Obituaries for Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 26, 2004

Mildred Browder Givan

Mildred Browder Givan, 71, of Selma, died Wednesday, September 21, 2004, at a local hospital.

Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, at First Baptist Church on M.L. King St., with the Rev. Alvin Cleveland. Burial will follow in Salem P.B. Church Cemetery with Lewis Brothers Funeral Home directing.

Email newsletter signup

Survivors include her husband, Benjamin Givan; two sons, Bernard and Marcus Givan; one brother, David Browder; sisters, Sarah Browder and Rosa Curtis; three grandchildren; two daughters-in-law; one sister-in-law; three step-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Solomon and Mary Browder, and one sister, Sallie Mae Douglas.

Active pallbearers are nephews.

Honorary pallbearers are First Baptist Church Deacon Board and members of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Flowerbearers are First Baptist Matrons, Coterie Club.

Mrs. Givan was a member of First Baptist Church, elementary school teacher in the Selma City School System, and was involved in various church related and civic activities.

Myrtle White Courtney

(Annie) Myrtle White Courtney, 99, of Selma, died Friday, September 24, 2004, at a local nursing home.

Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 26, at New Live Oak Cemetery with the Rev. George Birchler officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include one son, Roland E. Courtney Jr. and his wife Marion: grandchildren, Roland Courtney III, Dale Courtney, Gary Courtney and wife Charly and Sharron Goza; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland E. Courtney Sr.

Active pallbearers are grandsons and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to one’s favorite charity.

Mrs. Courtney was a long time Member of First Baptist Church where she was active in many phases of the women’s work and missions. Her hobby was her flowers, which led to her participation in the organization of the present Elkdale Garden Club.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Drs. David Hodo and Park Chittom Sr., for their many years of attending to her medical needs and to the entire staff of Park Place Nursing Rehabilitation Center for their excellent and loving care during her residence there.

Condolence letters may be sent to Roland Courtney, 2025 Selfield Road, Selma, AL 36703.

William McHugh

William Patrick McHugh, 84, of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Sunday, September 19, 2004.

Services were held Tuesday, September 21, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 501 S. Moore Rd., Chattanooga, Tenn. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Chattanooga Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty Carey McHugh; his children, William Pat McHugh Jr. and wife Mary Arnold McHugh, J. Carey McHugh and wife Nancy Hubbuch McHugh, Kathy McHugh, Susan McHugh Troxel and husband David Troxel, Mike Gordon McHugh and wife Doris Roman McHugh and Robert Thomas McHugh and wife Tracy Edmundson McHugh; sister, Annie Lee McHugh of Orrville; 10 grandchildren, William Patrick McHugh III and wife Kris, Ryan Hubbuch McHugh and wife Emily, Carey T. McHugh, Robbie Barker, Christy Barker, Andrea McHugh, Matt McHugh, Brendan McHugh, Katie McHugh and Sam McHugh; three great-grandchildren, KayLyn McHugh, William Brantley McHugh and Madison McHugh.

He was preceded in death by a grandson Dale McHugh.

Pallbearers were grandsons William Patrick McHugh III, Ryan McHugh, Robbie Barker, Matt McHugh, Brendan McHugh and nephews, Gene McHugh and Tom Farmer.

Mr. McHugh was a longtime resident of Chattanooga and local sports figure. He played five years in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1947-51, playing in three NFL championship games and winning two 1948 and 49. His starting position was safety. He also played on special teams and rotated in the offense as a running back. After attending Orrville High School in Orrville, he came to Chattanooga and attended Notre Dame High School, where he played football for the “Fighting Irish? After high school he attended Georgia Tech on a football scholarship, starting for the “Yellow Jackets” before and after World War II. In 1946, he won the Joe Rhodes Trophy honoring the most outstanding football player at Georgia Tech; that same year he was recognized as All-SEC back. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in industrial engineering in 1946.

During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and attended flight school. When he was not in flight school, he played football for military squads at Keesler Air Force Base and Randolph Field.

Pat was honored as a member of the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame, the Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, he became a registered TSSAA football official in 1952. Over the next 38 years he officiated numerous bowl games and playoff games. During this same time, he served as the commissioner of the Southeast Football Officials’ Association for 25 years from 1965-1990. In addition to his work in interscholastic football, Pat officiated college football in the Southeastern Conference for 20 years. During this time, he refereed in the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Liberty Bowl and Gator Bowl.

He retired after 33 years at Combustion Engineering, where he was director of safety. He spent the next 15 years raising beef cattle with his son on their farm in Ringgold, Ga.

While attending Notre Dame High School he met and later married his high school “sweetheart” and cheerleader, Betty Carey. They have six children.