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Jeffrey Carr Biernesser


Memorial service for Mr. Jeffrey “Jeff” Carr Biernesser, 51, of Rockford, was Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at the Rockford Baptist Church. Dr. Jeffrey Fuller officiated.

Mr. Biernesser passed away on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. He was born on June 1, 1970, to James Carr Biernesser and Kaye Fileccia. He was a member of Rockford Baptist. He loved to watch movies and TV with his family. He was part of an online gaming community that he played with his wife and son. He preferred to spend time with his family and loved to “rank” his nieces.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Rebecca Biernesser of Rockford; sons, Joshua Biernesser and Ryan Biernesser, both of Rockford; daughter, Sydney Biernesser of Rockford; daughter, Faith Ragland of Texas; father-in-law, Jesse Yarbrough of Rockford; mother-in-law, Dianne Yarbrough of Rockford; brothers-in-law, Gary Yarbrough (Tonya) of Hernando, Mississippi, and Chris Yarbrough of Olive Branch, Mississippi; nieces, Morgan House (Tyler), Megan Minor (Hunter), Melanie Yarbrough (Trey); father, James Carr Biernesser (Louise) of Pensacola, Florida; sister, Karen Saunders (Tom); brothers, Jim Biernesser (Joy) and John Biernesser; and several other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Kaye Fileccia.

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Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mack William Carden


Mack William Carden, 67, of Rockford, passed away September 13, 2021. He was born September 19, 1953. Born and raised in Coosa County, Carden returned to the area in 2004 and was well known in the small town of Rockford. Before returning, he had been a resident of Sylacauga for more than 30 years and was a resident of Deatsville at the time of his death. He served a single tour in the Army in service to his country. He was most well known from the years he spent as a logger and owner of CTI Trucking. Mack accepted Jesus as his personal savior in July 2018.

He is survived by his sons, Kevin (Stephanie) Carden of Rockford and Matthew Carden of Sylacauga; daughter, Bethany Carden Cleveland (Scott) of Auburn; brother, Larry (Dot) Carden of Rockford; grandchildren, Ryan (Amanda) Carden of Weogufka, Nici (Eric) Runner of Gadsden, Haley Giddens of Kellyton, Bella Cleveland of Auburn, Finian (Finn) Cleveland of Auburn, and Samantha Carden of Sylacauga; fiancé, Gail Daniels of Deatsville; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jones F. Carden and Brookie E. Carden of Rockford, and brothers, Joe Frank Carden and Ray Carden of Coosa County.

Mr. Carden requested no final service. Anyone who would like to may make a donation in his memory to The Shriners Hospital for Children or Wounded Warrior Project.


Dwight Lane Rayfield


Dwight Lane Rayfield, age 74, of Sylacauga, passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Dwight was born June 9, 1947, to Laverne Rayfield and Olice Rayfield.

Dwight is survived by his wife of 27 years, Ouida Rayfield; his son, Brian Rayfield (Rebekah) of New Bern, North Carolina; his son, Gabe Stewart (Crystal) of Sylacauga; his daughter, Amanda Hutchinson (Claude) of Clarksville, Tennessee; his daughter, Mandy Coleman (Josh) of Gulf Shores; his daughter, Rosalind Wood (Andy) of Sylacauga; his brother, Marion Rayfield (Linda) of Sylacauga; his sister, Cathy Brewer (Jack) of Stewartville; 12 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Dwight was preceded in death by his daughter, Christy Rayfield; his mother, Laverne Rayfield, and his father, Olice Rayfield; his brother, Charles Rayfield; and his sister, Juanita Shell.

Dwight’s career was serving as a teacher and administrator in Talladega County Schools for 31 years. He was a member of Marble City Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School for many years. He faithfully served Gideons International. He also served his community through the Kiwanis Club where he was “Kiwanian of the Year” in 2004, 2009, 2010, and received the Spirit of Kiwanis Award in 2008.

Serving as pallbearers were Brian Rayfield, Joshua Coleman, Claude Hutchinson, Bret Rayfield, Andy Wood, and Gabe Stewart. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Donnie Morris, Chris Morris and Jackie Rayfield.

A visitation for Dwight was held Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at Radney-Smith Funeral Home, Sylacauga, followed by a funeral service with Bro. Mac McCaleb and Dr. Wayne McDaniel officiating.

Dwight was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery, Sylacauga.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations to made to Gideons International; P.O. Box 140800; Nashville, TN 37214-0800; in memory of Dwight Rayfield.

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Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga directed the services.

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