Mr. Timothy Lloyd Sanders, 68, of Centre, Alabama away Sunday, May 29, 2016 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Mr. Sanders was born in Muskegon, Michigan on July 15, 1947. He was raised in Middleville, Michigan, moving to this area in 1976. Mr. Sanders held a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Master’s of Education Degree; was a humor columnist, and prior to ill health, he had been employed with the state of Alabama as a Vocational Rehabilitation Officer. He was of the Baptist Faith and was a devoted husband and father.
Mrs. Mary G. Harrison, 90 of Centre, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016 in the Cherokee Health & Rehab Center. Mrs. Harrison was a native of Marion, OH,and was a retired Nurse. She was a member of the Cadet Nursing Corp, was a scout leader and a coach. She was a member of the St. Joachim Catholic Church.
Mrs. Dessie Ella Swan Stephens, 92 of Centre, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at Cherokee Health and Rehab. Mrs. Stephens was a native of Mississippi. She was a loving mother, grandmother, gifted artist and seamstress and was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Edna Ruth McMichen, 89, of Leesburg, passed away in Gadsden Regional Medical Center on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Mrs. McMichen is a native Etowah County and a member of Cedar Hill United Methodist Church.
Mr. Lamon Gramling Pruitt, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the age of 82. He was a native of Centre, Alabama and long-time resident of Smyrna, Georgia. Mr. Pruitt was married to the late Jeanette McElwee Pruitt for 43 years. Mr. Pruitt retired from Northwest Airlines after 34 years as an aircraft mechanic. He also served 26 years in the Navy, including 2 years aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea and retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1978. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve, the Greater Atlanta Ostomy Association, Smyrna American Legion Post 160, and the Nelms Masonic Lodge #323. In addition, Mr. Pruitt was an active volunteer with WellStar Cobb Hospital for more than 20 years and also a member of Smyrna First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Johnnie Cheatwood Maddox, 77 of Piedmont passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Anniston RMC. She was a member of Highway 9 Church of Christ and a former employee of Garcy Corporation. She loved flowers, animals, and spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Maddox was a resident of Piedmont most of her life.
Mr. Stephen David “Steve” Ball, 58, of Rome, died Friday evening, April 22, 2016, in a Rome hospital following a short illness. Mr. Ball was born in Topeka, Kansas. Mr. Ball attended high school in Madrid, Spain, was a graduate of the Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Arkansas, and attended the Art Institute of Atlanta. Mr. Ball was a former member of the West Rome Baptist Church and a current member of the North Broad Baptist Church.
Mr. Cardon Levi “Cebo” Mobbs, 79 of Fort Payne, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 at DeKalb Regional Medical Center. Mr. Cardon was a native of Alabama. He worked at Inland Container in Coosa, and was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Mr. Robert Leon Davison, 90 of Gaylesville, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016, at his residence. He was a native of Holland, Georgia, and was a retired teacher and electronics technician. He was a member of New Hope South Baptist Church.
Mr. James Henry Sprouse, Jr., M.D. of Cedar Bluff passed away Friday, April 15, 2016. After years of a deteriorating mind due to Alzheimer’s disease, he had a good life and it’s sad it ended this way with no memory of the man he was or the life he led. He was born December 1, 1931, in Abbeville, S.C., to An only child, he excelled in school and became an Eagle Scout. After graduating high school, Henry attended Erskine College in Due West, S.C., from 1950-1953. While in college he was married to Anne Perry. They had five children. Henry graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1957. He completed an internship and residency in Anesthesia at Medical College Teaching Hospitals in Charleston. From there, he worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland as a staff and research anesthesiologist. From 1963-1967, Henry was an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. In 1967, Henry and his family moved to Marietta, Ga., where he was in private practice as an anesthesiologist at Kennestone Hospital. In 1975 he married Ethel Jordan Wessinger and resided in Kennesaw, Georgia. In 1982, Henry accepted a position at the Marietta Surgical Center where he served as an anesthesiologist and administrator. In 1994 he retired to Cedar Bluff, Alabama. While he no longer had patients, he soon took in and cared for 20+ dogs and cats and they became his patients. When he wasn’t working, Henry enjoyed flying and was a private pilot for over 30+ years. He was also a master woodworker and racing enthusiast. He enjoyed traveling, photography, motorcycles, and reading. He was known for his keen intellect, photographic memory and witty sense of humor. As his health declined and his mind grew dim, his sense of humor remained intact.
