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Evelyn S. Fulcher
Evelyn S. Fulcher, 65, of Haleyville, passed away Monday, 24, 2015, at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan, Georgia.
A celebration of life service was conducted Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Ephesus Baptist Church, with Jeremy Glenn officiating. Pinkard Funeral Home directed.
Fulcher was born on July 16, 1950 in Houston to Albert and Pauline Lemley Treece. She was one of 15 children. Evelyn was a child of God. Her love and faith in the Lord brought her through the trials of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Jesse B. Treece, Ricky Treece, Betty Joyce Treece, Herman Treece, and three infant siblings.
Evelyn is survived by her husband, Raymond Fulcher of Haleyville; children, Robert (Jennifer) Dozier of Ludo-wici, Georgia, Melissa (Jimmy) Cason of Monticello, Arkansas, Will-iam “Bo” (Desiny) Fulcher of Lovelady, Texas, Teresa Fulcher of Lufkin, Texas, Adam (Joann) Cole of Hamilton, and Billy Campbell of Crossett, Arkansas; grandchildren, Courtney and Samantha Dozier, Jordan, Cameron and Gavin Cason, Alex and C.J. McKnight, Amilyn, Melania and Delaney Fulcher and Will and Ian Sheridan; siblings, Mildred Phillips, Alvis Treece, Lila Treece, Paul (Lisa) Treece, Wayne (Cindy) Treece, Troy (Geneva) Treece and Ray Treece and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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David Ray Dutton
David Ray Dutton, 76, of Double Springs, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Walker Baptist Medical Center, in Jasper.
His funeral service  was conducted Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Nichols Funeral Home, in Double Springs, with Mike Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the  Double Springs Memorial Ceme-tery.
Dutton was born on June 26, 1939, in Prospect. He graduated from Marvista High School in Imperial Beach, California and went to Northwestern Junior College in Chula Vista, where he majored in business.
In 1957, he joined the United States Navy and served his country for 19 years as an operational specialist. He retired from the Navy in 1976 after earning many medals and citations. He enjoyed reading the Bible and going to church. He always kept his faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Dutton; parents, Jr. and Dorothy Dutton; sister, Juanella Dempsey and granddaughter, Lisa Flanagin.
 Dutton is survived by his daughters, Debra (Bruce Treece) Flanagin and Teresa Thomas; brothers, Butch (Judy) Dutton and Don (Sonya) Dutton; sister, Betty Prescott. He was Paw Paw to five grandchildren, Adam Flanagin, Josh Flanagin, Bo Flanagin, Daniel Treece and Jonathan Flanagin and 15 great-grandchildren, Kensley, Anna, Austin, Logan, Kiley, Kanesha, Isabelle, Alia, Hadley, Sadie, Emma, Jacob, Ashley, Zach and Michael. He was also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
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Jeffrey “Doug” Barton
Jeffrey “Doug” Barton, 53, of Lynn, passed away on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Lynn.
His funeral service  was conducted Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at Nichols Funeral Home, in Haleyville, with  Gary Wakefield officiating.  Burial was in Sardis Cemetery in Lynn. Nichols Funeral Home, in Haleyville directed.
Barton was born on Feb. 3, 1962 in Haleyville.
He was preceded in death by his father, James T. Barton; sister, Janet Barton; sister-in-law, Reba Barton and brother- in-law, Danny Barton.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Debbie Barton and her sons, Chris Hill and Shane (Jennifer) Hill; mother, Paralee Barton; brother, Robert Barton and sister, Annette Barton. He was Papa Doug to his grandchildren, Brandon and Breanna Hill. He is also survived by nephew, Danny Wayne Barton; niece, Michelle Norris; great-niece, Amanda Barton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
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Jimmy Kent Israel
James Kent "Jimmy Kent" Israel, age 70, Haleyville, passed away Friday Aug. 28, 2015 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center, in Birmingham, due to complications that arose during a scheduled  vascular surgery.
His funeral was conducted Monday, Aug. 31,  2015, at Haleyville First Baptist Church, with Bro. Nathan Carroll and Dr. Jim Cooley officiating. Burial in Winston Memorial Cemetery.
Jimmy Kent was born on February 15, 1945, in Haleyville. He lived in Haleyville, where he began participating in church, social and sporting events as a very young boy. Kent was blessed with a deep faith in God, a big, kind heart, and much athletic ability.
He spent his high school years working, dating Paulette Hughes and as a leader and quarterback for the Haleyville Lions football team.
Just prior to graduating from Haleyville High School, at the personal request of head coach Paul Bryant, Kent signed a grant-in-aide scholarship to play football at The University of Alabama. There, he was initiated to the A-Club and learned many, many valuable lessons about grit, gut, sacrifice, perseverance and never giving up.
 He would carry these lessons the rest of his days, he would teach them to his children and their friends, and would use them to help encourage and inspire countless others.
Jimmy Kent married Paulette on July 23, 1967, (He kept this a secret only from Coach Bryant!) and spent his last year of eligibility as a graduate assistant coach.
He coached football for one year at Tuscaloosa High School. He was then approached by John Posey, Jr. and Don Tidwell, who were interested in employing ex-Alabama football players. He accepted the position, and he and Paulette returned to Haleyville for Kent to begin a career in the mobile home business.
Jimmy Kent remained with Tidwell Industries for 16 years, leaving his position as a Vice-President in 1985. That year, he and Paulette and Royce and Joanne Benefield opened P.R. Hughes Trading Company, where Kent remained for the next 30 years.
"Giving Back" was very important to Kent. He was dedicated to serving and supporting his church and his community.
Since returning to Haleyville, he has been a member of the Lion’s Club, coached Little League football, supported organizations that benefit the football team, as well as supporting all other Haleyville sport teams and the band, served on the Industrial Board, the Haleyville Water and Sewer Board, and served on the Haleyville City Schools Board of Education for 12 years.
Kent kept his eye out for superb athletes in Haleyville and was dedicated to helping them receive scholarships. He called Mal Moore at Alabama and his prior teammates who coached and/or were the athletic directors at various colleges to ensure that a scout came to watch these athletes play and make contact with them.
Most important to Kent, however, was his church where he taught Sunday School for 20 years and served as deacon at First Baptist Church in Haley-ville.
Jimmy Kent prioritized his life in this order; God, family, friends, work, everything else. He was deeply dedicated to the Great Commission.
He was deeply dedicated to his family and to his “chosen” family that is made up of his friends, Paulette’s friends, and his children’s friends, whom he loved much more deeply than many of them will ever realize.
He loved God, people, jokes, laughter, kindness and, yes, football. However, for the last 10 years what brought him the most pleasure were his grandchildren, Emma and Jon Kent. Just the sound of their voices excited him, flooded his face with a smile and made his green eyes sparkle. They were his very happy place.
Jimmy Kent was preceded in death by his father, James Allen Israel.
He is survived by his wife, Paulette Hughes Israel; mother, Louise Nation Israel; his daughters, Emily Savhann Israel and Amanda Israel Parson, her husband Billy Ray; his grandchildren, Emma Hughes and Jonathan Kent; his siblings, Allen (Pat), Tommy (Ann) and Phyllis (Ellis); his brother and sister-in-law, Royce and Joanne Benefield; his nieces and nephews, Mary Kathryn Benefield Waters, Blake Israel, Andy and Adam Israel, Katie Stout Hankel, Kim Stout Livesay and Kassie Stout Dyson; his great nephew, Peyton Donald Waters, IV.
In lieu of flowers, contributions made to the Jimmy Kent Israel Memorial Fund c/o Will Walker or Keith Brown at Traders and Farmers Bank will be greatly appreciated. The address is: P.O. Drawer 550 Haleyville, Alabama, 35565 and the phone number is 205-486-5263. This fund will be used to support students, athletes and the causes dear to Kent’s heart.
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John Jody Spain
John Jody Spain, 83, of Arley, passed away Sunday, Aug. 27, 2015. His funeral service was conducted Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Nichols Funeral Home - Addison

Meredith L. Jackson
Meredith  L. Jackson, 67, of Russellville, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.  Pinkard Funeral  Home - Russellville

Paul Eugene Helsel
Paul Eugene Helsel II, 75, of Double Springs, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015., at his residence.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at 1 p.m., at the Double Springs Church of Christ, in Double Springs. Vance Hutton will officiate, with Wilson Brothers Funeral Service & Crematorium, of Carbon Hill directing.
Helsel is survived by his children, Debbie Rose (Jack), Paul Eugene Helsel III (Mila), Reba Gower (Scott), Bradley Poling (Katie) and Kim Lukela (Jeremy); grandchildren: Andrew Gower, Nalanie Lukela, Dylan Lukela, Ciara Stanton and Saban Helsel; brother, Larry Helsel; sisters, Trudy Egleston and Lynn Helsel; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and dear friends.

Charles “Satch” Grisham
Charles Taylor “Satch” Grisham, 76, of Russell-ville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. His funeral service was conducted Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Pinkard Funeral Home-Russellville

Ronnie Edward Gooch
Ronnie Edward Gooch, 62, of Russell-ville, passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015.  Pinkard Funeral Home-Russellville  


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