck the pine killing both the young men and their two fine horses. The young men did not return home at night and their mother, supposing they had gone to the river farm where their father was at work, did not trouble herself about them and the next morning the young men and their horses were found dead in one heap. – [Advertiser]  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, July 9, 1891; Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
HEFLIN, ALA., Sept. 29. – The news of the death of Mrs. Minnie Hearst Cunningham at her home in Lincoln, Ala., reached Heflin today. Mrs. Cunningham was Miss Minnie Hearst of Edwardsville, Ala., daughter of ex-Judge Hearst of Cleburne. There will go a number of people from Heflin to attend the funeral which will be at Edwardsville. Mrs. Cunningham is a sister of Mr. Alph Hearst, who lives in Heflin. Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) Monday, 30 Sept. 1912; transcribed by FoFG mz

Date Of Birth: JANUARY 31, 1910
Date of Death: October 19, 1979
Services from Ranburne Baptist church
Saturday, October 20, 1979, 3:p.m. GA. TIME
Place of Interment: RANBURNE CEMETERY
Source: Funeral Card - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale

DAKE, David Earl
David Earl Dake was born in Huntsville Al on April 14,1993. He was a 2012 Honor graduate of Ranburne High School, where he played on the Ranburne Bulldog football team. He was part of the Physics team, Math team, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. David played QB and Tight End during JR Varsity and Varsity years. Dake's jersey was #2 and on Friday nights everyone came out and supported #2 and the whole Bulldog team, they were more than just a team, they were family.
David was a loving and supportive husband and father to his girls. David was an awesome son, big brother, and grandson to his family and was loved by all. In October of 2012 David joined the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. He was assigned to the HSM 72 squadron known as the Proud Warriors. Petty Officer First Class (PO) David Dake, an Aviation Machinist Mate (AD) on the USS Bulkeley, was the command's "go to AD" when they needed the hard jobs done right. PO Dake was constantly sought after by his peers and superiors alike for both his professional expertise and wise personal guidance. David devoted countless off-duty hours to his shipmates, which lead to his Ship earning superior qualification ratings for four Collateral Duty Quality Assurance Representative Inspections, and three Collateral Duty Inspector Superior Ratings for 13 Plane Captains and 15 Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialists PO David Dake was responsible for. During his off duty time, David believed in being a part of making his community a better place, volunteering his personal/family time to bus underprivileged children to and from Church Services at Oceanway Assembly of God in Jacksonville, FL, where he attended with his family. Petty Officer Dake was known throughout his Ship as an outstanding Sailor whose indomitable good nature and superb work ethic inspired everyone around him to be the best versions of themselves!
David trained, developed and mentored countless Sailors with both technical knowledge and career advice and saw many of his sailors go on to become Petty Officers themselves. David's natural leadership charisma and his ability to use every situation to train Sailors for war time duties during the daily course of their day to day peace time duties created a legacy that will continue for years to come. With his trademark smile and positive attitude, David led Sailors through the most arduous of tasks, ensuring that any challenge put before him and his team would not only be accomplished, but would be done so in a manner that far exceeded any recognized Navy Standard.
David was involved in a fatal wreck in Jacksonville, FL. He is survived by his wife of four years, 3-year old daughter, and unborn daughter due August 2017.
Source: Family gave permission to use obituary. Submitted and transcribed by Eric Stack

EDWARDS, William
"The Carroll County Times"
Carrollton, Carroll Co., Georgia
NEWSPAPER Issue of Friday, MAY 7, 1880
On the 23rd ultimo, Mr. William Edwards of Edwardsville, Ala., was killed by lightning. The deceased was a highly respected citizen of Cleburne county and the town of Edwardsville was named after him.
Transcribed by Eric Stack

Deputy Marshal Perry Griggs was killed in Cleburne county in a fight with a band of white cappers, for whose arrest he had a warrant. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, Aug 17, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

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 - Transcribed by Diann Hale
In Memory Of: MR. EZRA HALE
Date Of Birth: SEPTEMBER 10, 1914
Date Of Death: FEBRUARY 14, 1978
Services From: RANBURNE BAPTIST CHURCH  - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1978, 2:00 P.M. (Alabama Time)
Arrangements By: RAINWATER FUNERAL HOME, BOWDEN, GEORGIA   (Source: Funeral Card, Transcribed and 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 Diann 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 clipping - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

