Mr. Marion Ben Standifer, 81 of County Road 535, Midland City, died Monday September 22, 2003, at Flowers Hospital following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 24, 2003, at the Newton First Assembly of God Church with Reverends Myrice McNab and Andy Wood officiating. Burial will follow in the Newton City Cemetery The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service. The family will be receiving friends at the Newton First Assembly of God Church, Tuesday, September 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Newton First Assembly of God Church, PO. Box 670, Newton, Ala. 36352.
Mr. Standifer was born September 4, 1922, in Dale County Alabama, the son of the late John L. Standifer and Alma Damon Standifer. He was a veteran of World War II, worked at Monsanto Chemical of Pensacola, Fla., for 28 years. He was a member of the Newton First Assembly of God Church where he served on the board. He also served on the board at Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Fla. He loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Robert Standifer, Marcus L. Standifer, and a sister Beatrice Crick.
Survivors include: his wife of 62 years, Kathleen McNab Standifer, Midland City; two daughters and sons-in-law Sherrie and John Crawford, Birmingham, Ala.; Phillis and Paul Holland, Pinckard, Ala.; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Kitty Standifer, Pensacola, Fla.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearers will be: Miach McNab, Maury McNab, Mitch McNab, Jackie McNab, Matthew Bowman, and Tommy Davenport.
Mrs. Blondell Whigham Busby, 81 of Ozark, died Sunday evening, September 21, 2003, in a Dothan hospital.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday September 24, 2003, in the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark with the Reverend Jim Hill and the Reverend Andy Baril officiating. Interment will follow in Pinckard Memorial Cemetery The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 6 until 8 Tuesday evening, September 23, 2003.
Mrs. Busby was a native of Dale County lived in the Bethel Community of Newton, and moved to Pinckard in 1977. She lived in Ozark since 1993, where she was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. She was instrumental in production of the Centennial Quilt at Pinckard Baptist Church and was an avid domino player.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Daniel E. "Buddy" Whigham and Fred Busby, and one son-in-law, Dale Tompkins.
Survivors include two daughters, Lavenia Tompkins, Dothan, Wanda Williams and her husband, George, Ozark; one son, Donald E. Whigham and his wife, Patty, Headland; six grandchildren, Traci and John Leverett, Troy, Kristi Tompkins, Atlanta, Danny Whigham, Abbeville, Johnathan Whigham, Headland, Ray and Heidi Andrews, Pinckard, Heath Williams, Ozark; one great granddaughter, Anna Laura Andrews; two brothers, Woodrow Blackmon, Wewahitchka, Florida, and Howard Blackmon, Daleville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pinckard Memorial Cemetery c/o Mrs. Jessie Moring, P O. Box 206, Pinckard, Alabama 36371, or to Ridgecrest Baptist Church Building Fund, 1971 Deese Road, Ozark, Alabama 36360.
Mrs. Lucille B. Sanders, 67 of Ozark, died Saturday September 20, 2003 following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Stonebridge Church of God with Brother Floyd Ingram officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant , Hill United Methodist Cemetery with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark directing. Visitation will be held tonight at the funeral home, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mrs. Sanders was born on Sept. 5, 1936 and was raised by her mother-in-law, Mrs. Belvie Sanders, who deeply loved Lucille as much as any mother would.
Mrs. Sanders leaves behind one surviving brother, Noy Braswell of Graceville; six sons and two daughters-in-law Bo and Debbie Sanders of Echo and Roger and Betty Sanders, Rex Sanders, Reggie Sanders, Timmy Sanders and Jackie Sanders, all of Ozark; one daughter Ramona J. Gardner of Echo; five grandchildren, Bruce and Liz Sammuli, Roger Ozene and Dana Sanders and Josh Sanders, all of Ozark, and Daniel Sandders and Samuel Sanders of Echo; four great-grandchildren, Klarrissa and Dacoda Sammuli and Jonathon and Sabrina Sanders, all of Ozark.
Mr. Allon Jordon Hudson, 22 of Ozark, died Friday evening, Sept. 19, 2003, in a Dothan hospital as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at Holman Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with the Rev. David Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holman Funeral Home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Dale County Christian School, 64 Susie St., Ozark, Ala. 36360.
Mr. Hudson was born and raised in Ozark where he graduated from Dale County Christian School in 1999. He was an avid Harley Davidson rider.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Ray Hudson.
Survivors include his mother, Beverly Hudson of Ozark; one brother, Donald Ray Hudson, II and his wife, Lesley, of Ozark; one step-sister, Cynthia Hunt of Orlando, Fla.; one step-brother, Donald Ray Hudson Jr. of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; two nephews, Skylar Hudson and Noah Hudson; and a special friend, Kersandra Wallace of Ozark.
Mrs. Sallie Mae Gissendaner Brennan, 97 and a lifelong resident of Pinckard died early Friday morning, Sept. 19, 2003, at her residence.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at Pinckard United Methodist Church with Dr. Delbert Freeman and the Rev Don Davitz officiating. Interment will follow at Pinckard Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brennan was born Sept. 11, 1906, in Grimes, Ala. She moved to her home in Pinckard shortly afterward. She was a teacher and educator for 35 years in Dale County She was director of nursing education at Frazier-Ellis Hospital in Dothan. For many years; she was the organist at her church, Pinckard United Methodist. She visited her daughter Sara, many times in New York, California and Georgia. She touched and changed many lives and will be loved and remembered forever.
She was preceded in death by her father William Thomas Gissendaner; mother, Sallie Mae Bowen Gissendaner; husband, James Peter Brennan; daughter Sara Cathrine Brennan; sister, Catherine Musgrove; and brother, Thomas Paul.
She is survived by her nephew Paul H. Gissendaner (Patricia) and daughter, Barbara Minchew of Forrest, Va.; great-nephews, James T. Gissendaner (Amanda) of Louisville, Ky, and Stephen W. Gissendaner (Elaine) of Talladega; great-nieces, Patricia Gonzalez of Albuquerque, N.M., Kathy Gissendaner of Philomoth, Ore.; Elizabeth Anderson (Andy) of Pinckard; heir mother, Kay Gissendaner of Albuquerque, N.M.; and five great-great-nieces and six great-great-nephews.
Mrs. Eloise Dunn Edwards, 82 of County Road 15, Ozark, died Thursday evening, Sept. 18, 2003.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, Sept. 22, at Ozark First Assembly of God Church. Interment will follow at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery with Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing.
Mr. Terry Glenn "Tiny" Pinkerton, 52 of Ozark, passed away early Friday morning, Sept. 19. 2003, at Flowers Hospital in Dothan.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Sunday Sept. 21., at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 591 S. Union Ave., Ozark. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Pinkerton was a loving husband, father and grandfather. This gentle giant, affectionately known as "Tiny" by family and friends, will always be remembered for thinking of others before himself. He was born in Augusta, Ga., Nov. 25, 1950. He was a graduate of Auburndale High School in Auburndale, Fla. He later received his mechanics certification and was employed as an aircraft mechanic until his retirement a few years ago. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Pinkerton was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Harvey and Emily Eugene Pinkerton; and just recently his brother, Mr. Earnest Moore of Ozark who died Aug. 30. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 31 ears, Mrs. Brenda Pinkerton; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Jonathan Gissendaner; son, Michael Pinkerton; grandchildren, Marlana Pinkerton and "Little" Michael Pinkerton; sister, Carolyn Sewart of Mobile, sister-in-law, Jean Moore of Ozark.
Janice Herring Barnes, 56 of Ozark, died Thursday night, Sept. 18, 2003 at a Dothan hospital.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Holman-Abbeville Mortuary Chapel with Elder Ross Plowden and the Rev. Randy Stokes officiating. Burial will follow at Abbeville Memorial Cemetery-East. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary in Abbeville. At other times, the family will be at the home of a sister, Jalane Murphy 133 Franklin St., Abbeville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Prospect Primitive Baptist
Church, c/o Elmeda Lee, Treasurer, P.O. Box 7817, Macon, Ga. 31209.
Ms. Barnes was a native of Abbeville where she was a 1965 graduate of Abbeville High School. She had lived in Ozark since 1971. Ms. Barnes received a bachelor's degree in general science and biology and also a master's degree in counseling from Troy State University. She was currently employed by the Ozark City School System at Carroll High School as a guidance counselor. She also taught basic education at the Flowers Center in Ozark for the Southeast Alabama Adult Education Network. In earlier years, Ms. Barnes was employed as a teacher and counselor at D.A. Smith Middle School in Ozark. She was a member of the Old Zion Baptist Church near Abbeville.
