Reverend Dr. William G Hay
May 01, 1940 - Feb 11, 2024
Reverend Dr. William G Hay “Bill” entered the gates of Heaven, February 11, 2024 while surrounded by family sharing their love for him and singing his favorite Gospel songs. We rejoice because he is living the eternal life with our Lord and Savior; an eternity that he dedicated his life to share with so many! Bill was born on May 1, 1940, in Duluth, Minnesota to the late William Walter Hay and Dorothy Mamie Gifford. He is also proceeded by his sister Elizabeth Hay Carlson and brother in-law James Carlson. While living in Duluth, Bill was an active member in First Presbyterian Church, where he met and married his wife, Cynthia Hagman Hay. Bill graduated from Duluth East High School, and received degrees from the University of Minnesota, Columbia Seminary in Atlanta, GA., Samford University in Homewood, AL, and completed his education with a Doctorate from Trinity Seminary in Chicago, IL. Bill served in the Air National Guard (with periods of active duty) until he took his first fulltime job as a Minister. Bill served as a pastor in Homewood, Alabama for 45 years. After graduating from Seminary in 1966, he moved to Birmingham to pastor at Edgewood Presbyterian Church. In 1978 he was led to sign the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, alongside leaders in the faith, like R.C. Sproul, Francis Schaeffer, and J.I. Packer. That same year God called him to start a new Church in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) Denomination, and became the Founding Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Homewood, AL. After 33 years of dedication to his congregation, Bill retired and preached his last sermon as Covenant’s Senior Pastor on August 28, 2011. Bill deeply loved his congregation, and it was not uncommon to hear him speak of that love from the pulpit. Bill’s dedication to share God’s word extended far beyond the walls of the church. His passion for sharing Jesus with the world was always at his core. He co-founded Birmingham Theological Seminary where he taught courses and remained on the Board of Directors until his passing. He was the first Director of the UP Integrated Summer Camp, led countless mission trips, served on committees, boards and/or supported local ministries like Sav-a-life, Love Lady Foundation, Grace House Ministries, Discovery Clubs, Restoration Academy, and many more. With a heart for Global Missions, Bill committed more than a decade of his time on the board at Missions to the World and Novo/Church Resource Ministries and Bill always encouraged people to consider how they could serve in missions locally and abroad. He supported two of Covenant’s staff members to plant PCA churches in Birmingham, Al, Cross Creek Church and Cahaba Park Church (both of which are daughter churches of Covenant) and facilitated the development of a PCA Church in Houston, Texas. His desire to plant and grow churches extended to Eastern Europe and to South America where he and his wife Cyndie served as a PCA pastoral couple to Chilean Missionaries and Pastors. Bill was truly an instrumental vessel for God and faithfully served the Lord. Because of his life, a multitude of thousands of people know Jesus and will spend eternal life in heaven. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 58 years, Cynthia Hagman Hay, sons John (Heather) Hay, Philip (Jennifer) Hay, daughter Becky (Richie) Hamer, grandchildren, Marjorie, Kathryn, Olivia, Anna Grace, John, Elle, Max, Brianna, CJ, Mack, Lily, Colby, and all who knew and loved him! On February 20, 2024 at 2:30 in the afternoon we will celebrate his life and a life well lived at Covenant Presbyterian Church located at 65 Old Montgomery Hwy, Homewood, Al 35209. Services are under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel (205-879-3401) in Homewood.
Janet Marie Skellie-Keel
Nov 12, 1954 - Feb 13, 2024
Janet Marie “Jan” Skellie-Keel passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on February 13, 2024. She was 69 years old. Jan was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, on November 12, 1954, and was the fourth of eight children born to Richard and Patricia Skellie. Jan graduated from John Carroll Catholic High School in 1972. She spent much of her life employed in the medical field and was last employed at UAB Health Services. Jan is survived by her loving son, Ry Skellie Keel, and daughter-in-law, Katie Keel, her siblings: Denny Skellie (Libby), Kenny Skellie (Tommie), Beverly Hiott (Joe), Pattie Sue Triola (Anthony), Buddy Skellie (Mel), Beth Adkins (Trace), Mike Skellie (Christy), and thirty nephews and nieces. Jan was a light in the life of everyone she met, and insisted on kindness, encouraging it in all she knew. Countless people are better for having known her, and we will miss our beloved mother, sister, and friend. Jan’s family will receive friends on Sunday, February 25, 2024 beginning at 3 p.m. with the memorial service following at 4 pm at Ridout’s Valley Chapel on Oxmoor Road in Homewood. In lieu of flowers memorials in memory of Jan may be made to her favorite charity Hand in Paw.
