Obituaries 07.21.2021

Lewis Jackson, III

STERLING – Graveside Services were held for Lewis “Bollie” Jackson, III on July 19, 2021 at Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery, with Pastor Al Smith, officiating.

Lewis “Bollie” Jackson, III was born on October 18, 1941 in Mt. Sterling, as the only son to the late Lewis “Nookie” Jackson, Jr., and Daisy Mae Ridgeway Jackson. Bollie was the third of six siblings born to this union.

He accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age, joining Lily Baptist Church near the family home. He later joined Morning Star Baptist Church, where he was a long-time member until he was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Bollie received his early education in the public schools of Choctaw County. He graduated from Choctaw County Training School in 1960 and went on to attend Wenonah State Vocational Technical School in Birmingham, which later became Lawson State Community College, in brick masonry. He joined the United States Army in 1964, but received an honorable discharge a few years later. He joined the Army Air National Guard in 1967 and served until his retirement in 1991. His military service included tours of duty with Operation Desert Storm and time in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam. He was also a 33rd degree Mason and member of the Golden Gate Lodge 654.

In 1966, Bollie met the love of his life, Mildred Green, whom he married two years later on October 14, 1968. To this union two children were born, Timini and his namesake, Lewis IV, affectionally known to almost everyone as “Fourth”.

Along with his commitment as a family man and his love for the outdoors, Bollie was the successful owner and operator of Lewis Jackson Brick Masonry for 34 years.

Lewis “Bollie” Jackson, III was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Jr., and Daisy Jackson; his sister, Susie Mae Young; nephews George James Clark and Ivory L. Young, Jr. ; and brother-in-law Otis Butler.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Mildred; his children, Dr. Timini Una Jackson-Edwards (Dr. Marcus B. Edwards) and Lewis Jackson IV; two grandchildren, Marcus Benjamin Edwards, II and Garrison Lewis Edwards; five siblings, Laura Mae Underwood (Vernon), Christella Butler, Shirley Marie Jackson (Roosevelt), Earline Jackson, Bobbie Jean Tolliver, and brother-in-law, Ivory L. Young, Sr.

Bollie also leaves to cherish his memory, five Godchildren: Dr. Tonjanita Walker Johnson, Dr. Tiffany Coleman, Ms. Whitney Coleman, Mr. Ricky Bernard Bush, II and Mr. Jalen Deontae Bush; one adopted daughter, Martha Ann Ruffin; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, other relatives and long-time friends. Mr. Townsend Wilcox is a special friend who took care of Bollie’s garden activities when he became unable to do so.

Celebration of Life Services rendered by Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home, 111 Vanity Fair Drive, Butler, Alabama 36904


Edna E. McNeill

BUTLER – Funeral services for Edna Earl Ivey McNeill, 89, were held July 19, 2021, at the Chapel of Bumpers Funeral Home with Rev. Josh Whitaker and Rev. Franklin McLelland officiating with visitation at the funeral home from 12 Noon until 1:00 P.M. Burial followed in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Quitman, following the chapel service.

Mrs. McNeill passed away at her daughter’s home on Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Butler. She was born June 17, 1932, in Wayne County, and was a native of Quitman.

She enjoyed her earlier career as a hostess at the drug store café and later as an examiner at Vanity Fair in Butler; however, she devoted her life as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and was an amazing care giver.

Survivors include her children, Carolyn M. Hearn of Butler; son, Paul Douglas McNeill (Joyce) of Butler; daughter-in-law, Debi McNeill of Butler; 4 grandchildren, Shane McNeill (Tywana) of Brookhaven, MS; Christy H. Tims (Brian) of Lisman; Kelli M. Smith of Butler; and Jay McNeill (Tiffany) of Gilbertown; 7 great grandchildren, Brooke, Lakin, Allie Grace, Dawson, Avery Jay, Jessica, and Jennifer.

Mrs. Edna was preceded in death by her parents, Shelton Brown Ivey and Minnie Ethel James Ivey; husband, James William “Billy” McNeill, Jr.; son, J.D. McNeill; son-in-law, Franklin Hearn; and siblings, William, Frank, George, Wilma, Mae, and Venon.

Pallbearers: Brian Tims, Jay McNeill, Shane McNeill, Tommy Daily, Shane Jimerson, and Ben Smith. Honorary Pallbearers: Nieces and Nephews, Deacons of Calvary Baptist Church, Red Hats Ladies Society, Tommette Edwards, and beloved friends, Evelyn Hicks and Verna E. Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Children’s Ministry at PO Box 543, Butler, Alabama 36904.

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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.


Sarah A. Gibson

BUTLER – Funeral services for Sarah Adams Gibson, 89, were heldJuly 15, 2021, at the First Baptist Church of Butler with Rev. Jason Moye and Bro. Frank Gibson officiating. Burial followed in the Barrytown Cemetery. Mrs. Gibson passed away at her home Monday, July 12, 2021, while cooking lunch for her son, Joe. Cooking lunch for him was something she enjoyed doing often.

She was born November 16, 1931, in Washington County, Alabama. Mrs. Sarah graduated from Millry High School in May of 1949. She later attended Livingston University now known as University of West Alabama, where she received her B.S. Degree in Education in 1970 and her Master’s Degree in 1971. She was employed with the Choctaw County Board of Education as an elementary school teacher from 1966 until her retirement in 1994. Mrs. Sarah was an active member of the Delta Kappa Gamma of which she had been a member since 1974. She enjoyed teaching and would fondly reminisce with her family about her many students.

Mrs. Sarah was a member of the First Baptist Church of Butler and was the women’s Sunday school teacher for 26 years. She was also a member of the Women’s Mission Association and Choctaw County Council of WMU, and was an avid supporter of the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home.

Survivors include her children, Joseph David Gibson, Sr. and wife Teresa, Samuel George Gibson and wife Stella; grandchildren, Joseph David “J.D.” Gibson, Jr. and wife Tanya, Samuel J. Gibson, and Bradley Allen Clark; great grandchildren, Catherine Olivia Gibson, Joseph Chandler Gibson, and Lenox Alexander Gibson; sisters, Virginia Adams Carpenter, and Elizabeth Ann Adams Strickland; and brother, Frank A. Adams.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel George Gibson, Sr.; father, Rubin Maxie Adams; mother, Sarah Elora McIlwain Adams; daughter-in-law, Beth Smith Gibson; grandson, Samuel Russel Gibson; and brother, John Sammy Adams.

Pallbearers: Mike Lewis, David Ford, Johnny Watson, Melvin Couch, Randy Taylor, and Wade Rolison. Honorary Pallbearers: Bethany Sunday School Class of First Baptist of Butler.

Memorials may be made to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home at PO Box 361767, Birmingham, Alabama 35236-1767.

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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.




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