Obituaries 08.05.2020

Delores Hall

SYLACAUGA – Delores Hall, age 69, opassed away at her home on August 1, 2020. Delores was born October 9, 1950 in Meridian, to J. W. Jenkins and Esther Louise (Maten) Jenkins.

Mrs. Hall was a member of First Baptist Church of Sylacauga, a preschool teacher at FUMC Sylacauga for 20 years, a loving wife, mother, and Gigi to her grandchildren.

Delores is survived by her husband of 46 years Wayne Hall; daughter Andrea Giuliano (Jeff) of Newport Beach, California; and son Jeffery Hall (Sarah) of Greenville, South Carolina; grandsons Scott Giuliano, Grant Giuliano, and Zach Giuliano, granddaughters Lake Hall and Mae Hall.

Delores was preceded in death by daughter Ashley Leanne Hall; father J. W. Jenkins and mother Esther Louise (Maten) Jenkins; and brother, Paul Jenkins.

A visitation for Delores was held August 5, 2020 at

First Baptist of Sylacauga. A funeral service followed, with Bro. Larry Morrison officiating. A graveside service followed at Boswell Mosely Cemetery in Gilbertown, with Bro. Keith Pugh officiating.

Serving as pallbearers were Paul Kirby, Cassie Burton, Scott Fowler, Rick Redmond, Don Hardy and John Floyd.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family at Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga, AL directing the services.


Sarah S. Keahey

JACHIN – Graveside services for Sarah Sims Keahey, 78, were held August 3, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. at the Christopher Chapel Cemetery in Jachin with Rev. Lyle Meador officiating.

Ms. Keahey passed away July 31, 2020, at her residence in Jachin. She was born February 8, 1942, in Choctaw County. She and her husband, Tommy Keahey, were the former owners of the Keahey Clearing Company.

Survivors include her children, McCall Keahey and Margo Keahey of Jachin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse A. Sims, Jr. and Margaret Vernice Tindle Sims; her husband, Tommy Keahey; and her brother, Jesse A. “Rass” Sims, Jr.

Pallbearers: John Tindle, David Cowan, Steve Mundy, Matt McDaniel, W.T. Clark, Lealon Davis

Honorary Pallbearers: Jason Wainwright, Russell Sims, Pete Sims, Thomas Earl Sims, Butch Owen, and Ricky Mundy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.


Donzaler L. Steele

BUTLER – Graveside Service for Donzaler Lee Steele, age 63, was held July 29, 2020 at Landrum Cemetery in Sweet Water with Pastor Wendell Charleston officiating.

Steele was born October 11, 1956 to the late Mattie Bea Cowan, the late Walter Dial and the late Dunk Steele, Sr. He departed this earthly life on July 16, 2020 at his residence in Butler. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Curtis Dixon, Clifford Dixon and two sisters, Pennie Gaines, Helen Thornton.

He was employed with A.W. Compton & Sons of Nanafalia, for thirty plus years.

Bro. Steele leaves to cherish his memory: six children, Terry (Choendroe) Bates, Carlos (Cozette) Steele, Donzeler Steele, Donald (Sharon) Turner, Dominic Holt, Danielle (Tommy) Holt; five brothers, Jerry (Sally) Cowan, Dunk Steele, Johnny Steele, William Steele, Michael Dixon; three sisters, Pearl (Travis) Steele, Margaret (Michael) Soles, Brenda (Charles) Malone; two aunts, Emma Ford, Carolyn Dial; one uncle, Daryl (Jackie) Williams; twenty-six grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; a devoted companion and caretaker, Kallie Holt; devoted nephew, Travis Dixon; and two devoted friends, Willie Eirby, Dewayne Agee.

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


Robert E. Mitchell

BUTLER – Graveside Service for Robert Earl Mitchell was held Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Aquilla Pack officiating.

Robert, affectionately known as Gopher, was born February 28, 1960 to Lorenzo and Geraldine Mitchell in Butler. He departed this life at Rush Hospital in Meridian, on July 17, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine Mitchell, sister, Carolyn Mitchell, and two brothers, Alonzo and Lewis C. Mitchell.

Robert joined Salem Baptist church at an early age and was a faithful member. He served as a Sunday School Teacher, Chief Usher, and a Trustee.

Robert is survived by: his wife, Gloria Mitchell of Pennington; his father, Lorenzo Mitchell of Butler; two daughters, Acosta Ruffin of Butler, Santonia (Adrian) Bettis of Birmingham; two sons, Shaquille Mitchell of Birmingham, Shatavius (Chilyrous) Mitchell of Clarksville, TN; two grandsons, Tyderious Ruffin, Ayden Bettis; three granddaughters, Brooklyn Mitchell, Arluana Bettis, Tanlya Bettis; three bonus children, Antonia Brooks, April (Mika) Gant, Wendell (Shondedra) Brooks; four sisters; six sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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


Delphine C. Ruffin

Graveside service for Delphine Curtis Ruffin was held July 31, 2020 at Gilfield Missionary Baptist Church, 7171 Highway 10 West, Lisman, with Elder Cecil Hopkins officiating.

Delphine Curtis Ruffin was born May 18, 1958 in Butler. She was born to Deacon Dan Curtis and the late Deaconess Exie Lee Curtis.

Debbie, as she was affectionately called, gave her life to Christ at an early age and was baptized at Gilfield Missionary Baptist Church. Her first priority was to love the Lord. This was substantiated by her faithful, steadfast pursuit of His Word, and her desire to strive for maturity in Him. Her love for Family was authentic and unfeigned and she ensured everyone was taken care of in their time of need.

Delphine was an alumni of the Choctaw County High School and an esteemed member of the bicentennial class of 1976. She worked professionally 15 years as a salesperson for Dillards Department Store until her health declined. After becoming a full time homemaker, she thoroughly enjoyed studying the bible, watching the game show network and old western TV shows.

She was joined in holy matrimony with Carl M. Ruffin Sr. in 1996.

Delphine was proceeded in death by her mother, Deaconness Exie Lee Curtis; a brother, Malvin Curtis; and a sister, Sharon Hopson.

She leaves to cherish her memories; her husband of 24 years, Carl Ruffin Sr, Butler; her devoted and loving father, Dan Curtis, Pushmataha; her children, Shamane (Dorothy) Curtis, Gulfport MS; Matt Curtis, Pushmataha; Kenyatta (Samuel) Dixon, Biloxi, MS; three step children, Keith Luden,Lisman; Anitra Ruffin, Birmingham; Carl (Rose) Ruffin Jr, Meridian; four sisters, Marguerite Lynch, Bessemer; Cathy (James- deceased) Eddie, Pushmataha; Tess ( Jessie) McCall, Biloxi; Lillie (Ezell) Davis, Meridian; two brothers, Andrew (Etta) Curtis, Meridian; and Alvin Curtis, Pushmataha. She leaves behind five grandchildren; her best friend, Kameron Dixon; a host of nieces, nephews cousins, close relatives and friends.

Final arrangements entrusted to Hayden & Butler Funeral Home, Inc., 10031 Crowell Drive, P. O. Box 128, Lisman, AL 36912. Condolences may be posted at


Ouida H. McNider

SWEET WATER – Ouida Hearn McNider died Sunday, August 2, 2020, at her second home in Mobile. She was born June 6, 1935 in Camp Springs in Choctaw County. She was a long-time resident of Sweet Water.

Ouida graduated from Choctaw County High School in 1953. She was a bank teller for many years, first in Butler during high school, then in Mobile, and longest at Sweet Water State Bank. She later served as Postmaster in Morvin, then in Nanafalia.

Ouida was preceded in death by her parents, Fred L. and Bessie Smith Hearn; husband, Billy McNider; and three sisters, Valerie Bozeman, Nadine Strickland, and Freda Luker.

She is survived by five children: Kay Down (Michael) of Jacksonville, FL.; Sharon Kelly (Pat) of Spanish Fort; Jan Joseph (Mark), Kim McNider, and Prentiss McNider (Mark), all of Mobile; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Ouida was a member of Sweet Water Baptist Church, where she especially enjoyed spending time with the ladies in her Joyful Seniors Sunday School Class. She looked forward to her high school friends for monthly lunches. She also cherished her lifetime friends. She was an early fan of QVC and a trailblazer of online shopping (to her husband’s regret). She also enjoyed reading, especially after retirement, as well as drinking very strong coffee, and doting over her beloved dog Jiggs.

A graveside funeral service was held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Forest Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Morvin, with Rev. Robert Baker officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Forest Springs Baptist Church for its cemetery fund, c/o 11282 Nicholsville Rd. Thomasville, AL 36784.

Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home.


Madelyn S. Bedwell

WARD – On August 1, 2020, Madelyn Sherrill Bedwell passed away at her home after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. She was just 2 ½ weeks shy of her 72nd birthday.

Madelyn was born August 17, 1948 in Ward, to Ralph and Theo Sherrill. She graduated from Sumter County High School and received her BS in secondary education from the University of West Alabama. She later earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama. Madelyn had a 30 year long career at the Choctaw County Department of Human Resources. After retiring, she spent her time traveling with her husband Jim. They frequented their cabin in Missouri. She also loved attending auctions and estate sales with Jim.

Madelyn was a loving mother, adoring grandmother, and devoted wife to Jim. Madelyn was known for her well bred line of Corgi dogs. Breeding Corgis was a passion and hobby she shared with her husband for over 20 years. Together they bred and raised many generations of beautiful dogs. She was a fighter through her battle with cancer until the very end.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Hubert Sherrill, her mother, Mary Theo Sims, her brother Glynn Hughes Sherrill, and her niece Anna Louise Sherrill.

She is survived by her husband James L., her two sons, Chadwick Ralph (Sherry) and John Clayton (Erica), and her five grandchildren, Branson Rhett, Nash Dillon, Austin Lockard, Kinsley Madynn, and Clayton Brooks.

Madelyn and her husband are forever grateful to her long time physician and friend, Dr. James Purdy. He was instrumental in her journey to MD Anderson and her course of treatment.

A graveside funeral service was held August 4th at Shorts Cemetery in Ward, with Rev. Leon Ballard and Rev. Dove Lovan officiating.

Pallbearers were Branson Acton, Nash Acton, Austin Acton, Thomas McDamiel, Rodney Craft, and Danny Curtis.

En lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Madelyn’s honor to Shorts Cemetery, Westside Church Children’s Fund (Willow Springs, MO), or charity of choice.

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