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Elmer “Wyatt” L. Earp, 85, passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Seacoast Medical Center in Little River, SC.

He was born in Durham County, NC to the late Charles Clifford Earp and Mollie Landon Earp.

He was proceeded in death by his wives Lois Marilyn Spears, Dorothy Carol Terry, and Eleanor Pearl Simpler; sisters, Margaret Weaver, Roberta Hamlett, Alice Duke; brothers, Billy Earp and Bernice Earp.

He is survived by his son, Charles Dupre; daughter-in-law, Seeju Dupree; two grandchildren, Drieux and Devon; sister, Dolly Wilkerson; brother, Joe Earp; nieces and nephews; and many many friends.

Elmer served in the US Air Force for twenty years and attained the rank of Technical Sergeant. During his career he served in Korea and Vietnam. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 469A Dothan, AL, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 87 Dothan AL, B-47 Stratojet Association, American Legion, VFW, and Elks Lodge. He took great pride in choosing a career that provided an opportunity to render honorable and patriotic service to his country.

He was also a charter member of the Harvest United Methodist Church and Covenant United Methodist Church in Dothan, AL.

Elmer was a sweet and gentle soul who found great pleasure in helping others. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all those who were blessed to have known him.

A military service will be held at Arlington National cemetery in addition to a memorial service in Dothan, Alabama, both to be announced at a later date.

 

 

 

Ben Harold Whitfield, a resident of Dothan died Thursday December 11, 2014 at his residence. He was 61.

Memorial services for Mr. Whitfield will be held at 2 PM Saturday, December 13, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Rev. Keith Sandlin officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Mr. Whitfield was born December 16, 1952 in Valdosta, Georgia to Harold and Jewel Gilliam Whitfield. He lived most of his life in Miami, Florida and moved to Dothan in 1984. Mr. Whitfield retired from Bell South Communications after 33 years of service and enjoyed fishing and playing music.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Whitfield, Dothan; sons, Dax and Beth Whitfield, Birmingham, Dustin Whitfield, Montgomery; daughters, Robyn Harper, Anniston, Denise and Terry Kemp, Montevallo; grandchildren, Chloe and Jackson Whitfield, Rakiya Whitfield, Kristian, Caitlin, Brooke and Dylan Kemp; brother, Gary and Fran Whitfield, Panama City Beach, Florida.

 

 

 

 

Essie Mae Bridges Kirkland, 82, of Cottonwood, Al, passed away at her home Monday, December 8, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Robert Kirkland and Reverend Tony Deese officiating.  Burial will follow in Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Southern Heritage directing.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the funeral home.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cottonwood Senior Center, 1386 Metcalf Street, Cottonwood, Alabama 36320.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, she was a daughter of the late Ewell and Martha Tindell Bridges. Essie was a homemaker and a member of Cottonwood Senior Center and Calvary Baptist Church in Cottonwood.

Mrs. Kirkland was preceded in death by her husband, Harold “Shorty” Kirkland, SR; a son, Harold Kirkland JR and a granddaughter, Christy Kirkland.

Surviving are four sons, Albert (Starla) Kirkland, Jimmy Kirkland, Robert (Jane) Kirkland and Danny (Kim) Kirkland; five daughters, Janie (Ed) Harmon, Lynda (Randy) Campbell, JoAnn (Herb) Ruff, Kathy (Charles) Hunter, Sue (Dale) Lee and Shirley McGee; sister, Martha (Tony) Andrews; grandchildren, Meagan, Morgan, Madison, Tiffany, Andrew, Jackson, Angel, Ashton, Heather, Jessie, Sonny, Christopher, Jeremy, Lisa , Wendy, Todd, Taylor, John Robert, Joel, Aaron, Dowling, Beth, Nick, Autumn, Holly; Numerous step grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews..

 

 

 

 

 

Maudie Ree Forrest Brown, 85, widow of James Edward Brown, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the home of her son, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Bobby Forrest officiating. Burial will follow in Eastside Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Born in Geneva County, Alabama, Maudie was a daughter of the late Malcolm Leroy and Bonnie Lou Jane Vanlandingham Forrest. She is a member of Eastside Freewill Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Jerome Brown, Dothan, Al; two daughters, Lynda (Mike) Whitaker, Black, Al and Kris (Terry) Knight, Dothan, Al; a brother, Bobby (Glenda) Forrest, Dothan, Al; a sister , Madrue (Tom) Majors, Black, Al; grandchildren, Pamela Bond, Jennifer Howell, Allyson Falgout, Jeremy, Tennille and Chad Whitaker, Andee Johnston and Hunter, Kaleb and Colton Knight and eight great grandchildren.

 

 

 

Joseph William Pace died December 3, 2014 leaving behind a loving legacy of family and friends.  He was 93.  

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the Bay Springs Baptist Church on Bay Springs Road, Dothan, Alabama with Rev. Colley Holloway and Rev. Scott Cox officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.

Rev. Pace was born December 23, l920 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to John Pace and Bessie Eylar Pace.  He had one older brother, Jack Pace.  He graduated high school from Shawnee High School, playing football there and then later at Oklahoma Baptist University until he broke his back.  From there he helped his dad build significant structures on campus and was the artist for several venues. 

 He married Audie Kathleen Cole on May 21, 1948, worked for an auto parts store and then became an ordained minister.  Bill pastored several churches in Oklahoma through the years, and later in Independence, Kansas.  Upon retirement, he and Audie moved to Alabama to be closer to children and grandchildren.  He continued to pastor churches in Dothan and surrounding areas as well as travel to several countries with his wife doing mission work.  He also served on the Southern Baptist Mission Board for several years.  

Bill is survived by his daughter, Linda Pace Maddox, and husband, Jay Paul Maddox.  They have four children, Ashley, Jeremiah, Joshua, and Alexandra.  Jeremiah and Abby have the four grandchildren, Pace, Mary Aplin, Jay Paul, and Mae.  He is also survived by several other nieces and nephews in Oklahoma and Texas.

 

 

 

 

Patricia Christopher Akey, 60, of Ashford, Alabama, died Monday, December 1, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p. m. Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the home of a daughter, Kristian Haddan. A gathering of family and friends will also be at the residence at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the life of Patricia.

She loved spending time with her family but most enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren. She worked as a hairdresser for over twenty years and loved taking care of others.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Joann Christopher; a sister, Donna Kay Wilson; a son, Baby Boy Haddan.

Sadly, she leaves behind her children, Kristian Ann Haddan and husband Clifford Lee Miller, III; Justin Kyle Haddan and wife Hannah Lea Haddan; grandchildren, Della Ann Johnson, Donavan Kahlil Johnson, Jazlea Claire Haddan and Silea Ann Haddan; three nieces and four nephews; father, Franklin David Carl Christopher; sister, Hope Lynn Worden; brothers, Franklin David Christopher and Birt Lee Christopher; and other loved ones, Terry Gene Haddan, Betty Jean Shade, Judy Gale Castleberry, and Christina Amerda Gordon.

She will truly be missed. Heaven has gained another angel.

 

 

 

 

Danny Lee Helvey, a resident of Ashford, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was 58.

Memorial services for Mr. Helvey will be held at 2 PM Sunday November 23, 2014 at the home of Joseph and Kayla Hodges, 192 Nathan Woods Road, Pansey, AL 36370. Flowers will be accepted and may be sent to the home.

Mr. Helvey was born April 29, 1956 in Jefferson County, Missouri to Herman and Ruby Viola Hawks Helvey. He moved to Ashford and has resided there for the last 27 years.

Survivors include his wife, Pearlie Crooms, Ashford; daughter, Tiffany Helvey; sons, Kelvin Hodges (Tiffany), Eddie Hodges (Heather), Randy Hodges (Jackie) Joseph Hodges (Kayla) and Brian Helvey; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Diane Smith, Yvonne Russell (Raymond), Annette Eaton (Steve); brother, Dennis Helvey (Donna).

 

 

 

 

Eva Myrle Smith, a resident of Dothan, died Monday, November 17, 2014 at her residence. She was 77. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Bethel Baptist church with Rev. Ricky Plummer officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends from 5 PM until 7 PM Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the funeral home.

Ms. Smith was born and raised in Bainbridge, Georgia to the late Rhea and Bertha Mary Smolk Smith. She was a foreign missionary with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for over 20 years and a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Ms. Smith is preceded in death by a sister, Cathrine Hornsby; brother, Alvin Smith and two nieces, Angela Pace and Andrea Mims.

Survivors include her sister, Mary S. Vaughn, Dothan; nieces, Rebecca Skipper, Rhonda Mayhall,  all of Dothan, Brenda Bailey, Verna Cohren and Beverly Smith, all of Pensacola, FL; nephews, Clayburn M. Vaughn, John B. Vaughn I, Charles R. Vaughn, Joseph J. Vaughn, all of Dothan, Albert Rhea Smith, Muskegon, MI and Larry Hornsby, Pensacola, FL;  several great nieces and nephews and extended family.

 

 


 

 

 

Fredrick Joseph Colby, a resident of Cowarts, died Saturday, November 15, 2014 at his residence. He was 38.

Funeral services for Fredrick will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Rev. Steve Trail officiating. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends beginning at 12 Noon prior to the service at the funeral home.

Fredrick was born January 30, 1976 in Geneva County, Alabama to James and Betty Jean Williams Colby. He was a hard worker and worked for Jackson Gas and Electric for many years. Fredrick also had a love for his family and the Auburn Tigers. He was a member at First Freewill Baptist Church.

Fredrick is preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Ruby Williams.

Survivors include his mother, Betty and James Anderson, Cowarts; father, Jim and Kit Colby, Clara City, MN; two sons, Jordan Colby (Amber), Cowarts, Thomas Colby, Dothan; daughter, Lauran Heiland, Dothan; three grandchildren; brothers, Mike Colby (Cheryl), Clara City, MN, Tim Anderson (Amanda), Dothan, Scotty Anderson (Monique), Ashford; sister, Michelle Gray (Albert), Cowarts; grandmother, Wilma Colby, Clara City, MN and several nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

 

Donnie Earl Clark, SR, 77, of Ashford, Alabama, died Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Mount of Olives Cemetery in Cottonwood, Alabama with Reverend David Dollar officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the funeral home and at other times will be at the home of a daughter, Marcia Jones.

Born in Columbus, GA, Donnie was a son of the late Whit Columbus and Mary Watford Clark. He worked as a Truck Driver for Dolly Madison for 42 years earning the three Million Mile safe driving award, and was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church of Phenix City, Alabama.

Surviving are his wife, Brenda Richardson Clark, Ashford, AL;  two sons and daughters-in-law, Donnie Earl (Cynthia) Clark, JR, Ashford and Ranse (LeAnn) Clark, Wisconsin; three daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa (Timothy) Meadows, Houston, TX, Cynthia (Scott) Blanchard, Crossby, TX and Marcia (Kris) Jones, Cottonwood, AL; two brothers, Doyle Clark, Cottonwood, AL and Rudy Clark, Columbus, GA; two sisters, Betty Gay, Jacksonville, FL and Shirley Gaus, Harris County,  GA; thirteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Serving as active pallbearers are Chase Turbitt, Lance Anderson, Chad Meadows, Kyle Anderson, Kevin Offutt and Chance Meadows.

 

 

 

 

 

Bernard Wayne Granberry, a resident of Dothan, died Monday, November 3, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was 82.

Celebration of Life services for Mr. Granberry will be held at 2 PM Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Rev. Ray Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Hill cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends from 5 PM until 7 PM Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 1207 Fortner Street, Dothan, AL 36301.

Mr. Granberry was born July 23, 1932 in Cottonwood, Alabama. He was a graduate of Cottonwood High School and Auburn University. Mr. Granberry served the United States Army and worked with the United States Department of Agriculture his entire career retiring as the Southeast Regional Director of APHIS. He was a member of Ridgecrest and served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School at Extendicare. Mr. Granberry enjoyed the outdoors, serving people and spending time with family.

Mr. Granberry is preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Jack Burnham and a brother, Myras Granberry.

Survivors include his wife, Annette Granberry, Dothan; son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Lori Granberry, Cottonwood, Daughter, Julie Simmons, Troy; grandchildren, Neil, Emma Granberry, Carley , Stevie Simmons; brother, Gerald and Betty Granberry, Dothan; sister-in-law, June Granberry, Cottonwood; brothers-in-law, John and Kathy Drew, John Martin and Billy Joe and Carolyn Yance, all of Dothan.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary E. Moring, a resident of Dothan, died Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. She was 83.

Graveside services will be held at 11:45 AM Monday, November 3, 2014 at Tolbert Baptist Church with Rev. Stacy Stafford officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 AM until 11 AM prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wiregrass Humane Society, PO Box 1045, Dothan, AL 36302.

Mrs. Moring was born August 27, 1931 in Henry County, Alabama to the late Marvin and Dewey Mae Hodges Penuel. She worked for Slocomb Oil Company was the Town Clerk of Columbia and retired from Spectra Care. Mrs. Moring was fond of quilting and reading and was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Moring is preceded in death by her husband, Gene Moring.

Survivors include two sons and daughters in law, Larry E. and Linda Mills, Dothan, Jeffery and Ardith Moring, Daleville; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two sisters, Jean and Charlie Starling and Lynette Forehand, Ashford.

 

 

 

 

 

Houston Ned Terry, a resident of Cottonwood, died Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at his residence. He was 51.

Memorial services will be held at 7:30 PM Friday, October 31, 2014 at Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage. The family will receive friends from 6 PM until 7:30 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

Ned was born December 31, 1962 in Brewton, Alabama  to the late Alfred Lewis and Myrlas Denell Davis Terry. He was a 1981 graduate of Ashford Academy. Ned attended a University sponsored surgical technician program in Tallahassee, Florida where he honed his skills as a well trained caregiver. He worked with Dr. Bret Simpson for 25 years as an Orthopedic Physicians Assistant. Ned enjoyed hunting and was an avid Civil War historian.

He is survived by his sister, Malisa Terry, Foley, AL; brother, Greg Hardy, Madison, AL; nieces, Jennifer and Jason Temples, Hayley Hardy Holt, Emily Kate Hardy and Chloe Rhae Hardy; great nieces, Rachael, Kayley and Jaidyn Temples; great nephew, Keaton Scott Holt; aunt, Barbara Reyes, Ashford, AL; several cousins and extended family and  many, many good friends.

The Lord is my Shepherd: I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:  He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil: My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will

dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – The Twenty Third Psalm

   

 

 

 

 

 

Lillian Joyce Eubanks Morgan, a resident of Dothan, Alabama, passed away October 16, 2014.  She was born July 4, 1932, grew up in Ashford, Alabama and graduated from Ashford High School in 1950.  A memorial service will be held at Liberty Baptist Church in Pansey, Alabama, on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Lillian and Lesley Eubanks, her husband John Morgan and her son Robin Morgan.  Surviving relatives are:  Son, Clifford Morgan, Granddaughter Amber Morgan, Great-granddaughter Joslyn Morgan, Sisters Annette Pendleton and Judy Gandy (husband Bill) and Brother Earl Eubanks (wife Hazel), several Nephews, Nieces and Grand Nephews and Nieces.  The family requests that a tax-deductible donation to the American Cancer Society, 3054 McGhee Road, Montgomery, Al 36111 instead of flowers

 

 

 

 

Larry Frank Williams, 73, of Dothan, died Saturday, October 18, 2014 at home with his loving wife and close friends by his side. The youngest of three sons, he was born July 21, 1941 to Alvin and Esther Williams.  He married his sweetheart, Joyce Dudley, in 1964.  Several years after the birth of their only child, Larry and Joyce moved to Birmingham to attend college.  After earning his bachelor’s degree and MBA, they returned to Dothan where Larry founded House of Cabinetry, a cabinet and millwork company.

Before a debilitating stroke in 1989, Larry was the picture of hard work and perpetual motion. He enjoyed traveling, spending time at Lake Eufaula, and serving in his church.  After his stroke, the highlight of his week was attending Sunday services at Evergreen Presbyterian.  Though confined to a wheelchair and the limitations of a brain injury, he never complained about what he had lost and always showed kindness and love to others.  The mutual love and affection he and Joyce had for each other is an inspiration to all who know them.

Larry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce Dudley Williams; daughter, Tanya Williams Beckman (Joe) and grandchildren George, Carly and Kristen of Corvallis, Oregon; brothers Bill Williams (Yvonne) and Norman Williams (Bobbie); sister-in-law Mary Hardy (Eddy) Panama City, FL;  several loving nieces and nephews; and long time caregivers Pauline Floyd (15 years) and Essie McLeod (6 years).

A Celebration of Life ceremony will take place at 3 pm Friday, October 24 at Evergreen Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Joe Johnson and Rev. Ashley Drake Mertz officiating.   There will be a reception in the fellowship hall following the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice.

We wish to thank Pastor Joe and our Evergreen family for their constant support over these last 25 years, including home visits by the choir and nightly assistance from the men of the church. We extend a very special thanks to the many dear friends and family who have stayed by our side through numerous illnesses and hospitalizations, filling our every practical need, as well as supporting us emotionally. You are a reflection of God’s love, and we have been truly blessed.

 

 

 

Joseph “Joey” Wozow, a resident of Hartford, died Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Hartford Health Care. He was 86.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Ashford City Cemetery.

 

 

Jessie Mark Scott, a long time resident and businessman in Dothan, Alabama left this world peacefully on October 3 at the age of 80.  

Graveside Services will be held at 3:30 PM Sunday, October 5 at Dothan Cemetery with Ansley Whatley officiating. His family will receive friends from 1 PM until 3 PM at Westgate Church of Christ, 617 Westgate Parkway, Dothan AL 36303. Family and friends are invited to attend.  Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions can be made to Wiregrass Christian Youth Camp, PO Box 311072, Enterprise AL 36331, Vaughn Blumberg Center, 2715 Flynn Road, Dothan, AL 36304. 

Mr. Scott was born in Barbour County, Alabama, the son of the late Willis Gordon Scott and Rosa Emily Benton Scott.  He lived in Tallahassee Florida, Donalsonville, Georgia and settled in Dothan, Alabama in 1965. He worked at Florida State University, Great Southern Paper Mill and when he moved to Dothan, he opened Scott Nurseries and later built Green Hill Golf Course.  

He was a member of Donalsonville Church of Christ, Park Avenue Church of Christ and Westgate Church of Christ.  He served as Deacon of Benevolence and enjoyed playing and coaching church softball.  He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing as often as he could with his friends, brothers and family members.  He was a member of the Houston County Kiwanis Club for many years and served as past president. He served the Rehobeth School Board as a trustee and was Band Booster President for several years.  

Mr. Scott was preceded in death by three sisters, Lessie Spann, Ruby Kate Curenton and Willie Pearl Carpenter, and five brothers, Calvin Scott, Cary Scott, Ned Scott, Luke Scott and Ted Scott.  

Surviving relatives include; his three daughters, Tammala Scott Spencer (Tim) Panama City, FL; Laura Scott Dorsch, Tallahassee, FL and Starla Scott Atkinson, (Christopher) Franklin, TN; one son, Matt Scott, (Anna) Dothan, AL; mother of his children, Merlene Scott, Dothan, AL; eight grandchildren, Braden and Anna Blake Atkinson, Tuscaloosa, AL; Bruer Atkinson, Franklin, TN, Jordan and Andrew Dorsch, Tallahassee, FL; Cole, Sawyer and Ali Scott, Dothan, AL ; two sisters-in- law, Helon Scott and Elwyn Scott both of Dothan. 

Serving as pallbearers are Timothy Spencer, Michael J. Thomas, Christopher Atkinson, Braden Atkinson, Bruer Atkinson and Andrew Dorsch.

 

 

 

 

Robert Edward Walker, a resident of Dothan, died Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Flowers Hospital. He was 75.

Funeral services for Mr. Walker will be held at 2 PM Sunday, October 12, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Providence Baptist Church in Franklin, Kentucky.

Mr. Walker was born January 30, 1939 in Montgomery, Alabama to the late Charles Taylor and Bobbie Lou Mems Walker. He joined the United States Army in 1956 and served two tours in Vietnam and one in Korea. After retiring from the Army in 1976, Mr. Walker began a 30 year career in the ministry. He served churches in Kentucky and pastored Harbor Christian Fellowship in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mattie Walker, Dothan; daughters, LT. Tammy Poe (Tony), Hemet, CA, Pastor Deb Walker Rehder (Dennis), Gillette, WY; son, Dr. Robert Walker (Kimberly), Germantown, MD; seven grandchildren, Crystal McClane, Timothy Steenbergen, Rebecca Henkel, Steven Steenbergen, Sean Poe, Tyler Walker and Lindsay Walker; eight great grandchildren, Chelsea Moore-Poe, Brittany Deiana, Dayton McClane, Robert Deiana, Rayne Poe, Caleb Steenbergen, Kimyiah Steenbergen and Caitlyn Steenbergen

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Luker Sollie, a resident of Dothan, died Monday, October 6, 2014 at Extendicare Health and Rehab. She was 86.

Funeral services for Mrs. Sollie will be held at 2 PM Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Rev. Ray Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Hill cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends beginning at 12:30 PM prior to the service at the church. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to; Ridgecrest Baptist Church Building Fund, 1207 Fortner Street, Dothan, Al 36301.

Catherine Luker Sollie was born to the late Gertrude and Johnny Luker in Sweetwater, Alabama in 1928.  She was the only sister in a family of six brothers: Otto and Cecil Luker--who predeceased her, Raymond, John, James, and Curtis Luker.  She married Roger William Sollie in 1949 and they have been happily devoted to each other for 65 years. Catherine and Roger attended Ridgecrest Baptist Church where she taught third grade Sunday School for 40 years.  She was a skilled seamstress who delighted in creating heirlooms for all the ones she loved. As a wife to “Preacher,” she was one half that functioned as a loving whole.  As a mother and grandmother, she was a pillar of faith and a warrior of prayer.  Out of her servant’s heart, Catherine put others above herself all the days of her life, and now her family is rejoicing that she has finally been placed where she has always belonged--at Jesus’ side.

Catherine is preceded in death by a daughter, Becky Clark, who passed away in 2007.

Catherine is survived by four children: Don (married to Kathy), Mike (married to Beth), and Greg Sollie, Alice (married to Dan) Morris; son in law, Ken Clark.  Catherine was a loving grandmother who nurtured 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Barbara Jackson and the staff on Hall 1 at Extendicare, who helped them care for Catherine and Roger with loving kindness over the past few months.

Serving as pallbearers will be; Kevin Sollie, Adam Sollie, Webb Morris, Will Morris, Eli Sollie, Riley Blair and Watson Downs. Honorary pallbearers will be the Encouragers Sunday School class.

 

 

 

 

 

Austin Gyndlen Estes, Jr., a resident of Taylor died Tuesday September 30, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was 80 years old.

Memorial services for Mr. Estes will be held at 2 PM Saturday October 4, 2014 at Dothan Church of God with Lafayette Wingate officiating. The family will receive friends at the church.

Mr. Estes was born April 23, 1934 to the late Levi Austin and Mattie Amanda Bout well Estes. He worked for Texas Steel and Aesco Steel as a heavy equipment operator and retired from the Town of Taylor water department.

