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|"These are gone, but will not be forgotten"
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|"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be
changed,In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet
shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on
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|"I Can't Feel at Home In This World"
|Page 394 Old Red or Green Back Church Hymnal
|Memorial Service 2009
|The North Alabama District lost a true friend and prayer warrior October 6, 2007 when Bro. Michael Anthony went home
to be with the Lord. As a resident of Centre, Alabama, Bro. Michael had served the C.H. Church as deacon, Sunday
school teacher, past General Brotherhood Secretary, and as pastor of the Plainview and Lakeview churches. Most of our
district churches and the Piedmont campground have been blessed on numerous occasions by his anointed singing.
Nothing seemed to thrill him more than leading a song during campmeeting! It is not difficult to imagine him leading
Heaven's choir! He would be standing tall with his head thrown back, eyes closed, and hands lifted in praise as he magnifies
the King of Kings in song! Although Bro. Michael's physician had given him only one year to live after he was diagnosed
with cancer, God saw fit to extend his life four years during which time he faithfully continued to serve the Lord and to
minister to the needs of his family and friends. He was often found praying for the needs of others, and he trusted God fully
for the needs of his own life. Bro. Anthony is survived by his loving wife of thirty years, Dianne Taylor Anthony; daughters
Amber (Mrs. Drew Lewis), Jacki, and Hallie Anthony. He is also survived by his mother and step-father , Rev. and Mrs.
Granville (Phyllis) Young, and granddaughter, Arlie Lewis, and a sister, Sherry Walker. He was preceded in death by his
father, Rev. Jack Anthony and a brother, Terry Anthony. Since first meeting Bro. Michael during my pastorate at the Exie
C.H. Church, he had proven himself to be a genuine friend. I know what his loss means to his church and his family.
However, I know that our loss is temporary, and that our loss is truly Heaven's gain. We will look forward to the day when
we will meet again!
In loving memory - Rev. Mark Willingham
|Bishop James Martin
|Funeral services for The Rev. James H. Martin, Th.D., 77, were held Thursday at 11 a.m. at
Thompson Funeral Home. Rev. Jonathan Foster, The Rev. Hollis Martin and The Rev. James Martin,
Jr. officiating. Burial followed at Chosea Springs Cemetery. The family received friends from 5-8 this
evening at the funeral home. The Rev. Martin died Monday, April 28, 2008, at Gadsden Regional
Medical Center. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sara Martin; one daughter, Debra Foster
(Ken), of Griffin, Ga; one son, James H. Martin Jr. (Dee), of Jacksonville; five grandchildren,
Jonathan Foster, Andrew Foster (Erika), Judson Martin, Ashley Martin and Roseanna Martin; his
mother, Lillian Martin Williams, of Piedmont; two sisters, Janice Gambrell (Dallas) and Linda Ingram
(Art), all of Piedmont; three brothers, Hollis Martin (Janice), Johnny Martin and Joey Martin (Sandy),
all of Piedmont; sister-in-law, Charlene Creel (Charles), of Jacksonville; and several nieces and
nephews. Pallbearers were Andrew Foster, Johnny Martin, Joey Martin, Eddie Martin, Jerry Anderson
and Art Ingram. The Rev. Martin was a Jacksonville native and had been a Piedmont resident for
several years. He served as Bishop of the Congregational Holiness Church for eight years, and was
pastor for several churches in Alabama and Georgia and was currently serving as pastor at
Community Congregational Holiness Church. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S.
Antietam. He was preceded in death by his father, The Rev. Joe Martin.
|Miss Deanna Leigh York, age 18 of Williamson, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2008 at Spalding
Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Deanna was born in
Spalding County on September 20, 1989. She was a member of the North Griffin Congregational
Holiness Church, a 2008 graduate of Pike County High School, was employed at Piggly Wiggly in
Griffin. Survivors include, father and mother, Richard and Anna York of Williamson; brother, Wesley
York of Williamson; grandparents, Donald and Frankie York of Williamson, Silas and Marie Stephens
of Griffin; great-grandmother, Lois Hearn; aunts and uncles, Linda and Lewis Robinson of Zebulon,
David and Laura York of Griffin, Mark and Sharon Stephens of Williamson, Beth Stephens, Michael
and Nicole Stephens of Zebulon, several cousins. Funeral services were conducted 11:00 am on
Thursday, July 17, 2008 at Harvest Temple Church of God. Reverend Gene Luke officiated.
Interment followed in the Westwood Gardens.
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|Deacon Ottis S. Law
|Ottis S. Law, 90, He died Wednesday, December 17, 2008, at his home. Survivors include his wife
,Thelma Law, of Piedmont; seven children, The Rev. Kenneth W. Law (Veona), of Thomson,
Georgia, Alice F. Gribble (Floyd) of Piedmont, Elaine L. Roberts (Ray), of Jacksonville, Joel Law, of
Piedmont, Donna Murphy (Greg), of Anniston, Melba Russell (Rocky), of Weaver, and Phillip A.
Law (Allison), of Piedmont; two step-sons, Larry Downey (Connie), of Piedmont and Dewell
Downey (Dana), of Texas; four brothers, C.L. (Lindy) Law and H.S. Law Jr., both of Piedmont,
Marlin Law, of Anchorage, Alaska and Glen I. Law, of Titusville, Florida; 14 grandchildren; 12
great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Law was a native of Cherokee County and
a resident of Piedmont most of his life. He was a member of Sharon Hill Congregational Holiness
Church where he was an active member and served as a deacon. Mr. Law was a great humanitarian
always doing good deeds to lift and help his fellow man. He began a life long work in construction in
the late 30s and continued until his retirement in 2003. He gave many men opportunities to learn and
develop the skills to be a good concrete finisher. Many in his family and his hometown can attest to
that. He was also a great friend to Ministers of the Gospel, providing extra financial help and support.
He loved his God and Church with all his heart and never allowed anything or anyone to come
between. He was an ardent witness for his Lord, and when you engaged in conversation with him, he
would ask about your relationship with Christ and then proceed to tell you the plan of salvation (often
he was preaching to the choir). In the later years of his life, he became involved with the Piedmont
Food Bank and was thrilled to help people that needed food and necessities. He was preceded in death
by his first wife, Dorothy F. Law.
|Rev. Granville S. Young
|Services for Rev. Granville S. Young, 82, of Centre were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, in the
chapel of Thompson Funeral Home. Rev Glen Studdard and Rev Rick Jones officiated. Burial
was in Edgemont Cemetery in Anniston. Rev. Young died Dec. 30 at Cherokee BMC. Survivors
include his wife, Phyllis Anthony Young of Centre, a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and David
Walker of Centre, two sons and daughters-in-law, Phil and Phyllis Young of Centre and Tracy
and Evelyn Young of Piedmont; a daughter-in-law, Dianne Anthony of Centre; nine
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Johnny and Karen
Young of Guntersville and Grady and Margaret Young of Anniston. Pallbearers were Clarence
Lowe, Jimmy Williams, Robert Bryant, Larry Wilson, Mike Davis and Tommy Dunn. Honorary
pallbearers were Dr. Byron Nelson and ministers of the Congregational Holiness Churches. Rev.
Young was a resident of Centre and lived in White Plains for a number of years. He was a
minister in this area for 42 years. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and retired from
Anniston Army Depot with 29 years service. His first wife, Emma Jean Young, son Michael
Anthony, grandson Steven Baggett, parents Frank and Annie Lois Young and brother, Russell
Young preceded him in death.
|William M. (Bill) Dodd
|William M. (Bill) Dodd, 91, of Summerville, died on Friday, January 16, 2009, in Oakview Nursing
and Rehab Center. Mr. Dodd was born August 18, 1917, in Summerville, Ga., the son of the late John
H. & Fannie Tucker Dodd. He was a member of the Lyerly Pentecostal Tabernacle, private first class
teletype operator in the 126th Army airways communication System squadron and a retired textile
worker. He was preceded in death by a son, David Dodd; grandson, Charlie Shipman; two brothers &
one sister. Survivors included his wife, Elizabeth Tucker Dodd; children, Billy Powell Dodd, Gleen H.
