Obits Thursday October 28

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 28, 2004

John Hardy

John Hardy, 86, of Selma, died Saturday, October 23, 2004, at a rehab center in Montgomery.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 30, at Sandridge Baptist Church, River Road, with the Rev. Milton Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Walker Mortuary directing.

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Survivors include three sons, Johnny Mack Hardy, Robert (Arlean Billingsley) Hardy and Tommie Hardy all of Selma; two daughters, Annie N. (Willie L.) Prince of Rochester, N.Y., Sallie M. (Walter J.) Reynolds of Prattville; a sister and brother-in-law, of Birmingham; brother-in-law, George Savage of Selma; two sisters-in-law, Sallie M. Jones and Katie Cole of Detroit, Mich.; two daughters-in-law; two sons-in-law; 43 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

There will be no family hour. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Hardy was married to the late Elizabeth Savage Hardy. They had six children. One preceding him in death, Henry Lee (Maggie Martin) Hardy, in addition to his mother, Lillie Hardy Hains, his father and grandmother, Emma Wherline.

Hattie R. Bender

Hattie R. Bender, 62, of Dallas County, died Saturday, October 23, 2004, at a Birmingham hospital.

Services are at 12 noon Saturday, October 30, at Selmont Community Baptist Church with Pastor Damus Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery with Lewis Brothers Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include her husband, Sam Bender; mother, Lillie Miller Mooney; son, Steve Bender (Edna) of Selma; two daughters, Gwen (John) Newberry of Selma and Vivian (Derrick) Holyfield of Millbrook; two brothers, Wornzie Thomas of Las Vegas, Nev., and Willie Charles Thomas of

Chicago, Ill.; 11 sisters, Dorothy Hardeman of Mobile half sister (s) Essie (Herbert) Martin of Selma, Mattie Chappelle, Henrietta Hawkins, Diann Redding, Jeannette Hines of Chicago, Ill., Barbara Allen, Betty Pfiefer of Atlanta, Ga., Mary Thomas, Bernice Berry and Shirley Thomas of Detroit, Mich.; nine grandchildren; two brothers-in-law; five sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Bender was preceded in death by her father, Willie Thomas Mooney and a son, Charles Bender.

Honorary pallbearers are nephews and friends.

The body will lie in state at the church on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

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Theodore Coleman Jr.

Theodore Coleman Jr. 53, of Selma, died Saturday, October 23, 2004, at a Selma hospital.

Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 30, at Summer Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. A.L. Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Miller Funeral Home directing.

Gordon Huey Dunkin Sr.

Gordon Huey Dunkin Sr., 90, of Marion, died Wednesday, October 27, 2004.

Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 28, at Kirk Funeral Homes, Marion Chapel with the Rev. James Water Jr. and Dr. Larry Teasley officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery with Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel directing.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Dorothy Slayton Dunkin of Marion; daughter, Camille (James) Yeldell of Mataire, La.; sons, Gordon H. (Mary King) Dunkin of Birmingham and Bob (Linda) Dunkin of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, James Willis Yeldell of Charlotte, N.C., Lynn Slayton Yeldell of New Orleans, La., and Gordon H. Dunkin III of Columbia, S.S.; three great-grandchildren, Stephanie, James and Caroline Yeldell; three step-grandchildren, Lynn Roster of Marion, Elizabeth Woodfin of Birmingham and William Woodfin of Marion.

Mr. Dunkin was a graduate of Marion Military Institute Class of 1939.