Paul C. Eslava
MAGNOLIA SPRINGS — Paul C. Eslava, a native of Magnolia Springs and resident of Foley, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999 in a local healthcare facility. He was 89.
Eslava is survived by his daughter Cynthia Eslava Lowell of Foley; two sisters, Mary Eslava and Alice Eslava, both of Magnolia Springs, and two grandsons.
Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. this evening at Bayview Funeral Home in Foley. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Catholic Church in Magnolia Springs with burial to follow in the church cemetery.
Elva C. Emerson
BON SECOUR — Elva C. Emerson of Bon Secour, 82, died Saturday at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope. Mrs. Emerson was a native of Barton, Vt.
She is survived by a daughter, Ruth Ann WesterVelt of Bon Secour; two sons, James E. Emerson Jr. of Gulf Shores and Ovel Emerson of Wilsten, Fla.; a sister, Dolly Teer of New York; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 1-5 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview Funeral Home in Foley. Graveside services will be in Memory Gardens in Fairhope at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
GULF SHORES — Rafe Cooke of Gulf Shores, 84, died Saturday at South Baldwin Hospital. Cooke was a United States Army veteran, Disabled American Veteran and a member of the American Legion. He was a member of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Beulah Cooke of Gulf Shores; a daughter, Donna Kay Cooke Greenwood of Gulf Shores; a sister, Opal Cooke of Wynne, Ark; a brother, Cecil Cooke of Cherry Valley, Ark.; two grandchildren; and two great-granchildren.
Visitation will be today from 10:30-11 a.m. at Bayview Funeral Home in Foley. Services will be at 11 a.m. from the funeral home. Burial will be in Shell Banks Baptist Cemetery in Gulf Shores.
Norma Jean Arnett
Norma Jean Arnett, a lifelong Mobilian, died Monday in a local hospital. She was 49.
Survivors include a daughter, Wendy D. Arnett; a son, James W. "Billy" Arnett; her mother and stepfather, Frances and George Barlow; a sister, Patricia Young; a brother, Johnnie Ray Foster; and her grandmother, Jessie L. Lambeth, all of Mobile; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Radney Funeral Home on Dauphin Street, where services are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Pierce Creek Cemetery.
Roy Lee Deason Sr.
Roy Lee Deason Sr., who retired from L&N Railroad after 36 years, died Monday at his home. He was 86.
Deason was a native of Evergreen, Ala., and a longtime resident of Eight Mile.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Deason of Eight Mile; a daughter, Pat Byrd of Citronelle; two sons, Roy Deason Jr. of Carnesville, Ga., and Steve Deason of New Orleans; two brothers, Marvin Deason of Evergreen and John Edward Deason of Cheltenham, Md.; a sister, Grace Bailey of Evergreen; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight at Valhalla Memorial Funeral Home in Semmes, where services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Valhalla Memorial Gardens.
Thomas Edwards Jr.
Thomas Edwards Jr., who had been employed as an ironworker and a shipfitter at a number of local shipyards, died Friday at a local hospital. He was 62.
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Edwards was a Mobile resident for more than 30 years.
Survivors include his wife, Jewel Edwards of Mobile; five sons, Thomas Edwards III of Irvington, Curtis Woods of Mobile, William Edwards and Danny Edwards, both of Miami, and Bill Woods of Missouri; six daughters, Linda Edwards, Shirley Edwards, Susan Edwards and Mechelle Woods, all of Mobile, Raychelle Woods of Satsuma and Tammy Hicks of Irvington; a sister, Nancy Osiecki of West Chester, Pa.; two brothers, William F. Edwards and Al Edwards, both of Woodbury, N.J.; and 14 grandchildren.
Visitation took place Sunday at Gilmer's Funeral Service on Zeigler Boulevard. There will be no services.
Lois Merle Hebert
Lois Merle Hebert, who formerly owned and operated Lyons Seafood in Heron Bay, died Sunday at a local hospital.
Mrs. Hebert, a native of Peterman, Ala., was a resident of Mobile and former resident of Heron Bay. She was 84.
Survivors include her husband, Louis Hebert of Mobile; three children, Gerri Moiren and Lois E. Moiren, both of Theodore, Charles Lyons Jr. of Heron Bay; two sisters, Hilda Dellatorre and Eleanor Black, both of Mobile; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian burial is celebrated at noon. Burial will be in Serenity Memorial Gardens with Serenity Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Clara M. Pressley
Clara M. Pressley, a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, died Friday at a local hospital.
Mrs. Pressley was a native of Beatrice, Ala., and a resident of Mobile. She was 81.
Survivors include five children, Matthew Pressley, Helen Quiovers, Janice Beard, Vera Bryant and Willie Earl Pressley, all of Mobile; a stepson, Winston Conners of Huntington Station, N.Y.; a sister, Jimmie Stallworth of Beatrice; 13 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be at Christian Benevolent Funeral Home from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and after 9 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1621 Boykin Blvd. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian burial is celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Casher Cemetery.
Lawrence Sullivan Jr.
