ALABAMA TRAILS

Lauderdale County AL
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GIRTHA (WILLIAM) MANN , 72 W. 3rd St., Sheffield, died Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at his residence. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. from Murphy Chapel. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery, with Mays-Brown Service in charge. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Tennie Mann, Florence; one daughter, Mrs. Marie Olive, Florence; three sons, M.L. Mann, Muscle Shoals; W.E. Mann, Chicago, Ill.; two brothers, L.C. Mann, Florence; H. E. Mann, Blytheville, Ark. The body will remain at the funeral home until time for services Friday. Mr. Mann has been a resident for the past 55 years in Lauderdale and Colbert counties.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL
Note: The tomb shows date of birth 5 Oct. 1893 and death 12 Jul. 1966.

JAMES BROWN McCAIN , born May 28, 1897, Ingram's Crossroads (now calledElgin),Lauderdale Co., Alabama, died Feb. 17, 1976, married Dec. 27,1928,Mamie Lee Putnam, a school teacher at St. Joesph, Tennessee, bornDec.13, 1903, died June 19, 1979. Jim moved with his parents toLexington,Alabama, where he became a farmer and substitute mailcarrier for 41years. He was a singer and lover of gospel music, beinga member,along with his brother Richard, of the McCain Quartet andlater amember of the Lexington Quartet. He taught agriculture classesforfour years for World War II veterans at Killen, Greenhill,Anderson,and Lexington. Jim and Mamie were active members of theNeboCumberland Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder,SundaySchool Superintendent, and song leader, and she taught SundaySchoolclasses for 50 years. They are buried in the church cemetery."
Source: John McCain at Rootsweb World Connect / From "Called Away" by Ronnie B Haraway, pub. 1992

ROBERT NEWTON McCAIN , was born January 14, 1882 and departed thislifeMarch 28, 1949. He was married to Miss Vivian Irene Howard and tothisunion was born six children, three sons and three daughters: Mrs.J.D. Porter, Howard McCain, Robert Donald McCain, Hiram McCain, allofLexington, Ala.; Miss Coleman McCain, Florence, Ala.; and Mrs. T.O.Hester, Muscle Shoals City, Ala. Brother McCain entered the ministry about forty-two years agoandduring this time pastored several of the best churches inMcGreadyPresbytery, having served one church for thirty years. During Brother McCain's active years in the ministry he was regularandfaithful in his attendance at church courts. Several times hewaselected to represent his home presbytery at the General Assembly. Brother McCain was true to his divine call and was able to makemanyfriends and keep them. His life and influence will live on. MayGodbless his fine Christian companion and children. The funeral services were conducted at the Nebo Church,Lexington,Alabama, by Rev. C. M. Prince and the pastor, Rev. CarlEasterwood.--C. M. Prince
Source: John McCain at Rootsweb World Connect / From "Called Away" by Ronnie B Haraway, pub. 1992

CATHERINE (BURGESS) McCRARY , 92, of Anderson, died, Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Whitesburg Gardens, Huntsville, Ala. Visitation will be 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday at Rogersville Funeral Home, where the funeral service will follow immediately in the chapel, with J.D. Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Mrs. McCrary was preceded in death by her husband, Amos McCrary. She is survived by her son, James Wendell (Bonnie) McCrary, of Huntsville; daughter, Linda (Bill) Nabers, of Red Bay; grandchildren, Vincent and Philip McCrary and Jim Nabers; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Addison, Steven, Bryant, Bailey, Cory and Kacie; sister, Estelle Grigsby, of Birmingham; nephews, R.C. and Gerald Grigsby; and niece, Doris Mobley.

ANTHONY RAY McDONALD , six weeks old, Rt. 10, Florence, died Friday at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Services will be held today from Murphy’s Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Virgil Geans and Earl Dixon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include: mother, Mrs. Vickie McDonald; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel T. McDonald, Florence.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL
The tomb shows date of birth 15 Jun 1978 and death at 28 Jul 1978.”

JAMES THEOPLOS McDONALD , 78, Rt. 10 Box 404, Florence, AL, died on June 26, 1988 at Humana Hospital, Florence, AL. The funeral will be at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 28, 1988. Survivors include his wife, June Wilson McDonald, Florence; sons, Charles F. McDonald, Riverdale, GA, Jamie R. McDonald, Florence, AL; daughters, Rosie Jackson, Vicki Risner and Pamela Borden all of Florence and Sue Lentz, Pensacola, FL; brothers, Emery F. McDonald, and Allen T. McDonald of Sheffield, AL; 23 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, who assisted Earl Dixon and Larry Harbin in conducting the funeral.

