Betty Sue Davis

Betty Sue Davis, 86, died Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held June 10, 2017, at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Earl Davis Jr. and Donald Davis, officiating. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 Survivors include:

Sister - Faye Davis

Brother - Harold Davis

11 Nieces  and Nephews

Numerous Great Nieces and Nephews and Great Great Nieces and Nephews Friends and family served as pallbearers.

Miss Davis was a native and lifelong resident of Cleburne County and owned and operated Sue’s Beauty Shoppe and also one of three sisters that operated The Three Sister’s Cafe in downtown Heflin. Sue and her sister, Faye were founding members of the Heflin Chapter of “The Old Maids Club”. She was a creative woman who excelled at many arts and crafts. Hundreds of children wake up to a handmade Sue Davis stocking filled with goodies at Christmas.

Sue was also known for her cake baking  which she continued till her death.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, John and Carrie Davis, sisters Lillie Davis and Mildred Smith and brothers Robert, Earl, and Raymond Davis.

Jane E. Ivey

Jane E. Ivey, 67, died Monday, June 5, 2017 at her residence.

Funeral services were held June 9, 2017, at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Benefield officiating. Burial followed in Heflin City Cemetery. Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 Survivors include:

Daughter - Sonya(Philip) Conklin, Oxford, AL Son - Carlos E.(Nicol) Ivey, Heflin, AL Sister - Judy(Ben Ed) Padgett, Cartersville , GA Sister - Sue(Glenn) Nix, Acworth, GA Sister - Janice Turner, Acworth, GA Brother - Eddie Smith, Dallas, GA Brother - Dean Smith, Dallas, GA Brother-in-law - Paul Ivey, Heflin, AL Grand Child - Jasmine Amira Star Ivey Grand Child - Anthony Lee Conklin Grand Child - Jin Alexander Cloud Ivey Grand Child - Bella Hope Conklin Pallbearers were, Michael Turner, Eugene Smith, Rob Morris Jeff Garchow, Tim Padgett, Bobby Cannon and Lex Ivey.

Mrs. Ivey was a lifelong resident of Cleburne County. She worked at J.H. Dry Cleaners and retired from Sewells Manufacturing in Heflin. Jane was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Saks, Alabama.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos L. Ivey and his parents, Henry and Billie Smith.

Robert Edward Rigsby

Robert Edward Rigsby, 85, of Heflin passed away on June 12, 2017 after an extended illness.  

A celebration of his life will be held at 12:00 noon Thursday, June 15th, at Heflin Baptist Church, Heflin, AL, with Reverend Joe Rigsby, Robert’s brother, officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 10:00am.

Robert was born March 29, 1932 at the family home in Oklahoma City, OK, the eldest child of the late William Bernard Rigsby and the late Gladys Lucille Rigsby, née Beason.  The family lived in Oklahoma until Robert’s father was drafted into the US Army to fight in World War II.  Prior to being deployed, Robert’s father moved his family from Oklahoma to Heflin, AL so they would be near family during his absence.  The family lived in Heflin for the duration of the war. Robert fell in love with northeast Alabama during this time.  Following the war and the safe return of Robert’s father, the family moved from Heflin to west Texas.  Robert graduated from Odessa High School, Odessa, TX, where he excelled as a trumpet player in the band.  He went on to graduate in 1955 from Texas Tech University with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Robert spent his professional life working in the oil industry.  He worked in the west Texas oil patch until 1965 when he accepted a position with Standard Oil in Saudi Arabia.  He spent the next twenty years working and living in Saudi Arabia where he eventually rose to General Manager responsible for production of oil in the Northern Area of Saudi Arabia.

Upon his retirement in 1985, he relocated to his beloved Heflin where he quickly became involved in the community.  He ultimately ran for and was elected Mayor of Heflin for 12 years.

Robert is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeanne’ Rigsby, née Snelson; his sister Suzanne Husband (Earnest); his brother Joe Rigsby (Jane); his children Dorothy Brunson, Gail Blandamar, David Rigsby, Robert Rigsby (Lisa), Randall Rigsby (Laurie); his grandchildren, who affectionately called him Papoi, Ruston, Anna Laurie, Reed, Trey, Banks, Tyler and Rhett; his close friend Shawn Wilson and numerous nephews and nieces.  Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Terry Rigsby (Gem) and his son, Russell Rigsby.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Robert’s honor to Heflin Baptist Church, Post Office Box 116, Heflin, AL.  36264.


