Dr. Keith Woodall
Keith Woodall, 72, of Opelika, passed away Dec. 28, 2014, at East Alabama Medical Center. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m. at Garden Hills Cemetery with visitation preceding the service at First United Methodist Church Sanctuary from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Woodall was born in Birmingham to the late Mildred and Paul Woodall on Jan. 8, 1942, moved to Alexander City in 1947 and graduated from Benjamin Russell High School in 1960.
He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1964, received his degree in dentistry from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1968. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and following his tour of duty returned to the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and completed his residency in orthodontics in 1972. He had a private orthodontic practice in Opelika from 1972 until retirement in 2010. After retiring, he enjoyed travelling and spending time at the lake and the beach with family and friends. He was an avid fisherman and history buff.
Dr. Woodall was active in many civic and professional organizations. He was a member of the 9th District Dental Society, member of the American Dental and Alabama Dental Associations and was a past president of the Alabama Orthodontic Society. He served on the Needle Rush Condominium Board in Perdido Key, Florida for 24 years, held all Board positions, currently serving as treasurer. He was a member and past director of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce and a member of First Untied Methodist Church with service on the Administrative Board.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne Woodall, of 46 years; two sons, Paul (Jessica) and Jonathan (April); five grandchildren, Taylor, Carsen, Tyler, Vivian Woodall and Kennedy Woodall; and sister-in-law Carol Booker.
Pallbearers were David Scott, Haskel Patterson, Alan Lee, Howard Galimore, Cliff Hare and Dr. Bob Patton.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Wade Lambert, Dr. Bill Mims, Dr. Tommy Payne, Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, John Denson, Bill Kent, Dr. Jim Grady, Dr. Bob Hall, Charles Weissinger and Dr. Russell Lowery.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, 702 Ave. A, Opelika, Alabama 36801.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.
Clinton Leon Hardy
Funeral service for Clinton Leon Hardy, 82, of Opelika, was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel. The Rev. Mike Newman officiated.
Graveside service was held at 3 p.m. in Fairview Cemetery in Unions Springs. Visitation was Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.
Mr. Hardy passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at East Alabama Medical Center. He was born Feb. 5, 1932. He graduated from Opelika High School and attended Birmingham Southern College and Auburn University. He worked 35-plus years in the textile industry, including West Point Pepperell and Twiss Associates.
He was an active member of Pepperell Baptist Church, where he served on the Board of Deacons, Sunday School director and helped build the Children’s Ministry. He loved his family, his church, his dogs and Auburn University. He was an avid gardener and golfer.
Mr. Hardy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Annette Hoffman Hardy, daughters Suzy Hardy and Betsy Hardy Schmitt (Joe), sisters Faye Tapley Fullerton and Gladys Tapley Hanks (Dennis) and several nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made in his memory to Pepperell Baptist Church. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed. www.jeffcoatrant.com.
John S. Waldrip
Funeral services for Mr. John S. Waldrip, age 86, of Auburn were held Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Opelika First United Methodist.
Burial was in Auburn Memorial Park Cemetery. The Revs. Charles Thrasher and Randy Woodham officiated.
Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 1-2 p.m. at Opelika First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Waldrip died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at EAMC. John was born March 29, 1928, in Elmore County.
John retired from SONAT after 43 years of service. He was an excellent employee and left with lifelong friendships that he treasured. He prided himself on his family, whom he loved dearly, and his faith in a loving God, and he loved and enjoyed fellowship with his Church family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Mr. SE Waldrip, his mother, Annie Ruth Waldrip, and his wife of 42 years, Bobbie Nell Waldrip, whom he adored.
Survivors include daughters: Brenda Mershon and Dianne Reid; sons: Ken Waldrip, David Waldrip and Mark Waldrip; his sister, Patricia Thrasher, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Opelika First United Methodist Church. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com.
Frances Dudley Lawler
Frances Dudley Lawler of Opelika passed away on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at the age of 75.
She was born to Hugh Robert Dudley and Selma Prince Dudley on Dec. 4, 1939, in Opelika. Frances graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She then attended the University of Alabama School of Law.
She later married Charles W. Lawler Sr., of Opelika. Frances was a member of the Opelika Arts Association and the Women’s Club of Auburn. She was also a member of First Baptist Church of Opelika. Frances loved her family and friends. She also had a passion for education and higher learning, and she showed this love by travelling the world. Frances enjoyed sharing entertaining stories about her many travels.
Frances is survived by her daughter: Rosemond Lawler Dudley; her son: Charles Winfred Lawler Jr.; her three grandchildren: Cynthia Lawler Dudley, Leslie Laurel Dudley and Charles Tillman Dudley; her sister: Barbara Dudley Crum (Ed Crum); her special friend: Lois Miles; and many nephews and cousins.
Frances is preceded in death by her parents: Hugh Robert Dudley and Selma Prince Dudley; her brother: Hugh Robert Dudley Jr.; and her daughter: Frances Charles Lawler.
Visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home prior to the 11 a.m. graveside service at Garden Hills Cemetery in Opelika.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com.
Patty Northington Turner passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at East Alabama Medical Center. She was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Prattville to Leslie Smith and Frances Tatum Northington. She was preceded in death by her six siblings: sisters Dorothy Ebersole and Laura Miller and brothers Leslie, Albert, Sam and Magnus Northington.
She is survived by her husband of over 50 years Jim Turner, two stepdaughters Jane Turner Poe (Bill) of Woodstock, Ga., and Joan Turner Williams (Sammy) of Columbia, Ala., two grandchildren Sam Williams (Heather) and Katie Williams, two great grandchildren Smith Williams and Annaleigh Williams and numerous nieces and nephews. Pat is also survived by close family friends Scottie and Hattie Lett, Dr. Hunter Lett, and Lauren Lett Motley.
Pat graduated with honors from Auburn University in August 1947 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy. She worked as a pharmacist at Opelika Pharmacy. She started the pharmacy department at EAMC as the first director of pharmacy and retired from there after 32 years in 1988.
Pat was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Opelika Alabama and was one of the original members.
She was also a member of PEO service sorority, chapter E in Auburn. She was corresponding secretary for many years.
Pat was an avid bridge player and enjoyed her bridge club for over 55 years.
The funeral was held Monday, Dec. 29 at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church Building Fund.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com.