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Sam G. Andress, Jr.
Johnson Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mr. Sam G. Andress, Jr., age 71, of Mexia, died Thursday, March 25, 1999 at a local hospital. Mr. Andress was a lifelong resident of Mexia and was a member of the Mexia Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 26, 1999 at 3 p.m. at Mexia Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Pruitt officiating. Burial was in Mexia Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Mr. Andress is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertha Andress of Mexia; his mother, Mrs. Thelma Andress, of Peterman; two sons, Michael Andress of Opelika; and Sam G. Andress III of Monroeville; one daughter, Tammy Lankford of Mexia; one sister, Erin Ramer of Peterman; and four grandchildren.

Carro Nichols
Penn Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Carro Nichols, age 92, of Perdue Hill died on March 27, 1999 at Sea Breeze Nursing Home in Mobile. She was a native of Perdue Hill and had lived in Monroe County all of her life. She was a member of Mt. Gillard Baptist Church. She was a past Worthy Matron of Ruth Choice Chapter #821 Order of the Eastern Star, a member of Evening Light #27-The Independent Order of Universal Brotherhood.She was also a Southwest District worker and the Free Mission District worker. Services will be Saturday, April 3, 1999 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Gillard Baptist Church at Perdue Hill. Burial will be in McConnicol Cemetery at Perdue Hill with the Rev. W. G. Lett officiating and Penn's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Nichols was preceeded in death by her husband. Survivors include one son, Robert Earl "Bob" Nichols, of Detroit, Mich.; two daughters, Vivian Tucker, of Perdue Hill and Minnie E. Gillard, of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Alvin (Buddy) Davison, Jr.
Joe Morris & Son Funeral Home, Pensacola, Fla.
Alvin Davison, Jr., age 56, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Wednesday, March 24, 1999. Mr. Davison was a native of Tunnel Springs. Services were held Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Tunnel Springs with the Rev. John O. Malone officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Joe Morris & Son Funeral Home of Pensacola, Fla. directing. Survivors include his wife, Gail Davison of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; his mother, Mattie Davison, of Tunnel Springs; seven children, Asia Brinson, Elizabeth Davison, and Angela Watkins, all of Tampa, Fla.; Carla Hardy and Rodney Lindsey, both of Pensacola, Fla.; Sherrie Diane Matthews, of Tunnel Springs,; Wilson Watson, of Monroeville; four sisters, Mattie R. English, of Pensacola, Fla., Edith Davison Crook, of Monroeville; Carrie Lang, of Franklin; and Alberta Davison; one brother, Bill Abner, Jr., of Pensacola, Fla; twelve grandchildren; and several aunts, nieces, and nephews.

Bessie Pauline James
Johnson Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Bessie Pauline James, age 83, of Goodway, died Thursday, March 25, 1999 at a local nursing home. She was a native of Monroe County and a homemaker. She had resided at Englewood Nursing Home for the last two years. Services were held Sunday, March 28, 1999 at 1 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Johnson officiating. Burial was in Mexia Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Survivors include two daughters, Pasty Linam, of Atmore; and Dannylu Wilson, of Columbia, Tenn.; two brothers, Artel Peaden and Clyde Peaden, both of Santa Rosa County, Fla.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Helen Jenel Hall
Johnson Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Helen Jenell Hall, age 67 of Repton, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999 in a Citronelle Nursing Home. Mrs. Hall was a native of Lenox but had been a resident of Repton for most of her life. She was a member of the Baggetts Chapel Church. Services were held Saturday, March 27, 1999 at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Smith officiating. Burial was in the Baggetts Chapel Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Glen Hall and a son Billy Glen Hall. Survivors include her mother, Velma Watson, of Repton; three sons, Greg Hall, of Repton; Gary Hall, of Monroeville, Terry Hall, of Atmore; two daughters, Brenda White, of Excel, Redetha Saucer, of Goodway; one sister, Frances Watson, of Mobile; ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Gladys Mason Hines
Johnson Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Gladys Mason Hines, age 96, of Monroeville, died Thursday, March 25, 1999 in a Mobile nursing facility. She was a native of Wilcox County and a resident of Monroeville. Mrs. Hines was a member of the First Baptist Church of Monroeville. Services were held Saturday, March 29, 1999 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Monroeville with the Rev. Glen Eubanks officiating. Burial was in Pineville Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Hines was preceeded in death by her husband, James Thomas Hines. Survivors include one son, James Thomas Hines Jr., of Mobile; three grandchildren, two great-grandsons, and several nieces and nephews and other relatives. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.

Ruth Pauline Green
Monroe Chapel Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Ruth Pauline Green, age 73, of Excel, died Sunday, March 28, 1999 at her home. She was a native of Monroe County and a resident of Excel. Mrs. Green was a homemaker and a member of Excel Assembly of God Church. Services were held Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 10 a.m., at Monroe Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Jonathan Green and Rev. Mears officiating. Burial was in Excel Cemetery with Monroe Chapel Funeral Home directing. Survivors include her husband, Jim F. Green, of Excel; one son, Jimmy Darrell Green, of Mobile; three brothers, Fred Jordan, James R. Jordan, and Jerald Jordan, all of Excel; two sisters, Joyce Blanton, of Frisco City; and Imogene Purvis of Molino, Fla.; and one grandchild.

Edna Estell Quimby Bradley
Craver's Funeral Home, Brewton
Mrs. Edna Bradley, age 86, died Thursday, March 25, 1999 in a Montgomery hospital. Mrs. Bradley was a native of Stonewall, Miss. and had been a resident of Repton most of her life. She was a homemaker and a Primitive Baptist. Services were held Saturday, March 27, 1999, at 2 p.m. at Lenox Baptist Church with the Rev. H. Lavon Salter officiating. Burial was in Ramah Cemetery in Lenox with Carver's Funeral Home directing. Survivors include seven sons, Johnny Bradley, George Bradley and Riley Bradley, all of Lenox; Newton Bradley, of Repton; Ealy Bradley, of Brewton; William Bradley, of Mexia; Earl Bradley, of Flomaton; two daughters, Winnie Waller, of Lenox; Lillie Winblad, of Tillamook, Oregon; two sisters, Alice Craft, of Repton; Essie Hicks, of Red Bluff, Calif., thirty grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren.

Richard Durgin
Jackson Memorial Funeral Home, Jackson, Ala.
Mr. Richard Durgin, age 88, of Hybart, died Saturday, March 27, 1999 at Camden Nursing Home. He was a native of Monroe County and had lived here all of life. He was a member of Pine Flat Baptist Church. Services will be Saturday, April 3, 1999 at 1 p.m. at Pine Flat Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directing. Survivors include four sons, Willie Durgin, of Hybart; Essex Durgin, George Durgin, and A. J. Durgin, all of Mobile; two daughters, Richard Lee Knight, of Hybart; Florence James, of Pensacola, Fla.; one brother, Willie McCants, of Birmingham; three sisters, Emma Durgin, of Mobile; Sallie George, and Mable Grimes, both of Camden; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Armistead Robison Harper
Johnson Funeral Home, Monroeville
Armistead Robison Harper, 82, of Monroeville, died Sunday, March 21, 1999, at Mobile Infirmary. Harper was a native of Monroe County and lived in the area for 25 years. He was a graduate of Monroe County High School. He graduated from Auburn University in 1938 with a degree in civil engineering. He served 31 years in the U.S. Army and was a retired Colonel. Harper was a member and Elder Emeritus of the Monroeville Presbyterian Church. He was president of the Kiwanis Club from 1992-1993, and chairman of the Monroeville Planning Commission. Harper was voted Kiwanian of the Year in 1994 and Citizen of the Year in 1995. He was vice president of Peterman State Bank from 1975, until his retirement. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 23, 1999, at 11 a.m., at Monroeville Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Larry Gilpin officiating. Burial will be Wednesday, March 24, 1999, at Ft. Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., with Johnson Funeral Home directing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Finch Harper, and his parents, George Henry Harper, M.D., and Cornelia Robison Harper. Survivors include his wife, Anne Laure Johnson Harper, of Monroeville; three daughters, Pat Booker, of Monroeville, Molly Upton, of Evergreen, and Betsy Kranz, of Fairhope; one brother, Robison Harper, of Monroeville; one sister, Elizabeth Hybart, of Franklin; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. FRONT PAGE STORY

Gloria C. Knighton
Pine Rest Memorial Funeral Home, Foley
Gloria C. Knighton, 63, a resident of Foley, died Monday, March 15, 1999, at her home. Mrs. Knighton was the founder of Beta Sigma Phi in Monroeville, and a long time volunteer at Monroe County Hospital. Services were Thursday, March 18, 1999 at 2:30 p.m. at Pine Rest Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Foley. Burial was in Pine Rest Memorial Park. Survivors include her husband, Adolph Knighton, of Foley; her mother, Mamie Campbell, of Foley; one son, Tom Knighton, of Foley; three daughters, Melody Kittrell, of Gulf Shores, Sonya Cole, of Foley, and Gina Woodall, of Andalusia; nine grandchildren and several friends.

