Obituaries for Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 13, 2008

Ms. Wanda Gail Edwards

Ms. Wanda Gail Edwards, 52, a resident of Selma, passed away Jan. 9, 2008.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wilbur Edwards; granddaughter, Lacy Danielle Traywick; grandmothers, Gertie Oglesby and Paralee Edwards and grandfathers, Herman Littlejohn and William Edwards.

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Surviving are her mother, Annetta Sexton; longtime companion, Joe Harris Bennett; sons, William Preston Traywick and Steven B. (Selena) Traywick; daughters, Crystal Gail Averette

(Tommy) and Amy Bennett; sister, Weida Sheehan; grandchildren, Jeffery Childress, Brittany Childress, Jarrette Dakota Traywick, Devin Lane Headley, Hailey Bennett, Shawn Russell, Sierra Chisom and

Crystal Danielle Chisom; loving nieces and nephews, Felisha Williams, Wesley Friday, Christopher Friday, Destiny Friday, Drew Smitherman and Michael Williams.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, at Selma Funeral Home Chapel with Judge Johnny Jones officiating.

Interment will be in Pineview Memory Gardens with Selma Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends

from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Chris Friday, Tommy Chisom, Jay Williams, Donnie Sheehan, Wilbur Sanders and Franklin Bennett.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and loved country living.

She was a very compassionate and understanding friend.

She also loved to shop and was very thrifty.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ


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Mr. Thomas A. Chappell

VALLEY GRANDE &045; Mr. Thomas A. Chappell, 75, of Valley Grande died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at his home.

Mr. Chappell was preceded in death by his wife, Betty S. Chappell.

He is survived by his brother, Robert Chappell Jr. (Linda), sisters, Jackie Hudson (Murray),Ann McHugh and numerous nieces and nephews .

Private family services will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Lawrence Funeral Home.

Infant Keith Bray

PLANTERSVILLE &045;Infant Keith Bray died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Vaughan Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008 at Unity Baptist Cemetery with Miller Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his parents Keith Bray and Alesha Hopson.

Mrs. Lorene Hollis

MARION &045; The funeral of Mrs. Lorene Hollis was held at

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at Oak Grove A.M.E. Zion Church, Newbern. The pastor, the Rev. Esmer Davis, officiated.

Burial followed in the Hollis Cemetery with Lee & Rollins directing.

Mr. Charles B. Tolby

BRENT &045; The funeral of Mr. Charles B. Tolby was held at

noon Saturday, Jan.

12, 2008, at Jones Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Brent, with the Rev. A.L. Deviner officiating.

Burial followed in the Cooper Cemetery with Lee & Rollins directing.

Mrs. Lucille Hunter

Mrs. Lucille Chandler Hunter was born on Oct. 4, 1923, in Opelika as the ninth of

11 children born to the late Douglass and Millie Chandler.

Mrs. Hunter met and married the late Rev. John D. &8220;J.D.&8221; Hunter Sr., one of Selma’s Courageous 8, in the early 40’s while attending Tuskegee Institute High School in Opelika. They later moved to Selma, in order for J. D. Hunter to matriculate at Selma University.

Mrs. Hunter completed her nursing studies in Tuskegee and was a practical nurse (P.N.).

She worked at the old Vaughan Memorial Hospital in Selma for more than 30 years before her retirement.

This was the perfect profession for her because she always tried to nurture and extend a helping hand to all those in need.

Lucille and J. D. were both actively involved in church and community activities throughout their lives.

Mrs. Hunter was a quiet-but-determined warrior for civil rights and always kept her &8220;one shooter&8221; close at hand.

She was a long standing and faithful member (over 60 years) of Tabernacle Baptist Church, in Selma.

During their marriage, Lucille and J. D. Hunter had five children:

Louise Hunter, Birmingham, Joshua Hunter, a building advisor, Queens, N.Y.; Jacqueline Marshall (Alvin) of Selma,

John D. Hunter Jr., a real estate broker, Montgomery and Phillip B. Hunter (Yvonne), Bel Air, Md.

Phillip is a contract attorney with the federal government.

Mrs. Hunter leaves a host of relatives, friends, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn her passing.

She leaves two brothers, Rivizil Chandler, Washington, D.C., and Clarence Chandler, Jacksonville, Fla.; and four sisters, Viola Barnhill, East Elmhurst, N.Y., Emma Dumas, Auburn, Dorothy Kindell, Birmingham and Mary Peoples (J.W.) Hayes, Caruthersville, Mo.

Her deceased brothers and sisters are Johnnie, Andrew, and

George Chandler and Rachael Chandler Jones.

Mrs. Hunter was a strong, devoted and loving mother, grandmother, sister, wife, friend and neighbor.

She instilled and extolled the virtues of family solidarity, charity, humility and forgiving one another for their trespasses.

She was very religious, and unpretentious.

Mrs. Hunter inspired all of her children and grandchildren to take advantage of all educational opportunities.

She took responsibility to raise her children and grandchildren in a loving environment.

In particular, Mrs. Hunter played a pivotal role as a mother figure to Angela Lynn Hunter-Thompson and Willie Owens III.

The family would like to thank everyone for their phone calls and visits during this time of bereavement.

The family also thanks the Rev. Rodney Morton and the Tabernacle Baptist Church Family and the staff at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. for their compassion and concern for the family.

May God Bless You All.

We love you and will honor your legacy and teachings.

Always our mother, grandmother, and an &8220;inspiration to serve God and to always do that which is good, right and honorable.&8221;

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1431 Broad Street, Selma.

Miller’s Funeral Home Services Inc., 608 Saint Phillips Street, Selma provided funeral services.

Mr. Peter Lloyd Butts

Mr. Peter Lloyd Butts, age 57, a resident of Marion Junction passed away Jan. 9, 2008.

Surviving are his wife, Florence Butts; sons, Jeremy Beard, Michael (Jeannie) Beard, Vance (Savannah) Butts and Billy Butts; daughters, Tammy (Mike) Dangel, Amanda (Brad) Clark, Susan (Robert, Jr.) Gardner and Laura Butts; brothers, Shawn Butts, Kelly Butts, William Butts and grandchildren, Robert Gardner, William Gardner, Harley

Dangel, Joseph Morse, Susan Butts, Erinne Spalding, Vincent Loveless, Vannessa Butts, Vineque Butts, Ethan Beard, Lexy Winchester, Bailey Dangel, Nicole Dangel, Nathan Clark, Wyatt Clark, Jared Clark and Tiphanie Beard.

Funeral services will be

7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, 2008,

at Selma Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Bill Mott officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 6-7 p.m.

Mr. Butts was a retired Navy chief and enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing his guitar, fishing, working, spending time with friends and family, especially his wife and grandchildren.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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