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Obituaries 08.25.2021

Ida B. Oneal

SILAS – Ida Bell Causey-Oneal, was born on April 18, 1952 to the late Rosie Bell Causey Hill and Oscar Causey Sr. in Choctaw County. She met her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the morning of Aug. 13, 2021.

Ida Bell was a faithful and devoted member of Shady Grove Baptist Church for many years. She later joined the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ under the leadership of Elder Kendrick Murray. Ida Bell graduated from Southern Choctaw High School and later attended American College where she obtained her Nurse’s Aide Certification. She was a daycare aide and nurse’s aide at Toulminville Warren United Methodist Church in Mobile and a live-in aide at Phillip’s Temple Retirement Home in Mobile.

Ida Bell loved spending time with family, gardening, and sewing. They were the pleasures of her life. She was loved by many… and many she loved. She was kind and loving towards all she knew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earnest Oneal; brother, Oscar Causey Jr.; nephews, Demetrius Causey and Deon Causey; and sister-in-law, Doris Causey.

She leaves behind to cherish her life, love and memories her son, Jemyris Causey of Mobile; sister, Gloria Causey of Silas; brother, James (Juanita) Causey of Silas; sister-in-law, Brenda Causey of Silas; two nieces, Denise (Reggie) Causey of Silas and Yolanda (Victor) Causey-Slater of Mobile; nephew, James Causey of Mobile; with a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Service was held on Aug. 21, at AOH Church, Silas. Interment followed in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, with Elder Kendrick Murray, Eulogist

Final life celebration has been entrusted to Jackson Memorial Funeral Home, 203 East Ross St. Jackson, AL 36545.


Medell Banks, Sr.

BUTLER – Funeral services for Medell Banks, Sr. were held August 21, 2021 at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Interment was in the Church cemetery with Pastor Wendell Charleston, officiating.

Medell Banks, Sr. was born September 19, 1946 to the late Elmer Crowell (JB) and Johnny Banks in Butler.

He confessed Christ as His Lord and Savior at an early age and joined Butler Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, where he remained a member until his death on August 13, 2021, surrounded by his devoted family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elmer Crowell (JB), and his father, Johnny Banks.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories: his wife, Christine Banks; five children, Myra Tuck (Keith, Sr.), Christie Doss (Johnny), LaDarrell Banks (Erica), Vincent Banks (Linda), and Medell Banks, Jr. (Kim); sixteen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren; one sister, Eunice Grice (Milton); three devoted friends, Lawrence Gaines, Wilson Brown, Sr., and Mark Duff; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives 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


Thelma L. Todd

BUTLER – Graveside services for Thelma Lerrica Nobles-Todd were held on August 14, 2021 at Wahalak Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Shern Collins.

Born on July 1, 1922 to the late Ernest Nobles and Elmira Ruffin-Nobles, Mrs. Thelma Lerrica Nobles-Todd, was the oldest of two children. She was born in the home of her paternal grandparents’, Jack and Lizzie Moss, right across the street from her parents’ house. Raised on a small farm in a two-generation household Mrs. Todd’s sense of service to family and community

were nurtured. Within a household that was very active in the Baptist Church, Mrs. Todd was finely tuned into her African American heritage and strongly guided by elders who lived well into their eighties/nineties. Mrs. Todd attended Riderwood Public School from 1st through 5th grades and Choctaw County Training School in Lisman, from 6th through 12th grade.

Mrs. Todd joined Wahalak Missionary Baptist Church at the age of 9 years old under the leadership of the late Pastor Paul Mims. In Mrs. Todd’s 8th grade year of schooling, she was fortunate enough to meet the Late Great George Washington Carver. From high school, Mrs. Todd attended college at Alabama A&M in Huntsville, where she majored and earned a degree in Home Economics.

In 1947 Mrs. Todd met the love of her life, Mr. Glover Todd. They were married on December 29, 1951, and through this union two children were born, Cowates ZeNoble Todd and Felton Warren Todd. During the time when all blacks attended church schools, Mrs. Todd completed college and went on to teach 1st thru 6th grade at Mt. Olive Church in Butler.

After Mt. Olive she taught all subjects to 7th thru 8th graders at Butler Church (North part of Butler). She also taught all subjects at the elementary, junior high and high school level. After teaching at Butler Church, Mrs. Todd taught all subjects to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Riderwood. Mrs. Todd eventually was transferred to Choctaw County Training School, Shady Grove and Gilbertown schools. Mrs. Todd’s passion to educate and love of children led to her establishing a day care center in Washington DC. She dedicated her professional life to teaching until her retirement.

Mrs. Todd engaged in various roles within the community, such as Member of the Missionary Society and Mentor of the Youth Department and Red Circle Youth Group at Wahalak Missionary Baptist Church. As a Spritual leader Mrs. Todd cultivated the concept within the youth that they can excel beyond the walls of Wahalak to a higher level of Christian education through attending other conventions, workshops and seminars. She regularly took children to the annual youth conventions at Selma University. There she exposed them to the beginning of church economics. She taught young women to become Christian ladies first, wives and then mothers. She was an exemplary role model for all young children and young women. She initiated many youths in the church to pursue undergraduate as well as graduate degrees. She also represented Wahalak at Annual Baptist Meetings.

Mrs. Todd was a beautiful proud black woman with dignity, integrity and standards. She shared her God given talents with her family, church, community and throughout the Eastern coast of the United States of America. When Mrs. Todd relocated to other cities and states she stayed within the Baptist denomination. She became a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida under Reverend John Dailey; Bethesda Baptist Church in Washington, DC under Reverend Dr. A. Michael Black and Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, under the leadership of Reverend John Cantelow. She was so happy to be a

contributing member of the Wahalak Missionary Baptist Church.

After 99 years of full service to her family, her community, her people and her Lord Jesus Christ,

On August 2, 2021 Mrs. Thelma Lerrica Nobles-Todd moved peacefully on to walk with God.

She leaves behind her Daughter, Cowates ZeNoble Dixon, Washington, D. C.; Son, Felton Warren Todd, Butler; Two grandchildren, Adriana Cowates Dixon and Tremone Osei Tutu Dixon, Washington, D.C.; One great-grand daughter, Zahali Sitamarhi Green, Washington, D.C.; Nephews: Eric Parks and Michael Parks; Nieces: Crystal Bass, Hay Market, Virginia and Norbertina Simmons, Mobile; as well as a host of other cousins and dear friends.

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


Christie A. Walley

WAYNESBORO – Funeral services for Ms. Christie Aline James Walley, age 50, of Waynesboro, were held August 19, 2021, at Grace Chapel Assembly of God in Gilbertown, with Reverend Jeff Rhodes and Reverend B. J. Long officiating. Interment followed in the Mosley Cemetery in Gilbertown.

Christie was born January 25, 1971, in Butler, to Michael and Audrey James. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and enjoyed playing

computer games. She passed away August 14, 2021, in Hattiesburg.

She is survived by her mother Audrey Nell Sellers James of Gilbertown; sons, Brandon Bonner of Waynesboro, and Tommy Craver, Jr. (Jaylne) of

Waynesboro; daughters, Amber James (Paige) of Petal, Ashley Craver of Waynesboro, and Hannah Walley of Waynesboro; sisters, Mechelle Rhodes (Jeff) of Baconton, GA and Sally Anderson (Lee) of Silas;

grandchildren, Christopher and Gracelyn Craver; and special friend, David L. Jones of Waynesboro. She was preceded in death by her father, Michael James and brother, Kyle James.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bobby Rhyne, Tommy Craver, Jr., Tommy Craver, Sr., David L. Jones, Chris Morgan, and Trey Cook. Honorary pallbearers include Brandon Bonner, Jeff Rhodes, Lee Anderson, Jessie Morgan, and Brian Renfroe.

Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements provided by Phillips Funeral Home, 116 West Main

Street, Gilbertown, AL 36908.


Angelo Keeton

ATLANTA, TX – Graveside services for Angelo “Shag” Keeton, 57, of Atlanta, Texas, were held August 22, 2021, at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Interment was in the Church cemetery with Reverend Lionel Harbin, officiating.

Mr. Keeton passed away August 13, 2021, in Atlanta, Texas. He was born August 29, 1963, in Yantley. He was a graduate of Choctaw County High School and Vocation Mechanic School in Nashville.

He found joy in working on cars and when he wasn’t fixing a vehicle, his favorite pastime was fishing. He had a loving heart and enjoyed being able to help others. He is going to be greatly missed by his family and all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

He is survived by his loving mother, Ola Mae Keeton and a devoted father, Green Lee Keeton, Sr.; children, Angelo Ruffin of Lisman; Sherri Ruffin of Lisman; and Angelina DeLoach of Halsell; grandchildren, MaKayla Lawson, Jayden Cunningham, and Chloe DeLoach; brothers, Otis Sr. (Willie Mae) Keeton of York; Benjamin Keeton of Atlanta, GA; Eric Keeton of Yantley; Green Jr. (Cheryl) Keeton of Yantley; Steve (Christina) Keeton of Davison, TN; and Cleo Barbara Koen of Franklin, AL; sisters, Pearlie (James) Ruffin of Riderwood; and Shirley Ruffin of Raeford, N.C. Pallbearers were family 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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