Obituaries for Sept. 28, 2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 28, 2007

The Rev. Allen Reid Arrowood

The Rev. Allen Reid Arrowood, age 57, husband of Judy Carol Mauney Arrowood, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday morning, Sept. 25, 2007.

Born in Gastonia, N.C., on July 12, 1950, he was a son of the late Claude McSwain and Opal Kathleen Arrowood.

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He was a member of Evangel Cathedral, an evangelist, and a missionary having recently served in Canada. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who adored his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Donna Arrowood Springs and husband Timothy of Moore and Karin Arrowood Kalina and husband Allen of Spartanburg; a son, Marty Allen Arrowood and wife Stephanie of Duncan; four grandchildren, Joshua and Jasie Springs and Katie and Kaylee Kalina; and a brother, Larry Arrowood of Bessemer City, N.C. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Blaine Arrowood and Wayne Arrowood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials and condolences in remembrance of Rev. Arrowood may be made to P.O. Box 279, Wellford, SC 29385.

Ida Richardson Allison

Mrs. Ida Richardson “Dear” Allison, age 69, of Sardis, AL died Sept. 23, 2007 at Vaughan Regional Hospital. Services are scheduled for Sat., Sept. 29, 2007, noon at Mt. Olive No. 2 Missionary Baptist Church officiated by the Rev. R.T. Morton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery directed by Miller Funeral Service.

Survivors include: husband, Russell Allison Jr.; three sons, Bert, Wayne, Sylvester; four daughters, Gloria, Jacqueline, Dorothy, Ann; four brothers, Clarence, Luverne, Ned, Andrew; five sisters, Marie Frances (Jerome), Cora, Barbara, Ella; 19 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, six brothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be Southside Class of 1982.

Thurman Callen

Thurman Callen, 90, a resident of Jones died Sept. 24, 2007, at Shelby Medical Center.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Valley

Baptist Church, Jones,

officiated by

the Rev. A. D. Smith. Burial

following at Pleasant Valley Cemetery directed by Lewis Brothers Funeral Home Inc.

His parents are Lucy Lanier and Princeton Mixon.

Survivors include his wife, Edith Lee Callen;

two sons, Thurman Callen and Lawrence James Callen; two daughters, Bertha Lee (Callen) Daniels and Willie Ann (Callen) James; three brothers, Rayfield Lanier, Matthew Lanier and Willie B. Lanier; five sisters, Evelyn Benjamin, Ruby Alexander, Lillie Jackson, Daisy Lanier, and Adelle Barry.

Pallbearers are family members and others.

Caldonia Giles

Caldonia Giles, age 88, resident of Selma died Sept. 23, 2007 in Selma. Services are scheduled for Mon. Oct. 1, 2007, 1 p.m. at Bethlehem officated by Minister Peoples. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery directed by Miller Funeral Service.

Ms. Giles was preceded in death by one son, Clarence Hollman and a sister, Corine Moore. Survivors include: one son, Walter Hollman; two daughters, Johnnie Johnson, Mary Logan; nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, Ruth Hollman, Roy Johnson and a special grandson, Anthony.

Balsora ‘Zo’ Bennett Keller

Balsora “Zo” Bennett Keller, age 91, of Selma passed away Sept. 26, 2007. She is survived by her loving family.

Zo enjoyed a lifelong appreciation and career teaching voice and piano after studying in her youth at Julliard School of Music in New York.

She led a philanthropic life donating her funds and time to countless organizations.

Zo’s lifelong passion for music led her to be one of the founding organizers of the Selma Community Concert Association.

In lieu of services or flowers, please make donations in the name of Zo Keller to the Selma Community Concert Association, P. O. Box 1083, Selma, AL


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Grover L. Purdie

Grover L. Purdie, age 77, resident of Selma died Sept. 25, 2007, at Vaughan Regional Medical Center, Selma. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, 1 p.m.

at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, west of Selma, officiated by Pastor Herman L. Williams. Burial to follow at Emmerson Cemetery, Hwy 219, directed by Lewis Brothers Funeral Home Inc.

