Archives for September 2017

Ernest Wayne Black

Ernest Wayne Black age 67 of Thomasville, AL died September 27, 2017, at USA Medical Center in Mobile, AL. He was born October 7, 1949, in Thomasville, AL to Andrew Jackson and Kate Alenia Black. He was retired paper mill worker and a member of Nicholsville Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

He is survived by his wife: Peggie B. Black; three sons, Bryan Black, Craig (Joey) Black, and Johnathan Black; two brothers, Billy Black and Walter Black; two sisters, Martha Smith and Sue Reed; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Black, Tyler Black, Thomas Black, and Eli Black.

Visitation will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Friday, September 29, 2017, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 2:00 pm with Dr. Victor Bo Brantley officiating. Burial will be at Old Liberty Cemetery in Nicholsville, AL.

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

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

Photo of the Day

2017 DHS Homecoming King and Queen

9-22-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Malik Moore and Ashleigh Ivory were named 2017 DHS Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Tigers’ football game against Calera.

2017 DHS Homecoming Court

The 2017 Homecoming Court was introduced at halftime of the Demopolis High School Tigers’ football game against Calera on September 22, 2017.

Maggie Stephens

Maggie “M.E” Stephens age 96 of Linden, AL died September 26, 2017, at Marengo Nursing Home. She was born January 13, 1921, in Billingsley, AL to Claud and Arrie Etta Herrod. She was a retired cosmetologist teacher and a member of Midway Baptist Church in Thomasville, AL.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol and Robert Drury of Linden, AL; three granddaughters, Pam and Mike Ward, Lynn and Danny Mitchem, and Ashley and Jason Pearson; sister, Grace Faulkner of Montgomery, AL; sister, Woodard Luker of Montgomery, AL; sister, Sara Nell Blackburn of Prattville, AL; brother, Donald Herrod of Prattville, AL; and sister, Imogene Finncannon of Augusta, GA; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, AL on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at Midway Baptist Church on Friday, September 29, 2017, at 11:00 am with Rev. Don Stephens officiating. Burial will be at Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville, AL.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to ARC of Morgan County, 2234 Graham Avenue SW, Decatur, AL 35601.

Funeral arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home.

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

Elmore Neal

Mr. Elmore Neal, age 71 of Forkland, AL entered into eternal rest Sunday, September 24, 2017, at DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Graveside services for Mr. Elmore Neal were held Friday, September 29, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. from Memorial Cemetery, Arcola Road, Demopolis, Alabama. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC entrusted with arrangements.

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

Leon Levy Mack

Mr. Leon Levy Mack, age 51, the beloved husband of Mrs. Gwendolyn Robinson Mack of Waynesboro, MS and the beloved son of Ms. Annie F. Adams of Demopolis, Alabama, entered into eternal rest Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Wayne General Hospital, Waynesboro, MS. Funeral services for Mr. Leon Levy Mack were held Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at New Morning Star Baptist Church, Demopolis, Alabama. Rev. Lynn Finch, Pastor and Eulogist. Interment followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Hwy 43 South, Demopolis, Alabama. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC entrusted with arrangements.

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

Sweet Water woodsheds Shields for Region 1 win

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
DB Braiden Broussard (2) returns an interception deep into Panther territory

Sweet Water made quick work of Class 1A, Region 1 foe J.F. Shields Friday night, coasting to a 61-8 road victory.

The Bulldogs scored 40 points in the first quarter to take a commanding lead. Jonah Smith hit Shamar Lewis for a 49-yard touchdown pass. Jaylon Williamson added the conversion run to make it 8-0. Smith punched it in from 3 yards out before a Jacory Brown conversion run to make it 16-0.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Sweet Water QB Jonah Smith calls his own number and runs for a big gain.

Jonah Smith then threw to his younger brother Sasha Smith for a 33-yard touchdown. Brown’s conversion plunge made it 24-0. Smith then hit Trent Sams for a 16-yard touchdown strike. Williamson’s conversion run pushed it to 32-0. Lewis then ran it in from three yards out ahead of Brown’s conversion run, which made it 40-0.

Jaland Lewis-Horton added a 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter while Kaleb Greene had a 4-yard scoring sprint to set the halftime lead at 53-0. After Shields got on the board in the fourth, Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Lewis-Horton added the conversion run for the final margin.

Smith was 7 of 8 passing for 170 yards and three touchdowns in addition to his 20 rushing yards and one touchdown rushing. Lewis-Horton had 52 yards on seven carries to lead all Bulldog rushers. Lewis had two catches for 62 yards and a score. Braiden Broussard intercepted a pass for Sweet Water.

Sweet Water (3-1, 3-0) is off next Friday and will host Linden Oct. 6.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Bulldog defenders, Michael Allen Cole (76), Brodie Echols (75) and Chance Broussard (48) gang tackle the Panther RB

Last-second INT seals Demopolis win over Calera

9-22-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Aaron Collier (21) watches as C.J. Williams (26) concentrates on completing an interception in the end zone. Williams’ pick would would seal the Tigers’ Homecoming win over the Calera Eagles.

Sophomore corner C.J. Williams watched the ball bounce around in his hands momentarily before clamping down on it as he fell to the ground in the end zone. The catch was the biggest of his young career and represented the interception that effectively handed Demopolis a 21-17 win over Calera with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.

9-22-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Brandon Simmons runs in the open field during the Tigers’ Homecoming win over the Calera Eagles.

“We put three guys deep, played man under. We told the safety to knock it down and he does,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said. “Fortunately, C.J. is laying on the ground. We’re blessed that he made the pick and we were able to go to victory.”

Demopolis clung to a 21-17 lead as Calera pushed the ball down the field after taking over at its own 24 with 59 seconds remaining in the contest. Eagle signal-caller Cornelius Brown hit William Ray for a 22-yard gain to move it to the Calera 46. After spiking the ball to stop the clock, Brown found William Smith for 12 yards to get into Tiger territory at the 42.

Brown dropped back on the next snap but had little time to survey the field as Tavion Brown blew up the pocket and took down the Calera QB for the sack, forcing the final Eagle timeout.

Brown’s heave down the sideline on the next snap caromed off the hands of Dylan Killingsworth and appeared to fall harmlessly to the ground before a penalty flag quickly followed its descent. The pass interference call moved the ball to the Demopolis 30 with 16 seconds to play. Two snaps later, Brown chucked it to the back right corner of the end zone where Williams’s focused heroics nullified the threat and brought an uproar from the raucous homecoming crowd.

“Our kids showed a little character right there at the end. We needed a game like this to grow on. We needed to face adversity like this,” Seymore said. “I’m just proud that the community and the alumni that came back had a chance to see us win.”

Demopolis largely moved the ball at will in the first half but found itself plagued with turnovers. The Eagles proved ready to capitalize. Orlando Harris picked off a pass to end the first Demopolis possession before returning a Tiger fumble 63 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing drive.

9-22-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis RB Antonio Besteder gets loose on a good run during the Tigers’ Homecoming win over the Calera Eagles.

“We moved the ball really good, just couldn’t finish some drives. The turnover bug got us again a little bit and put us in some tough situations,” Seymore said. “We felt like we had a pretty good call on the speed option and kind of got the pitch a little bit behind and they scooped and scored.”

Demopolis worked its way onto the scoreboard early in the second quarter when it capped a 16-play, 82-yard drive with a 13-yard scoring pass from Andrew Patterson to Jeremy Jackson on 4th and 5. The PAT attempt failed, leaving Calera up 7-6.

Demopolis took the lead with 4:50 to go before half when A.J. Jackson punched it in from 14 yards out. Antonio Besteder added the conversion run to set the advantage at 14-7.

Calera’s attempt to get points on the board before the half traversed 57 yards to the Demopolis 11 before the clock appeared to expire ahead of Brown’s attempt to spike the ball. A conference by the officials resulted in adding 0.9 seconds to the game clock, allowing Zachary Ford to connect on a 28-yard field goal to cut it to 14-10.

Demopolis made the most of its first possession of the third quarter when it covered 79 yards in 12 plays and watched A.J. Jackson scored on a 12-yard run for the 21-10 advantage. Demopolis snuffed the ensuing Calera drive and looked poised to take full control of the contest when a muffed punt bounced free at the Demopolis 16. Calera pounced on the opportunity. Three plays later, Brown hit DeCorean Mickens on a dump off and the Eagle tailback ran it 16 yards for the touchdown. Ford’s kick proved to set the final margin.

Demopolis amassed 338 yards of total offense, led by Besteder’s 19 rushes for 104 yards. A.J. Jackson added 97 yards on 28 totes. DeDe Davis caught nine passes for 65 yards. Russ Logan also intercepted a pass in the game for the Tigers.

