Obituaries for March 21, 2006
William S. Harrell
Harrell, William S., Major General, USAF, Retired.
Montgomery and Alabama lost a true Southern Gentleman and a Patriot when Major General William S. “Bill” Harrell passed away last Saturday.
The General was born and raised in Pleasant Hill, Dallas County, son of Dr. William S. Harrell and Sue Harrell.
He graduated from Carlowville High School and attended the University of Alabama before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet in 1941.
He earned his pilot’s wings from Craig Air Base, Selma, Alabama.
During WWII he served in the China-Burma-India theater of operations, commanding the 89th Fighter Squadron.
He flew 158 combat missions, logging more than 458 combat hours, and is credited with two enemy aircraft destroyed in the air.
He was awarded the Silver Star medal for valor.
After the war he was again assigned overseas, as a squadron commander in the 414th and 18th Fighter Groups in the Philippines, and the 51st Fighter Group on Okinawa.
During this time he led the first long range ferry operation of jet aircraft over water, flying the P-80 “Shooting Star” from the Philippines to Kadena Air Base on Okinawa.
He was recognized for his unique P-80 accomplishment during the Maxwell AFB Gathering of Eagles ceremony in 1999.
In an interesting aside, the logistics system had not kept up with the acquisition system of the day, and so the pilots had only 4 aircraft batteries among them.
Once they delivered the initial 4 ship, they had to remove the batteries and ferry them back aboard a C-47 to reinstall them for the next ferry operation.
General Harrell went on to command the 406th Fighter Interceptor Group and serve as the director of operations for the 406th Fighter Interceptor Wing at Manston Air Base in England.
During a long and successful career in NORAD, he commanded the 78th Fighter Wing at Hamilton Air Force Base, California, the Chicago NORAD/CONAD Sector at Truax Field, Wisconsin, and the 20th NORAD/CONAD Division also at Truax Field.
His final assignment was as Commander of the 24th NORAD/CONAD Region and the 24th Air Division with headquarters at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana.
The General retired from active duty in March, 1973.
During his Air Force career he flew more than 5,600 hours.
In addition to the Silver Star, his decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters and the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
Also during his career he attended the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, the Fighter Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
On the personal side, General Harrell was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed bird hunting, both upland and waterfowl, and fresh water fishing.
He spent many memorable hours in the woods of his home place in Dallas County, with friends in Alabama, as well as in locations where he was assigned.
The General and his wife, Marion “Johnnie” Harrell (also a WWII veteran) retired in Montgomery and have been valued members of the community.
The General was an active member of The Retired Officers Association, the Order of Daedalions, the Air War College Alumni Association, and the Montgomery Kiwanis Club.
General Harrell is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Marion “Johnnie” Harrell of Montgomery, daughter Cynthia Harrell, Esq., also of Montgomery, daughter Major General Ann Harrell of Langley AFB, Virginia, and son William S. Harrell, Jr. (Colonel USAF, Retired) his wife Mary and their sons Will, Bryan, Mathew and Kevin of Dayton, Ohio.
Beside his immediate family the General leaves an extended community of family and friends throughout Alabama.
General Harrell will be remembered fondly by all who knew him as a true gentleman and patriot.
He represented the best of the “Greatest Generation,” and lived those values daily.
Through his strength of character, his discipline and his spirit, he left a mark on all of us.
We will miss that strong compass in our lives.
Mission Accomplished, Sir.
May you always have VFR weather, and a clear shot.
Visitation will be Tuesday, the 21st of March at 4:00 PM at Leak-Memory.
The burial will be private.
The Harrell family requests donations, in lieu of flowers, be sent to:
South Dallas Historic Preservation Association, 2901 3rd Ave. North, Birmingham, Alabama
Infant Curtis Dante’ Turner died on March 15, 2006 at a local hospital.
Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 am Tuesday, March 21, 2006 to be held in Fairlawn Memory Garden with J. H. Williams & Sons Funeral Home directing.
Edith Friday Morrow
May 6,1910 – March 19, 2006
Edith Friday Morrow, 95, died peacefully at Vaughan Regional Hospital, Selma, on Sunday, March 19, 2006.
Edith was born in Plantersville, Alabama, of a pioneer Dallas County family on May 6, 1910.
She was the daughter of James Walter Friday and Nannie Terry Friday.
She was educated in the Dallas County Public Schools and graduated from Dallas County High School in 1928.
Her long and loving marriage to Milton Morrow began on November 24, 1935, and they celebrated their seventieth wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day, 2005.
