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William Wood

Nov 30, 1956 - Nov 14, 2023

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Sylacauga, AL

Graveside service for William Blake Wood will be Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 12:30pm at Rocky Mount Cemetery with Jason Hay officiating. Visitation will be from 11-12 at Curtis and Son North Chapel.Mr. Wood passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Nellie Wood and sister, Nelda Wood Thomas.Survivors are his wife, Cathye Hammonds Wood, his fur baby, Andy Wood, sister, Elaine Wood Brooks and numerous nieces and nephews.Pallbearers are Davi...Read More

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Patrick Francis O’Toole

Dec 06, 1948 - Feb 25, 2024

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Sylacauga, AL

Little Snake River Valley rancher and conservationist Patrick Francis O’Toole died February 25, 2024, at age 75 of complications following a stroke. He was loved and respected in the agricultural and natural resource communities. Pat was born December 6th, 1948, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to James Francis O’Toole and Mary Ann Mooney O’Toole. He was proud of his roots, often recounting how all four of his grandparents had immigrated from Ireland to Pittsburgh. When Pat was 3 years old, his family moved to Hialeah, Florida. Pat grew up swimming, surfing and, most of all, running. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School, alongside his friend Pete Antonacci, his partner testing the patience of the nuns. He attended Hialeah High School, the largest high school in the U.S., where he excelled in academics, track and cross-country. He ran a four-and-a-half minute mile, but loved distance running. He attended Arkansas State University, Miami-Dade Junior College and Florida State University on track scholarships. Pat and his friend Pete hitchhiked from Maine to Florida, having many adventures along the way and missing Woodstock by one exit. The West called and Pat moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where he attended Colorado State University. He met his wife Sharon Salisbury while both were working at The Collegian newspaper. It was there he made life-long friends with the self-named “Porky Dogs.” Pat graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 1975. He and Sharon married on September 28, 1975. That winter they traveled throughout South America. This included traveling by beer and cookie cargo boat 1,500 miles down the Amazon River; celebrating “the People’s Carneval” in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; visiting Sharon’s sister on a cattle ranch in Brazil; being accosted by a machine-gun toting policeman in Argentina during a revolution; almost getting arrested in Tierra del Fuego (same revolution); and flying in a cargo plane carrying baby chicks. When they arrived safely home, much to their parents’ relief, they began their life’s work on the Ladder Ranch, along the Wyoming/Colorado border. It has been in Sharon’s family since 1881. Pat liked to say that the ranch raises “cattle, sheep, horses, dogs and children.” They were accepted at University of Wyoming’s Law School, but decided instead to buy old ewes and embark on a life of animal husbandry. They lived for eight winters in a cabin without electricity or running water, and summers in camps as they herded their own sheep. In 1978, daughter Meghan Lynne was born, followed by Bridget Emma in 1980 and son Patrick Eamon in 1985. Anyone who knew Pat knew of his deep love for his family. He never separated his work life and his family life, drafting them into his projects and passions. In 1986, Pat was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives, where he served for six years representing Carbon County. He became known for his gift of working with people in all walks of life, diverse viewpoints and differing political views. He was never partisan, always trying to do the right thing. Next, he was appointed by President Clinton to the Western Water Policy Commission, looking at the future of water in the West. He wrote the dissenting report defending food production and irrigation. This led him to the Family Farm Alliance (FFA) —an organization representing irrigators in 11 Western states. He served as its President from 2005 until his death. He also proudly served as a Board member of several agricultural and conservation groups, including a stint as Chair of the Intermountain West Joint Venture (migratory birds) and Partnerscapes, which helped with a fishery and irrigation project on Ladder Ranch’s Battle Creek. He cared deeply about the Colorado River, and was influential in protecting irrigated agriculture, migratory bird habitat, and tribal rights. He was a Board member of The Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Roundtable, which works on solutions for water issues in Colorado. He participated in many advocacy groups, both private and public, always speaking out for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Pat worked tirelessly to protect his beloved Western landscapes. He and the Ladder Ranch family have been widely recognized for their conservation work and ethic. In 2014, Ladder Ranch received the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award, sponsored by the Sand County Foundation and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. In 2016, Pat received the Kurt Bucholtz Conservation Award, Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, in recognition of work on water and conservation issues in Wyoming. At the time of his death, he was leading a big project—Headwaters of the Colorado. Pat brought together a coalition of diverse stakeholders with the goal of restoring the stressed landscapes of the Routt and Medicine Bow National forests and the contiguous Yampa and Little Snake watersheds. It will be his lasting legacy. He loved the land, but he loved his family completely. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, his three children, Meghan O’Toole Lally (Brian), Bridget O’Toole (Chris Abel) and Patrick Eamon O’Toole (Megan). His six grandchildren were the absolute light of his life. He leaves Siobhan, Seamus, Maeve and Tiarnan Lally and Patrick McCoy O’Toole and Rhen O’Toole. He is also survived by his sister Mary Lynne O’Toole Lidstone, his niece Sherri Salisbury Marthaller, his nephews Bill Moree, Joe Salisbury, Christian Gros, Kevin Lidstone, James Lidstone and John Lidstone. He also leaves many cousins in Florida and Pennsylvania, and a plethora of close friends. Pat was predeceased by his parents, Jim and Marie O’Toole; his in-laws George and Laura Salisbury, his buddy Pete Antonacci, and several friends. A celebration of life will be held at the Ladder Ranch in July 2024, date to be announced. The family asks that donations be made to the Family Farm Alliance, P.O. Box 216, Klamath Falls, OR 97601 (www.familyfarmalliance.org) or the Little Snake River EMS, Box 275, Baggs, WY 82321.

