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Tuesday, November 14, 2006, Obituaries

Ruth Bassett Collins

Services for Ruth Bassett Collins, who died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, at a local hospital, were at 11 a.m. Monday at Dillard Funeral home in Troy, with Dr. James Walters and the Rev. W.O. Sanders officiating.

Burial followed at Green Hills Memorial Park in Troy, with Dillard Funeral Home directing.

Visitationwas Monday at the funeral home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Mobile.

Mrs. Collins was a native of Troy and a longtime resident of Mobile.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeannie and L. Gardner Bassett.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dr. Harold R. Collins; her sons, Dr. H. Ray Collins Jr. (Sheila) and Gene B. Collins (Marleen); two granddaughters, Jean Clair Collins and Catherine Rae Collins; and one step-granddaughter, Sandy Y. Lamb (Ernest); and two step-great-grandchildren, Justin B. Young and Katherine Elizabeth Lamb.

Mrs. Collins was a graduate of Troy High School, and she had bachelor's, master's and education specialty degrees and had finished all course work toward her Ph.D. when she interrupted her academic program to accompany her husband to Mobile.

During her career as an educator she served as teacher, supervisor and administrator. Her final position was as the federal programs director of a 72-school consortium in the southeast. She and her husband were appointed as adjunct professors and taught graduate school courses in Tehran, Mexico City, Bogota, Kula Lumpur, Madrid and Manila. She was a founding member of Omicron Delta Kappa.

After retiring, she initiated hobbies in China painting, making lace drape porcelain figurines, French hand-sewing and bridge. She was invited as an exhibitor to the International China Painters Conference in Rio and the following year in Hong Kong. She also was an avid reader.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mobile as well as many other professional and social organizations.

Memorials should be made to the American Cancer Society.

Grady T. Austin

Services for Grady T. Austin, 89, of Banks, who died at his home Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, will be at 2 p.m. today at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy, with the Rev. Marvin Jackson officiating.

Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Austin.

He is survived by a two daughters, Joyce Jordan of Banks and Ann Stallings and her husband, Ricky, of Banks; a son, Bill Austin, and his wife, Becky, of Troy; grandchildren, Crystal Johnson and Wade Johnson, Wally Jordan, Stewart Austin, Tylar Austin, Angie Austin Jones and Nick and Ben Stallings; seven great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Wade Johnson, Tylar Austin, Wally Jordan, Nick Stallings, Stewart Austin, and Ben Stallings.

Memorials should be made to Lighthouse Hospice.

Morris Senn

Services for Morris Senn, 83, of Troy who died Saturday, Nov.11, 2006, at Troy Health and Rehabilitation Center, will be at 11 a.m. today at Skeen Funeral Home in Troy, with the Rev. Gerald Wilkes officiating.

Burial will be in Christian Home Cemetery in the Tennille Community under the direction of Skeen Funeral Home of Troy.

Visitation was Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Senn was born Sept. 30, 1923, in Pike County. He worked in the maintenance department with the state of Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leth and Julia Pryor Senn.

Survivors include three stepchildren, Linn Welch and Linda Dick, both of Troy, and Jimmy Welch of Banks; 12 grandchildren, Rhonda Green, Darla Henderson, Kim Faircloth, John Welch, Amber Welch, Autumn Welch, Tracie Archie, Angie Carnley, Jeff Garner, Garren Senn, Chris Welch and Joey Welch; 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Dale Oglesby, Larry Green, Garry Senn, Michael Rawlings and Alex Archie.