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Lauderdale County AL
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OSCAR M. SEAGO , 76, of Sheffield, died Sunday, May 30, 2004. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 31, 2004, at Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at the funeral home chapel, with burial in Sheffield Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Bedsole will officiate. Mr. Seago was born in Burnsville, Miss., and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sheffield. He fought in World War II, serving in the Navy. He was a truck driver for Roadway and a member of the Teamster's Union. Mr. Seago was preceded in death by his parents, William Austin Seago and Laura Anthem Daniels Seago; and brothers, Howard and Dan Seago. H is survived by his wife, Lillian Seago, of Sheffield; son, Larry Seago and wife, Tracy, of Iuka, Miss.; daughter, Debra Seago, of Iuka, Miss; brothers, William D. Seago, of Burnsville, Curtis Sego, of Iuka, Raymond Seago, of Lockport, Ill., Fletcher Seago, of Yukon, Okla., and Jimmie Seago, of Iuka; sisters, Lavadda Moore, of Iuka and Racine Malone, of Iuka; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Jack Bonds, Kenny Webb, John Webb, Ray Vernon Jr., Jimmie Seago and Alton Chapman. Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia, is directing.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL

ROBERT DANIEL SHAFER , 66, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999. Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. today at Pine Hill Church of Christ. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. today at the church with burial in Pine Hill Cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Home, Savannah, Tenn., directing. He was the husband of Frankie Sego Shafer, Waterloo.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily/Wednesday, October 6, 1999

SARAH MADELINE SHANDS , was born on September 14, 1927, in Hardin County, the daughter of the late William H. and Nancy Barrier Shands. Miss Shands departed this life on September 15, 1988, at the Hardin County General Hospital, at the age of 61 years, and 1 day. She leaves two brothers, Hershel Shands and Henry Shands, both of Savannah. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Beulah Fox and Mrs. Ethel Reed, both of Savannah.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason -

ELSIE (McCRELESS) SHIELDS , Central Heights Community, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at ECM Hospital after a lengthy illness. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, 6-9 pm., at Elkins Funeral Home, Florence. Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, 10 a.m., at Murphy Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with burial in Murphy Chapel Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Greg Eaton and Rev. Virgil Gean. The casket will be placed in the church at 9:30 a.m. Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, is directing. Mrs. Shields was born in Lawrence County and lived most of her life in Lauderdale County. She was a member of Murphy Chapel Freewill Baptist Church and she was a homemaker. She was “Mama” Shields to many, many children and was loved and will be missed by all. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin A. McCreless and Fannie J. McCreless; her husband, Carthel Shields; brothers, Clarence, Prentiss, Carl and Dennis McCreless; sister, Flora Staggs; and grandson, Jimmy Shields, II. She is survived by sons, Rayburn Wilson, Jimmy Shields and Ricky Fielder, all of Florence; daughter, Cathy Creasy, Florence; sisters, Lena Shields, Moulton, and Avalee McDonald, Killen; brothers, Coy McCreless, Hamilton; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will include Ricky Brown, Ralph Brown, Ronald Brown, Robbie Brown, Brandon Shields and Carl Risner. Honorary bearers will include Dr. Herman Patel, Dr. Patrick Daughtery and Dr. William Hobbs. Memorials may be made to the Northwest Alabama Caner Center, 101 Dr. W.H. Blake Jr. Drive, Muscle Shoals, AL, 35661
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily

JIMMIE DALE SHIELDS , three-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Dale Shields of Florence, died Monday afternoon at University Hospital in Birmingham. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Murphy's Chapel with Rev. V.H. Gean officiating. Burial will follow in Murphy's Chapel Cemetery, Spry Funeral Home directing. The body will be at the residence of Howard O. Wilks of Cloverdale after 6 p.m. today. The child is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Dale Shields; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard O. Wilks of Cloverdale; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carthel Shields of Florence; and the paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Fanny A. McCreless of Florence.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Note: the clergyman’s record shows the baby was born March 9, 1974 and died March 11, 1974.

