Archives for September 2017

Charles Christopher ‘Chuck’ Collums

Charles Christopher “Chuck” Collums, age 52, won his battle and went to be with his Savior, on September 30, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Chuck was born on July 8, 1965, in Tupelo to Charles and Angelyn Collums. He was a lifelong resident of Marion and he lived to provide for his family. Nothing was more important to him than his family. Chuck was a hard working selfless man who would give you the shirt off his back if you were in need. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Carnice & Nona Mae Collums and Arvid & Frances Cox. He is survived by his parents Charles & Angelyn Collums of Marion; devoted wife Sally Washburn Collums; children Christopher Collums, Sarabeth Ann Collums, Hunter Clements and Cory Clements; siblings Randy Collums (Melinda) of Centreville and Tammy Hood (Brian) of Marion; nieces & nephews Kendal, Delaine & Nolan Hood; Jesse & Colby Collums; Summer Curtis Smith and Chasity Curtis; great-niece Lynnden Smith and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral service will be Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 2 pm at Siloam Baptist Church in Marion, Alabama. Rev. Nicholson will be officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel will be directing. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior. Burial will follow at Pine Crest Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Christopher Collums, Hunter Clements, Cory Clements, Kendal Hood, Nolan Hood, Jesse Collums, Colby Collums, and Charlie Kirkland. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Hammond, Joel Snodgrass, Reginald Simmons, Matthew Wafford, Joe Pruett, Sam Catlin, Chad Welch, Todd Williams, Chris Paige, Brian Langston, Chris Harper, Greg George, Josh Horton, Eddie Dozier, Will Hairston, Byron Blake, Steve Martin, Trey Washburn, John Lyford, Buck Washburn, Matt Mooney, Cowboy Church of the Prairie’s Men Group andJimmy Woods.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Chuck’s memory to Jesus Centered Ministries.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Latrell Ayers

Mr. Latrell Ayers, age 33, a native of Coatopa, Alabama, the beloved son of the late Joe Russell, Jr. and Glenda Ayers entered into eternal rest in Lynn, Massachusetts. Funeral services for Mr. Latrell Ayers were held Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethel Pine Missionary Baptist Church, Coatopa, Alabama; Rev. Floyd Bell, pastor. Interment followed in Zion Hill Cemetery, Coatopa, Alabama. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC entrusted with arrangements.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Offense, special teams lift Linden over Washington County

09-29-17 — Linden, Ala. — Linden’s Isaiah Scott (1) returns a punt 65 yards for a touchdown late in Friday night’s game against Washington County. The Patriots went on to win by a final score of 49-34. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

LINDEN — The Bulldogs of Washington County set the tone early in the opening drive Friday night against Linden as a high snap sailed over the punter and through the back of the end zone in a fourth-and-long situation, giving Linden the early 2-0 lead.

Once ahead, the Patriots never looked back, upending the Bulldogs 49-34.

After an early start, the Pats went on to return the ensuing free kick 60 yards, making it 9-0 with only 2:35 off the clock.

“It was nice for us to get ahead quick, but what I stressed to my guys is that we couldn’t let up,” said first-year Linden head coach Demetrice Jackson.

Washington County answered with a Cade Glass quarterback sneak from a yard out, making it 9-7 at the 7:44 mark.

Douglas Johnson would give the Pats their next score on a 3-yard rush. A failed PAT made it 15-6 with 3:46 to play in the opening period.

Senior Isaiah Scott then pulled in a 54-yard pass from Graderius Brown, giving Linden a solid 21-6 lead with only 36 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Not to be outdone, the ‘Dawgs found the end zone from 6 yards out and successfully converted a two-point conversion, making it 21-14 in the second quarter.

An ensuing onside kick attempt recovered by Linden gave the good guys the ball at their own 36.

A series of turnovers would see Linden’s Brown fumble, giving Washington County the ball on their own 46. Linden’s Markell Williams then intercepted a Glass toss on the ‘Dawgs 41-yard line. Driving again, Linden fumbled and Washington County recovered on their own 32, but would not find their way to six as Timothy Thurman went up to intercept a pass on the Pats’ own 42-yard line.

