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Dhue Frances Markham Karr of Beaverton, Alabama, formerly of the Byrd Community near Detroit, Alabama.

Age:  90

Born:  July 14, 1929, to the late John Thomas and Gera Davidson Markham in Detroit, Alabama.

Died:  Sunday, July 14, 2019, at The Carrington Nursing Facility in Starkville, Mississippi.

Visitation:  6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the Norwood Funeral Home in Sulligent, Alabama.

Funeral Service:  2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church in Beaverton, Alabama.

Burial:  Rudicell Cemetery in Marion County, Alabama, near Detroit, Alabama.

Officiating:  Rev. Roger Redus.

Pallbearers:  Bill Tomlin, William Tomlin, Richard Covington, Hugh Covington, Michael Lassetter, and Brente Jeffreys.

Survived By:

Daughter:  Patricia Karr (Gerald) Hughes of Beaverton, AL.


Lisa Hughes (Bill) Tomlin of Starkville, MS.

Karen Hughes (Richard) Covington of Batesville, MS.

Susan Hughes (Michael) Lassetter of Starkville, MS.


William Hughes Tomlin

Elizabeth Grace Tomlin

Hugh Drake Covington

Caroline Suzanne Covington

Henry Arthur Lassetter

And Baby Lassetter who is expected to arrive on July 24, 2019.

Brother:  Fred Markham of Sulligent, AL.


Virginia Mixon of Sulligent, AL.

Ruth Burns of Woodstock, AL.

Sister-In-Law:  Libby Karr of Lineville, AL.

And a host of Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and Friends.

Preceded In Death By:

Husband, W. L. “Jr” Karr, Jr.

Parents:  John and Gera Markham


Meredith Markham and wife Elsie

James Markham and wife Katie

Max Markham


Anna Loys Markham

Geleta Karr Harbor and husband Don

Maudine Karr Thompson and husband Sam


Billie B. Mixon

Gordon Burns

Billy Joe Karr.

Niece:  Laura Beth Markham Sprye

Nephew:  Gerald Mixon.

Bio:  Frances was born July 14, 1929, to the late John Thomas and Gera Davidson Markham in Detroit, Alabama. She attended Detroit Elementary and Sulligent High School. In 1947 she married W. L. “Jr” Karr, Jr. and shared 53 years of marriage until his death in October 2000.  A homemaker and partner in her husband’s farming pursuits, she was a member of the Detroit United Methodist Church and later the Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church.  A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was a friend and neighbor to all.*

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mt. Hebron Methodist Church, the Rudicell Cemetery, or the Gideons.

Norwood Funeral Home, Sulligent, AL., directing.*

Photo Source:  Facebook


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Hamilton, AL – Ms. Willene Byrd Gann, age 88, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Wednesday morning, May 10th, 2017 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Visitation, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 12th, 2017, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, Alabama.  Funeral service, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 13th, 2017, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Jeff Fleming officiating.  Burial in Hamilton Memorial Gardens (Hamilton Memory Gardens), Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

Willene Byrd Gann was born August 6th, 1928, in Marion County, Alabama, to the late Chester Walter and Ophelia Young Byrd. She attended Byrd School in the Byrd Community and Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Alabama. After marriage in December 1946, she and her husband, Lowell Dow Gann, moved to Zion, Illinois where they remained until after their retirement and then moved back to their hometown of Hamilton, Alabama. Lowell preceded her in death in September, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Dow Gann; her parents, Walter Chester “Chess” Byrd and Ophelia Byrd Gann; 4 brothers, Clyde Byrd, Elmer Byrd, Woodrow “Woodie” Byrd, and Doil Byrd; and 3 sisters, Ruby Byrd Price, Dorothy Byrd Flournoy, and Inez Byrd Smith.

She is survived by 4 sons, William Dow (Peggy) Gann, Roger Dale (Julie) Gann, Don Hugh Gann (Judy Webb Mays), and Gary (Jaquelin) Gann; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL., directing.

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