Mr. Michael Jeff Matthews age 75, of the Bluff community passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at his residence. Mr. Matthews was born in Fayette, Alabama on October 7, 1946 to Glen Matthews and Patsy Shirley Anderson. Mr. Matthews was a member of the Springhill Baptist Church and a 1965 graduate of Winfield City High School. Michael was a United States Naval Veteran and served in the Vietnam War. He spent much of his life working as a truck driver, and he loved working outdoors.

Mr. Matthews is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years, Shirley Linley Matthew, sons, James Sims (Kelly), and Jeffrey Pendley, daughter, Jennifer Evans (Wally), grandchildren, Michael and Marcus Evans, Micah and Hope Sims, McKinsey Miller, Mason Coleman, and Loyal and Jeffrey Pendley, and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Mr. Matthews was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Matthews, mother, Patsey Shirley Anderson, and a brother, Maurice Matthews.

Funeral services for Mr. Matthews will be held on Sunday May 1, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Spring Hill Baptist Church Cemetery near Bluff with military honors presented at the graveside. The visitation for Mr. Matthews will be held on Saturday evening April 30, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield, Alabama serving the Matthews family.

Mrs. Leila Pearl Potts, age 81 of Eldridge, AL passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 in the Diversicare Nursing Home in Winfield, AL. Mrs. Potts was born in Chicago, IL on March 13, 1941 to Harold and Dorothy Faulkner.

Mrs. Potts is survived by her son, Carl Danny Potts of Tuscaloosa and daughter, Leila Potts of Janesville WI.

Mrs. Potts was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Potts, daughter-in-law, Lisa Marek, and her parents. A memorial service for Mrs. Potts will be announced later by the Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield, Alabama.

Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Potts family.

Dr. Clayton Cordice O’Mary, age 101 passed away on Friday April 22, 2022 at his residence. Mr. O’Mary was born in Eldridge, Alabama on August 10, 1920 to Marion and Minnie Pearl Hamilton O’Mary.

He was a member of the Poplar Springs Primitive Baptist Church near Rock City and valedictorian of the 1939 graduating class of Hubbertville High School. After high school he started his internship at Berry Collage in Rome, GA. During WWII and his time at college, he volunteered to serve in the United States Air Force, where he trained and served as an aircraft mechanic and turret gunner on B-17 and B-29 bomber planes. After the war he returned to Auburn University on a GI Bill and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then went on to get his PhD from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. O’Mary’s career included teaching and research at the University of Georgia and Washington State University. He then returned to head the Department of Agriculture at Berry College until his retirement in 1982. Dr. O’Mary is recognized nationally and internationally as an authority in the fields of reproduction, physiology, and animal breeding. Dr. O’Mary has authored and co-authored twenty-eight research papers published in various scientific journals. He co-edited two textbooks, “Commercial Beef Cattle Production” and “The Feedlot”, which have been adopted into college curricula worldwide and published in English, Spanish and Japanese. With the help of his sons Thomas and Gary, he wrote and published two books of his own, “Take the Bull by the Horns” and “Della: Diary of a Country Mule”.  Mr. O’Mary was much more than a professor, he was a humble loving husband, father, grandfather, minister, author, and storyteller. Dr. O'Mary enjoyed traveling, gardening and teaching, and preaching.

Mr. O’Mary is survived by his sons, Thomas W. O’Mary and his wife Jill of Winfield, Gary O’Mary and his wife Sharon of San Diego, CA, and his stepson, David Young and his wife Theresa of Alexander City, AL, 13, grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 5 great great-grandchildren, a sister, Opal Hollingsworth of Fayette and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives, church family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wives, Grace Marie Zwigart O’Mary and Susie Myrtle Young O’Mary, his parents, a sister, Dorothy Hewitt and brothers, Ray O’Mary and Hollis O’Mary.

Funeral services for Mr. O’Mary will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Fayette Heritage Memorial Garden. The visitation will be held on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. service time at the funeral home. Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield, AL serving the O’Mary family.

Brother Delbert Preuninger, age 71 of Winfield, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Funeral services for Delbert will be held on Monday, May 2, 2022at 11:00 a.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the West Alabama Memorial Gardens in Gu-Win. The visitation will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield, Alabama serving the Preuninger family.