Mr. Estes is survived by his wife, Pam Estes, Taylor, two daughters, Amanda Leigh Strickland, Panama City, Madeline Gabriel Estes, Taylor; three sons, Gyn Estes (Charlotte), Ft. Worth, TX, James Kent Stephens (Linda), Philadelphia, MS, Matthew Austin Estes (Kathryn), Taylor; 7 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister, Joan Loper (Gene), Decatur, MS and a brother, Curtis Estes, Meridian, MS

 

 

 

 

Robert McCreless “Mac” Oates, a resident of Abbeville and formerly Headland died Monday, September 29, 2014 at Henry County Health and Rehab. He was 88.

Memorial services for Mr. Oates will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to; the Headland United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 103 King Street, Headland, AL 36345 or the American Cancer Society, ATTN: Carol Sloan, 134 Quarles Court, Ozark, AL 36360.

Mr. Oates was born January 8, 1926 to the late Walter Bragg Oates, Sr. and Mamie Solomon Oates. He grew up in Headland and graduated from Headland High, joined the United States Navy and served in World War II. After the war, he started his career with Northwest Airlines and later retired after 40 plus years. Mr. Oates attended Auburn University. Mr. Oates was a member of Headland United Methodist Church, two term City Councilman, served on the Water Board, Henry County Historical Society and Friends of Landmark Park. He was a charter member of the Headland Country Club and the Porch House Coffee Club. Mr. Oates also enjoyed flying, playing golf and was an avid Auburn Tiger supporter.

Mr. Oates is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Jean Armstrong Oates and his in-laws, Cullen Lawton and Jewel Hasty Armstrong.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Oates Morgan, Hoover, Julie Oates, Headland; grandson, Matthew Robert Morgan, Panama City Beach, FL and a special nephew, Hank Stroup, Pawleys Island, SC.

 

 

 

Gladys Childree, 90, of Cottonwood, Alabama, widow of  Clifton Childree passed away Sunday,  September 28, 2014 in Jackson Hospital in Marianna, Florida.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church of Cottonwood with Reverend Karl Hudson and Reverend John Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Selma Baptist Church Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until service time Thursday at the church prior to the services. At other times the family will be at the home of the son and daughter-in-law.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church building fund, 267 Metcalf Street, Cottonwood, Al 35320

Gladys was born on December 20, 1923 in Dale County, Alabama a daughter of the late Marion and Arrie Hamilton Helms. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Cottonwood.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Bobby and William Childree and a sister, Jeanette Shores.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Boyd (Dianne) Childree, Cottonwood, Alabama; three grandchildren, James Earl (Vickie) Childree, Slocomb, Al, Bobby Lynn Childree and Kim (Nick) Childree, Dothan, Al; six great grandchildren, Katey, Tyler, Riley, Ashley, Andrew and Brandi; two great great grandchildren and also several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Avis Childree and a brother-in-law, Grady Harbuck.

 

 

 

 

Naomi Grace O’Brien passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Robertsdale Healthcare in Robertsdale, Alabama.  Grace is a native of Dothan, Alabama and was 82.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2 pm in the Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Dothan, Alabama with Reverend Kyle Gatlin officiating. Burial will follow in Dothan City Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive visitors prior to the service beginning at 1 pm at the funeral home.

In her earlier years, Grace worked for the First National Bank of Dothan, was a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Charter Board of Houston Academy.  She was an avid golfer and bridge player, and in her later years became interested in pet adoption.  Grace lived a spirited life and kept her mischievous humor until her last days. 

She is predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Robert Tate O’Brien; her parents, Oma Woodham McClenny and Lee Jefferson McClenny, and her brother, Alfred Guy McClenny. 

She is survived by her brother, Gaston Lee McClenny and his wife, Francis McClenny of Charleston, South Carolina; her two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy O’Brien McCrory and Marcus McCrory of Daphne, Alabama,  Patti O’Brien Wood and Seaborn Whatley Wood, III of Dothan; her six grandchildren, Annie O’Brien Woods and husband Theodore John (Ted) Balicki, IV of Nashville, Tennessee, Brannon Tate Skillern and her husband John Skillern of Brooklyn, NY,  Jackson Frederick Woods of Mobile, Alabama, Seaborn Whatley Wood, IV, and wife, Alexis Fowler Wood, Taten O’Brien Wood and his wife, Heather Peoples Wood, and Grayson Lee Wood all of Dothan; and two great grandchildren, Theodore John (Teddy) Balicki, V of Nashville, Tennessee and Kayden Elizabeth Martin of Dothan, Alabama.

Pallbearers are Seaborn Whatley Wood, IV, Jackson Frederick Woods, Taten O’Brien Wood, Grayson Lee Wood, Theodore (Ted) John Balicki, Mike O’Brien, and Gary Cox. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to any of the following no-kill animal shelters or to any no-kill animal shelter of your choice: 

Wiregrass Humane Society, P.O. Box 1045, Dothan, Alabama  36302

www.wiregrasshumane.com/ 

Baldwin County Humane Society (BARC), P O Box 206, Fairhope, AL  36533

www.baldwinhumane.org 

The Haven, 559 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 

www.havenforanimals.org/ 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Taylor Waters Peters, a resident of Taylor, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at his residence. He was 20.

Graveside services for Jordan will be held at 3 PM Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Gardens of Memory cemetery with Eric Boutwell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 PM until 2:30 PM prior to the service.

Jordan was born in Dothan January 5, 1994 and resided in Houston County all of his life. He attended Rehobeth High School and Fortis College. While at Rehobeth, he excelled in sports to include football and baseball. Jordan was fond of the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, riding four wheelers and going to the river. He was devoted to family and friends and especially his Paw Paw. Jordan had a good heart and soul.

Survivors include his mother, Jamie Womack, Taylor; sister, Madalyn Womack, Taylor; brother, Dakota Peters, Dothan; grandparents, James and Sue Waters, Taylor; special friend, Billy Burch; numerous extended family, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Serving as active pallbearers will be; Derrick Chandlers, Darron Scott, Cody Strickland, Hatch Davis, Tyler Elmore and Justin Pybus.

 

 

 

 

Rita Francis Green Kornegay, a resident of Cowarts, died Monday, September, 15, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. She was 71.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kornegay will be held at 2 PM Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Ashford Assembly of God Church with Reverends James Moody and Henry Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at Noon prior to the services. Burial will follow in Ashford City Cemetery.

Rita Kornegay, an extraordinary woman who was driven by the desire to help others. A biological mother of two but an adopted mother to thousands. She was a mother to the helpless and hopeless, and made no distinction of person. To our Mother no soul was unredeemable and no person was to be discarded. A Godly role model to many, a woman who never thought of herself, but was always thinking of others. She spent her life at the side of her one great love, Rex Kornegay. For 53 years the two of them would be inseparable and minister to thousands, spreading not only the gospel but the love of Christ. They would become directly responsible for bringing people to salvation. Her last days were spent doing what she loved, caring for others. She left a legacy of Christ's enduring love to all she touched, a deeply affective woman, a true angel. On September 15th Rita received her Crown, but knowing our Mother, she has probably given it to someone else. And if she could speak, she would challenge us all to do the same.

Survivors include her husband, Rex Kornegay, Cowarts; daughters and sons in law, Tasha and Keith Hooper, Dothan, Ranada and Stacey Cook, Raymond, MS  ; grandchildren Brenna Odom (Heath), Jarrod Skinner (Katie), Savannah Godbold and Swayze Cook; great grandchildren, Luke and Isaac Odom; sisters, Darlene Harden (Milton), Glenda Burleson (Billy), Shirley Grant (Joel); brothers, Wendell Green (Evelyn), Bobby Green and Mike Kilpatrick.

 

 

 

Glenda Sue Durden Meadows,  the daughter of the late Berlyn Lee Durden and Vera Lumni Reagan, she was born on September 22, 1940 and completed her fight with cancer on September 7, 2014 at the age of 73.

 

Funeral services For Mrs. Meadows will be held at 10 AM Wednesday September 10, 2014 at Enon Church of Christ, 1366 Enon Road, Webb, Alabama with Bobby Gayton and Tony Clay officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6 PM until 8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Meadows was a native of Houston County and resided in Cottonwood. She was a life member of Enon Church of Christ, attended Webb Elementary and Ashford High School.  She began sewing at the age of 8 and worked as professional seamstress for over 30 years, creating countless works of beautiful apparel. 

Mrs. Meadows was preceded in death by her parents, half-sister, Kathleen Hawkins and 3 grandchildren. 

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Jack Meadows, son, Mike Meadows, 3 daughters, Anita, Scottie and Pamela Meadows, 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, many in her extended family and many special friends.

 

 

 

Ester S. Hickman, a resident of Dothan, died Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Crowne Healthcare in Eufaula. She was 94.

Graveside services for Mrs. Hickman will be held at 11 AM Friday, September 5, 2014 at Gardens of Memory cemetery with Rev. Woody Brown officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 9:30 until 10:30 prior to the service.

Mrs. Hickman was born October 16, 1919 in Barbour County, Alabama to the late Jim D. and Ella Cutchen Sanders. She retired from Dothan Cigar and loved to read, quilt, crochet and do crosswords puzzles.

Mrs. Hickman is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Hickman; sisters, Cora Mae Johnson, Cleona Abercrombie, Eassie Smith, Mavis Stevens, Elise Baxter; brothers, Doyle Sanders, Lamar Sanders and Fred Sanders.

Survivors include two sisters, Sara L. Ammons, Dothan, Ruby J. Methvin (John), Eufaula;   brother, Willie Jim Sanders (Daphne), Eufaula; sister in law, Luvenia Sanders, Margaret Sanders and Catherine Sanders, all of Louisville; brother in Law, Earl Baxter, Clio.

 

 

 

 

William Allen Reynolds, 69, of Dothan, Alabama, passed away on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Flowers Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2014 at Hodgesville Baptist Church with Reverend Mark Bristow officiating. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hodgesville Baptist Church building fund, 11190 County Road 33, Dothan, Alabama  36301.

Born in Houston County, Alabama on November 7, 1944, William was a son of the late Allen L and Mary Stephens Reynolds. He worked as a Health Inspector with the City of Jacksonville, Florida for twenty five years prior to his retirement. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp. during the Vietnam War, and is a member of the Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.

In addition to his parents Mr. Reynolds was preceded in death by a sister, Stephanie London.

Surviving are his wife, Jolaine Adkinson Reynolds, Dothan, Alabama; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Lynn Anne Reynolds, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina; two grandchildren, Ella Rose Reynolds and Ruby Skye Reynolds; a dear friend, Wendy Kirkland, Dothan, Alabama, and several cousins.

 

 

Lonnie Gene Sims, 69, husband of Laura Sims, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014 at his residence in Ashford, Alabama surrounded by his family. 

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Coley Holloway and Reverend Dean Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Rocky Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery on Creek Church Road in Ashford, Alabama with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Creek United Methodist Cemetery Fund, C/O Sarah Harper, 3535 S. Co. Road 75, Pansey, Alabama 36370 or to Southern Care Hospice, 2576 Montgomery Highway # 2, Dothan, Alabama 36303.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the funeral home and at other times will be at the family residence.

Lonnie was born November 5, 1944 in Ashford, Alabama and lived there all his life. He was a farmer by trade.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father,  Quida and Johnny Sims and a sister, Mable Ingram.

Surviving are his wife of forty eight years, Laura Adams Sims; a son and daughter-in-law, Stan (Alicia) Sims; a daughter and son-in-law, Kelli (Mitchell) Vickers; four grandchildren, Alexis and Ansley Sims, Payton Williams and Emilee Vickers; two sisters, Earline (George) Ward and Edna Ingram; two brothers, John (Helen) Sims and Mitchell (Donna) Sims; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express a very special thank you to Southern Care Hospice especially Michelle Presley, Vanita Newman, Hollie Crutchfield and Kelly Sheffield. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milera B. Rabon, 87, widow of William Lee Rabon, passed away, Saturday, August 30, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Robert Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday prior to funeral service. At other times the family will be at the home of a daughter, Scott and Marcia Whatley.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice, 2855 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 110, Dothan, Alabama 36301.

Serving as active pallbearers are Dave Norsworthy, Jonathan Walley, Kevin Bravo, Kevin Broadhead, Earl Starling and Tommy Starling.

Honorary pallbearers are Aaron Rabon and Steve Sikes.

Born in Needham, Alabama, Milera was a daughter of the late Buford Earl and Annie Luker Broadhead. She worked in the grocery business for IGA Stores in Mobile, Alabama for several   years prior to her retirement and is a member of the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne (Jackie) Rabon¸ Franklin Vermont and Warner (Barbara) Rabon Midland City, Alabama; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Taylor, Dothan, Alabama, Ginger (Mike) Byers, Dothan, Alabama, and Marcia (Scott) Whatley, Cowarts, Alabama; eight grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren; a brother, Noah Broadhead, Surprise, Arizona; two sisters, Joyce Hendrick, and Diahn Potthoff, both of San Leon, 

 

 

 

Charlotte Whitehead McCall, of Jacksonville, FL, formerly of Cottonwood, AL, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, 2014, in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Kyle Johnson and Reverend Matthew Dorsey officiating. Burial will follow in Cottonwood City Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the funeral home.

Born in Houston County, AL on November 16, 1956, Charlotte is a daughter of Wanda Napier Dollar and the late Winfred H. Whitehead.  She was a 1975 graduate of Cottonwood High School and worked as a mortgage originator with Bank of America in Jacksonville, FL, and was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ricky Whitehead.

Surviving in addition to her mother and step-father, Ted Dollar, are daughter and son-in-law and two sons and a daughter-in-law:  Alyssa McCall Dorsey (Matthew), Rocky Mount, NC;  Casey Garrett McCall (Niki), Lexington, KY;  and Charles Bradford McCall, Bellingham, WA;  father of her children, Chuck McCall, Cottonwood, AL;  sister, Sheila (Mack) Thomley, Dothan, AL; sister-in-law Tina Wagner, Leesburg, GA; step- sister and step- brother, Laura Hurley and John Dollar both of Atlanta, GA; nine grandchildren: Silas Dorsey, Micah Dorsey, Anna Dorsey, Leah Dorsey, Josiah McCall, Elias McCall, Eden McCall, Lillian McCall and Samuel McCall, along with several nieces and nephews.

Charlotte loved life and overflowed with love and kindness toward her family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Vickey McNeal won her battle on August 7, 2014 and is resting in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Dr. McNeal was a retired educator and a resident of The Villages, FL, formerly of Griffin, GA and a native of Pansey, AL.

Dr. McNeal was a graduate of Ashford High School, Troy State University, Georgia State University, and Western State University.  She also did post graduate study at Immanuel Baptist Seminary and Grace Fellowship. 

Dr. McNeal was a published author and is listed in the Survey of Women Administrators in Vocational Education, Personalities of the South, Men and Women of Distinction, and Who’s Who in Professional and executive Women.  She was also an active member of the American Business Women Association in Griffin, GA

Dr. McNeal was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Cerita Harwell; parents:  Ralph E. and Bessie Mae Vickers McNeal; siblings:  Doris McNeal Walters, Bill McNeal, Glenda Faye McNeal Clayton, Katie (Tommie) McNeal Kay, Jean McNeal Adams, two infant sisters, and beloved niece, Judy Dooling.  Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law:  Joe and Mary McNeal, Pansey AL, Al and Margie Trull, Gordon, AL, and one sister and brother-in-law, Sara and Larry Baker, Bimington, NY, and close to 100 nieces and nephews.  Related in faith and love she is also survived by Judy and Gino De Giorgio, Ocala, FL.

Memorial services will be held on August 30, 2014, at 1:00 pm at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Gordon, AL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LIFE Church Assembly of God, Missions, Fruitland Park, FL, Habitat for Humanity, or Heifer International.

 

 

 

 

 

Foy Bennett Benefield Jr, 68, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 at White Oak United Methodist Church with Reverend Donna Coty officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the White Oak United Methodist Church food pantry, 4180 Highway 431 South, Eufaula, AL  36027.

Born in Barbour County, Alabama, Foy is the son of the late Foy Bennett Benefield, Sr and Alma Ruth Hagler Benefield.  He was employed as a paper maker with Mead Coated Board Paper Mill prior to his retirement in 2001. He served his country as a Navy Corpsman in the U.S. Marine Corp and is a member of the White Oak United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Nobie Jones.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Jeanne Pugh Benefield, Abbeville, AL; two sons and daughter-in-law, Tim (Susan) Benefield, Daphne, Al, James Benefield, Portland, Oregon; a brother and sister-in-law, Kendall (Jill) Benefield, Floresville, Texas; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Georgia (Johnny) Gilmore, Eufaula, AL and Alice (Thomas) Hudson, Clayton, AL: grandchildren, Tyler Cole Benefield and Clayton Benefield; several nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

 

Patricia Vowell Clements, 51, wife of Allan Boyd Clements, II, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014, at her residence.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Mt. Enon Baptist Church cemetery with Reverend Roy Rogers officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends immediately following the services at the cemetery.

Born in Landstuhl, Germany, Patricia is a daughter of Claude Keith and the late Betty Jean Lee Vowell. She worked as a waitress in the restaurant business and was a member of Harvest United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband and father are two sons, Jerry L. Mancil & Richard A. Mancil; two daughters, Brandy Lee Mancil & Summer Nicole Mancil all of Dothan, Al; three sisters, Victoria Freeman, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, Barbara Waldon, Opp, Al and Cynthia Vowell, Kankiki, Illinois; eight grandchildren.

 

 

Eva Mae Wilson, a resident of Dothan, died Monday, August 18, 2014 at her residence. She was 67.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Hodgesville Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Hart officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Wilson was born in Marianna, Florida February 9, 1947 to the late Daniel and Susie Bruner Mercer. She was employed at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center as a nurse where she retired after 25 years of service. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Hodgesville Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wilson is preceded in death by her husband, Jackie Wilson.

Survivors include a daughter and son in law, Tammy Holmes-Howard and Lawton Howard, Newnan, GA; step son, Mitchell Wilson; six grandchildren, Christy Creamer (Stevie), Vance Holmes and Lance Holmes, Meagan Sauls, Alycia Hammond and Mitchell Wilson, Jr.; six great grandchildren, Mackenzie Creamer, Grayson Creamer, Grayce Creamer and Mason Holmes, Hope Sauls, Brooklynn Hammond.

 

 

 

 

Caleb Quint Walker, a resident of Dothan, died Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was 18.

Funeral services for Caleb will be held at 10 AM Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage. Burial will follow at Memory Hill cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends from 5 PM until 7 PM Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the funeral home.

Caleb was born October 18, 1995 to Sami Quint and Erin Elizabeth Peters Walker. He was a lifelong resident of Dothan having attended Northview High School and Emmanuel Christian. Caleb enjoyed the outdoors and especially hunting and fishing.

Caleb is preceded in death by his grandparents, Dianna and Billy Joe Walker, Donna Peters and an aunt, Kathy Peters Gallagher.

Survivors include his father and step-mother, Sami and Aneta Walker, Dothan; mother, Erin Walker, Headland; brothers, Jacob C. Walker and John C. Flowers, both of Dothan; grandparents, Mary and Gene Hanson, Dothan, Robert and Paulette Peters, Tampa; aunts, Gabi Mattison, Atlanta, Heidi and Stan Cline, Newton, Robin Reilly, Cocoa Beach, FL, Michelle Peters, Atlanta, Suzi and Joey Prescott, Ewell; uncles, Jody Walker, Mobile, Joshua and Mandy Walker, Dothan, Tommy and Tiffany Hogan, Dothan and Michael Peters, Melbourne, FL.

 

 

 

Pheobie Dawn Wilson, a resident of Ozark, died Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Dale Medical Center. She was 74.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 2 PM Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Abbeville City Cemetery on Doswell Street with Roy Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Mrs. Wilson was born in Columbus, Georgia October 2, 1939 to the late Raymond and Willie Ellen Helton Gagnon. She moved to Abbeville at an early age and was a graduate of Abbeville High School and Troy University. Mrs. Wilson began her working career at Ft. Rucker with Civil Service and retired as an instructor after many years of service. She was a person who loved people and was generous to those around her.

Survivors include her daughter, Rhonda Harrison (Scotty), Midland City; three grandchildren, Toni Harrison, Tracy Avery, Justin Harrison; three great grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Jo Ramey and Betty Sue Gulledge, both of Dothan; numerous nieces and nephews.

 

 

Logan Fay, 75, of Ashford, Alabama, husband of Joyce Fay, died Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Flowers Hospital.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Ashford City Cemetery with Reverend Adam Hubbard officiating. Burial will follow in the Ashford City Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing.

Born in Westville, New Jersey, Logan was the son of the late John and Grace Norris Fay. He was a self employed Financial Analyst and served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was a member of Wayside Baptist Church in Ashford.

In addition to his wife, surviving are a daughter & son-in-Law, Madelaine (Shane) Gilchrist, Wetumpka, AL; two step daughters, Wendy (Clay) Lewis and Terri (Todd) Kirkland all of Dothan, AL; a step son, Todd (Loindsey) Ethridge, Montgomery, AL; a brother, Peter Fay, Bozeman, MT; Molly Forbush, Boston, MA; nine grandchildren.

 

 

 

Howard Franklin Lee, 81, of Dothan, Alabama, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014 at First Christian Church of Dothan, Alabama with Reverend Bill Smith officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 1401 N. Cherokee Avenue, Dothan, Alabama  36303 or to Hospice Advantage, 3245 Montgomery Hwy Suite 8, Dothan, Alabama  36303.

Mr. Lee was born April 25, 1933 a son of the late Carlton and Erna Lammon Lee. He worked as a Draftsman in the Aerospace Engineering industry and was also a District Manager with MAC Tool Company prior to his retirement. He served his country during the Korean War in the U. S. Navy and is a member of the First Christian Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Lee.

Surviving are his wife, Margie Dean Pearce Lee, Dothan, Alabama; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Jere Adcock, Decatur, Alabama; three grandchildren, Riley, Jordan and Marah Adcock; two great grandchildren, Treyce and Kanaan; special caregivers, Joyce Hightower and Constance Davis and all others with Hospice Advantage.

 

 

 

Lota Gibson, a resident of Dothan, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Noland Hospital. She was 78.

Memorial services for Lota will be held at 3 PM Friday, August 1, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Rev. Woody Farrington officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mission Activities at Calvary Baptist Church, 901 Montezuma Ave., Dothan, AL 36303.

Lota taught school at College Street Elementary in Enterprise for many years prior to her retirement in 1988. She has resided in Dothan for the last 20 years.

Surviving are two sisters, Betty Gibson, Dothan, Janis Price, Enterprise; brother, Robert (Cecilia) Gibson, Graceville, FL.

 

 

 

 

Myras Eugene Granberry, a resident of Cottonwood, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at his residence. He was 88.                      

Funeral services for Mr. Granberry will be held at 11 AM Friday, August 1, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Rev. Jimmy Bolin officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. of Olives cemetery in Cottonwood. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Cottonwood Building Fund.

Mr. Granberry is survived by his wife June Granberry, Cottonwood; two sons, Philip and Gloria (Josie) Granberry, Alaska, Kenneth and Yvette Granberry, Florida; daughter, Nancy and Hugh Cameron, Tennessee; five grandchildren and one great grandchild; two brothers, Gerald and Betty Granberry, Wayne and Annette Granberry, all of Dothan.

