Ruby Nell Bennett
Sister Ruby Nell Bennett was born on January 19, 1951 in Greensboro, to the late Robert Tabb and Ruby Lee Williams. As a young child, she attended the Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro, where she confessed Christ as her Lord and personal Savior. She remained an active member until she married David Bennett and the couple moved to Tuscaloosa in 1972. She is a product of the Hale County School System, where she was the Valedictorian of her graduating class. Sister Bennett attended Alabama State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Education. She received a Master of Education in Business Education from the University of West Alabama. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Sister Ruby Bennett was a kind and generous woman of faith. She exemplified the definition of the Proverbs 31 Woman of Virtue. Her price was truly “far above rubies.”
Perhaps her biggest devotion was to her family. Sister Bennett faithfully loved her husband, Pastor David Bennett, Sr. ,for 47 years of matrimony. God blessed their union with three children: LaSonya Rene’ (Ernest), David Jr. (Kellee), and Aldric (Josephine). Sister Bennett made it a point to raise her children in the admonition of the Lord. She was a shining example of how to lead an obedient lifestyle. She leaves to cherish her precious memories four beautiful grandchildren: Andrew, Olivia, Khloe, and Alaina.
As a professional, Sister Bennett had a successful career as an educator. She touched the lives of many students at C. A. Fredd State Technical College and Shelton State Community College. There have been numerous times where former students of hers would stop her in public and tell her about the positive difference that she made in their life. Her influence did not end in the classroom; it spread abroad to her church family. Sister Bennett was the beloved First Lady of First Missionary Baptist Church for the last 36 years. She served in several capacities during her time there. Those include: Mission and Matrons’ Bible teacher, Adult Women Sunday School teacher, and the Director of the Christian Education ministry. Her love and passion for ministry were unquestionable. Sister Bennett was determined to lift high the blood stained banner of The Lord. She not only served in her local assembly, but she served on the District, and State level of the Alabama Baptist State Convention. Sister Bennett served in the New Antioch Bethlehem District as: the Correspondence Secretary for the Congress of Christian Education; Past President, Bible Teacher, and Assistant Bible Teacher for the Ministers’ Wives and Widows ministry. She served as the Chairperson of the Ministers’ Wives and Widows of the Northwest District State Convention. Sister Bennett heard the voice of her Master calling her to rest, and on March 27, 2020, she accepted that call. Sister Bennett’s legacy will continue to live on through the memories of her family, church family, and the individuals she touched while here.
Public viewing was held Thursday, April 2, 2020, at First Missionary Baptist Church in Moundville. A private service was held with Rollins’ Mortuary directing.
Mr. Tyshawn Khalil Cunningham, 18, of Aliceville, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at his residence. Public visitation was Friday, April 3, 2020 from 3-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going service was held on Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1 p.m. at New Salem Baptist Church, 364 New Salem Rd., Aliceville, The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Internment was in New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Herman Peters is the pastor of New Salem Baptist Church. Rev. Patrick DeGraffenreid was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, directing.
Survivors are the Cunningham family.
James Earl “Boe” Glover
James Earl “Boe” Glover, son of the late Elijah and Lela Coleman was born July 9, 1962 in Akron, Ala. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Julia C. Dunson.
James was educated in the Hale County Public School System and graduated from Akron High School in 1980. He studied Mechanical Drafting at Shelton State Technical College, Tuscaloosa, Ala. He rendered ten years of service to the United States Air Force. At an early age he confessed Christ and joined the Ellwood A. M. E. Zion Church, Akron, Ala. He later united with the New Life Bible Church in Sumter, S. C. He was employed by Kaydon Cooperation as a heat treat technician for sixteen years. In 2015, he joined in holy matrimony to Jacqueline Weldon Glover. He departed this life on March 5, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter, S. C.
Those left behind to cherish the memories of “Boe” are his loving wife Jacqueline W. Glover, Sumter, S. C; two daughters hania Glover, Sumter, S. C. and Jasaree Glover, Sacramento, Calif.; one son, LaDarrian Chestnut of Sumter, S. C.; one stepdaughter Jardaisha Clark of Sumter, S. C., and two stepsons, Quintin Weldon and James Weldon both of Sumter, S. C.; six sisters Peggie (Sidney) Bell, Mildred Glover, Yvonne Glover Gay, and Marion (Nahuman) Sledge all of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Janet Glover of Covington, Ga., and Brenda (Tommie) Teacher, of Greensboro, Ala.; five brothers Howard (Joyce) Glover of Madison, Miss., Charlie Turner and Eugene (Rochelle) Coleman of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Nathaniel (Hope) Coleman of Birmingham, Ala., and Andrew (Lora) Coleman of Cottondale, Ala.,; three sister-in-laws Carrie Weldon, Lawral Richburg, and Floree (Dwight) Joe all of Sumter, S. C.; two brothers-in-law, Blease Weldon and Robert (Jennifer) Weldon both of Sumter, S. C.; five granddaughters Kyla and Kanajah Weldon, Briyah Flemings, Tionna Singleton and Jeniya Pittman; four grandsons Quintell Weldon, Donavan Prioleau, Naquan Williams and Nah’Queem Suber; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Annie Will Lindsey
Mrs. Annie Will Lindsey Goodman, 63, of Aliceville, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020. There will b on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The homegoing service will be Saturday, April 11, 2020, 11 a.m. at Dancy First Baptist Church, 797 Hwy. 17 S., Aliceville. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Internment will be in the hurch cemetery,. Rev, Robert W. Jackson, Jr., pastor of Dancy First Baptist Church will be the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are the Goodman family.
Judge James Edwin Loftis
Judge James Edwin Loftis died peacefully at home in Philadelphia, Miss. on March 31, 2020. The “Judge” was born in Tuscaloosa on September 18, 1921, to William Andrew and Rosa Lee (Logan) Loftis and grew up in nearby Mount Olive. He attended Tuscaloosa County High School. During his teen years he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Moundville, helping to protect and preserve the Indian mounds discovered there. After high school, he joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was the communications officer on ships that were sent to set up radio stations in the Solomon Islands, the Philippines and New Guinea. After the war he came home and finished college at the University of Alabama with a degree in Business and Commerce. During his time at the University of Alabama, he met Bettye Jeanne Chambers, a beautiful redhead who was a registered nurse. They dated and married about a year later on December 23, 1947. After college he went to law school at the University of Alabama, and just as he finished law school, was called back to serve another two years of convoy duty in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed on ships that traveled through the North Atlantic to Greenland and back. In 1953 he came home to establish a law practice in Montgomery, practicing both civil and criminal law. He then moved to Prattville to practice and, shortly thereafter, became the District Court Judge for Autauga County. He served as judge until 1983. He judged with compassion always with a heart for those who were hurting or in need. In addition to his judicial duties, he also worked in neighboring counties as a claims examiner for State Farm. On his days off and after retirement, the “Judge” could be found at Prattville Country Club playing golf or traveling across the United States and Canada in his RV with Jeanne and Rhett, his loyal Boston Terrier. He loved his trips to Maine, New York and Alaska as well as Prince Edward Island and Quebec. And he especially enjoyed visiting his kids who are scattered throughout the Southeast. And no matter where he was, he always liked a good meal and a good cigar. Judge Loftis spent his final years living with his daughter Tina and her husband Joe in Philadelphia, Miss. After a life of learning through victories and difficulties, Judge Loftis came to embrace the Gospel and often quoted Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”
He was preceded in death by his wife Bettye Jeanne; his daughter Sybil; his siblings William Loftis, Tommie Sue Hysaw and Walter “Buster” Loftis.
He is survived by his children Alvin (Dianne) Loftis, Tina (Joe) Bassett, Julie (Rudy) Wilson, Betsy (Tod) Stupski and Scott (Stephanie) Loftis; and his grandchildren Joey (Donna) Loftis, Lee (Pattie) Loftis, Julie (Robert) Pugh, Jim Bassett, Mindy Bassett, Lauren (Adam) Price, Joe (Sara) Wilson, Jill (Wayne) Durrett, David Stupski, Will Stupski, Jack Loftis and Sam Loftis; a number of great grandchildren; as well as his sweet little schnauzer Kodi.
A small graveside service was held in Prattville on Friday, April 3, 2020 with Pastor Bryant Hansen officiating. Plans are under way for a memorial service later in the year. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts be sent to First Presbyterian Church in Prattville.
Ruby Nell Bennett