SIX MILE, AL Doris Jean Hall and her younger sister, Shelia Wentworth, grew up in a big family with 10 other siblings in Bibb County.
And just like other big families, they stayed in touch throughout the week and visited each other on weekends.
Sunday, their regular visits placed them on the same road, at the same point at the same time. The two Jeeps they were traveling in collided head-on on Alabama 25, just south of Montevallo. The 51-year-old Hall was killed, as was her husband, 54-year-old Billy Joe Hall Jr. and Wentworth, who was 45. The sisters were traveling to
|Their regular visits placed them on the same road, at the same point at the same time.
Cpl. Stan Lemon said state troopers stayed at the scene all day Monday trying to determine how the wreck happened and which car was on the wrong side of the road and why.
The wreck also left other family members injured.
A child in each car was flown by Lifesaver helicopter to Children's Hospital in Birmingham.
Amber Jackson, 8, was riding with the Halls, her maternal grandparents. Frankie Whaley, 12, was in Wentworth's Jeep. Whaley, who was riding with his aunt, was being reared by her and her husband, Brian Wentworth.
Amber was released Monday, and Frankie remains in special care at Children's Hospital, according to state trooper Sgt. Will Rogers.
The double tragedy was not the first recent heartbreak for the sisters' families. The Halls lost their only daughter, Robbie Lynn Hall Jackson Bush, 15 months ago to cancer. They were rearing one of her three children, Megan Hall, 6, a first-grader at Jemison Elementary School.
Lawana Hall, the Halls' eldest daughter-in-law, said Megan now will live with her and her husband, Billyjoe Hall III.
Amber is the eldest of Robbie Bush's three children and lives in Centreville with her paternal grandparents, while the third child, Nicholas, 3, lives in Calera with his father.
Billie Walker, an elder sister of Hall and Wentworth, said that the Halls lost their trailer home to fire about six months ago.
"They had been to visit their daughter's grave, and when they got near home, Doris smelled smoke, and their home was burned up," said Walker, who lives in Montevallo. "And Billy Joe, he wasn't just a brother-in-law. I loved him like a brother."
Walker said that she and her sisters grew up in Bibb County.
"It was a great big poor family, but we had good memories," she said.
The Wentworth funeral is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rocko's in Centreville. The Hall funeral is at 11 a.m. Thursday in Rocko's Chapel, Montevallo.
[Thanks to Tim Woody for this contribution.]