Annie Ray Brown
Agnew Funeral Homeannounces the passing of Mrs. Annie Ray Brown on March 10, 2024, at Hale County Hospital. Annie Brown leaves to cherish and honor ther memory: her husband of 53 years; Henry Brown Sr.; her children Byron (Gerta) Brown of Ellenwood, Ga., Deoncia Constant of Tuscaloosa, Fabian Brown of Mccalla, Yvette Brown of Fort Wayne, Texas, Henry (Lasonya) Brown of Northport, Josephine (Aldric) Bennett of Helena, Joel Brown of Tuscaloosa, Zandra Brown Of Las Vegas, Nev.; a bonus daughter Verlander (Walter) Jones of Greensboro; a bonus son Robert Benison of Las Vegas, Nev.; brothers Richard Brand of Marion, Norman Brand of Bronyx, N. Y., Natchez Brand of Huntsville, Prichard Brand of Montgomery, Patrick Brand of San Diego, Calif.; a host of grandchildren, one great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins, saints, and friends. The life of Annie Ray Brown does not end with her death. For we know, according to the scripture, that as a born again believer, she will rise again in the resurrection of the church.
Viewing was held on Friday, April 19, 2024, at Agnew Funeral Home. Celebration of life was held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the New Pentecostal Church, Greensboro, at 1:30 p.m. and interment followed in the Brown Family Cemetery. Elder Aldric Bennett officianted.
James A. Hopson
Graveside services for Mr. James A. Hopson was held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at noon. Services were held at New Akron Cemetery, Akron. Rev. West Moore officiated. Washington & Paige Mortuary directed.
Mr. James Hopson was born May 15. 1948, to the late Sam and Johnnie Mae Hopson of Akron. He confessed Christ at an early age and joined First Baptist Church of Akron, James attended Hale County School System and graduated from Akron High School in the Class of 1968. In early adulthood, he relocated to Chicago, Ill., where he lived until retirement from US Railroad. After retirement, James relocated back to Akron. to enjoy retirement and live his remaining years. James was known as being quiet and a very private person but. would help in time of need. James enjoyed garden_ing, watching football and the Chicago White Sox Baseball games.
James was preceded in death by two sisters Mary (Cookie) and Sallie, and two brothers. Andrew and Randy. He leaves to cherish his memories: one- son Eric Hopson of Chicago. Ill.; three brothers Sam (Doris) Kirkland of lndianopolis. Ind., Allen of Tuscaloosa, Charlie of Akron; one sister Gayle of Akron; three aunts Pastor Helen Mccarroll, Dorothy Cain and Susie Harris all of Birmingham; and a host of nephews. nieces. cousins, and friends.
Reverend John “Henry” Hinton-Saahir
It is with deepest sorrow that Lavender’s Funeral Service announces the passing of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Associate Pastor, Reverend John “Henry” Hinton-Saahir, 76, of Carrollton, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at his residence. Visitation will be Friday, April 26, 2024, from 4-6 p.m. at Lavender’s Funeral Service. The home going celebration will be Saturday, April 27, 2024, at noon at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, 2463 Franconia Rd., Aliceville. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Intermentwill follow the service in Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Marcus Wright, pastor of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, will be the eulogist. Lavender’s Funeral Service, Aliceville, 205-373-2420,, directing. Survivors are the Hinton-Saahir and Eddins families.
Larry Lightning
Agnew Funeral Home Announces the passing of Mr. Larry Lightning. Viewing was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in the Agnew Funeral Home Chapel, Greensboro. Celebration of life was held on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at noon at Salem Baptist Church, Greensboro, and interment followed in the Sarah Christian Cemetery, Greensboro. Pastor Judge Wiggins is officiant.
Mollie Dunn Meeks
Mollie Dunn Meeks, 77, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning on April 11, 2024, and is now with her late husband Larry J. Meeks, Sr., in heaven. She was born on March 5, 1947, in Wadesboro, N. C., daughter of the late Shaw and Riece Dunn. Mollie was a graduate of Kings College in Charlotte, N. C. She lived in Gastonia, N. C., with her family until she moved to York, S. C., in 2000. Mollie loved her trips to the beach and going to shows and lunch with friends. She cherished attending both her grandchildren’s weddings over the past few years.
