Willa Dean Jones Cook

Willa Dean Jones Cook entered into rest September 12, 2018 at home. Born June 23, 1921, she was known as “Mawmaw” by many in the community as well as her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Wade Cook; daughter, Carol Cook Leavelle; granddaughter, DeShay Hardy Harless; and grandson, Tyler James Cook.

Survivors include her daughter, Sue Cook Hardy (Butch) of Moundville; sons, William Wade Cook (Sara) of Akron, Kenneth Wayne Cook (Paula) of Moundville and James Darrell Cook (Sibyle) of Greensboro; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Friday, September 14, 2018, from 6-8 p.m., at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South. Graveside funeral services wias held at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2018 with Rev. Arthur Thomas and Mr. Toby Watkins officiating and Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directing.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Stephen Browne, employees of Hospice Alabama and members of New Hope Baptist Church. 

William Austin “Goat” Gardner

Mr. William Austin “Goat” Gardner, of Aliceville, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at his residence. Public visitation was Monday, September 17, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service.  The home going celebration was Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 11 a.m. at New Wright Baptist Church, 11441 Hwy. 14, Aliceville.  Internment was in Flemming Cemetery, Aliceville. Rev. Richard Hood, pastor of New Wright Baptist Church was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, 11233 Hwy. 17 S., Aliceville,  205-373-2420, in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are the Gardner family.

Dolores Ann White Hathcock

Dolores Ann White Hathcock, 61, of Moundville, passed away on Sunday, September 9 2018. 

Dolores will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 42 years, Jimmy and their children Christina (Greg), Laura (Ralph), Amy (Pancho), Jessica (Steven), Jason and Kelly (Randy), and her 16 grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald Dean White and Diana Louise Bastone and granddaughter, Gabrielle. Services will be held at Rainey Mortuary on Saturday, September 15, 2015, from 10 a.m. – noon. There was a public viewing Friday, September 14, 2018, from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Robert “Bobby” Lee Langham

Robert “Bobby” Lee Langham, 86, of Sawyerville, died September 8, 2018, at Hospice of West Alabama. Services were 11 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Heritage Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Cobb officiating. Burial followed in Memory Hill Gardens, Tuscaloosa, with Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. 

Survivors include his daughters, Donna Langham Seemann (Jerry) of Huntsville,  and Brenda Hoagland Terry (Fred) of Tuscaloosa; brother, Bill Langham (Bobbie) of Cottondale; grandchildren, Chase Hoagland (Rachel) of Birmingham, Drew Hoagland of Tuscaloosa, Lee Seemann, Robby Seemann, Matthew Seemann and Mark Seemann, all of Huntsville; and great-grandchildren, Hudson (4), Emma (2) and Sadie (1) Hoagland.

Born to James Millard and Mamie Callahan Langham on October 13, 1931, Mr. Langham was the seventh of nine siblings. Only his younger brother, Bill, survives him. He is a graduate of Akron High School.

Mr. Langham is a United States Army veteran of the Korean War (1951-53). While on active duty, he was the chief maintenance mechanic on Hospital Train 101. 

The train operated day and night transporting supplies to the front lines and evacuating wounded soldiers from the front lines back to the field hospital. He supported the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners during the war (i.e., Operation Little Switch) and the repatriation of remaining prisoners after the Korean Armistice (i.e., Operation Big Switch). He was honorably discharged in 1960.

After the war, Mr. Langham married Doris O’Neal Mayfield on Christmas day, 1955. 

He was the owner of Langham Small Motors in Eutawa. His career as a small engines mechanic spanned 64 years with no plans of retiring from the job he loved. Mr. Langham was a member of the Stewart United Methodist Church.

Pallbearers were Chase Hoagland, Drew Hoagland, Lee Seemann, Bobby Seemann, Matthew Seemann and Mark Seemann, all grandsons of Mr. Langham.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in memory of Mr. Langham to Hospice of West Alabama (3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404) and Stewart United Methodist Church (10291 AL Highway 60, Moundville, AL 35474). Condolences may be offered at www.HeritageChapelTuscaloosa.com.

