Christopher James O'Sullivan, age 20, died Thursday night February 19, 2004 from injuries in an automobile accident near Carroll High School.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with Rev. Marty Hamilton officiating. Visitation will be from 12 until service time Monday.
Survivors include his mother, Donna B. Rainey of Hillsboro, Texas; sister, Kristy Rodgers of Spartanburg, S.C.; a brother and sister in law Charles E. O'Sullivan and Brooke of Ozark, Ala.; and grandmother, Lola Boone of Mill Springs, N. C.
E-7 (Retired) Benjamine M. Honaker, 66 of Ozark, died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 19, 2004 in Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday Feb.22, 2004 from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Lovely officiating. Burial with full military rites will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday until service time Sunday. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions to Cornerstone Fellowship Church Building Fund, 591 S. Union Avenue, Ozark, AL, 36360.
Ben Honaker was born in Whitewood, Va. At an early age, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Soon after he married his loving wife of 48 years. During his 24 years of active duty he served three tours in Vietnam in aircraft maintenance and flew as a door gunner. The last part of his career was spent at the U.S. Army Safety Center at Ft. Rucker, Ala. as an inspector and supply person. Ben had four children to whom he was an example of love, respect and honor always having a kind word of
wisdom for those who loved him.
Ben moved his family to Ozark in 1971 and retired here in 1978, adapting to a community that he loved and acquiring many friends. He was employed at Ft. Rucker with DynCorp for 18 years working in supply. Ben was a member of Cornerstone Fellowship Church where he was an Elder and a Deacon. He loved every second of life, and trusted God to supply all of his needs. We would like to thank all those who knew and loved him for making moments in his life worth it all. He now has his "miracle." Daddy we want you to know you are "the greatest man we have ever known." Your family loves you and will forever be with you... until we meet again.
Mr. Honaker was preceded in death by his parents, McKinley Honaker and Frances Compton Honaker and one son, Jeffrey S. Honaker.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley W. Honaker of Ozark, Ala.; two daughters & sons-in-law, Rev. Robin Ann Morris and Kody of Ozark, Ala. and Tammy Lynn Fayard and Clinton, of Enterprise, Ala.; one son & daughter-in-law Mark McKinley Honaker and Harriet, of Enterprise, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Jeff McCartha and his wife, Mandy; Ashley Fayard, Lacey Fayard, Colby Cotton, Jennifer Huseby, Lenze Morris, Kelley Honaker; and two great-grandchildren, Kirstin Fayard and Harmah. McCartha.
Mattie Barefield Galloway, 92 and a resident of the Bertha Community in Dale County, died Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 17, 2004, at her home following a short illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, in the Brown s United Methodist Church with Rev. Marquis Wingard and Rev. Sam Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary in Headland. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Brown's United Methodist Church, c/o John Albert Galloway, Jr., 3337 North County Road 67, Skipperville, AL, 36374 or to Wiregrass Hospice of Ozark, 1970 E Andrews Blvd., Ozark, AL, 36360. The family requests the omission of food.
Mrs. Galloway was a life-long resident of the Bertha Community in Dale County, daughter of the late James Dempsey Barefield and Sarah Frances Deese Barefield. She was a member of the Brown's United Methodist Church and also the Cottage Prayer Group.
Mrs. Galloway was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Fred Galloway and several sisters and brothers.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Janette Smith and her husband, Kenneth W. Smith; a son, Lamar Galloway and his wife, Ann Galloway, all of the Bertha Community; three grandchildren Patrick Smith, Anthony Smith and his wife, Glenda Smith; Timothy H. Galloway and his wife, Gwyn Galloway five great-grandchildren Alicia Galloway, Cara Galloway, Orin Galloway, Emily Smith and Eric Smith.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Lamar Galloway, Timothy Galloway, Anthony Smith, Patrick Smith, Don Snell, Donnie Champion and Mike Barefield.
LaVern Brown Davis, age 78 and a resident of 2553 County Road 68, Ariton, Ala., died Tuesday morning, Feb. 17, 2004, in the Emergency Room of the Dale Medical Center, Ozark, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident which occurred earlier on Dale County Road 23 near Skipperville.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb.. 19, 2004, in the Holman-Abbeville Mortuary Chapel with Rev. James E. Ward, Jr. and Rev. James E. Ward, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Abbeville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary in Abbeville. At other times, the family will be at the home of a daughter, June McKnight, 203 W. Washington Street, Abbeville.
Mrs. Davis was a native of the Lakeport, Fla. area, daughter of the late Avant Brown and Mary Jane Bryant Brown. She formerly lived in Glades County, Fla. before moving to Abbeville in 1973. She had been a resident of Dale County, near Skipperville, since 1998. Mrs. Davis attended Shiloh Word Fellowship in Clopton.
Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Davis, Sr.; a son, Jeffery Paul Davis; two grandchildren, Janna Linn Click and Jonathan Wendell Click; and two sisters, Mary Ellen Rhoden and Vivian Hammon.
Surviving relatives include four daughters, Judy Watson and Joyce Hamilton both of Shorterville, Janice Bush and her husband, Don Bush, Eufaula, June McKnight and her husband Joe McKnight, Abbeville; two sons, Cliford Davis, Jr. and his wife, Alivia Davis, Ariton, Ala. and Jimmy Don Davis, Shorterville; two sisters, Lola Schnell, Okeechobee, Fla. and Martha Rhymes, Edwin, Ala.; three brothers, Warren Brown, Donald Brown and Kenneth Brown, all of Lakeport, Fla.; 15
grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Darol Watson, Leland Hancock, Steven Davis, Justin Davis, Jimmy Don Davis, Jr., Shane Davis and Jeremy Key.
Dr. G. L. Wynn, 76 of 1714 Haisten Drive, Dothan, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004 of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. l 6, 2004 at Ewell Bible Baptist Church with Rev. David Lewis and Rev. Don Swonger officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 until 7 p.m, on Wednesday. Dr. Wynn will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Dale County Christian School or Ewell Bible Baptist Church, 64 Susie Street, Ozark, AL, 36360.
The State of Alabama will miss a great leader and faithful minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. G. L. Wynn went quickly into the loving arms of his Savior on Feb. 16, 2004. He will be sadly missed by thousands of people that have been deeply touched by his effective ministry.
Dr. G. L. Wynn was born Sept. 24, 1927 to G. L. and Mary Emma Wynn of Chattahoochee, Fla. He was a local resident of Dothan and graduated from Dothan High School. He later was employed with Coco-Cola Bottling Company of Dothan as a salesman and route supervisor for over 20 years.
Dr. Wynn is survived by his faithful, loving and devoted wife Eunice A. Wynn, and had celebrated 54 years of wonderful marriage. Together they had three adoring daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Don Watts, Dothan, Janet and Tim Britton, Bear, Del., Lynda and Patrick Aitken, Montgomery, Ala. He was the proud grandfather of Nicole and Brad Kellum, April and Megan Britton, Jason Wright, Amanda and Drew Danner, Katie and Zack Aitken, Robyn and Rebecca Watts and a great-grandchild, Ethan Bradley Kellum.
Dr. Wynn is preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Jones and Agnes McDade and two brothers, Lawrence Wynn and Russell Wynn.
It would be impossible to mention every ministry that has been established by Dr. G. L. Wynn. He was a powerful preacher of the gospel for over 45 years, founder of Dale County Christian School since 1972. He held a citywide radio ministry beloved pastor of the Ewell Bible Baptist Church for over 33 years. He was a stalwart leader and pioneer for the Association of Christian Educational Schools, and an effective Bible School teacher and father to many new pastors and missionaries around the world.
Dr. Wynn will be sadly missed and the cause of Christianity will feel a great loss but we are rejoicing that heaven has gained a great saint and beloved child of God.
Revelation 2:10 states "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life." We rejoice that Dr. G. L. Wynn has received his crown of life and is beholding the beauty and glory of heaven.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Jason Wright, Drew Danner, Danny Johnson, Hollis Kirkland, Mark Barker, Gary Grantham and Tony Owens.
Reba Lucile Jablecki. We lost one of our beloved citizens Monday, Feb. 16, 2004.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 2004 from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with Rev. Marty Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from the funeral home Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with family receiving friends during these hours.
