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Owens, Charlotte Oliver  
PLEASANT RIDGE | Charlotte Oliver Owens, age 86, of Pleasant Ridge, died August 31, 2015, at Aliceville Manor Nursing Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2015, in Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Dr. Tom Kay, Jr. officiating and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Friday, at Dogwood Chapel, 200 5th St. NE, Aliceville, Ala. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth H. Owens, Sr.; her parents; brother, James L. "Jim" Oliver; and son-in-law, Harold Beatty. Survivors include her daughter, Julia Owens; son, Ken Owens and wife Betty; brother, Bill Oliver (Barbara) of Atlanta, Ga.; sister-in-law, Audrey Oliver; grandchildren, Oliver Owens and Taylor Owens; and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Owens was born October 9, 1928 in Panola. Ala. to the late James L. Oliver and Julia Grove Oliver. She was raised in Panola, married Kenneth and moved to Pleasant Ridge. Charlotte was a member of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, a homemaker and well known resident of the PIeasant Ridge community. Honorary pallbearers are members of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church. A special thank you to the staff of Aliceville Manor Nursing Home for the loving care given to our mother.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News from Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, 2015
Petersen, Christina G.  
Tuscaloosa | Christina G. Petersen, age 67, of Croydon, England, died August 26, 2015. Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Christ Harbor United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Joyce Powell; daughter, Melony Petersen. Survivors include her sons Aaron Petersen, Gavin Petersen and Shane Hoggle; daughters, Jenny Petersen and Wendy Hoggle; granddaughters, Annaika and Mia Petersen, Devin and Faith Petersen, Shainna and Lorelei Hoggle, and Grace-Ann and Ella-Marie Stauffer.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 28, 2015
Petry, Dr. Gary Lynn  
LILBURN, Ga. | Gary Lynn Petry, MD, MPH, age 68, of Lilburn, Ga., died August 25, 2015, in Social Circle, Ga. The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel, with Reverends Jim Ross and Jack Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Gary was preceded in death by his father, William Ross Petry. Survivors include his wife, Ellen Tant Petry of Social Circle, Ga.; daughters, Laura Petry Haynes (Jay) of Birmingham, Ala. and Jennifer Petry Muller (Brian) of Roswell, Ga.; brother, Cary Glenn Petry of Birmingham, Ala.; mother, Opal Englebert Petry of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and grandchildren, William Henry Muller of Roswell, Ga. and John Edward Haynes IV (Jack) of Birmingham, Ala. Gary was born in Tuscaloosa and grew up in the Cottondale Baptist Church. At age 12, he was baptized. He graduated from Tuscaloosa High School, class of 1965, and the University of Alabama in 1968. In 1972, he graduated from UAB School of Medicine and did his internship and residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham. He specialized in Internal, Occupational and Insurance Medicine. Gary was a beloved husband, father and a very proud "Papa." He enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening and taking care of his beloved cats and dogs. His individuality and kind spirit made him a loyal friend and neighbor. After a brave and valiant fight with Glioblastoma Multiforme, Gary passed away at home surrounded by love and care from his wife Ellen, his loving family, and the caring staff of Abbey Hospice. His faith in God is illustrated through one of his favorite poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Crossing the Bar." …..Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For though from out our bourne of Time and Place. The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar. Pallbearers will be Cary Petry, Brian Muller, Jay Haynes, Michael Sasloe, Danny Davidson, Paul Michel, William Muller, Bill Tant and Richard Lee. Honorary pallbearers are the staff of Abbey Hospice, Brookshire neighbors, staff at Beaver Crossing Animal Hospital and Jen's Deli bagel crew. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to World Vision, Best Friends Animal Society, Abbey Hospice Foundation-Camp Journey, or a church or charity of your choice.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 28, 2015
Porter, Mary Lee - Tuscaloosa  
TUSCALOOSA | Mary Lee Porter, age 71, of Tuscaloosa, died August 30, 2015, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2015, at Memory Chapel Funeral Home with Jerry Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens with Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Survivors include her husband, Loyd Porter; daughters, Terri Cunningham (John) and Rhonda Fee; sisters, Annie Browning and Jane Bryant; brother, Merril Browning (Linda); and grandchildren, John and Kristin Sullivan and Shawn and Ryan Cunningham. Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Pallbearers will be John, Shawn and Ryan Cunningham, Manuel and Hugo Diaz and Adrian Porter. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Diabetes Association.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News from Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, 2015