 

 

 

 

Edward (Ed) L. Edgemon, 88, of Dothan, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Westside Terrace.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Woodrow J. Farrington officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2346 W. Main Street. Suite 3, Dothan, Alabama  36301-1224.

Born in Athens, Alabama, Edward was the son of the late Bonnie and Vergie Bradshaw Edgemon. He worked as a machine mechanic in the Burlington Hosiery Factory and RC Cola prior to his retirement. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of South Lena Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents Mr. Edgemon was preceded in death by a brother.

Surviving are his wife, Wilma Lee Jones Edgemon, Dothan, AL; a son, Eddie (Lynn) Edgemon, Huntsville, AL; three daughters, Ann (Tommy) Kirkland, Midland City, AL, Lin (Dave) DeMartino, Panama City Beach, FL and Sherrie (Gordon) Freeman, Blakely, GA; twelve grandchildren, and twenty five great grandchildren.

 

 

 

Edward H. Baggett of Daleville passed away Monday, July 21 2014 at Flowers Hospital in Dothan at the age of 67.  Mr. Baggett was born on June 22, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee.  He served in Vietnam as an Army helicopter pilot and retired from the Army after 20 years of service.  After his retirement, he was the owner and operator of Ed’s Photo in Enterpri

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Richard Baggett and Mary Lee Baggett, and a brother, James Baggett.

 

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Tanh Thi Baggett; his son Van Baggett and daughter-in-law Lesley Baggett of Daphne, Alabama; grandsons Joseph P. Baggett and Jacob C. Baggett of Daphne, Alabama; his sisters, Dora Barrett of Antioch, Tennessee, Minnie Yeargin of Gaston, South Carolina, and Mary Yeargin of Jacksonville, Florida; and a brother, William Baggett of Jacksonville, Florida. 

 

Funeral services with full military honors will be held on Monday, July 28 at 10:00am at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort, Alabama

 

 

 

 

Cindy Whitehead, 59, of Dothan, AL, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Memorial services will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cottonwood, Alabama with Reverend John Smith and Revered Jimmy Bolin officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following services at the church. At other times the family will be at the home of Inez Whitehead.

Mrs. Cindy was a graduate of Troy University in Troy Alabama with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. She taught school for the past twenty years, prior to her retirement.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Heritage Funeral Home, 1000 Hodgesville Road, Dothan, AL, to assist with the service cost.

Surviving are her husband, Russell Whitehead, Dothan, AL; two daughters Nikki Britton, Ozark, Al and Robyn Farmer, Taylor, AL.

 

 

Grace Burdeshaw Shelley Halstead, 95, of Dothan, Alabama, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center   

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Memphis Baptist Church with Reverend Rick Glenn and Dr. Mack Morris officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church on Tuesday prior to the services. At other times the family will be at the home of a daughter, Retha Mercer.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Coolidge and Docia Kornegay Burdeshaw.  She was a graduate of the Campbell’s Business College and a homemaker. She is a member of Memphis Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for fifty plus years and was a member of the Faithful Sunday School Class and the Joyful Christians. She loved to travel with AARP group and the WMU.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Memphis Baptist Church Building Fund, 4595 Eddins Road, Dothan, AL  36305.

Grace was preceded in death by her husbands, Owen Otho Shelley in 1978 and William Dewey Halstead in 1991.

Surviving are a son, Sidney O. Shelley, Ft. Walton Beach, FL; three daughters and sons-in-law, Priscilla (Joe Phil) Armstrong, Ashford, AL, Kathy (Mack) Morris, Mobile, AL, and Retha Mercer, Dothan, AL; a sister-in-law, Abbie Jean Burdeshaw, Graceville, Fl;  twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

 

 

 

Helen Louise Hart Sellers, 86, widow of Charles Rufus Sellers, went home to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 P.M. Sunday, July 20, 2014 in the Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend John Smith and Bill Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Ramah Primitive Baptist Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 2:00 P.M. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Radio Bible Class, P.O. Box 2222, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2222.

Born November 2, 1927 in Defuniak Springs, FL, Louise was the daughter of the late Joseph Pleasant and Annie Hardy Hart. She graduated from Walton County High School where she was Valedictorian of her class. While attending Business College in Dothan, she worked for a couple of years with Hand Supply Company. She was a homemaker and Sunday School Teacher at First Baptist Church of Cottonwood and a member of Southside Baptist Church of Blakely, GA, where she also taught Sunday School for twenty years while living there.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Sellers was preceded in death by two sons, Don Charles Sellers, and Stephen A. Sellers; and a son-in-law, Bobby LaDon Poole.

Surviving are a son, Enoch Junyous Sellers, Cottonwood; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah Louise (Jim) Robbins, Dothan, and Charlotte Sellers (Jim) Sanders, Calera; a brother, Donald Hart, Jacksonville, FL; three sisters, Merle Duncan, Ohio, Ann Bush, Chipley, FL, and Jean Hart, Destin, FL; two grandchildren, Spring Poole (Jason) Cosby, and Sable Elaine (Joseph) Miller all of Dothan; four grandchildren, Bobby and Abigail Cosby,  Austyn  and Phoenix Miller.

 

 

Margaret “Peggy” Carter Ortman, 73, wife of Fred Ortman, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 4, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Reverend Mark Kocsis and Lay Minister James Tucker officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Born in Madison, NJ, Margaret was a daughter of the late Herman and Martha Bobenmeyer Carter. She attended Fairleigh Dickenson University and worked as a bank teller for several years and was a military wife. She was also a homemaker and an active member of TOPS in Dothan as well as an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she served a financial secretary for eight years.

Margaret was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Carter.

Surviving in addition to her husband are, a son & daughter-in-law, Rick (Carol) Ortman, Mendham, NJ; a sister, Katherine Congleton, Wheaton, Maryland; two grandchildren, Fritz Ortman and Charlie Ortman.

 

 

Alma Lane Middleton, 97, widow of Auston A. Middleton, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014, at Extendicare Health Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Bob Gross and Reverend Rick Glenn officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Middleton Scholarship Fund, C/O Wallace Community College Foundation, 5565 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303.

Born in Early County, GA, Alma was a daughter of the late Sion T. & Annie Bell Bates Lane. She was a homemaker and active in the Houston County Mental Health Association, Sesame Study Club, Southeast Alabama Rehabilitation Center and the United Way. In 1963, she was honored as Dothan’s Woman of the year. She also was a member of Memphis Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Middleton was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Lane and a sister, Mable Jordan.

Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Leila (Jim) Smith, Melba (James) Chasteen and Kaye (Roy) Barbaree all of Dothan, AL; three grandchildren, Roy (Wanda) Barbaree, JR, Amy (Mark) Miller and David (Kelly) Chasteen; six great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

Mr. Howard Shelton McCallister, 89, husband to his sweetheart of seventy years, Edna Ruth McCallister, went Home to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday, June 20, 2014 at his residence. He was a loving husband, father and PaPa to his family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2014 at Bethel Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. Ricky Plummer and Reverend Wallace Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time Monday at Bethel Baptist Church and at other times at the family residence.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, Howard was a son of the late James Curtis and Elizabeth Mae Cobb McCallister. He was employed with American General Life Insurance Company as an    agent for twenty years and won many awards for his salesmanship. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WW II as a surgical technician. He is a lifelong member of Bethel Baptist Church where he served faithfully as a trustee, deacon, and a Sunday School Director for twelve years.

 

Surviving is his wife of seventy years Edna Ruth McCallister; a son & daughter-in-law, Lawrence (Mona) McCallister;  four daughters and sons-in-law, Sue (Wayne) Hodges, Savannah, GA., Janie (Richard) Williamson, Donna (Kent) Skinner, Sandy (Joey) Arroyo; a sister, Dot Womack, Ashford, AL; thirteen grandchildren, Charese Schmetz, Wynne Nance, Casey Williamson, Colby Williamson, Caleb Williamson, Chris McCallister, Anthony McCallister, Kala Friedrich, Keesha Tyler, Kole Skinner, Hannah Bruner, Seth Arroyo, Shelton Arroyo; twenty six great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; special friends and caregivers, Evelyn Bryant, Jamie Womack and other special attendants.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 3257 S. Cottonwood Road, Dothan, AL  36301.

 

 

 

Laura Genene Offet, 57, of Dothan, Alabama, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Memorial services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Charlie Campbell officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2346 W. Main Street, Suite 3, Dothan, Alabama 36301-2383 or to the Alzheimer’s Resource Center, 1314 Westgate Parkway, Suite 2, Dothan, Alabama 36303.

Born in Etowah County, Alabama, Genene was a daughter of the late Henry and Imogene Sims Moore. She was reared in Hokes Bluff, Alabama and was a graduate of Hokes Bluff High School. She was a former member of Hokes Bluff Methodist Church. She was a homemaker, avid outdoors person who loved to search for and collect arrowheads. Genene was a loving wife who loved to spend time with friends and her husband of thirty years camping, in her special place in the woods, along with her two pets, Emma and Rosie.   

Surviving are her husband of thirty years, Joel Offet; a brother, Ray (Patsy) Moore, Rainbow City, Alabama; Nephews, Dane (Anna) Moore and Ryan (Spenser) Moore; a niece, Meredith Moore; In Laws, Rodger( Lois) Offet, Tim (Diane) Offet, Sue (Bruce) McKenzie, Ruth (Glenn) Bliss, Sandy (J.T.) Artis, Julie (Kenny) Bearden, along with many other special nieces and nephews; special friends, Judy McLain, Pam Long, Norbert Jaroch and John Luckie; her two very special pets, Emma & Rosie .

 

 

 

Leila Mae Barrow Bates, 85, widow of Raymond A. Bates, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Memorial graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Samford University Bates/Norris Scholarship Fund, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, Alabama  35229.

Born in Lucille, Alabama, Leila was a daughter of the late John Bryant and Leila Mae Gray Barrow.  A graduate of West Blocton High School and was a member of Ensley Baptist Church in Ensley, Alabama prior to moving to Panama City Beach, Florida where she and her husband owned and operated motels at the county fishing pier and was a member of West Bay Baptist Church. She has resided in Dothan, Alabama for the past eight years and is a member of Bethel Baptist Church on Cottonwood Road, Dothan, Alabama.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a grandson, Richard Bert Bates.

Surviving are three sons, Allen Bates II, Cottonwood, Alabama, Wayne (Linda) Bates, Dothan, Alabama and Randy Byron (Rose) Bates, West Blocton, Alabama; a daughter, Cheryl Bates (Elliot) Christian, Dothan, Alabama; grandchildren, Raymond Bates III, Ryan Bates, Christopher Bates, Jennifer Christian, Michelle Irwin, Nicole Bates, Kevin Bates, Charlie Bates and Destin Bates; seven great-grandchildren.  

 

 

 

 

James David Mathison, 52, of Dothan, Alabama, was born on April 26, 1962 in Enid, Oklahoma and passed on May 30, 2014 in his Dothan home. James was loved by many and will be dearly missed by his children, family and friends. Known as Daddy, Jim and Jamie, he was filled with zeal for life and the quest for adventure.

Celebration of Life for Jim will be held at 3 PM Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established for his children. 

A resident of Dothan since youth, Jim attended Houston Academy where he played center for the Raiders football team and worked on the newspaper staff. He furthered his education at Auburn University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Construction Operations Management in 1990. At Auburn, he was a brother of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and served as Fire Marshall for the chapter. It was in the loveliest village on the plains where Jim met Dee McCown, his future wife and mother of his children.

Shortly after graduation, Jim took a position with McDonnell Douglas (later Boeing), which took him and Dee to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where they lived and worked until 2001. Serving as a liaison between McDonnell Douglas/Boeing and the Royal Saudi Air Force, Jim oversaw the construction and management of major airbase facilities in support of the F-15 Peace Sun Program.

Jim adored sailing and travel, both domestic and international. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Boy Scouts’ Order of the Arrow, Altar boy and lifelong member of The Church of the Nativity in Dothan.

Jim is survived by his son, Foster David Mathison, daughter, Meagan Mashael Mathison and former wife, Dee McCown Mathison of Overland Park, Kansas; his mother, Jacqueline Jobes Mathison, of Dothan, Alabama; his sister, Rebecca Mathison Barnette of Olney, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his father, Solomon David Mathison in 2001. 

 

 

 

 

Charles David “Sonny” Carmichael, a resident of Dothan died Saturday, May 31, 2014 at his residence following an illness. He was 76.

Mr. Carmichael was the son of the late Charley and Stella Sowell Carmichael. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Mitchell Carmichael, and children, Donna (Wayne) Johnson and Danny (Gina) Carmichael including five grandchildren, Jonathan Johnson, Jamison Johnson, Daniel Carmichael, Rebecca Carmichael, and David Carmichael and special friend Ethan Malloy.

Mr. Carmichael was an independent truck driver and later worked at Bama Truck & Equipment for 25 years. He later retired from Action Truck Center. He enjoyed gardening, fixing anything and family time.

Funeral services for Mr. Carmichael will be held at 1 PM Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in Clearman Chapel with Reverend Phillip Barnes officiating. Burial will follow at Damascus Baptist Church in Graceville, Florida at 2:30 PM with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM Monday, June 2, 2014 at the funeral home.

Flowers are appreciated or donations can be made to Covenant Hospice at 104 Rock Bridge Rd, Dothan, AL 36303. Special thanks to Hospice for Cynthia, Carla, Tracy and Dr. Melanie Nicholls.

 

 

 

Theresa “Teri” Averill, 82, of Dothan, Alabama, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a. m. Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Columba Catholic Church with Father Patrick Maher officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2346 W. Main Street, Suite 3, Dothan, Alabama 36303 or The Wiregrass Humane Society, P.O. Box 1045, Dothan, Alabama 36302.

Born in Northport, Washington, Teri was a daughter of the late Milo Bushnell and Elizabeth Ann Munroe. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Columba Catholic Church. Teri was an “Earth Angel” who was full of life. She was an extremely devoted mom, who loved to travel the States visiting new and exciting places. Teri always lived by the standard of giving not receiving; she always lent a helping hand to those in need. 

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Averill was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Averill; a son, Les Averill; a niece, Brigitta Averill and a son-in-law, Joel Cooley.

Surviving are two sons, Paul (Vicky) Averill, Lacrosse, WI, and Dean Averill, Bonifay, FL; two daughters, Julie (Tim) Bigham, Dothan, AL, and Gail Cooley, Hanford CA; two sisters, Leona Mellott, Vancover, WA and Betty Wesloski, Hadley; MA; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

William Hubert “Bill” Deal, a resident of Cottonwood, died Thursday, May 29, 2014 at his residence. He was 83.

Graveside services for Mr. Deal will be held at 3 PM Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Memory Hill cemetery with Reverends John Smith and Karl Hudson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:30 at the funeral home prior to the service.

Mr. Deal was born January 18, 1931 in Graceville, Florida to the late Andrew Jackson and Nancy Jenkins Deal. After graduation, Mr. Deal joined the United States Navy where he retired after 23 years of service. Following his retirement, he worked for the US Postal Service and drove a truck for many years. Mr. Deal enjoyed woodworking, fishing and travelling.

Mr. Deal is preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Inez Deal, son, Denny Deal and a son in law, Tommy Powell.

Survivors include his children, Carol Powell, Billy E. Deal (Ely), David E. Deal (Margaret), Tony Deal (Barbara); 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; special friend, June Gay.

The family wishes to thank Gentiva Hospice and Calvary Baptist Church Cottonwood for their love and support shown to them during this time.

 

 

 Janis Ward Monk, a resident of Cottonwood, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at her residence. She was 76.

Funeral services for Mrs. Monk will be held at 11 AM Saturday, May 31, 2014 at First Baptist Church Cottonwood with Reverends Jimmy Bolin and John Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Cottonwood City cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Monk was born December 31, 1937 in New Brockton, Alabama to Seth and Glennie Dismukes Ward. At an early age, she moved to Hartford where she grew up and graduated from Geneva County High School and was also a cheerleader. Mrs. Monk was a Lab Technician at Fort Rucker and after retirement, she and her husband owned and operated Bearland Video Flower and Gift Shop.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Gene Monk; three sons, Jeffrey and Gail Monk, Sidney Monk, David and Gemma Monk, all of Cottonwood; three grandchildren, Jesi and Jeremy Johnson, Jared Monk, Seth Monk; great grandson, Bryson Johnson.

The family wishes to thank Hospice Advantage and especially, Jenny and Kendra for their love and care during this time.

 

 

 

Georgia Louise Love, a resident of Dothan, went to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by her husband and friends, Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. She was 74.

Memorial services for Mrs. Love will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Reverends Tommy Smith and Bob Yawn officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Mrs. Love was born August 17, 1939 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia to Bob and Eunice Kelley Beamon. She married Bud Love, March 17, 1961 and followed him throughout his career in the Navy and settled in Dothan in 1996. She was a member of Cloverdale United Methodist Church and loved gardening and her flowers and plants.

Mrs. Love is survived by her husband, Bud Love; son and daughter in law, Lance and Cathy Love; two grandchildren, Harley and Austin; sisters in law, Jerri Johnson, Linda Ross and Allene Gilbert and her husband, Clifford.

 

 

 

Katie Welch Mims, a resident of Dothan, died Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. She was 86.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 PM Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church cemetery with Rev. Woody Farrington officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 PM until 2 PM at Southern Heritage prior to the service.

Mrs. Mims was born August 16, 1927 to the late Thomas Dan and Susie Melinda Anderson Welch.  Mrs. Mims was crowned Mrs. Westside Terrace in 2011 and enjoyed playing bingo and dominoes.

Mrs. Mims is preceded in death by a son, Winston R. Gaines; one grandchild; one great grandchild; a sister and four brothers.

Mrs. Mims is survived by two daughters, Joyce York, Midland City, Melinda Clements (Don), Dothan; three sons, Randall McDaniel (Diane), Slocomb, Bruce McDaniel, Blountstown, FL, Johnny McDaniel, Dothan; fifteen grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren and the father of her children, Max McDaniel.

 

 

 

Mrs. Bobbie Jean Edwards Davis, a resident of Dothan, passed away on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014 at SHC of North Florida in Graceville surrounded by her children as she entered Heaven’s Gates after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 80.

Funeral services for Mrs. Davis will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Reverend Bill Hart officiating. Burial will follow at Hodgesville Baptist Church with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 6 PM until 8 PM at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the; Alzheimer’s Foundation of Dothan or Hodgesville Baptist Church Building Fund.

Mrs. Bobbie as her friends knew her, was born on May 14, 1933 in Houston County and lived her entire life here. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mrs. Bobbie enjoyed cooking and baking and taking care of her family as well as babysitting in prior years. She was a member of Hodgesville Baptist Church and faithfully worked in the nursery and vacation bible school prior to her illness.

Mrs. Davis is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Edsel “Dee” Davis; her parents, Everett and Gracie Martin Edwards; sister, Betty Enfinger Mathis, brother, Freddy Armstrong.

Survivors include her children, Sharon Bates, Donald Davis, Michael and Margaret Davis, all of Dothan; four grandchildren, Brandi (Todd) Phillips, Stacy Davis, Matthew Davis and Maegan Davis; three great grandchildren, Parker Davis, Spencer Phillips and Kamden Davis.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at SHC of North Florida and Covenant Hospice of Marianna.

 

 

 

Valeria McClenny, 92, widow of Fred Dempsey McClenny, Sr., formerly of Columbia, Alabama, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Signature Healthcare of Northwest Florida in Graceville, Florida.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2014 in the Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Speaker Marvin Ishler officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Born February 5, 1922 in Omatta, Georgia, Valeria was a daughter of the late Ernest Elwood and Vinny Valonna Rutledge Dodson. She was self employed as a Lady Barber nearly all of her adult lifetime and was a Jehovah’s Witness.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Henry “Ernie” McClenny.

Surviving are a son, Fred Demsey McClenny, Jr., Pinckard, Alabama; a daughter-in-law, Linda McClenny, Ashford, Alabama; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

Jannie Smith Monday, 68, of Rehobeth, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at her daughter’s home in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 2, 2014 at Madrid City Cemetery with Reverend  Jerry Harden officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the family residence in Rehobeth.

Jannie was born in Houston County, Alabama a daughter of the late J.P. Smith & Annie Rogers Smith. She was a hairdresser and owned and operated her own shop for many years prior to her retirement.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of twenty years Gerald Monday; a brother, Eddie Smith and a sister, Cathy Smith Morse.

Surviving are three daughters, Dana Cherry (Paul), Litchfield, AZ, Laurie Walsingham (Edwin), Chipley, FL and Tami Britt (Lanny), Cleveland, GA; a brother, Perry Smith, Rehobeth, AL; grandchildren, Addie Cherry, Aidan Cherry Marx (Trevor), Troy Walsingham (Ashley), Tommy Walsingham, Mathew Marciano, Julia Marciano and Aaron Britt; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Serenity Hospice for their assistance during this difficult time.

 

 

 

Helen Hicks, 76, widow of the late Cecil Clifton “Coot” Hicks of Ashford, Alabama, died Friday, April 25, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Shady Grove Congregational Holiness Church with Sister Judy Dyson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hicks was born December 23, 1937 to the late Roy Lee Hill and Valetta Pearl Newton and was a lifelong resident of Houston County, Alabama. She was a homemaker and a member of Shady Grove Congregational Holiness Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Debra Bowman, Enterprise, Alabama; a son Wayne Hicks, Ashford, Alabama; a brother, Danny Ray Hill, Abbeville, Alabama; a sister, Pat Moseley, Dothan, Alabama; five grandchildren, Michael Hicks, Crystal Blackburn, April Cotton, Jason Herndon and Brandon Hicks; nine great-grandchildren.

 

 

Barry Dwight Grier, 45, of Cottonwood, AL, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Gibson officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing.The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at the funeral home prior to the services.

Born in Lee County, Alabama, Barry was a son of George Gamble Grier and Shirley Hays Guess. He owned and operated Triple C Tree Service, doing commercial and residential tree cutting.

He is survived by his wife, Heather Alexander Grier; two daughters, Hayley Marie Maddox and Caroline Gabriel Grier; a brother, Benjiman Morris Grier; a sister, Brenda Gail Tatum

 

 

 

Jimmie Ann Bryant, a resident of Dothan, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at her residence. She was 78.

Memorial services for Mrs. Bryant will be held at 6:30 PM Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Reverend Rick Glenn officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 5:30 PM prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to: The Vaughn Blumberg Recreational Deaprtment.

Mrs. Bryant was born February 2, 1936 in Jackson County, Florida to the late Jim and Annie Laura Paulk Buntin. She was a 1954 of Cottonwood High School and later worked for Sony Magnetic Products and Stokes Floor Covering. Mrs. Bryant was a member of Memphis Baptist Church and loved listening to gospel music, reading and gardening. She loved her dogs Mollie and Little Bit.

Mrs. Bryant is preceded in death by her husband, Don Bryant.

Survivors include her two daughters, Fay Bryant and Kay Miller; grandchildren, Matthew Bryant and Anna Bryant; brothers, Charles Buntin (Helen), Bill Buntin (Sybil); several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank Dr. Roddy Cook and Kellie Anderson from 1st Med, Dr. Steve Stokes, Michelle and Kellie from Southern Care Hospice and Blake from Tri-State Medical.


