Obituaries 01.15.2020

Mattie I. Hill

BUTLER – Service for Mattie Irene Lewis Alston Hill, age 94, was held Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Millwood Primitive Baptist Church with Pastor Marvin Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Woodall Cemetery.

Irene was born July 15, 1925 as Mattie Lee Lewis. She was the only child of Irean Lewis and the daughter of Wallace McNeely. Irene transitioned from this earthly life on Sunday, December 22, 2019 after suffering a stroke the week before. She was preceded in death by her mother, Irean Lewis; grandmother, Mattie Lewis; father, Wallace McNeely; husband, Cass Alston; sister, Gertrude Capers; and son-in-law, Paul Rohlman.

Although Millwood Primitive Baptist Church was her family church, she also attended Thompkinville AME later in life. Irene married Cass Alston, a career U.S. Navy military man, right out of high school. Because the family moved often and was sometimes far from a family church, Irene made sure her two children were well grounded in the Christian faith. She sat with them around the table every Wednesday night and read and studied the Bible. She also made sure that they attended the nearest Sunday School, no matter the church or denomination.

Irene leaves to cherish her memory: a daughter, Patricia Alston Rohlman, Oak Ridge, TN; a son, Charles Alston, Tampa, FL; nieces, Carolyn Capers and Linda Capers Lewis, York, AL; and many friends and relatives. Of special consideration are: Augusta Ward, Rita Johnson, Peggie Adams, Sonja Johnson, Larry Pogue, Jr., and John W. Dunn.

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


Robert L. Kirksey

NEEDHAM – Service for Robert Lee Kirksey, age 70, was held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Toxey with Rev. Willie Kinslow officiating.

Robert, lovingly known as “Booga Man” was born on September 3, 1949 to the late Robert and Lula Mae Kirksey in Needham, AL. He departed this earthly life on Friday, January 3, 2020.

Robert leaves to cherish his memories: a devoted sister, Dorothy Gean (Clayton) Nicholson of Needham, AL; one brother, Jimmy Dale Nicholson of Cleveland, OH; four children, Robbie Yetta Kirksey McKenzie, West Palm Beach, FL, Katherine Oliver of NY, Samaria Kirksey of Cordele, GA, Vincent Davis of Tampa, FL; ten grandchildren, Anthony, Aniik, Anbria, Anjal, Iesha, Kenneth, Kinard, Tania, Dennis, Dajavon; one great grandchild, Carmelo; two nephews, Darren Kirksey, Clayton Nicholson, Jr.; three nieces, Nikki Pascley, Regina Mason, Miranda Nicholson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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


Elaine Hayman

BUTLER – Funeral services for Mrs. Elaine Hayman, 81, were Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. at the Chapel of Bumpers Funeral Home with Rev. Rodney Tyson officiating. Burial followed in the Butler City Cemetery. Visitation was at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Elaine passed away Friday, January 10, 2020, at Sumter Health & Rehabilitation in York, Alabama. She was born July 28, 1938, in Burns, Mississippi.

She is survived by her sons, Timmy Hayman of Butler; Rickey Hayman (Sandi) of Batesville, MS; sister, Patsy Blackburn of Burns, MS; four grandchildren, Michelle Bynum (Brad), April Hayman, Kyle Hayman (Shaina), and Ty Wells; and four great grandchildren, Kayla Dearing (Brady), David Dearman, Matti Presley, and Kinsley Hayman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Olin and Lena Chandler; husband, Robert Hayman; and brothers, Harvey, Jimmy, and Luther Chandler.

Pallbearers: Brad Bynum, Brady Dearing, David Dearman, Kyle Hayman, Bart Thompson, and Ebbie Evans.

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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.


Nellie M. Page

BLADON SPRINGS – Service for Mrs. Nellie Mae Jordan Steele Page was held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Pine Grove AME Zion Church with Rev. Arceners Jackson officiating. Interment followed in the Ward Chapel Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Page was born January 23, 1933 in Bladen Springs to the late Margaret Oliver Young and L.B. Jordon. She departed this earthly life on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Isaiah Steele, Sr. and Spencer Page; two brothers; four step brothers; four step sisters; and one sister-in-law.

Mrs. Page confessed hope in Christ at an early age and joined Pine Grove AME Zion Church. She was a member and president of the Senior Choir, Secretary of Trustee Board, Recording Secretary of the Church, Secretary of Sunday School and a member of the Stewardess Board #2. She was also a member of the Golden Gate Chapter #513 Order of Eastern Star. She was the first black to work in the Board of Registrar, Secretary of NAACP, member of Park & Recreation Board, member of the Democratic Executive Committee, and member of the Department of Human Resources.

Mrs. Page leaves to cherish her memories: two sons, Isaiah (Johnnie) Steele of Whitfield, James Steele of Pine Grove; two daughters, Theresia Harris and Cleresia (Henry) Keeton of Pine Grove; one step brother, Arthur Lee Law; one sister-in-law, Carrie Jordan; fourteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; one great- great grandchild; special friends, Steward Dubose, Rose Howze, David Sparrow, Budd Ruffin, Dorsenia Thomas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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


Joe L. Brown

GILBERTOWN – Service for Joe L. Brown was held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Mt. Mariah Baptist Church in Gilbertown with Pastor Timothy Pearson officiating. Interment followed in Kaiser Hill Cemetery.

Joe was born into life on July 15, 1941 to the late Louis and Evie Brown in Gilbertown. He departed this earthly life on January 6, 2020 at Choctaw General Hospital in Butler.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife, Cora Brown; one son, Joseph S. Brown (Robin) of Meridian, MS; nine grandchildren, two devoted grandchildren, Damien Johnson, Tuscaloosa, AL and Shannon R. Brown, Theodore, AL; one great grandchild, Ava Johnson; one sister-in-law, Ethel (Bennie) Moss, Butler, AL; one brother-in-law, Charles Wallace, Meridian, MS; one sister, Leola Brown, Mobile, AL; two god daughters, LaTonya Johnson Pugh, Silas, AL and Jennifer Moss, Butler, AL. and other friends and relatives.

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

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