Obituaries for Sat., April 22, 2017

Published 1:04 am Saturday, April 22, 2017

Marlin D. Dickens

Mr. Marlin D. Dickens, age 86, passed away on Wed., April 19, 2017, in Bay Minette, Ala.

A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Fri., April 21, 2017, in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Brother Jim Walker officiating the service. Visitation was from Foreman Funeral Home.

He is survived by nieces and nephews, Felisha (Larry) Morris of Andalusia, Jelane White of McCalla, Ala., Miles White of Guntersville, Ala., Hazel Gallagher of Lynchburg, Va., and several other nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews, Leigh Ann O’Neal, Shelley Copeland, Samantha McCart, and Jamie Wages.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Louise Meadows Dickens; his sisters, Tessie Hayes, Leora Haswell, Mary Compton, and Iva White; and brothers, Willard Dickens, James Dickens, and Earnest Dickens.

Those unable to attend the service may sign the guest registry at


John Sanford Boyd

John Sanford Boyd, 88, passed away April 20, 2017, at home in the presence of his family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 5 p.m., April 22, 2017, at Mt Zion Baptist Church, Louisville, Ala., with Rev. Curtis Rich officiating, Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Boyd was born and lived his life on the land that five generations of Boyds lived and worked on in Mt. Zion Community. He attended Mt. Zion Elementary School and graduated from Louisville High School. He was a medic in the U.S. Army in Germany in the 1950s and he was proud to earn an accommodation for driving an ambulance over 6,000 miles without an accident. After military service, he returned to run the family farm and a mechanic shop until he retired. He loved fishing, going to the beach, Louie Lamour westerns and country music. But even more, he loved being with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children, John Shirley (Janet), Biloxi, Miss., Douglas Shirley, Fountain, Fla., Sandy Boyd (Stephanie), Andalusia, and Beth Pribbenow (Rob), Panama City, Fla.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Jerry Abercrombie, Jeffery Dykes, Donnie Dykes, Jason Green, Wayne Mcgilvary, and Larry Dykes. Honorary pallbearers are David Abercrombie and Leo Dawson.

Mr. Boyd was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ross Boyd; parents, Will and Burma Boyd; siblings Molly Boyd, Annie Mae Holloway, Jeremiah Boyd and Dorothy Nell Jerkins; son, Jim Shirley; and daughter-in-law, Joan Shirley.


Donald Cousins

Mr. Donald Cousins, age 72, of Red Level, lost his long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on April 13, 2017.

He was born on May 16, 1944, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and graduated Beaver Falls Area High School in 1963. He spent the next four years serving his country in the U.S. Navy. In 1967, he settled in Massachusetts where he spent the next 20 years. He subsequently lived back in Beaver County, Pa., Broward and Okeechobee counties in Florida, and Greene County, Tenn. He moved to Red Level in 2013 to be near his son and daughter-in-law.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sun., April 23, 2017, at Buck Creek Baptist Church with Brother Tyler Ingram officiating the service.

Mr. Cousins is preceded in death his parents, Donald and June Cousins, and his sister, Connie McGee.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Cousins; daughters and sons-in-law, Bethe and Scott Woodburn, Erin and Chris Price, and Amy and Thomas Lowell; sons and daughter-in-law, Scott Cousins and Matthew and Kelly Cousins; sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Robert Girting; brothers, Richard Cousins and John Cousins; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Special thanks to his grandchildren, Connor and Riley Price, who spent the last two summers in Red Level with their beloved Grampy. Also a warm thanks and gratitude to the staff at Florala Health and Rehab Memory Lane for their loving care. Thanks also to Georgiana Hospital for exceptional care in Don’s last days.

Those unable to attend the service may sign the guest registry at


Walter Parish


Walter Parish Tillman, who was born April 6, 1950, passed away on Mon., Feb. 1, 2016, at Golden Living Center – Hueytown, Hueytown, Ala. Walter had been living in the Adger, Ala., area on the Black Warrior River for approximately the past 18 years. He had been fighting prostate cancer since 2012.

He is survived by his brother, William Vance (Tiny) Tillman of Langley, Wash.; step-sister, Peggy (Paul) Crow of Montgomery, Ala.; niece, Lorri Edwards (Pat) of Jacksonville, Fla.; first cousins, Mary Ann (Rick) Campbell of Dadeville, Ala., Dorothy Stewart of Straughn, Peggy Tillman of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., John W. (Beth) Tillman of Wing, Ala., John (Marian) Fike of Newnan, Ga., and Bill (Kathy) Fike of Newnan, Ga.; and his many friends on the Black Warrior River where he lived.

Walter graduated from Straughn High School in 1968. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Laura Tillman of Straughn; Charles and Myrtle Parish of Rose Hill; his mother, Jacqueline Parish Tillman of Rose Hill, in 1960; and his father, W. B. “Snooks” Tillman of Opp, in 2013.

A special thank you to all those who cared for Walter while he was at the Golden Living Center in Hueytown, and to Kerri & Sequoia from the Oasis Healthcare Hospice Organization, Moody, Ala.