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.
Every April, OVC leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of NCVRW.
This year, OVC commemorated NCVRW on April 7–13. This year's NCVRW theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.—celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed. Vocal's annual candlelight vigil was held on April 12th, 2019 at 7 pm on the lawn of the Attorney General's office. The guest speakers were Chief Ernest Finley & Attorney General Steve Marshall. Many individuals who have continuously helped fight for crime victim's right's were honored that night.
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Vocal attended Proclamation Hour to receive a proclamation from the governor declaring April 7th-13th Victims Rights Awareness Week.
(Left to Right) Dr. Teresa Jones (Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission), Kim Martin (Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission), Dr. Cassie Jones (Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission), Melanie Beasley (Vocal, Victim Advocate), Teaonna Watson (Vocal, Counselor), Miriam Shehane (Founder of Vocal), Nayla Contreras (Vocal, Victim Advocate), Janette Grantham (Vocal, State Director), Jacqueline Fowler (Attorney General's Office), Ashley Harbin (Attorney General's Office).
The staff and management of V.O.C.A.L. offers our sincere condolences to our Executive Director Janette Grantham on the loss of her sister Barbara Grantham Hudson.
Barbara G. Hudson
November 16, 1935 - February 19, 2019
Mrs. Barbara G. Hudson 83 of Elba passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019,at Medical CenterEnterprise. Funeralservices will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Hayes Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Minister Greg Hanchey officiating. Committal services will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Elba. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.To honor Mrs. Hudson memorials may be made to Victims of Crime and Leniency, P.O. Box 4449, Montgomery, Alabama, 36103.Barbara known to many as “Aunt B” was a local business woman who was active in both her church and in the Elba Chamber of Commerce. She Loved Elba.
Survivors include: Husband - Bobby Hudson, Elba, Alabama, Daughter - Regina Hudson (Carlos) de Corona, Birmingham, Alabama, Son - Rob (Kelly) Hudson, Charlotte, North Carolina, Grandson - AntonioCorona, Birmingham, Alabama, Grandson - Grant Hudson, Charlotte, North Carolina, Granddaughter - Mabry Hudson, Charlotte, North Carolina,Granddaughter - Heather Hudson, Destin, Florida, Granddaughter - Brittany Hudson, Lewis Center, Ohio, Grandson - Bobby Hudson, Eufaula, Alabama, Sister - Jeanette Grantham, Prattville, AL.
Barbarawas preceded in death by her parents R.C. & Rosetta Mathison Grantham, Sister - Dorothy "Dot" Smith, and Brothers - C.F. "Neil" Grantham, Elwood Grantham, and Bunk Grantham.
Hayes Funeral Home of Elba, Alabama,is serving the Hudson family.
Brenda Roberts needs our help in protesting the parole of Willie Jackson AIS 172501 parole hearing on 1/29/19.
Donna Bush needs our help in protesting the parole of Jared Murphy AIS 246978 parole hearing on 2/19/19.
Please fax a letter to Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
Fax Number 334-353-7701 ATTN: Ronda Carter
(Remember to put the inmate's name, AIS Number and date of hearing on the letter.) Please attend if you can.
When VOCAL was first organized on November 15, 1982; Carol Melton started the very first VOCAL Chapter where she served as the first and only President of the Jefferson County VOCAL Chapter. Carol was a fierce Warrior for Justice. She was and always will be a very special of VOCAL.
Carol H. Melton, age 78 of Birmingham passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
Visitation will be 11AM-12PM at Rideout's Gardendale Chapel at 2029 Decatur Highway, Gardendale, Alabama 35071. Funeral Service will be 12:00 - 12:30 PM at Rideout's Gardendale Chapel. Burial will follow in Liberty Minter Cemetery in Morris, Alabama.