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Obituaries – August 20 Edition

Helen Luvenia Dykes Culberson


Funeral service for Mrs. Helen Luvenia Culberson, 91, of Alexander City, was Thursday, August 19, 2021, at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Rev. Mike Jackson officiated. Burial followed in the Kellyton Memory Garden.

Miss “Venie” Culberson passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021, at East Alabama Medical Center. She was born on March 14, 1930, in Tallapoosa County to Ernest Roosevelt Dykes and Sallie Brown Mason Dykes. She was a member of Flint Hill United Methodist Church. Miss “Venie” loved her family and friends and most of all her church family at Kellyton Methodist Church, where she was the choir director for 47 years. She enjoyed working at Russell Corporation for 45 years. She loved to sew and listen to all types of music. She was an excellent cook and made the best tea cakes in the world!

She is survived by her son, Steven Seals Culberson (Ximenia) of Kellyton; daughter, Dawn C. Durden of Alexander City; grandchildren, Kristi Durden (Daniel Sanford), Scott Durden (Jesseca), Abby Culberson, Alexander Seals Culberson, Mia Culberson, Ruth Anna Culberson; great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Wright, Kaleigh Wright, Brantley Durden; sister-in-law, Linda Dykes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Robert Seals Culberson; parents; brother, Donald Dykes; and sister, Laura Bell Oliver.

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Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

David Ernest McGhee

Funeral services for David Ernest McGhee, 56, of Alexander City, were Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at the Church in the Pines. Rev. Rick Levell officiated. Burial followed in the Alexander City Cemetery.
Mr. McGhee passed away on Friday, August 13, 2021, at Russell Medical. He was born on October 24, 1964, in Alexander City, to John William “Billy” McGhee and Virginia “Ginny” Yevich McGhee. He was an active member of the Alexander City community as a business owner, joke teller and event host. He viewed every stranger as a future friend and every friend as a treasure. Mr. McGhee was a graduate of Jacksonville State University, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was a committed blood donor, and he had a loving, giving heart that led him to regularly help others in many ways.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy McCormack McGhee of Alexander City; daughter, Boston Elizabeth Kanani McGhee of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; stepdaughters, Jordyn (Chase) Edmondson of Jacksons Gap, and Emerald Muniz of Oakridge, Ore.; stepsons, Zayne Amason of Los Angeles, Calif., and Forest Halualani of Dallas, Texas; mother, Virginia Y. McGhee of Jacksons Gap; sisters, Barbara Anne (Ty) Spears of Prattville, and Dell (Darien) St. John of Foley; brother, William Douglas (Leslie) McGhee of Birmingham; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
He was preceded in death by his father, John William “Billy” McGhee.
The family requests any memorial contributions be made to the Lions Club of Port St. Joe; P.O. Box 1024; Port St. Joe, FL 32457. The family also encourages the Alexander City community to give to local charities and perform acts of kindness in the community that he loved so much.

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Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Gladys P. Sullivan


Gladys P. Sullivan, 85, of Cantonment, Florida, passed away August 12, 2021, in Alexander City.

She was born in Talladega on July 3, 1936, to the late Robert C. and Vergie Garner Phillips. She worked in the restaurant business most of her life and was a member of Farm Hill United Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Carel Max Smith Sr.; second husband, Byron M. Sullivan; her son, James Dale Smith; five brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by her three sons, Max (Carolyn) Smith of Tuscaloosa, Robert (Ellen) Smith of Rockford, John Smith of Rockford; and one daughter, Mary (Bobby) Land of Jay, Florida. She is also survived by one brother, Edward (Lorine) London of Sylacauga; one sister, Mary (Lewis) Reynolds of Rockford; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 16, 2021, at Farm Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeff Fuller and Rev. Mark Dees officiating. Interment followed in Farm Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Jason Land, Joshua Smith, Chad Smith, Max Smith, Robert Smith, Johnny Smith, Hogan Chappell, and Emmitt Chappell.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Youth Department at Farm Hill United Methodist Church.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in Atmore was in charge of arrangements.


Eddie Wyckoff


Mr. Eddie Wyckoff, son of the late Jimmie Lee Wyckoff and Annie Mae Whetstone, was born April 10, 1947, in Rockford, Alabama. He transitioned to his heavenly home July 27, 2021, at his residence.

At an early age Eddie was baptized and joined New Elam II Baptist Church. He attended Coosa County School System. As a young man Eddie traveled the world until he moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he found his wife, Virginia Randall, of 39 years. He was a self-employed mechanic. Eddie always had a story to tell about growing up in Alabama to keep you laughing. He was affectionately known as “Unc” to many.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linnie B. Wyckoff; and brother, MacArthur Whetstone.

He leaves to cherish his memories, wife, Viriginia Wyckoff of Columbus, Ohio; two sons, Roderick (Joyce) Williams of Columbus, Ohio, and Anthony Williams of Los Angeles, California; daughter, Monique Williams of Columbus, Ohio; six sisters, Roberta Brager, Glenda Headen of Sylacauga, Mary Ruth Wyckoff of Brooklyn, New York, MaeBell Leonard of Rockford, Luretha Averett of Tampa, Florida, Irish Sutton of West Covina, California; one brother, John Presley of Rockford; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Mr. Eddie Wyckoff’s funeral service was held Thursday, August 5, 2021, at Greater St. Paul Church in Columbus, Ohio. Elder James Leonard was the officiating minister, and Pastor Harry Davis was the euologizing minister. Interment followed at Evergreen Burial Park.

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