Sadie Hadley Johnson

August 28, 2014

Mrs. Sadie Hadley Johnson, 90, passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014, in Mobile.

Mrs. Johnson was a native of Stockton and a resident of Perdido for most of her life. Mrs. Johnson was a great mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a very loving and caring person. She was a member of the Lottie Baptist Church. Her husband, Doil Hadley and son, Glenn Hadley, precede her in death.

She is survived by two sons, Dallas (Carmer) Hadley of Perdido and Larry (Wanda) Hadley of Atmore; daughter-in-law, Lore Hadley of Perdido; one brother, Jerry Hall of Perdido; one sister, Myrtle Rutherford of Atmore; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Pruitt officiating.

Burial was at the Lottie Methodist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gilbert Hadley, Tony Hadley, Mack Hadley, Leo Hadley, Dewayne Hall and Billy Wayne Donald.

Honorary pallbearer will be Nip Hadley.

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

Theresa Walker Gilley

August 27, 2014

Theresa Walker Gilley, 84, of Cantonment, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Theresa Walker Gilley “Tea” was born in Barbour County, AL on January 19, 1930, to Lawrence and Laura Walker. She graduated valedictorian from Blue Springs High School in 1947. She received a teaching degree from Troy State Teacher’s College and taught second grade for one year in Tuscaloosa, AL. She married Francis Gilley on February 24, 1951. She was the mother of six children; three boys and three girls. Although Theresa had joined the church and was baptized at an early age, she realized while listening to Evangelist Oliver Greene on the radio that she had never been saved; so she received Jesus Christ as her Savior and was born again. She now resides in Heaven with her Savior, family, and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Francis Gilley; her parents; three brothers; three sisters; and one great-grandson.

She is survived by her sister, Frances Caudle; sons, Michael Gilley (Tina), Daniel Gilley and Benjamin Gilley; daughters, Carol Kuretz, Judith Doane and Laura Suddarth; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Sam Gilley, Paul Gilley, David Gilley, Luke Gilley, Nathen Kuretz and Jonathan Kuretz.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m., Thursday, August 28, 2014, with funeral services to begin at 12 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Gary E. Ginsky officiating.

Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is entrusted with arrangements.

Myrtle Virginia Dewberry

August 27, 2014

Myrtle Virginia Dewberry, 93 of Cantonment, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014.

Myrtle was born in Evergreen, AL on January 15, 1921. She was a member of Farm Hill United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, John Dewberry; one son, Edwin (Ann) Joyner; one loving sister-in-law, Annie Givens; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Alton Givens, Keith Givens, Jonathon Nicholson, Ken Joyner, Rex Dease, and Gregg Raughton.

Funeral services were held  Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Rev. Stewart Worth and Rev. John Kuritz officiating.

Burial will follow in Pensacola Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the staff, doctors and nurses at Homestead Village, West Florida Hospital and Covenant Hospice for their compassionate care during her stay at their facilities.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North entrusted with arrangements.

Louis Horace Myrick

August 27, 2014

Loius Horace Myrick, 76, of Molino, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Horace was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Verona Myrick, as well as his sister, Veleta Mears.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Sheila Bryant Myrick; his sons, Doug (Terri) Myrick and Alvin (Jan) Myrick and his daughter, Sharon (Ricky) McCrory. He is also survived by grandchildren, Tiffany (Mike) Settle, Regina Lashley, Monica (Ryan) Scully, Robert (Brittany) Myrick, Brandon (Gina) McCrory, and Shane (Miranda) McCrory. He leaves 10 great-grand children to cherish his memory.

Being the oldest child, Horace was adored by his surviving siblings – Virgil (Jane) Myrick, Verne Myrick, Wayne (Eleanor) Myrick, Ronnie (Hilda) Myrick, Veneta (Bruce) Wentz and Vicki (Troy) McCurdy – and including numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Horace graduated in 1956 from J.M. Tate High School. He went on to retire from Armstrong World Industries as a fabrication supervisor with 40 years of service. He was an Alabama “Roll Tide” fan and he spent his retirement years enjoying his family and spoiling the great-grandchildren with camping and fishing trips. A family “fish fry” was a recurrent event – kick ball games played, jokes told, tales repeated – but more importantly, the love of family and friends being embedded in all the lives he touched.

Our sincerest thanks and appreciation go out to Dr. David Phillips and his staff; as well as the entire 3rd floor PCU Nursing Staff at Sacred Heart Hospital for the care and love shown.