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Belinda Annette Collins

Oct 14, 1958 - Feb 27, 2024

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Sylacauga, AL

Belinda Annette (Pettyjohn) Collins passed away peacefully on February 27, 2024 surrounded by loving family. Belinda was born and raised in Ft Worth, TX on October 14, 1958. Her beautiful soul was the epitome of grace, compassion, kindness, love of family, and most predominantly--motherhood. Belinda's entire adult life was dedicated to raising children, both birthed and adopted equally. Her final day was spent professing her undying love for her family, children and her loving husband of 30 years, Jack Collins. Belinda is preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Annie Pettyjohn, sister Betty Rhodes, and brother Bobby Pettyjohn. She is survived by her husband (Jack Collins), 2 daughters (Tonya Keys and Jennifer Davis), 6 sons (Jody Pettyjohn, Roy Pettyjohn, Randy Collins, Jeffrey Harris, Dominic Franks, and David Norris), 15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and her brother (Johnny Pettyjohn). Belinda is also surrounded by countless nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family. Belinda made a wonderful life for herself as a proud Texan in Ft Worth before chasing her dream to live the beach life on the coast. Jack gave Belinda her dream, moving to the coast for 6.5 of her final 8 years--only returning to Ft Worth to be with her loving family. A message from Belinda's children: Mom, we are all so proud of you! We are grateful for everything you have done. Whether by blood, adoption, or guardianship, you chose to be our mother. Thank you. Thank you for giving us a better life. Thank you for giving us life. Thank you for dedicating your life to us. Thank you for choosing us. We would all choose you infinitely. Your whole family will always love you, and we will miss you every day until we meet again.

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Rosemary Blanton

Dec 09, 1935 - Feb 28, 2024

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Sylacauga, AL

Rosemary was born on December 9, 1935 at the Maud Hospital. She graduated from Maud High School in May 1954. After high school, Rosemary went to Kansas City to attend airline stewardess training. She worked out of California. As it turned out, she was too short to be a stewardess, so she worked at a desk. She met her husband Joe Blanton while in California. She came back to Maud to work at the bank and married Joe on June 21, 1955. Rosemary and Joe worked in various cities-Abilene, TX, Tulsa and Norman as salespeople. Rosemary worked at Mobil before retiring. She loved to travel. She had the reputation of making the best candy of everyone!!! I don't remember the time she worked at Mobil. Tom Bohannon said if he remembers anything he will let me know. Children- Becky Jo Hull and Joe Linden Blanton Jr, Brother Tom and Ginger Bohannon, The Villages, FL and brother Gary and Sue Bohannon, Maud, sister-in-law Rosellen Bohannon, Wewoka, OK. She is preceded in death by her parents Claude and Ruth Bohannon, sister’s Pauline Rackley, Bonita Tucker, Elaine Harris, brother’s Claude Bohannon, Jr and son, Joe Linden Blanton, Jr. She also leaves behind grandchildren- Ariana Kincaid, Kayla Usrey and Joseph Blanton and great grandchildren- Jorden Davis, Benjamin Kincaid, Gabby Kincaid and Kylie Kincaid and Luna Usrey.

