James Arthur Alexander

James Arthur Alexander, 80, died Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at University Hospital.

Funeral services were held September 16, 2016, at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Morris officiating.

Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include:

Spouse - Mary Ann Alexander, Heflin, AL; Son - Joseph (Michelle) Wheeles, Heflin, AL Son - Jim (Michelle) Alexander, Raleigh, NC Daughter - Beverly (Greg) Champion, Pell City, AL Grandchildren - Michael, Christian, and Conner Alexander, Matthew and April Sue Wheeles, Rebecca Yancy, Jacob Durham, and Dillon Champion Great Grandchildren - Walker, Will and Lori Ann Durham and Will Yancy.

Pallbearers were: Jacob Durham, Matthew Wheeles, Kyle Yancy, Dillon Champion, Barry Latham, and Archie Garrison.

Mr. Alexander was a Retired MSGT from the U.S. Air Force and retired registered nurse. He was a Baptist by faith and attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. James was preceded in death his parents, Joe and Ethel Alexander, sisters, Sue Lowery and Barbara Latham, and brother Joe Alexander.

In lieu of flowers family request donations may be made to:

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church 7098 Hwy. 9 Heflin, Al 36264

William Brown

Mr. William Lloyd “Cotton” Brown, age 78, of Muscadine, AL, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2016. He was born September 3, 1938 in Muscadine, AL to the late Silas Phillip and Bernice Lillie Whitt Brown, Sr. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Silas Brown, Jr.

Mr. Brown was a Christian having attended his whole life at Beulah Baptist Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #502 of the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Alabama, served in the United States Army and loved being on his farm.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sandra Brown of Muscadine; sons and daughters in law, Ryan and Emily Brown of Heflin and Kyle and Teri Brown of Muscadine; grandchildren, Emmaline Ruth, William Elijah, Erin Lillie, Hannah Abigail, Clinton Jonah, James Ezekiel, Oliver Rhys, Liesl Adelle and Edyth Grace; and his siblings, Ethel Brown, Winford and Myrtice Brown all of Muscadine, Ralph and Eunice Brown of Tallapoosa, Gene Autry and Martha Brown of Muscadine, Patricia and Richard Smith of Fruithurst and Billy and Carol Brown of Buchanan.

Funeral services were held September 16, 2016 at Beulah Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Brown, Dr. Roland Brown and Rev. Donald Leggett officiating. Music was provided by the Brown family singers. Pallbearers serving were Michael Brown, Sy Brown, Whitt Brown, Tom Brown, Tim Brown, Jamison Edwards, John Edwards and Jonathan Edwards. Honorary pallbearers will be Winford Brown, Ralph Brown, Gene Autry Brown, Richard Smith, Billy Brown, John C. Edwards, Jr. and Tommy Edwards.

Interment followed in Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Donald Leggett officiating.



Reminder that Sunday nights have resumed with Evangelism Outreach at 4pm and then Discipleship training at 5:30pm. Come join our many classes. Good Timers will meet at Jerry Shealy’s home on 9/24 for meal of fish or chicken at 5:00pm. Feel welcome and invited! Ladies- every Tuesday morning a lite breakfast will be served at 7:15am then bible study from 7:30-8:00am.

 Bro. George opened to Malachi 3:7-12, “Jump on Board the Giving Ship”. Israel is being held captive in Babayan because they stopped worshipping God with their hearts. God wants us to board the ownership of giving because everything is Gods. He purchased you for a price to take your sin. He gave your life to you. By stewardship, he has entrusted us with everything we have or what goes into our body. He has entrusted our families to us. He has also entrusted all our possessions to us.

God wants us to partner with him. God will do the heavy lifting when we do the holy lifting.

Gods wants us to board the follow-ship. We are to give with priority of our time, our treasure, and talent. We are to give proportionately and do the whole tithe. We are to give properly, regularly, systematically, and consistently.  God asks you to give as proof that Satan does not discourage you to let go of money. Greed hurts. Turn it over and be blessed.


Hello from Happy Hill. Happy Fall to you all!

 It was a blessing to be at Happy Hill Sunday.   So good to have visitors joining us for Sunday School and Worship.   Being Gideon Sunday in our local Baptist churches, Bro. George McCord was our Gideon Speaker.   Happy Hill appreciates the work of Gideons International.

