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Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Adrian Irving “Papa” Hitt


Funeral Services for Mr. Adrian Irving “Papa” Hitt were held on Monday, January 19, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. from Boligee Presbyterian Church with Rev. Raymond M. Colgrove, Jr. officiating.

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The eulogy was given by his nephew, Irving Milford Hitt.

Burial was in Mesopotamia Cemetery in Eutaw.

Mr. Hitt, 82, of Boligee, died Saturday, January 17, 2004 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, AL.

He retired after 35 years as a rural mail carrier and cattle farmer.

He was a veteran of World War II and a survivor of Pearl Harbor.

Survivors include his wife:

Shug Lavender Hitt of Boligee; two daughters:

Martha Prociuk (George) of St. Petersburg Beach, FL and Adrianna Williams (Charles) of W. Greene, AL; one brother:

Edwin Hitt (Margaret) of Laurel, MS; three sisters:

Elaine Gordon (Paul) of Birmingham, Alice Chappell (Charles) of Caledonia, MS, and Ruth Jernigan (Wayne) of Demopolis; one brother-in-law; Buddy Lavender of Boligee; two sisters-in-law;

Neenie Long of Aberdeen, MS and Mary Russell of Atlanta, GA; two grandchildren:

Mandi Williams of Birmingham and Amber Williams of W. Greene; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ben(Sonny) Long, Jr., Larry Chappell, Fred Chappell, Wade Henson, Terry Patrick, James Edwin Hitt, George Payne, Jr., Robin White, Gary Tidwell, Oliver Hitt, Carter Hitt, Tom Lavender, Foster Bell, and Grant Hunt.

Honorary Pallbearers were Horace Lynn Hitt, ALFA Directors of Greene County, Pearl Harbor Survivors, and the Greene County Soil Conservation.

Barry Keith Buck


Barry Keith Buck, 41, of Demopolis, died January 18, 2004, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2004, at the Kidd-Robbins Chapel in Demopolis with Rev. Clay Cain and Dr. Rex Kent officiating.

The body will lie in state Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Burial will be held at Demopolis Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kidd-Robbins Funeral Directors.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Susan Buck; grandparents, Edna Buck, Ben L. Buck, James Skinner, and Hazel Dodge.

Mr. Buck is survived by parents, Mr.&Mrs. Herman E. Buck of Demopolis; one brother, Brian K. Buck of Demopolis; aunts and uncles, James A. Buck, Imogene Elliott, Delene Anderson, Gordon Buck, Edith Young, and Scotty Anderson; cousins, Bridget (Clay) Cain of Demopolis and Randal (Rhonda) Anderson (Little Randy Cain); nephews Joshua Blake Buck and Jamie Craig Buck; and special friends, Mrs. Hattie Wright, Mrs. Velma May, and Mrs. Lillie Blackmon.

Pallbearers will be James Buck, Clay Cain, Joey Cargile, Drew Cargile, Ben Sherrod Jr., Ben Sherrod III, Richard Eaves, and James Spencer.

Honorary Pallbearers are Bud Boone, Randal Anderson, Billy Fleming, Scotty Anderson, employees of Hospice South, staff and clients of Marengo Activity Center, and members of First Baptist Church.

Choice of flowers or donations may be made to Marengo Activity Center, Demopolis, AL.

Lilian Prout Long


Mrs. Lilian Prout Long, 99, a native of Demopolis and a resident of Monroeville, AL, died Sunday, January 19, 2004 at a local nursing home in Foley, AL.

Mrs. Long was a long time author and authored these books:


She is survived by two sons, David C. Long of Orange Beach, Al and John Ross Long of

Selma, AL; one daughter, Mary Ann Kelber of Bellville, TX; and three grandchildren, Campbell Griffin of Elberta, AL, Phyllis M. Long of Plumsteadville, PA, and Allen G. Long of Orange Beach, AL.

A memorial service will be held at a later time for Mrs. Long.

The family requests that memorials may be made to the Lilian Prout Long Flower Fund, c/o David C. Long, 5428 Green Tree Road, Orange Beach, AL 36562.

Local arrangements made by Fairhope Funeral Home and Crematory, 19698 Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532.

