Betty Jean Horn
Betty Jean (BJ) Horn, 62, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 2. Born to Elmer and Mildred Bullington on July 7, 1952, she grew up in Sycamore, Georgia.
She graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, and received her Masters of Early Childhood Education from Auburn University. She loved teaching school and did so for 31 years with her last years at Southview Primary School where she was named teacher of the year for the 2002-2003 school year. She was always excited to see a child’s face light up when they were able to read.
In 1974, she became a member of First Baptist Church in Opelika where she and Doug attended worshipped and attended Sunday School together. Often she would ask people she met if they were Christians; if not, she would share the gospel with them.
BJ was an avid reader, loved working in her flower gardens, and having fresh flowers around. Her family Doug, Kristen, son-in-law Jim, and Heather were devoted to her. She was loved by many special friends and co-workers. The family would like to thank each of you for the roles you have played in their lives.
Bella, Daisy, Gracie, Brinkley, and Kate were her special dogs that will miss her also. They gave her much love and pleasure.
She is survived by her husband Doug of 38 years; her loving and thoughtful daughters, Kristen (Jim) Walker, Heather Horn; two sisters, Blondean (Richard) Cargile, Laverne (Sonny) Pate; two brothers, Delmer (Ellen) Bullington, Delton (Robbie) Bullington; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Mildred Bullington, her sister, Ruenette, and brother-in-law Grady Gilbert.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on July 6 at First Baptist Church, Opelika with Dr. Mike King officiating. The family will gratefully accept flowers or memorial gifts may be made to the Opelika City Schools, 300 Simmons St., Opelika, AL 36801 designated for Southview Primary School or gifts may be made to M. D. Anderson Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.
Special friends who were pallbearers were Eddie (Dawn) Smith, Hal (Carol) Smith, O. D. (Colleen) Alsobrook, Ronnie (Jane) Wilson, Larcus (Kim) Fuller, Stanley Sistrunk, Randy (Anita) Brown, Reed (Sherry) Compton and Ricky (Beverly) Corley.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed.
Jerry Alan Powell
Heaven received a mighty warrior on Monday, June 15 when Jerry Alan Powell of Auburn went home to be with the Lord.
Alan was born on February 28, 1970. He was a life-long servant and witness for Jesus Christ. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved everyone.
Alan is survived by his parents, Jerry and Geraldine Powell, one sister Leslie Hornsby (Roger), two nieces April Jordan (Jeremy) and Laura Gordon, and one nephew Jacob Hornsby (Kristen). He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation was at 1 p.m. June 19 at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika. The funeral service immediately followed at 2 p.m. also at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel. Alan was laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery in Auburn.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Lakeview Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 1600 East Glenn Avenue, Auburn, AL 36830.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.
Funeral service for Ms. Kathleen Roye, 64, of Opelika, Alabama, was 11 a.m. July 3, 2015, at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints of Opelika with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Bishop Bennett and Speaker Terry Don Roye officiated. Burial was at in Garden Hills Cemetery.
Ms. Roye passed away at East Alabama Medical Center June 26. She was born January 8, 1951, in Monroe, Louisiana. She is survived by her children: Caleb Hogg, Jennifer Hogg, Megan Hogg, Eamon Hogg; grandchildren, Mason Caudle, Ava Caudle; brothers, Eddie Roye, Terry Don Roye; sister, Martha Perry; and life companion, Harris Huey.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is directed.
Matthew Leon Bradakis died peacefully July 2 in Opelika, Alabama.
A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church of Opelika at 3 p.m. July 3. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service in the church fellowship hall.
Matthew was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and Henry Bradakis, and by his brother, Michael Bradakis. He is survived by his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Taylor (Alex) Sumrall, of Opelika. He is also survived by his siblings, Sharon (Michael) Siskind, Susan Bradakis, Mark (Karen) Bradakis, and Mary Jo Varney.
Matthew was born August 5, 1957, in Dowagiac, Michigan, and lived there until graduating from Angola High School in 1975. After high school, Matthew lived in Colorado before moving to Alabama and earning his degree from Troy University.
Matthew loved cooking and owned two restaurants in his career. He also worked in the financial services industry, spending 14 years as an investment advisor with Edward Jones.
Matthew had a great compassion for people. He was devoted to his family and his friends. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Opelika where he served on the Stephen Ministry care team.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to First United Methodist Church, 702 Ave. A, Opelika, Ala. 36801 or the E.A.M.C Cancer Center, 2000 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika, AL 36801.
Jeffcoat Trant Funeral Home directed the service.
Dianne Jacobs Wilson
A memorial service celebrating the life of Dianne Jacobs Wilson, age 69, was held at 3 p.m. July 5, at Auburn First Baptist Church, Auburn, AL, where she was a long-time member. The service was officiated by Dr. Tripp Martin and Dr. George Mathison. A time of visitation was held immediately after the service until 6 pm in the Coleman Fellowship Hall at Auburn First Baptist.
Dianne died July 2 at Bethany House in Auburn. She was born August 16, 1945, in Memphis, Tenn., the daughter of Woodrow W. Jacobs and Marjorie Futrell Jacobs.
Dianne was an elementary school teacher for 20 years. She loved the children and invested in their lives. After retiring from the teaching profession, she began her own business, Dianne’s Jewelry, and spent 20 years helping newlyweds and others find affordable, high quality jewelry. She spent all of her life helping others, both in the teaching profession and in her jewelry business.
She is survived by her husband of over 47 years, Dennis Wilson; one son, Trent (Mallory) Wilson of Auburn, Alabama, and three grandchildren: Miller, Tucker, and Mallie Wilson. She cherished nothing more in life than being a wife, mother and especially a grandmother.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dennis Jacobs. She is survived by two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Larry and Debbie Wilson of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mark and Ramona Yates of Jackson, Tenn., and several nieces, nephews and great nieces.
She was much loved as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt and friend. She had an infectious smile and laugh that immediately put everyone around her at ease. She was a kind, generous, loving and compassionate person who constantly gave to those around her. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Her entire family was blessed by her and is very grateful for her loving influence on their lives.
In lieu of flowers, any memorial gifts may be sent to East Alabama Food Bank, EAMC Foundation, or any charity of your choice.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.