Obituaries

Virginia Lee Ford Tritt

Virginia Lee Ford Tritt (affectionately known as Ginger) was born in Hamilton, Ala. and passed away on March 7, 2023 in Jacksonville, Fla. while surrounded by her family. Ginger is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arnold Tritt, to whom she was married for nearly 60 years. She leaves behind her loving sons Arnie (Danielle), Lee-ford, and John (Heather); and her grandchildren Lillie Rose, Lee-Ford, Noah, and Nathanial.

Jimmy Taylor

Jimmy Taylor, 88, formerly of Guin, Ala., passed away Saturday, March 11, 2023 in the Overton County Health and Rehab in Livingston, Tenn.
Born Dec. 14, 1934 in Lamar County, Ala., he is the son of the late Jessie Olen and Sammie Lee Roberts Taylor, and the husband of the late Mary Jo Duncan Taylor. He lived in Lamar County most of his life, retired from 3M, and was a Veteran, having served in the US Army. He was a member of the Union Chapel Baptist Church.

Brandon Kyle Stephens

Mr. Brandon Kyle Stephens, 46, of Madisonville, La., passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2023, in Slidell, La.  Kyle was born was Aug. 10, 1976, in Covington, La., to Jerry L. “Pete” Stephens and Melinda Kay Norris. Kyle attended Cathedral Christian in Center Point, Ala. until he moved to Louisiana in 1995. He attended Covington High School and later attended Southeastern Louisiana University, where he received a degree in Criminal Justice.

Denise Cooper Stein

Denise Cooper Stein, 66, of Detriot, Ala., passed away on March 2, 2023, surrounded by her family in Wisconsin.
Denise was a kind and thoughtful soul and will be missed and remembered by the many lives she touched. Even in the face of her own illness, Denise remained a steadfast friend and confidant to everyone she knew. She enjoyed helping people and she would love to be remembered with funny, strange, or silly stories that celebrate what was good and blessed in her life.

James Franklin Reamy

James Franklin Reamy, 44, of Hamilton, Ala., passed away Thursday March 16, 2023 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Funeral Services were held on Sunday, March 19, 2023 at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Unity Cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, AL  35570
205-921-3197

Sarah Jean Nelson

Sarah Jean Nelson, 40, of Winfield Ala. passed away on Tuesday March 13, 2023 in the Northwest Medical Center. Sarah was born on August 3, 1982 in Fayette, Ala. to Jerry B Mackum Sr. and Paula Cross. She was a 2000 graduate of Winfield City High School. Sarah was employed with Golden Living Nursing Facility and, in her spare time, she enjoyed doing crafts, making t-shirts and spending time with family.

Christopher Jason Lolley

Christopher Jason Lolley, 48, of Hackleburg, Ala., passed away March 7, 2023 at the North Alabama Medical Center. Family received friends Saturday March 18, 2023 at the Hackleburg Funeral Home Chapel.
Hackleburg Funeral Home
607 2nd Ave.
Hackleburg, AL  35564
205-921 3197

Bobby Elton Kelley

Mr. Bobby Elton Kelley, 86, of Winfield, Ala., passed away on Friday, March 10, 2023 at his residence. Mr. Kelley was born on May 2, 1936 in Bankston, Ala. to Carlos and Sylvia Gray Kelley. He was a graduate of Bankston High School and later served his country in the United States Navy. Bobby was employed as a machinist with Rockford Products in Rockford Ill. for more than 20 years. In his spare time, Bobby loved to shoot skeet, often competing in tournaments. He also liked woodworking and fishing.

Wesley Johnson

Wesley "Wes" Johnson, 40, of Sulligent, Ala., passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023, near Hamilton, Ala.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Crews Community Church with burial following in Crews Cemetery. Bro. Tom Ward officiated.

William Eugene Helton

Bill was a devout Florida Gator Fan.

“So give a cheer for the Orange and Blue
Waving forever!
Forever pride of Old Florida,
May she droop never.
We'll sing a song for the flag today,
Cheer for the team at play.
On to the goal,
We'll fight our way for Flor-i-da:
Go Gators!”

Evelyn Louise George

Evelyn Louise George, 84, of Hackleburg, Ala., passed away March 14, 2023 at Terrace Manor. The funeral service was held on Friday, March 17, 2023 at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Antioch Cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, AL  35570
205-921-3197

Elvie Faye Boyles

Elvie Faye Boyles, 87, of Hamilton, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2023, at the Marion Regional Nursing Home after a brief illness.
Faye is survived by her son, Jamie Taylor; brother, Harold (Elaine) Snider; sister, Dollie (Derrel) Adams, sister-in-law, Ethel Snider; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Faye was preceded in death by two husbands, Otis Stephens and Omer Boyles; her parents, Willy J. and Delphia Snider; sisters, Mae Avery and Mavis Chambless; brothers, Bill and Leonard Snider.

Dennis Dale Belk

Mr. Dennis Dale Belk, 63, of Winfield, Ala. passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 in the DCH Regional Medical Center. Mr. Belk was born on July 28, 1959 in Hamilton, Ala. to Donald and Mary Potts Belk. Dennis attended Hamilton High School. He spent more than 45 years employed as a meat cutter, working with Ivies Supermarket, Piggly Wiggly, and Winn-Dixie. In his spare time, Dennis enjoyed watching westerns, nature, birdwatching, and gardening. His greatest joy was spending time with his wife, children, and dog, “Molly”.

Elvie Faye Boyles

Elvie Faye Boyles, 87, of Hamilton, Ala., passed away Monday, March 6, 2023 at the Marion Regional Nursing Home. The funeral service was held on Friday, March 10, 2023 at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, AL  35570
205-921-3197

Charlotte Garrison

Charlotte Garrison, 69, of the Wayside Community, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023 in the Northport Medical Center.
Born Aug. 31, 1953 in Guin, Ala., she is the daughter of the late Samuel Harkins and Kathleen McDonald Garrison.  She lived in the Wayside Community most of her life and was a member of the Mt. Willing Free Will Baptist Church.  Charlotte was an avid Alabama Fan. She never met a stranger and loved everyone.

William Gilchrist Jr

William Gilchrist Jr., 90, of Hamilton, Ala. passed away Saturday March 4, 2023 at his residence. Funeral service held on Tuesday, March 7 at the Hamilton First Baptist Church. Burial followed at the City Cemetery.

Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, AL  35570
205-921-3197.

Raymond Roger Heath

Mr. Raymond Roger Heath, 79, of Crestview, Fla, formerly of Winfield, Ala., passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023 in the North Okaloosa Medical Center. Mr. Heath was born in Winfield on March 19, 1943 to Tommy and Emma Bass Heath. Raymond was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crestview and a 1962 graduate of Hubbertville High School. He served his country in the United States Marine Corp and was a Vietnam Veteran. Raymond was employed with U.S. Borax Chemical Corporation for 28 years. Raymond was a licensed contractor and loved to build houses and do carpentry work.

Alice Marie Hill

Mrs. Alice Marie Hill, better known as Marie, age 94, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., formerly of Winfield, Ala., passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in the Crimson Village Assisted Living Facility in Tuscaloosa. Mrs. Hill was born on Aug. 19, 1928 in Gattman, Miss. to Isaiah and Virgie Lockhart Hollis. Marie was a 1946 graduate of Sulligent High School and later attended Massie Business College. She was a member of the Winfield First Methodist Church. Mrs. Hill spent much of her life employed with the Winfield First Methodist Church as the secretary until her retirement in 2012 after 49 years.

Myra Kay Hollis

Myra Kay Hollis, 52, of Winfield, Ala., passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at her residence.
Born Nov. 6, 1970 in Winfield, she was the daughter of Joe and Judy Nix Benton, and the wife of Darren Hollis.  She lived in Guin, Ala. and Winfield most of her life, was a member of the En Avant Study Club, and helped with the Toy Bowl in Guin many years. She worked for State Bank and Trust for the past 28 years and was a member of the Guin First Baptist Church.

Alton Ray Pratt

Alton Ray Pratt, 83, of Hackleburg, Ala., passed away March 8, 2023 at his residence. Funeral Service was Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel,  with burial following at Fairview Cemetery in Hackleburg.

Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, AL  35570
205-921-3197

Betty Jo Tucker

Mrs. Betty Jo Tucker, 86, of Winfield, Ala., passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 in the Northwest Medical Center in Winfield. Mrs. Tucker was born in Fayette County, Ala. on Aug. 27, 1936 to Grady and Edna Pickens Estes. Betty attended Winfield City High School. She was a devoted wife and loving mother, taking care of her husband, children, and grandchildren. In her spare time, Betty enjoyed working in her yard.

I.J. Posey

IJ Posey, 80, of Hamilton, passed away Sunday Feb. 26, 2023 at his residence. Visitation was held on Tuesday Feb. 28, 2023 at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Service was held on Wednesday at the chapel with burial following at Bethleham Cemetery.

David Nichols

David Nichols, 54, of Detroit, Ala., passed away Saturday Feb. 25, 2023 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Visitation was held on Monday Feb. 27 at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Cooper Cemetery.

Betty Grace Hughes Harper

Betty Grace Hughes Harper passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Thursday, Feb. 16th, 2023 at age 90. Betty was born to Flauda and Wilma Roberts Hughes on Sep. 5th, 1932 in Hamilton,
Ala.
Betty met her husband, Glen Lee Harper, in high school. They married approximately six years later on Dec. 23, 1954 and went on to have three sons, Johnny, Timmy, and Tommy.

Barbara Bowen Hodge

Barbara Bowen Hodge, 78, of Rainbow City, Ala., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. Barbara was born on Nov. 13, 1944 to AJ & Mary Lou Bowen.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Hughes, and her husband, Donny, sisters, Beverly Franks (Floyd), Regina Eisner (Larry), and Sheila Harris.

Orval Ralp Baker

Orval Ralph “Boodge” Baker passed away at his home in the Wigington Community on Sunday, Feb. 26th. Boodge was born on Jan. 23, 1926 to the late Harvey and Effie Baker in Wiggington, Ala. Boodge lived most of his life on a farm in rural Northwest Alabama, where he spent his days on the tractor, working in his shop, or resting on the glider in his carport. He is survived by his son, Dwight Baker (Scotty) of Mississippi and daughter, Debbie Coy of Seattle, Wash.

Edna Earl Cox

Edna Earl Cox, 77, of Hamilton, passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023 at her residence.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023 at the Hamilton Funeral Home chapel, with burial following at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, Ala.  35570
205-921-3197

Jerrica Lashay Richards

Jerrica Lashay Richards, 32, of Hamilton, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2023, at UAB Hospital.
Jerrica was a manager at Wal-Mart and a licensed cosmetologist.
She was preceded in death by her son, Toby Richards; father, Daniel Lee Winsett; grandparents, Clarence Winsett, Mary Smith, Jean and H.L. Wiginton, Rayford Richards and Jimmy and Joann Guyton.

Irene Eads

Irene Eads, 88, of North Charleston, S.C., formerly of the Hubbertville community in Alabama, passed away on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023 at her residence. Mrs. Eads was born Nov. 4, 1934 in Fayette County, Ala., to Hollie and Ludie McCollum Whitehead.  Irene was a graduate of Hubbertville High School and a member of the North Charleston Church of Christ in South Carolina. Mrs. Eads loved to travel. Her husband Harold Eads, being in the military, allowed them to move all over the world.

Charles Edward Wilemon

Charles Edward Wilemon, 66, of Hamilton, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023, at the UAB Hospital.
The funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at the Bethleham Cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, Ala.  35570
205-921-3197

 

David Peoples

David Peoples, 69, of Winfield, formerly of Guin, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, in the Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Ind.

Wilburn Bryan Markham

Mr. Wilburn Bryan Markham, 78, of Guin passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, in the Aliceville Manor Nursing Home.  
Mr. Markham was born on Dec. 26, 1944, in Marion County to Jethro and Etma Williams Markham.  
He was a graduate of Marion County High School. Mr. Markham was employed for many years in the textile industry, working with Munsingwear, Health-Tex and Guin Manufacturing as a sewing machine mechanic. After his retirement, he operated Outdoor South Hunting and Fishing in Winfield.  

