Mr. Theron James Stricklin, age 51, of Huntsville, formerly of Winfield, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2023 in the Hospice Family Care Facility. Theron was born on November 1, 1971 in Amory, MS to Harry Stricklin and Shirley Silas. He was a 1989 graduate of Liberty Christian Academy and spent much of his life working in construction.
Theron enjoyed spending his spare time being outdoors, hiking, gaming, collecting Marvel heroes, and watching sitcoms and Alabama Football.

Mr. Stricklin is survived by his sons, Zackary Stricklin, and Johnathan Stricklin (Laura Camila) father, Harry Stricklin, brothers, Glenn Stricklin, Phillip Stricklin (Theresa), Craig Stricklin (Angie), David Stricklin (Tori), stepsiblings, Allen Carter (Angela Davis), and Elesa Carter, nieces and nephews, Josh, Justin, Alyson, Kolby, Parker and Tyler Stricklin, and Chaselyn Tucker, and a host of other family members and friends.

Mr. Stricklin was preceded in death by his daughter, Tiffany Stricklin, and his mother, Shirley Silas.

Funeral services for Mr. Stricklin will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The visitation will be held on Wednesday from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. service time at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be Jonathon Stricklin, Zackary Stricklin, David Stricklin, Kolby Sticklin, Tyler Stricklin and Parker Stricklin. Officiating minister will be Eddie Ayers.

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield, AL serving the Stricklin family.

Mrs. Helen Marie Bearden, age 86, of Brilliant passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at her residence. Mrs. Bearden was born in Winfield, Alabama on July 25, 1937 to William C. and Willie Mae Warren Williams. Helen called Brilliant her home all her life. She was the owner and operator of Marie’s Fabric Store in Brilliant for many years. In her spare time Helen enjoyed gardening, working in her flower beds, watching Alabama Football and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs. Bearden is survived by her children, Guyla Perry, Joey Barnett, Vickie Shirriff (Kenny), Sandra Couch (Tim), Greg Bearden (Rebecca), and Anthony Bearden (Debbie), grandchildren, Rhonda Wilkerson, Trent Goodwin, Brian Couch, Kyle Jack, Christy Hutchins, Kathy Hurt, Trace Barnett, and Anthony Bearden Jr., siblings, Nell Cole and Billy Gene Williams, her beloved cat, Milo, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Mrs. Bearden was preceded in death by her husband, James Douglas Bearden, granddaughter, Monique Marie Jack, grandson, Bradley Hallman, sisters, Frieda Wallace and Patsy Hutchinson, and her brother, William Thomas Williams.

A memorial service for Mrs. Bearden will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m. from the Brilliant Memorial Gardens.

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield, Alabama serving the Bearden family.

Mrs. Alice Grace Duncan Pollard, age 85, of Hamilton passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2023 in the Marion Regional Nursing Facility. Mrs. Pollard was born in Hamilton, Alabama on April 8, 1938 to Leo and Laura Fredrick Duncan. Alice was a member of Hamilton Freewill Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School and later attended Northwest Community College where she earned a degree as an LPN. Alice was employed for much of her life as a nurse with Beverly Health Care and Tupelo Health and Rehab before her retirement.

Mrs. Pollard is survived by her son, Chris Pollard, grandchildren, Ryan Pollard, Hannah Pollard, Dylan Marcum-Pollard, Haylee Pollard, Hunter Cligan and Karlee Pollard, brother, Raymond Duncan (Peggy), and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.

Mrs. Pollard was preceded in death by her husband, Vester Jack Pollard, daughter, Kimberly Pollard-Cligan and her parents.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pollard will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. from the Hamilton Freewill Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Cooper Cemetery. The visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. service time at the church.

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield, Alabama serving the Pollard family.

Willa Dean Vaughn, 95, of Bartlett, Tennessee, formerly of Winfield, Alabama, passed away on September 13, 2023, surrounded by her family in Memphis, Tennessee.

DonaRee Willa Dean Carter Vaughn, known to family and friends as "Dean" or "Willa Dean," was born on January 2, 1928, in Cordova, Alabama, to Arvie C. Carter and Mittie O. Beasley Carter.  She was the fourth of five children born to the family.  

On July 25, 1959, she and Ernest Vaughn were married in Smithville, Mississippi and enjoyed 55 years of marriage.

She attended school in Winfield but was unable to graduate due to family circumstances.  She would become a powerful example to her children by completing her GED later in life.

She worked in the textile mills, retail stores, and school cafeteria; but her main career was being a homemaker for her family.  She worked tirelessly in the family's garden, growing and preserving food and was a wonderful seamstress, sewing most of the clothes she and her children wore.

Dean was a longtime member of the Winfield Church of Christ.

She had a passion for genealogy and learning about her family tree.  She was a member of the Marion County Genealogical Society and worked with her husband for several years publishing their monthly tracts.  Dean was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 100 and served as a president of that local chapter.  She was a member of the Keenagers group at the Winfield First Baptist Church for many years, and she loved a good game of canasta with her friends.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Michael Ernest Vaughn; her husband, Ernest Vaughn; her parents, Arvie and Mittie Carter; her siblings, Norma Wilson, Bill Carter, Cordie Carter, and RJ Carter.

She is survived by her daughters, Jana (Carson) Smith of Memphis, Tennessee, and Lajuana (Mark) Kledzik of Bartlett, Tennessee; granddaughters, Jessica (Oscar) Rodriguez Analco, Crystal (David) Magruder, and Nicole Kledzik; great-granddaughters, Devon, Madalynn, Eleanor, Annette, and Hattie Rose Magruder; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Dean will be held on Saturday, September 16th at 2:00 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Winfield City Cemetery. The visitation will be held on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. service time at the funeral home. James Wyers is the officiating minister.

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield, Alabama serving the Vaughn family.