Samuel “Sammy” Lynn Moses

Sammy, 70, resided for the last two years of his life in Millbrook, previously from Livingston, attended Brookwood High School, in the late 1960s. Funeral services were held held at Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel on September 13, 2018, at 11 a.m. with Rev. James Jackson officiating. Burial followed in Thomaston Cemetery. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel.

Sammy was preceded in death by his father, Herman Moses Jr., mother, Jeanette Moses; step mother, Maxine Moses; brother, Kenneth Leroy Moses; sisters, Patricia Brush and Rita Moses; grandparents, Herman and Rosie Moses Sr.

Samuel is survived by his brothers Rickey (Jan) Moses of Millbrook, Wayne ( Barbara)Moses of Winnsboro, Texas, Tommy Scott of Tuscaloosa, and Mike Scott of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; sisters, Gloria (Chauncey) Vickers of Samantha, Donald (David) Wilcher of Sandersville, Ga, and Debra Palmer of Demopolis; nieces, Emily Moses of Millbrook, Katelyn Moses of Millbrook, Nancey Mcilwain of Gilbertown,  Stacey Evans of Tuscaloosa,  Evelyn Elliott of Texas, Dora Moses of Birmingham,  Sherri Kemp of Tuscaloosa,  Jennifer Seller of Ill., and Shelly McHone of Ill.; nephews, Jeremy Wolfmeir of Illinois, Barry Vickers of Calif., Donald Roy Moses of Texas, Gregory Burford of Iowa Park, Texas, Cecil Charlton Burford, III, of Mobile, and Quaylon Burford of Colorado; host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.

Eileen Flowers Stephens

Eileen Flowers Stephens, 87, of Demopolis, passed away September 7, 2018, at her residence. Services were held Tuesday, September 11, 2018,  from Rangeline Baptist Church with Rev. Randall Smith and Chaplain Scott Fulford officiating. Burial followed in Aimwell Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.

She was born September 13, 1930, in Aimwell, to Johnny D. and Gladys Walker Flowers.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward Earl Stephens; son, William Earl Stephens; sister, Irene Flowers; brother, Wilbur Flowers.

Surviving Eileen is her daughters, Teresa Stephens McGuire (Russ) of Bessemer and Phyllis Stephens Abrams of Tuscaloosa; brother, Lewis Allen Flowers of Alamogordo, N. M.; grandchildren, Stephen Abrams, Paige Abrams Heather Straub (Nathan), and Mary Kate Stafford (Sean); great grandson, Max Straub; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Curtis Lamar Stephens Jr., John Sommers, Greg Harrington, Travis Harrington, Sean Stafford, and Nathan Straub.

Honorary pallbearers were Southern Care Hospice staff, Lois Lewis, Glendora Anderson, Diane Williams, Tomasene Waters, Elizabeth Raby, and Roedean Rowser.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Rangeline Baptist Church. 

Albert G. “A. G.” Westbrook Jr.

Albert G. “A. G.” Westbrook Jr. born Nov. 21, 1929 to Albert G. and Lessie Westbrook in Demopolis, died September 6, 2018.

Mr. Westbrook graduated from Demopolis High School and Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University). He married Hazel Solomon June 3, 1951 and was soon thereafter commissioned into the United States Air Force.

He is predeceased by his recently departed wife of 67 years, Hazel; his parents; his son, David Timothy; brother Joe Pearson; sisters-in law Sue Ray and Louise Pearson; and brothers-in-law Merrill Gross, Bill Ray and Johnny Spencer.

