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Jerle “Doyle” Long, age 85, of Fayette, passed away August 18, 2014, at Hospice of West Alabama. Funeral services
were held Wednesday, August 20, at 11 a.m., at Nelson Funeral Home with Brother Jimmie Davis officiating. Burial
followed in the Fayette Memorial Gardens cemetery.

Mr. Long was one of 17 siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Taylor Long and William Tell Long
and 14 siblings.

He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 52 years, Frances Lorine Hayes Long; sons, Jerle Byron (Lisa) Long
and Breck Neal (Tina) Long; brother, James T. Long; sister, Pearl McArthur; grandchildren, Jarod (Ashley) Long and
Heather (Nick) Williford; great-grandchildren, Allie Long and Addison Williford; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He had sawdust running in his veins and retired from West Lumber at age 80. He loved spending time with his family,
raising catfish, cutting wood, gardening and a good read. He could make a piano talk like no other and used that talent in
many gospel groups, quartets and churches to spread the good news. His memory will continue to inspire countless family,
friends and acquaintances for many years to come.

Pallbearers were Jarod Long, Nick Williford, Matthew Colburn, Albert West, Tommy Long and Terry Long.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.




Mrs. Lorraine Pond, age 93, of Fayette, died August 18, 2014, at her residence. A memorial service will be held at a later
date. Mrs. Pond was the mother of Sam Colburn of Fayette.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette will direct.




Mr. Harold Smith Rainwater, age 89, of Dothan, died August 19, 2014, at Extendicare Long Term Care Facility in

He was born in Covin on December 19, 1924, to Almus J. and Clara S. Rainwater. He was preceded in death by his
parents; two sisters, Justine Simpson and Mary Dement; and brother, E. J. Rainwater.

He is survived by his wife, Pat (Lowrey) Rainwater of Dothan, formerly of Fayette; his son, H. Larry (Sallie) Rainwater  
of Marietta, Ga.; daughters, Carolyn Rainwater of Fayette and Justine Rainwater of Pataskala, Ohio; grandchildren, Cara
Armstrong of Lexa, Ark., Timothy (Sheridan) Figgins of Newark, Ohio, Kim (Brent) Avery of Woodstock, Ga., and Chris
(Tyler) Morris of Marietta, Ga.; great-grandchildren, T. J. Figgins, Tyler Fugate, Trey, Kennedy and Reagan Figgins,
Caroline and Ella Avery and Hayden and Virginia Morris.

Mr. Rainwater served his country as a Marine Corporal in WWII and as an Army 1st. Sergeant in Korea.

A memorial service will held by the family at a later date.




Funeral services for Mr. Lindy Watkins, age 88, of Fayette, were held Thursday, August 21, 2014, from Nelson Funeral
Home Chapel. Burial followed in Fayette Memorial Gardens. Bro. Rick Cash officiated.

Mr. Watkins was born April 11, 1926. He died August 19 at Hospice of West Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Watkins and parents, Lando and Maranda Watkins.

Mr. Watkins was a Ham Radio Operator for over 60 years – call #K4ASF.

Survivors include his daughter, Debra (Michael) Parker of Fayette; son, Philip (Ann) Watkins of Huntsville; sister, Alon
Knight of Calif.; and grandson, Aaron Watkins of Huntsville.

Pallbearers were Chuck Howell, John Dill, Mike Spencer, Brett Holliman, Grady Evans, and Rick Howell.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.