Vernon, AL – usvetflagMr. Phillip Ray Wright, age 90 of Vernon, AL, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.

Mr. Wright was born August 6, 1926, in Marion Co., AL, to the late Henry Ferris and Alma Elizabeth Wright. He served in the U.S. Army and fought in Europe during World War II. Mr. Wright taught for over 30 years and was principal at Hamilton and Vernon. He also ran a Ben Franklin Store for eleven years. Mr. Wright was an avid coon hunter and loved his grandchildren, great-children, his hound dogs, and his horses. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends and talking about coon hunting.

Mr. Wright was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Victor Wright and Lemuel Wright; and four sisters, Deamie Green, Sybil Mixon, Ozell Cannerday, and Drew Holloway.

Graveside services will be Saturday morning at 10:00 at Lamar Memory Gardens with David Sullivan and Jammie Turner officiating.

Active pallbearers will be John David Robertson, Stoney Price, Jimmy Hollis, Ken Hopper, David Crosby, and Brandon Speck. Honorary pallbearers will be Benny Northam, Adam Swander, Dan Swander, and Jody Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Edith Wright of Vernon, AL; two sons, Randy (Kathy) Wright of Decatur, AL and Kevin Wright of Vernon, AL; one daughter, Renee Wright of Vernon, AL; one brother, Jack Wright of Montgomery, AL; one sister, Jessie Neal of Texas; five grandchildren, Chad Wright, Jessica (Brandon) Speck, Kevin Wright, Christy Stalnaker, and Austin Landgraf; and four great-grandchildren, Carley Wright, Zaiden Wright, Spencer Speck, and Finley Speck.*

*Chandler Funeral Home, Vernon, AL. directing.

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Vernon, AL – Mrs. Lillian Crossley White, age 91 of Vernon, AL, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016, at Generations of Vernon.

Mrs. White was born March 3, 1925, in Lamar Co., AL, to the late Andrew and Vera Crossley. She was a homemaker and was married to the late James P. White. Mrs. White was also preceded death by her brothers, J.B. Crossley and John E. Crossley.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 in the chapel of Chandler Funeral Home with Tony Gallop officiating. Burial will follow at Furnace Hill. Visitation will be Wednesday 1-2 prior to the service.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda (Tom) Reeves Walden of Vernon, AL; one son, Jerry (Vickie) White of Millport, AL; four grandchildren, Todd (Grace) Reeves of Vernon, AL, Candace (Wesley) Westbrook of Vernon, AL, Kari (Scott) Carrouth of Beaverton, AL, and Jodi (Chris) Turner of Dadeville, AL; ten great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Violet Crossley Hollis of Vernon, AL; and a host of nieces, nephews, and in-laws.*

*Chandler Funeral Home, Vernon, AL., directing.

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Chelsea, AL – Ms. Karen Sue Fortenberry Knight, age 62, of Chelsea, Alabama, and formerly of Haleyville, Alabama and Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Monday, October 17th, 2016, at UAB Palliative Care, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Visitation, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 20th, 2016, at the Hamilton First Baptist Church in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., following visitation, at the Hamilton First Baptist Church.  Burial in Barnesville Cemetery, Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

(The following obituary was received from the Hamilton Funeral Home and the family.)

Mrs. Karen Fortenberry Knight, 62, of Chelsea, Alabama, passed this life peacefully on Monday, October 17, (2016), from complications arising from her battle with Scleroderma. Services will be held at First Baptist Church, Hamilton, Alabama, at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 20, with visitation at the church from 9:30 to 11:00 (a.m.). Hamilton Funeral Home will handle arrangements.

Mrs. Knight was born in Haleyville, Alabama, on September 6, 1954. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Education both from the University of North Alabama. She met her husband, Don, also an educator, while teaching in the Haleyville City School system. They were married in 1980 and lived in Tuscumbia and Hamilton before moving to Georgia, all the while educating young people. In 2012, they retired and moved to Chelsea, Alabama. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamilton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, H.C. and Ima Jean Fortenberry of Haleyville, and a father-in-law, Randal Knight, of Hamilton.

She is survived by her husband, Don, and two children, their son Casey (Rebecca) Knight, and their two children, Carter and Hannah, and daughter Ami Knight, a sister, Kathy (Gary) Gamble, and a brother, Lynn (Jessie) Fortenberry, and a much-loved mother-in-law, Mary Dell Knight. She is also survived by many loving family members, including nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, it was Karen’s request that donations be made to the ALS Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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Haleyville, AL — Mr. John Clifford Dickinson, age 73, of Haleyville, Alabama, passed away Friday, October 7th, 2016.

Visitation, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 9th, 2016, at Pinkard Funeral Home, in Haleyville, Alabama. Funeral service, 4:00 p.m., Sunday, following visitation, in the funeral home chapel. Burial in Ephesus Cemetery.

Pinkard Funeral Home, Haleyville, AL., directing.

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(September 12, 1936 – October 7, 2016)

Hamilton, AL – Ms. Alma Satterwhite, age 80, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Friday night, October 7th, 2016, at Sunset Manor in Guin, Alabama.

Visitation, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Sunday evening, October 9th, 2016, at Poplar Log Freewill Baptist Church.  Funeral service, 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 10th, 2016, at Poplar Log Freewill Baptist Church.  Burial in Poplar Log Cemetery, Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

Ms. Satterwhite is survived by her son, Mike Satterwhite. (More family information will be added as it is received.)

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Satterwhite (July 19, 1934 – March 11, 2001).

Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., in charge of arrangements.

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(November 10, 1921 – October 5, 2016)
Winfield, AL – Ms. Sarah Lois Nuby Harris, age 94, of Winfield, Alabama, passed away Wednesday, October 5th, 2016.

Visitation, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 7th, 2016, at the Bowen Funeral Home.  Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 7th, 2016, at the Bowen Funeral Home, in Winfield, Alabama. Burial in West Alabama Memorial Gardens in Gu-Win, Marion County, Alabama.

Ms. Harris was born on November 10, 1921. She was a long time resident of Winfield, she was a proud business owner and took pride in helping others in the community. Lois loved her family, her church family and her garden, she spent many hours tending to her beautiful flower gardens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Logan Nuby and Sarah Melinda Nuby, her faithful and loving husband, Rex Harris, three brothers, Lewis Nuby, Curtis Nuby, and Malory Nuby, and a sister, Velma Hardin.

She is survived by her three children, Sonja Bostick, Larry Harris, and Rheeda Clark (Jim), 8 grandchildren, Zanna Freeman (John O.), Chet Bostick (Shelly), Jeff Bostick (Mandy), Andrea Samuels (Terry), Juliette Harris, Sasha Harris, Sarah Beth Clark, Kristin Dickinson, and Daniel Clark and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Harris family.

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Hamilton , AL – Gabriel “Gabby” Hollon age 25 of Hamilton passed away Saturday October 1, 2016 at her residence. A graveside service will be held Saturday October 8, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., directing.

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