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Theolyn Box Dowdle

 

On March 28, 2022, the heavens opened to welcome Theolyn Box Dowdle into her eternal home. She began her earthly life in Vernon, Alabama, on August 19, 1926, being born to Franklin Theophilus Box and Lillie Mae Hargett Box. Her youth was spent in Vernon before leaving for the University of Alabama. In 1945 she married Walter Smith Dowdle and lived in Columbus, Mississippi, until moving to Goodwater, Alabama, where she lived the remainder of her life.

Theolyn was a genteel lady in every sense of the word. She was of gentle spirit and was led by her devotion to her faith. She spent her life in service to others, but her passion was studying, sharing and teaching God’s word. She was loved and revered by a loyal following. She was a voracious reader; therefore, books were her friends, and she loved sharing them. She brought kindness, love, patience, and humility to life’s circumstances. A gentle soft-spoken lady she was, and she thrived in the peace and solitude of quiet places. Our great loss is Heaven’s glorious gain.

Theolyn is survived by God’s greatest gift to her, Walter Smith Dowdle, her devoted husband of 76 years; her children, Walter T. Dowdle (Debbie) and Lyn D. Price (Bennett); grandchildren, Jay and Cary Dowdle, Todd and Haywood Dowdle, Dr. Theolyn Price, and Robert L. Price (Brandy); great-grandchildren, Hadley Dowdle, Peyton Dowdle, Thomas Dowdle, Emily Dowdle, Brooks Dowdle, Rissie Price, Rigsby Price, Smith Price, and Dowdle Price; and sisters-in-law, Sarah Box and Pat Box.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Lon Robert Dowdle, and brothers, William Walker Box and Dan Hargett Box.

Due to current health restraints, there will be a private family graveside service.

May we request, in lieu of flowers and gifts of food, these acts of love be bestowed on those in need. This honors and exemplifies the heart of our mother and the way she chose to live her life.

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

Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Cathy Heflin

 

Funeral service for Mrs. Cathy Heflin, 75, of Sylacauga, was Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home in Alexander City. Rev. Mike Owen officiated. Burial followed in the Hillview Memorial Park.

Mrs. Heflin passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at her residence. She was born on January 18, 1947, in Alexander City to James Earnest Barnes and Cleo Mobley Barnes. She was an active member of Weogufka Second Baptist Church. She was an outgoing person who loved her family. A selfless woman, she always put others first. She was a stylish comedian who loved gardening and traveling. Above all, she was a Godly woman who loved Jesus and her church.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Hale of Sylacauga; daughter, Gwen Carrington of Dadeville; son, Scott Wilson (Leslie) of Sylacauga; grandchildren, Alan Watson (Michelle), Seth Wilson, Ethan Wilson, Makenzi Cleveland, and Brinley Wilson; great-grandchildren, Brysen Wilson and Haelyn Kelly; sister, Lila Bannister (Larry) of Racine, Wisconsin; brothers, Harry Barnes (Mary Leah) of Moody, and Joseph Barnes (Diana) of Fruita, Colorado; and the family of Ted Heflin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ted Heflin; brother, James B. Barnes; sister, Rebecca Bullard; and nephew, Jimmy L. Bannister.

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

Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Louise “Lucy” Leonard

 

A home-going celebration for Ms. Louise “Lucy” Leonard was held Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Elam #2 Baptist Church in Kellyton with Pastor Autry Powell serving as eulogist. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Louise S. Leonard, daughter of Mattie Leonard, was born July 28, 1937, in Coosa County. At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and joined Elam #2 Baptist Church of Kellyton and served as a faithful member until her health failed.

Louise received her formal education from J.D. Thompson in the Cottage Grove community. Lucy, which she was affectionately known as by her family and close friends, was a very spiritual lady who loved the Lord and never met a stranger. She had a passion for children and their wellbeing. She showed her love for children through the Foster Parenting Program for more than 15 years. During that span of time, she welcomed numerous children into her home, where she provided the nourishing care and love of a real family to all whom were put in her care.

She is preceded in death by her late husband, Eddie D. Leonard; brother, Frank Leonard; and sister, Annie Lee Gray.

She peacefully departed this life on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at Grandview Medical Center surrounded by family.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories, three daughters, Lue Ann Leonard, Linda (Reginald) Odum and Erica Leonard; two sons, Eddie (Yolanda) Leonard and James (Jocelyn) Marbury; two brothers, Archie (Mozell) Leonard and Adolphus (late Jocelyn) Leonard; six grandchildren, Jasmine Leonard, Danielle Knight, Malaysia McKinney, Keebo Lewis, Titus Cary, Justin Odum, and Princess Odum; one great-granddaughter, Kalani Coleman; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who loved and adored her.

Professional services were provided by Wright’s Funeral Home of Alexander City.

