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Obituaries 01.25.2023

Tommy L. Coleman

SWEETWATER – Graveside Services were held for Bro. Tommy Lee Coleman on January 20, 2023 at Jackson Memorial Cemetery, with Rev. Keith Howell, officiating.

Tommy Lee was born March 8, 1963 to the late Amos Coleman and Ida Mae Ruffin.  After the death of both parents, Tommy Lee was raised by his Aunt Susie and Uncle Cornelius Steele.

Tommy Lee graduated from Choctaw County High School, and was employed by James Logging Company of Choctaw County and Pritchett Logging Company in Marengo County, as an Equipment Operator.

Tommy Lee accepted Christ and joined Independent Baptist Church.  He served faithfully as a choir member, and as the church custodian.

In May of 1989, he moved to Sweet Water, and married Danita Tinsley.

On January 13, 2023, Tommy Lee transitioned and entered into eternal rest.  He was kind-hearted, with a great sense of humor.

He leaves to forever cherish his memory: wife, Danita Coleman; 3 sons, David Doss, Antonio Nettles, and one devoted son, Justin Coleman; 4 daughters, April, Marilyn, Latoya Doss, and one devoted daughter, Shanita (Jeremy) Turner. He also leaves to cherish 11 grandchildren; 11 brothers and sisters, Sylvester Spencer, Louisville, KY; Curtis Spencer, Adrian Spencer, Marguerite Burton (Fat), Deborah Steele (DeeDee), Cornelius Steele (Bug), all of Whitfield; William Spencer, York; Jacqueline Ward, Huntsville; Jennifer Steele, Butler; Reginald Steele and Regina Steele, Tuscaloosa; two aunts, Elenora Spencer and Mary Frances Johnson, both of Lorraine, OH; a devoted mother and father-in-law, George and Inez Tinsley; four sisters-in-law, Eileen Fuller (David), Celeste Patterson (Clyde), Danetta Nelson (Anthony), Crystal Curtis (Gary); one brother-in-law, Stanley Tinsley; special friend, Alicia Horn and bonus son, Justin Glover, both of Butler; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He loved his children and grandchildren deeply.  He will forever be missed, but will remain in our hearts forever.

Celebration of Life Services were rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Chapel, Inc., 111 Vanity Fair Avenue, Butler, Alabama 36904.


Otis Cox, Jr.

SAINT ROSE, LA – Funeral services for Otis Cox, Jr. 94, of Saint Rose, Louisiana, were held January 21, 2023, at the Chapel of Bumpers Funeral Home in Butler with Rev. Derrick Clark officiating. Burial followed in the Shady Grove Holiness Cemetery. Visitation was at the funeral home on from 11:00 A.M. until service time.

Mr. Cox passed away January 13, 2023, at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana. He was born January 4, 1929, in Choctaw County. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting; however, the love of his life was his family who meant more to him than anything.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Bertha Lee Gibson Cox; daughter, Bertha Kay Cox Graff (Frank, III); granddaughter, Kayla Frances Graff; brother, Robert Cox (Patricia); and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Cox, Sr. and Commie Mae Jacobs Cox; his brothers, Ander Cox and Joe Arthur Cox; and sisters, Valarie Kelley and Mattie Doris Weekley.

Serving as pallbearers were Andy Cox, Grover Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Ray Gibson, Rodney Gibson, Troy Gibson, Bubby Graff, Kenny Kelley, Brian Rawls, and Mike Weekley.

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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.


Patricia Mayfield

BUTLER – Graveside services for Patricia “Pat” Mayfield, 91, formally of Butler were held December 31, 2022 at Butler City Cemetery with Rev. Tim Craddock officiating.

