Week of Sept. 11 Obituaries


Mrs. Jennie Lowery, 65, of Opelika,passed away on Sept. 9, 2023. A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m CST. A funeral service will be held at Watoola Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, beginning at 10 a.m. CST. She will buried with her family in the Watoola Church Cemetary.

Russell Stuart Walker, age 59, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at his home in Opelika, surrounded by his loving wife and children. Although Russell has gone on for his Heavenly reward having lived his life as a faithful Christian, he will be missed by the many loved ones he leaves behind. Russell brought so much joy to those around him. His sense of humor and clever wit was incomparable. Russell was an incredibly hard worker and was employed by WestRock for 24 years. His family meant everything to him and though he missed so much time with them due to his work schedule, he always made sure to make the most of the time when he was with his wife and children. In fact, he made comment to his doctor upon hearing that he did not have much longer to live, that though it wasn’t the quantity of life he would have wanted, he wouldn’t trade the quality for anything. Russell was richly blessed and gave all the glory to God. He was a humble man and never complained. He was full of love for everyone.
Russell was preceded in death by his father Stanley Walker, mother Nancy Payne Walker and nephew Beau Bean. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Teresa Walker, along with his children, Courtney (Michael) Loyd, and Stanley Walker. He is also survived by his sister Beth (Terry) Cross, and several nieces and nephews and countless friends.
A memorial service has been scheduled for Russell on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. CST at the Bridgeport Church of Christ in Bridgeport, Alabama.

Barbara Jo Bradley Theobald graduated into Glory Saturday Sept. 2, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Besides meeting her dear lord and savior face to face she was greeted by her parents Marion and Dorothy Bradley.
Barbara was born to the late Marion and Dorothy Bradley on Feb. 13, 1956. She graduated high school from Joliet West in Joliet, Illinois. Barbara attended Southern Illinois University majoring in special education for the physically handicapped. Along the way she would meet her future husband Rick Theobald marrying on Dec. 18, 1982.
She is survived by her husband Rick Theobald; her daughters Erin Shaw and Jordan Melendy; her dear sons-in-law Michael Shaw and Jason Melendy; as well as four grandchildren (David Melendy, Aidan Melendy, Noa Reese Melendy, Michael Allen Shaw III and one more Shaw baby on the way.
Barb is also survived by sister Melissa (Missy) Benham of Joplin, Missouri; her brother Mark Bradley and his wife, Linda, of Crossville, Tennessee.
Barbara (Barb) was the light of any room she went into and brought a sense of ease and comfort to all those around her. She was a fan of all sports but most importantly her team was Auburn University. She could tell you any stat about any player at any given time. Her love of sports started early on where she played various growing up. Barb was exceptionally proud of her daughters and always stated how well-pleased she was that she raised two independent and strong women.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at Canopy Roads Baptist Church and the service will take place at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in honor of Barbara Theobald to one of these excellent charities

  1. Hope to Haiti — www.hopetohaiti.com/h2h-donation-page/ attention, Craig Mugglin, Associate Director
  2. Ronald McDonald House — www.apps.rmhctallahassee.org/portal/donate-now-secure attention Traci Proctor
  3. Fellowship of Christian athletes North Florida Kez McCorvey — www.my.fca.org/?form=fca
  4. Canopy Roads Baptist Church — www.canopyroads.tpsdb.com/Give/giving-at-canopy-roads

Charles Tema King III, Charlie, 78, a resident of Auburn, passed away Friday Sept. 8, 2023, at home, surrounded by family, after a courageous fight against, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).
Charlie was born on Jan. 11, 1945, in Troy, Alabama. He grew up and graduated high school in Luverne, Alabama, in 1963. Charlie obtained his Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Engineering in 1967 from Auburn University. After a short time working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service and completing basic training with the U.S. Army National Guard, Charlie returned to Auburn University and completed his master’s degree of Civil Engineering in 1970. On July 20, 1969, he married Jean Mann. His friends would joke with him saying, “The day Charlie gets married, will be the day man walks on the moon!” On their wedding night, Neil Armstrong took one small step for mankind, while they watched on the small black and white television. Charlie and Jean lived in married housing, while both attended graduate school at Auburn University. After Auburn, the couple resided in Spartanburg, SC, and Brandon, MS. In 2013, the couple moved back to Auburn and retired.
Charlie was a member of First Baptist Church of Opelika. Above all, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. Charlie was very unselfish and generous to those who knew and loved him. There was nothing he loved more than spending time with family, especially his grandchildren, who were the light of his life. He will be missed tremendously, but they are comforted in the knowledge that he is now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Tema King Jr. and Audrey Youngblood King. He is survived be his wife of over 54 years, Jean Mann King; son Charles (Leslie) King, and their children, Catherine and Charlie; daughter Meredith (David) King Wilkinson and their children, Ciera (Rob) Price, Samantha, Andrew (Victoria), and Nichole Wilkinson; sisters Barbara (Howard) Green, and Carolyn (Van) Gholston, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, in the Parlor of Frederick-Dean Funeral Home.
A celebration of life will follow at 1:15 p.m. in the Chapel of Frederick-Dean Funeral Home with Pastor Cade Farris officiating. Internment will follow at Auburn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Cure PSP:
First Baptist Church of Opelika
301 S. 8th St.
Opelika, AL 36801-4943
Frederick-Dean Funeral Home is handling all arrangements.


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