Obits for Saturday, Feb. 28

Published 5:06 pm Friday, February 27, 2015

Cynthia Elaine Carter


Funeral services for Ms. Cynthia Elaine Carter will be held on Sat., Feb. 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. from Braggs Hill AME Zion Church. The Rev. Ellis Bandy and Rev. Demus Smith will be officiating. Burial will follow in Ridgeville Baptist Church cemetery. Hudson Funeral

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Services of Greenville will be directing. On July 14, 1967. God blessed the late Ozell Carter Sr., and Mrs. Laura B. Waters Cater with a sweet and precious baby girl and they named her Cynthia Elaine Carter. She confessed Christ at an early age and united with the Ridgeville Baptist Church and remained faithful until death.

After graduating from Greenville High School in 1985, she furthered her education at Riley College in   Montgomery. Cynthia was a very loving and caring mother for her children. Her love for them was unconditional and she did not just show it sometimes; she showed it all the time. She did without so they could have some of the accessories in life like other children had. She was a very beautiful person inside and

out who will truly be missed by those that loved her dearly, especially her children, mother, brothers, sisters and all those who loved her. She did not only just love and care for her children; she had plenty of love and compassion for other children. She would take them in her home and let them stay as if they were her own. Cynthia rendered music for the Ridgeville Baptist Church, Little Zion AME Zion Church and played for various churches. She was always willing to help to the best of her ability.

She gained her wings on Feb. 23, 2015 at Baptist East Hospital in Montgomery. She was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Carter.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories four loving and devoted sons; Terrence Macell Carter, Kenneth Reshad Carter, Marvin Davidson III and Marlon Davidson; a loving, caring and devoted mother, Mrs. Laura Carter; three loving sisters, Joann Carter of Missouri City, Texas, Arzell (Leonard) Johnson and Debra (Kalvin) Moorer; four caring brothers, Frank (Betty) McConnico, Clarence Waters, Harold Carter and Ozell (Fredia) Carter; two special nieces, Stepanie Moorer Davidson and Arnisha Johnson, both of Greenville; four aunts, Lola Jenkins of Mobile, Essie Mae Waters of Forest Home, Clara Waters of Georgiana andAnnie Nell Morrison of Greenville; two uncles, William Waters Jr. of Forest Home and Rayfield (Fannie) Waters; four special friends, Debra Ellis, Lasadra Cook, Marilyn Lowery and Tatyann Calhoun; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.


Joe Frank Cross


Funeral services for Mr. Joe Frank Cross will be held on Sat., Feb. 28, 2015 at noon from St. Luke AME Zion Church, with Rev. Willie Willis serving as the officiating minister. Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery. Hudson Funeral Services of Greenville will be directing.


Kenneth Edward Herron


Kenneth Edward Herron, born April 14, 1932 in Natural Bridge, passed away Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 peacefully in his sleep at home. He was a devoted husband and father. He loved his family and friends deeply. He had many hobbies, including a love for music and woodworking. He took great delight in giving away his craftwork. He is survived by his wife, Betty Gipson Herron; daughters, Sandra (Rick) McKinney, Ramona (Macky) Hall and Melissa (Bayne) Searcy; granddaughters, Chrystan (Brad) Wingard, Hannah Hall, Keelie Hall and Kendall Price; grandsons, Paul Evans, Baylor Searcy and Owen Searcy; great-granddaughter, Isabelle Wingard; sister, Lacey Blakely; and brother, Joseph Herron. He was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas and Aaron Herron; mother, Mary Evie Herron; and father, Marvin Clovis Herron. Mr. Herron was a member of the McKenzie Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Oak Park Masonic Lodge in Montgomery. He served more than 30 years in government service through the United States Air Force, the Alabama National Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration. Pallbearers will be Rick McKinney, Bayne Searcy, Donald Booker, Harold Davis, Paul Evans and Brad Wingard. A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. 28 from Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Stevens officiating. Burial will follow in South Butler Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until service time. Online condolences can be made at


Lloyd Alvin Robinson Sr.


Funeral services for the late Deacon Lloyd Alvin Robinson Sr. will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. from the Greenville High School auditorium with Elder Tommie Means officiating. Hudson Funeral Services of Greenville will direct services.

Robinson, the baby of seven children, was born Dec. 12, 1953 to the late Clemon “Buddy” Robinson Sr. and Gracie L.

