Obituaries for Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bernice Morton

Bernice Morton, 82 of Selma,

Alabama passed away on May 26, 2008. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday May 29, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Charles A. Lett officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Interment will be at Pineview Memory Gardens under the direction of Lewis Brothers Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Morton was preceded in death by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Earnest King, husband, Mr. Ennis Morton and son Ernest Sigmon Sr. Survivors include daughters: Dr. Janice Hunte (Eyston), Marcia Bailey (Marshall), Jenorice Haynes (Japp Sr.), son Ennis Morton Jr. (Carol), grandchildren: Rochelle Ramano (Thomas), Emerson Hunte, Dane Dougherty, Ernesto Sigmon, Erica Peck-Love (Shon), Sheila Smitherman (Juan), Marshanda Bailey, Erin Sigmon, Jasmine Hoffman (Justin), David Hunte (Valerie), Katherine Hunte, Japp

Haynes IV, Eyslyn Hunte, great grandchildren: Jasmine Lacey, Solomon Sigmon, Seth Sigmon, Lily Moon Quintero, Brooklin Blu Peck Love, Thomas Ramano, Brock Tristan Smitherman, Brooke Nicole Smitherman, Brianna Simone Smitherman, sister-in-law: Queenie Ferguson, cousins Annie, Bessies, and Mildred Baker, special loved ones:

Hernice Mutuku, Rev. and Mrs. Reese , Fannie and Lester Bailey, Lois McGee, Wanda Tyler (God Daughter), Beloved Friend and Physician, Dr. Glenton Davis and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, special family and friends too numerous to mention.

Born on November 6, 1925 in Selma Alabama, she served the Lord in her community through her work at Selma University and her long time membership at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Morton was well known for her work during the civil rights movement and was often mentioned on CNN for her role in preparing meals for thousands of freedom fighters including Dr. Martin Luther King, Rev Ralph Abernathy, Joseph Lowery, Andrew Young, and Rev. Jesse Jackson in the 1960&8217;s. Her life and story was recounted in the book entitled &8220;The Selma Campaign 1963-1965.&8221; She also received numerous awards for her leadership and dedication including the prestigious Drum Major for Justice Award and The Faithful Servant Award presented by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta in 1989.

She received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities from Selma University in May 1989 for her outstanding contributions in the field of Education. She loved people. In 1995, she was again honored for her contributions toward equality and fair treatment for everyone and received the Invisible Giant Recognition and Award during the 30th Anniversary March for Voting Rights. She has also been featured in the Selma Voting Rights Museum and has been the focus of several documentaries detailing the civil rights movement and the events leading up to Bloody Sunday. She is one of Selma&8217;s famed &8220;Foot Soldiers.&8221;

She was loved by many and will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Selma.

Rebecca Cross

Rebecca Cross, age 65, a resident of Selma, AL, passed away May 26, 2008 in Decatur, AL.

Surviving are her sons, Floyd Eugene Massey and Jimmie Austin Massey; daughter, Belinda Massey Powell; sisters, Ruth Cross Smyly, Pat Cross Yawn and Frances Simmons Hughes; grandchildren, Adam Page, Joshua Page, Daniel Massey, Nichole Massey and David Massey and great-grandchildren, Cameron Massey and Christian Massey.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Selma Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Powell officiating.

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

Visitation will be prior to the service from 12-2:00 p.m.

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