Margaret L. Canady
Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Mobile
Mrs. Margaret L. Canady, of Mobile, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in Monroeville. Mrs. Canady was a native of Hernando, Miss, but had lived in Mobile for the past 50 years. Services were Saturday, March 20, 1999, at 11 a.m. at Mobile Memorial Gardens Chapel. Burial was in Mobile Memorial Gardens with Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home directing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Canady. Survivors include three daughters, Margaret Johnson, of Monroeville, Sherril Sweatt, of Mobile, and Angie Coburn, of Gardendale; one son, Frank Canady, of Seville, Spain; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Debbie Spaller Peacock
Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Atmore
Mrs. Debbie Spaller Peacock, 35, of Atmore, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, at her home. Mrs. Peacock had been a resident of Atmore for the past 10 years. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Services were Saturday, March 20, 1999 at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Thrower officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Atmore Memorial Chapel directing. She was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Susie Christine and Willard Simon Hadley. Survivors include her husband, Luther Harold Peacock, of Atmore; one son, Anthony Harold Peacock, of Atmore; her father and stepmother, Leon and Nancy Spaller, of Fairhope; three brothers, Larry Leon Spaller, of Perdido, Jeffrey Leon Spaller, of Bay Minette, and Stephen Todd Spaller, of Fairhope; three sisters, Darlene Chandler, of Franklin, Sheena Warren, of Peterman, and Charmon Hadley, of Mobile; her grandmother, Susie Lister, of Perdido; and seven nieces and three nephews.

Doris Ford Jackson
Johnson Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Doris Ford Jackson, 76, of Monroeville, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at Monroe County Hospital. Mrs. Jackson was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Monroeville. Services were Tuesday, March 23, 1999, at 10 a.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church at Tunnel Springs, with the Rev. Ron Jones officiating. Burial was in the Philadelphia Baptist Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by one son, Charles Hugh Jackson. Survivors include her husband, Miles J. Jackson Sr., of Monroeville; two sons, Skip Jackson, of Birmingham, and Jerry Jackson, of West Jordan, Utah; one daughter, Mary Jackson Parish, of Benton, Ark.; one sister, Geraldine McMeekin, of St. Pete, Fla.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Lela Bradley
Jones Unity Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Lela Bradley, 91, of Peterman, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, at Monroe County Hospital. Mrs. Bradley was a native of Monroe County and a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of God Pentecostal in Monroeville, and she was also the eldest mother of the church. Services will be Saturday, March 27, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Church of God Pentecostal in Monroeville, with the Rev. Booker T. Armstrong officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Jones Unity Funeral Home directing. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Bradley and Clarence Bradley Jr., both of Mobile; two daughters, Vonscile Harris, of Monroeville, and Lucille Poindexter, of Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, Joseph Kyles, of Houston, Texas; three sisters, Irena Ovaten, of Dothan, Alice McCorvey, of Dothan, and Leona Kyles, of Mobile; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Nelson L. Aikens
West Virginia
Nelson L. Aikens, 58, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Sunday, March 14, 1999 at the University of Cincinnati Hospital. A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 17, 1999, at Fiarfield Missionary Church with burial in West Virginia. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy A. McCormack. Survivors include two daughters, Marie McLaurin, of Monroeville, and Wendi Aikens, of Dayton, Ohio; one son, James Aikens, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and one granddaughter.

Edward Lee Smiley
Penn's Funeral Home, Monroeville
Edward Lee Smiley, 57, of Drewry, died of natural causes Thursday, March 18, 1999, at Methodist Hospital in New Orleans, La. Smiley was a native of Drewry and lived in the Monroe County area since 1986. Services were Wednesday, March 24, 1999, at 1 p.m. at Penn's Chapel, with the Rev. C. F. Shepard officiating. Burial was in Monroe Beulah Baptist Cemetery with Penn's Funeral Home directing. Survivors include his parents, George Smiley Sr., of Los Angeles, Calif., and Bessie Milton, of Monroeville; his grandmother, Ethel Straughn, of Monroeville; one brother, George Smiley Jr., of New Orleans, La.; one sister, Betty Jean Buchanan, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

Estelle Gardner Blanton
Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home, Bessemer
Mrs. Estelle Gardner Blanton, of Monroeville, formerly of Birmingham, died Saturday, March 6, 1999. Mrs. Blanton was employed by Helping Hands Service for several years. She was a member of Ruhama Baptist Church and was also a private duty nurse. Services were Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at 2 p.m., at Roebuck East Chapel. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery with Roebuck East Chapel directing. Survivors include one son, Larry Curtis Blanton, of Monroeville; one daughter, Billie C. Lacey, of Birmingham; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Doris Ikner Raybon
Johnson Funeral Home
Monroeville
Mrs. Doris Ikner Raybon, 76, of Eight Mile, died Friday, March 5, 1999, at a Mobile hospital. Mrs. Raybon was a native of McKenzie and a former resident of Monroe County. She lived in Eight Mile for the past several years. She was a member of Goodway Baptist Church. Services were Monday, March 8, 1999, at 10 a.m. at Goodway Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Crisp officiating. Burial was in the Sowell Old Field Cemetery in Goodway with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Survivors include two daughters, Jeanette Godwin, of Chickasaw, and Tina Hulcher, of Mobile; one brother, Winston Day, of Dixon, Mo.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Ida Driver
Johnson Funeral Home
Monroeville
Mrs. Mary Ida Driver, 66, of Tunnel Springs, died Friday, March 5, 1999, at a Mobile Hospital. Mrs. Driver was a native of Burnt Corn, but had been a resident of Tunnel Springs for most of her life. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church, and was owner and operator of Driver's Store in Tunnel Springs for 45 years. Services were Monday, March 8, 1999, at 2 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Winston McNiel officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Driver was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Morrison and Connie Lee Morrison. Survivors include her husband, Fletcher Driver Jr., of Tunnel Springs; three daughters, Mary Patricia Kirkland, of Excel, Susan Lynn Hudson, of Tunnel Springs, and Bobbie Nell Griffith, of Bermuda; two sisters, Mildred Harris, of Mobile, and Sara Ann Wright, of Groveland, Fla.; seven grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