Visitation will be held at Bellview Church of Christ onSaufley Field Road in Pensacola on Friday, August 29th, from  10 a.m. until noon with funeral services beginning at noon. Interment immediately following service at Pensacola Memorial Gardens. Reception/fellowship to follow at the church.

Howard Allen Mason

August 24, 2014

Howard Allen Mason, age 87, a native of Walnut Hill and a resident of Molino, passed away, Friday, August 22, 2014.

Howard retired as Wood Yard Superintendent from St. Regis Paper Company, Kraft Division, after 38 years of service. Over the years, Howard was involved throughout Escambia County with various youth baseball organizations. He was well respected within the local baseball community. Howard spent countless hours supporting and traveling with the Country Cloggers. “Heaven has gained a wonderful coordinator and trip organizer”. Over the years we have heard many kind words about our dad. From many people, as well as within his own family, we’ve been told that our dad was “one of a kind”. He was friendly and kind to everyone he met and well respected for his morals and values.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Eva Strickland Mason; and his beloved daughter, Roxanne Griffith.

Howard is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Valerie; two sons, Bobby (Eddiemae), and Roger (Susie); grandchildren, Rob Mason, Greg Mason, Julie Swank, Amy Mason, Matt Lee, and Mandie Presley; great-grandchildren, Austin, Kylie, Tori, Matthew, Ryan, Brooklyn, Brittany, Cortney, Shane, Janey, Haley, Mallory and Mason; brothers, Larue, Ellis (Billie Jean), Jerry (Betty); and sisters, Annie Joyce Holt and Verna Scott (Clayton).

The family extends a special thank you to Emerald Coast Hospice, with special gratitude to Brenda, Shari, Megan, and Jason. Howard also wanted to extend a thank you to all his doctors, Dr. Judson, Dr. T Williams, Dr. S Clements, Jr., Dr. J Luetkemeyer, Dr. S Patel, Dr. R Riche, Dr. F Greskovich, Dr. J Lurton, Dr. R Sellers, and Dr. C Chapleau. He also thanks those at Baptist Hospital that helped with the care he received these past few years. Special thanks to the Infusion Center, which became his second home for a while.

Visitation will be held at Faith Chapel North on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at Walnut Hill Baptist Church, Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 10 a.m.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Walnut Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 5741 Arthur Brown Rd, Walnut Hill, FL 32568, in memory of Howard A. Mason.

Vivian Marie Gonzalez

August 24, 2014

Infant, Vivian Marie Gonzalez, born August 20, 2014, died on August 20, 2014, in Bay Minette.

Vivian Marie Gonzalez was a native of Atmore.

Survivors include her father, Baleriano Gonzalez III of Atmore; mother, Nilah Rutledge of Atmore; grandparents, Viviana Gonzalez and Baleriano Gonzalez, Jr., both of Atmore, and Esmer Vela and Ernest Rutledge, both of Texas; and one sister, of Raziya Gonzalez of Atmore.

Graveside services were Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the McCullough Cemetery with Rev. Ray Ward officiating.

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

Robert Charles Graves, Jr.

August 24, 2014

Mr. Robert Charles Graves, Jr., age 41, passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at his Brewton residence.

Mr. Graves was a lifelong resident of the Brewton area. He was a farmer by trade and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Graves was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Robert Charles Graves, Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Irene Moye Graves of Brewton; son, Wesley Dale Graves of Pace; three daughters, Alex Wilson of Pensacola, Sydney Bell and Taylor Graves, both of Flomaton; one brother, Daryl Vincent “Buck” (Tonya) Graves of Brewton; and one sister, Julia Irene (Earnie) Downing of Brewton.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 24, 2014,  from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Richburg officiating.

Interment was in Beulah Cemetery.

Elsie Lou Ellen Stanford Cain

August 24, 2014

Mrs. Elsie Lou Ellen Stanford Cain, age 73, of McGougin Road in Brewton, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014, in a local nursing facility after an extended illness. Mrs. Cain was a native of Repton and former resident of East Brewton before moving to Brewton in 1980. She was a retired CNA with D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital after 39 and a half years of service and was a member of the Appleton Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, David (Carla) Cain of Milton and Donald (Linda) Cain of East Brewton; one daughter, Kathy (Lavon) Minuard of Castleberry; four brothers, Buddy (Melba) Stanford of Lenox, Floyd (Janie) Stanford of Lenox, Stevie Stanford of Saraland, and Doug Stanford of Lenox; three sisters, Voncile Thomas of Lenox, Idell (Bob) Richerson of Lenox, Debra (Buddy) Lee of Century; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 25, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Craver’s Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mrs. Elsie Lou Ellen Stanford Cain will be held Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Craver’s Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Andy Peavy officiating.

