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HENRY BENHART ABRAMSON - “FLORENCE -- The service for Henry Benhart Abramson, 75, Route 12, will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Hal Noble officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Elkins and Son funeral Home, Florence, directing. The body will be placed in the church half an hour before the service. He died Friday, Oct. 24, 1986, at Humana Hospital Florence. He was born in Cloverdale, son of the late Isaac William and Josphine Matilla Abramson. He was a retired dairy farmer. He was a member of Central Civitan Club and a past president, and a member of Florence Masonic Lodge 13, F&AM. He was a disabled veteran, serving in World War II, a member of Lauderdale County Post 11 of the American Legion, a member of the U.S.S. Washington Reunion group, U.S. Navy, and a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Inah Mae Young Abramson, Route 12, Florence; brother, Paul A. Abramson, Florence; sister, Mrs. Ruth Austin, Cloverdale. Memorials may be made to Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Central Civitan Club or charity. Bearers will be John Norman Abramson, David Abramson, Edwin Abramson, Paul Austin, Richard Hargett, Marvin Whisenant, L.C. Morgan Jr. and Charles Willis. Honorary bearers will be Dr. Carl Lucky, Frank Potts, Charles Moore, Ray Montgomery, Richard Compton , Wayland Darby, Danny Wylie, members of Central Heights Civitan Club, Men’s Sunday School Class of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Sunday, October 26, 1986

INA MAE (YOUNG) ABRAMSON - 92, of Florence, peacefully died Friday, June 4, 2010 after an extended stay at Southridge Place. Mrs. Abramson's visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. The funeral service will follow, with the Reverend Hal Noble, Reverend William H. Smith, Mickey Davis and Reverend Tom Moye officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry B. Abramson, her parents James E. and Annie Bert Young and sisters Lily Katherine Young and Julia Young Hargett. Survivors include niece Melinda Hargett, nephew Richard Hargett, cousins Lena Morgan (husband L.C.), Doris Whisenant (husband Marvin and daughter Allison Whisenant Delbert, Louis Delbert and Maryanna Delbert), sister-in-law Ruth Austin and a host of family and friends. Pallbearers will include Ronnie Brown, Neal Davis, Doug Murphy, Eckard Walker, Marvin Whisenant, and Larry Young. Honorary Pallbearers will be Johnny Abramson, Jack Bissey, Bob Bevis, Bud Cramer, Wayland Darby, Bobby Denton, R.D. Faulkner, Dr. Bob Mann, Charles Moore, Frank Potts, Dr. R.B. Spence, Charles Watkins, Staff at Southridge Place and all past Florence Clinic Physicians and Personnel. Inah Mae graduated from Central High School in 1936 and attended Bob Jones College. She worked as a secretary at the Florence Clinic from 1947-1967 until her marriage to Henry B. Abramson. Inah Mae was active in the Central Alumni Association and was the first Alumnus of the Year in 1989. She was a Charter Member of the Florence Business Professional Women and served as president, secretary/treasurer, district and member of the state board and one of three charter members active for the 50 years of the club's existence. Inah Mae was an active Democrat and influential in local, state and national politics. She served Lauderdale County in many capacities, including Board of Human Resources, the Board of Community Action, Women's Division of Lauderdale County on the State Traffic Commission, and was honored for 40 years of service to the Lauderdale Department of Pension and Services. She received the first Special Citizens Award presented by the Muscle Shoals Chamber of Commerce in 1967. She was recognized in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate in 1995 and received a Senate Resolution in 1999 commending her outstanding achievements, devotion and service to others. Inah Mae joined Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in 1929. She served as Youth Counselor, taught Sunday School, member of the United Methodist Women, Chairman of the History Committee, Chairman of the Cemetery, and served in various other capacities. She assisted in the district office doing secretarial duties as well. She was an active member of the community serving on the Board of Directors at the Central Community Center, and served as Secretary of the Central Fire Department. Inah Mae's life-long philosophy was "If you do other people good and put yourself last, you'll come out on top." Special thanks to Anita South, Scotty South and Southridge Place Staff for their care over the past four years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Central High School Alumni Scholarship Fund and the Central Community Center.
Joy Favors at Find-a-grave

CAROLYN CLAUDIA ADAMS , Florence, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Nov. 23, 2001.She was loved very much by all those who knew her. Her gentle ways to express the love of God touched so many lives. She was a wonderful wife and mother who always put the interest of her family and friends above her own.A celebration of her life will be held at Christ Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at 2 p.m. There will be a visitation in the sanctuary from 10 a.m. until noon, with burial following at Greenview Memorial Park.Officiating at the funeral will be the Rev. E.M. Shell and the Rev. Wayne Flemming.Carolyn is survived by her husband, Gerald Carolyn was preceded in her homecoming by her mother, Mary Ruth Austin.Pallbearers will include Chip Watkins, David Mathis, Rex Adams, Chuck McKinney, Bobby Brewer, Keith Brewer and Ralph Carroll.Honorary pallbearers: Billy Ray Adams, Ryan McKinney, Ken Kizziah, Jared and Bradley Adams, Barry Gilbert, Eugene Tomlinson, Dr. Jack Sellers, Jeff Hipp, Dr. Wes Marchman, Dr. Tim McAlpin, Bill Siegel, Rodney McKelvey, Dudley Harris, Jim Wright, Tom Moody and Richard Incontro.In lieu of flowers, send contributions to the American Cancer Society, Hospice of the Shoals or the Family Worship Center Building Fund.Greenview Funeral Home of Florence is directing.
Joy Favors - Published in Florence Times Daily on November 24, 2001

GLINDA ELORA (ANDERSON) ADAY , age 64, of Florence, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2011. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Spry-Williams Funeral Home, Florence. The service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the funeral home chapel, with Doug Pate and Larry Jaynes officiating. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Sam Aday, Blane Steely, Lane Jaynes, Brandon White, Anthony Purser and Patrick Purser. Honorary pallbearer is Scott Crowden. She was a member of Stoney Point Church of Christ. Preceding her in death were her mother, Clara Sledge Anderson, and stepmother, Millicent Goss. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Marshall Aday, of Florence; daughters, Marchelle Aday Williams (Stephen), of Huntsville, Gina Aday Sharpton and Sebrina Aday Burns, both of Florence; sister, Elaine White (Randy), of Florence; brothers, Sam Goss, of Florence, and Donald Dale Anderson, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; grandchildren, Jeffrey Marshall Williams, Ashton Whitley Williams, both of Huntsville, Savannah Brie and Sierra Dakota Pruitt, both of Florence; great-grandchildren, Darian Michael Williams and Leigha Renae Wicks.
Joy Favors - Published in Florence Times Daily on December 3, 2011

BETTY F. (RUSSELL) AGEE , 75, Florence, Ala., died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. today at Colbert Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. in the chapel, with burial to follow at Colbert Memorial Gardens. Officiating is Brother Donnie McDaniel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Agee Sr.; sons, Timothy Bratcher and Thurman Agee; parents, Charles and Ali Mae Russell; six brothers; and one sister. Survivors include sons, Richard Lee Agee Jr., of Tallapoosa, Ga., and Rick and Cindy Agee, of Florence; daughters, Donna and Billy Aycock, of Muscle Shoals, Cathy and Kenneth Thompson, of Tuscumbia, Joni and Billy Dobbs, Angie Murphy, Jan and Paul Parrish, Deb and Steve Rhodes, all of Florence, Donna and Lewis Lopez, of Fairfield, Calif.; brothers, Hiram and Homer D. Russell, of Muscle Shoals; sisters, Catherine Llewellyn, Barbara Jean Jones, Ruth Darnell and Janice Vess; 19 grandchildren and 5 1/2 great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Hospice of the Shoals, Jeff, D'arcey, Norma and Debbie at North West Alabama Cancer Center. Colbert Memorial Chapel of the Shoals is directing.
Times Dailey 9 Feb. 2009

