Obituaries for June 17, 2007

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 17, 2007

James R. Wade

James R. “Russ” Wade, 68, of Overland Park, Kan., born and reared in Selma, died June 2, 2007.

Services were held Saturday, June 9 at 1 p.m. at the D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Overland Park Chapel, Overland Parks, Kan.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Grace Wade; and brothers, Denny Wade and Charlie Wade.

James is survived by his wife, Sally; son, Mike Wade; daughters, Dixie Landers and Melanie Williams; eight grandchildren; sisters, Kathleen (Allen) Fancher, Helen Coon and Stella (Brad) Capps; brothers, Jimmy (Pat) Wade and Leipold (Nelvin) Wade; and lot of nieces, nephews, cousins and an abundance of friends.

His greatest loves in life included watching his grandchildren grow up, spending time with his wife, Sally, and family and friends, and racing The American Dream Nitro Funny Car and Truck with his son, Mike.

He owned American Builders Remolding and Restoration and Merriam Caf.

He loved riding his Harley with his buddies.

Being a special fan of the Chief’s, Russ’ love, personality and kindness will remain with us always and forever.

Sharon Chapman

Sharon Chapman, 36, of Selma died June 12, 2007, at her residence.

Services will be held Monday, June 18, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Greater St. Paul. The Rev. Curtis William will officiate.

Burial will be in Elmwood. Directed by Miller Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death her

father, Leon Bell.

Chapman is survived by her mother, Delia Johnson; one son, Lamont Chapman;

three daughters, Clarice Chapman, Victoria Chapman and Britney Chapman; three brothers, Alfred Johnson Jr., Jammie (Veronica) Johnson and Clarence Winfield; two sisters, Inell (Cecil) Hall and Kristy (Earnest) Johnson Fells; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Corey J. Smith

Corey J. Smith, 21, a resident of Birmingham, died June 12, 2007, in Birmingham.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at Brighton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lorenzo Hudson officiating.

Corey is survived by his parents, Shirley and Willie Smith; a brother, Lucas Smith; godmother/aunt Marie Smith, three aunts, one uncle, one great-uncle and a host of cousins and friends.

Services by Miller Funeral Home.

Frances Lee

Frances Lee of Plantersville died June 14, 2007, in Selma.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Walker Mortuary.

Theodore Alexander

Theodore Alexander McLeod, age 88, of Selma died Friday, June 15, 2007, at a local nursing home. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, June 18, 2007, at Elkdale Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry Henry and Rev. Micah Gandy officiating and Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home directing.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 17, 2007, from 6

to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

McLeod is survived by his daughter, Mary Lou McLeod Russell, grandchildren, David W. Russell, Chris McLeod, Clay McLeod, and Mandi McLeod Epperson, 11 great-grandchildren, niece, Libba (Emory) Erb, and nephew, James (Mary) Jones.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mable Pullen McLeod, his son, George McLeod, his grandson, Bowen McLeod Russell, his parents, Theodore and Ruby Duke McLeod, and his sister, Mary Elizabeth Jones.

Mr. McLeod was a WWII veteran having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1946, after WWII ended, he settled in Selma. He was a longtime business man; owning the shoe departments at Tepper’s and Leon’s. In 1960, he went into the life insurance business and retired after 31 years with New York Life Insurance Company, having achieved CLU and state honors for two years as a Life Underwriter of the Year for the State of Alabama.

Mr. McLeod and his wife were members of First Baptist Church, then moved to Elkdale Baptist Church when it was formed as a mission church of First Baptist. They were among the charter members. He served in many church related positions; deacon, teaching boys Sunday School, and various other classes. He was a disciple of his true abiding faith and loved the Lord all of his life.

Pallbearers will be Gary Burden, Larry Lewis, John Ackerman, Jimbo Jones, Robert Pickering, Tyson Crisman, and Emory Erb.

Honorary Pallbearers are the Frank Ernest Sunday School Class, John Roseberry, Arthur Haynes and Jamie Wallace. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Elkdale Baptist Church Building Fund or to the charity of your choice.