Joan Hicks Mackey McCollough
Joan Hicks Mackey McCollough passed away on October 2, 2019, at her home in Winter Haven, Fla. Joan, aka Sunshine, was known for her kind heart, beautiful smile and her passion for Bama football.
She was born in Tuscaloosa, on May 29, 1936 to Beatrice Suther Mackey and Robert Alexander Mackey, of Tuscaloosa. She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1954 where she was a homecoming maid and a cheerleader. In 1958, she graduated from The University of Alabama and was a member of Delta Zeta sorority and a Bama Beauty. Joan married her college sweetheart Jasper Otto “JO” McCollough in 1957.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband JO; her sister Mary Jane Holybee; and her daughter Lynn McCollough Byers.
She is survived by her sister, Sandra Sue Mackey of Demopolis; her four children, Mark McCollough (Ann) of Winter Haven, Fla., Suzanne (Tom) Lindsey of Winter Haven, Fla., Karen (Sam) Oswald of Orlando, Fla., Bart McCollough of Winter Haven, Fla.; and her son-in-law, Charles Byers of Birmingham; her nine grandchildren, Christopher McCollough and Megan McCollough Miller of Winter Haven, Fla., Austyn Lindsey Harben and Max Lindsey of Winter Haven, Fla., Laura Lynn Byers Whitfield and Michael Byers of Birmingham, and Emily Oswald, Sam Hill Oswald and Claire Oswald of Orlando, Fla. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service celebrating Joan’s life will be held on October 26, 2019 at her home in Winter Haven. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Jasper O. McCollough, MD, Memorial Endowed Scholarship” at give.ua.edu or mailed to The University of Alabama Office of Advancement Services, Box 870101, Tuscaloosa AL 35487, or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent at www.oakridgefuneralcare.com.
Randall C. Oliver
Mr. Randall C. Oliver, 78, of Panola, passed away on Monday, October 7, 2019 at his residence. Visitation was Friday, October 11, 2019 at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration was Sunday, October 13, at 2 p.m. at Galilee Baptist Church, 96 Ginhouse Rd., Panola. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Internment was in Galilee Baptist Church Cemetery, Panola. Rev. Dr. Bob N. Little, pastor of Galilee Baptist Church was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, in charge of arraignments.
Survivors are the Oliver family. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Galilee Baptist Church.
Joyce Ann Reilly
Joyce Ann Reilly, 72, of Duncanville, passed away October 9, 2019 at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. Services were 1 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2019, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Tom Ackerman officiating. Burial followed in Memory Hill Gardens with Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. A Rosary was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Memory Chapel with visitation following.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Jessie Yerby; and father, Goldy Cox; grandparents, Jesse and Velma Colburn, Earnest and Ila Cox.
Survivors include her husband, Pat Reilly of Duncanville; daughters, Robin Hendrix, Duncanville and Leigh-Anne Doss (Everett), Duncanville; son, Ricky Reilly (Heather) of Moundville; sister, Vernita Johnston (Tommy) of Centreville; brothers, Billy Cox (June) of Centreville and Jesse Cox (Linda) of Centreville; and grandchildren, Jordan Hendrix, Drew Green, Patrick Reilly III, Connor Reilly, Lucy Reilly, Carson Doss.
Joyce was a loving soul and a joy to be around, brightening many lives in her journey here on earth. She brought love and laughter to whomever she was around. Not only did she have three children and six grandchildren but also took in many friends as part of her family and raised them as her own. She was a Para Educator at Maxwell Elementary school for 16 years and enjoyed all the children she taught. Joyce accepted the Lord at Eoline Baptist Church as a young teenager and later became an active member of Holy Spirt Catholic Church for over 45 years, including teaching CCD, Ladies Guild and Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family and especially her monthly dinner dates with her classmates of Bibb County High School Class of 1965.
Pallbearers were Jordan Hendrix, Patrick Reilly III, Connor Reilly, Christian Messemer, Derek Broadwater and Kenny Crowe. Honorary pallbearers were staff of Princeton Baptist CICU, Shane Daugherty, graduating Class of Bibb County High School 1965, Dr. Keith DeBell, Dr. Elwin Crawford, and all nieces and nephews and family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Association or to American Liver Foundation.
June “Granny June” Sexton
June Sexton, 91, of Greensboro, a long time native of Northport, passed away at Hospice of West Alabama on October 6, 2019. She was known to most people as “Granny June.” Services were held at Sunset Funeral home, Northport. Visitation was on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Funeral service was Wednesday October 9, 2019 at 11 a.m.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma Rushing Cooper (1932) and William Morgan Cooper (1984); her brother, Lester Lamar Cooper (2007); and son, Johnny Hollingsworth (2008).
Granny June is survived by three sons Ronny Hollingsworth (Lisa), Jerry Sexton (Angelia), Danny Sexton (Rhonda); a daughter-in-law Patsy Hollingsworth; grandchildren Johnny Wayne Hollingsworth (Candi), Ronny Lee Hollingsworth (Kelsey), Brennen Hollingsworth, Lindsey Sexton Jackson (Caleb), Sara Sexton and Marlee Turner; great- grandchildren McKynlee Hollingsworth, Warren Hollingsworth, Allyson Hollingsworth, Ayden Northam and Austin Corkerin; nieces Lisa Cooper and Karen Cooper Dunn; special cousins but more like sisters Patsy Farley, Betty Jo Malone and her husband; special friends Sara Weidenbach, Janie Hamner, Linda Phillips and Jennifer Bonds
Granny June worked at Gulf States Paper Corp. She drove a Tuscaloosa County school bus (Bus 20) for many years. She worked as a Northport rural letter carrier, until her retirement. In her younger days, she enjoyed playing softball, crafting, and being involved in anything her “boys” were doing! June was one of the Atlanta Braves biggest fans, never missing a game on TV. Chop on, Granny! She was a member of Carroll’s Creek Baptist Church.
Pallbearers were Johnny Wayne Hollingsworth, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Brennen Hollingsworth, Caleb Jackson, Hayward Malone and Doug Collins. Honorary pallbearers were friends and members of Carroll’s Creek Baptist Church, all of her racing friends and family and the doctors, nurses and staff of Hospice of West Alabama. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Carroll’s Creek Baptist Church, 14247 AL HWY 69, Northport, AL 35475 or Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.
George Thomas Spence, III
George Thomas Spence, III, age 74, of Moundville, passed away October 9, 2019 at his residence. Services were 11 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Hank Atchison, Rev. Quanah Spence and Rev. Charles Spence officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directing. Visitation was one hour prior to service at the church.
Eloise Rollins Waiters
Eloise Rollins Waiters passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019. Services were Saturday, October 12, 2019, at noon at Greater St. Paul C. M. E. Methodist Church, 3779 4th Ave. S in Akron. Washington & Paige Mortuary directed. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Burial followed at the New Akron Cemetery.