First week of 2017 gator hunt in the books

Unofficial 2017 West Central Alabama River Alligator Hunt Results – Week 1
 
Night 1 – 08/10/17:
01 – Janet Holt (Tallassee) – 7’ 9”, 109 lbs., M
02 – Wilford Holt (Tallassee) – 9’ 2”, 216 lbs., M
03 – Sam Scott (Monroeville) – 8’ 1”, 122 lbs., M
04 – Patrick Stabler (Frisco City) – 12’ 7”, 607 lbs., M
 
Night 2 – 08/11/17
05 – Brent Hatcher (Wetumpka) – 8’ 2.5”, 131.5 lbs., F
06 – Jeremy Guthrie (Ohatchee) – 8’ 6”, 152 lbs., M
07 – Brad Reaves (Ohatchee) – 7’ 3”, 86.5 lbs.
 
Night 3 – 08/12/17
08 – Lewis Prince (Childersburg) – 7’ 9”, 126 lbs., F
09 – Rex Jones (Selma) – 7’ 7”, 93 lbs., M
10 – Ashley Sparks (Decatur) – 6’ 9”, 61.5 lbs., M
11 – Sterling Brothers (Alexander City) – 8’ 11”, 175.5 lbs., M
12 – Brad Kelly (Thorsby) – 8’ 4”, 129.5 lbs., M

From left, Patrick Stabler (Tag holder, Frisco City), J.T. Dailey (Camden), and Craig Gamble (Camden) with week one big gator they caught around Chilatchee Creek on the Alabama River. The gator was 12′ 7″, 607 pounds. (WAW | James Lawler)

Billy Ronald Smith

Billy Ronald Smith 82, of Demopolis, passed away July 18, 2017, at his house. Services will be held 4 p.m. Thursday July 20, 2017, from Fairhaven Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Stevens officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing. Burial will follow in Demopolis Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Billy was born November 4,1934, in Brent, Al., to Eldridge and Lillian Smith.

He was preceded by his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Kathryn Sherbert Smith; daughters, Pam Bedsole ( Billy) of Demopolis, Deborah Phillips (Kenny) of Pensacola, Fl. And Rhonda Smith (Fred) of Jackson, Al.; Sister, Shirley Watkins of Brent, Al.; brother, Jimmy Smith of Hampton, Va.; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Will Smith, Holden Smith, Grey Bedsole, Matthew Phillips, Brad Huguley and Gary Phillips.

Honorary pallbearers will be Angela Johnson, Southern Care Staff, Nurses at the Cancer Center, Dr. Tai and Dr. Sanford.

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

Estelle Spear Money

Estelle Spear Money, a longtime resident of Demopolis, died peacefully at her home on July 17, 2017 at the age of 82.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:00 am at Fairhaven Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Demopolis Memorial Gardens with Kirk Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm at Kirk Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Steve Money, Dan Smith, Jake Smith, Taylor Money, Ryan Fennell, and Shane Pezant. Honorary pallbearers will be the staffs of Always Home and Camellia Hospice.

She is survived by a daughter, Dianne (Dan) Smith, Troy, AL, and a son, Steven W. Money, Marvyn, AL. She was Mamaw to her grandchildren, Emily (Ryan) Fennell, Atlanta, GA; Jake (Alla) Smith, Hoover, AL; Melissa Money, Arab, AL, and Taylor Money, Marvyn, AL. She had one great-granddaughter, Marley Clementz, Arab, AL. She is also survived by two sisters, Elizabeth (Jack) Anderson, Perry, FL, and Dorothy (George) Nichols, Mobile, AL; one brother, William “Bo” (Peggy) Spear, Ocala, FL, as well as many nieces and nephews; and one special friend and helper, Lavon Smith.

Mrs. Money was preceded in death by her husband, Benton A. Money; sisters, Betty Spear Caples and Jackie Spear Mann; brother, Bernard Ray Spear; and parents, Charles Wesley and Mary Lillian Nixon Spear.

She was a charter member of Fairhaven Baptist Church and was active in many church activities over the years. She was a strong and independent lady. She met every obstacle life thrown at her with grit, determination and a commitment to persevere. As Mamaw to her grandchildren, she was the consummate fort builder, and her sugar cookies, sausage balls, and chocolate pie were a beloved family tradition. She was a dedicated Christian and leaves her family the legacy of a life well lived.

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

Ben Bell

Mr. Ben Bell, age 95, the beloved spouse of Mrs. Gracie Bell of Gallion, Alabama entered into eternal rest, Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Demopolis, Alabama. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Ben Bell are incomplete and will be announced later by Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama.

