Wilburn J. “Sponie” Macks

November 30, 2010

Wilburn J. “Sponie” Macks, 86, of Atmore, died Monday, November 29, 2010 in Atmore.

He was born in Conecuh County, AL on February 22, 1924, to the late Jim and Minnie Roland Macks. He was a WWII veteran and attended the First Assembly of God Church of Atmore. He was retired from St.Regis Paper Co. as an inspector.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Earnest Macks and two sisters, Mattie Lou Flowers and Ale Mae Bradford.

Survivors include two daughters, JoAnn Martin and Sue Gephart, both of Atmore; three grandchildren, Chris Smith, Kellie Lane, and Stephanie Rosenbuam, eight great-grandchildren and a very best friend, Grover Barnes of Atmore.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 01, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Grindle officiating. Interment will be in Deer Range Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Greg Martin, Chris Smith, John Nettles, Leslie Barnes, Brandon Smith and Shawn Lassiter.

Family will receive friends Tuesday evening, November 30, 2010, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc is in charge of all arrangements.

Mary Estelle Reid

November 30, 2010

Mrs. Mary Estelle Reid passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at the Century Care Center.

Mrs. Reid was a native and lifelong resident of Byrneville, FL. She was a loving mother and homemaker, active in the community projects and attended the Bratt First Baptist

Preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Hugh Reid. Survivors include her son, Charles Edward and Christine Reid of Byrneville, FL; two daughters, Martha Ann and Louis Smith of Point, LA and Sue and Philip Kelly of Byrneville, FL; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 10:00A.M. at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Wieborg officiating. Burial will follow at the Byrneville Methodist Cemetery.

Visitation was held Monday, November 29, 2010 between 6 p.m.. and 9 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Billy Weaver, Robert Smith, Billy McCann, Terry Bryan, Matt Carter and Roy Darby. Honorary pallbearers will be the Bratt First Baptist Church Senior Ladies Sunday School Class.

Nell Biggs Presley

November 30, 2010

Nell Biggs Presley, age 70, a native of Atmore and a resident of Seminole died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010.

Mr. and Mrs. Presley were on the original board of the A.R.C. of Baldwin County. Mrs. Presley is survived by her husband, Thomas M. Presley of Seminole, AL; sons Thomas Brian (Staci) Presley of Elberta, AL and Randy Allen Presley of Seminole, AL; daughter, Kim Ranee (Mathew) Lutter of Elsanor, AL; Brothers, Lloyd (Cece) Biggs of Atmore, AL and Ray Biggs (Dewayne) of Bay Minette, AL; Sisters, Dorthy Little of Bay Minette, AL and Ernestine Rasberry of Gasden, AL; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church at Pensacola, FL with Rev. Avon Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Robertsdale. A visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Mack Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Baldwin County A.R.C. , P.O. Box 400, Loxley, AL 36551.

Betty Jean Moye Lail

November 30, 2010

Betty Jean Moye Lail went to be with the Lord at 10:10 a.m. Saturday, November 27, 2010.

Betty is survived by her husband of 60 years, David J. Lail; three daughters, Cindy L. Lail, Mary “Beth” Rutherford (Gary) and Debra E. Shields (Greg); one son, David W. (Ruby) Lail; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Myrtice Maddox (Jimmy) and Marie Sanders; one brother, William “Billy” Moye (Linda) and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home until services begin at 11:00 a.m.

Interment will follow at Pilgrim Rest Cemetery in Molino.

A very special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff at West Florida Hospital for the care provided Betty Lail.

Beth M. Herndon

November 29, 2010

Mrs. Beth M. Herndon, age 65, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2010, at her Flomaton residence. Mrs. Herndon was born in Uriah, AL and had lived most of her life in the Flomaton area. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by two sons, Jeffery Scott (Shalaina) Herndon of Wallace and David (Robyn) Herndon of Barnetts Crossroads; one daughter, Kelli (David) Carter of Brewton; two brothers, John Madison of Ft. Walton Beach, FL and Kyle Madison of Beaumont, TX; four grandchildren, Tyler Long, Austin Long, Zack Herndon and Scotty Herndon; one great-grandchild, Kailee Herndon; and her best friend, Donna Fillmore.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with Rev. Otis Thames officiating. Interment will follow in Green Acres Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m. at Craver’s Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Fillmore, Greg Fillmore, Alan Harp, Shane Odom, Heath Madison, and Matt Carter. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Kirkland, Gerald Bell and Mike Carter.

Milton Man Arrested For North Santa Rosa Double Homicide

November 29, 2010

A Milton man has been charged in connection with a September double homicide in north Santa Rosa County.

Robert Lee Hobart, 41, is charged with the deaths of Robert Hamm, 41, and Tracie Tolbert, 43. The couple was discovered shot to death September 22 on Jesse Allen Road in Allentown. Both victims died from gunshot wounds, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.

