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Mrs Dorothy Ellison, Beloved Teacher at Dora High School passes away

Curtis Ellison confirmed that he mother passed away last night and her funeral is being planned for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at New Horizon. There will be visitation ahead, probably from 12:30 to 2:00 but the visitation hour is not yet confirmed.
OBIT: Dorothy Iola Stanfield Ellison, age 100 formerly of Sumiton, Alabama died Friday December 9, 2016 at Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing Home in Florence, Alabama. She was born October 5, 1916 in Clay County, Alabama. She was the daughter of William Stead Stanfield and Carrie Belle (Dunseith) Standfield. She was a member of the Sumiton United Methodist Church, where she served in many capacities for nearly seven decades. She was a graduate from Judson College and held a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama. She taught at Dora High School for thirty years before she retired in 1977, instilling a love of science in many students. She was named “Alabama Teacher of the Year” in 1959. In the same year, she was honored by McCall’s Magazine as one of the nation’s top ten teachers. 
An avid reader, Mrs. Ellison served on the Alabama Library Services Board. She chaired the Carl Elliott Regional Library Board and the Sumiton Public Library Board for many years. For her service to the Sumiton Public Library and her community, the town of Sumiton proclaimed January 16, 2011 “Dorothy Ellison Day”
Funeral service will be held Tuesday December 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the New Horizon Memorial Chapel in Dora, Alabama. Rev. Tom Salter and Rev. Mark Adams will officiate. Burial will follow at Morgan Cemetery. Family will receive friends for visitation from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ira Ellison and son, James M. Ellison.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Curtis (Celia) Ellison of Oxford, Ohio; daughters, Anne (Lowry) Hobbs of Mooresville, North Carolina; Jeanne (Dean) Baughman of Florence, Alabama; daughter-in-law, Marguerite (James) Ellison; eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Sumiton United Methodist Church or the Sumiton Public Library.

Below are some of the comments left on Facebook for Mrs. Ellison after her death.

Karen Deaver Loved her. One of the best teachers I ever had.
Beverly Jones Moore · 35 mutual friends
One of the sweetest people I have ever known.
Gary Wells Great lady,great teacher
Ron Nesmith A fantastic lady and a great teacher. She was one of my favorite teachers in high school. Everyone loved her...
Mary Whalen · Friends with Rebecca Phillips Thomas
Such a wonderful lady. Love and Prayers.
Frances Rice Mason · 18 mutual friends
Great lady. Sorry for her family's loss.
Elesia Cordell · 98 mutual friends
Beautiful lady with such a sweet disposition. She was an inspiration and a blessing to all who knew her. Rest in peace and may God continue her familym
Denise Harden Adair When I think of Dora High School, I think of Mr. Gant and Mrs Ellison 🎓
Phil Lovelady Such a great lady and wonderful teacher. She meant so much to me.
Martha Cordell I was spoiled by being her first 2nd generation student. Loved that lady!
Sydney Mims · Friends with Janice Nesmith and 2 others
Such a special lady and teacher. She was so gracious and will be remembered with love. Praying for her loved ones today.
Ricki Patton Mrs. Ellison was a very sweet lady and a very good teacher . Anyone could see why she was so honored.




Coach Billy Moon Passes Away

Long timeDora High School teacher and coach Billy Moon, 65, of Dora, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at his residence.

He was a retired school teacher after 38 years of service and a member of Aldridge Community Missionary Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends today, May 1, 2016, from 1 p.m. until service time in the New Horizon Memorial Chapel, with funeral services beginning at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in the New Horizon Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Jake Hartley and the Rev. J.D. Dickinson will officiate.

Moon was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Lillie Moon; brother, Charlie Thomas Moon; and sister, Euvaughn Tucker.

His survivors include his wife, Sharon Nix Moon; son, Jeremy Moon (Morgan); daughter, Stephanie Hogland (Derrik); grandchildren, John Baily, Eli, Garrett, Gage, Emma and Brody; brothers, Joe V. Moon (Sue) and J.W. Moon (Mary Ann); sister, Glenda Sue Cook (Dennis); and a host of nieces and nephews.

New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home, Dora; 205-648-2323

Sandra Stricklen

Sandra Stricklen, 74, died peacefully at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, after suffering a massive stroke on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Read more: Daily Mountain Eagle - Sandra Stricklen

James Ellenburg

James W. Ellenburg


(June 28, 1926- December 21, 2010)


Mr. James W. Ellenburg, age 84 of Sumiton died Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at his residence
Mrs GantMrs. Geraldine Gant Passes Away
Geraldine K. Gant, of Dora, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at Ridgeview Health Care in Jasper. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 23, at New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home with burial at Day Cemetery in Oakman. Rev. Lee Taylor will officiate. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home will direct.

Myra Gravlee Grady




Dr. Myra Gravlee Grady, age 82, of Trussville, formerly a native of Sumiton, AL passed away December 2, 2008. She received a bachelor's degree from Howard College (Samford University) and a master's degree and a doctorate of education degree from the University of Alabama. She taught at Dora High School and Hewitt-Trussville Elementary School. 

Mrs. McMichinEunice McMichen, Retired Teacher at DHS Passes Away
Ms. Eunice McMichen, a beloved teacher at Dora High School passed away on Christmas Eve. Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 2:00 pm in the New Horizon Memorial Chapel with Rev. ! Max Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Walker Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the chapel.

