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Emily C. Causey
Graveside services for Emily Crow Causey, 86, formerly of York
were held Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 2 P.M. at the York City
Cemetery with Rev. Paul McDonald officiating.
Mrs. Causey passed away Friday, February 28, 2014 at the
Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.
Mrs. Causey owned and operated Causey Beauty Shop in York
for many years. She was an avid gardener who enjoyed
working countless hours in her many flower beds. She had
many talents including needle work and was an expert
seamstress. She always displayed boundless energy in all of
her many endeavors and was a devoted member of the York
United Methodist Church for many years.
Survivors include her daughter Mary Jane Simmons (Roland);
Dr. Wayne H. Causey, Jr. (Jennye); five grandchildren and 12
She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne H. Causey,
Sr.; father Rase Crow; mother Nell Stovall Crow; brothers
Sherman and Kenneth Crow; infant daughter Sharon Jeanette
Causey; and great-granddaughter Caroline Elizabeth Simmons.
Pallbearers were Heath Causey, Larry Crow, Clay Johnson, Dr.
Jimmy Johnson, Dr. Rhett Simmons, and Dr. Ryan Simmons.
Memorials may be made to the York United Methodist Church,
P.O. Box 153 York, Alabama 36925. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.
com to sign the online register and post condolences to the
Bumpers Funeral Home of York was in charge of arrangements.
Edna L. Causey
Edna L. Causey, age 90, of Winfield, died February 28, 2014,
at home. Services were 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 at
Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with David Beattey and Bobby
Barnes officiating. Burial followed in White Springs Cemetery
with Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield directing.
John Thomas Kennedy
Mr. John Thomas Kennedy was born on September 13, 1949 in
Livingston, Alabama to James William “J. W.” and Mary Eason-
Kennedy. He was the fourth child of ten children. He accepted
Christ at an early age and was baptized at Brown Chapel
Missionary Baptist Church in Emelle.
“Sugar Man”, as he was affectionately called by his family and
longtime friends, was a loving and dedicated husband, father,
grandfather, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and
most of all, friend to those who he came in contact with. His
favorite hobbies were fishing, hunting, and bowling. John was a
man for hunting – he knew how to track deer. He was best at
making camp stew and barbeque. He was a member of the
Alabama Day Reunion Group Detroit Chapter (established in
1969), the Masonic Order, as well as a talented singer in the
choir. John thought he was a boxer and thought that he was
James Brown. He would dance to “I Feel Good”. He loved his
horse named “Oh Dan,” and I bet you didn’t know that John was
the “Captain of the Sea.” If you ever saw him wearing his
captain hat, that’s when he was in his character known as
John attended Sumter County Training School in Livingston,
where he played the drums in the marching band. While he
was attending high school, he worked at Yellow Front Grocery
Store. He and his friend, Lavoisier Washington, led a protest
for better education. He graduated from Sumter County
Training School in 1968 and that same year, he moved to
Pontiac, Mich. Shortly after arriving in Pontiac, he began
working at General Motors’ Truck and Bus while attending
Barber School. He later attended Oakland Community College
for Heating and Cooling. Once he retired from Truck and Bus,
he continued to work as a barber at Kennedy Barber and
Also in 1968, he joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church,
under the leadership of the late Pastor Lenworth Miner Sr.
John was married to Laticia and to this union a son, Sean, was
born. John met Ester Taylor Brooks in 1977 and they were
united in holy matrimony on May 1, 1995. John will truly be
missed by his loved ones and friends. He was called home to
glory on February 17, 2014.
Mr. Kennedy leaves to cherish his memories; wife, Ester M.
Kennedy; son, Sean V. Kennedy (significant other Kimberly
Jennings); step-son, Marcus Taylor; three grandchildren,
Azhane’, Sean II, and Kimaya Kennedy; two step-grandchildren,
J’Son and Anaya Taylor; brothers and sisters, Mae Crawford of
Pontiac, Mich., James (Emelia) Kennedy of Frisco City, William
Kennedy of Pontiac, Mich., Ann (Richard) Moore of Brockton,
Mass., Dorothy Jean (Herbert) Neeley of Auburn Hills, Mich.,
Pearl (Daryl) Thomas of Farmington Hills, Mich., Gloria
Kennedy of Pontiac, Mich., Samuel (Sheila) Kennedy of
Lawrenceville, Ga., and Frank Kennedy of Pontiac, Mich.;
uncle, Tommy (Bessie) Eason of Pontiac, Mich.; aunts, Alice
Eason of Bessemer, Louise Eason of Pontiac, Mich., Ethel Lee
(Alex) Epes of Bessemer; brother-in-law, Obie Robinson of
Birmingham; father-in-law, Willie (Jackie) Taylor, Sr. of Pontiac,
Mich.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Willie Taylor Jr. of Pontiac,
MI, Thomas Taylor of Orlando, Fla., Musette (Larry) Hill of
Pontiac, Mich., Rev. Christopher (Donna) Taylor of Pontiac,
Mich., Diane (Samuel) Carter of Troy, Mich., Denise (Damian)
Harvey of Pontiac, Mich., Cedric Campbell of Auburn Hills,
Mich.; special cousin, Barbra Martin; best friends, Robert and
Lavoisier Washington; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces,
nephews, cousins and friends.
