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Joe Duke Jr.

 

Funeral service for Mr. Joe Duke Jr., 72, of Alexander City, was Monday, February 7, 2022, at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Bro. Miles Crouch officiated. Burial followed in the Dadeville City Cemetery.

Mr. Duke passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at Coosa Valley Baptist Medical Center in Sylacauga. He was born on May 12, 1949. Joe was an avid Auburn fan.

He is survived by his friend, Gomer and Janice Bland of Goodwater.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Joe Duke III.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.radneyfuneralhome.com.

Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

David Lionel Graham

 

Mr. Graham, age 64, passed away surrounded by his family on February 3, at Adams Health and Rehab after an extended illness. His parents were Croley Wayne Graham and Joyce Durham Graham of Huntsville.

David graduated from Madison Academy in 1975 and attended Auburn University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction while working part time for United Parcel Service (UPS). After graduation, he was promoted into management at UPS where he quickly rose to the rank of executive working as a district project engineer manager and division operations manager in several regions, all while moving primarily across the Southeast. He retired from UPS after 31 years of service and worked with various real estate development firms as Senior Project Manager until 2011.

David was a faithful husband, loving father, and a kind and considerate friend to many. He loved being outdoors, music, animals, biking, hiking, running, kayaking, fishing, traveling, hunting, and immersed himself in books almost every day.

He is preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Peggy and Wyndall Heath; and nephew, Winston Boyd.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Bridget Heath Graham of Rockford; his daughters, Laurel Crawford (Brandon) of Pansey and Audra Graham (Jonathon Hoagland) of Island Lake, Illinois; granddaughter, Caroline Crawford; step-granddaughter, Branlee Crawford; brother, Croley Graham (Joy); sister, Milina Boyd (Steve Phillips); aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

The family would like to extend gratitude to the dedicated staff at Adams Health and Rehab for the excellent care they provided over the years and to Ivy Creek Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hissop Concord Cemetery Fund; P.O. Box 52; Rockford, AL 35136 or to Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama.

A funeral was held at Radney Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Alexander City on February 7.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.radneyfuneralhome.com.

Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Sarah Josephine Long Scarbrough

 

Sarah Josephine Long Scarbrough (Mrs. Jo) graduated from this earthly life in the early morning of February 3, 2022. Josephine was born on January 11, 1931, in Newburg, Alabama, Franklin County to L.E. and Dewey Long. She was greeted in Heaven by her mother; father; son, Aubrey Scarbrough; sister, Betty Jo Wyskida; and brother, J.W. Long; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Lewis Scarbrough; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Tom Nelson; granddaughters, Elise Laurie Nelson and Celeste Sophie Nelson; brother and his wife, Dan and Glenda Long; as well as her nieces and nephews.

Josephine grew up on a farm in Newburg, Alabama, with her mother and father, sister and two brothers. She also had many aunts, uncles and cousins nearby. They attended church at Macedonia Baptist Church in Newburg. She graduated from Russellville High School and got a job as a telephone operator in Russellville.

Later, she and her sister moved to Huntsville where she was also an operator. She became a member of the First Baptist Church community.

In 1962 she married Charles Lewis Scarbrough from Rockford. In 1963 Denise was born, and in 1964 Aubrey was born. During this period she stayed very busy with her children, but also volunteered with Cradle Roll at church and was the First Aid Lady for a period when the children were in elementary school, as well as other activities in the community.

In 1982 Lewis retired from NASA, and they relocated to Lewis’ home place just outside of Rockford. She did many jobs during this time. She ran the Hungry Farmer Restaurant, the NAPA store and the Circle S gas station and market. She also had booths at various flea markets.

On many Sundays you could find her at the Old Rock Jail on behalf of the Coosa County Historical Society. Her last job was working as the office manager at “The Coosa County News,” which she and her husband also own. She worked there until the spring of 2020. During her time in Rockford she became a member of Providence Baptist Church.

Josephine died on February 3, 2022, early in the morning. She was appreciated and loved by many. Though she is greatly missed, we are filled with bittersweet joy to know she has graduated and received her richly deserved crown of glory.

There was a celebration of her life on Monday, February 7, 2022, at Pleasant Hill Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her honor to your local animal shelter.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.radneyfuneralhome.com.

Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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