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ROBERT “BOBBY” CARAWAY

 

Funeral services for Mr. Robert “Bobby” Caraway, age 61, of Fayette, were held Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, from
Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro. Blake Thompson
officiated.

Mr. Caraway was born Dec. 4, 1952. He died Oct.12 at DCH Regional Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Caraway.

Survivors include his wife, Cheri Caraway of Fayette; son, Chris Caraway of Tuscaloosa; daughter, Cindy (Jarret)
Kimbrell of Berry; brother, Joey (Lydia) Caraway of Little Rock, Ark; mother, Peggy Caraway of Fayette; and one
granddaughter, Carly Kimbrell.

Pallbearers were Sam Caraway, Sim Wright, Nick Madison, Doaks Oswalt, Kerry Kerr and Clay Underwood.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.

 

ALFREDA ROGERS COPELAND

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Alfreda Rogers Copeland, age 44, of formerly of Fayette, were held Friday, Oct. 17, 2014,
from Nelson Funeral Home Chapel.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.


PAUL R. HUBBERT

 

A memorial service for Dr. Paul R. Hubbert was held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at 12 p.m., at the Montgomery
Performing Arts Centre at Renaissance Montgomery. Officiating at the service was Dr. Susan Diamond, First Christian
Church, and Brother Phillip Black, Grace Pointe Church of Christ.

Dr. Hubbert was born Dec. 25, 1935. He is the son of the late Pearl and Virgil Hubbert.

After attending Hubbertville School in rural Fayette County, Hubbert worked for the Fingerprinting Division of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Washington, D.C. He later graduated from Florence State College (now the
University of North Alabama) before teaching at Buckhorn High School in Madison County. He received his M.S. in
1962 and Ed.D. in School Administration and Finance in 1964 from The University of Alabama.

For three years, he served as Business Manager of Tuscaloosa City Schools before moving to Troy serving as
Superintendent of Troy City Schools between 1967-69.

On March 1, 1969, he became Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Alabama Education Association, an organization
that grew to represent 105,000 public school employees. When Hubbert took the reins, the segregated AEA had 21,000
members and was in the process of merging with the all-black Alabama State Teachers Association.

Dr. Hubbert directly impacted every major piece of school reform and legislation affecting education employees
approved by the Alabama Legislature for more than four decades.

Dr. Hubbert served as Chairman of the Alabama Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) as well as other committees and
commissions appointed by Governors Brewer, Wallace, James, Hunt, Siegelman, Riley and Bentley.

Hubbert ran his first political race in 1990.  He won the Democratic nomination before losing narrowly to the
incumbent governor in the general election.

In Jan. 2009, Dr. Hubbert was voted the “Most Influential Alabamian” by a panel of New York Times Regional
Newspaper editors in Florence, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa.

Hubbert retired from the AEA on Dec. 31, 2011, after more than 42 years of devoted service to Alabama education
employees.

In recognition of the 25-year liver transplant survivor, the University of Alabama Birmingham established the Paul
Hubbert Legacy of Courage Award, which is presented annually to someone working to improve the lives of those
living with liver disease.

In 2013, Dr. Hubbert was inducted to the inaugural class of The University of Alabama College of Education Educator
Hall of Fame.

Although he will be recorded in history as one of Alabama’s political giants and the leader of AEA, Hubbert is also
remembered for his generous spirit and caring nature in his personal relationships, especially with those who had a need,
whether or not he knew them personally.

A devoted husband, loving father and doting grandfather, Dr. Hubbert married the former Ann McDonald of Carbon
Hill in 1956 while still a student at Florence State. Ann graduated from The University of Alabama and in 1990 retired
from teaching in the Montgomery County School System. They have two daughters, Dr. Threasa Hubbert Frouge
(Chris), who is a Radiologist in Phoenix, Ariz., and Dr. Yolonda Hubbert Zink (Tom), who is a Chiropractor in
Montgomery. The Hubberts have four grandchildren, David and Rebecca Reiman, and Maxwell (Max) Thomas and Zoe
Zink.

Pallbearers were Mr. John Baker, Mr. Steve Perrigin, Mr. Sam Colson, Mr. Mac McArthur, Dr. Gerald Johnson, and
Mr. Herman “Buck” Watson.

As a lasting legacy to their commitment to the teaching profession and public education, Dr. and Mrs. Hubbert
dedicated the proceeds of their estate to The University of Alabama College of Education to provide scholarships for
Alabama residents needing financial assistance to pursue certified teaching degrees.

The Hubbert family would like to especially recognize Dr. Hubbert’s physicians and nurses throughout the years,
including Dr. John A. Williams, Dr. Randy Brinson, Dr. Chip Armstrong, Dr. Howard L. Brazil, the ICU nursing staff at
Jackson Hospital and the physicians and staff at the Fresenius Dialysis Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the following:

The Paul and Ann Hubbert Endowed Scholarship, College of Education, University of Alabama, Box 870123,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486;

First Christian Church, 1705 Taylor Road, Montgomery, AL 36117;

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, P.O. Box 230819, Montgomery, AL 36123; or

Jackson Hospital Foundation, 1725 Pine Street, Montgomery, AL 36106.

 

BRIAN EARL KEETON

 

A memorial service for Mr. Brian Earl Keeton, age 47, of Fayette, was held Monday, Oct. 20 from Nelson Funeral
Home Chapel. He died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.


ROBERT “BOB” LEONARD

 

Funeral services for Mr. Robert “Bob” Leonard, age 83, of the Hubbertville community, were held Sunday, Oct. 19,
2014, at 3 p.m., at the Berea Church of Christ. Bro. Jesse Phillips, Bro. James Wyers and Bro. Jimmy McNees
officiated. Burial followed in the adjoining cemetery.

Bob was born Nov. 21, 1930 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Otto William Leonard and Rebecca Faye
Williams Leonard. He died Friday, Oct. 17 at his residence. He was a resident of the Hubbertville community for 14
years and a former resident of White’s Chapel community for four years. He was a member of the Berea Church of
Christ.

Bob was a poet, and touched many people with his inspirational words. He preached the Gospel of our Lord and wrote
many Biblical Booklets.

Survivors include his wife, Laverne Wiser Leonard; one daughter, Terri (Andrew) Hilgenberg of Tuscaloosa; one son,
Mark L. Leonard of Callahan, Fla.; one sister, Ida Sutton; three brothers, Jim (Ruth) Leonard, Bill (Vera) Leonard and
Joe Leonard; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Taylor, Andrew Hilgenberg, Eric Wiser, Greg Wiser, Joe Leonard, David McNees and
Richard Wiser.

Website guestbook available at www.norwoodchapel.net

Norwood Chapel of Fayette directed.

 

MAYCIE TRAWEEK

 

Funeral services for Maycie Traweek, age six, of Berry, were held Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, from Salem Nazarene
Church. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery in Berry. Bro, Jonathan Smith officiated.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.

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