 Join us for REVIVAL September 26th - 28th at 6:30  - EVANGELIST:  Monday - Donald Leggett;   Tuesday - Darryl Robinson;   Wednesday - J.W. Daniel

 Remember to attend church Sunday.   Until next time, God Bless!


 Always pray to have eyes that see the best, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad and a soul that never loses faith.


Johnny was coming home from church one Sunday morning with his mother. ...

His mother noticed he had a serious look on his face.  “What’s on your mind, Johnny?” she asked.

“Is it true what the preacher said about us all coming from dust and turning back to dust?”

“Why, Yes, it is, Johnny,” she said. “Why do you ask?”

“Well, when we get home,” he answered,

“You better look under my bed, because someone’s either comin’ or goin!”


The adult Sunday School lesson was “Aaron, spokesman and High Priest,” several scriptures from Exodus were used . Aaron was Moses older brother , God also called him to be Moses helper and encourager ! In the 2-6 year old class our lesson was “God cares for us in trouble.” We talked about the things that are “uh-oh!Trouble!” for us and how God cares and will help us ! How He protected His people during the plagues on Egypt !

Brother Greg opened our services this morning with Luke 1:37 , and told us this is how God see’s our problems . Faith tells us no matter what lies ahead God is already there !

Brother Ronnie’s message this morning was from Mark 3:1-12. Jesus healed the man with the withered hand , multitudes followed Him, some wanted to destroy Him, even His own family thought he had lost His mind . We cannot get comfortable with sin , no matter how different we have to be !

Brother Greg opened our services tonight , he read words from song “I’ve been through enough.” Tell’s how God has come through too many times , proven He will take care of us !

Brother Ronnie’s message tonight was from Luke 24:13-35,”Emmaus road experience.”  We can all tell someone what Jesus has done for us ! No other friend could ever compare to Jesus !

We Greatly Rejoice over 2 saved this morning !

Brother Ronnie’s number 256-201-9444.


September 22

American Legion Hall will have a meeting on September 22 at 6 p.m. All veterans are encouraged to attend.

Alabama Volunteers are looking for a location to hold monthly meetings and also recruiting new members. For more information contact Col Ray Breeding at or call 770-439-3792 or contact by mail at PO Box 232 Fruithurst, AL. 36262.

September 24

Cheaha State Park will have their annual chili cookoff on September 24 at Bald Rock Lodge. For more info call 256-488-5885

Singing at Mt. Paran Baptist Church located at 1201 Co. Rd. 40, Fruithurst AL will be held Sat. Sept 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM (AL TIME) Sacred Harmony Trio from Johnson City TN will be in concert, we invite everyone to come join us for an evening of worship, in song and praise. Refreshments will be served.  For information call 256-579-5263.

September 25

The annual Zacariah and Mary Elizabeth family reunion will be held at Tanners Park on September 25 at noon, EST. Bring a covered dish lunch. For more information, call 770-562-3543.

Fall Campmeeting at Gray Hill Church of God, 16222 County Road 87, Woodland, Alabama will begin on Sunday, September 25 at 10:30 and 5:30 with Bro. Leon Beasley. Services will continue through out the week at 6:30 with Bro. Beasley on Monday, Bro. Keith Benefield on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Bro Charley Bolt on Thursday and Friday.

October 7

The Cleburne County Class of 1992 will be celebrating their 25 year reunion on Friday, October 7th, 2016 at 4:30PM at the Cleburne County School Playground area.  Class members should contact Shane Smith at 256-463-2290 or by email at if you are interested in attending.  The cost of the meal will be $25.00 per person to include food, ticket to game, and parking.  Please contact Shane, by Monday, October 3rd if you plan on attending the meal prior to the game.


SWAT (Servants With A Testimony) meets at Macedonia Baptist Church each Thursday at 6p.m. If you have a stronghold of addiction in your life that you’re sick and tired of, SWAT may help.  Please call (256) 748- 4460 for more information.


Celebrate Recovery Group meets at Beth-El Assembly  of God each Friday at 6p.m.  If you have a stronghold in your life: Pride, anger, pornography, gossip, worry, jealousy, addiction, control issues, etc. and you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired of it, this may be for you.  Please call Jamie B. at (256) 201-3135 for more information.


The Full Circle Band plays every Saturday night from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm at the American Legion in Heflin Alabama.   Admission is $5.00 per person and no smoking or alcohol allowed.  Located next to the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 78.  Take I-20 to exit 199 and turn North onto Highway 9.  Go 1.4 miles and turn right into driveway.