6/23/21 Obits

Lavern Cantrell, 89, Detroit, passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss.
The funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Smyrna Cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home •  Hamilton, Ala.

Mrs. Arlene Butler Dodd, 94, Palm Coast, Fla., formerly of Winfield, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at her residence.

Dodd
Arlene Dodd


She is survived by her daughter - Reba (John) Zielinsky, Palm Coast, Fla.; son - Robert Dodd, Utah; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a brother - Tom Butler, Winfield; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.  
Mrs. Dodd was preceded in death by her husband - Linley Dodd; parents - John and Ruth Wylie Butler; sisters - Catherine Head, Pearlie Miller, Joyce Brown and Margie Bowen; and a brother - Joe Butler.
The funeral service for Mrs. Dodd was held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at the Fairview Cemetery.  Bowen Funeral Home directed the services.
Bowen Funeral Home
981 State Highway 253 • Winfield, Ala.  35594 (205) 487-4327

Laura Fikes, 98, Hamilton, passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton.

 

The funeral service was held on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at the Hamilton United Methodist Church with burial following at Memorial Gardens.
Hamilton Funeral Home • Hamilton, Ala.

Marta Angelica Gonzalez, 72, Russellville, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Franklin Memory Gardens Mausoleum.
Spry Memorial Chapel • Compliments of Marion County Funeral Home

Wanda Whitehead Goudeau, 68, Tuscaloosa, passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021, at her residence.

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Wanda Goudeau


She is survived by her father - I. J. Whitehead; a sister - Pat Trull; her loves - William (Katie) Trull, Meredith (Chad) Green, Crystal (Oliver) Shirey, Taylor Whitehead, Jayson Whitehead, Kaley Trull, Elayna Trull, Carmen Trull, Ethan (Erica) Green, Abby Green (James) Bates, Noah (Corinne) Green, Isabella Green, Lilah Green, Noah Shirey and Charlie Shirey; and a host of beloved friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother - Edna Mae Turner Whitehead; sisters - Lela Whitehead and Vanessa Whitehead; brother - Dennis Whitehead; and a special brother-in-law - Ken Trull. The funeral service for Ms. Goudeau was held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in the West Alabama Memorial Gardens.  
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:Hospice of Northwest Alabama at P.O. Box 1216, Winfield, AL 35594, or the hospice of your choice. Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield directed the services.
Bowen Funeral Home
981 State Highway 253 • Winfield, Ala.  35594 (205) 487-4327
 

Raymond Conrad Hammock, 81, Russellville, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
The funeral service was held on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Spry Memorial Chapel.
Spry Memorial Chapel •Compliments of Marion County Funeral Home

Howard Dale Kiibourn, 90, Clinton, Miss., passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021.

 

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Spry Memorial Chapel.
Spry Memorial Chapel • Compliments of Marion County Funeral Home

Cynthia Kay McDonald, 66, Hamilton, passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
A graveside service was held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home •  Hamilton, Ala.

Joyce Faye McNatt, 90, Russellville, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021.

 

The funeral service was held on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at Spry Memorial Chapel.
Spry Memorial Chapel • Compliments of Marion County Funeral Home

Billy Nowlin, 72, Hamilton, passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at his residence.

 

He is survived by his daughter - Lori (Jeff) Carter; son - Shane Nowlin; grandchildren - Hunter (Kenya) Carter, Noah and Bree Carter, Josh, Kati Nowlin and Michael Nowlin; and great-grandson - Easton Carter.
He was preceded in death by his parents - Troyce and Gertrude Nowlin; siblings - Laverne Morris, Pat Lowe and Jerry Nowlin; and childhood best friend - Steve Morris.
The funeral service was held on Friday, June 18, 2021, at the Hamilton First Baptist Church with burial following at Macedonia Cemetery in Union County, Miss.
Hamilton Funeral Home •  Hamilton, Ala.

Neita Louise Phillips, 67, Rotunda West Florida, passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021, in Venice, Fla.

 

The funeral service was held on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Liberty Hill Cemetery.
Hamilton Funeral Home •  Hamilton, Ala

Rev. Dr. Palmer Joe Whitt, 89, formerly of Pickens County, known as “Bro. Joe” by the masses and “Daddy Joe” by many, stepped into glory for his homecoming on Monday morning, June 14, 2021.

 

He was a caring pastor, avid fisherman, hush puppy connoisseur, fart joke expert and world-class storyteller.  
He left his earthly body while in the home of Alicia and Terry Cochran, his youngest daughter and son-in-law. There, he spent the last year of his life tanning by the pool, attending church on Sundays (sometimes virtually), riding four-wheelers and growing a very fashionable goatee.  
God must have chuckled a little extra as he knit together Daddy Joe. Take an extra dash of creativity here, a double-dose of kindness there, an affinity for telling the occasional inappropriate joke and top it off with the deepest baritone voice ever heard, and you’ve got yourself the best person with which to share a morning cup of coffee. And boy, he sure did love his morning cup of coffee - just a splash of milk please, and a slice of sourdough bread with warm apple butter.
Daddy Joe was born to the late W. W. and Maggie O’Neal Whitt on Nov. 10, 1931, in Haleyville. In his formative years, he was known for stealing watermelons with his buddies and keeping co-workers on their toes by lacing someone’s snuff with hot sauce and causing a concussion via a thrown cow kidney (don’t ask). Thank goodness he met Jesus before he fully embraced what was sure to be a life of crime.
In 1950, at just 18 years old, Daddy Joe began his service to the United States Army as he bravely fought in the Korean War. His notorious frugality shone through here as he sold his whisky and cigarette rations in order to earn extra money; his unwavering toughness was evidenced as well as he battled frostbite in extreme conditions.
Upon returning home from Korea, he attended Howard College (now Samford University, where he also served on the board of trustees for over 30 years).
He then began his nearly 70-year-long pastoral career during which he loved the lost, cared for families, preached God’s Word and touched countless lives through his generosity, compassion and faithfulness.
In his later years, Daddy Joe often captured crowds big and small with his story-telling. He crafted his famous birthday cards from whatever he had on hand and cheered on the Auburn Tigers with as much spunk and spice as ever. You could always count on Daddy Joe for a number of things: Hunting on the brain, rings on his fingers, a Snickers in his belly, a walking stick in hand, a wealth of scripture written on his heart and a prayer on his lips.
At the time of his homecoming, he was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church. He loved his church home and his pastor, but never quite figured out why it was so cloudy in the Worship Center.
If you asked Daddy Joe today, “What should I do before I die?,” he would probably say something along the lines of the following: “Know Jesus, love your family, treasure your friendships, forgive freely and go ahead and get that tattoo you’ve been thinking about.”
He would also tell you to enjoy the splendors of life to the absolute fullest and to never miss an opportunity to make someone laugh. He would encourage lots of fishing by the pond, snuggling with the family dogs and visiting with dear friends on a front porch (but don’t visit TOO long - there’s a pet pig that needs to be fed).
While Daddy Joe sure did soak up every bit of what life has to offer on this side of Heaven, as he entered in his last days, there was not one ounce of doubt of where he wanted to be. He was ready to go home - he was ready to meet His Savior, whose faithful hand has held him throughout a race so beautifully run, a fight so fervently fought. The first words he heard as he met his Maker were “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Daddy Joe has left behind a legacy of a life lived for Christ, a life lived to its fullest - full of love, full of laughter, full of zeal for joyous things big and small.
May we all strive to embrace the beauty of an Amaryllis, the splendor in a slice of coconut cake and the excitement of a Christmas morning like Daddy Joe. May we all strive to love those around us, lose ourselves to silliness and embrace every trial we face, knowing the never-ending joy that is promised to us in Christ.
On the morning he passed, he was holding the hands of two of his daughters, Pam Whitt Goodman and Alicia Whitt Cochran, and now he holds the hands of his other two daughters - Emilyn Whitt Beachler and Susan Whitt Simpson - in Heaven.
He is now also reunited with his parents - W. W. and Maggie Whitt; his late wife - Martha Lee Drake; and siblings - W.O. (Jean) Whitt, James H. Whitt, Frances (Clyde) Whitt Hackett, Jean (Jack) Whitt Roby, Martha Whitt Hoover and Sarah (Charles) Whitt Fuller.
Among those left on Earth missing Daddy Joe’s infectious personality and encouraging words are his daughters - Pam (Kelvin) Goodman and Alicia (Terry) Cochran; and son-in-law - Randy Simpson. He is also survived by his sister-in-law - Mrs. James (Mona) Whitt. He has left an incredible legacy behind to grandchildren - Erin (Kevin) Shirley, Ethan Simpson, Elliott Simpson, Shannon (Shawn) Grantham, Whittney (Beau) Tate, Rebecca (Coy) Elliott, Sam (Sara) Beachler, Kellee Jo (John) Newsome and Zach Cochran; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  
The funeral service was held on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel in Reform with burial following with military honors in the Bethel Cemetery.
Rev. Herb Thomas, Rev. Jeff Beech and Beau Tate were the officiating ministers.
Pallbearers were Randy Simpson, Kelvin Goodman, Terry Cochran, Kevin Shirley, Beau Tate, Shawn Grantham, Ethan Simpson and Elliott Simpson.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn.  38105-9959.
Skelton Funeral Home Chapel of Reform directed the services.
Skelton Funeral Home
2105 2nd ST SW • Reform, Ala. 35481

Ms. Clifford Elizabeth Wise, 93, Hackleburg, passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at her residence.

Wise
Clifford Wise


She was born on March 30, 1928, to parents Charley and Ruby Wise. She was a member of the Hackleburg First Baptist Church.
She was employed with Southern Life Health Insurance for 42 years. She was a member of the Hackleburg Civitan Club for many years.
She also served as the treasurer of the Cedar Tree Cemetery Fund. She was on the Hackleburg High School Alumni Scholarship Committee where she enjoyed making pound cakes every year.
She also liked decorating a table at the First Baptist Women's Christmas Banquet where she would get to use her dishes and silverware that she loved. In her spare time, she knitted toboggan caps for the cancer centers and knitted baby blankets for gifts.
Ms. Wise is survived by her sister - Myra Elder; nephews - Eddie (Sherry) Raper, Harold Arnold (Nancy) Weems, Charles (Gena) Weems, James (Cindy) Weems and Marvin Weems; great-nephews - Jon (Leslie) Raper and son Hayden and Jason (Crystal) Raper and son Jace; and a host of other great-and great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters - Anita Fay Wise and Patricia Raper.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to caregivers Stephanie and Deborah and to Encompass Hospice staff of Hamilton.
The funeral service was held on Thursday June 17, 2021, at the Hackleburg First Baptist Church with burial following in the Cedar Tree Cemetery.
At Ms. Wise's request in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cedar Tree Cemetery fund.
Hamilton Funeral Home directed the services.
Hamilton Funeral Home
161 Falcon Cir. • Hamilton,  Ala.  35570
(205) 921-3197

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