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Thelma M. Evans


Thelma M. Evans, 97, of Sylacauga, passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022, at Coosa Valley Medical Center.   She was the loving wife of Charles W. (Bill) Evans.  Together they shared 67 years of marriage before his passing in 2014.

Born October 11, 1924, in Dundas, Ohio, Thelma grew up in Coosa County, Alabama.   She was a daughter of the late Benjamin Oliver and Genie Meherg.

She graduated from Weogufka High School, followed by a bachelors degree from Auburn University, and a masters degree from the University of South Florida.  She worked as a lab technician in Zanesville, Ohio.  She taught science and elementary school in Elkhorn and Crumpler, West Virginia.  In Florida she taught elementary school and became an assistant principal.  They retired to Sylacauga in 2000, where she enjoyed painting, basket weaving and gardening.

She was an active member of Grimes Chapel Baptist Church and enjoyed teaching adult Sunday School.  The B.B. Comer Memorial Library was dear to her heart, especially the Brown Bag Series.  The annual Marble Festival was a special thrill, and she took great joy and pride in the Bill and Thelma Evans Marble Gallery at the library.

She is survived by her sister, Glois M. Jones of Durham, North Carolina.  Also two children, Paula E. Woodman and her husband, Adriel, of Parker, Colorado, and Charles R. Evans and his wife, Hattie, of Glenville, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Thelma was preceded in death by her brother, Jess Willard Meherg.

A memorial service will be held at Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 10 a.m. followed by interment at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Sylacauga.  Family and friends are invited to a luncheon at Grimes Chapel Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the B.B. Comer Memorial Library; 314 N. Broadway Avenue; Sylacauga, AL 35150.

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Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga will direct the services.


Rhonda Gramling Landers


Funeral service for Rhonda Gramling Landers, 51, of Sylacauga, was Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at Radney-Smith Chapel with Bro. John Limbaugh officiating.  Burial was in Marble Valley Cemetery in Marble Valley.

Rhonda passed in her sleep peacefully on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

She is survived by her mother, Lynn Green; father, Ronnie Gramling; son, Lucas Sherbert; daughter, Robbie Landers; and brother, Steven Gramling.

Pallbearers were Donnie Duke, Brian Duke, Larry Green Jr., David Jones, Daylon Harris, and Presley Labrount.  Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Crumpton and Brantley Duke.

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Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga directed the services.


Peggy Jean Lightsinger


Funeral service for Mrs. Peggy Jean Lightsinger, 84, of Lagrange, Georgia, was Sunday, January 2, 2022, at the Goodwater Methodist Church. Rev. Bill Etheridge officiated. Burial followed in the Smyrna Cemetery.


Mrs. Lightsinger passed away peacefully December 30, 2021, ending her journey with Alzheimer’s disease. She accepted God’s plan with grace and dignity. She was born on December 31, 1936, in Goodwater to Lonnie Eric Hardman and Lorane Mizzell Hardman. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Alexander City and Goodwater Methodist Church. She served as the Youth Group leader at Goodwater Methodist Church, a Girl Scout Group Leader and as a member of UMW. She is forever remembered for her love of family and her dedication to the care and support of multiple generations. This was her life’s mission. She devoted herself to the care of her parents, her husband and many others. She carried on with many of her mother’s (Mema) traditions of family gatherings and started many cherished traditions of her own. She loved all of the grandchildren. We all remember the fun games at the lake, nights of dominoes, cards, and the annual wieners roast. She loved hosting family fish fries on instant demand and Christmas gatherings.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, John William Lightsinger; daughters, Sally Richter (Lee) of Lagrange, and Susan Selman (Breck) of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Luke Hurst (Tiffany), Lofton Beasley (Elizabeth), John Lee Richter (Kelsea), John Selman, and Hannah Selman; great-grandchildren, Analee Hurst, Brenan Hurst, Reese Beasley, and Jack Beasley; brothers, Johnny Hardman (Ann) and Gary Hardman (Susan); and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family will accept flowers or donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory. Donate at this link:

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Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Rene’ Annette Smith


Funeral service for Ms. Rene’ Annette Smith, 75, of Alexander City, was held Friday, January 7, 2022, at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Rev. Ronnie Boulware officiated.

Ms. Smith passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, in the loving company of family and friends. To all, she was known for her undeniable faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her love for her church, her love for her family, her incomparable love of music, and her equally incomparable love and devotion to all her canine pets over the years. Whether you knew her as “Miss Smith” (in the school systems of Tallapoosa County) or “Annette” made no difference in how she loved you – with her whole heart.

Annette was born in Alexander City on January 20, 1946, where she attended Alexander City Elementary School, Benjamin Russell High School and Alexander City Junior College before seeking her masters of both English and history at Auburn University. She graduated from Auburn University with high honors in 1968 and faithfully followed her Auburn Tigers. She remained single but was “wed” to her travels around the world, her work with her various well-trained dogs whom she regarded as her “children,” her work as a teacher, and her work for her church. Annette taught one year at J.D. Thompson High School, one year at Camp Hill High School, and more than 25 years at Dadeville High School; where she was known far and wide for her remarkable rapport with students and faculty; as well as her ability to impart learning to all students, regardless of their abilities. Her students most remember her for her ability to enable them to be their best, regardless of what challenges they faced. To all the members of Annette’s family, Annette was our guide – the church-working, prayer-leading, piano-playing, music-leading, Bible-reading, party-organizing lady that led us all to be better versions of ourselves. Annette was a faithful member of Wayside Baptist Church for more than 65 years, active in the church choir, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, willingly shared her singing talent for numerous occasions, and loved her church family as a humble servant of God. We are thankful for her leading us and loving us and for filling our lives with so much music that the notes still ring in our hearts – her voice still glides across the notes in our minds. We are thankful for her for praying for us with such dedication and love in moments when we ourselves could not find the strength.

Annette joins in heaven her parents, James Herschel Smith and Lela May Stephenson
Smith Bailey; stepfather, Robert “Bob” Bailey; three brothers, Arlin, Gary and Veryl Smith; and her sisters, Joan Kelsey Waldrop Goodwin and Sandra Karen Smith.

Annette is survived by her sister, Ramona Thornton (Alton) of Eclectic; niece, Donna Grizzle (Rex) of Lanet; nephew, Jimmy Nickolson (Denise) of Kellyton; great-niece, Beth Till (Taft); great-nephews, Tres Nickolson (Charlene), Neal Nickolson, Heath Evans, and Corey Grizzle; and all her “Bailey” brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wayside Baptist Church.

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Radney Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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