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

Mary Louise Mozingo

Mary Louise Mozingo age 80 a homemaker of Grove Hill, AL died July 15, 2017 at her home. She was born May 20, 1937 in Baldwin Co., AL to Jacob Lester and Vera Aileen Wright. She attended Jackson First Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by two sons, James Edward (Judy) Mozingo, Sr. of Dickinson, AL; and Henry Ellis (Sue) Mozingo of Grove Hill, AL; three daughters, Mary Mozingo McKinley of Grove Hill, AL; Vivian Marie (Gregory) Howell of Grove Hill, AL; and Brenda Louise (Jeff) Davis of Fulton, AL; three brothers, Lester Wright of Defuniak Springs, FL; Leonard Wright of Jackson, AL and Lonnie Wright of Jackson, AL; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Stanley “Craig” Mozingo

Visitation will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Monday, July 17, 2017 from 1:00 pm until the 2:00 pm service time with Rev. Ervin C. Russell and Rev. Jonathan Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Lawn Cemetery in Grove Hill, 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.

Charles Lorenzo Cooper

Charles Lorenzo Cooper age 90 of Thomasville, AL died July 14, 2017 at VA Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, AL. He was born March 20, 1927 in Magnolia, AL to Lennie Grey and Johnnie Cooper. He was a retired merchant seaman with the Merchant Marines.

He is survived by his son, Wayne Cooper; three brothers, Clyde Cooper, Curtis Cooper, and Chris Cooper; two grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be announced at a later time.

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

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

Nelda Elaine Bullock Rogers

Nelda Elaine Bullock Rogers 72, passed away July 14, 2017, at her residence in Forkland. A graveside service will be held 10 a.m Monday July 17, 2017 from the Forkland Methodist Cemetery and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing.

She was born February 14, 1945, in Sweetwater to Thomas and Nettie Pearl Hinson Bullock.

She was preceded by her parents.

Survivors are her sons, Jeff Ethridge and Barry Ethridge (Denise ) ; brother, Johnny Bullock; grandchildren, Nicole Aledo, Barry Ethridge Jr. and Scott Ethridge.

Ms. Rogers delivered the mail to many communities in her work with the U.S. Post Office.

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

Ranelle Hamby Mayton

Ranelle Hamby Mayton age 79 a homemaker of Beaver Creek, AL died July 13, 2017 at Thomasville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born August 11, 1937 in Valley, AL to John R. and Mary Hamby. She was a member of Beaver Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Mike Mayton and Scott (Michelle) Mayton; sister, Gwen Balkenhol; brother, Buddy Hamby; three grandchildren, Marcus Mayton, Rachael Landrum, and Hunter Mayton; great grandchild, Parker Landrum.

Visitation will be held at Beaver Creek Baptist Church on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 1:00 pm until the 2:00 pm service time with Rev. Lister Hill and Rev. Thomas Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Beaver Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Thomasville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

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

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

Anthony Steven McDowell

Anthony Steven McDowell 57, of Demopolis, passed away July 12, 2017, at Druid City Hospital. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m Friday July 14, 2017, at Lipscomb Cemetery with Rev. Tony Antonelli and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing.

He was born February 7, 1960, in Demopolis, to Johnny and Nancy Patterson McDowell.

He was preceded by his father.

Survivors are his daughter, Mitzi McDowell of Gallion; son, Chad McDowell of Gallion; mother, Nancy McDowell of Jefferson; brothers, John McDowell of Tuscaloosa and Dean McDowell (Linda) of Jefferson.

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

Cordell Hull Hutto

Cordell Hull Hutto age 86 of Thomasville, AL died July 11, 2017 at Monroe County Hospital. He was born October 31, 1930 in Thomasville, AL to Thomas Howell and Frances Bell Hutto. He was a retired crane operator and a member of Pineview Baptist Church in Thomasville, AL.

He is survived by his son, Tim (Denise) Hutto of O Fallon, IL; daughter, Jackie H. Raybon of Thomasville, AL; daughter in law, Jean Hutto of Thomasville, AL; nine grandchildren, Dr. Justin Hutto, Dean Hutto, Aaron Hutto, Kim Raybon, Kyle Raybon, Cindy Hare, Theresa Tyson, Mandy Godbold, and Vickey Parker; and thirteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Hutto, son, Lynn Hutto, and parents, Thomas Howell and Frances Bell Hutto.

Visitation will be held at Pineview Baptist Church on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 1:00 pm until the 2:00 pm service time with Rev. Mitch Thrower officiating. Burial will follow at Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville, AL.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Pineview Baptist Church.

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

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