Hellon Belle Pierce

June 27, 2016

Our hearts rest easy knowing they are together again with the Lord.

Hellon Pierce passed away early on the morning of June 24, 2016, to be with the Lord and Seldon, her husband of 65 years. She was a woman of tremendous grace, and leaves behind a void her family will find difficult to fill.

In a letter Seldon wrote to Hellon on their 50th Wedding Anniversary, he quoted the scripture, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her.” (Proverbs 31).  Hellon, indeed, was an exemplary example of a Christian wife, mother, and friend. Seldon ends the letter by writing, “The past five decades have been wonderful having you as my best friend, my lover, and my steadfast companion. Let’s go for another decade and finish the game of life together…come with me. The best is yet to come.”

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 30, 2016, at Walnut Avenue Missionary Baptist Church beginning at 10 a.m. with the funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bill Adams officiating.

Interment will follow at Bayview Memorial Park Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Gerald Byrd

June 27, 2016

Gerald Byrd, age 55, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at his family home with the love of his life beside him.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 35 years, Dollie Byrd of Cantonment; his children, George Sundberg of Oklahoma City, OK, Terry Stacey of Cantonment, Katherine Sundberg of Seminole, AL, and Kevin Byrd of Pensacola; as well as many other family members and a very special grandson, Devin Creamer.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Ard.

A memorial service is scheduled for friends and family on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 6 p.m. at The First Baptist Church of Cottage Hill, 230 Williams Ditch Road in Cantonment, with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gerald’s life. The family would like to thank everyone for the wonderful prayers and support you have provided them in their time of need.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family.

Loula Jane Cooper Hoffman

June 27, 2016

Jane, affectionately known as “Nana”, always had an exuberant smile for all she met and we are certain she was smiling brightly as she greeted her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a host of angels, and her family and friends as she entered Heaven’s Gate on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Jane was born and raised in Water Valley, Mississippi. She was the second child of Virgil Malcolm “Tide” and Ila Cooper. Her parents, step-mother Susie Cooper, sisters Mary Smith and Jeanie Hinson, grandson Willie McCormick, son-in-law Walter Zittel, and her loving husband, James David Hoffman, preceded her into eternal life.

Jane married the love of her life, James David Hoffman, of Taylor, Mississippi, at the early age of 16. They were a happy couple and spent the first 20 years of their married life in the Navy; he as an enlisted Navy man and she as a Navy wife. Jane and Dave were a great couple and made friends easily wherever they moved. They were always involved with church life and serving God in every way possible. They were members of Ensley United Methodist Church in their early years living in Pensacola, and then as members of Gonzalez Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Lyn Hoffman Zittel of Pensacola; Jim (Mary) Hoffman of Virginia Beach, VA; Jeff (Robyn) Hoffman; Janet (Dennis) Foster; and K.C. (Susanne) Fehl, all of the Pensacola area. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Bert (Felicia) Wynne, Emily and Savannah Price, Rebecca (Josh) MacDonald, Meagan and Matthew Hoffman, Jared and Trevor Hoffman, Kim Zurbay, Charles McCormick, and Kenny Paul (Melana) Fehl; and her two great-granddaughters, Abigail and Allison Wynne. She also leaves her brother, Rev. Virgil (Amy) Cooper of Birmingham, AL; sister-in-law Marilyn Hoffman of Oxford, MS; her aunts, Iva Brown and Edna Hargrove; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Jane loved to be in her kitchen cooking, baking, and canning. She especially loved to cook fried chicken for her “boys” and chicken salad for her “girls.” Her special lemon pound cake was cherished by all and her “icy-sweet pickles” were a special treat and everyone considered themselves “lucky” if she gave them a jar to take home! As part of Jane’s Christian giving, she prepared meals for many years for the church members at the Chapel on the Hill in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico and at Gonzalez Baptist Church. Seeing people enjoy her delicious food gave her great pleasure.

After Nana retired from J.C. Penney, she kept many children in her “at-home” day-care for a number of years. Those children are now grown, many with children of their own, and they have a special place in their hearts for the loving and generous woman who treated them like her own children.

A special thank you is extended to Jane’s long-time friend, Mrs. Laurel Ellis who spent countless hours visiting with and transporting our Nana to dialysis three days a week for the past several years. Our boundless gratitude is expressed to this selfless lady who gave Jane her time, energy, joy and friendship.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Faith Chapel North in Cantonment.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Chapel North.

Burial will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery.

“Her children arise and call her blessed … many women do noble things but you surpass them all … a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31: 28-31.

Ken “Rabbit” Simpson

June 27, 2016

Ken “Rabbit” Simpson, age 77 from Milton, passed away June 24th after a short battle with melanoma cancer.

He retired from Monsanto after 34 years of exemplary service as a maintenance mechanic. His passion was drag racing. As an avid driver of the sport, he was recognized and awarded numerous accolades in various races as one of the elite professionals in the sport. He was a three time world record holder with the International Hot Rod Association(IHRA). Local friends remember his car, the “Lil General”, and the crazy fun that Daddy Rabbit sparked wherever he would go. Recently, Rabbit enjoyed spending time eating out with friends and gambling at his favorite casinos.

Rabbit is survived by his two daughters Tammy (Don) Hierholzer and Jill (Kerry) Coker along with grandchildren. He will be missed by many friends, especially Dickie Davis and Donald Jo who comforted him during his final days.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 28 at Faith Chapel North, Hwy 29, Cantonment. Visitation will start at 11 a.m.  with service at noon. The burial will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens next to Five Flags Speedway, so that Rabbit can be close to where his passion lies.

Etta Pearl Standifer

June 27, 2016

Etta Pearl Standifer, age 76, went to be with the Lord on June 11, 2016, in Milton. She was born in Crestview, on January 3, 1940. Etta was the beloved daughter of Mary Etta and Charlie Oglesbee of Jay.

Etta leaves behind her beloved daughters, Peggy Madden and Tammy Peacock; and her beloved sons, William and Bobby; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her beloved husband of 61 years, Carl Standifer.

Etta was a homemaker who loved Jesus Christ and her family. She loved working in the yard with her flowers and many flower beds.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Berrydale Baptist Church with Bro. Robert Gandy officiating.

Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Bessie Rolin

June 23, 2016

Mrs. Bessie Rolin, 91, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016, in Atmore.

Mrs. Rolin was a native of McCurtain, Oklahoma and a resident of Atmore for the past 74 years. She worked at Head Start, Jerrald’s, Escambia County Public Schools, and Wind Creek Casino. She is of the Baptist faith.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene “Buster” Rolin; and one grandchild, Bradley Rolin.

She is survived by her eleven sons, Donnie (Dianne) Rolin of Poarch, Ernest (Tina) Rolin of Poarch, Harvey Rolin of Poarch, Roy Rolin of Poarch, Walter (Anita) Rolin of McCullough, Kenneth Wayne “Radio” Rolin of Poarch, Anthony Dale Rolin of Century, Deno (Necole) Rolin of Poarch, Johnny Mack (Ashley) Rolin of Poarch, Shawn Allen (Stephanie) Rolin of Poarch and Aubrey Eugene “Tinker” (Natasha) Rolin of Poarch; three daughters, Peggy (Harold) Couch of Poarch, Virginia “Bell” (Alton) Godwin of Poarch and Autonya (Wesley) Jordan of Poarch; 37 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the McCullough Christian Center with Sis. Helen Stewart officiating.

Burial was at the Judson Creek Indian Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Kevin Andrews, Douglas “Spat” Daughtry, Phillip Martin, Keith Martin, Arthur Mothershed and Jerry “Buck” Sells.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Michael Gregson, Gordon “Bubba” McGhee, Daniel “Boone” McGhee and Keith Rolin.

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

Paul L. Grover

June 23, 2016

After a long and courageous fight with cancer, Paul L. Grover shed his earthly body and stepped into the arms of his Savior and his Daddy, June 22, 2016.

Paul was born November 3, 1970, in Pensacola and graduated from Catholic High School in 1988. He attended Livingston University, graduated from the University of West Florida and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi fraternity. Paul’s greatest passion was coaching girls’ basketball. Young ladies at Catholic, Pace, Milton and Jay High School were blessed to play under Coach Grover. Paul was an avid outdoor sportsman as well as an opinionated sports fan. He affirmed his faith in Jesus Christ in 2013 and most recently became a member of Olive Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his daddy, George Lowell Grover Sr.

Paul leaves the following to cherish his memory: mother, Lily Humphreys Grover, brothers, George Grover Jr. (Laura) and Richard Grover (Michele), sisters, Sharon Kelson (Leo), Barbara Pettway and Marianne Swain (Brannon), numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren, best friends Tammy Walter and Mark Humphreys, dozens of cousins and friends immeasurable. The family is grateful to Hospice for their loving care that was provided to Paul as well as to us.

