Melinda Burrell Bareis

By Staff
January 2, 2007
Melinda Burrell Bareis, age 44, of Haleyville, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2007, at UAB Hospital.
Mrs. Bareis was preceded in death by her father, Travis Jack Hodge, Sr.; her adoptive father, Ernest Marshall Burrell; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Edwards and Mr. and Mrs. Clovis Edwards, and her grandfather, Ernest Burrell.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 4, 2007, at Pinkard Funeral Home in Haleyville with Brant Butler officiating. Interment was in Winston Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Bareis is survived by her husband, John Bareis; her mother, Linda Gail Burrell; her step-mother, Joan Hodge; her grandmother, Irene Akers; three children, Larry Charles Hogle, Jr. and wife Jennifer, Christy Newell and Brittney Nicole Bareis; one grandchild, Kylie Renee' Hogle; a sister, Jacqueline Gail Burrell Dickson; two brothers, Anthony William Hodge and wife Sara, and Travis Jack Hodge, Jr.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Pinkard Funeral Home assisted the family.
Marsha Morrison Burttram
Services to celebrate the life of Marsha Morrison Burttram, age 50, who passed from this life to be with her Lord and Savior, were held on Monday, January 8, 2007, at 3 p.m. at Twelfth Street Baptist Church in Gadsden. The Revs. Richard Trader, Mike Johnson and Ben Edmondson officiated.
Pallbearers were Tommy Ford, Brandon Barnes, Mike Keracher, Chris Lindley, Robert Killian, Stacy Goss, David Martin and Jon Paul Campbell.
She leaves behind her husband, Curtis Burttram; a son, Matthew Burttram; a daughter, Lindsey Burttram; her parents, Dr. Troy L. and Frances Morrison; a brother, Mark Morrison and wife Anniece; her mother and father-in-law, John and Christine Burttram; a brother-in-law, Johnny Burttram and wife Trisha; four nieces, Megan Morrison, Mallory Morrison, Meredith Morrison, and Jennifer Davis and husband Mark; as well as many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Marsha moved to Gadsden in 1968 after spending a few of her early years in Kentucky. She was a graduate of Gadsden High School and received two degrees from Jacksonville State University. She leaves behind a legacy of love and friendship to all the many, many people who have crossed her path in life.
She was a lifelong teacher in Alabama at schools in Gadsden, Russellville, and Marshall County. The impact she had as a teacher resulted in a profound and life-changing effect on students and teachers alike in every school of which she was a part. She taught her students, their parents and those she worked alongside that caring about others and having a positive attitude were the most important things that we all could accomplish with our lives. She lived that attitude each day, whether spending time with a lifelong friend or meeting someone for the first time. In addition to her own students, she was "Mrs. B" to thousands of high school band members over the years. She encouraged and supported each and every one and always had a compliment for them all, whether at practice, performances or on all the many trips she took with the bands.
Marsha was a Christian. She loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and displayed absolute love and devotion for her family. She would always take the opportunity to uplift her family and friends with a positive word or a thoughtful gift. She had a grateful heart in all circumstances. Even during her illness, she gave thanks to God everyday for all of the blessings in her life and inspired others to do the same in their own lives. Her life was a constant reminder that God has blessed each and every one of us, and that we should take time everyday to give thanks to Him for what He has done.
Beatrice P. Hill
January 5, 2007
Beatrice P. Hill, age 86, of Russellville, passed away Friday, January 5, 2007, at Burns Nursing Home.
Mrs. Hill was a lifelong resident of Franklin County and a member of Rockwood Baptist Church. She was retired from the Foster Grandparent Program. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Rushia Pounders; a son, Grover Hill, Jr.; and eleven brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2007, at Pinkard Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James McCullar officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in the Frog Pond Community.
Mrs. Hill is survived by a son, Glen Hill of Russellville; a daughter, Betty Sparks and husband Oneal, of Russellville; a step-son, Billy G. Hill and wife Janice, of Victoria, Texas; a sister, Clarice Burleson of Florence; two grandchildren, Anita House and husband Robert, and Vickie Watson and husband Roger, both of Atlanta, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Frog Pond Cemetery Fund, c/o Jacqueline Hester, 3482 Hwy. 22, Spruce Pine, AL 35585, or the charity of your choice.
Pinkard Funeral Home assisted the family.
Roger Pat Whitfield
December 14, 2006
Roger Pat Whitfield, age 69, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 14, 2006, at his home in Viera, Florida.
Pat was born October 6, 1937, in Manchester, AL. He was the son of Robert Veto and Ida Victoria Barnett Whitfield. Pat, who graduated from high school in Russellville, lived in various parts of the state of Alabama during childhood. He was very proud to be a graduate of the University of Alabama where he earned a degree in Engineering. A lover of college football, he was a lifelong loyal supporter of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Pat moved to Florida in the late 1960s to work on the Apollo and Saturn Space Programs. While there he earned an MBA from Florida State University. The majority of his professional career was spent with U.S. Government in the Department of Energy. He retired as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Restoration.
While dedicated to his work, Pat's love in life was always his family, friends, and church. He loved old cars and made many dear friends in the antique Automobile Club of America. A devout Christian saved at the age of 12, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of South Brevard.
Pat is survived by his wife, Martha Robbins Whitfield; a son, Roger Whitfield and wife Debbie, of Buchanan, MI; a daughter, Patti Smith and husband John, of Columbia, SC; five grandchildren, Megan Boykin, Jamie Whitfield, Parker Smith, Josh Whitfield and Mary Hayden Smith; a sister, Linda Gardner and husband Robert, of Jonesboro, TN; an uncle, Arvil Barnett and wife Liz, of Birmingham; and many dear cousins.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2007, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Summit, MS.