Interment will follow in Ramah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Lenox.

Craver’s Funeral Home of Brewton is directing.

Willie Franklin “Frank” Wolfe

August 24, 2014

Willie Franklin “Frank” Wolfe, 90, of Jay, had a restful night’s sleep at home, and early morning, August, 21, 2014, entered peacefully into eternal rest with his Lord Jesus Christ.

He was a lifelong resident of Jay, attended Jay High School, worked many different jobs, and retired as a plumber of 26 years from Santa Rosa County School Board Maintenance Department. He was a child of the Great Depression and developed a work ethic to be admired. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran. He was an outdoorsman admiring nature, fishing, and mowing grass. He was a member of the True Worship Church and thanked the Lord every day for his blessings. He was especially excited about his 90th birthday, so we counted down the days with him. He enjoyed his party with family and friends. Dad, we’re proud for you; you made it.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Glennis Jones Wolfe; parents Willie Heines and Clara Belle Brown Wolfe; stepmother, Mattie White Wolfe; and brothers, Clifford and B.C. Wolfe.

He is survived by his daughter, Paulette (Buddy) Bradley; son, Jim (Lisa) Wolfe; grandchildren, Paul (Jennifer) Bradley, Patrice (Bryan) Poole, Shaena (Ken) Reeves, Riana Wolfe and Kelli Cook; great-grandchildren, Dalton, Dylan, Cristian, Cloe, Kendal, Kole, and Brantley; sister, Dorothy Diamond; and uncle, Joe Brown.

Funeral services were held at Jay Funeral Home Sunday, August 24, 2014, with Reverend Adam Peterson and Chris Hendrix officiating.

Interment was at Jay Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy White, Jerry Floyd, Jackie Diamond, Palace Brown, Lonnie Williams, Paul Bradley and Tom Garrett.

Daddy, your smile, quick wit, appreciation of life and “Franklin sayisms” will be missed.

Special thanks to faithful caregivers Gary Gibson, Karen Lindsey, Margaret Hughes and neighbor Patty McGraw. It will always be remembered.

Robert Andrew (Andy) Amerson

August 20, 2014

Andy Amerson went to meet with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

He began his journey on September 21, 1961, grew up in Bratt, and graduated from Ernest Ward High School in 1979. After graduation, Andy joined the United States Air Force and served for 20 years, with dedication to his God, country and family. His military assignments included Shaw AFB, SC; Hill AFB, UT; MacDill AFB, FL; Singapore; Charleston AFB, SC; Kunsan AB; Korea, and Eglin AFB, FL. During his military service, he was recognized as a true leader and supervisor; served with distinction in many responsible positions and epitomized the best the Air Force had to offer.

Upon his retirement as a Master Sergeant in September 1999, he realized his dream to return to the place where he grew up, Bratt, where he continued his work as an aircraft electrician.  Andy is known best for his passion for life and spirited personality. He is described by many as a lifelong friend, always laughing through life, patriotic, generous, never meeting a stranger, always smiling and with a hug for everyone. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and NASCAR fan. He was very active at the First Baptist Church of Bratt as the audio/visual coordinator and choir member.

Whatever Andy was passionate about, he gave it his heart and soul, making a lasting impression on everyone he encountered and affecting their hearts and lives like no other, without even realizing it.

He is survived by two children, Robert Andrew (Drew) Amerson II with wife Tiffany of Bratt and Christina (Chrissy) Olliney with husband Derek of Minot, North Dakota; his parents, James and Betty Amerson of Bratt; two brothers, Rick Amerson with wife Susan and Gary Amerson with wife Kayleen, both of Bratt; one grandchild; five nieces and nephews and many close friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Bratt, with burial to follow in Godwin Cemetery.

Family will receive friends preceding the funeral from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be Rick Amerson, Gary Amerson, Steve Hanks, David Amerson, Chris Amerson, and Brian Amerson.

Petty Funeral Home in Atmore is entrusted with arrangements.

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