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October 25, 1927 – October 16, 2017

McCalla, AL – Robbie “Bob” Rye Ball, age 89 of Birmingham, AL, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, October 16th, 2017 at Plantation Manor Nursing Home in McCalla, AL. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. from Otts Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Crews United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, October 19th, prior to the funeral from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Robbie “Bob” was born October 25th, 1927 in Sulligent, AL to the late L.J. and Margie Clark Rye. She was married to the late Bill Humphreys and the late Frank Ball. She graduated from Sulligent High School and started college at the University of Alabama, but returned home after one semester where she taught school for one year. She was a seamstress for many years at home and later a bookkeeper for several businesses. She was an active member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, Birmingham Chapter for several years.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers of Plantation Manor Nursing Home and Beacon Hospice, especially Evelyn Flowers.

Survived by:
Son: Rick Ball, Dauphin Island, AL
Daughters: Neta (Jack) Ritch-Noland, Birmingham, AL
Suzye Foote, McCalla, AL
Brother: Clark Rye
Grandchildren: Brent Humphreys
Ian Chapin
Catherine Foote
Robert Ritch, Jr.
Daughter In Law: Brenda Humphreys
Nephew: David (Dana) Rye

Preceded In Death By:
Parents: L.J. and Margie Clark Rye
Son: Carl “Butch” Humphreys
Son In Law: David Foote
Sister In Law: Jo Ann Rye
Niece: Tracy Tuggle

Otts Funeral Home, Sulligent, AL., in charge of arrangements.

*Author’s Note: Bob Rye Ball was another of my dear first cousins. She was my mother, Eather Rye Webb’s niece, and daughter of my uncle L.J. Rye and aunt Margie Clark Rye. Bob was very precious to me and I will miss her so much. She was my hero who came to my rescue many times while my late husband, Gary, and I lived in Birmingham. We were newlyweds and our old car often broke down and we didn’t have a clue…Bob was quite the mechanic! She always came to our rescue! Bob, I love you!




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Jacksonville, FL – Colton Chase Holbrook, age 2, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away Saturday October 7th, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Visitation, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at Hope Alive Church in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral Service, 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at the church. Burial in Barnesville Cemetery in Hamilton, Alabama.

Survivors include, Parents: Kevin (Glenda) Holbrook, Brothers and Sisters: Adam Holbrook, Erika Cameron, Nicole Ives, Josh Holbrook, Kayla Holbrook and Cain Holbrook.

He was preceded in death by his Brother: Christopher Evans.

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



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Hamilton, AL – Robert “Bob” Howard Palmer, age 68 of Hamilton, Alabama passed away Monday October 9, 2017 in the Hospice Unit in Tupelo, MS. after a brief illness.
Born January 29, 1949 to the late Robert Howard and Gay Miles Palmer, he had resided in Hamilton, AL. his entire life. He attended Hamilton High School where he excelled on the basketball court. He retired from Hamilton Housing Authority after working 25 years in the maintenance department. He was known for his game of pool and playing a heated game of darts. He was an avid fisherman and never got tired of showing all of his fishing pictures. He also enjoyed a good hunting trip with his buddies. He will always be remembered as a jokester and one would always need to be careful when shaking his hand. On the weekends he could be found watching Alabama Football or NASCAR racing. It was always an adventure with Bob,
His is survived by his Wife of 30 years Linda Tarwater Palmer, Daughter; Anna Palmer Gilmore (Jonathan), of Dothan, AL., Stepson: Jeffrey Miller (Brandy) of Madison, AL., Grandchildren: Leighton(8), Landry (5), Kendal (13), Austin (13) and another granddaughter arriving in December. Brother: Billy Douglas Palmer (Jenny) of Guntersville, AL.
A private family celebration will be held at a later date.

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



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Hackleburg, AL – Elbert “Rabbit” Lee McCarley, age 69, of Hackleburg, Alabama, passed away Friday, September 29th, 2017, at his residence.

Visitation will be Monday October 2nd, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m., (more…)

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Tuscumbia, AL – Ms. Kayron Regina Galbreath, age 53, of Tuscumbia, Alabama, formerly of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Thursday, September 28th, 2017, at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama.

