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Miscellaneous Mobile County, Alabama Obituaries - 1998

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10/3/98

Wilfred R. Hultz
Wilfred Russell Hultz, who had worked with the Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., died Thursday in a local medical facility. He was 84. Hultz was a native of Gary, Ind., and lived in Grand Bay for 54 years. He had also worked as a farmer. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Faye Hultz of Grand Bay; two sons, George Hultz of Grand Bay and Donald Hultz of Millington, Tenn.; three sisters, Irma Grant of Pascagoula, Miss., Darlene Davis of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Sylvia Pol of Biloxi, Miss.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 11 a.m. today at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, followed by a noon graveside service in Mobile Memorial Gardens.

Evelyn Lee Evelyn Lee
Evelyn Lee Evelyn Lee, a native of Welch, W.Va., and a resident of Mobile, died Friday in a local hospital after a long battle with hepatitis C. She was 68. Survivors include three sons, Paul Wallace and Earl Wallace, both of Mobile, and Jimmy Sheppard of Welch; one daughter, Betty Sarbur of Welch; two sisters, Christine Ross and Katie Nester, both of Welch; and numerous grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at a later date. The family prefers that memorials be made to the American Liver Foundation, 1425 Tonpton Avenue, Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009. Pine Crest Funeral Home on Dauphin Island Parkway is handling arrangements.

Mary R. Mullins
ELBERTA - Mary R. Mullins, a native of Mexico, Mo., and a resident of Elberta, died Sept. 26. She was 65. Ms. Mullins is survived by one daughter, Angel Griggs of Elberta; four sons, David Griggs of Mobile, Don Griggs of Jacksonville, Fla., and Bob Griggs and Davey Griggs, both of Elberta; one sister, Helen Carson of Rush Hill, Mo.; and six grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Rock Cemetery in Robertsdale. Arrangements are by Mack Funeral Home in Robertsdale.

Cullen Bryant Colbert
URIAH - Cullen Bryant Colbert, who served as chief engineer for a tugboat company, died Wednesday in a nursing facility in Atmore, Ala. He was 78. Colbert, a native of Poplar Springs, Ala., lived in Uriah. He had been a member of the Seafarers Union. From February 1942 to December 1945, he served in the U.S. Army and held the rank of technician fifth grade. He was a member of Semirah Springs Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Iona Dot Colbert of Uriah; one son, George M. Colbert of Oklahoma; two daughters, Glenda Faye Colbert and Theon Knight, both of Uriah; one sister, Ann McGilberry of Uriah; five children; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services are set for 3:30 p.m. today at Semirah Springs Cemetery in Semirah Springs. Monroe Chapel Funeral Home in Monroeville is handling arrangements.

Doris Grant Sheffield
MONROEVILLE - Doris Grant Sheffield, a homemaker who was a member of the Eastern Star and White Shrine, died Wednesday at her home. She was 84. Mrs. Sheffield, a native of Conecuh County, lived in Monroeville. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Monroeville and was a former member of First United Methodist Church of Florence, Ala. Survivors include her son, Walter Lee McInnis of Monroeville; two daughters, Velma McInnis Edmonds of New Orleans and Anita McInnis Dollarhide of Montgomery; two stepdaughters, Dorothy Sheffield Stewart and Nancy Sheffield Ivey, both of Monroeville; one brother, Ollen Grant of Repton, Ala.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Graveside services are set for 10:30 a.m. today in Springhill Methodist Cemetery in Lenox, Ala. Monroe Chapel Funeral Home of Monroeville is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce E. Agerton
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Joyce Easley Agerton, who years ago had worked at Brookley Field, died Sept. 24 in a Melbourne hospital at the age of 73. Mrs. Agerton was a native of Mobile and a longtime resident of Melbourne. Survivors include her husband, Eldred "George" Agerton of Melbourne and formerly of Mobile; one daughter, Adrian McKendree of Melbourne; two sons, Paul Agerton and Mark Agerton, both of Melbourne; one sister, Teresa Nabers of Mobile; two brothers, James Easley and Sirdy "Bud" Easley, both of Mobile; and one granddaughter. Burial was Monday in Florida Memorial Gardens.