LILLIAN (McDONALD) AKERS , known to all as Donnie, died Saturday Sep. 1, 2012. Donnie never met a stranger. Her big things were "my church" and the Help Center, where she was a volunteer for more than 25 years. She also served as a volunteer in the Lifewise Office at ECM Hospital. She was her mother's faithful helper, doing most of the leg work, for years on a Meals On Wheels route mostly rural in the county. Donnie is survived by parents, Marjorie (Midge) Akers and Peter L. Akers Jr.; sister, Mary Lynn Jackson and husband, Greg, of Florence, and their children, James H. Steele and wife, Jackie, Knoxville, Tenn., Stacey Tapscott and husband, Brad, of Decatur, Ala.; and their sons, Bradley and Andrew, Phillip Steele, Auburn, and Rachael Jackson, of Florence; as well as brother, Peter L. Akers III and wife, Rhonda, Killen, Ala., and their daughters, Piper, Rylee Lillian, Amelia and son, Luke. She is also survived by her uncle, Richard Davis; and a host of cousins in Virginia and West Virginia. Preceded in death by brother, James H. Akers, M.D., Florence; grandparents, Peter L. and Lillian Akers, Harvey and Marjorie Woods; Aunt Mary Alice Davis; Uncle Billy and Aunt Georgia Woods, all of Virginia; In the several months leading up to her death, outstanding individuals with Gentiva Home Health Care, Hospice of the Shoals and Dr. Kalliath's office helped maintain and sustain her life and boost Donnie's spirit. No names are mentioned for fear of inadvertently leaving someone out. Thanks also to Bonita and Leslie. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday Sep. 7, 2012, at Elkins Florence Funeral Home. The funeral service Saturday, Sep. 8 will be at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Poplar Street at 10:00 a.m., followed by burial beside her brother in the Akers family plot at Greenview Cemetery. Pallbearers are Greg Jackson, Jim Steele, Phillip Steele, Luke Akers, Brad Tapscott and Tom Ledbetter. Honorary pallbearers are Richard Davis, Bob Davis, Bev Davis, John Hicks, Pat Hood and Bill Elkins. Donnie's cheerful presence among us will be missed.
Joy Favors - Published in Florence Times Daily on September 5, 2012

MARY BOOKS (McKENZIE) ALBRITTON , a devoted mother, grandmother and friend, died peacefully Dec. 11, 2008, in Birmingham, Ala., at the age of 72. She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Aug. 10, 1936, and spent her adult life in Florence, Ala. Mary Brooks was a graduate of Girls Preparatory School - Chattanooga and Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes College - Memphis) and was a lifelong member and supporter of Chi Omega Sorority. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, The Service League of the Shoals, the Shoals Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century. She was preceded in death by husband of 49 years, Sam J. Albritton Jr.; parents, Kathleen Kingston McKenzie and Clarence Eugene McKenzie, of Chattanooga; brother, Roderick McKenzie and sister, Kay Wilson, both of Chattanooga. Mary Brooks is survived by son, Sam J. Albritton III (Michelle), of Knoxville, Tenn., and children, Jones and Kate Albritton; daughter, Kathleen A. Fittro (Todd), of Bradenton, Fla., and children, Preston and Robert Fittro; son, Will B. Albritton (Avery), of Memphis, Tenn., and children, Mary Lynda and Kathleen Albritton; daughter, Martha A. Furio (Jim), of Birmingham, Ala., and child, Ross Furio. Mary Brook's love of life, helping hand to all in need, counsel to friends and family along with her keen sense of humor endeared her to all. A celebration of Mary Brooks' life was held Saturday, Dec. 13, at First Presbyterian Church, Florence, Ala. The family received friends in the fellowship hall at the church preceding the service from 1-3:30 p.m. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Girls Preparatory School, Attention: Randy Tucker, 205 Island Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37405 or First Presbyterian Church, 224 E. Mobile St., Florence, AL 35630. Arrangements by Elkins Funeral Home.
Joy Favors - Published in Florence Times Daily from December 12 to December 14, 2008

SAM JONES ALBRITTON , age 72, of Florence, Ala., passed away in Birmingham on July 7 after a brief illness.Dr. Albritton was born at home, on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau in McMinnville, Tenn., on March 5, 1933. He was the son of the late Martha Little and Dr. Sam Jones Albritton. His early years, when he was known as "Sammy," were filled with weekly visits to Sparta, Tenn., to visit his mother's family and numerous trips to Camden, Ala., to visit his father's family and his many cousins. He graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn., and continued his education with a degree from the University of the South -- Sewanee. In 1953, while attending Sewanee, Dr. Albritton met his bride of 49 years, Mary Brooks McKenzie Albritton, of Chattanooga, Tenn. Their love and commitment was formalized when they married Aug. 27, 1955. Later that fall, they moved to Memphis, Tenn., where he attended the University of Tennessee Dental School. After graduation, Dr. Albritton joined his father's dental practice in McMinnville, Tenn., and practiced with him for two years. From 1960-62, he fulfilled his commitment to his country with service in the Air Force as a dentist at Kelly AFB, San Antonio, Texas. In 1962, Dr. Albritton purchased his first cousin's (Dr. Hill Barnett) dental practice in Florence, Ala. He retained the practice in the North Florence business community for more than 40 years.Just as his father who practiced dentistry for 58 years, Dr. Albritton served the dental needs of several generations of families. He was known to make house calls, meet patients outside office hours and never one to deny someone who needed dental care by accepting barter goods for services. Dr. Albritton enjoyed the good fortune of a dedicated professional staff that stayed with him many years.Dr. Albritton and his wife raised four children in a loving and Christian environment. They include, Sam Jones Albritton III (Michelle), Knoxville, Tenn., Kathleen Albritton Fittro (Todd), Bradenton, Fla., William Brooks Albritton (Avery), Germantown, Tenn., and Martha Albritton Furio (Jim), Homewood, Ala.; grandchildren include, Sam Dr. Albritton was proud to be the 12th generation Albritton born in America and honored to have 11 ancestors who served in combat for American Independence in the Revolutionary War. These ancestors, along with others who fought in the French and Indian War, Creek War, War of 1812, War Between the States, Mexican American War, and his father, who served as a second lieutenant and earned combat decoration with a Purple Heart in World War I, provided him with his heritage of service to our country.In Dr. Albritton's early years, he worked as a disc jockey in his mother's radio station, WMMT, McMinnville and WSMT, Sparta, Tenn. He played football at Castle Heights Military Academy and often told stories of playing with and against World War II veterans. At the University of The South, he developed his golf game and later toured with the Air Force National Golf Team. He was an avid deer hunter and in 2004-05 had his best year of hunting in Camden, Ala., with his sons, relatives and friends. He was instrumental in the formation of the YMCA in Florence, Ala., the establishment of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at the University of North Alabama, and the establishment of Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club as a charter member. He was a prior member of Kiwanis, a regional officer of the Alabama Treasure Forestry Commission, a member of the Alabama Dental Society and a member of the Tennessee Society of the Sons of the Revolution. Dr. Albritton was a 37-year active member of First Presbyterian Church in Florence, where he served as a deacon for six years and elder for 18 years.Dr. Albritton was never one to slow down. He enjoyed many years spent at his lake home and hunting camp with family and friends. He was a man of many friends and had a keen sense of humor. Gentle and cheerful by nature, he drew people to him by the warmth of his personality and kept their friendship through his lifetime. His generosity and helpfulness were often unknown to the public but touched the lives of a great number of people. For those in need, he was unable to say no. He lived with zest and enthusiasm enjoying his life and the lives of those around him. He loved his family and took great pride and satisfaction in his children. In return, his children gave him great love and loyalty. He will always be remembered by those who knew him, and greatly missed by those who loved him.A family graveside service will be Sunday, July 10, at Greenview Cemetery in Florence, Ala. The Rev. Larry Baskin will officiate. Elkins Funeral Home is handling arrangements. A service to celebrate the life of Dr. Sam Jones Albritton Jr. will be at a later date at First Presbyterian Church, Florence, Ala. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Presbyterian Church, 224 E. Mobile St., Florence, AL 35630..
Joy Favors - Published in Florence Times Daily on July 10, 2005

THOMAS RAY ALCORN , 59, of Florence died Saturday, July 9, 2011 at ECM Hospital. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 12, 2011, from 12-2PM at First United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 2PM with Chris Montgomery officiating. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Park. Mr. Alcorn loved spending time with his family. He worked in the aluminum industry all his life. Mr. Alcorn is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Janice Alcorn; three daughters, Emily Thornton (Nick), Wendy Downing (Devin), and Erin Crowder; sister, Sheila Koshewa; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Crowder, Greta Downing, Logan Thornton, and Gavin Thornton.
Source: Joy Favors at Find-A-Grave

JAMES WALTON ALDRIDGE , Sr., Florence, age 88, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29. He was born Oct. 24, l924, to William Walter Aldridge and Mabel McCulley Aldridge in Morgan County, Ala. James was preceded in death by two sisters, Ola Johnson and Hilda Barnette, Decatur, Ala.; four brothers, Burch Aldridge, Slidell, La., Wilfred Aldridge, Malvern, Ark., Milton Aldridge, Decatur, Ala., and Harold Aldridge, Danville, Ala. The Aldridge family served proudly during World War II. Four sons and one son-in-law served a combined total of twenty-one years. When James volunteered for service, he chose the U.S. Navy, where he was a radio operator in the amphibious forces on a landing ship medium (LSM) serving in South Pacific from Borneo to Japan. In October of 1944, his ship was sunk by a hurricane near Okinawa. Several ships and men were lost. When James returned home from war, he began preparation for a long and useful life. He enrolled at Florence State College (now UNA) and graduated with a degree in physical education and biology, after which he accepted a job as basketball and baseball coach at T. M. Rogers High School in Lauderdale County. He coached four years before returning to school to get a Master's Degree in chemistry and biology, after which he was employed by TVA in fertilizer research. He became a technical writer and edited many technical reports. One of his articles was published in the Southern History Encyclopedia, prepared by LSU. He was an avid landscaper and gardener. He also loved hunting, fishing, golf, Alabama football and Atlanta Braves baseball. James served many years as a deacon, elder and teacher of adult Bible classes at Sherrod Avenue Church of Christ. He was a member there for approximately fifty years. He is survived by Peggy, his wife of 64 years; daughter, Ramona Faucett (Toby); and son, James Walton Aldridge Jr.; grandchildren, Tyler Faucett (Kendra), Ben Faucett (Bethany), Rachael Aldridge and Hannah Aldridge Strickland (Word); four great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many lifelong friends and will be missed greatly. The service for James will be conducted by Kenny Barfield at Greenview Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Friday followed by burial in the Greenview Memorial Park with military honors. Visitation will precede the funeral from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday. Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.
Joy Favors - Published in Florence Times Daily on January 31, 2013

CHARLES EDWARD ALEXANDER , On Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, the spirit of Charles Edward Alexander returned to God who gave it. He had sojourned on earth for 94 years and for the last two years had been a resident at Mitchell Hollingsworth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was a member of the Church of Christ, a World War II veteran and was retired from Reynolds Alloys. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 from noon to 2 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 2 p.m. Officiating will be Ronnie Pannell and Brad Adcock. Burial will follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Lillian Marks Alexander; parents, Henry and Lina Alexander; grandson, Anthony Alexander; sisters, Bertha Angel and Mary West; brother, James Alexander. He is survived by sons, Charles Alexander (Dot), Jerry Alexander (Clarisa); daughter, Cherion Crow (Charles); grandchildren, Duane Alexander (Jeri), Patrick Alexander (Shayla), Amy Thorpe (Wade), Darran Alexander (Valerie), John Charles Crow, all of Florence, Dena Laxson (Joseph), of Warrensburg, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Ben Alexander (Sara Beth), Katie Alexander, Andrew, Ryan and Morgan Alexander, Abigail, Autumn and Lily Grace Alexander, Jordan and Alex Byrd, Hunter Thorpe and Olivia Laxson. Edward was an avid sportsman and enjoyed bird hunting. He took great delight in training his dogs and hunting with friends and family. He possessed a delightful sense of humor and was loved dearly by his family and many friends. He held himself to a high standard of conduct and expected no less from his children and grandchildren. His life was spent in trying to please God and with the hope of an eternal reward. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Special thanks to station five nurses and aides and Mitchell Hollingsworth NRC and Dr. W. A. Hobbs. Arrangements are by Greenview Funeral Home.
Janette Stowe - Published in Florence Times Daily on January 17, 2013

INEZ (COCHRAN) ALEXANDER , age 98, passed from this life May 1, 2006. She was born Nov. 2, 1907, in Boston (Marion County), Ala. She graduated from Hamilton High School. She received her registered nurse degree from The Employees' Hospital of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Co., in Fairfield, Ala. She began her nursing career at Vanderbilt Hospital and, for many years, worked with her husband in private medical practice. In later years, she did private duty nursing. Mrs. Alexander moved to Florence in 1934. She briefly lived in Madison, Ala., during World War II and returned to Florence in 1945. She was a resident of Tuscumbia the past 20 years. She was baptized in her youth and was a faithful member of the church of Christ. She loved being with her family and friends, keeping up with current events and enjoying nature. She was a faithful benefactor to International Bible College (Heritage Christian University) and gave the land for the original campus. She also supported Mars Hill Bible School and mission efforts throughout the world. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rhoda Gilbert and A.B. Cochran; sisters, Mamie Thompson and Florence Miller; brother, Hoyet Cochran; the father of her children, Dr. William Wallace Alexander; her beloved 16-year-old son, Walter Ansel Alexander; and her beloved grandson, Wallace "Bubba" Weddington. She is survived by her son, Lawrence Cochran Alexander and wife, Polly; daughters, Mary Ann Weddington, Louise Cochran Alexander and husband, Steve Suess, Rebekah Inez McMackin and husband, Mike, Elizabeth Trammel; grandchildren, Michael Weddington and wife, Revae, Carolyn Weddington, Marilyn Curry and husband, Tommy, Gwen Weddington, Lynda Chand and husband, Suresh, Mary Rebekah Callahan and husband, John, Dr. Luke Adams, M.D., Sarah Adams, Annette Alexander Calloway and husband, Joe, Emily McMackin, Susanna McMackin, Lauren McMackin, Hooper Stevens and Ben Giles Stevens; great-grandchildren, Alicia Reaves and husband, Trey, Joseph Weddington, Leland Cagle, Asha Chand and Jessica Rose Calloway; and great-great-grandchild, Emma Reaves. She is also survived by a sister, Lois Cochran Frawley; and cousins, nieces and nephews. The family wishes to send our heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation in Tuscumbia for the loving care shown to Inez. Special thanks are given to Brother Bill Tankersley and Betty Tatum and the Ambassadors of Love and for their faithful visits. Appreciation is also given to Wiregrass Hospice and Dr. Stephen Collier. Contributions can be made to Heritage Christian University or Mars Hill Bible School. The family will receive friends at Greenview Funeral Home in Florence on Thursday, May 4, 2006, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The memorial service will immediately follow in Greenview Memorial Chapel, with interment in Greenview Memorial Park, with Ellis Coats and Bill Tankersley officiating. Greenview Funeral Home, of Florence, is directing.
Source: Joy Favors - Published in Florence Times Daily on May 3, 2006

