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RWatts_Wayne_Sissonev. Wayne Sisson Watts, age 77, of Toney, Alabama (formerly of Hamilton, AL.), passed away Friday, July 16th, 2013, after a battle with Lymphoma. He died peacefully surrounded by family.

Visitation and Funeral services will be held Friday, July 19 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.respectively at Lighthouse Baptist Church (Toney, AL). The graveside service will be held Friday, July 19 at 5:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (Hamilton, AL). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wayne Watts Memorial Lighthouse Baptist Church (11460 Pulaski Pike Toney, AL 35570) and Russel Hill Cancer Foundation (3601 CCI Drive Huntsville, AL 35805). Please notate in memory of Rev. Wayne Watts.

Rev. Watts was born May 15th, 1936 in Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama, to the late Walter and Vera Watts. He graduated from Hamilton High School and attended Howard College in Birmingham, Alabama (now Samford University).

He is survived by his beloved wife, Patsy; 2 daughters, Pam (Jim) Lollar, and Stephanie (Jeff) Hunter; 1 son, Randy (Miranda) Watts; and 10 grandchildren, Bo Lollar, Katie(Jared) Davidson, Kellie Lollar, Ben Lollar, Andrew Watts, Jonathan Watts, and Peter Watts, Abigail (Blake) Rogers, Rachel Hunter, and Rebecca Hunter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Vera Watts; 1 brother, Bill Watts; and 1 sister Estelle Watts. He is also survived by his brother Bert Watts and sister Reba Howell.

He married his wife Patsy Williams of Fayette, Alabama, December 29th, 1957, and celebrated their 55th Anniversary in 2012. Their devotion and true love for one another has left a legacy that our family is sure to remember for generations. After they were married they took to heart the hymn lyrics, “Where ever He leads I’ll go.” Bro. Wayne pastored several churches throughout the state including: • First Baptist Hackelburg (Hackelburg, AL) • Pleasant Grove (Hamilton, AL) • Rehobeth Baptist Church (Fayette, AL) • First Baptist Belmont (Belmont, MS) • Forest Hills Baptist Church (Florence, AL) • Fairview Baptist Church (Florence, AL) • First Baptist Church Winfield (Winfield, AL) • Oakland Baptist Church (Corinth, MS) • Highland Park Baptist Church (Muscle Shoals, AL) • First Baptist Pinson (Pinson, AL) • First Baptist Winfield (Winfield, AL) • West End Baptist Church (Birmingham, AL) • First Baptist Church Jemison (Jemison, AL) • Colbert Heights Baptist Church (Tuscumbia, AL) • Jekyll Island Chapel (Jekyll Island, GA) • Calvary Baptist Church (Savannah, GA)

A turning point in Rev. Wayne’s life was his first sermon at Rocky Ridge Baptist Church in present day Hoover, Alabama, for a Howard College H.Day program.  Hands shaking, he wandered to the woods, stage frightened before his introduction.  The Lord calmed his hands and laid Isaiah 6: 1-8 on his heart.  Since that moment he never stopped spreading the Gospel of Christ with power and conviction.  He was an example to his children and grandchildren of what a Godly man should be.  He always had time to help others and was known as someone who always put others first.  He cared more than others thought wise, risked more than others thought was safe, dreamed more than others thought practical, and expected more than others thought was possible.  He was able to be right and not boast, wrong and not alibi, poor and not covet, successful and not strut, fail and not quit, and be honored and modest.  He could be hurt and forget it, criticized and take it, tempted and resist it and was always honest even when it hurt.  Rev. Wayne Watts was considered a true man of faith.  He was strong.  He treasured his relationships with his children and grandchildren and enjoyed “bribing” them with ice cream after any family photo shoot.  He was an avid Auburn fan and enjoyed attending games with his son and grandsons.  He taught his family what it was to love one another and to enjoy each other’s company.  He taught them the importance of family first.

His family rejoices today knowing that this is not the end and they will soon see him again with our Lord Jesus Christ.*

Hazel Green Funeral Home directing.  To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Rev Wayne Sisson Watts please visit our Sympathy Store.

*Hazel Green Funeral Home


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To our Readers: I’m very sorry to have received this so late. I missed it on my emails.

