Dorothy Westbrook Couch was called home to be with the Lord on September 15, 2022 at age 97. Dorothy was born on November 16, 1924, in Winfield, Alabama to the late Hester Ward Westbrook and the late Lether Greene Westbrook. Dorothy attended elementary, junior high, and high school in Winfield. She actually met her future husband Robert in third grade on the school bus. It was love at first sight for him. It took a while for her. After graduating from Winfield High School, Dorothy relocated to Birmingham to begin a career, first in retail and later in business administration at Bechtel-McCone Aircraft Modification Center as World War II began. Dorothy and Robert married in 1943, just prior to his shipping out to the Pacific Theater for two years. After the war Dorothy and Robert raised three boys to adulthood, moving from Birmingham to Jasper, Montgomery and Northport, Alabama for Robert's career. Dorothy was an accomplished homemaker, loving wife, harried mother of three boys, and still found time for music, art, ceramics, and flower gardening. Travels in the American West, especially New Mexico and Arizona, inspired her artistic creativity. Many of her landscape and still life paintings reflect the special feel of those places. Dorothy was a Charter Member of Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, a member of First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a long-time member of Huffman Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She was active in Sunday school, senior choirs and many projects with her church friends. Dorothy was also a long-time “Candy Stripe Girl,” a volunteer group of seamstresses at what is now Saint Vincent’s Hospital East that made comfort pillows for heart surgery patients. Dorothy had a long life full of love for her family, her friends, her community and her Lord. Dorothy is survived by her three sons, Robert L. Couch, Jr. (Kay); Michael A. Couch (Karen); Kenneth W. Couch (Carol); by her four grandchildren Leigh K. Kennedy (Patrick); Noel B. Couch (Ashley); Amiee Couch; Kimberly Chance (Jim); and by her ten great-grandchildren Mackenzie, Leila, Audrey, Quinn and Nora Couch; Blue and Jordan Kennedy; Harlee, Shiloh and Rhys Chance. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Robert L. Couch Sr.; her sister Lynn W. Bell; and her brother Howard W. Westbrook. The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. from the Winfield City Cemetery in Winfield, Alabama.
Ms. Edith Edna Johnson Courtney, age 88 of Lake Park Georgia, formerly of Winfield, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2022 at her residence. Ms. Courtney was born in Lamar County, Alabama on December 31, 1933 to Joe William and Alice Cantrell Johnson. Ms. Courtney loved all things technology; she enjoyed communicating with others on Facebook until her ill health would not allow. Ms. Courtney earned her GED and later attended college at age 40. She then began her career in Addison, IL with GTE Telephone Company, later known as AT&T. She began her work there on the factory line, assembling telephone circuit boards, she later moved into management as a supervisor and retired with over 32 years of service. Ms. Courtney also enjoyed doing crafts, cross stitch, floral arranging, and traveling with her sisters.
She is survived by her, daughter, Regina Courtney, sons, Russell Courtney (Doris) and William Atkinson, grandchildren, Max Miles, Alan Atkinson, Charlyn Atkinson, Chad Atkinson, Dorrie Poulson, and Charles Smallwood, and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Christy Atkinson, brothers, Bernard Johnson and Hillard Johnson, as well as sisters, Hazel Tidwell, Yvonne Reed, Nadine Porter and Marilyn Robertson.
Funeral services for Ms. Courtney will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the West Alabama Memorial Gardens. The visitation will be held on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. service time at the funeral home.
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Ms. Laura Marie Rainwater, better known as Marie, age 63 of Vernon passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2022 in the Walker Baptist Medical Center. Ms. Rainwater was born in Fayette County Alabama on August 1, 1959 to Clarence and Bobbie Shaw Little. Ms. Rainwater attended Hubbertville School and was a member of the Mt. Home Baptist Church. Ms. Rainwater’s greatest love in life was being a mother, mew maw, and sister, she also enjoyed watching Alabama Football in her spare time.
Ms. Rainwater is survived by her children, Chris Rainwater, Beth Breeden (Aaron Farley), and Stephanie Rainwater (Warren Jones), grandchildren, Destiny, and Chelsea Marcum, Austin Jones, and Jayden Jones, sisters, Janet Smith (Ronnie), and Diane Franks an a host of other family members and friends.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Rainwater is preceded in death by two children, Angela and Shane Rainwater, brother, Michael Little, and sisters, Martha Ingram, and Linda Tranum.
Funeral services for Ms. Rainwater will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. service time at the funeral home.
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Mr. William “Bill” Braden Morris, age 63 of Winfield passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 in the UAB Medical Center after a nine-year battle with illness. Mr. Morris was born on September 18, 1958 in Chester, PA. to Nelson Morris and Anna Jarek Thompson. Mr. Morris was a 1976 graduate of Guin High School and a member of the Winfield First Baptist Church. He spent much of his life working for the Winfield Cotton Mill where he retired after 28 years of service. Bills greatest joys in life were spending time with family, making people laugh, and the Christmas season.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kathy Morris, children, Matt Morris, and Leslie Morris (Marcus), siblings, Joe Morris (Marcy), Robert Thompson (Becky), Margie Pierce (Joe), and Christine Collins, stepfather, Leon Thompson, brothers-in-law, Grady Powell (Cathy), and Craig Powell (Valerie), special cousin, Anna Zajac (Joe), and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.
In addition to his parents Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Leon Thompson, Jr., brother-in-law, Ed Powell, in-laws, Charles, and Edna Powell, uncle, Walt Jarek, sister-in-law, Robin Powell, and nephew, Joshua Powell.
A Celebration of Life for Mr. Morris will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel. The visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: Winfield First Baptist Church at P.O. Box 237 Winfield, AL 35594 or to the UAB Palliative Care Center in Birmingham, in Mr. Morris’s name.