Zula Buckelew Hollis

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Funeral service for Mrs. Zula Buckelew Hollis, 89, will be Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville with the Rev. John Simmons, the Rev. Ted Anderson and the Rev. Bill Farris officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Tuesday in the church parlor. Mrs. Hollis died at home with her family on December 4, 2014. She is survived by a daughter, Joye H. Ridgeway (Tom), of Charleston, S.C.; two sons, James Buckelew Hollis (Collean), of Ackworth, Ga. and Leo Derrel "Lederry" Hollis Sr. (Mary), of Mesa, Ariz. and five grandchildren, Leo Hollis Jr., Ellen Cannady, David Hollis, Teresa Mackey and Stephen Hollis, as well as seven great-grandchildren, Mason and Alyse Cannady, Abigail and Sydney Mackey, Harper Hollis - Heidenreich and Lily Zula and Jacie Grace Hollis and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Gary Dempsey, Gene Rhodes, Kenneth Wagers Sr., Charles Wagers, James Kendricks and Brice Hay. Honorary Pallbearers will be The Friendship Sunday Class of the FUMC and the Jacksonville Arts Council, Mrs. Tom Bruer, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Logan, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Noles and Miss Cheryl Harris. Mrs Hollis was one of the pioneers in Special Education in Cherokee County and the Jacksonville City School System. She earned a Bachelors degree and a Masters of Education degree from Jacksonville State University. Her career began in Center, Ala. in 1956, where she and another teacher chartered the Special Education Program. After moving to Jacksonville in 1959 she helped create the first two Special Education classes in the Jacksonville City School System, now known as Kitty Stone Elementary School. Students came from the Calhoun county area and beyond to attend her classroom. Her students trained and participated in the first Special Olympics, as well as learned about plants and community beautification by creating their own flowerbed outside their classroom on Francis Street. She and her students created a mural outside the school lunchroom in the old elementary school. In 1975 Mrs. Hollis became the assistant coordinator of Special Education in Autauga County. The Hollis' returned to Jacksonville in 1981, where she worked in reorganizing the Attala City School System Special Education System. As a school psychologist and certified psychometrist, she performed contract testing and evaluations for Jacksonville City School, Piedmont City Schools, as well as Calhoun County and Talladega County School Systems. She was a member of the Jacksonville First United Methodist Church for 48 years. Her artistic ability is evident throughout the church, where she re-upholstered the kneeling cushions, designed and created the draperies in the church parlor, painted a mural in the children's room, constructed banners and crafted an angel that hangs in the church today. The Friendship Class remembers her for her "chalk talk" Sunday school lessons. As charter member of the Jacksonville Arts Council, she promoted the arts for school children. Her personal forte was achieved by creating oil paintings and photo tinting. One of her paintings won first place in a juried art show. Mrs. Hollis was most proud of being awarded the Book of Golden Deeds Award for outstanding service to the community from the Jacksonville Exchange Club. She was honored by the Future Farmers of America of Alabama with the Honorary State Farmers Degree. She was awarded honorary membership to the American Federated Women's Club for 50 years of service. She is preceded in death by J.C. Hollis, her husband of 58 years; her parents, Purne Cooley Buckelew and Leo L. Buckelew, of Sulligent, Ala. and her daughter-in-law of 45 years, Martha Wagers Hollis. The family wishes to thank Dr. Alemeda Free, the caregivers extraordinaire and New Beacon Hospice for the exceptional care they provided. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to FUMC, PO Box 1025, Jacksonville, AL 36265 or to the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) 206 Francis St W, Jacksonville, AL 36265. Online condolences to the family at www.klbrownfuneralhome.com. K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W. Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042
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Published in The Anniston Star on Dec. 7, 2014
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