She was preceded in death by her father, William F. (Bill) Herring; a nephew, Hamilton H. (Hambone) Herring; and her grandparents, Buster and Audrey Cummings and West and Clara Herring.
Surviving relatives include her mother, Jean C. Holmes and her husband, Robert Holmes, of Abbeville; two sisters, Jalane Murphy and her husband, Mark Murphy, of Abbeville; Ramona Herring of Ft. Gaines, Ga.; a brother, West Herring and his wife, Linda Herring, of Abbeville; a special friend and caretaker, Pheobie Wilson of Ozark; two nieces, Jessye Walker and her husband, Mickey Walker, of Abbeville, Tracy Herring of Headland; three nephews, Billy Herring of Enterprise, Buster Coker of Abbeville, Tyler Murphy of Abbeville; several aunts and an uncle.
Pallbearers will be Darren Stevens, George Williams, Ricky Hill, Calvin Parker, David Trawick and Henry Williams.
The Rev. Luther Willis Tadlock, 84 of the Ewell Community, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 17, 2003.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Ozark First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Greg Doss, the Rev. Gary Chapin, the Rev. Billy Joe Glover, the Rev. Vaudie Lambert, the Rev. Roy Creamer, the Rev. Allen Chapin, and the Rev. Bob Herron officiating. Interment will be 3:30 p.m. at Green Hills Cemetery, Troy. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ozark First Assembly of God Church. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Ozark First Assembly of God Church Building Fund, 185 Bermuda St., Ozark, Ala. 36360, or Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 E. Andrews Ave., Ozark, Ala. 36360.
The Rev. Tadlock pioneered and built First Assembly of God Church in Greenville, Ala., built Sunday School building and Fellowship Hall at the First Assembly of God Church in Troy, started Fellowship Assembly of God Church in Enon, Ala., while pastoring at the First Assembly of God Church in Troy, Ala. remodeled the old church and built a new church at the First Assembly of God Church in Ozark, added building extension with nice offices new baptistry, and remodeled the auditorium at Central Assembly of God Church in Columbus, Ga., built Sunday School building and Fellowship Hall at Westgate Assembly of God Church in Enterprise, Ala. and pastored Moore's Chapel Assembly of God Church in Newton, Ala. He served on the Sectional Committee for 33 years, served as Sectional Youth Representative for seven years, and served as Section Christian Education Representative for 20 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mattie Ruth Tadlock of Ozark; one daughter and son-in-law, the Rev. Annese Chapin and her husband, the Rev. Gary Chapin, of Pasadena, Texas; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dorsey and Shirley Tadlock of Ozark, Jerry and Marty Tadlock of Dothan, and Danny Tadlock of Atlanta, Ga.; two step-daughters and sons-in-law Kathy and Richard Hinds of Decatur, and Diane and Stephen Lee of Pueblo, Colo.; one step-son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Kim Johnson of Piedmont, S.C.; one sister, Sarah Kilpatrick of Troy; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Edsel and Mary Tadlock of Luverne, Joe and Marilyn Tadlock of Montgomery and Fulton and Betty Tadlock of Montgomery; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Members of Luther Tadlock's Sunday School class and special friends George and Merle Loyal, will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Mr. Danny "Hugh" Spears, II, 34 of Graceville, Fla., died Tuesday morning, Sept. 16, 2003, at his home.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday Sept. 18, at Logan Road Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Goldsmith officiating. A private interment will be held at Westview Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Ric Butler officiating. Visitation will be at 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Logan Road Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Logan Road Baptist Church Youth Fund, 3955 Will Logan Road, Ozark, Ala. 36360.
Hugh grew up in Bainbridge, Ga., and graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1987. He married Rhonda Butler in 1991. Hugh decided to go into full time Christian ministry as a youth pastor. He has served in five churches. At the time of his death, Hugh was the youth pastor at Logan Road Baptist Church in Ozark. Four years ago, Hugh decided to follow his calling and receive formal education as a youth pastor. He would have graduated in December with a bachelor's degree in theology from the Baptist College of Florida. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in October 2002.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Butler Spears of Graceville, Fla.; two sons, Stephen Spears and James Spears, both of Graceville, Fla.; his mother, Linda Davis of Bainbridge, Ga.; his father Danny Hugh Spears of Montgomery; two sisters, Carol Matthes of Bainbridge, and Jennifer Spears of Montgomery; one brother Anay Davis of Bainbridge.
