Michael Eugene Holland

February 25, 2016

Michael Eugene Holland, “Nancy”, 60, of Jay, passed away suddenly on Monday, February 22, 2016. He was born November 27, 1955, to Max and Peggy Dean Holland. He was a lifelong resident of Jay.  Mike was born into a farming family and was the apple of his granny and granddaddy’s eye. Mike could drive a tractor before he was big enough to look over the steering wheel. Thanks to his Uncle Donald, he learned to hunt and fish at an early age and he enjoyed both throughout his lifetime. He enjoyed a very special relationship with his Aunt June. He thought it was so funny that even though she was his Aunt, he was 9 months older than she was and he never let her forget that he was the oldest. They enjoyed growing up together and were more like siblings. They remained close all down through time and were still close at his passing. Mike also dearly loved his Aunt Sue and was devastated when she passed away at such an early age. At age 10, Mike got a baby sister whom he loved very much, Wanda. He was always very protective of her and to his dying day always called her “Little Sister”.

Mike’s pride and joy was his two girls, Shondra and Leslie and their children. He was so proud to be called Paw Paw. In his later years, his favorite thing to do was to go fishing. He loved being outdoors and refused to be indoors any more than he had to. He would drive around to his various favorite fishing holes, with his faithful sidekick Buddy, and fish to his heart’s content. Mike loved to sit around with friends and family and talk about the good old days. He always had something funny to say and if he really liked you, he would just have to kid you a little bit. Mike’s passing will leave a big hole in the hearts of those who knew him.

Mike is survived by his children, Shondra (Jamey) Hattaway and Leslie (Bear) Gonzalez; seven grandchildren, Christian, Austin, Jayden, Michael, Logan, and Anna Claire; his mother, Peggy Dean Godwin; sister, Wanda (David) McCarthy; uncle and aunt Joe and June Gillman; uncle, Edsel (Polly) Holland and aunt, Gail Holland; nieces and nephews, Shaena, Ken, Teisha, Dusty, Tabitha, Noah, Taylor, Kendall and Kole; four very special friends, Tony Cozart, Ed Daughtry, Max Allen Smith and Ricky Patterson; numerous friends, cousins and his little dog, Buddy.

Mike is preceded in death by his father, Maxwell Eugene Holland; grandparents, Eugene and Inez Dean and Floyd and Gladys Holland; aunts, Sue Dean Baker and Elaine Holland; uncles, Donald Gene Dean and Johnny Holland.

A very special thank you to the Jay Volunteer Fire Department and the Lifeguard EMS workers who responded to the call for Mike. Thanks also to the staff of the Jay Hospital ER department for being so compassionate to our family. You were all awesome!

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 26, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Jay Funeral Home with the Reverend Joseph Gillman officiating.

Pallbearers with be Tony Cozart, Ricky Patterson, Max Allen Smith, Randy Roberts, Don Dean, Dusty McCarthy and Noah McCarthy.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Mike’s sons-in-law and grandsons.

Burial will be in Pine Level Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ottis N. Black

February 24, 2016

Ottis N. (Nick) Black, 78 of Molino, died Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Covent Hospice in Pensacola with family by his side. Nick was born February 22, 1937, in McKenzie, AL. He was self employed for many years as a small business owner. He served in the US Army for three years and was an active member of Gideon Ministries for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Foy and Alice Black; brother, Thomas C. Black; and grandson, Russell Black.

Nick is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley (Dimple) Perry Black; son, Malcolm (Kelly) Black of Nallen, WV; grandsons, Wyatt and Dustin; brothers, Jimmy (Linda) Black of Enterprise, AL and James A. Black of Bryneville; sisters, Margene (John) McDonald of Fairhope, Ann Perdew of Chancellor, AL and Sharron (Roy) Godwin of Plantersville, AL; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Harold Smith, Dean Hassebrock, Vernon Brown, Charles Barton, James Hughes and Terry St. Cyr.

Honorary pallbearers were Gideon Camp #U01129.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Gideon Ministries or Covenent Hospice.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at Highland Baptist Church in Molino with Reverend Brian Calhoun officiating.

Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Reatha Mae Eddins

February 24, 2016

Reatha Mae Eddins, 80, of Molino, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, Februay 19, 2016. She was a loving and devoted mother of seven. She worked as a waitress most of her life until she retired. She lost her first husband and father of her children to early death and remarried later in life until losing him to death.

