Obituaries 02.05.2020


Paul W. Leger, Sr.

BUTLER – Funeral services for Paul Wilson Leger, Sr., 79, were Monday, February 3, 2020, at 12:00 Noon at Eureka Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Cook officiating. Burial followed in the Eureka Cemetery. Visitation was at the church one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Leger passed away Friday, January 31, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 2, 1940, in Lafayette, LA.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Leger of Butler; son, Paul Leger, Jr. (Lea) of Cromwell; daughters, Tiffany Mathis (Churck) of Collinsville, MS; Elizabeth Businelle of Morgan City, LA; brother, Carroll Leger, Sr. (Lucy) of Berwick, LA; sister, Lela Rulf of Bayou Vista, LA; grandchildren, Cory Crosby, Justin Crosby, Mark Hambrick, Paul Leger, III., Theresa Morgan, Ashley Godinez, Vanessa Busby, Emma Hambrick, Madison Leger, Cherie Perez; Eleanor Simoneaux, Sable Hernandez; and Candice Businelle; and a host of 15 great and great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow Wilson Leger and Theresa Fuselier Leger; daughter, Lisa Marie Leger; brothers, Gerald Leger and Michael Leger.

Pallbearers: Chuck Mathis, Justin Crosby, Cory Crosby, Chase Busby, Bo Martin, and Michael Morgan.

Honorary Pallbearers: Michael C. Leger, Dominic Leger, Remy Leger, and Miguel Godinez.

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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.


James D. Waldrop, Sr.

PENNINGTON – Funeral services for James D. Waldrop, Sr., 90, were held on February 2, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Abston officiating. Burial followed in the Ebenezer Cemetery.

Mr. Waldrop passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020, in Tuscaloosa. He was born September 30, 1929, in Fayette, Alabama.

Survivors include his son, James Daniel Waldrop, Jr. (Dianne) of Demopolis; daughter, Patricia Waldrop Hearing (W.L.) of Northport; brothers, Bill Waldrop (Jo) of Culman; Lurd Waldrop of Brundidge; sister, Rita Glenn (Eugene) of Decatur; 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert B. Waldrop and Eulene Howton Waldrop; wife, Betty Jo Waldrop; brothers, Silas, Wayne, and Len Waldrop; and sister, Kathleen Clark.

Pallbearers: Glen Waldrop, Tony Bush, David Waldrop, Tommy Waldrop, Austin Clark, Logan Clark, Dylan Smith, Drew Butorac, U.S. Marine Corporal Amber Bush.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of West Alabama.

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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.



Charles D. Nordan

GILBERTOWN – Funeral services for Mr. Charles David Nordan, age 80, were held Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at New Life Fellowship Church in Gilbertown, with Reverend Doug Chapman, Reverend Eric Copeland, Reverend Rodney Tyson, Ronnie Nordan, and Chase Nordan officiating. Interment followed the service in the Gilbertown Cemetery in Gilbertown.

Mr. Nordan was born June 22, 1939, in Gilbertown. He passed away Monday, January 27, 2020 at Choctaw General Hospital in Butler. Mr. Nordan owned and operated Nordan Auto Repair in Gilbertown for many years. He was a United States Air Force veteran. He was a member of New Life Fellowship Church and Gilbertown Masonic Lodge #751. He enjoyed gardening, shrimping, river boating and fishing of any kind.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Nordan of Gilbertown; sons, Scott Nordan (Andrea) of Gilbertown, and Ronnie Nordan (Kaylyn) of Gilbertown; daughter, Cindy Thomas (Mike) of Gulf Shores; grandchildren, Nicole Turner, Parrish Nordan, Jhett Nordan, Chase Nordan, Kyle Lindsey, Ayrn Owen, Jamey Thomas, and Joey Thomas; and great grandchildren, Hunter Turner, Hayes Turner, Marybeth Turner, Myles Nordan, Jackson Boykin, Mattie Owen, Kinley Lindsey, Adalyn Lindsey, Bryce Thomas, and Baylee Thomas. He was preceded in death by his parents, David Cleo Nordan and Lucille Stokley Nordan.

Serving as pallbearers were Ronnie Nordan, Scott Nordan, Jhett Nordan, Parrish Nordan, Chase Nordan, Hunter Turner, and Hayes Turner. Honorary pallbearers were Jay Turner, Mike Nelson, Mike Thomas, and J. C. Mosley.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the New Life Fellowship Church.

Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements provided by Phillips Funeral Home, 116 West Main Street, Gilbertown, AL 36908


George E. James

WARD – Service for Brother George Eddie James, age 76, was held Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:00am at Mt. Mariah Baptist Church in Ward, with Rev. Jimmy Johnson officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

George was born August 27, 1943 to Agnes Ward James and the Late George H. James. At an early age he joined Mt. Mariah Baptist Church where he served faithfully as Chairman of the Trustee Board until his death. He was married to Irene Chaney for 55 years. He worked for Moldwood Products Company for several years. He was later employed with American Can Company and finally retired from Georgia Pacific after 34 years of service. During that time, he served as Recording Secretary and Shop Steward for the United Paper Workers International Union Local 950. He was also a member of the Indian Springs Branch of the NAACP.

George entered eternal rest on Friday, January 24th at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, MS. He was preceded in death by his father, George H. James and brothers, Ronald and Gregory James.

He leaves to cherish his memories: a loving and devoted wife, Irene James; mother, Agnes Rodgers; five children, Calvin (Vicki) James, Sr., Angenetta (Murray, Jr.) Ford, Eddie (Areia) James, Sr. , all of Ward; Demetris James, Sr. of Brookwood, Jennifer (Danny, Sr.) Coleman of Moundville; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; ten siblings; and many devoted brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The Celebration of Life Service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Funeral Home of Butler.


Jacqueline D. Lockett

SWEETWATER – Service for Jacqueline Denise Lockett, age 57, was held Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:00a.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church in Sweetwater, AL with Rev. John Watkins officiating. Interment followed in Compton Cemetery.

Jacqueline was born March 19, 1962 to the late Rev. Willie George Lockett and Johnnie Dell Ridgeway-Lockett. She laid down to rest on January 22, 2020 and went home to be with the Lord. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie George and Johnnie Dell Lockett and one brother, Lorenzo Ridgeway.

Jacqueline joined St. Paul Baptist church in Sweetwater at a young age. She was a homemaker who was dedicated to raising her daughter. She also helped raise her nieces and nephews. Jacqueline enjoyed music, dancing, travelling and enjoying life to the fullest, but most of all, spending time with her daughter and family.

She leaves to cherish her memories: daughter, Elisha Lockett; one sister, Janet (Tommie) Essex of Gallion; four brothers, Vernon Lockett of Birmingham, Michael (Lucille) Lockett of Dixons Mills, Mitchell Lockett of Sweetwater, Wilbur Lockett of Tuscaloosa, one dear friend, Tena Burks of Faunsdale; one close friend, Diane Peoples of Magnolia; three nieces; five nephews; two great nieces and one great nephew.

The Celebration of Life Service was rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Funeral Home of Butler.


Dorothy L. Usry

TUSCALOOSA – Graveside services for Dorothy Lavelle Copeland Usry, 83, were February 1, 2020, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Gilbertown with Rev. Howard Gaston officiating.

Ms. Usry passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at her residence in Tuscaloosa. She was born October 3, 1936, in Choctaw County.

Survivors include her daughter, Martha Owens of Tuscaloosa; brothers, Morris Copeland (Joann) of Silas; Mitchell Copeland of LaGrange, GA; Marshall Copeland of Gilbertown; Jimmy Copeland (Linda) of Edna, TX; Michael Copeland (Glenda) of Section, AL; sisters, Delaine Eldridge of Hattiesburg, MS; Jean Kelly (Michael) of Butler; Rona James (Doug) of Gilbertown; 17 Nieces and Nephews; 22 Great Nieces & Great Nephews; and 10 Great-Great Nieces & Great-Great Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Elva Copeland; husband, Robert Usry; one infant brother; brother, Bobby Copeland; and sister, Julia Sterling.

Pallbearers: Roy Copeland, Lee Gibson, Johnny Copeland, Wesley Mosley, Douglas James, and Dayton Prochazka.


Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.


Eula S. Charles

BIRMINGHAM – Eula Studdard Charles, age 78, first born of ten siblings to the union of Hiawatha E. and Christie Lee Clark Studdard, Sr. made her Heavenly transition January 24, 2020 at her Brookwood residence. Service of Memory was Saturday, February 1, 2020 from Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. John L. Cantelow, III pastor delivered the eulogy and offered words of comfort and consolation. Interment followed in Elmwood Cemetery and Mausoleum, also on MLK Jr. Drive.

Eula’s spiritual sunrise in Christ as a child began at Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, under the pastorate of the late Rev. W. W. Thomas. Later, she and her family joined Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, where she maintained her membership and served faithfully until her untimely passing.

Her educational journey began at Washington Elementary School. She then graduated in the class of 1958 from A.H. Parker High School; obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tuskegee University with further formal additional studies culminating with her Masters in Education from Alabama State University. She began her career as an educator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for numerous years before returning home to Alabama. Throughout her tenure as an educator, she enriched and expanded the mind potential and personal growth of countless students within the various school districts inside the greater Birmingham area. She retired fulfilling many rewarding years at Glen Iris Elementary.

After retirement, Eula was not content to rest on her laurels, so for several years she worked tirelessly volunteering at the Civil Rights Institute.

She was united in Holy Matrimony to Bennie Charles and to this union were born the two loves of her life, Eric and Brandon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her youngest sister Loretta and her sister Brenda.

She is survived by her sons, Eric and Brandon Charles; their father Bennie Charles; her doted upon grandson Sean; Crystal Harris, LaVonda Primus and Eileen Walker who were like her daughters; siblings – Hiawatha, Jr. (Carolyn) Studdard, Jacqueline S. Weatherly, James (Gerri) Studdard, Sr., Dwight (Shelby), Kevin (Bobbie), Sylvia and Brian Studdard; numerous nieces and nephews who adored her; cousins and countless co-workers, in- laws and friends who truly loved Eula and whom she also truly loved.

Weatherly Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Eldora Gibson

BUTLER – Funeral services for Mrs. Eldora Gibson, 75, were held January 17, 2020, at Morgan Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Lawrence Tyson officiating. Burial followed in the Morgan Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Eldora passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at her residence. She was born August 22, 1944 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. She was a loving wife and mother and loved God with all of her heart.

Survivors include her husband, Gordon R. Gibson of Butler, AL; son Gordon Scott Gibson (Suzanne) of Northport, AL; daughter Teresa Sprowl (Bobby) of Northport, AL; brother, Paul Hanser (Donna) of Wimberley, TX; Larry Perry (Mari) of Branham, TX; grandchildren, Trevor Sprowl (Jocelyn), Gracson Sprowl, Noah Gibson, Caroline Gibson, and Jon Mark Sprowl (Marie); great grandchildren, Blair Sprowl, Leighton Sprowl , Rawlings Sprowl, Kinsley Sprowl, Karson Sprowl, and Kennedy Sprowl.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Grady W. Piland and Lucy Akins Piland; and nephew, Kelly Ryan Perry.

Pallbearers: Trevor Sprowl, Noah Gibson, Ray Gibson, Greg Gibson, Matt Gibson, Scott Gibson.

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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.

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