Mr. William Taylor Foley, 81 of Ariton, Ala., died unexpectedly Sept. 18, 2004, in Dale Medical Center in Ozark.
Funeral Services were held Sept. 23, 2004, at the Chapel of Bernard Funeral Home in Russels Springs Ky. He was laid to rest with Military Honors at Free Union Baptist Church in Columbia, Ky.
Mr. Foley was born April 2, 1923, in Russell Springs, Ky., to the late James and Pearlie Mae Sullivan Foley. He grew up in Russell Springs and he joined the Army as soon as he was 18. After his training he was sent overseas where he fought in the Rhineland and central European Theatre. He was an expert with a rifle and machine gun. While in the service he received Eame Theatre Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, American Theatre Ribbon, Good Conduct Medale, and Victory Medale of World War II. He was a past commander of the DAV in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and a member of the VFW in Williston, Fla., where he lived for 14 years.
He was a thoroughbred horse trainer for many years. He also owned a construction company in Florida until he decided to retire. He was very fond of gospel music. He enjoyed baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves. Mr. Foley and his beloved wife of 53 years, Wilda Foley, moved to Ariton in 1999, where he became a member of the Ariton Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Wilda Jones Foley; two sisters, Mary Wade of Louisville, Ky. and Annis Higginbotham of Loveland, Ohio. Three brothers, Oscar Foley of Cincinnati Ohio.; Lonzo Foley of Russell Springs, Ky. and Dravo Foley of Crestwood, Ky. Also surviving are several beloved nieces and nephews.
Mr. James Thomas Bright, 73 of Ozark, Ala., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004 in Dale Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Walter Reeder and Chaplain Don Tew officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until service time at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 E. Andrews Ave., Ozark, AL, 36360.
Mr. Bright was a native of Dale County, Ala. He served in the United States Navy and was engaged in automotive repair service.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Carol Delores Bright and one son, James Harold Bright.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, his primary care givers, Debbie and Randall Woodard, Ozark Ala.; two other daughters Donna Winter, Ozark, Ala and Brenda Lockany, Panama City, Fla.; one step-daughter and son-in-law, Tanya Rose and Raymond Bryan, Ormond Beach, Fla.; two step-sons and daughters-in-law, David Earl and Cindy Craft, Albany, Ga., James Daniel and Bonnie Craft, Fort Myers, Fla.; the mother of his children, Sylvia Jean Danner Bright, Ozark, Ala.; one sister, Ruth Marguard, Atlanta; 76 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Mr. John Douglas Cotten, 58 of Montgomery, Ala., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, at Baptist Medical Center South.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark with the Rev. Bob Doyle and the Rev. Donald Moore officiating. Music will be by Mr. Les Lee. Interment will follow in Post Oak Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Holman Funeral Home in Ozark from 9 a.m. Saturday until service time at 10 a.m.
Mr. Cotten was born in Ozark, Ala., Aug. 13,. 1946, to the late Mattie Ruth and Mack Ray Cotten.
Survivors include two sons, John Marvin Cotten and Ray Cotten; two grandchildren, Amanda Cotten and Lindsey Perry; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Opal and Robert Stinson; Troy Ala., Kathryn and Ted Goodson, Panama City, Fla., Linda and Paul Bowden, Level Plains, Ala.; and four brothers and three. sisters-in-law, Charles and Elizabeth Cotten, Ozark, Ala., Tommy Cotten, Panama City, Fla., Milton and Katie Cotten, Honolulu, Hawaii, Joe and Diana Cotten, Panama City, Fla.
Mrs. Grace Ketcham Thompson, 80 of Ariton, Ala., died Monday evening, Sept. 13, 2004, in Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004 at Elam Baptist Church with her son, the Rev. George A. Thompson Jr., officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Elam Baptist Church from 12:30 p.m. Friday until service time at 2 p.m. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Elam Baptist Church, 55 Danny Road, Ariton, AL, 36311.
Mrs. Thompson was a native and life-long resident of the Elamville Community where she was a member of Elam Baptist Church since the age of 10. Mrs. Thompson worked with Van Heusen in Ozark and Dowling Textiles in Clio for over 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Albert Thompson Sr. in 1988, and one grandson, Bill Robinette in 1995.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Fulton Robinette, Ariton, Ala.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, the Rev. George A. and Barbara Thompson, Dothan and Henry Thompson Ariton, Ala.; one sister, Lillian Hartzog, Elamville, Ala.; two sisters-in-law, Nell Ketcham and Myrtle Ketcham, Ariton, Ala.; grandchildren, Roxanne Adams, Greg Thompson, Chris Robinette, Christi Rotten, and Samantha Thompson; and eight great-grandchildren.
William "Stanley" Andrews, 61 of Midland City passed away Sunday night, Sept. 12, 2004, at Flowers Hospital following an extended illness.
Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at Pinckard Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Andrew J. Baril, Pastor of Pinckard Baptist Church, officiating and Byrd Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. tonight.
Mr. Andrews was born June 18, 1943, in Pinckard and was a lifelong resident of Dale County. Mr. Andrews was retired and was a veteran of the U.S. Army
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Shellie and Essie Mae Andrews and two sisters, Charlene Brewer and Anita Monk.
Survivors include a son, Shane Andrews of Vidor, Texas; a granddaughter, Keele Sage Andrews of Vidor, Texas; three sisters, Sue Andrews of Dothan, Ginny Gullage and husband, Larry, of Anniston, Sarah Wilkins and husband, Ronald, of Dothan; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Active pallbearers will be nephews, Eric Smith of Slocomb, Ben Gullage of Birmingham Mike Gullage of Birmingham, Brian Gullage of Birmingham, Arthur Adams of Headland and David Brown of Slocomb.
Mr. Roy Maxwell Deloney, 92 of Greenwood, Fla., died peacefully in his sleep Sept. 9, 2004, after a long illness.
He chose his own middle name decades ago from a Maxwell car he owned and considered the epitome of fine cars.
Mr. Deloney was born in Ariton, Ala. in 1912. He owned a general store in Ariton before attending the University of Alabama where he earned a bachelor's degree in science education. He later received a master's degree in school administration from Florida State University. He taught science and math before becoming a school principal, the job he most enjoyed in life. He often regaled his family with stories of teaching, among them the semester he taught home economics. He said even though he couldn't boil water, he had never eaten better because all the students already knew how to cook. As a young man during the 1930's, he often played saxophone in a dance band. He had dreamed of becoming an aviator but poor eyesight prevented that.
Mr. Deloney taught in Cottonwood, Ala. before moving to Florida during World War II. Florida quickly grew to be his home, but he left a piece of his heart in Alabama. He served as principal for Sneads High School and Greenwood Elementary and High School before becoming an administrator for the Jackson County School Board. Mr. Deloney had major responsibility for implementing the Jackson County school desegregation plan during the 1960's. He taught Sunday school for many years at the Greenwood United Methodist Church where he was a member since 1950. Mr. Deloney was a great storyteller and often told stories of growing up in Southern Alabama.
His family was proud to have the first residential electricity, Model T car, and indoor bathroom in Ariton. Mr. Deloney's family knew he was about to tell a good story when they saw the gleam in his eye and an impish grin on his lips. He once told his family that if he could live his life all over again, he would do it in a minute and not
change a thing.
Mr. Deloney's beloved wife of 59 years, Margaret Louise Goff of Ozark, Ala., preceded him in death in 1992. His survivors include daughter, Margaret Nancy Nobles-Dunkle and her husband, Robert of Marianna, Fla., and daughter Julia Rebecca Deloney of Arlington, Va.; a grandson James Ross Nobles and his wife, Madeleine of Tallahassee, Fla. and a granddaughter Margaret Rebecca Boone of Arlington, Va.; and two brothers, Dexter Deloney and Ross Deloney both of Gainesville. Other siblings were Robbie Lou Deloney and Murl Deloney. His parents were Charlie and Bobbie Powell Deloney of Ariton, Ala. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 tonight, Sept: 10, at James and Sikes Funeral Home in Maddox Chapel. Graveside services will be on Saturday Sept. 11, 2004, 10 a.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood United Methodist Church, Greenwood, FL, 32443; or Covenant Hospice, 4440 Lafayette St., Suite C, Marianna, FL, 32446.
The great legacy he left his family was the gift of fierce determination, a profound belief in education, the ability to see humor in almost anything, and the dignity of a lifetime of hard work.
James and Sikes Funeral Home, (850) 482-2332, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Condie Bowman, 80 of Ozark, Ala., died Wednesday Sept. 8, 2004, in a Dothan hospital.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the services. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Myrice McNab will officiate. Special music will be provided by Jason Barrow. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Bowman resided in Dale and Barbour Counties all of his life and was a farmer.
He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Merrill Bowman; five brother; and eight sisters.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Mitchell and Kathy Bowman of Pinckard, Ala.; two daughters, Sherrie Bowman, Ozark, Ala. and Regina Bowman, Ariton, Ala.; brother and sister-in-law, Neil and Maudrene Bowman, Clio, Ala.; sister, Pauline Smith, Clio, Ala.; four grandchildren, Shaun (Gina) Bowman, Matthew Bowman, Joshua Bowman, Bryan Bowman; two great-grandchildren, Zhean Lively and Drew Johnston.
Pallbearers will be Shaun Bowman, Matthew Bowman, Joshua Bowman, Bryan Bowman, Charles Bowman, and Gary Smith.
Ms. Florine Matthews a long-time resident of Ozark, Ala., died Sept. 6, 2004, at the Oakview Health Care Center in Ozark, Ala.
Funeral service will be Saturday Sept. 11, 2004, at the Church of Ozark. Mrs. Matthews will lie in state from l1 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the church before the funeral. Visitation will be Friday at the Trawick Funeral Home Chapel from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Trawick Funeral Home, (334) 774-8374, is in charge of local arrangements.
Mr. James Timothy McNeal, 51 of Ozark, Ala. (Ewell Community), passed away Sept. 3, 2004, in Defuniak Springs, Fla.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home in Ozark. Burial will follow in Ewell Cemetery. The Rev. Greg Doss will officiate.
A life-long resident of Dale County, Mr. McNeal was born Feb. 6, 7953, and he was a 1971 graduate of Carroll High School.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carson W. McNeal.
He is survived by his mother, Mildred McNeal, of Ozark (Ewell Community), two sisters, Vicki (Bill) Thrash of Enterprise and Teresa Stanford of Newton; brothers, Jenny Joe McNeal of Ozark, Ala., Jimmy (Sharon) McNeal of Dothan, Thomas McNeal of Skipperville, Ala.; nephews, Chris (Jennifer) McNeal of Pelham, Ala., Eric and Jason Stanford of Newton, Chad (Amy) Thrash of Enterprise, Brian (Alisha) McNeal of Crestview, Fla., and Ben McNeal of Skipperville, Ala.; nieces, Melissa (Brian) Mohr of Moody, Ala., Amy (Wayne) Gray of Enterprise, Tracey (Ryan) Allen of Newton, and Meghan McNeal of Skipperville; and five great nieces.
Mrs. Candis Laster, 97 of Ozark Ala., died Wednesday Sept. 1, 2004, at Ozark Health and Rehabilitation.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at the First Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. S.C. Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Traveler's Rest Cemetery in Ozark, Ala. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service. Public viewing will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today.
Lewis and Lewis Funeral Home, (334) 445-0902, is in charge of the arrangements.
Ruby Inez Eldridge Stevens, 89 of South County Road 67, Midland City died Sunday morning, Aug. 29, 2004, in the Dale Medical Center in Ozark.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, in the Mount Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Guy Causey and the Rev. Ed Peters officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary in Headland. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Enon Baptist Church, c/o Charles Stevens, 3478 County Road 67, Midland City, AL 36350.
Mrs. Stevens was born and reared in the Mount Enon Community of Dale County, daughter of the late Elijah Benjamin Eldridge and Epsie Kirkland Eldridge. She lived all her adult life in the Christian Hill Community but had been a resident of the Ozark Health and Rehabilitation Center since February 2004. Mrs. Stevens was a member of the Mount Enon Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Jackson Stevens.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Phyllis Parker and her husband, Don Parker, Midland City; two sons, Charles Stevens and his wife, Syretha Stevens, Midland City; Ronnie Stevens and his wife, Marsha Stevens, Blountstown, Fla.; four grandchildren, Luke Stevens and his wife, Heather Stevens, Headland; Keisha Stevens Williams and hr' husband, Jeffrey Williams, Headland; Dwayne Stevens and his wife, Jennifer Stevens, Ozark; Jeri Cullifer . and her husband, Jody Cullifer, Knoxville, Tenn.; six great-grandchildren, Justin Cullifer, Jena Cullifer, Alex Stevens, Will Stevens, Joshua Stevens and Kennedy Williams; sisters-in-law, Eunice Eldridge and Nell Eldridge both of Midland City.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Luke Stevens, Dwayne Stevens, Jody Cullifer, Jeffrey Williams, Stanley Eldridge, Drew Givens, Kenneth Eldridge and Phil Eldridge.
Mr. William Glenn Byrd, Sr., 76 of Dothan, died Thursday Aug. 29, 2004, at his home following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, at Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Carver, Randy Stokes and Homer Davis officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing.
Visitation will be at the funeral home parlors from 6-8 p.m. Monday. Mr. Byrd's body will be placed in the church one hour before service time for viewing on Tuesday.
Mr. Byrd was a native of the Longstreet Community of Dale County. He worked with Jones Farm Equipment Auction in Dothan for 30 years, and with Westpoint Stevens in Abbeville for 15 years. He had made Dothan his home since 1959, where he was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. He was an avid fisher, hunter and friend to all.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Louise Chapman Byrd, Dothan; one daughter and son-in-law, Martha Sue and Steve Wilson, Edwin, one son and daughter-in-law, William "Bill" Byrd Jr. and Kay Rehobeth, four grandchildren, Bobby Ethridge, Ashford, Dustin Ethridge, Edwin, India Wilson, Edwin, and Blayne Wilson, Ozark.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Charles Snellgrove Jr., 1356 County Road 143, Ozark, AL 36360.