Larry Jefferson Saylor, Sr., 79, of Beulah, Alabama, was born February 14, 1936, in Georgia to Earnest Saylor and Tressie Waters Saylor. He passed away on November 2, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2015, at Wallace Chapel Baptist Church in Cusseta, Alabama. Visitation was 12-2 p.m. at the church before the service. Interment was at Hephzibah Cemetery in Beulah.
Mr. Saylor is survived by his children, Joan Saylor Tate of Opelika, Larry Jefferson “Jeff” (Teresa) Saylor, Jr.; grandchildren, Trae (Deanna) Holloway, Nicole Holloway, Larra Holloway (Shawn) Headlee, Rachael Saylor, Rene Saylor, Britany Saylor, and 7 great-grandchildren.
Larry is a native of Georgia but lived most of his life around the Opelika area. He attended Beulah High School and then joined the U.S. Air Force for four years. Mr. Saylor retired for the Meadow Gold Dairies/Dairyland Farms. He was a member of Wallace Chapel Baptist Church. He loved spending his extra time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He dearly loved music and enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. In addition, he valued his fishing time.
He is leaving behind his 4-legged dog, best friend, and favorite pet, Curly.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.
Mr. Frank Morris, a lifelong resident of Opelika, died October 28, 2015. He was born January 4, 1926, in East Gadsden, AL, and moved to Opelika in 1929. He was a long-time Opelika Christian, banker, community volunteer, devoted husband, father, grandfather and true friend.
He is survived by three sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren who are: Henry Harrison “Hank” Morris of St. Simons Island, GA, Thomas McGowen “Mac” and Bebe Morris and their son, Thomas I. Morris of Corpus Christi, TX; Benjamin “Ben” and Jill Morris and their son and daughter, Benjamin W. Morris, Jr., and Jane Jenilee (Marcus) Moncayo of Atlanta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of sixty years, Jane McGowen Morris; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.M. (Julia) Morris of Opelika; and son, Frank Morris, Jr.
Mr. Morris graduated from Opelika’s public schools, Auburn University and the LSU School of Banking.
Mr. Morris served two tours of duty in the Navy, one during WWII and another during the Korean War. He served as Commanding Officer and Group Commander of Columbus, GA, Naval Reserve Divisions, retiring with the rank of Commander.
The Alabama Vault and Monument Company was a family owned business he operated until 1965. He sold that business. After completing his education at the LSU School of Banking, he opened the installment Loan Department of the First National Bank. Later he served as President of the bank. After retirement, he served on the bank’s board of directors.
He was a faithful Christian and member of the First Baptist Church of Opelika where he served as a Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon and Chairman of the Board, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Additionally, he served as Alabama Representative of the Radio and Television Commission and a trustee of the Baptist Foundation of Alabama.
Community service was an important part of his life. He was a member of a State Committee of 21 for the Alabama Commission of Higher Education; Chairman of Opelika Medical Clinic Board; Member of Municipal Association Election Committee; President of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce; Trustee and President of the Tallapoosa River Electric Co-op; President of Opelika Chamber of Commerce Retirees Task Force; Vice-Chairman of Auburn University School of Business Advisory Committee and guest lecturer at Auburn University in banking and economics and other civic organizations.
He was an active Rotarian where he served as President and Director of the Opelika Club and District Treasurer of Rotary International. In 1993, he received the Paul Harris Fellow award, which is the highest honor of a Rotarian.
Funeral services were at First Baptist Church on Sunday, November 1, at 2 p.m. Visitation was held at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home on Saturday evening, October 31 from 5-7 p.m. Interment was at Rosemere Cemetery, Opelika.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed.
Rueben Rex Sims
Graveside service for Rueben Rex Sims, 85, Auburn, Alabama, was at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Fayette, Alabama. Visitation was from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika, Alabama.
Mr. Sims is survived by his wife, Nita L. Sims; two sons, Jeffrey F. Sims and wife, Heidi, of Prospect, Kentucky, Gregory R. Sims and wife, Merit, of Auburn; grandchildren, Ryan Sims and wife, Katy, of Washington, D.C., Patrick Sims, of Tucson, Arizona, Seth Richard of Auburn and Molly Richard of Auburn; and a host of nieces and nephews to whom Uncle Rex was very special. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Verra Sims; brothers, John Sims, Herbert Sims and Ward Sims.
Mr. Sims was a native of Fayette, Alabama, and resident of Auburn, Alabama, for eleven years. He was a naval combat veteran who served during the Korean War. He owned an appliance repair business and was a farmer. He was a former member of Bethel Baptist Church, Fayette, Alabama, where he held a number of leadership positions and later a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Auburn. He was an avid and accomplished fisherman and volunteered with Carpenters for Christ.
The family respectfully declines the gift of flowers and suggests memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project or Lakeview Baptist Church Food Pantry, 1600 E. Glenn Avenue, Auburn, AL 36830.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed.