Monday August 29th – OBITS (5)

Thomas Reeves “Tommy” Slade, Jr.

Thomas Reeves “Tommy” Slade, Jr., age 74 of Talbotton, Ga., passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at his residence. Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2016 at Parkhill Cemetery in Columbus. Dr. Jimmy Elder, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Columbus, officiated.  The family received friends immediately following the service at the cemetery. Mr. Slade was born March 5, 1942 in Columbus, Ga., the son of Thomas R. Slade, Sr. and Kathleen Collier Slade. He lived his entire life in Talbotton, Ga., where he was a member, and faithfully served as an usher, of Talbotton United Methodist Church. He worked over ten years at the Slade Motor Co. in Talbotton followed by many years of service as a Gulf gasoline deliveryman for his father at the T. R. Slade Distributorship. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his brother, Joseph C. Slade (Betsy) of Columbus; two nephews, Patrick Slade (Susan), and Michael Slade (Shannon); five great-nieces and a great-nephew, Abby Slade, Maggie Slade, Johnson Yarbrough, Isabelle Slade, Gracie Slade and Emma Slade; also numerous cousins. The family respectfully requests that flowers be omitted. Memorial contributions may be made to Talbotton United Methodist Church, Atten: Tom Persons P.O. Box 513, Talbotton, Ga. 31827. Online condolences may be offered at
Cox Funeral Home, Hamilton, Ga. was in charge of arrangements.



Malinda Bishop Duvall

Mrs. Malinda Bishop Duvall, age 51, of Huguley, Al passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, AL. Mrs. Duvall is survived by her husband, Allan Duvall; her two children, Roxie (Nick) Duvall Corley of Beulah, AL and Josh (Ashley) Sturges of Lanett, AL; her grandson, Lyric Sturges; her mother and father, Faye and David Bailey of Huguley, AL; her three siblings, Rodney (Sherry) Bishop of Lanett, Al, Damon (April) Bailey of Huguley, AL, and Casey (Jason) Coggins of Valley, AL; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her paternal father, Byron Bishop; and her grandparents, Cassie and Bruce Bishop and Anna and Ethridge Overton. Mrs. Duvall was born on October 29, 1964 in Langdale, AL. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Huguley. She was a very hardworking lady who was selfless, sweet, and loving. She loved her children, her grandchild, and her dogs. She was a wonderful daughter to her parents, David and Faye Bailey. She excelled in her role as the matriarch of the family. Funeral services was held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Rev. Rusty Letson officiated. Burial followed at Resthaven Cemetery in Lanett. The family received friends Saturday afternoon from 3:00 PM until the service hour at the funeral home.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



William Franklin Boze, Jr.

William Boze, Jr. passed away Thursday at Grady Memorial Hospital. He was born January 1, 1952 in LaGrange, Georgia to the late, William and Matilda Boze, Sr. “Peabo” was a graduate of Troup High School and was currently employed with W.C. Merritt Company of East Point, Georgia. Survivors include his wife, Mary Blash Boze; mother-in-law, Minnie L. Brinkley; sons, Timothy (Shellene) Boze, William Franklin (Keisha )Boze, III, Quinton Porch; step-son, Zebedee (Syita)Blash, Jr.; daughter, Anquyst Harris; step-daughter, Angela Tigner; sisters, Ann Boze Morgan, Lynda J. Boze; brother, Bennie Boze William; has nine grandchildren, five step-grandchildren along with a host of nieces, nephews cousins, and friends. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Thursday at 1:00 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church, West Point. Pastor Timothy Boze officiated. Burial followed at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Standing Rock, Alabama.

Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Ardell Davidson Winston

Mrs. Ardell Davidson Winston, the daughter of the late Mr. Nathan Davidson and Mrs. Susie M. Davidson, was born on November 7, 1931 in Gold Hill, Alabama. As family and loved ones looked on, God opened the Pearly Gates and called down to her to follow His voice and rise up to her eternal Heavenly home on August 22, 2016. Ardell was raised with her other six siblings and enjoyed her early childhood while attending the Lee County Public Schools. She devoted her life to Christ at an early age and joined Macedonia Baptist Church, where she remained a faithful and tithing member all her life. Eventually her parents relocated back to Troup County, GA (Hogg Mountain Community) when she was 14 years old and continued her education with Troup County Schools. She also chose Emanuel Chapel CME as her local church so she could worship with her husband and children. At Emanuel she participated with the kitchen committee where she often prepared vegetables, cornbread, and many of her delicious pound cakes and more. She practiced and sang with the Choir for many years and served in many other capacities. Some of her fondest memories in life were when Rev. T.D. Brown was pastor and he carried the church members on several out of state trips. She was united in holy matrimony to the late John T. Winston for over 50 years until his passing in 2002. To this union six children were born: Thomas, William, Victor, Terry, Dexter, and Valerie. After raising her children to school age, she began working as a domestic with several families in the West Point area. Later she began a career as an employee of West Point Pepperell Mills in Shawmut and Riverdale, Alabama. From there she returned to school and received her certificate in nursing assistance from Meadows College, which led to a career in private duty nursing with the elderly. Throughout her life, Ardell was a mother to her children and to her nieces and nephews. Her home was always open to not only her nieces and nephews but also to her husband’s family. When her children were fed, everyone else’s children were fed also. She took pride in her baking and sewing skills. Born with a creative hand, she labored many days making beautiful dresses for her girls, and preparing delicious deserts for her family. Ardell had a sweet spirit and would always lend a helping hand whenever she could. She was preceded in death by: two sons, William and Dexter; brothers Horace, Joseph, and John McCord; sisters Fannie Lou Johnson, Alberta Lockhart, Ruth Potts.

Cherishing her memories are her sons, Mr. Thomas Winston, Mr. Victor Winston, College Park, GA; daughters Ms. Terry Winston Bonner, Jonesboro, GA and Mrs. Valerie (John) Tatum, Detroit, MI; grandchildren, Dr. Charles (Angelica) King, Jr. and Mr. Corbin King, Albany, GA; Mrs. Tara (Alford)Bell, Silver Spring, MD; great grandsons, Brody, Charles III, and Elijah; a dear cousin, Mrs. Gwendolyn A. Jones; a special young man, Mijoshski Buckner and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Funeral Services for Mrs. Adrell D. Winston was held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm at the Emaneul Chapel CME. Church, 1309 E. 10th Street, West Point, GA 31833. Rev. Derrick Miller, Pastor, Rev. Christopher Johnson, Eulogist, Rev. Thurmond Brown, Rev. Charles Trammell, and Rev. Brandon Todd, officiated. Interment followed in the Marseilles Cemetery. The family received friends on Friday, August 26, 2016 at the M.W. Lee Mortuary.
Professional services provided by M.W. Lee Mortuary Inc. in West Point GA.


Cathy Hester

Cathy Hester Smith

Mrs. Cathy Hester Smith, age 59, of LaGrange, Ga passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Hospice LaGrange. Mrs. Smith was born April 26, 1957 in LaGrange, GA to the late Arles Clayton Hester and Betty Joan Doss Hester. She was an Office Manager with Columbus Financial Company. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Daigrepont; brothers, Charles Hester, Ray Hester, Jerry Hester, Steve Hester, Mark Hester, and David Hester, Sr. Survivors include her son, Anthony (Alisha) Daigrepont; brother, Richard (Kathy) Hester; sister, Sharon (Keith) Edwards; brother, Doug (Debbie) Hester; grandson, Ryan McClellan; sister-in-laws, Debbie Hester and Stephania Hester; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life service was held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Ayres Memorial United Methodist Church. Reverend Wayne Hester officiated. The gathering of family and friends followed immediately after the service in the Fellowship Hall at the Church. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting

Arrangements were by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary.