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Obituaries for September 29

Jerry Harris Coleman Sr.

Jerry Harris Coleman Sr., 73, of Dallas County, died Monday, September 22, 2003 at a local hospital.

Services were at 3 p.m. Friday, September 26, at Calvary M.B. Church with the Rev. C.A. Lett officiating. Burial followed in Pineview Memory Gardens Cemetery with Miller Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Coleman; two sons, Jerry H. Coleman Jr. (Lindsay) and Staff Sgt. John Coleman; two daughters, Stella Coleman and Cynthia Coleman; three sisters, Elizabeth Ragland, Carrie (John) Davis and Lee (Matt) Brown; one grandchild; one daughter-in-law; six brothers-in-law; and five daughters-in-law.

Annie Mae Rucker

Annie Mae Rucker, 74, of Orrville, died Saturday, September 20, 2003, in Atlanta, Ga.

Services were at 12 noon, Saturday, September 27, at First Baptist Church with Lewis Brothers Funeral Home directing. Gus Thornhill Funeral Home servicing in Atlanta, Ga. Burial followed in church cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Hamp Rucker Jr. and John Rucker of Atlanta, Ga., and Raymond (Beverly) O. Rucker Sr. of Orrville; five daughters, Nettie Rucker Thrash, Eloise (Donald) Mann, Mary (Alvin) Wedgeworth, Shelia (Anthony) Lyons and Annette Rucker Speight all of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Edward Thurman of Selma; one sister, Callie Sander of Mobile; 23 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sons-in-law; one daughter-in-law; one brother-in-law; one sister-in-law; 26 nephews; 22 nieces.

Active pallbearers are Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Deacons of Atlanta, Ga.

Mrs. Rucker, was know as a &uot;praying woman.&uot; She would always say &uot;If she could help someone along her way, then her living would not be in vain,&uot; young or old.

Anna Dean Howell

Anna Dean Howell, 75, of an Elmore nursing home and a previous resident of an assisted living center in Wetumpka, died Monday, September 22, 2003.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 25, at the Chapel of Leak-Memory Funeral Home in Montgomery, with the Rev. Warren Culver officiating Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Survivors include four sisters, Ethel Bell of Alexander City, Laurine Strain of Sylacauga, June Ingram New of Hueytown and Evie (Johnnie) Long of Selma; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ocie C. and Sarah Frances Howell, four sisters, Gertrude Lake, Elsie Gibson, Sally Gilliland and Orvid Howell, three brothers, Jester Howell, Albert Howell and Kelley Howell.

Family visitation were held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or a favorite charity.

Emma T. Anderson

Emma T. Anderson, 59, of Orrville, died Sunday, September 21, 2003 at her home.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 27, at Aimwell M.B. Church with the Rev. Charles L. Lett officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with J.H. Williams and Sons Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include two sisters, Mel Flanagan-Brown of Orrville and Carolyn F. (Anderson) Ruffin of Shreveport, La.; one god-sister, Ernestine (Robert) Hall of Detroit, Mich.; one god-brother, Rev. Cyrus F. (Rhonda) Flanagan of Tallahassee, Fla.; and one step-brother, Johnnie &uot;June&uot; (Ira) Baynes of Rosedale, N.Y.; aunts and uncles, Jessie (W.D.) Thomas of Montgomery, Annie Kate Brown of Selma, Earlie (Mary) Brown of Escorse, Mich., Andrew Brown of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Albert Brown of Cleveland, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Renee (Wendell) Clark of Mesquite, Texas, Andrell Douglas Ruffin of Tallahassee, Fla., Arissa Renee Ruffin of Tuscaloosa, Germaine Flanagan-Brown of Orrville, Cy Kari Flanagan of Jacksonville, Fla., Cyd Ney and Cyn Claire Flanagan of Tallahassee, Fla.; and great-nephew, Jorian Taylor Clark of Mesquite, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis Taylor and Mariah Brown Taylor Flanagan, a sister, Joyce Taylor McMillion and husband, Earl Lee Anderson.

Active pallbearers are David Hall Lodge #154 and Patterson Pride 749.

Honorary pallbearers are Archie Armstrong, Ben Brown, Germaine Flanagan-Brown, Wendell Clark, Jimmy Hardy, Andrell Douglas Ruffin.

Family visitation will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, at J.H. Williams and Sons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Anderson was born in Orrville on Nov. 6, 1943. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined Aimwell M. B. Church and was a faithful member. She was married to the late Issac Lawson Sr. and in 1988 married the late Earl Lee Anderson. She was an active member of the Salem Pride Chapter #509 Order of Eastern Star.

She attended

Keith High School and active with the Class of 1963.

She was employed at Vaughan Regional Hospital for more than 19 years, and a private home care provider for more than eight years.

She was a member of Aimwell Baptist Church, served as Matron in the Adult Choir and on the Food Committee.

Hermanski Todd

Hermanski Todd, 28, of Selma, died Friday, September 19, 2003.

Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 27, at Morning Star Baptist Church with the Rev. Booker T. Booker officiating.

Survivors include an unborn son; two sisters, Rena Williams (Mosezel) and Tonya Todd both of Selma; six brothers, Anthony Todd (Cheryl), Vincent Smith (Rochelle), Reginald, Tyrone, Eric and Gerald Todd all of Selma; two god-brothers, Mark and Michael Roberts both of Montgomery; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Mr. Todd was born to the late Louvenia Todd and Jesse Johnson of Selma.

The family would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support.

Gussie S. Tarver

Gussie S. Tarver, 81, of Dallas County, died Sunday, September 21, 2003 at a local hospital.

Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 27, at Summer Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Etta Weaver officiating. Burial will follow in New Sister Spring Baptist Church with Miller Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include one son, Lethon Tarver Jr. of Selma; one daughter, Margaret Tarver of Selma; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers are nephews and friends.

Jake Irby II

Jake Irby II, 77, of Annie Manie, died Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at his home.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 27, at Canaan C.P. Church with the Rev. Bobby Young officiating. Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery with Christian Memorial Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his wife Alice Irby; parent, Pearlie Bridges; three sons, Jake Irby III of Tuscaloosa, Catoe McNeal Irby of Sardis, LeRoy (Deloris) Irby of Ft. Mead, Md.; three daughters, Earnestine (James) Davis of North Carolina, Dorothy (Allen) Robinson of Detroit, Mich. And Luvernia (Thomas) Willoughby of Sardis; two brothers, J.D. (Ellen) Hunter of Mobile and William (Rosie) Hunter of Camden; three sisters, Pearlie Ellis of Boston, Mass., Etta Power of New Jersey and Ethel Berry of Mobile; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law; one brother-in-law, James Jackson; two sisters-in-law, Lula Mae Nettles and Mae Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives, Maggie Irby and 10 stepchildren; special step-granddaughter, Tymika Bosby of Annie Manie.

Active pallbearers are grandsons.

Lee Earnest Seawright

Lee Earnest Seawright, 61, of Ft. Deposit, died Monday, September 22, 2003.

Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 27, at Ft. Deposit Complex with the Rev. Bennie Stanford officiating. Burial will follow in Ft. Deposit Cemetery with Bell Funeral Home directing.

Bennie Whatley

Bennie Whatley, 86, of Lowndes County, died Sunday, September 21, 2003.

Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 27, at St. Paul CME Church with the Rev. Tony Longshore officiating. Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery with Bell Funeral Home directing.

Lois Elaine Minor Wagner

Lois Elaine Minor Wagner, 74, of Prattville, died Friday, September 26, 2003.

Services are at 2 p.m. Monday, September 29, at the Chapel f Prattville Memorial with Dr. Travis Coleman officiating. Burial will follow in Prattville Memory Gardens Cemetery with Prattville Memorial

Chapel directing.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Gilbert W. Wagner of Prattville; one daughter and son-in-law, Carol Elaine and Bruce L, Kent, M.D. of Montgomery; three grandchildren, William Darnell Kent, Brittany Elaine Kent and Jeremy Noland Kent.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cluid B. and Clara Hunter Minor, one grandchild, Baby Kent; and one brother, Noland B. Minor.

Family visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, P.O. Box 450, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 19006.

Mrs. Wagner earned her BS degree from Montevallo University, formerly Alabama College. She was a historial research analyst for Maxwell Air Force Base and retired after 30 years of service. As an avocation, she was a talented freelance artist, poet and writer of which many of her works were published in several periodicals, including &uot;Lake Martin Living.&uot;

Epher Byars

Epher &uot;Betty&uot; Byars. 84, of Selma, formerly of Pineapple, died Thursday, September, 25, 2003.

Graveside services are at2 p.m. Monday, September 29, at Friendship Cemetery in Pineapple.

Survivors include her daughter, June Byars Pyburn of Pelham; two grandsons, Jerry Byars Reid and Barron Pace Reid both of Pelham; two sisters, Aves Christiano of Bloomfield, N.J., and Isabell Carroll of Moulton; and a half-brother, Paul Berryman of Huntsville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Andrew Byars and a sister, Ava Chiaramonte of Clark, N. J.

In lieu flowers, memorials may be made to the Friendship Baptist Church of Pineapple.

Katie Hines Smiley

Katie Hines Smiley, 85, died Tuesday September 16, 2003, at a local hospital. Services were at 1 p.m., Saturday, September 27, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Minister Phillips officiating. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery with Walker Mortuary services directing.

Survivors include four granddaughters, Patricia (Pete) Brown, Katie Hunter, Mona Bonner, and Anita King all of Selma; one grand-son George (Irene) Franklin; one daughter-in-law, Ernestine Franklin; and one god-daughter, Laurann Thomas; one niece, Mazell James all of Selma; and a host of loving great-grandkids, great-great- grandkids nieces, nephews, friends and family.