Sidney Allen Gill, Jr.

June 20, 2016

Sidney Allen Gill, Jr., age 68, of Milton, was called home June 16, 2016, while surrounded by his cherished family. He was born in Pensacola on January 1, 1948, to Willie Jewel Burch and her then husband, the late Sidney Gill, Sr.. Sid was a proud 1968 graduate of Pensacola High School and Troy State University where he earned a masters degree in Business Management. He was a member of the Army National Guard and retired from Hatch Mott MacDonald Engineering after 17 years of service. Sid was known for his dedication to his family, his fondness for FSU, Pace High School and Catholic High School sports.

He is survived by his devoted children, Julie Thompson of Pensacola, Greg (Sidney) Gill, of Pace and Dana Chase, of Milton; nine grandchildren; his mother, Willie Jewel Burch; sisters, Sheryl (Jeff) Pomeroy of Cantonment and Gloria (Kent) Fox of Nashville, TN; special friends, Jeff, Shazelle, Trey, Tanner, and Trace Halstead; his father’s second wife, Leilani Gill-Hamer and her children, Martin (Kris) Gill and Monica (Greg) Fowler; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Per Sid’s request there will be a private family ceremony to celebrate his life at a later date. In lieu of a service, Sid would like to be remembered by a fried mullet meal with a cold Coke in his honor. His family gives special thanks to the staff of Life Care Center of Pensacola.

Honorary pall bearers are Jeff Halstead, Glen Fryou, Thomas Burch and Ron Smith.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Gwendolyn E. Cotton

June 20, 2016

Gwendolyn E. Cotton, a lifelong resident of Pensacola, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016, at the age of 69. She was an avid New Orleans Saints and LSU football fan.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Flora Mae Meriwether “Mimi”; father, Louis Clement Rance; and niece, Susan King Weems.

Gwendolyn is survived by her husband, Gary F. Cotton; brother, Terry Louis (Carol) Rance; sister, Dianne Rance (Hugh) King of Mandeville, LA; her beloved beagle, Boudreaux; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home South with Rev. Jack Hankins officiating. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be may to the Sacred Heart Foundation for Local Cancer Care, 5151 North 9th. Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home South is entrusted with arrangements.

Beulah Hall Spicer

June 15, 2016

Mrs. Beulah Hall Spicer, 91, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016, in Atmore.

Mrs. Spicer was a native of Andalusia, Alabama and a resident of Bratt since 1959. Mrs. Spicer was a homemaker, loved farming and was a member of the Pleasant Home Baptist Church. She was a former employee of Monsanto and Alatex Industry.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert Ralph Spicer.

She is survived by her two sons, Robert E. (Stephanie) Spicer and Rex (Sarah) Spicer, all of Atmore; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Delbert Redditt and Rev. Tim Hawsey officiating.

Burial was at Serenity Gardens Cemetery.

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

Berman Franklin Leonard, Jr.

June 15, 2016

Mr. Berman Franklin Leonard, Jr., 56, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in Milton.

Mr. Leonard was a native and former resident of Atmore and had resided in Milton for the past year. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Carrie Leonard and his grandparents.

He is survived by his two brothers, Steve (B.B) Leonard and Mike Leonard, all of Century; one sister, Regina (Jeff) Ogden of Pace; one aunt, Lucille Sells of Atmore; two nephews, Curtis Ogden of Pace and Rocky Hadley of Perdido; and one niece, Stacey and Blake of Pace.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 3 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Ward officiating.

Burial will follow at the Judson Creek Indian Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 1 p.m. until service time at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Chuck Gainy, Tyler Hobbs, Johnny Nance, David Zornes, Billy Bennett and Gary Valasquez.

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

Lena Mae Richardson

June 15, 2016

Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Mae Richardson, 94, of Walnut Hill, will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Longmire-Jones Memorial Chapel of Turner Funeral Chapel with Rev. Willie White officiating.

Retirement of her remains will be next to her husband in Bethany Church Cemetery in Burnt Corn, AL.

Public viewing will be Friday, June 17, 2016, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home with Turner Funeral Chapel directing.

Russell Francis Anderson

June 15, 2016

Russell Francis Anderson “slipped the surly bonds of earth” on June 10, 2016. He was born on June 27, 1929 in Baltimore, MD, to J. Fred and Loretta (Wind) Anderson. He was the youngest of six children. In 1948 Russ enlisted in the Navy, retiring as a Master Chief in 1974, after serving in Alaska, Japan, Virginia, Turkey, Cyprus and Hawaii. Following his naval career, Russ pursued many interests including acquiring an associate’s degree in accounting and having his own accounting business for several years. During this time he became an active runner and completed several marathons. Russ married Judith (Wells-Evans) in 1960 and together they raised Kimberly (David) Waters.

