Shirley Ann Hughes Cobb

November 24, 2013

Mrs. Shirley Ann Hughes Cobb, 53, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013, in Atmore.

Mrs. Cobb was a native of Atmore, former resident of Warner Robbins, Georgia and had resided in Atmore most of her life.

She is survived by her two sons, Thomas B. (Mandy) Davis of Davisville, and James Darell McNeil Jr. of Warner Robbins, GA; four daughters, Shauna (Mikey) Harrelson of Atmore, Amy (Maurico) Alvearda of Warner Robbins, GA, Stephanie McNeil of Warner Robbins, GA and Natasha “Joy” McNeil of Tony, AL; three brothers, Danny Ray (Deborah) Hughes of Atmore, Wesley Lee (Wanda) Hughes of Atmore and Richard Anthony (Deneen) Hughes of Perdido; two sisters, Joyce Marie (Roger) Harrelson of Brewton and Cheryl Jane Harris of Atmore; and 17 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Malcolm Harrelson officiating.

Burial was in at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Shawn M. Boutwell, Brandon L. McNeil, Cody E. McNeil, Jessie L. Sanks, Dillon Hall and Ricky Harrelson.

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

Gladys Susannah “Sue” Cummings Uebelsteadt

November 20, 2013

Gladys Susannah “Sue” Cummings Uebelsteadt, age 81, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

Sue was born July 23, 1932, in Milton to Charles and Mary Cummings. She worked as a drawtwist operator at Solutia and retired after 26 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Pete Uebelsteadt; her mother, Mary Eunice Cummings and her father, Charles Alexander Cummings.

She is survived by her daughters, Gail (Bob) Summerlin, Sharon Sweeting, Bonnie (Skip) Gibson, Pam (Larry) Thomas and Becky (David) Waits; her son, David (Carmen) Uebelsteadt; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four sisters and one brother.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Gibson, Matthew Gibson, Zachary Fleming, Jason Fleming, Aaron Waits and Chris Uebelsteadt.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 22, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Faith Chapel North.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 23, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Chapel North.

Interment will take place immediately following at Jordan Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

William David “Bill” Fuqua

November 18, 2013

William David “Bill” Fuqua, 84, of Cantonment, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Bill was born in Aliceville, AL in 1929. He played football for Mississippi Southern College in 1948 and for the First United States Air Force Team in 1950 and 1951. He went into the Air Force in 1948 where he served until 1952 as a military policeman. Bill was an active member of First Baptist Church of Cantonment. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He spent 30 years working in interior designing specializing in Williamsburg designs. Bill loved cars.  Bill will also be remembered as an avid Crimson Tide Fan. ROLL TIDE!!

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Howard Fuqua and Katy Lucie Ann Evans Fuqua; sisters, Ruth, Ruby, Ollie and Martha and his brothers, Lewis and Lloyd.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Jennie Fuqua; two sons, Bill Fuqua Jr. and wife Julie, Jack Fuqua and wife Sherri; grandsons, Justin and Jonathan; granddaughters, Elyce, Nikki, and Alex; two great-grandsons, Calvin and Nolan; brothers, Ernest, Edward and James; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, with the funeral service to begin at 7 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North. Dr. Will Stone will be officiating.

The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Sunnenberg and the staff of Covenant Hospice for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangement.

Mary Frances Godwin

November 18, 2013

Mrs. Mary Frances Godwin, age 91 of Century, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013, at her home.

Mrs. Godwin was a native of Luverne, Ala., and a resident of Century since 1966 coming from Bogia, FL. She was a homemaker and a member of Gospel Light Temple.

She is survived by her sons, Frank Godwin, Jerry (Linda) Godwin, Wayne (Paulette) Godwin,and Danny (Enola) Godwin all of Century, FL and Randall (Tammy) Godwin of Murfreesboro, TN; daughters, Barbara (Aubrey) Carroll of Westville, FL and Clarice (Bill) Watson of Milton.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in Pineview Cemetery in Flomaton.

Flomaton Funeral Home Directing.

