Kenneth J. Copeland

Auburn

Kenneth J. Copeland of Auburn, who chronicled the good times and bad of Alabama agriculture for more than three decades, died April 8 at the age of 82. Kenneth was born June 15, 1936 in Boaz, Alabama and died April 8th at Arbor Springs Health and Rehab in Opelika, AL.

Funeral services for the retired Alabama Extension System editor will be held Thursday April 11 at 2:00 pm at Auburn United Methodist Founders Chapel. Visitation is scheduled for 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. followed by the funeral at 2:00. Burial will be in Auburn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Kenneth’s beloved wife, Peggy Wells Copeland, parents Raymond and Elsie Copeland and brother Calvin preceded him in death. Survivors include daughters, Kenna (Max) Runge of Auburn, Jenna (Warren) Hontz of Nashville, Tenn.; and Nancy (Kevin) Fiedor of Cantonment, Fla.; grandchildren Hayley Loughridge, Pensacola, Fla., Codi Plaster (Jim), Auburn, Cale Runge (Kimmy), Pearl River, La. , Brandon Fiedor, Los Angeles, Ca., and Hannah Fiedor, Pensacola, Fl.; and 5 great grandchildren.

Agriculture was always a big part of Kenneth’s life – from being raised on a farm, studying agriculture at Auburn University to always having a backyard garden. He never met a stranger, was patient, appreciative and kind to everyone, especially his caregivers at Camellia Place and Arbor Springs. He loved his family unconditionally and was such a wonderful husband, father and Grandoc.

Mr. Copeland, a 1954 graduate of Boaz High School, received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Auburn University (then API) on June 4, 1957, and the next day he and his new bride of three days, the former Peggy Wells, headed to Washington County to begin work as an assistant county agent.

He later worked as assistant agent in Choctaw and Conecuh counties before moving to Auburn in 1960 as news editor in Extension’s communications office. In the meantime, he had earned a master’s degree in agriculture from Auburn. Mr. Copeland’s byline appeared nationally in magazines such as Farm Journal, Progressive Farmer, Delta Farm Press, Alabama Farmer and in other ag-related media. He had a reputation for clear, concise writing that farmers could put to practical use. He retired from Extension in 1993, ending a 33-year-career.

He was a faithful member of Grace United Methodist Church and later at Auburn United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the McGehee-Lacy of the Sunday School class and the Tuesday morning men’s Bible study.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Alabama FFA Foundation, P.O. Box 1100, Montgomery, AL 36191-0001 or the Food Bank of East Alabama (foodbankofeastalabama.com).

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Elton Belles

Kentucky

Joseph Elton Belles, 32, of Stanford Kentucky, died Saturday, March 30, 2019.

A funeral service was held Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Douglas Cemetery. Bro. Allen Atkins officiated the service. Survivors include parents, Wayne and Janice Belles of Kentucky; grandmother Jennie Ferguson Belles of Huntsville; several aunts and uncles, Carol Belles of Huntsville, Tony and Joan White of Albertville; and Joseph Jr. and Lucy Belles of Winchester, TN.; and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Elton H. and Inez Robertson and grandfather, Joseph E. Belles, Sr.

Adams Brown Service Funeral Home directed.

Kenneth Jack Ford

Boaz

Kenneth Jack Ford, 76, of Boaz, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at his residence. The family has chosen cremation, currently there are no services planned. Survivors include wife, Gilderlene Ford, sons, Keith (Amanda) Ford and Michael (Meredith) Ford; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers Charles Ford, David Ford, Phillip Ford and Robert Norwood; sister Linda Mason.

Boaz Carr Funeral Home directed.

Ann O. Mann

Nixon Chapel

Ann O. Mann, 92, of Nixon Chapel passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Albertville Nursing Home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Nixon Chapel Cemetery. Survivors include son, Tommy (Vicki) Mann; daughters, Marie Mann and Nancy (John) Farrow; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of your choice.

Etowah Memorial Chapel directing.

Augustus Reed Naylor III

Albertville

Augustus Reed Naylor III, 81, of Albertville passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at his residence. The family has chosen cremation, no services are planned. Survivors include wife, Mildred “Moody” Naylor; sons, Augustus Reed (Melinda) Naylor IV of Boaz and Clyde (Lou Ann) Naylor, Sr. of Florida. Five grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; one great-grandniece.

Albertville Memorial Chapel directed.

Rayburn Stover

Horton

Rayburn Stover, 69, of Horton passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Albertville Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Albertville Funeral Chapel with burial in Alder Springs Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday, April 12, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Albertville Funeral Home. Lynn Buckelew and Dean Moore will officiate the service. Survivors include wife, Sarah Johnston Stover of Horton; sons, Davis Stover of Douglas and Paul (Kelly) Stover of Alder Springs; brother, Larry Stover of Attalla; sisters, Frances Gaskin of Attalla, Juanita Mullinax of Albertville and Kathy (Larry) Bishop of Rainbow City; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

Albertville Funeral Home is directing

Cherri D. Jones Dickinson

Adamsville

Cherri D. Jones Dickinson, 57, of Adamsville, passed away Wednesday, April 10,2019. A Celebration of Life will be on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the chapel of Crestview Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Hayes officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Crestview Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Crestview Memorial Gardens. Survivors include her husband, Randy Dickinson; daughters, Kristin (Jonathan) Baker and Diana Dickinson; son, Randy (Cody) Dickinson; sister, Melinda (James) Jones Hicks; brother, Keith (Tammy) Jones; 6 grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews.

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