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Obituaries March 26

Leslie “Buck” Buchanan


Funeral service for Leslie “Buck” Buchanan, 53, of Goodwater, was Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Bro. Wayne Walker officiated.

Graveside service will be held at Saddler-Buchanan Family Cemetery in Dunmor, Kentucky, on Friday, March 26, 2021, at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends at Price Funeral Home in Lewisburg, Kentucky, on Friday, March 26, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Buck passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at his residence. He was born on June 2, 1967, in Logan County, Kentucky, to William H. Buchanan and Naomi Smith Buchanan Saddler. Buck loved his family dearly and lived life to the fullest. He loved fishing, fellowshipping and hanging out with his friends, building engines and racing cars.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Buchanan; brother, Alvin Buchanan (Donna); stepson, Wayne Smith; step-grandchildren, Brandon Smith, Jason Smith, Kayla Smith, and Kaitlyn Bishop (William); stepfather, Charles Saddler; stepsister, Wilma Arnold; stepbrother, Tommy Long; sister-in-law, Wanda Buchanan; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Chris Buchanan; and stepbrother, Daniel Saddler.

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Radney Funeral Home and Price Funeral Home are in charge of the arrangements.


Michael Anthony Murphy (Frog)


Funeral service for Michael Anthony Murphy (Frog), 51, of Goodwater, will be Friday, March 26, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Westview Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmie Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Sylacauga.

Mr. Murphy died Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Kenneith Murphy; sister, LaWanna Benefield; grandmother, Lorraine P Murphy; grandfather, Pat Murphy; grandfather, Floyd R. Joiner; grandmother, Prathel B. Joiner; and uncle, Pat “Buddy” Murphy.

Michael graduated from Coosa Valley Academy in 1987 then went into the Army from 1988 until 1991. He worked at Honda Manufacturing in Lincoln in high and low die casting for the past 18 years; he also worked at M&N Alloy, Southern Alloy and several other machine shops in Alabama. Michael was an avid animal lover and loved his family with all of his heart. He was a loving, kind, generous man who would give you the shirt off of his back and the last dime in his pocket.

He is survived by his mother, Barbara Middleton; sister, Cindy “Lulu” (Mike) Wilson; brother, Tony (Amanda) Benefield; two daughters, Katelynn (Myles) Adair, Libby Letcher; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Pallbearers will be Mike Wilson, Tony Benefield, Jeremy Browning, Justin Browning, Patrick Murphy, and Richard Szczypinski. Honorary pallbearers will be Employees of Honda high die and low die casting.

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Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga will direct the services.


Kenneth Neal Shaw Sr.


Funeral service for Mr. Kenneth Neal Shaw Sr., 75, of Rockford, Ala., will be Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Rev. James Gallops will officiate. Burial will follow in the Union Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Radney Funeral Home.

Mr. Shaw passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at Brookwood Medical Center. He was born on May 7, 1945, in Rockford to Joseph Aubrey Shaw and Frances Thornell Shaw. Mr. Shaw loved his family dearly. He was a people person and loved visiting and fellowshipping with others. Mr. Shaw was a member of Union Church and the caretaker of Union Church Cemetery for many years and faithfully attended Concord Baptist Church. He was retired from Sylacauga Utilities and served as Constable for Coosa County for many years. Mr. Shaw was the owner and operator of Ken’s Package Store in Rockford, where Fred the Town Dog would hang out with him and they formed a special bond over the years. He loved to sell vegetables and fruits just to be able to socialize with his family, friends, and strangers that he would make friends with and was told by his cousin that he could sell ice to an Eskimo. Mr. Shaw loved to express his civic duty by working the voting polls in Rockford for many years. He was president of the Union Square Neighborhood Watch and served on the board of Alfa Insurance. Mr. Shaw had a passion for car shows and took first place with his 1964 Chevelle Malibu at The World of Wheels in Birmingham, also traveling to Gulf Shores to The Wharf for the Bama Coast Cruise show. He also enjoyed traveling to the Great Smokey Mountains and going to flea markets.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sherry Stroud Shaw; daughter, Robin S. Schmidt (Johnnie); son, Kenneth Neal Shaw Jr. (Alicia); grandchildren, Dustin Shaw (Katie), Cody Schmidt-Rawlinson (Chase), Travis Shaw (Christian), Jonah Schmidt, Libby Blair (Derrick), and Shanda Culver; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles Shaw (Lavern) and Bill Shaw (Angie); several beloved nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joseph Ronald Shaw; mother-in-law, Doris P. Stroud; and father-in-law, Winston Stroud.

The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to Union Church and Cemetery; 6745 Coosa Co. Rd. 18; Rockford, Alabama 35136.

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Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

All visitations and services will be held in compliance with the mandated rules from Alabama Department of Public Health.

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