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Willie Obedee Rich
Willie Obedee Rich passed away at home on Sunday, July 26, 2015.  His funeral service was conducted on Friday, July 31, 2015, at Reeb Funeral Home, in Sylvania, Ohio. Burial was at Lockport Ceme-tery in West Unity, Ohio.  
He was born on Nov. 29, 1932, to Morris and Emma Rich in Brilliant.  
Willie graduated from Phillips High School in Bear Creek, and was a proud member of the class of 1953. He credited much of his success to his agriculture teacher, John Bull.  
Willie served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955 and received special training in telephone equipment maintenance and switchboard operation.
After the military, Willie moved north to Toledo, Ohio, where he later met and married Colene Aschliman on April 2, 1961.  He and Colene were members of Asbury United Methodist Church on Dorr Street from 1971 until the church closed in 2009.
His training in the army proved to be very valuable in his future career at the Ohio Bell Telephone Company, where he worked for 36 years.
Those who knew Willie will remember his strong work ethic, his knack for fixing all things, especially electrical, and his vast knowledge of the U.S. highway system.  If you ever needed to know the best route to your destination, Willie was the person to ask.  He’d even have a map at the ready to show you.  More than anything, Willie enjoyed helping people, only wanting a simple “thank you” in return.
When he was not studying maps or repairing things, Willie loved to visit his home state of Alabama, particularly for high school reunions.  Additionally, he enjoyed his yearly visits to Lake Millecoquin in Michi-gan’s Upper Peninsula, where he and his wife Colene spent time fishing and visiting with friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wallace Rich  and sisters, Ola Rich and Ophelia Lann.
Willie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Colene; his children, Sara Lievens, Rachel (Ed) Pages and Mark (Annette) Rich; seven grandchildren; sister, Mildred Bolen  and brother, Robert Rich.  
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  
Online condolences may be left for the family at:
www.reebfuneralhome.
com.

Elvy Issa
Elvy Lee Issa, 95, of Haleyville, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, at her residence.
Her funeral service was conducted Monday, July 27, 2015, at Pinkard Funeral Home, in Haleyville, with Hugh Cavender officiating. Burial followed in Old Enon Cemetery, at Lynn.
Elvy was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Joshua and Lula Edwards; son, Freddie Lee Issa; brothers, Raymond, Frank, James  and Bobby Edwards  and sisters, Lorraine Richards and Mildred Hullett.
Issa is survived by her son, Billy Ray (Carolyn) Issa; daughter, Robbie Faye (Kermit) Scogins; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Regena Rae Mayo
Regena Rae Mayo passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015. Her funeral service was conducted Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Peck Funeral Home, with  Jay Rhodes and Lynn Rhodes officiating. Burial was in the Fairview Church Ceme-tery, in Winston County.
Regena was born in Elkhart, Indiana, on Nov. 28, 1954, to Garfield Allen Overton and Edna Faye Falls. She worked in office administration for the Walmart distribution center in Cullman, the Baptist Association of North Florida and for Hospice of the Valley in Decatur.
She is survived by her husband, Abel J., of Decatur; stepmother Versie Walker Overton, of Ozark; brother, Ken Overton (Mary), of Daleville; daughter Nina Postell (Jeff) and grandsons, Cameron and Cayden, of Haleyville; son Brandon Pruitt (Kristen) and grandchildren Kaitlyn, Jayla and Calub, of Double Springs; daughter Melis-sa McConnell (Byron) and granddaughter Estelle, of Bremerton, Washing-ton; daughter Felicia Rosenbaum (John) and expected granddaughter Ella Jane, of Cleveland, Georgia.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley or to South Decatur Church of God.

Patricia Ann Beam
Patricia Ann Beam, 52, of Haleyville, passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2015. A private service will be held at a later date.
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