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Obituaries for February 7

Ludy Dunning Gildersleeve

Ludy Dunning Gildersleeve, of Selma, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003.

Services are at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 Marie Foster St., with the Pastor Steven Washington officiating. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery with Lewis Brothers Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include her devoted husband, James; two daughters, Marian Gildersleeve-Martin of Selma and Linda (Ulysses) Gildersleeve-Blackwell of College Park, Ga.; four grandchildren, Jabari and Shedra Martin of Selma and Shayla and Marche’ Blackwell of College Park, Ga.; five sisters, Cora Dell Ramsey, Loretta Moore and Izola (Melza) Pritchett of Chicago, Il., Elmira (L.O.) Hope of Dixon Mills and Nellie Blackmon of Selma; one brother, Cantaberry Dunning of Northport; and two sisters-in-law, Etta Pearl Gildersleeve of Birmingham and Gracie Dunning of Chicago, Ill.; and nieces, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death in addition to her parents, by one brother, Cornelius Ossie Dunning, two sisters, Earlie Mae Wilmer and Alma Dunning.

Active pallbearers will be men at the church

Flowerbearers will be Trinity Ladies Aide Auxiliary

Mrs. Ludy Bernice Dunning Gildersleeve, was born on Aug. 21, 1922, in Vineland (Marengo County), to the late Connie and Pearline Dunning. She was baptized as a child at Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Vineland. She continued fulfilling her Christian obligations until her death.

Mrs. Gildersleeve married her childhood sweetheart, James E. Gildersleeve, on Dec. 26, 1945, at Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Vineland. They later moved to Birmingham so Mr. Gildersleeve could complete his undergraduate work at Miles College. Several years later, they relocated to Selma, where Mrs. Gildersleeve taught at Trinity Lutheran Elementary School and worked with the City of Selma Adult Basic Education Program.

In August of 1964, she received her bachelor of science degree in education from Alabama State University in Montgomery. She had35 fulfilling years as an educator in which she taught in both public and private schools in the state of Alabama.

She was a devoted wife for 57 years and a loving caring mother. She retired from Wilcox County Board of Education in September, 1990.

Paul M. Friday

Paul M. &uot;Paul M&uot; Friday, 84, of Selma died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 at his home

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Church Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. George Sedberry officiating. Burial will follow at the New Live Oak Cemetery with Lawrence Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Norma Baker Friday; a daughter, Paula Friday Vardaman (Wayne Vardaman, Sr.); two grandsons, Wayne Vardaman Jr. (Kim) of Selma and Paul Clay Vardaman of Birmingham; great granddaughter, Anna Grace Vardaman of Selma; one sister Edith Friday Morrow of Selma; sister-in-law, Carolyn Baker Loy of Dallas, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers are Ken Morrison, Donnie Russell, Dr. James H. Armstrong, Jr., Ken Capps, Guy Empie, Catesby Jones, Tommy Jones, and Frank Phillips.

Honorary pallbearers include W. J. Ballard, Randy Boone, John Clark, Dr. Caldwell DeBardeleben, Richard Gibian, Roger Jones, Richard Kerlikoski, Carl Morgan, Tommy Morris, Hans Paulsen, Richard Tabor, Dr. Wiley Thomason, and Henry Vaughn.

The family request that memorials be sent to Wiregrass Hospice or Church Street United Methodist Church of Selma.

Mr. Friday was born in 1918, he was the youngest of eight children born to Nannie Terry and James Walton Friday. He was a World War II veteran serving for 34 months in England with the 30rth Bomber Group, 8th Air Force. For 40 years, Mr. Friday worked as a homebuilder.

The American Flag on the casket was flown over the U.S. Capital in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Friday’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Inez Davis Crum

Inez Davis Crum, 89, of Dallas County, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at her home.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Temple Gate Church with Minister Lela Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Miller Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include two sons, Woodrow Small and Earnest Davis; two daughters, Bernice Sanders and Arzula Snow; one sister, Ruth Smith of Cleveland, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; two sons-in-law; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Sadie Lee Wallace

Sadie Lee Wallace, 68, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, in Whitehall.

Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Shiloh Baptist Church with the Rev. James McBride Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, Benton.

Survivors include seven sons, Pastor James McBride Sr., Dennis Wallace, James (Yvette) Wallace, Pete Wallace, Eden (Cheryl) Wallace, David (Annie) Wallace and Ben(Chanda) Wallace; three daughters, Shirley Wallace, Eva L. (Tommy) Wallace and Stephanie Wallace; brothers, Jessie McReynolds, James McReynolds, David McReynolds, Joseph McReynolds, Monroe Kindred, George McReynolds, Edward McReynolds, James, Peter McBride; two sisters, Ada Scott and Rosie McReynolds; 34 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one son-in-law; five daughters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews; special friend, Leroy McReynolds,

She was preceded in death by a brother, Aaron McReynolds.