Mrs. Meeks is survived by her two sons and their spouse Jamie and Amanda of Myrtle Beach, S. C., Robbie and Kate of Blacksburg, S. C., grandchildren and their spouse, Jacob and Elizabeth Meeks of Kennesaw, Ga., Hannah and Jacob Perritt of Myrtle Beach, S. C., and her cousins Jimmy and Judy Dunn and family of Albemarle, N. C. Mollie is preceded in death by cousins Jerry and Maxine Dunn.
Family and friends were invited to attend a visitation from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kirk’s Funeral Home in Greensboro, followed by a graveside service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Meeks on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 2 p.m. at Rhodes Chapel Church, Greensboro. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to help with colon cancer research in Mollie’s name to American Cancer Society.
Juanita Mitchell Rawls
Juanita Mitchell Rawls, 90 of Marion, went peacefully to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on April 13, 2024. She was born on June 21, 1933, in Sprott, to Beatrice Morris Mitchell and Ernest Mitchell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her children Reginald (Rex), Susan and Ray Rawls; her brothers John Mitchell (Willie Pearl), Cecil Mitchell (Jewel), Ernest Lee Mitchell; her sisters Nanny Mitchell, Ida Fondren (Ellis), Mary Etta Hughey (George), Ethel Holifield (Myron), Louise Richey (Leo), Christine Martin (Kenneth). She is survived by her numerous nieces and nephews and her sister-in-law Carolyn Mitchell, a very special best friend, Mary Ann Pickle, and a fur baby, Cindy.
A graveside service and a celebration of life was held on April 19, 2024, at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, with Rev. Ed Pickle officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes, Greensboro Chapel, directing. Her nephews served as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ivey’s Chapel Cemetery Fund in care of David Ivey, 1803 Oakcrest Drive, Marion, AL 36756, or to a charity of your choice.
Carrie Mae “Shug” Thomas Weatherspoon
Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie T. Weatherspoon of Greensboro were held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Greensboro. Pastor Lonnie Weaver officiated services with burial immediately following in the Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Weatherspoon lay in state one hour prior to the start of services. Public viewing wias held on Friday, April 19, 2024, at Washington & Paige Mortuary.
   Carrie Mae (Shug) Thoma Weatherspoon was born on January 7, 1950, to the late Carrie Mae Thomas in Hale County. She confessed hope in Christ at an early age and united with the Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she was a faithful servant of God. Carrie was a graduate of Hale County Training School. She was employed for several years with Peco Foods, Inc., in Tuscaloosa. Shug, as she was affectionately called, enjoyed praying and interceding for others. Sis. Weatherspoon was a licensed Minister of God. She loved being a nurturing grandmother to her grandchildren.
Sis. Weatherspoon was preceded in death by: her mother;  four sisters Rebecca Thomas, Ruby Scott, Mary A. Thomas, and Roxie Williams; six brothers David, Elmer, fred and John Thomas, L. T. Williams and Jimmy Smith. Her memories will be forever cherished by: her two loving sons Michael Oneal Johnson of Toledo, Ohio, Pastor Richard A. (Aquria) Benner of Greensboro; eight grandchildren Shahondora, Rashaad, ShaJunuia of Greensboro, Ahmad of Decatur, Chantell of Huntsville, Hakeem of Shreveport, La., Marcua Johnson, Isiah Johnson of Toledo, Ohio; two sisters in-laws Helen Williams, Catherine Williams of Greensboro, and a multitude of other very special family members and friends.

Torie S. Wiley
Ms. Torie S. Wiley, 46, of Tuscaloosa passed April 13, 2024, at Emory Hospital, Atlanta, Ga. Funeral services will be held on April 25, 2024, at 1 p.m. at the Morning Star Baptist Church, Bellamy. Rev. Michael Howard will officiate with burial in the Fourth Creek Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, York. Visitation will be at the church on April 25, 2024, from 12-1 p.m. Hardaway Funeral Services,, directing.
Louise White
Louise White of Marion went to her eternal home last week. A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at Pine Crest Memorial Gardens in Marion with Kirk Funeral Homes, Marion Chapel, directing.