Obituaries for Jan. 4, 2006

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Jimmy Lee ‘Sang’ Gordon, II

Funeral services will be held at the Church of Christ in Prayer on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery in Selma, Alabama. Elder Jimmy Lee Gordon, III officiating.

The late Mr. Jimmy Lee “Sang” Gordon, II was born to the late Mr. Jimmy Lee, Sr. and Mrs. Bessie Watkins-Gordon in Campbell, Alabama on May 31, 1937.

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He was educated in the Campbell Public School System and was a member of the Campbell A.M.E. Church until the family moved to Selma.

He confessed hope in Christ in 1959 and received the Holy Ghost under the leadership of the late Bishop Mattie Moss Ramsey and was a member of the Church of Christ in Prayer.

On October 17, 1959 he married the love of his life, Mrs. Ethel Mae Williams and to this union 9 children were born.

Two preceded him in death (Margaret and Calvin the First).

Jimmy was employed in the construction industry for over 30 years until his health failed him.

He departed this life on Friday, December 29, 2006 a Vaughan Regional Medical Center.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Mrs. Ethel Mae Gordon; five sons, Gary and Calvin, both of Selma, Alabama, Elder Jimmie, Jr. of Columbus, Georgia, Jerry L. (Latonya) of Valdosta, Georgia and Marvin B. of Mobile, Alabama; three daughters, Kay Gordon-Parker (Roland) and Patsy Jean both of Selma, Alabama, and Dorothy Steele-Williams (Anthony) of Cleveland, Ohio; one sister Bessie Gordon-Ross of Selma; five brothers, Earnest (Ella), Elder Melvin (Inez), and Ledell all of Selma, Alabama, Willie (Pamela) of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Eugene Woods (Le Dora) of Montgomery, Alabama; one aunt, Mrs. Ella Mae Turner of Prichard, Alabama; two brothers-in-laws, Jim Steele and James Steele (Rosie); on sister-in-law, Mrs. Ola Bell Curry (L.C.) all of Selma, Alabama; twenty-two grandchildren, six great grandchildren, three special family friends (Wanda, Camilla, and Deborah) and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ms. Iradell Williams

Ms. Iradell Williams, age 92, of Selma, AL died on December 30, 2006 at Vaughan Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 5, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at Summer Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Willie Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with Miller Funeral Service directing.

She raised two sons, William James Callens and James Williams Callens, Dallas, Texas and two daughters, Dorothy Callens of Selma, AL and Eloise Chaney of Roxbury, Mass.

Survivors include: one sister, Mrs. Mandy Callens of Selma, AL; five nieces; six nephews; and other relatives including: Lillie Mae Brown, Sallie Lawson, Mattie Garaham, Marlie Melton, Emanuel Walker, Willie James Callens, and Thomas J. Melton.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Earnest H. Bates

Earnest H. Bates, age 62 of Selma, AL died on January 2, 2007 in Selma.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date by Walker Mortuary.