JEAN (JOHNSON) ALEXANDER , 52, of 1302 West Montgomery St., Sheffield, died today about 8 a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James A Cagle, 412 Campbell St., Florence. Mrs. Alexander was a music teacher in Sheffield for a number of years and pianist of the South Side Baptist church, Sheffield, where she was a member. She was a graduate of Wayne University of Music n Detroit and was also pianist of the WMU for Colbert and Lauderdale counties. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the South Side church, Sheffield, with Rev. G.T. Prater officiating, assisted by Rev. M.L. Butler and Rev. L.E. Kelley. Burial will be in Jones Hill Cemetery. Survivors are her husband, D.E. Alexander; two sons, Elmer E. Johnson, Florence, and Robert H. Johnson, Monroe, La.; two daughters, Mrs. Cagle, Florence, and Mrs. Ralph D. Wilson, Florence, two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice White and Mrs. W.R. Berry, both of Florence; and nine grandchildren. Active bearers will be Floyd Rogers, James Doss, Roger Murphy Gene Murphy and Gary Mennie. Arrangement by Chisholm.”
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JIM ALEXANDER , 78, passed away Dec. 31, 2009, at ECM Hospital. Jim was a native of Winston, Ala., a longtime resident of Lauderdale County and a member of the Mitchell Hollingsworth Sherrod Avenue Church of Christ services. Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Greenview Funeral Home, with the funeral service following at 2 p.m. in Greenview Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Park. Officiating will be Paul Swindle. Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers. He is survived by two sisters, Lillian Borden and Viola Glover, and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Matt Meyers, Cecil Brewer, Jerry Eaton, Robert Eaton, Darrell Brewer and Jerry Eaton Jr. Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.
Source: Times Daily - Ancestry.com

LILLIAN (MARKS) ALEXANDER , 91, a native of Lauderdale County, passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a retired licensed practical nurse. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Greenview Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 1 p.m. in Greenview Memorial Chapel. Officiating will be Brad Adcock. Burial will follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Mrs. Alexander was preceded in death by her parents, Emmett and Tressie Couch Marks; stepmother, Pauline O'bryant Marks; sisters, Mary Elizabeth Burleson and Helen Butler; grandson, Anthony Alexander. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Edward Alexander; sons, Charles Alexander (Dot), Jerry Alexander (Clarisa); daughter, Cherion Crow (Charles); sisters, Nadine Moore (D.A.), all of Florence, Elinor Sharp, of Mishawauka, Ind.; grandchildren, Duane Alexander (Jerri), Patrick Alexander (Shayla), Amy Thorpe (Wade), Darran Alexander (Valarie), John Charles Crow, all of Florence, Dena Laxson (Joseph), of Warrensburg, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Ben Alexander (Sara Beth), Katie Alexander, Andrew, Ryan and Morgan Alexander, Abigail, Autumn and Lily Grace Alexander, Jordan and Alex Byrd, Olivia Laxson and Hunter Thorpe. Lillian was a faithful wife, loving mother, grandmother and a loyal friend. She possessed a beautiful singing voice and a delightful sense of humor. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An online guest book may be viewed and signed via greenviewmemorial.com. Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.
Source: Joy Favors at Find-A-Grave. Published in Florence Times Daily on December 12, 2011

BENJAMIN JORDON ALLEN , age 22, of Newport News, Va., died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, in Hampton, Va., after a brief illness.Ben was born at Fort McClellan, Ala. He graduated from Kecoughtan High School in Hampton in June 2001, with highest honors. He was a member of the JV and varsity baseball teams, the National Honor Society and the Technology Students Association.Visitation was Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, from 6-8 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. at Greenview Memorial Chapel, with burial to follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Robert Sparkman. A candlelight memorial service will be Friday, Jan 21, 2005, at 6 p.m. in Bethel Park, Hampton, Va.Ben was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John Jordan Sr.He is survived by his parents, Larry and Marie Allen, of Madison, Ala., formerly of Hampton, Va.; brother, Thomas Moore Allen, of Madison, Ala.; maternal grandmother, June M. Jordan, of Sheffield; paternal grandparents, Roger and Jean Allen, of Florence; special friend, Mary Williams, of Newport News, Va.; and a host of other relatives and friends.Pallbearers will be Darwin E. Green, Gary E. Hughes, Roger Zinke, James P. Kite, Martin Hare and Danny Davis.Honorary pallbearers will include Glen Jordan, John Jordan Jr., Larry Moore and Matthew Wilber.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fisher House Foundation, 1401 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20852.Greenview Funeral Home, of Florence, is directing.
Source: Joy Favors at Find-A-Grave - Published in Florence Times Daily on January 15, 2005

GEORGE T. ALLEN , 92, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., died Jan. 10, 2013, after a brief illness. Visitation will be Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home of Florence. Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Elkins Chapel officiated by Dr. Sammy Gilbreath. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gene Allen, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; his son, Michael Allen, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; his brothers, David Allen, of Marietta, Ga., and Gerald Allen, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and one granddaughter; and two grandsons. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund of Forest Lake Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala. George T. Allen was born Aug. 4, 1920, in Centralia, Ill., but spent most of his childhood in Choctaw County, Ala., and Meridian, Miss. George joined the Marine Corps in 1938 and was in London, England, when America entered WWII. He and ten other Marines trained with the Royal Commandos, resulting in the formation of the Marine Raiders. George trained other Raiders at Camp Pendleton from 1942-44. In 1945, George himself went into combat on Iwo Jima as Platoon Sergeant in Company D, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division. On the fifth day of the battle, George saw the first U.S. flag raised on top of Mt. Suribachi. He led his platoon for two weeks after his commander was wounded, but was himself shot and paralyzed on his left side on March 13, 1945. For his bravery in action, Pl. Sgt. Allen was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" and the Purple Heart. He and his unit also received the Presidential Unit Citation. After his rehabilitation, promotion, and honorable discharge, Gunnery Sgt. Allen came back to Miss. Although George was permanently paralyzed, his younger brother asked him to play golf. George managed to hit the ball straight with one arm on the first try. Through years of determination and practice, George became a golf professional. He came to Florence, Ala., in the early fifties to help his brother, the late Winfield Allen, with the Skypark Golf Course. In 1967, George designed and built the first nine holes of Twin Pines Country Club near Littleville, Ala., and managed it until 1975. He then returned to Skypark until his retirement in 1983. During his 32 year golf career, he scored a remarkable 13 holes-in-one. He also taught numerous people how to play golf, including many with physical limitations who came from throughout the nation for George to teach them. Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, Alabama.
Source: Joy Favors (Find-A-Grave) Published in Florence Times Daily on 12 Jan 2013

