Elizabeth Jane Bagwell and Elmer E. Bagwell
In loving memory of Elmer and Janie Bagwell of Fosters. A remarkable couple whose love transcended time. Elmer and Janie departed this world just 5 days apart, leaving behind a legacy of love and devotion that will endure for generations to come. Elmer passed away peacefully on February 13, 2024, at Glen Haven in Northport. Janie shortly followed him, passing peacefully at their home in the early hours of February 18, 2024. Elmer was Born January 11, 1945. He Served 6 years in the U. S. National guard under the 167th infantry. He went on to work for B. F. Goodrich until he retired. He was known as a quiet, kind man with a big heart who loved to fish; as well as a devoted, loving husband to Janie.
Janie was born February 19, 1948. She spent many years working for the University of Alabama but went on to work for Skyland Oaks retirement home until she retired. It was there she touched many lives and made many close friends that she kept throughout her life. She was known for her caring spirit, lively sense of humor, and dedication to those she loved.
Married for over 50 years, anyone could tell you that these two were simply made for each other, oftentimes being referred to as “attached at the hip”. Their love was not only bound by earthly ties, but also by their shared faith. They found strength and solace together in their Christian beliefs, which helped to guide them through life’s joys and challenges. Janie and Elmer also shared a love for camping and the serene beauty of the lake. This love of the outdoors was not only a reflection of their appreciation for the wonders of creation, but also a testament to their belief in the presence of God in all things. While they were never blessed with children of their own, Janie and Elmer’s devotion to their family was abundant, pouring their hearts into helping raise their nephews Alan and Doug, seeing them as their own sons. As Janie and Elmer reunite in eternal peace, their legacy of love, faith, and devotion continues to inspire all who came to know them. The impact on everyone who had the joy of calling them friends or family is truly evident. May their life and love story serve as a guiding light to those who follow them. They will be deeply missed, but forever remembered with love and gratitude.
They are preceded in death by Elmers’s mother and father, James and Georgia Bagwell; Janie’s mother and father Calvin Hunter, Jr., and Rosie Ethel Holcomb; as well as Elmer’s brothers James Donald Bagwell and Paul M. Bagwell.
They are survived by: their siblings Floyd Bagwell (Vera), Sue Salvador (Tino), J.C. Hunter (Marilyn), John Hunter (Peggy), Danny Holcomb (Angela), Jerry Holcomb (Trina), and Tony Holcomb. Nephews, Alan Hinote (Christi), Doug Hinote (Joni), Jeremy Hunter, Jason Hunter (Rachael), Jason Pate (Candi), Adam Holcomb (Heather), Grayson Holcomb, and Slade Holcomb. Nieces, Danni Stoudemire, Andi Corbett, Brandi Hatfield (Joel), Lacy Bazinet (Chris), Jennifer Dunkling (Josh), Alanna Holcomb, Jessica Grissett (Mitch), and Britany Plowman; as well as numerous great nieces, great nephews, and 2 great-great nieces.
Pallbearers were Jason Hunter, Jeremy Hunter, Hunter Hinote, Ethan Elmore and Nate Weaver. Honorary pallbearers are Jason Pate, the staff at Glen Haven Rehabilitation, and the staff of Hospice of West Alabama.
A visitation was held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Memory Chapel Funeral Home, Tuscaloosa. Service was at 11 a.m. with a graveside service following. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Elmer and Janie’s honor are requested to be given through donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Rebecca L. Carr
Graveside services for Ms. Rebecca L. Carr of Greensboro will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 11 a.m. in the Bates Carr Family Cemetery, Bates Rd., Newbern. Pastor Roger Melton will officiate services. Ms. Carr will lie in state one hour prior to start of services. Public viewing will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, from 1-5 p.m. at Washington & Paige Mortuary.
James Alan “Big Daddy” Lawler
James Alan Lawler passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, from complications related to cancer. He was 72 years old.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Thomas Lawler; mother, Mary Alyce Hamby Lawler; brother, Simpson Hamby Lawler; and brother-in-law, Billy Sheffield. He is survived by his sister, Alyce Lawler Sheffield; brother, Tommy Lawler (Jeanell); sister-in-law, Karen Lawler; nephew, Jimmy Lawler (Anne Marie); nieces, Virginia Sheffield Jeffers (Keith); and Jessica Etheridge. Also, great nephews, Jim Lawler, James, John, and Owen Jeffers, Aiden and Ethan Etheridge; and his great niece, Lizzie Lawler.
