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Obituary: James Jacobson

James E. Jacobson, 84, of Birmingham, passed away on Jan. 19. [caption id="attachment_71503" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo courtesy of Jefferson Memorial[/caption] He was born in Mobile and was a graduate of Murphy High School. He married the former Diana Tremer, also of Mobile, in 1956. He joined The Birmingham News in 1959 after earning bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from The Univers ...

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Obituary: James Richard Mordecai III

James Richard Mordecai III, 31 of Birmingham, passed away Jan. 19. [caption id="attachment_71420" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo courtesy of Jefferson Memorial[/caption] He was preceded in death by his cousin Jason McDanal.  He is survived by his mother JoAnn Moore, grandparents Jesse and Betty Moore, brothers Jesse (Brittany), and Joe Mordecai, nephew Hunter Mordecai, aunts Sharon Horton, uncle Brian ...

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Obituary: Merle Ballenger

Merle Ballenger, 94, of Birmingham passed away on Jan. 19. He is survived by his wife, Lorene Polly Ray Ballenger; children, Curtis Ballenger and Diane Hardman; grandchild, Darren Hardman and Dawn Hardman; and great-grandchild, Drew Hardman. ...

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Obituary: Joseph Gann

Joseph Joe Frank Gann, 74, of Birmingham passed away on Jan. 18. Gann graduated from Banks High School in 1962. After high school he attended Livingston University and graduated in 1968. Years later he began studying at UAB and graduate with his masters in 1981. Gann became a member of the Free Masons and Zamora Shrine in 1987. He retired from the Board of Education in 1999. He was an educator for over 35 y ...

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Obituary: Margie S. Davis

Margie "Ruth" Simmons Davis, age 90, of Trussville, Alabama, went home to her Lord on Jan. 12. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Grady Davis; their stillborn son, Barry Jonathan Davis; her parents, John and Lizzie Simmons; and her brother, Milford Simmons. She is survived by her children, Mark (Doris) Davis and Candi Davis DeBardelaben; grandchildren Drew DeBardelaben, Sara (Nick) Lichwick, ...

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Obituary: William Watts

William R. Bill Watts, Jr., age 73, passed away on Jan. 10. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Mickey Watts. He is survived by his children, Rebecca A. Watts and Christopher E. Watts; his grandchildren, Brandon and Jordon Watts; his sisters, Sharon Goodwin, Patty Watts, Nancy Watts, Jennie Marlin, and Susan Williams; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members. Funeral service will be ...

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Obituary: Deana Harper

Deana Kay Harper, 64, of Opp, passed away on Jan. 10. [caption id="attachment_70705" align="alignleft" width="294"] Photo Courtesy of Jefferson Memorial[/caption] Harper enjoyed riding horses, woodworking, scrapbooking, and watching Alabama football. She was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church and worked at Shaw Industries as Lead Mechanic. Most importantly, she loved her family and dog, Har ...

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Obituary: Freddie Raley

Freddie Raley, 87, of Birmingham went to be with the Lord on Jan. 9. He was a United States Air Force Veteran and proudly served over 30 years and retired as Senior Master Sergeant. He is survived by his daughter Denise Ellison (Ray) and son Darrell Raley and their mother Dean Raley, brothers Eddie Raley (Jeanette) and Jerry Raley (Marie), grandchildren Tiffany Russell (Drew), Braden Ellison, Robin Texter ( ...

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Obituary: Patricia Ronchetti

Patricia Patty Nadine Caver Ronchetti went to be with the Lord on Jan. 3 at the age of 62. Ronchetti graduated from Hewitt High School in 1974. She served as a real estate paralegal at Najjar Denburg PC for over 25 years. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Presbyterian Church in Pinson. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Joseph Agatino Ronchetti; her daughter Marie Charlene Ronchetti Tenney (David); s ...

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Obituary: Kathy Rastovski

Kathy Ratliff Rastovski, 61, of Trussville passed away on Jan. 7. [caption id="attachment_70426" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo courtesy of Jefferson Memorial[/caption] She enjoyed spending time at the beach and was employed with St. Vincent's Hospital. She treasured her friends at St. Vincent's and will be missed by all who knew her. Rastovski was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Edward Ratli ...

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