Vernon Clements Jr.
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Vernon G. "Bill" Clements Jr., a retired engineer with Eglin Air Force Base, died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 56. Clements was a Mobile native who moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1964 after receiving his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University. He went to work at Eglin, holding various engineering and management positions during his 30 years there. When he retired in 1994, he was director of plans and programs with the 96th Communications Systems Group. He volunteered with a number of organizations in Fort Walton Beach. He served as technical director, scenic designer and photographer for the Northwest Florida Ballet from 1967 to 1994. An Eagle Scout, he was a scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America, where he was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He also was a leader in the YMCA Indian Guides Program and was a Kiwanis Club member. Clements enjoyed fishing, archery, scuba diving, camping, canoeing, photography, woodworking, pottery, art and building and flying model airplanes. Services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E. in Fort Walton Beach. The family requests that memorials be made to the Northwest Florida Ballet, Bill Clements Memorial Production Fund, P.O. Box 964, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549; the Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Blvd., Suite B., Niceville, FL 32548; the Salvation Army; or a favorite charity.

Donald Montgomery
BRANDON, Fla. - Donald Montgomery, a native of Thomaston, Ga., and resident of Brandon, died Sept. 26. Montgomery, a former Mobile resident, is survived by two sons, Regan Montgomery of Brandon and Richard Merritt of Montgomery; one daughter, Donna Sawyer of Tampa, Fla.; and five grandchildren. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at Radney Funeral Home, followed by graveside services and burial at 2 p.m., in Pine Crest Cemetery.

Dorothy J. Woodcock
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. - Dorothy June Woodcock, a homemaker and resident of Albertville, died Monday in Alabaster, Ala., Mrs. Woodcock, 67, was a native of Elmira, N.Y. Survivors include one son, John A. Woodcock of Albertville; three daughters, Deborah Epps of Albertville, Linda Bealer and Tana York, both of Theodore; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services are set for noon today at Serenity Funeral Home, with visitation from 10 a.m. to service time. Burial will be in Serenity Memorial Gardens.

John Wesley Vickroy Jr.,
SPANISH FORT - John Wesley Vickroy Jr., known for his civic activism and two runs for the Spanish Fort City Council, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, at his home. He was 71. Vickroy had been active in the Spanish Fort Volunteer Fire Department, the Spanish Fort Community Association, the Board of Registrars and the Adopt-A-Mile program. He served as state and national director for public relations and media liaison for the Educational Foundation for Children Abroad, which found host families in Southwest Alabama for French exchange students. "My dad was always active," said his daughter, Dianne McClure. "He really loved Spanish Fort. He called it 'his town.'" Vickroy moved to Spanish Fort in 1989 after working 16 years in the White House making travel arrangements for the press corps, Ms. McClure said. Vickroy also was in the U.S. Army for 25 years, retiring in 1969 as a chief warrant officer. Vickroy ran twice for a City Council position, losing to Councilman Joe Thomas in 1993 and again to Councilman Bob Pannone in 1996. Ms. McClure said Friday that results from an autopsy weren't available and she did not know the cause of her father's death. Ms. McClure found him Thursday morning: "He never got out of bed." Councilwoman Wanda Finch said Vickroy was a driving force behind Spanish Fort's incorporation in 1993. "I think he just saw Spanish Fort as a unique place to live, and he wanted to help preserve that," she said. Vickroy, born in Lucas, Iowa, will be remembered for his sense of humor and his perseverance to complete tasks he accepted, Ms. Finch said. "I think if we had more people like John in this world, the world would be a better place," she said. The Spanish Fort City Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution honoring Vickroy at Monday's meeting. Survivors include his wife, Betty; one son, William Burrow of Myrtle, Miss.; four daughters, Ms. McClure of Spanish Fort, Sandra Vickroy of Stafford, Va., and Neloise Almquist and Trina Vickroy, both of Mount Jackson, Va.; two sisters, Darlene Reese and Doris Peterson, both of Salina, Kan.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Visitation will be held today from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Wolfe Funeral Home in Fairhope, followed by a funeral service there. Interment will be in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Spanish Fort Volunteer Fire Department.

