Obituaries for Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2005


Wilsonville resident

W.L. “Rick” Carter Jr., 60, of Wilsonville died Saturday, July 2, 2005, at a local hospital. He was born May 4, 1945, in Birmingham and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, receiving a Bronze Star for his service.

He is survived by his children, Ryan Russell and Susanna Russell; his mother, Jane Glenn; his brothers, Jerry Carter and Bruce and Randy Glenn; and many other family and friends.

Service was July 5 at 7 p.m. following visitation at Bolton-Letlow Chapel, Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing.


Shelby resident

Melba Chappell, 58, of Shelby died Wednesday, June 29, 2005, following a long battle with cancer. She was a member of South Shelby Baptist Church and will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond L. Chappell; a sister, Rose Armstrong; and a grandchild, Amy Marie Chappell.

She is survived by a longtime companion, Gene (Papa Gene) Caldwell; her children, James R. (Teresa) Chappell, Cindy D. (Charles) Hughes, Linda E. (Ruben) Ruiz and William H. (Nikole) Chappell; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Charlotte (Paul) Fox, Cynthia Murphy Johnson and Dora Baccus; and brothers, James (Bud) Johnson and Charles (Chuck) Johnson.

Service was July 1 at 11 a.m. at South Shelby Baptist Church, the Rev. Tom Minor presiding. Burial followed at Shelby Memory Gardens, Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing.


Columbiana resident

Raymond Davis, 80, of Columbiana died Monday, June 27, 2005, at a local nursing home. He was born Sept. 22, 1924, in Shelby and had retired as a rural mail carrier from the U.S. Postal Service. He was also a veteran of World War II and a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbiana.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Davis; his daughters, Kay (Gary) Wilson, Joy (Dickey) Porter and Jan (Tommy) McNorton; his grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Palmer, Hailey, Andrew and Daniel Porter and Kathryn and Kevin McNorton; his brother, J.D. Davis; and his sisters, Maxine Cleckler and Dessie Smith.

Service was June 29 at 11 a.m. at Bolton-Letlow Chapel, the Rev. Mike Miller presiding. Burial followed at Pinelawn Gardens, Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing.


Chelsea resident

A.G. Gardner, 86, of Chelsea died Friday, July 1, 2005, at home. He was born Feb. 28, 1919, in Chelsea and was a member of K-Springs Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Gardner.

He is survived by his daughters, Martha Faye Allen, Anne Shirley, Sherry Sollie, Joyce Pearce and Kathy Brasher; his sons, Mike Gardner and Don Gardner; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Service was July 3 at 2 p.m. at K-Springs Church, the Rev. Alan Higdon presiding. Burial followed in K-Springs Cemetery, Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing.


Montevallo resident

Edward E. Guy, 85, of Montevallo died Friday, July 1, 2005. He was born in 1919 in Talladega County and was a charter member of University Baptist Church. He retired from Meade Corporation. During World War II, he was employed at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville and Y-12 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maude Lemley Guy of Montevallo; one sister, Sara Guy Guzlas of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three daughters, Pamela Fletcher of Pensacola, Fla., Susan Winslett of Montevallo and Joy Johnson of Selma; five grandchildren, Jason, Paul and Amy Boyd of Montevallo and Jennifer Fletcher Brown and Lee Fletcher, both of Pensacola, Fla.; two great-grandsons, Guy Boyd of Montevallo and Tyler Johnson of Selma; and one great-granddaughter, Chloe Boyd of Montevallo.

Service was July 5 at 6 p.m. with the family receiving guests following the service. The cremated remains will be presented to the family, Charter Funeral Home and Crematory directing.


Wilsonville resident

Henry M. Russell Jr., 81, of Wilsonville died Wednesday, June 29, 2005. He was a survivor of World War II, having trained B-17 pilots. He was also a Mason and past president of the Alabaster Civitan. A lifelong United Methodist, he was a lay speaker and served in many church positions. He is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Russell; his father, Henry Russell Sr., and his mother, Myrtle Russell.

He is survived by his sons, H. Morris Russell of Wilsonville and Henry M. (Joyce) Russell of Palm Bay, Fla.; his daughter, Mary (Tommy) Crowder of Leeds; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was July 2 at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing.


Birmingham resident

Cecelia Ann Swords, 66, of Birmingham died.

Service was June 30 at 1 p.m. at Bolton-Letlow Chapel, the Rev. John Verciglio presiding. Burial followed in Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church.


Calera resident

Floyd Wilcox Jr., 55, fo Calera died Monday, June 27, 2005, in Alabaster.

Service was June 29 at 2 p.m. at Rockco’s Funeral Home Chapel in Montevallo, Brother Buddy Hayes presiding. Burial followed in Salem Cemetery in Calera.


Resident of Hoover and Columbiana

Calvin Dean White, 77, of Hoover and Columbiana died Monday, July 4, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents, David Edward and Pearl Hicks White; five sisters, ParaLee McMeckin, Ethel Willingham, Jessie Ray Montgomery and Ella Mae Morris; and seven brothers, Clarence, James, Ira, Paul, Harold, Eugene and Orie William White. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with his seven brothers (two of whom were killed during the war).

He is survived by his wife, Betty Lucile Blackburn White; his sister, Jeanette Owens of Crossville; his daughter, Cynthia Lorraine Boshelle of Panama City, Fla.; his stepdaughter, Renea Robertson Joseph of Covington, La.; his son, Randall Dean (Louise Skipper) White of Hoover; six grandchildren, Kaya Ardyce Jenkins, Guion Ira Bentley of Montgomery, Kelley Hand (Daniel E. Jr.) Buras of Mandeville, La., Ashley Shae Rovelo (Loren P.) Landry of Abita Springs, La.; Sarah Elizabeth (Mark Herschel) Schroeter of Helena and Russell Dean White of Auburn; six great-grandchildren, Logan Daniel, Greyson Doyle and Mackenzie Kelley Buras of Mandeville, La., and Tanner Loren, Fallon Jett and Brody Shae Landry of Abita Springs, La.; a foster daughter, Jessica Maria Rovelo (Robert Anthony) Rich of Tyler, Texas; her children, Seth Abram and Jared Ethan Rich of Tyler, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is planned for July 8 from 5-8 p.m. at Lakeshore Memorial Chapel in Homewood. Service will be July 9 at 2 p.m. at Lakeshore Memorial Chapel followed by a graveside service for family members at Oakland Cemetery, Lakeshore Memorial Chapel directing.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 11005, Birmingham, AL 35202; Hunter Street Baptist Church Building Fund, 2600 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover, AL 35244; or the Finley Foundation in care of Hoover City Schools, 2810 Metropolitan Way, Hoover, AL 35243.

– Information compiled by Candace Parke