A fourth-and-2 attempt by Linden failed and gave WCHS possession on the 50-yard line.

09-29-17 — Linden, Ala. — Linden’s Timothy Thurman Jr., (24) looks for running room in Friday night’s game against Washington County. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

Glass once again found the end zone from a yard out, tying it up at 21 all with 2:23 to play in the opening half, but the Pats would have none of that. Kevin Green took it 55 yards for a touchdown, and with a successful PAT, the Patriots went to the locker room with a 7-point lead at 28-21.

“We wanted to come out tonight and put together a good showing in all three phases of the game—offense, defense, and special teams. I feel like we were able to do that,” said Jackson.

Linden took the opening kick of the second half but came up empty-handed, and allowing Washington County to again tie the game at 28 when Glass scored on a 17-yard run.

Three minutes later, a 30-yard pass from Brown to Scott on a 4th-and-one from the 30 put the Pats back on top at 34-28.

The final period saw Linden score twice, once on a 7-yard rush from Brown, and again on a 65-yard punt return by Scott.

Washington County rounded out scoring for the night on a 14-yard touchdown run, finalizing the game at 49-34.

“I think our kids were up for the competition tonight, especially after we lost last week to Millry,” said Jackson.

Linden (3-2, 2-1) travels to face region foe Sweet Water (3-1, 3-0) next Friday.

“We’ll enjoy this one tonight, but it’s back to work for us on Monday,” said Jackson.

PSA: Marengo E-911 urges residents to clearly post addresses

Marengo County E-911 would like to remind the citizens of Marengo County the importance of having your address not only posted but also posted properly. Locating you quickly in your time of emergency without delay is our goal.

When a Marengo County E-911 Telecommunicator dispatches any emergency service unit whether it is Fire, Ambulance, Law Enforcement or First Responders to your residence in your time of need, having your address posted clearly and visibly allows them to find you much quicker. In most of Marengo County, a GPS does not provide accurate directions to an emergency scene and can lead responders to the wrong house address. As a result, responders rely on proper and visible placement of home addresses.  We recommend that you post your address in a minimum of a 4inch reflective numbers.  So that your address may be seen during the day and/or during the night, and will be reflected by headlights as well.

In your time of emergency, the responding units will be trying to locate you near the address of your home and not where you receive your mail.  Having your address displayed on your mailbox for mail purposes is important but may not be enough for us to locate you in an emergency. Therefore, it is recommended that you post your address not only on your mailbox but also on your residence and driveway. Having your address posted in several places in very important.  Mounting your address high enough to avoid weeds is important as well as not being blocked by bushes, flowers or branches.

Your address should be visible from the road coming from either direction as responders could be coming from either direction. Also, remember Script numbers or numbers that are spelled out in words may be aesthetically pleasing but are difficult to read quickly from the street. Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see. Use numbers that contrast with the background. If you live in an apartment, duplex, or mobile home park your address should also be posted with the street address and the apartment or lot number.  If the numbers on your house are not visible or easy to read, it will take emergency personnel longer to reach you.

Those extra minutes spent trying to locate a property can mean the difference between life and death, so take the time now to be sure your house numbers are able to be seen from the street to help emergency responders find you faster.  If you would like to see an example of the correct way to post your address please visit our website at, click on services and then click on addressing.

Demopolis man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces that James Derrick Robertson, age 53, of Demopolis, Alabama pled guilty to a violation of 18 USC Section 2252A(a)(2), Receipt of Child Pornography, which carries a penalty of at least five years up to 20 years and Obstruction of Justice in violation of 18 USC  Section1519, which carries a penalty of up to twenty years. Sentencing is set for December 20, 2017, before Judge Callie V. S. Granade.