Active pallbearers are friends and family.

Hazel Elizabeth Hopkins

Hazel Elizabeth Hopkins, 86, of Jones, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at her home.

Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Fancher officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Memory Gardens Cemetery with Lawrence Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include daughter, Faye Oliver (Ernest) of Selma; step-son, Ronnie Hopkins of Selma; grandchildren, David Oliver, Billy Oliver, Ray Oliver and Veronica Hopkins; sisters Loyd Virginia Davis and Willie Mae Cox; and great-grandchildren, Christy Lynn Oliver and James &uot;Pedro&uot; Oliver.

She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Billie Faye Oliver.

Active pallbearers are David Oliver, Billy Oliver, Ray Oliver, Steven Oliver, Ronnie Hopkins and Eric Champion.

Family visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Lou Ella Harris

Lou Ella Harris, of Lowndes County, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003.

Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Mt. Calvary

Baptist Church with the Rev. Arthur Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery with Bell Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include one sister, Sadie H. McCall of Letohatche; three brothers, Leotha (Dorothy) Harris of Augusta, S.C., Earnest (Everlena) Harris Sr. of Letohatchee and Hardy Harris Jr. of Pontiac, Mich.; nephew, Stanley McCall of Mosses; niece, Cynthia McCall of Letohatchee; friend, Mary Lou Perry; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Annie Mae McClain of Pontiac, Mich., and a brother, Willie Joe Harris of Minter.

John L. Wilson

John L. Wilson, 83, of Demopolis, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at his home.

Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Kingdom Hall, Demopolis. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion No. 2 Cemetery, Demopolis with Larkin and Scott Funeral Home directing.

Flora Evans

Flora Evans, 57, of Selma, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at her home.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Miller Funeral Home.

Naomi Blunt

Naomi Blunt, 85, of Sardis, died Thursday, February 6, 2003 at a local hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Miller Funeral Home.

Clifford Moore

Clifford Moore, 45, of Selma, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at a Montgomery hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Miller Funeral Home.

Edward Ernest Lockett

Edward Ernest &uot;Ernie&uot; Lockett, 83, of Gastonia, N.C., (formerly of Selma) died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at a healthcare facility

Services are at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Founders Chapel of McLean Funeral Home in Gastonia, N.C., with Drs. E. Leon Smith and A. Douglas Aldrich officiating. Burial will follow with military rites rendered by the Last Man Club of Gaston County will be held in Gaston Memorial Park with McLean Funeral Home of Gastonia directing.

Survivors include his wife Mary Kathryn Lockett; sons and daughters-in-law, Roy and Donna Lockett, John and Lindsay Lockett all of Gastonia, daughter andson-in-law, Bobbye and Rusty Ford of Gastonia; sister, Gertrude Davenport of Selma; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Bob Quasdorf of Memphis, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Louise Lockett of Selma; two granddaughters and spouses, Lorrie and Shawn McClaren of Charlotte, Julie and Chris Pell of Gastonia; great-grandson, Tyler Pell of Gastonia; mother-in-law, Emma J. Lovelace of Gastonia; step-daughters and stepsons-in-law, Kathy Friday and David VanLew of Moorpark, Calif., Emily and Frank Hodges of Florence, SC; step-grandchildren; Katherine and Dr. Carl Szczesniak of Greenville, NC, Lauren Hodges of Florence, SC, David Hodges of Lake Norman and Elizabeth Wilson of Sonora, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mattie John Buchanan Lockett and brothers, John A. Lockett, Theophilus Lockett and Furness Lockett, his nine month old twin brother.

Active pallbearers are Shawn McClaren, Chris Pell, Steve Brittain, Frank Hodges, Dr. Carl Szczesniak and David Hodges,

Family will be from 1:30 – 3 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to First Baptist Church, Celebrating the Vision, 2650 Union Rd., Gastonia, N.C, 28053, the Community Foundation, P.0. Box 123, Gastonia, N.C. 28053-0123, the Salvation Army, 107 S. Broad St., Gastonia, NC. 28052, or to the charity of Donor’s choice. Mr. Lockett was the son of the late Abner Theophilus and Jennie Oakes Lockett. He served his country during World War II as a pilot in the US Navy Naval Air Corps, based in Panama, and attained the rank of lieutenant. He was a regional representative with the Westvaco Corporation: where he worked with the multi-wall bag division for over 25 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of First Baptist Church for over 40 years; where he served as a deacon and was very active in the Sunday School program. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all outdoor activities.