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Hamilton, AL – Barbara Joann Snipes Hilburn, age 83, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Friday, October 26th, 2018.

Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at Hamilton Funeral Home in Hamilton, Alabama.  Burial in the Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery in Gordo, Pickens County, Alabama.

Ms. Hilburn was born May 9, 1935, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to J.J. Snipes and Helen Marshall Snipes.  She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and earned an associate’s degree at Bevill State Community College, Hamilton, Alabama. She married Ganus Emerson Hilburn in 1953 and became a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Ms. Hilburn loved to study the Bible, read, garden and paint. She loved Jesus with her whole heart and ministered to family and friends throughout her lifetime, serving as an example of faithful and Christ-like love to all who knew her. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hamilton and taught an adult ladies Sunday School class for over 30 years.*

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ganus Emerson Hilburn; sister, Carolyn Geist; children, Beth Armstrong (Gary), Bruce Hilburn (Linda), and Bonnie Zarzaur (Richard); grandchildren, Ashley Armstrong, John Armstrong (Anna), Allison Rehnborg (Ryan), Brad Hilburn (Emily), Erin Hilburn (Jacob Hargrave), Cortney Hyde (Wade), and Sandra Hilburn; great-grandchildren, Anna Bella Alberts, Emerson Wade Hyde, and Haven Wilder Hillbrave; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.J. Snipes and Helen Marshall Snipes; brother, Charles Edwin Snipes; sister-in-law, Patsy Snipes; brother-in-law, Lyle Geist; son, John Marshall Hilburn; and grandson, Christopher Bruce Hilburn.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers who helped in so many ways: Sitters – Stephanie Holloway, Cindy Raburn, and Ann McBrayer; Dr. John Kerr and Dr. Cesar Romero; the staff at North Mississippi Medical Center; and Kindred Home Health and AsceraCare Hospice. Also, a special thank you to the Faithful Workers Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church who provided lunch after the service.

*Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL.

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Hamilton, AL – George Pearce, age 68, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Monday, October 15th, 2018 at his residence.

Memorial service, 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 19th, 2018, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton, Alabama.

George is survived by his wife, Dianne Pearce; son, John Paul “Hawkeye” Pearce; daughter, Misty Sanderson; brother, Randy (Lisa) Pearce; grandchildren, Seth Cochran, Skylar Cochran, and Sara Cochran; nephews, Casey Pearce and Dave Pearce; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hoyte and Peggy Pearce.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the American Legion Sonny James Post 165.

Editor’s note:

George Pearce was a soft-spoken and humble man who lived very quietly in Hamilton, Alabama. He was a country song writer, musician, and a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.* He received many awards for his music and songwriting. Just one song I know that he co-wrote with another Hamilton native songwriter and musician, Bud McGuire was “Red River“. It was the #4 song on Side A of “The Closer You Get”, the seventh studio album by country music band Alabama, released in 1983.** I wish I knew all the songs that he wrote or co-wrote. I will list them here if anyone wants to submit them to me at jmays@49countynews.net.

To George’s family I send my deepest and heartfelt sympathy. May God Bless and Keep you as you go through this dark time I pray that He will be with you as you adjust and deal with your loss.

From me:  George will be greatly missed by his family and friends. I have known George since we were both children in Hamilton, Alabama. I have known that George was ill for some time so I wouldn’t call him back to go through the pain he’d been suffering even if I could. But I will miss him. I’ll miss his deep, slow way of talking. I’ll miss running into him at the Post Office and grocery store. I will miss just knowing that he lived quietly only a couple of miles from me. I was proud to call him my friend. Love and respect, Judy Webb Mays

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Hamilton, AL – Billy Houston “Bill” Loden, age 82, passed away October 10th,  2018.

Visitation, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Friday evening, October 12th, 2018 at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Hamilton, Alabama. Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at Poplar Log Church. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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February 18, 1956 – September 30, 2018

Earnest Cosby

Age 62

Haleyville, Alabama

Visitation:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL.

Service:  11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial:  Frost Chapel Cemetery

Survivors:

Wife:  Maxine Cosby

Daighter:  Melissa Cosby

Son:  Nathan Cosby

Grandchildren:  Tyler Kirky & Levi Kirky

3 Sisters & 2 Brothers

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