Rev. Billy Joe Lett


The Rev. Billy Joe Lett, 84, of Gadsden, went home to be with the Lord Monday, April 15, 2019. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Sardis Baptist Church with Revs. Greg Corbin, David Hairston, Rodney Gilmore and David Cofield officiating. Burial was at Beulah Cemetery in Albertville.

Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services directed.

Rev. Lett was a graduate of Mortimer Jordan High School, Kimberly, AL and Carson Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee. Before entering into the ministry full-time he taught history at Sardis High School.

Rev. Lett served as pastor of many churches including South Gadsden Baptist; Mt. Pisgah Baptist, Cropwell; Steele Baptist, Pisgah Baptist, Pisgah, AL; Center Point Baptist; Kelly’s Chapel, Grove Oak, AL and had served as director of missions with the Sand Mountain Baptist Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Shirley Annette Campbell Lett; parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Pack Lett; sister and brother-in-law, Tommie Lou and Grady Wilson; brother-in-law, E.B. Self, Sr.; niece, Edna Ruth Self Dowling and nephews, Bobby and Donny Wilson.

Survivors include his son, Timothy J. Lett and Joanna; grandchildren, Jacob; Anna Claire; Micah and Abbi Kate; mother of his grandchildren, Daphne Lett; sister, Johnnie Ruth Self, Pinson, AL.

Pallbearers will be fellow pastors and Jerry Talley. Honorary Pallbearers will be deacons of Kelley’s Chapel Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alabama Baptist Ministers Benefit Society in Rev. Lett’s memory.

Special thanks is extended to the staff of Comfort Care Hospice, Ginger; Emily; Tonia; Monique; Hannah; Faynetta; Rev. Rodney Gilmore and all who visited or assisted our family in any way during this difficult time.

The family received friends from 11 a.m. until the hour of service at 1 p.m. at Sardis Baptist Church on Wednesday.

Online condolences may be made at

William (Bill) Markham


William (Bill) Markham, age 76, passed peacefully into Heaven surrounded by his loving family early Monday, April 15 at his home in Decatur, Alabama. Bill, a veteran of the United States Navy, was born in 1942 in Huntsville, Alabama and is preceded in death by his parents, Odis and Estelle Markham. Bill is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gail Rodgers Markham, five children: Mandy Markham Johnson (Phillip), Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Marianne Markham, Moody, Alabama; Matthew J. Markham (Amanda), Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Stephanie Gamble Greenlee, Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Veronica Gamble Pettus (Patrick), Hartselle, Alabama; and 14 grandchildren.

Bill was the evening news anchor and Crimestoppers reporter for WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1983 until his retirement in 2009. He began his career in radio in his home state of Alabama and later switched to television – reporting and anchoring in Montgomery, Alabama; Huntsville, Alabama; Paducah, Kentucky; West Palm Beach, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; and Nashville, Tennessee. In Chattanooga, Bill was very active in the annual Pat Boone Bethel Bible Village golf tournament and the Share Your Christmas food drive for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

A Memorial service for Bill Markham, 77, will be Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Nathan White officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 17, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home.

Bill waged a brave battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. With no known cause or cure, ALS challenges the human spirit and tests the courage of everyone touched by this devastating disease.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the ALS Association – Tennessee chapter or to Bethel Bible Village in Chattanooga. Visit to leave a message, view family photos and/or donate to the ALS Association in Bill’s honor.

Michael Wilbert Brewer


Michael Wilbert Brewer, 57, of Boaz, died Friday, April 12, 2019.

His funeral service was 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Boaz Carr Chapel. Burial followed in Marshall Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Brewer is survived by his wife, Deborah Brewer; children, Jason Dawson, Tera Dawson, JoShannon Perdew, Colleen Coppins, Amanda Owens and Mahala Hayes; seven grandchildren; father, C.W. Brewer; sisters, Edna Barriner, Sue Huffman and Annette Kesler; and brother, Christopher Brewer.

Boaz Carr Funeral Home directed.

James Grady Terrell


James Grady Terrell, 51, of Boaz, died Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Mr. Terrell had a funeral service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Etowah Memorial Chapel.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Terrell; children, Dixie (Josh) Brooks, Emily (Joey) Smith, Michael (Brittney) Addison, Jeremy (L. J.) Burgess and Jason (Lindsey) Burgess; four grandchildren; mother, Doris Terrell; and sisters, Cassandra Harris, Shirley (Ernie) Camacho and Connie (Gary) Terrell.

Etowah Memorial Chapel directed.

Vincent Lee Galimore

Sardis City

Vincent Lee Galimore, 42, of Sardis City, died Friday, April 12, 2019.

Cremation service was directed by W.T. Wilson Funeral Home.

Sallie Dean Stephens


Sallie Dean Stephens, 80, of Rainsville, died Sunday, April 14, 2019.

A funeral service will be today, April 18, at 2 p.m. at Rainsville Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Kirk Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include husband, Bill Stephens; daughters, Sheila (Glenn) Hurtt, Brenda (Travis) Yates and Jennifer (Chris) Miller; sister, Mary (Doug) Tench; and five grandchildren.

Rainsville Funeral Home is directing.


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