The Anniston Star Saturday, May 17, 2014 Page 5A OBITUARIES Magruder, Nixon aide convicted in Watergate, dies at 79 BY DENNIS MCLELLAN 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 1972. 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 cover-up. “As far as I know, at no point during this entire period from the planning D OBITUARIES FUNERALS TODAY Avis Ingram Boyd, 2 p.m., Benefield Funeral Home – Lineville David Edward Burgess, 2 p.m., East Gadsden Baptist Church Melba Tucker Chestnut, 4 p.m., Tuckers Chapel United Methodist Church Raymond Douglas DaLee Jr., 4 p.m., Miller Funeral Home 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 Piedmont Forrest Faulkner Ray, 12 p.m., Thompson Funeral Home Martha J. Smith, 5 p.m., Benefield Funeral Home – Wedowee Crystal Gail Terrell, 2 p.m., Benefield Funeral Home – Wedowee Larry Welch, 12 p.m., Russell H. Williams Memorial Chapel BENTON 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 Talladega. 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 Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Trinity United Methodist Church, 400 North East Street, Talladega, AL 35160. Online condolences may be sent to www.usreyfunealhome.com. CHESTNUT 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. COTTON 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 1975 graduate and 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. College Park High 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; one granddaughter, 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. LOGAN 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 family will receive 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; three grandchildren, 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 her. 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 Debra. Online condolences to the family at www.klbrownfuneralhome.com. K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042 MURRAY 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. Survivors include 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 brothers. Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers will be David Fitzgerald, Kenny Bunn, Michael Twilley, Billy Bunn, Jackie Shelton, Jerry Miller, Ronald Miller d 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] O’DELL 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); grandchildren, Anna 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 (DeWayne Dobbins); 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 and Catherine O’Dell. 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. RAY 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 family will receive 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 Center. 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 Whatley. Mrs. Ray was a longtime resident of Piedmont and was a member of Piedmont Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed working in the nursery. She was a Golden Patron in the Cumberland Presbyterian 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 Presbyterian Church, 23746 Hwy 9 North, Piedmont, AL 36272. www.thompsonfuneralhomepiedmont.com. WALKER 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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