July 10, 1982 - June 3, 2020 LaBrantt D. Gibson, born July 10, 1982 and departed this life on June 3, 2020 at the age of 38. He was a resident of Tuskegee, Alabama. He will be missed and remembered. Graveside service were on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Lubbock Texas Cemetery.
June 24, 1945 - June 22, 2020 Laura Leroux Gravatt will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was born at home June 24, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio to John and Leroux Sestak. She passed away at her home in Auburn, Alabama on June 22, 2020. She was the ninth great granddaughter of Helene Desportes, the first French child born in New France, Canada. Laura graduated from Parma Senior High School in 1963 and went on to business school on a Pell Grant to become an executive secretary. She met the love of her life, Brent, at a high school football game in 1962. A year after Brent graduated from the US Naval Academy they wed July 20, 1968 and had a son Lincoln in 1970 and daughter Michelle in 1973. Moving from coast to coast as a Naval officer's wife, Laura saw most of the USA and lived in California, Rhode Island, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama. Always an adventurer, Laura climbed a Mayan Pyramid; rode a Venetian gondola; toured Irish, Scottish, and English castles; rode the London Eye, walked inside Stonehenge; marveled at Barcelona's Sagrada Familia and Granada's Alhambra, explored Portugal, sailed on Narragansett Bay, ferried on San Francisco Bay, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, admired countless National Parks, and in Hawaii roamed a volcano, rode an ATV, and danced with her true sweetheart, Brent. She led an amazing life filled with experiences strung together with her enduring and selfless love. She is very dearly missed. Forever. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerome E. Sestak. She is survived by her husband, Brent Leigh Gravatt; children, Michelle Leroux Gravatt and Lincoln Edmund Gravatt; granddaughters, Kayla Ann Gravatt, Courtney Taylor Ray, and Chamberlyn Leigh Gravatt; daughter-in-law, Michelle (Shelly) Lynn Gravatt; brother, John Fredrick Sestak. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2020 at Auburn Memorial Park. Frederick-Dean Funeral Home is directing.
May 1, 1949 - June 21, 2020 Bozellus "Bo" Hill; Graveside service for Bozellus Hill, 71, of Auburn, AL, will be at 11:00 am, Friday, June 26, 2020, at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, 2143 Lee Road 72, Auburn, AL 36830, Reverend Stanley Dawson will officiate. Mr. Hill, who passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020 at Arbor Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center in Opelika, AL, was born May 1, 1949 in Lee County, Alabama. Public viewing for Mr. Hill will be Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 2:00 pm 4:00 pm. He leaves to cherish his memories: two daughters, Teneisha Hill of Phenix City, AL and Nicole Hill of Warren, OH; two sons, Daniel Hill of Phenix City, AL and Bozellus Hill, Jr. of Warren, OH; one sister, Gertrude Hill (Ulysses, Jr.) Guice of Opelika, AL; one sister-in-law, Mae Charles Hill of Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren; the France and Watts families; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Harris Funeral Home is directing. www.harrisfuneralhomeinc.com to view and sign registry.
April 6, 1941 - June 23, 2020 Ann Bowling Pearson was a child of Auburnthe village and the University--and was not only a student of their history, but a faithful supporter of both through untold philanthropic endeavors. Born in Montgomery April 6, 1941, she died in her sleep at Noble Hall June 23, 2020, her last two beloved cats in attendance. Ann suffered from Sjogren's Syndrome for many years. Ann was educated in what were then Lee County schools, graduating from Auburn High School, in what is now East Samford School. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Auburn University in 1963, her master's from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1964, and her Ph.D. in English Literature (emphasis in Victorian literature) in 1971, from Auburn University. She taught at Georgia Southwestern State University, in Americus, Georgia, then at Auburn University. For a time, Ann was a humanities librarian at Auburn University. For many years, she had a newspaper column in the Auburn Bulletin, "In Random Order." She also wrote movie reviews for the Opelika-Auburn News. Ann published annual children's Christmas stories in the Bulletin and The Villager, all of which involved cats. She published three crime novels, then partnered with Auburn natives Ralph Draughon, Jr. and Delos Hughes to publish "Lost Auburn, a Village Remembered in Period Photographs." That was followed by "No Place Like Home," co-authored by Draughon, Hughes, and Emily Amason Sparrow. Ann also authored the Auburn section of "Lee County and Her Forbears," by Alexander Nunn. Dr. Pearson was active in many community endeavors. She was a founding member of the Lee County Humane Society and supported its efforts until her death. She served as President of the Auburn Heritage Association, and Auburn Cemetery Advisory Board. She was a member of the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Auburn. She was a life member of the Lee County Historical Society and served on its board. Ann had a special interest in cemeteries and was a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies, with whom she traveled to various cemeteries in this country. As Lee County's representative to the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance, she located and recorded numerous historic rural cemeteries. Ann led the effort to clean up Auburn's historic Baptist Hill Cemetery in the 1990s and convinced the City to take over its maintenance. More recently, she funded enhancements to Auburn's historic Pine Hill Cemetery. Its biennial Pine Hill Lantern Tour was founded by Ann and Carolyn Levya concept idea borrowed from such a tour in Savannah. Ann's interest in historic preservation manifested itself in the ongoing preservation of her home, Noble Hall, an intact 1854 antebellum home and farm of 238 acres, including the old kitchen, the overseer's house, the carriage house, the smokehouse, a barn and a sharecropper's cabin, added in 1945. It was purchased by her great-grandfather in the 1940's, inherited by her mother, then Ann. She saw to it that Noble Hall was the first structure in Lee County to be put on the National Register of Historic Places, in 1972. The Alabama Historical Association gave her the prestigious Roy Swayze Award for her work on Noble Hall. Ann also moved and refurbished the Guthery House, formerly on North College, then Bragg Avenue, which now sits on its third site, next to Noble Hall. Several years ago, she purchased the Dowdell-Alvis-Emrick House, "Sunny Slope," on South College Street. She had it renovated and donated it to Auburn University. It is now the home of Auburn University's OLLIOsher Lifelong Learning Institute. Ann cherished many long-time friendships. Until very recently, she still attended KD sorority alumni luncheons (the "Vintage KDs") and meetings of her book club--The Chick-lits. She was also active in the Colonial Dames for many years. A cat-fancier of many years, Ann maintained two cat cemeteries at Noble Hallone for run-of-the-mill cats, and one for "Head Cats"those who exhibited leadership qualities. The latest tombstone was placed last month. Shelton Mill Road was rocks and dirt when Ann was a child at Noble Hall, so her mother dubbed it "Stony Lonesome." Growing up there gave Ann an innate appreciation of nature. She loved fishing the pond her father built, which was also the home of an alligator for some 50 years. Several years ago, she placed half of her beloved acreage into a conservation easement, to preserve it in its natural state for posterity. Ann was predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth Duncan Pearson (whose father, Luther Noble Duncan, was the president of then Alabama Polytechnic Institute), and her father Allen P. Pearson. She is survived by several south Alabama Pearson cousins, nieces and nephews, a Duncan cousin and nieces in Tennessee, and numerous long-time friends in Auburn who cherished her quiet sense of humor and intellect. Ann is also survived by what she termed "The A Team" --Carolyn Neloms and John Filmore--both of whom helped her stay in and maintain her beloved Noble Hall for more than twenty years. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Pine Hill Cemetery. Contributions in Ann's name may be made to the Lee County Humane Society, the Lee County Historical Society, or the Food Bank of East Alabama.
May 3, 1934 - June 22, 2020 Mr. Clyde Irvin Wolverton, age 86, of Carrollton, Georgia passed away Monday, June 22, 2020. Mr. Wolverton was born in Akron, Ohio on May 3, 1934, the son of the late Ray Wolverton and Hazel Rock Root. After graduating from high school he attended the University of Akron and received a B.A. degree. While serving in the U.S. Army he attended the Army Language School in Monterey, California for one year studying the Czech language before going to Germany. After his military service he attended Rice University graduate school for three years and completed his Masters degree at the University of Georgia. He retired from Auburn University with 28 years of service. While teaching at Auburn he initiated the German study abroad internship program for three years between Auburn University and the University of Mannheim, in Germany. Upon retirement he continued the program for another five years and then retired permanently. He specialized in Industrial Engineering students working with companies such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, BASF and Bayer. He also served as the advisor for Theta Chi fraternity while at Auburn. He was a past member of Kiwanis in Auburn, Alabama and Carrollton, Georgia and was of the Lutheran faith. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Hildegard B. Wolverton; daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Philip Chastain of Carrollton; grandchildren, Victoria Chastain Hamilton and Alexandra Chastain; great grandson, Cameron Hamilton; sister, Gloria Woodford of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; sister-in-law, Margaret B. O'Brien of Jensen Beach, Florida and several nieces and nephews. Carl Leon Ross became a very close member of the family upon the death of the Wolverton's son, Karl. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by son, Karl Michael Wolverton; grandson, David Michael Rogers; great granddaughter, Ava Hamilton; and brother-in-law, Dwight Woodford. The family will receive friends at Almon Funeral Home on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 6 pm until 8 pm. A graveside service and interment will be Monday, June 29, 2020 at 2 pm (EDT) / 1 p.m. (CDT) at Memorial Park Cemetery in Auburn, Alabama. Memorial contributions may be made to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036. Messages of condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com. Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton has charge of arrangements.