Deacon Earnest James Colvin, Sr.
Deacon Earnest James Colvin, Sr., 69, of Aliceville, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Hospice of West Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Visitation was Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The graveside home going celebration and interment was Thursday, May 21, 2020, 11 a.m. in New Cemetery, 196 Valleyview Rd., Aliceville. Elder Willie Colvin, pastor of Solid Rock Primitive Baptist Church and New Bethlehem Canaan Church Shore Church, was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, directing.
Survivors are the Colvin family.
Azayden Zyaire Marshall
Baby boy Azayden Zyaire Marshall of Aliceville, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Northport Medical Center, Northport. There was no public visitation. The graveside home going celebration and interment was Friday, May 22, 2020, 10 a.m. in New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, 364 New Salem Rd., Aliceville. The body did not lie in state at the cemetery. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, directed.
Survivors are the Marshall, Matthews, Sterling, and Williams families.
Mary Buckner Taylor
Mary Buckner Taylor, of Greensboro, passed away May 19, 2020, with her family by her side.
She was born to the late Hugh and Thelma Buckner on October 30, 1943, in Tuscaloosa. Mary attended St. John’s Catholic School, graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School in 1961, and then attended the University of Alabama. She married the late Robert D. Taylor on July 25, 1964. They lived in several places over their 49 year marriage, and eventually settled in Greensboro, where she and Bob ran Piggly Wiggly. Mary is survived by two children Robert Keith Taylor of Greensboro and Michael Hugh Taylor of Panama City Beach. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren. Mary was predeceased by her loving husband in 2011.
My mother was the mother everyone wishes they had. She was truly one of a kind. She was bold and fearless, but never reckless. She was fiercely independent, and never shied away from a challenge. The only things she didn’t do well, were things she had not yet attempted. She knew what she wanted and didn’t take no for an answer. Her spirit and zeal for life was infectious. Her laugh was contagious, and she loved to laugh, even at herself! She loved to travel and spending time with her friends. She loved slot machines and convertibles. She loved to help plan weddings, and no one threw a better party! She loved her community and her church. She was kind and caring, but always brutally honest! She would never intentionally hurt another’s feelings, but you always knew where you stood with her. If you asked her for honest advice, that is exactly what you got; like it or not. When you talked, she always listened with the intent to understand and help. Her advice, no matter who she was giving it to, was 100% with that person’s best interests in mind. She wanted the best from everyone, and for everyone. She loved to sit on her front porch swing and tell my daughters stories and listen to theirs. To me, her counsel was worth more than gold. I realize now more than ever how many lives my mother influenced. If you happen to be one of those lucky souls who was fortunate enough to know Mary Taylor, I need a favor. Please share your stories with me and my family. If you have a story about Mary, a memory or event, a way she touched your life, or just an opinion, please share it with me. I will collect these stories into a book for all her grandchildren so they will always remember what an extraordinary person their grandmother was. You can share your thoughts and stories by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or by mail: PO Box 316 Greensboro, AL 36744. We will have a celebration of Mary’s life on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 2 p.m. at her home: 4534 Millwood Rd., Greensboro, Al 36744. All are welcome to attend. All are welcome to share and dress is informal. The family has designated St. Jude’s Hospital or The United Methodist Church of Greensboro for memorial contributions.
Michael Paul Smith
Michael Paul Smith passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at the age of 42. Michael Paul was born December 2, 1977, in Demopolis to Henry and Betty Smith of Greensboro. He will be laid to rest in Uniontown, Ala., at Rosemont Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South.
He will be missed by his parents; brother Bill Sorrells (Carol); sister Kay Hendon (Erik); and his children Dulcinea, Jackson and Hayden Smith; as well as his niece and four nephews.
Ada Mae Wilson
Ada Mae Wilson, 95, of Duncanville, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Michigan. Graveside services were held on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Duncanville. Rev. Tracy Sanders, Sr., officiated. Rollins’ Mortuary directed. Public viewing was May 22, 2020, at Rollins’ Mortuary.
Mary Elizabeth Miller Wright
Mary Elizabeth Miller Wright died on May 18, 2020, in Greensboro, the town where she was born on September 25, 1925, to parents William Gilbert Miller and Annie Caroline Powers Miller. She was 94 years old.
Her husband of fifty-three years William Wilson Wright, preceded her in death; as did her sister Susan Miller Kilgrow.
She is survived by her son, William W. Wright, Jr. (Katherine) of Washington, D. C.; daughter Caroline Wright Cutler of Greensboro; and son, Gilbert Miller Wright (Dawn) of New Orleans, La.; grandchildren Heather Crowe (David), Travis Cutler (Frances), Abigail Wright, Hannah Wright, William Wright, and Annie Caroline Wright; six great-grandchildren Kaili Cutler, Aiden Cutler, Ashlyn Cutler, Simon Crowe, Benjamin Crowe, and Calvin Crowe.
Mary Wright attended Judson College where she graduated with honors. She pursued graduate work at Columbia University in New York and, later, received her master’s degree at the University of Alabama. She taught in Greensboro Public Schools and served as a coordinator of physical education for the Tuscaloosa Board of Education. She was active in Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greensboro and Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa. Her involvement included Cursillo, Episcopal Young Churchmen, and various programs at Camp McDowell. When she was in her eighties, as part of an Episcopal Church outreach program, she volunteered to work with underserved populations in Honduras. Mary Wright loved time with family and friends, reading, playing bridge, time at the beach, football, and travel with her husband Billy. She also enjoyed golf and gardening and was actively involved in various clubs and charitable organizations. Earlier in life she loved tennis and horseback riding. She took pride in efforts at managing family forests in Hale County and property on the Black Warrior River. She loved the outdoors and taught her family the importance of environmental stewardship and instilled in her children a love of books and the arts.
The family will hold a memorial service at a later time when it is safer for family and friends to gather. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Christ Episcopal Church , Tuscaloosa, or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greensboro.