Mattie Lou Alexander Barnes, 93, of Southside, went home to be with the Lord on June 19, 2012. She was at home surrounded by her loved ones. Homegoing celebration services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Southside United Methodist Church. Brother Bobby Scales and Brother Rodney Gilmore will officiate. Burial will follow in Southside Memorial Park. Collier-Butler Funeral Home and Cremation Service directing.
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Mattie (Mama Barnes, Mama Zander) was known for her deep love for children, her sincere concern for others and the kindness she demonstrated to all she met. She spread so much joy with her great sense of humor. She loved her Lord, her church and her family. She was a shining example of Christianity and faithfulness. She was a first-rate cook and made the best cream corn on earth. She was loved by all who knew her. She was employed by Southside United Methodist Church for many years. After retirement, she was a child care provider and worked for A&G Fence Company until 2010. She has been a member of Southside United Methodist Church since 1972.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Charles, Clyde and Jerry Alexander, and daughter-in-law, Gelyeene Alexander; son-in-law, Gary Thomas; and sister, Corrine Davis.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Golden (Larry), Ann Thomas; daughters-in-law, Joyce and Eleanor Alexander; sister, Vera Turcott (Bill); brother, Joe Walker; 12 grandchildren, Vic Alexander (Linda), Max Alexander (Beth), Clyde Alexander (Beth), Marilynn Quisenberry (Bart), Deneise Warren (Clennon), Tammie Watson (Shane), Jeri Lynn Hathcock (Keith), Jonathon Alexander (Shelly), Michael Golden (Caryn), Valerie Prince (Chip), Vinicia Cortez (Randy) and Terry Thomas. She also is survived by 24 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren; and by special friends, Billy and Dot Phillips, Gaylon and Bonnie Pierce; and special niece, Sandra Cox.
Pallbearers will be Vic Alexander, Max Alexander, Clyde Alexander, Michael Golden, Terry Thomas and Randy Cortez.
Special thanks to Lawley Hospice staff for all your loving care and to the angels (Darcy, Sandra, Bobbie Reynolds, Reba Gilbert, Jeanette Eades, Woodland Assisted Living staff, Eline Scott, Lana Ramsey, Leigh Ann Richard, Cinda Edwards and Tina Harbin) God sent to care for her.
Memorials may be made to the Southside United Methodist Church Pathfinders Sunday School class.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at Collier Butler funeral home. The body will lie in state at Collier-Butler from noon until 1 p.m. prior to the service at Southside United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.
Published in The Gadsden Times on June 20, 2012