Lauderdale County AL


BILLY J. DANNER , 81, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Spry-Williams Funeral Home, Florence. The graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens, Florence. He was the husband of Martha Danner.

JERRY G. DARBY , 67, of Florence, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Edith Darby; grandparents, Edgar and Lizzie Davis, John Thomas and Lennie Boyd Darby. Mr. Darby worked for Liberty National Life Insurance for many years. He was also a retired store owner of Darby's in Colbert County. Mr. Darby is survived by his wife, Nell Berry Darby; daughter, Kimberly Darby Mordecai and husband, Greg; son, Michael C. Darby and wife, Sharon; grandchildren, Alexis and Lucas Mordecai, Asia and Ivory Darby; brother, Larry Dennis Darby; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends whom he loved very much.

WILLIE DAUGHERTY , 63, who died at 10:50 p. m. Monday at ECM Hospital, was buried at Greenview Memorial Park following funeral services conducted from the Mars Hill Church of Christ at 2 p. m. Wednesday by Paul Simon, assisted by Crawford Allen. Mr. Daugherty was a resident of Florence, Rt. 5. A native of Lawrence County, Tenn., Mr. Daugherty had lived most of his life in the Mars Hill area, and was employed by the TV A at the time of his death. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Local 558, IBEW, Sheffield, and the American Legion. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Pokie Daugherty; a son, W. L. Daugherty, Florence; four daughters, Miss Margaret Daugherty, Florence; Mrs. Billy Meigs, Florence, Mrs. Hillard E. Wallace, Birmingham, Mrs. P. C. Daley, Mt. demons, Mich.; two brothers, Herman and V. L. Daugherty of Florence; a sister, Mrs. C. N. Hollis, Florence, and six grandchildren.
Florence Harold January 2, 1958

BEATRICE (MURKES) ERWIN DAVIS , 81, of Florence, Died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005. She was born to Jeff and Della Murks on Aug. 3, 1925, in Earl, Ark. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Charlie Erwin and the Rev. Tommie Davis. She is survived by two sons, Charles Erwin and his wife, Yumi, and Gary Erwin and his wife, Glenda; four daughters, Mary Ivy, Joyce Eldridge and Martha Camberlagne, all of Florence, and Diane Middlebrooks and her husband, Jeff, of Decatur; one sister, Helen Davis; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Bobby Erwin, Anthony Erwin, Derrick Holden, Billy Holden, Timothy McGravy and Ronnie McGravy. Honorary pallbearers will be Dusty Erwin, Dillon Erwin and Justin Erwin.

MARY CATHERINE DAVIS , age 84, of Rt. 5, Florence, Ala., passed away Aug. 30, 1972 at ECM Hospital. She was a native of Hardin Co., Tenn., and the daughter of J.F. and Patricia Perry Stricklin. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Free Will Baptist church. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at the Community Free Will Baptist Church, Lauderdale County, by Virgil Geans. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Middle Tennessee Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Tennessee directing. Survivors are her husband Mr. N.A. Davis; a son, Ellis Davis, Florence, Ala.; 10 daughters, Mrs. Lettie Gray, Savannah, Tenn., Mrs. Elizabeth Collins, Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Carol Bordelon, New Orleans, La., Mrs. Geneva Cantrell, Russellville, Ala., Mrs. Willodean Atkinson, Mrs. Delia Watkins, Mrs. Bertha Littleton, Mrs. Marie Rich, Mrs. Hester Horton, Mrs. Elvia Drapa, and one step-daughter, Mrs. Myrtle McMullon all of Florence, Ala.; one brother, Mr. Bud Stricklin, Savannah, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie West and Mrs. Nora Campbell, Florence, Ala.; 41 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason -
Information taken from the clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr. and Times Daily News, Florence

NEAL ANDREW DAVIS , passed away July 13, 1973, at the Coffee Memorial Hospital, Florence, Ala. Mr. Davis was 88 years old. He was a native of Hardin County, Tennessee and the son of James & Viana Franks Davis . Services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. from Community Baptist Church by Virgil Gean. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Middle Tennessee Funeral Home of Waynesboro directing. Survivors are a son Ellis Davis, Florence, Ala., Rt. 3; 1 daughters, Mrs. Myrtle McMullon, Mrs. Bertha Littleton, Mrs. Hester Horton, Mrs. Delia Watkins, Mrs. Willodean Atkinson, all of Florence, Ala., Mrs. Lettie Gray, Savannah, Tenn., Mrs. Marie Rich, Cloverdale, Ala., Mrs. Elvia Drapa, Waterloo, Ala., Mrs. Elizabeth Collins, Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Vivian Bordelon, New Orleans, La., and Mrs. Geneva Cantrell, Russellville, Ala.; 57 grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason
Information taken from the clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr. and the Times Daily News, Florence.

JAMES E. DEAREN , 67, Corsicana, Tex., formerly of Florence, died recently there. Survivors include the widow, Mr. Jimmie Lee Dearen; three sons, Billy Dearen, Beaumont, Tex., John L. Dearen, Spain, Lee Dearen, Corsicana; two daughters, Nancy and Martha, both of Corsicana; six grandchildren: seven sister, Mrs. Minnie Sego, Waterloo, Mrs. Clara South, Waterloo, Mrs. Margie Morgan, Memphis, Mrs. Gladys Ellis, Memphis, Mrs. Addie Miller, Memphis, Mrs. Vera Posey, Jasper, Laverne Crockett, Forest City, Ark.; five brothers, Lee Dearen, Waco, Tex., Garland Dearen, Memphis, Ed Dearen, Memphis, J.L. Dearen, Arkansas, Clarimont Dearen, Memphis. He is also survived by nieces and nephews in this area.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, Alabama
Note: family records show Mr. Dearen was born 15 Apr, 1897 at Dart, Lauderdale County, Alabama and died 5 Dec. 1964, in Marlin, Falls County, Texas.

JOHN LINDLEY DEAREN , 92, died Sunday morning at 11 a.m. at the home of his daugher, Mrs. Sam Morgan at Tyronza, Ark., following a lengthy illness. Mr. Dearen was born and reared in Lauderdale County before moving to Arkansas in 1926. He was a mechant and farmer in both Alabama and Arkansas and was a member of the Tyronza Church of Christ. Surviving are six sons, W. Lee of Waco, Texas, James E. of Corsicana, Texas, John G. of Mempis Tenn., R.C. of Memphis, R. Edd of West Memphis, Ark., J.L. of West Memphis; eight daughters, Mrs. Sam Morgan of Tyronza, Mrs. Gladys Ellis, Mrs. Robert Miller, both of Memphis, Mrs. W. M. Crockett of West Memphis, Mrs. Carlos Posey of Jasper, Mrs. Tom B. Sego, Mrs. J. C. South, Mrs. J. E. Murphy, all of Florence; one nephew, Marvin Brown of Florence; 50 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at Murphy’s Chapel church near Florence, and burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery. Claude Lewis minister of Stoney Point Church, will officiate. Active bearers will be grandsons. Brown Service of Florence is in charge of arrangements.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, Alabama
Note: Family records show Mr. Dearen was born on 14 Apr. 1861 in Tennessee, to Hopkins Lee and Nancy Caroline White Dearen. John died on 15 Nov. 1953.

TERRY N. DENNISON , age 71, of Florence, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Elkins Funeral Home chapel, with Ellis Coats officiating. Burial will follow at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Dennison was preceded in death by his mother, Sue Dickerson Brown; father, Terry S. Dennison; granddaughter, Jenny Dennison; and stepfather, Lowell E. Brown. He is survived by his sons, Tony Dennison, Altoona, Ala., Corey Dennison, Decatur, Ill., Daniel Dennison, Attalla, Ala., Bennett Dennison, Brodhead, Ky., Jeffrey Dennison, Gencoe, Ala.; daughter, Kimberly Elam, Atlanta; sisters, Janet Brown Jones and Linda Brown Foust; 10 grandchildren; and a very special friend and caregiver, Barbara Cole.

ALICE HELEN (HOVATER) DENTON , 68, 16 S. Franklin St., Florence died at ECM Hospital Thursday at 8:05 p.m. after an illness of three months. She was a native of Russellville, Alabama, had lived in Florence 24 years, was a member of the Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lee-Hi Church of Christ with Kelby Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Florence Cemetery, Morrison-Elkins of Florence directing. She is survived by three sons, Felix F. Denton, Houston, Tex., Clayton Denton, Nashua, N.H., John L. Denton, Florence; five daughters, Mrs. Eugene Lemay, Florence, Mrs. Rose Carpenter, Florence, Mrs. Virginia Ann Braudaway, Florence, Mrs. Elsie Lyons and Mrs. David L. Beard, both of Houston, Tex.; two brothers, Dexter L. Hovater, Montgomery, Walter Hovater, McIntosh, Fla.; three sisters, Mrs. Nera Campbell, Mrs. Orbie Pedent, both of Decatur, Mrs. Florence Hill, Russellville; 29 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Bearers will be Benjamin L. Beard, Rickey W. Denton, John L. Denton, Felix F. Denton III, Roger E. Lemay, Floyd W. Lemay. The body will remain at the funeral home until it is placed in the church to lie in state for one hour.

OPAL (WYLODEAN) DESRUISSEAUX , age 85, of Florence, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, after a lengthy illness. The family received friends from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at Spry-Williams Funeral Home, Florence. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in the funeral home chapel, with Brother John G. Brock officiating. Burial will follow in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be William DesRuisseaux, Brent Tays, Nathan Tays, Kevin Davis, Steve Fulmer and Leon Hines. Mrs. DesRuisseaux was a lifelong resident of Florence and a member of Lee Heights Baptist Church. What beautiful lifelong memories have been made in her home. She loved having her family and friends visit and always made everyone feel at home. She especially cherished opportunities to prepare holiday meals for her large family. Mrs. DesRuisseaux was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Paul DesRuisseaux; infant son, Donald; and parents, Johnny and Lutie Muse. Survivors include daughters, Aldeana Mitchell (Marshall), Teresa Parsley (Walter), of Florence, Nancy Tays (Gary), of Killen; sons, Mike DesRuisseaux (Pam), of Greenhill, Tommy DesRuisseaux (Helen), of Lexington. She is also survived by grandchildren, William DesRuisseaux (Denese), Brent Tays (Jamie), Nathan Tays (Amy), Amanda Davis (Kevin); stepgrandson, Martee Quillen; and great-grandchildren, Bailey DesRuisseaux, Dakota Rager, Savanna Tays, Grace DesRuisseaux, Shelton Davis, Macy Tays and Landon Tays. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in honor of her great-granddaughter, Bailey. A special thanks to Dr. Lyman Mitchell and special thank you to Mid-South Health Care staff, Thomas, John and Jennifer. Also, to the nurses on sixth-floor unit at ECM for their loving care to our family.

TAMMY ELLEN (BRASWELL) DOMINIE , 36, of Hendersonville, Tenn., formerly of Huntsville died Wednesday. She was an accountant and formerly worked for Williams and Green Accountant Firm. Survivors include her husband, Paul A.C. Dominie; daughter, Emma Grace "Gracie" Dominie; mother and stepfather, Sarah E. and Otha Boone; father, Cecil Braswell Jr.; three sisters, Laura Braswell, Amy Anderson and Ruth Braswell; grandmother, Vivian Paulk; two nieces, Megan and Savanah Long; nephew, Austin Anderson; fatherin-law, Albert Dominie, and mother-in-law, Marjorie Dominie.

PAULINE (MASON) WILLIAMS DOOLEY , died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was 86. Mrs. Dooley was a native of Wayne County, Tenn. She had lived in Cloverdale, Ala., Nashville, Tenn., and Florence, Ala., before going to Life Care Center in Chattanooga in April 1999. She was a member of the Jacksonburg Church of Christ. Survivors are three daughters, Virginia Williams Greer, Boulder, Colo., Laverne Williams Miles, Florence, Ala. Christine Williams Thomshack, Hixon, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. The visitation will be Friday, July 7, 2000, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home. The funeral will be Saturday, July 8, 2000, at 11 a.m. from Greenview Memorial Chapel in Florence with Gary Gooch officiating. Pallbearers will include Greg Miles, Chris Miles, Keith Lawson, Stan Sherrod, Mike Tomshack, David Tomshack, Don Greer. Tim Plew. Greenview Funeral Home of Florence directing.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times/Daily/Friday, July 7, 2000
Note: Mrs. Dooley was the daughter of William “Willie” Lee and Frances Roberson Mason, who preceded her in death.