10/4/98

Joseph H. Andrade
Joseph H. Andrade, a well-known artist and designer, died Friday in a local nursing facility. He was a native and resident of Mobile. Andrade, whose age was unavailable, attended McGill Institute and Spring Hill College. He founded Andrade's Costume House in the 1940s and was a communicant of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. A member of several mystic societies, he also helped form one of the first couples organizations, the Etruscan Mystic Society, in 1950. He designed the society's logo as well as that of the Mystic Stripers. His designing talent also extended into float-building for several mystic societies. He is survived by his two daughters, Julie Andrade Jones of Mobile and Yvette Klumpp of Metarie, La.; a sister, Marie Crane of Mobile; and five grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Roche-Belmany-Herrington Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Burial will be in Pine Crest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Roche-Belmany-Herrington Funeral Home in Mobile is handling arrangements.

Robert C. Boley Sr.
Robert C. Boley Sr., a lifelong resident of Mobile County, died Friday at a local hospice. He was 73. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He is survived by his wife, Zelda Boley of Theodore; two sons, Robert C. Boley Jr. and Lester Carl Boley, both of Theodore; and two grandsons. Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Serenity Funeral Home. Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Veterans Wall of Honor with full military honors in Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Jerome Duncan
Jerome Duncan, a Mobile native and resident, died Friday at a local hospital. Mr. Duncan, who age was unavailable, was a retired maintenance worker for the Mobile County School Board and was a member of State Street AME Zion Church. He is survived by one brother, Clarence Duncan Jr., and one sister, Claire D. Wormley, both of Mobile. Arrangements will be announced by Johnson Allen Mortuary.

Thelma Leckie Reid
Thelma Leckie Reid, a Boling native and a Mobile resident, died Thursday at a local health care facility. Mrs. Reid, whose age was unavailable, worked at the family furniture manufacturing business, Reid Reproduction Co. She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Reid Sr. of Mobile; two sons, Robert Edward Reid Jr. of Atlanta and George Hampton Reid Sr. of Mobile; one daughter, Mary Reid Rodgers of Greenville, S.C.; one sister, Frances Franklin of Atlanta; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Radney Funeral Home on Dauphin Street. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Faith Bible Church with burial in Pine Crest West Cemetery. Zettie Doris Varnado Zettie Doris Varnado, a Mobile native and resident, died Friday at her residence. She was 74.

10/6/1998

Ruby J. Love Wiggins
Ruby J. Love Wiggins, who had worked several years at Donald Duck Day Care Center, died in a local hospital Sunday from an apparent stroke. She was 49. The native and resident of Mobile was a longtime member of Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church and as a child, a member of St. Peter Baptist Church. Survivors include her son, Terry C. Wiggins Jr. of Mobile; her daughter, Latrice D. Love of Mobile; her mother, Lovell T. Love of Mobile; three brothers, William L. Love Jr. and Charles Love, both of Mobile, and Harold Love of Chicago; two sisters, Marjorie L. Hudson of South Hill, Va., and Vera Cannon of Mobile; and one grandson. Services are set for 1 p.m. Thursday at Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church on Hurtel Street with visitation from noon until service time. Burial is in Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens.

Jessie Lancaster
JACKSON, Ala. - Jessie Archer Lancaster, a retired fitter with Raphael Fur Co. of Mobile, died Sunday in a health care facility in Jackson. She was 82. Mrs. Lancaster, a native of Corinth, Miss., lived in Jackson. She was a former resident of Frisco City. She attended the Church of Christ. Survivors include two sons, Harry Lancaster of Jackson and Troy Lancaster of Corinth; one brother, Ed Archer of Corinth; one sister, Elizabeth Bowles of McMinnville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial services were Monday in the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson.

