Mr. Fred Hays Sr., age 84, died Saturday Jan. 17, 2004 in Flowers Hospital, Dothan Ala., following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday from the First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Gregory Doss officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Memory Gardens, Ozark Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Hays was a member of First Assembly Of God Church in Ozark, a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was born May 25, 1919, in Coffee County, Ala., the son of the late Jesse Grady Hays and Mary Matilda Hoomes Hays. He retired from Aldrich Machine Works after 43 years of service.
Mr. Hays was preceded in death by three brothers, Huey Hays, Wyman Hays and Morris Hays as well as a sister, Jessie Mae Hays.
He is survived by his wife, Maggie Hays of Ozark, Ala.; three daughters, Glennie Courson of Macon, Ga., Josephine Gilley of Ozark Ala., Susan Settlemyer of Rhodhiss, N.C.; one step-daughter, Patsy Lee Jones of McDonald, Ga.; one son, Fred Hays Jr. and wife Geraldine of Ozark, Ala.; three step-sons Randall Hubert Cook of Shelbyville, Tenn. James Stanley Cook of Atlanta, Ga., Timothy Lance Cook of Blue Springs, Ala.; three brothers, James Hays of Camphill, Ala. Marvin
Hays of Phenix City Ala., Lamar Hays of Dothan, Ala.; three sisters, Ruth Senn of Auburn, Ala., Ruby Turner of Banks, Ala., Winnell Peacock of Ozark, Ala.; 24 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and other relatives also survive.
Mrs. Lois Andrews Powers, 92 of Ozark, died Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2004, at Ozark Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 16, at Chalkhead Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy West, the Rev. Thaxton Whiddon, and the Rev. Ron Jackson officiating. Interment will follow, at Chalkhead Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Friday. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 E. Andrews Ave., Ozark, Ala. 36360 or American Heart Association, 1172 W. Main St., Dothan, Ala. 36311.
Mrs. Powers was born in the Shiloh community now Fort Rucker and graduated from Dale County High School. She was a member of Chalkhead Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher pianist, and the first Vacation Bible School director. On her 50th wedding anniversary the Senior Adult Women's Sunday School Class renamed their class in her honor. She was a devoted gardener homemaker seamstress, loving mother grandmother and great-grandmother.
Mrs. Powers was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Glenn Foster Powers; her parents, Hattie Stanford Andrews and John Wesley Andrews; two sisters, Lucille Whitman and Lola Dean; and one brother A.B. Andrews.
Survivors include four daughters, Eldessa Phillips and her husband, Ralph, Skipperville, Sharon Enfinger and her husband, Jerald, Midland City Emily Maheu, Niceville, Fla., and Cathy Williams and her husband, Fred, Midland City; two sons, John Foster Powers, Atlanta, Ga., and Stanford Powers and his wife, Sherrie, Ozark; 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Powers' grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
CSM (retired) Orby Lee West, age 77, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at his home in Ozark.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark. Interment will follow with full military honors at Woodlawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Southern Care Hospice or The American Humane Society.
Mr. West was born in Jasper, Ala., on Aug. 25, 1926, the son of the late Bobe and Lizze (Hill) West. He devoted most of his life to serving our country in the United States Army. He served in World War II, Korea and three tours in Vietnam. He retired from active duty on Nov. 30, 1974.
He is survived by his wife, Baudilia West; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Delsina West; daughter, Rachel West Heffner; step-son, Edgar Martinez; step-daughter and husband, Mayra and Jim Pangborn; grandchildren, Stefena, Esteven, Joshua, Jason and Jasmine; niece, Donna Navarro; cousins, Charles Davidson and family.
Mr. Lunie Caraway, 88 of Judson Drive, Ozark, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 13, 2004, at Ozark Health and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Holman Funeral Home Chapel, Ozark, with Chaplain Randall Johnson, the Rev. Joe Earl Lee, and the Rev. Ed Quattlebaum officiating. Interment will follow at Ewell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 E. Andrews Ave., Ozark, Ala. 36360.
Mr. Caraway was a native and life-long resident of Dale County where he worked with Dale County as a truck driver until his retirement. He was an evangelist for many years, preaching in many churches in the area.
