Mr. James A. Fuqua, better known as Jim, age 91, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Fayette Medical Center Long Term Care in Fayette, Alabama. Jim was born March 25, 1928 to James and Margaret Fuqua in Birmingham, Alabama, the oldest of two children.
Jim served in the United States Marine Corps from 1947 to 1951, earning a rank of Sergeant. After active duty he joined the Marine Reserves serving as a drill instructor. He married his beautiful wife of 69 years, Rebecca Bowlin on August 15, 1950 while he was stationed at Marine Corps Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
In 1951, Jim returned to his career as a machinist at Acton Welding Machine Company in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1954, he began working for Continental Gin and moved to Winfield, Alabama in 1960 to assist with a grassroots facility later known as Continental Conveyor. Jim worked at Continental Conveyor for 32 years and retired as Operations Superintendent in 1992.
Jim loved to work on air planes and flying them. His most treasured air plane was a 1941 PT-13 D Stearman that he spent 23 years rebuilding. He enjoyed giving rides in his open cockpit plane. Jim liked to watch his passenger’s face when he did a “loop-to-loop”. Jim served as Civil Air Patrol Commander from 1963 to 1973. Jim was a deacon at Fulton Bridge Baptist Church from 1980 to 2016 and served as a Gideon from 1981 to 1986.
Mr. Fuqua is survived by his wife, Rebecca Bowlin Fuqua, three daughters, Becky Richardson, Diana Reaves (Steve) and Kelley Clements (John), three sons, Jim Jr. (Marla), Rob (Stacy) and Mike (Quanna) Fuqua, ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
The funeral service for Jim will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:30p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the West Alabama Memorial Garden. Reverend Mike Stancil will be the officiating minister. The visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:30p.m. until 6:30 p.m. (service time). In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to The Gideons International, Processing Center/ P. O Box 97251 Washington, DC 20090-72051, 1-866-382-4253 or www.gideons.org. Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Fuqua family.
Mrs. Pearlie Irene Tidwell Draper, age 100, of the Tidwell Chapel Community, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Sunset Manor Health Care Facility in Guin.
Pearlie was born on April 1, 1919 to Frank Tidwell and Essie Tucker Tidwell and was a member of the Tidwell Chapel Church of Christ. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Blair (John), Dorothy Price and Alice Markham (Chris), her son, Tom Draper, grandchildren, Steve Blair (Anissa), Angie Lowery (Walter), James “Dobber” Nix (Christie), Cindy Kelley (Carlos), Meredith McCraw, Heather Perrigin (Craig), Alicia Mace (Tim), seventeen great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren, special niece and nephew, Jimmy and Frances Wyma, and a host of other nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Mrs. Draper was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Draper, parents, Frank Tidwell and Essie Tucker Tidwell, daughters, Linda Burroughs, Maxine McCoy, and a son, James Allen Draper.
The funeral services for Pearlie will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Tidwell Chapel Church of Christ Cemetery. Bobby Dodd and Tom Nix will be the officiating ministers. The visitation will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. (service time) at the funeral home. Active pall bears, Steve Blair, Dabber Nix, Craig Perrigin, Carlos Kelley, Tim Mace, Walter Lowery and Jimmy Wyma. Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Draper family.
Mr. Olen Roden, age 97, of Brilliant, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in the Sunset Manor Healthcare Facility in Guin. He was born on August 6, 1922 in Cordova, AL to Olen Roden, Sr. and Frances Stephens Roden.
Mr. Roden was a member of the Guin Church of Christ, a WWII Army Veteran, and retired from the 3-M Company in Guin.
Olen is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Berryhill Roden, his parents, Olen Roden, Sr. and Frances Stephens Roden, and his brothers, Fred, Carlos, James, Virgil and Erskin Roden. He is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Mr. Roden will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel. Tracy Parker and Robin Clifton will officiate the service. Burial will follow in the West Alabama Memorial Garden. The visitation will be on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. (service time) at the funeral home. Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Roden family.
Mr. Billy Wayne Johnson, age 77, of Brilliant, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Diversicare Healthcare Center in Winfield.
Mr. Johnson was a United States Navy Veteran, a retired truck driver, and an active member of the Brilliant Masonic Lodge # 601.
Billy is survived by his two daughters, Candie Linley (Michael) and Juanita Rickett (Bob), grandchildren, Skipper Johnson (Ashley), Dexter Brannon, Falon Brannon and Drake Linley, great grandchildren, Laine Johnson, Dylan Segraves, Peyton Miller and Carson Robbins. He was preceded in death by his, wife, Geneva M. Johnson, his mother, Carrie Edna Johnson, two brothers, Jimmy Johnson and Freddie Johnson and his father, Hershel Edmond Johnson.
A private graveside service will be held for the family at Brilliant Memorial Gardens. Don Webster will be the officiating minister. Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Johnson family.