Mary Erin HubbertMARY "ERIN" HUBBERT, age 86, died April 27, 2005 at Hope Hospice Shell Point, Fort Myers, FL. She taught at Dora High School from 1942-1944. Erin was born November 20, 1918 in Walker County, Alabama, a daughter of the late Thomas
Posey McConnell Hubbert and Annie Laura Fairley Hubbert. Erin was employed by the Department of State for 35 years and resided in Falls Church, VA. She is survived by her daughter, Anne Hubbert
Mullins; son-in-law, Thomas Mullins and granddaughter, Meaghan Leigh Mullins of Fort Myers, FL;
Susan Erin Martin and granddaughter, Erin Lynn Welshans of Arlington, VA;
and sister, Jean Hubbert of Fairfax, VA. Graveside services are to be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at National Memorial
Park, Falls Church, VA. The Reverend James Canody of Cranford United Methodist Church, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Southwest Florida,
9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Published in The Washington Post on 5/2/2005.

Virginia Teaford Murray

MURRAY, VIRGINIA TEAFORD, of Dora, passed away on February 15, 2003. She was born September 13, 1912, the first of the late Jacob Grover and Mary Alsup Teaford. She married A. C. Murray, Jr. who preceded her in death. She graduated from Athens College in 1936. She retired from Dora High School after having taught for 32 years. She was a long time member of the Sumiton Methodist Church. Virginia was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, honary teachers society. She was active in the Walker County Homemakers Club, often winning prizes for her quilts and other hand work. She took great pride in her home and yard, constantly caring for her flowers. Two brothers, and one sister predeceased her, Jacob Grover Teaford, Jr., Paul W. Teaford, and Helen Teaford Ling. Survivors include three brothers and one sister, Lloyd and his wife Helen Teaford of Savanah, Harvey and his wife Betty Lois Teaford of Mobile, Fred and his wife Jacqueline Teaford of Birmingham and Betty Jo Teaford of Jacksonville, IL; ten nieces and nephews; 16 great nieces and nephews on whom she lavished her love. Services will be held at Bell Funeral Home, Sumiton Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. Family will receive friends Monday from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. at Bell Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Sumiton United Methodist Church. Bell Funeral Home directing.
Published in The Birmingham News on 2/17/2003.

Coach Jim Coston
Coach Jim Coston, teacher and coach from 1987-1994,passed away 9-22-04.

William T. "Bill" Blow former teacher at Dora High School passed away on Saturday December 27th. Mr. Blow was my history teacher in the tenth grade. He was a very good teacher that loved history and took a personal interest in his students. . He began his Teaching career in the Walker County Board of Education at Dora High School and retired from the Jefferson County Board of Education after teaching a combined total of 30 years. He taught at Graysville School, Minor Jr. High School and Edgewater School. He was manager of the Graysville Swim Club for 28 years until it closed. His funeral was December 30th and he was burried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Jasper. Mr. Blow
Bonnie H. Minor
Bonnie H. Minor, 94, of Dora died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Cordova Health Care Center. Her funeral was held on January 7th. Mrs. Minor worked for many years in the lunchroom at Dora High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Minor, and son, Charles Minor.
She is survived by her son, Joe Minor and his wife, Frankie of Cordova; sisters, Grace Oliver of Birmingham and Edith Sasser of Peachtree City, Ga.; brothers, Roger Duncan and his wife, Peggy of Dora and Omer Duncan and his wife, Colleen of Kimberly; grandchildren, Chuck Minor and his wife, Gari Leigh of Jasper, Chris Savage and his wife, Barbara of Atlanta, Ga., Becky Dixon and her husband, Scott of Blount Springs, and Kristi Goode and her husband, Dusty of Helena; great-grandchildren, Wesley Minor, Andrew Minor, Patrick Minor, Katie Dixon, SarahBeth Kimbrell and Samuel Dixon.
Pallbearers were Ralph Parker, Wayne Parker, Arthur Lee Taylor, Homer Brown, Arnold Boshell and Perry Williams.Bell Funeral Home, Sumiton; 205-648-6611.
Bonnie Minor
Billy MooreBilly Moore, Former Teacher at Dora High Passes Away
Billy J. Moore, 76, of Jasper, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Collins-Burke Chapel with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Jasper. Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today, Aug. 22, in the parlor. Dr. Michael Adams and the Rev. Charles W. Powell will officiate. Collins-Burke Funeral Home will direct.
Moore was a teacher with the Walker County Board of Education and taught at Cordova, Curry and Dora high schools. He served as principal of Curry and Dora high schools. He was a veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Ethel Moore.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma L. Moore of Jasper; sister, Carolyn Moore Burton; and several nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be sent to: First Baptist Church of Jasper, P.O. Box 71, Jasper, AL 35502, or New Beacon Hospice, 302 Blackwell Dairy Road, Jasper, AL 35504.
Dorcas Christine Gilbert Kirkpatrick
KIRKPATRICK, DORCAS CHRISTINE GILBERT, age 80, passed away on March 6, 2007. She was born and raised in Cordova, Alabama and graduated from Cordova...
Published in The Birmingham News on March 8, 2007

Lacey Woodley


Lacy Albert Woodley Passed away January 13th 1987

Rex Brown

Rex Allen Brown passed away November 26th 2006


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