He was preceded in death by one son, Cullen O'Neal Caraway in 1996.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie Mae Willis Caraway Ozark; one daughter and son-in-law Jenene and Jack Henry, Ozark; one daughter-in-law, Trecy Caraway, Ewell; one son and daughter-in-law James and Martha Caraway Macon, Ga.; one sister, Ruby Newton, Ozark; nine grandchildren, Sheila Barnard, Cathy Tew, Brad Loyal, Gwen Barefield, Lisa Peters, Charles Caraway, James Russell Caraway Rita Helms, and Keith Tomlin; 15 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren.
Mary Morrison Long (Mrs.George W. Long), age 96, passed away January 11, 2004, at Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday January 14, 2004, at Skipperville United Methodist Church with Rev. Forrest Weekly officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service time. In lieu of flowers, each person is invited to donate to The United Methodist Church of Skipperville, Alabama, The Skipperville Cemetery Fund, or George W. Long School, Skipperville, Alabama, 36374.
She was born January 19, 1907, the seventh girl of ten children of Jefferson Davis and Ida Beaulah Barlow Morrison in Pike County.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, George W. Long; her parents, Jefferson Davis and Ida Beulah Barlow Morrison; her six sisters and two brothers, Johnnie Beulah Flowers, Lela Drinkard, Jessie Lee Lindsey Elizabeth Jane "Lizzie" Phillips, Hettie Morrison, Ruth Morrison, Armstead Morrison and Jefferson Davis Morrison.
Mrs. Long came to Skipperville in 1930 to teach first grade. In 1932, she married her principal, George W. Long. She taught at least three generations of children and retired in 1970 after 40 years of teaching. In 1973, she was the nominee for Dale County Mother of the Year. She was a member of the P.T.A., A.E.A., N.E.A., Alabama Classroom Teachers and Dale County Retired Teachers. She was also a Red Cross volunteer. Other organizations that were also important to her were: Delta Kappa Gamma, R.S.V.P, Farm Bureau, and Extension Homemakers Club.
Her church, Skipperville United Methodist Church was of great importance to her. She was a faithful member of Sunday School and the United Methodist Women and was on call when someone needed her.
She is survived by two sons, George Morrison Long and wife, Elena Mixon Long, of Lake Jackson Texas and , Sr. and Thomas Jeffery Long wife, Suzanne Harrington Long of Mobile; three beloved grandchildren, Laurie Elena Long of Clute, Texas Amy Lynne Long Searle of Dallas, Texas, and Thomas Jeffery Long Jr. of Mobile. She also leaves one brother and his wife William Sanders and Arune Jo Morrison, and many nieces and nephews, one of whom has been like a daughter to her, Jessie B. Horn.
Vivian Holmes Grantham, 87 and a resident of the Bertha Community in Dale County, died late Sunday night, January 11, 2004, in the Ozark Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday January 13, 2004, in the New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Sheppard and Rev. Wendell Holmes officiating Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Holman-Headland Mortuary directing. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Tuesday in the church. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope Baptist Cemetery Fund, c / o Billy R. Grantham, 826 County Road 7, Skipperville, Ala. 36374.
Mrs. Grantham was born and reared in Dale County, daughter of the late Amos Foster Holmes and Ida Mae Sketoe Holmes. She had lived in the Bertha community since 1965. Mrs. Grantham was a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church but actively attended the New Hope Baptist Church. She was formerly employed by Wex-Tex Manufacturing Company in Headland. Mrs. Grantham was pre ceded in death by her husbands, Albert J. Balkcom, James Paul Pippin and Ralph Winston Grantham; a stepson, Ralph Wesley Grantham, sister, Lida Holmes Walker and also a brother Wendell Holmes.
Surviving relatives include a daughter in law, Charlotte Riley Grantham, Bertha Community; two grandchildren, Lana Grantham Ward and her husband, Jimmy Ward, Bertha Community; Keith Grantham and his wife, Paula Grantham, Dothan; four great-grandchildren, Jennifer Ward and Austin Ward; Wes Grantham and Riley Grantham; a sister, Eunice Eldridge, Midland City.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Jimmy Ward, Doug Balkcom, Stanley Eldridge, Wayne Eldridge, Larry Eldridge and Kenneth Walker.
SFC (retired) Bobby F. Bell, age 61, passed away Friday Jan. 9, 2004, at Dale Medical Center in Ozark after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memory Gardens.
Survivors include a loving wife, Mrs. Argusta (Gussie) Bell of Ozark; two sons, Robert Bell of Montgomery and Bobby Sledge and wife, Amy, of Huntsville; one daughter, Janelle Bell of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Christopher, Candace and Derrell Sledge, all of Huntsville; seven sister-in-laws, eight brother-in-laws, and three aunts, Lillie Bell Buffington of Rockford Ill. Easter Mae Caldwell of Detroit, Mich., and Rosie B. Mclin of Athens; a host of other relatives and friends also survive.
Mr. Lewie C. McDaniel, age 79, died Thursday morning, Jan. 8, 2004, at Ozark Nursing Facility after an extended illness.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Bethel United Methodist Church with Dr Billy Gaither and the Rev Dean Allerheiligen officiating. Burial will be follow at the church cemetery Visitation will be 3 p.m. Friday until one hour before service time when his body will be placed in the church. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, c/o Janet Brooks, 7800 E. County Road 36, Ozark, Ala. 36360.
Mr. McDaniel was a native and lifelong resident of Dale County, Ala. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and was involved in the logging business most of his life. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II serving on the USS Missouri at the time of the surrender of Japan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cooper and Ollie Enfinger McDaniel; and a brother Jimmy Ray McDaniel.
He is survived by his wife, Marie McDaniel of Ozark; one daughter and son-in-law, Marko M. and Bobby Henderson of Ozark; three brothers, Elton McDaniel, Joe McDaniel and Wayne McDaniel, all of Ozark; three grandchildren, Cayla Vice, Victoria and Savannah Henderson; and two special children, Ashley and Mark Griggs.
Mrs. Lillian Register Key, 89 of Ariton, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at the home of her daughter.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday Jan. 10, at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Ariton with the Rev. Robert Hamilton officiating. Interment will follow at Ariton City Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services Saturday at Bethel Assembly of God Church. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Assembly of God Church, PO. Box 33, Ariton, Ala. 36311.
Mrs. Key was a native of Dale County and lived in Columbus, Ga., for a number of years. She then returned to Dale County where she worked at Dale Medical Center as a nurse until her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dorman J. Register and A.J. Key; one daughter Clara Evelyn Register Williams; and one son-in-law Gordan Schweckendieck.
Mrs. Key is survived by one daughter Ann Schweckendieck, Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister Elizabeth Marshall, Ariton; two brothers, Jack Brown, Georgetown, Ga., and Hubert Brown, Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandsons; and one great-great-grandchild.
Mr. Ricky Watson Sr., 43, of Ozark, died Wednesday, January 7, 2004.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home of Ozark with the Rev. Ed Quattlebaum and Dr. Charles Gann officiating. Interment will follow at Bersheba Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Mr. Watson was born in Houston County and a life-long resident of Ozark, where he worked at Dale County Rescue Mission and was a member of Manna Christian Center. For six years, Mr. Watson served in the National Guard. He was an avid race car fan and Alabama football fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lois Jean "Boots" Mathis Watson and Maxwell Monroe "Bum' Watson.
Survivors include two daughters, Sabrina Watson, Ozark, and Jennifer Dennis, Coffee Springs; one son, Ricky Watson Jr., Ozark; six sisters, Alice Faye Hickman, Linda Kaye Johnson, Kathy Jean Wells, Kimberly Ann Speller, Debra Coleman, and Lurleen Chadwick, all of Ozark; two brothers, Junior Watson and Paul Watson, Ozark; two grandchildren, Shawn Bailey Oden and Kristen Oden, Coffee Springs.
Mr. Charles H. Harper, 78 of Ozark, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at Ozark Baptist Church with the Rev. Greg Aman and the Rev. Bill Hix officiating. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 5 p.m. Thursday at Ozark Baptist Church Chapel. The family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ozark Baptist Church, 282 S. Union Ave., Harper Ozark, Ala. 36360.
Charles H. Harper was born April 11, 1925, in Tallapoosa County, Ala. He attended Auburn University on a football scholarship and received a B.S. degree in agricultural science in 1948. Mr. Harper joined the Soil Conservation Service as a temporary aide at Dothan, Ala., in June 1948, to begin a career with that agency that lasted more than 40 years. After serving as work unit conservationist in Monroeville, Mr. Harper moved to Ozark in 1962 as area conservationist, where he
continued until retirement in 1989. He achieved superior results in reducing erosion and flooding and in improving the natural environment in 13 erosion-prone counties in southeast Alabama. He accomplished this by motivating local leaders, organizations, land users, and SCS employees to work together in recognizing problems, planning solutions, and finding innovative ways to implement resource plans.
Mr. Harper's leadership influenced many people to alter cropping systems and to adopt no-till methods. He was the first in Alabama to sponsor parallel tile outlet terraces. He played a major role in the enactment of legislation that established Alabama's first cost-share program for soil and water conservation. He served two terms as president of the Soil Conservation Society of America Section of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists. Mr. Harper served as a supervisor on the Dale County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors from 1996 to 2003.
In August of this year the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts presented Mr. Harper with the Lifetime Achievement Award for the dedicated service he provided to Conservation Districts with conserving our natural resources. He was a charter board member of the Choctawhatchee, Pea River, and Yellow River Watershed Management Authority.
A veteran of European service in World War II, Mr. Harper was a Rotarian, a deacon and teacher in Ozark Baptist Church, charter member of the Auburn Agricultural Alumni Association, a member of the Auburn Athletic Club, and an active Alabama tree farmer.
Survivors include his wife, Magie Dupriest Harper Ozark; one daughter and son-in-aw, Elizabeth Ann and Brad Brightman, Mobile; one son and daughter-in-law, John anl Sam Harper, Milton, Fla.; three grandchildren, Rob Harper Gulf Breeze, Fla., Todd Brightman, Mobile, and Ryan Brightman, Mobile; one brother and sister-in-law Jack P. and Cora Harper, Athens.
Charles Lewis Gilland Sr., 80 of Newport, Tenn., passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday Jan. 8, at Union Cemetery. The family received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Manes Funeral Home Chapel, prior to the funeral services at 8:00 p.m. with the Rev. Doug Messer officiating.
Mr. Gilland was a former charter member and trustee of Gethsemane Baptist Church, and a current member of Old Time Gospel Baptist Church. He was also owner and operator of Gilland's Used Cars and Gilland's Produce.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Delia Gilland; brother, Elbert Gilland; sisters, Margaret Grooms, Ethel McGaha, and Cindy Holbert; grandson, Jake Gilland.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alma Ruth Brockwell Gilland, of Newport; children: Johnny Gilland wife, Betty owners of Gilland Chevrolet of Ozark, Gilland Mitsubishi of Dothan, and Gilland Mitsubishi of Enterprise; Frances Clevenger of Newport, and special friend, Jim DeGroat, of North Carolina; Mary Ruth Sizemore and husband, Jimmy of Charlotte, N.C.; Charles Gilland Jr. and fiance', Teresa Roberts, of Newport; Cecil Gilland and wife, Donna, of Newport; David Gilland and wife, Karen, of Newport; grandchildren: Andy Gilland, Lowell Gilland, Tim Gilland, Tracy Gilland, Barry Clevenger, Miranda Quisenberry Jason Wood, Brandon Gilland, Amanda Gilland-Douglas, Lindsey Gilland, Ashley Gilland, and Paige Gilland; great-grandchildren: Brittany Gilland, Tiffany Gilland, Jessica Gilland, Jonathan Gilland, Spencer Gilland, Parker Gilland, Jordi Clevenger, Kaylee Clevenger, Tyler Quisenberry, Brittni Quisenberry, Lexie Wood, and Spencer Ace Gilland.
Manes Funeral Home of Tenn., 423-623-6952, is in charge of arrangements.