Visitation, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Sunday October 1st, 2017, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 1st, following visitation, at the funeral home.

Kayron was born January 30th, 1964 to Helen Cochran Galbreath (Bost) and the late William Kenneth Galbreath, Sr.

Kayron is survived by 2 daughters, Mandy Evans (Chad) Logan, and Courtney Galbreath; her mother, Helen Bost; 2 brothers, Kenny (Vicki) Galbreath, and Barry (Jennifer) Galbreath; 1 half-brother, Brandon Bost; 5 grandchildren; 1 niece, Amanda Dylan Mills; 1 great-niece, Naomi; 2 aunts, Wanda Galbreath (Doug) Terrell, Bonnie Galbreath (Butch) Montgomery, and a host of other cousins, relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Kenneth Galbreath, Sr.; 1 sister, Deborah Renee “Debbie” Galbreath; grandparents, William Lonnie and Ethel Palmer Galbreath; and uncles, Wade Galbreath, Jerry Galbreath, and Truman Galbreath; 1 (infant) aunt, Audra Galbreath; great-grandparents, William R. “Dock” and Edna Seay Galbreath.

*Editor’s Note: Kayron, I’ve known you since you were 16 years old. You were a beautiful young lady. You worked hard that first year after I met you, working in construction through some government program which tore down a cabin and moved it to a state park…I wish I had paid more attention then I would know where. You learned to read the Bible after I met you and that was quite impressive to me since I knew that you had a difficult time in school especially with reading skills. Through the years, you came to me to ask my advice on various subjects and situations. I wish I could have been more help to you. I feel like I let you down many times.  You bore two beautiful daughters and you did the best you knew how.  I am proud of you. I love you, always will, and I will miss you so much. I wish you could’ve had an easier life; but we are not always guaranteed that. You knew Jesus and He Knows You! That is what’s important! Sweet Peace in Jesus my dear sweet Kayron.

Judy Webb Mays



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Sulligent, AL – Mason Douglas Franklin, age 24, of Sulligent, Alabama passed away Monday, September 25th, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Visitation, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 29th, 2017 at Otts Funeral Home in Sulligent, Alabama.  Funeral service, 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at Otts Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial in Wofford Cemetery.

Mason was born June 29, 1993, in Winfield, Alabama to Robert Gene Franklin and Kim Renea Ballard.  He was a 2012 Graduate of Sulligent High School and a 2015 Graduate of Bevil State Community College in Hamilton, Alabama.  He presently worked for AT&T in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  He enjoyed playing his Playstation, weight lifting, and was an avid LSU fan.  Mason loved being with his friends and spending time at the beach.

Survived by:

Father: Robert (Kim) Franklin, Sulligent, AL

Mother: Kim (Matt) Graben, Detroit, AL

Step-father: Richie (Angie) Otts, Sulligent, AL

Sister: Santana (Sean) Wallace, Phoenix City, AL

Step-brother: Zackary Wyers, Sulligent, AL

Step-sister: Brittany Wyers, Sulligent, AL

Grandparents: Doug and Barbara Ballard, Detroit, AL

Great-grandmother: Bobbie Sandlin, Greenwood Springs, MS

Great-grandmother: Lois Allen, Detroit, AL

Preceded In Death By:

Grandparents: Bobby and Loraine Franklin

Grandparents: Jack and Faye Otts

Friday, September 29, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Otts Funeral Home, Sulligent, AL., directing.



Visitation will be Friday, September 29 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm

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Nashville,  TN – Ms. Doris Marie Shrode James Loden, age 86, of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.

Visitation, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, at the Hackleburg Church of Christ.  Funeral service, 2:00 p.m., following visitation, at the church.  Burial in Cedar Tree Cemetery.*

Doris was the third of five children born to William and Willie Pearl Smith Shrode. She married the love of her life, Jimmie Loden, in Dallas. He went on to become Country Music Hall of Fame artist, Sonny James.**

*Hamilton / Hackleburg Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., directing.

**Source:  FindAGrave.com



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