David R. Mathis

June 20, 2013

David R. Mathis (Pops), age 66, entered into Heaven on June 18, 2013, after a courageous battle against cancer. He was born June 26, 1946, to Ernest and Blanche Mathis in Milton, Florida. He attended “The Church” under Pastors Scott and Melissa Evans. Pops spent the majority of his adulthood in Pensacola and Jay. He graduated from Escambia High and Pensacola Junior College. After a brief service in the Navy Reserves, he was employed at Chemstrand/Monsanto/Solutia and retired after 37 years, where he was given numerous awards.

However, Pops real loves were his family, coaching baseball, and fishing. He volunteered and coached numerous baseball and All-star teams in West Pensacola, Brent, Flomaton, and Jay ballparks for numerous years. When he wasn’t coaching, you could find him fishing at any of the local piers with family and friends. Pops was an amazing, devoted, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and coach. His family was his life. He and his wife, Pam were not only devoted to their own boys, but opened their home to several others that needed a place until they could get on their feet. Pops also provided love and guidance to numerous children that needed a father figure. His heart was so big that he could love many as his own.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Blanche Mathis; brother, Joseph E. Mathis; and in-laws, Ralph and Jean Zinn.

He is survived by his “rock” and wife of 37 years, Pamela S. Mathis; sons Jimmie R. Colley II (Jennifer), David W. Mathis (Wendi), and Matthew W. Mathis (Misty); 13 grandchildren, Jimmie (Monk), Josh, Alex, Amber, Samantha, Hunter Alan, Kyrsten, Hunter Keith, Sara, Madison, Elisha, Mason, and Isaiah; sister, Barbara Thomas (Robert); brother, Jackie Mathis (Liz); brother-in-law, Ralph M. Zinn (Angie); sister-in-laws, Katie Mathis, Barbara Donohoe (Michael), and Cynthia Sublett (Chuck); aunts, Jeanette Flagler (Howard), and Virginia Stryker; extended children Scott and Melissa Evans and children, Randy and Mary Nelson and daughters, Anne Parker and children and numerous other kids, nephews, and nieces.

Pallbearers will be Jimmie R. Colley III (Monk), Joshua S. Shelton, Hunter A. Colley, Joseph Mathis, Robert Thomas, and Nathan Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers will be T. Alexander Hatfield, John Hawthorne, Bradley Jackson, and Randy Nelson.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 21, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Jay Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Jay Funeral Home with Pastor Jimmie Ray Colley II officiating services. Burial will follow at Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lee Robertson Hayles

June 20, 2013

Mr. Lee Robertson Hayles, 69, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Bay Minette.

Mr. Hayles was a native and former resident of Uriah and has resided in Bay Minette for the past 15 years. Mr. Hayles was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Myrtle Hayles and one sister, Mary Ann Moye.

He is survived by one daughter, Patricia Jane Hayles of Pace; two brothers, Henry (Donna) Hayles of Leeds, AL and Marvin Hayles Jr. of Bay Minette; two sisters, Pat (Barney) Singleton of Atmore, and Myrtle Jean (Marion) Trawick of Atmore.

Funeral services will be Friday, June 21, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Glenn Weber officiating.

Burial will follow at the Uriah Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 2013 from 2 p.m. until funeral time at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Upton, Luther Upton, Robert Zuniger, Ed Hayles, Tommy Hayles, Robbie Hayles, Tommy Ashcraft and Tarrell Singleton.

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

John Kimbrough

June 16, 2013

John Kimbrough, 68, of McDavid  was called home suddenly on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

John was united with the New Regeneration Holiness Church under the leadership of the late Chief Apostle Cleveland L. Salter.

He was a well known master carpenter in Century and the surrounding area.

His father, mother and one brother preceded him in death.

He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted and loving wife, Addie M. Kimbrough of McDavid; one son, Johnathon (Kendra) Kimbrough of Allentown; one step-son, Aubrey Odom, Jr. of Hinesville, GA; one grandson, Lucas Kimbrough of Chumuckla; three brothers, Billy (Paula) and Jimmy (Elaine) Kimbrough, both of Chumuckla  and Atwood (Sandra) Kimbrough of Milton; two sisters, Carol (Floyd) Griffin and Bonnie Holt, both of Baker; two brothers-in-law, Frank (Charlotte) Johnson of Raeford, NC and Christopher (Lisa) Johnson of Nashville, TN; four sisters-in-law, Gwen Odom, Angela Johnson and Sandra (Juan) Andrews, all of Pensacola and Tammy Wright of Atmore; mother-in-law, Pastor Lucille Taylor of San Diego; special cousins, C.R. Cook and Mildred Salter; and family and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and the entire New Regeneration Holiness Church.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at the Century Agriculture Building, located at 111 West Highway 4 Century  with Pastor Shirley Coleman officiating.

Mayberry Funeral Home is in charge of the service.

Billy Glen Thomas

June 16, 2013

Mr. Billy Glen Thomas, 61, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Perdido.

Mr. Thomas was a native of Bay Minette and a resident of Perdido for most of his life. Mr. Thomas was an avid deer, coon hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors, horseman and dogs.

He is survived by wife, Elaine Thomas of Perdido; five sons, Billy Randall Thomas of Olla, LA, Tommy Glen Thomas of Bay Minette, Al Clifton Thomas of Greenville, AL, Marion Shane Thomas of Olla, LA and Phillip Bradley Thomas of Rome, GA; two daughters, Daphne Deason of Houston, TX and Hannah Dean of Mobile; one sister, Betty Perry of Bay Minette; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Sis. Helen Stewart and Rev. Joe Welch officiating.

Burial will follow at the Bryars-McGill Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 19, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Bill Hadley, Danny Hadley, Randy Hadley, Danny “Boy” Hadley, Larry Williams and Monty Wilson.

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

Everett Lewis “Buck” Jarman

June 14, 2013

Everett Lewis “Buck” Jarman, 74, of Atmore, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013 in,Pensacola. He was born on April 19, 1939, in Mobile to the late Clinton L. and Leona Laurendine Jarman. He was a commercial truck driver and served in the United States Marine Corp. He was an avid University of Alabama football fan.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ms. Bonnie Jarman; brother, Thomas Clinton Jarman; and sister, Lavenia Davis.

He is survived by his son, Les (Leslie) Jarman of Foley; two daughters, Roxie (Harold) Pearson of Atmore and Diana Hirota of Mesa, AZ; three sisters, Charlene (Dennis) Wagahoff of Indianapolis, IN,  Sara (Red) Crawford of Tucson, AZ and Carolyn (Lewis) Lang of Portland, OR; three grandchildren, Brianna Pearson, Kyleigh Macks, and Tyler Jarman.

Funeral services will be Monday, June 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Alan Harp officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Seth Smith, Jonathon Frost, Dennis Wagahoff, Billy Aaron, Les Jarman and Harold Pearson.

Family will receive friends, Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

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

Thelma Phillips

June 14, 2013

Thelma Phillips of Berrydale passed away peacefully on June 11, 2013.

Thelma was a life long resident of Berrydale and grew up with many brothers and sisters on her parent’s farm. She learned the value of work at a young age as the entire family picked cotton and peanuts by hand, long before the use of mechanized farming equipment became widespread.

She met her childhood sweetheart Howard, while they both attended Fidelis School in the 1940’s. They married on April 26, 1946, and celebrated many wonderful years together until his death in 2009. She began working at the Chemstrand plant which later became the Monsanto Corporation. Her husband, a firm believer in education, convinced her to attend Troy Teacher’s College in Alabama while he continued to work. She lived in the dormitory but always tried to commute back home to Berrydale every weekend.

Thelma graduated from Troy with a Bachelors degree in education and began teaching in Harold school located in Harold, Florida for a short time. Later she transferred to Fidelis School where she taught fifth grade for more than 20 years. Often she taught generations of the same family over the years. One of her greatest joys in life was teaching students and she never failed to remember everyone. When Fidelis was closed she transferred to Jay and taught for 2 years until her retirement in 1987.

She enjoyed many happy years in retirement and spent time with her family and friends but never forgot her students. Often times many would drop by her house years after leaving Fidelis to visit. She also loved to crochet and made many afghans and hats which she donated to the Sacred Heart Cancer Center.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, Alva and Bertie Phillips; her husband Howard Phillips; an infant son, Laney Howard Phillips; sisters, Louise Freels and Catherine Davis; and brother, Neal Phillips.

She is survived by her son Michael (Rosie) Phillips; sister, Rochelle (Wayne) Brown; and brothers, William E. Phillips, Cecil (Margaret) Phillips, Joe Phillips and Lloyd Phillips.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 13, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Jay Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 14, at Jay Funeral Home with Pastor Donald Endress officiating services. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery.

The family would like thank the entire staff at Specialty select hospital; most especially the ICU nurses Wendy, Stacy and Josh who were so kind and provided not only expert care for Thelma but also provided encouragement to the family during this difficult time.

Joyce Marie Watkins

June 14, 2013

Mrs. Joyce Marie Watkins, 70, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Atmore.

Mrs. Watkins was a native of Goodway, AL and a resident of Atmore for most of her life. Mrs. Watkins was a long time employee at Buy-Rite Drugs. She attended the Presley Street Baptist Church. Her parents, Ned & Ida Mae Womack; two brothers, Raymond Womack and R.B. Womack; and one sister, Ella V. Page precede her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Watkins of Atmore; two daughters, Brenda Smith of Fairhope and Sonya (Rob) Ellis of Atmore; and one grandchild, Rachel (Rob) Lindell of Bay Minette.

Funeral services will be Sunday, June 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Grindle officiating.

Burial will follow at the Serenity Garden Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 15, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Rob Lindell, Heron Pete, Jerry Page, Jimmy Womack, Phillip Watkins and Cecil Ellis.

Contributions can be made to the Presley Street Baptist Church Memorial Fund or The Escambia County Humane Society.

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

Billy Eugene Allen

June 13, 2013

Billy was one of six boys born to Rufus and Mattie Lou Allen. God called him home suddenly on Wednesday, June 11, 2013. He graduated from Tate High School in 1964, attended Pensacola Jr. College until he joined the United States Air Force. He remained in the Air Force for six years and worked as a Radar Specialist until an auto accident forced him to medically retire. Billy was a lifelong member of Highland Baptist Church. His hobby was helping everyone in the neighborhood. He liked going for long walks and sleeping in a nice shade.

He was preceded in death by both his father and his mother.

He leaves behind his brothers, Shirley Ray (Freda) of Timpson, TX, Douglas (Joan), Donald, David (Teresa) of Pine Barren, FL and Glenn (Mickey) of Molino, FL. More nieces and nephews than you can count and many many friends who will miss him dearly. Although our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

A military honors memorial service will be held for Billy on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Pastor Pamela Avery officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Billy’s name to Highland Baptist Church would be greatly appreciated.

Mary Leona Davis Jones

June 13, 2013

Mary Leona Davis Jones, age 89, passed away June 10, 2013 after a lengthy battle with leukemia.

Leona was predeceased in death by her husband of 52 years, Archie Eugene Jones; her parents, Jasper Homer Davis and Nellie Dove Davis; her sister, Betty Purvis and brothers, Jasper Davis and Raymond Davis.

She is survived by her daughters, Joyce (Jim) Moore of Dothan, AL , Linda (Ottoway) Fillingim of Cantonment, and Joan (Bob) Ratcliff of Franklin, TN; by her grandchildren, Tim (Sara) Moore, Wesley (Deepa) Moore, Todd (Paige) Fillingim, Emily (John) Skaggs, Arden Ratcliff and Walter Ratcliff; by her great-grandchild, Marshall Skaggs; by her sister Eleanor Stabler; by her brothers, Calvin Davis, Johnnie Davis, Bobbie Davis and Jimmie Davis; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Mike Adkisson, Terry Anderson, Tom Fillingim, Ricky Skaggs, Eddie Tisdale and Lamar Wiggins.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 12th, from 5-7 p.m. at Faith Chapel North Funeral Home. The funeral will be held Thursday, June 13th, 10:00 a.m.. at Faith Chapel North Funeral Home in Cantonment, with Dr. Will Stone officiating. Burial will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Cantonment Building Fund – 118 Morris Ave. Cantonment, FL 32533.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of all arrangments.

Mildred J. Morris

June 12, 2013

Mrs. Mildred J. Morris of Atmore died June 8, 2013, in Atmore.

Mildred Jackson Morris was the daughter of the late Mr. Henry and Mary Alice Jackson. She was born March 28, 1953, in Blacksher. She went to Escambia County Training School and resided in Atmore as a homemaker. She accepted Christ in her life at an early age. During her life time she uses to sing with a gospel group called the Royal Silverstones and had a voice that was out of this world.

Her husband, Mr. William Morris; her parents, Mr. Hnery and Mary Alice Jackson; sisters, Lou-vet Jackson (Jessie Mae), Emma Lee Howard, Rosie Marie Jackson; one brother, Mr. Henry Jackson; and one nephew, Mr. Marvin Jackson preceded her in death.

Those who shared her life and cherish her memories are two sisters, Velma (Guy) Wilkins, of New York City and Martha (Orbie) Henderson of Atmore; one brother, George (Aurelia) Jackson of Atmore; nephews, Ricky (Ansley) Howard of Atlanta, Charles (Alisha) Howard of Evansville, Ind., Wayne (Diane) Howard of Atmore, Labarron (Anna) Finklea of Atlanta, Darnell Jackson of Evansville, Ind., Demetric Henderson of Huntsville, Ivan Jackson of Atmore, Da Johsn, De’Andra and T.J., all, of Atmore and Chris Simpson of Korea; nieces, Sharon Jackson, Nedra Henderson, both of Atmore, Valeria Brown of Atlanta, and Sonya Spencer of Mississippi; granddaughter, Brandie Webb; special friends, Gerald Bynum, Kendrell Finklea, Dianee, Jeffery, Mammie Nelson Lewsi, Michael Wilson, Shirley Richardson, Tonita Willie, Linda Elliot and Freddrick Williams; very special nieces, Mariah Leslie, La’Asia Henderson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Ivan Jackson, Darnell Jackson, Jeffery Wilson, Charles Howard, Wayne Howard, Freddrick Williams, Demetric Henderson and Rico Stallworth. Flower bearers will be family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m .Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Elbethel Holiness Church. Interment will be held in Stallworth Cemetery.

Christian Memorial Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

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