 

Tim Forehand, 58, of Eufaula, Alabama, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at Flowers Hospital with his family at his bedside.

Memorial services will be held 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church on Prevatt Road, Dothan, Alabama with Reverend Kerry Kizer officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the funeral Home.

 

Born in Houston County, Alabama, Tim was a son of Earl and Avis Andrews Forehand. He was a 1974 graduate of Cottonwood High School and was self employed as an accountant. Tim was of the Assembly of God Faith.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip Andy Forehand.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Debra Holte Forehand, Eufaula, AL; two daughters, Amanda (Duwayne) Peters, Cottonwood, AL, and Jessica (Linc) Graham, Rehobeth, AL; a son, Clay Dansby, Norfolk, Virginia; and twelve grandchildren.

 

 

Harvey Thomas Kirkland, Jr. “Tommy”, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at his residence. He was 64.

Celebration of life services for Mr. Kirkland will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Cloverdale Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Singletary and Rev. Saint-Ange Monestime officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Hill cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 5 PM until 7 PM at Cloverdale Baptist Church. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to: Cloverdale Baptist Church, 806 Dexter Street, Dothan, AL 36301 for the Idadee Orphanage in Haiti.

Mr. Kirkland was born October 23, 1949, in Panama City, Florida, to the late Harvey Thomas Kirkland, Sr. and Mary Lee Davis Kirkland. He worked as a medical technologist at the Medical Center, Dale County Hospital and later retired with the Department of Public Health in 2008. Mr. Kirkland was a follower of Christ and a member of Cloverdale Baptist where he served as Chairman of Missions and led numerous mission teams in the US and Haiti. Mr. Kirkland was a representative of Community Bible Study International and was instrumental in setting up many Bible study classes and taught pastors’ conferences in Haiti.

Mr. Kirkland is survived by his wife, Pat Kirkland, Dothan; son and daughter in law, Dr. Bryan and Bekah Kirkland, Covington, GA; daughter and son in law, Courtney and Josh Halubka, Taipei, Taiwan; five grandchildren, Luke and Jackie Kirkland, Judson, Esayas , and Corrie Halubka; two sisters; Lenora Wilkes, Coral Gables, FL, Linda Armagost (Don), Columbia, MS; two nieces, Lena Kirby, Debbie Laing and a nephew, Donald Armagost.

Serving as active pallbearers will be, Don Armagost, Bob Ludlum, David Brantley, Ricky Seales, Mitchell Brantley, and George McClintock, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be, Edsel Johnson and Matthew Johnson.

 

 

Tommy Martin (Retired Dothan Police Lieutenant) passed away at his residence on April 3, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Scott Marsh and Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton officiating. Burial will follow in Madrid City Cemetery with full Police Honors by The Dothan Police Honor Guard. Honorary Pall Bearers will be all Law Enforcement Officers.

 The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the funeral home and at other times will be at the family residence.

Tommy was born in Houston County, Alabama a son of the late Milton Maloy and Gwendolyn Louise Boyett Martin. He was a graduate of Rehobeth High School. Mr. Martin dedicated his life to serving the citizens of Dothan with loyalty, integrity and courage during his thirty three years in law enforcement. He served his country in the U. S. Marine Corps and was of the Baptist Faith. He was also employed with the Farley Nuclear Plant for the past two years, working with their security department.

Tommy was preceded in death by a brother, Hulon Martin and a sister, Linda Johnson.

Surviving are his wife, Marie Shirah Martin; a son, Thomas Blake Shirah; six daughters, Cassandra Chambliss, MeLena Tyson, Danielle Shirah, Tiffany Johnston, Tammy Coker and Michelle Sellers; three brothers, Joe Mack Martin, Olan Martin and James Martin; five sisters, Betty Wells, Mary Proctor, Janie Wallace, Patricia Radosevich and Elizabeth Horne; nineteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Dianne Rigsby, a resident of Dothan, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. She was 64.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rigsby will be held at 11 AM Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Kosis and Mr. Jim Tucker officiating. Burial will follow in Memphis Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 PM until 8 PM Friday, March 21, 2014 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Rigsby was born July 25, 1949 in Dothan and was a lifelong resident. She retired from Webb Elementary after 35 years of teaching.  From an early age, Mrs. Rigsby found a passion for helping the voiceless as her love for animals was evident. When she found out she had ovarian cancer, she continued fighting for those around her and a cure. She never accepted defeat when told to give up. Traveling from Houston, Texas to Boston, Massachusetts, she never stopped looking for a cure that would save her life and countless others. Her fight was well fought and an example of trusting in her Lord. Mrs. Rigsby enjoyed cooking and lived for her grandchildren.

Mrs. Rigsby is preceded in death by her parents, Austin “Smiley” and Carolyn Fowler; and a brother, Jerome Fowler.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Rigsby, Dothan; daughter and son in law, Candy and Tim Gilley, Dothan; son and daughter in law, Kip and Angie Kelley, Dothan; four grandchildren, Hayden and Dillan Gilley and Ethan and McKay Kelley; brother and sister in law, Tim and Stephanie Fowler.

 

 

 

Oleta Johnson Smart, a resident of Columbus, Georgia and formerly Dothan, died Wednesday March 12, 2014 at Summer’s Landing Assisted Living in Columbus. She was 97.

Funeral services for Mrs. Smart will be held at 11 AM Friday, March 14, 2014 at Cloverdale United Methodist Church with Reverend Bob Yawn officiating. Burial will follow in Bonifay City cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 AM prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Smart was born to the late George C. and Sallie Ammons Johnson May 11, 1916 in Bonifay, Florida. She moved to Dothan in 1957 and worked at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Mrs. Smart was the first CRNA and Chief Nurse Anesthetist for 20 years. She was a member of Cloverdale United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for over 30 years and served on many committees.

Mrs. Smart is preceded in death by her husband, Mac O. Smart and three brothers, Dan, Sam and Earl.

Survivors include her niece and caregiver, Jean Smart Burnett, Columbus, GA; special friends, Roy Cooley, Ashford, Louise Mills, Columbia, and several nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

Levonia Smothers Williamson, 87, of Dothan, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Selma Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church prior to the services and at other times will be at the home of her daughter, 111 Rosewood Drive, Dothan, Al.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice.

The family especially thanks the caring extended family from Gentiva Hospice for their compassionate care over the past few months.

Levonia was a lifelong resident of the Dothan area. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a member of Selma Baptist Church.

Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her beloved husband, of 66 years John, who passed away last year.

Surviving are son, Richard (Janie) Williamson, daughter , Janice W. (Jerome) Nall, all of Dothan; four grandchildren, Casey (Jill) Williamson, Caleb (Jamie) Williamson all of Baton Rouge, Colby (Lindsey) Williamson, Birmingham; Pamela (Eddie) Bynum, Dothan; seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a beloved sister-in- law, Elizabeth Williamson, Dothan.

 

 

George Allen Kennedy, a resident of Dothan, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at his residence. He was 66.

Memorial services for Mr. Kennedy will be held at 10 AM Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Selma Baptist Church with Dr. Brent Parker officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice, Selma Baptist Church Building Fund or Rehobeth High School Band.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Janet Kennedy, Dothan; four daughters, Donna Nichole Kennedy, Ashley Michelle Kennedy, both of Dothan, Anne Bradley (Christopher), Luverne, TN, Rachel Drolsom (Darrel), Nashville, TN; nine grandchildren and a brother, Larry Kennedy (Leanna), Kansas City, MO.

 

 

Greg Duckett, 57, of Webb, Alabama, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery with Reverend George Ellison officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends immediately following the graveside service on Saturday at the Dothan Church of God on Hedstrom Drive in Dothan, Al.

Greg was born the son of Preston T. Duckett and the late Mary Ellen Kirkland Duckett. He was a self employed, over the road truck driver. Greg was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was of the Episcopalian Faith.

Surviving in addition to his father are his wife, Rosa Ann Wray Duckett, Webb, Alabama; a son & daughter-in-law, Bryan Truman (Heather) Duckett, Columbia, Alabama; a daughter, Stephanie Dexter, Webb, Alabama; a sister & brother-in-law, Tonja (Shelby) Kelley, Newville, Alabama; five grandchildren, Kayla Duckett, Brianna Dexter, Taylor Duckett, Holden Duckett and Bryan Duckett, (JR.).

 

 

 

Mary Lenora Andrews, a resident of Dothan, died Friday, February 21, 2014 at her residence. She was 83.

Funeral services for Mrs. Andrews will be held at 3 PM Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Hodgesville Baptist Church with Reverend Mark Bristow officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service at the church. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Hodgesville Baptist Church Building Fund.

Mrs. Andrews was born December 1, 1930 to the late David T. and Mary Fowler Hall and was a lifelong resident of Houston County. She enjoyed flower gardening, working in her yards and gospel music. Mrs. Andrews was a member of Hodgesville Baptist Church and the 39ers Sunday School class.

Mrs. Andrews is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Ray Andrews, a son, Eddie Andrews; and a son in law, Harold Kirkland, Jr.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Gwen and Morris Strickland, Dothan; two sons and their wives, Kelvin and Linda Andrews, Gerald and Patsy Andrews, all of Dothan; three grandchildren, Amanda and Richard Crum, Holly and Patrick Danner and John Andrews; two great grandchildren, Shane and Casey Crum.

 

 

Jodie Reyner, 77, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Wesley Manor Retirement Home 

She was born March 31, 1936, in Centre, Ala., to Bessie Phillips and William Thomas Eaves. 

She spent much of her career as a real estate agent in Eufaula and Dothan, where she lived most of her life. 

Mrs. Reyner is survived by her husband Webster C. Reyner of Dothan; daughter Charlotte Atkins of Rome, GA.; son Tony Atkins(Traci) and grandchildren Lindsey, Claire and Mack of Eufaula; stepdaughter Robin Walker Gibbons (Greg) of Cleveland, OH, and granddaughter Laine Walker of Chattanooga, TN; stepson Webb Reyner Jr. and grandchildren Kellie and Webb Reyner III of Charlotte, NC; stepson Wayne Reyner (Vanessa) and granddaughter Virginia of Daphne, AL.; brother John Eaves of Rome, GA; sister Faye Rhinehart of Rockmart, GA; sister Bessie Lee Stover of Columbus, GA; and brother Paul Eaves of Clarkesville, TN. 

A celebration of life will be held Friday at 11a.m. at First Methodist Church in Dothan. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. in the church parlor. 

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests donations be made to the Friends of Wesley Manor, 718 Honeysuckle Road, Dothan, AL 36305.You may also celebrate her with remembrances and messages to her family atwww.forevermissed.com

 

 

 

Hayward F. Dickerson, 75, husband of Bobbie Traylor Dickerson of Cottonwood, Al, died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2014 at Harpers Joy Assembly of God Church with Reverend Tony Deese and Reverend Eddie Littlefield officiating. Burial will follow in Cottonwood City Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing.

Serving as active pallbearers are Kenny Traylor, Richard Swineheart, Johnny Mims, Billy Gene Dickerson, Jason Worley and Roger Dickerson.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday prior to the services at Harpers Joy Assembly of God Church.

Hayward was born in Houston County, Al, a son of the late Elbert Causey and Ethel Silcox Dickerson. Mr. Dickerson worked as a carpenter in the homebuilding business, working for several contractors, before becoming self employed in the later years of his working life. He was of the Assembly of God Faith.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby (Melody) Dickerson, Cottonwood, Al; a daughter, Kathy Dawn Dickerson, Dothan, Al; two grandchildren, Aaron Dickerson and Casey Dickerson both of Cottonwood, Al.

 

 

 

 

Thomas Michael Cooley, 55, of Dothan, Al, died Friday, February 14, 2014 at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2014 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Dr. Matthew Helms officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends immediately following the services on Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2346 W. Main Street, Dothan, Alabama 36303

Mr. Cooley worked for many years with Southeast Alabama Medical Center as a Certified Surgical Technician. He is a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force and is of the Christian Protestant Faith.

Surviving are his father, Walter Thomas (Linda) Cooley, Dothan, Al; his mother, Billie Rich Ford, Dothan, Al; a daughter, Michele (Randy) Rogers, Lancaster, SC; a sister, Tracie (Matthew) Helms, Abbeville, Al; Several aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

 

 

Connie Peters, 46, of Kinsey, Alabama, died Monday, February 10, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 14, 2014 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Sister Debra Dale Beyah officiating. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home.

In addition her Mother, Connie Parker Harper, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Alisia Peters.

Surviving are her husband, Barry Peters, Kinsey, Al; a daughter, Larisa Peters, Kinsey, Al; Father, Ewell Harper, Pansey, Al; two brothers, Clark Pearson & Ewell Harper both of Pansey, Al; several nieces and nephews.

 

 

Jewell Lee Dean Floyd, a resident of Pensacola, went to her heavenly home Friday, February 7, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. 

Celebration of her homegoing will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Steve Wolf and Steve Tompkins officiating. Special music will be provided by Crystal Johnston, Kaitlynn and Karis Tompkins.  Her final resting place here on this earth will follow at Selma Baptist Church cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. Floyd was born May 13, 1919 to Louis Lee and Maggie Fails Dean who preceded her in death along with her four sisters Danny Barber, Freddie Money, Ruby Cherry and Opal Tison and great grandchild Tamara Ellis Wolf.

She was raised in Houston County, Alabama. Later she moved to Panama City where she met and married Carthel Floyd, later moving to Pensacola where she resided the remainder of her earthly life. She was an old fashioned homemaker whose first love was to her Savior Jesus Christ.  Her next great love was her husband Carthel Floyd who preceded her in death April 16, 1981.

Survivors are her daughter, Janice Floyd Wolf of Pensacola; her son, Kenneth S. Floyd and his wife, Polly of Monet, MO; seven grandchildren whom she loved and cherished; 16 great grandchildren; and 2 great, great grandchildren who were the apple of her eye and many nieces, nephews their spouses and children.

She was also the acting grandmother to many other children who sought out her wisdom and advice. 

 

She loved to cook and sew and provide a loving home for her family.

Honorary Pallbearers are:  Richard Wolf, Steven Wolf, Andrew Floyd, Joel Floyd, David Floyd and Bryon Wilson.

Pallbearers are:  Allen Tison, Rex Ward, Kyle Floyd, Ryan Floyd, Dustin Wolf and Tim Johnston.

 

 

Dorothy Jeanette Holland, a resident of Gordon, died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Donalsonville Hospital in Donalsonville, Georgia. She was 88.

Funeral services for Mrs. Holland will be held at 2 PM Friday, February 7, 2014 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Reverends Willie Parker and Bobby Elliott officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Enon Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 PM until 7 PM Thursday evening at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church Gordon, 19870 E. US 84, Gordon, AL 36343.

Mrs. Holland was born February 26, 1925 to Leon S. and Eddie Lee Watford. She was a member of First Baptist Church Gordon.

Mrs. Holland is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Orea Holland, sister, Nina Watford and a brother, Fred Watford.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Holland, Lawrenceville, GA; son and daughter in law, Jerry and Jeanne Holland; a grandson and his fiancé, Seth Holland and Elisabeth Smith, all of Dothan; sister in law, Sue Watford, Quincy, FL; several nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

Glenn “Bud” Eckles, a resident of Chipley, formerly of Dothan, Alabama, died Friday, January 31, 2014 at Northwest Florida Community Hospital. He was 77.

Funeral services for Mr. Eckles will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Mark Kocsis officiating. Burial will follow at Crestlawn Cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends and loved ones from 5 PM to 7 PM on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church 105 Luther Way, Dothan, Alabama 36301.

Mr. Eckles was born October 21, 1936 in Decatur, Illinois to the late Clarence George Eckles and Doloris Jane O’Riley Eckles. Mr. Eckles lived in Dothan for the last forty four years, where he worked as a barber. He served his county in the United States Air Force for ten years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Dothan, and was a proud member of the Moose Lodge in Tallahassee, Florida.

Mr. Eckles is preceded in death by his parents, and a son Glenn Leroy Eckles, Jr.

Mr. Eckles is survived by his son, James Alan Eckles of Dothan, Alabama, and Bryan Scott Eckles and his wife Febra, of Nederland, Texas; three daughters, Paula Eckles Woody of Filer, Idaho, Sharon Johnson of Bryan, Texas, and Kathy Dickerson, and her husband Houston of Hearne, Texas; twelve grandchildren; four brothers, and two sisters.

 

 

Carolyn Jo Fowler, a resident of Dothan, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Flowers Hospital. She was 82.

Funeral services for Mrs. Fowler will be held at 11 AM on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Memphis Baptist Church with Reverends Jim Tate and Eddie Littlefield officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Family will receive friends and loved ones one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Fowler was born July 2, 1931 in Newville, Alabama to the late Robert Joe and Willie McKay Ellison. In 1949, Mrs. Fowler moved to the Hodgesville area and lived there the remainder of her life with her husband of 59 years, Austin Fowler. Mrs. Fowler spent her life serving others in her family and the community. In all aspects of her life, Mrs. Fowler selflessly prioritized her family and gave her time to ensure the comfort and wellbeing of those she loved the most. Mrs. Fowler most enjoyed cooking and preparing meals for not only her treasured family gatherings, but also for those in her community and church. Most importantly, Mrs. Fowler cherished her relationship with the Lord and lived a life a service to His will. Mrs. Fowler valued her church family at Memphis Baptist Church where she was a member for over 40 years.

Mrs. Fowler was preceded in death by her husband, Austin “Smiley” Fowler, son, Jerome Fowler and a sister Martha Haire.

Survivors include her daughter and son in law, Dianne and Ken Rigsby, Dothan; son and daughter in law, Tim and Stephanie Fowler, Dothan; four grandchildren, Kip and Angie Kelley, Candy and Tim Gilley, Hillary and Caroline Fowler; four great grandchildren, Hayden and Dillan Gilley, Ethan and McKay Kelley; sisters, Mary Hutchison and husband, Francis, St. Louis, MO, Peggy Hollwedel, Montgomery; brother, Robert F. Ellison and wife, Arlene, Pensacola, FL.

 

 

 

Charles Henry Olive, a resident of Dothan, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center following an apparent heart attack. He was 70.

Celebration of life services for Mr. Olive will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Rev. Ray Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Hill cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends from 6 PM until 8 PM Monday, January 20, 2014 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to; Ridgecrest Baptist Church Building Fund, 1231 Fortner Street, Dothan, AL 36301.

Mr. Olive was born April 23, 1943 in Bascom, Florida to the late Henry Hilton and Eula Frances Culverhouse Olive. He was a 1961 graduate of Malone High School. Following graduation, Mr. Olive started a 30 year career with NCR. After retirement, he began a career with Ridgecrest Baptist Church as the Church Administrator where he worked another 20 years. Mr. Olive had a passion for his family, the church and its people and the family farm.

Mr. Olive is preceded in death by two grandsons, Sam and Max Leger; sister, Frances Robinson and a brother, Clinton Olive.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Barbara Olive, Dothan; three daughters and sons in law, Deanna and Barry Tucker, Dothan, Pam and Preston Moore, Chelsea, AL; Kim and Richard Leger, Dothan; nine grandchildren, Meredith and Mitchell Tucker, Wade, Sarah, Madison, Ryan and Bradley Moore, Reid and Charlie Leger; two brothers, Hilton and Alice Jo Olive, Birmingham, Johnny and Kathleen Olive, Dothan and a sister, Sarah and Frank Fitch, Gordon.

 

 

 

Betty Adams, a resident of Ashford, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at her residence. She was 75.

Funeral services for Ms. Adams will be held at 2 PM Saturday, January 18 at Rocky Creek United Methodist Church with Rev. Dean Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Creek United Methodist Church or Southern Care Hospice. Serving as pallbearers will be her nephews. The family will meet at the home of her brother, Max Adams.

Ms. Adams was born December 5, 1938 in Houston County to James Mitchell and Minnie Mae Whitaker Adams. She worked as a secretary in the trucking industry for GFA, Lane and retired from AMX Truck lines. Ms. Adams was a member of Rocky Creek UMC and the Altrusa Club. The joy of her life was her family and taking care of others.

Ms. Adams is preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by four sisters, Inez and David Williams, Ashford, Elizabeth Stephenson, Columbia, SC, Gloria McCullough, Dothan, Laura and Lonnie Sims, Ashford; three brothers, Max Adams, John and Joy Adams, Tommy Adams, all of Ashford; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews  also survive.

The family wishes to thank Southern Care hospice for their love and care during this time.

 

 

Samuel Mathis, a resident of Dothan, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Flowers Hospital. He was 55.

Memorial services for Mr. Mathis will be held at 6 PM Thursday, January 9 at Victory Family Church, 1140 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303  with Pastor Jason Duren officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 5 PM prior to the service.

Mr. Mathis was born March 2, 1958 to Delma Cecil and Margaret Nancy Hughes Mathis and was a lifelong resident of Houston County. He was a licensed electrician and worked for Smith’s Inc. Mr. Mathis loved his grandkids and spending time in the outdoors fishing and tinkering on his vehicles.

Mr. Mathis is survived by his wife, Junie Mathis, Dothan; two daughters and their spouses, Tracy Mathis and Michael Arrington, Dothan, Stacy Pfeifer and Craig, St. Marks, FL; grandchildren, Taylor and Adam Pfeifer, Samuel and Andrew Arrington; sister Wannah Martin, Cowarts; two brothers, Daniel Mathis, and his wife Wanda, Avon, Charles Mathis and his wife Elizabeth, Taylor, and mother in law, Inez Irons, Dothan

 

 

Stormy Kay Merchant, a resident of Dothan, died Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Flowers Hospital with her family by her side. She was 63.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Ms. Merchant is survived by her son and his wife, Phillip and Hannah Merchant, Camp Zama, Japan; two granddaughters, Leah and Libby Merchant; a sister and her husband, Gale and Billy Wells, Dothan; a nephew and his wife, Jason and Mandy Wells, Dothan; niece, Jessica Wells, Dothan;  great nieces and nephews, Avery, Jackson, Marlee and Hank Wells.

 

 

Gregory Allen Johnston of Dothan passed away at SEAMC in CCU on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.  He was 41.

There will be a non-traditional memorial service held at Westgate Church of Christ on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm.  This will be a celebration of Greg’s life.  At a later date we will have a private graveside burial of his final remains in the Garden of Chimes.  In the meantime, family and friends will spread his ashes in the many places he loved and wanted to visit.  In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to Traci Johnston and sent to: Hemispheres Inc. 1337 Honeysuckle Road, Dothan, Al 36305 or OccMed Solutions in Circle West 3124 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, Al 36303.

Greg, also known as “Kodiak” and “Cletus” to many, was born March 27, 1972 in Marion, Alabama.  He was a 1992 graduate of Dothan High School and 1994 graduate of Wallace College in Welding.  He was a member of Westgate Church of Christ; a union member of Local #52 Plumbers and Steamfitters of Montgomery, AL; a Boy Scout committee member of Headland BSA Troop 123, and an Arrow-man of the Cowikee Lodge 224 Order of the Arrow.  To have known our “Gentle Giant” was to love him.  Greg touched and impacted so many lives, young and old alike.  Many stories of his love, loyalty, and mischievous sense of humor will continue through the generations to come.  This is his legacy.  

Mr. Johnston was survived by his beloved wife of 15 years, Traci DeShawn Butler Johnston. His mother Linda and husband Aaron Gordon, Cowarts; father and mother in law Benny and Joannie Butler, Headland; two sisters: Stacy and husband Steve Kuta, Dothan; Kelly and husband Josh Ebarb, Dothan.  Sister in law Tawnya and husband Frank Kirkland, Headland; brother in law Kevin Butler and wife Cara Leone, New London, NH; three step-sisters Sandra Hall, Lisa and Lindy Adkins; one step-brother David Gordon; two nieces Haley Mills, Wetumpka and Elizabeth Kirkland, Headland; four nephews: Keygan and Jase Ebarb, Dothan; Dilan and Shelby Kirkland, Headland; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; last but not least, his K9 son Tobi. He is preceded in death by his father Alfard Allen Johnston, maternal grandparents Wesley Dean William, Sr. and Betty Ann Boggan Williams, paternal grandparents Jenny and James Morgan Johnston, Sr., and step-brother Daron Gordon. e is H

 

 

Betty Jo Bedsole Stanley, a resident of Madrid died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at Signature Healthcare of North Florida in Graceville, Florida. She was 77.

Funeral services for Mrs. Stanley will be held at 11 AM Saturday, December 28, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Doctor Jeff Peacock officiating. Burial will follow in Madrid City cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 AM prior to the service.

Mrs. Stanley was born June 26, 1936 in Tumbleton, Alabama to Hugh Dent and Ruth Holland Bedsole and moved to Madrid at an early age. She was an insurance agent for many years, also served as the Town Clerk of Madrid for several years v and loved the outdoors and fishing. Mrs. Stanley was a member of Madrid Baptist Church.

Mrs. Stanley is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Hubert Stanley and a sister, Mamie Ruth Wynn.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie and Bobby Teichert, Sumter, SC; three sons, Anthony and Kim Stanley, Ronnie Stanley, both of Madrid, Rev. Hilburn and Wendy Stanley, Hartford; grandchildren, Paul Stanley, Stephen Stanley, Angel Cross, Jeremy Stanley, Curtis Alfrey, Phillip Stanley, Tristina Martin, Deserae Stanley, Derek Stanley, Paige Stanley and Josh Stanley; twelve great grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Crowley, Jackie Johnson, Sarah Jones; brothers, Hugh Bedsole, Henry Bedsole, Robert Bedsole and Harold Bedsole; special friend, Denise Stanley.

 

Shannon Blakely Beasley, a resident of Cottonwood, died Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. She was 39.

The family will have a memorial service at their home at 3 PM Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Shannon was born November 21, 1974 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and raised in Margate, Florida. Her family and kids were her life and she loved spending time with them.

Survivors include her husband, Dwayne Beasley; daughters, Casi Zaleski, Kayla Zaleski, Lonna Hallford, Blakely Beasley; son, Jamie Beasley; father and mother, Thomas Jack and Lynne Clute; sister, Tammy Goforth and a brother, Thomas Clute; mother in law, Kay Beasley; brother and sister in law, Lynn and John Holloway; uncle, Harold Reynolds; special friends, Marcus and Holli Rapelje and CJ Erhart.

 

 

Paisleigh Elizabeth Carroll went to be with Jesus on December 12, 2013 following injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 2 years old.

Funeral services for Paisleigh will be held at 2 PM Sunday, December 15, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 6 PM unitl 8 PM at the funeral home. The family will be meeting at 1185 Furnie Folks Road, Webb, AL 36376.

Paisleigh was born August 8, 2011 in Dothan and attended Eastside Childcare. She was a loving child that enjoyed her dolls, Dora, Hello Kitty and Tinkerbell.

Survivors include her mother, Brittany Carroll, Webb; grandparents, Jennifer Carroll (Mitch), Webb; uncles, Grady Carroll (Lulu), Webb, Allen Carroll, Cowarts; great uncles, John John Williams (Casey), Cowarts, Frank Williams (Candice), Cowarts; her best friend, Nevaeh Gibbs.

 

Bonnie A. Bruner Bryan, a resident of Dothan, died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at her residence. She was 75.

Memorial services for Mrs. Bryan will be held at 11 AM Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Cloverdale Baptist Church with Reverend Steve Skidmore officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 AM prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cloverdale Baptist Church Building Fund or Covenant Hospice.

Mrs. Bryan was born June 11, 1938 in Wewahitchka, Florida to the late George and Hester Mae Morris Armstrong. She was a graduate of Wewahitchka High School and worked as a front desk chiropractic assistant at Carnes Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Mrs. Bryan was a faithful and active member of Cloverdale Baptist and enjoyed travelling, quilting and sewing.

Mrs. Bryan is preceded in death by the father of her daughter, Edwin Bruner; daughter, Wanda DeTravlo and a sister, Roxie Roney.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny Bryan; children, Brent Bryan, Leslie Liebetrau; son in law, Andre DeTravlo; grandchildren, Sofia, Alexander and Kyriakos DeTravlo, Shelley and Bryan Liebetrau; sisters, Glinda Duke (Bobby), Margie Martinez (Jimmy); brothers, Vernell Armstrong (Maryann), Jimmy Armstrong.

The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses of Covenant Hospice for their love and care of Mrs. Bryan during this time.


 

Debra Nell Shepard, a resident of Dothan, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Flowers Hospital. She was 57.

Funeral services for Ms. Shepard will be held at 11 AM Friday, December 13, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Reverends Vann Cooley and Steve Skidmore officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 10 AM prior to the service.

Ms. Shepard was born December 11, 1955 in Ft. Rucker, Alabama to Richard Irvin Shepard and the late Peggy Ann Kennedy Shepard. She was a 1974 graduate of Dothan High School and worked at Southeast Alabama Medical Center as a unit secretary and was currently employed at Covan World Wide Moving. Ms. Shepard enjoyed needlepoint, cross stitch and was an active member at Cloverdale Baptist Church.

Survivors include her father and his wife and her best friend, Richard and Lisa Shepard, Dothan; brother, Stephen Shepard, Dothan and a niece, Jessica Carty, Dothan; two great nephews, Jack and Owen Carty, Dothan; aunt, Nell McFall; uncle, Jimmy Kennedy, both of Dothan; her four legged companion, Baby Girl.

 

 

Margaret Ann Hamilton, a resident of Ashford, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at her residence following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 63.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Jackie Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Ashford City cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 AM prior to the service.

Margaret was born March 10, 1950 in Laurel, Mississippi to Maxwell and Carolyn Ann Boutwell Bruner. At an early age she moved to Citronelle, Alabama and graduated from Citronelle High School. Margaret worked at ETI in Ashford and was a member of The Way Church. She enjoyed knitting, sewing and reading but especially spoiling her grandchildren.

Margaret is preceded in death by her father and a brother, William Norris Bruner.

Survivors include her mother, Carolyn Ann Guy, Ashford; husband, David Hamilton, Ashford; daughter and son in law, Lynn and Donald Chavis, Prattville; son and daughter in law, Tony and Christie Hamilton, Cottonwood; grandchildren, Jordan Ann Chavis, Cassidy Carol Chavis, Abigale Lyn Chavis, Jacob Gregory Hamilton, Dylan Wayne Granger; sister, Becky Chestang (Ralph), Tibbie, AL; half sisters, Cassandra Byrd, Rae Davison, both of McIntosh, AL; brother, Joseph Maxwell, Bruner, Jr (Kay), New Orleans; several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Serving as pallbearers will be Byron Hamilton, George Hamilton, Justin Hamilton, Wayne Weaver, Samuel Weaver, and Mallie Reed.

 

 

“Coco” Courtney Diane Glass, died unexpectedly November 27th in Vinings, Georgia.  She was predeceased by her parents, E.T. and Sarah A. Glass of Birmingham.  Survivors include her brother, Taylor (Teresa) Glass of Clover, South Carolina, sister, Amy (Bill) Young of Dothan, Alabama, one niece and three nephews.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Birmingham (Hoover), she was a graduate of Christian Heritage High School, Samford University, and earned a Master in Latin American Studies from The University of Alabama.  While working in the Washington, D.C. area during the 1970’s and ‘80’s, she was self-employed in e-learning.  Coco’s passion was folklorico and Cajun dancing and she  was active in the  Washington Revels.

Coco resided in Vinings the last 20 years and was an active member of Vinings United Methodist Church where a memorial service will be held on Thursday, Dec.5, 2013 at 2pm EST.  Graveside service will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vinings UMC, 3101 Paces Mill Road SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30339.

 

 

Bernice Tolar Edwards of Ashford, Alabama, died peacefully, on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Extendicare. She was 86.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Ashford Assembly of God Church with Reverend Rex Kornegay officiating. Burial will follow in Ashford City Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church and at other times will be at the home of the son.

Serving as active pallbearers will be grandsons, Michael Edwards, Brian Edwards, Frankie Bowen; nephews, Ben Floyd, Timothy Tolar and Jerome Hinson.

We would like to thank everyone at Extendicare and Gentiva Hospice for the loving Care given her during her illness.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 2740 Headland Avenue, Dothan, AL 36303.

Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by her parents, Bosie L. and Ola Tolar; her husband of fifty one years, Pheasee Edwards; one brother, four sisters and her son-in law, Rodney Capps.

Surviving are her daughter, Peggie Capps, Cottonwood; her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Glenda Edwards, Ashford; a granddaughter, Nikki Dixon and her husband Jim, Barwick, Georgia; two grandsons, Brian Edwards and wife Rachel, and Michael Edwards and wife Shannon; three great granddaughters, Grace, Hannah and Emily; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Imogene Tolar, LaBelle, Florida and Many loving nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all.

 

 

Reese Irwin, a resident of Cottonwood, died Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was 81.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Friday, November 29, 2013 at Howard Grove Freewill Baptist Church with his sons, William, Donald and Richard Irwin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 AM prior to the service.

Mr. Irwin was born to the late Walter and Zora Mathis Irwin and raised in Houston County. He worked as a carpenter for Hathcock Roofing and Remodeling and also had a worm business. Mr. Irwin had a passion for his children, hunting and fishing but he loved God first and loved him the most.

Mr. Irwin is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Irwin, brother, Buck Irwin.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Patricia White, Cottonwood; five sons, Johnny Irwin (Margaret), Cottonwood, Richard Irwin (Marilyn), Tullahoma, TN, William Irwin (Gayle), Ashford, Donald Ray Irwin (Melanie), Dothan, Michael Irwin (Lee Ann), Cowarts; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Lilly Mae Bruner (Bobby), Margaret Russ (Neil), all of Panama City; brother, W.K. Irwin (Mary), Cowarts.

 

 

Billy Melvin Womack, 79, died Monday, November 18, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Howard Grove Freewill Baptist Church with Reverend Rick Glenn and Reverend Tony Deese officiating. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services on Thursday. Serving as active pallbearers will be the grandsons and the honorary pallbearers will be Lydia & Warren Christian & Mary Ann and Charles Ray Miller.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, Bill was a son of the late Abner C. and Ethel Miller Womack. He retired from Great Southern Paper Mill following thirty-six years of service. He enjoyed the outdoors, NASCAR racing and Alabama football. Mr. Womack was of the Baptist Faith.

A special thank you to Hospice Advantage for all they did for Bill during his illness, especially to Kendra, Lisa, Jenny, and Vanessa, and also to two very special caregivers, Shelby Womack and Debra Jackson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Ramona Womack; sisters-in-law, Judy Womack and Mary Goodson; brothers-in-law Randall Deal and Edward Deal; great grandson, Ethan Davis.

Surviving are his wife of thirty-two years, Sarah Deal Womack, Cottonwood, Alabama; a son, Melvin (Kayon) Womack, Tampa, Florida; a daughter Karen (Kenny) Amos, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; step daughters, Debra Jackson, Cottonwood, Alabama, Gracie (Tommy) Davis, Midland City, Alabama; brothers, Harold & Eleanor Womack, Ashford, Alabama,  Bernard & Elaine Womack, Ashford, Alabama, Myrias & Catherine Womack, Cottonwood, Alabama, Morris & Aletha Womack, Melbourne, Florida, Shelby Womack, Dothan, Alabama, Lynwood & Moniece Womack, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; seven brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; fourteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

Kenneth O’Neal Adkinson, 68, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center after being recently diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013, in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Billy Rich and Reverend Kenneth Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in Cottonwood City Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 1:00p.m. until 2:00p.m Friday, November 15, 2013, at the funeral home prior to the services.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Randy Taylor, Stacy McCardle, David Williams, David Turner, Donald Brownlee, and Steve Nall, all of whom are former students, this being their final tribute to a former teacher.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Bob Williams, Thomas Spann, and all former students.

Kenneth was born April 13, 1945, in Dothan to the late Codis and Inez Bush Adkinson. He graduated from Dothan High School in 1963 and the University of Alabama in 1967 with a BS in Geology and later received an MS in Education from Troy University. He was a teacher at Cottonwood High School for thirty four years before retiring in 2001. Rehobeth was his next venue, substituting for eight years.  Kenneth, a Baptist by faith, was a quiet, kind, giving, compassionate and loving person. He was a fantastic cook and would have made a great chef.  Kenneth enjoyed old cowboy movies, loved to read, and loved his cats.  In the last three years, he enjoyed target shooting with his best friend, Thomas Spann, and was a member of the Headland Skeet and Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife of forty- six years, Cecelia Wood Adkinson; brother, Wayne (Eva) Adkinson; nieces, Candice (Brad) Burton & their son, Joseph; Kathryn (Jonathan) Stout, all of Birmingham, Alabama; aunts, uncles, cousins, special friend Thomas Spann, and cats Molly and Patches.

The family humbly requests that any gifts of food be omitted.

 

 

Finley Brown Lee Wilson, a resident of Ashford, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday November 2, 2013 at his residence. He was 96.

Funeral services for Mr. Wilson will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Little Vine Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Paul Evans officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends from 6 PM until 8 PM on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at the funeral home.

Mr. Wilson was born May 10, 1917 in Pineville, Kentucky, the son of the late William Elijah Wilson and Laura Bell Green Wilson. He made his home with his son, Jerry and daughter in law, Nina Wilson since the passing of his beloved wife, Evyline, in 1990. They loved and nurtured him for the past 23 years. Before moving to Ashford, he lived in Slocomb, Alabama. Prior to that he lived in Clear Creek, Kentucky which is just a littler “holler” outside Pineville where he was born. Mr. Wilson moved with his family to Leavittsburg, Ohio in the fifties and raised them there. He was employed by General Refractories Corporation, Warren, Ohio and after his retirement he moved back to Clear Creek. A few years later he moved to Slocomb.

Mr. Wilson is preceded in death by his loving wife, Evyline Thompson Wilson; two sons, Finley Chadwick Wilson and Clayton Samuel Perry; two half sisters, five brothers, seven sisters and two grandchildren.

Survivors include a sister, Betty Ruth Gibson, Pineville, KY; daughter in law, Kathy Perry, Slocomb, AL; four sons, Jerry W. Wilson (Nina), Ashford, AL, Gary F. Wilson (Stephanie), Canal Fulton, OH, Randall W. Wilson, Brookfield, OH, Phillip C. Wilson (Stephanie), Dothan; daughter, Patricia Gail Jennings-Davis, Burghill, OH; 25 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

 

 

Christopher J. “C.J.” Karpovich, a resident of Columbia, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013 at his residence with family and friends at his bedside after a long illness. He was 53.

In accordance with Chris’s wishes, he will be cremated and the family will hold a celebration of life service at a later date.

Chris was born February 17, 1960 to Robert and Hazel Vickers Karpovich. He was raised in Northern Virginia and moved to Alabama in 1991. Chris was employed with Ellenburg Construction for 20 years.

Survivors include his parents; a son, Jason (Stephanie) Karpovich; daughters, Laura Karpovich and Kim Karpovich; granddaughter, Aubrey O’Quinn, all of Columbia; special friends, Chris O’Quinn and Kayla Adams; special friend and companion, Scarlett Adams; niece, Beth Karpovich; nephew, Joe Karpovich; best of friends, Scott Kennedy, Daniel Gaylor and Daniel Adams.

The family wishes to send a grateful thank you to Gentiva Hospice and nurse, Nacola.

 

 

Kevin Brookins Ferguson passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at his residence in Dothan. He was 58.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 in Clearman Chapel  at Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Tim Willis officiating.Visitation will be at 1:00pm an hour prior to the service. 

Kevin was born June 24, 1955 in Lynchburg, VA to Lowell T. Ferguson and Gwin B. Ferguson. He graduated from Dothan High School in 1973 and graduated from Auburn University School of Pharmacy in 1978. He lived much of his adult life in Montgomery working as a Registered Pharmacist. He later moved back home to Dothan to pursue his passion for aviation and pilot training school. He worked in the family advertising business, raised a family, and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Gwin Ferguson.

Kevin is survived by two daughters, Jamie DuBose & husband Justin of California, MD; Griffin Ferguson of Humboldt, IA; their mother, Lisa Ferguson of Humboldt, IA; a granddaughter, Cara Mia DuBose; and soon-to-be-born granddaughter, Ava Nicole DuBose; his father, Lowell Ferguson; brother, Gary Ferguson & wife Cindy; nephews, Cam Ferguson of Birmingham, AL; Mark Ferguson; a great niece and nephew, Clarke & Lucie Ferguson. 

As one last War Eagle to Kevin, orange and blue colors are welcome in lieu of traditional black attire for those who want to celebrate his life in true Auburn Spirit.  

 

 

Manuel Warlon (Dick) Dickerson, 80, formerly of Ashford, Alabama, died Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Ashford City Cemetery with Reverend Clifford Quincy officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until 1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the funeral home prior to traveling to the cemetery for the service.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, he was a son of the late Manuel Christian and Wilma Mae Shaw Dickerson. Manuel was a graduate of Ashford High School and Jones College, where he received an Associates Degree in electronics. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was an Air Traffic Controller with the Federal Aviation Administration for twenty five years prior to his retirement and was of the Baptist Faith.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by the love of his life, Kathy Swanson.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Elizabeth Dickerson, Orlando, Florida, Sandra Lee (Douglas) Smiley, Jacksonville, Florida and Mary Linda (Joselito) Bulanadi, Chino, California; a brother, Alver L. Dickerson, Ashford, Alabama; a grandson, Houston Bulanadi, Chino California; a nephew, Michael L. Dickerson, Enterprise, Alabama; and a niece, Barbara Campbell, Anniston, Alabama.   

 

 

 

Jerry Dabney, a resident of Dothan, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at his residence. He was 68.

Graveside services for Mr. Dabney will be held at 2 PM (EDT) at White Church in Woodville, Florida with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at the funeral home from 6 PM until 8 PM.

Mr. Dabney was born October 31, 1944 in Tallahassee, Florida to William Jennings and Katie Smith Dabney. He relocated to Dothan and worked for many years with Buffalo Rock. Mr. Dabney enjoyed fishing, junking and yard work.

Mr. Dabney is preceded in death by a son, Dewayne Dabney.

Survivors include a daughter, Tina Dabney, Dothan; two sons, Dennis and Crystal Dabney, Tony and Mikelyn Dabney, all of Dothan; fourteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren; mother of his children, Beverly Curry; six sisters and five brothers.

 

 

William Compton Robbins, a resident of Dothan, died Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at his residence. He was 63.

Mr. Robbins will be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

Mr. Robbins was born September 12, 1950 in Champagne, Illinois. He was retired from the United States Army and spent two tours in Vietnam. Mr. Robbins loved Harley Davidson motorcycles whether he was riding one or fixing one.

Survivors include two sisters, Sara Bryant, Valdese, NC, Jean Robbins, Belmont, NC; three brothers, Danny (Linda) Compton, Pocahontas, AR, Jerry (Jamie) Robbins, Conover, NC, Everett Robbins, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; biological father, William L. Compton, Heber Springs, AR and his best friend, Don Matthews, Ozark, AL.

 

 

Fannie Bryan Copeland, a resident of Dothan, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at her residence. She was 86.

Funeral services for Mrs. Copeland will be held at 2 PM Friday, October 4, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Pastor Bobby Marks officiating. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory cemetery with Southern Heritage directing.

Mrs. Copeland was born April 27, 1927 in Houston County to Darling and Pearlie Pearce Bryan. She and her late husband, Jesse Copeland settled in Dothan in 1961. Mrs. Copeland joined Cloverdale United Methodist Church where she was a longtime member of the Jack Roney Sunday School class and also the Mae Dee Dobbs Circle. She also enjoyed ringing the hand bells with the Golden Ringers.

Mrs. Copeland is survived by a son and daughter in law, David and Ginger Copeland, Wyle, TX; daughter and son in law, Barbara and Jimmy Henderson, Dothan, AL; grandchildren, Kris Copeland, Goodlettsville, TN, Jessica and Scott Locke, Madison, AL, Jed and Tara Henderson, Dothan, AL, Jada Henderson, Atlanta, GA, Landon Pike, Judsonia, AR,   Rayne Henderson, Huntsville, AL; great grandchildren, Zach Copeland, Noah, London and Reagan Locke, Gavin and August Kate Henderson; step brothers and step sisters, Hubert and Erahlene Pearce, Pelzer, SC, Herbert Pearce, Springhill, FL, Merle Nelson, Madison, GA and Peggy Long, Holly Brook, SC.

 

 

 

Irma Williams Deese, 84, of Dothan, AL, died Thursday, September 26, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Private funeral services and visitation will be held at a later date.

The family request flowers are omitted.

Mrs. Deese was born in Jakin, GA, a daughter of the late Chester and Evie Stokes Williams. She worked with GTE Telephone Company for thirty three years prior to her retirement and is of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving are her husband of seventy years, Bryan Colon Deese, Dothan, AL; two sons, Danny Deese, Sylacauga, AL and Scott (Angie) Deese, Dothan, AL; a daughter, Ginger Elizabeth Deese, Midland City, AL; six grandchildren, Jason (Bethany) Darvin, Courtney Darvin, Mark Deese, Hope (Lee) Harper, Brandi Deese and Chris (Stephanie) Cosby; five great grandchildren, Chloe Cosby, Violet Cosby, Ella Harper, Jon Allen Harper and Caden Darvin.

 

 

Donald Robert Frane, Sr., a resident of Headland died Monday, September 23, 2013 at his residence. He was 81.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Frane was born June 5, 1932 in Marietta, Pennsylvania. He located to Headland and worked for Custom Componets and Chapman Homes as a truss builder and later retired from Dothan Portable Buildings. Mr. Frane loved working with wood and model railroads.

Mr. Frane is preceded in death by his wife, Sarandra Frane.

Survivors include six sons, Michael Sauble (Rachel), Columbia, PA, Mark Sauble (Dawn), Dothan, Keith Frane (Amanda), Headland, Steve Frane (Diane), Manchester, PA, Donald Frane, Jr., Manchester, PA, Scott Frane (Reba), Dothan; ten grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Frane, Lititz, PA and Cheryl Kurtz, Columbia, PA.

 

 

James Madison Smith, a resident of Dothan, died Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Flowers Hospital. He was 76.

Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held at 2 PM Sunday, September 22, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Reverends Ricky Plummer and Travis Free officiating. Entombment will follow at Memory Hill cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 6 PM until 8 PM at the funeral home.

