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HOWARD HERMAN HALL , was born November 12, 1905. He departed this life on July 6, 1978 at the age of 72 years, 7 months and 24 days. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lessie Myrick Hall; 2 sons, Herman & W.J. Hall; 3 daughters, Nannie McCurry, Bobbie Rhodes and Carolyn Hanback; 25 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr.

MARY LESSIE HALL , was born October 7, 1908. She departed this life February 27, 1989 at the age of 80 years, 4 months and 20 days. She is survived by three daughters, Nannie McCurry, Bobbie Rhodes and Carolyn Hanback; two sons, Herman Hall and W.J. Hall; one sister, Mattie Gamble; 26 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren; nieces & nephews”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr.

WILLIAM LEVI HALL , died Oct. 21, 1962 at the age of 87 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Odell Hall; two sons, Howard and Tom Hall; two sisters, Mrs. Betty Hughes, Russellville, Ala., and Mrs. Ethel Rhodes, Florence, Ala.; 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr.

JEAN P. HALLMARK , 61, of 325 Lindenberg Ave., Florence, died Friday at a Florence hospital. A graveside service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens with Sid Fulford, Lamar Plunkett and Kenneth Davis officiating. Burial was at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens with Elkins Funeral Home in Florence in charge. Mrs. Hallmark was a homemaker and a member of the Sherrod Avenue Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, W.A. Hallmark; a son, Gary Hallmark of Florence; three daughters, Linda Meek of Florence, Janet Lammers of Huntsville and Carol Henley of Killen; a brother, L.A. Parr of Hartselle; a sister, Margaret Wilburn of Columbia, Tenn.; nine grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials can be sent to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

AMOS COMMODORE HAMMOND , 57, of Florence died Saturday morning in an accident on River Road near Muscle Shoals. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Florence Boulevard Church of Christ with Rev. James Bridges officiating. Burial will follow in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens under the direction of Spry Funeral Home. He was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County and was employed in the shipping department for Reynolds Metal Company. He was a member of Florence Boulevard Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Arvella, of the home; daughter, Reba Ann Hammond of Atlanta, Georgia; son, Michael Hammond of Florence; sisters, Joicy Murphy and Earline Smith, both of Florence, Edna Bunch of Athens, Sarah Garner of Huntsville, and Yvonne Gibson of Hazel, Kentucky; brothers, Gene Hammond and Berl Hammond, both of Rogersville; and one grandson.
Source: Alex Roller at Find-A-Grave - March 11, 1979 Tri-Cities Daily Florence, Alabama

JAMES STEWART HAMMOND , 79, of Lexington died Monday afternoon at Lawrence County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at North Side Church of Christ with Rev. Jimmy Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens with Beecham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. He was a retired farmer and a member of Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Della, of the home; five sons, Earl Hammond and Neal Hammond, both of Lexington; Herman Hammond and Grady Hammond, both of Ethridge, Tennessee, and Paul Hammond of Arcadia, Indiana; six daughters, Ila Fleming of Lawrenceburg, Tessessee, Helen Wallace of Florence, Della McConnell of Bethel, Elsie Green of Ethridge, Tennessee, Laura Jean Thigpen of South Bend, Indiana, and Stella Hammond of Lexington; five brothers, Carl Hammond, Oscar Hammond, Piper Hammond, Simon Hammond, and Onus Hammond, all of Grassy; three sisters, Bertha Belew of Lexington, Beulah Williams of Florence, and Myrdie Hamilton of Rogersville; thirty two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Source: Alex Roller at Find-A-Grave - 9 January 1962 Florence Times

JEFFERSON EUGENE HAMMOND , 90, of Walterboro died on June 21, 2009 at Veteran's Victory House in Walterboro. Funeral services will be held in Florence, Alabama at a later date with burial there in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens. Mr. Hammond was born on February 23, 1919 in Rogersville, Alabama, a son of Jesse and Tera (Flanagan) Hammond. He was a retired warehouse supervisor and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of American Legion, VFW and Woodmen of the World. He is survived by one son, Randy Hammond of Ypsilanti, Michigan; one daughter, Judy Shelton of Walterboro; one sister, Joicy Murphy of Florence, Alabama; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Hammond was predeceased by his wife, Dathene; two brothers, Amos Hammond and Berl Hammond; and four sisters, Yvonne Gibson, Edna Bunch, Sarah Still, and Earline Smith. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to Veteran's Victory House.
Source: Alex Roller at Find-A-Grave - "Post and Courier" Charleston, South Carolina 23 June 2009

JESSE HENRY HAMMOND of Florence died Monday at ECM Hospital following a sudden illness. He was a native of Lauderdale County and a member of Baptist Church. He was a well known automobile dealer in the Muscle Shoals area. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Florence Boulevard First Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Malone officiating. Burial will be in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens under the direction of Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Regina Hammond, of the home; three daughters, Barbara Owens of Huntsville, and Janice Hill and Margaret Hammond, both of Florence; four sons, Ronald Hammond of Iwakuni, Japan, Michael Hammond of Anderson, Jesse Hammond of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Daniel Hammond of Birmingham; two sisters, Marie Bishop of Kingsport, Tennessee and Colista Howard of Melbourne, Florida; and nine grandchildren. Source: Alex Roller at Find-A-Grave - April 17, 1973 "Times Daily"

OZZO HAMMOND , 73, of Florence, passed away Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at ECM Hospital. A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at St. Michael's Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Andy Sullivan. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home. Mr. Hammond was the owner of Don's Barber Shop. He served in the Navy and the Air Force. Mr. and Mrs. Hammond would have celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary Oct. 17. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Letha Hammond Tucker; a brother-in-law, Jessie Cross; a niece, Denise Hammond; maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Mamie Ridgeway; paternal grandparents, Newton and Sarah Elizabeth Hammond. He is survived by his wife, Eunice Marie Hammond, Florence; brothers, Otto Hammond (Margaret), Leoma, Tenn., Leo Hammond (Ruby), Wichita Falls, Texas, Cleo Hammond (Rillia), Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Roy Hammond (Clarice), Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Bob Hammond (Ann), Malvern, Ark.; sisters, Joyce Bowery (George), Ethridge, Tenn., and Janie Eighner, Tulsa, Okla.; 17 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Hospital, or Multiple Sclerosis Society. You are invited to sign the online guest book at www.elkinsfh.com. Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, is assisting the family.

ROBIE L. (PHILLIPS) HARRIS , died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, in Blue Island, Ill. She was born Nov. 23, 1938, in Rogersville and was a member of the Baptist church. She is survived by one son, Zackery Harris of Dixmoor, Ill.; two daughters, Teresa Lira and husband Benito of Markham, Ill., and Sheila Harris of Dixmoor, Ill.; three brothers, Travis Phillips and wife Stella of Lexington, James Phillips and wife Shirley of Columbia, Tenn., and Joseph C. Phillips and wife Kelli of Cleveland, Ohio; one sister, Carol Sue Davis and husband Gary of Athens; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be T.J. Phillips, Bobby Hughes, David Hughes, Tim Hughes, William Raney and Billy Raney

DONNIE M. HART , 26, Melvindale, Michigan, died on January 16, 1973 in Wayne County, Michigan. His funeral was at Murphy’s Chapel on January 22, 1973, with Virgil H. Gean officiating. Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home, Florence directing. He is survived by his father, Mr. Mancel D. Hart, Jr.; step-father, Mr. Louie Campa; one sister, Mrs. Nina Blust, one half-sister, Miss Bobbie Joyce Hart; grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Bertye B. Scott.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr.