East Heflin

Big week! Our youth are away at summer camp in Shocco Springs and VBS Arctic Operation begins June 19-22nd from 6-8pm for ages 3-12. This Sunday is Father’s Day and we invite each child, of any age, to accompany their father or father figure to breakfast at 8:30 am in the fellowship hall for one hour. Our mission team leaves for Nicaragua June 24-30. Please pray for them and their mission.

Bro. George opened to Phil. 3:8-12, “What is the Meaning of Salvation?” When thinking of our Lord Jesus Christ, what is accepted? Paul was known as Saul before he met Jesus. He was a very religious man and hated all that Christ stood for. It was at one point that he realized all his past religious family and ties were not enough to save him. Good deeds won’t get you anywhere. Its never just religion but the relationship and the new love for Jesus. It’s a new life in Christ. Paul figured all he knew was lost.

What we can be assured of is that our righteous is discounted in the flesh. It can only be demanded in the flesh. You must advance your life with the knowledge of Christ. Only by faith and turning your life over to Christ will true salvation be gained!

Mount Olive Church of God

Brother Greg opened our services today with Isaiah 65:24, God always goes before us and as Matthew 6:8 says He knows what we need before we ask Him .

Our Adult Sunday School lesson today was “ The Cost Of Worldliness (Lot),”

Genesis 13:1-14:16,19:1-29, Luke 17:28-33, James 4:4-6, 2 Peter 2:6-9, 1 John 2:15-17. We have to constantly guard our hearts and minds against worldliness. To protect our souls we have to see the ugly and deadly evil worldliness causes. When we live righteously our hope goes beyond death to a continuing relationship with God !

Sister Bobbie sang “ Thank You Lord for Your Blessings on me !” As Brother Greg said “ We need to be sure and Thank and Praise God for all He does for us. We never want God to feel we only talk to Him when we need something !”

Brother Ronnie’s message this morning was “ Running Race” from Hebrew’s 12:1-4. Our race is a lifetime marathon . We have to endure all the way to the end. We have to pray for power , glory and strength of God not to be defeated !

Brother Ronnie’s message tonight was from Colossian’s 3:12-25, “ Do all things as unto the Lord !” The world would be such a good place if we did everything as unto the Lord ! We would want to help out of our desire to please the Lord !”

Join us for Revival  June 26-30 at 6:30 pm with Sister Linda Baughtman .

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


June 19

VBS - Galactic Starveyors, Discovering The God of The Universe-Liberty Hill C.M. Church 77 County Rd. 147, Heflin AL -June 19th - 23rd.  9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m..  Great Lessons, crafts and games.  Breakfast and snacks will be served.  Transportation provided it needed.  Call 256-493-3331 for more information.

Galactic Starveyors VBS at Pine Grove Baptist Church located at 921 County Road 62 on June 19-23 from 6-8 p.m.

VBS- Operation Arctic, will be held at East Heflin Baptist Church. June 19-22. from 6:00-8:00 pm. Ages 3-12. Bible lessons, crafts, games, food, and music.

June 24

Singing at Mt. Paran Baptist Church located at 1201 County road 40 Fuithurst  will be June 24 , at 6:00 pm (al time )  The Coffman’s from Danville KY, will be the special singers. Refreshments will be served. Call 256-579-5263 for information.

June 25

New Harmony Baptist Church will have VBS on June 25-30 at 5 p.m. The theme is Over the Moat.

Mount Olive Church Of God will hold revival on June 25 Pastor Appreciation Day 10 am, night service 5 pm . June 26-30, 6:30 pm nightly with Sister Linda Baughtman .

August 12

Take a stand against Human Trafficking speakers Tajuan McCarty founder of the WellHouse and Ashley Anderson Development Director will speak on Aug. 12 at 5 p.m., at Rosie’s Gourmet 2 Go in Anniston. Tables are available for purchase. For more information call Shallon LeCroy 256-310-5172, Donna Williamson 256-310-5170 or Joy Frames at 256-252-8854.


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.