Johnie Douglas Lowry

May 8, 2013

Johnie Douglas Lowry, a life-long resident of Jay, went to be with his Heavenly Father, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. He was born January 17,1937, in Jay. He attended Cornerstone Christian Church in Jay. He was a dedicated employee at Monsanto Corporation for 35 years. After retirement John and Juanita enjoyed many years at their lake house on Weiss Lake in North Alabama. He was talented in many aspects of life, always looking forward to a new project. He loved fishing , gardening and traveling. John devoted much of his time and energy to his grandchildren who he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H.H. Lowry Sr. and Cassie Morris Lowry; brothers, Clifton Lowry Sr. and Jesse B. “Boss” Lowry.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Juanita G. Lowry; daughters; Cathy (Daniel) Golden, Donna Kay (Joe) McCurdy, Misty (Derek) Bray; grandchildren, Ciara, Caristyn, and John Daniel Golden; Laura (Lance) Bird, Madison McCurdy; Jordan and Makenzie Bray; brothers, H.H. Jr. (Betty) Lowry, Nathan(Glenda) Lowry, Sammy (Jeanette) Lowry, Curt (Lavelle) Lowry, Travis (Charlotte) Lowry, Frank (Melinda) Lowry; sisters, Martha (Bobby) Boutwell, Sandra Holt, Elaine (Tim) Fendley, Mary (Sammy) Beasley, Debbie (David) Walther and sister-in-law’s, Jeanette Salter Lowry and Doris Lowry.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Cornerstone Christian Church in Jay,with Bro. Fredrick Barrow and Bro. Howard Henry officiating. Burial will follow at Cora Baptist Church Cemetery in Jay.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Cornerstone Christian Church.

Active pallbearers will be Joe McCurdy, Derek Bray, John Daniel Golden, Lance Bird, David Walther and Henry Lowry.

Honorary pallbearers will be his brothers, sisters and nephew, Clifton Lowry Jr.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the caregivers at Century Care Center who so diligently cared for our loved one.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Eugene McCurry

May 7, 2013

Mr. Kenneth Eugene McCurry, age 66, of Century, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at his home in Century after a lengthy illness.

Mr. McCurry was a native of Johnson City, TN and had been a resident of Century since 1996 coming from Erwin, TN. He worked as a self-employed electrician and had served in the United States Army. Mr. McCurry was a member of Century United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ann Brooks McCurry of Century; son, Willie (Robin) McCurry of Erwin, TN; step-sons, James Brooks of Clearwater, FL and David Brooks of Crestview; step-daughter, Elizabeth (Harlie) Dockens of Enterprise, AL; brother, William McCurry of Reno, NV; sisters, Mildred Greenwell and Kaye Counts, both of Erwin, TN; eight grandchildren, Justin, Zack, Brittany, Delaney, Sarah, Brooke, Bailey and Emily.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Century United Methodist Church with Rev . Janet Lee officiating.

Pallbearers will be James Brooks, David Brooks, Harlie Dockens, Willie McCurry, Durwood Smith and Jerry Sanders.

Interment will be in McCurdy Cemetery in Century.

Flomaton Funeral Home is directing.

Grady Earl Carden

May 7, 2013

Mr. Grady Earl Carden, age 89, of Tractor Trail Road in Jay, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013, at his residence after a brief illness.

Mr. Carden was a native of Phil Campbell, Alabama and a former resident of Brewton and Pollard before moving to Jay six and a half years ago. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Navy and served for two years. He then attended Larkins Business School and received his accounting degree. He went to work at St. Regis Paper Company for two years before transferring to Container Corporation in 1952. Mr. Carden retired from Container in 1983 and started Carden Straw Company in 1984 and retired in 2005.

He married Lillie Ruth Reaves in 1950 and was married for 52 years before she passed away in 2001. He was a member of the Berrydale Baptist Church.

Surivors include his daughter, Toni Grissett of Brewton; step-daughters, Beverly Fields of Pace and Patsy (Mike) Scott of Jay; sisters, Myrtle Campbell of Pace, Roberta Black of Flomaton, and Marie Sprinkle of Saraland, three grandchildren, Candace (Jeff) Lee, Tyler (Rebecca) Grissett, and Skyler Grissett; three great-grandchildren, Breanna, Chloe and Jeffrey Lee; five step-granddaughters and nine step great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Lillie Ruth Reaves Carden; wife of seven years, Margaret Huey Carden; and daughter, Debbie Carden.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 7, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Craver’s Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mr. Grady Earl Carden will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Gandy officiating.

Active pallbearers are Tommy Hall, Leo James, Shane Buckey, Lewie T. Smith, Jack Floyd and Ralph Hayes.

Honorary pallbearers are Durwood Williamson, Glen McCurdy, Doug McCurdy, Eugene McCurdy, Robert Carden, and Anthony Black.

Interment will follow in Pollard Cemetery with Craver’s Funeral Home Inc., of Brewton directing.

Bettie Elaine Wells Hall

May 7, 2013

Bettie Elaine Wells Hall, 63, of Perdido, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013, in Bay Minette. She was a retired License Practical Nurse. She was born in Bay Minette on November 16, 1949 to the late Walter Q. and Katie Lou Williamson Wells. She enjoyed photography and loved to help others. She was a member of Pleasant Plains Splinter Hill Pentacostal Church.

Survivors include her husband, Clifford P. Hall, Sr; one son, C.P. Hall, Jr. all of Perdido; one brother, William Walter (Maggie) Wells of Perdido; one sister, Jean Wells; three grandchildren, Claryssia Hall, Collin Hall and Colton Hall and many other relatives and friends.

Services will be Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. from Atmore Memorial Chapel with Reverend Angelo Thomley and Sister Thursa Long officiating.

Interment will follow in Bryars McGill Cemetery in Perdido.

Family will receive friends Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Atmore Memorial Chapel from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc and Atmore Memorial Chapel are in charge of all arrangements.

Lois G. Cleaveland

May 7, 2013

Lois G. Cleaveland , age 98,  a resident of Foley, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Robertsdale Healthcare Center after a brief illness with breast cancer. Mrs Cleaveland was born in Irwin, Iowa on November  23, 1914, to Minor and Grace Munson. She graduated from Irwin High School, married her high school sweetheart, Lyle, then drove his grandparents to Foley for  the winter, and the young couple stayed.

In the early years of their marriage, Mrs. Cleaveland worked as an operator for Gulf Telephone Company. Later, she and her husband purchased Perfection Nursery and managed this business for several years. Mrs. Cleaveland may best be remembered as the “Lady that ran the school store” for the Old Foley High on Pine Street. In 1952 Mrs. Cleaveland became an active member of Foley United Methodist Church until she was no longer able to attend.

Mrs. Cleaveland was preceded in death by her husband , Lyle; her son Fred Lyle, Jr.; and infant grandson, Nathan.

She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie (Jim) Donaldson of Foley and Gay (Bennie) Hassebrock of Molino; six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great- great grandchild. Other survivors include seven nieces and nephews and their extended families and two special friends, Marion “Mims” Asplund and Walter Jones.

Visitation will be at Wolfe-Bayview Home in Foley on Wednesday, May 8 2013, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Graveside services will be Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Pine Rest Cemetery in Foley.

Donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 1330 W.Peachtree St., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 3039, the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or Covenant Hospice, 5041 N.12th Ave. Pensacola, FL 32504.

Our heart-felt thanks go out to the loving staff at Robertsdale Healthcare Center, and special thanks to the Covenant Hospice nurses, all of whom have given our mother the comfort and care she needed.

Marrahnell Wright Culp

May 7, 2013

Marrahnell Wright Culp, 78, of Cantonment, passed away April 29, 2013, after a chronic illness. She was born in Laurel Hill, Florida on July 28, 1934. She was preceded in death by parents George W. Wright and Percie L. Wright and infant brother. After working for years at the telephone company, she was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, flowers and gardening. After her husband retired, they enjoyed traveling with their camper and meeting new friends while fishing and camping around the country. “Nell”, as everyone knew her, was devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren. She was a devout member of Cantonment First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, John E. Culp; two sons, Gregory (Sue) Henderson and Dale (Angela) Henderson; daughter, Starlyn (Jessie) James; five granddaughters, Candace (Bill) Hendricks, Jessica (Todd) Barlow, Whitney and Courtney Henderson, Kristie Henderson; three great-grandchildren, Nathan and Matthew Hendricks and Addistynn Barlow; two brothers, George C. Wright and Preston Wright and many nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered as a generous, strong and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Saying she will be missed is an understatement.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 3, 2013, at Faith Chapel North. Burial was in Barrancas National Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home Northis in charge of arrangements.

Gertrude Johnson Stephens

May 5, 2013

Gertrude Johnson Stephens, 90, of Mobile, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Mobile. She was employed by the U.S. Government as a U.S.Customs Director. She was born in Jay on October 11, 1922, to the late James L and Josephine Johnston Johnson. She was a resident at Westminster Villiage in Spanish Fort and a member of the East Point Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Winona (David) Leard of Mobile; sister, Olivia Killiam of Gasden, Ala.; three grandchildren, Courtney Jacobs of St.Augustine, Rachel Leard and Andrew Leard both of Mobile; great-grandson, Lucas Jacobs and a host of family and friends.

Services were held Saturday, May 4 at from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rob Burns officiating. Interment was in Serenity Gardens.

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

Marcella Belle Robinson

May 5, 2013

Marcella Belle Robinson, 74, of Castaic, CA, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2013 in Panorama City, CA. She was a machinist with Aerospace. She was born in West Virginia on May 22, 1938, to the late Daniel Otis and Lucille Mayle Drasko.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Junior Drasko.

Survivors include her three sons, Daniel Robinson of Washington, Vernon Robinson of Anchorage, Alaska, and Earl Robinson of Louisiana; one daughter, Pamela (Greg) Ferrier of Castaic, CA; two brothers, Jack Drasko and Mack Drasko; one sister, Helen (Donald) Morgan; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday, May 07, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ted Bridges officiating. Interment will follow in Walnut Hill Baptist Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, May 07, 2013, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home one hour prior to service time.

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

Myrtle Louise Smith

May 1, 2013

Mrs. Myrtle Louise Smith, age 75, of Century, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Century Care Center.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Brewton and had been a resident of Century since 1960, coming from Brewton where she was a member of the 1958 Class of W.S. Neal High School. She was retired from Monsanto where she worked as a lab technician. Mrs. Smith was of the Pentecostal faith and was preceded in death by her husband, Cleveland R. ‘Buck’ Smith, Sr.; and brothers, James Blow and William Joseph ‘Joe’  Blow.

Her survivors include her children, Cleveland ‘Buckie’ Rufus (Susan) Smith of  the McCall community near Flomaton, Sonja (Mike) Allen of Bratt, Tammy (Tom) Wilkerson of Pollard, and Johnnie Joshua (Kimberly) Hughes-Smith of Gulf Breeze; brother, Charles (Cathy) Blow of Navarre; grandchildren, Burton Smith, Brandon Smith, Rachael Smith, Brandy Wilkerson and Johnnie Buck Smith; great-grandchildren, Jackson Smith, Brayden Smith, Robert Weston Spicer, Juliana Smith, Samantha Smith, Dalton Smith and another on the way.

Graveside services will he held on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Union Grove Freewill Baptist Cemetery in Castleberry, AL with speaker Ronnie Fore.

Flomaton Funeral Home is directing.

Marrahnell Wright Culp

May 1, 2013

Marrahnell Wright Culp of Cantonment, age 78, passed away April 29, 2013, after a chronic illness. She was born in Laurel Hill on July 28, 1934.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George W. Wright and Percie L. Wright and an infant brother. After working for years at the telephone company, she was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, flowers and gardening. After her husband retired, they enjoyed traveling with their camper and meeting new friends while fishing and camping around the country. “Nell”, as everyone knew her was devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren. She was a devout member of Cantonment First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, John E. Culp; two sons, Gregory (Sue) Henderson and Dale (Angela) Henderson; daughter, Starlyn (Jessie) James; five granddaughters, Candace (Bill) Hendricks, Jessica (Todd) Barlow, Whitney and Courtney Henderson and Kristie Henderson; three great-grandchildren, Nathan and Matthew Hendricks and Addistynn Barlow; two brothers, George C. Wright and Preston Wright; and many nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered as a generous, strong and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Saying she will be missed is an understatement.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Faith Chapel North.

Funeral Services will be Friday, May 3, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Chapel North.

Burial will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

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