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Dwight Leslie Hunt

Aug 22, 1951 - Feb 27, 2024

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Sylacauga, AL

Dwight Leslie Hunt, age 72 passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. The arrangements for Dwight are under the care and direction of Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home and are pending at this time. Please check this website again for any updates concerning possible services. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com for the Hunt family.

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George Henry Hensley

Jan 02, 1946 - Feb 23, 2024

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Sylacauga, AL

George Henry Hensley was born on January 2, 1946 to Gene and Francine (Drues) Hensley in Konawa, Oklahoma. He passed from this life on February 23, 2024 at his home with his loving family by his side. He graduated from Battiest High School and then East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, obtaining a bachelor’s degree. George served his country proudly during the Vietnam War. He married the love of his life, Lorraine McClain, on August 15, 1970 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, Oklahoma. To this union three girls were born, Amanda, Sarah and Christina. George and Lorraine had 53 wonderful years together before his passing. George was a computer programmer for the United States government, working at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma until his retirement. George had many hobbies, among these were fishing, gardening, playing chess, working with and on computers, caring for all of his and Lorraine’s animals, and tinkering around his property. George was a faithful servant of God and attended the Pink Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Francine Hensley; brother, Kenneth Hensley; brother, Billy Hensley; and niece, Dena Hensley. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Lorraine; his daughters, Amanda Jane Hensley-Clovis and husband Charlie Clovis; Sarah Jeanette Hensley; and Christina Hensley Spurgin; brother, Gene Dale Hensley and wife Sarah-Jane; sister-in-law, Barbara Hensley; and sister-in-law, Ann Hensley; grandchildren, Marc Clovis; Catie Clovis; Bradie Clovis; Sawyer Spurgin; Cambel Spurgin; Canyon Spurgin, along with other family members and a host of good friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, March 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pink Baptist Church, 30269 State Highway 9, Tecumseh, OK 74873.

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Samuel Azubuike Iheanacho

Dec 15, 1950 - Nov 07, 2023

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Sylacauga, AL

Samuel Azubuike Iheanacho passed away on November 7th, 2023, surrounded by family and friends. Samuel, fondly known as “Azu” was born on Dec 15th, 1950, born by Isaiah & Lucy Iheanacho. Raised with three brothers & four sisters in Umuaghara village in Onitcha Ezinihitte Mbaise local government area (LGA). He was known to play soccer as a young man growing up. After high school at Eziama high school in Aba, Abia State, he left to further his career abroad in 1976. In 1980, he graduated from Texas A&I University, today known as Texas A & M University, as an Agricultural Engineer. He eventually went back home in 1984, got married on Dec 15th, 1984, and had five children. Azu was known to be a kindhearted man, who loved his family and would do anything for them. During his time in the United States, he brought his siblings abroad and supported them through their careers. In 2004, Azu was ordained as a minister. Becoming an ordained minister was an accomplishment of which he was incredibly proud. One of his unique characteristics was that he had a golden voice when he sang and prayed. Azu would never shy away from talking about his love for religion and traditions. Azu was a devoted Christian who loved Jesus Christ. He served as a revered Associate Pastor at the Apostolic Church. He regularly hosted bible studies and provided prayer and emotional support for all those in need. Azu loved the Lord, his family, and his community. Azu is survived by his five children - Nancy, Phyllis, Preston, Davis, and Franklin. He is also survived by his brother Israel Iheanacho and sisters, Patience Onuoha and Esther Eguzoro.