Dodd, Jackie Lamar Jones, Myrion Todd Jones, Myra Lynn Weatherby, Donna Shipman, Shelia
Lynn Minard, Robin Gibbens; brother, Cooley Dodd; 21 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lyerly Pentecostal Tabernacle C.H.C. with Rev.
Glenn Studdard and Rev. Bobby Shutt officiating with interment in the Greenhills Memory Garden.
Pallbearers were Watson Tucker, Jerry Tucker, Sam Tucker, Gary Young, Preston Dodd, and Cecil
Reynolds. Honorary pallbearers will be Staff of the Oakview Nursing And Rehab Center, & grandkids,
Brad Jones, Mike Martin, Landon Jones, Richie Dodd, Alex Jones, David Dodd, Tommy Minard,
Jamie Dodd, Kevin Minard, John Wright, Quentin Jones, and Matthew Jones.
|Dr. J. Ken Edenfield, Sr.
|1940 - 2009
|Dr. J. Ken Edenfield, Sr., age 69, died Monday afternoon at the residence, 606 Briarwood Circle,
surrounded by his family following a lengthy and courageous battle. He was born in Cartersville,
June 23, 1940, a son of the late Raymond Driscoll Edenfield and Elsie Mae Hufsteler Edenfield and
lived there until entering the US Army in 1957. He served in the Infantry in Korea, Germany and Fort
Bragg, NC. until being discharged in 1964. While serving at Fort Bragg, he met and married Annette
Grissom on Jan.21, 1960 and she served as his partner in ministry. From 1964 to 1973, Dr. Edenfield
promoted Southern Gospel Concerts in North Carolina, during which time he and his family had a
touring singing group, The Evangelaires. In 1973 he joined the Management Team of State Mutual
Insurance Company of Rome, retiring in 1987 having received numerous awards. From 1990 to 1994,
he was a salesman and announcer on radio station WORM. He never retired from a trait he was well-
known for which was helping those who could not help themselves. Dr. Edenfield pastored in 1976
at the Murrayville Congregational Holiness Church, Gainesville, GA., a year later he was called to
pastor the Rome Congregational Holiness Church on Decatur St., then in 1987 built and was pastor of
Cornerstone Church on Mathis Drive and since 1990, the Life and Praise Worship Center. Dr.
Edenfield served on the General Board of the Congregational Holiness Church. He held the Doctor of
Divinity degree from Beacon University, Columbus, GA. From 1999 to 2002 he served on the
school's Board of regents. Surviving was his wife of 48 years, Annette Grissom Edenfield of Rome,
GA. Two sons, James Kenneth Edenfield, Sr., Rome and Charles Lee Edenfield Jr. and wife Trudy,
Cumming, GA.; Janice Edenfield, the mother of the following grandchildren, James Kenneth (J.T.)
Edenfield III, Andrew Joseph Edenfield and Laura Kay Edenfield; other grandchildren, Charles Lee (C.
J.) Edenfield Jr. and his wife Carla, Ryan Christopher Edenfield, Nicholas David Edenfield and one
great-granddaughter Ashtyn Leigh Edenfield and her mother Katie Edenfield. Brothers, Charles
(Candy) Edenfield, New Jersey and Ron (Beverly) Edenfield, Fayetteville, NC; and a sister, Mrs.
