George Eugene Bruce


George Eugene Bruce, 78, passed away Dec. 5, 2020 at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, AL.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George Wayland Bruce and Martha Mae Bruce (Grubbs) and sister Sarah “Sadie” Lane Geiger (Bruce).  He is survived by his wife Linda Bruce (Centanni); their children, Paige Batten (Bruce), Jansen Bruce; grandchildren, Nicholas Batten, Sarah Batten, Brynlee Herron (Bruce), Lauren Bruce; great-grandchildren, Porter and Amelia Herron. 

 He was born and raised in his hometown of Boaz, where he started out delivering groceries for his parent’s grocery store, Bruce and Castleberry.  The story is that he could barely see to drive over the pickup truck’s steering wheel because he began delivering when he was only 10 years old.  He played on every sports team possible growing up and was an avid Alabama football fan.  He never missed watching a game…EVER.  He graduated from Boaz High School in 1960 and started college at University of Alabama where he pledged Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and continued with those friendships throughout his life.  He finished his business degree at Livingston College where he met Linda, his wife of 57 years.  They raised their family in Boaz where he worked many years in the Mobile Home Industry.  Golfing had always been something he enjoyed as well and he appreciated time spent with his buddies on the course.  

 Unfortunately, in 1997 he suffered a sudden brain injury and his wife retired early to care for him.  They decided to move to Gulf Shores, Alabama where they lived until 2016 and enjoyed a very fun-filled life with many new friends as well as old that came to vacation at the beach.  Everyone that knew him loved him.  His quick wit and flair for telling a funny story are remembered by so many.  Even though he was dealt a lot of health issues he never complained at all and had retained his vibrant and funny personality.  His ability to make others smile and getting to know all about them was something he loved to do.  Chances are he knew exactly where they were from as well as their relatives too.  Simply put he never forgot a face, never knew a stranger and was loved by all who knew him. 

A family graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Boaz on December 17, 2020.  Due to the current Pandemic, a future “Celebration of Life Memorial” will be held in 2021 at McRae Funeral Home in Boaz at a safer time and will be announced once an appropriate time is determined.


Elizabeth Townson


Mrs. Elizabeth Townson, 64, of Sparks Avenue, Boaz, Alabama, died on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at Marshall Medical Center South.

Services were held on Monday, Dec.14, at 11 a.m in the McRae Chapel with Bro. Joey Croft officiating. Visitation was on Sunday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Townson is survived by her husband, Jimmy Townson of Boaz; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew Nd Samantha Townson of Tennessee; grandchildren, Triston Townson and Carson Townson; mother-in-law, Flossie Townson; brothers, Terry Nix and Michael Nix; sisters, Debbie Johnson and Elaine Foran. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Tipler and Iris George.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Southside United Methodist Church, 1631 O’Brig Ave., Guntersville, AL  35976.


William Clellan Hefner


On Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, William Clellan Hefner passed away from his earthly home into the loving hands of his Lord and Savior at the age of 81. Clellan was born on Sept. 7, 1939, to Alvin William Hefner and Charlotte Tyrone Posey Hefner in Boaz. He lived his entire life in the Union Community area of Boaz. As a child, he attended Beulah School, Center Point in the Aroney Community and later years at Boaz and Crossville schools. As a young man, he worked for local car dealers hauling cars from Chicago to Marshall County. Clellan worked various jobs to help support his family. At the age of 20 he began working for the McElrath Poultry Processing Plant in Albertville. In 1959 he met the love of his life, Nancy Putman, and they married April 16, 1960. Together they shared 60 wonderful years of marriage. They were blessed with three children, son, William Keith Hefner (Pam) of Huntsville; daughters, Sheila Hefner Duvall (Terry) and Patricia Hefner Martinez (Bob), both of Boaz, to which he left a lasting legacy and a lifetime of wonderful memories.

In 1963 he began his career with the U.S. Government at the Anniston Army Depot. Clellan worked there until 1969 and then transferred to the Boaz Post Office. He later served as the Postmaster at Geraldine Post Office and then finished his career at Boaz until his retirement in 2000. In all things great and small Clellan took great pride, in which his accomplishments reflected that. After his retirement, he enjoyed raising cattle, mowing lawns, gardening, performing handy-man work, and traveling. He was blessed to have visited all 48 of the mainland states. However, his favorite activity was spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Clellan was a member of several organizations including the Boaz Masonic Lodge, where he received his 50-year pin and served in various leadership roles. He was also a member of the Scottish Rites, Boaz Oddfellows and was a Boy’s Scoutmaster. But his greatest role in service was that of an ordained deacon. He was ordained in 1981 and was an active member of Sardis Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kelsey Nicole Hefner; brothers, Melvin Ray and Coys Wayne Hefner; and his mother and father-in-law, Rev. W. Henry Putman and Lillian Nabors Putman.

“Paw-Paw” will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Hannah Duvall Bevel (John) of Albertville, Micah Duvall (Alaina) of Boaz, Jillian Hefner Boone (Dr. Tyler) of Nashville, TN, Anna Claire Hefner of Dallas, TX, Eli A. Martinez of Boaz, John Robert Martinez of Albertville and Jessica Martinez of Tuscaloosa. Great-grandchildren Madalyn Faith Bevel, Julia Reese Young, Landon Matthew Young, Sarah Grace Bevel and soon expected (Collier Ross Boone).

Visitation will be at McRae Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. with Rev. Mike Goforth, Bro. Doyce Putman and Bro. Dewey Champion officiating. Interment will follow at the Union Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the deacons of Sardis Baptist Church. Music will be provided by Sardis Baptist Church Men’s Quartet with accompanist Mrs. Donna Goforth. The family requests adherence to the current health restrictions of masks and social distancing. Please save your hugs and handshakes for healthier and happier times.

A special thanks to Dr. Alan Calhoun, Dr. Jenna Carpenter, Dr. Evan Johnson and the I.C.U. nurses at Marshall Medical Center South for their exceptional care.

Flowers will be accepted or donations in his memory may be made to Union Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 428 Boaz, AL. 35957 or Sardis Baptist Church 1501 Church St. Boaz, AL 35956.


Tommy NeSmith


Tommy NeSmith, age 67, of Decatur, Alabama, died on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at Decatur Morgan Hospital.

Memorial services will be 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in McRae Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Aaron Johnson and Bobby Thomas officiating. Visitation will be from 5 until service time at the funeral home. The family request adherence to the current health restrictions of masks and social distancing. Please save your hugs and handshakes for healthier and happier times.

NeSmith was born in Marshall County, Alabama, on Jan. 8, 1953, to Travis Neal and Phyllis Buchanan NeSmith. He has been in the automobile industry his entire working career. Currently serving as used car manager with Lynn Layton Chevrolet of Decatur.

NeSmith is survived by his wife, Janet Giles NeSmith of Decatur; daughters, Jamie and Bobby Thomas of Arab, Haley NeSmith Howard of Union Grove; grandchildren, Ethan Thomas, Owen Thomas, Kenley Howard, Kelsey Howard; step-children, Kimberly Hastings (Steve), Kevin Miller (Andrea); several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; brother, Mackey Joe and Renee NeSmith of Hartselle; sisters, Diane and Ben Robinson and Cindy and David Mullican all of Arab; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. NeSmith was preceded in death by his parents, Neal and Phyllis NeSmith and sister, Sherry NeSmith Earl.

Morgan Haley Powell


Morgan Haley Powell, 23, of Albertville passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.

Her funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 14, at Albertville Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in Whitesboro Cemetery. Rev. Jeff Martin officiated the service.

Morgan is survived by her fiancé, Christopher Dustin “Dusty” Weaver; mother, Pam Powell; father, Ted Powell; sister, Whitney (Michael) Mashburn, chosen brothers, Jaxon, Landon, Dillon Haygood and Shadrick Adams; best friend, Dakota Foster; chosen grandparents, Jack and Barbara Foster; special cousins “siblings”, Cody and Erin Mashburn; aunts and uncles, Jacky (Mickey) Mashburn, Shayla Armour, Jeff Smith, Connie (John) Hatmaker and Marston (Betty) Powell; chosen aunt and uncle, Brian (Karen) Smith.

Albertville Memorial Chapel directing.


Leta Joan Strange


Leta Joan Strange, 64, of Albertville passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Marshall Medical Center South.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Asbury Cemetery. 

She is survived by her daughter, Mickele Berry (Rob); three grandchildren; sister, Lynda Garrett; a niece; and two nephews.

Albertville Memorial Chapel directing.


Amanda Ruth Tilman

Rainbow City

Amanda Ruth Tillman, 34, of Rainbow City passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Bro. Joey Hanner, Bro. Doug Baker and Bro. Brad Williams officiated the service. 

She is survived by her parents, David and Lisa Tillman; brother, Chris Tillman; beloved niece, Emma Tillman; aunts, Denise (Mickey) Spraggins, Elizabeth Bartlett; special friends, Cassie Green and Lori Beggs. 

Etowah Memorial Chapel directing.



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