I want to thank Loyd for sending it and Matthew McCracken for forwarding it on to me….
Judy, I’m contacting you to please add to your obits mother, Etha T. King; wife of Herschel King, who died Monday July 15th (2013). There is a visitation at Elkins Funeral Home in Florence from 10-11:30 am Wednesday. She will be brought home to Hamilton and there will be a graveside service at City Cemetary. Sorry this is so late, but as word has spread in Hamilton, I’ve received several calls this am as to the arrangements. We’d thought that she was forgotton and decided not to have a veiwing at Randys’, (Hamilton Funeral Home), and we underestimated the amount of people who remember Daddy & Mother. They both loved Hamilton, and now will be there together.


Herschel L (Loyd) King
Muscle Shoals Al

( Loyd King, formerly owned the Hamilton Skating Rink, located in Hamilton next to the RAMP and Pizza Hut.)

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Ms. Elaine Walker Junkin, age 85, passed Friday, July 19th, 2013, at the Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Guin, Alabama.

Visitation, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 21st, 2013, at the Guin First Baptist Church, Guin, Alabama.  Funeral service, 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 22nd, 2013, at the Guin First Baptist Church, Guin, Alabama.  Dr. Kenny Hatcher, Bro. Payton Junkin, and Bro. Scott Stokes officiating.  Burial in the Guin City Cemetery, Guin, Marion County, Alabama.

Ms. Junkin was born in Pickens County, Alabama to the late Claude and Maggie McCool Walker.  She was a graduate of Livingston University (UWA), Livingston, Alabama, and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  She was a resident of Guin, Alabama since 1954.  She served as Business Education teacher and Librarian for 35 years, with 30 of those years in Marion County, Alabama.  She served the Town of Guin, Alabama as a City Council member for 16 years.  She was a charter member of the En Avant Study Club and was a member of the North West Regional Library Board.  Ms. Junkin began the Marion County High School (MCHS) Community Library in 1974 as a school/public library.

She is survived by her husband, James Hubert Junkin of Guin, AL.; 1 daughter, Bridgett Alena Junkin of Pell City, AL.; 2 sons, Roger Stanley “Stan” (Dianna) Junkin of Guin, AL., and Lance Hubert (Christie) Junkin of Guin, AL; 7 grandchildren, Trenton (Jessica) Junkin, Kacy Junkin, Payton (Heather) Junkin, Hayden Junkin, Jordan Junkin, Walker Junkin and Abbie Grace Junkin; and 6 great-grandchildren, Brooks Junkin, Bekah Joy Junkin, Rowen Junkin, Holden Junkin, Paxton Junkin, and Briggs Junkin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Maggie McCool Walker; 1 sister, Lois Welch; and 1 brother, Lavern Walker.*

Norwood Funeral Homes, Inc. of Guin, AL. directing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

Gideons International
Marion County Camp
P.O. Box 383
Guin, Alabama 35563

or to:

P.O. Box 547
Guin, Alabama 35563

or go to:  


*Source:  Norwood Funeral Homes, Inc.

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Mr. Jerrel F. Brumley, age 84, of Hodges, Alabama, passed away Tuesday, July 16th, 2013, at the Russellville Hospital, in Russellville, Alabama.

Visitation, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Friday, July, 19th, 2013, at Hodges First Missionary Church, in Hodges, Alabama. Funeral service, 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 19th, 2013, at the First Missionary Church in Hodges, Alabama. Burial in Old Line Cemetery, Hodges, Alabama.

Mr. Brumley worked at Blue Bell in Hackleburg, Alabama, and at NTN Bower in Hamilton, Alabama before retiring.  He was a deacon at First Missionary Baptist Church at Hodges, Alabama, for over 29 years.

He is survived by 2 sons, Stan (Judy) Brumley of Hamilton, MS., and Keith (Gina) Brumley of Hackleburg, AL.; 2 daughters, Linda (Ken) Raburn of Hodges, AL., and Kathy (Danny) Carter of Jasper, AL.; 5 grandchildren, Stacy (Mike) Phillips and Kelsey Brumley of Hamilton, MS., Clinta Che’ (James) Reed and Jeri Carter of Conway, AR., and Rocklin Brumley of Hackleburg, AL.; 6 great-grandchildren, Evan Phillips of Hamilton, MS., Taylor Raburn, Brady and Emily Caldwell of Foley, AL., Caleb Carter Reed and Eli Daniel Reed of Conway, AL.; and a special sister-in-law and friend, F.E. Brumley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clinta Faye Lawler Brumley; his parents, Plumer George and Lola Jackson Brumley; 1 grandson, Chris Raburn; 2 brothers, Elmer Brumley, and Kenneth Brumley; and 2 sisters, Mary Frances Kinsey, and Glydia Patterson.

