Marilyn Dianne Davis Rice

January 21, 2014

Marilyn Dianne Davis Rice, 57, passed away January 20, 2014, in Gainesville, FL. She was a lifetime resident of Century and a charter member of Faith Bible Baptist Church in Century. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband James L. (Jim) Rice; her godly parents, Willie and Geraldine Davis; grandparents, John and Katie Henderson, Thelma Weaver; and niece, Jeri Dense Davis. She had a special love for children and babysat from her home. She always put others first and would help someone in need. We will miss her and we will never forget her beautiful face.

She is survived by her children, Derek (Casey) Rice and Whitney (Timothy) Dunsford all of Century; grandchildren, Zoey Dunsford, Chandler, Braiden, Mary Grace, Adam, Madison and Cooper Rice; sisters, Jackie (Jason) Thomas of Jay and Susan (Daniel) Macks of McKenzie, AL; brothers, Billy (Karen) Davis and Keith Davis both of Century; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.

Marilyn was a loving mother, wonderful sister, a great daughter and a caring friend.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 11 a.m. from the Faith Bible Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Dunsford officiating.

Burial will follow in Byrneville Methodist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. until service time at Faith Bible Baptist Church.

Donations can be made to the Marilyn Rice memorial fund at United Bank in Flomaton.

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

Nicholas “Nick” Aaron Rolin

January 21, 2014

Mr. Nicholas “Nick” Aaron Rolin, 22, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2014, in Atmore.

Mr. Rolin was a native and lifelong resident of Perdido. Mr. Rolin was happy and he never met a stranger. His grandparents, Carlis & Beulah Johnson and Charles Rolin precede him in death.

He is survived by his father and mother, Danny & Pat Rolin of Perdido; one daughter, Autum Hastings of Nokomis, AL; two brothers, Brandon (Donyel) Rolin of Perdido and Patrick Rolin, all of Perdido; one sister, Kimberly (Kevin) Douglas of Lake City, FL; grandmother, Betty Rolin of Atmore; one aunt, Melinda (Dennis) Ferrell of Rabun; three uncles, Mickey (Gena) Johnson of Perdido, John Paul (Chea) Johnson of Bay Minette and Charles Edward Rolin of Monroeville; special great-aunt, Annette McCreary of Daphne; one niece, Madyson Rolin of Perdido; three nephews, Peyton Rolin, Hunter Ganey and Cameron Ganey all of Perdido; Jodi Vinson Stewart and very special cousins, Jessica Ferrell, Logan Ferrell, Hunter Johnson, John Taylor Johnson, Haley Johnson Dillon Johnson and Teri Tolbert.

Funeral services will be Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Reo Pugh and Sis. Helen Stewart officiating.

Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Petty- Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Rolin, Patrick Rolin, Dywayne Hadley, Justin Johnson, Willie Hall, Charles Thomas Rolin, Josh Plant and Rolando Martinez.

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

Bernice Rowell

January 19, 2014

Bernice Rowell, age 98 of Jay, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Milton. A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014, at Jay Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at Berrydale Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Fidelis Cemetery.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Larry S. Mathis

January 18, 2014

On Sunday, December 15, 2013, Larry S. Mathis passed away in St. Thomas, VI.  Larry was a native of Century; born on January 11, 1949. He attended Century High School where he excelled in sports and set many records for the school.  He was a member of the graduating class of 1967 and he went on to attend and play football for the University of West Alabama in Livingston, AL.  In his class annual, the most written about by his friends was “He had a great smile.” And he did! His smile and laughter was contagious!

After college, Larry returned to Century to work with his dad, Noah Mathis, in the construction business.  Mathis Development was formed and Larry had a knack for learning the construction side of the business.  He was a heavy equipment operator until his dad retired.  He went on to work for several companies as an operator in Tennessee and in Miami, and then in 1995, after Hurricane Marilyn, he took a job working for a company in the Virgin Islands. His current job was with G.E.C. Company operating a 90 ton friction crane based out of the Virgin Islands. The owner had seen his work on another job and wanted to hire him on the spot.  Larry told him once he finished the current job, GEC could hire him. Within a few weeks, he was working for GEC and had mastered the crane.  The company owners said that they had never seen anyone learn so quickly and have such a great work ethic like Larry. He continued working on various islands for GEC during the past 19 years.