BERTHA LOUISE (MASON) SIMS , age 84, of Oakridge, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002 at Methodist Medical Center. She was born Nov. 12, 1917, in the community of Margerum, Ala. (in Colbert County), the daughter of the late George and Marye Payne Mason. She retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority in Muscle Shoals, Ala., in 1976. In 1983, she moved to Oak Ridge. She had a leadership role in the Oak Ridge Family and Community Education (FCE) Club for a number of years. She was a member of the Anderson County FCE Council on Aging in this group. Mrs. Sims served as a CONTACT Helpline volunteer for 15 years. She was a very active member of Grace Lutheran Church and served in many capacities at the church. Her family said she was extremely talented and creative. She did beautiful tatting work and taught the craft to others for many years. For several years, she also won blue ribbons for clothes she designed, sewed and modeled for the Anderson County Family and Community Education Program. She is survived by her brother, C.W. “Bill” Mason of Oak Ridge; sister, Martha Pickel and her husband, Charles, of Pinellas Park, Fla.; nephews, W. Joseph Mason and wife, Ann, of Oak Ridge, Larry G. Mason and wife, Janet, of Oak Ridge, James L. Sims and wife, Anne, of Huntsville, Ala.; nieces, Kay Mason Hamrick of Oak Ridge, Wanda Mason Podeweltz of Chattanooga, Betty Sims Griffin and husband, Don, of Powell; nine great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 1, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Stephen Damos officiating. Internment will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens in Florence, Ala. The family asks that any memorials be in the form of contributions to Grace Lutheran Church, 131 W. Gettysburg, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. The family will receive friends at the church 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. Friday. Weatherford Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily

CLARA EDNA (DEAREN) SOUTH , 79, Rt. 2, Waterloo, died Wednesday at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. She had been ill two years. She was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County, the widow of Claude South and a member of Williams Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Murphy's Chapel. The Rev. Virgil Gean, the Rev. Dominick Ditoro, and Fred Dillion will officiate. Burial will be in the Murphy Chapel Cemetery, Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home of Florence directing. Surviving are a son, Rufus Allen, Waterloo; sister, Mrs. Minnie Sego, Waterloo; half sisters, Mrs. Margie Morgan, Mrs. Gladys Hendrix, Mrs. LaVerne White, all of Memphis, Tenn.; Mrs. Eva Posey, Gadsden; Mrs. Abbie Miller, Arizona; brother, W. L. Dearen, Waco, Tex.; half brothers, Ed Dearen, Jay Dearen, West Memphis, Ark.; Clermont Dearen, Memphis; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. The body will be at the residence until being placed in the church one hour before the funeral. Bearers will be Hershel Holcombe, Raymond Murphy, Ronnie Murphy, Hershel Dearen, Howard Murphy and Gene Dearen.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily - Clergyman's records show Clara died July 19, 1978.

JAMES CLAUDE SOUTH , 78, Rt. 2, Waterloo, died Wednesday night at Flint, Ala. He was a native of Lauderdale County. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Murphy's Chapel with Rev. Virgil Geans and Rev. Vernon Creasy officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, Morrison-Elkins of Florence directing. The body will remain at the residence until one hour prior to the service when it will be placed in the church. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Clara Edna Dearen South; a daughter, Mrs. Eva Blankenship, Waterloo; a son, Rufus A. South, Waterloo; a sister, Miss Stella South, Waterloo; a brother, John South, Florence, 10 grandchildren. Bearers will be Herschel Jones, John Alfred South, Earnest Balentine, Ben Brown, Thomas Brown, Clyde Murphy.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

MONCER BURR SOUTH , 83, Cypress Inn, Tennessee, died November 4, 1970 at Wayne County Hospital. He was a member of Murphy’s Chapel Church. The funeral will be November 6, 1970 at Murphy’s Chapel, with Virgil Gean and Vernon Creasy conducting the funeral. Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home is assisting the family. Survivors are two brothers, Mr. J. C. South and Mr. John C. South and one sister, Miss Stella E. South.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

NORMAN GEARLDUS SOUTH , age 82, was born Jan. 14, 1883 and died July 26, 1965 at 6:15 a.m.. He died at the home of his daughter, Rt. 6, Florence, Alabama. He was a member of Murphy's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. He was buried in the church cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ada Cooper South; two sons, Leonard South, Mishawaka, Indiana, Glen South, Waterloo, Ala., Rt. 2; one daughter, Mrs. Tazzie Stanfield, Rt. 6, Florence, Ala.; 13 grandchildren; 41 great -grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr.

WALLACE G. STANFIELD , a former senior vice-chairman and leader in the Alabama Republican Party, died after an extended illness. He was 67. Stanfield died Monday at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., after suffering from cancer and heart complications, said interim state GOP Chairman Elbert Peters. Stanfield had served in the Alabama Republican Party for more than 30 years, and was chairman of the party in Lauderdale County for many years. He stepped down as a senior vice-chairman in the state party in 1987 due to failing health. Stanfield, a [Florence]native, operated a sheet metal business in [Florence He is survived by his wife, Mary Grace Johnson Stanfield, three children and several grandchildren. A funeral service was scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at the chapel of Elkins Funeral Home in [Florence]
Montgomery Advertiser 15 Oct 1902

WILLIE L. STANFIELD , 72, Rt. 6, Florence, died Monday at Montclair Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham, after a brief illness. He was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County, a retired carpenter and a member of Jones Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Murphy's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Rev. Jim Mertz will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery, Spry of Florence directing. The body will be at Spry Funeral Home, Florence, until being placed in the church one hour before the service. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Tazzie Stanfield, Rt. 6, Florence; daughter, Mrs. Helen Burns, Seattle, Wash.; sons, Ray, Honolulu, Hawaii; Ralph, Nacogdoches, Tex.; Roy and Donald, Florence; sister, Mrs. Susie Strait, Florence; brother, Alex Stanfield, Detroit, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Bearers will be J.C. Woods, Dallas Jones, Marvin Michael, Horace Mitchell, Willard Smith and Louis Smith.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

JERRY WAYNE STEELY , was born on September 6, 1942, in Lauderdale County, Alabama, the son of Vera Handley Steely and the late E.A. Steely. On August 27, 1964, he was untied in marriage to the former Betty McFall, who survives. Mr. Steely was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He departed this life on January 24, 1991, at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, at the age of 48 years, 4 months, and 18 days. Other than his wife, Betty, Mr. Steely is survived by one daughter: Cindy Briley of Savannah; two sons: Phillip and Greg Steely, both of Savannah; two sisters: Jackie Fox of Savannah, and Glenda Beard of Florence, Alabama; two brothers: Gene and Terry Steely, both of Savannah; one grandson, Phillip Steely, Jr., of Selmer, Tennessee and one step-grandson, Joseph Briley. Services were held on Saturday, January 26, 1991, at 3:00 p.m., at the Shackelford Chapel, with Virgil Gean and Nick White officiating. Burial was in the Centenary Cemetery.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil Gean, Sr.

