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Obituaries – May 21 Edition

Denise Johnson


Denise Johnson was born October 10, 1957, to the late Cleveland Johnson and Mary Edwards in Alabama.

She accepted Christ as her savior and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Rockford. At an early age she moved to Chicago, Ill., and attended Phillips High School from where she graduated and later attended business school.

Among the many companies where she was employed were AIG Aviation and Brokers’ Risk/Sandner Group where she was employed at the time of her passing.

A very outgoing, independent, loving, and giving person, she had many volunteer projects, including working with the blind and many activities for her church. She also worked as a judge for the Board of Elections and a tax preparer at Jackson Hewitt, all while working a fulltime job.

When she was not working or volunteering she was with her two grandchildren who were everything to her, Raphael and Keonte Stinson, or her grandniece, Ashlynn. She was a caring mother to her son, Raphael Stinson (Jamie), and “adoptive” son, Charles Davis, as well as a loving companion to her son’s father and her best friend, Ricky Stinson.

On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Denise departed her earthly home for her heavenly home. Her memory will be honored and cherished by her siblings: William Johnson (Mary) of Nebraska, David Johnson (Yolanda) of Arkansas, Linda Bown (Walter) of Illinois, Connie Honsons of Illinois, and “Sister” Frankie Cousin (Lee) of Alabama.

She was preceded in death by Homer, Elaine, Ricky, and Ray.

Auntie Nesi was adored by her nephews, Tremayne and T.J., and many other nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends. 

Services were held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Gatling’s Chapel in South Holland, Ill., with Pastor John Smith officiating.


Freida Hornsby Morgan


Funeral service for Mrs. Freida Hornsby Morgan, 70, of Alexander City, was Monday, May 17, 2021, at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Rev. Richard Hall Jr. officiated. Burial followed in the Hillview Memorial Park.

Mrs. Morgan passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at NHC Healthcare in Anniston. She was born on April 23, 1951, in Sylacauga to Howard Fred Hornsby Sr. and Jamie Saxon Hornsby. She was an active member of Goodwater Baptist Church. She enjoyed music and sang and played with her family at every family gathering. She also loved to dance. Mrs. Morgan was a hard worker and worked with her mom and sister at City Accounting Service in Goodwater. She was so proud to be Gramma to her granddaughter and loved her very much.

She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Jackie Morgan of Alexander City; son, Bryan Morgan (Karol) of Anniston; granddaughter, Abby Morgan; sister, Susan Neighbors (Joe); brothers, Howard Hornsby Jr. (Donna) of Goodwater and Ray Hornsby (Michele) of Anniston.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family will accept flowers or memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation; 322 8th Avenue, 16th Floor; New York, NY, 10001.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family at

Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Benny Pate


Graveside service for Mr. Benny Pate, 70, of Childersburg, will be Friday, May 21, 2021, at 12 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery. Rev. Jeff Hardy will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Radney Funeral Home.

Mr. Pate passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at his residence. He was born on January 23, 1951, in Rockford to Lonnie Carl Pate and Grace Wells Pate. Benny joined the United States Army once he graduated high school and made a 40-year career serving our country, receiving the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Commendation. He served in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Benny was a full-of-life, big-hearted man that never met a stranger. He enjoyed helping others, cheering on the Auburn Tigers and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of three years, Sara Jo Pate; children, Susan R. Pate (Keith Shelton), Benjamin Scott Pate (Summer), Christopher Eric Pate, Matthew Ryan Pate (Sandy), Amber Nicole Bacon, and Briana Marie Bacon; grandchildren, Sydney Paige Reeves, Jeremiah Roberson, Sommer Elizabeth Pate, Hayden Trace Pate, and Skylar Starr Pate; great-grandchildren, Abbie Lynn Clark, Raeleigh Marie Clark, McKinlee Michelle Clark, and Lennox Jane Hanson; and brothers, Leon Pate (Judy) and Wayne Pate (Peggy).

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Raymond Leo Pate.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family at

Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Dewey S. Tate


Funeral service for Mr. Dewey S. Tate, 76, of Goodwater, will be Friday, May 21, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Dr. Bill Etheridge will officiate. Burial will follow in the Parkdale United Methodist Cemetery.

Mr. Tate passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Goodwater. He was born on April 18, 1945, in Sylacauga to Almon Tate and Lois Jones Tate. He was an active member of Parkdale United Methodist Church. Dewey was a hard worker. He worked at Russell Corp for 38 years and then worked his favorite job, which was a van driver for the City of Goodwater, for 8 years. He loved talking to people, and he never met a stranger. Dewey was an avid Alabama football fan, as well as NASCAR. He loved gardening, working on his tractor, looking at new cars, and going to antique car shows.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gail Satterfield Tate of Goodwater; daughters, Christy Speaks (Ricky) of New Site and Kim Johnston (Shannon) of Alexander City; son, Jason Tate (Brandy) of Sylacauga; grandchildren, Heather Vickers (Eric) of Jacksons Gap, Kevin Headrick (Paige) of Goodwater, Karen Hodnett of Birmingham, and Connor Tate of Sylacauga; great-grandchildren, John Eric Vickers Jr., Jeremy Vickers, Kyler Vickers, Kameron Headrick, and Zoey Headrick; sister, Saleta Heath of Goodwater; niece, Ann Green of Goodwater; great-nephew, Matthew Green; and brother-in-law, Marty D. Satterfield (Betsy) of East Palatka, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family at

Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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