WILLIAM HART , 88, of Florence, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County, a member of Underwood Baptist Church, the American Legion Florence Lauderdale Post No. 11 and served with the U.S. Army during World War II with the 760th Battalion. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at Underwood Baptist Church, with the funeral services following at 12:30 p.m. Brothers Donnie McDaniel and Jerry Phillips will officiate. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded at graveside. Mr. Hart was preceded in death by his parents, John Leland and Marie Hart; two infants, Gerald and Mitchell Hart; sisters, Louise South and Mary Parrish; brother, Joe Hart; and a son-in-law, Jimmy Olive. He is survived by his wife, Edith (Wilma) Sego Hart; daughter, Pamela H. Olive; brothers, Jack Howard and Robert Hart; sisters, Hazel Sharp, June Stacey; grandchildren, Mitchell Olive and wife, Tania, Shannon Olive and wife, Jennifer, Regina Rogers and husband, Steve; great-grandchildren, Connor, Meghan and Gabrielle Olive, Walker and Riley Olive, Lee and Blake Rogers; a great-great-grandchild, Annica Rogers. Active pallbearers will include Shannon Olive, Mitch Olive, Greg Hart, Todd Smith, Lee Rogers and Blake Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be Wilson Tidwell, Lawrence South, Bobby Ford, the Adult II Senior Class of Underwood Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Tennessee Valley, St. Jude Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or Underwood Baptist Church. The family extends a special thanks to Hospice of the Tennessee Valley, Dr. Brown and Dr. Heaton. Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL

JAMES NORMAN HAYES , 64, of Cloverdale, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at his residence after an extended illness. Visitation will be today, Dec. 3, 2003, from 6-9 p.m. at Valley View House of Prayer, County Road 60 in Florence. The funeral service will be Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Valley View House of Prayer, with burial to follow in Antioch Cemetery in Cloverdale. Officiating at the service will be Larry Burbank. Mr. Hayes was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Raymond Hayes and Linnie Montgomery Hayes; two brothers, J.R. Hayes and Carlos Hayes. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Lorene Peden Hayes, of Florence; two sons, Edward Wayne Lovell and James Ronald Hayes, both of Florence; five daughters, Wanda Dawson and husband, Doug, Vickie White and husband, Norman, and Melissa Foster and husband, Bill, all of Florence, Kathy Hunt, of Cloverdale, and Linda McFall and husband, Tim, of Lutts, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren, Krystal McFall, Joanie Haddock, Renee Davis, Eric Hurston Lovell, Army Spc. Jeremy White, Misty Angel, Christopher White, Brandi Brannon, Santana Hunt, Brian McFall, Amber McFall, Ashley Hayes Twitty and Lauren Foster; six great-grandchildren, Chrystan Holt, Destiny McFall, Savannah and Haley Glover, Zackery Davis and Megan Dalrae; two brothers, Dewey Hayes, of Cloverdale, Charles Hayes and wife, Flora, of Killen; two sisters, Nellie Cardin and husband, Sammie, of Florence, and Mildred Adams, of Zepherhills, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Ricky Montgomery, James Hinton, Frank Hendrix, Rodney Hayes, David Keeton and Clifford Bates. Special thanks to Melissa Irons and Sherry Chaney from Southern Care Hospice and for all the prayers that went out for our Daddy. Daddy, we love you and will miss you so very much. Greenview Funeral Home, of Florence, is directing.
Source: E.D. Byler / Obituary: TimesDaily, Wednesday, 3 December 2003

