Obituaries 04.14.21

Dr. Billie Jean Young

PENNINGTON – Graveside Service for Dr. Billie Jean Young was held Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 12:00 noon at Woodall Cemetery in Pennington, with Rev. Marvin Johnson officiating.

Billie Jean was born on July 21, 1947 to the late Oliver Richard Young, Sr. and Susie Mae White Young. She was called home to eternal rest on March 30, 2021. Billie Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Susie Young and a son, Keith Allen Young.

In 1964, at the age of 16, Billie Jean graduated from Choctaw County Training School in Lisman. She proceeded to earn her Associate Arts Degree from Selma University. She went on and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Judson College in Marion. Becoming one of the first African Americans to graduate from Judson College. In 1979, she became the second African American woman to earn a Juris Doctorate from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham.

Dr. Young found her first opportunity for personal and professional growth at age twenty when she moved to Selma, and worked for seven years at the Southwest Alabama Farmer’s Cooperative Association (SWAFCA). This began a life defined by a fight for equal rights. During her seven decades of living, Dr. Young was a sister, a mother, an artist, an actress, a poet, a writer, an editor, a playwright, a director, a teacher, a community organizer, a college lecturer, a full Professor, and a fearless, outspoken civil and human rights activist.

She is survived by her son, SFC (Ret.) Anthony Duane Young; siblings, SGM (Ret.) Ivory Lee Young, Sr., Eva D. Long, Barbara Ann Young, Oliver Young, Rev. Shirley M. Young and SFC (Ret) Richard H. Young (Tamara); seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

Weatherly/Studdard Funeral Home was in charge of the final arrangements.


Betty C. Jay

BUTLER – Betty Carolyn Johnson Jay was born in Butler, Alabama November 3, 1946. She was raised in the Mt. Sterling community on a farm and loved the freedom of riding her horse all over the pastures and through the woods. Betty graduated high school in 1965 and she loved her friends and would always say her class was so close.

Betty married Wayne Jay on November 14, 1964. She was a homemaker for many years and taught herself how to sew and sewed for many people in the community. She had two daughters, Carolyn and Christine “Chrissie” and a son John, “Jody”. She became the school secretary at Butler Elementary in 1976 and went on to pursue a degree in Elementary Education and later a master’s degree. Betty loved teaching and would always say it was her calling. She loved her students and her students loved her too. Betty also taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Butler for many years.

Betty enjoyed playing golf, camping, and hiking with her family. She loved cooking and making everyone feel special. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and member of the Butler community.

Betty moved to Satsuma, Alabama in 2011 to be close to family. After living in Butler for 64 years, she embraced the new adventure with excitement and a desire to meet new friends. She quickly made Satsuma her home and was a member of the Lions Club, Women’s Club, and Library Club. She joined First Baptist Church of Satsuma and to no one’s surprise, she became the teacher of the Faithful Friends Sunday School Class. She also volunteered at Robert E. Lee Elementary School.

Betty loved flowers and making her backyard a wonderful place to have a party… and party she did… there was always a reason to celebrate and have people over to eat, talk, listen to the band, and just enjoy each other’s company.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents: John Young and Katie Lane Whiddon Johnson, two sisters: Patty Lane Johnson Allen, Helen Jean Johnson Clark, two brothers: William Riley Johnson, John Allen Johnson and her beloved husband; John Wayne Jay.

She is survived by her two daughters: Carolyn Jay Beck, Christine Jay Kallock (husband) Stephen, one son: John Wayne Jay II and wife Lee Robbins Jay, three grandsons: Stephen McCall Johnson (wife) Kori Spillers Johnson, Patrick Jay Johnson (wife) Traci Harrison Johnson, Brody Robbins Jay, one granddaughter: Baileigh Elizabeth Jay, two great grandsons: Trevor David Johnson, Archer Wayne Johnson, two great granddaughters: Harper Michelle Johnson, Emma Reese Johnson along with many extended family members and many wonderful friends.

