Ann Mason Atkins
Ann Mason Atkins, 81, of Columbus, Miss., and formerly of Aliceville, Ala., passed away August 3, 2020 at her residence. Due to Covid-19 the family will have a private service at Dogwood Chapel in Aliceville, with Rev. Dr. Tim Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Rufus Mason and Verbon Atkins; son Joseph Mason; and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter Sherrill Culpepper and husband Glynn; five grandchildren Ashley Burns (Tom), Jody Mason (Beth), Victoria Culpepper, Sarah Margaret Dyess (Reed) and Chase Elmore (Kate); and one great-granddaughter Elizabeth Burns.
Ann was born April 23, 1939 in Alabama to the late J. M. Clark and Julia Totherow Clark. She was a member of Aliceville First United Methodist Church and the Director of the LLL Club at First National Bank of Central Alabama.
Honorary pallbearers are: Harold Tucker, Tommy Russell, Sammy Johnson, Bobby Pritchett, Billy Totherow, David Totherow, Steve Totherow, Jack Totherow and members of the LLL Club. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Aliceville First United Methodist Church Music Department, P.O. Box 409, Aliceville, AL 35442.
Lois Wells Ball
Lois Wells Ball, 81, of Duncanville, died on Friday, July 31, 2020 in Tuscaloosa. Graveside services were held on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 12 noon at West Highland Memorial Gardens. Superintendent William Hughes officiating. Rollins’ Mortuary directed. Public viewing wias, August 7, 2020 at Rollins’ Mortuary.
Fannie Mae Chiles
Ms. Fannie Mae Chiles, 82, of Carrollton, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Northport Medical Center, Northport. Visitation was Saturday, August 8, 2020, from 3-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service.​ The home going celebration and interment was Sunday, August 9, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Mount Sinai Cemetery, 663 Franconia Rd., Carrollton. Rev. James Bush, pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Carrollton, will be the eulogist. The body will not be viewed at the cemetery. ALL ATTENDEES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Chiles and Colvin families.
Alvin Donald Davis
Mr. Alvin Donald Davis, 81, of Pickensville, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Hospice of West Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Visitation was Monday, August 10, 2020, from 1-5 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration was Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 10:30 a.m. at Magnolia Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 9654 Hwy. 14, Aliceville. The body will not be viewed at the cemetery. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Davis and Muskin families.
Eleanor Ruth “Tootsie” Harris Grantham
Eleanor Ruth “Tootsie” Harris Grantham, 91, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., passed away August 7, 2020 at Hospice of West Alabama. Services were 2 p.m. Monday, August 10, 2020, at Memory Chapel with Jim Headley officiating. Burial followed in Memory Hill Gardens with Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation was one hour prior to services.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Sidney Grantham; mother Lucille Harris Milam; father John A. Harris; and stepfather Claude Milam.
Survivors include her daughter Lana Carole Grantham; son Carl Grantham; and granddaughter Ashlyn Grantham.
Tootsie was born in 1929 in Tuscaloosa. She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School. She was employed by South Central Bell for 31 years and retired in 1990. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She loved God and accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of 12. She thanked God for her blessings every day. She loved being with her family, especially her granddaughter, Ashlyn, of whom she was so proud. She enjoyed spending time with her family on vacation and going out to eat, and later in her life enjoyed taking care of her cats. She stayed home with her children when they were young and cherished those days. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
Pallbearers were Donnie Robertson, Larry Dobbins, Dave Hall, and Andy Campbell. Honorary pallbearers were the wonderful staff of Moundville Health & Rehab, Aspire, Northport Health Services, DCH Home Health, Odessa Smith, Dr. Stephen Browne and Dr. George Hemstreet. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church or Hospice of West Alabama.
Willie B. “Heart Attack” Harkins
Mr. Willie B. “Heart Attack” Harkins, 77, of Carrollton, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Noxubee General Hospital in Macon, Miss. Visitation was Friday, August 7, 2020, at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration was Saturday, August 8, 2020, 11 a.m. at New Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 250 New Cumberland Rd., Carrollton. Rev. Jacqueline Lang, pastor of New Cumberland Presbyterian Church was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Harkins, Colvin, and Taylor families.
Michael Mayhew
Mr. Michael Mayhew, 42, of Aliceville, passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Visitation will be Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 1-5 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The graveside home going celebration and internment will be Friday, August 14, 2020, at 11 a.m. in Bigbee Baptist Church Cemetery, 2988 Co. Rd. 78, Aliceville. There will be no viewing at the cemetery. Apostle Jeffrey Ball Sr., pastor of Spirit & Truth Pentecostal Church, Aliceville, will be the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Mayhew and Ball families.
John “Johnny” S. Park, Jr.
