Hamilton, AL – Nelson Vinson, also known by many as “Judge Vinson”, age 93, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Wednesday July 19th, 2017, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton, Alabama.

Visitation, Saturday July 22nd, 2017, from 1:00 p.m., until service time at 2:00 p.m., at the Hamilton United Methodist Church. Burial in the Hamilton City Cemetery, Hamilton, Alabama.



Sulligent, AL – Vivian Otts Spencer, age 71 of Sulligent, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 at Generations of Vernon. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm from Sulligent First Freewill Baptist Church with burial in Prospect Cemetery. Bro. Joe Beckon and Bro. Dwayne Hammontree will officiate. Visitation will be on Wednesday at the church from 12:00 noon until service at 2:00 pm.

Pallbearers: Paul Otts, Hoyt Otts, Richie Otts, Darin Otts, Brian Otts, Ronnie Otts, Danny J. Otts and Randy Otts

Honorary pallbearers: AseraCare Hospice, Staff at Generations of Vernon, Wanda Northington, Jean Spruiell, Mattie Lou Eastman, Jean Jeffreys, Polly Mixon and Bobby and Peggy Pickle

Vivian was born May 30, 1946 in Sulligent, AL to the late Dudley Belmont and Annie Ruth Clark Otts. She was a 1964 graduate of Sulligent High School. She was also a graduate of Dempsey Beauty College in Birmingham, AL. Over the years, she has worked as a beautician at Chloe’s Beauty Shop and Little Chloe’s Beauty Shop, a seamstress at Reltoc and an insurance agent for United Insurance Company of America and Mutual Savings Insurance Company from which she retired.

She was a member of Sulligent First Freewill Baptist Church where she was an active member. Vivian loved being a part of the devotional group at church, The Sunshine Circle.

In her spare time, she spent time with her family and friends, traveling and gardening.

Survived by:

Husband: Delmus “Dee” Spencer, Sulligent, AL

Daughter: Marty (Don) Dollar, Vernon, AL

Glenda Spencer, Tupelo, MS

Angie (Barry) Weeks, Fulton, MS

Son: Bryan (Page) Spencer, Starkville, MS

Grandchildren: Kelsey Dollar, Logan Dollar (Zach Campbell), Andrea (Reed) Jones, Abby (Josh) Tomlin, Kealy (Ben) Sand, Karly Weeks, Margie Spencer, Hailey Tomlinson, Teagon Ray

Great Grandchild: Carter Sand

Sister: Mildred Stone, Sulligent, AL

Brother: Larry (Sarah) Otts, Warrior, AL

Preceded in death by:

Parents: Dudley and Annie Ruth Otts

Son: Robert Scott Kilgore

Brothers: J.D. Otts, Jack Otts, Kenneth Otts and Wayne Otts



DeLand, FL. – Helen Genovoree Williams, age 93 , of DeLand, Florida, formerly of the Bexar Community in Marion County, Alabama, passed away Sunday July 9th, 2017.

She was born November 17th, 1923, in Bexar, Marion County, Alabama, to Carlton B. Brown and Ola Tencie Nichols.  She worked Quality Control Inspector in the Electronics Industry.  She enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting, gardening and flowers.  She is survived by her daughter Patricia Glover of DeLand, Florida, her son John W. Davis of Cincinnati, Ohio as well as 5 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren; and a host of other friends and relatives. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Thursday, July 13th, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., with a funeral service at 11:00 a.m., at Hamilton Funeral Home in Hamilton, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers the family would like for donations to be made to the American Kidney Foundation.



Rosa Glasgow Ward, age 66, of Winfield, Alabama.

Born June 21, 1951 in Alabama.

Died July 4, 2017 at The Palliative Care Unit at UAB hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.

Visitation Friday, July 7, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Bowen Funeral Home.

Service Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Siloam Baptist Church.

Burial Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Siloam Cemetery.

Bowen Funeral Home, Winfield, AL., directing.

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Thomas Lucas, age 68, of Hamilton, Alabama

Born September 17, 1948 in Lamar County, Alabama.

Died July 4, 2017 at his residence.

Visitation Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel.

Service Friday, July 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial Friday, July 7, 2017 at Carter Cemetery.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., directing.

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Robert Steve “Baldy” Ballard, age 68 of Hamilton, AL passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Sunset Manor in Guin, AL.

He was born in Amory, MS on Monday, August 30, 1948 to Berlon and Wilma Lee Hightower Ballard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Berlon and Wilma Ballard; grandparents, Curt and Aldie Ballard and Lee and Necie Hightower; 12 uncles and 8 aunts.

There will be a private graveside service at Barnesville Cemetery, Hamilton, AL for family and close friends. The Marion County Funeral Home will be directing the service.

He was survived by daughter, Stephanie Suzanne Ballard of Creola, AL; son, Curt (Christi) Ballard of Jasper, AL; grandson, Jackson Ballard; granddaughter, Annalee Ballard; sister, June (Eddie) Byrd; niece, Stacy (Todd) Page; nephew, Heath Mixon; 2 great nieces and 1 great-nephew; aunts, Curtis Ballard Heppe, Opal Rae Ballard, Dot Ballard, Johnnie Hightower Burks, Thelma (Doug) Hightower Dobbs, and Elizabeth (Jerry) Hightower Grissom; uncle, Bud (Mary) Hightower; special friends, Susan Nixon and Ellen Rodgers; and a host of other cousins and friends.

The family request any donations be made in memory of Steve Ballard to Hospice of Northwest Alabama, Winfield, AL.

Marion County Funeral Home directing.



Drake Randolph, age 29, of Hackleburg, Alabama,  passed away Friday, June 30th, 2017.

Visitation will be Monday July 3rd, 2017 from 12:00 until service time at 2:00 at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton, Alabama. Burial will follow at Cedar Tree Cemetery.

Survivors include, Father: Ed (Debbie) Randolph, Mother: Vickie (Chad) Mitchell, Brother: Brennon Nix, Fiance: Janie Lovett, Son: Lawson Randolph (Due in August), Stepson: Landon Bruno, Grandparents: Sandy and Johnny Ray, and Wayne and Betty Swinney. A host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, other Relatives and Friends.

He was preceded in death by, Grandfather: Bob Randolph and Uncles: Randy and Robbie Randolph.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., directing.

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