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Obituaries for Monday, June 5

William Ford

William Ford was born to the late James and Mary Ford on February 18, 1948 in Perry County, Ala. His parents and one sister preceded him in death.

William attended public schools in Uniontown, Ala. He attended bricklayer trade school in Selma, Ala.

He accepted Christ at an early age; he continued his faith in Detroit Michigan.

William served in the United States Army from January 19, 1968 until his honorable discharge on January 3, 1970.

After serving in the Army, William relocated to Detroit, Mich., in 1970. He pursued his career as a tool and die-setter at Ford Motor Company and became the first black tool and die-setter, where he later retired.

William loved life, enjoyed his friends and family and has touched many with his kind heart and love. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

William was a good provider, a loving father and a caring brother and helped many people during his lifetime. William will always be remembered and loved by his family and never forgotten by his sister, Jean.

Twenty-eight months of struggling with chronic illnesses at times would cause him to be depressed about his health, but he continued to move on and was determined to be in charge of his life. The struggle suddenly ended on May 22, 2006.

On Monday, May 22, 2006 at 12:50 p.m., the Lord called a dutiful servant from labor to reward. He leaves to cherish his loving memory: one son, William; four daughters, Terrysa, Terrell, Audrey Renee, all of Detroit, and Osha of Canton; two brothers, John A. (Versie) and Melester (Ann) Ford of Selma, Ala.; three sisters, Aretha of Detroit, Hattie of Philadelphia, and a loving, caring sister, Mary of Detroit; two grandchildren, Taylor and Jairah Ford of Detroit; and a host of nephews, nieces, extended family members and three special friends, Laura, Audrey and Dr. Wright.

Jeronia Lajene Hatfield Osburn

Jeronia Osburn passed away Saturday, June 3, 2006 at her residence.

She is survived by her mother, Julie George Poole; one son, Shawn Dillon Glover; two daughters, Julie Lajene Kilpatrick and Charlie Daniel Glover; two brothers, Keith Elywin (Trina) Hatfield and Kerry Shayne Hatfield and a Stepbrother, Erik (Shannon) Poole. She was preceded in death by her Father, Gene Hatfield; Her Husband, Michael Osburn; her stepfather, Barkley Poole; and a brother, Terry Shawn Hatfield.

Visitation will be Monday, June 5, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Selma Funeral Home. Graveside services will be Tuesday June 6, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Pineview Memory Gardens with Rev. Tommy Fancher officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing.

Pallbearers will be Rick Conner, John Fancher, Bobby Roseberry, Donny Shumate, Don Meeks and Dennis Huran.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Wiregrass Hospice.