Betty Taylor Davis
Betty Taylor Davis, of Moundville, passed away on March 14, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, J. B. Davis; and her daughter-in-law, Sandra Davis.
Betty is survived by her children, Broderick Davis (Regina), Beverly Davis, Keith Davis and Karen Davis-Hudson (Dan); grandchildren, Mandi, Katie, Jon, Lindsey, Leah, Nicholas and Lukas; and great-grandchildren, Nathan, Stella Grace and Wesley; sister, Ann Shealy.
Betty married her handsome Navy man and went from a family of four to a family of who knows how many. They embraced her as their own and she returned the affection. She embraced their faith as well and never wavered from it. Betty taught Sunday school for decades and sang in her church choir. Her last words weren’t words. They were songs glorifying the Christ she so humbly served.
Betty was a source of delight. She loved holidays, birthdays, vacations and family gatherings. Betty adored her grandchildren and they adored her. Whatever Grannie cooked just tasted better to them. She planned games, prizes and practical jokes like it was a war strategy.
She was retired from Hale County High School. All students were charged a nickel for a pencil, because she wanted students to value that pencil. Betty enjoyed her celebrity with former students and while the names were lost as her memory faded, she smiled brightest when former students would greet her with a hug and words of affection. “Her children rise up and call her blessed” is in Proverbs, but we were the blessed ones, Mama. Forever blessed.”
Services were 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Big Sandy Baptist Church with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directing. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Pallbearers were her grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of West Alabama or Big Sandy Baptist Church.
Martha Annette Holladay
Martha Annette Holladay, age 49, of Moundville, died Saturday, March 17, 2018, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were 1 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Oak Hill Cemetery with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directing. Visitation was 11:30 a.m.-noon at the funeral home.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Rebecca Chesnut; father, Ralph B. Holladay, Jr.; aunt, Sandra K. Holladay; and uncle, Riley Holladay.
Survivors are her mother, Peggy Chesnut (Ray); grandmother, Margie Holladay; uncle, John L. Holladay (Tammi); and aunts, Shirley Thomas McDowell (James), Ann Glass (Richard) and Louise Johnston (Ray).
Pallbearers were James Eric Averette, Douglas Ryan Jacobs, John Holladay, Ray Johnston, Edwin Lloyd and Richard Glass.
Dr. Louis Roycraft Smith, Jr.
Louis Roycraft Smith, Jr., Ph.D., of Livingston, AL passed away Monday, March 12, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, after a brief illness.
Dr. Smith was born April 12. 1945 in Demopoli to Trice Dryer Smith of Birmingham and Louis Roycraft Smith of Livingston. He was predeceased by his parents and an infant daughter.
He is survived by his wife Carole Williams Smith, a native of Montgomery and three sons, Louis Roycraft Smith, III (Pat) and wife Amanda of Demopolis, Cullen Holloway Smith and wife Bethany of Tuscaloosa and Dr. Jack Dryer Smith and wife Klancie of Starkville, Miss. Additionally he is survived by nine grandchildren, Tanner Morgan Smith, Louis Cooper Smith, Benjamin Dryer Smith, Jack Callahan Smith, Phillip Randall Smith, Sarah Elizabeth Smith, and William Parker Smith, William Cullen Smith and Olivia Trice Smith.
Dr. Smith attended Marion Military Institute and graduated from Livingston High School. He received a BA Degree in History from Birmingham-Southern College, an MA Degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Alabama. He completed additional graduate work in Counselor Education at the University of Alabama.
Smith began his professional career in Sumter County as headmaster of Sumter Academy. Dr. Smith taught at the University of West Alabama for 28 years, rising to the rank of Professor and serving as the Dean of on line programs at UWA. During his tenure at West Alabama, Dr. Smith served as faculty advisor to Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary Fraternity and as Division 2 Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA. Smith was the State of Alabama coordinator for We the People and Project Citizen and was a long standing member of the Alabama Counseling Association and the Alabama Historical Association. Dr. Smith was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and in 2002 he received the Loraine McIlwain Bell Trustee Professor Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Leadership.
Dr. Smith was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church in Livingston. He served as Sunday school teacher, deacon, elder and church treasurer. Smith also served one term as moderator of the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley.
Following a family burial service, the Rev. Barrett Abernethy will conduct funeral services from First Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. with a reception following in the Chaney Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, PO Drawer MM Livingston, AL 35470.
Bumpers Funeral Home in York in charge of the arrangements. Visit www.bumpersfuneralhome.com to sign the online register.