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Wednesday, January 5, 2005, Obituaries

Bessie Kate Pinkney

Bessie Kate Pinkney, 74, of Troy died December 30, 2004, at Baptist Health in Prattville.

Services will be held Thursday, January 6, 2005, at noon at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Dr. L.C. McMillian officiating. Burial will be held at Carroll Street Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 5, 2005, at Harrison Funeral Home from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.

She was born March 14, 1930 to the late John B. and Mary Rodgers. She earned a masters degree in education and retired after 31 years as a teacher in the Pike County School system. She was a member of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board and was a former youth director until her health failed.

She is survived by one son, James (Shauna H.) Pinkney Jr. of Millbrook; one daughter, Haroldine (Milton) Williams of Fayetteville, N.C.; one sister, Mary L. Wilkes of Detroit; three given godchildren, Lona Westbrook of Virginia, Wanda Bean of Troy and Eugene Porter III of Miami; seven grandchldren, Sunni McNabb, Kwaku McNabb, Rori Williams, Rahmon Williams, Nakeisha Shockley, Morgan Pinkney and Jordan Pinkney; four great-grandchildren and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Larry Forth and Perrone Wilkes. Pallbearers will be Eugene Porter III, Travis Bean, Fegan Bean, James Frazier, Kwaku McNabb and Sunni McNabb. Floral Bearers will be the Counsel Women of Troy Club, sorority sisters and friends of the family.

Lucile Sherwood Sellers

Lucile Sherwood Sellers, a longtime resident of Magnolia Wood Lodge, Troy, died Tuesday morning, January 4, 2005.

Graveside services will be held Friday, January 7, 2005, at Lakeview Cemetery in Brundidge at 2 p.m., with Reverend John Whitley officiating.

Dillard Funeral Home of Brundidge is directing.

She was born March 7, 1908, in Bullock County on March 7, 1908, and moved to Brundidge at an early age. Her sisters, Annie and Myrtle Sherwood, and brothers, John and Rogers Sherwood have preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Troy Normal and Troy State Teachers College.

She retired as an elementary teacher after 33 years of service, with most of her time spent in the Mobile County school system.

She returned to Brundidge and her family home in 1989 after residing in Mobile for more than 44 years.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and John Whitley of Panama City, Fla., grandchildren, Sean Whitley of Los Angeles, and Claire Whitley Baker and Matt Baker of Seattle, and great-grandchildren, Chloe Mae Whitley and Mckenna Lucille Baker.

The family requests no flowers.