Charity Bell Koehn Smith

October 5, 2015

Charity Bell Koehn Smith, 94, of Walnut Hill, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015, Atmore. She was a homemaker. She was born in Ithaca, MI on March 29, 1921, to the late Leland and Hanna Johnson Eicher.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Menno Koehn and Waymon Smith; one brother, Newell Eicher; and one sister, Mildred Eicher.

Survivors include two sons, Richard (Wilma) Koehn of Walnut Hill and Lynn Koehn of Independence, LA; two daughters, Barbara (John) Loewen of Walnut Hill and Alice (Norman) Keator of Albuquerque, NM; four brothers, Ward (Dolly) Eicher of Brooksville, MS, William (Lois) Eicher, Wallace (Judy) Eicher and Wendell (Mary) Eicher, all of Walnut Hill; three sisters, Eunice (Jake) Smith of Brooksville, MS, Althea Dick, and Imo (Wilbert) Peters, all of Walnut Hill; 16 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, October, 8, 2015, at 10 a.m. from the Walnut Hill Mennonite Church with Rev. Carlos Koehn, Rev. Mike Koehn and Rev. Galen Harms officiating.

Interment will follow in Walnut Hill Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Varr Koehn, Roan Koehn, Michael Loewen, Martin Lapp, Toxey Koehn, Winston Loewen and Etaun Koehn.

Family will receive friends, Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at the Walnut Hill Mennonite Church from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Christian Child Care Home at 220 W. Jefferson Street, Gallup, NM 87301.

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

Lina Carrie Showalter

October 4, 2015

Mrs. Lina Carrie Showalter, age 87, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015, in a Brewton health care facility.

Mrs. Showalter was born in Gaskin, FL, and had been a resident of Century since 1957. During her working years she was the director of nursing at Abernathy Memorial Hospital in Flomaton. She was a member of Flomaton First Baptist Church and the Alger Sullivan Historical Society. Mrs. Showalter was preceded in death by her husband, William Nathaniel Showalter, II.

She is survived by a son, William Nathaniel Showalter, III and wife Angela of Baltimore, MD; three daughters, Malinda Williford and husband Ben of Spanish Fort, AL, Marina Chancery and husband Roy of Brewton and Melanie Killam and husband Gary of Century; one sister, Lita Jones and husband Tuck of Holt, FL; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Flomaton First Baptist Church on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Jerry Keese and Rev. Dustin Stockstill officiating. Interment will follow in Flomaton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Flomaton First Baptist Church on Friday, October 9 from 4-7 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Williford, Matthew Williford, Jacob Chancery, Luke Killam, Seth Killam, John Pruitt, Andrew Roberson, Nathan Showalter.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Gregor Morrison, Raleigh Sandy, Jr., Tillman Sandy, Dr. Jack Pruitt, Dan Rufus Leach, Bobby Swineford, Robert Showalter.

Interment will be in Flomaton Cemetery, Flomaton.

Flomaton Funeral Home directing.

Roberta Ann Joslin

October 3, 2015

Roberta Ann Joslin, beloved mother, daughter, sister and grandmother, entered into the presence her heavenly Father on Monday, September 28, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. She was born December 11, 1954, in Corona, California. Roberta’s family moved to Pensacola in 1962. After Roberta’s father retired from the Navy, the family owned and operated the Tastee Freeze and the Gulf Coast Nursery on Mobile Highway for many years.

Roberta’s life was filled with love and her trademark characteristic was her boundless kindness and generosity. Every friend and family member can recount a story when she helped them in a time of need, never seeking anything in return. She was the cornerstone of her family, adored her children and grandchildren, and gave selflessly, sacrificing her own needs to fulfill those of others.

Her daughter described her as “my hero, my rock, and the sweetest, strongest person I’ll ever know.” Roberta’s kindness and tender heart encompassed not only close friends and family, but animals as well. Her family enjoys telling the story of the time she stopped traffic to rescue a turtle in the middle of the highway, one of many anecdotes that demonstrates the sweet spirit she possessed.

Roberta loved spending time outdoors and particularly loved the beach. She could spend hours walking the shoreline looking for shells. After her cancer diagnosis, Roberta was determined to live life to the fullest and spend as much time as possible with her family. She took three trips to Nebraska while battling cancer to visit family and build memories. In 2014, she traveled to Key West with her daughter and grandchildren, where she went deep-sea fishing and snorkeled the coral reefs off shore with her grandchildren. Her courage, zest for life, optimism and kindness will never be forgotten by those she loved and who loved her.

Roberta is survived by her parents, Floyd and Dorothy Joslin of Wausa, NE; son, Robert Heath of Milton and his wife Jennifer and grandchildren, Jasmin, Jordan, Blake, Bryce, Sarah and Robin; daughter, Mitzi LaCoste of Chumuckla and her husband Scott and grandchildren, Alexis, Nathan, Wyatt and Cameron; siblings, Hope and her husband, Eddie, and their children, Roxanne, Rachael and Jaxon; sister, Jan; and brother, Richard Joslin; numerous nieces and nephews; and former husband,Victor Heath, who remained a lifelong friend.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Steven.

Her family wishes to express their gratitude to the Covenant Hospice family for their comfort, dedication and compassion, and to the staff and congregations of Woodbine United Methodist Church and Eastside Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 2, 2015, at Faith Chapel North.

Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Pat James Hall

October 3, 2015

Mrs. Pat James Hall, 72, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, in Atmore.

Mrs. Hall was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore. Mrs. Hall was a member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary of Atmore Community Hospital and the Grief Support Group. She was a member of the Lottie Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clifton James and parents, Frank and Edythe Patrick.

