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Elkins Funeral Homes East Chapel

7435 Highway 72
Killen, AL 35645
(256) 757-2144
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Stanley Dearman, Editor Who Sought Justice in 1964 Murders, Dies ... - New York Times

Monday, March 27, 2017

A month and a half after the killings, their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam on a nearby farm.The authorities identified Edgar Ray Killen, a part-time preacher and sawmill operator, as a Klan organizer in the Philadelphia area and the man who had put together the mob that carried out the killings, though he was not at the scene of the murders. He was one of 18 men tried in federal court in Mississippi in 1967 on charges that they had deprived the victims of their civil rights.Mr. Killen went free when the all-white jury could not agree on a verdict, but seven others were convicted.In editorials and articles, Mr. Dearman implored state officials to bring criminal charges.In the late 1980s, he visited New York to interview Carolyn Goodman, the mother of Mr. Goodman, for a series on the three victims, and they became friends.“It’s time for an accounting,” Mr. Dearman wrote in a 2000 editorial. “We hope that the attorney general and the district attorney conclude that the case can be effectively prosecuted.“None of this would be an issue if a group of self-appointed saviors of the status quo had not taken it upon themselves to murder three unarmed young men who were arrested on a trumped-up traffic charge and held in jail like caged animals until night fell and they could be intercepted by the Ku Klux Klan.”Mr. Killen was charged with murder but convicted of manslaughter by a jury of nine whites and three blacks on June 21, 2005, the 41st anniversary of the killings. He is serving three consecutive 20-year terms in state prison.Arthur Stanley Dearman was born on July 24, 1932, in Meridian, Miss. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, where he was editor of the student newspaper.He was a reporter and editor at The Meridian Star before joining The Democrat as a reporter in the early 1960s, then buying the paper. In 2007, he received an award from his alma mater for journalistic excellence.Mr. Dearman, who was living in retirement in Gulf Breeze, is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a son, Leigh; a daughter, Lisa Daniels; his sisters Ruth Geiger, Sylvia Crowson, Nellah Prezalor and Mary Ray; and five grandchildren, according to McClain-Hays Funeral Service in Philadelphia.Mr. Dearman once estimated that he had taken at least 400 people to the site where the civil rights workers were killed, lest their murders be forgotten.“I can say without exaggeration that in 40 years, not a single day has gon

Stanley Dearman, Editor Who Sought Justice in 1964 Murders, Dies at 84 - New York Times

Monday, March 13, 2017

A month and a half after the killings, their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam on a nearby farm.The authorities identified Edgar Ray Killen, a part-time preacher and sawmill operator, as a Klan organizer in the Philadelphia area and the man who had put together the mob that carried out the killings, though he was not at the scene of the murders. He was one of 18 men tried in federal court in Mississippi in 1967 on charges that they had deprived the victims of their civil rights.Mr. Killen went free when the all-white jury could not agree on a verdict, but seven others were convicted.In editorials and articles, Mr. Dearman implored state officials to bring criminal charges.In the late 1980s, he visited New York to interview Carolyn Goodman, the mother of Mr. Goodman, for a series on the three victims, and they became friends.“It’s time for an accounting,” Mr. Dearman wrote in a 2000 editorial. “We hope that the attorney general and the district attorney conclude that the case can be effectively prosecuted.“None of this would be an issue if a group of self-appointed saviors of the status quo had not taken it upon themselves to murder three unarmed young men who were arrested on a trumped-up traffic charge and held in jail like caged animals until night fell and they could be intercepted by the Ku Klux Klan.”Mr. Killen was charged with murder but convicted of manslaughter by a jury of nine whites and three blacks on June 21, 2005, the 41st anniversary of the killings. He is serving three consecutive 20-year terms in state prison.Arthur Stanley Dearman was born on July 24, 1932, in Meridian, Miss. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, where he was editor of the student newspaper.He was a reporter and editor at The Meridian Star before joining The Democrat as a reporter in the early 1960s, then buying the paper. In 2007, he received an award from his alma mater for journalistic excellence.Mr. Dearman, who was living in retirement in Gulf Breeze, is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a son, Leigh; a daughter, Lisa Daniels; his sisters Ruth Geiger, Sylvia Crowson, Nellah Prezalor and Mary Ray; and five grandchildren, according to McClain-Hays Funeral Service in Philadelphia.Mr. Dearman once estimated that he had taken at least 400 people to the site where the civil rights workers were killed, lest their murders be forgotten.“I can say without exaggeration that in 40 years, not a single day has gone by that I don’t think about those b

