Obituaries for August 24, 2005

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Margaret H. Baker, 82, of Montevallo died Aug. 16, 2005. She was born June 17, 1923, in Calcis, Ala. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Benny Holmes and Jeff Baker, and her parents, Fred and Mae Wilder.

She is survived by her children, Ben (Susan) Holmes, Dennis Holmes and Wanda Turner; her step-son, Randal Baker; her adopted son, John Carlisle; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her brother, Preston (Lucille) Wilder; and her sisters, Bertha ‘Doots’ Carter, Marie (Roy) Vincent and Nadine (Ed) Jackson.

Service was 11 a.m. on Aug. 20 at Bolton-Letlow Chapel with burial following in Pinelawn Gardens, Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing.

Edna Irene Duncan, 91, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. She was born May 4, 1914, in Opp, Ala., and had been a member of the Camp Branch United Methodist Church since 1947. She was the lunchroom supervisor at Thompson Middle School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Orascus and Zilphia Irene Sasser; her brothers, Dennis, Ray and James Sasser; her sisters, Myrtice Mae Short and Lois Sasser; her husbands, Woodrow Grimes, Herman Hamm and Leonard Duncan; and a half-sister, Virginia.

She is survived by her son, Wayne Grimes; two daughters, Joyce Burgess and Bonita Norman; her half-sisters, Navajo and Annette; her half-brother, Bobby; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was Aug. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home in Columbiana. Service was Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. at Camp Branch United Methodist Church, the Rev. Neil G. Norman Jr. presiding. Burial followed at Currie-Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Hoover, Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing.

Bessie Reid Houston Fancher, 96, of Alabaster died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005. She was a longtime resident of the Montevallo area where she was a member of First Baptist Montevallo before moving to Alabaster where she was a member of First Baptist Alabaster. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for many years. She worked with the telephone company and in younger days and also worked in the family business, Fancher Shoe Shop in Montevallo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter F. Fancher; her sisters, Gertrude Houston Carpenter, Frances Houston Parten, Esther Houston and Geneva Houston; and her brothers, Joseph Pratt Houston, Claude Houston and Luther Houston.

She is survived by her sisters, Ruth Houston Sellers and Sarah Houston Lucas, both of Alabaster, and a host of nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

Service was Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. at Rockco’s Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Montevallo Cemetery, the Rev. Bill Johnston and Wayne Crumpton presiding and Rockco’s directing.

Winifred Grace Tovell Leslie, 95, of Pelham died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005. She was born in London, England, to Louis and Rosina Elizabeth Clayton Tovell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Hamner Leslie; her son, Richard Leslie Sr.; grandsons, Michael Leslie and Brad Leslie; great-granddaughter, Emily Claire Leslie; brothers, Lou, Percy and Len Tovell; and sister, Doris Worrall.

She is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Connie) Leslie, Roy (Lynn) Leslie, Robert (Ann) Leslie and Alan (Linda) Leslie; her daughter, Linda Leslie (Dennis) Joseph; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her sister, Gertrude Richardson; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Service was Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at Charter Funeral Home with burial following in Shelby Memory Gardens, Charter directing.

James Albert Ingram, 64, of Wilsonville died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 at University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. He was born Feb. 19, 1941, and was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Ingram; his mother, Lucille Brasher; his stepmother, Lessie Scott; and his brother, Roland Brasher.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Ingram of Wilsonville; five sons, Albert Wade (Elizabeth) Ingram of Sylacauga, Terry Ingram of Sylacauga, James Ray Ingram of Wilsonville, Michael Ingram of Wilsonville and Gary Holsomback of Montevallo; two daughters, Teresa (Rickey) Carr of Sylacauga and Mary (Barry) Vick of Westover; four brothers, Robert Ingram of Lawley, Ala., Harold Ingram of Columbiana, Marvin Ingram of Sylacauga and Jerry Wayne Brasher of Clanton; two sisters, Mary Ann Headley and Patsy Singleton, both of Clanton; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Service was Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Chapel, the Revs. Keith Owensby and Robert Ingram presiding. Burial followed at Stewartville Church of God, Radney-Smith Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Randy Pogue, Rodney Isbell, Anthony Isbell, Allen Pogue, Ferris Vick and Kevin Bevels. Honorary pallbearers were William Bevels Jr. and Bruce Jenkins.

Edgar Lawrence ‘Pawpaw’ Israel, 96, of Birmingham died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, at home with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Duncan Israel.

