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Sarah Bell Cunningham
Sarah Bell Cunningham was born in York on July 31, 1928
to Eulon Clifford Bell and Lorain McIlwain Bell.
Sarah went to school in Gilbertown and York. She
attended the University of West Alabama for a year and
then worked as a bookkeeper for the York Coca Cola
Bottling Company.  While working for this company she
met her husband L. G. Cunningham.  Sarah and L. G.
were married in York on September 11, 1956 and were
married for 56 years until his death.
Sarah and L. G. loved to travel.  She visited 57 countries
in her lifetime.  She loved to read, garden, bird watch,
bake, and cook.  What she loved most of all was spending
time with her family, especially her two young
grandchildren.
Sarah was a member of Sandy Springs Christian Church.  
She loved her church and participated in many of its
activities.   One of her proudest contribution was The Bell
Conference Center at The University of West Alabama.
Sarah is survived by her son, John Cunningham, daughter-
in-law Emily Loyd Cunningham, grandson Tyler, and
granddaughter Caroline of Cumming, GA; sister Louise D.
Bradberry, Jefferson, GA; and many nieces and nephews.
After a brief illness, Sarah passed away on October 19,
2014 at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.  
Preceding Sarah in death was her husband, L. G.
Cunningham, father and mother, Eulon and Loraine Bell,
brother’s Richard C. Bell and Clifford Bell.
The funeral service was held at Sandy Springs Christian
Church on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2 p.m.  The
burial service will be held at the York Cemetery in York,
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM.
Donations may be sent to The Alzheimer’s Association or
The American Cancer Society.

James Porter "Shug" Henders, I
James Porter "Shug" Henders, I, age 88, of Aliceville, died
October 19, 2014, at Sansing Country Home. Graveside
Services were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014,
at Hebron United Methodist Church Cemetery. A Memorial
Service followed at 11 a.m. after the graveside service in
the church sanctuary with Rev. Tim Alexander officiating
and Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. The family  
received friends after the memorial service at the church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elma Jo
Emerson; and brothers, Bill Henders, Albert Henders and
Walter "Pistol" Henders.
Survivors include his wife, Lelia Duke Henders of Aliceville,
Ala.; daughter, Tracy Henders of Peach Tree City, Ga.;
sons, Jim Henders of Dancy, Ala. and Duke Henders
(Kami) of Gordo, Ala.; sister, Nellie Mitchell of Chipley,
Fla.; sister-in-law, Kathryn Henders of Chipley, Fla.; and
five grandchildren, Kaleigh Henders, Kyler Henders, Kaci
Henders, Olivia Henders and Jackson McCurry.
Mr. Henders was born May 21, 1926 in Dancy, Alabama to
the late Fred W. Henders and Celia Smith Henders. He
was a member of Hebron United Methodist Church, a
retired employee of Huyck Felt Company and a U.S. Army
veteran.
Honorary pallbearers are Kyler Henders, Donald Powell,
Louis McBride, Ken Bailey, Ted Ezelle, Tommy Rogers,
Joe Joseph, Jimmy McBride, Fred Henders, Hospice of
West Alabama, members of Hebron United Methodist
Church, Clay and Floree Sansing, Sharon Prude and
Katisha Colvin of VA Medical Foster Home and Shug's little
buddy, Braden Sansing.

Jeanette Shelton Hollis
Jeanette Shelton Hollis, age 44, of Coatopa, died October
10, 2014, at Anne Arundel Medical Center, in Annapolis,
Maryland. Services were 11 a.m. Saturday, October 18,
2014, at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with Minister Clarence
Jackson officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Tabor Cemetery
with McInnis Mortuary of Livingston directing.

Gertrude “Gert” Johnson
Gertrude “Gert” Johnson, age 89, earthly life ended on
October 5, 2014. Funeral Services were held on Saturday,
October 11, 2014 at Zion Brush Creek Baptist Church,
Eutaw with Rev. Samuel Ezell-Pastor/Officiating. Burial
followed in the St. Matthew Baptist Church Cemetery,
Clinton.
She is gone, but her memories will be cherished forever
by; her four daughters: Mamie Johnson, Susie Richardson,
Wilma Wedgeworth-Warren, Armory Wedgeworth all of
Eutaw; four sons: William Wedgeworth, Earnest
Wedgeworth of Eutaw, James D. Wedgeworth, Meridian,
Miss. and Jessie Wedgeworth, Clinton; two son-in-laws:
Ross Johnson and Booker T. Warren of Eutaw; a daughter-
in-law: Carlene Wedgeworth of Clinton; a host of
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews,
other relatives, family and friends.
Final Arrangements Entrusted To: Smith’s Mortuary, 1595
County Road 133, Boligee, Alabama 35443, Tennyson,
Smith Owner/ Manager.

