Ralph “Chuck” L. Godwin, Jr.

January 27, 2020

Ralph “Chuck” L. Godwin, Jr., age 62, was born in Pensacola, Florida ,on August 16, 1957.  He resided in Cantonment, Florida, and passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Chuck attended Tate High School and graduated from Troy University. He had his own business as an accountant. Chuck loved fishing, but loved his family more than anything. He was an amazing father and husband, who will be greatly missed.

Chuck is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph L. Godwin, Sr. and Barbara Godwin.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie Godwin; daughter, Beth Godwin; sister, Donna Castles; brother, John Godwin; sister, Ann Farrow; and many other relatives and dear friends.

Visitation will take place at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North on Friday, January 31, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with a memorial service to follow immediately at 11:00 a.m.  Ronnie Outlaw, a cousin and close friend, will serve as officiant.

Jessie Lee Jay

January 27, 2020

Mrs. Jessie Lee Jay, age 83, of Atmore, Ala., passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in Pensacola, Fla. She was born in Lower Peach, Ala. to the late Lewis Fredrick and Annie Elizabeth Jay.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Edward Jay; a brother, Bo Green and sisters, Martha Griffin, Annie Laura Welch and Edith Heatherington.

Mrs. Jay is survived by her children, George Allen (Shelly) Jay, Frank Edward (Karen) Jay, Julia Elizabeth Norwood, all of Atmore, and Laura Lee (Paul) McKinley of Callahan, FL; two brothers, Jim (Faye) Green of Red Level, AL. and Lewis (Joann) Green of Rocky Hill, AL.; four sisters, Margaret Johnson of Stockton, AL, Della Chunn and Sadie Chunn, both of Rocky Hill and Frances Brown of Frisco City, AL; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Allen Chase officiating. Burial followed in Rocky Hill Cemetery.

The family received friends Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Willie T. English

January 27, 2020

Willie T. English, 89, of Walnut Hill, FL, passed away Wednesday January 22, 2020, in Walnut Hill.

He was a forest ranger for the State of Florida, born in Pineville, FL, on May 9, 1930, to the late Thomas and Fannie Rolin English.

He is preceded in death by hisarents; wife, Minnie Ruth English’ a son, William English; two sisters, Evelyn Spence and Aliene Weaver.

Survivors are two sons, Bill (Angie) English and Thomas English all of Walnut Hill, FL; five grandchildren, Erin Karaim, Gunnar English, Daniel English, Emily English, and Lindsey Shepley; three sisters, Jessie Kelly of Satsuma, AL, Amy Arthur of MI, and Ola Quinley of Bay Minette, AL.

Services will be Saturday January 25, 2020. at 11 a.m. from Dry Springs Community Church with Bro. Joe Gipson officiating. Active Pallbearers are Harold English, John McCullough, Steve McCullough, Jessie Grimes, Riley Mitchell and Daniel English.

Interment will follow in Dry Springs Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Saturday January 25 , 2020, at Dry Springs Cemetery from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.

William H. (Bill) Fairchild

January 26, 2020

William H. (Bill) Fairchild, 78 was called Home To The Lord On January 21, 2020. He lived in Cantonment, Florida but was formerly from West Hazleton, Pa.

Born December 17, 1941. The son of the late Roger V. and Virginia (Hoffman) Fairchild.

Bill was a gentle soul, a great person whom I will always consider family. He loved hunting & fishing, a talented wood craftsman. A companion to my mom who passed in June.

He is survived by his brother, sons & daughters

His ashes will be scattered at his favorite hunting site & fishing spot in Hazleton, PA.

Edwin Leroy Whatley

January 26, 2020

Edwin Leroy Whatley, 75 of Bratt, FL, passed away January 20, 2020, in Pensacola, FL.

He was born in Ringgold, GA, on December 6, 1944, to the late Earnest Levell and Rose Marie Fowler Whatley. He served in the United States Navy. He was a commercial truck driver for over 47 years then later retired from White’s Pallets in Flomaton, AL. Mr. Whatley enjoyed woodworking and building birdhouses.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Ronnie Whatley, Jerry Whatley and Leon Whatley.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Shirley Amerson Whatley of Bratt, FL; a son David (Sherri) Amerson of Enterprise, AL; a step-daughter Patricia Warnock of Coral Gables, FL, and adopted daughter Mary Ellen “Polly” Yate of Parrish, AL; brother Leabron (Revia) Whatley of Crosby, TX; two sisters Bevalon McBryar of Kingsport, TN and Pam (Joe) Hart of Ohatchee, AL; grandson Logan Pace; grandchildren and great

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Hart officiating. Burial will follow in Bratt- Godwin Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Greg Hart, Ed Whatley, Everette Whatley, Mike Amerson, Steve Amerson and Clifford Amerson.

Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Hanks Road.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Whatley Family or the youth group at First Baptist Church of Bratt.

Keith Etheridge

January 26, 2020

Keith Etheridge, 57, passed away on January 21, 2020. Keith graduated from Escambia High School in 1981. He is preceded in death by his mother, Kathryn Etheridge in 2019.