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Celebration of Paul’s life will be held June 30, 2016, from 4-7 p.m. at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Jay High School c/o Paul Grover Foundation, 3741 School St, Jay, FL 32565 or Covenant Hospice, In Honor of Paul Grover, 5041 North 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32504

James Gregory Watts

June 23, 2016

James Gregory “Greg” Watts, 64 of Huxford, passed into eternity on June 20, 2016, while at his home after a long, valiant batter with cancer.

He was born March 22, 1952, in Tuscaloosa, to the late J.D. and Virginia Watts. He was a graduate of Wilcox County High School in Camden, AL, where he lived and worked until 1991. He was self employed for many years at Greg Watts Trucking and formerly at Macmillan Bloedel in Pine Hill, as well as Buford Equipment Co. in Montgomery. He was a member of Mt.Pleasant Baptist Church in Eliska, AL where he dedicated his life to the Lord and was baptized in 2009. He was also loved and adored by all who knew him. He was a faithful father and friend and will be remembered for all he shared with all he knew. Greg was a simple man that did not live a lavish lifestyle or want attention to be on himself. He loved his family and cherished his many friendships and shared it in many actions as well as words. Greg had a talent and a love for race cars and big trucks and could make an engine do what no one else could. Most of his years were spent with grease on his hands and dirt on his clothes. He enjoyed the outdoors, spent time fishing, hunting and raising hunting dogs and many other adventures.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Martha Watts; one son, Dexter (Patricia) Watts of Pike Road, AL; two step-sons, John Murray (Leigh) Ikner and Britton (Cheyenne) Ikner, both of Huxford; one sister, Brenda Watts “Bunny” (Mitch) Byles of Tuscaloosa, AL; 11 grandchildren; and 10 nieces and nephews.

Services were held Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel in Atmore with Rev. Pete Dunn officiating and his son, Dexter Watts speaking.

Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pallbears were David Womack, Kevin Holland, Mike Chavers, Tim Bailey, Chad Miller, and Marty Kent.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eunice Adell Bray Dannelley

June 23, 2016

Eunice Adell Bray Dannelley, age 93, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Pensacola. She was born in Baldwin County Alabama on October 20, 1922, to the late Joseph C. and Nita Wilson Bray. She was a lifelong resident of McCullough, Alabama. She was a member of Judson Baptist Church. She was a homemaker who loved cooking and was an accomplished seamstress which she enjoyed until her eyesight failed.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, William Earl Dannelley; her sister, Helen Bray Kirrcharr; three brothers; Harold Bray, Joe Bray, and Derhyl Bray.

She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Lanell Bryan of Pensacola; two sons, Edsel Dannelley of Bay Minette and Allan Dannelley of Cartersville, Georgia; her granddaughters, Karen Bryan Bowman (Eddie) of Daphne and Kathryn Bryan of Pensacola; her grandsons, Keith Bryan (Merrick) of Gulf Breeze and Jonathan Conway (Nikki) of Uriah; two brothers, Edison Bray (Asdghig) of Bellaire, Texas and Aubrey Bray (Cathy) of LaPorte, Texas; six great-grandchildren; and two special nieces, Amanda Bray Cook and Marian Bray Fisher.

Services were held at Judson Baptist Church on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Interment was in McCullough Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Hilbert Hall, Jimmy Woods, Earl Weaver, William Kirby, Chris Terry, and Randy Watley.

Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Judson Baptist Church.

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

Vivian Louise Chavers Pate

June 20, 2016

Mrs. Vivian Louise Chavers Pate, age 64, of Unicorn Lane in Brewton, Alabama, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016, at her residence after a brief illness. She was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton. Mrs. Pate attended Pilgrims Chapel Church. She was a 1970 graduate of Conecuh County High School in Castleberry, and a graduate of Jefferson Davis Community College. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Jerry Pate of Brewton; three sons,  Joshua Pate of Phoenix City, Alabama, Jeremy Pate and Jonah Pate, both of Brewton; Miss Jordan Salter of Brewton;  two brothers, Joe Chavers and Mack Chavers, both of Brewton; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two aunts, Faye Chavers of Brewton and Dr. Delaine Salter of Atmore; and one uncle, Willie Chavers of North Alabama.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Fred White officiating.

Interment was in Beulah Cemetery in Brewton.

Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

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