LHS celebrates homecoming (gallery)

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Portia Ann Thomas

Portia Ann Thomas, 86, went to be with the Lord Thursday, October 5, 2017, at Hospice of West Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Ann was born November 28, 1930. She graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School and Druid City Hospital School of Nursing. Ann was a registered nurse for many years, serving in many capacities at Druid City Hospital, Tuscaloosa; Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL; Hale County Hospital, Greensboro; and Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Demopolis.

Ann was a member of Canal Heights Church of Christ, Demopolis, Alabama, where she served faithfully for many years with her husband, Jimmy. Following Jimmy’s death, Ann attended Greensboro Church of Christ as long as her health allowed.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband James (Jimmy) Richard Thomas, her parents, Zebedee and Claudie Baker Utley; brothers Homer Utley, Sidney Utley, Doyle Utley, Bernard Utley; sisters Alma Nellie Geddie, Janice Brockley, Elsie Powell Barker, Florence Maples.

Survivors include her children Sanet Jennings (Duke) Jonesboro, Arkansas; John Richard Kuykendall (LaRita) Nashville, Tennessee; Margo Lynn Kuykendall Moore, Northport, Alabama; Kenneth Paul Kuykendall; Grandchildren Kristie Nichelle Holland, Nashville, Tennessee; Ashley Dawn Scroggins and Heather Bree Scroggins, Jonesboro, Arkansas; James Kuykendall, Audra Rosenbury, John Kuykendall, of Nashville, Tennessee; Robert Adam Moore, Joshua Aaron Moore, and Micah Austin Moore of Northport, Alabama; several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 13, 6-8 pm, at Kirk Funeral Home in Greensboro, and graveside service will be Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 11:00 am at Oakwood Cemetery, Greensboro, with pastor Jeremy Smith officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be elders and deacons of Greensboro Church of Christ and Canal Heights Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404, or Greensboro Church of Christ.

Special thanks to Lorenzo and Darlene Long, Darlene’s sister Georgia and other family members, who provided in-home care for the last year. Also special thanks to Michael Plummer and Derrick (Cupp) Paige who assisted with lawn care and maintenance of the home. And very special thanks to Mary Love Collins who served the family faithfully for many years.

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

Ollie Lucille Larkin

Ms. Ollie Lucille Larkin, age 89 of Uniontown, Alabama entered into eternal rest, Sunday, October 15, 2017 at her residence. Funeral arrangements for Ms. Ollie Lucille Larkin are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama.

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

Melissa Benison

Ms. Melissa Benison of Forkland, Alabama entered into eternal rest, Thursday, October 12, 2017 at her residence. Funeral arrangements for Ms. Melissa Benison 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.

Hayden Malik Moore

Baby Boy Hayden Malik Moore, the beloved infant son of JaMichael W. Moore and Kayla S. Evans of Tuscaloosa, Alabama entered into eternal rest in the arms of Jesus, Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL. Committal Services for Baby Boy Hayden Malik Moore will be held Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. from El Shaddai Memorial Cemetery, Dixons Mills, Alabama. Bishop Gregory Lucy, committal minister. Hayden is also the beloved grandson of Mr. & Mrs. Jacob (Falisa) Moore of Dixons Mills, AL; Mrs. Lisa Evans, Fayetteville, GA and Mr. William Evans, Columbus, OH. Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama entrusted with all arrangements.

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

Thomas Joseph Massey

Thomas Joseph Massey 89, of Marion, passed away October 10, 2017, at his residence. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m Friday October 13, 2017, from Cannan Baptist Church in Bessemer with Rev. Joe Bob Mizell and Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel directing. Visitation will be Thursday night at the Funeral Home from 6 to 7:30.

He was born in Bessemer to Joseph Allen and Flora Gamble Massey.

He was preceded by his parents; sister, Peggie Massey; brother; Clifford Eugene.

Survivors are his wife, Bobbie Jean George Massey; son, Brock Massey; 1 granddaughter; special friend, Charles Collum.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Gamble, Glennis Gamble, Dale Gamble, Buster Gamble, Jim Gamble, Carl Gamble and N.J. Ray.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Cannan Baptist Church Cemetery, 2543 Morgan Road, Bessemer, Alabama, 35022.

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

Sarah Joe Duke

Sarah Joe Duke age 82 of Gallion, AL died October 9, 2017 at her home. She was born March 31, 1935 in Sweet Water, AL to Lewis Dewey and Edna Irene Hall. She was a retired seamstress.

She is survived by her husband, Clint A. Duke, Jr. of Gallion, AL; son, Paul Lynn of Thomasville, AL; three daughters, Dianne Browning of Dothan, AL; Sarah Jean Hiebeler of Hot Springs, AR; and Marie Wyatt of Demopolis, AL; a sister, Patty Etheridge of Sweet Water, AL; nine grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 10:00 am until 10:30 am. Graveside funeral services will follow at Old Springhill United Methodist Church Cemetery at 11:00 am with Rev. Morris Hill officiating.

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

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

Della Dobbins Ward Perkins

Della Dobbins Ward Perkins passed away on October 7, 2017, on her 96th birthday, at Southland Nursing Home in Marion, AL.

Della was preceded in death by her husbands, T.W.Ward and Richard Wayne Perkins; her parents, Della Harrison Dobbins and Charles Walter Dobbins; brothers Henry Grady Dobbins, J.C. Dobbins, and Johnny Dobbins.

She is survived by her niece, Della Dobbins Scott, Clemmons, N.C., four great-nieces and two great-nephews; daughters, Judi P. Williams(Mike), and Jane P. Nichols; grandchildren, Kelly Cole(Kim), Bryan Cole(Mickie), Preston Nichols(Wendy), Lindsey Bushey(Mike); great-grandchildren, Tirey Cole(Lindsay), Hannah Cole, Mary Margaret and Camille Nichols.

Della was a member of First United Methodist Church for many years, and was employed at Marion Military Institute for 23 years as Secretary to the Commandant.

Her hobby was crocheting gifts for friends, family, newlyweds, and babies. She directed fifty-five local weddings.

Visitation will be at Marion United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 14 at 11:00. The funeral will be at 12:00, with Pastor James I. Davis officiating, and burial following at Marion Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Anderson, Mike Williams, Kelly Cole, Bryan Cole, Preston Nichols, and Tirey Cole. Honorary pallbearers will be Southland Nursing Home Staff, Comfort Care nurses Hilary McDowell and Taylor Draper, and special family friends, Annie Billingsley and Eddie Benjamin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marion United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.

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

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Velma Lankster Jones

Mrs. Velma Lankster Jones of Linden, Alabama entered into eternal rest October 6, 2017, at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital Demopolis, Alabama. Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Lankster Jones were held Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 71 Johnsonville Road, Linden, Alabama; Rev. Robert Pearce pastor and eulogist. Interment followed in the adjoining church cemetery. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC entrusted with arrangements.

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