Mrs. Myrtle Thompson, 83 of Skipperville, died Monday September 15, 2003, in the Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday September 17, 2003, from Concord Congregational Methodist Church. The Revs. Riley Enfinger and Phil Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Family will receive friends during this time. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 East Andrews Avenue, Ozark, Alabama 36360.
Mrs. Thompson was a member of Concord Congregational Methodist Church. She was a native of Dale County.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Joe Mathis and Annie Roberts Mathis; two sisters, Juanita Miller and Eva Mae Mathis; two brothers, Melvin Mathis and J.C. Mathis; and a great-grandson, Joshua Knurr.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Hazen Thompson of Skipperville; one daughter, Margie T. Morrison and husband, Tommy of Skipperville; two sons, Robert Thompson and wife, Faye; and Tommy Thompson and wife, Gwen, all of Skipperville; four grandchildren, Martha English, Laura Knurr, Dr. Scot Thompson, and Marc Thompson; 10 great-grandchildren also survive.
Mr. Leon Thomas, 74 of County Road 328, Skipperville, passed away Saturday Sept. 13, 2003, at Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday Sept. 18, at Friendship Baptist Church in Clopton with the Rev. Allen Young officiating. Burial will follow at St. Michael AME Cemetery in Clopton. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lewis and Lewis Funeral Home.
Mr. Leon Thomas was born June 28, 1929, in Clopton, to Mr. and Mrs. Bayle Thomas. He joined Friendship Baptist Church at an early age, but moved away and rejoined in 1978. He was on the deacon board and sung in the choir.
He was preceded in death by his mother, three brothers, sister and daughter.
He leaves to cherish his memories a wife, Joyce McLeod Thomas; father, Bayle Thomas; two brothers, Roosvelt (Marie) Thomas of Clio, Milton Thomas of Cleveland, Ohio; four daughters, Marian (McKinkey) Crocket of Tallahassee, Fla., Sandra (John) George, Debra (Jimmy) McCord, Edith Johnson, all of Miami, Fla.; two sons, Leon Jr. and Michael Thomas of Plainfield, N.J.; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; father and mother-in-law, George and Louise McLeod; two brothers-in-law John L. Smith of Decatur Ga., and Leon F. McLeod of Detroit, Mich.; three sisters-in-law, Gloria (Lang) Floyd of Clopton, Linda (Floyd) Alexis of Largo, Fla. and Hazel (Jack) Madyar of ,St. Petersburg, Fla.; two uncles, William Thomas of Clopton and Elder Ivory T Covington of Miami, Fla.; two aunts, Juanita Covington of Ozark, Lillie Bell Ball of Northfork, Va.; three God children, Sheila Williams of Ozark, Lakajar and Makaela Streeter of the Bertha Community a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Marvin Barber Sr., 76 of Newton Street in Ozark, died Saturday morning, September 13, 2003, in Dale Medical Center following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday September 77, 2003, from the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark. The Reverend James Kilpatrick will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with full military honors. Visitation will be in the funeral home parlors from 5 until 7 p.m. today September 16, 2003, with the family receiving friends during this time. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Giddeons of Dale County P O. Box 291, Ozark, Alabama 36361; or to Alabama Baptist Children's Home, 1302 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, Alabama 36301.
Mr. Barber was a native of Linden, Tennessee. He served in the United States Army until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lula Ellison and Earnest Barber; one sister, Dorothy Barber; and three brothers, J. W. Barber William Barber, and Leonard Barber.
Survivors include one daughter, Pamela Jones, Daleville; one son and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Susan Barber, Omaha, Nebraska; one sister, Justine White, Milan, Tennessee; three brothers, Wayne Johnson, Linden, Tennessee, Nesbie Barber, Kingston Springs, Tennessee, Bobby Barber, Dickson, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Jerzy Jones, Jr. and Jason Jones; one great-grandchild, Natalie Ros'L Jones.