Linda Wiggins
MONROEVILLE, Ala. - Linda McKenzie Wiggins, a homemaker and member of Southside Baptist Church, died Monday at her home. She was 50. Mrs. Wiggins lived in Monroeville. Survivors include her husband, Leonard Wiggins of Monroeville; one daughter, Pamela Ray of Troy, Ala.; her mother, Lottie G. McKenzie of Monroeville; one brother, Jimmy McKenzie of Monroeville; and one grandson. Services are set for 2 p.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home in Monroeville with burial in Monroeville Memorial Gardens.

William Gaston
BUFFALO, N.Y.- William Gaston, who had been employed by the International Laborers Union Local 485 of Rochester, N.Y., died Sept. 25 in Buffalo. He was 87. Gaston, a native of Camden, Ala., had lived in Buffalo for many years. In Mobile, he had attended Broad Street School. Among his survivors is his sister, Essie Lee Jackson of Mobile. Visitation will be at Hodge's Funeral Chapel today from 9 a.m. until the noon services. Burial will be in Whispering Pines Cemetery.

Glenn R. Paxton
MENA, Ark. - Glenn R. Paxton, a retired carpenter, died Sunday in a Mena hospital. He was 85. Paxton, a native of Butler County, formerly lived in Mobile, having moved to Mena in 1980. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and was instrumental in the construction of the Mena church. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Paxton of Mena; one son, James Richard Paxton of Dothan, Ala.; two daughters, Janet Marlene McIntyre of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Elizabeth Ann Riley of Rialto, Calif.; one sister, Erma Johnston of Mena; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Hall Funeral Service Chapel in Mena. Burial will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to NET 98.

Frank C. Reynolds
SILVERHILL - Frank C. Reynolds, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and a resident of Silverhill, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998. He was 77 years old. Reynolds is survived by his wife, Betty Reynolds of Silverhill; two sons, James R. Reynolds of Orlando, Fla., and Michael E. Landers of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Elouise Grant of Foley and Frances Hammack of Jackson, Miss.; one brother, William E. Reynolds of Jasper; and three grandchildren. Memorial services were held Monday at Mack Funeral Home chapel in Robertsdale. The family suggests that contributions be made to a favorite charity. Cremation arrangements were by Mack Funeral Home.

10/8/1998

Mary A. Barbour
Mary A. Barbour, a resident of Little Sisters of the Poor, died Sunday in a local hospital. Mrs. Barbour, 93, a native and former longtime resident of Philadelphia, Pa., had lived in Mobile for the past 10 years. Survivors include one son, retired Coast Guard Cdr. Matthew J. Barbour of Mobile; one brother, Hugh McGlynn of Philadelphia; and three grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. Friday at Little Sisters of the Poor. Radney Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1655 McGill Ave., Mobile, Ala. 36604.

Thomas Franklin Barnes
Thomas Franklin "Frank" Barnes, who had worked as a manager, died Tuesday at his home. Barnes, 75, a native of Rutherfordton, N.C., lived in Citronelle. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include two sons, Randy Barnes of Citronelle and Billy Barnes of Knoxville, Tenn.; one daughter, Kay Brannan of Citronelle; four sisters, Mary Bennett, Betty Wise and Barbara Melvin, all of Gastonia, N.C., and Dot Harrell of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Freeman Funeral Home in Citronelle, where services are set for 10 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Pine Crest Cemetery in Citronelle.