Mr. Kennedy was preceded in death by his parents, James
William and Mary Lee Kennedy; brother, Robert Kennedy;
nephew, Jeremy Kennedy; step sister, Annie Kate Robinson;
niece, Bernadette Jones.
Mr. Robert Kennedy was born January 7, 1966 in Livingston, to
James William Kennedy ( J. W.) and Mary Lee Eason-
Kennedy. He was the youngest of ten children born to this
union. He was the first New Year's baby born in Sumter
County in 1966. Robert loved the Lord and accepted Christ at
an early age and joined Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in
He graduated from Sumter County Training School in
Livingston. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Michigan to be with
his older brothers and sisters. He joined the family church,
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church under the Pastorate of
late Rev. Edward L. McCree Sr. Robert would later join choir;
he truly loved to sing.
Robert worked as a Podiatrist Assistant for approximately five
years. He was so good at giving foot massages; and his friends
soon started calling him “Dr. Foot!” He loved this job because
he was able to help people. Later he worked at Ram
Construction, in Livonia, Mich. for approximately 10 years.
He was very family oriented and loved to cook and have his
family and friends over for some of his delicious “barbecue and
some down home blues!” Robert always stressed love and
family unity and promoted annual family gatherings. He loved
his old school Gospel music especially, “Down through the
years God has been good to me.” He loved traveling, fishing,
hunting and gardening and painting houses.
On Saturday January 25, 2014, with his family by his bedside,
Robert departed this life and began his journey to be with the
Lord. He is survived by his loving mother, Mary Kennedy; ten
brothers and sisters, Mae Crawford, Gloria Kennedy, Frank
Kennedy, William Kennedy, John (Ester) Kennedy of Pontiac,
Mich., James (Emelia) Kennedy of Frisco City, Ann (Richard)
Moore of Brockton, Mass., Dorothy Jean (Herbert) Neeley of
Auburn Hills Mich., L. Pearl (Daryl) Thomas of Farmington Hills,
Mich., Samuel (Shelia) Kennedy of Lawrenceville, Ga.; twenty-
one nieces and nephews, twenty-eight great nieces and
nephews; three great great nieces and nephews; and a host of
other relatives and friends including special friend, Gloria Shaw.
Mary Lee Eason Kennedy
On March 22, 1920, Mary Lee Eason Kennedy was born in
Livingston, Alabama to Rev. John D. and Carrie (Ivory) Eason.
At an early age and joined the Shiloh Missionary Baptist
Church in Livingston, Alabama and confessed Christ as her
Savior. She finished the 9th grade at The Pilgrim School in
Livingston, Alabama, and was the second oldest of her four
siblings. She was a hard working talented mother, house wife
and farmer, who loved serving the Lord, singing, playing
basketball, cooking, gardening, sewing and fishing.
She was joined in holy matrimony to James William “J. W.”
Kennedy in 1939. God blessed this union with 15 children of
which only 10 survived. J.W. was a Deacon and served as
Church Secretary at Brown Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
in Emelle. They were both actively involved in their churches
and often invited to participate in various church programs in
the community. She was an individual that possessed an
indomitable spirit and determination to make life better, not only
for herself and her family, but for humanity as a whole.
She ran the household and managed the family farm. She
would get up before dawn and make a fire in the wood burning
stove to prepare breakfast for her family. Mary insisted on her
children being neat and clean. She handmade most of her
childrens' clothes and through all types of weather, she would
hand wash and hang them on the line to dry. Early on, she
assigned each one of her children chores in addition to their
homework, which had to be done before watching any
television or going outside to play. No exceptions! She firmly
believed “spare the rod, spoil the child”. She was extremely
proud of her children and often talked fondly of their
accomplishments. She insisted that each of them get a good
education and be courteous and respectful. Mary loved to
testify about the goodness of the Lord. She also loved to give
people peppermint candy for whatever ailed them. She often
said when you are given the opportunity to testify about the
Lord in your life, use it because you never know it could be
your last time on this earth Mary instilled in her children to love
the Lord and treat people the way you want to be treated. In
1952 she got her driver’s license and her first job at the Head
Start Center. After her husband of 42 years passed in 1981,
she continued to work in the church and the community. She
was the second oldest living member of the Shiloh Baptist
Church in Livingston. She served as the adult Sunday School
Teacher and President of the Missionary Society for over 30
years. She organized many church fundraisers. She was also
the field director for the Bethlehem District Association where
she worked to help 28 churches in the district to better organize
and to develop their respective missionary auxiliaries. Although
she had left some years ago, she still considered Shiloh to be
her church home. She was actively involved in her community.