Deborah (Doug) Sides, Douglasville, GA. He was preceded in death by a sister, Cathy Temples of
Cartersville in 2003. Funeral services were held at 2pm Thursday in the chapel of Parnick Jennings
Good Shepherd Funeral Home with Rev. J. D. Sosebee, Rev. Darryl Gooden and Rev. Dan Webb
officiating. Interment was in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens, with the Honor Guard of Shanklin-Attaway
Post 5 of the American Legion conducting military graveside rites. The family received friends at
Good Shepherd from 12pm to 2 pm. Pallbearers were Virgil and Charlie Beatenbo, Robert Kuhlman,
Rev. Thomas Black, Sam Sauls, Mike Stevens, Bradley Robinson and John Ingram. Honorary Escorts
were Gordon Haney and Wesley Braziel. Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home had
charge of the arrangements.
|Annice Christine Cook
|Jun 30 1916-Jan 18 2010
|Mrs. Annice Christine Cook, age 93, of Centre, Alabama, formerly of the Wax Community, Silver
Creek, Georgia, died on January 18, 2010, at the Cherokee County Health and Rehabilitation Center
after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Annice Christine Cook accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at a very early age and was a member
of the Congregational Holiness Church. Being a pastor's wife, she was the first lady and mother of
many Congregational Holiness Churches in Northeast Alabama and Northwest Georgia. Mrs. Cook
was a devout Christian woman, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to
Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, the Rev. Grady L. Cook, by 3 sons,
Aaron Grady Cook, Grady Lee Cook, Jr., and George Nathanial Cook, by a daughter, Rachel Cook
Driver, and by her mother and father, Mrs. Ila Leona Folds Lankford and George Thomas Lankford.
She was the last surviving child of Ila Leona and George Thomas Lankford of Carrollton, Ga.
Mrs. Cook is survived by; daughter, Mrs. Betty (Jimmy) Singleton, Centre; son, Larry (Barbara)
Cook, Columbia, Tenn.; daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth (Sid) Gresham, Rome; daughter, Mrs. June (Glenn)
Morrison, Centre; daughter, Mrs. Gail (Tommy) Dunn, Centre; son, Randy (Sue) Cook, Jefferson,
Ga.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 21, 2010, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson &
Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Willingham and a grandson, the Rev. Danny Singleton
officiating. A eulogy will be given by a son, Randy Cook. Interment followed in Rome Memorial Park
The family received friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 until 8pm. At
other hours they were at their respective residences.
Both active and honorary pallbearers were asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home on
Thursday at 3:30pm and include: Active: Joe Cook, Robby Cook, Patrick O'Neil, Josh Williamson,
Ray Denney, and Jerry Denney. Honorary: Billy Denney.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Rome, Georgia has charge of the funeral arrangements
|Reverend Jason "Pastor Billy" Gouger, 37, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 18,
2010. Funeral service was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory with the
Rev. Jerry Kelley and the Rev. Gary Watts officiating. Burial will follow in the Kerr Family Cemetery.
The family received friends from 5-8 at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Dara Ivie Gouger; his children, Ashley Reynolds, of Anniston and Nina
Gouger and Ethan Gouger, both of Piedmont; his future son-in-law, Stephen Johnson, of Talladega;
his mother, Shirley Gouger, of Piedmont; a sister, Dianna Maddox (David), of Piedmont; a brother,
Matthew Gouger, of Piedmont; grandparents, J. W. and Agnes Gouger, of Centre; mother and
father-in-law, Leonard and June Ivie, of Piedmont; chosen sisters, Dona Doyal, of Piedmont and Jana
Kirkpatrick, of Anniston; chosen grandfather, J. T. Kerr, of Piedmont; and several aunts, uncles,
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were Kenny Ballew, Kevin Ward, Jeff Peak, Gary Newell, Josh Kirkpatrick and Doug
Brewster. Honorary pallbearers were the former Springs employees and employees of Federal Mogul.
Jason loved serving the Lord and witnessing about God's goodness. He was an avid Auburn football
and Atlanta Braves fan. Everyone that met him loved him. He was a member of Chapman's Chapel
Congregational Holiness Church. He was a licensed minister with the Congregational Holiness
Churches and was active in the youth department and jail ministry. The Rev. Gouger was preceded in
death by his father, Billy Gouger; grandparents, Preston and Jewel Ballew; and chosen grandmother,
|Rev. Oscar E. Ward, 77 of Sycamore, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, 2010 at his
residence. Funeral Services were held Thursday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. at Childersburg Church of
God with burial following at Evergreen Cemetery in Sylacauga. The Revs. Jimmy Sims,
James Rainey, Louie Fincher and Mark Deason officiated. The family received friends
Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. at Childersburg Church of God. Oscar E. Ward was a
member and former pastor of Taylors Grove Congregational Holiness Church in Talladega.