JOEL VENOY ALLEN , 69, of Lexington, passed away Oct. 5, 2010, at ECM Hospital after an extended illness. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lexington, a retired mill operator for Reynolds Metals and a member of United Steelworkers Local 200. Survivors include his parents, Ottis Gentry Allen and Ora Lee Jones Allen, of Peppertown, Tenn.; son, Brian Keith Allen, Rogersville; daughter, Lisa Allen Sinyard, Lexington; brothers, Ottis Coy Allen, Lexington, Terry Lynn Allen, Killen, Richard Keith Allen, Lexington; sister, Janice Allen Booth and husband, Chuck, Lexington; grandson, Zackery Allen Sinyard, Tuscaloosa; granddaughter, Ashley Danielle Sinyard, Tuscaloosa; and special friend, Dinah Bowling Bunnell. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Greenhill Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Brother Earnie Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Allen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Johnny Allen, Dale Barnett, David Brown, Tommy Fuller, Tim Hanback, Dennis Killen, Larry Newton and Jason Leonard. Honorary pallbearers will be Bradley Putman and Don Bolen. Greenhill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Source: Joy Favors (Find-A-Grave) Published in Florence Times Daily on October 7, 2010

MARY CHARLOTTE ALLEN , 99, of Florence, passed away Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at her residence. She was a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and a member of the Father's House. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011, at Greenview Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Greenview Memorial Chapel, with burial in Greenview Memorial Park. Officiating will be the Rev. Jerry Balentine. Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her first husband, Leo Roy Sibley. She is survived by her husband, Clarence E. Allen; three sons, Terry Leo, James Roy and Thomas Richard Sibley; three daughters, Jeanne Cooper, Judy Scott, all of Florence, and Joan Pero, of Rogersville; grandchildren, Kathy Gatchis (Gus), Debra Woznick (Tommy), James Steigerwald (Ruth), Steve Steigerwald (Carman), Robert Steigerwald (Silvi), Kenny Scott (Kathy), Amy Staggs (Johnny), Michael Sibley (Glenda), Jennifer Lamb (Matt), Shawn Sibley (Rhonda), Thomas Bush (Jaimie), Tammy Bush; great-grandchildren, David Glover, Mary Glover, Whitney Peed, Zac and Zoe Scott, Kaitlyn Lamb, Johnna Grace Staggs, Calvin and Jackson Bush, Austin, Justin and Kayla Sibley, Chad and Jared Sibley, Chris and Mike Gatchis, Tim, Sarah and Katie Woznick, Kelly Zinc, Robert and Richard Steigerwald, Michelle Arentzen, Robyn Lively; great-great-grandchildren, Garrett Green, Samantha Lively and Jacob Steigerwald. Pallbearers will be Thomas Sibley, Terry Sibley, James Steigerwald, Robert Steigerwald, Steve Steigerwald, Shawn Sibley, Thomas Bush and Kenny Scott. Honorary pallbearers will be James Sibley, Johnny Staggs, Matt Lamb, David Glover and Kennie Scott
Source: Joy Favors at Find-A-Grave - Published in Florence Times Daily from March 1 to March 3, 2011

GARY EARL ALLMAN , 62, of Muscle Shoals, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. today at Greenview Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Greenview Memorial Chapel, with Tim Pannell officiating. Burial will follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Gary was born in Florence and was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 760. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed deer hunting, water skiing, golf, four wheeling, Alabama football, family and friends. Survivors are his parents, Opal and Earl Allman, Florence; brother, Rodney Allman (Sonya), Muscle Shoals; sisters, Debbie Allman, Leighton, and Jackie Allman Crain (Brad), Fort Worth, Texas; nieces and nephews, Josh Allman, Jacob Crain, Alison Crain, Ashley Allman and Amber Allman; and a great-niece, Kayleigh Crain. Pallbearers will be Freddie Kimbrough, Pat Pepper, Mike O'Rear, Steve Gilchrist, Josh Allman and Wade Gilchrist. Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.
Source: Joy Favors at Find-A-Grave - Published in Florence Times Daily on June 8, 2011

ROBERT JAMES ALSTON , 55, of Tuscumbia, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011, at ECM Hospital, after an extended illness. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Valdosta Church of Christ in Tuscumbia, followed by the service at 3 p.m., with Edward White and Bill Bagents officiating. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Park. Mr. Alston was born in Munford, Tenn., and was a member of Valdosta Church of Christ. For 20 years, he was employed in the business of pouring and finishing concrete. Preceding him in death were his parents, Alvin Lorenzo Alston Sr. and Tommie Lee Alston; brother, Jonnie Bommer; and infant son, Michael James Alston. Survivors are his wife, Vivian Johnson Alston; son, Robert James Alston Jr., Florence; brothers, Alvin Lorenzo Alston Jr., Florence, and Billy Wayne Alston Sr. and his wife, Ann M. Alston, Nokesville, Va.; sister, Teresa Kay Alston Harris, Tuscumbia; grandchildren, Deonte, Demond and Kamarion Alston; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Lyndon Davidson. Pallbearers will be Chuck Evans, James Bacon, Wallace Handley, Joel Landers, Jerry

CLARA (SLEDGE) ANDERSON - age 75, of Florence, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at her home after an extended illness.Mrs. Anderson was born in Tuscumbia, Ala., and graduated from Deshler High School. She worked at Conner's Camera Shop as a sales associate in downtown Sheffield for several years before moving to Kokomo, Ind., where she resided for 35 years. She moved back to the Florence area four years ago to be closer to her family. Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Baptist church in Kokomo, Ind.Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. today at Greenview Funeral Home. The funeral service will be today at 4 p.m. at Greenview Memorial Chapel, with burial to follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Officiating at the service will be John Henry.Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, Donald W. Anderson; her father, Thomas Grady Sledge; brother, Billy G. Sledge; and a sister, Ruby S. Stovall.She is survived by her mother, Mammie Hand Sledge of Tuscumbia; son, Donald D. Anderson of Angola, Ind.; two daughters, Elaine White and husband, Randy, of Florence, Elora Aday and husband, Marshall, of Florence; three brothers, Grady E. Sledge of Killen, Ervin P. Sledge and wife, Peggy, of Cherokee, Ala., Thomas W. Sledge and wife, Mary, of Choctaw, Okla.; and sister-in-law, Nancy Sledge; six grandchildren, Jackie Berryman, Scott Crowden, Brandon White, Marchelle Williams, Gina Sharpton and Sebrina Pruitt; four great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Ashton Williams and Savannah and Sierra Pruitt.Pallbearers will be Jimmy Byrd, Sam Aday, Doug Sledge, Jeff Mock, Tommy Sledge and Charles Sledge.Greenview Funeral Home of Florence is directing.
Janette Stowe - Find-A-Grave - Published in Florence Times Daily on February 1, 2003

CORNELIA (CARROLL) ANDERSON - 93, of Florence, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at Glenwood Rehabilitation Center.She was a native of Lauderdale County from the Smithsonia community. She was a homemaker and member of Canaan Methodist Church.Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. today at Greenview Funeral Home. The graveside service will follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Tommy Heaps.She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Anderson; parents, Thomas and Hester Phillips Carroll; stepmother, Janette Gooch Carroll; sisters, Geneva McClain and Elizabeth Irons; brothers, Thomas Carroll, Robert Carroll and George Carroll.She is survived by her son, Buster L. Carroll and wife, Joyce, of Florence; grandson, Michael Carroll and wife, Perryn; granddaughter, Beth Ann Carroll; great-grandsons, Caleb, Jacob and Zachary Carroll, all of Birmingham, Ala.; sisters, Ruth Nance, of Cohutta, Ga., Pauline Reynolds, of Muscle Shoals, and Louise Cook, of Florence; and many nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will be her nephews.Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Irons, Roland Irons, Charles Winters, Will Rhodes and Jerry Darby.The family would like to express love and appreciation to Dr. Hobs and the staff of Glenwood Nursing Home.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Canaan Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.Greenview Funeral Home, of Florence, is directing..
Joy Favors - Find-A-Grave - Published in Florence Times Daily on December 30, 2003

EDWARD PHILLIP ANDERSON - of Owens Cross Roads, passed away Sunday. He was 61. Phil was a native of Florence, Ala., and a resident of Madison County for 28 years. He faithfully served his country and was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War era. Survivors include his wife of more than 41 years, Phyllis Mullins Anderson; one daughter, Candice Raye Lawen and husband, James Louis Lawen; one son, Philip Edward Anderson and wife, Heather Cannon Anderson; five brothers, James Anderson, Steve Anderson, Timothy Anderson, Mark Anderson and David Anderson; one sister, Mary Stults; seven grandsons, Justin Anthony Lawen, Caleb Robert Lawen, Dakota James Lawen, Joseph Robert Anderson, Jaxon Powell Lawen, Jacob Michael Anderson and Atticus Edward Lawen; and two granddaughters, Sarah Ashlyn Lawen and Alexis Leanne Anderson. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Berryhill Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday at Berryhill Funeral Home chapel, with Eddie Levick officiating. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. at Wednesday at Greenview Cemetery in Florence, Ala. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Rainbow Omega, P.O. Box 740, Eastaboga, AL 36260.
"ewelliott" at Find-a-grave - Published in Florence Times Daily on July 5, 2011

GERALD WAYNE ANDERSON - age 56, of Florence, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Lauderdale County and a member of First Baptist Church of Muscle Shoals.Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, with the funeral following at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Park. Officiating will be the Rev. Steve McAllister.He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sue Olive Anderson; son, Patrick Anderson and wife, Mandi, of Nashville, Tenn.; parents, Robert and Juanita Anderson of Florence; brother, Jody Anderson and wife, Teresa, of Florence; sister, Linda Sue White and husband, Edwin, of Florence; granddaughter, Emma Rebekah Anderson of Nashville; and grandmother, Amelie Stalions of Baton Rouge, La.Pallbearers will be Don Walker, Edwin White, Lonnie Briley, Sam Hudson, J.W. Green, Jim Hatcher, Bobby Olive and Jim Frawley.Honorary pallbearer will be Danny Maddox.Greenview Funeral Home of Florence is directing..
Joy Favors - Published in Florence Times Daily on May 26, 2003

LARRY ANDERSON - Superintendent Larry Anderson, 49, Florence, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002.Visitation will be 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum. The funeral will be at noon Saturday, Nov. 16, at the coliseum, with burial in Greenview Cemetery. Officiating will be Bishop O.L. Meadown. Thompson and Son Funeral Home is directing.Superintendent Larry Anderson was born June 23, 1953, to William Anderson (deceased) and Jennie Lee Anderson. He was a lifelong Florence resident. He attended Burrell Slater High School and graduated from Coffee High School in 1969. In 1971, he attended the University of North Alabama, majoring in sociology. He received a certificate in Christian education from the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).Superintendent Anderson grew up in the Morrow Memorial COGIC (formerly Faith Temple), Florence. On July 26, 1979, he accepted and acknowledged his call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and worked faithfully with his pastor, Supt. W.R. Morrow (deceased). He became an ordained elder in August 1982.On Oct. 11, 1983, he founded the New Life COGIC, Tuscumbia. He was also appointed to pastor the Morrow Memorial COGIC. On Feb. 27, 2002, the churches merged and became the Revival Center COGIC.Superintendent Anderson was a member of the General Board of Alabama Jurisdiction I (COGIC), state public relations chairman and superintendent of the W.R. Morrow District (COGIC). He served on the Florence Police Department Community Advisory Committee and previously was a member of the W.C. Handy Advisory Policy Council.He leaves to cherish his memories a devoted wife of 30 years, Etta Marie Anderson; daughters, Vanesha (Elder Patrick) Mason, Angela Anderson; son, Timothy Anderson; grandchildren, Jada Anderson and Isaac Mason, all of Florence; mother, Jennie Lee Anderson; sisters, Shirley Hudson, Rachel Williams, all of Zion, Ill.; brothers, Napoleon Mitchell, Florence, Pernell Anderson, Zion, Ill., and Peter (Barbara) Anderson, Dewitt, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Edna Ragland, Florence; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, other relatives and friends.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Revival Center COGIC Building Fund.
Joy Favors - Find-A-Grave - Published in Florence Times Daily on November 13, 2002

MARTHA V. ANDERSON - 79, Florence, Ala., died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Glenwood Rehabilitation Center, Florence. Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2001, at Greenview Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2001, at Greenview Memorial Chapel, with burial in Greenview Memorial Park.Officiating at the funeral will be her son-in-law, Brother Randy Baker, and Brother Jack Wilhelm.She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ollie D. Anderson, Florence; one son, Rollie T. Anderson, Dallas, Texas; one daughter, Marlene Baker and husband, Randy, of Birmingham, Ala.; six grandchildren, Jennie Hall and husband, Ken, of Florence, Jodie Minor and husband, Matthew, of Graysville, Ala., Jeff Baker, Nashville, Tenn., Jason Baker, Florence, Alicia Anderson and Ramsey Anderson, both of Dallas, Texas; one great-grandchild, Jill Miriam Hall of Florence.Pallbearers will include Rick Collum, Lawrence Alexander, Tim Hall, James Swinea, Ken Hall, Matthew Minor, James Hopper, Tim Morrow.She was a member of Mars Hill Church of Christ. A native of Dallas, Texas, she moved to Florence 20 years ago. For many years she was an active member of the Associated Womens Organization of Mars Hill Bible School. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and very special grandmother.The family requests memorials be made to Mars Hill Church of Christ to be used to provide scholarships for deserving young people to obtain a Christian education.Greenview Funeral Home of Florence is directing.
Joy Favors - Find-A-Grave - Published in Florence Times Daily on June 9, 2001

OLLIE D. ANDERSON - 94, of Florence, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. Visitation is set for Friday afternoon, Nov. 30, from 1-2:45 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home in Florence. After the visitation, the funeral will be at 3 p.m. in the chapel and will be conducted by family members, with the assistance of Brother Jack Wilhelm. He was a native of Dallas, Texas, but has lived for the last 26 years in the Shoals. He was a retired employee of Otis Elevators. He was a member of Cedar Grove Church of Christ in Rogersville. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Martha Anderson, his parents and three brothers. He is survived by his daughter, Marlene Baker and husband, Randy, of Rogersville; and by his son, Rollie Anderson and wife, Deborah, of Dallas, Texas. In addition, he is survived by six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Ricky Collum, Tim Morrow, Tim Grigsby, Oneal McLemore, Richard McLemore and Lendale Long. Honorary pallbearers will be Howard Lewis, Junior Stutts and Guy Collier. The family is deeply grateful to the administration and staff at Lauderdale Christian Nursing Home for the compassionate care they have provided over the last three-plus years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund at Mars Hill Bible School or to the Civitan International Research Center, 1719 6th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294. Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.
Jannette Stowe - Published in Florence Times Daily on November 29, 2007

