Obituaries for Sunday, Feb. 27

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 27, 2005

Reginald James Minor

Reginald James “Reb” Minor, 42, formerly of Selma, died Monday, February 21, 2005, in Detroit, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father Mrs. Bertha Minor and Mr. Johnny Minor.

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He leaves to cherish his fond memories, a loyal and loving devoted friend, Clarise Moore; one son, Cameron Moore; and two step-children; two brothers, Johnny Minor Jr. and Randy Minor of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Gwendolyn Minor of Cincinnati, Ohio and Carolyn Minor (Charles) Coleman of Selma, AL; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; one aunt, Rosie Trone of Selma; a very special uncle, Willie James (Jewel) Moore of Birmingham, AL.

Richard Bartlett Armstrong

Richard Bartlett Armstrong died Friday, Feb. 25 in Warren Manor Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in New Live Oak Cemetery with The Rev. Ronald Stone, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating and Lawrence Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at Lawrence Funeral Home.

Mr. Armstrong, who was born in Indianapolis, Ind. May 12, 1927, has been a resident of Selma since 1993 when he married Anice Morris Armstrong. A graduate of Purdue University with an electrical engineering degree, he was associated with Harbison-Walker Refractories for more than 40 years, retiring as Regional Sales Manager in 1989.

He was a sports enthusiast, retaining an intense loyalty to his alma mater and its football, basketball and baseball teams throughout his life.

Armstrong also enjoyed golf and he was a faithful member of the Selma Quarterback Club.

Family friends say when he came to Selma he rolled up his sleeves and began to work to make a difference in this community, which he adopted as his own. He took an active role in the organization Hope in the Cities, served on the Public Safety Advisory Committee, volunteered at the Public Library and the Food Pantry and served on the Board of the Salvation Army.

Armstrong was an Elder of First Presbyterian Church and participated in the Meals on Wheels program. And every Friday morning found him at its Prayer Breakfast.

Survivors are his wife, Anice Morris Armstrong; a son, Richard Bartlett Armstrong Jr. of Highland, Calif.; two daughters, Deborah Armstrong Siehl (Thomas) of Lebanon, Ohio, and Patricia Armstrong Seibold (Stu) of Cayucas, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Thomas Siehl III and Tara M. Siehl.

Surviving members of his Selma family are: Reese Armstrong Bradbury (Al); Nancy Armstrong Woods (Lu); Averee Armstrong Hicks (Alan); and Robert Emerson Armstrong III (Ann).

His Selma grandchildren are: Spears Driskell (Rebecca),and Will Driskell; Alan Hicks Jr. and Emery Hicks; Patrick, Josh and Paul Wilkerson; Robert, Reese and Catherine Armstrong.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation, the American Cancer Society or to a favorite charity.

James Eugene Thacker Sr.

James Eugene Thacker Sr., 80, of Selma died Thursday February 24, 2005 at home. Graveside funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday March 1, 2005 at Ivy Creek Cemetery in Autauga County with Rev. Rusty Burleson officiating and directed by Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Monday February 28, 2005 at Lawrence Funeral Home. Mr. Thacker is survived by daughters, Donna Thacker of Selma, and Marcia Taillon of DeLevan, WS; sons, Walter Thacker of Chicago, IL; Timothy (Kim) Thacker of Chicago, IL; Christopher (Lauren) Thacker of Minooka, IL; 15 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Reese Lee (Floy) Thacker of Conway, AR; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cendra Houston Thacker, son, James Eli Thacker, and son-in-law, Paul Taillon. Serving as pallbearers will be his sons, Walter, Timothy, and Christopher Thacker and grandsons, Paul, Timothy and Daniel Cheskie. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Ivy Creek Methodist Church.