Eunice Mae Wilson
Monroe Chapel Funeral Home
Monroeville
Mrs. Eunice Mae Wilson, 65, of Frisco City, died Monday, March 8, 1999, at her home. Mrs. Wilson was a native of Wilcox County. She was a homemaker and a member of Frisco City United Methodist Church. Services were Saturday, March 13, 1999, at 10 a.m., at Monroe Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Lee and the Rev. Vern Klingler officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Frisco City with Monoe Chapel Funeral Home directing. Survivors include her husband, Hollis E. Wilson, of Frisco City; one son, Anthony Wilson Sr., of Frisco City; four brothers, Charlie Hudson, of Sun City, Ariz., Thomas H. Hudson, of Pace, Fla., William Hudson, of Loxley and Robert Hudson, of Semmes; five sisters, Irene Hetherington, of Gainsville, Fla., Aleen Sheehan, of Bay Minette, Lola Gilreath, of Cave Springs, Ga., Joyce Welch and Mary Frances Landrum, of Pensacola, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Toni Lynn Flynn
Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Atmore
Miss Toni Lynn Flynn, 40, died Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at a local hospital. Miss Flynn had been a resident of Atmore for the past 10 years and a member of the Baptist Church. Services were Friday, March 12, 1999, at 10 a.m. at the Atmore Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Richard Daniels officiating. Burial was in McCullough Cemetery with Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Survivors include her father and stepmother, Max and Jeaneice Bray, of Monroeville; one son, Houston Max Smith, of Atmore; two brothers, Max Eugene Bray Jr., and James William Bray, both of Orange Beach; and one sister, Sharon Donahue, of Pell City.

Eleanor Kathryn Watkins
Johnson Funeral Home
Monroeville
Mrs. Eleanor Kathryn Watkins, 77, of Monroeville, died Friday, March 12, 1999, in Monroe County Hospital. Mrs. Watkins was a native of Huntsville. Services were Sunday, March 14, 1999, at 3 p.m. at Saint John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Robert Seawell officiating. Burial was in Pineville Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Survivors include her mother, Rosa King, of Monroeville; two sons, Seth Watkins, of Georgetown, Ga. and Wayne Watkins, of Birmingham; one daughter, Anna Nettles, of Monroeville; one brother, Joe King, of Lake Martin; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Henry Reed Jr.
Johnson Funeral Home
Monroeville
Henry Reed Jr., age 73, of Monroeville, died Saturday, March 13, 1999 in a local hospital. Reed was a lifetime resident of Monroeville and was retired as general manager from Monroeville Telephone Company. Services were Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sam Tate officiating. Burial was in Pineville Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Survivors include his wife, Doris Kimbrel Reed, of Monroeville; one son, Patrick Reed, of Monroeville; one daughter, Dawn Hall, of Monroeville; and eight grandchildren.

Thomas Clarence "Charlie" Freeman
Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Atmore
Thomas Clarence "Charlie" Freeman, 75, died Friday, March 12, 1999. Freeman was a resident of Little River for the past year, and spent most of his life in Uriah. He was a member of the Baptist Church, the Uriah Masonic Lodge (Blacksher) and the Boilermakers Local 112. Services were Sunday, March 14, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Atmore Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Sparks and the Rev. Taylor Morgan officiating. Burial was in Huxford R.L.D.S. with Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Lucille Freeman. Survivors include one son, Bobby E. Freeman, of Uriah; two daughters, Sarah Boone, of Little River, and Shelia Freeman, of Atmore; two brothers, Hillary Freeman, of Saraland, and Bill Freeman, of Citronelle; one sister, Dot Manning, of Wilmer; and four grandchildren.

Alberta McCorvey
Jones' Unity Funeral Home
Monroeville
Mrs. Alberta McCorvey, 94, of Frisco City, died Monday, March 8, 1999 at Monroe County Hospital. Mrs. McCorvey was a native of Monroe County. She was a homemaker and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. Services were Saturday, March 13, at 2 p.m., at Shiloh Baptist Church, with th Rev. J.L. Gardner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Jones' Unity Funeral Home directing. Survivors include five sons, Nathaniel McCorvey, of Moss Point, Miss., Horace McCorvey Jr., of Pensacola, Fla., Joe Lewis McCorvey, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Charlie McCorvey, of Fairhope, and Curtis McCorvey, of Conyers, Ga.; three daughters, Zadie Easley, of Pensacola, Fla., Rosie J. Stallworth, of Frisco City, and Lillian Curry, of Lithonia, Ga.; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Hettie (Hilburn) Phillips
Norris Funeral Home
Bay Minette
Mrs. Hettie (Hilburn) Phillips, 97, of Bay Minette, died Sunday, March 14, 1999 at North Baldwin Hospital. Mrs. Phillips was a native of Monroe County and a homemaker. Services were Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at 2 p.m. at Norris Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. C.J. Hogan officiating. Burial was in Bay Minette Cemetery with Norris Funeral Home directing. She was preceded in death by one son, Oliver Phillips, one daughter, Hazel Phillips, and triplet sons. Survivors include four sons, Leroy Phillips, of Waco, Texas, Gordon Phillips, of Beaumont, Texas, Harry Phillips, of Bay Minette and Billy Ray Phillips, of Manassa, Va.; two daughters, Jean Waters, of Walnut Hill, Fla., and Lillian McKissick, of Bay Minette; two sisters, Gladys Murphy, of Uriah, and Mae Kirrchhar, of Pensacola, Fla.; 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Ethel Gates Weaver
Monroe Chapel Funeral Home
Monroeville
Mrs. Ethel Gates Weaver, 68, of Frisco City, died Sunday, March 14, 1999, at her home. Mrs. Weaver was a native of Monroe County. She was a member of Frisco City Holiness Church and was a seamstress. Services were Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at 2 p.m. at Frisco City Holiness Church with the Rev. Billy House and the Rev. Sanford Cobb officiating. Burial was in McConnico Cemetery in Frisco City with Monroe Chapel Funeral Home directing. Survivors include her husband, Bobby Weaver, of Frisco City; one son, Ray Gates, of Monroeville; one daughter, Marsha Stinson, of Frisco City; five grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one god child.

Douglas McBride
Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Atmore Douglas McBride, 77, of Atmore, died Saturday, March 13, 1999 at a local hospital. McBride had been a resident of Atmore for the past 25 yeas and was a member of Pensacola Deliverance Temple. Services were Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 2 p.m., at Atmore Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Earl Harrison officiating. Burial was in Serenity Gardens Cemetery with Atmore Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Survivors include one son, Gerald McBride, of Walnut Hill, Fla.; three daughters, Bobbie Taylor, Carolyn Mock and Patricia Taylor, all of Atmore; four brothers, Alvin McBride, of Houston, Texas, Charles McBride, of Century Fla., Zollie McBride, of Monroeville and John McBride, of Pensacola, Fla.; five sisters, Geneva Ward, of Repton, Auber Blankenship and Lucile Smith, both of Pensacola, Fla., Ethel Smith, of Monroeville, and Shirley Kimbrough, of Chumuckla; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Odom Autrey
Jones' Unity Funeral Home
Monroeville
Odom Autrey, 94, of Monroeville, died Monday, March 15, 1999 at Monroe County Hospital. Autrey was a native of Monroe County. He was a retired employee from Ford Motor Company and was a self-employed logger. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where he served as a trustee and was a former president of the Usher Board. Services will be Saturday, March 20, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Jones' Unity Funeral Home directing. Survivors include six sons, John Autrey, of Mobile, Otis Autrey, of Baton Rouge, La., Willie Autrey, of El Paso, Texas, Marzell Autrey, of Hurlock, Md., Andy Joe Autrey, of Philadelphia, Pa. and Otto Autrey, of Monroeville; four daughters, Myrtle Williams and Doris Autrey Lee, both of Monroeville, Kate Penn and Geraldine Bradley, both of Pasadena Calif.; two brothers, Elbert Autrey and Robert Autrey, both of Alhambra, Calif.; two sisters, Margaret Shackleford and Maxine Autrey, both of Alhambra, Calif.; 32 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the O. Autrey Scholarship Fund, c/o Doris Lee, P.O. Box 506, Monroeville, Ala., 36461.