With the win, Demopolis sits alone atop Class 5A, Region 3. Demopolis (4-1, 3-0) is off next week and returns to Class 5A, Region 3 Friday, Oct. 7 when it travels to Dallas County.

9-22-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis RB A.J. Jackson (4) runs between the blocks of Matt Dollar (62) and Chris Williams (right) during the Tigers’ Homecoming win over the Calera Eagles.

Donna Patricia Crawford Glass

Donna Patricia Crawford Glass, age 67 of Gallion, AL died September 22, 2017, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 2:00 pm at Providence Baptist Church in Gallion, AL, with O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Linden, AL directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Gewin Crawford and Lula Arrington Crawford.

She is survived by her husband, Chuck Glass of Gallion, AL; sons, William Dennis Christian (Lisa) of Gallion, AL; and Arrington Scott Christian (Cheryl) of Greensboro, AL; one grandson, William Tyler Christian (Mallory) of Vance, AL; sisters, Barbara Crawford Broussard of Newbern, AL; and Cathy Crawford Hendrick (Tommy) of Gallion, AL; daughter, Tonya Glass of Linden, AL; special daughter, Betty Kay Payne of Greensboro, AL; special niece, Tyra Christian Busby of Fosters, AL; and special great-nieces and nephew, Kelly Busby Abston of Brookwood, AL; Bayly Christian Busby of Birmingham, AL; and Anden Crawford Busby of Fosters, AL; sister-in-law, Brenda Ray (Jerry) of Gallion, AL; brothers-in-law, Bill Glass (Jane) of Linden, AL; Don Glass (Jackie) of Alabaster, AL; step-grandchildren, Tianna Martin, and John and Dalton Averette, and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Johnson, Tommy Hendrick, Kevin Bell, Mark Kilgore, Billy Trotter, and George Webb.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 57, Greensboro, AL or Providence Baptist Church, 36560 Alabama Highway 69, Gallion, AL 36742.

Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, AL

Nellie Regina Whitfield Ulmer

Nellie Regina Whitfield Ulmer, age 94, of Demopolis, died Friday, September 22, 2017, at Marengo Nursing Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Kirk Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Anita Wilburn officiating. Burial will follow in Lipscomb Cemetery with Kirk Funeral Home Demopolis Chapel directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at Kirk Funeral Home Demopolis Chapel.

She was born June 22, 1923, in Birmingham, Alabama to Mary Cornelia Moreno and Thomas Holmes Whitfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Millard Barton Ulmer; a daughter, Dr. Susan Ellen Ulmer Wallace; a sister, Seana Whitfield McGraw; and brothers, Jesse and Tom Whitfield.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Johnson (Charles) of Hattiesburg, Miss.; a son, Dr. Millard Barton Ulmer, Jr. (Lewanna Caldwell) of Inman, S.C.; a daughter, Mary Regina Ulmer Galloway (Johnny) of Demopolis; four grandchildren, Dr. James Coleman Galloway, III, John Barton Galloway (Sarah), Kristi Regina Ulmer (Kari) and Kimberly Suzanne Ulmer (Alia); and five amazing great-grandchildren, Nico, Nathan, Nevan, and Nelle Marie Galloway and Eitan Ulmer.

Nellie and her family moved to the Foscue House in Demopolis, home of her grandfather, Jesse George Whitfield, from Birmingham in 1934 during the Great Depression.

She dated her move to Demopolis as a century from her great-great-grandfather, Nathan Bryan Whitfield’s move from North Carolina to Marengo County.

She was always devoted to Demopolis and Jefferson. She enjoyed work with the Jefferson churches and Jefferson Community Club and as a docent and researcher for Gaineswood and Bluff Hall. Her history interests included the Magna Carta Dames, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century.
Nellie and Millard were both members of the DHS Class of 1940 and many of her lifelong friends were also in their class. Nellie never forgot the hundreds of songs or poems she learned along the way.

She loved children and hated poinsettias.

Pallbearers will be Cole Galloway, Nico Galloway, Nathan Galloway, Nevan Galloway, Kristi Ulmer, Kim Ulmer, Tommy Woolf, and Tommy Lee.

The family suggests memorials to the Friends of Gaineswood, P.O. Box 443 Demopolis, AL 36732 or the Lipscomb Cemetery c/o Jimmy Patterson, 81 Patterson Drive, Demopolis, AL 36732

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