While living in St. Thomas, he met and married Mari Hamer on January 9, 1999 in a ceremony overlooking the beautiful scenery of the island. Larry & Mari loved the ocean and the sun: living in the peaceful serene setting in St. Thomas suited them.  His wish to Mari was that he be cremated and ashes spread on the island; a place that he loved and now he called home. Mari will fulfill this wish with friends at a later date.

Larry was a workaholic, loved to garden and work on his boat. He was always busy working on something unless he was watching football.  He was a Crimson Tide fan and wore a ‘Bama hat proudly to work everyday.  As the days go by, he has been and will be forever missed by his family and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Mathis, Sr, and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Moore. He is survived by his wife, Mari Mathis of St. Thomas; his parents, Noah and Chiquita Mathis of Century; three sisters, Betty Jackson, Judy Dunsford and June Thompson; also Scott Moore, Jimmie Moore and Brandon Mathis and his beloved pet dogs, Braveheart and Gidget.

A memorial service will be held at Hudson’s located at 7241 N. Century Blvd in Century, on Monday, January 27, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Carlos J. Morris

January 16, 2014

Carlos J. Morris, age 70, of Jay passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Jay. Carlos was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed arranging flowers. He also loved his two dogs, Tooey and Bear. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emory and Irene Morris.

Carlos is survived by his loving wife, Marie Stacey Morris; sisters, Mae (Melvin) Lowery, and Margie (Orrell) Spears; in-laws, Mrs. Evelyn Simmons, and Mr. and Mrs. Holice Stacey; sisters-in-law, Louise (Bennie) Godwin and Shirley (Wayne) Allen; brother-in-law, Holice (Karen) Stacey; special nieces, Nelda Rogers and Sandy Cox; special nephews, Ricky Lowery, Gregory Spears, and Jeremy Word; two special cousins, Melvin (Bobby Jean) Langham and Leon (Barbara) Carnley; two special dogs, Tooey and Bear and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A visitation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Jay Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Jay Funeral Home with Brother Bobby Carnley officiating services.

Burial will follow at Cora Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Greg Spears, Tommy Cox, Wayne Allen, Mike Rogers, Greg Brown, and Pedro Hopkins.

Honorary pallbearers are William Lowery, Milton Lowery, Ricky Lowery, Curtis Wiggins, and Gene Wiggins.

The family would like to thank Dr. El-Sayeh and LeeAnn for all their care and support.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Glenda Harigel Gulsby

January 16, 2014

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, Glenda Harigel Gulsby, died at home, surrounded by family. Born in Pensacola on April 23, 1942, Glenda lived in Molino her entire life. She graduated from J. M. Tate High School in 1960. She was a very talented pianist who began playing before the age of 12; loved to teach music and throughout the years was the pianist for Highland Baptist Church, Pugh’s Chapel Assembly of God Church and Bay Springs Full Gospel Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Clarence Bill Gulsby, Sr.; her parents, Vincent and Ethel (Hanks) Harigel; brothers, Fred Harigel., Richard and V.J.; granddaughter, Shana Marie Sanders.

Glenda is survived by her daughter, Sue (Dennis) Garrett; sons, Bill (Debbie) Gulsby; Wayne (Abbie) Gulsby; grandchildren, Susan Wyse-Wright; Cassey Gulsby (Steve) Surles; Dellaina Gulsby (Sean O’Donovan) Jordan and Aaron (Meighan) Gulsby; great-grandchildren, Lyndzi Wright; Aubree Jordan; Jase O’Donovan; Lane Surles and Gabe Rhea. She is also survived by seven step-grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; her sister, Judy Harigel Herring; her aunt, Marnelle (Wesley) Weekley; her uncle, J.D. (Lettie) Hanks; and many nieces and nephews.

She loved and adored her family as much as life itself, enjoyed playing the piano and organ and loved reading.

The family wishes to thank Covenant Hospice, and especially Glenda’s nurses, Patti, Trish, Amanda and Sunday; Dr. Thomas Messe, M.D.; Dr. Henry W. Langhorne, III, Cardiologist; and Dr. Thabet Alsheikh, Cardiologist; Baptist Home Health Care, and especially Brandon and Sara.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home, 1000 Hwy 29, Cantonment, with Rev. Ken Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Oliver Pugh Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Herring, Sean Harigel, Shane Harigel, Jerry Gulsby, Alan Gulsby and Frank Gulsby. Honorary pallbearers will be Wendell Hall, Dennis Rigby, Harold Holder, Gene Valentino, Wilson Robertson, Jonnie Gibson and Kevin Biggs.