JOHN R. DOUGLAS , USAF (ret) PhD, died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 6, 2009. Born in Mount Pleasant, Tenn., on May 13, 1923, to John R. Douglas and Emma Trice Douglas, he graduated from Columbia High School. He served as an engineering officer with the Air Force in the Pacific during World War II. He graduated from Harvard University and went to work for TVA in Knoxville and then in Muscle Shoals, during which time he earned his Doctorate in economics from Iowa State, retiring in 1985 from the position of assistant director of Fertilizer Development Center. After his retirement, he became a consultant to the fertilizer industry and financial institutions, a third career at which he worked right up to the time of his death. He retired from the Air Force after 31 years. He formed and was the first commanding officer of the 119th Tennessee Air National Guard in Knoxville. His service spanned four wars: World War II, Korean, three tours of duty in Vietnam and was on assignment with the State Department during the Israeli Seven Day War. He lived, worked and served in many countries during his careers in the military and with TVA. He was a racing enthusiast at the highest level as a former owner and sponsor of both INDY 500 and ARCA race cars. Survivors include wife of 20 years, Ardinelle Dugan Douglas; sons, John R. Douglas III, Ronald Douglas, Michael Douglas, Stan Shepherd and Jerry Shepherd; daughters, Becky McKinney and Jill Spurling; grandchildren, Lindsey and Ashley Cundiff, Mark Douglas, Ron Douglas, James, Thomas and Megan Cherry, Sharon Moore and Terry Arcasia; and six great-grandchildren.

G.W. DOWDY - Mr. Editor---The great amount of sickness and numerous deaths have thrown a dark shadow over the hearts of the people in this vicinity……….. On Tuesday our nearest neighbor, Mr. G. W. Dowdy, died of pneumonia. Mr. Dowdy was one of the best men of our section. He was a success, and an exemplary Christian, always ready to offer the helping hand to the suffering an distressed. He leaves a wife and six children. May we always be found following in his footsteps, doing good. May the sympathies of our Creator be bestowed upon his family. Yours , J. F. Koonce “
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Florence Times, Jan. 9, 1894, Threet column

WILLIE ESTELLE (McCARLEY) DUKE - Graveside services for Willie Estelle Duke, 91, of Florence will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens with Rev. Terry Tipper officiating. She died on February 20, 1993 at Rolling Acres Nursing Home. She was a retired school teacher and a member of Fairview Baptist Church. She was the wife of the late Dewey Duke and the mother of the late Carwin Duke and Billy Bryan Duke. She is survived by sisters, Clara Byrd and Elsie McCarley, both of Hamilton; three grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. Arrangements are under the direction of Greenview Funeral Home.

EVELYN BERTHA DURHAM - The funeral for Mrs. Evelyn Bertha Durham, 68, 1711 Hermitage Drive, Florence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Churcy, Florence, with the Revs David Morehouse O.S.B., and Byron Fritz officiating. Burial will be in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens, Elkins and Son Funeral Home, Florence, directing. Rosery will be said at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3:30 p.m. Sunday. She died Thursday at Humana Hospital, Florence, from a brief illness. She was a retired school teacher and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Mary Louise Franck, Florence, Mrs. Katie Niedergesses, Stuttgart, Germany, Mrs. Lynn Moore, Montgomery, Mrs. Carol Fritz, Zionville, Ind.; sons Bob Durham, Prescott, Ariz, Alan Durham, Florence; brother Irving Arehart, Louisville Ky., 13 grandchildren. Bearers will be Buddy Hill, John Moore, Derek Franck, Michael Franck, Lynn Ray and John Franck. Time Daily 21 January 1984 Page 2 B

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