Obituaries for Saturday, March 28, 2015

Published 5:36 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2015

James Coleman Booker


James Coleman Booker, 90, a resident of Greenville, passed away on March 24, 2015. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. at Union Cemetery with Rev. Richard Oswald officiating and Johnson Funeral Home, Georgiana, directing arrangements. Survivors include daughters, Janice Dean of McKenzie and Barbara Diane Booker of Georgiana; sister, Ruth Huckabee of Eight Mile, Ala.; grandchildren, Ira Bradley Dean of Georgiana, Jan (Greg) Shirley,  Amy Dean and Joseph Johnson, all of McKenzie. Online condolences may be made at

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Lode Campbell


Funeral services Mrs. Lode Campbell, 97, will be held on today at noon from Hopewell AME Zion Church. Rev. Abbie Jackson will serve as pastor and Rev. John Taylor will officiate. Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery. Hudson Funeral Services of Greenville will direct services.


Micah T. Chappell


Visitation for Mr. Micah T. Chappell, 32, will be held today from 4  p.m. until 6 p.m. from Hudson Funeral Services. Inurnment will follow. Hudson Funeral Services of Greenville will direct services.


Lennie Marsh


Funeral services for Mother Lennie Marsh, 107, were held on

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. from Oak Grove AME Zion Church. Rev. Robert JAckson officiated.

Marsh was born in Crenshaw County on September 7, 1907.  She was the eighth of 12 children born to the Jake and Alma Demmings.

Her brothers, Will, Fred, Preston (Dude), Leroy and Joe Willie, and

sisters, Leslie (Levy), Maggie, Elvirry, Annie (Mott), Mattie and Sinnie

all proceeded her in death.

Marsh accepted Christ at an early age and served faithfully at Oak Grove

AME Zion and later at the AME church in River Rouge, Mich.  She was a

devoted usher until her health and eyesight began to fail. Marsh was united in marriage to Gene Marsh,  who preceded her in death

on Sept. 1, 1968.  To this union there was one son who was stillborn.  Marsh was a loving “Momma Lennie” to her stepdaughter, Luenell

(Tabby) Peterson, and Tabby’s children and grandchildren.

Marsh’s greatest joy and strongest loyalty was to God and her family.

She claimed many of her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews as her own.  When she and Gene relocated to Michigan, they were a godsend to her brother, Leroy, and his wife ,Bunnie Mae. She helped to raise and support their children and was revered as a second mother to Leroy’s children. She also had a special place in her heart for Denise (Niece) and Thonda (Rhonona).

Marsh’s long life was testimony of faith and love.    She lived a rich and fulfilling life and was a friend to many.  Family members grew to depend on her memories and her ability to recall past events and dates.  She prayed to God every night for self and family.  She never complained, and she would often thank God for “not having a pain in my body.”

Marsh leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Luenell (Tabby), her

grandchildren, great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, great and

great-great-nieces and nephews.  Several of her nieces, nephews and

greats provided love and care for her early when her eyesight began to

fail and in her latter years. Her loving sister, Sinnie, and daughter, Tabby,

provided care for many years. When her eyesight first began to fail, Addie

B, Ethel and Theresa provided care other important caregivers included

Brian, Fay, Elzie Mae, John (Sonny Boy) and Elzie for the past 5 years

Margaret, Ruth, Ann and Mattie B. have been devoted to Aunt Lennie.

Her memories will also be cherished by a host of other relatives and



William Jerry Miller


William Jerry Miller, 62, a resident of Georgiana, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015. A celebration of life service was held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 from the Johnson Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in Bethel Baptist Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directed arrangements. Survivors include mother, June Miller of Georgiana; sister, Robin Fletcher of Georgiana; and a number of nieces and nephews. A gathering of family and friends was held from l p.m. Friday until funeral time. Online condolences can be made at


Norman Wayne Montieth


Norman Wayne Montieth, 79, a resident of Highland Home, died at his home on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Dunklin and Daniels Funeral Home are handling arrangements.

Mr. Montieth is preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Dailey. He is survived by his wife, D’Lorah Christine LaChusa Montieth; children, Dela Peneku (Glen) of Hawaii, Norma Cavanaugh of Chipley, Fla., David Montieth of Alabama, Edward Montieth of Alabama, Linda Powell (Waylon) of Millbrook, Ala., Melissa Blackwell of Panama City Beach, Fla., Nancy Crawson (Jimmy) of Vernon, Fla., Nicholas Montieth of Highland Home; grandchildren, Laphina Peneku, Samantha Blackwell, Trey Blackwell, Corey Blackwell, Shelby Powell, Makenzie Powell, Chance Hobson, Trinity Blackwell, Amanda Porter, Amber Burt, Haley Crawson, Stephanie Montieth and Alanna Montieth; brothers and sisters, Gerald Montieth (Joanne) of Mobile, Ala., Mildred Patteson (John Ed) of Mobile, Ala.,

and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. For online condolences, visit


Sadie Bell Murphy Nettles


Funeral services for Mrs. Sadie Bell Murphy Nettles were held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. from New Trinity Presbyterian Church. Rev. Tommy Nettles officiated. Burial followed in the churchyard

cemetery. Hudson Funeral Services of Camden directed.

Nettles, born May 26, 1959 in the “big town” of Miller’s Ferry, Ala., died of breast cancer early March 14, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. Nettles was a woman people tend to remember. She was outspoken, truthful and loving. Strong in mind and spirit, she leaves behind the memory of a life fully lived. Born to Dorothy McEtheren and Redd Johnson, Sadie was raised on the Miller’s Ferry school campus at the home of her grandfather, Soloman Murphy, where she was cared for by her loving aunt, Joann. There she spent her childhood as many Southern children do: laughing, playing and fighting with her sister, Barbara, brother, Darryl and uncle, Gerald. Growing up, Nettles proved to be an excellent student who followed her sister everywhere. One thing they loved to do was go into Mr. Don’s store every Saturday and change the weekly grocery list to include whatever cookies and candies they most wanted. At Wilcox County High School, Nettles became a popular teenager who remained friends with her classmates her entire life. One of these – Miss Lois Baldwin – would later become her sister-in-law. It was there she met her sweetheart, Jessie Bryant. Their love brought forth a son, Kernell; however, they separated when Jessie enlisted in the Navy.

One of the most joyous moments for Nettles was when she and her aunts moved to Whiskey Run in Camden, where she would live most of her life. Here she became acquainted with the Mack and Westry families, and she soon transferred her church membership to New Trinity Presbyterian. It was during this time that she met Amos Nettles, whom she went on to marry, and with whom she had two beautiful daughters, Leshundra and Kristeen. But after about four years, the two parted ways.

Although she worked several jobs throughout her adult life, Sadie’s

employment with EM Parrish Daycare Center made one of her strongest

impacts on the community. She was known as strict, but fair, and deeply

committed to caring for many of Camden’s children. Her community

involvement did not stop there; she also helped to organize charity and

church events, and whenever someone needed a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on, Nettles dedicated herself to the cause. But she was not always about work – Nettles knew how to party, and was always quick to dance and laugh.

Sadie was preceded in death by some of those dear to her: her aunt Helen, doting grandfather Soloman, grandmother Gazelle, granddog Iverson and friends, Corrine Mack, Juanita Pettway and Eloise Westry.

But she has left behind a wonderful legacy through her family and in the

memory of her fun-loving spirit and a life well lived.

She is survived by her two beloved grandchildren, LeDeja and LingLing; a

handpicked son-in-law, Shahbaz Knight; and a future son-in-law, Halex.

Her life was touched, and her memory will be cherished by many loved

ones. These include her cousins, Corey, Cassandra and Lakeisha; her

nieces, Yolonda, Sheronica and Jataya; her nephew, Darryl Jr.; her aunt,

Ethel; her uncles, Donald, Robert, Roy, Charles and Willie; her sisters,

Velma and Valerie; her brother, James Jr.; her very faithful friend,

Donna; and three godchildren, Sharon, Shelia and Scooter.


James Harrington Wright III


James Harrington Wright III, 62, a resident of Coosada, Ala., passed away on March 24, 2015. A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Rory McQueen officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in McKenzie with Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing arrangements. A gathering of family and friends will be at Johnson Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until service time. Survivors include daughter, Hannah (Buddy) Wilson of Destin, Fla.; Sons, Jay Wright and Josh Wright, both of Coosada, Ala.; former wife, Sheila Hogan Wright of Coosada, Ala.; sister, Ginger Wright of Coosada, Ala.; and brother, Larry (Chris) Wright of Wayne, Okla. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Millbrook Public Library, 3650 Grandview Rd, Millbrook, AL 36054. Online condolences may be made at