She will be remembered as a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, and devout Christian.
Many family gatherings and church functions were blessed by her superior cooking skills and quick wit.
She was a longtime and faithful member of Houston Park Church of Christ.
Edith is survived by her beloved husband, Milton Morrow; her sons,
James Milton Morrow (Martha) and William Douglas Morrow (Myrna); her grandchildren, Paige Morrow Malesh (John) of Murfreesboro, TN., Alison Morrow Smith (Joseph) of Franklin, TN., and James Milton Morrow, Jr. (Loren) of Selma; her great-grandchildren, John Charles Malesh III and McCuiston Lee Malesh of Murfreesboro, TN, and Bradford Morrow Smith of Franklin, TN.
She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Norma Friday and
Patricia Morrow, as well as several nieces and nephews, and friend and caregiver, Hattie Cherry.
She was preceded in death by her sisters; Velma Friday Stoudenmire, Eddie Lou Friday Ray, and Maybelle Friday Morrow; and brothers J.Van Friday, Alfonsa Friday, Jack Friday, and Paul Friday.
Pallbearers will be William Russell Morrow, Jr, Robert Edward Morrow, Cosby Carmichael, J.V.Friday, Charles Friday, and Terry Ray.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and elders of Houston Park Church of Christ.
The funeral service will be 10:00am Wednesday, March 22, at Houston Park Church of Christ with minister Tom McLemore officiating and Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home directing.
Burial will follow at Pineview Memory Gardens. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Houston Park Church of Christ Outreach Ministry, the American Heart Association, or a charity of choice.
Baby Boy Smith
Baby Boy Smith, of Selma, died on March 17, 2006.
Funeral arrangements will be announced a later date by Walker Mortuary.
Dorothy Washington, of Selma, died on March 17, 2006.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by Walker Mortuary.
Mrs. Trudy Maxine
Mrs. Trudy Maxine Vick Dunnam, age 67, a resident of Camden, passed away on March 18, 2006 at her residence.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 11:00 am from Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home Chapel, Camden, with Bro. Jarrett Vick, Bro. Von Memory, Bro. Don Newton, and Bro. Paul Sampson officiating. Burial will follow at Reaves Chapel Cemetery with Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing.
The family will receive friends as the funeral home on March 20, 2006 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Mrs. Dunnam was preceded in death by her father, J. P. Vick and brother, Cliff Maness.
She is survived by her husband, James Dunnam; daughter, Amy D. Seale (Shawn) of Hot Springs, Ark.; three sons, Drew Dunnam (Kay) of Camden, Keith Dunnam (Angie) of Spanish Fort, AL, Jeff Dunnam (Noel) of Monroeville, AL; mother, Ernestine Maness of Camden; five grandchildren; two sisters, Caralie Tait of Pensacola, FL, Carly Hinson of Excel, AL; three brothers, Jimmy Vick, Mike Vick, and Phil Maness all of Camden.
Pallbearers include: Andy Cromer, Danny McDonald, Wayne Dunnam, Jay Crabtree, Ryan Vick, Josh Vick, Al Pharr and James McIntosh.
The family request no flowers and contributions may be made to Wilcox County Chapter of American Cancer Society, c/o Gladys Mason, P.O. Box 5, Camden, AL.
Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home, Camden, AL.
Rosie Bell Griffin
Rosie Bell Griffin, age 86, a resident of Sardis, AL died on March 19, 2006 in Selma, AL.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by Walker Mortuary.
Hilda Mae Stokes
Hilda Mae Stokes, age 90, of Selma, AL passed away March 19, 2006 at a local nursing home.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 2:00 p.m. Selma Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Doug Chappelle and Rev. George K. Jones, Sr. officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing.
Visitation will be Tuesday, 6-8:00 p.m. at Selma Funeral Home.
Interment will be in Pineview Memory Gardens.
She is survived by her sons, Troy O. (Judy) Stokes, Joe E. (Mae) Stokes and Tommy E.(Mary) Stokes all of Selma, AL; one daughter, Lucy (Sam) Yarbrough of Lake View, AL; grandchildren, Michael Yarbrough, Regina Stokes, Mike Stokes, Pam Stokes, Josh Stokes, Randy Burt, Robin Burt, Troy Stokes, Jr., Debra Temple, Dee May, Missy Sherrer, Deloris Johns, Joseph Mills, Chuck Mills, Jennifer Mills, Johnny Murphy, Steve Murphy, Danny Murphy, Tammy Bobo, and Michelle Manning; twenty great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett T. Stokes.
