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Katherine Brown

Funeral service for Mrs. Katherine Ann Brown, 80, of Goodwater, was held Thursday, March 7, at the Hackneyville Baptist Church. Dr. Albert Pike officiated. Burial followed in the Hackneyville Cemetery.
It is with heartfelt sadness that the family of Katherine Ann Bassett Brown shares the news of her passing.
Kathy, as she was affectionately known by most, passed away at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham on March 4, 2024, after a very short illness. The sudden loss of a loved one is difficult to understand, but Kathy lived a life of faith to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For many years, she led as an example to her family and friends of the light Jesus called his people to be. She was a servant to her church, community, and volunteer organizations. She was always busy serving others.
Kathy was born August 11, 1943, in Wadley to James Lee and Frances Baker Bassett. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 62 years, Ronnie Brown; her daughter, Robin Bussie and husband Bobby; Ronald Brown and bonus daughter Karen. Affectionately known as Gummy to her grandchildren and great-grands, she will also be missed by Kaylee Bence and Dusten with their children T.J. and Nayvie; Jayson Brown and wife Natalie, their son David; Jasper Lee McQuaid and mother Hanna, as well as her brother Jimmy Bassett, nephew James Bassett, niece Janice Hanna, special niece Donna Greene, as well as extended cousins and friends.
Kathy served her church and community without ceasing. A member of Hackneyville Baptist Church for many decades, she served as treasurer and secretary, as well as taught Sunday School for many years. She was secretary for the Community Center, served as a poll worker, treasurer for DAR, member of the Tallapoosa County Historical Society, and a member of many prayer, women groups and Bible studies.
Her friends have said to the family, “Kathy always took care of it, who will do it now?” A close friend stated that, “She was a mother to us all.” The void Kathy leaves behind can only be filled with memories and love that Kathy gave to everyone who knew her. All our lives are better because she was there for each of us.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Hackneyville Baptist Church.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.radneyfuneralhome.com.
Radney Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Katherine Ann Brown.

 

Foy “Poppy” Collins

 

Foy “Poppy” Collins, age 83, of Sylacauga, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2024.

Foy is survived by his sister, Gerry Turner; three children, Jeff Collins, Donna Collins (Rick), Casey Collins; three grandchildren, Ryan Collins (Alysia), Trevor Morrison (Nichole), Jacob Collins (Marlee); and five great-grandchildren, Aubrey Collins, Kenley Morrison, Trace Ewing, Rhett Collins, and Charlie Kay Collins.

Foy was preceded in death by his parents, George and Enola Collins; and siblings, Billy Collins (Clo), Ann Kelley (Earl), Hilda Harris (Charles), Margie Sullivan, Mary Holt (Ed); mother of his children, Faye Collins; and daughter-in-law, Milinda Collins.

He was an active member of Sylacauga Country Club for 20-plus years. He loved golf and fishing. He never met a stranger and was giving to his community. Poppy loved his family and thought of his neighbors as family. He was technology savvy and desired hard work. He was an avid motorcycle lover for 20-plus years and was a member of the Coosa Valley Fitness. He embraced being a grandfather to all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial for family and friends to gather will be Friday, March 8, 2024, from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home.

Instead of flowers, please send donations to Sylacauga Animal Shelter, Oak Grove Community Center, or the Sylacauga Country Club.

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 handled the arrangements.

 

Betty Jean “GOAT” Leonard

 

Home-going Celebration for Mrs. Betty Jen Leonard, “GOAT,” was held Saturday, March 2, at New Home Baptist Church in Rockford with Rev. Lorenzo Caldwell serving as eulogist. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Betty Jean Shaw Leonard was born December 21, 1940, in St. Clair County in the city of Acmar to Sim Shaw Sr. and Annie Shaw. At an early age the family moved to Coosa County, and she joined New Home Baptist Church where she served faithfully on the Usher Board, Missionary Ministry and Matron Ministry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a loving husband, Eddie (Big Boy) Leonard; her daughter, Shawana Leonard; and her son, Eddie Louis Leonard Jr.; a grandson, Jordan Leonard; and a special friend, Armour Drake Sr.

On February 25 at 10:42 a.m. she was called home to be with Jesus.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories: sons, Carey Anthony, Alonza Lee (Lakaysha Smith), all of Coosa County; daughters, Darlene (Mark) Hall of Goodwater and Patrice (Willie) Foster of Alexander City; granddaughters, Shawana Hall of Goodwater and Makayla Leonard of Childersburg; grandsons, Tomas (Jada) Foster of Jacksonville and Dominique (Madison) Foster of Alexander City; three great-grandchildren, K.J. Thomas, Kabir Foster, and Carsyn Foster; sisters, Mazell Moon, Frances Patterson, Linda Shaw, all of Coosa County, Eddie Mae Lauderdale of Panama City, Florida, and Annie Ruth Sanders of Birmingham; brothers, Robert (Valencia) Shaw and Julius Shaw of Coosa County; two special step-kids, Armour Jr. (Sonja) Drake and Aretha (Jimmy) Marbury; and special nieces and nephews, Braylen, Brooklyn, Jessica, and Corey Annie Lee.

She was the nanny for years in Coosa County, known to many as “Bet Bet” and a special name, “GOAT,” also known as the “Greatest of All Time,” given to her by her son Carey. She loved all her nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Professional service was provided by Wright’s Funeral Home of Alexander City.

 

Lorinda Ann McCoy

Funeral service for Ms. Lorinda McCoy, 61, of Kellyton, will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Rev. Chase Clower will officiate. The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 9, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Radney Funeral Home.
Lorinda Ann Holley McCoy went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 2, 2024. Born in Alexander City on Sunday, July 29, 1962, she was the daughter of Billy Holley and Dorothy Tapley Webb. Throughout life, she became a very strong, determined, and often stubborn woman who would do anything she could for her family and friends whom she loved dearly.
Lorinda was the embodiment of a true Southern matriarch with an extra side of sass. She could whip up a Thanksgiving dinner that would make the Pilgrims proud, create desserts that had the school bake sale competition eating her dust, and cook spaghetti so good that you’d choose her table over Italy any day. That’s not even mentioning the homemade cornbread, butter beans, or other Southern cuisines that she was especially skilled at making.

Lorinda was as sassy as her recipes were savory. That feisty stubbornness was entertaining amongst her family because she could argue with a brick wall and win, all while making the wall feel good about itself. It was no secret that she was a spitfire who lived life on her own terms.
Lorinda enjoyed being at home surrounded by the little joys in life. The birds in Kellyton never went hungry, thanks to her attentiveness and five-star bird feeders that were scattered all around the house. She could often be found outdoors fishing or tending to the flowers in her garden. Above all else, nothing brought her more joy than loving and taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately knew her as “Rin Rin.” Lorinda’s spirit, much like her favorite tulips, will continue to bloom in the hearts of those who knew her. Stories of her will always be told with deep laughter, a shake of the head, and maybe an eye roll or two.
Lorinda is survived by her daughter, Tiffany (David BeAir) Parrott; sons, Chris (Brittany) Adams, Zachary McCoy; grandchildren, Britney Blackburn, Candice (Dawson) Self, Ali Adams, Rhainy Adams, Joshua McCoy; great-grandchildren, John Emfinger, Serenity Blackburn, Finley Self; sisters, Alanda (Dewayne) Sasser, Desiree (Cornell) Boleware; brothers, Stanley Holley, David Holley; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her ex-husband (long time love), Lawrence McCoy; mother, Dorothy Webb; and father, Billy Holley.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider making a donation at Radney Funeral Home to help towards funeral expenses.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.radneyfuneralhome.com.
Radney Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Lorinda McCoy.

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