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Bryant, Andrew  
TUSCALOOSA | Andrew Bryant, age 21, of Tuscaloosa, died August 26, 2015, in Demopolis, Ala. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2015, at Wills' Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Billy Wayne Hurst officiating. Burial will follow in West Highland Memorial Gardens with Wills' Funeral Service directing. Visitation will be today, September 4, 2015, from 12 noon to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Sept. 4, 2015

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Bolling, Doyle  
MILLPORT | Doyle Bolling, age 75, died August 31, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Arbor Springs Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Dowdle Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. at the church.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Sept. 2, 2015

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Byars, Lorene Elmore  
GORDO | Lorene Elmore Byars, age 94, of Gordo, Ala., died August 30, 2015, at Hospice of West Alabama. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Elmore Center United Methodist Church with Dr. Joey Karr officiating. Burial will follow in Center Springs Cemetery with the Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation will be one hour prior and immediately following the service at the church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Byars; 2 sons, Jimmy Byars and Dewin Byars; her parents; brother, Morris Elmore; sisters, Avalou Beard and Bernice Terrell; and son-in-law, Randy Bailey. Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Bailey of Gordo, Ala.; son, Dennis Byars of Gordo, Ala.; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Byars was born October 6, 1920 in Pickens County, Ala. to the late Willie Elmore and Mary Parker Elmore. She was a member of Elmore Center United Methodist Church, a retired employee of XL Manufacturing and a lifelong resident of Pickens County. Pallbearers are Richard Champion, Elbert Elmore, Jack Elmore, Sonny Byars, Jack Pate and Charles Elmore. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35404.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Sept. 1, 2015

