Jacqueline Lee Bonds
Jacqueline Lee Bonds, 64, of Greensboro went to her eternal home on January 15, 2023. She was born on June 26, 1958, in Naples, Italy, to Jack Bonds and Eloise Bonds.
She was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother of Greensboro; her brother Brandon Scott Bonds (Tina) of Greensboro; her nieces: Brandi Bonds, Brugge Bonds (Eric) of Homewood, Tori Bonds of Greensboro, and Devin Bonds Junkin (Josh) of Tuscaloosa; her great-nephews: Ford Brugge and James Junkin’ and her great-niece, Maddy Scott Junkin.
A visitation wase held on Friday, January 20, 2023, from at Mt Hermon Methodist Church in Greensboro. A celebration of life followed with Rev. Steve Vernon officiating, and Kirk Funeral Homes, Greensboro Chapel, directing. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to Hale County Animal Shelter, PO Box 312, Greensboro, AL 36744, or a charity of your choice.
Shirley Thomas Byrd
Graveside services for Mrs. Shirley Thomas Byrd of Greensboro, ala. and Atlanta, Ga., daughter of Dec. Billy Thomas, were held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 1 p.m. in the Sarah Christian Cemetery located on State St. Pastor Freddie Robertson will officiate services. She will lie in state one hour prior to start of services. Public viewing was held on Friday, January 20, 2023, Washington and Paige Mortuary.
Shirley Ann Thomas Byrd was born to loving parents, John E. Thomas, Sr. and the late Annie Lou Chavers Thomas on May 15, 1963. She accepted Christ at an early age at the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church where she remained until she graduated high school and entered college. Shirley Ann graduated from Greensboro High School and continued her education at Alabama A&M University where she graduated with honors with a degree in Elementary Education. Shirley met and married the love of her life Mr. Lawrence Byrd and to this union was born a lovely daughter, Shatonjula Byrd. Later, Lawrence and Shirley were deployed to Germany where she taught on the military base for years. After Lawrence service ended the family moved to the state of Georgia where she continued her teaching career. She remained in the Gwinnett County Public School System, Buice Center until her death on January 11, 2023. Shirley united with the First Baptist Church Snellville, Georgia where she served until entering eternal rest.
Shirley Ann was preceded in death by her mother, Annie Lou Chavers Thomas; grandmothers Cornelia Chavers and Rosie Lee Brown, grandfathers, Deacon Arthur Chaver and Julius Thomas; great-grandmother, Creacy T. Brown; aunts: Clara Lee Brown, Lettie (Larry) Hawkins and Shirley Ann.. Chavers; uncles: Oca Brown, Gregory M. Brown, Andrew Harris and Donnell Smith.
She leaves to cherish her memories a devoted daughter, Shatonjula Byrd; a loving father, John E. Thomas, Sr.; Siblings: John Thomas, Jr. (Cheryl), Marion; Myron (Barbara) Thomas, Tuscaloosa, Julius Thomas, Greensboro, Everette (Shelly) Thomas’ Greensboro, Viron (Shalonda) Thomas, Tuscan, Arizona; nine aunts: Alma Taylor, Maryland, Hattie Williams, Greensboro, Francis (Earnest) Bailey, Memphis, Tenn., Annie B. (Eddie) Hutton, Eutaw, Charlotte (Gottrell) Johnson, Maybee, Michigan, Junie Dean, Converse, Texas, Patricia Brown, Birmingham, Marie Blackmon, and Verdell Battle, Queens, N. Y.; five uncles: Thomas (Evelyn) Brown, Birmingham, Wendell Brown, Rochester, N. Y., Lee (Bernadine) Chavers, Apple Valley, Calif., James (Ruby) Chavers, Baton Rouge, La., and Roosevelt Williams, Greensboro; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Allan Lane Colyar
Allan Lane Colyar, 84, of Demopolis, went to his eternal home on January 15, 2023. He was born on February 26, 1938, in Tullahoma, Tenn., to Lee Allan Colyar and Willie Belle Moore Colyar.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Fay T. Colyar; his daughter, Leigh Colyar Trail (Max); and his brother, Terry Colyar (Marilyn). He is survived by his daughter, Dane Victory; and his son, RIchard “Ric” Lane Colyar (Lori); He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Ralph Carlton (Jamie), Max Trail (Rhonda), Adam Trail (Amy), Sydney Colyar, Hunter Colyar, Cameron Thomason, and Laura Peyton Thomason; and five great-grandchildren Lane Carlton, Luke Carlton, Jacob Trail, Kaitlyn Trail, and Elizabeth Colyar.
A visitation was held on Friday, January 20, 2023, from at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Tullahoma, Tenn. A graveside service followed at 2 p.m. with Dave Culbertson and Tom Murdock officiating. Local arrangements wiere handled by Kirk Funeral Homes, Demopolis Chapel.
Pallbearers will be: Hunter Colyar, Ralph Carlton, Max Trail, Jr., Adam Trail, Lane Carlton, and Luke Carlton. Honorary pallbearers are: Tullahoma High School class of 1956, Legacy Hospice of Demopolis, and Woodhaven Manor Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to St. Judes Hospital.
Sgt. James Gunter
Funeral services for Sgt. James Gunter of Gallion will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Gilfield Baptist Church located at 1900 Co. Rd. 1, Gallion. Pastor James R. Murdock will officiate services. Burial will immediately follow in Sarah Christian Cemetery on Hwy 25N in Greensboro. He will lie in state 1hr prior to start of services. Public viewing will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023, from 1-5 p.m. at Washington & Paige Mortuary.
Leonard “Tiny” Smith
Graveside services for Mr. Leonard Smith of Greensboro were held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at noon in Curry Grove Cemetery located in Newbern. He will lay state one hour prior to start of services. Services were officiated by Rev. Hezekiah Young. Public viewing was held on Friday, January 20, 2023, at Washington and Paige Mortuary.
Leonard “Tiny” Smith was born on October 18, 1954, to Vernice Smith and Willie Avery, Jr. of Greensboro. He was the fourth of six siblings. Soon after school Tiny went to work on various jobs before finding his passion for construction work. Early on while working he would meet the love of his life. Bertha Mae Lewis Smith “Nine” would soon after become his wife for over forty years and mother to his children Robert Curtis Edwards, Tonya Renea Lewis, Kalvin Dewayne Lewis and Bertha Lavon Lewis. Tiny started his new life with his wife in Newbern, working hard as a construction worker; taking care of his family until he retired in 2008. He enjoyed spending special times with his grandchildren. To know him, you would know that he was the life of the party. He used to dress up with his Kangol hats to the back, his penny loafer shoes, his gold chain with a cross and his dark shades on. He loved listening to music (Johnnie Taylor,) he enjoyed comedy (Eddy Murphy,) and he enjoyed watching westerns like Gunsmoke. He would give his last to a friend. He always helped out when he could. Tiny loved his family and friends. It made him happy to see everybody happy. He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. Tiny was loved by many and will be missed.
Hiram F. Wilson
Mr. Hiram F. Wilson of Gallion entered into eternal rest January 16, 2023, at Hale County Hospital Greensboro. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 23, 2023, at 1 p.m. from Friendship Baptist Church, 24270 US-80, Demopolis. Interment will follow in Jones Cemetery, Demopolis. Visitation was held Monday, January 23, 2023, at the funeral home. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC, entrusted with arrangements.