Nellie Beatrice “Bea” Johnston Strickland Bruce


Beatrice Strickland Bruce, 97, known as “Bea” by all her friends, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Crossville, Alabama, after a short illness.

Beatrice was born in Crossville on July 27, 1922. Although she was raised in Kilpatrick, she lived most of her life in Crossville where she met and married her first love, Bobby Strickland. Bobby’s career as a quartet singer and their desire to share the Gospel led them from Sand Mountain to Knoxville, Chattanooga, Atlanta and, eventually, to Birmingham. She was a born entertainer herself — singing, telling stories and even yodeling at every chance. After losing Bobby tragically in 1953, she worked hard to provide for her young family. Bea eventually moved with the children back to Crossville for the love and support that only family and close friends can provide. Several years after her move back, she married childhood friend, D.B. Bruce, in 1967. They were married more than 40 years before his passing in 2007. She was a devoted member of Crossville First United Methodist Church her entire life and active in the Crossville community.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents, Robert B. and Florence Missouri Jones Johnston; brothers, Boyce, Thurston “Skin,” Charles, Johnny Mack and Benjamin Johnston; husband, Bobby Strickland; husband, D.B. “Junior” Bruce; daughter, Rita Strickland Gilbreath; son-in-law, Joe Hawkins; and step sons, Terry and Jeff Bruce.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Strickland Hawkins; son, Bobby Jim Strickland; son-in-law, George Gilbreath; special daughter, Judy Abercrombie; step sons, Shan Bruce (Connie), Stephen Bruce, Sr.; grandchildren, Suzanne Schaufelberger, Nancy DeShazo (Jason), Marsha Gilbreath, Jennifer Sampson (Steve), John Hawkins (Michelle), Allison Soriano (Asuncion), Beverly Robinson (Jimmy), Wendy Amos, Crystal Pugh, Lance Bruce, Aprella Bruce, Michael Bruce (Angela), Eric Bruce (Misty), Stephen Bruce, Jr.; great-grandchildren Ben Word, Jesse Watson (Cynthia), Wesley Watson, Will Watson (Kali), Julio Watson, Devin Watson, Shakira Watson, Raven Watson, Katelynn Watson, Joanna DeShazo, Rachel DeShazo, Amberly Sampson, Levi Hawkins, Lily Hawkins, Taylor Wilkes, Jason Hubble, Spencer Hubble, Kevin Robinson, Brooke Lawson (Jonathan), Sidney Trussell (Seth), Colby Strickland, Brick Pugh, Shalee Pugh, Ali Bruce, Tyler Bruce (Mindy), Bailee Bruce, Brody Bruce, and Isebela Bruce; great-great-grandchildren, Oliver, Dyson, Emmett, Milli, and Talya; sisters-in-law, Wanelle Johnston, Jo Bruce; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 20, at Crossville First United Methodist Church, followed by interment in the church cemetery.

Special thanks to the ladies of Morning Glory Meadows Assisted Living Facility for their kindness and care over the past few years.

Crossville Memorial Chapel directed.

Barbara “Bobbie” Ennis


Barbara “Bobbie” Ennis, 72, of Albertville, passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 19, at Baltimore Church of God. Burial followed in Memory Hill. Bro. Morrell Upchurch and Bro. Aaron Richards officiated.

She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Ennis; son, Brent Ennis (April); two grandchildren; and sisters, Joyce Hallcox, Judy Currie, Polly Fowler, Denise Morgan and Melanie Richards.

Arrangements entrusted to Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

Cathy Cole Lampkin


Cathy Cole Lampkin, 65, of Albertville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at Adams Brown Service Chapel. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 25, from 5-8 p.m. at Adams Brown Service Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memory Hill. Bro. Matt Brooks will officiate.

Survivors are her boyfriend, Ed Morgan; son, Lucas Lampkin (Alicia); mother, Hilda Cole; sister, Gina Hudgins (Mike); and brothers, Alan Cole (Kathy) and Peter Cole.

Arrangements entrusted to Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

Dorothea Rogers


Dorothea Rogers, 81, of Warrior, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 23, at noon at Adams Brown Service Chapel. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-noon at Adams Brown Service Funeral Home. Bro. Ken McClendon will officiate. Burial will follow in Liberty Hill of Horton.

She is survived by her daughters, Debra McDaniel (Jack), Sonya O’Rourke (Mike); four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Ivey, Effie Joyce Warr; and brother, Floyd Bowen.

Arrangements entrusted to Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

E. H. Patterson


E.H. Patterson, 82, of Albertville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Albertville Memorial Chapel with burial to follow at Marshall Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Rev. Roger White, Rev. Chris Andrews and Rev. Mark Patterson will be officiating..

Patterson is survived by his children, Elizabeth A. Dyke (Gary), Pam P. Biddle (Lawrence), Kim Logan (Jeff) and Mark Patterson (Lynn); eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Albertville Memorial Chapel is directing.

Jerry Wayne Herring


Jerry Wayne Herring, 84, of Boaz, passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

Funeral services are today, Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. at Adams Brown Service Chapel. Burial will follow in Memory Hill. Bro. Billy Painter will officiate.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Herring; daughters, Rhonda Lemasters (Darryl), Donna Nixon (Denise) and Judy Decker (Jessie); sons, Victory Herring and Tony Herring (Gina); 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and sister, Gaynell Herring of Hokes Bluff.

Arrangements entrusted to Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

Kenny Cooper


Kenny Cooper, 58, of Horton, passed away Saturday Oct. 19, 2019.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 20, at McRae Funeral Home Chapel.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Cooper, of Horton; son, DeWayne Cooper; special son, Nick McDowell, both of Boaz; daughter and fiancé, Jodi Cooper and Donny Jamroz, of Horton; nine grandchildren; brother, Randy Cooper, of Guntersville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rita & Lane Stiefel, of Piedmont; Freida & Billy Dixon, of Fyffe; Lisa & Robert West, of Horton; and Stacey & Billy Harper, of Snead.

Charles “Buddy” Smith, Jr.


Charles “Buddy” Smith Jr., 75, of Boaz, passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

Graveside services were held Monday, Oct. 21, at Hillcrest Cemetery. Rev. Harry Whitt officiated.

He survived by his sons, Jeffery Smith (Milanda) and Michael Smith; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Albertville Memorial Chapel directed.


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