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Larry Wilson

BUTLER - Services for Larry Wilson, 53, were held Friday, June 23,2017 at Northside Church of Christ with Bro. Brandon Starling officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Bro. Larry Wilson was born September 13, 1963. He

departed this life on Friday, June 16,2017.

He leaves to cherish his memories a wife, Lisa

Wilson; his mother, Vivian Smith; two sons, Larry Jr (Markita) Wilson of Thomasville, AL, Derrick Wilson of Butler, AL; one daughter, Michelle Wilson of Cromwell, AL; two stepchildren, Daniel Webster of Butler, AL and

Kyra Webster of Sandflat, MS; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other loved ones.

The Celebration of Life services were rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler. To post condolences to the family, please log on to our website at


Leona B. Ruffin

LISMAN - Services for Leona Brown Ruffin, 89, were held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Fairview Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Payton officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Sis. Leona Ruffin was born January 26, 1928 to the

late Andrew and Louise Jackson Brown. She departed this earthly life on June 17, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lurie D. Ruffin; one son who died as an infant; her parents, Andrew and Louise Brown; seven brothers, two sisters, three brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.

Leona confessed Christ at an early age and was

baptizedin fellowship at Fairview Baptist Church. After moving to Milwaukee, WI, she attended Great Faith Progressive Missionary Baptist Church until her health failed.

Leona leaves to cherish her memories three

sisters, Lenette Grice, Lisman, AL, Mary Hodges, Meridian, Ms., Phyllis Brown, Lisman, AL; three brothers, Leonard (Mary) Brown, Mobile, AL, McArthur Brown,Chattanooga, TN, Robert (Oranee) Brown, Lisman, AL; one sister-in-law, Lorene Brown; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The Celebration of Life services were rendered

by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler. To post condolences to the family, please log onto our website at


Lillie Ree Gaines Coleman

MT. STERLING - Services for Lillie Ree Gaines

Coleman, 79, were held Saturday, June 24, 2017at St. John C.M.E. Church with Rev. Samuel Duff officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Lillie was born on May 16,1938 to the late Jack and

Marie Gaines in Mt. Sterling, Alabama.  She departed this earthly life on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at her home in Mt. Sterling. She was preceded in death by: her parents, Jack and Marie Gaines; her husband, Robert Coleman; a son, Woodie Gaines; two brothers, Grady and Willie Gaines; and two sisters, Eliza Dunning and Marjorie Joseph.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories: three

daughters, Barbara (Ronald) Shields, Tuscaloosa, AL, Sondra Gaines (Doug), Butler, AL, Wanda Gaines (Gary), Lisman, AL; five sons, Willie Gaines, Johnny Gaines, Charlie Gaines, all of Mt. Sterling, AL, Darryl Gaines, Butler, AL, Darrius Coleman, Montgomery, AL; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; six sisters, Minnie Burney, Bernice

Gaines, both of Vancleave, MS, Carrie Coleman, Ocean Springs, MS, Joan Thompson (Glen), Gautier, MS, Nora Compton (Billy), Mt. Sterling, AL, Juanita McDuffy, Dayton, NV; a devoted cousin, Debra Turner; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

 The Celebration of Life services were rendered by

Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler. To post condolences to the family, please log onto our website at



ET Todd

BUTLER - Funeral services for Mr. ET Todd, 86, were Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Chapel of Bumpers Funeral Home with Dr. Scott Harrell and Rev. Franklin McLelland officiating. Burial followed in the Butler City Cemetery with military honors.

Mr. ET passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

November 8th, 1930, he was born in West Butler, Alabama to Ellis and Audie Todd. He attended Rock Springs Elementary School and Choctaw County High School. November 1950, while attending high school he was drafted by the US Army. He was immediately sent to Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas for basic training. In addition to the basic training he attended culinary (cook) school.

March 1951, upon completion of his training, he shipped out to Korea for combat. While in Korea he was the Assistant Mess Sgt where he set up and managed "tent" kitchens on the battle grounds where they cooked and fed the combat soldiers. December 1951, he was shipped back to the states due to the fact the war was

coming to completion. His active duty status was changed to Active Reserve for 7 1/2 years and he reported to Captain Ernest Land and 1st Sgt Trice Edgar in Gilbertown Alabama.