Adam Lard

Monday, February 27, 2017

Adam Steven Lard, 39, of Killen died Thursday, February 23, 2017, at ECM Hospital.Visitation will be Monday, February 27, 2017, 11 AM to 12 PM at Elkins East Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 12 PM in the chapel with Scott Coffee officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ Cemetery.Mr. Lard is survived by his wife, Jessica Lard; daughters, Haley Harrison and Makayla Burgess; son, Justin Burgess; mother, Mary Lard; brothers, Lee Tidwell (Melissa) and Kenneth Lard (Amanda); sisters, Scarlett Lard and Wendy Wright; favorite pet, “Knoxer Eugene”.Pallbearers will be Daniel Hunt, Steven Matthews, Jeff Cody, Brian Hipps, Todd Hipps, and Evan Tidwell.You are invited to leave condolences at www.ellkinsfuneralhome.com.

Virginia Russ

Monday, February 27, 2017

God, her family, her compassion for others and her unending kindness she carried throughout her life. She is survived by her husband Porter; son Steve (Tammy) of Killen, AL; son Tim (Teresa) of Florence, AL; six grandchildren; Kirby (Daniel), Ann Marie (Taylor), Chandler, Christian, Matthew, and Katie and three great grandchildren: Alivia, Dawson and Delilah.She was preceded in death by her mother Mattie, father Albert, son Mike, great-grandson Roper, brothers Earl and Roy and sister Roseanne.Visitation is arranged for Monday, February 6 at Elkins Funeral Home in Florence, AL from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The memorial service will be Tuesday, February 7 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with burial to follow at Greenview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Parkway Community Church, 663 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, AL 35630. Elkins Funeral Home of Florence would like to invite you to leave condolences at www.elkinsfuneralhome.com.

Dr. David Griffin

Monday, February 27, 2017

H. Griffin 61 passed away Wednesday January 18, 2017. At UAB hospital Visitation will be held Saturday from 12:00-2:00 P.M. with the celebration service to follow at 2:00pm at Elkins East Chapel in Killen, Al. Interment will follow at Tri-cities Memorial Gardens of Florence, Al.He was preceded in death by father Arjil H. Griffin and nephew Christopher Gates.He is survived by his Mother, Dalphner J. Harms, Sisters Marion Thornton (Glenn), Connie Harden (Larry), Gail Williams (Mike), Janet Mink (Dan). Nieces Tonya, Nikki, Nephews, Caleb, Jeremiah and Great Nieces Katie and Beth Anne.Mr. Griffin held a PH.D. in civil engineering and was a professor of Surveying and Geomatics at Troy university an avid cyclist and amateur astronomer and computer programmer. He also held many works associated with engineering and surveying and was a Member of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors and, Alabama society of professional engineers.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

Lettie Thigpen

Monday, November 21, 2016

Lettie Ray Thigpen, age 92, Killen, Alabama, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016, at El Reposo Nursing Facility after an extended illness.Visitation will be Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Elkins East Chapel from 11 AM to 1 PM. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 PM at Bluewater Cemetery, with Bro. Stan Dean officiating.Mrs. Thigpen was preceded in death by her husband, James Farley Thigpen; sister, Irene Comer; parents, John Lewis and Nora Lee Ray.Mrs. Thigpen is survived by her daughters, Linda Carroll and husband Johnnie and Judith Rickard and husband Andy; three grandchildren, Darrin Garner, Andrea Rickard, and Dana Trockenbrot and husband Tim; two great-grandchildren, Hanna Rae Garner and Kaden Rickard.You are invited to leave condolences at www.elkinsfuneralhome.com.

