Obituaries for Nov. 19, 2006

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 19, 2006

Marian Threatt Brown

Jan. 27, 1952 –

Nov. 15, 2006

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Our heavenly father graced this earth with the presence of an awe-inspiring angel. This angel was presented to us in the form of Marian Coustine Threatt, who was born on January 27, 1952 in Sylacauga, Alabama to the late Dessie Butler Threatt and Earlie Threatt, Jr.

Everyone who knew Marian knew that she had one true love in her life. Since her childhood, Marian had an immovable love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and began her walk with him at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Sylacauga, AL.

Since her religious training in Sylacauga, this angel worshiped, praised and served God at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama, Baptist Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lowndesboro, Alabama as wife of its Pastor Lonnie Brown, Jr.

She ultimately united with the Ellwood Community Church m Selma, Alabama in an effort to join her children in service for the Lord.

She remained a faithful member until her death on November 15, 2006.

While in each church setting, Marian yielded an altruistic spirit of service and praise to our God; for this was the true driving force in her life.

Marian was a product of the Sylacauga City School system- as a member of the East Highland High School Class of 1970. Marian held many jobs during her lifetime, but was most proud of the experiences she gained and shared with students in the Selma City School System.

She began her employment with the Selma City School system as a Para-Professional.

While employed in this position, her unyielding spirit of achievement and her desire to help God’s children forced her to overcome many odds and obstacles to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in the year 2000 from Concordia College-twenty year journey.

After completing this degree, Marian’s employment with the Selma City School system changed to the position of a Kindergarten teacher at Sophia P. Kingston Elementary School in Selma, AL.

She gave unselfishly to her students and colleagues. She took every opportunity to introduce God to some and reintroduce him to others.

On November 15, 2006 at 4:35 am, our heavenly father called His angel home.

Marian leaves a legacy of joy, life, and love with her husband Lonnie Brown, Sr.; her children, Dyphelia (Jerel) Thrash of Selma, AL, Derrilyn (Shakita) Threatt, of Norfolk, VA, and Dayurri (Michael) Cramer of Manhattan, KS and six grandchildren, Alaynia Threatt of Cincinnati, OH, JaKayla Thrash and Dajah Thrash both of Selma, AL, Michael Cramer, Jr. of Manhattan KS., and Derrilyn Threatt, Jr. of Norfolk, VA. She leaves a spirit of humor and love with her goddaughter Desmicia Calhoun of Fort Campbell, KY; a foster granddaughter Shanika Watson of Selma, Alabama; three step-children; six sisters, Earlene Threatt Larkin of Selma, AL, Brenda Threatt Green (Homer) of Sylacauga, AL, Julia Fuller and Jacqueline Menifee, both of Selma, AL, Hope Threatt and Kimberly Threatt both of Cleveland, OH.; her four brothers, Marvin Threatt of Detroit, MI, James

Threatt of Cleveland, OH, Tony (Mary) Threatt of Selma, AL, and Derrick (Debbie) Fuller of Tacoma, WA.; her three adoring aunts, Dorothy Helms of Detroit, MI, Cynthia Threatt of Sylacauga, AL. and Margie Butler of Detroit, MI; and her uncle David Threatt of Cleveland, OH. Cousins, friends and co-workers have shared this journey of sickness and will cherish her words of wisdom, her humor and her thirst for life in their hearts forever.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Reginald Trent Fuller.

Funeral services will be held at Ellwood Community Church in Selma, Alabama on Monday, November 20, 2006 at 1:00 in the afternoon, with Pastor Gary L. Crum officiating.

Pallbearers will be brothers and sons-in-law. Flower bearers will be Member of Ebenezer Baptist Church – Selma, Alabama; Members of Baptist Hill Baptist Church – Lowndesboro, Alabama; Faculty and Staff of Kingston Elementary School – Selma, Alabama; and relatives and friends.

Interment will follow at Pineview Memory Gardens with Miller Funeral Service directing.

Joyce Mason Smith

Joyce Mason Smith, 70, of Selma passed on November 16, 2006 at a local hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by J.H. Williams & Sons Funeral Home.

Minnie Jacqueline Lawrence

Minnie Jacqueline Lawrence, age 77, of Selma, AL, passed away November 17, 2006 at a local hospital. Graveside services were held Saturday, November 18, 2006 at Ivy Creek Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Rod Rochester officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing.

She is survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Larry & Tamie Lawrence, Ronald & Betty Coker, Jerry Lawrence, and Ricky & Pat Lawrence.

Ernest B. Williams

Ernest B. Williams, 36, of Demopolis, died Nov. 13, 2006, at Bryan Whitfield Hospital in Demopolis. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Bethel-Pine Baptist Church in Coatopa, Ala. The Rev. Floyd Bell, pastor. The Rev. Jonnie Aldrige, eulogist.

Interment will follow in Old Bethel Cemetery, Coatopa, Ala. Family hour will be held Sunday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

Larkin & Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis entrusted with arrangements.

Carol Geneva

Cooke Bailey

Carol Geneva Cooke Bailey, 53, of Forkland, Ala., died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital.

A service will be held at Siloam Baptist Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, with the Rev. Rex Kent and Dr. Mark Tew


Interment will be held at Marion Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Survivors include her mother, Maurine Cooke of Marion; sons, Martin Bailey of Forkland and Julib “Bo” Serra of Louisville, Ky.; sisters, Dr. Judy Travis of Demopolis and Lacretia (Ray) Edwards of Marion; brothers, John (Woodie) Cooke of Memphis and Will (Vickie) Cooke of Mystic, Conn.; grandchildren, twins Charity and Gage Bailey; five nieces, five nephews, four great nieces and one great nephew.

Willie J. Jiles

Willie J. Jiles, 64, of Orrville, died Nov. 14, 2006, at Vaughan Regional Medical Center. Services are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at noon at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. John Ward officiating.

Burial will be in Jiles Cemetery.

Directed by Miller Funeral Service.

Survivors include his spouse, Mary Alice Jiles; children, Frederick Kirk (Deanna) Willie Jr.; Curtis Jiles of Boston, Mass., and Jasmine Jiles of Orrville; brothers, Earl Jiles Sr. of Birmingham and Thomas Jiles of Boston, Mass.; sisters, Daisy Thomas, Mae F. Smith of Selma, and Ethel Irby of Florida; 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; three sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.