March 1955, he voluntarily re-enlisted in the Army by reporting to Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina for basic training. Upon completion of basic, he was assigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky. There he resumed his Specialist Second Sgt Class as a cook.

March 1957, he was discharged from Active Duty to Active Reserves. Once again reporting to Gilbertown Alabama Reserves under the command of Captain Earnest Land and 1st Sgt Trice Edgar. After his military career, he worked many jobs to support his family but settled down for a very long career at the paper mill known today as Georgia Pacific. He

was an active lifetime member of the VFW, where he has held many positions in the organization. He was a member of the American Legion and a member of the Scott Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his daughters Pat Escalona of Butler, AL; Lynn Holifield of Quitman, MS; grandchildren Todd Escalona of Lafayette, LA; Marc Escalona (Prim) of Washington, DC; Dana Conner (Seth) of Mathiston, MS; Jeremy Holifield (Ashley) of Enterprise, MS; great grandchildren Larkin Conner, Elly Kayt Conner, Huntleigh Conner, Nora Escalona, and Mary Revel Escalona; sisters Debbie Cannon of Linden, AL and Jerri Ward; special friend Barber Skelton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Perry Todd; parents Ellis and Audie Todd; brother Leon Todd; and sisters Dolly Hearn, Emily Morgan, Lennie Andrews, Nora Stafford, Juanita Glover, and Edna Dortch.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 – – Phone: 800-822-6344.

Pallbearers: Pete Allen, Horace Mosley, Tommy Dailey, Eugene Griffin, Arthur Ward, Mike Armistead. Honorary pallbearers: American Legion Post #81, VFW Post 3223, Emergency 911 Board Members, Scott Mountain Fire Department, Bubba Nicholson, James Studdard, Jack Fendley, Don Lolley, and Choctaw Therapy Staff.

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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.


Jason S. Bradley

BUTLER, AL -- Jason Scott Bradley, age 38, formerly of Rogersville, passed away suddenly Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  He was preceded in death by his

mother, Alma L. Hayes Bradley; maternal grandparents, Johnny and Eatlee Hayes;

paternal grandparents, Raymond and Roxie Bradley. He is survived by his daughter,

Breyenne Bradley; father, Charles Bradley; brothers, Charles Dwayne Bradley and

wife, Stephanie, Mark Bradley and wife, Kim, Michael Bradley and wife, Brandy;

several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A private service will be held

at a later date.


Sue C. Conner

MOBILE - Mrs. Sue C. Conner, long time resident of Mobile, passed away on June 21, 2017 at the age of 79.  Mrs. Conner was born in Clarke County, MS but moved to Gilbertown, AL at the age of 10.  She dreamed of becoming a teacher and earned her degree in education from Livingston University.  After moving to Mobile, she taught in the Mobile County public school system for 37 years, the majority at John Will Elementary School.  She was active with the ADK teachers sorority and upon completing her career remained active with retired teacher organizations.  Mrs. Conner was raised in the Methodist church and was a member of Forest Hill UMC.  She served in various capacities to include being president of the United Methodist Women organization.  Mrs. Conner enjoyed shopping for antiques, discussing education, and spending time with her grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband James "Pee Wee" Conner, and parents, Jake and Lucile Clements.  She is survived by her son Dr. James Ryan Conner, wife Kim, and their children Jaycie, Ashlyn, Marley, and Brody of Dothan, AL.  She is also survived by her daughter Susann C. O'Connor, husband Benson, and their children, Will, Daniel, and Charlie who reside in Mobile. 

Funeral services were conducted at Phillips Funeral Home in Gilbertown, AL, June 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Chip Phillips and Dr. Ryan Conner officiating.  Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. just prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial followed at the Gilbertown Cemetery in Gilbertown, AL.

       Serving as pallbearers were Michael Porter, Stevie Conner, Donnie Baggette, Will O’Connor, Daniel O’Connor, and John Henry Abston.  Honorary pallbearers included Gerald May and Mike McElroy. 

Expressions of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements provided by Phillips Funeral Home, 116 West Main Street, Gilbertown, AL 36908.


Jimmy W. Carpenter

CULLOMBURG - Funeral services for Mr. Jimmy Wayne “Jimbo” Carpenter, age 62, were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Phillips Funeral Home in Gilbertown, AL, with Reverend Jim Koen and Reverend Phillip Stanley officiating.  Visitation was held Friday, June 16, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home.  Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Millry, AL.

Mr. Carpenter passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, AL. 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Stanley Carpenter of Cullomburg, AL; one son, William Leslie “Bill” Carpenter (Jennifer) of Millry, AL; one daughter, Nikki Presley (Stevie) of Gilbertown, AL; his mother, Lois Richardson Carpenter Oates of Millry, AL; step father, Shelton Oates of Millry, AL; one brother, Thoy Carpenter of Millry, AL; two step brothers, Michael Oates of Millry, AL and Buck Oates of Millry, AL; two step sisters, Barbara McInnis of Quitman, MS and Sonya Nelson of Toxey, AL; and eight grandchildren, Matt Carpenter, Gracie Presley, Gabriell Presley, Alexis Carpenter, Jacob Carpenter, Daniel Carpenter, Hannah Tanner, and Tink Tanner. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Lee Carpenter.     

Serving as pallbearers were Joseph Weaver, Franklin Baxter, Jimmy Williams, Hoss Sanderson, Patrick White, and Courtland Gordon.  Honorary pallbearer was Pee Wee Sullivan. 

Expressions of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements provided by Phillips Funeral Home, 116 West Main Street, Gilbertown, AL 36908.


Sophia L. Taylor

SILAS - Funeral services for Ms. Sophia Lucille Taylor, age 88, were held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 16, 2017 at Silas First Baptist Church in Silas, AL with Reverend Jimmy Veazey and Reverend Randy Byrd officiating.  Visitation was held Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Silas First Baptist Church.  Interment was in the Edgar Cemetery in Silas, AL.

       Ms. Taylor passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Choctaw General Hospital in Butler, AL.

       She is survived by two sons, Medford Taylor of Silas, AL, and Ray Taylor of Tuscaloosa, AL; three daughters, Diane Taylor Johnson (John) of Silas, AL, Brenda Taylor Bozeman of Silas, AL, and Cindy Taylor Veazey (Jimmy) of Gulf Shores, AL; twelve grandchildren, Retia Taylor Burch, Marc Taylor, Charlie Taylor, Scott Bozeman, Dana Johnson Mosley, Tori Johnson, Sky Taylor, Jada Bozeman, Brad Johnson, Josh Veazey, Caleb Veazey, and Taylor Veazey French; fourteen great grandchildren, Jordan Burch, Jeremy Burch, Jacob Taylor, Mary Kathryn Taylor Sellers, Jordan Mosley, Sidney Burch, Noah Thorpe, Mallory Mosley, Stella Taylor, Anna Scott Bozeman, Preston Bozeman, Lola Taylor, Delton Taylor, and Garrison Taylor; and three great-great grandchildren, Bentlee Caten, Jackson Sellers, and Charlie Kathryn Sellers.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Delton Rayford Taylor and her parents, Rupert Clifton Hurlbert and Carrie Lee Stanley Hurlbert. 

Serving as pallbearers were Marc Taylor, Charlie Taylor, Brad Johnson, Scott Bozeman, Josh Veazey, Caleb Veazey and Jacob Taylor.  Honorary pallbearers included John Johnson, Terry Mosley, Brye French, and Terry Williams. 

       Expressions of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements provided by Phillips Funeral Home, 116 West Main Street, Gilbertown, AL 36908.


Donna R. Rhodes

BUTLER - Donna Ruth Rhodes, age 67, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 following an extended illness.  She was a 1968 graduate of Choctaw County High School and an active member of its band where she played the flute.  She was also talented on the guitar and piano and was musically gifted with an excellent voice.  She received her Master Degree in Special Education from Livingston University in 1986, and taught at various schools in Choctaw County before retiring after 35 years of service.  She was a member of the Butler Church of Christ.  She was preceded in death by her parents G. N. Rhodes and Ruth Barrett Rhodes, and her sister, Freddie Rhodes White.  Survivors include two brothers, Barry Rhodes of Brandon, MS and Gil Rhodes of Orange Beach, AL, and a sister, Jane Talley, of Fairhope, AL.  Graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at the Butler cemetery with Bumpers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  The family will accept flowers or memorial contributions may be made to PAX Hospice, Madison, MS.

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