Mary Ola Fordham

Services for Mrs. Mary Ola Fordham were held at Dryden Funeral Home Monday January 30, 2017, officiated by Pastor Benny Abney Hurricane Methodist Church, where she was a member. Interment followed at Pine Grove Baptist Church in the community of Bells Mill where her parents, sister, son, infant son and other family members are buried.

The 3rd child of six, Mary Ola Skinner was born in a small community outside of Heflin to Lloyd Bishop Skinner and Lavada Champion Skinner August 11, 1932 and was a lifetime resident of Cleburne County. Mary Ola joined others of her family who went before her in Heaven on January 28, 2017. She was 84 years old.

She was preceded in death by her oldest son Richard Neal Fordham, whom she has greatly missed since his passing, as well as her parents, one sister Linda (Bill) Skinner Bailey and one brother Ralph (Eursula) Skinner, sister-in-laws Geneva (Eurtis) Fordham Bible, Glenice (Junior) Fordham Tate.

Remaining behind to cherish her memory are Mary Ola’s husband Neal Fordham, brother Neal  (Sybil) Skinner, brother Ross (Sue) Skinner, brother  Wayne (Carolyn) Skinner,  son Ron (Susan) Fordham and family, grandchildren and their families: Allan (Aundria) Fordham, Sonya (Tracy) Fordham Terrell, Jennifer (Jeremy) Fordham Goslin, Jonathan (Ashlyn) Fordham, great grandchildren: Stephen Fordham, Samuel Fordham, Whitley Wright Ramirez, Dylan Wright, Hunter Fordham, Hunter’s not yet born brother,  and William Goslin;  great great grandchild: Noah Ramirez. In-laws and their families Arlene (Verbon) Fordham Lambert, Ocie Fordham (Barbara), Faye Fordham Boswell (John), Verna (Dodson) Fordham Mathis, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and their families.

Mary Ola enjoyed her life as a faithful Christian who fully trusted God even during the worst of times, devoted homemaker, loving wife and mother. She completely filled her responsibilities with all her energy, love and a humble passion, consistently putting others before herself, even when she was not well.

Pallbearers were grandsons, great grandsons and grandsons-in-law.

The family wants to thank the professional caregivers at Regional Medical Center in Anniston and Cleburne Nursing Home in Heflin where she and her husband Neal spent a short time at each facility the last few days of her life receiving constant care, and Dr. Bidikov of Heflin, and Dr. Hickson of Anniston who helped the other professionals make her remaining days comfortable and supported her through the years.

Betty Bernice Henson

Mrs. Betty Bernice Henson was born Feb 4, 1936 to the late Mr. and Mrs. John (Pauline) Herren.

  Betty attended Randolph County Training School in Wedowee, Al.

  Betty joined Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church at a early age and was a member until she married the love of her life and later joined the New Bethel United Methodist Church in Heflin, Al.

Betty was united in holy matrimony to Elvin D. Henson on April 21, 1962. They have been married for 55 years.

  Mrs. Henson served as the church secretary and church treasury for many years until her health began to fail. In 1990 she was chosen to be an Anniston Army Depot Wife of the Year.

Betty leaves to cherish her memories three loving sons: Jeffery (Portica) Henson, Stoney (Marcella) Henson both of Heflin, Al. and Shannon (Alisha) Henson of McKinney, Tx. and step daughter, Iris Franklin. Betty is also survived by one sister Mrs. Queenie Boyd of Bowdon Ga. and her twin brother Bennie (Mary) Herren of Woodland, AL.

  Betty has six grandkids and five great grandkids and numerous nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services were held Monday, January, 30, 2017 at 11 AM at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stacy Hill, Rev. William Crawford, and Minister Chris Herren, officiating. Interment followed in the Heflin City Cemetery.

  Pallbearers were Frank Ervin, Forrest Johnson, Marvin Redford, Brodrick Ray, Derrick Herring, and Conrad Freeman.

  Flower bearers were nieces.

  Mrs. Henson was preceded in death by five sisters, Hattie Herren, Aretha Stephens, Virginia Holloway, Emma Julia Wiggs and Wyline Stephens. Eight brothers, Taylor McLemmore, King David Herring, William Herring, Willis Roy Herring, Garfield “Shack” Herring, Barfield “Red” Herren, Stell Herring, and Luther Madden and tree adopted siblings, Ethel Dallas, R. C. Madden, and Mable Garrett.

  The Family of the late Betty Bernice Henson express their sincere appreciation for your prayers, calls, visits, cards, food and love that have been given during the death of our loved one. We also would like to thank Amedisys Hospice Care for their dedicated loyalty 24 hour care and a special care giver and friend Michelle Bunard.

“God Bless you all”


East Heflin

The GoodTimers are meeting here at430pm to go to dinner at Backwoods Restaurant. We need milk jugs for VBS! Wash out and bring to fellowship hall side room weekly. Men’s conference in Alexandria at Mt.Zion March 3+4th. Cost $25.00. Make reservations now! Ladies retreat is Feb.23-26- have openings $100.00.

Bro. George opened to Rev.2:12-17, “Replacing Holiness with Worldliness in the Church”. We see a church that is the middle of where Satan is. He is not in hell but walks the earth. Jesus recognized there are some people that are loyal to Christ. He saw their situation; steadfastness and the one with only loyal precepts- agree but don’t live for Christ.

Jesus said when I look at your church, I need to rebuke you. There were false creeds in the church. Balaam was a great prophet but he had a weakness for women and wealth. Ballock asked him to curse the God’s people but each time God turned the curse into something good. Ballock’s throne was by Satan’s. So he decided to teach men to love women and money too and to relay on the world’s wisdom. He couldn’t snatch salvation from anyone but he could make you unnoticeable as a Christian. Satan will destroy us and turn one another against. These people tolerated unscriptural practices and unscriptural principles.

The crisis in the church is failure to hear warning and God will disown them and destroy them. His wisdom is to keep ourselves from idolatry, immorality, and infidelity. The faithful consolation of the church will be a new decree and we will all have a new name in heaven known only between us and God.

Mount Olive Church of God

Brother Greg opened our services this morning with Proverbs 21:1. Let us all pray for our leaders to carry out God’s purpose!

     Sister Pauline taught the adult Sunday school class today. The lesson was,”A matter of Life and Death” Romans 5:12-6:23. Sin and death came by Adam, grace and life come through Christ! Grace is God’s undeserved kindness to us! God delights much more in extending mercy and pardon than in executing judgment! He is a God of love!

     Brother W.H.Ford brought our message this morning,”Walking in the Perfect Will of God “Romans 12:1-3. We are called to be living sacrifices-put aside our self will and desires and seek Him first. Ephesians 1:1-11, everything God asks us to do is for our benefit and good, He wants us to enjoy life, He desires to bless us and give us good things! God gives the orders we obey and walk!

     Brother Terry Richardson brought our message tonight from John 11:1-2,21-25,40-41. Little things we do can cause us to go astray. A wrong comment or facial expression can cause harm to our testimony as a child of God! We have to tell the devil we’re not going to allow little things of this world to destroy what the Lord has done for us!

     Join us for revival with Brother Silas Carver and family February 5-10th. Sunday night 5pm, Monday - Friday 6:30pm Alabama time!

     Love and Prayers for Brother Ronnie and Sister June as he recovers from surgery.



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.