Obituaries 1970 to 1979


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Wayne Fowler ~ July 11, 1950 – August 3, 2015
Earl Wayne Fowler age 65 of Sumiton, passed away Monday August 3, 2015 at his residence. He was owner of Gobie’s Inc. and was a member of the First Baptist Church ofWayne Fowler Sumiton. Funeral services will be Thursday August 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the New Horizon Memorial Chapel. Rev. Ted Johnson will officiate. Burial will follow in McCormack Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 6-8 pm at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his parents J.L. “Gobie” and Navaree Fowler; brothers, Gary and Larry Fowler; and his sister, Connie Barnett. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Gayla Ellis Fowler; son, Ryan Fowler and wife Hope; daughter, Lindsey Berger and husband Alex; grandchildren, Chandler, Nolan, Brody and Makenzie Berger, and, Sage, Ava and Dakota Harper; mother in law, Blanche Ellis; sisters in law, Anita Russell and Connie Thomas; cousin, Tonya Wilson; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Richard S. Headrick, 62, of Sumiton, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at his residence. The family received friends Sunday, Sept. 28, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. at New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home.

Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the New Horizon Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Preston Headrick, the Rev. Tom Salter and the Rev. John Foles will officiate.

He was bruied at McCormack Cemetery.

Headrick was the owner of Green Top Barbecue, a graduate of Dora High School (Class of 1970) and a captain of the Dora Bulldog football team, where he received all-state honorable mention.

He was an outstanding youth football coach and a member of Sumiton United Methodist Church. He was a founding member of the County Line Auburn Club and loved to fish.

Headrick was preceded in death by his father, Leo P. Headrick and his brother, Kenneth Headrick.

He is survived by his mother, Susie Headrick; son, Tony Headrick and his wife, Lee Ann; grandchildren, Ricky Headrick, Katie Headrick and Zac Headrick; brother, Preston Headrick and his wife, J.J.; nephew, Jake Headrick; niece, Jessye Harbor; special friend, Karen Kilpatrick; many other relatives and a host of friends.

neal cole

Neal Cole Passed away 12-02 
liz burks

Liz Burks, passed away in 2003

Cathy Jenkins 59, , April 14, 2010

Richard C. Washington Sr. died Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Brenda J. Vintson, 55, died Dec. 27, 2006

Vonnie Ellis ‘Dee Dee’ Allums, 56, of Sumiton, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2007,

Gary Harris died May 30th 2010

Carla Cashman Elgin of Dora High School Class of 1970 passes away May 11, 2020. Carla is preceded in death by her parents, Bo and Carlene Cashman and her son-in-law, Jason Bowers. She is survived by her children, Casey Elgin White (Robert), Ashley Bowers and Scott Weaver (Michelle) as well as a host of grandchildren. Mrs. Elgin’s family will host a Memorial Service at the Amelia Porter Center located in Palisades Park, Oneonta on Saturday May 23, 2020 from 1:30-3:30 pm. Please contact the family directly for details or further information.



Ricky Peterson killed in 2003

Tommy Rich passed away in 2003

Debra Jordan Rose Parker passed away on Wednesday March 19th 2008.

Tommy Lowery passed away on October 21, 1998.

Rex Wingo, 60, of Empire, passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at his residence.

John Michael Sandlin, 59, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2012
Judy Yvonne Busby (March 11, 1953 – June 25, 2011)

Johnnie Sue Poore Burton, 57, of Jasper, passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2010

Patricia Harper Scissom passed away December 29,2009 of a heart attack.

Rita Elmore (Rich)
Name: Rollie Keith Reaid
Rank/Branch: E-7/US Air Force
Unit: 16th Special Operations Squadron, Ubon AB, Thailand
Date of Birth: 23 December 1952
Home City of Record: Dora AL
Date of Loss: 21 December 1972

Rickey Dale Pinion passed away April 2005
Debra Jordan Rose Parker passed away on Wednesday March 19th 2008.

Ric Hardin died on Aug. 23, 1997 and is buried at New Horizon.