Lakeshia Monchell Martin
Penn's Funeral Home
Monroeville
Miss Lakeshia Monchell Martin, 9, of Mexia, died Wednesday, March 10, 1999. Lakeshia was in the third grade at Frisco City Elementary School. Services were Monday, March 15, 1999, at 2 p.m. at Penn's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. W.E. Hill officiating. Burial was in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery at Burnt Corn, with Penn's Funeral Home directing. Survivors include her parents, Tony and Audrey Martin; one brother, Tony Jerome Martin Jr.; one sister, Chelsea Martin, of Mexia; her grandparents, Willie and Cora Jewell, of Frisco City, and John and Willie Pearl Martin, of Mexia; one devoted aunt, Pamela Jewell, of Frisco City; and several friends, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Lonnie I. Watts
Mobile
Lonnie I. Watts, 80, of Frisco City, died Feb. 3, 1999 at Mercy Medical Hospital in Daphne. Prior to moving to Frisco City, Watts lived in Mobile for 40 years. Watts served over seas in World War II, in the Air Force. He was a member of the 407th Air Service Engineers Squadron. He was in the grocery business, real estate and owned the Quarter Note Supper Club for several years. While living in Frisco City, he owned the Old Fort Claiborne Inn in Monroe County. He was a policeman in Frisco City and was involved in other businesses while living there. He was in charge of security at Vanity Fair Mills Plant 6, in Monroeville for several years. He was buried Feb. 5, 1999 in Memorial Garden Cremetary in Mobile.

Bertha Mae Kennedy
Monroe Chapel Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Bertha Mae Kennedy, 66, of Monroeville, died March 1, 1999 at Mercy Medical Hospice in Mobile. Mrs. Kennedy was a native of Monroe County. She was a homemaker and a member of Southside Baptist Church in Monroeville. Services were Wednesday, March 3, 1999 at 10 a.m. at Monroe Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. W.G. Robertson and Dr. Royce DuBose officiating. Burial was in Monroe Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Monroe Chapel Funeral Home directing. Survivors include her husband, John N. Kennedy Jr., of Monroeville; one daughter, Doris Loyd, of Theodore; one brother, Eugene Brantley, of Roberta, Ga.; four sisters, Bonnie Parker, of Prattville, Ellen Lofton, of Pensacola, Fla., Pauline Flowers, of Hawkinsville, Ga., and Betty Miller, of Euric, Mo.; and six grandchildren.

Gwendolyn Watford Coover
Monroe Chapel Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Gwendolyn Watford Coover, 63, of Repton, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999 at her home. Mrs. Coover was a native of Monroe County. She attended Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Fla. She was a housewife, a charter member of Faith Chapel Assembly of God at Franklin, and a member of New Hope Community Chapel in Repton. Services were Wednesday, March 3, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Faith Chapel Assembly of God at Franklin, with the Rev. David Thomas, the Rev. Fred Hunt and the Rev. John Walter Hunt officiating. Burial was in Corinth-Deer Cemetery at Franklin with Monroe Chapel Funeral Home directing. Survivors include her husband, the Rev. J.F. "Dusty" Coover, of Repton; two sons, David Brian Coover, of Franklin, and Jeffery Grant Coover, of Birmingham; two daughters, Allison Gwen Kile, of Birmingham, and Wendy Felise Rigdon, of Frisco City; one brother, Woodrow Wilson Watford, of Franklin; one sister, the Rev. Mary Watford Stabler, of Franklin; and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gwendolyn Coover Acct. No. 17-979-50, c/o Monroe County Bank, P.O. Box 806, Monroeville, 36460.

Ila Mae Sawyer
Monroe Chapel Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Ila Mae Sawyer, 83, of Frisco City, died Tuesday, March 2, 1999 at Monroe County Hospital. Mrs. Sawyer was a native of Conecuh County. She was a member of Frisco City United Methodist Church, and was employed with Vanity Fair Mills of Monroeville. Services were Thursday, March 4, 1999 at 10 a.m. at Frisco City United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ron Lee officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery with Monroe Chapel Funeral Home directing. Survivors include one son, William P. Sawyer, of Montgomery; one brother, Homer Hart, of Dothan; one sister, Mary Beth Hyde, of Evergreen; and one grandchild.

Lillie Belle Cannon Kelly
Monroe Chapel Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Lillie Belle Cannon Kelly, 92, of Repton, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999 at her home. Mrs. Kelly was a native of Marengo County. Her parents were Pleasant Miles Cannon and Carrie Phillips Cannon. A longtime teacher, she attended Livingston State Teacher's College and Auburn University. She received her M.A. in Education at the University of Alabama. Mrs. Kelly moved to Repton in 1926 to accept a teaching position and married Warren W. Kelly, a local businessman. She taught for more than 40 years, first in Repton and then at Monroe Academy. After retirement, she continued to teach young people, tutoring them at her home. She was a member of Repton Methodist Church, where she taught weekly Sunday School sessions. Services were Saturday, March 6, 1999 at 11 a.m. at Repton Methodist Church with the Rev. Glen Smith and the Rev. Comer Johnson officiating. Burial was in Repton Cemetery with Monroe Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Kelly was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Ann Kelly Wirth. Survivors include one brother, Philip Cannon, of Deer Park, Texas; one sister, Mary Dell Cannon Zintsmaster, of Carolina Beach, N.C.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Repton Methodist Church, P.O. Box 134, Repton, AL 36475.