WILLIAM LINDSEY McDONALD , 82, of Florence, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, the day before summer began. A keen observer of changing seasons, he wrote about such things as the summer solstice, when the sun is high in the sky and there are more hours of daylight than any other day of the year. In his essay titled “A Summer Place, McDonald wrote: “I long for the kind of summer vacation where the clock stands still, at a place where there is nothing to do … no speeches to be made …no telephone to interrupt… no social calls to answer… where nothing is complicated, nobody is in a hurry and all the surroundings are quiet and simple.” The rest of this essay and 74 others are published in his book The Old North Field, copyright 1986. Bill McDonald had a wonderful life filled with remarkable accomplishments. He was unparalleled as a local historian, writer/essayist, author of numerous books, minister, military leader and administrator. This article cannot do justice to the lasting contributions of this unique man. However, he will always be remembered by family and friends. From now on, whenever future generations strive to learn about the history and heritage of the Shoals area, they will discover the writings of Bill McDonald and will continue to benefit from his research and insights. He will live on through his words. McDonald’s book A Walk Through The Past: People and Places of Florence and Lauderdale County, Alabama contains the following biographical information about the author: William Lindsey McDonald is a product of the hills of North Alabama. Mainly of Celtic blood, four of his direct ancestors can be traced to Scotland and others from England, Ireland, Wales and Northern France. One, a Chickasaw Indian, was born in 1813 on Koger Island in West Lauderdale County. Seven forefathers fought in the American Revolution, one in the War of 1812, and two in the Civil War (one Confederate and the other a Yankee.) The author is a retired Army Reserve colonel with 38 years of service in rural churches in Lauderdale and Colbert counties. He served as chairman of the Florence Historical Board from 1968 until 1989 at which time he was appointed City Historian. McDonald is a member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and was graduated from Florence State Teachers College in 1952. He also was graduated from the Army’s Command and General Staff College, the Military Police School, the Army Finance School, The Industrial College of the Armed Forces and seminary studies in the United Methodist Church. He is a journalist for the TimesDaily and East Lauderdale News. He has published articles in magazines, newspapers and periodicals over many years. He is the author of 14 books. Two of his most popular, Paths in the Brier Patch and The Old North Field are about growing up in Alabama. The others are about the history of the area. William L. McDonald, “a true Southern gentleman,” was born on June 7, 1927, in Florence, to the late William Ervin and Pauline Lindsey McDonald. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Carter McDonald, a retired teacher and artist. Many of Mr. McDonald’s books contain illustrations drawn by his wife. They were blessed with two daughters, plus several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will begin today (Thursday, June 25), 11 a.m., in McDowell Hall of First United Methodist Church, Florence. The funeral service will be in the church sanctuary at 1 p.m. Burial with full military honors will follow in the historic Florence City Cemetery.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - East Lauderdale News, Rogersville, Alabama
William McDonald leaves lasting legacy

CORA (PERKINS) McFALL , 69, Waterloo, Rt. 2, died at 6 a.m. Saturday at ECM Hospital following a brief illness, She was a native of Lauderdale County and member of Waterloo Church of Christ. Funeral services will be today at 3 p.m. from Waterloo Church of Christ with Ralph Snell and Charles Stidham officiating. Burial will follow in Williams Chapel Cemetery. The body will be at the residence until service time. Surviving are her husband, Lee D. McFall, three daughters, Mrs. Christine Boshers, Mrs. Corine Rideout, both of Florence, Mrs. Rachel Smith, Marietta, Ga.; four sons, David A., Glen L. and Jesse L. McFall, all of Florence, Billy Joe McFall, Waterloo; four sisters, Misses Reba, and Mae Perkins, Waterloo, Mrs. Edna Keel, Waterloo, Mrs. Marie Williams, Waterloo; three brothers, Clark Perkins, Waterloo, Ellie Perkins, Florence, and Ernest Perkins Tuscaloosa; 12 grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Edwin Gean, Bobby Joe Ticer, Charles Dowdy, Junior Daley, Doyle Young, Glen Dupuy. Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home of Florence is directing.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Note: Cora was born in 1897 and died in 1968, according to the tomb.

