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John Bragg Grice


John Bragg Grice, age 83, of Goodwater, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

John is survived by his son, Terry Grice (Chasity); two daughters, Danette Nelson (Jerry), Tina Alexander (Kenny); two brothers, James Grice (Jeanine), Frank Grice; sister Betty Gallman; six grandchildren, Bailey Grice (Sarah), Brady Grice, Cody Alexander, Adam Alexander (Morgan), Ginger O’Neil (Galen), Carmen Baird (Jonny); eight great-grandchildren, Jacob, Bailee, Dawson, Olivia, Shawn, Thomas Tate, Valerie, Lele; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Mae Grice; and great-granddaughter, Kadence O’Neil.

A visitation for John will be held Friday, March 15, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hollins Baptist Church; 384 Chapman Rd, Goodwater, AL 35072; followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. with Bro. Terry Grice and Bro. Jason Gravette officiating.

John will be laid to rest in Hollins Cemetery, Valley Grave Road, Hollins.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to Hollins Baptist Church, 384 Chapman Road, Hollins, Alabama 35072.

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


Annie Ruth Holt


Annie Ruth Holt was born on August 8, 1934, in Equality to the parents of Mark Gilbert and Cassie Bell Gilbert.

Annie received her education at W.B. Doby High School in Elmore County. She furthered her education at Alabama State University in Montgomery, where she received a bachelor’s degree.

At an early age Annie accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and united with Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, where she was a lifetime member and served as Sunday School teacher and clerk. She was a current member of Union #1 Missionary Baptist Church, Titus.

Annie was a dedicated employee with Wetumpka Head Start for many years until her retirement.

Along Annie’s life’s journey she met and united in Holy Matrimony to the love of her life, the late Hardy Holt. Hardy preceded her in death on August 21, 2023. Their life together was a shining example of love and respect. Their union was blessed with 63 beautiful years.

Annie was a member of Order of Eastern Star (OES) #345, member of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), she served as Vice President of Morning Star District Women’s Auxiliary for 25 years. Later she became President of Morning Star District Women’s Auxiliary and served for five years. Mrs. Holt currently served as President Emeritt and Treasurer of the Morning Star District Woman’s Auxiliary.

Annie departed this walk of life on March 1, 2024, under the care of Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham. In Heaven, Annie will join her husband, Hardy Holt; mother, Cassie Bell Gilbert; father, Mark Gilbert; two daughters, Rita Holt and Cathy Costley.

Her love will forever be remembered by her loving children, Gloria Williams, Stanley Holt, Jerry (Angela) Holt, Steven (Nicole) Holt, Harvey (Wanda) Holt, and Marcus (Andrea) Holt; loving siblings, Bessie Jones, Bernadine Gilbert, Brenda McElrath, and Alonza Gilbert; seventeen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Iteria Dunbar, Ella Roberts, and Sarah Parker; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Celebration of life for Annie Ruth Holt, age 89, was held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Morning Star District Center, Kellyton. Pastor Mark Leonard served as eulogist. Interment commenced in the Union #1 Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Titus.


Floyd Marvin Kelley



Floyd Marvin Kelley, age 97, of Helena, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Floyd was a loving husband, father, granddad, “Pop,” and great-grandfather for 97 years. He grew up in Rockford. He married the love of his life, Myrtice Varner Kelley, on July 26, 1947. They were married for 74 joyful years. Floyd was born on June 3, 1926, to Charles Reuben and Nancy Culver Kelley. Floyd served proudly in WWII as a Signalman on the LST 857. Floyd and Myrtice raised their sons Phil, Travis, and Steve Kelley in Hueytown. Floyd was always involved in his sons’ sports activities. Floyd worked for U. S. Steel and retired to live in Helena. Floyd and Myrtice spent their retirement enjoying family and friends. They traveled around the country to LST Conventions, where he enjoyed catching up with his Navy pals. Floyd and Myrtice loved spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whether it was playing wiffle ball, picking blueberries and muscadines, or feeding the catfish. Floyd’s hardworking, determination attitude and love for his family will be remembered.

Floyd is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Nancy Kelley; wife, Myrtice Kelley; son, Travis Kelley; brothers, Thurman Kelley, Ralph Kelley, and Earl Kelley; sisters, Lena Kelley Bice and Agnes Kelley Williams; and granddaughter, Lindsey Kelley.

He is survived by sons, Phil Kelley and Ronald Kelley; daughter-in-law, Sue Kelley; grandchildren, Genie Parks (Brian) and Robert Kelley (Alex); great-grandchildren, Andrew Parks and Kelley Parks.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at Rockco Funeral Home in Montevallo. A chapel service followed immediately with burial following at Alabama National Cemetery.

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