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Luverne Journal Obituaries: Nov. 17

Mary Frances Taylor

Mary Frances Taylor Williamson, 87, a resident of Luverne, Alabama, passed away on Wednesday, November 9.  A graveside service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 11, in Centenary Cemetery with Rev. Clay Crum officiating and Turner Funeral Home of Luverne directing.  Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her son, Grady Williamson, Jr.; two grandchildren, Chad Langford and Diane White; three great-grandchildren, Blake Denton and Addie and Evie Ray; parents, William and Maggie Rayborn Taylor; two brothers, Jackson Taylor and Ernest Taylor; and three sisters, Clara Bretzer, Ollie Williamson and Evelyn Edwards.  She is survived by seven children, Ruth Messick, James (Carol) Williamson, Randy Williamson, Patricia (Ted) Eyster, Phillip Williamson, Brenda (Jack) Kervin and Debra (Denny) Williams; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; brother, Elbert (Judy) Taylor; sister-in-law, Doris Taylor; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Active pallbearers were Clint Williamson, David Williamson, Westley Williamson, Brian Kervin, Kevin Messick and Jarrod Stone.

Jerry Dean Wilson

Jerry Dean Wilson, 60, a resident of Brantley, Alabama, passed away on Wednesday, November 9.  Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his wife, Martie Wilson, and his parents, Palmer and Arvie Wilson.  He is survived by his daughter, Cassondra Wilson; sister, Linda Berry; niece, Aimee (Alan) Niesen; and nephew, Morgan Berry.

Minnie Lee Hartin

Minnie Lee Hartin, 84, a resident of Highland Home, Alabama, passed away on Wednesday, November 9.  A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 11, in Danielville Cemetery with Minister Scott Sexton officiating and Turner Funeral Home of Luverne directing.  Mrs. Hartin was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Hartin; daughter, Delane Hartin; parents, Cecil and Fannie Mae Duncan; and brother, Howard Duncan.  She is survived by two sisters, Wilma Brown and Linnie Merle Frazier; brother, Edward Duncan; and several loving nieces and nephews.  Active pallbearers were Michael Brightwell, Cole Brightwell, Cason Brightwell, Kenny Wayne Frazier, Knox Crowe and Bennett Duncan.

James Payne

James Payne a resident of Brantley, Alabama died on Wednesday, October 26, at Crenshaw Community Hospital, Luverne, Alabama. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 5, at 1 p.m. at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Glenwood, Alabama, with Rev. Ronald Owens officiating and Luverne Mortuary Funeral Home directing.  Burial service followed at Luverne City Cemetery. He was born September 23, 1946, to the late Elder Surl “Buster” Payne and Annie Mae Payne in Turrell, Arkansas.  He joined St. Josephs Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, at an early age. Later in life when he moved to Alabama, he was a servant for the Lord and served as a deacon. He served in Vietnam in the U.S. Marine Corps.  After returning back home, he became a professional building contractor. James met his wife, Wilkie 45 years ago and they were united in holy matrimony on March 14, 1992. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Martha Payne, Betty Humphries, Dale Blain and Samella Walker. James leaves to cherish his memories: a loving and devoted wife of 24 years, Wilkie Glass Payne, Brantley, Alabama;  a stepmother, Vera Clarke, Indianapolis, Indiana; two loving daughters, Denise Lee, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Selena Ross, Detroit, Michigan; one stepson, Kenneth Glass, Indianapolis, Indiana; two grandsons, Anthony Walker, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Jeremiah Ross, Detroit, Michigan; six great grandchildren, Ayanna, Trinity, Arin, Tatum, Peyton and Chandler Walker; two sisters, Gracie Ealy and Elizabeth Hardister; three brothers, Anderson and Curtis Payne and Herbert Blain all of Indianapolis, Indiana; seven sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara (JT) Branch, Robert (Jan) and Johnny (LeeAnne) Hurd all of Indianapolis, Indiana, brother-in-law and special friend, Climon (Esther) Hurd, Troy, Alabama; an extended family-sisters and brothers-in-law, the McMillian family of Brantley, Alabama; and a host of  nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.