Obituaries Nov. 23, 2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Staff Reports

Reba Catherine Smith Miller


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Reba Catherine Smith Miller, 78, of Linden, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 in the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis.

Mrs. Miller was a former city clerk for the City of Linden and was a very active member of Linden Baptist Church. She served as the church librarian and was the assistant county librarian. She also served on the Marengo Nursing Home Board.

Mrs. Miller enjoyed gardening and reading. She also loved Auburn football and Atlanta Braves baseball.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry Miller of Jersey City, N.J. and Steve (Terry) Miller of Gallion; a daughter, Cathy Miller Wilhelm of Homewood; a brother, Vester Smith of Dothan; four granddaughters, Alana Miller of Orange Beach, Caty Wilhelm and Amanda Miller, both of Auburn, and Whitney Wilhelm of Homewood.

Funeral services were held at Linden Baptist Church on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004 at 2 p.m., with the Revs. Billy Harris and Johnny Arnett officiating. Interment was held in the Linden Memorial Park in Linden. Active pallbearers were Marshall Smith, Jerry Gaddy, Kent Hale, Jerry Schroeder, Dennis Mason and B.S. Phillips.

O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden directed.

James Douglas Hall


James Douglas Hall, 70, of Linden, died on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004 at Marengo Nursing Home in Linden.

He served in the United States Air Force and was retired from James River Corp. where he was a store clerk.

He is survived by his wife, Sadie M. Hall of Linden; a son, James Reese Hall of Magnolia; two daughters, Patricia Ann (Hail) Karden of Lakeland, Fla. and Mary Elizabeth (Hall) Rogers of Linden; two brothers, Bobby Joe Hall and Robert Wayne Hall, both of Linden; three grandchildren, James Justin Harris of Linden, Jamie Lynn Hall of Magnolia and Krista Nicole Karden of Lakeland, Fla. Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his brother, Alvis Monroe Hall.

Funeral services were held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. David Grayson officiating. Interment was held at New Octagon Cemetery in Linden. Active pallbearers were Jeff Laduron, Scott McClure, Randy Sanders, Don Lewis, Wayne Leonard, and Keith Jordan.

O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden directed.

Helen Bonita Townzen


Helen Bonita Townzen, 67, a native of Wood River, Ill. and a resident of Myrtlewood died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004 at her home.

She was a homemaker and attended the Myrtlewood Baptist Church.

She is survived by a husband, Larry Neil Townzen of Myrtlewood; two sons, Terry J. Townzen of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Larry N. Townzen, Jr. of Gastonia, N.C.; three daughters, Deborah A. Berryhill of Myrtlewood, Cynthia L. Wilkerson of West Blocton and Susan A. Miller of Tuscaloosa; two brothers, Gordon Franklin of Lemon Grove, Calif. and Quinn Franklin of Del City, Okla., two sisters, Jean Romelin of Moro Ill. and Jesslyn Noe of Sparta, Ill.; 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Townzen was preceded in death by her sister, Alice Booth and her brother John Franklin.

Funeral services were held at Myrtlewood Baptist Church on Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Warren Huggins officiating. Interment was held at Myrtlewood Cemetery in Myrtlewood. Active pallbearers were Todd Gates, Michael Gates, Greg Gates, Kenneth Townzen, Jr., Wesley Berryhill, Morgan Smith, Ben Miller, Jamin Miller, Rick Wilkerson-alternate, and Ed Berryhill-alternate. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth G. Townzen, Wallace G. Gates, and Willie A. Cabaniss.

O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden directed.

Julius Harmon Hughes


Mr. Julius Harmon Hughes, 94-year-old watch repairman of Clanton, died on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004 in Demopolis.

He was born on Thursday, July 14, 1910 in Alabama, son of the late Mance Hughes and the late Calley Low Hughes.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ruby Hughes of Demopolis; six daughters, Mrs. Iella Vance of Clanton, Mrs. Dora Pastorik of Clanton, Mrs. Linnie Belle Hatcock of Billingsley, Mrs. Louise Lewis of Gallion, Mrs. Bobbie Parrish of Clanton and Mrs. Betty Russell of Jones; two sons, Mr. Julius Hughes of Demopolis and Mr. Clyde Hughes of Verbena; a brother, Mr. Kelly Hughes of Clanton; 36 grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Mance Hughes, and his mother, Calley Low Hughes.

Friends will be received at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Clanton on Monday, Nov. 22, 2004 from 5 until 8 p.m. Services will be held at Mt. Springs Methodist Church on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Don Vanderslice officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Springs Methodist Cemetery in Clanton.