Mrs. Jackie Wilcher Thagard, 44 of Ozark, died Saturday, February 7, 2004.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 10, 2004, in the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark with the Reverend Donald Moore officiating. Interment will follow in Post Oak Baptist Church Cemetery, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. today.
Mrs. Thagard attended Carroll High School and received her B. S. Degree in Personnel and Human Resources from Faulkner State College in 2000. She was employed for the past 15 years with the State of Alabama Department of Industrial Relations in Ozark and Dothan. She was a member of the Ozark Optimist Club, serving on their Board. She also served on the Board of the Salvation Army in Dothan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frances Bottoms Wilcher and Jack Wilcher.
Survivors include her husband, Jeff Thagard, Ozark; one daughter, Mallory Rein Thagard, Ozark; one son, Robert James "Robbie" Thagard and his wife, Mandy Tindol Air Force Base, Florida; one grandchild, Rayleigh Brooklyn Thagard; father-in-law, James Thagard, Ozark; cousins, Elaine and Jimmy Dickey, Brundidge, Steve Bottoms, Prattville, and Jimmy Blackmon, Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, as well as several aunts and uncles.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Post Oak Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 4108 North Union Avenue, Ozark, Alabama 36360.
Chief Warrant Officer (Retired) Archie Mays, 81 of Ozark, died Friday Feb. 6, 2004, in William F. Green Veterans Home, Bay Minette, Ala.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004 in the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home of Ozark with the Rev. Greg Aman officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with full Military Honors. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 12:30 p.m. Saturday until service time at 2 p.m.
Chief Mays served his country for more than 52 years. He enlisted in the Army in 1939 and fought as an infantryman during World War II in the Pacific Theater in the jungles of New Guinea. He served in Korea, Vietnam, and nearly every corner of the world. Mr. Mays served as a Sergeant First Class until his appointment to Warrant Officer in 1966. Of his many awards and decorations, he was most proud of the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), awarded on Sept. 16, 1944. Following his retirement from the Army in 1976, while serving in the lst Battalion, 14th Aviation Regiment, he worked as a civilian servant at Fort Sill, Okla. until 1992. Mr. Mays and his wife of 54 years moved to Ozark in 1996, where Archie served as a Deacon in Ozark Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Dell Mays, Ozark; one son, Curtis Mays, Willis, Okla.; one daughter and son-in-law Jayne and Mike Craig, Chickasha, Okla.; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren; children by choice, Bob and Linda Bunting, Ozark; two sisters, Louise Timms, Orlando, Fla. and Anna Ruth Sturrock, San Antonio, Texas; one brother, Harold Mays, Stafford, Mo.
In lieu of food and flowers memorials may be made to Carroll High School Junior R.O.T.C., 455 Forrest Avenue, Ozark, AL, 36360; Ozark Baptist Church, 282 South Union Avenue, Ozark, AL, 36360 or to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 East Andrews Avenue, Ozark, AL 36360.
Mrs. Jean Turner Howell, 69 of Ozark, passed away at her home Wednesday morning, February 4, 2004, following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2004, at the Ozark Baptist Church with Reverend Greg Aman and Reverend Martha Kreatner officiating. Interment will follow in Newton City Cemetery under the direction of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Covanant Hospice, 207 West Adams St., Dothan, Ala. 36303.
Jean was born in Houston County, Alabama and lived in this area all of her life. She was widely known for her talent as a photographer and owner of Ashley J. Studio in Ozark for about 20 years. She was also an outstanding artist working with oils and other mediums; her works are hanging in homes all around the free world. She worked at Fort Rucker as an illustrator and photographer for 15 years doing the Aviation Center Briefing for the Commanding General and Staff.
Mrs. Howell was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Teresa Walker.
