Obituaries for Tuesday, March 13, 2007.

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Thomas Wesley Hedrick

DEMOPOLIS &045; Thomas Wesley Hedrick, 68, died Sunday, March 11, 2007 at his home after an extended illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Kidd-Robbins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Richard Scott officiating. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at Kidd-Robbins Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Demopolis Memorial Gardens with military honors.

Hedrick was born in Columbus, Miss. and was a resident of Demopolis for 33 years and a retired employee of Gulf States Paper with 38 years of service where he served as a chemical engineer. Hedrick also was a member of Westside Baptist Church and retired from the Alabama National Guard after more than 20 years of service.

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Hedrick was preceded in death by his son, Michael Lindley Hedrick; his parents, Willard Linley Hedrick and Ruth Adlyse Acker Hedrick and a sister, Mary Ada Hedrick.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Gail Phillips Hedrick of Demopolis; one daughter, Amelia Lynn Ulrich and her husband, Gary of Wetumpka; two sons, Eric Roman and his wife, Tracy of Demopolis, Lucas Chad Hedrick and his wife, Deborah of Gallion; daughter-in-law, Nita Hedrick of Eufaula; 14 grandchildren and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Bert Hedrick Jr., Jerry Pate, Kenny Harless, Joe Bedsole, Wayne Baker and Dean Booen.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Charles Gross and Lee, Dr. Paul Ketcham and Dr. Keith Dismuke’s staff, Dr. Ann Lewis and John, Dr. Grurich, Westside Baptist Church Family, Randy Hannah, Frankie Hannah, Charles Hedrick, Dr. Salinas, Amedysis Home Health Care and Asera Care Hospice.

The Hedrick family will accept flowers or donations may be made to Westside Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. 579 Demopolis, AL 36732

Elijah Bell &8220;E.B.&8221; Vann Jr.

UNIONTOWN &045; Elijah Bell &8220;E.B.&8221; Vann Jr. died Sunday, March 11, 2007 at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Rosemont Cemetery in Uniontown with the Revs. Ronnie Blankenship and Lee Tate officiating. The family will receive friends at Uniontown Church of God on from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2007. Kidd-Robbins Funeral Directors of Demopolis in charge of the arrangements.

Vann has resided in Uniontown for over 80 years and retired from the maintenance department with the Perry County School System.

Vann was known in his community as &8220;E.B. Vann, The Paperman&8221; because he delivered newspapers for The Selma Times Journal for 28 years and The Birmingham News for 24 years. He was of the Baptist faith.

E. B.’s parents, Elijah Bell Vann Sr. and Lilly McCrory Vann; his son, Jerry Lee Vann; his great-granddaughter, Kymberlee Wilson; two sisters, Sally Powell and Betty Stringer, one brother, Joe Vann preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Vann of Uniontown; one daughter, Brenda Brunson and husband, Huett of Browns; three sons, James Vann and his wife, Margaret, Thomas Vann and his wife, Tammy and Gordon Vann, and his wife, Mary, all of Uniontown; his twin sister, Lucy Waden of Halsell; eight grandchildren; Fifteen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Charles Gills, Brian Fortner, Huett Brunson, Timothy Vann, David Vann and Andy Gates.