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Billie Fortenberry
Willie Sue “Billie” Fortenberry, 89, of Haleyville, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015, after a brief illness.  She was born in Haleyville and had resided at Columbia Cottage in Florence for three years.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Her funeral service was held Friday, April 24, 2015, at Pinkard Funeral Home in Haleyville.  Pallbearers were Scott Smith, Kenyon Ross, Carlyle Schomberg, Brandon Gengelbach, Andrew Phillips and Jackson Ross.  At her request and in her own words, the honorary pallbearers were “all of the children that I  taught in kindergarten.”
Mrs. Fortenberry retired from teaching kindergarten with her sister, Jo Dobbs, after 18 years.  She was always involved with family, church activities and playing the piano.  As time went on, she found her true calling and passion - history and research.  As the “self-appointed” town historian, she wrote the history of the railroads, First Baptist Church and the Haleyville schools.  Two years were spent gathering information for the Centennial Edition of the Northwest Alabamian.  She worked with Don Dodd to publish his book The Free State of Winston.  In 1998, she was named the “Woman of Excellence” during the Haleyville Women’s Conference and was Haleyville Alumnus of the Year in 2004.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Ullman Jackson Fortenberry; parents, William Eldert and Lillie Mae Bates Cook; sisters, Millerine Howell, Marjorie Barber and Jo Dobbs and son-in-law, Duke Phillips.
She is survived by two daughters, Donna (Marc) McCreary and Carol Phillips, all of Florence; her grandchildren, Ashli Smith, Florence, Ami Ross and Andrew Phillips, both of Birmingham, Alison Gengelbach, Columbia, Tennessee, Katie Schomberg, Wayneville, North Carolina and Leah McCreary, Nashville, Tennessee and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to their friends for their loving support and to the staff at Columbia Cottage Assisted Living in Florence.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 1103 21st St., Haleyville, Alabama  35565.
You may leave online condolences at www.pinkardfh.com.


Betty Jo Snoddy Ayers
Betty Jo Snoddy Ayers, 85, of Double Springs, entered into rest on Saturday, April 20, 2015, at home.  Her funeral service was held Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Nichols Funeral Home in Double Springs.  Bro. Phillip Twilley and Bro. George Whitten officiated the service.  Burial followed  in Fairview Cemetery in Double Springs.
Betty was born on June 9, 1929, in Haleyville.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Double Springs for 60 years.  Betty graduated from Winston County High School in 1948.  She was the Senior Meal Site manager and also a bookkeeper and office manager.  She was a member of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary.  Betty enjoyed fishing, playing cards, reading, cooking for family and Cookie Dough Day.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John T. and Fredonia Snoddy; husband, Sonny Ayers; brothers, Sam “Boots” (Laura) Snoddy and Ed Snoddy; sisters, Jane Laird and Faye Harris and granddaughter, Mallory Seymour.
Betty is survived by her sons, Bart (Jennifer) Seymour and John (Susan) Seymour; stepsons, Russell Ayers, David (Nancy) Ayers, Mark (Rene) Ayers, Kenny (Maureen) Ayers and Jimmy Ayers; daughter, Georganna (Steve) Comeens; stepdaughter, Dawn (Don) Belloumini and sister-in-law, Vera Snoddy.  She was “Granny” and “Nan” to eight grandchildren, Adam (Katie) Comeens, Leah (Keith) Hood, Holley (Torrey) Lewey, Brett (Kayla) Seymour, J Seymour, Brenna Seymour and Levi (Lindsey) Overton and “Nan” to 13 great-grandchildren, Abbie, Hayden and Sarah Kate Hood, Annabelle, Brock and J. Thomas Comeens, Emma, Kale and Carter Overton, Landyn and Layne Lewey and Evan and Ella Seymour.  She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and special caregivers, Eva Reynolds and Cynthia Reynolds.
Friends may sign the guestbook online at www.nicholsfuneralhomes.com.


Charles Elmer Hulsey Jr.
Charles Elmer Hulsey Jr., 89, of Russellville, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015.  His funeral service was held Thursday, April 23, 2015.  Pinkard Funeral Home - Russellville


Jerry Wayne Parris
Jerry Wayne Parris, 74, of Helicon, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015.  His funeral service was held Thursday, April 23, 2015.  Nichols Funeral Home


Evelene Blackwood
Evelene Blackwood, 72, of Arley, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  Her funeral service was held Friday, April 24, 2015.  Nichols Funeral Home  
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