Shirley Phifer

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Shirley Phifer, 74, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at her residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be announced by Radney-Smith Funeral Home.


Homer K. Gwathney

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Homer K. Gwathney, age 96, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Mr. Gwathney is survived by his daughters, Ann Gwathney, Syble Johnson (Jimmy), and Wanda Bowling (Tony); granddaughters, Jennifer Speigner (Ken), Megan Hartsfield (Chad), and Allison Bowling; great-grandsons, Hayden Speigner and Rhett Hartsfield; and great-granddaughter, Emilee Hartsfield.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene; son, Homer Gwathney Jr.; two sisters and five brothers.

Mr. Gwathney was a veteran of WWII, where he served eleven months in the European Theater of Operations and participated in three major campaigns.  He was awarded three Bronze Stars and the WWII Victory Medal. He was also a long time member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Sylacauga, where he served as an active Deacon since 1988.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 17, 2017 in Curtis and Son North Chapel at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation from noon until 2:00 p.m.  Burial will be in Marble City Cemetery.

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Curtis and Son North Chapel will direct the services.