ROBERT DOUGLAS ANDERSON - 95, of Florence, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at ECM Hospital after an extended illness. He was a member of the VFW, retired from the U.S. Post Office and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, having served on Iwo Jima. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at Greenview Funeral Home. The graveside service with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, in Greenview Memorial Park. Officiating will be Charles Abernathy. Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Anderson; parents, James and Ida Anderson; great-granddaughter, Lindsey Nicole White; brothers, W.E. and J.D. Anderson; and a sister, Lucille Anderson Hardison. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Juanita Stalions Anderson; sons, Jody Anderson (Teresa), R.D. Anderson Jr.; daughter, Linda Sue White (Edwin); daughter-in-law, Sue Olive Anderson; grandchildren, Bobby, Becky and Bonnie Anderson, Bill White (Sallie), Jeff White (Cindy), Chris White (Laura), Blair White (Cheron), Curt Anderson (Megan), Patrick Anderson (Mandi), Tina Whitworth Aday (Pat); great-grandchildren, Emma and Cade Anderson, Andrew, Conner, Stephanie, Ellie, Walker, Sarah, Emily and Luke White, Damien, Patrick Jr. (PJ) and John Aday. Pallbearers will be Bill White, Jeff White, Chris White, Patrick Anderson, Blair White and Curt Anderson. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Shoals Sam's Camping Club. A special thanks to Drs. Webb and Scarbrough, andthenursesand staff of the sixth floor at ECM Hospital. An online guest book may be viewed and signed via TimesDaily.com/obituaries. Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.
Joy Favors - Find-A-Grave - Published in Florence Times Daily on September 9, 2010

ROBERTA KISSIAH (BROADFOOT) ANDERSON - Funeral services for Mrs. Roberta K. Anderson, aged 70, native and lifelong resident of Lauderdale county, who resided at 506 Campbell street, Florence, and who died suddenly of a heart attack Friday morning at 3:15 o'clock at Campbell's Clinic, Memphis, where she had been removed following a fall three weeks ago in which she suffered a broken hip, were conducted here this afternoon. Rites were conducted at 4 o'clock at the First Methodist church, Florence, by Dr. L. O. Sturdivant, pastor, burial following in Florence cemetery, Brown Service directing. Mrs. Anderson, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Broadfoot, pioneer residents of this section, was a devout member of First Methodist church. Surviving in addition to her husband, W. W. Anderson, of Florence, are two daughters, Mrs. Frank Stockard and Miss Willie Anderson both of Florence; two sisters, Mrs. J. T. Haddock, Florence, and Mrs. William Simmons of Tuscaloosa, and three brothers, Ben, William and Thomas Broadfoot, of Florence. Active pallbearers were Earl Anderson, Price Darby, V. H. Darby, Clyde Anderson, Price Haddock and Douglas Daniels. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. O. D. Ingram, Homer Wesson, Bob Wilson, Jr., Harold S. May, W. S. Pierce, Marcy B. Darnall, Jr., Lawrence Perry, Emmett Daniels, Charles Phillips, W. H. Martin, A. H. Puller, Harvey Ezell, Robert Herston, Andy Burrows, Elbert Burns, Bob Lovelace, F. J. Shelnutt and Ed Hafner.
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RUTH (KEENUM) ANDERSON - age 91, died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002, at her residence in Florence. Ruth was the guiding light behind Andersons Bookland until she reluctantly retired at age 85. She was an exceptional mom, an active member of Edgemont United Methodist Church, and a loving friend to so many.Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at 10 a.m. at Greenview Memorial Chapel, with burial to follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Hughey Reynolds.Ruth was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Clyde; brother, Charles Keenum of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and sisters, Mary Morrison of Sheffield and Nell Johnstone of Atlanta, Ga.She is survived by her children, Charles C. and Joel R. Anderson of Florence and Janet Wiggins of Atlanta; one brother, Raymond Keenum of Florence; two sisters, Marcile Barksdale of Florence and Dorothy Mehas of Hamilton, Ohio; her grandchildren, Charlie Anderson of Knoxville, Tenn., Terry, Ashley, Joel II and Kristen Anderson of Florence, Clyde Anderson of Birmingham, Harold Anderson and Anderson Wingfield of Atlanta, and Catherine Wingfield of New York. Ruth was also blessed with 11 great-grandchildren, Chase, Haley and Lauren of Knoxville, Carson, Bentley and Keeton of Florence, Ali Ruth, Olivia and Christian of Birmingham, and Harold Jr. and Taylor Claire of Tuscaloosa; and a number of nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will beFrankStockard, Marty Abroms, Tim Corley, Harrison Herron, Stan Keenum and James Mehas.Honorary pallbearers will be Henry King, Charles Peery, Joe Massenburg and Booker Beckwith.The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to her nurses and her doctor, Macon Landers, for their outstanding care during her final years.For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Florence Library Foundation in care of the Florence Library.Greenview Funeral Home of Florence is directing.
Joy Favors - Find-A-Grave - Published in Florence Times Daily on August 16, 2002

WILLIAM W. ANDERSON , of 506 West Campbell Street, Florence, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at ECM Hospital following an extended illness. He was 87. Mr. Anderson had been retired for 13 years and previous to that time was active as a livestock dealer and farmer. He was a life resident of Lauderdale County. He had been a member of the First Methodist Church for many years. Funeral services were at 4 p.m. today from Brown Service Chapel, Florence. Dr. Edwin Branscomb, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and Rev. Shirley Lowery officiated. Interment was in Florence Cemetery. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Frank Stockard Jr., and Mrs. Jack McDade, both Florence; a grandson, Frank Stockard III, Florence; a brother, L. G. Anderson, Chattanooga, Tenn., and a number of nieces and nephews. Bearers were nephews, T. W. Broadfoot, Andrew Haddock, Hollis Broadfoot, Vernon Darby, Price Darby, Herschel Anderson, Earl Anderson, Clyde Anderson, Honorary bearers wee Dr. G. D. Ingram, Homer Hill, Harvey Ezell, Dr. C. F. Luckey, Dr. E. W. Gray, Dr. M. M. Jackson, James Stockard, Louis McCullough, J. L. Goyer, Owen Suilivan [sic], Herschel Kilburn, Jeff Harding, Ike Cody, Lucian Broadfoot, Joe Van Sant [sic], B. F. O'Steen, Sammy Barksdale, Herschel Bunch, Gay Young, George Lee, Bob Walker, A. C. Fox, Ray Hanback. Arrangements by Brown Service of Florence
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PETER FONATINE ARMISTEAD one of the oldest citizens in North Alabama, died at his home four miles south of Tuscumbia, Monday night at 9 p.m., after a brief illness. His remains were interred in the Winston cemetery, Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m., Rev. Henry Kingham conducted the funeral services. Mr. Armistead was born at Culpepper, Virginia in 1800, and while a small boy removed with his parents to Lauderdale County, settling in what is known as the "Armistead Place," six miles northwest of Florence. In December 1839, he married Miss Mary Susan Winston, removing shortly afterward to Franklin, now Colbert County, where he has since resided. To the union twelve children were born, only four of whom survive him, G. W. and H. C. Armistead of Colbert County, Mrs. R. T. Bugg of Winchester, Tennessee, and Mrs. Kate McFarland of Florence. He has one brother surviving, George Armistead, a resident of Arkansas.
Source: Vicki Rice (World Connect-Rootsweb) - From "Gathering Up Our Sheaves With Joy", A History of Trinity Episcopal Church 1824 - 1976, Florence, AL ...... "Peter Fontaine Armistead, the first senior warder of Trinity Church, had a 600 acre land grant dated June 5, 1814, and settled there five miles west of Florence, on the Savannah Highway. He died in 1898 at age ninety-five, being at that time, the oldest man in the county."

