L.B. Reeves

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 21, 2000

L.B. Reeves, 82, of Troy died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000 at Pike Manor Health Care Center.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000 at Springhill Baptist Church Cemetery in Troy with the Rev. David Kenney officiating. Dillard Funeral Home of Troy is directing.

Survivors include four children: Annie Jewel Swift of Canada, Emma Jean Hammons of Florida, James Nyrvin Reeves of Florida and Mary Alice Busby of Jasper; three brothers: L.V. Reeves of Troy, Emsley Reeves of Prattville and Wavie Reeves of Michigan and one sister, Doris Defee of Montgomery.

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He was preceded in death by his wife, Louie V. Reeves.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy.

Athol Grooms

Athol Grooms, 91, of Jack died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000 at Edge Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, 2000 at Dillard Funeral Home in Brundidge with the Revs. Donnie Marler and Earl Snodgrass. Burial will be at Chestnut Grove Cemetery with Dillard Funeral Home of Brundidge directing.

Mr. Grooms was an expert trapper in his young years. He wrote articles for trapper magazines and won several awards. He worked on the Pea River project and helped build Camp Rucker (now Fort Rucker). He worked for years an AL Dry Docks and the shipyard in Mobile. He also worked 12 years with the Alabama State Highway Department as an engineer. After Mr. Grooms retired, he raised cattle the remainder of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Vara Grooms of Jack; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Peggy Grooms of Lafayette, La. and grandsons Jack and Matthew Grooms.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Peggy Grooms.

Pallbearers will be B.J. Baington, Jimmie Ray Cotton, Ronnie Cotton, Phillip Davis, Lavon Sawyer and Lamar Stewart.

Grady J. Griffin

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

Services were held 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 was 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.

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, Mike and Dale Griffin of Troy; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and David Kirby of Troy; three grandsons: Chris and Tiffany Griffin of Prattville, Sean and Scott Kirby of Troy; friend, Eduardo Juviel of Troy; brother-in-law and wife, A.D. and Ruby Ryals of Troy; several nieces and nephews.

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