Sanders, Billie Joyce  
GORDO | Billie Joyce Sanders, age 70, of Gordo, Ala., died August 28, 2015, at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. She was born December 16, 1944 in Gordo, Ala. and was a well-known and much loved resident of Gordo. She touched many lives as a long time employee of the Pickens County School System, working as a secretary, school lunchroom manager, school bus driver and a substitute teacher after her retirement. She was also an active member of Gordo First Baptist and loved her church family and treasured her relationship with the Lord and was ever growing in her faith. Joyce married Bobby Joe Sanders in 1965 and they were blessed with two children, Roger Sanders and Shanie Crews (Randall), and five grandchildren: Carson Sanders, Dakota Crews (deceased), Trace Crews, Makenna Crews and Jadyn Crews. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and she loved nothing more than spending time with them. Joyce is preceded in death by her father, Billy Nelson Elmore; stepfather, Jessie Alonzo Smith, Jr.; brother, Dennis Wayne Elmore; and grandson, Dakota Richard Crews. Along with her husband, Bobby Joe and children, Roger and Shanie, she is survived by her mother, Ruby Elmore Smith; sister Marilyn Kay Elmore (Lewis); and her four grandchildren. Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Gordo First Baptist Church with Brother David Singleton and Brother Louis Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Gordo City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation will be one hour prior and immediately following the service at the church. Pallbearers are Kevin Sanders, Kevin Campbell, Kris Sanders, Jeff Campbell, Neil Daniels and James Tilley. Honorary pallbearers are staff of DCH Regional Medical Center Emergency Department, Dr. John Miller, Dr. Scott Fulgham, staff of DCH Regional NICU, Freddie and Jane Smith, staff of Cheeky's Restaurant and members of Gordo First Baptist Church.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 30, 2015
Sanders, Billie Joyce  
GORDO | Billie Joyce Sanders, age 70, of Gordo, died August 28, 2015, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Gordo First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Gordo City Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation will be one hour prior and immediately following the service.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 29, 2015
Sexton, H.P.  
TUSCALOOSA | H.P. ""Pat"" Sexton, age 83, of Tuscaloosa, passed away early Tuesday morning, August 25, 2015, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Joe Sexton and Susie Alma Sexton; brother, Billy Gene Sexton; and nephew, Donald ""Donnie"" Eugene Sexton. Survivors include his sisters, Joann Latham (Earl) of Tuscaloosa, Mattie Sue Lewis (Walker) of Fosters and Ilene Duncan of Carrollton; eight nephews; three nieces; and a host of many other family members. H.P. was born July 24, 1932 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School in 1950 and joined the United States Navy where he was assigned to Machinist Mate School in Great Lakes, Ill. During his time in the Navy, he served on the USS Palau (CVE-122) and received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and United Nation Service Medal. Upon completing his service to his country he received an Honorable Discharge in 1956. In 1958, he joined the Alabama State Troopers as a Patrolman in Huntsville, Ala. In October 1967, he received a promotion to Corporal and was assigned to the Mobile, Ala. Post. He returned to Huntsville in August 1968 where he served until 1975 as Corporal. In late January 1975, he was promoted to Sergeant at the Hamilton, Ala. Post where he served until his retirement. Serving the state with pride as an Alabama State Trooper, he retired after 27 years of service in 1985. His retirement brought him back to Tuscaloosa which was his childhood home. During his retirement years, he was always spending time working on projects around his home and helping family with their projects too. He was well known in his family for his ability to engineer anything needed to make something better. His wisdom will be greatly missed by all. Alabama State Troopers will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are members of Yellow Creek Baptist Church, Hospice of West Alabama, Maddox Barbershop, employees of L&L Marine and Dr. John Miller and neighbors of the Sexton Bend Community. A time of condolences and visiting with the family will be Thursday, August 27, 2015, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015, at Yellow Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Dan Brown and Bro. John Nixon officiating. Burial will follow in Yellow Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North directing with full honor guard provided by Alabama State Troopers. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Yellow Creek Baptist Church or Hospice of West Alabama.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015
Shortridge, Nancy Stallworth  