She assisted in getting the first Head Start Program initiative
organized in her county. She was instrumental in getting blacks
hired in local grocery stores by participating in boycotts against
businesses who did not have a practice of hiring black
employees. She and other NAACP members met with Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. in York, at a building called the Freedom
House in 1961. She had gotten the opportunity to shake Dr.
King's hand. Many do not know of her many efforts to make life
a better place for all, but heaven has her record.
She was actively involved in the civil rights movement in the
fifties and sixties and was a member of the NAACP and the
secretary of the local county chapter for over 30 years. At the
time, many considered it unsafe to be connected with civil rights
activities, but Mary worked tirelessly to get Blacks registered to
vote and to go to the polls and cast their ballots. She called
herself a Democratic Woman and was very proud of it. She was
an active member of the Order of Eastern Stars in Sumter
County, until she moved to Michigan for health reasons.
Mother Mary Lee Kennedy boarded the old ship of Zion and
began her journey to heaven, Monday February 10, 2014 at
the Crittenton Hospital in Rochester, Michigan with her family
around her bedside. She leaves to cherish her precious
memories; Mae R. Crawford, William Kennedy, John (Ester)
Kennedy, Frank Kennedy, Gloria Kennedy Pontiac, Mich.,
Dorothy Jean (Herbert) Neeley, Auburn Hills, Mich., Pearl
(Daryl) Thomas, Farmington Hills, Mich., James Earl (Emelia)
Kennedy, Frisco City, Samuel (Shelia) Kennedy, Lawrenceville
Ga.; 16 grandchildren, 22 great grand children and 3 Great-
Great grand children, and two siblings, Tommy (Bessie) Eason,
Pontiac, Mich. and Ethel (Alex) Epes, Bessemer; two sisters-in-
law, Louise Eason, Pontiac, Mich. and Alice Eason,
Birmingham; step daughter, Ann (Richard) Moore, Brockton,
Mass.; son-in-law, Obie Robinson, Birmingham; and a host of
nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Mother Kennedy was preceded in death by her husband,
James William “J. W.” Kennedy of 42 years; one son, Robert
Kennedy; grandson, Jeramie Kennedy; step daughter, Kate
Robinson; step granddaughter, Bernadette Jones; three
brothers, Amos, James “Jabo” and Webster Eason.
John Lammers passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in
Fairhope. A native of Alabama, he was born in Sumter County
and recently moved to Fairhope after living in Carrollton for the
past 35 years. As his last act of service to others, John donated
his body to science at the University of South Alabama.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Geraldine Johnson
Lammers; his three children, Dr. Eugene Lammers (Cecilia) of
Fairhope, Mrs. Glenda Lammers Lee (Glenn) of Carrollton, and
Mr. Paul Lammers (Susan) of The Woodland, Texas. He is also
survived by his sister, Mrs. Fannie Mae Green of Selma,
Alabama and his sister-in-law, Carol Lammers of Purvis, Miss.
He is survived by his six grandchildren, David Lammers (Erin),
Mary Lammers, Emily Shraga (Geoff), John Lammers (Katie),
Kim Lammers, and Katherine Lammers. He is survived by his
three great-grandchildren, Naomi Lammers, Eliza Lammers,
and Sawyer Lammers. Additionally, he is survived by many
cousins, nieces, and nephews including his double first cousin
and great friend Dr. Joseph Lammers.
John joined the United States Air Force as a young man and
remained in the Air Force until his retirement in 1979 after 28
years of service. He served in the Korean War early in his Air
Force career He received numerous commendations and
citations including the Air Force Commendation Medal,
Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the
Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Army Good Conduct
Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Republic of Korea
Presidential Unit Citation.
John was an active member of the Carrollton Lions Club where
he served several years as Treasurer and as President. He
was awarded the first annual John W. Owings Memorial Award.
