Arthur Lewis Ellis, 82, of Marion, passed away Monday, July 2, 2018, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Siloam Baptist Church in Marion with Rev. John Nicholson officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel directing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Interment followed at Elmwood Chapel Mausoleum in Birmingham at 3 p.m.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Myrtle Crews Ellis and sisters, Gloria Self (Dan), and Linda Caple (Roger).
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Ellis; son, Chris Ellis (Carol); daughter, Angela Blocker (Dale); and grandchildren, Natalie Blocker, Matthew Blocker and Dylan Ellis.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Siloam Baptist Church, 505 Washington Street, Marion, AL 36756 or the charity of their choice.
Destiny Carole Graben
Destiny Carole Graben, 23, of Ralph, died July 4, 2018 in Moundville. Services were 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South. Visitation was one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
She was preceded in death by her father, Keith Graben.
Destiny was a beautiful, young woman who loved her family and friends unconditionally. Her devotion to her passions whether family, work, friends or animals was unmatched. Destiny worked as a veterinarian assistant at Town and Country Animal Clinic where she adored her work family and clients. Destiny grew up with a love of animals and was able to follow that passion. She was rarely seen without her dogs, Autumn and Ava. Destiny’s faith in Christ leaves her family and friends with much peace knowing she is home with our Heavenly Father and rejoicing.
Destiny is survived by her mother, Tami Fowler; brother, Joshua Thomas; grandparents, Carole and Wayne Fowler; stepmother, Candy Graben; and stepsisters, Ansley and Madison McElroy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bama Bully Rescue at www.bamabully.org.
Richard Leslie “Ricky” Glover
Richard Leslie “Ricky” Glover, 47, of Akron, went to be with the Lord July 4, 2018. Services were held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Moundville. Rev. Jerry Lake and Rev. Joe Armour officiated. Visitation was held on Monday, July 9, 2018, from 2-4 p.m., at the church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Moundville with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South.
Ricky was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl Davis Hathorn, Sr., Daphene Ballew Walker, James Edward Glover and Mary Virginia Glover.
He is survived by his mother, Andrea Hathorn Glover; his father, Richard Neil Glover (Ann); his daughter, Allison Dakota Morrow his two sisters, Kelly Buchmann (Brady) and Paige Fassig (Gerry); niece, Lauren Allen (Todd); nephews, Declan Fassig and Sean Ryan Fassig; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Ricky was a devoted father, loving son, and brother. Ricky enjoyed fishing, boating, and hunting. His greatest joy in life was his daughter. He was a loyal friend with a huge heart and will be greatly missed.
Pallbearers were Eric Averette, Randy Harrell, David McGee, Marshall Entelisano, David Farris, Barry Kelley, Michael Brown, Steven Tidmore, Tommy Townsend, Paul Patterson.
Honorary pallbearers were the Hale County High School Softball Players and Auburn University Softball Players.
Jerry W. Kelley
Jerry W. Kelley, 73, of Moundville, died July 4, 2018 peacefully at home surrounded by family. Services were held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel with Pastor Charlie Simmons officiating. Burial followed in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel directing. Visitation was held one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtis Crocker and William Kelley; and stepfather, James Crocker.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Karen Kelley; daughter, Ruthie Kelley Owens, son, Hayden Kelley; sisters Elizabeth Cole of Greensboro, and Euelle Eads of Vance; and brother, Roger Kelley (Ellen) of Moundville.
Pallbearers were Michael Cole, Ricky Kelley, Marty Overton, Christian Arnold, Brandon Overton and Dave Cole.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alacare Hospice.
Robert Wayne Long
Funeral services for Robert Wayne Long, 76, of Butler were Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Bumpers Funeral Home with Dr. Scott Harrell and Rev. Joshua Whitaker. Burial followed in the Concord Cemetery. Visitation was at the funeral home Tuesday. Visit bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register and post condolences to the family. Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.
Mr. Long passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Anderson’s Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Mississippi. He was born February 15, 1942 in Sylacauga, Alabama to George Robert Long and Jessie Muir Long.
He was a former deputy sheriff of Sumter County and retired self-employed.
Survivors include his wife Fay Rolison Long of Butler; son George Wayne Long (Patsy) of Butler; daughter Stephanie Luker (Guy) of Butler; Nancy Long Rhodes of Duncanville; brother Jerry M. Long of Grove Hill; sister Teresa Long Lanier (Jeff) of Electic; grandchildren Wesley T. Allen, IV., Sara N. Bonner, Robert Bonner, Jonathan Bonner, and Derrick Rhodes.
Preceded in death by his parents George Robert and Jessie Long; his brother Larry Long and sister Doris Wilson.
Pallbearers: Jonathan Bonner, Lealon Davis, Tony Gary, Chandler Long, Tyler Radcliffe, and Allen Rolison.
Honorary Pallbearers: Wesley T. Allen IV, Derrick Rhodes, Robert Bonner, Mike Lewis, Choctaw County EMS, and Butler PD.
Robert “Ray” Morris
Robert “Ray” Morris, 56, of Duncanville, died July 4, 2018 at DCH Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South is handling his final care. He was preceded in death by his father, Ruben T. Morris. Survivors include his sister, Donna Riley (Tony); brother, Thomas A. Morris; and mother, Kayte Morris. The family requests that no flowers be given. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Davis Ray Nichols
Davis Ray Nichols, 81, of Duncanville, passed away July 4, 2018, at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa.
Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Ruth Tompkins Nichols of Duncanville; daughter, Karen Britain of Duncanville; son, David Nichols of Moody; sisters, Sarah Rodgers (Tim) of Berry, Alice Shirley (Mike) of Gordo, Marguerite Essex of Portland, Oregon; brothers, Phelan Nichols (Jan) of Grand Ridge, Fla and Daniel Nichols (Karen) of Jacksonville, Fla; grandchildren, Blake Nichols (Michelle), Blaine Nichols (Brantley), Sandra Rhine (John) and Beth Overby (Michael).
For many years, Mr. Nichols served as a police officer for the University of Alabama Police Department. After leaving the University, he started D and M Gutter and Siding Company which he owned and operated for many years before retirement. In his spare time Mr. Nichols enjoyed bowling, square dancing and motorcycle riding. Funeral services were held Friday, July 6, 2018 from the Chapel of Sunset Funeral Home with burial following in Flatwoods Community Cemetery near Berry. Visitation was held at Sunset Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. service. Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, in charge of arrangements.