Survivors include her husband, Hilton Hall of Atmore; one son, Jonathan (Christy) James of Atmore; two daughters, Cheryl James (Warren) Fenner of Atmore and Julie James (Tony) Wilder of Kingsport, TN; two brothers, Foster (Sarah) Patrick of Atmore and Benny Patrick of Bratt; two sisters, Frankie (Billy Wayne) Donald of Nokomis (AL) and Manell Cox of Foley; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 2, 2015, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Pruitt officiating.

Burial will follow at the Serenity Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Blake Harris, Patrick Cox, Morton Cox, Billy Wayne Donald, Mike Hanks and Nip Hadley.

Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes, is in charge of all arrangements.

Mike Durden

October 2, 2015

Mike Durden, age 70, of Pensacola, passed away on his birthday Wednesday, September 30, 2015.  He was a member of Windy Hill Baptist Church. He graduated from Escambia High School and he served in the United States Air Force in the Military Police. Mike was a produce manager in the grocery business for 35 years. He was a world traveler who enjoyed visiting new places and meeting new people.  His greatest joy in life was his Godchildren.  He loved cooking especially for his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy Durden and Rose Hollingsworth Alvira.

He is survived by his loving wife, Veda Ellis Durden; Godchildren, Stephanie McCaskill and Steven McCaskill; brothers, Phillip Durden and Don Durden (Helen) of Gulf Breeze, and his sisters, Caroline Roberts of Navarre,  and Linda Verhonich of Navarre.

A special thanks to his nieces, Reba and Michele Heath who were such a great help and comfort.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Bedsole, Gene Ellis, Steven McCaskill, Ed Morreale, Floyd Rose, Jr. and Wesley Rose.

Visitation was held Friday, October 2, 2015,  from 5-7 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North.  Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

William Stanley McKibbon

October 2, 2015

William Stanley McKibbon, age 76, was born in Shelburne, Ontario, Canada on January 8, 1939.  He died on September 30, 2015.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and both of his brothers.

Surviving him is his wife, Sherlyn; daughter, Shari (Kevin) Oakes and four grandsons, Nathan, Peter, Matthew and David Oakes.

Visitation will take place at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North Sunday, October 4, 2015, from 1-2 p.m. with funeral services to follow immediately at 2 p.m.

Interment will take place at Oakwood Memorial Gardens in Gardendale, AL.

Faith Chapel North Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Wayne Caraway

October 2, 2015

Kenneth Wayne Caraway, 59 of Walnut Hill, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015, in Pensacola. He was flooring installer, born in Pensacola on May 16, 1956, to Kenneth K. and Mary Sessions Caraway.

He is preceded in death by his father, Kenneth K. Caraway, and grandparents, Comer and Ida Bell Franklin Caraway.

He is survived by his wife, Shelby Taylor Caraway; his mother, Mary Paul; son, Marcus Wayne Caraway of Walnut Hill;  stepson Michael (Angela) Taylor of Perdido, AL; two daughters, Shaudala (Mark) Bean of Portland, TX, and Tabatha Caraway of Atmore; sister, Pamela Jay of Atmore; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; niece and nephew Chase Jay and Ashley Jay; and great nephew, Carter Overstreet.

Services will be Saturday October 3, 2015, at 2 pm.. from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wendell Hadley and Bro. Paul Enfinger officiating .Interment will follow in Pine Barren Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Wayne Walker, Chase Jay, Josh Thomas, Michael Jay, Tim Caraway, and  Bill Caraway. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Thomas and Billy Franklin.

Family will receive friends, Saturday October 3, 2015, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from noon until service time at 2 p.m.

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

Doris Mae Brown Thompson

September 29, 2015

Mrs. Doris Mae Brown Thompson, age 92 of Flomaton, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2015, at her home.

Mrs. Thompson was a native of Flomaton and a lifelong member of the Flomaton community where she served as Post Master for the United States Postal Service. She was a member of Flomaton United Methodist Church and of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Flomaton Cemetery with Rev. Kathy McKinley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Church Children’s Home.

Flomaton Funeral Home Directing.

Martha Sue Augustus

September 28, 2015

Martha Sue Augustus of Century passed away on September 15, 2015. She was born on February 12, 1949, to Dewey and Mazzie Knowles Smith in Flomaton. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be truly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Mazzie Smith; brother, John Smith and son, John McShea.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin L. Augustus of Century; Gerard McShea of Jay; grandchildren, Connor McShea of Jay and Dariann McShea of Pensacola; brothers, Billy (Judy) Smith of Flomaton and Donnie (Sandra) of Phoenix, AZ; sisters, Wanda Lou Standeford of Flomaton and Betty Faye McCall of Flomaton and numerous friends and family.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elouise Bryan Howell

September 25, 2015

Mrs. Elouise Bryan Howell, 86, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, in Jay.

Mrs. Howell was a native of Poplar Dell and a resident of Century most of her life. Mrs. Howell was a member of Century Chapter OES #188 and the Flomaton First Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Cordell Howell; grandson, James Marvin Howell, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Dianne Howell; brother, Preston Bryan; and parents, Clarence and Mamie Bryan.

Survivors include her three sons and daughters-in-law, James “Jimmy” Howell, Edward (Myrna) Howell and Robert “Bob” (Dian) Howell, all of Jay; two brothers, W.A. (Margaret) Bryan of Century and Kenneth (Marie) Bryan of Molino; one sister-in-law, Pansy Bryan of Century; two sisters, Jeanette Hurst of Pensacola and Juanita Hubacker of Lillian; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Mitch Herring officiating.

Burial was at the McCurdy Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Terry Bryan, Dan Godwin, Kenny Bryan, Preston Bryan, Jr., Sammy Lowery and David Howell.

Honorary pallbearers were Dewey Bondurant, Jerome Upton, Jack Carden and Russell Lowery.

Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes is in charge of all arrangements.

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