Josephine Virginia Johnson
Josephine Virginia Johnson, age 86, earthly life ended on
September 26, 2014. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.
m. on Saturday October 4, 2014 at Zion Friendship Baptist
Church, Eutaw with Pastor Charles Storey officiating.
Burial followed in the church cemetery.
We praise God that Josephine was raised in a strong
Christian household with her sisters, Barbara Clark Powell
(Ohio) and the late Glinda Clark (Tuscaloosa). She
attended Alabama A&M before marrying her one and only
love; William Johnson on September 2, 1946. In this union,
she gained two (2) brother-in laws: Rufus Johnson and
Eddie Johnson; five (5) sister-in-laws: Ocie Powell, Ruby
Freeman, Bernice Moten, whom she loved until her
passing, and the late Betty Walton and Myrtle Shambley.
Her most prized possessions were her three (3) lovely
children: Geraldine Allen, Linda McWhorter (deceased)
and Michael (Mary) Johnson whom gave her the proud
legacy of eleven (11) grandchildren: Melody Tucker,
Dionne Stewart, LaTanya Stewart, Donielle McWhorter,
Michelle Johnson, Monica Thompson, Melinda Woods,
Michael Johnson Jr., and  Molisa Townsend (who
proceeded her in death), William Kennedy and Elisha
Johnson. Also, there are twenty- two (22) great
grandchildren and three (3) great-great grandchildren.
Final Arrangements Entrusted To:Smith’s Mortuary, 1595
County Road 133, Boligee, Alabama 35443, Tennyson,
Smith Owner/ Manager.

Freddie Lee "Hank" Newell
Freddie Lee "Hank" Newell, age 46, of Boligee, died
October 10, 2014, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.
Services wase 3 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014, at
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Gainesville with Rev.
Willie Tillman, Jr., officiating. Burial  followed in Pleasant
Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Boligee with McInnis
Mortuary of Eutaw directing. Visitation was Friday, October
17, 2014 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the mortuary. The body lie in
state one hour prior to services at the church.

Jessie Whitehead
Jessie Whitehead, age 61, earthly life ended on October
7, 2014 at DCH Medical Center. Funeral Services were
held 12 noon on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Second
Baptist Church, Eutaw with Rev. Eugene Foster,
Pastor/Officiating. Burial followed in Clarence Thomas
Cemetery.
He leaves to cherish precious memories with his sister:
Mary L. (Bryant) McMillian, Eutaw, Bowling Green, Ky.; two
loving nieces: Brendia (Albert) Travis, Rebecca (Maurice)
Williams, both of Eutaw; a living nephew: Marcilliaus
McMillian, Jr.; one brother-in-law: Marcilliaus McMillian, Sr.;
two devoted cousins: Mary Kate Whitehead of Eutaw;
Belinda Whitehead, Tuscaloosa; two great nieces: Michelle
Williams of Eutaw and Victoria Williams of Tuscaloosa;
three great nephews: Michael Williams, Jeremy Williams
and Christopher Williams all of Eutaw; two great-great
nieces; Shania Cockrell, Ka’Miyah Williams, Eutaw; one
great-great nephew: Kamarion Williams, Eutaw; special
partners: Lester (Cora) Rice and a host of close family
friends and extended relatives.
Final Arrangements Entrusted To: Smith’s Mortuary, 1595
County Road 133, Boligee, Alabama 35443, Tennyson,
Smith Owner/ Manager.

Shirley Diane Winn
Shirley Diane Winn, age 56, earthly life ended on
September 29, 2014. Funeral Services were held 11 a.m.,
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Carver Middle School, Eutaw
with Pastor James E. Carter officiating. Burial followed in
the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Eutaw.
Diane, as she was known to her family was educated in the
Greene County public schools. She graduated in 1978
from Eutaw High School. She received a Bachelor of
Science Degree from Talladega College in 1982 and a
Master’s of Science Degree from Jackson State University
in 1986.Diane’s employment history includes West
Alabama Health Services and the Greene County Housing
Authority.
She served as a continuing substitute teacher in the
Greene County schools. Diane never ran for public office
although her public service to Eutaw and Greene County
was extensive. She was a board member for the Greene
County Housing Authority where she also toiled as athletic
director. Always an advocate for children; Diane served as
PTA president for Eutaw Primary School for five years and
as PTA president at Carver Middle School for a year. She
was also a member of the Greene County Children’s Policy
Council.
Shirley leaves to cherish her memory a loving son: Ahmari
T Winn; five brothers: Roger Daniels, Robert L. Archibald,
Calvin (Mary Ann) Winn, Jr., Flanders (Marian) Winn and
Samuel D. Winn; six sisters: Ida Jackson, Bernice (Joe)
Chambers Rosie M.(Moses) Winters, Mary Julia Howard,
Cynthia (James) Carter and Clairnell (Ricky) Robinson, as
well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and
friends.
Final Arrangements Entrusted To: Smith’s Mortuary, 1595
County Road 133, Boligee, Alabama 35443, Tennyson,
Smith Owner/ Manager.
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