Earlene Cynthia Jackson von der Osten

Earlene Cynthia Jackson von der Osten, 88, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend passed away on April 26, 2019.

Born in Douglas, Alabama on Nov. 26, 1930, Earlene spent her younger years working on the family’s farm with her twin sister and two brothers. She graduated from Douglas High School in 1949 and worked for Purina in Birmingham, Alabama for nine years before moving to join her twin sister in Staten Island, New York.

She met and married New York police officer Robert von der Osten in 1963, and in 1967 they moved back to her home state of Alabama. She joined the staff at Snead State College in Boaz, starting in the Financial Aid Office, before advancing to her true calling as the Director of Veterans Affairs. She received many accolades and awards from both the state and veterans themselves. She also served in various roles in the American Legion Auxiliary (Post 94), including Treasurer, Second Vice President and Poppy Day Chairman.

Mrs. von der Osten retired from the college in 1980 and moved to a beautiful 100 year-old home near the beach in Ormond Beach, Florida. After 16 years in Florida, she and her husband found the place they truly loved: Hayesville, North Carolina. Their mountain cottage on a forest road was known for its large garden year after year. Mrs. von der Osten enjoyed growing vegetables and fruits for canning, which she gave away freely to family and friends, even strangers (even though she never met a stranger). She enjoyed spending time with tremendous friends in the Hayesville Community and never turned down an invitation, particularly if it involved dancing. She was a member of Hayesville United Methodist Church, the VFW Post #6812 Women’s Auxiliary, and American Legion Post #532 Women’s Auxiliary. She and her husband also volunteered with Meals on Wheels, AARP and other organizations in the area.

Mrs. von der Osten is preceded in death by her parents, R.C. and Barbara (Bynum) Jackson, husband Robert von der Osten, daughter Trudy Herrod VanBibber, stepson Carl von der Osten, twin sister Willene Fahy, and brothers J.P. Jackson and Milton Jackson.

She is survived by her son Kurt (Stayca), daughter Barbara (Kevin), stepdaughter Lynn MaGee, step-daughter-in-law Maureen von der Osten, grandchildren Anja, Kyler, Michael, Margaret, Robert (Kate), Danny, and Catherine (Brook), four great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Gathering of friends and family will take place Saturday, May 4th between 6:00-8:00 p.m. and also on Sunday, May 5th between 1:00-2:00 pm at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel of Hayesville. Services will be held at the Hayesville First United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 5th at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Hayesville First UMC Cemetery.

You may send tributes to the von der Osten family at www.townson-rose.com

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Rita Rae Crick


Rita Rae Crick, 85, of Hanceville, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019. She was born on April 18, 1934 in Indiana to Raymond “Ray” Williams and Mildred (Darnell) Williams; whom passed away when Rita was very young. Her extended Darnell family helped raise her until her father later remarried and Beatrice Williams became her stepmother.

Rita was a member of Cullman First Presbyterian Church, Psi Iota Xi Philanthropic Sorority in Indianapolis, IN., Second Century Club in Cullman and served on the Board for Domestic Violence in Cullman. She had many talents; she played the violin, made jewelry and was a talented painter using acrylics and oils.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Ray, Mildred and Beatrice Williams; husband, Howard Crick; daughter, Nicki Crick and half- sister, Betty Ann Taylor.

She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted daughter, Jodi Skinner, son-in-law Barry Skinner and grandchildren: Shane Skinner and Victoria Skinner (Fiancée’ Justin Copen).

The Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 in the chapel of Moss Service Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. Her family will receive friends from 1:00 until time of service. Burial will follow the service at the Cullman City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences and special memories can be left for the family at mossservicefh.com.

Debbie Ramsey Gaskin


Debbie Ramsey Gaskin, 66, of Boaz, died Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Her funeral service was 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Etowah Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in Whitesboro Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Gaskin; daughter, Katie Gaskin Meeks (Zac); one grandchild; sisters, Judy Brown and Pam Clay; and brother, Rev. Billy Ramsey (Beverly).

Etowah Memorial Chapel directed.

Jerry Wayne Bishop


Jerry Wayne Bishop, 75, of Albertville, died Friday, April 26, 2019.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Survivors include three grandchildren; sisters, Mavis Whitehead and Eleanor Howard; and brother, Gilbert Bishop.

Geraldine Funeral Home is directing.

Donna J. Johnson


Donna J. Johnson, 65, of Hayden, died Tuesday, April 28, 2019.

Survivors include daughters, Daphne Presley (Dennis), Denise Walker and Jennifer Burks; son, Jonathan Johnson; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and sisters, Linda Henderson and Mary Howard.

Adams Brown Service Funeral Home is directing.

Clodessa Mae Kitchens


Clodessa Mae Kitchens, 85, of Guntersville, died Sunday, April 28, 2019.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 30, at Albertville Funeral Home Downtown. Burial followed in Rehobeth Cemetery.

Survivors include husband, James Jefferson Kitchens; son, Danny Kitchens; brother, Bobby Buie (Linda); four grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Albertville Funeral Home Downtown directed.


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