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Roger Adams, Ava, Mo., suffering from a broken leg, blood clot.

Bob Bertrand, 49 Tiberon Way, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909, cancer of the esophagus. Please remember him and his wife, Louise, in your prayers.

Dottie Hilsman, 7985 SH 135, Jacksonville, TX 75766, recovering from back surgery, much pain.

Garey Strickland, 110 FM 2945, Cisco, TX 76437, large mass on brain. Please remember him and his wife, Janie, in your prayers.

Judy Kendall, Unit 95/56 Carrs Rd., Neath, N.S.W. 2326 Australia, Lou Gehrig's disease.


Sue "Nonner" Mayfield, 61, of Jacksonville, Texas, passed away June 15, 2010, in Tyler. She was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Livingston, Texas, to C.L. and Myrtle George. Sue was a mail manager for the Church of God International. Survivors include her father and stepmother, C.L. and Evelyn George of Troup; mother, Myrtle George of Jacksonville; daughter, Sherie Cruz and husband John of Frankston; brothers, Rodger George of Chicago, Ill., Paul Sadler of Troup, Mike Sadler of Jacksonville, and Phil Sadler of Florida; grandchildren, Amanda Davilla, Stephanie Cruz, Steven Cruz, Justin Lee, Jordan Cruz, Caleb Cruz and Christofer Cruz; and great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Davilla. Services were conducted with Vance Stinson officiating.


Sophia Maria Williams, 84, of Fort Payne, Ala., died Sept. 5, 2010, in Shreveport, La. A graveside service was scheduled for Fischer Cemetery, on top of Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, on Oct. 2. Sophia will be laid to rest next to her husband, Tom. Sophia was preceded in death by her husband and best friend of 64 years, Thomas L. Williams.

Tom was ordained as a minister in the Worldwide Church of God in 1975 and for years ministered all over northern Alabama and Georgia. Tom and Sophia had attended the Miami, Fla., church since 1962. They had been proud members of the Fort Payne community since 1972.


Sophia is survived by two sons, Thomas Earl Williams of Lacey's Spring, Ala., and his wife, Nancy, and Gary Lee Williams of Birmingham, Ala., and a daughter, Susan Elaine Cascio of Shreveport and her husband, Nick; two grandchildren, Thomas Earl Williams Jr. and his wife, Becky, of Frisco, Texas, and Emily Susanne Alley of Shreveport; and countless nieces and nephews.

Sophia Williams was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Philadelphia. Her parents were Bronislaw Jozef Rogozinski and Stefania Krystkiewicz, of Philadelphia by way of Ellis Island and Kruse (Mlawa), Poland. After high school and during World War II, Sophia worked as a welder, making stainless-steel cockpits for U.S. warplanes. After the war she and Tom lived in Miami, where she was a devoted housewife, mother and inspiration. After moving to Alabama, Sophia worked for Black's Furniture in Fort Payne.

Wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, comrade, confidant, matriarch and great friend, we will miss you.


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