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HAIRRELL, MINOR (SHARP)
Minor (Sharp) Hairrell, 84, Waterloo, died Wednesday at Shoals Nursing Home. She was a native of Lauderdale County, a member of the Methodist Church. The funeral will be at 2.p.m. Friday at Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home Chapel in Florence. Burial will be in Wright Cemetery. Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Idna Barker, Florence, Mrs. Dorothy Patton, Bono, Ark.; sister, Mrs. Quinnie Lindsey, Waterloo; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Grandsons will serve as bearers. The body will be at the funeral home until after the service. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL
 
HAIRRELL, ARTHUR B.
Arthur B. Hairrell, 97, Cherokee, died Sunday at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was a native of Lauderdale County, had lived in Colbert County most of his life and had been a member of the Free Will Baptist Church 75 years. He retired from Reynolds Plant, then worked for the Colbert County Road Department several years before retiring. The funeral was at 2 p.m. today at Posey's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, Cherokee. Virgil H. Gean and J.B. Harper officiated. Burial was in Harris Chapel Cemetery, Spry Funeral of Sheffield directing. Surviving are sons, James M. Hairrell, Rogersville; Bedford B. Hairrell, Cherokee; Roy J. Hairrell, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; daughters, Mrs. Nellie Mae Cornelius, Cherokee; Mrs. Clara Elliott, Sheffield; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren. Grandsons will serve as bearers. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Florence Times News, Florence, AL
 
HAIRRELL, CHESTER TURNER
Chester Turner Hairrell was born April 7, 1885, in Waterloo, Alabama, the son of Bras and Mary Lucas Hairrell. He farmed in the Waterloo area having retired to Florence, Alabama, where he lived for the past four years. He was united in marriage to Wilma Parker, January 17, 1932, Mrs. Hairrell survives. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He departed this life September 1, 1966, at Flint, Alabama, at the age of 81 years, 4 months and 24 days. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Bertha Newboles, Lake City, Ark.; one brother, Mr. Arthur Hairrell, Cherokee, Ala. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergyman's records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., compiled by Shackelford Funeral Home, Savannah, Tennessee.
 
HAIRRELL, WILMA (PARKER)
Wilma (Parker) Hairrell was born May 28, 1889 in Alabama, the daughter of the late Tom and Mary Shaw Parker. On January 17, 1932 she was united in marriage to Chester Hairrell, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Hairrell departed from this life May 20th, 1975 at the age of 86 years, 1 month, and 22 days. She leaves a brother, Billy Parker, Florence, Ala., and two sisters Mrs. Ada Robbins, Burnsville, MS, and Mrs. Jimmie Daley, Savannah. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergy records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr.
 
HAITHCOAT, DOVIE LEE
Dovie Lee Haithcoat, 80, Route 3, Florence, died Friday, Dec. 30, 1994, of an extended illness, Visitation will be today, 6-9 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home chapel, with burial in Pisgah Cemetery. Officiating at the funeral will be Fred Dillion. She was a native and lifelong resident of Lauderdale County. She is survived by her sons, Willie "Jim" Haithcoat, Raymond "Boddie" Haithcoat, Jerry Wayne Haithcoat, Ralph Haithcoat, and Billy Haithcoat, all of Florence, Donald Haithcoat of Nashville, Tenn.; daughters, Ona Mae Hudson and Margie Stevenson, both of Florence, Sally Jo Rhodes of Nashville, Tenn.; 33 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Pallbearers will include grandsons. - Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL

HALL, HOWARD HERMAN
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.
 
HALL, MARY LESSIE
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.
 
HALL, WILLIAM LEVI
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.
 
HART, DONNIE M.
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.
 
HART, WILLIAM
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
 
HAYES, JAMES NORMAN
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
 
HAYES, JESSE J.
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
 
HIGGINS, ANNIE (PARKER)
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
 
HIGGINS, ELIZABETH PAULINE
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
 
HIGGINS, GYLE BEDFORD
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
 
HIGGINS, JOSEPH
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.]
 
HIGGINS, LONESOME MEAD
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.]
 
HIGGINS, MINNIE IDA
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.
 
HIGGINS, NAOMI
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
 
HINTON, EDNA L. (AUSTIN)
Edna L. (Austin) Hinton, 91 Waterloo, Ala., died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at Shackelford Funeral Home, Savannah, Tenn. The funeral will be at Bumpus Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Waterloo, Ala., at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, with burial in Ford's Mill Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Ala. Officiating at the funeral will be Emerald Bailey and Everette Rich. She was a native of Lauderdale County, Ala. She is survived by her son, Billy Floyd Hinton and wife, Shirley, of Cypress Inn, Tenn.; daughters, Evelyn Reatherford and husband, Jerry, of Florence, Ala., Glenda Kelley, of Florence, Ala., Diane Rumph, of Florence, Ala.; sister, Elsie White, of Florence, Ala.; brothers, Ledford Austin, of Benton Harbor, Mich., Rayford Austin, of Killen, Ala.; grandchildren, Christy Mooney (Jon), Brad Hinton, Amanda Haddock, Waylon Rumph, Brian Kelley (Angela), Darrell Kelley (Selisa); great-grandchildren, Blake Marona, Trevor Kelley, Trenton Kelley, Emily Haddock, Allison Haddock, Justin Kelley; step grandchildren, Michael Reatherford, Donna Hanback (Sammy), Doug Robbins, (Teresa); step-great-grandchildren, Cody Cothrum, Tori Hanback, Sam Hanback, Misty Kay Robbins, Cody Robbins, Jordan Mooney, Tyler Mooney, Alex Purser, Aaron Purser and Austin Purser. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Elizabeth Austin; father, Marion Austin; husband, Floyd Virgil Hinton; two sons, Ernie Gene Hinton and Jackie Hinton; one brother, Cecil Austin; and one sister, Thelma Austin. Pallbearers will include Brad Hinton, Waylon Rumph, Darrell Kelley, Brian Kelley, Michael Reatherford and Talmadge Austin. She was a homemaker and a member of Ford's Mill Freewill Baptist Church.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL
 
HINTON, ERNIE GENE
Mr. Ernie Gene Hinton, 24, Waterloo, died instantly of injuries suffered in a one-car accident Saturday morning. The accident took place 23 miles south of Savannah, Tenn., on Highway 69. He was a graduate of Waterloo High School, an Army veteran, and at the time of his death was employed by Oakwood Manufacturing Company. Services will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. from Bumpus Creek Freewill Baptist Church by Virgil Gean and Elton Cotner. Burial will be in Ford's Mill Cemetery, Shackelford Funeral Home of Savannah, Tenn., directing. Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Hinton; a brother, Billy Floyd Hinton; three sisters, Miss Glenda Gail Hinton, Miss Edna Diane Hinton, all of Waterloo; Mrs. Gary Wright, Florence; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Nancy Austin, Waterloo. Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence AL  - [Note: The tomb shows Ernie was born 27 Oct. 1947 and died 26 Aug 1972.]
 
HINTON, FLOYD VIRGIL
The funeral for Floyd Virgil Hinton, 76, College Street, will be at 1 p.m. today at Bumpus Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Waterloo with Virgil Gean and L.L. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Ford's Mill Cemetery with Shackelford Funeral Home, Savannah, Tenn., directing. He died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1988, at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, Florence. He was a member of Ford's Mill Free Will Baptist Church and Bumpus Creek Free Will Baptist Church, a retired farmer and sawmill worker. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Edna Austin Hinton, Waterloo; daughters, Mrs. Diane Rumph, Phil Campbell, Mrs. Evely Wright Reatherford, Mrs. Glenda Kelley, both of Florence; son, Billy Floyd Hinton, Greenhill; sisters, Mrs. Jewel Keele, Savannah, Tenn., Mrs. Mattie Sharp, Tyronza, Ark.; brother, Elon Hinton, Tyronza; six grandchildren; one great-grandson.  Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence AL

HOLCOMBE, EARNEST POWERS
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.
 
HOLCOMBE, ESTER LORETTA
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
 
HOLCOMBE, LANIER JONES
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.]
 
HOLCOMBE, SARAH (DENIS)
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.

HOLLINGSWORTH, J.G.
At Florence, councilman, found dead by the roadside recently. His horse fell into a deep ditch with him and he was drowned by the falling rain. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, February 12, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

HOUSTON, MARY
Florence, June 8 - Miss Mary Houston, a sister of the late Governor Houston died Thursday at her home near Gravely Springs.  She was 80 years old and was a daughter of one of the first settlers of this county - (Source; Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 13, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

 

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