Joseph Werfel passed away on May 22, 2011, at the age of 91. He was a life-long resident of Montgomery, Alabama. He was born March 13, 1920 and only left Montgomery to serve in the European theater during the Second World War. He was a highly decorated veteran and a recipient of the Bronze Star. Mr. Werfel was preceded in death by his parents, Annie and Jacob Werfel, who owned a fruit and vegetable stand in downtown Montgomery.
Mildred Corbitt "Mimi" Spear died suddenly on March 23, 2011, at the age of 93. She was a lifelong resident of the Montgomery area. Mrs. Spear was preceded in death by her husband Martin Spear and her son Martin Wesley Spear.
On Tuesday, February 16, 2011, at the age of 90, Thomas Antrim Bell of Montgomery, Alabama, went home to be with the Lord. Mr. Bell was born in Montgomery on November 9, 1920, to the late Newton Joseph Bell, Jr., and Georgie Maslin Coiner Bell.
Kill or be killed.
Lt. Richard Gibian knew what he was faced with and that he had to make the right decision or die after his bombing run helped destroy a German airfield.
As he pulled the control stick of his P47 Thunderbolt and began to gain altitude, he saw a Focke-Wulf 190 diving toward him.
"I said to myself it was either going to be me or him, and it wasn't going to be me," Gibian recalled 66 years after his first and only dogfight. "I knew what I had to do, and I didn't have much time to do it."
Mary Nell Hawk Suggs, age 86, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at Crowne Healthcare after a short illness. Funeral services were held on Friday, June 2, 2006 at 11:00 am from Leak-Memory Chapel with Wiley Cutts officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at Leak-Memory.