Obituaries for June 10

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 10, 2002

Moses Suttles. Sr.

Moses Suttles, Sr. of Selma, 77, died on Thursday, June 3 at a local hospital.

Services will be held on Thursday, June 10 at 1 p.m. at the Sandridge Baptist Church with Rev. Willie Johnson officiating and Miller Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Memorial Garden Cemetery.

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Survivors include wife, Arlean Johnson Suttles; five children, Pricilla Hall of Atlanta, GA, Caroline Williams of Detroit, MI, Jean Suttles, Moses (Lucy) Suttles, Jr., Wanda (Tyrone) Barnett all of Selma; step-daughter, Margaret Pugh of Detroit, MI; step-sons, Ronald Johnson and Michael Johnson all of Selma; mother-in-law, Jessie Johnson; five sister-in-laws, AdaBell McGee, Fannie (Joseph) Brown, Rosetta (Julius) Lanier all of Selma, Adell Harris of Chicago, IL, Georgia (Cleveland) Chaney of Cleveland, OH; three brothers-in-laws, Eddie (Dorothy) Johnson of Birmingham, AL, William (Gloria) Johnson of St. Louis, MO, Earnest (Della) Johnson of Selma; 22 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; host of nieces; nephews, other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Selma Police Department Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends at George Washington Caver Homes Community Center immediately following the interment.

Lou Ellen Nettles Griffin

Lou Ellen Nettles Griffin, died Sunday, June 6 in Thomasville, AL.

Services were Tuesday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at Arlington Methodist Church with Rev. Wilson Kendrick officiating. Burial will be in Arlington Methodist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 54 years, William Comer Griffin; parents, Samuel Cornelius and Janie Maude Rikard Nettles; brothers, Samuel Cornelius Nettles, William Henry Nettles, Dr. James Dennis Nettles; sister, Jane Nettles Lavender.

Survivors include three children, William Michael Griffin (Margie) of Fallon, Nevada, Nancy Ellen Griffin Brown (Dan) of Estes Park, CO, Emily Jane Griffin Brodeur of Nashville, TE; grandchildren, Mary Jane Griffin Serna (Scott) of Daleville, AL, Willie Phillips Griffin (Aimee) of Copperas Cove, TX, Michelle Lee Griffin of Burnsville, Minnesota, William Joseph Brown of Denver, CO and Emily Kate Brown of Estes Park, CO; great-grandchildren, Abigail Serna of Daleville, AL, Isaac and Gabrielle Griffin of Copperas Cove, TX; sisters, Mildred Nettles Cook of Clifton, AL; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Active pallbearers were

William Melzar Nettles of Lake City, FL, Daniel Bragg Cook of Bakersfield, CA, Samuel McPherson Cook of Destin, FL, Abe Crum Cook, III of Clifton, John Cornelius Nettles of Selma, Thomas Nettles Lavender of Opelika, Samuel Dennis Lavender and James Franklin Lavender of Moundville and Douglas N. Barfield of Montgomery, AL.

Honorary pallbearers were Deb Bridges, John Creswell, James D. Williams of Arlington and J.R. Johnson of Pine Hill, AL.

Ms. Griffin was born in Arlington on August 18, 1914. She graduated from Pine Hill High as valedictorian and received her college degree Magna Cum Laude in Math with a minor in English from Birmingham-Southern College in 1933. She taught school for many years in Alabama, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington. She was a member of the Honorary Chemistry Society in College, Alpha Gamma Delta teaching society, American Association of University Women, Arlington Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Alabama Charter Chapter #36, United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Friday Afternoon Club and a former officer of the Wilcox Historical Society.

The family would especially like to thank Shirley Sheffield and Lyda McBryde for their kind and loving care over the past eight years, as well as Early Sheffield, Sharon Sheffield, Julian McBryde, Dr. Frank Dozier and the staff at the Thomasville Infirmary.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the United Methodist Children’s Home or a charity home or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Betty Louise Andrews Arrington

Betty Louise Andrews Arrington of Orrville, died Saturday, June 5.

Services were held on Monday, June 7 in the Chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Rimmer officiating and Lawrence Funeral Home directing. Burial followed in New Live Oak Cemetery.

Survivors include husband, Bill Arrington; daughters, Matteson Barcklay of California, Olivia Miller of Tennessee, Susan Fiduccia of Georgia; six grandchildren, Mac Higginbotham of Birmingham, Ashley Higginbotham of Maplesville, Erin Johnson of Nevada, Libba Miller, Andy Miller and Bill Miller all of Memphis; three brothers, Leon Hayes of Camden, AL, Robert Parker Andrews of Weatherford, TX, Henri Andrews in Goldsboro, NC.

Mrs. Arrington was born in Camden, AL in 1929. She was the wife of William “Bill” for 55 years.

Mrs. Arrington earned her bachelors and Masters degree in elementary education from Auburn University, where she also met Bill. She taught in Dallas County and Selma City Schools before becoming the 1st teacher hired at John T. Morgan Academy. While at Morgan, she taught the 4th grade for 19 years. Mrs. Arrington loved teaching, and one of her many 4th graders became her doctor. She told him, “well, I had you at my mercy and now you have me at yours. On the street of Selma she was often greeted with “hi Mrs. Arrington you taught me in the 4th grade.

Active pallbearers were Bill Kendricks, Herman Majors, Sam Neely, Howard Burrill, Jimmy Wampler and H.C. Atchinson.

The family received friends at Lawrence Funeral Home from 7-8 p.m. on Sunday, June 6.

B.W. (Bill) Hardy

B.W. (Bill) Hardy of Fennville, MI, 63, died on May 28.

Services were held on June 2 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Ron Turcich, O.S.A. officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Saugatuck, MI.

Hewas preceded in death by his mother, Jewell Edwards; brother, Bobby Hardy; wife, Shirley Hardy.

Survivors include daughters, Sherri (Thomas) Smith, Michelle (Douglas) Brazeal all of Lucedale, MS, Terri (Wesley) Weninegar of Chickasaw, AL; son, Danny Stone of Mobile, AL.; sisters, Jackie (Lee) Peake of Selma, Sandra (Dennis) Haught of Griffin, GA; brother, Ken (Mary) Edwards of Selma, AL.

Mr. Hardy was a former resident of Selma, AL. He was employed with the Coca-Cola Company for many years and later employed with Southern Railroad as an engineer.

Mable Orene Ellis

Mable Orene Ellis of Selma, 81, died on Saturday, June 5 at a nursing home.

Graveside services were Tuesday, June 8 at 2 p.m., in New Live Oak Cemetery with Rev. Al Finch officiating and Lawrence Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include sons, Billy Ellis and Ronnie Ellis both of Kentucky; sister, Georgia Lewis of Selma; five nieces; nephews and numerous cousins.

Active pallbearers were Lee Pickering, Dan Edwards, Don Hancock, Richie Pickering, and Terry Bennett.