Katherine Lauren Garth
Jan 17, 1981 - Feb 10, 2024
Katherine Lauren Garth was born in Jackson, MS on January 17, 1981, to Dr. William and Pam (McCabe) Garth and passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024, after a valiant fight with cancer. Lauren attended Cherokee Bend Elementary School, Highlands School, The Altamont School, Hollins University, and UAB. Lauren was a talented creative writer and won several awards for her poems and short stories. She was blessed with an infectious positive attitude and could light up a room with her smile and beloved zaniness. No matter what trials and tribulations life handed her, she put all of her energy into making the best out of every situation. Lauren loved fiercely and was a loyal and dedicated friend. This love and dedication translated to her furry friends as well and she opened her home to all sorts of animals. The family would like to thank Dr. Lisle Nabell and her team at UAB, the doctors at MD Anderson, and the incredible nurses in the UAB BMT ICU and Palliative Care Center. She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents William Price Garth, Sr. and Clara Louise Garth, maternal grandparents Edson McCabe and Mary Poem McCabe, aunt Gayle Louise Garth and cousin Wesley Symmes McCabe. She is survived by her parents, her brother Jeff (Julie), and extended family, her cat Tina Turner, and a host of close friends, including special friends “The Shinnin” (Angel Wood Beery, Arthur Crenshaw, Margaret Hiden, Marion McGahey Marx, Lauren Whiteside Mestre, and Margaret Whiteside), and Brooke Evins McLeod. A celebration of life will be held at Ridout's Valley Chapel in Homewood on Friday February 16th from 1-3pm with burial in Gulfport, Mississippi. Lauren's wish is for everyone to dress colorfully. In lieu of flowers, donations can made to Hand in Paw, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society,
Feb 01, 1930 - Feb 06, 2024
Bert Seaman, a longtime resident of Montevallo, died Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at the age of 94. In her final years she was a resident of Danberry at Inverness and Brookdale Senior Living facility in Homewood, AL. She is survived by her children, Laurel (Lolly) Wenzel of Anderson, SC; David Seaman, Eagle Lake, MS; and Janice Seaman of Montevallo, AL; and granddaughters, Erin Argo Burke (Connor) of Peconic, NY; Samantha Seaman Salter (Matt) of Brewton, AL; Whitney Wenzel of Auburn, AL; and grandson Alexander Wenzel. She also leaves behind great grandchildren, William (Liam) Frisz and Everett Burke of Peconic, NY. Born in 1930 she grew up in Pawling, NY. Bert graduated from Syracuse University in 1952 and arrived in Alabama in 1954. Moving to Montevallo in 1955, the family joined the First United Methodist Church, remaining a member until her death. A member of UMW Joy Circle, Sunday school teacher, founding member of Prayer Paracletes and outreach were just a few of the hats she wore at church. After serving as a housewife and raising three children, Bert became a writer and published a community news column, eventually becoming the news editor for the Shelby County Reporter. For three decades her practical and straightforward style earned her many loyal readers. Photography was another one of her duties at the Reporter and her fearless actions as a sports photographer resulted in her being tackled more than some of the High School football players she covered so closely. Her active lifestyle continued in retirement with her church work remaining paramount. She was also a member of Showstoppers dance troupe, line dance and Seasoned Readers. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 2 p.m. at the Montevallo First United Methodist Church, 861 Middle St, Montevallo. Interment will be at the Montevallo Cemetery. To honor Bert's memory: Say a prayer for someone, help someone in need, do a tap dance.
