Ida Mae Jackson

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 22, 2000

Ida Mae Jackson, 90, of Ramer died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Highway 94 in Grady, with teh Rev. E.C. Hardman officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery with George F. Grubbs Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Jackson was born Sept. 6, 1910 in Bullock County to Harry and Julia Christian and attended Bullock County public schools.

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Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, James Ludy and Emma Christian of Birmingham; sister, Arkia A. Johnson of Springfield, Mass.; two devoted nieces, Addie and Dorothy Cook; special nieces, Etta Jo Orange and Linda Ellison; devoted nephews, Calvin Hollinghead and John C. Foster; a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Julia Hollinghead

Nephews will serve as pallbearers and nieces will serve as floralbearers.

Athol Grooms

Athol Grooms, 94, 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 grandson Jag 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.

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