Paula Annette Holland

Paula Annette Holland, 62, of Albertville, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, at the Celebration Group Home.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a host of relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents - Darel Holland and Carolyn Quinn Holland.
A graveside service for Ms. Holland was held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, at the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Hodges.
Shea Lowery was the officiating minister.
Marion County Funeral Home
3325 Bexar Avenue East  
Hamilton, Ala.  35570
205-921-5777

Betty Harper

Betty Harper, 90, of Hamilton, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, at Terrace Manor.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, at the Fulton Bridge Church with burial following at the adjoining cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, Ala.  35570
205-921-3197

John Kenneth Boyett

John Kenneth Boyett, 76, of Hamilton, passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton.  
He was born on Nov. 12, 1946, in Marion County to John Quince and Lula Gay Boyett.
He was the owner/operator of Hamilton Carburetor and Electric Service for over 40 years. In his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, particularly crafting pens.

Larry Wayne Baldridge

Larry Wayne Baldridge, 68 of Hamilton, passed away on Feb, 10, 2023, at his residence.
He was born on Dec. 11, 1954, in Detroit, Mich., to Clyde and Virginia "Boots" Baldridge. He was a retired machinist at NTN Bower and also retired from The Army National Guard.

Larry Dwayne Vance

Mr. Larry Dwayne Vance, 67, of Guin, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, at the DCH Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Vance was born in Indiana on Dec. 12, 1955, to Delmar Vance and Christine Williams Flynn. Mr. Vance was a veteran of the United States Army and Army National Guard. He was employed as a truck driver with KSF Trucking for over 20 years. In his spare time, Larry enjoyed spending time fishing with his grandson, hunting, and watching Alabama Football and NASCAR on tv.

Dorothy Robbins Reagh

Mrs. Dorothy Robbins Reagh, better known as Dot, traded in her time here for her Heavenly Home on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023.  
She was born in Winfield to Robert L., Sr.  and Wanda Berryhill Robbins.  

Oma Lee Humphries

Oma Lee Humphries, 93, of Hamilton, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton.
The funeral service was held on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023, at the Pleasant Ridge Church with burial following at the adjoining cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, Ala.  35570
205-921-3197

 

Sharon Paige McDonald Herren

Mrs. Sharon Paige McDonald Herren, 80 of Richmond, Ky., formerly of the Whites Chapel Community, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, at Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, Ky.
She was born on Oct. 12, 1942, in Carbon Hill to the late Bernice Jane Baker and Hollie McDonald. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a 1961 graduate of Hubbertville High School. Mrs. Herren was a homemaker who enjoyed golf, quilting and cooking, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

John Kenneth Boyett

John Kenneth Boyett, 76, of Hamilton, passed away on Feb. 10, 2023, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, at the Fulton Bridge Church with burial following at the adjoining cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, Ala.  35570
205-921-3197

Larry Wayne Baldridge

Larry Wayne Baldridge, 68, of Hamilton, passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, at his residence.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, at the Bethlehem Church with burial following at the adjoining cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, Ala.  35570
205-921-3197

George Reese Ansley

George Reese Ansley, 63, of Hackleburg, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, at his residence.
The funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, at the Hackleburg Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at the Cedar Tree Cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, Ala.  35570
205-921-3197

Verta Box

Ms. Verta Dellaree Box, 96, of Winfield, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023 in the Sunset Manor Nursing Facility in Guin. Ms. Box was born July 23, 1926 in Eldridge, Ala., to Lester and Lula Bell Hamilton Box. Verta lived her whole life in Eldridge and was a longtime

Willia Moore

Willia Dean Moore, 80, of Hamilton, passed away Monday, January 30, 2023, at NMMC - Hamilton. She was born in Fayette County, Ala. on Friday, June 12, 1942.

The funeral service was held at the First United Methodist Church in Guin with Bro. Tony Crump and Rev. Mary Marshall of- ficiating with burial at Beaver Creek Cemetery.

Larry Wayne Raper

Larry Wayne Raper, 72, of Vina, passed away on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, at the Helen Keller Hospital.
The funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, at the Liberty Baptist Church.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, Ala.  35570
205-921-3197

Shelby Puleo

Shelby Puleo, 84, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at the Ridgecrest Manor Nursing Home in Duffield, Va.
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, at the Middle Cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Circle
Hamilton, Ala.  35570
205-921-3197