Obituaries for Wednesday, June 8

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Helen Marion Rose

Helen Marion Rose, 90, of Selma passed away Tuesday, June 7 at a local nursing home.

Funeral service will be Thursday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m. at Selma Funeral Home with Rev. Rod Rochester and Rev. George K. Jones, Sr. officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing.

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Interment will be in New Live Oak Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 8, 2005, 6-8:00 p.m. at Selma Funeral Home.

She is survived by one son, Walter (Buddy) Rose of Selma; three daughters, Betty Johnston of Foley, AL, Lois Smith of Noel, MO, and Ann Glass of Orange Beach, AL; one sister, Grace Hand of Enterprise, MS; fourteen grandchildren, Marvin Johnston, Jr., Debra Shah, Markie Rose, Curtis Rose, Tommy Rose, Tonja Blecha, Cindy Cory, Linda Anderson, Sheila Stockman, Sheri Sandrson, Robbie Rose, Randy Rose, Linda Gibson, and Scott Glass; 23 great grandchildren, Douglas Johnston, Stephanie Richards, Shane Brown, Nathan Brown, Natalie Drumm,

John Johnston, Jr., Jonelle Straube, Connie Ann Johnston, Diane Johnston, Jennifer Rose, Michael Rose, Tommy Rose, Jr., Alex Rose, Brandon Anderson, Tisha Cisco, Clayton Cory, Amanda Addison, Robert Rose, Emily Stockman, Trent Stockman, Brian Sanderson, Megan Stanfield and Whitney Gibson; 13 great-great grandchildren, Madelynn Lee “Maddie”, Grace, Gillian Anne, Jake Shane, Destiny, Charlie, Beth, Betty Jania, Briana, Madeline, Kathleen, Paul “Paulie”.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Rose; one son, Roy Rose; 8 sisters, Estelle, Sadie Belle, Gayzelle, Eva Mae, Annie Mae, Bobbie, Marie and Ruby; 2 grandchildren, John Johnston and Andy Blecha and one great grandchild, Robert Johnston.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Brown, Scott Glass, Roger Stockman, Donnie Gibson, Robbie Rose and Cliff Sanderson.

Honorary pallbearers are Markie Rose, Curtis Rose, Tommy Rose, Randy Rose, Bill Johnston, Harold Ragland, Ernest Morgan and Ben Morgan.

Her most noteworthy achievement was raising a large family and instilling the importance of God and family. Throughout her life, she was happiest working in her flower garden. While staying at Warren Manor she was selected

“Mrs. Warren Manor” recognizing her as the most admirable, beautiful resident of that year.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 200 Central Park Place, Selma, AL


Macklin Dewain Davis

Macklin “Mack” Dewain Davis, 61, died Monday, June 6, 2005 in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday June 8, 2005 in the Chapel of Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home officiated by Rev. Tommy Fancher and Rev. Rod Rochester. Burial will follow at Pineview Memory Gardens.

Mr. Davis is survived by his son, Ronnie Brian (Elizabeth) Davis of Greensboro; daughter, Charlene Davis; grandson, Joshua Davis of Selma; mother, Irene Davis of Selma; brothers, Don L (Belinda) Davis of Selma, Tommy D (Sherry) Davis of Selma and Dennis N. (Lisa) Davis of Fairhope; sister, Resa K. (Mickey) Smith of Selma, and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Julius M. Davis, and his son, Danny Dewain Davis.

The family received friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday June 7, 2005 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Brian Davis, Robbie Davis, Jerry Green, Kent Morgan, Ken Welch and Victor Blackmon.

Honorary pallbearer will be Gordon Wilson.

Alice Nell Ingram Rivers

Alice Nell Ingram Rivers, age 49, of Selma passed away Monday, June 6, 2005 at a local hospital.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at Pineview Memory Gardens with Rev. Joshua Gill officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. at Selma Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband, John Rivers of Selma, AL; her mother, Hazel Kynard Ingram of Selma; one daughter, Debra Jean Real of Selma, AL; one brother, Lee Ingram of Selma, AL; one sister, Joyce (Harry) Rylee of Selma, AL and one grandson, Timothy Logan Real.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Swindle, Randy Ingram, Brian Sanders, Tony Rylee, Timothy Rylee and William Sanders.

Cola Barr Craig Jackson Stamper

Cola Barr Craig Jackson Stamper died on June 7, 2005, at her home in Stone Mountain, Georgia, surrounded by her beloved family.

She was 89.

Born on September 10, 1915, in Selma, Alabama, Cola Barr was the second of eight children of Thomas J. and Cola Barr Craig Jackson.

Educated at Goucher College and the University of Chicago, she was a child welfare worker in Alabama until her marriage on June 3, 1942, to the late Rev. Dr. Robert Lansing Stamper, a Presbyterian Navy Chaplain who served with the Marines in combat in WWII and Korea.

They had six children, one of whom died in infancy.

Cola was herself a pillar of the Presbyterian Church and a powerful example of the life of faith.

Admired and beloved as a Bible teacher, she was awarded lifetime membership in Presbyterian Women.

She was an elder at Eastminster Presbyterian Church and was serving on the church’s Worship Committee at the time of her death.

An articulate voice for the voiceless of society, Cola was also a great lover of worship, so much so that one of her favorite hymns, “Onward Christian Soldiers,” became known to all as her signature piece, a reflection of her own sense of duty and her courage.

Cola often quoted scripture and poetry, especially passages from Isaiah 40 and Revelation 21-22, and could describe heaven in the way that others talk about their hometown.

Small in stature, gentle in demeanor, formidable in character and wit, and with unfathomable depths of faith and wisdom, Cola was a friend to all who met her.

Even in the last months of her life, she insisted on picking flowers from her garden for people she loved, a favorite pastime.

Cola made others feel cherished, inspired, and challenged to be better people.

She is survived by her devoted children Robert and Clarice Stamper, Bryan and Jan Stamper, Cola and Michael Krause, Sally Stamper, Meda and Robert Harrison; grandchildren Bryan and Kerry Stamper, Robert and Johanna Stamper, Anne Stamper, Jackson Stamper; and siblings Craig and Suanne Jackson, Josephine Jackson, John and Barbara Jackson, and Sarah Evelyn Jackson, with whom she shared a happy household for many years.

For them and countless others, the world will never be the same without her in it.

The family will receive friends at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Stone Mountain, from 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9.

A worship service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. also at Eastminster.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Stamper Scholarship Fund at Columbia Theological Seminary (P.O. Box 520, Decatur, GA, 30031), where Cola’s husband was vice-president for development from 1955 to 1964 and which he also attended, followed in later years by two of their children and one grandchild.

McDuffie Thompson

McDuffie Thompson, 84, a resident of Montgomery, died Sunday, June 5.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 8 at 10:00 AM at Leak-Memory Chapel with Dr. Mickey Castleberry officiating.

Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dallas County at 2:30 PM.

Mr. Thompson was a faithful member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

He was retired from the United States Army and the U.S. Postal Service.

He is preceded in death by his parents B. Travis and Thelma Thompson and his brother Gerald S. Thompson.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth G. Thompson; two sons, Walter T. Thompson and Joel A. Thompson and his wife Ana; one granddaughter, Ruth Ana Thompson; many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and his church family.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Berean Mens Sunday School Class at Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church or to one’s favorite charity.

Visitation was Tuesday, June 7 at Leak-Memory Chapel from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.