Obituaries for Friday, June 4, 2004

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 4, 2004

John Adams

1st Sgt. John Adams of Phoenix, AZ, died on May 25.

Graveside services will take place on June 5, at 4:00 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery.

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He is survived by a loving wife, Mabel; two sisters, Rosa Adams Towns of Selma; Alma Adams Miller of New York City; brother, Joshua Adams of Pompano Beach, FL; niece, Helene Towns Felton (Lonnie) of Selma; nephews, Thomas E. Towns Jr. (Karen), Steven E. Towns (Elaine) of Utica, NY, Laurence E. Towns Sr. (Janice) of Selma; granddaughter; great grandson; host of great nieces/nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother Helen Struthers Adams, father, King Jarvis Adams; brother, King “Sonny” Jarvis Adams Jr. and stepson, Leon Boyd.

Mr. Adams, SFC E-7, 144th Ordinance Co., completed 26 years of active U.S. military in Japan, Vietnam three times, Korea & Germany. Mr. Adams was a resident of Phoenix, AZ for many years with his wife, Mable. He spent several summers in Selma.

Ellit ‘Pappy’ Rose

Ellit Rose, 58, of Selma, died May 29 at a local hospital.

Services will be held June 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Isabella Baptist Church in Tyler with Elder Clarence Rose officiating and J.H. Williams & Sons Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Florence Rose.

Survivors included wife Earlene B. Rose; three sons, Tyrone, Lamar and Marcus Rose; two daughters, Joyce and LaTonya Rose all of Selma; two brothers, Willie (Mattie) Rose of Selma, Jessie (Arlinda) Rose of Montgomery; five aunts; one uncle; 18 grandchildren; four brother-in-laws; four sister-in-laws; nephews, nieces and other relatives.

Active pallbearers will be nephews and friends.

The body will lie in state at the church from 12 noon until time of service.

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Antonio Marshall, 39, of Selma, died May 29, at a local hospital.

Services will be held Friday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m. at Gospel Tabernacle with Rev. John Grayson officiating and Miller Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery.

Survivors included spouse, Tameka Marshall; parents, L.G. Marshall & Susie M. White.

Quintard Warren

Quintard Warren, 77, of Selma, died on June 2, at home.

Graveside service will be held Saturday, June 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Shiloh Cemetery. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery of Notasulga, AL with Miller Funeral Home directing.

Survivors included a son and daughter, Gayle Warren Burks.

James Sullivan Jr.

James Sullivan Jr., 82, of Selma, died May 26, at home.

Services will be held Saturday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Good Hope Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill, AL with Rev. Eugene Taylor and Rev. John L. Ward officiating and Miller Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Good Hope Church Cemetery.

Survivors included spouse, Sadie B. Sullivan; sons, James Jr., Jimmy, Patrick Sullivan; daughters, Earlean Sullivan, Eloise Andrews, Pauline Sullivan, Ruthie Wright; brother, Monroe Sullivan; sister, Hattie Hunter; twenty-three grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; two son-in-laws; one daughter-in-law; five brother-in-laws; one sister-in-law; host of nieces; nephews and other relatives.

Active pallbearers will be Maurice Wright, Jimmy Bibb, Jeff Bulter, Michael Sullivan, Joseph Fail Jr. and Percy May.

Tom L. Blevins

Tom L. Blevins, 100, of Marion Junction, died June 1 at a local hospital.

Services will be held Saturday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m. at Tabernacle of Praise Church with Pastor Efell Williams officiating and J.H. William & Sons Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery of Marion Junction.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Cora L. Blevins; daughter, Pearle M. Blevins; parents, Tom and Laura Blevins.

Survivors included four sons; seven daughters; eighty-one grandchildren; one hundred fifty great-grandchildren; host of nephews; nieces and other relatives.

Active pallbearers will be grandsons.

Mary Thorton (Woods) Commons

Mary Thornton (Woods) Commons, 97, of Marion Junction, AL died June 3.

Visitation will be held Sunday, June 6 from 2:00-2:45 p.m. with graveside services following at 3:00 p.m. at New Live Oak Cemetery with Lawrence Funeral Home directing.

Suvivors included daughters, Anne Woods Stanley and Bob of Pensacola, FL, Mary Woods Epp and Freddie of Marion Jct; grandchildren, Jean Stanley Marshall and Bill of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Barbara Stanley Murphy and Eleanor Stanley McGee of Pensacola, Fl; Rim Stanley and Alison of Ocean Side, California; Ruthann Epp Littell and Lester of Marion Jct, Edward Epp and Susan of Tallahassee, FL, Roy Epp and Laura of Albany, GA; ten great grandchildren..

Mary was a dietitian at Selma Junior High School during the 1940’s and hostess at First Presbyterian Church in the 1950’s. She married William Commons in 1956 and moved to Miami, FL where she was very active in Miami Shores Presbyterian Church. In 1976 they moved to Pace, FL where she continued her volunteer work at the Presbyterian Church in Milton as well as serving as President of the Women’s Federated Bridge Club. In 2002 she moved to Marion Junction to be with her daughter and family.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at Vaughn Regional Medical Center, to the doctors who ministered to her needs and to Cahaba Hospice.

The family would appreciate donations to Cahaba Hospice, 410 Church Street, Selma, AL 36701, in her memory.

David Keith Kennedy

David Keith Kennedy, 39, of Wetumpka, AL, formerly of Montgomery, AL, died on Wednesday, May 26.

Services were held on Saturday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chuck Conner officiating. Burial followed at China Grove Cemetery in the Redland Community of Wetumpka, AL.

Visitation was held prior to services at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Survivors include his girlfriend Sharon Register; parents David R. and Brenda (Thompson) Kennedy; brother, Bryan D. Kennedy; sister, Gail (Kennedy) Brantley; brother-in-law, Andrew Brantley; Bryan girlfriend Kristi Randolph.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur Lee Thompson and Anne (Hudson) Weeks of Montgomery, AL; Charles Robert Kennedy and Jessie (Vaughan) Kennedy of Camden, AL.

Keith was a graduated of Hooper Academy and John Patterson Technical College and was employed with the Alabama Department of Transportation. He will also be mourned by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved him.

Active pallbearers were Chris Throne, James Headley, Scott and Stewart Parker, Aaron Winter, Rickey and Benney Hoots and Van Beasley.

Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Brantley, Chuck Conner III and Bruce George.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Missions Unlimited, 12063 County Road 26, Hope Hull, AL 36043.

Steven Bryant Sr.

Steven Bryant Sr., 69 of Forkland, died on May 29.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 5 at 12 noon at New Green Oak Baptist Church of Forkland, AL with Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Gilmore officiating and Larkin & Scott Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery. The remains will repose at church on Saturday, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Billy Lomax

Billy Lomax, 75, of Gallion, died on May 29, at Bryan Whitfield Hospital in Demopolis, AL.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 5 at 1 p.m. at Larkin & Scott Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kelvin Robertson officiating and Larkin & Scott Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow in Coleman Cemetery of Gallion, AL.

Robert Leonard Roberts

Robert Leonard Roberts, of Selma died at a local nursing home.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 4, at New Live Oak Cemetery in Selma with Dr. Jerry Henry officiating and Lawrence Brown Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Allie Roberts; two brothers, Henry Alvin Roberts and Thomas H. Roberts; sister, Annie Laura Morris.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Henry Roberts; daughter, Linda Roberts Scott of Spartanburg, SC; three grandchildren, Dr. Robert Allan Scott and wife Eleonora of Atlanta, GA; Tracy Lawrence Scott and wife Meagan of Slidell, LA; Carey Ryan Scott and wife Kristin of Spartanburg, SC and three great grandchildren, Ashlyn Ruth Scott and Marley Frances Scott of Slidell, LA; Liam Robert Scott of Atlanta, GA.

Active pallbearers will be nephews Dr. Pelham H. Henry, Jr., Charles H. Sims III, Pelham H. Henry III, Thomas C. Henry, J. Kenneth Henry, Thomas H. Roberts, Jr. and Robert E. Morris.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Morning Coffee Club.

Mr. Roberts was born in Camden, AL on December 24, 1914. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army XXI Corps Artillery. He was stationed in Germany 1944-1946 and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious operations against the enemy.

Mr. Roberts worked with Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Selma for 45 years, retiring as Sales Manager in 1988. During his retirement, he opened and ran R & W Antiques, an antique shop located in the Riverfront Mini-Mall.

He was a past member of the Selma Civitan Club, where he took an active part. He also served on the Riverfront Marker Day and Historic Committees for the city of Selma. He was a member of Elkdale Baptist Church, where he served in various positions, including deacon, training union director and member of the finance and pulpit committees,

Mr. Roberts was truly a friend of all, stopping to chat with friends everywhere he went. He was known all over Selma for his kind and generous spirit.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Elkdale Baptist Church or the Clayton Cooper Fund- In memory of Leonard Roberts-UAB Pediatric Cardiology, 320 New Hillman Building, 619 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35249-6852.