June 12, 1940 - June 24, 2020 Born in San Francisco, Calif on June 12, 1940 to Josephine and George Cushman. Bob was raised in San Francisco until his teens, when his family moved sixty miles north to Petaluma. In 1958, he traveled 120 miles south to attend Santa Clara University, a Jesuit college, and held a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduating, he worked for many years at Lockheed (NASA) in Sunnyvale, Calif, and was part of the early space program. In 1970, Bob applied for a position with The National Security Agency in Baltimore, Maryland, and was accepted. But the lure of the new and growing semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley, plus his fiancee, Bobbi, who was raised in Silicon Valley, helped his decision. He would work in Silicon Valley and marry Bobbi. Bobbi had three children that Bob accepted as his own, and on Sept 19, 1970, the five became a family. For the next thirty years, Bob moved up the executive ladder working at several companies. He was able to do the thing he loved the most, and that was to travel. His numerous travels took him to many countries in the Orient, Europe, Scandinavian countries, one trip to Australia, and most major U.S. cities. Bob retired at age 65, and he and Bobbi moved to Auburn, Alabama where their youngest son, Daniel, and his family lived. To give Bob something to do with his free time, he worked at Home Depot in Tiger Town for seven years. In his early seventies, he started slowing down, but it would be several years before he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Bobbi became his caregiver, but only a year and a half younger, she was also losing her health. In December of 2019, the Cushmans moved to Oak Park Nursing Home in Auburn, where they have had excellent care, and the staff loved Mr. Bob. He celebrated his 80th birthday on June 12, and what a grand celebration that was for him, and he enjoyed every minute. He recently had outpatient surgery for a cancerous mole on his temple, but was recovering without complications. Soon, however, he was going downhill very rapidly, and was diagnosed with pneumonia. Within a few days Bob passed into the arms of Jesus with little suffering. Bobbi was with him and holding his hands when he took his last breath. There to greet him in heaven were his parents, Josephine and George Cushman, his eldest son, Clark McGinty, and many others. Left to morn his passing, is his wife, of almost 50 years, Bobbi, his brother, Dr. Richard Cushman of Albany, CA, his children, Tami (Gary) Peterson of Groveland, CA, Daniel (Fiona) Cushman of Opelika, AL, and grandson Cody Cushman of Phenix City, AL. Bob was a devout Catholic, and his memorial service will be held on Thursday July 2nd at St. Michael's Catholic Church at 11:00. Msgr Michael Farmer is presiding. He has been cremated according to his wishes, and his ashes will be buried on Daniel and Fiona's seven acre property. A tree will be planted over his remains, and when it is her time Bobbi will be buried next to him. She, too, will have a tree and their roots and branches will touch----------just as the "Tree of Life" will be touching them in that heavenly place. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation in Bob's memory to St. Michael's Catholic Church. All are welcome to attend.
January 25, 1994 - June 25, 2020 Frank W. Jenkins, Jr. passed away on June 25, 2020 at Bethany House in Auburn, Alabama at the age of 76, after a long battle with prostate cancer. Frank moved to Auburn in 1949 and lived in the city that loved for the last 70 years. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1962 and from Auburn University in 1967, where he was an Auburn football team manager while in school. He was a member of the Auburn A Club and had season tickets to Auburn Football games for the last 57 years. After graduating from Auburn University, Frank became a State Farm agent in Auburn and remained at State Farm for 39 years. In 2004 he retired and spent his days boating, fishing, skiing, and watching Auburn sports. Frank loved to drive around Lee County with his dog, Sally, listening to 60's music, visiting friends always with gifts of fruits, vegetables, magazines or news articles he thought the friend might find interesting. Franks memory was remarkable. Until deep into his illness, he would regale friends and family with stories about football players, game plays, and mischief he had gotten into during his youth. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Frank W. Jenkins and Kathryn Duke Jenkins, and friend Nancy Thomas Morris. He is survived by his sister, Kay Jenkins Allen(Johnny) of Opelika, Alabama; nephew, Johnny Glen Allen (Leigh), of Vestavia Hills, Alabama; niece, Karen Allen Sisco (Wayne) of Sandy Springs, Georgia; step-son, Jim Naftel (Kappi) of Birmingham, Alabama; ex-wife, Charlene Davis Jenkins of Opelika, Alabama, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews and many close friends that he considered family. The family would like to express their appreciation to his dear friend Clark Morris, the Doctors and their staff who attended to him, as well as his caregivers while at home. There will be a Celebration of Frank's life on July 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse and poolside at The Springs of Mill Lakes (2745 Lakeview Terrace, Opelika, AL. 36801) Social distancing will be observed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Food Bank of East Alabama The Spencer Cancer Center (2501 Village Professional Dr. Opelika, AL. 36801.)
September 19, 1957 - June 21, 2020 Evelyn Greene Mitchell passed away Sunday June 21, 2020, from natural causes at the age of 62. Evy was born September 19, 1957, in Lee County. Evy graduated from Auburn High School and eventually continued her education at Auburn University and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Auburn she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and was elected Miss A-Day. Evy moved to New York City and modeled for Wilhelmina and later was employed by Forbes Magazine as a publicist and advertising executive. Evy returned to Auburn when her beloved mother (Deeje) became ill with ovarian cancer. After Deeje's passing Evy moved to Atlanta to continue her career but eventually moved back to Auburn as her health became an issue. Evy was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred Holly Mitchell and Dorothy Jean (Deeje) Mitchell Justice and her grandparents Dr. Mark and Nina Nichols and grandmother Dolly Long. She is survived by Charles H Mitchell (Cindy), Mark N Mitchell (Kim), Alfred H "Sonny" Mitchell (Peggy) and five nieces and nephews: Chad, Matthew, Holley, Dallas and Dorothy. Evy will be buried at Garden Hills Cemetery (Opelika) next to her mother Deeje where a private memorial service will be held at a later date by her family.
November 28, 1947 - June 26, 2020 Kenneth G. (Rick) Richbourg passed away peacefully at Bethany House on June 26, 2020. Rick was born in Selma, AL on November 28, 1947. He is predeceased by his parents, Joyce Ziegler Richbourg and Kenneth G. Richbourg and his son, Kenneth David Richbourg. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Carter Richbourg and his sister Shanny Sansom and brother-in-law, Billy Sansom , Grady, AL, Janice Richbourg, Montgomery, AL, daughter, Olivia Richbourg McClure of Grayson,GA and his granddaughter, Alyx Aultman of Greer, SC. Rick also was loved by a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews from the Richbourg and Carter families. Rick's lifelong passion was hunting and fishing that he learned at a young age from his Grandfather Pasco Richbourg (Papa) at the family cabin his grandfather built at Lake Martin. He was an avid reader that was encouraged by his Grandmother Jessie Richbourg (Nangie). He shared his love of the outdoors with his special fishing friends, Paul Oliver, Lloyd Holland and Mack Bell. Rick retired from Associated Mechanical Contractors in Montgomery as an On-Site Project Manager. We ask that everyday be a celebration of Rick's life. As his family and friends walk through nature's pathways, fish the waters of the Gulf of Mexico or Lake Martin; take in all the sights and sounds of nature and revel in celebration of the things that Rick dearly loved. A private memorial will be held to follow Rick's final request. The family gratefully acknowledges the staff of Compassus Hospice who provided compassionate care with tender support and loving hearts. Donations can be made in Rick's name to: Bethany House, 1171 Gatewood Drive, Auburn AL. 36830.
February 14, 1936 - June 25, 2020 Charlotte Anne Ward, of Opelika, passed away in her home under hospice care on June 25, 2020. She was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC 84 years ago on Valentine's Day. She was the widow of Bobby J. Ward to whom she was married for 52 years. She is survived by her daughter Vikki Hendricks, two grandchildren Kelly and Libby Hendricks, and 2 great grandchildren. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Opelika and wanted the church family to know how much she truly appreciated the prayers, cards, flowers and outpouring of love she received. She also wanted to thank Encompass Hospice for their great care and dedication in her time of need. Charlotte belonged to First United Methodist Church of Opelika and was a member of the United Methodists Women's group, sang a short while in the choir, and was involved in the church's Prison Ministry Outreach. Additionally she volunteered twice a month in the EAMC hospital surgical waiting. There will be a celebration of life later in the year to remember her and reminisce with old friends. In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to First United Methodist Church of Opelika.
September 28, 1925 - June 18, 2020 Mr. Frank K. Wodarsky, native of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away on June 18, 2020 at the age of 94. A memorial service will be held for Frank at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Alexander City, Alabama on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 10 am CST. Interment will take place at Tallapoosa County Memory Gardens following the memorial service. Frank is survived by his wife of 45 years, Caroline Wodarsky; many loving friends and family members; and their beloved dog. Frank and his wife resided in Stillwaters for over 40 years. He was in the United States Air Force for 43 years having served in World War II and Korea, and was a graduate of Ohio University. Alabama Funeral Homes & Cremation Centers of Camp Hill, Alabama is handling arrangements.