Obituaries for Monday, Feb. 28

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Hunt Alexander

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Hunt Alexander, died Saturday February 26, 2005 at her home. Services are 2 p.m., Wednesday March 2, 2005 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. James K. Polk Van Zandt officiating and Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow at New Live Oak Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 1, 2005 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home. Mrs. Alexander was CEO and co founder of Alexander Broadcasting Company and 32 year radio personality in Selma. She was also a professional Big Band singer in the early 1940’s. She was born in Dayton, OH on March 7, 1921.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Alexander, and her parents, Paul and Myrtle Hunt. Survivors include her brother Robert C. (Bette) Hunt, 3 sons and 2 daughters: Shari (Tommy) Gayle, Scott (Lorraine) Alexander of Selma, Tom (Charlotte) Alexander Jr., Mark Alexander of Brandon, MS, and Tobe (Sam) Witt of Kingsport, TN, grandchildren: Paul Alexander, Kathryn Alexander, Trey Alexander, Jennifer Alexander, Andy Witt, Chuck Witt, Craig Witt, Kim (John) Murrey, Todd Harris, John Harris, Kayla and Sharlee Alexander, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers are Tom Alexander, Scott Alexander, Paul Alexander, Trey Alexander, Mark Alexander, Sam Witt, Tommy Gayle, and Dr. Sam Saliba. Honorary pallbearers are Andy Witt, Chuck Witt, Craig Witt, John Harris, Todd Harris, Mel Parker, and Robert Hunt, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association or a favorite charity.

Billie Jean O’Neal

Billie Jean Manning O’Neal, 72, died Friday, February 25, 2005 at her home in Aiken, SC. Graveside Services are 11:00 a.m., Wednesday March 2, 2005 at New Live Oak Cemetery with Lawrence Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. O’Neal is survived by five children: Miles E. O’Neal, Sharon O. Corey, Kathleen O. Cartledge, William ‘Bill’ F. O’Neal, and Kelly O. Botello, six grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her sisters: Pat M. Rishor and Betty M. Chappelle. Ms. O’Neal was born in Montgomery, AL and was the daughter of the late Sewuel Mason and Thelma Inez Guyse Manning. She was a Christian, a W.A.F. in the US Air Force during the Korean War, a charter member of College Hill Chapter of the D.A.R. in Augusta, Ga. She served as an officer in the Augusta College Faculty Wives Club.

She was an award winning Rose exhibitor in Augusta during the 1970’s and her work in the 1980’s as an entrepreneur culminated in the widespread distribution of USA Today to the CSRA.