March 6, 1937 - September 30, 2019 Hal Hudson Guthrie Sr., the Founder of Guthrie's Restaurants, passed away Monday September 30, 2019, in Haleyville, AL. Hal was born on March 6, 1937 in Jasper, AL. He spent his childhood there, and went on to graduate from Auburn University. Hal moved to Haleyville in 1965 where he founded the first Guthrie's Restaurant. He then married Melissa Savage in 1966. They raised 4 children (Chris, Hud, Joe Kelly and Anna Margaret). In 1978, Hal introduced chicken fingers to the Guthrie's menu, and the famous sauce was created that same day. In 1982, Hal and his oldest son, Chris, opened what became the world's first chicken finger restaurant in Auburn, AL. Thus, pioneering the chicken finger restaurant industry. The simple concept was a huge hit and the Guthrie family started opening restaurants all across the South. In 2005, the Guthrie family started Franchising and continues to this day. Hal was instrumental in helping design and construct several churches. He enjoyed piloting his own planes, boating and operating heavy equipment. Hal is preceded in death by his mother Ila Vee Guthrie, his father Clarence Terrell "Bo" Guthrie, and his son Chris Guthrie. He is survived by his wife: Melissa Savage Guthrie; his children Hud (Mindi), Joe Kelly (Jennifer), Anna Margaret and Chris' wife Tara; his grandchildren: Chase, Ryan, Kassidy, Brancen, Sawyer, Tanner, Garrison, and Campbell; his brother: Terrell Guthrie (Patsy A. Guthrie); two nephews: Alan Parks and the Honorable Clarence Guthrie; and 3 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church in Haleyville, AL on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 2-4 PM and the funeral will begin at 4 PM at the church with Rev. Nathan Carroll, Dr. Richard Trader, Bro. Preston Headrick and Dr. Eddie Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow in Winston Memorial Cemetery. Pinkard Funeral Home, Haleyville will be directing. You may leave online condolences at www.pinkardfh.com
January 30, 1956 - September 28, 2019 Funeral service for Rosemary Newsome, 63, of Auburn, AL, will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 4, 2019, at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 2255 Wrights Mills Road, Auburn, AL 36830 with interment in the church cemetery, Reverend Bernard Anderson will officiate. Ms. Newsome, who passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the EAMC Lanier Nursing Home in Valley, AL, was born January 30, 1956 in Chicago, IL. Public viewing will be Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Family hour will be from 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Ms. Newsome will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the service. Survivors include: four children, Cornell (Michelle) Newsome of Opelika, AL, Euginna Woods (Earl) of Woodbridge, VA, Otis Newsome of St. Petersburg, FL and Tasha Newsome of Opelika, AL; three brothers, Willie L. Newsome of Valley, AL, Sammie L. Newsome of Opelika, AL and Albert L. Newsome of Opelika, AL; four sisters, Dorothy Newsome of Chicago, IL, Debra (Robert) Williams of Auburn, AL, Arlene (John) Grady and Mary Alice Newsome both of Opelika, AL; twelve grandchildren; special niece, JaQuita Nichole Newsome; devoted friend, Gracie Tolbert; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
January 27, 1941 - October 1, 2019 Anna Joyce Reed of Opelika, Alabama went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 1, 2019. She was 78 years old. Mrs. Reed was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Opelika, Alabama and a graduate of Valley High School class of 1959. Anna Joyce was a faithful servant of the Lord, a devout wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She is survived by her husband of 58 years John W Reed; daughters: Lisa Reed Dittloff (Vern) and Suzanne Reed Uphold (Jay); grandchildren: Will Childers (Kim), Wes Childers, Austin Dittloff, Wade Childers, Chandler Dittloff and Sarah Chambers. A private graveside service will be held at Garden Hills Cemetery in Opelika, AL. A Home Going celebration will be held from 5:00pm until 6:30pm, Thursday, October 3rd at Trinity Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Opelika, AL. The family respectfully declines the gift of flowers and suggest memorials be directed to Trinity Presbyterian Church building fund 1010 India Rd. Opelika, AL 36801.
February 22, 1946 - September 26, 2019 Constance Jeanette Warren, 73, of Little Texas, died Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Oak Park Nursing Home. A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 3:00 P.M. at Williams Chapel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Warren is survived by her son Steve Church of Midland Texas, her granddaughter Hannah Church, many "nieces and nephews," and special friends of Oak Park Nursing Home.
December 17, 1930 - October 1, 2019 Ms. Lorna Anice Wiggins died peacefully at Bethany House in Auburn, AL Tuesday evening, October 1, 2019. She was the daughter of Katherine Harper and Matthew Edwin Wiggins born on December 17, 1930 in Birmingham. AL. She is survived by her only sister, Diane Ledbetter of Grosse Ile, Michigan. She graduated from Phillips High School in 1948. She graduated from Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in 1952. She attended the University of Georgia where she studied landscape architecture for three years. She received a Masters of Librarianship from Emory University in 1956. She worked in the libraries at Emory, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Birmingham Southern, and UAB. She retired from Auburn University in 1995 after 27 years of working at the Ralph B. Draughon Library. She volunteered at Hospice for over 30 years. She also volunteered at the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Village Friends. She taught Sunday school for 20 years and learned a lot from those kindergartners. She was also active in the UMW at Auburn United Methodist Church and was just awarded a UMW service pin for a lifetime of contributions to the community and United Methodist Women. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, October 5 at 11 am in the AUMC Chapel with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, Lorna requested consideration of a gift be made to One Voice Shelter Coalition, Inc., 414 2nd Ave, Opelika, AL 36801.