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Hamilton, AL – Ms. Nancy Hartwick, age 79, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Saturday, March 18th, 2017, at the Daniel Health Care in Fulton, Itawamba County, Mississippi.

Visitation, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 18th, 2017, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, following visitation, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial in Hamilton Memory Gardens in Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., directing.

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Chicago, IL – Mr. Orbie Lee Williams, age 74, of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Thursday night, March 2nd, 2017, at Swedish Covenant Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois.

Graveside funeral service, 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 3rd, at Shiloh Cemetery, in Marion County, Alabama.

Orbie Lee Williams was born May 10th, 1942 on a farm near Hamilton, Alabama to the late Travis B. and Bessie Williams. He attended Hamilton High School from 1956 to 1960 and played guard position of the Hamilton Aggies football team and was selected by the West Alabama High School Conference for the All Conference Football Squad. He attended the University of North Alabama from 1960 to 1962, and then joined his older brother Waymon in Chicago to work in the television repair business.

He is survived by 3 sisters, Marie Williams Sandlin, Earlene Williams Stephenson and Elaine Williams McDaniel; 1 brother, Jerry Williams; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Travis B. and Bessie Williams; and his brothers Waymon and Ivan Williams.

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

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Carthage, TN – Mr. Hurshel Wayne Wiginton, age 79, of Carthage, Tennessee, formerly of Hamilton, Alabama, and founding member of the singing group, The Nashville Edition, passed away Monday, March 6th, 2017, at his daughter’s residence.

Visitation, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Thursday, March 9th, 2017, at Poplar Log Church in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 12:00 Noon, Friday, March 10th, 2017, at the church. Burial in Poplar Log Cemetery in Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

Hurshel Wayne Wiginton was born in Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama, the son of the late Walter Booker and Velar Mitchell Wiginton.  He started out in gospel music and performed harmony on recordings in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (including the Percy Sledge hit “When a Man Loves a Woman”), and Memphis before moving to Nashville in the 1960s.*  His group, The Nashville Edition, performed as regular cast members of the television show, Hee Haw (1969 – 1997).

Hurshel is survived by his ex-wife, Doris Wilson Wiginton; his daughters Dana Jo Swafford (Greg Swafford), Tina ReShea Goodrow (Robert Goodrow) and Anna Peteese Wiginton; son Barry Sean Wiginton; grandchildren Blake Allen Simmons and Chancelor Adam Wiginton; great-granddaughter Brooklynn Capri Simmons; and siblings Adgil Marie Wiginton Lovett, James Edward Wiginton and Roger Dale Wiginton.

“Our favorite bass singer may no longer be with us but will live on forever in the music he recorded,” his family said in a statement. “He now will serve in the greatest group of all times as one of God’s angels.”**

Watch Hurshel Wiginton and The Nashville Edition on YouTube.

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

*Country Music Hall of Fame

**Tennessean

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Hamilton, AL – Ms. Jennifer Hicks Kerr, age 44, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Tuesday night, February 14th, 2017, at ECM (Eliza Coffee Memorial) Hospital in Florence, Alabama.

Visitation, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Friday, February 17th, 2017, at Pleasant Ridge Church in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 12:00 Noon, Saturday, February 18th, 2017, at the Pleasant Ridge Church.  Burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., directing.

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mills_helen_juanitaWinfield, AL – Ms. Helen Juanita Wood Mills, age 80, of Winfield, Alabama, passed away Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, at her residence.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Winfield City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. (service time) on Monday at the funeral home.

Ms. Mills was a lifelong resident of Winfield, Alabama.  She was co-owner of Dodd Furniture with her husband Roy J. Mills, for over 38 years.

She is survived by her children, Kathy Mills, and Michael Mills; 1 grandson, Christopher Humbers; 1 sister, Ruth Thatenhurst; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Roy J. Mills; her parents, Columbus L. Wood, and Lilly Eugenia Burleson Wood; 3 brothers, Sherman Wood, Junior Wood, and Kenneth Wood; and 2 sisters, Edith Smith, and Betty Wood.

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Mills family.

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Hamilton, AL – Ms. Jewel Cox Ballard, age 88, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Saturday, December 17th, 2016, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton, Alabama.

Visitation, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 19th, 2016, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral, 1:00 p.m., at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial in Bethlehem Cemetery, Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.  Bro. Mike Lindley and Rev. Ronald Dillard officiating.

Ms. Ballard is survived by her daughters, Marilyn (Mike) Lindley, and Lynda (Gene) Webb; son, Larry (Darlene) Ballard; grandchildren, Shannon Webb, Amy Dillard, Zac Shotts, Brandy Shotts, Rhea Brinkley, Jessica Woodard, Leah Byrd Johnson, and Lance Byrd; 15 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Willie Kathrine Cox; her husband, Fred Ballard, and daughter, Carolyn Ballard Byrd.

Pallbearers, Shannon Webb, Lance Byrd, Wes Johnson, Jesse Brinkley, Zac Shotts, Brandy Shotts.  Honorary Pallbearers: Griffin Webb, Elijah Johnson, Cohen Johnson, Alex Byrd, Samuel Shotts, Jacob Brinkley, and Noah Brinkley.

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

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Hamilton, AL – Mr. Robert “Bob” Taylor, age 88, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away December 4th, 2016, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton, Alabama.

Robert was the son of the late Roy and Stanley Taylor.  He was born on November 3rd, 1928.

He is survived by his children, Stuart (Sondra) Taylor, Mark (Liza) Taylor, and Gail Taylor (Rich) Mahoney; grandchildren, Adam Taylor, Jana Taylor, Joseph Taylor, John Mark Taylor, Joshua Taylor, Anna Bella Taylor, Dawson Taylor, Savannah Tate, and John David Tate.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Stanley Taylor; 1 brother, Waymon Taylor; 3 sisters, Doris Taylor Stephens, Fleda Taylor Ray, and Rena Taylor Wyatt; daughter-in-law, Alisa Lynn Brown Taylor, and grandchildren, Robin Lynn Taylor, Trent Nathaniel Taylor, and (infant grandson), Tyler Brown Taylor.

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

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