Lilla Ruth Sheppard

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 5, 2000

Lilla Ruth Sheppard, 92, of Banks died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000 at Edge Regional Medical Center.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 4, 2000 at Enon Baptist Church with the Revs. Wayne Williams and John Emfinger officiating. Burial was at Enon Cemetery with Dillard Funeral Home of Brundidge directing.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law: Jewel and John Long, Carolyn and Homer Hordan, all of Banks, and Marie and James Fleming of Brundidge; sister-in-law, Ethel Harrison of Brundidge; five grandchildren: Cody Long, Debra Vinson, Anita Walker, Shanna Kirk and Clay Fleming; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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George Irving Dunn

George Irving Dunn, 99, a longtime resident of the Enon Community in Pike County, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000 at Pike Manor Health Care Facility.

Graveside services were held at 11a.m., Monday, Sept. 4, 2000 at Ramah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with Elcer Cary Sanders and the Rev. Averyt Walker officiating, Dillard Funeral Home of Troy directing.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law: William Ellis and Katie Ingram Dunn of Banks, Virgil Lamar and Jeanette Wilson Dunn of Banks, George Green and Lovene Langston Dunn of Pensacola, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Green Dunn; daughters, Sara Dunn Freeman and Wanda Dunn Reynolds; daughters-in-law, Mary Ann Ingram Dunn and Roberta Johnson Dunn; grandson, William Riley Dunn; great-grandson and great-granddaughter-in-law, Charles Mark Garrett and Fay Green Garrett; great-granddaughters, Kimberly Carol Garrett and Caryn Hope Garrett; great-great-granddaughter, Haley LeeAnn Garrett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ramah Cemetery Fund, C/O Rev. Averyt Walker, Route 1, Banks, Alabama or to a favorite charity.

Adah Helms Nichols

Adah Helms Nichols, 91, of Troy died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000 at Medical Center of Enterprise.

Services were held at 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 4, 2000 at First Baptist Church in Troy with Dr. Ed Walter officiating. Burial was at Green Hills Memorial Park on Highway 29 with Dillard Funeral Home of Troy directing.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, J.D. Nichols, her parents and two brothers, Douglas Helms and Ben Wayland Helms. She was born on Sept. 9, 1908 to John Ingram Helms and Florence Fountain Helms in Coffee County. She graduated from Coffee County High School in Enterprise in 1925 and attended the Troy Normal School. She was a school teacher, wife and homemaker for several years, also working as a salesperson in a Troy department store. She was also a house parent at the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home in Troy for eight years. She was a member, Sunday school teacher, G. A. leader and active in the WMU at First Baptist Church in Enterprise for many years. On Sept. 9, 1948, she, her husband and daughter, Betty, moved to Troy. She, then, became an active member of First Baptist Church of Troy, serving as Sunday school teacher, young adult department director and active member of WMU. She was also a charter member of the Geographic Study Club of Troy.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Jerry Spann of Troy; three grandsons and their wives: Geoffrey and Danni Spann of Troy, Richard and Kyung Spann of California and Jonathan and Megan Spann of Pell City; six great-grandchildren: Ashton, Hannah, John, Joshua, Zachary and Keighan Spann; three sisters and a brother-in-law: Mary H. Jones, Carrie H. and Glenn McDaniel and Flora H. Bell; three sisters-in-law: Ruby Nichols Graddy of Troy, Ruth Nichols Vann of Thomasville, Ga. and Winnie Nichols Free of Geneva.

Memorial contributions may be made to the library or music funds at First Baptist Church of Troy or the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home.

Nephews served as pallbearers and members of the Fidelis Sunday school class of First Baptist Church and Martha Franks MWU served as honorary pallbearers.

Donald G. "Don" Walker

Donald G. "Don" Walker, 63, of Troy died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000 at Baptist Medical Center.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000 at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel in Troy with the Rev. John Howard Kervin officiating. Burial was at Belcher-Bethel Cemetery in Baker Hill with full military honors; Dillard Funeral Home of Troy directed.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Walker of Troy; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Renee Walker of Troy; daughter, Debbie Walker of Troy; son, Lee Walker of New Jersey; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Carla King; daughter and son-in-law, Jennie and Albert Giles of Louisiana; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Mary Walker and Allen and Nedra Walker of Abbeville; two aunts, Jewel Grantham of Eufaula and Florence Belcher.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Belcher-Bethel Cemetery Fund, C/O William Blaire, 110 Clark Hill Drive, Eufaula, Alabama, 36027.