Obituaries for Wed., Dec. 31, 2014

Published 6:16 pm Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Gussie Bell Dennis-Powell


Funeral services for the late Mrs. Gussie Bell Dennis-Powell will be held

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today at 11:00 a.m. from New Testament Holiness Church. Elder Jimmie Hunter, officiating minister. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery. Hudson Funeral Services of Greenville will be directing.

Mrs. Gussie Bell Dennis-Powell was the daughter of the late Handay and Bessie Dennis, born on Feb. 2, 1933.

She was married to the late Ezell Powell Sr., on August 3, 1952. Gussie devoted her life to Christ and all her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and reupholstering her own furniture.

Mrs. Powell united early in life with Rock West Baptist Church in Forest Home. After moving to Detroit, Mich., in 1968 she joined Mt. Caramel Baptist Church. After returning to Greenville in1994 she fellowshipped with Greenwood Church of God in Christ.

She was preceded in death by three children, Bessie Mae, Sadie Mae and Joyce; two grandsons, Michael Gulley and Mario Powell; three sisters, Eula Bea, Naomi and Daisy.

She leaves to cherish her memories two children, Elder Ezell Powell Sr. and Vera Biving, both of Greenville; one sister, Lola Dennis, Luverne; two special nephews, Johnny Tyson and Willie Frank Barber; 20 grandchildren, three special friends, Betty Sheffield, Ms. Judy and Ms. Pat, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.


Monroe Haygood


Funeral services for the late Mr. Monroe Haygood were held on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. from College Street Church of Christ. Bro. Bishnoo Rampersad, Minister. Bro. Derrick Gordon officiated. Burial followed in Friendship Baptist Church. Hudson Funeral Services of Greenville directed. Mr. Monroe Haygood was born on Feb. 8,

1938 to the late Mrs. Josephine Williams.

Mr. Haygood departed this life on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Mr. Haygood was a longtime employee of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville.

Mr. Haygood leaves to cherish his memories three children, Lucille Haygood, Caroline Haygood, and James Haygood; four sisters, Bessie Haygood, Birmingham, Idiam Haygood, California, Lue Mary Haygood, Fort Deposit, and Mary Cook, Michigan; six brothers, Prozel Haygood, Connecticut, Bimbo Haygood, Mobile, Willie Morgan, Anthony Haygood Jr., Texas, James Kelly Haygood and James Edward Haygood; five grandchildren, Anthony, Hester, Zaquess, Rick and Tasha Haygood; five great-grandchildren a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.


Robert Lee Parmer


Robert Lee Parmer, age 76, met his Savior Jesus Christ face to face on Dec. 27, 2014, in Athens, Ala.

Robert was born at home May 6, 1938, in Greenville, in the Searcy Community, to John Carl and Loraine Harrison Parmer. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1956. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Ann Walkenhorst, on April 7, 1957, at the First Baptist Church in Pinckneyville. Ill. and she survives.

Robert served in the Alabama National Guard from 1955-57. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1957 and was honorably discharged AMS1, in January 1963, from Miramar NAS CA. He completed civilian flight school and received his private pilot license in Escondido, Calif. in 1971.

Robert and Pat settled in Alabama in 1971 and he began a career in construction until retirement in 2000. Robert had been ordained as a deacon at the First Baptist Church, in Pinckneyville, Ill. in 1964. He was an active member of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church in Athens. He served on several mission trips to Moldova and Transnistria, distributing shoes and socks to the children in orphanages there. He was passionate in his love for the Lord and his family, and a patriot who loved his country dearly. In 2007 he and Pat retired from the farm at Liberty Hill, Phil Campbell and moved to Athens.

Robert’s parents preceded him in death as well as a brother-in-law, Jesse Veazey in 2007.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; one daughter, Pamela Jane (Brad) Korb of Huntsville; two sons, Robert Mark (Donna) Parmer of Arkansas; John Daniel (Vickie) Parmer of Michigan; six grandchildren, Sarah Michelle Korb, William Harrison Parmer, Cadet Benjamin Robert Parmer, John Mark Parmer, John Tyler Parmer and Blake Alexander Parmer; three sisters, Katherine Veazey, Jewel (Joe) Tilley, both of Greenville, and Jane (Chester) Hix of Montgomery; and one brother, Calvin (Linda) Parmer of Russellville; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many special friends around the United States and the world.

Pallbearers were Will Parmer, Tyler Parmer, Ben Parmer, Blake Parmer, John Parmer, Jeff Parmer and Sarah Korb. Honorary pallbearers were the men of Wayne White’s Connect Group.

Services for Robert were held on Mon., Dec. 29, 2014, at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church. Burial followed in Limestone Memorial Gardens with military honors with Dusty McLemore and Joe Holmes officiating. Limestone Chapel Funeral Home assisted the family.

If desired, expressions of sympathy may be made to CERI, (Children’s Emergency Relief International), Dr. Dearing Garner, Executive Director, 1406 Stonehollow Drive. Suite 400, Kingwood, Texas 77339, or Lindsay Lane Baptist Church Missions Fund, Athens, AL. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Limestone County for their compassionate care to our loved one.


Donald Haywood Oswald


Master Sgt. Donald Haywood Oswald (Ret.), age 67, a resident of Greenville, died on Thurs., Dec. 25, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 30, 2014, in the chapel of Dunklin and Daniels Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Fulford officiating and Dunklin and Daniels Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Oswald was preceded in death by his parents, Zell Haywood and Winnie Dean Oswald.

He is survived by two sons, Donald Scott Oswald (Autumn) Cantonment, Fla. and Charles Bryan Mathews (Tiffany) of Montgomery; nine grandchildren, Nathan Scott Oswald, Emily Catherine Oswald and Matthew Brent Oswald, all of Cantonment, Fla., Morgan Taylor Mathews of Columbia, S.C., Ariana Richelle Lopez of Chicago, Ill., Sierra Kaline Lopez of Round Rock, Texas, Connor Bryan Mathews of Millbrook and Chloe Jane Mathews and Quinley Briane Mathews of Montgomery; brother, Vaughn Oswald of Montgomery; sister, Diane Braden of Greenville; and many nieces and nephews.

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Bobby Gray Vinson


Lt. Col. Bobby Gray Vinson (Ret.) a resident of Greenville, died Wed., Dec. 24, 2014, at L.V. Stabler Hospital.

Col. Vinson was 87 years old. He was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church and was the Senior-Junior ROTC instructor at Greenville High School from 1972 until his retirement.

Col. Vinson was preceded in death by his wife, Ellanette Lockhart Vinson.

The family received friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home on the day of the funeral service, which was held today, Sat., Dec. 27, 2014, 2 p.m. from the Chapel of

Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Yancey officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral

Home directing.

Col. Vinson is survived by his two daughters, Kathryn V. Duncan (Riley Clifford) of Midland, Ga. and Jane V. Fletcher (Alan) of Enterprise; son, David Gray Vinson (Wendy) of Greenville; six grandchildren, Kathryn L. Thompson (Brandon), Carolyn D. Rowell (Jonathan), Heather C. Davis (Britt), Michael Gray Cumbie, Harper P. Vinson and Gray McNeil Vinson; five great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family requests that donations be made to one of the following: Spring Creek Baptist Church, c/o Mrs. Marion Hartley, 5512 Steiner Store Road, Honoraville, AL 36042, Wounded Warriors or to the Butler County Animal Shelter, 1310 E. Commerce Street, Greenville, AL 36037.

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