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Barney, Roberta Walker  
TUSCALOOSA | Roberta Walker Barney, age 64, died August 20, 2015. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Forrest Moore officiating. Burial will follow in West Highland Memorial Gardens with Wills' Funeral Service directing. Visitation will be Friday, August 28, 2015, from 12 noon to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service at the church.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 28, 2015
Brennan, Blanche Tommie Hood - Northport  
NORTHPORT | Blanche Tommie Hood Brennan, age 83, of Northport, died August 26, 2015, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Sand Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery in Gordo with Rev. Charles S. Spence officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Odeal Hood and Hudson Hood; and great-granddaughter, Crimson Faith Jordan. Survivors include her daughter, Karen, Nelson (Kenny) of Moundville, Ala.; sons, Tom Norris (Wanda) of Shelby TWP, Mich. and David Norris (Kim) of Northport, Ala.; five grandchildren, Kevin Nelson (Elizabeth) of Moundville, Ala., Kerri Brennan (Al) of Pearl, Miss., Katherine Jordan (Trey) of Pearl, Miss., Jeremy Norris of Shelby, TWP, Mich. and Cade Norris of Northport, Ala.; and nine great-grandchildren, Allyson, Nate, Bryant, Jay, Katelyn, Madelyn, Raychel, Juleigh and Southern Grace. Mrs. Brennan was born February 23, 1932 in Selma, Ala. to the late Thomas S. Hood and Vassie Hilburn Hood. She attended Tuscaloosa High School, graduated with the Class of 1950 and was a nurse at Bryce Hospital for 32 years. Blanche loved her family and nature, especially birds and flowers. She was thankful for her many friends and the love of God. Pallbearers will be Kevin Nelson, Jeremy Norris, Al Brennan, Trey Jordan, Nate Brennan and Cade Norris. Honorary pallbearers are George Hassell, Dr. Scott Fulgham, Dr. Jeanne Lipscomb and the nurses of the 6th floor at DCH Regional Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Sand Springs UMC Cemetery Fund.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 29, 2015
Burns, Amos Dennis - Tuscaloosa  
TUSCALOOSA | Amos Dennis Burns, age 87, of Tuscaloosa, went to be with his Lord the morning of August 27, 2015, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Tim Lovett officiating. A private burial will be in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be Sunday, August 30, 2015, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the church and A Celebration of Life Reception will be at Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, 322 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. He was preceded in death by his parents, Noah Henry and Modena Holland and brothers, Jesse Odell Burns, Carl E. Burns, Will Schaefer and Lonnie Schaefer. Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Dorothy Lee Barrett Burns; sons, Dennis Keith Burns (Cindy) and Barrett Allan Burns (Mary); sisters, Lorene Cummins and Lois Brooks; brothers, Bobby E. Burns, J. D. Schaefer and Thomas Schaefer; and grandchildren, William Brooks Burns, Barrett Blake Burns, Mary Elizabeth Burns and Brooklyn Faith Cole. Amos was born February 13, 1928 in Webster County, Mississippi. He graduated from Ruleville (Mississippi) High School in 1945. He served two years in the United States Navy and later attended Mississippi State University where he was initiated in 1949 to the Mississippi Epsilon Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega and graduated in 1951. His first job was with U.S. Steel Co. in Birmingham, Alabama. He was employed in Tuscaloosa with Dixie Dairy Products Association, Inc., where he served 40 years, most of which was as General Manager plus 15 years as a part-time consultant. Following his retirement, he formed Amos Burns Co., Inc., a brokerage company that sells to the ice cream industry. Amos faithfully served ATO fraternity at both the local and national level. He was elected President of the reactivated Beta Delta House Corp. on August 2, 1962 and served in that office for 32 years. He was President from 1962 to 1994, except for three years when he served as Treasurer. He served in various positions including service on the Board of Trustees from its inception until 1997; elected in in 1996 to the newly formed Board of Trustees, serving until the present, including four years as Vice Chairman and Chairman, and was elected to Chairman Emeritus; ATO National Providence Chief from 1963 until 1970; High Council (currently the Board of Directors) from 1970 until 1978, Secretary and Chairman; the ATO Foundation from 1980 until 1985; elected by the ATO Congress to "National Officer Emeritus" (as a Congress delegate and vote for life); recognized by the ATO Congress for having attended 36 ATO Congresses; Order of Omega "Fraternity Advisor of the Year" for 2007; honored by Beta Delta Chapter at the 1977 Spring Formal with a portrait placed in the Chapter House; and honored by Beta Delta Chapter on March 18, 2000 Founders Day with the presentation of a second portrait of Amos Burns and receiving a certificate naming the current chapter room as the "Amos Burns Chapter Room". A member of Calvary Baptist Church since 1951, he served in various capacities, including Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Department Director, Sunday School General Director, Training Director, Deacon, Church Treasurer, Chairman of Deacons for two terms, Trustee, and a "Lifetime Deacon". Other community service was the Board of Directors, President and Treasurer of Tuscaloosa's International Friends of the University of Alabama for 20 years; and President and District Governor of the Toastmasters International Club. Amos will be remembered above all as an honorable man. His legacy of leadership, generosity, integrity and Christian love touched and influenced all who were fortunate enough to have encountered this fine man. Amos gave tirelessly of his gifts of time, influence and wisdom without expectation of acknowledgment or retribution. People wanted to know Amos and Amos genuinely wanted to know them. His memory will live on as a faithful husband who cherished and adored his dear "Dot" 61 years of marriage and as a fine and steady father who his sons aspire to emulate in any way. The community he served will remember Amos as the dependable and trustworthy servant who will be impossible to replace. Members of the ATO Fraternity will continue to live in his eternal legacy of leadership. Amos credited his life's success to hard work, God's blessings and to the principles of honesty and integrity reinforced in him through his membership in the ATO fraternity. Albert Einstein once suggested that one "Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." Amos Burns went one step further. He became a man of success by giving the world so much value. Pallbearers will be John Lindley, John Dill, Evin Davis, Byron Morris, Dr. Bill White, Brooks Burns and Blake Burns. Honorary pallbearers are the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Condolences may be offered at
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Published in Tuscaloosa News from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2015
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