BONIFAY, Fla. | Nancy Stallworth Shortridge, 91, passed away at her home in Bonifay, Florida on August 12, 2015. Her husband, Thomas D. Shortridge, pre-deceased her. She is survived by a niece, Charlotte E Blair and nephew, Donald B Currie of California. Nancy was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She attended the University of Alabama graduating with a BS Degree in Home Economics, with a concentration in Dietetics and went on to work for many years as a Registered Dietitian in the Panhandle area of Florida. She wrote the Diet Manual for the State of Florida when none existed, forming standards for the entire State. She married Tom, an Air Force pilot, in 1954. They were stationed in many places both in the U.S. and Asia. Last stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, they remained in the area for the rest of their lives. She spent many years traveling before and after her marriage and saw a good deal of the world. She was extremely well read and loved history. She will be missed.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Sept. 3, 2015
Simpson, Joyce Eggert  
NORTHPORT | Joyce Eggert Simpson, age 77, of Northport, died August 24, 2015, at Northport Medical Center. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel with Rev. Patrick McLaughlin officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with the funeral home directing. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015. She was preceded in death by her father, George Eggert; mother, Velma Eggert; and her sister, Ruth Zeller. Survivors include her husband, Clyde Roy Simpson, Northport, Ala.; Daughters, Annie Love, Oklahoma City, Okla., Rebekah Franklin, Austin, Texas, Sarah Lichtenbarger (Kerry) Walkerton, Ind.; sons, Robert S. Simpson (Rita) Houston, Texas, Timothy Simpson (Zan), Buchanan Dam, Texas, Dr. Nathan Simpson, Stephen Simpson (Jodi), Bray Park QLD, Australia, Philip Simpson (Ruth) Coker, Ala.; sisters, Joan Franklin, Tacoma, Wash.; grandchildren, Kenneth Lamb (Kari), LTJG Sean Boyd USN (Lela), Robert L. Simpson (Jennifer), Ryan Simpson (Casey), Amynta Glass (Mike), Dawn Franklin, Daisy Mae Levoy (Cannon), Timothy C. Simpson II, Maggie Stevens (Sam), Elisha Simpson (Bonnie), Ruth Acorn (Aaron), Roman Simpson, Josephine Simpson, Stephanie Simpson, Katie Simpson, Rebecca Simpson, Scotlyn Simpson, Lincoln Simpson, Rachel Simpson, Justin Simpson (Cassidy), Harmony Lichtenbarger, Melody Lichtenbarger. Joyce was born and raised in Tacoma, Wash. As a young adult she moved with her sister Joan and brother-in-law Dan to Chattanooga, Tenn. She earned a B.S. in Education from Chattanooga College. She also surrendered to be a missionary. There, in 1961, she met Clyde Roy Simpson, a widowed missionary. After a whirlwind romance (31 days) they married and left for the island of St. Croix U.S.V.I. She spent the next 54 years as a missionary wife, mother, teacher and mentor. She served on numerous mission fields around the world. She loved her husband, her family, and her friends, but she loved her Heavenly Father the most. She has entered her rest. Pallbearers: Dr. Nathan Simpson, Kerry Lichtenbarger, Robert L. Simpson, Ryan Simpson, Justin Simpson, Philip Simpson, Kenneth Lamb, and Thomas Balakitsis. Honorary Pallbearers: Robert S. Simpson, Timothy Simpson, Stephen Simpson.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 28, 2015
Snipes, James Howard  
FOSTERS | James Howard "Brother" Snipes, age 73, of Fosters, passed through the Gates of Glory on August 24, 2015. He was born December 14, 1941 in Tuscaloosa County. Services will be held at Grants Creek Baptist Church on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Bro. Mike Jacobs officiating and Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directing. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard "Buddy" Snipes; and his mother, Earline Stephens Snipes. Survivors include his loving wife, Charlotte "Polly" Ballard Snipes of Fosters; daughters, Charlotte Strickland (John) of Sellers, Pamela Cochran (Paul) of Fosters, Jimmie Carol Snipes-McCulley of Brownsboro; son, Jarrod Snipes (Amy) of Carrollton; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind two brothers, Houston Snipes (Fayne) of Cottondale and Darrell Snipes (Judi) of Fosters; a sister, Dianne Pate (William) of Cottondale; and many nieces, nephews, one godchild and beloved friends. Pallbearers will be Mike Cline, Terry Pate, Lewis Tunnell, Johnny Strickland, Tristan McCulley and Trevor McCulley, Jennifer Strickland and Jessica Strickland. Honorary pallbearers are Bernie Gomez, Chasity Sanders (God Granddaughter), Leroy McAbee, employees of McAbee Construction, Willie Foster, DCH 6th Floor South staff, DCH MICU staff, Dr. George Miller and Dr. William Hill. James worked for McAbee Construction for 34 years before retiring. Statement from children: Our daddy was a great daddy to all of us. He worked very hard every day to provide a great home and lifestyle for all of us kids. He went above and beyond of what he had to do. We all love him so very much for being the kind man and daddy that he was. Daddy, you will be missed forever. Statement from wife: James loved his family, his church, but most of all, he loved his Savior, Jesus Christ. He did Bible study every day that he was able to and he was a prayer warrior. We were happily married for 50 years, and I will miss his companionship, his love towards me and that daily relationship that can only come from a sweet closeness with Jesus. I will miss him dearly.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 28, 2015
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