Mrs. Mayfield passed away at peacefully on December 29, 2022. She was born December 1, 1931 to Newton Delcimer and Ollie Irene Clark in Choctaw County. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Butler and Eureka Baptist Church of Cromwell.  Mrs. Mayfield worked as the assistant manager of Bedsole’s Department store in Butler for twenty years.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan Linton and husband Bruce of Mobile; daughter Diane Allen and husband Lee of Cromwell; sister, Glenda Flory and husband Kevin; step-children, Shelia Sims and husband Duley of Hattiesburg; Ken Mayfield and wife Debbie of Meridian; Patrick Mayfield of Hattiesburg; grandchildren, John Patrick Higdon and wife Jackie of Mobile;  Elizabeth Mckenzie and husband Jonathan of Pennington; Lanna Nations and husband Jason of Vance; Andrea Elrod and husband Russ of Arab;  Patt Ann Basso and husband Greg of Westpoint, CT; Laura Combs of

Meridian; sixteen great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dady “Hoot” Gibson; Richard Thomas; William Mayfield; parents, Newton Delcimer Clark and Ollie Irene Clark; sisters, Faye Bohannon, Cena Harvison, Pell Brown; and brother, Kenneth Clark.

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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.


Sammie L. Irby

YANTLEY – Celebrating the life services for Sammie Lee Irby were held on January 21, 2023 at Gilfield Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jasper Irby officiating.

Sammie Lee Irby, affectionately known by many as “Sam”, “Sammie” and by his close friends and family as “ZooKeeper”, entered into eternal rest on January 14, 2023 at his home.

Sammie was preceded in death by his mother, Doris C. Irby, father, Raymond McDonald and sister, Geraldine Gulley.  Sammie accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Yantley.

In life, Sammie lived and worked in a variety of places such as Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Meridian, and throughout Alabama, but was well known for his exceptional gift for painting.

Sammie leaves his memory to cherish by his siblings; Johnny Irby, Milwaukee, WI; Rev. Jasper Irby (Martha), Yantley; Etheria Bryant (Willie), Halsell; Shirley Irby-Radcliffe, Lebanon, TN; Ralph Irby, Yantley; Ricky Irby, Enterprise; Sheneka Irby, Tuscaloosa; Raymond McDonald, Mobile; Irma Roberson, St. Louis, MO; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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


Matthew B. Utsey

NEEDHAM – Memorial services for Matthew Blake “Bubba” Utsey, were held January 21, 2022, at Needham Park in Needham.

Matthew was born April 19, 1998, in New Orleans, LA.  He passed away January 15, 2023, at USA Medical Center in Mobile, AL, at the age of 24.

He is survived by his mother, Katie Utsey (Scottie Dwain Todd) of Needham; sisters, Rachael Renee “Ratchet” (Andrea Mazingo) of Foley, and Erica Todd of Foley; nephews, William Gaines Brown and Alex Blake Brown; nieces, Ryley Presley, Harle Presley, and Mallory Jenkins; girlfriend, Maranda Hallman and baby Kaydence of Lusk; Godmother, Shelley Taylor of

Lusk; grandmothers, Mary Presley of Red Springs, AL, and Mattie Taylor of Lusk. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Florence Utsey, R. L. Taylor, and Joyce Lindsay; and aunt, “BB” Landry.

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


Mary H. Turner

GILBERTOWN – Funeral services for Mary Helen Gray Turner, were held at January 22, 2023, at Phillips Funeral Home, with

Reverend B. J. Long, Reverend Johnathon Johnson, and Reverend Kenny Morris officiating. Visitation was held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Interment followed in the Brightwater Cemetery in Needham.

Ms. Turner was born, January 13, 1945, in LaGrange, GA, to Grover Cleveland Gray and Minnie Bolt Gray. She passed away January 19, 2023, in Gilbertown, at the age of 78.

She is survived by her sons, William Mark Turner (Joyce) of Gilbertown, and Gregory Dewayne Turner (Missy) of Wimberly; daughters, Helen Ann Skelton (Tracy) of Lusk, and Tracy Lynn Abston of Satsuma; twelve grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Maxine Turner; father, Grover Cleveland Gary; mother, Minnie Bolt Gray; four brothers; and two sisters.

Serving as pallbearers were Jacob Turner, Joe Turner, Mark “Little Mark” Turner, Jr., Nick Gunn, Colby Mosley, Payton Finney, and Matt Finney.  Honorary pallbearers included Billy Covington, Roger Barintine, and Ricky Barintine.

Expressions of condolence may be offered at

Arrangements provided by Phillips Funeral Home, 116 West Main Street, Gilbertown, AL 36908.

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