Lt. Col. Dr. Jack Earl Reagan

Gulf Shores

Lt. Col. Dr. Jack Earl Reagan, 86, went from his home in Gulf Shores,  to his heavenly home on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.  Born Nov. 10, 1933 in Birmingham, Dr. Reagan graduated from the University of Alabama Medical School, Birmingham, and continued his medical education to become an orthopedic surgeon.  After continuing in this profession for 50 years, he retired as a Clinical Associate Medical Professor at USA Medical College in Mobile.  Jack also served two tours of active military duty during his lifetime.

Dr. Reagan is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Cas and Irene Reagan; son, Robert M. Reagan.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra F. Reagan; daughters, Laura (Rick) Reagan Tatum, Susan Reagan Wills; grandchildren, Stephen Reagan Wills, Sarah Katherine Wills; daughter-in-law Laura (Robert) Dunbar Reagan; stepson, Stephen (Jane) Davis; step-grandchildren, Lindsay Rose Davis and Logan Thomas Davis; stepson, Dr. Paul (Dr. Christine) Davis; step-grandchildren Jessica Nicole Davis, Sydney Danielle Davis, Noah Michael Davis, Andrew Paul Davis, Isabel Vanessa Davis and Emma Katherine Davis. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Gulf Shores, AL on Jan. 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.  A reception will follow at the Craft Farms Clubhouse from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.  

“All God’s children said, ‘Amen.’  Yes!”

Ovaline Wester Lenderman


Ovaline Wester Lenderman, 95, of Albertville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at Shepherd’s Cove.

Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 20, from 1 until 2 p.m. Funeral services will follow at Albertville Memorial Chapel at 2 p.m. with Jerri Manasco and Thom Scott officiating. 

Burial will follow in Rainbow Memorial Gardens, Gadsden, Alabama.

Mrs. Lenderman was born April 9, 1925, in DeKalb County, Alabama. She attended Kilpatrick and Crossville schools. She worked at Dwight Cotton Mill as an administrative assistant, and later worked at G.C. Murphy’s in sales.

For many years she was an active member of Crestview Church of Christ, North Broad Church of Christ, and Sansom Avenue Church of Christ. At times she was also the minister’s wife serving with her husband, Herman Lenderman, as a missionary in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. They also did missionary work on other Caribbean islands, including Tobago, and also in Guyana, South America.

Prior to Shepherd’s Cove, she lived at Branchwater Village and Brown Street Estates.

She was preceded in death by her three husbands, Guy Leeth, Lowell Brown, Herman Lenderman; parents, John and Addie Wester; siblings, Onus Wester, Edgar Wester, Willadeen Gregg; and grandson, Royce Leeth.

Survivors include her sons, Kenneth Leeth (Joy), Opelika and James Lowell Brown (Patricia), Macon, Georgia; grandson, Christopher Lowell Beal Brown, Richmond, Virginia; siblings, Dorothy Knight, Marie Bearden, Jerry Wester and Carolyn Duffy.

Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, staff and management at Branchwater and Shepherd’s Cove for loving our mother, grandmother, mother-in-law and sister as much as we loved her.

Flowers are accepted, but memorials may be made to Crestview Church of Christ.

Albertville Memorial Chapel Directing.

 Richard Wayne McElrath


Richard Wayne McElrath was born in Oklahoma on Jan. 22, 1930, and raised in Cherokee County, Alabama, near Centre, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. He graduated from Auburn University in 1952 with a degree in agricultural education and served as a U.S. Army platoon commander during the Korean War.

He devoted his time and his talents towards the betterment of agriculture, through Auburn University, the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, and numerous other channels of service. During a career of more than 30 years, he contributed immeasurably to the welfare of poultry producers in Alabama and other states and was a major contributor to the poultry industry’s growth in Alabama. He held numerous positions of leadership for national poultry business before beginning his own commercial egg business in 1968. Two years later he purchased Ralston Purina’s Albertville boilers division, where he had worked earlier in his career. He held numerous positions of leadership in the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, including being Chairman of the Board in 1979. He was inducted into the AP&EA Poultry Hall of Fame in 1987.

In addition to his substantial support of Auburn, he is a staunch benefactor of Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home for abused and unwanted children. When he sold his business he donated a group home to the ranch. He is a member of Connect Church in Guntersville.

He is survived by his wife, Faye McElrath; daughters; Vickie Jenkins, Kay McElrath (Michael) Johnson, Leah Love; brother, Herman (Linda) McElrath; grandchildren, Josh Richey, Alisha Adams, Venice Rowan Adams, Villyn Mae Vaughn, Anna Claire Love; godson, Zachary Langner; special friend, Bobby Green. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard & Eula Mae McElrath; brother, Johnny Mack McElrath; sister, Marta Dale Borders. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Shepherd’s Cove Hospice of Marshall County or Big Oak Ranch.


Brinda “Joyce” Hallcox


Brinda “Joyce” Hallcox, 71, of Albertville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 20, at Baltimore Avenue Church of God. Bro.’s Morrell Upchurch, Chad Hallcox and Jason Hallcox officiated. Burial followed in Memory Hill.

She is survived by her sons, Chad Hallcox (Brandi), Jason Hallcox (Sandy); four grandchildren; sisters, Judy Currie, Polly Fowler, Denise Morgan, Melanie Richards.

Arrangements entrusted to Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

Earline O. Padgett


Earline O. Padgett, 86, of Boaz, Alabama died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.

Funeral services will be today, Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 1:00 p.m. at McRae Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Willis Langston, Bro. Tommy Fox, and Bro. George Garner officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest Home Cemetery. 

She is survived by husband, Chester Padgett of Boaz; daughter, Melissa Strange of Boaz; sister-in-law Virginia Lowery.


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