Elizabeth Ann Burks Bynum, 49, of Sumiton died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at Bell Sumiton Chapel with burial at Davis Cemetery. Rev. J.T. Tucker will officiate. Bell Funeral Home in Sumiton is directing.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Feb. 20, 2003, at Bell Sumiton Chapel. She attended Second Baptist Church as a child. She was preceded in death by her father, William H. Burks, and her husband, James Ray Bynum.
She is survived by her mother, Willodean Cummings of Sumiton; sisters, Violet Burks Shelby of Montevallo, Brenda Stamps of Dora, Belinda Desiderio of Cullman and Melissa Putzier of Huntsville; nieces, Samantha Shelby Goldstein, Tabitha Holly Shelby, and Racquel Putzier; nephew, Rollin Putzier; and great-niece, Savannah Moon Goldstein


Stanley Hugh Ballenger, 64, of Dora, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Huntsville Hospital.

Robby Lee Williams age 60 of Empire, currently a resident of Bagley, passed away on Saturday April 19, 2014

Kathy Harper Morton 58, of Fultondale, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at her residence. She was formerly employed at Golden Flake Snack Foods and was an avid Alabama football fan. Dennis Russell died October 9, 2011

Greg Sides of the Dora High School Class of 1972 passed away on Thursday May 24th.David W. Jackson lost his battle with cancer on November the 18th 2009.

Myra Park Brown, 56, of Birmingham, passed away Monday, April 12, 2010, at Brookwood Medical Center.

Kent D. Wesson, 54, of Dora passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008,

Donna Sellers Huett, died Friday, July 30, 2004,

Robert Roberts (Later went by Robert Williams) died September 28 1998.

Billy Lowery Passed away of a heart attack

Ronald Burgess died August 16th 2007 from long battle with cancer 



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Beverly Johnson

Donnie Levan

Raymond May

Danny Roberts

Billy Mitchell

Willie Taylor

Don McLain

Larry Mitchell Taft – died Februar 3, 2012.

James Beersdorf class of 1973 died of a heart attack in August of 2007.

Michael Taylor notified me that Malcolm Taylor passed away on 12/26/11

Alf Earl Batson Died in June 19th 2002 Click here for photos and a news story about Alf.


Donna Ledbetter Wynn age 58 of Dora, went home to be with the Lord on Monday April 21, 2104

Michael Alan “Mike” Key, 56, of Dora, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2012

Sarah Rose Patman from the Dora High School Class of 74 passed away on October 31 2007

John F. Wilson, 51, of Dora passed away Friday, June 6, 2008.


Benny Ray Bell 49, of Hoover, formerly of Walker County, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2006 at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Benny graduated from Dora High School in 1975. Benny died suddenly only a few days after discovering he had lung cancer.

Frank Wyatt Creel Passed away February 2009

Carol Baird

Linda Spradling


Dewayne Maske passed away May 25 2014

Janice Meads Coyle, 54, of Jasper, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2012, at her residence.


James Wayne Elmore, 56, of Dilworth, born March 3, 1959, passed away Friday, June 12, 2015

Rhonda Weldon Hodges passed away 2-03

Perry Lewis, 44, of Argo died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at Baptist Medical Center-Princeton in Birmingham. He graduated from Dora High in the Class of 77

Michael Edward Sides who died August 4, 2000 of heart failure.



Jo Helen Spradling, 51, of Dora High School in 1978, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. She was born July 22, 1964, and was a member of Burnwell Baptist Church, where she had served as the choir director.


DAUGHERTY, BARRY KALE, age 43, of Dora, AL, died November 2, 2003 at his residence. He was a tire store manager with Ross Neely Trucking Company and also served as Captain of the Dora Fire and Rescue Department. He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Daugherty. Survivors include his wife, Donna Daugherty of Dora; daughter, Heather Louise Daugherty of Dora; son, Christopher Kale Daugherty of Dora; father and stepmother, William and Marzenia Daugherty of Shanghi; sisters, Patsy Dill (Ricky) of Sumiton, Lisa Clark (Dan) of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Judy Daugherty and Tracy Elkins (Barry), all of Shanghi; brothers, Larry Daugherty (Christy) of West Jefferson, Ronnie Daugherty (Jody) of Oak Grove, Tony Daugherty (Cindy) of Warrior, Timmy Daugherty (Tina) of Jasper, and Ray Morgan of Sipsey; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Doug Tate officiating. Burial will follow in Shanghi Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home. New Horizon Funeral Home directing.