Arthur James Norris
Jun 10, 1947 - Feb 08, 2024
Arthur James “Jim” Norris of Homewood, passed away peacefully at his residence on Thursday, the 8th of February 2024. He was 76 years of age. Born in Anniston, Alabama on June 10, 1947, he was the son of the late Robert and Helen Norris. Jim graduated from Bessemer High School in 1967 and joined the United States Army, serving two tours in Vietnam. A Homewood Firefighter, Jim served the residents of Homewood for 33 years and 9 months before retiring as a Lieutenant in 2005. A member and deacon of Raleigh Avenue Baptist Church, he also served others for 41 years in his second job, working at Industrial Fire & Safety Equipment. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert William Norris. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jean W. Norris; by his daughter, Teri Norris; by his son, David A. Norris; by his grandson, Anthony T. Savage (Corinne); and by his brother, John Norris (Kathy). The family will receive friends on Monday, the 12th of February, from five o’clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening at Ridout’s Valley Chapel in Homewood. Funeral services for Jim will be held on Tuesday, the 13th of February, beginning at one o’clock in the afternoon at Raleigh Avenue Baptist Church. The committal service will immediately follow, via escorted cortege, at Elmwood Cemetery and Mausoleum. In lieu of usual remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorials honoring Jim’s life be directed to Raleigh Avenue Baptist Church located at 309 Raleigh Avenue, Homewood, Alabama 35209. Services are under the direction of Ridout’s Valley Chapel (205-879-3401) in Homewood.
Glenn Thomas Merriam
Jun 26, 1941 - Feb 05, 2024
Glenn Thomas Merriam, beloved husband, dad, and Papa went to be with the Lord on February 5, 2024, at the age of 82, with his family at his side. Glenn was born June 26, 1941 in Saginaw, Michigan to Frederick and Leona Merriam. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters, and son Joey. He is survived by wife of 60 years Esther; daughters Edie (Lemond) Irvin and Suzette (Keith) Foster; grandchildren Andrea Singleton, Will Irvin, Merriam Mock and J.T. Foster; great-grandsons Wilder and Brandt; and numerous nieces and nephews. Glenn attended Michigan State University. He served in the United States Air Force, the Mississippi Air National Guard and the Alabama Reserve National Guard, where he retired as WO1. He was a proud US Military Veteran, and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained while serving in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force. He retired from AmSouth Bank as a systems analyst. Glenn was a faithful member of Hunter Street Baptist Church. Glenn’s family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at Grandview Medical Center and Compassus hospice caregivers who provided wonderful care and support. Glenn’s family and friends will miss him here on earth, but we have the assurance he is healed and rejoicing in Heaven. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Glenn’s memory to the Gary Sinise Foundation or another worthy charity of your choosing which supports veterans and their families; or to Hunter Street Baptist Church. A service celebrating Glenn’s life will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024 in the Chapel at Hunter Street Baptist Church. Visitation will begin at 12:00 P.M., with the service beginning at 1:00 P.M. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel (205.879.3401) in Homewood.
Constance Joan Cadwallader
Dec 22, 1931 - Jan 28, 2024
Constance Joan Cadwallader also known as Connie, passed away on January 28th, 2024, in Homewood, Alabama at the age of 92. She was born in Hempstead, New York on Long Island. She graduated from Hempstead High School. In her younger years, Connie worked as a Radio City Rockette and had a passion for ballet and tap, which she studied for many years. Connie worshipped at St Mary’s on the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama and earlier at St Ann’s Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Connie was a fun-loving woman, who enjoyed entertaining, cooking, dancing, flower arranging and laughter. She found joy in these activities throughout her life. She had a deep love for people, dogs and her family. Connie is survived by her daughter, Deborah (Debbie)Wadsworth, and her son in law, James (Jim), and her little dog, Poppy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur William (Bill), her oldest daughter Cheryl Kuhn, and son in law, Steve Kuhn. A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 5th at 2:00PM at the Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel with Rose Lawn Funeral Home in Gulf Breeze assisting with the burial arrangements.
Martha Carson Hosey
Apr 02, 1924 - Dec 31, 2023
Martha Carson Hosey "Dodie", age 99, of Homewood, Alabama passed away Sunday, December 31, 2023. She was a faithful member of Homewood Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Fellows Hosey. She is survived by her daughter Martha Betbeze (Mark), granddaughter Meg Walker (Ben), granddaughter Melissa Gentry (Andrew), and great- grandchildren, Carson Gentry, Hannah Walker, Silas Gentry, Piper Gentry, Caroline Walker, and Grace Walker. The family will receive visitors from 1:00 to 1:45 on Thursday Jan. 4, at Elmwood. A private family graveside service will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Rainbow Omega or Homewood Church of Christ.
