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OBITUARIES

April 29, 2009

 

 Lucille Blake

Lucille Blake, 84, of West Blocton, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Funeral services were held at Brown Service West Chapel on Saturday, April 25, 2009 with Rev. Dennis Horton and Rev. Ray Jones officiating. Burial followed in Highland Memorial Gardens, Brown Service West Chapel directing.

She was a resident of Plantation Manor Retirement Center for four years.

Mrs. Blake is survived by her sons, John F. Blake (Anne) and Glenn Blake (Ginger); grandchildren, John Bryan Blake (Cindy) and Glenn Blake, Jr. (Emily); great grandchildren, Eryn, Ellie and Garrett; sister, Velma McKinney; brother, Virgil Lawrence.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Blake, Jr.; parents, John E. and Paralee Lawrence; brothers, James, Frank, George, Henry and Buddy; sisters, Susie, Maudie, Magalene and Elizabeth.

 

Donald Garry Brooks

Donald Garry Brooks, 61, of Woodstock, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at UAB Medical. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Mission Baptist Church Woodstock with Rev. Jimmy Jones officiating. Burial followed at Hickman Chapel Cemetery in Greenpond, Rockco Funeral Home directing.

Donald was a lifetime gospel singer and for the past 27 years, along with his wife, Daphne, had a group known as “Full Sail”. He was a member of Mission Baptist Church in Woodstock. He was active in community service and was a member of the West Blocton Elks Lodge. He was past board member of Tri-County Youth Football and Bessemer Academy School Board.

He is survived by his wife, Daphne Brooks of Woodstock; son, Donald Rance Brooks (Brittany) of Atlanta; two daughters, Valerie Charous (Jeff) of New Jersey, Ranae Browning (William) of Trussville; brother, Ronald Brooks of Guntersville; three sisters, Geraldine Simpkins of Cullman, Carolyn Deese of Anniston, Janice Hope of Marietta, GA; three grandchildren, Kelsey Browning, Audrey Charous and Jack Charous.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henderson and Mable Brooks; brother, David Brooks and sister, Cindy Brooks.

Pallbearers were Rance Brooks, William Browning, Don Jackson, Larry Parsons, Ramey Foster and Oscar Boles.

 

 

Constance A. Doss

Connie Kornegay Doss, 64, formerly of Bibb County, passed away on April 21, 2009 in Montgomery, Alabama. Connie was raised in Brent, and was a graduate of Bibb County High School and Howard College School of Nursing. She is survived by a son, Howard Cleveland IV (Cindy) of Germantown, TN; a daughter, Amy Shoaf (David) of Germantown, TN; four grandchildren, Alex and Elizabeth Cleveland, Clarkston and Hudson Shoaf; a sister, Nancy Feltman (Don) of Woodstock, AL; a brother, Arnell Smith (Joy) of Brent, AL; special cousins, Janet Kornegay Watson and Mark Kornegay of Montgomery, AL; her “special” sister-friend, Eleita Kinard of Brent; and Aunt Odie Ivy of Centreville.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Christine Smith; a sister, Patti Boles; a brother, Jim Smith; and her grandparents, Welford and Hardie Mae Kornegay.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2, at 11am at Four Points Baptist Church in Centreville, AL. Anyone wishing to donate in Connie’s name is asked to give to the building fund at Four Points Baptist Church or to the Gideons Bible fund.

 

Peggy Langford Hopwood

Peggy Langford Hopwood, 63, of Centreville, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 3 p.m. at Liberty Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Bowers and Rev. Jackie Adcox officiating. Burial was at Liberty Freewill Cemetery, Rockco Funeral Home directing.

She is survived by her son, Hoyt Lee Hopwood (Brooke) of Birmingham; two grandchildren, Jett and Jordan Hopwood; mother, Eskridge Langford Foster of Lawley; two brothers, Mickey Langford (Peggy) and Rondy Joe Langford (Betty) all of Lawley.

Pallbearers were Steve Foster, Brad Foster, John Peppers, Sammy Wallace, Butch Wallace and Hartford Foster.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Liberty Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund.

