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Addie Mae Means

Addie Mae Travis Means died Sept. 16 at the age of 84. She was born Feb. 9, 1938 in Hale County to the late John Henry, Sr. and Susie Bessie Travis. She attended and graduated from Hale County Training School in Greensboro.

At an early age, she confessed Christ as her personal savior. She was baptized and joined Liberty C.M.E. Church in Sawyerville, which later merged with Flatwood C.M.E. to become Bass Tabernacle in Akron. She was a spiritual woman and was involved in many church activities, including an active member of the stewardess board and her greatest joy, president of the missionary society. She served faithfully in this role for 40 years.

She was employed in the mortuary profession and began her career with Means and Rollins Funeral Home in Eutaw. In 1985, she became a funeral directory and lady attendant for Druid Funeral Services in Tuscaloosa, where she worked diligently until she retired in 2011. She also worked at Greenetrack in Greene County for several years. She never met a stranger. She was wellknown and well-loved.

She is preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, Bill, Charles, Charlie, Eugene, Alfred, James, and Sydney; and four sisters, Bertha Lee, Mattie Lee, Beulah, and Nancy.

Survivors include nine children, Sylvia (Nathaniel) Hester, Winford (Brenda) Robinson, Clausella Warren, Cynthia (Lorenzo) Miller, Evon (James) Fields, Annie Jewel Means, Frederick Travis, Rebecca LyTonya Means, and Cecil (Johnny) Dancer; four stepchildren, Anthony (Karen) Clay, Mary Hill, Cassandra Rice, and Tiffany Rice; one brother, John Henry (Anna) Travis, Jr.; one special sister friend, Birdie “Bay” (John) Matthews 24 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Bass Tabernacle C.M.E. Church in Akron with Elder Paul Harton officiating and Washington and Paige Mortuary directing.