Leonard O. Allen, Jr.

By Staff
January 9, 2007
Leonard O. Allen, Jr., age 83, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2007, from complications of pancreatic cancer.
Previously a native of Franklin County and a longtime resident of Russellville, he was residing in Marietta, GA at the time of his death. He proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Following the war, he worked as a civilian employee for the U.S. Air Force. Upon returning to Franklin County he served as Veteran's Service Officer from 1953-1960. He held the office of Tax Assessor for 18 years and served as Mayor of the city of Russellville from 1980-84. One of his proudest accomplishments as mayor was the restoration of the Sloss Lake Park. He was instrumental in the Bear Creek Watershed and worked on many projects that benefitted the local area. He was a lifelong Democrat and was proud to have had many Republican friends. He was honored to serve as the co-chairman to reelect Howell Heflin to the U.S. Senate and remained a lifelong friend.
He was president of Leonard Allen Acres and vice president of Franklin Real Estate and Insurance. His civic affiliations included Secretary of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Association, Commander of the Russellville American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, President of the Lions Club, and Director of the Russellville Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Red Cross Association and the Heart Fund.
Following retirement, he traveled the world extensively as a host on Royall Cruise Line, meeting many interesting people and seeing many beautiful sights. He also continued his lifelong hobby of restoring classic cars.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Lynn Botts and Dr. Michael Botts, of Madison, AL; his son, Leonard O'Neal Allen III of Atlanta, GA; his former wife and the mother of his children, Nola Pritchard Allen; two grandchildren, Drew and Rachel Botts; a special friend, June Tyson and her two daughters, Georgia Lister and Debbie Rosen and their immediate families, of Alpharetta, GA.
Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. in the chapel of Pinkard Funeral Home. The body will lie in state from 10-11 a.m. with the service following at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, at the First United Methodist Church of Russellville with Dr. Gene Balding and Bro. Jerry Curry officiating. Interment will be in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Sen. Roger Bedford, Mark Butler, David Lister, Jess Rosen, Barry Petty and Bob Rogers. Honorary bearers will be Jimmy Byars, Harry Crumbly, Charlie Gamble, Martin Golden, Delmar King, Dr. Joe Kirkpatrick, L.A. Murphy, Bob Siebert, Herb Singleton, J.R. Smith, Neil Taylor, Sr., Dr. Aubrey Terry, Jimmy Weatherford and Leon Yarbrough.
Donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Russellville Building Fund, P.O. Box 326, Russellville, AL 35653, or to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Pancreatic Cancer Research, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210.
William Forrest Bowers
December 27, 2006
William Forrest Bowers, age 79, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2006, of heart failure after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Bowers was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman and then a pharmacist's mate. He enlisted in the Navy the day after Christmas when he was 17 years old. After his career in the Navy, Mr. Bowers worked for Westvaco as an international sales manager. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and daughter, Sherry.
Mr. Bowers is survived by his three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held on December 31, 2006, by Pinkard Funeral Home in Russellville. Interment was in Franklin Memory Gardens with full military honors.
Carl Edward Boyd
January 9, 2007
Carl Edward Boyd, age 77, of Littleville, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2007, at his residence.
Mr. Boyd was a resident of Russellville and a member of Russellville Church of Christ. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Reynolds Aluminum with 28 years of service. He was known by his grandchildren as "Great Daddy" and "Pop." He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Turbyfill Boyd; his parents, Charles and May Bell Boyd; and five sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Pinkard Funeral Home Chapel in Russellville with Eddie Caskey officiating. Interment will be in Colbert Memorial Gardens in Tuscumbia.
Mr. Boyd is survived by four children, Ann Marie Boyd Waldrop and husband Greg, of Houston, AL, Scott Boyd of Tuscumbia, Lee Boyd and wife Sandy, of South Pittsburg, TN, and Jerry Boyd and wife Lisa, of Athens; a daughter-in-law, Krista Morrison of Russellville; a brother, James Fay Boyd of Russellville; eight grandchildren, Bethany Boyd Fuller, Brad Boyd, Jennifer Boyd, Ramsey Harris, Justin Rogers, Brittni Boyd, Brandon Boyd and Dylan Boyd; two great-grandchildren, Aidan and Lucas Fuller; and a special pet and friend, "Moose."
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.
Pinkard Funeral Home assisted the family.
Jimmy Ray Hall
January 5, 2007
Jimmy Ray Hall, age 55, of Phil Campbell, passed away Friday, January 5, 2007.
Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Brazell Hall; a daughter, Kimberly Hall; his parents, Paul Brady Hall and Easter Lorene Matthews Hall; and his grandparents, Bob and Birdie Matthews.
A memorial service was to be announced at a later date.
Mr. Hall is survived by six children, Barry Hall, Scotty Hall and Pam, Phillip Hall and Rhonda, Tammy Hall, Sherry Hughes and Tim, and Carla Hall; a brother, Tommy Hall and Gina; eight grandchildren, Shalonda Hall, Christy Pounders, Amber Landers, Jimmy Ray Hall II, Jordan Hall, Davie Hallman, Rile Hughes and Alex Hughes; and three nieces and nephews.
Spry Chapel assisted the family.
Louise M. Hunrath
January 9, 2007
Louise M. Hunrath, age 84, of Royal Oak, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2007, at the Hospice House in Cheboygan, MI.
She was born June 2, 1922, in Russellville to Dennis and Evie Lou (Hovater) Malone. In 1955 in Angola, IN, Louise married Norm Malone, who preceded her in death in 1974. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Willard Malone.
Louise worked as a secretary for the Oak Park Michigan Public Schools for many years. Prior to that she had worked at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit as a switchboard operator.
Survivors include two nephews, Dennis Malone and wife Jane, of Indian River, MI, and Daytona Beach, FL, and James Malone and wife Kathy, of Macomb Twp., MI; her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Malone of Indian River; two great-nieces, one great-nephew and three great-great-nephews.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Nordman Funeral Home in Cheboygan assisted the family.
Margaret Ann Peloquin
January 5, 2007
Margaret "Peggy" Peloquin, age 70, passed away Friday, January 5, 2007, in Panama City, FL, of complications from emphysema.
Peggy was born August 1, 1936, the third of five children born to Glenn Andrew and Ruth Mildred Nelson. She graduated from Holstein High School, Holstein, Iowa, in 1955. Shortly afterward, she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps. While stationed in Germany, she met her future husband, Garry Wayne Peloquin. He was from Tallassee, AL, the son of Joseph Lud and Dorlene Peloquin. Peggy and Wayne were married on October 25, 1958, in Tallassee. In 1959, she gave birth to twin boys, Jerry Wayne and Garry Lud. The family had homes in East Tallassee, Tuskegee and Russellville before settling in Augusta, GA. Peggy later moved to Chicago.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Marvin Sheldon Nelson and Warren James Nelson. She is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law, Allyson Peloquin, and two grandchildren, Jacob Thomas and Abigail Elizabeth, all of Augusta, GA; one sister, Nancy Crouch of Washta, Iowa; one brother, Wayne Nelson of Chicago; a sister-in-law, Wyondia Ludene Hill of Ringgold, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service may be held at a future time.