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Sandra Tidwell

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sandra Kay Tidwell, 70, of Killen died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at her residence.Visitation will be Friday, June 23, 2017, 10-11 AM at Elkins East Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 11 AM in the Chapel with Bro. Stan Dean officiating. Burial will be at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.Mrs. Tidwell was a member of Killen Church of Christ and was a past member of Delta Gamma ESA.She was preceded in death by her parents, John L. and Helen Smith; dearly loved father and mother in law, Carl and Mildred Tidwell.Mrs. Tidwell is survived by her husband, Glenn Tidwell; daughters, Melanie Herndon (Phil) and Suzette Allen (Brian); brothers, Buddy Smith (Carolyn) and Kevin Smith; several nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will be Wes Brink, Jay Hobbs, Mikey Hughes, Keith Herndon, Dennis Patterson, and Byron Smith.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.You are invited to leave condolences at www.elkinsfuneralhome.com.

Mary Moody

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Mary Sue Moody, 81, of Killen died Monday, March 27, 2017, at Lauderdale Nursing Home.Visitation will be Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 12:30-2PM at Elkins East Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 2PM in the chapel with Bro. Alex Bayes officiating. Burial will be at Hurricane Cemetery.Mrs. Moody was a faithful member of Rogersville Church of Christ.Mrs. Moody was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar Moody; son, Dennis Johns; parents, James Grady and Lodie Bee Smith McClanhan; sisters, Jean Lash and Jane McClanhan; brothers, Buford and Herman McClanhan.Mrs. Moody is survived by her daughter, Vickey Grigsby (Keith); grandchildren, Jared Grigsby (Crystal) and Lindsey Smith (Ryan); sister, Linda Lee Thigpen; brother, Kenneth McClanhan.Pallbearers will be Keith Grigsby, Ryan Smith, Roger Lash, Jared Grigsby, Chris Handeman, and Tyler Oliver.Very special thanks to Lauderdale Christian Nursing Home and Dr. Robert Webb.You are invited to leave condolences at www.elkinsfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Clemmons

Monday, February 27, 2017

January 31 2017. Visitation will be held Saturday February 4 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Elkins East Chapel. Services will be held Sunday February 5 2017 at 2:00pm at Elkins East Chapel in Killen, Al with Rev. Brandon McManus and Rev.Bobby Walton officiating.She was Preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edison Clemons, Parents Ed and Anna Belle Mason and Brothers Ray, David and Charles”Shorty” Mason.She is survived by Daughter Janice Cox (Wyatt) Son, Charles G. Clemons (Linda) Grandchildren Jared Cox (Stephanie) Heather McManus (Brandon) and Lindsey Clemons Great grandsons Keith and Mason McManus, Sisters, Judy Box, Linda Belue, and Brothers, James, Tommy Donnie, and Bobby Mason, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.Mrs. Clemons was born in Rogersville Alabama, a former member of New hope Baptist of Rogersvillie , Member of South Pointe Baptist Church in Anderson South Carolina and a retired Nurse From Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. Pallbearers will be her Nephews

William "Bill" Bevis

Monday, February 27, 2017

William Henry "Bill" Bevis age 82 of Killen passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. At Mr. Bevis’s request, Visitation and Service will be held Privataly. Burial at Tri-Cities. Elkins East Chapel in charge. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Lee and Vertie Mae Darby Bevis, his sisters Georgie Mae Grimes, Annie Ruth Dawson, Ester Matelewich, and Dorothy Coker. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Madeline Williams Bevis and their four sons- Mike Bevis and wife Melissa, Danny Bevis and wife Jackie, Jeff Bevis and wife Shylee, and Jerry Bevis. Beloved grandchildren Michelle, Michael, Kasey, Faith, Tristan , Bradford , Mallie-Grace, Braylen. Great grand-children Kamdyn and Logan Phillips, Aubree and Ayden Faires. His Grandkids knew and loved him as Papaw Bill on the Hill. Bill served his country in the Army and was proud of his time in service. He worked for TVA as a certified gas and diesel mechanic. He owned and operated his own service station. He loved living on Shoals Creek and enjoyed sharing many