She is survived by her husband, the Ret. Lt. Col. William A. Howell; daughter, Francia Brock and her husband, Eric, of Ozark, Ala.; three sons, Noah Walker and his wife, Kristina, of San Diego, Calif., Jason Walker and his wife Cheri, of Tallahassee, Fla., and Willam A. Howell III and his wife, Esther, of Birmingham. Ala.; two sisters, Patsy Cooper of Maryville, Tenn., and Debbie Pruitt and her husband, Bill, of Newton, Ala.; two brothers, Don Turner and his wife, Edith, and Paul R. Fontenot and his wife, Mary, all of Ozark, Ala.; grandchildren, Chad Brock of Pensacola, Fla., Beth Brock, Brooke Brock, and Brandon Brock, all of Ozark, Ala., Kyle Walker of Houston, Texas, Ashley Walker of San Diego, Calif., Devan Baxter, Aiden Walker and Tristan Walker, all of Tallahassee, Fla.; and one great-granddaughter, Jasmine Castaneda, of Houston, Texas.
Mr. Billy O. Rhodes, 77 of Ozark, died Thursday Feb. 5, 2004, in Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday Feb. 7, 2004, in the chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark with Rev. W. L. Sheffield and Rev. Andrew Baril officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday.
Mr. Rhodes was a native of Pike County and lived most of his life in the Arguta Community of Dale County. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He then worked with Civil Service at Fort Rucker as Traffic Manager in the Transportation Division, retiring in 1984. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church and Ozark Rotary Club.
Survivors include his wife, Hellen Gillan Rhodes, Ozark; one son and daughter-in-law Doug and Beverly Rhodes, Gulfport, Miss:; grandchildren, James Rhodes, Mobile; Tim and Pam Hicks, Ozark, Michael and Jamie Hicks, Dothan; and three great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church Building Fund, 902 South Hwy 123, Ozark, AL, 36360.
Annie G. Taylor, 86 of Ozark, died Thursday Feb. 5, 2004 at Enterprise Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 7 2004 at 2 p.m. at Eanon Baptist Church in Coffee County with Rev. A1 Sonanstine officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery at Mixon's Crossroads. Visitation will be held at Dillard Funeral Home in Brundidge Friday, Feb. 6, 2004 from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be one hour lie-in-state prior to the service at the church.
Survivors include three daughters, Della R. (Robert) Cole, Ozark, Rosie V Carroll Midland City, Ann B. (Daryle) Hendry, Midland City; a son, Willie R (Elaine) Taylor Ariton; a brother, Frank (Clide) Flowers, Ozark; sister-in-law, Kate Parrish, Phenix City; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Cicero Taylor and a daughter, Emma Nell Taylor.
Mr. Edward Lee Brown, 80 of Ozark, died Wednesday, February 4, 2004, in Oakview Manor Nursing Facility.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, February 6, 2004, at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark with Reverend Ed Peters officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with full military honors with Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 9 a.m.. Friday morning until service time.
Mr. Brown was a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, having lived in Ozark for the past 40 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, served during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. He retired following 30 years of service. He was also retired from the Cannon Oil Company, following his work as Manager of the Ozark Store.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Gilmore Brown.
Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Andrews and her husband, Eugene, Ozark, Annette Redecker, Blue Springs, and one son, Edward Brown, and his wife, Barbara, Ozark.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 East Andrews Avenue, Ozark, Alabama 36360.
James "Jim" L. Carnal (Ret. E-7), age 63, died Monday evening, February 2, 2004, at his residence on Hudson Circle.
Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday in the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark. Full military services and Masonic rites will be conducted at graveside.
Mr. Carnal was born November 11, 1940, in Clarksburg, Tennessee, the son of the late Roy Carnal and Rhoda Wiles Carnal. He served in the United States Army for 22 years with two tours to Vietnam. He also retired from civil service at Fort Rucker as a quality assurance inspector in aviation. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 908 in Ozark and Wiregrass Shriners of Dothan.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years Mrs. Renate Carnal of Ozark; three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Jeff Cranston of Spring, Texas Diana and Scott Simpson of Panama City Fla., and Debra Baker of Owasso, Okla.; one son, Jimmy Carnal, of Ozark one brother, Leroy Carnal, of Jackson, Tenn.; and five grandchildren, Christine Simpson, Jeffrey and Juliet Cranston, David and Dana Baker; and several nieces, nephews, cousins arid other relatives.