She is preceded in death by these two husbands, Thomas M. Covington and Jerald L. Eddins; two stepchildren, Steve Eddins and Judy Eddins; and her second grandson, Thomas Sellers.

She is survived by her seven children, Jimmy Tucker (Sonja), Janet Long, Wayne Covington, Karen Bragg (Jimmy), Rita Kritzmire (Robert), Becky Miller (Jimmy) and Regina Hall (Bobby); two stepsons, Jerry Eddins (Kathy) and Richard Eddins (Ann); 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North at 1 p.m. with Reverend Mike Mashburn officiating.

Interment will follow at Crabtree Church Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Donna Emmons Byrd

February 24, 2016

Donna Emmons Byrd, 52 of Excel, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2016, in Birmingham. Donna was born on December 3, 1963, to the late Edward “Red” and Helen Louise Emmons Wall. She was owner and operator of Southern Portable Buildings, where she was a hard worker devoted to providing for her family and others. Donna was a loving wife and mother. She enjoyed fishing, going to the beach and river.

Survivors include her husband, David Byrd of Excel; one son, Robbie (Kristen) Boyette of Atmore; one daughter, Lacey (John Russell) Smith of Uriah; two brothers, Christopher (Donna) Emmons of McCullough and Allen (Stacey) Wall of Uriah; three grandchildren, Micah, Maddox, and baby Smith; along with numerous family and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 22, 2016, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Grindle officiating.

Interment was in McCullough Cemetery.

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

Laura H. Stacey

February 24, 2016

Laura H. Stacey, 71 of Atmore, passed away Monday, February 15, 2016, at her residence. She was a secretary for Swift Lumber Company for over 20 years. She was born in Atmore on June 28, 1944, to the late Chester and Mabel Martin Helton. She was a member of Brooks Memorial Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Stephen Stacey of Gulf Shores; two daughters, Stephanie (Dale) McGhee of Walnut Hill and Shannon (Justin Vibbert) Stacey of New York, NY; two brothers, Don (Linda) Helton and Chet (Kaye) Helton all of Atmore; three sisters, Patricia Smith, Virginia (Earnie) Milbredt, and Mona Woods; five grandchildren, Ashlynn, Andrew, Megan, Aundrea and Cooper; and one great-grandchild, Tracy.

Services were held Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Heard officiating.

Interment was in Serenity Gardens.

Active pallbearers were Kevin Woods, Larry Smith, Alex Smith, Chad Helton, Brett Helton, and Gary Hare.

Honorary pallbearers were The Willing Workers Sunday School Class.

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

Jessie Mae Smith

February 24, 2016

Jessie Mae Smith, 82, of Atmore, passed away Friday, February 19, 2016, in Mobile. She was a homemaker. She was born in Lottie, on September 30, 1933, to the late William Oscar and Myrtle Coker Agerton Brown. She attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and also enjoyed attending Huxford Senior Center.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Buck Smith; daughter, Beth Ray; granddaughter, Lori Simmons; great-grandchildren, Zoey Simmons and A.J. Smith; two brothers, Tommy and Gene Brown; and two sisters, Estelle Parker and Ethel McKinley.

Survivors include her husband, J.D. Ashcraft of Atmore; three sons, Pete (Sue) Martin, Alvin “Pete” (Mary) Smith of Atmore and Jacky (Cathy) Smith of Flomaton; three daughters, Dorothy Parker of Stockton, Jessie (James) Spence of Atmore and Darlene (David) Black of Frisco City; three brothers, Elbert (Brenda) Brown of Flomaton, Albert (Linda) Brown of Union, MS, and Fred Brown of Jay; three sisters, Thelma (Nolan) Watkins of Mississippi, Pearl (Jimmy) Johnson of Flomaton and Carol Jackson of Milton; 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren,  family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 25, 2016, at the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home with Bro. Rob Arrant officiating.

Interment will be in Huxford Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Kevin Spence, Brian Spence, Heith Smith, Nick Robinson, Bobby Wooten and Jody Gilcrest.

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

David Lance Hunley, Jr.

February 24, 2016

David Lance Hunley Jr., 51, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on February 21, 2016, after a 10 month battle with cancer. He was born on December 31, 1964, in Jacksonville, FL, to Diana Jean (Dutra) Hunley and David Lance Hunley Sr. He was oldest of five children.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Diana Jean (Dutra) Faulk.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Brittany and Joshua Hunley, and their mother, Darlene Hunley of Pensacola; brothers, Darren (Kathy) Hunley of Crestview and Daniel (Gina) Hunley of Pensacola; sisters, Dana (Randy) Mason, and Deborah Hunley-Houser of Gulf Breeze; and a father to him, Rick (Ashyea) Gibson of Pensacola.

David also leaves his love, Liza Scott of Gulf Breeze to remember the everlasting love that they shared together, along with her daughters, Shannon and Hannah Scott. He leaves many nephews, nieces, family and friends to remember the good times.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 26, 2016, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North beginning at 1 p.m. with the memorial service following at 2 p.m.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Glenda Faye Peacock

February 21, 2016

Our Little Angel, Glenda Faye Peacock, went to be with the Lord on February 15, 2016, at the age of 60. Ms. Glenda passed away in Perdido, Alabama.

Ms. Peacock was a native of Jay, and a resident of Perdido, since 1966. She was a member of the Perdido Church of God. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Josephine Peacock.

Survivors include her two brothers, Russell (Wanda) Peacock of Century and Leon Peacock of Jay; four disters, Hazel (Waylen) Lunsford of Milton, Mildred Dykes of Jay, Patricia Cox of Perdido and Diane (Pat) Hadley of Bay Minette.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Harrison Steege officiating.

Burial was in Cora Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Keith Lunsford, Paul Dykes, Rusty Peacock, Doug Peacock, Derrell Hadley and Hubert Parker.

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

Margaret Frances Golden Higdon

February 21, 2016

Mrs. Margaret Frances Golden Higdon, 83, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. in Brewton.

Mrs. Higdon was a native and lifelong resident of Flomaton. She was retired from Monsanto with 32 years of service. She was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church; she was charter member of the church, only woman on the Board of Trustees and still on it. She is preceded in death by her parents, JB and Zora Golden, one sister, five brothers, son, Ronnie Higdon and great-grandson, Ronnie Daniel Higdon.

She is survived by her two sons, Danny (Mildred) Higdon and Kenny (Becky) Higdon, Sr., both of Flomaton, AL; two Daughters, Shirley Lambeth of Flomaton, AL and Sandra Howell of Atmore, AL; eleven Grandchildren; twenty-six Great Grandchildren; six Great Great Grandchildren; Special Nieces, Linda (Robert) Holt of Flomaton, AL and Debbie (Allen) Smith of Flomaton, AL and Special Nephew, Wayne (Danita) Lee of Robertsdale, AL.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 19, 2016, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Day officiating.

Burial was at the Little Escambia Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kenny Higdon, Jr., Cleve Johnson, Brady Lambeth, Jason Lambeth, Marcus Mathis and Daniel Higdon.

Honorary pallbearers were Ishiah Day and Josh Day.

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

Linda Gail Shiver

February 21, 2016

Linda Gail Shiver, 62 years old, died on Monday, February 15, 2016, at her home in Lottie, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her father, J.W. Milstid; step-father Otis Ramer; and brother Kenny Milstid.

Linda is survived by her mother, Marie Ramer Jordan, four sisters: Gladys (Robert) Bartley, Brenda (William) Rolin, Carolyn Hall, and Sharon Sahyouni.

Linda leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband, Danny Shiver, of 46 years; and her three children, Tammy (Craig) Smith, Jennifer (Chuck) Bercier, Cole (Heather) Shiver; eight grandchildren, Hunter, Tanner, and Mason Smith; Hardy, Zachary, and Nate Bercier; Sara Kate and Holden Shiver. Numerous additional family and friends are also left to remember Linda.

Possessing a servant’s heart, Linda faithfully cared for her family and friends through delicious cooking and baking from scratch. A woman of faith and the heart of the Shiver family, Linda shaped their spirituality by her Christian example, encouragement, and prayer. With a zest for life, Linda loved to study the Bible, pray, fish, garden and play games—especially with her grandchildren.

The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Chester Clark and Rev. Wendell Hadley officiating.

Burial was in the Milstead Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Edward Duddy, Christopher Duddy, Nicholas Shiver, Jimmy Dale Shiver, Timothy Shiver and Clay Shiver.

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

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