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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

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

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.
Submitted by 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.
Submitted by 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..
Submitted by Joy Favors - Published in Florence Times Daily on July 10, 2005

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.
Submitted by Joy Favors - Published in Florence Times Daily on January 31, 2013

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.
Submitted by 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.
Submitted by 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.
Contributed by Mildred Jean Mason -

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.
Submitted by Jannette Stowe - Published in Florence Times Daily on November 29, 2007

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 - 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."

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. (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

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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