Ms. Virgie Lea McMillan, age 87 of Winfield, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021. Ms. McMillan was born in Glen Allen, Alabama on August 26, 1933, to Emit & Sarah Robertson. She was a beloved wife and homemaker, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a longtime member of the Harmony Grove Baptist Church. Ms. McMillan was preceded in death by her parents Emit Robertson and Sarah Elizabeth Graham Robertson, her husband Hoyt McMillan, sister Nell Howton, brothers Daniel Robertson, Waldon Robertson, and Curtis Robertson. She is survived by her daughter Ann Box (Roger) of Winfield, granddaughters Amberly Cicero (Jason) of Clifton, Virginia, Adrian Box of Winfield, Allyn Box of Winfield, and great-grandchildren Sarah Cicero Campbell (Matt) of Auburn, Nathan Cicero of Auburn, Abby Grace Cicero of Clifton, Virginia, Chance Concord of Winfield, and a sister Eloise Duckworth of Fayette. Funeral services for Ms. McMillan will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the West Alabama Memorial Gardens. The visitation will be on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. service time at the funeral home.  Bowen Funeral Home serving the McMillian family.

Mr. Bruce Edward Channell, age 60, of Winfield formerly of Metropolis, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at his residence. Bruce was born in Aurora, IL on December 7, 1960, to Wayne and Shelby Channell. Bruce was a member of Grace Life Church in Winfield. He was employed with the Guin Housing Authority in the maintenance department for many years. Mr. Channell loved spending time with his family and his favorite pastime of Drag Racing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Early Wayne Channell and Shelby Jean McIntosh Bates, stepfather, Douglas Jackson “Jack” Bates, an infant daughter, Katie Dawn Channell and three brothers, Joe, Alan, and Bart Ray Channell. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Sprinkle Channell, sons, Bryan Bates, and Douglas Channell (Jennifer), daughter, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Parr (Lee), stepdaughters, Melissa Tucker (Landy), Amanda “Sissy” Robertson (Jonathan), and Crystal Lawler (Matthew), brother, David Channell (Shirley), sisters, Pam Gardner (Michael) and Beverly Markle, stepbrothers, Rick and Roger Bates and a stepsister, Donna Bates Burgess, 14 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Bruce will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Winfield City Cemetery. Brother Odie Billups will be the officiating minister. The visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family will be excepting donations to help with Bruce’s final expenses. Bowen Funeral Home serving the Channell family.

Mrs. Barbara Lee Jones, age 80 of Winfield passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 in the Northwest Medical Center in Winfield.

Barbara was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on July 11, 1940 to Robert and Nancy Watson. She was a member of the Winfield Freewill Baptist Church and a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, VA. Mrs. Jones served as a missionary for over 50 years in Mexico and in the United States. She loved serving the Lord, her family, and being a minister’s wife.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Lee Watson, and Nancy Phelps Watson. She is survived by her husband of almost 62 years, Rev. Frederick “Fred” W. Jones, Jr., her children, Fred R. Jones, Sr. (Angie) and Tammy Jones both of Guin, her grandchildren, Amelia Richards (Daniel) of Hamilton and Fred R. Jones, Jr. (Jennifer) of MS, three great grandchildren, Easton and Eriat Jones and Jensen Ray Richards, a host of other family, her church family, and many friends.

The funeral service for Mrs. Jones will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. from the Winfield Freewill Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Cemetery in Twin. The visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. service time at the church. Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Jones family.


Mrs. Patricia “Pat” Ann Niday, age 79 of Guin, AL went home to our Lord and Savior after passing away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Kelly (Jerry) Mills, of Southside, AL on May 14, 2021. Mrs. Niday was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Helen Zuber, of Dubuque, Iowa, her husband, Lawrence “Larry” Niday, and her daughter, Shannon Michelle Niday. Mrs. Niday moved from Dubuque, Iowa to Winfield, Alabama in 1978. She was an avid seamstress, artist, baker, and enjoyed her front porch flowers. She found great joy in her great grandchildren, Jackson and Parker Brown and Charlee Mills Ellis. Over the past few months, Mrs. Niday has battled Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Lewy Body Dementia with great bravery and the utmost grace. Mrs. Niday is survived by her devoted caregivers, Kelly and Jerry Mills, and special granddaughters, Bailee Mills-Ellis (Gavin) and Christy Niday-Brown (Joe). Also, survived by son, Mark (Debbie) Niday, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a host of special cousins, and special friend, Alice Hoth. The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff of Amedisys Hospice and a special thank you for the many prayers, cards, and phone calls from family and friends.

A private graveside service will be held Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Winfield City Cemetery. Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Niday family.

“It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.”