Grady J. Griffin

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Grady J. Griffin, 83, of Troy died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000 at his home following a lengthy illness.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000 at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy with the Revs. Tome Bracewell, Marvin Vickers and David Kirby officiating. Burial will be at Green Hills Memorial Park Cemetery with Dillard Funeral Home of Troy directing.

Mr. Griffin was a life-long resident of Pike County, except for a brief period in the 1940s. His family members were some of the early pioneers of Pike County. He was a retired employee of the State Highway Department. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945 during World War II and saw action in North Africa and Italy.

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Mr. Griffin was a life-long member of Union Hill Methodist Church, where he served in many roles, including adult Sunday school teacher and chairman of the administrative board for many years.

He was also a member of the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association and the American Legion, having served one term as post commander.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Hilda R. Griffin of Troy; a son and daughter-in-law, Becky and David Kirby of Troy; three grandsons: Chris (Tiffany) Griffin of Prattville, Sean and Scott Kirby of Troy; friend, Eduardo Juviel of Troy; brother-in-law, A.D. (Ruby) Ryals of Troy; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Keith Snyder, Byron Wilkes, Kenneth "Dusty" Rhodes, Wade Green, Edsel Edwards and Carroll Dunn.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, the American Cancer Society or Union Hill Methodist Church.

J.D. Grimes

J.D. Grimes, 90, of Troy died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000 at Edge Regional Medical Center.

Services were held at 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18, 2000 at First Baptist Church of Troy with Dr. Ed Walter officiating, Dillard Funeral Home of Troy directing.

Mr. Grimes was a member of First Baptist Church in Troy and an active supporter of the Barraca Sunday school class and the Alabama Children’s Home. With his wife, Flois, he owned and operated the Grimes Motel and Restaurant in Troy from 1946 until 1973. He was also a cattleman in Pike County for many years and is a life-long director of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. He served on the Board of Supervisors for the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District and was an active supporter of young people through his work in the 4H Club Calf Program. He also supported Troy State University athletics through his many fund-raising efforts.

Survivors include his wife, Flois "Shorty" Grimes of Troy; son and daughter-in-law, Louie D. and Martha "Pug" Grimes of Dothan; two grandsons, Steve Grimes and Scott Grimes, both of Dothan; sister, Gertrude Dunsford of Mobile; several nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were: Charlie Stringer, William Stringer, Robert Jones, General Stringer Jr., Robert Stringer, the Baraca Sunday school class, and the Board of Supervisors of the Pike County Soil and Conservation District.

Lou Gearion "Gary" Hamm

Lou Gearion "Gary" Hamm, 65, of Troy died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000 at Edge Regional Medical Center.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000 at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. Mack Lowery officiating. Burial was at Old Lebanon Cemetery in Troy with Dillard Funeral Home of Troy directing.

Survivors include his wife, Avis Hamm of Troy; five children and their spouses: Randall and Arleen Hamm of Troy, Robbie and David Watkins of Dothan, Jimmy and Linda Hamm of Tallassee, Ginger and Terry Morgan of Troy and Betty Corkins of Troy; 13 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Wyman and Jeanette Hamm of Troy; four nieces and two nephews; several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Hamm and brother, Nelson Hamm.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Luanza Williams Allen

Luanza Williams Allen, 83, of Brundidge died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000 at her home.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2000 at Zebulon Baptist Church with the Revs. Keith Price, J.C. Turner, Earl Oakes and Claud Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Sandfield Cemetery in the Sandfield Community with Dillard Funeral Home of Troy directing.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-n-law, Mavis Frances Culpepper, Enterprise, Leona and J.C. Turner of Troy, Dixie and Hillery Shehane of Brundidge; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Evelyn Allen of Banks, and David and Betha Allen of Banks, sisters, Cleone Oakes of Banks, Ruby Whittington of Montgomery, Nola Mae Faulkner of Troy, Mozell Day of Troy and Joyce McLendon of Greenville; 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her husband, William Elmer Allen and two infant daughters.

Pallbearers were Nathan Allen, Jason Turner, Ray Allen, Clyde H. Williams, Rex Andress, Ricky Austin, John Dunn, Randall Hayes. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of and former pastors of Zebulon Baptist Church, Wiregrass Hospice, Ruth Gregory Garrett and Linda Wright.

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