Mildred McCalman Cosby Stewart

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 5, 2001

On Saturday, July 7, 2001 at 4:30 p.m. in Oakwood Cemetery, there will be a graveside service for Mildred McCalman Cosby Stewart, 86, who died in Carrollton, Ga. on January 18, 2001.

Loved and respected by all her family, she was preceded in dath by her parents, Mattie Powell McCalman and Braxton Green McCalman, who served as editor of The Troy Messenger for a number of years, both of Troy; her first husband, Robert Y. Cosby and second husband, Shelby L. Stewart, also of Troy.

She leaves behind two daughters, Marsha Cosby Cetti of Carrollton and Regina Cosby King of Peachtree City, Ga.; two step-daughters, Gwendolyn Pitts of Andalusia and Mona Stewart Lawson of Jasper, Ga.; one step-son, Shelby Stewart of Pensacola, Fla.; one sister, Frances McCalman Gleaton and brother-in-law, Ike Gleaton, of Washington, Ga.; three sons-in-law; 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

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She was an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa and Tabernacle Baptist Church of Carrollton. She taught first grade in Banks, Troy and Pensacola for 30 years and served as a school librarian for seven years. Her hobbies were china painting, needlework and geneaology and she faithfully attended family reunions as long as she was able.

All friends and family are welcome to attend the service.

Skeen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sam Murphree

Sam Murphree, 98, of Troy died Tuesday, July 3, 2001 at his home.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 5 at First Baptist Church of Troy with Dr. Ellis Bush and the Revs. Kevin McLeod and Pete Carter officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery on Knox Street with Dillard Funeral Home of Troy directing.

Mr. Murphree was a former mayor of Troy and served on the Troy City Council for 20 years. He was a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in civil engineering. He was treasurer of Goodwin-Murphree Bridge Company and president of Murphree Bridge Company until his retirement in 1976. At one time, Mr. Murphree was the oldest active pilot in Alabama.

Survivors include his wife, Sara Murphree of Troy; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Susan Murphree of Troy, Sam Jr. and Janet Murphree of Columbus, Ga.; step-daughter, Saundra Smith of Troy; three grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and one brother, Joel Dyer Murphree III of Troy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Melanie Murphree; sister, Mary Sue Swan and brother, Edwin Murphree.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Troy.

Pallbearers will be Earl Campbell, Kenneth Campbell, Carvill Anderson, George O’Neal, Durwood Kelly, William Davis, Jim O’Neal and Louis Corley. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Barracca class at First Baptist Church of Troy and Dr. Todd Pearlstein.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m., today at First Baptist Church of Troy.

Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford has ordered all flags in the city of Troy to fly at half-staff in memory of Sam Murphree.

Anne Rodgers Cornett

Anne Rodgers Cornett, born Aug. 8, 1940 in Tuscaloosa, died July 3, 2001 in Cleveland, Texas.

Anne was the daughter of the late Eric and Sarah Rodgers of Northport and the granddaughter of the late Ernest and Eva Carter Rodgers of Goshen and the late Gayle and Martha Davis Haughton of Walker County.

She is survived by her loving husband, Charles Cornett; daughters, Debra Smith of Houston, Texas, Kathy Rankin and Kim Rankin, both of Austin, Texas; brother, Joe Rodgers; sisters, Linda Sveinsson and Sarah Hanson. She is also survived by her uncle and aunt, Tom and Frances Rodgers of Montgomery; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Anne graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School, the University of Alabama and Florida State University, after which she moved to Houston to work for Exxon.

After retirement, Anne greatly enjoyed spending time fishing and boating with Charlie at their house on the Trinity River.

Funeral services are being handled by Dillard Funeral Home in Troy with visitation on Friday, July 6 from 6-8 p.m. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Elam Primitive Baptist Church in Goshen.