DAVID ANDREW McFALL , 88, of Florence, passed away Jan. 27, 2009, after an extended illness. He was a member of Oakland Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon and treasurer for more than 40 years. Visitation was last evening at Greenview Funeral Home. The funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today, Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, in Greenview Memorial Chapel, with burial to follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Military funeral honors will be accorded at graveside. Officiating will be Manson Behel. Mr. McFall was born in Waterloo on May 21, 1920, to Lee and Cora McFall as the oldest of seven children. He was a beloved husband, father, uncle, brother, cousin and devoted friend. He was a graduate of Waterloo High School. Drafted into the Army in 1942, he served his country as a staff sergeant in the 79th Infantry Division in World War II. He saw action in four battle campaigns in France and Germany until the war ended in 1945. He received the Bronze Star, EAME Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge/Oak Leaf Cluster and Presidential Citation. As a veteran, he has been a member of the American Legion for 61 consecutive years. He worked at the Lauderdale County superintendent’s office in the accounting department for 39 years. He was a charter member of the Lauderdale County Teachers Credit Union, where he was CEO and treasurer of the board of directors for 31 years until retiring. He was a member of the Lauderdale County Retired Teachers Association. David was preceded in death by his wife, Arietta Dewberry McFall; parents, Lee D. and Cora Perkins McFall; brother, Glen L. McFall and wife, Mary; sister, Christine Boshers and husband, Hobson. He is survived by his daughter, Arietta Joan McFall, of Florence; brothers, Jesse L. McFall and wife, Pearl, of Florence, Billy Joe McFall and wife, Linda, of Waterloo; sisters, Coriene Riedout and husband, James, of Florence, Rachel Smith and husband, Harold, of Marietta, Ga.; nieces, Beth Darby (Stephone), Ann Davis (Ken), Terese Irons (Ricky), Cindy Mitchell, all of Florence, Denise Wilson (Vann), of Tuscumbia, Kaye Willey, of Lexington, Ky., Hope Cook (Larkin), of Canton, Ga., Heather Patterson (Robin), of Waterloo, Leslie Hand (Alan), of Birmingham, Lynn McFall (Ron Schneider), of Charleston, S.C.; nephews, Hal Smith, of Marietta, Ga., Tim McFall (Andrea), Barry McFall (Michelle), all of Waterloo; cousins, great-nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Pallbearers will be Ken Davis, Stephone Darby, Tim McFall, Barry McFall, Hal Smith, Tim Holt, Nicholas Darby and Will McFall. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Graham, Tim Wright, Dalton Mansel and Don Bevis. Memorials may be made to the David A. McFall Waterloo High School College Scholarship fund at the Lauderdale County Teachers Credit Union. Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL

GLEN LEE McFALL , age 81, of Florence, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at ECM Hospital, after a brief illness. He was a native of Waterloo, Ala., and lived most of his life in Florence. Mr. McFall was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Reynolds Metals Co. and was a member of the International Operating Engineers Local 320. Mr. McFall was a member of Oakland Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon for more than 30 years. He was a beloved husband, father, “Papa”, brother, uncle and a devoted friend. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m today at Greenview Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenview memorial Chapel, with burial to follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Officiating at the service will be Dalton Mansel and Wayne Gean. Military funeral honors will be accorded at graveside. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 45 years, Mary McKinney McFall; his parents, Lee and Cora Perkins McFall; and sister, Christine Boshers. He is survived by his two daughters, Beth Darby and husband, Stephone, of Florence, and Ann Davis and husband, Ken, of Florence; grandchildren, Nicholas, Hayley, Kenszie and Laney; sisters, Coriene Riedout, of Florence, Rachel Smith, of Marietta, Ga.; brothers, David A. McFall and Jesse McFall, of Florence, and Billy McFall, of Waterloo; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Tim McFall, Barry McFall, Hal Smith, Douglas Hendrix, Cam Allen and Mark Collier. Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Holt, Kent Holt, Shaye Holt, and his “Jack’s breakfast buddies.” In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Mars Hill Bible School Performing Arts Center. Greenview Funeral Home, of Florence, is directing.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL

CATHERINE WINSTON (ARMISTEAD) McFARLAND - At 5 o'clock on Friday morning, September 10, 1920, Mrs. Kate W. McFarland, peacefully passed from the shadows of a tedious and painful illness into the presence of the Prince of Peace. Mrs. McFarland was the daughter of Mr. Fontaine Armistead, a prominent planter of Colbert County, Alabama, and a granddaughter of Isaac Winston, also a wealthy planter of the Tennessee Valley and a resident of Colbert County, so that she was truly descended from an ancestry that was typical of the Old South and was in her person a representative of that bower of civilization of which we of the South are so justly proud. She was born on her father's plantation on the 19th day of February, 1853, and was on the 19th day, February, 1868 married to Captain Robert McFarland, whose life and character are so well known to the older citizens of this county. She is survived by four children, two sons, W. F. and Albert McFarland, and two daughters, Miss Mary McFarland and Mrs. Lucien Brown of Birmingham, and two brothers, Messrs. George and Cole Armistead of Colbert County. Mrs. McFarland was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. The funeral services, conducted by Rev. D. W. Hollingsworth, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, and Rev. C. L. Price, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, were held at the beautiful old homestead overlooking the Tennessee River. A large concourse of people assembled to pay the last tribute of respect and followed the cortege covered with most beautiful floral offerings. For 52 years, Mrs. McFarland was a resident of Florence and by her refinement, her gentle courtesty, her unselfish and constant kindness, as well as by the strength of her character, she was, and held the friendships of all with whom she had any close contact. A good woman, one who held the respect and esteem of all who knew her, has passed beyond our vision, but the influence of her life and character, will long be felt in the circles of which she was a member.
Source: Vicki Rice (World Connect - Rootsweb) The Florence Times, September 17, 1920
I have her birth date as Dec 19, 1843, but I'm not sure of the source. The Winstons of Hanover County, Sheet 142 has her birth date as 18 Dec 1843 with marriage date as 19 Feb 1867. If the obituary birthdate is right, then she married at 13 years of age and had her first child that same year, which seems very young.

ELIZABETH (HORTON) LINDSEY McKELVEY , 89, walked into the opened arms of our Lord, accepting his warm and loving embrace on June 30, 2008 after a brief illness. A funeral service in celebration of her life will be held at Elkins Funeral Home in Florence Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Bill Harper officiating. The burial will follow at Greenview Cemetery. There will be a visitation on Thursday July 3, 2008 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home in Florence. Elizabeth was the living definition of grace, dignity and charm. In every thought, deed, word, or task, her thoughts were always on the wants and needs of others. Even in the face of her illness, she was worried about everyone else around her. She touched everyone who was lucky enough to know her. Anyone who knew her carries with them a piece of her love that she so readily and feely gave away. Even if you happened to be on the receiving end of one of her clever pranks or comments, it was delivered with love and laughter. She believed in her Lord with all her heart and walked with Him every step she made and her devotion to her Savior was obvious in every single way she lived her life. Her life and love serves as an example of how we all should be. There is one more twinkle in the sky today that will serve as a reminder of the twinkle in her eyes that we loved so much. preceded in death by her two husbands Donald Lindsey and Robert McKelvey; parents George and Maudie Horton; three sisters Vesta Holliman, Essie V. Horton and Lessie Horton; one granddaughter Beth Mae Grisson. She is survived by her daughter Rebecca Cofield; son Donald Lindsey; sister Aubrey P. Richardson; brother Carvel Horton; step daughter Edith June Phillips; step brother Henry Peden; five grandchildren Laurel Lee Holt (Paul), Crystal McClure, Leigh Ann Cofield, Don Ed Lindsey, Russ Lindsey and Beth Elmore eight great grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be family members and friends. Elkins Funeral home is assisting the family
Source: Joy Favors at Find-A-Grave

JAMES DANIEL McKELVEY , 21, 516 S. Pine St., Florence, was killed in Vietnam May 27. He was an infantryman with the Fourth Infantry Division, and had been there three months. He was a lifelong resident of Florence, and a member of Oakland Methodist Church. Funeral services will be today at 4 p.m. from Oakland Methodist Church with Rev. Eddie George and Rev. Ed Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in Greenview Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Virginia Fulmer McKelvey, Florence; parents, Mr. and Mrs. William J. McKelvey, Florence; one brother, Jesse T. McKelvey, Ft. Benning, Ga.; one sister, Mrs. Ann Crouch, Florence. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Highland, Jimmy Shields, Wayne Kelley, Paul Crouch, Dennis Mitchell, Donald Box. The body will be at Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home, Florence until time for services.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Florence, AL
Note: The tomb shows date of birth, 9 May 1947 and death, 27 May 1968

CECIL MAE (ALLEN) MICHAEL , age 90, of Rogersville, died suddenly Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at ECM Hospital. Mrs. Michael was born in Lauderdale County on Aug. 30, 1910, to her late parents, W.T. and Georgia Richardson Allen. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. Mrs. Michael was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, John Dee Michael; great-granddaughter, Kayla Ensey; grandsons, Christopher Michael Sharp and Gary Wayne Parker; her parents; and a sister, Levil Allen Forsythe. She was a homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she will be missed by her family and friends. The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Elkins Funeral Home chapel, with burial following in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens. Jimmy Wisdom will officiate. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, is assisting the family. She is survived by her daughters, Bobbie Sue Sharp of Florence and Ima Jean Parker of Athens, Ala.; granddaughters, Suzanne Ensey and Robbie Goodwin; grandsons, Wes Parker, William Parker, Max Parker and Nathan Parker; nine great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be grandsons, great-grandsons and nephews.
Contributed by Michael D. Parker - Rootsweb World Connect

ERA HENDRIX MITCHELL , 87, Florence, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2000 at Mitchell-Hollingsworth Annex. Funeral service will be Sunday at 4 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home, Florence. Burial will follow at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens. Kenny Barfield will be officiating. Elkins Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her son, Young McKelvey and wife Connie, of Rogersville, Ala; two sisters, Geneva Carroll, Moulton and Jeanette Steadman, Tuscumbia; grandchildren, Kenneth Dale McKelvey and Jason Young McKelvey; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Lloyd Newton, Neal Cross, Bill Watson, B.B. Wright, Waylon Cottles, Phillip Cottles and Robert Gamble. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews.

HALE DALE MITCHELL - Funeral service for Hal Mitchell was Friday, October 10, 1997 at 3"00 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, Alabama with Bro. Sid Fulford officiating and burial at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens. Survivors are wife, Era Beatrice Mitchell; son, Young McKelvey and wife, Connie; grandchildren Kenneth Dale McKelvey and Jason Young McKelvey; sisters Beulah Crosswhite and Mamie McAfee. Pallbearers - Doug Murphy, Bill Mitchell, Robert Gamble, Neal Cross, Lloyd Newton, Steven Letson, Bill Watson, Dick Mitchell, Edgar Mitchell

CHARLES MURPHY , born Friday, July 5, 1918, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at age 82 years, 9 months and 13 days. The funeral service was Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the Murphy’s Chapel Church, Florence, Alabama, with Virgil Gean and Harry Underwood officiating, Shackelford Funeral Home, directing. Interment was in the Murphy’s Chapel Cemetery.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr.

COLUMBUS TIM MURPHY , of Rogersville, Alabama died Thursday at 2:45 p.m., December 18, 1969 at his residence. He was 88 years, 0 months and 19 days old. Mr. Murphy was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County, and a member of the Happy Valley Missionary Baptist Church, professing a hope in Christ some 19 years ago. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Pinnie Murphy of Route 1, Rogersville; one daughter, Mrs. Esther Lee Barnes of Osceola, Ark.; 4 sons, Mr. Bennett Murphy of Kaiser, Ark., Mr. John B. Murphy of Lexington, Alabama, Mr. Frank Hassell Murphy of Rogersville, Ala., Mr. George Sam Murphy of Rogersville, Ala.; 1 sister, Mrs. Miley Hughes of Tecumseh, Okla.; 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., compiled by Spry Funeral Home.