He also was a key part of the annual soup cooking fund raisers
the group held. He served two terms on the Carrollton City
Council from 1980 to 1988. In 1996 he ran for Mayor, winning
that election and three more to serve as the Mayor of
Carrollton for sixteen years. Additionally, he served on the
Pickens County Hospital Foundation Board, the West Alabama
Regional Commission including one year as the Chairman,
served as the President of the West Alabama Mayors
Association, the Pickens County Natural Gas Board, and
served a number of years as an active member of the
Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department. He was a Certified
Municipal Official, a member of the Executive Committee of The
Alabama League of Municipalities, and a member of the
Alabama Association of Regional Councils. He was also a
John was an active member of the Carrollton United Methodist
Church where he served in many roles including
Superintendent of Sunday School, Administrative Board, Usher,
Trustee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and was always
excited to drive the bus for church trips. Additionally, he
enjoyed ringing the church bell every Sunday. He was a long
time delegate to the North Alabama Annual Conference.
John served in various roles in the Boy Scouts of America for
over 50 years. Most notability he served as the Scoutmaster of
Troop 18 in Carrollton for over 35 years. During his tenure as a
Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster in multiple troops he
helped over 60 boys earn the rank of Eagle Scout. He served
as an Assistant Scoutmaster for both National Scout Jamboree
and World Scout Jamboree troops. He was a frequent visitor to
the National Scout Jamboree with Troop 18, was a visitor at the
World Scout Jamboree that celebrated the 100 year
anniversary of the founding of Scouting. He took groups of
scouts to Philmont Scout Ranch seven times. He attended the
Philmont Training Center several times. He attended advanced
leader training and earned his Wood Badge at Camp Horne in
Cottonwood, Alabama. He received the District Award of Merit,
the Silver Beaver, and the God and Service Awards.
Additionally, he was a Brotherhood member of the Order of the
There was a memorial service held on Sunday, March 2, 2014
at the Carrollton United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. with Rev.
Tim Alexander and Bobby Boothe officiating and Skelton
Funeral Home of Reform directing.
Memorials are requested in lieu of flowers to: Carrollton United
Methodist Church P.O. Box 145 Carrollton, AL 35447.
Matthew Richardson, 71, earthly life ended on January 9, 2014.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at
11 a.m. at the Johnson Hill United Methodist Church, Eutaw.
Rev. Berry Cooke Officiated. Burial followed at the Pleasant Hill
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lewiston.
Within a union of 22 years with Susie Ree Richardson, he
reared one daughter, Harriet Wedgeworth; four sons, Matthew
Richardson Jr., Jesse Wedgeworth, and Lee Richardson.
'Born the seventh of eleven children, he leaves with cherished
memories six sisters, Edna Taylor, Leona Hayes, Anna Pear-
Richardson, Louvenia Tyree, Mattie Richardson, all of Eutaw;
Ruthie Mae Hall of Birmingham; two brothers, Jesse James
Richardson and Willie Edward Richardson of Atlanta, Ga.
He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, one great
granddaughter, a special friend, Mary Thompson, and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters and brothers in laws, and
friends who loved him dearly.
Final Arrangements Entrusted To: SMITH’S MORTUARY, 1595
County Road 133, Boligee, Alabama 35443, Tennyson Smith
Thomas Bass Smith
Thomas Bass Smith died at his home in North Sumter County
on February 25, 2014. He was born in Livingston, Alabama on
May 22, 1917 to Dr. Hadden Bass Smith and Janie Bradshaw
He attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now Auburn
University, where he received a B.S. degree in 1939.
Subsequently he worked in Camden, Alabama for the Farm
During World War II he joined the Army Air Force and served
as a bomber pilot with the Ninth Air Force in Europe. He
participated in three campaigns and received, among other
medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned to Sumter
County after the war and worked as a dairy farmer and
cattleman. As a young man and well past middle age, he was
an enthusiastic bird hunter and dog trainer. He played softball
with a local league, and he also helped to found and coach a
team for boys who were too young to play Little League.
He was a life member of First Presbyterian Church in
Livingston. He served the church as Sunday School
Superintendent, choir member, deacon, elder, and clerk of the
session. In 1992 he was made elder emeritus.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha McGregor
Mitchell Smith, son Thomas B. Smith, Jr. and wife Sue,
daughter Winston Smith Roswell and husband Terry, daughter
Jane Smith Wooldridge and husband Britt. Also, two
grandchildren, Thomas B. Smith, III and wife Katie, and Annie
Smith Larkin and husband Jimmy and two great grandsons,
Thomas B. Smith, IV and Winston Augustus Smith.
Services were held at First Presbyterian Church in Livingston
on February 27, 2014 at 10 a.m. with Reverend Barrett
Abernathy and the Reverend Patsy Chaney officiating. Burial
followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Gainesville.
Pallbearers will be L. R. Smith, Jr., Hadden Smith, III, J. B.
Smith, Jr., L. R. Smith, III, Jack Smith, Cullen Smith, David Neel,
Jr. and Hadden Smith, IV. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be
given to First Presbyterian Church, Comfort Care Hospice, or
the charity of your choice. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel
Funeral Home in Linden.
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