Robinson of Greenville. He accepted Christ at an early age and was the chairman of the

deacon board at the New Bethel Christian Church under the leadership of Rev. Tommie Means. He was a 1972 graduate of Greenville High School. He later received

his associate’s science degree from Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College. He served as a mason with Star of Zion Lodge  No. 495 for 20 years. He also was a member of the Emancipation Proclamation Committee. He worked with John Deere for 15 years and later worked with Camellia Motor Auto Parts as a mechanic for years. He later began working with the Butler County School System as a mechanic for four years and then became the first African American transportation supervisor in Butler County and served in that position for 14 years until his health failed him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clemon “Buddy” Robinson Sr.; father-in-law, Seth Lee Williams; mother-in-law, Iola Williams; his brothers, Henry “Bubba” Robinson and Daniel “Dan” Robinson; brothers-in-law, Robert “Bob” Perdue Sr.

and Sheffield Williams; sisters-in-law, Mary E. “Pete” Robinson and Edna Williams, and niece Sharon Denise Robinson.

He leaves to celebrate his life his wife of 38 years, Berrnadette Robinson; his children, Stephanie Denise Robinson of Greenville; Sonya (Shawnson) Jackson of Hope Hull and Lloyd Alvin Robinson Jr.; his loving mother, Gracie L. Robinson, all of Greenville; granddaughter, Kendra Alease Robinson; four step-grandchildren, Lashun Alloway, Robert Jackson, Caitlin White, Brandon Jackson; stepmother-in-law, Maomie Baldwin Williams; his brothers and sisters, Clemon (Eula) Robinson of Montgomery, Gracie Perdue and Edward J. (Melissa Silas) Robinson, all of Greenville; Arthur Robinson of Warner Robbins, Ga.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary Alice Robinson of Greenville,  Gloria Robinson of Greenville, Tyrone (Geraldine) Williams of Carson, Calif., Emma Jean Williams of Greenville, Aurelia (Howard) Jones of Fort Deposit, Terry L.(Janet) Williams, Nancy (Tom) Powell III both of Greenville and Danny (Margaret) Williams Auburn; aunts and uncles, Mary Alice Crenshaw, Betty (Donald) Crenshaw, Mary Elizabeth (Herman) Payne, Jimmy Brown and Shed Brown;  special brothers Commissioner Jessie (Linda) McWilliams, Percy (Florence) Simpson, Allin (Betty) Whittle and Arthur B. Savage; special cousins, Robert (Regina) Bennett, Evangelist Carolyn Robinson Griffin and Dorothy; special friends James “Ba-Ba” Daniels, Ruby Jenkins, Joyce Buskey, Sadie Mahan, Bobby Mack, Janice Miller, Calvin “Bubba” Allen and  Alvin and L.S. Johnson, and a special thanks to all

nieces and nephews for all that you have done.


William J. Watson Jr.


William J. Watson Jr (Jack) age 80, died Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 at Georgiana Hospital after a battle with congestive heart failure. Mr. Watson is survived by Regina King of Georgiana and his brother, Jerry Watson of McLean, Va.; his wife, Judy Zeigler Watson, and many nephews, nieces and cousins. Watson was preceded in death by his  brother, Col. James Robert Watson of Montgomery, who died in 2008.

He grew up in Georgiana and nearby Montgomery as the son of William J. Watson and Georgia Katherine Mixon. He was the grandson of Dr. Robert Hunter Watson and Myra Irene Cook of Georgiana and George William Mixon and Mary Serena Page of Garland.

Jack served his country first with the US Navy and then the US Air Force before becoming a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served with distinction for three tours with the US Army Special Forces and earned several medals and citations including the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, combat infantry and paratrooper badges.  The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Special Forces never left him, as friends and family will attest.

After serving 20 years in the service of our country, he retired and joined the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department for 16 years as a deputy sheriff. Following retirement from the sheriff’s department, Jack acquired an ocean-going sailboat and spent five years in the West Indies. As a teenager he became a licensed ham radio operator, which was critical in an ocean rescue after his boat became disabled in an Atlantic storm. Upon returning to the USA he traded his sailboat for an Airstream trailer and began seeing the USA before finally retiring to Hank Williams Road near Georgiana where he raised horses, dogs and managed a 500-acre Long Leaf Pine plantation operation while developing many close friendships. During his eventful lifetime, in addition to the sail boat and Airstream, Jack took time to own three airplanes, two motorcycles and four Corvettes.

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. today followed by the celebration of life service at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Church, 2845 Nixon Road, Georgiana AL 36456 with Johnson Funeral Home directing arrangements. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Jack Watson to Sumaritans Purse or any Veterans organization.