John “Johnny” S. Park, Jr., 71, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Graveside service was Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Levy Corey officiating and Norwood-Wyatt Chapel Funeral Home directing.
He was preceded in death by his parents Shephard and Ruth Park; and sister-in-law Sandra Park.
Mr. Park is survived by his wife Mary Park; daughter Mary Ryan (Richard); son John White (Paloma); brother Robert Park, Sr.; mother-in-law Janie Stickney; grandchildren Makenzie Lynn Gray, Caden Michael Gray, Colton Benjamin Gray, Ella Gwendolyn Ryan, Layla Grace White, Elijah Samuel White, Olivia Noelle White and Isaac Harbor White; and nieces and nephews Audra Browder, Rob Park (Sharon) and Pamela Park.
Honorary pallbearers were: Robert “Bobby” Park, Sr., Victor Lawrence, friends and neighbors of the Ralph and Knoxville Communities.
Margaret Smithson Rice
Mrs. Margaret Smithson Rice of Tuscaloosa, passed away on July 30, 2020. A graveside service was held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Memory Hill Gardens at 11 am with Magnolia Chapel South directing.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, James Martice Rice; parents Ruth Warren Smithson and Leonard Dewey Smithson; and her sister Madeleine Smithson Shipley
Survivors include her daughter Martie Rice Schrimsher (Dan); son James Martice (Jay) Rice, Jr. (Gina); brothers Thomas E. Smithson (Joan), Howard Smithson; grandchildren Ashton Rice Mason (Jeffery), Allison Rice Nix (Tyler); great grandchildre; Riley James Mason, Rice Randall Mason,Tyler Brooke Nix.
Margaret Rice was a loving, caring wife, mother, mother in law and grandmother. She always had a beautiful smile and twinkling blue eyes. She was a very energetic person who was always willing to lend a hand regardless of the task. She loved her family and was always there for them. Margaret or “Marg” as she was known by so many was born and raised in Moundville. She attended Hale County High School where she was a Cheerleader for 5 years. After graduating high school, she moved to Tuscaloosa where she went to work for City National Bank. Later she married the Love of Her Life, James Martice Rice and they had two children, Martie Leigh and James Martice (Jay). From there she started on an adventure that lasted a lifetime. She entered into the field of education. First as a Sunday School Teacher at Taylorville United Methodist Church where she was a member for over 60 years. She was also an active member of the Taylorville United Methodist Church Women’s Club. Her drive towards education continued as a volunteer in the library at Englewood Elementary School and then on to a become a Substitute Teacher there. She loved to cook and was always baking snacks for the school children. She was an active member of the PTA and continuously worked to improve the quality of education for all students. When it came to sports regardless of the event where it be baseball, football, track, volleyball or softball, it didn’t matter. If her children were involved she was there to cheer them on. As time passed, she did the same for her two grandchildren (Ashton and Allison). And of course she was a devoted Alabama Crimson Tide Fan. Regardless, she was always there. Another very important part of her family was the addition of her Son in law Dan E. Schrimsher (Martie) and her Daughter in law Gina B. Rice (Jay). From the moment that she met them she accepted them with open arms and loved them both as her own. Margaret was a very debonair dresser, regardless of the occasion and she never went anywhere without lipstick. But that was part of what made her so special. Margaret worked for the State of Alabama – Shelton State Community College where she retired after 29 years of service. While there she helped to establish the “Shelton State Life Long Learning Center. Margaret loved life, loved her family and friends but most of all she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a hobby, she loved collecting Angels. One of her favorite holidays was Christmas and she always decorated with Angels. One of her other hobbies was baking and there was always a Red Velvet cake at Christmas. One for her family and many more for friends. An
other of Margaret’s passions was the love of dancing and she was an active member of the Tuscaloosa Ballroom Dance Association for many years. Later in life as speech became difficult, she turned to writing. Her words flowed across the page as beautiful as she was on the dance floor. She was truly a “Beautiful Gem” that will be truly missed by so many.
Pallbearers were: Jeffery Mason, Tyler Nix, Eddie Robertson, Gordon Hamby, Bart Shipley, Dan Smithson. Honorary Pallbearers are: Heritage Health Care Station One Nursing Staff, Members of Taylorville United Methodist Church, Bobby McPherson loyal friend and neighbor.
Raymond Wilkins, Sr.
Mr. Raymond Wilkins, Sr., 62, of Aliceville, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020 at his residence. Visitation was Friday, August 7, 2020 at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration honoring the life was Saturday, August 8, 2020, 11 a.m. at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, 2463 Franconia Rd., Aliceville. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment was be in the Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Marcus Wright is the pastor of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. Rev. Jerome Wilkins, pastor of Family Fellowship Christian Church in Stone Mountain, Ga., was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Wilkins family.