Obituaries

Randall Henry Butler

Randall Henry Butler, 63, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus, Miss.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel in Columbus, Miss., followed by a private interment service at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mr. Butler was born on April 14, 1956, in Atlanta, Ga., to Kathryn L. and Henry Butler, Jr. He attended school in Brownwood, Texas. He transferred to Marion County High School in Guin, where he lettered in football and was a member of the 1973 state championship Red Raider football team his senior year at MCHS, which was 1974. He later attended Auburn University. 
A very technologically-gifted individual, Mr. Butler was very skilled and knowledgeable in the radio communications field. He enjoyed work, servicing communications radios for local police departments, and became very well-known in his field. 
He helped design and install the emergency communication network for the Tombigbee Lock and Dam System. He also worked as a contractor consultant on a NASA communications satellite. He later joined the railroad where he served as a signal maintainer, and later working on locomotives as a chief mechanical officer. At the time of his death, he was employed with the Columbus and Greenville Railway as an assistant general manager. Towards the end of his career, he had played an integral part of the successful partnership between Steel Dynamics in Columbus and the railroad. 
Intelligent and mechanically inclined, he was an excellent troubleshooter and able to fix most anything.
Mr. Butler was a loyal and devoted fixture among businesses and in his community. A member of the Boy Scouts of America, he served as Cub Scout Leader for Troop 33 and was the recipient of the Presidential Silver Beaver Award. 
He had many hobbies, including classic cars and a love of smoking and grilling various meats, he grilled out several times a week and enjoyed bringing steaks and roasts to family get-togethers. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and his upbeat and uplifting personality. Never letting anything get him down, he chose to remain happy and positive. Though personally private, Mr. Butler cared deeply for others, always putting the needs of others above his own. 
A proud and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, he will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
Mr. Butler is survived by his wife of 43 years - Gloria Butler; children - Tony Butler and Melanie Butler, both of Columbus, Miss.; parents - Henry and Kathryn Butler, Guin; brother - Steve (Teresa) Butler, Tuscaloosa; sisters - Donna Bozeman, Winfield, and Nina (Clint) Butler, McCalla; and two grandchildren - Alexander Johnson and Mya Taylor.

Jerry Ray Cooper

Jerry Ray Cooper, 77, Hamilton, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
hamilton Funeral Home • hamilton, Ala.

Lora Corene Bishop Higginbotham
May 2, 1933 ~ May 11, 2019
 

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Lora Corene Higginbotham

Mrs. Lora Corene Higginbotham, 86, Cullman, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the Cullman Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Higginbotham was born on May 2, 1933, in Russellville to Luther and Gladys Bishop. She was a graduate of Phil Campbell High School and worked for many years as a bookkeeper. 
Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by her children - Cheryl Ann Smith Rasbury (Jeff), Cullman, and Mason Smith (Martha), Phil Campbell; grandchildren - Clint Smith (Heather), Matt Smith, Natalie Henson (Clay) and Lauren Rasbury; great-grandchildren - Samantha Franklin (Jabbar), Allie, Zeth, Teresa and Lora Smith, Sydney (Eli) Snider, Braedon and Katie Smith, and Preston and Vince Henson; great-great-grandchildren - Bentley Franklin and Kenden Snider; sister - Doris Sinyard, Trussville; her special friend - Doug Birdyshaw, Decatur; and stepdaughters - Sally Newsome, Huntington, Calif., and Amanda Robinson and Mary Lou LaRue, both of Marietta, Ga. 
She was preceded in death by her parents - Luther Bishop and Gladys West Bishop; and her husbands - J. V. “Bud” Smith, Fred Robinson and Jim Higginbotham.
Funeral services for Mrs. Higginbotham were held on Sunday, May 26, 2019, from the Pinkard Funeral Home in Haleyville at 2 p.m. with burial following in the Winston Memorial Cemetery in Haleyville. Billy Quinn was the officiating minister. Pallbearers were Clint Smith, Matt Smith, Jeff Rasbury, Eli Snider, Jabbar Franklin and Braedon Smith. 
Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield and Pinkard Funeral Home of Haleyville directed the services.
Bowen Funeral Home
981 State Highway 253 • Winfield, Ala.  35594 (205) 487-4327
Pinkard Funeral Home
1308 21st St., Haleyville, Ala.  35565
(205) 486-7662

Helen Ruth Hughes

Helen Ruth Hughes, 89, Hamilton, passed away on Wednesday May 22, 2019.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
hamilton Funeral Home • hamilton, Ala.

John Edward Lindley

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John Edward Lindley

John Edward Lindley, 61, Hamilton, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019, at North Alabama Medical Center. 
Funeral services for Mr. Lindley were held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Shiloh Church with burial following in the adjoining cemetery. 
Mr. Lindley’s survivors include wife - Rose Renee Lindley; mother - Nina Lindley; daughter - Maghan (Patrick) Merry; sons - John Davis (Kasie) Lindley and Randy Neal (Rachael) Garrison; grandchildren - Aubrey, Charlie, Owen, Emerson, Wesley, Hudson, Hayden and Uriah; and brothers - Michael (Dejawanna) Lindley and Ronny (Penny) Lindley. 
He was preceded in death by his father - Junior Liegh Lindley; sister - Rita Lynn Lindley; and nephew - Derek Jerome Lindley.

Ernest Dwayne Owen

Ernest Dwayne Owen, 76, Hamilton, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss.
He was born on Sept 20, 1942, in Marion County, to the late William Taft and Amanda Burrow Owen. 
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Hamilton Freewill Baptist Church with burial following at Barnesville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife - Syble Pugh Owen; children - Melissa (Matt) Clark, Jennifer (Andy) McCarley and Keith (Lynn) Owen; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters - Peggy Sue (Joyce) Cooper and Evonne Stidham; and brothers - Trevor (Rhonda) Owen and Harold Lee (Pat) Arthur.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandson - Levi Bowling; sister - Martha Emerson; and brother - Bobby Owen.
Hamilton Funeral Home directed the services.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Cir. • Hamilton, Ala. 35570
(205) 921-3197

John Rollins

John Rollins, 89, Bradenton, Fla., passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019. 
Graveside services were held on Thursday, May 23, 2019. 
hamilton Funeral Home • hamilton, Ala.

Damer J. Williams

Damer J. Williams, 92, Hamilton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 12, 2019. 
Mr. Williams is survived his wife - Eva Dell Williams, Hamilton; his sister - Mae Dean Harris, Tremont, Miss.; and many loving family members, including a host of nieces, nephews and friends. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters; and many other family members who he loved dearly.
Mr. Williams was born on Oct. 1, 1926, in Marion County, to Ben Williams and Ross Williams Locklear. He was raised in Marion County, where he went to school and worked with his family until he became a member of the United States Armed Forces, becoming a seaman with the U.S Navy and serving during World War II.
After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, Mr. Williams returned to Alabama and married the love of his life, Eva Dell Rye, and they were happily married for 72 years.
Damer and Eva Dell moved to Michigan early in their lives where they made their home in Adrian for 45 years. He was an active member of the Church of the Nazarene and served in many capacities. He retired from General Motors in 1988 and after retirement moved back to Alabama. Mr. Williams enjoyed being outdoors, working in his yard and spending time with his family. 
His family and friends will always remember him as a man who loved God and lived his life accordingly. 
Marion County Funeral Home of Hamilton was in charge of the services.
Marion County Funeral Home
3325 Bexar Avenue East • Hamilton, Ala.  35570
(205) 921-5777

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