JESSE J. HAYES , was born May 29, 1918, in Waterloo, Alabama, the son of William Henry and Annie Lee Cherry Haynes. Mr. Haynes had lived in Florida since 1957, he was a cement finisher. He was a veteran of the US Navy, a veteran of the Second World War. Mr. Haynes was united to Icie Curry, who survives. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Haynes departed this life at his home on July 24, 1978, at North Ft. Meyers, Florida, age of 60 years, 1 month, and 25 days. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Pauline Eley, Rollo, Missouri; one son, Mr. James R. Haynes, N. Ft. Myers, Fla.; two brothers, Mr. Oather Haynes, Birmingham, Ala., and Mr. Henry Haynes, Waterloo, Ala.; five sisters, Mrs. Cora Johnson, Andersonville, Tenn., Mrs. Melva Ash and Mrs. Anna Highland both of Adel, Ga., Mrs. Artie Tucker, Camphill, Ala., and Mrs. Mary Browder, Savannah, Tenn.; two half-sister, Mrs. Walsie Kelsey, Forrest City, Ark., and Mrs. Lena Blount, Savannah, Tennessee; three grandsons.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean Sr., who conducted the funeral

ANNIE (PARKER) HIGGINS , 78, died Saturday in Hardin County General Hospital, Tennessee. Services will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, near Waterloo, with Rev. Virgil Gean officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Shackelford Funeral Home, Savannah, Tennessee, directing. Survivors include the husband, Gyle Higgins, Savannah; and a brother, Odell Parker, Waterloo.” Obituary read at the funeral by Virgil Gean is given here, because there is more information in it. “Annie Parker Higgins was born March 6, 1899 -- died Dec. 31, 1977 at Hardin Co. General Hospital at the age of 78. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Gyle B. Higgins, Rt. 1, Savannah, TN, a brother, Odell Parker, Watrloo, AL and a large number of neices, nephews, and cousins, who thought of her as an extra mother, and many many friends. At this time the family would all like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for every word of encouragement, every prayer spoken, and every good deed of help during her long extended illness and death.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

ELIZABETH PAULINE HIGGINS , 78, Waterloo, died Monday, June 19, 1995, in Pascagoula, Miss. She was born in Waterloo, the fifth of seven children, to Edgar and Lillie Perkins Higgins. She was a graduate of Waterloo High School, baptized into the Christian faith at Waterloo Baptist Church, and was a descendant of the first settler of Waterloo. Her life’s vocation was in real estate. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, First Baptist Church of Pascagoula, Miss., and former member of Pascagoula Country Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Fetsko, in 1976, sisters, Naomi Higgins, Winnie Weeks and Delma Kalen, and brother, Leonard Higgins. She is survived by two daughters, Donna Joan Braly and husband L.C. Braly, of Gautier, Miss., and Elizabeth Irene Crawford and husband Tony Crawford, of Garland, Texas; four grandchildren, Morgan Braly, Jeannie Strum, Shannon Steen, and Erin Crawford; two great-grandchildren, Justin Steen and Ashlee Braly; sister and brother-in-law, Tyra and Harold Smith, of Florence; and nieces and nephews. A private service was held Wednesday, June 21, 1995, with Rev. Melvin Mansel officiating. Interment was in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens, Florence, arrangements by O’Bryant-O’Keefe Funeral Home, Pascagoula, Miss.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times/Daily/Thursday, June 22, 1995

GYLE BEDFORD HIGGINS , 81, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1987, at Hardin County General Hospital in Savannah, Tenn., after an extended illness. He was a retired farmer and logger and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church with Virgil Gean and Melvin Mansell officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Shackelford Funeral Home, Savannah, Tenn., directing. Visitation will be today from 6:30-9 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour before the service. Survivors include foster son, Charles Parker, Waterloo, Ala., a brother, Willie Higgins, sisters, Myrtle Lard, Houston, Miss., Beulah Hairell, Florence, Ala., Lillie Jones, Savannah, Bertha Mangum, Mishawaka, Ind.; half-sister, Maggie Swinford, Tallahassee, Fla.; nieces and nephews. “
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