Mr. Purdie was preceded in death by his parents, The Late John L. and Mary Patterson Purdie.

Survivors include: one son, Barry Purdie, Sr., Enterprise; two daughters, Rita Purdie Crawford, Cleveland, Ohio, and Susie Purdie, Bloomingdale, Ga.; two brothers, Rufus Purdie and Phillip (Mary) Purdie of Chicago, Ill.; four sisters, Inez P. Collins, Fort Wayne, Ind., Laura P. Thompson, Detroit, Mich., Bernice (Alfred) Davis, Selma and Emma P. Wellington, Jacksonville, Fla.; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren, a myriad of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was educated in the Dallas County School System and he served in the U.S. Army for 22 years, 8 months and 6 days from which he received a honorable discharge in 1971.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Lula Mae Smith

Lula Mae Smith, age 71, resident of Selma died Sept. 25, 2007, at Jackson Hospital, Montgomery. Services are scheduled for Sept. 29, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Helping Hand Bible Ministry officiated by Pastor Irvin Yussin. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Interment directed by Walker Mortuary.

Survivors include: four sons, Alfred Johnson, Arthur Smith, III, Robert (Cassandra) Smith, Jimmy Smith; three daughters, Bernice Smith, Catherine Smith, Ellen Johnson; one brother, Willie (Delores) Johnson; three sisters, Elizabeth (Robert) Green, Fannie (Robert) Davis, Patricia (William) Harrell and seven grandchildren.

Jeanetta Young

Ms. Jeanetta Young, age 51, resident of Marion died Sept. 27, 2007, at her residence. Final arrangements will be announced at a later date. Final arrangements entrusted to Miller Funeral Services, Inc.

Howard Hershel


Howard Hershel Strickland died peacefully at home Sept. 26, 2007, after an extended illness.

He was 81 years old.

Mr. Strickland was born March 1, 1926, in Athens, Ga.

He served his country in the Army Air Corp in the European Theater of WWII.

Mr. Strickland achieved success as an entrepreneur and businessman combining diverse experience, including general contracting, finance, administration, marketing, organization and sales.

Through his tenacious work ethic and pioneering vision, Mr. Strickland made significant improvements to Selma’s historic Water Avenue.

He was originator of several local businesses including The Warehouse Nightclub opened in April of 1976, the Cabaret and Major Grumbles Restaurant, a now famous icon in Selma and greater Alabama.

Community-minded, Mr. Strickland served the interest of Selma’s citizens for years, beginning in 1990, through the Selma Housing Authority, from which he retired as Section 8 Director.

He was a politically active citizen and a man who had profound and eternal love for his country and its ideals.

Mr. Strickland is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Thelma Strickland of Athens, Ga.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Martha Prince Strickland; sons, Robert H. Strickland of Biloxi, Miss., Sam Evans Strickland of Iuka, Miss., and James (Diana) Lundie of Concord, N.C.; daughters, Susan (Jim) Harper of Shawnee, Kan., and Misti (Gary) Frederickson of Ocean Springs, Miss.; grandchildren, Matthew, Robert and Jamie Harper of Kan., Ian and Ami Evans of Louisville, Ky.; Dianne Smitherman, daughter of Mr. Strickland&8217;s best friend, Joe; Mr. and Mrs. Ray (Sheila) Brown and loving and caring members of the extended family.

We wish to express sincere thanks for all the staff of Park Place and Wiregrass Hospice.

We feel deep, eternal gratitude for Daniel Clower, MD and appreciation for the enduring strength of Cassie.

To all whose life was touched and influenced by Howard, we hope and pray your memories are many, pleasant and enriching.

Howard will truly be missed by all his friends and family.

We are confident he was welcomed home with gusto by Joe.

Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, 12 p.m. at Selma Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Harper and Joe Knight officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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