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John Allen
John Allen, age 62, earthly life ended on April 2, 2014 in Chase
City, Virginia. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April
9, 2014 at St Paul United Methodist Church, Eutaw; Rev.
Joseph Mason officiated. Burial followed at Grim Chapel
Cemetery, Eutaw.
JOHN leaves to cherish his memories, five sisters: Lelia
(George) Pippen, Buffalo, N. Y., Lulie (Walter) Williams and
Julia B. Nickson both of Eutaw, Rosa (Reuben) Nesbitt, St.
Petersburg, Fla. and Ruby (Morgan) Foster, Birmingham. Four
brothers: Ronnie Allen, Spring Valley, N. Y., Curtis (Francis)
Allen, Naponach, N. Y, Jimmie Allen, Jr., and Willie Allen both of
Eutaw; one special uncle Walter Branch, Baskerville, Va. and a
host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Final Arrangements Entrusted To: SMITH’S MORTUARY, 1595
County Road 133, Boligee, Alabama 35443, Tennyson, Smith
Owner/ Manager.

Therisa Lynn Brassfield
A celebration of life for Sister Thersia Lynn Brassfield of Peoria,
Ill. who passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at her
Residence was 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Peoria
Friendship M. B. Church, Peoria, Ill. Rev. Dr. Claude Russell,
Jr., officiated. The celebration of life concluded Wednesday,
April 9, 2014 at Eastern Star Baptist Church, York. Rev.
Charles H. Delaine officiated. Burial followed in Elmwood
Memorial Gardens, York. McInnis Mortuary of Livingston was
entrusted with local arrangements.
Therisa will forever be remembered by her daughter, Angelia
Brassfield, Peoria, Ill.; four brothers, James (Mae) and Phillip
(Terri) Brassfield, Elyria, Ohio, Willie (Bonnie) and Leon
Brassfield, York; four sisters, Tillie Ann Brassfield, Peoria, Ill.,
Jeanette Brassfield Payne and Amanda and Daisy Brassfield all
of York; one grandson, Isiaha Brassfield, York, Alabama; one
god daughter, Quinisha Rutherford, Ga.; two aunts, Mary
Watkins, York and Delmar Merriweather, Livingston, and a host
of nieces, nephews and many friends who loved and adored
her. She will be truly missed.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Ethel Marie and one
Brother-in-law, Herbert Hoover Payne, Jr. of York.   
  
Edna Mae Chaney
Funeral service for Sister Edna Mae Chaney of Bellamy who
passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at DCH Regional Medical
Center, Tuscaloosa,  was 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at
Friendship Baptist Church, Bellamy with  Rev. Melvin Lard
officiating. Burial followed in Elmwood Memorial Gardens, York.
McInnis Mortuary of Livingston was entrusted with all
arrangements.
Edna leaves to cherish her memories a devoted companion for
many years, Floyd Johnson, Bellamy; one son, Earnest Miller,
Boston, Mass.; one sister, Lola Mae Chaney (Douglas)
Watkins, Queens, N. Y.; one sister-in-law, Gevernia Johnson
Chaney, Wilmington, N. C.; two aunts, two uncles and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She will truly be missed
by the community of Bellamy.

Deacon Albert Desmond, Sr.
Funeral service for Deacon Albert Desmond, Sr. of Epes,  who
passed away Friday, April 4, 2014 at his residence was 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Miller Hill Baptist Church, Epes.
Rev. Samuel Gulley, church pastor. Rev. Willie Tillman
officiated. Burial followed in Miller Hill Cemetery, Epes. McInnis
Mortaury of Livingston was entrusted with all arrangements.
Deacon Desmond is survived by three daughters, Loretta
(Alphonso, Jr.) Henderson Epes, Dorothy (Eugene) Prince and
Susie (Clifford) Westbrook, all of Bessemer; three sons, Albert
(Wilester) Desmond, Jr., Bessemer, Clinton Adams, Jonesboro,
Ga., and Curtis (Lisa) Gooden, Tuscaloosa;one brother, J. D.
(Annie) Desmond, Tuscaloosa;  four generations to carry on
his legacy include thirty-one grandchildren, sixty-seven great-
grandchildren, fourteen great-great grandchildren; five sisters-
in-law, two brothers-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews cousins,
five dear friends, William “Buddy Boy” Brownridge, Rosie Mary
Nash, Leon, Frank and Gilbert along with other relatives and
friends.

