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Obituaries for the week of January 13, 2021

Cecil Van Folds Sr.

Folds Sr., Mr. Cecil Van, 78, a resident of Greenville passed away on Wednesday morning, January 6, 2021.  Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Sunrise Memorial Park with Pastor Bob Paul officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Folds is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Eugenia Folds; sons, Van Folds (Melissa) and Andy Folds (Stephanie); grandchildren, Cory, Bryan, Sydney, Sandra and Makinzey; brother, James Folds (Mary); sisters, Wanda Atchison (Bill) and Lillie Waller (Tommy).

Mr. Folds was a founding member of Camellia City Baptist Church and the BS&W Volunteer Fire Department.  He loved his family, photography and the computer.  The family will accept flowers or donations may be made to Camellia City Baptist Church or the BS&W Volunteer Fire Department.

Pallbearers will be Joey Ward, Carlton Woodruff, Jason Thomas, Clayton George, Allen Tillery, and Eddie Anderson.

Jimmie Lou Casey Burkett

Jimmie Lou Casey Burkett, 90, of Georgiana, passed away on January 6, 2021. She is preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Travis Burkett who passed away in September.

She is survived by daughters Sue (Al) Gaston; Gail (Rickie) Piggott; and grandchildren Tara Starr Cowles (Bob); Mason Gaston (Cindy); Drew Gaston (Amy); Travis Piggott (Michele); and Susanna Gaston. Great grandchildren are: Ashton Starr Ruffin (Will), Savannah Starr Gill (Ryan), and Patrick Starr; Madison Ann Gaston, James Davis Gaston, and Griffin Gaston; John Millan Gaston and Benen Burkett Gaston; Kaitlyn Piggott and Addie Piggott. Great-great grandchildren are Levi and Faith Ruffin. She was known as Mother, Mama, Bebo, Bobo, and Mimi.

Mrs. Burkett is also preceded in death by her parents Lewis Earl and Maggie Lee Huggins Casey and siblings: Lewis Earl Casey, Jr., J.W. (Mack) Casey, Ada Lee Casey Williams, Joseph Columbus Casey, Thomas James Casey, and Willie E. Casey, all of whom she loved dearly.

A graveside service and celebration of her life will be held at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery on January 9, 2021 at 2:00 in the afternoon, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Burkett graduated from Georgiana High School in 1948 and was named the class valedictorian. She worked for years at W.T. Smith Lumber Company and Rocky Creek Logging Company. She also helped manage several family businesses including Burkett’s TV Service and Burkett-Jones Furniture. She served as Registrar and in other capacities with voting and elections. She is a member of the Three Arts Club and Georgiana United Methodist Church. Through the years, she was active in the school’s PTA and Band Club, supporting her children. She enjoyed playing bridge, playing for years with her partner Gwen Humphrey. The Burketts also enjoyed many years of travel together with friends and family, and they loved a night out dancing. Mrs. Burkett was also an avid reader and loved nothing more than her family and working in her gardens and yard.

Memorial gifts can be sent to the Georgiana United Methodist Church (P.O. Box 155 Georgiana, AL 36033) or the Alabama Partnership for Children (2595 Bell Road Montgomery, AL 36117).