Best known for his promoting the area’s outdoor recreation, flora, fauna, and always willing to air his love of the Black Belt through his social media venues and podcasts, he was a true icon.
If you knew Jamsey, lovingly known as “Big Daddy”, you were his friend. He was the most unselfish person you will ever meet, sometimes to a fault. He will be missed by his thousands of friends and family, but his outdoor legacy will be remembered forever by the huge footprint he leaves behind.
Big Daddy entered the workforce after graduating high school in 1969. He remained close friends with his classmates and fellow band members for life. He had many bars and clubs in his early business years where he encountered a kaleidoscope of personalities who he remained in contact with his whole life. Some became prominent business people, politicians, musicians, and more. That’s all that needs to be said about that.
In 1978, he began his outdoor adventure when he bought his first bait shop on the by-pass in Camden. A charter member of the first bass club in Camden, he transitioned to his true love of crappie fishing and eventually became one of the best at it.
He joined Lawler Timber Company in 1992, where he remained until his death. Big Daddy blossomed as an outdoor celebrity and social media mogul always quick to support his friends with a common interest and there were many. Big Daddy was one of a kind. His love for Camden, its potential and especially the small spot of the earth known as Grampian Hills was unmatched.
He will be cremated as per his request. We will let everyone know what is to follow. Thank you to his many friends, he appreciated you all.
Johnny James McMullen, Jr.
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mr. Johnny James McMullen, Jr., 34, of Radcliff, Ken., on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at U of L Health Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky. The home going celebration was Saturday, February 24, 2024, noon at Macedonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church In America, Aliceville. The body lay in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the Ridge Cemetery in Greene County. Rev. Willie G. Fulgham, pastor of Macedonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church In American was the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420, LavendersFuneralService.com, directing.
Survivors are the McMullen family.
Lucille Owens
Funeral services for Mrs. Lucille Owens of Tuscaloosa was held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 3003 25th St., Tuscaloosa. Pastor Schmitt Moore officiated with burial immediately following in the Cedar Oak Cemetery, Tuscaloosa. Mrs. Owens layin state one hour prior to start of services. Public viewing was Friday, February 23, 2024, at Washington & Paige Mortuary.
Lucile Long Owens, born on February 5, 1934, in Tuscaloosa, at DCH Regional Medical. Center to the late Rev. Willie James Long, Sr., and Erma Copridge Long. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined Bethel Baptist Church where she worked with the Matrons and she continued to be a faithful memeber of the church until her health failed. She met and married Edrich Owens and to this union four children were born. She graduated from Industrial high School in Tuscaloosa.
Later, she studied cosmetology. She was employed by the State of Alabama at Bryce Hospital. She retired after twenty nine years of service as a Mental health Supervisor, II. She was a sports fan. Some of her favorites were Tiger Woods, Serena and Venus Williams, Alabama Football and Coach Nick Sabin, the Atlanta Braves. She was a proud supporter of Barack and Michelle Obama. She enjoyed long conversations with her grandchildren, family, and friends.
She was preceeded in dath by: her parents Rev. Willie James Long, Sr., and Erma Copridge Long; one brother Willie James Long, Hr.; three children Edrich Stanley Owens, Darrell Lynn Owens, and Juanita Michelle Owens.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories: a daughter Sharon L. Owens of Tuscaloosa; a brother Maurice Long of Columbia, S. C; grandchildren Elizabeth Owens Grimsley, Erika Nicole Owens, Edrich Skylar of Tuscaloosa; great grandchildren Madelynn Grimsley, Hannah Grimsley, Aiden Grimsley, Joel Grimsley, Rebekah Grimsley, Sara Katherine Grimsley, Benjamin Grimsley of Tuscaloosa; special cousins Mabel McBride, Horace Copridge, Jr., Johnny B. Washington, Jr.; a host of other relatives and friends.
Jimmy Lee (JP) Parker, Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Jimmy Lee (JP) Parker, Jr., of Greensboro were held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 10 a.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Greensboro. Pastor James Franks officiated services with burial immediately following in the Pine Grove Church Cemetery. Mr. Parker lay in state one hour prior to start of services. Washington & Paige Mortuary directing.