He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted and loving family including his sister Rosalie Westbrook Gross; daughter Becky (Mike) Bannon; son Gary (Tina) Westbrook; grandsons Brad (Lauren) Bannon and Rob (Kelly) Bannon; granddaughters Haley Westbrook (Sam) Kirkpatrick and Lindsey Westbrook (Christopher) Lee; great grandchildren, Laney and Bates Bannon, Ann Hayes and Sam Kirkpatrick and Brooks and Kate Lee; brothers and sisters in-law, Jackie Solomon Spencer, Emmett and Lillian Solomon and Charles and Joyce Solomon; and many nieces and nephews.

Soon after their marriage, A.G. and Hazel spent six years of active Air Force service at several posts including Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Massachusetts, and finally Newfoundland. He was a pilot assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron and remained an active leader and participant in this proud squadron’s reunion activities throughout his life. Their children were born during their time in active duty. 

They returned to Demopolis where A. G. first worked with his widowed mother in her dry cleaning business. 

He subsequently joined Vanity Fair Corporation and worked for several years in the Demopolis location, rising to the office of Personnel Manager. 

He was offered an opportunity to join The Commercial National Bank in the late 60’s and soon rose to the role of President and Chairman. 

He retired from the bank’s Board of Directors in 2002 after 34 years on that board. A.G. was a civic leader throughout his career, including serving on the industrial development board and the city council. 

He was a member and leader of a host of civic and athletic clubs, associations and support groups. He was selected “Citizen of the Year” in 1998 by the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce and was always a positive ambassador for Demopolis. A.G. joined the Air National Guard in Meridian, Ms. in 1963 and served until his retirement in 1978, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He principally piloted the “Voodoo” (McDonnell F-101) and “Phantom” (McDonnell Douglas F-4) aircraft during his time in the Air Guard. 

His military service and particularly his many years of flying were very special to him. He was a faithful member of Trinity Episcopal Church and was a leader of its Friday morning men’s Bible study. He enjoyed golf and tennis, playing the former until the last weeks of his life. He was a friend to all he met, always had a ready smile and kind word and relished opportunities to gather with family and friends. He set a positive example for all who were fortunate to know him.

There was a service of celebration on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Demopolis. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Memorial Fund of Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 560, Demopolis, Al. 36732.

Willard Henry Wyatt

Willard Henry Wyatt, of Tuscaloosa, went home to Heaven on September 12, 2018 at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. He was looking forward to seeing Jesus and many family and friends awaiting his arrival home. Services were 2 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Memory Chapel with Dr. Donald Payne officiating. Burial  followed in Memory Hill Gardens with Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation was one hour prior to service at the funeral home. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mae Wyatt; brother, James Wyatt; sisters, Dorothy Largin, Inez Johnson, Eloise Hinton and Kathy White; sons, Larry Harris, Kenneth Harris; grandsons, Zach McNutt and Cory Harris.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret B. Wyatt; daughters, Carolyn McNutt (Robert) and Brenda Wilson (Ray); sisters, Martha Ozier (Clarence) and Mary Roycroft; brothers, William Wyatt (Karin); brothers-in-law, Ronald Hinton and Gene Largin; grandchildren, Lonnie Harris (Pam), Tina Wood (Doug), Heather Gray (Steven), Chad Harris (Catherine), Richard Wilson and Gina Osborne (Michael); and several great-grandchildren. 

Willard and Margaret were married 57 years and enjoyed traveling together to many places. He served his country with pride during the Korean Conflict. 

He was honored with several medals. He was employed by B. F. Goodrich for many years and upon retirement worked for Barkley Cadillac-GMC. Willard was a faithful member of Forest Lake Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. 

He had a passion for hunting and fishing, and enjoyed advising family and friends on how “to get the big one.” 

He took great pleasure in telling stories of his work, outdoor experiences and childhood. He will be missed by family, friends and his little dog, Bonnie.

Pallbearers were Chad Harris, Wyatt McCollum, Ronnie Dockery, Glenn Kennedy, Anthony Wyatt and Daryl Hale.

Honorary pallbearers were VA Hospice staff and Hospice of West Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Forest Lake Building Fund or your favorite charity.