Mr. George Thomas “Paw-Paw George” Ray , 80 of Gaylesville passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at his residence. Mr. Ray was a native of Cherokee County, and a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church #1.
Mr. Elwood Donald (Don) Smith, 80 of Cave Spring, passed away Sunday morning, April 17, 2016 in a Rome hospital following a sudden attack suffered earlier at his residence. Mr. Smith was born in Jackson, Georgia. He was a graduate of the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring where he participated in football and track. Mr. Smith made his home in Jackson for a number of years, where a cousin, Mr. and Mrs. Doc McMichael helped care for him and he retired from the U. S. Postal Service in Macon.
Mr. Ralph William Duff, 92 of Jamestown, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at his residence. Mr. Duff was a native of Cherokee County, and was a member of Pleasant Valley #1 Baptist Church in Jamestown.
Mrs. Donna Renee Hutchinson Garrett, 62 of Centre, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Cherokee Medical Center. Mrs. Garrett was a native of Illinois, and she was a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church.
Mrs. Peggy Joyce Shropshire Lee, 69 of Centre, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Lee was a native of Cherokee County, and was retired from Burlington Mills in Shannon, Georgia. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and pets. She was of the Baptist faith. She was lovingly referred to by her grandchildren and great grandchildren as Mama Peggy.
The horn has sounded and the final whistle blown for Coach Bobby Beckett of Centre, Alabama who passed away on April 13 at the age of 75. Mr. Beckett was a member of the Centre First Methodist Church. Mr. Beckett was a graduate of Winterboro High School and Livingston State University (currently West Alabama). He was a proud Vietnam veteran and served in 1967-68. Mr. Beckett was happiest when teaching and coaching high school sports. He coached at West Jefferson, Ragland, Cherokee County, Gaylesville, Collinsville, Gadsden City and Chattooga High Schools. He truly loved every school, community, student and fellow teacher and had a great passion for the education field. Mr. Beckett’s career was highlighted by winning two state-championships at Cherokee County High School. Baseball State Runner up at Ragland, assistant Basketball State Runner up at Ragland and football runner up as an assistant at Cherokee County High. Mr. Beckett was apart of 471 wins in football, baseball, track, boys and girls basketball. Mr. Beckett helped start or restart baseball at Cherokee County, Ragland and Gaylesville, as well as, girls basketball at Cherokee County. In 2009, he was elected to the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame and the high school baseball field at Cherokee County is named after him.
Mrs. Elandor Flynt Richards, 82, of Rome, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016, at her residence. Mrs. Richards was born in Alexis. Mrs. Richards was an interior designer and was also known as “Nano” to the equestrian students at Cobblestone Crossing and to all who loved her. She was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Geraldine Norton Copeland, 75, of Gaylesville, AL, died Monday, April 4, 2016, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL. She was a native of Lyerly, Ga., a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Mrs. Dixie Lou Sanford Messer, 85, of Cedar Bluff, passed away Monday, March 28, 2016, at her residence. Mrs. Messer was born September 2, 1930, in Round Mountain, Alabama. She was a member of the Barrett's Chapel Church, and prior to her retirement, was employed as a supervisor at Centre Manufacturing where she worked for 44 years.
Mr. William L. “Bill” Brooks, 61, of Cedar Bluff, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Floyd Medical Center. Mr. Brooks was a native of Rome, and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Brooks was a service manager at Riverside Toyota in Rome, Gergia.