Brother Jimmy L. Parker was born on November 11, 1977, to Jimmy Parker, Sr., and the late Mary Parker. He was an amazing man who was very committed to his family. He gave much love and was loved by so many.
He was proceeded in death by his brothers Steve Peggins and Shaleem Peggins. Jimmy departed this life on February 9, 2024, at his home in Florida.
Jimmy leaves to cherish his loving memories: his wife Alisia Parker; five children Jimmothy Parker, Jr., Jada Rhodes, Jamel Parker, Angela Rhodes, Rashada M. Parker; father JImmy (Angela) Parker, Sr.; grandchild Delila Parker; siuster Pamela Bryant; brothers Chris Peggins, Richard Peggins; uncles Charlie (Ann) Peggins, Monroe (Clara) Peggins, William (Teresa) Parker, Eddie (Rachel) Parker, Kenneth (Juann) Parker; aunts Martha Fisters, Shirley (Hezekiah) Young, Rebecca (Lonzell) Norwood, Roberta (Willie) Powell, Claudiette Jefferies; neice Shemeka Peggins; a host of other relatives and friends.
Richard (Scooter) Lewis Parker
Funeral services for Mr. Richard Lewis Parker of Greensboro will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 10 a.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Co. Rd. 21, Greensboro. Pastor James Franks officiated services with burial immediately following in the Pine Grove Church Cemetery. Mr. Parker lay in state one hour prior to start of services. Public viewing was Friday, February 23, 2024, at Washington & Paige Mortuary.
Brother Richard Lewis Parker was born on October 23, 1957, in Hale County to the late William Parker and Rosie Lee Frank Parker. He was preceeded in death by his parents; grandparents Eugene and Henrietta Frank; sister Mary Lee Frank King; uncles Eugene, Albert and Robert Frank, and Ellis Thoams; aunts Mary White, Ruby Lee Allen, Ethel Lapsley, Katherine Phillips, and aunt Child.
Richard accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Pine Grove Baptist Church. He departed this life on February 10, 2024, at the DCH Hospital, Tuscaloosa.
Richard leaves to cherist his loving memories: wife Marie Williams-Parker; children Ashley, Martha and Richard, Jr.; step children Rebecca and Eddie Williams, Shanita and Kelvin Thomas; twelve grandchildren; brothers Jimmy Lee (Angela) Parker, William (Teresa) Parker, Eddie (Rachel) Parker, Kenneth (Joann) Parker; sisters Martha Foster, Shirley (Hezekiah) Young, Rebecca (Lonsel) Norwood, Roberta (Willia) Powell, Claudiette Jefferies; aunt Bessie Edwards; a host of other relatives and friends. He leaves his devotion to his sisters Shirley and Roberta, borhter in-law Hezekiah, and niece Gloria Andreson.
Ernest Bruce Thomas
Ernest Bruce Thomas, 69, of Greensboro went to his eternal home on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. A graveside service was held at Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church Cemetery, Greensboro on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Arthur Thomas and Rev. Robert Washington officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes, Greensboro Chapel directing.
He was born on September 22, 1954, to George E. Thomas and Lottis Thomas. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his son, Chris Thomas (Kimberly), and his sister, Gretta Otts (David). He is also survived by three grandchildren, Patrick, Anne Griffin, and Ridge Thomas. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to Mt. Hermon Cemetery fund or the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.
Arcola Turner
Agnew Funeral Home sadly annouces the passing of Mrs. Arcola Turner of Birmingham. Mrs. Turner entered into eternal rest on February, 16, 2024 in Birmingham. Public viewing was held on Friday, February 23, 2024, at the Agnew Funeral Home Chapel. Celebration of life service was at 1 p.m. and interment followed at the Cedar Oak Memorial Park, Tuscaloosa.
Bo Gary Tyner
Bo Gary Tyner, 51, of Tuscaloosa passed away suddenly on February 13, 2024. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Dr. Kelvin Croom officiating.
He is preceded in death by his father, John B. “JB” Tyner and grandparents, John L. and Laura Sanders.
He is survived by his mother, Jewel Julie Tyner; brothers, Kip Tyner and Larry Tyner (Missy); niece, Chelsie Wyman (Matt); nephew, Cody Tyner; great-niece, Grace Wyman; great-nephew, Luke Wyman; and beloved pets, Scoop, Bingo, Bing Bang, Patches, and many others. No one will ever be as loved as Bo! At the age of 22 months the good Lord led him to his mom, Jewel Julie Tyner, who took him into her home and devoted her life to making the best life for him. Bo was diagnosed with ADHD and later bi-polar disorder, nothing deterred her from doing everything in her power to search the best doctors and treatments to make him better. Although his struggles continued through his life, she never gave up. Meanwhile, it was quite obvious early on that he displayed qualities of a genius. There was hardly anything he couldn’t fix or repair, especially becoming a brilliant mechanic, electrician, and technical master especially with computers. His mind was amazing when challenged. Just a heart of gold, he never passed on seeing a hood up on someone’s care (either stranded in a parking lot or side of the road) and he would always say “no charge.” Bo would give anyone his last dollar or the shirt off his back without flinching. He was a kind and gentle soul and often misunderstood. He loved music and was a gifted singer. His family and friends were amazed at his ability to know every word of every song even after hearing it only one time. Bo would also tell you quick who his brother was. Judge Al May said he’d never witnessed a brotherly love quite like Kip and Bo had. Fusses and fights? You bet. Absolutely, but nothing or no one could break their bond. Ironically, the last night of his life he told Mom that she would always be his heart and his number one. And after, he told Kip “I love you more than anything in the world.” It was a beautiful last hour between us. Never dreamed it would be the last time we’d be together.
Pallbearers were Cody Tyner, Stan Pate, Cassius Lanier, Chief Ken Swindle, Lester Gordon and Jamey Murray. Honorary pallbearers are Lois DeBusk, Pamela Pruett, Debbie Halley, Buffy Jackson Challenger, Milady and Michael Murphy, Peter Khoury, Lois Lawrence, Kathy Buchalter, Judge Al May, Sheriff Ron Abernathy, Garry Flowers, Jan and Bobby Yaw, Kristi, Jason, Brylan and Kyler Jaynes, Jonathan, Ashley, Kirkland and Lexi Paxton, Cheryl Ryan Watts, Neighbors of Durrett Grove, Dri Williams, Mayor Walt Maddox, Tuscaloosa City Council, Judge Rob Robertson, Tuscaloosa County Commission, Northport City Council, Officer Craig Parker, District Attorney Hays Webb, City of Tuscaloosa employees, Former teachers of Alberta Elementary, Tuscaloosa Academy, TMS, Central West and Central East Schools, Judy Hardy and Juanita McCollum, Johnny Plott, Hunter Plott, Jerry Plott, Lee Garrison, Scott Edwards, Chris Darwin, Alberta’s Domino’s, Employees of Wrights Restaurant, Lisa Keyes, Lisa Keys Montgomery, DJ and Erica Grant, Evan Bacon, former employees of WCFI – Channell 133, Kathy Winborne Duncan, Kathy Randall, Dan Tidwell, Sue Hollingsworth, Dr. Phillip Bobo, Ruth McFarland, Dr. Ramesh Peramsetty, Julie Love Templeton, Bart Adcox, Margaria Bobo, Robin McElroy, Bryan Winter, Virginia Ennis, Valerie Alford, Shelly Edwards, Sammy Watson, Senator Gerald Allen, Kristy Andrews, Sandra, Jerry and Joey Pike, Sissie Browning, Smith’s Motor Cycles Employees, Toby Wilson, Hampton Inn, Michelle Glenn, Wimp Sanderson, Ronnie Wedgeworth, Terry Saban, Paul Poteete, residents of Alberta and Fosters communities, Jason Walker, Clay Hudson, Robert Amason, Barry Lawrence, Mark Lawrence, Johnnie Blackburn, Jason Neff, Atty. Michael Murphy, Susan Tucker, Michele Coley, Billie Joyce Campbell, Michel Kelley, Roy and Louise Kelley, Robert Lancaster, Officer Don Thompson, Chief Sebo Sanders, all family and friends that Bo knew and loved, Lynn Hartley, Joe Covin, Betty Polion Cheatum, Roger Myers, Darryl Bell, Laney Smallwood Hicks, Officer Robert Rester, Fran Viselli, Pastor Olivia Davis, Monica Fields Rodgers, and Kevin Washington. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Eagles Wings or Metro Animal Shelter.