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Robert “Dale” Darwin

Dale Darwin, 74, of Weogufka, passed away at Coosa Valley Medical Center on Saturday, October 2, 2021. He was born in Alcorn County, Mississippi, on July 14, 1947, to the late R.T. and Ruby Devers Darwin.

Dale was employed as Occupation Manager/Bird Dog trainer of Kusa Kamp Quail Hunting Reserve in Weogufka, where he could shoot two flying quail with one shot. He was a member of several professional rodeo associations, including PRCA, IRA, ACA, USCRA, and UCRA to name a few. His most recent win was at age 73, wrangling the Ultimate Calf Roping Championship in Glen Rose, Texas, 2020.

He enjoyed calf roping, playing guitar and singing, but his greatest passion was spending time with his family. Dale enjoyed treating his entire family to trips to the Smokey Mountains, Nashville, Tennessee State Fair, and Athens Fiddlers Convention. He loved a good guitar in his hands and blessed us with bluegrass gospel tunes and his famous “Auctioneer Song.” He was a true Superman to us all, faster than a speeding bullet, leaping tall buildings in a single bound; he was our HERO.

Those left to honor Dale’s memory include his children, Toinette Franklin (David), LeeAnn Wood (Harold Meherg) and Justin Darwin (Kelly); his grandchildren, Cody Franklin (Haley), Lauren Simmons (Chad), Haley Conaway (Jeremy), Dakota Shaw (T.J.), Tyler Oliver, Katie Bowman, and Suzanne Franklin; his great-grandchildren, Tye Franklin, Sadie Franklin, Kaysten Simmons, Jackson Conaway, Crimson Smith, Wrenley Simmons, Blu Franklin, and Drew Nipper; his special friend, Retha Perry; his siblings, Jean Philips (Garvin), Arthur Lee Darwin (Darnell) and Larry Darwin (Jimmie); other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Carolyn McCord Darwin; his grandchildren, Brandon Franklin, Amber Burns and Tucker Cheyenne Darwin; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Magnolia Funeral Home of Mississippi was entrusted with arrangements.


Patricia Ann Morgan

Patricia Ann Morgan, 68, of Sylacauga, died Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Coosa Valley Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Ollie Mae McGuire; grandfather, Bill McGuire; uncle, Ted Lee McGuire; sister, Lisa Lovelace; and sister, Jewel Faye Lovelace. Mrs. Morgan attended B.B. Comer High School and graduated from Nunnelley State Technical College.

She is survived by her husband, William Frank Morgan; four children, William Morgan Jr.(Vickie), Paula Michele Harris, Karie Ann Morgan, Brittany Michele Morgan; five grandchildren, Chasity Fuller, James Morgan, Jacob Harris, Jessica Butler, Joseph Harris; 14 great-grandchildren; mother, Dorothy Bone; six sisters, Vickie White, Connie Alverson, Jennifer Bone, Rose Fulmer, Carol McClellan, Sheena Wells; and four brothers, Ronnie Bone, John Bone, Stan Hurt, and Dwayne Bone.

A private family service will be held.

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Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga directed the services.


June M. Roberts

June M. Roberts, 83, of Newnan, Georgia, passed from this world to Heaven on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

June was born on June 30, 1938, in Alexander City to Henry Clay and Eleanor Ruth (Autry) Monroe.

She was a 1956 graduate of Benjamin Russell High School and a 1959 graduate of the Sylacauga Hospital School of Nursing. She was one of two out of her class of 17 who passed the State Boards on the first attempt. She worked as a Registered Nurse for the State of Alabama for over 44 years.

A true believer from an early age, June joined St. James Episcopal Church in Alex City in 1978. Other than her fierce love for family and friends, June loved her home church deeply, even after moving to Georgia in 2005. She lived by the Golden Rule and was a loving mother, a cherished sister, a doting grandmother, a caring aunt, and a faithful friend and neighbor. One of June’s special talents was her way and love of storytelling. She was the family historian, always recalling colorful stories of the past. June was also a trusted friend and advisor, sharing sage and sound advice.

She was predeceased by her parents and her beloved daughter, Beverly Merrell German.

June is survived by her devoted son, Rob Merrell of Acworth, Georgia; her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Carl Rainey of Peachtree City, Georgia; her brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Becky Monroe of Peachtree City, Georgia; her son-in-law and granddaughter, Fred and Jane German of Champaign, Illinois; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and hosts of friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at St. James Episcopal Church, 347 S. Central Avenue, Alexander City, with a reception immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in her memory to a charity of your choice or

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