Alice Virginia (Boles) Franks (Jean)
Jun 11, 1927 - Dec 20, 2023
Alice Virginia (Boles) Franks (Jean) of Homewood, Alabama, passed away at the age of ninety-six on December 20, 2023, following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, with her loving family by her side. Jean (Nanna, Gram) left behind a legacy of joy, love, and friendship. She is survived by her children Dan Woods, Alice (Biff) Ferrell, and Ed (Cyndy) Dunning and preceded in death by her children Josephine (Tom) Santay and Constance Lafayette. Her loving family also includes fifteen grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren, and five great- great grandchildren. Born June 11, 1927, Jean came from a humble background. She grew up on a farm in Bangor, Alabama with six siblings. Her family struggled to survive the Great Depression, the death of Jean’s sister (Helen), who died at 11 months old, and the tragic case of measles and whooping cough that left her younger sister, Margaret, with brain damage. As the family dynamics fell, Jean was assigned the sole responsibility of teaching Margaret to walk again. With Jean’s compassion, patience and love, Margaret recovered her ability to walk. During WWII, when Jean’s brothers went off to war, Jean did her part to help the family by working at a munitions factory. It was her purposeful determination that led her to this first paid job as a patriotic worker. Later during her life, with her children constantly at the YMCA pool, Jean and her daughter began to give swimming lessons to babies, hearing impaired individuals and children with disabilities. Later she became a lifeguard at the Tapawingo Plunge in Pinson Valley. As a lifeguard she always thought of how to help others be safe; during her position not one accident occurred. As her children grew into adults, she left her position as a lifeguard, and chose another position in the people business. Jean began working as a store clerk for K- Mart and advanced to the position of department manager. Under her tenure, her department became the leading top-notch department in K-Mart, for which she received several awards and recognitions. When she worked in the wig department at Kmart, women with hair loss due to cancer sought her out for her kindness, compassion, and expertise in style and fit. Jean enjoyed helping people and meeting new friends, including celebrities such as Tammy Wynette, and George Jones. After twenty-seven years Jean retired from K-Mart to enjoy her family time. Even in retirement though, she actively sought to help people through her affiliation with groups such as the Rebekahs (a service-oriented organization and branch of the Oddfellows) and Order of the Eastern Star. She served in these organizations for years, helping with various charitable causes such as orphanages. For the past two decades, Jean found her friends and activities through the local senior center, specifically her beloved Homewood Senior Center. She cherished spending time with her friends and learning new things, she sang with the choir, praised her Lord in the Bible study, and sought to help and uplift others when she could. For her 96 years on earth, she always thought of “how can I help other people”, always putting herself last. As the gates of heaven have opened to welcome her, please give her one last chance to help; in lieu of flowers, donating generously to the https://www.v.org where 100% of donations goes to cancer research. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of UAB Medicine and Hospice of North Alabama for their excellent care. As you join us for Jean’s Celebration of Life, please leave the dark colors behind and dress in the festive colors she loved (reds, pinks, and blues).
James Lee Wells
Jun 18, 1944 - Dec 20, 2023
James Lee Wells (Jim) passed away peacefully on December 20 in Homewood, Alabama. Born in Yuma, Arizona to Homer and Geraldine Wells (Covert), Jim was raised in Bushnell and lived in Macomb most of his life before moving to Alabama to be near his daughter. Jim served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and earned two Bronze Star medals during his service. He graduated from Western with a degree in math and worked in careers as varied as insurance and teaching before settling on what he most loved to do-weld. He was a talented welder whose work can be seen all over Macomb. A lifelong golfer, he combined his passion for tinkering and golf by building his own clubs. Friends who visited his shop over the years will fondly remember his creative thinking and great conversations. Jim is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Bonnie (Knous). He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. James Mitchell and Jamie Wells of Whitestown, Indiana; his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Jaclyn Wells and Dr. Jeff Bacha of Hoover, Alabama; three grandchildren, Lucy Wells, Charles Wells, and Vivian Bonnie Bacha; and his sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Boyd Wilson of Normal, Illinois. A funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 3 at 11:00 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Pastor A. Lee Unger officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour before the funeral. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. Full military rites will be conducted by the Macomb VFW and Macomb American Legion at grave site. Everyone is invited for a luncheon at the VFW following the burial. You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbitts.com. To to the family or in memory of James L. "Jim" Wells, please