Obituaries published in the Tuesday, June 25, 2002, edition of The Messenger.
Services for Mattie Williams, 82, of Troy who died at Pike Manor Health Care Center will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June, 25, 2002, at Bethel Missionary Baptist church in Troy with Rev. L C. McMillian officiating.
Burial will be in Union Springs Cemetery in White Water.
Visitation was from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2002, at the funeral home.
Ms. Williams was born on April 4, 1920, in Alabama. Her parents were Encho Shirley and Mattie America Jordan. She was a private duty nurse and a member of Order of Eastern Star, Choir and Circle # 3.
She is survived by five sons and their wives, Rev. J. H. and Betty Curry, Sr., Robert and Annie Catherine Williams, Marvin and Vernoica Williams, Sr., all of Troy, Ellison and Harriet Williams, Jr. of Moss Point Mississippi, and L.J. and Jenny Curry, Sr of Dayton, Ohio; six daughters and husband, Annie B. Todd, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, Jimmy Helen Baker, Margaret Williams, Sophia Williams, all of Dayton, Ohio and Linda Williams and Ruthie and Willie Garrison both of Troy; forty six grandchildren and forty seven great-grandchildren, one brother, Dave Shirley of Hamilton, Ohio and two sisters Fannie Williams and Eunice Turpin of Hamilton, Ohio,
Pallbearers are Tracy Baker, Steve Baker, Corey Williams, Bryant Williams, Marvin Williams, Jr. and Marquez Knox.
Floralbearers will be family and friends.
Services for Leoma Gibson, 63, of Troy who died at her home Saturday, June 22, 2002, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel in Troy with Rev. Mark Stephens officiating.
Burial will be Green Hills Memorial Park in Troy on Highway 29 under the direction of Dillard Funeral Home of Troy.
Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, June, 24, 2002, at the funeral
Survivors include her husband, Joe Gibson of Troy; eight children and their spouses, David Gibson of Troy, Deborah Gibson and Walter Anderson of Troy, Rita Humphries of Montgomery, Joy Gibson of Troy, Sandra and Michael Dickey of Troy, Patsy Gibson of Troy, Bonnie and Bill Helms of Elberta and Michael Gibson of Troy; fourteen grandchildren, DJ and Mark Gibson, Lynn and Jake Anderson, Charlie Corley and Amanda Humphries, Brandon Gibson, Joseph and Allison Dickey, Keisha and Kelsey Gibson, Blake and Anna Helms and
Kamoron Gibson and two sisters, Frances Childs of Troy and Christine Griffin of Brundidge.
Pallbearers are Huey Childs, Thomas Childs, Charlie Corley, DJ Gibson, Bobby Griffin and John Griffin.
Honorary pallbearers are Joseph Dickey, Kamoron Gibson, Mark Gibson and Blake Helms.
Lillie Mae Bennett
Services for Lillie Mae Bennett, 85, of Montgomery who died Saturday, June 22, 2002, in Dothan will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2002, from Leak Memory Chapel with Pastor Danny Shadix officiating.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Leak Memory Chapel.
Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2002, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Bennett was born in Goshen on Oct. 21, 1916, the daughter of the late J.C. and Lessie Messick Wilkes. She taught school for 38 years mostly at Bear Elementary
in Montgomery. After her retirement, she continued to volunteer until her death. The school library was named in her honor a few years ago. She was affectionately known to the children as "Granny Bear." She was a member of the Bell Road Baptist Church.
Survivors are a daughter and her husband, Jerelyn M.and Tom Grimmer; son, Ronny McCall; four grandchildren, Tommy Grimmer, Kim Grimmer Skipper, Trent McCall and Tory (Bo) McCall; six great-grandchildren, Wayne and Wesley Skipper, Jordan, Cydney and Morgen Grimmer and Madison Lovinggood; two brothers, J.C. Wilkes, Jr. of Troy and Bill Wilkes of Birmingham, two sisters, Valley Mitchell of Troy and Helen Cassady of Millbrook.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.