Born: Wednesday, Aug 14, 1940 - (in pencil written: Marion Co AL)
Died: Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Services: Heflin Baptist church, July 6, 2008   3:00 pm
Officiants: Dr. Wayne Stevens, Rev Phillip Morris, Rev. Don Maddox
Concluding Services: Heflin Memorial Gardens, Heflin, AL
Arrangements by: Dryden Funeral Home, Helfin, AL
(Source: Funeral Card - Submitted by Diann Hale)
Heflin - Sandra Barber Hale, 67, died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at Trinity Medical Center.
      Funeral services for Mrs. Hale will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2008, at Heflin Baptist Church with Dr. Wayne Stevens, Rev. Don Maddox and Rev. Philip Morris officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
      Pallbearers will by Lynwood Williamson, Johnny Wise, Gary McDaniel, Jimmy Pentecost, Harold Berryhill, Leon Nelson, Roy Walker, Jerry Kaylor and Ricky Prichard.
      Survivors are her husband, James Hale, of Heflin; daughters, Brooklyn (Del) Miles, of Jacksonville and Lisa Vance, of Anniston; sons, Greg Robinson, of Junction City, Ore. And James (Kelly) Hale Jr. of White Plains; mother, Elsie (Goddard) Baber, of Heflin; brother, Albert (Patricia) Barber, of Norcross, Ga.; grand children, Brandon Robinson, Kyle Robinson, Chris Robinson, Jessica Robinson, Jennifer Robinson, Jillian Miles, Alex Houston, Cody (Megan) Hale, Jordan Hale, Anna Hale, Dakota Vance and Josh Bullock.
       Mrs. Hale was a long time resident of Heflin. She retired from Colonial Bank after 37 years of loyal service. She was preceded in death by her father, F.M. Barber. Sandra will be sorely missed by loving family and friends. (Source: undated newspaper  - 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)
Heflin - William Stevens "Bunk" Hale, 81, of Ranburne, Rt. 1 died Friday at a Carrollton, Ga., hospital.
    Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Crumbly's Chapel Church of God with the Rev. J.T. Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Ranburne City Cemetery.
    Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Willie Mae Hale; two daughters, Mrs. Inez Farmer and Mrs. Shirley Mathis, both of Ranburne, six sons, Henry Hale, Ray Hale and Clifford Hale, all of Anniston, Ezra Hale of Ranburne and Joseph Hale and Sidney Hale, both of Oxford; 23 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
    The body will remain at the residence until one hour prior to services. (Source: Anniston Star, Aug 5, 1972 - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

AT AN ILLICIT DISTILLERY - James – Hall, a resident of the Abernathy community, Cleburne County, was found dead Friday morning at an illicit distillery which was in operated near his home, having been shot to death.  The murder was a mysterious one.  United states Deputy Collector Green and Deputy Marshals Barker and Jackson made a raid in that section Friday night and captured and destroyed the still, but no arrests could be made.  Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, December 26, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The body of W. E. Hogan, an old and respected citizen of Cleburne county, was found today in 3 feet of water in an old gold pit near Edwardsville, Ala.  Hogan was 62 years of age.  Tuesday night he visited a neighbor and it is believed that while on his way home fell into the pit and there was enough water to drown him.  For the last twenty-four hours a close search has been made for him.  There were no bruises about his person and foul play is not suspected.  There are numerous old gold pits in Cleburne county. (Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., Dec. 27, 1901 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

The body of J. H. Jonston, who mysteriously disappeared near Heflin last week, was found in Cahulga Creek at that place Tuesday.  It was a case of suicide.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, July 2, 1891; Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The man killed on the Georgia Pacific track a few days ago near Edwardsville was named Taylor Mann, who lived in Tallapoosa. He had been laying brick in Anniston and was on his way home on foot when struck by the train. He left a wife and two children in almost destitute circumstances.  Source: Jacksonville Republican, Jacksonville, Alabama, December 10, 1887; Submitted by Melody Beery