Mrs. Mary Howell Rudd, 76 of Ozark, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, in League City, Texas.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 5, 2004, in the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark with Rev. Greg Aman officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Mrs. Rudd was a native of Bonifay, Fla., having lived most of her adult life in Ozark. She worked with Dale Medical Center in Ozark for 30 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of Ozark Baptist Church and the Mary Martha Sunday School Class.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eulis F. Rudd, in 1963, and one brother, Coleman Howell.
Survivors include one daughter Mary Ann Packwood and her husband, Larry, Houston, Texas; one sister, Robbie Oswald, Bonifay Fla.; and one brother, Billy Howell, Ponce DeLeon, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ozark Baptist Church, 282 South Union Avenue, Ozark, AL 36360.
J. B. "Pete" Smith, 81 and a resident of Blue Springs, died late Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2004, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, in the Peniel Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Nave and Rev. Bobby Hagler officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00. P. M. Friday in the church sanctuary.
Mr. Smith was born in Dale County, near Skipperville, son of the late James Thomas Smith and Earlie Vester Harrison Smith. He lived most of his life in Blue Springs. Mr. Smith was retired as a carpenter in residential construction and was also formerly engaged in farming.
He was preceded in death by a son, James Ray Smith and several brothers and sisters.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Sadie Cordell Smith, Blue Springs; three daughters, Betty Jean Watford and her husband, Jerry Watford, Abbeville; Ann Pentori and her husband, Joe Penton, Pensacola, Fla.; Linda Fisher and her husband, Bill Fisher, Blue Springs; four sons, Roy Dean Smith and his wife, Jo Ann Smith, Headland; Mike Smith and his wife, Hilda Jean Smith, Clio; Pat Smith, Blue Springs; Randy Smith and his wife, Julene Smith, Blue Springs; nineteen grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as active pallbearers will be his sons and grandsons.
Mr. Doyle Williams, of Ozark, died Tuesday morning Jan. 27, 2004, in Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, in Holman Funeral Home Chapel, Ozark with the Reverend Tommy West officiating. Interment will follow with full Military Honors in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 5 until 7 Wednesday evening.
Mr. Williams was a native of Stroud, Okla. He joined the Air Force when he was 18 years old and retired following 21 years of service. He then worked for 15 years with Civil Service, retiring at Fort Rucker in 1985. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Air Force Sergeants Association, American Legion, and AARP.
He was preceded in death by his son, Guy Williams. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Williams, Ozark; one daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Kenny Robertson, Tampa, Fla.; two step-daughters and sons-in-law Gail Woodham Mintz and Bill Mintz, Birmingham, and Janice Woodham Keetch and Allen Keetch, Tampa, Fla, one son and daughter-in-law Dean and Winnie Williams, Panama City, Fla.; two step sons and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Jan Woodham, Ozark, and Reggie Woodham Miami, Florida, one sister, Inez Warder, Stroud, Okla.; two brothers, Perry Williams, Siloam Springs, Ark. and Lawrence Williams, Wellston, Okla..; two grandchildren, Kyle Robertson and J. R. Williams.
Mr. Massie Leatherwood, age 88, died Saturday morning January 24, 2004 in the Ozark nursing facility following a long illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from Ozark First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Gregory Doss and Rev. Kenneth Earls officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Monday until one hour before service time when his body will be placed in the church. Family will receive friends Monday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions are requested to be given to Ozark First Assembly of God Church Building Fund., 321 Bermuda Street, Ozark, Alabama 36360.