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Peggy Lou Marrero

Apr 05, 1943 - Feb 22, 2024

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Sylacauga, AL

Peggy Lou Marrero, beloved mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away on February 22, 2024. Born on April 5, 1943 in Jefferson City, Missouri to a close-knit family, Peggy always put family first. She is survived by her five children: Troy D. Anderson, Phillip D. Anderson, Thomas W. Marrero, Anthony J. Marrero and Margaret L. Marrero. Peggy was a proud grandmother to 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Peggy also leaves behind her four beloved sisters: Kay Stephens, Jackie Miller, Nanette Weber and Judy Hackman. Peggy is preceded in death by her parents Maybelle and Jim W. Turner. A woman of many talents, Peggy had a passion for music. She was a member of a chorale and the Opera Club in high school, displaying her beautiful voice, and she could skillfully play the piano and guitar. Her love for music was a source of joy for those around her. Peggy pursued a career as a psychiatric nurse after graduating from the University of Missouri. Her dedication to the well-being of others extended beyond her professional life as she engaged in community service. Family and friends will cherish the memories of Peggy's laughter, kindness, and love. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association and the American Diabetes Association.

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Frank "Buddy" Victor Wrangofski

Jul 25, 1944 - Feb 24, 2024

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Sylacauga, AL

Frank “Buddy” Victor Wrangofski, passed peacefully at the home of one of his sons on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the age of 79. He was born in New Orleans to the late Frank Victor Wrangofski, Sr. and Jane Shirley Martin Wrangofski. Frank is survived by his two sons, Frank Edward Wrangofski and wife Sophie Rosado Wrangofski; Jonathan Hale Wrangofski; sister Elizabeth (Bettye) Jane Wrangofski; and two granddaughters, Sofia and Madison Wrangofski. Frank graduated from East Jefferson High School, Southeastern Louisiana University and furthered his education when he graduated from Pharmaceutical School at the University of Louisiana Monroe. During the Vietnam era, Frank proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. To honor Frank’s memory, the family will be holding a celebration of his life. Those who wish to honor Frank may make a donation to their favorite charity.

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Richard Allen McCollum

Nov 21, 1956 - Feb 24, 2024

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Sylacauga, AL

With a heavy heart, we share that Richard Allen McCollum, aged 67, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Forever in our hearts, he will be fondly remembered by his beloved wife, Lois Jean McCollum, his stepdaughter Dawn, step grandchildren Jakoby and Brooklynn, brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Linda McCollum, and sister and brother-in-law Ervina and Jim Kahler, as well as three nieces and a nephew. He is preceded in death by his parents Lewis “Red” McCollum and Evelyn Clark McCollum Davis and brother, Ronnie McCollum. Richard's journey began in Moberly, Missouri and included a cherished childhood in Keytesville, and saw him graduate from Park Hill High School, and attended Northwest Missouri State University. His professional life spanned from truck driving to an esteemed role as an operations manager at BlueLinx. His passions included hunting, particularly ducks, making him a proud member of the NRA and Ducks Unlimited. He also found joy in fishing, NASCAR, and cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs. Richard's legacy will continue to live on through his endearing phrases such as "now listen" and country melodies like the crawdad song that always brought laughter. His memory will continue to warm the hearts of all those who loved him dearly. Honor his legacy by donating to his cherished organizations: Northcare Hospice House, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, or Ducks Unlimited. Services are to be determined, please check back periodically.

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Margarita Ramirez

Dec 09, 1928 - Feb 25, 2024

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Sylacauga, AL

Margarita Ramirez, age 95, passed away on February 25, 2024 peacefully in her home surrounded by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Manuel Ramirez and her daughter Elva Atilano. She is survived by one sister, Emilia Nunez, two daughters, Teresa Ramirez and Margie Moreno (Salvador), two sons, Manuel Ramirez (Judith), and Alejandro Ramirez (Vanessa). She is also survived by her 16 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. We would like to extend our thanks to all the staff at Bienvivir including the doctors, nurses, caregivers and social workers for taking such great care of our mother.

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