Pierce Helton Norton Sr.

Funeral services for Pierce Helton “Jerry” Norton Sr., 87, will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, December 8, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Heflin, Alabama with Dr. Michael Burgess officiating. Burial will follow in the Heflin City Cemetery.

Visitation will be December 7 at Dryden Funeral Home from 5 until 7 PM.

Pierce Sr. passed away at the Cleburne County Nursing Home. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Pierce is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty, son Pierce Helton Norton II and his wife Debbie, of Tulsa Oklahoma, three grandsons and one granddaughter, Stephen Cole Norton and his fiancé, Misty Finch of Houston Texas, Blake Helton Norton and wife Breeanna of Owassa, Oklahoma, Logan Pierce Norton of Fayettville, Arkansas, and Taylor McCall Houser and husband Dwight of Arvada, Colorado, great grandchildren, Dwight Maddox Houser, Mason Pierce Houser, and Harper Rae Norton. A sister Ann Laminack and brother Julian Norton of Heflin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, M. Ellis and Grace Helton Norton, two sisters Mary Powell and Lucy Harris, and five brother John, Woodrow, Martin Ellis, Willis G. and Frank.

Pierce graduated from Cleburne County High School and attended Jacksonville State University. He served two years in the U.S. Army and stationed at Ft.

Chaffee, Arkansas, it was there he met his wife Betty. After discharge they returned to Heflin where they made their home. Pierce retired from Ft.

McClellan after working at the Chemical School until closure and then TASC, retiring in 1987.

Pierce was a member of the First United Methodist Church serving as Chairman of Trustees, Pastor Parrish Relations Committee and Official Board, and was instrumental in the installation of the stained glass windows. He loved his church and was there every Sunday to open the doors.

Pierce was an avid quail hunter and enjoyed feeding his friends and family with his quail. He was an Alabama Fan and member of Heflin Booster Club. He was a past member of Heflin City Council, Heflin Water and Sewer Board, and Heflin Lions Club.

Pallbearers will be Cole Norton, Blake Norton, Lynwood Williamson, Jerry Cheatwood, Jim Bennett, Harold Berryhill, Robert Pittman and Thomas Bennett.

In lieu of flowers his request was for memorials to be made: First United Methodist Church Welsey Center Building Fund P.O. Box 204 Heflin, AL 36264

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Betty Alice Thomas

Betty Alice Thomas, 69, died Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Tanner Medical Center/East Alabama.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 PM on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Morrison’s Chapel. Burial will follow in Morrison’s Chapel Cemetery.  Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include:

Husband - David Thomas

Son - Peter Thomas

Son - Robert Bailey

Grandchildren - 12

Betty was a hell of a woman. She raised 5 grandchildren and was the favorite grandmother of all 12 grandchildren. Betty was the salt of the earth, had a heart of a fighter, and sweetest woman you ever wanted to meet. She picked up everybody she saw knocked down. The world is a darker place for not having her in it.

John Joseph Yakely, III

Funeral services for John Joseph Yakely, III, 67, of Heflin, Alabama, were December 2, 2017, at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Roland Brown and Dr. Larry Riddle officiating.  Burial  followed in Upper Cane Creek Cemetery, Fruithurst, Alabama.      John passed away on November 29, 2017, at NHC Healthcare in Anniston, Alabama.  He was surrounded by family and friends when he went home to be with Jesus.  Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Deborah Dunn Yakely of Heflin, Alabama; a son and his wife, Matthew and Carrie Yakely of Spring Garden, Alabama; two daughters, Christen Yakely of Heflin, Alabama, and Lindsey Allen and her husband Josh of Muscadine, Alabama; four grandchildren, Caleb Yakely, Natalie Yakely, Sawyer Yakely, and Luke Allen; a sister, Mary Lynn Yakely of Browndale , Pennsylvania and also many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Joseph Yakely, II, and Mary Skarl Yakely; and also his mother-in-law, Edna Furgerson Dunn.

John was born in Newark, New Jersey on December 6, 1949.  He came to Alabama in 1969 to attend Jacksonville State University where he met the love of his life.  John obtained a business degree in 1973.  In 1996, he went on to earn his add-on degree in Education.  He then obtained both his Master’s degree and Educational Specialist degree in two years.  He loved history, and he loved teaching it.  John was an educator at Ranburne High School in the Cleburne County School System for almost 20 years.  He retired in May 2016.

Most of all, John loved his family.  He was especially proud of his grandchildren.  He loved his country and was extremely patriotic.  John was proud to tell everyone that his son, Matthew, serves in the National Guard and his grandson, Caleb, will begin serving in the Navy.  He attended Golden Springs Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama.

Pallbearers were Caleb Yakely, Josh Allen, Jimmy Beam, Kenneth Duhon, Danny Dunn, Charlie Moore, Doug Perry, Marc Riddle, and Chase Whitley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pearl Point Cancer Support,  Patients of Sarah Cannon Cancer Research Center benefit from this organization.  John was part of a clinical research trial at Sarah Cannon in Nashville, Tennessee.


Mount Olive Church of God

Brother Ronnie opened our service’s today with prayer requests . As Sister Joyce Prater always says and Brother Ronnie said “Thank God for what He’s going to do.”

Our Adult Sunday School lesson today was “Rehoboam the Arrogant,”

2 Chronicles 10:1-12:16. Rehoboam was Solomon’s Son he inherited his fathers riches and power but not his wisdom . The king was responsible to remain faithful to the Lord , and be an example to the people . When we depend on ourselves, resist God’s will, love other things more than Him and forsake His word , we will suffer His chastisement ! Hebrew’s 12:5-13, The Lord chasten’s us because He Love’s us , to make us better !

Brother Ronnie’s message this morning was from Psalm 139:23-24, Sin is the biggest sickness in our land ! We have to come clean with God , He already knows what we do and say , where we go , even our thoughts and how we intend things . God wants us to seek Him everyday. Jesus could come any hour let us strive to hear Him say “Well Done !”

Brother Ronnie’s message tonight was from Act’s 1:4-8. God is fixing to show us His power He needs people He can use !

God is looking for nobody’s to tell everybody about somebody that can save anybody . When we allow the Holy Ghost to have us He will give us the words we need to witness!

He will go with us and draw others to Himself, God and Jesus !

Brother Ronnie’s number (256)-201-9444.


December 7

HEARTS is seeking sponsors for the 2017 Christmas Clearinghouse Program for Cleburne County families with children under the age of 15. Christmas applications  are available at HEARTS House 129 Almon Street Heflin Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. or by appointment by calling 256.463.1020. Appointments must be made in advance. HEARTS Ranburne 20840 Main Street Ranburne. Hours: Monday - Tuesday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thursday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or by calling 256.568.5003.

December 14

FUMC preschool will be caroling at Cleburne County Courthouse steps on December 14 at 10 a.m.

December 16

Heflin Fire Explorer Disc Golf Tournament will be held December 16. Registration will be from 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and tournament will begin at 9 a.m. There is a $10 entry fee. Tournament will be held at Lake Point Disc Golf Course.


Join Zion Church Of God located at 5317 County Road 82 Wedowee Alabama 36278 for “Refresh Service”  on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm with Brother Terry Richardson. Pastor Brother John and Sister Sandee Kilgore.


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.

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.


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.