BETTY RUTH (LAFITY) STEWARD - Youngstown Ohio - Our beloved Mom, Betty Ruth Lafity Steward, went home Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center. The struggle is over." Betty was born Sept. 16, 1948, in Florence, Alabama, a daughter of Charles and Beatrice Reynolds Lafity. She moved to Chicago in her teens. In 1962, she married James E. Steward Sr. and from this union five children were born. "Our Mom enjoyed Life to the fullest before she became ill." Betty was a homemaker, mother, and wife first until her husband died. After his death, she went back to school and obtained her G.E.D., and then went on to business college. She worked for the Illinois Department of Public Aide in Chicago for 17 years until she became ill. Betty truly loved her family and traveled extensively from Chicago to Youngstown, Ohio to spend time, enjoy and live life with them. She will be so sadly missed. She leaves to mourn her passing, but to rejoice in her peace, her children, Gloria E. Steward, Teresa F. Steward and Karen E. (Albert) Steward Jones, all of Youngstown; stepmother Mattie Lafity; brother Charles Lafity Jr; sisters Betsy Turner and Joyce (Ricky) Lafity Ragland, all of Florence, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of loving family and friends. Besides her parents and husband, James, who passed away in 1977, she was preceded in death by her sons, James E. Jr. and Tracy M. Steward; sisters Martha N. Sample and her husband, Giles, and Helen Lafity House and her husband, Phillip; and a brother, Gerald Lafity. "A huge thank you to Caprice Nursing Home and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center Emergency Room, for your help, concern and support. We will be forever grateful." Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, Youngstown, OH
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BEATRICE (GEAN) STRICKLIN , Savannah, Tenn., passed away Nov. 11, 2007. Her 90 years of life were spent with a loving family and wonderful friends. Beatrice loved to sew, to cook and to garden. She sewed clothing for her children to wear and made beautiful quilts to keep them warm. The dining table was always filled with fresh cooked vegetables from her garden. Her fried apple pies and big country breakfasts were her specialties. She loved to work in her flower beds of zinnias and dahlias. Her children are blessed to have had a mother who provided unconditional love and security of home. Beatrice was married to Ellis Stricklin for 44 years. He preceded her in death as did her sons, Bobby, Danny and Mack; daughter, Mary Lynn; granddaughter, Karla. She is survived by five daughters, Bera Dodd, of Florence, Ala., Brenda Gale, of Lakeland, Fla., Wanda Robertson, of Florence, Ala., Joan Ford, of Savannah, Tenn., and Robbie June Morris, of South Bend, Ind.; a son, Joey Stricklin, of Savannah, Tenn.; two brothers, Aaron Glenn Gean, of Florence, Ala. And Rick Gean, of Cicero, Ill.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason

KYLEEN K. SUMMERALL - The funeral service for Mrs. Kyleen Knight Summerall will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, at 2 pm. At Elkins Funeral Home, with Brian Jarrett officiating. Burial will follow in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Summerall was born May 27, 1920, and passed away on Oct. 15, 2006. She is preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Summerall Sr. Mrs. Summerall is survived by her daughters, Montez Knight and Tessa Echols and husband, George; grandchildren, John Sherrod Jr., Maria Hamm. Timra Posey, Bryan Echols, Georgeanna Rickard and Johnny Echols; great-grandchildren, Maleece Dickerson, Megan Posey, Raleigh Sherrod, Reid Sherrod, Brandy Hamm, Blake Hamm, Chandler Rickard, Patrick Echols, Hunter Rickard and Walt Echols; two great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be George Echols, John Sherrod Jr., Bryan Echols, Johnny Echols, Reid Sherrod, Patrick Echols, Chandler Rickard and Josh Dickerson. Honorary pallbearer will be Blake Hamm. The family would like to express their thanks to the nurses of Station 2 and staff at Mitchell-Hollingsworth for the good care of Mrs. Kyleen Summerall.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News

CORA (ALLEN) SWINNEY , 89, of Florence, who resided at Glenwood Nursing Home for the last 2 years, died on November 29, 2008 after an extended illness. The funeral will be on Tuesday December 2, 2008 at 1 pm at Elkins Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow in Center Hill Church of Christ Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12 pm until 1 pm at the funeral home. Mrs. Swinney was born on January 23, 1919, in Lauderdale County. She was retired from Genesco. Mrs. Swinney is preceded in death by her husband, Travis Swinney; her parents, Thomas and Bertha Allen; her brothers, Grady Allen, Herbert Allen, Buford Allen, Emmitt Allen, and Clifford Allen; and one sister, Ora Johnson. Survivors include a son, Mike Swinney of Florence; uncles, Noble Simpson of Florence and Otis Simpson of Town Creek; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Steve Carmack, David Clark, Roger Guyton, and Freddie Killen. The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff of Glenwood Nursing Home for their kindness and care.
Source: Joy Favors at Find-A-Grave

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