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Mana Barker

Mana Barker died June 15, just short of her 100th birthday, in Santa Rosa, Calif. She was born Aug. 27, 1902, in Georgia.

She was a member of the Beltline church, Decatur, Ala., for almost 30 years. In 1982 she moved to be with her daughters in Santa Rosa, where she became a member of the Rincon Valley church.

She was an avid reader and ladies class teacher and supported many Christian charities, including those for the poor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady, in 1973; two sons, Wallace and Aubrey; and a daughter, Carolyn Swancutt.

She is survived by three daughters, Eleanor Copeland, and Beverly Bowie, Santa Rosa; and Mona Frye, St. Petersburg, Fla.

William Marvin Rowland

William Rowland died June 21 in Cleburne, Texas. He was born Aug. 11, 1907 in Somerville County, Texas.

He graduated from Abilene Christian in 1933. He became a school teacher and a farmer. He also owned a dairy and feed store.

He was superintendent of Sunny Glen Children’s Home in San Benito, Texas, for 10 years and preached for congregations in Junction, Evant, Dublin, and Lingleville, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty.

He is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Bilberry, Cleburne; sons Kenneth, Houston, and Billy, Citrus Heights, Calif.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

J. Barney Griffin

J. Barney Griffin died May 11, in Searcy, Ark. He was 92. He had served as an elder for the New Hope Church for 25 years before his retirement from the eldership. Funeral services were conducted May 15 in Athens, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Legg Griffin; and two grandchildren.

Survivors are two sons: Bill, Yoakum, Texas; and Frank, Bentonville, Ark.; daughters, Eloise Muncy, Searcy; and Nancy Berry, Montgomery, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

H. Lloyd Lawhon

H. Lloyd Lawhon died March 29, in Blue Springs, Mo. He was born Aug. 18, 1906, in Springfield, Mo.

He served as a minister for congregations in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mariann Stout Lawhon; his second wife, Ruby Russell Lawhon, who died March 6; three sons, Charles, Kenneth, and Robert; and one great-grandson.

Survivors include a son, Paul Lawhon, Cabo, Mexico; and brother, Jack E. Lawhon, Carthage, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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