Pallbearers will be Mike Stokes, Michael Yarbrough, Troy Stokes, Jr., Josh Stokes, Randy Burt and Joseph Mills.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Valley Grande Baptist Church, Drs. Howell, Knight, Brignac, Burns, Newton and Hodo.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Valley Grande Baptist Church Building Fund or Children’s Fund at 48 County Road 16, Valley Grande, AL
Robert Floyd Fisher
Fisher, Robert Floyd, Lt. Col USAF retired age 73, of Montgomery died March 17, 2006 after a short illness.
Mr. Fisher was born June 8, 1932 in Haywood County, NC to the late Floyd A. and Ada Moss Fisher.
Mr. Fisher was a graduate of the Citadel and spent a long 28 year career in the U.S. Air Force and then worked for Federal Express in Memphis, TN, and preceded in death by his wife Virginia J. Fisher. Graveside services will be held 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Fisher is survived by a daughter Suzi (Richard) Beasley of Montgomery; sons, David Fisher of Birmingham, John Fisher of Wetumpka, and Harry (Sherri) Johnson of Warrior; sister Dorothy (Robert) Coll of Raleigh, NC, 3 grandchildren, Emily (Greg) Jones, Genie Beasley and Whitney Beasley; and his devoted caretaker, Una Rogers
and his beloved friend Sonia Martin of Selma.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday afternoon 1 hour prior to the service at White Chapel – Greenwood Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Montgomery County Humane society.
White Chapel – Greenwood Funeral Home directing.
Rev. Leo ‘Token’
Rev. Leo “Token” Morrow was born on May 27, 1936 to the late Charlie Morrow, Sr. and Adelaide Parker Morrow in Autauga County Alabama.
In 1959 he married Geraldine Abercrombie and to this union five children were born.
He confessed Christ at an early age and joined the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church where he would serve faithfully as a deacon. Later God would call this gifted man to preach His Word.
Rev. Morrow performed his Pastoral duties, preaching and teaching God’s Holy Word at Lily Grove, County Line and Plantersville Grove Baptist Churches over a span of 40 years.
When he retired, her served under the guidance and watch care of the Oak Grove Baptist Church family where he would often refer to Rev. Cabbil as “His Pastor”.
Early Thursday morning, March 16, 2006 God sent an angel to give Rev. Morrow rest from his earthly dwelling.
Homegoing service will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 1:00 pm at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Plantersville. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm. Interment will be at Plantersville Grove Baptist Church with Agee Brothers Funeral Home of Clanton directing.
He leaves to cherish his memories: five children, Gwendolyn (Allen) Andrews, Cathy (Tommy) Hatcher, Timothy (Ola) Morrow all of Maplesville, AL, Carolyn Parker of Clanton, AL, Tawana (Rodney) Sims of Randolph, AL; five sisters, Addie (Willie) Crum, Alma (James-deceased) Shields, Mary (Milford) Latham, Lorene McKenzie all of Maplesville, AL, Barbara (Richard) Roberts of Selma, AL; three brothers, Roosevelt (Annie Bell) Morrow of Selma, AL, John Morrow of Maplesville, AL, David (Maxine) Morrow of Thorsby, AL; four aunts, two sisters-in-laws, thirteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charlie Jr. and Alfred.
Howard Vance Dunn
Howard Vance Dunn, age 42, died Saturday March 18, 2006 at home.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday March 21, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at Westwood Baptist Church officiated by Rev Edward Eaton and Rev Tyrone Parten and directed by Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home, Inc. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Pine Hill, Alabama at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Mr. Dunn is survived by his mother, Barbara Green of Plantersville, step-father, Millard Green of Plantersville, sister, Charlene (Dennis) Moore of Plantersville, brother, Darrell (Tina) Dunn of Opelika, nephew, Seth Dunn, nieces, Hannah Dunn and Emma Grace Dunn, step-grandmother, Virginia Green of Plantersville, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles F Dunn.
Mr. Dunn graduated from Dallas County High School and was a member of Westwood Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends Monday March 20, 2006 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
John Edward Rivers
John Edward Rivers, age 71, of Selma, passed away March 18, 2006.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. with Selma Funeral Home directing.
Visitation will be Tuesday, 6-8:00 p.m.at Selma Funeral Home.
He is survived by one daughter, Debra Real; two sons, Ted Rivers and Tommy Rivers; one sister, Betty Rivers and one grandchild, Timothy Rivers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Rivers.