Benny Hubbard

benny hubbardApril 28, 1956 – December 19, 2015

Benny C. Hubbard, 59, of Grant, passed away Saturday.

He was preceded in death by mother, Kathrine Swafford.

Surviving are wife, Marilyn Hubbard, father, James B. Hubbard, step- mother, Joyce Hubbard, sister, Wanda Hubbard, brother, Randy Hubbard, daughter, Jaime Soory, daughter, Hailey Hubbard, grandchildren, Zoe, Bree, Logan, Vincent, Annabel, Justice, Colton.

Visitation will be Sunday 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, Monday at 1:00 pm.

Interment will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery.

Virginia Idella Schrimsher Paseur

virginia paseurMarch 16, 1935 – December 18, 2015

Virginia Idella Schrimsher Paseur, 80, of Huntsville, passed away Friday.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Roy Allen Paseur, father, Wiley Richard Schrimsher, Sr., mother, Delora Jane Stapler Schrimsher, brother, Gerald Schrimsher, infant brother, Arthur Schrimsher, Jr., infant brother, Donald Schrimsher, sister, Bertie Faye Clark, and daughter-in-law, Deborah Certain Paseur.

Surviving are son, Allen Wayne Paseur, son, Donald Roy (Mirinda) Paseur, daughter, Kathy Jean Paseur Craig, son, Tracy Glenn Paseur, son, Terry Keith Paseur, brother, Wiley (Barbara) Schrimsher, Jr., sister, Alice Medley, sister, Peggy (Walter) Rogers, sister, Laura Jane (Gene) Guthrie, sister, Sue (Donald) Thomas, sister, Mary Glenda (Robert) Montgomery, brother, Dwight Schrimsher, brother, Jeffery Schrimsher, granddaughter, Andrea Paseur (Dan Hollinds), grandson, Dustin Paseur (Danielle), grandson, Andrew Paseur, grandson, Wesley Paseur (Amy Payne), granddaughter, Kris Ante (Logan), grandson, Jordan Avant (Kristina), granddaughter, Ryan Hubbard (Matthew), granddaughter, Chelsea Paseur (Shayla McWhorter), step-grandson, Brandon Pritchett (Wenona), great-grandchildren, Dalton, Dillon, Warren, JohnAllen, and Logan Paseur, great-grandchildren, Noah, Seth, Job, Lacy Rose, Asher, and Auri Ante, great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Eli, and Wyatt Avant, great-grandchildren, Cason and Macie Claire Hubbard, step-grand children, Haley, Ridge, and Ella Ann Pritchett, step-great grandchild, Kensley Hunter, and Coddie, Kiara, and Kendra Naasz.

Visitation will be Monday 6pm to 9pm at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, Tuesday at 11am with Bro. Jerry Stapler, and Bro. Harold Kelly officiating.

Interment will be in the Gipson Cemetery.

Justin Russell Cain

justin cainJustin Russell Cain, a gifted musician and highly-regarded teacher, entered into his Heavenly home on December 17, 2015. He was 39 years old.

Visitation will be at New Hope Funeral Home on Saturday, December 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be at First Baptist Church of New Hope on Sunday, December 20, at 2 p.m. with burial following at Hayden Cemetery in New Hope.

Justin was born March 3, 1976, in Huntsville, Alabama. While a student at Southside High School in Southside, he played saxophone in the band. He also had earned a reputation for his talent and skill with the guitar, which he began playing at age 11. After graduating in 1994, Justin received a full music scholarship to Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden to play guitar and tenor saxophone for the GSCC Show Band. He also taught the college’s guitar instruction class.

Justin later moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and became a founding member of AzwethinkweiZ, one of the city’s most popular bands. They recorded two original albums, one of which was named Best Local Album by the Charleston City Readers Poll. Justin toured the east coast and opened for members of Blind Melon & Pearl Jam, Jimmy’s Chicken Shack, and Sean Lennon. In 2004, Justin recorded a solo album, Vehicle, which featured his unique perspectives on jazz, rock, funk, metal, and country.

While living in South Carolina, a mutual friend introduced Justin to Megan Mathis in August 1998. They began dating and were married in Charleston on November 5, 2005.

After several years working at The Urban Electric Company in Charleston during the day and performing on nights and weekends, Justin decided to return to school to pursue his love of music full time. He and Megan moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied at The Atlanta Institute of Music (AIM). Justin graduated with honors in 2012 with perfect attendance and received the AIM Achievement Merit Scholarship, a recognition chosen by the AIM staff and board of directors. He performed and taught at AIM regularly. He also officially endorsed Electroplex Amplifiers.

Justin was a respected guitar and piano teacher at Music Authority in Cumming, Georgia. He shared his passion for music with his students and enjoyed helping them become better musicians. His colleagues enjoyed his enthusiasm, sense of humor, and quick wit.

Justin was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Ralph Cain. Survivors include his wife Megan of Atlanta, Georgia; his mother Rhonda Cain of New Hope, Alabama; two brothers, Butler Cain of Amarillo, Texas, and Kipp Cain (Katie) of Owens Cross Roads, Alabama; one sister, Kendra Cain Harper (Patrick), and one niece, Hadley Harper, of Meridianville, Alabama; grandparents Billy and Archie Mae Butler of New Hope; and he was the son-in-law of Doyle and Cindy Mathis of Cleveland, South Carolina.

The family welcomes flowers or donations to your favorite charity.

John Clifton Roberson

john robersonAugust 26, 1944 – December 17, 2015

John Clifton Roberson passed away at home on December 17, 2015 after a brief battle with cancer. John was the eldest son of Frances Mann and Herman Roberson, Sr. He is survived by one brother Robbie Roberson and his wife Pat; two nieces, Kacey Baxter and Kelli Degnan; and one aunt, Lyla McMullen. John is also survived by numerous cousins.

John was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 26, 1944. Because his father was in the military, John attended schools in Pensacola, Florida; St. Simons Island, Georgia; Toms River, New Jersey; and North Kingstown, RI. He graduated from high school in 1962 in Annapolis, Maryland. John was the first person in Annapolis High School history to score a perfect score of 800 on the math section of the SAT.

From 1962 through 1965 John attended the University of Alabama where he majored in aerospace engineering. His education was interrupted by the Vietnam War. In 1965 John served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. He was in Vietnam for 13 months where he flew Sikorski H-34 helicopters and had over 1600 accident free carrier landings. He fought in the Battle of Khe Sanh, where he flew numerous medivac missions. His home base was Quang Tri near the DMZ. Having flown over 721 missions in thirteen months in Vietnam, John was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross.

When John returned to the states, he continued his education and earned both a B.A. and a M.A. from the University of Alabama. He taught history at Georgia Southern and at Lander University (SC). Then in 1991 John earned a PhD in History from the University of South Carolina. Later, he opened the Charleston Carriage Company. Because of his rich background in the history of Charleston, John’s customers were in for a special treat when they rode in his carriage. Eventually, John moved back to New Hope, Alabama , where he sold books and antiques.

John was a long standing member of the New Hope Methodist Church. Because of his love of history, John was thought of as the family historian and photographer for the Mann family. He loved showing old movies of family parties and took literally thousands of photos at weddings and parties.

Visitation will be from 12 to 1 on Saturday, December 19 at New Hope Funeral Hope. The funeral will follow with Brother Mike Carpenter and Clifton Mann officiating. Donations may be made to the New Hope Methodist Church Building Fund.

Betty Jean Honea Watts

betty whiteSeptember 27, 1937 – December 15, 2015

Betty Jean Honea Watts, 78, of Gurley, passed away Tuesday.

She was preceded in death by father, John Honea, mother, Elizabeth Thompson Honea, son, Donnie Watts, sister, Pat Atchley.

Surviving are daughter, Karen Watts, son, Ronnie Watts, grandson, Mark Watts, brother, Billy Honea, Sr., brother, John David Honea, brother, Jim Honea, brother, Stanley Honea, brother, Dwayne Honea, sister, Judy Boshart and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, Thursday at 1:00 PM.

Interment will be in the Byrd Cemetery.

Doris Martin Cooper

doris cooperAugust 18, 1936 – December 8, 2015

Doris Martin Cooper, age 79 of New Hope, passed from this life on December 8, 2015 at home with her family.

Doris was born August 18, 1936, the daughter of the late Harvey and Vera Martin. She was also preceded in death by one brother James A. Martin. Doris was a loving wife to husband Billy Cooper and mother of three girls, Sandra Butler (John Jr.), Kim McCorvey (Jeff) and Vicki Horton (Kevin). Grandchildren are John and JoAnna Butler, Ramsey Ceballos, Ellen, Kenton and Jacob Horton.

Doris was employed for over 25 years at NASA where she worked on the Space Shuttle program. Doris thoroughly enjoyed training horses, teaching others to waterski, singing and playing cards with the grandchildren, and making them homemade ice cream. She loved sharing her love for the Lord and teaching Sunday school.

Visitation is Friday, December 11, 5-7pm, with the funeral service on Saturday at 11am at the New Hope Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Hastings officiating.

Interment will be in the Hayden Cemetery.

Richard Stapler

richard staplerSeptember 24, 1950 – December 7, 2015

Richard Stapler, 65, of New Hope, passed away Monday.

James Richard Stapler was born and raised in New Hope. He graduated from New Hope High School in 1969.  After graduation he started working in the construction industry.  By 1971 at the age of 21 he was a journeyman heavy equipment operator. Over the next several years he progressed his career and became a superintendant for large scale construction projects. He traveled with his work for many years, during which he developing communities in South Alabama.

He returned home in 1990 and started working on the Hampton Cove golf course.  In 1995 he established Cedar Creek Construction, which was later renamed Stapler Construction. He also founded Stapler’s Landholding. He truly enjoyed his work. He said many times, “I like to take nothing and make it into something”.  He celebrated 20 years of successful proprietorship.

He loved to celebrate the fourth of July with his family and friends. When he was not working, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He used to say “I don’t go fishing, I go catching”. He taught both his daughters and all four of his grandchildren how to fish.  Some of his most enjoyable days were spent at the lake or on the river with his family.

He was preceded in death by father, John Daniel Stapler, mother, Myrtle Mae Stapler, sister, Susan Stapler, brother, Roger Stapler, daughter, Mary Angela Stapler.

Surviving are daughter, Dana (Chuck) Bellingrath, daughter, Beth (Jay) Wester, spouse, Julia Diann Stapler, sister, Cynthia (Tom) Edmondson, brother, Danny (Joyce) Stapler, sister, Jeanette (Don) Hornbuckle, sister, Debra (John) Ehrenreiter, sister, Patsy (Bethel) Hill, brother, Carl Stapler, granddaughter, Kathryne Bellingrath, granddaughter, Charlotte Bellingrath, grandson, Lucas Wester, granddaughter, Audrey Wester, several aunts and uncles, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Wednesday 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Chapel, Wednesday at 11:00 AM.

Interment will be in the Hayden Cemetery.