Deanna M. Mullins

February 25, 2015

Deanna M. Mullins, 44 of Pensacola, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015. Deanna was born in Pensacola and graduated from Tate High School in 1989. She was a very loving person with a heart of gold. She loved her children and family and was generous to all. Above all she loved the Lord with all her heart. Precious Deanna’s favorite quote: “God is Love.”

She is preceded in death by her stepdad, the dad that raised her, Willard Brown; and father, Richard Mullins.

Deanna is survived by her children, Preston Eddings, Annie Eddings and Christopher Green; mother, Joyce Brown; brothers and sisters, Ricky Mullins, James Mullins, Joyce Hanks and Melinda Brown Dunn; step-brothers and sisters, Libby, Darlene, Shelia, Gene, Lynn Wayne, Will, Shawn Brown; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Brian Calhoun officiating.

Burial will follow in Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Sarah H. Ward

February 25, 2015

Sarah H. Ward 90, of Molino, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dave Ward; parents, Robert and Ada Hatfield; and her siblings.

She is survived by her three daughters, Betty (Sonny) Hicks of Molino, Janice (John) West of Prairieville, LA, and Wanda Graham of Milton; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.She was also blessed with two very special friends and wonderful caring neighbors.

Active pallbearers will be Ray Hicks, Justin Kite, Cody Kite, William Grantham, Jr. Caleb Morrell, and Randy Weaver.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kelly West, Darrell Kite, Todd Powell, Mark Edwards, Bryce Grantham, Seth Morrell, Ed Morrell, Tyler King, Zack King, and William Grantham, Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015, with Pastor Brian Calhoun and Bro. Toby White officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. prior to services.

Burial will follow in Highland Baptist Church Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

James Coleman Fuqua

February 24, 2015

Mr. James Coleman Fuqua, age 18 of Barrentine Road, Brewton, passed away Saturday night February 21, 2015, in Pensacola after injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton. Mr. Fuqua was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church, he attended W.S. Neal School before enrolling at Escambia Academy where he played football and was on the weightlifting team. He was a member of the graduating class of 2015.

He is survived by his mother Jean Joyner Fuqua of Brewton; aunt Sara Owens of Phenix City, AL; cousins Cody Owens, Heath Owens, and Shannon Odom; special fiends Todd White, Kriss White, Cade White, Will Hendrix, Blaklee Hendrix, Coach Hugh Fountain; many friends and classmates.

He was preceded in death by his father  James Earl “Fuzz” Fuqua and his grandparents Coleman and Ethel Fuqua.

Visitation will be held Wednesday night February 25, 2015. from 6-8 p.m. at William Memorial Chapel in Brewton.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday afternoon February 26, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at William Memorial Chapel in Brewton with Rev. John Kemp officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Brewton.

Judith Robin Surles

February 23, 2015

Dr. Judith Robin Surles 65, of Atmore, passed away February, 16, 2015, at her residence. She was born August 30, 1949, in Morristown, N.J. but was raised most of her life in Mountain Lakes, N.J. She was a graduate of Life University in Atlanta and had retired from the Health Plus Chiropractic Center in Atmore. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Lawrence and Patricia Sally Walter Harden and a sister, Sally Rae Goordman.

She is survived by her sisters, Laurie Harden (Peter) Andruskiewicz of New Jersey and Kathy Lynn Brew of Maui, Hawaii; special cousins, Larry Rutledge and Donald Rutledge; two nephews, Peter Andruskiewicz and Patrick Andruskiewicz. She loved her cats and dogs very much.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 5 p.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Cornelius Phillips officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the ASPCA in memory of Dr. Judith Robin Surles.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ernest Eugene (Gene) Godwin

February 23, 2015

Mr. Godwin passed away at the William F. Green VA Home in Bay Minette on February 21, 2015. He was born on August 10, 1931, in Byrneville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Eunice (Wiggins) Godwin; his wife, Myrlene (Stewart) Godwin; his son, Ernest Garry Godwin; and his sister, Flora Vaughn.

Mr. Godwin is survived by his son, Larry (Rebecca) Godwin of Atmore; his daughters, Deborah (David) Ronzone of Bratt and Shelly Godwin of Perlington, MS. Other survivors include six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marietta Downer of Bratt and Georgia Avery of Dothan, AL.

Mr. Godwin served in the US Army during the Korean War, achieving the rank of sergeant. Upon completing his military service, he worked for Vanity Fair Mills in Atmore. After 42 years, he retired as Head Machinist.

Mr. Godwin enjoyed special family time riding motorcycles. He also rode with friends and various groups for enjoyment as well as for charitable fundraising events.

For many years and until his death, Mr. Godwin was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church where he had served on the Vestry in the office of Junior Warden. He had also been a member of the American Legion until recent years.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on February 24, 2015, at 1 p.m. with Rev. John Phillips of Pensacola officiating.

Immediately after the service, burial will follow at Godwin Cemetery in Bratt.

Pallbearers will be Elliot Classen, Kevin Classen, Shawn Godwin, Robert Earl Godwin, Blaine O’Brien and Roy Ward.

The Women of Trinity Episcopal Church in Atmore are honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Mr. Godwin’s honor to Trinity Episcopal Church, 203 S. Carney St., Atmore, AL 36502.

Mr. Godwin’s family will be forever grateful for the excellent care everyone at the Veterans Home in Bay Minette has shown for the past year-and-a-half. The entire staff have all treated Mr. Godwin and his family with dignity and kindness. Particular thanks to everyone who works on G Wing of the facility for their professionalism and compassion. The family is also grateful to Covenant Hospice for keeping Mr. Godwin comfortable in his final days.

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

Dorothy Aline Calhoun Russell

February 22, 2015

Dorothy Aline Calhoun Russell passed away on February 20, 2015 after living a full and wondrous life for 94 years. Dorothy was born in Dixonville, FL in 1920 and was employed by PJC as a bookkeeper for many years before retiring to be a housewife, farmer and gardener. She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she played piano. She was an avid reader, gardener, domino and card player.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Claude Russell and her first husband, Emmett Nall; her father, Riley John Calhoun and mother, Eunice Calhoun; son, John Nall; sisters Faye Duffy, Mae Travis and Doris Kilgore; and brothers, Harvey, Ralph, Hubert and Brian Calhoun.

She is survived by her daughter, June (Glenn) Nall Hughes; sons, Michael (Joan) Nall and Emmett Nall; sisters, Olive Wise and Glynn Gatlin; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and many half-brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins as well.

Pallbearers will be David and Stephen Hughes, Terry and Timothy Born, Brian Nall and Brett DeLorme.

Honorary pallbearer is Nick Nall.

A special thank you to Emerald Coast Hospice (Brenda Rossignol, RN) for their care and concern.

Visitation will be held at 12 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015, with services to follow at 1 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Ellis Lamar Blair

February 22, 2015

Ellis Lamar Blair, age 72 of Berrydale, was born on October 1, 1942, to Mary and Riley Blair. He passed away on February 17, 2015.

He was a great and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was devoted to the Church of Christ. He loved quail hunting, fishing, and watching Alabama football. He was a very hard worker and devoted most of his life to processing meat. He started out at Daulphin Burgess’, worked at Container in Brewton, ran his own meat processing business for 27 years, and Blair’s Tote-A-Bag for 14 years where he recently retired. He was well known for his work habits, was loved by everyone and would do anything to help you. He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Blair; parents, Mary and Riley Blair; brother, James Blair; four sisters, Lucille Beasley, Ollie Mae Cooper, Rosa Lee Pettis, and Pauline Weaver.

He is survived by four children, Lisa (Kenny) Tedder, Ken (Cindy) Blair, Tony (Beverly) Blair, and Deborah (Mike) Pilgrim, six grandchildren, Nakisha (Jared) Gandy, Latisha (Myles) Lecesse, Trenton Blair, Allison Blair, Blake Pilgrim, and Kaylen Blair; two great-grandchildren, Landyn Cooley, Eligh Lecesse; and one great-grandchild, Zachariah Gandy who will be arriving in May. He is also survived by two sisters, Pearl Stone and Rogene Hammock; and many nephews, nieces, and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Jay Funeral Home with Brother Pete Davis officiating.

