The Anniston Star
Saturday, May 17, 2014 Page 5A
Magruder, Nixon aide convicted in Watergate, dies at 79
Los Angeles Times
Jeb Stuart Magruder, the
former White House aide
who served seven months
in prison for his role in the
Watergate scandal that
forced Richard Nixon to
resign from the presidency
in 1974, has died. He was 79.
Magruder, a retired
Presbyterian minister, died
Sunday in Danbury, Conn.,
of complications from a
stroke. Jeffrey H. Hull of the
Hull Funeral Home in Danbury confirmed his death.
Magruder — the politically active head of two
small Los Angeles cosmetics companies and the
Southern California coordinator for the 1968 Nixon
campaign — was appointed
as a special assistant to the
president in 1969 to manage
White House public relations operations.
In 1971, Magruder left
his White House job to help
organize the Committee to
Re-elect the President, or
CRP, whose head became
former Attorney General
John Mitchell.
Magruder was deputy
director for the re-election
campaign committee. He
later directed the Inaugural
Committee staff for Nixon’s
1973 Inaugural celebration
and became director of policy planning at the Commerce Department — a job
he abruptly quit in April
1973 in the wake of disclosures to Senate investigators
that he and White House
counsel John W. Dean III
had previous knowledge of
the bugging of Democratic
National Committee headquarters at the Watergate
complex in Washington in
Granted limited immunity for his cooperation
with prosecutors, Magruder testified before the Senate Watergate committee
in June 1973 that Mitchell
personally approved CRP
general counsel G. Gordon
Liddy’s political intelligence-gathering plans that
included bugging at the
Watergate, and that Mitchell took part in the ensuing
“As far as I know, at no
point during this entire
period from the planning
Avis Ingram Boyd, 2 p.m., Benefield Funeral Home –
David Edward Burgess, 2 p.m., East Gadsden Baptist
Melba Tucker Chestnut, 4 p.m., Tuckers Chapel
United Methodist Church
Raymond Douglas DaLee Jr., 4 p.m., Miller Funeral
Denise Browning Galvin, 11a.m., White Columns
Chapel – Mableton, Ga.
Abram Harris Jr., 2 p.m., Aikens Funeral Home Chapel
– Tampa, Fla.
Ann Lewis, 11 a.m., Gadsden Memorial Chapel
Barbara Sue Turner Marcum, 2 p.m., Miller Funeral
Home Chapel
Jeremy Russell Owen, 2 p.m., First Baptist Church Of
Forrest Faulkner Ray, 12 p.m., Thompson Funeral
Martha J. Smith, 5 p.m., Benefield Funeral Home –
Crystal Gail Terrell, 2 p.m., Benefield Funeral Home –
Larry Welch, 12 p.m., Russell H. Williams Memorial
Talladega - Funeral
service for Sarah Hoffmeyer Benton, 102, of
Talladega and formerly
of Oxford, will be Sunday, May 18, 2014, at
1:30 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home of Talladega.
The Rev. Mike Irons will
officiate. Her family will
receive friends Sunday
from 1-1:30 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home of
Mrs. Benton passed
away May 14, 2014 at
Talladega Health Care
and Rehab.
She was a native of
Oxford and lived in Talladega the past 19 years.
She was a member of
Trinity United Methodist
Church and the Owner
and Operator of Hoffmeyer’s Antiques of Oxford.
She is preceded in
death by her husbands,
Frank Hoffmeyer and
Scott Benton, along with
her parents and numerous sisters and brothers.
Her survivors include
her children, Dolores
Morrow (William), of
Talladega and Sara
McDaniel, (Albert), of
Oxford; 5 grandchildren,
9 great-grandchildren
and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be
Will, Clay and Rodney
Thornton, Scott McDaniel, Josh and Andrew
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to
Trinity United Methodist
Church, 400 North East
Street, Talladega, AL
Online condolences
may be sent to
Centre - Funeral service for Melba Tucker
Chestnut, 91, will be 4
p.m. today at Tuckers
Chapel United Methodist Church. Visitation
will be 1-3 p.m. today.
Riverdale, Ga. - Funeral service for Cynthia
Dianne Young Cotton,
56, will be Sunday, May
18, 2014, at 2 p.m. at
Benefield Funeral Home
in Lineville with Bro. Michael C. Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow in
the Barfield Baptist
Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Cotton passed
away on Thursday, May
15, 2014, at Southern Regional Medical Center in
Riverdale, Georgia. She
was a native of Clay
County and a former
resident of Nashville,
Tenn., later relocating to
the Atlanta area where
she remained for the rest
of her life. Dianne was a
homecoming queen at
of the Watergate to the time
of trying to keep it from the
public view did the president have any knowledge
of our errors in this matter,”
Magruder said in his opening statement.
Nixon, he said, “had
confidence in his aides, and
I must confess that some
of them failed him. I regret
that I must today name others who participated with
me in the Watergate affair.”
In August 1973, Magruder pleaded guilty to one
count of conspiracy to wiretap, obstruct justice and
defraud the United States.
In return for the limited
Breck Smither/Associated Press/file
charge, he had agreed to
testify for the government Jeb Magruder poses for a photo while pastor in Lexat the future trials of other ington, Ky. He is known best for the seven months he
spent in prison for his part in the Watergate scandal.
alleged conspirators.
School. She was also a
homemaker who enjoyed cooking for her
family and attended
Heritage Baptist Church
in Locust Grove, Georgia.
Dianne is survived by
her husband, Anthony
C. Cotton; one daughter,
Michelle Dianne Taylor;
Madison Dianne Taylor,
all of Riverdale, Ga.; two
brothers, Donald W.
Young of Jonesboro, Ga.
and Ronald Young (Kerry), of Locust Grove, Ga.
She was preceded in
death by her parents,
John Howard Young and
Gloria Faye Denney
Young and one brother,
John Howard Young Jr.
The family will receive friends at Benefield
Funeral Home in Lineville on Sunday, May 18,
2014, from 1 p.m. until
service time at 2 p.m.
Send on-line condolences to www.benefieldfuneralhome.com.
Benefield Funeral Home
in Lineville is in charge
of the arrangements.
Jacksonville - Funeral
service for Eva Jane Logan, 81, will be Sunday,
May 18, 2014, at 3 p.m. at
the K.L. Brown Funeral
Home and Cremation
Center Chapel with the
Rev. David Daniels and
Wayne Dunaway officiating. Burial will be in
Hillcrest Cemetery. The
friends at the funeral
home Sunday from 2 - 3
p.m. Ms. Logan died on
Friday, May 16, 2014, at
her residence.
She is survived by her
son, Jimmy Curtis Logan
and his wife Diane, of
Jacksonville; her two
daughters, Tanya L.
Wills and her husband
Mike, of Gadsden and
Kim Coker, of Oxford;
Kristen Freeman, Chelsie
Coker and Logan Coker;
one great-grandchild,
Brantley Freeman and
several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be
Jimmy Logan, Logan
Coker, Jimmy Edwards,
Mike Wills, Brandon
Freeman and Loren Farley.
Ms. Logan was a
member of the Church of
God. She loved her family and will be deeply
missed by all who knew
She was preceded in
death by her husband,
Buford Curtis Logan; a
son, Steve Michael Logan; three sisters, Sarah
Dempsey, Mary Nell
Wilkerson and Callie
Lively and her parents,
Lee and Ethel Couch.
The family would like
to extend special thanks
her caregivers, Tangie,
Carol, Melissa, Gina,
Brenda, Tina, Bren and
Online condolences to
K.L. Brown Funeral Home
& Cremation Center
322 Nisbet St., N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265
Oxford - Funeral service for Evia “Onzell”
Murray, 93, will be 3
p.m., Sunday, May 18,
2014, at Gray Brown-Service with the Rev. Sonny
Champion officiating.
Burial will follow at
Golden Springs Congregational Methodist Cemetery. The family will
receive friends Sunday
from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Mrs. Murray
passed away Friday
morning at Golden Living Nursing home.
daughter, Charlotte M.
Woodruff and husband
Jerry, of Greenville S.C;
grandchildren, Kimberly
Murray Santero (David)
and Andy Murray, both
of Blytheville Calif.; sisters, Marie Miller Bunn,
of Anniston and Sarah
Ruth “Pat” Fitzgerald, of
Oxford; several nieces
and nephews.
Mrs. Murray is preceded in death by son,
Edward B. “Sonny” Murray; granddaughter, Regina Ann Murray and
several sisters and two
Honorary Pallbearers
will be David Fitzgerald,
Kenny Bunn, Michael
Twilley, Billy Bunn,
Jackie Shelton, Jerry
Miller, Ronald Miller
and Donald Miller.
Mrs. Murray was a
native of Anniston and
was the daughter of John
Hugh and Lydia Simpson Miller. Mrs. Murray
was a long time member
of Carpenter United
Methodist Church and of
the Cora Martin Sunday
School Class. Later in life
she joined St. Mark United Methodist Church.
She was employed with
Anniston Sportswear for
forty-two years. The
family would like to extend special thanks to
the staff at Golden Living and Southern Care
Hospice for the care they
gave Mrs. Murray during her illness, especially
to Judy Matthews, the
Hill family and to the
best aide of all Stephanie. And to her care takers David and Pam Fitzgerald and daughter Sarah F. Harkins. Hospice
staff Lori, Penny, Peggy,
Dana and Heather.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Southern Care Hospice,
412 South 5th St. Gadsden, AL 35901.
Online condolences
made at
[email protected]
Anniston - Funeral
Service for Kenneth Ray
O’Dell, 49, will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at Gray
Brown Service Mortuary
with Jimmy Denham officiating. Burial will follow at Coldwater Baptist
cemetery. The family
will receive friends this
evening from 6-8 at the
funeral home. Mr. O’Dell
passed away May 15,
2014 in Anniston.
Survivors include his
wife, Beverly O’Dell;
daughters, Ashley Crosby (Erik), Kaylin Murray, Olivia Curvin; son,
Terry O’Dell (Jessica);
O’Dell, Kayden O’Dell,
Chloie Brimer, Landan
Brimer, Derrick Crosby,
Morgan Crosby, Gracie
Crosby, Maddison Crosby, Malaki Bennett; his
mother, Jo Ann Hodges;
sisters, Carol Covington
(Stanley Moore), Janice
Greene, Cindy Dothard
brothers, David O’Dell
and Barry O’Dell; several
nieces and nephews.
Mr. O’Dell is preceded in death by father,
Douglas O’Dell; brother,
Calvin Douglas O’Dell;
grandparents, Ross and
Mary Denham and Herbert
Pallbearers will be
Scotty Denham, Chase
Denham, Dennis Denham, Josh Bright, Terry
Curvin and Josh O’Dell.
Honorary pallbearers
will be Stanley Moore
and DeWayne Dobbins.
Mr. O’Dell was a native and lifelong resident
of Anniston, Alabama.
He was of the Baptist
faith. He was a loving
husband, son, father,
grandfather and brother.
Kenneth was an avid
Alabama Fan and enjoyed dirt track racing
and WWE.
Online Condolences
at www.mem.com.
Piedmont - Service for
Forrest Faulkner Ray, 78,
will be today at 12 p.m.
noon at Thompson Funeral Home with the
Rev. Jacob Sims officiating. Burial will follow at
Goshen Cemetery. The
friends at the funeral
home today from 10 a.m.
until time of service.
Mrs. Ray passed away
Thursday, May 15, 2014,
at Piedmont Health Care
Survivors include her
husband of 55 years,
Paul D. Ray; son and
daughter-in-law, Shannon and Cynthia Ray, of
Piedmont; two granddaughters, Erin and Lexi
Ray; one sister, Clyde
Whatley (Joe), of Hartselle; sister-in-law, Jane
Faulkner, of Oxford and
several cousins, nieces
and nephews.
Pallbearers will be
Charles Jarrell, Steven
Ray, Eric Ray, Bob Forsee, Ricky Glover, Dr.
Seth Rayburn, Dr. Scott
Rayburn and Todd
Mrs. Ray was a longtime resident of Piedmont and was a member of Piedmont Cumberland
Church where she enjoyed working in the
nursery. She was a Golden Patron in the Cumberland
Women’s Ministry. She
was a retired elementary
school teacher and had
taught at B.B. Comer in
Sylacauga and at Frances
E. Willard and Southside Elementary School
in Piedmont. She loved
children, cross-stitching
and bird watching.
She was preceded in
death by her parents,
Olin and Maxine Faulkner and a brother, Olin
“Buddy” Faulkner.
The family request no
flowers. Memorial contributions may be made
to the Piedmont Cumberland
Church, 23746 Hwy 9
North, Piedmont, AL
36272. www.thompsonfuneralhomepiedmont.com.
Jacksonville - Service
for Mrs. Cathy J Castanida Walker, 48, will be
announced by Miller Funeral Home. Mrs. Walker passed away on
Thurs. at Stringfellow.
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