Mr. Smith was born March 22, 1937 in Geneva County to the late Howard Nathaniel Smith and Ruth Odell Ezell Smith. He retired from Warner’s Textile after 30 years of service as a truck driver. Mr. Smith enjoyed fishing and gardening and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Mr. Smith is preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Eugene Smith and Gerald Parker Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Smith; four daughters and their spouses, Brenda and Jim Tyson, Betty and Steve Collins, Janie Smith and Harold Phillips, Amy and Tracy Reeder; grandchildren, Matt and Misty Tyson, Kyle and Ashley Tyson, Justin Collins, Zeth Collins, Chase Reeder, Wade Reeder and Landon Max Reeder; six sisters, Opal Whitehead, Mary Helms, Barbara Wilcox, Bonnie Proctor, Carolyn Hathaway, Elaine Hoffman; two brothers, Harold Smith, Robert “Pee Wee” Smith; his special boy, Bevis and a special friend, Richard McKeehan.

Serving as pallbearers will be; Matthew Tyson, Kyle Tyson, Justin Collins, Zeth Collins, Jerry Smith and David Fugate.

Honorary pallbearers will be; Travis Birge, Glen Marsh, Tim Reeves, Ricky Enfinger, Terry Everette, Chase Reeder, Wade Reeder and Landon Reeder.

 

 

Johnny Herman Dunning, 82, of Midland City, Alabama, died Sunday, September 15, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Graveside funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Memphis Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Jim Tate and Reverend Ernest O’Neal officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The body will be placed in Memphis Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday and the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday prior to the graveside service.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Johnny was a son of the late Wilburn Carl and Mary Shirah Dunning. Mr. Dunning worked as a cost accountant with Hedstrom Union Company for thirty six years prior to his retirement. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War and is a member of Memphis Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Memphis Baptist Church building fund, 4595 Eddins Road, Dothan, Alabama  36301.

Surviving are his wife of sixty three plus years, Gwen Cherry Dunning, Midland City, Alabama; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike (Linda) Dunning, Mark (Angela) Dunning all of Dothan, Alabama; a daughter, Dawn Theune, Dothan, Alabama; eight grandchildren, Emily (Vince) Jernigan, Suzanne Dunning, Brad (Charlsie) Dunning, Mary Hannah Dunning, David Dunning, Sydney Smith, Jordan Smith, Ward Smith; two great grandchildren, Parker Jernigan and Thomas Jernigan.

 

 

Ms. Robbie Nell Morris, 78, widow of Hubert Q. Morris, died Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the home of her daughter surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church in Cottonwood, Alabama with Reverend John Smith officiating.  Burial will follow in Cottonwood City Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the church.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, Robbie was a daughter of the late Perry Lee and Addie Lee Love Traylor. She was a graduate of Cottonwood High School and worked as a seamstress prior to her retirement and is a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Cottonwood, Alabama.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ms. Morris was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Traylor and two sisters, Inez Deal and Joyce Hamm.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy (Terry) Morris; two daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki (Charlie) Knight and Connie (Richard) Swinehart; one brother, Glenn Traylor; a sister, Bobbie Dickerson; two grandchildren, Zachary Morris and Anna Swinehart; one great grandchild, A.J. Morris.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the 1953 Cottonwood High School Graduating Class.

 

 

Andy Paul Watford, a resident of Dothan, died September 11, 2013 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 47.

Funeral services for Andy will be held at 11 AM Friday September 13, 2013 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church with Reverends Larry Newton and Addis Habbard officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the church beginning at 9:30 AM. Burial will follow in Big Creek United Methodist Church cemetery with Southern Heritage directing.

Andy was born to Bennie Paul and Jimmie Thomley Watford on December 25, 1965 and was a lifelong resident of Houston County. He owned and operated Watford Welding and drove bus #886 for Rehobeth. Andy also pastored Rocky Creek United Methodist Church where he loved to sing and play the guitar. He loved family and friends and truly enjoyed life to the fullest.

 Andy is preceded in death by his father, Bennie Paul Watford.

Survivors include his wife, Olivia Watford, Dothan; two sons, Evan Paul Watford and Noah B. Watford, Dothan; mother, Jimmie Watford, Southern Junction; sister, Cyndia Watford, Southern Junction; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

 

Margaret Joyce Pilgrim, a resident of Dothan, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at her residence. She was 82 at the time of her death.

Services for Mrs. Pilgrim will be held at 2 PM Saturday, August 24, 2013, in Clearman Chapel with Reverend Paul Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Pilgrim was born November 15, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama. She later moved to Albany, Georgia where she resided with her beloved husband, Bert Jefferson Pilgrim. Mrs. Pilgrim was a member of the Moose Lodge in Albany, Georgia, on several bowling teams and loved to dance. She was a homemaker, pillar of strength and best friend to her daughters.

Mrs. Pilgrim is preceded in death by two sons, Randall Edward Snider and William Frank Ainsworth.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda Preston, Panama City Beach, Florida, Sherry Pilgrim, Dothan, Alabama, Laura Edwards and her partner, Mike Weldon of Vandiver, Alabama; grandchildren, Serena Knight, Timothy Love, Joseph Love, Daniel Love, Chris Love, Cindy Maples; great grandchild, Nik Knight and several other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Richard “ Rick” Paul Schaum, a resident of Slocomb, died Monday August 19, 2013 at Flowers Hospital. He was 59.

Memorial services for Rick will be held at 1 PM Friday August 23, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Gabriel Boyett officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Rick  was born in New York on January 29, 1954. He relocated to Slocomb in 1992 after coming here to build the Highland Oaks Golf Course. Rick was an avid animal lover who took in all kinds of animals.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Schaum, Slocomb; daughter, Naomi Schaum Hatfield and her husband, Paul, Fairhope, AL; son Will Arrington and his wife, Samantha, Ponce de Leon, FL; five grandchildren, Hayden Hatfield, Zachary Hatfield, Riley Hatfield, Kylee Arrington and Karlee Arrington; sister, Gloria Jones, Denver; two brothers, Thomas Worrell, Jr and Robert Worrell both of Washington, D.C.; and a loving aunt, Anna Grissino, Beverly Hills, FL.

 

Douglas F. MacVicar, 62, of Webb, Alabama passed away Thursday August 15, 2013 at his residence.

Memorial services for Doug will be held at 2 PM Saturday August 17, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Doug was born October 22, 1950 in West Palm Beach, Florida. He married Barbara on December 21, 1967 and they were married for 45 years. Doug was the owner of Action Orthotics and Prosthetics in Dothan for the past seven years and Prosthetist for SAMC Rehab center. He was a certified Orthotist and Prosthetist for 45 years. Doug loved helping people and making people laugh. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and being with family. Most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Doug is preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Douglas A. MacVicar.

Survivors include his wife; three children, Douglas P. MacVicar and his wife, Beth and two children, Douglas and Megan of Waterford, MI; daughter, Candice A. MacVicar and her two children, Alexandria and Sean of Irvington, AL, youngest son, Daniel S. MacVicar of Brentwood, TN and the rest of family and friends.

 

Naomi C. Harper, a resident of Dothan, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at her residence. She was 88.

Memorial services for Mrs. Harper will be held at 2 PM Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Cottonwood Road with David Dick officiating. The family will receive friends at 1230 Sowell Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Advantage.

Mrs. Harper is survived by three children, Joan Simpson, Alan Dannelley, Pam Bond; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two sisters and a brother.

The family extends a special thank you to Hospice Advantage for the care and support shown to Mrs. Harper.

 

 

Damon Lee Kirkland, a resident of Dothan, died Saturday July 27, 2013 at his residence. He was 76.

Graveside services for Mr. Kirkland will be held at 2:30 PM Tuesday July 30, 2013 at Sunset Memorial Park with Reverends Gene Gainous and Karl Hudson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 PM until 2 PM prior to the services at Southern Heritage Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mr. Kirkland was born May 19, 1937 to the late John Henry and Ella Mae Kilgore Kirkland and was a lifelong resident of Houston County. He retired after 45 years from DynCorp at Ft. Rucker as an Air Craft Mechanic.

Mr. Kirkland is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John Kirkland and Perry Delbert Kirkland.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Kirkland, Dothan; daughter and her husband, Cindy and William Tingle, Rehobeth; two sons, Ricky Kirkland, Headland, Michael and Dawn Spann, Hartford; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

 

 

Rodney Capps, 67, of Cottonwood, Alabama, died early Wednesday morning in the Campbellton-Graceville Hospital.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Emerald Coast 1330 S. Boulevard Chipley, Florida 32428-1846, or at gentivahospicefoundation.org.

Mr. Capps farmed for more than twenty-five years. He worked for fifteen years as a driver for Alabama Motor Express, Inc. prior to his retirement.

Survivors include is wife of forty-three years, Peggie Edwards Capps, Cottonwood, Alabama; his daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Jim Dixon, Barwick, Georgia; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Glenda Edwards, Ashford, Alabama; two nephews and their wives, Brian and Rachel Edwards, Ashford, Alabama, and Michael and Shannon Edwards, Dothan, Alabama; and three great nieces.

He will be missed by all.

 

 

Harry Byron Tidwell, SR., 81, died early Saturday morning in Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Reverend Bill Taylor and Reverend John Smith officiating, Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 Monday at the church prior to the service.

Harry Worked in the roofing business for thirty eight years prior to his retirement and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and is of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his wife of fifty nine years, Gerline Strickland Tidwell, Cottonwood, Al;  four sons, James (Cindy) Tidwell, Live Oak, FL, Arthur Tidwell & Nathan Tidwell both of Cottonwood; Harry (Bonnie) Tidwell, JR, Punta Gorda, FL; two daughters, Glenda (Ron) Arnold, Mt. Calm, WV, Katrina (Joe) Tidwell, Cottonwood; two sisters, Barbara Cortez, Flagler Beach, FL, Mariel Hawel, Santa Barbara, CA; sixteen grandchildren; thirty great- grandchildren; six great- great grandchildren. He will be missed by all.

 

 

Cecil Clifton “Coot” Hicks, a resident of Ashford, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at his residence. He was 79.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Shady Grove Congregational Holiness Church with Sister Judy Dyson officiating. The family will receive friends at Southern Heritage Funeral Home from 6 PM until 8 PM Friday, July 19, 2013.

Mr. Hicks was born December 28, 1933 to Avery and Levettia Butler Hicks and was a lifelong resident of Houston County. Mr. Hicks loved softball. He played and coached many teams from Ashford and also umpired.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Hicks, Ashford; daughter, Debra Bowman, Enterprise; son, Wayne Hicks, Ashford; five grandchildren, Michael Hicks, Crystal Blackburn, April Cotton, Jason Herndon and Brandon Hicks; nine great grandchildren; sister in law, Pat Moseley, Dothan; brother in law, Danny Hill, Skipperville; several nieces and nephews.

 

 

Terry Day, a resident of Athens, Alabama, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Huntsville Hospital. He was 63.

Funeral services for Mr. Day will be held at 11 AM Friday, July 19,   2013 at Evergreen Presbyterian Church with Reverend David Jamison officiating. Burial will follow in the Dothan City Cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service in the parlor and at other times will be at the family residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Angels Foundation, C/O Hospice Advantage of Dothan, 3245 Montgomery Hwy Suite 8, Dothan, Alabama  36303

Born in Dongola, Kentucky, Terry was a son of the late James Harold and Jeanette Lucas Day. He has a master degree in Electrical engineering and worked with CAS-WYLE Engineering firm and was of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving are his wife, Sudie Mae Wynn Day, Athens, Alabama; a son & daughter-in-law, Dr. Terry Day, II and his wife Charla Woodham Day, Dothan, Alabama; a brother, Tommy D. Day, Tyner, Kentucky; a niece, Jaime Day; a nephew, Elliott Day; a sister, Minerva Jo Day Caudill, Premium, Kentucky; a nephew, Jordan Caudill; one grandchild, Kylee Jean Day, Dothan, Alabama. 

 

 

Ruby Nell Sizemore, a resident of Dothan, died Monday, July 15, 2013 at her residence. She was 74.

Memorial services for Mrs. Sizemore will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Harper’s Joy Assembly of God Church with Rev. Eddie Littlefield officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Mrs. Sizemore was born May 20, 1939 in Houston County to Clem and Beulah Knowles Brooks. She was a lifelong resident of Houston County and retired from General Cigar Company.

Mrs. Sizemore is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul “Shorty” Sizemore; one sister and six brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Stevie and Lorri Sizemore, Dothan, Scottie Sizemore, Dothan; three grandchildren, Zack Sizemore, Lauren Ashley Gouge (Jacob) and Allyssa Danielle Sizemore; sister, Merle and Ben Harden, Dothan and several nieces and nephews.

 

 

Roy C. Holley, 77, husband of Margaret Holley, died Friday, July 12, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Selma Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend James Dean and Jennifer Welch officiating. Burial will follow in Selma Baptist Church Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the funeral home prior to the services.

Born in Houston County, Alabama Roy was a son of the late Coleman and Kansas Taylor Holley. He was employed with Dothan Utilities as a pump station operator for eighteen years prior to his retirement and is of the Baptist faith and a lifetime member of the Dothan Elks Lodge 1887.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie (Mike) Prine, Taylor, Al; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Dewayne) Welch, Jeremy (Jesi) Johnson, Patrick (Shannon) Prine and Michael Prine; three great grandchildren, Derek Chandler, Tyler Welch and Bryson Johnson; a niece, Renna Fowler; a nephew, Jim Holley; two sisters-in-law, Kathleen Wimbish and Betty Johnson; several great nieces and nephews.   

 

 

Michael Jade Whitt, a resident of Abbeville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was 40.

Celebration of Life services for Brother Mike will be held at 11 AM Friday, July 12, 2013 at First Baptist Church Abbeville with Reverends Ryan Johnson, Ricky Sowell, Matt Hawkins and Scott Ferguson officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 9 AM prior to the service in the Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to; First Baptist Church Abbeville Building Program or the International Mission Board.

Brother Mike was born December 27, 1972 in Abilene, Texas to J.D. and Martha Jane Hargrave Whitt. He was a 1995 graduate of Auburn University and a 1999 graduate of Southern Theological Seminary. Brother Mike served Calvary Baptist Church in Cottonwood for six years as his first pastorate and has been serving First Baptist Church for the last eight years.

Survivors include his wife, Melissa Whitt, Abbeville; three daughters and a son, Elizabeth Grace, Lydia Eden, Julia Elaine and Jonathan Davis Whitt, all of Abbeville; sister, Joan Whitt Pirtle, Decatur, AL and a brother, James Donald Whitt, Belmont, MS; father and mother in law, Gerry and Carolyne Davis, Enterprise; brother in law, Michael Davis, Birmingham; several nieces and nephews.

 

 

Robert Steve Anderson, 54, of Cottonwood, Alabama died Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2013 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend John Smith and Reverend Tony Deese officiating. Burial will follow in Cottonwood City Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the funeral home.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, Steve was a son of the late Robert Lee and Shirley Jean Bass Anderson. He worked with the Houston County Road and Bridge Department for thirteen years then he began his life’s passion of farming full time. He is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Cottonwood.

Surviving are his wife, Frances Jean Smith Anderson, Cottonwood, Alabama; two sons, Steven Brad (Katlin) Anderson, Cottonwood, Alabama, and Joshua Erin Henderson, Cottonwood, Alabama; two step sons, Scottie (Jennifer) Henderson, Ashford, Alabama, and Rickey (Tammy) Henderson, Dothan, Alabama; three step grandsons, James Ross Henderson, Hunter Henderson and Austin Henderson with a forth grandchild expected in September.; several aunts and uncles.

  

 

Nathan Tindell, 90, of Dothan, Alabama died Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Extendicare Health and Rehab Center, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Danny Bynum and Reverend Raymond Holt officiating. Burial will follow in Howard Grove Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home prior to the services.

Born in Jackson County Florida, Nathan was a son of the late James Calvin and Estelle Harper Tindell. He was a retired farmer and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served his country in World War II and was a member of Pleasant Ridge Freewill Baptist Church in Jackson County, FL.

Surviving are his wife, Ella Scott Tindell, Dothan, Alabama; three daughters, Sue Cochran, Ashford, Alabama, Dawnita (Anzel) Granger, Dothan, Alabama, Sylvia Jo (Alan) Nobles, Dothan, Alabama; a step son, John Scotty (Judy) Jackson, Hartselle, Alabama, a step daughter, Gloria (Gene) Taylor, Hamilton, Alabama; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Tindell, Quincy, Florida; ten grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  

 

 

David Allen Jones, a resident of Dothan, died Friday June 28, 2013 at his residence. He was 54.

Memorial services for Mr. Jones will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013 at Evergreen Presbyterian Church with Reverend Dr. Joseph Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor.

Mr. Jones was born June 8, 1959 in Fitzgerald, Georgia to the late Charles Hugh and Annie Virue Fender Jones. He was a 1977 graduate of Fitzgerald High School. Following high school he joined the United States Army and served at Arlington National Cemetery as a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Mr. Jones enjoyed life and people and tried to make a difference to those around him.

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Faye Wheeless and a brother, Charles Hugh Jones, Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Jones, Dothan; children, David A. Jones, II and his wife, Darcie Smith-Jones, Charles R. Jones, Katelynn M. Jones, Heather L. Jones; granddaughter, Laney Ann Jones; sister, Vicki Keene.

 

 

John Patrick Traylor, a resident of Dothan, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at his daughter’s residence. He was 72.

Funeral services for Mr. Traylor will be held at 11 AM Saturday, June 29, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Reverend Jerry Hood officiating. Burial will follow in Madrid City cemetery with full military honors. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to; Gentiva Hospice, P.O. Drawer 2127, Dothan, AL 36302.

Mr. Traylor was born December 24, 1940 in Madrid, Alabama to John A. and Eunice Garrard Traylor. He joined the United States Army and retired as a Command Sergeant Major after 30 years of Honorable service. Following his retirement he worked with Quinetiq North America for 24 years. Mr. Traylor was a Master Mason and enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

Mr. Traylor is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mildred Jenkins, Mary Clyde Tyson; two brothers, Lloyd Traylor and Eugene Traylor.

Survivors include his two daughters and their husbands, Melissa Cureton and Roger, Teresa Medley and Richard, all of Dothan; three grandchildren, John Cureton, Colton Cureton and Kala Medley; brother, Bobby and Janie Traylor, Dothan; mother of his children, Martha Sue Traylor, Dothan.

 

 

Helen Sellers of Dothan, Alabama, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her family.

A memorial service will held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 28, 2013 in East Pittman Baptist Church in the Pittman Community off Highway 2, Northwest of Graceville, Florida.

 

 

Willie Jo Henley-Hendrick, 83, formerly of Talladega died June 14, 2013 at Henry County Health & Rehabilitation Facility in Abbeville, Alabama.

Graveside services for Mama Jo will be held at 11 AM Monday, June 17, 2013 at Hepzibah Baptist Church Cemetery in Talladega, Alabama with Father Benjamin Turnage officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 PM until 7 PM Sunday evening at Southern Heritage Funeral Home. In lieu, of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer or Heart Association in Birmingham.

Mama Jo was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was known for making the best fried chicken, love of her country’s flag, following her Auburn Tigers and the Atlanta Braves.

Survivors include her loving family, two daughters, Sandra (Bobby) King, Dothan, Dianne (Charles) Kroncke, Auburn; four grandchildren, David Hannah, Brian (Kathy) Hannah, Carrie (Jeff) McDaniel, all of Dothan, Greg (Jennifer) Townsend, Colorado Springs, CO; eight great grandchildren, Zachary and Matthew Hannah, Kala and Jacob Baker, Alex, Anna, Aidan and Emma Townsend.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Meadows and Henry County Health and Rehab and Libby Hogeland, Deborah Davis, Faith Gamble and the entire caring staff of the Alzheimer unit for their tender care, professionalism and love shown to our precious mother.

 

 

Joseph Hayward Fennell, 70, of Dothan, Alabama died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at his residence.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Eddie Littlefield officiating. Burial will follow in Harper’s Joy Assembly of God Church Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Fennell was born a son of the late Joseph Gennings & Georgia-Olive Luevene Money Fennell. He served in the U.S. Army for over twenty years with tours of duty in the Korean War and in the Vietnam War. He then worked for the City of Dothan Electrical Department as a sub station supervisor for twenty six years.

Surviving are his wife, Callie Ann Garrett Fennell, Dothan, Alabama; two daughters and son-in-law, Pam (Craig) Deal & Donna Clemmons all of Dothan, Alabama; a step daughter, Debra Lynn (Todd) Baxley, Jacksonville, Florida; a special first cousin, Lee Allen Aplin, Dothan, Alabama; six grandchildren, Whitni Michael, Dothan, Alabama, Trey Michael, Dothan, Alabama, Seth (Elizabeth) Michael, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Stephen Deal, Dothan, Alabama, Samantha (Joseph) Braswell, Dothan, Alabama, Stephanie (Christopher) Deal-Thompson, Dothan, Alabama; one great grandson, Parker Gennings Thompson, Headland, Alabama.

 

 

Carol Jean Lee, loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend has passed from this world to share in the Fellowship of Heaven. She will be greatly missed by those of us who loved her and were warmed by the sparkle of her enthusiasm for life.

A service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, June 15th, 10:00 am at First United Methodist Church of Dothan. There will be a time of visitation in the church parlor one hour prior to the service. After the service, she will be interred in the Lee Family Plot near Troy, Alabama.

Flowers will be gratefully accepted, or if you wish, please make a donation to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (to aid disaster victims) c/o First United Methodist Church of Dothan, 1380 W. Main Street, or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 322 North Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38105 in her memory.

 

 

Robert “Bob” Chester Sowell, a resident of Stafford, Texas, died Friday, June 7, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sugarland, Texas, following a sudden illness. He was 54.

Bob was born in Brewton, Alabama, to the late Chester Luttrell Sowell, Jr. and Alice Harris Sowell. He was raised in Dothan and was a 1977 graduate of Dothan High School where he excelled in golf and attended Troy State University on a golf scholarship. Bob was a Construction Superintendent for Spec 10 Sales, Inc. Construction Company in Stafford, Texas.

Survivors include his mother, Alice Sowell, Dothan, Alabama; daughter, Ivy Sowell Davies, Atlanta, Georgia; two grandchildren; sister, Mary Alice Goolsby and her husband, David, Dothan, Alabama; two brothers, Bill Sowell and his wife, Sherry, Cowarts, Chester Sowell and his wife, Pam, Dothan, Alabama; several nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services will be held at Memory Hill Cemetery.

 

 

Rudolph Haymon, a resident of Abbeville, died Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Henry county Health and Rehab. He was 84.

Graveside services for Mr. Haymon will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Gardens of Memory with Reverend Ray Cobb officiating and Southern Heritage directing.

Mr. Haymon was born September 8, 1928 in Headland, Alabama to John Thomas and Alie Penelopie Bond Haymon. He was a commercial painter by trade and a member of Kinsey Baptist Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Patti Lucas (Larry), Rogersville, AL; step daughter, Sue McCardle (Ray), Dothan; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two sisters and several nieces.

