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Detroit, AL – Mr. Billy Cantrell, age 89, of Detroit, Alabama, passed away Wednesday, March 30th, 2016, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.

Visitation, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 1st, 2016, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel, in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 2:00 p.m., Friday, following Visitation, at the funeral home chapel.  Burial in Smyrna Cemetery, in Hamilton, (Byrd Community), Marion County, Alabama (MAP).

Mr. Cantrell was born December 31st, 2016, in Marion County, Alabama, to the late Festus Cantrell and Mary Lou Hamilton Cantrell.

He is survived by his wife, Lavern Jeffreys Cantrell; sons, Bruce (Eleanor) Cantrell, and Steve (Sheila) Cantrell; daughter, Egena (Ronnie) Sewell; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Dwayne Karr; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Festus and Mary Lou Hamilton Cantrell; brother, Leon Cantrell; and sister, Nixola Cantrell Karr.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., directing.

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Hamilton, AL – Ms. Dortha “Dot” Fikes, age 80, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Saturday, March 26th, 2016, at her residence.

Visitation, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, at the Hamilton First Baptist Church in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, following visitation, at the church.  Burial in Barnesville Cemetery, Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

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

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Donald Byrd (1938 – 2016)

Saltillo, MS – On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, March 26, 2016, after a spectacular round of golf at the Pontotoc Golf Course, Donald Grey “Don” Byrd, 78, collapsed from an apparent heart attack and completed his earthly pilgrimage.

Don, an avid golfer and lover of the outdoors, was born on March 2, 1938, in Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama, to the late Woodrow Byrd and Trixie Fikes Byrd. A graduate of Hamilton High School, in Hamilton, Alabama, he lived most of his adult life in the Lee County, Mississippi area. Don was a master salesperson and worked for Malone and Hyde many years before retiring from the Martha White/Pillsbury Co. Don enjoyed his many friends, was a teller of tall tales, and a regular at the West Main Hardee’s morning coffee drinking group. A member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Don loved life, lived it fully, and will be sorely missed by family and especially his golfing buddies.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Marc Howard officiating. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland, which is entrusted to assist the family.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Scott Byrd of Saltillo; his daughter, Susan Seeberger and her husband, Rob of Houston, Texas; a brother, Robert Byrd and his wife, Myra of Blairsville, Ga.; and his extended “in law” Scott family members; 1 paternal aunt, Willene Byrd Gann, of Hamilton, AL.; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Buckner, Ricky Coker, Keith Grass, Louie Caldwell, Jimmy Guy McDonald, Donnie Crane, Danny Richardson and Todd Ellis. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Gatlin and his Hardee’s buddies.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 937 Mt. Vernon Rd, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804.

Holland Funeral Directors
5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd
Tupelo, MS 38801
(662) 840-5000

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Vernon, AL – Beatrice “Bea” Peoples Reeves age 78 of Vernon, Alabama, formerly of Guin, Alabama, passed away Thursday, March 24th, 2016, in the Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Guin.

“Bea was born in Beaverton, Alabama, the daughter of the late James Floyd and Cora Carrouth White. She had lived in Guin and Lamar County, Alabama all of her life and was a member of the Guin First United Methodist Church where she was also a member of the Crafts and Service Club. She had retired from Health Tex. She loved serving others by baking and cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene Reeves of Vernon, AL.; 2 sons, Wade (Tammy) Peoples of Guin, AL., and Greg (Dana) Peoples of Winfield, AL.; 1 step-daughter, Wendy Reeves of Huntsville, AL.; 1 step-son, Chris (Amy) Reeves of Trussville, AL.; 1 step-son-in-law, Neal Hall of Vernon, AL.; 6 grandchildren, Kelly (Beau) Markham, Matt (Jessica) Peoples, Bethany (Nick) Clifton, Sam Peoples, Ann Elizabeth Davis, and Collins Davis; 3 step-grandchildren, Mary, Gracie and Micha Reeves; 3 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Martha McReynolds, and Verla Stephenson both of Vernon, AL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Floyd and Cora Carruth; her husband, Jim Peoples; 1 step-daughter, Debbie Hall; 1 sister, Lottie Mae (Leon) White; and 1 brother, James Raymond White.

Services held Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm from the Guin First United Methodist Church with Burial in the Guin City Cemetery.Bro. Tim Alexander and Bro. Daniel Berry officiating.

Visitation:
Saturday, March 26, 2016
12 Noon – 2:00 PM
Guin First United Methodist Church
Guin, AL

Services:
Saturday, March 26, 2016
2:00 PM
Guin First United Methodist Church
Guin, AL

Burial:
Guin City Cemetery
Guin, AL

In lieu of flowers memorials to
Guin First United Methodist Church
PO Box 515
Guin AL 35563

Norwood Funeral Home in charge of services.

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Hamilton, AL – Ms. Bernice Avery, age 86, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Sunday, March 20th, 2016, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Visitation, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 2:00 p.m., following visitation at the funeral home chapel.  Burial in New Hope Cemetery, Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., directing.

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Hamilton, AL – Ms. Zora Mae Stidham, age 91, passed away Saturday, March 19th, 2016, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton, Alabama.

Visitation, 6:00 p.m., Monday night, March 21st, 2016, at Hope Alive Worship Center, Hamilton (Weston), Alabama.  Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, at Hope Alive Worship Center.  Freddie Miles and Elvis Cochran officiating.  Burial in Sullins “Sullins Schoolhouse” Cemetery.

Ms. Stidham was born December 15th, 1924, in Marion County, Alabama, to the late William Chester and Elizabeth Holcombe Kelly.

She is survived by 1 son, Charles Rufus Stidham; 1 daughter, Bobbie Sue Stidham Goodson; 1 sister, Dona Strickland; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Chester and Elizabeth Holcombe Kelly; her husband, Henry Stidham; 3 sons, James Donald Stidham, Edward Earl Stidham, and Larry Eugene Stidham; and 1 grandson, James Edmond Stidham.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., directing.

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Hamilton, AL – Audene Nichols Wiley, age 78, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Thursday, March 17th, 2016, at Marion Regional Nursing Home in Hamilton, Alabama.

Visitation, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 19th, 2016, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19th, following visitation, at the funeral home chapel.  Tony Wood officiating.  Burial in Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery, near Hodges, in Franklin County, Alabama.

Ms. Wiley was born February 4th, 1938, in Marion County, Alabama, to the late Audie Roosevelt and Lula (née Nichols) Nichols.

She is survived by her children, Vicki (Tim) Nunn, Jeff Wiley, Greg (Angelique) Wiley, and Ramona (Danny) Dyar; grandchildren, Jessica (Derek) McCollum, Jeremy Dyar, Amber Wiley, Justin Jacoby, Britany (Don) Dodd and Madison Nunn; great-grandchildren, Arwen McCollum, Zoe Dodd, Trent Dodd, Dallas Dodd, Kenzlee Richardson, and Bretley Richardson; siblings, Joyce Johnson, Wilma (Don) Kelly, Betty Downs, Willard Nuggin, and Johnnie Cooper.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Audie Roosevelt and Lula (née Nichols) Nichols; siblings, Earie Lucille Nichols Emerson-Childers, Eugenie Nichols, Woody Howard Nichols, Douglas Nichols, Herman H. Nichols, WJ “Jake” Nichols, and Ounnie Sue Nichols Posey.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., directing.

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