Obituaries for Wednesday, March 7, 2007.

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Inez &8220;Sis&8221; Hinson Watts

LINDEN &045; Inez &8220;Sis&8221; Hinson Watts, 83, of Linden, died on March 3, 2007 at her home.

Graveside funeral services will be held at Laurel Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 with the Rev. Stuart Pope officiating. O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville was in charge of the arrangements.

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She was born Feb. 23, 1924 in Octagon. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and a retired teacher from the Linden City Schools.

She is survived by her son, Joseph Watts and wife, Ann of Birmingham, five daughters, Suzanne Pope and husband, Stuart of Thomasville; Cynthia Gamble and husband, Craig of Camden; Julia Milstead and husband, Billy of Thomasville; Madeline Hildreth and husband, Jim of Brewton; Margaret and husband, Bill of Somerville; sister, Phebe H. Mitchell of Demopolis; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delta Kappa Gamma Grant Aid, C/O Marianne Gibbs, 104 South Avenue East, Linden, AL 36748.

Margaret Ann Cleveland Griffith

DEMOPOLIS &045; Margaret Ann Cleveland Griffith, 81, died on March 6, 2007 at her home in Selma. Funeral arrangements were incomplete press time.

She was born on March 25, 1925 in Pine Bluff, Ark. She was married on Aug. 8, 1948 in Dallas, Texas. She spent most of her adult life in Demopolis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Alston Griffith.

She is survived by her brother, Grover Cleveland and wife, Rosa; her son, Bruce Griffith and wife, Kathy; daughter, Leslie Smith and husband, Les; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Miriam Gaines McKnight

DAYTON &045; Miriam Gaines McKnight, a lifelong resident of Dayton died on March 4, 2007 after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at the Dayton Methodist Church with the Rev. Harold Bordages officiating with interment to follow. Visitation with the family was held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at the McKnight home in Dayton. She will be buried in the family plot in Dayton.

She was born Sept. 26, 1911 in Dayton, married Dec. 28, 1933, in her family home in Dayton. She was the last surviving member of her generation of the Gaines family in Dayton, having been preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Stewart Davidson McKnight, and will be buried beside him.

She graduated from Marengo County High School in Thomaston and attended the University of Alabama. She was an accomplished pianist and for many years played piano at Dayton Methodist Church. Until recently, She was active in several community organizations. During the years of World War II she accompanied her husband and family to live briefly at various military posts where her husband was a troop trainer.

She is survived by her four sons, Stewart D. McKnight Jr. and wife, Corra of Alexandria, Va., William G. McKnight and wife, Sonja of Montgomery, Thomas A. McKnight and wife, Chris of Norfolk, Va., and Clifton W. McKnight and wife, Martha of Dayton; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Thornhill, Luke Hallmark, Tony Speegle, Tommy Miller, Tommy Willis, George Webb, Don Hammond, Bill Poole and Ben Mitchell. Kidd-Robbins Funeral Directors of Demopolis are in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, she has requested that donations be made to the building fund of the Dayton Methodist Church, c/o Bill Poole, 27181 AL Hwy. 25, Dayton, AL 36738.