Mrs. Dee Ann Cook, age 79, of Winfield, Alabama formerly of the Birmingham area passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 in the Marion Regional Nursing Facility. Mrs. Cook was born on October 26, 1944 in Guin, Alabama to J.D. and Mary Lee McKay Franks. She was a member of Sparks Gap Baptist Church in Birmingham and a graduate of Marion County High School. Dee Ann was employed for many years with UAB Health Service Foundation until her retirement. In her spare time Dee Ann enjoyed living a very simple life. She loved to go on walks, garden, take care of her cat, watch Young and The Restless and Hallmark movies, scroll Facebook and spend time with her granddaughter.

Mrs. Cook is survived by her daughter, Angela Sanders, granddaughter, Brandy Sanders, brothers, Steve Franks (Diane), and Larry Franks, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Cook, sister-in-law, Judy Franks, and nephew, Sam Franks.

A Celebration of Life ceremony for Mrs. Cook will be held at a later date.

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Cook family.

Larry Fred Box was born on October 4, 1948, in Jasper, Alabama to Willie Fred and Mildred Norris Box. He was the oldest of 4 children, being preceded in death by his sister, Pam and survived by his brothers, Scott (Linda) and Lyndon (Lesleigh). Larry was raised in Rock City, graduating from Winfield City High School in 1966 and attending Walker College after high school. In October 1971, Larry began working on the railroad, and he would continue in that job for over 37 years, retiring in 2008. Larry loved to fish, to work crosswords, to keep up the house and to complain about Alabama not running the ball enough.

Larry met the love of his life, Charolette Webb, in 1969, and they were married on May 29, 1970. They were blessed with four sons, Michael (Stacey), Jared (Melissa), Jason (April), and Bart (Leslie), 13 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Austin), Jacob (Alana), Katherine, Rachel (Meyer), Jonathan, Abigail, Isaac, Joshua, Jesse, Susannah, Leah, Julia, and Noah, 3 great-grandchildren, Samuel, Matthew, and Adeline. Larry’s family was among his greatest joys. He spent his life in humble and tireless service to them, and their lives are forever marked by his care and love. Larry, Daddy and Poppy will be deeply missed.

Larry entrusted his life to Jesus as his Savior on December 13, 1977. His conversion to Christ impacted his earthly life in every way. The grace of Christ was evident in Larry’s life, and he never got over the wonder of being saved. Larry loved to hear the gospel, and that same gospel is the hope of his family now, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:56-57).

Funeral services for Larry will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 12:00 noon from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Winfield City Cemetery. The visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon service time at the funeral home.

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Dr. Gary Wayne Ward was born May 6, 1953, to Uless Dewey “Hob” and Bertha Dobbs Ward in Fayette County, Alabama. The youngest of a family of four sisters and one brother, he always had playmates and being the youngest was always the student. This proved to be instrumental in his developing a love for education. His mother died when he was ten years old, and his sisters helped raise him. The family lived on a farm and raised cattle and truck crops.

He graduated from Wayside Junior High in 1968, and from Winfield High in 1971. He attended Northwest Alabama Junior College and in 1976 he earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Mississippi State University. He loved college and he continued taking classes during his teaching career. He earned his M.S. degree from MSU in 1978 and his Ed. Spec. degree in 1989. In 2002, he was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Agricultural Education. During his years at Mississippi State, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Dr. Ward taught Vocational Agriculture for 30 years at Richland High School; in Essex, Missouri, Dothan Vocational Center, and Winfield High School. Dr. Ward strived to develop in his students independent thinking skills and work skills that would allow them to get a good job. His students were always building shop projects and practicing for FFA Judging Contests. His FFA teams were very successful, but he was proudest of the students who earned college degrees in agriculture.

In 1985, Dr. Ward and Lynwood Hamilton founded the Marion County FFA Association. They developed land that the association owned, and the revenue was used to start a fund to grant scholarships, award prizes for FFA contests and to aid the Marion County FFA Chapters. He was twice president of the Winfield Education Association and was the leader in developing its annual scholarship and he was especially proud of starting the sick leave bank at Winfield City Schools.

In 1982, Dr. Ward was diagnosed with kidney disease and in 1989 began kidney dialysis. His sister Freddie worked as a nurse for Dr. James Moss and together they managed his health care and allowed him to continue teaching. In 1990 as 27-year-old woman from Tennessee lost her life in an automobile accident and her family donated a kidney to him. Thanks to that family and Dr. Arnold Diethelm at the UAB transplant center his life was changed forever. His prayer would be that you register as an organ donor on your driver’s license.

In 1992, after a whirlwind 7-year romance, he married the love of his life Rosa Aline Glasgow. Together they developed the family farm into a successful enterprise. During his retirement years Rosa and he worked on the farm and grew and canned vegetables. Dr. Ward and his wife traveled all over the world, sightseeing, attending bluegrass festivals, Broadway musicals, shopping for antiques, and meeting new people. Dr. Ward and Rosa were “childfree”, but he was proud to be called “Uncle Gary” by his many nieces and nephews. He was always available for babysitting duties. Many of those nieces and nephews learned to work by helping out on the farm.

Dr. Ward is survived by sisters, Mary Chappell (Seaborn), Freddie Hull, and Frances Burns, sister-in-law, Sandy Ward, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and other family members.

Dr. Ward was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Glasgow Ward, his parents, siblings, Benjamin Ward, Dewey Ward, and Dorothy “Dot” Agee, and brothers-in-law, John Hull and Perry Burns.

Funeral services for Dr. Ward will be held on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 12:00 noon from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Siloam Baptist Church Cemetery. The visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon service time at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Siloam Baptist Church Cemetery Fund at: 538 Siloam Rd, Winfield, AL 35594

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Ward family.

Mrs. Sandra Faye Howell Dunavant, age 76 of the Bazemore community, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at her residence. Mrs. Dunavant was born in Winfield, Alabama on November 14, 1947 to Boyd Ray and Ara Wyers Howell. Mrs. Dunavant was a member of the Whites Chapel Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School and assisted with VBS for over 20 years. Sandra attended Hubbertville High School, she later earned her GED and an LPN degree. She was employed with Winfield Hospital for many years and later with Dr. Dale Spruiell at Winfield Internal Medicine until her retirement. She enjoyed cooking and baking, working in her yard, and was always willing to help others. Mrs. Dunavant loved her family, she never missed an event or any activity of her grandchildren or her great grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Tim Dunavant and his wife Rhonda, grandchildren, Brad Bowles and his wife Brittney, Kaycee Bowles Rogers her husband Stephen, Madelyn Dunavant Hester and her husband Jake, Katelyn Dunavant, Kendallyn Dunavant, great grandchildren, McKinley Bowles, Gracelyn Bowles, Eli Rogers, Sawyer Bowles, Emily Rogers, brothers, Aaron Howell and his wife Pam, Douglas Howell and his wife Patsy, a son-in-law, Dennis Bowles, and a host of nieces, nephews, church family and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Dexter Dunavant, her parents, and her daughter, Teresa Faye Dunavant Bowles.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dunavant will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from the Whites Chapel Church of Christ with burial to follow in the adjoining cemetery. The visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. service time at the church.

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