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Annie F. Forbus


Graveside service for Mrs. Annie F. Forbus, 95, of Alexander City, was Monday, November 22, 2021, at the Alexander City Cemetery. Her grandson Rev. Justin Law officiated.

Mrs. Forbus passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021. She was born on May 4, 1926, in Elmore County to William Oliver Fomby and Lucy Jane Brown Fomby. She loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren. Mrs. Forbus retired from Russell Corp after over 30 years of service. She was a member of Ray Baptist Church. Mrs. Forbus enjoyed vegetable gardening, canning, flowers, cooking for her family, Alabama football, taking car rides, and getting outside. She was known for her delicious pound cakes, chicken and dressing, and chocolate gravy.

She is survived by her daughter, June Johnson (Lanny); son, Rayford Earl Berry; grandchildren, Justin Law (Anslee), Jeremy Law (Savannah), Theresa Welsh (Edward), Krystal Shirley, Phillip Berry (Kathy), Sarah Morrison (Kyle), and Stel Gibson; 11 great-grandchildren; and 12 great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie M. Forbus; daughter, Mary Ann Forbus Law; grandson, Darin Berry; parents; sisters, Flora Mae Berry, Nadine Martin, Lucy Irene Lamb, Christine F. Gilliland, and Lois Voncille Hardy; and brothers, Ira Fomby, Preston Fomby, Edmond Fomby, and Billy Fomby.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Ivy Creek Hospice-Dadeville, 201 Mariarden Road, Dadeville, AL 36853; St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101 or; or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 117, Alexander City, AL 35010 or

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Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Huey Penton Humphrey

Funeral service for Mr. Huey Penton Humphrey, 83, of Alexander City, will be Friday, November 26, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Alexander City Methodist Church. Rev. Ronnie Palmer and Rev. Ronald “Pete” McElrath will officiate. Burial will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Alexander City Methodist Church.

Mr. Humphrey passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Russell Medical. He was born on January 16, 1938, in Goodwater to Jesse Penton Humphrey and Mable Adair Humphrey. He graduated from Goodwater High School in 1956 before attending Jacksonville State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business in 1961. He served in the Army National Guard during the Berlin Crisis. He was an active member of Alexander City Methodist Church. He enjoyed volunteering his time at Russell Medical Center, Red Cross, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Mr. Humphrey was a hard working business man who instilled the value of good work ethic to his children, working many years at Belk-Hudson, then at Russell Corp. He was a great storyteller who was always the life of the party. He enjoyed cooking and watching beloved sports teams, Jacksonville State University, The University of Alabama and the Atlanta Braves.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Corley Humphrey of Alexander City; sons, Robert Henry “Hank” Humphrey (Patrice) of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, Michael Hunter Humphrey (Jennifer) of Prattville, and Joseph Harold “Hal” Humphrey (Sharon) of Hoover; grandchildren, Daniel Fletcher Humphrey (Bailey) of Cleveland, Georgia, Corley Elise Humphrey of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, Brynna Julianne Frantz (Stephen) of East Ridge, TN, Sarah Elizabeth “Sarah Beth” Humphrey of Fort Oglethorpe, GA, Robert Penton Humphrey of Prattville, Ethan Michael Humphrey of Prattville, Andrew Joseph Humphrey of Prattville, and Claire Marie Humphrey of Hoover.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Julianne “Judy” Phillips.

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Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Louise Partika


Memorial service for Ms. Louise Partika, 75, of Opelika, was Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Radney Funeral Home. Bro. Benny Ogles officiated.

Ms. Partika passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at her residence. She was born on March 7, 1946, in Coosa County to Dennis Earl Cannon and Evelyn Louise Mason Cannon. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her daughters, Kim Jordan (Lynn) of Goodwater and Mandy Humphreys (John) of Opelika; grandchildren, Kaci McEwen (Nathan) of Chelsea, Baylee Ezekiel (Jeremy) of Weogufka, Aidan Wingo, Brianna Wingo, and Piper Partika, all of Opelika; great-grandchild, Logan McEwen of Chelsea; and sister, Marie Cardwell (Terry) of Childersburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Misty Partika; and brothers, Earl Cannon and Kirby Cannon.

The family requests no flowers; instead, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

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Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Tom Staples Sr.


Graveside services for Tom Staples Sr., age 84, of Wadley, were held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Wadley with Bishop Tom Staples Jr. officiating and Quattlebaum Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Staples passed away Monday, September 13, 2021, at Clay County Hospital in Ashland.

Survivors include five daughters, Betty Daniel of Rockford, Cindy Dennis (Larry) of Fairburn, Georgia, Ytonia Johnson of Detroit, Michigan, Kathy McFarland of Roanoke, and Annette Stallworth of Columbiana; two sons, Tom Staples Jr., of Lineville and Stanley Smith of Roanoke; 23 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild on the way; one sister, Betty Nathan of Tampa, Florida; one brother, Nolen Staples of Toledo, Ohio; special nephews, Mike Perry and Steve Perry; longtime friends, Braxton Garrett, Mr. Powell, Herschel Battle, and Jerome Wall; longtime friend and coworker, Maurice Moore; a bonus sister, R. Will Birdsong; bonus niece, Tiffany Birdsong; two bonus nephews, Stanley Birdsong and Robert Wayne Birdsong; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Mr. Staples’ grandsons, and flowerbearers were Mr. Staples’ granddaughters.

A Randolph County native, Mr. Staples was born on February 21, 1937, the son of the late Roy and Hattie Meadows Staples. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Wadley and worked at Handley Mills and J. V. Perry’s Service Station as a mechanic.

Mr. Staples was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Katherine Zachary Staples; three brothers, Bill Perry, Roy Staples Jr. and Billy Staples; and a sister, Christine Pressley.


Jack Walker


Mr. Jack Walker, 72, of Kellyton, passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021, at Jackson Hospital. He was born on July 28, 1949, in Alexander City to Thomas Frederick Walker and Bertha Ann Etheredge Walker. He was the owner/operator of Jack Walker Machine & Welding.

He is survived by his son, Michael F. Walker of Elgin, South Carolina; grandchildren, Hayden Walker, Natalie Walker and Lauren Hahn (Corey); great-grandson, Fisher Hahn; the love of his life, Lois Mitchell of Alexander City; sisters, Emily Crisler of Alexander City, Alisa Shivers (Herb) of Auburn, Ellen Daniel (Bill) of Anniston, Amy Walker of Montgomery, Endora Spradlin (Tim) of Coosada; special niece, Stacey Jones of Alexander City, and many other nieces, nephews, great- nieces, great-nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anita Hussey; brothers, Andy Walker and Fred Walker.

The family requests donations to Kellyton Volunteer Fire Dept.; P.O. Box 208; Kellyton, AL 35089.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life service at a later date in Jack’s beloved Kellyton, Alabama.

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