“Hobart was developed as a suspect in the murders early during the investigation but detectives waited for conclusive forensic evidence before making the arrest,” according to Marc Ward, spokesperson for the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Hobart has been in the Santa Rosa County Jail since October 4 on unrelated drug charges. His arrest was delayed as investigators waited for the results of DNA tests, Ward said. The murder weapon was recovered, and investigators said ballistics tests matched the weapon to both the shell casings and the bullets recovered from the crime scene.

A resident of Jesse Allen Road called authorities to report what looked like a large amount of blood in Jesse Allen Road. When deputies arrived, deputies found the two bodies on opposite sides of the  roadway.

Jesse Allen Road runs west off Highway 87, about 18 miles south of Jay and not far from Central High School.

McDavid Woman Indicted On Child Sex Charges After Husband’s Death

November 29, 2010

A McDavid woman has been indicted on child sex charges after authorities found evidence against her as they investigated the apparent suicide of her husband.

Karen D. Rice, 42, of West Bogia Road, was indicted by an Escambia County (Ala.) grand jury on two counts of sexual abuse on a boy under the age of 12 and one count of first degree sodomy.

The Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office located the unnamed evidence against Rice while investigating the death of her husband, Atmore dentist Dr. Thomas Rice, late last year. She was released from the Escambia County (Ala.) Detention Center on $300,000 bond.

Dr.  Thomas Alvin Rice, Jr., 54, was found dead from a gunshot wound at his Nokomis home on November 21, 2009. Authorities said the death was an apparent suicide and unrelated to any alleged marital problems between the couple.

Atmore Man Sentenced For North Escambia Burglary

November 29, 2010

An Atmore man has been sentenced to just under a year in jail for a North Escambia burglary.

Brady Lee Mosley, 52, of McRae Street, was found guilty on felony charges of burglary and larceny. He was sentenced to 11 months and 15 days in the Escambia County Jail by Judge Nickolas P. Geeker.

About 1 p.m. July 11, Escambia County Sheriffs’ Office investigators said Mosley took five automotive radiators from a workshop at a home in the 10000 block of Highway 97 in the Davisville community. Witnesses reported seeing a 1995 tan Mercury Marquis with an Alabama tag backed into the carport area of the workshop. The suspect removed five radiators worth about $500 from the workshop area, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

A witness confronted Mosley, at which time he fled north on Highway 97 in the Mercury Marquis. The witness followed Mosley as he turned west on Nokomis Road, to Rockaway Creek Road to Miller Road. Knowing that Miller Road was a dead end, the witness parked his car and waited while on the phone with a Sheriff’s Office dispatcher. When Mosley exited Miller Road a short time later, the witness again followed him back to Nokomis Road. That’s where the witness stopped the chase because he said the man believed to be Mosley was driving erratically at a high rate of speed.

Two witnesses reported that Mosley had a juvenile male about 11-years old in the car at the time of the incident.

The burglary victim reported that several items in the workshop had been tampered with or moved, but only the radiators were missing.

According to the Sheriff’s Office report, the Mercury was registered to the Mosley’s stepfather, and his roommate in Atmore told authorities that Mosley had left home in the vehicle just prior to the incident. Two witnesses independently picked Mosley out of separate photo lineups.

Winning Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold In North Escambia

November 29, 2010

A winning ticket in Saturday night’s Florida Lottery Fantasy 5 drawing was sold in North Escambia.

The ticket, with numbers 3-7-14-22-29, was sold at the State Line O’Yes Lotto on Highway 97 in Davisville at the Alabama state line. The ticket was one of five winning tickets in the drawing.

Each of the five winning tickets are worth $50,833.73 each. There were also 464 tickets with four correct numbers worth $88 each, and 12,543 with three of five numbers worth $9 each.

The other winning tickets were sold in Jacksonville, Miami, Palm Beach and Stuart.

Cold Front Will Bring Rain, Some Strong Storms

November 29, 2010

A strong cold front will bring an increasing chance of rain and thunderstorms Monday night into Tuesday, including a slight chance of severe weather.

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

    • Tonight…Cloudy. Chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Showers likely through the night. Thunderstorms likely after midnight. Some thunderstorms may be severe after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.
    • Tuesday…Showers and thunderstorms in the morning…then rain showers likely in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the morning. Highs around 70. Temperatures falling in the afternoon. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.
    • Tuesday Night…Much colder. Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Chance of rain in the evening…then slight chance of rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.
    • Wednesday…Cooler…sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
    • Wednesday Night…Clear. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds around 5 mph becoming east after midnight.
    • Thursday…Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.
    • Thursday Night…Clear. Lows in the mid 30s.
    • Friday…Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.
    • Friday Night…Clear. Lows in the upper 30s.
    • Saturday…Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.
    • Saturday Night…Mostly clear. Lows around 40.
    • Sunday…Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.
    • Sunday Night…Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s.
    • Monday…Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain. Highs in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

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