Cluster Jefferson “C.J.” Hartley, Sr.
On Friday, October 12, 2018, Cluster Jefferson “C.J.” Hartley, Sr., 92, husband, father, Papaw, and friend, was called home by our Father in Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Visitation wias held at Valley View Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa. The family received relatives and friends Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 11 a.m. The service followed at noon. Graveside services was held at Berry Highland Memorial Park and Cemetery in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. Bro. Billy Joy, Pastor of Valley View Baptist Church opened services, officiated by Pastor Mike Hall, Dayspring Baptist Church, Mobile, and providing spiritual messages from the gospel was Pastor Randy Fuller, New Beginning Family Worship Center, Northport, and nephew, Mr. Charles Renfroe of Atlanta, Ga.
Known affectionately as “Ole Cuz,” he was born in Hale County, Ala. on April 15, 1926, and was the spoiled, beloved, youngest sibling of six sisters and an older brother. He lived through the Great Depression, served in the United States Navy during the Second World War, graduated from Akron High School, and the University of Alabama, married the love of his life and started a family, started a successful business and was very active in local, county, and state politics. His life was filled with three basic tenets: Faith, Family, and Country. He touched many lives and was inspired to erect a monument at Valley View Baptist Church in the form of a flag pole to honor his devoted wife and as a reminder to all of what a great country we live in. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon social fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society, and long-standing member on the Board of Trustees of then-Troy State University.
C.J. was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Helen Fulton Hartley, his parents, Jeff and Jenny, his sisters, Clara Mae (Luther) Moore, Clemy (Clayton) Avery, Cleny (Hugh) Renfroe, Claudine (Arthur) Avery, Cleo (Ford) Stone, Clytee (Bob) Miller, and his brother Clayton (Revie) Hartley.
Our beloved “PaPaw” is survived by his devoted family: sons, Weston, Jeff (Donna), and Sandy (Connie); grandchildren, Jessica Scott (Luke), Stuart Hartley (Jordan), Michael Hartley (Samantha), Katie Brantley (Kris), and Matthew Hartley (Jessica); great- grandchildren, Mason and Ryan Scott, Emily Wade Hartley, Daniel Lee and Briar Hartley and Elisha Brantley.
He was affectionately known as “Uncle Buck” to his many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews who will never be forgotten and were a big part of his life.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, the spouses of his granddaughters, and newest in-law, Jay Lowery.
Honorary pallbearer is Thomas H. Callahan, Jr. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of West Alabama or favorite charity.
Wallace Lee Helus, Sr. “Big “O”
Wallace Lee Helus, Sr. “Big “O”, 75, of Tuscaloosa, departed this life on October 9, 2018. Services were 1 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Memory Chapel Funeral Home with Jerry Koster officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens with Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation wase one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Virginia Helus and brothers, Lanny and Wayne Helus.
Survivors include his wife, Shelia Helus of Tuscaloosa; daughter, Wendy D. Brown (Keith) of Livingston, Mont.; sons, Wallace Lee Helus, Jr. (Lyndall) of Tuscaloosa, and Thomas W. Helus (Amy) of Slapout; sister, Sherry Warehime of Colorado; sister-in-law, June Helus; brothers, Calvin Helus (Debbie) of Colorado and Lonnie Helus (Lori) of Colorado; grandchildren, Trey Thornton, Cameron Cooper (Emilly), Savannah Stephenson (Kyle), Jacob Brown, Sarah Grace Helus, Baylee Walker, Claire Brown, Rylee Helus, Samuel Helus, Storm Helus, Molly Helus and Treven Brown; and his great-grandson, Jackson Stephenson.
Born in Greeley, Colo., Wallace was one of six children. He grew up poor, but honest. In high school, he played sports, was prom king, and had many friends. They were all poor but they enjoyed life so much that they never even knew it. As he grew older, he started college but then ended his educational career to serve our country in the United States Marine Corps. After surviving Vietnam, he returned home and got married. His proudest family moments were the birth of his three children, their marriages, and their graduation from college. He was also proud of his grandchildren as he watched them grow and succeed in life. His proudest career accomplishments were his five years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring from the military and the post office, and being appointed postmaster of Akron. His proudest civic accomplishments included helping build the new fire station in Akron, and serving as treasurer there. He received several military awards, was awarded Clerk of the Month by the United States Postal Service, and was presented with the Akron Fireman of the Year award. One of his greatest achievements in this life was accepting Christ as his Savior. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans, 354 Postmaster’s Association, and the Akron Fire Department.
Pallbearers were Randy Tunnell, Jeff Free, Ernie Spiller, Jack Freeman, Samuel Helus and Storm Helus.
Honorary pallbearers were Trey Thornton, Jacob Brown, Keith Brown, Billy Jackson, Frank Hollie, Elijah Knox, Keith Etheridge and the members of Community Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to organizations that center around either cancer or Veterans.