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Shirley Blair


Shirley Blair, age 82, of Rockford, passed away on Monday, March 25. Shirley was born on March 4, 1942, in rural Coosa County. She attended New Site Baptist Church.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Peggy Bailey (Johnny), Janice Holdeman (Ken); stepson, Gary Blair; grandchildren, Terri Sowash, Joe Bailey, Michael Bailey, Kristy Hazel, Misty Hulsey, Gary Blair, Ladonna Blair; great-grandchildren, Shelley Hosey, Ethan Bailey, Brayden Bailey, Matthew Bailey, Gage Hallman, Skylar Skinner, Hailey Smith, Lawson Smith; great-great-grandchild, Khorri Kamryn Blair; and sister, Doris Beckett; as well as many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, George Blair; great-grandchildren, Corey Allen Hosey and Malana Hulsey; parents, Oscar Lee and Claudie Bryant; and brother, Archie Bryant.

A visitation for Shirley will be held Friday, March 29, 2024, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home, 320 North Elm Avenue, Sylacauga, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. with Bro. Russell Gooden officiating.

Shirley will be laid to rest in New Site Cemetery, Weogufka, 35183.

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


Mavis Sallas


Funeral service for Mrs. Mavis Sallas, 94, of Rockford, was Sunday, March 24, 2024, at Union Baptist Church. Bro. Chris Crumbley officiated. Burial followed in the Rockford City Cemetery.

Mrs. Sallas passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at her residence. She was born on July 15, 1929, in Rockford to Audie Cowart and Ernie Lee Brown Cowart. She was a faithful member of Union Baptist Church. In her youth, she operated the switch board for her parents’ telephone company in Rockford. Later, Mavis worked with the Civil Service at the Draft Board in Rockford. She loved cooking, quilting, and crocheting. A genealogical expert, Mavis was a member of the Coosa County Historical Society. She led the effort to catalog all graves in the cemeteries of Coosa County. Mavis adored her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Wilson of Rockford; sons, Robert Larry Sallas (Cathy) of Deatsville, Enoch Gregory Sallas of Rockford, and Thomas Jeffrey Sallas of Rockford; grandchildren, Angela Wilson, Christina Lee Wilson Crumbley (Ronny), William Wilson (Tanya), Joshua Wilson (Sara), Carolyn Sallas Bryant, Michael Sallas (Missy), Stephen Sallas, Jennifer Buzbee, Robert Sallas (Jessica), Tabitha Letcher (Josh), Chris Sallas, T.J. Sallas, and Caylan Sallas; 14 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Cowart; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Enoch Sallas; son, Stephen Wiley Sallas; brother, Arthur Cowart; and sister, Carol Pless.

The family will accept flowers, or donations may be made to the Coosa County Historical Society at P.O. Box 5; Rockford, AL 35136, or to St. Jude’s Research Hospital at

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Radney Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mavis Sallas.

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