Ava Lee Wamsley Guyton

Ava Lee Wamsley Guyton, 88, Hamilton, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019, at Marion Regional Nursing Home in Hamilton. 
She was born in Hackleburg on Sunday, May 3, 1931, to  L.E. Wamsley and Viola Boyd Wamsley.
Mrs. Guyton was a member of the Hamilton United Methodist Church, Methodist Women's Club and Panorama Club.  
Funeral services for Mrs. Guyton were held on Monday, May 13, 2019, from 2 p.m. at the Hamilton United Methodist Church with Bro. Jeff Armbrester officiating. Burial followed at the Hamilton City Cemetery. 
She was preceded in death by her husband - William (Bill) Austin Guyton; parents - L.E. Wamsley and Viola Boyd Wamsley; infant son - Austin Craig Guyton; son - Tommy Guyton; granddaughter - Karen Dillard; grandson - Lynn Guyton; and sister - Mildred Gober. 
Mrs. Guyton leaves to cherish her memory - daughter, Melinda Franks (Phillip); son - Daryl Guyton; grandchildren - Kristen Hall (Brent), Rachel Chaffin (Caleb) and Zacharie Guyton; eight great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law - Teresa Guyton; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.  
Marion County Funeral Home of Hamilton was in charge of the services.
Marion County Funeral Home
3325 Bexar Avenue East • Hamilton, Ala. 35570

John Edward Lindley

John Edward Lindley, 61, Hamilton, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019. 
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. 
hamilton Funeral Home • hamilton, Ala.

Kermit E. Minga

Kermit E. Minga

Kermit E. Minga, 89, Amory, Miss., in the Splunge Community, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss. 
Funeral services for Mr. Minga were held on Friday, May 10, 2019, at 11 a.m. from the Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent with burial following in the Lann Cemetery. Bro. Jason Clifton and Rev. James Rutledge officiated over the services. 
Pallbearers were John Boyett, Danny Ray, Johnny Ray, Greg Norton, Dean Minga and Keith Norton. Honorary pallbearer was Doug Blaylock.
Mr. Minga was born on Jan. 8, 1930, in Greenwood Springs, Miss., to the late James Ellis Minga and the late Maggie Cora Odom. He was a graduate of Greenwood Springs High School in Greenwood Springs, Miss. Mr. Minga was a member of the Detroit United Methodist Church. 
He worked for WERH Radio Station, where he retired after 36 years. He served in the United States Army, but later received an honorable discharge due to hardship. He returned home to care for his mother and the family farm. Mr. Minga served on the board of directors at the First State Bank in Sulligent for several years. Well known for his practical jokes, Mr. Minga enjoyed deer and turkey hunting and was an avid gardener. 
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Detroit United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 37, Detroit, Alabama  35552.
Mr. Minga is survived by his wife - Sue Philpot Minga, Amory, Miss.; son - Alan (Suzanne) Minga, Huntsville; daughter - Sherry Crabtree, Hamilton; sisters - Ophelia Norton Thomas, Greenwood Springs, Miss., and Ruth Whitehead, Smithville, Miss.; brother-in-law - G.W. "JR." Ray, Sulligent; grandchild - McKalyn Crabtree; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents - James Ellis Minga and Maggie Cora Odom; first wife - Eunice Mae Ray Minga; brothers - Ruble Minga, Hansel Minga, Ralph Minga and Eugene Minga; and sisters - Theresa Smith, Doris O'Neal and Jimmie O'Neil.
Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at:
Otts Funeral Home    of Sulligent directed the services.
Otts Funeral Home
P.O. Box 923, 4255 Hwy. 278 West
Sulligent, Alabama  35586
(205) 698-8668

Edward “Ed” Harley Minter, III

Edward "Ed" Harley Minter, III

Edward Harley Minter, III, 79, Hamilton, completed his earthly mission at his home in Hamilton, Alabama, on Monday, April 29, 2019.
Born on Aug. 28, 1939, in the small east Tennessee town of Whitwell to Edward Harley Minter, Jr., and Hazel Ruth Graham, Ed and his brother Don grew up in a home where Sundays were spent at church and going to their grandparents’ home for huge feasts and playing with cousins. He learned the value of hard work, watching his father labor in the coal mines, then as an electrician, moving from job site to job site with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to support his family. 
As he grew into his teenage years, Ed followed in the path of his professional baseball-playing uncle, Hillis Layne, hitchhiking car rides across the mountain 50 miles roundtrip to Chattanooga to play in American Legion games. His recounted best memory of his baseball career was his team’s invitation to play in a tournament at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham. 
Ed was a multi-sport athlete, playing football in addition to baseball. He played quarterback, defensive back, punter, and kick returner for the Whitwell Tigers. Ed has supported his Tigers for many years, and he was exceptionally happy this past season as the Tigers went 15-0 and won the 1A Tennessee State Football championship. Ed remains in the WHS record books for the longest touchdown in school history--a 98-year kickoff return.
Upon graduation, Ed entered the University of Tennessee for three years, then transferred to Tennessee Tech prior to entering the United States Air Force in 1961. Ed served 21 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a master sergeant in 1982. 
In 1983, he was hired by the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs as a Claims Representative, representing veterans whose claims had been denied by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 
In 1987, Ed was promoted to Assistant State Commissioner and Assistant to the Director where he served until his retirement in 2001. 
During his service with ASDVA, Ed administered the Alabama G.I. Bill scholarship program, oversaw the department’s property management program, and created a flag education program in conjunction with fourth-grade Alabama History. Ed designed the plaque to honor soldiers from the State of Alabama at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.
Moving to Hamilton upon his state retirement, he immediately went to work in the private sector as co-owner of Minter Court Reporting, and he immersed himself into the community, working as a volunteer for various entities over the past 18 years. 
Ed was a graduate of the 2004 Marion County Leadership Program; a founding and charter member of the Northwest Alabama Arts Council in 2004, serving as the first treasurer, a position he held for 13 years; he was a charter member of the arts council’s Image Masters Photography Club, where his “Red Barn” photo is incorporated into the group’s logo. 
Ed was active in the Hamilton American Legion Post, where he served as Adjutant; he served on the Planning and Resource Consortium of Marion County; he was a member of the Marion County Community Development Foundation; he was appointed to serve on the Hamilton Industrial Development Board in 2006, being named chairman in 2009. 
In December 2008, Ed was named the Hamilton Kiwanis Club’s Citizen of the Year. 
Ed loved antique cars, especially his 1929 Mercedes Gazelle, and participated in many area parades, festivals, and car shows. 
Ed’s home church was the Hamilton Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he and his wife, Marla, regularly attended and served.
Ed is survived by his wife of 22 years - Marla (Avery) Minter; a brother - Don Hale Minter; sons - Edward H. Minter IV (Kelli), Gregory L. Miller (Jenna) and Andrew T. Miller (Tori); daughter - Nicole Minter Akers (Blue); grandchildren - Amanda Minter Bagwell (Hunter), Christopher Edward Minter, Logan Miller, Alexis Miller, Jackson Miller and another grandchild due in November; great-grandchildren - Crosby and Riley Bagwell; and nephews and nieces - Don Hale Minter, Jr., Brian Minter, Alicia Minter and Susan Minter. 
Ed was preceded in death by his parents - Edward H. Minter, Jr. and Hazel Ruth Graham Minter.
Funeral services for Ed Minter were held on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, under the direction of family friend Kyle Jackson, and were officiated by Brother Brandon Campbell of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
Interment followed at Hodges Town Cemetery with full military honors by a United States Air Force Honor Guard from Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery. 

James Redden O'Mary

James Redden O'Mary, 76, Winfield, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. 
Norwood Funeral Home • guin, Ala.

