Melissa Jo Missy Elmore Scarbrough

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 1, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &045; Melissa Jo &8220;Missy&8221; Elmore Scarbrough, 46, died Friday, April 27, 2007 in Tuscaloosa County.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at The First Baptist Church of Demopolis with Dr. Allen Atkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Demopolis Memorial Gardens with Kidd-Robbins Funeral directors in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive friends at Kidd-Robbins Funeral Home Chapel from 6 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2.

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The Scarbrough family will accept flowers or donations may be given in memory of Scarbrough to The Oncology Center at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, P. O. Box 890 Demopolis, Alabama, 36732.

After the services at the graveside the family ask that everyone come by the Scarbrough home at 1306 Phil Harper Drive in Demopolis.

Hilda Scarbrough Oliver Davis

PENNINGTON &045; Hilda Scarbrough Oliver Davis, 73, of Pennington died on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at her home in Pennington. Funeral services were held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Pennington at 1 p.m. on Saturday April 28, 2007 with the Rev. Anita Wilburn, officiating. Burial was at Jefferson Cemetery in Jefferson.

She was born February 22, 1934, in Thomasville. She was a homemaker. She was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Pennington and a member of the United Methodist Women’s Group.

She is survived by her husband, Coleman Davis of Pennington, her daughter, Debra Oliver Julian and husband, Jerry, of Demopolis, her son, James Michael Oliver, and wife, Linda of Thomasville, her step-daughters, Rhonda Goodman and husband, Randy of Pennington, Rachel Lindsey and husband, Joe of Grove Hill, her brother, James Clifford Scarbrough and wife, Betty of Thomasville, 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Flowers will be accepted or donations made to the Trinity United Methodist Church in Pennington.

Active pallbearers were John Oliver, Joe Oliver, Buddy Wilburn, Lee Armistead, Jay Taylor and Randy Goodman. Honorary pallbearers were Clark Wilburn, Jimmy Patterson, Frank Dunn, Sallie Land, Brealon Ford, Bernice McIlwain, Ann Sager, Carol Harrell, Ann Parten, Allie Criswell, Thelma Copeland, Mary Faile, Diana Fendley and Kathy Little.

O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Linden was in charge of the arrangements.

John Curtis Sommers

LINDEN &045; John Curtis Sommers, 83, Linden died on April 22, 2007 at his home. Funeral services were held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2007. President James Martin officiated. Burial was at Linden Memorial Park in Linden.

He was born May 19, 1923, in Magnolia, Miss. He was retired from James River Corp. where he was an office worker. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances Sommers and his son, Dennis Sommers.

He is survived by his son, Barry Sommers of Cottondale, his daughter, Linda S. Earl-Murray of Utah, his sister, Peggy Sommers of Selma, 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

Active Pallbearers were Christopher Sommers, Jason Sommers, Jonathan Sommers, Lee Griffin, Ricky Stephens and John Sommers.

O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Linden was in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Lipsey Rankin Sr.

FAUNSDALE &045; Joe Lipsey Rankin Sr., 81, of Faunsdale died on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at his home. Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2007 at Faunsdale Presbyterian Church with the Rev. George McKee and LTC Stanley W. Bamberg officiating. Burial will follow in St. Michael’s Episcopal Cemetery in Faunsdale with Kidd- Robbins Funeral directors of Demopolis in charge of the arrangements. The body lied in state at the church one hour prior to service time. The family received friends at Kidd-Robbins Funeral Chapel on Sunday, April 29, 2007.

Rankin was a resident of Faunsdale most of his adult life since 1940 was as a dairy farmer at Cedarcrest Farms. He was a graduate of Demopolis High School and served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II as a First Class Machinist Mate on a Landing Supply Tank. After his service in the Pacific, he attended Auburn University. Rankin was a member since 1940 and has served as a deacon and elder of Faunsdale Presbyterian Church.

Rankin’s parents, Amzi Godden Rankin Sr. and Susetta Legg Rankin; his wife, Wessie Lee Sherling Rankin; his daughter, Terri Sue Rankin and three great-grandchildren, a sister, Rebecca Rankin Sherling and a brother, Amzi Godden Rankin Jr. preceded him in death.

Rankin is survived by three daughters, Rachel Ratcliff and her husband, &8220;Jim&8221; James Edward, Sarah Rankin, all of Faunsdale; Julianna Bamberg and her husband, LTC Stanley W. &8220;Stan&8221; Bamberg of Marion, two sons, Joe Lipsey Rankin Jr. and his wife, Gail, George Rankin and his wife, Debbie all of Faunsdale, two brothers, John Robert, wife, Doris Rankin and William Rankin, and his, Lucille, all of Faunsdale, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and long-time friends.

Pallbearers will be Sgt. Brian Joe Bamberg, Sgt. William Rankin Bamberg, Joel Wesley Ratcliff, Allen Agee, Sammy Agee and Willie Curry.