 

Betty Rob Norred

 

Graveside service for Mrs. Betty Rob Norred, 85, of Alexander City, was Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Hillview Memorial Park. Bro. Donnie Pritchard officiated.

Mrs. Norred passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at Chapman Healthcare Center. She was born on December 27, 1936, in Talladega to Wesley “Bud” A. Waites and Mabel Sims Waites. Betty loved her family dearly. She was a member of Hillabee Baptist Church. Betty enjoyed flowers; feeding and watching birds; going to feed the cows, especially her favorite cow, Belle, with her husband, Herbert; quilting; embroidery; and being a member of the Red Hat Society.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy N. Hildebrant (Steve) of Gadsden; sons, Robert L. Norred of Kellyton and Michael A. Norred (Net) of Gulf Breeze, Florida; grandson, Benjamin L. Norred; sister, Jackie Bishop (George); and brother, Jerry Waites (Barbara).

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Herbert Lewis Norred; parents; sister, Sara Jo Sexton; and brother, W.A. Waites.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity or organization.

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

Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Martha Towns Sprayberry

 

Martha Towns Sprayberry, age 89, passed away on March 26, 2022, at home in the loving company of family and friends. To all, she was known for her undeniable faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her incomparable love of music and children ministry. Whether you knew her as Martha, Mrs. Sprayberry, Aunt Martha, Mother, or Grandmother, made no difference in how she loved you – with her whole heart.

Martha was born in Kellyton on November 28, 1932. She attended Kellyton Elementary School and Goodwater High School. She attended Judson College, Singing Schools, and Bible College. She married her sweetheart, Harold Sprayberry, in 1951 and resided in Goodwater for 52 years. Martha was employed as a seamstress for Russell Mills Corporation and a certified dietitian for Goodwater Nursing Home. She was a faithful member of Goodwater Baptist Church and is remembered for playing the piano, Choir Director, Vacation Bible School director, Children’s ministry director, teacher of all age groups from kindergarten through adult Sunday School and Training Union Classes, WMU director, and Children’s Drama Director.

After the death of her beloved husband in 2007, she moved to Mentone to live with her daughter, Gail and family. She became an active member of the Moonlake Baptist Church, helping with music ministry and Vacation Bible School.

We are thankful for her leading and loving us and for filling our lives with so much joy and music that still rings in our hearts. We are thankful for her prayers with such dedication and love in moments when we ourselves could not find strength.

Martha joins in heaven her husband, Harold Lanier Sprayberry; her parents, Ennis and Myrtle Towns; her sister, Geraldine Forbus; and brother, Milton Towns.

She is survived by sister, Nell Humphries (George); children, Marie (Totsy) Tidwell (Bill), Gail Jones (Ronnie), Tim Sprayberry (Leigh); grandchildren, Chad Tidwell (Stacia), Kristen Jones, Candace McKelvy (Chad), Jessica Jones, and Amber Sprayberry; great-grandchildren, Max and Mason Tidwell, and Clay and Parker McKelvy.

A celebration of her life was held at Goodwater Baptist Church on Tuesday, March 29. Committal service followed.

Memorial donations can be made to Goodwater Baptist Church; 160 South Main Street; Goodwater, AL 35072; or Moonlake Baptist Church; 4671 SR-117; Mentone, AL 35984.

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

Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Billy Joe Wood (B.J.)

 

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the death of Billy Joe (B.J.) Wood of Childersburg. He was born in Ashland on October 6, 1932, and passed away on March 27, 2022, at the age of 89. Funeral services were Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Radney-Smith Chapel with Bro. Billy Paul Williams officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Sylacauga.

Family and friends are welcome to send day lillies or flowers or leave their condolences on his memorial page and share them with the family.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie Jo Campbell Wood; father, Young Blake Wood; mother, Mary Beatrice Wright Wood; and brother, James Byrd Wood.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy F. Wood; children, Lydia Elaine Wood Brooks, William Blake Wood (Cathye), Nelda Alvalene Wood Thomas; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

B.J. was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons for several years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Fayetteville Fire Department. In 2005 he had a lucky number and was selected to go to Atlanta and throw a football for $1,000,000.

For a hobby he was an avid merchant token collector and served as Director of the Southeastern Token Society for several terms, plus was also on the Board of Directors, and he was a chartered member of The American Legion Post 68 in Childersburg.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was selected as The Blue Jacket of the Month while being a member of the U.S. Navy Aircraft Squadron VU-4 stationed in Chincoteague, Virginia.

He retired from Thompson-Weinman & Co., Alabama Power Co. and Mazers.

Upon retirement he purchased a farm in Fayetteville where he enjoyed cutting, fluffing, raking, and bailing hay. He made some long lasting friends by selling good horse hay.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/sylacauga-al/radney-smith-funeral-home/8516.

Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga directed the services.

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