Helen Marie Posey Carruth
Helen Marie Posey Carruth passed from this life into the arms of her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the age of 94. Services were 2 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2020, at Tuscaloosa First Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. James Walker, Dr. Bernie Deffinger, and Rev. Mark Aills officiating. Visitation was at Tuscaloosa First Church of the Nazarene Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 5 to 7 p.m., and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directed.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” – Proverbs 31:10 Marie was born October 17, 1925 in Manifest, La., the first of five children of Elzano Ashley and John Dosher Posey. She attended Manifest School and upon graduation, was employed as an Aircraft Parts and Equipment Inspector by Alexandria Army Air Base. Here she met a young sailor named Wallace Earl Carruth. They were married in December 1947 and moved to Washington, D. C. where Marie took a job with the United States Treasury Department. W. E. was called into full-time ministry and the couple moved to North Carolina to attend Bible College. In 1950, Wallace was ordained as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. Wallace and Marie pastored for over 40 years in Nazarene churches across Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama. In addition to her duties as a mother and pastor’s wife, Marie also worked outside the home at Sears Catalog Department and the Alabama State Unemployment Compensation Agency. She was also an owner of a ceramic shop in downtown Moundville, for several years, where she was able to share her talent and love of ceramics by teaching others. Marie and Wallace had four sons and one daughter, and were later blessed with nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Marie was a devoted mother and loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally. She served selflessly in her role as pastor’s wife and was known for her care and compassion for others. Marie worked tirelessly in her service to the Lord, cooking meals, sending cards, interceding in prayer, coordinating youth events, welcoming others into her home, and supporting her congregation in whatever way was needed. Marie enjoyed ceramics, gardening, fishing, and babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her beloved Yorkie, Tallulah Belle, was her constant companion. Marie loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed visiting her extended family in Louisiana. She is fondly remembered for her quick wit and sassy “redhead” personality. “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” – Proverbs 31:28 – 31
She is survived by her five children: Wallace Earl Carruth, Jr. (Patricia), Richard Alan Carruth, Sr., Sherri Carruth Stone (David), John Dee Carruth (Kimberly), William Don Carruth (Melissa); nine grandchildren: Ashley Carruth Taylor (Brad), Staci Stone Dockery (Randy), Amy Cecile Carruth, Bethany Joye Stone, Laura Stone Peacock (Josh), Richard Alan Carruth, Jr. (Christine), Miranda Carruth Burson (Chris), Magen Ann Carruth, and William Don Carruth, Jr.; 15 great-grandchildren: Alyssa Dockery, Jay Dockery, Bradleigh Taylor, Caelyn Taylor, Logan Dockery, Eli Dockery, Stone Peacock, Ella Taylor, Carlie Carruth, Asher Peacock, Finleigh Taylor, Cassandra Burson, Riley Burson, Kane Peacock, and Catie Carruth; and brother, Alvie Lee Posey.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Earl Carruth, Sr.; daughter-in-law, Sharon Carruth; brothers, Charles Alan Posey, Carl Posey, and John Dosher Posey, Jr.
Pallbearers were: Alan Carruth, Will Carruth, Brad Taylor, Randy Dockery, Josh Peacock, Jay Dockery, Logan Dockery, Eli Dockery and Stone Peacock. Honorary pallbearers were: Chris Burson, friends at Tuscaloosa First Church of the Nazarene, Dr. James Williams and staff at Whitaker Clinic, Rev. and Mrs. Jerry Reach, Rev. and Mrs. Alvis Taylor, Rev. and Mrs. Walter Rezendes, and Rev. and Mrs. Don Elledge. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Building Fund of Tuscaloosa First Church of the Nazarene.
Barbara Dean Drake
Barbara Dean Drake, 73, of Greensboro, passed away January 13, 2020. Graveside services were 11 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2020, at Memory Hill Gardens with Bro. Tom Strickland officiating and Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directed. Visitation wase one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy M. and Mavourneen Dean; brothers, Wayne and Gary Dean; and grandson, Hayden Drake.
Survivors include her former spouse, Billy Drake; sons, Joe Drake (Beverly) and Roy Drake; grandchildren, Trent Drake (Jayci), Dylan Drake (Krista) and Tiffanie Drake; and great-grandson, Dean Trenton Drake. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to House of Praise, Greensboro.
Frenchie Dewayne “Frank” Goodman
Mr. Frenchie Dewayne “Frank” Goodman, 47 of Aliceville, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, Miss. Public visitation will be Friday, January 24, 2020 from 2-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The homegoing celebration will be Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, 2463 Franconia Rd., Aliceville. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Marcus Wright, pastor of Mt. Hebron, will be the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Goodman and Goodwin families.
Mary M. Kyzer
Mary M. Kyzer, 86, of Moundville, passed away January 14, 2020 at her residence. Graveside services were 11 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2020, at Phillips Chapel Cemetery with Terry Hallman officiating and Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation was one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
George Larry “George L” McKinstry, Jr.
Mr. George Larry “George L” McKinstry, Jr., 65 of Columbus, Miss. passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Columbus, Miss. The home going celebration was Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1 p.m. at Nibethany Presbyterian Church, 419 Fifth Ave. N. E., Aliceville. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Public visitation was Friday, January 17, 2020 at Lavender’s Funeral Service. Internment was in Mt. Hebron Batist Church Cemetery, 2363 Franconia Rd., Aliceville. Rev. Anthony Jay Barnes is the pastor of Nibethany Presbyterian Church. Bishop Robert McKinstry, of Victory Apostolic Church, was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the McKinstry, Logan, Daye, and Oldman families.
Mary Patton, 100, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 4, 2020 in Tuscaloosa. Services were at noon Saturday, January 18, 2020, at St. Mary A. M. E. Church in Greensboro. Pastor Joe Hamilton, Sr. officiating. Viewing was Friday, January 17, 2020 at Washington & Paige Mortuary.
William Martin “Bill” Reece, Sr.
William Martin “Bill” Reece, Sr., age 79, of Tuscaloosa, passed away December 22, 2019 in Mobile. His Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Duncanville Baptist Church with Ray Hallman officiating.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover and Mabel Reece; brother, John Reece; sister, Linda Brooker; and former wife of 47 years, Brenda Lee
Survivors include his daughters, Terry Reece Smith and Marti Reece; son, Jay Reece; sister, Barbara Hawkins; grandson, Jed Reece; and wife, Brenda Gardner Reece. He also leaves behind a friend of 50+ years, Roy Riffe (Sue); and Robert Frederick, who was like a son.
Mr. Reece was retired from Drummond Coal Company. He was a member of Duncanville Baptist Church. He was also a member of the J. Collier Foster Masonic Lodge #906. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Duncanville Baptist Church.
Mattie Ruth Sollie
Mattie Ruth Sollie, 85, of Tuscaloosa, passed away January 10, 2020 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services were 11 a.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020, at St. Paul A. M. E. Church with Rev. Ricky Wells officiating. Burial followed in Taylorville Community Church Cemetery with Wills’ Funeral Services directing. Visitation was Friday, January 17, 2020, at the funeral home. The body lay in state one hour prior to services at the church.