Dr. Jerry A. Kirkpatrick 1936-2012


Dr. Jerry A. Kirkpatrick passed away on April 1. He was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on June 26, 1936. He attended Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. and graduated with a BA from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.  He received a MRE (‘63) and MDiv (‘69) from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft.Worth, Texas, and DMin (‘77) from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in San Francisco.

Dr. Kirkpatrick served churches in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Arkansas, Alabama, Germany and Switzerland; and as Hospice Chaplain of EAMC.  He was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Southwestern Theological Seminary 1975-1980.

He was preceded in death by his parents Afton and Oleta Kirkpatick. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Norma Haigler Kirkpatrick and their three children, Alica Kirkpatrick (husband, Eric Bremer) of Auburn, Shawn Marie Kirkpatrick of Jackson, Miss. and Ty Kirkpatrick (wife, Elisa Kirkpatrick) of Reno, Nev.; three grandsons, Kirk and Ky Bremer and Trey Kirkpatrick; brother, Ronald L. Kirkpatrick (wife, Marilyn) of Memphis, Tenn. and sister, Anita Sue Nance (husband, Glynn) of Missouri City, Texas.

Dr. Kirkpatrick was a man of great character and dearly beloved by his family and the many people he served as pastor. His memorial service was held at Auburn First Baptist Church, on April 7, at 2 p.m. and was officiated by Rev. Alica Kirkpatrick and Dr. James L. Evans. Following the service, the family received friends and guests in the Coleman Fellowship Hall.

Memorial gifts may be made to The National Fragile X Foundation at www.fragilex.org or Auburn First Baptist Church Memorial Fund.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements. www.jeffcoattrant.com



Don Arlen Maynor, Sr. 1930-2012


Don Arlen Maynor, Sr., age 82, of Auburn, died after a brief and comfortable stay at Bethany House. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Newman Maynor, and his son, Don Arlen Maynor Jr. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Maynor Semmens and Robert Semmens; his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa Maynor Tatum and David Tatum; his daughter-in-law, Melinda Manning Maynor; and his son, William Zachary Maynor. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Montgomery Herman Biggs IV, Don A Maynor III (Sonny), Mary Megan Maynor Shellnutt, Jordan Newman Maynor, Margaret Davis Tatum, and David Sawyer Tatum and by one great-grandchild, Montgomery Herman Biggs V.

He was born in Southern Shops, S.C., the son of James and Floy Anne Maynor. He spent most of his career involved in the textile industry, retiring as the director of human resources for Amoco Fabrics and Fibers. He lived his life by the code of teaching a man to fish, not giving a man a fish, and was always willing to help those who were willing to help themselves. He gave everyone dear to him a nickname, and if you’re one of those lucky people, I’m sure you know yours. He was an avid golfer, a rag-time pianist, and enjoyed a host of one-liners. Nearing the end of his life, his sense of humor in tact, he told his daughters, “If I get there first, I’ll draw a line, and if you get there first, you draw a line.”

Don spent his last five years surrounded by his daughters and all of their friends who came to know and love him. There will be a private ceremony, and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Bethany House of Auburn.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.jeffcoattrant.com



Connie Anne Hickman Dennison 1954-2012


Connie Dennison, age 57, of Opelika, was born in Lee County on Nov. 5, 1954, and passed on April 7, 2012.

She was born to the late Albert J. and Fannie Lou Hickman. She was an avid Bingo player and member of the Beauregard Volunteer Fire Department.

Dennison is survived by her husband, James Melton Dennison, Jr.; daughter, Martha (Bear) Rocha; son, Michael (Stephanie) Dennison; six grandchildren, Ryan Robinson, Blade and Blaze Rocha, and Ashleigh, Kyleigh and Tate Dennison; brother, Jackie (Norma) Hickman; and sisters, Sharon (Jeff) McCartney, Sally (Jimmy) Dubose and Mona (Darrel) Felton.

Visitation was held at the family home on April 11, at 6 p.m.

A graveside service was held on April 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Little Texas Cemetery. Rev. James Q. Smith officiated.

The family would like to express special thanks to Bethany House, hospice, family and friends.

Fredericks Funeral Home directed.


Gloria Jean Williams 1940-2012


Gloria Jean Williams was born on Nov. 6, 1940, and passed away on April 3. She is survived by her husband George Williams, son Greg Williams his wife Kim, sister Blanche Johnson and brothers Horace Gregory and Brown Gregory.

Gloria was retired from Ampex/Quantegy. She worked the duration of her 44-year career in the personnel department where she is remembered as a dedicated and valued employee always ready to lend a helping hand. In retirement, she volunteered at East Alabama Medical Center in ICU waiting where she always arrived early and left late insuring everyone in waiting was attended to. She attended Lakeview Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, worked in the nursery and was a member of the Nowell/McCullars Sunday school class.

