Jimmie Lee Webb 1941-2012


A funeral service for Jimmie Lee Webb, 71, of Auburn, was held at 1 p.m. on June 8, at Mount Traveler Missionary Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. Rev. Albert Hodge officiated.

Webb passed on May 30, at her home. She was a member of Mount Traveler Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the senior choir. Webb was a member of Philista Chapter 184 OES and served as chaplin.

Survivors include her three daughters, Charlistine (Willie) Nelms, Opelika, Bridgette (Earl) Smith and Gloria (Anthony) Fields both of Auburn; one son, Eddie James Webb, Atlanta; one stepson, Oscar (Vickie) Andrews, Auburn; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Williams, Claudie Webb and Hattie Williams all of Auburn and Lillie Mae Owens, Cleveland, Ohio; three brothers, James (Annie Pearl) Williams, Willie C. (Patricia) Williams and John (Josephine) Williams all of Auburn; two sisters-in-law, Pinkie Vinson and Maggie (Elijah) Dunn both of Auburn; a companion, Floyd Ogletree, Auburn; two special friends, Ella Mae Reese and Helen Felton both of Auburn; special caregivers, Oscar Slaughter and a granddaughter, Christine Ogletree both of Auburn; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Peterson and Williams Funeral Home directed.



Julie Beth Sears 1976-2012


A funeral service for Julie Beth Sears, 36, of Salem was held on June 13, at 11 a.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel. Pastor Gary Walker officiated. Burial was held in Garden Hills Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.

Sears was born on Feb. 26, 1976, in Commerce, Texas. She passed away on June 8, at East Alabama Medical Center. She had been a resident of the Salem area for the past 29 years. Sears was a certified nursing assistant and worked in private settings. Most recently she was employed at Burger King in Opelika.

Survivors include her mother, Norma Hartt Warren of Salem; stepfather, Cecil Warren of Ranburne; four brothers, James Bonner, Jr. of Salem, Justin (Vickie) Bonner of Opelika, David (Cassandra) Sears of Auburn, Darius Sears of Auburn; two sisters, Robin (Bob) Barker of Caledonia, Miss., Chanoah Warren of Auburn; five nephews, three nieces; and best friend, Angel (Brandon) Haver of Ohatchee.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com


Lydle Cosby “L.C.” Dunson 1944-2012


L.C. Dunson, age 68, of Opelika, was born in Lee County on Feb. 1, 1944, and died on June 8, at Bethany House in Auburn. He was retired from Uniroyal after 30 years of service.

Dunson was preceded in death by his son, Lydle Cosby Dunson, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Dunson; children, Chris Dunson, Rick Dunson and wife Jennifer, Yvonne White and husband Tommy, Maura Bassett and husband Michael; mother-in-law, Myrtle Simmons; and grandchildren, Megan Dunson, Janette McWaters, Lydle McWaters, Haley McWaters, Johnathon Polk, Tiffany White, Amber White and Cody Dunson.

Graveside services were held on Monday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Mike Turner officiated.

Visitation was held on June 10, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Fredericks Funeral Home.

Fredericks Funeral Home directed. www.fredericksfh.com



Donald H. Gray 1935-2012


A funeral service for Donald H. Gray, 76, of Opelika, was held at 2 p.m. on June 14, at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel. Reverend Wayne Ivy officiated. Burial as held in Garden Hills Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday from 12 noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.

Gray was born on Aug. 29, 1935, in Tallassee. He passed away on June 12, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta.

Gray had been a resident of Opelika and Lake Martin since 1964. He was retired from Uniroyal, Inc. where he worked as a supervisor for 24 years. Following retirement, he was employed by Weston Solutions, Inc. in Auburn for eight years. Prior to their move back to Opelika, the Gray’s were active members of Lake Martin Baptist Church. Don served there as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member. Their church home in Opelika is Northside Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Irene and Henry Gray.

Survivors include his wife, Annelle Gray of Opelika; son, Craig (Sally) Gray of Spanish Fort; two daughters, Susan (Brian) Bass of Opelika, Beth (Thomas) Milner of Dothan; brother, Doug (Ann) Gray of Newberry, S.C.; nine grandchildren, Aubry (Mike) Murray of Phenix City, Jimmy Gray of Auburn, Cole (Jennifer) Gray of Birmingham, Craig W. (Ann) Gray of Mobile, Emily (Paul) Whitfield of Wake Forest, N.C., Brian Bass of Opelika, Stephanie Bass of Opelika, Joshua (Elizabeth) Milner of Auburn, Jacob (Lyndsey) Milner of Everett, Wash.; and 13 great grandchildren.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com



Ladarious Kernard Phillips 1991-2012


Ladarious Kernard Phillips, age 20, of Roanoke, was born on Sept. 15, 1991, in Roanoke and died June 9, 2012, in Opelika at East Alabama Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Rehope Baptist Church of Double Head, Ala.

Phillips is survived by his parents, Vincent Bell and Jemecia Phillips; his daughter, Jodazalyn Fuller; brothers, Semaj Nunn, McKale Vincent Bell, and John Wesley Bell; sisters, Montana Brooks, Shereka Bell, Lavincia Bell, and Kadesha Bell of Franklin, Ga.; maternal grandparents, Brenda Phillips and Jimmy Phillips; paternal grandparents Audrey Owens and Gary Owens, and great-grandmother, Audrey Phillips, as well as a host of other family and friends.

He was a sophomore at Auburn University and was recruited to the 2010 Auburn University football team. He was majoring in exercise science and had planned to transfer to Jacksonville State to continue his football career.

He graduated from Handley High School in 2010.  While in high school he was a four-year starter playing multiple positions, was named 2009 Class 4A First Team All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a defensive lineman and was named to the 2009 Dandy Dozen by the Anniston Star. During his final three seasons, he rushed for a total of 2,982 yards and 49 touchdowns. As a senior, he rushed for 1,145 yards and 16 touchdowns on 141 carries while helping guide the team to the state semifinals. He collected 59 tackles including 13 tackles for loss and eight sacks while forcing two fumbles. He also won the shot put for class 4A at the 2009 ASHAA state track meet and finished second in 2008.

A funeral service will be held today, June 15, at 1 p.m. at the Handley High School Gymnasium, with Rev. Harvey Jones of Rehope Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Rehope Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour at the gymnasium.

Fredericks Funeral Home of Opelika is directing.


James Floyd Bondurant, Sr. 1950-2012


James F. Bondurant, age 62, of Opelika, was born on March 30, 1950 in South Carolina and passed away on June 9, 2012, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. He was retired from Meadows Cabinets after 20 years. He attended Restoration Church in Opelika.

Bondurant was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Bondurant; his parents, Ruben Bondurant and Dezzie Davis Bondurant; and his brother, Ray Bondurant.

He is survived by his brother, Ruben Bondurant of South Carolina; his sisters, Mary Villanuezo and Vickie Clark both of South Carolina; his daughters, Donna Bondurant of South Carolina and Robin Motley of Opelika; his son, James Floyd Bondurant, Jr. of Opelika; his grandchildren, Heather Sward and husband Chris, Kevin Griggs, Christopher Griggs, Stephen Williams, John Williams and Dylan Bondurant; great grandchildren, Bryce and Aubryn Sward, Jordan, Madison, Kayleigh and Trenton Griggs, Anna Faith and Stephen Chase Williams; and his beloved second family, Sheree Satterwhite and daughter Cassandra.

A memorial service was held on June 13, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel at Fredericks Funeral Home.

Fredericks Funeral Home directed. www.fredericksfh.com



Betty Joyce Jimmerson 1934-2012


Betty Joyce Jimmerson, age 78, of Opelika, died Saturday, June 9, at East Alabama Medical Center. Funeral services were held on June 12, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Baptist Church with interment to follow at Shady Grove Cemetery. The Reverend Tommy Wilson officiated. Visitation was held on June 11, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.

Jimmerson is survived by three daughters: Sherry (John) Baggett of Opelika, Karen (Ronald) Harris of Opelika and Lori (Jeff) Watkins of Opelika; nine grandchildren; Angel Williams, Melissa Burgess, Derek Murphy, Amber Fulford, Will Harris, Jordan Harris, Rachel Dean, Tiffany Dortch and Jamie Jones; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers; Willie and Gary Chambers, both of Opelika; four sisters; Elizabeth Meher of Ludlow, Mass., Lessie Frazier of Opelika, Marilyn McCarley of Opelika and Peggy Hicks of Opelika. She was predeceased by her husband and love of her life Bill Jimmerson in 1990.

Jimmerson was a lifelong resident of Opelika. She was an active member of Liberty Baptist Church and earlier had served as church pianist. Joyce was an avid Christian and loved her Lord.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.



Betty Gilbert 1919-2012


Betty Gilbert, age 92, was born on Aug. 14, 1919, and died on June 12, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time and will be announced at a later date. Fredericks Funeral Home is directing. www.fredericksfh.com Since 1900



Dorothy Hicks 1936-2012


The funeral service for Dorothy Hicks, 76, of Loachapoka, was held at 11 a.m., on June 13, at Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church, with interment in Pine Level Cemetery, Loachapoka. Rev. Willie E. Davis officiated. Hicks, who passed away peacefully at her home on June 8, 2012, was born Jan. 1, 1936, in Lee County. Public viewing was on June 12, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Hicks was at the church one hour prior to the services.

Survivors include: one daughter, Shawnta Ware, Loachapoka; one sister, Eloise (John) Card of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister-in-law Elaine Hall of Loachapoka; nephews, Mitchell (Beverlyn) Rowe of Auburn, James (Hazel) Jenkins of Garry, Ind., Elizer (Chanta) Wingfield of Lilburn, Ga., Thomas Hall, Sr. of Loachapoka, Garyson Hall and Gregory Hall, both of Syracuse, N.Y.; nieces, Linda Jackson of Auburn, Regina (Ray) Brown, Darlene (Rudy) Costello, Jennifer Cassandra Jenkins, Finnetta (Barry) Billingsley, all of Garry, Ind., Sarah Wingfield, Beatrice Harris of Auburn and Joann Hall of Loachapoka; a host of cousins and friends.

Harris Funeral Home directed.



Infant Abigail Elisabeth Brown


Infant Abigail Elisabeth Brown, age one hour, of Valley, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2012, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on June 12, at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Rev. Milford McClain, Rev. Tom Stone, and Bro. Dennis Farr officiated. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett. Abigail is survived by her parents, Mitch and Chasity Brown; brothers, John-Henry Brown and Thomas Brown; grandparents, Duane and Linda Brown of Lanett, and Rev. Milford and Glenda McClain of Fredonia; great grandmothers, Jewel Mitchell and Betty Sanders; aunts and uncles, Adam (Dahlia) Brown, Jennifer Ervin, and Stephen (Amanda) McClain; cousins, Gavin, Caden, Ansleigh and Shelby. Abigail was preceded in death by her cousin, Gracie Jordan McClain and her uncle, Daniel Brown.

Abigail is her daddy’s joy, and her mother’s love, the pride of her big brothers and will always be a special part of the family. Mom and Dad would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of EAMC who worked so hard to keep her here and in our praise to God almighty who in His infinite wisdom knew better.

A special thank you is extended to their attending nurses, Dr. Kenneth Harris and Dr. Matt Carter. The family received friends on Monday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley handled arrangements.