Rest in peace to 8-year-old Royta Giles Jr. Another beautiful life, gone too soon.
In a recent open letter to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, 67 affiliates of the University of Alabama School of Law asked for the release of “all inmates over the age of 60; those with chronic illnesses, complex medical needs, compromised immune systems, and disabilities; and pregnant women” (“An open letter to Gov. Ivey from 67 in UA law community.”) In this open letter, students and professors from the law school specifically reference the Alabama Emergency Management Act, which asserts that the Governor has the power to exercise any “functions, powers and duties as are necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of the civilian population” (Ala. Code § 31-9-8).
We regret the passing of our Johnnie Page who has been a member of V.O.C.A.L. since we started. She started and was president of the Shelby County Chapter.
Page, Johnnie, age 85, of Columbiana, passed away on March 7, 2020. The visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Bolton Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home with Rev. Mack Rich officiating. Burial will follow at Columbiana City Cemetery. Bolton Funeral Home is directing. Mrs. Page worked in the lunchroom at Elvin Hill Elementary. She was a member of V.O.C.A.L., and also a member of Wildwood Chapel Church.
Johnnie is survived by her daughter: Linda Robbins; sons: Carl Doss III, Phillip Doss, Jimmy Doss and Jeffery Doss; sister: Agnes Ellison.
On January 25, our founder Miriam Shehane celebrates another birthday. Miriam is the reason victims of crime have rights in Alabama. Because of her work, victims now have the opportunity to have their voices heard. While many people complained about how unfair the criminal justice system was, Miriam decided to make a difference and change the laws. We thank you, Miriam!
The staff at Vocal Angel House are very grateful for our founder!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIRIAM!!! ️
"Across the country on January 9th each year, citizens take the lead to show support on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Law Enforcement Officers of every rank and file have chosen a profession that puts their life on the line every day for their communities. Vocal appreciates the officials that strive every day to make the process a little easier for victims. We appreciate you!"
The State of Alabama is hurting for the family of Aniah Blanchard. Her beautiful life was taken senselessly, and way too soon. We are grateful for the hard work Lee County District Attorney, Brandon Hughes, and his office has done to ensure justice will be served. Please continue to keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. If anyone needs Vocal’s assistance please contact us at 334-262-7197 or 1-800-239-3219.
BOBBY GENE HILYER, SR., age 78 of Thorsby, passed away on June 23, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Birmingham, AL on May 1, 1941; the son of the late Ache Hilyer and the late Magnolia Littlefield Hilyer.
He was a former delivery driver. While out on the road he held the handle of the “Alabama Wild Man.” He enjoyed life in general. He loved being outside and the outdoors in general. He enjoyed watching NASCAR. He loved sports, and was privileged to be able to coach his children in baseball, basketball, and football while they were young.
He is survived by: Wife, Cecilia Hilyer of Thorsby; Son, Don Hilyer of Thorsby; Son, Billy Hilyer of Prattville; 9 Grandchildren; 11 Great Grandchildren; and Brother, Ricky Hilyer of Romulus, MI.
He is preceded in death by: Son, Bobby Gene Hilyer, Jr.; Parents, Ache and Magnolia Hilyer; and Brother, Bill Hilyer.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 2:00pm from the Chapel of Ellison Memorial Funeral Home in Clanton with Rev. Ken Wren and Rev. J. Aaron Ellison officiating.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in the Union Grove Community Cemetery in Jemison, AL.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution in Bobby’s memory to the Union Grove Baptist Church 11501 County Road 51 Jemison, Alabama 35085.
Final care and arrangements entrusted to the Ellison Memorial Funeral Home of Clanton, AL.