Mr. Charles Fred Holmes, 91 of Ozark, died Thursday morning, March 6, 2003, at his home following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Bridlewood Chapel with the Rev. Mike Greer officiating. Interment will be at Post Oak United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Bridlewood Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Post Oak United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Louise Jernigan, 17H Jernigan Loop, Ozark, Ala. 36360, or to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 E. Andrews Ave., Ozark, Ala. 36360.
Mr. Holmes was a native of Dothan, Ala. He received a master's degree in education from the University of Cincinnati. He was the athletic director at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., for 10 years. He then moved to Dale County where he was the principal at Midland City School. After his tenure in Dale County, Mr. Holmes moved to Crystal River, Fla., where he served as principal, and the first principal at Orange Park, Fla. He was in charge of adult education for Clay County Schools until his retirement. He returned to the Post Oak Community where he was engaged in cattle and farming operations. He was a member of Bridlewood Chapel in Ozark.
He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Edmund Holmes; two sisters, Alma Holmes Sollie and Katie Nell Holmes Potts; Znd one brother, Reverend Robert Moody Holmes.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Bald Holmes of Ozark; two daughters and one son-in-lay, Alma and Robert Crowder of Ozark, Margaret Hansen of Orange Park, Fla.; one daughter-in-law, Kathy Holmes of Vancouver, British Columbia; five grandchildren, Erin Holmes of Vancouver, British Columbia, Mir Holmes of Redway, Calif., Hunter Crowder of Ozark, Chris Hansen of Orange Park, Fla., and Kristen Todhunter of Scone, Australia.
Yvonne Moeai, 60 of Parker Hills Drive, Ozark, died late Wednesday morning, March 5, 2003, in a Dothan hospital after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday March 8 at Holman-Headland Mortuary Chapel with Bishop Paul Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory between Dothan and Headland. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the mortuary in Headland. At other times, the family will be at the residence in Ozark.
Ms. Moeai was born and reared in Honolulu, Hawaii. She lived in Santa Rosa, Calif., for many years before moving to Ozark in 2000. Ms. Moeai was formerly employed by Hewlett-Packard in Rohnert Park, Calif., for a number of years. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Days Saints in Ozark.
Ms. Moeai was preceded in death by her father, Guy Fontes and two sons, Joseph Kanoa Jr. and Silupe Moeai Jr.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Josephine McRae and her husband Claince McRae of Ozark, and Cecilia Pintor and her husband, Ronnie Pintor of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two sons, Karl Moeai and Christopher Moeai, both of Santa Rosa, Calif.; her mother, Lydia Maderes of Tracy, Calif.; three sisters, Patricia Carrier of Honolulu, Hawaii, Cindy Johnson and Lori Ramirez, both of Tracy, Calif.; two brothers, Guy Fontes of Tracy, Calif., Ronald Fontes of Honolulu, Hawaii; six grandchildren, Tobyas Kanekoa, Russell Moeai, Daisha Moeai, Ariana McRae, Tristan McSwaine and Clarissa Mcgrvaine.
Mr. Kerry Bast, 47 of Daleville, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Holman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. James Kilpatrick officiating. Interment will follow at Daleville Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at Holman Funeral Home, 995 South Union Avenue, Ozark. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia Society of America, 100 Chase Park South, Suite 220, Birmingham, Ala. 35244-1851.
Mr. Bast graduated from Daleville High School in 1973, received his A.A. degree from Georgia Military College, his B. A. degree and masters in History and Education from Troy State University. He was in the United States Army from 1977 until 1988. Following his military service, he taught history in Volusia County, Fla., until becoming disabled.
Survivors include two sons, Eric Bast and Kyle Bast of Ozark; his mother and father, Leonard and Marilyn Bast of Daleville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Melanie and Joe Keating of Columbus, Ga., Amanda and Ralph Ford of Troy; one brother, Karl Bast of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Gladys Brannon Ramsey, 90 of the Brown s Crossroads community, near Ozark, died Monday night, March 3, 2003, in Oakview Manor Health Care Center in Ozark.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 5 at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, near Echo, with Dr. Walter Reeder officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. (EST) Thursday, March 6 at Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery, Bessemer City, N.C., with the Rev. Randy Harry officiating and Sisk-Butler Funeral Home of Bessemer City directing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, c/o Kate Dossett, 165 Private Road-1569, Ozark, Ala. 36360, or to the Choctawhatchee Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Jack Wright, 80 Private Road-1569, Ozark, Ala. 36360.
Mrs. Ramsey was born and reared in the Mt. Carmel community of Dale County, daughter of the late Archie Madison Brannon and Mary Artie Newton Brannon. She lived most of her adult lifetime in Bessemer City, N.C., before returning to Dale County in the Brown's Crossroads community in 1995. Mrs. Ramsey was a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church and was a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Bessemer City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Caesar C. Ramsey; a son, Jackie Brannon Ramsey; two sisters, Zera Peacock and Alma Dossett.
Surviving relatives include a nephew, Gene Dossett and his wife, Kate Dossett of Ozark; a great-nephew, Danny Dossett and his wife, Regina Dossett of Ozark; a great-great-niece, Megan Dossett of Ozark; several nieces and nephews from the Ramsey family.
Inez Cook, 76 and a former Columbia resident, died late Monday night, March 3, 2003, at the home of her daughter, Sue Bowman, in Ozark, under the care of Wiregrass Hospice following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 7 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with Hospice Chaplain the Rev. Randall Johnson and the Rev. Max Sporman officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory with Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday night at the funeral home. Flowers are being accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, P.O. Drawer . 2127, Dothan, Ala. 36302.
Mrs. Cook was born June 6, 1926, in Henry County and lived most of her life in Houston County. She was self-employed with her husband in the carpet business for many years. She went to work in 1979 at the paper mill and worked until she retired in 1985. Mrs. Cook was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Cook is preceded in death by her husband, Lee Bob Cook Sr., who died in August of 2001.
Survivors include a daughter, Minnie Sue Bowman of Ozark; a son, Bob Cook Jr. of Albany, Ga.; five grandchildren, Vicki Maxfield, Donna Jerkins, David Cook, Robert Cook, Todd Cook; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Jane Mullinax of Luverne; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Guy and Gloria Lanton of New Brighton, Pa., James and Wilma Lanton of Dothan; two special friends, Carolyn Hammond and Dot Cook.
Serving as active casket bearers will be Gary Bass, Jeff Raybon, David Turner, Earl Herring, Bobby Dye and George Dekle.
Mrs. June Ketcham Waters, 71 of Ozark, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan, Alabama following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Hill officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark directing. Family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel from 6-8 p.m. Monday. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions are requested to be given to the Ridgecrest Baptist church Building Fund, 1971 Deese Road, Ozark, AL.
Mrs. Waters was born June 4 1931 in Ozark, Ala., the daughter of the late Richard and Myrtle Raines Ketcham. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday school secretary. She retired from civil service at Fort Rucker after 35 years of service.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years Bobby Waters of Ozark; two daughters: Rhonda Borland of Ozark and Sandra Buckinger of Clermont, Fla.; two grandchildren; Adam Buckinger and Laura Weeks; also several nieces and nephews and other relatives survive.
Gerald Lee (Eldon) Thompson, 71 of Dothan ,died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at Oakview Manor in Ozark following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be 2 .p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Southern Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roger Phillips and the Rev. Gillis Crenshaw officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home Thursday night. At all other times the family will be at 1507 Summit St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sylvan Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund in Midland City.
Mr. Thompson was born Oct. 28, 1931, in Dale County where he lived the early years of his life. He was a United States Army veteran, having served in the Korean conflict. He was employed for most of his life in the insurance business. Later in life Mr. Thompson was in the used car sales business and various investments with land and motels. Mr. Thompson was a lifelong member of Sylvan Grove United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Betty Thompson of Dothan; a son and daughter-in-law, Tanya and Michael Goodson of Dothan; a son, Gerald Wayne Thompson of Dothan; three grandchildren, Kimberly and her husband, Lewis Kent of Level Plains, Amy and her husband, Lee Farmer of Dothan, Alicia Sue Scott of Ashford; five great-grandchildren, Wesley Kent, Charlie Evans, Katelyn Farmer, Michelle Scott, Jennifer Scott; a brother and sister-in-law, Wilmer Ray and Virginia
Thompson of Midland City; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Gwen and Ray Weeks of Midland City, Martha Nell Woodham of Ozark, Hughlene Stone of Enterprise.
Serving, as active casket bearers will be Lewis Kent, Lee Farmer, Kenny Weeks, Julio Ruiz, Stanley Enfinger and Jeff Woodham.
Mr. Gary Allen Miller, 34 of Ozark, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home. The Rev. Christine Gassett will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Survivors include father, Alton Miller of Ozark; mother, Mary D. Miller of Ozark; four brothers, Mickey Miller of Webb, Alton Miller Jr. of Ozark, Fleath Miller of Decatur, and Stephen Miller of Ozark; grandparents, Flora Mae Carr of Ozark and Bobby Carr of Ozark; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Frances May Higginbottom, age 70 of Ozark, died Monday morning February 24, 2003 in Flowers Hospital Dothan Alabama.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with Chaplain John W. Withrock, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark directing. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday from the Funeral Home. Family will receive friends during these hours.
She was preceded in death by her husband Shelby Leon Higginbottom and a sister Ruby Gunderson.
Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Lane of Fort Walton, Fla., Dean Iinshaw of Newville, Al.; one son, Lonnie Higginbottom of Ozark, Al.; two brothers, Elvin Joe Kelley of Frostproof, Fl.; Earnest Oscar Kelley of Jackson, Tn., step-brother; Charles Kelley of California; five grandchildren, Tina Johnson and husband Terry, Gary Pollard Amie Farmborough and husband Eric, Timothy Higginbottom, Lorrey Schandorf; three great-grandchildren, Haley Johnson, Devon Johnson, and Logan Pollard.
Mr. John Edward Jordan, 76 of Ozark, died Saturday, Feb. 22 at his residence.
Mr. Jordan worked in a steel mill when World War II started and then he joined the Army. He served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired from the army after 27 years of service.
Survivors include: four sons, Kevin Freeman Jordan, of North Carolina; Ketchel Andrew Jordan, of Huntsville; Bruce Scott Jordan of Seattle, Wash.; and Kip Edward Jordan, of Ozark; two daughters, Treasure Cindy Tarver, of Denver, Col.; and Kari Ruth Huer, of Clarksville, Tenn.; 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Myrtie Ropp, 79 of Ariton, died Saturday, February 22, 2003, in Flowers Hospital.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2003, from Rocky Head Baptist Church with the Reverend Ron Jackson officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing. Visitation will be at Holman Funeral Home, 995 South Union Avenue, Ozark, 334-774-5348, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday evening, February 24, 2003, with the family receiving friends during this time.
Mrs. Ropp was a native of the New Hope community in Coffee County. She was a life-long member of Rocky Head Baptist Church. She managed Bargain Town in Ozark and in Troy, and recently worked for Wal-Mart in Ozark. Mrs. Ropp loved her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Woodrow Jackson and Gaylord Ropp, one daughter, Geri Nelson, one brother, Douglas Lott, and one grandson, Eric Anderson.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet Anderson, Columbus, Georgia, and Sue Musslewhite Miami, Florida, one son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Faye Jackson, Ariton, three sisters, Verma Willoughby, Ariton, Norma Virag, Dothan, and Ruth Parrish, Elba, four brothers and sisters-in-law, Preston and Deserie Lott, New Hope, Alabama, Harvey and Carolyn Lott, Sevierville, Tennessee, Billy and Evelyn Lott, New Orleans, and Wyman Lott, Montgomery, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Tommy Edgar, 61 of Westville, Florida, died Saturday morning, February 22, 2003, in Flowers Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 24, in Holman Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with the Reverend Steve Swain officiating. Interment followed in Old Tabernacle Cemetery near Enterprise, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing.
Mr. Edgar was a native of Coffee County. He lived in Ozark until moving to Westville, Florida three and one half years Ago. He traveled to many locations while he worked as an aircraft mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Naoma and Joe Edgar, one brother, Rolland Edgar, and one sister, Joan Edgar.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Vaughan Edgar, Westville, Florida; one daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Joseph Shanahan, Dothan; one son, Tony Edgar and his fiance', Andrea Wright, Ozark; three brothers, J. L. Edgar, Elba, Billy Edgar, Ozark, and Ron Edgar, Ozark; four sisters, Beulah Owens, Opelika, Jean Pearson, Enterprise, Peggy Smith, Troy, and Brenda Ann Strickland, Ozark; two grandchildren, Anthony Edgar and Morgan Edgar, Ozark; four step-children, Alan Sullivan and his wife, Felicia, Bainbridge, Georgia, Sgt. David Sullivan and his wife, Diane, Lakenheath, England, Chris Sullivan, Geneva, and Kay Winburn and her husband, Jeff, New Brockton; seven step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Dorothy Merle Thompson, 81 of Ozark, died Saturday, February 22, 2003, in Ozark Nursing Facility.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2003, at Concord Congregational Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Billy D. Gaither officiating. Interment will follow in Concord Cemetery, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing. Visitation will be at Holman Funeral Home, 995 South Union Avenue, Ozark, 334-774-5348, from 6 p.m. uritil 8 p.m. Monday evening, February 24, 2003, with the family receiving friends during this time.
Mrs. Thompson was a native of Barbour County, lived in the Arguta Community, and a member of Concord Congregational Methodist Church. She loved quilting and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Perry Thompson, and one daughter-in-law, Marilyn Thompson.
Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Dorothy and Jim Reece, Ozark, and Sheila Willits, Skipperville, two sons and one daughter-in-law, Wilton Thompson, Kenneth and Martha Dan Thompson, Ozark, one sister, Mary Nobles, Ozark, ten grandchildren, Paige and Steve Everett, Ozark, Dr.'s George and Allison Graves, Point Clear, Jay and Heather Rish, Port Saint Joe, Florida, Steve arid Ivy Centanni, Mobile, Lee Thompson, Tuscaloosa, Ken and Linda Thompson, Vestavia, Alabama, Danna Thompson, Ozark, Jackie and Dr. Jim Pollard, Enterprise, Michael Willis, Skipperville, and Britt Willis, King Bay Naval Base, Georgia, Twenty great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 East Andrews Avenue, Ozark, Alabama 36360, or your favorite charity.
Mrs. Duchess Margarette Luckey, 58 of Ozark, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at her residence.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with the Rev. James E. Ward officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at Ortona Cemetery in Ortona, Fla. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Survivors include husband Gerald M. Luckey of Ozark; son, Clifton Paul Townsend and his wife, Tatiana of Abbeville; daughter, Duchess Dianne Townsend of Dothan; brother, Lawrence P. Cuccia of Naples Fla.: two step-children, Mona Louise Pitts of Brownwood, Texas, and Gerald M. Luckey Jr. of Brownwood, Texas; four grandchildren, Tatiana Marie (Ana Marie) Townsend, Clifton Paul Townsend II, David Raul Townsend and Savvannah Diane Townsend.