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Mavis Jackson Dill

Published 11:57am Sunday, June 14, 2009

By Staff
June 9, 2009
Mavis Jackson Dill, 72, Russellville, Ala. passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at Helen Keller Hospital after an extended illness.
She was preceded in death by her parents Truman and Margie Henley Jackson; brothers, Johnny (Jake) Jackson, Wayne Jackson and 3 infant siblings.
She leaves to cherish her memory, husband, William B. Dill; children, Angela Nix Leopard and husband, Bobby, Deborah Nix Lindsey and husband, Steve, Pamela Nix Fuller and husband, Roger, Johnny Dill and wife, April, Kathy Dill Masterson and husband, Greg, Barbara Dill Baker and husband, Tim, Joy Dill Yates; sisters, Louise Harris, Betty Grimes; brother, Carl T. Jackson; special sister-in-law, Betty Frances Goble; sisters-in-law, Betty Jo Jackson, Betty Lou Jackson, Iva Lee Jackson: grandchildren, Amber Leopard Vaughn and husband, Rodney, Eric Leopard, Laci Hines, Anna Fuller, Jordan Lindsey, Nathan Baker, Erin Masterson, Christy Spence, Haley Yates; 2 great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38105.
Our family extends special thanks to Dr. Kevin Kelly and Northwest Home Health for their care of our mother during her illness.
Elick L.Pinkard
June 9, 2009
Elick Loyd Pinkard, 77, Phil Campbell, Ala. passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at Helen Keller Hospital.
He was born and raised in Phil Campbell until moving to Michigan to work. He returned home after retiring from Ford Motor Company. He was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church. He served in the Army during the Korean war and received the United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with six bronze stars and Purple Heart award.
Funeral services were held June 12, 2009, at Mountain View Baptist Church in Phil Campbell with Mike Norton officiating. Burial followed in the adjoining cemetery.
Survivors include wife, Irra Dell Pinkard, of Phil Campbell; children, Susan Cross, of Bowling Green, Ky., Tim Pinkard and wife, Lena, of Joelton, Tenn., Tamera Pinkard, of Gastonia, NC, Jonathon Pinkard, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; brother, Walter Pinkard, of Bear Creek; sister, Bertha Moody and husband, Elbert, of Indianapolis, Ind.; grandchildren, Kelly Pinkard, Sandy Gallagher, Shaun Brown, Jonathon Pinkard; great-grandchild, Jisela Pinkard; several nieces and nephews.
Martha R. Neugent
June 8, 2009
Martha Raye Yarbrough Neugent, 68, Russellville, Ala. died Monday, June 8, 2009 at Helen Keller Hospital.
She was a native of Winston County and member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscumbia.
Graveside services were held June 11, 2009, at Sunny Home Cemetery in Haleyville.
She is survived by husband, Lewis Neugent, of Russellville; children, Malena Grimes and husband Patrick, of Tuscumbia, Angelia W. Franks, of Florence; stepchildren, Joy Dickey, Steve Neugent, of Muscle Shoals, Patti Aeschlimann, of Fla.; sisters, Carolyn White, of W.Va.; Lena Mae Cagle, of Haleyville, Cheryl Owens, of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchild, Jesse Franks; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents, Irvin and Katie Mae Yarbrough; sisters, Shirley Kooz and Ruby Banagis.
O'Neal Bragwell
June 9, 2009
O'Neal Bragwell, 103, of Tuscumbia, Ala. passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at his residence.
He was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Sheffield. He owned Tire Engineers in Jackson, Tenn. for 34 years. He enjoyed hunting, traveling to South Dakota annually until age 91.
Funeral services were held June 12, 2009, at Pinkard Funeral Home Chapel, in Russellville with Bro. Tom Lewis officiating. Burial was in New Friendship Cemetery in Belgreen.
Survivors include wife, Eleanor Bragwell, of Tuscumbia, Ala.; son, Lew Bragwell, of Newport, Mich.; grandchildren, Teresa Walsh, of South Rockwood, Mich., Randy Wood, of Saint Clair Shores, Mich., Linda Kass, of Taylor, Mich., Cheryl Slaughter, of Flower Mound, Texas; several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jerry Weimer, Billy Brown, Stanley Kent, Jim Borum, Tim Walsh and Gary Hester.
He was preceded in death by, parents, Ell and Pearl Bragwell; daughter, Lila Pearl Wood; grandchildren, Donald Wood and Kevin Wood; sisters, Eva Weimer, Maxine King and Willodean Borum.
Special thanks to neighbors and to Hospice of North Alabama Team.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charity
Ruby Louise King
June 9, 2009
