Gerald Wayne Moore

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Graveside service for Gerald Wayne Moore, age 59, will be Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Childersburg Cemetery with the Rev. Ed Jenkins officiating. Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m. at Curtis and Son Childersburg Chapel.

Mr. Moore passed away on August 9, 2017, at Coosa Valley Medical Center.

He worked for the City of Childersburg as a mechanic for many years and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his cousins, Martha Burchell, Phyllis Caudle, Rebecca Caudle, Mona Mitchell, Connie Garlin, Daryl Moore, Cheryl Chisholm, Tim Moore, Beverly Harless, Sherry Crowder, Sheila Estes, Stacy Landry, David Meyers, Gary Houston, Wendall Houston, David Houston, Junior Houston, Bobby Houston, James Houston, Virginia Walker, Chuck Evans, Cary Evans, Kathy Herndon and Kay Karrh.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Legion, P.O. Box 2514, Sylacauga, AL 35150.

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Curtis and Son North Chapel will direct the services.

Leala Bell Meherg

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Funeral service for Leala Bell Meherg, 94, will be Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Radney-Smith Chapel with Rev. Harold Meherg and Rev. Donnie Meherg officiating. Burial will be in Hollins Cemetery in Hollins.

Mrs. Meherg died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Sylacauga Health and Rehab. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Clarence Meherg; son, Kenneth Meherg; daughter, Geraldine Edwards; son, Billy Wayne Meherg; grandson, Glen Meherg; three brothers; and three sisters.

She is survived by seven grandchildren, Harold Meherg of Wilsonville, Wanda Meherg of Sylacauga, Virgil Meherg of Hollins, Reba Thompson of Birmingham, Steve Edwards of Sylacauga, Tammy Edwards of Sylacauga, and Donnie Meherg of Sylacauga; sister, Joyce Gandy of Clanton; two daughter-in-laws, Carol Meherg of Sylacauga and Carolyn Meherg of Hollins; 13 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home.

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Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the services.

John Frank Carter

SYLACAUGA, Ala. -John Frank Carter passed away Friday, August 18, 2017. He was 82 years old and had fought a hard battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Funeral services will be held at Curtis and Son Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 with the Rev. Charles Sims from First Presbyterian Church officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00-12:00 with the funeral service directly following. Graveside service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

He deeply loved and was survived by his wife of 59 years, Janice Tillery Carter; daughter, Kathy Carter Ragan of Dothan; daughter, Amanda Carter Rains (Tommy) of Fayetteville, NC; grandchildren, Dr. Matt Ragan (Sarah Morriss) of New Orleans, LA; Michael Ragan (Haley Mulford) of Panama City, FL; Amy Ragan of Dothan; John Thomas Rains and Benjamin Rains of Fayetteville, NC; great-grandson Luke Morriss Ragan; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Lillie Carter; four sisters, Frances Carter, Essie Hood, Mary Lowery and Louise Sorrells; and four brothers, Richard, Bill, Jake and Ben.

His grandsons will serve as pall bearers along with nephews, Tony Stonicher, Jerome Lowery, and Billy Carter.

John was born in Brantley, Ala. on March 29, 1935. He graduated from Brantley HS (1954), served 2 years in the U.S. Army, received a B.S. degree from Troy State University (1960), a M.A. Degree in School Administration from the University of Alabama (1969), and a Law Enforcement Degree from U.A. in 1986. He was a coach and teacher (1960-1970), principal of SHS (1970-1995), served with Talladega County Sherriff’s Reserve (1978-1984), and elected to the Talladega County Commission (1992-2012). He also served as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church.

His professional honors are too numerous to list, but he was especially proud of the SHS football team winning the 3A State Championship (1969), the SHS National Excellence Award (1984-85), and his selection as Outstanding Principal (1984).

He enjoyed Alabama football, Talladega race weekends with niece, Becky Sorrells Welch, playing with his grandchildren, hunting and fishing, wood working, Saturday night grilling of mouth-watering steaks, yearly trips to the beach with his family, and his endless supply of jokes and pranks.
The family offers their heartfelt thanks to caretaker and friend, David Dodd, for his kindness and patience, and to the staff at Sylacauga Health and Rehab for their devotion and excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Norton Street, Sylacauga, AL 35150.

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Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the service.

Margie McElwee Isbell

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Funeral service for Margie McElwee Isbell, 76, will be Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Estelle Community Church with Rev. Mark Deason officiating. She will lie in state one hour prior to service time. Burial will be in Estelle Community Church Cemetery in Weogufka.

Margie left this walk of life on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Brookwood Medical Center. She was a Christian by faith and a member of Estelle Community Church. She was 76 years old and born on August 28, 1940.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Richard and Mary Mozelle Thweatt; two brothers, Ricky Thweatt and Carl Richard Thweatt, Jr.; a sister, Mary Lee Hart; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Bevels Ingram; great-granddaughter, Alexis Bevels; and a great-grandson, James Wade Ingram.

She is survived by her husband, Travis Isbell; three sons, Wade Ingram, Terry Ingram, and Charles Ingram; two daughters, Teresa Ingram and Janice Isbell; a sister, Peggy Davison; two brothers, Johnny Richard Thweatt and James Donald Thweatt; 17 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; and several extended family and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Isbell, Kevin Isbell, Carl Isbell, Charles Ingram, Dustin Carr, and John Pogue.

Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Pogue, William Bevels Jr. and Allen Pogue.

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Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the services.