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Herbert Earl Fondren

January 19, 1938November 7, 2020

Herbert Earl Fondren, age 82, of Centreville, Alabama passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Herbert was born January 19, 1938 in AL. He is survived by one son, Frederick Earl Fondren (Brenda) of Northport, two daughters, Melissa Ann Hicks (Martin) of Alabaster, and Beverly Renee Stewart (Alan) of Centreville six grandchildren, Charity Fondren, Jason Fondren, Nathaniel Hicks, Rachel Hicks, Savannah Stewart, and Ben Stewart, and one great-grandson, Colton Fondren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Edna Kynard Fondren, his parents Richmond Doss and Audrey Coley Fondren, brothers JD Fondren, RV Fondren, Clarence Fondren, Henry Fondren, and Watson Fondren, sisters, Rozelle Colburn, Odell Aultman, and Idell Colburn. Herbert was a member of Lake Payne Church of God for 50 years and retired from Phifer Wire Products after 54 years and six months of service as a mechanic. Herbert enjoyed playing the guitar, gardening, and spending time with his family. He never met a stranger and loved to talk to anyone who would listen.

A visitation for Herbert will be held Monday, November 9, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Lake Payne Church Of God, 17100 Coretta Scott King Hwy, Marion, Al. 36756. A funeral service will occur Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Lake Payne Church of God, burial will occur Monday, November 9, 2020 at Pleasant Valley Methodist Church Cemetery, Greensboro, Alabama Serving as pallbearers are Daryl Fondren, Tim Fondren, David Fondren, R,V, Jr. Fondren, Jason Fondren, Toni Fondren and Ricky Kynard.


  • Daryl Fondren
  • Tim Fondren
  • David Fondren
  • R,V, Jr. Fondren
  • Jason Fondren
  • Toni Fondren
  • Ricky Kynard


  • Visitation

    Monday, November 9, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, November 9, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, November 9, 2020

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Jewel Spencer

November 15, 2020

We all loved Earl. He was one of the sweetest and God loving person you could met. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. When you saw him you better have time to listen because he loved to talk about his past and grandchildren. He will be missed greatly.

Charity Fondren

November 10, 2020

God gained a special angel this morning. He was one of the best and finest men you would ever meet. He loved his family and bragged on each of us. A few years ago, one of my patients found out my last name was Fondren, he asked " Are you kin to Mr. Earl Fondren", I replied yes " I am his grand-daughter". He smiled and he told me he met him at Walmart shopping and found out they knew people in common. He said your grandfather loves yall alot we stood in the aisle for about 30 mins showing me one by one pictures of yall in his wallet❤. I can't count on my fingers how many times strangers come up to me and told me how proud my pawpaw was of us all. He loved meeting people and talking to them. I loved to hear stories about his childhood and stories of mawmaw and him. I might of heard them more than once but I didn't care cause I loved hearing them. I was the first grandchild and I am so blessed and thankful I was ❤❤❤ When pawpaw lived in Greensboro at his old house, Saturday nights I knew I wanted to go to their house. What I enjoyed the MOST was when we were all together and in the den. They had a piano in there and usually dad or Aunt Melissa would play, pawpaw Fondren would play the guitar and Martin. We would all sing gospel hymns. Sometimes you could feel the holy spirit in that den while we sang. I have always loved and cherished those memories of us all singing❤ I am so thankful I was raised by family who worships and prays together. Growing up, singing was just part of our family especially in church. If I could go back in time, I would go back to us all singing at Lake Payne when I was a little girl. Pawpaw would pick out a song out of guitar case to sing in front of the church. One of my favorites " Thank you Lord for your blessings on me". He didn't finish school due to helping his family. I admired him for that and he pushed himself to be better in life. He will be greatly missed. He was the best pawpaw❤

Debbie Thomas Holley

November 9, 2020

I have always felt like i was part of this family. Idell Colburn was like a mother to me and JoAnn has always been like a sister! I’ve been to reunions, weddings, funerals...too many to name for this family. Earl and Edna were such dear Christian people and I know one day we will see you again in Heaven. Rest now and forever my love for this family!


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