Ruby Louise King, 88, of Russellville passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at Russellville Health Care.
Funeral services were held June 11, 2009 at Spry Memorial Chapel with Bro. George Hutto officicating. Interment was in Franklin Memory Garden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. King; parents, Clearn and Victoria Rea; brothers, Berlon Rea, Earl Rea, Bobby Rea, all of Russellville, Athel Rea and Amos Rea, both of Flint, Mich., and Ford Rea, of Muscle Shoals; sisters, Exie Nash, of Flint, Mich. and Alma Brawley, of Hamilton.
She is survived by her son, Joseph Wayne King and wife, Wanda, of Russellville; grandson, Chris King; granddaughter, Carissa King; step-granddaughters, Emily Sharpton, of Huntsville and Jenny Stubbs, of Florence; great-grandchildren, Alexus King and Madison Kimbrough, both of Russellville; sister Ludie Montgomery, of Tuscumbia; and numerous nieces and nephew.
She was a loving daughter, mother and grandmother. She was a life long residence of Russellville and a member of Isbell Church of Christ. She will be dearly missed by all.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Russellville Health Care for their loving, tender care of their mother. The family also wishes to thank North Alabama Hospice, Dr. Miranda Decker and Dr. Anastacio.
Rheba Berryhill Mattox
June 10, 2009
Rheba Berryhill Mattox, 96 of Searcy, Ark., beloved and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother peacefully left this life and entered the arms of Jesus on June 10, 2009. Born January 9, 1913 in Frankfort, Alabama, she was the first child of Chester O. and Lillian Miller Stout. She was preceded in death by her parents, a younger sister, Bernice, her first husband, M.E. "Pinky" Berryhill, and her second husband, F.W. "Billy" Mattox.
She is survived by four children, Don and wife Anne of Jackson, Miss., daughter, Naita Tate and husband, Sid, of Searcy, Ark., son, Dick and wife, Jana, of Little Rock, Ark., and son, David and wife, Lola, of North Little Rock, Ark.; fifteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
In her younger years the family moved to Russellville, where her father spent many years as a rural mail carrier. After graduating from Russellville High School in 1930, Rheba enrolled at Harding College in Morrilton, Ark. While there she met her dear "Pinky" Berryhill of Knox City, Texas whom she married following graduation from Harding (which had moved to Searcy). To this union of almost 38 years, four children were born. Except for a short time during the early 1940's when they lived in Nashville, Tennessee where "Pinky" was doing graduate work, Rheba resided in Searcy.
Rheba and "Pinky" committed themselves to service in Christian education. He taught and coached at Harding until his death in 1972. At various times over the years she worked in the college infirmary and the library while also being devoted to raising their children. Rheba was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who embodied qualities of Christian character: dedication to her Lord and service to others. For many years she opened her home on Harding Drive to help house students and visitors to the Harding campus. She became affectionately known to her grandchildren, their friends, and other students as "Mama Rheba".
In 1989, Rheba married F.W. "Billy" Mattox, a former schoolmate at Harding and longtime family friend, who had earlier lost his first wife to Alzheimer's. Rheba and Billy enjoyed twelve wonderful years together traveling, gardening and entertaining family, friends and neighbors. Their annual July 4th backyard neighborhood picnic became a highlight of the year. She once again became a shining example of love, devotion and perseverance as she tirelessly and faithfully cared for "Dad Billy" during his final months following the tragic accident which eventually took his life. The past few years of her life were spent at Harding Place where she made many new friends and acquaintances.
On her 90th birthday in 2003 she was honored by Harding University with a plaque recognizing her many years of service and support of Harding. She proudly displayed the plaque on the wall of her home.
Rheba will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her, but she is waiting on the "other side" for us all with her arms open wide.
Memorials may be made to African Christian Hospital Foundation, Associated Women for Harding or a charity of one's choice.
Memorial Services celebrating her life will be Saturday, June 13, 2009 at the College Church of Christ in Searcy with visitation to follow.

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