Frankie Harris Watters


Mrs. Frankie Harris Watters, 82, of Demopolis passed January 15, 2004 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 12:00 Noon at Old Greene Oak Baptist Church, Forkland, AL.

Rev. James Reed will officiate.

Interment will follow in Memorial Cemetery, Demopolis.

The remains will repose at the church on Wednesday beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Larkin&Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis are entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include seven children:

Ruth (Joseph) Shropshire of Elyria, OH; Frank Brown of Bronx, NY; Jesse (Beulah) Brown of Bronx, NY; Annie Lois (Bobby) Wilson of Gallion; Maxine (Booker) Barlow of Tuscaloosa; Annie Pearl (Lorenzo) Townsend of Spring Valley, CA; and Louis (Alberta) Watters, Jr. of Demopolis; five devoted relatives, Roosevelt Harris of Oberlin, OH; Julia Bush of Elyria, OH; Mary Whitfield of Tuscaloosa; Betty Williams and Joan Bourgeois of Slidell, MS; 26 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; six devoted friends and neighbors, Queenie Perry, Lula Dell Watters, Lucy Rainey, Martha Saulsberry and Bessie and Willie Earvin; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arthur Redrick

Dayton, Ohio

Mr. Arthur Redrick, 62, of Dayton, Ohio, a former native of Forkland, Alabama, passed January 14, 2004 in Dayton, Ohio.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Larkin&Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis.

Eileen Marie Szalai


Eileen Marie Szalai, 42, of Linden, died Thursday, January 15, 2004, at her home.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2004, at the O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Earl Cannon and Bro. Dale Barger officiating.

She is survived by her parents, Henry F. (Marjorie L.) Thompson of Talkeetna, AK; two sons, Jason F. Szalai of Tuscaloosa and Christopher F. Szalai of Middletown, NJ; one daughter, Melanie N. Szalai of Linden; and two sisters, Denise Weaver of Linden and Sheila Barkley of Anchorage, AK.

Everett Powell Guinn


Everett Powell Guinn, 92, of Thomaston, died Thursday, January 15, 2004, at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2004, at the Thomaston Cemetery.

Mr. Guinn was a custodian and bus driver.

He was a member of Thomaston Baptist Church in Thomaston, AL.

Mr. Guinn is survived by one sister, Edrie Surginer of Wichita Falls, TX, and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Anne Elaine Carter Williams


Anne Elaine Carter Williams, 69, of Uniontown, died Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at her residence.

Services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2004, at the Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel with Rev. Ronald Palmer officiating.

The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial was held at Pine Crest Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel.

Ms. Williams is survived by four sons:

Walter Williams, Jr. of San Antonio, TX, William “Bill” Williams of Marion, James R. “Willie” Williams of Uniontown, and Donald “Donnie” Williams of Madison, AL; three daughters:

Mary Susan Leger of Niceville, FL, Carol Lynn Laney of Elba, and Anne Marie Brody of Bahrain; four brothers:

Karl Carter of Delane, FL; James Carter of Amarillo, TX; Richard Carter of Summerville, SC; and William Carter of Matthews, NC; fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Walt Williams Jr., Scott Leger, Paul Williams, Brandon Williams, Willie Williams, Jerome Williams, and Donnie Williams.

Jewell Wallace Nichols


Jewell Wallace Nichols, 79, of Orrville and formerly of Marion, died Wednesday, January 14, 2004, at Vaughan Regional Medical Center.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2004, at Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel with Rev. Bradley Averette officiating.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2004, at Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel.

Burial was held at Ephesus Cemetery under the direction of Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel.

Ms. Nichols is survived by one son, Glenn (Sue Ellen) Nichols of Tennessee; two daughters:

Kathryn Phillips (James) of Orrville, AL and Patricia Colburn of Randolph, AL; two brothers:

Bill (Tootsie) Wallace of Heiberger, AL and Joe Wallace of Selma;

four sisters:

Margaret (R.V.) Nichols of Marion, Dorothy (Albert) Barkman of Selma, Martha Wallace of Marion, Pat Stewart (Don) of Moundville; ten grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Chris Phillips, Jamie Phillips, Randy Green, Alan Nichols, Blake Friday, and Tim Crumpton.