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Patricia Ann Betts
Ms. Patricia Ann Betts, 56 of Saint Louis, Missouri formerly of Reform, Alabama on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Saint Louis. Gaveside services for Ms. Patricia Ann Betts of Saint Louis, Missouri will be Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1 p.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery, 513 Ninth Avenue NW in Reform, Alabama. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service.
Survivors are the Betts and Banks Families Chose The Professional, Experienced, and Compassionate Funeral Directors & Staff of: Lavender's Funeral Service, 11233 Highway 17 South, Aliceville, AL 35442.

Carl Woodrow “Woody” Browder, Jr.
Carl Woodrow “Woody” Browder, Jr., 76, of Tuscaloosa died May 15, 2017. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Double Portion Church with Pastor Hayes Moss officiating.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Agnes Browder and brother, Joe Browder.
Survivors include his wife, Mallie Lake Browder; daughters, Betsy Koger (Greg), Marion Campbell (John) and Emily Norris (Josh); sons, Trey Browder (Kim), Pete Browder (Sandy) and Clete Browder (Molly); and grandchildren, Shonna Browder, Carley Browder, Carey Browder, Wells Campbell, Mallie Campbell, Lewis Campbell, Austin Campbell, Marion Norris, Ellen Norris and Mark Norris.
Woody graduated from Sumter County High School, Class of 1959, in York. Woody was a graduate of the University of Alabama. He manufactured hardwood veneer for 57 years, primarily in Eutaw. He was president of the Full Gospel Business Men Association in the late 1980's.

Judson Truman Cork
Judson Truman Cork, 77, from Eutaw and a lifelong resident of Greene Country, went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2017, at Hospice of West Alabama after a long battle with cancer. Services were Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Eutaw Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Sanford and Rev. Dale Glover officiating. Burial followed in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery with Memory Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017 at Memory Chapel Funeral Home.
Born to Clanton and Azilee Cork, he attended and graduated from Greene County High School in 1958. On August 18, 1951, Judson married Marilyn Frances Aultman. They were married for 55 years. He was the loving father of two children and a proud grandfather of four grandchildren. Judson retired from Gulf States Paper Mill in Demopolis after 35 years. He was an active member of the Alabama National Guard and was called up to the Army for active duty on one occasion.
Judson made a profession of faith in his Lord and Savior at an early age at Shiloh Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa County. He was an active and much loved member of Eutaw Baptist Church for 55 years. He served as a deacon in the church for 45 years, served as a Royal Ambassador leader for over 20 years and Children's Committee Chairman for 10 years. His love for children and sports spilled over into his becoming a volunteer, Junior High football coach, at Greene Country High School. He also coached Pee Wee football at Warrior Academy. He always managed to balance his shift work, church work and volunteering while taking care of his family. He always said, “Behind every good man is a good woman.”
He enjoyed woodworking in his man cave. He enjoyed making things for his grandchildren and doll furniture, toys, bookshelves and etc. for Warrior Academy. Since “Miss” Marilyn was a daycare director and a teacher at Warrior Academy, he made and repaired whatever she needed. When anyone else needed help, he always tried to help.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Brian Moore of Louisville, Ky; son and daughter-in-law, Evan and Gwen Cork of Birmingham; grandchildren, Brian Jr., and Christopher Moore, Daphne and Britney Cork; his brothers, Melvin Cork (Patrica) of Eutaw, and Jimmy Cork (Becky) of Jena; and five nieces and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clanton and Azilee Cork of Jena, and his brother, Ferrell Cork of Tuscaloosa.
Pallbearers were Brian Moore Jr., Christopher Moore, Rodney Cork, Brian Cork, Robert McPherson, William Walker and Ronnie Channell.
Honorary Pallbearers were deacons of Eutaw Baptist Church, Harley Boswell, C.D. Aultman, Joe Banks, Domino buddies; Bennie Abrams, Chris Beeker, Dennis Stripling and Tommy Porter.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Eutaw Baptist Church, P.O. Box 67, Eutaw, AL 35462; Greene County Ambulance Service P.O. Box 431, Eutaw, AL 35462; Manderson Cancer Center 809 University Blvd. E, Tuscaloosa, Al. 35430; or Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/o Jennifer Holman 13092 Shiloh Road, Ralph, AL 35480.
James "Jimmy" Jones
James "Jimmy" Jones, 61, of Eutaw died May 13, 2017 at UAB Hospital-Birmingham. A memorial service was noon Friday, May 19, 2017, at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North with Rev. Shaun Faulkner officiating and Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North directing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Jones and parents, Foster Jones and Bobbie Faulkner.
Survivors include his daughters, Jessica Jones and Maggie Garner (Brandon); sons, Jedidiah Jones, Sam Sides, Chase Compton and John Belvin; sister, Jane Tilley (Scott); brothers, Johnny Jones (Margie) and Jerry Jones (Sharon); and granddaughter, Kylie Beth Garner.

George Robert “Bob” Kilpatrick
George Robert “Bob” Kilpatrick, age 87, passed away on May 16, 2017, in Tuscaloosa. Bob was the son of the late Lewis A. and Willie Reid Kilpatrick.
Bob was born in Gadsden and was a longtime resident of Eutaw and Tuscaloosa. He graduated from the University of Alabama in Engineering and worked for American Bridge as a lead Engineer on suspension bridges such as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York, the Angostura Bridge in Venezuela and the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan. In the late 1960s he moved to Eutaw where he was in the cattle business and operated a feed supply business. After retirement, he moved to Tuscaloosa.
He is survived by a sister, Mary Griffith of Rome, New York; a niece, Susan C. Holman of Asheville, North Carolina; and nephews, John C. Holman of Alpharetta, Georgia and James F. Homan, Jr. of Boulder, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Virginia Kilpatrick Holman and Margaret Kilpatrick Gilleland and his brother, Lewis R. Kilpatrick.
Longtime friends included Bruce Livingston, Billy Prout, Dennis Herndon and the late Claude Livingston.
A private service for Bob will be held.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Ruby Allene Tucker Smith
Ruby Allene Tucker Smith, 92, of Mobile, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017.
She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Smith Taylor (Bill); her son, Jeffery Boyd Smith (Haej); two grandchildren, August T. McWhirter and Trent Whitfield Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Kippen McWhirter and Kullan McWhirter.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, Madison Samuel Tucker and Willie Estelle Smith Tucker; her husband, Levi Boyd Smith; five brothers; and one sister.
She was a longtime member of Christ United Methodist Church.
The visitation was Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 5-8 p.m., at Radney Funeral Home, Mobile. A graveside service was held Friday, May 19, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Methodist Cemetery in Greensboro with Rev. Jeff Spiller officiating.

Willis Keith Williams
Willis Keith Williams, 52, died May 13, 2017. Services were 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at James & Lola Lavender Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in Mt. Olive Church Cemetery with Lavender's Funeral Service directing. Visitation was May 19, 2017, from 2 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.
Survivors are the Williams, Hill, Lanier, Walker, Jones, and Colvin families.