The family will receive friends at Faith Chapel North from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 17.

Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice, 6479 Caroline St., Milton, FL 32570.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home, 1000 Hwy 29 S, Cantonment, is in charge of arrangements.

Douglas Glen “Bubba” Pierce

January 15, 2014

Douglas Glen “Bubba” Pierce, age 49, of Cantonment, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014, from a lifelong battle with chronic asthma. He was born to Glenn R. and Dell Pierce of Molino.

Glen spent his career as a truck driver using the trucker handle “lightening”. He loved to sing, play music and fish during his time off from work.

Glen is survived by his wife, Becky Pierce of Cantonment; son, Daniel (Kelly) Pierce; daughter, Heather Pierce (Steven) Moize; sisters, Lisa Gollub and Glenda “Coco” (James) Goundas; step-daughters, Kim and Kerry Weekley; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Visitation will take place Thursday, January 16, 2014, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North.

Services will be held Friday, January 17, 2014, at 1:15 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Pastor Gene Hudson officiating. Interment to follow at Pineville Cemetery in Walnut Hill.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is entrusted with the arrangements.

Charles Kevin Ware

January 15, 2014

Charles Kevin Ware, age 43, passed away Tuesday January 14, 2014, in Atmore after a battle with cancer. Kevin was a resident of Vinegar Bend, AL, and had previously resided in Atmore and Ft. Walton Beach. He  and his wife had owned and operated the Gulf Coast Painting Company in Gulf Shores. He was also a coin dealer and an avid coin collector.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Warren and Hermione Ware of   Atmore and Braxton and Anzelene Stringer of Tampa.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Tracey Wooten Ware; two daughters, Taylor and Courtney Ware; parents, Charles Ware of Atmore and Sandra Walters of  Tampa; aunt, Janice Ware of Atmore and great aunts and uncles, Leah Ware Trawick of Milton Herman (Buddie) and Ethel Lowery of Pensacola, Ralph and Barbara Stephens of Tampa, and Fred and Sylvia Witty of Tampa.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Johnson- Quimby Funeral Home Chapel in Atmore with Rev. Dale H. Vining, Jr. officiating. The  family will receive friends at 1 p.m. until the service time at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

The family has requested that those who wish can make a donation to the American Cancer Society, in Kevin’s memory, in lieu of flowers.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jeanette Carnley

January 15, 2014

Jeanette Carnley, 83, of Pensacola, went to be with her Heavenly Father on January 15, 2014. Jeanette was born in McCullough, AL, to Asa and Evie Wiggins. She was known and loved by many as Mama Carnley from Carnley’s Bar-B-Que where they raised their family of eight children. To have known Mama Carnley, was to love her.

Jeanette is preceded in death by her husband, Leanell Carnley; son, Gary Leanell Carnley; daughter, Brenda Blackmon; a special friend, Larry Averett and many other family members.

Jeanette is survived by Darlene (Tommy) Havard, Diane (Jerry) Gay, Sue Wyatt, Sheila Carnley, Deborah (Jay) Davis, Sharon (Harry) Creger, Wayne Blackmon and Charlotte (Larry) Dennis.

Jeanette had 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; brother, Roger (Carol) Wiggins and sister, Laura Richburg.

Visitation will be held at Faith Chapel North Funeral Home Saturday, January 18, 2014, from noon until 1:00 p.m. with a funeral service immediately following at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Gene Hudson and Reverend Jason Adams officiating. Interment will take place at Highland Baptist Church Cemetery in Molino.

Faith Chapel Funderal Home, 1000 Hwy 29 S, Cantonment, is in charge of arrangements.

Lorraine Gudrun Brown

January 15, 2014

Mrs. Lorraine Gudrun Brown, 63, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014, in Eight Mile, AL.

Mrs. Brown was a native of Cobleskill, NY, and has resided in Perdido, AL, for the past 20 years. Mrs. Brown was an avid reader, writer, knitter and crafts person. Her parents, John and Eleanor Brown, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her four sons, Derek (Cathy) Larkin of Perdido, AL, Shane (Sandra) Brown of Foley, Joshua (Tamara) Law of Pensacola, and Brion (Heaven) Hillman of Bay Minette; one brother, Russell Brown of Atmore; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Friday, January 17, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Sis. Wanda Hadley officiating.

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

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