EARLENE (PERKINS) MURPHY , 95, of Petersville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Wood Avenue Church of Christ, where the funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Miles Stutts, Kenneth Davis and Brian Jarrett will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Florence City Cemetery. Earlene was preceded in death by her parents, Foster and Lily Perkins, and her husband, Doyle Lee Murphy, who passed away in 1948. She is survived by her son, Kenneth Lee Murphy (Faye); daughter, Elizabeth Ann Murphy Richards (Billy Ray); grandchildren, Robin Murphy Davis, Jill Murphy Peralta and Greg Richards; and six great-grandchildren. Earlene was born in Texas and grew up in the Cloverdale community. She graduated from Central High School and was a mother and homemaker until Doyal’s death. She then worked at many places, including the Florence Clinic, where she became an LPN. She worked for ECM Hospital and Lauderdale Christian Nursing Home until she retired. She was a member of Wood Avenue Church of Christ. She was devoted to her family and church family who were most attentive to her needs, especially in her later years. The family requests that donations be made to El Reposo Nursing Home or Wood Avenue Church of Christ in lieu of flowers. Thomas Cochran, Donald Clanton, Jeff Stewart, Joe Johnson, Jimmie Ardis and Greg Hamm will serve as pallbearers. You may sign the online register at elkinsfh.com. Elkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL

HORACE T. MURPHY , 35, of 102 Scott Dr., Florence, died Sunday at 4:17 p.m. at Colonial Manor Hospital. A native and lifelong resident of Lauderdale County, he was business manager for the Laborer’s District Council of Alabama, president of Muscle Shoals Building Construction Trade Council, member of Bricklayers’ Local Union No. 8, Laborers’ Local Union No. 366, member of St. Mark’s United Presbyterian Church. Services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. from First Cumberland Presbyterian Church by Rev. George Warren. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Park, Morrison-Elkins directing. The body will be at Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home in Florence until being placed in the church one hour before services. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Patricia Johnson Murphy, two daughters, Anne Murphy, Donna Murphy; a son, Allen; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Murphy, Waterloo, Rt. 2; three brothers, Cecil, Howard, Kenneth all of Florence; four sisters, Mrs. Jones Irons, Mrs. Robert Hart, Mrs. Turner Daily Jr., all of Florence; Mrs. Wayne Haggard, Waterloo, Rt. 2. Bearers will be Howard May, James Bowling, Clifford Reed, Hugh L. Robinson, Woodrow Bowling, John Campbell, Yates Bowling, Clayton Suddith.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL
Family records show date of birth 7 Nov. 1932 and death, 6 July 1969.

JOHN WILEY MURPHY , “Funeral services for John Wiley Murphy, 86, of 124 Taylor Road, Florence, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday from Murphy’s Chapel Baptist Church on the Savannah Highway. A native of Lauderdale County, Mr. Murphy died Tuesday at ECM Hospital in Florence. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Baptist Church. Rev. Virgil Gean will officiate at funeral services and burial will follow in the church cemetery with Middle Tennessee Funeral Home of Waynesboro directing. Survivors include the widow Mrs. Murphy; 10 daughters, Mrs. Odella Smith of Waterloo, Ala., Mrs. Carrie Robbins of Lutts, Tenn., Mrs. Virgie Akers of Donelson, Tenn., Mrs. Ruby Price of Cloverdale, Mrs. Eunice Bevis of Florence, Mrs. Mary Rich of Rt. 6, Florence, Mrs. Roxie Villers of Melvindale, Mich., Mrs. Levada Newton, also of Melvindale, Mrs. Lola hart of Rt. 4, Florence, Mrs. Dorothy Malone of Tuscumbia; two sons, Charlie Murphy of Sheffield and Woodrow Murphy of Osceola, Ind.; 57 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren, one great -great -grandchild. Bearers will be Covie Robins, Buford Smith, Phillip Rich, Jackie Bevis, Sherman Wesson, David Murphy, Thomas Newton, Arnold Ray Balentine.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL
The tomb shows Mr. Murphy was born on 6 May 1879 and died on 2 Apr. 1965.

MARY ESTHER (ROGERS) MURPHY , 79, of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008. She was a native of Lauderdale County, a member of Petersville Church of Christ and a retired nurse. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at Greenview Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, in Greenview Memorial Chapel, with burial to follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Officiating will be Miles Stutts. Mrs. Murphy was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Christopher and Minni Etta Parrish Rogers. She is survived by her son, Larry Murphy and wife, Alice, of Muscle Shoals; her daughter, Brenda Murphy, of Florence; brother, Gene Rogers, of Florence; sisters, Annie Cliff, of Columbia, Tenn., Ruby Johnson, of Florence, Vernett Arnold, of Florence, Toy Murphy, of Brandenburg, Ky., Daisy Peters, of Florence; granddaughters, Maria Berness, of Florence, and Brooke Murphy, of Los Angeles, Calif. Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home
Source: Sharon Rhoades at Find-A-Grave

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