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Obituaries 06.22.2022

Mable M. McGrew

TOXEY – Funeral services for Mable Miller McGrew were held June 16, 2022 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Toxey. Interment followed in the Church cemetery with Rev. Bobby Sanders, officiating.

Mable Miller-McGrew was born November 30, 1930, to the late Arnett & Josephine (Sims) Miller. She departed this life on June 8, 2022 at the Choctaw Health and Rehabilitation Center in Butler.

Mable was a very honest and caring person who loved her family. She enjoyed cooking for everyone and loved nothing more than having her children close and spending time with family and friends. Mable was a faithful and loving mother, hardworking, strict, and witty. She was a role model to her family. She could make you mad one minute and have you laughing the next with her brutally honest comments. She was the historian of the family. If you wanted to know who was related to whom or any event that happened in the past, she was your source for information.

She professed a hope in Christ at an early age and became a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church. She loved being active and involved in the workings of the Church and made sure her children had a relationship with the Lord. Even as her faculties began to wane, she was never angry, sad, or depressed – she would have you write in her hand, everything from conversations to Sunday School lessons, and keep pushing forward. Her spirit was one of a kind and we are proud to have been able to call Mable our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend.

She leaves to cherish her lasting memories: eight children, Donald (Fannie) Leverett of Butler; Reginald (Doreitha) Leverett of Millry; Brenda (Finnis) Cole of Hattiesburg, MS; Larry (Denise) Napier of Columbus, Ohio; Charles (Patsy) Miller of Birmingham; Tony (Erica) Miller of Birmingham; Yolanda Thornton of Toxey; Stacy (Tonya) Miller of Memphis, TN; four sisters, Josephine Rush and Margie Porch of Mobile; Gertrude Jones of Toxey, and Betty Price of Los Angeles, CA; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and cousins.

Preceding her in death were three children: Doris Bolden, Jerry Leverett, and Derrick Miller, one great-grandchild, Tempie Dailey; two sisters, Stella Brown, and Rosetta Anderson and two brothers, Arnett Miller Jr., and John Miller Sr.

Final arrangements entrusted to Hayden & Butler Funeral Home, Inc., 10031 Crowell Drive,

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Gerald C. Gibson

STERLING – Funeral services for Gerald Champion Gibson, age 77, were held June 9, 2022, at Needham Assembly of God, with Reverend Jimmy Chapman and Reverend Jimmy Moore officiating. Visitation was held June 8, 2022, at Needham Assembly of God. Interment followed the service at Brightwater Cemetery in Needham.

Mr. Gibson was born November 7, 1944, to David Lee Gibson and Cora Mae Champion Gibson in Butler. He passed awayJune 6, 2022, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. Mr. Gibson loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He also enjoyed catfishing, attending church, camping, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife Vickie Turner Gibson of Mt. Sterling; son, Randall Scott Gibson (Tammy) of Mt. Sterling; daughters, Norma Jean Jimmerson (Lamar) of Jachin, and Jeri Denise Tindle (David) of Butler; brother, William Alfred Gibson of Toxey; sister, Margurite Glover of Camp Springs; seven grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, David Lee Gibson; mother, Cora Mae Chapman Gibson; brothers, Homer Lee Gibson and David Lee Gibson, Jr. and sisters, Marie Shoemaker, Shelby Jean Boykin, and Mary Jane Smith.

Serving as pallbearers were Stephen Roberts, Matt Tindle, Brandon Robinson, Timmy Glosson, Michael Gibson, and Bill Bunyard.  Honorary pallbearers included Danewood Boykin, Sam Stafford, and Johnny Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


Janell H. Downey

GILBERTOWN – Funeral services for Ms. Janell Hurst Downey, age 86, were held June 15, 2022, at Mosley Bridge Congregational Methodist Church, with Reverend Fred Wiley and Reverend Ron Laney officiating. Visitation was held prior to the service.  Interment was in the Old Lusk Cemetery in Toxey.

Ms. Downey was born September 11, 1935, in Gilbertown, and passed away June 10, 2022, at Providence Hospital in Mobile. She was a faithful member of Mosley Bridge Congregational Methodist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Frankville lodge. She loved her family and was extremely proud of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Ms. Janell also enjoyed cooking, always baking cakes and cookies for her family and friends and she loved listening to good gospel music.

She is survived by two sons, Tony Downey of Grand Bay, and Steve Downey (Paula) of Gilbertown; two daughters, Sondra Downey Ferguson (Jim) of Gilbertown, and Rhonda Downey Wilhite of Sand Springs, OK; fourteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; and a loving group of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Lee Downey; parents, Will Mosley and Velma Mosley; brothers, Michael Paul Hurst, Marshall Hurst, John Simon Hurst, James Mosley, and Oscar Mosley; sisters, Lena Bell, Louise Laton, Juanita Lucas, and Madia McKinney; and two grandchildren, Amy Leigh Stafford and Grandboy Downey.

Serving as pallbearers were Michael Stafford, Billy Stafford, Matt Downey, Trace Downey, Travis Downey, and Matthew Downey.  Honorary pallbearers included Betty Ann and Robert Jacobs, Florene Pittman, Virginia Abston, Allie Bell, Sarah Sellers, Bo Sellers, Jan and Ernie Randall, Mark and Karen Doggett, Scott Phillips, Alice and Jimmy Singleton, and Turk Phillips.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Washington County Nursing Home and Providence Hospital Covenant Care Unit for their excellent care and compassion, and to Phillips Funeral Home for their kindness and ability to make a stressful situation more manageable.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

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


Eleana J. Matlock

YANTLEY – Funeral services for Eleana Jenkins Matlock, 95, were held June 18, 2022, at the Chapel of Bumpers Funeral Home with Rev. Franklin McLelland officiating. Burial followed at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Butler. Visitation was at Bumpers Funeral Home thirty minutes prior to the service.

Mrs. Matlock passed away June 15, 2022, at Choctaw Health & Rehabilitation in Butler. She was born January 31, 1927, in Union, Mississippi.

Eleana was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a marvelous cook, seamstress, and hairdresser. She excelled in everything she did. She loved God and lived a Godly life and touched many lives with her kindness and concern.

Survivors include her son, John Phillip Matlock (Judy) of York; daughters, Gail Littlepage (Connie Jr.) of Butler; and Jeanie Odum (James) of Winfield; 6 grandchildren, Trey Littlepage, JJ Matlock (Meredith), Leanne McDonald (Sonny), Joanna Ames (David), Kimberly Smith (John Eric), and Holly Ryan (Aaron); 9 great grandchildren, Page McDonald, Caroline Littlepage, Vivienne Littlepage, Ella Matlock, Rose Mary Matlock, Ranier Smith, Kinley Grace Smith, Oliver Ryan, and Hattie Ryan; sister-in-law, Lucretia Williams; nieces, Teresa Boyles;  Sue Cotton, Ann Dixon, and Kristy Jones; and nephews, Darron Jenkins and Jimmy Wright.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Osmond Matlock; parents, R.J. and Arlin Odessa Knight Jenkins; brothers, Harold Jenkins and Rayburn Jenkins; and sisters, Zelma Nicholson and Jenell Eldridge.

Pallbearers: Trey Littlepage, JJ Matlock, Jordan Littlepage, David Ames, John Eric Smith, Aaron Ryan, Page McDonald, and Darron Jenkins.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Choctaw Paws at PO Box 206, Butler, Alabama 36904 or Choctaw Animal Shelter at 2848 Scott Mountain Road, Butler, Alabama 36904 or C/O Lisa Walters, 8557 County Rd. 9, Lisman, Alabama 36912. Paypal is Cash App is $AllDogRescue.

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Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler will be in charge of arrangements.


Mona H. Jenkins

SEMMES – Funeral services for Mona Hendley Jenkins, 61, of Semmes were held June 18, 2022, at the Chapel of Bumpers Funeral Home with Sis. Polly Hubbard officiating. Burial followed in the Butler City Cemetery. Visitation was at Bumpers Funeral Home, June 17, 2022.

Mrs. Jenkins passed away June 15, 2022, at Providence Hospital in Mobile. She was born June 27, 1960, in Marks, Mississippi.

Survivors include her husband Bryant Jenkins; son, T.J. Bonner (Julie); daughters, Crystal Willard (Mike); and Brittany Tyson (Cory); grandchildren, Lannie Murphy (Cody); Bailey Bonner; Olivia Willard; Derek Tyson, Dylan Tyson, Katie Tyson; Morgan Tyson; and Jaxson Tyson; great grandchild, Hayes Murphy; sisters, Cindy Presley (Robert) and Marsha Strong (John); and brother, David Hendley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack Hendley and Sybil Boykin Hendley; son, Brad Carlisle; sister, Debra Sue Hendley; brothers; Randall, Ronald, and Donald Hendley; and great grandson, Tucker Murphy.

Pallbearers: John Strong, Robert Presley, Robby Presley, Derek Tyson, Shane Everson, Jeff Hendley.

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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.

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