Gloria enjoyed retirement and took full advantage of the additional time. Although remembered as a quiet and reserved person, she developed a love of travel, working with animals and spending time with friends. She could often be found eating lunch with her friend Maxine while planning their next trip.

Gloria will always be remembered as a selfless caregiver. Her unconditional kindness and support was always on hand to her friends and family.

A funeral service was held at Jeffcoat Trant Funeral Home in Opelika on April 6, at 11 a.m. Visitation was from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the funeral home.There was a brief graveside service at Town Creek Cemetery immediately following the service.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be directed to Auxiliary Services of East Alabama Medical Center. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.



Virginia “Gin” W. Klein 1928-2012


Virginia “Gin” W. Klein, age 83 of Auburn, was born in Waverly on Dec. 24, 1928, and passed away at her home on April 9. She was of the Baptist faith.

Klein was preceded in death by her father, Mack Waites; mother, Ezelle Durrough Waites; husband, Jay Klein; daughter, Sylvia Johnson Burton; grandson, Dwayne Johnson; and stepson, Brad Klein.

She is survived by her son, G. Larry Johnson; daughter-in-law and caregiver, Peggy Johnson; step-sons, Joey Klein and Michael Klein; grandchildren, Steven Golden and wife Neita, Marcie Clack and husband Van, Erin Klein, Cody Klein, Eva Klein, Asher Klein and Jordan Klein; great grandchildren, Chase, Randallyn and Trenton Golden and Blakelee, Braylee and Seth Clack; friend, Willie Pearl Williams; and numerous cousins and friends.

Visitation was held on April 12, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Fredericks Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held on April 13, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Fredericks Funeral Home, with Rev. Wayne Henderson and Rev. Van Clack officiating. Interment will follow in Waverly Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Waverly Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 96, Waverly, Alabama 36879, or to Hospice Advantage, 665 Opelika Road Suite 200, Auburn, Alabama 36830. Flowers will also be accepted.

Fredericks Funeral Home is directing.



Sue E. Waller 1931-2012


Sue E. Waller, 80, of Opelika passed away on April 4, at Bethany House in Auburn. She was born Oct. 17, 1931, in Nashville, Tenn.

Waller had been a resident of the Lee County area for the past 50 years. She was retired from G&W Electric Company where she served as secretary for many years.She was an active member of the 10th Street Church of Christ. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and had a large circle of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis R. Waller in 2010.

Survivors include her two daughters, Sherrie (John Wayne) Segrest of Tuskegee, Pamela Diane (Gerald) Merritt of Nolensville, Tenn.; two sons, Willis Lee (Vickie) Waller of Opelika, Daniel Lloyd (Debbie) Waller of Opelika; 11 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

A graveside service for Waller was held at 11 a.m. on April 7, in Garden Hills Cemetery. Pastor Claude Flynn officiated. Visitation was Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home prior to the service.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.



Sharon Clark 1947-2012


Sharon Clark, age 64 of Opelika, was born in Lafayette, on Sept. 12, 1947, and passed away at her home on April 3. She was born to the late Mr. Barto Gooden and Mrs. Thelma Gunn Gooden.

Clark is survived by her husband, Bobby J. Clark, Sr.; her children, Billy (Lisa) Short, Del (Kim) McMullan, Cory (Amber) McMullan, Nikki (Scottie) Baker, Joey (Brittany) Clark, Tina Singletary, Tonya Dawson, and Zachary McMullan; her 19 grandchildren; her two great grandchildren; her sister, Linda (Steve) Johnson; and her brothers, Wayne (Karen) Gooden, Gerald (Glenda) Gooden, Barto (Joyce) Gooden, and Harold (Emma) Gooden.

Visitation was held on April 5, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Fredericks Funeral Home.

A funeral service was held on April 6, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Fredericks Funeral Home. Pastor Billy T. Short officiated. Interment followed in Garden Hills Cemetery.

Fredericks Funeral Home directed.



Sara B. Howell 1927-2012


Sara B. Howell, age 85, of Auburn, was born in Randolph County on April 4, 1927, and passed away at Oak Park Nursing Home on April 7. She was born to the late Mr. Lon Brown and Mrs. Jencie Folsom Brown.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Howell retired from East Alabama Medical Center. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor.

Howell was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Lewis Howell; and son-in-law, Walter Newton.

She is survived by her daughter, Alma Newton of Opelika; sons, Lewis Howell and wife Bonnie of LaFayette and Keith Howell and wife Jeannie of Opelika; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other family members.

Visitation was held on April 9, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Fredericks Funeral Home.

A funeral service was held on April 10, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Fredericks Funeral Home. Reverend Earl Ballard officiated. Interment followed in Garden Hills Cemetery.

The family sincerely appreciates her care given at Oak Park as well as the compassionate care shown by Hospice Advantage.

Fredericks Funeral Home directed.