Lula Mae Ford
Lula Mae Ford, age 72, of York, born to the late Eli and Eliza
Glasper Jackson, passed April 15, 2014 at Rush Foundation
Hospital, Meridian, Miss.  Service of remembrance was
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12 noon from Mt. Powell Baptist
Church with Rev. Wesley Winston, pastor, delivering the
eulogy.  Interment followed in Elmwood Memorial Gardens,
highway 11 East, York.  Mrs. Ford ie in repose one hour prior
to funeral time.  Visitation for family and friends was scheduled
Monday evening (April 21st) from 3-6 p.m. in the Weatherly
Chapel.
Those who remain to celebrate her life and  cherish precious
memories are:  her children-  Clara Bell (Edgar C.) Lowery,
Cahokia, Ill., Connie Marie Ford, Marion, S. C., Earnestine
(Willie) Jones and James Lamont Ford, both of York, her
siblings- a brother, Eddie James Jackson, Boston, Mass.,
sisters- Liza Mae Stringer, Hattiesburg, Miss., Elouise Davis,
York Christine Coats, Livingston, and Novella Jackson of
Boston, Mass; six (6) grandchildren- Kawonza Shanta Jackson,
Edgar C. (Tiara) Lowery, III., Alexandre Jackson, Camesha,
Trevon and Micah James Ford; five (5) great grandchildren-
Celdre Ross, Alexius Danough, Emmanuel, Kamarion and
Marissa Lowery;  a daughter-in-law, Glenda Jackson,
Birmingham.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Willie
James Ford of Boston, Mass; her oldest son-Anthony Davis
Jackson and a sister, Jessie Lee Williams.  She is further
survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other
relatives and friends who loved her dearly.
To the Ford and Jackson family, we at Weatherly Funeral
Home, offer to each of you our most sincere and heartfelt
sympathy.  Our prayer remains that your abiding faith in God
will continue to comfort, strengthen and sustain you during your
many hours of bereavement.
Weatherly Funeral Home, York, under the direction of
Jacqueline Studdard Weatherly entrusted with all funeral and
burial service details.

LaDaniel McShane, Sr.
Funeral service for LaDaniel McShane, Sr. of Toomsuba, Miss.
who passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Rush Foundation
Hospital, Meridian Miss. was 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at
Morning Star Baptist Church, Cuba. Rev. Willie Wilson is
church pastor. Rev. David Loyd officiated. Burial followed in
Morning Star Cemetery, Cuba McInnis Mortuary of Livingston
was entrusted with all arrangements.
LaDaniel leaves to cherish his memories, two sons LaDaniel
McShane, Jr., Meridian Miss. and Laderiyon McShane,
Livingston; his mother, Elizabeth (Willie) Smith, his father,
Chester Jr. (Mary) Ranson, Lauderdale, Miss.; five sisters,
Quatrecia  McShane, Samantha McShane, Tykia Smith, Taveka
Ranson all of Meridian, Miss., Samantha McShane,
Minneapolis, Minn. and Dorothy S. Ranson, Tuscaloosa; three
brothers, Roderick Ranson, Cuba, Aujoudan Thomas, Russell,
Miss. and Tywon Williams, Meridian, Miss.; grandparents,
Dorothy Naylor, Russell, Miss., Samuel and Margaret Almond,
Lauderdale, Miss., Johnny and Robin McShane, Rockville,
Conn.; five aunts, five great aunts, three uncles, four great
uncles a grandmother,  a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and
other relatives; a very special friend, Tykedra Rush, Dekalb,
Miss.  
             
Fannie Mae Gibson Porter
Funeral service for Fannie Mae Gibson Porter of Epes, who
passed away, Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at DCH Regional
Medical Center, Tuscaloosa was 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19,
2014 at First Baptist Church, Epes. Rev. Cleophus Gaines
officiated. Burial followed in Miller Hill Cemetery, Epes. Mortuary
of Livingston was entrusted with all arrangements.
She leaves a devoted family that will cherish her always, three
daughters, Mary Porter, Laura (Calvin) Porter, Eva Porter; two
sons, Frank Albert Porter, and Bill (LaKeisha Porter, Anthony
Porter, whom she reared as her own; three sisters Lucille, Ora
Dee (June) and Bobby Jean; two brothers, Andrew (Annie) and
Frank (Rosie); one uncle, Edgar (Georgia), Madison, Ohio; five
granddaughters, three grandsons, four great-granddaughters,
one great grandson, a host of nieces, nephews, beloved
friends, Frances Bowden, Sonya Green, Ora Harris and Sandra
McKinney, along with other relatives and friends that loved her
dearly.  
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Porter;
three daughters, Marshana Porter, Barbara Porter and Frankie
Porter; three brothers, Walter, Richard and Allen.

Rena Davis Johnson
Funeral service for Mrs. Rena Davis Johnson of Emelle who
died Friday, March 21, 2014 at Rush Foundation Hospital,
Meridian, Miss. was 12 noon Saturday, March 29, 2014 at New
Jones Baptist Church, Emelle. Rev. Willie J. Evans, Church
Pastor, Reverend Edmond Bell officiated burial followed in
Sumter Community Memorial Garden Cemetery, Emelle.
McInnis Mortuary of Livingston was entrusted with all
arrangements.
She leaves to cherish her memories seven devoted children;
Romy (Ethelrine) Johnson, Rosetta (Robert) Mack, Andrew
Smoot, Johnnie (Geraldine) Johnson, Arthur (Earline) Johnson,
Emma (Lawrence) Lockett all of Emelle, and Annie (Byron)
Dunning, Queens, N. Y.;  seven grandchildren whom she
reared as her own, Susie B. (Edward) Jones, Willie B.
Raymond, Andrew (Pinkie) Raymond, Archie Raymond, Jr.;
Earnest D. Raymond all of Emelle, and William (Rhoda)
Raymond, Caleton, Mich., also Frank Jones, who preceded her
in death; a special cousin and friend, Mary Gee and Joe Lewis
whom she loved dearly; thirty-three grandchildren, one-
hundred great-grandchildren, fifty-one great-great
grandchildren, one great, great, great grandchild; her many
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Reverend Dennis J. Sturdivant
Funeral Services for Reverend Dennis J. Sturdivant of York
who died Sunday, March 23, 2014 at DCH Regional Medical
Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama was 11  a.m. Saturday, March
29, 2014 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Cuba. Rev. Ronnie
Walk officiated and  burial followed in Mount Pleasant
Cemetery, Cuba. McInnis Mortuary of Livingston was entrusted
with all arrangements.
Rev. Sturdivant leaves to cherish his memories, A Special
Friend, Louise Mitchell, York, five sisters; Ora (Walter)
Robinson, Resa Sturdivant and Carlie (Andrew) George all of
Aurora, Colorado, Jacqueline (Milton) Kirkland, York, Alabama
and Gloria (Arlon) Hodge, Jeffersonville, Ind., four  Aunts,
Josephine Bell and Marjorie Shelton of York,  Ethel Sturdivant,
Cuba, and Gladys Ivory, Peoria, Illinois, a special cargivers,
Richard (Alesha) Sellers, York,  a special brother-in-law,
George Sims Peoria, Ill., a host of nieces, nephews cousins,
friends and church family members who loved him dearly.

Mary Ethel Walker
Mary Ethel Walker, age 83, earthly life ended on April, 14,
2014. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April
19, 2014 at First Baptist Church, Union. Rev John Samuel,
Pastor; Rev. Willie Tillman Jr., officiated. Burial followed in the
church cemetery.
To forever cherish her memories are one daughter: Jerolene
Parham (Jackie) Ralph, Alabama: three sons, Wilton Merritt,
Birmingham; Milton Merritt (Jerrie) Las Vegas, Nevada, Johnny
Merritt (Maria), Santa Ana, California; one daughter-in-law,
Mary C. Walker, Union: twelve grandchildren: Ken Merritt,
Wilton Damond Merritt (Tina), Milton Tyler Merritt, Alexandria
Merritt, Dennis Merritt, Willie Moss Jr., Christian Merritt (Liz),
Crystal Parham, Christopher Parham, Bryant Merritt, Tameeka
Merritt, Shanice Merritt; six great- grandchildren, one sister, five
brothers, a host of nieces, nephews and other  relatives and
friends.
Final Arrangements Entrusted To: SMITH’S MORTUARY, 1595
County Road 133, Boligee, Alabama 35443, Tennyson, Smith
Owner/ Manager.

Willie C. (Spook) Wedgeworth
Willie C. (Spook) Wedgeworth, age 66, earthly life ended on
April 6, 2014 at Greene County Hospital. Funeral services were
held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Zion Brush Creek
Baptist Church, Lower Gainesville Road. Pastor Samuel Ezell
officiated. Burial followed at the St. Matthew Cemetery, Clinton.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his mother: Gertrude
Wedgeworth, Eutaw; one son: Tyrone (Juliet) Alford, Atlanta;
four sisters: Mamie (Ross) Johnson, Susie Richardson,
Midlothian, Va.; Wilma (Booker) Warren and Armory
Wedgeworth,   Eutaw; four brothers: William Wedgeworth,
Tuscaloosa, Earnest Wedgeworth,  Eutaw ;James D.
Wedgeworth, Meridian, Jesse (Carlene) Wedgeworth, Clinton;
two grand-daughters: Judy and Ty-Ronica Alford, Atlanta; one
great-granddaughter, Kelin Alford.
He also leaves to cherish his memories; a friend: Charles
Hardy, Eutaw and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and
friends who loved him dearly.
Final Arrangements Entrusted To: SMITH’S MORTUARY, 1595
County Road 133, Boligee, Alabama 35443, Tennyson, Smith
Owner/ Manager.
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