[Tallapoosa Journal] - Taylor Mann, a brick mason who lives at this place, was run over by the train and killed, three miles this side of Edwardsville, Alabama, on Wednesday night. The engineer saw him sitting on the track but not in time to stop his train. Mann is supposed to have been drunk when killed.  He leaves a wife and two children. (Macon Telegraph, Macon, Ga., Nov. 29, 1887 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Born: Tuesday March 21, 1933
Died: Sunday October 19, 2008
Services: Dryden Funeral Home Chapel, October 21, 2008, 2:00 pm
Officiant: Rev. David Reaves, Rev. J. R. Morris
Concluding Service: Crumley's Chapel Cemetery, Ranburne Ala
Arrangements by: Dryden Funeral Home, Heflin Ala
Source: Funeral Card - Submitted by Diann Hale

Name: Shirley Narvell Mathis
Address: 45 Giles Street, Heflin, Ala
Birthdate: March 21, 1933
Birthplace: Bowden Ga
Date of Death: October 19, 2008
Place of Death: Cleburne County Nursing Home
Date of Funeral: October 21, 2008
Service held at: Dryden Funeral Home Chapel
Cemetery: Crumley's Chapel Cemetery
Clergymen: Revs Reaves and Morris
Father: Bunk Hale
Mother: Willie Mae (Stamps) Hale
Daughter: Lisa (Carlton) Harmon of Ranburne AL
Daughter: Rhonda (Ted) Ivey of Fruithurst AL
Brother: Sydney Hale
Brother: Clifton Hale
Brother: Henry Hale
5 Grandchildren
5 Great-Grandchildren
Source: Funeral Card - Submitted by Diann Hale

HEFLIN, ALA., Dec. 22. – J. R. Morgan, 18, head of one of the warehouses here, died Thursday night of apoplexy. The funeral will be held Sunday. Mr. Morgan is one of seven brothers, four of whom are in the army and he had been exempted to care for his mother, whose husband died this summer and a sister, at home. The brothers are Augustus, Dr. Frank Morgan, Grady Neil, Carrol and Frank. Frank Morgan resides in Montgomery. Two sisters also survive Mr. Morgan. Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) Wednesday, 23 Dec. 1917; transcribed by FoFG mz

Death -- Col. M. C. Osborn familiarly known to many in Brown county as "Tye" Osborn, died at his home in Heflin, Ala., June 5, of paralysis, with which he was stricken May 27. Col. Osborn was a nephew of Governor Tom Corwin of Ohio, and gained the title of colonel in the 119th Illinois regiment, which he commanded. He was United States marshal at Heflin and was engaged in mining, being the sole proprietor of a large copper mine. This brief notice of his death will be read with sorrow by his friends in this county.  Source: Brown County Democrat Message, Mt. Sterling, Illinois, June 14, 1890, Submitted by Sara Hemp

OTWELL, R.C. Family
Death from Poisoned Meat: Four members of a family of a farmer named Otwell, living in Cleburne County, Ala., died on the 13th, within a few hours after eating some meat for dinner. The meat is supposed to have contained poison. [Watertown Republican. (Watertown, Wis.), 19 March 1884]
The wife and three children of R.C. Otwell, Cleburne County, Ala, died from eating Chicago beef on the 14th. Otwell was ill and did not partake. The remainder of the family died in a few hours after the meal. The meat is to be analyzed. [The Superior Times. (Superior, Wis.), 22 March 1884]-Transcribed by KT. Added by Eric Stack

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 Newspaper article - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

Eli Phillips, a wealthy farmer of Harby Ridge, Cleburne county, accidentally killed himself a few days since while out hunting with a friend.  Phillips had stopped to get some wild grapes, leaving his gun leaning against a log.  His friend walked on but was soon startled by Phillips reel and fall.  In some manner he had stumbled against his gun, causing its accidentally discharge. The entire load took effect on Phillips, and he died almost instantly.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 12, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta Mckinney

Robert Scott shot and killed his uncle John Scott in self-defence, at Edwardsville, Ala. (St. Albans Daily Messenger, St. Albans, VT., May 7, 1881 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