Burial was at RLDS cemetery in Berrydale.

Pallbearers were Russell Beasley, Royce Beasley, JoMack Pettis, Lester Cooper, John Dunn, and Bill Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers were Speedy Nelson, Billy Hines, and Larry White.

Charles Edward Byrd

February 21, 2015

Mr. Charles Edward Byrd, 65, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015, in Pensacola.

Mr. Byrd was a native of Atmore and a lifetime resident of McDavid. Mr. Byrd was an US Army Veteran, Vietnam Veteran, loving father and grandfather.

Survivors include his son, Jeremy (Melessa) Byrd of Pensacola; daughter, Miranda Byrd of Monroeville; sister, Faye (Hollis) Dortch of Cantonment; cousin, Thomas “Buddy” (Gayle) Byrd of McDavid; and two grandchildren, Brandon Byrd and Tyra Watkins.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at the Pine Barren Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 23, 2015, from 9 a.m. until service time at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

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

James Oliver Baker

February 19, 2015

Rev. James Oliver Baker, 87, passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, in Cantonment.

Rev. Baker was a native of Falco, Alabama and a resident of Cantonment, since 1949. Rev. Baker was Senior Pastor of the Living Word of Faith Church, former owner of Village Sanitation, longtime Pastor of Ebenezer Assembly of God for 37 years, avid fisherman, gardener and raised show chickens. His wife, Orene Baker; son, Doyse Baker and grandson, Ledue Baker precedes him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Violet Jewel Baker of Cantonment; one son, Clois L. (Pagan) Baker of Cantonment; one stepson, Joe Eddins, Jr. of Gatlinburg, TN; one daughter, Elizabeth Aldridge of Cantonment; one stepdaughter, Christine (Sam) White of Flomaton, AL; two sisters, Ethel Sherrer of Enterprise, AL and Othaila Blackwood of Wing, AL; three grandchildren, Janice Elisabeth (Matt) Barnett, Maggie M. (Craig) Lee and Doyce Jerry (Diana) Aldridge; five great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 1 p.m.. at the Harvest Christian Center in Cantonment with the Rev. E.H. Haddock officiating.

Burial will follow at the Harvest Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 11 a.m. until service time at 1:00 p.m. at the Harvest Christian Center in Cantonment.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Penton, Harry Comans, Larry Comans, Tyler Docherty, Ray Lewis and Jerry Hahn.

Honorary pallbearers will Lonnie Penton and Donald Whitehead.

Special thanks to Harry Comans and Jean Comans.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Emerald Coast Hospice @ 1555 N. Palafox, Pensacola, FL 32501.

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

Harold Ray Troesch, Sr.

February 19, 2015

Harold Ray Troesch, Sr., 79, passed peacefully at his home on Friday, February 13, 2015. He was an avid fisherman and a die-hard Florida Gators fan. He loved his church and family. He was retired from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union, Mobile, Alabama, Lodge 0112, where he was a member since 1967.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Henry Troesch and Grace Idell Alexander Troesch; sister, Viola Raughton and daughter, Shirley Ann Troesch.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Harold Ray Troesch, Jr., Johnny and Cynthia Walker, Rebecca Fussell, Caleb and Crystal McKee and Gregory and Sheree Troesch; siblings, Gladys Johnson, William Eugene Troesch, Betty Lenning and Theda Havens; grandchildren, Matt Lindsay, Stephanie Smith, Summer Sampey, Christopher Fussell, Brian Troesch, Jonathan Troesch, Joshua Troesch, Eddie Shanko, Joshua Kauffman, Crystal Troesch-Wright, Maddix Essman, Jaxson Essman, Alanna Troesch, Abigail Troesch; step-grandchildren, Tyson, Preston and Holly Taylor and Bentley McKee; great-grandchildren, Matthew Lindsay, Ethan, Annabelle and Victoria Sampey, Xander, Adrianna and Christian Fussell, Emma and Trystan Troesch, and Marley Troesch; great-great-grandchild, Brooklynne Lindsay.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 16, 2015, at Northside Apostolic Church with Pastor Steve Simmons officiating.

Interment was at Morgan Cemetery in Molino.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Emerald Coast Hospice.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

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