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Tuesday, February 11, 2003, Obituaries

Annie Mae Davenport

Services for Annie Mae Davenport, 76, of Troy, who died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at her home, will be Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at 3 p.m. at Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. J.P. Folks officiating.

Burial will follow in the Elam Missionary Baptist Church cemetery with Harrison Funeral Home officiating.

Visitation is Friday, Feb. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday, Feb. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

Davenport was born July 4, 1926, in Hurtsboro to Brady Comer and Annie Lee Smith.

Davenport retired from the Department of Human Resources on October 9, 1993 after many years of service.

Davenport was preceded in death by: her parents, Brady Comer and Annie Lee Smith; two sons, Joel Davenport

and Harvey Davenport; and two brothers, John Smith and Jimmy Smith.

She is survived by: eight children and their spouses, Eva and Bob White of Brundidge, Juretha and Grant Lewis, Mamie Foreman and Princess Foreman of Troy, Ann Maybin-Lewis of Detroit, Mich., and Betty Davenport-Jones and Carrie Davenport-Russell of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother and his wife, Luke and Annie Pearl Smith; 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Floralbearers will be friends of the family.

Robert Gary "Bubba" Kennedy

Services for Robert Gary

"Bubba" Kennedy, 61, of Troy who died Thursday February 06, 2003 at Edge Regional Medical Center in Troy will be at 1 p.m. Monday February 10, 2003 at Greater St. Paul AME Church with Rev. Samuel Smith officiating.

Burial will be in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home of Troy.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday February 09, 2003 at the funeral home.

Mr. Kennedy was born March 08, 1941 in Pike County. His parents were Willie Kennedy and Warnie Mae Kennedy. He was employed by Pinckard Vault and Henry Plumbing. He was a graduate of Academy Street School and attended Greater St. Paul AME Church. Mr. Kennedy enjoyed socializing with his family.

Survivors include two sister, Olivia Pearson and Joyce Suddith both of Troy and several nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pallbearers and floralbearers will be friends of the family.

Eloise McCoy Archer

Graveside services for Eloise McCoy Archer, 78, who died at her home Thursday February 06, 2003 will be at 2 p.m. Saturday February 08, 2003 at Green Hills Memorial Park in Troy with Father James Dean officiating.

Burial will be under the direction of Dillard Funeral Home of Troy.

Visitation will be from 12.00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Saturday February 08, 2003 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Archer was the wife of the late Coach John Archer. She is a native of Marvel, Arkansas and has resided in Troy since 1956.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jack McCoy of Rancho Mirage, CA.

Survivors include four sons and their wives, Jack Archer of Gulf Shores, Pat Archer of Alexandria, Virginia, Michael and Chandy Bozeman Archer of Wetumpka and Tim and Elisabeth Cole Archer of Montgomery; three grandchildren, Landon Archer, Keenan Archer and John Cole Archer and a brother, Dale McCoy of Benton Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Dr.Rudy Argenti, Mr. Dick Lynch, Coach Don Maestri, Mr.Chuck Norris, Mr.Mark McNair and Mr. Bradford Cole.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mrs. Rudy Argenti, Mrs. Fran Hood, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Norris and Mrs. Sis Young.

The family request memorials be made to John A. Archer Scholarship Fund, TSU Foundation, C/O Linda Deramus, 253 Adams Administration Building, Troy, Alabama 36083.

Stephen D. Parker

Stephen D. Parker, 81, retired Director of Purchasing at Troy State University, died Friday February 7, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Frances "Frankie" Parker.

The service will be at 2:00 p.m. CST Sunday February 09, 2003 at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel in Troy, (431 US Highway 231, 334-566-1720) with Dr. Ed Walter and Gene Ducote officiating and full military honors will be administered. Visitation will be held at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the First Baptist Church of Troy Building Fund or the American Cancer Society, or your favorite charity.

Stephen Parker was a decorated Air Force Chief Warrant Officer-4 having retired after 28 years of service. He was proud to be a part of the creation of NORAD (North American Air Defense System) at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs in the early 60's. He was active in Troy Country Club as an avid golfer, board member (President 1 term) and "self proclaimed unofficial keeper of the courses". He was instrumental in facilitating the creation of the Davis Theater for Performing Arts in Montgomery, Alabama.

Other survivors include his son, Ron Parker of Jacksonville, Alabama, a daughter, June Duncan (and husband Bruce) of Tallahassee, Florida, a brother, Pete Parker of Tarrant, Alabama; a granddaughter, Carlee Parker of Birmingham; a grandson, Adam Duncan of Tallahassee, Florida and an "unofficial" adopted son, Joe McLendon (and wife, Candy) of Montgomery, Alabama.

Ruth Tate Kreps

Services for Ruth Tate Kreps, 79, of Montgomery and formally of Troy who died Friday February 07, 2003 were at 11 a.m. Monday February 10, 2003 at Valley Park Baptist Church with Rev. Earl Oakes officiating.

Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery with Military Honors.

Visitation was from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday February 09, 2003.

She was a life member of American Legion Post # 70 of which she was active in the Auxiliary unit. She was also an active member of the DAV Auxiliary # 12.

Survivors include her husband Fred Kreps of whom she recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary; son and his wife, Frederick W. II and Serena Ann Kreps; sisters, Jean Tate of Montgomery and Lois Tate Boswell of Troy; grandchildren, Stacy Pierce and Pam Tyler and a great-grandchild, Summer Rain Pierce.

Pallbearers were Jack Boswell, Jimmy Floyd, Scott Flowers, Brian Moseley, Hansel Rasberry and Les Barnett.

Honorary pallbearers were Howard Flowers, Gordon Cocking and John Hyden.

The family request memorials be made to American Legion Post # 70, 212 East Walnut St., Troy, Al. 36081.