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Robert Richard Seaborn age 82 of Guin, AL passed away peacefully at the Golden Living Center in Winfield, AL on Saturday July 13, 2013 with his family at his side.

He was born April 27, 1931 in Lamar County, AL to Thomas Richard and Vernie Mae Eastman Seaborn.

A member of the Church Of Christ and a resident of Hamilton and Guin most of his life, he was a barber and local store owner. He was also a Veteran of the Korean War having served in the Marine Corps.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Flona Garrard Seaborn and an infant daughter, Joyce Kay Seaborn.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Faye Seaborn of Guin, AL; 2 Daughters, Rita (Craig) Corbitt of Maryville, TN and Ronda (Keith) Clark of Knoxville, TN; Step Daughter, Jeannie Driste of Huntsville, AL; Step Son, Eddie (Allyson) Franks of Olive Branch, MS; 6 Grandchildren, Ryan, Ethan and Chloe Clark of Knoxville, TN, Jason Vines of Huntsville, AL, Jake (Sarah) Franks of Northport, AL and Sara Beth Franks of Guin, AL; 3 Great Grandchildren, Tatum, Miley and Garrison Franks of Northport, AL; 2 Sisters, Helen Seat of Joplin, MO and Rachel Renfroe of Hamilton, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services held Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:30 am from the Norwood Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the White House Cemetery. Bro. Kenny Hatcher and Bro. W.T. Allison officiating.

Norwood Funeral Home, Inc., of Guin, AL., directing.

*Source: Rhonda Clark


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Ms. Maxine Byrd, age 89, of Sulligent, Alabama, passed away Thursday, July 11th, 2013, at Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Alabama.

Visitation, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 13th, 2013, at the Norwood Funeral Home.  Funeral service, 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 13th, 2013, at the Norwood Funeral Home.  Bro. Steve Cantrell, Bro. Tim Markham and Bro. Edward Puckett officiating.  Burial in Carter Cemetery.  Pallbearers, Phillip McNees, Bill Bellan, Gary Hyden, Brooks Markham, Jr. Markham, Matthew Bellan, Michael Hyden and Larry Cox.

Ms. Byrd was born January 28th, 1924, in Detroit, Lamar County, Alabama, to the late Ben Milton and Willie Elvira Carruth Markham. She was a life long resident of Lamar County and was a member of the Sulligent First Free Will Baptist Church. Maxine had retired from McCoy Manufacturing as an inspector.

She is survived by 1 daughter, Cathy (Dale) McNees of Millport, Alabama; 2 sons, William Edwin (Mary Deweese) Byrd of Northport, Alabama, and Randal Rodney (Josephine) Byrd of Jasper / Vernon, Alabama; 2 grandchildren, Sherry (Bill) Bellan of Northport, Alabama, and Phillip (Crystal) McNees of Millport, Alabama; 2 step-grandchildren, Amy (Patrick) Plourde of Hoover, Alabama, and Charles (Tracey) Northam of Cumming, Georgia; 8 great-grandchildren; and a special sister-in-law, Pauline Markham.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben Milton and Willie Elvira Carrouth Markham; her husband, William Rufus Byrd; 1 grandson, Derek Dale McNees; 2 sisters; and 6 brothers.

In Lieu of Flowers Donations to the Carter Cemetery Fund P.O. Box 93 Detroit, AL 35552.

Norwood Funeral Homes, Inc., Sulligent, AL., directing.

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Ms. Betty Cook, age 75, of Hackleburg, Alabama, passed away Thursday, July 11th, 2013, at Russellville Hospital in Russellville, Alabama.

Visitation, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday evening, July 12th, 2013, at the Hackleburg Freewill Baptist Church in Hackleburg, Alabama.  Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13th, 2013, at the church.  Burial in Cedar Tree Cemetery in Hackleburg, Alabama.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc. Hamilton, AL., directing.

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