JOSEPH HIGGINS , 72, died Friday at Jackson-Madison County Hospital in Tennessee. He was a retired farmer. Born in Lauderdale County, he was a member of New Pleasant Grove Freewill Baptist Church. Services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. from Shackelford Chapel in Savannah, Tenn., by Virgil Gean and Elton Cotner. Burial will be in Emory Gardens, Shackelford directing. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Martha Scott Higgins, Savannah; two daughters, Mrs. Lula Hatcher, Mrs. Pauline Rich, both of Savannah; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Rosie Humphrey, Jonesboro, Ark.; four half-sisters: Mrs. Myrtle Lard, Houston, Miss.; Mrs. Beulah Harrell, Mishawaka, In.; Mrs. Lillie Jones, Mrs. Bertha Mangum, both of South Bend, In.; two half-brothers, Gyle Higgins, Willie Higgins, both of Savannah.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason Times Daily, Florence, AL
Note: death was on Sept. 28, 1969.

LONESOME MEAD HIGGINS , 78, 433 Livingston St., Florence, died Wednesday night at ECM Hospital. He was a native of Lauderdale County, a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church with Rev. E.L. Anderton and Rev. Virgil Geans officiating. Burial was in Walston Cemetery with Shackelford Funeral Home directing. He is survived by the widow, Minnie Ida Higgins; three sons, Lawrence Edward Higgins, Florence, Archie Lee Higgins, Riverton, Ben Junior Higgins, Russellville; two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Talley, Florence, Miss. Mary L. Higgins, Florence; three sisters, Mrs. Ida White, Waterloo, Mrs. Lula Gann, Loretto, Mrs. Ethel White, Savannah; a brother, John Higgins, Michigan; 18 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Bearers were Charles Thornton, Eugene Williams, Junior Higgins, Danny Higgins, John Wayne Talley, Ed Talley.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL
Note: death was on Aug. 14, 1968.

MINNIE IDA HIGGINS , 77, 459 No. Cedar Street, died June 1, 1974 at ECM Hospital, Florence, Alabama. She was a member of Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral will be June 3, 1974 at Evergreen Baptist Church, Virgil Gean officiating, with Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home directing. Survivors include sons, Mr. Archie Lee Higgins, Mr. Ben Junior Higgins, and Mr. Lawrence Edward Higgins; daughters, Mrs. W. E. Talley, and Miss Mary L. Higgins; 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, who conducted the funeral.

NAOMI HIGGINS , 31, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Higgins, 126 Beulah Avenue, Florence, was drowned in Cypress Creek on Wednesday afternoon about 5:30 o’clock when the boat in which she, her sister, Miss Tyra Higgins, Alvis McCluskey and Floyd Williams were fishing, capsized. The tragedy occurred about 300 yards below the Gunwaleford road bridge near the Florence city limits when Miss Higgins and Mr. McCluskey stood up in the boat, causing it to overturn, spilling the four into the water. Mr. Williams assisted Miss Tyra Higgins to the bank of the creek, then took off his shoes and swam back to aid Miss Naomi Higgins, however, she sank from view before he could reach her. Mr. McCluskey attempted to aid Miss Higgins and in the attempt came near losing his life, a negro fisherman, the only other witness, verified. The four had been fishing only about thirty minutes and the small boat was said to have been midway of the stream when it capsized. Under the direction of Jewel Archer, Lauderdale county coroner, the U.S. Coast Guard, police officers and others, search for Miss Higgins’ body began soon after word of the accident was received, the body being brought to the surface at about 10 o’clock that night. Surviving in addition to her parents are four sisters, Mrs. J.E. Weeks, Mrs. J.W. Lambert, Miss Tyra Higgins, all of Florence, and Mrs. John Fetsko, Pascagoula; and a brother, Pfc. Leonard Higgins, Indian Gap, Pa. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Waterloo Methodist church with Rev. Boyd P. Milburn, Baptist minister, officiating. Burial will be in the Richardson cemetery with Brown-Service in charge of arrangements. Serving as active pallbearers will be Joe McCorkle, Earl Lard, Don Jones, Elmer Pickens, John Vincent and A. D. Ray. Honorary pallbearers will be Ellie Threet, Turner Shelby, Marvin Pickins, Billy Baugh and Sanford Higgins.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason = The Florence Herald, Friday April 12, 1946

EARNEST POWERS HOLCOMBE , was born October 9, 1898, in Lauderdale County Alabama , the son of Melton and Maggie Sharpe Holcombe. He was united in marriage to Sarah Dennis on June 6, 1920. Mr. Holcombe was a member of the Williams Chapel Presbyterian Church in the community in which he lived. He departed this life January 5, 1978 at Florence, Alabama, at the age of 79 years, 2 months and 26 days. Surviving besides his wife are one daughter, Mrs. Bernice Bennett, Florence, Ala., six sons, Mr. Willard Holcombe, Mr. James L. Holcombe, Mrs. Leonard Holcombe all of Waterloo, Ala., Mr. Arnold Holcombe, Savannah, Tenn., Mr. Cletus Holcombe, Florence, Alabama, and Mr. Edwin Holcombe, Shelbyville, Tenn.; one brother, Mr. Elmer Holcombe, Florence, Ala.; one half-sister, Miss Athalene Holcombe, Florence, Ala.; 17 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.”
COntributed by Mildred Gean Mason -
Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil Gean, Sr., who conducted the funeral.

ESTER LORETTA HOLCOMBE , 75, Route 1, Waterloo, died Monday, Feb. 3, 1986, at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, Florence. She was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County, widow of Hubert L. Holcombe and a member of Williams Chapel Presbyterian Church, Waterloo. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Chapel Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dominick Ditoro officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Elkins and Son Funeral Home, Florence, directing. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour before the service. Survivors include sons, Herschel Holcombe, Lawrence Holcombe, both of Waterloo; daughters, Edith Hart, Florence, Helen Parker, Waterloo; brothers, Elbert Murphy, Charles Murphy, both of Waterloo; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Bearers will be Donnie Hart, David Holcombe, Terry Holcombe, Dwayne Holcombe, Bryan Holcombe, Nelson Parker. Honorary bearers will be Fred Sudhoff and Jackey Barnett.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, Alabama

LANIER JONES HOLCOMBE , 45, of Rt. 1, Cloverdale, was pronounced dead on arrival at ECM Hospital at noon Friday, following an accident which occurred on Savannah Highway, five miles west of Florence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Lauderdale County, a World War II veteran and a former TVA employee. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday from Williams Chapel near Waterloo with Rev. Virgil Gean officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will be at Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home until Monday morning when it will be taken to the church to lie in state one hour before services. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ruby Holcombe; four daughters, Misses Maxine, Darlene, Patty and Beverly Holcombe, all of Cloverdale; one son, Lanier, III, of Cloverdale; six sisters, Mrs. Rose Hawkins, Florence, Mrs. Gertie McNeeley, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Virginia Williams, Mrs. Edna Young and Mrs. Vera Young, all of South Bend Ind.; four brothers, Ruben Holcombe and W. C. Holcombe of Florence; Elmo Holcombe, Detroit, Arthur Holcombe, South Bend, Ind.; two cousins, Elmer Holcombe, Florence, and Earnest Holcombe, Waterloo. Pallbearers will be Orlan Fulmer, Jewss Parrish, Hansel Holcombe, Edward Holcombe, Lanier Holcombe, Roger Hawkins, Bill Young and Johnny Holcombe. Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL Note: death was on April 1, 1966.

SARAH (DENIS)HOLCOMBE , was born Sunday, November 2, 1902. She died Monday, October 12, 1992 at age 89 years, 11 months and 10 days. Services for Mrs. Holcombe were held Wednesday, October 14, 1992 at 11:00 a.m. at Williams Chapel Presbyterian Church with Virgil Gean and Chuck Crawford officiating, Shackelford Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Williams Chapel Cemetery.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr.

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