This case was investigated by the Demopolis Police Department and the  Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama at

Two arrested in Sunoco armed robbery

On Sept. 28 at approximately 6:45 a.m., the Demopolis Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at Sunoco Gas Station on U.S. Hwy 80 West. Director of Public Safety and Police Chief Tommie Reese said that upon Officers arrival they were informed that an unknown black male wearing a mask entered the service station armed with a handgun demanding money from the cashier.

The cashier gave him the money after which he made her sit on the floor before fleeing the store in a vehicle travelling east on U.S. 80. Chief Reese said DPD Officers were able to get a vehicle description from some video footage and from the cashier. It was determined that the suspects fled in a maroon color compact car with a light colored hood, and the vehicle’s tag number started with the number “36.” DPD Officers put out a (BOLO) to all neighboring law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for this vehicle and the suspects. Reese said approximately 20 minutes after putting the BOLO out, the Greensboro Police Department assisted by Hale County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle driving through the intersection of Alabama Hwy 25 and Alabama Hwy 69.

A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and the suspects were detained for the Demopolis Police Department. Investigators from the Demopolis Police Department traveled to Greensboro, Alabama to meet with Greensboro Officers on the traffic stop. DPD Investigators were able to determine that these were the suspects involved in the armed robbery through evidence recovered in the vehicle. Both suspects were transported back to Demopolis where they were charged with One (1) Count of Robbery in the First Degree each.

Arrested were:

Durwood McAlpine, age 25 of Greensboro, Alabama

Demondte Pernell, age 23 of Greensboro, Alabama

Chief Reese said that he is so thankful the cashier was not injured in this ordeal. He thanked and commended Greensboro Police Chief Mike Hamilton and Hale County Sheriff Kenneth Ellis for the assistance provided by their departments and also commended DPD Officers and Investigators for a job well done.

Mary Elizabeth Rhodes

Mary Elizabeth Rhodes 96, of Forkland, passed away September 29, 2017, at Southland Nursing home. Graveside services will be held 3 p.m Sunday, October 1, 2017, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Forkland with Rev. David Powell and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing.

Mary was born July 6, 1921, in Demopolis, to the late Ralph and Hollie Parker.

Survivors are her son and his wife, James and Becky Rhodes of Forkland; grandson, Delton Rhodes.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6760 County Road 41, Forkland, Al.,36740 or Charity of one choice.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

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Trilbie Louise McClendon

Trilbie Louise McClendon 92, of Marion, passed away September 28, 2017, at Southland Nursing Home. Graveside services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Marion Cemetery with Billy Moore and Len Hurston officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Trilbie was born December 17, 1924, in St. Clair County to Jabe and Valor Deweese Sharpton.

She was preceded by her husband, Julius David McClendon; sisters, Opal Dockery, Nanny George, Verlie Barron and Faye Gibson; brother, V.C. Sharpton.

Survivors are her daughters, June Moore (Jerry) and Paula Boyle (Don); sons, Phillip Dale McClendon (Sandy) and Timmie McClendon (Beth);9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Billy Moore, Mark Moore, Jonathon McClendon, Lance McClendon, Coleman McClendon and Don Boyle.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southland Nursing Home or charity of one’s choice.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Josie Gay Phillips Kelley

Josie Gay Phillips Kelley age 73 a homemaker of Sweet Water, AL died September 28, 2017, at Helen Keller Hospital. She was a graduate of the University of North Alabama, and served in the US Army, as 1st Lieutenant in the WAC. She attended Aimwell Baptist Church in Sweet Water, AL.

She is survived by her stepchildren, Paulette Debow, Paul A. Kelley, Mike W. Kelley, Christy Moore, Teressa Kelley, Debbie Kelley, and Scott Kelley; two sisters, Ruth Phillips and Valerie Morgan: sister-in-law, Karen M. Phillips, many beloved grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Kelley, her parents, Asa Abner and Myrtle Phillips, stepdaughter, Ann Richardson, and two brothers, Jim Phillips and John Phillips.

Visitation will be held at Aimwell Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from 12:00 noon until the 1:00 pm service time with Rev. Don White officiating. Burial will be in the Aimwell Baptist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, AL.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.