Obituaries 02-08-24

February 07, 2024


April 12, 1942-Feb. 5, 2024

Funeral services for Ruth Harris Kendrick, 81, of State Line, will be at

11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 from the Chapel of Freeman Funeral

Home, with brother John Brown, Mark Kendrick and Brother Randy Cooley


Following the funeral service, interment will take place at Lewis Chapel

Cemetery in Buckatunna.

Born in Waynesboro on Sunday, April 12, 1942 to Willis Harris and Erma

Harris, she was a member of Progress Assembly of God Church. She worked

as a Bookkeeper at the Buckatunna Feed Mill.

She died on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024 at her home.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, George and Cissie

Kendrick of Waynesboro and Mark and Celeste Kendrick of Mobile, Ala.;

her daughters and sons-in-law, Gina and David Mills of State Line, Renee

and Randy Cooley of Waynesboro, Angela and Andy Hagan of Millry, Ala.,

and Christy and Scott Revette of State Line; her brother and

sister-in-law, Preston and Judy Harris of Mobile; her sister-in-law,

Patricia Harris of Buckatunna; her granddaughters, Brittany Steppee,

Denna Mills, Clarissa Brown, Brittany Gardner and Hayley Revette; and

her grandsons, Kenneth Mills, Blake Cooley, Grant Mills, Dawson

Kendrick, Caleb Kendrick, Hayden Revette and Ethan Hagan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis Harris and Erma Harris;

her husband, George Kendrick; her brothers, Henry Evans Harris, Clarence

Murray, Winston Harris and Thurston Harris; and her sisters, Elzada

Rawson, Pauline Ready, Maxine McInnis, Juanita Harris, Mattie Mae

Bronson and Etheline Stinson.

Serving as pallbearers are her seven grandsons, Kenneth Mills, Blake

Cooley, Grant Mills, Dawson Kendrick, Caleb Kendrick, Hayden Revette and

Ethan Hagan.

An online guestbook can be signed at

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro is in charge of arrangements.


Jan. 14, 2024

Memorial services for Andrew Welborn Hunt, 62, of Long Beach, will be at

12 noon on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024 from Harmony Baptist Church, 5357

Hwy. 18 West in Quitman. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 12 noon,

followed by the service.

Following the service, interment will take place at Waynesboro Cemetery

in Waynesboro.

Part of the Hurt family that was the longest tenured owners of The Wayne

County News, he was a native of Waynesboro. He earned a Bachelor's

degree in Journalism from Ole Miss and a Master's degree in Mass

Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

He was employed by USA Today in Washington, D.C., where he earned many

awards for his writing. Upon leaving USA Today, he then moved to the

Mississippi Gulf Coast and worked as a Media Director with the Ad Group,

where he was employed until his death.

Being an Ole Miss Alum, he never missed the Rebels play. He was also a

huge Saints fan and enjoyed golf, playing in many charity events.

He enjoyed and loved being with people and was a great friend to many.

He died on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Kim Hurt; his mother, Jewel

Hurt; his children, Erin Cooke of Mobile, Ala., and Cecelia Thomas of

Gainesville, Fla.; and his grandchildren, Luke Cooke, Nora Cooke and

Gabrielle Cooke.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter H. Hurt III.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer


Riemann Family Funeral Home in Long Beach was in charge of arrangements.


June 23, 1934-Feb. 5, 2024

Graveside services for Phillip Smith, 89, of Leakesville, were conducted

on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024 from Providence Cemetery in State Line, with

Rev. Jimmie Butts officiating.

Born in Coffeeville, Ala., on Satursday, June 23, 1934 to the late

Slater John Smith and Minnie Pearl Deese Smith, he was a member of West

Bend Baptist Church in Coffeeville but attended Providence Methodist

Church in State Line. He was retired as Owner and Operator of S & S


He died on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024 at his residence, surrounded by his

loving family.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Shaunda Smith of

State Line; his daughter, Phyllis Smith Hearn of Saraland, Ala.; three

sisters, Janiece Taylor of Coffeeville, Maurice Anderson of Epworth,

Ga., and Betty Kirkland of Mobile, Ala.; 12 grandchildren, April

Denmark, Rachel Odell, Sheena Harvison, Skyler Willers, Summer Smith,

Shane Smith, Jason Kittrell, Amanda Breland, Johnny Seabrook, Taylor

Londy, Hannah Hearn and Jackson Hearn; and a host of


He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary L. Smith; his parents, Slater

John Smith and Minnie Pearl Deese Smith; a son, Johnny Smith; two

brothers, Buddy Smith and Leon Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Stash

Phillips and Brylee Ethridge.

An online guestbook can be signed at

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.


July 22, 1963-Feb. 3, 2024

Funeral services for Warren Lamar "Rooster" Smith, 60, of Waynesboro,

were conducted on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 from McLain Chapel Assembly of

God Church in Waynesboro, with Rev. Trey Beck officiating.

Interment followed at David L. Smith Cemetery in Waynesboro.

Born in Waynesboro on Monday, July 22, 1963 to David Lamar Smith and

Yvonne McLain Smith, he was a member of McLain Chapel Assembly of God

Church. He worked as a Truck Driver in the oil field industry.

He died on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 at University of South Alabama Medical

Center in Mobile, Ala.

He is survived by his loving mother, Yvonne Smith of Waynesboro; his

brother and sister-in-law, David Jeffery and Leslie Smith of Waynesboro;

two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonnie and Donnie Burgess of Waynesboro

and Vonda and Leon Beck of Laurel; a special aunt, Katie Cochran of

Waynesboro; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, David Lamar Smith; and a

brother, Keith Lamar Smith.

An online guestbook can be signed at

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.


May 3, 1956-Jan. 20, 2024

Funeral services for John Albert Smith, 67, of Wetumpka, Ala., were

conducted on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024 from the Chapel of Gassett Funeral

Home, with Pastor Bryce Cox officiating. A graveside service at Union

Congregational Church in Marbury, Ala., was conducted after the

Celebration of Life service, including a State Trooper Honor Guard


Interment followed at Union Congregational Cemetery.

Born on May 3, 1956 in Waynesboro, he was a devoted husband and father.

He moved to Montgomery, Ala., where he joined the Montgomery Police

Department, achieving the rank of Lieutenant while serving as a member

of the Strike Force and Bomb Squad. After leaving the Montgomery Police

Department, he went to work for the Alabama Beverage Control Board

before transferring to serve as an Alabama State Trooper. While there,

he achieved the rank of Sergeant and was on the Bomb Squad. He was

dedicated in service to the state and his community.

When not serving in his capacity as a law enforcement officer, he

enjoyed spending every moment with his boys --- fishing, tinkering in

the shop and going on family beach vacations. He took pride in his

family and his faith. He loved a good long ride on a Harley and

listening to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.

He could crack a joke and make just about anyone laugh. He was a strong

believer in Jesus Christ, loved singing in the church and sharing the

love of Christ with others. He was so loved and will be greatly missed

by many.

He died on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024.

He is survived by his four sons and two daughters-in-law John Austin

Smith, Aaron Cody and Ashley Smith, James Noah Smith and Daniel Adam and

Kim Smith; his mother, Alice Trigg Babb; his grandchildren, Myleigh

Godwin, Brynlee Godwin, Abigail Smith, Addyson Smith, Kellan Smith,

Alexander Smith and Kent Smith; a very special uncle and his wife, Bobby

and Sandra Touchstone; and his aunt, Barbara McGilberry.

He was preceded in death by his father, Archie Smith; his maternal

grandparents, Johnny and Floy Mae Trigg; and his paternal grandparents,

Albert and Louella Smith.

Pallbearers were Gregg Shaner, Stan Ingram, Les Brown, Denis Hill, Dalan

Gassett, Jack Clark and Gary Hicks.

Gasset Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC of Wetumpka was in charge of