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With utmost love and highest respect, the Person and Almond families of Roanoke, parts of Georgia and beyond, sadly announce the passing from this life of our wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Mrs. Lurline DeCarolyn Person, 89 of Roanoke. Lurline transitioned from this life on Sunday evening, December 24, 2023 at Noland Hospital in Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama. We look forward to celebrating her life, and praising God for blessing her to remain here with us for these many years and invite you to share with us on this sacred occasion.
Lurline DeCarolyn Almond Person, a longtime resident of Roanoke Alabama, entered her enteral rest on Sunday, December 24, 2023. Lurline was a daughter of Randolph County Alabama born to the late Mr. Gus Almond and the late Mrs. Naomi Owensby Almond on September 15, 1934.
As a daughter of Randolph County, Lurline attended and earned her high school diploma from Randolph County Training School. Lurline was reared by her grandmother who instilled innumerable values in her at an early age. She enjoyed the company of her stepfather Willie Ed Almond in her formative years. While in Roanoke, Lurline joined the Hunter’s Chapel Methodist Church, where she was a faithful member until she later moved her membership to Rock Mills Baptist Church. After some time, she moved her membership to Peace and Goodwill Baptist Church. Later in life, Lurline would relocate to Chattanooga, TN, and united herself to the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where she labored as a Sunday School teacher. Lurline always had a place in her heart for Roanoke where she returned later in life, and she again became a member of Peace and Goodwill Baptist where she served until her death.
As one who knew the value of hard work, Lurline served her country as a private in the United States Army. She served in the Military from Feb 23, 1955 until being honorably discharged on April 11, 1956. After her service, she was a dedicated employee of Terry Manufacturing in Roanoke for well over twelve years. After many years with Terry she labored at Southwire Company in Carrollton, GA where she worked as an inspector for over twenty years.
Of all that she achieved in life, her ultimate gift to the world was her strong outspoken Missionary zeal, which shined brightly in the province of Christian work. She was a dedicated laborer in the vineyard of Missionary work. Over her years, she performed as a powerful vocalist traveling with the Community Choir, and the well-known Gospellettes. She was a dynamic speaker, and advocate for the cause of Christ; and she also served untiringly as Secretary of the Northeast District State Baptist Convention.
Lurline married her beloved husband, Lonnie Person on December 20, 2004, in Roanoke, and the two would remain married for just over 19 years — until her homegoing. Lurline DeCarolyn Almond Person is preceded in death by her parents, the late Gus Almond and Naomi Owensby Almond; brother, Albert Zane Almond; sisters: Cathy Bowens and Lois Dunson; and her precious daughter, Debra Broom all who awaited her arrival at Heaven’s gates.
Lurline leaves behind vivid memories to be shared by her loving husband, Mr. Lonnie Person of Roanoke; three devoted sons: Perry Williams (Sandra) of Columbus, GA, Eddie Almond of Birmingham, AL, and Gus Almond of Roanoke; one sweet daughter, Theresa Hightower (Edmond) of Atlanta, GA; a host of siblings: Bobby Almond, Alice Laster, Cleveland Almond, Bonnell Cash, Clinton Almond, Edith Sales (Curtis), Evelyn Almond, and Toney Almond; three (3) grandsons: Earnest Broom, Terrell Broom, and Marcus Williams; seven (7) granddaughters: Carla Broom, Therese Broom, Wendy Brundage, Angela Williams, Lurline Hightower, Joy Hightower, and Rachel Hightower; and a great host of family and friends who will forever cherish Lurline’s memory.
PLEASE NOTE: All service times shown: reflect Central Daylight Time
For those who will be traveling with us to Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, we ask that you bear in mind that we MUST be on time. We would like to arrive at the Cemetery, well in advance of the appointment hour, (time shown above) because we are allowed ONLY 30 minutes to get in, and get out. Therefore, we must plan to leave Roanoke NO LATER THAN 9:00 AM Central Standard Time.
PASTOR: Reverend L. B. Houston (Pastor, Peace and Goodwill Baptist Church, Roanoke)
OFFICIATING: Host Pastor Calvin Trammell (Pastor, Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, Roanoke)
EULOGIST: Pastor L. B. Houston
OTHER MINISTERS SHARING THE ROSTER: Host Pastor Calvin Trammell, Pastor L.B. Houston, Reverend William H. Trammell (Ret.), Reverend Michael J. Joiner (Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Heflin), Moderator Emeritus William Phillips (Pastor, Zion Rest Baptist Church, Wedowee) . . .
MUSIC: Combined Choirs Of Peace & Goodwill Baptist and Canaan Baptist Churches
VOCALISTS: Elder Delvan Houston
HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Deacons and Men Of Peace and Goodwill Baptist Church
ACTIVE PALLBEARERS: Grandsons, Nephews, and Cousins
HONORARY FLOWER BEARERS: Missionary Ladies and Matrons of Peace and Goodwill Baptist Church
ACTIVE FLOWER BEARERS: Granddaughters, Nieces, and Friends Of The Family
PLEASE NOTE MASKING CONSIDERATIONS...
The State of Alabama does not have a state-wide mask mandate however, WE ASK all visitors and guests of the family to please note that the incidence of COVID-19 cases throughout Alabama are rising.
CLARK MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICE MASKING CONSIDERATIONS...
**Masking IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED** but not required
Our sincere prayers for comfort and peace are sent forth during this time of sadness; and as always, we express deepest gratitude to our communities for sharing with the Person and Almond families during the very difficult loss of their beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, Mrs. Lurline DeCarolyn Almond Person