Keith is survived by his father, Ray Etheridge; sisters, Vicki (Bob) Gay, and Paige Hughes; nephew, Dusty (Savanna) Gay; nieces, Whitney, (Ryan) Gray, Erica (Chris ) Bonanno; and great nieces, Alyssa, Lily, Lacey, Cambria; and great nephew, Cale.

He worked at J. M. Tate High School for 10+ years as a custodian, (Go Aggies), and served as a union representative. Keith was a loyal member of the Masons and Hadji Shrine Temple. Keith was a collector of many things. He was a avid FSU fan, even though his family are Florida Gator fans.

He had a gentle smile and a willingness to help. Keith will be sorely missed. There will be a Family and Friend gathering to be held on Thursday January 30th, 2020 at the Hadji Temple on 9 Mile Road, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Gold room.

In lieu of flowers and food please feel free to make a donation in Keith’s name to the Hadji Shrine Temple.

Virginia Bullard Hobbs

January 26, 2020

Virginia Bullard Hobbs 74, was born March 31, 1945, in Pensacola, Florida, to the late Oscar and Aline McGill Bullard. She was taken from her earthly body and greeted by her late husband, Teddy Hobbs on January 23, 2020 in Cantonment, Florida.

Virginia enjoyed fishing and being surrounded by the outdoors. She always loved the mountains. Virginia would devote thirty-six years to caring for her paralyzed husband, the love of her life. She will be missed by all who knew her and remembered for her care and compassion.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband.

Left to cherish Virginia’s memories will be her two children Carey Hobbs and wife Gillian, Kimberly Lovern and husband Jeff, four grandchildren Kayla Hobbs, Nathan Lovern, Brianna Hobbs, Morgan Lovern, two step-grandchildren Makenzie Willnecker and Aubrey Willnecker, one great grandchild Hudson Payne, five siblings Donald Bullard and wife Sharon, Estherline Rhea, Dorris Boswell and husband Delton, Henry Bullard and wife Anita, Estella Leibold and husband Dennis, along with many extended family members and a host of wonderful friends.

Celebration of Life services will be held Monday, January 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Eastern Gate Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will immediately follow on the grounds of Eastern Gate memorial park.

The family will be receiving guests for visitation Monday, January 27, 2020 from 1:00 PM until time of service at 2:00 PM at the funeral home.

Kathryn Louise Burkett Oglesby Thomas

January 26, 2020

Kathryn Louise Burkett Oglesby Thomas, 91, was born September 25, 1928, in Bay Manite, Alabama, to the late Robert and Ara Crabtree Burkett. She was taken from this earthly home on January 23, 2020, surrounded by family in the comfort of her daughters home in Cantonment, Florida. Kathryn loved spending time with her family and friends. She never met a stranger and always took great pride in helping others anyway she could. Kathryn retired from St. Regis Paper Co. following thirty-five years of dedicated services. She will be remembered for the fun loving and charismatic personality she possessed.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Homer Thomas, one son John T. (Tommy) Oglesby, three brothers: Bobby Burkett, Dick Burkett and Buddy Burkett, one great-granddaughter Anna Oglesby, and a son-in-law Jimmy Foley.

Left to cherish Kathryn’s beautiful memories will be her daughter Linda Foley, a special daughter-in-law Shirley Oglesby, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, one brother Pete Burkett, along with many extended family members and a host of wonderful friends.

We all loved her and will miss her greatly.

Graveside services will be held 10:00 AM, Monday, January 27, 2020 on the grounds of Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens

Shirley Marilyn Vickrey Fayard

January 26, 2020

Mrs. Shirley Marilyn Vickrey Fayard, age 81, of Atmore, AL, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020 in Atmore.

She was born in Huxford, AL, to the late Bernard E. “Bunk” and Daisy Myrtle Kent Vickrey. She was a faithful member of Presley Street Baptist Church serving as a Sunday school teacher, pianist and member of the choir. She retired from First National Bank of Atmore after 48 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Billy Turberville; brothers, Lawrence Vickrey and Doug Vickrey.

She is survived by her husband H. Curtis Fayard of Atmore; three sons, Greg (Kelly) Turberville of Enterprise, Ala.; Mike (Terri) Fayard of Seminole, AL, and Bryan (Candace) Fayard of Flomaton, AL; two sisters. Nell Owens and Ann (Larry) Davis, all of Atmore; five grandchildren Erin, Kaylee, Cody, Emily and Curt; three great-grandchildren Arabella, Owen and Finn.

Funeral services will held Monday, January 27, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Presley Street Baptist Church with Rev. Joseph Simpson, officiating. Burial to follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday, January 27, 2020, from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. at Presley Street Baptist Church.

Rufus McClain

January 25, 2020

Mr. Rufus “Buck” McClain, age 79, passed away, Wednesday, January 22, 2020, in Pensacola, Florida.

Mr. McClain was native of Boykin, AL, former resident of Conecuh County, AL and had resided in Atmore, AL for the past seven years. He was a retired logger.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Janice Bradley and parents, Frank and Mary Voncile McClain.

He is survived by one son, Anthony McClain of Houston, TX; one brother, Frankie McClain of Brewton, AL; two sisters, Theresa McClain of Atmore, AL and Eva Mae Heard of Moss Point, MS and nephew, Robert (Ida Mae) McClain of Atmore, AL.

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

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