TURMAN, RHONDA DEE WISE, age 45, of Sumiton passed away Sunday, November 6, 2005 at her residence. She was a member of East Walker Church of Christ. She was previously employed with Hayes Aircraft and also as a photographer with the Daily Mountain Eagle Rhonda WiseNewspaper, The Community News and Dickerson Studios. She was preceded in death by her father, Darrell Wise and her grandparents, Earl and Louise Wise and Sarah Jane Knight. Survivors include her husband, Larry Turman; two daughters, Chelsea Turman and Julian Maleá Turman; her mother, Betty Knight Wise; her sister, Tonya Wilson and her husband Mickey all of Sumiton; a niece, Heather and her husband Craig Washington and their children Anna Reece and Wilson; a nephew, Christian Wilson; her grandmother-in-law, Audrey Turman and aunt and uncle Donald and Peggy Turman; several other nieces, nephews, relatives and a host of friends. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at East Walker Church of Christ, with Mr. Barry Bennett officiating. She will lie in state from 1-2 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at New Horizon Memorial Gardens. Visitation is Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home, Dora 205-648-2323.

Joy Lynn Pruden, age 58 of Dora, went to be with the Lord on January 17, 2018.

Danny Ray Hodges, 54, of Bagley, passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at his residence

Michal Duane Johnson Dora High School Class of 1978 passes away
Funeral Services for Mr. Michal Duane Johnson, age 51 of Bremen, will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Moss-Service Funeral Home Chapel, with Ronnie Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Ryan’s Creek Baptist Cemetery. Moss-Service Funeral Home of Cullman directing. Mr. Johnson passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at his residence. He was born on March 16, 1960 in Cook County , Illinois to Marchel and Oleta Chambers Johnson. He worked at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, in Cullman for 25 years. Survivors include his Wife of 22 years – Daphne Lucal Johnson; three 3 – Daughters – Stephanie Johnson, Brittany Johnson (Craig) Garmon and Natasha Phillips; one Son – Saylor Johnson; Parents – Marchel & Oleta Johnson; two 2 – Brothers – Darryl Johnson and Timothy Johnson; and Father & Mother-in-Law – Larry & Joyce Lucal. The family will receive friends for visitation on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Tim Lee, Ricky Montgomery, Anthony McMann, Bubba Muncher, Frankie Hamby and Nick Ballard. You may also sign the guest book on-line at

Kim Harrison Price of Huntsville, formerly of Dora, died Friday, August 28 th 2009. She was 49.
Kim retired from South Central Bell and was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Harrison, and brother, Randy Harrison.
She is survived by her husband, Mike Price; daughter and son-in-law, Lindsey and Joe Jinks; son, Joseph Kyle Thomas; mother, Mickie Harrison; stepchildren, Michael Price, Christian Wright, Seth Wright, Shelby Wright, and Ashley Wright; sister, Wendy Harrison Berry; two brothers, John T. Harrison and Lee Riley Harrison; and two grandchildren, Madeline Turner and Jacob Jinks.


Randy Jett died of cancer January 15, 2016

Brenda Leigh Raney Lewis, 51, of Dora, passed away on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at UAB Hospital.

Dirk Nicholas Flippo Sr., 54, of Dora, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at his residence.



Jeffrey Clark – Dora High School Class of 1979 died in his home in Birmingham yesterday. Jeffrey Lynn Clark, 46, of Birmingham, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008. Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. today, March 21, at New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home with burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in Dilworth Church of God Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Rev. T.J. Millican will officiate. New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home will direct.

KING, RICHARD ALLEN, age 43, of Gardendale, AL, died October 26, 2004. He was a graduate of Dora High School (1979). He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1974. Survivors include son, Richard Alex King; daughters, Valerie Jayne King and April Michelle King; mother, Carole Ann King; brother, Wayne Morris King. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at Ridout’s Gardendale Chapel, with entombment in Oakwood Memorial Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society. Ridout’s Gardendale Chapel directing.

MARJORIE SELLERS LEWIS. , age 43, of Sumiton, died December 28, 2004, in Birmingham. She was a member of the Dora High School Class of 1979. Graveside services will be held Friday, December 31, 2004, at 11 a.m. in Morgan Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at Bell Funeral Home, Sumiton.
William “Cheese” Matthews died in an automobile accident

My name is Marsha Prude. I am a graduate of Dora High School class of 1980. On November 4th 1988 my brother Edward W. Prude Sr., died from his injuries he substance in a construction accident in Tupelo Mississippi. He fell about 20ft off a church roof he was working on. While he was falling, his head hit a concrete wall and he landed on his chest crushing it. Edward graduated from Dora High School in 1979. Would you please add him to the Obituary list. Thank you .