He was of the Pentecostal Belief, and had resided in Sycamore for the past 20 years. Mr.
Oscar E. Ward is survived by his wife, Sylvia Ward; five sons, Kenny Ward, Phillip Ward,
Clayton Wilhite, Kirk Wilhite, and Leonard Wilhite; six daughters, Sarah Ward, Patricia
Jennings, Karen Dempsey, Tina Collier, Sue Popham, and Marie Meherg; 25 grandchildren,
28 great-grandchildren, and three nieces. Mr. Ward is preceded in death by brother, Joseph
D. Ward. The following men served as pallbearers: Gary Reeves, Eugene Reeves, Robby
Robinson, Chris Liveoak, Shane Roberson, and Daniel Meherg. Talladega Funeral Home
directed the services.
|Rev Gerald Orange
|The Rev. Gerald Orange departed this life Thursday, July 22, 2010, at age 72. Funeral service were
held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2010, at the Pentecostal Assembly CHC. The Revs. James Rainey,
Tim Smith and Charles Griffith officiated with burial in Rainbow Memorial Gardens. Village Chapel
Funeral Home and Cremation Services directed.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jerah Claire Orange; parents, the Rev. E.J. Orange and
Mattie Orange; brother, Melvin Orange; sister, Helen (Wayne) Heaton; father-in-law and
mother-in-law, Preston and Vermell McElroy; and brother-in-law, Robbie McElroy.
He left behind to cherish his memory his wife of 52 years, Pat McElroy Orange; two sons, Derek
(Jennifer) Orange, Gadsden, and Devan (Cristy) Orange, Dallas, Ga.; three wonderful grandchildren,
Spencer, Savannah Lane and Lexi Orange; chosen children, Jimmy and Deborah Sudberry, Acworth,
Ga.; chosen grandchildren, Shaun Sudberry and Jeremy (Trista) Sudberry, Acworth, Ga.; chosen
great-grandchildren, Riley and Bryant Sudberry; brother-in-law, Wayne (Sarah) McElroy;
sister-in-law, Jane McElroy; and several nieces and nephews and their families whom he loved very
Gerald was Company Commander of the 152nd Armored Division of the Alabama National Guard of
Attalla. He served as president of the Genealogy Society and was a Master Gardener. Gerald retired
from the Bevill Center, where he taught computer aided drafting.
Gerald was called into the ministry in 1976 at the age of 38. He was a past pastor of the Star of Hope
Church in the Riddles Bend community. Then in 1980, the Rev. Orange organized the Pentecostal
Assembly Church that later became part of the Congregational Holiness Church.
Gerald was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 1998, but remained an active member and
choir director of the CHC until his death.
The pallbearers were Larry Hill, Joel Smith, Ed Steapleton, David Allen, Nick Smith, Ron Tillery,
Joseph Smith and Grady Humphrey.
Honorary pallbearers were Greg Bennett, Wimp Keeling, the Rev. W.C. Keenum, the Rev. Lavone
Nailor and the Rev. G.T. Roy.
The family expressed a special thanks to Dr. Thomas Corley and staff, Glen Leslie and the staff of
Gadsden City Pharmacy, Gadsden Regional Hospice, especially Shonda McCloud, and all members of
the Pentecostal Assembly CHC.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 at Village Chapel Funeral Home. The body laid in state one
hour prior to the service Sunday at the Pentecostal Assembly at the corner of Owens Avenue and
Clanton Street in Attalla.
|Alice Elaine Cole age 48 Centre, AL (Beloved wife of Rev John Cole) died Friday, August 27, 2010
Memorial services were held at 1 pm Saturday, September the 4th at the Centre Congregational
Perry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements