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Nelson Ridgeway, Jr.
Services for Nelson Ridgeway, Jr. were held Saturday, December 06, 2014
at St. Mary’s United Methodist Church with Rev. Lorenzo Hudson
officiating.  Internment followed in the church cemetery.
Ridgeway, age 69, was born August 25, 1945 to the late Beloved and
Georgia (Rodgers) Ridgeway.  He departed this life on December 2, 2014.  
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Billy and Albert.
At an early age, he accepted Christ as his Savior and worshiped at St. Mary’
s United Methodist Church.  Before retiring, he was employed with McMillan
Company as a supervisor for over thirty years.
Nelson had a passion for music and taught himself to play the piano and
guitar.  He also enjoyed auto mechanics and riding motorcycles in his
leisure time.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife, Edna Ridgeway; son,
Bryan Williams, daughters, Ulanda Ridgeway, Stephanie Ridgeway-Hogan,
Tiffeney Ridgeway, Melinda Ridgeway, Erica Ridgeway Stevenson
(Kenneth); stepsons, Jerry, Kenneth, Brad; ten grandchildren; nine great
grandchildren; four sisters, Pennye Duncan, Betty Williams, Liz Keeton,
Wanda Ridgeway; one aunt; one uncle; and a host of nieces, nephews,
and cousins.
Celebration of Life services rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial
Funeral Home of Butler.  To post condolences to the family, please log onto
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Climmie James Shackelford
June 25, 1941 – November 28, 2014
Climmie James Shackelford was the 9th child of nine of the late Edgar and
Augusta Shackelford.  He was born on June 25, 1941 in Sumter County,
Alabama. He departed this life in November 2014 in Detroit, Mich. at his
Service were held at the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church on December
6, 2014 at 3 p.m.  Pastor James McDonald officiated the services.
Pallbearers were nephews and friends. Flower bearers were nieces and
He confessed his faith in Christ at an early age at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church
in Coatopa. He attended Mt. Tabor Junior High School and graduated from
Sumter County Training School in 1960. He moved to Detroit, Mich. and
worked for Ford Motors Corporation until he retired in 1993. He enjoyed
gardening and sports-especially basketball. Also, he loved working on
He was preceded in death by siblings Caleb Shackelford, William
Shackelford, Susie Tarver, and Henry Shackelford.  He leaves to cherish
his memory one brother and three sisters.  Edgar (Shirley) Shackelford of
Detroit, Mich., Mary Moultrie of Detroit, Mich., Clara Shackelford of
Birmingham, and Aldonia Smith of Coatopa.  He will be remembered by a
host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The Family of “Bro,” Climmie Shackelford wishes to express sincere
appreciation for all your prayers and other acts of kindness and love shown
during their time of bereavement. May God’s blessings be bestowed upon
you daily. Internment was held at Mt Tabor Cemetery. Services were
entrusted to Larkin and Scott Funeral Services of Demopolis.

Doug and Judy Smith
November 29, 2014 Doug and Judy Smith of Bessemer, Alabama were
involved in a motor vehicle accident in Boligee and died together on the
evening of Saturday, November 29th, 2014. Dr. Frederick Douglas Smith,
age 73, attended Bessemer High School, the University of Alabama, and
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, graduating with a doctoral
degree in dental medicine. Judith Pascoe Smith, age 60, attended
Choctawhatchee High School, in Destin, Fla. Together, the couple worked
during the week at his dental practice in Bessemer and often enjoyed the
outdoors on the weekends, as they were on the evening of the accident.
Doug, known for his lively good humor, and Judy, for her friendly social
spirit, will be greatly missed by anyone who has enjoyed their company.
The couple will long be remembered for their partnership at work and
enthusiasm for hunting and fishing. They will be sorely missed by their four
grandchildren who knew them as "JuJu" and "PaPa". Doug is preceded in
death by his parents Margeret Kaetz Smith and Douglas Smith of
Bessemer. Judy is preceded in death by her parents David Pascoe and
Mary Bailey of Destin, Fla. and survived by her brothers Lee Pascoe of
Destin, Fla. and Daniel Pascoe of Atlanta, Ga. Together, Doug and Judy
are survived by son Doug Smith and daughter Denise (Chris) Donohoo,
and four cherished grandchildren Kylie, Ryan, Kelsey, and Max Donohoo of
Birmingham. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m on
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at The Baptist Church at McAdory, 4954
Eastern Valley Road, McCalla AL, 35111. A Funeral Service was held at 11:
00AM on Friday, December 5, 2014 at the church. The couple will be
buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Bessemer. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to The Big Oak Ranch ( or Donations to
Safari Club of Birmingham Scholarship Fund in memory of Doug and Judy
Smith. Online condolences may be sent to Bessemer Brown Service
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