Martha Lou Corbett Silas

Martha Lou Corbett Silas

Mrs. Martha Lou Corbett Silas, 74, Guin in the Twin Community, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019, at her residence. 
She was born on March 10, 1945, to Jim and Ada Corbett. She was a 1963 Winfield City High School graduate and worked for over 25 years at Munsingwear in Guin.
Mrs. Silas is survived by her children - Tonya Silas Dodd (Jeff), Hamilton, and Darrell Silas (Kristy), Twin; grandchildren - Casey Silas, Shelby Silas and Brady Dodd; great-grandchild - Riley Silas and one on the way, Kamden Bruce Silas; a sister - Colleen Everett Bunn, Fayette; brothers - Ed Bowen, Fayette, and Marion Corbett (Edwina) and Robert Corbett (Jettie), both of Winfield; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her husband - Jerry Bruce Silas; her parents - Jim Corbett and Ada Head Bowen Corbett; a sister - Betty Green; and three brothers - Tom Bowen, Allen Bowen and Johnny Bowen.
Funeral services for Mrs. Silas were held on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 2 p.m. from the New Hope Church of Christ near Guin with burial following in the Center Cemetery near Brilliant. Bobby Wright was the officiating minister. 
Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield directed the services.
Bowen Funeral Home
981 State Highway 253 • Winfield, Ala. 35594 (205) 487-4327

Lizzie Yvonne Smith

Lizzie Yvonne Smith

Mrs. Lizzie Yvonne Smith, 76, Winfield, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at her daughter’s residence. 
Mrs. Smith was born on June 1, 1942, in Fayette County to Grady Jackson Harbin and Elsie Cella Smith Harbin. She retired from RELTOC, Mfg. in Winfield and became a stay-at-home grandmother. She enjoyed painting, sewing, working in her yard, spending time with her family and taking care of others. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband - William Ellis Smith; and brothers - James Alfred Harbin, Jackson Eugene Harbin and Tommy Harbin. 
Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughters - Tammy Smith Aldridge (Jeff) and Angie Smith Winkles (Wayne), both of Winfield; a son that Mr. and Mrs. Smith helped to raise - Derrick Foster (Ashley), Winfield; her grandchildren - William Dallas Aldridge, Skylar Reese, Summer Winkles and Saylor Winkles; step-grandchildren - Chip Aldridge and Brett Aldridge; great-grandchildren - Ashlynn Aldridge, Tenley Aldridge and Harper Aldridge; a sister - Margaret Drummond (Phillip), Northport; brothers - Ted Harbin (Kathy), Salyersville, Ky., and Danny Harbin (Rhonda), Winfield; special friend - Gene Locke, Winfield; and her caregivers - Pat Taylor and Jeannie Hankins. 
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith were held on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 3 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel in Winfield with Brett Burleson as the officiating minister. Burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery. 
Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield directed the services.
Bowen Funeral Home
981 State Highway 253 • Winfield, Ala. 35594 (205) 487-4327

Rev. Curtis Harold Sutton

Rev. Curtis Harold Sutton

Friends and family gathered on Sunday, May 5, 2019, to celebrate the life and homegoing of Rev. Curtis Harold Sutton. 
Rev. Sutton is known for his lifestyle of giving and building as described in I Corinthians 3:9, 10. 
He will not only be missed by his wife, Joyce, his three children [Barry Sutton (Teresa), GiGi Byrd (Karl) and Patrick Sutton (Amy)] and his grandchildren [Bethany, William-Curtis (Jessica), Whitney, Emily, Olivia, Emily, Sabrina, Trevor, Samuel, Madilyn and Gavin], but he will also be forever missed by the community, the congregations he served, and by the children at the COGOP Orphanage of Ca-Ira, Haiti, and the many brothers and sisters of the churches that he organized in Peru.
Those wishing to honor Rev. Sutton can do so by donating to the Fulton Church of God of Prophecy, 462 Patton Dr., Fulton, MS  38843.

Lance Allen Taylor

Lance Allen Taylor, 48, Hamilton, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019. Visitation will be Sunday May 12, 
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 13, 2019. 
hamilton Funeral Home • hamilton, Ala.

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