JANE J. (FAIRES) ARMOUR - On the night of the 11th of June, Mrs. Jennie Armour, quietly breathed her life away at the home of her son in-law, Mr. H.J. Lindsey. She was formerly Miss Jennie Faires and was born in South Carolina, Oct. 23, 1809, and emigrated with her father's family to this country in 1816 and settled on Big Cypress, near where Wesley's Chapel now stands. On August 30th 1831, she married Wm. Faires and moved to Tipton county, Tenn., where she lived with her husband til his death, which occurred on August 6, 1839. She then returned to Lauderdale with the responsibility of rearing three little children, and remained in her widowhood until she was married to Wm. B. Amour, Feb 13, 1848 by whom she raised two daughters and lived a pleasant life until Oct 11, 1881, when he died and again she was left a widow; after which she went to stay with her daughters, Mrs. Henry J. Lindsey and Mrs. Harrison M. Wallace, dying at the home of former as stated above. In young womanhood ! she professed faith in Christ and joined the M.E. Church South, of which she lived a consistent member during the remaining years of a long and useful life. The writer knew her from his infancy up to the time of her death and never saw her perform an action or heard her utter a sentence that was unbecoming in a wife, a mother, a neighbor or a Christian, which can be truthfully said of very few mortal beings. It was a custom with her to lecture her neighbor's children as well as her own to be upright, honest and truthful, and would invariably point them to the Savior. According to the law of nature the last few years of her life she was from extreme old age in very feeble heath. She was in her 86th year, but seemed to suffer but little and complain but little. Four children yet survive her. Two of whom are in Texas, Andrew J. Faires and Mrs. J.A. Bryant. She died as she had lived, in peace with God and all mankind. A long procession of friends and relatives followed ! her remains to their final resting place at Wesley's Chapel. The Rev. Mr. Chappell performed the burial service. May the bereaved and the sympathizing ones meet her in that happy home above the starry skies.
Source: Rootsweb Message Board ---- John L. Austin, Threet, Ala., June 18, 1895

ASRIENNE DIANE ARNETT , 72, of Florence, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008. Her private interment will be Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at Florence City Cemetery. A member of First United Methodist Church, of Florence, she was a graduate of the University of Alabama in 1960 as president of Chi Omega and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Carol Arnett. Survivors include her sister, Carol McLain (Bruce), of Nashville, Tenn.; nieces, Diane McLain Howell, Debbie McLain Garcia; and nephew, Bruce H. McLain Jr. Spry Serenity Chapel, Florence, is directing
Source: Sharon Rhoades - Find-A-Grave

BUFORD E. ARNOLD SR. , 81, Waterloo, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at ECM Hospital. Mr. Arnold was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County. He was of the Baptist faith. He was retired from Martin Industries after several years. He was a World War II veteran. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who adored his family. Mr. Arnold is preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Arnold, parents, Mack Arthur and Minnie Mae Williams Arnold, two brothers, a sister, one grandchild, Randy McDougal and two great-grandchildren, Justin McDougal and Katlyn Tidwell. The funeral service will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home chapel, Florence, with the Rev. Roland Parrish officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Elkins Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mr. Arnold is survived by his daughters, Janette Dunn and her husband, Benny, Colbert Heights, Geneva Hester and her husband, Wayne, Tuscumbia, Deborah Gean and her husband, Junior, Florence; sons, Junior Arnold and his wife, Betty, Florence, Tommy Arnold and his wife, Mary Ann, Waterloo; sisters, Elsie Smith, Rhodesville, Dorothy Robinson, Florence, Mary Willis, Russellville; brother, C.C. Arnold, Sheffield; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Gene McDougal, Dewayne McDougal, Phillip McDougal, Steve Arnold, Mark Smith, and Kevin Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Baker and Benjie Dunn. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the nurses in ICU at ECM Hospital, and a special thank you to Dr. Ralph Aquadro and to all of our family and friends for their love, support and prayers.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL

M.P. ASHER , a pioneer citizen and the first white child born in Lauderdale county, died last night at his home in this city. He was 73 years old.
Found at Godfrey Memorial Library - Birmingham State Herald, Birmingham, Alabama, 2 May 1896, page 5, column 2

ALFRED TAYLOR AUSTIN , was born July 23, 1892 in Hardin Co., Tenn., the son of the late Gus and Rebecca Lard Austin. On November 11, 1911, he married the former Lillie Parker. Mr. Austin departed from this life June 10, 1972 at the Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, the age of 80 years, 10 months, and 17 days. He leaves other than his wife, two daughters Mrs. Rosie Scott, Waterloo, Mrs. Cynthia Mansel, Boaz, Alabama; one son A.T. Austin, Killen, Ala.; 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from Virgil Gean’s clergy records.

LILLIE T. (PARKER) AUSTIN , 96, died Tuesday, Nov. 17,1987, at her daughter’s residence in Waterloo. She was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County, a member of Bumpas Creek Free Will Baptist Church and the widow of Alfred T. Austin. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bumpas Creek Free Will Baptist Church with the Revs. Virgil Gean and J.B. Harper officiating. Burial will be in New Bumpas Creek Cemetery, Shackelford Funeral Home, Savannah, Tenn., directing. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour before the service. Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Rosie A. Scott, Waterloo, Mrs. Cynthia A. Mansell, Boaz; son A.T. “Taylor” Austin, Killen; half brothers, L.D. Parker, Hardy Parker, both of Florence, Dewey Parker, Owen Parker, Edward Parker, all of Sherman, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren. Bearers will be grandsons.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL

NANCY ELIZABETH AUSTIN , The funeral for Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Austin, 91, Route 5 Box 433, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Elkins and Son Funeral Home chapel, Florence, with Virgil Geans and Emerald Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Bumpus Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. She died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1988, at El Reposo Nursing Home, Florence, after an extended illness. She was a native of Lauderdale County and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include sons, Ledford Austin, Benton Harbor, Mich., Rayford Austin Florence; daughters, Mrs. Elsie White, Greenhill, Mrs. Edna Hinton, Waterloo, Thelma Austin, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; sister, Mrs. Sarah Phillips, Oneonta; 16 grandchildren; great-grandchildren. Bearers will be Carl White, Wayne White, Billy Floyd Hinton, James Austin, Talmage Austin and Ronald Austin.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL

OTIS LEE AUSTIN , was born June 24, 1924, in Tennessee, the son of Kennie and Martha Benson Austin. Mr. Austin was a farmer in the Ward community of Hardin Community of Hardin County. He was united in marriage to Letha Cox March 28, 1946, Mrs. Austin survives. He was a veteran of World War II. Mr. Austin departed this life July 14, 1967, at Hardin County General Hospital, Savannah, Tennessee, at the age of 43 years, no months and 20 days. Besides his wife he leaves one son, Paul David Austin, Ward’s Community; four daughters, Mrs. Ollie Mae White, White’s Creek, Mrs. Mollie Fay Benson, Walnut Grove Community, and Misses Kathy Lee and Bessie Louise Austin both of Ward’s Community; one step-daughter, Mrs. Jim Neill, South Bend, Ind.; 4 grandchildren; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kennie Austin, Ward’s Community; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Hurt, Ward’s Community, and Mrs. Ada Austin, Holland’s Creek.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from the clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., prepared by Shackelford Funeral Home of Savannah, Tennessee

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