Mr. Leatherwood was born July 18, 1915 in Dale County, Alabama the son of the late Madison Leatherwood and Allie Corine Bludsworth. He was a member of Ozark First Assembly of God Church, retired from Cowikee Mills in Ozark after 32 years of service.
He was predeceased by his wife, Maudie Leatherwood, Daughter, Sarah Nell Norton, Grandson, Jeffrey Norton, Great Grandson, Anthony Miller, Son in law, Preston Faulkner 3-sisters, Ruth Pace, Ida Belle Thompson, Lucille Cordell. Brother, Marcus Leatherwood.
He is survived by 3 daughters and sons in law: Annie and Norman Shlam of Ozark, Al., Carrie and Thomas Norton of Newton, Myrtle Faulkner of Arnold, Missouri; one sister, Lucy Overstreet of Ozark; one brother, Fletcher Leatherwood of Columbus, Ga.; five grandchildren Jo Anne Shlam Miller (Casey); Norman Shlam Jr. (Angie), Dorina Norton Woodham (Bobby), Carey Gene Faulkner (Janice), Christopher Faulkner (Shelly); nine great grandchildren: Jana Kay Johnson (Ricky) Lee Woodham (Amanda), Chase Woodham, Aaron Faulkner, Jessica Faulkner, Josh Shlam, Chelsea Shlam, Trevor Shlam; two great great grandchildren: Tristen Woodham and Kay Lee Madison Johnson; special nieces: Dollie Johnson, Bessie Riley, Valeria Attaway. Other relatives and many special friends also survive.
Pall bearers will be Lee Woodham, Chase Woodham, Norman Shlam, Josh Shlam, Carey Haulkner and Christopher Faulkner. Honorary pallbearers will be Casey Miller, Bobby Woodham and Jesse Bowman.
Mr. Harley W. Updyke, 76 of Broadview Terrace, Ozark, died Friday morning, January 23, 2004, at his home following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2004, in the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark with Pastor Stewart Marshall officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens with full Military Honors, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday evening, January 24 2004.
Mr. Updyke was born in Muskegon, Michigan, and lived there until entering the United States Army in 1946. He served in World War II and the Korean Conflict, retiring in 1966 as CW2. He then worked with the flight contractor at Fort Rucker as an instructor pilot and flight commander for 27 years until his retirement in 1994. Until his illness he worked as a security guard at Collins Signs in Dothan. Mr. Updyke was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and an avid golfer.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lois Updyke Ozark; three daughters and sons-in-law, Trudy and Chuck Varbel, Ozark, Terry and Glenn Rust, Apopka, Florida Tracey and Ben Werstler Dothan; one son and daughter-in-law Richard and Caroline Updyke, Albany Georgia; 10 grandchildren, Norris Grantham, Jason Grantham, Alena Farmer, Andera Fryer, Richard Updyke, Wesley Updyke, Beth Beck, Angie Roberts, Evan Werstler, and Emil Werstler; nine great grandchildren; and special friends, Dick and Fran Anderson.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2454 Andrews Avenue, Ozark, Alabama 36360.
Mrs. Myrtle Lewis, of County Road 36 West, died Sunday morning, January 18, 2004, at her residence.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with Dr. Walter Reeder and Chaplain Randall Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions are requested to be given to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 East Andrews Avenue, Ozark, Alabama 36360.
Mrs. Lewis was a member of Post Oak United Methodist Church. She was born February 10, 1922, in Pike County, Alabama, the daughter of the late Holly Renfroe and Cornelia Phelps Renfroe.
She survived by: her husband, Marvy Lewis of Ozark; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cornelia and Kenneth Page of Ozark, Irene and Rickey Ellis of Brundidge, Kathy and Randy Martin of Ozark; five grandchildren, Cody Page, John Tatom, Holly Tatom, Keith Martin and Katie Martin; and one great-grandson, Jaxsin Page.