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Helen Ruth Poole Phillips Baines
Helen Ruth Poole Phillips Baines passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on June 22, 2017 in Auburn. She was born in Pickens County on September 24, 1925.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William V. and Ruby Poole; six sisters; and four brothers. Helen was also preceded in death by her first husband in 1965, Lawrence Phillips, Sr. and her second husband in 2012, M. D. Baines.
She is survived by two sons, Lawrence Phillips, Jr. (Kay) and Keith Phillips (Donna); two step-daughters, Rhonda Elliot (Charlie) and Gayle Heiden (Rick); ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a multitude of devoted family and friends.
Helen raised her boys in Pinson moving to Greensboro after her second marriage. In 2012 she moved to Auburn, Alabama where she enjoyed spending time with her family and attending Auburn sporting events. She was an avid Auburn fan. Helen loved her Lord Jesus Christ. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church and the Hope Sunday School Class.
Helen will be remembered as a wonderful Southern lady, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was always ready for an adventure and life was sweeter because she loved you. She loved us all and we loved her.
The family recognizes the compassionate care of Compassus Hospice over the last month.
Funeral services will be held at Dogwood Chapel, Aliceville, Alabama, Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 2 p.m., with visitation from 1-2 p.m.
The family respectfully requests no flowers. Donations in her memory can be made to Parkway Baptist Church, 766 East University Drive, Auburn, Alabama 36830.
Frederick-Dean Funeral Home is directing;, Funerals & Cremations Since 1900.

Lillie Ree Gaines Coleman
Services for Lillie Ree Gaines Coleman, 79, were held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at St. John C. M. E. Church with Rev. Samuel Duff officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Lillie was born on May 16, 1938 to the late Jack and Marie Gaines in Mt. Sterling. She departed this earthly life on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at her home in Mt. Sterling. She was preceded in death by: her parents, Jack and Marie Gaines; her husband, Robert Coleman; a son, Woodie Gaines; two brothers, Grady and Willie Gaines; and two sisters, Eliza Dunning and Marjorie Joseph.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories: three daughters, Barbara (Ronald) Shields, Tuscaloosa, Sondra Gaines (Doug), Butler, Wanda Gaines (Gary), Lisman; five sons, Willie Gaines, Johnny Gaines, Charlie Gaines, all of Mt. Sterling, Darryl Gaines, Butler, Darrius Coleman, Montgomery; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; six sisters, Minnie Burney, Bernice Gaines, both of Vancleave, Miss., Carrie Coleman, Ocean Springs, Miss., Joan Thompson (Glen), Gautier, Miss., Nora Compton (Billy), Mt. Sterling, Juanita McDuffy, Dayton, Nev.; a devoted cousin, Debra Turner; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
The Celebration of Life services were rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler. To post condolences to the family, please log onto our website at

Lamar Williams Hardin
Lamar Williams Hardin, 93, of Cuba, Ala., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years Margaret McGee Hardin; son, Leon Hardin (Rheba) of Prattville; son, Don Hardin (Shirley) of Cuba, Ala.; daughter, Sara Hardin Walker of Epes; grandson, Kevin McElroy (Aubrey); granddaughters, Heather Piant (Jason), Julie Peck (Don), Holly Waldrip (Jesse) and Martha Gray (Bo); and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Mr. Hardin was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He was employed for thirty-eight years with the Sumter County Engineer's Office. He also served as town clerk for Cuba, Ala. for forty-three years until his retirement from that position at age 90. He was an active member of the Cuba Baptist Church for sixty-three years.
Services for Mr. Hardin will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. at the Cuba Baptist Church with the Reverend Mike McKee officiating. Visitation was at the church from 2 to 3:30 p.m. A private family burial will be at Clay Memorial Cemetery in Cuba.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Cuba Baptist Church or Gideons International.
Bumpers Funeral Home of York in charge of arrangements.
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Darrell Wayne Holman
Darrell Wayne Holman, 58, of Pensacola, Fla. passed away on June 14, 2017. Darrell was born on March 2, 1959 in Pensacola, Fla., son of the late Alton W. and Betty M. Holman. He was involved with the NRA as well as Brent Ball Parks.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Mandy Harper (Matt) and Jacob Holman; sister, Sharon H. Reed (Philip); mother of children, Jennifer Holman; forever committed to Julie Etheridge; and granddaughters, Lily and Harmony Harper.
The family has entrusted PENSACOLA MEMORIAL GARDENS FUNERAL HOME with the arrangements. A Memorial Service was held at Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds Main Entrance on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 11 Aa.m..
In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made to Brent Baseball Youth Sports Association at P.O. Box 6027 Pensacola, Florida 32503.
Charles Nickson
Charles Nickson, 65, died June 17, 2017. Funeral services were 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Pastor John Glass officiating. Burial followed at Zion Brush Creek Memorial Gardens with Smith's Mortuary of Boligee directing. Visitation was Friday, June 23, 2017, from 2-5 p.m. at the Mortuary. The body lay in state one hour prior to services at the church.

Leona B. Ruffin
Services for Leona Brown Ruffin, 89, were held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Fairview Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Payton officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Sis. Leona Ruffin was born January 26, 1928 to the late Andrew and Louise Jackson Brown. She departed this earthly life on June 17, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lurie D. Ruffin; one son who died as an infant; her parents, Andrew and Louise Brown; seven brothers, two sisters, three brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.
Leona confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized in fellowship at Fairview Baptist Church. After moving to Milwaukee, WI, she attended Great Faith Progressive Missionary Baptist Church until her health failed.
Leona leaves to cherish her memories three sisters, Lenette Grice, Lisman, Mary Hodges, Meridian, Miss., Phyllis Brown, Lisman; three brothers, Leonard (Mary) Brown, Mobile, McArthur Brown, Chattanooga, Tenn., Robert (Oranee) Brown, Lisman,; one sister-in-law, Lorene Brown; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The Celebration of Life services were rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler. To post condolences to the family, please log onto our website at

Donna Ruth Rhodes
Donna was born on February 19, 1950 and passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Graveside services for Donna Ruth Rhodes, 67, of Butler were held Wednesday, June 28, 2017 beginning at 11 a.m. at Butler City Cemetery with Bro. Yale Canfield officiating. There will be no visitation. Bumpers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. A full obit will be posted later.

Larry Wilson
Services for Larry Wilson, 53, were held Friday, June 23, 2017 at Northside Church of Christ with Bro. Brandon Starling officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Bro. Larry Wilson was born September 13, 1963. He departed this life on Friday, June 16, 2017.
He leaves to cherish his memories a wife, Lisa Wilson; his mother, Vivian Smith; two sons, Larry, Jr. (Markita) Wilson of Thomasville, Derrick Wilson of Butler; one daughter, Michelle Wilson of Cromwell; two stepchildren, Daniel Webster of Butler, and Kyra Webster of Sandflat, Miss.; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other loved ones.
The Celebration of Life services were rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler. To post condolences to the family, please log onto our website at