Lawrence Curtis Sullivan Jr., who had worked as a logger in the timber industry, died Saturday at a local hospital. He was 40.
Sullivan, a native of Washington County, was a resident of Citronelle. He was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lilly B. Sullivan; his mother, Viola Sullivan Campbell; and a son, Randy Farmer, all of Citronelle; two daughters, Paula Jordan of Semmes and Christy Chestang of Citronelle; two brothers, Grady Reed of McIntosh, Ala., and Clint Campbell of Citronelle; eight sisters, Marie Orso, Ziola Reed and Barbara Johnston, all of McIntosh, Hazel Johnston of Theodore, Gertrude Reed, Elizabeth Sullivan and Carol Reed, all of Citronelle, and Billie Jean Sullivan of Miami; and his grandmother, Willamenia Sullivan Campbell of Citronelle.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight at Freeman Funeral Home in Citronelle. Services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cedar Creek Baptist Church, with burial in Byrd Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Ala.
Milton C. Fuqua Sr.
LAFAYETTE, La. — Milton C. Fuqua Sr., a native Mobilian and longtime resident of Lafayette, died Sunday at his home. He was 78.
Fuqua, known to friends as "Cleve," had worked as a youth with his family business. In January 1942, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a radio operator on Guadalcanal, in the Philippines, the northern Solomon Islands and New Guinea, attaining the rank of sergeant.
After leaving the Army, he returned to the family business. In 1953, he moved to Lafayette, where he became a partner, then owner of Dixie Exterminating Co. In 1964, he sold his interest and became a chartered life underwriter with Life of Georgia, from which he retired in 1981.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lafayette, a Little League baseball coach and a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, serving for many years as a member of the Eagle Scout Board of Honor at Troop 19.
He was a member of Lafayette Post 241 of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Audrey Hernandez Fuqua of Lafayette; three sons, Patrick Wayne Fuqua and Milton C. Fuqua Jr., both of Lafayette, and Bryan James Fuqua of Scott, La.; a sister, Margaret "Jean" Ross of Mobile; and three grandchildren.
Services are scheduled at 3 p.m. today at Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive in Lafayette, with visitation from 8 a.m. until services. Burial will be in Lafayette Memorial Gardens.
Hannah Pauline Van Wezel
FOLEY — Hannah Pauline Van Wezel of Foley died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Live Oaks Assisted Living. She was 90 years old.
Mrs. Van Wezel graduated from Western Reserve Nursing School in Cleveland and was a resident of south Baldwin County for 53 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Martin of Atlanta and Elizabeth Powell of New Castle, England; a sister, Edith Speigle of Cleveland; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held later. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Community Hospice of Baldwin County.
Bayview Funeral Home of Foley is handling cremation arrangements.
Fredrick Alfred Moeckel
FOLEY — Memorial services for Fredrick Alfred Moeckel of Foley will be held at 1 p.m. today at Bayview Funeral Home in Foley.
Moeckel died Friday, July 2, 1999, at a local hospital. He was 73 years old. He is survived by his wife, Edna Lebel Moeckel of Foley.
Bayview Funeral Home of Foley handled cremation arrangements.
Bertha Faye Alleman
MOBILE — Bertha Faye Alleman, a native of Michigan and a resident of Mobile, died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999. She was 82 years old.
She is survived by her husband, Dale Alleman of Satsuma; one daughter, Billee Jean Fase of Mobile; one son, Robert Alleman of Indian River, Mich.; one brother, Monte Ashton of Ludington, Mich.; one sister, Lillian Steppig of Manistee, Mich.; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements were by Fairhope Funeral Home & Crematory.
Evelyn Grace Curtis
FAIRHOPE — Evelyn Grace Curtis, a native of Mobile and a resident of Fairhope, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at a local hospital. She was 75 years old.
Mrs. Curtis is survived by her husband of 56 years, David H. Curtis Sr. of Fairhope; one son, David H. Curtis Jr. of Daphne; three daughters, Charlotte Hopkins of Pensacola, Cheryl Hobbs-Herndon of Virginia and Rose Crocker of Fairhope; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Private graveside services were held Monday in Memory Gardens of Fairhope.
Funeral arrangements are by Wolfe Funeral Home in Fairhope.
Leslie L. Bung
FAIRHOPE — Leslie L. Bung, a native of Racine, Wis., and a resident of Fairhope, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999. He was 64 years old.
Bung was a member of the Fairhope Fire Department for 30 years, where he served as fire chief for three of those years. He was co-owner of Western Lumber Co., co-owner of Bayview Services Inc., a member of the Elks Lodge and a charter member of the Fairhope Junior Yacht Club. He also served in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Frances Bung of Fairhope; one son, Tim Bung of Fairhope; one daughter, Kathy Walley of Fairhope; one brother, Robert Bung of Summerdale; one sister, Debbie Leavitt of Fairhope; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Wolfe Funeral Home with Dr. Stan Weatherford officiating.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 9 this evening at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memory Gardens in Fairhope.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the Fairhope Fire Department.
Funeral arrangements are by Wolfe Funeral Home in Fairhope.