In Tribute to Mrs. Arra Stamps
Mrs. Arra Stamps departed this life on July 26, 1965, at 1:45 a.m. in Jubal Watts Memorial Hospital at Bowdon, Georgia.
     Mrs. Stamps was born December 1, 1887, in Cleburne County, Alabama, the daughter of the late Mr. Sam Crumpton and the late Mrs. Jeff Simonton Crumpton.
     She leaves to mourn her going her husband, Mr. Charlie Stamps of Ranburne, four daughters, Mrs. Elsie Fordham, Birmingham, Mrs. Amy McLeroy, Heflin, Miss Etha Stamps, Ranburne, Mrs. Cleo Chappell, Talladega, and three sons, Olin and Elbert, Birmingham, and Alfred Ranburne, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
     Also surviving are two brothers Jimmie Crumpton of Ranburne, and Jasper Crumpton of Jasper, and a sister Mrs. Mandie Crow of Anniston and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 27, at Ranburne Methodist, Church at 2;00 p.m. Ministers were Reverend Lennox Mallory, Reverend Winifred Harris, Reverend Alvin Gore, Music was furnished by a number of her friends with a special number by Mrs. Linda Gail Rodgers of Talladega, Alabama.
    Interment was in the church cemetery with Dryden Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
    Active pallbearers were Arlon Cook, Aubrey Cooker, Len Crumpton, Jodie Hale, Cicero Hendrix, Howard Jones, Hugh Jones and David Maddox.
    The beautiful floral arrangements expressed the love her many friends had for her. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but our loss is God's gain. (Source: Cleburne News, Aug 19, 1965 - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale)

Funeral services for George W. Stamps, 83, who died at the home of a daughter near Ranburne on Tuesday afternoon, were held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the church, Revs. C.E. Kaylor of Heflin and Harmon Moore of Atlanta officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, Owens of Heflin directing. Surviving are three sons, C.J., J.C. of near Ranburne and O.A. Stamps of Heflin; six daughters, Mrs. Willie Hale of Heflin; Mrs.Tommy Maddox of Graham; Mrs. Alice Cox, Mrs. Ruby Jones, Mrs. Annie Moore, all of near Ranburne and Mrs. Mary Whitehead of LaGrange, Ga -  Source: Cleburne County Al Archives News May 1938 - Transcribed and submitted by Diann Hale

Family Bible had Birth Date 15 Sept 1892
Record of Funeral;06 Dec 1979
Rt 1 Ranburne, Alabama
Occupation: Housewife SSN: 420-68-5657
Date of Birth: 15 Sep 1892 Age 87
Birthplace: Georgia
Date of Death; 04 Dec 1979 6:10 PM
Place of Death: Jacksonville Nursing Home
Father: George W. Stamps
Mother: Jerusha Brown
Cause of Death: Cancer - (Source: Submitted by Diann Hale)

TAYLOR, Rev. J. C.
Rev. J. C. Taylor, aged 66 years, one of Heflin’s oldest Baptist preachers, died at that place the other day.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, December 31, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta Mckinney

TURNER, Dan Allen
Dan Allen Turner, 64, died Saturday, December 3, 2016 at his residence after a brief illness. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Turner, of Heflin; father, Fred A. Turner of Heflin; daughter, Megan (Percy) Huckeba, of Heflin; stepson, Andrew (Jodi) Kirkland, of Wellington; grandchildren, Andrew Kirkland Jr., Brock Kirkland and Luke Huckeba. Allen was a native of Georgia and resident of Cleburne County most of his life. Allen attended Edwardsville Church of God and was a truck driver for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his mother, Flora Mae Turner and brother, Paul Turner.
(Source: The Anniston Star - | Transcribed by Eric Stack)

CRIME OF WILDCATTERS - Deputy Sheriff Assassinated and Officers After The Assassins
Birmingham, Ala., Aug 8 - Dink Wharton, a Cleburne county deputy sheriff, left Edwardsville yesterday, armed with warrants for the arrest of several notorious wildcatters who infest the mountainous section of that county, twenty miles northeast of Edwardsville.  Today his dead body, riddled with bullets, was found in the public road near the scene of the wildcatter's operations. There were a dozen or more bullets in the corpse.
     It is believed that the outlaws had been apprised of Wharton's coming and waylaid and assassinated him. The sheriff has organized a posse and left of the scene of the murder, which is one of the wildest sections of Alabama, where no less than a dozen deputies have been slain by the wildcatters in the past few years.  The outlaws are well armed and defiant, and it is believed if the posse encounters them a bloody battle will follow. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, August 12, 1897 - 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 on 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

Harrison Wise, aged 94 years, died at his home near Arbachoochie recently. He was an upright farmer and a man of model deportment. Source: Jacksonville Republican, Jacksonville, Alabama, December 3, 1887; Submitted by Melody Beery.
Mr. Hicks Wise, of Heflin died from injuries received by a run-away team last week.   Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, August 10, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta Mckinney


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