Marie Searcy Chisholm, 84 of the Bertha Community in Dale County died late Thursday afternoon, March 17, 2005, in the Dale Medical Center in Ozark.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. today March 19, 2005, in the New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. W. M, Todd officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. today in the church fellowship hall.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to one's favorite charity.
Mrs. Chisholm was born in Clopton, Ala., daughter of the late Mr. Samuel Ralph Searcy Sr. and Evie Dell Barefield Searcy. She was reared in the Bertha Community and lived in Birmingham for many years before returning to Bertha in 1974. Mrs. Chisholm was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Carson Chisholm and also three brothers, Samuel Ralph Searcy Jr., Joseph Searcy and Julian Searcy.
Surviving relatives include two sons, James Michael Chisholm and his wife, Estelle Chisholm Birmingham, Ala.; John Michael Chisholm, Bertha community; and his special friend, Candi Cordle; a grandson, Cory Michael Chisholm, Ozark; a sister-in-law, Nina Searcy Bertha community; two nieces, Sarah Snell, Bertha community; Sandra Capron, Ozark; two nephews, Jimmy Searcy and Allen Searcy both of Ozark.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Mike Capron, Allen Searcy Don Snell, Craig Hall, Tim Phipps and Brad Phipps.
Angie Rebecca Craig, age 33, left this world to be with the Lord Thursday, March 17, 2005, at her home in Ozark.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday March 21, 2005, from the chapel of Fuqua- Bankston Funeral Home in Ozark. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday evening from 5 to 8 pm.
Angie was a devoted wife and mother. She was a beautiful daughter and a loving sister. She was also a great friend. Angie will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Angie had a very outgoing personality and in some ways was the backbone of our family. Her sense of humor was admired by most and envied by all. She will be dearly missed.
Surviving family include her husband of 14 years, Cardell Craig; one son, Jacob Tyler Craig; mother and father, Patty and Jerry Vance; one brother and sister-in-law; Jerry Wayne and Bonny Lee Vance; one sister, Kacie Vance; one niece; Caitlin Holly Vance.
Angie was preceded in death by her grandmother, Bernice Vance.
Mr. J.W. Knight, 81 of Ozark, died Saturday March 12, 2005, in Oakview Nursing Home, Ozark, Ala., following a long illness.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday from Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Fred Dawson officiating.
Mr. Knight was born Dec. 21, 1923, in Barbour County Ala., the son of the late James Alfred Knight and Nancy Jane Carr. He was employed with Martin Price at Martin Dale Shopping Center as maintenance director for 28 years.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Maurine Knight of Ozark, Ala.; two daughters, Sandra Marie Futch and husband, John of Palm Bay Fla., and Wanda Gail Knight of Coral Springs, Fla.; two sons, Joseph Knight of Ozark, Ala., and Freddie Knight and wife, Lynda of Palm Bay, Fla.; two . sisters, Janice Kay Baker of Pueblo, Colo., and Irelle Vickers of Birmingham, Ala.; brother, Maxwell Knight and wife, Elaine of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, John Futch Jr., Rose Futch, Donald Flowers, Eric Moore and wife, Lori.; and two great-grandchildren, Michelle and Corey Moore.
Robert Allen Sauls, 55 of Dothan, died Friday, March 11, 2005, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, March 14 200.5, at Byrd Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Joe Patterson Philip Harrelson and David Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.
Mr. Sauls was born April 11, 1949, in Ozark, Ala., and lived the early years of his life in Erick, Okla. He later returned to Ozark and graduated from Carroll High School in 1967. Mr. Sauls owned and operated Dairy Queen on Montgomery Highway from 1984 until 1994, and later he was employed with Globe Motors as a supervisor. Mr. Sauls was one of the Alabama Crimson Tide faithful.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Sauls, Dothan; two daughters, Cindy Bolton, Newton, Monica Watson, Skipperville; a stepson, Rev. David Goodwin, Dothan; two stepdaughters, Tracy Littlefield, Dothan, Wendy Richardson Webb; his mother, Gloria Sauls Amarillo, Texas; a sister, Pam Knight Amarillo, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and three nephews.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Don Judah, John 8utler, Gary Butler Vann Shiver, Wayne Horn and Mark Gary.
Mr. Paul L. Johnson, 88 of Ozark, Ala., passed away Wednesday March 9, 2005, at . Dale Medical Center in Ozark.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday March 11, 2005, from the chapel of Fuqua- Bankston Funeral Home in Ozark with Elder Clayton Nowell officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight, March 10, 2005,, at Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Ozark Primitive Baptist Church, 165 Dixie Drive, Ozark, AL 36360 .
Mr. Johnson was born in Dale County, Ala. He was a member and deacon of Ozark Primitive Baptist Church for more than 50 years. Mr. Johnson was employed by the City of Ozark Utilities Board for 28 1 /2 years. He loved the outdoors and gardening. He was very active in the Marley Mill Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Johnson was best known for creating "Mr. Paul's" Barbeque Sauce.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Henderson Franklin and Marrietta Byrd Johnson; and brothers, Holman Johnson, Henderson Lamar Johnson, and Howard Johnson.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Ree Johnson; two sons, Henderson Franklin Johnson II (Gina), and Howard W. Johnson; one brother, Travis Neal Johnson; two grandchildren, Paul Waco Johnson (Mandy), Henderson Franklin "Bo" Johnson III; two great-grandchildren, Kolby and Tyler Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Frances Marie Richman (Wright), 71 of Ozark, Ala., passed away Sunday, March 5, 2005, at the Troy Health and Rehabilitation Center in Troy, Ala.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home with the Rev. Harry Circle officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service time. The family request that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 2346 W. Main St., Suite 3, Dothan, AL 36303. She fought a courageous battle to overcome a blood clot in her brain and suffered a stoke Thanksgiving night of 2004.
She was born Dec. 17, 1933, in Kansas City, Kan., to the late Eldon and Gladys (Higginbothom) Wright. She grew up in the Kansas City area and lived there until she married James Richman on Feb. 14, 1953. Then she began the career of a military wife that would take her around the world for the next 26 years. They moved back to Kansas City until a second retirement in March 2001, and decided to move to Ozark, Ala., to live. out their retirement years. She was a wonderful and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her greatest joy was to visit with family and friends and tell stories of her childhood, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her travels around the world with her loving husband of 50 years, James. She loved to laugh and spread joy and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Mrs. Richman was preceded in death by her parents, Eldon and Gladys Wright; her husband, James Richman; Sr.; grandson, Robert Wheeler; two brothers, Elmer Wright and Ralph Wright; and sister, Mary Ann Webb.
She is survived by four sons, James Richman Jr. and wife, Connie of Ozark, Ala., Michael Richman and wife, Delores of Clarksville, Tenn., Ronald Richman of Philadelphia, Steven Richman of Ozark, Ala.; four daughters, Shawn Jones of Enterprise, Ala., Dawn Doss and husband, Jerry of Smyrna, Ga., Crystal Burke and husband James, of Houston, Texas, Nicole Whiteford and fiance', Bernard Miller Jr. of Ozark, Ala.; two brothers, Robert Wright and his wife, Patricia of Shawnee, Kan., and Charles Wright of Mission, Kan.; sister, Cheryl Hurt and husband, Larry of Olathe, Kan.; 14 grandchildren, James Richman III, Brian Richman and wife, Michele, Larry Richman and wife, Nancy, Kelsey Richman, Dennis Jones, Karin Yates, Daniel and Jacob Doss, Michael Godsey and Mandy Hohmann, Joshua, Dustin and Brandi Burke, Erik Whiteford; eight great-grandchildren, Seth Richman, Addison Richman, Colin Richman, Ashytn Richman, Alexis Tyler, Cheyenne Yates, Sierra Yates, and Gavin Hohmann.
She will be greatly missed by all her many friends and other family members.
Mr. Henry Frank Nance Jr., a former resident of Ozark, Ala., died Friday, March 4, 2005, in Birmingham, Ala.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 11, 2005, at 1 p.m. in the Greater Sardis Missionary Baptist Church on Reynolds Street in Ozark with the Rev. S.C. Hudson officiating. Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery in Ozark.
Trawick Funeral Home, (334) 774-8374, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Marty Gene Peterson, 44 of 204 North County Road 67, Ozark, Ala., passed away early Thursday morning, March 3, 2004, after a long, courageous four and a half years battling with cancer.
A celebration of Marty's life will be held 6 tonight, March 4, 2005, from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home in Ozark. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services.
Mr. Peterson grew up in Ames, Iowa and later moved to Ozark to be with his brother and caregiver, Doug. He was a TRUE Harley Man. He liked to fish, work on cars, and attend quilt shows with his beloved mother. He loved his dogs, Buster and Stumpy. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends, but will remain in our hearts forever.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Peterson; and a brother, Ernest Peterson.
Survivors include his mother, Karen Peterson and step-father, A1 Deaton of Ames, Iowa; sister and brother-in-law, Nita and Herman Moeller of Nevada, Iowa; brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and Becky Peterson of the Echo Community Ala.; grandmother, Angeline Fink of Iowa; uncle and aunt, Gene and Sadie Fink of Ozark, Ala.; a special friend Townya Taylor of Iowa; and nieces and nephews, Holli Engel of Iowa, Chris Engel of Iowa, Shane Armstrong of Ozark, Hanna Armstrong of Ozark.
Mrs. Ada Gray, age 65 of Ozark, Ala., passed away Wednesday March 2, 2005, at her home following an extended illness.
The home-going services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Fuqua- Bankston Funeral Home in Ozark, Ala. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society 2346 W. Main St., Dothan, AL 36303.
Ms. Gray was born June 27, 1939, in Dale County, Ala., to the late Simon and Jewel Floyd. She was united in holy matrimony to the late retired Sgt. Gilbert M. Gray on Sept. 21, 1962. She was a career military wife living in Georgia, New York and New Jersey before retiring to Ozark around 1975. Ms. Gray enjoyed sewing, baking and cooking. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She worked for Army Lodging at Fort Rucker until her illness.
Ms Gray was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Gilbert M. Gray; a son, Gilbert Maurice Gray; and her parents, Simon and Jewel Floyd.
She leaves to cherish four daughters and two sons-in-law, Teresa Barns, Rochester, N.Y., Delores and Allen Capers, Charleston, S.C., Lorraine Brown and her husband, Pittsburg and Florence Gray Pittsburg; two sons, Ralph Floyd, Columbia, S.C., and Adrian Gray, Ozark, Ala.; six sisters and a brother-in-law, Jesephine and Jimmie Horton, Ozark, Ala., Edna Hoskins, Columbia, S.C., Annie L. Floyd, New York, Peggy Mackins, Colorado Springs, Colo., Betty Lou Floyd, Columbia, S.C., and Johnnie Mae Floyd, Ozark, Ala.; two brothers, Albert Floyd and S.T. Floyd, both of Ozark, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins including a special cousin, Frances Mae Sumter; two special friends, Dee Calhoun of Ozark, Ala., and Josie Davis of Dothan, Ala.; and a special niece, Debra Horton Wallace
Mrs. Gladys Helms Scott, 79 of Ozark, Ala., died Wednesday morning, March 2, 2005.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday March 5, 2005, from Peniel Baptist Church in Skipperville, with the Revs. John W. Helton and Jim Hill officiating. Interment will follow in Peniel Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:30 until 7:30 tonight. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made in her memory to Peniel Cemetery Fund, 2710 County Road 41, Skipperville, AL 36374.
Mrs. Scott was born Feb. 26, 1926, in Barbour County to the late Mr. and Mrs. and Bunyan Helms. She was a resident of the Blue Springs community the majority of her life. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Ozark and a former member of Peniel Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, John C. Scott, Ozark; one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Judy Scott; a granddaughter and her husband, Tavia and Deamian Fischer; a grandson, Grant Scott; a great-granddaughter, Adeline Fischer, all of Andalusia, Ala.; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Myrtis and Wayne Tew, Blue Springs, and Vela Zimmerman, Houston, Texas; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Bennett and Virginia Helms, Harold and Shirley Helms, Montgomery Ala., and Travis and Carolyn Helms, Blue Springs.
Dorothy A. Alt, of Ozark, Ala., formerly of Barker N.Y. and wife of the late Frank Alt, entered into rest Tuesday March l, 2005, at her son's home in Ozark under the care of Wiregrass Hospice.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in Saint Patrick R.C. Church on Quaker Road in Barker, N.Y., the Rev. James Hassett will officiate. Friends may call at the Rutland-Corwin Funeral Home, 1708 Pallister Ave., Barker, N.Y, on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in the Hartland Central Cemetery when weather permits. The family would appreciate memorials to be made to the Wiregrass Hospice, 1970 E. Andrews Ave., Ozark, AL 36360.
Born in the town of Hartland, N.Y on Nov. 27, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Marion Wiseman Devereaux. She married Frank Alt on Dec. 2, 7933, in St. Patrick R.C. Church in Barker N.Y She worked at Barker Central School Cafeteria for 16 years, retiring in 1968. She lived in Barker for several years and then retired in Clearwater, Fla., in 1972. Then she went to Leesburg, Va., in 1996. Her husband died Feb. 11, 2000. She was a member of St. Patrick R.C. Church and the Alter Rosary Society of the Church.
She was the mother of John T. (Patricia) Alt of Ozark, Ronald E. (Jody) Alt of Friendsville, Tenn., James F. (Nancy) Alt of Bluffton, S.C., Marion Rosati of Newport Richey Fla., and the late Frank Alt Jr.; sister of the late Thomas Devereaux, Mildred Kennedy and Gertrude Robinson.
She is also survived by nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Lawrence Albert Pickett, 60 of Ozark, Ala., passed away at Oakview Manor Nursing Home Monday, Feb. 28, 2005.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2005, from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home in Ozark with the Rev. Neal Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Fort Rucker Highway, Ozark, AL 36360
Mr. Pickett was born in Dothan on Dec. 10, 1944, to the late William Albert Pickett and Ada Hyatt Pickett. He was a long-time resident of Ozark and was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
He is survived by numerous cousins and extended family.
Roy M.L. Sanders, 76 of Ozark, Ala., died Monday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2005 at Flowers Hospital.
Mr. Sanders is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and Stu Heimburg, Arden, N.C., and Linda and Burl Howell, Enterprise, Ala.; four grandchildren eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Southern Heritage Funeral Home, (334) 702-1712, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Phillip Wells, 55 of Ozark, Ala., passed away Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at his residence.
Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday March 5, 2005, from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home in Ozark. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in memory of Mr. Wells to your local Humane Society.
Mr. Wells was born in Panama City, Fla., and grew up in the Montgomery area, He was a graduate of Troy University and was a trust officer with AmSouth Bank in Birmingham for 20 years. After his retirement from AmSouth, he moved to Ozark. At the time of his death he was employed with Hendrick's Home Center, Inc. in Ozark.