He is survived by his son, Edwin L. Israel of North Carolina; his daughters, June (Burt) Farrar and Mary Hayes, both of Louisiana, Becky Belcher of Birmingham and Sherry (Kenny) Rush of Columbiana; his sister, Mattie Rush Singleton of Virginia; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Service was Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Columbiana, John Duke of Baptist Church of the Covenant and the Rev. Mike Miller of First Baptist Church presiding and Charter Funeral Home directing. Graveside service was held in Sturgis, Miss.

Ruby Dean Latta, 72, of Westover, died Aug. 8, 2005. She was born March 14, 1933, in Clay County. She was one of 24 children, a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Westover and was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Latta.

She is survived by her children, Gayle (Sammy) Weaver of Westover, Myra (Tony) Muse of Four Mile and Tammy (Cookie) Fields of Westover; her grandchildren, Jamie (Marcus) Moore-Taylor, Josh (Kristin) Fields, Bull Fields, Chrissy (Corey) Moore-Abrams, Amy (Daniel) Muse-Seay and Jonathan Muse; her sister, Jean Jordan of Ashland; and several nieces and nephews.

Service was Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. at Fourmile Baptist Church, the Rev. Gary Jones presiding. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing.

Wesley F. Stewart, 79, of Shelby died Aug. 19, 2005. He was born Feb. 4, 1926, in St. Clair County. He served in the U.S. Army and was retired from the City of Birmingham Sanitation Department after 32 years. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Emily Stewart.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Stewart; his stepson, Don Griffin; his stepdaughter, Lynn Gaddis; and two grandsons, Matt and A.J.

Graveside service was Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, the Rev. Joe Stone presiding and Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing.

Kelly E. Stone, 76, a lifelong resident of the Fourmile community in Shelby County, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005.

He was a charter member of the Baptist Church at Lay Lake. He was a graduate of Shelby County High School, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was retired from Alabama Power Company, where he worked as supervisor at the Gaston Steam Plant. He was a founding member of the Fourmile Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as lieutenant and a first responder with Southeast Shelby Rescue. The Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Service System recognized him as the 1998 Shelby County EMT of the Year. He also served as a member of the Shelby County Planning Commission.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rena Carlson Stone; his sons, David (Jane) Stone of Alabaster, Mark (Rebekah) Stone of Mansfield, Ga., and Jim (Julia) Stone of Modesto, Calif.; his daughter, Susan (Dylan) Wilbanks of Seattle, Wash.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his brothers, Hugh, Jack and Joe; his sisters, Tommie Lou Liles, Peggy Weatherspoon and Joyce Payne; nad numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

Service was Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in the Kingdom community near Columbiana, The Revs. Charles Stroud and Howard Brasher presiding. Burial followed at Fourmile Baptist Church Cemetery, Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing. The family requests memorial donations be made to the Fourmile Volunteer Fire Department or the Baptist Church at Lay Lake building fund.

Paul A. Thurman, 75, of Shelby County died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances L. Thurman.

He is survived by his daughters, Jenny (Leonard) Doss of Helena and Leisha (David) Brennan of Spanish Fort; his sisters, Janie Hall of Birmingham, Agnes Williams of Atlanta, Ga., and Frances Elliott of Navarre, Fla.; his grandchildren, Allen Dean, Scott Doss, Wendy Dibble, Joseph Doss and Magen Brennan; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. at Charter Funeral Home with burial following in K-Springs Cemetery in Chelsea, Charter Funeral Home directing.

Jo Ann Isabell Smith, 54, of Columbiana died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005.

She is survived by one daughter, Wendy Scott of Birmingham; her brother, Johnny (Gail) Isabell of Alabaster; her son, Bernard (Kim) White of Wilsonville; her stepfather, James (Mary) Ray of Alabaster; her grandsons, Wade and Jesse-Job White of Wilsonville; her nieces, Robin and Donna Isabell of Alabaster; and her companion, Stanley Northcutt of Columbiana.

Service was Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at Charter Funeral Home, Charter directing.

Mae Belle Mills Morris, 82, of Montevallo died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, at home. She was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Chilton County. She was a member of Aldrich First Baptist Church and a retired seamstress from Thorsby Manufacturing Company.

She is survived by her children, Brenda Gale Miller, Barbara Ann Nabors and Bill Henry Morris; grandchildren, Michael Miller, Tim Nabors, Jennifer Street, Amy Blackstock and Emily Morris; great-grandchildren, Brody Miller, Hunter Nabors, Jenna Nabors, Drew Blackstock and Sydney Street; and one sister, Hazel Pickett.

Service was Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at Shelby Memory Chapel, the Rev. Alvin Porter and Dennis Draper presiding. Burial followed in Shelby Memory Gardens, Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing