Thomas W. Osborne
Thomas Walker Osborne, 22, of Auburn, died Wednesday, April 8, at his residence in Auburn. He was born Sept. 21, 1992, in Midland, Mich. Being an active member of First Baptist Church of Opelika, he was involved in the College Ministry, through which he participated in multiple mission trips to places such as Port St. Joe, Fla., and Eastern Europe.
At Auburn University, he served others through opportunities such as Best Buddies and International Student Outreach and volunteered with several local organizations.
Thomas is survived by his mother, Laura (Dan) Christie of Port St. Joe, Fla.; father, Bill Osborne of Ft. Bragg, N.C.; siblings, Will Osborne of Lillington, N.C., Geneva Osborne of Knoxville, Tenn., and Allie Osborne of Port St. Joe, Fla.; maternal grandparents, Bill and Nancy Witt of Midland, Mich.; extended loving family from Texas, Tennessee and Michigan; best friend, Zach Sullivan of Auburn; and his entire Auburn family.
Funeral service was held Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home with the Rev. Trace Hamiter presiding.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Gospel for Asia at www.gfa.org, which Thomas actively supported, and, locally, to the First Baptist Church of Opelika, College Ministry of Missions Fund in loving memory of Thomas W. Osborne.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com.
Jasper Woodrow Owsley
Jasper Woodrow Owsley, age 85, passed away Tuesday, April 7. Born in Lee County on Jan. 24, 1930, he joined the U.S. Air Force and worked as an aircraft mechanic.
Mr. Owsley is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee Owsley and Mattie Lou Kenney Owsley. He is survived by his wife, Diane Owsley; sons, Donald (Debra) Owsley, Mark Owsley; daughter, Bonnie (Walt) Kaczmarek, brother, Robert Owsley; sisters, Margaret Davis, Katherine Owsley, Maryjo Pfeiffer; grandchildren, Andrew Owsley, Tarah Vincent, Cody Delaney, Michaela Reill, and great-grandchildren, Marissa Vincent and Darian Delaney.
Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Friday, April 10, at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 11, at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel. Interment followed at Garden Hills Cemetery.
Jeffcoat-Trant directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com.
Neva Janice Kloepper
Neva Kloepper (84) died peacefully on March 23, at Oak Park Nursing Home in Auburn.
She was born Nov. 6, 1930, near St. Joseph, Mo. She was married to her husband, Dean Kloepper, for nearly 63 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Laura and Oliver Miller, and by her husband, Dean Kloepper.
She is survived by: her three sons, Fred, Joe and Mark; her daughter-in-law Jaine Richards; and her four grandchildren, Kathryn, Laura, Gregory, and Matthew. She lived in Centennial, Colo., from 1969 until 2010 when she and Dean moved to Auburn to enter independent living at Azalea Place Assisted Living.
Neva was a beloved wife and mother, providing a nurturing and loving home for her entire family and loving friendship to her daughter-in-law. A lover of late night conversation, she was warm and welcoming with everyone.
She displayed, through her loving example, the importance of making personal sacrifices for the good of others.
Her memory will live on even though her loss is felt so deeply.
Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lutheran World Relief (www.lwr.org).
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com.
Lynda Bush Kincaid
Lynda Bush Kincaid passed away in Opelika on April 7 at East Alabama Medical Center.
She was the loving mother of Michael S. (Nancy) Kincaid, D. Christopher (Charlotte) Kincaid, Timothy P. (Paige) Kincaid and Peter G. (Laura) Kincaid. Along with her children she was also the proud grandmother of Madeline Kincaid (Patrick) Aicklen, Hunter B. Kincaid, W. Chase Kincaid, Molly C.B. Kincaid, Katherine E. Kincaid, Braden P. Kincaid, Andrew M. Kincaid and Aaron C. Kincaid, as well as the loving great-grandmother of Zachary Robert Aicklen and Marilyn Elizabeth Manca. She was the sister to Floyd Jerry Bush and Sandy Bush Lovvorn.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Newman Floyd Bush and Linda Jones Bush, her husband, Gerald C. Kincaid Jr. and her grandson John Zachary Kincaid.
Lynda was born July 9, 1932, and raised in Trussville, where she graduated from Hewitt-Trussville in 1951. By the end of her senior year, Lynda had met the love of her life, Gerald. They became husband and wife on June 15, 1951.
Lynda was an excellent wife and mother who took great pride in her cooking talent, one which always kept her boys close. Being a voracious reader, she absorbed every novel she could get her hands on: good, bad or indifferent.
Her happiest moments were with Gerald, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as her close friends, of which there were many.
She was interred in Town Creek Cemetery in Auburn at 2 p.m., Friday, April 10. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed.www.jeffcoattrant.com.
Ann Gilmore Woodall
Memorial service for Ann Gilmore Woodall, 64, of Auburn was Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m. in the chapel at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home, 1500 Frederick Road, Opelika, AL 36801. Ms. Woodall, who died Tuesday March 17, at home, was born Nov. 24, 1950, in Nashville, Tenn. to the late James Raymond Woodall and Frances Ward Gilmore.
She graduated from Auburn High School and Auburn University. She started working for the Auburn Public Library on June 1, 1975, and worked there close to 40 years. Ann will be remembered by family and friends for her love of cooking and everything related to cats.
She is survived by her cousin and his family, John and Linda Gilmore, Zack and Rachel, of Princeton, N.J., and the family of her heart, Rob and Julie Rodiek, Naomi and Ruth, of Opelika.
Donations in Ms. Woodall’s name can be made to either the Lee County Humane Society (1140 Ware Dr, Auburn, AL 36832, http://leecountyhumane.org/) or the East Alabama Food Bank (375 Industry Drive, Auburn, AL 36832, http://foodbankofeastalabama.com/).
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed. www.jeffcoatrant.com.
Edwin D. Phillips
Memorial service for Edwin D. Phillips, 76, of Opelika, will be held 5 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Trinity United Methodist Church of Opelika.
Mr. Phillips passed away at Arbor Springs on April 11. He was born April 7, 1939, in Jefferson County. He had been a longtime resident of Opelika, where he was president of Heritage Oil Co., Inc., in Opelika until his retirement in 1992. He had been a member and officer of the Opelika Exchange Club and the Auburn-Opelika Elks Lodge and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and also Union Grove Baptist Church.
He was proceeded in death by his wife of 30 years, Delores P. Phillips, and his parents, Edwin F. and Marjorie C. Phillips.
He is survived by his daughter, Donna R. Phillips of Opelika; sons, Donnie (Charlotte) Phillips, Guy Phillips both of Clanton; grandchild, Duncan (Morgan) Phillips of Opelika; and brother, Richard Phillips of Opelika.
The family is accepting flowers or a donation may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, http://www.alzfdn.org/.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is directing. www.jeffcoattrant.com.
Robert Leslie Parkman
Robert Leslie Parkman, 77, passed away at his home on April 10. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Opelika with the Rev. Mike King and Russell Dorch, son-in-law, officiating. Visitation was Saturday, April 11, from 5-7 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.
Robert was born in Russell County on June 18, 1937, to the late Leslie Huel and Hilda Bryant Parkman. He grew up in Salem and graduated from Clift High School (now Opelika High) in 1955, where he was an outstanding football player. He attended Auburn University and then started his own logging business at the age of 20.
Robert was a cattleman and farmer through and through. Rocky Top Farm in Salem was his pride and joy, building it for his family and friends.
His annual Christmas Eve breakfast was a tradition that lasted 31 years and was truly a highlight for all who attended.
Robert loved fishing, dove hunting, gardening and plowing his fields. He also loved building things and put no limit on his creativity. The Rocky Top Railroad was one of his favorites. The 50-foot train was enjoyed by many, whether on the farm or in town providing rides for the community.
His greatest accomplishment and what he was most truly proud of was his family and the ability to provide for them. He raised three daughters, gained three wonderful sons-in-law and was blessed with ten grandchildren, whom he greatly loved.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Faye, daughter Dana (Russell) Dorch of Rogers, Ark., Jan (Joel) Lawrence of Opelika and Vicki (Walter) Gould also of Opelika.
He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Chance, Caleb and Clarke Lawrence of Opelika, Robert (Jackie) Dorch of Broken Arrow, Okla., Alex, Stephen, Sydney and Bailey Dorch of Rogers, Ark., and Denson and Breckin Gould of Opelika. Other survivors include sisters Mrs. Louie Letlow and Ms. Mary Colman of Opelika and brother George (Callie) Parkman of Ruston, La.
Jeffcoat- Trant Funeral Home is directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com.