Pallbearers were Stephen Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Johnny Rone, Billy Rone, Steve Kallock and Richard Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Brody Jay, Louis Johnson, Todd Johnson and Coach Arvell Delaine.

Memorials may be made in honor of Betty Johnson Jay to Samaritans Purse or First Baptist Church Satsuma.

Radley Funeral Home was in charge of the final arrangements.


Vaden D. Jimerson

BUTLER – Vaden Dwayne Jimerson was born August 20, 1947 to Vaden “Red” and Velma Mosley Jimerson in Butler. He traded this life for his heavenly life on April 3, 2021. He leaves behind his wife of 52 years Carol Carlisle Jimerson to cherish many wonderful memories.

His children Tracie (Mark) Kelley, Lawayne (Byron)

Moseley, and grandchildren Madalyn, Trice, Erin, Rob, and Emma have an abundance of memories made with “Pap”.

Down through the years his love of people brought many happy hours of working, hunting, and gardening. From a very early age working became a part of Dwayne’s life. Many jobs, years and miles traveled brought special friendships that lasted his lifetime. His hunting was not just for the sport, but he enjoyed teaching by example the aspects of life. Through these adventures many know him as “Bossman”.

Neighbors and friends received blessings of his gardening. Memories his grandchildren are left with include hunting, gardening, trips and learning how to work.

He also leaves behind his brother, Ike (Lori) Jimerson, and sister, Voncille (Johnny) Hunter.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Jimerson, and sisters, Juanita Landrum and Sharon Jimerson.

Funeral services were held April 8, 2021, at Lusk Assembly of God in Lusk, with Reverend Johnathan Johnson, Johnny

Pritchard, Reverend Cliff Bryan, and Reverend Fred D. Wiley officiating.

Visitation was held April 7, 2021, at Phillips Funeral Home in Gilbertown. Interment was held in the Gilbertown Cemetery in Gilbertown.

Serving as pallbearers were Josh Simmons, Tristan Gray, Morgan Jenkins, Colby Jenkins, Nic Boykin, Nathan Mosley, and Brian Gray. Honorary pallbearers included LaRon Ladner, John Miller, Randy McInnis, Joe Dempsey, Billy Allen,

Gary Riley, David Lewis, Larry Adams, Chess Bowerman, and the men of Lusk Assembly of God.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to your local volunteer fire department or The Gideons International.

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


Wilfred C. DuBose

LISMAN – Graveside services were held for Wilfred C. DuBose on April 10, 2021 at Fairfield Cemetery in Lisman, with Pastor Joe Johnson, officiating.

Wilfred C. DuBose (fondly known as “Wil”) was born on February 3, 1954 to the late Mack and Nancy DuBose in Halsell. Wil graduated from Choctaw County Training School in 1972.  He then moved to Columbus, Ohio where he resided for four years.  Wil decided to move to Newark, New Jersey where he met and married Christine Lott. They were married on March 6, 1980; 41 years together. Christine had two children, Ronald and Yolanda Lott, whom Wil raised as his own.  Ronald and Yolanda loved and cherished Wil as their Dad. Wil was a good-hearted person and would do anything to help anyone. He was a jack of all trades. He loved having a good time and would cut up.

Wil was employed for 20 years with Wallace and Tierran until the company went out of business. He then gained employment with Townsend Machinery and later worked for U.S. Foundry & Pipe, who moved to Bessemer.  In 2008, the company offered Wil a position in Bessemer, and he decided he would return to his home state Alabama.

Wil had three brothers who preceded him in death:  Ralph, Rufus, and Rayfield.

Wil leaves to cherish his memories:  his wife, Christine, his son, Ronald (Michelle), his daughter, Yolanda (Bailey), three grandsons, Kasson who preceded him in death, Marquis, and

Kehron. He also leaves to cherish his memories: two brothers, Alfred (Mary) of Union, New Jersey, Leo (Peggy) of Halsell, Alabama; two sisters, Darlene Noble of Newark, New Jersey and Floretta Williams of Halsell, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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



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