He is predeceased by his parents; two brothers; and three sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years; daughter and son-in- law; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Gonzalez United Methodist Church.

Interment will be on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 10:15 am at Barrancas National Cemetery. Procession to start at Faith Chapel North at 9:30 am.

The family expresses deep appreciation to the care givers at The Waterford/Creekside and the Covenant Hospice nurses.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gonzalez United Methodist Church Debt Reduction or Covenant Alzheimer’s Services located at 5041 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL, 32504.

Arrangements handled by Faith Chapel North.

Wiley T. Byrd, II

June 12, 2016

Wiley T. “Buddy” Byrd II, of Westville, died Saturday, June 11, 2016, at his residence in Westville.

Wiley was a native of Pensacola and graduated from Ernest Ward High School, Class of 1966. He later served in the U.S. Air Force in Germany for three years but lived most of his life in Marianna. Buddy was a member of Annie Jones United Methodist Church in Walnut Hill. He loved the rodeo life, was an avid cowboy and loved animals.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Wiley T. and Helen Rankin Byrd.

Survivors include his son, Wiley T. “Johnny” Byrd, III of Devine TX; three daughters, Deana Coursey (Jac) of Dahlonega, GA, Jennifer Carstens (Eric) of Dayton, Ohio, and Anneke Tschirhart (Jody) of Devine, TX; three sisters, Wanetta A. McGinty (Thomas) of Walnut Hill, E. La Vonne Swindle (Danny) of Pensacola, and Rhonda K. Byrd-Lee (Bud), of Westville; one brother, Steven L. Byrd (Sue), of Walnut Hill; eight grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Walnut Hill at Annie Jones United Methodist Church with Danny Swindle officiating.

Interment will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel of Marianna directing.

Celest Nelson Spears

June 9, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Celest Nelson Spears went to be with the Lord.

Celest was born November 4, 1940, in Pensacola. She was the daughter of William and Missouri Nelson. She graduated from Tate High School in 1958.

Celest is survived by her husband of 34 years, Herschell; brother, Donald (Janette) Nelson; sons, Rubin Holley of Lauderhill, FL; James (Maggie) Holley of Fayetteville, NC; step-son, Brad (Christine) Spears of Milton; step-daughter, Glenna (Ronald) Shephard of Opelika, AL;and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Lewis Funeral Home Pace Chapel.

Burial was in Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery in Chumuckla.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in Celest’s name to St. Jude’s Hospital, online at, or by mail to: St Jude, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Ether Oline Kilcrease

June 9, 2016

Mrs. Ether Oline Kilcrease, 102, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Atmore.

Mrs. Kilcrease was a native of Brantley, AL and was a resident of the Valley Grove Community in Opp, AL, and had resided in Atmore for the past 10 years. She was a member of the Sweet Home Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Jerry M. Kilcrease; one son, John Thomas Kilcrease; and one daughter, Lenora Bell.

She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Kilcrease of Perdido, AL and Jerry L. Kilcrease of Brewton, AL; one sister, Rev. Verna Lee Phillips of East Brewton; and 16 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Sweet Home Baptist Church in Opp, AL with Rev. Edward Russell officiating.

Burial will be at the Mt. Gillard Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, June 10, 2016, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jerry William Kilcrease, Woody Leon Kilcrease, Jimmy Keith Kilcrease, Jamie Lea Kilcrease, John Kilcrease, Mike Hollinghead, Greg Hollinghead and Steven Hollinghead.

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

Bernice Jane Ashcraft

June 7, 2016

Bernice Jane Ashcraft, 85 of Atmore, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016, at her residence. She was a homemaker. She was born in Atmore on November 21, 1930, to the late Ennie Smith.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William H. Ashcraft; her mother, Ennie Mitchell; and siblings, Bill Lofton and Junior Mitchell.

Survivors include one son, Ricky Ashcraft and one daughter, Jill Ashcraft, both of Atmore; two grandchildren, Amanda Ashcraft and John Ashcraft; and one great-grandchild, Tykenya Ashcraft.

Services were held Monday, June 6, 2016, from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment was in Pleasant Grove Baptist Cemetery.

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

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