  

 

Martha Fay Holley, 78, widow of Jimmy Holley, of Dothan, Alabama, died Sunday, June 9, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Mark Lily officiating. Burial will follow in Selma Baptist Church Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home and at other times will be at the family residence.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2346 West Main Street Suite 3, Dothan, Alabama 36303.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, she was a daughter of the late Edna Phillips Batchelor. She was employed with Wiregrass Rehab for twelve years as their book keeper prior to her retirement and is a member of Selma Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, Martha was preceded in death by a son, Rickey Holley.

Surviving are a son, Jim (Tina Sellers) Holley, Dothan, Alabama; a daughter, Renna (Jerry) Fowler, Dothan, Alabama; a brother, Roger Sketo, Springdale, Washington; five grandchildren, Misti (Micheal Lee) Schuck, Taylor (Breanna Ward) Holley, Kelsey (Clayton Risner) Faison, Macey Sellers and Katie Sellers; one great grandson, Gunner Faison.

 

Thomas Mark Bullard, 50, of Nashville, TN, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013, at Centennial Hospital in Nashville.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2013, in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Cecil Sanders and Reverend Steve Williams officiating.  Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services on Monday at the funeral home.

Mark was born November 26, 1962, in Dothan, Alabama. He was a 1981 graduate of Northview High School and graduated in 1990 from Traveca Nazerene College in Nashville, Tennessee, as a Physicians Assistant. He worked at Eastpoint and Carabell, Florida before moving to Nashville.

While in Nashville, he was very involved with the Salvation Army. He loved spending time with his three grandchildren whom he adored. He was a member of Living Waters Church in Nashville. We will miss his kind-heartedness, sense of humor and ability to bring laughter to everyone around him.

He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Ann Bullard Cook, his father Ted Watson Bullard and his uncles Benjamin Carl Chalker and Dr. Buren Wells.

He is survived by a daughter, Claire Bullard Mitchell and her husband Eric; an adopted son, Matthew Bullard and his wife Rachel; three grandchildren, Sam, Max and Lydia all of Nashville, TN; his sisters, Carla Bullard Riley and her husband Scott, Lynsey Bullard Wood and her husband Russ; Nephews, Davis   Watson Riley and Ruston Ryan Wood, Jr.; aunts, Jane Chalker Wells and Linda Charlette Ness; uncles, Terry Bullard and Matt Bullard; many cousins and friends.

 

 

James Calvin Mercer, 89, of Ashford, Alabama, died Thursday, June 6, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Love Hill Assembly of God Church with Reverend Marrell Turvin officiating. Burial will follow in Ashford City Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the funeral home and at other times will be at the home of the daughter.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, Calvin was a son of the late Warren and Jenny McNeal Mercer. He was employed by Malone Ford Motor Company, which later became Bondy’s Ford for thirty years as an auto body painter and was a member of Love Hill Assembly of God Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Wilma Watson Mercer, a brother, Benton Mercer; five sisters, Elvie Harmon, Thelma King, Lucy Strickland, Grace Tolar and Margaret Phillips.

Surviving are a son & daughter-in-law, Danny & Ocie Mercer, Dothan, AL; a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce & Gary Loftin, Dothan, AL; a brother & sister-in-law, Charles & Mary Mercer, Ashford, AL; grandchildren, Julie (Brian) Lindsey, Mandy (Jarrod) Strickland, Kim Mercer, Cassandra (Will) Chadwick, Michael (Buffy) Jernigan, Stephen (Cindy) Jernigan, Alyson (Steve Aplin) Tedder; great grandchildren, Brison Lindsey, Brody Lindsey, Lanie Brooke Lindsey, Jackson Strickland, Landon Strickland, Cameron Strickland, Kelsey Ward, Macey Ward, Caleb Chadwick , Andrew Chadwick, Hunter Chadwick, Callie Jernigan, Caitlin Jernigan and Colton Jernigan.

The family would like to say a Special Thank You to the Angels of Covenant Hospice.

 

  

Barbara Joyce Hardee, a resident of Dothan died Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. She was 87.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hardee will be held at 11 AM Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Minister John Chestnut officiating. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at 2 PM Sunday, June 9, 2013 in High Springs Cemetery in High Springs, Florida with Evans-Carter Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Hardee was born October 4, 1925 and raised in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Horace and Azalea Alice Merk. She was employed by Shands Hospital and retired after 30 years of service as a Patient Counselor. Mrs. Hardee was a member of Selma Baptist Church and also enjoyed travelling.

Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Chestnut, Dothan; son, Mark Westbrook, New York; grandchildren, Tracy Bigbie, Terra Denise Hutto, Tina Lynn Anderson, Kenneth Westbrook; great grandchildren, Savannah Bigbie, Mya Falise Anderson, Kiersten Anderson, Stanton Hutto, Eva Hutto, Kyle Westbrook; cousin, Paul Williams.

 

 

 Amanda Melissa Daniels, a resident of Dothan, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, June 2, 2013 at her residence. She was 30.

Funeral services for Amanda will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Chaplain Willie Parker officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Hill Cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 4, 2013 from 6 PM until 8 PM at the funeral home.

Amanda was born to the late Charles Wayne Daniels and Martha Pearl Bowen Daniels Steward. She was a 2001 graduate of Ridgecrest Christian School and Chipola College’s RN program. Amanda was employed at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center where she loved being a nurse. She loved to read, play computer games, watch old movies and spend time with her family. Amanda was a wonderful caring daughter to her mother, Pearl, a loving sister to her brother, Aaron, a joy to all her friends and aunts and uncles and a blessing to everyone she knew.

Amanda is survived by her mother and step father, Pearl Daniels Steward and Donnie, Dothan; brother, Aaron Daniels, Panama City; aunts, Clara Jones (Terry), Melbourne, Fl, Effie Mae Carter, Jackson county, FL, Sarah Connor, Pensacola, FL; uncles, Ryan Bowen, Dothan, Simon Bowen (Linda), Birmingham, Charles Bowen (Joyce), Madison, AL; great aunts, Juanita Wiggins (Charles), Spanish Fort, AL, Sarah Poates, Hanover, PA, Mary Bowen, Ashford.

 

 

 Terry L. Mathis, SR, 50, of Webb, Alabama, died Friday May 24, 2013 at his residence.

The family desired Cremation with A Celebration of his life Visitation to be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home and at other times the family will be at their respective homes.

Born in Dallas Texas, Terry was a son of Joy Carolyn Parker Mathis and the late Alex Don Mathis. He was a carpenter engaged in the homebuilding industry.

In addition to his mother he is survived by three sons, Morris Scott Mathis, Ashford, AL, Victor Lee Garrett & Terry Lee Mathis, JR. both of Dothan, AL; two brothers, Gary Vanalex Mathis, Ozark, AL and Alex Don Mathis, JR, Skipperville, AL; a sister Saundra Leah Nelson, Eufaula, AL; Several nieces and Nephews.   

 

 

 

Eula Belle Smith Monday, 77, wife of Ralph Monday, of Ashford, Alabama, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2013 at Howards Grove Freewill Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. Austin Phillips and Chaplain Eddie Bliss officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at the funeral home and at other times will be at the family residence.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 2740 Old Headland Avenue, Dothan, Alabama 36303.

Born in Houston County Alabama, Belle was a daughter of the late Kermit and Willie Green Whitaker Smith. She was a graduate of Ashford High School and Riley Business College. She was a homemaker and member of Howards Grove Freewill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Monday was preceded in death by daughter, Sybil Ramona Womack; a sister, Rebekah Reeves; a step son, Freddy Monday;  a step son-in-law, Larry Rogers.

In addition to her husband she is survived by a son, Melvin (Kyong) Womack, Land of Lakes, FL; a daughter, Karen (Ken) Amos, Mt. Juliet, TN; two step daughters, Marcia Rogers, Panama City, FL and Gwen Steverson, Graceville, FL; one step daughter-in-law, Patricia Monday, Wicksburg, AL; a brother, Stancil (Florie) Smith, Grand Ridge, FL; six sisters, Dora Crody, Dothan, AL, Pearl Shiver, Fayetteville, NC, Charlsie McDonald, Marianna, FL, Ellen Mugler, Ashford, AL, Sherry Cofer, New Port News, VA; seventeen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to say a special thank you to Gentiva Hospice and the personal care givers.

 

 

Gina Carol Tipton Rindt, 27, wife of Nicholas Paul Rindt, of Beaufort, SC, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013 at her residence.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Woodham officiating. Burial will follow in The Mount of Olives Memorial Garden Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday, prior to the services and at other times will be at the home of her parents, Bob and Mamie Tipton.

Born in Crenshaw County, Alabama, Gina was a daughter of Bob and Mamie Ruth Holmes Tipton. She served in the U.S. Marine Corps for seven years and was employed as a Certified Trainer in the Restaurant Industry. She is a member of the Women’s Marine Corp League and the   Cross Roads Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband and parents are a son, Samuel David Rindt, Beaufort, SC; a daughter, Amie LaAnn Rindt, Beaufort, SC; six brothers, Michael Ray Tipton, Dothan, Gregory Earl Tipton, Dothan, George Revis, Headland, Jim Revis, Dothan, Scooter Tipton, Cottonwood, Jason Tipton, Dothan; three sisters, JoAnn Revis, Cottonwood, Robin Arnold & Denise Tipton both of Auburn, WA; Paternal grandmother, Myrtle Ross, Maryville, TN; Father-in-law & Mother-in-law, Scott and Shirley Rindt, New Berlin, WI; two Sisters-in-law, Erin Rindt, Fort Atkinson, WI and Jennifer Rindt-Delcore, Madison, WI; two step sisters-in-law, Melissa Gaylord, Stevens Point, WI, Sara Martin, Franklin, WI; a step brother-in-law, Andy Bach, New Berlin, WI, husbands grandparents, Harvey & Joan Rindt, East Troy, WI; Alice Shumway, Brookfield, WI; Friends and classmates of  Cottonwood High School Class of 2003. 

  

Kathy Lindsey, a resident of Ashford, died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at her residence. She was 77.

Mrs. Lindsey’s wishes were to be cremated and the family will mourn privately.

Mrs. Lindsey is survived by three sons; Tony and Holly Taylor, Ashford, Kim Taylor, Cottonwood, Shane Thurman, Moultrie, GA; grandchildren, Leslie Taylor Parrish (Jeremy), Coty Taylor (Jessica), Rusty Taylor; great grandchildren, Lexy Taylor, Tucker Watson, Tuff Welch, Presley Taylor; her special pet, Zoe.

 

 

 

Mrs. Delores Harrell Armstrong, 65, wife of Marvin Wayne Armstrong, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at her residence in Cottonwood, Alabama.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church in Cottonwood with Reverend Tony Deese and Reverend John Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Howards Grove Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013 at the funeral home and at other times will be at the family residence.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, Delores was a daughter of the late Clearence and Johnnie Mae Hall Harrell. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Armstrong was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill Harrell and Charles Harrell.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Gayle & Charles Deese, Cottonwood, Alabama; three sisters & brothers-in-law, Margaret & Johnny Irwin, Cottonwood, Alabama, Ruth Brownlee, Dothan, Alabama, and Sheila & Randy Brown, Headland, Alabama; three grandchildren, Charles Bradley Deese, Anthony Wayne Deese and Addis Kade Deese.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Danny Joe Kirkland, Little Pat Wells, Kenny Moore, Jeff Hart, Josh Roberts and Alan Crum.  

A special thanks to Hospice Advantage.

 

 Mr. James Marvin Granger, 53, of Cottonwood, Alabama, died Friday, May 10, 2013 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013 at Grangerburg Church with Reverends Jimmy Coachman, John Smith and Stephen Peacock officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013 at the church prior to the services and at other times will be at the home of the brother Van Granger in Cottonwood, Al.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the James Granger fund, C/O Southern Heritage Funeral Home, 1000 Hodgesville Road, Dothan, Al  36301.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, James was a son of Frances Vann Granger and the late Calvin “Shine” Granger. He attended Cottonwood High School and was a retired carpenter.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two sons, Anthony Granger, Dothan, AL and Jamie Granger, Cottonwood, AL; one brother, Calvin Van Granger, Cottonwood, AL; one sister, Laurinda McCord, Cottonwood, AL; three grandchildren, Ethan Granger, Evan Granger and Kole Granger; and his girlfriend, Patricia Henderson, Cottonwood, AL.  

 

 

Jesus called Thelma Morris Van Dyke to her eternal home on April18, 2013, in El Paso, Texas. Born in the family's log cabin in Cottonwood, Alabama, on October 7, 1913, to Martha Reeves Morris and Alonzo Calhoun Morris, she is now reunited with her parents, sisters and brothers. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend John Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Cottonwood City Cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends from 4 PM until 6 PM at the funeral home Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

An incredibly loving, devoted wife and mother, she worked tirelessly to create warm, nurturing homes for her family in California, Texas, and Alabama.  She was a skilled seamstress who also enjoyed gardening, playing the piano and singing.  She will be remembered by friends and family as a caring woman with a great sense of humor whose heart reached out to others in time of need.

She is preceded in death by her brothers, Welsh, Charlie, Claude, and Hubert Morris, and sisters, Eunice Watson, Dolly Morris, and Mavis Morris.

To cherish her memory, she leaves behind her children: Carol Beene and husband Don of El Paso; Roy Van Dyke of Portland, Oregon; Bruce Van Dyke and wife Peggy of El Paso; and Gary Van Dyke and wife, Sheryl, of Georgetown, Texas. Her grandchildren are Rachael, Justin, Kendra, Elizabeth, Amaris, Alyse, and James Aaron and great grandchildren are Victor, Ava Grace, and Caleb.  We love you, Mother, and will always miss you.

 

 

 

 

 

Grady Lee Adams, a resident of Dothan, died Friday, April 19, 2013 at Flowers Hospital. He was 63.

Memorial services for Grady will be held at 4 PM Monday, April 22, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church with Reverends John Smith and Karl Hudson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the April Kirkland Scholarship Fund.

Grady was born March 23, 1950 in Auburndale, Florida to the late William Morris and Blanch Roberts Adams. He was a member of union local number 216 and was a resident of Cottonwood for many years before recently moving to Dothan.

Grady is preceded in death by a daughter, April Kirkland.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Trawick Adams, Dothan; son, Morris and Meghan Adams, Dothan; step son, Jason and Aimee Kirkland; grandchildren Tarynn Leigh Adams, Caleb Adams, Logan Kirkland, Annaleigh Kirkland; mother in law, Nell Trawick, Cottonwood; aunt Elaine Noblin, Malone.

 

 

 

Henry Thomas Wilkinson, a resident of Dothan, died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton, Georgia. He was 68.

Funeral services for Mr. Wilkinson will be held at 2 PM Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Welcome Assembly of God Church in Dellwood, Florida with Reverend Jack Howell, Dr. Thomas Batts and Reverend Jim Tate officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Southern Heritage Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 5 PM until 7 PM at the funeral home.

Mr. Wilkinson was born in Houston County January 20, 1945 to Green Berry and Inez Fears Wilkinson. He moved to Jackson County, Florida at an early age and was a 1963 graduate of Malone High School. Mr. Wilkinson was a Firefighter for the City of Dothan retiring as Captain and also owned and operated Dothan Pest Control. He enjoyed traveling, spending time with his grandkids, fishing, raising racking horses and won the 1983 World Championship Racking Horse Competition. Mr. Wilkinson was a member of Welcome Assembly of God Church.

Mr. Wilkinson is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sarah Raulerson.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Wilkinson, Dothan; son, Tim and Tonya Wilkinson, Dothan; daughter, Amy and Corey Patterson, Dothan; five grandchildren, Emily and Hunter Wilkinson, Caleb, Colby and Avery Patterson; three sisters, Arnette Wilson, Jacksonville, FL, Virginia Kightlinger (Don), Folkston, GA, Sandra Fletcher, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Shands @ UF and their Pulmonary Disease and Lung Transport Team along with Dr. Maher Baz and Dr. Juan Salgado.

 

 

 

 

Marcella Lee Felch, a resident of Madrid, died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. She was 73.

Funeral service for Mrs. Felch will be held at 11 AM Monday, April 22, 2013 at Madrid Assembly of God with Reverend Jerry Harden officiating. Burial will follow in Madrid City Cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Felch was born September 24, 1939 to the late Dotie and Bessie Gavin Lee. She was a graduate of Campbellton High School and has resided in Madrid since 1970. Mrs. Felch was employed in Central Supply at Southeast Alabama Medical Center and enjoyed spending time at the Senior Center in Madrid.

Mrs. Felch is preceded in death by three children, Kimberly M. Gantt, Tina Sanders, Daryl Gantt; sister, Patricia Long and a brother, Oscar Lee.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Ward, Dothan; four grandchildren; four step grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; two sisters, Sue and Wallace Chumney, Madrid, Mable Robinson, Columbia, SC; brother, Rudolph and Pauline Lee, Birmingham; special friend, Bobby Tucker and several nieces and nephews.

Fannie Bell Mills Gaylord, a resident of Cowarts, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center after an extended illness. She was 99.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gaylord will be held at 2 PM Sunday, April 21, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Brother Jonathon Barron officiating. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Gaylord was born August 4, 1913 in Houston County, Alabama where she was a lifelong resident. Mrs. Gaylord was a devoted wife and mother to her family.

Mrs. Gaylord was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Maxwell Gaylord; daughter, Maxine Gaylord Moore; son, James Maxwell Gaylord and a grandson, Brent Gaylord.

Survivors include three sons, Benny (Ruby) Gaylord, Webb, Thomas Gaylord, Cowarts, William Gaylord, Cowarts; two daughters, Sue (David) Johnson, Mary Gaylord both of Cowarts; daughter in law, Marjorie Gaylord, Cottonwood; 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

  

 

 

Saundra Kaye Ingram, a resident of Pansey, died Thursday, April 17, 2013 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. She was 68.

Memorial services for Mrs. Ingram will be held at 2 PM Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Liberty Baptist Church with Dr. Johnny Roberts and Rev. Coley Holloway officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Ingram is survived by her husband, Sam Ingram, Pansey; three sons, Allen Ingram, Pansey, Jeff and Stacey Ingram, Dothan, Chad and Emily Ingram, Pansey; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren; two sisters, Lanette Easom, Dothan, Cynthia Gibson, Sylvester, GA; brother, Ronnie Roberts, California.

 

 

Patricia Anne Keener Sherrer, 66, wife of William (Bill) Alton Sherrer, Jr, died Monday, April 15, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held in Dothan, Alabama at 10:00 a.m. Saturday April 20, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church with Reverend Ed Wright officiating.  A second service will be held in Milton, Alabama at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Milton Baptist Church with Reverend Van Gauthe officiating. Burial will follow in Milton Baptist Church Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 pm. Friday, April 19, 2013 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alabama Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 12505, Birmingham, Alabama 35202, or Calvary Baptist Church, 901 Montezuma Avenue, Dothan, Alabama 36303 or to the Montana Street Magnet School, 1001 Montana Street, Dothan, Alabama 36303, Learn-A-Thon Project.

Born in Dallas County, Alabama, Patricia was a daughter of the late Garlin Preston and Ellouise Friday Keener. She worked with the Dothan City School Board as an assistant teacher at Montana Magnet school until her retirement. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Chris (Julieanne) Sherrer, Cumming, Georgia, and Will Sherrer, Dothan, Alabama.; a daughter, Amy Sherrer Teston, Dothan, Alabama; a sister, Katie (Bob) Montgomery, Ocala, Florida; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews also survive.

 

 

Noel E. Walters, 87, passed away peacefully February 22, 2013 at his home in Cowarts, AL.

A   graveside service will be held at Memory Hill Cemetery, Hwy. 52 W., Dothan, Alabama on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 2:00 pm.

Noel was born April 1, 1925 in Gulfport, Mississippi. The family moved to Brooklyn, MS. and then to Pasadena, TX, before settling permanently in Brooklyn, MS. He was a Navy veteran, serving as a Motorman 3rd on a crash boat in the Russell Islands in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945. Upon his discharge, he returned home to Brooklyn, and later used his G.I. Bill to attend radio school in New Orleans, La. His first job was at WWL in New Orleans.  He then went to radio stations from Baton Rouge to Dothan, at WTVY, and finally settled at WLBE in Leesburg Florida for several years. He met and married Thelma (Swank) Hart in 1963.  They came back to Dothan in 1965, and he worked for WTVY as broadcast engineer until he retired in the early ‘80’s.  He returned to school and received his GED diploma from Wallace College in 1985.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma, in 1965, and both of his parents Dudley J. and Bertha (Moore) Walters.

He is survived by his three sisters, Dorothy (Riley), Slidell, LA., Miriam (Martin), Dallas, TX, and Lois (Bierman) AR., his daughter, Donna Walters Penney, Cowarts, AL; his son and daughter-in-law David J. Walters, Sr. and Anna (Helmers) Walters, Leeville, LA., grandchildren David J. Walters, Jr., Tracy Walters, and Scott Walters of LA; and Carol R. Walters (Donna’s daughter) , Greeneville, TN, and 11 great grandchildren, of whom he was very proud.

The family would like to thank his doctors, especially Dr. Aliabadi, and Dr. Turnham for their service to him over the years.  Thank you to the nurses and staff of Gentiva Hospice for their wonderful care in his last year, especially Geraldine, who became his friend.

 

  

 

James Gary Brown of Dothan, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, April 5, 2013. He was 65 years old.

A home going celebration will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, April 11 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 1206 Fortner Street, Dothan, AL. The Reverend Ray Jones will officiate and Reverend Tim Willis along with Ken and Amber Brown will present the music.  A private family burial will be held at Gardens of Memory. The family will be at the family residence and will receive friends there. In lieu of flowers, you may make memorial contributions to Ridgecrest Baptist Church Building Fund.

Gary was born in Dothan to Johnnie and Wilma Capps Brown. He was a 1965 graduate of Ashford High School, served in the United States Air Force and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Gary was employed at Bell Supply Company for over 29 years and Solar Supply for 13 years. He served as President of the Dothan Civitan Club and coached his sons and many other boys in football  at the Dothan Boys Club, baseball with the City of Dothan Recreation Program, church basketball and girls church softball. Gary enjoyed golf with his many golfing buddies. He was a faithful member of Ridgecrest for 34 years serving as deacon, Sunday School director, department director, youth SS teacher, staff committee, usher and sang in the choir. Gary always had a smile and a friendly word for everyone. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Larry Brown, Don Brown and John Arthur Brown; in-laws, Cap and Sybil Bell and a brother in-law, Phillip Bell.

Gary is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gayle; three sons, Jeff (Denise), Robin (Margaret), Craig (Caroline); precious grandchildren, Preston, Maggie, Virginia, Benjamin, John Calvin and Andrew; brother, Kenneth (Catherine); sisters-in-law, Thelma Brown, Donna Haisten (Cliff) and Carolyn Bell; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Serving as active pallbearers will be; Ken Brown, Jimmy Butler, Cliff Haisten, Danny Mallory, Frankie Mathis and Terry Tew. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Oppert’s Sunday School class and Deacons of Ridgecrest.

 

 

 

Eloise Palmer Scott, went home to be with her Lord on April 7, 2013 after an extended illness. Her son and his fiancée Rose were her caregivers and by her side at her home going.

Memorial services for Mrs. Scott will be held at 11 AM Friday, April 12, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Rev. Billy Rich officiating. Burial will follow at Dothan City Cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 AM prior to the service.

Mrs. Scott is preceded in death by her husband , Ted L. Scott five months ago after 66 years of marriage; her parents, George and Bernice Palmer and a sister, Elwin Gunnels.

Survivors include her four sons, Ted Roger Scott (Ada), Marianna, FL, George Gregory Scott, Tallahassee, Fl, Mark Stephen Scott (Rose), Chattahoochee, FL, Walter Vance Scott (Brandy), Panama City, FL; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren;  sisters, Nell Davis, Kinsey, Narrell Benefield, Westside Terrace, Betty Jeffries, Dothan, Joyce McCubbin (Ray), Dothan, Fanchion Crosby (David), Dothan; two brothers,  Rev. George Palmer, Jr. (Sara) and Warren Palmer (Marsha).

 

 

Jamie Ditmer, a resident of Dothan, died Friday April 5, 2013 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was 24.

Services for Jamie will be held at 3 PM Sunday April 7, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage. The family will receive friends beginning at 2 PM prior to the service.

 

  

Andrea Faye Vaughn Mims, a resident of Dothan, died Thursday April 4, 2013 at her residence. She was 61.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mims will be held at 2 PM Sunday April 7, 2013 at Bethel Baptist Church with Reverend Ricky Plummer officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 PM until 7 PM Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Mrs. Mims was born December 24, 1951 to Clayburn and Mary Smith Vaughn. She was a 1971 graduate of Dothan High School and graduated Nursing School in 1972. She married Gary L. Mims, Sr. and travelled with him as an Air Force wife until moving back to Dothan in 1988. Mrs. Mims was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and enjoyed singing and doing crafts.

Mrs. Mims is preceded in death by her father, Clayburn Vaughn, husband, Gary L. Mims, Sr. and her twin sister, Angela Pace.

Survivors include her mother, Mary Vaughn, Dothan; two sons, Gary L. Mims. Jr., Christopher Mims, Dothan; two daughters, Audrey Palmer, Bonifay, Betsy Vickers (Steve), Bonifay; 11 grandchildren;  two sisters, Becky Skipper (Steve), Dothan, Rhonda Mayhall, Dothan; four brothers, Clayburn Vaughn, Dothan, John Vaughn, Ashford, Charles Vaughn, Dothan, Joseph Vaughn, Dothan and a special aunt, Eva Smith; several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

 

 

Willie C. Shaw, 90, of Dothan, Alabama, husband of the late Vera Alice Hulon Shaw, died Friday, March 22, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverends Andy Wood, Joe Patterson and Terry Howard officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends today from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times will be at the family residence.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, Willie was a son of the late Bennie Alver and Tessoria Montgomery Shaw. He was employed as an automobile mechanic for several automotive shops to include, Dothan Buick in the 1970’s, Charlie Strickland Pure Super Service, Walter Hamrick Service Station and Dothan Truck Stop. He also worked at the Wiregrass Rehab in maintenance prior to his retirement. Willie attended the First Baptist Church of Ashford, Al.

In addition to his wife and parents, Willie was preceded in death by a daughter, Sylvia Alice Shaw; three sisters, Wilma Mae Dickerson, Thelma Lou Shaw and Fannie Lou Shaw; two brothers, Alton Eugene Shaw and Carl Graves Shaw.

Surviving are three sons, Don Allen Shaw, Daleville, Al, Willie Ray Shaw, Decatur, Al, Benny Lavoyd Shaw Dothan, Al; eight grandchildren ; nineteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Sinquefield of Ozark, Alabama, died Monday, March 18, 2013 at Dale Medical Hospital in Ozark.

Memorial services will be held in Ozark at a later date.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Marilyn was a daughter of the late Willis Every and Julia Penfield Wilson.

Surviving are four sons & daughters-in-law, Chris & Carolyn Sinquefield, Ozark, Al, Chet & Sinquefield, Dave & Ellen Sinquefield all of Salt Lake City, Utah, Duane & Rhonda Sinquefield, Greenville, NC; a sister, Carolyn Boak, Chicago, Illonois;  nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Ray Shelley, 52, of Ashford, Alabama, died Friday, March 15, 2013 at his residence.

At his request, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend John Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday prior to the services and at other times will be at the home of the parents.

Born in Houston County, Alabama Jimmy was a son of Billy Ray and Ludene Murdock Shelley of Ashford, Alabama. He graduated from Ashford High School and started work at Farley Nuclear Plant in Security with Daniel Construction Company and also Alabama Power Company for twenty Nine years. He is of the Baptist Faith.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Herbert & Ruby Richadrson Shelley & Eugie and Ruby Harp Murdock.

In addition to his parents he is survived by an aunt, Betty Jean    (Pat) and husband Rufus Adsms; uncles, Michael Murdock, James (Doris) Shelley, Larry (Kathy) Shelley, Don (Marsha) Shelley, Harold (Rose) Shelley; Several nieces and nephews and friends.

                                               

 

 

 

 

Lanelle Wiggins Folkes, a resident of Webb, died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at her residence. She was 85.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013 at Bluff Springs Baptist Church with Brother Dennis Singletary and Dr. Kermit Soileau officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bluff Springs Baptist Church, 1990 Bluff Springs Road, Ashford, AL 36312.

Mrs. Folkes was born December 6, 1927 to the late Burke and Mary Lizzie Johnson Wiggins and was a lifelong resident of the Ashford and Webb area. She was a 1946 graduate of Ashford High and retired as the Secretary of the lunchroom at Ashford. Mrs. Folkes was a very active member of Bluff Springs where she served faithfully as long as her health permitted. She was happiest when surrounded by her family, church family, her neighbors and many friends.

Mrs. Folkes is preceded in death by a brother, Carlos Wiggins and a son in law, James Parrish.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, W.C. Folkes, Webb; daughters, Donna Parrish, Webb, Carol Sheffield and her husband, Terry, McDonough, GA; son, Jim Folkes and his wife Brenda, Webb; eight grandchildren, John K. Selfe, III and wife, Lisa, Julie Evans and her husband, Clint, Kelli Collins and husband, Chuck, Mike Selfe and wife, Shiree, Paula Leverette, Jodie Shelley and husband, Michael, Chris and Raleigh Sheffield; twelve great grandchildren; and a large extended family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lenora Culbreth McCall, of Cottonwood, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 79 years old.

Visitation will be held from 6 PM until 8 PM Monday, March 18, 2013 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Union Hill Baptist Church, 7335 S. County Road 33, Cottonwood with Pastor Kyle Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery on St. Mary Road, Cottonwood.

Mrs. McCall was born November 28, 1933 to Clarence Edwin and Ada Marzett Tindell Culbreth. She was predeceased by her parents and her siblings; John M. Culbreth, Edwin Culbreth, Ray Culbreth, Doris Culbreth Rhodes and Martha Culbreth Tyson.

Mrs. McCall grew up in Rehobeth and in July 1952 married Edward Howard McCall of Cottonwood. Together they survived the Korean Conflict, the births of four children, floods and droughts, feasts and famines as they farmed the land they loved so much. Mr. McCall passed away April 3, 2003 after almost 51 years of marriage.

Mrs. McCall had many hobbies among which were walking and hunting arrowheads, bowling, playing Scrabble, Chickenfoot dominoes, doing crossword puzzles, reading, fishing and singing. She enjoyed going monthly to her Rehobeth Class of ’52 Reunion breakfast at Shoney’s. She was an active member of Union Hill Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir and being co-Hospitality Committee chairman. She was a member of the Happy Group Senior Adults from Union Hill Baptist Church and of the Doll Halstead Sunday School Class. She also enjoyed participating in activities at the Cottonwood Senior Citizens Center, where she leaves many precious friends.

Besides her parents and siblings, Mrs. McCall was predeceased by her in-laws, Samuel Mason and Eula Viola Rich McCall, brothers-in-law, Theodore, Earl and Sammy McCall, Cullen Rhodes and sister-in-law, Kathryn Hare McCall.

Survivors include her children, Charles Edward (Chuck) McCall and his wife, Judy, Jan Taylor and husband, Danny, Connie Coleman and husband, David, Melissa Westberry and husband, Chip, all of Cottonwood; grandchildren, Alyssa Dorsey and husband, Matthew, Rocky Mount, NC, Casey McCall and wife, Niki, Lexington, KY, Brad McCall, Washington, Tania Davis and husband, Bill, Dothan, Mandy Collins and husband David, Wicksburg, Carmen Butler and husband, Nathan, Cottonwood, Brent Taylor and wife Amanda, Dothan, Brian Coleman and wife Dana, Ft. Payne, Jessica Kaminski and husband Kyle, Hixson, TN, Sara Powers, Cottonwood, Matt Westberry and wife Shauna, Tuscaloosa, Megan Powers, Graceville, FL, Morgan Westberry, Winston-Salem, NC; great-grandchildren, Silas, Micah, Anna and Leah Dorsey, Josiah, Lily, Elias, Eden and Samuel McCall, Katherine Davis, Stone and River Collins, Caleb Butler, Reed Taylor, Felicity Howard; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carolyn Culbreth, Graceville, FL, Dorothy Culbreth, Dothan, Sara Pitts, Cottonwood, Patty Sue Fowler and Eleanor McCall, Dothan, Zadie McCall, Blairsville GA, Lonnell and Bill Clark, Douglasville, GA and a host of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

The McCall family wishes to thank everyone for their kindness and consideration during this very difficult time. In particular we would like to thank the Cottonwood Senior Citizens Center and the Cottonwood Rescue Squad for their quick response and excellent care, the ER staff, CCU staff, Dr. Saeeda K. Malik, and the nurses of the sixth floor at Southeast Alabama Medical Center for their expertise and kindness, Covenant Hospice and their staff of caring and devoted professionals. Each child would like to thank their church families for their prayers and visits. To God be the glory forever and ever! Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Judith Kay Miller, 72, of Daleville went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Miller was born August 1, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois. After spending most of her adult life in Indiana, she and her family relocated to Alabama.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, French Miller; daughters, Melinda Carter (Don), Rebecca Adams (David), Sherri Newman (Phil), Jennifer Pullen (John); sons, Kenny Miller (Janna), Greg Miller (De’on); sister, Patricia Forsey; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Thelma Louise Brown, a resident of Dothan, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. She was 78.

Funeral services for Mrs. Brown will be held at 10 AM Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Brother George Ellison officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 PM (EST) Saturday in Holly Hills cemetery in Port St. Joe, Florida with Brother Steve Coy officiating and Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 PM until 8 PM Friday, March 15, 2013. At other times, the family will meet at 300 Fowler Road Ashford, Alabama, 36312.

Mrs. Brown was born in Lake Wales, Florida to the late Herman Joseph and Wilma Louise Hollington Marshall. She was raised in Port St. Joe where she was a graduate of Port St. Joe High School. Mrs. Brown enjoyed cooking and talking with friends but her passion was her grandchildren. She attended Dothan Church of God and also Gospel Assembly in Panama City.

Mrs. Brown is preceded in death by her husband, Lindon Leroy Brown; son, Lindon Alan Brown and a brother Roy Marshall.

Survivors include her daughters and their husbands, Cathy and BJ Lisenby, Ashford, Linda and Jimmy Campbell, LaGrange, GA; four grandchildren, Adam Campbell and his wife, Renee, Kyle Campbell and his wife, Anna, Jared Lisenby and Cameron Lisenby; three great grandchildren, Jax Campbell, Makinley Campbell and Brylee Campbell.

Ronnie Calvin Strickland, a resident of Ashford, died Friday, March 8, 2013 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was 63.

Funeral services for Ronnie will be held at 3 PM Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Rocky Creek United Methodist Church with Rev. Andy Watford officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service at the church and at other times will be at the family residence.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Rocky Creek United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 677, Ashford, Alabama 36312.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, Ronnie was a son of John Calvin and Betty Ruth Smith Strickland of Ashford, Alabama. He worked in Maintenance for New Hope Industries for several years and attended Rocky Creek United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents he is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Steve & Cindy Strickland, Dothan; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Shelia & Dennis Robbins, Dothan and Delane & Mike Parris, Hoover, Al; Several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles also survive.

Amelia Elise Godsey Lathem, 85, of Dothan, died Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Henry County Health and Rehab.

Graveside funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Reverend Mike Pearson officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 P.M. until 1:30 P.M. Wednesday at Southern Heritage Funeral Home prior to the graveside service.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Elise was a daughter of the late Robert Earl and Amelia Kneip Godsey. She worked as the Lunch room manager at Girard Middle School for approximately twenty years  prior to her retirement in 1989. She was a strong supporter of organ donations, having donated a kidney to her son Danny Lathem in 1965. Mrs. Lathem was a volunteer at Southeast Alabama Medical Center and was a member of the Lafayette United Methodist Church where she served many years on the Hostess Committee and sang in the adult choir.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Alacare Hospice for their care and support.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Daniel Lathem,  two sons, Carl Daniel Lathem, Jr, Carlton David Lathem; two daughters, Connie Dale Lathem and Donna Elise Lathem.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Lathem (David) Hogg, Dothan, Al; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis (Cathy) Lathem, Birmingham, Al; four grandchildren, Bailey Elizabeth Lathem, Nashville, TN, Anna Claire Lathem, Birmingham, Al, Daniel Anderson Hogg, Birmingham, Al and Amelia Leanna Hogg, Dothan, Al.   

Carolyn Dianne Poole Givens, 59, of Cottonwood, Al, died Sunday, March 3, 2014, in Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend W.W. Givens and Reverend Karl Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Ramah Primitive Baptist Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday prior to the services and at other times will be at the residence of the son, Jeff Givens, 119 Della Mar Drive, Headland, AL.

Born in Donaldsonville, Georgia, Dianne was a daughter of the late Andrew Rudolph and Gwendolyn Love Poole. She worked as a bus driver for the Henry County School System and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Cottonwood.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Givens was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby LaDon Poole.

Surviving are her husband, James Robert “Bobby” Givens, Cottonwood; two sons, Robert Jeffery (Brooke) Givens, Headland, Al; Andrew Jay (Kellie) Givens, Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX; a brother, Andy (Tammy) Poole, Cottonwood, Al; three grandchildren, Analeigh Givens, Mark Givens and Mary Givens; a special Cousin, Louise Snell.

Sallie Virginia Hughes Arnold, 85, of Dothan, Alabama, died Saturday, March 2, 2013 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2013 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Mark Bristow officiating.  Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing.  The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  At other times, the family will be at the home of the daughter. 

Sallie was born a daughter of the late Lucious and Addie Barnes Hughes.  She worked as a machine operator for approximately twenty years with Sunnyland Packing Company of Dothan prior to her retirement in 1991.  She was a member of Webb Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son Winford Arnold; four brothers and three sisters; and her loving husband Morris Arnold.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary (Wyatt) Shiver, Dothan; a son and daughter-in-law Luke Jerome (Colleen) Arnold, Cottonwood; a daughter-in-law Debra Arnold, Dothan; nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  

Jesse Ike “Sam” Money, a resident of Dothan, died Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at his residence. He was 62.

Funeral services for Mr. Money will be held at 1 PM Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Clearman Chapel at Southern Heritage with Reverend David Baker officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery in Clayhatchee with Southern Heritage directing. Flowers will be accepted.

Mr. Money was born February 17, 1951 in Coffee County, Alabama and had lived most of his adult life in Dothan. He was retired from the City of Dothan Electric Department where he was employed for 22 years. Mr. Money enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles, playing dominoes and spending time with his family and friends. He was a former member of the Houston County Rescue Squad and Houston County Sheriff’s Deputy Auxiliary.

Mr. Money is preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Gladys Hartzog Money and a brother, Jackie Money.

Survivors include his loving wife, Ruby Miller Money; son, Curtis (Tiffany) Miller, Dallas, GA; daughter, Kim (Larry) Turner, Dothan; two grandsons, Mason and Isaiah Turner, Dothan; two granddaughters, Kendall and Kolbie Miller, Dallas, GA; sister, Mae Tom Snell, Enterprise; brother, Mack Money, Crowley, LA and a host of nieces and nephews.

Walter Darmond Whitehead, 80 of Cottonwood, Al, husband of Inez Beasley Whitehead, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Flowers Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Memorial services will be held  1:00 P.M. Monday, February 18, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Cottonwood with Reverend  Jimmy Bolin and Reverend John Smith Officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will be receiving friends at the church immediately following the services. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Cottonwood, P.O. Box 427, Cottonwood, Alabama 36320.

Born in Houston County, Alabama, he was a son of the late Walter and Reecie Webb Whitehead. Darmond owned and operated Central Television Service Company and worked for a number of years with Dothan Livestock and as a security officer for Flowers Hospital prior to his retirement. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Cottonwood.       

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Cindy Whitehead, Dothan, Al; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles Raymond and Starr Whitehead, Fort Walton Beach, FL; one granddaughter; two step granddaughters; three grandsons; one great granddaughter; two step great grandsons.

Mary Helen Nowell, a resident of Avon, died Wednesday January 23, 2013 at her residence. She was 64.

Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery with Brother Frank Wood officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight from 6 PM until 8 PM.

Mary was born March 23, 1948 on Ozark Alabama to Leon D. Osteen and Doris Reynolds. She will be remembered as a great and loving woman that was generous and kind.

Survivors include her mother and step-father, Doris and Cecil Howell, Avon; son and daughter in law, Donald Nowell and Penny, Ashford; daughter and son in law, Amy and Mike Oster, Avon; grandchildren, Derek Nowell, Patricia Nowell, Gabrielle Nowell and Joseph Hanks; brothers, Danny Osteen, Michigan and Tommy Howell, Dothan; several nieces and nephews.

Luverne Skipper Anderson, 91, formerly of Dothan, died Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami, FL.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 21, 2013 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Reverend Stacy Stafford officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. prior to the services.

Burial will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral directing.

Born in Dothan, Alabama, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Ila Lee Skipper. Luverne was a homemaker and a member of Piney Grove United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by seven brothers, Clyde Skipper, Oscar Skipper, Clant Skipper, Whitt Skipper, Arthur Skipper, Buck Skipper and Fratte Skipper; three sisters, Estelle Reardon, Ruby Tidwell and  Muriel Harrison Hadden.

Surviving are a son, David Alexander Anderson JR, Miami, FL; five grandchildren, Trenton Blair Smith, Walter Gassaway Powell III, Joseph Powell, David A. Anderson III and Brecken Nicole Smith; one great-grandchild, Anderson Smith.

Gus Lamar Ingram, 58, of Rehobeth, Alabama, died Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Memory Hill Cemetery with Reverend Mark Lily officiating and Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends at the family residence immediately following the graveside service.

Born in Dothan, Alabama, Gus is the son of Mildred Griffin Ingram and the late Max Lamar Ingram. He worked in Sheet Metal fabrication for Smith’s incorporated for approximately fifteen years and also worked for the Mobile Attic Company of Dothan. Gus is a member of Cloverdale United Methodist Church.

In addition to his mother, Gus is survived by his brother, Daniel Sable Ingram and his wife, Tammy Palmer Ingram of Blakely, Georgia; a niece, Holly Danielle Ingram, Troy, Alabama.

Ruby Battles Crenshaw Thomas, 86, of Dothan, Alabama, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 17, 2013 in Clearman Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Mel Douglas officiating. Burial will follow in Rehobeth Cemetery with Southern Heritage directing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 2740 Headland Avenue, Dothan, Alabama 36303

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 A.M. until 10:45 A.M. Thursday prior to the services and at other times will be at the family residence.

Born in Houston County, Ruby was a daughter of the late Huey and Genera Martin Battles. She worked in sales with Gibson’s Retail Store and K-Mart, retiring from K-Mart following thirteen years of service. Following her retirement she worked for several years with Florida Microfilm. She is a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Cottonwood Road.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Rufus Franklin Crenshaw and Perry LaGrann Thomas.

Surviving are two sons, Michael F. Crenshaw & wife Patsy of Dothan and Kenneth Paul Crenshaw of Dothan; a daughter, Kathy Lowther and husband Richard of Dothan; a sister, Mary Etheridge and husband, Sammy of Dothan; three grandchildren, Nicole Trammell and husband, Jason; Dr. Bryan Crenshaw and Brandon Crenshaw.

Reverend Griel D. Smith of Hartford, Alabama, died Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Noland Health Services at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Dothan Church of God with Reverend George Ellison and The Administrative Bishop Dr. Raymond Culpepper officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the church prior to the service.

Born in Butler County, Alabama, Griel was a son of the late Perry Tawson and Katie Lou Smith. Pastor Smith served as a Church of God Minister from 1974 until his retirement in 2002 and is a member of the Dothan Church of God.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Smith and two sisters, Myra Till and Ruby Jackson and a grandson, Collin Dempsie Smith.

Surviving are his wife, Jacqueline Mathews Smith, Hartford, Al; two sons Glenn D. Smith and wife Deborah, Daphne, Al; Ashley D. Smith, Hartford, Al; two daughters, Charline S. Dunn and husband James, Geneva, Al, Lacinda Woodall and husband Tim, Scottsboro, Al; five brothers, Leo Smith, Ashford, Al, Carl Smith, Brewton, Al, Jack Smith, Willie Mack Smith and Vernon (Duck) Smith all of Greenville, Al; a sister, Ethleen Gibson, Mobile, Al, grandchildren, Jake Dunn, Chasity Herman, Brian and Reese Smith, Avery, Tawson, and Lauren Woodall, Madaline , Abigail and Elijah Smith; three great grandchildren, Parker, Jameson and Olivia Herman.

Reuben LaDon Womack (Happy) of Cottonwood, Alabama, died Saturday, January 5, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was 70.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Howard Grove Freewill Baptist Church with Reverend Marrell Turvin officiating. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The body will lie-in-state at the residence from 9:00 A.M. Monday, January 7, 2013 until one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, when it will be placed in the church. Active pallbearers are Reuben (Ben) Womack, Jacob (Scooter) Womack, Aubrey Womack, Aaron Womack, Brent Snell and Keith Traylor. Honorary Pallbearers are Devin Womack, Dale Quattlebaum, Jason Whitehead, Wesley Clark, Corey Johnson, Cody Chrisler, Dennis Lobsinger.

Born January 15, 1942  in Houston County, Alabama, Don was a son of the late Lewis A. and Reatha Adams Womack. He was a graduate of Cottonwood High School and worked with Great Southern Papermill for approximately 24 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of Howard Grove Freewill Baptist Church. The family would like to give a special thanks to Gentiva Hospice for the wonderful care they gave to Reuben during his illness.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Meadows; two brothers, Rex Womack and Bobby Womack.

Mr. Womack is survived by his wife of fifty two years, Sandra Ann Miller Womack, Cottonwood;  a daughter, Starla Denise Womack Lobsinger, New Kirk, Oklahoma; three sons, Dennis Womack, Cottonwood, Joseph DeWayne Womack and wife Johnnie, Cottonwood and Derek Lee Womack and wife Heather., Cottonwood;  three brothers, John Lewis Womack, Montgomery, Ray Womack and wife Jackie, Deridder, Louisiana, Tommy Womack and wife Thedus, Cottonwood; a sister, Betty Sue Womack Hall, Cottonwood; fifteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; Special friends, Dale Quattlebaum, Jody Harper, David Meadows and Brenda McKay; several nieces and nephews.    

 
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