Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage


EPOCH is a depository of information that will be held for future generations of researchers and genealogists. Family and friends of the deceased can submit detailed obituaries as a tribute to their loved ones, and in doing so help build a meaningful history of the residents of the community.

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Harry Edwin Behnamann

Harry Edwin Behnamann was born in Sigourney, Iowa, on March 17, 1892. His parents were Louis Diedrich Behnamann (born 2 August 1871) and Bertha Elizabeth Gann (born 28 October 1871 in Germany). He had one brother Alfred Leo who never married but worked for the railroad.

Harry's father Louis was labeled a laborer (plowshare) in the 1900 census, and worked in the Rock Island Arsenal in 1910.


Ruth Kate (Strickland) Barks

MOUNDVILLE Ruth Kate Strickland Barks, age 87, of Moundville, died March 8, 2011, at Hospice of West Alabama. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Memory Chapel Funeral Home with Jerry Koster officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens with Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Barks, a sister Catherine Farley; two brothers Clyde Strickland and Ray Strickland; and her parents.


Leonard Willie ""Toots"" Barks

Moundville- Leonard W. "Toots" Barks, age 79 of 475 Duncan Loop Rd., Moundville, died May 22, 1998, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held Wednesday, 2 p.m. at Memory Chapel with Bro. Jerry Koster and Bro. Don Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens with Memory Chapel Funeral Home directing.


Grace Marie (Reicherter) Behnamann

Grace Marie (Reicherter) Behnamann was born in Silver Lake, Kansas, on August 29, 1897. Her parents were Albert F. Reicherter (born 23 October 1857) and Emma Eugenia Cones (born 5 December 1870). She was the second of five sisters with a youngest brother: Lavergne Eugenia, Faye, Ethel Louise, Doris, and Albert Otto.


Rodger Benton Wood

Rodger Benton Wood was born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, on February 2, 1929. His parents were Clinton Webster Wood (born 9 November 1899) and Gladys Evelyn Hippler (born 27 September 1902). He had three younger brothers, Clinton Wood, Jr., John Willis Wood, and James Hancock Wood, who all preceded him in death.

Rodger's father Clinton Wood worked for Phil Wood Industries, Ltd., in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where he met Rodger's mother Gladys Hippler.


Phillip Wayne Channell

Phillip W. Channell

BUHL Phillip W. Channell, age 62, of Buhl, died Jan. 4, 2012, at home. Services will be 7 p.m. tonight at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Delbert Canterberry officiating. Private burial will be held in Pate Cemetery with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to services at the funeral home.

Phillip was a member of The Tuscaloosa Police Dept and was a K-9 officer for a while . He was married and had two children.