Evelyn Sparks Murphree
Evelyn Sparks Murphree, 89, a resident of Montgomery, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 24, at Dalraida Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Evans officiating.
Mrs. Murphree was born June 13, 1923, in Cullman to Horace and Velma Sparks. She graduated from Fairview High School in 1942 and Droughn’s Business College in Nashville, Tenn. In 1943, she married Kenneth N. Murphree. They lived out their lives centered on family, church, friends and a beautiful property that they created together and shared with all those they loved. She worked for the Alabama State Health Department, retiring in 1984.
Evelyn will be remembered as someone who viewed life with innocence and grace, always seeing the best in every person and circumstance, leaving a legacy of strength, faith and love in its purest form.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth N. Murphree; her parents, Horace and Velma Sparks; and two brothers, Verbon (Inez) Sparks and “Dutch” (Helen) Sparks.
She is survived by one sister, Veda (Evon) Craft; two daughters, Joan (Bob) Thornton and Ginger (Richard) Crook; four grandchildren, Kip Thornton, Matt Thornton, Rachel (Britt) Barley and Robin (Clint) Darby; and six great-grandchildren, Brandon, Aaron and Kendall Thornton, Kaitlyn Salyers, Britt Barley and Leland Darby.
Evelyn Sparks Murphree
James Edward “Ed” Lee
James Edward “Ed” Lee, 85, of Cullman, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and friend went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
Bobby C. Rowland
Memorial services for Bobby C. Rowland of Fairview will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Fairview, Dr. David Chambers and the Rev. Ed Vickery officiating, with burial in Franklin, Ky., at a later date.
Rosa L. Williams
Funeral Services for Rosa L. Williams, 81, of Welti will be held at noon Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Moss-Service Funeral Home Chapel, Bros. Randy Sellers and Caleb Elrod officiating, with burial in Bethlehem East Baptist Cemetery in Hanceville.
Shirley Jean Thomason
Funeral services for Shirley Jean Thomason, 64, of Vinemont will be Monday, December 9, 2013 at Cullman Heritage Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m. with interment in the Thomason Family Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Lee Opal Ballinger
Funeral services for Lee Opal Ballinger, 78, of Hanceville will be Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Cullman Heritage Funeral Home chapel, Lawrence Black officiating with interment at Union Grove Cemetery in Walker County. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Tuesday.
Funeral services for Theresa Conn, 52, of West Point are incomplete and will be announced later by Cullman Heritage Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Carolyn Pannell, 44, of Hanceville will be Monday, December 9, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Holly Pond Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Benjamin Smothers officiating. Burial will follow at Duck River Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Genella Evans ‘Jennie’ Nance
Genella Evans ‘Jennie’ Nance, 88, of Cullman passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. Jennie was a member of First Methodist Church in Cullman.
Funeral services for Rosa Williams, 81, of Welti will be at noon Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Moss-Service Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Bethlehem East Cemetery.
Lillian Federer ‘Granny’ Keese
Funeral services for Lillian Federer “Granny” Keese, 91, of Cullman will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Oak Level Baptist Church, with interment in adjoining cemetery, the Rev. Edsel Riddle officiating. The body will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
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