Ridout's Trussville Chapel

1500 Gadsden Hwy, Birmingham, AL


Lynne L. Dobson

December 12, 1942January 6, 2020

Lynne Laney Dobson, a lifelong Birmingham resident passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020. Mrs. Dobson was the daughter of Z.A. “Shag” Laney and Elizabeth Speaker Laney, both predeceased. Mrs. Dobson was the decendant of two pioneer families. Her maternal great grandmother was Amanda Frances Wood Bates, the daughter of Edmund Harvey Wood whose family settled the Woodlawn area of Birmingham in the 1790s. On her father’s side, Mrs. Dobson’s great-great grandfather, fought in the American Revolution and were pioneer settlers in Monroe County, North Carolina and later migrated to St. Clair County, Alabama, settling in Eden, Alabama where her paternal grandfather, Dr. Marcus Warland Laney, was the town physician for many years. Mrs. Dobson was a graduate of Banks High School in Birmingham having graduated in Banks’ first graduating class. She attended Samford University and Auburn University and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Kappa Chapter. She was president of the Wood Family Association and instigated many programs for her family. A family cookbook was compiled and the proceeds went toward the endowment of the Wood Family Cemetery. She was instrumental in helping to preserve the family history and in preserving and restoring many old family photographs. She was the fifth generation of her mother’s family to attend Ruhama Baptist Church. Ruhama was Birmingham’s oldest church for many years. She attended there from the cradle roll until Ruhama closed on December 2, 2001. An active member of Ruhama, she taught the three year old Sunday School Class, was the trip leader for the Keenagers where she planned many fun times for the older members. She was a member of the Who-so-Ever-Will Sunday School Class at Ruhama until it disbanned and then was an active member of adult 3 Sunday School Department. Then later became a member of South Roebuck Baptist Church. Mrs. Dobson was a lifelong resident of the Roebuck Springs area of Birmingham and the Ex –President and active member of the Roebuck Springs Historical Preservation Society. She was very proud of her community and especially the Roebuck Springs neighborhood. She is survived by her son, Marc Dobson (Carrie), her twin granddaughters, Helen Claire Dobson and Laney Elizabeth Dobson; a sister, Elizabeth “Libby” Laney Kirk; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Services will be held on Friday, January 10th at the historical Wilsons Chapel United Methodist Church in Roebuck Springs with visitation beginning at 10AM until service time at 11 AM. Interment will follow in Wood Family Cemetery located on 57th Street No. in Woodlawn. Rev Gary Fisher and Rev Cary Speaker will officiate.


  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 10, 2020


Lynne L. Dobson

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