Obituaries for Wednesday, Nov. 9

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Emma Acoff

Emma Acoff, 84, Selma, died Thursday, November 4, 2004, at her home.

Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, at Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. T.O. Gaines officiating. Burial will follow in White Cemetery with Miller Funeral Home directing.

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Survivors include five sons, James, William (Linda), Clearance (Fannie), Gregory (Belinda) and Earnest (Diann); seven daughters, Mary, Ora, Emma, Thomasine (Hobby), Della, Janet and Katherine; two brothers, Maxie Murry and Jerry Murry; two sisters, Catherine Murry and Martha Williamson; 50 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; one son-in-law; four daughters-in-law; one sister-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Acoff, her parents, William and Matilda Murry.

Active pallbearers are grandsons.

Rev. Clarence Jackson

Rev. Clarence Jackson, 75, of Selma, died Friday, November 5, 2004, at a local hospital.

Services are at 12 noon Wednesday, November 10, at New Bride Baptist Church with the Rev. Curtis Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Miller Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Jackson; one son, Serous Coleman; six brothers; four sisters, four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers-in-law; six sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Rev. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Lela Jackson.

Rustilynn McCurdy

Rustilynn McCurdy, 2, of Jemison, died Saturday, November 6, 2004 in Clanton.

Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 9, at the Chapel of Martin Funeral Home with the Rev. Evie Megginson officiating. Burial will follow in Midway Memorial Gardens in Jemison with Martin Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include her father, John Russell “Rusty” McCurdy of Jones; four brothers, Shonn Russell McCurdy and Justin Cody McCurdy both of Jones, Jake Atchison and Johnathon Atchison both of Jemison; sister, Jessica Atchison of Jemison; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. McCurdy of Millbrook, Mr. and Mrs. Brent Saylors of Prattville; two aunts, Lori M. Roberts and Sandra Dykes of Selma; uncles, Gary McCurdy of Naples, Fla., and Michael Huston of Slapout.

She was born on Tuesday, September 3, 2003, in Shelby County, the daughter of Rusty McCurdy and the late Linda Louise Genard Atchison.

Family visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Barbara Radford Ware

Barbara Radford Ware, 56, passed away November 8, 2004.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Ware; one brother, John Radford, Jr. of Selma; and her mother, Billie Radford of Selma.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 6-8:00 p.m. at Selma Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with Rev. James K. Polk Van Zandt officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing.

Pallbearers will be Robert Key, Steen Traylor, Steve Floyd, Gary Wilson, Andy Harris, and Trot Vaughn. Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Glenn Delp.

Her father, Johnny Radford, Sr., preceded Barbara in death.

Barbara was founder and owner of Cahaba Hospice, which was started in 1996. While working as a critical care nurse at a hospital she became aware of the immense need of hospice care in our community. She saw so many people who would have been much better off, much more comfortable, if they had been at home for their last days.

Barbara loved life, her friends, her hospice family and her special pet, Amy.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Louise J. Majors

Louise J. Majors, 81, resident of Greenville, died November 6, 2004 in a Montgomery hospital.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. from the Dunklin-Herndon Funeral Chapel with Dr. Christian Eckert officiating. Burial will follow at Sunrise Cemetery with Dunklin-Herndon Funeral Home directing.

Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home November 8, 2004 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Gloria M. and Jimmy Miller of Greenville; son and daughter-in-law, Fletcher H. and Linda Majors, Jr. of Wetumpka; six grandchildren, Bascome Majors, Mary Martin Majors, Miller Majors, Daniel Miller, Amy Miller, David Miller, Niece, Cheryl Langford (Donald).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or First United Methodist Church of Greenville.

Donations to Alzheimer’s Association may be made by phone or mail: 800-272-3900 or 225 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7633.

Alex L. Cooper

Alex L. Cooper, 72, passed away in Birmingham on Sunday, November 7, 2004.

He was born in Marengo County on May 29, 1932. Following his service in the Korean War with the United States Army, Mr. Cooper graduated from Auburn University and worked for the State of Alabama as an Area Supervisor of Vocational Rehabilitation Services until his retirement in 1994. A former member of the Selma City School Board, he served for many years as a deacon at First Baptist Church and was a member of the Selma Civitan Club, where he was a past president. Mr. Cooper also enjoyed giving back to his community through his service on the Food Bank and Salvation Army Boards.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Lee Tate and Rev. Daniel Martin officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service in the Mallory Parlor. Burial will follow in magnolia Cemetery in Magnolia, AL with Lawrence Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his wife Pat Cooper, now living in Birmingham; two daughters, Sandra (Roger) Bates of Birmingham and Susan (Blane) Crutchfield of Point Clear; two sons, Alex (Sherri) Cooper of Birmingham and Jason (Merryl) Cooper of Birmingham; one sister, Dorothy C. Bryant of Troy; eight grandchildren, Brandon and Alan Bates, Carrere and Callen Crutchfield, Sydney, Olivia and Cort Cooper and Camille Cooper.

Active pallbearers include Brandon Bates, Alan Bates, Gerald Anderson, Larry Lewis, Joe Allen, Ron Odom, Gene Middlebrooks and Clyde Mims.

Honorary pallbearers include the Selma Civitan Club, Maverick Sunday School Class, Pat Fields and Lewis Singley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to either Wiregrass Hospice or First Baptist Church of Selma.