Anita Louise Boutwell Spear

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 9, 2000

Anita Louise Boutwell Spear, 64, of Rt. 1 Box 56 in Jack died Wednesday, March 8, 2000 at Flowers Hospital.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m., Friday, March 10 at Chestnut Grove Methodist Church with the Revs. Donnie Marler and Ray Stinson presiding. Burial will follow at Chestnut Grove Methodist Church. Dillard Funeral Home of Brundidge is handling arrangements.

Surivivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Randy Grant of Bluff Springs Community, Beth and Gene Copeland of Hartford; sons and daughter-in-law, William Judson Spear, Jr. of Jack; Jerald G. and Nora T. Spear of Jack; grandchildren, Joanie, Buddy, Cynethia, Alex, Michael, Jason, Adam, Tara, Todd, Timmy, Jessica, Deanna, Clayton; great-grandchildren, Tristen, Timmy, Annabella; sisters, Sarah Pittman of Troy; Shirley Nelson of Roxboro, N.C., Patricia Boutwell of Jack, brothers, Rayford Boutwell of Ozark, and Rendall Boutwell of Troy.

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She was preceded in death by husband, William (Buddy) Judson Spear, Sr.; and parents, Freeman and Mollie Boutwell; and a brother, Escar Boutwell.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 9, 2000 at Dillard Funeral Home in Brundidge. The body will also lie-in-state 30 minutes prior to service.

Grace Arwin Barron

Grace Arwin Barron, 83, of Troy died Wednesday, March 8, 2000 at Edge Regional Medical Center in Troy.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m., Friday, March 10 at Skeen Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. Lavon Davis presiding. Burial will follow in Union Hill Cemetery with Skeen Funeral Home presiding.

Survivors include son, Jimmy Barron of Hamilton; daughter-in-law, Shirley Barron of Troy; granddaughter, Gwen Barron of Brandon, Fla.; several nieces; nephews, and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Roy Wilson, Malcom Bundrick, Nolin Barron, Max Barron, Mahlon McVay and Carnell Wilkes.

Visitation was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 9 from Skeen Funeral Home in Troy.

Mary Clem Shipman Cogburn

Mary Clem Shipman Cogburn, 56, of Detroit, Mich. died March 3, 2000 in Detroit.

Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 11 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Banks with the Dr. L. C. McMillian presiding. Burial will follow in the church yard cemetery.

Survivors include husband, Gene Cogburn; children, Jennifer (Irvia) Robinson, Anthony Cogburn, Gene Cogburn, Jr, LaTari Cogburn; grandchildren, Asia and Irvia Rafael Robinson, Jr. all of Detroit, Mich.; sisters Rosie Lee (the late James) Suddith and Sweetie Mae (Homer) Givens both of Troy; brothers, Titus (Lucy) Shipman, Will (the late Pinkie) Shipman of Troy, Hubert (Celie Mae) Shipman of Tallahassee, Fla., Rev. Robert Allen (Willie Jewel) Shipman of Crestview, Fla., Dink, Jr. (Idell) Shipman of Ann Arbor, Mich., Willie C. (Annie Grace) Shipman, Harvey (Minnie) Shipman, Lorence Shipman all of Troy; aunt, Rich McKinney of Unoin, New Jersey, and a host of nephews, nieces and many other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Floralbearers will be friends of the family.

She was born on Jan. 8, 1944 in Pike County to the late Dink and Queen Ester Shipman. She attended Pike County Schools. She also attended Joy Road Baptist Church where James E. Flakes is pastor.

The body will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 11.

Alphonsa Byrd Sr.

Alphonsa Byr Sr., 62, of 611 Barron Road in Troy died Monday, March 6 in Birmingham.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 11 at First Missionary Baptist Church in Troy with the Rev. George Gilchrist presiding. Burial will follow at Carroll Street Cemetery.

Survivors include wife, Blonzell Holt Byrd; son, Alphonsa Byrd, Jr. (Nicole) of Montgomery; daughters, Donna Byrd-Drakeford of Dothan, Valerie Catrina, Ashely Breonna of Troy; granddaughter, Emori Brooke Byrd; god-daughter, Wanda Moultry (Tyrone) of Troy; brother, Rudolph Byrd (Pam) of Troy; uncle, Simon Byrd, Jr. (Ida) of Troy; aunts, Melvere Warren, Martha Byrd of Troy, Emma Slade, Olivia Smith of New York City, N.Y., Pearl Woodham of Montgomery; cousins, Patricia Thomas (Willie), Rosa McMillian (Tommy) of Troy, Will Wright (Belinda), James Byrd (Mary), Earnest Bean (Gwen) of Troy, Jack Byrd of Montgomery, Mozell Mobley of Detroit, Mich., Doris Cuellar of Cleveland, Ohio, Melanie Williams (Arvester of Tuscaloosa; mother-in-law, Mrs. Johnnie J. Holt of Troy; sister-in-law, Mary Sibley White of Troy; brother-in-law, Joe Holt of Chester, Pa.; nephews, Kevin Sibley (Stephanie) of Boston, Mass, Adrick Holt (Tonya) of Huntsville, Michael Sibley (Jacquelyn) of Montgomery, Clethedrick Flowers of Dothan, Omaree McKinney of Columbus, Ga.; extended family Baba Kenneth Hendricks of Troy; god-son, Emmanuel Brown of Dothan, special friends, Jeanette Henderson, and Jean Coskery of Troy.

Pallbearers will be Deacons of First Missionary Baptist Church.

Honorary pallbearers will be Terrance Masonic Lodge No. 180 and former students.

Floralbearers will be the Troy United Women’s League and Deaconess of First Missionary Baptist Church.

He was born on Nov. 29, 1937 in Pensacola. His parents were Harry Green and Minnie Gill Byrd of Pensacola, Fla.

He attended Academy Street High School and ’65 Alabama State University. He was a retired educator in the Troy City Schools for 31 years. He attended First Missionary Baptist Church and was a deacon and former councilman of Dist. 5. He was active in his church for over 50 years and represented the church in many capacities and served as the Past President of the Alabama Missionary Baptist State Laymen’s Department. He also served in many other district, state, and national levels. He also enjoyed serving the people of District 5 for over 12 years. He was a real estate owner and provided housing for many people. He was an advocate for the elderly and anyone who was in need of assistance. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather who gave unselfishly of himself.

Vistiation will be held from noon until 6 p.m., Friday, March 10. The body will also lie-in-state one hour prior to service.

Robert Louis (Sonnie) Key

Robert Louis (Sonnie) Key, 87, of Westside Terrace in Dothan died Wednesday, March 8, 2000 at Westside Terrace.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 11 at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel in Troy with the Revs. Donald Clark and Wayne Locklar presiding. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Troy.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Tommy Frith of Dothan; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Sherry Key of Troy; grandchildren and spouses, Kelli Key and Terry Anderson of Dothan, Michael William and Renae Key of Wetumpka, Warren Martin and Joy Dasinger of Echo, Robert Lloyd Dasinger of Echo, Priscilla Page Frith of Dothan; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Mike Key, Warren Dasinger, Rob Dasinger, Eddie Taylor, Terry Anderson, and Jeff Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Knowell, J. T. Turner, and Glen Weed.

He was preceded in death by wife, Elizabeth Elmer Key.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, P.O. Drawer 2127, Dothan, AL 36302 or the American Cancer Society c/o Mary Hilyer, 206 Lamar St., Troy, AL 36081

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 10 at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy.