Community Obituaries: 6/1


Ethel McGruder Brown 1919-2012


A funeral service for Mrs. Ethel McGruder Brown, 93, of Auburn was held at 1 p.m. on May 28, at Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery.  Rev. Thomas Brown officiated.

Brown passed on May 24, at the East Alabama Medical Center. She was a member of Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. Until her health declined, she served as a member of the senior choir and the Missionary Society.

Her remains laid in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

Survivors include two granddaughters, Stephanie McGruder and Linda McGruder both of Auburn; a great granddaughter, Kennedie Humphries, Auburn; one sister, Rosia (Richard) Momon, Auburn; eight sisters-in-law, Essie Strickland, Mary Brown and Era Sue Brown all of Auburn, Katie Strickland of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Nellie Felton and Dorothy Williamson both of Syracuse, N.Y., Geraldine Brown and Anna Brown both of Tuskegee; a brother-in-law, William Brown, Toledo, Ohio; a special niece, Pearlie Brown, Auburn; a special great nephew, Michael P. Brown Jr., Auburn; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Peterson and Williams Funeral Home directed.


Margery Lynch 1925-2012


A memorial service celebrating the life of Margery Lynch, age 86, was held on May 26, at 1:30 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Auburn. Visitation at the church followed the service. Another service will be held in June at Kaaterskill United Methodist Church in Tannersville, N.Y., Margery’s former home area, before burial at Mt Albion Cemetery, Albion, N.Y., in the family plot.

Margery Lynch, born August 7, 1925, in Crafton, Pa., died May 22, at EAMC in Opelika, surrounded by family. Margery was predeceased by her parents Edmund and Helen Sanford Lynch, her brother Edmund Lynch, Jr, and an infant sister Helen. She is survived by her sister, Ruth Lynch McFarland of Auburn, her sister-in-law Helen Lynch of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and two nieces and five nephews, Edmund Lynch III of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., David Lynch (Susan) of Seattle, Wash., Susan Lynch of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Fred McFarland (Celeste) of Dayton, Ohio, John McFarland (Donna) of Auburn, Tom McFarland (Sharon) of Americus, Ga., Lois Hunter (Tim) of St Cloud, Fla. and numerous great and great-great-nephews and nieces.

Following graduation from Russell Sage College (Troy, N.Y.) in 1947, Lynch taught physical education. In the polio epidemic of 1950, Margery saw the need for physical therapists and changed careers. Margery volunteered many hours, for over 30 years, with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. After retirement, Margery worked at the Hunter-Tannersville (N.Y.) schools. She was a faithful Lay Leader at Kaaterskill United Methodist Church (Tannersville, N.Y.) until she moved to Alabama to live with her sister and escape northern winters.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be directed to the Stained Glass Window Restoration at Kaaterskill UMC, PO Box 225, Tannersville, NY 12485.



Mozell Sims Moore 1935-2012


A funeral service for Mozell Sims Moore, 77, of Salem,was held at 1 p.m.on May 31, at Salem Chapel A.M.E. Church with interment in Pleasant Hill A.M.E. Church Cemetery. Rev. Antonio Thomas officiated.

Moore passed on Monday at East Alabama Medical Center. She was a member of Pleasant Hill A.M.E. Church where she served as a member of the senior choir, the Steward Board, the Women’s Missionary Society and as a former member of the Trustee Board.  She was employed at Diversified Products, as a teacher at Lee County Headstart and the Dress Barn.

Survivors include her six children, Vivian (Timothy) Woodson, Columbus, Ga., Loretta Fuller, Salem, Tony Earl Moore, Temple, Texas, Tammie (Harry) Henderson, Bonaire, Ga., Cassandra Bonita Moore, Atlanta and James Marcellous (Angela) Moore, Smiths Station; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; three brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the many people whose lives she touched.

Peterson and Williams Funeral Home directed.



Leonard (Len) S. Levin 1932-2012


Leonard (Len) S. Levin of Auburn, passed away on May 23, 2012 at his home.

Len was born March 6, 1932. He was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., graduated from Erasmus Hall High School and attended one year of college at Long Island University. Len relinquished his student deferment and joined the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War.  He was honorably discharged and received the Bronze Star. Len’s professional career spanned over 45 years working as a salesman in the apparel industry, professional placement and the incentive industry. Len was a loving husband to Nancy for over 15 years. In retirement Len loved sharing his faith and participating in church activities.

Len was preceded in death by his parents George and Leah Levin and his sister Eunice. He is survived by his wife Nancy Lange Levin of Auburn, and his children from a previous marriage, Steve Levin, Julie Taylor and Alex Kolton and their families.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on June 3, 2012 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Auburn, 1100 North College St., Auburn, AL 36830. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to St. Michaels Catholic Church of Auburn, 1100 North College St., Auburn, AL 36830 or The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, Inc., 6065 Roswell Road NE, Suite 505, Atlanta, GA 30328.

The family would like to give special thanks to Len’s caregivers, Polly Williams, Home Care of East Alabama and Hospice Advantage.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is directing.



Caryn Harrelson Diseker 1966-2012


Caryn Harrelson Diseker was born on Dec.14, 1966, in High Point, N.C. She was the daughter of the late Gary and Gloria Harrelson of Greenville, S.C. Caryn passed away on May 22, 2012.

Caryn earned a BA from Auburn University and was presently employed by OPC Pharmacy of Russellville, as a sales representative.

Spending time at the beach and caring for animals, especially dogs, were two of Caryn’s favorite pastimes. She had a loving generous nature. Caryn will be greatly missed by her family and her many, many friends to whom she brought great joy.

Caryn is survived by her husband Alan G. Diseker III, her stepson Alan G. Diseker IV of Auburn, her brother Trip Harrelson (wife Phyllis) of Steamboat, Colo. and her sister Christa Brackin of Simpsonville, S.C. Also surviving are her sisters-in-law, Anne Beebe of Atlanta, Margaret Melzer of Auburn and Sue Sabat of Weston, Fla. along with seven nephews and three nieces.

A memorial service was held on May 29, at 2 p.m. at Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL. Visitation began at 1 p.m. in the AUMC Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Lee County Humane Society.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.



Janice Hurd Dukes 1933-2012


Dukes was born on Oct. 8, 1933, in Paragould, Ark. She passed away on May 24, 2012, at Arbor Springs in Opelika.

She was a graduate of Paragould High School in 1951, and married Dyonius “Buck” Dukes on Oct. 25, 1952. She graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor of education degree in 1972 and received her master’s in education in 1988. Dukes had been a member of the 10th Street Church of Christ for over 50 years. She taught history and economics at Opelika High School for 20 years.

Jan was a devoted wife and a doting mother, who loved her church and enjoyed teaching, painting and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elgin and Mary Baker Hurd and sister, Revalee Hurd Burton.

Survivors include her husband, Dyonius “Buck” Dukes; children, S. Mark (Denise) Dukes, Julie Dukes (Kenny) Aldridge; Dr. Andrew S. (Sandra) Dukes, Sr., Carter Hurd (Susan) Dukes; and grandchildren, Laura Callie Dukes, Emma Katherine Baker, Molly Erin Baker, Cloe Madeline, Baker, Callie Aldridge Hanson, Caroline Frances Aldridge, Kenneth William Aldridge, Jr., Hilary Kate Dukes, Andrew Scott Dukes, Jr., Carter Hurd Dukes, Jr., Marion Shook Dukes and Callie Ryan Dukes; and her sister Luverne Hurd.

A memorial service for Janice Hurd Dukes, 78, of Dadeville, formerly of Opelika was held at 2 p.m. on May 25, 2012 at the 10th Street Church of Christ with visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.

Minister Claude Flynn officiated.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the 10th Street Church of Christ – Romanian Mission Fund.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.


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