Hazel J. Lassiter

November 18, 2013

Hazel J. Lassiter, 84, of Jay, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus on November 15, 2013. She was born on November 2, 1929, and later attended Jay High School. Hazel worked at Central High School for many years prior to retirement. She was a resident of the Cobbtown community, and was the Pastor of the Cobbtown Holiness Church for many years where she led countless to the Lord. She enjoyed her family, cooking, gardening, quilting, singing, playing the piano, and fishing the local waters with her late husband. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She led a selfless life in the service of others and her God.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, J.D. Lassiter; her parents W.C. Edeker and Ada Riley (Edeker); two brothers, Winford Edeker and Robert Edeker; one daughter, Gail Smith and one grandson: Ken Lewis.

Mrs. Lassiter is survived by one brother, Stan Edeker (Joyce) of Houston, TX; three daughters, Carolyn (Allen) Goolsby of Brewton, Brenda (Kenny) Watson of Jay and Barbara of Jay. Added to her family tree were nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers are her grandsons and great-grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers are her granddaughters and great-granddaughters.

A visitation will be held at Cornerstone Church (formerly Jay First Assembly) in Jay on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. Services will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Brother Dan Hellums, Brother Tim Floyd, and Brother Jim Lassiter officiating.

Burial will follow at Cobbtown Holiness Church Cemetery.

The family would like to give a special thanks to C.C.C. and Emerald Coast Hospice.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William “Bill” Toney Mack

November 16, 2013

Mr. William “Bill” Toney Mack, 81 of Atmore, passed away November 14, 2013, in Atmore. He was born April 20, 1932, to the late Robert James and Dovie Mack. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a retired property design director with the telephone company. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was a member and deacon of Judson Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Anne Morgan Mack of Atmore; three daughters, Sandra (Greg) Howard of Dothan, AL; Wendy (Jason) Riggle of Springfield, Ohio and Angela (Gary) Baker of Red Level, AL; brother; Daniel C. (Deloris) Mack of Palm Bay, FL; and sister; Anna C. Dortch of Warren Robbins, GA; five grandchildren; Nathan, Ashley, Trevor, Regan and Will.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Henry Wilson and Rev. Don Smith officating.

Inurnment will follow at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lisa Rena Respress

November 16, 2013

Mrs. Lisa Rena Respress 48, of Atmore, passed away November 13, 2013, in Pensacola.

She was born December 3, 1964, in Atmore to Willie Claude “Bill” and Essie Rutherford. Mrs. Respress was a caregiver where she had worked at Enon Manor and attended the Fretwell Tabernacle. She is preceded in death by her father Willie Claude “Bill” Rutherford.

She is survived by her son, Michael Sean Respress; her mother, Essie Rutherford; grandson, Carlos Sean Respress;  three sisters, Patricia Respress of Atmore, Sheila Amerson of Daphne, and Billie Jolene Kelsoe of Tampa; aunts, uncles, extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 16, 2013, from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Sis. Helen Stewart officiating.

Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Colton Wayne Respress, Kristopher Bradley Respress, Clifford Amerson, Jr., Clint Kyser, Joseph Husband and Brad Brooks.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Rutherford, Dale Rutherford, Autry Ziglar and Fernie Faircloth.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charlie Steve Bray

November 16, 2013

Charlie Steve Bray, 70, of Jay, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Jay Terrace. Steve was born in Brewton, to Charlie and Bertie Bray, but grew up on the family’s farm in Jay. Steve was the youngest of five children. His parents were farmers like many in the community, and the children had a very active role in working on the family farm. This is where Steve acquired his lifelong love of the land and outdoors. Steve began his school days in 1949, at Jay Elementary, and completed them when he graduated from Jay High School in 1961. Steve enjoyed playing high school football for the Jay Royals. He only had that privilege during his senior year because of his prior responsibilities helping his parents and siblings run the family farm. Steve was a talented and tough nose guard and was named All Escambia River Conference for the 1960-1961 season by the Pensacola News Journal for his outstanding football accomplishments. Steve joined the United States Marine Corps in 1961 before graduating high school. Steve performed his duties as a combat engineer until his honorable discharge in October 1965.

In March 8, 1963, Steve was united in marriage to Carol Cecilia Bell, and they have been married for 50 years. Steve and Cecilia have two children, Mitzi Bray Dixon and Derek Steven Bray. They have the blessing and joy of being grandparents to five beautiful grandchildren. Steve loved to spend time with his grandkids. Steve had many jobs over the years, from farmer to working the oil fields. In 1975, he went to work for Jay Peanut Farmer’s Cooperative. He started out as the assistant manager and was later promoted to manager. Steve retired in December 2010 after serving 35 years to the Alabama Farmers Cooperative and the surrounding farming community. In 1996, Steve was awarded the E.P. Garrett Award naming him CO-OP Manager of the Year 1995 in recognition of outstanding service to Jay Peanut Farmers Cooperative, Inc. and dedicated service to Alabama Farmers Cooperative. Steve was also awarded the Jay Peanut Farmers Cooperative, Inc. Annual E.R. (Rass) Youngblood Memorial Award for his many years of unselfish service to the community on November 13, 2008. Steve’s life philosophy was always “hard work and dedication”. When he was not managing the CO-OP, he was busy operating his own farm. In his few hours of off-time, he enjoyed working in his hunting club, tending to his pond, gardening around his home and spending time with his grandchildren. Steve was a member of the Jay Church of Christ. He also enjoyed worship services at the Jay Terrace during his time spent there.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Bertie Bray; sister, Peggy Clifford, and nephew, David Levins.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Cecilia Bray; daughter, Mitzi Bray Dixon and her husband, Dr. James R. Dixon II; son, Derek Steven Bray and his wife, Misty Lowry Bray; five grandchildren, James-Richard Dixon III of Tuscaloosa, Jordan Savannah Bray of Auburn, Allison Paige Dixon of Cullowhee, NC., Makenzie Caroline Bray of Jay, and James Henry Dixon of Brewton; brother, Billy (Helen) Bray of Jay; sister, Patsy Fulmore of Pace and JoAnn Bray of Jay; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend thanks to the caregivers at The Terrace for their attentive and gentle care. They would also like to express their gratitude to Emerald Coast Hospice for their tender care.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at Jay Funeral Home with Terry Wasden officiating.

Burial will follow at Cora Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honors.

Active pallbearers will be his nephews and brother-in-law, Doug and Randy Fulmore, Roger and Bart Bray, Greg Levins, and Johnny Wasden.

Honorary pallbearers are his grandsons and great-nephews, James-Richard and Henry Dixon, Bradley Bray, Charlie and Calvin Feldt, and Kyle Levins.

Betty Joyce Gibson

November 16, 2013

Mrs. Betty Joyce Gibson, 71 of Poarch, passed away November 13, 2013, in Poarch. Mrs. Gibson was a loving and caring person and will be greatly missed. She was born March 26, 1942, in McCullough. She was a member of Pine Level Primitive Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Aubrey Lee Steadham and Lila Irene Steadham Gibson; brother, Aubrey Lee Steadham, Jr.; and granddaughters, Mikasa Cheyenne Groover, Feather Marie McGhee and April Ramieri.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years Ricky Gibson, six daughters Angela Presley, Rebecca (Lurby) Denais, Connie Walls, Patsy (Calvin) McGhee, Sarah (Rodger) Adams and Wanda (Timothy) Gaines;  sister, Thelma (James) Digman; brother Charles Eugene (Jean) Steadham; 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. from the Pine Level Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Gene Freeland officiating.

Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery in Nokomis, Ala.

Active pallbearers will be Antonio Walls, Brandon Joiner, Zachary Walls, Thunder McGhee, Ricky Ray Maddox and Rick Sosa.

Honorary pallbears will be Enrico Ramieri, Sandro Ramieri, and Gilbert Wade Blackwell.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hollis Carlton Chavers

November 16, 2013

Mr. Hollis Carlton Chavers, age 74, of Flomaton, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2013, at Jay Hospital.

Mr. Chavers was a native and lifetime resident of the Flomaton community where he was a member of the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department. He was retired from Monsanto where he worked as an operator. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alice Shaw Chavers of Flomaton; sons, Dale (Diana) Chavers and Dean (Theresa) Chavers, all of Flomaton; sisters, Nell Franklin of Flomaton and Lois Hamm of Kelso, WA; grandchildren, Johnathan Dean Chavers, Daniel Chavers, Callie Maria Chavers, Christopher Chavers and great-grandchild, Aiden Chavers.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 18, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Edwards officiating.

Interment will follow in Pleasant Home Holiness Cemetery in Flomaton.

Pallbearers will be members from the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department.

Flomaton Funeral Home Directing.

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