Mary Pearl LaVigne

Mary Pearl LaVigne, 87, of Marion, AL, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at DCH in Tuscaloosa. Funeral services were held Monday, April 20, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Siloam Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Schuyler officiating. Burial followed at St. Wilfred’s Cemetery, Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel directing.

Mrs. LaVigne was born on September 9, 1921 in Walker County to the late Claude and Meadie Cunningham Sherer. She was a resident of Southland Nursing Home in Marion, AL.

She is survived by her daughters, Sherer B. Averette (James) of Marion, and Joyce B. Colburn of Gulf Port, MS; sons, Paul Hester (Mary) of Alabaster, and Thomas W. Bolen, Jr. (Mary) of Dallas, TX; one sister, Delora Waddell of Eagle Rock, VA; six grandchildren, Mrs. Becky Gordan (Adam), Mrs. Annesia Miller (Jason), Mrs. Teresa Pope (Thomas), Miss Cathy Averette, Mr. Jonathan Averette (Charlie), and Mrs. JoAnn Jackson (Jonathan); six great grandchildren, Payton and Emma Pope, Tristan Miller, Justin Thomas Miller, Katelyn Jackson and Leah Gordan.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Fred Lynn LaVigne; two sisters, Lillian Hill and Claudia Busby; and two brothers, Howard and C. W. Sherer

Pallbearers were Jonathan Averette, Thomas Pope, Jason Miller, Dr. Adam Gordan, Richard Deavours, and Vincent Petix.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Siloam Baptist Church, 505 Washington Street, Marion, AL 36756 or Southland Nursing Home Activities Fund, c/o Cindy Harrison, 500 Shivers Terrace, Marion, AL 36756.

 

 

 Otis Mitchell

Otis Mitchell, 80, of Centreville, AL passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at his residence. Funeral services were Friday, April 24, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Brent Baptist Church with Rev. Craig Hyche and Rev. Mike Grindle officiating. Burial followed in Pineland Memorial Cemetery, Rockco Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Mitchell was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Sara J. Pennie Mitchell of Centreville; two daughters, Sheila Scott (Doug) of Brewton and Teressia Freeman (Dennis) of Centreville; brother, Odell Mitchell of Brent; sister, Ellen Smith of Centreville; three grandchildren, Joseph and Adam Freeman and Sara Scott.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Earl Dean Freeman, Pauline Nichols, Idabelle Wallace, Roger Dale Mitchell; two brothers, Onree and Walter Mitchell.

Pallbearers were Winford Stewart, Gene Caddis, Aston Cottingham, Chip Burkes, Shelton Nichols, Jeremy Hopkins, Jarrod Cunningham, and Dennis Harbinson.

 

Mary Ann Roe

Mary Ann Roe, 88, of West Blocton, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009 at her residence. Funeral services were held Monday, April 20, 2009 at 2 p.m. at West Blocton First Baptist with Rev. Bob Praytor and Dr. Henry Cox officiating. Burial followed at Schultz Creek Cemetery, Rockco Funeral Home directing.

Mary Ann was born in Riverbend on January 30, 1921. She lived all of her 88 years and 4 months in Bibb County. She was a member of Schultz Creek Baptist Church, Faith Baptist Church and West Blocton First Baptist Church. She filled many offices in each church and worked as a leader in the WMU.

She is survived by her daughters, Nita Owings (Joe), Dianne Lippeatt (Billy); seven grandchildren, Bryan Owings (Becky), Patrick Owings (Christine), Valery Reach (Wayne), Angela White (Brent), George Arnold (Leslie), Sonya Wallace (Charles), Craig Arnold; seven great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Her special helpers were Louise Beasley, Lois Kerr, Glenda Martin and members of Holistic Hospice.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Jessie Cox; brothers, R. C. Cox, George E. Cox; sisters, Sybil Wallace, Dana Wallace; son George Howard Arnold; and her husbands, Howard Arnold and Howard Roe.

Pallbearers were Wayne Reach, Brent White, Ben Owings, Patrick Owings, George Arnold, Craig Arnold and Michael Nelson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund at West Blocton Baptist Church, West Blocton, AL, 35184,

 

 

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