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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.]

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.]

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









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