Ms. Johnnie Mae Black, 88 of Ozark, Ala., passed away at Dale Medical Center on Friday Dec. 31, 2004.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Newton, Ala. Burial will be in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. S.C. Jackson will officiate.
Trawick Funeral Home, (334) 774-8374, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Charles "Chuck" Wayman Sr., 67 of Ariton, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, in the Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, at Calvary Assembly of God Church. The Rev. Randy Adams and the Rev. Buddy Wicker will officiate. Special music will be provided by Danny Barefoot. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Ariton with full military honors and Keahey Funeral Home of Clio directing. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. l, 2005, at Keahey Funeral Home in Clio and on Sunday one hour prior to services at the church.
Mr. Wayman was a retired rural mail carrier for the Ozark area and served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Wayman, Ariton; three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Linda Garner, Dothan, Chuck and Susie Wayman, Madisonville, Tenn., Michael Wayman, Kentucky; daughters and sons-in-law, Alisa and Wayne Thrash, Ariton, Deb- bie and Bill Bledsoe, Knoxville, Tenn., and Laura Wayman, Knoxville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia and Colonel . Hendricks, Alcoa, Tenn., Bert Choate, Madisonville, Johnnie Bryant, Knoxville, June Plemmons, Knoxville, Nancy Maxey of Powell, Tenn., and Judy Wayman of Halls, Tenn.; grandchildren and spouses, Lydia Huey, John Michael Garner, Jamie and Nicole Nix, Crystal and Michael Pontuis, Megan Wedbee; great-grandchild, Mackenzie Huey; father-in-law, John Abe Garner Jr. of Ariton; brother-in-law, Johri Abe Garner III of Ariton; numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be L.K. Adams, Willie God- bold, Danny Godbold, Billy Johnson, Max Hughes, Ray Averett.
Mr. Wayman was preceded in death by his parents, James Merle and Ernie Agnes Hitson Wayman; his sisters, Eva Wayman, Mae Elizabeth Smith, Maeme Sue Smith; and a brother, Leon Wayman.
Mr. Wade Brown Shrivalle, 88 of Ozark, died Monday evening, Dec. 27, 2004, in Dale Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 30, 2004, in the chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark with the Revs. Joe Reams and Marty Hamilton officiating. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 6 until 8 tonight.
Mr. Shrivalle was born March 20, 1916, in Savannah, Ga. He joined the U.S. Post Office in 1935 in Augusta, Ga., and retired as Chief Fraud Inspector of the Atlanta Division in 1971. He was nationally recognized as an expert breeder, flyer and judge of racing pigeons. He was a member of Charleston, S.C., Power Squadron, Charleston Yacht Club, German Friendly Society, 32nd Degree Mason of Landmark Lodge in Charleston. He was a member of The Old Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Charleston and attended the First United Methodist Church of Ozark. He was a member of the Dale County Auburn Club.
Mr. Shrivalle was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Francine Amon Shrivalle.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Douglas Cowart, Ozark, Ala.; two sons, Wade B. Shrivalle Jr., Stone Mountain, Ga. and Ralph L. Shrivalle, Orlando, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Melanie T. Mack, Blythewood, S.C., Wade B. Shrivalle III, Franklin, Tenn., Dawn L. Simpson, Allen, Texas, Autumn C. Backwell, Colorado Springs, Colo., Douglas L. Cowart, Tupelo, Miss., Matthew C. Shrivalle, Orlando, Fla., Susannah L. Shrivalle, Orlando, Fla.; and five great-grandchildren.
The Men's Club of Ozark First United Methodist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his memory to Ozark First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 167 E. Broad St., Ozark, AL 36360.
Miss Jewel Johnston, 82 of Skipperville, Ala., died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, in Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at Morgan Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Weed and Forrest Weekley Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Bersheba Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 6 until 8 tonight. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Wednesday. The family request that food be omitted. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made in her memory to Bersheba Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Jan Gassett, 6201 Highway 105, Skipperville, AL 36374.
