Obituaries

By Staff
Raymond Willis Holt
April 6, 2007
Raymond Willis Holt, 79, of Red Bay, died April 6, 2007 at his residence. Funeral services were held Sunday April 8 in Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial followed in Pleasant Site Cemetery. Roger Wood officiated.
He was born in Tennessee on September 16.1927 to George Washington and Edna Eunice Ray Holt. He was a mechanic and a member of Harmony Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ollie Mae Holt; two children Jeff Holt (Juliana) of Leesburg, GA, ABD Jennifer McCurry (Jason) of Red Bay; grandchildren, Dustin Holt, Amberly Holt, and Courtlyn Holt, all of Leesburg; and several nieces and nephews. His parents and his brothers, Carl Holt, and Jim Holt; and sisters Verbie Fletcher and Cathryn Arnold preceded him in death. Pallbeaers were Keith Sykes, Sammy McKinney, Donnie Ezzell, Dustin Holt, Robert Hosteller, and Amberly Holt.
Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay made arrangements.
Cecil Jackson Wakefield
April 6, 2007
Cecil Jackson Wakefield, 79, of Double Springs, died April 6, 2007 at Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville.
Funeral services were held April 8 at Pinkard Funeral Home Chapel with Randy Taylor officiating. Entombment followed at Winston Memorial Mausoleum.
He was born July 5, 1927 in Natural Bridge. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Pleasant Hill No. 2 Missionary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, S.L. and Catherine Wakefield, and brothers, Wilford, Gene, and Clifford Wakefield.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Adams Wakefield, of Double Springs; brothers Wayne Wakefield (Allene) of Carrollton, Georgia, Wendell Wakefield (Jeanette) of Hackleburg, and Larry Wakefield (Brenda) of Bear Creek); sisters, Nadine Willis, of Haleyville, Clara Stults (Ralph) of Haleyville, Julia Poston, of Haleyville, Faye Donaldson, of Haleyville, Helen Langston (J.R.) of Haleyville, and Betty Baccus (Jim) of Hackleburg, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial be made to the Sacred Harp Association of Pleasant Hill No. 2 Missionary Baptist Church.
Pinkard Funeral Home of Haleyville assisted the family.
Virgil M. McDowell
April 7, 2007
Virgil M. McDowell, 66, of Russellville, died April 7, 2007.
Funeral services were held Monday April 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Akins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Franklin Memory Gardens with Bro. Grady Parrish officiating.
Survivors include his daughters, Sandy Oliver (Steve) of Russellville, Karen Jacobson (Jim) of Russellville; sons, Randy McDowell (Lisa) of Russellville, and Greg McDowell (Lynn) of Russellville; brother Gary McDowell (Janet) of Russellville, and 10 grandchildren.
His mother, Lola Nichols, father, Elmer McDowell, and Pearl McDowell, his wife of 39 years, preceded him in death.
Akins Funeral Home assisted the family.
Linnie B. Hill
April 7, 2007
Linnie B. Hill, 99, of Russellville died April 7, 2007 at Helen Keller Hospital. Funeral services were held April 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Pinkard Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial followed at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery with Reverend Douglas Hendon officiating.
She was a lifelong resident of Franklin County, and a member of the Nazarene Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed taking care of others.
She taught Sunday school and was active in her church for many years. After becoming disabled her favorite pastime was reading. She continued to read until she was almost 98 years old. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hill Sr; parents John and Mattie Vandiver; son, Robert Hill Jr.; daughters, Agnes Rickard and Frances Burleson; sisters, Lula Hovater, Fannie McCullough, and Lona Moland; brothers, Gene Vandiver, Wilmer Vandiver, and Paul Vandiver; grandsons, Danny Holman and Jason Hill; and great-grandson, Mark Lawler.
Survivors include her son Herschel (Pete) Hill, of Russellville; daughters, Rae Chandler and Ann Hill, both of Russellville; sister, Kate Pickett, of Russellville; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Pinkard Funeral Home assisted the family.
Chesley "Eugene" Poe
April 8, 2007
Chesley "Eugene" Poe, 91, of Bear Creek died April 8, 2007.
Funeral services were held April 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Pinkard Funeral Home in Haleyville, with burial following at Bear Creek Cemetery with Vance Hutton and Ricky Mann officiating.
He was a resident of Bear Creek and was a retired farmer. He was a member of Hines Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents John Thomas and Martha Jackson Kilgoar Poe; wife, Mamie Lou Poe; brothers, Hillard and I.V. Poe; and sister, Johnnie Rasbury.
Survivors include his daughter, Bobbie Cox (Harlon) of Bear Creek; son, Freddie Poe (Anita) of Bear Creek; sisters, Flora Gamble of Five Points, Tennessee, Faye Sewell of Lexington, and Maycene West of Nashville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Debra Pierce (Jimmy), Paul Cox (Charlsie), and Eric Poe (Shae); great-grandchildren, Derek Poe (Laura) and River Poe; great-great grandchildren, Devin Pierce and Dawson Pierce. Pinkard Funeral Home of Haleyville assisted the family.
Marvin Lowell "John" Lindsey
April 10, 2007
Marvin Lowell "John" Lindsey, 71, of Florence, died April 10, 2007 at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence.
Visitation will be held April 11 from 5-8 p.m. at Pinkard Funeral Home in Russellville. Funeral services will be held April 12 at 11 a.m. at Pinkard Funeral Home Chapel in Russellville, with Willie Hamblen and Charles Abernathy officiating. Burial will follow in Franklin Memory Gardens.
He was a native of Marion County. He lived in Russellville from 1988 until 1996 and moved to Florence where he had lived for the past 11 years.
He was a member of Chisholm Heights Church of Christ. He was a former member of the Cattlemen's Association and served as a Franklin County Commissioner from 1988-1992.He owned and operated John's Auction for a number of years. He was an avid deer hunter. He served in the Alabama National Guard for thirty years and retired from the Alabama Highway Department with 32 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Leon Lindsey; daughter, Lisa Gayle Andrews; and father and mother-in-law, Edward and Bea Hovater.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hovater Lindsey; sisters, Leora Towery, of Indianola, Mississippi, and Jesca Robinson, of Slidell, Louisiana; grandchildren, Michelle Andrews, Melissa Andrews, and Ryan Andrews; brothers-in-law, Ronnie Hovater (Judy), and Donnie Hovater (Vickie); special cousin, Jimmie Lou Reynolds, and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be David Willis, John Bendall, Ron Kendrich, Ty Watson, Doug Ramsey, and John Payne. Honorary pallbearers will be William Warren, Mike Boyd, Harold Weeks, William Letson, and Dr. Bruce Thompson.
The family wishes to thank Sarah and Charlotte of Alabama Care. They also wish to thank the nurses on the 5th floor at ECM and the doctors at Northwest Cancer Center. Special thanks also go to Ty Watson for all the help he has given in the last year and a half.
In lieu of Flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Chisholm Heights Church of Christ Building Fund or a charity of choice.
Pinkard Funeral Home assisted the family.

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