Eva Nell Burkett

December 30, 2013

Eva Nell Burkett, 61 of Atmore, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013, in Mobile. She born in Atmore on March 13, 1952, to the late Levi and Treacy Walker McGhee. She attended Atmore Apostolic Church, was a member and employed by Poarch Creek Indians.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Leo McGhee and Chairmen Fred Lee McGhee, four sisters, Carlie Dalrymple, Martha Wilson, Imogene Sheets and Donna White; one great-grandchild, Brayden Jackson.

Survivors include two sons, Scott (Tammy) Jackson of Wetumpka, Ala., and Joshua (Vicky) Burkett of Atmore; two daughters, Tina Call and Teresa McLaughlin both of Jay; six sisters, Helen Hallman, Deloris Kelley, Velma Crocker, Eldnar (Shirley) McGhee, Myrtis (David) Kinman and Judy McGhee, all of Atmore; four grandchildren, Dalton Jackson, Douglas Bennamon, Joshua Kahne Burkett and Haylee Jackson; two great-grandchildren, Brody Durham and Rylan Jackson.

Services were held Monday, December 30, 2013, from the Atmore Apostolic Church with Rev. Steve Ward officiating.

Interment was in New Home Cemetery in Poarch.

Active pallbearers were Stevie McGhee, Trent Jackson, Ryan Exum, Rodney Exum, David Allen Kinman and Arthur Mothershed.

Honorary pallbearers were Kevin McGhee, Dernick McGhee, James Roberson, Dusty Martin, Greg McGhee and Logan Boatwright.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc is entrusted with all arrangements.

Helen Louise Emmons Wall

December 30, 2013

Helen Louise Emmons Wall, 67 of Atmore, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013, at her residence. She was retired from Masland Carpets as quality control, now presently working at Poarch Travel Plaza and doing tax work. She was born in Homestead, Fla., on January 5, 1946, to the late Clifton Eugene and Evelyn Schefield Emmons.

She is preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Emmons and Marvin Emmons; and one sister, Evelyn Herr.

Survivors include her two sons, Chris (Donna) Emmons and Allen (Stacey) Wall, all of McCullough; one daughter, Donna (David) Byrd of Monroeville; one sister, Mary Lou (Jackie) Watson of Jay; six grandchildren, Robbie, Lacey, Noelle, Brianna, Joshua, and Ayden; and two great-grandchildren, Micah and Maddox.

Services will be Thursday, January 2, 2014, at noon from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jesse Wood officiating.

Interment will follow in McCullough Cemetery.

Family will receive friends, Thursday, January 2, 2014, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until service time.

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

Marily June Zylstra

December 27, 2013

Marilyn June Zylstra was born May 18, 1954, and passed away December 25, 2013.

Marilyn was a lifelong resident of Pensacola and graduated from Tate High School. She worked as an interpreter for the deaf in the Escambia County School District for twenty years. After retiring, she, along with her husband, established Coastline Striping, Inc. in 2005. She served as president of the company and continued to work until her death. She attended First Pentecostal Church where she was involved in the Deaf Ministry.

She was preceded in death by her sisters Joanie Jackson and Tammy Hooks.

She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Dennis Zylstra; her son, Derek (Jahayla) Zylstra; grandchildren, Madelyn, Brooklyn, and Levi Zylstra; mother, Jeanette Hooks; father, Devon (Sharon) Hooks; sister, Sherry (Randy) Nims; brother-in-law, Gary (Maralyn) Zylstra; sister-in-law, Janet Gay; spiritual daughter, April (Kevin) Stewart and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 29, 2013, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 30, 2013, at First Pentecostal Church, 6500 North W Street, with Reverends Brian Kinsey and Paul Welch officiating.

Pallbearers will be Dustin Nims, Jason Zylstra, Aaron Paparella, Kevin Stewart, Ryan McIntosh, and Dennis Johnston.

The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Tan and staff at the Woodlands. Also, a special thanks to the nurses at Sacred Heart Hospital on the second floor Oncology Unit and Infusion Center, for the love and care provided during her stay.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Warren Phillips

December 27, 2013

Charles Warren Phillips, 61, of Atmore, passed away December 26, 2013. He was born June 21, 1952, in Atmore. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruby Bryars Phillips and siblings Gary, K.C, Ramona, Lance, Gail, David and Linda. Charlie will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

He is survived by two daughters, Catina (Scott) Francis of Walnut Hill and Regina (Steven) Ross of Atmore; brothers, Lynn Phillips of Flomaton, Murray Phillips of Perdido and his sister, Carmer Jean Lewis of Perdido; and grandchildren, Amber (Elliot) Ross, Lindsey Francis, Alexia Ross and Abby Ross.

Memorial services will be held Monday, December 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the First Baptist Church of Atmore with Bro. Malcolm Harrison officiating.

Family will receive friends Monday, December 30, 2013, from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. from the First Baptist Church of Atmore.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Nell (Dot) Crews Penton

December 27, 2013

Dorothy Nell (Dot) Crews Penton, age 82, of Hollandtown passed away on December 24, 2013. She was a long time member of Pine Level Baptist Church. She retired from Monsanto after more than 20 years. Dot loved gardening, canning, and visiting with friends and family. She will be greatly missed by the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Julian I. Crews and Annie Ruth Byrd Crews; husband, O.T. Penton; brothers, Emory O. Crews and Roy M. Crews; son-in-law, Lamar Lewis; brother-in-law, Edward Sutton; sister-in-law, Pauline Penton (T.H.) Fulmore and a special friend, G.W. White.

She is survived by her daughter, Paulette Penton Lewis; grandsons, Timmy (Michelle) Lunsford and Jonathan Holland; granddaughter, Lori (Rusty) Lunsford Lee; great-grandsons, Kody, Brant, and Trevor Lunsford and Connor and Tanner Lee; sister, Betty Crews (Sammy) Simmons; sisters-in-law, Helen West Crews and Norma May McCurley; special friends, Louise Arnette, Patty McGraw, and Rex Wayne Smith and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 29, 2013, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Pine Level Baptist Church. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. with Brother Earle Greene and Nephew David White officiating services.

Burial will follow at Harmony Cemetery in Hollandtown.

Active pallbearers will be Timmy Lunsford, Jonathan Holland, Rusty Lee, Kody Lunsford, Brant Lunsford, Trevor Lunsford, Connor Lee, Tanner Lee, and Rex Wayne Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be her Sunday school class.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce R. Malphurs Kelly

December 27, 2013

Joyce R. Malphurs Kelly, 82, of Pensacola, passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at a local hospital.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Genie Malphurs; her loving husband of 40 years, George H. Kelly, Sr.; two daughters, Teresa Ann Braxton and Barbara Sue Green; one granddaughter, Regina Anna Harrell; two brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her children, Regina Johnson (Allen), George H. Kelly, Jr. (Mary) and Chris Kelly (Nancy); grandchildren, Christopher Johnson, Michael Johnson (Stacey), Wes Braxton, Samuel Green, George H. Kelly, III (Lidia), Samantha Rigby (Stephen), Brandee Hutson (Jamie), Georgina Ward (Daniel) and Jasmine Maher; great-grandchildren, Grady Bryant Rigby, Spencer Tate Johnson , Haiden James Johnson, Tyler Ward, Alexis Ward and Harley, Brendon Braxton, Jalen Brashear, and soon to be George H. Kelly, IV; and one sister, Gloria Broome.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2013, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home South.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home South.

Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home South is in charge of arrangements.

William Leslie Morris, Sr.

December 26, 2013

William Leslie Morris, Sr., age 82, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Morris Stone, and beloved daughter-in-law, Kimberley Rabren Morris.

Mr. Morris is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dovie Cherry Morris and his four children, Donna (James) Tummler of Pensacola, William Leslie Morris, Jr. of Pensacola, Dina (Keith) Lafont of Snyder, OK, and Wayde (Anita) Morris of Pensacola; brother, Richard (Laura) Morris of San Diego, CA; 13 grandchildren, Amanda (Kevin) Calkins, Phillip Light, Christopher Light, Garrett (Lorraine) Morris, Megan Morris, Teresa (Jimmy) Gilbee, Joshua (Erin) Lafont, Danielle Diehl, Keith Lafont, Jr., Olivia Lafont, Nicholas Morris, Brittany Morris, and Logan Morris; and 13 great-grandchildren.

“Bill” was born September 12, 1931, in Irvington, New Jersey to the late William Jackson Morris and Alberta Laible Morris and moved to Pensacola as a child. He graduated from Pensacola High School in 1949, after which he served in the Army. He was a veteran in the Korean War. Mr. Morris was named Post Commander for the American Legion Post 33 in Pensacola in 1957-1958. He retired from Monsanto after 27 years in the 707 lab, and in 1968 he opened Morris Lock and Safe where he worked with his son Bill, Jr. until he retired in 1995. He was also a valued auxiliary deputy with the Escambia County Sherriff’s Department for 13 years.

He was an active member and deacon at Leonard Street Church of Christ.

A memorial will be held at Leonard Street Church of Christ, located on the corner of “W” and Leonard Streets on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 6:30.