Dalton Clark Baker
Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home, Ozark
Dalton Clark Baker, 81, of Ozark, died Friday, March 5, 1999 at his home. Baker was a native of Charleston, Miss. He was a retired Air Force sergeant and was active in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served with the 371st Headquarters Group moving from England to Ste Mere Eglise, France, into Belgium and Germany as the American forces advanced across Europe. He was married to Bessie Lee Driscoll, of Frisco City. They were stationed at various Air Force bases stateside, but considered a three-year tour at Johnson Air Force Base near Tokyo, Japan, as a highlight of the military career. After his retirement in 1963, Mr. Baker worked as city clerk for Frisco City until 1989 when they moved to Ozark. Services were Sunday, March 7, 1999 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ozark, with Dr. Billy Gaither officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mrs. Bess Lee Driscoll Baker, of Ozark; two daughters, Pat Jackson, of Ozark, and Penny Sanders, of Leary, Ga.; and five grandchildren.

Jodie "J.B." McQuieter
Jones' Unity Funeral Home, Monroeville
Jodie "J.B." McQuieter, 75, of Monroeville, died Friday, March 5, 1999 at Monroe County Hospital. McQuieter was a general worker for Pensacola. He was a member and a deacon at Mt. Olive Baptist Church at Peterman. Services were Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at 3 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Monroeville with the Rev. Ywell Cunningham officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Jones' Unity Funeral Home directing. Survivors include his wife, Mary McQuieter, of Monroeville; five sons, Joe Lee Jackson, of Mosst Point, Miss., James E. McQuieter, of Pensacola, Fla., Mack L. McQuieter, Daniel McQuieter and John H. McQuieter, all of Monroeville; four daughters, Johnnie M. McQuieter, Annie Alexander and Gloria McQuieter, all of Monroeville, and Randy J. Lett, of Peterman; five sisters, Odessa Chapman, of Cleveland, Ohio, Annie Millender, of Moss Point, Miss., Dorothy Hunter and Annie Blackwell, both of Pensacola, Fla., and Melvin McQueen, of Louisville, Miss.; many grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

James Edward Snowden
Jones' Unity Funeral Home, Monroeville
James Edward Snowden, 48, of Mexia, died Monday, March 1, 1999 at Monroe County Hospital. Snowden was a native of Monroe County and a member of A.O.H. Church of God at Mexia. Services were Saturday, March 6, 1999 at 11 a.m. at Jones' Unity Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in New Chapel Cemetery at Mexia with Jones' Unity Funeral Home directing. Survivors include his wife, Estelle Snowden, of Mexia; three sons, Jamison Snowden, Triaskie Salter and Roger Salter, all of Mexia; one daughter, Tieasha Salter, of Mexia; seven brothers, George Nash, Charlie Snowden, Claude Wayne Snowden, Donald Nichburg Fountain, S.J. Snowden, Jerome Bivins and Rodney Bivins, all of Mexia; four sisters, Angelia Chaney, Gwen Andrews and Kathy Bivins, all of Mexia, and Clara Pendleton, of Detroit, Mich.; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Willardine E. Sims
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Atmore
Mrs. Willardine E. Sims, 81, of Atmore, died Sunday, March 7, 1999, in Daphne. Mrs. Sims was a retired seamstress with Vanity Fair. Services were Tuesday, March 9, 1999 at 2:30 p.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Horace Nall and Elder Burl Phillips officiating. Burial was in Serenity Gardens in Atmore with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Wilson Sims, one brother, Earl Etheridge and one sister, Elanor Kimbrough. Survivors include two daughters, Joyce S. Johnson, of Spanish Fort, and Joan Bradford, of Uriah; five brothers, Aubrey Etheridge, of Pensacola, Fla., Marshall Etheridge, of Mobile, Ramond Etheridge, of Daphne, Eubie Etheridge, of Huxford and Orval Etheridge, of Madison; two sisters, Pauline Byrd, of Atmore, and Dimple Fore, of Saraland; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Dixie Louise King
Johnson Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mrs. Dixie Louise King, 85, of Monroeville, died Monday, Feb. 22, 1999 at a Florida hospital. Mrs. King was retired from Vanity Fair where she worked in Quality Control. She was a member of the Bermuda United Methodist Church. She attended the Excel Methodist Church most of her life. Services were Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999 at 3 p.m. at the Excel United Methodist Church in Excel, with the Rev. Jack Hawkin and the Rev. Tony Leonard officiating. Burial was in Excel Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Survivors include two sons, Paul King, of Bermuda, and Thomas King, M.D., of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; one daughter, Norma Clark, of Daphne; one sister, Lois Sims, of Mobile; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Lula E. Fore Nettles
Stinson Funeral Home, Detroit, Mich.
Mrs. Lula E. Fore Nettles, 72, of Detroit, Mich., died Feb. 4, 1999 at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Nettles was a native of Allenton, Ala. She attended school at Camden Academy in Wilcox County and Alabama State University in Montgomery. After moving to Detroit, Mich. in 1970, she joined Russell Street Baptist Church and later joined Ebenezer A.M.E. Church where she was a member of the choir. She was a private duty home care worker and also served as a substitute teacher for the Monroe County School System in Beatrice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Nettles, of Beatrice; her parents, Frank Cecil and Muriel Fore; two brothers, Cecil Jr. and Roger; four sisters, Ardie Mae, Misher, Muriel and Gladys. Survivors include two daughters, Verita Brown, of Detroit, and Vivian Wesley, of Southfield, Mich.; one son, Eric Nettles, of Detroit; two sisters, Mary and Victoria, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

Mary Frances Stabler
Johnson Funeral Home, Monroeville
Mary Frances Stabler, 69, of Monroeville, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999. Stabler was a former resident of Opp and worked as a typist in the Order Department at Vanity Fair in Monroeville. Services were Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark Harbison officiating. Burial was in Bryant Cemetery at Franklin with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Survivors include her husband, Alfred Stabler, of Monroeville; two sons, David Stabler, of Cullman, and James Stabler, of Monroeville; and one grandson.

Lewellyn Leslie Durant Sr.
Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Lewellyn Leslie Durant Sr., 77, of Hattiesburg, Miss., died Jan. 27, 1999, from complications arising from lung and adrenalin gland cancer. Durant was a native of New Orleans, La. His family moved to Uriah at an early age. He was a graduate of J.U. Blacksher School in Uriah, and Marion Military Institute in Marion. Durant was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy Seabees with practically all of his service overseas in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operations. While on leave in Oct. 1994 he married Levice Annett Hayles, of Uriah. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, he moved to Hattiesburg, Miss. where he became owner of Union Auto Company. After the business was destroyed by fire, he worked for Mississippi Tank Company until his retirement. He was a member of Main Street Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was preceded in death by his parents David R. and Mary Hellen Durant Sr., of Uriah, and one brother, David R. Durant Jr., of Mobile. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Levice Hayles Durant; one daughter, Mary Annett Vance Sr., of Hattiesburg, Miss.; two sons, Lewellyn L. Durant Jr., of Brandon, Miss., and Elbert R. Durant, of Apopka, Fla.; two sisters, Mary Beckett, of Montgomery, and Laura Ford, of Bromley; one brother, Lewis Durant, of Atlanta, Ga.; five grandchildren and one step-grandson. Services were Friday, Jan. 29, 1999 at the chapel of Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home with Dr. Russell Bush Jr. officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery with Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home directing.

Ima Williams Taylor
Phillips Funeral Home, Gilbertown
Mrs. Ima Williams Taylor, 91, of Silas, died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999 at Vaughn Jackson Medical Center in Jackson. Mrs. Taylor was a native of Washington County. She was retired from Choctaw Manufacturing in Silas, and she was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Souwilpa. Services were Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Hickory Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Donovan officiating. Burial was in the Advent Cemetery in Silas with Phillips Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Taylor was preceded death by her husband, Auburn D. Taylor; one daughter, Mildred; and two sons, Edward and Gene Taylor. Survivors include two sons, Billy Taylor, of Monroeville, and Harold Taylor, of Clarksville, Tenn.; two daughters, Anne Patrick, of Citronelle, and Mary "Teet" Taylor, of Lawrenceville, Ga.; 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Janie Bell Lucas
Penn's Funeral Home, Monroeville
Ms. Janie Bell Lucas, 64, of Vredenburgh, died Feb. 24, 1999. Services were Tuesday, March 2, 1999 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Vredenburgh with the Rev. Jessie Andress officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Penn's Funeral Home directing. Ms. Lucas was preceded in death by her daughter, Delois Lowe. Survivors include three sisters, Callie Andrews, of Monroeville, Pearlean Brown, of Vredenburgh and Thelma Lucas, of Birmingham; seven grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ruby Lucille Dean Hayles
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Atmore
Mrs. Ruby Lucille Dean Hayles, 81, of Lottie, died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999. Mrs. Hayles was a native of Baldwin County. She was a homemaker and a member of Lottie United Methodist Church. Services were Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999 at 3 p.m. at Lottie United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Brannon and the Rev. Bill Barry officiating. Burial was in New Home Cemetery with Johnson-Quimy Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Hayles was preceded in death by two brothers, Herbert Dean and Claude Dean. Survivors include her husband, James Otis Hayles Sr., of Lottie; one son, James Hayles, of Atmore; three daughters, Shelby Morrison, of Lottie, Nelda Kennedy, of Montgomery and Sandra Weatherford, of Eliska; three brothers, Frank Dean, of Tullahoma, Tenn., David Dean and Albert Dean, both of Lottie; one sister, Myrtle Shiver, of Atmore; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


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