Despite Obituary, Marshall County Man Still Very Much Alive

Posted on: 6:00 pm, December 2, 2013, by , updated on: 09:23pm, December 2, 2013

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)–  James Maze says Saturday morning both his home phone and cell phone started ringing off the hook.

“I answered it,” Maze said.  “And people went to telling me how dead I was.  That I was in the paper in the obituary column.”

Saturday’s edition of Guntersville’s Advertiser-Gleam newspaper ran the former county commissioner’s obituary, complete with photo.

“My wife, she called me.  Said one of her clients that does business with them up there called and got on to her for not letting them know that I had passed.   She said, ‘well if he has he’s done it since I left home this morning.’”

Maze said another James Maze did die and the paper simply mixed it up.  He’s not upset with the paper.

“Well, it feels good for God to resurrect you from the dead.  I kind of know how Lazarus feels right now.”

The paper plans to run a retraction in its Wednesday’s edition.


  • WHNT, the name is spelled Lazarus.

    • Denise Vickers says:

      Mr. Brown, thank you for bringing the error to our attention. Of course, you are right. I have corrected Carson’s mistake.
      Denise Vickers
      Station Manager/News Director
      WHNT News 19

  • Sue says:

    That would be very weird to see in the paper you died- and be reading it! I guess it makes you appreciate more being alive.

  • C.Williamson says:

    The James Maze that did Die was a long time resident of Arab and a good man. I dated his daughter all through high school and he will be very missed by his son and daughter.

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