A service at Barrancas National Cemetery will take place on Friday, January 3, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Leonard Street Church of Christ will be accepted.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Elna Kimbro Ezell

December 24, 2013

Elna Kimbro Ezell, 81, passed away in the early morning of December 20, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Jimmy Ray Ezell; mother, Carlie Garrett Kimbro; father, John Pope Kimbro; and brothers Nathan, Howard, W.T., and Earl Kimbro. Survivors include her son, Jeff Ezell; daughter, Cindy Toler; son-in-law, Mark Toler; grandsons, Eric and Jason Toler; brother, Enzor Kimbro; sister, Vernell Tims; nephews, Dewayne and Douglas Kimbro, both of whom were raised in the same house with her; and many, many other nieces, nephews, in-laws, friends, relatives, and loved ones.

Born in Opp, Alabama, she was raised in Pensacola where she worked at Kress Five and Dime with her sister and also as a telephone operator. She married Jimmy Ezell on December 22, 1955 in a small wedding at her parents’ house. Her daughter, Cindy, was born in 1958; her son, Jeff, in 1968. She was active in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives, endlessly volunteering at their schools, even working in the library of Pine Meadow Elementary for a while. She will be remembered as being a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother, a tremendous cook who joyfully fed family members and friends, and a selflessly kind soul.

A rare neurological condition that arose in the last six years of her life led to her gradual immobility and decline. Her last week was spent at the Joyce Goldenberg Hospice Inpatient Residence surrounded by family and friends. The hospice staff noted the scores of people who showed up to sit with her and check on her in the week she was there, noting how rare it was to have such an outpouring of support. The reason is simple: everyone loved her – and always will. She continued to teach her family lessons as her health declined, even when she could no longer speak. She will be truly missed by all.

The visitation and funeral will be on Thursday, December 26 at Faith Chapel North. Visitation is from 11:30-1:15. The funeral will begin at 1:15 with Dr. Dale Patterson officiating. Graveside service and burial will  follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens.

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

Donald Richard Lavallee

December 24, 2013

Mr. Donald Richard Lavallee, 69, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2013, in Flomaton.

Mr. Lavallee was a native of Manchester, NH and had resided in Flomaton for the past 14 years. Mr. Lavallee was on the board of trustees, a master carpenter, avid church attendee, loved fishing and was a loving father. He attended the Flomaton United Methodist Church.

His sister, Rita Poier; four brothers, Paul Lavallee, Roger Lavallee, Robert Lavallee and Norman Lavallee precede him in death.

He is survived by his three sons, Donald Lavallee Jr, of Dothan, Robert Lavallee of Concord, NH and Ricky Lavallee of Manchester, NH; three daughters, Kellie (Jerry) Forrest of Taylor, AL, Cristol Lavallee of Lancaster, NH and Dawn Lavallee of Manchester, NH; two brothers, Ronald Lavallee of Manchester, NH and Oscar Lavallee of New Hampshire; six sisters, Jeanne Cere of New Hampshire, Lorraine Raymond of Manchester, NH, Claire Boivert, Doris Croteau, Dorothy McQueeny and Connie Langlois all of New Hampshire; three grandchildren, Samantha Colby of Dothan, Trevor Colby of Taylor, AL and Codie Maynard-Lavallee of Massena, NY; and two great-grandchildren, Jayden Curry and Ethan Curry.

Funeral services will be Friday, December 27, 2013, at 12 noon at the Flomaton United Methodist Church with Rev. Jesse Lough and Rev. Funches officiating.

Burial will follow at the Flomaton Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, December 27, 2013, from 10 a.m. until service time at the Flomaton United Methodist Church.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Forrest, Trevor Colby, Robert Lavallee, Donald Lavallee, Speedy Brantley, Wayne Stanton and Seth Thomley.

Betty Cook Tolin

December 24, 2013

Mrs. Betty Cook Tolin, 68, passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2013, in McCullough.

Mrs. Tolin was a native of Atmore and has resided in McCullough for the past 35 years. Mrs. Tolin was retired from Vanity Fair after 30 years of service.

Her husband, Leon Tolin; son, Ricky Tolin and her parents, James and Sue Cook precede her in death.

She is survived by her two sons, Tony Scott of McCullough and James (Teresa) Scott of McCullough; two daughters, Diane (Author Thrower) Chapman of Poarch and Sonja Norton of Lubbock, TX; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday, December 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel with Rev. Otis Thames officiating.

Burial will follow at the McCullough Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 26, 2013, from 6 p.m.until 9 p.m. at the Petty- Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be James Scott II, Bobby McCall, Dewitt Roley, Mac McMillan, Charles Ferrell and Don White.

Honorary pallbearers will be Radio Rolin and James Tolin.

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

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