Mary Lynum Carrway
Mary Lynum Carrway, who had taught for 47 years with the Mobile County Public Schools, died Tuesday in a local hospital. A native of Suggsville, Ala., Mrs. Carrway, 94, moved with her family to Mobile, where she finished high school. She had attended Alabama State College, now Alabama State University, in Montgomery. An elementary teacher, she taught at Whitley School in Plateau as well as various other schools in Mobile's public school system. She retired in 1969. As a member of Metropolitan AME Church, she served as a member of the Julia A. Craig Missionary Society, past president of the Progressive Board and a former Sunday school teacher. Other memberships included the Humanistic Challengers Federate Club and the Retired Teachers of Whitley Club. Survivors include one son, Esmond Crawford of Philadelphia, Pa.; one sister, Anna Evans of Mobile; and two grandchildren. Viewing will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at Christian Benevolent Funeral Home and after 9 a.m. Saturday at Metropolitan AME Church, where visitation is set from 10:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. services. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Adell Crawford
Adell Crawford, a native of Gintown and resident of Eight Mile, died Monday in a local hospital. She was 77. She is survived by three daughters, Minnie Louise Jones of Corpus Christi, Texas; Peggy Sue Crawford of Mobile; and Mary Crawford of Eight Mile; two sons, Charles Wayne Crawford of Mount Vernon and William Crawford of Eight Mile; a brother; several sisters; and five grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Serenity Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home. Burial will be in Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Russell Lamar Kelley
JACHIN - Russell Lamar Kelley, a heavy equipment operator, died Tuesday in a Meridian, Miss., hospital after battling cancer. He was 53. Kelley, a native of Butler, Ala., lived in Jachin. Survivors include his wife, Ruby C. Kelley of Jachin; his mother, Loraine Kelley of Jachin; one son, Clyde Lamar Kelley of Jachin; two daughters, Linda K. Lewis of Reform, Ala., and Laura Ann Mazingo of Meridian; and four grandchildren. Services are set for 2 p.m. today at Bumpers Funeral Home in Butler, Ala., with burial in New Lusk Cemetery in Needham, Ala.

Noah Bowden
PENSACOLA - Noah Bowden, 97, who retired from International Paper Co. after 32 years, died Monday in a Pensacola hospital. A native of Elba, Ala., Bowden formerly lived in Satsuma and had lived in Pensacola for the past few years. He had also worked as a farmer. He had been a member of LaFitte Baptist Church in Saraland. Survivors include two sons, James A, Bowden of Creola and Ralph "Butch" Bowden of Mobile; one daughter, Carolyn "Jean" Steber of Pensacola; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the noon services. Burial will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens.

James Patrick Hannie
BATON ROUGE, La. - James Patrick Hannie, age 5, died Wednesday at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., after a battle with leukemia. He was a native and resident of Baton Rouge. Survivors include his parents, James Christopher and Anita Hartley Hannie of Baton Rouge; one brother, Thomas Christopher Hannie of Baton Rouge; paternal grandparents, James Joseph and Patricia Copponex Hannie of Baton Rouge; maternal grandparents, Simmie Harold and Margaret Armstrong Hartley of Millry, Ala.; and his maternal great-grandmother, Irma James Hartley of Millry. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida in Baton Rouge, today from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at Broadmoor Baptist Church with burial in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 332 Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38105; or the Ronald McDonald House, 535 Alabama, Memphis, TN 38105.

Wallace Griffin Harrison
GALLION, Ala. - Wallace Griffin Harrison, a former maintenance supervisor with Vanity Fair Corp., died Tuesday at his home. Harrison, 73, a native of Bashi, Ala., lived in Gallion. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife, Mattie Elizabeth Harrison of Gallion; two sons, Rodney Harrison of Goodway, Ala., and Don Harrison of Van Cleave, Miss.; two daughters, Cathy Green of Hawkinsville, Ga., and Dianne Martin of Magnolia, Ala.; one brother, Preston Harrison of Anchorage, Alaska; one sister, Willie Floye Lyles of Bay Minette; 20 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Services are set for 2 p.m. today at Elam Baptist Church with burial in Elam Cemetery in Thomasville, Ala. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, Ala., is handling arrangements.


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