Miss Johnston was born July 8, 1922, to the late Chloe Griggs Johnston and C. Lee Johnston. She was a devoted daughter who took care of her mother and father and was a very special aunt to her nieces and nephews. She was an extraordinary cook and was known as the best teacake maker in the country. She retired in 1987 from the Ice House Restaurant where she delighted many customers with her wonderful cooking.
Her parents, one sister, and two brothers preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sisters, Agnis Eldessie Ard, Lake Wales, Fla., and Myrtle J. Carpenter, Ozark, Ala.; several nieces and nephews; and a special first cousin and caregiver, Mae Ola Bell and her husband, Braxton Jr., Skipperville, Ala.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Oakview Manor Nursing Facility, Dale Medical Center nurses and staff, and to Dr. Cromer-Tyler and Dr. Caffey for their special attention to Miss Jewel.
Mrs. Virginia "Jenny" Ball, 83 of Newton, Ala., passed away Sunday Dec. 26, 2004.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 29, 2004, from Newton Baptist Church with the Revs. Larry Roberts and Peter J. Tilbe officiating. Burial will follow in Newton City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home from 6 to 8 tonight, Dec. 28, 2004. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Bay Springs Hospice.
Mrs. Ball was a very loyal member of Newton Baptist Church. She was also a member of Newton Senior Citizens Center. Mrs. Ball was a very talented needlepoint lady who was a dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Solomon "Critt" Ball; one brother, Joe Norman Jones; and one son, Larry R. Ball.
Survivors include her three daughters, Norma F. Ball Holden of Palm Bay, Fla., Barbara Brackett of Newton, Ala., and Annabelle Angel and husband, Charles of Louisville, Ky.; one son Garry C. Ball of Louisville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Serving as pallbearers will be Garry Ball, Garry Ball Jr., Jimmy Brackett Chris Brackett, Dennis Angel, Chad Woodard and Larry Wayne Ball. Honorary pallbearers will be Vincent Brackett, Brentton Brackett, Solomon Brackett, James Pinson, Cameron Ball, Zachery Ball, Corey Todd and Joshua Ball.
Mrs. Grace McGhee Tyler England, 69 of Ariton, Ala., died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at her home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Dec. 27, 2004, at Ariton Baptist Church with the Rev. Stephen Murner and the Rev. Guy Causey officiating. Interment will follow in Ariton Cemetery. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.
Mrs. England was born Feb. 7, 1935, in Dale County, Ala., to the late Myrtle Dixon McGhee and Raymond J. McGhee. She lived in Ariton most of her life, and was a past member of Union Presbyterian Church and Holmes Freewill Baptist Church. She worked with the Van Heusen Pajama Factory for several years, and later she worked for 28 years with Judy Bond Manufacturing Company in Ozark as the supervisor of inspection and shipping. A 1952 graduate of Ariton High School, she and her fellow graduates recently celebrated their 50th Reunion. In 1991 she graduated from George C. Wallace Junior College in Dothan, where she maintained a 4.0 average and received a general accounting degree. She was recognized in "Who's Who in Junior Colleges", was a member of Thi Beta Lambda Honorary Society and finished third in the State General Accounting competition in Auburn. Since 1990 Mrs. England was a member of Ariton Baptist Church, where she served as President of the UMU, adult leader in Training Union, and a member of the Birthday Eard Ministry.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Owen B. England; and her brother, Dixon McGhee of Ariton.
She is survived by one daughter, Karen Milton, Midland City, Ala.; one son, Ricky Tyler and his wife, Leisha, Ariton, Ala.; three grandchildren, Pam Hughes and her husband, Brian, Ariton, Ala., Dustin Tyler, Ozark, Ala., and Brian Milton, Midland City Ala.; three great grandchildren, Heath and Hannah Hughes, Ariton, Kayla Milton, Midland City; one brother, Larry McGhee and his wife, Annette, Auburn, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Linda McGhee, Ariton, Ala.; a son-in-law, Jackie Milton, Ariton, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made in her memory to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 East Andrews Ave., Ozark, AL, 36360; or to Ariton Baptist Church, Building Fund, P. O. Box 27, Ariton, AL 36311.
Joseph Harris, 51 of Ozark, died Wednesday night, Dec. 22, 2004, at his home.
Memorial services will be held at 6:30 p.m. today Dec. 30, 2004, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ozark with Bishop Tim Phipps officiating.
Mr. Harris was born and reared in Harlingen, Texas and lived in Fresno, Calif. and Ripon, Calif. before moving to Ozark six weeks ago. He attended Fresno State University. Mr. Harris owned and operated an engraving and plaque company in Manteca, Calif. for 10 years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Manteca and formerly served a two year mission in Oklahoma on an Indian Reservation.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Mariann Oldham Harris; a son, Cody David Harris; a daughter Alliya Jo Harris, all of Ozark, Ala.; his mother and father, Raquel Harris and Marvin David Harris, Troy Ala. a sister, Dilyla Rehn Ozark, Ala.; four brothers, Richard Harris of Arizona, Hector Harris of California, Floyd Harris of Idaho and Ricky Harris of Wisconsin.
Mrs. Gertie Grantham, 86 of Ariton,. Ala., died Thursday morning, Dec. 22, 2004, in the Ozark Nursing Facility following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. today, Dec. 24 2004, from Bethel Assembly of God with the Revs. Robert Hamilton, Don Grantham and Kenneth Earles officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of Ronnie Grantham, 613 E. Main St., Ariton, Ala. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions to our favorite charity.
Mrs. Grantham was a native and lifelong resident of Dale County, Ala. She was a member of Bethel Assembly of God. Mrs. Grantham retired from White Knight Mfg., Ozark, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Grantham; and two daughters, Willie Mae Bowman and Annette Danner.
Survivors include, three daughters and sons-in-law Merle and Dwight Baker of Ozark, Ala.; Carolyn and Ira Edmondson of Ariton, Ala.; and Deborah Hussey of Ariton, Ala.; two sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Don and Maebell Grantham and Ronnie and Beverly Grantham, all of Ariton, Ala.; 26 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Harold Robert "Buddy" Harris, age 67, passed away Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, after an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with the Rev. Devon Burlingham and CLS Grace Kirkland officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Memorial Cemetery in Ozark with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until service time. At other times the family will receive friends at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Jerry Adkins, 827 McCoy Road, Cottonwood. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions to Wiregrass Hospice.
Mr. Harris worked for E.E. Bentley Insulation for more than 25 years. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed gardening.
Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his father, Rubin Michael Harris, mother, Zora Belle Hudspeth Harris, and one sister, Geraldine Harris.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Portwood, of Ozark; a daughter, Brenda Lewis, of Webb; one stepdaughter Diane Mills, of Flint, Mich.; three step- sons, Jimmy Portwood of Alexandria, Va.; Gene Portwood of Macon; and Derrill Portwood of Ariton; seven sisters Maebelle Thornton and husband, Milton, of Slocomb; Gladys Corbin of Dothan; Maurice Richardson of Ozark; Julie Adkins and husband, Jerry, of Cottonwood; Grace Kirkland and husband, Bobby, of Cottonwood; Margie Sequin and husband, Jim, of San Antonio; and Josephine Leatherwood and husband, Hugh, of Enterprise one brother: Jerry Harris and wife, Martha, of Dothan; a granddaughter, Heather Lewis, of Webb; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Huey G. Cox, of Ozark, formerly of Arguta Community, died Saturday Dec. 18, 2004, in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at Union Presbyterian Church in Arguta with burial following in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at Keahey Funeral Home of Clio and at the church one hour prior to services.
Survivors include his wife, Cathryn Cox, of Ozark; three sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Diana Cox, of Ozark, Jeff and Kim Cox, of Prattville and Buddy and Susie Cox, of Ozark; five stepchildren, John Robinson, Susie Snell, Vickie Napper Rip Robinson and Allison Guzman; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Robert W. "Bob" Brown, age 78 and a longtime resident of Ozark, passed away Thursday Dec. 16, 2004, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan following a courageous battle with heart disease for many years.
The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Fuqua- Bankston Funeral Home in Ozark. Memorial services will be held privately by the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Wiregrass Humane Society, P O: Box 1045 Dothan, AL 36302:
Mr. Brown was a native of Reading, Pa., prior to relocating to Ozark with the Phillips-Van Heusen company more than 25 years ago. While at Van Heusen, Mr. Brown enjoyed a long career as the company's finance controller and was very well respected by his co-workers and many friends. He also served our country in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Described by his family as "a man who could fix anything," he enjoyed working around his home and being outdoors, but more than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 53 years Mary G. Brown of Ozark; daughter and son-in-law Lynn and Eddie Farris of Ozark; son and daughter-in-law, Byron and Marilyn Brown; and two grandchildren, Amanda Freeman and Daniel Freeman.
Mr. Freddy Rogers, 43 of Ewell Community, Ala., passed away Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, in Spartanburg, S.C.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Hill and Richard Rogers officiating. Visitation will be held at Fuqua-Bankston Funeral home from 6 to 8 tonight, Dec. 15, 2004.
Mr. Rogers was born Sept. 23, 1961, in Ozark, Dale County, Ala. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Irby Trammel; and paternal grandparents, Emmanuel and Mable Rogers.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Christian Rogers daughter, Wendy Rogers; and son, Wesley Robert Rogers, all of the Ewell Community Ala.; mother and stepfather, Jean Trammell Rogers Bludsworth Harold Bludsworth of Altoona, Ala.; father, Robert Fred Rogers Sr. of Bainbridge, Ga.; five sisters, Kathy Ethridge (Baxter) of Wicks burg, Ala., Martha Horton (Samuel) of Altonna Ala., Mable Ferry (Frank) of Roswell, Ga., Wanda Gumpenberger (Mike) of Ozark, Ala., and Nicole Bludsworth Jones (Jn) of Altoona, Ala.; four brothers, Allen D. Rogers of Ozark Ala., Richard Rogers (Robin) of Ozark, Ala., Johnny Rogers (Paige) of Ozark Ala., and Michael Bludsworth (Connie) of Altoona, Ala.; maternal grandmother Bonnie Ruth Trammell Thomas of Head- land, Ala.; and several aunts uncles, nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.
Mr. William S. "Sam" Preston, 85 and a longtime resident of Pinckard, Ala., passed away Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at Ozark Health and Rehabilitation Facility.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday Dec. 16, from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with the Rev. Andrew Baril and the Rev. Ray Preston officiating. Interment will follow in Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Pinckard Baptist Church; "Stained Glass Fund," PO. Box 188 Pinckard, AL 36371; or Wiregrass Hospice of Ozark, 1970 E. Andrews Ave., Ozark, AL 36360.
Mr. Preston was a native of Dale County, Ala., and long-time resident of Pinckard. He was a member of Pinckard Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II as a machine gunner and was assigned to the 155mm Howitzer. He also served in many locations during the war including Hawaii, Guadal Canal and India. He retired as a diesel mechanic from Civil Service in 1981.
Mr. Preston was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Thomley, and her husband, jimmy; son in law, Richard Duarte; a brother, Joe Preston; and a sister, Ruby Bryant.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Preston of Pinckard, Ala.; two daughters, Cathy Earruth of Lathrop, Calif. and Norma Kurasz of Ozark, Ala.; son, Arthur Preston of Pinckard, Ala.; sister, Louise Johnson of Dothan; four grandchildren, Kendra Kennedy, Christina Smith, Matthew Kurasz and Alyssa Kurasz and three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Savannah and Allisa.
Robert W. Brown.