Reba was born in Cookeville, Tenn., the last of nine children born to Henry and Maude Walker. Reba's great-grandmother was Sarah Walker, who married the famous frontier man, Daniel Boone. When Reba was all of 16, she went to work as a secretary at Wright-Patterson Field in Ohio. She was Miss Wright-Patterson in 1941. There she met her future husband, Major Leon S. Jablecki. Leon was shipped off to fight the Japanese in the Pacific Theater. It was three years before Leon would return, but Reba waited. After a five-year engagement, Reba and Leon were married. They had three children together, Joseph, Sarah, and Theresa.
In addition to being survived by her three children, Reba is survived by five grandchildren, Jason Emily, Luke, Megan, and Chauntel; and five siblings, Marie Quinn of Dayton, Ohio, Brycy O'Brien of Centerville, Ohio, Pauline Lemmon of Beavercreek, Ohio, Betty Hall of Cookeville, Tenn., and Ray Walker of Hollywood, Fla.
We will all miss her very much.
Mrs. Betty Joyce Spears, 65 of Skipperville, Ala. died Monday, Feb. 16 2004 in University of Alabama Hospital of Birmingham.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 from Faith Christian Center, Ozark, Ala. with Rev. Roger Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Newville Ala. Her body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday from Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with family receiving friends during these hours.
Mrs. Spears was born Oct. 11, 1938 in Wetumpka, Ala. the daughter of the late Edward Eugene Frith and Edna Earl Skipper Frith. She was a member of Faith Christian Center.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Frank Spears, of Skipperville, Ala.; three daughters and sons-in-law: Joyce & Mike Cousins and of Eclectic, Ala., Tracey & Terrell Mims of Montgomery, Ala. and Michelle & George Woods of Nashville, Tenn.; two sons and a daughter-in-law Johnny Spears, Jr. of Montgomery, Ala. and Joe & Deanna Spears of Skipperville, Ala.; two sisters: Dorothy Conley of LaGrange, Ga. and Sharon Frith of Montgomery, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Henry Arehart, 70 of Ozark, died Monday morning, Feb. 16, 2004, in Flowers Hospital.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 21, 2004, at the First United Methodist Church of Ozark with Rev. Joe Reams, Rev. Marty Hamilton, and Rev. Dr. Billy D. Gaither officiating. Interment will follow with full Military Honors in Westview Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in. Ozark from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday Feb. 20, 2004. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Saturday. Flowers will be accepted or
memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Family Life Center 167 East Broad Street, Ozark, AL, 36360, or to Westview Memorial Cemetery Association, P O. Box 484, Ozark, AL 36361.
Mr. Arehart was born Oct. 3, 1933 in Fisherville, Va., moved to Staunton, Va., and entered the Air Force in 1957. Mr. Arehart worked with the civilian contractors at Fort Rucker as a Helicopter Maintenance Inspector. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ozark for 35 years, the John Wesley Sunday, school class, the Administrative Board, and worked with the Family Life Center. He was an avid woodworker.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Arehart, Ozark; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Lucille and Oscar Humpherys, Va. and Guy Smiley Dorene Arehart, and Linda Marie Arehart, all of Staunton, Va.; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Wayne and Linda Arehart, Eddy and Beverly Arehart,. Staunton, Va., and Hedy Owens, Ozark; one niece, Cindy Lee Harris, Opelika, Ala.; one nephew, Jimmy Owens, Ozark, Ala.; and several other nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hayward H. Davis, 72 of Echo, Ala., passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 17, 2004, at Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with the Rev. Ed Peters arid the Rev. Jerry Harden officiating. Burial will be at Peniel Cemetery in Blue Springs, Ala. The family will be receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday Feb. 16, 2004, at Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home. At other times the family will be at his son's residence, 2255 County Road 83, Echo, Ala.
Mr. Davis was born March 11, 1931, in Barbour County. He was the son of the late Haygood and Cullie Hagler Davis. He was a member of the HG & HG Company 131st Tank Battalion, Alabama National Guard when called to active duty in September 1950. He attended Corinth Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of two years, Betty Davis of Echo, Ala.; two daughters, Yvonne Moskal and husband, Marty Destin, Fla., Cindy Walker and husband, Mike, Dothan, Ala.; two sons, Chris Davis, Montgomery Ala., Kip Davis and wife, Carol, Echo, Ala.; and Bettye J. Davis, mother of their children, Ozark, Ala.; five grandchildren, Lindsey and Leslie Moskal, Destin, Fla., Adam and Lydia Davis, Echo, Ala., Courtney Walker, Dothan, Ala.; one sister, Beatrice Scott and Husband, H.R., Ozark, Ala.; one brother, Delmas Davis and wife, Mae, Ozark, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made to Mexico Ministries in care of Ozark First Assembly of God.
Paul A. Smith, 92 and a former resident of Ozark, Ala., passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 15, 2004 in Orlando, Fla.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004 from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodlawn "Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday; family will receive friends during this time.
Mr. Smith was born May 2, 1911 in Salem, Ill. He was married for 56 years to Carol May Smith who preceded him in death in 1991. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1931 to 1937, and the U.S. Navy from 1937 to 1953. Worked from 1953 until retirement in 1967 for Continental Aviation and Engineering Corp as an aircraft engine technical representative. He was a member of Masonic Lodges in Lawton, Okla. and Dothan.
He is survived by one daughter, Joan Rietz, of Lakeland, Fla.; one son, Paul Smith, Jr., of Deltona, Fla.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Votie C. Taylor Hawkins passed away Feb. 8, 2004.
A Homegoing Celebration was held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004 in Detroit, Mich. Bishop Eugene Smith officiated.
Votie was born Nov. 2, 1929 in Ozark, Ala. to James W. and Rhodie J. Taylor, Sr. She was the second of 13 children. Votie was united in holy matrimony to Brady Hawkins, Jr. on June 13, 1954, to this union three children were born. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Valmon D. Stotts. She later united with the Fountain of Blessing Church under the pastorate of Bishop Eugene Smith, where she came to a real love of God and accepted Christ into her heart.
She was preceded in death by her loving parents, James W. and Rhodie J. Taylor, Sr.; her devoted husband of 41 years, Brady Hawkins; one sister, Laura j. Brown; four sisters-in-law, Lela Mae McIntosh, Maxine Darling, Beulah Hawkins, and Margaret Taylor; and three brothers-in-law, Richard Coleman, Herbert Mays, and Barbee Hawkins.
She leaves to cherish precious memories her children, Patricia (Eric) Hawkins-O'Neal, Brady Hawkins III, and LaWanda S. Hawkins; one daughter-in-law, Annette Hawkins; one grandson, Andre Porter; a special god daughter, Twanya S. Bowman; four sisters, Betty (James) Matthew, Janet M. Taylor, Carroll Baxter, and
Shirley Welch; three brothers, James (Bertha) Taylor, Jr., Wyatt Taylor, and George (Pauline) Taylor, all of Ozark, Ala.; one brother-in-law, Edward Hawkins; and three sisters-in-law, Alice Coleman, Rosetta Mays, and Jardine Hawkins; a special friend Gloria Butler; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
"I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." St. John 11:25-26.
Mrs. Dorothy Ard Bruner, 84 of Ozark, died Tuesday Feb. 10, 2004 in Oakview Manor Nursing Facility.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday Feb. 12, 2004, at Mabson United Methodist Church with the Rev. Walter R. Reeder officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 6 until 8 Wednesday evening. Otherwise, the family will be at the home of Jimmy Bruner, 266 West College St., Ozark. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Thursday.
Mrs. Bruner was a native of Ozark where she was a member of Mabson United Methodist Church. She retired from Cowikee Mills in Ozark following 26 years of employment. She then worked as a home-health caregiver for 14 years.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Dianne Sanders, and her parents, Fannie Ward Ard and Lonnie Ard.
Survivors include her husband, Max Bruner, Ozark; daughter, Nina Bowman, Ozark; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy W. and Elizabeth H. Bruner, Ozark; grandchildren, Keith and Sylvia Bowman, Burt and Sheaea Bruner, Steven Outlaw, Britt and Cleo Bowman, Lynda and Gary Walker, and Scott Outlaw; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Serving as casket bearers will be Burt Bruner, Keith Bowman, Scott Outlaw, Bryan Bowman, and Brian Outlaw.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Resource Center, P O. Box 1170, Dothan, AL, 36302.